Odisha’s migrant workers miss HIV test

first_imgOver 1.5 lakh HIV infection- prone migrant labourers, who returned to Odisha’s Ganjam district for elections and the Dandanata festival, could not be tested for the infection due to lack of proper motivation and infrastructure.Migrant labourers make Ganjam the eighth most HIV infection-prone district in the country. They also transmit HIV to women, especially their spouses. Yet recent experience has shown that they are still out of reach of regular screening for HIV, said Brundaban Panda of the Gobind Pradhan Smruti Sansad.Most of the HIV-infected persons in Ganjam are migrant labourers working at Surat in Gujarat. The BJD and the BJP had motivated them to return to Ganjam for voting. No efforts “But no political party has made any effort to increase AIDS awareness among them or to get them tested when they returned,” said Lokanath Mishra of ARUNA, which has been working with HIV-positive persons and migrant workers for over two decades.Another problem is lack of adequate facilities in the district for regular screening. Every year around 1,47,000 people of this district are tested for HIV, of which 60,000 are pregnant women. The target is to prevent HIV transfer from infected mothers to newborns. The test facility is not adequate to screen the large number of migrant workers.last_img read more

Russians arrested, alcohol banned as France try to quell Euro fan violence

first_imgPolice detained 43 Russia fans suspected of taking part in clashes with England supporters in Marseille at the start of the Euro 2016 football tournament, and two cities in northern France imposed alcohol bans in a bid to avert more hooliganism.UEFA said Russia would be thrown out of the tournament if there was a repeat of the violence by Russia fans which marred the end of last Saturday’s match against England. (Full Euro 2016 coverage )Despite the measures, a small group of Russian and English fans scuffled in the northern city of Lille as thousands of supporters arrived in the area for the next round of matches.Lille is seen as a potential trouble-spot as Russia play Slovakia there on Wednesday and England fans are also congregating there ahead of their match against Wales in nearby Lens on Thursday.The violence between rival fans has marred the start of the 24-nation championship and given an extra headache to police and security forces already pre-occupied with guarding against any Islamist militant threat. (Russia face disqualification in further fan violence )The detentions were made after riot police surrounded a bus packed with Russia fans near Cannes on the French Riviera as it headed north. After some argument, the 43 Russians were taken into custody, police said.”There are clear signs that some of them took part in unacceptable violence in Marseille,” local police chief Adolphe Colrat said.Alexander Shprygin, the head of a Russian supporters group, denied that any of the fans in the bus were involved in the Marseille clashes.advertisementAnti-racism groups have accused Shprygin, a self-described nationalist who was photographed as a young man making what looked like a Nazi salute, of having links to Russia’s shadowy far-right movement. He has dismissed the allegations.RUSSIA THREATUEFA on Tuesday handed down a suspended disqualification on the Russian Football Union in response to attacks by masked Russian supporters on England fans at the end of the 1-1 Group B draw at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday.The governing body said the disqualification would take effect if the fans caused more trouble inside a stadium at any of Russia’s remaining matches. It also fined Russia 150,000 euros ($168,300).Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Russia, which will host the 2018 World Cup, would not appeal against the sanction.”The punishment is excessive, but we cannot influence it,” he said. “There is no sense to appeal. But what (has) the team has to do with that? It is not guilty.”The ruling only applied to violence inside a stadium, despite three days of clashes between English, Russian and French fans in the Mediterranean port city before and after the match.In that violence, fans wielded iron bars, kicked and punched their rivals, and hurled chairs and bottles in city streets. Police responded with volleys of tear gas and baton charges.Fifteen fans were arrested. Five England fans have so far been sentenced to jail terms of between one and three months and a Frenchman received a two-year term.No Russians were arrested, although Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said about 150 Russians were part of a well-organised hooligan gang.UEFA said on Sunday it could throw England or Russia out of the tournament if violence continued outside.”We will implement additional corrective measures for the games coming up in Lens and Lille and we hope that those measures will be sufficient to avoid any other crowd trouble during the matches,” a spokesman said.The regional police chief in Lille said the sale of alcohol would be banned from Tuesday evening until Friday morning and bars in the centre would be closed from midnight Wednesday until Thursday evening.In Lens, the police chief said alcohol sales would be prohibited from Wednesday 0600 (0400 GMT) to Friday 0600 in shops, supermarkets close to car parks and petrol stations serving between Lille and Lens.Trouble flared briefly in Lille when a small group of Russians appeared to provoke English fans in a bar near the central train station, Reuters photographers said.The English responded by throwing chairs, but the situation was calming down when police arrived. Prime Minister Manuel Valls said people who had been sentenced in relation to fan violence would be deported.”They are not wanted on our national territory due to their behaviour,” Valls said.last_img read more

Congress presidential poll: Rahul a darling of party, will carry forward its traditions, says Manmohan

first_imgWith decks cleared for the Gandhi scion to take over the reins of Congress, incumbent vice-president Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination for the party presidential election around 11am at the party headquarters.Today is the last date for filing candidacy for the Congress party’s president post, whereas scrutiny of papers would be done tomorrow.Names of candidates (if any apart from Rahul Gandhi) will be announced on Tuesday itself. The last date of withdrawal of candidature is December 11.In case of no contest, Rahul Gandhi will be elected as the Congress president unopposed later that day.But, if nomination(s) are filed, then the polling will take place on December 16 and the results will be announced on December 19.HERE ARE THE LIVE UPDATES:   Rahul Gandhi is a darling of the Congress and he will carry forward the great traditions of the party: Dr Manmohan Singh.Congratulating Rahul Gandhi, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said, “I am confident that the party will renew itself with greater vigour and scale new heights under your able leadership. I wish you success!”As Mr Rahul Gandhi files his nomination, I wish him the very best as Congress President. #IndiaWithRahulGandhi&; P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) December 4, 2017″Have no doubt that we will make tremendous strides under your unifying & progressive leadership @OfficeOfRG! Wish you the very best! Look forward to undertaking this journey of building an India of energy, opportunity & unity with you. #IndiawithRahulGandhi,” MP Jyotiraditya Scindia posted on Twitter.The Gandhi scion is likely to be elected unopposed as no other leader has filed nomination yet.Rahul Gandhi with Dr.Manmohan Singh and other senior party leaders at AICC HQ after filing nomination pic.twitter.com/ilzQEu68tHadvertisement&; ANI (@ANI) December 4, 2017Senior leader Ahmed Patel, Puducherry CM Narayanswamy, Motiwal Vohra, former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi and former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot present at the Congress heaadquarters.Rahul meets senior party leaders including Sheila Dikshit and Mohsina Kidwai after filing nomination.Rahul Gandhi files nomination for Congress president post at party headquarters in Delhi. If you ask me, I think he will make a very good Prime Minister: Capt.Amarinder Singh,Punjab CM on #RahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/nTkqIahuMy&; ANI (@ANI) December 4, 2017Rahul reaches Congress headquarters, to file nomination shortly. Sonia, Manmohan accompany him.Rahul Gandhi meets former President Pranab Mukherjee.Rahul reaches Manmohan Singh’s residence ahead of nomination.Rahul Gandhi meets mother Sonia at 10 Janpath. Congress Working Committee (CWC) leaders will first propose Rahul Gamdhi’s name, following which State leaders will do.Do BJP presidents get elected? Did Nitin Gadkari get elected through a ballot process? Let them answer that first: Kamal Nath,Congress pic.twitter.com/7nkYPYeyhi&; ANI (@ANI) December 4, 2017Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh, Leader of Oppositon- Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azab and senior Congress leader and MP AK Antony are key proposers.Rahul Gandhi leaves for Rajghat.Rahul likely to visit Shiva temple before filing nomination.Janeu sporting Hindu brahmins will accompany Rahul to the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is expected to reach 10 Janpath at 10.30 AM to meet incumbent party president Sonia Gandhi.Rahul Gandhi in all likelihood will succeed his mother Sonia Gandhi, the longest serving Congress chief who has helmed the party since 1998. ALL FOR RAHUL GANDHIRahul Gandhi is likely to emerge as the lone candidate in the fray as up till now no one else has filed papers for the Congress’ top post.”So far 90 nomination forms have been given out to state unit delegates. No application for nomination has been submitted so far,” Chairman of the party’s Central Election Authority Mullapally Ramachandran said.As many as six chief ministers – Punjab’s Amarinder Singh, Karnataka’s Siddaramaiah, Himachal Pradesh’s Virbhadra Singh, Puducherry’s V. Narayanasamy, Meghalaya’s Mukul Sangma and Mizoram’s Lal Thanhawla – are expected to be present today when over 90 sets of nomination papers are likely to be filed by various leaders to extend support to Rahul Gandhi.In addition, incumbent Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be the first proposer for the candidature of her 47-year-old son.-With inputs from Supriya Bharadwajlast_img read more

The new kid on the block for low-power wireless connectivity

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to find the technological world to be a very confusing place, and I’m supposed to be an expert, so goodness only knows how non-techno-dweebs manage to wrap their brains around everything that’s going on.Take wireless communications, for example. I think most of us are comfortable with the concept of Wi-Fi in that we all have it in our homes and office. I also think that most folks wouldn’t quail if you dropped the term Bluetooth into the conversation.Furthermore, even those members of the engineering community who haven’t designed or used a low-power wireless mesh network themselves would probably nod knowingly if you mentioned something like Zigbee, even if they don’t know all the nitty-gritty details.In reality, however, the aforementioned technologies are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many different applications that can benefit from wireless communications, but they all have different requirements. Some need only a low data rate and desire low periodicity (they don’t want to send data often), but they do require the ability to transmit this data over long distances (say 15 to 50 km). Others demand higher data rates, but they don’t need to send data more than a kilometer before reaching an access point to the internet.It seems like only a few years ago that everyone was asking, “What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?” By comparison, we now all know what it is because we are using it in one form or another almost 24/7/365, and we have barely scratched the surface of what is to come.Unfortunately, limitations in current wireless technologies are inhibiting the deployment of large-scale IoT applications, which demand long range, low power consumption, low cost, adequate bandwidth, and reliable and secure communication. The problem is that no current wireless protocol satisfies all these requirements and — as a result — many IoT applications that are eminently desirable are not currently practical.Until recently, the wireless networking protocols on everybody’s lips included SigFox, Lora, Zigbee, LTE-M, and NB-IoT. Now there’s a relatively new kid on the block called HaLow (pronounced “HEY-Low”), which is based on the EEE 802.11ah protocol. HaLow’s low power consumption competes with Bluetooth and has the added benefit of higher data rates, a wider coverage range, and support for higher density (>8,000), which refers to how many clients can be packed into a given area. Low-power WAN technology comparison (Source: Adapt) Wi-Fi HaLow operates in the sub-Gigahertz, license-free frequencies of the ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) bands, enabling a longer range of more than 1 km while using less power than existing Wi-Fi technologies, including operation on a coin cell battery. Additional benefits of the 802.11ah standard include better penetration through buildings, support for up to 8191 stations (STA) per Access Point (AP), and support for WPA3 for authentication and encryption, all of which mean that the new Wi-Fi HaLow standard will facilitate the deployment of large-scale IoT applications.But where do you go if you are desirous of dipping your toes in the HaLow waters? Well, the clever folks at Adapt have just announced the availability of their newly-released Wi-Fi HaLow Development Platform (HDP) family for system integrators and application developers targeting the industrial IoT market. The company’s HDP-100 and HDP-200 systems support the IEEE 802.11ah standard, offering a complete hardware and software development environment in a small-form factor for use across multiple industry segments including agriculture, construction, logistics, retail, security, smart home, and transportation. Adapt HaLow products: Development platforms (left), integrated circuits (middle), and IP for SoCs (right). (Source: Adapt) This FPGA-based platform, which is sold as a package for early adopters to prototype HaLow IoT networks, and which includes hardware and software integration services, starts at $50,000 and is available now. Adapt is also working on their HaLow SoC, which will boast radio, baseband, MAC, processor, memory, and sensor interfaces. With tapeout scheduled for Q4/2019 and full production planned by Q4/2020, this will be one of the first certified HaLow SoCs available to the creators of next-generation IoT platforms.>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EEWeb:”New HaLow Wireless Protocol for Large-Scale IoT Deployments.” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT center_img Continue Reading Previous Enabling more effective healthcare with the internet of medical thingsNext Rutronik: ultra-low-power Wireless MCUs from Redpine Signalslast_img read more

Still not convinced how England can handle home pressure: Vivian Richards

first_imgIt was a star-filled evening at India Today Cricket Conclave ‘Salaam Cricket 2019’ today (June 2) at the iconic Lord’s stadium in London. With legendary personalities like Sir Vivian Richards, Michael Clarke, Sunil Gavaskar, Misbah-ul-Haq and Nasser Hussain present it was exactly the sort of occasion fit enough for the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2019.While talking about whether the home crowd pressure is going to affect England, Richards said that it remains to be seen ‘how they deal with real pressure’.”We all have been talking about England as the favourites. They have a solid team on paper but the game is played out in the middle. I am yet to be convinced by how they deal with the real pressure. Lord’s is the Wembley of cricket. Everyone remembers what happens in the final and big guys turn up on such occasions,” said Richards.Hussain, on the other hand, feels that this will be the first time that England will be feeling the heat as no one expected them to win the tournament before.”For the first time, there is pressure on England. Everyone here has waited years and years for this. When it comes to that semi-final, we know that our captain is not a bottler but you don’t know until the day. You have to try and convince yourself that it’s not important when it’s very much so as Alan Knott told me once,” said Hussain.While Australia’s 2015 World cup winning captain Michael Clarke felt that playing at home certainly has its advantages but success or failure ‘depends on how you handle the pressure’.advertisement”Certainly an advantage because of the pitches and home support. But how do players interpret the pressure and expectations is crucial. In 2015 our goal was to focus on every single game and the loss against NZ helped us improve,” said Clarke.Also Read | India will be under pressure, Pakistan have nothing to lose in World Cup: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly changed India into a ruthless ODI team, says Nasser Hussainlast_img read more

Pokes in the NFL: Week 9 goes badly for Cowboys

first_imgCorey HilliardDetroit Lions Bye Brandon Weeden played scared all day until last drive when finally just started cutting loose. Too little way too late.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 2, 2014Speaking of Bryant, he was pretty much held in check all-day, too. Aside from the touchdown, Bryant had just one other catch, finishing the day with two receptions for just 15 yards—without a doubt his worst performance of the season. Credit Patrick Peterson, who was all over Bryant all day long.In the past two games since Romo went down with injury, Bryant has combined for just five receptions for 50 yards, though he does have two touchdowns.Even Dan Bailey had an off day for Dallas, as he only connected on 50 percent of his field goals. He nailed a 52-yarder in the first quarter to put Dallas up 10-0 before the Cardinals scored 28 unanswered.Perrish Cox establishing himself as top cornerPerrish Cox has been another great story for OSU fans. Cox wasn’t even supposed to start this season, but injuries forced him into the position. He hasn’t been taken out since. Why would the 49ers remove him when he leads the team in interceptions?Cox added another INT to his list this season, making his total four, which ranks second in the league. Cox also had a tackle and a pass defended and was part of a defensive effort that held St. Louis to just 13 points. Still, the San Francisco offense struggled, and the 49ers lost despite Cox’s efforts.Perrish Cox leads NFL in interceptions. Can someone send a memo to Richard Sherman?— Stephanie McCarroll (@SoCaliSteph) November 2, 2014Gilbert suffers setbackAfter struggling early on, Justin Gilbert was finally becoming comfortable and performing well in Cleveland. He again had a solid game Sunday, with one tackle and one pass defended.But in the fourth quarter, in a sequence that could only happen in Cleveland, Gilbert committed a penalty, gave up a reception, and was injured in the same play. Cleveland fans held their breath as he went to the locker room to be tested for a concussion.DB Justin Gilbert has been taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 2, 2014Fortunately, Gilbert was later cleared as okay.Here’s what the rest of the former OSU players in the pros did in week 9.Here’s what the rest of the former Cowboys did this week. Brandon Weeden had a tough first start for Dallas. (USATSI)Brandon Weeden had a tough first start for Dallas. (USATSI)It was a tough weekend all around for our Pokes. Here’s a look at the good (Weeden2Dez!) the bad (they were down three scores!) and the ugly (Gilbert concussion?)Patmon Shines, Bryant and Weeden can’t connectTyler Patmon finally got his moment. Undrafted but signed to the Dallas Cowboys after his impressive preseason play, he’s a testament to hard work. All of that finally came to fruition this past Sunday as he made a huge impact early on as the Cowboys played Arizona.Patmon nabbed an interception early in the first quarter, and then raced 58 yards to take it in for the score. For Oklahoma State fans who watched him in Stillwater, it was a joyous sight.Patmon’s score put Dallas up 7-0 early. Unfortunately, it would be the only touchdown that mattered for the Cowboys.Without Tony Romo, former OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden stepped up under center for Dallas. At one point, the Cowboys had Weeden at QB, Dez Bryant at WR, and Joseph Randle at RB—an OSU dominated offense.Weeden’s performance was, in a word, abysmal. He went 18-for-33 for 183 yards, and threw two interceptions. He did have on touchdown pass to Bryant, but it came in garbage time.Skip Bayless, almost as well-known for being a Cowboys fan as he is for his abrasive attitude and opinionated personality, chimed in on Weeden’s play. Kendall HunterSan Francisco 49ersDNP — Injured Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Charlie JohnsonMinnesota Vikings Started at G Orie LemonTampa Bay Bucs Played at LB Brandon PettigrewDetroit LionsByecenter_img Kevin WilliamsSeattle Seahawks2 tackles Antonio SmithOakland Raiders2 tackles, 1 TFL PlayerTeamWeek 9 performance Justin BlackmonJacksonville JagsDNP — Suspended Lane TaylorGreen Bay PackersBye Russell OkungSeattle SeahawksDNP — Injuredlast_img read more

Chelsea agree loan-to-buy £48.5m Morata deal with Atletico

first_imgChelsea have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid to allow Alvaro Morata to leave on loan, with the Liga club having a £48.5 million ($62m) option to sign the striker on a permanent basis, Goal understands.Morata had already reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid over his personal terms last week and he is willing to accept a lower contract than his current £120,000 per week Chelsea deal upon the activation of an option to buy.Offloading the 26-year-old striker is also a major step in Chelsea’s bid to take over AC Milan’s loan deal for Gonzalo Higuain, with the Blues having already reached an agreement with the Argentine forward’s parent club Juventus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Like Morata, Higuain has been left out of his team’s latest match, with Milan due to play Genoa on Monday, after Chelsea agreed a six-month loan deal with an option to extend it or sign the striker outright for £32.5 million ($42m).They will also pay Juventus on the basis of appearances, goals and season’s achievements over the six-month period that they are loaning Higuain for.Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek is set to replace Higuain at the San Siro and a £35m ($45m) deal is expected to be reached in the next 48 hours, according to the selling club’s sporting director Giorgio Perinetti.”After today’s match against Milan, we will meet them and reach an agreement in the next 48 hours, whether he leaves or not,” said Perinetti. “We spoke with Gazidis and Leonardo for two hours and we still need to evaluate the counterparts in the deal.”This is why the deal has not been finalised yet as we need to analyse whether it will be functional for our transfer market session.”The movement of strikers across Europe is part of a bigger picture as major clubs look to ensure they are not left without a reliable forward option for the rest of the season.This is what has led to Michy Batshuayi’s proposed loan move being held up, as Chelsea look to explore opportunities to cash in, with a £40m ($51m) valuation being placed on the Belgium international, who endured a disappointing first half of the season on loan at Valencia.last_img read more

India vs South Africa 2nd Test: India take 326-run lead after Philander-Maharaj resistance

first_img graphs scorecard Next India vs South Africa 2nd Test: India take 326-run lead after Philander-Maharaj resistanceIndia vs South Africa 2nd Test: Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander led a gutsy fight for South Africa after India had reduced the Proteas to 162 for 8 in the third afternoon of the second Test in Pune. commentary view more view less Rajarshi Gupta PuneOctober 12, 2019UPDATED: October 12, 2019 16:58 IST R Ashwin returned figures of 4/69 to wrap up the South African innings (AP)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa were bowled out for 275, India lead by 326 runsMaharaj and Philander led South Africa’s fight with a 109-run standR Ashwin was the pick of India’s bowlers on the third daySouth Africa finally showed some fight in the second Test against India in Pune and the fight came from unexpected corners for the Proteas on the third day at the MCA Stadium.After India had run through the top-order, Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj were involved in a record 9th wicket stand to stall India. The duo batted out 43.1 overs before Keshav Maharaj fell to R Ashwin towards the end of the day.The 109-run stand between Philander and Maharaj is now the highest 9th wicket partnership in India-South Africa Tests.Resuming at their overnight score of 36 for 3, South Africa lost Anrich Nortje and Theunis de Bruyn within the first hour of the third morning. Skipper Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock sought to keep India’s rampaging bowling attack at bay but a brilliant R Ashwin delivery accounted for the latter.Soon after Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Senuran Muthusamy and when Ashwin snared a dangerous looking Faf du Plessis for 64, it looked like South Africa were hastening to the end of their first innings.But at 162 for 8, Philander and Maharaj came together and showed the top-order batsmen how to bat in these conditions. The Pune pitch has been flat but India have bowled brilliantly in this Test.However, some of South Africa’s batsmen were left to rue their shot-selection when they watched Philander and Maharaj steer the innings in the later stages of the day.Philander and Maharaj added 109 runs for the 9th wicket but more importantly batted out 43.1 overs. R Ashwin picked his fourth wicket when he trapped Kagiso Rabada lbw as South Africa were all-out for 275. India finished with a lead of 326 runs.advertisementAt one stage, India were on the cusp of an even bigger first innings lead but the 9th wicket partnership gave South Africa some breathing space.India are still in the driver’s seat in Pune but the Philander-Maharaj show should give South Africa plenty of confidence and the belief that they can fight and survive on this pitch even against a top-quality Indian bowling attack.Also Read | India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Intruder in Pune leaves Sunil Gavaskar fumingAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Pune TestFollow Keshav Maharaj No data available! advertisementlast_img read more

Lafarge Files Application for Industrial Approval

first_imgLafarge Canada Inc. has filed an application for an industrial approval to use tires as a low-carbon fuel. The project is a one-year pilot for one of the company’s kilns in Brookfield, Colchester Co. It requires both an environmental assessment and an industrial approval in order to proceed. The project received its environmental assessment approval July 6. Terms and conditions attached to the environmental assessment approval are available online at novascotia.ca/nse/ea/lower-carbon-fuel-tire-derived-fuel/. Department staff will review the application to determine whether it is complete. Once that happens, they have up to 60 days to make a decision.last_img read more

High hopes for NDP MLA Chief

first_imgAPTN National NewsManitobans re-elected the NDP government in Tuesday’s provincial election.The party brought in four Aboriginal candidates. One of them was elected in Winnipeg’s north-end riding of Point Douglas which is an area that is heavily Aboriginal.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson visited the riding ahead of the vote and found a community beginning to wake up politically.Wilson visited the community again, for post-election reaction.last_img

Alberta economy doing better than expected in June forecast TD economists note

first_imgIn its update report, however, it says the provincial economy appears to have started growing again in recent weeks, based on rising oil exports by pipe and rail, stronger wholesale and manufacturing shipments and a jump in small business confidence.It also cites an improvement in the jobless rate and positive population growth, along with more upbeat trends in Alberta’s stalled retail sales and housing sectors.The economists stop short of an immediate upgrade in their forecast, however, noting the volatility of regional statistics and the newly elected provincial government’s likely move to restrain spending.“All in all, recent encouraging data have added credence to the view that economic growth in Alberta is gaining some traction,” the report says.“While a continuation in this momentum would set the stage for a forecast upgrade, we remain cautious for now.” CALGARY — Economists at TD Bank say they are looking at upgrading their Alberta growth expectations for 2019 as signs point to a more robust than expected recovery from the effects of extreme heavy oil price weakness in late 2018.The bank suggested in a forecast in June that the province’s economy would grow by a “paltry” 0.5 percent this year and a slightly better 2.1 percent next year.It said the province’s mandated oil production curtailments had worked to strengthen heavy oil prices in early 2019 but business and household spending remained hampered by concerns around medium-term energy investment. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Francophonie Summit Calls on Palestinians, Israelis to Resume Direct Negotiations

Rabat – The 16th Summit of Heads of State and Government of Francophonie, which wrapped up Sunday in Antananarivo, called on Palestinians and Israelis to resume direct negotiations.“We call on the Palestinian and Israeli parties to resume direct negotiations to reach a two-state solution, Israel and a viable and geographically contiguous Palestinian State,” said the final declaration of the Summit, held on November 26-27 under the theme “Shared Growth and Responsible Development: Conditions for Stability Around the World and within the Francophone.”In this respect, the Heads of State and Government welcomed the forthcoming organization by France of an international conference on the peace process in the Middle East, expressing their support for the international efforts that contribute in seeking a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East. This process should allow the existence of two States, Palestine and Israel, living side by side in peace and security, within secure and internationally recognized borders, the same source added.According to the document, the solution should be based on Security Council resolutions 242, 338, 1397 and 1515, the terms of the Madrid Conference, the Quartet Roadmap and the Arab Peace Initiative as adopted in the Beirut Summit. read more

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Joseph Dunford says efforts like Google’s artificial intelligence venture in China allow the Chinese military to access and take advantage of U.S.-developed technology.___One more time: Levi Strauss goes public againNEW YORK (AP) — Levi Strauss & Co., which gave America its first pair of blue jeans, has gone public for the second time. The stock is listed under the ticker “LEVI” and opened for trading on Thursday up 31 per cent. The 166-year-old company previously went public in 1971, but the namesake founder’s descendants took it private again in 1985. The latest IPO comes as the iconic brand is staging a comeback under its CEO Chip Bergh even as it faces increasing competition and a changing retail landscape.___Grudgingly, Europe says Brexit delay is still possibleBRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are grudgingly leaning toward giving the United Kingdom even more time to ease itself out of the bloc. But they warn that if Britain’s Parliament spurns the offer, a chaotic exit from the bloc is just over a week away.___US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.28 per centWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, giving an incentive to potential buyers as the spring homebuying season opens. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage declined to 4.28 per cent from 4.31 per cent the previous week.___MillerCoors sues Anheuser-Busch over corn syrup adsMILWAUKEE (AP) — MillerCoors has filed a lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch, saying its St. Louis-based rival wants to “frighten” people away from Miller Lite and Coors Light by claiming those beers have corn syrup. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Wisconsin federal court but the feud between the country’s two largest brewers began when Anheuser-Busch aired commercials making the corn syrup claim during this year’s Super Bowl. Corn syrup is a fermentation aid used by several brewers.___You dumped cable? Comcast hopes to reel you back inNEW YORK (AP0 — Comcast is launching an aggregated bundle of existing streaming-TV apps for $5 a month. The new service, “Flex,” brings together apps customers already pay for, like Netflix, Amazon’s Prime video or HBO, and free services like YouTube, Pluto and Tubi, and lets them search for TV shows and movies across the different services. All these apps are already available through a Roku or other platforms. Comcast hopes customers will pay for its version, which comes with a 4K HDR box and a voice remote.___S&P 500 ends 2-day losing streak as tech leads stocks higherNEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies powered a broad rally for U.S. stocks Thursday, snapping the market’s two-day losing streak. Apple and chipmakers led the wave of buying, helping to drive the technology sector to an overall gain of 2.5 per cent. Retailers and industrial companies also notched solid gains, offsetting losses in banks. Levi Strauss soared as the jeans maker went public for the second time. The latest gains come a day after the Fed said no longer expects to raise interest rates this year.___The S&P 500 index rose 30.65 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 2,854.88. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 216.84 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 25,962.51. The Nasdaq composite, which his heavily weighted with technology stocks, climbed 109.99 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 7,838.96. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 19.25 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 1,562.41.The Associated Press read more

SLFP says some executive powers under 19A must remain

Dissanayake also said the SLFP is prepared to contest a Local Government (LG) election.He said that the division in the SLFP will not affect the party and that all SLFP supporters who are backing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will vote for the SLFP at an election. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says some executive powers of the President must remain.SLFP Treasurer S.B. Dissanayake said that the SLFP feels that the executive powers the President has under the 19th Amendment must remain. Dissanayake said that while there is a move to devolve powers to the provinces, there is a feeling that by the President having some executive powers the unitary status of the country will be protected. He also said the SLFP and the United National Party (UNP) do not have a mandate to go for any Constitutional amendments which require a referendum. read more

Annan recommends maintaining UNs IraqKuwait observer force in region

“The small headquarters at the UNIKOM logistics base in Kuwait City will undertake liaison duties and provide valuable support to other United Nations activities, as the need arises,” Mr. Annan says in his latest report to the Security Council on the operations of the UN Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM).”I recommend that this residual peacekeeping presence be maintained at an appropriate level for a further three months, until 6 July 2003, subject to any further decisions the Council may take regarding the UNIKOM mandate.”Mr. Annan withdrew all UNIKOM personnel from the border region on the eve of hostilities in Iraq but maintained a small headquarters consisting of 12 military officers, 20 essential civilian staff and some local personnel in Kuwait City.In his report, the Secretary-General says UNIKOM’s full staff has only been dispersed temporarily and the timing of its return to its assignments will be decided in consultation with the Council.UNIKOM was set up in 1991 after the war that followed Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait to monitor the demilitarized zone between the two countries. read more

UN forecasts slow global growth in 2013 austerity hurts Europe US spending

UN forecasts slow global growth in 2013; austerity hurts Europe, US spending cuts a risk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Peter James Spielmann, The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2013 12:04 am MDT Global economic growth is projected to gain slow momentum for the rest of the year, a United Nations economic forecast said Thursday.The U.N.’s Development Policy and Analysis Division released a mid-year update forecasting world gross product growth at 2.3 per cent in 2013, “a subdued pace” characterized by sub-par expansion and weak employment prospects. The U.N. forecast improving growth in 2014 at 3.1 per cent.“In the United States, the avoidance of the fiscal cliff and the expansion of monetary easing, along with a continued recovery in the housing sector, have improved growth prospects,” the forecast said, but “the automatic spending cuts and uncertainties associated with budget issues will continue to weigh on aggregate demand.” U.S. growth was forecast at 1.9 per cent in 2013, down from last year’s 2.2 per cent. The report forecast U.S. growth to rise to 2.6 per cent in 2014.In Europe, the forecast said, “the real economy is held back by austerity programs, weak bank lending and continued uncertainty, and only a very gradual recovery is expected as these factors diminish.”“In Japan, the bold expansionary policy actions adopted by the monetary and fiscal authorities are expected to provide some support for economic activity in the short run. They may, however, create heightened medium-term uncertainties regarding the sustainability of public debt,” the report said.Developing countries are showing much stronger growth than the developed world, it said. “The pick-up in growth will, however, be slower than previously estimated as many large economies in the group, including Brazil, China, India and Russia, face significant structural challenges,” it said. It forecast 5 per cent growth in 2013.The least-developed countries will see faster growth, but with commodity demand moderating and official economic aid falling, the pace of expansion will be “notably slower” than in 2004-2008, the report said. It forecast 2013 growth at 5.8 per cent. read more

Business Secretary highlights engineering science and innovation prowess during visit to Group

Business Secretary, Vince Cable, visited Group Lotus in Hethel, Norfolk today as part of a visit to East Anglia, highlighting the breadth and depth of engineering and manufacturing expertise in the area.As well as seeing the car production facilities and meeting apprentices, Mr Cable also had a ride in the zero emission fuel cell taxi. Lotus Engineering has been closely involved in the development of the project with LTi and TRW Conekt, packaging the propulsion technology and designing controls to optimise performance of both the fuel cells and electric drive systems.“Lotus is a great example of a UK niche vehicle manufacturer with a wow factor that is in demand across the world,” said Vince Cable. “Through its cars, motorsport and engineering divisions Lotus makes a key contribution to the UK automotive sector and the wider economy through the exports of its iconic cars and its world-class design engineering consultancy.”The Business Secretary also visited Hethel Engineering Centre, which supports high performance engineering companies and the wider manufacturing sector in the region.The fuel cell taxi project was a runner-up in the 2010 SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation. You can find out more about the Award, the 2010 winner and how to enter this year at www.smmt.co.uk/aai.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

New course examines the urban working class through hiphop culture

This September, Brock students have the chance to study Hip-Hop and the Urban Working Class, a new course, unique in Canada, being offered by the Centre for Labour Studies.As Professor Simon Black explains, the course isn’t entirely new, but a “remix” of a course he offered before he came to Brock — one that was named by Spacing magazine as one of “10 Amazing Urbanism Classes to Take at University.”Professor Simon Black.The course explores the lives of urban, working-class youth in global cities through hip-hop’s four primary elements: rapping, DJing, graffiti art, and b-girling/b-boying or breakdancing.Students will learn about and listen to the music of a range of artists, including indigenous rappers such as Drezus and Eekwol, and African-American emcees such as Kendrick Lamar and Nicki Minaj.Topics will include the criminalization of racialized youth and the re-emergence of rap music — and its sonic cousins, like grime in the U.K. — as protest music since the global economic crisis in 2008 and the rise of the social movements such as Black Lives Matter and Idle No More.“As a voice of working class black and Latinx (a gender-neutral alternative to Latino) youth in late 1970s New York City, hip-hop spoke — and continues to speak — to the forces that shape their lives, such as white supremacy and institutionalized racism, neoliberal globalization and deindustrialization, labour market precarity, police violence, and criminalization and mass incarceration,” Black said.“Yet as primarily an artistic movement and expressive culture, hip-hop can both make clear and distort urban social and economic realities faced by working class youth.”Black’s relationship with hip hop stretches back to his own youth, though it wasn’t until he was a graduate student that he encountered it in the classroom.“I audited a course at Columbia University (in New York) taught by Robin Kelley, a preeminent scholar of African-American history and black popular culture,” Black recalled. He was soon reading as much of the scholarly literature on hip-hop as he could find, from hip-hop feminists such as Joan Morgan and Tricia Rose, and Canadian scholars such as Rinaldo Walcott and Mark V. Campbell.Now, Black will engage with his own students in LABR 2P91 on what he describes as “a black cultural form that has emerged as a universal language of urban working class youth from the ghettos and ’hoods of North America to the favelas of Brazil, from the Occupied Palestinian Territories to the council estates of the U.K.“The course springs from both my love of hip-hop culture and my intellectual engagement with hip-hop as a social scientist.” read more

Antiques conman stole valuables worth £126k to open shop named after Lovejoy

first_imgYou were to trade on this brief acquaintanceship putting it around that you and he were going to open a pub in NorfolkJudge John Pini QC Porter, who had a criminal record for dishonesty going back 40 years, has been jailed for five years and four months after admitting six charges of fraud amounting more than £270,000 over a period from 2011 to 2013.The charges include the missing stock and money owed to a string of creditors as well as an electrical export scam.Martin Hurst, prosecuting, told the court how even when his new shop was raided Porter of Corby, Northants, simply refused to accept his true identity forcing police to prove it with identity parades.“Those who consigned their goods to him did so because they trusted him because he was running what looked like a smart shop on the High Street,” he said.“These were principally elderly people in possession of property they had owned for many years. Stuart Porter Antiques in Stamford Show more Stamford Stuart Porter set up his antiques centre in the historic Georgian market town of Stamford, LincolnshireCredit:Dave Porter /Alamy Antiques worth more than £120,000 went missing from Stuart Porter Antiques in Stamford Police eventually tracked him down a month later in the North Yorkshire town of Yarm where he was using the name Alan Johnson and had started a new business called “Lovejoy Antiques”.The name carries echoes of the television series which ran in the 1980s and early 1990s in which Ian McShane played a charming but unscrupulous antiques dealer.Among his stock were items the Stamford shop. “The sad reality is that a very large number of people were persuaded by the attractive way in which the shop was displayed.“It appeared to be above board and proper. He was able to play the role of the knowledgeable antiques dealer.“He always had plenty of cash, generally drove nice cars and was living in nice houses but didn’t pay the rent.“He sent his children to private schools but didn’t pay the fees. He was someone living beyond his means at everyone else’s expense.”Mr Hurst said that almost £60,000 worth of antiques taken from the Stamford store were eventually recovered and returned to their owners.The court was told that Porter was first convicted of dishonesty back in 1974. In the early 1980s he received an 18 month jail sentence for theft and deception and was sent to prison again in1991 for similar mattersJudge John Pini QC, passing sentence, told him: “You are a plausible and engaging conman.“You have brought about very widespread distress to a great many people.“This was a sustained abuse of trust with many people losing treasured items. I accept entirely that you started this business legitimately but when things started to go wrong you reverted to type.”Lee Masters, defending, said that Porter had problems in the past with alcohol as well as various personal difficulties. A crooked antiques dealer disappeared with £126,000 worth of his customers’ valuables to open a new shop 150 miles away named after his roguish television counterpart Lovejoy, a court has heard.   Stuart Porter, 57, an electrical engineer who reinvented himself as an antiques expert, played on an acquaintance with the chef Marco Pierre White to bolster his claim to celebrity connections, Lincoln Crown Court aws told.He invited the Michelin-starred restaurateur to cut the ribbon when he opened an upmarket antiques shop in Stamford, Lincs, in 2012 and later claimed the pair were about to go into business running a gastro-pub in Norfolk.When his business began to unravel the following year – facing mounting debts including unpaid rent and school fees for his children – he disappeared overnight, clearing out the stock and leaving a sign saying simply: “Sorry for the inconvenience but we are closed today.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more