Cruise to Bangladesh likely from March

first_imgBuoyed by successful trial of cargo movement to Bangladesh via the inland waterways protocol route, India is now preparing to exploit the path for the purpose of tourism, an official said. A trans-boundary river cruise operation is expected to commence from Kolkata in March next year through Sunderbans to Bangladesh and then to connect the northeastern destinations by private operators, a senior official said. “Bilateral secretary-level meetings between India and Bangladesh were held in October. It has been decided that one of the river cruise operators would be starting operations from March, 2019 from Kolkata through Sunderbans via the protocol route to Bangladesh and then to northeast,” Member, Inland Waterways Authority of India, S.V.K. Reddy said. Mr. Reddy was in the city to participate in a transport seminar organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) recently. Bangladesh shipping secretary Abdus Samsah had earlier said that private players will be allowed to operate river cruise between the two countries, which will cover about 1,539 km. Both sides also agreed to allow private operators to run cruise to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. Mr. Reddy said night navigation facility has been installed up to the Indian border while Bangladesh is expected to do the same. He said India has agreed to fund up to 80% of the dredging cost in some identified stretches within Bangladesh in the Indo-Bangla protocol route to make it navigable. Regularly, 15-20 barges carrying fly ash are now heading to Bangladesh and navigation up to the Indian border is smooth, he said.last_img read more

Manny Pacquiao presence in ‘Rising Stars’ card inspires young boxers

first_imgMiguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight PLAY LIST 02:40Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight00:50Trending Articles01:05Amir Khan claims Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Saudi Arabia bout02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Pacquiao is the only boxer in history to have won World titles in eight weight classes.Ringstar Asia CEO Scott Farrell, who’s working with Pacquiao’s MP Promotions for the Rising Stars fight card, said that Pacman’s achievement is not an impediment for other boxers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I won’t say it’s a shadow, it’s more of inspiration because he’s there as the ultimate goal whom you want to reach.  And with him here tomorrow and getting involved in the promotion and with the way he is, I think that’s going to be fantastic.”“It’s going to inspire these young boxers to try to emulate what Manny Pacquiao achieved, and he’s giving them all the support they need to go further in this sport and hopefully, one day, become multiple World champions themselves.” “Most of the boxers here are as good as anyone in the world and the challenge I should say is there’s never been a real platform over in Asia where you could showcase their talents,” said Farrell.“We will have big fights here in Manila and around Asia to really grow the boxing scene as good as, if not better, than the west.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James misses NBA playoffs for first time in 14 yearscenter_img MOST READ Boxers in the Rising Stars card. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines’s boxing history is as illustrious as anything in the world with the likes of Pancho Villa, Gabriel Elorde, Gerry Peñalosa, Dodie Peñalosa, Dado Marino, and of course Manny Pacquiao representing the country in prime athletic greatness.This type of history also creates an insurmountable mountain to climb for the other up and coming boxers from the Philippines,  especially with Pacquiao dominating sport during his prime in the 200s and early 2010s.ADVERTISEMENT Farrell has been working hand-in-hand with Pacquiao in promoting the fight card that features a couple of IBF World title eliminators.Michael Dasmariñas will face Kenny Demecillo in an IBF World bantamweight title eliminator with the victor getting a shot at champion Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico.A similar stipulation is placed for the fight between Rene Cuarto and Samuel Salva with the winner getting a chance to fight IBF World minimumweight champion DeeJay Kriel of South Africa.Farrell said that he and Pacquiao are giving the otherwise lesser-known Filipino boxers the platform to build up their brand in a wider audience.Rising Stars is set to air live on ABS-CBN while also getting broadcast live to almost 40 countries including a delayed telecast in the United Kingdom and Canada.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIES View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

England ease into World Cup semi-finals

first_imgEngland cruised into a second consecutive Women’s World Cup semi-final courtesy of a dominant 3-0 win over Norway on Thursday.After the unsavoury narrative surrounding England’s ill-tempered last-16 win over Cameroon, the focus was back on football in the quarter-finals and, with defenders Steph Houghton and Millie Bright fit to start, Phil Neville’s side controlled proceedings.Jill Scott netted in a third different World Cup to put the Lionesses ahead, before Ellen White scored her sixth finals goal – the most ever for an England player – and fifth of this tournament. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The irrepressible Lucy Bronze added a brilliant third and England were able to take their foot off the pedal for the final 30 minutes, running out comfortable winners even with Nikita Parris missing a late penalty.England were beaten by Japan in the last four in 2015 but will have the opportunity to improve on that performance against either hosts France or defending champions the United States.It was a flying start for England, who recorded their fastest ever Women’s World Cup goal, timed at two minutes and six seconds.Bronze stormed down the right and pulled the ball back from the byline for Scott to prod in off the left-hand post after White initially missed her kick.Parris should have done better as she shanked wide after working space on her left foot in the area, before White crashed a powerful strike against the post from a similarly promising position.The two made amends five minutes before the break, though, as Parris squared for White – compared by Neville to Alan Shearer and Michael Owen – to tap into the net.4 – Ellen White is the second English player to score in four consecutive FIFA World Cup appearances after Gary Lineker between 1986 & 1990 – she is the first English player to do so in a single edition. Unremitting. #FIFAWWC #NOR #ENG #NORENG— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 27, 2019And a slow start to the second half was quickly forgotten when Bronze powered into the roof of the net from 20 yards following a right-wing Beth Mead free-kick in the 57th minute.Houghton cleared off the goal line from Lisa-Marie Utland in a brief England blip, while Karen Bardsley denied Isabell Herlovsen, but Neville’s side could have had a fourth.Captain Houghton was shoved to the ground in the area by Maria Thorisdottir and Parris took the spot-kick, only for Ingrid Hjelmseth to save well and limit the damage for Norway.Key Opta Facts:- England have reached the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup in back-to-back editions of the tournament (also 2015); they had never reached the final four in the competition before this.- Norway have been eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the Women’s World Cup for just a second time (also 2003 v USA), having previously progressed from four of their five ties at this stage.- Norway have been eliminated from the Women’s World Cup by England in consecutive tournaments (also 2015 last 16); England are the second nation to knock them out of more than one edition of the competition (also USA, 1991 and 2003).- Ellen White is now England’s outright record goalscorer at the Women’s World Cup (six goals), with her strike today moving her ahead of Fara Williams (five).- White is the second English player to score in four consecutive FIFA World Cup appearances after Gary Lineker between 1986 and 1990 – she is the first English player to do so in a single edition.- Jill Scott (2007, 2011 and 2019) is only the second ever player to score in three separate Women’s World Cup tournaments for England, after Fara Williams (2007, 2011 and 2015). read morelast_img read more

Tenders Called for Richmond County Paving Project

first_imgA road-paving project scheduled for this summer will make for smoother travel through one of Cape Breton’s most colourful Acadian regions. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has called for tenders to repave Route 320 on Isle Madame from about five kilometres north of the intersection of Route 206 for 4.5 kilometres north toward D’Escousse. “Part of our continuing efforts to restore Nova Scotia’s highways, this project will be beneficial to the communities of Isle Madame,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Visitors to this picturesque area will benefit from the smoother ride, as well.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney.last_img read more

Gang rape accused thrash survivor

first_imgGreater Noida: A 25-year-old gang rape survivor was allegedly thrashed by three persons who demanded her to withdraw her complaint against them. Cops said that the woman was thrashed in Knowledge Park area of Greater Noida on Wednesday when she was going for work. According to police, the woman, a native of Vijay Nagar area in Ghaziabad, worked as a receptionist at a private college in Greater Noida. She was married to a man in Greater Noida around seven years ago. However, she broke up the marriage after being gang raped by a few persons from her in-laws and started living separately with her two kids. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkCops said that the woman had alleged two of her husband’s brother and a brother-in-law to have gang raped her. A case in relation with the incident was filed at Beta-II police station of Greater Noida while police had filed a charge-sheet in case and the hearing was scheduled on Thursday at Surajpur district court. “On Wednesday morning, a passerby informed police that a woman was lying on road and is critically injured. A police team rushed to the spot and took the victim to a nearby hospital from where doctors referred her to a hospital in Ghaziabad. The woman told police that she was going to receive her salary at the college, three bike borne criminals – Rahul, Sachin, and one unnamed – attacked her with iron rod,” said Arvind Pathak, Station House Officer at Knowledge Park police Station. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe victim in her complaint told police that Rahul and Sachin are brothers of victim’s husband and were previously involved in raping her, around an year ago. Soon after victim filed a case against them, they have been threatening her to withdraw the case. Meanwhile, police have registered as case of attempt to murder against three named and one unnamed person based on the statement of the victim. “Based on the complaint received from victim, a case has been lodged under relevant sections of IPC against four persons. The victim have received serious injuries, efforts are being made to arrest them,” added Pathak.last_img read more

More harassment allegations expected after Manitoba asks former staff for input

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba’s premier says he is expecting an upswing in allegations now that the province is encouraging former civil servants to share their experiences as part of a review of government harassment policies.“The goal here is to make sure this is a harassment-free place, that the government — not just here in the building, of course, but more broadly — is a safe place for your children to come to work,” Pallister said Tuesday.The Progressive Conservatives announced a “no wrong door” policy in February after female staff came forward with allegations that a former NDP cabinet minister tickled and groped them. The women alleged that their complaints about Stan Struthers, who left politics in 2016, were never addressed.Former NDP premier Greg Selinger said he never saw the behaviour but he apologized and later resigned his legislature seat.Pallister has said there were also two complaints about inappropriate conduct reported since the Progressive Conservatives took office in 2016. He has not revealed details but has said the situation was dealt with “to the satisfaction of the complainant.”The government hired a law firm to review policies around such complaints and has started consultations with current employees.Former public servants and political staff have now been invited to participate through written submissions and a survey. The government says the information will be kept confidential.“We are dealing with this harassment issue and we are dealing with it openly,” Pallister said.The survey’s goal is to determine the nature and prevalence of harassment, to hear about people’s experiences reporting it and to gather recommendations for improving the workplace.Pallister wouldn’t say how many more allegations had been made but said numbers are expected to increase when “you create a culture that’s more open, where people are more confident they can come forward.”Manitoba’s New Democrats set up a separate commission following the allegations against Struthers and released a report during the party’s convention earlier this month. The report said there had been a “toxic culture” of sexual harassment and bullying in the party.NDP Leader Wab Kinew said they plan to enact the report’s recommendations, which including mandatory anti-harassment training. But creating a “safer space for everyone” must involve all parties, he said.“There are a few things we need to do with other parties or the government because we can’t control things like the civil service.”The firm hired by the government is expected to submit its report and recommendations this summer.last_img read more

The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, Feb. 21———‘WE HAVE A VOICE’ — TEENS MARCH ON WHITE HOUSE: A snapshot of America’s gun debate unfolded outside the White House on Wednesday, on the fringes of a youth-led march where teenaged demonstrators drew cheers from adult bystanders and horn-blasts of support from motorists. It was one of several protests across the country, as schools in Maryland and Virginia saw students spill out to voice their impatience with generations of politicians who have resisted taking meaningful action on gun control. There were also protests in Florida, where a school massacre revived the national debate. Students chanted in the halls of the legislature and stormed into the office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott, demanding a meeting. The marches got support from parents, teachers, and school principals. In some cases, the approval was tacit: “Our principal was like, ‘Because I’m the principal I can’t really say you should walk out. But I’m not gonna stop you,’” said one Maryland teen, 16-year-old Jennifer Rodriguez. So they took the metro to Capitol Hill and marched to the White House, chanting, “We have a voice. We have a voice” and, “No more violence! No more silence!” and, “Hey-hey, ho-ho, the NRA has got to go.”———TODDLER MISSING, THOUSANDS EVACUATED DUE TO FLOODING: Torrential rains and mild temperatures pushed the Grand River in southern Ontario to breach its banks Wednesday, forcing thousands of people from their homes and touching off a search for a missing toddler. Local officials near the town of Orangeville, Ont., were bracing for tragedy as they scoured the swollen river for a three-year-old boy who went missing after the car he was riding in got swept off a washed-out road. Ontario Provincial Police Const. Paul Nancekevell said the boy’s mother was driving near the river around 1 a.m. on Wednesday when her vehicle plunged into the rapidly rising waters. One other local official, however, said the effort was being viewed as a recovery operation rather than a rescue effort. The unexpected surges prompted a different kind of crisis nearly 100 kilometres away in Brantford, Ont., where officials declared a state of emergency due to flooding. About 4,900 people in roughly 2,200 homes are currently under an evacuation order covering neighbourhoods surrounding the river after the unseasonable conditions dislodged an ice jam near the city.———TORIES GREENLIGHT BROWN’S QUEST FOR LEADERSHIP: Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives are allowing ousted leader Patrick Brown to run as a candidate in the spring election, greenlighting his bid to reclaim the party leadership. The decision was announced Wednesday by a party committee tasked with vetting Brown, who was forced to resign as leader amid sexual misconduct allegations, and three other candidates vying for his former job. Since joining the leadership contest on Friday, Brown has been dogged by allegations of mismanagement and corruption, which have led one Tory legislator to file a complaint with Ontario’s integrity commissioner. He’s also been accused of exaggerating membership numbers after an internal audit found the party has about 67,000 fewer members than the 200,000 Brown has previously taken credit for. The 39-year-old politician, who was a federal Conservative MP for Barrie, Ont., under prime minister Stephen Harper, has denied all allegations against him and vowed to continue his fight until his party defeats the Liberals in the June election.———TEACHERS’ UNION GETS STRONG STRIKE MANDATE: Nova Scotia’s public school teachers have given their union a strong mandate to authorize an “illegal job action” over pending education reforms, the head of the province’s teachers union said Wednesday. Liette Doucet said 93 per cent of the union’s membership participated in a vote Tuesday, and 82.5 per cent voted in favour of authorizing an illegal strike or some other job action. No job action is imminent, however, she said. Doucet said the union wants Premier Stephen McNeil and Education Minister Zach Churchill to hold talks with teachers on proposed education reforms before passing any legislation. “Today, instead of announcing when job action will take place, the NSTU is inviting government to work with us,” Doucet said. “We are willing to do whatever it takes to protect the future of public education in Nova Scotia.” Doucet said if the union decides to take some kind of job action it will give parents enough notice to make alternate arrangements for their children, but she didn’t say how much time that would be.———B.C. WINE INSTITUTE CHALLENGES ALBERTA WINE BAN: British Columbia’s wine merchants say an Alberta ban on their product is having a crushing impact on the grape business and they plan to go to court to try to stop it. The B.C. Wine Institute says it has told the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission that it will seek a court injunction in Calgary as early as Monday to halt the two-week-old ban pending a legal review of its constitutionality. Miles Prodan, president of the institute, said a survey of some members showed at least $1 million in lost revenue in the ban’s first week and another $4 million in losses are projected by month’s end. Alberta has said B.C. takes in $70 million a year on sales of 17 million bottles of wine to Alberta. Prodan said he has yet to hear about layoffs, but some wineries are putting expansion plans on hold pending a resolution to the dispute. The B.C. government is challenging the ban as a violation of Canadian free-trade rules, but that will take months to resolve. The institute speaks for 276 wineries and 923 grape growers who employ more than 12,000 people.———TECHNOLOGY GIVES FACE TO MOTHER OF BABY FOUND DEAD: Police have released a high-tech image they say is a likeness of the mother of a baby girl found dead in a dumpster on Christmas Eve. They have also released a composite sketch of the baby. Police say the mother’s image was produced by a company in Virginia that specializes in DNA phenotyping, which can predict physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA. It’s the first time Calgary police have used the technology. As part of that investigation, police found biological material at the scene that they sent in for the DNA phenotyping. The results indicate that the mother is likely to be of mixed race — possibly of Metis or Indigenous descent — with fair skin. Her hair is described as dark, probably brown or black, and her eyes are hazel that may also appear green. Schiavetta said the technology cannot predict age, weight, height or hairstyle. Schiavetta said investigators hope the image will lead to tips that help find the mother. An autopsy showed the baby was breathing on her own at some point after being born.———BECCA LAID TO REST, IN SORROW AND GRATITUDE: A New Brunswick teen who inspired a movement dedicated to spreading acts of kindness was remembered Wednesday as a courageous, big-hearted person who never let her terminal diagnosis get in the way of celebrating the generosity of others. More than 700 people gathered at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Riverview, N.B., for an ecumenical funeral service in honour of 18-year-old Rebecca Schofield, who died of brain cancer on Saturday. In December 2016, when doctors determined she had only months to live, Schofield drafted a bucket list that included a request for people to record personal acts of kindness on social media with the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo. Her feel-good campaign attracted the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who recognized Schofield’s “inspiring commitment to community” in a February 2017 tweet. New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant called her an “amazing young woman” whose selfless dedication to helping others would inspire others for years to come. From as far away as Australia, people posted accounts of good deeds, ranging from holding the door open for someone to sending a box of bath items to Canadian soldiers in Kuwait.———MONTREALER FIGHTS FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS: Lawyers say the case of a Montreal writer who said his insurance company refused to pay him disability benefits due in part to online postings is a reminder to people to watch what they put on the internet. Literature professor Samuel Archibald published a letter in La Presse earlier this month detailing his struggles to get disability benefits after being diagnosed with severe depression. Archibald wrote that his insurer had refused his claim in part because of photos on Facebook and Instagram that showed him jogging or playing with his children. Lawyer David Share says companies are increasingly using social media as a quick and easy way to find grounds to deny insurance claims. He says that while the issue of social media monitoring raises privacy concerns, thus far there are few government regulations in place to stop it. Share says the best advice is for people to be very careful about what they post online.———BILLY GRAHAM DREW BIG CROWDS IN CANADA: The Rev. Billy Graham is being remembered in Canada for drawing big crowds to evangelical campaigns he led across the country over four decades. The celebrated preacher who was a confidant to U.S. presidents died Wednesday at 99 at his North Carolina home. Fred Weiss was 12 years old when he attended a few days of a week-long crusade at Calgary’s McMahon stadium in 1981. Weiss, who is executive director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada, had watched Graham on TV and heard his gospel message all his life. He says he was struck by the consistency and simplicity in the way Graham preached at the Calgary event. Graham led 13 crusades in Canada between 1955 and 1998 — the first took place over a month at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.———FOOTWEAR COLLECTOR, PHILANTHROPIST SONJA BATA DEAD AT 91: Collector and philanthropist Sonja Bata, whose collection of global footwear treasures formed the basis of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, has died. The museum’s acting director Sheila Knox says Bata passed away Tuesday evening at Toronto Western Hospital, surrounded by friends and family. She was 91. Bata began collecting footwear in the 1940s, and her fascination with design and history led to a collection of more than 13,000 artifacts chronicling 4,500 years of history. Born in Zurich, Switzerland to a prominent family of lawyers, Bata studied architecture until meeting Czech-Canadian Thomas Bata, the heir of a global shoe manufacturing and retail empire. The two wed in 1946 and the young woman soon joined her husband on business trips around the world, developing a passion for collecting rare and traditional footwear along the way. She is credited with creating the most comprehensive collection of historic footwear in the world, and building the Bata Shoe Museum into a world-renowned institution in downtown Toronto.last_img read more

Winnipeg family whose 4 year old son needs transplant is getting the

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsA Winnipeg family is in need of a transplant for their young son and are now spreading the word for more Indigenous people to become donors.Tanner McLeod is four and a half years old and has a rare blood disorder.“He has been diagnosed with a rare form of anemia,” said mom Miranda McLeod. “They call it sideroblastic anemia. Apparently, there’s very few Manitoban’s that have been diagnosed with it.”They learned of the boy’s condition when he was six-months-old.He goes for regular blood transfusions every three weeks.It’s an all-day process that starts with getting needles at nine o’clock in the

MINURSO Morocco Convenes Meeting With GCC Countries at the United Nations

United Nations – Morocco has called for a meeting with Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates) at level of Ambassadors on Monday morning, a source from inside the United Nations told Morocco World News. The meeting comes to discuss the latest developments concerning the draft resolution that will be submitted to the Security Council for consideration on Tuesday.The same sources told Morocco World News that the United States, the penholder of resolutions on the Western Sahara has submitted the draft resolution it prepared over the weekend to the Group of Friends of the Western Sahara without informing Morocco of its content. In addition to the United States, the Group of Friend of Western Sahara includes France, the United Kingdom, Russia and Spain.In the past, the US had by practice previously consulted with Morocco before submitting the draft resolution to the other members of the Security Council.An UN expert who has been following negotiations on the draft resolution told MWN the US move might signal they text it prepared might include provisions that are not in favor of Morocco, such as the call for the return of the civilian component of the UN mission in the Sahara, MINURSO.The same said Morocco’s decision to request a meeting with GCC countries responds to the need to mobilize these countries and urge them to put on pressure on the influential members of the Security Council to avoid the adoption of any resolution that might go against Morocco’s interests.During the first Morocco-GCC summit last Wednesday, the six members of this regional block expressed their full support for Morocco’s sovereignty on the Western Sahara.“We stress our support to all political and security causes that are important for your brotherly country, mainly the Western Sahara,” King Salman of Saudi Arabia said during the opening speech of the Morocco-GCC summit. read more

Pilot suspected of drinking arrested at Minnesota airport

MINNEAPOLIS — A Delta Air Lines pilot suspected of drinking before his flight at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has been arrested.A report by airport police says the pilot had an “alcoholic container” in his possession and was suspected of being impaired. He was scheduled to fly to San Diego, California, Tuesday morning.The Star Tribune reports that the pilot, who lives in Rosemount, Minnesota, was released about three hours after his arrest. Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan says final toxicology results are pending, so the case is still under investigation.Delta said its alcohol policy “is among the strictest in the industry and we have no tolerance for violation.” The Atlanta-based carrier says it’s co-operating with investigators.The Federal Aviation Administration prohibits any pilot from flying within eight hours of drinking alcohol.___Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.comThe Associated Press read more

2 women appointed to senior UN posts for gender issues humanitarian relief

Rachel Mayanja, currently the Director of the Human Resources Management Division at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is slated to become Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, moving back to the UN from the Rome job that she had held since July 2000. She succeeds Assistant-Secretary-General Angela King, who retired earlier this year.Ms. Mayanja, a national of Uganda, joined the UN shortly after the 1975 UN World Conference for Women. She holds law degrees from Makerere University in Uganda and Harvard Law School in the United States.The new Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator will be Margareta Wahlstrom. She most recently served as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in charge of relief, reconstruction and development. From 2000 to 2002 Ms. Wahlstrom was a consultant on emergency response issues and strategic and organizational development.Ms. Wahlstrom, from Sweden, succeeds Carolyn McAskie, who is now Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Burundi and chief of the UN Operation (ONUB) in the Central African nation. She holds a degree in Economic History, Social Anthropology and Political Science. read more

SMMT announces agenda for International Automotive Summit

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has announced the plenary programme for the 2011 SMMT International Automotive Summit.Stephen T Odell, Ford Group Vice President and Chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe, will be the keynote speaker at the event, which takes place in Westminster on 28 June. Odell’s address will start the day, followed by a Q&A session and panel debate with industry experts representing the breadth of the automotive sector to explore what the UK has to offer the global motor industry.Sessions on the transition to ultra-low carbon transport and the future of car retailing continue the programme, before a leading government minister will give an overview on where the automotive industry is heading and its role in the wider economy.Throughout the day, parallel sessions will also run on topics such as low carbon commercial vehicles, raising investment, increasing export potential and the evolving world of vehicle remarketing. Full details on these sessions will be announced soon, along with confirmation of speakers.Summit plenary programme:09:30    Opening remarks                          Justin Webb09:45    Industry keynote speaker                          Stephen T Odell10:30    What UK plc has to offer the global motor industry                        Panel debate11:15    Refreshment break12:00    Technology: moving towards an ultra-low carbon future                  Panel of speakers and Q&A13:30    Lunch14:30    The changing face of car retailing                Panel of speakers and Q&A 16:15    Political keynote speaker17:00    Closing remarks                 Paul EverittDelegate numbers are strictly limited, and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. To book your place at the SMMT International Automotive Summit, please visit or contact Charlene Harry on 020 8267 5657 or   To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Richard Sargood on 0845 450 4195 or to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Electricity cost drop expected at TransSiberian Golds Far East of Russia mine

first_imgTrans-Siberian Gold’s Asacha mine is set to benefit from government-backed incentive measures to support the development of the Far East of Russia.The company reported that it has entered into a new electricity supply agreement with Kamchatskenergo, which will supply power to Asacha at a reduced price of RUB4.69/kWh ($0.07/kWh).The agreement with Kamchatskenergo, a subsidiary of RAO Energy Systems of the East Group (part of the RusHydro Group), is for an initial period of 12 months.Alexander Dorogov, CEO of TSG, said: “Power is a significant production cost and we are pleased to have secured a substantial cost saving with the support of the regional Government of Kamchatka. We are grateful for this, which affirms the Far East of Russia as an attractive place for gold mining.”Meanwhile, operational performance at Asacha continued to improve in the second half of 2018. In the December quarter, improving gold grades led to higher output, the company said. This meant the company was expected to slightly exceed the upper end of its 2018 gold production guidance of 36,000-40,000 oz. The results will be confirmed in a production update later this month.In the most recent trading update, the company said construction of the underground de-watering pumping facilities at Asacha continues, albeit slightly behind the original planning timetable. Completion of the permanent facilities is expected to be achieved by May 2019.last_img read more

Zurich reports a 228 mean gender pay gap for 2018

first_imgInsurance provider Zurich has reported a 22.8% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2018; this is a decrease from 27.3%, as reported in 2017.The organisation reported gender pay gap data across its two legal entities, Zurich Employment Services and Zurich UK General Services, in line with the government’s reporting regulations and in time for the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2019.The regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the differences in mean and median hourly rates of pay for male and female full-time employees, the gap in mean and median bonus pay for men and women, the proportions of male and female employees awarded bonus pay, and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.Zurich’s 2018 median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 22.6%; this is a reduction from the 27.4% it reported in 2017.The organisation’s mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the 12 months up to 5 April 2018, which does not take into account part-time employees, is 51.9%; this is higher than last year’s figure of 47.2% The median gender pay gap for bonus payments is 44.9%, compared to 34.2% in 2017. Over the current reporting period, 95% of both male and female employees received bonus payments.Approximately three in 10 (31%) employees in the highest pay quartile at Zurich are female, compared to 33.3% in the second quartile, 44.3% in the third quartile and 62.7% in the lowest pay quartile. In total, 46% of the organisation’s workforce is female.Tulsi Naidu, UK chief executive officer at Zurich, said: “I am pleased to announce our gender pay gap has reduced to 22.8%. While this is a great step forward, there is clearly more to do to reduce both the hourly pay gap as well as the bonus gap.”Zurich attributes its gender pay gap to the fact that it continues to have fewer women employed in senior and technical roles. Zurich posited that fewer women than men apply for its senior roles in part because flexibility needs to be made more clearly available across all levels of the business.The organisation’s stated that its gender pay gap for bonuses is influenced by its number of female part-time employees; the majority (93%) are women, but the calculation for the bonus gender pay gap does not consider pro-rated bonus payments. Furthermore, the number of one-off payments for talent attraction or retention was higher in 2018 than 2017, which also contributed to Zurich’s increased bonus gap.To address these issues, Zurich will continue to promote its flexible working programme, FlexWork, operate intern, apprentice and graduate career entry routes, with 50% of 2018’s intake being female, and provide a youth skills programme, to encourage school students to take up a career in insurance.Zurich has been running a gender-focused employee group, Women’s Innovation Network (WIN), for the past five years. This now has 800 members in the UK, a quarter of whom are men. WIN has three focus areas: networking, cultural change and career development.The organisation has also looked to its recruitment practices, challenging its partners to deliver diverse shortlists for all management vacancies, using screening software to ensure adverts appeal to a wide range of applicants, and ensuring that all interviews are conducted by at least two managers, ideally with a mix of gender and ethnicity.Furthermore, Zurich’s UK executive team is measured on diversity and inclusion as part of their performance management objectives and required to sponsor at least one employee network group and mentor at least three employees.Naidu added: “We are confident that we will continue reducing our gender pay gap year on year. Not only is this simply the right thing to do, it is critical to our business performance. It enables us to attract and retain the best talent and makes us more representative of our customers.“Everyone should be able to succeed at Zurich, regardless of their background, and we are committed to ensuring this is the case.”last_img read more

New Uberlike app helps Cubans get around islands capital

first_imgHAVANA (WSVN) — A new app similar to Uber is helping Cubans get around the island’s capital.Sube, which is Spanish for “get in,” is a fitting name for a transportation app that’s connecting its users to nearby taxis in Havana.Cuba to begin full internet access for mobile phonesHowever, unlike Uber, Sube drivers and passengers can negotiate prices.While the app is still in its early testing phase, there’s already more than 3,000 users.Some drivers are calling it a massive success.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Black Detective on NYC Mayors Security Detail Cites Bias in Suit

first_imgThe Associated PressA police detective assigned to the security detail for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) has sued the city, saying he faces discrimination because he is Black.Erin Fitchett said in a $10 million lawsuit in Manhattan federal court Sept. 6 that the New York Police Department maintains a secretive process allowing all-White supervisors to refuse to promote deserving Black detectives.(Stock Photo)A city law office spokesman said the lawsuit was without merit.Fitchett joined the mayor’s detail in 2004. The lawsuit said he was a bodyguard for de Blasio’s children until last year, when he began directly serving the mayor, including sometimes driving his vehicle.He said a new supervisor reassigned him to “invisible and superfluous jobs,” including spending a 17-hour shift in freezing temperature outside the mayor’s mansion.last_img read more

Best of Last Week – New type of planet found workload sharing

first_img © 2014 ( —It’s been a busy week for space scientists—a team of astronomers discovered the first Thorne-Zytkow object—it’s a weird type of hybrid between a red supergiant and a neutron star that looks like a regular red supergiant, except it has a different type of chemical signature, giving it away. Another team of astronomers found a new type of planet: The ‘mega-Earth’. It’s rocky and weighs 17 times as much as our own planet. And yet another team has found that surprisingly strong magnetic fields challenge black holes’ pull. Black holes surveyed had magnetic strength equal to their gravitational pull, the first such direct evidence of it. In related news, theories suggest there should be equal amounts of antimatter and matter in the universe, yet we’re not able to detect any unless we create it ourselves. Now a CERN experiment takes us one step closer to discovering where all the antimatter went. Surprisingly strong magnetic fields challenge black holes’ pull Also, graphene has been in the news an awful lot lately, due to its many interesting properties, yet because of its two-dimensional nature, it’s been limited in some respects. Now, however, scientists have found stronger 3-D material that behaves like graphene, making it easier to create the devices that were supposed to be based on graphene. In another groundbreaking effort, researchers have developed a new way to make laser-like beams using 250x less power—it’s fueled by electricity instead of light. Also groundbreaking was a report that a new therapy wiped out cervical cancer in two women. Two out of nine patients underwent complete remission. That’s very good news.In news on another front, scientists may have found a cure for laziness, as MIT lab designs workload-sharing robotic limbs. Why do heavy lifting all by yourself when you could strap a robot on your back and have it do all the work for you? It may be the wave of the future.And finally, for those people feeling squeamish about dying, comes word from researchers in Boston as Harvard confirms antique book is bound in human skin—they believe the skin came from a woman who went insane and died from a heart attack back in the 19th century. For those looking to avoid a similar fate, by not dying at all, one team of researchers has found the anti-diabetic drug metformin slows aging and lengthens lifespan—at least in roundworms. We’ll still have to wait to see if it might work for us humans, of course, but at least it gives us something to hold onto for now. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Citation: Best of Last Week – New type of planet found, workload sharing robot limbs and clues about where all the antimatter went (2014, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The newly discovered ‘mega-Earth’ Kepler-10c dominates the foreground in this artist’s conception. Its sibling, the lava world Kepler-10b, is in the background. Both orbit a sunlike star. Kepler-10c has a diameter of about 18,000 miles, 2.3 times as large as Earth, and weighs 17 times as much. Therefore it is all solids, although it may possess a thin atmosphere shown here as wispy clouds. Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA) Explore furtherlast_img read more

KMC gears up to put an end to illegal parking woes across

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation has taken a slew of measures to address the issue of illegal parking in the city. Mayor Firhad Hakim, along with senior officials of the Parking department, held a meeting with Kolkata Police on Friday to discuss the various steps that can be taken in this regard.”We will install glow-signboards along with rate chart at all parking lots in the city. This will enable the people to have a clear idea of the fees they need to pay for vehicle parking. The police have been urged to keep an eye on the boards and ensure that such boards are safe and secure,” said Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parking) Debasish Kumar. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe KMC has decided to gradually bring the parking lots in the city under CCTV surveillance, which will help them address any issue regarding parking in a more effective manner. “We had urged the Kolkata Police to organise joint raids from time to time, to curb illegal parking,” an official said. The KMC has identified around 700 places in the city marked for taxi parking, which are being used for parking other vehicles. “We will ensure that these places should be earmarked only for cabs,” Kumar said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateKMC has requested Kolkata Police to keep sergeants for supervision of the parking lots. “People often do not have the time to go to the police station for lodging complaints of harassment or extortion at the parking lots. If sergeants are deployed in and around the area, then they can register the complaints of the victims,” the official said. The KMC has showcaused three agencies for malpractice in parking and if their answers are found to be unsatisfactory, then they will be blacklisted. “We are now lodging complaints with police stations when there are allegations of extortion or other malpractices on the issue, so that there is strong action,” the official added.last_img read more

Flamingo Potrero News

first_imgNo related posts. In celebration of Costa Rica’s Independence Day on Saturday, Sept. 15, the Club de Niños Committee of Potrero will sponsor two community events. Following a morning parade by the Potrero elementary school band, the committee will serve typical Costa Rican dishes in the plaza. Costa Rican historical memorabilia will also be on display.At 1 p.m., the committee will host a Bingo game in the Salón Comunal of Potrero. Prizes include small household electronics, gift baskets and cash. Food and beverages also will be available for purchase. The cost is ₡2,000 ($4) per game, and proceeds benefit the Club de Niños of Potrero. For more information, contact Lindsay, director of Abriendo Mentes, at 8704-3830.At the Flamingo Beach Hotel there is a small kiosk on the south side of the hotel, facing the beach by Playa Vida Costa Rica. It now offers local water sports such as paddle boarding, jet skis, boogie boards, kayaking and snorkeling, ATV tours, banana boat rides and beach equipment rentals. For more info, call 2654-4444 ext. 3301.Ever heard of “snooba diving?” It’s a rather new concept that’s all about shallow-water diving. The system was developed to bridge the gap between snorkeling and scuba diving. There is no safer, easier or more enjoyable way to experience the thrill and wonder of breathing underwater. Snooba does not involve the bulky equipment, intensive training, and certification associated with scuba diving. It is a great way to have a safe and fun adventure with the entire family (suitable for 8 years and up). For more info, check out Snoobavida Adventures at 2654-5961 or 8817-8347.Mar y Sol Restaurant in Flamingo is closing Sept. 1 for the green season and will reopen in November. –Babe Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Brazils feud with US on spying raises tensions at UN

first_imgNo related posts. UNITED NATIONS — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff used her role as the first speaker at the United Nations General Assembly to call alleged U.S. spying on her government and citizens an “affront” to Brazil’s sovereignty.“Never can the sovereignty of one country suffer under the sovereignty of another country,” Rousseff, 65, said Tuesday. “Never can the rights to security of the citizens of one country be guaranteed by violating the fundamental human rights of the citizens of another country.”Rousseff spoke immediately before U.S. President Barack Obama and one week after she called off a state visit to Washington — which would have been the first for a Brazilian head of state since 1995. The cancellation stemmed from espionage allegations based on documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.As the possibility of a greeting between Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani dominates news about the opening of the General Assembly session, tensions with Brazil over alleged NSA spying are among other challenges including Syria confronting Obama and the United States as world leaders gather in New York.“There’s this huge question of Syria and the murder of 120,000 people,” said David Schenker, the director of the program on Arab politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “That’s been overshadowed by the Rohani love fest.”Revelations about NSA surveillance against both Brazil and Mexico, Latin America’s biggest economies, have chilled relations and may prompt a U.S. response, said Carl Meacham, director of the Americas program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington policy group.“These are obviously countries that are influential,” Meacham said in a telephone interview. “A lot of people think the president may actually address some of these concerns” by speaking with Rousseff, or by having Secretary of State John Kerry meet with his Brazilian counterpart.The U.S. also has yet to say whether it will grant a visa for travel to the U.N. gathering by Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir. The International Criminal Court is seeking Bashir’s arrest and trial on charges of war crimes in Darfur.Beyond negotiations with Russia on plans to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons and convene peace talks, progress on resolving the Syrian civil war, at this point, requires addressing discontent by Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf allies that back the opposition to Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Schenker said.“The Gulf is apoplectic with the U.S. policy on Syria,” he said. “I don’t know how much of it we’re going to see, but there will be side meetings.”Stumbling blocks with Russia persist over whether a U.N. resolution should include a provision allowing the use of force to ensure resolutions are followed, said a U.S. State Department official who asked to not be identified citing policy.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Kerry are scheduled to meet today and U.S. officials said they will wait to see what gaps remain after their discussion. Later this week, Kerry is to meet again with Lavrov, U.N. special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, and representatives of other countries that support the Syrian opposition.The absence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping in New York means there will be “fewer opportunities for leaders to put pressure on Russia and China over their behavior over Syria,” Richard Gowan, associate director of New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, said yesterday by e-mail.“Leaders will doubtless make many emotional promises to increase humanitarian assistance to suffering Syrians, but experience shows that these high-profile pledges often go unfulfilled,” Gowan added.More than 100,000 people have died since the turmoil in Syria broke out in March 2011, with millions displaced internally and spilling into neighboring Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, threatening their economic stability, according to UN data. UN organizations have appealed for more financial support, saying they have received only 40 percent of the $4.4 billion they need to help the Syrian people.With assistance from Bill Faries in Miami. © 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more