NGT bench shifted on our request: Parrikar

first_imgIt is now clear that it was on Goa government’s recommendation that the Union Ministry for Environment Forests and Climate Change decided to change the jurisdiction of the National Green Tribunal(NGT) for Goa-related cases, from its Pune bench to the principal bench in Delhi.Finally breaking his silence, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday that Pune was not convenient for Goa as in case a lawyer has to be sent to represent any case, it takes three days. “Delhi has excellent connectivity (with Goa),” Mr. Parrikar told presspersons here on Friday.He said that the Goa government did not have a legal set-up in Pune as against in Delhi, where the government has empanelled lawyers.The Bombay High Court at Goa on August 22 stayed the transfer of Goa-related NGT cases to Delhi jurisdiction of the NGT and also issued notices to the State and Central government.The August 10 notification had shifted Goa from the Western zone jurisdiction of the NGT to the Northern zone, while retaining Gujarat and Maharashtra in the Western zone.The Opposition including Congress and Aam Aadmi Party and the environmental activists had slammed the relocation of Goa to the Northern zone as harassment to green petitioners because while Pune is about 470 km from Goa, the distance from Goa to Delhi is nearly 2000 km.”This is meant to discourage petitioners from approaching the NGT. This is a really draconian move by the government which has been prompted by vested interests,” Congress spokesperson and AICC Secretary Girish Chodankar had said.Goa Foundation and more than 20 groups including green NGOs have opposed the move and decided to oppose the move when the suo motu case taken up by the high court here comes up for hearing on September 5.last_img read more

Ross displeased after Miranda says groin kick ‘part of game’

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ross was slapped with a technical foul during the incident before getting ejected later in the game after engaging in a verbal altercation with NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Chris Ross vs Michael Miranda. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross was left confused over Michael Miranda’s comments about the NLEX big man’s actions that led to a hefty fine and a one-game suspension.Miranda was fined P20,000 and will miss the Road Warriors’ next game against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Friday after kicking Ross in the groin last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 City MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Gab Banal savors chance to play for dad Joel, uncle Koy in Marinerong Pilipino LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In an interview with Spin.ph, Miranda didn’t seem apologetic when he spoke with the media after being summoned by PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial at the PBA Office on Tuesday. Miranda justified his kick, saying that the move is just “part of the game.”READ: PBA suspends Camson, Almazan, MirandaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMiranda’s unapologetic demeanor didn’t sit well with Ross, who expressed his displeasure on Twitter.“Part of basketball!?!? Never was taught that part! Could possibly ruin someone’s future by kicking in that area. It’s ok I accept your apology and send prayers your way!” Ross, a five-time champion, wrote.last_img read more

India’s fielding drills: Balls of different weights, simulation machine, blind-fold catching

first_imgA ‘blindfold technique’ to increase reaction time, leather balls of various weights to gauge trajectory in breezy conditions and a simulation machine for slip-catching have made the Indian team a remarkably improved catching unit, fielding coach R Sridhar said Wednesday.While the ‘blindfold technique’ was specifically used in England for red-ball cricket, a simulation machine called ‘Teammate’ was used in Australia for slip-catching.When asked about the ‘blindfold technique’ specifically, Sridhar explained: “We have a feeder behind a curtain and the catcher doesn’t know from where the ball is coming from.”We would slide it from under the curtain…It did improve their reaction time [reflex], we did that extensively in England throughout the Test series. It was specifically for red-ball cricket.”Now, balls of varying weights are being used during the ODIs against New Zealand in order to help the players prepare for skiers with steady breeze threatening to change the trajectory.”We brought a different type of machine called ‘Teammate’ for slip-catching simulations. We did a lot of blindfold work or reaction work. By the time, we reached Australia, it was a well-oiled machine and if you see, Virat took some brilliant catches,” the fielding coach gave a peek into his trade secret.Asked about how the team is countering the breeze while handling skiers, Sridhar said: “The biggest challenge you face in New Zealand as a fielder is the breeze. Most of the batting and bowling plans are based around that breeze.”If we see the ball wobble a lot in air, we try and simulate that in practice, use balls of different weights, so that the ball swerves and swings more in the air.”advertisementSridhar also informed that the Indian team’s support staff is in touch with various IPL teams to ensure that players adhere to the “follow-up programme”.”We do give them follow-up programme for fielding just like trainer [Shankar] Basu does for fitness and physio Patrick [Farhart] does for rehab.”We keep the communication going with players and also try and keep in touch with fielding coaches of the respective IPL teams so that we can get information about how they are going about.”Sridhar also praised comeback-man Hardik Pandya’s stunning catch off Yuzvendra Chahal’s bowling to dismiss rival captain Kane Williamson.”The desperation he brought was magnificent to see. He is always a good fielder and dying to get into the thick of things and be a part of this and get back to what he loves doing, that is to play cricket and as best as he can.””He [Pandya] made a very difficult catch look easy. It was a piece of magic and he is known for that and he is one of our best fielders. Hardik brings a lot to the team. Not only the balance but other factors as well,” he concluded.Also Read | Rohit Sharma becomes cameraman as Yuzvendra Chahal interviews India’s young brigadeAlso Read | MS Dhoni spotted at nets after missing out third ODI vs New ZealandAlso Read | Hardik Pandya was just dying to get into the thick of things: R SridharAlso Read | India look to try out reserve players in Hamilton ODI vs New ZealandAlso Read | India batsmen hate getting out, says Mitchell Santnerlast_img read more

Dead Rabbit NYC: “World’s Best Bar” Moves to London (Sort of)

first_img Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara 6 Cocktail Trends You Need to Watch, According to Tales of the Cocktail Experts 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee We're being overrun. And we like it. These bad bunnies are securing the Claridge's Bar tonight as it is being taken…Posted by Claridge’s on Monday, August 14, 2017Now, the famed cocktail bar is heading to London for a one-week takeover of the city’s immensely popular Claridge’s Bar. Located inside the legendary five-star Claridge’s hotel, the namesake bar is already well known among discerning Mayfair drinkers for its top-notch selection of vintage Champagnes and rare liquors. Coupled with a staff that understands the nuanced flavor profiles of every liquor in their toolkit, this is the place to go if you’re seeking a perfectly poured cocktail in London. So, it seems only fitting that Dead Rabbit NYC would take over the joint by recreating their second floor “Parlor” inside Claridge’s. An edited menu of select signature cocktails including Psycho Killer and their famous Irish Coffee will be served alongside hearty fare like their Irish lamb stew and lobster deviled eggs. Other details like the eclectic, comic book-style menu and ragtime piano background music round out the takeover. The collaboration is another in a series of partnerships Dead Rabbit has completed with Big Easy at Canary Wharf and a brief stint at their sister bar, the Cuban-flavored BlackTail Bar NYC.Reserved bookings for the event — providing bar-goers with a guaranteed 90-minute seating — sold out almost immediately. The bar is still encouraging anyone who’s interested to show up, however. They’re guaranteeing a seat, although it may require a long wait in the adjacent Taproom. Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Barcenter_img Securing a vote as “The World’s Best Bar” is no small feat. Securing it in back-to-back years is damn near impossible. Such is the case for New York City’s multi-award-winning The Dead Rabbit NYC. This month, the now iconic bar is crossing the pond for an exclusive pop-up takeover of London’s equally iconic Claridge’s Bar.On paper, the idea of a relaxed 19th-century-style Irish tavern promising great beer, extensive whisky and whiskey menus, and “the best Guinness in New York” hardly seems like a novelty. In fact, it reads like the prologue to a thousand other failed bars littering Manhattan’s streets. But, two of the world’s premier booze connoisseurs — Jack McGarry (an international bartender of the year and self-described “walking drinks encyclopedia”) and Sean Muldoon (an influential force behind Belfast’s The Merchant — already one of the world’s best cocktail bars) — committed to doing it anyway. After six years, they got all the details right, cementing one of the most successful, destination-worthy watering holes in the city’s history. Editors’ Recommendations Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts last_img read more

Experience Jamaica Campaign Goes to Portmore and Montego Bay

first_imgThe Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) will be staging two road shows as part of the ‘Experience Jamaica’ campaign, geared at encouraging persons living and working in Jamaica to enjoy more of the country’s tourism product and offerings at special rates.The road shows will be held on Saturday, June 8 and 29 at the Portmore Pines Plaza, St. Catherine and the Old Hospital Park in Montego Bay, St. James respectively.Speaking with JIS News, Consultant for the Experience Jamaica campaign, Horace Phillips, explained that these events will feature a range of products, services and entertainment from the businesses that operate in the local tourist industry.“Tourism entities including attractions, transportation, eateries and hotels will be exhibiting, providing information, special discounts and giveaways to persons attending these road shows, all in an effort to heighten awareness about brand Jamaica and the sector’s product offering,” Mr. Phillips highlighted.He informed that under ‘Experience Jamaica’, some 100 tourism entities have partnered with the JTB, to offer special discounts of 10 to 50 per cent to locals from March to December 2013.The names of the participating entities are listed on the JTB’s website at www.visitjamaica.com/experiencejamaica“We want every Jamaican to taste, see, feel and enjoy more of the country’s tourism product and re-discover the cuisine, places and activities that make the island an endearing magnet to visitors from around the world,” Mr. Phillips stated.He noted that for the remainder of the campaign, the marketing thrust will be intensified to include radio, television, newspaper, town crier and the internet, “to make sure that everyone knows about the offerings, participate and inform family and friends.”Contact: Kadian Brownlast_img read more

Mandatory Retirement Ends as a Valid Reason for Age Discrimination

first_imgOn July 1, mandatory retirement will no longer be exempt from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. The act was amended to eliminate the exemption that allowed employers to discriminate on the basis of a person’s age by requiring them to retire. These amendments were passed in the April 2007 sitting of the provincial legislature. July 1, 2009 was selected to allow time for workplaces to plan for the transition. For decades, many people were required to retire at age 65 whether they wanted to or not. In recent years, there has been a gradual shift away from this approach to aging workers. “People choose whether to retire or not for many reasons based on their own lifestyle, circumstances and priorities. Today, people are living longer and have more active lives. Many want to continue working as they still have a lot to contribute,” said Graham Steele, acting Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act. “Promoting and maintaining a prosperous workforce here in the province is one of government’s top priorities,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “Our experienced workers play an invaluable role in our economy and this is an excellent example of how we will continue to support Nova Scotia families.” These amendments bring Nova Scotia in line with other national and international jurisdictions. “Mandatory retirement policies undermined the dignity and sense of self-worth of older workers,” said Krista Daley, CEO and director, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “There will still be situations where, for legitimate reasons, based on job requirements, an employer can require a person to retire, but it can no longer be based on a uniform and artificially constructed age limit.” The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is an independent government commission that is charged with the administration of the province’s Human Rights Act. Commission staff investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination and conduct public education and outreach to promote dialogue and respect for human rights.last_img read more

Cyclone Vayu weakens to cross Guj coast by night

first_imgAhmedabad: Cyclone Vayu has weakened and is likely to cross the Gujarat coast by Monday midnight as a “depression”, the weatherman said. However, the Kutch district administration is on alert as the cyclone can cause heavy rainfall in the region. Five teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local authorities are prepared to carry out relief and rescue operations whenever required, an official said. The cyclone over northeast Arabian Sea has recurved and moved northeastward with a speed of about 13 kmph in the last six hours and weakened into a “deep depression”, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest bulletin. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France On Monday morning, the cyclone was centered about 260 km west-southwest of Naliya, 240 km west-southwest of Dwarka and 340 km west-southwest of Bhuj in Gujarat, it said. “The system is very likely to weaken into a depression during the next six hours. It is very likely to move northeastwards and cross north Gujarat coast by midnight of June 17 as a depression,” the IMD said. The sea will remain “rough to very rough” along and off the state coast on Monday, the MeT department said. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize It advised fishermen not to venture into the sea during the next 24 hours. Kutch Collector Remya Mohan said five teams of the NDRF were stationed in the district to help in rescue and relief work. She said the salt-pan workers were also advised to avoid venturing into the sea waters. The cyclone was earlier predicted to make landfall in Gujarat on June 13. However, it later began to move away from the state, sparing the coastline of any possible damage. The IMD last Friday said the cyclone was likely to “recurve” and return to the coast in Kutch district as a weakened system.last_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs ministry washing their hands of Sarnia blockade Mayor

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsThe office of Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan is calling the on-going blockade of a CN rail line in Sarnia a “legal matter” that needs to be dealt with by the community while the mayor says it’s very much a federal government problem that needs to be addressed by Ottawa.The comment was made Friday afternoon during a meeting between a CN official, Sarnia police, Mayor Mike Bradley, Conservative MP Pat Davidson for Sarnia and members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation band council. A staff member of Duncan’s office called in to the meeting.Bradley said the “legal” comment immediately triggered memories of Ipperwash where a stand-off of a provincial park in 1995 resulted in the death of protestor Dudley George. The Stoney Point First Nation occupied the park to take claim of the Ipperwash park that had been expropriated by the military during the Second World War. Ipperwash is less than 60 km from downtown Sarnia.“That brought a strong response from the band council members saying that’s the same thing we heard in Ontario during Ipperwash. I don’t think it particularly impressed the band members,” said Bradley in an interview late Friday with APTN National News.By calling it a legal matter Bradley believes the feds are “washing their hands” of something they need to resolve.The blockade entered its ninth day Saturday, a day after CN Rail received an indefinite court injunction to have the protestors removed from the spur line that serves various factories, including those that provide propane across Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.The protestors say they won’t budge until there is a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Governor General and First Nations leaders to discuss what they say is the erosion of treaty rights. It’s the same demand made by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence who has been on a hunger strike since Dec. 11. She’s vowing to not eat until the meeting happens. She never insisted on a face-to-face with Harper despite media stories suggesting otherwise.The court injunction calls for Sarnia police to end the blockade immediately but they have said they won’t move in on the demonstration and prefer to negotiate a peaceful end to it.CN has called the blockade illegal and is pressuring the Sarnia police and Bradley to put a stop to it. Bradley said discussions between him and a senior CN official have been heated.Bradley said he believes CN has the power to arrest the blockade protestors but doesn’t want to get its “hands dirty.”At the meeting CN said they would write a letter to Harper urging him to help resolve the issues. Conservative MP Davidson said she would also write a letter, said Bradley. Davidson didn’t respond to an email request.Another meeting took place Saturday where the band council said they would engage the protesters within the next day. It was not immediately clear what that means, but up until this point the council hasn’t said what side they are on. Letters by CN and Davidson were written and given to the band council, Bradley confirmed. The letters say the blockade iscausing distress in the community and a solution would be for Duncan to meet with Spence and go to her. Spence has turned down meetings with Duncan.Chief Christopher Plain didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone.Ron Plain, spokesman of the blockade, said CN has also issued papers to sue the protesters for lost revenue. APTN reported that on Christmas Eve.Plain has said he doesn’t believe the council backs the blockade.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

Jeremy Irons Morocco Lucky to Have a Monarchy Warrant of Stability

Marrakech – Morocco “is lucky enough to be a monarchy, which guarantees its stability” in a troubled Arab region, said on Monday in Marrakech, British famous comedian Jeremy Irons.Unlike the situation in several Arab countries, “things are moving here slowly but surely”, he told a press conference as he received a warm tribute at the ongoing Marrakech international film festival.The Academy Award-winning actor said he was honored by the career tribute received in a country which he loves and where he has several friends, describing as “great” his experience as member of the short movies jury of the Marrakech festival, which gives him the opportunity to watch movies that one cannot watch elsewhere. In addition to Marrakech where Iron had already visited as chairman of the short movies jury in 2003, Irons recollects his previous travels to the Kingdom where he shot two movies, especially Essaouira which gives a chance to discover the desert and the dunes and Fes which, he said, is his favorite city.with map read more

Trump rollbacks for fossil fuel industries carry steep cost

BILLINGS, Mont. — As President Donald Trump rolls back rules on the energy sector, government projections show the savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost.An Associated Press review of rules targeted under Trump identified up to $11.6 billion in future savings for companies engaged with fossil fuels. Billions more could come from a freeze in vehicle efficiency standards that’s expected to boost fuel consumption.The trade-off is more premature deaths from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying fuels.AP’s tally was derived from projections required under executive order. Of 11 rule changes AP examined, five are pending.The rules were crafted in response to climate change, the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill, coal ash releases and fuel train explosions.Matthew Brown, The Associated Press read more

Formula 1 Considers Marrakech to Host Race

Rabat – The one seat auto-racing, Formula 1, is considering an invitation from the Moroccan government to add the country to its racing map.The commercial director of the competition, Sean Bratches, has said that “productive talks” have been held with the government of South Africa and, “to a lesser extent,” with Morocco, reported Spanish media outlet, AS.If Morocco is to host a Formula 1 stage, it would be in the city of Marrakech which has already hosted three consecutive Formula-E championships, as well as the WTCC. Morocco acted as host to Formula 1 race in 1958 in Casablanca’s Ain Diab. British racer Stirling Moss won the Casablanca stage.Formula 1’s last visit to the African continent was in 1993 at South Africa’s racing circuit, Kyalami. Between 1967 and 1993, 20 South African Grands Prix were staged at Kyalami.“We race on five continents and the last habitable continent that we don’t race in is Africa,” Bratches said at the Sport Industry Breakfast Club in London.“We have proactively been approached by Morocco and Marrakech to take a grand prix there. There is a high degree of interest,” he added.Bratches highlighted that “Morocco has a high degree of interest for hosting a race in Marrakech, as the country’s government sees Formula 1 as an economic engine for growth and tourism.” read more

Lanka insists on insurance coverage for housemaids

“An important feature in the scheme is that the employer will have to make the total insurance premium without any financial burden on the employee,” the official said.The social protection scheme is considered a win-win mechanism for both parties as the concerns of both groups are met in a comprehensive manner, he said.Lankan men and women below 50 years, who seek employment in the Kingdom as domestic aides will come under the scheme. Workers already in Saudi will be integrated when their employment agreement is renewed. The official said the arrival of Sri Lankan maids was continuing as usual. They include new recruits and those who have gone to Colombo on exit re-entry visas. Sri Lanka is seeking the implementation of a negotiated insurance plan from employers in the Kingdom for new housemaids arriving here to protect both the employees as well as the Saudi sponsors, a senior official from the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) told Arab News.Amid reports from Colombo that Sri Lanka has suspended sending maids to Saudi Arabia, SLBFE Chairman Amal Senadhilankara told Arab News from Colombo that SLBFE is seriously considering to send only the maids with a valid insurance cover obtained in the Kingdom. In proven cases of abuse against the employee, he or she would be paid SR 15,000 (maximum) as compensation. In cases of non-payment of salaries, the employee would be compensated up to six months. In addition to financial benefits, the cover includes legal assistance and language translation facilities, free of charge.The insurance scheme also covers losses incurred by the employer, in case of wrong doings by the worker. In case of employee vacating his/her job before the stipulated period, the employer is provided with the initial payment they made to the employment agent (maximum SR 8,000).The employer has the right to claim the payment made to the employment agent plus the expenses incurred for the airline ticket needed to send the employee back home if the employee refuses to carry out his or her job functions. The scheme is a follow-up to a decision made by Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera with the Saudi Labor Minister during his visit to the Kingdom.It was agreed at the meeting that the Sri Lankan government would appoint an international insurance company and the Saudi government would persuade the sponsor to pay the premium on behalf of his employee who will be working as a maid in his house.“Such an arrangement will ease the problems of both the employee and the employer, as also the two governments in case of eventuality such as repatriation of dead bodies, medical treatment and accidents,” the minister said.A large percentage of the 550,000 Sri Lankan workers in the Kingdom are housemaids who remit a sizable sum to the national coffers of their country. Remittances from Lankan overseas workers is the second largest foreign exchange earner in Colombo.Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan cabinet increased the age limit of the housemaids coming to Saudi Arabia to 25 to curtail labor problems.The cabinet authorized the ministry to impose conditions on female domestic workers seeking Employment opportunities abroad in future.The minimum age for Saudi Arabia is limited to 25 for housemaids and all female workers should have completed 21 days residential training and obtained National Vocational Qualification(NVQ) level 3 certificate for “Domestic Housekeeping Assistant. Hitherto , the age limit was 21 to all countries.To control under-age housemaids going for foreign employment, the SLBFE has deployed more than 50 staff at the Colombo International Airport to assist the island’s overseas workers and to stop such maids leaving the country for employment. (Arab News) The benefits to the employee include the payment of SR 15,000 (Rs 435,000) for dependents in case of death of the worker (either due to accident or natural causes) and SR 15,000 (maximum) for hospital admission or OPD treatment for illness. The proposed insurance scheme, International Social Security Program (ISSP), which was earlier agreed between Saudi and Lankan authorities, applies only to domestic aides, who are coming into the Kingdom for employment from Colombo.He added that the program has been devised to support Sri Lanka’s migrant labor in the domestic categories in Saudi Arabia.The program was introduced by the SLBFE in association with the ISSP International. He also denied a report in Colombo’s Sunday Leader newspaper that Sri Lanka had suspended sending maids to the Kingdom. But he acknowledged that tougher regulations were being introduced to protect the rights of Sri Lankan migrant workers. read more

IPU President says Sri Lanka beacon of hope for others

The President, welcoming the IPU President, said that he would extend fullest support to IPU programmes to promote youth and women participation in government and parliament. He pointed out that already steps have been initiated to introduce a women’s quota for local government body elections.Mr Chowdhury pointed out that although 50% of the world population is below the age of 30, only 1.9% of the Parliamentarians in the world are below 30 years of age. President Sirisena said he strongly believes that intelligent youths should take more governing and parliamentary responsibilities. Saber Chowdhury made this statement when he called on President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today. He also expressed his appreciation over the anti-tobacco campaign of President Sirisena. Secretary General of parliament, Dhammika Dasanayake was also present on this occasion. (Colombo Gazette) Pointing out that in some countries parliaments have been marginalized by Executive Presidents and in some other countries Government terms have been extended through referendums, the IPU President said, “Sri Lanka is a beacon of hope for other parliamentary democracies.” President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Saber Chowdhury said President Maithripala Sirisena is an inspiration to all those who work to strengthen parliamentary democracies in the world.He said the step taken by President Sirisena to dilute the executive powers of the Executive Presidency and vest them with the parliamentary is an important step towards strengthening democracy. read more

Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame inductees announced

The Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame unveiled it’s class of 2013 Wednesday morning.Some of the honorees include former Tiger-Cats player and McMaster football head coach, Bernie Custis; Clara Hughes, one of Canada’s most celebrated olympians and a 6 time medalist in cycling and speed skating;Rick Joslin, a pioneer in karate and kickboxing and the founder of Joslin’s Mixed Martial Arts.Rounding-out this year’s class are the 1972 Canadian Junior Football champion Hamilton Hurricanes; legendary Cathedral High School football player and coach, the late Tom Gallagher; Dr. David Levy, a renowned sports medicine physician; and the late broadcasting legend, Bill Sturrup.The induction ceremonies will take place at Carmen’s Banquet Centre on September 19th.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

One million Eritreans still need food aid WFP says

The World Food Programme (WFP) said it needed $44 million to fund more than 102,000 tonnes of food — enough to feed a million Eritreans from May 2001 to February 2002. Those requiring emergency relief are 300,000 more than the number WFP fed last year. “Over the next few months, our first priority is to ensure that families continue to have enough to eat,” said Patrick Buckley, Country Director for WFP. “This country is agriculturally crippled. If people are not back in their villages at the latest in one month’s time, they will not be able to take advantage of the rains to start cultivating and planting.” The combined effects of drought and war have pushed the price of increasingly scarce basic foodstuffs beyond the means of most Eritrean families. Many of the hundreds of thousands of families forced to flee their homes by the border conflict are farmers from the agriculturally rich regions of Gash Barka and Debub, which generate 70 per cent of the nation’s food production. Among the reasons hindering their return is the delay in the creation of the Temporary Security Zone that covers a large part of Eritrea’s agriculturally productive areas, WFP said. Another obstacle is the risk of movement and cultivation in heavily mined areas. Meanwhile WFP continued its efforts to feed an additional 740,000 victims of the prolonged drought in the country’s northern highlands and Red Sea regions. Mr. Buckley emphasized the need to move away from emergency assistance to supporting families while they got back on their feet. That would take months, if not years, he said. read more

Central African Republic UN measles vaccination campaign to protect 125000 children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners are launching an emergency measles vaccination campaign that will aim to reach 125,000 children in the Central African Republic (CAR).The five-day campaign, which begins tomorrow, will take place in the conflict-hit Bangui, the country’s capital, after eight children tested positive for the disease last month.“Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children. Mass violence and armed conflict in CAR has left millions of people without access to basic health care, with hundreds of thousands of children at risk from a disease that can spread rapidly amongst deprived communities,” said UNICEF Representative Souleymane Diabate.Fighting flared up in CAR in December 2012 when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks. A peace agreement was reached in January, but the rebels again seized Bangui in March forcing President François Bozizé to flee.The fighting has led to a breakdown of basic services and increased the risk of disease outbreaks in Bangui and across the country. This, along with poor living conditions, and a historically low vaccination rate for measles of 62 per cent, means that the lives of large numbers of children are now at risk from the disease, UNICEF said in a news release.The agency noted the campaign faces considerable challenges as secure humanitarian access to those in need remains difficult in CAR. In addition, many regions will be even harder to access as the rainy season sets in. “Wherever access permits, UNICEF is on the ground working with partners to deliver life-saving interventions. Our immediate priorities are to provide emergency response in health, nutrition, water and sanitation, and to protect children from violence, separation and recruitment into armed groups,” said Mr. Diabate.In preparation for the campaign, 246,500 vaccines arrived in Bangui last Wednesday, including 100,000 vaccines purchased by funds donated by the airline easyJet. The vaccines will be used to respond to the measles outbreak in Bangui and to improve routine measles vaccination in high-risk regions of the country.Since the 24 March 2013 coup, UNICEF has provided direct support for emergency health activities at the four main hospitals in Bangui and health centres throughout the country, including emergency health supplies for up to 141,000 people over three months. read more

Football Burrow Haskins or Martell Starting quarterback status unchanged after Spring Game

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks to throw a pass in the first half of the 2018 Spring Game in Ohio Stadium April 14. Gray beat Scarlet 37-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIt’s not every season Ohio State is forced to replace the Big Ten’s all-time leader in total touchdowns. But that has been the task head coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes have faced entering the 2018 season.This year’s Spring Game looked to potentially shine a spotlight on the quarterback competition, with the opportunity for either Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow or Tate Martell to step up in front of what was a much smaller crowd than ones on Saturdays in the fall.Each quarterback showed reasons why he should be named the starter. But more than anything, the Spring Game showed that one scrimmage won’t make or break Meyer’s decision.Instead, unsurprisingly, Meyer said there is still no resolution to the starting quarterback dilemma, instead saying the coaches will meet early in the week to review the performances and analyze some of the data to see where they might be in terms of the looming decision.From a numbers standpoint, Burrow had the strongest day, completing 15-of-22 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns. “He has to be one of the most improved quarterbacks as far as delivery speed and arm,” Meyer said.The narrative has been that if Burrow isn’t named the starter, he will transfer to another school and play right away. Burrow said it would be tough to leave Ohio State, but that he did not come here to sit on the bench.Ohio State sophomore defensive end Chase Young (2) attempts to reach quarterback Joe Burrow (10) in the second half of the 2018 Spring Game on April 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorHaskins’ numbers from the Spring Game don’t jump off the page. But, as was the case in his performance against Michigan, the redshirt sophomore had flashes of brilliance.Haskins completed 9-of-19 passes with 120 yards and two touchdowns. In the second quarter, Haskins found sophomore wide receiver Jaylen Harris for a 25-yard touchdown on a bullet pass in the corner of the end zone, hitting the receiver right in the hands and just over the head of the cornerback.“I feel like because I have a big arm I throw a lot of deep passes in the game. But I feel like I do a great job throwing all over the game, whether it’s intermediate or short,” Haskins said. “I just feel like I can throw all over the field.”Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell (18) runs the ball during the 2018 Spring Game in Ohio Stadium on April 14. Gray beat Scarlet 37-14. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Lantern PhotographerWhile Burrow and Haskins went back and forth between plays for most of the Spring Game on Team Gray, redshirt freshman Tate Martell was under center for Team Scarlet and showed off his elusiveness.However, his mobility did not come with the arm the other two possessed.Martell showed he could move with the ball in his hands, but he struggled to consistently complete passes, ending the scrimmage completing only 5-of-16 passes for 28 yards and an interception. He tallied 69 yards on 11 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown run.“I thought Tate Martell showed his athleticism,” Meyer said. “It’s caught my eye really since he’s been here, even more as of late, he’s got to work, obviously, on his throwing the ball.”Between Haskins’ big arm, Burrow’s consistency and dual-threat capability and Martell’s agility and speed, Meyer has a difficult decision to make. But the decision on who will step into the spotlight in the fall is on his shoulders. With spring practice concluded, the three quarterbacks have done all they can do. read more

Wood to sell Terra Nova Technologies to Cementation Americas

first_imgWood has agreed the sale of its Terra Nova Technologies business to Cementation Americas, a business owned by Murray & Roberts Holdings.The sale of the conveying and material handling systems solutions business is expected to bring in cash proceeds of $38 million, Wood said, with closing expected in the June quarter.David Kemp, Wood Chief Financial Officer, said: “Terra Nova Technologies has a strong track record in delivering material handling equipment to our customers. Wood’s strategy going forward is to focus on asset-light solutions rather than the manufacture/fabrication of equipment.“The disposal makes a good contribution to our non-core asset disposal programme which is a key element of our deleveraging plan.”Terra Nova Technologies has complete design/supply and engineering procurement and construction capabilities. Its systems are custom engineered for the mining and mineral processing, iron, coal, aggregate, phosphate and cement industries.Its renowned mobile stacking systems, including the patented Super Portable® systems, are used worldwide for copper, gold and uranium heap leaching operations as well as dry tailings stacking.In a later release, Cementation Americas said TNT has earned a solid reputation for providing quality design, supply and commissioning services for crushing and screening plants, overland conveyors, heap leach systems and mobile stacking systems for waste and dry tailings.Justin Oleson, President of Cementation Americas, said: “The purchase of TNT fits well within Cementation’s strategy to improve our ability to serve clients, both geographically and across the mining value chain. The combining of Cementation and TNT complements both our underground and surface design/build portfolios, and better positions Cementation to support our client’s total mining needs.”Regarding the acquisition, Ron Kelly, President of TNT, said: “The combination of TNT and Cementation is an excellent fit strategically. We share several key customers, and together, we can provide these customers with enhanced value through a single source for products and services. There is also significant potential for TNT and Cementation to grow, expanding into new common markets.”last_img read more

Yakimaarea girl pushes legislature to eliminate state graduation requirement

first_imgTiffany Stewart is probably not the first high-school student to think it would be funny to do her senior project on getting rid of the senior project.She is, however, the first to persuade the Legislature to go along.It helps that Stewart’s stepfather is a member of the Legislature. In a last-minute change to a proposed update of state requirements for a diploma, Rep. David Taylor and his allies won elimination of the mandate for a culminating project.If Gov. Jay Inslee signs Senate Bill 6552 into law, and if school districts decide to use their new option to eliminate the project, seniors in the class of 2015 would be the first to avoid the extra work.“The bill goes into effect in 2015, so if everything goes right, then next year, this year’s juniors won’t have to do it,” said Stewart, a 17-year-old senior at East Valley High School near Yakima. “I’ve had the juniors and the sophomores and even some of the freshmen come up to me and give me a hug or a high five.”Don’t celebrate yet, kids.Districts would have to change their policies. Many are “deeply invested in it,” said Ben Rarick, executive director of the State Board of Education, while others view it “as a compliance hurdle.”last_img read more

Nearly two million UK employees do not receive their minimum paid leave

first_imgNearly two million (1.96 million) UK employees do not receive the minimum entitlement of paid annual leave, according to research conducted by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).The analysis, based on the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) Labour force survey data for quarter four of 2018, also found that 1.145 million employees do not receive any paid leave. Around 8.3% of women and 5.9% of men are unable to take their legal holiday entitlement.Frances O’Grady (pictured), general secretary at the TUC, said: “Every [employee] deserves a break to spend time off with friends and family. But millions are missing out on the paid leave they are owed.“British [employees] put in billions of pounds worth of unpaid overtime as it is. Employers have no excuse for robbing staff of their leave. The government must toughen up enforcement to stop bosses cheating working people out of their holidays. And ministers must not resurrect tribunal fees which stopped people enforcing their rights.”The sectors most affected by this issue include education (341,000), retail (302,000) and health and social care (264,000).Furthermore, 9.2% of employees based in Northern Ireland are not getting their minimum paid leave entitlement, compared to 7.7% of staff working in the east of England and 7.5% of individuals who work in London.Employees in the UK are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks of paid leave through the Working Time Regulations 1998, which were amended in 2009. This typically equates to 28 days of paid leave for a five-day working week. This entitlement includes British public holidays.The TUC has recommended that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) be awarded new powers in order to tackle situations where employees are denied their statutory entitlement; this could include the power to ensure that individuals are fully compensated for holiday days not taken.The TUC attributes the fact that employees are unable to take their paid holiday entitlement to individuals being set unrealistic workloads and feeling unable to take time off, employers deliberately denying holiday requests and managing out people’s leave, or employers not keeping up to date with the law.Malcolm Gregory, partner in the employment team at Royds Withy King, added: “This issue is not just about employers flouting the law, but also [employees] taking responsibility for their wellbeing and understanding the health implications of not taking a reasonable amount of time off. [Employees] who wish to complain can do so and will be in a strong position to enforce their legal rights.“I don’t see that introducing more enforcement powers will make a significant difference to the statistics released by the TUC. Ultimately, this issue is only really policed by [staff] complaints. They already have the legal right to complain to an employment tribunal for compensation. Provided the tribunal system remains free to use, there is no barrier to justice.”Will Clift, solicitor at Winckworth Sherwood, said: “This report serves as a reminder that employment tribunals can and do order employers to compensate their workers in circumstances where they have been too busy to take their full statutory holiday entitlement. Employers should therefore remember that they are under an obligation to enable their workers to take their full entitlement, which can extend to actively encouraging workers to take time off, if necessary.“In addition, as much of the latest research suggests that well rested employees are more productive, this approach may bear fruit in the long run.”last_img read more