Strike continues across Maharashtra

first_imgPune: While Pune limped back to normalcy from the effects of the State-wide farmers’ strike, the agitation raged on in several parts of Maharashtra for the fourth day on Sunday, with police being deployed to rein in demonstrators.Members among the core committee of the Kisan Kranti Morcha, the umbrella body of the agitators, said there would be no let-up in the agitation.On Saturday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had agreed to write off farm loans amounting to ₹30,000 crore, and said the strike had ended. While a section of the protesters said a consensus had been reached, the Maharashtra unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha had said the farmers demands had not been met and the strike would continue.On Sunday, the agitation was alive, especially in Nashik district, central Maharashtra and parts of Marathwada, with demonstrators spilling milk and destroying vegetables. In Nanded, the police booked 15 farmers for “deliberately breaching” the agreement to call of the strike after the group was found throwing vegetables and littering the streets with milk. Likewise, in Nashik district’s Mhasrul, farmers staged a rasta roko, while destroying vegetables. In Solapur’s Karmala tehsil, 25-30 farmers emptied 10,000 litres of milk into the gutter, saying that the agitation was anything but over.In Western Maharashtra’s milk belt, farmers waylaid a milk container truck belonging to Gokul Dairy (the Kolhapur District Cooperative Milk Society Ltd.) in Sangli district. Further incidents of milk spilling were recorded along the Pune-Solapur highway and in parts of Nashik, including Yeola, while activists of the Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) led the milk spilling in Ahmednagar’s Pathardi Taluk. The PWP has called for a shutdown in Pathardi on Monday.Once more, Nashik district proved especially restive, with farmers pelting stones at a police vehicle. In Aurangabad, police stood guard outside the home of Jayaji Suryavanshi, one of the coordinators of the Kisan Kranti Morcha who parleyed with the Chief Minister and the government officials. A number of pro-agitation outfits, including the Sambhaji Brigade, demonstrated against Mr. Suryavanshi, accusing him of ‘betraying’ the farmers’ cause and compromising with the government.Many farmers are disgruntled with the “compromise” effected by the delegation that met Mr. Fadnavis on Friday. In Pune, however, vegetable trucks trickled into the market in Gultekdi, which nevertheless continued to wear a desolate look. The supply of milk achieved a semblance of normalcy as trucks and vans of the large milk suppliers, including Chitale dairy, were seen making their daily rounds to retail outlets.Despite an atmosphere of ambivalence, agriculture produce market committees in Western Maharashtra showed signs of gradually picking up business.last_img read more

Delhi Gurudwara body hails court order to not relocate Sikhs in Shillong

first_imgThe Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has welcomed the Meghalaya High Court’s order on Saturday staying the relocation of the Sikhs of Meghalaya capital Shillong without following due process of law.“This decision will go a long way in securing justice for the community,” DSGMC working president Harmeet Singh Kalka and general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa said in a statement.A tiff between some Sikh women and a local Khasi driver on May 31 last year at Punjabi Lane – a locality in Shillong inhabited by some 350 families of Dalit Sikhs settled 150 years ago by the British – had snowballed into a communal crisis. It led to curfew being imposed in half of the city.“Members of the Sikh community were unduly being targeted by the government and the local administration. Today’s order of the High Court is a big victory to the Sikh community facing the danger of dislocation in Shillong,” the duo said.Justice S.R. Sen, the HC judge, made it clear that the government cannot disturb the Sikhs of Punjabi Lane till the time civil courts are approached and the title is decided and both the parties will be given an opportunity of hearing. He also gave liberty to approach the courts in case the petitioners are aggrieved again.“The Sikhs are residing in the area of Shillong for a long time and if at local level any issue had arisen out, it was the duty of the local administration and the government to sort it out and protect the right of minorities as enshrined in the Constitution. But after the failure of the government and the administration, the Sikhs has to resort to court to get justice,” the statement said.Gurjit Singh, the secretary of the Punjabi Lane gurudwara said there have been several attempts by the local authorities and NGOs to evict them. “We are law-abiding citizens but will protect our land and place of worship whenever there is a danger,” he said.last_img read more

Fil-Am forward Kamaka Hepa commits to Texas

first_imgHowever, Hepa opted to remain in the United States where he is ranked as a four-star power forward after his stellar showing for Barrow High School in Alaska, where he was hailed as Gatorade Alaska Boys Basketball Player of the Year Awards twice before transferring to Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Narvasa insists he’s ‘always ensured parity in all decisions’ Fil-Am forward Kamaka Hepa will be playing college ball in Texas.The 17-year-old slotman, who is ranked as the top prospect from Alaska and 51st among 2018 recruits, has bared his commitment with the Longhorns on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next In a report by, Hepa shared that he believes he could be a huge help for the Texas basketball program as he walks the same path previously trekked by NBA stars like Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge.“At Texas, I just felt like I could help turn the program around. After talking to coach (Shaka) Smart and coach Darrin Horn, building a relationship with them, I just felt really comfortable with them,” said Hepa, who traces his roots to Pangasinan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 6-foot-9 Hepa saw action in the 2017 NBTC National High School Championship last March with Filam Sports USA, where he was named as the Defensive Player of the Tournament.His stellar showing also earned him offers to play college ball here in the Philippines, with some of his suitors namely Ateneo, San Beda, and Adamson.center_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

McGee, Caruso, Rondo push Lakers past Pelicans, 130-102

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director Caruso — a 6-foot-5 guard who played four seasons at Texas A&M before turning pro in 2016 — is on a two-way contract and has spent much of this season in the G League with the South Bay Lakers.Against New Orleans, he was 7-of-11 shooting, hitting all four of his 3-point shots. He also had a steal that set up his soaring one-handed dunk.“I was just kind of on a roll,” Caruso said. “New career high — that’s cool. Winning the game is fun, too. But, I mean, for me, it’s always been about just progressing.“Every game for me is a job application, is me going out there and showing this is where I’m supposed to be — I’m one of the best 350 to 400 players in the world and I want to be in this league,” Caruso added. “I try to play as hard as I can, regardless of the situation. That’s what I’ve tried to do my whole career. It’s gotten me this far.”Caruso scored 12 of his points in the third quarter, when the Lakers outscored the Pelicans 44-22 to open up a 105-84 lead.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Zion Williamson, No. 1 Duke miss out on Final Four in loss to Spartans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Christian Wood, acquired recently by New Orleans after Milwaukee placed him on waivers, had 15 points and 11 rebounds, marking the third time in just four games with his new club that he has scored in double digits.But the Pelicans were plagued by mistakes, namely 24 turnovers that led to 32 Lakers points.“You’re not going to win any basketball games where you’re in the thirties as far as points off turnovers,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “A lot of their points in the third quarter came off of turnovers. We had 12 turnovers at the half against a team that doesn’t really force a lot of turnovers. We just didn’t play very well.”Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 19 for the Lakers, who won’t be going to the playoffs but have won four of five as they try to build toward next season.TIP-INSLakers: F Kyle Kuzma was ruled out shortly before tip-off and added to the club’s injury report with left foot tendinitis. … While James hasn’t commented publicly about the Lakers’ decision to sit him for the final six regular season games to rest his sore left groin, Walton said James would have chosen to keep playing. “He wants to play,” Walton said. “The medical staff has finally said, ‘Look, it’s just not worth it anymore. Let’s make sure we have a healthy summer.’” … C Mike Muscala had 10 points off the bench.Pelicans: Davis missed his third straight game with lower back spasms. … G Frank Jackson missed his second straight game since being diagnosed with a concussion. … F Darius Miller missed his first game since being diagnosed Friday with a left adductor strain. … G E’Twaun Moore missed his 11th straight game with a bruised left quadriceps.REGGIE’S RETURNLakers forward Reggie Bullock returned after missing four games with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He scored 18 points in nearly 24 minutes, going 4 of 6 from 3-point range.“For sure, I’m a little winded. I was just trying to actually, in the game, keep moving without the ball to be able to work on my conditioning,” Bullock said. “It felt good. Obviously it’s not all the way back to 100 percent.” /gsg Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “With Alex, usually what he does is just play hard. He sacrifices his body and by the end of the game he’s got a couple bruises and whatnot,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said.“So when you see him hitting pull-up 3s, I think as a teammate you get a little extra excited.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJaVale McGee had 23 points and 16 rebounds, and former Pelican Rajon Rondo added 24 points and 12 assists for Los Angeles in a game missing both teams’ biggest stars: the Lakers’ LeBron James and the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis.Former Laker Julius Randle scored 17 points for New Orleans in 23 minutes before leaving the game to have an X-ray on his left index finger, which the team said came back negative. View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) dunks in front of New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)NEW ORLEANS – When Alex Caruso followed up a breakaway dunk with his fourth 3-pointer of the game, several of his Lakers teammates sprang off the bench in a high-stepping, dance-like celebration.Caruso scored a career-high 23 points in just his 20th NBA game of the season, and Los Angeles beat the New Orleans Pelicans 130-102 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

India vs England: Twitter hails Kuldeep Yadav for wrecking the English batting line up…

first_img👉10 Overs👉25 Runs👉6 Wickets👉Not A Single Boundary Conceded👉Maiden ODI Five-for👉First Indian To Get Five-for Vs #ENG In EnglandTake A Bow For Kuldeep Yadav. 👏💪🙏#INDvENG #INDvsENG #ENGvIND #ENGvsIND #KuldeepYadav— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) July 12, 2018 No answer to #KuldeepYadav yet … !!!6/25 is vera level … !!!#ENG restricted to 268 … !!!#ENGvIND #engvsind— Chandramouly Sethuraman (@Theupdateking) July 12, 2018Also Read:Cricket: Ricky Ponting settles the debate for the current best batsman He is the X-factor in the Indian team. Well bowled @imkuldeep18 for the 6 wickets. This bowler is special very very special. What do you think @VVSLaxman281 bhai ❤️ #ENGvIND— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) July 12, 2018 Advertisement Kuldeep Yadav: 1⃣0⃣- 0⃣- 2⃣5⃣ – 6⃣ First left-arm wrist spinner to pick a 6-fer in ODIs – ✅Best ODI figures by a spinner in #ENG – ✅Simply too ‘kul’ for the Englishmen! 😎🙌 #ENGvIND— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) July 12, 2018 After 38 overs, England were 195/4 & Jos Buttler was looking dangerous. Such was @imkuldeep18 ‘s impact with his wickets, Eng could score only 21 runs , lost 3 wkts in the next 7 overs. Best wishes to India to chase 269#EngvInd— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 12, 2018 10-0-25-6 Brilliant bowling by kuldeep yadav 👏👌😍. First ever left arm wrist spinner to take 6 wickets in ODIs ❤🔥🔥#KuldeepYadav #EngvsInd #ENGvsIND— Heisenberg (@Im__Heisenberg) July 12, 2018 #KuldeepYadav takes career-best 6-25. If he keeps rolling his wrist as fluently as he did today, #India have a greater chance of finishing the tour on a record high. #England fails to reach 300 despite a good start. India need 269 to win. #ENGvIND #eng— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) July 12, 2018 Advertisement(Image Courtesy: Indian Express)India’s chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav posted the best figures of his career to restrict England to 268. The left arm leg spinner picked up 6 wickets for 25 to get his first 5 wicket haul in ODIs.England openers got their team of to a great start scoring 70 off the first 10 overs. Kuldeep then came on in the 11th over to pick up Jason Roy. He then followed up picking 2 more wickets in his next over.After bowling some tight overs in the middle he again went on to pick Buttler and Stokes after they completed their fifties to claim his 5 wicket haul.Twitter was buzzing with tweets following Kuldeep’s mammoth spell. Here are some of those tweets:What a high quality spin bowling spell from @imkuldeep18 . His top 5 best ODI performances have all come overseas. Katappa ne Baahubali ko kyun maara pata chal gaya, but how to play Kuldeep, England ko abhi nahi. Great effort #ENGvIND— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 12, 2018 Kuldeep Yadav picked 18 wickets in his last four international games. #ENGvIND— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) July 12, 2018 A dent at Trent with a different kind of a sixer today from @imkuldeep18. Simply brilliant bowling. #ENGvIND— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 12, 2018last_img read more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet Rio-bound Indian athletes, Abhinav Bindra lauds gesture

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi will meet the Indian athletes who will represent the country at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.PM Modi will interact informally with the sportspersons, and wish them luck for the August 5-21 Games.”The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will meet the athletes who shall be representing India at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” an official release said.”Shri Narendra Modi will meet the Olympic Contingent at the Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi on Monday. So far, around 100 athletes from 13 sports disciplines have qualified for the Rio Olympics.”The Prime Minister will interact informally with the sportspersons, and wish them well for their performance in the world’s biggest sporting arena,” the release said.The gesture was appreciated and lauded by shooter Abhinav Bindra.For the first time ever there is a send off by the @PMOIndia @narendramodi for the Olympic Team . What a great gesture , #respect. Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) July 3, 2016India will be sending its biggest ever contingent in the Olympic Games with more than 100 athletes having already qualified in 13 sporting disciplines. The previous highest was 83 that the country sent in the 2012 Olympics in London.IOA TARGETS 110 More athletes are likely to qualify in the coming days, and the Sports Ministry and the Indian Olympic Association are expecting more than 110 to represent the country in the Games.Several of the Rio-qualified athletes are currently training abroad and it is not clear how many will be able to meet the PM tomorrow. The IOA, on other hand, said its senior vice-president has not been invited by the Sports Ministry for Monday’s meeting.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Silicon Labs to showcase smart home and building automation connectivity solutions

first_imgSilicon Labs will showcase its latest Wireless Gecko connectivity solutions for smart home, lighting and building automation applications at Embedded World 2019. Hands-on demonstrations at Silicon Labs’ Booth 4A-128 highlight easy-to-deploy Bluetooth mesh and Bluetooth 5 solutions, device-to-cloud connectivity with low-power Wi-Fi, Zigbee home automation and control, and next-generation Z-Wave 700 smart home solutions.Silicon Labs demos at Embedded World include:Bluetooth Xpress Solutions: Discover how to add Bluetooth 5 connectivity to end node designs with zero programming and no Bluetooth expertise. Pre-certified BGX13 Bluetooth Xpress PCB and SiP modules provide the easiest wireless development path.Bluetooth Mesh Networking: Create secure, reliable, large-scale Bluetooth mesh networks based on Silicon Labs’ Wireless Gecko devices, Bluetooth mesh software, SDKs and tools. See how easy it is to implement a Bluetooth mesh for smart lighting.Low-Power Wi-Fi: Add low-power, cloud-connected Wi-Fi to your IoT designs with little to no programming. Silicon Labs’ Wi-Fi devices – including the world’s smallest Wi-Fi SiP module with a built-in antenna – deliver best-in-class energy savings for longer battery life by slashing power consumption in half.Zigbee Smart Home Control: Seamlessly control Zigbee-enabled, interoperable smart home devices from multiple name brand vendors. See how multiprotocol connectivity with Zigbee and Bluetooth Low energy can enhance the home consumer experience.Z-Wave 700: Unlock the potential of the smart home with Z-Wave 700 based on the Wireless Gecko platform. Z-Wave 700 builds on industry-leading S2 security and interoperability and adds major improvements in energy efficiency, battery life and wireless range, enabling developers to create new classes of smaller, more intelligent smart home products.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Allegro launches QuietMotion family of code-free FOC sensorless BLDC fan driversNext ST: one-board discovery kit contains three 8-pin STM8 MCUslast_img read more

Damen Expands Footprint with Keppel Verolme Shipyard

first_imgzoom The Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group has entered into an agreement with Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine for the acquisition of the Keppel Verolme shipyard in the Rotterdam Botlek area.With the acquisition of the Verolme shipyard, Damen strengthens its repair and conversion activities within the regional ship repair and conversion market.Since 1957 the Verolme yard has been active in the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam with three graving docks, a quay capacity of over 1,800 metres and around 250 employees.With the largest dock measuring 90 x 405 metres Damen said that it would gain capacity to cater for the largest maritime objects. Currently, the company’s biggest dock in the Netherlands is located at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam and measures 46 x 307 metres.Damen added that it intends to continue activities in the Botlek area with the current employees of the yard.With the Verolme yard, Damen will have four large repair yards within close proximity of the port of Rotterdam. The two yards in Rotterdam, along with Damen’s yards in Vlissingen and Amsterdam, will cooperate to maximise the use of each other’s expertise, further developing synergy advantages and jointly marketing their capacity, according to the company.A notification of the proposed transaction has been filed with the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets on April 10, 2017. Damen expects to close the transaction by the end of the second quarter of 2017.last_img read more

SC rejects plea on guidelines of HCs for designating lawyers as seniors

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain a plea seeking a direction to all the 24 high courts to amend their guidelines in terms of the apex court’s judgement on procedures to be adopted for designating lawyers as seniors so that an advocate with ten years of experience at the bar may also apply for it.The apex court, in October 2017, had laid down guidelines for itself and 24 high courts to govern the exercise of designating lawyers as seniors. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!In one of the guidelines, it had ordered setting up of a committee headed by the Chief Justice of India in the Supreme Court and Chief Justices for the high courts to deal with the seniority of lawyers. “We are not inclined to entertain the plea,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said while dismissing the plea filed by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay. Upadhyay, in his plea, alleged inconsistencies in the guidelines framed by various high courts for designation of advocates as senior lawyers and said that the High Courts be directed to modify them so that advocates with minimum 10 years of practice become eligible to apply for designation as seniors. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The inconsistencies and contradictions in the guidelines laid down by various high courts are largely with respect to the forum where an advocate ought to have practiced in order to be eligible for designation as a Senior Advocate, the minimum age requirement for such eligibility and the requirement of a minimum professional income for such eligibility,” the plea said. The top court, in its judgement, had laid down as many as 11 guidelines to effectively deal with the process of designating lawyers as seniors. “All matters relating to designation of senior advocates in the Supreme Court and in all the high courts of the country shall be dealt with by a Permanent Committee to be known as ‘Committee for Designation of Senior Advocates’,” it had said. The panel will be headed by the CJI and consist of two senior-most Judges of the apex court or “High Court(s), as may be,” and the Attorney General or the Advocate General of a state in case of a High Court will be its member, it had said. On giving the Bar representation, it had said the four Members of the Permanent Committee will nominate another Member of the Bar to be the fifth Member of the Permanent Committee. The committee shall have a permanent Secretariat, the composition of which will be decided by the CJI or “the Chief Justices of the High Courts, as may be, in consultation with the other Members of the Permanent Committee, it had said. The pleas on designating a lawyer as senior would be sent to the secretariat which would compile relevant data and information with regard to “the reputation, conduct, integrity of the Advocate(s) concerned including his/her participation in pro-bono work; reported judgements in which the concerned Advocate(s) had appeared; the number of such judgements for the last five years,” it had said. It had said the secretariat would collect the data and their sources for perusal and decision by the CJI-led committee.last_img read more

Bank of Canada estimates 60000 fewer jobs due to minimum wage increases

first_imgOTTAWA – The Bank of Canada estimates there will be about 60,000 fewer jobs by 2019 due to the increases in minimum wages across the country, but that labour income will be higher due to the increases.In examining the impact of the wage increases, the report estimated that the consumer price index could be boosted by about 0.1 percentage points on average and real gross domestic product could be cut by 0.1 per cent by early 2019.The number of jobs lost was based on a 0.3 per cent decline in the number of hours worked, while aggregate real wages were estimated to increase 0.7 per cent.The research paper by the staff at the central bank noted that if the average working hours declined following the increase in the minimum wage, the number of jobs lost would also be lower.The Bank of Canada estimated that about eight per cent of all employees work at minimum wage, a proportion that increases to 11 per cent if a threshold of five per cent above minimum wage is used.Ontario raised its minimum wage to $14 per hour on Jan. 1 from $11.60 and plans to increase it to $15 in 2019, while Alberta is expected to raise its minimum wage to $15 later this year.last_img read more

Putin and Erdogan in Turkey to mark key phase in pipeline

first_imgISTANBUL — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are in Istanbul to mark the completion of a key phase in a natural gas pipeline.The two leaders on Monday are marking the completion of the offshore part of TurkStream’s two lines that will carry natural gas from Russia to Turkey.The lines when finished are expected to supply Russian gas to European markets through Turkish territories. Together the two 930-kilometre (578-mile) lines via the Black Sea will carry 31.5 billion cubic meters (1.1 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas annually.Turkey relies on imports for its energy needs and Russia is its top supplier for natural gas. It bought 28 billion cubic meters last year. That gas is currently transported through another line under the Black Sea and the onshore West Line through Ukraine, which is mired in conflict with Russia.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Inaction on climate change now will cost us all in the future

“Inaction on climate change now will cost us all in the future,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said in his keynote address to the World of Work Summit taking place during the International Labour Conference, bringing together the agency’s member States at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.Mr. Ryder underlined both the challenges and opportunities presented by a transition to greener economies, and kicked off this year’s summit that focused on climate change, ahead of a UN conference on the issue this December in Paris. “We are beginning to witness very clearly how the effects of climate change ripple through enterprises and labour markets,” he said. “We also see that this is different from one region to the other, across segments of the labour force, indeed from one occupation to another.”While some countries are struggling with persistent droughts, he said, others simply witness changes in the timing and rhythm of their agricultural and even their fishing seasons, affecting food production and security, and peoples’ incomes.“But we now also know that there is much potential for more and better jobs if we work towards sustainable development – so this is a debate about opportunity as well,” he said.The ILO chief kicked off a high-level panel on ‘Climate Change and the World of Work’ that discussed how governments, workers and employers can help build resilience and create solutions in pursuit of social justice, productive employment and sustainable enterprises, and ensure a just transition for all. “Young people expect us to leave behind a viable planet where they can enjoy a decent life and decent work,” he said.Addressing the younger generation, frequent UN collaborator Pharrell Mr. Williams, the Grammy-winning American singer and songwriter of, among others, the global hit Happy, called on the international community to tackle the dual challenges of climate change and youth unemployment. “I believe that climate change is one of the defining issues of our time, one that threatens our very existence on Earth,” said Williams in a video address at the Summit. “We’ve also got another serious problem on our hands: millions of young people who don’t have jobs, and don’t have access to the education and skills they need to get them.”Williams called on the key players of the world of work ? governments, employers and workers ? to ensure that green, decent jobs are right at the top of the agenda when the world meets at the climate change conference at the end of the year. read more

New Walker series opens doors for arts students and the public

Stephen Nachmanovitch, performer, author, and workshop leader who emphasizes improvisation and creativity in “life and the arts” will be part of the Walker Cultural Lecture Series.A major series of cultural events, workshops and performances being launched this fall by Brock University will provide new learning experiences for students, and in many cases will also be open to the public.The Walker Cultural Leader Series will see leading artists, performers and academics convene more than a dozen events in disciplines ranging from animation to classical music and theatrical performance. The events will take place on campus and elsewhere in the community.Presented by Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA), the series runs Oct. 16-19 with workshops, studio visits and performances by Sobey Award-winning performer and animator Daniel Barrow.The series will also feature presentations by Joan Watson, principal horn of the Canadian Opera Company, performer and author Stephen Nachmanovitch, acclaimed Canadian pianist Robert Silverman, and Daniel Levinson, an expert in movement and stage combat.The new series is being funded by the Marilyn I. Walker Fund, an endowed fund created in 2008 when Marilyn Walker donated $15 million to Brock’s school of fine and performing arts.Derek Knight, director of the Walker School, said the main objective of the series is to engage students, but pointed out many sessions are open to the community.“The new series is committed to inviting varied and interesting guest speakers,” said Knight. “It will be engaging, lively and erudite. These sessions celebrate professional achievement, artistic endeavour and the indelible role of culture in our society.”Douglas Kneale, Dean of Humanities at the University, said the initiative is another step forward for Brock on the academic, cultural and community fronts.“Thanks to the generosity of Marilyn I. Walker, we are able to offer students unique interactions with creative leaders in the fine and performing arts, and also extend to the community educational and cultural opportunities that will be enormously enriching.”The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is comprised of the departments of Dramatic Arts, Music, Visual Arts, and the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture.2012-13 Walker Cultural Leader Series:Daniel Barrow, creator of graphic performance and manual animation, winner of the 2010 Sobey Award* Oct. 16, Studio visits, 1:30-3 p.m. and 7-8 p.m., Room GLN 162 and EA 115 (closed session)* Oct. 17, Studio visits, 9-10:30 a.m., Room GLN 162 and EA 115 (closed session); Artist talk, noon-1:30 p.m., Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, free community event* Oct. 18, Workshop with Foundation students, 10 a.m.-12noon, Room GLN 162 (closed session)* Oct. 19, Public performance, 7 p.m., Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, 85 Church St., St. Catharines; followed by wrap-up party with DJ Granny Ark, free community eventContact: Duncan MacDonald, associate professor, Visual Arts,, or visit Watson, principal horn of the Canadian Opera Company and member of True North Brass* Nov. 2, Workshop on setting career goals for musicians I, 3-5 p.m., Concordia Seminary Chapel, Brock University; free to MIWSFPA students, $5 admission for the public* Nov. 3, Workshop on setting career goals for musicians II, 10 a.m.- noon, Concordia Seminary Chapel, Brock University; free to MIWSFPA students, $5 admission for the publicContact: Matthew Royal, associate professor, Music,, or visit Nachmanovitch, performer, author, and workshop leader who emphasizes improvisation and creativity in “life and the arts”* Nov. 15, Presentation to DART 1F95 students, 9-10 a.m., Room AS 202 (closed session); Workshop for DART 1F95 labs 1 & 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; and labs 3 & 4, 2-4 p.m., Pond Inlet; (closed session)* Nov. 16, Public lecture/performance, 7:30-9 p.m., Room TH 325, free community event* Nov. 17, Workshop for invited faculty and students, 9 a.m.- noon, Rm. TH 103/105 (closed session)Contact: Joe Norris, professor, Dramatic Arts,, or visit Silverman, leading Canadian pianist and Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia* Jan. 11, Hammering the Klavier: Beethoven’s Earthshaking and Bone-crushing Masterpiece, Lecture/Recital, 7:30 p.m., Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University; free to MIWSFPA students, $15 admission for the public* Jan. 12, Masterclass with piano students of Dept. of Music, 10 a.m.- noon, Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University (closed session)Contact: Matthew Royal, associate professor, Music,, or visit Levinson, an expert in movement and stage combat* Feb. 20, 21, 22, 23, Single sword workshop, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dance Studio, Walker Complex; (closed session, registrants only)* Unarmed combat workshop, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Room TH 141; (closed session, registrants only) Maximum enrolment 20 students; apply by Nov. 1 at the DART main office ST 104, or e-mail There is a non-refundable $10-deposit upon registration.Contact: Virginia Reh, associate professor, Dramatic Arts,, or visit read more

Wrestling Martin loses first match of the season in the NCAA Championship

Ohio State senior Te’Shan Campbell, the No. 21 seed in the country at 165 pounds, was eliminated in day two.Campbell started with a victory No. 27 Buffalo junior Troy Keller via pin.Just shortly after, Campbell, in front of his hometown crowd and family advanced with a victory over No. 13 North Dakota State redshirt junior Andrew Fogarty by a 7-1 decision.Campbell finished his senior year with a hard-fought loss and was defeated by a 3-2 decision by No. 7 Nebraska junior Isaiah White.Five Buckeyes advanced to day three of the NCAA Championships tournament.No. 6 Ohio State will attempt to hold second place in round three of the final day of the NCAA Championships starting at 11 a.m. Saturday in Pittsburgh.Updated at 12:57 p.m. Saturday to correct the information on Te’Shan Campbell. Ohio State’s Myles Martin wrestles Mitch Bowman in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignOhio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 seed in the country at 184 pounds, is no longer undefeated after losing to No. 5 Cornell sophomore Max Dean in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships. Despite Martin’s first loss, the Ohio State wrestling team advances three wrestlers to the finals after the second day of the NCAA Championships. In a surprising upset, Martin moves to the consolation bracket after being upset by Dean in a 5-4 decision. No. 6 Ohio State (12-2, 7-2 Big Ten) is currently in second place as a team, but are 32 points behind first place Penn State, who has won the team title two years running. Three of the top-5 seeds for the Buckeyes advanced to the finals, which will play a pivotal role in attempting to finish in the top three of the tournament for Ohio State in the final day of the NCAA Championships.Martin, at the start of the second day, continued his title hopes with a 11-2 major decision before falling to Dean in a last-second defeat.Ohio State senior Joey McKenna, the No. 2 seed in the country at 141 pounds, defeated No. 7 Minnesota junior Mitch McKee earlier in the day by a 11-1 major decision, giving the Buckeyes bonus points in their hopes to win a team title in the NCAA Championships.McKenna will face his only unavenged loss of the season: No. 1 Cornell sophomore Yianni Diakomihalis in the finals.Ohio State redshirt senior Micah Jordan, the No. 2 seed in the country at 149 pounds, made his first-ever finals in the NCAA Championships, defeating No. 6 North Carolina redshirt freshman Austin O’Connor by a 7-4 decision.Ohio State redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 seed in the country at 197 pounds, advanced to the finals.Moore won both matches by first defeating No. 10 Virginia Tech redshirt senior Tom Sleigh 17-11 and then No. 3 Oklahoma State redshirt senior Preston Weigel by a 12-4 major decision.Ohio State junior Luke Pletcher, the No. 5 seed in the country at 133 pounds, defeated No. 4 Pittsburgh redshirt freshman Micky Phillippi in the quarterfinals 3-1 by decision to advance to the semifinals.Pletcher faced the top seed in No. 1 Oklahoma State redshirt freshman Daton Fix falling just short of his first ever NCAA Championship finals by a 4-2 decision.Ohio State redshirt freshman Chase Singletary and redshirt freshman Ethan Smith, the No. 16 seed and No. 19 seed in the country at 285 pounds and 174 pounds, respectively, both were eliminated one match short of the All-American qualifier in the consolation bracket. read more

Record US coal output

first_imgEnd-of-year data reported by the US Energy Information Administration, shows 2006 set a new record for US coal production, marking the second consecutive year of record-breaking demand for US coal used by power and steel companies. According to the National Mining Association (NMA), the 1,052 Mt of coal mined in the US in 2006 topped the previous record set in 2005 by 2.5%. NMA President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz says hios organisation “expects continued year-over-year growth in coal production. Meanwhile, US steel production also increased by 2.5% over last year. Moderate declines in recent prices for minerals and metals do not obscure the strong global demand for copper, nickel and similar commodities mined in the US This demand underscores the powerful influence exerted by the global economy on US mineral and metals. “As the new congressional leadership sets its energy and economic agenda, leaders from both parties should recognize the continuing demand for coal and minerals critical to our economy — and the implications of any policies that might impair the ability of America’s mines to meet this demand.”For a copy of the statistical summary: read more

DHB Cup Favorites reach 14 finals

THW Kiel, SC Magdeburg, SG Flensburg, Rhein Neckar Lowen, MT Melsungen, GWD Minden and Bergischer HC qualified for the German Cup 1/4 finals.Here are the results and  scorers:EHV Aue – GWD Minden 22:28 (13:12)Tore: Roch (6), Faith (4), Sigtoryggsson (4), Meinhardt (3), Runarsson (3/2), Schafer (2) für Aue – Sjostrand (7), Rambo (4), Svitlica (4), Bilbija (3), Doder (2), Kozlina (2), Sudmeier (2), Torbrugge (2), Larsson (1) für MindenSpectators: 1350TSV Hannover Burgdorf – MT Melsungen 22:28 (11:15)Tore: Hafner (7), Kastening (4/4), Christophersen (3), Karason (3), Patrail (2), Gudmundsson (1), Hykkerud (1), Pollex (1) für Hannover – Sellin (8/3), Rnic (7/2), Allendorf (4/2), Danner (4), Muller (3), Vuckovic (2) für MelsungenSpectators: 2246TuS N-Lübbecke – SC Magdeburg 34:39 (15:20)Tore: Borozan (8), Herth (5/5), Schagen (4), Schongarth (4), Langhans (3), Suton (3), Lazovic (2), Remer (2), Tauabo (2), Pieczkowski (1) für Lübbecke – Weber (12/3), van Olphen (6), Bezjak (5), Damgaard (5), Musche (4), Bagersted (3), Natek (3), Lemke (1) für MagdeburgSpectators: 848VfL Gummersbach – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 19:36 (9:18)Tore: Kuhn (3), Persson (3/1), von Gruchalla (3), Ernst (2), Schoneseiffen (2), Schroder (2), Schroter (2), Bult (1), Heyme (1)  für Gummersbach – Eggert (9/3), Lauge Schmidt (6), Mogensen (4), Radivojevic (4), Djordjic (3), Glandorf (3), Kozina (3/1), Svan (3), Jakobsson (1) für FlensburgSpectators: 2080Rhein-Neckar Löwen – Füchse Berlin 29:23 (16:13)Tore: Baena Gonzales (6), Gensheimer (5/2), Reinkind (5), Groetzki (4), Schmid (3), Ekdahl du Rietz (2), Petersson (2), Guardiola Villaplana (1), Larsen (1), für Rhein-Neckar – Nenadic (4/3), Nielsen (4), Petersen (4), Gojun (2), Plaza Jimenez (2), Vukovic (2), Weyhrauch (2), Elisson (1), Tonnesen (1), Wiede (1) für BerlinSpectators: 1738HSG Nordhorn-Lingen – Bergischer HC 19:24 (7:11)Tore: Verjans (7/2), Meyer (4), Wiese (3), Mickal (2/1), de Boer (2), Terwolbeck (1) für Nordhron – Oelze (7/1), Szilagy (5), Gutbord (4), Thor Gunnarsson (3), Artmann (2), Hermann (1), Preuss (1), Weiss (1) für BergischerSpectators: 2510HSC 2000 Coburg – THW Kiel 23:27 (9:16)Tore: Gerlich (7/5), Billek (3), Kirchner (3), Kirveliavicius (3), Riehn (3), Wucherpfennig (2), Harmandic (1), Kelm (1) für Coburg – Canellas Reixach (6/4), Sprenger (4), Vujin (4), Weinhold (4), Anic (3), Duvnjak (2), Oprea (2), Dahmke (1), Mamelund (1) für KielSpectators: 3530 DHB Cupgerman cup ← Previous Story LNH: Saint Raphael overtake second place – First point for Chartres Next Story → HUNGARY: First defeat for PICK Szeged in Tatabanya! read more

I am not guilty Women who face death penalty over Kim JongNam

first_img‘I am not guilty’ – Women who face death penalty over Kim Jong-Nam murder appear in court Kim suffered an agonising death within 20 minutes of being attacked. Image: Daniel Chan/PA By AFP Share29 Tweet Email Gooi Soon Seng, lawyer for Indonesia suspect Siti Aisyah in the ongoing assassination investigation. Source: Daniel Chan/APJakarta’s foreign ministry said later that defence lawyers had been granted a request for a “gag order” to prevent details of the investigations being disclosed “so there is no interference in the ongoing legal process”.‘Very painful death’Police accuse the pair of having wiped the VX nerve agent into Kim’s face at the airport.It remains unclear how the attackers who handled the VX, many times more deadly than sarin, survived.Health Minister S Subramaniam said today there was no indication they had been poisoned by the toxin.The suspects were brought to the isolated courthouse on the outskirts of the capital in a 20-vehicle convoy escorted by outriders, and bundled into the building as a global media scrum looked on.More than 100 heavily armed police, some wearing balaclavas and wielding automatic weapons, had secured the court. Armed police guarding Doan Thi Huong. Source: Daniel Chan/APThe spectacular killing sparked an international probe and lurid stories of Pyongyang’s Cold War-style tradecraft.South Korea urged the United Nations yesterday to suspend its isolated northern neighbour, arguing that the assassination showed Pyongyang was intent on using chemical weapons.North Korea has not acknowledged the identity of the dead man but has insisted Malaysia hand over the corpse, and says it does not accept the findings of an autopsy.A third suspect, 46-year-old North Korean man Ri Jong-Chol, is also being held but was not brought to court today.Malaysian Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali told AFP it would be decided by Friday whether he will be charged. Source: Ruptly TV/YouTubeVeteran North Korean diplomat Ri Tong-Il, deputy envoy to the United Nations, told reporters yesterday he had come to Kuala Lumpur to discuss “the return of the body of the deceased DPRK (North Korean) citizen”.He added the delegation was also seeking the release of the North Korean suspect.The women will remain in custody until their next court appearance in April, when the case is expected to be referred to a higher court where they will enter a plea.© – AFP 2017Read: Tom Clonan: Nerve, blood and choking agents sending state-sponsored message of terror >Read: Kim Jong-Nam was killed by ‘most potent’ chemical weapon VX nerve agent > No Comments Mar 1st 2017, 9:46 AM 22,057 Views Short URL A TIGHTLY-GUARDED Malaysian court has charged two women with murdering the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader, who was killed with a powerful nerve agent, and warned them they face the death penalty if convicted.The handcuffed suspects were brought to court surrounded by masked and heavily armed police and special forces for their first public appearance since they were arrested two weeks ago.At least one wore a bulletproof vest on leaving the court.South Korea says the government of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un ordered the killing of Kim Jong-Nam, who had lived overseas for years but had voiced criticism of the regime, and engaged two outsiders to carry it out.Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from Vietnam, were held just days after the killing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on 13 February, which Malaysia said was carried out with a nerve agent so deadly that the UN terms it a weapon of mass destruction.CCTV footage shows two women approaching him as he prepared to fly to Macau and seemingly push something into his face.Kim suffered an agonising death within 20 minutes of being attacked.Siti, wearing a red T-shirt, was brought in first to hear the murder charge read out before being taken away. Huong, dressed in a yellow top, then heard the charge in Vietnamese.They were accused of murdering Kim with four others still “at large”. Indonesian suspect Siti Aisyah. Source: Daniel Chan/APFour North Korean suspects fled Malaysia on the day of the murder, police have said.Both female suspects say they thought they were taking part in a prank video but police have dismissed the claims.Neither woman was asked to enter a plea and their trial is not expected to begin for several months.However, Huong’s lawyer S Selvam said she told the court: “I am not guilty.”Selvam added his client was “nervous as she is facing a murder charge”.Huong was seen wearing a bulletproof vest as she was escorted out of the building and looked tired as she was led away.Indonesia’s acting ambassador to Malaysia Andreano Erwin said he had met Siti in court and she was “calm”.“We told her to take care of her health as it will be a long trial process,” he said. Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 9:46 AM Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong in a yellow t-shirt and bullet-proof vest. Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong in a yellow t-shirt and bullet-proof vest. Image: Daniel Chan/PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

McManaman Van Dijk Salah injuries could derail Liverpools title hopes

first_imgLiverpool legend Steve McManaman believes their Premier League title hopes could be left in jeopardy if Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah got injuredThe Reds now lead by nine points from Tottenham, who lost 3-1 to Wolves, following Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal.Defending champions Manchester City are a further point behind in third, albeit with a game in hand against Southampton later today.Pep Guardiola’s side have endured a difficult month with injuries to some key players along with three defeats in their last four matches.And McManaman fears that Liverpool may find themselves in a similar struggle if they were to lose some of their own key men.“If Liverpool get a bad injury to Van Dijk or to Salah, at the same time, your thoughts start to change,” McManaman told BT Sport, via the Express.“Football is one of those things. When they say you have to take it game-by-game, that’s what you have to do. You have to hope everyone stays fit and the best team will win.“Of course Liverpool are absolutely flying at the moment but I’d still say Manchester City have got that little bit of an edge.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“They have got them at home next and they have won the league before.”The ex-Real Madrid midfielder is wary of placing too much expectation on the high-flying Reds.He added: “I don’t want to put too much pressure on Liverpool. Of course I want Liverpool to win the league, it goes without saying.“They are frightening at this moment but every year we pick out teams to win the elague, to not win the league, and you fall flat on your face three months later.“If it’s in April and they’ve got that much point difference, I’m quite happy to shout it from the rooftops but they’ve got a long way to go.”Although second-place Spurs don’t stand a chance due to their lack of squad depth.“No disrespect to Tottenham, I never thought they were in it,” said McManaman.“I always thought that their lack of depth in the squad would count against them.”last_img read more