Bolt looking to his first football start in Sydney

first_imgSydney, Oct 10 (AFP) Sprint superstar Usain Bolt looks set to make his first start as a professional footballer Friday, a challenge he said could determine if he has a future in the sport of his boyhood dreams.Bolt said the coach of his Central Coast Mariners, Mike Mulvey, had indicated he would be in the starting line-up in a friendly against Macarthur South West United in Sydney.”For me, that’s always a good step, when the coach is satisfied with your fitness to put you in the starting line up — that’s always a big step,” Bolt told Mariners’ club media Wednesday.”I am just happy to get the chance and go out there and start, and do my best because that is the key thing.” The eight-time Olympic champion made his footballing debut in late August in a 20-minute cameo as a substitute on the left wing, nearly scoring but tiring quickly.Bolt said he had improved his fitness since, and expected to spend more time up front.”My movement and my touch is much better now,” he said. “I’ve learnt how to set my body and where to place the ball.” The A-League has been struggling in recent years with fewer fans and dwindling TV ratings, with football chiefs hoping the arrival of big names like Bolt will boost local interest.The 100m world record holder said he expected some nerves when out on the pitch, but was excited by the opportunity to prove his worth as a footballer.advertisement”This will be a big game. I think it will determine if the club makes up its mind on what to do with my career. So for me it’s a very important game,” he said.”I’m looking forward to prove myself.” AFP BSBSlast_img read more

UDC Moves to Restore Financial Viability

first_imgThe management of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is moving to contain operating expenses, as part of measures to improve the agency’s financial viability.General Manager of the Corporation, Desmond Malcolm, says coming out of an Auditor General’s report, which found several operational efficiencies and “huge losses”, an operational programme has been set in motion.“The UDC Board and Management decided to come up with a number of initiatives which, in effect, would stop the bleeding of the company … reducing the loss and ensuring that, as quickly as possible, the UDC can move from a loss position to a break-even position,” he stated.He was addressing a press conference held recently at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, to indicate the way forward for the organisation.As part of the improvement measures, Mr. Malcolm informed that the UDC will be taking “a serious inventory” of energy management and stationery use throughout its entire operation with a view to cutting costs.“We will also be monitoring salaries, allowances, travel, and so on, to reduce or at least contain those expenses,” he pointed out.Turning to the operations of the Montego Bay Convention Centre, the General Manager told JIS News that focus will be placed on reducing energy costs and marketing the facility.“One of the areas of high expenses is energy and we do have plans to make the Convention Centre more energy efficient … it was discovered that there are issues of massive underground water leaks and high water bills. We were able to effectively deal with that, so much so, that our water bill has dropped by as much as 400 per cent. We are also going to focus a lot on marketing because that is where the heart of this operation is. We need to get conventions and other activities going on in this centre so we can, at least, reach a break-even position,” Mr. Malcolm said.He informed that several proposals have been put forward for the use of the facility, including casino gaming and accommodation, and there is a suggestion to develop the property across from the centre through a partnership arrangement.The UDC General Manager said another option being “seriously looked at” is leasing the facility to an operator.“I don’t think that operating a convention centre, necessarily, is the best thing for the UDC. So that is another option for us, to lease the assets to an operator, and developing the land across the street for a hotel or any other such business that would bring economic activity to this area,” he stated.Contact: Glenis A. Roselast_img read more

EPOC Supports Government’s Management of Public Bodies Surpluses

first_img The Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) is supporting the proposed reintegration of public bodies generating significant financial surpluses into central Government.The move, which is slated to commence in July with three entities, is among nine new public sector transformation structural benchmarks contained in the revised Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies underpinning the administration’s precautionary Stand By Agreement (SBA) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The initial shortlisted entities are the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF); Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund; and Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA).Co-Chairman of EPOC, Keith Duncan, says it “makes a lot of sense” to reintegrate the entities, reroute their revenues into the Consolidated Fund and provide them with budgeted allocations for their operations.“It makes no sense for us to be carrying cash surpluses in so many entities and the Government (has to be) borrowing funds (from) other entities. So the move to integrate these public bodies where applicable or suitable is welcomed by the EPOC,” he added.He was speaking at EPOC’s quarterly media briefing at the Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Group’s head office in New Kingston on Friday, May 19.Meanwhile, Mr. Duncan advised that two of the new benchmarks will be monitored by EPOC.These, he said, are Cabinet submissions for a proposed crisis resolution framework, based on the outcomes of discussions contained in a Consultation Paper, by July 31, 2017; and proposed revision of the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) Act, in line with IMF recommendations, by August 31, 2017.Mr. Duncan also reiterated the importance of public sector transformation in supporting the Government’s growth agenda.“The drive to (attaining) an efficient public sector is of primary importance. Getting that wage to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) number down to nine per cent is very important to ensure that we have an efficient allocation of resources,” Mr. Duncan underscored.Meanwhile the EPOC Co-Chairman advised that another benchmark is on course for implementation this month.This, he indicated, is the institution of mechanisms to ensure full compliance with the provisions of the Securities Retail Repurchase Agreement.“These regulations require that retail repos be governed by a master retail repurchase agreement that is signed by both the dealer and the client. This is to be completed by May 31 and the Financial Services Commission has indicated that we are on track,” Mr. Duncan stated. The Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) is supporting the proposed reintegration of public bodies generating significant financial surpluses into central Government. The move, which is slated to commence in July with three entities, is among nine new public sector transformation structural benchmarks contained in the revised Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies underpinning the administration’s precautionary Stand By Agreement (SBA) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Story Highlights The initial shortlisted entities are the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF); Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund; and Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA).last_img read more

Province Making Life Better for Seniors Announces Grant Recipients

first_img legislative amendments to prevent financial abuse of seniors $24 million for better home-care services improving the caregiver benefit fair drug prices funding for personal alert service medication dispenser technology home oxygen and health equipment loan programs more long-term care beds taking the HST off home energy more seniors paying less or no income tax a better property tax rebate funding for necessary home repairs and accessibility changes For more information, including a list of grant recipients, visit www.gov.ns.ca/seniors/positive_aging_fund.asp and http://novascotia.ca/seniors/age_friendly_program.asp. The province continues to make life better and more affordable for seniors and their families by supporting seniors’ efforts to live independently, while working collaboratively with communities to create places where Nova Scotians can live and age well. Nova Scotia’s seniors are safer and able to stay in their homes and communities longer, thanks to the province’s efforts to make life better and more affordable for seniors and their families. “Everything we have today is a result of the hard work, dedication and perseverance of today’s seniors,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “We owe it to them to make sure they have the quality of life and peace of mind they deserve. From home repairs and upgrades, to putting more money back in seniors’ hands, to better home-care services, we are giving seniors what they want — more options to live comfortably at home.” The province announced today, May 3, that 28 municipalities and non-profit organizations would receive grants from the Positive Aging Fund and the Age Friendly Communities Program. “Seniors look forward to participating with various groups and organizations that help keep them independent and involved in their communities,” said Campbell-Cole Harbour Senior Citizens Club president Agnes Elms. “We depend on this important funding to make social activities, health tips and safety information available to seniors.” The total amount of the grants is more than $170,000. Premier Dexter announced the support at the Dartmouth Seniors Service Centre, which provides several activities and programs, including Meals on Wheels. “For recipients of Meals on Wheels who are homebound, the volunteer making the delivery might be the only social contact those seniors have,” said Dartmouth Senior Service Centre executive director Tanya Swinamer. “For the volunteer, giving back to the community is a rewarding experience.” The province has introduced and improved a wide range of programs and services for seniors that increase home support services, reduce wait times, help make ends meet and live well at home. These include:last_img read more

Victim wants adult sentence for school shooter who killed 4 wounded 7

first_imgREGINA – The last time Charlene Klyne was in the same room as the teenager convicted in a deadly school shooting in Saskatchewan, he opened fire and shot her in the face.Klyne, who lost her sight after the January 2016 shooting in La Loche, says she doesn’t want to be in the same room with him when his sentencing hearing starts Tuesday.“I just want him to be sentenced as an adult. He was two weeks short of being an adult,” Klyne said last week in Regina.“He looked at people in the eye and just fired. You’re an adult. It wasn’t a kid’s game. It’s not a kid’s game. You don’t shoot people for a game.”Klyne was a substitute teacher in the La Loche high school when the shooting happened.She said she remembers seeing the shooter through the window of her classroom door and the gun being raised. Everything went red because the pellets went into her eyes and she had a hard time with breathing because so there were many pellets in her neck.Then the shooter was gone.Teacher’s aide Marie Janvier was in the room, too, and ran for help, but the shooter came back. Janvier was killed.Klyne was one of seven people wounded that day in the high school. Janvier and teacher Adam Wood were killed.Two brothers, Dayne and Drayden Fontaine, were shot in their home.The teen, who can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has pleaded guilty to the first-degree murders of Janvier and Wood and to second-degree murder in the deaths of the Fontaine brothers. He also pleaded guilty to seven counts of attempted murder.Provincial court Judge Janet McIvor has set aside two weeks — the first starting Tuesday and another in June — to determine if the killer should be sentenced as a youth or an adult.The Crown has served notice that it wants an adult sentence.The maximum youth sentence for first-degree murder is 10 years in custody. An adult receives an automatic life sentence and, under a new provision for multiple murders, can receive consecutive periods of parole ineligibility of up to 25 years for each victim.Defence lawyer Aaron Fox said last fall that there are many factors to consider in an application to sentence a young person as an adult, including moral culpability, lack of a criminal record and level of cognitive or social development.No agreed facts about what happened — including a motive — were submitted to the court when the guilty pleas were entered last October.At the time of the shooting, the teen’s friends described him as the black sheep of his family and a victim of bullying at school. One person said the teen was often teased about his large ears.Another student kept a screenshot of a chilling exchange that took place on social media just before the shooting.“Just killed 2 ppl,” said the message. “Bout to shoot ip the school.”Klyne said the severity of the crime warrants an adult sentence.“I don’t think of a child grabbing a gun and shooting people … seven he wounded; four he killed. A child doesn’t do that.”It could also be tough for Klyne to get to the hearing, which is being held in Meadow Lake, Sask.Klyne has been living in Saskatoon, about 300 kilometres southeast of Meadow Lake, since the shooting because she needs continuous medical treatment.She lost all vision in her left eye, can only see dark shadows in her right eye and has numerous pellets lodged in 13 different spots from her jaw to her chest. She’s been told it’s too risky to have surgery to remove the pellets.She can’t drive anymore and doesn’t want to put stress on her family.“He wrecked my life. He wrecked my family’s life. He’s wrecked a lot of people’s lives,” she said.“I have a 96-year-old father. He wrecked his life. People phone him and tell him that I’m dying in the hospital. How is that fair to do to a 96-year-old man? He’s just wrecked everybody’s life.“Enough is enough.”last_img read more

Miami Dolphins Running Back Kenyan Drake Hosts Childrens Charity Event

first_imgMiami Dolphins’ Running Back and Smile Train Ambassador, Kenyan Drake recently hosted an event in Long Island on June 2 at Caumsett State Park to raise awareness and funds for Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity.Kenyan Drake attends Smile Train’s Second Annual Family Fun DayDuring the event, Kenyan led the warm-up and stretch activity, followed by a 2.4 mile walk (on a paved loop) with Smile Train’s supporters.Donations from the event are still coming in, but so far, the event has raised more than $20,000, which is enough to help 80 children receive 100%-free cleft repair surgery. This surgery will drastically improve these children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, and speak over time. For more information about how Smile Train’s sustainable approach, please visit smiletrain.org.last_img read more

Cyclone Fani moving towards Bangladesh no major impact in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: People of West Bengal heaved a sigh of relief as severe cyclonic storm Fani weakened on Saturday morning and was moving towards neighbouring Bangladesh, a senior official of the regional meteorological centre said. The city witnessed wind speeds of 30-40 kmph with moderate to heavy rainfall overnight, he said. There was no report of any casualty or major damage in the districts through which the cyclone passed, officials said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Fani is likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further over the next six hours. “It is very likely to move further north-northeastwards and enter Bangladesh around noon as a deep depression with wind speeds of 50-60 kmph, gusting to 70 kmph,” Deputy Director General of the Regional Meteorological Centre here Sanjib Bandyopadhyay told PTI. The very severe cyclonic storm weakened into a severe cyclonic storm over the Odisha coast, before moving further north-northeastwards and entering West Bengal through Kharagpur in West Midnapore around 12.30 am on Saturday. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “It has moved to Arambagh in Hooghly and is now in Nadia district…and is moving towards Murshidabad district,” Bandyopadhyay said. A senior official said apart from a few mud houses collapsing and tress falling, there were no reports of casualties from any of the districts. “However, we are awaiting further details,” he added. Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim, along with senior engineers of the civic body and local councillors, was on a night-long vigil in and around the city to keep a tab on the situation. “We had made arrangements to act on an emergency basis had Fani hit the city. But thank god nothing major has happened,” Hakim told PTI. Meanwhile, flight operations resumed at the Kolkata airport at 9.57 am on Saturday, an Airports Authority of India (AAI) official said. Flight services were suspended at the airport from 3 pm on Friday. Train services on the Sealdah and Howrah sections were also getting back to normal, the officials said. Five persons were injured when a portion of the roof of a hutment collapsed on Friday night in the central part of the city’s Beniatola Lane, police said. All the five injured persons were released after treatment. The West Bengal government had taken precautionary measures in East and West Midnapore, North and South 24 Pargana districts, besides Howrah, Hooghly, Jhargram, Kolkata and the Sundarbans. The cyclone barrelled through Odisha on Friday, unleashing copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 175 kmph, killing at least eight people, blowing away thatched houses and swamping towns and villages.last_img read more

Government says no evidence to support claims on Jagath

He also said that Sri Lanka will not support the case filed in Brazil against Jayasuriya. The lawsuits against Jagath Jayasuriya allege he oversaw military units that attacked hospitals and killed, disappeared and tortured thousands of people in the final phase of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009.The criminal suits were spearheaded by the human rights group International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP), an evidence-gathering organisation based in South Africa. Human rights groups in South America had recently filed war crimes lawsuits against Jayasuriya who was Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Brazil. Later Sarath Fonseka said he was prepared to testify against Jayasuriya in court on the alleged crimes committed by him during the war.Fonseka, under who Jayasuriya served during the war, said that he had received information on crimes committed by Jayasuriya. (Colombo Gazette) The Government says there is no evidence to support allegations raised against former Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya.Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana told Parliament that the statements made by Minister Sarath Fonseka on Jagath Jayasuriya are his personal opinion. read more

Security Council outlines measures to deal with conflict poverty in Africa

In a wide-ranging presidential statement that followed statements of representatives from close to 50 nations, the Council underscored the importance of partnership and enhanced coordination and cooperation between the UN, the Organization for African Unity (OAU) and African subregional organizations. It stressed the importance of an intensified cooperation between the UN and the OAU and other organizations to help build capacity in early warning conflict prevention and peacekeeping.The Council expressed its strong support for the decisions of the OAU government leaders to deny recognition to governments that came to power through unconstitutional means and reaffirmed that conflict resolution required, above all, the political will and courage of the parties themselves to seek peace.The Council also underscored that economic rehabilitation and reconstruction were important elements in the long-term development of post-conflict societies and the maintenance of lasting peace, and called for greater international assistance in those areas.In that connection, it stressed that early resumption of international cooperation and development aid to countries where a peace process was being implemented was of critical importance for its success, and emphasized the importance of the role of the donor community and international financial institutions in those instances.The Council reaffirmed its commitment to addressing the problems of conflicts in Africa and poverty and development, the illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons, the problems of refugees and internally displaced persons, the illegal exploitation of natural resources and, social exclusion as a source of intra-State conflicts, bearing in mind that those problems were interlinked. It also expressed its resolve to try to establish the political conditions that would prevent the recurrence of conflict before making a decision to withdraw any peacekeeping operation. The statement, which was read out by Foreign Minister Anil Kumarsingh Gayan of Mauritius, the current president of the Council, reiterated the importance of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in the process of conflict resolution and post-conflict peace building, and noted the lack of adequate resources for effective reintegration programmes. It urged the international community to support such programmes, including through the implementation of quick-impact projects. On a related matter, the Council expressed concern over the effects of conflicts on civilians, including violations of their human rights, underlining the need to address the problem of refugees and internally displaced persons, which, in addition to humanitarian consequences, was a burden on the affected countries and might become a source of conflict. Also today, as part of the Council’s ongoing bid to improve transparency and improve work methods, the 15-member body held a formal “wrap up” session on its activities over the past month. read more

East Timor as UN tallies votes early results show Gusmão with overwhelming

With 12 of the territory’s 13 districts completing the vote tally today, the UN Transitional Administration’s (UNTAET) chief electoral official, Carlos Valenzuela, cautioned that despite the late stage of the counting process, no official statement has been made on the outcome of the election.Final national results will be announced on Wednesday, and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Board of Commissioners – a majority of whom are East Timorese – will certify the official results on Sunday, 21 April.So far, Mr. Gusmão has won 11 districts and a total of 267,615 votes while Legislative Assembly Vice President Francisco Xavier do Amaral has captured one district and a total of 57,536 votes.After all the ballots were accounted for during the first phase of the counting process, the official number of total votes was determined to be 378,538 – or 86.2 per cent of the estimated voter population.Of that total, 336,955 votes have been counted, according to UNTAET. The last remaining district, Baucau, was expected to be finished counting by midnight. The number of invalid votes in the 12 counted districts was 11,804, compared to 325,151 valid votes.Party and candidate agents and independent electoral observers have been present at all 13 counting centres. In the case of four ballot boxes found with broken seals yesterday, the IEC Board considered related evidence and determined that there had been no tampering. Initial reports suggested the seals had inadvertently broken during transport. read more

Apple agrees to legal settlement that could award more than 100 million

by The Associated Press Posted Feb 26, 2013 1:38 pm MDT Apple agrees to legal settlement that could award more than $100 million in iTunes credits SAN JOSE, Calif. – Apple has agreed to give more than $100 million in iTunes store credits to settle a lawsuit alleging that the iPhone and iPad maker improperly charged kids for playing games on their mobile devices.The 2-year-old case centres on allegations that Apple didn’t create adequate parental controls to prevent children from buying extra features while playing free games on iPhones and iPads in 2010 and 2011. Parents who filed the lawsuit in 2011 said they didn’t realize their children were racking up the charges until they received bills or other notifications after the purchases were made. The games that had been downloaded were designed for kids as young as 4 years old, according to the lawsuit.Apple introduced more stringent controls governing in-game purchases as part of a March 2011 update to the software that runs its mobile devices.Under an agreement filed in federal court last week, Apple has agreed to award an iTunes credit of $5 to each of the estimated 23 million accountholders who may have been affected. Parents could receive more if they can show their bills exceeded $5. If the charges exceeded $30, cash refunds will be offered.The lawyers who sued Apple said it’s still too early to determine how many people ultimately will qualify for the iTunes credits and cash refunds. As part of the settlement, the attorneys are seeking $1.3 million in fees, which would be paid by Apple.Apple, which is based in Cupertino, Calif., declined to comment Tuesday.A hearing on the proposed settlement is scheduled Friday in San Jose, Calf. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State womens basketball set for 3 games in 3 days in

OSU junior guard Cait Craft (left) dribbles during a game against VCU on Nov. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 96-86.Credit: Nina Budeiri / Lantern photographerFollowing a three-game home stand, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is set to travel to the Virgin Islands to participate in the Paradise Jam tournament.The Buckeyes are 2-2 for the season after a 96-86 win at home against Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday. OSU is now set to play in three games over a three-day span while in the Virgin Islands. Coach Kevin McGuff said he wants the team to experience the toughness that comes with playing in a tournament.“I want our players to get a feel for that,” McGuff said. “It is a bit challenging physically and mentally and I want them to have to go through that too. I want to push them and challenge them.”McGuff added that he wants the team to get an idea of what it will face when competing in the Big Ten tournament at the end of the regular season. McGuff said playing against different types of teams in a short span will aid the Buckeyes in the future.“We’ll have to adjust some things that we do,” McGuff said. “I think you kind of have to put your team in that position to be ready for something like that later in the year.”Junior guard Cait Craft said there are challenges that come with playing a rigorous schedule.“It is different,” Craft said. “Recovery time is shorter, especially if something doesn’t go your way, (if) you don’t play well you’ve got to get over it much quicker.”Craft said that while she wants the team to get the most out of the experience, the team’s concentration will remain on the games.“You want people to have fun,” Craft said. “At the same time when it’s time to be serious and focus we need to get everybody on the same page.”The Buckeyes will look to gain momentum in the tournament with the help of freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell. Mitchell has led OSU in scoring with 26.7 points per contest this season. Junior guard Ameryst Alston said the upperclassmen of the team respect her as a player and don’t see a need to give her instructions while on the court.“Honestly she really doesn’t need it,” Alston said. “We don’t look at (Kelsey) as a freshman out on the floor. She’s smart enough and she’s earned her stripes to also give direction to the rest of us.”Redshirt-senior guard Amy Scullion is also expected to make an impact off the bench for OSU. Scullion made her return to the team on Sunday against Virginia Commonwealth after initially forgoing her final year of eligibility to attend medical school. In her first game of the season, Scullion scored three points while tallying a team-high seven rebounds against the Rams. Craft noted that Scullion has been a big aid to the team since returning.“Amy is a tremendous help,” Craft said. “She does things well that our team is weak in. She really helps out our weak areas, she has a lot of intangibles that you can’t coach, and having her back is one of the most amazing feelings right now.”OSU is scheduled to face Clemson on Thursday at 1:15 p.m., Wichita State on Friday at 1:15 p.m., and finish against Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. read more

Thai hotel reacts to military coup by extending happy hour

first_img THERE’S BEEN A military coup in Thailand, at least the country’s 12th since 1932 and the second in the past decade.It’s the culmination of a push to end what had become a de facto one-party rule.While the movement that led to the coup was not in itself bloodless, there were few reports of violence in the nation Thursday.That, and the sheer volume of past coup attempts the country has lived through, may be why the instructions given to guests of the Le Meridien hotel in Chiang Mai, in the country’s north, were downright dainty. To combat the effects of the nationwide curfew the military has imposed, happy hour has been extended through midnight, and free Wifi will now be available until further notice, according to a flyer posted on Facebook.Read: Thai army seizes power in military coup SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change last_img read more

After naming will the government make paternity testing mandatory

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS no plans to make paternity testing mandatory.In light of a proposed new law that will make the naming of fathers on birth certificates mandatory, Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Dáil she would not be requiring the tests.The Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014 was published by Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Burton after Cabinet approval earlier this month. Last week, she told the Dáil that the purpose of the bill was to protect the rights of the child. However, she told Fine Gael’s Brendan Griffin, that mandatory paternity testing was not part of that plan.“The fundamental objective of the provision is to ensure that a father’s details are included in the record of the child’s birth. This will underpin the rights of the child under EU legislation to have access to the details of their identity.“It is not intended to introduce mandatory paternity testing for registration of on birth certificates.”Current legislation does not require the father’s name to be provided at the time of registering the birth.The Bill would make it compulsory for this information to be provided. Provisions are made in the Bill for not providing the father’s name in exceptional circumstances.Read: New law would make it complusory for fathers’ names to be included on birth certslast_img read more

Le typhon Nesat fait 18 morts et 35 disparus aux Philippines

first_imgLe typhon Nesat fait 18 morts et 35 disparus aux PhilippinesLe bilan du typhon Nesat, qui a frappé mardi l’île principale des Philippines, s’est à nouveau alourdi faisant état de 18 morts tandis que 35 personnes étaient toujours portées disparuesmercredi, selon les autorités.Alors que les équipes de secours continuent de s’affairer dans les zones sinistrées, le bilan s’alourdit de plus en plus aux Philippines suite au passage du violent typhon Nesat. Les précédents chiffres faisaient état de 16 morts mais c’est aujourd’hui pas moins de 18 victimes qui ont été recensées. Un total auquel s’ajoutent 35 personnes qui étaient toujours portées disparues ce matin et qui pourraient rejoindre dans les prochaines heures le nombre de victimes. Accompagné de pluies diluviennes et de vents violents, Nesat a gravement inondé plusieurs quartiers philippins, en particulier dans la capitale Manille. Au plus fort de la tempête, mardi, les inondations ont entre autres touché l’ambassade américaine, un hôtel Sofitel cinq étoiles et un hôpital dans le quartier historique de Manille, rapporte l’AFP.Pour limiter les dégâts, des digues ont été ouvertes dans le but de réduire le niveau des eaux derrière des barrages qui menaçaient de déborder plus au nord, dans la province de Bulacan. En outre, mercredi, l’électricité faisait toujours défaut à plus d’un million d’habitants à Luçon, l’île principale où vivent 48 millions d’habitants et ce, malgré les efforts des autorités. “Nous essayons de rétablir les services d’électricité et de télécommunications aujourd’hui, et de remettre en état les 61 réseaux routiers sur l’île de Luçon endommagés par les glissements de terrain et les inondations”, a déclaré Benito Ramos, responsable du bureau de la défense civile. Une autre tempête pourrait frapper en fin de semaineÀ lire aussiLa formation d’un typhon vue de l’espaceMercredi, Nesat s’éloignait des Philippines pour se diriger vers la mer de Chine méridionale. Mais pendant ce temps, une autre tempête tropicale était en formation au-dessus de l’océan Pacifique et pourrait frapper le pays d’ici la fin de la semaine, ont prévenu les services de la météorologie nationale. “Nous devons terminer les réparations les plus urgentes […] avant que cette tempête n’arrive”, a déclaré Benito Ramos. Chaque année, une vingtaine de typhons frappent les Philippines. Les derniers en date, Nock-ten et Muifa, ont fait 70 morts en juillet. En août, Nanmadol en a fait 35. Le 28 septembre 2011 à 11:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ICPA moots use of compostable plastic in Vijayawada

first_imgVijayawada: Representatives from the India Compostable Polymer Association (ICPA) called on Vijayawada Municipal Corporation Commissioner Prasanna Venkatesh and briefed him on the advantages of certified compostable plastic as an effective alternative to single use disposable plastic.The visiting representatives said that the compostable plastic was easy to dispose of. As per the rule 3(e) of the Plastic Waste Management (PWM of 2016), compostable plastic means plastic that undergoes degradation by biological process during composting to yield carbon-dioxide, water and biomass at a rate consistent with other known compostable materials. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The ICPA has proposed to collaborate and work with VMC in creating awareness and promoting compostable plastics as an alternative to conventional plastics and complimented the initiative of VMC in tackling the plastic waste and its management. The plastic bags dealers also interacted with the Commissioner, who responded positively and agreed for the proposal of introducing biodegradable plastic bags. They expressed interest to procure the biodegradable plastic bags and give full support to the VMC. Manufacturers of compostable plastics have to obtain licence from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and they have to maintain national standards with testing done by the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET).last_img read more

BSE closes points 2702 up on September 24

first_imgNew Delhi, September 24 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 27.02 points up to stand at 19927.98. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 2.70 points up to stand at 5892.45. Ashok Leyland and Eicher Motors were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.93% and 5.82% along with Sobha Dev and IFCI with an increase of 4.11% and 3.60% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Bajaj Finance Ltd and Shriram Transport Finance Company Ltd. with a decrease of 5.74% and 5.71% along with Bank of India and Coromandel International Ltd. with a decrease of 4.43% and 4.30% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 124.52 points at 11,197.79 while the banking sector is down 36.32 points at 11,594.25 and the realty sector is down 3.44 points at 1,227.94. The Indian currency is down 0.03% at Rs 62.62 per dollar.last_img read more

Assam Five men gangrape minor in Hojai viral video alerts victims family

first_imgMinor girl gang-raped at Hojai in Assam (Representational Image)Creative CommonsOne minor girl was reportedly gang-raped by five men at Hojai district in Assam. The culprits not only raped her, but also recorded the entire incident on camera, and posted on social media.According to reports, the victim was attacked when she was going to a relative’s house with her brother-in-law. The incident happened on March 25, but came to light only after the video went viral on social media.As reported, the five men attacked her and her brother-in-law, dragged the victim to a nearby forest area, raped her and recorded it on mobile cameras. While the victim and her brother-in-law did not tell anyone about it, her family filed an FIR on April 23 after they came to know about the incident through the viral video.Police have already nabbed four of the accused – Sahid Ahmed, Dilwar Hussain, Gulab Hussain and Abdul Alim. One of the accused is still absconding.This heinous act has irked the locals, who have demanded strict action against the culprits. “This is not the first time that such a gruesome incident took place in our area. We want justice for the girl. Police should arrest the culprits at the earliest and ensure the safety and protection of women and girls,” Time8 quoted a local as saying.last_img read more

MCU News Marvel Inhumans Trailer

first_img What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe Stay on target The Marvel Cinematic Universe keeps growing bigger and bigger, and since two new additions are premiering soon, Marvel is happy to keep tantalizing us with little updates. Today, the most substantial news comes out of the upcoming Inhumans TV show. We’ve got a full trailer! Marvel’s stuff still looks really cool, so any small glimpse of footage is worth looking at.So what do we have there? Well, it opens with a shot of Black Bolt, Medusa, and Maximus the Mad walking ominously down a stairway. We knew these costumes looked cool, but seeing them in motion is even better. There are going to be a lot of amazing-looking Medusa cosplayers at Comic Cons this year. The next shot is of the beautiful Hawaiian setting, further confirming that no matter what the writing of this show turns out to be, it’s going to look real good. Finally, there’s a shot of Maximus, played by Iwan Rheon, in a tense standoff with… someone. I guess we’ll find out who on Thursday when the full trailer comes out.Inhumans premieres on ABC November 3, 2017.Now let’s turn to MCU additions that are happening sooner. Spider-Man: Homecoming is almost out. But just because we haven’t even seen the movie yet doesn’t mean it’s too early to start speculating about the sequel. In an interview with ScreenRant, Tom Holland confirmed that Iron Man won’t be in the sequel, but another MCU hero may be. There’s no word yet on who will join the web-slinger in the sequel (because the script isn’t even close to being written yet), but Tom Holland knows who he’d like to see Spider-Man team up with.“Ant-Man would be my favorite,” Holland said. “I want to have like a bug bros session. I think that would be really cool.”He’s right, that would make for a really fun movie. Not just because they’re both bug-based superheroes, but because they’re the most lighthearted heroes in Marvel’s roster. They’re the ones who are always ready with a wisecrack, and generally celebrate how much that annoys the people around them. They’re also both scientists and tinkerers. Tony Stark is too, of course, but Hank Pym is just geeky enough that he wouldn’t mind having an enthusiastic science discussion with Peter Parker.  A Spider-Man/Ant-Man team up would make for a great movie, and now that Tom Holland has brought it up, it’s all I want from the MCU.Miles Morales as Spider-Man (Via Marvel)Finally, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige confirmed another Spider-Man character is part of the MCU. No, it’s not Venom. That movie will still exist solely in Sony’s “adjunct” universe. During interviews for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Feige revealed that Miles Morales exists in the MCU, ScreenRant reports. So where is he? Well, for now, he’s just an Easter egg.“All of those little things are just Easter eggs for fans until they’re something more than that. But anything that’s happened in the books is potential material for us. In the meantime, I think Miles is a big part of the animated movie that Sony’s making. But where we go … we definitely want you to go “He’s there. He’s there somewhere,” Feige said.That may not be exactly what fans of the character want to hear, but it does leave the door open for Miles to become a bigger part of the MCU. Miles Morales, who was first introduced in the alternate-universe Ultimate Spider-Man, has become the second most popular character to put on the Spider Suit. Now that Peter Parker is the CEO of a multi-national corporation in the comics, Miles provides the street-level high school Spider-Man we all fell in love with in the first place. Fans have been longing for Miles to get his due on the big screen for a while, and were disappointed to see that Peter’s best friend in Homecoming looks a lot like Miles’s in the comics. That didn’t bode well for Miles’s chances of ever appearing in the MCU. Now that Feige himself has confirmed that he’s there, those chances are better. Let’s just hope he becomes more than an Easter Egg sooner rather than later.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more