On Women’s Day, Rahul Gandhi offers them several sops

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday promised a series of sops for women if his party came to power in Odisha.Interacting with women on the occasion of Women’s Day during his visit to Jeypore in Odisha’s Koraput district, he promised to get the women’s reservation bill passed in Parliament and adopt a policy of ‘zero tolerance’ for atrocities against women. He said all women would be provided free education of their choice, be it in engineering, medical or any other field. He also promised financial assistance for marriage of poor women and enhancement of widows’ pension to ₹2000 a month.Assembly elections will be held in Odisha along with the Lok Sabha polls.All women, especially those from tribal, dalit and backward communities, should get free education to achieve real empowerment. Maternity related deaths were a concern and he wanted it to be fought with access to information and modern medical services. He promised to help Women Self Help Groups (WSHG) through more bank loans. The Congress would appoint special officers for women in every panchayat and set up financial corporation for women’s empowerment.Rafale dealLater in the day, addressing a public meeting at Jeypore, around 30 km from the HAL plant at Sunabeda, Mr. Gandhi came down sharply on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sidelining the public sector undertaking in the Rafale fighter jet deal. Inclusion of HAL in the deal would have provided employment opportunity to youths. Now it only benefited Anil Ambani, he alleged.He referred to documents related to the Rafale deal published in The Hindu. Officials of the Defence Ministry and Air Force, he said, say Mr. Modi prepared the new contract bypassing the negotiating team. He promised loan waiver for farmers and enhancement of support price for paddy to ₹2500 within 10 days if the Congress came to power in Odisha. He reiterated the promise of minimum income guarantee for the poor in the State.He ended his speech with sarcasm aimed at Mr Modi. “We want to provide a government that hears your ‘mann ki baat’ instead of making you hear ‘mann ki baat,’ he said.last_img read more

76ers season has gone south with each visit to Toronto

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Raptors made their own big deal when they acquired Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies at the trade deadline and will count on him to try and limit Embiid. Gasol didn’t play in any of the four games in the season series and the Sixers know they’ll have their own challenges in slowing down the skilled passer, as well as Kawhi Leonard and former Villanova star Kyle Lowry.The dog days of the Process well behind them, the Sixers were built to make a deep run this season. Brown has proclaimed the Sixers are good enough to play for a championship and general manager Elton Brand made the bold deals for Butler and Harris to give the star power needed to get there. Team owner Josh Harris has offered only lukewarm support for Brown and made no guarantee the coach would return for a seventh season.Beating the Raptors could cool that hot seat.“We have a team that is slowly coming together,” Brown said. “They don’t have the luxury of lots of games and lots of context to share upon. And so you have Jo, you don’t. You have Jimmy Butler, you don’t. These guys have been great on trying to form a team.”The Sixers tanked in a surprising Game 1 loss to Brooklyn, then made all the right plays over the next four games that was highlighted by a dominant 120-100 Game 5 on Tuesday night. The Sixers stunned the Nets with a 14-0 run to open the game in front of the loudest and rowdiest packed house of the season and never faced any fight from a Brooklyn team ready for summer break.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Sure, the Raptors went 3-1 against the Sixers, but Philadelphia has evolved thanks to a pair of splashy trades this season that could skew the perception that Toronto has been the dominant team in the series. The Sixers head this week to Toronto for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal with their starting five in tact for the first time all season: All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, midseason acquisitions Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris, and JJ Redick failed to start a game together against the Raptors.“We all understand what the math says with our success in Toronto, and it’s not flattering,” Brown said. “But it’s also not directed to the team that we have. And so you can credit it or you can discredit it. I’m discrediting it. I think that we have a new group, we have a new opportunity.”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, logisticsThe Sixers and Raptors both dropped their playoff opener before winning four straight; the Raptors against Orlando and the 76ers eliminated Brooklyn. The two franchises have not met in the playoffs since Allen Iverson, now a postseason regular at his courtside seat, and the Sixers needed seven games to top Vince Carter and the Raptors in 2001.Toronto’s homecourt edge as the No. 2 seed in the East looms large — the Sixers have lost 13 straight games at Scotiabank Arena since their last win there on Nov. 10, 2012.center_img Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, of Cameroon, heads to the locker room following Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 122-100. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA— The 76ers have gone south in Toronto.Sixers coach Brett Brown wants the season series to come with an asterisk.ADVERTISEMENT Marinerang Pilipina joins Philippine Super Liga Embiid, who missed a playoff game with a bad left knee, offered a brash take on Philly’s postseason run.“You’ve got some great teams in the league. We’re about to play one of them and then the next one will not be easy, either Milwaukee or Boston,” he said.Embiid took a parting shot on Instagram before the series started and he took a social media sabbatical. He posted a slideshow of Embiid playing against Brooklyn, Toronto, Boston and the Golden State Warriors — a possible combination of teams that Sixers would have to beat to win their first NBA title since 1983.Even with the knee injury, Embiid had four double-doubles in four games against the Nets, the first 76er to open the playoffs with four straight since Hall of Famer Charles Barkley in 1986. Dating to last season, Embiid has scored 20-plus points in five straight playoff games, the longest streak since Iverson did it a franchise best 22 straight times from 2001 to 2003.“I didn’t finish up the regular season, so just getting my rhythm and getting healthier and just doing the right things I think is working out well,” Embiid said. “Still got a long way to go, but as long as I’m alive, I’ve got to keep pushing.”He wants to keep that push going into June.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

France plans alcohol ban after violent clashes at Euro 2016

first_imgFrance’s interior minister called on tough sanctions against England and Russia after violent clashes in Marseille and urged hosting cities to consider a ban on alcohol around match days. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)”It is absolutely necessary that the national federations whose supporters create incidents of this nature be punished for what happened inside the stadium, and also outside,” Bernard Cazeneuve told a news briefing. (UEFA investigates Russian fan violence at Euro 2016)Cazeneuve said he asked police chiefs in nine hosting cities to take all measures to prevent the sale, consumption and transportation of alcohol on the day before a fixture and on the match day.Anybody arrested for violent incidents could also be banned from all stadiums, fan zones and popular public areas in all host cities, he added. (Russia salvage 1-1 draw against England)last_img read more

Transition from marathon to steeplechase was difficult: Babar

first_imgMumbai, Sep 3 (PTI) Indias steeplechase specialist Lalita Babar, who finished 10th in the recently-concluded Rio Olympics, said the transition from being a marathon runner to running steeplechase wasnt easy for her. “It (the change from running marathon to running steeplechase) was very difficult because steeplechase is a technical event and in technical events winning a medal in Asian Games is very difficult within six months,” said the Satara-based athlete. “But I still won a medal (in the Asian Games) despite that. Not only one technique is used, but steeplechase also is an endurance event, which requires endurance, speed and technique,” Babar said. The 27-year-old athlete was speaking after being conferred the Sportswoman of the year award by former India pacer Zaheer Khan. The award was part of the Sports Journalists Association of Mumbais (SJAM) Golden Jubilee Annual Awards 2016 which were presented here this evening. She had won a silver in 3000m steeplechase during the 2014 Asian Games held at Incheon while she had bagged gold in 2015 Asian Championships held at Wuhan in the same event. “The biggest thing is that one needs concentration. If there is no concentration, to do hurdles and water jump is very difficult. For me it is a difficult event and I tried it. I like that event and for me if any woman athlete reaches the final (in the Olympics) after 33 years, it is big thing,” she added. PTI NRB ATK ATKlast_img read more

Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Gamage included in Sri Lanka squad for Pallekele Test

first_imgFast bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Gamage have been included in the 14-man Sri Lanka squad for the third and final Test against India to be played at the Pallekele International Stadium from Saturday.Meanwhile, batsman Danushka Gunathilaka who played in opening Test at Galle, has been omitted for the final Test.Leg-spinner Rangana Herath had earlier been ruled out with a mild back injury.The hosts, who currently trail the three-match series 0-2 having lost the first two Tests, will try to save some pride against the Virat Kohli-led side in the final match.Sri Lanka squad: Dinesh Chandimal – Captain ,Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Gamage, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sandakan.last_img read more

How Much Will Weeden and Blackmon Get?

first_imgPhoto Attribution: US PresswireAs of May 17 eight of the 32 NFL first round picks had already signed contracts, including two of the top ten. This is actually a fairly large pre-June number. NFL.com has reported that with the new rookie wage scale, a staggering number of players are signing much more quickly than they used to. What choice do they have, really?The new scale requires four-year contracts with a fifth year option for first round picks and even provides guidelines for what each player should earn given his position in the draft.Essentially the way it works is the NFL designates a pool of money for all NFL rookies (last year’s number was $874M) and then divvies it up to each team. Teams that have more (and higher) picks (like Cleveland) receiver more of the pool than teams that have fewer (and lower) picks (like New Orleans).Teams then use their allocated money to sign draft picks, bonuses and incentives are included in this. According to this article in the Journal-Sentinel, one agent who has completed a deal with another team said:It took me about 5 minutes to get it done.This is way different than just a few years ago when Matt Stafford was getting Angelina-Jolie-post-Tomb-Raider type money. And it’s actually much cleaner and better — fewer lockouts, no more “why is Jake Long being paid in bullet-proof briefcases?” questions.CBS has a cool list of all the teams and how much money they were allotted. Interestingly, some teams hold on to their signing bonuses for longer so they can earn interest on the cash. Can you see Bill Belichick checking his E*Trade portfolio on a daily basis? “Come on Apple, split for me before we have to sign this massive idiot from Arkansas who thinks he knows how to play quarterback! Come on, Apple, come on!”All that to say, things won’t have changed much from last year. As that CBS article states, the overall percentage increase for the rookie pool was minimal, the Browns just received a lot because they had a lot of picks. So you’ll probably see small upticks in the contracts of Weeden and Blackmon from their same slots last year. Something like this:2011 5th pick – Patrick Peterson – 4 years, $18.5M2012 5th pick – Justin Blackmon – 4 years, $18.8M2011 22nd pick – Anthony Castonzo – 4 years, $8M2012 22nd pick – Brandon Weeden – 4 years, $8.2MBlackmon’s money (all $18M) will be guaranteed while Weeden’s will be about 75% guaranteed. Blackmon will get somewhere in the neighborhood of a $12M signing bonus (Ghost Recon for everyone!) and then be paid the other $6.8M over the next four years. Weeden will get about a $4.5M bonus and be paid the other $4M over the next four years.Not as much as it once was, but still more money than you and I will ever have.Unless Boone stumbled upon this somehow. If you’re reading, Mr. Pickens, happy birthday!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Jürgen Klopp uses German lesson to keep Liverpool alert against Maribor

first_imgShare on LinkedIn World Cup stunning moments: the Miracle of Bern Read more Jürgen Klopp Maribor Read more Champions League Topics Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Long before Istanbul there was the Miracle of Bern and Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool should heed a warning from history when they host Maribor on Wednesday. In the Champions League, the Liverpool manager insists, there are no foregone conclusions, even against an opponent humiliated 7-0.Liverpool recorded the biggest away win in their European history against the Slovenian champions two weeks ago – indeed the biggest by any English team away in the European Cup – but Klopp claims he will be content with a 1-0 victory in the return. He cited West Germany’s 3-2 win over Hungary in the 1954 World Cup final as a reason why. Germany secured their first World Cup not only after trailing 2-0 in Bern but having lost 8-3 to the Mighty Magyars in the first round of the tournament. Klopp will use a 63-year-old history lesson to guard against complacency at Anfield. Share on WhatsApp “We have to do like we did in the first game. Two or three of the goals were because of our pressing situations, when they played and we jumped in, the first goal especially when Mo [Mohamed Salah] put the left-back under pressure with his speed. I don’t expect a lot of easy spaces. We will have to work for this. If anyone is expecting something like this [7-0 again] I cannot change that.“We have three more games, nine points, we had the first two games with good performances but not enough points, so there is nothing to waste now. We have to be and we will be 100% serious. I will make sure of that. If we win at the end 1-0 I am completely happy about it because it means we have three more points.”Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren did not train with the rest of the Liverpool squad on Tuesday due to an abductor and thigh injury respectively. Share via Email “I am from Germany so I know in 1954 we lost against Hungary in the group stage really clear and then won the World Cup final,” he recalled with unmistakable pride. “Nobody would have expected that. That’s football. That is how I learned it pretty early in my life. It’s always possible. It’s all about our performance.“We have to use the little advantage of being the home team, using the crowd, being spot-on again, but we did so well in Maribor and that was the reason for the result – not the quality of the opponent. At the end it looked like a big difference but it was only because of our start. We have to do that again. Being there from the first second should be easy to understand for the boys because we lost points in the first two games of the group. Everybody is close together. Nobody knows how the other game will be so we need to use this opportunity for us to win the home game and be in a better position.”The Liverpool manager believes a more recent event – Saturday’s 3-0 defeat of a defensive Huddersfield Town – should serve as ideal preparation for facing Maribor, who had to train late at Anfield on Tuesday due to a delayed flight. Darko Milanic’s team conceded seven goals in 86 minutes to Liverpool having conceded only four times in 10 domestic home matches all season. And Klopp claims their domestic form – unbeaten after 14 games and joint-top of the league with Olimpija Ljubljana – is a more accurate reflection of their quality than the chaotic, careless display served up in the first encounter with Liverpool.Klopp added: “Since we played them they won and they are first, level on points. They are usually really well organised but it is a football playing side and I don’t think they can change this much. The last game against Huddersfield will be a good reference for us. Yes, they will be organised, they will not open any gaps for us, they will not make it easy for us, they will fight for each yard and that’s clear. Share on Facebook Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren hits out at ‘disgusting’ death threats Liverpool news Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Fabregas still in awe of Iniesta

first_imgFàbregas Fabregas still amazed by timeless Iniesta Joe Wright 17:21 2/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) andres iniesta - cropped Getty Images Chelsea v Barcelona Barcelona Chelsea UEFA Champions League The World Cup winner turns 34 this year, but his former Barcelona team-mate believes he has the intelligence and quality to keep going strong Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says the danger posed by Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has not diminished with age.Fabregas will face his former team-mate and compatriot when the Catalans visit Stamford Bridge for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.AdChoices广告Iniesta, 33, has been used with caution by head coach Ernesto Valverde, having only completed 90 minutes twice this season in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Spain star was substituted in the second half of Saturday’s 2-0 LaLiga win at Eibar and is almost certain to start against Chelsea, with January signing Philippe Coutinho ineligible.And Fabregas has no doubt Iniesta remains a fine player, especially as he has rarely had to rely on physical qualities in his career.”He’s still good; for this type of player, age doesn’t really matter,” said Fabregas.”Once you have a talent, once you have the class that he and so many other ‘big’ players have, they can play until their late 30s.”Physically, it’s important, obviously because the game nowadays depends a lot on that. But when you have the quality, when you have the intelligence, it can sometimes compensate.”Asked if Iniesta was an idol for Fabregas as a Barca youth product, he replied: “You’re making him very old! He’s only three years older than me.”We played with the Spain Under-21s together. We’ve played together from when I was 18 years old.”I never saw him as an ‘idol’ because we always played together. I saw him as a team-mate. A person obviously that I admire, but in a different way from an idol I looked up to when I was young.”I used to look up to [Pep] Guardiola because he was playing in my position; I used to love Luis Figo when he was at Barcelona. These two were probably the ones I looked up to most when I was little.”But this generation of Spanish players, and not only Spanish players, in Barcelona has been fantastic.”last_img read more


first_img Twitter Login/Register With: It’s no secret that the fashion industry is a major contributor to climate change. In fact, in April it was reported that the fashion industry’s carbon impact is bigger than the airline industry’s.In light of this, many environmentally-conscious consumers are looking for other options. They’re looking for brands that offer fashionable styles with minimal environmental effects, without breaking the bank.Enter Leafii, a start-up that makes leather-like wallets and bags out of leaves. Yes, you read that right — leaves. “Materials that are abundant, natural and highly regenerative are repurposed into something useful without hiding what they are but rather, showcasing their intricate patterns and natural variations,” their website reads. Leafii Advertisementcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

California crabbers use GPS to find whalekilling gear

first_imgHALF MOON BAY, Calif. – Fisherman Jake Bunch leans over the side of the fishing boat “Sadie K,” spears his catch, and reels it aboard: an abandoned crab pot, dangling one limp lasagna noodle of kelp and dozens of feet of rope, just the kind of fishing gear that has been snaring an increasing number of whales off U.S. coasts.Confirmed counts of humpbacks, blue and other endangered or threatened species of whale entangled by the ropes, buoys and anchors of fishing gear hit a record 50 on the East Coast last year, and tied the record on the West Coast at 48, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The accidental entanglements can gouge whales’ flesh and mouth, weaken the animals, drown them, or kill them painfully, over months.This year, Bunch is one of small number of commercial fishermen out of Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco, and five other ports up and down California who headed to sea again after the West Coast’s Dungeness crab season ended this summer.The California fishermen are part of a new effort using their cellphones’ GPS and new software pinpointing areas where lost or abandoned crabbing gear has been spotted. They retrieve the gear for a payment — at Half Moon Bay, it’s $65 per pot —before the fishing ropes can snag a whale.Especially stormy weather this year has meant more wayward crabbing gear than usual, Bunch said recently on a grey late-summer morning at sea.“Makes it all the more important to pick it up,” he says.Bunch spots the algae-blackened buoy of his first derelict crab pot of the day just after a humpback surfaces near the Sadie K.Leaning out the window of his boat’s cabin, Bunch uses his phone to snap a picture of the spot, capturing its location via the GPS setting. Then he hauls in the crab pot, the size and shape of a giant truck tire, and removes the owner’s tag inside that California mandates. He tosses the lone live crab inside the pot back into the water — it’s the off-season.The crab gear goes back to Bunch’s port, which charges the original owners $100 for returning the lost gear — a bargain, compared to the $250 a new pot costs.California fishermen and port officials working with the Nature Conservancy environmental group developed the program, designed to be affordable and easy enough for ports to manage on their own.West Coast fishermen annually lose thousands of pots for Dungeness crabs, which are a staple of Thanksgiving dinners and community crab feeds across California.Dungeness bring in tens of millions of dollars in revenue in a good year. But they also are the single-largest identifiable source of fishing gear entangling whales on the West Coast. Crab pots and the lines can get carried away by waves or by vessels that accidentally snag them. Sometimes fishermen abandon their pots or lose them.On the East Coast, meanwhile, lobster traps and gillnets are among the culprits in whale entanglements.On both coasts, fishermen and others regularly join missions to cut free whales found tangled in gear. Last July, a Canadian fisherman was killed while rescuing an Atlantic right whale snagged by lines.Clearly, “taking gear off the whales is not the solution to the problem. At all,” said Justin Viezbicke, who tracks West Coast entanglements for NOAA federal fisheries. The answer is “prevent these things from happening in the future.”Off the West Coast, changes in ocean temperatures in recent years mean fishermen and whales increasingly have found themselves in the same waters.The surge in whale entanglements has fueled tensions in California between commercial fishing operators eager to show they are trying to tackle the problems and some conservationists.Some environmental groups say the state should put in place more mandatory protection measures, such as blocking fishermen from especially important waters for whales.One group, the Center for Biological Diversity, filed notice this summer that it plans to sue California for allegedly not doing enough to keep the Dungeness crab fishery from killing protected whale species.“We’ve been hearing for years now from both the state of California and fishermen that they care about the problem and want to address it,” said Kristen Monsell, a staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity.“But nothing has changed other than more whales are getting tangled off our coast and dying painful, tragic deaths,” Monsell said.On this morning, Bunch quickly reels in nine derelict crab pots in fewer than two hours.Back at Half Moon Bay port, Lisa Damrosch, executive director of the local seafood marketing association, has taken in about 450 recovered crab pots so far this year, stacking them behind a fence to return them to their owners before the crucial holiday season for Dungeness crab.“No one wants to entangle a single whale,” Damrosch said. But “the best fishermen in the world are going to lose a pot.”last_img read more

Roosevelt Library backers look to Walmart heir, big oil

BISMARCK, N.D. — An heir to the Walmart fortune, a wealthy governor and oil companies could fund a big chunk of the private money needed for a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in North Dakota’s western Badlands.It’s unclear how much might come from the Roosevelt family.North Dakota lawmakers recently approved $50 million in public money for the project, but it must be matched by $100 million in private money.The library foundation says it has $52 million in pledges. It’s widely believed most of that is from former Walmart Chairman Rob Walton and his wife, Melani. She declined comment.North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness expects “substantial” money from the energy industry.A spokesman says Gov. Doug Burgum also will contribute. Burgum sold a company to Microsoft in 2001 for $1.1 billion.Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press read more

Port City says civil society spread baseless allegations

Identifying the need to uplift the fishing industry as a whole, the Colombo Port City has decided to grant Rs. 500 Million to the Fishermen Livelihood Support Society set up under the direction of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development. Under the Livelihood programme, plans are underway to provide several other Fishery Associations in the Negombo and Wattala fishing regions with financial aid & other facilities to uplift the livelihood of fisher families and the industry in general. Colombo Port City says there had been baseless propaganda in the past, spread by civil society organisations, leading to negative reactions by several fishery associations towards the Colombo Port City project.Allegations were made, stating that fisher folk were loosing fish breeding grounds, due to sand dredging in the Negombo area. “However, investigations made by NARA proved that the manner in which the dredging was done had no impact on fish breeding grounds nor were the dredging locations in areas where there was coral and other marine life,” Colombo Port City said in a statement today. A number of development programs to improve the livelihood of fisher folk and provide them with financial benefits have been launched by the Colombo Port City in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development.  The programs were launched earlier this month at a ceremony attended by Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera as Chief Guest.The Minister laid the foundation stone for the first phase of the project, which included a number of development programmes such as Community Halls in Dikkowita and Uswetakeiyawa; and two  shelters for the boat landings in Keppungoda and Aluthkuruwa  The first phase of the development programme would benefit fisher families in the Wattala, Uswetakkeiyawa, Seeduwa, Keppungoda and Negombo areas.  17 fishery associations representing these areas were awarded Rs. 2,000,000/- each at the ceremony, so that the money would be distributed amongst fishermen in the form of interest free loans, so that they would have the opportunity to either purchase equipment or otherwise invest in their professions to better their livelihoods. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Sierra Leone rebels agree to resume disarmament process UN mission

In a communiqué signed yesterday in the southern town of Bo by Solomon Berewa, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, and Omrie Golley, Chairman of the Revolutionary United Front’s (RUF) Political and Peace Council, the Government of Sierra Leone and the rebels agreed that disarmament in Kono District would resume as of 18 July with a view to completing the process in that area by the end of the month. The signing was witnessed by the head of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), Oluyemi Adeniji.The parties further agreed that all checkpoints erected by the RUF or Civil Defence Force (CDF) in Kono District will be dismantled as of 18 July. In order to allow a smooth completion of the disarmament process, a total moratorium on all mining activities in Kono District will also come into force the same day. No combatants will be allowed to carry weapons except on their way to reception centres under the supervision of their commanders, to prevent future clashes between armed combatants in the district.A joint committee comprising representatives of the CDF, the RUF and UNAMSIL will be established on the ground to monitor implementation of the agreement. The meeting also agreed on the next steps and locations for the disarmament process countrywide. read more

Iran continues to enrich uranium UN nuclear watchdog tells Security Council

One month after the United Nations Security Council called for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is reporting that this work continues, and it can make no further progress in determining whether the country is carrying out illicit nuclear activities because it lacks the cooperation of the Government.“After more than three years of Agency efforts to seek clarity about all aspects of Iran’s nuclear programme, the existing gaps in knowledge continue to be a matter of concern,” IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei told the Security Council in a report released today.“Any progress in that regard requires full transparency and active cooperation by Iran – transparency that goes beyond the measures prescribed in the Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol – if the Agency is to be able to understand fully the twenty years of undeclared nuclear activities by Iran,” the report adds.According to the report, Iran’s uranium conversion campaign “is still ongoing.” Iran has continued to feed UF6 gas – used for uranium enrichment – into large-scale machinery built for that purpose in March. The report was requested by the Security Council on 29 March, in its first official action after the matter was referred to it by the Agency, as the Council called on Iran to re-establish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development.That action followed Iran’s decision to resume it s efforts to produce enriched uranium, a substance that can be used for peaceful purposes, such as generating energy, or for making nuclear weapons. The Tehran Government denies claims by the United States and other countries that it is trying to develop nuclear weapons.Today’s report recalls that, until February, Iran had agreed to some transparency measures requested by the Agency, including access to certain military sites.However, it says, additional measures, including access to documentation, dual use equipment and relevant individuals, are still needed for the Agency to be able to verify the scope and nature of Iran’s enrichment programme, the purpose and use of the dual use equipment and materials, and alleged studies which could have a military nuclear dimension.“Regrettably, these transparency measures are not yet forthcoming,” Mr. ElBaradei states, concluding that “the Agency cannot make a judgement about, or reach a conclusion on, future compliance or intentions,” although it will keep pursuing its investigation. read more

Changes coming to Workday as data imported new design launched

Employees using Workday may notice several changes over the next month.Beginning in June, data from Brock’s current human resources systems will be imported into Workday. Faculty and staff using Workday’s financial services modules (Workday Finance) will see additional information, including their own employee data such as personal and contact information.Changes are expected to come in waves and once Workday’s human resources component (Workday HR) goes live, records will be accurate. An important feature of Workday HR is its rigorous safeguards for employee data security.   Training sessions scheduled throughout June will offer guidance on using different modules in Workday, including how employees can directly access and update their own personal information.Workday’s new ‘Canvas’ user interface features large icons and colours to match Brock’s brand.Employees may also notice a new Workday design. Launched Monday, May 21, Workday’s new ‘Canvas’ design features large, clean icons that allow for more intuitive navigation. The new interface reflects Brock’s branding and is more adaptable to varying screen sizes.Employees are encouraged to visit the Workday SharePoint site on a regular basis between now and July 1 to register for upcoming training events and to view important dates focused on job postings, contracts, time sheets and vacation balances. Click “Contact Us” to ask questions and provide feedback.Once launched, Workday HR will allow real-time access to data, reduce duplication and provide a unified system of record for improved analytics, reporting and forecasting for planning and operational decisions. The cloud-based human resources management system will give employees direct access to their personal employment information and online requests for time away, and will provide management with team information and reports for analytics.Workday HR will provide several benefits to people and departments across Brock University. read more

Home Rule leaders brought togetheron a stamp

first_imgTWO OF IRELAND’S most prominent and controversial figures have been brought closer together – on a stamp just issued by An Post.The stamp marks the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Government of Ireland Act 1914, better known as the Home Rule Act.The 60 cent stamp, designed by Ger Garland, features John Redmond, Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, and Unionist politician Edward Carson. The two had a good personal relationship, but butted heads on the act.The so called ‘Home Rule Act’ was passed by parliament in 1914 and was intended to provide a measure of self government for Ireland then under British rule.The Act emerged after Catholic Emancipation and the emergence of a strong Irish Party. The two key figures of the time were Redmond, a Wexford politician who pushed the cause of Irish Home rule, and Carson, from Dublin, who opposed it.Redmond led the Irish Parliamentary Part from 1900 to 1918 while Carson was the leader of the Unionist Alliance and Ulster Unionist Party from 1910 until 1921.An accompanying first day cover features the stamp and a reproduction of a satirical cartoon of the time. Both are available at www.irishstamps.ie, main post offices or the Irish Stamp shop in Dublin’s GPO.Read: One post office made stamps to mark the Battle of Clontarf anniversary, can you guess where?last_img read more

Une baleine morte de 18 mètres séchoue aux SablesdOlonne

first_imgUne baleine morte de 18 mètres s’échoue aux Sables-d’OlonneUn rorqual de 18 mètres a été découvert à cinq heures du matin vendredi sur une plage des Sables-d’Olonne. L’animal était déjà mort et un cordon sanitaire a été établi autour de sa carcasse. Le centre de recherche des mammifères marins de la Rochelle étudie divers prélèvements afin de déterminer les causes du décès de la baleine. Alors que les Sables-d’Olonne se préparent à accueillir le vainqueur du Vendée-Globe, c’est un invité de taille qui a débarqué en premier. Des promeneurs ont découvert très tôt vendredi le corps, hélas sans vie, d’une baleine de 18 mètres le long de la plage des Présidents. Il s’agirait d’un rorqual selon les pompiers.À lire aussiUne carcasse de baleine découverte à l’orée de la forêt amazonienneLa zone a été sécurisée pour éviter que les curieux viennent toucher et escalader l’infortuné cétacé. Cela pourrait propager des germes alors que des analyses sont prévues pour mieux comprendre pourquoi cette baleine s’est ainsi échouée. Cette étude sera menée par le centre de recherche des mammifères marins de la Rochelle.Les membres de ce centre ont entamé hier après-midi le découpage de l’animal en vue de réaliser des prélèvements. Les restes seront envoyés à l’équarrissage. D’après les chercheurs le rorqual serait en fait mort avant de s’être échoué. Reste à déterminer les causes de son décès.Le 26 janvier 2013 à 17:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Discussion on WWE Roadblock and WrestleMania 32 card

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Wrestleview Live #55: WrestleMania 35 Review; Live thoughts from Metlife Stadium Seth Rollins Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Videos Articles Videos Articles Google+ Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Facebook Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Post-RAW reactions to Undertaker, Sami Zayn returning after WrestleMania Wrestleview Post-RAW #33: Reviewing the RAW after WrestleMania 35 Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Twitter Pinterest Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:17Loaded: 100.00%0:17Remaining Time -0:13 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next I joined Chris Featherstone on “Pancakes and Powerslams” on Tuesday night to discuss WWE’s Roadblock special on the WWE Network this past weekend, the card for WrestleMania 32 in just three weeks in Dallas at AT&T Stadium, RAW and more.You can listen to the full show below. Thanks to Chris and the crew for having me on! WhatsApp Kurt Anglelast_img read more

How will Gambias 1 December 2016 presidential election conclude

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYHow will Gambia’s 1 December 2016 presidential election conclude?The APRC and its presidential candidate did file an election petition and are waiting for an outcome. They also want the whole Gambian nation to wait for that outcome.President-Elect Barrow has been declared the winner of the presidential election. He is also preparing to be sworn in as President on 19th January after the expiration of office of Outgoing President Jammeh.Different views are being expressed on either side of the political spectrum. Negotiations are said to be on but time is of essence. Such negotiation should lead to acceptance of the truth.Remarks being made that inauguration will not take place is the opinion of those on the losing side of the election. They should be respected but not given more value than their worth. The truth is already known to those who care to know. Such truth cannot be reversed or distorted.We are sure that the verdict of the people will ultimately prevail.last_img read more

Guests can leave says TCI Premier

first_imgThe Premier, Sharlene Robinson, who was also celebrating her birthday on Monday September 4 addressed concerns about tourists during the media debriefing yesterday.  By Deandrea Hamilton Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIPremier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp OECD listed but never informed of concerns on TCI investor policy, Premier calls clarity and proof of any breachcenter_img Recommended for you Turks and Caicos Statutory Board review report released, Government to embark on vigorous reforms Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 5th, 2017 – Providenciales – Guests to the Turks and Caicos are being asked, if they can, to leave early and the plan of the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports authority is to keep the airports open for as long as possible.FAA and CAA requirements are that all airports close though when wind speeds get to around 45mph. last_img read more