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Bengal Governor, State at loggerheads

first_imgThe newly appointed Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankar has taken on State Education Minister and Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee over incidents of violence on the campus of Jadavpur University in Kolkata on Thursday evening.The Governor had intervened to personally escort Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Babul Supriyo from the campus amid protests and heckling from students, who objected to his presence.Mr. Chatterjee had claimed that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had requested the Governor not to go to the university at the peak of commotion and to “give the government some time to peacefully solve the issue.”“This is most unfortunate and shocking that our Governor, the custodian of the Constitution of the State, without informing the elected government went to the so-called rescue of the BJP leader from Jadavpur University… Chief Minister requested him several times that the Governor being the constitutional head need not go at this moment. The CM requested him to give the government some time to peacefully solve the issue,” Mr. Chatterjee said.A press note issued by Mr. Dhankar’s office said, the Minister was not aware of the developments that took place before the Governor went to the University to rescue Mr. Supriyo. “Obviously, he did not know of the developments that took place between the Governor and the DGP [Director General of Police]/ CS [Chief Secretary] as also the conversation with the Honorable Chief Minister,” the press note said.Mr. Supriyo, along with designer Agnimitra Paul, had gone to the campus to attend a seminar organised by the Akhil Bhartiya Vidarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Thursday. However, several students had protested against their entry by raising black flags and asked him to leave. The situation escalated when Mr. Supriyo refused to budge. As tensions rose, he remained stuck inside the college premises till the Governor arrived at around 8 p.m. and escorted him out.Meanwhile, members of ABVP and BJP forcefully entered the college premises, vandalised university property and beat up some students.Trinamool issued a statement on Friday, reiterating Mr. Chatterjee’s “stand” and argued that it “must be made very clear [that] universities are autonomous institutions and as per time-honoured tradition, police cannot enter university campus without permission of VC.”While acknowledging that Mr. Dhankar had spoken to the Chief Minister and “duly appraised her”, the Raj Bhawan note claimed that the Governor had very little option but to head for the university in south Kolkata.“There were many telephonic interactions between the two and in his high regard that the Governor/Chancellor has for the Hon’ble CM, personally and for the Office the CM holds, he would not like to divulge the conversation between the two, except that he left for the place after sufficient time had elapsed and the situation did not show any change,” the Raj Bhawan press note argued.However, a senior Trinamool leader claimed that it is the “job of the State administration to appraise the Governor about a crisis as law and order is still the State subject.” This is for the first time that the new Governor and the ruling party directly confronted each other.last_img read more

8th edition of Tata LitFest to begin on November 16

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 24 (PTI) Over 100 authors spanning a multitude of genres will come together to engage, enthral, and entice book lovers at the 8th edition of Tata Literature Live in Mumbai.Scheduled to be held from November 16, across multiple venues — the NCPA, Nariman Point, and Prithvi Theatre, the four-day long literary extravaganza will witness writers like three-time Pulitzer award winner Thomas Friedman, Devdutt Pattanaik, Nayantara Sahgal and Israeli artist, writer, photographer, curator and researcher Shimon Lev among many others.”For me, the most enthralling part is the dialogue and discourse that these distinguished individuals bring to the festival. They are masterful raconteurs, all, and brilliant intellectuals, whose own life experiences could probably power a few riveting tales too!”It is a joy to interact with them, have your perspective challenged, and revel in the learning. I have enjoyed this part of the festival each year, and Im sure this year will be no different,” Anil Dharker, founder and director of the festival, said.The speaker lineup will comprise of a host of personalities, from activists to academicians, from bureaucrats to Bollywood stars, who will deliberate on engaging sessions like — Fiction as Fact, Why do short stories get short shrift?, No means No, 100 Years of Indian Sport through Artefacts and Museums in a Digital Age.Some of the highlights will include Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, who turns math into entertaining prose in his book Finding Moonshine; Professor Anil Gupta, Indias very own revolutionary man who helps expedite socially-relevant solutions that target communities at the grassroots level, and economist Arun Shourie.advertisementAlso lending added grace to the festival are the indomitable Dame Margaret Drabble, award-winning novelist, biographer and critic; and Catharine MacKinnon, feminist scholar, lawyer, educator and activist, who is respected for her legal work in the arena of sexual harassment.”The brilliant author line-up for this year offers a clear forecast of how exciting this event is going be, for our audience as well as for our esteemed guests,” Harish Bhat, brand custodian, Tata Sons, said.Other speakers at the festival include: British playwright and novelist Nell Leyshon; actor, director and playwright Girish Karnad; cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle; former RBI governor and author Y V Reddy, politician and economist Jairam Ramesh; Member of Parliament P Chidambaram; Gabor Lanczkor, a scholar of the Hungarian language; Gary Shteyngart, an American writer specialising in satirical compositions; and S Y Quairishi, Former Election Commissioner and author.The event will come to a close on November 19. PTI TRS TRSlast_img read more

Steel minister calls for promotion of sports

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 11 (PTI) Making a pitch for the promotion of sports in the country, Steel Miniter Chaudhary Birender Singh today said more and more organisations should come forward to lend a support to young players. “…nurturing talents should be encouraged and more organisations should come forward to support budding players and help India gain sporting glory,” Singh said. The minister felicitated Steel Authority of India Ltd-run SAIL Football Academy (SFA) cadets, who recently won the 58th International Subroto Cup Football Championship 2017, at a ceremony held in Kolkata today, the steel PSU said in a statement. Congratulating the players for their efforts, the minister said, “These talented boys have proved that with proper facilities and support, our sports persons can be world beaters.” The minister also praised the efforts of SAIL in running various sports academies. SAIL runs a number of sports academies, providing coaching to young talents in football, hockey, athletics, archery and other games. PTI SID MRlast_img read more

Moto G7, G7 Power could launch in India soon: Should you wait for them?

first_imgThe Moto G7 series went official on Thursday, and sure enough there are four models in the new lineup. The Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play have been announced bringing a new design language that is mostly about shedding bezels to make the phones look like they belong in 2019. Each of the new Moto phone has something unique to offer, whether it is a waterdrop display or a massive battery life. And like past Moto G phones, the Moto G7 series can be expected to launch in India soon enough.While Motorola has not officially confirmed the India launch of the Moto G7 lineup, a report from a few days ago claimed that the company will first bring the G7 and G7 Power to India, and the duo could come to the country by March-end. It is possible that the company will be keeping the G7 Plus and G7 Play for the second half of 2019. It’s a similar strategy the company took for the Moto G6 series last year, launching the G6 Plus in India a few months after the regular model.The Moto G7 and G7 Power will have a tough fight ahead of them when they launch in India. The mid-range segment has become increasingly competitive in the country thanks to players like Xiaomi, Realme, Honor, and Nokia. These companies have brought premium-looking, power-packed devices at really competitive prices. Motorola has not been able to compete on a same level, losing market share to Xiaomi, Samsung, Vivo and Oppo, among others. Last year, the company announced the Snapdragon 450-powered Moto G6 at around Rs 16,000, and the Moto G6 Plus at around Rs 23,000.advertisementMoto G7 and G7 Power expected India priceConsidering the specs on offer, the Moto G7 series has been launched at a pretty high price in Brazil. The cheapest model, the G7 Play, starts at R$ 999 (approx Rs 19,208) while the G7 Power starts at R$ 1399 (approx Rs 26,899). The standard G7 costs R$1599 (approx Rs 30,745) while the G7 Plus will be selling for R$ 1899 (approx Rs 36,513).If the Moto G7 and G7 Power launch in India at these similar conversion rates, it could be a difficult sell. It seems likely that the company will launch the Moto G7 and G7 Power at prices closer to the US pricing. The G7 costs $299 (approx 21,000) in the US, while the G7 Power has a price of $249 (approx Rs 17,700).Even a direct translation of the US prices puts the Moto G7 and G7 Power at a difficult position in India. Motorola will have to aggressively price its devices here if it wants to take on the competition. But considering how the Moto G6 series launched in India last year, I wouldn’t hold my breath to see something dramatically different from the Moto G7.Moto G7 and G7 Power key featuresThe Moto G7 and G7 Power offer some compelling new features for the Moto G lineup. The Moto G7 comes with a taller display compared to its predecessor thanks to thinner bezels all around and a waterdrop notch. It sports a 6.2-inch FHD+ (2270×1080) display and is backed by dual cameras on the back with a 12MP + 5MP configuration. It also offers a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and yes, a 3.5mm headphone jack.The G7 Power, on the other hand, highlights a massive 5,000mAh battery, which Motorola claims will deliver up to 3 days of battery life. It also gets a similar 6.2-inch screen as the Moto G7, but with an HD+ (1520×720) resolution instead. It sports a 12MP sensor on the back and an 8MP front-facing camera. Like the G7, the G7 Power also offers a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a headphone jack. Both the phones also support 15W TurboPower fast charging, which will come in handy especially for the G7 Power.Should you wait for the Moto G7 and G7 Power?Some of these features do look exciting and are worth waiting for if you are a fan of the brand. But these aren’t new features in the larger scheme of things. Waterdrop displays and beefy batteries have been introduced in the affordable segment for many months now. Phones like the Realme 2 Pro (Review) and Samsung Galaxy M20 (Review) offer these features at really affordable prices. At the end of the day, we are also looking at two Motorola phones that feature a Snapdragon 632 chipset and could come with a price tag over Rs 15,000.Motorola will need to get the pricing right if it wants the Moto G7 and G7 Power to work in India. We have an exhaustive list of phones like the Nokia 7.1, Poco F1, Realme 2 Pro, Oppo K1, Honor 8X and so on that offer great hardware along with quality design. Motorola has its work cut out for it, but it is worth waiting to see the company’s strategy for India this year.advertisementALSO READ | Moto G7 vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: Stock Android, premium build but which one looks betterALSO READ | Moto G7 or Redmi Note 7: Latest Moto may launch in India soon, here is how it compares with upcoming Xiaomilast_img read more

Celtic’s James Forrest sinks Hamilton while Rangers return to winning ways

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Hibernian Twitter Rangers returned to winning ways as they came from behind to beat 10-man Livingston 3-1 but there was cause for concern as their new signing Ryan Kent limped off.A dominant first-half performance from Rangers ended with the former loanee Kent departing in the 41st minute after pulling up in the Livingston half.The visitors then broke the deadlock from the penalty spot two minutes into the second half, with Steven Lawless firing home after Lyndon Dykes had been tripped in the box by Scott Arfield.But Rangers hit back through a James Tavernier free-kick in the 55th minute before goals from Alfredo Morelos and the substitute Brandon Barker – either side of Dykes’s sending-off – wrapped up maximum points. Celtic Read more Rangers’ Brandon Barker celebrates scoring after coming off the bench against Livingston. Photograph: Robert Perry/PA Hamilton Rangers Share via Email Second-half goals from Liam Miller and Mohamed El Makrini earned Kilmarnock a 2-0 win which turned up the heat on Hibernian’s manager, Paul Heckingbottom.Angelo Alessio’s name rang round Rugby Park as his Kilmarnock side made it four games unbeaten but the only chants from the visiting fans were for Heckingbottom to go as the visitors’ miserable run continued.There is unrest on the other side of Edinburgh too, as Craig Levein faced further calls for his resignation as Hearts crashed to the bottom of the Premiership by way of a 3-2 defeat against Motherwell.A poor defensive display from the Jambos enabled Declan Gallagher, Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton to find the net for the Steelmen.Ryo Meshino did turn in a heartening cameo from the bench, teeing up a goal for Uche Ikpeazu and finding the net with a fine curling effort himself. However, that did little to assuage the fury of the home fans.Aberdeen and St Johnstone shared the points in a 1-1 draw on a difficult day for football at Pittodrie, with a strong wind hampering both sides. Pinterest news Ryan Hedges had the home side in front just before the half-hour with a low drive but Tommy Wright’s men levelled 15 minutes later thanks to a Michael O’Halloran shot that Joe Lewis will feel he should have stopped.Marcus Fraser scored a stoppage-time winner as Ross County beat St Mirren 2-1 in Dingwall.Ross Laidlaw’s blunder appeared to have cost County victory as Tony Andreu’s free-kick ended up in the back of the net in the 72nd minute.Laidlaw allowed Andreu’s shot to squirm through his legs after the substitute’s effort had clipped the wall and bounced in front of the County goalkeeper.The home side had opened the scoring 10 minutes earlier when Ross Stewart struck a brilliant volley. And the captain, Fraser, restored the lead. Birmingham’s Bellingham snatches win as Charlton miss chance to go top Facebook center_img Livingston Hearts Share on Twitter Scottish Premiership Share on LinkedIn Real Madrid relieved to hold on for nervy win after Levante fightback Reuse this content Mohamed Elyounoussi set up the only goal less than four minutes into his Celtic career as the champions consolidated their lead in the Premiership with a 1-0 win at Hamilton.The loan signing from Southampton sent in a low cross which James Forrest converted for his seventh goal in nine Celtic games, earning his team a fifth win from five matches. Share on Pinterest Read more Topics Share on Messenger The Observer Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Report: Ostersunds 0 Arsenal 3

first_imgOstersunds 0 Arsenal 3: Ozil crowns Arctic stroll for Wenger’s men Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 03:52 2/16/18 MesutOzil - cropped Getty Images Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil were on target either side of a Sotirios Papagiannopoulos own goal as Arsenal eased to a 3-0 win at Ostersunds. Arsenal avoided any undue alarms as they cruised to a 3-0 Europa League win over Swedish minnows Ostersunds.Arsene Wenger’s men emerged in sub-zero temperatures at the Jamtkraft Arena and there was little prospect of the contest warming up after defensive errors from the hosts gifted a 13th-minute opener to Nacho Monreal.Sotirios Papagiannopoulos’ own goal compounded matters for Ostersunds and their English coach Graham Potter and, although their performance improved, Mesut Ozil marked his first appearance in the Europa League this season with a third in the 58th minute. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A run to the last-32 featuring wins over the likes of Galatasaray and Hertha Berlin has seen Ostersunds’ produce a modern footballing fairytale in the Europa League this season.They will need something altogether more fantastical to turn the tie around at Emirates Stadium next week – even more so after Tom Pettersson had a stoppage-time penalty saved, Hector Bellerin having needlessly hauled down substitute Tesfaldet Tekie.Ostersunds goalkeeper Aly Keita put his side in trouble with a poor pass out in the 12th minute, only spared when Papagiannopoulos bravely blocked from Ozil, and his poor handling allowed Monreal to follow up Alex Iwobi’s shot and open the scoring moments later.5 – Nacho Monreal has now been directly involved in five goals in his last six games for Arsenal in all competitions (three goals, two assists), as many as in his previous 64 matches combined. Surge. pic.twitter.com/9cdUfGe6Gm— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 15, 2018The entirely avoidable nature of the goals conceded by a seemingly overawed Ostersunds will have irritated Potter and Papagiannopoulos was powerless to avoid a 24th-minute own-goal after Pettersson gave away possession inside his own box for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to drill into the goalmouth.Some similarly slack work in the defensive half from Arsenal prompted the hosts’ first opening, with David Ospina acrobatically pushing over Alhaji Gero’s shot from the edge of the area.Ostersunds had grown into the contest as half-time approached and striker Saman Ghoddos drove at a backpedalling Arsenal backline to fire narrowly wide.Potter sent on Tekie and Jamie Hopcutt in place of captain Brwa Nouri and Gero, a move that further encouraged his team’s resurgence in the contest.Shkodran Mustafi turned anxiously to the referee before the hour when Tekie went down in the area under pressure from the Germany international. Play was allowed to continue and Arsenal glided down the other end to make it three.8 – Mesut Özil has been directly involved in eight goals in his last seven games for Arsenal in European competition (five goals, three assists). Visible. pic.twitter.com/MKdmrfo8Ys— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 15, 2018Ozil exchanged passes pleasingly with Mkhitaryan but Keita was culpable once again, getting his hands to a shot that squirmed over the line.Much of the remaining action resembled an extended training drill as far as the Premier League side were concerned, with prospects of defeat to a club who have been in existence for a shorter time than Wenger has been Arsenal manager all but extinguished by the time Pettersson rounded out a dismal individual outing by stroking his penalty into Ospina’s arms. Key Opta stats:- Arsenal are now unbeaten in eight away games in European competition against Scandinavian opposition (W6 D2).- Arsenal have won the first leg in the knockout stages of a European fixture for the first time since February 2011, when they beat Barcelona 2-1 in the last 16 of the Champions League (excluding play-offs).- Ostersunds FK have lost their first home Europa League match in what was their seventh fixture in the competition (W5 D1). – In fact, it is just the second match in which Ostersunds have failed to score in this seasons Europa League, and the first time they have failed to do so at home. – Nacho Monreal has now been directly involved in five goals in his last six games for Arsenal in all competitions (three goals, two assists), as many as in the previous 64 matches combined.- Mesut Ozil has been directly involved in eight goals in his last seven games for Arsenal in European competition (five goals, three assists).- Arsene Wenger has visited Sweden twice in European competition while in charge of Arsenal – on both occasions he has been victorious over an English manager (Graham Potter, 2018; Stuart Baxter, 1999). read morelast_img read more

Martino: Mexico to pay special attention to ‘unsettling’ Pulisic

first_imgTata Martino isn’t one to dole out high praise to opposing players all too often, so it raised more than a few eyebrows on Saturday when the Mexico coach sang the praises of U.S. national team star Christian Pulisic, who Martino’s Mexico will try to stop in Sunday’s Gold Cup final. Speaking ahead of Sunday’s final, Martino made it clear his team will be focused on trying to contain the red-hot Pulisic, who is coming off a two-goal performance in the Gold Cup semifinal win over Jamaica, and who has been one of the stars of the Gold Cup. “I think that Pulisic is one of the big emerging players in world football in this latest era without a doubt,” Martino said on Saturday. “He’s one of the most unsettling players I have seen in recent times. I think if we don’t pay special attention to him, especially when we’re in attack, we’re going to have a bad time. He’s a player you have to pay special attention to precisely because he can single-handedly win a game.”  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Pulisic has registered a team-leading three goals and three assists for the USMNT so far in the Gold Cup, but he has also appeared to take on a leadership role, looking far more comfortable in his status as the team’s star. “When I think about this month for him it’s been a lot of personal development in terms of him blossoming with his personality within the group, his importance to the team on the field,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said. “The skills haven’t changed from a month ago, but in terms of his role, what he’s comfortable with, how he’s embracing his role within the team, and his role on and off the field, I think it’s been really nice to see.” The past month has seen Pulisic complete his record-setting transfer to Chelsea while also gaining more familiarity with Berhalter’s system, which has been constructed to fit comfortably with the versatile 20-year-old’s attacking qualities. “The most important thing we’ve focused on is giving Christian flexibility, putting him in position where he could affect the game in a number of different ways,” Berhalter said. “We wanted to play him central, but also get him wide. When you think about him being central, arriving in the penalty box, the two goals (against Jamaica) were a result of him being in good positions to be able to finish off plays that end up in front of goal. “When you think about some of the assists he’s had they’ve come in wide areas, notably against Curacao. With Christian we know he’s a top talent and we want to get him into position to affect the game. We know he can affect the game on an individual level, and he’s shown that so far in the tournament.”last_img read more

Star Ohio State RB Has A Message For Michigan

first_imgJ.K. Dobbins running the ball for Ohio State.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Running back J.K. Dobbins #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball against linebacker T.J. Edwards #53 of the Wisconsin Badgers in the fourth quarter during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)J.K. Dobbins is ready for Michigan.The star Ohio State football running back made that very clear following the Buckeyes’ overtime win over Maryland on Saturday afternoon.Dobbins, a top recruit from Texas, said this weekend’s game is why he left his home state to play for Urban Meyer at Ohio State.“Next week’s game is what I left Texas for,” he told reporters after the game.J.K. Dobbins on Michigan: “Next week’s game is what I left Texas for.”— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) November 17, 2018Ohio State didn’t look good against Maryland, but you can bet on Dobbins and the rest of the Buckeyes bringing their A-game against Michigan.The Wolverines will enter Saturday’s game as a small favorite, listed as a 3-3.5 point favorite by most sportsbooks.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be on FOX.last_img read more

Education Minister Salutes Parents

first_imgStory Highlights Senator Reid, who was speaking at the National Parenting Support Commission’s (NPSC’s) parents’ graduation ceremony in Montego Bay recently, said that “contrary to what some people think, there are thousands of dedicated, selfless, loving, God-fearing, hard-working and trustworthy parents in Jamaica”. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is saluting the thousands of Jamaican parents who, he said, are making “Herculean sacrifices” every day for the welfare of their children.center_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is saluting the thousands of Jamaican parents who, he said, are making “Herculean sacrifices” every day for the welfare of their children.He said the nation’s parents rank among the best in going the extra mile in order to ensure that their children can have the opportunities they might have missed, “because of the ups and downs of life”.Senator Reid, who was speaking at the National Parenting Support Commission’s (NPSC’s) parents’ graduation ceremony in Montego Bay recently, said that “contrary to what some people think, there are thousands of dedicated, selfless, loving, God-fearing, hard-working and trustworthy parents in Jamaica”.“Sometimes we are so focused, so fixated on the bad parents that we lose sight of the reality that there are thousands of good parents, who are doing a great job,” he pointed out.Senator Reid noted that one of the duties of parents is to ensure that their children are better off economically, educationally and socially.“Too often, we forget about that father out there in the breadbasket parish of St. Elizabeth, who gets up at five in the morning and walks a quarter mile to cut grass for his livestock. He does this because he has a son in sixth form at St. Elizabeth Technical High School who wants to become an electrical engineer,” he said.The Minister also hailed the role of the grandparents, who “give of their last morsel of strength to ensure that children who are left in their care, are given the best opportunity to achieve”.“There are hundreds of these heroes throughout the length and breadth of Jamaica,” he noted.He said recognition must be given to the foster-parents, “whose contributions sometimes get lost in the shadows.”“I want to reiterate that foster-parents are an important part of the family wheel. They help to move this country forward. We need more foster-parents,” he said.last_img read more

Star Bulk Sees No Further Need for Amortization Holiday

first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk shipping firm Star Bulk Carriers is planning to make debt principal repayments starting from the first quarter of 2018.The repayments are in total at least equivalent to the amortization payments scheduled prior to the commencement of debt amortization holidays, starting from January 1, 2018, under the “cash sweep” mechanism incorporated in the company’s loan agreements.Start Bulk said it opted for the move in light of the improved performance of the company and the dry bulk market in general.The company previously agreed with its lenders debt amortization holidays that commenced on June 1, 2016 and were due to end on June 30, 2018.“We value our relationships with our lenders and the flexibility they have provided us. At this point there is no further need for any amortization holiday,” Petros Pappas, Star Bulk CEO, said.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Highway 118

first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 Highway 118 outbound is closed at Exit 5 near the junction with Highway 102 because of a motor vehicle accident. Traffic is being diverted to Trunk 2. The highway is expected to be closed for up to an hour. Local Area Office: 902-424-5080 Fax: 902-424-0696 -30-last_img

Allegations on oilforfood will be probed very seriously Annan says

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said that he will soon name the members of an independent panel to investigate allegations of corruption and fraud within the United Nations Oil-for-Food programme, and pledged that the probe will take the charges “very seriously.”“We are quite close and I’m in touch with panel members who would investigate this in an independent manner,” the Secretary-General told reporters as he entered UN Headquarters in New York. “I hope to be able to make the announcement in the course of the week.” Mr. Annan emphasized that the probe would be comprehensive. “We are going to investigate these allegations very seriously and with a very thorough, independent investigation.” Responding to allegations in the press, the Secretary-General announced last month his intention to set up an independent, high-level inquiry – a move later endorsed by the Security Council. Begun in 1996, the UN Oil-for-Food programme allowed Iraq to use a portion of its petroleum revenues to purchase humanitarian relief. The effort was monitored by the Security Council “661” committee, which included representatives from all 15 countries on the Council. Until its termination in November 2003, the programme oversaw the delivery of some $39 billion worth of humanitarian assistance to about 22 million people, many of whom were largely dependent on outside aid to survive since normal economic activity was severely constrained by sanctions imposed after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. The aid served to slash negative health indicators, including child malnutrition rates, which fell by half between 1996 and 2002. read more

UN officials urge Governments to ensure natural resources fuel development not conflict

“In too many countries, a wealth of resources – such as timber, oil, coal, diamonds and precious metals – fail to translate into equivalent wealth for the people,” said Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson in his remarks to the Council’s day-long thematic debate on conflict prevention and the extractive industries.Instead, communities and individuals pay a terrible cost in terms of corruption, human rights abuses and environmental damage, he said, emphasizing: “The primary responsibility for preventing conflict and transparently and equitably managing resources lies with Governments.”Mr. Eliasson noted that when managed properly, extractive resources do not need to be a ‘curse’ but can instead be the foundation for sustainable development and lasting peace.“Political leaders are to ensure that extractive industries generate employment and tax revenues which support economic development and the provision of basic services,” he said. “And leaders are to be held accountable by national institutions which promote social cohesion and inclusion, based on rule of law and an independent judiciary.”He added that while Governments play a central role in natural resource management, the private sector, civil society and international organizations are also important in ensuring the equitable, transparent and sustainable exploitation of extractive resources.Mr. Eliasson highlighted examples of how the UN is working with Governments to prevent conflict related to resources. UN political and peacekeeping missions, for example, support dispute resolution through their rule of law programmes, which count with mediators with an expertise on natural resource issues.In addition, the world body is working with financial institutions to develop capacity on taxation policies and regulations pertaining extractive industries to address the impact of inflation and currency fluctuations, Mr. Eliasson said.“Ultimately, all parties need to recognize – and act upon – the links between poverty, inequality, conflict and sustainable development,” he said. “As demand for extractive resources increases, so will competition and rivalry. This must not lead to more violent conflicts in fragile nations but, rather, to cooperation and a sense of shared responsibility.”In his capacity as Chairperson of the Africa Progress Panel, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Council that conflict related to extractive resources is preventing many African countries from developing their full potential.“For years, we have seen that natural resources have been a presence in – and at times a driver of – internal of regional conflicts in Africa,” Mr. Annan said.He said that Africa has been benefiting from high demand for natural resource from China and other emerging markets, but warned that Governments must ensure the profits of this demand are invested in development and do not lead to tensions in the region.“The starting point is for all countries to develop national strategies that set up the terms under which their natural resources will be developed, including fiscal policies, contractual arrangements and tax regimes,” he said. “Above all, national strategies have to set out how the extractive sector fits with plans for poverty reduction, inclusive growth and social transformation.”Mr. Annan also underlined the international community’s responsibility in creating a safe and transparent environment that encourages cross-border collaboration as well as environmental protection.The Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Rebecca Grynspan, outlined how the agency is helping countries such as Tanzania, Liberia and Sierra Leone to establish concrete actions plans and best practices to manage their resources. The agency is working not just with Governments, but also with communities and civil society groups to diffuse tensions and address misunderstandings that could lead to conflict.Managing Director of the World Bank Caroline Anstey also addressed the Council, and stressed the importance of transparency, and collaboration with the private sector. read more

Ban presses for sustained support from international community amid tenuous Mali peace

Speaking at the High-level meeting on the Malian political process, on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York, the Secretary-General reminded those present that they had gathered to support Mali’s political process as it is the country’s “cornerstone of stability.”“Mali needs peace and stability so that refugees can return home; so that human rights can be protected, and public services restored; so that development can advance and justice and security institutions can be reformed to play their essential role,” declared Mr. Ban. He warned, however, that the security situation in the Sahel country remained “extremely fragile” as armed groups in the north continued to fight despite numerous agreements. In addition, Mr. Ban noted, UN peacekeepers and Malian civilians have been subjected to ongoing attacks from terrorists who sought “to disrupt the political process and prevent the return of normalcy that the north so desperately needs.”“These attacks will not alter the determination of the United Nations to support the Malian people in their search for peace,” he continued. “Persistent insecurity only underscores the urgency of a negotiated settlement.”Recalling the 18 June 2013 Ouagadougou Agreement between the Government and armed groups, the Secretary-General expressed concern that the tenuous peace agreement risked falling apart due to “difficult moments” such as reported fighting in the country’s north-eastern Kidal Region. The Agreement, signed in the capital of Burkina Faso last year by Tuareg rebel groups from northern Mali and the Government, allows the Malian regular army, as well as its civil administration, to gradually return to the region of Kidal, held by rebels since 2012.In addition, Mr. Ban also urged movement for the ongoing negotiations currently being held in Algiers, Algeria, adding that despite an encouraging start, progress had been slow. To that point, he emphasized the UN’s readiness to assist in the implementation of the peace agreement that “we all hope can result from the Algiers process.”“We will mobilize our expertise on the political, security, development, justice and reconciliation issues that must be part of that agreement,” he stated, adding that the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was “ready to play a key role in supporting the implementation of an agreement that is sustainable and inclusive.”“Mali needs sustained and coherent support from the international community,” the Secretary-General concluded as he reminded Member States of their commitment to helping Mali end its conflicts and move towards peace. “We must speak with one voice and we must be persistent during the negotiations, as well as afterwards for the implementation of an agreement.” read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 19 September 2014

DOWNLOAD1. Scotland votes ‘No’ to independence2. Diversity initiatives for science and engineering announced3. Government responds to the new Climate Economy report4. Manufacturing employment rises in 2Q 20145. Major funding announced to improve Bristol’s public transport6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Drew Brees Gets Record Contract From Saints

Quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have reached an agreement on a five-year, $100 million contract that includes a first-year take in 2012 of $40 million,  league, players union and the team sources told ESPN.For all practical purposes, the guaranteed money is considered by all parties involved to be an NFL-record $60 million, though there are contractual, but unlikely, outs for the Saints before he would receive all of that sum.The accord was struck Friday morning in the latest round of negotiations between Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and Brees’ agent, Tom Condon.Brees had until Monday at 4 p.m. ET to reach a long-term contract with the Saints or his only option would have been to play in 2012 under the terms of his franchise tender of $16.371 million. But he had no plans to report to training camp without a long-term contract, sources said.Brees’s 2012 salary of $40 million is fully guaranteed. In 2013, the Saints will have a three-day window to release him after the waiver period begins (five days after the Super Bowl); if not, Brees gets another $15 million of fully guaranteed earnings, bringing his two-year total to $55 million.In 2014, the same three-day waiver scenario is in place before Brees is fully guaranteed another $5 million, with an additional $1 million in salary. Under the assumption Brees is the team’s quarterback for the next three years, he would make $61 million during that stretch, with $60 million fully guaranteed, the highest guaranteed total an NFL player has ever earned. Calvin Johnson’s deal with the Detroit Lions, signed earlier this year was initially reported to guarantee $60 million, but a closer look found it only fully guaranteed $48.75 million.While the waiver window gives the Saints an out, both the league and union view the $60 million as “guaranteed” because of the extreme unlikelihood that the Saints would want to have paid Brees $40 million for one year or $55 million for two years.The remaining $39 million to be earned in 2015 and 2016 is subject to the same waiver formula, bringing the potential grand total to $100 million over five years. No player in NFL history has averaged $20 million per year.Source: ESPN read more

Worlds first wireless Bluetooth Sensor Bow a hit with musicians

first_imgFor all you geeky musicians out there, you can now bring technology to your traditional violin, viola, cello, and bass in the form of the Keith McMillen Instruments K-Bow, a Bluetooth sensor bow capable of mimicking the wood and gut that have been used in the past.Created so that modern string musicians could integrate computing with their art form, the K-Bow communicates directly with studio software allowing an artist to wirelessly record music in electronic format. As seen above, the kevlar and graphite bow has a suite of sensors that are able to pick up even the slightest movements and pressures, achieving for the first time the ability to pick up the small nuances of the musician. These nuances are processed via hardware contained in the device, and transmitted using a Bluetooth antenna. Sensors measuring pressures, speed, and grip make this a precision device.It is certainly a feat of engineering to be able to produce such a fine-tuned piece of equipment, and the price reflects that as the K-Bow package right now runs around $4,300. Obviously this is something for professional musicians rather than hobbyists.The quality of the K-Bow is legit, this is not just some drug store discount toy. Professional cellist Jeffrey Zeigler has commented that it feels as good as the high end traditional wood bow that he uses to perform with, allowing him to control and manipulate the sound of the instrument without losing the technical aspect of his playing. This is certainly a key point, for if the K-Bow was something that needed special movements rather than already naturally trained bow strokes, the acceptance of it would certainly be less and the results nowhere near as good.The first piece of music ever composed just for the K-Bow system is going to be played on November 9th in Syracuse, New York. Called “Polar Suite”, it is a string quartet that integrates the sound of traditional instruments captured by the K-Bow, then processed through its software suite.Take a look at the K-Bow video demo below:More at Keith McMillen Instrumentslast_img read more

Une chaire sur les réseaux sociaux créée par Télécom Ecole de Management

first_imgUne chaire sur les réseaux sociaux créée par Télécom Ecole de Management Le mardi 29 novembre, Télécom Ecole de Management a inauguré la toute première chaire française de recherche sur les réseaux sociaux. Dirigée par Christine Balagué, enseignante et chercheuse au sein de l’école, elle basera ses axes de recherche sur l’intégration des réseaux sociaux dans les stratégies des entreprises.Une chaire dédiée aux réseaux sociaux a été inaugurée mardi à Paris par Télécom Ecole de Management. Mise en place en partenariat avec les groupes La Poste, PagesJaunes, Danone comme les autres écoles de l’Institut Télécom, et soutenue par la Fondation Télécom, cette chaire baptisée “Réseaux sociaux : création de valeur économique et sociale”, est inédite en France.À lire aussiShort video : le phénomène de la vidéo courte débarqueQuinze chercheurs consacreront leurs travaux à l’intégration des réseaux sociaux dans les stratégies des entreprises, afin que celles-ci ne subissent plus ces nouveaux outils en apprenant à les connaître et les exploiter. La chaire est dotée d’un budget d’un million d’euros sur trois ans. “C’est le changement de paradigme”, qui a inspiré la mise en place de ce projet, a expliqué Christine Balagué, l’enseignante-chercheuse qui dirige cette nouvelle chaire, citée par l’AFP. “Malgré la crise, l’économie numérique et la vie digitale n’ont cessé de se développer, avec une explosion mondiale des réseaux sociaux, du nombre d’internautes et des achats d’équipements. De nouveaux concepts et usages émergent, et il y a presque un phénomène d’addiction, vu le temps passé sur ces réseaux”, a-t-elle expliqué lors de l’inauguration de la chaire.Une récente étude menée par le cabinet Gartner affirme qu’à l’horizon 2015, “les entreprises généreront 50% de leurs revenus en ligne via les réseaux sociaux”, a souligné Christine Balagué, quand Francis Jutand, le directeur scientifique de l’Institut Télécom, évoquait “une véritable métamorphose (…) qui crée des fonctionnalités nouvelles et influe sur tous les secteurs de la société”. Et d’affirmer : “Il ne faut pas subir ces nouveaux outils qui se développent”.Le 1 décembre 2011 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Surveillance Kenwood et JVC sur un système 3D et tactile

first_imgSurveillance : Kenwood et JVC sur un système 3D et tactileLes premiers pas vers la surveillance en 3D ont probablement été faits. Un logiciel permettra un rendu 3D obtenu grâce à plusieurs caméras de surveillance, de changer d’angles de vue, de faire pivoter les appareils de prises de vue…À l’instar de Sony ou d’Hitachi, JVC et Kenwood travaillent aussi sur le futur de la surveillance. Les deux firmes collaborent à l’élaboration d’un système permettant de faire figurer dans un environnement 3D les images obtenues en multicaméras. Ce qui permet de disposer de la vision d’un immeuble ou d’un parking entier. Le système, une fois mis au point, offrira une vue d’ensemble d’une zone large. Ensuite, ce logiciel permettra d’isoler des parties de cet espace en 3D en faisant des zooms précis. Un pavé tactile permettra de contrôler plusieurs caméras à part et de manière individuelle afin de les diriger vers une action ou une région souhaitée.Selon Ubergizmo, ce panneau tactile permettra de faire varier les angles de vues aussi bien que pour switcher entre les caméras donc. Comme avec une vue panoramique, il sera possible de recadrer à l’envi le résultat en 3D observé. Les contrôles de cette interface pourraient aussi bien se faire par l’intermédiaire d’un écran multitouch. Le logiciel peut tourner sous Windows 7 et un GPU proposant un rendu 3D et une ou plusieurs caméras VN-V685 IP. Pour l’heure, aucune date de sortie d’un tel système n’est avancée. Le 1 avril 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Météo France un site pour donner des prévisions jusquen 2085

first_imgMétéo France : un site pour donner des prévisions jusqu’en 2085Météo France lance un portail internet qui permet de visualiser les grandes tendances climatiques des soixante prochaines années. Des prévisions à long terme destinées à aider les élus ou les agriculteurs à mieux anticiper les conséquences du changement climatique.La France dispose depuis un an d’un plan national d’adaptation au changement climatique. Il s’agit de 230 mesures à mettre en œuvre d’ici à 2015 pour commencer à se préparer à une température moyenne plus élevée de 2, 3 voire peut-être 4°C d’ici à la fin du siècle. Plusieurs secteurs sont ainsi concernés, pour ne pas dire tous : les villes, le littoral, l’agriculture, l’économie… Pourtant, se préparer efficacement n’est possible que si on sait plus ou moins à quoi s’attendre. Ainsi, le développement d’un “site de référence pour diffuser les informations scientifiques” figure parmi les mesures phares du plan national d’adaptation. Un site qui vient tout juste de voir le jour et fournira des données issues de plusieurs modèles et de différents scénarios d’émissions de CO2. Présenté hier par Météo France, ce tout nouveau portail Internet donne des projections régionalisées réalisées dans les laboratoires français de modélisation du climat. Il devient ainsi possible de savoir à peu près combien de jours de gel, de pluie ou de canicule sont à attendre dans 60 ans à Lyon ou à Toulouse par exemple. Le portail sera étendu à l’Outre-mer en 2013.En effet, pour que ce site soit une véritable aide pour les élus ou les agriculteurs les climatologues s’attellent à la “régionalisation” de leurs projections. Présentées de façon particulièrement précise via des cartes nationales et régionales, certaines projections utilisent même une résolution de seulement 8 kilomètres. “C’est une première internationale avec ce niveau de précision, on ne va pas loin de chez soi”, remarque Pierre-Franck Chevet, directeur général de l’énergie et du climat au ministère de l’Ecologie. Néanmoins, ces innombrables données s’adressent en premier lieu à un public averti.Des fiches explicatives pour mieux comprendre les prévisions À lire aussiCanicule : Comment se protéger efficacement contre la chaleur ?En France, le réchauffement global moyen attendu fait consensus. Ce n’est toutefois pas le cas en termes de précipitations, de grandes variations étant observées entre le sud-ouest, la Bretagne ou l’est du pays. “L’échelle régionale est intrinsèquement difficile”, a rappelé à l’AFP le climatologue Hervé Le Treut, directeur de l’Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace, l’un des laboratoires associés à cette opération. “La notion de précision est délicate, cette connaissance est assortie d’incertitudes”, souligne-t-il. Néanmoins, “en tant que laboratoire public, c’est un devoir de diffuser ce que l’on sait. Il faut simplement, quand on sort des informations de manière brute, les accompagner d’efforts de traduction”. Pour cela, de nombreuses fiches explicatives ont également été mises en ligne.Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site Drias, les futurs du climat Le 25 juillet 2012 à 16:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more