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Bid to connect popular tourist spots by air

first_imgThe Ministries of Civil Aviation and Tourism will jointly develop a strategy to improve air connectivity to popular tourist destinations, like the temples of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh and cave monuments of Ajanta and Ellora in Maharashtra, according to a senior government official.Plan in 15 daysThe officials of the two Ministries will also discuss if airlines would be offered subsidy or incentive to connect these tourist destinations. They will finalise a plan within 15 days, the official of the Ministry of Civil Aviation added.According to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Alphons requested for Air India flights to Khajuraho, enhanced connectivity to the holy city of Varanasi and to Aurangabad for access to Ajanta and Ellora apart from ways to inter-connect Kochi, Goa and Jaipur – the three places being a must visit for many international tourists.There was also a demand for direct flights to Srinagar from Kolkata and Ahmedabad.last_img read more

I-T raids on real estate group unearth sham transactions worth ₹700 crore

first_imgThe Income Tax department continued its search and seizure operations for the fourth day against four leading developers on Friday. The searches across more than 40 premises across Mumbai and Pune led to recovery of “evidence related to receipt of ‘On Money’ sale of commercial and residential blocks, bogus unsecured loans taken, bogus long term capital gains and various other sham transactions to evade income aggregating to about ₹700 crore,” according to a statement issued by the Press Information Bureau. Sources in the Income Tax department, and from the industry, confirmed that real estate developer group Hub Town Ltd., formerly Akruti City Ltd., is at the centre of the searches. A senior I-T official from New Delhi confirmed that searches began at offices of Hub Town and extended to joint venture partners including Andheri-based Atul Projects, Wadhwa Group and Radius Developers. “The four are connected through joint venture agreements. The searches were approved under section 132/133 of the IT Act,’’ according to the senior I-T official. However, while a Radius Developers spokesperson categorically denied any action against their company, a senior executive of the Wadhwa Group declined to comment.The I-T official said, “One of the builders is based out of Andheri and has JVs in most of the six projects Hub Town is constructing across the city, including a multi-storey project called 25 South at Prabhadevi. This is the overall result of the liquidity crunch in the market and there is growing tendency of hiding taxes.” Calls and text messages to Vimal Shah, managing director, Hub Town yielded no response till the time of going to press. According to the PIB statement, the search operations have unravelled peculiar transactions wherein by way of accounting jugglery, income on transactions worth ₹525 crore has been evaded.“ ‘On Money’ receipt on sale of Residential/Commercial Blocks amounting to ₹100 crore has been corroborated during the search. During the search, incriminating evidence was unearthed pertaining to modus operandi establishing the introduction of accommodation loans by the group, which have been found to be bogus. Moreover, use of entry providers/hawala operators for entries of Long Term Capital Gains by the promoters of this real estate group have been affirmed during the search action. The action has also resulted in detection of jewellery worth approximately ₹14 crore, which is under verification,” according to the statement issued by PIB.last_img read more

Zark’s-Lyceum gets act together, staves off Akari-Adamson

first_imgCameroonian big man Papi Sarr led Akari-Adamson (1-1) with 17 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks, while Ahanmisi went 3-of-9 from threes and shot 15 markers, eight boards, and four dimes in the defeat.The Scores:ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 83 — Perez 20, Jc. Marcelino 19, Tansingco 17, Ayaay 8, Nzeusseu 6, Jv. Marcelino 5, Baltazar 2, Caduyac 2, Ibañez 2, Serrano 2, Cinco 0, Marata 0, Santos 0.AKARI-ADAMSON 76 — Sarr 17, Ahanmisi 15, Espeleta 11, Manganti 9, Mojica 8, Lojera 7, Hill 3, Macion 3, Lastimosa 2, Longalong 1, Bernardo 0, Buenaventura 0, Camacho 0.Quarters: 26-27, 46-45, 58-61, 83-76.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Jaycee Marcelino also got one over his former school as he shot six of his 19 markers in the last five minutes, to go with two boards and two steals, while Ralph Tansingco got 17 points and three rebounds in the win.Zark’s-Lyceum roared back from a seven-point deficit, 62-69, in the final 7:23 as Perez and Marcelino went to work and sparked the 11-2 run to grab the 73-71 lead with 4:20 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJerrick Ahanmisi got the Falcons within two, 78-76, in the last 2:17, but that was their last hurrah as Perez and the rest of the Jawbreakers clamped down on defense and held on to their third straight win.“I just challenged them,” said coach Topex Robinson as his side improved to 3-1. “I have to back off sometimes and trust them that they will do the right thing.” View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PBA IMAGESZark’s Burger-Lyceum settled down and played to its full potential to hold off Akari-Adamson, 83-76, Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.CJ Perez bucked his woeful 6-of-18 shooting and drilled the huge three with 59.5 seconds remaining to push the Jawbreakers’ lead to 81-76. He topscored his squad with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Gabo, Estrella likely out of Mila’s Lechonlast_img read more

India-Sri Lanka Ranchi T20I breaks 5-year viewership record

first_imgThe second game of the recently concluded three-match T20 series between India and Sri Lanka was the most viewed T20 encounter in the past five years.The match on February 12 at Ranchi was rated 256 TVM (Television Viewership in Millions) on Star Sports network, according to BARC Panel CS4+ Urban calculations, surpassing by a huge margin the 112 TVM mark set by the India-Pakistan T20 game of December 25, 2012 in Bengaluru.India won the match played in skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s hometown by 69 runs.”This is a fantastic start to the T20 season of cricket entertainment that will be available on Star Sports up ahead. We have got the Asia Cup (Feb 24-Mar 6) being played in the T20 format for the very first time, followed by India playing host to the ICC World T20 (Mar 8-Apr 3).”All the action from these tournaments will be broadcast live on Star Sports,” Star India Chief Operating Officer Sanjay Gupta said in a statement.last_img read more

Usain Bolt could reverse retirement decision, says Justin Gatlin

first_imgUsain Bolt could be tempted to reverse his decision to retire from athletics after next month’s world championships, his American sprint rival Justin Gatlin said on Friday.The great Jamaican, who has won eight Olympic and 11 world championship gold medals, is planning to quit the track after competing in the 100m and 4x100m relay in the global event in London.However, Gatlin, who was beaten by Bolt in the last two world championship 100m and 200m finals and at last year’s Olympics in Rio, believes the 30-year-old could one day find a return impossible to resist.”Why not? He has that rock star mentality where he can travel the world, have fun, party in different places and then say: ‘I want to take this seriously one more time’,” Gatlin told reporters at the U.S. team’s training camp in Birmingham.”He has the opportunity to come back, once he leaves he can have a year of rest and say: ‘I love track so much I can’t leave it too soon’.”The 35-year-old Gatlin, twice banned for doping violations, has only beaten Bolt once in a world championship final, in 2005 in Helsinki when the Jamaican was still a teenager.But with the main man of athletics due to depart the sprint scene, Gatlin predicted an exciting new era.”It makes you a little more jittery. Who’s going to step up to fill that void, who’s going to rise to the occasion and want to be the next superstar?” he said.advertisement”Now you’re not worried about the Usain Bolt Show. Now you’re more concerned about the head-on competition, people rising to the occasion and saying: ‘I will do it for me and my family now I have the opportunity to run from the front’.”last_img read more

Ohio State Lineman Taylor Decker Got Goosebumps From Seeing “The Undisputed Way” Street Sign

first_imgOhio State's "The Undisputed Way" street sign.Twitter/@TDeck68Ohio State hasn’t been shy about celebrating its accomplishments under Urban Meyer, and this year after winning the national championship they put up a street sign on campus that reads “The Undefeated Way.” OSU offensive tackle Taylor Decker drove by the sign after workouts on Friday morning, and seems inspired to get another sign put up in 2016.Was driving back from workouts and saw The Undisputed Way street sign….goosebumps, but the preparation for next year has already begun— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) February 6, 2015The sheen of this season’s victory definitely hasn’t worn off in Columbus, but expect the Buckeyes to come out as focused as ever in the fall.last_img read more

Courtney Smith Responds To Zach Smith’s Accusations Against Tom Herman

first_imgCourtney Smith explains the abuse she allegedly dealt with.Last night, former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith went on a lengthy Twitter tirade against former colleague Tom Herman and his wife Michelle. In it, he accused Herman of cheating on his wife, among other things.The entire lengthy spiel was ugly. Smith’s ex-wife Courtney has weighed in on her ex-husband’s accusations against the Herman’s.In a long address on Facebook, Courtney Smith called Zach a liar and dismissed his allegation that Herman and his wife were leaking info to reporter Brett McMurphy.“I feel the need to speak up about this latest issue with Zach and his accusations against a friend of mine. First off, please don’t believe anything he puts out there. He is completely untrustworthy and unstable and I should know since I’ve dealt with him for so long. His attacks against Tom and Michelle Herman aren’t really about Tom, but about Michelle and her friendship with me. He can’t attack her directly, so he has to use her family to try to hurt her.[ … ]“It is beyond unfair for them to face attacks for simply trying to ensure my safety and the safety of the people that were still on staff at OSU. Neither Michelle or Tom ever spoke to Brett McMurphy about anything that had to do with Zach. That lie was just another one of Zach’s delusions and an attempt by him to damage their reputation. I am the only person that has ever spoken to Brett. For the most part, they have simply remained supportive of my attempts to rebuild my life.”You can read Smith’s full comments below:This entire saga seemed to be fading into the background but Zach Smith brought it back into the forefront last night.Sadly, it doesn’t seem like it will be going away soon.last_img read more

François Girards Hochelaga Land of Souls to represent Canada in the race

first_imgAdvertisement MONTREAL, Sept. 25, 2017 – Director François Girard‘s Hochelaga, Land of Souls (Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes) will represent Canada for in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards, held on March 4, 2018. The pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee, chaired and coordinated by Telefilm Canada, announced its decision today.“Promoting Canadian film to audiences the world over is a top priority for Telefilm Canada, and the Academy Awards provides an incredible opportunity to do just that,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. “An Oscar nomination can completely change a filmmaker’s trajectory, as it provides the opportunity for their work to be discovered by millions of new film lovers around the globe.”“I warmly congratulate François Girard, Roger Frappier, and the entire team behind Hochelaga, Land of Souls. I have no doubt that your film will continue to seduce audiences and the Academy’s voting members, and I look forward to seeing the groundswell of public support during this high profile race.” Advertisement Advertisement François Girard is a renowned film, opera, and theatre director. In 1993, his feature film Thirty Two Short Films aboutGlenn Gould was an international success. Five years later, the Oscar-winning The Red Violin established the filmmaker as an important figure in international cinema. In 2007, he directed Silk, an adaptation of the successful Alessandro Baricco novel, and in 2014, he helmed Boychoir. To this day, François Girard’s films have won close to 100 awards internationally and the praises of filmgoers from all four corners of the globe.This is François Girard’s first time representing Canada in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the Academy Awards.“This is a great honour that reflects on Hochelaga, Land of Souls and on all those who worked on the film, starting with my dear friend and producer Roger Frappier,” said director François Girard. “In the film, French is heard alongside Mohawk and Algonquin, the languages of the two great founding nations of our people.”Hochelaga, Land of Souls was produced by Roger Frappier (MAX Films). Frappier is one of the most prolific Canadian producers, having produced more than 50 productions over the last 40 years. Two of his films have been nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, including Jesus of Montreal, which also won the jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival. From his start as a producer at the National Film Board in the 1970s, Frappier has worked with almost all of Quebec’s renowned filmmakers, on top of having discovered a number talented young filmmakers. Over his career, he has thus contributed to the birth of major cinematographic work.Producer Roger Frappier added: “Working with François Girard was one of the greatest experiences of my life. His vision of our belonging to this land, from the First Nations people to the present day, was in some ways a premonition of what we are presently living. I am delighted that this film will now sit next to the best films from around the world.”SynopsisA tremendous downpour hits Montreal, and a spectacular sinkhole opens up in Percival-Molson Stadium in the middle of a football game. The stadium is evacuated, and a few hours later, it becomes a protected archaeological site. Centuries of history are revealed beneath the field. Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny begins investigating, and he will discover the multitude of generations who have occupied this land, each with buried secrets. Baptiste then sets out to find what he has spent his career searching for: the vestiges of the village of Hochelaga where his Iroquoian ancestors met French explorer Jacques Cartier in October 1535. Hochelaga, Land of Souls explores 750 years of history in one single spot where the souls of all centuries and all cultures come together.The impressive cast includes Samian, Vincent Perez, Wahiakeron Gilbert, Raoul Trujillo, Sébastien Ricard, Siân Phillips, Linus Roache, Emmanuel Schwartz, David La Haye, Tanaya Beatty, Gilles Renaud and Naïade Aoun, to name just a few.Hochelaga, Land of Souls was financed by Telefilm Canada and produced by Roger Frappier (MAX Films). The film distributed in Quebec by Les Films Séville, affiliate of eOne, and represented internationally by Seville International.The film will be released theatrically in fall 2017.Selection process for the Best Foreign Language Film categoryTelefilm coordinates and chairs the pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee, which comprises 23 representatives from the main governmental organizations and associations active in the audiovisual industry. This jury is responsible for submitting one film to represent Canada to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which accepts only one film per country in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The selected film must have been produced outside the United States, be primarily in a language other than English, and have been shown in a movie theatre for at least seven consecutive days in its country of origin between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016. The Academy will announce the shortlist of nine films, selected from among those submitted, in December of this year. The official nominations are announced January 2018.Further information about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rules and regulations.Canada and the Best Foreign Language Film category at the OscarsIn the history of the Oscars, eight Canadian films have been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category: Kim Nguyen’s War Witch (Rebelle), in 2013; Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar and Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness (a minority coproduction with Poland and Germany), in 2012; Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies, in 2011; and Deepa Mehta’sWater, in 2007. Three films by Denys Arcand were also nominated: The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l’empire américain), in 1987, Jesus of Montreal (Jésus de Montréal), in 1990, and The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares), which won the coveted award in 2004.Members of the pan-Canadian selection committeeAcademy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT)Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA)Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)Alliance québécoise des techniciens de l’image et du son (AQTIS)Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM)Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma (AQCC)Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ)Canada Council for the ArtsCanadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)Creative BCCreative SaskatchewanDirectors Guild of CanadaGlobal Affairs CanadaManitoba Film and MusicNational Film Board of CanadaNew Brunswick — Tourism, Heritage and CultureNewfoundland and Labrador Film Development CorporationNova Scotia BusinessOntario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma du Québec (SARTEC)Union des artistes (UDA)Yukon Media DevelopmentAbout Telefilm Canada—Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’saudiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada. Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement ‘SECRET PATH’ TO RETURN WITH ‘RE-CREATION’ CONCERT TELLING CHANIE WENJACK’S STORYGord Downie’s Secret Path concert is returning to the stage as part of a live “re-creation” project.Three years after the late Tragically Hip frontman performed his concept album at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, some of the artists who brought the story of Chanie Wenjack to life are planning an encore of sorts at the same venue Oct. 19.The new version incorporates the original band from Downie’s “Secret Path” shows, a cast of dancers and surprise guests who will “create a fully immersive and cultural experience that celebrates Indigenous history and commemorates the lives of Gord and Chanie.”Downie launched his “Secret Path” project in October 2016 after revealing he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The album recounted the story of a 12-year-old Ojibwe boy who died while trying to escape an Ontario residential school in 1966.It was comprised of a music album, a graphic novel by Jeff Lemire that illustrated Wenjack’s life, and an animated film featuring Downie’s songs.Following its release, Downie’s brother Mike launched the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund to encourage reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.Organizers say proceeds from the “Secret Path” concert will go toward the fund. Tickets are on sale through Roy Thomson Hall’s website. Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: ATTENTION, TRAGICALLY HIP FANS: SECRET PATH LIVE SET FOR OCTOBER 19 AT ROY THOMSON HALLIn 2016, two months after the final Tragically Hip show, Gord Downie returned to the stage for a very limited run of shows, during which he presented Secret Path.A series of 10 poems turned into song, it tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Anishinaabe boy born in Ogoki Post on the Marten Falls Reserve. In 1963, at the age of 9, Chanie was sent to the Cecelia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, Ontario. Three years later, Chanie ran away from the school, attempting to reunite with his family 600 kilometers away in Ogoki Post. Chanie’s body was found beside the railroad tracks on October 22, 1966, a week after he fled. He succumbed to starvation and exposure. READ MORE Musician Gord Downie (right) visited Pearl Wenjack at her home in Marten Falls First Nation in advance of the launch of his “Secret Path” project, devoted to Pearl’s brother Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack. (Alvin Fiddler/Twitter) Twitterlast_img read more

Grains mostly higher Livestock mixed

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was off 1 cent at $5.0460 a bushel; Mar. corn rose 1.60 cents at $3.7520 a bushel; Dec. oats was up 1.20 cents at $2.7620 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 6 cents at 8.88 a bushel.Beef was lower and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle fell 1.20 cents at $1.2380 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off .90 cent at $1.4810 a pound; Dec. lean hogs was up 1.63 cents at .6278 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for the BC Peace

first_imgPrepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. See the full warning below for the B.C. PeaceIssued at 2018-12-28 11:32 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected.A low-pressure system will approach the BC Peace River region tonight and move into Alberta on Saturday. Snow heavy at times will develop tonight and persist through Saturday afternoon.Strong northwest winds in the wake of the low may produce local blowing snow with reduced visibility on Saturday.Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A snowfall warning has been issued for the B.C. Peace.  The warning says the region could receive 10 to 20 cm of snow.A low-pressure system will move into the area late Friday bringing heavy snow overnight into Saturday.  Strong northwest winds in the wake of the low may produce local blowing snow with reduced visibility on Saturday.A snowfall warning remains in place for the Pine Pass.  That region could receive 15 to 25 cm with heavy snow starting during the day Friday.last_img read more

Sudan UN panel tours polling centres in Souths independence referendum

10 January 2011The independence referendum in South Sudan, which could split Africa’s largest country in two and produce the United Nations’ 193rd Member State, has got off to a good start with officials successfully handling a large initial turnout, the head of the UN monitoring panel has said. At the same time, the UN voiced “extreme concern” today about reports of clashes and casualties in the disputed oil-rich Abyei region, straddling the borders between North and South, which has been cited as a potential hotspot for renewed conflict between the two.As the week-long vote entered its second day and the 2005 peace agreement that ended 20 years of war between North and South Sudan reached its culminating moment, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s three-member panel, headed by former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa, continued their tour of polling centres, visiting three states, talking to voters and meeting with Government and referendum officials. “The turnout in the first day has been overwhelming but officials have coped very well with that, and we commend them for this,” Mr. Mkapa said in Bor, Jonglei state, where he spoke to local journalists.“Our hope is that when we finish on the 15th [of January], the results will be aggregated as quickly as possibly so that we can settle the minds of the voters as well as the international community who are looking forward to a conclusive and credible result of this referendum.”The second-day turnout appeared considerable smaller than the first day’s flood of voters, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said. The mission set up in 2005 to support the accord ending a civil war that claimed the lives of some 2 million people and drove an estimated 4.5 million others from their homes, has been assisting in preparations for the referendum.In a statement last week, Mr. Ban praised the National Government and the Southern Sudanese regional authorities for their efforts to ensure that the vote is held as scheduled in an atmosphere of peace and cooperation, and in his most recent report to the Security Council on UNMIS, he hailed the conciliatory statements by both sides to respect the outcome.But he also warned of the disastrous humanitarian consequences of renewed conflict, noting that the UN has prepared contingency plans for the period up to June, with a possible reinforcement of UNMIS to prevent any deterioration in security.“In the unlikely event that the referendum leads to large-scale violence, approximately 2.8 million people could be internally displaced and another 3.2 million affected by breakdowns in trade and social service delivery,” he said. “In this scenario, as much as $63 million might be required to provide emergency assistance to those in need.”UNMIS has already increased its presence in hot spots, particularly in the oil-rich Abyei region, which was meant to hold a concurrent referendum on whether to join the North or South, but agreement on the modalities for such a vote has not been reached.According to media reports, at least 36 people died in clashes between Arab nomads and southerners in Abyei over the weekend.“We are extremely concerned about the reports of clashes around Abyei and the resulting casualties,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told a news briefing in New York, adding that UNMIS is pursuing containment of the situation both politically and on the ground by enhanced patrolling activities and engagement with the top leadership of both sides.UN humanitarian agencies have also prepared for all eventualities. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has pre-positioned enough food in more than 100 strategic locations to feed 1 million people for six months. This is in preparation for a potential influx of returnees to a newly independent state and the possibility that people will be displaced.With 1.5 million to 2 million southerners living in the north, Mr. Ban stressed the need to work out post-referendum citizenship, residency and labour issues as well as wealth sharing, resolving the Abyei situation and demarcating borders. But his report was suffused with the historic dimensions of the referendum. “The coming weeks will determine the future of the Sudan for decades to come. The determination of the parties to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to sustain peace, stability and coexistence will be the deciding factor in setting that course,” he said, referring to the 2005 peace accord.He also stressed that UN troops alone would not be enough to prevent a return to war, should widespread hostilities erupt. “Only a demonstrated commitment by the parties to refrain from inflammatory statements, uphold the Comprehensive Peace Agreement ceasefire mechanisms and engage in dialogue to settle differences will succeed in maintaining peace,” he declared.“As events in the early days of 2011 will be unique in the history of the Sudan, I urge all partners to intensify their efforts and provide support to all Sudanese in order to ensure the successful holding of the referendum and respect the choice made by the people by endorsing and implementing its outcome.” read more

Polls on September 7

He also said that the Chief Ministers of both provinces have been called for a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees tomorrow (Monday) to discuss the polls.An official in the North Western Province Chief Minister’s office said that Chief Minister Athula Wijesinghe had a meeting on Friday regarding the polls. The Northern Provincial Council is also to be formed in time for elections to be held on September 7. Additional Elections Commissioner R. M. A. L. Ratnayake said that the date for the elections are usually announced after the Provincial Councils are dissolved. Elections for the Northern, North Western and Central Provincial Councils will be held on September 7, Government sources told The Sunday Leader.The North Western and Central Provincial Councils will be dissolved by June 20 after which the dates for the elections will be announced. When contacted by The Sunday Leader Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake said that moves are underway to dissolve both the North Western and Central Provincial Councils on the same day. When asked, Puttalam District SLFP organizer Arundika Fernando confirmed that the government hopes to dissolve both Provincial Councils by June 20 in order to prepare for the elections.The government had already announced on an earlier occasion that the elections for the Northern Province will be held in September. Ahead of the Elections the government has set in motion moves to repeal the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. read more

Walmart to stop selling electronic cigarettes at its stores

NEW YORK — Walmart says it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam’s Clubs following a string illnesses and deaths related to vaping.The nation’s largest retailer said Friday that it will complete its exit from e-cigarettes after selling through current inventory. It cited growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity regarding vaping products.More than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses. An eight death was reported this week. But health officials still have not identified the cause.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

On visit to Central African Republic UN rights expert urges support for

These include a return to security, disarming groups, strengthening the rule of law and fighting impunity, encouraging national reconciliation, and providing urgent services, such as education and health.Speaking from Bangui during her sixth visit to CAR, Marie-Thérèse Keita-Bocoum, also shared some concerns coming from civil society, which seeks greater protection of civilians, assistance for victims of sexual violence and of violence based on witchcraft accusations.“All the actors of the civil society I met deplored the absence of the criminal justice system, the lack of access to justice and the lack of measures to protect victims and witnesses,” the expert said. Ms. Keita-Bocoum noted also the challenges from humanitarian needs, which said remain “high”, with international aid often being the only way to meet the health, nutritional and sanitation basics for the population.The country is emerging from nearly three years of fighting between the mainly Muslim Séléka and mainly Christian anti-Balaka groups.The UN has played a major role in seeking to restore peace in the CAR, with military and police units from the 11,000-strong UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country (MINUSCA) joining soldiers from the French Sangaris force and local security teams last 30 December at polling stations to ensure a peaceful presidential vote.After nine months of improved stability in CAR, a new wave of inter-communal violence erupted in September of last year, killing at least 130 people, injuring 430 others, and triggering an 18 per cent increase in the number of internally displaced persons to 447,500.The election of President Touadéra, who won the presidential run-off on 14 February and will be sworn in on 25 March, is being seen as a new chapter in the country’s political history – despite numerous significant challenges that remain.In her comments today, the UN expert noted some improvement in security, especially in the capital city of Bangui, but expressed concern about violence in the regions in the country’s centre, east and north-east.In addition, she cautioned against putting in power any individuals with human rights abuses. She stressed “the importance that elected officials are men and women who truly have willingness to represent the interests of the Central African people, with integrity and respect for human rights.” The UN expert today also thanked the transitional government, led by Prime Minister Catherine Samba-Panza and her transitional government, for their cooperation and expressed her gratitude for their commitments and efforts in the initiatives for peaceful dialogue, national reconciliation and the democratic process, and in particular the holding of the Bangui Forum, the strengthening of women’s leadership and the organization of free and peaceful elections.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Terrelle Pryor Leads Oakland Raiders to Victory

Terrelle Pryor and Charles Woodson led the Oakland Raiders to a win over the San Diego Chargers Sunday night.Quarterback Pryor and the Raiders jumped out early on San Diego after Pryor threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter. Woodson, on the other hand, tied an NFL record with his 13th defensive touchdown after scooping up a fumble and bringing to the house.Pryor’s first strike was a 44-yard touchdown pass on Oakland’s first play from scrimmage.The Raiders then capitalized on four forced turnovers, a great goal-line stand, Woodson’s 25-yard fumble return and two long field goals by Sebastian Janikowski to win the game.Chargers’ QB Philip Rivers had a 400-yard passing game, throwing for 411 yards and two touchdowns. However, he also had three interceptions as his team took the loss.“That’s what the kid brings to us,” coach Dennis Allen said. “Terrelle brings that ability when things aren’t right, when things break down, he brings that ability to make plays.” read more

SIMPEC ready for camp construction and deconstruction at West Angelas

first_imgWestStar Industrial’s engineering contractor business, SIMPEC, has been awarded a key contract by ATCO Structures and Logistics in the construction and deconstruction of a 600-room camp at Rio Tinto’s West Angelas iron ore mine in the Pilbara of Western Australia.The A$4 million ($2.96 million) contract award work is due to commence early in 2019.SIMPEC’s electrical and communications scope of work is to design, supply, construct, test, commission and deconstruct the electrical and communications systems of the construction camp. The camp will be delivered over a three-to-four-month period and is to be used in the major development project at West Angelas to build deposits C and D.Following completion of mine development, SIMPEC will return to site and deconstruct the camp’s electrical and communications systems.SIMPEC said the contract award at West Angelas builds on the portfolio of camp work packages successfully undertaken by SIMPEC, specifically the camp works completed at Iluka Resources’ Cataby iron sands project, 150 km north of Perth, Western Australia.SIMPEC Managing Director Mark Dimasi said: “This is a tribute to our team resulting from our efforts at the Cataby project. What a commendable achievement to secure a project with ATCO Structures and Logistics for the Rio Tinto West Angelas mine site, further enhancing our exposure to camp construction works.”The investment at West Angelas’ C and D deposits is part of a $1.55 billion plan to sustain production capacity at part of the Robe River joint venture (owned 53% by Rio, 33% by Mitsui and 14% by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp).The joint venture partners will invest $579 million in developing deposits C and D, with first ore expected in 2021.last_img read more

EMS Brüel Kjaer adds ground vibration monitoring to Sentinel environmental instruments

first_imgEMS Brüel & Kjaer has announced the addition of ground vibration monitoring to its Sentinel On Demand environment monitoring service.Using EMS’s vibration monitoring terminal, users can use the short-term monitoring service to protect construction sites, or mines, from structural damage, assess human comfort around rail projects and ensure correct operation of hospital MRI and other industrial imaging equipment, according to the company.Sentinel On Demand has been operating for four years with noise and meteorological monitoring instrumentation, according to EMS. “Now customers will also be able to select ground vibration monitoring when they order the service over the web,” the company said.David Currie, Product Manager for Sentinel said: “Sentinel On Demand is proving popular with noise consultants and construction where short-term measurements are used for planning purposes. The addition of vibration makes it more compelling.“Many customers experience the benefits of Sentinel on Demand and go on to contract long-term monitoring projects with improved cost efficiency. Sentinel On Demand users can deploy quickly with the minimum of effort and don’t have to invest in instrumentation that may sit idle after the project completes.”EMS has worked with many mining companies looking to employ its environmental monitoring services. One such company is Alkane Resources, which has been using Noise Sentinel for 24/7 noise monitoring and management, in combination with a remotely located, independent noise consultant, at its Tomingley gold operations in Western Australia.last_img read more

Tatran Presov wins Slovak Cup

Seven times Slovakian champions keeps getting more successes in the domestic competitions. This time Tatran Presov won the Slovaki cup again, beating Banska Bystrica in the final with 28:25 (15:10). In the semifinals, Tatran beat Kosice with huge 39:22 (16:12), while Banska Bystrica beat Novi Zamky with 33:29 (19:11). The final was followed by 1100 spectators.P. Bystrica – Tatran Prešov 25:28 (10:15) ← Previous Story 60st birthday of the most famous handball hall – Sparkassen Arena in Kiel Next Story → Kallman back to the Swedish squad for the OG-Qualifications! read more