Srinagar Jamia Masjid closed after clashes

first_imgThe historic 624-year-old Jamia Masjid here has stopped prayers to clean the blood spilt on its floor during clashes on Friday afternoon, which left over 30 civilians and dozens of security personnel injured. The Old City here observed a shutdown on Saturday in protest.“Unnecessary presence of security forces on Friday outside the mosque was the cause of confrontation. Scores of protesters were hit in the eyes with pellets. The police fired pellets through the gaps in the closed doors of the mosque,” said Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Valley’s head priest who delivers sermons from the grand mosque’s pulpit. Denying allegations of excessive use of force, the police said the clashes erupted when youth started waving anti-national flags and throwing stones after the prayers.“Dozens of CRPF and police personnel were injured. Two police officers and one CRPF head constable were among the injured. The security forces showed utmost restraint, and minimal munition was used to disperse the miscreants to control the situation,” a police spokesman said.Video goes viralA video of the clash went viral online, showing women worshippers suffocating after security forces fired pepper gas shells, blood on the floor and youth raising slogans inside the mosque. “We have decided to close the mosque for prayers till an ablution is done to clean the mosque,” a caretaker said.“If the government fails to stop its ploys to damage the sanctity and sacredness of the grand masjid, a sustained campaign will be started and the entire responsibility will then lie on the ruling dispensation,” a joint statement by separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani and Yasin Malik, said.The video evoked condemnation from civil society too. “It’s condemnable to use force on worshippers. One fails to understand why forces are deployed at a place of worship,” said Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Javid Ahmad Tenga.Local people alleged that shells landed on the wooden roof of the mosque, endangering the architectural marvel. The mosque, spread over 1.4 lakh square feet, houses 348 wooden columns, each 44 feet in height and 5 feet in girth. The structure can accommodate 33,333 faithful inside.The mosque is central to Kashmir’s political upheavals and has been frequently witnessing protests in the past three decades. “Keeping in view the past experiences, it’s difficult to act on the suggestions of the Mirwaiz. It’s easy to talk than to act in dealing with violent situations,” Director-General of Police Sheesh Paul Vaid said.last_img read more

Ketamine haul: BJP gives clean chit to Vasudev Parab

first_imgPanaji: After much dilly dallying, the Goa unit of Bharatiya Janata Party has now admitted that Vasudev Parab — holder of an industrial plot in State-owned industrial estate in North Goa, where a raid by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence(DRI) last week had unearthed a ketamine manufacturing base — was a member of the party.However the State unit BJP president Vinay Tendulkar, told presspersons here late on Tuesday that Parab was not even “0.1 per cent” involved in ketamine manufacturing. “Parab does not have 1%, even 0.1% involvement in it. He has not committed a crime. The only crime he has committed is that he had put the plot on rent without informing the GIDC (State-owned Goa Industrial Development Corporation). This is his only crime. We have full faith in Vasudev Parab, that he is not involved in such things,” Mr. Tendulkar said two days after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar ruled out a probe by State government into the racket, which the DRI has claimed was one of the biggest ever raids on drug manufacturing operations.Earlier, a BJP spokesperson, while responding to allegations by the main Opposition Congress on BJP’s links with ketamine manufacturers, had said that Mr. Parab, an office-bearer of North Goa district BJP had no links with drug manufacturers. Mr. Tendulkar said that Mr. Parab’s only fault was he had rented the industrial plot allotted to him by the GIDC to a third party, which is against the rules and the GIDC has issued a show cause notice to him. “His unit was not functioning well. He was running losses. It had shut down. Somebody had taken it on rent. Mr. Parab would never even go there. He was getting a rent of ₹75,000,” Mr. Tendulkar tried to explain.The Congress, on the other hand, increased its pressure and demanded that the Chief Minister launch an independent probe into the case. Raw material used for manufacturing drugs, was also found at the industrial unit which was being used by an NRI Jimi Sandhu to manufacture ketamine. Ketamine is a common party drug which is also referred to as a date-rape drug.last_img read more

Asean Grand Prix: Philippines falls to Thailand in 3 sets

first_imgIn the first game, Indonesia overcame a hard-fighting Vietnam, 29-27, 25-20, 23-25, 25-17 Saturday for its first win in the Asean Volleyball Grand Prix second leg at Sta. Rosa multi-purpose gym in Laguna.After losing their opening match via straights set to first leg champions Thais, the Indonesians barged into the win column through the efforts of top spiker Purnama Arsela Nuari.The Vietnamese managed to put up a fight after taking control of the third set but in the fourth frame lost steam, allowing the Indonesians to pull away 19-9 en route to the win.Vietnam, which bowed to the Philippines in straight sets last Friday, is still winless since the Thai first leg two weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events PLAY LIST 01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:50Trending Articles01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ateneo shuts down UST for 8-0 record Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Thailand fully engaged a depleted Philippines side to score a lopsided 25-12, 25-16, 25-10 victory Saturday night and remain on target for the second leg title in the Asean Volleyball Grand Prix.It was the Thais’ second straight win which practically sealed the second leg crown as they will battle the winless Vietnamese on Sunday at Sta. Rosa multi-purposed gym in Laguna.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Thailand also swept the competition to claim the first leg two weeks ago in Nakhon Ratchasima.Pleumjit Thinkaow and Pimpichaya Kokram did much damage against the Philippines which missed Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Maddie Madayag.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe four Premier Volleyball League stars played for their clubs in Iloilo City, leaving the Nationals with a lean 10-man lineup.But the FIlipinas played with the same fervor with Grethcel Soltones, Jasmine Nabor and Roselyn Doria making the most of the minutes they were given.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo fumes at ‘incomprehensible’ upholding of five-match ban

first_imgReal Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that the decision by Spain’s administrative sports court to uphold his five-game ban for pushing a referee is “incomprehensible”.Ronaldo reacted angrily to being dismissed during the second half of a 3-1 first-leg Supercopa victory for Real against Barcelona last Monday.The 32-year-old, who came off the bench, scored the third goal of the visitors at Camp Nou but earned a second yellow card for going to ground in the penalty area two minutes later, having earlier been booked for taking his shirt off in celebration.Following which, he was handed a five-match ban, a decision that was upheld by Spain’s Administrative Court of Sport (TAS) on Tuesday.”One more incomprehensible decision. From injustice to injustice, they will never overthrow me,” goal.com quoted Ronaldo as saying on Instagram.”And as always I will come back stronger. Thank you to all who have supported me,” he added.last_img read more

Toradex: early access for Apalis iMX8 with NXP i.MX 8QuadMax SoC

first_img Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz presents innovative test and measurement equipmentNext Express Logic: X-Ware IoT Platform supports AndesCore N25 and NX25 RISC-V processors Toradex has opened early access for selected customers to its new Apalis iMX8 SoM based on the NXP i.MX 8QuadMax SoC.Companies interested in working with this cutting-edge Hardware and Software are invited to sign up for the Toradex early access program to receive more information about the requirements to join the program.The Apalis iMX8 is the latest member of the Apalis family, a high-performance Arm-based pin-compatible SoM. The NXP i.MX 8QM SoC is the highest performance variation of the i.MX 8 family, featuring 6x Armv8-A 64-bit processor cores – 2x Arm Cortex-A72 & 4x Cortex-A53 – as well as 2x additional Cortex-M4F microcontrollers. The integrated HIFI4 DSP, a high-performance dual GPU, 28 nm FD-SDIO technology, and extra safety features are other differentiators to the lower performance i.MX 8M SoC.The release version of the Apalis iMX8 will come with all the standard Toradex advantages including Toradex Easy Installer, Free Professional Support, Production-quality Yocto Project Based Linux BSP, Active Community, Daily updated Developer Page, Pin-out Designer tools, Fully open Carrier Board Designs, World Wide Network with local support offices and much more.Toradex Partners are already working for solutions on top of Toradex SoM offerings; this includes Graphical User Experience, Deep Learning Inference Optimization, Machine Vision Tools, and additional Operating Systems.Apart from its high performance and rich interfaces, the i.MX 8QuadMax stands out with long availability of over 10 years. The SoC is built with 28 nm FD-SOI technology to reduce soft errors and increase MTBF. High shock and vibration resilience and a temperature range from -40 to 85°C, makes the Apalis iMX8 a great choice for edge computing applications in the most demanding environments.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Chennaiyin FC announce squad for AFC Cup qualifying playoff round, Ganesh included

first_imgTwo-time Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC Friday announced a 25-man squad for its 2019 AFC Cup qualifying playoff round against Sri Lanka’s Colombo FC, which includes Dhanpal Ganesh, who missed the team’s entire ISL title defence due to a knee injury.A press note said Chennaiyin FC would be playing the home match of the two-legged qualifying tie at The Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad.This is Chennaiyin’s debut AFC Cup campaign following their 2017-18 ISL title success and they are placed in the South Asian Zone of the competition.This qualifying tie against Colombo FC is for a place in the group stage of the 2019 AFC Cup.Colombo defeated Bhutan’s Transport United 9-2 on aggregate in the preliminary round and would be hosting Chennaiyin in the first leg at the Colombo Race Course Ground in Colombo on March 6 and the home leg would be played on March 13.Australian Chris Herd, who joined CFC in the January transfer window, would be the club’s Asian player in the qualifier with the Brazilian trio of Mailson Alves, Eli Sabia and Raphael Augusto being the other three foreigners.Four youth team players have also been included in the squad.Defender Hendry Antonay (U-18 & B team) and midfielder Zonunmawia (B team), who were also part of the 2018-19 ISL first team squad, are joined by defender Reamsochung Aimol (B team) and forward Bawlte Rohmingthanga (B team).Following the 1-0 defeat away to FC Goa in the final ISL fixture on Thursday, Chennaiyin FC will continue the AFC Cup preparations in Goa and leave for Sri Lanka on March 4.advertisementThe squad: Goalkeepers: Karanjit Singh, Sanjiban Ghosh, Nikhil Bernard.Defenders: Mailson Alves (Brazil), Eli Sabia (Brazil), Zohmingliana Ralte, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Laldinliana Renthlei, Tondonba Singh, Hendry Antonay, Reamsochung Aimol.Midfielders: Chris Herd (Australia), Anirudh Thapa, Germanpreet Singh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Raphael Augusto (Brazil), Thoi Singh, Francisco Fernandes, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Halicharan Narzary, Zonunmawia.Forwards: Jeje Lalpekhlua, CK Vineeth, Mohammed Rafi, Bawlte Rohmingthanga.Also Read | AIFF president Praful Patel in race for AFC’s FIFA council member electionlast_img read more

SIOUX CITY HOUSING MARKET CONTINUES TO REMAIN STRONG

first_imgSioux City’s housing market continues to thrive.Kevin McManamy, President of United Real Estate solutions, says there were 1,831 homes sold in the Sioux City area in 2017.That’s according to statistics from the Northwest Iowa Regional Board of Realtors and was just 9 fewer than 2016:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/HOUSE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….couple of years. ;11McManamy says the houses are selling quickly after they go on the market, averaging 57 days.Many spend less than a month on the market before an accepted offer.He says most sellers continue to receive 97 percent of their asking price with the median selling price at $138,000 on a residential property here in Siouxland:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/HOUSE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..price ranges. :15McManamy says low interest rates are also helping to drive housing sales:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/HOUSE3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….quite affordable. :21Just last week, the city of Sioux City announced that 274 new housing units were built in 2017, the highest number of the past decade.McManamy says with great, local economic development projects in the works, he expect the housing market to remain strong in 2018.”last_img read more

Navas, Ochoa put on show in draw

first_imgWC Qualification CONCACAF Navas, Ochoa steal show as Costa Rica and Mexico draw Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 12:46 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Guillermo Ochoa Mexico Ezequiel Bercerra WC Qualification CONCACAF Mexico Costa Rica v Mexico Costa Rica World Cup The two goalkeepers said the match wasn’t all about them, but they still took the spotlight with their solid showings in World Cup qualifying Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas both spoke in the pre-match news conference and each took pains to emphasize Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier would be more than Ochoa vs. Navas, more than Memo vs. Keylor, not simply a showdown between the region’s two best goalkeepers.”I respect Keylor, I admire him. He’s had an excellent career and deserves to be where he is,” Ochoa of the Real Madrid keeper on Monday. “He has his career and I have mine. He does things for his team and country, and I do them for mine.”Both did incredible things for their countries Tuesday as the shot-stoppers stole the show, despite their insistence the battle between them wouldn’t. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Ochoa is a top goalkeeper, despite what he sometimes shows at the club level. But it’s understandable that he doesn’t want to be set next to Navas. There’s a reason the Costa Rica No. 1 is playing for Real Madrid, not a club like Standard Liege where Ochoa plays. And, despite capable back-ups like Patrick Pemberton and Esteban Alvarado, there’s a reason nobody has ever even thought to utter the phrase “goalkeeper competition” when Navas has been fit.The 1-1 draw in San Jose showed us the best of both goalkeepers, though, with each putting on a show.”I think both goalkeepers were very influential, both are very high-level players,” Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said after the match. “It’s not a secret to (Costa Rica coach) Oscar (Ramirez) or to me and they were important for both teams. “On goals, normally the defenders and/or the goalkeeper is criticized and in a lot of cases you have to give credit to the attackers. The Costa Rica goal is a great goal for them, mid-range shot and he put it in a very difficult place for Guillermo. Our goal I think also was a very good goal.”As Osorio alluded to, the draw had both players at their best but also showed us the cruel nature of the sport. Navas was beaten by a deflection off his own man, moments after he’d made an incredible save.Keylor Navas Costa RicaOchoa was beaten by one of the best goals in recent memory, a potential favorite for CONCACAF Goal of the Year, that Marco Urena blasted past him to level the score.¡Cómo le pegaste Marco! Un golazo, increíble pic.twitter.com/ckIgBfviHy— Teletica Deportes (@TeleticaTD7) September 6, 2017It became clear Ochoa would have plenty to do just seconds into the game when Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz put a shot on target 15 seconds in. Ochoa was up for it, and though he looked to take a knock on the subsequent corner he showed no sign of being injured the rest of the match.Ceeerrcaaa capitán, ¡VAMOS SELE!  pic.twitter.com/B0kpIIwwmZ— Teletica Deportes (@TeleticaTD7) September 6, 2017Navas would keep Costa Rica in the match on multiple occasions, on the half-hour mark when he made a reaction save that drew a huge ovation from the crowd in the Estadio Nacional and when he denied Jesus Corona one-on-one in the second half with the score still 1-0 in favor of the visitors.Keeeylooor Keeeylooor Así corea el Estadio Nacional a Navas pic.twitter.com/NyHsu5YW0f— Teletica Deportes (@TeleticaTD7) September 6, 2017The Real Madrid player’s most impressive stop of the night may have been when he got his hand up to stop Giovani dos Santos’ strong chested effort from Raul Jimenez’s cross, but unfortunately for Navas, that play will be remembered best for his hard work being immediately undone by teammate Cristian Gamboa.Ochoa ended the night with five saves (and got a bit of help from the post when Johan Venegas should’ve sent the Ticos into Russia in stoppage time), while Navas did him one better with six saves and had better distribution. If it was Memo vs. Keylor, Keylor gets this round.But as the men themselves reminded us before the game, it’s a team sport. Mexico was able to go to San Jose and come away with its undefeated run in qualification still in tact. Ultimately, we were treated to a show, both from the best goalkeepers in CONCACAF and from the top best teams in CONCACAF at the moment. Mexico already is qualified for the World Cup, while Costa Rica needs just a point or one of their rivals to falter in October. Both teams will be in Russia and with them the goalkeepers who represent the very best North and Central America has to offer.last_img read more

4-Star 2021 DT Announces Notre Dame Commitment

first_imgNotre Dame's mascot performing during a game at Fenway park.BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 21: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Leprechaun mascot pumps up the crowd during the second half of the game between the Boston College Eagles and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Fenway Park on November 21, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Fighting Irish defeat the Eagles 19-16. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Notre Dame is off to a very fast start in the 2021 recruiting class. The Fighting Irish just picked up their third commitment of that cycle, in four-star defensive tackle Gabriel Rubio.He becomes the third player to commit to Brian Kelly’s program from the 2021 class. Rubio will be a high school junior this fall, so there is a lot of time until he can sign to make things official.He joins two fellow four-star players in the class. Quarterback Tyler Buchner opened things up in early March, setting the tone for the Notre Dame class. A few weeks later, he was joined by IMG Academy guard Greg Crippen.Rubio is the first defensive player to commit to the Irish.Gabriel Rubio announced his commitment to the Fighting Irish earlier this afternoon.The St. Louis native tweeted out a note, along with graphics created by a few different recruiting publications for the event.God. Country. Notre Dame. #COMMITTED #GoIrish ☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️@CoachBrianKelly @CoachMikeElston @Coach_Lea pic.twitter.com/UxcP88UQOM— Gabriel Rubio (@GRubio68) June 15, 2019His full note:“I was told at an early age that everyone’s recruiting path is different. I’ve said from the beginning that I’m not trying to collect offers…..I’m focused on finding the one that is perfect for me.“I would like to thank every teacher, coach, trainer, teammate and friend who has had a hand in my development both on and off the field. The person that I have become is a direct reflection of your effort and care. I would like to thank my family for investing their all into me! I pray that I can continue to make you all proud! Most importantly, I want to thank God for blessing me with both the gifts that I have discovered and the gifts that are yet to come!“After much prayer and reflection I would like to announce that I am committing to The University of Notre Dame! #GoIrish“With the commitment, Notre Dame jumps up to No. 2 in the class, behind only Miami which already has nine pledges in the cycle.Rubio doesn’t yet have a 247Sports composite score just yet, but the site’s own rankings have him a a four-star. He’s the No. 195 overall player in the class, and is ranked No. 15 among defensive tackles, and No. 4 in Missouri.last_img read more

Customs Issues Warning About Fake Pills

first_img The public is being warned to be vigilant when purchasing pharmaceuticals One of the main indicators of counterfeit products is the price Story Highlights The Commissioner warned the public about consuming these counterfeit products The public is being warned to be vigilant when purchasing pharmaceuticals, particularly sexual performance enhancers.This comes following the recent seizure of counterfeit pharmaceutical products by the Jamaica Custom Agency (JCA).Speaking  during a media briefing on Thursday, September 19, at the JCA’s headquarters in Kingston, Commissioner of Customs, Major (ret’d) Richard Reese, noted that these illicit products, which include popular sex enhancers and erectile dysfunction treatments such as Viagra, were among a number of merchandise seized during a joint operation with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).“The JCA in association with the JCF has initiated a series of interdiction operations in support of Trade and Intellectual Property Rights and we have been targeting illicit cigarettes, pharmaceuticals and general merchandise, and also we will be focusing on appliances,” he said.The Commissioner warned the public about consuming these counterfeit products, which he said, can be detrimental to one’s health.“We want to make the public aware that using these products are harmful…you have situations where the use of these preparations can be fatal because of their composition,” he said.“So, it is a very serious matter and persons don’t recognise the importance of the role of the Ministry of the Agriculture (and Fisheries), the role of Customs, the Ministry of Health and the Bureau of Standards in ensuring that the products that are imported are compliant and it is really for our health and safety,” he said.The Commissioner advised that one of the main indicators of counterfeit products is the price, noting that if the cost seems too good to be true, then it most likely is.“In terms of general merchandise, in situations where defects occur, the consumer will have no recourse because there is no warranty afforded these products. And usually when they are purchased, they don’t really last as long as the genuine product,” he said.Anyone having information on counterfeit goods can call Crime Stop at 311 or 1-888-991-4000 or they can email Jamaica Customs at quick.response@jacustoms.gov.jm.last_img read more

New Japanese Ambassador says he Will Work to Strengthen Relationship

first_imgThe new Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Hiromasa Yamazaki, says he will work to strengthen the relationship between both countries.During his call on the Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, at the Ministry on Hagley Park Road in Kingston on January 25, the Ambassador said he is pleased about several aspects of his country’s assistance to Jamaica.He pointed to the Grassroots Human Security Project and its impact in the various sectors, including education and health.The Ambassador said before being appointed, he was involved in the investment sector in Japan, and he would seek to use his knowledge and expertise to further strengthen that aspect of the relationship.“I would like to be a bit more active in this area, to be a bridge of the investment side between Jamaica and Japan,” he added.Ambassador Yamazaki said he is eagerly looking forward to working with Minister McKenzie and the team from the Local Government Ministry.Meanwhile, Mr. McKenzie said the relationship with Japan is one that he warmly welcomes and will strive to maintain and strengthen.“I welcome the new Ambassador, and we will continue the relationship that has developed over many years. Discussions have been held about the possibility of us obtaining some fire trucks.  There are a number of fire trucks that have already been donated to Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth,” he said.The Minister further noted that the Ministry has also been successful in negotiating two trucks from Japan to boost the fleet of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).last_img read more

NS Wines Highlighted In Promotion

first_img Nova Scotia wines are highlighted in wine, cuisine and romancepackages. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and DestinationHalifax are introducing hotel, resort and restaurant packagesthat highlight Nova Scotia-produced wines as part of February’sBon Appetit month. “There are seven wineries in the province that make a variety ofwines from 100 per cent Nova Scotia-grown grapes, and we haveseveral new wineries preparing to open in the next few years,”said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.”Along with Destination Halifax, we have put together some funfood and accommodation packages that feature Nova Scotia wineproducts.” In 2003, more than one million pounds of grapes were grown onmore than 100 hectares of property in nine counties in NovaScotia. The crop was valued at $640,000. “Nova Scotia grape growers and wineries have built a world classreputation through the quality of the products they sell,” saidMr. d’Entremont. “Our wines have been recognized internationallyand have won many awards.” Participating businesses in the special February promotioninclude White Point Beach Resort, Oak Island Resort, Spa andConvention, Holiday Inn Harbourview, Howard Johnson MaranovaHotel and Suites – Dartmouth, Scanway Catering Limited, ValleyWine Tours, Five Fishermen Restaurant and Sainte Famille Winery. For more details on these offers and a chance to win a romancepackage and wine and food basket, visitwww.destinationhalifax.com/nswine . AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES–N.S. Wines Highlighted In SeasonalPromotionlast_img read more

Eclectic Concerts Planned in Sherbrooke

first_imgThere will be a number of reasons to wish you were in Sherbrooke during August, including the eclectic musical schedule being offered as part of the Courthouse Concert series each Thursday at the Sherbrooke Village. On Thursday, Aug. 4, Musique Royale returns to Sherbrooke with a special classical concert featuring Ensemble de temps en temps. The trio consists of Halifax soprano Ruth Phillips on vocals, accompanied by viol and lute. It plays classical music from the English, French and Spanish traditions. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for students. Sherbrooke fan-favourite Hal Bruce will bring his pop-folk repertoire to the courthouse on Aug. 11. Bruce, who is becoming well-known for his one-man Beatles show, is sure to include some of the material he has recorded on his two Beatles’ tribute CDs in this concert. On Aug. 18 Dan MacKinnon hits the stage in Sherbrooke, fresh from his annual tour of the British Isles. Dan’s strong baritone voice has earned him legions of fans over the years through performances at such diverse venues as international folk festivals and the Halifax Farmers’ Market. Aug. 25 marks the return of the Ceilidh at the Courthouse. Area musicians Roly and Ellie Burton, and Bob MacDonald, will be joined by Cape Breton pianist/entertainer Adam Cooke along with guest dancers A.J. Long and Alison Carruthers. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $8, unless otherwise noted. For information, see the Sherbrooke Village website at http://museum.gov.ns.ca/sv/ or call 1-888-743-7845.last_img read more

A correction to the TugAgroundLawsuit story

first_imgVANCOUVER – In a story published Wednesday, The Canadian Press said the Heiltsuk incurred costs associated with testing and its investigation in the millions of dollars. In fact, the First Nation says compensation for damages, missed harvesting opportunities, its costs for testing and its own investigation would be in the millions.last_img

Somalia top UN envoy praises new Government urges full support

13 March 2009The United Nations’ top envoy for Somalia today lauded progress made in the past month by the new Government of the Horn of Africa country, which has been torn by factional strife since the overthrow of Siad Barre in 1991. In a statement issued in Nairobi, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah encouraged the Government of National Unity to continue working towards peace and stability and urged Somalis and the international community to support it. The formation of the Government last month, and its return to the violence-plagued capital, Mogadishu, followed on the 2008 UN-facilitated Djibouti Agreement between the Transitional Federal Government and the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia, in which the two agreed to end their conflict.In today’s statement, Mr. Ould-Abdallah said he was pleased by the number of “patriotic Parliamentarians” who have returned to Mogadishu to start their work, and called for concrete diplomatic and material assistance for both branches of the administration.“President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, the Speaker and the Prime Minister have demonstrated responsible leadership in all fields and the unity Government is now functioning from the capital,” Mr. Ould-Abdallah said. He added that the Council of Ministers has met a number of times and passed important measures, including one on the place of Sharia, or Islamic law, in the country.“All these developments will not only help the move towards normality inside the country, but will also help secure Somalia’s image and reputation abroad. There is now absolutely no excuse for any Somali to continue plotting to destroy more Somali lives,” he said.Planning is underway for the next meeting of the High Level Committee that is tasked to look at such issues as political cooperation, justice and reconciliation, Mr. Ould-Abdallah said, adding that there would also be a meeting of the Joint Security Committee shortly.With the vast majority of Somalis working together for the first time in many years, he said, the international community must do its part to fully support the new Government. “This help is not needed at some point in the future, but right now,” he stressed.He noted that President Ahmed has received offers of support from Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the Unite States and elsewhere and Somalia will be discussed at the Security Council on 20 March and at the upcoming League of Arab States Summit in Qatar.In his latest report on Somalia, Secretary-General Ban also praised recent progress, but cautioned that much work lies ahead, with the instability caused by hostilities, abductions and fear continuing to hinder delivery of vital humanitarian aid.A January UN analysis found that more than three million people in Somalia, a third or more of the total population, will remain dependent on assistance this year.Mr. Ban noted that among the aims of the UN’s comprehensive strategy for Somalia is to help the African Union Mission there (AMISOM) give Somali security institutions the capacity to create a level of security to enable the Djibouti peace process to continue.The UN Security Council has yet to decide whether to deploy a multidimensional UN peacekeeping operation that would take over from AMISOM. read more

Rajitha accuses media of misreporting Sirisenas speech

Government spokesman and Health Minister, Dr Rajitha Senaratne today accused the media of misreporting President Maithripala Sirisena’s speech last week.Senaratne said the President never raised objections to former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa or former military chiefs being questioned on fraud or corruption. He told reporters at the weekly post cabinet media briefing the media should carry a correction on the speech. Some journalists then told the Minister that the text of the speech was sent by the President’s media division. However Senaratne said that since the video of the speech is now available online the media should report what is said in the video. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Training session teaches about Facebook YouTube etc

What’s all the buzz about social media?That question and more will be answered at a Social Media for Beginners training session on Thursday, Feb. 25.Brock faculty and staff wanting to learn more about social media and how to use it in their work are invited to the ITS Training Room (the “fish bowl” in the Computer Commons of the Walker Complex) from 9:30 a.m. to noon.This session will cover:What social media is and how does it differ from traditional mediaHow to use social media to engage with students and stakeholders onlineHow to leverage Twitter, LinkedIn, FaceBook and YouTube to spread messages effectivelySpace is limited, so pre-registration is required. To register, fill out the Faculty/staff social media training sign up form. read more

Adding indigenous issues to UN agenda essential Annan

“There is no time to lose in this effort,” as indigenous peoples “are denied their cultural identities, and displaced from their traditional lands,” the Secretary-General said in a message delivered on his behalf by Assistant Secretary-General Angela King to the opening of the Second Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. “They are more likely than others to suffer extreme poverty, and all too often experience the human misery caused by conflict.”Some 500 groups are attending the two-week Forum, which aims to focus attention on educating indigenous children in their language and values as key to the preservation of their peoples’ unique culture in this age of globalisation.”We must acknowledge the contributions of indigenous peoples not only in areas such as environmental protection, where those contributions are well established and widely known, but also in other vital areas on the international agenda,” he stressed.The Secretary-General said information was vital in getting a clear picture of the situation of indigenous peoples and that he fully supported efforts to build capacity in this area. In addition, Mr Annan said legal standards, including through progress on the draft declaration on indigenous rights, were essential.The Forum – which had its first session last year – advises and makes recommendations to the Economic and Social Council on social development, economic, cultural, human rights, environmental, education and health issues. read more

Cultural differences threaten Asian mining progress

first_imgCultural differences in Asia pose the greatest risk to nurturing new mining projects in the region as it enters a period of unique resource-intensive demand, according to a leading Australian broking house. Addressing the second day in Perth of the 2007 Paydirt Asia Pacific DownUnder Conference, D J Carmichael’s Head of Research, Paul Adams, said most existing mining projects in Asia suffered from legacy issues. These included previous owners ‘bad habits’, old style cheque book community relations, opportunistic behaviour at a local level, and heightened expectations from a new owner.“We are currently at an early, moderate phase of mining growth in the Asian region as its demand for additional metals and energy is being driven by higher per capita incomes, urbanisation and capital intensive industries,” Adams said. “It is also a well known fact that metal and energy intensity rapidly increases when per capita incomes reach between $2,000 and $5,000 – China’s GDP per capita last year, for example, reached $2,001 and this minimum level is being increasingly reached throughout Asian countries.“For any new mining entrant in Asia, these entrant issues can be particularly challenging,” Adams said. “If Australia’s mining investment community is to help nurture the Asian resources elephant, it requires a more willing adoption of proven strategies, proper investigation of land owners versus land users issues, genuine relationship building and a framework of not promising what cannot be delivered.”Adams said local communities living near the new breed of emerging Asian mining projects had common demands for phased in infrastucture, education, health and employment opportunities – but not at the expense where one group was advantaged over another. “The adverse consequences of not adopting this approach are the need for increased levels of diplomacy, more people to manage, higher burn rates, company resources spread too thinly to be effective, and ultimately, corporate ‘over-stretch’. It might take more time to get things right in the short term on new Asian mining projects but developers will save considerable pain in the long-term.”Adams said the emerging Asian mining elephant would bring pressure on the environment and energy security would be paramount for any new resource projects. He urged Asian governments and resources companies to more vigorously pursue alternative energy sources to cushion the blow from rising energy prices.last_img read more

Water main line replacement work closes Evergreen Blvd onramp to SR 14

first_imgVancouver commuters who use the westbound onramp to state Highway 14 from Evergreen Boulevard will want to choose an alternate route during a two-week closure.A Washington State Department of Transportation high-impact travel alert says the closure began Monday. The onramp will be closed around-the-clock for work to replace a water main line.A second moderate-impact travel alert was issued Saturday night and remained in place as of Monday morning.Officials report water over state Highway 503 in both directions near Northeast 87th street.Beyond the alerts and a typical slowdown due to wet roads, traffic flow this morning is looking good.last_img read more