BJP minister advocates for Bhujbal’s release from jail

first_imgState Minister for Social Justice and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Dilip Kamble caused eyebrows to be raised on Tuesday when he defended jailed Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal, advocating his immediate release. “He [Bhujbal] is a fighter who is stuck in jail because of legal wrangles … I hope he gets bail immediately,” Mr. Kamble said at an event organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Mahatma Phule Parishad on Mahatma Phule’s death anniversary.“The Supreme Court has quashed certain sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), which were preventing Mr. Bhujbal from securing bail … I am confident that he will win the legal battle in the light of the recent ruling,” Mr. Kamble said.The BJP leader shared the dais with NCP president Sharad Pawar, who lauded Mr. Bhujbal’s contribution in preserving Mahatma Phule’s residence, Phule wada, in Pune and developing the area around it. “It is due to his [Bhujbal’s] efforts that the Phule residence has been elevated to the status of a national heritage,” said Mr. Pawar. Mr. Kamble’s defence of Mr. Bhujbal is in contrast to the stand taken by his partymen, especially the efforts of BJP leader Kirit Somaiyya to put Mr. Bhujbal behind bars. The NCP was arrested in March last year by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the Maharashtra Sadan scam and the Kalina land allotment case. Mr. Bhujbal, the then Public Works Department minister, is accused of taking kickbacks to allot projects. The ED has accused Mr. Bhujbal of misusing his position as minister to cause a loss of ₹840 crore to the State.last_img read more

Deep pool

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ St. Clare seals title clash with Marinerong Pilipino “They pick up things faster than young guys,” he added. “This is all about speed and efficiency that we’re trying to do.”Jayson Castro leads the handpicked bunch. Joining the World Cup veteran are Gilas’ old reliables: RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Marcio Lassiter, Christian Standhardinger, Chris Ross, June Mar Fajardo and Matthew Wright.Vic Manuel, who is the lone national team first-timer, rounds out the list. He is Cone’s personal choice in a pool that originally had 50 names—amateurs included.“Basically, [the Ginebra players] will help me coach the other guys,” Cone said.“Like we did back in ’94. Norman Black brought the San Miguel team and reinforced it with Johnny Abarrientos, Alvin Patrimonio and a few guys. That’s kind of the model we’re working on,” Cone said.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The Philippines will be trying to win the SEA Games cage gold for the fourth straight time, and 18th out of 20 overall. It is usually the gold that glitters the brightest for the Filipinos.“Those are the 15 we’ll work with in terms of practice,” he said of his crack crew of stars who will start training at Meralco Gym on Monday next week.“I know there’s always gonna be questions of ‘Why wasn’t this guy picked?’ and I can’t go through every reason. It’s just about finding the balance in terms of position and trying to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together,” Cone said.Notably left out were CJ Perez and Robert Bolick, the brightest performers for Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba World Cup in China just over two weeks ago.“It would be nice to bring all 24 guys in and have them try out and compete but we just don’t have the time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img SBP chief Al Panlilio (right) with SEA Games coach Tim Cone during a press conference at the PBA office on Thursday. PBA IMAGESCoach Tim Cone made it clear that he won’t be leaving anything to chance once the Southeast Asian Games comes around.“This is something we don’t want to lose,” he told reporters on Thursday after naming a 15-man pool of professional stars together with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and the PBA at the league’s offices in Libis.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “This is our home territory. We’re hosting. We’re going to go hard and figure out the best way to do this—and do it well,” he added.If anything, his intentions are clearly projected for the regional tournament, one that takes a page off the national quintet that competed in the Hiroshima, Japan, Asian Games in 1994.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Cone’s selection will be bannered by six players from his PBA team, Barangay Ginebra, led by many-time Gilas guard LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, Stanley Pringle, Japeth Aguilar and newcomer Art dela Cruz.“We decided to go with a veteran group, again because—and it’s not always the truth—veterans are easier to coach, short term,” Cone said. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Vector and Lauterbach: development solution for software debugging over the XCP protocol

first_imgVector and Lauterbach are offering an integrated solution for ECU software development based on the new ASAM standard “Software Debugging over XCP”. It eliminates the need to repeatedly switch between hardware for measurement, calibration, and debugging.The ECU debug connector can be a challenge to access in the vehicle and does not lend itself to the frequent disconnect/reconnects necessary when switching between MC and debug tools. By working together, Vector and Lauterbach are responding to the requirement of the automotive industry for concurrent use of the interface, and they are providing uniform access to the ECU for measurement, calibration and debugging purposes. This work is based on the new ASAM standard “Software Debugging over XCP” which was released in November 2017, and both partners were active participants in its development.The VX1000 measurement and calibration hardware from Vector enables accessing internal data of development-level ECUs and near-production ECUs. Data rates of more than 100 MByte/s can be achieved over the entire automotive temperature range in test vehicles. The XCP slaves of the VX1000 hardware enable connection to the CANape measurement and calibration tool or to other tools with a standardcompliant XCP master. Such an XCP master is Lauterbach’s TRACE32 debugger, which gets access – over the XCP slave – to the ECU and the debugging interface connected to it. This debugging configuration can operate without the need for any extension of the ECU software. Here, the TRACE32 XCP master provides the same debugging features as a hardware-based TRACE32 debugger.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Renesas: RZ/A2M microprocessor for high-speed processing of e-AI imagingNext AAEON: tiny IoT gateway system with UP corelast_img read more

Cavalieri back in the Premier League at Palace

first_imgTransfers Former Liverpool and Brazil goalkeeper Cavalieri back in the Premier League at Palace Jamie Smith 00:10 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diego Cavalieri - Fluminense Getty Images Transfers Crystal Palace Crystal Palace v Manchester United Manchester United Premier League The 35-year-old, a free agent after leaving Fluminense last year, has added to the goalkeeping options of Eagles boss Roy Hodgson at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of former Brazil international goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri on a deal to the end of the season.The 35-year-old, who won three caps for his country and was a member of the Confederations Cup-winning squad in 2013, was a free agent after leaving Fluminense in his homeland last year.Cavalieri will provide competition for Palace’s two senior goalkeepers, Julian Speroni and Wayne Hennessey, as Roy Hodgson’s side battle against relegation from the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I am very happy to be here and have been training with the guys for some time now,” Cavalieri told Palace’s website.”The atmosphere in the dressing room has been really good and they have received me very well so we can talk a lot and get to know everyone. I am very happy with this opportunity.”Cavalieri was previously on the books of Premier League side Liverpool between 2008 and 2010, during Hodgson’s period in charge, but failed to make a league appearance during his time at Anfield.last_img read more

8 days agoMan Utd boss Solskajer expects to buy again in January

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskajer expects to buy again in Januaryby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer expects to buy again in January.United currently sit 12th in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone and 15 adrift of league leaders Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s clash with their fierce rivals at Old Trafford.The club’s hierarchy and recruitment under executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has come in for severe criticism since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, but Solskjaer has described that as “an insult” as he looks to the future.”I’ve got a three-year contract now so of course (we are) planning long-term,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “If you lose a game you don’t wait for a call to be given assurances but we have started out a plan and a recruitment plan is in place.”I am 100 per cent sure from my time here that the structure is right because it’s always the manager that has the final say.”I know people have said stuff about our recruitment but it’s almost like an insult to the recruitment office, the scouts and us as professionals – me and Mick (Phelan), the staff. We make decisions on the players we want to have and who’s available and then it’s the negotiations.”The money is there to strengthen in January, in the summer, and we are planning, we are looking, we are finding our targets, but just before the transfer window ended no, they weren’t there, the ready-made players.”The resources are there if the right players are available.” last_img read more

Honor 10 Lite launch: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to know

first_img Next Honor 10 Lite launch: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to knowThe Honor 10 Lite price in India starts at Rs 13,999 for the base model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 09:46 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Honor 10 Lite is the company’s first phone in India in 2019.The Honor 10 Lite promises to deliver an even better experience with a waterdrop display and Android Pie.The Honor 10 Lite gets dual AI cameras with a 13MP + 2MP configuration.The Honor 10 Lite is now official in India and it is ready to succeed last year’s popular Honor 9 Lite. The reason the Honor 9 Lite was so successful is because it offered an attractive design along with good quad cameras and a smooth performance. The Honor 10 Lite promises to deliver an even better experience with a waterdrop display and Android Pie, among other things.The Honor 10 Lite is the company’s first phone in India in 2019. This along with the upcoming Honor View20 will look to set the stage for what is expected to be a busy year ahead. The Honor 10 Lite is a promising phone that is loaded with some interesting new features that the company is announcing for the first time. Here’s what you need to know.Honor 10 Lite specificationsDisplay: The Honor 10 Lite sports a 6.21-inch LCD display with a FHD+ (2340×1080) resolutionProcessor: It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Kirin 710 chipsetRAM: It comes with 4GB and 6GB of RAMInternal storage: Both RAM variants will be offered with 64GB of internal storageRear camera: The Honor 10 Lite gets dual AI cameras with a 13MP + 2MP configuration. The primary sensor gets a f/1.8 aperture while the secondary camera f/2.4 aperture. The cameras also support AI-based stabilisation and AI portrait modeFront camera: The phone gets a 24MP AI front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and support for AI recognition of 8 scenes.Battery: It houses a 3,400mAh batterySoftware: The Honor 10 Lite ships with Android Pie with EMUI 9.0 on topadvertisementHonor 10 Lite features– Much like the Honor 9 Lite, the Honor 10 Lite also touts a premium design language. It gets a glass-like 3D rear panel that is made up of an 8 layer process to offer a unique look. The Sky Blue colour variant offers a gradient design that movies from light blue to dark blue. The Honor 10 Lite is also offered in solid Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue colours. — The Honor 10 Lite’s display sees an upgrade over its competitor. This is the first Honor phone with a dewdrop notch display that offers over 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio. So, the Honor 10 Lite gets a tall 6.2-inch screen with just a tiny notch on top and a thin chin.– The other big highlight about the Honor 10 Lite is its 24MP selfie camera. Honor says it is the same Sony IMX 576 sensor as that on the Realme U1, so you can expect some crisp and detailed selfies. The front camera is also AI-backed with support for 8 scene recognition scenarios and AI Groupfies. With the help of pixel binning, the front camera can take selfies with up to 1.8 micron pixels.– The dual cameras on the back are also AI supported and can recognise over 20 scenarios. The 13MP primary sensor gets a f/1.8 aperture, which is wider than the Honor 9 Lite’s f/2.0 aperture. The rear camera also supports AIS (AI-based stability) and the camera app gets a dedicated Night mode as well.– The Honor 10 Lite is the company’s first phone to ship with Android Pie with EMUI 9 on top. While this means that there will be a heavy layer of EMUI 9, it also gets some Pie-based features like Digital Wellbeing, which is called Digital Balance here. EMUI 9 will also offer gesture navigation and the ability to hide the notch as well.Honor 10 Lite price in India and availabilityThe Honor 10 Lite price in India starts at Rs 13,999 for the base model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The company has also announced a 6GB + 64GB variant that is priced at Rs 17,999. The Honor 10 Lite is a Flipkart exclusive device and will go on sale on the e-commerce platform from January 20, 2019 at 12am. The device will also be available on Honor’s online store. Honor is also offering a Rs 2,200 cashback for Jio users as well.ALSO READ | Honor 10 Lite with 6.2-inch Dewdrop display, Android Pie launched in India: Price, sale dateALSO READ | Honor 10 Lite quick review: A worthy successor to Honor 9 Lite?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 Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow HonorFollow Honor 10 Litelast_img read more

Denham Town Residents Benefit from Legal Aid Mobile Unit

first_img Residents of Denham Town in West Kingston today (February 21) benefited from the services of the Legal Aid Council’s Mobile Justice Unit.The Unit, which began operations in January 2017, provides free consultation and advice, and completes court assignments for clients with criminal matters.“So, persons who want expungement of criminal records, for example, and persons who cannot afford an attorney but would like to retain one can do it through our services as well. They also can benefit from land-related matters, how to make wills, Letters of Administration and child maintenance,” Legal Consultant, Shara-Kay Dacres, told JIS News.She also encouraged the residents to come out and receive the required help they need, while also assuring that the service provided is confidential.“We know that you are living in an inner-city community and you might not be able to afford to go into a lawyer’s office and pay $10,000 for consultation on a matter. We also offer divorce as well.So, we literally go step by step with them as far as what the process is and what application they will need to be filed in the court system,” Ms. Dacres said.The Mobile Unit is targeting communities under the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III, which is a multifaceted crime- and violence-prevention initiative of the Government that is focused on building community safety and security.It is being undertaken in 50 vulnerable communities across eight parishes. They are Kingston and St Andrew, St James, Westmoreland, St Ann, St Mary, Clarendon, and St Catherine.The service is in keeping with the Government’s strategic priority focused on strengthening the rule of law and providing timely justice outcomes. “We know that you are living in an inner-city community and you might not be able to afford to go into a lawyer’s office and pay $10,000 for consultation on a matter. We also offer divorce as well. Story Highlights “So, persons who want expungement of criminal records, for example, and persons who cannot afford an attorney but would like to retain one can do it through our services as well. They also can benefit from land-related matters, how to make wills, Letters of Administration and child maintenance,” Legal Consultant, Shara-Kay Dacres, told JIS News. Residents of Denham Town in West Kingston today (February 21) benefited from the services of the Legal Aid Council’s Mobile Justice Unit.last_img read more

Oceanteam Shipping Extends Bareboat Charter for CSV …

first_imgzoom Oceanteam Shipping ASA (OTS) confirmed the extension of tha bareboat charter with Fugro TS Marine Australia for the CSV Southern Ocean until the end of 2018. The extension of the bareboat charter will further strenghten Oceanteam’s contract backlog and secure future earnings.The original charter was set to expire at the end of 2015.CSV Southern Ocean is a large construction support vessel jointly owned between Bourbon Offshore Norway AS and Oceanteam Shipping ASA.The commercial terms between the parties remain confidential.OTS, November 21, 2013last_img

DiCaprio credits luck for his success

first_imgLondon: Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most celebrated Hollywood stars from his generation, but apart from his hardwork and choice of films the actor also credits his luck for success. The 44-year-old actor, who has starred in iconic films like Titanic, The Revenant, Romeo + Juliet, and The Wolf of Wall Street, believes if luck would have not favoured him he could not have made it to the top so smoothly. “I don’t know. I grew up in this industry, so many of my friends are actors. I know how hard it is to get work, and I know how lucky I was to be in the right place at the right time. Had that not happened, my life would be drastically different,” DiCaprio said in a an interview with the Sunday Mirror newspaper’s Notebook magazine. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe actor added that even though he knew a lot of people in the movie industry, there were times when he felt like an “outsider” and the showbiz seemed like a mythical world. “I think everyone at some point in their career has felt like an outsider. I did when I was first starting out, and it felt like this mythical world where a fairy godmother would come to your house and pick you. We all know we wouldn’t be sitting here doing what we are doing had we not had that moment of luck.” The actor’s next release in India is Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The movie, also featuring Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, will hit the screens on August 15.last_img read more

Seven stories in the news for today July 7

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Friday, July 7———SOURCE: OMAR KHADR ALREADY PAID $10.5 MILLIONThe federal government has paid former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr $10.5 million as part of a deal to settle his long-standing lawsuit over violations of his rights, The Canadian Press has learned. A source familiar with the situation says the Liberal government made the payment to get ahead of an attempt by two Americans to enforce a massive U.S. court award against Khadr in Canadian court.———PACKED DAY FOR PM TRUDEAU AT G-20 SUMMITPrime Minister Justin Trudeau and his fellow G20 leaders get down to business today at their summit in Hamburg, Germany. He will take part in a pair of working sessions and hold bilateral meetings the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, most of the interest is focused on a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.———UNRULY PASSENGER FORCES FLIGHT BACK TO MONTREALA Sunwing Airlines flight bound for Cuba returned to Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport last under a fighter jet escort due to an “unruly customer” who made what an airline spokeswoman says were “non-specific threats.” The unidentified man was arrested once the plane was back in Montreal. A NORAD says two U.S. Air Force F-15 jets escorted the plane back after intercepting it near Albany, N.Y.———LATEST JOBLESS DATA COMING TODAYWe will find out today whether the economy continued to add jobs last month when Statistics Canada releases its labour force survey. The last report showed robust job growth in May, with a net gain of more than 54,000 positions. That included a surge of 77,000 full-time jobs to make up for a downturn in part-time work. But the unemployment ticked up to 6.6 per cent as more people entered the labour market.———BAIL DECISION TODAY FOR MAN CHARGED IN WIFE’S DEATHA Montreal man charged with murdering his wife in a suspected compassion killing will find out today if he will be granted bail. Michel Cadotte was charged in February with second-degree murder, one day after his wife, Jocelyne Lizotte, was discovered in cardiac arrest at a long-term care facility. On the day of his wife’s death, he wrote on Facebook he had consented to a request for assisted death, had “cracked,” and was waiting for police.———SENTENCING TODAY FOR WOMAN WHO HID INFANT BODIESLawyers will argue today over what sentence should be imposed on a woman convicted of concealing the bodies of six infants in a Winnipeg storage locker. Andrea Giesbrecht faces a sentencing hearing, five months after she was found guilty of hiding the remains inside a U-haul storage unit she had rented. She was arrested in October 2014 after she defaulted on paying rent for the unit.———ST. JOHN’S MARKING 125 YEARS SINCE ‘THE GREAT FIRE’St. John’s is set to mark 125 years since “The Great Fire” of July 8, 1892, burned down much of Newfoundland’s commercial centre and left 11,000 people homeless. The fire was blamed on a dropped tobacco pipe or match in a stable up on a hill overlooking the city. St. John’s is marking the anniversary this weekend with walking tours and events in Bannerman Park.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Jared John Charles is to appear in a Prince Albert, Sask., court via video on charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl.— Sentencing hearing continues in Colwood, B.C., for Kenneth Fenton who pleaded guilty in death of RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett.— Media giant Postmedia Network Canada Corp. will release its third-quarter results.— The Calgary Stampede will kick off with a parade through downtown.last_img read more

Professor criticizes NS university for awarding billionaires honorary degrees

first_imgANTIGONISH, N.S. – A professor is criticizing St. Francis Xavier University for awarding honorary degrees to two controversial billionaires who made donations to the school’s Brian Mulroney Institute of Government.Peter McInnis, chair of the school’s history department, says there appears to be a quid pro quo arrangement whereby some large contributors to the Nova Scotia university are rewarded with honorary doctorates“Our tradition at St. F.X. is one of community activism and progressive social justice,” he said Thursday. “Some of these donations are at odds with that. Some of this money has been hidden from usual sources of taxes and other kinds of obligations all of us have as citizens.”McInnis questioned the “moral efficacy” of the donations, and said there should be greater scrutiny of the possible strings attached to donations and how honorary degrees are conferred.Victor Dahdaleh and Wafic Said received honorary degrees from the Antigonish, N.S., university within months of major donations to the Mulroney Institute.An investigation by the Toronto Star and CBC/Radio-Canada said the two men gave a combined $5.5 million, and both operated corporations in tax-free offshore jurisdictions.Dahdaleh was charged but acquitted in Britain on bribery and corruption charges in 2012, while Said is a colourful and well-connected former arms broker.“All Canadian universities are now faced with the predicament of less federal and provincial money, so if you want to fundraise for large capital projects like the Mulroney Institute, you’re going to have to seek private donors,” McInnis said, noting that going after “big value donors” is understandable.However, McInnis said sometimes funds come from sources that are problematic and need to be scrutinized more closely.Former prime minister Brian Mulroney, who fundraised $100 million for his alma mater from private and public sources, could not be reached for comment Thursday.He took part in the ground-breaking ceremony for the 95,000-square-foot Mulroney Hall in September. The public policy institute will be dedicated to the study of government, Canada-U.S. relations, and global affairs for undergraduate students.Mulroney said at the time that the institute was made possible by the “unparalleled generosity and support of benefactors” from the private sector, as well as $5 million from the province and another $30 million from Ottawa. Fully $10 million was raised for scholarships and bursaries.Kent MacDonald, St. F.X. president and vice-chancellor, said in an emailed statement that Mulroney took on the fundraising challenge at the university’s request.“Although most fundraising campaigns at Canadian universities have a significant administrative overhead cost, in this case, every dollar raised by Mr. Mulroney flowed directly to St. F.X., ensuring millions of dollars in administrative savings,” he said.MacDonald said Wafic Said has supported the development of academic programming and capital infrastructure at St. F.X., including an endowed chair position that will be focused on women’s empowerment and leadership.Victor Dahdaleh’s donation will “open doors to students” and has increased access for underrepresented students including Indigenous people and African-Nova Scotians, he said.“The granting of honorary degrees at St. F.X. follows a process that is very rigorous and well defined by our senate,” MacDonald said. “St. F.X. is proud of the contributions of all individuals who have received an honorary degree from our university.”McInnis, a member of the university’s senate, said nominations for honorary degrees can be “shrouded in mystery” in order to maintain confidentiality.“Decisions have to be made at a meeting and often there is no real deliberation,” he said. “While you can say it has been reviewed by the senate as a kind of oversight body, it’s a fairly perfunctory process and it should be subject to greater scrutiny.”— By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

In Pictures Maradona Gets Warm Welcoming From Moroccan Fans

Rabat – The arrival of Argentine legend Diego Maradona to Laâyoune Hassan I Airport on Friday was a celebration in itself.  Videos and photos of the football superstar greeting the hundreds of fans who were awaiting his landing at the Saharan city as he exited the airport have made the news.Wearing his customary casual sports attire with a ball cap and sunglasses, ‘El Pibe de Oro’ was all smiles as Moroccans welcomed him with of love and admiration.Accompanied by his female partner while walking to the special car service that transported him and his people to their destination, the Argentine showed his appreciation for such Moroccan hospitality. Maradona threw his hands up in the air, laughed, and gave thanks to the warm welcome of Moroccans who watched as the football star left the airport grounds while waving to the crowd aboard a convertible open-top vehicle.Diego Maradona visited Marrakech and Laâyoune during his Moroccan weekend trip to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Morocco’s Green March.The 55-year-old star donated his time and skills to a gala match for charity accompanied by other international football legends in an emblematic game watched by more than 25,000 fans at the city’s stadium.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Cenovus adds rail expertise to leadership team second quarter results surge

Cenovus adds rail expertise to leadership team; second quarter results surge CALGARY – Cenovus Energy Inc. has appointed a vice president of rail to its leadership team, as the major oilsands producer moves more of its crude by train.The Calgary-based company (TSX:CVE) made its announcement as it posted a more than threefold increase in second-quarter profits and a 33 per cent jump in oilsands production.Most oil producers say they’d prefer to ship their oil to market by pipeline, as it’s more efficient. But with environmental opposition clouding the outlook for pipelines, Cenovus and many of its peers have been increasingly turning to rail as an alternative — a controversial proposition, especially after last year’s deadly crash in Lac Megantic, Que.Kent Avery has been tasked with overseeing Cenovus’ rail transport. As part of a broader effort to get more value out of the oil and gas it produces, Cenovus has also appointed Bob Pease as executive vice-president of markets, products and transportation.The company completed eight unit train deliveries during the first half of the year. Unit trains consist of 100 or so rail cars carrying a single product. Cenovus says it’s on track to reach 30,000 barrels of rail loading capacity by the end of this year.Cenovus brought in $615 million in net earnings during the quarter, or 81 cents per share. That’s up from $179 million, or 24 cents per share diluted, in the same quarter last year.Operating earnings, which strip out the effects of one-time items, were $473 million, or 62 cents per share — up 85 per cent from a year earlier and handily beating the average analyst estimate of 49 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Cash flow was almost $1.2 billion versus $871 million year-over-year, up 37 per cent, as Cenovus said it benefited from increased oil production and higher commodity prices.Cenovus is known for its steam-driven oilsands operations in northeastern Alberta.The company’s oil sands production averaged almost 125,000 barrels per day net in the second quarter, up 33 per cent from a year earlier, primarily driven by its Christina Lake project in northern Alberta. At its Foster Creek oilsands project, the company has been working to circulate steam more effectively through the maturing reservoir.Shares in the company were up nearly three per cent at $33.75 in late-morning trading on the Toronto Stock ExchangeFollow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 30, 2014 9:17 am MDT read more

Modern slavery UN rights experts welcome new international agreement on forced labour

The agreement agreement, adopted on Wednesday by the annual conference of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), is an additional protocol to ILO Convention 29 on forced labour from 1930. According to the experts, it addresses existing gaps and strengthens the body of instruments on forced labour, including child labour, trafficking in persons, slavery and slavery-like practices and related human rights violations. “An international legally binding protocol is essential to fight forced labour and hold perpetrators accountable, so its immediate implementation will be crucial,” the human rights experts said in a news release, noting that the agreement will enter into force after its second ratification by a UN Member State. The expert’s praised the protocol’s inclusion of measures to advance prevention, protection and remedies against forced labour, as well as to enforce national laws and strengthen international cooperation from gender and child-sensitive approaches. “Now we call on States to ratify the Protocol and ensure its full implementation,” they addedThere are currently an estimated 21 million forced labour victims worldwide. A recent ILO report estimates that $150 billion in illegal profits are made in the private economy each year through modern forms of slavery.According to ILO, more than half of the victims of forced labour are women and girls, primarily in domestic work and commercial sexual exploitation, while men and boys were primarily in forced economic exploitation in agriculture, construction, and mining.The independent, unpaid experts reporting to the UN Human Rights Council, who issued today’s statement, are: the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and its consequences, Urmila Bhoola; and the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau; The Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo; the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, Maud De Boer-Buquicchio; and the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani also signed onto the statement. read more

Brock earns Gold Status for green custodial work

Brock University has once again received Gold Status as a Certified Green Housekeeping Site.The certification lasts for three years, and this is the second-straight time the custodial staff at the University has been awarded the gold-level status.“Being a Certified Green Facility speaks volumes to the University’s commitment to the environment,” said Domenic Maniccia, Director, Custodial and Grounds Services. “It emphasizes the effect our custodial team has on the overall health and cleanliness of the campus.”The certification recognizes Brock’s use of a program focused on educating custodial supervisors and staff about healthy cleaning by promoting health and safety and environmental responsibility in cleaning services.The certification also takes into account indoor air quality, waste and recycling management and other sustainable initiatives on campus. The Gold Status certification for Brock was determined by a third-party site audit of the campus of many factors such as cleanliness, chemicals and equipment used, door matting, procedures, practices and filtration levels.Maniccia said the custodial staff’s use of cleaning products that are plant-based rather than petroleum-based makes a positive impact on air quality.“There has been a big change over the last decade with a movement towards the chemical manufacturers producing more environmentally friendly chemicals,” he said, adding the Canadian Environmental Protection Act controls the level of toxic substances in commercial products, which has led to an increase in the number of ‘green’ products to choose from.“A little more elbow grease is needed to compensate for the loss of harsh cleaning agents previously used,” he said. read more

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Possible HTC Ruby specs revealed

first_imgOver the past few weeks we’ve heard some scattered mentions of the HTC Ruby, a TMo-bound Android phone. Just last week we got a peak at the device, and now we can start to get a better understanding of what HTC will be offering because some specifications have been leaked.It’s being reported that the Ruby will have these vitals: a 4.3-inch display running at qHD, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor (most likely a Qualcomm Snapdragon), and 1GB of RAM. Other features include an 8-megapixel camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 3.0, and apparently dedicated buttons for both video and the camera.Those two dedicated buttons might not sound significant but they are still relatively rare on phones. This means they could be an interesting, albeit minor, detail that separates the Ruby from the rest of the of 4.3-inch Android phones, including T-Mobile’s HD7 and Sensation 4G. (That noted, from what we’ve seen of the Ruby, it looks rather like the Sensation.) T-Mobile’s myTouch 4G Slide has both a dedicated camera button and an HDR camera so this won’t be T-Mobile’s first time promoting photography with their handsets.As gleaned from a previously leaked shot of the Ruby, we can guess that it’ll also have a dual-LED flash, in addition to more mundane reveals, like the location of the headphone jack. A powerful flash is the perfect complement to the 8MP camera and will keep the Ruby competitive with the other high-end handsets that have been packing these for some time.In the past there was some confusion between HTC’s Ruby and Arrive (those pesky codenames can be so confusing). The Arrive has since become available on Sprint as a Windows Phone 7 device, with a 3.6-inch display and a 1GHz Qualcomm processor. It’s for sale right now, for $199, not that it’ll be of much interest to people who are waiting for the Ruby.via t-mo newslast_img read more

45BillionYearOld HeartShaped Meteorite Up for Auction

first_img Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a 4.5-billion-year-old, heart-shaped meteorite that landed in Russia in 1947 after crashing through Earth’s atmosphere at more than 30,000 mph, is up for auction at Christie’s.The meteorite was part of a giant chunk of iron that broke off from a larger mass in an asteroid belt some 320 million years ago — more than 70 million years before the first dinosaurs appeared, according to Christie’s Science and Natural History specialist James Hyslop.It encountered Earth on February 12, 1947 and upon slamming into the atmosphere, it began to break apart and sailed over the Sikhote-Alin Mountains in Siberia, creating a fireball so bright it was seen by eyewitnesses from almost 200 miles around, Hyslop said in a blog post on the Christie’s website.(Photo Credit: Christie’s)Traveling at almost nine miles per second, the mass was then broken up in a low-altitude explosion which caused a sonic boom that shattered windows, uprooted trees, and collapsed chimneys. A 20-mile-long smoke trail remained in the sky for several hours after.The fireball was later captured in a painting by Russian artist P.I. Medvedev, and the scene was even reproduced on a postage stamp, issued in 1957 by the Soviet Union to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the event.Soviet Union postage stamps issued in 1957 commemorated the meteorite’s fall to Earth 10 years previously. (Photo Credit: Christie’s)Among the fragments collected from the site in Russia was a heart-shaped specimen. “Typical meteorites from this shower are twisted like shrapnel or smooth and rounded. Examples in this shape just aren’t seen,” said Hyslop.The configuration of this meteorite, known as ‘The Heart of Space’, is the result of a cleavage occurring along the crystalline planes of its iron body at the point where it broke from the original mass, according to Christie’s. The unusually deep furrow between its lobes also suggests the pointed angle of its fiery blast towards Earth.‘The Heart of Space’ is part of the lot Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and other Rare Meteorites. It’s expected to fetch up to $500,000 at the auction, which starts on Feb. 6.More on Geek.com:Rare Penny Could Fetch Up to $1.7 Million in AuctionBoot That Almost Went to the Moon Goes Up for AuctionStar Wars Lightsaber Removed From Auction Over Authenticity Concerns Stay on target Suspected Meteorite Crashes Into Rice Field in IndiaMysterious Meteorite Barrels Through Doghouse Roof in Costa Rica last_img read more

2106 Grand Turk Fishermans Tournament

2106 Grand Turk Fishermans Tournament

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe 2016 Grand Turk Liquors & FLOW fishing tournament was a resoundingsuccess, with more fish caught than in any previous year. Conditions werestormy on Saturday but the 12 boats that entered made the most of the weatherand local knowledge to bring in a record catch. Sunday’s conditions were perfectand saw even more fish brought to the scales.The event kicked off on Friday night with a lively event at the Salt Raker Innhosted by Erika Faller, with the Calcutta bidding and live and silent auctions, alsoa lively bar for a great start to the annual fund raiser.For the second year in a row, Ralph Dietcshe’s “My Boat’ team took top honorsas tournament champions with the heaviest overall catch of 163.4 pounds on dayone, and 205.8 pounds on day two for a total of 379.2 pounds overall and sixcategory wins to take the Calcutta prize too.Damian Noyes’ “Screaming Reels” team landed a fantastic 67.9 pound wahoo totake the biggest fish honors and several of the cash categories, including the TCILotto $1,000 biggest fish bonus.Kadis Simmons’ “Oasis Prince” took the largest fish Saturday with a nice 42.3pound yellow fin tuna. Levardo Talbot’s “Blue Beast” was also in the money witha nice 38.5 pound YFT.For the first time this year there was also a ladies category, and the tournamentcommittee would like to recognize the very colorful “Fish & Chicks” team for theirtenacity as they were back out on the water within an hour of their main boatbreaking down, having accosted a second boat. Also special thanks to TheMarine Police Branch and G & G shipping Co. for assisting with the recovery ofthe first boat.The lively fish auctions were the best we have ever had, with some furiousbidding generated as our two “celebrity GT auctioneers” William Cole and Keith“Mice” Simons worked the enthusiastic crowd.The victor’s collected their spoils in a prize giving ceremony with H.E. TheGovernor, Peter Beckingham, with special remarks from Hon. Akieria MisickDeputy premier and Minister for Education, and Dr Hubert Fulford, Principal ofthe TCI Community college.The GTFT Inc. would like to say a HUGE thank you to ALL our incrediblygenerous sponsors, Far too many to mention from all over the TCI and beyond,especially Grand Turk Liquors who have been with us since day one, and FLOWas one of our new lead sponsors. We could do not this without the incrediblesupport across the entire TCI community, which makes this event possible everyyear, and of course all our tournament participants from both Grand Turk andProvidenciales; but most of all the incredible community of Grand Turk for theirunwavering support every year!GTFT Inc. is a registered Not for Profit run solely by volunteers. We use theannual game fishing tournament as a fund raising vehicle to support localcauses. In our inaugural year we supported the Geriatric & Special Needs Unit atthe GT Hospital, in year two we sponsored a new computer suite at the H JRobinson High School, in our third year we sponsored Eliza Simon's PrimarySchool with various legacy projects.  All proceeds for the 2016 tournament willbe going to legacy projects at the TCI Community Colleges.Seamus DayPresident GTFT Inc. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

JATAYU Army to be launched today

JATAYU Army to be launched today

first_imgChilkur: ‘JATAYU Army’, a volunteer group to protect women and girls against atrocities, will be launched on Tuesday at the front hall of the Balaji temple. Special rituals will be performed on sacred threads to be tied on the wrists of women and girls on this event. “This is the symbolic launch of JATAYU Sena, a large army for the protection of girls and women. Any male member can become Jatayu. He needs to be proactive in preventing the crime against girls,” said temple priest Rangarajan. He said this endeavour is the continuation to the Rakhee Challenge organised last year.The idea came from thousands of devotees who have been a part of sensitisation campaign and many suggested that just as rapists and molesters should be made afraid of punitive action from the Jatayus, he said. He reminded that Jatayu fought with Ravana to prevent Sita from being abducted.last_img read more