first_imgpc: GovtNew Delhi, Mar 3 (PTI) A proposal for increasing representation of women in urban local bodies from the present 33 per cent to 50 per cent is under consideration, government said today.”Ministry of Urban Development has informed that the Government is considering a proposal for increasing representation of women in urban local bodies from the present 33 per cent to 50 per cent through an amendment to article 243T of the Constitution,” Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi informed the Rajya Sabha.Replying to a question on Women Reservation Bill, Gandhi said it has been endeavour of the government to provide for reservation of one-third of seats for women in Lok Sabha and the State Legislative Assemblies.”The issue needs careful consideration on the basis of consensus among all the political parties before a Bill for amendment in the Constitution is brought before Parliament,” she said.Legislative Department, Ministry of Law and Justice, has informed that a Bill, namely, the Constitution (One Hundred and Eight Amendment) Bill, 2008 was introduced in Rajya Sabha on 6th May, 2008 by the Ministry of Law and Justice, she said.”The Rajya Sabha passed the said Bill on 9th March, 2010, but it could not be passed by the fifteenth Lok Sabha. The said Bill lapsed on dissolution of the fifteenth Lok Sabha,” she said.In another reply, Gandhi also said the ministry is considering taking up a proposal for age relaxation for widows for employment in government and central PSUs.”The Ministry is also considering moving a proposal for tax rebates for single women who are having children. These are at a preliminary stage and formal proposals have not yet been prepared,” she added. PTI HC RCJ SK RCJadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIvan Rakitic wants many more goals from Lionel Messi after the Barcelona captain scored a hat-trick in the club’s Champions League rout of PSV.It was the Messi show at Camp Nou, where the superstar’s treble inspired a 4-0 victory over the Dutch visitors in their Group B opener on Tuesday.Messi set the tone with a trademark free-kick as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner recorded the 48th hat-trick of his illustrious career and eighth in the Champions League – more than any other player in the competition’s history. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Talking about Messi afterwards, Barca team-mate Rakitic lauded the Argentina international, telling reporters: “That foot is impressive and he has scored another wonderful goal.”I hope he doesn’t stop and that many more go in.”Messi led the way for Barca – who ended the match with 10 men following Samuel Umtiti’s red card for a second bookable offence in the 79th minute.After Messi broke the deadlock courtesy of a set-piece just past the half-hour mark, Ousmane Dembele doubled Barca’s lead 16 minutes from the end.Messi then took centre stage following Umtiti’s dismissal, scoring twice inside the final 13 minutes.When that needle in the haystack is as sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel… pic.twitter.com/A3qszCJx1w — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018 “This game was tough for us at first, which is normal since this is the Champions League and it’s the first game,” Rakitic said.”They were very motivated and they have started their league season well. It was a game of good effort, but we can still improve. You can always improve and we look at the small details from every match. We know we’re not 100 per cent.”La Liga holders Barca were stunned by Roma in the Champions League quarter-finals last season and Rakitic added: “It’s special and we know that recent years haven’t been the best.”We must improve and have a lot of desire. But we also want to do everything possible in the league and in the Copa del Rey.”last_img read more

first_imgChampions League I had tickets to Tuesday’s game but the women’s team had a match in Milan on Wednesday, the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final, and travelled the day before, so instead of being at the stadium we watched it together at the team hotel. It was hugely inspiring. We share the same shirt and philosophy, and the timing was perfect for what is a crucial month towards the end of the season. The following night, motivated by the performance of the men’s team, we went a goal down and came back to win 2-1. We are all part of a culture at the club that strives for excellence across the board, with that fino alla fine spirit at the core of our mentality.I thought it would be tough to come back against Atlético Madrid, primarily because the men have not been tested that much this season, especially in Serie A, where they are 18 points ahead. When they have been truly pushed in the Champions League, they have lost: at home to Manchester United in the group stage and at the Wanda Metropolitano against a tough, stubborn Atlético side known for their exceptional defence. Many doubted the team’s ability to come back but that spirit is built into the side and they found a way from the first minute to put Atlético under waves of pressure.Last summer the men’s team moved to a new training ground at Continassa while we work at their old one, so I have not been able to see evidence of Ronaldo’s legendary commitment with my own eyes, but I know his dedication has continued since he moved to Turin. He asks a lot of questions and always wants to know why he’s doing what he’s doing. His mentality, work ethic and the drive that have powered him towards greatness inspire all of us individually and collectively. The recipe for perfection starts with hard work. Read more Women’s football Until this week I don’t think he had delivered a truly outstanding performance for Juve in the Champions League. I went to that game against United, when he scored a wonderful volley, but his all-round play was not amazing. On Tuesday he stood out. There were other players who put in exceptional performances too: Miralem Pjanic, who often seems to go under the radar, Leonardo Spinazzola, who got up and down the left and put some good crosses in, and Federico Bernardeschi, who created Ronaldo’s first goal and won the decisive penalty.The buildup to the penalty demonstrated the determination and drive of the team. For Bernardeschi to have that energy at that point, to have the awareness and ability to cut inside, get into the box and force a desperate defender into a rash shove, was the stuff of champions. A week ago I don’t think many people would have fancied Juventus as potential winners of the Champions League but after that performance and with Ronaldo in great form they will certainly be feared.I think the men can go on to win it. The tournament is pretty open, with Real Madrid already out, but with the best player in the world in the Juventus side I can see them getting to another final. There is something that happens when you win in the manner they did on Tuesday. There’s a sort of invincibility that is created within the team. That confidence will stand them in good stead against anyone. Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Topics Share on Pinterest The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Juventus Sportblog Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on Facebook The Juventus motto is “fino alla fine” – in other words, until the end. On Tuesday evening the men’s team proved these words are not empty but alive. Juve aspire to be a team who never give up, a team who burn with an indefatigable spirit, and this week it was there for all to see.They showed it against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, when they came back from a 3-0 first-leg deficit to level the tie at the Bernabéu, an incredible comeback that ended in disappointment when a late Cristiano Ronaldo penalty decided it in Real’s favour. This year it was a different Madrid club, Atlético, a 2-0 deficit and Ronaldo – now wearing Juve’s famous black and white – decided matters from the spot again. Bernardo Silva hopes Manchester City avoid meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo Read more Cristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo celebrated his winning penalty by mockingly recreating Diego Simeone’s “cojones” gesture from the first leg, which was great entertainment, and I don’t think the Argentinian will be boasting about his team’s balls for a while. I was surprised by Atlético’s lack of ambition. They never showed any desire to win the game, when one away goal would almost certainly have decided the tie in their favour. Álvaro Morata was isolated and Antoine Griezmann looked as if he didn’t want to be there. I was shocked by how passive they were. This was a club that has reached two of the past five finals. It was interesting that 24 hours after Ronaldo produced a statement performance Lionel Messi scored twice and created two more as Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1.I think comparisons between the two players are futile at this stage. I have been learning a lot about Italian history in my spare time and recently visited Florence and Rome, where I saw the incredible Renaissance artwork of Michelangelo and Da Vinci. It made me realise that having two greats in the same field at the same time can help produce greater achievement. Comparing Ronaldo and Messi is similar to comparing those two magnificent artists, who created their masterpieces in the same period.You can make your own mind up about which is the greater player, and there are strong arguments for both, but what Ronaldo has proved beyond doubt, time and again, is that when it really, really matters, in the biggest games of all, he is the difference.• Comments on this piece are premoderated to ensure discussion remains on topics raised by the writer. Please be aware there may be a short delay in comments appearing on the site. Share via Email Cristiano Ronaldo: the king of Europe who has normalised the abnormal Reuse this content Share on Messenger commentlast_img read more

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 23:05 IST Akila Dananjaya had been barred from bowling in international cricket after being assessed on November 23 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAkila Dananjaya’s remodelled bowling action was assessed in Chennai on February 2Dananjaya’s remodelled bowling action is within ICC’s 15-degree level of toleranceDananjaya was suspended from bowling after being reported during the 1st Test vs EnglandThe International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday cleared spinner Akila Dananjaya to resume bowling in international cricket following the Sri Lankan’s remedial work and a subsequent remodelling of suspect action.According to ICC, Dananjaya’s remodelled bowling action was assessed in Chennai on February 2.It was found that the amount of elbow extension for all his deliveries was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations.”Match Officials are still at liberty to report Dananjaya if they believe he is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action from the assessment,” the ICC media release stated.To assist the match officials, they will be provided with images and video footage of the bowler’s remodeled legal bowling action.Dananjaya was suspended from bowling after being reported during the first Test against England in Galle from 6-10 November and subsequently underwent an independent assessment of his bowling action in Brisbane on November 23, following which he was barred from bowling in international cricket.Also Read | India should not play Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | How Jhulan Goswami’s No.1 ranking inspired Smriti MandhanaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow ICCFollow Sri LankaFollow Akila DananjayaFollow bowlingFollow International Cricket ICC allows Akila Dananjaya to resume bowling in International cricketSri Lankan Akila Dananjaya remodelled his bowling action and will now be allowed to bowl in International cricket after he was assessed in Chennai on February 2.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgzoom Manila-based International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) has reached an agreement to buy a 34.83% stake in the Manila North Harbour Port Incorporated (MNHPI).Under the contract, signed on September 21, the company would purchase 10,449,000 shares in the port from the Philippines’ oil refining major Petron Corporation.ICTSI is paying a total consideration of PHP 1.75 billion (USD 34.5 million) in cash for the MNHPI’s outstanding shares. The purchase price would be paid on closing date which is on October 30, 2017.“The transaction will allow ICTSI to contribute its experience, expertise and state-of the-art technology and infrastructure to enhance the operational efficiency of the domestic terminal in the Port of Manila and improve the traffic condition in Metro Manila,” ICTSI said in a stock exchange filing.“This transaction will further improve the returns of ICTSI’s shareholders through this value-accretive acquisition,” the company added.The completion of the sale purchase agreement is subject to several conditions, including approval of the transaction by the Philippine Ports Authority.MNHPI is a Philippine entity engaged in domestic port terminal business at the Manila North Harbour under contract with the Philippine Ports Authority.It operates a 52.5-hectare multi-purpose port terminal used in handling general cargo and passenger accommodation. It services close to 4,000 vessels per year, according to MNHPI’s website.last_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license The U.S.-based ship owner and operator Eagle Bulk Shipping has taken delivery of the first of six Ultramax drybulk vessels purchased earlier this year.The 2015-built ship has been renamed the M/V Dublin Eagle. The high specification SDARI-64 Ultramax vessel, fitted with a scrubber, was built at Jiangsu New Hantong Ship Heavy Industry.Four of the six bulkers, acquired through two separate deals, will be delivered with scrubbers. The additions are a part of Eagle Bulk Shipping’s fleet renewal strategy.“Coupled with our existing scrubber initiative, we believe these acquisitions increase our leverage to the opportunities IMO 2020 will present,” Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk’s CEO, earlier noted.In July 2019, the company said it would offer USD 100 million aggregate principal amount of Convertible Senior Notes due 2024 in a private placement, in a move to secure funds to finance a portion of the total price of the six Ultramaxes.Once it takes delivery of the five remaining units, Eagle Bulk Shipping, one of the world’s largest owner-operators within the Supramax/Ultramax segment, will have a fleet of 50 ships, including 20 Ultramax drybulk vessels acquired over the last 36 months.,Four of the six bulkers, acquired through two separate deals, will be delivered with scrubbers. The additions are a part of Eagle Bulk Shipping’s fleet renewal strategy.“Coupled with our existing scrubber initiative, we believe these acquisitions increase our leverage to the opportunities IMO 2020 will present,” Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk’s CEO, earlier noted.In July 2019, the company said it would offer USD 100 million aggregate principal amount of Convertible Senior Notes due 2024 in a private placement, in a move to secure funds to finance a portion of the total price of the six Ultramaxes.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canada’s gun laws have been much more effective than loads of other nations, but recent events have made the government consider additional restrictions in parts of the country.In wake of the Toronto shooting that took place last month, Toronto city council passed a motion urging the federal government to allow the city to ban the sale of handguns and ammunition within the city limits.Conservative Party Member of Parliment Bob Zimmer explained that he believes Toronto is going after the wrong idea. “What does need to happen is they need to combat gangs getting guns,” said Zimmer. “They need to put more resources into capturing those firearms they brought through the border.”Zimmer added that stopping the smuggling of illegal guns into Canada was the biggest issue regarding the matter.“Stopping the smuggling of handguns into Canada is the problem. They need to crack down on that and I’d be more than happy to see resources put in to do that.”Zimmer mentioned that when in the proper hands, handguns are no more harmful than driving a car.“We have automobile accidents, so does that mean we are going to eliminate all automobiles?”“For some reason that gets attributed to firearms and people say okay. Well, its okay if you don’t use firearms but if you’re a firearms owner that does it lawfully, you use it for sport, some use it for their jobs.” Zimmer added that there are already loads of restrictions to legally acquire firearms and that adding more is not needed.“To own a handgun in Canada you need to be licensed, do training, have a background check and have to maintain that impeccable record just to own one. I don’t think we need to make any more laws to make it more difficult for lawful firearms owners.”Zimmer went on to say that it is unfortunate when shootings like Toronto and most recently Fredericton occur, but the focus should be on illegal firearms.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The stage is set as the national capital goes to Lok Sabha polls on Sunday where the incumbent BJP, Delhi’s ruling AAP and the Congress are locked in a fight on all seven seats. The Congress is looking to bounce back after ending up at the third spot in the 2014 elections. The lead up to the polls has not been without drama, with allegations and counter-allegations flying, and it had all the trappings of a soap opera that could give the daily shows a run for their money. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles The high-octane poll campaigning in the national capital ended on Friday but not before it saw a plethora of stars descending here to campaign for their respective parties. If Hema Malini and Sunny Deol provided the Bollywood quotient to the saffron party’s campaign, Raj Babbar and Nagma added the star quotient to the Congress. Prakash Raj, Swara Bhaskar and Gul Panag campaigned for the AAP. From Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal being slapped to AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi breaking down at a press conference over “derogatory pamphlets” to BJP’s Udit Raj leaving the party and joining the Congress after being denied a ticket from northwest Delhi, the last two months been quite eventful and have kept everyone on their toes. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar The seven seats will see 164 candidates battling it out of which 18 are women. Prominent among them are former chief minister Sheila Dikshit from northeast Delhi, BJP’s incumbent MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who is contesting from New Delhi, and Atishi. BJP’s incumbent MP Manoj Tiwari is up against Dikshit for the Northeast Delhi seat and has already said that her entry has made the poll contest “one of the most interesting in the country”. AAP’s Dilip Pandey is also in the fray from the seat. Other prominent candidates in the race include veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, Olympian boxer Vijender Singh, who is making his electoral debut from South Delhi, Union minister Harsh Vardhan from Chandni Chowk, and cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir. Voting will begin at 7 am on May 12 and it is scheduled to go on till 6 am. The 48 hour-period from 6 pm Friday to 6 pm Sunday, known as the silence period, will also be observed as ‘dry day’. A total of 13,819 polling stations will be set up at 2,700 locations in Delhi, with one model polling station in each of the 70 assembly segments. Seventeen polling stations will be staffed only by women. As many as 523 polling locations have been identified as critical and 60,000 personnel, including those of the Delhi Police, Home Guards and paramilitary, will be on their toes to ensure that there is no untoward incident. The campaign got off to a slow start as alliance talks between the AAP and the Congress lingered on till the last days of nomination, but it gained momentum over the last fortnight with senior leaders drawing huge crowds at mega rallies and road shows in the national capital. The campaign reached a crescendo in its last lap, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding a massive rally at the iconic Ramlila Maidan here, Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressing two public meetings, and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra taking out two roadshows in the city. From trying to strike a personal chord with voters in parks at six am to holding door-to-door campaigns till late night, the candidates literally sweated it out in the oppressive heat as mercury crossed the 40-degree Celsius mark. While the BJP’s campaign revolved around the party’s high-pitched nationalism narrative and the popularity of Modi, the Congress kept him in the cross hairs and sought to hard sell its minimum income guarantee scheme, Nyay. The AAP, on the other hand, focussed on the demand for full statehood for Delhi. Candidates also tried to out-maneuver each other before the poll body. AAP candidates Atishi and Raghav Chadha sought rejection of nomination papers of their BJP rivals Gautam Gambhir and Ramesh Bidhuri, respectively. Poll officers were also hard-pressed as several violations of the Model Code of Conduct were reported. In a security breach, Kejriwal was slapped by a man during a road show in Moti Nagar and allegations of horse trading flew thick and fast as two AAP MLAs, Anil Bajpai and Devinder Sehrawat, crossed over to the BJP. The campaigning also saw South Delhi BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri allegedly using a Hindi slur against Kejriwal. On the penultimate day, the AAP and the BJP sparred over a derogatory pamphlet that targeted Atishi. The AAP alleged her rival Gautam Gambhir was behind it, a charge vehemently denied by him. According to the summary of the electoral roll published on April 23, there are over 1.43 crore voters in Delhi, 78,73,022 male and 64,42,762 female, while 669 belong to the third gender. While 2,54,723 voters are in the age group of 18 and 19, there are 40,532 electorate with disability who would be provided pick up and drop facility. Nearly 270 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries were registered against political parties and others here till date for violation of the poll code.last_img read more

Rebel attacks in recent weeks have forced more than 100,000 people from their homes in the volatile eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).This brings the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in eastern DRC to over 1.4 million, mostly in North Kivu province, UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond said.The raids by the so-called Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in east of Goma, North Kivu’s capital, have “left a trail of death and destruction and caused recurrent displacement,” he noted.The group is stepped up its attacks against civilians in North Kivu after the DRC and Rwanda ended their joint military offensive against it in January.Late last week, the FDLR raided the village of Luofu, killing seven people, five of whom were children, and burning some 250 homes, according to authorities. This caused panic among the area’s residents, who fled to the bush or the nearby town of Kirumba, which has reportedly been surrounded by the rebels who are threatening to overrun it.The crumbling security situation, exacerbated by the FDLR tactic of attacking commercial vehicles on main roads, is preventing humanitarian agencies from distributing vital aid, Mr. Redmond told reporters in Geneva yesterday.IDPs in North Kivu have typically been uprooted more than once, with families often being separated, UNHCR said.Currently, the agency runs 11 camps and monitors the human right situation of the uprooted in eastern DRC. 22 April 2009Rebel attacks in recent weeks have forced more than 100,000 people from their homes in the volatile eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). read more

Premachandran said the protest was scheduled to take place on September 14 but the date is yet to be confirmed. He also insisted that the protest had no connection with the visit to Sri Lanka by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. (Colombo Gazette) He said that among the issues which will be highlighted during the protest is the failure of the government to release land held by the army and release political prisoners. The Tamil People’s Council (TPC) is to hold a mass protest next month in the North against the government, TPC member Suresh Premachandran said.He said that the protest will draw light to the failure of the government to fulfill its pledges to the UN Human Rights Council.Premachandran said that the protest will look to put pressure on the government during the September session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. read more

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser is trying to play down fears of a looming recession after last week’s sharp drop in the financial markets. Larry Kudlow says the economy will perform well in the second half of 2019.Kudlow says consumers are seeing higher wages and are able to spend and save more. He calls such a scenario “an ideal situation.A strong economy is key to Trump’s reelection prospects. Kudlow acknowledges a slowing energy sector, but says low interest rates will help housing, construction and auto sales.Kudlow is also defending the president’s use of tariffs on goods coming from China, saying “we cannot let China pursue these unfair and unreciprocal trading practices.”Kudlow was interviewed on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and “Fox News Sunday.”Kevin Freking, The Associated Press read more

EDMONTON — A first-quarter fiscal update from the Alberta government is reporting consistent revenues compared with the same period last year.The province says it brought in $13.4 billion from April to June — almost identical to the number in 2018.Resource revenue was $164 million higher, mainly from a narrower oil price differential. Income tax revenue was also up $166 million due to growth in household income and corporate profits.The three-month deficit was $835 million — $365 million lower than in the first quarter last year. Alberta extends oil curtailments through 2020 as pipeline delays drag on Alberta’s oil production limits finally seem to be working — for now Alberta natural gas producers propose limiting production in exchange for royalty credits But Finance Minister Travis Toews said he’s concerned overall, since operating expenses grew $270 million and debt-servicing costs increased $93 million.“These numbers do not paint a rosy picture,” Toews told a news conference Tuesday.“Our year-over-year revenue has remained flat, but we’re burdened with cost pressures and compounding debt left by previous governments.”Toews said the province’s overall debt has grown to almost $63 billion. He said most of that was accumulated in the last four years under the NDP government.“We have flat revenues. We have increasing expenses, all on a trajectory that the previous government put us on that would reach $100 billion in debt in the very, not too distant future.”He said Alberta needs to find ways to “exercise restraint” and his goal is to balance the budget each year, then work to erase the debt.Premier Jason Kenney has said he won’t release his United Conservative government’s first budget until the fall.A panel, headed by former Saskatchewan finance minister Janice MacKinnon, was to complete a report about Alberta’s finances earlier this month. The province has said it plans to release the report in early September.Kenney has said he expects the report will show the province’s economy is spiralling.The Opposition NDP has said the report is likely to give Kenney cover if he introduces wage and job cuts to public-sector workers. read more

Ambassador Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins of Angola, this month’s President of the Council, told the press after a closed-door meeting the situation in Liberia “is still fragile.”Instead, he said, the Council had asked its sanctions committee “to do a more thorough and more comprehensive review,” of the security situation in Liberia for further examination by the full 15-member body.The sanctions are aimed at blocking arms imports to Liberia, diamond exports, and the travel of senior members of the government.On 1 October the United Nations took over control of 3,500 soldiers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), stationed in Liberia since the government and rebels signed a ceasefire in August. The troops are the vanguard of what will eventually swell to a 16,000-strong UN peacekeeping operation.Although the troop strength has increased with the addition of a battalion from Bangladesh, a UN spokesman in New York said Thursday the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) “is still not in a position to deploy troops throughout Liberia.”The spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said UNMIL “reports that the overall security situation in Monrovia is stable and improving, while the situation in other parts of the country, particularly in the areas still controlled by the two major rebel groups, remains volatile.”In Liberia, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Jacques Paul Klein, noted “with great concern and dismay” reports of skirmishes between various warring factions, and of serious atrocities against civilians in the western county of Nimba. Mr. Klein said in a statement that it was clear that the fighting is between former Liberian Government militias and fighters from the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL).Mr. Klein said that atrocities being committed against civilians constituted war crimes, for which all perpetrators would be held accountable, “since there is no amnesty for such crimes.”UNMIL is keeping a record of all those who commit atrocities against civilians for possible future prosecution, Mr. Klein added. read more

Young entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to beat the clock and put their business ideas to the test this weekend.BioLinc, Brock’s business incubator run by the Goodman School of Business, and Niagara College’s ncTakeOff program have partnered to host the fourth annual Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend from Friday, Nov. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 5.The fourth-annual event is modelled after Startup Weekend, a worldwide event model that has entrepreneurs working overtime to form teams, create business ideas and pitch them in a competition format against a ticking clock.Brock’s event begins Friday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. with a public lecture featuring inspirational speaker Talli Osborne, who will share her story of overcoming adversity.Her motivational presentation, which is open to the public and takes place in Brock’s Pond Inlet, will focus on conquering challenges and obstacles.While working as a social media specialist at Virgin Mobile Canada, Osborne was named the best customer service agent in the Americas, as well as third best in the world.Following the keynote, entrepreneurs will form teams and the timer will start. Teams will have until Sunday to build a solid business idea before then making a pitch to a panel of judges. Throughout the weekend, participants will also be mentored by local entrepreneurs and experts, and will receive training on entrepreneurial topics.The event is open to Niagara residents aged 18 to 29, including entrepreneurs who have an early business idea, those looking for a business co-founder or those hoping to refine their business pitch.Cost to participate in the full weekend is $15, including meals.Registration is available online.The public can also register online to attend the free Friday night event featuring Osborne. read more

first_imgPerhaps that is because Mr Oakes works in political “influencing” with an affiliate of the now notorious Cambridge Analytica (CA), which stands accused of harvesting the personal data of tens of millions of Facebook users to help Donald Trump win the last US presidential election.  But perhaps Oakes’s avoidance of… In America, his efforts have caused such concern that the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has just demanded a personal briefing about the protection of user data – in a letter addressed jointly to Oakes and Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.center_img Nigel Oakes doesn’t like to draw attention to himself. He’s that rare thing – a publicity man who doesn’t like publicity. last_img

first_imgLes orques emprisonnées dans les glaces au Canada ont réussi à se libérerOnze orques qui étaient prisonnières des glaces dans la baie d’Hudson, au nord du Québec sont finalement parvenues à se libérer jeudi sans qu’aucune intervention ne soit menée. L’alerte avait été donnée il y a deux jours. Dans la baie d’Hudson au nord du Québec, des villageois avaient découvert que deux orques épaulards adultes et neuf jeunes étaient prisonniers des glaces. Pour survivre, les baleines étaient ainsi contraintes de respirer à la surface de l’eau à tour de rôle par un trou dans la glace. Mais ce dernier risquant de se refermer, les orques étaient en danger de mort et “dans un état de panique”, comme en témoignaient les vidéos filmées sur les lieux.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le maire du village inuit voisin, Inukjuak, avait ainsi tiré la sonnette d’alarme en prévenant le Service canadien des Pêches et des Océans. Il souhaitait que le gouvernement fédéral envoie un brise-glace pour créer un chenal dans la banquise et libérer les cétacés mais le navire le plus proche était à 10 jours de mer de là. L’inquiétude était donc grande jeudi dans la région où la nouvelle s’était répandue. Mais finalement, c’est la nature elle-même qui a libéré les orques ! Avant que toute intervention ait pu être menée, “la nouvelle lune a activé un courant marin” qui a ouvert la banquise et créé un chenal jusqu’aux eaux libres de glace, à environ 35 km de là. Ni une, ni deux, les orques ont alors filé en direction de l’ouverture et se sont retrouvées libérées “grâce à Mère nature”, s’est réjoui par téléphone Peter Inukpuk, l’édile d’Inukjuak, communauté de 1.200 habitants située à 1.500 km au nord de Montréal.Si le piégeage est l’une des principales causes de mortalité des mammifères marins dans l’arctique canadien, il est très rare que des orques se laissent prendre. En effet, ces cétacés n’apprécient pas tellement la glace et se tiennent généralement éloignés de cette région en hiver.  Le 11 janvier 2013 à 12:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgNearly a year after the closure of the Cameo Main Street Loan and Pawn Shop, the central wing of the downtown Vancouver Schofield Building is showing new signs of life.The front windows and doors have been covered with plywood, masking a large-scale and long-awaited renovation project taking place inside, intended to overhaul what is — at least in part — the oldest commercial building in downtown Vancouver.But while the project aims to modernize the building’s structure and uses, it also seeks to emphasize the building’s legacy and preserve its historical value. When the restoration is completed, the goal is for the building’s exterior to look just like it did in the early 1900s.Restoration in phasesThe restoration is being led by Robert Aschieris and other members of the Schofield family, who collectively own the building through Schofield Properties. Aschieris serves as the general manager of the company, representing the fifth generation of family ownership; he says he can remember his grandfather taking him on a tour of the building when he was just 5 years old.The Schofield Building has technically been under renovation for four years, but that’s because the term “Schofield Building” refers to the entire contiguous block of single-story storefronts along the north side of West Sixth Street from Washington Street to Main Street, as well as the two-story building that wraps around the corner and continues halfway up the block on Main Street.last_img read more

first_imgBholaLocal fishermen caught 12 pirates with some indigenous arms from Meghna River in Monpura Island of Bhola on Tuesday night, reports UNB.Fishermen Liton Mazi, Rased Mazi and Hemuz Mazi said pirates with two trawlers attacked them while they were netting fish in the river area around 9:30pm.As the attacked fishermen cried for help, at least 15 trawlers of the fishermen came forward and caught the pirates from one trawler, they added.On information, members of coastguard and police arrested them and brought them to Monpura police station, said Abdul Aziz, commander of Monpura coastguard station.The arrested pirates are Md Hatem, 48, Monirul Islam, 35, Shadat, 38, Mosleahuddin, 45, Chadek, 49, Nuruddin, 40, Abul Hossain, 45, Mofizul Islam, 46, Rafiqul Islam, 77, Ismail, 42, Nur Islam, 45, and Rahim, 19, residents of different upazilas of Laxmipur district.A case was filed with the police station in this connection, the commander added.last_img read more

first_imgWorld Joyland, a Chinese theme park known in the West for rather shamelessly ripping off Blizzard properties, has opened to its first visitors, and some English speakers have written a detailed diary of their trip.Located in Jiangsu province, World Joyland claims to be the first game-themed park. With 600,000 square meters of territory to cover, early visitors reporting for English-language site Shanghaiist found plenty homage paid to Chinese clones of World of Warcraft and StarCraft.As it is a theme park, our reporter heroes focused on the ride experience and found ridiculous descriptions for each (in both Chinese and English) and a rating on the Splendor Index, Happiness Index or Thrill Index. A typical log ride was described as a “beast-bloody journey” as it took participants through an uphill tunnel filled with orcs before dropping them into inevitable wetness. Afterwards, other park patrons inserted coins into water gun machines to keep spraying riders.“Massive copyright infringement” abounds. The area themed on the WoW clone shows no distinction between Horde and Alliance as Tauren, Night Elves and humans are found mingling with one another, and with dragons and mermaids as well. Staff, on the other hand, wore “glorified Bam-Bam outfits.”For our experimental patrons, the WoW zone gave way to a StarCraft area by way of a change in color palette, as the Azeroth-esque reds and browns shifted to a more Protoss-ian blue and yellow.Joyland’s alleged dedication to games goes beyond the rides. The park was built for 200 million yuan (approximately $30 million) and includes “anime-and-game” expo pavilions and R&D facilities, a technology training center, and even an eSports Competition Center.The Shanghaiist reporters noted with some concern that after only being open for less than two months, handrails were already rusty and paint cracks were abundant.Read more at Shanghaiistlast_img read more