CBI to probe into murder of two journalists in Tripura

first_imgCentral Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe murders of two journalists, Santanu Bhowmik and Sudip Datta Bhowmik, who were killed last year in Tripura.Santanu was hacked to death covering a tribal agitation at Mandwai, 25kms east of Agartala, on September 20 last year, Sudip was shot dead at a battalion headquarters of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) near Agartala on November 21, 2017. He was working for a vernacular daily Syandan Patrikaand was also contributing to local television channel News Vanguard.Erstwhile CPI(M) led left front government constituted separate Special Investigation Team (SIT) in both incidents which led to arrest of several suspects. The Forum for Protection of Journalists, Tripura (FPJT) – a joint platform of nine media organisations – has long been demanding CBI probe and rejected SIT claiming the latter did not book real perpetrators.Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb in a hastily convened press briefing on Friday night shared information about decision about the latest development. According to notifications of the Ministry of Personnel, CBI will probe all aspects including ‘attempts, abetments and conspiracies’.BJP in its Assembly Election pledge had assured CBI probe in the murders of the journalists if voted to power. Incumbent BJP –IPFT government in its first Cabinet meeting adopted resolution to handover the cases to the central agency.last_img read more

Sri Lanka eye 2019 World Cup spot in India series

first_imgSri Lanka will be eyeing the chance to seal direct qualification for the 2019 ICC World Cup in an upcoming five-match home series against India which commences in Dambulla on Sunday.The Upul Tharanga-led side will have to win at least two matches to secure a place in the pinnacle 50-over competition by staving off the challenge from the West Indies. The cut-off date for direct qualification is September 30.Sri Lanka is currently placed eighth with 88 points, 10 points more than the West Indies, which has an unenviable task in its aim of being among the seven top-ranked sides apart from host England to gain direct qualification.The bottom four sides on the ODI Team Rankings will need to play a qualifying event also featuring the top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and top two sides from the ICC World Cricket League. The top two teams from this event will get to play in the World Cup 2019.Winning two matches will take Sri Lanka to 90 points while West Indies will at best reach 88 points even if it wins its one-off ODI against Ireland on September 13 as well as all five matches of its series in England from September 19-29.However, a 4-1 win for the Men in Blue will see Sri Lanka finish at 88 points and The Windies could edge it on decimal points if they win all their upcoming six matches.The Windies side will go out of contention if it loses to Ireland as from there it will at best reach 86 points and remain behind Sri Lanka on decimal points, even if Sri Lanka lose 5-0 to India.advertisementAs for India, who are in third position with 114 points, only a 4-1 series win will ensure they stay ahead of England. Even a 3-2 win for India will mean they will slip to 113 points and behind England on decimal points owing to Sri Lanka’s low ranking.Series scenarios:India win 5-0 – India 117 points; Sri lanka 86 points.India win 4-1 – India 115 points, Sri Lanka 88 points.India win 3-2 – India 113 points, Sri Lanka 90 points.Sri Lanka win 3-2 – India 111 points, Sri Lanka 91 points.Sri Lanka win 4-1 – India 109 points, Sri Lanka 93 points.Sri Lanka win 5-0 – India 106 points, Sri Lanka 94 points.last_img read more

Mkhitaryan defends ‘successful’ Man Utd stint

first_imgHenrikh Mkhitaryan ‘I had a lot of success’ – Mkhitaryan defends troubled Man Utd stint Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 04:58 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Henrikh Mkhitaryan Arsenal Getty Images Manchester United Arsenal Premier League José Mourinho The Armenia international struggled for regular minutes under Jose Mourinho but insists the Portuguese always had confidence in him Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has defended his stint at Manchester United despite struggling for consistent game time at Old Trafford.Having moved to Old Trafford for a fee of around £26.3 million, Mkhitaryan made 63 appearances in 18 months for Red Devils, scoring 13 goals.The Armenia international was not always an automatic starter under Jose Mourinho, however, and spent two long periods out of the team under the former Chelsea boss. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He eventually left United in January as part of the swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move from the Emirates Stadium in the other direction, and laid on three goals in his first start for the Gunners against Everton.Despite having spent less than two years at United, Mkhitaryan insists that his time under Mourinho was worth it, citing his goal in the Europa League final against Ajax as a highlight.”I think I left an impression in Manchester, although I had difficulties,” he told SFR Sport. “We won three titles in a year and a half — not every club does that.”We won the Europa League, and I scored a goal in the final. If people say that I did not have enough success it is their opinion but I believe that I had a lot of success at the club.”Mkhitaryan’s relationship with Mourinho came under plenty of scrutiny during his time with the 20-time English champions.And though he retains the belief that Mourinho never had any personal issue with him, Mkhitaryan thinks new manager Arsene Wenger’s more understanding nature should help him thrive in north London.Henrikh Mkhitaryan Jose Mourinho Manchester United“Mourinho required a lot from his players, he was very hard,” he said.”Arsene Wenger is more friendly, he understands and can think about players’ situations. He is calmer — that’s the difference.”Wenger’s philosophy in three words? Play football, win the match and enjoy.Asked whether he felt Mourinho had confidence in him at United, he added: “Yes, of course.”Mkhitaryan is set for his first taste of a North London Derby on Saturday as Arsenal travel to Wembley Stadium to take on Tottenham.last_img read more

Ohio State Released An “OSU Football Traditions” Video Ahead Of Saturday

first_imgohio state football players walking down stairs surrounded by cheerleaders.Ohio State Football/TwitterOhio State’s one of the most-storied programs in the history of college football.The Buckeyes will look to add to their storied history this fall.Ohio State opens the 2016 season ranked No. 5 in the country. OSU starts its ’16 campaign on Saturday against Bowling Green.In anticipation of the start of the ’16 campaign, Ohio State has released this “OSU Football Traditions” video.It’s a must-watch before Saturday for any Buckeye fan.Tradition continues this #Saturday at #TheShoe.#GoBuckshttps://t.co/22pIku3hXQ— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 1, 2016Ohio State and Bowling Green are set to kick off at noon on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The game will be televised on BTN.last_img read more

Why the Navy chief’s alert on Jaish marine terrorists raises alarm

first_img Next Sandeep Unnithan New DelhiAugust 28, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 14:32 IST Admiral Karambir Singh before assuming charge as the 24th chief of Naval Staff during a guard of honour at South block, on May 31, 2019 in New Delhi. Photo by Vikram Sharma/India Today On August 27, navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh informed the media about an intelligence alert that the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) had raised a maritime wing and was training underwater saboteurs. “We have received intelligence that an underwater wing of Jaish-e-Mohammed is training people to carry out attacks from water. But we are fully prepared and will thwart any such attempt,” he said. Admiral Singh was speaking on the sidelines of the General B.C. Joshi Memorial Lecture in Pune.The navy chief’s alert is already known to the three-tier security cordon, consisting of the navy, Coast Guard and marine police. The cordon, which secures India’s coastline, particularly after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, now has to contend with a new enemy-frogmen. Frogmen are military divers trained to carry out combat tasks, such as sabotaging warships and merchant ships using limpet mines, and conducting clandestine reconnaissance missions. SSG Navy frogmen training with US Navy Seals.Experts say there are several ways in which such maritime saboteurs could be used. Launched from ‘mother ships’-warships, submarines or civilian vessels-frogmen could be used to target slow-moving merchant vessels that bring nearly 80 per cent of India’s crude oil imports from the Persian Gulf countries. These saboteurs could be used to attack Indian ports or single-point moorings where large supertankers are anchored or they may land undetected along the vast coastline to attack cities.What Admiral Singh left unsaid, however, is the possible involvement of the Pakistan navy and its special forces wing, the Special Services Group (Navy), in training this maritime wing of the JeM. This is because training and equipping underwater saboteurs is a highly specialised skill-set available only with naval special force units.advertisementThis is not entirely in the realm of speculation, given the scale of the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. On the night of November 26 that year, a fishing trawler, the MV Kuber, landed off the coast of Mumbai. It launched a rubber dinghy fitted with an outboard motor on which rode 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists. The terrorists came ashore, split into five ‘buddy pairs’, and proceeded to target key installations across Mumbai, killing 166 civilians and police personnel. Indian navy marine commandos, who studied their modus operandi, were shocked at its similarity to tactics employed by naval special forces across the world. As one of them later told this writer, “this is how we are trained-covert insertion onto a hostile shore, split into teams to take out multiple targets before regrouping and exfiltrating”.In 2008, the LeT, an arm of the Pakistani deep state and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), owned a crucial asset-a large fishing trawler called the Al Husseini. The LeT’s Karachi ‘set-up’, as the organisation called its cells, was controlled by the shadowy operative Sajid Mir. Another LeT leader, Abu Yaqoob, was in charge of it operationally. The Karachi set-up aimed to launch boys into India, from sea using the LeT’s fishermen network and their boats. Yet, when it came to planning the Mumbai attacks, the LeT was in a quandary. How would it infiltrate a 10-man suicide squad into Mumbai, complete with weapons and explosives, without risking capture?With some friendly advice from the Pakistan navy-says David Coleman Headley. The LeT’s Pakistani-American mole was interrogated by four officers of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Headley, earlier known as Daood Gilani, was then undergoing trial for a terrorist plot in Europe. He spilled the beans on the Pakistan navy’s involvement in the 26/11 attacks. In his interrogation by the NIA in Chicago in June 2010, Headley recounted how the ISI was in the loop on every movement and provided arms, ammunition and logistics for the attack. Headley recounted a meeting in Rawalpindi in March 2008 between the LeT leadership and a Pakistan navy frogman who vetted their plans.The meeting was held in the LeT military chief Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi’s residence in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Headley was introduced to ‘Abdur Rehman’, a clean-shaven man in his mid-30s who sported a crew cut. Headley believed Rehman to be a frogman from the Pakistan navy (the name might have been an alias because Headley was introduced to him as Abdul Qadir). Rehman had been brought in by Lakhvi to discuss the ‘transportation’ of the attackers. The navy man brought with him several nautical charts of India’s west coast and he discussed the options of landing the LeT squad. Other LeT leaders, such as Muzammil, Sajid Mir and Abu Qahafa, were also present when the frogman discussed the plan to drop the attackers 60-70 km off the coast to avoid detection. He asked the LeT to complete all their planning for the mission before June. This was because the sea off Mumbai became rough during monsoon. Rehman also asked the LeT to check the position of Indian warships in order to avoid an engagement at sea. The meeting was long and detailed and continued for a second day. Headley did not tell his interrogators what else was discussed in those meetings, but it could likely have been much more than just landing sites.advertisementAfter that meeting, Headley never saw ‘Abdur Rehman’ again. On his return to Mumbai, Headley, who ran a travel agency in south Mumbai as a cover, got to work. In April, Headley told the NIA, he took four boat rides on hired fishing vessels, looking for likely landing spots for the LeT squad. Headley was equipped with a mobile camera phone and a GPS handset. On his fourth boat recce, he found the ideal location to land-a small fishing jetty at Badhwar Park in Colaba. The LeT mole took the GPS coordinates of the jetty. He later flew back to Pakistan with the video footage, photographs and GPS coordinates for his LeT handlers. It enabled them to plan the attack to unfold some months later with such deadly precision. The 26/11 attacks were clearly only Phase-1. A Phase-2, comprising military-trained divers, could be still deadlier and draw the subcontinent on the brink of war.Also read | Why the world’s largest defence department is on strikeAlso read | The Uddhav ManoeuvreGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandey Why the Navy chief’s alert on Jaish marine terrorists raises alarm | India Today InsightThe modus operandi of the 26/11 attacks suggests underwater saboteurs of the Jaish-e-Mohammed could be assisted by the Pakistan navy and special forcesadvertisementlast_img read more

The Ultimate 2016 Election Cocktail Menu

first_img1 ½ oz Baileys1 ½ oz vanilla liqueur1 oz creamI teaspoon pumpkin spice powder½ oz cinnamon for garnishMethod: Shake Bailey’s, vanilla, cream and pumpkin spice powder with ice. Strain into coupe glass. Dust with cinnamon to garnish.Trumpence(Created by the Quirk Hotel, Richmond, VA)¾ oz bourbon¾ oz rye¼ oz simple syrup2 dashes Angostora bittersOrange peel for garnishMethod: Build drink in a martini shaker. Stir gently and pour over rocks. Garnish with an orange peel.Get Trumped(Created by Quarter + Glory, Washington, D.C.)2 oz of bourbon or rye (your choice)3 dashes of Angostura bitters3 dashes of Regans orange bittersBar spoon of brandied cherry juiceDash of simple syrupMethod: Add all ingredients into a mixing vessel. Add ice and stir with a bar spoon for twenty seconds. Place a large format ice cube into Rx glass. Pour ingredients into the glass over ice. Garnish with an orange twist.Brag-ga-do-cious(Created by The Watergate Hotel, Washington, D.C.)2 oz Appleton 21yr Rum3 oz Cola Cane SyrupLemon Slice & peelLime Slice & peelOrange Slice & peelMethod: Place fruit slices in the bottom of a bucket glass & top with crushed ice. Add rum & syrup. Top with more ice. Garnish with lemon, lime & orange peels.Trumpster(Created by The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC)1 oz Malibu Coconut Rum1 oz Captain Morgan’s ¾ oz Grenadine½ oz Pineapple juiceSpun sugar hairMethod: Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain cocktail into chilled martini glass. Garnish with spun sugar.The Elephant1 part St-Germain French Elderflower Liqueur2 parts Cazadores Tequila Blanco½ part Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice3-4 Sour CherriesTop with Club SodaMethod: Muddle the sour cherries in a shaker, and add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with soda. Garnish with a sour cherry and a lime wedge or wheel.For Both Sides of the AisleTruly Americano  7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 6 oz Truly Spiked & Sparkling Colima Lime1 oz Campari1 oz Sweet VermouthFresh Squeezed orange wedgeMethod: Combine Campari and Sweet Vermouth over ice, strain into rocks glass. Top with truly Spiked & Sparkling Colima Lime and juice from fresh squeezed orange wedge. Garnish with an orange twist or peel.  Alright, folks. It’s one of the most important days of the past decade here in the US and, regardless of who wins, everyone—and I mean everyone—is going to need a drink after this election.That drink may be helping fight off the bleakness that is approaching in the coming four years, or that drink might be celebrating your candidate’s victory. Either way, drinks will be necessary.Below, we’ve collected a list of election cocktails that will do the job before, during, or after the election. They’re separated by candidate, so choose your side and drink yourself into whatever future we’ll all be welcoming tomorrow, whether we like it or not.(Also, if you haven’t voted, VOTE.)Hillary Clinton CocktailsI’m With Herradura(Created by the LeGrande at the Time New York Hotel, NYC) Editors’ Recommendations Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master center_img 2 oz Herradura Tequila1 oz Triple Sec1 oz lime juice¾ oz Blue CuracaoMethod: Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into coupe glass w/ salted rim. The Pant Suit (Created by the Quirk Hotel, Richmond, VA)1 ½ oz vodka¾ oz lemon juice¾ oz herbed simple syrupSplash of pomegranate juiceLemon twist for garnishMethod: Chill a martini glass. Build all ingredients in a martini shaker. Shake and strain into the chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.You be Hillin’(Created by Quarter + Glory, Washington, D.C.)1 oz of Gin or Vodka (your choice)½ oz fresh lemon juice½ oz simple syrup1 oz Prosecco or sparkling wineLemon twist for garnishMethod: Add all ingredients except the sparkling wine into a mixing tin. Add ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass and top off with your sparkling. Garnish with a lemon twist.Blackberry Smash(Created by The Watergate Hotel, Washington, D.C.)2 oz Angel’s Envy Bourbon¾ oz Blackberry Syrup½ oz Lemon Juice3 Blackberries1 Lemon WedgeDash Angostura BittersHandful of MintMethod: Muddle mint, berries & lemon together. Combine with remainder of ingredients and shake. Pour into a bucket glass over ice. Garnish with two blackberries & mint sprig.I’m with Her(Created by The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC)½ oz Blue Curacao½ oz St. Germain Liquor ProseccoBlue sugarMethod: Rim a champagne flute glass with blue sugar. Add ice, Curacao and St. Germain and shake well. Strain cocktail into flute. Top beverage with prosecco.The Donkey1 ½ parts Bombay Sapphire Gin¾ part Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice½ part Blue Curaçao1 part Peach Schnapps¼ part Sugar SyrupMethod: Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with orange zest.Donald Trump CocktailsThe Trumpkin(Created by the LeGrande at the Time New York Hotel, NYC) 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Makelast_img read more

Georgia Ports Authority Gives Back to Community anent …

first_imgDawn said the GPA’s created wetlands set a higher standard for stormwater treatment.“The typical method in industrial environments is to build a series of concrete culverts that quickly shuttle untreated stormwater into the river,” Dawn said. “That is not nearly as effective as utilizing natural wetlands and doesn’t provide animal habitat like these wetlands do.”Foltz explained that the wetlands are part of a wider culture of environmental stewardship at the GPA. He detailed voluntary investments to reduce emissions, including electrifying ship-to-shore cranes and refrigerated container racks. These elements of GPA’s sustainability program help avoid the use of more than 5.8 million gallons of diesel annually.The current inventory of 84 refrigerated container racks power more than 2,000 containers at a time. Supporting poultry and other exports, each rack avoids the use of 54,000 gallons of diesel annually for a total 4.5 million gallons every year.Foltz also talked about the environmental advantage of the GPA’s four new super post-Panamax cranes, which run entirely on electricity. The newest cranes have integrated generators to capture power while lowering boxes. In this way, the cranes power themselves for 18 minutes of each operating hour. With the four new cranes, Garden City has 25 – the most of any terminal on the East Coast. The added cranes will allow the GPA to more efficiently serve larger vessels calling on the port.The GPA is also set to expand its program to electrify rubber-tired gantry cranes, incorporating new machines and retrofitting others. GPA’s electrified RTGs, first of its kind technology in North America, reduce diesel consumption by up to 95 percent per crane.GPA Board Chairman Robert Jepson noted that while the GPA has tripled its container traffic over the past 10 years, it has also cut in half its emissions per container moved. “This phenomenal business growth calls for proactive environmental strategies, and the Georgia Ports Authority will remain at the forefront of sustainable practices in the maritime industry,” Jepson said.Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 352,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $18.5 billion in income, $66.9 billion in revenue and $2.5 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 8 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.9 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2013.GPA, April 23, 2014 zoom The Georgia Ports Authority celebrated Earth Day by unveiling nearly 14 acres of recently created wetlands. The 2.5 year, $3.7 million project treats 100 million gallons of water annually and creates natural wildlife habitat in the heart of the nation’s fourth busiest container terminal.GPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CURTIS FOLTZ UNVEILS THE 14 ACRE WETLAND“Our mission is to grow our business in environmentally responsible ways,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “This wetlands project is just one way we can reduce our environmental footprint while we continue to efficiently move cargo.”The new wetlands form an aquatic system composed of native vegetation including bald cypress, cord grass and soft rush. The area, located between the Mason Intermodal Container Transfer Facility and the Garden City container terminal, supports diverse wildlife including fish, amphibians and birds such as anhingas, great blue herons and belted kingfishers.The wetlands harness natural filtering processes to help protect water quality in the Savannah River, while also providing flood control.“We planted these wetlands with native plants, each supporting a specific aspect of stormwater filtration,” said GPA Environmental Sustainability Manager Natalie Dawn. “And, in turn, those plants attract diverse native wildlife.”last_img read more

Eagle Bulk Closes on New USD 208 Mn Loan

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license US-based owner and operator Eagle Bulk Shipping has, through its subsidiary Eagle Bulk Ultraco, closed on a new five-year senior secured facility.The credit amounts to USD 208.4 million and has an interest rate of LIBOR plus 2.50%. Maturing in 2024, the facility is secured by 21 vessels, including the M/V Cape Town Eagle which was acquired earlier in January, and includes a term loan of USD 153.4 million and a revolving credit facility of USD 55 million.A portion of the net proceeds from the term loan were used to repay in full the existing debt of Eagle Bulk Ultraco and Eagle Shipping.The remaining balance of the net proceeds of the term loan and funds available under the RCF, totaling USD 65 million, can be used for general corporate purposes, including capital expenditures relating to the installation of scrubbers.Under certain conditions, the facility may be increased by up to USD 60 million to finance vessel acquisitions. The company secured the loan commitment on January 22.Financing for the Facility has been provided by ABN AMRO, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (Credit Agricole), Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB), DNB Bank ASA (DNB), Danish Ship Finance, and Nordea.last_img read more

New Scholarship For EnergyRelated Studies

first_imgThere’s a new scholarship available to help students looking fora career in the energy sector. The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia EnergyScholarship Program was launched today, March 22. The scholarship program is a partnership between the Nova Scotiagovernment and Pengrowth Corporation of Calgary, one of theowners of the Sable Offshore Energy Project. Pengrowth will contribute $1.5 million to the fund and theprovince is adding another $500,000. The scholarships will bepaid for by interest income generated by the fund. “Pengrowth is showing commendable corporate leadership, workingwith us to create this fund,” said Premier John Hamm. “Theirgenerous contribution will help open the door to significantopportunities for careers for Nova Scotians in our growing energysector.” “Our involvement in the Sable project has been good for us andgood for Nova Scotia,” said James Kinnear, president and chiefexecutive officer of Pengrowth Corporation. “Creating thescholarship program allows us to find another way that Sablebenefits all Nova Scotians.” The scholarships will be available beginning with the academicyear in September 2005. They will be offered to students enteringuniversity or community college after completing Grade 12 at aNova Scotia high school. At least 10 scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, will be awardedannually to students pursuing energy-related studies at a NovaScotia university. One additional university scholarship will bedesignated each year for a member of a First Nation or a visibleminority. All university scholarships are renewable for fouryears, based on academic performance. The program will also offer at least four non-renewable $2,500scholarships for first-year students pursuing energy-relatedtrades and technology programs at the Nova Scotia CommunityCollege. The program also includes research grants for students pursuingstudies at the master’s degree level. As many as four grants,worth up to $15,000 each, will be awarded every year to graduatestudents conducting eligible research. “We’ve been able to design a very flexible program that makes acareer in our energy sector more accessible,” said EnergyMinister Cecil Clarke. “I’m especially excited that we now haveanother opportunity to fund graduate research as this will helpus understand more of the complexities of our offshore geology.” A selection board will choose the scholarship recipients fromapplicants recommended by their high schools. More information is available from high school guidance officesand on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/energy . The deadline forapplications this year is Friday, May 20.last_img read more

Statement from the Minister

first_imgWe are committed to a new approach to collective bargaining. Finding new ways to tackle old problems is the only way to chart a new path forward for our province. This new path forward acknowledges that labour costs are our single largest expense. Every year, government spends $5.2 billion on labour costs, that’s 52 cents for every tax dollar we spend. As employers begin the collective bargaining process, we know their efforts will build on the last round of wage agreements, agreements that were among the most lucrative in Canada. These agreements outpaced economic growth and have added hundreds of millions of dollars to our province’s expenses. Our new approach to collective bargaining clearly states that we will protect and preserve the services Nova Scotians need. Furthermore, we will not ask taxpayers to shoulder a heavier tax burden to fund wage increases. There is only so much money available. We respect and appreciate the hard work of public sector employees. That is why the province’s plan gives employers room to negotiate. Anyone suggesting that we are demanding a five-year wage freeze is wrong. All we have said is our plan allows room for growth and that plan must be respected. We have also said that if unions want a larger increase than the one outlined in our government’s plan, they need to be creative. If frontline employees can find ways to operate more efficiently and if those changes create concrete savings, we are willing to share those savings with our hard-working employees. That is the first way our approach is different. If union leaders want bigger wage increases, they need to bring forward new ideas that will protect and preserve our public services. The second way our approach is different is that we are being open and transparent. That’s why we are posting our entire approach online for all Nova Scotians to see. This approach puts the interests of all Nova Scotians first. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/PublicServiceSustainability/ . I want to assure Nova Scotians we have not demanded a wage freeze over the life of the agreement. I also want to assure Nova Scotians our plan will protect, preserve, and strengthen core services, like health care and education. You deserve that. The outcome of our negotiations will be a province on stronger financial footing. This will mean we can keep investing to reduce health care wait times, strengthen our education system, and improve home care. We are willing to co-operate for the good of all Nova Scotians, unions leaders must be willing to do that, too. Then best way to do that is to join employers at the bargaining table. -30-last_img read more

Blood pressure medication recall due to potential cancer risk expanded

first_imgTORONTO – Health Canada says a recall on certain medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure is being expanded because the drugs may contain a substance that can increase the risk of cancer.The agency says eight additional valsartan medications are being recalled as a precautionary measure.Health Canada says a recall of 28 valsartan medications was announced last month because the drugs contained an impurity known as NDMA, a potential carcinogen that can cause cancer with long-term exposure.It says all of the recalled products use a valsartan ingredient manufactured by a pharmaceutical company in China.The agency says anyone taking affected valsartan medications should contact their health-care provider to discuss treatment options.It also says patients should continue taking their medications unless they have been advised by their health-care provider to stop.last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO — The next incarnation of “Ghostbusters” will spawn another series of revivals if Dan Aykroyd gets his way.In addition to the upcoming Jason Reitman-penned sequel, Aykroyd says he’s handed Reitman a script for a 1960s-era prequel, which would look at the teenage years of parapsychologists Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler and Ray Stantz, played by Aykroyd.In fact, Aykroyd, who co-wrote the original, has pretty much mapped out the next several years of “Ghostbusters”-inspired material, including multiple followups to Reitman’s upcoming version, set to begin shooting this summer. Facebook Actor Dan Aykroyd poses for a photograph in Toronto on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The next incarnation of “Ghostbusters” will spawn another series of revivals if Dan Aykroyd gets his way. ~ Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter The gregarious funnyman was in full pitchman mode during a stop in Toronto to promote his Crystal Head Vodka and Mott’s Clamato for National Caesar Day on Thursday.Over martinis, the former “Saturday Night Live” star discussed the 35th anniversary of the ghost-comedy’s 1984 original, the possibility of cannabis-infused vodka, and his spat with director Paul Feig over 2016’s female-centric “Ghostbusters” revival:The Canadian Press: Several beverage companies are partnering with licensed cannabis producers to infuse their alcoholic beverages with cannabis. Are you interested?Dan Aykroyd: The products have yet to be really tested well. I’ve tasted some of the beverages and they’re not that tasty because the CBD oil overrides. If they can get the flavours right, there may be a value there.CP: Can it work with your vodka?Aykroyd: With our vodka, we would be adding an oil and that would compromise our purity story so we don’t add oils. We go to distribution houses all over the world and they say: “Are you going to do flavours?” And when you say, “No,” they get up and cheer.CP: Will cannabis cut into the beverage market?Aykroyd: Everyone in the industry is anticipating that there’s going to be some kind of hit so at some point you’re going to have to marry the CBD and indeed the THC and the beverage, alcohol into something, perhaps a beer that has both in it — a legal level of THC and a legal level of alcohol. Or fruit drinks or something.CP: Your “Ghostbusters” reboot has taken a long time to come to the screen.Aykroyd: (Original director) Ivan Reitman’s son Jason has written a beautiful script, I can’t say too much about it but it’s going to get made and hopefully there’ll be some familiar faces…. But I don’t want to discount the work that the girls did with Paul Feig. I kind of got mad, but I realized I should have blamed myself as a producer, the costs were out of control, I should have been watching as a producer a little more, but you don’t dispute with your director.You hire a director, you trust a director, you trust their vision. But the job that (stars) Kate (McKinnon), and Kristen (Wiig), and Leslie (Jones) and Melissa (McCarthy) did and indeed Paul did on that movie was superior, or superb. We would have done another one but, again, the cost overruns prevented the studio from looking at it and doing another ladies’ movie….Now we’re going to do it in a sensible way. Costs will be under control and it’ll be brought in for a sensible budget without waste and that’s what’s important now in getting it made.CP: What’s the budget?Aykroyd: It’s definitely going to be way under $100 (million). I would think. Movies cost a lot today. It can’t be $30 (million), $50 (million) would be stretching it. I don’t know. Listen, it’s going to be as little as we can spend.CP: Do cost concerns mean less effects or a more naturalist approach?DA: I’m always urging to use puppets. I’m always urging to go back to the mechanicals. But CGI is so efficient and easy to use but I think that all of us are on board with the idea of maybe doing mechanicals and puppets where we can.CP: Like the original.DA: We were harnessed by the technology then. That was all you could do, was puppets and mechanicals and basic opticals. Now you can just do anything.CP: Could this new one not incorporate the women’s story?Aykroyd: It’s so different from even the first and second (film)…. This just takes it to a new generation and a new direction that is so warm, heartfelt and indeed, quite scary when you confront some of the issues that are being discussed.CP: When did you first discuss this with Jason Reitman?Aykroyd: Just within two years. Although I’ve written “Ghostbusters High,” where they meet in New Jersey in 1969 and we’re looking to do that as probably a glorified feature or pilot within the next maybe five years…. And it would lead to a television project and I thought of him immediately for that.It’s on his desk but that’s years away from the current project. But it’s a neat idea for a prequel. Imagine casting the three characters as teenagers!CP: So this is a feature for the theatre?Aykroyd: Way, way down, though we have other stuff after the Jason Reitman-helmed movie. We have at least one or two other concepts for the “Ghostbusters” and then we’ll look at doing the prequel, which will be a perfect button on all we’ve done up to that point.— This interview has been edited and condensed.By Cassandra Szklarski ~ THE CANADIAN PRESSlast_img read more

Ronaldo lauded in Spanish media after Juve give Atletico ‘momentous beating’

first_imgMADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo was lauded in the Spanish press after his stunning hat-trick in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid sent Juventus into the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Ronaldo’s record-equalling eighth treble in Europe’s elite competition hauled Juventus back from a 2-0 defeat in the first leg in Madrid and sent the Serie A leaders through 3-2 on aggregate. It was the fifth time the Portuguese forward had helped to knock Atletico out of the Champions League, having won the 2014 and 2016 finals against them and beating them in the quarter-finals in 2015 and semi-finals in 2017 with Real Madrid. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”Cristiano imposes his law,” said the front cover of Spanish newspaper Marca, while daily AS hailed Ronaldo, who is the leading goalscorer in the competition, as “the king of the Champions League.” There was also a sense of regret that Real, who had a humiliating exit at the hands of Ajax Amsterdam last week, had allowed their all-time top scorer to leave for 103 million euros ($116.3 million) last July. “Madrid should never have let a player like this escape, when he had a contract, was the all-time top scorer and one of the patrons of the four Champions League wins,” added Marca. “They gave away a legend for 100 million euros. We just saw that Ronaldo is priceless. Letting him go was a historic error. Cristiano wasn’t worth 100 million euros, he was worth a billion.” There was also criticism for Atletico’s negative tactics and their attempt to merely defend their lead. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenDiego Simeone’s side did not manage to have one shot on target in the 90 minutes. “With Cristiano in the mood for a demolition and on one of those nights which make him the most ravenous and lethal striker in history, Juventus walked all over Atletico,” said El Pais. “Simeone’s team fell the Italian way. They only wanted to defend, and they received a momentous beating.” Atletico, who have lost three European Cup finals, had targeted reaching this year’s showpiece in their Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Now, their only focus is chasing down La Liga leaders Barcelona, who have a seven-point advantage at the top of the Spanish top flight.last_img read more

Mali given credit rating under UN development initiative

The West African nation, the fifth to benefit from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) initiative in partnership with Standard & Poor’s, the leading provider of independent credit ratings, was rated at “B” long-term and “B” short-term yesterday.”The rating will increase the capacity of Mali to mobilize financing and allocate additional resources to poverty reduction and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,” UNDP Associate Administrator Zéphirin Diabré said, referring to the UN Millennium Summit’s targets of cutting poverty, lack of health and education services and other ills in half by 2015.Mali ranks 172nd out of 175 countries in the 2003 Human Development Report, due to its low per capita gross domestic product ($348), high level of illiteracy (65 per cent), high level of infant mortality (113.4 for 100,000 births), and limited access to sanitation (44 per cent), among other indicators.Standard & Poor’s reported the outlook on Mali as stable. This assumes the country will maintain its decade-long pursuit of sound economic policies and thus continue to enjoy strong donor support, including at an international resource mobilization gathering in Geneva next week.It also assumes that fiscal stability and economic competitiveness will not be eroded by wage increases, which have outpaced inflation in recent years. In addition, official creditor support has most recently been demonstrated by Mali obtaining debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) initiative.The other countries to be rated so far under the UNDP initiative are Ghana, Cameroon, Benin and Burkina Faso. More sub-Saharan African countries are expected to be rated this year. read more

Eight more human cases of bird flu reported in Viet Nam UN

The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking further details from the authorities. Earlier this month the agency said there was currently no evidence that the virus was spreading easily from person to person. Three additional cases of the H5N1 virus strain have been reported from neighbouring Cambodia. WHO has stressed the need for scientists to share the viruses from recent clusters of cases and determine possible changes in the behaviour of the H5N1 to assess the risk of an influenza pandemic. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920, unrelated to the present virus, is estimated to have killed between 20 million and 40 million people worldwide. WHO is concerned that continuing transmission to humans might give avian and human influenza viruses an opportunity to exchange genes, facilitating a pandemic. Overall there have been some 90 reported infections, about 50 of them fatal, since the first human case linked to widespread poultry outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand was reported in January last year. Nearly 140 million domestic birds have died or been culled over the past year in southeast Asia in an effort to curb the spread of the disease. read more

In further talks with Iraqs neighbours top UN envoy visits Jordan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi met with Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdul Elah al-Khatib, who he thanked for facilitating the work of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), “without which our operations in Iraq will be less effective.”He briefed the minister on the latest political developments in Iraq, including the convening of the Iraqi National Assembly, formation of the government and efforts to promote national harmony following the attack on a Shiite shrine in Samarra last month and the ensuing rioting, destruction and deaths. Mr. Qazi discussed with Mr. Khatib the role of Iraq’s neighbouring countries, the upcoming Arab Summit in Khartoum and the League of Arab States initiative for an Iraqi national accord conference, launched in Cairo last November. He noted the valuable role played by Jordan in these important initiatives. read more

Benefit or boondoggle Housing experts chime in on BCs homeowner loans

by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 22, 2016 11:31 am MDT Last Updated Dec 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Benefit or boondoggle? Housing experts chime in on B.C.’s homeowner loans VANCOUVER – A new interest-free loan program touted by the British Columbia government as a boon to first-time homebuyers who are struggling to save for a down payment is drawing harsh criticism from economists and other experts who pan the proposal as a politically motivated move that is likely to inflate housing prices even further.The program could end up boosting demand — and therefore prices — by encouraging even more people to compete over the same number of homes, said Joshua Gottlieb of the Vancouver School of Economics.“It seems like a policy that does not reflect an understanding of the current markets or basic economics,” he said in an interview.“This is actually not really promoting ownership. This is promoting owning a small share of a home and taking a big risk with other people’s money.”The provincewide program provides a matching loan that is interest-free and payment-free for the first five years to residents buying their first home, capped at five per cent of a property’s purchase price to a maximum of $750,000. That means the government could contribute up to $37,500 for each eligible home purchase.The province did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Premier Christy Clark has touted the program as an effective tool to help first-time buyers whose only barrier to home ownership is lack of a down payment.The last thing the real estate market needs is stimulus, said Tom Davidoff, an economist and housing expert at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.“Nobody thinks the problem with Canada’s housing market, and in particular Vancouver’s housing market, is that it’s just too dead and the values are depressed and nobody wants to buy,” he said.Nathanael Lauster, a sociologist at UBC, said the timing of the announcement is telling, coming in the lead-up to next year’s provincial election.A program designed to juice up the housing market benefits developers and the real estate and construction industries, as well as homeowners and residents who are already wealthy enough to qualify for the loan, Lauster said. These are all groups that tend to support the B.C. Liberals, he said.Paul Kershaw at the university’s school of population and public health saluted the province’s attempt at assisting young people, but said the move would inevitably drive up prices and encourage people to take on more debt.“I can sum it up in four words: right intention, wrong execution,” said Kershaw, who is also the founder of Generation Squeeze, an advocacy group for Canadians in their 40s or younger.The program also doesn’t discriminate between people who can’t afford a down payment and those who can, which economics professor Tsur Somerville said wastes tax dollars by giving subsidies to people who don’t need the help.Taxpayers also take on financial risk because the government is on the hook if buyers default on mortgage payments, added Somerville, who teaches at UBC.Funding for the plan will come from a 15-per-cent tax on foreign-homebuyers, a luxury tax on homes worth over $2 million and from property-transfer tax revenues.Bryan Yu, a senior economist with Central 1 Credit Union, said while he doesn’t see the program having much of a negative effect for most people, he questions whether it is a lost opportunity.“The question is: Is this really the best bang for your buck in terms of housing affordability?” Yu asked.The provincial measure sends mixed signals to the market, offsetting steps already taken by the federal government, he said.The federal Finance Department tightened requirements on mortgage lending in response to concerns over runaway real estate in urban areas, such as Vancouver and Toronto.While academics appear unanimous in their criticism of the government’s Home Owner Mortgage Equity Partnership program, the industry commends the initiative.“Anything that assists first-time homebuyers get on that property ladder now is definitely a good thing,” said Paul Taylor, head of Mortgage Professionals Canada.Neil Moody, CEO of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of B.C., said the measure is about helping people start to build equity. The move is also important to safeguard the housing industry and the jobs it provides, he added.Anne McMullin of the Urban Development Institute agreed, adding that the financial risk to taxpayers would be minimal because buyers still need to qualify for a mortgage based on the new rules.But both the academics and industry leaders agree that the underlying reason for Metro Vancouver’s overpriced housing market is a lack of supply.They point to restrictive zoning policies and an aversion to increasing density, both measures that fall under municipal jurisdiction but which experts say the province can have a role in encouraging.Davidoff dismissed the provincial government’s assertion it has no control over supply, and that local politicians are ultimately in control of making decisions on housing.“For them to say it’s the politicians at the local level making the choice, that’s not correct,” he said.“When you blame local politicians for following incentives provided at the provincial level, to me that’s like giving crack to a crack addict and then saying, ‘Oh my God, these people should stop smoking crack.’ “— Follow @gwomand on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version described Tsur Somerville as the founder of Generation Squeeze. read more

Extreme poverty to fall below 10 per cent advancing towards UN goal

“This is the best story in the world today – these projections show us that we are the first generation in human history that can end extreme poverty,” said Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group President.The World Bank explained that it uses an updated international poverty line of $1.90 a day, which incorporates new information on differences in the cost of living across countries and preserves the real purchasing power of the previous line of $1.25 a day in 2005 prices in the world’s poorest countries. Based on the new line, the World Bank projects that global poverty will have fallen from 902 million people – or 12.8 per cent of the global population in 2012 – to 702 million people, or 9.6 per cent of the global population, this year.“This new forecast of poverty falling into the single digits should give us new momentum and help us focus even more clearly on the most effective strategies to end extreme poverty,” the World Bank chief said. Ending poverty is the top goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted on 25 September by the 193-Member United Nations General Assembly, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed as “an agenda for people, to end poverty in all its forms – an agenda for the planet, our common home.”Mr. Kim echoed the UN chief’s optimism, saying that “the world stands a vastly better chance of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and raising the life prospects of low-income families but the World Bank chief also cautioned that the work ahead “will be extraordinarily hard.”The World Bank forecast noted that poverty remains concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.“For the last several decades, three regions, East Asia and Pacific, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, have accounted for some 95 per cent of global poverty,” according to the World Bank, which noted that today, “poverty is declining in all regions but it is becoming deeper and more entrenched in countries that are either conflict ridden or overly dependent on commodity exports.”“The growing concentration of global poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa is of great concern,” it said.In its regional forecasts for 2015, the World Bank said that poverty in East Asia and the Pacific would fall to 4.1 per cent of its population, down from 7.2 per cent in 2012; Latin America and the Caribbean would fall to 5.6 per cent from 6.2 in 2012; South Asia would fall to 13.5 per cent in 2015, compared to 18.8 per cent in 2012; Sub-Saharan Africa declines to 35.2 per cent in 2015, compared to 42.6 per cent in 2012. And the Bank noted that “reliable current poverty data is not available for the Middle East and North Africa because of conflict and fragility in key countries in the region.” read more

SMMT Update – 24 October 2014

SMMT’s weekly round-up, including all the latest news from UK automotive and a message from SMMT’s Chief Executive.SMMT Update 341 online.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)