CPI(M), Cong. talks on seat sharing soon

first_imgDiscussions for seat sharing between the Congress and the CPI(M) in West Bengal for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls are expected to start soon, sources in the two parties said on Monday. They said the parties have already been holding informal parleys, but formal talks are likely to begin after the February 3 rally. According to State Congress sources, the party is keen on fighting at least 18-20 seats, including Raiganj and Murshidabad, which are the only two seats that the CPI(M) won in the last elections in the State. These two seats are presently the bone of contention between the two parties, sources said.last_img read more

‘Inordinate delay in notifying Disability Act rules’

first_imgA think tank has written to the Goa Director of Social Welfare, a nodal department for persons with disability, over an inordinate delay in notifying the draft rules for the implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016, in the State.The Centre notified the Act in January, 2017. All States were given six months to frame rules and notify them. “The rules are far from notified in Goa, the State has missed the deadline several times, breaching the Central directive,” said Monika Singh of I-DARE, a registered think tank of activists and professionals working for persons with disability. “Having gone through the draft of the rules we feel a lot of issues need to be addressed. The problems therein will not only dilute the spirit of the Act, but are also likely to land departments and stakeholders in a quagmire when implemented,” the letter stated.I-DARE said the rules have not been framed for some sub-sections under Section 101 of the Act, and that the some don’t seem to be in sync with the Section. Apart from typographical and spelling errors, terminology used in the draft rules is offensive and derogatory to persons with disability. For example, the term ‘mentally retarded’ was used, which must be replaced with ‘persons with an intellectual disability’. The draft has specified persons from the field of science and medicine to head the research committee. However, I-DARE has pointed out that disability research is being carried out through allied fields, more robust than pure sciences and medicine. “We recommend that the rules be technically edited or checked by experts from fields like psychology, disability medicine and education,” the letter said.The group has asserted that rules need to be framed for the constitution and functioning of the search and selection committee for the appointment of a new Disability Commissioner. Details of the necessary infrastructure and human resource must be provided to avert a situation similar to when the past Commissioner resigned over non-cooperation and lack of infrastructure.The think tank sought to know the current status of notification of the drafted rules, the process to be followed and time frame for it.last_img read more

Rocks Made of Plastic Found on Hawaiian Beach

first_imgPlastic may be with us a lot longer than we thought. In addition to clogging up landfills and becoming trapped in Arctic ice, some of it is turning into stone. Scientists say a new type of rock cobbled together from plastic, volcanic rock, beach sand, seashells, and corals has begun forming on the shores of Hawaii. “The article is intriguing and fascinating,” says geophysicist Douglas Jerolmack of the University of Pennsylvania, who was not involved in the work. “If these things can be preserved, then they might be a nice marker around the world of when humans came to dominate the globe and leave behind their refuse in mass quantities.”Geologist Patricia Corcoran of the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, and Charles Moore, captain of the oceanographic research vessel Alguita, stumbled upon the new rocks on a beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. These stones, which they’ve dubbed “plastiglomerates,” most likely formed from melting plastic in fires lit by humans who were camping or fishing, the team reports this month in GSA Today. Although anywhere there is a heat source, such as forest fires or lava flows, and “abundant plastic debris,” Corcoran says, “there is the potential for the formation of plastiglomerate.” When the plastic melts, it cements rock fragments, sand, and shell debris together, or the plastic can flow into larger rocks and fill in cracks and bubbles to form a kind of junkyard Frankenstein.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Corcoran says some of the plastic is still recognizable as toothbrushes, forks, ropes, and just “anything you can think of.” Once the plastic has fused to denser materials, like rock and coral, it sinks to the sea floor, and the chances it will become buried and preserved in the geologic record increase.Corcoran and her team canvassed Kamilo Beach on the Big Island for more of the rocks and found plastiglomerate in all 21 sites they surveyed. She says people have already found plastiglomerate on another Hawaiian island, and she expects there to be much more on coastlines across the world. Plastiglomerate is likely well distributed, it’s just never been noticed before now, she says.Jerolmack agrees. “All around the world where there’s trash being openly burned in mass quantities, you can imagine there are even larger melted plastic deposits” where plastiglomerate could form.The discovery adds to the debate about whether humanity’s heavy hand in natural processes warrants the formal declaration of a new epoch of Earth history, the Anthropocene, says paleontologist Jan Zalasiewicz of the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, who was not involved in the study. Plastics in general are so pervasive that they’ve been documented in a number of surprising places, including ingested in wildlife and on the sea floor. The mass of plastic produced since 1950 is close to 6 billion metric tons, enough to bundle the entire planet in plastic wrap. Combine plastic’s abundance with its persistence in the environment, and there’s a good chance it’ll get into the fossil record, Zalasiewicz says. “Plastics, including plastiglomerates, would be one of the key markers by which people could recognize the beginning of the Anthropocene.”How long the plastic will endure remains a matter of debate, however. Jerolmack says he doubts the material will stick around in the fossil record. After all, plastic melts, and rocks often pass through hellish depths and temperatures through tectonic processes and burial. Geologist Philip Gibbard of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom says he imagines that plastics might “revert back to a source of oil from whence they came, given the right conditions of burial.” But Zalasiewicz and Corcoran say that isn’t true for all the plastic. Some of the material can be preserved as a thin carbon film, much like the way fossil leaves are preserved. Zalasiewicz says that in some rare cases, in that etch of carbon “you may well be left the shape for a flattened plastic bottle.”last_img read more

KSI vs Logan Paul sold almost as many PPVs as Jones vs Cormier 2!

first_imgAdvertisementKSI vs Logan Paul was billed as the biggest event on the internet, as the two youtube superstars from the United Kingdom and the United States went toe to toe with each other exchanging heavy leathers in front of a sold-out crowd of 21,000 fans at the Manchester Arena in London.The fight took place at the early hours of the morning as per IST and with millions of people watching the fight online through different means. This was truly a historic event for YouTubers and many also compared it to Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather of YouTube world and both guys collectively had over 37 Million subscribers.The fight, however, wasn’t free and came with a price tag of 10 USD or 7.5 GBP or ₹668.00. Although the price wasn’t insanely high like Mayweather vs McGregor which cost around $100, still many people were found watching the fights via illegal streaming channels.More than 800,000 people were watching the official live stream of the fight at its peak by officially purchasing the fight and others were found using illegal twitch and periscope streams. Just to give our readers a perspective, last year the biggest PPV fight in UFC which took place between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier sold around 850,000 PPV buys and that was a legitimate fight.Over 2 million people were watching the fight on Twitch and periscope combined and one of the twitch streams had around 400,000 people watching the fight card Live.KSI made his internet fame through playing and streaming FIFA on his youtube channel, whereas Logan Paul, the most controversial Youtube star made headlines only a few months ago as he was found vlogging a dead body Aokigahara forest, a notorious suicide spot in Japan, which resulted in him receiving massive online backlash. YouTube temporarily suspended Paul’s sponsored ads, and the star later posted a video apology and pledged $1m (£750,000) to suicide prevention charities.The 21-year-old Jake Paul meanwhile is a former vine star and a Disney channel actor and usually does prank videos on his channel.Also Read-Jake Paul knocks out Deji and shocks everyone by calling out Chris Brown Advertisementlast_img read more

Capital gains for Delhi

first_imgThe heat is on, literally. With the ambient air temperature hovering around the 43 degree Celsius mark in the Capital and other parts of India also facing the heat, playing cricket is not easy.Yet, as teams in the Indian Premier League start focussing on the business end of the tournament, the heat is literal and figurative. In all, the teams have to play 14 matches in the league stage before separating the wheat from the chaff.And with the weekend derby approaching, Delhi Capitals will be fancying their chances against the once formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Feroze Shah Kotla on Sunday.It has been an interesting journey for both the teams till now. In the past, RCB, led by Virat Kohli, have been favourites on paper, though, this time around, they have failed to click as a unit. Kohli was initially struggling with his own batting form before is now finding the sweet spot.The bigger success story has been the rise of Delhi Capitals. Before the start of the season, when the team underwent changes, there was anticipation as well apprehension. Diehard fans, who have been backing erstwhile Delhi Daredevils, knew that with so many changes taking place in the team – including a change in ownership – there was a lot to look forward to.And they have not been disappointed with Delhi Capitals now third in the points table after having played 11 matches till now. It has been a fairly consistent performance from the side, led by Shreyas Iyer.advertisementAt a time when most of the other IPL teams have heavyweights as captains, Iyer has been focussed on the job and has ensured the team goes about its task in a professional manner. Compared to Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and R.Ashwin, Iyer may not have that halo around him. Yet, to marshal the resources on the field and ensure the team, fires have been good for the captain.The Delhi Capitals batting has looked solid and the best part is there has been no dependence on just one player. There is star power and there are proven performers who have clicked at the right time. If Shikhar Dhawan has shown he can be devastating on his day, then the man who must be feeling ‘left out’, Rishabh Pant, has served ample notice of his explosive talent with a whiz-thud 78 against Rajasthan Royals last week.If Dhawan and Pant, two batsmen who can decimate the rival attack have been playing to potential, the job is still unfinished. Delhi Capitals have to play three more league matches and are looking at topping the table so that they will be placed comfortably in the playoffs.While one has always known Dhawan to be a batsman with enormous potential in breaking down the bowlers, Pant has come under great scrutiny. The experts and armchair critics never minced words when they said Pant needs to curb his strokeplay. Yet, when Pant goes about his demolition job and scores runs, the same critics start singing praise.Delhi Capitals have the potential to do well in future matches as big knocks from Iyer and Prithvi Shaw are also due. Iyer was circumspect while talking to the media on Friday about his team’s chances on Friday ahead of the marquee clash against RCB.If Delhi’s batting has looked solid despite the occasional collapse, in the bowling department, Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morrison have bowled with a large heart. For all those who have watched matches at the Kotla, the wicket has been very poor. With no grass on the track and it resembling a runway fit for an aeroplane to land, there has been a low bounce. Perhaps, the home advantage has been used well by Delhi Capitals with Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly quite vocal in backing the youngsters in the side.Delhi would do well to play the way are till now and not get defensive at this stage. For a team to undergo a big shakeup and come together with new players has been impressive.At a time when the IPL is being held at the same time as the general elections, it is good matches are being held on the prescribed old home-and-away format. There is great interest in both elections and the IPL, with one former captain also entering the fray — Gautam Gambhir.Controversies have been part and parcel of the IPL and even today, R.Ashwin “Mankading” Jos Butler is being debated. At a time when Ashwin may not have found too many supporters from fellow cricketers in India, the Kings XI Punjab skipper has been fully backed by well-known umpire Simon Taufel in a well-articulated column in a cricket website.advertisementThe sport needs characters who can stir the spot. So, be it Ashwin involved in a controversy or MS Dhoni entering the field and arguing with the umpires, the IPL is all about club cricket being played at a fever pitch!last_img read more

Region Can Cash In On Heritage Tourism Market

first_imgStory Highlights “The impact of promoting cultural tourism will thus be educational, social and as well as economic,” Mr. Bartlett added. “Over the last decade or so there has been a dramatic increase in the number of tourists, who travel exclusively for the experience of partaking in new, exhilarating and exotic cultures in faraway shores,” he pointed out. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the growth in heritage tourism offers tremendous opportunity for Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.In an interview with JIS NEWS, Mr. Bartlett noted that recent international tourism trends have pointed to a shift from the traditional ‘sun, sea and sand’ phenomenon towards a more interactive experiential form of tourism.“Over the last decade or so there has been a dramatic increase in the number of tourists, who travel exclusively for the experience of partaking in new, exhilarating and exotic cultures in faraway shores,” he pointed out.“According to the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the heritage tourism segment represents one of the highest yield tourism groups, ahead of both traditional mass markets and other niche tourism audiences such as arts,” he noted.He said that heritage tourists spend 38 per cent more per day, and stay 34 per cent longer than traditional tourists.“From the standpoint of the Caribbean, recent research estimates that up to 75 per cent of adults, who visit the region engage in some form of cultural activity or event,” he pointed out.“We believe that Jamaica and other islands in the Caribbean and other exotic regions can be positioned as premier destinations for cultural tourism,” he added.“Indeed, Jamaica, like most other Caribbean islands, is widely known for its myriad of spices and herbs, its native food preparation techniques and dishes, its many exotic fruits and grains, its music, its dance forms, its language  and other aspects of its exotic culture,” he said.Mr. Bartlett said the exotic, exhilarating culture of the islands hold tremendous potential to promote sustainable tourism development in the region by aligning the tourism sector with cultural preservation and  infusing more of the cultural element in tourism packages.“This will ensure that tourists visiting these islands will not only get an opportunity to partake in local culture and heritage but will also develop a profound appreciation and respect for the cultures of others,” he further highlighted.He said that ordinary citizens will also benefit as they will get increased opportunities to showcase and market their cultural and creative products and services though craft vending, street food establishments, island tours, food festivals, musical and cultural concerts, art exhibitions; and visits to museums, galleries and heritage sites.“The impact of promoting cultural tourism will thus be educational, social and as well as economic,” Mr. Bartlett added. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the growth in heritage tourism offers tremendous opportunity for Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.last_img read more

Future uncertain for Bowbazars jewellery hub

first_imgKolkata: The jewellery industry in Bowbazar stares at an uncertain future, after being badly hit due to the effect of the damage caused by the tunnel boring work of East-West Metro.The All India Gem & Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) will prepare a list of the artisans who have been hit due to its impact and will submit it to Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRCL), seeking compensation. “The jewellery shops are located on the main stretch of B B Ganguly Street but the workshops of the artisans associated with these shops are located in and around Durga Pithuri Lane, Syakra Para Lane and Gour De Lane that have been affected badly. 350 such artisans working in 85 workshops located in this area are now at a complete loss as they have been asked not to go and work in the workshops,” said Bablu De, working president of Swarna Silpa Bachao Committee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDe said that during the Pujas there is usually brisk business for the jewellery shops and the workshops in the area are abuzz with activities. “The papers of transaction and other documents of orders and even raw materials for the manufacture of jewellery are lying trapped in several workshops and the shops are being unable to cater to the orders given by customers,” pointed out Tagar Poddar, general secretary of Bangiya Swarnashilpi Samity. Initially, when the collapse of the houses was reported, 36 shops on B B Ganguly Street were closed by the administration citing safety concerns. The matter was taken up with the top brass of Kolkata Police, Mayor Firhad Hakim and MLA Tapas Roy, who is also a resident of Bowbazar and after some days, the shops were allowed to open.last_img read more

Trans Mountain granted injunction against pipeline protesters at two BC sites

first_imgParker was also unsuccessful in his request for an order requiring the removal of a structure called the Watch House, sayingit’s on a pipeline right of way and would cause significant safety risks.“I’m sensitive to the concern of those who created this Watch House, that it is of considerable significance to them,” Afflecksaid of the structure that was erected near the Burnaby Terminal on Saturday, when people marched against the pipeline. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Protesters must be restrained from obstructing the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, says a British Columbia Supreme Court judge who has granted the company an injunction aimed at preventing people from entering within five metres of two work sites.Justice Kenneth Affleck said Thursday he felt it necessary to make a decision on the second day of a hearing instead of issuing a written order involving outraged demonstrators who have blocked vehicles and workers at the Burnaby Terminal and the Westridge Marine Terminal.The injunction is indefinite, allowing Trans Mountain to continue work it’s legally entitled to do after the federal government approved the twinning of an existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby in the belief it is in the best interest of Canada, Affleck said. Trans Mountain has said that while protests began last November, it sought an injunction after demonstrators began intensifying their blockades recently when trees were being cleared. It said construction at the sites in Burnaby, B.C., is expected to last until December 2020.Affleck agreed with lawyers for two of 15 named defendants in a notice of civil claim that a 50-metre perimeter as part of aninterim injunction he granted last week was too broad because it encroached on private property and trails.Trans Mountain’s lawyer, Shaun Parker, requested a structure called Camp Cloud near the Burnaby Terminal be removed, calling it a “hotbed of aggressive activity” for protesters who want to “destroy the project.”But the judge said it will stay.“In my view there has to be a means of allowing the protesters who object to this work to remain reasonably close to the site,” Affleck said. “The plaintiff is going to have to tolerate a certain amount of agitation.”center_img He said Trans Mountain would have to demonstrate any emergency need to remove the Watch House but would then have to replace it.Casey Leggett, a lawyer for one of the defendants, said citizens have a constitutional right to protest the expansion of the pipeline.“The inconvenience, which my friends call a blockade, hasn’t gotten to the level of establishing irreparable harm,” Leggett said.He read from affidavits presented in court by a Trans Mountain lawyer, saying the company’s security staff noted protesters have sometimes stood peacefully at or near access roads to two marine terminals in Burnaby without disrupting vehicles or workers and left after police arrived.He said in one case, a woman was seen praying on a road and didn’t engage with security staff while on another day a woman sat in a lawn chair as vehicles were guided around her at slow speed.Affleck said while the first protesters’ conduct was unobjectionable, the second woman had no right to sit in the middle of a public road and the police would be justified in removing her.The judge also suggested Leggett was cherry-picking incidents that did not involve blockades aimed at stopping work at the terminals.Leggett replied that Trans Mountain had done the same and also focused on blockades rather than inconvenience, which he said does not justify an injunction.Activists have said they will continue opposing the $7.4-billion project despite the injunction.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

So you wanna be SD60 Trustee visit the candidate information meeting tonight

first_imgThe five electoral areas are shown below:Area 1: Cecil Lake, Goodlow and Clayhurst – one trusteeArea 2: Prespatou, Buick, Rose Prairie, Doig RiverFirst Nation, Blueberry River First Nation, North Pine, Montney and Wonowon (east) – one trusteeArea 3: Hudson’s Hope, Upper Cache, Tsay Keh Dene Nation and Williston Lake – one trusteeArea 4: Taylor, Baldonnel and Two Rivers – one trusteeArea 5: Fort St. John, the Upper Halfway, Halfway River First Nation, Wonowon (west), Charlie Lake, Pink Mountain and north to Mile 225 on the Alaska Highway – three trusteesIn order to be eligible to run, you must be over the age of 18, have lived in B.C. for at least six months and be a Canadian citizen. Candidates don’t have to live in the electoral area where they’re running. School District #60 trustees receive an annual indemnity of $13,045 that is paid monthly.Voting day goes on October 20th. For more info click here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – So you wanna be an SD60 Trustee? Then visit the School District 60 candidate information meeting Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.The event will show residents exactly what it is like being a trustee for a district with approximately 6,000 students.During this year’s election, seven people will be voted in to represent five electoral areas.  Current board members Bill Snow, Erin Evans and Ida Campbell have all decided to run again while Candace Dow, Jarret Thompson and Linda Stringer will step down.last_img read more

Overlooked for top job Vice Admiral moves tribunal

first_imgNew Delhi: Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma has approached an armed forces tribunal seeking to know why he was overlooked as the next navy chief despite being the senior-most in the line of command, official sources said Monday.The government last month named Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as next chief of the naval staff, succeeding Admiral Sunil Lanba who retires on May 30. The government made the selection following a merit-based approach and did not go with the tradition of appointing the senior-most eligible officer to the post. Vice Admiral Verma is senior to Singh and was among the contenders for the top post. Sources said Vice Admiral Verma had approached an armed forces tribunal in the national capital to know why the government ignored his seniority. His petition is likely to be taken up Tuesday, they saidlast_img read more

Morocco Condemns Belgian State Secretarys Allegations of Human Rights Violations

Rabat – Via its embassy in Brussels, Morocco has strongly condemned the remarks of the Belgian Secretary of State for Migration Theo Francken, who accused Morocco of having a “distrustful regime” and disrespect for human rights.In an interview published on October 7 by the Belgian newspapers, La Libre Belgique and La Dernière Heure, the Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration made the comments while justifying his decision to invite an official Sudanese delegation to Belgium as a way to identify and repatriate undocumented Sudanese migrants.Francken went on to say that, beyond Sudan, “there are a lot of regimes that we [Belgium] distrust, from countries where human rights are not respected. We cannot talk to Morocco either. Reading reports from the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, I can only see violations [of human rights], all over Africa, the Middle East […] almost all over the world.” Morocco was quick to react to the xenophobic accusations of Francken. Through its embassy in Belgium, Morocco expressed its “deep protest and deep indignation following the statements of the Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration,” reads a statement addressed to the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The diplomatic representation of the kingdom said that Francken’s statements testified to “a proven lack of knowledge of the mechanisms of cooperation and permanent dialogue between the two countries on all subjects,” judging that his statements “are politically unacceptable and utterly inappropriate.”The embassy wrote that these kind of “hazardous, provocative and untimely statements” are regrettable, especially as they were spoken by a member of the Belgian government. Further, the response notes that the two countries have reached “an exceptional degree of density at all levels the support of a multifaceted cooperation and strong and high-level friendship.”The Moroccan embassy recalled that the steps taken by Morocco in the consolidation of the rule of law and respect for human rights no longer need to be demonstrated and are today recognized and welcomed at all levels, by Belgium, the European Union and the international community as a whole.The xenophobic statement has also earned the Belgian representative criticism from civil society in Belgium. At its head, the president of the League of Human Rights, Alexis Deswaef, accused Francken of “acting as a bandit.”“Theo Francken violates the European Convention on Human Rights, and acts like a ‘bandit,’ in secret, knowing that what he is doing is illegal, and that a secretary of state can lower himself to do this for his political project of cleaning up Brussels rather than tackling the substantive issues is lamentable.”This is not the fist time Francken has spoken against Morocco. In 2011, he attacked Moroccan immigrants, accusing them of “bringing no added value to Belgium.” In 2007, he accused the Moroccans of being “little b–tards.” read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Companies in the news:Transat A.T. (TSX:TRZ). Up $4.96 or 42.1 per cent to $16.75. Quebec’s securities tribunal has barred a developer’s offer to buy up Transat shares, halting Group Mach’s bid to block the tour operator’s sale to Air Canada. The decision comes one day after the country’s largest airline upped its takeover offer by $200 million in an effort to win shareholder support for its bid to take Transat private. The new offer would see Air Canada spend $18 per share, rather than $13, bringing the total offer to about $720 million, up 38 per cent from a previously announced bid worth $520 million.Inter Pipeline Ltd. (TSX:IPL). Down 57 cents or 2.3 per cent to $24.24. Shares in Inter Pipeline Ltd. fell after soaring late last week on news that it had rejected an unsolicited takeover from an unnamed bidder. During a conference call Friday to discuss second-quarter results, company executives refused to comment on a Globe and Mail report that cited unnamed sources regarding a $30-per-share cash offer. In mid-afternoon, however, after trading was halted, Inter issued a brief statement confirming there had been “an unsolicited, non-binding, conditional and indicative proposal,” without giving any details about the date, price or the identity of the bidder.Canfor Corp. (TSX:CFP). Up $6.46 or 73.4 per cent to $15.26. Canfor Corp. shares surged after a Jim Pattison Group company made a $16 a share bid to take the company private. Pattison’s Great Pacific Capital Corp., which already owns about 51 per cent of the lumber producer, made the all-cash offer over the weekend that was a 60-per-cent premium to the company’s 60 day average price and an 81.8-per-cent premium to Friday’s close. Great Pacific says the proposed transaction, which values Canfor at about $2 billion, will allow for the elimination of the significant costs related to maintaining a public company listing and allow for reinvestment of that money in the company’s operations.CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX:TRST). Down $1.17 or 27.8 to $3.04. The wild ride for CannTrust Holdings Inc. shareholders continued Monday after the company’s stock plunged on news that its manufacturing facility in Vaughan, Ont., has been rated non-compliant by Health Canada. The company says it was notified by Health Canada on Friday and added that remedial actions were underway. The share swing marks a second consecutive volatile trading session, as shares initially fell Friday morning, only to roar back late in the day to close more than 40 per cent higher. The decision by the regulator was based on an inspection in July following revelations that Health Canada had found the company’s greenhouse in Pelham, Ont., to be non-compliant.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Down 16 cents to $23.80. Barrick Gold Corp. reported a second-quarter profit of US$194 million compared with a loss of US$94 million a year ago. The gold miner, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says on an adjusted basis, Barrick says it earned $154 million or nine cents per share in the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $81 million or seven cents per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected a profit of nine cents per share, according to the financial markets data firm Refinitiv.The Canadian Press TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,237.77, down 103.57 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down eight cents, or 4.42 per cent, to $1.73 on 8.6 million shares.CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX:TRST). Health care. Down $1.17 or 27.79 per cent, to $3.04 on 6 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Materials. Up three cents, or 0.62 per cent, to $4.89 on 5.5 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down 17 cents, or 0.77 per cent, to $21.99 on 5.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up 10 cents, or 1.76 per cent, to $5.79 on 5.3 million shares.TSO3 Inc. (TSX:TOS). Health care. Up four cents, or 10.39 per cent, to 42.5 cents on 4.4 million shares. read more

Oilsands firms considering diluent recovery units to boost crudebyrail volumes

Companies in this article: (TSX:CVE, TSX:IMO)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Ongoing pipeline project delays and growth in crude-by-rail capacity from Western Canada are leading some oilsands producers to consider spending billions of dollars to build diluent recovery units.Oilsands bitumen is a thick, sticky oil which must be diluted with about half as much light petroleum to flow in a pipeline, but diluent isn’t needed for rail transport because the product can be heated for loading and unloading.Eight Capital analyst Phil Skolnick says in a report that building diluent recovery units at Alberta rail-loading terminals would free up about one-third of the space in the railcar to improve the efficiency and overall profitability of sending bitumen by rail to refineries in the southern U.S.In a recent interview, Cenovus Energy Inc. CEO Alex Pourbaix said his company is actively investigating building a unit at its terminal near Edmonton which would cost between $800 million and $1 billion.He says it would be capable of processing up to 180,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen, thus recovering about 60,000 barrels per day of diluent to be returned to its northern Alberta oilsands projects.Rich Kruger, CEO of rival producer Imperial Oil Ltd., said on a recent conference call that his company has been considering building a diluent recovery unit for several years but has ruled against it for now because of the high cost and market uncertainties.“DRUs in some cases can provide attractive returns, but more importantly, they can also improve the landscape of crude-by-rail and egress (to the tune of about 190,000 bpd of incremental bitumen if all 600,000 bpd of crude-by-rail used a DRU),” wrote Skolnick in his report.“However, reduced costs and maximum diluent recycling are key to making this effort work. These current hurdles are likely reasons companies aren’t in a rush to build them yet.” read more

UN applauds decision by oil firm to halt exploration in DR Congo

In a press release today, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) welcomed the announcement that Soco now joins Shell, Total and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) in pledges not to undertake extraction activities within the agencies’ World Heritage Sites.“The World Heritage Committee has always taken a very clear position that oil and mining exploration and exploitation are incompatible with the World Heritage status of natural sites on the World Heritage List,” said UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre Director Kishore Rao.“It is encouraging that this position is now more and more accepted in the oil and mining industry and is also used as a criterion for several large investment banks.“We hope that the Government of DRC will follow up on this commitment by SOCO and cancel all the oil exploration permits granted within the Virunga National Park, as requested also by the World Heritage Committee.”Soco, in a joint statement with the World Wildlife Fund agreed “not to undertake or commission any exploratory or other drilling within the legendary park unless UNESCO and the DRC Government agree that such activities are not incompatible with its World Heritage Status.”Soco further announced it would not conduct any operations in any other World Heritage site and would ensure that any current of future operations in buffer zones adjacent to World Heritage sites do not jeopardize the Outstanding Universal Value for which these sites are listed, UNESCO said. Famous as a home for the rare mountain gorilla, Virunga National Park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979 for its exceptional diversity of ecosystems, ranging from snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains to the wetlands of Lake Edward.The site was seriously impacted by the past years of conflict in the DRC. The site has also been on the List of World Heritage in Danger since 1994 due to the impact of the conflict in the Great Lakes region, and UNESCO recently condemned violence against wardens there, some 150 of whom have been attacked since 1996. read more

Deadline nears for AODA and human rights training

The University would like to remind the Brock community that all staff and faculty are legally required to complete AODA and Human Rights training by May 31.To do so, simply follow the link to the appropriate Sakai page and complete and submit the applicable modules. Afterward, you can click on the “feedback” button to get a sense of how you did in the quizzes.This online training does not replace the Accessible Customer Service training which you will have already completed. However, Brock University is legally required to provide both training modules on an ongoing basis. These two training levels help ensure that Brock provides accessible customer service, and that the University builds accessible and inclusive policies, employment and information/communication practices.For more information, go to the AODA Training page.If you have questions regarding the training, or want to request an accessible format or in-person training, contact Brock’s AODA Coordinator Christopher Lytle at clytle@brocku.ca or x5454. read more

Like father like son for Ohio State wrestlings Tom and Jake Ryan

OSU redshirt freshman Jake Ryan during a match against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Jan. 17. OSU won 21-17. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorOhio State coach Tom Ryan has a special relationship with all of his wrestlers, but he might be forgiven for admitting he has a closer bond than usual with redshirt freshman Jake Ryan.The two share more than a last name. They also share blood ties, being father and son.Jake Ryan joined the team last season after coming to OSU by way of Olentangy Liberty High School, where he was a star wrestler.Tom Ryan has been the wrestling coach at OSU since 2006, having come from Hofstra University, where he spent 11 years at the helm. Before that, he was an assistant at Indiana and a standout wrestler at Iowa.It’s no wonder his son picked up the sport.“He definitely introduced me to it, but he never forced me and never made me do anything,” Jake Ryan said. “It is a big factor as to why I fell in love with the sport. When you’re pushed really hard like that from a father’s aspect, it makes the sport less fun.”He started wrestling at age 6 while the family was living in New York.Tom Ryan developed a sharp eye for skill through his years of coaching, and even when his son was in elementary school, he recognized that Jake had talent.“He was strong and stayed in good position,” the coach said. “You hope that at some point he loves it enough to continue to do it at this level. There is only one way to continue at this level. You have to have some sort of love for it.”Jake Ryan was Olentangy Liberty’s first two-time state placer, and despite being recruited by universities like Duke, he said he had no doubt he would wear scarlet and gray.Being in such close proximity to his family was a huge factor in his decision to come to OSU. They are never far away whenever he wants a home-cooked meal or to visit his siblings.OSU wrestling coach Tom Ryan. Credit: Courtesy of OSUOf the four children in the Ryan family, only Jake has taken up competitive wrestling at the collegiate level. His younger brother, Teague, died at the age of 5 of a congenital heart condition, which is shared by his older brother, Jordan. The family also has a daughter, Mackenzie, who is 15.The youngest Ryan son showed great promise in the eyes of his father before he died.“Not only do I have a son on the team, but I have another son who wrestled, as well, that had equally, if not more, talent as a young kid that never got the opportunity to do this,” the coach said. “It puts both (himself and Jake) in a very unique scenario.”Tom Ryan said he thinks his family’s situation — losing an athletically gifted son, yet still having another one able to wrestle collegiately —  transpired in an unlikely manner.“It makes the scenario almost one in a million,” the coach said. Even through tragedy, both Jake and Tom Ryan have persevered to earn their way to this point. The coach led the Buckeyes to their first team title last season, and his son has wrestled his way into the top 25 in the nation at the 157-pound class with a 13-2 record this season.Both of the Ryans said they feel fortunate to have this chance before them.“We are both extremely grateful,” the coach said. read more

Good Lord Im back says Tony Blackburn as he returns to BBC

first_img Show more 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. He’s back! https://t.co/SpdbGd6Tqe— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) December 31, 2016 Blackburn will also present an hour-long Radio 2 show at 7pm on Fridays, starting later in January.In the New Year’s Eve show, running from 8pm to 11pm, he will play classic tracks from the likes of Michael Jackson, The Temptations and Dionne Warwick. The BBC said it stood by its decision to take Blackburn off the air, but added that he would be returning.Blackburn has strenuously denied suggestions that he “seduced” Claire McAlpine – who later took her own life – after inviting her back to his flat following a recording of Top Of The Pops in the 1970s.The DJ, who first broadcast on Radio 1, denied in evidence that he had ever been made aware by the BBC of the complaint against him, even though the corporation told the Dame Janet Smith inquiry he had been. Tony Blackburn returned to the BBC airwaves announcing “Good Lord, I’m back”, 10 months after being sacked over evidence he gave to the Jimmy Savile inquiry.The 73-year-old broadcaster presented a three-hour live show, Soul Party, on Radio 2 for New Year’s Eve and opened with the Gloria Gaynor classic I Will Survive.He said as his slot began: “It’s New Year’s Eve, it’s BBC Radio 2 and what do you know? Good Lord, I’m back.”Blackburn was welcomed back by Sir Roger Moore who tweeted about his return. The DJ said: “I’ve just had a tweet from Sir Roger Moore, ‘He’s back!’ Fantastic.”He also said: “One or two people are saying where have you been for the last eight months? Well, I went for a long walk and got lost. Somebody found me yesterday.”Blackburn’s return to the corporation was announced in October, with the I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! winner saying he “can’t wait” to get started.The DJ had threatened to sue the BBC and claimed he had been made a “scapegoat” after being taken off air in February.Later, announcing his comeback, he said: “I have had a difficult year personally, but I’m pleased to be returning to the BBC and can’t wait to get behind the mic again.”last_img read more

So here it is Christmas FM returns to the airwaves

first_imgLast year, the radio station broke its own fundraising record by raising over €265,000 for Make-a-Wish Ireland. To date it has raised €850,000 for charities around the country.The main radio frequencies for Christmas FM are:Dublin City and County 105.2FM,Limerick 105.5FM,Galway 87.7FM,Kildare 88.1FM,Kilkenny 104.3FM,North Midlands 101.6FM,Cork 106.7FM,South East 103.8 FM,North East 99.4FM,South Wicklow 106.6FM andNorth Wicklow is 107.3FM. 21,555 Views So here it is: Christmas FM returns to the airwaves All funds raised this year by Christmas FM will go to Focus Ireland’s homelessness campaign. Nov 28th 2016, 11:33 AM Short URL 15 Comments It’s official! @Christmasfm FM broadcasts begin on Nov 28th @ 1pm with our charity partner @FocusIreland Full FM freq list TBC. Please RT— Christmas FM (@christmasfm) November 13, 2016 WITH CHRISTMAS MARKETS open for business and lights now on throughout the country, the season is well and truly underway as Christmas FM comes back to bring festive songs to the airwaves. Christmas lights on O’Connell Street Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandReturning at lunchtime today, the radio station will play Christmas songs round-the-clock right up to 25 December and will donate all of the funds raised to Focus Ireland.Every cent raised this year will go towards the charity’s aim of supporting 300 families out of homelessness this year. Recent figures have shown that the number of homeless families has increased sharply in recent years.Sinead Price, co-director fundraising at Focus Ireland, said their aim of helping 300 families out of homelessness would “make a real and lasting difference” to those involved.Funded entirely through sponsorship and supported by over 100 volunteers who assist with on-air production and promotion, Christmas FM will be broadcast from the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin, who has given the studio space for free. Monday 28 Nov 2016, 11:33 AM http://jrnl.ie/3106260 Source: Christmas FM/Twitter By Sean Murray Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandCheck out the station’s website for digital and online listening options.Read: Christmas FM starts today so it’s officially Christmas in IrelandRead: Everyone’s favourite festive station made a stockingful of charity cash this Christmas Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share976 Tweet Email6 last_img read more

SWAT team finds suspect dead in his apartment

first_imgThe Southwest Regional SWAT Team was called at 11:48 p.m. Sunday to a report of domestic violence at a unit in the Regency Apartments, 11301 S.E. 10th St.Sgt. Kathy McNicholas said there was an argument between a woman and man. The woman left to call police. She was not harmed.After a shot was heard, about 10 officers responded, including five on the SWAT Team.Getting no response from the man in the apartment, officers employed a robot and had a Bearcat armored vehicle on the scene, McNicholas said.Finally, at 3:22 a.m. Monday, officers entered the apartment and found the man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.No names were released.last_img read more

Journalist Amanullah Kabir passes away

first_imgAmanullah Kabir. Photo: UNBEminent journalist Amanullah Kabir passed away at a hospital here early Wednesday. He was 71.The veteran journalist was undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and breathed his last around 12:45am.Amanullah Kabir was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the BSMMU on 2 January with diabetes and other complications.Earlier on 5 January, he was admitted to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases after suffering a massive heart attack. He was later taken to the coronary care unit from the emergency unit.He has been working as the Senior Editor of the online news portal bdnews24.com.He served as executive editor of the Independent, news editor of The Daily Star, editor of Bangla Daily Amar Desh, and chief editor and managing director of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS).last_img read more