DMK will support resolution against FDI in Parliament, ties with Cong won’t be affected: Karunanidhi

first_imgWaving a red flag over FDI in multi-brand retail and threatening to put spokes in the Centre’s pro-reform moves, the DMK – a dominant constituent of the Congress-led UPA – on Monday expressed its readiness to support a resolution in Parliament even if it is moved by the Opposition.”We will support it,” DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi told the media after the party’s executive committee meeting. This, he said without any hesitation when asked what the party’s stand would be in the event of the Opposition tabling a resolution against FDI in the retail sector.”We will not participate in the cabinet expansion and that is the reason,” was the octogenarian’s response when probed further.Coming a day after he turned down the PM’s offer for Cabinet or minister of state slots in the much-awaited ministerial expansion, this is seen as a shrewd move of the party attempting to keep the Congress at a safe distance ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.Yet, the DMK is not willing to rock the UPA II boat in the near future.Differences on some issues, Karunanidhi maintained, would not affect the party’s ties with the Congress. “They (the differences) can be sorted out,” he said and refused to accept the suggestion that the PM turning down the demand for any rethink on the reforms could be taken as a ‘challenge’. “We are striving to address the problems faced by the people and hope that the PM would take into account our views,” he pointed out.Apart from reiterating its earlier demand for a reconsideration of FDI in retail, the party executive passed a resolution pressing for the rejection of the Kelkar panel recommendations in toto, raising serious apprehensions about its impact. With this, the DMK is being seen as making common cause with the Opposition.Yet, the Congress’ southern ally does not appear to be in any haste. The DMK president sought to play down the formation of a third front or the party gravitating towards it. “Questions regarding the Third Front should be put to those engaged in its formation. We are not thinking about it,” was his terse response to a query.Offering a rationale for his party still remaining in the UPA, the octogenarian explained that the DMK was against communal forces gaining an upper hand and reactionary elements forming the government.”I am neither an astrologer nor a believer in astrology,” he quipped, dismissing rumours about a snap poll.Asked about the multi-crore granite scam in which his grandson and Union Minister M K Alagiri’s son, Durai Dayanidhi is an accused, the veteran politician sought a CBI probe to unearth the entire gamut of the scandal. “Otherwise, it will smack of a political witch hunt,” he said.On the 2G spectrum scam, in which the party is neck deep with the patriarch’s daughter Kanimozhi, MP, and Dalit leader from the state A Raja facing the trial, the party executive appealed to the Centre to file its review petition on auction before the Supreme Court. The review petition was withdrawn after the Presidential reference.The executive committee decided to observe a ‘Black Day’ on October 5 with a state-wide human chain programme by sporting black shirts to protest the vindictive and anti-people policies of the Jayalalithaa Government.advertisementlast_img read more

Lemar plays down Arsenal & Liverpool talk

first_imgTransfers New France hero Lemar plays down transfer talk as Arsenal & Liverpool wait on 05:03 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thomas Lemar France Getty Images Transfers Arsenal France v Netherlands Liverpool v Arsenal Netherlands France Liverpool WC Qualification Europe Premier League Thomas Lemar Monaco Asked whether he would follow the likes of Mbappe, Bakayoko and Mendy in finding a new club, the 21-year-old said he remained a Monaco player Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar underlined his commitment to Monaco after a stunning performance for France on Thursday. The 21-year-old put the Netherlands to the sword with two goals in the second half at Stade de France, the first of which was a truly spectacular left-footed volley from outside the area. It is that sort of talent which has brought Lemar to the attention of the two Premier League giants, with speculation that a move to either the Emirates Stadium or Anfield could be completed before Thursday transfer deadline.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘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 Speaking at the final whistle following France’s 4-0 demolition of the Oranje, however, the player pointed out that he remained first and foremost loyal to his current employers.”We’ll see what happens, but for the moment I’m at Monaco, and I’m very happy over there,” he told reporters when asked about his future. Monaco will be keen to hold onto their gem, after seeing Kylian Mbappe leave for Paris Saint-Germain on deadline day. The teenager joins the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko in leaving during a painful window for the Ligue 1 champions, who must now hope Lemar bucks the trend and stays put in the principality.last_img read more

US prosecutors issue subpoenas seeking information from Fifa, IOC and IAAF

first_imgUS federal prosecutors are conducting an extensive investigation into global sports corruption, including at Fifa and the international and US Olympics organisations, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing a grand jury subpoena.As part of the investigation, the justice department is looking at possible racketeering, money laundering and fraud charges related to the world athletics championships and the business executives who have consulted on bids for various other elite competitions, the Times reported. The investigation is being conducted by the US attorney’s office for the eastern district of New York in Brooklyn, which has previously investigated Fifa and systematic doping in Russia. “The office can neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation,” Tyler Daniels, spokesman for the US attorney’s office, told the Guardian.The subpoena, one of a number that were delivered in January, solicited documents, testimony and financial records dating to 2013. Since then, the United States has won bids to host the 2021 world athletics championships in Eugene, Oregon and the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.The subpoena did not explicitly refer to the Los Angeles Olympics bid, but did focus on the world governing body for track and field, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the newspaper said. The IAAF awarded the sport’s 2019 world championships to Doha, Qatar, and the 2021 event to Eugene.The people asked to provide information, including personal and corporate bank records, were expected to appear in federal court in Brooklyn as soon as this week, the Times reported.A spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee declined to comment on Wednesday and a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee did not immediately respond to a request, the newspaper reported. A spokeswoman for the IAAF said it had not been contacted by US investigators. Share on Pinterest Athletics Support The Guardian Share via Email IAAF news Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Football politics Since you’re here…center_img International Olympic Committee Fifa Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Sport politics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Villarreal vs Real Madrid: TV, stream & preview

first_imgReal Madrid Villarreal vs Real Madrid: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Getty Real Madrid Villarreal v Real Madrid Villarreal Primera División Zinedine Zidane’s side will close their 2017-18 Liga season with a visit to Estadio de la Ceramica on Saturday Real Madrid will end their 2017-18 La Liga campaign with a trip to Villarreal on Saturday.The result means little to either side, with Real’s eye firmly on the Champions League final on May 26 and Villarreal having already secured a place in next season’s Europa League.Both sides will fight to round the domestic campaign off with a victory, though, with there still being hope that Zinedine Zidane’s side can snatch second place from Madrid rivals Atletico. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Game Villarreal vs Real Madrid Date Saturday, May 19 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Football and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Villarreal players Goalkeepers Asenjo, Fernandez, Barbosa Defenders Gaspar, A. Gonzalez, Semedo, Marin, Ruiz, Costa, Rukavina, Bonera, Torres, Castano Midfielders Cheryshev, Fornals, Castillejo, Al Dawsari, Trigueros, Hernandez, Rodri, Fuego, Soriano, Bruno, Guerra, M. Gonzalez, Garcia, Chuca, Suarez Forwards Bacca, Unal, Sansone, Martinez, Raba, Poveda Villarreal’s top scorer, Carlos Bacca, will continue to the lead the line against Real, while Denis Cheryshev may come into the team against his former club.The winger has been used primarily as a substitute this season but did score in the club’s 4-2 victory over Deportivo La Coruna last time out, having replaced Samu Castillejo.Potential Villarreal starting XI: Asenjo; Gaspar, A. Gonzalez, Ruiz, Costa; Rodri, Trigueros, Castillejo, Fornals, Cheryshev; Bacca Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Casilla, Luca Defenders Ramos, Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Theo Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Isco, Asensio, Kovacic Forwards Bale, Benzema, Vazquez, Ronaldo Zinedine Zidane is expected to heavily alter his starting XI ahead of the Champions League final with Liverpool on May 26.Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal have both returned to full training, though are unlikely to feature ahead of the European showdown in Kiev.Potential Real Madrid starting XI:  Casilla; Achraf, Vallejo, Nacho, Theo; Vazquez, Kovacic, Llorente, Asensio; Mayoral, BaleBetting & Match Odds Madrid are favourites to triumph on Saturday, with dabblebet backing last year’s Liga winners at 13/10 . Villarreal are backed at 17/10, while the draw is 11/4.dabblebet customers can watch and bet on the game if they have a funded or active account. T&Cs apply. Match Preview Karim Benzema Real Madrid Bayern Munich UEFA Champions LeagueReal Madrid can be forgiven for focusing their attention on the Champions League final.Zidane and his side’s success will be determined by the outcome of the Kiev showdown with Liverpool after Barcelona claimed the Liga title with relative ease this term.Real are likely to end the season locked in third position, though if they pick up a victory here on Saturday and Atletico Madrid lose at home to Eibar on Sunday, then Los Blancos would usurp their rivals to finish as runners-up as a result of their superior goal difference.Last season’s champions have only won two of their last six league meetings against Villarreal, however, while the Estadio de la Ceramica side have won four of their last five at on home soil.In fact, only title-winners Barcelona have beaten Javier Calleja’s men since the early stages of April.Gareth Bale, linked with a summer exit from the Spanish giants in the summer, has now scored in three consecutive league appearances for the first time since April 2016 and will continue in the Real attack this weekend.Whether or not he is included in the XI to face Liverpool the following week may depend on his performance against the Yellow Submarine.last_img read more

2 days agoLampard warns Chelsea against complacency ahead of Burnley trip

first_imgLampard warns Chelsea against complacency ahead of Burnley tripby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard has warned Chelsea not get complacent after they notched up a sixth straight victory against Ajax on Wednesday night.Michy Batshuayi’s late strike put the Blues top of Group H after three Champions League matches.Burnley are up next for Lampard’s side, but the former England international has sent a warning to his players.”I’m already thinking about Burnley,” said Lampard.”I said to the players to win five games in a row is great but it’s dangerous because you can get lax but to win six games in a row is even more dangerous.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Party Hard in the Big Easy this Spring at These Boozy New Orleans Festivals

first_img 1 of 4 New Orleans may be known as The Big Easy, but this March the festive city sure isn’t taking it easy when it comes to good food and tasty libations. For the second year in a row, the Crescent City will be lit up with big, beautiful, boozy celebrations featuring some of the best culinary creations and crazy cocktails in the country. If you’re looking for a mouth-watering way to ring in the spring (and enjoy some damn good entertainment while you do), hit up some of these great NOLA spring festivals.New Orleans Bourbon Festival Next If you’re planning to hit up the Top Taco festival on March 15, boy have we got some good news for you: this year, you can start the festivities early with Agave Week, a tequila-fueled build-up to the food fest. The six-day festival is all about celebrating the wonders of agave and mezcal (a distilled alcoholic beverage made from native Mexican agave plants).In case you’re worried there won’t be enough tequila to go around during Agave Week, rest assured: it all starts at Superior Grill, with The World’s Largest Bloody Maria Brunch – sponsored by Milagro Tequila – where guests can nosh on delicious brunch foods and enjoy a massive Bloody Maria bar that includes over 60 different accouterments for creating your perfect drink. Can’t settle for just one? That’s alright, a cool $20 will get you bottomless Bloody Marias.As the week continues, enjoy a 5-course pairing dinner where you can eat way too much food (#noregrets) while learning all there is to know about Oaxaca cuisine (delicious recipes from the gorgeous Mexican City of Oaxaca). Each course in the dinner is paired with a unique cocktail from Suerte Tequila.Get your party on at a swingin’ soiree hosted by local hotspot Johnny Sanchez or share some tapas and sample what could be your new favorite spirit at the Blue Nectar Tequila Launch Party at Barú Bistro. Want to watch a bit of hearty competition? Head over to the Hornitos Margarita Mix-off, where six restaurants will compete for a spot in Top Taco’s VIP lounge aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen, followed by an after-party with a traditional pig roast, El Mayor cocktails, and all you can eat tacos. Other activities will include a silent auction, interactive demos, and an epic scavenger hunt that will send you bar-crawling through the French Quarter.Get TicketsTop Taco Festival Editors’ Recommendations After a raucous inaugural festival in 2017, Top Taco is back and bigger than ever this year, with a new venue in NOLA’s Woldenberg Park where you can indulge in tequila, tacos, and more along the Mighty Mississip’. Top Taco (presented by Corona Extra and Paddlewheeler Creole Queen) will serve as the epic conclusion to Agave Week and invites guests to sample culinary creations from over 50 acclaimed area restaurants and 40 different spirits and beverages – including a super-hot Ghost Tequila for anyone brave enough to try it.The hoopla begins March 14, with an official pre-party sponsored by Casamigos. Legendary local DJ Mannie Fresh will be spinning fresh hip-hop and old school classics to get party-goers warmed up for the full festivities. Don’t worry if your sweet dance moves aren’t quite up to snuff – complimentary Top Taco cocktail samples from Barcadia will have you feeling footloose in no time.The party moves into full swing on March 15, with a smorgasbord of food, fun, and booze to keep you feeling free and easy. Chefs and mixologists will compete for bragging rights and a seat in the festival’s VIP lounge, with attendees voting to hand out awards for Top Creative Taco, Top Traditional Taco, Top Creative Tequila Cocktail, and Top Traditional Margarita. A panel of expert judges will be faced with the task of selecting Top Silver, Reposado, and Añejo Tequilas from a field of nearly 100 different varieties (you can just sit back and soak up the samples on this one). No NOLA festival would be complete without a toe-tapping, hip-swinging, smooth live soundtrack, and this year’s lineup is bursting with so much quintessential Big Easy musical flavor that it’s sure to reverberate right down to your bones and have you on your feet from dawn to dusk. Hot Salsa stars Muevelo, funk-and-soul group Los Po-Boy-Citos and Afro-Cuban jazz band Otra will be laying down the grooves for the main festival while local legends The Iguanas are rocking out in the VIP Lounge.Tickets for the event range from $69 all the way up $125 for VIP Tickets that grant admission to the festival’s VIP lounge aboard the Creole Queen, where you can enjoy live music, private tequila tastings, an open bar, and food from eight exclusive area restaurants while you drift along the Mississippi.Stick around for an extra day and round out the week Louisiana-style with a seasonal crawfish boil at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar, complete with complimentary samples of their Top Taco Patron Pineapple Crawfish Boil Margarita.Proceeds from both Agave Week and Top Taco will benefit One Heart NOLA, a non-profit dedicated to fundraising and spreading awareness for the city’s foster children and their families.Get TicketsIf you’re sick of waiting around for spring to arrive, ditch the cold temps and head down to New Orleans to warm your cockles with a little hardy-partying, a lot of food and booze, and plenty of irresistible entertainment. The Big Easy’s waiting for you! Next Previous 1 of 5 Bourbon-lovers and foodies alike will find plenty to get jazzed about at the second annual New Orleans Bourbon Festival, which runs March 7 – 10. This year’s theme is Bourbon Generations, and the festival will feature a full lineup of families from long lines of Master Distillers and nearly 90 different bourbon varieties. The four-day extravaganza will open with a bourbon cocktail competition hosted by legendary mixologist and cocktail connoisseur Bobby “G” Gleason, where eight bartenders will go head-to-head whipping up their best Jim Beam concoctions.From there, the tasty treats and smooth spirits just keep on coming with four-course pairing dinners at local restaurants that will be hosted by Master Distillers from across the nation and feature bourbon pairing for every single course. Purchase a VIP ticket to one of the dinners to soak up some more Crescent City spirit and enjoy a night cap (or several) at the Bourbon & Burlesque after party.On March 9 and 10, party-goers can attend over 30 live panel seminars with industry experts discussing everything from Bourbon History to Bourbon and Cigar Pairing. After you’ve absorbed some knowledge, head to the festival’s pièce de résistance: The Grand Tasting, featuring a “Bourbon-bazaar” filled with goods and souvenirs, live music from jazz pianist Matt Lemmler, and – naturally – lots and lots of bourbon! VIP Ticket holders can enjoy access to the festival’s speakeasy lounge, complete with offerings from top-shelf distillers.If you fancy yourself a bourbon aficionado, wrap up your festival experience by sticking around for an exclusive Stave & Thief Society Executive Bourbon Steward Class on Monday, March 12.A portion of the proceeds from the Bourbon Festival will benefit Kids Can NOLA, a local charity dedicated to children’s causes throughout the area.Get TicketsTop Taco Agave Week 1 of 7 America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Previous Next Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know Previous last_img read more

NIDS will Create Foundation for Digital Economy

first_img General Manager, Caribbean Country Department, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Therese Turner-Jones, says the National Identification System (NIDS) will lay the foundation for Jamaica to become a digital economy. General Manager, Caribbean Country Department, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Therese Turner-Jones, says the National Identification System (NIDS) will lay the foundation for Jamaica to become a digital economy.The digital economy is the worldwide network of economic activities, commercial transactions and professional interactions that are enabled by information and communications technology (ICT).The Government is emphasising the creation of a digital society in order to drive growth, create opportunities for businesses, promote innovation and create jobs.“Prime Minister (the Most Hon. Andrew) Holness actually announced a few months ago that he would like Jamaica to become a digital economy, but you can’t have a digital economy unless there is a digital signature and a lot of our documents can be done electronically,” she pointed out.She was speaking at the inaugural Public Sector Corporate Governance Awards Ceremony at The Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on December 13.The IDB recently approved a US$68-million loan to the Government for the design and implementation of the National Identification System (NIDS).The loan will also cover the necessary systems to ensure the safeguarding of personal information.“I want to say that your international partners have recognised that you have come a long way, and that was probably one of the easiest meetings I have sat in at the IDB approving a loan for Jamaica,” Mrs. Turner-Jones said.“There were a lot of comments about Jamaica being a model for reform, not just in the Caribbean but in all of Latin America in terms of some of the initiatives you are taking,” she said.NIDS, which is scheduled for implementation in 2019, will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans.Under the system, each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), which they will have for life.Mrs. Turner-Jones pointed out that the NIDS will be the first national identification system rolled out in the Caribbean.“IDB has worked with other countries in the region on it, but this will be the first one here. There was a lot of talk about how this will help improve a lot of the social problems that Jamaica is experiencing, (and) there were many references to people with special needs and disabilities,” she said.Implementation of the NIDS is supported by the National Identification and Registration Bill, which was passed in both Houses of Parliament in November.With the US$68-million funding, the Government intends to put the NIDS infrastructure and systems in place over the next 12 months, beginning with a pilot project.This is expected to be followed by the national roll-out in September 2019, over a three- to four-year period.The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provide more enhanced services. “Prime Minister (the Most Hon. Andrew) Holness actually announced a few months ago that he would like Jamaica to become a digital economy, but you can’t have a digital economy unless there is a digital signature and a lot of our documents can be done electronically,” she pointed out. “I want to say that your international partners have recognised that you have come a long way, and that was probably one of the easiest meetings I have sat in at the IDB approving a loan for Jamaica,” Mrs. Turner-Jones said. Story Highlightslast_img read more

BHP to Improve Safety by Using Drones in Ocean Freight Ops

first_imgAfter becoming an early adopter of drones across its mine sites, international resources company BHP has started introducing drones into its ocean freight operations. As explained by the company, this provides “enormous safety benefits and efficiency gains”.Although the project is still in the trial phase, BHP’s Vice President of Marketing Freight, Rashpal Bhatti, sees the potential for drones to be a key part of a tablet-based technological package, incorporating artificial intelligence that provides captains a digital view of their ship.“All of our chartered ships receive a tablet when they berth. And on the tablet they can read the tension of the mooring line which has major safety benefits,’’ Bhatti said.“The question now is can the same tablet become a holistic technological package by also delivering ship hold inspection data, draft readings and other critical information captured by drones. It’s all a bit futuristic but that is the direction we are going,’’ he added.BHP was an early adopter of #drones across its mine sites. Now drones are taking flight at BHP’s ocean freight operations, providing enormous #safety benefits and #efficiency gains. Discover more → https://t.co/YXVb38aruj pic.twitter.com/2ervQ5ltq2— BHP (@bhp) October 11, 2018Like the drones being used across other parts of BHP’s operations, marine drones can be programmed to carry a range of specific tasks.In the ocean freight business, there are clear and immediate advantages from using drones in the inspection of holds and in the taking of draft readings. Then there is their nimbleness in the seemingly simple but important task of advising the ship’s bridge on the water position of the rudder, BHP said.Hold inspection reports would continue to be independent assessments but the use of drones promises to cut inspection times per hold from an hour to 15 minutes.“The hold inspection process involves ships which have five to nine holds which a person checks by climbing down ladders. The inspector has to be physically fit, use fall protection, and carry a parrot (oxygen meter) to make sure there is enough air in the hold. And it takes a lot of time,’’ Bhatti explained.“With drones, we can fly them into a hold and capture 4K images, but also infra-red, and other types of cameras that can show cracks or other specific parameters that cannot be seen with the naked eye. There are basically three or four types of ships with hold sizes about the same. So once you program a drone to go into a certain ship, it can become an autonomous process. So you have a better way to assess the condition of the hold, and you are removing a person from a potentially hazardous situation,’’ Bhatti further said.BHP is also testing the use of drones to improve the safety, time and cost of ship draft readings. This is usually done from a boat when the ship is berthed and ready for a cargo.One of the logistical challenges to overcome is to get the drones on ships when they are offshore at anchorage, as distinct from being berthed, according to the company.“We are working with ship owners on this and other ways to use technology to improve safety and productivity,’’ Bhatti continued.BHP ships more than 300 million tons of iron ore, coal and copper around the world annually. More than 1,500 voyages are made, making BHP one of the largest charterers of dry bulk carriers in the world.last_img read more

Six stories in the news for today Aug 10

first_imgSix stories in the news for Thursday, Aug. 10———B.C. TO OUTLINE NEXT STEPS ON TRANS MOUNTAINTwo key NDP cabinet ministers in British Columbia are expected to outline the government’s next steps today on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. No details have been revealed about the announcement by Attorney General David Eby and Environment Minister George Heyman, but the future of the $7.4-billion project has been heavily scrutinized since the NDP government came to power.———TRUDEAU ‘PLEASED AND RELIEVED’ PASTOR FREED IN NORTH KOREAAn Ontario church is celebrating the release of its pastor from a North Korean prison on “sick bail” more than two years after he was arrested for crimes against the state and sentenced to life with hard labour. In a statement early today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “pleased and relieved” that Hyeon Soo Lim had been released and that the government is working to ensure he receives whatever medical attention he needs.———B.C. TOURISM AFFECTED BY WILDFIRESTourism officials are starting to assess the impact of devastating wildfires in British Columbia and have received mixed feedback on the toll so far on the travel sector. Maya Lange of Destination BC, the province’s tourism planning and marketing corporation, says businesses outside the fire zone have reported cancellations. Lange says data reflecting the financial cost of the fires won’t be ready for another two to three months.———SOLDIERS TO HELP HANDLE ASYLUM SEEKS AT QUEBEC BORDERAbout 100 soldiers have set up camp near the Quebec-U.S. border to help fellow authorities cope with the crush of asylum seekers crossing into Canada. More than two dozen tents have been erected to accommodate up to 500 people. The soldiers will have no role in security and will not take part in any law-enforcement duties. A Quebec government official says 2,620 people asylum seekers are currently being housed in temporary accommodation in Montreal.———ONE DEAD IN SARNIA, ONT., AFTER SUSPECTED OPIOID USEPolice in Sarnia, Ont., have issued a public safety notice after one person died and two others were taken to hospital last evening due to suspected drug overdoses. Police say the drug involved was thought to be cocaine but is now believed to have been laced with the dangerous opioid fentanyl. Police say the three overdoses occurred over five hours.———CHASE THE ACE FEVER BUILDS IN NEWFOUNDLANDThe chase for the elusive ace of spades will continue in Newfoundland after huge crowds descended packed a community on the outskirts of St. John’s for a chance to win the $1.42-million jackpot. George Chaulk of Goulds had the lucky ticket to draw a card last night, but drew the nine of spades for a consolation prize is $185,014. Chase the Ace is like a 50-50 draw in which players buy numbered tickets for about $5 each.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chiefs will meet with AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde and Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould in Wolfville.— Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will tour Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project in Hardistay.last_img read more

Uber says ridehailing rules mean limiting its service to Metro Vancouver

first_imgVANCOUVER — Uber says it has applied to operate its ride-hailing service in Metro Vancouver but not the rest of British Columbia.Michael van Hemmen, Uber’s head of western Canada, says the company remains interested in providing service across the province but proposed regulations aren’t conducive to operations in smaller municipalities.In a statement, the company says it has relayed its concerns to the provincial government about the need for a Class 4 drivers licence for its drivers, which is also required for services like limousines, ambulances and commercial truck drivers.It says there’s no empirical data that shows any safety benefit to requiring drivers to hold a Class 4 licence compared with a Class 5 licence when there’s been strict screening for safe driving history.The company says it has proposed a two-year pilot program to study the safety record of ride-hailing drivers and relevant Class 4 licence holders. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Moroccan Soldier Fatally Shot 3 Others Injured in Central African Republic

Rabat – A Moroccan Blue Helmet was killed this Sunday in the city of Bangassou in the southeastern Central African Republic, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINSUCA) has announced.The Moroccan UN peacekeeper was killed during an ambush by the mainly Christian militia Anti-Balaka against the group of Moroccan soldiers who were on their way back from a humanitarian mission to escort trucks filled with water to save the city of Bangassou from thirst.#Centrafrique : Un casque bleu de la #MINUSCA tué dimanche lors d’une attaque des anti-Balaka à #Bangassou https://t.co/CYzkX86Gju pic.twitter.com/BwlLB2ZVdw— MINUSCA (@UN_CAR) July 24, 2017In a statement, the UN mission condemned the ambush and expressed condolences to families of the victims. The city of Bangassou has seen increased violence the last few days as part of the country’s ongoing civil war. Earlier that Sunday, the militias attacked a cathedral, hosting refugees forced to leave their homes, and on Friday, members of the Anti-Balaka kidnapped a Muslim woman.Since 2015, the number of Moroccan soldiers killed among the blue helmets of MINUSCA has totaled to six, in addition to many injured. read more

Ban calls on Liberias partners to stay the course

15 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Liberia’s partners to continue support to the West African country, which, six years after the end of conflict, remains fragile but has the potential to be a beacon on stability in the region. “Once the epicentre of conflict, Liberia now has the potential to become a pillar of peace and stability in a troubled region,” Mr. Ban said in his latest report to the Security Council on the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). “At the same time, the complex nature and magnitude of the challenges inherited from the civil war and the dysfunctional pre-war State continue to pose serious difficulties for building essential national institutions, particularly in the security and rule-of-law sectors, requiring a sustained, long-term effort. “Although it has been six years since the war ended, Liberia is still a fragile State,” he said. “I therefore call on all international partners to stay the course in Liberia, to help further consolidate the fragile peace and establish conditions for lasting stability.”He said he was “deeply concerned” at the challenges facing efforts to develop a professional national police force, and asked for international partners to help in developing the strategic plan for such a force. He coupled the strengthening of the police force with the development of “functioning judicial and corrections systems.”“The government and its partners should therefore invest more resources in reforming and developing the justice system, expanding its accessibility the population and ridding it of corruption and archaic and discriminatory, laws,” he said.In addition, he proposed that the Council authorize the continuation of UNMIL’s troop strength of nearly 8,000 until after the 2011 elections and that the Mission continue to “include the conduct of free and fair elections on the list of core benchmarks” for an eventual drawdown.“Security conditions permitting, the UNMIL drawdown would resume at an accelerated pace during the post-election period,” he said. read more

Holding up Keystone wont slow increase in oil to US Ambassador Gary

Canada’s Ambassador to the US Gary Doer, in Washington, Feb. 4, 2014THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Charles Dharapak Holding up Keystone won’t slow increase in oil to U.S: Ambassador Gary Doer by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 7, 2014 2:54 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Stopping the Keystone XL pipeline won’t stop an increasing amount of Alberta oil from getting to the Texas Gulf Coast, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. said Friday.Gary Doer said the amount of oil being shipped by rail south of the border has skyrocketed in the last two years with a resulting increase in greenhouse gas emissions.“Oil by rail has gone up 48 per cent in 2012 and it’s approaching 50 per cent in 2013,” Doer said in his speech to the Canadian Club of Edmonton.“If you choose not to build the pipeline and have oil by definition coming down by rail, you’re going to have higher (greenhouse gas emissions) and higher risk,” said Doer, citing last week’s U.S. State Department report on the pipeline.The $7-billion line would take crude from Alberta across the United States to refineries and ports on the Gulf Coast in Texas.While The State Department report, released last week, notes that oilsands operations generate 17 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions than crude derived the traditional way, it found Keystone XL wouldn’t appreciably worsen carbon pollution.But critics, including Hollywood celebrities such as Robert Redford and Daryl Hannah, are fiercely fighting the line.They say the risk of a spill and environmental catastrophe outweigh the benefits.They also contend that saying yes to the line further commits the U.S. to a resource that increases greenhouse gas emissions and the threat from climate change.Doer said there is broad support in the U.S. for Keystone that can’t be ignored.“Everywhere in our backyard where this pipeline goes, it’s supported,” said Doer.“North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas —everybody is supporting the pipeline,” he said.He reminded the crowd that a coalition of Republicans, Democrats, labour and business leaders, and veterans groups joined him at a news conference earlier this week to push U.S. President Barack Obama to approve the line, which has been proposed by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP).“I always believe that if people support (the line) where it’s supposed to go, you shouldn’t listen to people from Hollywood when you can listen to people from Helena, Montana,” Doer said later to reporters.Later Friday, Doer met with Premier Alison Redford to discuss Keystone and other ways to get more Alberta energy exports to U.S. markets.Former Alberta premier Ed Stelmach was among those who took in Doer’s speech. He later told reporters that while moving oil by rail is crucial, it is also displacing other commodities and manufactured goods.“There’s only so much room through the pass and only so many locomotives to pull the cars,” said Stelmach.He predicted tougher times ahead for agriculture “because we just can’t get our grain to market.” read more

Oil slips to US102 a barrel as reports shows big increase in

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil slipped Wednesday as a government report showed U.S. oil supplies rose more than expected last week.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery fell 31 cents to close at US$101.44 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, the Nymex contract fell $1.90 a barrel.Brent crude, an international benchmark, fell 16 cents to US$109.11 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.The U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration said oil supplies rose 3.5 million barrels in the week ended April 18. That exceeded the expectations of analysts surveyed by Platts, who forecast an increase of 3.1 million barrels. At a record 397.7 million barrels, supplies are now 2.3 per cent above year-ago levels.Lending some support to prices were continued tensions in Ukraine, where the acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country’s east against pro-Russian insurgents demanding closer ties with Russia, and Libya’s inability to normalize its oil exports.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline was flat at US$3.09 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil fell two cents to US$2.98 a gallon and natural gas slipped one cent to US$4.73 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil slips to US$102 a barrel as reports shows big increase in US supplies Oil pumps work at sunset on Sept. 11, 2013, in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hasan Jamali by The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2014 3:48 pm MDT read more

Napoli lacked intensity says Ancelotti

first_imgNapoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has slammed his side for their lack of intensity in their goalless draw against Chievo on Saturday.Despite dominating possession and controlling the game, Napoli failed to break down a struggling Chievo side, and manager Ancelotti was frustrated with his team’s performance.“This game is a good test to understand what we are going into on Wednesday against Red Star Belgrade,” Ancelotti said in a press conference after the game. [via Football Italia]“It could be a very similar approach from the opposition, so dealing with this now can be helpful. There wasn’t enough intensity today, especially in the first half. After the break, we had more of a push, but the spaces were too tight.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“We were too bland in everything we did, from the attack to build-up play to defending. This allowed Chievo to play the kind of defensive game they wanted to.“We’ve already put it behind us, as we ought to worry about these games beforehand, not after they’ve already concluded.“There’s no point looking at the Serie A table now. We’ll look and evaluate only at the midway stage.”last_img read more

Scooter Safety while attending ComicCon

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – During Comic-Con there are additional restrictions in place in the Gaslamp Quarter, according to the City’s Development Services Department.Companies are required to incorporate geofenced areas where the operators automatically slow scooter speeds between 3 and 8 miles per hour. Geofencing is in effect for designated high-pedestrian areas including beach-area boardwalks, Balboa Park, NTC Park, Mission Bay Park, Petco Park and North/South Embarcadero.Operators will no longer be able to stage scooters and e-bikes on sidewalks in Downtown.The City said the San Diego Police Department will continue to enforce laws that pertain to individuals who rent shared mobility devices, including not riding devices on sidewalks, only one rider per device, driving any device while impaired and ensuring that all underage riders use helmets. Users must be at least 16 years old and users younger than 18 years old must wear helmets. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: July 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom July 19, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom, Scooter Safety while attending Comic-Con Updated: 1:08 PMlast_img read more

AK Bristol Bay fishing captains speed hire to find their perfect match

first_imgSkipper, Bob Bonanno, interviews potential crew member, Adam Henry, during speed hiring at the Bristol Bay Fish Expo. (Credit- Avery Lill, KDLG)It’s early days in Bristol Bay’s commercial salmon season. For the past several weeks, the boat yards have been filled with skippers and crew readying their vessels to hit the water. The draw of fishing the world’s largest sockeye run sometimes even leads hopefuls to hop on a plane with nothing but a ticket and a dream of finding a job.Listen nowThe Bristol Bay Fish Expo in Naknek is playing matchmaker.Men and women move seats at a long row of folding tables. Their goal: to convince the captains on the other side that they are the one.Skippers Ante Vukic and Bob Bonanno both had crew members back out at the last minute. Both have in mind what they’re looking for in a match.“Basically, safety and will to learn. Drug-free and alcohol, more or less free. Because that’s the biggest killer of the fishermen,” Vukic said.“Basically, someone that’s not shy, that appears physically fit and just has a passion and doesn’t look to be prone to drama,” Bonanno said. “I don’t like drama on the boat.”Each speed hiring pair has five minutes to chat. The moderator keeps time. (Credit – Avery Lill, KDLG)The lanky youth across the table from Bonanno looks at the skipper earnestly. He tells the man that he already knows his knots and hitches.He’s been in Naknek for days. without a lot of success.“I — well, tell you the truth, I haven’t really got a job yet. Thing is, before I flew down — I came from Tennessee,” Adam Henry said. “Saw some stuff on Facebook about the Fish Expo. So I had that in my mind. But I came down here early, walked the docks. And that didn’t work out so good. But I’m hoping I’m going to find my home for this time being here.”Henry’s story of walking the docks is pretty typical. That’s why speed-hiring has been a highlight event at the Bristol Bay Fish Expo for two years. Katie Copps-Wilson is an expo organizer.“Actually, it came from Tinder, the dating website. And we were thinking about all the captains and crew that came up,” Copps-Wilson said. “There’s a lot of crew that are beating the docks looking for a boat, and there’s a lot of skippers out there looking for crew members. And it just seems like there was a lot of work going into those two things, so last year we came up with ‘speed dating,’ well which we term ‘speed hiring’ in order to connect captains and crew.”The organizers settled on a structure more similar to old time speed dating than Tinder. Captains and crew don’t have to make a split second decision about whether or not they click.“So I just think it’s really cool because it gives everybody an opportunity to visit and move on and kind of give an idea for the people, and it keeps people moving along, so they can kind of see what’s out there,” Copps-Wilson said. “Because if you just gave them one room, then, you know people like captains, they’ll cork everybody off.”For you landlubbers, corking off is slang for putting out a net just outside someone else’s net and intercepting their fish.So did this year’s captains find what they were looking for? Did they fill that hole in their crew?Here’s what Ante Vukic and Bob Bonanno had to say“Well, I met quite a few interesting people, younger people that they wanted to give it a chance,” Vukic said. “I was pretty happy with what I heard this morning, and I am planning to call this guy back and have a little longer interview with him.”“I have two very good prospects, so I’m going to work on that a little bit, go through my notes and give one of them a call here shortly,” Bonanno said.Sounds like more matches made in Bristol Bay.last_img read more

Government needs time to bring back normalcy in JK Supreme

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the Centre government required time to bring back normalcy in the Kashmir Valley as nothing can be done overnight. An apex court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra made the observation when the Central government informed the court that it was doing everything necessary to maintain law and order in Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Thereafter, the court deferred after two weeks the hearing on a petition filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla challenging the Centre’s decision to impose restrictions and “other regressive measures” in Jammu and Kashmir. The court stressed that it was a “serious issue” and said that it would not interfere right now in the situation and let the government continue with its efforts to maintain law and order in the Valley. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The Central government, assuring the court that normalcy would be restored in the Valley in a few days, said that in the 2016 disturbances 47 persons were killed but this time not a single person had died. The government also informed the court that they were reviewing the situation day by day and were committed to ensuring least human rights violations. Last week, Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was revoked and curfew imposed to curb attempts at disturbing law and order in the state.last_img read more

Next elections must be under Hasina Ershad

first_imgPM Sheikh Hasina’s special emissary HM Ershad visits tourist spot of Kuakata. Photo: CollectedJatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad said on Monday the next general elections must be held under the current prime minister and his political ally Sheikh Hasina.“The current government is in a good state. There is no possibility of snap polls. The general elections must be held under prime minister Sheikh Hasina as per the constitution,” said Ershad, also the special emissary to prime minister Hasina.Former military ruler Ershad was talking to newsmen at a hotel in Kuakata of Patuakhali. Ershad was on a personal visit to the tourist spot of Kuakata.The hotel – Kuakata Grand Hotel – is owned by his party’s secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader.Jatiya Party chairman said the Rangpur civic polls which his party has won by a landslide have created a “positive example”.“And that’s why, we’re making preparations to contest the next general elections for all of 300 constituencies.”Ershad said his party, an ally of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) and the official opposition in parliament, is planning to contest the next polls without forming alliance with any political party.He, however, said it would depend on the decision of the country’s principal opposition political party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), whether it would join the next polls.last_img read more

Find out if Windows 10 is limiting your Internet speed

first_imgFind out if Windows 10 is limiting your Internet speed by Martin Brinkmann on August 05, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 39 commentsIf you noticed an Internet speed drop after upgrading to the latest version of Windows 10, the following troubleshooting guide may help resolve it.It may be particularly useful if the Internet speed was fine on previous versions of Windows, and is no longer after the upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary Update edition.Microsoft introduced a feature called Window Auto-Tuning back in Windows Vista, and has made it part of any newer version of Windows as well.Set to on by default, it is designed to improve performance for programs that receive TCP data over a network.While data transfers should be more efficient as a general rule, users may experience slower than usual data transfer speeds under certain conditions or even connectivity issues.Managing Window Auto-Tuning in Windows 10The first thing you may want to do is check the status of Window Auto-Tuning. If it is turned off for instance, it is likely that it is not the case for the slow downs, but if it is set, it may very well be the culprit.Note: you don’t need administrative privileges for running the command above, but you will need them for modifying the Window Auto-Tuning parameter.Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, hold down Shift and Ctrl keys, and hit enter.Confirm the UAC prompt that opens.Run the command netsh interface tcp show global.Locate the “Receive Window Auto-Tuning Level” value under TCP Global Parameters. If it is not set to disabled, it is being used by Windows to optimize TCP connections.You may want to disable the feature to run connection tests and see if it is the cause for the limited Internet speed that you are getting out of the connection.Run the following command to disable Window Auto-Tuning on Windows 10:netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabledYou get ok as verification that the value was set correctly. You may verify this by running netsh interface tcp show global again.Once disabled, start downloads just like before and monitor the speeds that you get. You may want to fire up a P2P client, Usenet program, FTP client or server program to find out if disabling Auto-Tuning Level did resolve the issue.If it did not, you may want to turn it on again. This is done by running the following command:netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normalOk should be returned again to indicate that the new value was set correctly. It is recommended to check the global values again to make sure that is indeed the case.If you want to know more about Window Auto-Tuning, check out the excellent analysis of the feature here.SummaryArticle NameFind out if Windows 10 is limiting your Internet speedDescriptionFind out how to fix Internet connection speed issues on Windows machines after upgrading to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more