AITUC, Goa, to stir for jobs for Goans

first_imgThe All India Trade Union Congress(AITUC), Goa, on Friday declared plans to launch a state-wide struggle in support of their demands to protect jobs, employment and livelihood of the people of Goa.Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Goa General Secretary, AITUC, Christopher Fonseca criticised the Goa and the Central governments and said they must protect the livelihood of self-employed transport operators including truck operators, taxi operators, rickshaw operators, small hoteliers, shack owners, hawkers and market vendors.The present governments have not fulfilled their promises made to the people. Price rise, corruption, unemployment and crimes are increasing by the day.The Government at the Centre, and States take great pleasure in destroying the livelihoods of the poor in decimating and evicting the farmers, hawkers, vendors, meat and vegetable traders, and so on. Thousands of workers have already lost jobs due to closures, lay-offs and retrenchments. The demonetisation has further resulted in closure of many factories and industries rendering thousands of workers jobless. The working people are worst affected by recent sweeping changes to the existing labour legislations. Many BJP-ruled States have already made sweeping changes to the existing labour laws in favour of the employer lobby, said a statement released by the AITUC leader.“For the last five years trade unions and other mass organisations are on continuous struggles opposing this oppressive and exploitative polices of the Government. Despite of protests on streets, the Government is pursuing the anti labour and anti-people policies, said Mr. Fonseca.On behalf of AITUC he demanded that the state government immediately revise the minimum wages for all schedules of employment to ₹18,000 per month to unskilled workers linked with dearness allowance.The AITUC demanded that all those working in various hotel industry in the state be paid 75% wages during the off-season. Similarly, he demanded that all hotel employees be paid 10% service charges on the total bill without any discrimination.last_img read more

St. Benilde records first win in final game in PVL

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next Ikeh’s shows off 3-point stroke, Blue Eagles not surprised “They were too relaxed in the first set and I told them that we were both winless teams and whoever wants this game more will eventually take the victory,” said Lady Blazers head coach Macky Cariño in Filipino.“What they did in the first set looked like they didn’t want to win, good thing they were able to get their acts together to get the win.”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 shutoutRanya Musa led Benilde with 19 points while Rachel Austero and Felicia Cui combined for 27 points.Alyssa Layug had 12 points to lead the Lady Engineers. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for 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 MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSt. Benilde capped off its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference with a four-set win over Technological Institute of the Philippines, 18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Blazers owned the fifth spot in Group B with a 1-4 record while the Lady Engineers at the bottom with a 0-5 card.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more


first_imgBengaluru, May 29 (PTI) Scoreboard at the end of the Bengaluru, May 29 (PTI) Scoreboard at the end of the Sunrisers Hyderabad innings against RCB in the final of the IPL, here tonight. Scoreboard Sunrisers Hyderabad (20 overs maximum) D Warner c Abdulla b Aravind 69 S Dhawanc Jordan b Chahal 28 M Henriques c Chahal b Jordan4 Y Singh c Watson b Jordan 38 D Hooda c Kohli b Aravind 3 B Cutting not out 39 N Ojha run out (Watson) 7 B Sharmac Chahal b Jordan 5 B Kumarnot out 1 Extras (b-1, lb-2, w-11) 14Total (For 7 wickets; 20 overs)208 Fall of wickets: 1-63, 2-97, 3-125, 4-147, 5-148, 6-158, 7-174Bowling: Aravind 4-0-30-2, Gayle3-0-24-0, Watson 4-0-61-0, Chahal 4-0-35-1, Abdulla 1-0-10-0, Jordan 4-0-45-3. PTI KHS KHSlast_img read more

PH women’s volley squad still not intact for GP

first_imgThe Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) is hoping that it can have a complete national team when it sees action in the second leg of the Asean Grand Prix to be held in Laguna from Oct. 4-6.Several stars coming from the Premier Volleyball league, counting top draw Alyssa Valdez, will be playing for their club teams on Oct. 5 in Iloilo.ADVERTISEMENT ‘No hard feelings’ for Ricci Rivero after getting showered with boos in win over La Salle Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man Jia Morado and Maddie Madayag will also be down south that day and are vital cogs of the national squad.Valdez and Morado play for Creamline, which will clash with Madayag’s Choco Mucho on that day. PetroGazz and PacificTown-Army collide on the same day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40PacificTown-Army’s Jovelyn Gonzaga is also included in the national squad although she is expected to suit up for the Philippine team in the four-nation meet.She also plays for Cignal HD in Philippine Superliga, which will halt its ongoing Invitational Conference in the weekend of the Asean GP. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical The Philippines finished third in the first leg recently held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.This team is being prepared to the fullest to medal in the Southeast Asian Games that the country will host later this year and the second leg of the Asean GP will be its final tuneup tournament before the biennial conclave.The LVPI has also sought the permission of Rebisco, owners of Creamline and Choco Mucho teams, to allow at least Morado and Madayag with Valdez recovering from an ankle injury.The two were able to compete in the first leg while Valdez was recuperating from right ankle sprain she suffered just before the team left for Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View commentslast_img read more

Cyprus Referee Says Matches Fixed

first_imgNICOSIA, Cyprus — Football in the sun-drenched Mediterranean island of Cyprus is riddled with match-fixing by referees, an operation designed to line the pockets of soccer officials and politicians, according to a senior Cypriot referee.Marios Panayi outlined corruption allegations that he says have besmirched Cypriot soccer and damaged the credibility of its referees.The referee told The Associated Press that some Cypriot referees are deciding the outcomes of games with incorrect calls ordered up by a senior Cyprus Football Association official who he said manipulates team standings to keep himself in power and to keep negotiating lucrative television rights deals.“I felt I had to speak out, so that finally people can know what is going on and authorities can take action to fix what I’ve dedicated my life to,” the 34-year-old said in an interview.Panayi has given police documents to back up his charges, which have prompted a police investigation and a vow from the justice minister to examine the evidence.Cyprus FA President Costas Koutsokoumnis said in January that he had been given evidence by UEFA, European football’s governing body, on 17 first division games which suggested the league is plagued by match-fixing.He said the games mostly involved teams facing relegation in the last three years and an investigation has begun.When asked about Panayi’s allegations, UEFA told the AP it is “working closely with the Cyprus FA and cannot comment on ongoing investigations.”The Cyprus soccer world has faced another unique development this season — four separate firebomb attacks against houses linked to referees. In January, referees boycotted all league and cup games for a week after a midnight bomb attack at the home of a referee’s elderly mother.No arrests have been made in any of the cases and police say they are still investigating.Panayi said fixing matches to profit from betting is mainly confined to lower divisions by cash-strapped team owners or by players who have not been paid for months.He said some top teams like APOEL Nicosia, Omonia, Apollon, Anorthosis Famagusta and AEL Limassol were too powerful to be affected by match-fixing.In January the head of the Cyprus’ referees’ association, Michalis Argyrou, and former referee Michalis Spyrou were detained on match-fixing suspicions. Police say the allegations against Argyrou centered on a game between Aris Limassol and Paralimni in April 2012 while Spyrou was arrested on suspicion of manipulating an Under-21 match in 2010.Both men denied any wrongdoing and were released. The police investigation is ongoing.Panayi says a large number of Cypriot referees are under the influence of a CFA official who orders them to produce results so teams are relegated, promoted or remain in a division. That way, Panayi said, the CFA official locks in support from enough teams to get re-elected.Police say the CFA official named by Panayi was questioned last month and the match-fixing investigation is ongoing.He has not been arrested or charged, so the AP is not naming him. Through a spokesman, the CFA official told the AP he “would not comment on the allegations at this time.”The whistleblower said Cypriot referees are groomed at an early age to accept match-fixing.“The problem is very deeply rooted and starts at the lowest divisions,” Panayi says. “You can’t wait until a referee reaches the top divisions to exert control over him, you groom him from the earliest stages.”“It’s easier to do favors in the top divisions if you’re used to doing so in the lowest ones,” he added.Panayi said Cyprus referees who followed orders to fix games often receive indirect benefits like having their careers fast-tracked, earning promotions to officiate European soccer matches that pay three times more than domestic games, getting free lodging at top hotels or suddenly finding more customers for a relative’s business.Panayi has also contacted Federbet, a Brussels-based organization that monitors match-fixing, about international friendlies played in Cyprus where he said Cypriot referees “awarded two to three penalty kicks per game.”Panayi also questioned the CFA official’s involvement in negotiations over purchasing rights to broadcast Albanian soccer matches on Cyprus’ state-owned Pay TV sports channels.Panayi said deals that use taxpayer’s money to broadcast Albanian matches of little interest to Cypriots raised serious financial questions.Lefteris Christou, head of the Pay TV platform Cytavision, confirmed to the AP the channel broadcast Albanian soccer championship matches for the 2010-11 season. He said those were part of a package involving rights to other matches, but wouldn’t say which company it negotiated with or how much the deal cost.The Cyprus Auditor General’s annual report for 2013 said Cytavision paid 2.38 million euros ($2.69 million) on sports broadcast rights that year, of which 2.2 million euros ($2.49 million) was paid to “four foreign companies belonging to or relating to the same individual who is a member of the CFA’s Executive Board.”Three of those companies are registered in the Seychelles and the other in the British Virgin Isles.The report criticized the fact that content purchasing decisions using taxpayer funds weren’t accompanied by cost-benefit analyses of whether the events were watched.Koutsokoumnis told reporters the CFA official acted as an agent selling content to different channels and that a sports watchdog had uncovered no wrongdoing.Panayi began refereeing at 13, rising through the ranks. He says he has rebuffed requests to match-fix three times in his career — once by a journalist with close ties to a 3rd-division team, another time by an associate of a 4th-division coach and a third time involving a 1st-division match in the 2011-12 season that is now among those under investigation.He is going public with the match-fixing charges because he says he can no longer tolerate the corruption that is ruining the sport he loves. His actions have angered many fellow referees, however.Panayi has not worked as a referee since giving the evidence to police and says he may look for a job abroad once the investigation is complete.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Yanks Rebound, Beat Angels, 3-1

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. — Nathan Eovaldi has become a solution to many of the New York Yankees’ woes, particularly when they’re facing the Los Angeles Angels.Eovaldi pitched scoreless, five-hit ball into the sixth inning, Garrett Jones homered and the Yankees snapped their three-game skid with a 3-1 victory over the Angels on July 1.Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius had run-scoring singles for the Yankees, who had lost seven of 10 before salvaging the finale of their seven-game trip.Eovaldi (8-1) had little trouble with the Angels’ punchless lineup, allowing just two runners to reach third base in his third straight win — and his second victory over Los Angeles in less than a month. He was the winning pitcher in three of the Yankees’ five victories since June 20.“He’s given us a chance to win just about every time out there, and that’s great,” said Headley, who had three hits. “He’s come into a new league, and the AL East is a tough division for pitching, so he’s done well for us.”Eovaldi left after walking Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to load the bases with one out in the sixth. Chasen Shreve coolly escaped the jam, getting Erick Aybar on a popup and David Freese on a grounder.“He’s been doing it all year, so we have a ton of confidence in him,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said of Shreve. “I felt good about bringing him in in that situation, and obviously he did an outstanding job.”Los Angeles drew two walks from Dellin Betances in the ninth, but the right-hander struck out pinch-hitter C.J. Cron for his seventh save.Trout homered for the Angels, whose four-game winning streak ended while their front office was in upheaval.The Angels announced General Manager Jerry Dipoto’s resignation during the game, replacing him with former GM Bill Stoneman. Manager Mike Scioscia insisted he had no problems with Dipoto or their working relationship despite widespread reports of friction.“We’ve had some things that could have been big distractions already come through our doors this year,” Scioscia said. “Our guys are holding up fine. They’re going to be able to keep their focus on everything.”Matt Shoemaker (4-7) dropped to 0-6 at Angel Stadium this season, yielding seven hits and two runs while pitching into the sixth inning. The 16-game winner as a rookie last season has just two victories in his last 13 starts.“I really only had one bad pitch, and it was to Jones,” Shoemaker said. “We had a great game plan put together.”Gregorius singled leading off the third and eventually scored on Headley’s two-out single.Brett Gardner extended his hitting streak to nine games with a fifth-inning single, but struck out with the bases loaded in the eighth shortly after Gregorius’ RBI single.Jones connected on a two-out, two-strike pitch in the sixth, putting it in the elevated stands in right field for his fifth homer. Jones, who was acquired from Miami in the same trade that brought Eovaldi to New York, slowed a 6-for-37 skid at the plate.Jones was glad to play a part in alleviating the Yankees’ offensive woes.“It’s not like we’re going up there striking out, or not squaring up balls,” Jones said. “And when we do square up balls, it’s like they’re right at somebody or guys are diving and making catches. But that’s part of the game, so we’re just doing everything we can right now to get out of that funk.”Trout hit his 21st homer off Justin Wilson with two outs in the eighth, but Betances got the game’s final four outs.(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgMobility between Omaha and Council Bluffs improved Wednesday afternoon when Interstate 29 between I-680 near Crescent and N. 25th Street in Council Bluffs and I-680 from I-29 to the Nebraska border reopened to traffic.All lanes of I-29 there are open, but traffic will not be allowed to continue north of I-680 on I-29.For I-680, both westbound lanes are now open and one eastbound lane is available for traffic.The area has been closed since late May due to flooding for a second time this spring.Other segments of I-29 south of Council Bluffs, as well as U.S. 34, Iowa 2, Iowa 275 and Iowa 333 remain closed.Iowa DOT Traffic Camera photo at I-680 Exit Onelast_img read more

Siya Kolisi to make history by becoming South Africa’s first black captain

first_imgSiya Kolisi will become South Africa’s first black captain after being handed the role for the Test series against England next month.The 26-year-old flanker was the vice-captain to Eben Etzebeth last year and temporarily took over when the second-row was off the field but has been awarded the role on a full-time basis for the three-Test series.Chiliboy Ralepelle was the captain of a South Africa team against a World XV in 2006 but, with Etzebeth and Warren Whiteley injured, Kolisi will be the first black player to captain the Springboks in a Test in their 127-year history. Since you’re here… South Africa rugby team England rugby union team Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Topics Rugby union Share on Pinterest Read morecenter_img Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn news George Ford: England need more hunger in defence after ‘embarrassing’ loss The appointment comes two days after Rassie Erasmus named a squad which includes five overseas-based players – Sale’s Faf de Klerk, Willie le Roux of Wasps as well as Duane Vermeulen, Bismarck du Plessis and Francois Steyn.Erasmus has wasted little time in making changes since taking over from Allister Coetzee but the former Munster director of rugby denied Kolisi, who captains the Stormers, has been appointed out of tokenism.South Africa’s stated aim is for 50% of the World Cup squad next year to be black players as part of transformation goals but Erasmus said: “I know Siya is a good leader and I am excited about what he can offer us. I have always understood the transformation issues and that they are part of the way we are heading and I have bought into that.“We are trying to fix all the wrong things that were done in the past. The recent things that happened did not have a bearing on this decision because my contract was signed long before. The players we have in this squad deserve to be here and I am not trying to fabricate things.”Kolisi will not be considered for selection against Wales in Washington DC on Saturday so Pieter-Steph du Toit has been named as the captain for that match. Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Germany face long road back to top after Joachim Löw’s drastic overhaul

first_imgShare on Twitter Netherlands Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest At right-back, RB Leipzig’s Lukas Klostermann, who is 22, had a superb game and, to be fair to Löw, his young team took Serbia apart in the second half and were unlucky not to score two or three times. It was not lost on some that the turnaround after a poor first half, however, came after Havertz had been replaced by the experienced Marco Reus while Toni Kroos and Antonio Rüdiger, on the bench for the full 90 minutes in Wolfsburg, will be expected to start against the Dutch.As Oliver Hartmann wrote in Kicker: “In the much-publicised new beginning the German team had to settle for a draw against Serbia. There was light and there was shadow and, above all, the realisation that the break with the past that Löw has finally initiated is not going to bring Germany back to the top of the world overnight.”He is right and Germany are in an interesting place now. The game against Serbia was a sell-out and watched by almost 10 million people on television, not bad for a midweek friendly. But there is also the sense that the country has fallen out of love with its national team in the past 18 months.The furore that engulfed Mesut Özil and Gündogan over meeting the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, before the World Cup has not gone away despite the former quitting international football after the tournament. Thomas Müller ‘angry’ after Joachim Löw says he has no Germany future Share on LinkedIn Sportblog Share on WhatsApp The trio of World Cup winners were mystified by and angry at the sudden turn of events but Löw was adamant he needed an umbruch – a break with the past. Out with the old and in with the new, apart from when it comes to the manager himself, who oversaw last year’s World Cup fiasco and relegation from Nations League Group A but remains in charge.That drastic decision means the pressure now rests solely on Löw’s shoulders to succeed, starting with the mouth-watering Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Sunday. “You have to trust me when I say that I know how to cope with pressure,” he said through somewhat gritted teeth before the Serbia game on Wednesday. “I have been doing it for 14 years now.“The pressure on me and the team has always been extremely high and I know that we have to deliver. I know that I am taking a certain risk [with the changes in personnel] but it is a risk I am prepared to take because I believe in these young players.”Löw’s 23-man squad for the Serbia and Netherlands games included eight players born in 1996 or later. The starting XI against Serbia had an average age of 24.66, roughly three years younger than the one that lost their opening group game against Mexico 1-0 at the World Cup last year.There is huge talent and the feeling is that Löw has done the right thing – but gone about it in the wrong way. In the friendly against Serbia, which finished 1-1 in Wolfsburg after an early goal for the visitors by Luka Jovic and an equaliser by Leon Goretzka, Löw started with an attacking four consisting of Julian Brandt (22), Kai Havertz (19), Leroy Sané (23) and Timo Werner (also 23). Ilkay Gündogan was the oldest player in the starting XI, aged 28. Pinterest Gündogan was captain for the second half against Serbia and talked afterwards about his pride wearing the armband yet the day after the game the German daily Bild asked its readers whether the Manchester City player could lead the national team as an “Erdogan-supporter”, with 57% voting no.Clearly, bridges must be built between players and fans as well as between Löw and the media. As a bellwether of where Germany are at the moment, it was telling that the team in white shirts were booed off at half-time and then applauded off after the full 90 minutes. It feels as if everything is 45 minutes away from being terrible or outstanding. Boom or bust.The positive for Löw is that Germany (Fifa-ranked 16) are in a Euro 2020 qualifying group with the Netherlands (14), Northern Ireland (36), Estonia (96) and Belarus (78). With the top two qualifying for the finals, there should be plenty of wriggle room should they lose to Ronald Koeman’s Dutch side on Sunday.The game will, however, be a good indicator of where this German side are at the moment against a side ranked two places above them in the world. In their two Nations League meetings last autumn – their first competitive clashes since 2012 – the Dutch won 3-0 in Amsterdam and Germany could manage only a 2-2 draw in Gelsenkirchen after conceding a two-goal lead in the last five minutes of the match.The midweek warm-up against Serbia was, as Stefan Hermanns wrote in Der Tagesspiegel, a small step forward for Löw and his side. The manager spoke about the players having the right mentality, sending “a loud and clear signal” that they are ready to take on bigger challenges, but no one was kidding themselves after the game: this rebuilding project will take some time. Twitter Facebook Share via Email features Topics Read more Share on Facebook Leroy Sané survives ‘vicious’ red-card tackle in Germany’s draw with Serbia Germany Before the game against Serbia, Germany’s followers displayed a huge choreography, forming the letters “Danke” with three numbers underneath them: 5, 13 and 17.It was the fans’ way of saying thank you to Mats Hummels, Thomas Müller and Jérôme Boateng, the three world champions who had been unceremoniously dumped by Joachim Löw at the beginning of the month and told they would not be considered for selection again in the near future. Germany’s new generation line up before the Serbia match. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Attention aux orignaux sur lautoroute 104

first_imgOn demande aux automobilistes d’être particulièrement vigilants sur l’autoroute 104, à l’est de l’échangeur des autoroutes 102 et 104 dans le comté de Colchester, puisque la présence d’un original a été signalée près de l’autoroute, aujourd’hui 21 septembre. Le personnel du ministère des Ressources naturelles s’est rendu sur place aujourd’hui parce qu’un orignal mâle a été aperçu au sud de l’autoroute 104. Le personnel continuera de surveiller la région. Les orignaux peuvent être imprévisibles et peuvent se précipiter devant les véhicules. Un orignal peut peser des centaines de kilogrammes et causer des dommages et des blessures graves lors d’une collision avec un véhicule. On demande aux automobilistes de ralentir si un orignal est présent dans la région, mais de ne pas s’arrêter sur l’accotement. L’orignal est une espèce en voie de disparition selon la loi sur les espèces en voie de disparition de la Nouvelle-Écosse (Endangered Species Act). -30-last_img read more

Lena Dunham And Dr Neal Baer Honored By Point Foundation

first_imgMore than 400 guests joined two dozen celebrities and dignitaries at the annual Point Honors gala on April 7, which celebrated the accomplishments of Point Foundation (Point) scholarship recipients.Dr. Neal Baer, the Executive Producer and Showrunner for acclaimed television programs such as “ER” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Under The Dome,” received the Point Leadership Award, and Lena Dunham, the Golden Globe Winner and Emmy Nominated Actress and Producer of HBO’s “Girls,” accepted the Point Horizon Award.The event, held at the landmark New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, raised $620,000 for Point, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Celebrity appearances at Point Honors included Andrew Rannells, Mariska Hargitay, Michael Urie, Tyne Daly, Judith Light, Anthony Edwards, Rachelle Lefevre, Billy Porter, Mike Doyle, BD Wong and Thomas Roberts. Guests also enjoyed performances by Telly Leung and Uzo Aduba. Elected officials also attended to show support for LGBTQ students, including California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newson, New York State Comptroller Thomas Di Napoli and New York City Councilmember Corey Johnson.Mariska Hargitay presented Neal Baer with the Point Leadership award and in an emotional speech Dr. Baer said, “I am deeply grateful to everyone at the Point Foundation for this wonderful honor. Everyone should have the right to live with dignity, respect and safety…Being gay for me means being honest and, I know the word is almost cliche today, being authentic…I can say to all of you tonight that I’m glad I’m gay, that I love being gay. I love being who I am.”Speaking to the audience after being presented with the Point Horizon award by her “Girls” co-star, Andrew Rannells, Lena Dunham said, “Our goal on Girls is to show you non-stereotypical examples of the range of people who inhabit this amazing city, and we are learning more about what that means every day. This award is such a beautiful indication that we are finding our way…I salute you, Point scholars and graduates. I thank you, Point Foundation”“It is wonderful that we had the privilege to honor two people of tremendous talents for being champions of the LGBTQ community,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “Dr. Baer’s notable professional career, in which he often has included realistic and engaging LGBTQ characters in his shows, speaks perfectly to the vision and perseverance that the Point Leadership award stands for. We chose to give the Point Horizon award to Lena Dunham because she is a trailblazer and inspires so many young people that they can realize their great potential.”A number of Point’s 78 current scholars and some of the Foundation’s 165 alumni joined celebrities on stage and shared with the audience their inspiring stories about the challenges overcome in pursuit of a higher education degree. Point Foundation will announce the recipients of its 2014–2015 scholarships in June 2014.Presenting Sponsors for Point Honors New York: HBO, the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and Wells Fargo. Premier Sponsors: Audi, Hilton Worldwide, and Time Warner. Principal Sponsors: Philippe Brugere-Trelat and Mitchell Draizin, David Henry Jacobs, Bumble and bumble and The Estee Lauder Companies, PWC, and Goldman Sachs. Friends of Point: Grey Goose, Senses Salon. National Media Sponsor: The Advocate. Local Media Sponsor: Gay City News.last_img read more

What the FSJ RCMP want you to know about driving with Cannabis

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- With Cannabis now being legal for persons 19 years and older there are special requirements for carrying Cannabis in motorized vehicles.There have been new laws put in place to protect the public and users of cannabis, and law enforcement agencies have additional powers to enforce those laws. The new Provincial Cannabis Control and Licencing Act have a $575 charge for consuming Cannabis while operating a vehicle or a boat and $230 ticket for consuming Cannabis in a vehicle or boat operated by another person.No persons while in a vehicle can consume Cannabis. If everyone is using Cannabis, all persons in the motorized vehicle receive tickets and the cannabis is confiscated. You can only transport Cannabis when the following conditions are met:• The cannabis was produced by a federal producer,• The cannabis is still in the original packaging,• The packaging has not been opened or• IF the packaging has been opened, it cannot be accessible by the driver or any passengers.You are allowed to transport no more than 4 cannabis plants, that are not budding or flowering, this includes anything that has a root system.Minor’s (youth under 19) driving a vehicle must have an adult present abiding by the conditions or the youth can be issued a $230 ticket for a Minor operating a vehicle with cannabis in it, contrary to the Act.Impaired Driving Laws have also been updated with the new legalization under the Federal Cannabis Act. There is a new charge for being impaired by drugs and alcohol at the same time. These charges can go to court and create a Criminal Record for anyone found guilty of being impaired while driving. As the driver is waiting for court, their driver’s licence will be suspended and their vehicle will be impounded.Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines recommends waiting at least six hours before a driver gets behind the wheel.  It is recommended to have a designated driver, call a taxi or just consume cannabis where you are able to stay until you are sober once again.The Fort St John RCMP wants to inform citizens and help them to protect themselves when it comes to using drugs and driving.last_img read more

United States official chosen for senior post at UN antihunger agency

Mr. Butler, who is expected to assume his new post in January 2008, succeeds David Harcharik, who has held the number two position at the FAO since the start of 1998.In a statement announcing the appointment, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said Mr. Butler has worked at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture since December 2005 and before then served as a senior official with the US Department of Agriculture. 19 June 2007The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today that James G. Butler of the United States has been appointed Deputy Director-General of the Rome-based anti-hunger agency. read more

On eve of South Sudan independence vote UN ramps up its multiple

In a referendum eve statement today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the National Government and the Southern Sudanese regional authorities for their efforts to ensure that the vote is held as scheduled in an atmosphere of peace and cooperation. In a separate report to the Security Council on the nearly 10,000-strong UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), set up in 2005 to support a peace agreement that ended 20 years of war between North and South Sudan, culminating in next week’s vote, Mr. Ban hails the conciliatory statements by both sides to respect the outcome as well as progress made on post-referendum arrangements.But he also warns of the disastrous humanitarian consequences of renewed conflict, noting that the UN has prepared contingency plans for the period up to June, with a possible reinforcement of UNMIS to prevent any deterioration in security.“In the unlikely event that the referendum leads to large-scale violence, approximately 2.8 million people could be internally displaced and another 3.2 million affected by breakdowns in trade and social service delivery,” he writes. “In this scenario, as much as $63 million might be required to provide emergency assistance to those in need.”UNMIS has already increased its presence in hot spots, particularly in the oil-rich Abyei region, which was meant to hold a concurrent referendum on whether to join the North or South, but agreement on the modalities for such a vote has not been reached.“The continuing stalemate over Abyei and the Abyei referendum is a cause for alarm,” Mr. Ban stresses, noting that tensions are building up on the ground and political sensitivities and historical complexities make it difficult for either party to consider options that may be seen as concessions by their constituents.“In this charged environment, any major security incident could be damaging for the last stages of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement process,” he adds, referring to the 2005 accord that ended the civil war.UN humanitarian agencies are also preparing for all eventualities. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has pre-positioned enough food in more than 100 strategic locations to feed 1 million people for six months. This is in preparation for a potential influx of returnees to a newly independent state and the possibility that people will be displaced.Meanwhile, by barges and buses laden with beds, mattresses, sofas, chairs, tables, cooking utensils, corrugated iron sheeting, radios, TV sets, fridges and small generators, southern Sudanese are already returning at the rate of 2,000 a day, bringing the total already to 120,000. “We anticipate that many more will return in the coming months following the referendum,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today. “Many of the returnees who have lived in the North for years say they have left for fear of the unknown and the opportunity to start afresh in their native South.”With 1.5 million to 2 million southerners at present living in the north, Mr. Ban stresses in his report the need to work out post-referendum citizenship, residency and labour issues. “We are concerned about the spectre of a significant number of southerners in the north having uncertain citizen status, possibly becoming stateless,” said UNHCR. At referendum ground zero, a three-member UN panel headed by former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa will travel around the country to monitor the 9-15 January polling and the counting and aggregation of results. They will also meet with relevant officials.Mr. Ban’s report is suffused with the historic dimensions of the referendum. “The coming weeks will determine the future of the Sudan for decades to come. The determination of the parties to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to sustain peace, stability and coexistence will be the deciding factor in setting that course,” he writes. “The United Nations and the international community must continue to stand firmly behind their commitment to support the parties, the relevant institutions, and the Sudanese people through this process and beyond,” he adds, calling on the parties to agree on key post-referendum issues, including wealth-sharing, the management of assets and debts, citizenship and border security arrangements in order to ensure “a soft landing.”He stresses that the presence of UN troops alone will not be enough to prevent a return to war, should widespread hostilities erupt. “Only a demonstrated commitment by the parties to refrain from inflammatory statements, uphold the Comprehensive Peace Agreement ceasefire mechanisms and engage in dialogue to settle differences will succeed in maintaining peace,” he declares.“As events in the early days of 2011 will be unique in the history of the Sudan, I urge all partners to intensify their efforts and provide support to all Sudanese in order to ensure the successful holding of the referendum and respect the choice made by the people by endorsing and implementing its outcome.” 7 January 2011As Southern Sudan gears up for a week-long independence referendum starting on Sunday that could split Africa’s largest country in two, the United Nations is ramping up its multiple roles, from monitoring the vote to providing aid to returning southerners to preparing options for a worst-case scenario, however unlikely, of renewed warfare. read more

Competition Bureau of Canada gives 44B CoucheTard deal green light

LAVAL, Que. — The Competition Bureau of Canada is giving the green light to Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX.ATD.B) to purchase its American fuel and convenience store rival CST Brands Inc., provided the company sell some of CST’s Canadian assets to Parkland.In a statement Tuesday, the company based in Laval, Que., said the Competition Bureau gave them the clearance for the acquisition of CST Brands, and the transaction with Parkland Fuel Corp. (TSX: PKI).Couche-Tard says the closings of both transactions are expected Wednesday.The Competition Bureau says Couche-Tard’s proposed deal would lessen competition in numerous markets in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.But the government agency says to address the concern, Couche-Tard agreed to sell 366 gas stations and gasoline supply contracts to Parkland and one gas station to Philippe Gosselin & Associes Limitee.The Competition Bureau says Parkland has also agreed to sell nine gasoline supply contracts to MacEwen Petroleum Inc. or McDougall Energy Inc. in Ontario.On Monday, Couche-Tard won approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to buy CST Brands on condition that it sell up to 71 stores in the U.S. The stores are located in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio and Texas.Empire Petroleum will also have the opportunity to purchase an additional site owned by Couche-Tard. This transaction is expected to be finalized by the beginning of September.Couche-Tard is the largest convenience store operator in Canada and has more than 8,000 convenience stores throughout North America, which are mostly branded as Circle K and Mac’s. read more

Security Council urges steppedup efforts to protect women from violence in war

Video: – Morning session [3hrs 21mins] – Afternoon session [2hrs 29mins] After a day-long debate on women, peace and security, the Council released a presidential statement asking Secretary-General Kofi Annan to outline an action plan by October next year showing how the UN can achieve those goals.Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month, said the plan would include a detailed timetable for implementing such targets as eliminating gender-based violence and boosting women’s participating in peacekeeping and peace-building operations.Mr. Jones Parry said gender perspectives must be integrated into the planning and running of every peace and security operation by the UN, including its peacekeeping missions, so that women can fully participate in them.The statement also:Urged Mr. Annan to increase his efforts to “identify suitable female candidates” to fill posts in peacekeeping, conflict prevention or humanitarian operations, especially senior posts.Called for an end to the culture of impunity for the perpetrators of physical or sexual violence against women and girls in war.Recommended all staff involved in conflict or post-conflict operations to be given specific training so they can recognize and respond quickly and appropriately to gender-based violence.Stressed the need for increased support programmes for victims of gender-based violence.Today’s debate was held in part to measure what progress has been made since the Council adopted a resolution in 2000 that decried gender-based violence and called for an overhaul in the planning of peace and security operations so that women’s perspectives are always included.Earlier, describing the international response so far as “completely inadequate,” the head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) demanded a drastic improvement in both attitude and action to end the “massive and systematic” violence against women and girls.Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, told the Council that victims of violence still faced stigma or shame, most perpetrators went unpunished and there were not nearly enough resources devoted to tackling the problem.Ms. Obaid said most of the progress since the Council resolution of 2000 has been in creating better policies and guidelines, and not on the ground in those States where women and girls are at greatest risk.Ms. Obaid said it was vital that police officers, security personnel, UN peacekeepers and humanitarian staff are trained to identify and tackle vigorously violence against women, and that more women are placed to work in these “male-dominated arenas.””We do not need a few good women sprinkled here and there,” she said. “We need gender parity so women in positions of power can stop abuses of power.”Ms. Obaid said one of the worst aspects of gender-based violence was the lingering damage it does to both the individual victims and to the society as a whole. Many women and girls suffer physically and psychologically for years, sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS spread through communities, and family structures are permanently undermined.Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said people-trafficking and sexual exploitation occur during UN peacekeeping operations on a scale “which has yet to be fully acknowledged and effectively addressed.”She said “there can be no tolerance” for the behaviour, adding Mr. Annan has made clear the responsibility of every UN staff member, and particularly senior managers, to ensure that the exploitation does not occur.”Sexual predatory practice by international ‘interveners’ cannot just be condemned as the isolated, deplorable actions of a few ‘bad apples,’ ” Ms. Arbour said.Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said that while many challenges remain, the UN is working much harder today than it did in 2000 to ensure that the needs and perspectives of women are included in its conflict and post-conflict operations.Speakers representing dozens of countries then addressed the Council, outlining the steps they have made in their own States and calling for much greater international cooperation to end violence and increase women’s role in peace-building and peacekeeping.Meanwhile, the UN has released FACES, a publication that details 10 examples from around the world of how women are playing a vital and useful role in contributing to peace and security. read more

Serena Williams Voted AP Female Athlete of the Year

She showed up in Paris wearing a black catsuit, a reminder that nobody can command the Grand Slam stage quite like Serena Williams.She reached the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, proving again how well she can play no matter how little she practices.Williams didn’t win those or any other tournaments, which in every other situation might have made for a forgettable year.In 2018, it was a remarkable one.FILE – In this May 29, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams returns a shot against Krystyna Pliskova during their first-round match of the French Open tennis tournament in Paris, France. The women’s tennis tour has approved rule changes that involve seedings after a return from pregnancy. Former No. 1 players Williams and Victoria Azarenka are recent mothers on the tour. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)Her rapid return to tennis after a health scare following childbirth was a victory in itself, and for that, Williams was voted The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the fifth time.Williams received 93 points in balloting by U.S. editors and news directors announced Wednesday, while gymnast Simone Biles was second with 68. Notre Dame basketball player Arike Ogunbowale was third, while Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim and swimmer Katie Ledecky, the 2017 winner, rounded out the top five.All of those players won a title or titles in 2018, while Williams had to settle for just coming close a couple of times.Now 37 and a new mother facing some players who weren’t even born when she turned pro in 1995, Williams isn’t the same person who ruthlessly ran her way to 23 Grand Slam singles titles — the last of which came at the 2017 Australian Open when she was pregnant.“I’m still waiting to get to be the Serena that I was, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be that, physically, emotionally, mentally. But I’m on my way,” Williams said on the eve of the U.S. Open final. “I feel like I still have a ways to go. Once I get there, I’ll be able to play even hopefully better.”The Male Athlete of the Year will be announced Thursday.The women’s award has been won more only by Babe Didrikson Zaharias, whose six wins included one for track and five for golf.Williams’ previous times winning the AP honor, in 2002, 2009, 2013 and 2015, were because of her dominance.This one was about her perseverance.Williams developed blood clots after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on Sept. 1, 2017, and four surgeries would follow. She returned to the WTA Tour in March and played in just a pair of events before the French Open, where she competed in a skin-tight, full-length black catsuit.She said the outfit — worn partly for health reasons because of the clots — made her feel like a superhero, but her game was rarely in superstar shape. She had to withdraw in Paris because of a right pectoral injury and didn’t play again until Wimbledon, where she lost to Angelique Kerber in the final.Williams came up short again in New York, where her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final will be remembered best for her outburst toward chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who had penalized Williams for receiving coaching and later penalized her an entire game for calling him a “thief” while arguing.That loss leaves her one major title shy of Margaret Court’s record as she starts play next year in a WTA Tour that will look different in part because of new rules coming about after issues involving Williams. Players returning to the tour may use a “special ranking” for up to three years from the birth of a child, and the exemption can be used for seedings at big events. Also, the tour says players can wear leggings or compression shorts at its tournaments without a skirt over them.Williams insists she is still driven to play and win as much if not more than before she was a mother. That drive is the focus of a Nike ad showing her in action.“Getting this far, crazy,” it says. “Stopping now, crazier.”Williams won’t.“I’m still on the way up,” she said. “There’s still much more that I plan on doing.”The rest of the top five:Simone Biles, gymnastics. The American won four golds and six medals overall in the world championships in Qatar, giving her 20 in her career to tie Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina for the most by a female gymnast.Arike Ogunbowale, women’s basketball. She hit one jumper to knock off previously unbeaten Connecticut in the Final Four, then a 3-pointer in the championship game to lift Notre Dame over Mississippi State.Chloe Kim, snowboarding. At 17, the Californian won the halfpipe Olympic gold medal in South Korea, where her parents were from before they immigrated to the United States.Katie Ledecky, swimming. The 21-year-old U.S. Olympian tuned up for the 2020 Games in Tokyo by winning five medals in the city at the Pan Pacific Championships. read more

Joy Global buys deeper into Chinabased International Mining Machinery Holdings

first_imgJoy Global a worldwide leader in high productivity mining solutions, has purchased approximately 136.5 million shares of International Mining Machinery Holdings (IMM). These shares were purchased on the open market and represent 10.5% of the total shares outstanding. The purchase of these shares is in addition to Joy Global’s announcement on July 14 that it had agreed to purchase from TJCC Holdings 534.8 million shares of IMM, representing 41.1% of IMM shares outstanding.The purchase of shares from TJCC is subject to approval from the Anti-monopoly Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of China and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.IMM is a leading designer and manufacturer of underground longwall coal mining equipment in China. It has strong domestic market positions in roadheaders and longwall shearing machines, and is growing the share of its armored-face conveyor and electric control systems businesses. In addition to original equipment, IMM provides aftermarket parts and services through a broad network of service and warehouse locations.Joy Global is a worldwide leader in manufacturing, servicing and distributing equipment for surface mining through P&H Mining Equipment and underground mining through Joy Mining Machinery.last_img read more

Opera 11 beta gets Tab Stacking feature

first_imgIf I had to sum up the core feature that each of the main IE alternatives brought to the table Chrome would be speed, FireFox would be customization, and Opera would be experimentation. And with the Opera 11 beta that experimentation continues.Tab Stacking has been added to the latest beta roll-out which happened today as a way of dealing with tens or hundreds of open browser tabs. According to Opera’s Desktop Team:Tab stacking allows you to organize your browsing, optimize the space on your tab bar, and keep yet even more tabs handy for use. The video above gives you a better idea of how it works in practice. Tabs can be dragged and dropped on to other tabs to group them. This stack can then be accessed from a single tab making it easier to have lots open without the mess of hundreds across a single bar with none of the names visible.To see what’s in a stack just hover over it to get a visual preview and the ability to select which window to focus on or remove from the stack. An arrow appears to the right of a tab stack allowing you to expand the tabs along the tab bar too.You can try it out for yourself by downloading the latest Opera 11 beta build.Read more at the Opera Desktop Team and Web Upd8. Tab stacking image courtesy of Peter Van Dijck’s Guide to EaseMatthew’s OpinionOpera isn’t the only company experimenting with how to handle lots of tabs. Mozilla has Tab Candy for Firefox in development, and I think I prefer it to this solution.Opera’s Tab Stacking looks a bit hit-and-miss to me. In the video a tab slides rather than linking meaning this could be a slow process. It also falls down if you want lots of tabs in a stack as you will either run out of screen space or have to deal with smaller previews instead.With Tab Candy you are taken out of the main browser interface and switch to a tab organizing window. It just looks like a cleaner and more fluid solution.What do you think, is Tab Stacking a good solution to the problem?last_img read more

Dana insists decrepit buildings must go

first_imgHyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner, M Dana Kishore, on Monday instructed town planning officials to serve notices on the owners of pending 457 dilapidated structures remaining in city or else vacate the people from buildings and seize them.The Commissioner held a meeting with zonal, deputy commissioners on various issues through video conference at GHMC main office. GHMC additional commissioners Amrapali Kata, Adwaith Kumar Singh, Sikta Patnaiak, chief engineers and other officials were present at the meeting. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us At the meeting, the Commissioner said it was very sad that a 13-year-old boy died in building collapse in Secunderabad circle on Sunday. He made it clear that the remaining 457 dilapidated structures have to be demolished or the people need to be vacated and seize the buildings as soon as possible. Dana Kishore instructed to serve memos to the officials of the town planning or whoever was delaying the demolition process in city. He said that 485 dilapidated structures were demolished in 2016, 294 buildings were demolished in 2017 and 402 buildings were demolished in 2018. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us This year around 765 dilapidated structures have been identified in the city and so far only 176 buildings were demolished, he said. He instructed the officials of town planning to take action on remaining 457 dilapidated structures immediately. Saplings distribution The Commissioner told officials to take all the necessary measures to start the distribution of Haritha Haram saplings to the people for free of cost near temples where Bonalu would be held in the GHMC limits. Around one crore of saplings were ready in city for Haritha Haram programme, he said. Commissioner instructed the zonal commissioners to construct one rain water harvesting theme park in each zone. Advertise With Us 175 teams to identify Aasara beneficiaries Dana Kishore said that 175 teams have been deployed to identify the beneficiaries who are in the age group of 57 to 64 for old age pension scheme in Hyderabad district. Beneficiaries list should be prepared within July 25 and plan the everyday target accordingly, said the Commissioner to officials. More vehicles to lift garbage in evening To lift the garbage from the containers which were kept on the roadside, Commissioner instructed officials to deploy four mini tippers and two bob cots to lift the garbage from the containers in the evening to maintain cleanliness in the city from today. He said vehicles would be deployed every day to lift the garbage without fail and see to that this work should be done properly. Action plan to boost self-help groups The Commissioner said special action plans were being formulated to strengthen the 45 thousand self help groups financially and socially. He told that corporators, deputy commissioners should attend the meeting which would be held every Wednesday with self-help groups with regards to Swachh Bharat Mission, Saaf-Shandaar Hyderabad initiatives. Two dust bins at every bus stop Dana Kishore instructed zonal and deputy commissioners to set up two dust bins near each and every bus stop in city within a week. Take necessary action to see that each and every street vendor keeps dust bins near to their shops within August month end, he said.last_img read more