PDP, NC oppose Centre’s delimitation plans

first_imgRegional parties in Jammu & Kashmir on Tuesday said they would oppose any move to implement the delimitation plan to increase seats in the State assembly, following speculation fuelled by a meeting of Governor Satya Pal Malik and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.“When delimitation takes place in the rest of the country, the BJP is welcome to apply it to Jammu and Kashmir. Until then we in the National Conference will oppose, tooth and nail, any attempt to make changes without a mandate from the people of the state,” said NC vice-president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.He termed such a move “surprising”. “The BJP, which talks about bringing J&K at par with other states by removing Article 370 and 35-A now wants to treat J&K differently from other states in this one respect,” he said. He pointed out that there was a freeze on delimitation in the entire country until 2026. “The freeze on delimitation was applied to J&K and was done to bring the State in line with the rest of the country. The same was challenged and upheld in both the High Court of J&K and the Supreme Court,” he said.People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti said she was distressed to hear about the Centre’s plan to redraw Assembly constituencies in J&K. “Forced delimitation is an obvious attempt to inflict another emotional partition of the State on communal lines. Instead of allowing old wounds to heal, the Government of India is inflicting pain on Kashmiris,” said Ms. Mufti.Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement chief Shah Faesal asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the anxieties of the people of J&K on the proposed delimitation exercise.People’s Conference chief Sajad Lone, a former ally of the BJP in the Valley, also opposed the idea. “Hope and pray that media reports about Kashmir aren’t true. Don’t understand the earth shattering hurry. And this perception of being wronged at a provincial level. If thousands of graves in Kashmir don’t add up to people being wronged, I wonder what wronged means,” tweeted Mr. Lone.last_img read more

Pooja Gehlot Bags Silver, Sajan Bhanwal in Bronze Medal Playoff at U-23 World Wrestling Championships

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Pooja Gehlotsajan bhanwalU23 World Wrestling Championshipswrestling First Published: November 1, 2019, 11:51 PM IST New Delhi: Pooja Gehlot (53kg) won India’s second silver medal from the UWW Under-23 World Championships 2019 in Budapest, Hungary on Friday after going down 0-2 to Japan’s 2017 world champion Haruna Okuno. Gehlot emulated freestyle expert Ravinder (61kg)’s feat, who also won a silver medal earlier this week.Meanwhile, three-time World Junior Wrestling Championships medallist Sajan Bhanwal (77kg) lost a close semi-final bout 4-5 to Japan’s Kodai Sakuraba. He will now fight for the bronze on Saturday. A terrific Bhanwal had earlier blanked Jesse Alexander Porter 6-0 in the qualifiers to move into the pre-quarter-finals, where he notched up a 3-1 win over Azerbaijan’s Tunjay Vazirzade. The unstoppable Bhanwal, one of the best Greco-Roman talents to have emerged from India, then rushed into the semi-finals on the back of a strong 6-2 win over Per Albin Olofsson of Sweden.Among some of the other Greco-Roman results, Arjun Halakurki entered repechage even after his good run in 55kg came to an end in the quarter-finals when he narrowly went down 12-14 to Emin Narimanovitch Sefershaev of Russia. But with the Russian making it to the summit showdown, Halakurki got another chance.Earlier, he had beaten Giovanni Freni of Italy 13-9 in the qualifiers and Sebastian Kolompar of Serbia 9-0 in the pre-quarter-finals.Sunil Kumar advanced from the 87kg qualifiers to the pre-quarter-finals by sheer dint of his 7-2 victory over Algeria’s Sid Azara. In the next round, he was shown the door by Ukraine’s Semen Novikov in a 0-8 loss.In 63kg, Rajeet had it tough against top seed Slavik Galstyan and went down 0-8 in his opening bout. In 130kg, Deepak Poonia could not make much of an impact and succumbed to a 1-6 defeat at the hands of USA’s David Tate Orndorff in the qualification round. last_img read more

Bangalore to host Sub-Junior & junior National Aquatic Cship

first_imgNew Delhi, June 27 (PTI) Around 1300 athletes from across the country will be vying for top honours when the Glenmark 33rd Sub-Junior National Aquatic Championship and 43rd Junior National Aquatic Championship is held at Bangalore. The sub-junior events will be conducted from June 29th to July 2nd followed by the Junior events from July 5th to 9th, the Swimming Federation of India and Karnataka Swimming Association said today. The swimming and Water polo events will be conducted in Basavanagudi Aquatic Centre and Diving events will be held at Jain International Residential School, Kanakapura Road, Bangalore. Swimming heats will be conducted in the morning session from 8 am onwards and finals will be conducted from 5 pm every day. Doordarshan (DD Sports) will be carrying the swimming event live between 5:00pm and 8:00 pm on all event days. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board should penalise players spotted at Shisha cafe: Intikhab Alam

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board to conduct an inquiry into the incident in which senior players from the national team were spotted at a Shisha cafe in Manchester in the lead up to their ICC Cricket World Cup match against India.Media reports had claimed that senior players, including Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz, along with Imad Wasim and Imam-ul-Haq were spotted at a cafe at 2 am on the big match day in Manchester.The senior players faced severe criticism from fans on social media after Pakistan were handed their biggest-ever defeat (in terms of the margin of runs) by India in a World Cup match during the Manchester meeting. Shoaib Malik’s wife and India tennis star, Sania Mirza was dragged into the controversy after she was spotted in the photograph along with the Pakistan cricketers at the cafe.The Pakistan Cricket Board though clarified that the players had been to the cafe not on the eve of India vs Pakistan but a couple of days ahead of the big-ticket match between the two arch-rivals.Intikhab Alam, who had served as Pakistan cricket team manager in past, said professional cricketers staying late at a cafe in the lead up to a big match in “not justifiable”.”It is wrong as the players are on their national duty and there must be a discipline to be followed strictly,” Intikhab Alam told DAWN.”Though the PCB has claimed that the event happened two days before the crucial match against India, even then no one could justify the late stay of the players in a cafe as there are certain timings to be observed.advertisement”The players could have their dinner at any hotel maximum by 11 pm not beyond that. The PCB should hold an inquiry to penalise the players involved,” the former captain added.Responding to critics and media reports, senior batsman Shoaib Mali, who was dismissed for naught in the India match, wrote on Twitter: “When will Pak media be accountable for their credibility by our courts?! Having served my country for +20 years in Intl Cricket, it’s sad that I have to clarify things related to my personal life. The videos are from 13th June and not 15th (sic).”Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been facing flak after the one-sided contest that saw India extend their unbeaten record against their arch-rivals in World Cups to 7-0.Slamming Sarfaraz’s tactics, former pacer Shoaib Akhtar said he was unable to understand the Pakistan captain’s decision-making during the high-pressure game against India.”The mistakes committed by the Indian team during the Champions Trophy 2017 final were repeated by Pakistan yesterday. I can’t understand how Sarfaraz can be so brainless. How could he forget that we don’t chase very well. Knowing our strength, which is bowling, is important. The game was half-won by Pakistan when Sarfaraz won the toss, but he tried hard to lose the match,” Akhtar said.Sarfaraz, according to Pakistan media, has received a call from PCB chairman Ehsan Mani who had asked the skipper not to focus on “baseless media reports” and instead turn their attention towards doing well in the remainder of the matches at World Cup 2019. Pakistan are reeling at the 9th spot of the 10-team points table with just 1 win in 5 matches.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Anushka Sharma joins Virat Kohli in England ahead of India’s Afghanistan tieAlso Read | Sarfaraz, you are fat: Fan screams insults at Pakistan captain after defeat to IndiaAlso See:last_img read more

Mike Gundy to USC?

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Since USC can’t get Vince Lombardi (dead), Knute Rockne (same) or Bill Belichick (too warm in SoCal), some have suggested they might tap the head ball coach in Stillwater to see if he’s interested. Here’s how that’s going to go.USC: Do you want to leave the place where you only have to win eight or nine games a year and if you win more than that they consider electing you to office because all the pressure is on the coach to the south of you even though you’ve been better at turning mediocre talent into really good teams and bail on the  multi-million dollar ranch house you just built to come take over for someone who we had to fire for alcohol issues and who might have been drunk during a conference game for a school that is the most glamorous football team (possibly college or pro)  in the state and live in one of the most-populous cities in the world where the pressure is insanely high and if you don’t win 10 games they’ll FedEx you copies of the Matt Leinart/Reggie Bush 30 for 30 and make all kinds of inappropriate O.J. Simpson jokes about your family; we can offer you twice your current salary which after taxes will be half your current salary and give your family five tickets to every Taylor Swift concert in the Staples Center. What do you say?Mike Gundy: Nah.Gundy has been sporting this smug “I know something you don’t about this team” grin all summer. (via @osuathletics) pic.twitter.com/YnOShEl1Zw— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 12, 2015last_img read more

Guardiola: Man City can do even better

first_imgPremier League Guardiola insists high-flying Man City can raise their game another level Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 00:14 10/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PepGuardiola - cropped Getty Images Premier League Manchester City Guardiola Manchester City v Burnley Burnley Calling his side “perfect” after their midweek win over Napoli does not mean the Catalan will stop asking for more from his players Pep Guardiola claims there would be no point staying at Manchester City if he did not think he could improve his players any more.City have stormed to the top of the Premier League with an unbeaten and goal-laden start to the campaign, while Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Napoli made it three out of three in the Champions League.City 6/1 to beat Burnley 4-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Guardiola labelled last weekend’s 7-2 demolition of Stoke City as the best performance of his tenure and praised his players as “perfect” after beating Serie A frontrunners Napoli.Nevertheless, speaking at a news conference ahead of City’s home match against Burnley on Saturday, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss made no bones over expecting more from his in-form squad.”I said many times over the last weeks, we played good in the last games but always we can improve,” Guardiola said.”That is the reason why we are here – if we believe that it’s done it makes no sense to keep going, to stay.”Always we can do better. Hopefully we can maintain that level in the next games.”Manchester City Napoli 17102017Having struggled on the road last season, Burnley started this term by beating champions Chelsea, while they also took a share of the spoils at Liverpool and Tottenham before edging Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park.”What they do, they do really well. They are masters at attacking the channels, the second balls and set-pieces. They always defend with a lot of people in the box,” Guardiola said.”It is so complicated to attack them because they are physically strong. We have to try to be dynamic, play quick and take an advantage because when they score goals, after they defend really well and it is so complicated to score goals.”Their results away are fantastic.”Benjamin Mendy Manchester CityGuardiola refused to confirm whether wholesale changes were on the agenda in the midst of a busy period for City.Sergio Aguero is fit to start after recovering from his broken rib, although Vincent Kompany remains on the sidelines with a calf injury and his manager was unable to give any prognosis on a potential return date.Another player on the sidelines is Benjamin Mendy, who is recuperating from cruciate knee ligament surgery, although the France left-back has remained a buoyant presence on social media – much to Guardiola’s amusement.”Usually long-term injured players they are sad and train apart so they feel isolated,” he said.”But in the case of Mendy he decides to be present through social media. He calls his team-mates, he sends WhatsApp messages – even to me – he stays in touch.”He is going to continue being important outside the pitch. People like him make the atmosphere in the dressing room much better.”Asked about Mendy nicknaming City the “Shark Team”, a label that has prompted the appearance of shark inflatables and associated fancy dress at recent matches, Guardiola added:  “I really don’t know. You must ask Mendy when he’s around.”We just have to play well and win and the rest I really don’t know.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

NPFL Matchday 8

first_imgKwara United 2-1 Katsina UnitedThe John Obuh men were under intense pressure before the game kicked off as an indifferent result could have turned sour for the home team and they owed their crucial win to the quick fire strikes of Emeka Godwin and Alfred Stephen in the 50th and 53rd minutes of the match. The Chanji Boys did get a goal in the 85th minute through Martins Ursule but it was too little too late.The Harmony Warriors were last in the league standings before the tie but the win has taken them two places further up but still within the drop zone. They are 18th with nine points while Katsina United are eighth with 10 points from eight games. Yobe Desert Stars 1-0 Rivers UnitedThe Pride of Rivers took over four days to prepare for this tie in Damaturu but they still couldn’t summon up the courage to halt the unbeaten home run of Yobe Desert Stars at the August 27 Stadium on Sunday.The Mohammed Babaganaru men are in their debut campaign in the topflight but the results they have posted after eight games are intimidaating for a league newcomers. They have beaten Lobi Stars, Katsina United, Wikki Tourists all at their fortress in Damaturu before they added Stanley Eguma men to their victims.Rivers United were only 10 minutes away from a precious point before Philip Asuquo converted the winning goal via penalty kick after an infringement in the visitors’ vital area.Yobe Stars have moved to sixth in the league table with 13 points from eight games but Rivers United slipped to joint 12th along with their neighbours, Go Round with 10 points from eight games. Enugu Rangers 1-0 El Kanemi WarriorsThe Borno Army fought like wounded lion in Coach Imama Amapakabo’s first match in charge of the team since he was appointed Technical Adviser because of his involvement in CHAN with the Super Eagles but they were still beaten courtesy of Kelvin Itoya’s goal which came inside the final 10 minutes of the encounter played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.The Flying Antelopes couldn’t find an answer to the robust play of El Kanemi who came to Enugu with their former coach and when it was as if the game was headed for a draw, Itoya rose up to the challenge to the delight of home fans. It was his second goal of the season and both have guaranteed Rangers six points.The home win has taken the Flying Antelopes to fifth in the league standings with 13 points from eight games while El Kanemi are last in the league log with eight points from eight encounters. Sunshine Stars 0-0 Kano PillarsThe Owena Whales were boosted ahead of the tie by the decision of the League Management Company to allow them complete the registration of seven of their newly signed players but that couldn’t still inspire them to a home win against rampant Sai Masu Gida who have thus extended their unbeaten run to five games.Duke Udi and his boys tried all what they could to return to winning ways after the demoralizing 5-0 loss to Plateau United in Jos but they couldn’t match the intensity of their visitors.Sunshine Stars are gradually plummeting in the league table after a brilliant start to the season. They are currently seventh with 12 points from eight matches after going as far as fourth few weeks ago.Kano Pillars with Ibrahim Musa as coach are gradually warming their ways to the top of the table and their latest draw as seen them go level on points with second placed Plateau United, though they have played a game more than the league reigning champions. They are third with 15 points from eight games. FC Ifeanyiubah 2-0 HeartlandIt was yet another Oriental Derby to be remembered for both teams. It was the Anambra Warriors first win from their last three games while for the Naze Millionaires the tie marked the end of their unbeaten away run.The hosts struck first in the 25th minute through Ekene Awazie and they doubled their advantage in the 53rd minute through Pascal Seka, the Ivorian who profited from hesitant defending from Heartland to ensure that his team walked away with the vital win.FC Ifeanyiubah were in dire need of a home win after their inconsistencies of late and they quickly got down to business immediately the game started and it was no surprise they surged into the lead in the first half before Seka’s goal silenced the visitors.The win was enough to take the Ladan Bosso side to the top 10 as they are currently ninth in the league standings with 10 points while Heartland slipped from seventh spot to 10th with 10 points also. NPFL NPFL Matchday 8 Reviews: Rampant Pillars gain precious point against Sunshine Kolade Oni Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 19:55 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Enyimba vs Kano Pillars Jimoh Isiaka@Shengolpixs NPFL Sunshine Stars v Kano Pillars Sunshine Stars Kano Pillars Underfire Ikon Allah Boys and Harmony Warriors bagged crucial home victories while Sai Masu continued impressive run in Akure Go Round 1-0 Abia WarriorsThe Ngozi Elechi men recorded their third home win of the season after Okon Otop early minute strike earned maximum points. Go Round went into the tie decided at the Krsidera Hotel Stadium on the back of their 1-0 away loss to Rivers United in the Port Harcourt derby played last week and they swung into business from the blast of the referee’s whistle and held on till the end.Abia Warriors came into the tie hoping to secure away comfort after they were held to a goalless draw at home by Enugu Rangers last week but the Emmanuel Deutsch side had no answers to the early forays of their hosts. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Go Round moved to 12th in the league standings with 10 points from eight games while the Umuahia side dropped to the relegation zone as they are presently 19th with eight points from as many matches. Niger Tornadoes 1-0 Nasarawa UnitedThe Ikon Allah Boys technical crew and the management were given four match winning ultimatum at the start of the match on the orders of the Niger State Government because of their unimpressive campaign in the topflight and they responded very businesslike with the crucial win at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja on Sunday.It was a home reprieve for Erasmus Onuh and his boys when Segun Alebiosu smashed home what turned out to be the match-winner in the 11th minute of the tie. The hosts defended their lead for the rest of the 80 minutes or thereabouts to record their first win in five matches.It was a painful road defeat for Kabiru Dogo and his men who had visited Lokoja with the hope of getting their first away points of the season.Tornadoes are 15th in the league table with nine points from eight games while Nasarawa United are 14th with nine points also.last_img read more

6 days agoNewcastle defender Dummett confident Longstaff will pen new terms

first_imgNewcastle defender Dummett confident Longstaff will pen new termsby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Paul Dummett is confident Matty Longstaff will pen new terms.Longstaff is now in talks over a six-year deal following his dream debut.Dummett said: “He’ll probably have the same thing that happened to me.“I signed the contract quite soon after that game and the club will be looking to tie him down as quickly as they can — because they know how much of an asset he can be.“He fully deserves that. So hopefully they can agree on something and we can have him here for a long time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Alphaliner Scrubber Orders for Boxships Rise to 540 Units

first_imgzoomImage courtesy: Unsplash/Cameron Venti With just nine more months ahead of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap implementation date, the total number of scrubber orders for containerships has risen to over 540 units, according to Alphaliner.Additional orders have been unveiled since Alphaliner’s last survey in November, with an increasing number of owners aiming to take advantage of the potential cost savings that the devices could bring.Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) continues to lead the way and the total number of scrubbers ordered for its owned and chartered fleet now approaches an estimated 180 units. The carrier has already secured a USD 439 million loan to fit 86 exhaust gas cleaning systems to its fleet, with additional scrubbers to be installed on a number of MSC-chartered ships.Taiwanese shipping major Evergreen has over 90 scrubbers on order, for newbuildings as well, and it will receive in May and June the first-ever scrubber-fitted megamax vessels, the 20,388 TEU sisters Ever Glory and Ever Govern. Ten of its 2,886 TEU ships have already been fitted with scrubbers, with more units on the way.Last week, South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine unveiled that 41 of the containerships under its control would be equipped with scrubbers by mid-2021, comprising 20 newbuildings and 21 existing vessels. The figure includes two 11,000 TEU ships that were fitted with scrubbers in 2018. In addition, HMM will have scrubbers installed on several long term chartered ships, which could bring its total fleet of scrubber-fitted vessels to some 50 units, based on Alphaliner estimates.Maersk has already committed USD 263 million for the installation of scrubbers on some 50 of its containerships, reversing its previous position to rely primarily on low sulphur fuel to comply with the new IMO regulations.last_img read more

Jared Padalecki And Stephen Amell Give The Shirts From Their Backs And

first_imgSupernatural star Jared Padalecki has lost his shirt – and he wants you to buy a new one!Jared Padalecki and Stephen Amell Go ShirtlessCredit/Copyright: FacebookThe actor joined his pal Stephen Amell to relaunch Represent.com/Jared for just two days. The massively popular campaign has raised money for Padalecki’s Always Keep Fighting cause, which promotes mental health awareness.Jared Padalecki’s AKF – Part IIIYou’d better be quick to get your hands on this shirt – grab one here.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Ontarios Special Investigations Unit investigating death of First Nations man in Thunder

first_img(50-year-old Marlon “Roland” Jerry McKay died in a Thunder Bay police cell Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the family)APTN National NewsOntario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the death Marlon “Roland” Jerry McKay, 50, who was being held in a Thunder Bay jail cell Wednesday night.The family has confirmed that McKay, from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, was in the city for medical reasons.According to the SIU statement, Thunder Bay police officers responded to a call at an address on Fort William Road around 7:45 pm on Wednesday.It’s not clear why McKay became involved with Thunder Bay police but the SIU statement said it was “to deal with an individual.”Emergency medical personnel were also present and medically cleared McKay.McKay was taken to the Thunder Bay police station where he was lodged in a cell.Shortly after midnight, police found him in the cell not breathing.McKay was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:30 am.McKay’s mother was notified of her son’s death by a doctor from the hospital a family member told APTN.According to the family, the autopsy will be completed Thursday. They also said the coroner told them a heart attack has been ruled out as a cause of death.Read the release here: SIUMcKay’s sister Celia Echum, traveled to Thunder Bay after she received the news from their mother.“I feel like there’s a void,” said Echum. “No answers from anyone right now,” Echum said through a private Facebook message on Thursday afternoon.McKay’s mother and other family members are expected to arrive in Thunder Bay on Friday from KI.Four investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the incident.The SIU investigates any interaction between the public and police when there is a death, serious injury, or sexual assault allegations against officers.The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about the investigation to contact the agency.Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

Nunavut publisher prints in English and Inuktitut

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsIt was a full house for a meet-the-author event in Iqaluit over the weekend.Inhabit Media is the only independent publisher in the Arctic.Almost all of its titles are published in English and Inuktitut, and the company has more than 130 titles in its catalogue.APTN reporter Kent Driscoll has more from the Nunavut capital.last_img

We Received no Financial Compensation from Saudi Arabia Father of Moroccan

Rabat- The father of the Moroccan pilot Yassine Bahti denies rumors that Saudi Arabia has given his family any financial compensation following the death of his son in Yemen.Contrary to media reports suggesting that Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered 1 million Riyals to the family of Lieutenant Yassine Bahti, the pilot’s father said he has not received any money from Saudi Arabia.Speaking to news website Alyaoum24, Noureddine Bahti, father of pilot Yassine Bahti whose F-16 warplane crashed in Yemen while on a mission for the Saudi-led coalition against Iran-backed Houthi rebels, said he has not received any official confirmation that he will be financially compensated by Saudi Arabia. He said he only received condolences from a Saudi military official during his son’s military funeral honors at the Sale Air base on Wednesday.The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman as saying that the Moroccan martyr is to be treated as a Saudi martyr, both financially and morally. read more

UN economic official stresses need for sustainable development at Asia conference

8 March 2007While developing economies in Asia and the Pacific are projected to grow by an impressive 7.3 per cent this year, such growth is driven by high consumption of resources and cannot be sustained long-term, the head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) warned today, as he called on all countries to adopt sustainable development strategies. While developing economies in Asia and the Pacific are projected to grow by an impressive 7.3 per cent this year, such growth is driven by high consumption of resources and cannot be sustained long-term, the head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) warned today, as he called on all countries to adopt sustainable development strategies.UNESCAP Executive Secretary Kim Hak-Su made his remarks at the opening of a two-day workshop on sustainable development strategies in Asia held in the Thai capital Bangkok, which is being jointly organized by UNESCAP, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) of industrialized countries and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).“It is a challenge requiring shared government actions. A sustainable development strategy must be the core and foundation of every country’s economic growth plan,” Mr. Kim told over 100 high-level representatives from the region and the OECD countries attending the workshop, which will discuss ways to ensure that environmental and social concerns are reflected in development planning. A recent UNESCAP report warns that Asia and the Pacific is already living beyond its ecological carrying capacity and to ensure continuing economic growth the agency says countries in the region will have to move away from the current ‘grow first, clean up later’ mentality and embrace a “Green Growth” model.This model emphasizes that environmental and ecological considerations must be integral to policy planning to ensure long-term economic and social viability, and economic growth should not be measured in gross domestic product (GDP) alone but also in a set of eco-indicators.“Green Growth” is also about seeing environmental protection and clean production not as a cost or burden, but as an investment and it entails actively promoting business opportunities in such activities, as well as making the tax system favourable to environmental-friendly projects. Sustainable consumption is also part of the model. read more

Labour Day Classic update

Ticat fans were notified Saturday night that the game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts would be played at the Tim Hortons Field.However they wouldn’t know whether the Labour Day Classic would be played on Monday or Tuesday until Sunday night.While fans were excited about the game, the players got their first look at the facilities on Sunday.The sound system was tested and the gumbotron was fired up.Meanwhile the clean-up continued after a fire in the mechanical room on Saturday.The damage from the blaze is estimated at approximately $25,000.Police say it is not suspicious and the fire marshal is investigating the cause and origin.The stadium was originally scheduled to open on June 30th.City officials were expected to make the announcement about Monday’s game at around 8-8:30PM on Sunday. read more

Innergex signs supply deal with HydroQuebec through Mesgig Ugjusn wind farm

MONTREAL – Innergex Renewable Energy and three Mi’gmaq First Nations communities in Quebec are moving ahead with plans to build a wind farm in the Gaspe Peninsula after striking a 20-year power purchase agreement with Hydro-Quebec.The $365-million project will generate 150 megawatts of power. Annual production is estimated at 515,000 megawatt hours, which can power 30,000 homes.The Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm is expected to begin operation at the end of 2016.Innergex (TSX:INE) and three Mi’gmaq communities in Gaspe — the Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj — share control over the project 50-50.“We are honoured and proud to have been chosen by the Mi’gmaq communities of Quebec to jointly develop this wind energy project, and the signing of a power purchase agreement marks an important milestone in the progression of its development,” Innergex CEO Michel Letellier said Monday.The company expects the project to deliver revenues of $55 million and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $45 million in the first year of operation.Hydro-Quebec will pay 10.12 cents per kilowatt hour with annual inflation adjustments. The public utility plans to build a 25-kilometre transmission line to connect the wind farm to the provincial power grid.Innergex says it expects to fund the majority of the investment and receive about 75 per cent of the project’s cash flows in the first year, while the Mi’gmaq communities will be able to gradually increase their equity stake over 15 years to 65 per cent. As of the 16th year, the company will receive between 35 and 40 per cent of the annual cash flows for the remaining life of the project.Chief Claude Jeannotte, chairman of the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi said the project will be a significant contributor to the development of the three participating First Nations.“It will create wealth and jobs not only for our members, but also for our neighbours in Gaspesie and elsewhere in Quebec. We see great opportunities for the future,” he stated in a release.Construction on the wind farm is scheduled to begin in 2015, after it receives certain pre-construction authorizations later this year.The environmental impact study has been submitted to the Quebec government and an information session was held last month. Negotiations are underway with potential turbine suppliers.Analyst Jeremy Rosenfield of Desjardins Capital Markets said the project should contribute $1 to $2 per share to Innergex, providing upside for its share price.“At this point, we do not believe the shares reflect the future potential value of the project, leaving potential longer term upside from the new initiative,” he wrote in a report.Analyst Nelson Ng of RBC Capital Markets also noted the Hydro-Quebec agreement will be “modestly positive” on Innergex shares.“Although Innergex has previously released details of the project economics, we believe the actual signing of the power purchase agreement as an important milestone for the project.”Innergex owns and operates 25 run-of-river hydroelectric facilities, six wind farms and one solar power farm in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia and in Idaho. It has a net installed capacity of 672 MW that is expected to grow by 210 MW from five projects under developments. Innergex signs supply deal with Hydro-Quebec through Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 24, 2014 9:59 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Guinness to launch a blonde lager for US palates

first_imgTASTES FOR DRINKS differ depending on what country you’re in, and it looks like Americans might refer a lighter twist on our treasured Guinness.According to Business Week, a Blonde American Lager is to be launched by Diageo as part of its Discovery series next month.Here’s how it reported the story:In 1988, Guinness launched a product called Guinness Gold, which was discontinued in 1993.In 2011, the brand jumped on the lager train in the US with Black Lager. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesNow follows its blonde cousin – which will be brewed in America using a Guinness yeast from Dublin, says Business Week – but will drinkers want it to be a permanent fixture?The company has seen a decline in its US market share since 2006.With its first ad for the drink being placed in Playboy, it appears Guinness is aiming the drink at a certain demographic.Would you drink a blond lager made by Guinness?Read: ‘Irish pubs need lower prices to survive’: Wetherspoon’s boss gives his take on boozers>last_img read more

Disney cuts ties with YouTube star PewDiePie over antiSemitic videos

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3238791 Image: PewDiePie via YouTube Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgerald A DISNEY-OWNED studio has dropped the world’s highest earning YouTube star from its roster, over a number of videos he posted containing anti-Semitic content.Maker Studios said that it has severed ties with Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie, the hugely popular YouTube star.In a statement carried on a large number of news outlets, Maker said that it had finished its relationship with Kjellberg due to videos he posted:“Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate.Maker Studios has made the decision to end our affiliation with him going forward.Kjellberg is the highest earning YouTube star. According to a Forbes list he earned close to €15 million in 2015/16 and collectively his videos have generated tens of billions of views.He rose to popularity by providing voiceovers to him playing video games but has also been known to carry out pranks and has courted controversy in the past.His relationship with Maker  was a large part of Kjellberg’s empire, giving him co-ownership of the multi-channel network Revelmode, which produces videos and merchandise.An investigation by the Wall Street Journal uncovered a number of videos posted by Kjellberg over the past number of months which have included anti-Semitic content or Nazi references.One of the controversial videos involved him paying two people in India to hold up signs saying “Death to all Jews”.Other videos involved him playing the Nazi Party anthem and showing pictures of swastikas. Some of the videos in question have since been removed from his account.In a statement carried on his Tumblr account, Kjellberg defended the video but also said he understood the jokes were offensive.“I was trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online,” he said.“I think it’s important to say something and I want to make one thing clear: I am in no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes.”He said that it was not his intention to cause any offence.Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive.Read: Game developer gets in trouble for paying PewDiePie and others for positive reviewsRead: Here’s how much the most popular YouTubers earned this year Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 11:02 AM Disney cuts ties with YouTube star PewDiePie over anti-Semitic videos Maker Studios said that it has severed ties with PewDiePie over a number of videos he posted. 22,485 Views Short URL Image: PewDiePie via YouTube Feb 14th 2017, 11:02 AM 99 Comments Share7 Tweet Email last_img read more

Latest school to be hit by swine flu

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne Girls’ College in Richmond today confirmed a Year 9 student has tested positive to swine flu yet the school remains open.The Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS) has provided her family members with the anti-viral drug Tamiflu and is currently identifying other students and staff who have had prolonged contact with the girl.Fotoula Margaronis, whose two daughters attend the college says that she is concerned but not panicking that her daughters are still at the school. She received an email yesterday alerting her to the situation and directing her to the website in which the principal had posted information for parents. Although one of her daughters is in the same year level as the student with the flu she is relieved that she is not in the same class and does not believe that she has had direct contact with the affected girl.“I have not made contact with the school because I know that the principal knows what she is doing and the girls are in good hands. If there was any danger I know that she would send the girls home or close the school.” Ms Margaronis does not believe that parents should keep their children at home just yet.“I’ll keep an eye on my girls within the next 24 to 48 hours and if they come down with any symptoms I will act on it.” Principal Judy Crowe has stated on the college’s website that “some people in our school community may be asked to enter into quarantine in the coming days.”Ms Crow also said that the DHS would notify her immediately of the outcomeThe latest school outbreak takes the national swine flu toll to 61, with Victoria’s acting Chief Medical Officer affirming that one in five Australians could contract the H1N1 strain.Mr Brumby admitted that it was impossible to stop the virus spreading but that quarantining victims had successfully limited its spread.Special clinics will be set up at the Royal Children’s hospital, the Austin Hospital in Heidleberg, and hospitals in the northern and western suburbs to help cope with the increasing cases. The Premier said that the clinics would allow swine flu patients to be isolated from general waiting rooms. “Concerned families have been heeding the advice of the government and health authorities that they should see a doctor if they are concerned about flu-like illness and this has led to a significant increase in visits to hospital emergency departments,” he said.“Our advice is still for parents to take their children if they develop symptoms to their local doctor who will then refer them to the clinics if necessary.”last_img read more

Phallic parade through Athens honours ancient Greek god Dionysus

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nobody does festival season quite like the Greeks, and a parade over the weekend in Athens proved just that. Marking the end of the winter festival season was a parade in honour of the ancient Greek god Dionysus. Given he was the god of wine and fertility, and in the spirit of fun, the parade was aptly phallic-themed. Starting near Monastiraki train station and making its way up to the Hill of the Muses, hundreds turned out for the raucous annual event, with festival-goers parading through the centre of the Greek capital wearing masks, chanting and carrying large phallic-shaped objects.There was plenty of wine flowing, along with dancing and theatrical plays reenacted throughout the night.last_img read more