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November 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley in Rajya SabhaFinance Minister Arun Jaitley, in a reply to discussion in the Rajya Sabha, on Monday said NDA had inherited higher prices from the UPA government.The concerns over supply, storage capacity should have been addressed (by the UPA govt) but it didn’t happen, Jaitley said.Jaitley, while replying to the discussion, said the 41-day-old Narendra Modi government had taken immediate steps to contain prices of food items unlike the previous dispensation during which cost of onion rose even up to Rs 100 per kilo.He said the government was being attacked even though it was yet to outline its financial roadmap in the Rail Budget to be presented on Tuesday and the General Budget on Thursday.Jaitley, who is also leader of the Rajya Sabha, said it is not possible to fill gaps which the Congress left, in five weeks.He even added that no one fears any discussion on inflation.”Government is committed to contain it (inflation) because we consider it a serious and sensitive matter. There is sufficient supply (of potato and onion) and therefore there is no reason for panic,” the Finance Minister said.Listing the steps already taken by the government, Jaitley said the Centre has issued directive to the states to crack down on hoarding, put a cap on stockholding and hiked minimum export price for onion and potato.On the Re 1 hike in diesel price, the Finance Minister said the government is implementing the previous UPA’s policy of gradual monthly increase.advertisementCongress, Trinamool Congress, SP, BSP, CPI (M) MPs walked out of Rajya Sabha expressing dissatisfaction over Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s reply on inflation.During the debate, the opposition, ridiculed the government and NDA’s poll slogan of ‘achhe din’ (good days), wondering whether it was reflected by the rise in prices of food items like onion and potato and hike in rail fares and diesel cost.The reasons given by the government for rail fare hike are not acceptable so Trinamool Congress decided to walk out after taking part in discussion, Trinamool Congress MP and spokesperson Derek O’Brien said.last_img read more

November 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant (RPS) on Sunday cemented their place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs thrashing Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.The Pune victory came off a superb performance by their bowlers which was later complemented by their top-rung batsmen to overhaul the meagre 74-run target set by a hapless Punjab.Pune now have 18 points in 14 matches and are at the second spot. They displaced Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who slipped to the fourth spot with 16 points.Mumbai Indians sit atop the table with 20 points and Sunrisers Hyderabad are at third spot with 17 points.Chasing 73 posted by Punjab, openers Ajinkya Rahane (34 not out) and Rahul Tripathi (28) forged a 41-run partnership before the latter was dismissed by spinner Axar Patel. Tripathi’s 20-ball knock was laced with four boundaries and one six.Unfazed, skipper Steven Smith (15 not out) and Rahane then completed the formalities without any hiccups for Pune to overhaul the Punjab score in 12 overs.Earlier, Riding on some disciplined bowling, Pune restricted Punjab to 73 runs. Axar Patel (22) and Wriddhiman Saha (13) were the major contributors for Punjab’s cause.Punjab never looked in contention as they started their innings on a poor note. Martin Guptill (0) was dismissed by Jaydev Unadkat on the very first ball of the innings caught at short cover by Manoj Tiwary.After adding 19 runs to the score with Saha, incoming batsman Shaun Marsh (10) was also dismissed by Daniel Christian in the fourth over and the scoreboard read 19/2.advertisementPunjab’s middle-order suffered a collapse with Eoin Morgan (4), who was playing in place of Manan Vohra, Rahul Tewatia (4) and skipper Glenn Maxwell (0) failing to step up to the occasion. They were all sent packing before seven overs had been bowled.Saha, who seemed good at the crease, could not handle the pressure and was dismissed by Christian in the 10th over.Axar Patel, however, showed his temperament and slammed a few boundaries before he was dismissed by Christian in the 12th over.Lower-order batsmen Swapnil Singh (10), Mohit Sharma (6) and Ishant Sharma (0) were also dismissed in the next three overs to restrict Punjab for 73 runs in 15.5 overs.For Pune, Shardul Thakur scalped three wickets while Unadkat, Adam Zampa and Christian took two wickets each.last_img read more

November 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWhat’s going on with the Knicks this year? After two dominant performances after losing nine straight, they get pummeled at home by 41 points. This is not against the Big Three Celtics (of either the Larry Bird/Robert Parish/Kevin McHale or Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett/Ray Allen variety), it is against a freshly-overhauled team that tossed its aging veterans for youth and future draft picks. Granted, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, and Jordan Crawford are playing well, but at this stage of their careers, they are not exactly the new Big Three.Nonetheless, with a fifth of the season in the books the “rebuilding” Celtics remain atop the NBA’s Atlantic Division, while the Knicks and their struggling compadres across the (East) river, the Brooklyn Nets vie for last place.To be clear, the Celtics are by no means a legitimate threat to anyone. In beating the Knicks, they remain a subpar 10-12, although that’s good enough to lead the division by two games! To put things in perspective, the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat continue to dominate the East, with records of 18-2 and 15-5, respectively, through their first 20 games. The remaining five of the Eastern Conference’s top eight teams sported records ranging from 11-10 to 8-10. If the playoffs were held today, five of the East’s playoff teams would have losing records.The situation in the Western Conference is far more normal, with the lowest playoff-eligible team, the Golden State Warriors, at 12-9, which would have given them the third-best spot in the East, if California were situated east of the Mississippi.There’s a long way to go to 82 games, but it’s been a bizarre season thus far. Stay tuned!TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIn a must-win home game to restart its playoffs expectations, Olympiacos Piraeus fired on all cylinders at both ends of the court to register a resounding 82-68 victory over visiting Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz on Friday. Olympiacos improved its record to 4-5 in Top 16 Group F, while Laboral remained in second place at 6-3. With its second victory over Laboral, however, the Reds will win almost any tiebreak should the teams finish with the same record. Georgios Printezis scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the first quarter as the Reds turned around a slow start. Another 16-0 blast in the second provided game-long double-digit leads that Laboral cut to 71-63 on late, back-to-back triples by Davis Bertans, but there the threat ended. Vassilis Spanoulis added 14 points and 8 assists for the winners, while Ioannis Papapetrou had 11. Former Olympiacos player Ioannis Bourousis led Laboral with 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Bertans added 11, Mike James and Jaka Blazic 10 each.First quarter: Printezis turns things aroundAdam Hanga was fed by Darius Adams for a reverse and Fabien Causeur drove for another basket in close to start the scoring for the visitors. After Spanoulis fed Othello Hunter to put Olympiacos on the scoreboard, Hanga picked up a loose ball and drilled a triple to give Laboral a quick 2-7 advantage. Printezis downed a free throw before Adams and Hanga connected on another easy basket at 3-9. Printezis responded with a pair of shots in close to pull Olympiacos within 7-9. Printezis continued giving footwork lessons in the paint and hit go-ahead free throws. Spanoulis fed Hunter again before Vangelis Mantzaris assited Printezis on a fastbreak layup to make it a 12-0 run and a 15-9 lead for Olympiacos. Out of a timeout, Bourousis buoyed Laboral with a hook shot and soon got to the foul line to make 1 of 2. Printezis made 2 of 2 free throws before Bourousis hit a fadeaway. Printezis fed Nikola Milutinov for a layup and Blazic answered with a triple for Laboral that ended the first quarter with a 19-16 scoreboard.Second quarter: Reds’ defense rulesBourousis faded away on the baseline to make in 19-18 at the start of the second quarter. Daniel Hackett turned a short jumper into a three-point play before James hit a mid-range shot for Laboral before Darius Johnson-Odom swished a step-back three to make it 25-20. Laboral tied it quickly, however, as Blazic first led Bourousis for a dunk then drilled a transition triple at 25-25. Spanoulis made 2 of 2 free throws and D.J. Strawberry fed Milutinov for a layup to make it 31-25. After a Laboral timeout, Spanoulis drove for a gutsy layup. Hakeem Warrick debuted for Olympiacos and seconds later helped force a steal that ended with Strawberry hitting a reverse. Hackett drove hard for another basket, then stole and assisted Papapetrou for a fastbreak slam. When Warrick dished to Strawberry for a layup, a 16-0 run to a 41-25 lead for Olympiacos was complete. A putback by Bourousis ended Laboral’s five-minute scoring drought while Johnson-Odom came back on for Olympiacos to finish another fastbreak. Blazic downed free throws for the visitors and Bourousis made 1 of 2 himself as the first half ended 44-30 for the hosts.Third quarter: Reds keep rollingBertans dropped a baseline jumper for Laboral to make it 44-32 in an otherwise scoreless first 2 minutes of the third quarter. Strawberry stopped on a dime and turned his step-back shot into a three-point play before Bertans matched him from deep at the other end. Spanoulis got loose for a triple himself, but James did the same for Laboral to make it 50-38. Printezis returned to the scoring column with his trademark one-hand push shot. When Spanoulis then shook his defenders for back-to-back layups, Olympiacos was suddenly ahead 56-38. Blazic connected from downtown for Laboral, but was soon matched by Kostas Papanikolaou, with his first points at home since rejoining the Reds. When Papapetrou followed with a layup, Olympiacos had a 20-point lead, 61-41. Adams answered from deep for Laboral before Johnson-Odom detonated a high-speed rim-rocking fastbreak slam. But Adams had another triple in him before the third quarter ended 61-47 in favor of Olympiacos.Fourth quarter: Olympiacos closes it out!Papanikolaou hit a reverse off a feed from Hackett to re-start Olympiacos in the fourth quarter. And after James hit a triple for Laboral, Papapetrou did the same for the Reds. Bourousis backed down for a basket he converted into a three-point play then took a feed from Adams for 2 more points, cutting the difference to 68-53. After a timeout, Spanoulis fed Milutinov, who scored and converted the three-point play at 71-55. But with 5 minutes left, Laboral refused to go away as James scored in close and Bertans buried a corner triple at 71-60. Bertans came back and did it again from the top before Hunter and Adams exchanged baskets to make it 73-65 with 2 minutes left to play. Hunter then added to the Olympiacos lead with 2 of 2 free throws and blocked a three-point try by Adams. When Spanoulis drove for a patented layup, the Reds were ahead by 12 again, 77-65, and on their way to a victory that could be good as gold if these two teams tie at the end of the Top 16.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Continue Reading Previous Acceed: GPU-PC gains performance from graphics cardNext AAEON collaborates with Intel to deliver powerful network solutions Abaco Systems announced the GVC1001 ultra-high performance graphics, vision and AI evaluation platform. It is based on the recently-released NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier module that features an NVIDIA Volta GPU with 512 Tensor Cores and an 8-core ARM CPU.  The GVC1001 is capable of up to 5.7 TeraFLOPS of performance.The GVC1001 is ideal for deployment on highly constrained platforms such as autonomous vehicles. Typical applications include embedded training, 360° situational awareness, EO/IR processing, non-cert Degraded Visual Environment, display processing, moving map and many more.These types of compute-, data- and image-intensive applications are now requiring AI, deep learning techniques and inferencing engines – which the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier module delivers. This new level of processing is required for advanced digital maps, image recognition, image segmentation, object localization, image fusion, image stabilization, object tracking and image correction within the target applications.The GVC1001 is particularly suitable for ground vehicles as it provides two CANBus ports for vehicle data. It is capable of very high bandwidth with video ingest from multiple cameras over the two 10GbE ports. Additionally, for data-intensive applications, the 512-core CUDA-capable Volta GPU opens up a broad range of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications. These include wide area persistent surveillance, hyperspectral sensor fusion, IED detection, and synthetic aperture radar processing.In addition to the dual 10 GBE ports and two CANBus ports, the GVC1001 features extensive I/O flexibility with two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two DisplayPort 1.4 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. It is ideally complemented by Abaco’s RES3000 family of rugged Ethernet switches for the aggregation of input from multiple cameras. 256 GBytes of NVMe SSD bulk storage is provided as standard to store mission- and moving map data.To enable the rapid development of image processing and manipulation application development, the GVC1001 is supported by Abaco’s AXIS ImageFlex image processing and visualization toolkit, which is designed to allow engineers to harness the full potential of NVIDIA GPUs. ImageFlex greatly simplifies application creation by delivering a powerful set of high-level application programming interfaces that exploit the full capabilities of the underlying GPUs while abstracting the complex details associated with each implementation.  Applications built using the ImageFlex framework are easier to develop, test, debug and maintain, while speeding time to deployment by up to five times.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

November 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgShare on Facebook Exeter Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby union Topics news Rob Baxter’s side took advantage of mistakes by the Sharks to run in two first-half tries through Ollie Devoto and Don Armand. With Gareth Steenson adding a penalty and conversion, Exeter held a 15-0 advantage at the interval and, although Sam James and Will Cliff crossed the whitewash for Sale, Sean Lonsdale’s try helped the visitors hold on for their 12th Premiership win of the campaign.Leicester fly-half Joe Ford scored all the Tigers’ points as the hosts hung on to edge a narrow 19-14 derby win over Coventry neighbours Wasps. Ford kicked four penalties, as well as converting his own Tigers try when the Wasps hooker Tommy Taylor was in the sin-bin.There was some controversy over the try with Ford appearing to knock on when tackled by Jack Willis. All Wasps’ points came in the first half from two Marcus Watson tries, both converted by Rob Miller. It was a first Premiership win for Geordan Murphy’s team since 5 January. Wasps thought they had scored a third try when prop Will Stuart went close, only for the TMO to spot a knock-on. Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest The Observer Sale Leicester Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Premiership The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Exeter remain top of the Premiership as the Chiefs provided a hammer-blow to Sale Sharks’ top-four ambitions following a 20-14 triumph at the AJ Bell Stadium. Read more Share on Messenger Sean Maitland double inspires Saracens to convincing win over Northampton Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Waspslast_img read more

October 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRoy Williams is pumped up.DURHAM, NC – MARCH 03: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The North Carolina Tar Heels are off to the Sweet 16 after an impressive victory over Arkansas, and it’s safe to assume that head coach Roy Williams is pumped up. In case you aren’t convinced, check out the below video, released by UNC after the contest. Williams joined the team’s dance party following the win, and screamed loudly in celebration with his players. He also debuted some kind of ridiculous skip-dance as he entered the locker room.UNC gets the winner of Wisconsin vs. Oregon next Thursday. Either way, it should be a great game.last_img read more

October 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter, today July 13, wrapped up a successful meeting in Boston and Lenox, Massachusetts to promote Nova Scotia’s renewable electricity sector and other key growth sectors. The premier attended the National Governors Association Annual meeting and the annual conference of New England Governors-Eastern Canadian Premiers. Premier Dexter along with Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts were co-chairs of the 34th annual conference held in Lenox. Premier Dexter announced that next year he will host the 35th annual conference in Nova Scotia from July 10-12. “I look forward to being able to show my colleagues the innovative and exciting projects that are taking place in the province in renewable electricity generation, energy efficiency, climate change mitigation and green economic development,” said Premier Dexter. “I plan on engaging my colleagues over the next twelve months about goals and objectives we can accomplish that will improve the economy and environment in both our regions.” “The relationship between New England and Eastern Canada goes back hundreds of years and is instrumental to the economic success that both our areas enjoy today,” said Gov. Patrick. “I look forward to visiting Nova Scotia next year to build on the spirit of cooperation that we have enjoyed this week in Lenox, Massachusetts and further strengthening our partnership in the future.” Premier Dexter said he was pleased that his colleagues endorsed a resolution he put forward to have the conference’s Northeast International Committee on Energy hold its annual meeting in Nova Scotia this fall. The committee will further explore opportunities for partnerships in renewable electricity generation that can create jobs and improve the economy. Another significant resolution adopted was to continue promoting energy efficiency programs, building energy codes, appliance standards and other energy efficiency policies that will reduce overall energy consumption in all areas. “This resolution fits in very nicely with what Efficiency Nova Scotia is trying to accomplish,” said Premier Dexter. “Reducing energy consumption is critical to achieving the province’s climate change goals and will ultimately make life more affordable for all Nova Scotians.” Other highlights of the Premier’s trip included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the State of Maine on tidal energy that will have economic and environmental benefits for both regions. Premier Dexter is also pleased to have been able to secure a meeting with Cathy Zoi, United States Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to discuss opportunities in energy efficiency. “My goal on this trip was to continue sharing with my colleagues in Eastern Canada and New England details about Nova Scotia’s aggressive and strategic plan to generate 40 per cent renewable electricity by 2020 which will strengthen and grow the economy to create jobs from one end of the province to the other,” said Premier Dexter. “I am pleased that once again Nova Scotia was at the forefront of discussions about providing clean, renewable power to our United States neighbors and a Memorandum of Understanding signed with Maine will help facilitate that process when the time comes.”last_img read more

October 15, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Canadian-Somalian singer K’naan is seeking some help from his American fans, and is asking them to show him some love in November when they vote in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.The “Wavin’ Flag” singer — who is a dual citizen of Canada and Somalia, currently living in New York City while his family remains in Toronto.And therein lies the problem. Because Somalia is one of the countries on the Trump administration’s travel ban, he fears that if he were to leave the U.S. in order to visit family in Canada he might not be allowed back into the country. That’s why he’s asking American fans to exercise their vote in November to take a stand against the Republicans in a new video for The Love Vote. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement In this Oct. 22, 2016 photo, K’naan poses in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)last_img read more

October 14, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe regional chief for Ontario is calling for an emergency Assembly of First Nations meeting to deal with the controversial First Nation education bill currently before Parliament.Ontario regional Chief Stan Beardy sent a fax to all of the AFN’s regional chiefs and to AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo Thursday morning calling for the meeting to be held in Ottawa on May 14.Beardy is part of the AFN executive representing Ontario at the table.“As you are aware, Bill C-33, the Harper government’s proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act went up for its first debate on second reading in the House of Commons on April 30 despite it not going for national debate of First Nations by the chiefs in this country,” states Beardy in the fax. “I am requesting that the AFN executive immediately call for a Confederacy of Nations meeting.”Beardy stated he was invoking Article 14 of the AFN charter that gives members of the AFN’s executive committee the ability to request a special session.Atleo supports Bill C-33.More to Comelast_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has released additional plans for its new 350-acre (142-hectare) northwest Arkansas campus that will include four quadrants connected by bike and walking paths, an on-campus childcare facility and a fitness centre.The world’s largest retailer said Friday that new buildings will be designed and constructed in the next two years, with a goal of opening the site in phases between 2020 and 2024.The new site is blocks away from its current Bentonville Home Office, which was built in 1971.Walmart says its new headquarters will include solar panels on some buildings and parking decks. It’ll also have “flexible workspaces” and various dining options.Walmart announced it was moving its headquarters in 2017. It has not said how much it will cost to replace the old office.The Associated Press read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street following two days of losses.Technology companies and banks helped pull the market higher early Thursday. Chipmaker Intel rose 1.6% and Citigroup added 1.5%Dollar General jumped 5.9% after posting earnings and revenue for the latest quarter that came in well ahead of what analysts were expecting.The S&P 500 index rose 9 points, or 0.3%, to 2,792.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 49 points, or 0.2%, to 25,176. The Nasdaq added 33 points, or 0.4%, to 7,580.Bond prices fell. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.26%The Associated Press read more

October 11, 2019 | | Post a Comment

12 February 2010Daunting challenges remain in the search for lasting peace in the Middle East, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for the prompt resumption of political talks and the swift delivery of concrete results. “Permanent status issues, including Jerusalem, borders, refugees, security, settlements and water will be resolved only through negotiations,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the UN-backed International Meeting in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace, which kicked off today in Qawra, Malta.While Israel’s efforts and willingness to resume talks are welcome, he said, returning to negotiations is hampered by developments on the ground, including continued settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territory.“At this crucial juncture, Israel should refrain from taking steps which have the potential to prejudge negotiations and create tensions,” especially in East Jerusalem, where settlements are expanding and Palestinians are being evicted, the Secretary-General’s message – read out by Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco – stressed.Mr. Ban also welcomed the Palestinian Authority’s reform efforts to set up the economic, social and institutional basis of statehood, but it must also meet its other obligations under the Roadmap in full, “including an end to incitement against Israel.”That plan, endorsed by the so-called Quartet, comprising the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States, is for a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.He noted that the “protracted suffering” by Gazans is a source of great concern, calling the continued blockade in the area “unacceptable and counter-productive” for obstructing United Nations and others’ efforts to spur civilian reconstruction.By the same token, the Secretary-General also condemned renewed rocket fire from Gaza, “which indiscriminately targets Israeli civilians.”The UN, he said, will continue to “try to bring relief to Gazans, to promote dialogue and to rally international support for a strategy that can deliver calm for Gazans and Israelis alike.”Political will by both sides, along with “creative support” by third parties, is essential to clinch a lasting peace in the region, Mr. Ban stressed.“Confidence begets confidence; stability begets stability; security begets security; peace begets peace,” he said. “Let us, together, help the parties to resolve their decades-old conflict and forge a comprehensive, just and lasting peace.”The two-day gathering in Qawra, held under the auspices of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), will focus on the theme, “The urgency of addressing the permanent status issues – Borders, Jerusalem, settlements, refugees, water.”Last month, Mr. Fernandez-Taranco warned the Security Council that a climate of mistrust between Israel and Palestinians over settlement expansion, forced evictions, military incursions, rocket fire and the closure of border crossings remains at the heart of the stalled peace process in the Middle East.“We remain deeply concerned at the current stalemate,” he said during an open debate on the Middle East. “If we cannot move forward decisively towards a final status agreement, we risk sliding backwards, with potentially profound and negative implications.” read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

“Staff are looking at what might be the best options based on our assessment of the macroeconomic vulnerabilities facing Sri Lanka, the nature and size of its balance of payments needs, and the proposed government policies to address these issues,” IMF communications director Gerry Rice told reporters, noting that authorities had expressed interest in a program. Opposition parties said poor economic management was forcing the government to turn to the IMF and any help would come with conditions.Sri Lanka borrowed $2.6 billion from the IMF through a stand-by facility from 2009 to 2011 to boost its reserves after a balance-of-payment crisis. (Colombo Gazette) “Staff do have concerns with the proposed 2016 budget, which does not envisage significant consolidation relative to the expected out-turn for 2015.” Sri Lanka has not made a formal request for International Monetary Fund help but the fund’s staff are looking at ways to help the island nation, an IMF spokesman said, according to the Reuters news agency.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said this week Sri Lanka would seek an IMF stand-by arrangement to fend off a risk that its economy will be hurt next year by repercussions from events affecting major economies. read more

October 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

WINNIPEG — It was quiet on the summer day when Cora Morgan and her cousin stood on the waterfront and performed a smudging ceremony for a young Indigenous girl pulled out of the Red River in Winnipeg not long before.The First Nations family advocate remembers a makeshift memorial with flowers for 15-year-old Tina Fontaine had already started growing.The girl’s tiny body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was discovered Aug. 17, 2014, and it shook the city and the country.Her death renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and inspired volunteer groups such as the Bear Clan Patrol to work at protecting vulnerable people on the streets.It also pushed the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to create the First Nations Family Advocate Office that Morgan heads.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Five years later, Morgan says she fears another Tina will be found.“Nothing has changed,” she sighs.“The issues have only grown to be worse.”Tina was born on New Year’s Day in 1999, when her mother was still a child in government care. Both Tina’s parents struggled with addictions.She was five when she moved in with a great-aunt from the Sagkeeng First Nation.Tina began to struggle after her father was murdered in 2011. In the final weeks of her life, she went to Winnipeg to reconnect with her mother but spiralled into a world of addiction, homelessness and sexual exploitation.She had contact with a hospital, police and social workers. The night before she was last reported missing, Tina was dropped off with a contracted care worker at a downtown hotel but walked away.It later came to light that Tina had disclosed to a child-welfare agency that she was hanging out with a 62-year-old, meth-using man and may have been sexually assaulted. Raymond Cormier was acquitted in Tina’s death last year.Morgan says the many gaps that Tina fell through have widened.There are more than 10,000 kids in government care in Manitoba, the highest per-capita rate in Canada. About 90 per cent are Indigenous.The province also has some of the highest child-poverty rates, Morgan says, and the number of people reported missing continues to grow each year. She’s also worried a new “block funding” arrangement between child-welfare agencies and the provincial government resulted in cuts to services.“You have a lot of young people that are suffering.”Families Minister Heather Stefanson says the province has been working to improve the supports that failed Tina, particularly Child and Family Services.“We’ve made some progress, but recognize there’s still more to do in collaboration with the CFS authorities,” Stefanson said in an emailed statement.Daphne Penrose, Manitoba’s advocate for children and youth, released a report in March into Tina’s death. She found the teen’s struggles didn’t exist in a vacuum and made five recommendations touching on justice, education, mental health and child welfare.A government working group is tracking progress on the recommendations.Stephanson’s department said in an email that there have been investments in addictions, mental-health services and sexual exploitation responses for vulnerable youth and adults. A poverty reduction strategy was announced in March and work continues to build and enhance safety nets where kids need them most.Penrose says there haven’t been enough improvements to ensure no other child meets Tina’s fate. Penrose is especially concerned by a rapid increase in the number of children and youth addicted to drugs, specifically methamphetamine.“We see them walk in the office all the time,” she says.Winnipeg’s police chief has said there’s a meth crisis in the city and has called for more safe shelters and detox units. The Bear Clan Patrol has picked up more than 60,000 needles so far this year, a stark increase from 40,000 in all of 2018.The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba says meth use has increased by more than 100 per cent in adults and nearly 50 per cent in youth since 2014.The foundation is adapting to the needs of children, Penrose says, but more needs to be more done to help people where they are and when they ask for it.The resilient spirit and community responses to Tina’s death amid a growing addiction crisis has been inspiring, Penrose adds. But it’s not just a problem for child-welfare agencies, police or First Nations — every single person must step in to help.“How are we going to make sure that kids get their rights?” she asks.“Their right to life. Their right to thrive and survive. Their right to health services. Their right to all of those rights that they get just for being alive.” read more

October 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

“To reduce poverty, we have to invest in health,” Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), told health experts and government representatives at a round table discussion on Health and Human Resources Development in New York today. She underscored that a healthy population is both a means and an end to economic development. The discussion was organized by the President of the UN Economic and Social Council, Ivan Simonovic of Croatia, in advance of the Council’s high-level segment to be held in New York in July. Among other participants of the panel, Dr. Peter Piot, the Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), called for cross-sectoral approaches to major health concerns. If the fight against AIDS were left to the health sector alone, it would be “doomed to failure,” he warned. AIDS, like many other important health concerns, must be tackled in many different ways – including through education, through public-private partnerships, and by addressing gender inequalities. Calls were also made for increased donors contributions to improve health services in the world’s poorest countries, and for sensible management of health services in those countries. read more

October 4, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Safeway 2nd-quarter net income falls, but adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations PLEASANTON, Calif. – Grocery store chain Safeway Inc. said Thursday its profit fell in the second quarter, partly on a tax charge related to a deal to sell its Canadian operations.But the grocer’s adjusted results topped Wall Street expectations, and shares rose in morning trading.Safeway said in June it would sell its supermarket operations in Canada to food retailer Sobeys for 5.8 billion Canadian dollars ($5.7 billion). That followed its spinoff of its gift and prepaid card unit Blackhawk in April, in an IPO that raised $238 million.“The substantial cash proceeds we expect to receive from the sale of our Canadian operations combined with the completion of the Blackhawk IPO will allow us to broadly enhance stakeholder value,” said CEO Robert Edwards in a statement.He added the company gained share in U.S. markets during the quarter.Safeway and other traditional supermarket chains have been working to focus operations and keep costs low to fight off competition from big-box discounters such as Target and Wal-Mart Stores, as well as drug stores and dollar stores that have been expanding their grocery sections.Safeway has invested in a loyalty program called “Just For U” that offers personalized deals based on a customer’s past purchases, and has been expanding its offerings of store brands and trying to keep prices low to stay competitive.The initiatives helped send Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway, which also operates Vons, sales at stores open at a least a year up 1.2 per cent, excluding fuel. The figure is an important metric, because it strips out the impact of newly closed and opened locations.For the period ended June 15, net income fell to $8.4 million, or 3 cents per share. That compares with net income of $122.7 million, or 51 cents per share, a year ago.Adjusted for one-time items, including a 44-cents-per-share tax charge, increased legal reserves, a gain on the sale of investments, and other items, net income totalled 51 cents per share. Analysts expected 50 cents per share, according to FactSet.Revenue fell nearly 2 per cent to $8.7 billion from $8.83 billion, hurt by lower fuel sales. Wall Street expected $10.44 billion.The company said it now expects net income for the year, excluding one-time items, to be at the lower end of its previously expected range of $2.25 to $2.45. Analysts expect $2.27 per share, on average.It expects revenue in stores open at least one year to rise 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent.Safeway shares rose $1.67, or 6.8 per cent, to close at $26.32 Thursday, closer to the high end of the stock’s 52-week range of $14.73 to $28.42. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 18, 2013 9:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

October 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

A hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, operation in the greater Fort St. John area in northeastern British Columbia is shown in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Wilderness Committee, Jeremy Sean Williams B.C. LNG industry will increase fracking-caused earthquakes: expert VANCOUVER – If the liquefied natural gas industry proceeds as the British Columbia government hopes, there could be five times as many fracking-caused earthquakes, warns one expert.But the company that would provide gas to a major LNG terminal — the same company found responsible for a 4.4 magnitude tremor last year — claims it won’t ramp up drilling.Progress Energy said it doesn’t need to increase the number of wells it drills each year to supply Pacific NorthWest LNG’s planned liquefaction and export terminal near Prince Rupert.“Our upstream drilling activity will remain relatively consistent with current levels over the life of the LNG project or may even decline and therefore pose no incremental risk,” said spokeswoman Stacie Dley in an email.The company paused its operations after a 4.6 magnitude quake in northeast B.C. on Aug. 17. The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission is investigating and has not established its cause.The commission has, however, confirmed that Progress Energy triggered a 4.4 magnitude tremor last August — among the largest caused by the industry in Canada.The $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project is a cornerstone of the B.C. Liberals’ efforts to build a new natural gas export industry to Asia. It has been approved by the province but remains under federal review.David Hughes, a geoscientist who worked for the Geological Survey of Canada for 32 years, recently analyzed B.C.’s LNG plans for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.In order to meet the province’s highest estimate of five terminals delivering 82 million tonnes of LNG a year, drilling would have to increase five-fold by 2020 — up to 2,100 wells per year, he said.“If five terminals get built, get ready for some unavoidable seismic activity. I don’t think there’s any way you can stop it,” he said. “It’s just the cost of doing business.”Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves injecting high-pressure fluid into wells to crack rock and release natural gas. The process can trigger seismic events but most are not felt above ground.Progress Energy said it doesn’t need to drill greater numbers of wells each year because they can last decades. But Hughes said the structures decline quickly, with production falling up to 70 per cent after three years, and 288 new wells must be built each year to maintain current output.The Oil and Gas Commission recorded 193 fracking-caused quakes between August 2013 and October 2014 in the Montney Trend, a siltstone formation stretching from near Dawson Creek to the Rocky Mountain foothills.Of about 7,500 fracking operations, only 11 triggered events felt at the surface. None caused injuries or damage.Asked how B.C. would reduce the quake risk caused by LNG, Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman said it has brought in regulations, monitoring and prevention measures.Operators must immediately stop drilling if seismic activity exceeds 4.0 magnitude. They can only resume once the commission has approved a mitigation plan that could include reducing drilling volumes or pressure.“These regulations are reviewed regularly to ensure that B.C. has a safe, long-term future in natural gas supply and export,” Coleman said in a statement.However, the regulations aren’t as strict as in Alberta, where companies must report all tremors greater than 2.0 magnitude and invoke a response plan.John Clague, a Simon Fraser University earthquake expert, said 5.0 or 6.0 magnitude quakes have been linked to fracking in the U.S. and Asia, but it’s unlikely the industry would cause anything larger.“This is not a significant enough perturbation of rocks over a large enough area to trigger an earthquake of that size,” he said.But the quake risk, combined with other concerns including water use, has prompted some to call for a halt on fracking.“It’s a mess,” said Eoin Madden of the Wilderness Committee.“We really need to press pause, take a step back, and say, ‘Do we want to fragment the whole of northeastern B.C. so we can extract gas out of it this way, or is there a different way for us?’”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 30, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 30, 2015 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSIR JIMMY SAVILE’S HEADSTONE has been removed from his grave at the request of his family.Sky News reports that a statement released on behalf of the family said they decided to remove the headstone “as a mark of respect” to the families of those buried in the Scarborough cemetery.The headstone contains the line “it was good while it lasted” and lists out Savile’s achievements over his career. He died in 2011 at the age of 84 but the triple headstone was put up on 20 September this year, said the Telegraph.British police say Savile may have sexually assaulted more than 20 girls over a 40-year period.Commander Peter Spindler said yesterday that London’s Metropolitan Police has received eight criminal allegations against Savile, including two of rape and six of indecent assault, primarily against girls aged 13 to 16. He said the force believes it will “come up with between 20 to 25 victims.”Spindler said police were working with broadcasters BBC and ITV to investigate Savile, who hosted “Top of the Pops” and children’s program “Jim’ll Fix It” and was well known as a charity fundraiser.Since his death several women have come forward to say he sexually assaulted them.Read: BBC chief urges staff to ‘come forward’ about Jimmy Savile allegations>Read: Police to assess Jimmy Savile allegations, no investigation yet>last_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgÉtats-Unis : l’examen de la loi sur le climat reportéÉtats-Unis – C’est ce lundi que devait débuter au Sénat l’examen de la proposition de loi sur le climat. Les sénateurs ont finalement décidé de reporter à samedi prochain la présentation du projet sur le changement climatique.Le sénateur démocrate John Kerry a annoncé cette décision samedi soir, déplorant que des conflits politiques aient mené à repousser encore le débat sur la lutte contre le changement climatique. À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Le report de l’examen de la loi climat serait en effet dû à une querelle concernant un autre projet de loi. Le sénateur républicain Lindsey Graham aurait menacé de retirer son soutien au texte sur le climat, craignant que les démocrates ne s’en tiennent pas au climat mais cherchent à promouvoir un projet de loi sur l’immigration lors des négociations qui se tiendront au Sénat.”Placer l’immigration en tête de la liste des priorités législatives compromettra les efforts pour trouver un consensus sur le changement climatique, un problème difficile impliquant des priorités économiques”, a expliqué Lindsey Graham. John Kerry et le sénateur indépendant Joe Lieberman ont passé plus de six mois à mettre au point ce projet de loi bipartisan sur le climat. Le texte vise à réduire de 17%, par rapport à 2005 et à l’horizon 2020, les émissions de gaz à effet de serre des États-Unis, deuxième pays le plus pollueur du monde après la Chine. “Nous pensons tous que cette année est notre meilleure et peut-être dernière chance pour que le Congrès adopte une approche générale” a estimé John Kerry.Le 26 avril 2010 à 16:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more