Delhi High Court Dismisses Govt Plea Against Vodafone Move

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the Centre’s plea challenging Vodafone’s move to initiate international arbitration against India over a retrospective tax liability imposed on the telecom firm for its $11-billion deal to acquire the stake of Hutchison Telecom. The court dismissed the government’s plea to halt Vodafone’s arbitration proceedings under the India-United Kingdom Bilateral Investment Protection Agreement (BIPA).Read it at Indian Express Related Itemslast_img

Kawhi Leonard misses 3rd straight game for Clippers

first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Leonard bruised his left knee in a loss at Houston last Wednesday and didn’t play at New Orleans or against Atlanta last week. Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers says it was “very possible” Leonard was going to play Monday. Rivers has displayed little concern that Leonard will be out long.“I just know it’s going to happen,” he said of Leonard and George playing together for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice View comments MOST READ NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Leonard has missed five of the Clippers’ 14 games. When he’s been in the lineup, he’s averaging 26.8 points.George has scored 70 points in just 44 minutes over the past two games since making his season debut after rehabbing from two shoulder operations. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysiscenter_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Cassius Winston speaks after Michigan State tops Charleston Southern Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, right, shoots over Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard is missing his third straight game for the Los Angeles Clippers, again delaying his on-court pairing with new teammate Paul George.George was in the lineup Monday night against his former team, Oklahoma City, which traded him to the Clippers in the offseason.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’last_img read more

Rooney brace keeps D.C. United rolling

first_imgWayne Rooney scored a second-half brace to give D.C. United a 2-1 win over Chicago Fire at Audi Field on Sunday.Visiting Chicago had taken a 51st-minute lead when Raheem Edwards danced his way through the D.C. backline and slotted past goalkeeper Bill Hamid.However, former England and Manchester United captain Rooney – who also scored twice in the 5-0 rout of the Montreal Impact last time out – rallied his team and restored parity in the 62nd minute, clipping home from close range after his initial shot had been saved by Stefan Cleveland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Though he soon let another golden opportunity pass, Rooney then maximum points for Ben Olsen’s side nine minutes from time, lashing home from the spot after Luciano Acosta had been brought down inside the box.While Sunday’s win had no immediate impact on the playoff race, it was a massive boost to United’s chances of earning one of the six spots in the Eastern Conference. The club remains seventh in the East, two points off the sixth-placed Impact and seven points back of the Columbus Crew, with two games in hand on both sides.Ben Olsen’s side has now gone six matches without a loss, but D.C. still faces a tough closing run, though none of the teams the club will face in its final four matches have much left to play for. Next up is Western Conference leader FC Dallas, where the primary motivation will be staying atop the conference standings, or at least in the top two to earn a first-round playoff bye, as the club has already secured a spot in the postseason. A matchup with Toronto FC follows that, with TFC’s playoff chase having come to an end on Saturday. United will close out the season with a match against already-qualified New York City FC and another clash with the cellar-dwelling Fire.last_img read more

Ravi Shastri wants India to play ‘fearless brand of cricket’

first_imgBack at the helm as chief coach, Ravi Shastri made it clear that once the players step into the field, it’s their domain and that’s how it should be.”They know their job, they are professional cricketers. Once they step on the field they take over. That is how it should be,” said Shastri, who took over as coach after Anil Kumble was forced to quit under controversial circumstances.For Shastri playing “fearless brand of cricket” is paramount and that’s what he wants from his team.”My role will be to get the guys in frame of mind that they get out and express themselves and play fearless brand of cricket.”Sri Lanka can’t be taken lightly at home insisted Shastri.”Their track record playing at home is as good as any other team. We would look to improve in the series. Else there is no point playing. You have to try and raise the bar whenever you play.”For Shastri, the island nation is like a second home as he first came here nearly four decades back as a gangly 18-year-old with the junior team.”The first stamp on my passport was that of Sri Lanka. I came for the first time as an 18-year-old. Then first stint as a broadcaster in Sri Lanka in 1994. Now first stint as coach happens to here. I have lot of fond memories.”last_img read more

Kimi Raikkonen silences critics with US GP win: Great day to prove some people wrong

first_imgThe last time Kimi Raikkonen stood on top of a Formula One podium, Lewis Hamilton had just joined Mercedes with one championship to his name and Sebastian Vettel was riding high with Red Bull.The 39-year-old Finn’s victory for Ferrari in Sunday’s US Grand Prix ended a winless run of 113 races dating back to victory with Lotus in Australia in March 2013.In the 2,044 days since then, Lotus have disappeared, taken over by Renault, and Hamilton is on the brink of celebrating his fifth championship.US Grand Prix: Raikkonen grabs first win in 2044 days to delay Hamilton’s title partyWhile Italian Riccardo Patrese waited six years and seven months and 99 races between his 1983 South African Grand Prix victory and 1990 San Marino win, Raikkonen has set a record for most races between wins.It may well prove to be his last, but such thoughts were for another time.”I’m proving (to) people certain things. I might be getting older but it’s not too bad still,” said the 2007 world champion, who is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season to join Sauber, the team he started out with in 2001.”It was a great day to prove some people wrong and having a good race but it doesn’t really change anything for me. It’s just a number. Life goes on.”Look at that grin! #USGP #F1 1 (@F1) October 22, 2018Raikkonen is now Formula One’s oldest race winner since Britain’s Nigel Mansell triumphed at the age of 41 in Australia in 1994.advertisementSunday was his 21st, and 10th for Ferrari.He did not have a family last time round either and he looked forward to going home with something new to show his children.”They probably fall asleep during the race but the wife probably looked at it,” he said.”I’m more than happy for all of us. It’s nice to win again – but like I said, it doesn’t change my life or they don’t look at me differently.”Raikkonen was helped by Vettel, now his Ferrari team mate and title contender, being handed a three-place grid penalty for failing to slow sufficiently in practice, a sanction that dropped him to fifth and lifted the Finn to the front row.So, here it is…The Iceman’s winning moment #USGP #F1 1 (@F1) October 21, 2018He made the most of the start, leading Hamilton into the first corner and stayed in front thanks to having a better tyre strategy than his Mercedes rival and Vettel being too far behind to have to swap places.”He did a great job today. No mistakes, he had a great start and managed it all the way,” said Hamilton at the post-race news conference.”Performance-wise we were definitely off this weekend but I think Kimi’s given me a lot of confidence, so that I can keep getting better,” added the 33-year-old Briton. “He’s 38? 39?””Next year 40,” replied a smiling Raikkonen. “I’ll invite you to the party.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

India A vs England Lions: Rahane to lead, Pant named in squad for final 2 matches

first_imgAjinkya Rahane will lead the India A side in the first three one-dayers against England Lions starting January 23. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who had a successful Test tour of Australia, will play two matches and has been named in the squad for the final two games.The BCCI senior selection committee on Saturday announced the India A squad for the five one-dayers against the Lions.Pant was not included in the ODI team of the just-concluded three-match series in Australia but he remains in the reckoning for a World Cup spot following his stellar showing in the Test series. Pant had finished the Test series in Australia as the second-highest run-getter with 350 runs under his belt.The hard-hitting batsman will play the ODI games on January 29 and 31 before flying to New Zealand for India’s T20 International series beginning February 6.Also getting some game time will be Test vice-captain Rahane, who has been named in the India A squad for the first three one-dayers. Hanuma Vihari, who was a part of the Indian team which won a historic Test series in Australia, will also been seen in action alongside Shreyas Iyer and Shardul Thakur.Maharashtra batsman Ankit Bawne will captain India A in the final two games and has also been included in the BP XI squad, which will take on England Lions in a warm-up match on January 20.Besides Pant, Krunal Pandya will also get some time in the middle before the T20 series in New Zealand.Domestic performances have been considered before picking the squad but citing the importance of domestic cricket, “the selection committee has not included members from the teams that have qualified for the Ranji Trophy semi-finals”.advertisementThe four Ranji semifinalists are Kerala, Saurashtra, Karnataka and Vidarbha. The five-match one-day series will take place at Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram, beginning January 23.The two four-day games will be held in Wayanad from February 7.The Squads:India A squad for 1st, 2nd & 3rd one-dayers: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Anmolpreet Singh, Rituraj Gaekwad, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Ankit Bawne, Ishan Kishan (WK), Krunal Pandya, Axar Patel, Mayank Markande, Jayant Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.India A squad for 4th & 5th one-dayers: Ankit Bawne (C), Rituraj Gaekwad, Anmolpreet Singh, Ricky Bhui, Siddhesh Lad, Himmat Singh, Rishabh Pant (WK), Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Avesh Khan, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur.BP XI for two-day warm-up games: Ishan Kishan (C & WK), Akshath Reddy, Dhruv Shorey, Ricky Bhui, Siddhesh Lad, Rinku Singh, Priyam Garg, Saurabh Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Aniket Choudhary, Ankit Rajpoot, Rajesh Mohanty.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Previews Tonight’s Texas-LSU Game

first_img During ESPN’s College GameDay, Kirk Herbstreit spoke about both quarterbacks that will be on the field. He believes more pressure is on Ehlinger than Burrow.Here is Herbstreit’s preview, via 247Sports:“I think Sam does because of the opportunity Texas has in front of them,” Herbstreit said. “Texas has an opportunity to send a message to the country. He said they were back last year after beating Georgia in the Sugar Bowl and I think now he gets the big stage. College GameDay hasn’t been here in a long time. They’re playing a big-time brand in LSU with big games down the road.”“If they’re able to knock off LSU, think about the position that would put Texas in the non-conference heading into Big 12 play. Sam has a big opportunity to kind of send a message and I’m sure he’s anxious to try and take advantage of that.”Ehlinger should be motivated in this matchup since LSU fans somehow got a hold of his phone number and sent him hundreds of texts.Texas and LSU would raise their stock with a victory tonight. A closeup of Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN analyst and former Ohio State quarterback.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 05: Broadcaster Kirk Herbstreit speaks onstage during the “BCS Title Game” panel at the ESPN portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 5, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)The biggest game of the weekend is receiving proper treatment from ESPN, as College GameDay is in Austin to preview tonight’s Texas-LSU showdown.LSU dismantled Georgia Southern in its season opener in large part because of its new offense. Passing game coordinator Joe Brady has give that unit new life.Although Joe Burrow has proven that he’s a game-changer at quarterback, the Longhorns have their own superstar under center as well. Sam Ehlinger is most likely going to make the biggest difference in this matchup.Not only is Ehlinger an early candidate to win the Heisman Trophy, but the dual-threat quarterback is the heart and soul of his team.last_img read more

New Balance and Grenson leather take quality to another level

first_img Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites 8 Pairs of Sneakers to Keep Clean and Crispy for Special Occasions Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Nothing New Turns Old Plastic Into Stylish, Sustainable Sneakers center_img New Balance has never been one to forget about manufacturing quality. That’s clear in everything from the materials used, to the hand-stitched sneakers in the Made in England and Made in the USA lines. But the newest addition to the former line, takes it up a step indeed. The shoe is actually constructed from Grenson leather, and assembled in two different factories at opposite ends of England.First, Grenson acquires full-grain calf leather from their suppliers. Supple and smooth, the leather is the best kind available for shoes from sneakers to loafers, and everything in between. From the benchmade Grenson factory in Northamptonshire, the leather is sent over to New Balance’s hand stitching factory in Flimby.There, the leather is cut into patterns for the classic New Balance 576, and sent back over to the Grenson factory. There, Grenson adds its signature brogue detailing and punching across the shoe’s upper, giving it a formal, refined look. The leather is also polished to bring out the natural color and texture.But it hasn’t finished its journey yet. The patterns are sent back over to the New Balance factory in Flimby where they’re hand stitched into the final product. The result is a beautiful, classy sneaker with distinctly dressy elements like brogue detailing and punchouts. It’s the perfect mix of casual and formal elements that reflects its dual heritage.Of course, all of that back and forth takes a lot of work, so there are only 800 pairs of the limited edition New Balance x Grenson Made in England 576GRB. The initial online lot sold out almost instantly, but there are still remaining pairs that will make their way to retailers worldwide on January 23rd. If you want a pair, it’s worth looking now to confirm what stores near you may carry them. Native Shoes Plant Shoe is 100% Biodegradable and Animal-Free New Balance and Grenson leather take quality to another level Closelast_img read more

A chronology of Canadas participation in the 1944 DDay invasion of Normandy

first_imgOTTAWA — A short chronology of Canada’s participation in the 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy:May 1943: Allies make final decision to invade. Initial invasion date May 1, 1944, then June 4, 1944.Summer of 1943: Canadians train for assault in Scotland and England.June 1, 1944: Invasion ships begin loading along England’s south coast.June 3: Soldiers aboard the ships. Some ships sail.Dawn, June 4: Weather forecast of continuing low cloud, coastal fog and rain forces 24-hour delay in invasion. Vessels recalled.Dawn, June 5: Decision to go ahead with invasion. Convoys sail for Normandy.Evening, June 5: Invasion fleet approaches Normandy beaches.11:30 p.m., June 5: Aerial attacks begin.Midnight: Three airborne divisions drop on east and west flanks of invasion beaches. Includes 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.June 6 about 5 a.m.: Naval bombardment of beach defences begins.5:30 a.m.: First Canadian assault vessels leave ships for shore.6:30 a.m.: First Americans land at beaches.7:25 a.m.: First British land.About 7:45 a.m.: First Canadians land.10:30 a.m.: First assault waves ashore.Noon: Juno Beach secure.12:45 p.m.: Maj. Rod Keller (Canadian commanding officer) goes ashore.Advance continues until nightfall.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

National Workshop on Strategies to Combat Violence against Women in MENA

By Fatima SadiqiFez – ISIS Center for Women and Development at Fès, Morocco organized on 29 Decemebr a National Workshop on Strategies to Combat Violence against Women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Several academics and civil society activists from several Moroccan cities participated in this important event.The workshop addressed the issue of gender and violence with the aim of unpacking its overarching historical, cultural, religious, social, and political underpinnings. Whilst gender-based violence is a universal phenomenon, it takes interesting nuances and wears multiple faces in the MENA region where tradition, social norm, religion, war, and politics intermingle in a powerful and tantalizing space-based patriarchy. The theme of “gender and violence” is relatively new in the field of research; hence, scholarly debate on gender and violence in the MENA is badly needed. The participants revealed that gender-based violence is one of the most widespread violations of Human Rights. It may include verbal threats, coercion, economic abuse, or arbitrary deprivation of freedom in both the private and public spheres. Thus, violence against women has many forms; it can be physical, sexual, or emotional, and may be caused by a husband, a partner, a family member, or another person. Violence against women also includes sexual harassment and abuse by authority persons such as employers, the police, teachers, etc. Forced labor and trafficking are also forms of violence against women, and so are traditional practices like child marriages and honor killings.The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which constitutes an international bill of rights for women, was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly. This Convention defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda to prevent, eradicate and punish violence against women and girls. Countries, like Morocco, that have ratified or acceded to the Convention are legally bound to put its provisions into practice. They are also committed to submit national reports, at least every four years, on measures they have taken to comply with their treaty obligations. Most MENA countries ratified CEDAW with reservations on articles that are said to contradict Shari’a law.Violence against women and girls in the MENA region, as in the rest of the world, has dramatic consequences for families and communities, as it not only causes harm to women, but also blocks productivity, reduces human capital and undermines economic growth.The MENA area has recently become a hotbed for violence against women, especially after the so-called “Arab Spring”. The Yemen Post released a study that found 2,694 incidents of physical and sexual abuse against women in 2007. Sudan Daily reports that 278 incidents of violence against female citizens occurred in just three months. Likewise, in Egypt and Algeria, women are victimized. In Morocco, 1/3 of all women suffer from domestic abuse.The victims of today’s wars are 70-80 % civilians, most of them women. They are tortured and humiliated in prisons and refugee camps. There is a link between violence against women and patriarchal oppression. This violence should be fought by building a feminist platform based on solidarity and abolishing all forms of oppression and discrimination.Whilst violence against women has become a central issue in women’s movements across the MENA region in the last decade, with an emphasis on domestic violence, ‘honor killings’, early marriages, and prostitution-related cases, the dominant research paradigm on gender-based violence in the MENA region is that of the victimized Muslim women and their male oppressors on the basis of culture and religion. The impact of gendered political, social, and economic power on gender-based violence is seldom addressed, and so is the role of the State in banning or punishing violence against women.The Workshop participants recommended that girl’s education, economic independence, and emancipation combined with activism and media can be used as tools to fight violence against women, and to address systematically family, community and state’s involvement in the right policies to fight violence against women. They also recommended the reform of education, critical thinking, reduction of the parity index through more schooling for girls, addressing gender equality in family, school, civil society, and use of social media to combat violence against women..© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Sri Lanka hosts mass wedding for Chinese couples

The couples were given an all expense paid stay in Sri Lanka following the wedding ceremony so they can experience what Sri Lanka offers tourists. (Colombo Gazette) Pictures by Lalith Perera Sri Lanka today hosted a mass wedding for 50 Chinese couples at a grand ceremony in Colombo.Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka said that the event was held to strengthen Sri Lanka – China ties. The event was organised by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development and the Tourism Ministry as well as the Chinese Government. Sri Lanka and China share longstanding and deep relations in all sectors. read more

Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problem

LONDON — British Airways has cancelled dozens of flights from London airports after its check-in systems were hit by computer problems.The airline says a “systems issue” is causing delays and cancellations Wednesday for short-haul flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports.British Airways said it was relying on back-up and manual systems, and cancelled 81 flights due to operate to or from Heathrow and 10 Gatwick flights. More than 200 other flights were delayed.The airline said passengers could re-book for another day.In May 2017, tens of thousands of passengers were stranded when a global computer failure grounded hundreds of British Airways flights over three days. British Airways passengers also were hit with severe delays in July and September 2016 because of problems with the airline’s online check-in systems.The Associated Press read more

UN food agency warns of unfavourable crop prospects in subSaharan Africa

In a report issued in Rome, entitled “Food Supply Situation and Crop Prospects in Sub-Saharan Africa”, the FAO puts total food aid requirement for 2003 at 4.6 million tons, against the 2 million tons it estimated in 2001-02, and it cites droughts and war among the reasons for the shortfall.Calling overall harvest prospects in southern Africa “generally favourable” apart from Zimbabwe, parts of Swaziland and southern Mozambique, the report warns that prospects in other parts of sub-Saharan Africa remain unfavourable with 25 countries facing emergencies, the same number as in FAO’s last regional report in December 2002. The agency says food supply in several countries, particularly Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mauritania and Zimbabwe, remains grim due mainly to previous severe droughts, and calls for specific measures, such as feeding and watering points and easier access to markets, to provide relief to the livestock sector. The conflict in a number of countries, including Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo and Liberia, has aggravated food insecurity by disrupting agricultural activities, it says.Widespread destruction, looting and population displacement in the Central African Republic suggests reduced food production. In the Republic of Congo, resurgent fighting around the capital, Brazzaville, has displaced at least 84,000 people and an Ebola outbreak in the Cuvette region has aggravated the humanitarian situation.For countries hit by conflict and adverse weather, including Angola, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe, the report calls for assistance to provide seeds, hand-tools and fertilizer to help farmers resume production. In southern Africa, farmers need help in marketing any available surplus under favourable conditions, and in preparing for next cropping season.The 25 countries facing emergencies are: Angola, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. read more

Climate change UN marks treatys anniversary by hailing savings of going green

Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), noted that re-insurance agents last year estimated that the cost of climate-related disasters reached $65 billion.“Then there are other economic impacts as a result of a continued, inefficient use of carbon-based fuels, including those on human health and habitats and ecosystems, like forests and lakes,” he said.Mr. Toepfer called on governments, businesses and citizens to show “imagination, vision and, above all, courage” to harness new technologies that can use energy more efficiently and cause less damage to the environment.He said the world is on the cusp on another industrial leap forward, with fossil fuels such as coal and oil going the way of the typewriter and the punch-card machine – to be replaced by modern conventional power stations and alternative sources of energy such as wind and solar power. Mr. Toepfer used his anniversary message to urge countries to ratify the treaty’s Kyoto Protocol, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to earlier levels. Describing the reduction targets in the Protocol’s first phase as “modest to say the least,” Mr. Toepfer said the losses resulting from not adhering to that pact outweigh the costs of compliance. Echoing this view, Secretary-General Kofi Annan cited several examples of greener technologies emerging partly because of the Convention’s entry into force. They included the increased use of wind farms, the introduction of so-called hybrid vehicles and added investments in hydrogen and carbon technology. The Secretary-General said signing the Kyoto Protocol is urgent given “the increased incidence of drought, floods and extreme weather events that many regions are experiencing.”The Protocol, which sets legally binding targets and timetables for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, will only enter into force after it has been ratified by at least 55 countries, including industrialized countries accounting for 55 per cent of their group’s 1990 level of CO2 emissions. Although the Protocol has 121 parties, including the European Community, the vast majority are developing countries and it has not entered into force. read more

Markets set to rise on string of economic data amid concerns over

TORONTO – Stock markets could be in for a positive week after a string of reports, capped off by strong recent jobs data, showed that the U.S. economic recovery is firmly on track.A government report Friday reported that 203,000 jobs were created during November, adding to strong manufacturing and housing reports, better than expected third-quarter economic growth and improving consumer confidence.On Thursday, traders will look at the U.S. retail sales report for November for further reinforcement on whether the Federal Reserve thinks the economy is strong enough to start cutting back on a key area of stimulus.“If you believe these jobs numbers, you would think this would reflect better consumer spending in the month of November when these jobs gains took place,” said Andrew Pyle, associate director of wealth management at ScotiaMcLeod in Peterborough, Ont.“If these numbers are correct, then we should see a very healthy November retail sales number.”Economists are looking for sales to have risen by 0.6 per cent during the month.“(But) if that number (is) to come in north of 0.6 per cent, if we saw retail sales gain one per cent, that would solidify the improved economic tone that we saw this week,” said Pyle.While investors are happy to see this trail of positive economic data, the reports have raised concerns that the Fed could move soon to start tapering its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases. In fact, speculation has risen that the Fed could move as soon as their next meeting on Dec. 18.“Oh, it definitely keeps alive the concerns,” said Pyle.“For sure, concerns have definitely risen in the wake of this (jobs) report and GDP report we saw earlier in the week. But I think I would still say the majority of economists on this street do not expect them to go.”Talk of Fed tapering has cast a shadow on markets during the last half of the year. That’s because the massive amounts of asset purchases have kept long term rates low and supported a strong rally on equity markets.Despite the relief over continuing signs of economic improvement, analysts are leery of forecasting an end-of-the-year rally, given the sharp runup that North American markets registered during October and most of November.“I think what we have seen into this month has been the Santa Claus rally advanced,” added Pyle.“Santa has come early and has gone up the chimney before we get to year end.”The TSX and the Dow both finished last week in the red, with the Toronto market off 0.86 per cent and the Dow down 0.41 per cent. But gains from earlier in the autumn are still largely intact with the TSX up seven per cent year to date and the Dow ahead 22 per cent.It going to be a very light week for economic data after last week’s flood.The main event for Canada this week is housing starts data for November. Economists expect a slight dip, falling to an annualized rate of 195,000 after registering a 198,000 advance in October.“New home construction is increasingly exerting a drag on economic growth,” observed CIBC World Markets economist Emanuella Enenajor in a commentary.“That weakness in home building likely reflects concerns around affordability as well as the budding risks of higher long-term rates.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Markets set to rise on string of economic data amid concerns over Fed stimulus by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 8, 2013 4:00 am MDT read more

NIS denies woman 61 of pension over 1000 shortfall

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’No need to be alarmed’ – NIS clears the air on controversy surrounding pensionJuly 8, 2016In “latest news”Fed up of being pushed around by the ‘system’, Berbice man makes second attempt to end lifeOctober 24, 2016In “Local News”What ‘double dipping’! …Teixeira roasts Gov’t over plan to deny pensions to Guyanese living abroadJuly 6, 2016In “latest news” A 61-year-old woman of Number 40 Village, Berbice was denied her pension from the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), after being short of the intended target by $1000, which is equivalent to two contributions.Ingrid Arthur was employed by a State institution, and worked from 1997 to 2014.After Arthur was laid off, she received a correspondence from the NIS office, where it was confirmed that her contributions were intact.In fact, she was required to make 750 contributions but made 752 instead, which qualified her to be paid her monthly pension.However, six months prior to her 60th birthday, she received another contribution statement which showed that she made 748 contributions to the Scheme, having a shortfall of two contributions.Speaking with this publication, a close associate of the woman, Patrick Hamilton, said that the situation regarding Arthur is “outrageous”.“She worked from 1997 to 2014. She had received a document which said that she reached the contribution in 2014. Then last year, I don’t know how they revise it and told her that she was short by just $1000. It’s the same people that check and verify in the first instance. When you look at the calculation, its two contributions that she is short by.”He stated that NIS offered the woman a payout of $100,000 by having her sign a document.However, she rejected the offer. The woman is standing by the first calculation sent to her by NIS.“They offered her a $100,000 payout but she didn’t take the money. She wanted to know what was going on,” he stated. The woman has been unable to get any proper explanation from NIS. read more

A great feeling for me to be selected for second CPL

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPower-packed GAW team named for CPL 2019May 23, 2019In “latest news”‘It’s a great feeling to be part of the Warriors this year’ – Chandrapaul HemrajJune 14, 2019In “latest news”Warriors’ Hemraj, Shepherd top CPL charts after three roundsSeptember 11, 2019In “latest news” Shepherd took three wickets on CPL debutBy Brandon CorlettePossessing the powerful physique of a modern-day fast bowler, Tucber Park lad Romario Shepherd is revelling at his second-time selection to the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) team.One of five Berbicians and eight Guyanese selected for the home franchise, Shepherd took the time to speak to this publication in an exclusive interview.“It’s obviously a great feeling for me to earn selection for a second successive year for the GAW, and this is a confidence- booster for me”, Shepherd told this reporter.The 24-year-old all-round player added, “It is early days, but looking into the future, with any opportunity given in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), I will bowl my best”.Shepherd made his debut appearance in the 2018 edition of the CPL playing against Trinbago Knight Riders, participating in three matches in the latter part of the tournament. He has been one of Guyana’s rising talents, and has had a great 4-Day tournament playing for the Jaguars in the 2018-19 season.Having played only 21 matches in his First-Class career, Shepherd has already grabbed 67 wickets, including two five-wicket hauls, since making his debut against Jamaica in 2017. His recent 4-Day season with the Guyana Jaguars was certainly his breakthrough season, with him finishing as the best fast bowler in the entire tournament, having taken 37 wickets while playing in all 10 matches, and scoring 315 runs with the bat, including two half-centuries. His performance is ample testimony to his level of fitness and development of his game overtime.The confident Berbician told this reporter that, in the T20 format, his aim is to pick up wickets for his team, and bowl at a healthy economy rate. The 2019 edition of the CPL is slated for September, and Shepherd is currently in preparation mode.A tournament as eminent as the CPL will feature all the big names around the globe, and it calls for mental toughness. Shepherd is focused on the positives.Having placed himself on the radar for a call-up to the West Indies ‘A’ and West Indies senior teams with his Regional performances in recent times, Shepherd will use the CPL as another stepping stone in his quest to play International cricket.He started his cricket career as a batsman, although he is now a celebrated bowler; and he has not lost his batting skill although he focuses more on his bowling. The right-hander has three First-class half-centuries, and possesses a peculiar ability to clear the ropes with great ease.His ‘List A’ career has also been promising, with this New Amsterdam lad being an active member of the Cricket Guyana Inc. Academy. He has taken 24 wickets in his 18 ‘List A’ matches.Romario Shepherd has the ability to zip the new ball and seam it around, but in the white ball game he has the ability to bowl those deadly Yorkers. Shepherd has a best bowling figure of 3-29 on his debut in CPL against the powerhouse Trinbago Knight Riders team, the defending champions.In his debut match, he picked up the prize scalps of Colin Munro, Brendon Mc Cullum and Darren Bravo. The confident Shepherd will be reminiscing on his debut for the GAW, and is eager to make an even greater impact the second time around. read more

GroundProbe extends Americas mine tailings dam monitoring reach with Santiago centre

first_imgGroundProbe has launched a dedicated monitoring centre in Santiago, Chile, to, it says, provide 24/7 real-time radar and laser monitoring services for tailings dams and mines throughout North and South America.The centre connects remote sites with industry experts in three languages, according to GroundProbe, with the facility monitoring live slope stability data and reacting to alarms to ensure the maximum safety of people and communities.Crewed by 45 specialised geotechnical engineers, these centre provide 24/7 expertise to over 30 customers globally, GroundProbe says.GroundProbe, owned by Orica, is a global leader in real-time technologies used to detect instabilities and predict when mine and dam collapses will occur.From a launch event in Santiago, GroundProbe CEO Brian Gillespie said the new centre marked an important step for GroundProbe’s future growth, especially for South and North America.“We’ve witnessed a boom in Brazil for continuous, real-time monitoring of tailings dams, with a huge increase in demand for our remote, 24/7 geotechnical expertise,” Gillespie said.“We saw it as an absolute necessity to bolster our offering and extend our support services from Asia Pacific to the Americas.“Placing the centre in Santiago and ensuring its tri-lingual capabilities allows us to do just that.”GroundProbe has, for many years, been providing 24/7 assistance to customers from its Asia-Pacific monitoring centre. The addition of a second location, operating in Spanish, Portuguese and English, sees GroundProbe remain at the forefront of our industry, the company said.David Noon, COO of GroundProbe, said: “Our Santiago remote monitoring centre is operational from day one, with our teams already monitoring many tailings dams, a massive hydro-electric dam and even a landslide on a national highway in Colombia.“Not only is it essential to our customers that our team are native Spanish and Portuguese speakers, but having a centre in Latin America shows our level of commitment to the region and to creating jobs in the local communities we serve.”To mark the launch, GroundProbe and Orica hosted an event with key customers, industry representatives and stakeholders (pictured).GroundProbe’s monitoring centres are home to its Geotechnical Support Services (GSS) team and dedicated team of geotechnical support engineers.The second monitoring centre in Santiago will provide the same services to customers, including: GSS-Remote, a 24-hour remote monitoring solution; GSS-Training, a SSR and laser training service; and GSS-Reporting, the company’s customised analysis and reporting service.last_img read more

Check out the Blue Moon tonight

first_img“Once in a blue moon” is something I heard all the time growing up. I knew the moon wasn’t blue, so I never bothered to ask what it meant. A blue moon is what we call a moon that is full twice in one month. It’s pretty rare, in fact it only happens once every couple of years. If you head outside tonight you can see the blue moon. It’s going to look exactly the same as every other full moon, but it’s fun to know this is the second time this month that you will have seen it.The blue moon got its name from the March 1946 issue of Sky and Telescope magazine. The author, James Hugh Pruett, used a Farmer’s Almanac to help him describe the phenomenon. The rotation cycle for the moon is complete every 29.5 days. Since we have months that are longer than 29 days, we occasionally get the resulting blue moon. The next time we will see a blue moon will be in 2015. Even more rare are the years where we have two months in the year that get blue moons. The last time that happened was in 1999, and isn’t expected to happen again until 2018.This blue moon is extra special, as it falls on the same day as the funeral service for Astronaut Neil Armstrong. The mathematical likelihood that we would get a blue moon on the same day that we say farewell to the first human being to set foot on the moon is… well, astronomical.last_img read more

Chrome lets parents snoop on their kids browsing with Supervised Users

first_imgWant to know what your kids (or less technically-inclined roommates) have been looking at online? The new Chrome Beta has added support for supervised accounts so you can do just that!Google’s pushing the new feature as a way for parents to monitor activity on Chromebooks like the new ones from Acer and HP, and it does offer a great way to see who’s been doing what on a shared laptop. It also works in the Chrome browser — so Windows, Mac, and Linux users that let other folks use Chrome on their machines can maintain control.If you want to experiment with supervised accounts, you’ll need to download the latest Chrome Beta, Dev, or Canary from Google. You’ll find ‘enable supervised users’ as on option on the chrome://flags page.Once it’s turned on, you can create new users on chrome://settings. Just check the box, and the new account will sync to your master Google account. Log in to the panel at, and you’ll be able to see web activity and configure access controls.Sites can be whitelisted or blacklisted depending on how much you want things locked down. Site visits show up almost instantly, letting you snoop supervise in near-real time. And no, supervised users can’t open Incognito windows to cover their tracks. Clearing the Chrome cache? That only wipes local traces. The evidence in the cloud remains intact.Supervised accounts bring a little bit of the enterprise to your Chrome browser at home. This kind of monitoring is very similar to what big brother can do at the office. It’s how he knows you’ve been shopping on ThinkGeek or posting Facebook updates when you’re not supposed to.last_img read more