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ACT Government Knew About Impending Student Crisis in April

first_imgHundreds of international students in Canberra held a protest demonstration on Friday against a policy reversal by the ACT Government that has now rendered them ineligible for state nomination of their permanent residency application.Read it at SBS Related Itemslast_img

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God made Sachin Tendulkar to play cricket: Dhoni

first_imgEven as an emotional Sachin Tendulkar gets set to play his last World Cup match in front of his home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that expectations are nothing new to the batting maestro and the champion batsman won’t get overawed by the situation.Speaking on the eve of the match, Dhoni said that handling the pressure of expectations is what Tendulkar has been doing successfully over the last 21 years and playing the final of the showpiece event at his home ground wouldn’t be something out of the blues for the little master.”When god made Tendulkar, he made him just to play cricket. From the very first ball he ever faced on the international scene, he has looked at giving his 100 per cent. Players have come and players have gone, but Tendulkar has just grown from strength to strength.”It might be a big occasion for every player out in the middle, but if anything, Tendulkar will use the pressure to his advantage. Irrespective of whether he gets the coveted 100 international centuries or not, he has achieved what not many cricketers can dream of. He doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone,” he said.Talking of what sets apart the little genius from the other stars to have played the game, Dhoni said: “It definitely has to be his level of dedication towards the game and the intensity with which he has played for the last 21 years. While cricketers have come and gone, he has held fort.advertisement”Even today, he is takes every training session seriously. He would much rather not turn up for training rather than joking around once on the ground. He is not a player to turn up for training just for the sake of it. He has an intent every single time he is on the ground.”Dhoni also feels that it is the master blaster’s knack to get every minute detail in place ahead of a match that sets him apart from the rest.”He comes into the ground and if there is any area which he feels needs to be worked upon, he will work on it and unless he is satisfied with the result, he won’t leave the ground. He doesn’t leave anything for tomorrow.”(On a lighter note) We are blessed that he is a genius and the two or three hour training sessions that we have are enough for him to correct his mistakes, else we might have been stranded on the ground forever,” Dhoni said.last_img read more

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Fed rate decision trade scenario to set market trend Analysts

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian equities this week will be guided by factors like geopolitical developments, US-China trade negotiations and Fed interest rate decision amid lack of major domestic triggers, say analysts. Investors will also keep a track on the domestic trade situation following reports that India has decided to impose retaliatory tariffs on 29 US products with effect from June 16. The government had on June 21, 2018 decided to impose these duties in retaliation to the US decision of significantly hiking customs duties on certain steel and aluminium products. India had extended the deadline for imposition of duties multiple times in the hope that some solution would emerge. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep “Markets are currently dancing to the global tunes and we do not see this changing any time soon, in absence of any major local trigger,” said Jayant Manglik, President – Retail Distribution, Religare Broking. Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services, said: “Ripple effect from a weak global market while premium valuation and slow economy is hurting the market. Continuous exchange of words between US and Tehran regarding the oil tanker attack, progress of US-China trade war, Fed policy outcome on 19th June and progress of monsoon will be closely watched by the investors.” Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs Global markets were spooked last week after two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, leading to ratcheting up of tensions in the Middle East. Crude oil prices, movement of rupee against the dollar and foreign fund investment trend would be crucial for the markets, experts added. “Negative news flow from the finance sector on loan repayment is dampening the investors sentiment which can be a trigger for a bigger correction before the budget session,” said Romesh Tiwari, Head of Research, CapitalAim. The BSE Sensex stayed on the back foot for the third straight session Friday as investors dialled down equity exposure amid high valuations and a fresh spell of uncertainty in the global markets. The markets suffered a sudden sell-off towards the fag-end following reports of India deciding to impose retaliatory tariffs on 29 US products. During the last week, the Sensex fell 163.83 points or 0.41 per cent, to close at 39,452.07.last_img read more

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Stars Join TigerTimes 2016 Stars And Stripes Celebrity Art Auction

first_imgSixteen celebrities from the world of sport, music, dance, design, art, stage and TV have come together to support the TigerTime campaign’s 2016 Stars & Stripes celebrity art auction.Sporty Spice, Melanie Chisholm, who visited India to see her first wild tigers with TigerTime last year, has joined the supporting artists along with Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse and Princess Diana’s wedding dress designer, Elizabeth Emanuel.“Although there are some seriously lovely works among the auction items this annual event is more about raising awareness and funds to protect wild tigers. We’re hugely grateful to everyone who gives their time so generously and to those who bid,” says TigerTime manager, Vicky Flynn.Proceeds from previous auctions has helped fund critical tiger conservation, education, community outreach and anti-poaching work in India, Russia and Thailand.All the works will be on show at the Mall Galleries, London SW1 from Tuesday 28 June to Saturday 2 July. Bids can be made at the gallery or online – bidding closes at 4pm (GMT) on Monday 4 July. Bids can be emailed to: bids@tigertime.info 
Participating this year are: Alan Titchmarsh MBE, Ayden Callaghan, Brian Blessed OBE, Chris Marsh (actor), Elizabeth Emanuel, Emily Lamb (artist), Emre Erturk (NY based fashion designer), Francis Rossi, Joanna Lumley OBE, Jody Craddock (ex Wolves FC turned artist), Lynn Shepherd (author) Melanie Chisholm, Oti Mabuse (Strictly Come Dancing), Peter Egan, Richard Symonds (artist) and Sarah Jane HoneywellYou can view the full catalogue and find out more herelast_img read more

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History Decolonized A closer look at Edward Cornwallis and why his statue

first_imgTrina Roache APTN InvestigatesEdward Cornwallis is honoured as the founder of Halifax. A British military leader who issued bounties on Mi’kmaw scalps, his statue in a city park named in his honour has been at the centre of division and debate.For years, the Mi’kmaq have fought to have his monument removed. It happened at the end of January — a celebratory moment for the Mi’kmaq.“We’re in a time now of truth and reconciliation, and peace and friendship,” said Mi’kmaw activist Rebecca Moore, watching crews work to lift the statue from its pedestal.“This is it being lived out, right now in this moment,” said Moore. “And I’m really, really happy and proud to be here and to be able to witness this.”Overhead, an eagle circled as a crane lifted the statue from its granite base.“For that eagle to come and fly right over us, just right the same moment as Cornwallis just got removed from his pedestal was just, it was very affirming to me,” said Moore.This was a moment three decades in the making and the focus of an APTN Investigates episode, History Decolonized.It started with Mi’kmaw Elder Dan Paul, who published “We Were Not the Savages” in 1993. Paul applied an Indigenous lens to the history of the Nova Scotia and it painted a vastly different picture.“In his correspondence with the Lords of Trade in London, [Cornwallis] made it clear that it would be best to root the Mi’kmaq out of the peninsula of Nova Scotia for all time and forever,” said Paul.“What kind of a man is that and why do we have a statue of him in the park?” asked Moore, just weeks before a sudden turn of events led to the statue’s removal.It’s a question Halifax city council has wrestled with for years. And a question that sparks fierce debate, one echoed across the continent.Last May, a speech by the Mayor of New Orleans on why the confederate monuments were being removed went viral.“There is a difference, you see, between remembrance of history and the reverence of it,” said Mitch Landrieu.In the United States, as monuments came down in 2017, racism ramped up.In Charlottesville, Va., white supremacists protested the removal of Robert E. Lee’s statue. Counter rallies were held and violent clashes followed. It turned deadly after a white nationalist drove his car into a crowd of protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman.Canada is hardly immune to the racist backlash when colonial history is questioned.“We’re seeing this emergence of it in much bolder ways,” said El Jones, a professor, poet and activist in Halifax. “I’ve certainly experienced it myself, very much an increase in the intensity of harassment. So people who love me are like, don’t walk home alone.”Jones said it intensifies around the topic of Cornwallis.In council meetings over the past year, Halifax councillors have referenced the racist emails they’ve received on the topic of Cornwallis.And whether it’s Cornwallis or one of the confederate monuments, the rhetoric often includes the line, “you can’t erase history.”“Where’s our history, if you can’t erase history?” said Moore. “Only settler people, only the colonist can erase history? Because this land has a whole pre-colonial history, where’s our pre-colonial history? Nowhere. It’s like they think that the world started when they landed here. And it didn’t.”“I always call it white amnesia,” said Jones. “Like, white people don’t have to reckon with history and they have the privilege to forget it.”Halifax mayor Mike Savage said it’s important the city grapple with an uncomfortable history.“This is a city like many cities that has been a victim of systemic racism. Not just against First Nations, but against African Nova Scotians as well,” said Savage. “And we can’t deny the history. We have to accept the history and learn from it.”Before the statue came down, Savage called it an “impediment to progress.”City council had struck a committee to explore issues around the commemoration of Cornwallis. Savage hoped it would be an avenue to education.But after months of no action, the Mi’kmaw chiefs lost patience and pulled out and demanded the statue be removed immediately.The grassroots moved quickly to plan a rally called “Removing Cornwallis.” City staff, fearing a potential conflict, recommended to council that the statue be taken down and put into storage.Within days, the debate was back before council who voted overwhelmingly in support of removing Cornwallis.“It’s down and it allows us to have that conversation we need to have on true reconciliation,” said Savage.The Mi’kmaq held a rally at Cornwallis Park, standing where the statue had stood just days before.“We removed Cornwallis!” cheered Mi’kmaw warrior Suzanne Patles, bullhorn in hand. “And look who stands in his place. Mi’kmaw women!”Mi’kmaw Warrior Toby Condo speaking at a gathering after the statue came down.What followed was drumming, smudging and a thank you to Dan Paul, for his tireless efforts to expose the Mi’kmaw narrative of a city built in the traditional, unceded territory of Mi’kma’ki.“It hasn’t been as erasure of history,” Patles told the crowd. What we’re doing is, we’re refusing to be erased. ”“The hidden history of Nova Scotia is out now,” said Paul. “Let’s move on and begin to build a future together.”troache@aptn.calast_img read more

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Identifying citizenry key to Ivorian peace process – UN envoy

“The definitive settlement of the question of national identity, which could be reached in a few weeks, would be a historic and strategic advance,” said Choi Young-jin, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for the country and head of the UN mission there, known as UNOCI.“Peace and stability have been largely re-established in Côte d’Ivoire, to the point of allowing UNOCI to propose the reduction of its military forces by one battalion by March 2009,” he told the 15-member body as he briefed it on Mr. Ban’s latest report on the situation there.The identity question is crucial to settling the Ivorian conflict, Mr. Choi has previously explained, because the country had received a large influx of immigration over the several decades when it was the most prosperous agricultural producer in its region, resulting in tensions when the economy slowed.In addition, he told the Council at today’s briefing, the Ivorian parties agreed in December that the holding of the long-postponed elections, last scheduled for 30 November 2008, would now await the completion of the identification process and the disarmament of ex-combatants.More than 3.5 million people have so far been identified across the length and breadth of the country, and the process had been nearly completed in the two most important political centres of Abidjan and Bouake, he said.Very soon, he added, millions of Ivorians would get national identity cards for the first time in their lives, which would allow them to become freely engaged in economic activities and to circulate freely in their country as well as in neighbouring States.“Perhaps even more significant is the fact that this historic and strategic advance was realized up to now without any major incidents,” he said.Mr. Choi said that the identification operation should be completed in the spring, and he would then be in a better position to report to the Council on the progress of the two other crucial questions for the future of the country, disarmament and elections. 21 January 2009Current progress in identifying citizens of Côte d’Ivoire will allow further advances in the slow but steady consolidation of peace in the West African country, which has been divided since 2002 between the Government-held south and an opposition-dominated north, the top United Nations envoy to that country told the Security Council today. read more

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Ban urges Madagascar parties to act responsibly after President resigns

17 March 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties in Madagascar to ensure stability and a smooth democratic transition following the resignation of President Marc Ravalomanana. “This peaceful path can only be the result of transitional arrangements arrived at by consensus and enjoying wide support,” his spokesperson said in a statement. The statement added that Mr. Ban is “gravely concerned” about the evolving developments in Madagascar, where tensions have been growing in recent months amid a dispute between the President and Andry Rajoelina, the mayor of the capital, Anatananarivo.Violence surrounding the dispute led to nearly 100 deaths and many more injuries since January. “He urges all parties concerned to act responsibly to ensure stability and a smooth transition through democratic means,” the statement said.“The Secretary-General calls on all concerned, particularly the police and the army, to ensure the security of the population and work together toward a non-violent resolution of the crisis,” it added. The UN has been trying to help resolve the crisis through the efforts of Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Haile Menkerios, who has been dispatched to the Indian Ocean island nation twice, as well as UN Senior Adviser Tiébilé Dramé.Today’s statement noted that the UN, along with all other partners, remains engaged to help achieve a peaceful, consensual solution in Madagascar. read more

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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 11, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Dec 11, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:Lowe’s Takeover of Rona: Sylvain Prud’homme, the CEO of Lowe’s Canada, will provide an update Monday of the Rona takeover six months after the acquisition was finalized. The $3.2 billion deal shook up the home hardware industry when it was first unveiled in February.Amaya: A Quebec court will resume hearings Tuesday into allegations that David Baazov, the former CEO of Montreal-based gaming company Amaya, was involved in insider trading. He is charged along with two other people and three companies. All have maintained their innocence.Drug Talk: Joseph Papa, chairman and CEO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, will be doing the rounds in the U.S. this week. On Tuesday, he will speak at a health-care conference in Boston. He heads to New York the next day, where he’ll talk at another conference hosted by BMO.Bombardier: It’s investor day for Bombardier on Thursday. The aerospace giant will release its guidance for next year and discuss the progress of its turnaround efforts.Home Sales: The Canadian Real Estate Association is expected to release national home sales figures for November on Thursday. Will it be another record month? It was in October, when more than 42,000 homes exchanged hands. read more

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BUSU releases student transit survey results

Brock University’s Students’ Union had the ear of local politicians Thursday when it presented the findings of a student transit survey.The survey was conducted to find out the types of transportation students use, when they use it and whether they are satisfied with the U-Pass program.Students enrolled in 1.5 credits or more ride buses in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland for free, with a mandatory fee worked into their tuition.Spencer Dawson, BUSU Vice-President of Finance and Administration, said BUSU “wants to make sure our students are getting good value.”The student union is a big proponent of a seamless inter-municipal transit system.Dawson said inter-municipal transit would help attract GO bus and train service to Niagara, which would benefit Brock and the region.“To attract people, especially young, professional students to Niagara and Brock, we need a way to get them here,” he said.He said 3,093 students completed the survey, offering good insight into ridership.“Most students are using it on weekdays and to get to and from school,” he said.The most riders are in St. Catharines followed by Thorold, Niagara Falls and Welland.Just over half of the students who responded use the U-Pass daily and nearly 77 per cent said the program should continue indefinitely.Antonio Sergi, BUSU Vice-President of External Affairs, said the amount of responses to the survey shows students are engaged and interested in the issue.He said a key goal of BUSU is to advocate for inter-municipal transit in Niagara Region and to lobby in favour of GO service.Sergi said BUSU made a presentation to the region’s public works department to inform them of student ridership and expectations. That data, he said, will be included in the Niagara Region Transportation Master Plan.Regional Chair Alan Caslin said the region has created a task force with the goal of finding the best way to provide an inter-municipal transit system incorporating St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland.West Lincoln Mayor Doug Joyner told the group he recently rode transit with Dawson and Sergi from Hamilton to Brock. They wanted to see if a student could take a bus from Hamilton to make an 8 a.m. class at the University.“The answer was absolutely not,” he said.The exercise has led to brainstorming and pushing for ways to shorten the ride, including looking into the GO bus stop route in St. Catharines, Joyner said.He said the question of whether the GO bus could stop at Brock before the Fairview Mall and downtown St. Catharines is being asked.Brian Hutchings, Brock’s Vice-President, Administration, said the survey results match the University’s data, which shows that 70 per cent of the 18,000 students at Brock use public transit.“We bring in almost 12,000 students from the GTA – living in St. Catharines and Thorold and using public transportation,” he said.Following the presentation, politicians went on a bus ride-along with the student union representatives.BUSU said some of the survey feedback included the need for extended weekend bus service, more bus routes, and longer hours of operation. read more

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Large companies have published their gender pay gap figures How does yours

first_imgCompanies have also had to publish figures showing what proportion of their top-paying jobs are held by women and the proportion of men and women that receive bonuses. The exercise is part of an effort to promote gender equality in the world of work – something that the Telegraph is championing in relation to start-up funding for women-led businesses. The Government has introduced legislation requiring all UK companies employing at least 250 people to publish statistics revealing their gender pay gap, or lack thereof.center_img The deadline has now passed, and 10,016 companies –  including the BBC, Barclays and many local councils – had submitted their figures. Of these, 1,379 paid women more than men…last_img read more

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President not obliged to take GECOMs advice on elections date –

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDiscussions about merging data causing unnecessary delay in poll preparations – Commissioner GunrajSeptember 18, 2019In “latest news”GECOM seems to be in “stalling mode” – PPP CommissionersJanuary 25, 2019In “latest news”General Elections not of paramount importance to Govt – PPPMarch 15, 2019In “latest news” Government’s Commissioner on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Vincent Alexander, has said that President David Granger is not obliged to go with the advice proffered by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) regarding a date for national elections, since such powers lie with the president himself to make such a pronouncement.Speaking with media operatives following a meeting with the diplomatic community at GECOM on Thursday, Alexander said the Elections Commission only starts preparations for polls after being given a date by the Head of State.“What people don’t seem to understand, [it] is not for GECOM to automatically go into preparing for the elections outside of an order from the President giving a date. The President has to give a date for elections and that is what GECOM has to work with because there are statutory dates leading up to that date. You can’t determine those statutory dates outside of an order,” the Commissioner stated.On this note, he went on to reject accusations that it is the elections body that is delaying the holding of General and Regional Elections by the constitutional March 19 deadline.According to Alexander, what is required of GECOM is for it to state its level of preparedness, which is what the Commission has done.Against this backdrop, the Government appointed Commissioner was asked whether the President is obliged to adhere to the advice of the elections body or can go ahead and set a date of his choice.He responded saying, “Legally he might not be obliged, but certainly in the terms of the spirit of the Constitution and in terms of any logical framework, one would expect him to take that advice. And more than that, we have precedence of [presidents] taking that advice [from GECOM].”After weeks of stalemate on the way forward, GECOM earlier this week voted to continue its normal activity and to inform the President that new General Elections cannot be held by the constitutional deadline – a move which has placed Guyana on the brink of a constitutional crisis.During a Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson used his deciding vote and sided with Government Commissioners to pass a motion that new elections could not be held in 90 days as constitutionally mandated. read more

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Atlas Copco Pit Viper blasthole drill order from Minera Los Pelambres

first_imgAtlas Copco has won a contract to deliver a number of large range Pit Viper rotary blasthole drills to Chilean mining company Minera Los Pelambres. Atlas Copco’s Drilling Solutions division will deliver four large blasthole drills for copper mining at the company’s Los Pelambres mine, which is operated by Antofagasta Minerals. The order was booked at the end of 2013 and will be delivered later in 2014.In 2011 feasibility studies were initiated to expand Los Pelambres, which were finalised in 2013. One of the results of this research was that it became necessary for the mine to modernise the fleet in order to increase productivity and introduce new technologies, which have been developed in the Pit Viper series. “We are confident about the productivity of Atlas Copco’s equipment as well as its progress in technology that has been demonstrated from the start of our operation,” said José Las Heras, Drilling and Blasting Superintendent from Los Pelambres mine. The executive added that Atlas Copco offers, within the large blasthole line, both electric and diesel versions. “With regard to the latter, we are very pleased and we tested its versatility and mobility within the pit.”This is not the first time Minera Los Pelambres has chosen Atlas Copco as its blasthole drills supplier. In addition to the four blasthole drills on order, Minera Los Pelambres has two Pit Viper 351 electrics and three Pit Viper 351 diesel rigs. The new drills will all be installed with Atlas Copco’s Rig Control System, which is computerised and automated rock drilling software. “We’re excited about the opportunity to continue working with Minera Los Pelambres in this very strategic South American market,” said Peter Salditt, President of Atlas Copco’s Drilling Solutions division. “Our dedication to increasing the technology capabilities of our drills, and building a highly mobile, versatile unit is what attracted Minera Los Pelambres to us once again. This illustrates our presence in the region and our dedication to the blasthole market.”last_img read more

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Eamon Dunphy to launch intelligent interesting irreverent football podcast

first_img Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A lot of it is very tabloidy. The English television channels, to be fair, don’t really make an effort. When you look at the people they have, they’re on because they were great players. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to be a good analyst.“So, there isn’t much that I watch. Sometimes I turn the sound down.”Taking the matter into his own hands, Dunphy has decided to launch his own show – in the form of a football podcast.The programme will launch on 21 November with a live audience at Trinity College. The pundit has gathered the old gang together and on stage with him will be John Giles, Liam Brady and Didi Hamann.He plans for other people to get on board over the coming months, including experts in other sports including horse racing and GAA.“I hope it will be an intelligent, funny, irreverent, candid look at sport. That will be the aim,” he says.The show will go online twice a week – on Mondays and Fridays – and will be up to one hour long.“I’m very excited about it because I love radio… the happiest time I’ve ever spent as a journalist was doing The Last Word on TodayFM,” Dunphy admits.“I loved it. It’s a great medium and this is a great chance to talk at more length… When you’re on television doing the Champions League, you’re sort of constrained with time. If you have someone like Didi, or Liam, or John, you want to hear what they’ve to say, you want to hear the discussion run its course rather than squeezing everything in.”He believes he’s hitting the market at the right time as the Premier League is particularly exciting at the moment – even though he cites the recent Liverpool Manchester United Monday night dud which petered out at Anfield after days of hype (in front of billions of viewers worldwide).“I was looking forward to it all day, and my son is a Liverpool supporter, all weekend we were talking about it,” he says.It brings popular culture and a richness into people’s lives and because it means so much to people, it deserves to be critiqued seriously and talked about intelligently and not going for soundbites.On the road with Dunphy and palsAs well as the podcast, Dunphy and co. are hitting the road for a series of live shows with Aprés Match’s Barry Murphy.The three-hour, no-holds barred event – kicking off in Vicar Street on 5 December – will also include Hamann, Giles and Brady in what is being billed as an ‘intimate evening with the Premiership A-Team’.They promise to answer “all questions” and be as passionate as always.“There’s also a bar,” adds Dunphy, with a chuckle.Check out TheJournal.ie and The42.ie for more with our interview with Dunphy and Didi Hamann.  64 Comments Source: Eamon Dunphy/Twitter By Sinead O’Carroll Nov 4th 2016, 6:20 AM Share14 Tweet Email1 Friday 4 Nov 2016, 6:20 AM Subscribe for more videos 17,826 Views Short URL Wanna pick a fight, baby? Join me, @DietmarHamann, John Giles, Brady & Barry Murphy at @Vicar_Street on Dec 5th…https://t.co/hqhPRzF3co pic.twitter.com/w1xWY2DkWv— The Stand (@Dunphy_Official) November 3, 2016 Camera and editing: Nicky RyanMore: Dunphy tells O’Neill to conduct interviews ‘like a man rather than a child’Read: Didi Hamann starts for RTÉ in the John Giles role tonightOpinion: ‘As good as it gets’ – An Irish footballing legend ends his 30-year association with RTÉ tonight Eamon Dunphy to launch ‘intelligent, interesting, irreverent’ football podcast “Sometimes I turn the sound down,” the pundit says of watching the Premier League on British stations. https://jrnl.ie/3060197 EAMON DUNPHY WANTS to talk about football.A lot.And his pre- and post-game slots on RTÉ television just aren’t sating his appetite.“It’s very hard in soccer to find good, intelligent analysis,” he told TheJournal.ie in a recent interview.“So there isn’t anything that I listen to where I feel comfortable saying ‘this is an intelligent, interesting perspective’.last_img read more

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Collector expresses ire over poor maintenance of BC hostel in

first_imgVijayawada: Dissatisfied with the poor sanitation conditions prevailed in and around the hostel, District Collector Md Imtiaz expressed ire over the officials of the BC welfare students hostel in Gunadala. In accordance with the directions from Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, Collector made a surprise visit to the hostel located on Gangireddula Dibba hill in Gunadala and verified the functioning of the hostel and conditions prevailed there. Also Read – Vice-Prez to flag off Gudur Superfast Express Advertise With Us Imtiaz questioned the officials on the poor sanitation conditions prevailed in the hostel and asked them whether they keep their children in such poor hygienic conditions at their homes. He made it clear that it was the responsibility of the warden and the staff to keep the environment clean and to serve good and hygienic food to the students. He tasted the food and expressed satisfaction over the quality of rice and curries. He asked the officials to follow the menu as per the directives of the BC Welfare Department and has warned he would not tolerate the negligence of the officials and the staff in the hostels. He also verified the attendance register. The Collector said Vijayawada is the capital of AP and many students from different parts of the state come to the hostel to join. He made it clear that the social welfare department officials must take responsibility and provide accommodation to the students without fail. Imtiaz spoke to some students and asked about the facilities provided and food served in the hostel.last_img read more

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Monsanto JV faces antitrust probe in India for overpricing GM cotton seeds

first_imgShares of Monsanto India plunged by almost 4 percent on Thursday after it was reported that Indian competition watchdog, the Competition Commission of India (CCI), was investigating whether the company abused its dominant position as a supplier of genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds.The stock dropped to the day’s low of Rs 1,900, but later recovered to close at Rs 1,924.30, down 2.78 percent from its previous close.Reuters had reported on Thursday that the CCI has ordered a probe into a Monsanto joint venture after farmers and some of their associations, including one aligned to the ruling BJP, complained that the company overpriced its products using its dominant supplier of cotton seeds.The seeds are used in 90 percent of cotton cultivation in India, the agency added.Monsanto’s joint venture in India is Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (India) (MMB), which “licenses a gene that produces its own pesticide to a number of local seed companies in lieu of royalties and an upfront payment.” The local licensees together command 90 percent of the market.MMB was reported as saying that it was confident of coming out unscathed in the matter.”MMB conducts its business in an honest, transparent and respectful manner and it remains confident that this will be evident after all relevant information has been considered by the CCI,” a spokesman said in an email, according to the Reuters report.”MMB has assured the CCI (of) its full cooperation with the investigation and we remain confident that all allegations which the CCI proposes to investigate will be ultimately dismissed in their entirety,” the company said.last_img read more

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BNP activist held for sharing distorted photos of PM

first_imgLogo of arrestPolice on Friday arrested a Jubo Dal man for shared ‘distorted’ pictures of prime minister and ruling Awami League president Sheikh Hasina on social media sites.The arrestee Sohel Molla, 38, son of a certain Masud Molla of Suapara village in Tongibari upazila is a member of sadar Jubo Dal unit, reports UNB.Jubo Dal is a front organisation of the country’s principal opposition the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)Sohel shared distorted pictures along with derogatory comments on three Facebook Ids, said Tongibari police station officer-in-charge Yeardousi Hasan.Following this incident, Tongibari upazila vice chairman and AL leader Emili Parveen filed a case with the police station under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act accusing Sohel.Later, police arrested him, the OC added.last_img read more

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New Volvo pedestrian detection system brakes for you

first_imgThe Volvo S60 sedan. The Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection system fitted in the 2011 model S60 was first announced early last year. It uses a computer fed by information from a wide-angle radar system that detects objects and monitors their speed and distance from the car, and from a camera fitted near the rear view mirror. Using this information the computer identifies the objects and determines if they are on a collision path.If a collision is imminent the car gives the driver an audible and visual warning and brakes hard if the driver does not react quickly enough. At speeds under 35 km/h a collision is prevented, while at higher speeds it may not be possible to avoid a collision but the impact and subsequent injuries are reduced. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo’s goal is that by 2020 nobody should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo and their cars should not seriously injure or kill other road users or pedestrians. To help achieve this aim the company has developed a detection system for cars that can detect pedestrians, predict when they might move in front of the vehicle and automatically apply the brakes if the driver does not. The system has been successfully tested with a dummy, but is not completely foolproof because in one trial the dummy was hit even when the car was traveling below 35 km/h. This could have been because crowds gathered on either side of the track confused the system, which worked perfectly when the crowds moved back.Other computer systems in the Volvo S60 include an alarm triggered by random or uncontrolled weaving of the car to wake the tired or distracted driver and warning lights on the outside mirrors to warn drivers of vehicles they cannot see. Another system monitors lane dividers and warns the driver if they cross the dividers without first using a turning indicator. The headlamps are also under computer control and move to follow the curve of the road.Volvo’s pedestrian detection system is not the first, since Mercedes-Benz and BMW have already introduced pedestrian detection in night vision displays, but Volvo is the first system to couple a detection system with automatic braking. New car tech: Not just crash protection, but preventioncenter_img Citation: New Volvo pedestrian detection system brakes for you (2011, February 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-volvo-pedestrian.html More information: Volvo website © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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VIDEO Blue Jays Chris Coghlan scored on an incredible headfirst flip over

first_imgToronto’s Chris Coghlan was all but gunned down at home in last night’s game against the Cardinals, but instead of colliding with catcher Yadier Molina on a play at the plate, Coghlan pulled off an incredible head-first flip to get the run.The Blue Jays won the game, 6-5 in 11. Check out this candidate for highlight of the year from the young MLB season.Chris Coghlan takes the high road. pic.twitter.com/Z0aw3FuQuB— MLB (@MLB) April 26, 2017last_img

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