first_imgA team of officials from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) visited the Sun Temple in Konark and the Jagannath temple in Puri, Odisha, on Friday to assess the damage to the heritage structures caused by Cyclone Fani. In a statement here, the ASI said the team of top officials visited Konark on Friday morning and found that there was no structural damage to the monument. But, the team found some dislocation of the scaffolding, which is being put back in place. “More than 200 trees have been damaged which are being cleared. The electrical and illumination systems, including Internet access, have gone out of order, restoration of which will take some time. The monument will be opened to the public in next two or three days. The chemical cleaning and consolidation of the eastern face will be completed on priority. The monument will be restored to normal within about a fortnight,” the ASI said. Later in the day, the team was on its way to the Jagannath Temple.“The State government had sought help from the ASI to assess the damage caused to these world heritage monuments. The team will also suggest the restoration exercise needed for the monuments and the surrounding areas,” the ASI said.last_img read more

first_imgBy allowing Pakistan to play three ODIs and two T20 matches at home, India seems to have effectively delinked sports and politics in its ties with its difficult neighbour. This is the first time the traditional rivals will be playing a cricket series after almost five years. Pakistan has welcomed the decision, because it has faced huge isolation in participating in sporting events. Former captain Sunil Gavaskar and BJP MP Kirti Azad have openly criticised the decision on account of 26/11, and there is little doubt that they represent an important section of opinion. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision seems to suggest a desire to move beyond the Mumbai attack.The fact is that sporting relations between India and Pakistan have been going on, in one way or the other. Last year, Mohali hosted the high-voltage ICC World Cup semi-final, and since then Pakistani hockey players have come to India for World Series Hockey. And while players from Pakistan were not allowed into the auction pool for the Indian Premier League, Wasim Akram has continued as the bowling coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders.It is difficult to believe that the BCCI took such a huge decision without getting the government’s nod. Indeed, banning sporting events even while conducting diplomatic dialogue, as New Delhi has been doing with Islamabad, doesn’t make much sense.Hosting a short cricket series is actually a good way to generate some goodwill that could feed into the larger peace process. There is bound to be opposition but once the ice is broken, we can look at more frequent exchanges. Maybe Pakistani players could actually make it to the 2013 IPL.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgManish Agarwal, CEO, Nazara Games COMMENTS SHARE E-sports is a competitive tournaments of video games, especially among professional gamers, and turns online gaming into a spectator sport, mimicking the experience of watching a professional sporting event COMMENT sport Traditional sports leagues are giving way to e-sports leagues world wide. With the phenomenon gaining traction in India too, mobile games developer Nazara Games is set to launch a professional e-sports league, and plans to invest ₹136 crore ($20 million) to develop the ecosystem.The firm said the e-sports venture will be a 100 per cent-owned subsidiary company of Nazara Technologies.“There is a huge traction in the e-sports market globally, and it is only a matter of time before companies start investing in it. We are looking at a niche market,” Manish Agarwal, CEO, Nazara Games, told BusinessLine.E-sports is a competitive tournaments of video games, especially among professional gamers. The phenomenon turns online gaming into a spectator sport, mimicking the experience of watching a professional sporting event. Instead of watching a physical event, spectators watch video gamers compete against each other.Recently, Ronnie Screwvala had announced the launch of UCypher, a major e-sports league. It is expected to be launched in March, followed by a linear television broadcast in May. Besides, the Indian Gaming League has also launched its own league which is both online and offline.Agarwal said e-sports has become a cultural phenomenon in the past few years. “Europe, Korea, China and the US have seen massive growth in the number of players and spectators. Asia-Pacific accounts for 44 per cent of the audience and is the fastest-growing region globally.”He said with broadband connectivity improving, the company could reach out to a larger audience.E-sports packageNazara will work around three major pillars — an online content platform dedicated to the e-sports community, a professional league and a network of pro-teams entirely supported by the company.The league will provide Indian e-sports fans with live webTV content, guides, forums, online tournaments and extensive and professional coverage of the e-sports scene.Agarwal said the league will have two seasons a year and will feature six teams that will be selected through open and free online qualifier tournaments.As per various estimates, e-sports entertain a young and desirable demographic. Its viewership reached 246 million in 2016. According to reports, the global e-sports industry is expected to grow from $493 million in 2016 to $1.1 billion in 2019. Published on February 14, 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL 0 × Manish Agarwal, CEO, Nazara Gameslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 25 (PTI) An anti-doping sports conference titled Clean Sport=Fair Outcome? was held today at Oslo to address the issue of doping menace. The conference is a joint initiative of the World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB), Anti-Doping Norway and FairSport to propose a substantial agenda for action, enabling it to have an impact on the ongoing anti-doping reforms and policy framework. Norways Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Founder of The Art of Living and WFEB, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Vice-President Linda Hofstad Helleland, US Anti-Doping Agencys CEO Travis Tygart are among the 22 eminent speakers. The conference will not only address various governance issues in sports but also celebrate role models by announcing the winner of the 2018 Ethics in Sports Award. The Anti-Doping in Sports conference is a continuation of WFEBs conference series on Ethics in Sports. Earlier editions were held at the FIFA headquarters (2014, 2016) and at the stadium of Germanys soccer club, Union Berlin (2015). PTI ATKATKlast_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup Peru striker Guerrero to miss World Cup due to one-year doping ban Joe Wright 21:39 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) paolo guerrero - cropped Getty Images World Cup Flamengo Peru Serie A The striker tested positive for a cocaine metabolite following his country’s qualifier against Argentina in October Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will miss the World Cup after being given a one-year ban by FIFA for failing a doping test.The 33-year-old tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine after a qualifier against Argentina on October 5 and was suspended for an initial 30-day period, which kept him out of his country’s play-off victory over New Zealand.FIFA has now announced he will serve a year-long ban backdated to the start of his provisional suspension, handed down on November 3, meaning he will not be available for the World Cup finals in Russia, which start next June. 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 Guerrero, who plays for Flamengo, scored five goals in qualifying to help his side secure fifth place.The former Bayern Munich forward’s legal team reportedly denied he had willingly taken any prohibited substance after his initial sanction was announced.last_img read more

first_imgOn Saturday, he’s expected to ride Agent Murphy in the Geoffrey Freer, a race they won together in 2015. Since that day, the horse has only run three more times. “Two old crocks together,” is how Fortune has described their reunion in the Racing Post today. Younger race-fans might not be aware of Fortune’s achievements because it’s eight years since he last won a Group One. But he racked up 16 of them from 1998 (Commander Collins in the Racing Post Trophy) to 2009 (Rainbow View in the Matron). He won a Leger, a QEII, a Lockinge, a Coronation and a Sussex Stakes among others. We’re lucky to still have him in the weighing room and I wish him well. Beverley is my focus today, being the venue where Attention Seaker (4.40) will try to follow up her win at Catterick last week. That first run in a tongue tie left quite an impression on me because she resisted a strong, persistent challenge from a heavily backed favourite who had travelled into the argument like a certain winner.Caveats: that was on soft, while it will be no worse than ‘Good’ today, despite 8mm of overnight rain. Also, she bagged the stands’ rail last week, which must have helped. But the front pair pulled 17 lengths clear of their six rivals and I really think she has more to offer, coming from the Tim Easterby yard that remains in fine form.The favourite is a Godolphin beast who hasn’t been seen since running last on his handicap debut in May. There’s a lot to like about 13-2 Attention Seaker.Earlier on the card, Mr Carbonator (3.10) runs from the same mark as when short-headed on heavy at Nottingham last week. He’s 6lb well in against his future mark and appeals to me at 11-2, for all that the Mark Johnston favourite has a solid look. features I’m surprised to be getting 7-1 about Sir Pass I Am (6.45) for his return to Chepstow, where he was a heavily eased winner in May. The attempt to win under a penalty didn’t work out but he has been given some time since then and can show the benefit here, with some cut underfoot once again. Project Bluebook is a likeable favourite, having become such a good hurdler, but I’m not convinced he has anything in hand on his Flat rating, following his Catterick defeat last month. I gather from the Racegoers Club, owners of Glacier Point (7.45), that there is a good deal of hope behind Clive Cox’s filly tonight, as indeed there should be for a 9-4 shot. She was second last time in a race from which the third and fourth have since won three times between them. “Although she won on quickish ground, she actually prefers a softer surface, so the overnight rain should help,” I’m told. Tips for all Thursday races Fontwell 1.30 Raleagh Mountain 2.00 Firmount Gent 2.30 Little Windmill 3.00 Jack Snipe 3.30 Psychedelic Rock 4.00 Black Corton 4.30 Chic Theatre Salisbury 1.50 Autumn Leaves 2.20 Spiritual Star 2.50 Fair Selene 3.20 Killay 3.50 Jive Talking 4.20 Hathal 4.50 Chicago Star 5.25 Pow Wow Beverley 2.10 Elnadim Star 2.40 Gold Stone 3.10 Mr Carbonator 3.40 Chauvelin 4.10 Roaring Rory 4.40 Attention Seaker (nap) 5.10 Pantera Negra 5.40 Bigbadboy (nb) Yarmouth 4.55 Tanseeq 5.30 Tyrsal 6.00 Lord Reason 6.30 Flying Fantasy 7.00 Slow To Hand 7.30 Cat Silver 8.00 Justice Rock Chepstow 5.15 Shepherd Market 5.45 Native Prospect 6.15 Spin Point 6.45 Sir Pass I Am 7.15 Zavikon 7.45 Glacier Point 8.15 Pastfact Topics Reuse this content Read more Read more … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Horse racing Share on WhatsApp Horse racing tips Talking Horses Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… News and tips: BHA to publish non-runner league table in October Support The Guardian Today’s best bet, by Chris CookWhat a pleasure to see Jimmy Fortune booked for four rides at Newbury tomorrow, having been absent since May with back trouble. The years have evidently taken some kind of toll on the 45-year-old but he still has big days in him, as he proved by winning the Cambridgeshire last year.  The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coveragelast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea announce record profits and revenueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have announced record profits in their latest financial reports.The Blues’ return to the Champions League in 2017-18 contributed to the turnover growing by 22.7 per cent to £443.4million in the financial results for the year ending June 30, 2018.And a record-high profit of £62m was achieved, after a profit on player sales of £113m and an increase in broadcast revenues of £162.4m as a result of Chelsea’s return to Europe’s elite club competition.The accounts do not include the severance pay for Antonio Conte or his coaching staff. Conte was sacked in July after the Blues’ fifth-placed finish and failure to qualify for the Champions League this season.Chelsea reported a £32m increase in commercial revenues following several partnership deals, including the kit deal with Nike worth a reported £60m a year.And the club says there was a £8.4m increase in matchday revenues, despite ticket prices being frozen at 2011-12 levels. last_img read more

first_imgzoom Swiss-based container carrier Mediterranean Shipping Company has taken delivery of its second 19,224 TEU container ship – MSC Oliver – two months after its record breaking sister ship MSC Oscar was inaugurated at the DSME shipyard in Busan, South Korea.MSC Oliver is the second of a total of twenty mega- vessels which are scheduled for delivery by the end of the year.MSC Oliver will go into service on the Albatross Service which operates between Asia-Europe later this week.”MSC Oscar and MSC Oliver are ships in the same class – not only can they carry more containers but they are also greener and more fuel efficient than any other container ship we operate,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Finnish ship designer Deltamarin, Greek dry bulk shipping specialist Arista Shipping, the Houston-based classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), and French liquefied natural gas (LNG) membrane containment system designer GTT have teamed up on a project to equip dry bulk carriers of the future with LNG propulsion.The Project Forward, led by the Athens-based Arista Shipping, began officially in May this year. The aim is to develop a commercially feasible LNG-powered dry bulk carrier design capable of complying with International Maritime Organization’s Energy Efficiency Design Index 2025 standards, NOx Tier III and Marpol Annex VI SOx emission levels.“Project Forward aims to become a milestone for the shipping industry and in particular for owners and operators of cargoships,” said Arista Shipping Principal Alexander P. Panagopulos.“Owners must decide within the next 5-10 years whether gas as fuel is a practical means of compliance with lower emissions standards and this project will enable all of us to understand its feasibility.”The concept design will be based on the highly-optimised Deltamarin B.Delta design suitable for ships between 82,000 and 210,000dwt. It will employ GTT’s membrane-type LNG tanks for fuel containment.“Compliance with stricter environmental regulations has led owners to consider the potential of using LNG as fuel for cargo vessel newbuildings,” said Deltamarin Managing Director Mika Laurilehto.“There is a clear need to turn this potential into a proven solution for the dry bulk carriers that make up such a large proportion of the world fleet.”The project will also address the existing dry bulk fleet by developing a modularized LNG fuel retrofit solution for bulk carriers of various sizes.ABS will conduct concept and detail design approvals according to its rules for bulk carriers and gas-powered ships. “ABS has gained valuable insights from real-world experience classing the world’s first deepsea ships powered by LNG,” said ABS Vice President of Global Gas Solutions Patrick Janssens.“Our work with owners, designers and shipyards on LNG as fuel and LNG-ready projects brings unique value to Project Forward in enabling the safe adoption of this new fuel type.”Project Forward will include a number of stages, with a first time horizon of two years’ applied research and development work. Initial research indicates that the expected emission reductions from Project Forward could be 40% for CO2, 80% for NOx and 98% for SOx.“It is time for the shipping industry to move forward and embrace the potential of gas-fuelled merchant ships,” said GTT Vice President LNG as Fuel division Jacques Danton.“At this time, we can recognise market leaders launching LNG projects now in order to be the first on the learning curve. During the ramp up phase of LNG as fuel, autonomy will be a key feature for integrated solutions as provided by membrane technology”.last_img read more

first_imgGrandparents.com announced today that Deepak Chopra, MD has joined Grandparents.com as Anti-aging and Wellness Spokesperson and has become a member of the company’s Advisory Board.Grandparents.com is the # 2 website in the age 50+ demographic segment, with a new focus on anti-aging and wellbeing for an audience of 100+ million grandparents, boomers and seniors in the U.S.In this new venture, Dr. Chopra and the company will produce text, audio and video productions, including interviews of Dr. Chopra and others. The first project is a multi-part series entitled, “The New Anti-Aging: The Biology of Youth and the Wisdom of Experience.” Each segment will cover a niche regarding a wellness and wellbeing aspect of The New Anti-Aging, i.e., sleep, stress, sex, fitness, alternative, drug-free and more. The company will have a perpetual, worldwide license to distribute the series.“I am very happy with my new affiliation at Grandparents.com,” said Dr. Chopra, “It gives me the opportunity to work with my contemporaries and prove to the world that one can have the wisdom of aging while maintaining, for an extended period, the biology of youth.”“We are elated to have Deepak join our team and lead us in our quest for perpetual youth for America’s grandparents,” said Steve Leber , Chairman and Co-CEO of Grandparents.com. “Deepak is one of the most amazing persons I have ever met. I can easily understand why Time Magazine described Deepak as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of this century and credited him as ‘the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.’ We absolutely love having Deepak join the Grandparents.com team!”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Opposition MPs pressed the Harper government during question period Thursday to call a national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women.Three NDP MPs and one Liberal MP pressed the government on the issue in succession during the tail end of question period.As the MPs were asking their questions, Halifax police issued a statement saying two people had been charged in the murder of Loretta Saunders,26, an Inuk university student whose body was found in New Brunswick Wednesday.Police said Victoria Henneberry, 28, and Blake Leggette, 25, had each been charged with first degree murder.At a news conference, an investigator told reporters that there was planning to this crime. Police said Saunders was killed in her apartment on Feb. 13.Saunders’ body was found in the median of a section of the Trans-Canada highway near Salisbury, NB.Henneberry and Leggette were initially charged with stealing Saunders’ car. The car was located in Harrow, Ont., on Feb. 18.They were living in Saunders’ apartment.St. John’s South-Mount Pearl Liberal MP Ryan Cleary began the round of questioning saying that as elected representatives they had “a duty to act.”  He then called on the government to call a national inquiry.Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch responded saying the government had already taken “concrete action” by promising $25 million toward the issue in the latest budget.That money, however, won’t flow until next year and most of it will be used by the RCMP’s National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains, which doesn’t specifically target murdered and missing Indigenous women. The rest of the money is supposed to go for victim family services and violence prevention. The Native Women’s Association of Canada, however, says no one knows where these services exist.Leitch then tried to flip the issue back on Cleary and his party for not supporting the Harper government’s budget.“Why don’t you stand up for Aboriginal women?” said Leitch.Leitch’s tone, however, softened substantially as she faced three more questions from the NDP on the issue, but she still stuck to her talking points.An emotional Halifax NDP MP Meagan Leslie led off the questioning for the NDP on the subject.“Over 800 Indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing since 1990. It is time for us to acknowledge this crisis,” said Leslie. “Will the government establish a national action plan on violence against women?”Leitch said the government had already responded to the issue and referred to the $8.1 million the government had committed in the last budget to create a DNA-based missing persons Index which would be part of the missing persons centre. That money won’t flow until 2016, which is after the next federal election.“Our government has taken action,” said Leitch. “I encourage the opposition to join us in that action.”The NDP’s Aboriginal affairs critic Jean Crowder then took up the questioning. She mentioned that Saunders, a university student, was working on writing a thesis exploring the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women.“Will the government continue the work of Loretta Saunders? Will they institute a national action plan and call an inquiry into murdered and missing women?” said Crowder.Again Leitch stuck to the talking points, but this time referred to the recently wrapped up special Parliamentary committee on murdered and missing Indigenous women.“We have taken action and will continue taking action,” she said. “I encourage all members of this House to join with the government. Let’s make sure we are taking action to deal with this tragic issue.”Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou NDP MP Romeo Saganash, who is Cree, launched the last question for the NDP.“Her assassination, her murder is a tragic irony. We must honour her memory, just as we must honour the memory of the women who were disappeared or murdered. We waited too long to shed light on what happened in residential schools. Let’s not repeat the same mistake,” said Saganash.Leitch was unmoved.“We have taken and action and will continue to do that,” said Leitch. “All of which the opposition look to not support.”Prime Minister Stephen Harper is opposed to calling a national inquiry. He personally expressed this view during a meeting with First Nation chiefs last January and personally on a separate occasion to Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo.On March 7, the special parliamentary committee into violence against Indigenous women will table it’s report. Many of the witnesses that went before the committee called for a national inquiry.news@aptn.calast_img read more

A four-year-old boy from Quebec has died after drowning at a family gathering.Police were called to the residence just before 3 p.m. on Sunday to a home in Laval, just north of Montreal.First responders were unable to revive the young boy. He was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.Officers say there were a number of people both inside and outside the home at the time the boy was found but did not give any additional details.The investigation is ongoing.

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Outlook darkens among US CEOs as fewer plan to add jobs or boost spending by News Staff Posted Jun 20, 2012 1:42 pm MDT WASHINGTON – A survey of chief executives shows fewer large U.S. companies plan to hire or boost spending in the next six months, reflecting a weaker U.S. economy.The Business Roundtable says 36 per cent of its CEO members plan to add workers over the next six months. That’s down from 42 per cent when the survey was last taken three months ago.Jim McNerney, the group’s chairman and CEO of The Boeing Co., blamed the dip in sentiment on “concern over increasingly persistent obstacles to a stronger recovery.” Those include uncertainty over potential U.S. tax increases and spending cuts early next year and Europe’s financial crisis.Only 43 per cent say they plan to step up spending on machinery, computers and other large goods, down from 48 per cent. Most CEOs still expect sales to increase in the next six months.Overall, the CEO Outlook survey index fell to 89.1 in the second quarter, down from 96.9 in the first three months of the year. Any reading above 50 indicates growth.The gloomier outlook follows a sharp pullback in hiring over the past two months, which has raised concerns that the economy is slumping after a fast start. Job growth averaged only 73,000 in April and May, after average gains of 226,000 per month in the first three months of the year. The unemployment rate rose to 8.2 per cent in May from 8.1 per cent.McNerney said that companies are delaying hiring, and even laying off workers, in anticipation of what many economists call the “fiscal cliff” that looms at the end of this year. Several large tax cuts are scheduled to expire and big spending cuts, including in defence, are set to take effect Jan. 1.While President Barack Obama and lawmakers say they will delay the onset of the changes, McNerney said companies can’t be sure. Last year, Congress and the White House agreed only at the last minute to raise the government’s borrowing limit and stave off a possible default.“We have yet to regain faith that the process will deal with it,” McNerney said.As a result, “we don’t know how corporations, or individuals, or capital will be taxed,” he said. “That is having an impact on the results you see here.”Boeing and many other aerospace companies with government contracts are holding back on hiring and are cutting jobs in anticipation of the spending cuts, he added.The Business Roundtable represents the CEOs of the 200 largest U.S. corporations. The survey is based on 164 responses received between May 17 and June 8. read more

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has expressed concern over yesterday’s outbreak of violence during preparations for the parliamentary elections in Somaliland. There have been reports that some members of parliament may have been detained and that the violence has led to a number of casualties, Mr. Kay said in a statement issued to the press. Mr. Kay, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), called on all parties to exercise restraint and fully respect the democratic process. Somaliland has been making positive strides towards democratic elections. Violence risks setting these gains back, Mr. Kay warned. UNSOM, established by the UN Security Council in June of last year, is mandated to support the Federal Government of Somalia with its peace and state building agenda, including the federalism process, review of the provisional constitution and elections in 2016. It also works to strengthen Somalia’s security sector, promote respect for human rights and women’s empowerment and assist in the coordination of international assistance. read more

“He conveys his sincere condolences to the families of the many victims and wishes a swift recovery to those wounded,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.According to media reports, 10 people were killed and seven wounded in the attack, in which a 26-year-old man opened fire at Umpqua Community College, located in Roseburg. The gunmen also died.“In the face of yet another tragedy of this kind, the Secretary-General expresses his strong hope that the United States, through the robust democratic process that characterizes it, will be able to take the necessary action to reduce the appalling toll in human life that gun violence is taking on American society,” the statement continued.“He notes that President Barack Obama has consistently demonstrated his commitment to address this scourge.” read more

Ms. Walpole disagrees with those who say that holding elections in present-day Iraq is not possible and have called for a delay.She points to an officially approved timeframe for the Parliament to end and a new one to begin: “It is possible to hold elections when you have a large proportion of your population displaced but you have to put other measures in place.”Those include reaching as many of the displaced Iraqis to encourage them to register to vote.The voting group includes a high number of youth. Since the last elections in 2014, about four million young Iraqis reached the voting age.Getting them registered and voting is one of the aims of the Deputy Special Representative and the UN mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which is providing technical advice to the Government and the Independent Electoral Commission overseeing the elections.“I think if you encourage people to vote when they’re young and they get into the habit of doing it, then they vote all through their lives,” Ms. Walpole said.She noted that the UN has a credibility and a legitimacy in Iraq that it does not enjoy in all countries.“We’re not doing the elections; the Electoral Commission is, and we’re advising and supporting. But the fact that we’re identified with the elections is giving them credibility and giving people confidence to engage.” “Elections by their nature are adversarial,” Alice Walpole, one of the top officials at the UN mission in Iraq, told UN News. “One of the challenges in a place like Iraq is to avoid falling back to sectarian hostilities in the run-up to the elections.”The more than 6,000 candidates vying for some 300 seats in the Parliament have been asked to sign and abide by a code of conduct. The two-page document stipulates that politicians and their parties will avoid hate speech and incitement to violence, and contribute to a peaceful atmosphere.I think if you encourage people to vote when they’re young and they get into the habit of doing it, then they vote all through their lives.The positive engagement among politicians is one of the key differences that Ms. Walpole, a Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq, sees between now and when she first began working in Iraq in 2009.“I detect among politicians a real appetite to move forward and to work for Iraq and to work constructively,” she said.The elections will be the first held since the Government declared victory over the Islamic State or Daesh. In a televised address in December, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that more than three years of combat operations drove out the extremists from the territory they once held, and that Iraqi forces were in full control of the country’s border.The Government has focused on returning thousands of the two million people displaced since the start of the 2014 crisis back home before the polls.This is particularly important, she noted, for all the people who lived under Daesh for a few years, whose voices were completely lost.“I think it’s really important to enfranchise them so that they get the chance now to say what they want, and people are very conscious that the Government they vote in now will shape the future of the country.” read more

OTTAWA — The drama that is the NHL’s Ottawa Senators will add another chapter when Erik Karlsson makes his anticipated return to Canadian Tire Centre.Karlsson, the former face of the Senators franchise, was dealt to the San Jose Sharks just before training camps opened this season, capping what had been a messy period between the team and the all-star defenceman. The Sharks are in Ottawa for a game Saturday night.“I don’t really know what to expect to be honest with you,” Karlsson said Friday. “I think it’s going to be a little bit emotional. How it’s going to play out I’m not really sure. I haven’t really tried to overthink it too much.“I know it’s going to be a lot of things going on and I’m going to try and stay focused on the game. It’s an important one for us. I’m going to do what I always do and that’s going to be my best.”Karlsson’s trade came after the team plummeted from a Stanley Cup contender to an NHL minnow in just one season, enduring a string of controversies along the way.His future was in Ottawa was in doubt when Senators owner Eugene Melnyk issued a since-rescinded threat last December that he might move the franchise if ticket sales didn’t improve. Rumours circulated at the time that Karlsson would be dealt by February’s trade deadline.The Ottawa captain wound up staying put for the time being, but tragedy struck in March when Karlsson and his wife Melinda announced their first child, a son they named Axel, was stillborn.After the club’s miserable season finally came to an end, Karlsson’s wife accused the fiancee of then-teammate Mike Hoffman of cyberbullying. Hoffman was traded a couple of weeks before Karlsson was dealt.Despite a messy exit, Karlsson said he had no regrets about his time in the nation’s capital.“None. I’ve had a great time here,” he said. “I loved it and looking back I don’t think I would change anything. They made me who I am today.”Before the Senators fell on hard times, things were good for Karlsson in Ottawa. He became a superstar with the Sens, registering 126 goals and 392 assists for 518 points in 627 regular-season games and 37 points in 48 playoff contests.He won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman in 2012 and 2015 and led the Senators to within a goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup final while playing on an injured foot and ankle.Having so much history with the city, it could be hard for Karlsson to completely move on from Ottawa after just one trip back.“I think we all know this day has been coming up and when it’s going to be and it’s finally here,” he said. “It’s going to be nice that I’m going to be here, I’m going to play here and we’re going to do this and after that it’s probably going to calm down since we’re not coming back for at least another year.“So as of right now I’m just going to enjoy this moment. Whether it’s closure I’m not really sure. We’ll see tomorrow.”The Canadian Press read more

With an experienced offensive line, a plethora of running backs and a third-year quarterback in Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State has high expectations going into the upcoming football season.Although some pundits are penciling in the Buckeyes for a return to Arizona for the Tostitos National Championship, their schedule will be difficult.Thursday, Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. Marshall at Ohio StateThe Buckeyes start off the season with the 10th night game ever at Ohio Stadium. Because this game is on Thursday, it will give OSU a few extra days to prepare for a showdown with Miami the following week.Saturday, Sept. 11, 3:40 p.m. Miami (Fla.) at Ohio StateThis will be the first time these teams have met since the infamous 2002 National Championship game. Miami is comparable to OSU with experience. Coach Randy Shannon’s up-and-coming program will lean on junior quarterback Jacory Harris to upset the Buckeyes.Though this will be Pryor’s first stage to shine on after his MVP Rose Bowl performance, look for the Buckeyes to run on a young Hurricane defensive line.Saturday, Oct. 16, 7:15 p.m. Ohio State at Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium should be the most hostile environment the Buckeyes will face all season. OSU beat Wisconsin in a similar environment two years ago when Pryor and Chris “Beanie” Wells led the team to a fourth quarter comeback, winning 20-17.This Wisconsin team is much more experienced, though. With 18 returning starters, including senior quarterback Scott Tolzien and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year John Clay, look for the Badgers to have a balanced attack. It was this attack that led them to a 20-14 victory over Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl.Saturday, Oct. 23, 12:00 p.m. Purdue at Ohio StateThis is supposed to be the hangover week after a grueling game the week before. With Purdue coming to Columbus, OSU will be looking for redemption as the Boilermakers forced Pryor into five turnovers in a 26-18 loss last year in West Lafayette, Ind.Purdue lost five of its last seven games last year by a touchdown or less.Saturday, Nov. 13, TBA. Penn State at Ohio StateUsually, Penn State is one of the toughest matchups of the year. This year might be the exception.Penn State lost three key defensive players, Jared Odrick, Sean Lee and Navorro Bowman, to the NFL. In addition, the Nittany Lions will be replacing quarterback Daryll Clark.Saturday, Nov. 20, TBA. Ohio State at Iowa After an Orange Bowl victory, the Hawkeyes have 14 returning starters. Iowa should be a lock in the top 10 projections at the beginning of the year.Iowa’s defense is very much like OSU’s. Both teams will not be giving up a lot of points, and it should be a close game throughout.The Nov. 20 showdown will feature a rematch of last year’s 27-24 overtime thriller. This game could be the decider on who goes to the Rose Bowl, or maybe, the National Championship.Saturday, Nov. 27, TBA. Michigan at Ohio StateDon’t expect another 42-7 OSU victory, which is what happened the last time the Wolverines came to Columbus.Rich Rodriguez needs a successful season or else he could be fired at the end of this year. The best way to win over the heart of Wolverine fans is to beat OSU in the Horseshoe. read more

first_imgWorking in the games industry can be a very good career choice due to the pay on offer for more senior roles. Deciding which developer or publisher to work for is obviously going to come down to how much they are willing to pay you and whether you are a good fit for the types of games they create. If your main concern is pay, and you want to work in Japan, then Square Enix is clearly the place to seek employment.Nensyu Labo is a company that tracks salaries across a range of industries in Japan. One of those industries is video games and they have just published the latest compensation chart for Japanese game developers and publishers.The top 10 includes the companies you’d expect to see such as Sony, Konami, Namco Bandai, Tecmo, and Capcom, but it’s Square Enix that pays the most, and by a huge margin if these figures are to be believed.The average salary for an employee working at the Final Fantasy studio is 21,680,000 yen. That’s roughly $273,000 a year. To put that in context, the company coming in second on the list is Sony who pays an average of $116,000. That’s less than half what Square Enix is offering.Here’s the top 10 in full:Square Enix – $273,000Sony – $116,000Nintendo – $115,000Sammy – $103,500Konami – $85,000Namco Bandai – $80,500Tecmo Koei – $77,500Gala – $74,500Capcom – $72,000Yuke – $71,000Nensyu Labo gather their information from public records, so there’s every chance these figures are off. That incredibly high pay for Square Enix may actually represent the average across the company’s Japanese management team, or they just have some very well paid employees that push the average much higher than it is in reality.Even so, if you don’t count Square Enix you get a good idea of how well paid you could be working in the Japanese games industry. Of course, it’s going to take you a number of years to earn anything near the average at one of these companies.More at Andriasang, image via Japanizelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The annual Grandparents’ Day Concert, held by the Manasis School of Greek Dance and Culture at the Kingston City Hall, was spoiled after many elderly were issued with parking fines in an area that was recently made a permit zone by the Kingston City Council. Dimosthenis Manasis, the director of the dance group and organiser of this annual event has been advised by the council that each individual person needs to appeal their fine. His concern is that many of the people who were fined are elderly members of our community who have English as a second language and may come across communication barriers. The dance group has been holding the event at the hall for nearly five years in a row now and members of the dance group and their families have always parked their cars underneath the town hall without an issue.However, the council has recently changed the carpark and turned it into a permit zone. Mr Manasis – who says he supports the council’s rights to zone parking areas accordingly – tells Neos Kosmos that his event was only told hours before the production that the car park had become a permit zone. He says in the months of preparation for the event and dealing with the council, no one advised him of the change, and if they had, he would have taken the necessary steps to ensure that every car was issued with a permit.“It’s not fair that the council is raising revenue at my expense,” says Mr Manasis.“It’s the principle, not the money – we weren’t notified well in advance and we didn’t have time to prepare, we would have had a system in place.”He says he has asked the council for a full retraction on the fines received by people who parked in the underground park between the hours of 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm at last week’s event. Any fines incurred by people who attended the event that parked elsewhere in the area he says he can’t help with. However the council is still adamant that everyone has to appeal their fine individually. “Local laws said everyone has to appeal, there is no way they can just scrap it as it has to go through an auditory process dictated by the Department of Justice,” Mr Manasis was advised.“If there is a language barrier, they will have to find someone to help them write an appeal, and if the permit was not issued to them and they got booked in parking in the permit zone, then they may be able to get it dismissed.“And anyone issued with a permit who didn’t display the permit will have to explain why as many could have done it because of an honest mistake.” Mr Manasis said the council has been very cooperative and was “quite pleasant, supportive and understanding” of this issue.last_img read more