Post-Brexit UK-India partnership can shape global economy: UK Minister

first_imgBy Aditi Khanna London, Jun 19 (PTI) The first-ever UK-India Week was launched here today with the message that a post-Brexit bilateral trade partnership has the potential to shape the global economy. Britains Secretary of State for international trade Liam Fox, who is set to visit India later this year for the next UK-India Joint Economic Trade Committee (JETCO), described India as foremost among the UKs allies and trading partners and hailed reforms initiated by the Indian government.”We are here to look to the future and lay out our ambitions for a trading partnership that has the potential to shape the global economy,” said the senior Conservative party leader.”In particular, as we leave the European Union (EU), there is the opportunity for both countries to enhance this partnership opening up new sectors for business and minimising barriers to trade,” said the minister in charge of the UKs Department for International Trade (DIT).The launch event at Taj Hotel in London was marked by the release of the second edition of the ‘100 Most Influential in UK-India Relations’ covering leading figures across business, politics, arts and culture who are seen as making a significant contribution towards enhancing the UK-India relationship.”Collectively, these change-makers help to build a ‘Living Bridge’ between the UK and India something Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi has long championed and encouraged,” said Manoj Ladwa, Founder & CEO of India Inc. the organisers behind UK-India Week.Matt Hancock, UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Indian minister of communication Manoj Sinha and the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Y.K. Sinha, were among the other prominent guests at the event.advertisement”It is important that India and the UK ensure that the true potential of this relationship is tapped. As the UK leaves the EU and as India grows steadily, yet surely, there is a definite match between the two countries,” said Sinha.The week-long set of events are aimed at bringing together senior figures in the UK with their counterparts from India for high-level talks.It will include a two-day UK-India Leadership Conclave tomorrow and Thursday, when ministers and business leaders from both countries will descend upon Latimer Estate in the English countryside in Buckinghamshire to address the prospects of post-Brexit partnership opportunities.”UK-India Week celebrates the strong partnership between the UK and India and is a catalyst for promoting opportunities for future collaboration,” Ladwa said.”There is a huge opportunity for these two great countries now equals on the world stage to harness their shared values, trade, technology and talent to enhance prosperity at home and around the world,” he said.The conclave, backed by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as well as leading Indian companies like Infosys, Ola Cabs, and Hero Future Energies, will include a Global Investors Forum and Young Leaders Forum as well as spin-out sessions on smart cities, soft power, energy and climate change.Alongside hard-hitting political and economic debate, the conclave now in its fifth year will celebrate the cultural ties between the UK and India, including an early morning yoga session in celebration of International Day of Yoga on Thursday.UK-India Week will culminate with the second annual UK-India Awards in London on Friday, to honour high-achievers within the bilateral space. PTI AK NSANSANSAlast_img read more

Report: Dortmund 5 Cologne 0

first_imgBorussia Dortmund 5 Cologne 0: Aubameyang, Philipp bag braces as BVB return to the top Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 01:55 18/9/2017 Maximilian Philipp - cropped Bongarts Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Maximilian Philipp were both at the double as Borussia Dortmund sounded a warning to their Bundesliga rivals. Borussia Dortmund plundered three goals in 10 second-half minutes to return to the Bundesliga summit with a 5-0 thrashing of Cologne on Sunday.Leading 2-0 at the break, the hosts turned on the style in a scintillating spell after the interval as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Maximilian Philipp both bagged braces – the latter claiming his first goals for the club.Sokratis Papastathopoulos also got in on the scoring fun to extend the hosts’ unbeaten start to their league campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing On the back of their Europa League drama away to Arsenal on Thursday, bottom-placed Cologne posed few problems throughout the match and never recovered from Philipp’s second-minute opener.Dortmund twice benefited from the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee, but it was Aubameyang’s quickfire double after the restart which turned the contest into a rout.Andriy Yarmolenko also starred following his superb Champions League goal against Tottenham as Peter Bosz’s side recovered from that 3-1 loss to canter to victory and a fourth straight Bundesliga clean sheet..@BVB have run away with this oneStill  minutes to go #BVBKOE— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) September 17, 2017Yarmolenko’s superb strike in midweek offered a glimpse of his talent and the Ukraine star needed just two minutes of his first league start to further underline his class, dribbling beyond his marker and whipping in a superb cross for Philipp to nod in the opener.An unmarked Aubameyang should have doubled the advantage 15 minutes later when Gonzalo Castro touched a deft knock-down into his path, but Timo Horn did well to tip the miscued effort around the post.Yarmolenko continued to cause problems throughout the first half as Philipp, Lukasz Piszczek and Nuri Sahin all tried their luck around the half-hour mark.The winger then directed a header wide from Piszczek’s cross as Dortmund looked to take complete control before the break, although their momentum momentarily stalled when Sokratis required treatment.However, the Greece defender recovered to poke his side into a 2-0 lead on the stroke of half-time, punishing Horn for spilling a corner as the referee called on the VAR to reverse his initial decision of handball.Aubameyang’s struggles in front of goal continued immediately after the restart when he broke through one-on-one, only to sidefoot his finish narrowly wide of the far post.The speedy forward was instead gifted the chance to open his account from the penalty spot when the VAR spotted a handball in the area by Cologne defender Lukas Klunter.1 – Scoring his 1st BL goal vs Köln (in 7 games), @Aubameyang7 (@BVB) has now scored against every current BL side. Full House. #BVBKOE— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 17, 2017After dispatching the spot-kick into the bottom-left corner, Aubameyang made it two in two minutes as he tucked away Piszczek’s smart low cross for a sudden 4-0 lead.And it truly became a rout when Philipp capped the stunning 10-minute burst by deftly adding his second of the match from Mahmoud Dahoud’s incisive pass.Roman Burki was called on to make a rare save from Klunter in the closing stages, preserving his fourth league shut-out as Dortmund sounded a significant warning to their title rivals. Key Opta stats:- For the first time Cologne have lost their first four games of a Bundesliga season. Zero points and a minus 11 goal difference is the second worst start in Bundesliga history after four games. Only Karlsruhe had a worse start, in 1963-64 with no points and -13 goals.- Borussia Dortmund extended their club record run to 40 unbeaten home matches in the Bundesliga (W33, D7). Their last home loss came in April 2015 against Bayern Munich (0-1).- Cologne suffered their heaviest defeat under manager Peter Stoger. Their last three defeats by five goals came against Dortmund. read morelast_img read more

JPS and NWC to Continue Restoration Activities on the Weekend

first_imgThe island’s two major utility companies, the National Water Commission (NWC) and Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), will be continuing restoration activities over the weekend, in an effort to return water and electricity to customers, affected by the passage of Hurricane Sandy. Vice President of the NWC, David Geddes, told JIS News today (Oct. 26), that  approximately 55 per cent ofproduction capacity is back in operation, about 150 water supply systems are still out of service. “The most critically affected areas without piped water supply (are) sections of Mona, Liguanea, Papine and other sections of St. Andrew and that is because of the absence of electrical power to transfer water from Mona to the Hope filter plant. Meanwhile, Communications Manager at JPS, Winsome Callum, said that the power company is nearing total restoration for all north and south-western parishes, but still faces difficulties in the eastern parishes. “Those would be St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann on the north-eastern end of the island because these four parishes lost total power supply as a result of damage to the transmission system. They expect that restoration activities will continue into the weekend,” she told JIS News. JPS continues to ask its customers for patience as it works to restore electricity to all parishes within the shortest time possible. By Vaughn Davis, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Judges Sworn in to Serve in Higher Posts

first_img Eight members of the judiciary have been appointed to serve at higher levels within Jamaica’s courts.They are David Fraser, who will act as Judge of the Court of Appeal, effective April 29, 2019 until July 31, 2019; Tricia Hutchinson, who has been appointed to act as Puisne Judge, effective April 24 to July 31, 2019; and Natalie Hart Hines, who has been appointed Master-in-Chambers, effective April 23.Also taking the Oath of Office were Yvonne Brown, Andrea Pettigrew Collins, Calys Wiltshire, Simone Wolfe Reece, and Anne-Marie Nembhard, who have been appointed Puisne Judges. Their appointments become effective April 23, 2019.They were sworn in by Deputy Governor-General, Hon. Steadman Fuller, during a ceremony at King’s House.Congratulating the new appointees, the Deputy Governor-General encouraged them to continue to maintain the high standard of professionalism that is required of them.“We know that they have already proven their worth, and we wish them all well as they assume their new responsibilities,” he said.Mr. Fuller said the country’s judicial system is highly respected in the region, the Commonwealth and the wider world, adding that “we continue, therefore, to be proud of the service rendered by our legal luminaries and the justice system”.“Across the region, across the Commonwealth and beyond, we enjoy an enviable reputation for the probity of our judges and the respect in which our judicial system is widely held,” he added.Mr. Fuller said the recent steps taken by the Chief Justice to improve the efficiency of the court system are important, adding that the administrative measures, coupled with the relevant technologies, are guaranteed to impact the timeliness of decisions and, ultimately, the greater satisfaction of all those connected with the courts of law.For his part, President, Court of Appeal, Dennis Morrison, urged the appointees to continue to serve the country with dignity, while upholding the rule of law.Meanwhile, Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes, said the appointments are critical in accelerating the rate of transformation to make the country’s courts more efficient.“This is not a reward for long service. Judicial appointments at higher or lower levels are expressions of trust, confidence in your ability to be balanced, fair and prepared to keep up-to-date with the law. In other words, you are prepared to work and work hard to ensure that the governance of Jamaica takes place in accordance with the rule of law,” he said.Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Mr. Fraser expressed gratitude for the trust reposed in them. “We aim to do our best,” he said. Eight members of the judiciary have been appointed to serve at higher levels within Jamaica’s courts. Story Highlights Also taking the Oath of Office were Yvonne Brown, Andrea Pettigrew Collins, Calys Wiltshire, Simone Wolfe Reece, and Anne-Marie Nembhard, who have been appointed Puisne Judges. Their appointments become effective April 23, 2019. They are David Fraser, who will act as Judge of the Court of Appeal, effective April 29, 2019 until July 31, 2019; Tricia Hutchinson, who has been appointed to act as Puisne Judge, effective April 24 to July 31, 2019; and Natalie Hart Hines, who has been appointed Master-in-Chambers, effective April 23.last_img read more

H1N1 Summary Nov 29 to Dec 5

first_img “A decrease in H1N1 activity does not mean that Nova Scotians should become complacent,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief public health officer. “Nova Scotians should take preventative measures and get vaccinated. Both are steps toward reducing the severity of H1N1. To prevent a possible third wave, I strongly encourage everyone who hasn’t been vaccinated to get vaccinated.” As of Dec. 4, the province has distributed enough vaccine to immunize 52.3 per cent of the population, or almost 500,000 people. “Mass immunization clinics will continue this week and next. Based on H1N1 activity and traffic at the clinics, we will assess our approach,” said Dr. Strang. “Over the coming weeks, vaccine will still be available to those who want to get immunized at physician offices and workplace clinics.” Everyone is at some risk of getting H1N1. Vaccination is safe, effective and the best line of defense. Other highlights include: The H1N1 virus is still circulating across the province, even though Nova Scotia is experiencing a decrease of H1N1 activity. For the reporting period of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, there have been: The percentage of emergency room visits with influenza-like has decreased to eight per cent, down two per cent from Nov. 22 to Nov. 28. The percentage of patients with influenza-like illness has decreased to three per cent from eight per cent, as reported by physicians around the province. 12 new lab-confirmed H1N1 cases, compared to 19 for the week of Nov. 22 to Nov. 28. Five new hospitalizations of people with lab-confirmed H1N1, compared to 50 last period. The province publishes a report on respiratory illnesses, including H1N1, every Wednesday. It can be found at . Healthlink 811, Nova Scotia’s 24-hour telecare service, received more than 6,700 calls for the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5. The website, , had more than 1,100 visits.last_img read more

Neymar to stay at PSG Reports

first_imgParis: Neymar is to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after seeing his desire to transfer back to Barcelona fail, according to press reports Sunday. “Se queda,” Spanish for he’s staying, read the L’Equipe headline on its front page with a photo of the Brazilian. “Faces with the impossiblity of completing his transfer to Barcelona, Neymar had informed his entourage he has decided to end the season at PSG,” the daily said. Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo carried similar news, which comes just ahead of the transfer market deadlines in France and Spain on Monday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Neymar’s entourage admit it: it’s finished,” it said. Neymar, 27, became the world’s most expensive player when PSG paid 222 million euros (USD 264 million at the time) for his transfer from Barcelona two years ago. A scorer of 51 goals in 58 appearances in his two seasons in the French capital, Neymar has not featured at all for his current club this season amid the uncertainty surrounding his future. He trained with PSG on Thursday, but coach Thomas Tuchel omitted him from the team that beat Metz 2-0 in Ligue 1 action on Friday. Efforts to negotiate a suitably lucrative transfer back to Barcelona have seemingly floundered, with PSG sporting director Leonardo saying Friday there was “no agreement. It depends on Barcelona”.last_img read more

Political leaders pledge to tackle gun violence following Toronto mass shooting

first_imgOTTAWA – Political leaders at all levels offered comforting words and pledged to work together following Sunday’s deadly shooting in Toronto, even as a new Statistics Canada report indicated gun violence is on the rise across the country.Thoughts and prayers for the victims flowed from all corners on Monday as municipal, provincial and federal leaders responded to the mass shooting, in which a gunman killed two people in Toronto’s Greektown area and wounded 13 others.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP counterpart Jagmeet Singh all took to Twitter with condolences and messages of support, as did federal ministers and MPs from different parts of Canada.Similar sentiments were expressed by provincial legislators during a sombre session at Queen’s Park, where Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the shooting was not only tragic, “it should be a cause for anger.”The mood was also heavy at Toronto City Hall, where council has been grappling with a wave of gun violence that has seen more shootings this year than over the same span in 2017 — a trend that appears to be reflected across Canada.Statistics Canada reported on Monday that there has been a steady increase in gun crime over the past four years, with more than 7,700 Canadians having been identified as victims of such crimes in 2017.The number of gun-related homicide had similarly increased in recent years, according to the agency, with the latest statistics showing 223 gun-related deaths in 2016, just over half of which were gang related.The report also said that while Ontario saw a 10-per-cent bump in gun crimes between 2016 and 2017, there was a 47-per-cent rise in Saskatchewan and that most of the increase across Canada occurred outside of major urban areas.Still, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said there was a “newness” to the wave of violence that has swept across the city.Though they promised to co-operate on gun crime, political leaders seemed to come at the issue from different angles.The new federal minister responsible for tackling gun violence, former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, was scheduled to meet Tory Monday afternoon after earlier tweeting that Ottawa was looking at ways to support the city’s efforts “to end the violence.”The federal government proposed legislation in March to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms, and has set aside $327 million over the next five years to fund programs designed to address criminal gun and gang activities.But Toronto Mayor John Tory, who has previously criticized what he believes are holes within Canada’s gun laws, went even farther on Monday as he asked why anyone in Toronto would even need a gun.“To that end, I’ll be reaching out to both the federal and provincial governments as they have reached out to us to urge them to sit down with us at as early a date as possible to discuss a range of public safety issues, including guns,” he added.“I think it is fitting for us to revisit this issue, yes to protect our city, but also out of respect for those who have lost their lives and had their lives dramatically disrupted by this senseless violence.”Ford, meanwhile, also called for discussions between the three levels of government during his address at Queen’s Park, but his comments emphasized providing police “with the tools and resources they need to do their jobs.“And we will work with our municipal and federal counterparts to identify, apprehend and convict those who commit or plan to commit violence,” he added.For his part, Saunders said there was “no magic pill that we’re going to take to say all is well.“All layers of government have asked, what can they do too help? So we are in the process of having those conversations. But it’s not going to happen overnight. … It is going to take time.”— With a file from Jordan Presslast_img read more

Missing straddles the realms of disturbing reality and dreams

first_img Twitter Facebook Baritone Clarence Logan, mezzo Rose-Ellen Nichols, and soprano Melody Courage. – PHOTO BY EMILY COOPER READ MORE As a playwright, director, and multimedia artist, Marie Clements is known for her fearless determination to tell Indigenous stories—but even she was hesitant, at first, to explore the new-to-her world of opera while writing about missing and murdered women.“When you’re asked to write on this theme or this reality, sometimes your first response is ‘Oh, I don’t know if I can go in there,’ just because of the gravity of it,” she tells the Straight from Toronto, where her musical documentary, The Road Forward, is screening at the ImagiNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival.But the story needed to be told, and Clements is not one to back away from a challenge. The result is Missing, her collaboration with Toronto-based composer Brian Current, City Opera Vancouver, and Pacific Opera Victoria, produced in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre/DTES Heart of the City Festival. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgTIFF co-director Cameron Bailey will be honouring Meryl Streep at the festival’s first Tribute Gala event. THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: There may not be any plans for Keanu Reeves to attend the Toronto International Film Festival this year, but he is always welcome in the Bailey household.“We watched Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” Mr. Film Fest was saying, about the Keanu mission that he and his 10-year-old, Tate, have been on recently.We had arranged to assemble at Soho House for a little rendezvous in the weeks leading up to Cameron Bailey’s biggest of the year, when some 300 movies unspool in Toronto (333 this annum, from all over the world), and he prepares to host well over a hundred celebrities who manifest in this town (including, on the Monday of the fest, at the first ever, seriously star-studded TIFF Tribute Gala) Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Rashid Shubhankar keep Indian hopes alive

first_imgGurugram: Rashid Khan and Shubhankar Sharma shot contrasting second rounds of two-under-70 and one-over-73, respectively, but both managed to keep Indian hopes alive at the halfway stage of the Indian Open at the DLF Golf & Country Club here on Friday. Two-time Asian Tour winner Khan and two-time European Tour winner Sharma were the best-placed Indians at the end of round two at tied 19th with a tally of two-under-142. The duo trailed the leader Julian Suri of the US by eight shots at the $1.75 million event. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPGTI member N Thangaraja (71-70) of Sri Lanka returned a two-under-70 to end the day in tied 12th place at three-under-141. He gained 16 places from round one. The cut was declared at two-over-146. Seventy professionals made the cut. Out of a total of 37 Indians, eight made the cut. Khan (72-70) made significant gains in round two as he climbed 27 spots from his overnight tied 46th position after mixing four birdies with two bogeys for a 70. Khan, a winner of two events on the PGTI tour in the last four months, reaped the reward of getting some good practice at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens course in Ahmedabad last week that prepared him well for the daunting challenge at the DLF course. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterSharma (69-73) slipped 12 spots on Friday after a sedate 73 that saw him make two birdies and three bogeys. After a consistent first round, Sharma, the 2018 European Tour Rookie of the Year, made a flying start in round two with a birdie on the first. However, his putting let him down thereafter as he dropped bogeys on the fourth and eighth and found it hard to recover subsequently. S Chikkarangappa (70) and Rahil Gangjee (74) were the next best Indians in tied 41st at even-par-144. Ajeetesh Sandhu (71) was a further shot back in tied 53rd. The trio of Gaganjeet Bhullar (74), Gaurav Pratap Singh (73) and two-time Indian Open champion SSP Chawrasia (72) also made it to the weekend as they totalled two-over-146 to be placed tied 61st.last_img read more

Boeing jet trouble leads to cuts at Europes busiest airline

The Associated Press LONDON — Europe’s biggest airline by passengers, budget carrier Ryanair, will cut flights and close some of its bases beginning this winter because of the delay to deliveries of the Boeing 737 Max plane, which has been grounded globally after two fatal crashes.The airline warned Tuesday its growth in European summer traffic for 2020 will be lower than expected because of the slowed deliveries.Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary says the airline “remains committed” to the Boeing 737 Max and expects it to be back in service before the end of the year but that the date is uncertain.He says some delays are expected and that the airline will close some of its bases as a result with a hope to return to “normal” growth levels in 2021.Ryanair, which is Europe’s top airline by passengers, says some delays are expected and doubts about when the plane can return to the skies mean it will take delivery of only 30 Max jets a year from now, rather than the previously scheduled 58.He says the airline will close some of its bases as a result with a hope to return to “normal” growth levels in 2021. No details about the planned base cuts were provided.READ MORE: Ryanair warns Boeing grounding is hurting businessAnalysts at market research firm FXPro note that while Europe’s economy is slowing, there is no lack of demand for flying, so Ryanair’s decision could cause flight tickets to rise somewhat.Boeing’s 737 Max has been grounded after the Lion Air crash off the coast of Indonesia in October and the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March that killed a total of 346 people.Preliminary reports indicate that flight-control software called MCAS pushed the nose of the plane down in both crashes. Chicago-based Boeing did not tell pilots about MCAS until after the first crash. The company is working on changes to make the software more reliable and easier to control.Concerns about the viability of the new aircraft remain, however.The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is due to review Boeing’s fixes and has said it is following a thorough process, but has no timetable for when the recertification will be completed.European regulators have to then also approve the jets before they can be used in the region.American Airlines said this week that it will keep the Boeing 737 Max plane off its schedule until Nov. 3, which is two months longer than it had planned. That will result in the cancellation of about 115 flights per day.United Airlines has also extended its cancellations until Nov. 3. The company has 14 Max jets while American has 24 of them. Southwest Airlines, which has 34 Max jets, more than any other carrier, is cancelling about 150 flights per day. read more

Somali President cites successes in rebuilding country urges support in fight against

Recalling the major milestones Somalia achieved over the past year, the country’s President today told the United Nations that bolstering its political and governance gains requires international support, particularly the ongoing struggle to drive out armed groups such as Al-Shabaab, which continue to menace the Horn of Africa.“Somalia would not have ended the transition last year without the help of the United Nations and all other countries that stood with us during difficult times,” Hassan Sheikh Mohamud told the General Assembly, while making it clear that the “difficult times” are far from over, with Al-Qaida and its offshoots such Al-Shabaab still wreaking havoc across the region.In that context, he strongly condemned the “cruel and terrible attack” on Westgate shopping mall last weekend in Nairobi, Kenya. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack, proving that the armed group is “down” but not out. They must be combated on many fronts: military, economic, political and ideological. “We now need the tools to finish the job and we call on our friends to remain resolute and help us to end this situation. Our brave Somali forces, AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia), and Ethiopia, need help to fight our enemies,” Mr. Mohamud declared, adding specifically that AMISOM must be reinforced and expanded. “Little investment is required for these enhancements, [indeed it will be] insignificant compared to the great expense that will be needed later if the international community does not help finish the job,” he said, urging comprehensive action while at the same time cautioning against “overreacting to or underestimating” the threat.Mr. Mohamud went on to draw the Assembly’s attention to the “New Deal” agreed for Somalia earlier this month at an international conference in Brussels. It aims to drive the country’s economic and political recovery and lay a strong foundation for building reliable, transparent, accountable and functioning State institutions, respectful of the fundamental rights and freedoms and equality of Somalia’s citizens.“We need to transform the lives of our people, reconnect with our citizens and enhance their wellbeing,” he said, acknowledging that the programme will have to show tangible results on the ground. In the meantime, the Government started a campaign to revitalize service delivery in districts and regions, provide healthcare, and enable access to clean water, among other positive initiatives. Mr. Mohamud welcomed the recently-deployed UN Mission Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), and said the operation is now working together with the Government to bring peace and stability to the country. The President is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. read more

Brock partners with Niagara chambers for landmark skills survey

Brock University is partnering with the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) and South Niagara Chambers of Commerce (SNCC) on a survey to better understand how the talent and skills capacity of the region lines up with the needs of employers.The Chamber of Commerce Survey is now open on the Brock University website and includes questionnaires for both business owners and employees. The goal is to identify the types of programs and supports needed to serve employers, as well as employees looking to upgrade their skills and advance their careers in Niagara.“Good business depends on good data. Without solid information, any organization is working in the dark,” says Mishka Balsom, President and CEO of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. “In Niagara, we need to identify the professional development needs of our labour force so that educational programs can be aligned to support the required talent and skills pool.”Dolores Fabiano, Executive Director of the South Niagara Chambers of Commerce, said business owners who make up the various chambers of commerce across the region are looking forward to what the survey might reveal.“With labour shortage being one of the biggest issues facing our businesses in Niagara, we believe the data gathered through this unique partnership will provide us with valuable information that will guide us to action,” she said.The survey takes five to 10 minutes to complete and is confidential. Only aggregate data will be used in reports on the survey’s findings.“Brock University is pleased to partner with the GNCC and SNCC in launching this important study to better understand the skills and talent capacity and needs of Niagara,” Brock President Gervan Fearon said. “With the data collected from this survey, together we can help build a more prosperous future and support careers and businesses here in Niagara for generations to come.”In addition to being available online at business owners and employees will have the opportunity to complete the survey at various events across the region throughout the spring. read more

Modern dewatering technologies demanded for fine iron ore applications

first_imgThe large quantities of low grade iron ore around the world are forcing the industry to upgrade for the steel producers. This requires more benefication and there is a tendency towards finer grinding. Thus reliable dewatering solutions are demanded, but at the same time they should require low capital investment as well as low operation cost, Outotec points out. Demand for iron ore has increased dramatically in the last years and is forecast to remain at stable high production levels for years to come. It is expected that the world economy is facing a stable continuous growth of iron ore to 2,000 Mt and more over the next decades. Furthermore it is expected that the existing and known high grade ore resources will decline, and the iron ore industry will be forced to implement more and more advanced beneficiation plants. As a consequence of the more complex benefication requirements, there will be a need for modern solutions for iron ore dewatering that are reliable mechanically as well as cost effective and with high capacity per unit at the same time.From the CAPEX point of view, the ranking between pressure filtration and vacuum filtration is clearly in favour of vacuum filtration. Only for finer and highly contaminated products do the product recoveries of pressure filters justify the higher investment costs.With respect to vacuum filtration technology, a distinction between horizontal and vertical vacuum filtration equipment can be made. Vacuum belt filters like RB-SV should be considered for heavy material in the coarser grinding range. In the wide range between heavy coarse and very fine material, use of Ceramec and RVDF technologies predominate.In addition to the well known and commonly used vacuum disc filters, a reliable and low operating cost filtration solution with a large filtration area for high capacity and stable product moisture content has been developed and will be steadily improved according to process demands. This filter is called the Outotec Larox CC, Ceramec capillary action filter, which guarantees stable capacity and good moisture results with low capital investment and operation costs and easy maintenance and monitoring.The Larox CC filter also has other remarkable advantages, because it is a plug and produce solution including features such as a small installed vacuum pump, easy online monitoring and continuous steady product characteristics. The automation features of this technology allow completely independent cake forming and drying control. The low vacuum pump requirements reduce the investment costs, because all the required features are mounted on the filter rig itself and no additional cabling work and transformers are needed.The effective and reliable construction enables easy maintenance and provides the lowest operating costs, because no cloth changing is needed and the ceramic plates last for years. Conventional vacuum filtration methods have been the most prevalent in fine iron ore dewatering. Product quality needs, lower ore grades, complex mineralogy and energy costs have resulted in iron ore producers seeking better solutions for dewatering, in particular pelletizing feed. New advanced filtration methods have been introduced to the market.A paper Experiences with modern dewatering technologies in Fine Iron Ore application describes how these modern methods are answering the needs of the industry. Performance of advanced dewatering technologies (pressure filtration and ceramic capillary action filtration) for iron ore applications have been studied, and the findings are based on both industrial and pilot scale experiences on different materials. For example, the results show that the cake moisture content of iron ore pelletising feed can be optimised more effectively by using modern filtration technologies. By selecting the most suitable and adjustable equipment, the effects of variations of feed material on down stream processes can be minimised and the possibilities of processing more difficult raw materials to high quality pellets are better.Outotec innovates, develops and delivers sustainable technology and service solutions to minerals, metals, chemical and energy industries. Outotec collaborates lifelong with its customers in order to optimize the utilization of raw materials and energy efficiency as well as to minimize the environmental impact and operating costs. Outotec develops, designs and manufactures industrial Larox filters and is a leading technology company in its field and is a full service solution provider in filtration for separating solids from liquids. As such, this paper compares the new developments in this market area with the prevailing known vacuum filtration technology, but focuses on a comparison between capillary action filters and rotary vacuum disc filters (RVDF). The product name name Larox CC is used to differentiate the Outotec Larox filters from the generic term.last_img read more

RK Gorenje and RK Celje PL postpone title decision for May 27

RK Celje PLRK GorenjeSlovenian handball Final decision about the name of Slovenian champions is postponed for May 27. Two best teams, RK Gorenje and RK Celje Pivovarna Laško played 27:27 (10:17) in front of 2.000 fans in Velenje’s “Rdeča dvorana”. The home team had a chance to almost secure trophy with a victory, but Marko Šibila guys were seven goals behind the rivals from Celje at the half-time break.However, Gorenje managed to come back untl 55th minute (25:25). Celje PL had last attack for a win, but at the end, teams stayed equal and ready for decisive clash on May 27 at “Zlatorog” hall in Celje.RK Gorenje Velenje : RK Celje Pivovarna Laško   26:26 (10:17)RK Gorenje Velenje: Burič B. 11/1 saves, Zaponšek 2/1 saves; Cehte 6, Medved 3/1, Burič S. 1, Ovniček, Levc, Szyba, Skube 4, Golčar, Šoštarič 4, Kleč 5, Gams, Ratajec 1, Nosan 2, trener: Marko ŠibilaRK Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak 14/3 saves, Gajič; Blagotinšek 3, Malus 4, Babarskas 1, Janc 4, Razgor, Marguč, Grošelj, Poteko, Suholežnik, Zarabec 5, Kodrin 2/2, Fižuleto, Mlakar 7, Žvižej; trener Branko TamšeKoper 2013 : Maribor Branik 28:26 (14:13)Urbanscape Loka – Riko RibnicaStandings:Gorenje Velenje        5   – 58Celje Pivovarna Laško  5  – 57Maribor Branik         5  – 39Riko Ribnica           4  – 36Koper 2013             5 – 35Urbanscape Loka        4  – 30 ← Previous Story All Star team of Norwegian league 2015/2016 Next Story → DKB BUNDESLIGA: Dario Quenstedt stops Kiel in Magdeburg read more

Frozen in time Incredible video shows womans house untouched for 14 years

first_img Donal Moloney)WHILE ON A shoot in rural Ireland recently, professional photographer Donal Moloney was told about an interesting site nearby.On the advice of a local, he visited an old building once owned by a librarian.Birdie Higgins had moved out of her house about 14 years ago to take up residence in a retirement home. Her original property was never lived in again.“Time almost seems to have stood still since her leaving and me arriving,” explained Moloney.Signs of her life can be seen throughout his images – open packages of soup, a newspaper on the sidetable, a cardigan draped across a chair and abandoned slippers in front of the fire.There are also hints to her job, with English Literature books open on a table.Birdie died three years ago, aged 94.A prayer for those who live aloneMoloney, who has a specific interest using abandoned and derelict buildings in his work, that he spent three hours exploring Birdie’s house.“I am used to walking around these old and decayed places but this house was different. I was touched by various things – the Milk of Magnesia, the prunes which were found in every old person’s home. But there is a shot of a clock and Holy Water from Knock…beside them is a little frame for a prayer for those who live alone.“That got me. I welled up. It was the most touching moment in the house.“But the whole thing was amazing. The beauty, decay and colour.”last_img read more

Suspects who stole baby dinosaur from a museum hand themselves in

first_imgTWO SUSPECTS WHO allegedly stole a model of a baby dinosaur from a museum in the United States have turned themselves in to police.The theft took place on Monday when the replica, which is valued at $10,000 (€7,500), was taken from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science.The polymer resin model of an edmontosaurus hatchling was about 12 to 14 inches long.A number of props were also taken from a history exhibit in a nearby museum, including fake cabbage, lettuce, doilies, and an antique medicine bottle.In a statement, the museum said that the dinosaur replica had been recovered. A man was seen dropping a bag near the back entrance of the museum on Wednesday evening after closing time. The man left the scene before security arrived, but the bag was found to contain the dinosaur replica.The two suspects voluntarily turned themselves in the following morning.Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, and Alyssa Ann Lavacca, also 21, have both been charged with two counts of theft or destruction of property.“I doubt these two individuals realised the seriousness of tampering with artifacts and exhibits in a public museum,” police spokesperson Glen Allen said.MORE IN SCIENCE: Read: Newly-discovered dinosaur was the T Rex of its day > Read: You can finally have the pet dinosaur you’ve always wanted >last_img read more

Google selling Nexus 7 at a loss not cost

first_imgGoogle’s Nexus 7 tablet wasn’t exactly a well-kept secret, but they still rocked the tablet world when they revealed it at Google I/O 2012. One of the more surprising revelations: when Android chief Andy Rubin later revealed that Google was selling the tablets at cost.Now, a teardown report has confirmed that… sort of. UBM Tech Insights’ analysis pegs the 8GB Nexus 7 tablet’s bill of materials at around $184. That’s $15 shy of the selling price, of course, but that doesn’t take into account several other costs.There’s that $25 Google Play credit for one thing, though that’s probably being written down as a marketing cost — the same goes for the digital copy of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Google is also shipping the Nexus  for free $14 in the United States. When you add in R&D costs, it’s hard to imagine that $15 would cover everything.That doesn’t matter to Google. The Nexus 7’s mission is to advance the Google Play store and boost mindshare with consumers. It’s still a distant second to Apple’s store right now, and Google’s OK with offering up a loss leader in order to close the gap.They may also be hoping that shoppers will opt for the 16GB model, too — a good possibility since the Nexus 7 doesn’t feature a miscroSD expansion slot. The $50 premium for the bump from 8GB to 16GB more than covers the cost of a little extra NAND. Most industry estimates peg that at around $7-8, so it certainly seems like Google stands to pocket a few dollars’ profit when Nexus buyers opt for the increased storage.More at Fudzilla and UBM Tech Insightslast_img read more

Former Chelsea player suffers racial abuse

first_imgFormer Newcastle and Chelsea player Demba Ba is a recent victim of racial abuse. The ugly incident occurred during their Chinese Super League game.Shenhua coach Wu Jingui told reporters that a Changchun Yatai player (midfielder Zhang Li) used racially insulting language toward Demba Ba during an altercation late in a match on Saturday, which ended in a 1-1 draw.The fiasco generated controversy on the Chinese internet, with fans calling for immediate action on the culprit.“The Chinese Super League has players of many different skin colors. We should respect our opponents, and there should be no discrimination,’ Wu said after the match. ‘I cannot calm down now. I feel great regret about the lack of respect for a player.”Shenhua has not disclosed details of the incident, but Xu Jiang, a prominent Chinese sports blogger, wrote on social media that Zhang allegedly shouted ‘You black’ repeatedly at Ba.Demba Ba is offended by racism wordings from Changchun Yatai player Zhang Li. CFA should take serious disciplinary actions!! #saynotoracism Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.— Shanghai Shenhua FC (@shanghaishenhua) August 4, 2018The two players were involved in a spat in the 77th minute after Ba clashed with a Changchun player challenging for a header. Ba exchanged words with Zhang in a running dispute and reacted furiously minutes later before the two were broken up by teammates and technical staff.The Senegalese international is currently on his second spell with the Chinese side, having re-signed in June.Ba took the Chinese league by storm during his first spell with Shanghai in 2015 and 2016 before suffering a serious leg fracture.last_img read more

Alba does think Messis absence affects Barcelona

first_imgAhead of Barcelona’s match against Internazionale Milano, left-back Jordi Alba spoke about Lionel Messi’s absence and Julen Lopetegui’s situation.The third Champions League match for FC Barcelona will start on Wednesday and players like Jordi Alba are making the rounds with the press, he spoke about Lionel Messi’s absence and Julen Lopetegui’s situation with Real Madrid.Alba developed a great relationship with the current Los Blancos manager, he also is one of the most connected players to Lionel Messi’s style of play and this makes him one of the most obvious people to talk about the two figures.This Tuesday he gave a press conference in which he was questioned about both subjects, Messi’s absence against Inter and the possibility of Julen Lopetegui getting sacked by Real Madrid’s board of directors after El Clasico next Sunday.🎙 @JordiAlba: “Leo is a big loss. We all play better with him on the field. We’ll have to bring out our best and we’re quite capable of doing that” #BarçaInter— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 23, 2018“Replacing Leo is impossible for any player regardless of how good he is. He makes every other player be better and he also scores a lot of goals,” said Alba to Diario AS. “Sometimes, Leo takes the ball and he solves a match for us. Now it’s time for all of us to get the job done, we have to grind our teeth and win in any way we can. Sometimes we have to wait until Messi can solve these types of matches.”“Messi’s absence affects me a lot to be honest, I play my best football around him. He sometimes can see a pass that none of us can, he is different from the rest. He can see me moving to get that last pass.”“We always try to look for each other during the match and that makes me feel stronger. His absence will be very important but we will see.”“Either we are dependant on Messi or not… the truth is that we are a better squad with him and it will cost us a lot more to win matches but we have other great players,” said Alba.🎙 @JordiAlba : “Inter are a great team and they’re having a good season. We hope to win with the fans right behind us” #BarçaInter and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 23, 2018Alba also spoke about Julen Lopetegui’s decision to leave Spain and play for Real Madrid, about the possibility of getting sacked after making that choice.“Everybody makes decisions, Julen’s intention was to finish the World Cup and then go to Real Madrid. Then there was another decision made by the FEF president and the manager as well.”“I have a fantastic relationship with him and he helped me on a personal level when things weren’t working for me. I wish he can keep his job at Real Madrid.”“The fact that he went to that specific club was something I didn’t like, but I hope he can stay there for a long time. He deserves to stay because he is a great professional.”He could be good enough for Barcelona but I’m happy with our manager right now. Apart from doing a great work with all the players, he speaks directly with each and every one of them,” he concluded.🆚 Viktoria Plzen❓ Mood in the camp👊 Fighting spiritRead what Lopetegui said in his pre-match press conference. 👇— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) October 22, 2018last_img read more