Female Maoist killed in encounter in Odisha

first_imgA female Maoist was killed in an exchange of fire between the rebels and security personnel inside Sirla forest near Tumudibandh in Odisha’s Kandhamal district on Wednesday.Four guns, three grenades, one landmine and other items were seized from the encounter spot. According to Odisha Police’s Additional Director General (Operations) R.P. Koche, acting on a tip-off about a secret Maoist camp operating in the area, Special Operations Group personnel and District Voluntary Force started a joint operation in the region on Wednesday morning. The Maoists fired at the security personnel, following which they retaliated. In the exchange of fire a female Maoist was killed and others fled taking advantage of the hilly terrain.The identity of the dead Maoist has not been ascertained yet. The post-mortem of the body would be conducted at Baliguda sub-divisional hospital. Combing operation has been stepped up in the area to track down the rebels who escaped from the spot.last_img read more

Post-Brexit, UK To Treat Indian, EU Citizens On Par For Visas

first_imgCitizens from 27 European Union countries and those from India and elsewhere will be treated on par for purposes of migration after Brexit, the Theresa May government announced on Wednesday in what is being billed as “the biggest shake-up in 40 years” of the visa system.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img

Del Potro stuns Federer at US Open

first_imgJuan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, hits a backhand to Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in New York. APJuan Martin del Potro sensationally gatecrashed the US Open again on Wednesday, stunning five-champion Roger Federer and shattering hopes of a first New York showdown between the Swiss legend and Rafael Nadal.The Argentine giant, who won his only Grand Slam title in the city in 2009 by beating Federer in the final after seeing off Nadal in the semis, triumphed 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 in front of a spellbound Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The 28-year-old will once again face world number one Nadal in the semi-finals on Friday, a stunning achievement for a man who had saved two match points to beat sixth seed Dominic Thiem in the last 16.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 shutout Mayweather-McGregor ticket sales fall short of record E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos: Atletico point doesn’t mean a lot

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos: Atletico point doesn’t mean a lotby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was left frustrated with their 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.Los Blancos went into this weekend as LaLiga Santander round as leaders and Ramos wanted them to prove their strength by beating Los Rojiblancos.”These games against Atletico are very physical,” he said to Movistar afterwards.”It’s one of the most difficult stadiums we have to visit throughout the season and it’s important to keep a clean sheet.”But in attack it’s hard to create chances because they don’t leave much space.”This point doesn’t mean a lot because we wanted three.”Madrid have improved at the back in recent weeks, and Ramos admitted it’s something they’ve been aware of.”It’s something we’ve been working on, being forceful,” he explained.”Everything adds up and I think we’re enjoying a good spell.” last_img read more

Liverpool will be glad to get home after testing US tour

first_imgThree games, no wins. A difficult tour ended in underwhelming fashion for Liverpool, who drew 2-2 with Sporting CP at New York’s iconic Yankee Stadium. The first trophy of the season is to be shared, although the Reds of course have their eyes on bigger prizes than the Western Union Cup. Jurgen Klopp wore a rather weary look here, and no wonder. Average performances on awful pitches, in front of half-full stadiums; this was not the kind of trip he had in mind. Throw in a few injuries and a pair of opponents for whom a ‘friendly match’ appears to be an alien concept, and you can understand why he’ll be glad to be heading back across the Atlantic.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Liverpool take on Napoli in Edinburgh on Sunday, but it is their week-long training camp in Evian that will be in Klopp’s mind. He will welcome back three of his star men, with Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah set to join up with the squad in France.Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, absent in America due to injury, should also return. What a welcome boost that will be as the new season hurtles into view. Because if we learned anything on this tour, it’s that the Reds’ squad is going to be tested over the course of this campaign. They are up there to be shot at. Beaten by Dortmund and Sevilla, the European champions looked a little more like themselves here. Klopp, though, will hope for big improvements in terms of fitness and team cohesion before the Community Shield against Manchester City a week on Sunday.  They needed to battle back here, having fallen behind to Bruno Fernandes’ early strike. Simon Mignolet, the No.2 goalkeeper, will be at a loss to explain how that one squirmed from his grasp. Think Loris Karius in Kiev, only with lesser consequences. Simon Mignolet Liverpool Sporting CP 2019Divock Origi, as is his way, was in the right place at the right time to level before Gini Wijnaldum, who started on the left of the front three, put Liverpool in front before half-time.  Fernandes, by far Sporting’s best player, set up Marcus Wendel for a well-taken equaliser after the break as Liverpool’s defence was caught square. The Reds had the best record in the Premier League last season, but have not had anything like the same solidity so far this summer. And here, they started with the back four which had won the Champions League in June. Klopp will not be too alarmed about the results, or even the performances for now. He knows there are levels to come from his side, especially when his big hitters are back. There are, though, legitimate questions to be asked as to whether his squad would benefit from at least one new face. Certainly they look short of full-back cover, and that was before news of Nathaniel Clyne’s ruptured anterior cruciate ligament emerged on Wednesday. They ended this game with Joe Gomez and James Milner there. An injury to either Andy Robertson or Trent Alexander-Arnold would have severe consequences, one fears. And who knows what would happen if one of the front three went down for any length of time. Pre-match, Klopp dismissed the idea of either Gareth Bale or Philippe Coutinho being signed before the window closes next month. Bale, he said, would be “outstandingly expensive”, while a “big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big-money signing” like Coutinho is “just not possible” this summer. That will frustrate those hoping for fireworks in the transfer market, although we should not rule out the idea of a late signing entirely. Klopp’s faith in his squad is strong, and given what happened last season, he would say it is justified.  For now, he can reflect on a mixed few days Stateside. Liverpool continue to make friends wherever they go, and remain one of the biggest draws in world football. Whether in Bootle or the Bronx, Klopp and his players are idolised. The passion of Reds fans, it seems, is limitless.  As for the team, it is onwards and upwards.  After a testing tour, the real work starts now.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Video Shows Auburn Player Trashing Referees After Loss To Virginia

first_imgAuburn Bryce Brown reacts to made basketball vs. Vanderbilt.NASHVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 16: Bryce Brown #2 of the Auburn Tigers reacts with teammate Malik Dunbar #4 after sinking a basket during the second half of a 64-53 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores at Memorial Gym on February 16, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)Virginia is on its way to the national championship game, thanks to Kyle Guy’s three clutch free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining. Guy went to the line after being fouled by Auburn’s Samir Doughty on a three-point attempt.The Doughty foul will be talked about for years to come, even though it looked like it was the correct call. A missed double-dribble seconds earlier will also be remembered.As you might imagine, Auburn players are not happy with how this game ended. It is gut-wrenching to lose in the Final Four, and even more so in that fashion.Yahoo’s Brandon Velaski captured video of Tiger players entering the tunnel following the game, and in it, guard Bryce Brown can be heard slamming the referees.“NCAA needs to get some new refs.” – @AuburnMBB’s Bryce Brown after controversial call at the end of their #FinalFour game vs Virginia pic.twitter.com/uHC0hbYcyV— Brandon Velaski (@bvelaski) April 7, 2019We can’t blame Brown for feeling angry right now. This loss has to hurt immensely.He may not be happy about James Breeding’s whistle on Guy’s final three-point shot, but it does seem like Breeding got the call right. The no-call on the double-dribble is another issue though.Either way, the Cavaliers are moving on to Monday, and Auburn is left heading home.last_img read more

Music: Big Thief Digs Deeper into Darkness to Find a Brighter Light on ‘Capacity’

first_img Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Editors’ Recommendations Big Thief—Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek, Max Oleartchik, and James Krivchenia—plays a folk-influenced take on indie rock centered around Lenker’s intimate songwriting. The group’s second album, Capacity, finds Big Thief’s music focusing more intently on that intimacy.The album’s lead single, “Mythological Beauty,” is quiet and contemplative, recounting a traumatic injury from Lenker’s childhood. She described the song as “a conversation between parent and child; between child and child; the child within the parent and the child within the child; the parent within the child and the parent within the parent.”“Shark Smile” is one of Capacity‘s livelier tracks. Krivchenia’s drums and Oleartchik’s bass create a propulsive rhythm, appropriately so for the song’s highway-set narrative. The song is upbeat and catchy, which belies the darkness of the lyrics. In Lenker’s words, the song is “the story of a car accident in which one dies and one lives. [The narrator] recalls her lover leading up to the moment of the wreck, wishing she’d been taken into the next realm, too.”Though Capacity has many dark moments, it includes brighter ones as well. “Mary,” the album’s second-to-last track, is a beautiful piano- and organ-led ode to Lenker’s friend. Speaking with NPR, she discussed the song: “It’s about childhood being brought to life and reignited after the slush of the teenage years.” Perfectly summing up the song, Lenker added, “That song feels like crying and laughing at the same time. That’s what it feels like to me.”“There is a darker darkness and a lighter light on this album,” Lenker notes. The remarkable thing about Capacity is Big Thief’s ability to examine that darkness and find the light through it.Big Thief’s Capacity is out now through Saddle Creek Records and is available to purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and Saddle Creek’s online store.Writer’s Note: In addition to contributing to The Manual, I work at a music promotion company, Distiller Promo, that is currently promoting Capacity. World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play Applast_img read more

AXSMarine Again Wins Best Marine IT Solution Award (France)

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom For the second year in a row, AXSMarine has been awardedthe Best Marine IT Solution. Robert Jervis of Multimodal, and Ray Girvan of IBJ, presented the award to Olivier Vigneron, AXSMarine’s technical director, to salute their AXSDryproduct, which is widely used by dry bulk professionals for commercial chartering information management.AXSDry, the twice awarded “best IT solution” allows hundreds of companies and thus thousands of users to analyse their commercial chartering information consistently and with ease, it also includes access to extensive embedded databases. During 2013, seamless navigational features were added, complemented with new enhanced modules such as Bunker prices tracking, improved Distance Table, Idle ship function among others. One of the most highly acclaimed features is its embedded AIS information showing almost live vessel positions at ports/terminals and generally providing the user a better market overview. AXSMarine sources its AIS data under commercial agreement from Vessel Tracker and exactEarth, both leading providers of AIS information.Upon receiving the award, Olivier Vigneron explained that “being awarded twice is a really great payoff of our dedication! Since winning the IBJ awards last year, we have not rested on our laurels, focusing on constantly improving our products and satisfying our customers. We are extremely happy to win this award again, especially given the other software companies we are competing with!”The 5th Annual IBJ Awards, held in Paris prestigious Salle Wagram, gathered hundreds of guests from the shipping industry, who enjoyed a French Can Can ambiance thanks to a live performance on stage. Created by the leading magazine International Bulk Journal, and hailed as the most sought-after prizes in the bulk industry, the IBJ awards salute outstanding achievements by individuals and companies. AXS Marine, November 25, 2013 My locationlast_img read more

CBCRadioCanada reaffirms commitment to diversity and inclusion with new 201821 plan

first_imgMonique Marcotte, Vice-President of People and Culture, added: “This plan is rooted in the notion that our workplace culture must be truly inclusive in order to attract and retain top talent. Our strength lies in the unique perspectives that our employees bring to work each day. We want everyone to feel that their views and contributions are valued because they help us broaden our understanding of one another and better relate to the changing demographic makeup of our country.”This plan also complements the Diversity and Inclusion section of the career page of our corporate website. Both convey the importance of diversity and inclusion and share the many things we’re doing to make our programming content even more relevant, foster greater inclusiveness in our workplace culture and ensure our workforce fully reflects Canada’s demographics.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.Diversity and inclusion fact sheet: Our progress so farBelow are highlights of some of the initiatives that have resulted from our ongoing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in our content, workplace culture and workforce:ContentCBC North has been serving Canadians across the territories and in Northern Quebec since 1958. It provides radio, television and online services to seven communities (Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River, Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Kuujjuaq) in eight Indigenous languages. In addition to offering services on CBC North, our main networks and regional stations also showcase Indigenous news, issues, and culture.Our award-winning Indigenous Unit is both a resource and a catalyst for more coverage across CBC/Radio-Canada. Recently expanded to more communities, it is helping us identify, recruit and develop Indigenous talent. It’s creating programs like Unreserved on CBC Radio, a powerful one-hour platform on our national radio network for Indigenous voices. The Legends Project digitizes traditional oral stories, legends and histories of Canada’s Inuit and First Nations Peoples from communities across the country. Our CBC Indigenous and Radio-Canada’s Espaces autochtoneswebsites are ensuring more Canadians learn more about this country’s legacy and its future.Since December 2017, Radio-Canada makes it compulsory for independent producers who submit a project to present a “diversity inclusion plan” with the objective of improving diversity in all its content.CBC Films (CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund) is a narrative feature film fund that supports the production of English-language films from filmmakers and creators who bring diverse voices and stories that engage and reflect Canadians on the big and small screens. We look for projects that are written and directed by Canadian women, Indigenous persons, visible minorities, LGBTQ persons and persons with a disability.For the past four years, Radio-Canada has been leading a TV industry working group aimed at increasing cultural diversity in French-language fiction. The group has implemented a series of actions such as the Auditions de la diversité, which provide performance training for actors from visible minority communities. The working group also supports coaching for young scriptwriters and tours high schools, in order to encourage diversity students to pursue careers in TV production.Workplace cultureA number of internal initiatives foster greater inclusiveness in our workplace culture, including:The Developing Emerging Leaders Program equips an annual cohort of 15 diverse employees with insights, tools and strategies to skillfully take their careers to the next level.Employee Resource Groups (bring together employees who share common backgrounds and experiences, and provide mutual support and a greater sense of belonging, ex. women in technology and employees with physical or mental disabilities and their allies.)Both CBC and Radio-Canada offer paid journalism internships to Indigenous recruits with partners such as the First Nations University of Canada, Nunavut Sivuniksavut/Algonquin College and the First Nations Education Council (FNEC). Radio-Canada also collaborates with the Kiuna Institution (the Quebec post-secondary Indigenous college) to offer an initiation to journalism for Indigenous students.Our senior leaders learn about inclusive leadership and unconscious bias. That awareness fosters a culture of inclusiveness—one of our core values. Similar training is provided to other employees across the organization. “We want to make sure all Canadians are heard on our airwaves; that they—and their children—see themselves reflected on their public broadcaster,” said Catherine Tait, CBC/Radio-Canada’s President and CEO. “This plan sets clear objectives and a roadmap to get there. It builds on the work we’ve been doing to make our content, our workforce and our services better reflect all Canadians.”Building on past efforts and accomplishments, including those resulting from our previous 2015-2018 strategy, the new plan lays out the objectives for the coming years, provides workforce results for all our main business units, and details action plans by major services. WorkforceWhile our focus is not on targets, we do still monitor to measure our performance and the impact of our initiatives.The new diversity hires (Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities) result for Q1 2018-2019 of 27.2% exceeded our target of 25.4%. This is our best first quarter result since we started measuring this index in 2015-2016.We are the gender parity leader in the Canadian media industry with 48.9% women employed across CBC/Radio-Canada (+6.1% above the external labour force).We reached our Strategy 2020 goal of 2.1% for Indigenous representation, meeting the external labour force availability and the hiring rate of 3.1% surpassed this goal between April 2017 and March 2018.Between April 2015 and 2018, we saw over 40% increases for both the number of members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities. Login/Register With: Advertisement OTTAWA – CBC/Radio-Canada has unveiled its 2018-21 Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The new three-year plan sets out our strategy to better serve all Canadians by reflecting the full range of Canadian perspectives through our content, workplace culture and workforce. The Plan was launched at CBC/Radio-Canada’s Annual Public Meeting in Edmonton, where diversity and inclusion inspired this year’s conversation with Canadians on the importance of public broadcasting in today’s environment. With a view to increasing the diversity of its News staff, Radio-Canada revamped its hiring process for journalists at the network and regional levels over the last year, and we have removed potential obstacles for diverse candidates in our general knowledge and language proficiency exams.The candidates for the first-ever paid CBC Placements for Persons With Disabilities started in mid-September 2018and a national launch is being considered if deemed successful.We are the first Canadian media company to add gender and sexual diversity (i.e., LGBTQ+) to its voluntary workforce tracking metrics.center_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Fort St John RCMP investigating suspicious deaths involving livestock

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are currently investigating suspicious deaths involving livestock.According to RCMP, on September 22, they received a report of a bull that was found dead and missing its genitals.RCMP say it is unknown when the bull had died, but significant time had passed before it was reported. Then on October 1, RCMP received a report of a horse that was found dead, also missing its genitals.In both instances, the RCMP attended to investigate but were unable to determine a cause of death.Police say there is no indication they died due to predators and it is unclear whether the two events are related but both are considered suspicious in nature.The B.C. RCMP Livestock Section has been contacted for consultation.If you have any information regarding these incidents or if you see any suspicious activity, you are being asked to call RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Canada to stop defending asbestos striking blow to oncemighty industry

by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 15, 2012 3:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada to stop defending asbestos, striking blow to once-mighty industry MONTREAL – The federal government has tossed in the towel and will stop fighting international efforts to list asbestos as a dangerous substance, striking another blow to a once-mighty Canadian industry now on the verge of extinction.In a sudden reversal for the Harper government, Industry Minister Christian Paradis said Ottawa will no longer oppose efforts to include asbestos to the UN’s Rotterdam treaty on hazardous materials.For Paradis, the announcement Friday was far from celebratory.He hails from central Quebec’s asbestos belt and is one of the sector’s staunchest defenders. Paradis looked glum and spoke in a nearly hushed tone as he spoke in his hometown of Thetford Mines, a community still dotted with imposing tailing piles that remind locals of the industry’s once-bustling heyday.He blamed the new Parti Quebecois provincial government for killing the industry and cast Friday’s move as an inevitable response.In making the announcement, the Conservatives fired the first shot in what is expected to be a turbulent relationship between Ottawa and the freshly elected PQ.The PQ has said it will cancel a $58 million loan, confirmed just a few months ago by the previous Liberal provincial government. The cash was aimed at reviving what would be the country’s only asbestos operation in Asbestos, a 90-minute drive from Thetford Mines.Paradis took direct aim at the sovereigntist PQ and blamed it for the turn of events.“First off I’d like to remind you that Pauline Marois, the premier-designate of Quebec, has clearly stated her intention to forbid chrysotile exploitation in Quebec,” he said in his opening remarks.“Obviously that decision will have a negative impact on the prosperity of our regions…“In the meantime hundreds of workers in our region are without jobs, are living in uncertainty and hoping the mine will reopen… Madame Marois has clearly made her decision. So our government has made a decision that it’s now time to look after our communities, workers and families.”The PQ said Friday that it had taken note of Paradis’ announcement but would not react to it. The party also reaffirmed its commitment to hold a commission on the economic future of the industry.Paradis promised that the Harper government would spend up to $50 million to help a region deeply in need of jobs diversify its economy. He made the announcement next to Thetford Mines Mayor Luc Berthold.The mayor expressed disappointment about recent events and thanked the federal government for helping to make the best of a bad situation.One industry official downplayed the significance of the announcement. Jeffrey Mine spokesman Guy Versailles said several other countries — notably Russia, China and Brazil — could still block the substance from being added to the UN list as they have in the past.And even if does get listed, all that would mean is adding labels that warn about possible health risks and would not actually limit exports, he said.“Inclusion of chrysotile in the Rotterdam Convention would in no way signal the end of the chrysotile business in Canada,” Versailles said in an interview Friday.“It does not say, ‘prohibit imports and exports.’ “A bigger hurdle faced by Jeffrey Mine is the PQ campaign promise to cancel the $58-million loan to help revive the operation for another 25 years.“I don’t want to lack respect against politicians, but I must say that a company cannot govern itself according to declarations made during an election,” Versailles said.“This does not change the standing agreement we have with the Government of Quebec.”Canada gained a reputation as the world’s top producer of the once-valuable global commodity that was hailed as the “magic mineral” for its fireproofing and insulating characteristics in construction materials.But the asbestos sector’s profitability has been pummelled by bad publicity over the years. Health experts and human-rights advocates have frequently voiced concerns about the substance, pointing to studies that have shown inhaling needle-like asbestos fibres can lead to diseases such as lung cancer.The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 people die globally each year from asbestos-related disease.As a result, Canada’s asbestos sector ground to a halt last fall for the first time in 130 years when production stalled in both of the country’s mines — one in Thetford Mines and the other in Asbestos.Persistent health warnings have slowly eroded support for asbestos mining and exports, including within the Conservative caucus.Several Tories took the unusual step of questioning their government’s policy on asbestos exports last year.Industry experts were independently invited to a meeting on Parliament Hill, where about a dozen Conservative MPs asked some pointed questions of the Chrysotile Institute and industry scientists over several hours.The meetings revealed that a clear divide over the Tory government’s resistance to having the substance listed as a hazardous substance internationally. It was a rare public hint of internal dissent from a caucus known for its tight discipline.Former Conservative cabinet minister Chuck Strahl had been a longtime advocate for listing asbestos in the Rotterdam Convention.Strahl contracted a form of cancer his doctors say was related to asbestos exposure while working in the B.C. logging industry as a young man.“It’s the moral thing to do,” Strahl said Friday in an interview.“We say this is the warning, this is what we know, if you’re going to use this stuff, be warned.“By not listing it under the Rotterdam Convention, we don’t even tell people that. And that’s wrong. Where the government’s headed now is the right thing to do. List it, I think there’ll be a very small number of countries that say that they still want to use it once it’s listed.”The Conservatives and other defenders of the asbestos sector have long maintained that the substance, especially the chrysotile form mined in Quebec, can be safe if handled properly.But the industry’s critics say they doubt that the mainly poor countries that import Canadian chrysotile can offer such safety guarantees.The Canadian Public Health Association lauded Paradis’ announcement.“Canada has a moral obligation, backed by well-grounded evidence, to close down this industry and stop exporting a potentially hazardous material to countries that are ill-equipped to protect the health of workers who handle asbestos and people exposed to asbestos fibres,” Erica Di Ruggiero, chair of the association, said in a statement.“The Government of Canada has made a good ‘public health’ decision.”Canada has twice before played a lead role in blocking the inclusion of asbestos under the Rotterdam Convention, which operates by consensus, and the country did so again at last year’s summit. When other asbestos-exporting countries changed their minds and dropped their opposition to the listing, Canada stood alone against the move.Countries will get another crack at adding asbestos to the list next year.– with a file from Jennifer Ditchburn in Ottawa read more

On World Day Ban spotlights role of seafarers in meeting sustainable agenda

“The world is now embarking on carrying out twin plans for the future that have the potential to transform our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Both can be advanced through actions of the shipping industry, giving added meaning to this year’s commemoration of the Day of the Seafarer,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the Day, which is commemorated annually on 25 June. The Day of the Seafarer was established in 2010 to recognize the contribution made by seafarers to international seaborne trade, the world economy and global society as a whole. The Secretary-General noted that by helping to keep the world’s people clothed, fed and housed, seafarers have the potential to drive economic growth that is socially inclusive and environmentally sound. “At the same time, we must ensure that seafarers themselves benefit from the Sustainable Development Goals. Their work can be dangerous and difficult. At sea for up to a year, they may face loneliness, isolation and exploitation. They deserve appreciation for their efforts and compensation for their labour,” Mr. Ban emphasized. “On this Day of the Seafarer, let us advance the work of those who make shipping possible in a way that promotes our global vision of a life of dignity and opportunity for all,” he added. In another message to mark the Day, Kitack Lim, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), said the Day gives the international community a chance to reflect on how much everyone relies on seafarers for most of the things they take for granted in their everyday lives. “Over one million seafarers operate the global fleet yet billions of people depend on them for the essentials and the luxuries of life. Shipping is essential to the world – and so are seafarers,” he said. “So, this year, on 25 June, the Day of the Seafarer, we are once again asking people everywhere to show their appreciation for the seafarers that quietly, mostly unnoticed, keep the wheels of the world in motion,” he added. The theme for this year’s Day is ‘At Sea for All,’ which Mr. Lim noted has a clear link with the 2016 World Maritime Day theme, Shipping: indispensable to the world, emphasizing that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry or for their own career purposes, but for everyone around the world. read more

A holiday message from Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo

Christmas is a time when we share our blessings and also to reach out to those who have touched our hearts and our lives. Christmas brings family and friends together to celebrate life. Give thanks to all your family members and friends for supporting your journey here at Brock University. We sometimes forget to give our appreciation to our loved ones and take for granted what they have done for us.May Christmas fill your life with peace and bring many successes for the New Year. May the true meaning of the Christmas season fill your heart and your homes with many wonderful blessings. Safe travels to everyone and light a candle for all who have gone to the spirit world and will not be with us this Christmas.– Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo

Marine A Alexander Blackman speaks for first time since his release to

first_imgMrs Blackman told the Mail she had spent the day “grinning like a Cheshire cat” as she awaited her husband’s arrival. “Now it is daylight, it still feels like a dream. We have spent so long on this rollercoaster ride and have always steeled ourselves for the worst-case scenario.”Mr Blackman has had to give up on his dream of rejoining the military, having been dismissed, despite the pleas of senior officers.However, there are job offers, murmurs of a book deal and even talk of a Hollywood film with Tom Hardy as Blackman, Kate Winslet his wife and Al Pacino as Jonathan Goldberg QC, the lawyer who led his successful appeal.Mr Goldberg said: “Once they are fully decompressed I will meet them and we will discuss the interesting meeting I just had in Hollywood at the invitation of a famous producer from which it is clear that a major movie could be in the offing if they wish it.”However, the Blackmans will also have to take steps to ensure their personal safety because of the high-profile nature of his offence. Frederick Forsyth, the novelist and former RAF fighter pilot who was one of the leading lights in the Blackmans’ campaign, said: “Where is the military covenant which is supposed to be the concordant between Government and the military?  Marine A, Alexander Blackman, (in the back seat) is released from Erlestoke prison in WiltshireCredit:SWNS An end in sight… The end of a long and painful wait for a young wife who has been separated from her husband for more than half of her marriage. Claire Blackman leaves her Somerset home to prepare to be reunited with her husbandCredit:David Rose  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. placard showing the Royal Marine flag with a picture of former Marine Sgt Alexander Blackman An end in sight… The end of a long and painful wait for a young wife who has been separated from her husband for more than half of her marriage. Claire Blackman leaves her Somerset home to prepare to be reunited with her husband Credit:David Rose  Reunited with his wife Claire, Mr Blackman said: “She has saved me”.Describing his gratitude, the former marine told the Daily Mail: “She is a wife in a million…You just can’t imagine anyone cares for you that much.” An end in sight... The end of a long and painful wait for a young wife who has been separated from her husband for more than half of her marriage. Claire Blackman leaves her Somerset home to prepare to be reunited with her husband Marine A, Alexander Blackman, (in the back seat) is released from Erlestoke prison in Wiltshire Among his principle plans, friends say, is to complete a university degree he began in prison and which could take his life in a “completely different direction”. But, for now, he is enjoying relaxing and watching television as he and Claire, 45, celebrate the end of their fight for justice. It was won earlier this year when a panel of Appeal Court judges recognised that the battlefield stress that Mr Blackman was under was cause enough to amend his conviction to one of manslaughter. That reduced his sentence from life to seven years for the killing of the Afghan insurgent in 2011. An end in sight... The end of a long and painful wait for a young wife who has been separated from her husband for more than half of her marriage. Claire Blackman leaves her Somerset home to prepare to be reunited with her husband  placard showing the Royal Marine flag with a picture of former Marine Sgt Alexander BlackmanCredit:AFP Now Mr Blackman faces life as a free civilian for the first time in 18 years: ­after more than three years as a prisoner and 15 as a serviceman with five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He married NHS manager Claire in 2009, but they have spent more time apart than together. Alexander Blackman – better known as Marine A – has praised his “wife in a million” as he spoke for the first time as a free man since his release from prison. Mr Forsyth, author of The Day of The Jackal and The Dogs of War, said the MoD was at the centre of his anger, having spent 10 years funding ambulance-chasing lawyers such as Phil Shiner, the disgraced human rights lawyer, to create a “tissue of lies” about abuse by serving troops. “It is in shreds, morale is scraping the bottom and no one wants to be held responsible.” Show more Mr Blackman said his release from prison was an “immense feeling” but he was aware that his freedom came with certain conditions which he said “I must – and I will – respect”.He added it was the “little things” he was enjoying, such as being able to choose when to eat and sleep, but said his new found freedom would take “some getting used to.” Sgt Blackman, 42, is considering a life outside the Armed Forces for the first time in almost two decades, after his release from prison in the early hours of yesterday having had his conviction for the murder of an injured Taliban fighter quashed.last_img read more

Leapfrog signs new umbrella software licence with Rio Tinto

first_imgARANZ Geo Ltd, developer of 3D geological modelling software Leapfrog Mining, has announced that it has signed a new umbrella software licence with leading mining group Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto has been using Leapfrog since 2007 and the signing of the agreement reflects increased usage of Leapfrog across the group. A Rio Tinto spokesperson said that “Leapfrog Mining is used by Rio Tinto geologists in Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, United States, and Peru. In addition to the use of Leapfrog for modelling exploration data for copper, iron ore, coal and uranium; Leapfrog is also used for project evaluation, targeting and structural modelling.”The Leapfrog Mining software is described as “fast, dynamic, 3D geological modelling technology with innovative workflows that enable the best possible understanding of the geology. Leapfrog enables accurate and consistent visualisation of data providing confidence in the interpretation and modelling of that data from early exploration to mine remediation. Multiple hypotheses can be explored, new data added and course corrections made easily as the project proceeds.”ARANZ Geo has also announced the appointment of new Turkish distributor, JeoDijital. This was effective as of February 2012. “The JeoDijital team will be invaluable to our clients in supporting their 3D geological modelling needs and move the business forward in the rapidly growing Turkish market.” said Shaun Maloney, Chief Executive Officer of ARANZ Geo. Dr Hayati Koyuncu, Managing & Research Director of JeoDijital, has more than 20 years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry working for major national and international mining and exploration companies both in Turkey and abroad. His experience ranges from academia to cutting-edge technology based solutions in the exploration and 3D geological modelling of mineral and energy resources, and the environment.last_img read more

Election 2014 Finally the longanticipated Nidge endorsement

first_imgSource: @RossMullenIT MAY BE the only time that posing with a gangland criminal (kind of) on your election leaflet is a good thing.One independent candidate has roped in a Love/Hate star to promote her election campaign, enrolling ‘Nidge’ to appear on her canvassing literature.Mary Martin from Dublin 15 is featured  in a picture with actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor along with the statement: “A Nudge in the right direction.” (badum-ching)Mary uses criminal lingo to persuade you to vote for her, saying: “This went in your letterbox, right, so we know where you live! Please vote Mary Martin 1 for Council.”Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Martin said that the photo was taken with the actor when he was filming in Castleknock, the area she is running.“I saw him and asked would it be okay to get a photo with him and he said no problem. I explained to him that I was running for local election and I did ask if it would be okay to use the photo on my leaflets,” she said, stating “the photo is totally legitimate, it’s not photoshopped!”.The reaction to the leaflet has been “positive” said Martin who said people are getting a good laugh from it and even some opposition candidates have called her up about it.Read: There was some pretty awkward canvassing at the Stephen’s Green Luas stop this morning>Read: Sinn Féin candidate resigns over anti-traveller comments on Facebook>last_img read more

Body of missing hiker found in Columbia River Gorge

first_imgSTEVENSON — Authorities say the body of an Oregon man who hadn’t returned from a hike in the Columbia River Gorge has been found.Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown says search crews located the body of 31-year-old Melvin Burtch of Beaverton, Oregon, at about 5 p.m. Wednesday at the base of Table Mountain in Washington.He had last been heard from Tuesday afternoon when he took two dogs hiking in the area.Brown says on Wednesday morning employees of the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort saw both dogs near Burtch’s vehicle and a search commenced after that.Brown says signal transmissions from Burtch’s cellphone helped searchers find him.It’s believed Burtch fell from the summit of Table Mountain nearly 700 feet to the base.Recovery efforts will begin Thursday morning.last_img

PW1 continues testimony in Lawyer EA Gomezs case

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowFafa Ceesay the first witness in the suit involving Senior Counsel Edward A. Gomez continued his testimony yesterday before Principal Magistrate Abeke.The defendant explained that the reason for him taking this litigation to court is that the defendant (Lawyer Gomez) has not acted as agreed because their agreement was to write a summons and nothing more.He said he drove the defendant (Lawyer Gomez) using his car to visit the empty plots of land which he bought but were illegally sold to him. He added that they did meet the Alkalo of the village where the said empty plots are situated and thereafter the defendant asked him to take him to a village dominated by Manjako inhabitants which is not far from Mamuda Village because he had something to do there. He further said because they could meet the Alkalo of the village, he drove the defendant back to his office.“Every day I enquire from Edward about the summons he always says today or tomorrow he will do it,” PW1 said. He continued saying he (the Defendant) kept on shifting days and pushing it until he decided to ask for the money he gave him or the summons from him.He said Lawyer Edward Gomez said that the cost for each letter he wrote is five thousand (D5000) which totalled to fifteen thousand dalasi (D15000) from there Pa Habib Mbye interjected and pleaded to the defendant to take three thousand dalasi (D3000) which means each letter to cost one thousand dalasi (D1000) but the defendant declined.During cross-examination, the witness held that he went to Lawyer Gomez for him to write a summons and nothing else and if he failed to act as agreed he should refund him. Lawyer Gomez told the court that there was a day when the Plaintiff came using harsh language against him as well as shouting but the witness denied saying he has the recording of the conversation which has all their speeches. He added that the defendant’s insults and shouting are all in the audio recorded and his responses as well as Pa Mbye’s.Lawyer Gomez said since 1984 the year he started his practice, he had three thousand five hundred dalasi (D3500) as his standard fee for letters and it has never changed. The case is adjourned till Monday 22 May, Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th May, 2017 at 10am, 2pm and 1pm respectively.last_img read more

Napolis astonishing comeback seals win against Milan

first_imgNapoli completed an extraordinary comeback from 2-0 down to beat Milan 3-2 under thirty minutes at the Stadio San Paolo.Jack Bonaventura’s acrobatic half-volley and a Davide Calabria angled drive had put Gennaro Gattuso’s men firmly in control at the Stadio San Paolo.However, as they did last week at Lazio, Carlo Ancelotti’s side fought back for the victory.A Piotr Zielinski’s smartly-taken double restored parity for the Naples side before substitute Mertens then pounced at the back-post to complete an unlikely comeback win for Carlo Ancelotti’s new club.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….It was also a notable night for David Ospina’s first start for the hosts since his summer move from Arsenal.The Naples outfit now sit joint-top of the early Serie A table alongside champions Juventus, having both maintained their perfect starts on Saturday.Napoli pushed Juventus all the way in the title race last season and will be hopeful of going one better this time around.last_img read more

Sri Lanka government says local Islamist group behind blasts

first_imgThe Sri Lankan government believes a local Islamist extremist group called the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) was behind the deadly suicide bomb attacks that killed nearly 300 people, government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said Monday.Senaratne, who is also a cabinet minister, added that the government was investigating whether the group had “international support”.”We don’t see that only a small organisation in this country can do all that,” he said.”We are now investigating the international support for them, and their other links, how they produced the suicide bombers here, and how they produced bombs like this.”Documents seen by AFP show Sri Lanka’s police chief issued a warning on 11 April, saying that a “foreign intelligence agency” had reported NTJ was planning attacks on churches and the Indian high commission.Not much is known about the NTJ, a radical Muslim group that has been linked to the vandalising of Buddhist statues.A police source told AFP that all 24 people in custody in connection with the attacks belong to an “extremist” group, but did not specify further.last_img read more