Proud skipper Misbah hopes to see international cricket return to Pakistan

first_imgPakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq hopes international cricket will soon return to the country as he celebrated the team’s climb to the top of the test rankings by being awarded the ceremonial mace to mark the achievement on Tuesday.It was a poignant occasion for the 42-year-old Misbah as he accepted the silver and gold-plated trophy at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, a venue where Pakistan played their last test on home soil.An attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in the city in 2009 led to Pakistan’s exclusion from hosting major international tours with the side forced to play ‘home’ games in the United Arab Emirates ever since.”There can’t be a better location to receive the ICC Test Championship mace than this ground,” Misbah said after receiving the trophy from International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson.”It is ironic for both the players as well as the fans that the journey to the number one position has been (made) outside Pakistan.”The players have missed on the crowd support, while the spectators have been unable to watch live some magnificent team and individual performances. But I am confident that things will change and international cricket will soon return to Pakistan.”The Lahore incident saw the Sri Lankan touring party set upon by at least 10 gunmen, who wounded six players and a British coach, and killed eight Pakistanis in the attack.Undaunted by the isolation, Misbah’s men have recently beaten Australia and England in the UAE, drawn with New Zealand, and earned impressive away series wins in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh before this year’s 2-2 draw in England.advertisementPakistan were then elevated to number one in the rankings without bowling a ball after table-topping India were denied the 3-0 series win they needed to retain top spot against West Indies last month when the final test ended in a damp draw.”The next target we have set for ourselves is to finish as the number one ranked test side at the April 1 cutoff date,” said Misbah, referring to the prize money on offer to the ranking leaders on that day.”It is not going to be easy as we have series against formidable sides like the West Indies, New Zealand and Australia.”But instead of getting overawed by our opponents, we need to trust in our abilities, focus on our strengths and try to be as consistent as possible.”last_img read more

Fantasy: Champions League TotW

first_imgLionel Messi certainly started the 2018-19 Champions League with a bang! He scored the first goal of the competition this season and followed it up with two more for his eighth European hat-trick, taking the lead over one Cristiano Ronaldo. That performance obviously earned the Barcelona man a spot in our Goal Fantasy Team of the Week, where he is joined by the following players.Goal-Fantasy-Football-Play-Now-BannerGK: Wojciech Szczesny – Juventus – 1 Game, 5 Saves (1 Penalty Save), 1 Clean Sheet = 14 Points 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! DEF: Nicolas Tagliaico – Ajax – 1 Game, 2 Goals, 1 Clean Sheet = 21 PointsTagliafico had an incredible day, but it actually could have even better as he had a header denied by a fantastic reflex save from Vasilios Barkas. Add in the clean sheet kept by Ajax, and the defender grabs our first Player of the Week award for this Champions League season.He has never scored more than a single goal in any competition he’s played in so no need to rush out and buy him, but it will be interesting to see how he performs against the big boys in his group.DEF: Luke Shaw – Manchester United – 1 Game, 1 Assist, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsLuke Shaw Manchester United 2018-19DEF: Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus – 1 Game, 1 Assist, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsMID: Paul Pogba – Manchester United – 1 Game, 2 Goals, 1 Assist = 17 PointsIt’s hard to be more efficient than Pogba was on Wednesday as he shot twice and scored twice against Young Boys. He is also now tied for first in assists after round one. Admittedly it’s a 31-way tie, but it’s still nice to see Frenchman flash some creativity.It will be interesting to see if United can put up this kind of performance against a tougher opponent in Valencia but, it’s tremendously unlikely that any Pogba owner will ship him out after this effort.MID: Miralem Pjanic – Juventus – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 14 PointsMiralem Pjanic Valencia Juventus Champions LeagueMID: Nabil Fekir – Lyon – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsNot many people backed Lyon to get a result today which may explain why none of their players were owned in more than 6% of the Goal game. Those that gambled on Fekir were certainly rewarded with his goal and assist that helped the French side claim all three points.The underlying stats from round one don’t really back Fekir to be able to keep this up, but that may just be a reflection of City’s defence. Next up he’ll face a Shakhtar defence who allowed the fourth most shots this week.MID: Emre Akbaba – Galatasaray – 1 Game, 3 Assists = 11 PointsEmre Akbaba Vedran Corluka Galatasaray Lokomotiv Moscow 9182018 UCLFOR: Lionel Messi – Barcelona – 1 Game, 3 Goals = 17 PointsWe mentioned in the Expert’s XI that Messi was coming into this competition with far more momentum than Ronaldo and, hopefully, you listened.The hat-trick was the Argentinan’s eighth in the Champions League which is the most in European history. Forget stats or matchups, Messi is, in every sense of the phrase, a must-own every match in the Goal game.FOR: Michael Krmencik – Viktoria Plzen – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 PointsFOR: Ousmane Dembele – Barcelona – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 10 Points goal-fantasy-football-bannerlast_img read more

Cricketer and accomplice arrested for assaulting Delhi chief selector Amit Bhandari

first_imgDelhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) Chief selector Amit Bhandari was, here on Monday, assaulted by an aspirant and his 14 other accomplices after he was not selected for a cricket tournament, a senior police officer said, adding the accused has been arrested.”Bhandari has been admitted to Sant Parmanand Hospital with head and leg injuries. He is out of danger,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Nupur Prasad said.The incident occurred around 1.30 p.m. at the St. Stephen’s Ground in north Delhi when one Shukhwinder Singh, accomplice of Bhandari informed police that a group of 10-15 youth assaulted the former India pacer with sticks and cricket bats.The DDCA chief selector, chairperson of Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 tournament for Delhi Under-23 team, said in a statement that he was attacked by one Anuj Dheda and his other 14 accomplices after he did not select him, the police officer said.”We have arrested Anuj Dheda and his accomplice Naveen from their hideout. Efforts are on to arrest other accomplices,” the DCP said.Earlier, speaking to IANS, DDCA president Rajat Sharma promised strict action against the culprits.Narrating the incident to IANS, Sharma said the assault was carried out by goons hired by a disgruntled player, whose name was missing from the list of probables.”He [Bhandari] was watching this [Syed Mushtaq Ali] match at Stephen’s Ground, and other selectors were also there. One player came up to him and asked why he wasn’t selected and Bhandari told him that the selection was made purely on the basis of merit,” Sharma said. “And then 10-12 people came jumping over a wall and attacked Bhandari.”advertisementSharma said the DDCA has also alerted the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in case of further medical emergency. “He is currently stable and under observation. We have alerted AIIMS, just in case he needs further medical attention,” the DDCA President said.Assuring all help to Bhandari, Sharma, also the editor-in-chief of India TV news channel, said: “He is obviously traumatised and shaken. I assured him of all help and have spoken personally to the Delhi Police officials to take the strictest possible action.”Bhandari also runs a cricket academy.Also Read | Gautam Gambhir furious with assault on Amit Bhandari: Won’t let this slip under the carpetAlso Read | Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda hit on the head during practice match at Eden Gardenslast_img read more

All-round Hardik Pandya peerless in Indian cricket team: Virender Sehwag

first_imgAll-rounder Hardik Pandya has talent unmatched by any other player in the Indian cricket team, says big-hitting former opener Virender Sehwag.According to Sehwag, Hardik is one that has become irreplaceable in recent times.Hardik has played a pivotal role in Mumbai Indians’ record fourth title triumph in the IPL recently, coming into the lucrative T20 league after enduring a tumultuous phase following his outrage-evoking remarks on women on a chat show.Having served the ensuing ban, the star all-rounder pummelled 402 runs in 15 innings in the IPL at a staggering strike rate of 191.42, and a highest score of 91.”There is no one even closer to Hardik Pandya’s talent with both bat and ball. If there was someone even closer to him, the three-dimensional players picked by BCCI, were even closer to him, Pandya would not have made it back into the team,” Sehwag told ‘Cricketnext’ website.Hardik is part of the 15-man Indian squad for the upcoming World Cup and is expected to leave his mark on the showpiece with his exploits.Along with India team-mate KL Rahul, Hardik was flown back from Australia after the duo made some controversial remarks on the chat show, ‘Koffee with Karan’ earlier this year.Also Read | Want to lift World Cup as well: Hardik Pandya after Mumbai Indians win 4th IPL titleAlso Read | Kuldeep’s flop show, Hardik’s sixes : How India’s World Cup-bound players fared in IPL 2019last_img read more

Vorm sees Tottenham contract extended

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Vorm sees Tottenham contract extended through to 2019 Jamie Smith 01:01 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Michel Vorm Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Spurs have triggered a 12-month option in the Dutchman’s current deal, keeping him at White Hart Lane for the next Premier League campaign Michel Vorm’s Tottenham contract has been extended through to 2019, the Premier League club have confirmed.Vorm’s Spurs deal was due to expire this month but the club have taken up an option to give the goalkeeper another year.The Netherlands international plays a backup role to club captain Hugo Lloris, starting a single Premier League game in 2017-18. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Vorm did, however, make seven starts as Spurs progressed through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, losing 2-1 to Manchester United.A statement released on the club’s official website confirming the Dutchman’s fresh terms read: “The club can confirm that we have activated the option to extend Michel Vorm’s contract until 2019.”The Netherlands international made 11 appearances for us across all four competitions last season.”Since joining us from Swansea City in 2014, he has proved to be a reliable custodian whenever called upon and has made 43 appearances in a Tottenham shirt to date along with 15 caps for his country.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Evergreen and Yang Ming Post Losses, Wan Hai Stays in Profit

first_imgzoom The third quarter results of Taiwan’s big three container shipping lines were all impacted by the downturn in the industry, with only Wan Hai staying in the black.The biggest one of the three, Evergreen, posted a TWD 2.56bn (USD 78.35m) loss against a profit of TWD 2.47bn reported for the same period of the preceding year.The company’s revenue was also down from TWD 37.59 bn, reaching TWD 33.03bn. For the nine months, Evergreen recorded a net loss of TWD 759.6 million on the backdrop of last year’s profit of TWD 961.4 million.The challenging market pushed Yang Ming into the red as well as the company recorded a net loss of TWD 4.2 bn against a profit of TWD 1.4 bn in the same period last year.The company’s revenues stood at TWD 31.9 bn, down 14.5 percent when compared to the last year’s figures.Only Wan Hai closed the third trimester of this year on a positive note, posting a profit of TWD 1 bn, but also down from last year’s TWD 1.82 bn.In the first nine months of 2015, Wan Hai posted a profit of TWD 4.2 billion, up by 17.6 percent from last year.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Gurung accused of keeping councillors in forced confinement

first_imgDarjeeling: The chairperson of the Darjeeling Municipality has alleged that around 5 to 6 councillors of the municipality have been kept in forced confinement by the group owing allegiance to Bimal Gurung, in order to bring about a no-confidence motion. She has further alleged that Gurung has been constantly pressurising the councillors of her camp to switch over.Incidentally on May 29, a group of councillors along with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Bimal faction) had marched to the municipality and submitted a memorandum to chairperson Prativa Rai Tamang. They had asked her to call a special meeting and prove her majority in the floor of the house. The memorandum was signed by 18 out of 30 councillors. The Tamang camp, meanwhile, had alleged that some signatures in the memorandum had been forged and 5 to 6 others were made to sign under duress. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaTamang had also lodged an FIR stating that she had been manhandled and was in hospital. Following this, the 17 councillors who had tried to stage a coup had gone into hiding. “Out of the 17 around 5 to 6 councillors had earlier established contact with me. They had stated that they were misled and forced into joining the other camp. Now they are being forcibly held in a house arrest like situation. They are in trouble. I hereby appeal that nothing should be done forcefully. Bimal Gurung is also sending people to threaten councillors on our side. He is videocalling and sending messages, asking them to switch over to his side. They should not be disturbed in this way and allowed to act on their own free will. Within 8 days of the election result they have started disturbing the peace and tranquility,” alleged Tamang while talking to mediapersons in Darjeeling on Wednesday. Regarding the special meeting for the no confidence motion, she stated that she will consult the Chief Executive Officer and other officials and check up the legalities as per the Bengal Municipality Act on Thursday.last_img read more

Saaho song Psycho saiyaan released in 4 languages

first_imgMumbai: T-Series on Monday released on its YouTube channel the song “Psycho saiyaan” from multilingual Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor-starrer “Saaho”. The song has been released in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. “After being recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, this song is our way to tell the world what India can do when creaters and energies from all languages and regions come together,” Bhushan Kumar, head honcho of T-Series, said in a statement. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography The Hindi version of the song has been sung by Dhvani Bhanushali and Sachet Tandon. Dhvani has also given voice to the Telugu and Tamil versions with Anirudh Ravichander and the Malayalam version with Yazin Nizar. The music for all the four versions has been composed by Tanishk Bagchi. Dhvani said: “‘Psycho saiyaan’ has been one of the most challenging songs of my career so far and I am excited to share it with you guys! I am a big fan of both Shraddha and Prabhas and this was such a great opportunity for me.” “‘Psycho saiyaan’ is a new sound in the dance space. This song is a potential anthem for audiences across all four languages. Dhvani’s first time with regional languages, and she has aced it. “Doing a song for ‘Saaho’ and that too picturised on Shraddha and Prabhas, is a good feeling,” added Tanishk.last_img read more

UBC students want to build and study effectiveness of tree canopy bus

first_imgVANCOUVER — Students at the University of British Columbia are hoping to build bus shelters with environmental benefits.Tabinda Shah, a final-year urban forestry student, said she and several other students are working to build a “tree canopy bus shelter,” which would not only shelter people from the rain as they wait for their ride, but also help the environment.“The aim of the project is to bring ecologically conscious infrastructure into dense urban areas by maximizing opportunities for green infrastructure in small spaces,” she said in an email.The roof or shelter would be made of treated wood that can withstand the elements and host a layer of plants that are hardy and succulent, and can thrive in not just the rain but the dry months too. The excess water from the roof would run off into the ground to recharge the water table.The students are crowdfunding the project and want to build at least three bus shelters to measure their effectiveness. Shah said each shelter costs about $50,000, and the team is hoping to have a prototype shelter built by sometime next year.Daniel Roehr, associate professor at UBC, said while the team does not have any arrangement with the City of Vancouver or the transit agency, they do have permits to build three structures on the University of British Columbia campus.Shah said Vancouver is a very walkable city, but that hardly anyone wants to walk in it during the winter because of a lack of pedestrian shelter from the rain.“Being an urban forestry student, I wanted to bring a multifaceted solution to the table that would not only increase walkability in the city, but also create habitat space, more sustainable stormwater management and a biophilic city,” she said.Roehr said Vancouver has a number of green roofs but most of them need to be irrigated, so one of the main design aims of these tree canopy bus shelters was that they would be self-sufficient.Roehr and Shah are working with a team of other students from different disciplines on the shelters.“We have flow devices to measure rainwater runoff from these roofs and how effective they are,” Roehr said. “We want to monitor it. And if it is effective we can use it all over the city — we could use it on all bus shelters.”Shah said this will be the first type of bus shelter to measure how much rainwater is runoff. She added that such bus shelters are important because they are one more step towards tackling climate change.The prototype and research will help justify whether a larger investment into such an idea would be worth it, she said.“We’re hoping to have the prototype constructed along Wesbrook Mall at the University of British Columbia, but in an ideal world, we would want these all over the city street networks of Vancouver,” Shah said.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

STOP INCLUDING WEIGHT HEIGHT AND CHEST SIZE ON ACTORS RESUMES HALIFAX DIRECTOR

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Neptune Theatre director Jeremy Webb is calling for actors to stop putting their height, weight and other measurements on their resumes. (CBC) “I need to know that they are engaged, talented, motivated, that they have the skills, the singing range, the dancing ability, the acting ability, to do the job.”Start of broader discussionWebb said the stories of sexual harassment emerging from the industry against director Harvey Weinstein and others are starting a more serious conversation about what’s acceptable.Jeremy Webb looks at his Facebook post from Nov. 16. (CBC)“To get into that unnecessary private information about a person’s body type should not have a bearing on whether or not you get a role,” Webb said.“In the same way that accepting a Hollywood movie executive’s invitation to go to a hotel room late at night should not have a bearing on whether you get a role … that kind of stuff just cannot happen.”READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Neptune Theatre’s new artistic director is pushing for an end to the “archaic” practice of listing an actor’s height, weight and other measurements on resumes.Jeremy Webb posted to Facebook on Thursday about the issue, asking actors and agents to remove the numbers.“It’s 2017 and I do not need to know an actor’s chest size when casting them for a role. I don’t need to know their waist size,” Webb told the CBC’s Maritime Noon on Friday. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

5 in hospital after Ancaster crash

Five people were taken to hospital after a head-on collision in Ancaster Sunday afternoon.Police say a car and an SUV collided on Wilson Street near Highway 52 around 12:30. A woman in her twenties was rushed to hospital in critical but stable condition after being extricated from her car. Three 17-year-old boys and a 45-year-old woman were also taken to hospital, but everybody involved in the crash is expected to recover.Wilson Street near Alberton Road was closed for several hours this afternoon while police cleaned up the debris. Police say this time of year is prone to crashes and are reminding drivers to watch their speed.The collision reconstruction team is investigating the crash. read more

Myanmars sevenstep peace process not inclusive lacks timeline – Annan

“The efforts of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to persuade the Government to agree to include the NLD (National League for Democracy), other political parties and representatives of all Myanmar’s ethnic nationalities in the earliest stages of the road map process and to set a time line for the map’s implementation have not borne fruit,” says the report, an update of an earlier submission to the General Assembly. The Secretary-General believes that mass rallies are no substitute for the active participation of political parties in the process of democratization and national reconciliation, it says. Mr. Annan appeals once again to the Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt, and other government leaders to lift remaining restrictions on the NLD leaders, including Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and others detained on or after 30 May, the report says. read more

Number of child labourers worldwide dips but challenges remain UN agency

The ILO report, entitled The end of child labour: Within reach, also says that if the current pace of the decline were to be maintained and the global momentum to stop child labour continued, child labour could feasibly be eliminated, in most of its worst forms, in 10 years.“The fight against child labour in the world continues to be a daunting challenge, but this Global Report provides evidence that a breakthrough could be in the making,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia says in a preface to the 74-page document.“We are on the right track. We can end its worst forms in a decade, whilenot losing sight of the ultimate goal of ending all child labour. Clearly, there is still much to be done.”The new report says the actual number of child labourers worldwide fell by 11 per cent between 2000 and 2004, from 246 million to 218 million, highlighting also that the number of children and youth aged 5 to 17 trapped in hazardous work decreased by 26 per cent, dropping to 126 million in 2004 from 171 million in the previous estimate.This new report attributed the reduction in child labour to increased political will and awareness and also concrete action, particularly in the field of poverty reduction and mass education that has led to a “worldwide movement against child labour,” the agency said in a news release. Through its International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), the ILO assists in building national capacity to deal with the problem and providing policy advice. In addition, through direct action, the Programme over the past decade has reached some 5 million children.However despite the cautious optimism of the new report, it also highlights the challenges ahead and the ILO’s Coordinator for Child Labour Programmes in Latin America acknowledged that progress worldwide in dealing with child labour had been uneven.“Latin America and the Caribbean have made the biggest progress, and Asia and the Pacific the absolute number of economically active children has also declined. In Africa, there is a decline in the incidence of child labour…but there has been an absolute increase in the number of [African] children,” Maria Arteta, told the press in New York, referring to the latest figures compared to those in the previous ILO report four years earlier.The latest document also shows that with 26 per cent of the child population, or almost 50 million working children, the sub-Saharan African region has the highest proportion of children engaged in economic activities of any region in the world.“As the report states, economic growth alone will not end child labour; countries need to make the right policy choices, choices that invest in education and invest in decreasing inequity,” Ms. Arteta said.“There’s a lot to be done, there are still over 200 million children working, but we now know that if we focus on reducing inequity, mass education and if we work together – donors, the international community, but more important the governments themselves – we can make a difference.” read more

BW fasttracks Stormajor railcar loader for Polish mining company

first_imgA B&W, heavy duty, 800 series StormajorTM radial boom loader has been supplied in record time to the Poznan based company, Strateg Capital for its mining operation located in Tłumaczów in Poland. The Stormajor will be used to load Melaphyre rock into open top rail-cars. Strateg Capital will produce over 40 Mt of the basalt like material from the mine. It embarked upon a ‘fast-track’ mine development earlier this year which generated an urgent requirement to install a rail-loading facility. The equipment was needed within 13 weeks. This short time-frame, together with the requirement for very robust equipment, led the customer to seek a solution from the well-known supplier of mobile port loading and unloading equipment, B&W Mechanical Handling in the UK. B&W is fully integrated into the International Aumund Group with strategically placed offices in more than 10 countries and representatives in over 40.The Stormajor combines the benefits of the well known Samson feeder design with a radial slew and luffing outloading boom conveyor into a single mobile machine, able to receive material both from trucks and loading shovels. At Tłumaczów the equipment is designed to receive rock with a bulk density 1.6 t/m3, from 30 t capacity Terex TA30 articulated dump trucks. However, in a second phase of the project the trucks will be replaced by mobile link conveyors which will feed the material into the Stormajor through a specially designed feed hopper.The Stormajor, designed for a maximum throughput of 600 t/h, is equipped with a 15 m outloading boom and loads directly into rail-cars up to a height of 5.0 m. The outloading boom is able to be slewed plus or minus 30o and luffed from zero to 30o providing great flexibility and the discharge is fitted with a variable angle trimming chute which aids even-loading. Initially the Stormajor will be towed alongside the rail-cars to facilitate loading but once the mobile link conveyors are installed the unit will remain mostly static and the rail-cars will be locomotive hauled.The unit needs only one 400 V supply to the on-board 110 kW hydraulic power pack which drives the belt, slewing and luffing operations. The unit is mounted on rubber tyres for easy towable relocation.last_img read more

Marks Spencer staff to strike next Saturday

first_imgUpdated 20.00pmTHE STAFF AT Marks & Spencer have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.The strike will see the company’s 17 stores nationwide close next Saturday, 7 December, with two further days planned on 12 December and 20 December.The workers are angered by the closure of the staff pension scheme, a move they were opposed to.SIPTU said this evening that members employed in M&S have voted in favour of industrial action by 97.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent in favour of strike action.The union represents approximately 140 workers employed in Marks & Spencer stores across the Dublin area.Mandate trade union, which represents the majority of the 2,300 staff at the stores, earlier stated that they have written to management to serve notice of the strike.Mandate assistant general secretary Gerry Light says that the decision to close the pension fund, along with other cost-saving measures are “opportunistic”.“While we fully recognise that some employers in the retail sector are struggling and that Marks & Spencer, like many, are operating with reduced profits, the company have given their workers absolutely no satisfactory proof that the permanent withdrawal of terms and conditions of employment is necessary or justified.”The company closed the defined benefit pension scheme on 31 October. The scheme is performing, with a surplus of €17 million.Cost-cutting measures included a reduction in managers, a reduction in Sunday and public holiday pay and the elimination of the Christmas bonus.Light added that workers feel that the company has “breached the trust” of the staff. He added that the union would discuss the situation but only “without unilateral implementation” of decisions.Our members feel there’s been a fundamental breach of trust by senior management. We’ve been given limited access to the company’s financial accounts and as Marks & Spencer are another multinational company which does not reveal accounts for their Irish business, we and our members are left at a distinct disadvantage whereby we cannot contextualise the viability of the cost saving proposals.The company says they have done all they can to avert the strike.“M&S has done all it can to try and move this situation forward so we are extremely disappointed that the company has been given notice that strike action has been called. We are fully prepared to reopen talks at any time either locally or at the Labour Relations Commission in order to avoid the impact on our customers and employees in the run up to Christmas.”Siptu Organiser, Neil McGowan said:There was  no meaningful discussion with union representatives in relation to the closure of the pension scheme, with management taking the view that the scheme is a ‘discretionary benefit’.The company has failed to provide  satisfactory evidence to support its claims in relation to the pension scheme and cuts to other benefits. These include plans to cut workers’ premiums and Christmas bonus. Additional reporting by Christina Finn Read: No resolution in sight as ESB workers serve strike noticelast_img read more

Amazon oneups iTunes with 69 cent price tag on top MP3s

first_imgWhen it comes to downloadable music stores, iTunes is still the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Amazon, however, has been doing its best to lure customers away ever since it opened the Amazon MP3 store. First, it offered DRM-free downloads, then came the slick Cloud Player for your computer and Android device, and now Amazon is slashing prices on its most popular tracks.More than 200 songs are now available for 69 cents, which is about half what those same tracks sell for on iTunes (Apple raised its prices from $0.99 to $1.29 in 2010). If you’re into Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Cee-Lo, or just about anyone else who’s had a top 40 hit recently, the deals are hard to pass up. And don’t forget Amazon also has 100 albums for a measly $5 each (including best-ofs from the Beastie Boys and Radiohead) as well as scads of free music to download as well.AdChoices广告If anyone knows how much people love a good bargain, it’s Amazon — dangling freebies and deals is how they’re promoting the new Android App Store, too. There’s also that 10 days of free games promotion going on if you’re looking for some decent desktop diversions.Now maybe they’ll get to work on that international expansion. The rest of the world would like to get in on the deals too, you know, Amazon…Amazon via LA Timeslast_img read more

Sharp unveils new nextgeneration super HDTV

first_imgSharp and the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) unveiled an HDTV this week that represents the next generation of high-definition. The Super Hi-Vision HDTV has a display resolution 16 times higher than current HDTVs, clocking in at 7680 pixels by 4320 pixels or 33-megapixels – a far cry from the standard 1920 by 1080-pixel resolution displays most people are used to.The image quality on the Super Hi-Vision display is reportedly so good that you would be able to see if a person’s eyes are dilated without needing a close-up of their face to do it.AdChoices广告The reason that Sharp and NHK joined forces to show off the display is because NHK has been working on broadcasting video in the new HD format since 1995. That’s right: before most households even had HDTVs in them, NHK has been working on ways to broadcast super-high definition video. Until now, no television manufacturer had the technology to feasibly display the broadcast.The 85-inch display is a prototype, so you won’t find it on store shelves anytime soon. This is more of a concept for what the future of broadcast television may look like: the next generation of high-definition. NHK says it’ll start experimenting with broadcasting the super high-resolution video streams via satellite in 2020, and by that time it may be possible to also send the signals over traditional fiber connections as well.When 1080p HDTVs hit the market, many consumers said that watching sports events and movies on them felt like “looking through a window.” It’s clear that the future of television isn’t standing still, and will resemble the analogy even more as it progresses. Eventually, display technology will get to the point where the human eye won’t be able to tell the difference (we’ll always have depth perception) between displayed imagery and real-world objects.More at Sharp, via Mashablelast_img read more

Les dauphins communiquent entre eux en sappelant par leur nom

first_imgLes dauphins communiquent entre eux en s’appelant par leur “nom”Selon une étude qui vient de paraître aux États-Unis, les grands dauphins sauvages ont chacun une façon bien unique de siffler pour se faire reconnaître et répondre lorsqu’un congénère les appelle par leur “nom”.Aussi intelligents qu’on les croyait, les dauphins n’ont pas fini de nous surprendre ! C’est ce que suggère la découverte exposée lundi par une nouvelle étude publiée lundi dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. D’après ces travaux qui avaient déjà été dévoilés il y a quelques mois, les mammifères marins seraient capables de se retrouver en s’appelant par leur “nom”.  Plus concrètement, les grands dauphins sauvages communiqueraient entre eux en sifflant de façon bien particulière. Et ces sifflements diffèreraient en fonction du congénère auquel il s’adresse : ceci leur permettrait alors non seulement de se faire reconnaitre mais aussi de répondre lorsqu’ils sont appelés. “Il s’agit de la première réelle preuve de l’existence de noms et d’appellations dans le royaume animal”, indique Stephanie King, de l’unité de recherche sur les mammifères marins qui est le principal auteur de ces travaux.Les dauphins seraient alors, avec les hommes, les seuls mammifères à s’appeler par des noms (seuls les perroquets utilisent des noms qu’ils ont appris pour appeler d’autres créatures ou objets). Cette étude “dresse des parallèles très intéressants entre les moyens de communications des hommes et ceux des dauphins : tout le monde savait que c’était le cas mais cela n’avait encore jamais été prouvé de façon expérimentale”, relève encore Stephanie King citée par l’AFP.Des dauphins qui ne répondent qu’à leur “nom” À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ainsi, environ 50% des sifflements émis par un dauphin sauvage servent à s’identifier ou à annoncer son arrivée, précise la chercheuse  qui a observé pas moins de 200 dauphins au cours de l’étude. Mais pour pousser encore davantage les découvertes, les scientifiques ont cherché à savoir comment se comporterait un dauphin qui entendrait un de ses congénères siffler son propre nom.Avec Vincent Janik, co-auteur de l’étude, la scientifique a ainsi enregistré un groupe de dauphins puis retransmis les sons de leurs différents sifflements personnels, les uns après les autres. A chaque fois, l’enregistrement était juste légèrement modifié de façon à laisser penser que le nom était prononcé par un autre dauphin. “Les animaux n’ont réagi que lorsqu’ils ont entendu leur sifflement”, indique la chercheuse. “Chaque dauphin a alors à chaque fois répondu très rapidement et parfois plusieurs fois, et n’a pas réagi de cette façon aux autres sifflements retransmis”. Preuve pour les spécialistes que le moyen de communication des dauphins est quelque chose de bien acquis et précis. Reste maintenant à savoir comment tout ceci se met en place. D’après les chercheurs, cette signature sonore pourrait apparaitre dès les premiers mois de la vie d’un dauphin.Le 23 juillet 2013 à 18:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Two days of HOA in Turks and Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 30, 2017 – Grand Turk – House of Assembly is open today for debate.last_img

Impending 25 Billion Deal to Spur West End Grand Bahama Turnaround

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 2, 2018 – Grand Bahama – Grand Palm Beach Acquisitions Ltd. has entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the purchase of a large-scale resort, known as “Ginn Sur Mer” in the West End of Grand Bahama.Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said the Government of The Bahamas recently received an application in relation to West End, Grand Bahama, or the Grand Palm Beach property.  Prime Minister Minnis made the announcement during a National Address aired Monday, January 29, 2018.Once the deal is completed, Grand Beach Acquisitions Ltd. will construct, repair, revitalize, develop, and operate 246 rooms in three hotels, a banquet facility, 116 branded hotel residences, 1,000 other residences, a hotel/casino site and approximately 150,000 square feet of shops and restaurants.The impending Agreement will also result in the construction of a spa and wellness retreat, two marinas, an 18-hole golf course, including driving range, an IFR-rated airport, a resort hospitality-training academy, and an organic farm.Prime Minister Minnis said “Grand Palm Beach Acquisitions Ltd. intends to repair, revitalize, and develop the Property, to be known as “Bahama Bay,” in nine phases over a 10-year period, with a projected expenditure of two billion, five hundred and sixty million dollars.”“In 2008, the previous developer went into foreclosure and the Government has now been advised that Grand Palm Acquisitions Ltd., has entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the purchase of a large-scale resort known as Ginn Sur Mer in the West End of Grand Bahama.“The application is now before the National Economic Council to approve in principle and to authorize the relevant government agencies, to negotiate a Heads of Agreement, on an expeditious basis,” Prime Minister Minnis added.The deal was one of several major announcements Prime Minister Minnis made with regards to the restoration of the Grand Bahama economy during his National Address Monday night.Prime Minister also announced that there is new investment in East Grand Bahama, at the oil refinery, which will help to provide a number of jobs and that the private acquisition and management of the Grand Lucayan assets, including hotels, the golf courses and the casino are “well underway.”“Although this transaction is far from completed, it would not be an exaggeration to say that we will have accomplished in a few months, what was not done in a decade. This year, we intend to complete the sale of the Grand Lucayan and Memories properties,” Prime Minister Minnis added.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more