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2G scam: CBI opposes bail pleas of Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar in SC

first_imgThe CBI on Friday opposed in the Supreme Court the bail pleas of DMK MP M.K. Kanimozhi and co-accused Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar in the 2G case on the ground that if released, they could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses. In an affidavit filed before the apex court, the investigating agency contended that Kanimozhi and Kumar were key conspirators and Rs 200 crore transferred to the Kalaignar TV was part of the “bribe” amount and not a loan as claimed by the accused. The agency said that since investigation in the 2G case is at an advanced stage, it will not be proper for the apex court to grant bail to the accused. The CBI submitted that the special CBI court and later the Delhi High Court had carefully evaluated various material evidence and other factors to decline bail to them.  The apex court had on June 13 asked the CBI to explain where the Rs 200 crore, allegedly diverted to DMK-owned Kalaignar TV in 2G scam, has gone and also to file a response on their bail pleas in a week’s time  A bench of justices B.S. Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar, while terming “corruption as the worst form of human rights violation,” had asked CBI to come out with a status report on the loss to the state exchequer due to the award of 13 licences to one of the telecom operators and trial proceedings in the CBI special court. Kanimozhi and Kumar had moved the apex court seeking bail on June 10 challenging the Delhi High Court verdict rejecting their bail on the ground that they have strong political connections and the possibility of them influencing witnesses cannot be ruled out. Named as accused in the second charge-sheet for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 200 crore, the two were arrested on May 20 after the special court  dismissed their bail pleas in the case. Both Kanimozhi and Kumar have 20 per cent stake each in Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd which allegedly received Rs 200 crore through a “circuitous” route from Shahid Balwa promoted DB Realty. For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

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FIFA rankings ‘loophole’ likely to disappear after World Cup draw

first_imgA loophole that allows national teams to boost their seedings for the World Cup by avoiding friendly matches is likely to disappear after next year’s finals in Russia, with changes due to the international calendar and a FIFA review of their rankings system.Currently seedings are based on the FIFA world rankings, using a points system which calculates average points for each game and is weighted against friendly matches.The result has been that some teams, such as Poland and Switzerland, who have played only a small amount of friendlies, have gained an advantage over teams who have played regular friendly games.Friendly internationals played in November have not counted towards the seeding pots for the World Cup as they are based on last month’s FIFA rankings.But two changes are set to impact the system significantly.From September 2018, European and CONCACAF region teams will begin playing in Nations League competitions which will be played on the dates in the FIFA calendar traditionally set aside for friendly games.That means there will be very little space available for friendly matches for the 90 national teams who are FIFA members in those two confederations.That trend could well spread with FIFA confirming recently that they are in talks with confederations about creating a global Nations League structure, which would further reduce the amount of friendly games.FIFA also said it plans to review the rankings system.”FIFA is reviewing the FIFA World Ranking system and will take a decision after the completion of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup if any changes are be made to improve the ranking,” the organisation said recently.advertisementAsked if those changes would address the issue of nations avoiding friendly matches to improve their rankings and how Nations League games would be factored into the calculation, FIFA told Reuters: “The FIFA ranking will be reviewed in the near future. As long as this has not been done, we can’t speculate on future scenarios. The current ranking takes into account all official matches.”The World Cup draw will be held on Dec. 1 in Moscow.last_img read more

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Chelsea cruise into FA Cup fifth round

first_imgChelsea 3 Newcastle United 0: Batshuayi brace books fifth-round FA Cup spot Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 23:23 1/28/18 Michy Batshuayi Getty Images Chelsea bounced back from their EFL Cup semi-final defeat to book an FA Cup fifth-round spot by beating Newcastle United 3-0 at home. Michy Batshuayi struck a first-half brace as Chelsea cruised into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 3-0 victory over a lacklustre Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.The striker is rumoured to be heading out on loan ahead of Wednesday’s transfer deadline but demonstrated his goalscoring ability with a double to help the Blues bounce back from their midweek EFL Cup semi-final disappointment against Arsenal.Antonio Conte has been linked with a string of strikers, including Edin Dzeko, Andy Carroll and Ashley Barnes, in a bid to add back-up for Alvaro Morata, but on this evidence the answer may lie closer to home. 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 Chelsea took the lead after a low-tempo opening half-hour, Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso combining to tee up Batshuayi after Pedro’s long pass opened Newcastle up.Batshuayi recorded his 10th goal of the season in all competitions shortly before the break, Jamaal Lascelles’ attempted block from the Belgian’s shot looping the ball over goalkeeper Karl Darlow and in.Alonso’s sublime 25-yard free-kick wrapped up the victory and Chelsea’s unbeaten run at home stretches to 15 matches, while Newcastle’s appalling FA Cup record continues, with the Magpies last reaching the fifth round in 2006.#CHENEW pic.twitter.com/mDCp1q3Hdz— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 28, 2018Gary Cahill’s mistimed header from a Hazard corner was the only attacking incident of a poor opening 20 minutes, with Dwight Gayle having failed in an early attempt to win a penalty.Massadio Haidara, making his first start of the season at left-back, beat Davide Zappacosta and delivered a fine cross for Jonjo Shelvey, but the midfielder’s volleyed effort was easily turned around the post by Willy Caballero.Chelsea had barely threatened but the Premier League champions broke the deadlock in the 31st minute.Pedro’s long ball was perfectly weighted for Hazard to wait for Alonso’s run and the wing-back slid the ball into the path of Batshuayi to slot home into the gaping goal.Antonio Rudiger almost curled in a sensational strike, the defender seeing his shot fade wide of the far post after collecting a cross-field Hazard pass and cutting inside off the right flank.Pedro and Hazard combined again for Chelsea’s second in the 44th minute, the Belgian freeing compatriot Batshuayi for a powerful low strike that looped over the unfortunate Darlow after taking a big deflection off Lascelles.10 – Michy Batshuayi is the third player to reach double figures for goals for @ChelseaFC in all competitions this season after Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard (12 each). Prestige.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 28, 2018Caballero made saves from Shelvey and Chancel Mbemba on the brink of half-time to protect the Blues’ two-goal lead and Pedro fired narrowly over the crossbar shortly after the restart.Darlow made a tremendous save to keep out Alonso’s deflected volley but the goalkeeper was left helpless from the defender’s free-kick in the 72nd minute.Alonso has carved out a reputation as one of the Premier League’s finest set-piece takers and his seventh goal of the season in all competitions was a beauty, a 25-yard curler that bent out of Darlow’s reach.Although Darlow twice denied Batshuayi his hat-trick, a three-goal lead allowed Conte to introduce Ross Barkley for his home debut while youngsters Ethan Ampadu and debutant Callum Hudson-Odoi were given cameos, but the Italian will likely want further squad additions before the closure of the transfer window. Key Opta stats:- Chelsea have now reached the FA Cup fifth round in 18 of their last 20 seasons, only failing to do so in 2011 and 2015.- Michy Batshuayi is the third Chelsea player to reach double figures for goals in all competitions this season for Chelsea after Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard (12 each).- Newcastle United have now lost six consecutive games at Stamford Bridge in all competitions, conceding 18 goals while scoring just twice themselves.- Marcos Alonso has been directly involved in 10 goals this season in all competitions (seven goals, goals assists), more than any other defender in the Premier League.- Eden Hazard has been directly involved in nine goals in his last nine games against Newcastle in all competitions (six goals, three assists). read morelast_img read more

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Maritime Training Centre Opened in Amsterdam

first_imgzoom After MAAP in the Philippines and Jaheziya in Abu Dhabi, MTC Amsterdam is the third center to become accredited with the support of MTC International.MTC International globally supports safety training centers and their clients, mainly active in offshore, shipping and renewable energy. Centers profit from benefits like network certification, shared services for course administration and booking systems, joined sales and presence at important tradeshows and events in the industry.The state-of-the-art facility in Amsterdam and MTC International’s innovative approach promise to offer more-efficient, high-quality safety training by harnessing the latest technologies and providing a client-driven and flexible service.MTC Amsterdam makes intelligent use of an old shipyard in the heart of the city. The building has been fitted with three floors to enable small groups to undertake separate activities at the same time. It also boasts a 16-m indoor wind turbine, a sea survival and lifeboat training pool, two helicopter underwater-escape training (HUET) modules in a separate pool and a virtual-reality room for team training.As well as leading-edge facilities, MTC Amsterdam has innovative practices designed to increase training efficiency. For example, assessing the competencies of each participant before a course enables their training to be focused on the skills and knowledge they lack. In this way, the training becomes more interactive and reduces the training time for experienced workers.Nicole van Ham, Sales & Marketing Manager, MTC International, says, “We believe that the combination of high-tech facilities and new ways of working provides many benefits. For example, because the center is designed for small groups working in parallel, we can offer flexible start times that fit with different travel arrangements. Rather than 2014-04-16_2007_001being forced to forgo a weekend with their families to travel for the traditional early Monday morning start, attendees can opt for a mid-morning start on Tuesday or Wednesday. Once on-site, they will typically be in trained in small groups, so they will not waste time waiting for one of the seats in a HUET module, for instance.”“Our new facility is also well equipped with workstations, but we are all about flexibility and in the future we’ll offer much of our theoretical training and assessment through an e-learning portal. This will enable people to learn at a time that suits them and at their own pace.”MTC Amsterdam serves the offshore oil and gas, offshore renewable energy, maritime and various onshore industries, and will provide courses accredited by OPITO, NOGEPA, STCW and GWO. It is just 6 minutes from Amsterdam Central railway station by free ferry, which is only 20 minutes from Schiphol Airport. Although centrally located, the former shipyard has a generous parking area. April 17, 2014last_img read more

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Renforcement des organisations de pêcheurs en NouvelleÉcosse

first_imgUne nouvelle loi permettra de renforcer les organisations de pêcheurs, leur donnant ainsi une voix collective plus forte aux niveaux provincial et fédéral. Sterling Belliveau, ministre des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture, a présenté la loi sur l’appui aux organisations de pêcheurs (Fish Harvester Organizations Support Act) à l’Assemblée législative, aujourd’hui 15 novembre. « Le secteur des pêches fait face à d’énormes défis et il est important de s’assurer que les organisations de ce secteur reçoivent le soutien nécessaire pour répondre aux besoins de leurs membres, a dit M. Belliveau. Cette nouvelle loi offre des outils pour aider les pêcheurs côtiers à renforcer leurs organisations pour qu’elles puissent représenter plus efficacement leurs intérêts dans des enjeux tels que la gestion des pêches et la sécurité en mer, et tirer profit des possibilités du marché. » La loi mettra en place un système amélioré d’adhésion qui permettra l’imposition fructueuse des cotisations dans les régions qui votent pour la mise en œuvre de cotisations. Elle offrira aussi des mécanismes qui permettent au ministre de faciliter le vote pour les pêcheurs et de modifier les six régions établies en vertu de la loi afin de mieux correspondre aux zones et aux activités de pêche. Les groupes intéressés sont d’accord que la loi actuelle a besoin d’être améliorée. « Sans la capacité de mettre en œuvre la loi, cette dernière ne fera pas ce qu’elle doit faire, a dit Eugene O’Leary, président de la Guysborough County Inshore Fishermen’s Association. Nous avons participé au processus de consultation et nous avons hâte de voir la nouvelle loi qui nous permettra de demeurer une association reconnue et de recueillir des cotisations pour faire notre travail au nom de nos membres. » La loi sur l’appui aux organisations de pêcheurs facilitera l’établissement efficace de groupes selon des intérêts économiques communs et, dans certains cas, selon les espèces ou la région géographique. « Une loi à l’appui des organismes de pêcheurs sera avantageuse pour les futurs pêcheurs et pour l’industrie en général, a dit Ashton Spinney, président du Lobster Fishing Area 34 Advisory Board. Nous avons travaillé pendant plusieurs année pour en arriver à cette étape. Cette loi est nécessaire. Je suis heureux de voir qu’elle a été présentée et j’ai hâte de la voir mise en œuvre. » La loi sur l’appui aux organisations de pêcheurs (Fish Harvester Organizations Support Act) remplacera la loi sur l’appui aux organisations des pêches (Fisheries Organizations Support Act), qui a été adoptée en 1995.last_img read more

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Rahul sticks to his decison explains reason behind resignation as Congress chief

first_imgNew Delhi: Rahul Gandhi Thursday stuck to his decision to resign as Congress president, saying he did it to ensure accountability for the party’s Lok Sabha poll debacle and there was no question of going back on it.He made the comments during a meeting with leaders from Haryana state coordination committee who urged him to continue to lead the party and take back his resignation. “I have resigned after taking full responsibility and ensuring accountability for the party’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. I cannot ask others to resign too. It is up to them if they want to take responsibility,” he told the leaders.He added there was no question of going back on his decision. Also Read – Ahead of Xi’s visit, China says Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally; drops UN references The Congress did not win a single Lok Sabha seat out of 10 in Haryana. Ashok Tanwar continues to be the state Congress chief and has not quit despite his tenure coming to an end. About the party’s strategy for upcoming assembly elections, Gandhi plainly told the leaders to discuss it among themselves, leaving the state unit in the lurch. The leaders later said they spoke to Gandhi separately and hoped the party would take a decision on the state leadership soon. Haryana goes to polls later this year.Those present during the meeting, which remained inconclusive, were Congress general secretary in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Tanwar. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in France Haryana CLP leader Kiran Choudhry, party MLA and chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala and Kuldeep Bishnoi were among the prominent absentees at the meeting.Gandhi, in the presence of UPA chairperson and his mother Sonia Gandhi, had on Wednesday told his party’s Lok Sabha members that he was no longer the Congress president as he had resigned.He had said it was up to the Congress Working Committee, the party’s highest decision-making body, to decide on selecting the new president. When some MPs told him that leaders would start resigning, Gandhi said, “If someone wants to leave the party, they are free to do so today instead of tomorrow. I am here and would continue to be in the party and work for the Congress.” “I have become a Congress fanatic and (will) continue to fight the RSS. If others want to be with him (Rahul), they are welcome,” he told the MPs on Wednesday. (With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

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New Westminster sandwich shop offers Liam Neeson free food so of course

first_imgAdvertisement There is no such thing as a free lunch — unless you’re a big star like Liam Neeson.Big Star Sandwich lured in the Hollywood actor Tuesday with an offer of free food.The New Westminster eatery knew Neeson was in town filming a movie so they put out a little bait — a sandwich board that said “Liam Neeson Eats Here For Free.” Neeson is in B.C. filming Hard Powder, a remake of the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance, in which he stars as a beloved snowplow driver in a Colorado town who seeks revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son.Parts of Hard Powder were to be filmed in Banff, but Parks Canada turned the movie down after it learned the film’s plot included an aboriginal gang leader.The actor cast in the role, Order of Canada member Tom Jackson, says the storyline wasn’t disrespectful at all to aboriginals.Producers ended up moving part of the production to Fernie and Cranbrook instead.On Tuesday, Neeson and crew were filming a scene on Columbia Street in New Westminster..— With Canadian Press Filessbrown@postmedia.comtwitter.com/Browniescott Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Who could resist that offer? Not Liam Neeson.The 64-year-old star of the Taken movies brought his “very particular set of skills” and some of his film crew to Big Star, where he posed for pictures with staff. Twitterlast_img read more

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THE LOST MOVIE THEATRES OF TORONTO

first_img Facebook Putting together a comprehensive photo survey of Toronto’s lost movie theatres would be a rather laborious task given how many have come and gone over the years, but even a brief look back reveals a city with a rich cinematic history that has partially faded over the years.A number of the buildings that housed movie theatres in Toronto are still standing, but even those that have been well preserved — like the Eglinton, for instance — don’t captivate the imagination as they once did. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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TELEFILM CANADA TALENT FUND ANNOUNCED TALENT TO WATCH PROJECTS

first_img“In addition, I would like to thank Niv Fichman, of Rhombus Media, Matt Johnson and Matt Miller for their insight and generosity in helping redesign this program last year – an important legacy that will benefit emerging creators for years to come. Together we discover the next generation of storytellers from across Canada and help ignite their careers.”The Talent Fund, a private donation fund, has continued its support of the programme this year with contributions from principal partners Bell Media and Corus Entertainment, as well as corporate and individual donors.Projects were submitted through Talent To Watch’s designated partners, who selected promising projects and pushed them through to Telefilm Canada’s decision jury. The designated partners included York University, Bosa Centre for Film & Animation Capilano University, The Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, and Creative Women Workshops Association.There were 20 projects selected from Ontario, 11 selected from Quebec, five from British Columbia, three from Nova Scotia, two from Manitoba, and one each from Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Yukon.Titles from Ontario include Sanja Zivkovic’s Easy Land, Heyishi Zhang’s Gay Mean Girls, and Martin Edralin’s Islands, while titles from Quebec include Mark Morgenstern’s Moment One, Amelia Moses’ Bleed With Me, and Nicolas Levesque’s Les Libres. Projects from British Columbia include Arnold Lim’s All-In Madonna, Denver Jackson’s Esluna: The World Beyond, and Benjamin Musgrave’s Q.The selected titles from Manitoba are Jordan Molaro’s Billy and Madison Thomas’ Ruthless Souls, and the selected project from Alberta is Ted Stenson’s Events Transpiring Before, During, and After A High School Basketball Game. New Brunswick’s project is Jillian Acreman’s Queen Of The Andes; Newfoundland & Labrador’s project is Ruth Lawrence’s Little Orphans; and Yukon’s is Kelly Milner’s Thin Ice. Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund have announced 45 feature and narrative web projects selected for the new Talent To Watch programme.The initiative, formerly known as the Micro-Budget Production Programme, has accepted 45 English- and French-language submissions from across Canada, including 38 feature films and seven narrative web projects.“We were able to increase our support from 15 to 45 projects this year because of the extraordinary contribution of the film schools, coops, and festivals our program designated partners,” said Jean-Claude Mahe, acting executive director of Telefilm Canada. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Members of Talent to Watch pose for a group photo. The artists hail from across the country. – Cole Burston/The Globe and Mail Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Markets Right Now Banks technology lead US stocks lower

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Banks and technology companies are leading stock indexes slightly lower in early trading on Wall Street.Bank of America fell 1 per cent in the first few minutes of trading Thursday and Intel gave up 1.4 per cent.The early declines came a day after the market’s biggest rally in eight months.Deutsche Bank sank 3.3 per cent after Germany authorities searched the bank’s headquarters on suspicions bank employees helped clients launder money.The S&P 500 index fell 6 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,737.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 38 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 25,328. The Nasdaq composite fell 14 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,277.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.03 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Conservative leaders to attend pro pipeline rally in Saskatchewan

first_imgMOOSOMIN, S.K. – Federal Tory leader Andrew Scheer and the conservative premiers of Saskatchewan and New Brunswick are to speak today at a pro-pipeline rally near the Saskatchewan-Manitoba boundary.The event at a pumpjack facility is to draw attention to concerns about Bill C-69 _ federal legislation that proposes major changes to how energy projects are reviewed.Rally organizer Sinclair Harrison says if the bill passes it would be detrimental to future pipeline development. He also wants to encourage TransCanada Corp. to reapply to build Energy East, a pipeline that would have transported oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to New Brunswick and Quebec.The company scrapped the $15.7 billion project in 2017.Energy East would have featured a tank terminal in Moosomin, Sask., near where the rally is taking place.“We’re here to speak for the silent majority that are in favour of pipelines,” said Harrison.There were also plans for additional pipelines to be built further south.He said the area already sees tax revenue coming in from the existing TransCanada mainline and is reaping the benefits from construction taking place on another nearby pipeline. “The more pipelines, the better off we are,” he said.“If everyone could see the economic benefit that these construction companies have on the area, it’s phenomenal.”Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is attending the rally out of concern for the “harmful” policies coming from Ottawa that affect the energy sector, a spokesman said.Scheer is taking part to share his Conservative vision for Saskatchewan and to “send a clear message in the buildup to the October election,” said press secretary Daniel Schow in a statement.center_img New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said he continues to fight for Energy East and will bring that message to the protest.The rally comes as a truck convoy that started in Red Deer, Alta., is making its way to Ottawa as part of a protest in support of the energy sector.last_img read more

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WHO polio eradication campaign to vaccinate 80 million children in India

“Eighty-three per cent of all new polio cases are now found in India. This country, and Uttar Pradesh in particular, are the number one priorities for stopping transmission of the polio virus around the world,” Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland of the World Health Organization (WHO) said at the launch of the campaign in Uttar Pradesh state.India is one of only seven countries still affected by polio, a reduction from over 125 countries before the 1988 launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative spearheaded by WHO, Rotary International, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). To harness the epidemic in this hard-hit region, over 80 million children will be vaccinated in six Indian states over the next six days.WHO is focusing on the state of Uttar Pradesh, which accounts for 64 per cent of all new polio cases worldwide and from where the disease is now spreading to other provinces in the country and beyond. Uttar Pradesh was severely impacted by a spread of polio across northern India last year. The epidemic occurred after the number of planned polio vaccination campaigns in India was reduced. Additionally, the vaccination activities that did take place left out as many as 15 per cent of homes.The seven countries with indigenous wild polioviruses, from highest to lowest risk, are: India, Nigeria, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Niger and Somalia. To contain polio in these remaining countries, the Director-General stressed that, “The support of the international community has never been more crucial than it is today. We need donors to fill the $275 million funding gap we face globally, so that all activities can go ahead as planned.” read more

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GuineaBissau needs genuinely free and fair elections to break cycle of instability

In a statement, the 15-member Security Council expressed “regret” that the country did not hold elections as planned on 18 November and voiced “deep concern” over preparations for the polls, now scheduled for 10 March 2019.Holding “genuinely free and fair” elections on the revised date across the small West African nation, bordering Senegal, is vital to preserve the “still fragile gains” in the path to stability in the country, said Council members.“Legislative elections are a fundamental step in resuming sustainable and nationally owned reforms and should take place prior to the presidential elections foreseen in 2019,” they added.In the statement, the Council members also reiterated the important role of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in supporting peacebuilding and sustaining peace in Guinea-Bissau, commending the regional bloc for its “determination” to hold accountable all those who deliberately obstruct the smooth conduct of the electoral process.Security Council members also recalled the implementation of the October 2016 Conakry Agreement, the primary framework for a peaceful resolution of the political crisis in the country, noting its importance to ensure political stability and build sustainable peace in Guinea-Bissau.Council members also commended the country’s defence and security forces for their “continued non-interference” in the politics of Guinea-Bissau, and strongly urged them to continue in that vein.They also encouraged the continuation of the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea-Bissau through the end of the electoral cycle in 2019 to maintain stability in the country and invited international partners to support ECOWAS in that regard.The statement by the Security Council follows a briefing, last week, by Taye-Brook Zerihoun, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, and Ambassador Mauro Vieira of Brazil to the UN on the developments in the country. read more

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Crying babies can reduce household income by 11 per cent an hour

first_imgThe sleep deprivation experienced by parents when a newborn arrives not only frazzles their nerves, but can also seriously harm their bank balance, a new study suggests.Researchers from the London School of Economics (LSE) found that when parents are frequently worken by babies they are less likely to hold down a job, more likely to work shorter hours and consequently earn less than before the birth.In fact, just one hour less sleep each night can reduce household income by up to 11 per cent, say the study authors, with the impact accumulating with more time spent awake.Dr Joan Costa-Font, Associate Professor in Political Economic at the LSE, said new parents should factor in the lower earnings when they have children.“Lack of sleep is responsible for human fatigue, and can undermine economic performance,” said Dr Costa-Font who presented the research at the Royal Society of Economics annual conference in Bristol on Wednesday.“Sleep is often overlooked in economics models despite its obvious restorative effects on human health alongside its influence on brain plasticity and feelings of well-being.“Having children reduces productivity and I think parents and government should factor this in, and hence they need to be compensated for it make it worthwhile.“Lower income people are more strained by time and income. So they would be impacted the most.” The authors also pointed out that most people are also sleeping less on average, and so the population as a whole may suffer the economic impact of sleep deprivation.A recent study estimated that the impact of lack of sleep on productivity and health of the British workforce costs businesses up to £40 billion each year, nearly two per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) .Researchers from the non-profit research organisation RAND Europe calculated that if those who slept for under six hours a night increased their sleep to between six and seven hours a night, it could add £24 billion to the UK economy. It contains records of parental sleep and how much a child wakes up during the night, as well as employment status, the number of hours worked, job satisfaction and household income over time.The study found a strong relationship between the number of times a child woke up in the night and income over time. As parents achieved less sleep at night, so their incomes plummeted.Although parents expect their wealth to suffer when they have children, the new study suggests that lack of sleep is adding to the strained finances which come with raising a child.“To our knowledge, this is the first paper that finds a link between child sleep quality and parental economic performance, “ added co author Dr Sarah Fleche.“Fathers are somewhat less affected by child sleep problems. Low-skilled mothers instead experience a large decrease in employment and the number of hours worked when facing sleep deprivation. “The number of hours the average person sleeps has declined over the past century, and we still ignore its effects on economic activity and economic performance,” added Dr Costa-Font.A poll of 2,000 British adults published earlier last year by the Royal Society for Public Health found that people in the UK slept an average of 6.8 hours. The average Briton sleeps for just 6.8 hours per night Credit:Ilbuscacenter_img A woman struggles to sleep  To find out the impact of sleep deprivation caused by crying babies, researchers looked at data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children which has been running since the 1990s, and involves more than 14,000 families. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Shamima Begums family ask Home Secretary for help to bring her baby

Ms Begum earlier told Sky News she had no desire to go to Bangladesh: “I don’t have anything there, another language, I have never even seen the place.” “My sister has been in their thrall now for four years, and it is clear to me that her exploitation at their hands has fundamentally damaged her.”The Home Secretary revoked Ms Begum’s British citizenship in a move only permissible under international law if it does not leave the individual stateless. Mr Javid’s removal of her citizenship came amid heated debate over whether the teenager should be able to return to the UK after she was found in a Syrian refugee camp with the terror group’s reign nearly over.The Muslim Council of Britain has warned Mr Javid’s move heightens fears of “a two-tiered citizenship scheme, sets a dangerous precedent and demonstrates an abdication of responsibility”.While many do not want to see Ms Begum return to the UK, others have argued she should face prosecution for her actions, and attempts at deradicalisation.The Begum family’s lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said she was born in the UK, has never had a Bangladeshi passport and is not a dual citizen, which was confirmed by the Bangladeshi minister.Mr Alam added: “So, there is no question of her being allowed to enter into Bangladesh.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The family of Islamic State bride Shamima Begum have written to the Home Secretary asking for his help to bring her newborn son to Britain.The letter to Sajid Javid said the baby boy was a “true innocent” who should not “lose the privilege of being raised in the safety of this country”.The teenager, who fled London aged 15 to join Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria, said she wanted to return to the UK with her son.Her sister Renu Begum, writing on behalf of the family, asked how they could help the Home Secretary “in bringing my nephew home to us”.The family said they have had no contact with Ms Begum and had only learned she had given birth to a boy through media reports. Asked about the situation on ITV’s Peston, Mr Javid said: “I’m not going to talk about an individual, but I can be clear on the point that I would not take a decision and I believe none of my predecessors ever have taken a decision that at the point the decision is taken would leave that individual stateless.” It was speculated that Ms Begum, who is of Bangladeshi heritage, may have citizenship there but Bangladesh’s minister of state for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam denied this.Appealing to the Home Secretary, the family said: “We are sickened by the comments she has made, but, as a family man yourself, we hope you will understand that we, as her family cannot simply abandon her.”We have a duty to her, and a duty to hope that as she was groomed into what she has become, she can equally be helped back into the sister I knew, and daughter my parents bore.”We hope you understand our position in this respect and why we must, therefore, assist Shamima in challenging your decision to take away the one thing that is her only hope at rehabilitation, her British citizenship.”Shamima’s status will now be a matter for our British courts to decide in due course.” They made clear that they were “shocked and appalled” at the “vile comments” Ms Begum had recently made to the media.Ms Begum was one of three schoolgirls to leave Bethnal Green to join the terror cult in 2015 and resurfaced heavily pregnant at a Syrian refugee camp last week.Her family’s letter said they had made “every fathomable effort” to block her from entering IS territory.”That year we lost Shamima to a murderous and misogynistic cult,” her sister wrote. read more

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Chimpanzee meat being eaten in UK as border force urged to bring

The border force is under pressure to introduce DNA testing to identify the meat at customs and has said it would be investing in new technology to tackle the rising issue. He said it was routinely smuggled into Europe and the UK – which could cause the spread of serious disease as the meat is unsanitary and chimpanzees are very genetically similar to humans. Leading primate scientist Dr Ben Garrod has said he was told by customs officials just weeks ago that a ton of bush meat from West Africa had been confiscated on a flight bound for the US. Chimpanzee meat is being served as a delicacy at British weddings and sold as ‘bush meat’ on market stalls, it has emerged. The University of East Anglia… read more

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FLSmidth production winder being manufactured for Zambias Mopani Copper Mines

first_imgThe Blair Multi-Rope (BMR) production hoist being supplied to Mopani Copper Mines new Synclinorium project in Zambia by global engineering company FLSmidth is a 5.5 m by 1.5 m BMR production hoist incorporating four drums. There are only about 50 BMR hoists of this type in the world, of which more than 80% have been supplied by FLSmidth. Manufacture is underway and the FLSmidth team will move on site in early 2013 to begin the installation, which is anticipated to take four to five months.  Most of the smaller components will be sourced from South Africa, with the balance sourced globally.“FLSmidth has a proven history in the design, manufacture and supply of robust, reliable mine hoists and South Africa is the Group’s centre of excellence for hoisting technology,” says FLSmidth’s Wendy Naysmith.  The Vecor arm of the company has its origins in the late 1940s when Vanderbijlpark Engineering Corp began operations, designing and supplying mine hoisting systems for the booming gold mining industry. Fuller Co invested in the Vecor supply operation, then trading under Dorbyl Heavy Engineering, to form Fuller-Vecor in 1997.In order to focus its activities in the mineral processing field, Fuller Co, based in the USA, and Fuller-Vecor have since been renamed FLSmidth as part of a global brand strategy. The present day company has, over the years, developed the international reputation of being a leader in the supply of heavy industrial mining equipment, particularly in the fields of mineral processing and hoisting.FLSmidth has a hoist reference list that exceeds 500 installations worldwide over a period spanning more than 100 years. This includes machines from the previous mine hoisting business of GEC Alstom, South Africa, which was purchased by FLSmidth in October 1997.“We have extensive experience in the supply of hoists in the three principle categories of friction/Koepe hoists, single and double drum hoists and BMR hoists,” says Naysmith. “The conventional double drum hoist underwent a major development in 1957, when Robert Blair introduced the concept of combining the load carrying capacity of multiple ropes in the friction hoist system with the simplicity and flexibility of drum hoists.“Each drum of a BMR hoist is divided into two or more compartments, with a single rope per compartment and each rope on the drum being attached to the same conveyance. Systems are incorporated to ensure load sharing between ropes and protection against miscoiling.“The BMR system significantly increases the hoisting capacity of a drum hoist. Hoists with end loads of 32 t at depths of 2,500 m are common. The Moab Khotsong BMR hoist, supplied by FLSmidth to AngloGold Vaal River Operations, was the first hoist to operate to a depth of 3,150 m in a single wind, with an end-load of 23 t.”last_img read more

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Le génome du python birman une piste pour comprendre les maladies humaines

first_imgLe génome du python birman, une piste pour comprendre les maladies humaines ?Des chercheurs ont procédé au séquençage du génome du python birman. L’analyse a révélé une adaptation extrêmement rapide au niveau génétique. Des observations qui pourraient permettre chez l’homme, de trouver un moyen d’agir sur les mutations génétiques avant qu’elles ne provoquent une maladie.Avec une taille pouvant dépasser les 5 mètres pour un poids s’approchant des 50 kg, le python birman est l’un des plus gros serpents au monde. Excellent nageur et grimpeur, le reptile est aussi un redoutable prédateur qui fascine les chercheurs. Pour percer ses secrets, une équipe américaine a procédé au séquençage complet de son génome. Des travaux qui ont révélé des informations précieuses.    Selon David Pollock, principal auteur de l’étude parue dans les comptes rendus de l’Académie américaine des sciences (PNAS), le python birman possède les mêmes gènes que l’Homme. Toutefois, contrairement à ce dernier, le serpent est capable de s’adapter de façon étonnante et surtout extrêmement rapide. Cela est dû à des caractéristiques uniques : une digestion accélérée et l’accroissement de la taille de ses organes quand il avale une proie.Des changements “incroyables” Les scientifiques cherchent ainsi à “savoir comment les serpents, qui utilisent les même gènes que nous, peuvent” augmenter la masse de leur cœur, de leur foie, de leur intestin et de leurs reins de 35 à 150% en moins de 48 heures. De plus, les pythons peuvent également accélérer de façon considérable leur métabolisme et notamment leur digestion. “Les serpents avalent des animaux aussi gros qu’eux et ils ont besoin de les digérer rapidement avant qu’ils ne se décomposent dans leur estomac, et pour cela ils doivent activer un grand nombre de gènes”, souligne Todd Castoe, professeur adjoint de biologie à l’Université du Texas et coauteur des travaux repris par l’AFP. En cherchant à en apprendre davantage sur ces reptiles, les scientifiques ont découvert les protéines produites par les gènes qui ont été séquencés. Celles-ci dénotent de multiples et rapides adaptations génétiques ayant entraîné une modification de l’évolution d’un grand nombre de protéines chez ces serpents. Comme l’indique M. Pollock, professeur de biochimie et de génétique moléculaire à l’Université du Colorado, “les serpents ont connu des changements incroyables à tous les niveaux de leur biologie, physiologique comme moléculaire”. Un modèle idéal d’étude À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Selon lui, “les serpents paraissent avoir évolué fonctionnellement beaucoup plus que les autres espèces et sont pour cela un peu comme le creuset de l’évolution”. Il est donc “fondamental en biologie de savoir comment les vertébrés, qui ont tous des gènes identiques à ceux des serpents, ont des caractéristiques biologiques aussi différentes”, estime Todd Castoe. Et le python birman est un modèle idéal pour tenter de répondre à cette question “car il est biologiquement tellement extrême”.Si les découvertes réalisées apportent un véritable éclairage sur le mécanisme de l’évolution au niveau moléculaire, elles pourraient aussi avoir des implications pour l’homme. En effet, on sait aujourd’hui que les gènes et plus particulièrement les mutations génétiques peuvent jouer un rôle crucial dans l’apparition de maladies. Aussi, “nous pouvons établir des liens entre des mutations génétiques et des effets physiologiques et éventuellement trouver un moyen d’arrêter ces mutations avant qu’elles ne provoquent une pathologie”, conclut David Pollock.Le 5 décembre 2013 à 18:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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