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first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and four other BJP ministers will contest the by-poll elections to the Legislative Council to seal their membership in the government.Mr. Adityanath and four other ministers are required to get elected as MLA or MLC by September 19, as none is a member of any House. They took oath on March 19. The BJP central election committee on Wednesday announced five candidates for the upcoming MLC by-polls. Apart from the CM, the other four are deputy CMs Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, Transport Minister Swatantra Dev Singh and Waqf and Haj Minister Mohsin Raza.They are expected to have a smooth sailing even if a contest is necessitated given the unassailable majority the BJP has in the Assembly. Along with its two allies, Apna Dal and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, the ruling BJP has 324 out of 403 seats. The figure was reduced by one after BJP MLA Mathura Prasad Pal died in July after a prolonged illness.The schedule for the by-polls released by the Election Commission has also provided relief to the BJP clearing the way for the entry of all five of its candidates. State Chief Election Officer Amrita Soni had on August 24 announced by-polls for four MLC seats that were vacated after the sudden resignation of SP leaders Yashwant Singh, Bukkal Nawab, Sarojini Agarwal and Ashok Bajpai. The tenure of Mr. Nawab and Mr. Singh would have ended in 2022, while that of Ms. Agarwal and Mr. Bajpai in 2021. All four joined the BJP a few days later.The EC had issued vacancies for only four spots even as the total number of MLC posts needed to be filled was six. However, the EC had refused to hold elections for the remaining two seats, vacated by BSP MLC Thakur Jaiveer Singh and SP MLC (who joined the BSP) Ambika Chaudhary saying they had less than a year remaining in their tenure.If this situation had continued, only four out of the five BJP Ministers would get elected as MLCs and the speculation doing the rounds was that Mohsin Raza, the lone Muslim Minister in the Yogi Council, would be sacrificed. However, the EC on Tuesday issued another schedule announcing that a by-poll would also be held for the seat vacated by Thakur Jaiveer Singh, taking the number of by-poll seats to five. Mr. Jaiveer Singh had also joined the BJP. The EC has not announced a by-poll for the seat vacated by Ambika Chaudhary even as his tenure as that of Mr. Jaiveer Singh both end next May.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), the top-priority ground-based instrument for U.S. astronomers, has gotten the green light to go ahead with construction, with a view to seeing its first light in 2019. On 1 August, the National Science Foundation moved to release the first major chunk of construction funding—$27.5 million—for the $473 million project. The Department of Energy will also chip in about $165 million for the scope’s camera and related instruments.LSST has a highly unusual design, with a very wide field of view so it can scan the entire sky every few nights. “This concept is the next stage in the technological revolution that is going on in astronomy,” says Gerry Gilmore of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Instead of looking at distant and faint objects for long periods to get enough light, LSST will look at things that change fast. “This next step will look at a big enough patch of sky and cover it repeatedly and rapidly. We’re all looking forward to it,” Gilmore says.The development of LSST has been going on for more than a decade. In the National Research Council’s 2010 decadal survey of astronomy and astrophysics, researchers put it at the top of their wish list for ground-based telescopes. 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Gilmore says that the United Kingdom is now negotiating joining the project as an international partner.LSST will view a patch of sky 3.5° across; that’s seven times the diameter of the sun or moon. It will focus light onto a 3.2-gigapixel camera that takes an exposure every 20 seconds. This wide viewing angle is achieved by having three mirrors rather than the usual two: An 8.4-meter primary mirror reflects light onto a 3.4-meter secondary and from there onto a 5-meter tertiary mirror sitting in a large hole in the middle of the primary. So the primary is like a giant ring. “It’s a big telephoto lens,” Gilmore says.LSST will map out the faint variable stars that are used to measure distances in the local universe and the flashgunlike supernovae that help gauge longer distances. It will measure weak gravitational lensing deep in space as a way of detecting dark energy and dark matter. Researchers will use it to study the flashes of light given out when black holes, including the giant ones at the centers of galaxies, consume stars and other material. Closer to home, LSST will map near-Earth asteroids and Kuiper belt objects in the far solar system.One of the project’s biggest challenges will be coping with the volume of data the telescope will produce, far too much to be processed by human beings. “This is big data in extremis. It’ll be like a gigantic video stream pouring down from the sky,” Gilmore says. The telescope is expected to produce about 30 terabytes of data per night and advanced data-mining techniques will need to be developed to find objects of interest in the stream of images. Automated systems will also be needed to spot fast-changing objects in the sky and alert other telescopes to home in on them quickly for more detailed study, similar to the existing system for studying gamma ray bursts. “We’ll need to move another couple of steps up the complexity ladder,” Gilmore says.last_img read more

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first_imgIn his 26 years, there’s been hardly a few times that Javaid Ahmad Dar has picked up the willow. Despite his interest in the game, he was not such a good cricketer and his appearances in neighbourhood matches were also limited.Thus it came as a great surprise when a cheque worth Rs. 1.68 lakh was sent to him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) and delivered right at his doorstep in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir, on May 7.The cheque(serial number 128902) was sent from the office of Ratnakar Shetty, chief administrative officer of the BCCI. Dar, a police officer, was on duty when the cheque arrived. His family called him up to tell him the unexpected news.By the time Dar reached home, his family had already deposited the cheque in his account.”I have an interest in cricket but I am not so great a player that the BCCI would send me a cheque. I was not even a great gully cricketer. So I was surprised when I got a call from home saying I had received a cheque from the BCCI,” Dar said.Back home, when Dar heard that the cheque had already been deposited in his account, he went to his bank and inquired about it, having realised someone had made a mistake.The bank told him that the amount had already been credited to his account and in case he wanted to return it, he would have to get in touch with the BCCI officials.advertisementWhile Rs. 1.68 lakh is not much for the richest sports body in the country, the amount was huge for Dar. Any other person would have perhaps been tempted to keep the money, but Dar doesn’t belong to that group.The honest police officer got in touch with the BCCI officials and informed them about the goofup they had committed.The BCCI officials admitted to the error and said the cheque was meant for one Javaid Mir, a resident of Soura, Srinagar, but had mistakenly gone to Dar. They asked Dar whether he could transfer the amount to Mir, if he was given the bank account details.”They told me the cheque was meant for someone who is a resident of Soura in Srinagar and asked me to transfer the amount to his bank account,” Dar said.However, he said he would rather send the money back to the BCCI, to which the officials agreed and told him that whatever charges he incurred in the process would be returned to him.Dar then got a demand draft of Rs. 1.68 lakh made and couriered it to the BCCI office in Mumbai, having spent Rs. 3,600 from his own pocket, which he hopes the BCCI would return to him.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Yoshita Singh New York, Jul 8 (PTI) As nations continue to grapple with the migrant and refugee crises, Chair of the Hinduja Bank, Switzerland Hinduja S P Shanu has called for issuing unique identity cards to refugees that will help host nations address their safety concerns and ensure accountability from those seeking new homes in foreign lands.”Nations can come up with ID cards for refugees and migrants that uphold their original place of birth and nationality. The UN can play a role in this. This will give refugees and migrants a standing and a sense of accommodation,” Shanu told PTI.She said the ID system will help the host countries address questions of safety and security as they open their borders to refugees and migrants. “Since the refugees will have ID cards, they will become responsible towards the system and the host country will be notified that they in the country legally,” she said.Shanu further noted that the ID cards will not only protect the host country but also protect the persons who have been “dislodged” from their homeland. “There will be accountability for them. The ID card will help protect the host country and give a message to the migrant and refugee that they are welcome but they should also bring positivity to their new homes. This will require collective actions from all the nations,” she said.She added that the identity card should be recognised worldwide as a migrant card that establishes refugees identities and their declared places of origin. It will help preserve their right to return to their homelands voluntarily as the conditions become conducive, she said.advertisement”The refugee situation is not new, people have migrated across lands for decades but it is more profound now because of terrorism, poverty and climate change,” she said.Drawing a parallel with the FIFA World Cup, Shanu said the sporting event celebrates unity and diversity among the sport’s followers across nations. “In the same spirit of the unity that can be seen during the time of the FIFA word cup, it is time that countries should embrace the spirt of unity and of accommodation for people who for no fault of theirs are forced to leave their homes,” she said.”In football, the goal of one person is the defeat of another. In every step of the way, what we are learning from football is that one persons victory is another persons defeat,” she said, adding that it is wrong to think that refugees and migrants will be burden on the resources of a nation. Instead, they can contribute to the economic and cultural fabric of the host countries.Shanu also urged the rich and powerful nations of the world to be more accommodating and open their doors to provide refuge to those fighting persecution and corruption at home. She said the developed nations, which have huge land and natural resources, can set up small industries, manufacturing units and service industries that can help provide employment to the refugee and migrant communities.”This is about sharing the responsibilities collectively and growing the economies of the world. What is preventing countries like Russia China, Saudi Arabia and other rich nations as well as the private sector to join hands and set up small industries and manufacturing units that employ migrants and refugees,” she said.Shanu also stressed on the need for accountability of the host country towards each individual looking for a home base. “It is important to ensure that the host countries do not abuse the refugee in any way. The UN as well as the ID card can bring assurance to the refugees,” she said.She added that as the refugees and migrants add to the economic growth of the nations hosting them, the governments can ensure safety and security through the issuance of the ID cards that will bring accountability on the part of the refugees.”The young new leaders of the world across various sectors need to become more committed to resolving this world crisis situation than before. If politics needs a goal, it should be a home for all in the world. Basic sense of belonging to a country, a space, a city, a home is also the perfect goal for young business entrepreneurs to provide for all those who need it,” she said, urging citizens to build a commitment towards this cause. PTI YAS ZHZHlast_img read more

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first_imgSeven years into his retirement and former Test stalwart Rahul Dravid is still making silent and important contribution for India, shaping the next generation of cricketers who will form the core of the team.For a significant part of his 16-year Test career, Dravid was the bulwark in India’s star-studded batting lineup that also included Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S Laxman.A classical batsman who built his game around a near-impregnable defence and an over-my-dead-body attitude, ‘The Wall’ was a purist’s delight even though team mates often eclipsed his best efforts.His 95 in his very first Test innings was overshadowed by fellow debutant Ganguly’s century in the 1996 match at Lord’s. Three years later, Dravid hit 145 in a World Cup match against Sri Lanka but once again Ganguly’s 183 was the talking point.Dravid’s 180 in the 2001 Kolkata Test was crucial to India’s stunning victory against Australia but still ended up being second fiddle to Laxman’s epic 281.Having quit international cricket with more than 24,000 runs against his name, Dravid has since taken charge of India’s under-19 and A teams, overseeing the seamless transition of youngsters into the senior side.Among his wards, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shah and Hanuma Vihari have taken to Test cricket like duck to water, all-rounder Vijay Shankar is staking World Cup claims, while Shubhman Gill broke into the ODI team in New Zealand.”He’s been a great mentor for us,” Agarwal, who impressed on his maiden tour in Australia, told Reuters.”We can always walk up to him, speak to him about our batting, about our thought process, the way we approach an innings or if there’s any technical difficulty.”advertisementShoehorned into the Indian side midway through the Test series following an opening crisis, Agarwal impressed immediately with two 75-plus knocks in three innings.The 28-year-old said Dravid helped him understand how to manage mental energy in the long format.”We had a few chats about my game and he figured that part out,” Agarwal added.”He said ‘to do well in Test cricket, you need to manage your mental energy because you are up and about for all five days’. That’s something we spoke about.”Also we figured out things we can control in the middle and focus on doing them.”Lokesh Rahul is another beneficiary of Dravid’s deep understanding of the game – accumulated over 164 Tests and 344 ODIs – and batsmanship in particular.Rahul, 26, was in crisis after a slump in form was followed by a brief suspension for inappropriate comments on a television chat show.Sent home midway through the Test series in Australia, Rahul joined the A team under Dravid and found his mojo back in the five matches against England Lions.He has since looked his free-flowing self in the two Twenty20 matches against Australia, scoring 50 and 47, a turnaround he credited to the time he spent with Dravid.”Fortunately, I got to play some India A games and some games where the pressure was a little less, so that I can focus on my skill and my technique,” Rahul said last week.”I spent a lot of time with Rahul Dravid, working on my game and chatting about cricket. He helped me a lot in the games I played for India A.”Also Read | Dravid effect: Like India, Pakistan wants former cricketers for coaching juniorsAlso Read | India one of the favourites, hope they peak at right time, says Rahul Dravidlast_img read more

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first_imgMumbai: Veteran actor Anupam Kher visited his son Sikandar on the sets of “Sooryavanshi”, and said that the film will be life changing for him. Anupam on Monday shared a photograph of Sikandar and him along with actor Akshay Kumar and filmmaker Rohit Shetty, whom the 64-year-old veteran described as his “favourite self made people”. “Dear Sikandar! It was wonderful to see you working with two of my favourite self made people. Both Rohit Shetty and Akshay Kumar are prime examples of great success through hard work and discipline. ‘Sooryavanshi’ will be a life changing movie and an eternal life lesson for you,” he captioned the image. “Sooryavanshi” is the fourth film of Shetty’s cop drama universe in which Akshay is essaying the role of Veer Suryavanshi, a character that was introduced as an anti-terrorist squad officer in the Ranveer Singh-starrer 2018 film “Simmba”. The movie, which is scheduled to hit the screens on March 27, 2020, also stars Katrina Kaif and Gulshan Grover.last_img read more

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first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN National NewsTwo men have been charged with numerous sexual offences following an extensive investigation into reports of alleged sexual and physical abuse in a northern Manitoba First Nation, RCMP announced Thursday.Over the course of an 11-month investigation police say they have identified 17 victims in the community of Garden Hill First Nation, approximately 475 km northeast of Winnipeg.Supt. Michael Koppang of the RCMP calls the alleged offences a “tragedy that has and will deeply affect the community of Garden Hill.”Between December 2017 and June 2018 police received three reports of alleged child sexual assault in the community.Following the investigation, police identified 17 children, both male and female, between the ages of three and 15 who were victims of sexual and or physical abuse, Koppang said.Paul Bruce Harper, 21, has been charged with multiple sexual offences including sexual assault, sexual interference and aggravated assault.Paul Bruce Harper has been charged with multiple sex offences. He was first charged in February 2018.“During the course of the investigation…it was learned that this accused had access to a residence that was a foster home for numerous children in the community,” said Koppang.Police say more than 150 children were identified as having contact with Harper.Child abuse investigators from the RCMP or Child and Family Services interviewed the children. Additionally, a number of these youths were interviewed by experts at a resource centre for children and youth.A second male was also arrested and charged with multiple sexual offences in September 2018.The now 20-year-old cannot be named because he was a youth at the time of the alleged offences.Lucy Harper, 66, was the foster mother in the home police believe Paul Harper had access to. She was charged in September 2018 with perjury as well as under the Child and Family Service Act for failure to report a child in need of protection and failure to provide for a child in need of protection.Police would not confirm the relationship between the two accused.A spokesperson for the province would not confirm how long Ms. Harper was a foster parent, but police say she is no longer in that position.The offences took place between 2011 and 2017, according to police.Koppang credits the community with supporting the investigation.“Police rely on cooperation with the community. We don’t do this by ourselves…trust is everything,” he said.Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba First Nations and Grand Chief Garrison Settee of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, the group representing northern Manitoba First Nations, say support is essential for survivors.“It’s not their fault that this happened,” said Dumas.“I hope that they don’t take any blame or that they feel that anything they had done facilitated whatever may have happened to them.”Settee is urging all levels of government to work together to ensure supports are available to “protect them from future harm.”Families Minister Heather Stefanson calls the allegations “horrific”.She says RCMP notified her of the investigation on Wednesday and since it’s still on-going her department is taking it “one step at a time.”“We need to allow the investigative process to take place. I certainly thing it would be inappropriate for myself or anyone to intervene,” she told reporters.RCMP are urging other potential victims to come forward.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association will be in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver today, making the case to Madam Justice Miriam Gropper for an injunction to halt the upcoming proportional representation referendum in B.C.In late July, the ICBA filed for an injunction to suspend the Province’s upcoming referendum on proportional representation until its court challenge filed in June to the referendum’s legality can be determined.The ICBA says it believes the way the government has asked and structured the questions in the upcoming referendum is unlawful and undermines the purpose of a binding referendum, which is to determine whether a fully informed electorate supports adopting a new electoral system. The ICBA’s lawyer Peter Gall will argue that the referendum questions and process are illegal because they don’t present the public with a clear choice between the current electoral system and a defined system of proportional representation – as was the case in the two previous referenda held on this matter in 2005 and 2009.“We are strongly supportive of holding a vote to decide whether B.C. should adopt a new electoral system,” said ICBA president Chris Gardner. “While the provincial government has been trying to rag the puck on our case – using delay tactics to keep their flawed process going, we believe it is in the public interest to ensure this referendum is conducted in a fair, transparent, and lawful manner, given that it involves such a fundamental change to our democratic system.”The court hearing is scheduled to begin at the Vancouver Law Courts at 9:45 this morning.last_img read more

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Highlights at the close Tuesday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,090.15, down 101.45 pointsDow — 21,753.31, down 234.25 pointsS&P 500– 2,457.85, down 18.70 pointsNasdaq — 6,375.57, down 59.76 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 80.83 cents US, up 0.12 of a centPound — C$1.6094, up 0.34 of a centEuro — C$1.4733, up 0.14 of a centEuro — US$1.1909, up 0.29 of a centOil futures:US$48.66, up $1.37(October contract)Gold futures:US$1,344.50 per oz., up $14.10(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$23.129 per oz., up 26.3 cents$743.60 per kg., up $8.46 read more

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Briefing the Security Council on the latest developments, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said the Secretary-General is “prepared to do his part” to help the parties end the violence and find a way forward.While Israel has legitimate security concerns, the United Nations “is alarmed by Israel’s heavy response,” said Mr. Feltman.While it was “indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza into Israel” that ended yesterday’s five-hour humanitarian pause, he said, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) has so far conducted four ground incursions into Gaza and some 90 airstrikes, firing 91 missiles, as well as more than 500 shells. Palestinians, meanwhile, have fired some 127 rockets and 29 mortar shells at Israel, during the same period. Since 8 July, when hostilities intensified, two Israelis were killed, including one civilian, and at least 365 civilians were injured. Meanwhile, some 250 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, have been killed, and more than 1,900 civilians were injured in strikes from land, air and sea.“The Secretary-General is extremely concerned that this escalation will further increase the already appalling death toll among Gazan civilians,” Mr. Feltman said. In a statement issued by his spokesperson last night, the Secretary-General called for an immediate end to the “indiscriminate firing of rockets by Hamas into Israel and Israeli retaliatory action.”He asked the parties to do their utmost to protect civilians and UN premises and staff, and to ensure that humanitarian assistance continues to reach all those in need. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said today that over 47,000 displaced Gazans have taken refuge in its facilities. The overall number of displaced people inside Gaza is likely to be far higher as many people will have taken sanctuary with family and friends. “We again appeal to the warring parties to respect international humanitarian law obligations towards civilians, humanitarian workers and UN installations. They must exercise maximum restraint at this time of great violence and instability,” said UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness.Mr. Feltman added that the Secretary-General has been “in touch around the clock with world leaders” to facilitate collective action to stop the violence, and was alarmed when fighting resumed after yesterday’s humanitarian pause. The temporary pause in fighting had raised hopes for a long-term ceasefire to be brokered by the Government of Egypt. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met yesterday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo, and both reportedly agreed to the necessity of an immediate ceasefire and the urgency of holding a donors conference to start rebuilding the Gaza Strip, Mr. Feltman said.Mr. Ban is currently reviewing a request by Mr. Abbas which would place Palestine under an international protection system administered by the UN.In his briefing, Mr. Feltman reiterated the importance of addressing the root causes of the currently escalation, with support to durable political, security, institutional and socioeconomic progress that stabilizes Gaza. This includes an end to weapons smuggling, the full opening of the crossings and bringing Gaza back under one legitimate Palestinian Government adhering to Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) commitments, and the paying of salaries to tens of thousands of employees working in Gaza after 2007 without payment. He also stressed the importance of refocusing efforts towards a two-State solution, as the only viable route to end the decades-long conflict in the Middle East. The impact of the situation in Gaza is also being felt in Lebanon, where the UN Interim Force (UNIFIL), in coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces, has intensified patrols in the area as a result of rockets being launched into Israel. The IDF retaliated in all five of the instances.The destabilizing of the Golan Heights is also a grave danger, Mr. Feltman said, with exchanges of fire reported between the Syrian Armed Forces and armed members of the opposition. Furthermore, the fighting poses a danger to the wider West Bank, where supporters of both sides have clashed. “Our appeal stands on the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to defuse tensions and act responsibly,” stressed Mr. Feltman. read more

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Alarmed at renewed fighting and incitement in the wake of the attacks on Myanmar security forces in northern areas of Rakhine state, the top United Nations human rights official today urged all sides to renounce the use of violence and called on State authorities to ensure they abide by their obligations under international human rights law.“This turn of events is deplorable. It was predicted and could have been prevented,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, noting that “decades of persistent and systematic human rights violations, including the very violent security responses to the attacks since October 2016, have almost certainly contributed to the nurturing of violent extremism, with everyone ultimately losing.” The High Commissioner called on the political leadership to condemn the inflammatory rhetoric and incitement to hatred that is proliferating, including on social media. Mr. Zeid also expressed concern about claims by the State Counsellor’s Office that international aid workers were complicit in or supporting the attacks. “Such statements are irresponsible and only serve to increase fears and the potential for further violence,” he said. “I am extremely concerned that the unsupported allegations against international aid organizations place their staff in danger and may make it impossible for them to deliver essential aid.” Mr. Zeid said the perpetrators of the attacks on security personnel must be brought to justice, as must those who have been attacking the civilian population. State authorities should issue clear instructions to security forces to refrain from using disproportionate force, minimize damage and injuries and respect the right to life, he said. “The State has a duty to protect those within its territory – without discrimination,” stated Mr. Zeid.“I call on the Government of Myanmar to follow the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, headed by Kofi Annan, for an integrated and calibrated response to the situation in Rakhine state, to address rather than sacrifice human rights concerns in the interests of maintaining peace and order,” he said.The High Commissioner also expressed concern about thousands of Rohingya having fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh since the attacks, adding to the tens of thousands who have been arriving in Bangladesh since October 2016. UN refugee agency urges open borders for people fleeing violence in RakhineMeanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today communicated to the Government of Bangladesh its readiness to support the country in assisting refugees crossing the border.As of Sunday, it was estimated that some 5,200 people had entered Bangladesh from Myanmar since Thursday. Several thousand were reported to be in locations along the Myanmar side of the border. The agency is aware of several reported instances of people being prevented from entering Bangladesh. UNHCR believes it is of the utmost importance that Bangladesh, which has hosted refugees from Myanmar for decades, continues to allow Rohingya fleeing violence to seek safety there. UNHCR also called on the international community to support Bangladesh in doing so, with all necessary aid and other help. read more

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The Ohio State men’s soccer team overcame a late rally by rival Michigan for an emotional 3-2 win in overtime Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “It was a great win, a very emotional win and nice to do it in front of our fans here at home and in front of the student section,” head coach John Bluem said after the game. “But we have to play better than we did today that’s for sure.” Junior midfielder Austin McAnena notched his second goal of the season in the 16th minute off of an assist by sophomore forward Omar Vallejo to put OSU up 1-0. Ohio State would hold the 1-0 lead until the 81st minute when sophomore midfielder Fabio Pereira of Michigan scored on an assist by junior midfielder Latif Alashe. Four minutes later, Michigan took a late lead with an unassisted goal by sophomore forward Ezekial Harris. With less than five minutes left to play, OSU senior midfielder Parnell Hegngi knocked a header into right side of the net on a long throw-in by freshman midfielder Adam Gorski to tie the game. “We realized it wasn’t the first time all year that we’d been down; we had risen up against teams all year,” said junior forward Chris Hegngi after the game. “We kinda collectively gathered together and realized that we had five minutes left…we rose up together and did it.” Bluem said there was no time to give the team a pep talk after Michigan had rallied to take the lead. “There wasn’t a lot we could do and say to them, we changed the lineup as best we could to push people forward and then we got the equalizer,” Bluem said. “Now the momentum was back on our side.” The Buckeyes would need just 34 seconds in overtime to send the Wolverines packing. Vallejo added his second assist on a pass to Chris Hegngi from the right side of the field and Chris Hegngi sent the ball into the right side of the net past goalkeeper Adam Grinwis as the redshirt freshman charged the ball. “I saw the keeper charge out a little bit and I thought I had a chance to hit it,” Chris Hegngi said. “It worked out I was very fortunate.” Chris Hegngi and his teammates celebrated the win with the student section. It was the first overtime victory for the Buckeyes since their 1-0 win over Valparaiso on Oct. 17, 2010. Bluem said the team has a lot to work on before its next contest. “Just about everything,” Bluem said. “Mostly defending. Akron is a very, very good team. We’re going to have to really be organized and all on the same page defensively when we go up there.” Michigan fell to 2-7-1 as OSU improved to 5-3-1. The Buckeyes travel to Akron (5-0-2) Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. match. read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSeveral CAL flights cancelled over storm warningJune 19, 2017In “latest news”CAL announces cancellations due to Hurricane MariaSeptember 18, 2017In “latest news”CAL cancels Florida flights as Irma approachesSeptember 7, 2017In “latest news” PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Caribbean Airlines says it will operate relief flights between Port‐of‐Spain, Trinidad and Barbados to accommodate passengers on flights that were cancelled for yesterday and today due inclement weather.The airline informed in a press release today that its relief flights are BW3458, which departs Barbados at 10:35 pm today and flight BW3459, which will depart Port of Spain to Barbados at 12:30 am tomorrow.Caribbean Airlines is advising affected customers, who were scheduled to travel yesterday, that they will be permitted to change or cancel their reservations without penalty subject to the following conditions:• Passengers must have a confirmed ticket issued before August 17th, 2017• Passengers who choose to have their tickets refunded must do so by August 25th 2017• Passengers who choose to change their reservations must complete their travel by August 25t unless travel on the original booking was after this date. Travel must also be in the same cabin as originally scheduled.Caribbean Airlines said it will not be responsible for arrangements or transportation to/from an alternate airport or hotel/overnight expenses incurred by affected passengers.Customers are advised to visit www.caribbean‐airlines.com and check their flight status before going to the airport or call the Caribbean Airlines call centres for further details. read more

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Of the 4763 sugar workers who were made redundant by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as part of that State entity’s restructuring programme, more than 350 who were attached to the Wales Estate did not receive severance payment on Friday, as others across the industry did.According to a source close to the sugar sector, the workers are worried as to when they will be paid their severance. Many of them were hoping to be receive their severance payments by Friday last.The National Assembly had, in early November, given approval for almost $2.5 billion to be released to cater for the remaining severance due to 4,723 sugar workers.Government, earlier this year, opted to pay some workers half of their severance, while a promise was made to pay the remaining half in latter part of the year.The Department of Public Information (DPI) announced last week that Government had kept its promise to pay out the remaining fifty percent of severance to those receiving amounts in excess of $500,000 by the end of 2018.In fact, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had given all assurances that the Wales workers, who previously were prevented from receiving severance pay by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU)-filed court action, would receive their outstanding benefits.He had also said that Government would respect the ruling of the court and pay interest of between four and six per cent on the outstanding amounts.Despite those assurances, INews understands that several Wales cane harvesters involved in that very court case were not paid their severance, which has been paid to their other ex-colleagues. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSugar workers protest Parliament for salary increase, severanceDecember 5, 2018In “latest news”$2.4B in severance payments approved: Wales sugar workers also includedNovember 1, 2018In “Business”More sugar workers to be terminated, says GAWUDecember 12, 2018In “latest news” read more

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first_imgThese days, Netflix’s biggest competition may come from Hollywood. The content providers who license their shows and movies to the streaming service have been raising prices and making it harder for Netflix to get easy access. It’s a classic case of freezing out the one who poses the biggest threat to your comfortable world.If Amazon has its way, though, Netflix may be facing stiffer competition from another streaming service. Amazon Prime, which saw a boost in subscribers from its integration with the Kindle Fire, will soon feature plenty of new content. It comes by way of Viacom, with whom Amazon just signed a big deal.The Viacom deal will give Amazon Prime owners access to shows from networks like MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, CMT, and Logo. This could lead to Prime’s streaming of popular shows Jersey Shore, Chapelle’s Show, The Daily Show, and Yo Gabba Gabba.Video streaming is offered as one of the perks of joining Amazon Prime. The service will also give you free two-day shipping on most Amazon orders and monthly book lending for $79 per year. Kindle Fire buyers get a month-long free trial of the service.At least that’s how it works now. We wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Amazon breaking off its video streaming and turning itself into a true Netflix rival. This would probably mean a monthly subscription that isn’t tied to the discounted shipping service. Amazon would also need to make a streaming app available for a variety of platforms, including mobile devices, video game consoles, smart TVs, and set-top-boxes.Right now the cards are still stacked against Amazon though. Despite the Viacom deal, Netflix’s content selection easily dwarfs Amazon’s — by a 10 to 1 ratio. Netflix is also now venturing into the realm of original content; this week it premiered its first original series, Lilyhammer. The quirky series stars Steven Van Zandt (of The Sopranos and The E Street Band) as a New York gangster who testifies against an associate and is sent to Norway via witness protection.Amazon is nowhere near dethroning Netflix right now. But you have to start somewhere, and it has as good of a chance as anyone at knocking Netflix off of its perch… well, except perhaps for Hollywood.last_img read more

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first_img By Órla Ryan Fine Gael is most popular party as Fianna Fáil loses ground Sinn Féin and independents have made gains, while the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit and the Independent Alliance have lost support. Here’s how the parties and others faired:Fine Gael: 25% (no change)Fianna Fáil 24%: (-2)Sinn Féin 16%: (+3)Independents: 12% (+2)Labour: 5% (no change)AAA-PBP: 5% (-4)IA: 4% (-2)Social Democrats: 4% (+1)Green Party: 3% (no change)Others, including Renua: 1% (+1)Read: RTÉ’s George Lee on emigration, climate change and the Dáil’s ‘power game’Read: France hits the polls to elect who will take on Marine Le Pen, and there’s a clear frontrunner Share386 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 1:28 PM http://jrnl.ie/3105124 FINE GAEL IS the most popular party in the country, according to the latest opinion poll. Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny Source: RollingNews.ieThe poll, carried out by Red C for the Sunday Business Post, sees Fianna Fáil drop by two percentage points to 24%.Fine Gael has remained static on 25% support.Sinn Féin and independents have made gains, while the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit and the Independent Alliance have lost support.center_img .@fiannafailparty’s slide puts a static @FineGael vote ahead. Full analysis from @obraonain: https://t.co/y29PW69bSX— The Business Post (@sundaybusiness) November 27, 2016 Nov 27th 2016, 1:28 PM Source: The Business Post/Twitter Short URL 130 Comments 15,585 Views last_img read more

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first_imgThe Victorian government’s sweeping reforms of the state’s taxi industry were passed by parliament last Thursday, much to the anger of many taxi licence holders who are now demanding compensation and threatening industrial action. The passing of the laws was greeted with abject disappointment by around 100 taxi licence holders on the steps of the Victorian parliament. Licence holders fear that their investment in a licence will dramatically reduce in value under the government’s plans to extend competition and introduce more licences. Many drivers have said the changes to the licence system will result in bankruptcy for existing licence holders. Some in the crowd told reporters that they would lobby for a full strike of taxis and even a blockade of the city, others called for a hunger strike. A significant factor in the government winning the vote to introduce the legislation was the actions of rogue independent MP Geoff Shaw, who sided with the government, even though he had expressed criticism of the taxi reforms earlier in the week. Without Shaw’s vote, Labor’s attempt to move amendments for further consultation between the government and the taxi industry failed. Some of the government backbenchers were concerned about the reforms following a letterbox campaign in marginal seats, organised by Taxi Industry Stakeholders Victoria, a lobby group representing many owner-operators dissatisfied with the recommendations of the Allan Fels Inquiry. Such was the mood of the crowd blockading the front of the parliament building late on Thursday afternoon, MPs were forced to leave from the back entrance after the controversial vote. Some in the crowd reportedly accused the government of racism, with the majority of the protestors being members of Melbourne’s ethnic minority communities. 
One protestor carried a placard which read ‘Vote Liberal. Vote for Communism’. Jacob Revzin, who fled Communist Russia three decades ago, began working as a Melbourne taxi driver 32 years ago, he told The Age newspaper. “The government now took away from me everything. I run away from the Communists, and now the Liberals here have sold their principles,” Mr Revzin said. John Zammit, 74, a Maltese migrant who came to Australia in 1961, said that all his years of long shifts in the taxi had came to nothing. “I don’t get a pension, I don’t get a health card. This government is going to kill me because I have blood pressure. My children and my grandchildren will never vote Liberal again,” he said. Owner-operator Peter Khawaja, who has four licences, told Fairfax Media that their entitlements were being stripped off them in the same way proceeds of crime were taken off criminals. “This is bad. You mortgage your house against this. This is depression stuff,” Mr Khawaja said. On Friday, Harry Katsiabanis, managing director of Taxilink, one of Melbourne’s largest taxi fleet agencies and a vocal critic of the government’s reforms, told Neos Kosmos that he was dismayed by the result. “It was like a death in the family yesterday, some had an inkling of hope,” he said. Asked what the next steps would be for those wanting to oppose the legislation and if a strike was on the cards, Mr Katsiabanis said: “I’ll now be lobbying the upper house members to see if we can get some common sense to prevail. If that fails we’ll be launching our legal actions straight after. “A strike is not something I want to support at this stage. I don’t think it’s fair that the people of Melbourne or Victoria should be disadvantaged because of the government being stupid. “I don’t like strike action, but if it becomes a means to an end, then so be it.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgGaz et pétrole de schiste : un enjeu majeur pour les géants de l’énergie aux Etats-UnisLes plus grands groupes internationaux se ruent aux Etats-Unis pour exploiter le pétrole et le gaz de schiste. Qu’il s’agisse du français Total, du chinois Sinopec ou du fonds américain KKR, dans un contexte de raréfaction des gisements d’hydrocarbures traditionnels, tous se tournent vers ces  exploitations dites non-conventionnelles qui sont de véritables mines d’or.Depuis quelques mois les transactions concernant l’achat de projet pour exploiter le gaz de schiste s’accélèrent aux Etats-Unis. Les risques environnementaux n’arrêtent pas les compagnies et si l’exploitation des gisements de schiste est interdite en France, rien n’empêche d’aller forer en Amérique du Nord. Le numéro un mondial du pétrole ExxonMobil avait, dès 2009, déboursé la somme record de 41 milliards de dollars pour son compatriote XTO Energy, pionnier du pétrole et gaz “non conventionnels”.Mardi, deux opérations majeures supplémentaires ont eu lieu. Sinopec (acheté par les Chinois) a racheté un tiers de cinq des projets de Devon Energy pour un montant de 2,5 milliards de dollars (dont 1,6 milliard de dollars en remboursements de coûts d’exploration et forage). De son côté, Total s’est associé aux groupes d’hydrocarbures gazier Chesapeake Energy et EnerVest en prenant une participation de 25 % dans leurs gisements de gaz de schiste dans l’Ohio (dans l’est des Etats-Unis) pour 2,3 milliards de dollars. Déjà fin novembre, le fonds d’investissement KKR avait racheté l’américain Samson pour 7,2 milliards de dollars. “Les Etats-Unis disposent d’une avance technologique dans l’exploitation du pétrole et du gaz non conventionnels”, souligne Mark Hanson, analyste chez Morningstar, pour expliquer cet engouement.Ainsi, la Chine, qui possède des réserves colossales de gaz de schiste, cherche à développer ce secteur et l’acquisition de Sinopec peut lui permettre d’acquérir un savoir-faire qu’elle ne possède pas encore. “Ce sont des entreprises relativement petites qui ont été à l’avant-garde de l’investissement dans ces nouvelles ressources, pas les géants mondiaux”, remarque M. Hanson. Il en va de même pour Total qui souhaite également acquérir une meilleure expertise technologique et qui avait déjà racheté en 2010 et pour 2,25 milliards de dollars une part de Chesapeake, spécialiste des hydrocarbures non conventionnels. “Nous avons beaucoup appris de Chesapeake”, déclarait ainsi en novembre John Bannerman, directeur des activités aux Etats-Unis de Total.Des gaz qui “se vendent au prix fort” À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plagePar ailleurs, le groupe chinois PetroChina International a annoncé mardi qu’il avait parachevé l’achat du projet de sables bitumineux de MacKay River, au Canada, une transaction d’une valeur de 672 millions de dollars. PetroChina devient donc la première société chinoise à détenir la totalité d’un projet d’exploitation de sables bitumineux canadiens, rapporte TV5monde.La roche de schiste contient aussi beaucoup de gaz tels que le propane et le butane “qui sont facilement compressibles et peuvent donc être liquéfiés. Ils se vendent au prix fort” par rapport à un gaz naturel comme le méthane, explique M. Hanson. Le pétrole est également très recherché et son exploitation est moins coûteuse et moins risquée, en apparence, à celle des gisements offshore.Le 4 janvier 2012 à 15:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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