New Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) Applications for joining the army are obtained before hand and this practice has helped in controlling the rush which in the past has even resulted in lathicharge or use of tear gas, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told the Rajya Sabha today. From last year, the army has begun inviting online applications which has helped in conducting the recruitment in more organised manner, he said while replying to questions. Parrikar said in the past, there have been instances of a large number of applicants turning up and as a result, the situation used to become difficult to control and lathicharge, tear gas etc had to be resorted to. He said all districts of the coutry are covered in these recruitment rallies. Some members expressed concern that there could be areas where people dont have extensive facilities for online registration. To this, Parrikar said in case they provide him specific details, he can explore possibility of providing offline registration as well. Parrikar was speaking about a question on recruitment rallies in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh responding to which he said it is ensured that all districts in the country are covered atleast once every year. PTI ADS AKK
Australian players will not travel to Bangladesh for a two-Test tour starting this month until the pay dispute between them and the sport’s national governing body is resolved, captain Steve Smith said on Tuesday.The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) and Cricket Australia’s (CA) have failed to resolve a long-running pay dispute that has left around 230 players effectively unemployed after the previous five-year agreement expired in June.The Australia A team boycotted their South Africa tour in July after a new Memorandum of Understanding could not be agreed and Smith says the senior team will skip the Bangladesh tour, which is scheduled to start on August 27.”I’d like to, but as we’ve said for a long time we need to get the deal done first,” Smith told Fox Sports.”I don’t think it would be fair for us to go away after the (Australia) A guys were very strong on not going away on their tour, for us to then go away I don’t think that’s fair.”CA know this, they’ve been told this. I told (CA’s Executive General Manager Team Performance) Pat Howard personally that this was how things were going to be if there wasn’t a deal done.”The dispute revolves around CA’s scrapping of the two-decade-old revenue share model, by which players get a fixed share of the organisation’s annual revenue, in the new pay deal. Local media reported that CA is on the verge of an agreement with the players’ union and Smith remained hopeful that a solution would be found.advertisement”It’s had some difficult moments,” the 28-year-old said.”When this is all over with, I have to deal with Pat Howard, I have to deal with the (CA) Board and speak to (CA chief executive) James Sutherland so I have to be careful with what sort of lines I tread.”Talking to the two parties and trying to figure out what each of them want and the best way forward. It’s been a long process and hopefully it comes to a close soon.”Sutherland said last week that his organisation would take the pay dispute to arbitration if a resolution was not found by this week.
TORONTO — David Ortiz hit the 452nd and 453rd home runs of his career to move past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time list as the Red Sox won their fifth straight game July 21st with a resounding 14-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.Ortiz matched Yastrzemski with a two-run blast to center off left-hander Brad Mills in the fourth, then broke the short-lived tie with another two-run shot off Mills in the fifth, his 21st and 22nd homers of the season.It was the third multi-homer game of the season for Ortiz and the 44th of his career.Mike Napoli followed Ortiz’s second shot with his 12th homer, the fourth time this season Boston has gone back-to-back.TweetPinShare0 Shares
zoom Singapore-listed Triyards Holdings Limited has received termination notices for design and construction deals related to two chemical tankers.The shipbuilding contracts, dated June 26, 2015 and the addendum dated May 10, 2017, had an aggregate contract value of USD 51 million.The buyer of the chemical tankers, which delivered the notices of termination to Triyards’ subsidiary, Saigon Offshore Fabrication and Engineering Limited (SOFEL), has claimed for the reimbursement of all sums paid in advance on account of the contracts, amounting to USD 10.2 million.Separately, Triyards released its financial report for the full year ended August 31, 2017. The company informed that it ended the year with a loss of USD 162.5 million, compared to a profit of USD 17.8 million reported a year earlier.The company’s revenue for the period plunged by 64 percent to USD 116.2 million from USD 324.9 million seen in the twelve months ended August 31, 2016.
Parrsboro is looking for more artists, learners, and visitors. Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Tony Ince joined members of Parrsboro Creative, today, June 25, to announce $60,000 in funding to help develop a cultural campus to attract professional artists and art learners in various disciplines. “Creative communities are an important part of Nova Scotia, enhancing life for residents, attracting visitors, and adding to our economic growth,” said Mr. Ince. “Investing in Parrsboro Creative allows us to strengthen and build on excellent assets we already have in this creative community.” Parrsboro Creative offers workshops in fine craft, fine art, drama and music. It uses artists from Nova Scotia and around the world to teach clay sculpture, playing the ukulele, singing, acting, watercolour painting and photography. “We at Parrsboro Creative truly think that we’re on the verge of significant change in our progress toward achieving our goals and redefining post-industrial Parrsboro through the cultural lens,” said Michael Fuller, president of Parrsboro Creative. “There is a distinct buzz happening with people who write, call and come here to see for themselves what this developing arts scene is all about.” The announcement came during a carnival-like celebration in the town that included whimsical sculptures, a parade down Main Street, and visits to cultural institutions in the area. The funding will help promote and develop the rich cultural experiences in Parrsboro through Parrsboro Creative’s Cultural Campus and initiate an Artist Attraction Program which invites artists to relocate to Parrsboro. Funding for Parrsboro Creative is through the Support4Culture program.
Thiruvananthapuram: After the onset of the Southwest monsoon was delayed by a week, the India Meteorological Department on Sunday said it has further advanced in the south Arabian Sea, most parts of Lakshadweep and some parts of Kerala and south Tamil Nadu among other regions. It also pointed out that the conditions were becoming favourable for the monsoon to advance into some parts of Northeastern states over the next 48 hours till Tuesday. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe onset of the monsoon over Kerala was forecast to be June 1, but it only hit the coast on Saturday. In an IMD statement issued here on Sunday it said the conditions were favourable for further progress of the Southwest monsoon into the remaining parts of South Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep and Kerala, some more parts of Tamil Nadu, southwest-, southeast-, east-central- and northeast Bay of Bengal and some parts of central Arabian Sea and west-central Bay of Bengal till Tuesday. In its advisory to fishermen, the IMD asked them not to venture into the sea of the above mentioned areas as wind speed was expected to be as high as 60 kmph.
NEW YORK — Keep your friends close … and your close friends closer?Instagram is adding a feature to make it easier to share photos and videos with fewer folks.Called Close Friends, the new feature lets users share Stories — photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours — with people they put on a special list. The idea is people may feel more comfortable sharing some things with just close friends, rather than all followers.Regular posts would still appear to everyone, though users have the option of pre-approving followers. Facebook already lets people narrow audiences for individual posts, but the Facebook-owned Instagram hasn’t.Social-media companies are quickly learning that bigger audience sizes for users can mean a reluctance to share more personal stuff. So, they are adding ways to communicate with smaller groups. This is why Facebook is beefing up its Groups feature, and why messaging apps are so popular.Robby Stein, product director at Instagram, said the feature took more than a year to complete. It starts rolling out to users Friday.To use it, first create a list of close friends by going to your profile and tapping the icon with three horizontal lines. Instagram will suggest people to add based on how often you interact with them, or you can pick your own.Once that’s done, you can create a story just for those people. Friends aren’t notified when you add them to the list, or if you remove them later, and they can’t request to be added. But they’ll eventually know: Stories they get this way will have a green circle around them, rather than the usual pink.You can create just one Close Friends group, though, rather than separate ones for families, friends and other circles, as you can on the main Facebook service. Stein said Instagram wanted to keep things simple and observed that when there are multiple lists, people don’t tend to use them.Instagram copied the Stories feature from Snapchat years ago and now has more than 400 million people using the feature each day. That’s more than twice the number using Snapchat — not just its Stories feature — each day.Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia Airlines may be sold or shut down, Malaysia’s leader said Tuesday, the latest bad news for a carrier that has been in crisis since suffering the loss of two planes. The 71-year-old airline has been on the ropes since 2014 when Flight MH370 disappeared and MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made missile over war-torn Ukraine. With the carrier teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, sovereign wealth fund Khazanah stepped in to take it over several years ago and major reforms were instituted, including cutting thousands of staff. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! But it has continued to fare poorly and its performance was blamed in large part for a set of poor financial results released by Khazanah last week. Responding to questions about the airline’s future, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters in parliament: “I think it is a very serious matter, to shut down the national airline. “We will nevertheless be studying and investigating as to whether we should shut it down or we should sell it off or we should refinance it.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Official news agency Bernama reported that Khazanah last week posted a pre-tax loss of 6.3 billion ringgit (USD 1.54 billion) for 2018, compared with a pre-tax profit of 2.9 billion ringgit the year before. Mahathir, 93 and in his second stint as premier, is seeking to reduce a mammoth national debt inherited from the previous, corruption-plagued regime. Malaysia Airlines said in a statement it had been “working closely” with Khazanah on the next phase of its turnaround plan since September. The disappearance of Flight MH370, which was carrying 239 people, remains one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries, and successive searches have failed to find the plane.
San Francisco: Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that governments need to regulate technology in order to ensure data privacy for common people. “Technology needs to be regulated. There are now too many examples where the no rails have resulted in a great damage to society,” The Verge quoted Cook as saying during the Time 100 Summit in New York City. “We all have to be intellectually honest, and we have to admit that what we’re doing isn’t working,” he added. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year In a bid to explain to US-based lawmakers what he meant, Cook cited the example of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) data privacy rules in Europe. “Europe is more likely to come up with something. GDPR is a step in the right direction,” Cook said, adding “We are advocating strongly for regulation – I do not see another path at this point.” However, for improving data privacy, he said he does not promote going overboard with depending on the government or leveraging the government with favours and cited Apple as an example. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “We cannot look for the government to solve all of our problems. Apple doesn’t have a Political Action Committee (PAC) and I refuse to have one because it shouldn’t exist. The company donates zero to political candidates,” Cook noted. In the US, PAC is an organisation that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaigns for or against candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation.
Moscow – Over the past few years, Russian authorities have been prioritizing media cooperation and the use of soft power to address the falling image of Russia among the political and business elites in Africa. The authorities have also made persistent efforts to inform the elites and business community about the positive developments and emerging economic opportunities in Russia, but Russian media and policy experts say there is still much room for improvement. Quite recently, Olga Kulkova, a research fellow at the Center for Studies of Russian-African Relations, Institute for African Studies in Moscow, noted in her opinion article that “in the global struggle for Africa, Russia is sadly far from outpacing its competitors. In terms of stringency of strategic outlook and activeness, the country is seriously lagging behind China, US, EU, India, Brazil.” For example, at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) meeting, both China and Africa have fixed a “China-Africa Press Exchange Center” in China to encourage exchanges and visits between Chinese and African media, and China already supports frequent exchange of correspondents by media organizations of the two sides. Professor David H. Shinn, an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs George, Washington University, thinks that China Central Television, China Radio International, China Daily, and China‘s official news service, Xinhua, have made a major media push into Africa. This effort coincides with China‘s expanding economic and political engagement, including the fact that China is Africa‘s largest trading partner at more than $200 billion annually, Shinn, who was a former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia (1996-99) and Burkina Faso (1987-90), wrote in an emailed interview to Buziness Africa: “Neither Russia nor the government-controlled media of any other country has made a comparable media outreach effort in Africa. This situation speaks more, however, to the extraordinary effort China is putting into its African media campaign than it does Russia‘s comparative lack of effort.” Kulkova suggested that “Africa needs broader coverage in Russian media. Leading Russian media agencies should release more topical news items and quality analytical articles about the continent, on-the-spot TV reports in order to adequately collaborate with African partners and attract Russian business to Africa. More quality information about modern Russia should be broadcast in African states. Indisputably, it would take a lot of money and efforts, but the result will pay off.” The 21st century is the century of new technologies bringing international communication to a qualitatively different level, it is a time for new methods of “struggle for the hearts and minds” of African partners. Russia ought to take that into account if it wants to improve the chances for success in Africa. All the leading countries have been doing that quite efficiently for a long time, Kulkova noted. While many experts say African media seem uninterested in developing links to Russia, Vasily Pushkov, an independent expert on international media relations argues that “it works both ways and moreso the two regions are very far from each other. They are not as interconnected as they were during the Cold War era. But, the interest in the media is relatively high right now.” He explained that Russia might have an image problem among African elites, “partly due to the fact that Russia had to somewhat reduce its different development and investment programs in the African continent compared to the Soviet era. There is also a communication problem. Most African media get their global news from the leading Western media outlets, which in turn have a nasty and longstanding habit of always portraying Russia as the world’s bogeyman.” Some problems and challenges in developing the media connection to Africa still remain. Pushkov said: “Africa is a huge continent. And it is only fair to remind oneself again and again that it is not a single entity. It has multitude of languages, cultures, nations, customs and regional or global interests. This is something that many people tend to forget when dealing with the continent.” “But this diversity also means that you can not cover the whole continent by firmly establishing yourself in just one part of it. This calls for a very complicated and structured work that requires a lot of resources the amount of which has been significantly reduced by the global financial crisis,” Pushkov explained assertively. He, however, points to positive trend in media cooperation. Last year for instance, Russian media made somewhat of a breakthrough in establishing partnership relations with African media companies. The main progress was reached during the forum of the heads of the BRICS countries’ leading media outlets “Towards creating a common information space for the BRICS countries” which took place in October in Moscow. This resulted in a number of signed cooperation agreements between Russian and South African media companies. Furthermore, leading Russian media outlets have continued their work to expand coverage of events happening on the African continent. China is leading among the BRICS. During the Sixth Ministerial Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in December 2015 in Pretoria, both China and Africa aspire to reach new milestones in many spheres, one of which is to train hundreds of journalists, help them with skills development and skills transfer programs. According to the official reports, this will provide an opportunity, by using the power of modern media, for advancing the common interest of the two regions in a mutually beneficial way. For the past few years, Russia has made some efforts to return with investment and business to Africa, but unfortunately only a few of those development projects have been made public. “Russian media write very little about Africa, what is going on there, what are the social and political dynamics in different parts of the continent. Media and NGOs should make big efforts to increase level of mutual knowledge, which can stimulate interest for each other and lead to increased economic interaction as well,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of the journal Russia in Global Affairs. “To certain extent,” Lukyanov said, “the intensification of non-political contacts may contribute to increased interest. But in Russia’s case, the main drivers of any cooperation are more traditional rather than political interests of the state and economic interest of big companies. Soft power has never been a strong side of Russian policy in the post-Soviet era.” But, this trend may be changing. In a foreign policy speech, President Vladimir Putin urged all his Russian ambassadors and diplomats to actively use new technologies to highlight Russian success stories, improve Russia’s image and defend its interests abroad, according to Russian daily Kommersant, quoting an official who attended the meeting. “It’s not enough to just crow something once… We should explain our positions again and again, using various platforms and new media technologies, until they understand,” the official, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, quoted Putin as saying. According to experts, the level and intensity of cultural influence can be raised by the effective use of soft power, and of course, social media as pointed out by President Putin in his mid-July address to Russian diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But the primary task is for diplomatic representations both in the Russian Federation and inside Africa to recognize these new methods of disseminating information, work with transparency and self-dedication, and keep up their legitimate responsibilities within the policy framework.
Rabat – Members of the royal navy rescued 424 irregular migrants in the Mediterranean on the night of Sunday, August 4, through to Monday morning.Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that, according to military sources, most of the irregular migrants are sub-Saharans.The list of the rescued migrants includes 53 women and 16 minors. The migrants were on board several damaged makeshift inflatable boats. The Coastguard provided the rescued migrants with first aid before they transferred them to various ports across Morocco.The operation comes after royal navy members rescued 63 sub-Saharan migrants from a damaged ship off the north-eastern coastline of Morocco on August 4.Recently, Morocco has been facing more pressure from irregular migration, urging the government to intensify its efforts against irregular migration attempts.Morocco’s help in managing border control and the abortion of irregular migration attempts resulted in a “significant decrease” in the migration pressure on Spanish coasts, reported Spanish news outlet ABC.Morocco has foiled more than 40,300 irregular migration attempts since January 2019.Thousands of migrants leave the African continent via Morocco every year using risky methods to reach Europe. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that 12,443 migrants arrived illegally in Spain via the sea route between January and July 2019.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Iraqi Government have agreed to step up their collaboration in promoting national development in the strife-torn nation.Earlier this week, top UNFPA officials wrapped up talks in the capital, Baghdad, with their Iraqi counterparts, including the Minister of Planning and Development Cooperation, the head of the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Advisory Council, and representatives from the ministries of youth, heath, civil society and environment.The meetings, also attended by 10 parliamentarians from seven governorates, focused on UNFPA’s support of government programmes, including through providing technical support for this year’s population and housing census.Participants also discussed Iraq’s reproductive health, gender, youth and population development needs in line with the country’s 2010-2014 development plan. 9 July 2009The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Iraqi Government have agreed to step up their collaboration in promoting national development in the strife-torn nation.
From left: Ingrid Makus, Neil McCartney, Joffre Mercier, Jens Coorssen, Mike PlyleyBrock had an international visitor this month in the form of a delegate from the University of Western Sydney (UWS).Jens Coorssen, chair of Molecular Physiology and head of UWS’s Molecular Medicine Research Group, visited Brock last week. Coorssen met with Brock administrators to explore new potential for Brock and UWS to co-operate.Brock and the UWS signed an Agreement of Co-operation earlier this year, pledging to encourage research exchange and mobility for the purpose of internships, collaborative project work and other academic activities. Besides the connections between Biological Sciences and other science-based programs, the universities could complement each other in areas such as nursing and midwifery, Child and Youth Studies, Geography and tourism.Coorssen, who earned a BSc (’86) and MSc (’89) from Brock, met with Joffre Mercier (Associate Dean, Mathematics and Science), Ingrid Makus (Associate Dean, Social Sciences), Neil McCartney (Dean, Applied Health Sciences) and Mike Plyley (Dean, Graduate Studies).Coorssen, who has been collaborating with Mercier, also gave a presentation on Sept. 16 as part of the Alumni Weekend Learners and Leaders seminar series.
by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TransCanada: eastern oil pipeline proposal technically, economically feasible CALGARY – An early-stage proposal to ship as many as one million barrels a day of western crude to eastern refineries seems to be gaining traction, executives with pipeline giant TransCanada Corp. said Tuesday.In recent months, the Calgary-based company has been floating the idea of converting part of its natural gas mainline â€” the eastbound main artery for natural gas out of Alberta â€” partly to oil service to serve refineries in eastern Canada and the U.S. Eastern Seaboard that currently rely on pricey crude from overseas.“We’ve now determined this project is both technically and economically feasible,” CEO Russ Girling told analysts on a conference call to discuss the company’s third-quarter results.“Discussions with potential shippers and other stakeholders are underway to determine if this is a project that the market wants to see â€” and based on early indications, we believe that it is.”The project, 80 per cent of which would comprise existing pipe, could ship between 500,000 and one million barrels of oil per day, depending on demand.A preliminary estimate puts the project’s price tag at roughly $5 billion, but a lot still needs to be worked out.TransCanada (TSX:TRP) would need to add new pump stations along the length of the pipeline and undertake a lot of work to make sure pipe is in good enough shape to ship oil.It’s not clear yet whether the line would stop at refineries in Montreal or extend all the way to the east coast. Nor is it known yet how much appetite there is to ship the crude offshore to Europe or Asia via a marine terminal in Quebec or the Maritimes.The “obvious” market is in eastern North America, said Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada’s president of energy and oil pipelines.Eastern Canadian refineries process between 600,000 and 700,000 barrels a day and the U.S. Eastern Seaboard refines another million barrels on top of that.Those refineries are geared to process light sweet crude, so TransCanada would likely be shipping them synthetic crude oil from Alberta’s oilsands â€” rather than tarry bitumen that hasn’t been upgraded â€” as well as high-quality oil from the lucrative Bakken formation, which stretches through parts of Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Montana.In time, those eastern refineries may choose to reconfigure their equipment to handle heavy oil from Alberta, Pourbaix added.Earlier Tuesday, TransCanada said its third-quarter profits fell slightly as improved earnings from the Keystone pipeline were offset by down time at key power plants.The Calgary-based pipeline operator’s net income was $369 million or 52 cents per share, down from $386 million or 55 cents per share.Another measure of profitability, called comparable earnings, dropped more to $349 million or 50 cents per share from $416 million or 59 cents per share.The more closely watched comparable earnings missed a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate by two cents per share.TransCanada shares fell 25 cents to $44.65 on the Toronto Stock Exchange in afternoon trading.TransCanada says reduced earnings from the Bruce Power nuclear generation complex in Ontario, its Western Power holdings and certain natural gas pipelines more than offset higher earnings from the Keystone oil pipeline, which delivers Alberta crude to Illinois and Oklahoma.Revenue for the three months ended Sept. 30 was $2.12 billion, up from $2.04 billion in the third quarter of 2011.TransCanada announced a partnership Monday with Phoenix Energy Holdings Ltd. to build a $3-billion pipeline connecting an emerging oilsands region to the Edmonton area.The project â€” split 50-50 with Phoenix, a unit of China National Petroleum Corp. â€” would ship 900,000 barrels per day of crude oil south and 330,000 barrels per day of bitumen-thinning diluent north to the sites.The growing presence in the inter-Alberta oilsands market comes as TransCanada looks to ship more Canadian crude south of the border.The company began work this summer on a US$2.3-billion crude pipeline connecting an oil storage hub at Cushing Okla. to Texas refineries. It’s expected to start up in mid to late 2013.A supply glut at Cushing has dampened U.S. oil prices, which has hurt the bottom lines of North American producers. TransCanada’s proposal â€” along with rivals’ similar projects â€” aims to lessen that discount by connecting Cushing crude to the lucrative Gulf Coast refining market.The Gulf Coast pipeline was initially part of TransCanada’s $7.6-billion Keystone XL proposal, which would have sent Alberta crude to the Gulf via six U.S. states.The U.S. State Department denied a permit for that project in its entirety in January. It said it rejected the pipeline because of Republican manoeuvring to speed up the process, not based on the merits of the project itself. The administration said it needed more time to review a new route through Nebraska to address ecological concerns.After the decision, TransCanada opted to go ahead with the southern part of Keystone XL first, since it doesn’t need a federal permit to proceed.In May, TransCanada submitted a new application with the revised Nebraska route to the State Department for the northern part of the pipeline, which would run from the Canada-U.S.. border in Montana to Steele City, Neb. Approval for the Canadian portion has been in-hand for years.A decision on the northern portion is expected early in the new year.Critics of Keystone XL argue the project would increase U.S. dependence on “dirty” oilsands crude and cause harm to the American heartland in the event of a spill.Supporters, however, say the project will offer a big boost to the U.S. economy and reduce the amount of crude the United States has to import from unfriendly regimes.
According to the situation report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the disbursement from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will also cover protection assistance to most vulnerable people evicted from temporary shelters and support to an estimated 30,000 people in areas of return.While the Caribbean island nation recovers from the massive destruction wrought by Hurricane Matthew nearly three months ago, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners have identified 1,633 schools in need of repairs, affecting approximately 190,000 children, according to the report.With the funding, the UNICEF-led education project will be implemented in the municipalities of Les Cayes, Port Salut, and Jeremie, among others. The project will target some 16,000 children between age six and 18, who have been excluded from school as a result of damages caused by the Hurricane. In the storm’s wake, schools served as temporary shelters for evacuees, UNICEF said. Schools in these municipalities are now being vacated and will provide the minimum required conditions for the resumption of teaching and learning activities. Children will also benefit from protection assistance and receive school kits, while schools are cleaned, refurbished and basic WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) facilities are rehabilitated. In Haiti’s Sud region, UNICEF worked with partners to ensure that 30 schools, previously used as shelters, now have adequate sanitation for their reopening. As of November, 62 per cent of the Flash Appeal – the international community’s effort to adequately help the Haitian Government meet the critical needs of its people – has been funded. The gap remains at $52.5 million, according to OCHA.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHetmyer fined for slamming bat into pitch following his dismissalJanuary 30, 2017In “Sports”Ramdin fined for breaching Code of ConductJanuary 9, 2019In “Sports”Santokie fined for breaching Hero CPL Code of ConductJuly 10, 2016In “Sports” Cricket West Indies (CWI) advised today that Guyana Jaguars’ pair of Anthony Bramble and Vishaul Singh, along with Jamaica Scorpions’ Assad Fudadin were penalised for Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct during the eighth round of matches which ended on Sunday in the Digicel 4-Day Championship.Bramble, SinghAccording to a release from CWI, Bramble, Singh and Fudadin all admitted to their respective offences – which occurred in the match between Scorpions and Jaguars at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica – and accepted the imposition of the proposed sanctions, so there was no need for formal hearings.The charges were brought by umpires Jacqueline Williams and Johnathan Blades, along with reserve umpire Christopher Wright.Match referee Denovan Hayles imposed fines as per the Code of Conduct having considered the umpires’ reports.Bramble was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for a breach of Section 1.2 of the Code of Conduct during Jaguars’ second innings, when he was dismissed.Vishaul SinghThe umpires, according to CWI, reported that Bramble pointed to his shoulder, indicating the ball did not touch his bat, when he was given out, caught behind in the 13th over of his side’s second innings, displaying behaviour that could be deemed as showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse.Singh was charged 20 per cent of his match fee for a breach of Section 1.1 of the Code of Conduct during Jaguars’ second innings, when he was dismissed.Singh was also reported by the umpires for slamming his bat into the pavilion wall on leaving the field after his dismissal and then hitting a bottle in the direction of the reserve umpire, displaying behaviour that could be deemed as abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings.Assad FudadinFudadin was also fined 15 per cent of his match fee for a breach of Section 1.2 of the Code of Conduct during the 38th over of the Jaguars’ second innings, when batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was ruled “not-out” following an appeal.CWI said that the umpires reported that Fudadin threw the ball and his helmet to the ground in dissatisfaction following the umpire’s ruling, displaying behaviour that could be deemed as showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo-confidence motion: Opposition Chief Whip writes Top Cop over security concernsDecember 19, 2018In “latest news”‘You don’t lose the Opposition, you lose the Government,’ says Jagdeo on no-confidence motionDecember 17, 2018In “latest news”Jagdeo, Granger to meet early JanuaryDecember 24, 2018In “latest news” A parliamentary showdown on the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) motion of no-confidence in the David Granger-led Administration is set to take place today (Friday).Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo is urging Government Members of Parliament (MP) to vote their conscience, while the Government has expressed confidence of surviving the vote.The Opposition Leader has already expressed fears that there may be attempts to disrupt the vote by persons in the gallery and has since called for fairness in this process.According to him, it only takes one crossover vote or two abstentions from the Government side for them to win. The Government holds a one-seat majority in the National Assembly.Jagdeo has said that because of this precarious margin and certain information his party has received, they were apprehensive. He hopes that the diplomatic community would bear witness to the proceedings, whichever way the vote turned out.And while the Government has acknowledged there were challenges and a “few” missteps, it insisted that there were also “impressive” successes since 2015.It bragged about its foreign affairs triumphs, the holding of Local Government Elections, regular Parliament sittings and Cabinet meetings and the “marked reduction” in serious crimes.The Government went on to boast of installing “thousands” of street lights, improvements to education, “reliable public health care”, infrastructural advancements, and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project started under the former Government.However, Jagdeo said the country is “drifting” because of a lack of vision of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government. According to him, the No-Confidence Motion is intended to protect Guyanese and Guyana from the excessive borrowing, taxing and wasteful spending of the current Administration. Several other key issues were listed by the Opposition.Meanwhile, the AFC in a recent statement had said that the PPP/C is engaged in a distasteful act of tabling the motion at a time when President David Granger announced that he was seeking medical attention and needed the nation’s support.The AFC labelled the motion “at best superfluous, and vexatious and at worse, a cowardly manoeuvre against the President, and should be withdrawn.”But the PPP/C responded in a statement on Thursday saying that Prime Minister Nagamootoo, “in his usual thoughtless way and seeing an opening to exhibit egotistical bravado and arrogant brinkmanship, flatly rejected the suggestion and clumsily challenged the PPP to “bring it on”.After public pressure is rising for a postponement of the motion, the PPP/C said Nagamootoo then issued a call to them to withdraw the motion, once again, “insensitively and callously exploiting the President’s illness as one of the basis of his call.”“The PPP/C deeply regrets that the President’s unfortunate illness has become the subject of such juvenile political machinations by his own Government and we continue to wish him well and a speedy recovery. While the PPP remains ready, able and willing to debate the No-confidence Motion at any time, it does not enjoy the power of postponing it,” the Party added.Meanwhile, amid concerns that there might be disruptions in the National Assembly today when the No-Confidence Motion in the David Granger led-Government will be debated, there have been certain assurances given that heightened security will be a key feature at this sitting.Opposition Chief Whip, Gail TeixeiraOpposition Chief Whip and PPP/C MP, Gail Teixeira said she was given that assurance by Commissioner of Police Leslie James who contacted her on Thursday evening. Teixeira had written the Top Cop expressing certain concerns in relation to security at Parliament.The Chief Whip noted in her missive that the Party had received information that there would be an attempt to prevent the members of the parliamentary Opposition from entering the compound of the Parliament Building today.“I’m happy that the Commissioner made contact with us in response to that letter and that he has indicated that he has taken the matter seriously and that they (Police) have put measures in place to try and ensure that such efforts does not succeed,” she told this media group when contacted on Thursday.But a flyer being circulated throughout the country and on social media has also raised some concern. The flyer which was purportedly put together by the APNU and AFC is calling for supporters to picket Parliament when the motion is being debated.Teixeira said her party has no issue with people supporting their party through a peaceful picketing exercise, since it is within their right to do so. However, she said if it becomes “disruptive behaviour” then she that won’t be acceptable and should be condoned.She also acknowledged statements made by Prime Minister Mosses Nagamootoo that the PPP plans to send in provocateurs in their picketing exercise. She said it was totally untrue. “We are not mobilising people for tomorrow (today) and we are not having a counter picketing.”Jagdeo had first announced the No-confidence Motion on November 15, 2018, on the heels of devastating losses in the Local Government Elections (LGE) for the coalition Government.The next day, the scheduled sitting of the National Assembly was abruptly cancelled at Government’s request and the Opposition turned up to an empty chamber. In the half-empty Parliament Chambers, Jagdeo reiterated some of his expectations regarding the motion. (Samuel Sukhnandan)
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has entered into a long-term agreement with NFC Africa Mining (NFCA) to supply the necessary equipment and skills to effectively mine the lucrative South East Ore Body (SEOB) of the Chambishi copper mine in Zambia.With the assistance of Sandvik Zambia, the mine will enter into a four-year agreement to supply a comprehensive solution that will include automation of the mine, equipment, services, training and the company’s unique Trans4Mine optimization program.Sandvik will begin to supply NFCA with a complete suite of mining equipment to successfully mine the SEOB, beginning in March 2017 and running through 2020.“We believe this is just the start of a bright partnership with NFCA and its mother-company China Nonferrous Metal Mining Co. Ltd.” says Daniel Banister, Sales Area Manager for Central Africa at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “Our investment in increasing the competence of our personnel is clearly paying dividends as we have the right people and products to support even the largest operations in the Central African region. It certainly paves the way for future similar successful partnerships with other mines in the region.”NFCA Senior Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Donghong Zhang affirmed the good working relationship that exists between the companies, adding that since the project started in 2012 Sandvik has shown tremendous support and commitment. He also commended the company on its ability to leverage its local and international expertise to find solutions for the Chambishi mine.“A project of this nature underscores Sandvik Zambia’s ability as a full-fledged solution provider, rather than just being a product driven company,” Zhang says. “This is just the kind of company that NFCA needs to be doing business with in the future.”Trans4Mine has had a number of successes around the world, not least the Chelopech mine in Bulgaria that has been extensively covered in past issues of International Mining.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 12, 2017 – Nassau – An “intense” initiative by the Ministry of Public Works to replace stolen street signs and straighten damaged and bent poles will soon commence. The Hon. Desmond Bannister, the Minister of Public Works, addressed the issue of street signs and potholes in his contribution to the House of Assembly Wednesday, October 11, 2017. His comments came during a debate on a motion to thank Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling for her speech from the Throne.“In Carmichael and in many of our other communities, street signs have virtually disappeared,” said the Minister. “As the Minister with responsibility for street signs, Mr. Speaker, this is deeply troubling. Our society cannot drop to a degree of incivility where street signs are routinely stolen for their metal content and there are no consequences.”Minister Bannister called on “responsible” members of the public to be on the lookout for these thieves who can cause accidents and also negatively impact response times for the police or emergency services by their callous and dishonest acts. He said too many street signposts and light poles are being knocked down by careless drivers and asked Bahamians to be careful in traversing the streets.“I urge Bahamians when they see these incidents to take photos of them and to email those photos to the responsible authorities so that we can collect the cost of those poles from the careless drivers. Otherwise, our taxes will be used to pay for these signs and poles over and over again.”Minister Bannister expressed disdain for potholes and expressed his commitment to use every weapon to effectively control potholes.“They have burst my tires, messed up my rims, and set my hubcaps flying. Yes Sir, I am not ashamed to admit that I hate potholes.”He appealed to every Bahamian use the hotline, 302-9700, at the Ministry of Public Works to make complaints.“I have heard the constant complaints, Sir, about the fact that the hotline has not been manned as effectively as it should be. That has to and will change. I expect that Bahamians will get courteous, quick responses from the hotline, and I will not offer any excuses. If anyone does not receive a quick and courteous response when they call the hotline, I ask them to send a text or a Whatsapp 814-2190 specifying the date and the time of their call to the hotline, and the issue that has not been addressed.”By: Kathryn Campbell (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp