Central BJP observers head for Goa

first_imgThe BJP national leadership is likely to despatch observers to Goa after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has been ailing for sometime, met with his Council of Ministers and reportedly also spoke to BJP president Amit Shah on Friday evening, suggesting that he be relieved due to his ill-health. BJP general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal and B.L. Santosh may be despatched as observers. Mr. Parrikar had been away in the U.S. for a few weeks for treatment early this year. In his absence, a Council of Ministers had handled the administration but the fragile coalition in the State appears to be tottering. Several names are doing the rounds including that of Central Minister Shripad Naik as an alternative. The challenge would be to persuade allies like Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party, who was with the Congress before the results were out but crossed over to the BJP once Mr. Parikkar returned to Goa.last_img read more

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Sukhbir appears before ‘politically motivated’ SIT

first_imgShiromani Akali Dal chief and former Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal told members of the Special Investigating Team probing the 2015 police firing incidents at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura on Monday that he has never met Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar outside the State.Mr. Badal appeared before the SIT at Punjab police headquarters here and was quizzed for about an hour even as he described its investigation as “politically motivated”. The name of Mr. Kumar was mentioned in the Justice (Retd.) Ranjit Singh Commission report on sacrilege incidents which was tabled in Punjab Vidhan Sabha in August this year. The police firings followed in the wake of the sacrilege incidents.“They (SIT) asked me whether I met Akshay in Mumbai. I told them, ‘You are asking me a question and not telling me who said this. They said they cannot share,’” Mr. Badal told reporters later. “I told them I never met Akshay Kumar outside Punjab in my life. I met him at a sports function (in Punjab).”According to the report, a meeting between Mr. Badal and Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in connection with the release of latter’s movie MSG was held at the actor’s flat in Mumbai in 2015. It said the meeting was held before the pardon given to the Dera head in a blasphemy case. MSG could not be released in Punjab in September 2015 because of an edict by Akal Takht.Mr. Kumar had then denied having met the Dera head.last_img read more

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Manute Bol could have been ’40 or 50 years old’ while in NBA, ex-coach says

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UCF’s Tacko Fall is 7-foot-6, and his game is still growing QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “Every athletic door is open at 19, every athletic door is closed when you’re 35,” the former bench boss explained.  “He was probably 40, 50 years old when he was playing in the NBA.”Bol passed away due to kidney failure in 2010 and was believed to have been 47 years old at the time.A capable three-point shooter and elite rim protector, Bol is the only player in history to have tallied more career blocked shots (2,086) than points (1,599).He is survived by his son Bol Bol, an upcoming NBA prospect who recently committed to the University of Oregon.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Apart form his pole-like stature and penchant for blocking shots, Bol is perhaps best remembered for his supposedly dubious age, as fans have long disputed if he really was 23 years old when when he entered the league in 1985.Among those doubters include former Cleveland State head coach Kevin Mackey, who first recruited Bol when he arrived in the US in the mid-1980s.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I gave him his birthday (Oct. 16, 1962) because they didn’t know how old he was,” Mackey revealed to Zagsblog’s Adam Zagoria.With Bol’s origin in question, Mackey admitted that he made the lanky center appear as young as plausible to get him into the program. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sudanese former NBA star Manute Bol sits in the southern Sudanese capital of Juba on Feb. 16, 2009.  AFP/PETER MARTELLManute Bol didn’t have a stellar career in the NBA, but he certainly was one of the league’s most memorable players.Standing 7 feet and 7 inches tall and tied with Gheorghe Muresan as the NBA’s tallest player, the willowy Sudanese giant suited up four teams in a career that spanned 10 seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Davis, Cousins, power Pelicans’ rout of Spurs Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

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10 thoughts on the Cotton Bowl

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSI Photo Attribution: USATSIBOX SCOREMy initial reaction is that I’m bummed out.Bummed out that Chelf’s adversity-stricken career ended with a fumble-6 and that the second-most passing yards in OSU bowl history will only be remembered as “yep, I knew he was going to go out like that.”Bummed that an OSU defense which was the Big 12’s best (by far) all season gave up 41 to a QB that couldn’t hit the Colvin Center from Hall of Fame Ave.And mostly bummed that an amazing season ended with two soul-crushing defeats in the last 120 minutes of play.But the dirty little secret of this OSU squad is that even though it had probably the best defense in school history, its offense was held together with scotch tape, baling wire, and whatever magic Chelf had in the tank.I don’t want to hear the “fire Yurcich” garbage (OSU averaged 42 a game over its last seven games) or the “Gundy can’t coach the big one” nonsense. The reality is that this was a flawed team that played out of its mind for about a month in October and November.The reality is that it ended the season with two losses against two terrific college football teams and sometimes that’s all right.Real life doesn’t operate like a message board and even though Mike Gundy has built himself a fine little program this isn’t exactly early 2000s USC we’re talking about. It’s a strong school that has won 50 games in the last five years — that’ll do.If you are who Boone thinks you are who you think you are then you should be playing OU at home for Big 12 titles and the SEC runner up for Cotton Bowls and those games should be coming down to the wire. That you won or lost them doesn’t move heaven and earth for me, especially this one tonight in which OSU was only a two-point favorite.Sure, would I rather beat Mizzou and see Gundy wear a stupid bowl hat and let Nike slap an even stupider slogan across a t-shirt I can buy at Ross in three years? Absolutely, yes, I would.Was I nervous during the second-to-last drive before Chelf fumbled? For sure.Did I have plans to shut my TV off if Grogan even stepped one foot on the field to try and tie up the game? You bet.But OSU didn’t show up on offense on Friday night and the normally-stellar defense finally crumbled under the weight of having to go 90+ plays against a team built for the grind of an SEC season.It’s a bummer but there’s no shame in it.1. I don’t know what the statute of limitations is on joking about Gary Pinkel’s DUI but he might be getting another one tonight after his decision to roll with James Franklin after that Trevor Knight-esque drive from Maty Mauk in the first half.Franklin ended the game 15/40 for 174 yards and a pick and somehow (hi, Henry Josey) it was enough.2. Mizzou’s defensive line was as good as advertised. The problem for OSU (especially in the first half) was how many throws it missed. Its secondary was vulnerable but Chelf couldn’t take advantage and there was just nothing there with the running game.I told somebody during the game that this is the biggest difference between Big 12 Ds and SEC Ds. Our secondary is elite, maybe the best in the country. And our defensive line is pretty great as well but it’s not SEC great. Those are NFL defensive linemen and ends. So elite, so disruptive, so not what we’ve seen all year.3. I’m not going to get all crazy about the officiating — mostly because I choose to enjoy life but partly because it’s difficult to criticize Big 10 refs for down-the-field penalties when they aren’t used to seeing anything happen beyond five yards of play other than the occasional stray cheerleader or baton-twirler.If you want to pin this one of the refs, fine. There was a questionable call or two (the one below being the most prominent):That’s certainly a game-changer but hey, don’t have your arms draped around the NFL dude beyond five yards and maybe it doesn’t get called either. I do enjoy me a good “Gundy losing his mind” tirade on the sidelines (ok, on the field) after one of these calls, though. Those are unparalleled. Ok, they’re paralleled nicely by Dana.4. I think Josh Stewart had eight for 80 and a sweet TD in his last game as a Poke. Call me crazy but next year isn’t exactly a Big 12 title-winning season for OSU and those injuries start to pile up for small, shifty WRs.We can talk about this more later but he doesn’t have much left to prove and why in the world would he bring it up during bowl week (unprompted, no less!) if it wasn’t heavily on the table?Think what you want but I’m saying he’s gone.5. I’ll do a uni ranking later this month for the 2013 season but I think the bowl all whites with the alternate helmet are tentatively in my No. 2 slot behind the unis OSU wore for the Baylor game. You guys know I’m a sucker for all white and that helmet is just a thing of beauty.I also like that OSU has made it a tradition to go monochrome for bowl games. All black for Stanford and Purdue and whites for Mizzou. That’s good stuff. Speaking of, tonight was an all-time helmet matchup. I love the Mizzou tiger helmet. They do some good work for not having any colors to work with.6. Why were Gus and Charles Davis so obsessed with comparing the football team to the basketball team? I thought that was so bizarre. I dislike those two a lot less than most of you but Davis was talking like somebody handed him an Aaron Sorkin script tonight and Gus never really got going until the fourth.At least we’ll always have the Jordan Crawford madness!7. Seriously, how difficult is this to do? It should be worth points, at least two, maybe more.8. You know what’s killer? Giving up 256 on the ground to a team that couldn’t pass against your aforementioned potential best secondary in the country. The most OSU had given up on the ground all year was 202 to Kansas. The most OSU had given up all year in a real game was 165 to OU in Bedlam.That’s an SEC-Big 12 problem more than it is an OSU problem. The Mizzou line was just a monstrosity. You can ignore the “SEC is better” narrative all you want but it’s pretty tough to ignore the advantage its good teams seem to have on the offensive and defensive lines.[1. Side note: I had SO MANY SEC tweets teed up for the first quarter and then just…nothing happened. I was more bummed than Gundy, probably.] Losing a lineman to a grotesque first-half injury didn’t help things but it was pretty overmatched from the start.9. I don’t know that there’s a measurable ratio but that had to be one of the most “exciting fourth quarters to boring first three quarters” ratios in college football in history. A lot like Bedlam, actually.The first 45 minutes were painful then it’s like all of a sudden in the fourth quarter the Sugar Bowl texted and said “this is a joke, guys, we did better than this in the first five minutes last night” and voila!Q1-Q3: 26 drives, five ended in scoresQ4: nine drives, six ended in scoresThat’s crazy.10. Ah, you guys know how much I love legacies, let’s talk about Chelf’s.He finished 10-4 as a starter and was probably the fourth-best QB of the Gundy/Miles era behind Weeden, Zac, and Fields and depending on what Walsh does these next two years. That’s not too bad though with wins in either Bedlam and this Cotton Bowl you could have maybe made the case for him over Fields.I’ll always remember him as an O-State guy through and through.I don’t mean that he loves OSU more than the other guys or anything like that, but that his career, who he is as a player is pretty indicative of what OSU is as a school.A pretty mediocre three-star recruit, sat on the bench for a few years, got a chance (kind of), down, supposedly out, dogged, beat up, comes back, down and out again, back again, takes over the college football world, silenced, skewered, back on top.We’re never going to be Bama or Texas or anything like that and that’s kind of the fun of it. We’re going to get punched in the stomach against OU and Mizzou and sometimes West Virginia but, like Chelf, you get up and you keep coming and you keep showing up and having fun with your friends.And that’s it, right?The thing we’re all chasing isn’t the Cotton Bowl hat or the Nacho Victory shirt. It’s the experience.And I don’t know about you guys but despite the last eight quarters of disappointment,[1. If you can even call it that.] I had a pretty great one this year.Hoops tomorrow, back at it.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

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Flower crisis likely during Durga Puja as cultivators eye huge loss over

first_imgKolkata: Flower cultivators from the districts of Howrah and West Midnapore are eyeing huge loss due to the scarcity in rainfall during the monsoon season so far.The cultivators are apprehending that there may be a crisis of flowers during Durga Puja, if the situation continues for a long time. Inadequate rainfall and the humid conditions have given a major blow to flower cultivation in the districts. The farmers who cultivate various flowers in Howrah’s Bagnan, Kulgachia, Ghoraghata and Deulti areas, said that many of the flower plants have been damaged due to lack of sufficient rainfall in the district. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThese flowers are delivered to various flower markets in Howrah and also to other districts. Due to the hot and humid conditions, the flower plants are gradually becoming pale and various insects are wreaking havoc on them. Santosh Mondal, a flower cultivator of Bagnan, said the deficit in rainfall has already caused significant damage to their plants and hence they are eying a huge loss this season. The farmers from various parts of other districts are facing a similar fate as well. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayFlowers are being cultivated on 150 acres of land in Bagnan and other adjoining areas. If the situation continues, there may be a scarcity of flowers during Puja this year. It may be mentioned here that vegetable farmers from Ghatal, Daspur and other parts of the West Midnapore have also been affected by the continued heat spell and lack of rain. Bengal has received less amount of rain in June and July compared to the corresponding months of previous years due to the late onset of monsoon and irregularity in the rainfall. A huge quantity of vegetables has also been damaged because of the deficit in rainfall in other districts as well. Paddy farmers from districts such as East Burdwan, Nadia, Murshidabad and North 24-Parganas have already complained about the damage to crops due to the high levels of humidity. The paddy cultivation has also been affected due to scarcity of rainfall.last_img read more

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Changes to the Indian Act needs thorough consultation Lonechild

first_imgAPTN National NewsChanges to the Indian Act were a hot topic in Ottawa Thursday.The standing committee on Aboriginal Affairs is now studying MP Rob Clarke’s private members bill – Bill C-428 – to amend the act.The former chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations took a seat at the table as an individual witness.Guy Lonechild stressed the importance of thorough consultation.Here is some of that exchange.last_img

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Centre to help artisans manufacture items made from sal leaves sabai grass

first_imgKolkata: The Centre of Excellence for manufacturing household articles from sal leaves and sabai grass set up by the West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board (WBKVIB) at Jhargram is expected to provide livelihood support to self-help groups associated with the craft.The centre, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on March 6, is imparting training in manufacturing of diversified products from sal leaves and sabai grass and at the same time providing the infrastructure for storage of the leaves and Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujagrass. Around 1800 self-help groups in the district are associated with manufacturing articles from sal leaves and sabai grass. “There is a certain time in the year — a period of around three months usually during the monsoon season when the production of the leaves and grass are very high. It compels the growers to sell their stuff at a very low price sometimes resulting in distress sale. The centre is expected to address this issue,” a senior official of WBKVIB said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayArtisans from economically-backward sections of the society and tribal communities manufacture plates and bowls from sal leaves while the grass is used in making bio-degradable ropes and baskets. The Khadi Board will be purchasing the stuff directly from the producers at a flat rate of Rs 70 per 100 leaves and will store them at the centre. Accordingly, the self-help groups, associated in the manufacture of products, will be encouraged to make diversified products from sal leaves such as wall hangings, curtain, table tops and various other articles that can deck up the interiors of a home. The workers also will be trained in making products like caps and bags with sabai grass. “We will also provide marketing support to them and at the same time encourage research and development,” the official said. The self-help groups associated with the manufacturing process are adept but the products need to be constantly upgraded and diversified to cater to the market demand. “This is where the Board has chipped in,” the official said. The Khadi Board has also come up with a facility centre for hand gloves meant for industrial use particularly in thermal plants. Eighty people at Bhuniakhali area of Moyna block in East Midnapore are associated with manufacturing of these gloves. The centre will provide infrastructure for storage , provide modern machineries and other requisite raw material to boost production.last_img read more

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Survival of millions of children in Horn of Africa at risk warns

8 July 2011The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today warned that two million children are malnourished as a result of the drought in the Horn of Africa, and half a million could soon die or suffer long-lasting mental or physical damage. The agency appealed for nearly $32 million to assist millions of children and women in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti, which are all facing a crisis that is being called the worst in 50 years. “UNICEF estimates that over two million young children are malnourished and in need of urgent life-saving actions, if they are to survive conditions in drought-affected countries in the Horn of Africa,” the agency said in a press statement. “Half a million of those children are facing imminent life-threatening conditions, with long lasting consequences to their physical and mental development.”The UN World Food Programme (WFP) today said it is already assisting six million people in the affected countries, plus eastern Uganda, “but as the impact of the drought grows, we expect this number will rise to as much as 10 million.” High food prices and prolonged drought are worsening an already dire situation for thousands of families in need of food and water, according to UNICEF.“Thousands of families are crossing the border from Somalia as emergency feeding centres are being set up by UNICEF and other humanitarian agencies in neighbouring countries,” the agency said.The refugee situation is growing with some 10,000 arriving every week in Dadaab on the border between Somalia and Kenya. Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee camp.“The threat of disease on already weakened young children is of particular concern and UNICEF is urgently setting up child immunization campaigns. UNICEF, government agencies, NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and other UN agencies will be working in the vital areas of water, food and sanitation in the coming days to ward off a massive emergency,” said the agency.“However funding shortfalls, and in some areas the denial of access, threaten to disrupt these essential services. UNICEF is asking for $31.9 million for the coming three months to provide life-saving support to the millions of affected children and women.”WFP estimates it will need around $477 million to address hunger needs in the region through to the end of the year, but it currently has a 40 per cent shortfall in funding amounting to around $190 million. Advance planning and forward-purchasing of food has positioned WFP to respond to the current needs, but as food requirements grow, more resources will need to be mobilized to address the needs of the hungry across the Horn of Africa region, the agency said.Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, started a two-day mission to Ethiopia today, to review the humanitarian situation and response to the drought.“We urgently need to scale up our response in Ethiopia, as in Kenya, Somalia and other countries, to minimize the loss of human life and livestock, which are the chief asset of pastoralist households,” Ms. Amos, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said after meeting with government and humanitarian officials.WFP, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the British-based Oxfam agency today issued a joint appeal for a more resilient and longer-lasting response to the drought and other “slow-onset” humanitarian crises.Although the international community responds to sudden crises, “unfortunately, ‘slow-onset’ humanitarian crises, such as the worsening drought in the Horn in Africa, have not received the same attention, leaving millions of women, men and children vulnerable to devastating hunger and malnutrition,” they stated.The three agencies asked the international community to commit to longer-term, longer-lasting solutions, such as sustainable food assistance, support for small farmers, and support for policies and investments that address core challenges such as climate change adaptation, preparedness and disaster risk reduction and management, rural livelihoods, productive infrastructure, production and marketing, institutions and governance, conflict resolution, pastoralist issues and access to essential health and education. read more

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Annan to withdraw UN staff from Iraq

“I have just informed the Council that we will withdraw the UNMOVIC and atomic agency inspectors, we will withdraw the UN humanitarian workers, we will withdraw the UNIKOM troops on the Iraq-Kuwaiti border who are also not able to operate,” Mr. Annan said in a statement to reporters after he informed a closed-door meeting of the Security Council of his plans.The Secretary-General said US authorities had informed him, as well as the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), yesterday “that it would be prudent not to leave our staff in the region.”Mr. Annan said the implication of these withdrawals meant that several UN mandates like the humanitarian oil-for-food programme would be suspended because there would no inspectors to monitor the selling of oil and the distribution of food required by such programmes.But he stressed: “This does not mean that should war come to Iraq that the UN will sit back and not do anything to help the Iraqi population. We will find a way of resuming our humanitarian activities to help the Iraqi people who have suffered for so long and do whatever we can to give them assistance and support and as you know we have undertaken major contingency planning to be able to move forward as soon as we can.”“Obviously we seem to be at the end of the road here,” Mr. Annan said, referring to the disappointment and frustration of Council members who hoped that it would be possible to disarm Iraq peacefully and to come up with a common position.In reply to questions Mr. Annan repeated his view that if action against Iraq were to take place without the support of the Council “its legitimacy will be questioned and the support of it diminished.”Asked whether today was a very sad day for the UN and the world, he said: “In the sense that we are not able to do it peacefully, obviously it is a disappointment and a sad day for everybody. War is always a catastrophe. It leads to major human tragedy, lots of people are going to be uprooted, displaced from their homes and nobody wanted that and this is why we had hoped that the Iraqi leadership would have cooperated fully and would have been able to do this without resort to use of force. But the little window that we seem to have seems to be closing very, very fast. I’m not sure at this stage the Council can do anything in the next couple of hours.”Mr. Annan said regardless of how the issue is resolved the Security Council is going to have a role to play in post-conflict Iraq. “The Council will have to give me a mandate for some of the activities that we will need to undertake. This does not mean the end of the involvement of the UN in the Iraqi situation.” Video of Kofi Annan addressing the press read more

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UNICEF goodwill envoy Angelique Kidjo urges more HIV treatment in Zimbabwe

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo, has met with some of Zimbabwe’s 115,000 children infected with HIV and called for more measures to help young people living with AIDS. Every week in Zimbabwe 550 children die of an AIDS related illness and a further 565 become infected with HIV, but nationwide less than 5,000 Zimbabwean children are receiving antiretroviral treatment, according to UNICEF. Zimbabwe, which is currently facing 1,000 inflation and one of the world’s highest HIV rates, also suffers the worst rises in child mortality globally. Ms. Kidjo, a three-time Grammy nominated singer from Benin, visited the Harare Children’s Hospital on Friday to spend her afternoon with some of Zimbabwe’s most vulnerable children. There she paid particular attention to those infected with HIV. “The stories of these children are both heartbreaking and inspiring,” said Ms. Kidjo. “They are living in pain, they are often orphaned, and the world seems more interested in their country’s politics than these children’s plight,” she added.The Goodwill Ambassador said proper treatment would help the children to thrive. “Certainly with the drugs their peers in the developing world have access to, they can be the country’s next teachers and doctors,” she said. UNICEF is currently embarking on a massive programme with Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Welfare to improve the health, education, protection and nutrition of the country’s orphans and vulnerable children, but life-saving drugs remain in desperately short supply. “The vast majority of Zimbabwe’s 115,000 children who are HIV-positive could have been spared this immense burden. They contracted the virus through mother-to-child-transmission,” said UNICEF’s Representative in Zimbabwe, Dr. Festo Kavishe. “The world has the drugs that prevent this and yet less than 7 per cent of Zimbabwe’s HIV-positive pregnant women receive them.” read more

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CP Harrison gave up 118 million in payments benefits to leave company

CALGARY – Canadian Pacific Railway has revealed terms of a new employment agreement that it negotiated with outgoing chief executive Hunter Harrison, who agreed to forfeit $118 million of benefits and payments and to sell all of his CP shares by May 31.Documents filed with securities regulators show that Harrison, 72, has also agreed that he won’t seek to work for Montreal-based rival Canadian National Railway or for two large U.S. railways — BNSF or Union Pacific — for about three years.Harrison would also be prevented from hiring or soliciting any CP employee above the rank of manager, other than the company’s chief of staff, and remain bound by restrictions on sharing confidential information.However, the non-compete clauses in Harrison’s revised employment agreement with CP (TSX:CP) wouldn’t prevent him from working for Florida-based railroad CSX, whose chairman and CEO Michael Ward has said he plans to retire in 2019.In addition to CSX, Norfolk Southern — another Class 1 railroad, based in Virginia — is also not on the non-compete list in Harrison’s revised contract, which was renegotiated at his request.The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Harrison said he and Paul Hilal, formerly of William Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital, were “close to a deal to potentially look at some opportunities.” The Journal said unidentified people familiar with the matter said that Hilal and Harrison were preparing to shake up CSX Corp.’s management. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 24, 2017 11:09 am MDT Last Updated Jan 24, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CP: Harrison gave up $118 million in payments, benefits to leave company early read more

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Commentary Downandout Buckeye football hits rock bottom after loss at Nebraska

Remember Annie from the movie “Bridesmaids?” She was the main character who was dumped by her boyfriend, broke her car, lost her job, lost another job and got into a fight with her best friend. One life-altering tragedy happened after the other and just when you didn’t think it could get any worse, it did. But then, finally, Annie hit rock bottom. Right now, the Ohio State football program is like Annie. They’ve finally hit rock bottom. They can’t possibly fall any further than they already have. The program-defining coach was forced out, the star quarterback left, players were suspended left and right, an endless stream of negative headlines dominated the news, and the program’s once-lustrous reputation was irreversibly damaged. Then the season started, and instead of a welcomed distraction, the results have been a constant reminder of what once was. The mighty OSU football team almost lost to a team from the MAC (Toledo) and was a fingernail away from being shut out for first time since 1982 against Michigan State. More suspensions were issued for players who were paid for work they didn’t perform and the Buckeyes traveled to Nebraska, a train wreck without a conductor. Just when it looked like there was a spark of hope, with the Buckeyes leading the Cornhuskers 27-6 in the third quarter, it all fell apart. The Buckeyes imploded on both sides of the ball and blew the biggest lead in the program’s history. Any hope or confidence gained in the first half was washed away along with the lead. The Buckeyes fell to 0-2 in the Big Ten, a conference they’ve made a habit of winning over the past seven years. But it won’t get any worse. It can’t. If your car’s already broke, your boyfriend already broke up with you, and you already lost your job, then there’s just not much else to go wrong. The NCAA can go ahead and give the program a bowl ban. What are they really taking away? A mid-December bowl game with a “.com” after the name? Or maybe the NCAA could slash scholarships, but what would that do? The OSU football program might be a “quick fix” by normal standards, but programs are rebuilt in years, not months or days. A reduction in scholarships wouldn’t be enough to severely hamper the rebuilding process. So, in a weird way, the Buckeye’s bottoming out is good news. It means everything is up from here. Some spoiled Buckeye fans may have to readjust their expectations because, unlike years past, a BCS bowl appearance seems like a fairy tale, not an inevitability. It’s a sad reality, but at least things can’t get any worse. Unless OSU loses to Michigan. read more

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Vale investing US390 million in implementation of dry stacking tailings disposal tech

first_imgFollowing the Brumadinho disaster, Vale in a statement says over the years it has been continuously investing in the maintenance and safety of its dams, “with standards being updated and in continuous alignment with the most rigorous international practices.” The increasing and relevant investments in dam management and Health and Safety initiatives demonstrate Vale’s commitment to providing the necessary resources to preserve the Health and Safety of its employees and the surrounding communities.” The investments in dam management in Brazil have been steadily strengthened and will amount to R$256 million (approximately US$70 million) in 2019 according to the budget approved by the company in 2018, reflecting an increase of around 180% when compared to R$92 million (approximately US$30 million) invested in 2015.From 2016 to 2019, investments in dam management will total R$786 million (approximately US$220 million), being applied to initiatives related to the maintenance and safety of dams, such as maintenance services, monitoring, improvements, auditings, risk analysis, revisions of the Emergency Action Plan for Mining Dams (PAEBM), implementation of alert systems, video monitoring and instrumentation, becoming the most significant category in relation to investments in dams and waste dumps, representing more than 30% of the total amount invested.“Vale’s investments in new tailings dams, all built by the conventional method, reflect the company’s operational needs and the implementation schedule of each of the projects in execution. Since 2015, Vale has conducted important tailings dams construction projects, such as the Brucutu Norte dam (2015) and Forquilha V dam (2016) in Minas Gerais, and new projects have been started, such as the Maravilhas III dam (2016), also in Minas Gerais. It is important to emphasize that all of Vale’s new dam constructions follow the conventional construction method, in line with the decision made in 2016, after the disruption of the Samarco dam in Mariana, to render inactive and decommission all upstream dams, which will be accelerated as per the Press Release issued on January 29th, 2019.”Vale’s plan is to increase the share of dry processing in its production to 70% by 2023, and consequently reduce the use of dams in its operations. Furthermore, in order to treat the tailings from its wet processing, Vale informs that it plans to invest, starting in 2020, approximately R$1.5 billion (about US$390 million) in the implementation of dry stacking disposal technology. This initiative goes along with the acquisition of New Steel announced on December 11th, 2018, with innovative technologies for the dry beneficiation of iron ore.“The investments in Health and Safety are primarily destined to the electrical rehabilitation, in line with Regulatory Norm 10 of the Ministry of Labor – Safety in Facilities and in Electrical Services (RN10), structural rehabilitation and operational adequacy, firefighting and prevention systems in line with Regulatory Norm 23 of the Ministry of Labor – Fire Protection (RN23), in addition to other actions aimed at risk mitigation and compliance with legal requirements.”In 2015, Vale executed important electrical rehabilitation projects in the Alegria mine, in Minas Gerais, and Carajás mines, in Pará, and the firefighting program of the Fábrica, Brucutu and Pico mines, in Minas Gerais, and Carajás mines, in Pará, in addition to the structural rehabilitation of the Brucutu plant, in Minas Gerais and, consequently, investments in 2016 were reduced to R$435 million (about US$125 million). Since then, Vale has been increasing its investments in projects related to Health and Safety, and in 2019, R$877 million (approximately US$233 million) are planned to be used, representing a growth of 48% when compared to 2015.Photo: Ausencolast_img read more

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iChatR un chatroulette disponible sur iPhone 4

first_imgiChatR : un “chatroulette” disponible sur iPhone 4États-Unis – Pour les possesseurs de l’iPhone 4, une application semblable au célèbre “chatroulette” est désormais disponible. “iChatR”, c’est son nom, est téléchargeable sur l’App Store.Les mordus de discussion en ligne vont pouvoir s’en donner à cœur joie. L’application “iChatR” permet de rencontrer des internautes au hasard. En séparant l’écran de l’iPhone 4 en deux parties, les personnes participant à la discussion peuvent se voir et découvrir le visage de leur interlocuteur surprise. Pour discuter, le casque est obligatoire. Et si la personne avec qui vous discutez ne vous plaît pas, un simple glissement de doigt vous permettra d’afficher un nouvel interlocuteur. Cette application est gratuite et les chatteurs restent anonymes. Gare toutefois aux mauvaises rencontres. Le 12 juillet 2010 à 15:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Trio Pack Charge and Sync Your Apple Devices with 10Ft MFiCertified Lightning

first_img Share Tweet Submit Want to invest in some quality Lightning cables for your Apple products? There can just never be enough of those and with non-Apple cables dying on us so often, why not spend on MFi-Certified goodness, instead? With this trio pack of MFi-certified Lightning cables, all your cable problems are now sorted out. Keep one at your office or in home, bag or in your car, you will have a cable for everywhere!This 3-Pack brings you 10-ft long monster cables to easily charge and sync your iOS devices. Head over to Wccftech Deals and get a 77% discount on the 3-pack of 10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cable. Originally priced for $89, you can now get the trio pack for just $20 for a limited time only.10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: 3-PackYou can never have enough Lightning cables to keep all of your Apple devices charged, and with these 10-ft, MFi-certified monster cables, you will have more flexibility than ever. Keep a cable at your office, in your bag, by your bed, or anywhere you might need to grab a quick charge. When it says MFi-certified, you know these cables are guaranteed to work perfectly with your Apple devices.Gain a ton of flexibility with 10-ft Lightning cablesSync and charge your devices without jumping out of bed or your office chairEnsure your connected devices stay safe thanks to MFi-certificationEnjoy optimal convenience with the unique reversible designDetails & RequirementsLength: 10′MFi-CertifiedLightning to USBManufacturer’s 14-day warrantyCompatibilityiPhone Models: iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, SE & 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 PlusiPad Models: iPad with Retina display, mini, mini 2, Air, Air 2, mini 3, mini 4, Pro (9.7-inch and 12.9-inch)iPod Models: iPod Nano 7th Gen, Touch 5th Gen 32GB / 64GB, Touch 5th Gen 16GB, Touch 6th GenThis product ships internationally.Original value: $89| Wccftech Deals: $20 at 77% discountlast_img read more

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Costa Rican judicial reform bill would create specialized drug courts

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican authorities arrest OIJ chief in Quepos for illegal detention of US expats Solís put on the defensive as joint US-Costa Rican patrols come up for renewal US State Department lists Costa Rica among major drug-transit countries Costa Rica seized record-breaking 26 metric tons of cocaine in 2014 A week after a Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) chief was arrested in a corruption investigation, the heads of Costa Rica’s three branches of government jointly presented a reform bill Wednesday that would create specialized drug courts, among other reforms to the judicial branch.The bill, developed with the judicial branch, would create a specialized court system based in San José that would exclusively hear drug trafficking and organized crime cases with special protection for judges and their loved ones. The bill would also create a mechanism to report judicial malfeasance.A second bill would require annual assessments of judicial branch personnel, including members of the OIJ, the Prosecutor’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, and courts.Court President Zarela Villanueva Monge said the new court would strengthen the tools available to Costa Rica to transparently and effectively deal with the dangers inherent in prosecuting organized crime. Villanueva said that the drug courts would be allowed to issue longer preventive detentions and sentences than traditional criminal courts.She also said that its location in San José would allow authorities to better ensure the physical safety of judges than if they were hearing cases in more remote parts of the country.Alongside Villanueva was President Luis Guillermo Solís, Legislative Assembly President Rafael Ortiz, and Supreme Election Tribunal President Luis Antonio Sobrado.Debate over the need for specialized judges and courts to review drug trafficking cases followed the arrest of a prominent judge in the Caribbean province of Limón, Judge Rosa Elena Gamboa, in May 2014. Prosecutors accused Gamboa of accepting money from drug traffickers in exchange for favorable rulings on preventive measures for cartel members caught by law enforcement.Gamboa was also accused of brazenly recruiting other judges to accept bribes.Corruption in the judicial branch is not isolated to Limón. On June 17, OIJ officers arrested the OIJ delegation chief in Quepos, near Manuel Antonio, for allegedly intimidating U.S. expats with illegal detentions. Other judges and OIJ officers have been brought up on corruption charges in recent years in San José and Santa Cruz. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Air Pacific seeks to gain control from QF

first_imgIn a sudden move, Fiji’s military government changed airline ownership rules yesterday, in a bid to reduce Qantas’ power over the country’s national airline.Currently holding up to 46 percent stake in the carrier, Qantas has denied Air Pacific’s claims that it has power over key business operations and decision making, Today on Line reported.A Qantas spokesperson told media is “completely incorrect” to suggest that Qantas has control over Air Pacific’s operational business. According to the Fijian Government, it has reassessed its foreign-ownership laws because Qantas has “maintained effecting control” via “super majority and veto rights”.The Fijian Government highlighted that Qantas has the power on the appointment of the chairman, deputy chairman, operating budget, management appointments and other decisions making rights.Under the new rules implemented by the military government at least two thirds of Air Pacific’s board members are Fijian and that the airline is “under actual and effective control of Fijian citizens”The Fijian Government has a 51 percent share in Air Pacific and currently four of Air Pacific’s nine directors are Qantas appointees.Qantas will look into the implications of the new ownership rules and “determine what impact this had on our minority shareholding in the airline,” a Qantas spokesperson said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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TEMPE Ariz — Last season the Arizona Cardinals

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — Last season, the Arizona Cardinals became known across the league for their “next man up” mentality after suffering injury after injury across the roster. Week after week, a player would go down and another was ready to take his place. This season, that mantra can apply somewhere a little different: Defensive leadership. With the loss of veteran Darnell Dockett, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers in March, the shift of linebacker Larry Foote to a coaching role and the absence of two-year defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who took a head coaching position with the Jets, it could appear on paper that Arizona is in need of pilotage on defense. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories “That’s nice. Everything is the same,” he said. “They (Bowles and Bettcher) are very similar. Bettch, he’s changed some of the drills. (He has us do) a lot more run fits and a lot more communication, make sure everyone is on the same page.” All according to head coach Bruce Arians’ plan, apparently. “I didn’t want the players to come in here and have to learn anything different,” Arians said. “The core of our defense, the playbook is the same. And (Bettcher) has great communication skills with the guys and a lot of respect.” “He asks for a lot of feedback,” added Campbell, grinning and nodding emphatically. “Especially from the older guys like Patrick Peterson and myself. He’ll ask us what we want to do and if we like what we’re doing. “It’s always good when you can interact with the coaches and they’ll hear you out and respond. And Bettch is really good at that.” Not to hear defensive end Calais Campbell tell it. Losing players? No problem. Campbell says others were more than ready to step into their place. “We have a lot of leaders. Losing players is part of the game…“…On the defense, we’re not missing any leadership,” he said, citing cornerback Jerraud Powers and a highly competitive defensive backs corps, along with tenured players in defensive end Frostee Rucker and safety Rashad Johnson. What about the loss of Bowles? Next man up. In this case, that happens to be first-year coordinator and former linebackers coach James Bettcher. Campbell said Bettcher already got along well with the players. “It’s good that we already have a relationship with him,” he said. “You know, we had a really good relationship with him when he was a linebacker coach and now being a D-coordinator, it’s cool to continue to have that relationship.” One of the benefits of Bettcher stepping into the role, Campbell said, was the fact that the team didn’t have to worry about a new system. He said though the person running the defense is different, the terminology used is the same. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Condition of 11yearold girl improves boy 13 still critical Update

first_imgThe condition of an 11-year-old girl who was transferred to hospital on Saturday with head injuries after falling off a bed, has improved, doctors said on Sunday.The girl, who is from Russia and is on the island on holiday with her parents, was rushed to the Larnaca general hospital on Saturday evening with skull fractures. Her mother told the medical staff at the hospital that her daughter had fallen off the bed at the hotel they are staying at. She was reportedly trying to get dressed while standing on the bed and lost her balance, fell and hit her head.The girl was transferred to the Makarios children’s hospital in Nicosia. Her condition was reportedly critical, but later on Sunday doctors said that her condition has improved.Another child, a 13-year-old boy, is too at the Makarios hospital, in critical condition, after sustaining head injuries when the quad bike he was driving overturned.The boy was rushed to the Kofinou health centre following the accident on Saturday afternoon by his father with injuries to his head and body.During the medical examination, the boy passed out and was transferred by ambulance to the Larnaca general hospital where he was diagnosed with epidural hematoma.Due to the gravity of his condition, he was transferred to the Makarios children’s hospital in Nicosia, where he was placed on a ventilator. His condition is extremely critical.The boy was reportedly with his older brother, 19, when the accident occurred. According to reports, the 13-year-old was driving the quadbike in a rural area in Skarinou, when the vehicle overturned. You May LikeSilverSinglesTry SilverSingles Today, You’ll See Why Everyone Over 50 Found Love in Rowland HeightsSilverSinglesUndoBrilliance LifeLife Without Food Or Food Without Life?Brilliance LifeUndoFood PreventRaisin Water Detox Your LiverFood PreventUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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” Bunts said. calling it "the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history. But noting that there were now “reasons for hope and optimism”, "as far as I know. and 2 percent said they were neutral, and the high line defence of centre-backs Gabriel Mercado and Clement Lenglet; Jesus Navas on the right and Sergio Escudero on the left could stop the spluttering United attack from scoring. Ever Banega is expected to start as well. read more

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