Five students run over by truck

first_imgFive school students were killed and four grievously injured when a truck ran over them on NH 16 in Bhadrak district on Thursday.Four of the five victims were girls. The students were returning from Ranital High School when the accident occurred. The injured were taken to Bhadrak district hospital.By the time locals rushed to the spot, the driver and the helper of the truck had already fled. Angry locals set the truck on fire.Expressing grief over the accident, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an ex gratia of ₹2 lakh each to the family of the deceased.last_img

BPO firms with Indian operations have a 3-step plan to manage anti-offshoring wave

first_imgEvery BPM firm has warned shareholders about protectionism, where outsourcing and immigration reform has been a focus of the current US administration. Just a few weeks ago, Sherrod Brown, Senator from Ohio, talked up protecting call centre jobs in the US yet again. Before the latest round of rhetoric, he had earlier in the year introduced a bill —for a US Call Centre Workers and Consumer Protection Act — to end offshoring and support American workers. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

BCCI to usher in changes for all-new season

first_imgChange is going to be the flavour of the 2012-13 Indian domestic cricket season. The new season, which begins in September, will bring along many alterations that will hopefully combine to raise the standard of the game in India.In the real sense, the prelude to the ‘season of change’ has well and truly begun, with many alterations being suggested/implemented to several aspects of domestic cricket. Be it the change in the Ranji Trophy format/points system or a fresh resolve to prepare sporting pitches, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is getting its act together.Also in the new season, the three regional academies are expected to start functioning even as the National Cricket Academy’s budget breaks the Rs 20-crore barrier. The BCCI has also decided to respect government rules on taxes and other legislation, and will not immediately challenge them, as it has been doing over the years.For the first time in many years, both the intent and purpose of the BCCI looks genuine. From a purely cricketing point of view, the changes in the Ranji Trophy format and the revised points system augur well. There have been demands to give the 12 teams in the lower division more opportunities to compete with stronger ones.Any change in the points system and teams’ groupings without providing sporting pitches will yield nothing. So, the BCCI has decided to take care of this important aspect too. And, as a first step, a three-week certification course for curators is currently being held in Mohali to assist them in embracing scientific methods and modern technology in preparing pitches, besides taking other required steps. “We will implement the new methods learnt here in our grounds for the upcoming seasons. The top layer of pitches are going to be changed,” Samandar Singh Chouhan, curator of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, told Mail Today from Mohali.advertisementAlso, the spadework for the smooth launch of the three regional academies is under way. Once the Rs 20-crore budget is passed by the working committee on Monday, the path will be paved for another big leap in honing the talent of youngsters as well as treating injured players at these centres, as NCA chairman MP Pandove, a former first-class player, envisages.Another laudable step is the move to check age fraud in junior cricket. On a proposal from veteran doctor Vece Paes, the BCCI has embraced the virtually fool-proof TW3 bone age maturation tests for boys under 16.This method has been accepted globally and it promises to end the debate over which method to embrace to ascertain that genuine boys are selected. All in all, the new domestic season is set to herald many changes that will, hopefully, raise the standard of domestic cricket, bring more transparency in selection, and provide more options to the national selectors while picking the various teams.===Scindia setting it straightJyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, president of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association.Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, president of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, is unlike the typical Indian sports administrator. As chairman of the BCCI’s finance committee he has brought a fresh, professional way of working to the Board.According to BCCI sources, Scindia means business whenever he conducts meetings of the finance committee. “He wants everything in order,” a source told MAIL TODAY. “More importantly, he doesn’t live off cricket. He doesn’t even accept Board’s allowances for attending meetings, like former president Shashank Manohar, who also used to spend from his pocket while travelling for Board’s meetings.”That Scindia, 41 and a member of Lok Sabha, has an MBA obviously adds to his strength. After graduating from Doon School, he attended Harvard University in the US and Stanford University, a graduate school of business, in California.Scindia at times asks hard questions even to his seniors in BCCI. One such occasion was the working committee meeting in December 2010, when he seemed to have ruffled some feathers.”Some of his questions are pinching. He asked questions pertaining to finances and they seemed to have annoyed some senior officials,” said someone who attended the meeting in Mumbai.”And now he wants to bring order to the working of the finance committee. For instance, he wants the associations to take advance subsidy and return it on time; basically, he wants a system in place,” he said. “He is very strict with accounts.”===With the Indian athletes set to compete at the Olympics, it is worth knowing how much money the government has spent on their preparation. According to the sports ministry, a total of Rs 135.29 crore have been spent so far on the contingent. Of this amount, Rs 65.05 crore have been used for the various coaching camps and Rs 70.24 crore on foreign exposure of the London-bound athletes. The shooters, widely considered among the best medal prospects, have received the lion’s share of the 16 sports disciplines in which India will be competing. Rs 22.72 crore have been spent on them while Rs 18.90 crore has been used to prepare the men’s hockey team, which has qualified after eight years.advertisementSolo SAI man for LondonDesh Deepak Verma.The upcoming Olympic Games in London must be the first occasion in a long time when a lone Sports Authority of India (SAI) official would be attending the greatest sports show on earth. Actually, SAI had forwarded a list containing a few more names but the government turned all of them down, barring that of director general Desh Deepak Verma, who joined the body in May last year. However, in less than a year Verma, a 1978 batch IAS officer from the Uttar Pradesh cadre, was transferred out of the SAI, on July 3. Verma has been promoted to the post of a secretary of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. Now, instead of him, SAI secretary Gopal Krishna, who is standing in for Verma, is likely to go to London for the 30th Olympics, said a SAI official. “I would have liked to go to watch the Olympics. But I won’t be going now,” said Verma.last_img read more


first_imgT10 right format to take cricket to Olympics: SehwagMumbai, Nov 30 (PTI) Former Test batsman Virender Sehwag today backed the inclusion of cricket in the Olympic Games and felt the T10 format will be ideal to be drafted into the quadrennial sports extravaganza.”I think (if) we are talking about (the fact) that cricket should be a part of the Olympics, I think T10 is the right format. Because it gets over in 90 minutes and its like a football match and a result will come. So I think, this is the right format, if ICC is thinking about talking to the (International) Olympic Association (Committee) that cricket should be part of that (the Olympics),” the former swashbuckling India opener said at an event here.Sehwag will be captaining Maratha Arabians team, which will feature in the T10 Cricket League to be played from December 14-17 in the United Arab Emirates.He leads a squad which features former Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara and Pakistan players Mohammed Amir and Kamran Akmal.The teams jersey was launched at the event this afternoon.He said he backed the T10 format as he felt more nations would be able to produce one or two match-winning players and compete well.”(I back it) because more nations can play T10 and one batsman or one bowler can win you the game. So every country can produce one or two players who can win the T10 matches.”Now the ICC (International Cricket Council) has to think if they want to take this to (International) Olympic Association (Committee) or not. All the nations, who are smaller nations, who are playing four-day (games), Test matches, One-Day (matches) or T20, they can play T10 and cricket can be part of Olympic as well,” added Sehwag.advertisementHowever, the cricketer-turned-commentator refused to answer a question about demand for fee hike for the Indian players. PTI NRB SSR BNMlast_img read more

England batsmen playing like they are touring India: Harbhajan Singh

first_imgHarbhajan Singh said England’s batting seems to have more problems than India’s after Virat Kohli’s tourists won the Trent Bridge Test by 203 runs on Wednesday.India had lost the first two Tests of the five-match series at Edgbaston and Lord’s and their batsmen had come under the scanner. Barring Virat Kohli, none of India’s batsmen put up a fight. In the first Test, Kohli scored 200 runs but India failed to chase down 194.At Lord’s, in conditions that clearly favoured England’s pacers, India were blown away in both innings, crashing to an innings defeat.READ – Cheteshwar Pujara elated after Trent Bridge Test win: Onto the next oneAt Trent Bridge, however, it was a different story. Kohli led from the front again with scores of 97 and 103, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul were brilliant against the new ball while Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara scored gutsy half-centuries.On the other hand, England’s batsmen were all at sea against India’s pace attack. In the first innings, Hardik Pandya took his maiden five-wicket haul while Jasprit Bumrah scriped India’s seventh Test victory in England with a five-wicket haul in the second innings.READ – India complete historic Test triumph in England: Recapping all seven victoriesHarbhajan said England’s batsmen were now looking vulnerable against both pace and spin.”The English batting line-up looks more problematic than the Indian batting at the moment. They are playing as if they are touring India, and not the other way round,” Harbhajan told PTI in an interview.”Their batting line-up is more vulnerable to both pace and spin, and they look weak. Some of their first-choice batsmen have an ordinary record in domestic cricket, averaging 30-35 at best.advertisementREAD – James Vince added to England squad for 4th Test vs India”In India, you have to average over 50 to be even considered. They have good depth in ODI cricket but in Tests, their batting has not done much,” he further said.Harbhajan, who has taken 417 wickets from 103 Tests, said India now have a good chance of winning the series.”After such a performance I back India to win the next Test in Southampton, and then anything can happen in the Oval Test. At the Oval, we could get a true Indian wicket with lot of bounce and the lateral movement is less there as well,” he said. “So, conditions could favour India and we could even play two spinners. I think India have a very good chance (of winning the series 3-2).”last_img read more

Boxing will remain in Olympics: AIBA chief

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) Boxing faces uncertain Olympic future but the world body chief Gafur Rakhimov Wednesday said the sport will remain in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games roster having made improvement on several aspects as sought by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The sport risks ejection from the Olympics after controversial Uzbek businessman Rakhimov was elected AIBA president this month. Whether boxing will be in the 2020 Olympics will be decided at an executive commission meeting of the IOC in Tokyo next month. Rakhimov’s election has caused consternation at the Olympic movement with the 67-year-old linked to organised crime by the US Treasury Department. He has, however, vehemently denied the allegations. Addressing a press conference after declaring the 10th Women’s World Championships open, Rakhimov said he was confident of boxing’s future as an Olympic sport. “There is nothing to worry. These (issues) has been happening for many years and we have been correcting them. It has nothing to do with one person and the person’s interest will not be above boxing. Boxing will always be in Olympics,” he said. “We are doing a lot for the boxers. In the last 10 months at the helm of affairs at the AIBA, we have brought a lot of reforms and improvement. We will continue to give the best for our boxers.” Asked about the report submitted by the AIBA to the IOC ahead of the Olympic umbrella body’s executive committee meeting in Tokyo next month, Rakhimov said, “The areas of concern were accumulated for many years. These include anti-doping, refereeing integrity, governance and financial aspects.advertisement “This report also combined information from Youth Olympic Games for refereeing which was well welcomed by the IOC as well as anti-doping cases, WADA cases that AIBA is now 100% compliant. AIBA always looks forward to cooperation with the IOC in order to improve any area which we are lacking and which have been of concern by National Olympic Committees.” On the issue of refereeing controversies, Rakhimov said, “The IOC has advised to retain Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PWC) as the company to oversee or analyse refereeing programmes and structures and to make recommendations. So far, the recommendations have been positive and we will continue working to improve the badly inherited refereeing system from the past.” AIBA’s Executive Director Tom Virgets said the the world body was working hard on the improvement of refereeing standards. “AIBA has now changed the process of choosing the referees, judges and the ITOs. Earlier, the president and the Executive Director used to approve these referees and judges, now they have been removed from the process. It is now a process which takes place within the commissions. “Also we have gone back to five judges from three, we are training more officials to have a bigger pool of trained officials and we intend to increase this number to 200 per cent. We have also added a protest system into the programme which will take place at the start of next year. “This protest system will allow the boxers and coaches to protest if they feel that the officiating was way off the mark. It is to ensure that in the worse case scenario if a bout is clearly gone to a wrong side, there will be a method to correct that.” Rakhimov was asked if AIBA was concerned of the Delhi’s dirty air. “Since the time arrived, I checked if there are any problem. So far none, all are of highest standards,” he said. On the possibility of India hosting Asian qualifiers for the 2020 Olympics, he said, “India will be among the bidders for hosting the 2020 Olympics Asian qualifiers and I hope India will get the chance. “This will be the new (AIBA) competition era in India. We are open to India having top competitions and at the same time there are also many other countries who want to host these events.” PTI PDS PDS KHSKHSlast_img read more

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’ in San Francisco

first_img Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Editors’ Recommendations San Francisco: 1967. It was the summer that forever altered American culture. The “Summer of Love.”More than 100,000 free-thinkers, poets, radicals, post-beatniks, and (those would become known as) “hippies” gathered in the city’s progressively minded Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Their common bond was a rejection of increased American consumerism, materialist values, a general distrust of the government, and a strong opposition to the Vietnam War. Psychedelic new age drugs like LSD and a unified dismissal of social norms fueled an unprecedented wave of countercultural and utopian creativity in the forms of art, music, and design. Fast-forward to 2017 and the Summer of Love is now celebrating its 50th anniversary. More than 60 California organizations — civic, cultural, arts, music, and social services — are banding together to celebrate one of the most iconic cultural turning points in American history. Throughout March and April, commemorative events (many free) will be held throughout San Francisco.The California Historical Society offers a great historical primer (both online and at their Mission Street location) on the event and its influence over the past five decades. Anyone looking to get a real-world look at how the Summer of Love shaped the city should look to The Magic Bus. The bold, hippie-inspired buses tour Union Square, Chinatown, and Haight-Ashbury with guided narration and a full video/audio production. Projection screens inside the bus depict late-’60s documentary footage of the SoL, Golden Gate Park’s Human Be-In (a critical prelude to the Summer of Love), and key moments from the Civil Rights Movement.Photo by Gene Anthony, Courtesy, California Historical SocietyFor a deeper dive, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive have collaborated to create Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia. The exhibition, which runs through May 21, 2017, is touted as the most comprehensive examination of the Summer of Love and the counterculture that defined it. It explores the movement’s effects on design in general and art and architecture in particular. The story is relayed through hundreds of works including interactive media displays, alt literature, experimental furniture, and documentary films.Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll at the de Young Museum explores the confluence of the era’s new music explosion with the worlds of art and fashion. The GRAMMY Museum has also debuted a special, limited photography exhibition entitled Jim Marshall’s 1967. Through a series of 60 carefully selected images, it tells the story of the Summer of Love as captured through the lens of legendary photographer Jim Marshall as he documented the music spawned by the event.Check the event calendar for a full list of upcoming events. Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Falllast_img read more

APM Terminals Moin Bets on Reefers

first_imgzoom Dutch-based container terminal operator APM Terminals plans to turn its terminal at Costa Rica’s Port of Limón-Moin into a regional hub for perishable cargo carried in refrigerated containers (reefers).APM Terminals Moin will allocate 60-70% of the terminal to refrigerated storage capacity for handling of the temperature controlled containers through which fresh fruit such as pineapple and bananas are now being transported to Costa Rica’s export markets in North America and Europe.Costa Rica is currently the world’s largest exporter of pineapples, and the 3rd-largest exporter of bananas. Sugar, coffee and beef are also major export products. Much of the country’s exports of agricultural and meat products are temperature controlled; and are increasingly moving in reefers as opposed to being transported by dedicated refrigerated vessels.Costa Rica’s Port of Limón-Moin ranked 13th in Latin America, and 4th in Central America with container volume of 1.09 million TEUs in 2014. Over the next 15 years, reefer container shipments from Costa Rica are projected to double from an estimated 300,000 TEUs to 600,000 TEUs. Pineapples and bananas alone at present account for a combined 13% of all Costa Rican exports.“The future of temperature-controlled shipments is containers, and the larger containerships dedicated space to reefer cargoes. The advanced technology of APM Terminals Moin next-generation cranes will improve safety as well as efficiency, with improved environmental performance essential to handling these ships and attracting more business for Costa Rica in the port, and across the country,” said Kenneth Waugh, Managing Director of APM Terminals Costa Rica.APM Terminals Moin recently concluded a contract for the delivery of six electric-powered STS cranes and 29 electric-powered Rubber Tire Gantry Cranes (eRTGs) which will make the 1.3 million TEU, deep water container terminal one of the most advanced in Latin America upon completion of Phase One in 2018.Dredging is underway of the access channel and turning‐basin to be deepened to 16 meters. Other construction projects include the construction of a new 1.5 kilometer breakwater with a 40 hectare container yard, 600 meters of quay and 2 berths equipped with 6 post‐Panamax cranes.Upon the completion of the project’s final phase, the facility will cover an area of 80 hectares, with 1,500 meters of quay, 5 berths, a 2.2 km breakwater and an access channel 18 meters deep, serving as a shipping hub for the Caribbean and Central America.The opening of the expanded Panama Canal locks in 2016 will essentially triple the size of container vessels able to transit the canal to 12,500 TEU capacity, which current facilities at the Port of Limon are unable to handle. The current port, with a draft of 9 meters, is limited to vessels of 2,500 TEU capacity. Newer vessels on order for the Latin American trades include five 10,500 TEU vessels for German-based Hapag-Lloyd, each equipped to carry 2,100 reefer containers (4,200 TEUs).last_img read more

HMM to Set Up Scrubber Installation Fund

first_imgzoomlllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a win-win fund for scrubber installation.HMM plans to complete the scrubber installation on its 19 containerships currently operated by the first half of 2020.The total investment amount will be KRW 153.3 billion (USD 135.8 million) which consists of HMM’s investment of KRW 46 billion. The remainder of KRW 107.3 billion includes Korea Ocean Business Corporation’s guaranteed loan of KRW 62.3 billion and a win-win fund of KRW 45 billion invested by five companies, Hyundai Corporation, SKTI, Hyundai Global Service, DSEC, and PANASIA.The five companies will get the first priority for the contract negotiation for long-term fuel supply, supply of scrubber equipment, and scrubber installation, according to HMM.HMM’s preparation for the IMO 2020 included installation of scrubbers on its recently built vessels at an early stage. Namely, two 11,000 TEU containerships, HMM Promise and HMM Blessing, are the world’s first commercially operating mega container vessels of more than 11,000 TEUs equipped with large scrubber systems. Additionally, HMM’s five 300,000 dwt VLCCs, starting delivery from January 2019, are also retrofitted scrubbers.The company also plans to install scrubbers on the newly ordered twenty eco-friendly mega containerships, including twelve 23,000 TEU vessels which are expected for delivery in the second quarter of 2020.“As the IMO’s new environmental regulation is expected to impose a heavy burden on shipowners, carriers not properly prepared for the IMO 2020 will be in a huge trouble,” HMM official said.“Thus, HMM will fully prepare for the IMO 2020 during the remaining period and will take this regulation an opportunity for a quantum leap.”last_img read more

Spark Halifax Winners Named in Startup Challenge

first_imgA new wearable technology company in Halifax is receiving $50,000 in funding and business guidance through Innovacorp’s Spark Innovation Challenge. The business, Axem Neurotechnology, is one of four winners selected in the Spark Halifax region of the province. Axem co-founders, Tony Ingram and Chris Friesen, are developing wearable devices that help professional athletes track and monitor performance. Their product is a brain-sensing headset that measures the quality of mental practice and connects to a smart phone application. “Participating in the Spark Innovation Challenge will help us further develop our business,” said Mr. Ingram. “Now we’re closer to finishing our prototype and testing our devices with local athletes.” The challenge expanded across the province this year, with winners in each of the four competition regions receiving up to $50,000 in funding and mentorship from seasoned business professionals. The four regions were Spark West, Spark North, Spark Halifax and Spark Cape Breton. The first provincewide Spark Innovation Challenge attracted 136 submissions. Ten finalists in the Spark Halifax region pitched their ideas to a panel of judges. Finalists also participated in several business workshops and were mentored by seasoned business professionals. The other winners in the Spark Halifax region are: HomeExcept, a home-care technology company founded by John Robertson of Halifax, $50,000 Trip Ninja, a travel navigation company founded by Andres Collart, Rob Dumont, Julieta Collart and Brett Ziegler of Halifax, $50,000 UpFront, a ticketing and event management company founded by Conor Daly and Kyle Gardiner of Halifax, $50,000 Winners must use the prize money to build prototypes or take new products and services to market. Innovacorp and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency each contributed $400,000 towards this year’s Spark Challenge. “Spark is a great program that’s helping new technology companies across Nova Scotia get started,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business and Minister responsible for Innovacorp. “The winners of this year’s challenge will build stronger products and create jobs for other Nova Scotians, particularly young Nova Scotians.” “Congratulations to all of the finalists in the first ever provincewide Spark competition,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “This competition has been an excellent showcase of talented entrepreneurs from across Nova Scotia whose spark of innovative ideas have real potential to be commercialized and grown into thriving businesses. I look forward to seeing how the winners advance their ventures and bring their ideas to fruition.” For the full list of winners, visit read more

Liberals pass Canada Post back to work bill

first_imgLegislation ordering postal workers back to work was passed in the House of Commons during a special session that dragged on into the wee hours of Saturday morning.Bill C-89 passed third reading by a vote of 166 to 43.The Senate is now set to sit Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday, to deal with the bill, which would go into effect at noon eastern time on the day following royal assent.The legislative push came as Ottawa, as well as smaller towns in Ontario, B.C., and Quebec became the latest targets of rotating strikes by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.Despite the rush to pass the legislation, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu encouraged Canada Post and CUPW to remain at the bargaining table.“They can still pull a deal off,” she said.That said, Hajdu added: “Obviously, we would prefer that the parties are able to negotiate an agreement together, but the time has come that we need to be prepared to take action if they cannot.”Hajdu referred to mail delivery as an “essential service” and said small businesses that rely on the postal service to deliver their goods over the busy Christmas season could go bankrupt if the situation isn’t remedied quickly.“And when I say small, I mean really small. I mean people that, you know, sell marmalade or handmade goods, that this is the most profitable time of their year and if they are unable to make their earnings this time of year, they very well might be facing the end of their business.”Labour leaders and New Democrat MPs slammed the government for undermining the collective-bargaining process. The government has removed all incentive for Canada Post to reach a negotiated settlement now that the agency knows workers will be ordered back to work by early next week, they charged.“The right to strike is an integral part of the collective bargaining process,” said Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff. “Without it, an employer has no incentive to bargain in good faith, and workers have no recourse to demand a fair process.”Canada Post seems to have convinced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Christmas wouldn’t come without a back-to-work bill, added CUPW president Mike Palecek.“The mail was moving, and people know it,” he said. “People have been getting their mail and online orders delivered. That was the point of our rotating-strike tactics, not to pick a fight with the public.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh accused the Liberals of hypocrisy, professing to believe in the right to collective bargaining while bringing in what he called the “worst, most draconian” back-to-work legislation.“They’ve shown their true face … that this government is not a friend of working people,” Singh said.New Democrat MPs voted against the motion to speed up debate on the back-to-work legislation, with many making an elaborate show of walking out of the Commons after voting, raising their fists in salute to postal workers watching from the public gallery. The votes of those who walked out were not counted.Six New Democrats remained in the chamber – representative of the small number the party maintained would get a chance to speak during the subsequent expedited debate on the bill.CUPW maintains the bill is unconstitutional and is threatening to challenge it in court.The union won a court challenge against back-to-work legislation imposed on postal workers in 2011 by the previous Conservative government. The court ruled in 2016 that by removing workers’ right to strike, the bill violated their right to freedom of association and expression.Hajdu argued that her bill is “dramatically different” from the “heavy-handed” approach taken by the Harper government and takes into account the concerns of both the union and Canada Post.But two independent senators, Frances Lankin and Diane Griffin, wrote Hajdu to express their concern that the bill may not be constitutional. The pair said Hajdu had promised to issue a government analysis detailing how the bill does not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms but it still had not materialized by Friday evening.CUPW members have held rotating walkouts for a month, causing massive backlogs of unsorted mail and packages at postal depots, though Canada Post and the union dispute how big the pileup is.Canada Post says it could take weeks – even stretching into 2019 – to clear the backlog that has built up, especially at major sorting centres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.CUPW’s 50,000 members, in two groups, are demanding better pay for rural and suburban carriers, more job security and minimum guaranteed hours.Waseem is a letter carrier for #CanadaPost. He tells us why these striking postal workers are in MP Morneau’s Toronto constituency office. #CDNpoli @CityNews @680NEWS— Tony Fera (@tonyfera1) November 23, 2018last_img read more

Moroccan Sahara Among Worlds Top 10 Arid Destinations Telegraph

Rabat – The Moroccan Sahara has been ranked among the world’s top 10 arid destinations for desert holidays and tours, according to the British daily newspaper the Telegraph. AT 9.4 million square kilometers, the Sahara is the largest desert on the planet. It covers larges sections of Morocco, Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia.According to the Telegraph, the Moroccan section of the Sahara, which can have dunes up to 600ft (183m), is the most accessible in the current political climate. Tourists visiting the Moroccan Sahara can climb dunes, quad biking, camel trekking, sand boarding and stay in Bedouin camps.The Moroccan Sahara topped the Telegraph Top 10 arid destinations list.It was followed by the Kalahari Desert (Botswana), the Empty Quarter (United Arab Emirates), Atacama Desert (Chile), Gobi Desert (Mongolia), Great Sandy Desert (Australia), Bardenas Reales Natural Park (Spain), Mojave Desert (USA), Sonoran Desert (USA) and Antarctica.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Trump backs Fla plan to import lowercost meds from abroad

WASHINGTON — In a move sure to get attention in a 2020 battleground state, President Donald Trump indicated Thursday that his administration may approve a Florida plan to import lower-cost prescription drugs from abroad for use by residents.It’s the latest flashpoint in a confrontation between the Trump administration and the pharmaceutical industry, which for years successfully has fought off importation proposals. Drugs in other economically advanced countries are often much cheaper because governments set prices.Speaking at a White House event where he pledged to end “surprise medical bills” for patients with health insurance coverage, Trump segued to the subject of prescription drug costs.“We may allow states to buy drugs in other countries if we can buy them for a lesser price, substantially less price, and that is going to be very unique,” he declared. “But we will allow them to go to other countries because the drug companies have treated us very, very unfairly, and the rules and restrictions within our country have been absolutely atrocious.”He added that with “certain permissions” states will be able to import prescription drugs from abroad “if they can buy them for 40%, 50%, 60% less.”Trump’s comments were an obvious reference to an importation plan recently passed by the Florida legislature and expected to be signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally who made it one of his priorities.DeSantis told reporters in Florida on Thursday that he had talked with Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar this week about the plan and that the president told Azar, “You work with this governor to get it done.”Florida’s program would have to be approved by Azar’s department before it could be implemented.Under the plan, Floridians could eventually gain access to cheaper Canadian prescription drugs. Supporters say imported drugs would have to meet federal Food and Drug Administration standards and that 80 per cent of drug ingredients used in the U.S. are foreign-made now.The bill overcame stiff opposition from major pharmaceutical companies and medical organizations who claimed importing drugs would lead to risks of counterfeit or ineffective substances and would be difficult for the U.S. or Florida to regulate.Some experts have been skeptical of allowing imports from Canada, partly from concerns about whether Canadian drugmakers have the capacity to supply the much larger U.S. market. But consumer groups have strongly backed the idea, arguing that it will pressure drugmakers to reduce their prices here, where government traditionally has not set such limits.AARP pushed hard for the Florida plan, saying it’s possible to safely import lower-priced, equally effective drugs and that would promote worldwide price competition.The drug industry lobby, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, said the Florida plan will put state residents at risk, potentially allowing counterfeit or adulterated medications. “These proposals cannot guarantee that patients wouldn’t be put in harm’s way nor is there evidence they will save patients money,” the group said in a statement.___Anderson reported from Miami.Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar And Curt Anderson, The Associated Press read more

Top UN envoy calls for speedy return to constitutional rule in Mauritania

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Said Djinnit, met with General Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, the new head of the High State Council.During those talks, the envoy voiced regret that the 6 August coup had taken place and stressed the international community has unanimously condemned the move.Mr. Djinnit urged authorities to respect international obligations, such as those on human rights, and appealed to the General to release President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, who remains under arrest, as well as other detained persons, who have since been released.While in Mauritania, Mr. Djinnit held consultations with members of the Government, various political parties and representatives of civil society and labour unions. He also met with visiting officials of the African Union and the League of Arab States.In a statement issued on 6 August, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the recently toppled Government was democratically elected last June, and “called for respect for the rule of law and for the immediate restoration of constitutional order in the country.” 12 August 2008The top United Nations envoy to West Africa has called for an immediate return to constitutional rule in Mauritania after wrapping up a three-day visit to the country, where military leaders last week overthrew the Government. read more

Financial market highlights on Monday SPTSX 1531602 down 354 points

Highlights at the close Monday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,316.02, down 3.54 pointsDow — 21,409.55, up 14.79 pointsS&P 500– 2,439.07, up 0.77 of a pointNasdaq — 6,247.15, down 18.10 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 75.54 cents US, up 0.17 of a centPound — C$1.6848, down 0.36 of a centEuro — C$1.4819, down 0.34 of a centEuro — US$1.1194, down 0.07 of a centOil futures:US$43.38, up 37 cents(August contract)Gold futures:US$1,246.40 per oz., down $10.00(August contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$22.808 per oz., down 28.7 cents$733.28 per kg., down $9.22

Increased commercial jet deliveries helps Boeing 1Q profit retirement plan brings writeoff

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Increased commercial jet deliveries helps Boeing 1Q profit; retirement plan brings write-off Boeing’s increased rate of commercial jet manufacturing is starting to pay off for shareholders.In the first three months of this year, 161 new airplanes rolled off the company’s assembly lines — more jets than the same period last year. That increased rate contributed to a $965 million profit for Chicago-based Boeing Co. post in the first quarter.The net income was actually down 12.7 per cent from last year’s $1.1 billion first quarter profit, but that is because Boeing took a $330 million accounting write-off related to changes in its retirement plans. The company also noted that its 2013 earnings were inflated by a one-time research and development tax credit.Net income per share dropped to $1.28 per share from $1.44 during last year’s first quarter. But adjusted to exclude the write-off, earnings were $1.76 per share, beating the estimate of $1.56 per share from Wall Street analysts surveyed by FactSet. Shares rose $2.38, or 1.9 per cent, to $129.93 in midday trading.The company reported $20.47 billion in revenue, more than the $20.15 billion expected by Wall Street. That’s up 8 per cent from the $18.9 billion in revenue during the same period last year.Revenue at Boeing’s commercial plane unit rose 19 per cent. The business grew thanks to increased production rates on its 737 manufacturing lines. In April, the 737 program reached a production rate of 42 per month. Boeing hopes to increase that to 47 airplanes a month in 2017 to help feed a worldwide demand for the narrow-body jet.The company’s much delayed 787 Dreamliner also showed progress, reaching a production rate of 10 per month — although only 18 were delivered during the first quarter. Still, that’s a major improvement over last year, when only one Dreamliner was delivered due to a worldwide grounding of the fleet over concerns about its lithium-ion batteries catching on fire.Boeing has backlog of 5,100 airplanes on order with a combined book value of $374 billion.On the defence side, revenue fell 6 per cent and Boeing lowered its full year revenue guidance for military aircraft to $14.2 billion, down from $15 billion. Its global support and services revenue is expected to climb, however, from $7.8 billion to $8.6 billion. Both changes reflect a realignment within the defence unit.Boeing also repurchased 19.4 million shares for $2.5 billion during the first quarter.__Scott Mayerowitz can be reached at by Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2014 6:31 am MDT A worker walks past a nearly completed Boeing 737 airplane May 30, 2013 in Renton, Wash. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Ted S. Warren read more

The Walking Dead Saints Sinners is the First VR Game Set in

first_img All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCVoltron Confirmed Gay AF Stay on target The Walking Dead franchise has expanded beyond the comic books that spawned it and become one of the biggest franchises out there. We’ve seen a number of video games based on the zombie infested series over the years, but an upcoming title promises something new. Today at San Diego Comic-Con, Skydance Interactive unveiled The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. What makes this title stand out is that it is a Virtual Reality game. Players will get to experience the popular post-zombie apocalyptic world like never before.The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is set in the flooded ruins of New Orleans. Players must not only contend with the undead, but with survivors who may or may not be friendly. Today’s press releases says players can “choose the path of a saint, or that of a sinner.” I’m not entirely sure what this means but perhaps there is some sort of player choice. This would make sense given how The Walking Dead is all about characters making wise or unwise choices.If you’re attending San Diego Comic Con, Skydance Interactive and Skybound Entertainment will show off some teaser art for The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. The art will also be showcased in a “come-to-life setting” at the Harbor House Restaurant from July 18 to 21. Those at home can check out Skybound’s The Walking Dead live stream over on Twitch on Thursday, July 19th at 12 pm Pacific and on Saturday, July 21 at 4 pm PT.To be honest, I’m surprised it has taken this long for someone to make a VR The Walking Dead game. The franchise seems like a natural fit for a virtual reality experience. The prospect of being able to make choices that affect the game world also sounds extremely appealing.Make sure to check out the game’s official site as well as its Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can follow Skydance Interactive on Facebook and Twitter as well.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Video WWE posts rare match between The Undertaker and Triple H from

first_img WWE has posted a rare video clip (above) featuring The Undertaker vs. Triple H from a live event in Kuwait City, Kuwait back in 1996 as part of the Kuwait Cup tournament.Undertaker and Triple H took part in a match in the semi-finals. The full match is being advertised as part of the “Hidden Gems” section of the WWE Network.The tournament, which was later won by Ahmed Johnson, also featured: Aldo Montoya (Justin Credible), Bob Backlund, Bret Hart, Bushwhacker Butch, Duke Droese, Isaac Yankem DDS (Kane), Leif Cassidy (Al Snow), Marty Jannetty, Owen Hart, Savio Vega, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The British Bulldog and Yokozuna.In preparation for Undertaker and Triple H facing each other for the final time at the Super Show-Down event in Australia on October 6, WWE has also uploaded interviews with WWE stars and personalities talking about the upcoming match. Thanks to for help with this report. Twitter Super Show-Down: John Cena’s new look, Triple H on MCG, IIconics react to family video WhatsApp Interviews following Super Show-Down on Saturday, Promo for WWE Evolution on October 28 Pinterest Google+ Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 10/6 Super Show-Down Highlights: Undertaker vs. Triple H, Bryan vs. Miz, The Shield in actionlast_img read more