A former ‘Salwa Judum’ member was allegedly killed by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Monday, police said.Modiam Somlu (50), an ex-member of the erstwhile anti-Naxalite movement Salwa Judum, was fatally attacked by the ultras at Loharpara village in Bijapur early this morning, a district police official told PTI.Somlu, a native of Pundri village, had gone to Loharpara, located around 400 km from Raipur, to fetch ‘sulfi’ (a popular drink among tribals prepared from sulfi plants) when a group of armed rebels stormed there.The Naxals pumped bullets into him and also stabbed him with sharp-edged weapons, he said.Police rushed to the spot on getting information about the incident and sent the body for postmortem, he said.Somlu had earlier served as sarpanch of Pundri.A manhunt has been launched to nab the attackers who escaped into the thick forest after committing the crime, the police official said.Salwa Judum, an anti-Maoist civil militia, was disbanded in 2011 in Chhattisgarh following a Supreme Court order declaring as illegal and unconstitutional the deployment of tribal youth as special police officers in the fight against Maoist insurgency.
Physicians Take the Helm at India’s Science and Health MinistriesPhysicians Take the Helm at India’s Science and Health Ministries
NEW DELHI—India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, today appointed a pair of physicians to the top science jobs in his Cabinet.Science minister Jitendra Singh, 57, a diabetes specialist from the conflict-riven state of Jammu and Kashmir, has studied, among other things, stress as a cause of diabetes in Kashmiri Hindus forced to migrate from the Muslim-dominated Kashmir Valley in the 1990s. Singh has several hot potatoes already on his plate, including crafting regulations governing genetically modified foods and how to make clinical trials more transparent. Singh told ScienceInsider that he feels “tense” about meeting the expectations of India’s scientific community. “A new odyssey has begun,” he says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Indian scientists are giving Singh’s appointment a warm reception. He’s a “genial man with great organizational skills,” says Ambrish Mithal, past president of the Endocrine Society of India. “[I’m] very excited to have a new minister with such high professional qualifications,” adds K. VijayRaghavan, secretary of the Department of Biotechnology, who will report to Singh.The other physician joining the Cabinet is Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, 59, an ear, nose, and throat specialist. A champion of the oral polio vaccine in India in the 1990s who coined the phrase “two drops of life,” Vardhan is credited with having helped India achieve polio-free status earlier this year.Modi struck a pro-science tone during the campaign and reiterated his support on the eve of his party’s resounding victory, remarking on National Technology Day on 11 May that “[o]ur Scientists are our strength and will help shape our future in this Knowledge Era.”
Chopper debate: Govt talks of invisible hand, Antony says dont threaten New Delhi, May 4 (PTI) The controversial AgustaWestland chopper deal today triggered a stormy debate and trading of charges in the Rajya Sabha with the entire opposition pressing for a Supreme Court-monitored probe while Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar spoke of an “invisible hand” in preventing an investigation in UPA tenure. Newly-nominated BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who was fielded by the ruling side, demanded recording of statement from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with others named in the judgement of an Italian court recently. The ruling and the opposition benches clashed repeatedly as the House took up a short-duration discussion on the raging row over the Rs 3600 crore deal in the wake of an Italian courts judgement in which certain initials like “AP” have been recorded. The five-hour debate ended with a walkout by Congress after its demand for SC-monitored probe was rejected by the government. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad described as an “insult” the Defence Minister reading out a prepared statement in his reply and said it contained only allegations. As Congress members raised objections to Parrikar reading out his reply from a prepared text, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien ruled that a Minister has all the right to read from a prepared speech. Swamy, who has already tilted at the windmills last week seeking to drag Sonia Gandhi into the row, refrained from naming her but made suggestive remarks on Congress leadership, repeatedly drawing protests from the opposition side. He asked, “We need to ask Mr Manmohan Singh whether you had decided not to give documents to the Italian government despite the request. Was it a Cabinet decision or a super Cabinet decision?” At another point, he said he would not name anybody and in an apparent reference to Gandhi, he just remarked “blank, blank, blank…” The Congress fielded the then Defence Minister A K Antony, Congress President Sonia Gandhis political secretary Ahmed Patel along with Abhishek Manu Singhvi to defend the actions of the previous UPA government, insisting that there was no wrongdoing. All of them pressed for a thorough and urgent probe into the matter to clear the air, with Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad wanting the investigation to be monitored by the Supreme Court and completed in three months. The government, however, rejected the demand. “Act now… Take strong action but dont threaten, dont blackmail,” said Antony, while contending that he had immediately taken action after allegations of corruption surfaced in 2012. He contended that it was the Vajpayee government which had taken all the “major” decisions, including with regard to the parameters of cabin height and flying altitude of the helicopters. Patel, whose name has been dragged into the row because of the initials “AP found on a hand-written note cited in the judgement, also sought a probe, declaring that he will quit Rajya Sabha as well as public life if any wrongdoing on his part was proved. While replying to the debate, Parrikar said the ongoing probe will focus on those named in the Italian Court judgement even as he suggested the role of an “invisible hand” in preventing a proper investigation earlier. (MORE) PTI SAP RNK LUX AKK VSCadvertisement
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Bang & Olufsen’s super-sized Avant 4K TV hides away when not in playBang & Olufsen’s super-sized Avant 4K TV hides away when not in play
There was a time when an 85-inch TV was unheard of. Now, those out to inject their homes with a shot of cinematic splendor have several options to choose from—nearly every major TV manufacturer offers such a super-sized model, with a super-sized price tag to match. It comes as little surprise, then, that Bang & Olufsen, maker of some of the most iconic consumer electronics ever produced, now has one too. Earlier this week, the Danish company unveiled the big-daddy version of the 55-inch BeoVision Avant it released earlier this year, and it truly is a marvel to behold.This 4K Ultra HD television offers more than just superior resolution and picture quality. It’s been meticulously designed and crafted to be the aesthetic centerpiece of whatever room it occupies, and it comes packing a stunning sound system, one which Bang & Olufsen is particularly well suited to create. But perhaps the Avant’s most compelling feature is one that isn’t readily apparent at first: When turned off, the TV remains quietly tucked away, but when powered up, its motorized stand or wall mount springs to life, bringing the TV and its on-board audio system center stage, and turning to wherever its viewer may desire.Upon pressing one of three pre-programmed buttons on the Avant’s remote control, the television emerges from a recessed state and turns to face one of three pre-defined locations. In this way, the user is able to optimize the television for viewing in the living room, dining room, or kitchen area of a great room.The accompanying sound system, which offers separate channels for left, right and center speakers, delivers high-quality stereo sound, with dialogue anchored in the center for optimal positioning and clarity. Using a proprietary algorithm, bass output is optimized based on the TV’s distance from the wall behind it. For those interested in cinematic surround sound, wireless speakers can be added to support up to a 7.1 surround system.Of course, all that pomp and circumstance would lose its luster quickly if the TV didn’t also deliver when it was time for the pixels to perform. Fortunately, Bang & Olfusen have outfitted the Avant with top-notch TV tech, including a full array of direct LED backlights controlled by a local dimming system comprising 240 individual zones for superior black levels and contrast across the entire screen. There’s also an “eye” that constantly measures ambient light and color conditions, which allows the TV to adapt its output in order to deliver an optimal picture in varied room conditions.You might think such cutting-edge design and technology would cost a pretty penny, and you’d be right. But you may be surprised to learn that the 85-inch Avant is priced surprisingly close to its counterparts. At a suggested retail price of $23,000, the Avant stands shoulder-to-shoulder with comparable models from LG and Sony, and well below Samsung’s similarly sized and equipped option. For those with the means to afford it, this should come as good news, because the Avant delivers in spades what many other oversized 4K televisions lack: the sort of style and refinement that allows a television to function spectacularly as both a piece of art, and a source of entertainment. The Best Kegerators for Serving Fresh, Cold Draft Beer Right at Home The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men The Bond-Inspired AddArmor Audi RS7 Is the World’s Fastest Armored Car Editors’ Recommendations The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel)
First Public Sector Innovation Garage in Canada to Open in HalifaxFirst Public Sector Innovation Garage in Canada to Open in Halifax
A new place for the public sector to test ideas and develop solutions opened today, March 26, in Halifax. The Public Sector Innovation Garage, a government and IBM collaborative initiative, is the first of its kind in Canada. The province has extended an existing agreement with IBM that will see $5 million worth of projects flow through the garage over the next three years. It will be a dedicated, creative space that will enable a new approach to delivering public sector programs and services. “We are committed to developing new and better ways to meet the diverse, changing needs of the public sector and Nova Scotians,” said Patricia Arab, Minister of Internal Services. “This is not a traditional approach to innovation. The garage is a place where we can safely generate and test ideas, and explore and experiment with possible solutions.” The garage is a workspace where IBM will offer its expertise, methodologies, tools, software and processes. Technology business partners SAP, Microsoft and Apple will also participate. “Our goal is to work with the Government of Nova Scotia to build innovative solutions that will deliver improved services to the people of this province,” said Claude Guay, general manager, Global Business Services, IBM Canada. “With the innovation garage, we can quickly prove new solutions leveraging artificial intelligence, analytics, blockchain, internet of things, and IBM Cloud.” Other public sector partners can also use the garage. Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is already discussing how it can participate and benefit from its world class advisors and graduates. “To have another outlet for our students to not only share their knowledge and skills, but to also gain vital practical experience doing so, is a tremendous opportunity for the college,” said Anna Burke, vice president, Academic, NSCC. “At the same time, the students will be contributing to NSCC’s mission by supporting our communities and local businesses through innovation and problem-solving.”
Livid over his daughters affair man strangled her to deathLivid over his daughters affair man strangled her to death
New Delhi: In a suspected case of honour killing, a man with the help of his friend strangled his daughter to death in North West Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar area. Police have arrested the accused in the case. Investigation revealed that the father was unhappy over his daughter’s affair with a boy and hatched the plan to kill her and make it look like a suicide.Police said that the accused, a 50-year-old man, and his friend (30) are the residents of North West Delhi. A police officer, elaborating more about the case, stated that on July 24 a secret informer came at Adarsh Nagar police station and informed that a girl has committed suicide and her family members have taken her to the cremation ground in a hurry. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”On receipt of the information, sub-inspector Ravi Kumar along with head constable Mohan reached Azadpur area, where it was learned that family members of the girl have taken the body for cremation at Kewal Park cremation ground,” police said. Both the police personnel reached cremation ground and found that the body of girl Sheetal has been put on the pyre and all arrangements have been made to burn the body. The policemen stopped the ritual. For further investigation, the girl was shifted to a hospital where the doctors declared “patient brought dead”. Therefore body was shifted to the mortuary where post mortem was conducted. “The doctor mentioned multiple external injuries and cause of death, in this case, was asphyxia due to manual strangulation (throttling). All the injuries are antemortem. Later a case was registered,” police said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe Delhi Police on Monday said that based on the post-mortem report, the police registered a case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and arrested the two accused on Sunday. They have confessed their involvement in the commission of the offence. “The father was unhappy with her daughter’s affair with the boy and he had also warned her,” police added. A police officer said that further investigation is on and the role of other suspects is also being probed. They have questioned several persons in this regard.
Living laboratory Ecological surprises in Waterton two years after wildfireLiving laboratory Ecological surprises in Waterton two years after wildfire
WATERTON, Alta. — Trees are charcoal black on one side and bone white on the other, evidence of the path a wildfire took as it tore into Waterton Lakes National Park in southwestern Alberta nearly two years ago.Clusters of showy purple asters line a hiking trail amidst a flush of vibrant green new growth on the forest floor. Crowds of fat black gallium sphinx caterpillars, drawn to burned forests and tasty bright pink fireweed, lounge on leaves. “I think it’s spectacular and beautiful,” park superintendent Sal Rasheed says of the transformed landscape. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the consequences of a natural disturbance event that you would otherwise never see again.”The wildfire, sparked by a lightning strike in British Columbia, forced everyone out of Waterton on Sept. 8, 2017. Flames breached the park’s boundaries three days later.Firefighters managed to save the townsite and the historic Prince of Wales hotel, but Parks Canada lost several buildings and the scars of the fire are evident on the blackened mountain slopes.Parks Canada scientist Kim Pearson says wildlife populations are generally healthy and there’s renewed growth in the forest.She says the park has become a “living laboratory” for researchers studying how a powerful wildfire transforms an ecosystem as climate change makes such events more frequent and severe.“The Kenow wildfire was of exceptional intensity,” she says. “Understanding what’s happening here might be key to understanding what happens in the other post-fire landscapes in the future.” Already, researchers have encountered some surprises.Wood-boring beetles which have shown up after past wildfires in the area haven’t in Waterton. Neither have woodpeckers that feed on those bugs.Researchers are keeping an eye out for any unusual algae blooms caused by higher-than-expected nutrient levels in water.Pearson says scientists will also be watching to see whether the forest regenerates into its earlier state, or into grassland or another type of ecosystem, since the climate is warmer and drier now than it was when the trees first took root.Parks Canada is wary of invasive species taking advantage of bare ground exposed by the fire, so hiking trails are equipped with boot-brushing stations to prevent visitors from spreading seeds.Locals have had mixed feelings about the changed landscape.Deb Watson, whose family-run trail riding outfit Alpine Stables burned to the ground, says she cries every time she looks at the scorched forest on Crandell Mountain because she knows she’ll never see it green again.“I don’t like to ride into the back country,” she says. “I don’t want to see it. It just breaks my heart.”Hotel and restaurant owner Lockey Craig, who lives just outside the park, says it won’t be the same in his lifetime either.But he’s noticed the views from some of the hiking trails are better now that trees aren’t in the way.“Just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s worse.”Jordan Wammes — whose family has a bike rental, gas station and treat shop in town — said things were stark during the summer of 2018, but this year was better.“It was our best wildflower season that I’ve ever seen down here.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
Michael Kors now Capri Holdings completes Versace dealMichael Kors now Capri Holdings completes Versace deal
NEW YORK — Having adding a pair of high-end brands to its stable, Michael Kors is changing its name to Capri.The company announced the acquisition of the Italian fashion house Versace for more than $2 billion (1.83 billion euros) in September, less than two years after acquiring Jimmy Choo, the shoemaker that rocketed to fame on the high heels of “Sex and the City.”Michael Kors Holdings, like its counterparts in France, has charged aggressively into the upper echelons of luxury fashion hoping to pump up sales. Kering snapped up Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Pomelato and LVMH bought Bulgari and Loro Piana.Capri Holdings Ltd. is projecting $8 billion in annual sales, with most of that coming from Michael Kors. Starting Wednesday, its New York Stock Exchange ticker symbol will be CPRI.Gianni Versace founded Versace in 1978. The family-run business was thrown into chaos with Versace’s murder 21 years ago. His sister, Donatella Versace, will continue with the company, holding the position of creative director.Michael Kors, who founded the company under his name, also remains as creative director of that wing of the company.The Associated Press
President Bouteflika Returns Home in Algeria amid ProtestsPresident Bouteflika Returns Home in Algeria amid Protests
Rabat – A plane carrying President Abdelaziz Bouteflika landed in Algeria yesterday. The 2019 election candidate had been in Geneva for medical care.Bouteflika’s plane landed in Algeria in the midst of weeks of protests, involving both adults and minors, who have been condemning Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fifth mandate for more than two weeks now.March 8 marked the beginning of the third week of protests with hundreds of thousands of Algerians taking to the streets calling for Bouteflika to remove himself as a candidate in the election. Under pressure from protesters, the government ordered the shutdown of universities across the country ahead of a scheduled holiday, according to Al Jazeera.Read Also: Dozens Injured in Algeria’s Anti-Bouteflika ProtestsAlgeria’s Ministry of Education did not explain the decision, announcing that the spring holiday would start 10 days earlier than before.Throughout the weeks of protests, which erupted on February 22, students have been on the street to lead peaceful demonstrations.In addition to the protests in Algeria, thousands of people marched in a demonstration in Paris and in other French cities on Sunday against Bouteflika’s campaign.Rachid Nekkaz, a well-known businessman opposing Bouteflika, attended the Paris protest.On Friday, Swiss police arrested Nekkaz when he attempted to check on Bouteflika’s health situation at the Geneva University Hospital. A police spokesperson, Joanna Matta, said that the hospital filed a complaint against Nekkaz for trespassing.In an interview with France 24 yesterday, Nekkaz said that every Algerian has the right to know the president’s health status, and the government should not keep it a secret.Other people also protested in front of the Geneva University Hospital.Speaking at the gathering, Nekkaz said there are “40 million Algerians who want to know where the president is.”The Algerian-French businessman had attempted to submit his candidacy for presidency. Nekkaz complained that the Constitutional Council refused his candidacy because he holds French citizenship. In response, the businessman renounced his French citizenship and had his cousin of the same name submit his candidacy.
Nongovernmental groups provide crucial assistance in UN battle against drugsNongovernmental groups provide crucial assistance in UN battle against drugs
23 March 2011Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) play a key role in assisting the United Nations in tackling the global drug scourge, especially in ensuring that people affected by drugs receive the help they need, a top official said today. “We must continue to expand efforts to prevent drug dependence and strive to provide all drug users with the treatment, care and support they need. As we move to achieve this, we regard the NGO community as a key partner and a powerful voice in reaching the people whom UNODC ultimately work to serve,” said Yury Fedotov, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Mr. Fedotov met with close to 100 NGOs on the sidelines of the current session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the UN’s policy-making body for drug-related matters that is meeting this week in Vienna. He lauded the work done by the Vienna Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Drugs (VNGOC), an umbrella organization representing around 70 civil society groups covering diverse ideologies regarding global drug policy. The Executive Director also called for increased integration and building new partnerships among all actors. “The importance of NGOs in responding to drug use in the last 50 years is one which must be highlighted,” he stated. “The active work by civil society on the ground helps populations affected by drugs and helps us to be more informed about the grass-roots realities. “UNODC is relying particularly on cooperation with NGOs in the areas of drug prevention and treatment and through a more active dialogue we look forward to promoting the balance between demand and supply reduction.” The Vienna-based agency says that engagement with the NGO community has been bolstered in recent years following the ‘Beyond 2008’ initiative, which works to improve interaction between civil society, UNODC and Member States in programming responses to the global drug problem.
The Toronto stock market pulled back on Thursday, with gold and mining stocks leading the decline, alongside a decision by the European Central Bank to keep its key policy rate unchanged.The S&P/TSX composite index slid 57.58 points to 14,401.53 in morning trading, while the Canadian dollar was up 0.17 of a cent at 90.79 cents US.The TSX gold sector was the biggest decliner as the bullion for June delivery moved down $5.20 at US$1,285.60 an ounce.The ECB said that despite evidence the economy of the 18-country eurozone is weak and inflation is going down, interest rates will stay the same. The ECB’s key rate is already at a record-low 0.25 per cent.In economic data, Statistics Canada reported that merchandise exports grew 3.6 per cent, while imports were up 2.1 per cent in February. The agency said Canada’s trade balance with the world went to a surplus of $290 million in February from a deficit of $337 million in January.On Wall Street, both the Dow and S&P have touched new intraday records after reports after a new U.S. hiring report.The Labor Department said that while the number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose by 16,000 last week, to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, the figure is close to what was seen before the recession, and indicates that hiring remains stable.The Dow Jones Industrials moved ahead 3.15 points to 16,576.15 while the Nasdaq dipped 1.31 points to 4,275.15.The S&P 500 index lifted 0.16 of a point to 1,891.06, after closing at a new high on Wednesday.In commodities, the price of oil remained below US$100 a barrel with the May contract for light crude were down four cents at US$99.58. May copper dropped 1.5 cents at US$3.03 a pound.Toronto’s main stock index has been on a tear, rising nearly six per cent since the start of the year and near levels that haven’t been seen since the summer of 2008. However, questions have persisted over whether the S&P/TSX Composite is headed toward a ceiling.“Now that interest rates are rising, the stock markets are going to reflect higher costs to borrow and only an increase in efficiency of companies will be able to overcome the higher costs,” said Bob Tebbutt of Peregrine Financial Group Canada Inc.“Therefore the latest market moves, viewed on a daily basis, seem to be running into resistance, as they should, with higher borrowing costs.”In corporate developments, Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS), one of Canada’s largest utility companies, have received approval from U.S. regulators for its $4.3-billion purchase of UNS Energy Corp., an Arizona-based electricity and gas utility company, expanding its reach in the United States. Fortis shares were down two cents to $31.46.Retailer Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) says the acquisition of U.S. luxury retailer Saks helped sales increase nearly 75 per cent in the fourth quarter, while its profits dropped about 66 per cent, to $29.1 million from $86.8 million a year ago. Shares of the company backed off 96 cents to $17.86.Montreal-based clothing retailer Reitmans (Canada) Ltd. (TSX:RET.A) posted a deeper net loss of $2.57 million in its fourth quarter, or four cents per dilulted share, compared to a loss of $1.14 million, or two cents, in the same period a year earlier. Sales were $240.68 million versus $267.66 million a year earlier. Reitman shares rose 26 cents to $6.22.China’s leaders unveiled a mini-stimulus program aimed at shoring up sputtering growth in the world’s No. 2 economy.Under the plan, China’s small businesses will get bigger tax breaks, social housing will be built to replace shantytowns and railway construction will be sped up. Premier Li Keqiang announced the measures after a regular meeting of the State Council, China’s cabinet.European bourses were mixed. London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.03 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.18 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 rose 0.68 per cent.In Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 gained 0.84 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng advanced 0.18 per cent and China’s Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.74 per cent.
Remembrance Day services begin in Hamilton, Sunday.A service will be held at the West Hamilton Cenotaph at St. George’s Reformed Episcopal Church located at 134 Emerson Street. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m.Another service will take place at the Glanbrook Cenotaph at the Glanbrook Arena located at 4300 Binbrook Road. That service begins at 2 p.m.HSR is free for veterans in uniform.In Oakville, Bronte Legion Branch 486 will hold it’s Veterans Parade, Sunday.The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at 79 Jones Street Legion and will make its way to the Bronte Cenotaph on Lakeshore Road.
Annan appoints veteran Nigerian diplomat new UN Political Affairs chiefAnnan appoints veteran Nigerian diplomat new UN Political Affairs chief
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed career diplomat Ibrahim Agboola Gambari of Nigeria the new head of the Department of Political Affairs, effective 1 July, with responsibility for advising him on global political developments.Mr. Gambari, Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser on Africa, succeeds Sir Kieran Prendergast and is expected to hold the position until February 2007.A professor who became a career diplomat and Minister of External Affairs of Nigeria, Mr. Gambari joined the UN Secretariat in 1999. In his capacity as Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), he promotes UN support for African development; especially the set of strategies spearheaded by Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa and called the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD).As a Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), he headed the UN Mission to Angola (UNMA) from September 2002 to February 2003. In that position, he helped shape UN support for the social reintegration of Angola’s ex-soldiers, the organization of the electoral process, landmine removal, the upgrading of human rights skills and the mobilization of resources for a successful international donors’ conference.Born in Nigeria in 1944, Mr. Gambari earned his first degree at the London School of Economics (LSE) and a doctorate at Columbia University. He taught at the City University of New York (CUNY), the State University of New York (SUNY) and at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, where he created Nigeria’s first undergraduate programme in international studies.A distinguished teaching and research career included visiting professorships at Howard and Georgetown Universities, as well as at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, all in Washington. He was also a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and a Resident Scholar with the Rockefeller Foundation Centre in Italy.
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The “modest” submariners who spend months underwater with little news from home are set to be honoured by Prince William on Friday. The Duke of Cambridge is expected to pay tribute to the nation’s submariners in a reading during a Service at Westminster Abbey to mark 50 years of Britain’s nuclear deterrent submarine patrols. The service, hosted by the Royal Navy, will recognise half a century of the nation’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD), whereby a British nuclear-armed submarine has been on patrol somewhere in the world every day since 1969. It is unclear whether the new Defence Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, will attend the service. In one of his last official acts in office, Gavin Williamson…
Michael D Higgins to visit tomb of murdered bishop RomeroMichael D Higgins to visit tomb of murdered bishop Romero
‘Why care?’ – some could be tempted to ask; ‘it is a thirty years old conflict.’ But for those who have lost a loved one, it does not matter how many years have passed. The questions and pain are always present, for there is no greater object of sorrow, nothing more upsetting than a human life not being allowed to bloom to its full potential. The naming of each and every one of those who died or was made to ‘disappear’ is of the utmost importance. This is something I personally feel strongly about, and it is why I opened one of my poems from the 1980s, entitled Memory, with a line from French philosopher Paul Ricoeur, which simply said that ‘to be forgotten is to die twice”.Later today he will also visit the Monument to Memory and Truth which commemorates all the people who died during the conflict.The President will travel to Costa Rica tomorrow for the final leg of his 12-day official visit to Latin America. He is due to return to Ireland on 31 October.Column: President Higgins returned to a changed El Salvador today >Read: Aló Presidente! President begins three-country tour of Central America > PRESIDENT HIGGINS WILL visit the tomb of murdered Catholic archbishop Oscar Romero on the final day of his visit to El Salvador today.Archbishop Romero became a symbol of the country’s brutal and sustained civil war after he was shot dead in the city of San Salvador in 1980 as he was celebrating mass. He had been outspoken about horrific human rights abuses carried out by the ruling regime.An estimated 75,000 people died between 1980 and 1992 in El Salvador’s civil war as the US-backed government and military killed and tortured its own population.Michael D Higgins, who had previously visited the country in 1982, delivered a speech last night in which he spoke about memory and paying tribute to people who fought against the regime.In it, he described how the country’s social fabric was torn apart by the conflict.“Theirs was a struggle for greater social justice that included emancipation from poverty, access to land, and the basic means of livelihood for the poorest Salvadorans,” he said.
Poll Do you make an effort to avoid using plastic strawsPoll Do you make an effort to avoid using plastic straws
By TheJournal.ie Team Wasn’t aware of the issue (3945) AN ASSOCIATION FOR Irish pubs worldwide, Irish Pubs Global, has announced that it is offering a discount on membership to the group if a pub commits to phase out the use of plastic straws in their establishment.TheJournal.ie recently reported on the wider issue of the environmental impact of plastic straws and the move in some parts of the hospitality industry to abandon them.Is this something you are taking personally? Have you decided to make an effort not to use plastic straws at home or while eating or drinking out? Thought about it but no (927) http://jrnl.ie/3851380 Feb 14th 2018, 12:46 PM Image: Shutterstock/Katinkah Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 12:45 PM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Katinkah Share9 Tweet Email1 Poll Results: 17,930 Views Yes (2486) 58 Comments Poll: Do you make an effort to avoid using plastic straws? Give it to us straight. Be honest. YesWasn’t aware of the issueThought about it but noVote Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Ryanair will offer connecting flights onto rivals routes starting this yearRyanair will offer connecting flights onto rivals routes starting this year
Ryanair will offer connecting flights onto rivals’ routes starting this year The Irish budget airline plans to hook up with both Aer Lingus and Norwegian Air. Apr 6th 2017, 12:40 PM 22,293 Views Share115 Tweet Email3 Image: Martin Keene 8 Comments Image: Martin Keene RYANAIR WILL LINK up with rival airlines to offer ‘feeder flights’ onto long-haul routes, with the first of the deals to start by the end of the year.The low-cost carrier also plans to offer punters the ability to book connecting flights on its own routes by the end of this month, with the airline handling baggage transfers for transfer passengers.“This will be a big deal for us,” Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said, adding that the changes would allow passengers to ‘self-connect’ between destinations with bookings made via the airline.“I think this is going to be a big advantage for Ryanair, given our network, it will be a big advantage for Ryanair getting more of the business travel market in Europe,” he said.The airline will first trial interconnecting routes for its own flights through Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, with other bases to follow.Connecting flights with “one to two partner airlines” are due to begin between September and the end of the year, Jacobs said.Aer Lingus and Norwegian Air – which recently launched low-cost transatlantic routes from several Irish bases – where the first two airlines the carrier was expecting to use for both long-haul and short-haul flights.Ryanair has long been reported to be courting deals with the two airlines, though its finance chief, Neil Sorahan, recently said the setup was “not hugely high” on his to-do list.Norwegian dealThe significant shift in Ryanair’s strategy comes as part of its bid to become the ‘Amazon of air travel’ – handling everything from package holidays to flight bookings on rival airlines through its website and app.The feeder-flight move would allow passengers to book their whole trip with the short-haul specialist and have their luggage automatically moved between planes.In turn, it would open up Norwegian and Aer Lingus’s US routes to more airports across Europe at little extra cost, and help guarantee higher-priced seats to Ryanair.In February, Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary told airline industry business publication Air Transport World that Ryanair and Norwegian were close to reaching an agreement. Michael O’Leary Source: DPA/PA Images“We are ready to co-operate with Norwegian right now,” he said.“We are finalizing technical implementation as Ryanair and Norwegian operate on two different reservation systems,” he said, adding, “It is better to work with them instead of compete with them (Norwegian).”CompetitionJacobs today said he expected that Ryanair would end up working with “a raft of legacy carriers in the coming years”.“They get to focus on what they make more money on, which is flying long-haul, and they get to fill their long-haul flights at a cheap rate of customer acquisition.”Low-cost operators like Ryanair have been trying to discourage the major carriers from competing with them on short-haul routes and instead focus on their intercontinental services.However some larger airlines, such as Aer Lingus stablemate British Airways, have fought back against Ryanair by offering no-frills fares and charging for meals.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 12:40 PM http://jrnl.ie/3326921 Take me to Fora Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Read: Flora maker Unilever is getting out of the spreads businessRead: One of Ireland’s biggest landowners gets permission for hundreds of Dublin apartments By Fora Staff Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he has never tried to capture the signature of Lionel Messi since he left Nou Camp for Bayern Munich in 2013.Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona for four years where he managed Lionel Messi, during one of their most successful and dominant years winning three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues.Calling it quits in 2012, Guardiola joined Bayern Munich after taking a year sabbatical and then took charge of Manchester City in 2016, and all these while, reports have him signing Messi from Barcelona.The Manchester City boss denied all the reports.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Guardiola told Sky Sports: “When I left Barcelona and I went to Bayern Munich, and now Manchester City, I never asked Lionel Messi to come and join.“I never went to the clubs and said ‘I want this player’. Never. Because I know how important this guy is for Barcelona.“I never made the first step, to say I want this player. Never, and I would never do that.”