No wish to contest LS polls, says Hooda

first_imgAmid speculation that he could contest from Sonipat, senior Congress leader and former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday said he does not wish to contest the 2019 parliamentary polls, but was ready to fight from anywhere in the State if his party wants. The two-time Chief Minister said he will not hesitate to take on Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in case the BJP leader, who is a legislator from Karnal, decides to fight the Lok Sabha polls. “I do not wish to contest the polls, but I am a disciplined soldier of my party. I will abide by whatever it says,” Mr. Hooda said. When asked if he could contest from the Sonipat parliamentary seat, the former CM replied, “I have said that I will go by whatever my party says”.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Saurabh Tiwary, Albie Morkel join Rising Pune Supergiants

first_imgThe Rising Pune Supergiants franchise on Thursday acquired the services of Delhi Daredevils’ batsman Saurabh Tiwary and allrounder Albie Morkel for the 2016 Indian Premier League.The tournament begins on April 9 and stretches till May 29. Players who hit the jackpot in IPL auction Rising Pune Supergiants CEO, Raghu Iyer said in a statement on Thursday: “We are pleased to have Saurabh Tiwary and Albie Morkel for the upcoming season. They both are proven performers in the Indian Premier League and will strengthen our team.”The IPL chairman, Rajeev Shukla, said: “The Rising Pune Supergiants have added more firepower to their batting line up by acquiring the services of allrounder Albie Morkel and specialist batsman Saurabh Tiwary. Both players who represented the Delhi Daredevils in the previous edition, will now play for the Pune franchise.””The Rising Pune Supergiants had a brilliant IPL Player Auction. Adding some big names like Kevin Pietersen and Mitchell Marsh to the squad after having signed Indian ODI and T20I captain MS Dhoni, R Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane in the IPL Player Draft earlier this year,” he added.Delhi Daredevils CEO, Hemant Dua said: “Both Saurabh and Albie have served the Daredevils very well and we would like to thank and wish them the very best for the coming season.”last_img read more

Kolkata Test: Cheteshwar Pujara indisposed, kept off the field on Day 2

first_imgIndia top order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara could not take the field due to indisposition on day two of the second Test against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens here on Saturday. (Scorecard)A team official said Pujara was “under the weather”. (Kolkata Test, Day 1: India lose initiative despite Pujara, Rahane fifties)”He is a bit under the weather. He has been advised rest by the physio. He will be okay by this evening,” the official said.last_img

The best kits in the last 50 years of Serie A

first_img Pinterest Facebook Twitter Pinterest 12. Parma home (1995-97)Parma captured the hearts of many viewers in the UK during the Gazzetta Football Italia era in the Ennio Tardini stadium, which always seemed to be bathed in autumnal sunshine. It wasn’t only their style on the park that caught the eye. Share on Pinterest Pinterest Pinterest Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Facebook Share via Email Share on Messenger Gianfranco Zola in Parma white. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/Reuters Facebook Facebook Readers’ pick: Lazio (1986-87)Mindful that we could never please everybody, we decided to include a readers’ pick on our final list. The most popular suggestion on Twitter proved to be Lazio’s famous eagle-designed strip from 1986-87, which the Biancocelesti recreated for the 2015-16 season. Honourable mentions also go to Bari’s 1991-92 kit and Cremonese’s 1992-93 red and grey strip, which the club wore when they lifted the Anglo-Italian Cup at Wembley in 1993. Twitter Share on WhatsApp Milan Pinterest Twitter 11. Palermo home (2007-08)You don’t see too many pink shirts in football, but Palermo have worn the colour with pride, and considerable style, since 1907. Founded in 1900, the Sicilian club played in red and blue for the first seven years of their existence before switching to pink and black in 1907. A century on from the colour swap, Lotto produced a fine jersey for a side that included Andrea Barzagli, Edinson Cavani, Fabrizio Miccoli and Amauri. The traditional pink and black was complemented with a gold trim, which added a nice extra touch to an already sharp design. Pinterest Verona celebrate winning the title. Photograph: Colorsport/Rex/Shutterstock Pinterest Twitter Facebook 1. Milan home (1988-90) Edinson Cavani in Palermo pink. Photograph: Mike Palazzotto/EPA Pinterest Pinterest Pinterest features Twitter Juventus on their way to winning the Champions League in 1996. Photograph: Colorsport/Rex/Shutterstock Twitter • This article first appeared on The Gentleman Ultra• Follow Martin Dunlop and The Gentleman Ultra on Twitter European club football Twitter Topics Cagliari Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Vicenza playing Milan in 1977. Photograph: Alamy Twitter Twitter 13. Internazionale home (1988-90)On the subject of black and blue stripes, Internazionale have the blend just right. It’s hard to imagine the Nerazzuri shirt having the same impact if the blue were any lighter or darker. The combination is just right. There could have been a number of Inter jerseys in the top 15, but the 1988 Ulhsport-designed edition came out as pick of the bunch. 2. Fiorentina home (1998-99)Fila, Nintendo and Gabriel Batistuta in Fiorentina viola – it’s quite a combination. Though perhaps not one for the jersey purists, this strip is one of the most iconic of the modern Italian football era and is also loved by Goldeneye and Mario Kart enthusiasts. This was certainly the case for Franco Ficetola: “The image of this shirt on the Panini cards album must be one of those things that made me fall in love with football. It was there, purple and white, with the Nintendo sponsor, that was the only console I had back then. I used to play Super Mario Kart every day, so the fact that I was fond of Fiorentina that season came as no surprise.” Some strips become special due to their association with a particular player – and it’s difficult not to think of the great Batigol unleashing a thunderous shot when you see this Fiorentina classic. Pinterest Share on Twitter 3. Sampdoria home (1990-91)This list could have been filled with Sampdoria kits alone. The blue jersey with white, red and black horizontal stripes across the chest is instantly recognised the world over. This Asics strip was worn by an outstanding group of players including Pietro Vierchowod, Atillio Lombardo, Roberto Mancini and Gianluca Vialli, who led the Genovese side to their first and only Scudetto in 1990-91. It is also worth mentioning the club’s ever-cool badge, featuring the local sailor Baciccia smoking a pipe, which sits on the shirt’s left sleeve. An all-round work of art and more than worthy third-place in our top three. Twitter Rose Reilly: the Scottish footballer who won the World Cup as Italy captaincenter_img Facebook The simple sky-blue Napoli jersey is one of the most famous in football. The strip was brought to worldwide prominence when, somewhat incredibly, the club signed Diego Maradona in 1984. What makes the 1987 edition of the strip so special is that the club were sporting the Scudetto shield – in addition to the Coppa Italia badge – on their jersey for the first time, having won their first Serie A championship the previous season. Personally, this is an extra special strip for me as it was the first-ever full football kit I owned. Even more special was the fact that my two brothers and I were given the strips by our Aunt Rose Reilly, who was playing professionally in Italy at the time. Reuse this content 7. Roma home (1987-88)With their deep red and yellow club colours, Roma have had some outstanding jerseys over the years. The colour combination seems to lend itself to classy kits, and the 1987-88 jersey is a standout. Everything about this strip oozes Italian design at its finest, from the collar, badge and Barilla sponsor to the Ennerre logo. More than a shirt: how classic football kits became works of art 6. Vicenza home (1977-78)The second oldest strip on our list dates back to the 1977-78 season, when Paolo Rossi inspired Vicenza to second in Serie A, the club’s highest finish in the top flight. The players looked resplendent in their red and white stripes. The plain design with V-neck appeals to the purists out there. At a time when jersey sponsorship was banned, Vicenza had the logo of their wool company owners embroidered on the shirt. This was one of the first examples of shirt advertising, albeit by stealth. 10. Verona home (1984-85)Osvaldo Bagnoli led Verona to the Serie A title against all odds in the 1984-85 season. The miracle was also achieved in style, in this beautiful blue and yellow jersey. Verona resident Richard Hough says the strip is still fondly remembered in the city: “It’s a simple design, authentic city colours – happy memories!” A true classic. Facebook Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit pose after joining Milan in 1988. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images Facebook Twitter Roma take on Standard Liège in August 1987. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images Superb hair on show from the Atalanta squad in 1990. Photograph: Atalanta Facebook Facebook Gianluca Vialli playing for Sampdoria in 1990. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images The colours of champions. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images Jürgen Klinsmann playing in a Milan derby. Photograph: Bongarts/Getty Images Read more 8. Venezia home (1998-99)Possibly the most love-it-or-hate-it strip on our list. There really isn’t any way black, orange and green should work on a shirt, but somehow Venezia made the colours sing in this strip from the late 1990s. With its paint-splash effect, the Venezia kit is one of the most iconic of the modern Italian football era. The Álvaro Recoba wore the shirt – while on loan from Inter – adds to its allure. Pinterest Twitter Marco Benassi wears Torino’s special third-choice strip from 2014-15. Photograph: Aflo/REX/Shutterstock Read more Fiorentina 4. Juventus away (1995-96)The only away strip to make our list is one close to the hearts of Juventus supporters. Ricci Potts, one such fan, explains: “I love the boldness of it: the clash of the blue and yellow but particularly the vastness of the two stars on the shoulders. I thought this was a cool touch at the time, each star represents 10 Scudetti won and Juve are the only club with more than one so why not make them as huge as possible?” The strip’s most famous outing came in the 1996 Champions League final, when the Old Lady beat holders Ajax following a penalty shootout at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Facebook Pinterest Facebook Twitter Read more Diego Maradona in action for Napoli in 1988. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images Twitter Pinterest Italy has always been a home to style and some of the world’s finest sportswear manufacturers, so picking the top 15 kits in Serie A in the last 50 years was quite a task. To ensure a broad selection, we asked more than 30 writers and then brought in our readers, who added another kit to the list and decided on the final order. So, all that’s left is for you to grab a cappuccino, sit back and enjoy the collection.15. Cagliari home (1969-70)When Cagliari won their first and, to date, only Scudetto in 1969-70, they had a strip worthy of the occasion. Inspired by the goals of the magisterial Gigi Riva, the Sardinians became the first team from the Mezzogiorno (southern Italy) to win Serie A. More commonly associated with their red and blue halved shirts, the club’s traditional colours featured in the distinctive V-neck, the trim of which reached halfway down this splendid white jersey. In these colours, Cagliari became champions of Italy. Facebook Serie A Although the black and blue stripe pairing is more widely associated with Inter, this early 1990s gem from Atalanta is more than worthy of its place in our top 15. Simple and classy, typical of Ennerre designs from this era, the Atalanta strip reminds Neil Morris of those halcyon days when foreign football offered something new and exotic. “I had a weird obsession with Glen Strömberg and Claudio Caniggia in the late 1980s and early 1990s (I think it was the hair), and both players wore this absolute beauty from Ennerre while playing in Bergamo. I would love to get my hands on one of these.” Facebook The readers’ choice. Photograph: Lazio Lazio 5. Napoli home (1987-88) 9. Torino third (2014-15)Not too many people would have predicted a third-choice jersey would have made our list but Torino did something out of the ordinary in the in 2015-16 season. Luca Hodges-Ramon explains why this strip is so special: “Admire the elegance of the design, which comes as no surprise when talking about a Kappa kit. Appreciate the nod to modernity, with the #SempreForzaToro on the inside of the collar. Marvel at the subtlety of the navy base, complemented by the splash of granata on the collar and sleeves. And then there is the pièce de résistance: the large stylised print of the bull, adapted from the club’s emblem and nickname, Il Toro. Finally, in one of the most moving tributes I have seen on a football strip, the bull is shaped by the names of the most important players in Torino’s history, including the fallen heroes of the Grande Torino team who won five titles in a row before the Superga air disaster in 1949.” Nessun Dorma podcast: from Jack Charlton to Euro 96, via Paul Merson Pinterest Guardian Sport Network 14. Atalanta home (1990-91) Facebook Gabriel Batistuta in action for Fiorentina in 1998. Photograph: Alex Morton/Action Images Atalanta Twitter Venezia take on Roma in 1998. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Action Images There will be Serie A defenders from the late 1980s who still wake up in a cold sweat at the very thought of this jersey. Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten have ensured this strip – with its thinner stripes than most recent Milan offerings – has legendary status. Richard Hall recalls his father bringing him the jersey back from a trip to Italy, even though he had requested an Inter top: “I fell in love with Inter in this era but Milan also captured the imagination and were the first team I thought were unbeatable.” Ju Ralph also remembers being captivated by Sacchi’s side as they conquered all before them. “I was drawn into Italian football by that Milan team and Van Basten as they dominated the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was a perfect starter before the explosion of Italia 90 and everything that came from that. As a 10-year-old, the sight of Van Basten playing and scoring goals in a defensively tight league was something I hoped I could replicate – sadly it was only on the training pitch or in my garden.” A unanimous choice among Gentleman Ultra readers as the best Serie A jersey from the past 50 years.last_img read more

Sovcomflot Names Third STX Newbuild

first_imgzoom Russian shipping company Sovcomflot held a naming ceremony for the LNG carrier SCF Melampus, the third tanker in a series of vessels to be built under a partnership agreement between Sovcomflot and the South Korean shipyard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding. The first two tankers of the series, Velikiy Novgorod and Pskov, have already been put into operation on long-term contracts with Gazprom.These Atlanticmax LNG carriers have a load capacity of 170,200 cubic metres and are equipped with triple-fuel diesel electric power generation systems. The ships have the enforced ice class ‘Ice2’ and are designed to operate at low temperatures and in harsh climatic conditions. LNG carriers of this type are able to transport gas from the majority of existing export terminals.Sovcomflot will receive the fourth LNG carrier in the series, SCF Mitre, in the second quarter of 2015.Sovcomflot’s Senior Executive Vice-President Evgeniy Ambrosov said: “Gas transportation is a strategic priority for the development of Sovcomflot, whose specialists have the required experience and expertise in LNG shipping. SCF Group and Royal Dutch Shell have enjoyed many years of mutually beneficial cooperation, on the basis of bilateral relations as well as during large-scale international projects. We are grateful to our respected partners for the trust they have shown in operating these modern ships over the course of ten years. SCF Melampus is a high-tech LNG carrier, one of the best tankers in its class, with a unique design and technical specifications. I am sure that we will continue to provide reliable and safe LNG transportation for our charterer.”last_img read more

Minister Pleased Board Will Study Need for New School

first_imgHalifax Regional School Board’s move to have further discussion on the future of a new school for the south end of Halifax is encouraging, Education Minister Karen Casey said today, Dec. 1. The school board, on Wednesday, asked Superintendent Carole Olsen to consult with the advisory councils of three schools which could be closed to make way for one new school. The superintendent will report back to the board early in 2007. The minister has asked that the department’s regional education officer be included in discussions. Ms. Casey said she is confident the school advisory councils will ask for further consultation between the school board and the community before a final decision on a new school. “I am sure the three school advisory councils would tell the superintendent they want further consultation, which I personally support,” said Ms. Casey.last_img read more


first_imgWolfville, NS (July 20, 2017)- Devour! The Food Film Fest is thrilled to welcome Canadian film icon Gordon Pinsent as our guest curator for the 2017 Opening Night Gala Thursday, October 25 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Pinsent will attend the Opening Gala Reception at the Fountain Commons at Acadia University.The presence of the Newfoundland-born actor is the perfect pairing to this year’s festival theme, A Celebration of Canadian Cinema & Cuisine. The 2017 festivities will shine a spotlight on Canadian film and food in recognition of our nation’s sesquicentennial. Pinsent has personally selected The Hundred-Foot Journey directed by Lasse Hallström to screen at the opening of the festival.  “It has long been a desire of ours to invite Gordon Pinsent to our festival,” said Devour! Executive Director Michael Howell. “Having an iconic Canadian open Devour! as Guest Curator fulfills a long-time dream. In this year of celebrating Canada 150, it is only fitting that one of our greatest actors launches our Festival celebrating food and film.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Gordon Pinsent is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and playwright from Grand Falls, Newfoundland. Film roles include Away from Her, The Shipping News, and The Grand Seduction. Pinsent is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2010, he gained notoriety with a new generation of admirers when a CBC  comedy sketch of him reading Justin Bieber’s autobiography went viral. The autobiographical film River of My Dreams has been seen internationally this year, revitalizing our understanding of Pinsent as a Canadian treasure.Devour! is also pleased to announce that it has secured provincial funding to support the growth and development of the festival for the 2017/18 year through the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.“The Government of Nova Scotia is proud to invest $85,000 to support Devour! and to increase international exposure for the province’s film and culinary sectors,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Events such as Devour! not only showcase our culture and heritage to national and international audiences, they also enhance communities’ pride of place. Stronger, richer communities help to build a more vibrant province. In addition, Devour! increases the profile of our local filmmaking community while providing employment opportunities for many businesses including the local food and beverage and event management sectors.”Leading up to the October event, Devour! will be cultivating interest in the food film festival at home and abroad. August 2nd sees the team in New York partnering with The Long Beach International Film Festival to present Chefs & Shorts, a gala dinner with wine pairings inspired by short films.  Back in Nova Scotia, the team collaborates with Le Caveau Restaurant at Domaine de Grand Pré to present Devour! The Vines, an intimate five-course meal paired with wine and films set amongst the grapevines August 4, 25 and September 1. Finally, organizers will announce the full program August 22nd at George Brown College in the heart of downtown Toronto. A special public-ticketed event will follow on August 24th, A Taste of Devour! at the Luxe Appliance Studio featuring celebrity chefs cooking up dishes inspired by films from the upcoming 2017 program. Festival packages, film and industry session tickets will be available August 29th.“We’ve had a busy year of satellite events across Canada and around the world and already have a full roster booked for 2018,” said Devour! Managing Director Lia Rinaldo. “This is what will make Devour! sustainable for the long-term–working with global partners to bring a little piece of Devour! to them directly if they can’t make it to us in Wolfville this fall,”For more information about Devour! and to purchase tickets now to our summer events please visit: Devour!Combining cinematic talent with extraordinary culinary and wine creations, Devour! The Food Film Fest is the world’s largest festival focused on food and film. Taking place in the culinary epicenter of the province, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, the seventh edition of Devour! is slated for October 25-29, 2017.The LocationOnly one hour from Halifax and Stanfield International Airport, is the agricultural heartland of eastern Canada, a thriving wine region and the home of Acadia University, one of Canada’s pre-eminent educational institutions. A rich cultural landscape infuses the region and its people with a respect for the riches around us. No place could be more perfect as the home of Devour! Acclaim for Devour!“One of the 23 Top Festivals for Foodies in the World” -American Express Essentials“The New Napa of the North” -Gusto TV“Canada’s Secret Foodie Destination” -The Hollywood ReporterDiscover Devour!Devour! The Food Film Fest recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians. 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Report shows oilsands emissions over cap by 2030 unless GHG intensity falls

first_imgCALGARY – Canada’s oilsands production could grow to the point that its emissions exceed the Alberta government’s cap of 100 million tonnes per year by 2030, according to a forecast from the Canadian Energy Research Institute released Monday.On-site emissions from oilsands producers would grow from about 72 million tonnes in 2017 to 103 million tonnes in 2030 under a reference case scenario based on current company plans and technologies, it said.But Dinara Millington, vice-president of research for CERI, said the industry can grow without exceeding the cap if it continues to improve as it has in recent years.“If we take the historical decline in emissions per barrel from in-situ, mining and upgrading projects and if we were to apply these declines to the future production, then we can see that the emissions cap will not be reached,” she said in an interview.“For the industry to be able to achieve that, they will need to continuously improve their emission intensity every year.”Emissions produced per barrel from Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s Horizon oilsands mine are five per cent higher than the global oil average, executive vice-chairman Steve Laut said on a conference call last week. But he added the company has “a defined pathway” to take it below the average over the next several years.CERI’s reference case scenario envisions oilsands production rising from 2.8 million barrels per day in 2017 to 3.2 million bpd by 2020 and 4.09 million bpd in 2030.That’s down from CERI’s forecast a year ago that showed oilsands output rising to 3.4 million bpd by 2020 and 4.76 million bpd by 2030.“A bunch of project capacity has been cancelled so that is no longer part of our evaluation,” Millington said.“The ones that have been put on hold we have extended their timeline farther down the road.”The report forecasts that oilsands output would peak at about 5.5 million bpd by 2038.A new steam-driven oilsands project can be profitable with benchmark U.S. crude prices of just over US$60 per barrel and an expansion project needs just US$51.60 per barrel, making both financially feasible as West Texas Intermediate crude prices rose to above US$70 per barrel on Monday, CERI said.Bitumen and upgraded synthetic crude made up 61 per cent of total Canadian oil output and 82 per cent of Alberta’s total oil production in 2017, CERI reported.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNQ)last_img read more

Highway 29 closed at the Cache Creek Bridge

first_imgAccording to witnesses in the area, the highway is closed in both directions and could be closed until sometime Sunday afternoon.  At this point, the Ministry of Transportation and have not provided any updates on this collision.#BCHwy29N Reports of a closure due to a vehicle incident on Cache Creek Bridge near #FortStJohnBC. Crews are en route. Assessment in progress.— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) July 28, 2019Witnesses tell us the collision is between a motorcycle and another vehicle.  We have not been told the condition of anyone in the collision.If you’re in the area, let us know what you see, email UPDATE as of 2:30 p.m. – The highway is open in both directions.UPDATE as of 1:30 p.m. – Highway 29 is closed, in both directions. Vehicle incident between Watson Rd and Thompson Rd (17 km north of Halfway Rest Area). Road closed. Assessment in progress. Expected to open within the hour. Next update time Sun Jul 28 at 2:30 PM MST. Last updated Sun Jul 28 at 1:25 PM MST. (DBC-10473)FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Highway 29 is closed in both directions due to a collision near the Cache Creek Bridge.last_img read more

Morocco’s High-Speed Train Tests Launched This Week

Rabat – The National Office of Railroads announced on Thursday that the dynamic tests and initial operations of its new high-speed train line kicked off this week.In a communiqué released this Thursday, February 9, the office stated that a new phase of testing was launched this week, following the final tests on the traditional line in order to examine and ensure the smooth functioning of the high-speed trains on the conventional rail.According to the office, the tests are critical to verify the capability of all components of the high-speed system to reach 320 kilometers per hour, especially the train itself, which runs on the railway equipped with its own upper wires and electricity supply as well as an independent signaling and communication system. Preparations of the testing area were finished on on January 27. The office stated that all dynamic tests were done in gradual phases.The office explained that the first testing line runs up a distance of 40 kilometers and will slowly increase until it reaches 160 kilometers per hour. It added that the increase in speed will be gradual  eventually reaching 320 kilometers per hour over a distance of 100 kilometers.The preliminary state of the tests will cover the entire track and will include linking clips at stations of Tangier and Kenitra to ensure that railways infrastructure and the high-speed train vehicles match perfectly, highlighting that the goal is to finish construction by the summer of 2018.In parallel with these experiments, civil engineering works continue north of the line, having completed more than 175 kilometers out of 200. The office added that the railway construction works are still going at full speed, with more than 120 kilometers of railway tracks have been fully installed currently. They added that that the project records a development rate of 87% and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018. read more

Climate activists block entrance to London Stock Exchange

LONDON — Environmental activists are blocking the main entrance to the London Stock Exchange after gluing themselves to the doorway while wearing LED displays reading “climate emergency.”The Extinction Rebellion demonstrators also climbed on top of a Docklands Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station in east London as they focus on the city’s financial centres during the final day of protests in the capital. The group says the financial services industry is being targeted for “funding climate and ecological destruction.”Activists held signs saying “business as usual = death” and “don’t jail the canaries.”Some 1,000 people have been arrested during the protests, which started April 15. More than 10,000 police officers have been deployed in response to demonstrations that disrupted transportation by targeting bridges, intersections and commuter trains.The Associated Press read more

UN agency helping countries fight illegal fishing in Indian Ocean

Representatives from 13 Indian Ocean countries are meeting in Mauritius, under the auspices of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to focus on strengthening port security – a key tool for combating illegal fishing.“We are now on the threshold of a new era in addressing [illegal] fishing through the key compliance tool of port State measures… widely regarded to be one of the most cost-effective means of combating [illegal] fishing,” Ichiro Nomura, Assistant Director-General of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, told participants.Tighter port controls make it harder for illegal fishers to offload, refuel and take on supplies, and can include requiring boats to radio in prior to docking and in-port inspections.Illegal fishing in the Indian Ocean takes on many forms, including fishing without permission or out of season, harvesting prohibited species, using outlawed fishing gear and disregarding catch quotas. It is a particular concern in the western Indian Ocean and along the eastern coast of Africa, where fishing boats have taken advantage of the lack of strong enforcement measures in coastal countries. The two-day workshop comes on the heels of an international symposium organized by the Indian Ocean Commission in partnership with FAO, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission and the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission, during which country representatives, intergovernmental organizations, industry and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) discussed new measures taken in recent years against illegal fishing in the region.The stakes are high, particularly for the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, whose Executive Secretary, Alejandro Anganuzzi, warned that unless effective control measures are implemented soon, the sustainability of tuna fisheries in the region “might be compromised,” adding that port controls offer an attractive option, given their cost-effectiveness.In March 2007, 131 countries attending a high-level FAO meeting agreed to start work on a legally binding global agreement establishing common port control measures. 21 June 2007Representatives from 13 Indian Ocean countries are meeting in Mauritius, under the auspices of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to focus on strengthening port security – a key tool for combating illegal fishing. read more

Banks urged to be flexible with farmers facing cash crunch due to

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – Saskatchewan’s agriculture minister wants financial institutions to cut farmers some slack because of a grain transportation backlog.Lyle Stewart says he has written to all banks in the province urging them to be flexible with farmers facing a cash crunch because their grain isn’t getting to market.“I think the banks will recognize that there’s lots of value in the grain in those producers’ bins and they’ll be flexible, but I felt it appropriate to suggest that to them, that producers are a pretty good risk and we’d ask for some flexibility,” Stewart said Wednesday.Saskatchewan producers harvested a record crop of 38.4 million tonnes last year, but much of the crop is sitting in bins because of railway transportation delays.Farmer don’t get paid until the grain gets to market.“I know that cash flow is very tight for some of them, that’s for sure,” said Stewart. “When it comes right down to it, they have a lot of money tied up in their grain inventory, hundreds of thousands, in some cases millions of dollars, and so they’re a long ways from bankrupt.“But certainly cash flow is a serious issue, particularly as we get closer to seeding and that time of the year when producers need to spend a lot of money.”The Alberta Federation of Agriculture, the British Columbia Agricultural Council, the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan and Manitoba’s Keystone Agricultural Producers have warned the backlog is so bad that some farmers won’t have enough cash to pay for seeding this year.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said Monday that it may be time for the federal government to mandate service agreements or mandate the number of rail cars to get grain moving.Liberal MP Ralph Goodale said federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt should use emergency powers under the Canada Transportation Act to get grain moving. Goodale said the law allows the minister to step in when there’s “an extraordinary disruption” in the effective continued operation of the national transportation system.“That’s what we’ve got here. We’ve got major chaos in western grain handling and transportation,” the Regina MP said.Railways blame the backlog on the size of the harvest and cold weather. They say they must use shorter trains during freezing temperatures to ensure brakes can be used properly — and that means less capacity.Goodale said part of the problem is getting the capacity in locomotive power and rolling stock, the cars used to move the grain.“The railways have not gone out and acquired that locomotive power. Some of the railways have in the United States. The Canadian railways have not. CP, in fact, has reduced its locomotive power this winter,” he said.“So one of the orders would be, I would think, make sure you’ve got the capacity, both in rolling stock, but especially in locomotive power, to be able to move this crop.” Banks urged to be flexible with farmers facing cash crunch due to grain backlog by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 5, 2014 2:53 pm MDT read more

The urban consumer in a low carbon world

Cheap product and simplicity of ownership are the key drivers to take-up of electric and hybrid vehicles, suggests a panel of experts, chaired by What Car? Editor-in-Chief, Chas Hallett, at the SMMT International Automotive Summit.Following a clear-cut opening remark from Thierry Koskas, Global Head of Electric Vehicles at Renault, that “those who think customers buy electric vehicles solely because they’re green will be sorely disappointed”, fellow panel members, Bethan Carver, Manager of Product Development at EDF and Dr Ben Lane, Director at transport solutions consultancy STS, discussed some of the key challenges to the take-up of electric vehicles and, crucially, some of those that have been overplayed.For example, research has shown that motorists focus heavily on the day-to-day costs of motoring, such as refuelling and actually find the procedure of charging vehicles at home, off-peak, perfectly convenient, suggesting that the extent of public and on-street charging infrastructure is far from being the largest obstacle to EV ownership. And with the majority of motorists only travelling around 30 miles per day, electric vehicles with a 100 mile-plus range have proven wholly adequate for consumers.With an education programme on the safety of home-charging firmly under way, growing appreciation of the technological features of new ultra-low carbon vehicles and the pleasurable driving experience they offer – electric vehicles that provide high levels of torque and acceleration – there was confidence amongst the panel that these vehicles will be the mass market model of the future.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Kazakhstan lifts four year freeze on issuing new mineral exploration licenses

first_imgKazakhstan has lifted a four year freeze on issuing new mineral exploration licences to develop new deposits, and has invited investors to start bidding in May for rights to develop the large mineral wealth. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev urged the government to lift the ban, which expired last year. Kazakhstan is estimated to have the second largest uranium, chromium, lead and zinc reserves in the world as well as large quantities of manganese, copper, coal, iron and gold. Kazakh Industry and New Technologies Minister, Aset Isekeshev said “In May we will start accepting bids from potential investors for an open tender for licences of mineral deposits.”last_img read more

Rusev on why he missed Smackdown Live PostSmackdown Live videos

first_img Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte May 17, 2017 at 7:17 pm Facebook Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns: Leukemia Is In Remission Now Playing Up Next May 18, 2017 at 11:53 am TheCyberZon 5 COMMENTS Richie Sheaffer Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles May 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Brad Bonesteel Now Playing Up Next Rusev is no longer a big deal anyhow. Much like Koslov, Great Khali, Ryback, etc etc… all the big “monster” heels always start off dominant & then they become jokes or mid-carders. Braun Stroman will be next! So he shirked wrestling (his job) for a hockey game? Well,we’ll probably see him as a hockey player when his wrestling career is over.center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Shawn Michaels May 18, 2017 at 8:07 am Rusev on why he missed Smackdown LiveRusev, who was advertised to appear on Smackdown Live last night to address Shane McMahon and the WWE Championship, issued the following tweet explaining why he didn’t make an appearance on the show in Manchester.Sorry #SmackDownLIVE I had to make the @PredsNHL game. See you when I see you.— Rusev (@RusevBUL) May 17, 2017Post-Smackdown Live videosWWE posted these videos following last night’s Smackdown Live in Manchester. WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins May 17, 2017 at 12:48 pm Cameron Huff Rob Giles Comments are closed. Agreed. The only reason Rusev has been relevant recently was because Lana came out with him. Now that they seem to be splitting them apart so that Lana can compete in the women’s division, most won’t care if they ever see Rusev again. So.. now Erick Rowen is a side show act? Twitter Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles WWE’s Sasha Banks Confirms “No One KNew” About Roman Reigns’ Leukemia HA! XD You tell ’em Rusev! F*ck Shane McMannequin & all the rest of WWE’s booking idiots. They don’t give a sh*t about you anyway so give them the same treatment. “See you when I see you.” Yeah dude! And the Predators even won. =D Google+ Roman Reigns is in Remission Pinterest Seth Rollinslast_img read more

Sewage runoff from Tijuana River forces beach closure in Imperial Beach

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom February 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) — Sewage-contaminated runoff from the Tijuana River forced beach closures near the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday.The shoreline from the border to the northern boundary of the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife refuge was closed after testing showed unsafe water quality, according to the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health.Officials also issued a precautionary advisory for the beach from the slough boundary to Carnation Avenue in Imperial Beach.The closure and advisory will remain in place until testing confirms water quality meets health standards, the agency said.The unhealthy water quality comes after a Friday morning incident in which a partial power failure at a treatment facility in Tijuana allowed an estimated 560,000 gallons of water to flow through the Tijuana River across the border unhindered, according to the International Boundary and Water Commission.Officials sample the water quality in the area weekly, the environmental health department said, and sewage from the Tijuana River frequently results in closures during the winter rainy season. Sewage runoff from Tijuana River forces beach closure in Imperial Beachlast_img read more

Police searching for jewelry thief in Coral Gables

first_imgThe subject was described as having a thin build, 160 to 170 pounds, 17 to 25 years old with dreadlocks tied in a bun. He was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt and dark gray jeans.If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are looking for an armed man who they believe followed the victim to his Coral Gables house before robbing him.The victim’s home surveillance cameras were rolling during the moments he realized he was followed to his house near Ingraham Highway and Douglas Road around 11:50 a.m., Saturday.According to police, the victim was returning to his residence when he saw a white BMW pull up to the bottom of his driveway. The subject exited the passenger side of the vehicle and pointed a handgun at the victim.“He noticed a vehicle pulled up to his driveway,” said Coral Gables Police Sgt. Tom Salcedo. “For the victim, if you see the video, it was very frightening, especially when someone has a handgun pointed at you.”The victim ran away from the subject and fell. That’s when police believe he dropped the bag of jewelry containing an undisclosed amount of jewelry.The subject grabbed the bag and took off in the BMW.“A lot of people just set up in banks, and if they see people carrying out bags, they will follow them,” Salcedo said. “To most cases, that happens a lot.” last_img read more

Low snow causes havoc again with Iditarod

first_imgPete Kaiser in the 2015 Iditarod ceremonial start. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)Another low snow year in Alaska is playing havoc with the world’s most famous sled dog race, at least for the start.The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race always begins with a ceremonial, fan-friendly start through the streets and trails of Anchorage.But this year, the race’s chief executive officer says he’s worried there won’t be enough snow in Anchorage. Stan Hooley says the ceremonial start will be held “in some fashion” and is hoping Mother Nature will cooperate in the next few weeks.Anchorage has a normal seasonal snowfall of 74.5 inches. This year, so far, only 25.8 inches of snow have fallen.Meteorologist Luis Ingram says there’s no snow in the seven-day forecast.The Iditarod board will decide Friday whether the official start will be 75 miles north of Anchorage as normal, or whether to move the start to Fairbanks, like the board did last year.last_img read more