first_imgWhile Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh insisted on Monday that nobody involved in sacrilege cases would be spared, the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine has decided to meet the Governor over the ‘deteriorating law and order’ situation in the State.‘Bid to divert attention’“The law would take its course in the matter of sacrilege cases,” Capt. Amarinder said while speaking to journalists at Zirakpur, adding that Akali Dal veteran Parkash Singh Badal was trying to divert the people’s attention from the findings of the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission, which had squarely blamed the previous (SAD-BJP) regime for the desecration of holy scriptures.On the proposed Congress rally in Mr. Badal’s home ground Lambi, Capt. Amarinder said he would expose the malicious intent of the Badals to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in Punjab by exercising his party’s political right to hold a rally in any part of the State.Badal rallyNotably, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal had also announced to hold a rally in Patiala — the home town of Capt. Amarinder — on the same day as the Congress rally in Lambi.Senior SAD leader Daljit Singh Cheema said that a high-level joint delegation led by Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal and Punjab BJP president Shwait Malik will meet Governor V.P. Singh Badnore on Tuesday to apprise him of the alleged deteriorating law and order situation in the State.‘Petty politicking’“The situation is getting worse each day and the Congress government is busy in petty politicking. Its Ministers are busy in one-upmanship, which has left them with no time to concentrate on the problems of the State,” alleged Mr. Cheema.Mr. Cheema claimed that tension have been mounting in the State in run-up to the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections because under the pressure of Congress leaders, several officials are discriminating against the non-Congress candidates.“The polling has already been vitiated as a large number of nominations of Akali Dal candidates have been rejected without reason,” alleged Mr. Cheema.last_img read more

first_imgA green card is no longer an immigrant’s insurance policy against deportation.Documented immigrants can now be deported from the United States if they break the rules of federal and state programs that offer public benefits to immigrants.New guidelines implemented by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services say that immigrants who abuse “any program related to the reception of public benefits” will be summoned to appear before an immigration court.Read it at Daily Republic Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers steals the ball from Bobby Portis #5 of the Chicago Bulls during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPKentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma led the way as the Los Angeles Lakers staged a late rally to down the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.In the only NBA game of the day as the United States prepares for Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, the Lakers fought back to win 103-94 at the Staples Center.ADVERTISEMENT Kuzma led the scoring with 22 points while Caldwell-Pope was just behind with 21.Brandon Ingram added 17 points while both Julius Randle (10 points) and Jordan Clarkson (12) also had double figures.Rookie star Lonzo Ball had another wayward scoring night, finishing with just eight points. But he managed to pull down 13 rebounds and provided four assists.Caldwell-Pope’s points total included 11 in the final minutes as Los Angeles completed a comeback in a game which had seen them trail by as many as 19 points at one stage.Denzel Valentine led Chicago’s points with 17 while Antonio Blakeney was the next highest with 15. Four other Chicago players posted double-digit scores.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Bonleon, Subido announce return to UST after Sablan exitcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The win saw the Lakers improve to 8-10, lifting them into the playoff places in the Western Conference.The defeat was another setback for Chicago, however, who are languishing near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings at 3-12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lakers, who are in a rebuilding phase after missing the playoffs for the past four seasons, trailed 89-83 with just over six minutes left.But a late scoring burst helped them haul in Chicago to seal the win. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSOCHI, Russia — The New York Islanders lost their star and captain for the rest of the season because of an injury at the Sochi Games.“John Tavares has an MCL and meniscus tear in his left knee,” team spokesman Kimber Auerbach wrote in an email. “He will remain with Team Canada for the remainder of Olympics and return home after for further evaluation.”Tavares was hurt by a big hit along the boards by Latvia’s Arturs Kulda in the second period of Canada’s 2-1 victory the hight of Feb. 19. He writhed in pain on the ice for several seconds before skating to the bench and going to his team’s dressing room.“That’s tough,” Canadian teammate Jeff Carter said. “He was a big part of our team and obviously, you don’t want to see anybody get hurt no matter who they are playing for. He was a great guy in the room.”Without Tavares, the defending Olympic champions will face the U.S. on Feb. 21 in the semifinals for a spot in the gold-medal game.The Islanders are in last place in their division, nine points behind New Jersey, and are among the teams with the fewest points in the Eastern Conference.Tavares has done his part to help his NHL team. The 23-year-old forward is the league’s third-leading scorer with 66 points in 59 games. He has never had significant injury problems in his five-season professional career, playing in 350 of a possible 354 games with New York.Tavares is the latest player from the league to get injured in Russia, perhaps giving NHL owners another reason to want to keep their players home and playing with them during the 2018 Olympics.The Florida Panthers sent just two players to Sochi, and both got banged up. Aleksander Barkov is expected to be out for about a month with a knee injury he got while playing for Finland. Tomas Kopecky is out indefinitely after getting elbowed in the head in a game for Slovakia.Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers had a hand injury that ruled him out of Norway’s finale against Russia.Detroit Red Wings and Swedish captain Henrik Zetterberg aggravated a pre-existing back injury, which the Olympic team said was a herniated disk, after his Sochi Games opener and is out indefinitely.(Larry Lage, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgSanjay Manjrekar trolled for asking ICC to introspect on use of stump micsSanjay Manjrekar said that ICC should look into the increased usage of stump mics that might put players in trouble. Fans did not spare him and said it is the players who need to be corrected.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 17:06 IST West Indies vs England 3rd Test: Joe Root suggested after Day 3’s play that Shannon Gabriel said something he might regret. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSanjay Manjrekar suggested ICC to ponder of increased use of stump micsShannon Gabriel apparently said something after which Joe Root was heard saying, “There is nothing wrong with being gay”Fans trolled Manjrekar for blaming the technology for the fault of the playersSanjay Manjrekar called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the increased use of stump mics in recent cricket series following which Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed got into trouble. During the South Africa-Pakistan series, Sarfraz was heard on stump mic referring to Andile Phehlukwayo as a “black guy”. He was thereafter banned by ICC for four games. Now, a controversy has erupted with respect to West Indies’s Shannon Gabriel during the third Test against England.During the afternoon session of Day 3 of the Test match on Monday, Gabriel had a heated exchange with England captain Joe Root and his batting partner Joe Denly. In a video circulating on social media, Root can be heard on the stump mic saying, “There is nothing wrong with being gay.”While it is unclear what Gabriel had told the two batsmen, Root said in the press conference after the day’s play, “Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field.”Manjrekar took to Twitter to express that Gabriel could not be in trouble and he said that ICC must assess “if increased use of stump mics is actually good for the game”.”After Sarfraz it’s Shannon Gabriel now who could be in trouble thanks to the stump mics. #ICC must brainstorm and decide if increased use of stump mics is actually good for the game or not,” Manjrekar tweeted.After Sarfraz it’s Shannon Gabriel now who could be in trouble thanks to the stump mics. #ICC must brainstorm and decide if increased use of stump mics is actually good for the game or not.advertisementSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 12, 2019While Manjrekar was talking for the players, fans did not take Manjrekar’s words kindly and trolled him for laying the blame of the players’ behaviour on the stump mics.A user Adithya BS trolled Manjrekar while making a reference to students getting caught cheating in the exams and that the number of invigilators should be cut down for that.Many students are getting caught cheating in the exam . Authorities must brainstorm if increased use of invigilators is actually good for the exams or not.Adithya BS (@iambsa) February 12, 2019Another user made a reference to the ball tampering controversy that caught Cameron Bancroft tampering with the ball on camera and said in that case, cameras should be done away with as well.Let’s remove the cameras too? Look at what happened to Steve Smith. All the controversy would’ve been avoided if there were no cameras at all. Let’s just stop playing, then no one would be able to pass racist comments on the field!Kunal Tolani (@Kunal_jt) February 12, 2019Various users told Manjrekar that it is the players who need to correct themselves and not the technology.they are in trouble because of what they said, not because of the stump mics. Hope that helps!DavidY (@djy1976) February 12, 2019How about getting rid of racial & homophobic comments from our game? Rather than turning the stump mics downJohnnyBoy (@JohnnyBuoooy) February 12, 2019ICC: pic.twitter.com/aCRpTOpNepCricket Guru (@CricketGuru15) February 12, 2019Just when I think your opinions can’t get worse you come up with new bizzare takes..Ashu (@tripu17) February 12, 2019What are you saying here?Be competitive yes. But don’t be racist or homophobic.Good guys or not, heat of the moment or not, there’s just no need for it. Glad there are stump mics to give light to this rubbish, so it can stop. https://t.co/ukrePIEhFVPeter Borren (@dutchiepdb) February 12, 2019If the bad words are being highlited due to stump mic, then it is good naa ??Keshav kumar (@imkeshav123) February 12, 2019Or maybe the players should reassess what language they feel is acceptable? The cricket field is their workplace, speaking the way they have would not, thankfully, be considered suitable for in many work environments!Michael Penhale (@vetenari) February 12, 2019Yes ban the cameras too whilst you’re at it. So that the poor sledgers, tamperers are not hampered.Maneesh (@Maneesh1G) February 12, 2019so u r saying stump mics should be turned down so that players get away with racial abuse ?? .. YOU HAVE ACTUALLY STOPPED MAKING SENSE !!Rohit Pungalia (@RohitPungalia) February 12, 2019The officials have reportedly understood to have told match referee, Jeff Crowe, that they didn’t hear anything that would get Gabriel into trouble with regards to ICC’s Code of Conduct.West Indies head coach Richard Pybus, meanwhile, said he had no knowledge of any comment made by Gabriel but insisted that the team would be addressing the issue if the comment is found to be “untoward”.advertisement”Nothing has been reported to me. If a comment was made, we will review it. And if it was untoward, we will be addressing it,” Pybus said, as quoted by The Guardian.Also Read | West Indies players Keemo Paul and Darren Bravo suffer injuries during 3rd Test vs EnglandAlso Read | Sarfraz Ahmed will be Pakistan’s captain at World Cup despite racism row: PCBFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sanjay ManjrekarFollow stump micsFollow Shannon GabrielFollow Joe RootFollow West Indies vs EnglandFollow West Indies vs England 3rd Testlast_img read more

first_imghavyard, April 4, 2014 zoom After four weeks of towing from Turkey, the first hull of the characteristic Havyard’s WE design arrived today at Leirvik shipyard for final outfitting.Havyard’s newbuild 120 “Polarsyssel”, is scheduled for delivery to the Icelandic shipping company Fafnir Offshore in late August 2014. The newbuild is the first of the 832 L WE design, and will be involved in assignments for the district governor of Svalbard, among many others.Since 2011 Havyard has carried out comprehensive research and development work, focusing on the vessel’s hull lines and how this may affect slamming, motions and fuel consumption.Both MARINTEK and MARIN, which are amongst the leading research environments in Europe, have been actively involved in the development. Also, Havyard found extremely useful the advanced measurements carried out at their own shipyard during all test voyages over the last few years.“There we manage to control any possible divergences between simulations and real-life experiences. The WE concept is therefore a result of cooperation across many different departments in Havyard Group, where the vision ‘Improving life at sea’ is a constant,” says Design Manager Arve Leine of Havyard Design & Solutions.“Havyard’s WE design is easily recognizable, but to Havyard this is much more than a design look and signature. The distinctive design is the slim, streamlined bow with adjoining bulb, as well as fins in the afterbody. These fins take care of optimal water influx for thrusters and they considerably increase efficiency without increased ship resistance. Test results and simulations have shown that both resistance and thruster efficiency are influenced in an extremely favourable way,” he explains.The vessel is designed, planned and constructed according to the district governor’s demands. This means the ship has ice-reinforced hull with ice class ICE 1B, she also has Winterized Basic class. A detachable helideck is mounted amidships and onboard Refuelling System for helicopters is planned for.Because of regulations for carrying out possible emergency tugs, there is a towing winch installed on main deck. Accommodation and outfitting are also carried out according to the district governor’s demands.Key data for Havyard 832 WE:Length: 88.5 mBreadth: 17.6 mSpeed: 15 knotsDeck area: 850 square metresCrew: 30 personsDead weight: 3700 tonneslast_img read more

first_imgHalle Westfalen (Germany): Roger Federer says staying wide awake will be the key to his grass court season with his focus on claiming a record tenth Halle title this week. The 37-year-old Swiss was given the run around by Rafael Nadal last time out on the Roland Garros clay, but says he’ll be back in his element on his prefered lawns at the freshly renamed Noventi Open. “It was good to reach the semi-final of a Grand Slam tournament again, and in my first appearance in Paris for four years,” said Federer, who last won the title in Paris in 2009. “I feel fresh, rested and ready for the grass season now,” said Federer, who will target a ninth Wimbledon win in July. “The surface suits me: I like the intuitive, aggressive game,” Federer told a press conference ahead of Halle. “The matches on grass are often decided in a few rallies. You have to stay awake and concentrated.” Federer added: “Winning the tournament always has to be my goal in Halle. “I love to play at this venue, so I am going into the tournament with a very good feeling,” said Federer, who first appeared in Halle in 2000 and has gone on to play the tournament 15 times. “It would be just amazing to win for a 10th time,” said Federer, who was beaten by Croatia’s Borna Coric in the final last year. Federer also revealed he would have a bird’s eye view of the action while resting up at his hotel, where his room overlooks Court 1. “When friends come here they can’t believe you can watch tennis from the hotel. It is totally cool to watch your rivals and friends playing from your balcony.” Federer gets his campaign under way against a tricky opponent in John Millman, who beat him at Flushing Meadows last season. “John is always a tough opponent who doesn’t give anything away. He always gives 100 percent on court and it will be a real test, but that is perhaps exactly what I need.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Firing a fresh salvo on the AAP government, Delhi BJP on Wednesday alleged the budget for construction of nursery classrooms was increased by Rs 100 crore on “verbal” orders, prompting Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to serve defamation notices to the saffron party leaders, including its state chief Manoj Tiwari.The leaders of Delhi BJP claimed there has been a “scam” of Rs 2,000 crore in the construction of classrooms in Delhi government schools and sought the resignation of Sisodia, the incharge of the education department. Citing purported minutes of Delhi government’s Finance Committee meeting in March 2018, Tiwari charged that the government built 366 nursery classrooms at an estimated cost of Rs 28.70 lakh for each of them. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”The minutes show an estimate of Rs 221.44 crore, which was revised to Rs 326.36 crore. The PWD was verbally authorised to complete the work pending formal approval,” he said. The Delhi BJP did not disclose the source of the documents accessed by it through its spokesperson Harish Khurana and media relations head Neelkant Bakshi. Khurana said “verbal authorisation” for an amount to the tune of Rs 100 crore is not permitted as per CPW manual and its a “clear cut case of corruption”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderTiwari further claimed that in the meeting principal secretary(finance) “objected” that the nursery classrooms constructed by PWD were semi-permanent structures instead of permanent rooms. In his legal notice to Tiwari, BJP’s Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta and party MP Parvesh Verma, Sisodia accused them of defaming him through “offending publications” based on “cooked up” allegations and sought their “unqualified” apology. Earlier, reacting to the charge of “scam”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Sisodia dared Tiwari and his party to get them arrested or apologise to poor people in Delhi whose children were getting education at good quality government schools. Reacting to Sisodia’s defamation notice, Tiwari asserted that BJP will not bow down to his “pressure tactics”, and go ahead with filing a complaint with Lokayukta. Delhi BJP Tuesday filed a police complaint in the alleged “scam” seeking a probe. Tiwari claimed, the police has forwarded the complaint to the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government.last_img read more

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Friday, May 19———SASK TEEN GUNMAN WANTED TO MARK ANNIVERSARY OF LA LOCHE SHOOTING: The teen who has admitted to killing four people in La Loche, Sask., last year wanted a gift to mark the first anniversary of the shootings. The courts are trying to determine if the teen, who can’t be named under youth offender laws, should be sentenced as an adult or a juvenile. A pre-sentence report tabled in court Friday details how the teen asked staff at a Saskatoon youth detention facility whether they would buy him a present on the anniversary of the shooting. The hearing will resume in June when the defence presents its case.———CANADA’S POT REFORMS GAINING INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION — MCLELLAN: The head of a federal government task force on legalizing marijuana is being watched around the world. Anne McLellan, a former Liberal cabinet minister, says other countries want to see how successful Canada is at developing a legal market for cannabis, how it addresses organized crime and how it deals with drug-impaired driving. Once it happens, Canada will become the first G7 country to legalize marijuana.———TRANSPORT MINISTER MEETS WITH AIRLINES ABOUT PASSENGER RIGHTS: Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau is calling for Canada’s airlines to live up to the spirit of the federal government’s passenger bill of rights, even though the legislation does not come into force until next year. Garneau met with some 30 airline, airport and tourism officials in Ottawa on Friday. He says he sensed a “constructive approach” from the airlines. New federal rules will set minimum levels of compensation for people who voluntarily agree to be bumped from a flight and force airlines to establish clear standards of treatment and compensation for circumstances such as lost or damaged luggage.———SOFTWOOD BAILOUT DELAYED: A federal aid package to help softwood lumber producers deal with the effect of U.S. duties won’t go before cabinet until the end of the month. Cabinet discussed a package of options for up to $1 billion in aid for the softwood industry earlier this week, but negotiations with industry and provincial governments aren’t done. A source with knowledge of the negotiations says Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr had hoped to have the plan ready to present publicly by the end of this week, but things didn’t quite come together in time.———PM WEIGHS IN ON BOEING-BOMBARDIER TRADE SPAT: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is blasting the U.S. government for taking up Boeing’s complaint against rival Bombardier. Trudeau says he’ll always defend Canadian companies. But Trudeau refused to elaborate on the government’s suggestion that it might abandon plans to buy 18 of Boeing’s Super Hornet fighter jets if the aerospace giant pursues claims that Bombardier gets unfair subsidies.———TRUMP STARTS FIRST FOREIGN TRIP: U.S. President Donald Trump has departed for his maiden overseas trip as president amid the controversy surrounding investigations into whether his campaign associates collaborated with Russia to sway the election. Air Force One departed Friday with the president, first lady Melania Trump, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as a group of his top advisers and journalists covering the trip.———TRUMP REPORTEDLY CALLED FORMER FBI DIRECTOR ‘NUT JOB’: The New York Times is reporting that U.S. President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats that firing “nut job” FBI director James Comey had relieved “great pressure” on him. The newspaper report cites the White House’s official written account of the Oval Office meeting. The Washington Post is separately reporting that the FBI investigation into possible co-ordination between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign was moving closer to the White House. Law enforcement officials now consider a senior Trump adviser a “person of interest” in the probe, the Post reported.———OTTAWA BEING ACCUSED OF PUTTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS IN DANGER: The NDP says the federal government is asking some women fleeing domestic violence to get their abuser to sign a form in order to get a child benefit. B.C. New Democrat Wayne Stetski says constituents have been coming forward with letters from the Canada Revenue Agency, asking them to verify that they are eligible for the monthly allowance. Stetski says the requirement puts the victim in danger and needs to be corrected. The government is promising to look into the issue as quickly as possible.———OPP LOOK AT THROWING DARTS AT FLEEING VEHICLES: Ontario Provincial Police say they’ve launched a pilot project that will test the use of laser-aimed darts armed with GPS technology to help track fleeing cars. OPP Const. Kerry Schmidt says when a motorist fails to stop or accelerates away after being stopped, Schmidt says a projectile can be fired at the vehicle where it sticks and emits a GPS signal that can be tracked. Schmidt says this will allow officers to be constantly updated on the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle and safely move in and make an arrest.———ONTARIO TEACHER SENTENCED ON SEXUAL EXPLOITATION CHARGES: An eastern Ontario teacher who had sexual encounters with several students and traded nude photos with them has been sentenced to two years in prison. Jaclyn McLaren pleaded guilty in March to two counts of sexual exploitation, two counts of luring, possession of child pornography and making explicit material available to people under 18 and people under 16. Police originally laid 42 charges against McLaren, 37, who taught French at a school near Belleville.———last_img read more

Miami – The Union for the Mediterranean (UpM) has recently announced the allocation of 26 development projects designed to benefit Morocco.The Euro-Mediterranean multilateral partnership created to foster the integration of the region has incurred a reported budget of nearly EUR 600 million (6.5 MMDH) in the new Moroccan projects.According to the French daily Les Eco, UpM held a press conference at Union headquarters in Barcelona September 8-10, which was attended by members of the Moroccan press. UpM informed the media of the organization’s several action plans and future endeavors. The 26 projects were allegedly designed to benefit Morocco’s youth, promote women’s skills, support sustainable development as well as the environment, said the UpM.The Union for the Mediterranean’s Director Fatallah Sijilmassi said they aim to “reinforce the complementary capacity” among Euro-Mediterranean countries, where UpM represents 43 nations.According to UpM’s official website, their priority focus areas are:Business DevelopmentTransport & Urban DevelopmentEnergyWater & EnvironmentHigher Education & ResearchSocial & Civil AffairsAt the Wednesday press conference, the French daily reports UpM revealed its Moroccan plan in detail, in which 37% will deal with youth and employment, 15% will be on women’s issues, 19% on the environment, and 18% will target Morocco’s SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises). read more

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Lululemon earningsLululemon Athletica Inc. releases its fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 results on Wednesday. The Vancouver-based apparel company exceeded analysts expectations in the third quarter, due partially to a strong response to an Edmonton pilot of its first loyalty program.After AeroplanAimia Inc. to report Q4/full-year earnings on Thursday. The Montreal-based loyalty rewards company recently completed the sale of its Aeroplan program to Air Canada for $450-million. Aimia said about half of its 1,500 employees will move to Air Canada as a result of the transaction.Dollarama updateDollarama Inc. releases Q4 results on Thursday. CEO Neil Rossy said in December the Montreal-based dollar store chain will focus more of its attention on its lowest priced products in a bid to keep its comparable store sales growth from slowing.Economic healthStatistics Canada is set to report gross domestic product figures for January on Friday. The Canadian economy slowed to a crawl in the fourth quarter of last year, raising concerns about the pace of growth to start this year. The Bank of Canada has said it believes the weakness will last through the first half of 2019, which is longer than it had predicted earlier in the winter.BlackBerry resultsBlackBerry Ltd. reports its fourth-quarter results on Friday before stock markets open for trading. The company announced earlier this month that it is establishing a new subsidiary, BlackBerry Government Solutions, in the U.S. that will be focused on ensuring that more of its products meet strict American requirements for highly secure cloud-based services. The Canadian Press read more

An oil spill contingency plan was launched by the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), directed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), at the ROK’s request after the oil tanker Hebei Spirit collided with a barge 100 kilometres south of Seoul, the capital, on 7 December, releasing 10,500 metric tons of crude oil into the sea. NOWPAP member countries China and Japan have sent around 100 tons of dispersant and Japan has dispatched a team of experts to help contain the oil slick, which is affecting 160 kilometres of coastline near an important habitat for birds. The spill is threatening to enter Cheonsu Bay, home for about 400,000 migratory birds, and the emergency has triggered a major clean-up operation involving 200,000 people, mostly volunteers, as well as 327 vessels, 17 airplanes and 13 helicopters. NOWPAP comes under UNEP’s Regional Seas Programme and its contingency plan was developed in full cooperation between UNEP and the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO). It was adopted in 2004 by China, Japan, ROK and Russia to deal with large oil spill emergencies. In accordance with the plan, member countries inform each other of oil spill accidents and provide assistance to the country in need. NOWPAP’s Regional Activity Centre in Daejon, Korea, is serving as the “nerve centre” for activation and implementation. A joint UN-European Union (EU) rapid environmental assessment team, made up of experts from the European Commission’s Monitoring and Information Centre, UNEP and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has also been sent on site. Additional support has come from the United States coastguard, which has sent a team to give advice, and a private company in Singapore which is providing aircraft. 18 December 2007China and Japan have sent material and experts under a United Nations emergency response plan to help the Republic of Korea (ROK) mitigate the worst oil spill in its history, which has already hit key fishing grounds and is expected to damage the livelihoods of up to 27,000 aquaculture workers. read more

first_imgAn entire year of schoolchildren failed an exam after a teacher lied about their grades because she claimed she was “stressed”.Lisa Lock, a science teacher, has been allowed to continue in the profession despite submitting her pupils’ results to an exam board and wrongly saying they had all passed.The 48-year-old was caught because more than 100 of the GCSE-age students had not even finished the coursework for the exams.She also let teenagers into her classroom to complete coursework after a deadline had passed, despite being warned against doing so by her head teacher. I spent most nights after school doing science and revision club… I had too much on my plate and I couldn’t cope with it allteacher Lisa Lock Lisa Lock Exam board officials found out about Mrs Lock’s practices and then automatically failed the whole year group of students for their Baccalaureate.Mrs Lock told a teachers’ disciplinary hearing she took the testing shortcuts because she was “stressed out” and had “too much on her plate”.She was in charge of children studying the Welsh Baccalaureate, which is equivalent to a GCSE.Presenting officer Carys Williams said: “Mrs Lock submitted to the examination board that pupils had passed the Welsh Baccalaureate when there was no evidence to support this.”She also called pupils to her classroom to undertake work after the submission deadline, despite being told not to do so.”Mrs Lock was suspended in June 2015 in response to the allegations while teaching at Abertillery Comprehensive School in Gwent, South Wales.She accepted that her actions were “unprofessional”, but denied acting dishonestly, saying that she had the best interests of the students at heart.She told the hearing: “It was the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life and I have to say I was really struggling with it, so I went to the previous head and said that I wanted to drop it.” Lisa Lock was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct by a panel of the Education Workforce CouncilCredit:Wales News Service However, Mrs Lock was told that if she did stop teaching the Welsh Baccalaureate, she would be talking herself out of the job.”It was becoming overarching and it was the qualification that everyone looked at,” she added.”I spent most nights after school doing science and revision club, and also science club for the younger children. Ultimately, I had too much on my plate and I couldn’t cope with it all.”As a result of the incorrect submissions, none of the pupils who studied the two-year module passed.It also could have meant that the students did not get a place in college, but this problem did not arise.Mrs Lock was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and handed a “conditional registration order”, but was allowed to continue teaching.The panel of the Education Workforce Council sitting in Cardiff banned Mrs Lock from managing exams. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCriticisms against me like ‘water on the duck’s back,’ says SOCU AdvisorJanuary 9, 2018In “Crime”Sittlington’s contract in Guyana terminated with immediate effect-British High CommissionerJanuary 31, 2019In “latest news”UK advisor’s role in SOCU ‘not operational’- British High CommissionerMarch 10, 2017In “latest news” Almost eight months after Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan had approached the British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn, to have British fraud expert Dr Sam Sittlington return to Guyana to resume the work he started at the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), the request, it seems, has now been granted.Based on a press advisory issued on Friday, there is expected to be a special event hosted at the British High Commissioner’s residence next Tuesday (January 9, 2018) to introduce Sittlington as a Financial Investigations Mentor/Advisor to SOCU.During the early part of 2017, SOCU had detained several former prominent Government officials, including former President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, former Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds, former Ministers Priya Manickchand, Irfaan Ali, Clement Rohee, Robert Persaud and Jennifer Westford, among others in connection with their role in the Pradoville 2 Housing scheme.The reason behind them being questioned was because they had purchased property at the Sparendaam seawall area, commonly known as “Pradoville 2”.The current Administration contended that the transaction is a criminal act because of the belief that the properties were sold below market value.However, the former government Ministers from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) had argued that subsidised housing has always been a part of the legacy of the PPP/C and that countless Guyanese have benefited from lands sold below market value.At the time, Sittlington was a part of SOCU, and the Opposition had begun to question his role within the agency, accusing him of being one of the persons involved in the “witch hunt”.They had argued that he “exceeded his official remit and trespassed into operational matters at SOCU.”These accusations were made after it was revealed that Ramjattan and Sittlington were seen sharing “celebratory drinks” at the Oasis Café some days after the several arrests were made.However, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn had said that Dr Sittlington was in Guyana serving in an advisory and training capacity at SOCU and not in an operational role.Following the fraud expert’s departure, Ramjattan said the main reason for him wanting Sittlington to return was because he played a pivotal role in helping the SOCU officials to strategize. (Ramona Luthi) read more

first_img Share11 Tweet Email Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO Saturday 30 Mar 2019, 4:06 PM Mar 30th 2019, 4:06 PM The FAI board insists it’s taking steps to ‘address concerns’ Consulting group Mazars are tasked with completing ‘an in-depth external review of all matters’. A steward removed a tennis ball from the Aviva Stadium pitch on Tuesday night. Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO 13,975 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 26 Comments By Adrian Russell https://the42.ie/4568794 A steward removed a tennis ball from the Aviva Stadium pitch on Tuesday night. THE BOARD OF the FAI say they’ve taken steps to get to the bottom of recent revelations about the Association’s finances. Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Georgia on Tuesday night was interrupted by a tennis ball protest by sections of the attendance. FAI CEO John Delaney is set to appear before an Oireachtas Sports Committee to answer questions about the €100,000 bridging loan he provided to the Association as well as other governance issues.“The Board of the Football Association of Ireland acknowledges the concerns expressed by members of the football family, supporters, commentators, politicians and the public around recent media stories concerning the Association,” the latest statement reads.  “The Board is committed to fully addressing the issues of concern and is undertaking steps to do so. The Board of the FAI has established a sub-committee, from amongst its members, which is working closely with the Association’s external advisers and auditors to urgently address these matters.  “Global auditing and consulting group Mazars has been commissioned by the sub-committee to conduct an independent and in-depth external review of all matters.  The Board has requested that this review be completed as soon as possible. “The FAI is engaging fully with Sport Ireland and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement in dealing with their particular inquiries.”  It was announced in the wake of Ireland’s 1-0 win over Gibraltar last Saturday that John Delaney would leave the position of CEO and take up the role of  FAI executive vice president. Murray Kinsella and Bernard Jackman look ahead to a huge weekend for the provinces in Europe and Ryan Bailey catches up with Ian Keatley on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly:last_img read more

first_imgShane Ross: ‘My grandkids photoshopped me into the Jesus birth scene after Katie Taylor memes’ “I was with everybody, I think I was with Putin. I was with Donald Trump. I was at the landing the Moon landing.” https://jrnl.ie/4789303 35 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Dan O’Neill/Twitter Maybe I gilded the lily by being absolutely certain to be photographed in them and people thought it was a silly but no, I kind of love photo opportunities when they’re good ones all politicians do.When asked about the memes that appeared after the photo opportunity, he said they were “absolutely brilliant”. Even his family got involved in the mockery.“I was at home one Sunday, so Sunday after that. And one of my grandchildren asked to borrow my my phone. And so I said yeah, of course and they started playing games, which is what grandchildren do. They gave it back to me and I didn’t look at it until the next day. And the next day when I opened it, the screenshot on it was changed and there I was at the birth of Jesus,” he said.“And I can’t change my screenshot, it’s still there.”Ross said he did not think the jokes made about him online were malicious and if people get a bit of fun out of it, that’s fine with him. “They [the memes] were magnificently funny, and they actually prompted, challenged a lot of people’s creativity. I was with Mohammed Ali. I was with Shane Lowry. That was a famous one. I was with everybody, I think I was with Putin. I was with Donald Trump. I was at the landing the Moon landing,” he said.“They were brilliant. For God’s sake, if people get a kick out of that, they can keep doing it because I quite enjoy that.”In the full interview with TheJournal.ie’s Political Correspondent Christina Finn this weekend, Minister Ross discussed the Bus Connects project, cycle lanes and his view that all of his Cabinet colleagues should give up their petrol and diesel cars.  Share5 Tweet Email1 What’s your favourite Shane Ross photo from history? pic.twitter.com/ITerYRebWI— Dan O’Neill (@activedan) June 4, 2019 MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT Shane Ross has said he thought the jokes made at his expense after a now infamous photo opportunity with professional boxer Katie Taylor this year were “brilliant”.Ross greeted Taylor at Dublin Airport in June as she returned from New York as the undisputed lightweight champion and did not stray far from her side as photographers snapped away.It was not long before memes of Ross photoshopped in the background of other significant moments in history began to emerge online. He was at the Moon landing, he was a guest at the most recent royal wedding, he was in that famous Oscars selfie.  Short URL By Michelle Hennessy Sep 1st 2019, 9:31 AM 38,829 Views Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 9:30 AM Speaking to TheJournal.ie at part of a wider interview, the minister said he had been criticised on previous occasions for failing to greet sportspeople on their return from a significant event. “It was a wonderful honour for Ireland and for the Irish people,” he said of Taylor’s win.“And so the important thing is you go out there, you express on behalf of the Irish people what an incredible success she had, what a wonderful person she is, but you’ve got to get it in the pics, you know. If you don’t get it the pics no one knows you’re there. And they’ll say to you ‘why weren’t you there?’last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A skilled migration expo will take place in central Athens in October, thanks to a proposal recommended to the Australian government by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV). Skilled migrants who are offered employment as a result of the expo, may be able to have their application processed within a fortnight.The pioneering expo will take place on 8 and 9 of October, and will allow skilled workers in Greece to meet with officials from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and other Australian government agencies, to discuss employment opportunities in Australia. The expo will involve face-to-face meetings with potential employers and recruitment agencies. GOCMV President, Bill Papastergiadis, told Neos Kosmos that this is a “quick and effective means of assisting Greeks at this point in time”. Last Tuesday, Papastergiadis received the phone call confirming the good news, made on behalf of Minister Chris Bowen, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, saying that one of the proposals GOCMV had created- to assist procedures for skilled migration for Greek citizens- would be acted upon by the government . The proposal was created by a GOCMV sub-committee which included: Bill Papastergiadis, Mike Zafiropoulos, Costas Marcos, Penny Dimopoulos, Elizabeth Hagiefremidis, and Peter Jasonides. The proposal comprised of various recommendations on ways in which DIAC could further assist skilled migration from Greece and was presented at a meeting with Minister Bowen in Melbourne on June 15. At the meeting, the GOCMV proposed that DIAC arrange a skilled migration information session in either Athens or Thessaloniki. Another proposal put forth and fully supported by the Consul General for Greece in Melbourne, Eleni Lianidou, was for Greece to sign an agreement with Australia and New Zealand for an arrangement for working VISAs. Lianidou told Neos Kosmos this week that it looks “positive” that Greece will be signing an agreement sooner, rather than later. “It provides the opportunity for thousands of qualified people to meet with relevant governments and key employers, and to have someone there to answer their questions for them,” said Papastergiades, when asked about the benefits of the skilled migration expo. At the October event, the government will be promoting employment in key areas of industry and where there are skills shortages, including engineering, health-care, automotive, construction, and the electrical and mechanical trades. “This is a great win for the Greek community in Melbourne who set this up, and it’s a great win for Greeks in Greece to be given this fabulous opportunity to fast-track their applications,” said Papastergiades, adding, “what it does mean, is that if you lobby effectively with appropriate proposals, you can achieve things in a short period of time.”last_img read more

first_imgGeorge Vellis, the Sydney-based President of the Australian Hellenic Council has thrown his hat into the ring as an ALP preselection candidate to fight the federal seat of Barton held by Liberal Nick Varvaris.Mr Vellis’ move comes as the Australian Electoral Commission deliberates on boundary changes to the Barton electoral division that could overnight make it a notionally Labor seat. Mr Varvaris currently holds the seat by a wafer-thin majority of 0.3 per cent.The boundary changes, which will be be finalised next month, have prompted speculation that high-profile Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese is considering switching from the neighbouring seat of Grayndler to challenge Varvaris, with part of the Grayndler division likely to be added to Barton.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Mr Vellis, a long-time ALP member and activist in south Sydney, said his motivation for running as a preselection candidate was to uphold traditional Labor values and work hard for the electorate.“I am proud to stand on my track record as a community leader who has successfully lobbied federal politicians for more than 15 years, most notably in defending human rights protections for all Australians, and promoting a successful, distinctively Australian model of multiculturalism within our community.”Mr Vellis said in the last two years he had “the honour to be part of a team of community leaders who led the charge in preventing the Federal Government from weakening protections against racial vilification in the Racial Discrimination Act,” and that he had a “deep understanding” of the issues that are important to the Barton electorate, notably “job security, promoting family values, upgraded health services, improved education opportunities for our children, and safer streets.”The AHC President and passionate trade unionist described himself as “a grass roots activist” who has no time for “politics as usual”.“We live in a democracy, and that means the people are the masters; politicians the servants,” said Mr Vellis. who is the first ALP preselection candidate to be confirmed for the Barton seat.Neos Kosmos understands that Labour candidate Steve McMahon, who lost narrowly to Varvaris, at the 2013 election will not be seeking pre-selection in 2016.Vellis is likely to face competition from at least four other ALP candidates for preselection which will go to a vote of local members in March. Depending on the extent of boundary changes, Anthony Albanese is expected to make a decision on whether he will run for preselection shortly after their announcement. The AHC president said he had received assurances that the ALP National Executive would allow local democracy to decide the preselection outcome. “There needs to be due process, and it’s imperative the members have a say, and it’s not a decision made by head office,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgLe rover Curiosity enfin prêt à forer sa première roche martienneLe rover de la NASA, Curiosity, a réalisé avec succès la deuxième phase de test destinée à préparer le forage du sol martien à la recherche de potentielles formes de vie.Mars a-t-elle abrité de quelconques formes de vie durant son histoire ? Curiosity, le rover de la NASA en mission sur la planète rouge, est peut-être sur le point d’élucider ce mystère qui stimule depuis fort longtemps la curiosité des terriens. Le jeudi 7 février, l’agence spatiale américaine a annoncé le succès du deuxième test de forage effectué par le robot. Cet essai, baptisé “mini-forage” a été accompli au moyen d’une perceuse à la fois rotative et percussive.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreAu final, Curiosity est parvenu à creuser un trou profond de deux centimètres et large d’1,6 centimètre de diamètre, sur le sol martien. Cette opération de “mini-forage” est la phase successive d’un premier test appelé “forage de vérification” effectué lundi 4 février. Les deux interventions ont été menés sur une roche surnommée “John Klein”, et située dans la dépression de Yellowknife Bay, au sein du cratère de Gale.Les astronautes de la NASA analysent actuellement les images des cavités réalisées puis photographiées par le rover afin de confirmer le lancement du forage définitif qui devrait avoir lieu dans les prochains jours. A cette occasion, le rover qui a fêté cette semaine ses 6 mois de présence sur Mars, devrait collecter des échantillons qui pourront être analysés directement sur le terrain, grâce à ses chambres d’analyse et ses instruments. Les informations récoltées ajoutées à celles déjà obtenues de précédentes analyses permettront alors d’en savoir plus la composition des roches. Elles pourraient également permettre de déterminer s’il a un jour exister sur Mars des formes de vie, ne serait-ce que microscopiques.Le 8 février 2013 à 20:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more