Govt focusing on providing quality education to all: Javadekar

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first_imgVadodara (Guj), May 15 (PTI) Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has emphasised on the need of providing quality education to all across the country to build a strong future for its citizens. “After providing access to education for all, now the focus is to ensure quality education to students across the country. The government is working actively on it as it believes that only quality education has the potential of developing a good citizen with a strong character. Quality education is a must for all-round development of the country,” he said. Javadekar was here to attend an international youth convention at Sokhada village last night. The minister also hinted on formulating a law on regulating fee structure of private schools in the country. The Gujarat government has already framed a law on regulating fees charged by private schools in the state. We will discuss its provisions while formulating a law at the national level, he said. Schools affiliated to CBSE have already been directed not to indulge in commercial activities like sale of books and uniforms because rules do not permit them do so, Javadekar said. “We want healthy competition between private and public schools for providing quality education to students,” he added. The HRD Ministry has invited feedback and suggestions from teachers, parents and stakeholders to make suitable changes in the curriculum as well, he said. “Education is not something only between students and teachers. Parents, communities, society and other stakeholders should be involved in the process. This will bring productivity and improvement in education,” the minister felt. Speaking on the occasion, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani said youth need to be provided with quality education and skill development for making India a powerful nation. Gujarat Education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Jitendra Vaghani, President of the Gujarat unit of BJP; Rajendra Trivedi, Gujarat MoS for Sports; BJP MP Ranjanben Bhatt and city mayor Bharat Dangar city attended the convention. PTI CORR DK DK RYSadvertisementlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: No shame in admitting we did not play our best cricket vs Pakistan, says Virat Kohli

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first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli was brutally honest in assessing his team’s below-par performance in a chastening 180-run loss to arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday.India, strong favourites to retain the title, were outplayed in every aspect of the game by a revitalised Pakistan side who they crushed in the group stage of the tournament two weeks ago.”They also came to express their skill and win a cricket game and they certainly did,” Kohli told a news conference.”They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field and we have no hesitation or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today.”Pakistan piled up an impressive 338 for four after being put in to bat and India’s much-vaunted top order of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli were blown away by an inspired opening burst by Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir.”Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase,” Kohli said.”Then we kept losing wickets. One big partnership would have been the key to set it up nicely, but as I said, credit to the opposition.”Hardik Pandya smashed 76 off 43 balls, including six huge sixes, to give India hope of a dramatic revival but he was run out following a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja and left the arena shaking his head in an obvious state of frustration.”He’s fine,” Kohli said. “He felt he was in the zone today and he could have done something really special and that’s why the disappointment came out. That’s part of playing international sport.”advertisementKohli’s dismissal for five following a golden run in the tournament prompted gloom among the India supporters.”It’s always a bad feeling when you get out or the batting doesn’t work collectively and everyone feels bad about not having contributed to the team in any way,” said the top-ranked one-day batsman.India will take important lessons from the loss, according to their skipper.”You learn with every cricket game that you play,” Kohli said.”It’s the final so it looks magnified to everyone, but we have won before, we have lost before, and we have always learnt things from all those games.”India’s next major one-day challenge will come in the 2019 World Cup back in England.”It was about the team doing well and we have done well to be in the final,” Kohli said.”We can be very proud of that as a unit and we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team.”last_img read more

Distractions will happen, I try to stay away: Rohit on Jadeja-Manjrekar episode

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first_imgRavindra Jadeja reacted angrily to Sanjay Manjrekar’s ‘bits and pieces cricketer’ comment about him but Rohit Sharma has learnt to live with outside distractions, which he believes will remain a challenge for active players.Skipper Virat Kohli has time and again stated that the team is not bothered by the outside talk and it’s more about what they believe in the change room.However Jadeja’s tweet attack, where he had equated Manjrekar’s cricketing analysis with the number of matches he has played, shows how sensitive players are about criticism.”See, that’s a challenge for the sportsmen,” Rohit, India’s man of the moment, said when asked about the Jadeja-Manjrekar episode.”All this distraction will happen, but every individual is different and it depends on how he wants to think about that particular incident or situation,” the Indian vice-captain said.Rohit, who has scored 647 runs in this World Cup, however feels that a bit of self insulation helps as it can keep a player in his own bubble.”For me, I want to stay away from all that and enjoy the beautiful weather in England. I have my family here as well. Most of the time, that’s what I’m trying to do rather than thinking about all those talks going around,” he said.He feels that each player should accept, that as long as they are playing the sport, it will be very difficult to avoid criticism.But he does agree that constant talk about performances and expectations can get to one’s nerve.advertisementIn fact, Rohit feels that “a logistic manager” is required so that the team can at least have some peaceful time from the constant “we want the Cup” type yapping.”Eventually our job is to come here, play good cricket and win the World Cup. We all know that. But constantly yapping in anyone’s ear is not right. So, I think for us as cricketers, it’s important for us to just stay completely put that away and focus on the job at hand,” the ‘Hit-Man’ said.Also Read | Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson were captains in India vs New Zealand Under 19 World Cup semi-finalAlso Read | Will back India all the way: Shoaib Akhtar wants World Cup 2019 to return to the sub-continentAlso See:last_img read more

Hyundai Creta Sports Edition launched in India for a starting price of Rs 12.78 lakh

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first_imgHyundai has launched Creta Sports Edition in India for a starting price of Rs 12.78 lakh (ex-showroom). The very popular SUV from Hyundai has been facing stiff competition from the recently-launched MG Hector and the soon-to-be-introduced Kia Seltos, which has been generating a tremendous response from customers.Based on the Creta SX variant, the new Hyundai Creta Sports Edition comes with several cosmetic changes and feature upgrades. It is available in two colour options — Phantom Black and Polar White with Phantom Black Roof.Powering Creta Sports Edition is the 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, dual VTVT petrol engine that delivers 123 PS and 154 Nm of torque. There is also the 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, CRDi (with VGT) diesel engine that produces 128 PS of power and 265 Nm of torque. There is no automatic option in the Sports trim and both the engines are offered only with the 6-speed manual gearbox.While the Creta Sports MT petrol is priced at Rs 12.78 lakh (ex-showroom), the diesel trim will cost Rs 14.13 lakh (ex-showroom). The dual-tone option is available at a premium of Rs 11,000.So far as exterior feature updates are concerned, Hyundai Creta Sports Edition comes with black and dark chrome front grille, smoked bi-functional projector headlamps, new silver colour finish front and rear skid plates, rear spoiler, black coloured ORVM and new silver colour finished roof rails.Inside the cabin, the new Creta Sports Edition gets features like black seat fabric with Creta embossing, leather-wrapped steering with contrast stitching and silver colour garnish, new silver colour front and rear AC vents and smart electric sunroof.advertisementHyundai had recently reduced the price of Kona electric SUV by Rs 1,58,142 and the electric SUV now costs Rs 23,71,858 (ex-showroom, India). Hyundai Kona was launched in India on July 9 for a starting price of Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom).ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki XL6 dimensions leaked ahead of launchALSO READ | 2019 Porsche Macan: First drive reviewALSO READ | No Aadhaar? You might not be able to obtain a driving licence in futurelast_img read more

Ronaldo agrees to €18.8m settlement in tax case

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first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo agrees to pay €18.8m sum to end tax case against him Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:46 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Champions League final 2017-18 Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División The Real Madrid superstar has reached an agreement with the Spanish Tax Agency which will bring legal proceedings to an end Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed an €18.8 million (£16m/$22m) settlement with the Spanish Tax Agency which will bring legal proceedings against him to a close, Omnisport understands.The Portugal international stands accused of four fiscal crimes relating to the taxation of image rights.It was reported in April that the Treasury were exploring the option of withdrawing one of the accused crimes if the 33-year-old pleaded guilty. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move He would, however, have had to accept a minor prison sentence and pay a €10m (£9m/$12m) fine in order for that to happen.Instead, Ronaldo has reportedly sought to bring the saga to a close by paying the relevant authorities.Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported details of a settlement on Friday and Omnisport understands, while it is yet to be formally ratified by lawyers, the terms of an agreement have been reached.Reports from AS in May claimed that a formal proposal of €14m (£12m/$16m) had been knocked back, with no agreement in sight at that stage.El Mundo are now claiming that the Spanish Tax Agency are prepared to do a deal closer to the €19m mark.Ronaldo is said to have agreed to an admission of wrongdoing in the settlement, which lands him a two-year prison charge, but he will avoid serving a sentence – much like Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano before him – and will be free of further sanction.The Portugal international, who is readying himself for a World Cup 2018 opener against Spain on Friday, appeared in court last year to respond to the allegations, insisting “I always pay what I have to pay; I do things the right way and I will continue to do so.”His representatives, Gestifute, meanwhile, have persistently denied that any crimes have been committed.The former Manchester United star has remained quiet when it comes to discussing the matter in public, although he did appear to attack the “fake news” surrounding his case in an Instagram post back in March.El Mundo now claims that Ronaldo has releaxed his stance during discussions with the Tax Agency, bringing a distracting episode to a close as his full attention is switched back to matters on the field.The Madrid forward’s future at the Bernabeu still remains unclear, though, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner continuously being linked with an exit following his statements after the Champions League final.Goal understands that the Spanish club are, however, remaining calm over the reports that their star man could leave and are hopeful of retaining his services.last_img read more

AUSTRALIAN WORLD CUP PLAYER DIARY ENTRY # 3

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first_imgRelated Filesa_page_from_the_diary_-entry_3-doc Australia’s battle to defend their champion nation status at the 2007 World Cup continues in earnest at the Daniel Craven Stadium in Stelenbosch. Australian Men’s Open Player Ben Robinson, National Women’s Open Vice Captain Melissa Pitfield, and Australian Open Mixed lynchpin Matt Tope give readers a fly on the wall account of all the latest news and views from deep inside the Aussie Team bunker in South Africa.Open the attachment to read the latest installment in the World Cup journey from the three Australian Open representatives.last_img

Province Promotes Wind Energy

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first_imgMore than 100 business and community leaders are attending aconference today, Nov. 2, and Wednesday, Nov. 3, at White PointBeach Resort in Queens County to learn more about the future ofwind energy in Nova Scotia. Wind energy has become the world’s fastest growing source of newelectricity generation and Nova Scotia has one of the best windregimes in Canada. The Winds of Change conference will feature presentations byindustry experts on a variety of topics, including the siteselection, permit, financing and construction requirements neededto make a wind project succeed. The conference will also featurea tour of the 17-turbine, state-of-the-art Pubnico Point Winddevelopment, the third largest wind farm in Canada. “There’s a strong interest in wind power in Nova Scotia and agrowing awareness of how this clean, renewable form of energy canbenefit our environment and our economy, particularly in ruralareas,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke. “Hosting thisconference is another step by the province to encourage andsupport the development of wind power.” In October, government passed legislation that will require aminimum portion of all new electricity generation to come fromrenewable sources, such as wind. The new law will make windprojects more attractive for developers by guaranteeing a marketfor the energy they produce. There are now four utility scale wind turbines generatingelectricity in Nova Scotia, with plans for many more. Recently, Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) stepped up its efforts todevelop wind power. In October, it approved 17 renewable energyprojects that will add 28 megawatts to the provincial grid.Fifteen of these are wind energy projects. NSPI also put out acall for large-scale renewable projects that will add another 30megawatts to the grid, which will likely see the development ofmore wind farms. “We’re excited about the future of wind energy in Nova Scotia,”said Mr. Clarke. “Nova Scotia Power has exceeded the voluntarytarget of 50 megawatts set out in the provincial Energy Strategyand we’re well on the way to meeting new targets. Government,NSPI, independent power producers and business and communityleaders all recognize the potential to make Nova Scotia aCanadian leader in wind energy development.” The Winds of Change conference is sponsored by Nova Scotia PowerInc., Natural Resources Canada, the Atlantic Canada OpportunitiesAgency, and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy.last_img read more

Yediyurappa Comeback man who has surmounted the odds

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first_imgBengaluru: From the humdrum existence as a government clerk and a hardware storeowner to becoming the chief minister for a fourth time, B S Yediyurappa has navigated the choppy waters of politics with the consummate ease of a seasoned oarsman.The rare smile is back on the ever grim-looking Yediyurappa’s face as he took over as the chief minister, 14 months after he demitted the office, unable to prove the majority in the State Assembly. In a repeat of sorts, it has not been an easy ascent to power for the 76-year-old Lingayat strongman this time too as a murky legal battle and weeks of political drama preceded his takeover. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Losing power after having come so close, Yediyurappa was determined to regain the reins of power from H D Kumaraswamy, whose party JD(S) cobbled up a post poll alliance with the Congress and managed to overthrow his three-day-old BJP government on May 19, 2018. Yediyurappa had to resign as CM as he could not muster a majority after staking claim to form the government on the ground that his party had emerged as the single largest one. Another interesting element in Yediyurappa’s struggle to power this time is, it is being seen as his last chance, considering his age and BJP’s policy of retirement from electoral politics to its leaders who have crossed 75. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA hardboiled RSS swayamsevak, 76-year-old Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yediyurappa joined the Hindu right organisation when he was barely 15, and cut his political teeth in the Jana Sangh, the BJP’s forerunner, in his hometown Shikaripura in Shivamogga district. He became the Jana Sangh’s Shikaripura taluk chief in the early 1970s. Yediyurappa, who began his electoral politics as Purasabha president in Shikaripura, was first elected to the Assembly from Shikaripura in 1983 and went on to win eight times from there. Along with being party’s state unit president, he has also served as opposition Leader in the Legislative Assembly, member of Legislative Council, as also member of parliament. He is known to have espoused the cause of farmers. A Bachelor of Arts, Yediyurappa, who was jailed during Emergency, worked as a clerk in the social welfare department before taking up a similar job at a rice mill in his native Shikaripura before he set up his hardware shop in Shivamogga. He married Maitradevi, daughter of the rice mill owner, where he worked, on March 5, 1967 and has two sons and three daughters. Yediyurappa may have landed in the hot seat in 2004 when the BJP emerged as the single largest party, but the Congress and JD(S) of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda formed an alliance, and a government was formed under Dharam Singh. Known for his political acumen, Yediyurappa joined hands with Kumaraswamy, Deve Gowda’s son, in 2006 and brought down the Dharam Singh government after the chief minister was indicted by Lokayukta in an alleged mining scam. Under a rotational chief ministership arrangement, Kumaraswamy became the CM and Yediyurappa his deputy. Yediyurappa became CM for the first time in November 2007 but his term lasted just seven days as Kumaraswamy reneged on a power sharing pact and walked out of the alliance. He was made the chief minister once again after the BJP came to power in May 2008 but had to step down in July 2011 following his indictment by the then Lokayukta N Santosh Hegde in an illegal mining case. In the 2008 polls, Yediyurappa led the party to victory, and the first BJP government in the south was formed under him. Soon controversies swirled around Yediyurappa over alleged abuse of office to favour his sons in allotment of land in Bengaluru and he was forced to resign on July 31, 2011 following indictment by Lokayukta in an illegal mining scam. On October 15 that year, he surrendered before the Lokayukta court after it issued a warrant against him in connection with alleged land scams, and was in jail for a week.last_img read more

Oland expected to testify in his own defence at trial for death

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first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. — Dennis Oland is expected to testify in his own defence today at his trial for the second-degree murder of his father.The 51-year-old businessman will address the prosecution case, which claims he bludgeoned his wealthy father to death in a rage over money problems.He is also expected to discuss discrepancies in his interview with police on July 7, 2011, the day Richard Oland’s body was found lying in a pool of blood on the floor of his office in Saint John, N.B.The trial may hear from the defence team’s blood spatter expert before Dennis Oland is sworn in as a witness.The investment adviser was charged with his father’s murder in 2013 and has steadfastly maintained his innocence.He was convicted in a jury trial in 2015, but that verdict was set aside on appeal in 2016 and the new trial ordered.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jaypee Infra home buyers pitch for NBCC have no faith in private

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first_imgNoida: Distressed homebuyers of debt-ridden Jaypee Infratech Thursday demanded that state-owned NBCC’s bid to acquire the realty firm should be reconsidered as they do not have any faith in private companies. Representatives of nine homebuyers’ associations of Jaypee Infratech’s housing projects in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, said that Jaypee group promoters are interfering in the insolvency proceedings to regain control over the troubled realty firm. They also cast aspersion on court-appointed Interim Resolution Professional (IRP), alleging that it was taking the side of the Jaypee group. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAggrieved buyers, who have booked flats in Jaypee Infratech projects, also complained that voting process is not being carried out in a fair manner. Financial creditors and homebuyers of the Jaypee group realty firm are currently voting on the bid of Suraksha Realty, the lone player left in the race to acquire the company and complete over 20,000 flats. The government Wednesday cleared NBCC’s revised offer to acquire Jaypee Infratech under the insolvency process. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysHours after getting the government approval for its revised offer to acquire troubled realty firm Jaypee Infratech, NBCC Ltd asked the court-appointed resolution professional to reconsider its bid and asserted it is prepared to take all necessary steps to protect its interest. Lenders had rejected the bid of NBCC terming it conditional and without the necessary approval from the government. The voting process started on Tuesday (April 30) and would conclude on May 3. “Our demand is that an emergency meeting of the committee of creditors (CoC) be called immediately. NBCC being a government agency should be given a chance in the voting process because homebuyers now don’t have any faith in private players,” said Ashish Rustagi, President of 9 Association that represents around 5,000 customers. The would prevent Jaypee Infratech from going into liquidation, he told reporters. Umesh Rastogi, 62, who had bought a 3BHK flat in Krescent Home, said given a choice between a state-run company like NBCC or private player like Suraksha, anybody would want to have the former take over the project. “There is no credibility left with the Jaypee group. Now they say they want to complete the project but there is no point believing them. The only hope now is if NBCC gets to participate in the voting,” he said. Shambhu Sharma, who had invested in a Jaypee project in 2011, said, “NBCC is a navaratna PSU and we don’t have any trust left in private builders. We wanted to vote for NBCC, their bid was acceptable to us. But then government clearances took time, and it did not have CoC approval so it got disqualified. They wanted a few more days but IRP declined. Now only Suraksha is left.” “Now we want an emergency CoC meeting and both companies should get to voting,” he said, while alleging that “the IRP is clearly against homebuyers, it is only favouring Manoj Gaur.” The association also raised concerns over the voting site being unsecured. “Since the inclusion of the homebuyers in the CoC of Jaypee Infratech, the journey has been marred with the hiccups and road blocks. Anything which the homebuyers have wished for or had floated the idea about, could never see the light of the day, they have been made to run from pillar to post, just to make their voice count,” said Ashish Rustogi. In 2017, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) admitted the application by an IDBI Bank-led consortium seeking resolution of Jaypee Infratech. The realty firm has an outstanding debt of nearly Rs 9,800 crore.last_img read more

Profile Who is Banque Populaires New CEO Mohamed Karim Mounir

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Rabat- A laureate from the Mohammadia School of Engineers in Rabat—where he was first in his class in 1982—and the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts in Paris, Mounir has been the BCP general director since October 2011. He also assures the management of Upline Group and BP Shore Group, subsidies of BCP.Mounir started his professional career in 1982 as an engineer within the OCP Group. He led OCP’s information systems activities from 1987 to 1997. Throughout his time there, Mounir played a central role in all the major development projects of OCP’s mining and industrial branches. He also contributed to major changes in OCP’s financial management and the upgrading of their human capital development policies.Read Also: Morocco Launches Toll-Free Number for Moroccans OverseasMounir’s career within BCP began in 1997. He began to climb the leadership ladder, occupying various senior positions in information systems and risk management. Mounir was appointed to be general-director in 2011.Mounir has been very active alongside current economy minister Mohamed Benchaaboun to expand the BCP Group abroad and diversify its activities with specialized subsidiaries in para-banking and services.Mounir also founded and is president of the Association of Information Systems Users in Morocco (AUSIM).The newly-appointed CEO will take over from Mohamed Benchaaboun, who King Mohammed VI appointed to be minister of economy and finance on August 21.Benchaaboun chaired Mounir’s nomination ceremony at BCP’s headquarters in Rabat. BCP’s board of directors and the executive committee of Credit Populaire du Maroc also attended. read more

Horn of Africa once again poliofree say UNICEF and partners

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30 July 2010The Horn of Africa is once again free of polio, with Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda having reported no wild poliovirus cases for more than a year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners announced today. The Horn of Africa is once again free of polio, with Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda having reported no wild poliovirus cases for more than a year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners announced today. “Today marks a step towards the achievement of a major objective of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s new strategy – stopping polio in Africa,” the agency stated in a news release. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is spearheaded by national governments, the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF. UNICEF noted that the successful handling of the polio outbreak that began in 2008 in the Horn of Africa is attributed to a series of multi-country immunization campaigns, along with greater technical support and strong political engagement by the affected countries. A total of 101 children were paralyzed by polio – a highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease – in Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda between March 2008 and July 2009 when wild poliovirus type 1 reappeared in the region. “The end of this outbreak is further evidence that the full and swift implementation of international outbreak response guidelines work,” UNICEF stated. The new Global Polio Eradication Initiative Strategic Plan 2010-2012, adopted by the World Health Assembly last month, includes new measures to limit further international spread of polio and more rapidly stop new outbreaks. Some of these measures were applied during the 2008 outbreak, including what is known as Short Interval Additional Dose strategy, in which children are immunized at short intervals with type-specific vaccine to more rapidly raise population immunity levels. The Strategic Plan calls for the cessation by mid-2010 of all polio outbreaks which began before this year, and aims to build on success in key endemic countries, such as Nigeria, where the number of polio cases have dropped by more than 99 per cent – from 312 cases last year to three in 2010. In addition to Nigeria, the countries where polio is still endemic are Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. UNICEF pointed out that the threat of outbreaks remains a risk until transmission of wild poliovirus is stopped in all polio-affected countries, especially the four countries where the disease remains endemic. read more

UN agriculture agency partners with Italys Autogrill to cut food waste and

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“Under the three-year agreement, FAO will provide Autogrill with tools to track and reduce food losses and waste across its more than 4,000 stores and design information materials and campaigns to raise awareness among Autogrill customers worldwide about waste reduction,” the Rome-based UN agency said in a press release. FAO said it is estimated that roughly one third of the food produced globally for human consumption – approximately 1.3 billion tons every year – is lost or wasted. The Italian-based chain, Autogrill, which operates mainly in Europe and North America, is the latest to sign on to the Save Food global initiative spearheaded by FAO to involve a wide range of actors along the food chain in common strategies to cut food loss and waste. “This is a new type of public-private partnership for FAO which could become a model for collaborations with other retailers in future,” said Eugenia Serova, FAO’s Director of the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division. In addition to tracking and reducing waste, the restaurant chain will also pay attention to the sourcing of its products, in the framework of their corporate social responsibility. FAO, which has been working with farming cooperatives and producer organizations worldwide to improve small producers’ livelihoods, will help Autogrill identify products and small-scale farmers interested in supplying the global retailer as a way to open new markets to southern producers. read more

Alumni honoured for achievements

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There was a wonderful display of alumni longevity at the Alumni Recognition Reception on Saturday afternoon.Tucked inside Plaza Building on a rainy, cloudy Homecoming afternoon, over 100 alumni were welcomed into the Cameo Club and commemorated on their successes since graduating from Brock University 25 or more years ago. Shaking the hands of Brock University Alumni Association President Chris Phillips (BBA ’94) and Brock University President and Vice-Chancellor Jack Lightstone, each individual received their cameo pin, a silhouette of our University namesake, Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock.The Brock University Alumni Association (BUAA) also awarded five Faculty Graduate Awards to individuals who since graduating Brock have achieved excellence in their professional careers and/or provide service to society.• 2015 Goodman School of Business Distinguished Graduate – Mark Arthur (BAdmin ’77)• 2015 Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Graduate – Erin Mathaney (BSM ’05)• 2015 Faculty of Humanities Distinguished Graduate – Craig Tallman (BA ’76)• 2015 Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences Distinguished Graduate – Yousef Haj-Ahmad (BSc ’80; MSc ’82)• 2015 Faculty of Social Sciences Distinguished Graduate – Scott Maxwell (BA ’88)The distinguished alumni award is given annually to an alumni who has exemplified the spirit of Brock and earned prominence as a result of their exceptional professional achievements and/or service to society. This year, the BUAA presented Dan McGrath (BAdmin’85) as its top alumnus with the 2015 Brock University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award.“Our alumni are making an impact on their communities and we want to recognize the work that they do,” said Shelley Huxley, Director, Alumni and Donor Relations.McGrath exemplifies the spirit of Brock through his dedication to the big screen, through his contribution to Canadian cultural excellence and by providing support and resources to youth in need.Know an incredible Brock University Alumni? Nominations open in March 2016 or email alumni@brocku.ca. read more

Kipchoge Ibarguen win bestathlete awards

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PARIS — Marathon world-record holder Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya and Colombian long jumper Caterine Ibarguen won the IAAF athletes of the year awards Tuesday.Kipchoge, 34, clocked 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds at the Berlin Marathon in September, shaving a whopping 78 seconds off the previous world record set in the German capital in 2014 by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto.Kipchoge also won a third London Marathon victory in April.Ibarguen dominated women’s jumping this year, winning the long and triple jumps at the Central American and Caribbean Games, the IAAF Continental Cup and at the IAAF Diamond League finals.The Associated Press

New synthetic oil provides longlasting protection to wire rope

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first_imgLubrication Engineers (LE) has added Almasol® Syn Coating lubricant to its WirelifeTM Line. This is an extremely tacky, nonasphaltic synthetic lubricant with exceptionally high film strength. LE says: “perfect for extreme environments and conditions, it provides robust outer surface protection for wire rope and cable and comes from the same advanced technology that LE developed to protect large open gears in the mining and quarry industries.” Typical applications for Almasol Syn include standing and running lines, draglines, hoists and drill rigs. LE says: “It performs better and lasts longer than standard lubricants, reducing wear by minimising wire‐to‐wire contact within the rope.“Its exceptional film strength and high load-carrying capacity, which allows it to withstand heavy loads and cushion shock loading, comes from its heavy synthetic base fluid and its synergistic blend of Almasol, LE’s exclusive wear-reducing additive, and an extreme pressure additive.”Almasol Syn’s extreme tackiness enables it to cling tenaciously to metal surfaces, a must in heavy-duty or extreme applications. Because it stays in place longer, less lubricant is consumed and less maintenance is needed for re-application. The purple-tinted lubricant appears translucent in use, allowing easy visual safety inspections.The synthetic lubricant contains no halogenated compounds or heavy metals that would harm the environment, and it has been cleared for disposal like any other non-hazardous petroleum oil. It can be applied manually or through automatic spray systems and includes a pleasant odorant that makes it easier to service.Available exclusively in LE lubricants, Almasol wear-reducing additive adheres to metal surfaces in a microscopic layer, yet will not build on itself or affect clearances. It possesses tremendous load-carrying capacity, is impervious to acid attack and minimises metal-to-metal contact and the resulting friction and wear. When added to LE lubricants, it provides a level of protection available with no other lubricant, the company reports.last_img read more

Bodies of five children among those pulled from the water after Myanmar

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first_img 14,267 Views By AFP MYANMAR SEARCH AND rescue teams were pulling dead bodies from the sea off the country’s southern coast today after a military plane crashed with more than 120 people on board.The commander-in-chief’s office said 10 corpses, including five children and four women, had been retrieved so far from the Andaman Sea near where the plane went down yesterday in the waters off Launglon, near the town of Dawei.A local police source, who asked not to be named, put the tally closer to 20, telling AFP: “Dead bodies are still being brought to the shores nearby.”Navy ships and air force planes have been scouring the waves since late Wednesday afternoon, when the Chinese-made plane disappeared on a routine flight from the southern city of Myeik to the commercial hub of Yangon.This morning a navy search ship found the bodies of a man, woman and child, as well as luggage, safety jackets and a tyre presumed to be from the aircraft’s wheel.There was conflicting information on the number of people on board the Shaanxi Y8 plane when it disappeared, but in the latest update the military said it was carrying a total of 122 people.More than half of the passengers were from military families, including 15 children, along with 35 soldiers and 14 crew members, the army chief’s office said in a statement.Some were travelling for medical check-ups or to attend school in Yangon.Relatives of the passengers braced for the worst as rescue efforts continued.Wai Lin Aung said his mother, who was in her 50s, had been flying back after visiting his sister, who is married to a soldier based in Myeik.“The whole family is very sad and we are waiting for news,” he told AFP, his voice full of worry after a sleepless night.It is monsoon season in Myanmar, but there were no major storms reported along the aircraft’s flight path on Wednesday afternoon.Deputy director of the bureau of meteorology, Kyaw Moe Oo, said there was “no bad weather on that route” when it disappeared. Source: APPoor safety recordThe military said the plane was flying at over 18,000 feet when it lost contact with air traffic control at 1:35 pm (8.05am Irish time) yesterday, about half an hour after takeoff.The military named the captain as “seasoned” pilot Lieutenant Colonel Nyein Chan, who it said had more than 3,000 hours of flying experience.He was flying a Shaanxi Y8 four-engine turboprop, a popular Chinese-made medium-range transport aircraft based on the Soviet Antonov An-12, a widely used aircraft that has had numerous crashes over the decades.Myanmar’s former junta bought several during their 50 years of isolated rule, when they were squeezed by Western sanctions.The military said the plane that crashed was delivered in March 2016 and had a total of 809 flying hours.The debris was found in the Andaman Sea, north of the last known location of Malaysia Airlines flight 370.That plane went missing in March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, but no wreckage has ever been found.Myanmar’s military fleet has a chequered recent history of plane crashes.A former executive at the aviation ministry said many of the aircraft were old and decrepit.“Myanmar air force has (a) very bad safety performance,” he said, asking to remain nameless.A five-strong crew died when an air force plane burst into flames soon after taking off from the capital Naypyidaw in February last year.Three army officers were also killed in June when their Mi-2 helicopter crashed into a hillside and burst into flames in south-central Bago.- © AFP 2017Read: Children among 120 passengers on board missing Myanmar military planeRead: Iran hits out at ‘repugnant’ Trump response to Isis attacks that killed 13 Jun 8th 2017, 7:53 AM http://jrnl.ie/3432665 Thursday 8 Jun 2017, 7:53 AM File photo 5 Comments Bodies of five children among those pulled from the water after Myanmar plane crash There were at least 120 people on board the plane. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo Short URL Share1 Tweet Email last_img read more

LiPad sur le marché américain dès le 26 mars

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first_imgL’iPad sur le marché américain dès le 26 mars ?États-Unis – Un membre d’Apple a confirmé que l’iPad sera disponible dans le commerce dès le 26 mars prochain. Avis aux amateurs européens : cette nouvelle ne concerne malheureusement que le marché américain.La firme à la pomme compte faire de l’iPad le produit phare du marché des tablettes Internet, lesquelles semblent être LA nouveauté 2010 en matière de high-tech. Néanmoins, un possible retard est déjà envisagé, suite à des obstacles concernant la production des produits. Des rumeurs démenties par les fournisseurs qui affirment pouvoir fabriquer entre 600.000 et 700.000 iPad en mars, puis 1 million en avril. En France, bien que la date de sortie ne soit pas encore prévue, on s’accorde à dire que la tablette pourrait être vendue à partir de 458 euros pour le plus petit modèle de 16 GB.Le 4 mars 2010 à 12:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

USB3 Store n Go V3 une clé USB 30 abordable

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first_imgUSB3 Store ‘n’ Go V3 : une clé USB 3.0 abordableL’USB 3.0 permet à Verbatim d’augmenter le taux de transfert sur la nouvelle version de sa clé. Elle est désormais disponible partout. La nouveauté de la clé USB Store’ n’ go, que vient de dévoiler Verbatim, est de fonctionner en USB 3.0. Une vitesse de transfert deux fois supérieure est ainsi mise en avant. Sa contenance va, selon les modèles, de 8 à 64 GB. La prise USB n’est pas équipée de bouchon protecteur, mais est rétractable, ce qui rend la clé plus portable. Elle est déjà disponible à la vente et a la livraison partout dans le monde. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette version 3 du Store’ n’ go est plus précisément équipé de la nouvelle USB3 Superspeed interface, plus une rétrocompatibilité avec tous les ports USB précédents (USB 2 et 1.1). Elle est également compatible PC et Mac. La présence de plus en plus fréquente de ports USB 3.0 sur les ordinateurs fixes et portables rend l’utilisation d’une telle clef intéressante.Ce gadget fort utile est disponible en 7 couleurs : jaune, gris, rouge, bleu, violet, vert et orange. Le premier prix est plutôt intéressant, à 20 dollars, soit une quinzaine d’euros, avec une garantie à vie incluse.Le 2 mai 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NHI Grand Bahama Consultations

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first_img Related Items:damara dillett, grand bahama, nhi Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Grand Bahama International Airport Will Reopen Today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, The Bahamas – Monday, February 15, 2016 – Public consultations regarding National Health Insurance Bahamas continued throughout the island of Grand Bahama on Friday, February 12, to educate and engage residents about the modern, affordable and accessible healthcare system. Ms. Damara Dillett, representing the NHI Bahamas Secretariat, spoke about the need for national health insurance, clarified who is eligible and outlined the benefits of primary care. While consulting with staff members at the Ministry of Grand Bahama, Ms. Dillett confirmed who is eligible to receive NHI Bahamas benefits. She said, “Bahamians resident in country and legal residents – no matter their income, age, island of residence or current health status – can receive health care free of cost at point of service with the NHI Bahamas plan.” Additionally, consultations continued with staff of the Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation, human resource personnel with the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Directors of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce. The conversations provided clarity.During the consultations, individuals were advised about what to expect when NHI Bahamas is fully implemented. Private insurance holders questioned whether or not NHI Bahamas mandated that they give up their existing coverage. Ms. Dillett advised that persons had the option of keeping their private health insurance and further explained that there was no mandate for individuals to discontinue private healthcare coverage.Residents attending town hall meetings in Eight Mile Rock and West End, listened attentively about NHI Bahamas. They embraced the opportunity to ask questions and get more details about the registration process. Ms. Dillett explained that the “Registration drive for the National Insurance Board (NIB) Smart Card continues at NIB locations. Individuals ought to ensure that they obtain their NIB Smart Card in order to be prepared for the enrolment.”All residents are encouraged to attend community meetings across the country to become more informed about NHI Bahamas and the benefits of the programme. Details of these meetings will be made available to you.The Secretariat continues to meet with stakeholder groups regularly. Any group that wishes to schedule a presentation by the NHI Bahamas team may contact the Secretariat directly at 502-7601 or email info@nhibahamas.gov.bs.More information on NHI Bahamas can also be found at www.nhibahamas.gov.bs. Grand Bahama Set to Return to Normal After Hurricane Irma Recommended for you Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island Reopenslast_img read more