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  • Ravi Shastri: The man who changed India’s fortunes in England!

    first_imgRavi Shastri has played a pivotal role in Team India’s ODI series win against EnglandDays after Suresh Raina hailed Ravi Shastri’s role as Team Director, Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan has said that the former captain instilled confidence in the side after the Test debacle.Relieved after coming good with the bat following a string of poor scores in the Test series and then in the second and third ODIs, Dhawan thanked the support staff of the team and singled out Shastri for giving the team confidence.”I would like to thank the entire support staff, especially Ravi (Shastri) bhai, who has given us a lot of confidence since he has joined the team. A very big thanks to my family for standing by me,” the left-handed opener said.Raina had also credited Shastri for the dramatic turnaround in the team’s fortunes after the second One-dayer.”Ravi Shastri gave us a lot of confidence. He came in the team meeting and said a few words to the team which were very inspiring. He was also sitting with me in the bus when we were on our way to the stadium and he told me, ‘khadoos khelna hai’ (play a stubborn game),” Raina had said after his match-winning century in the second ODI against England.After a 1-3 drubbing at the hands of England in the five-Test series, the BCCI had installed Shastri as the team director, prompting speculation over head coach Duncan Fletcher’s future.India came back strongly in the five-match ODI series to take an invincible 3-0 lead after the first game was washed off.advertisementDhawan, who smashed an unbeaten 97 to help India register a series-clinching win against England yesterday in the fourth ODI, emphasised that winning the One-day series against England in the lead up to the 2015 World Cup was crucial.”We are playing the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and six months before that, winning an ODI series in England so comprehensively, is a huge confidence booster. It is all the more special given how we bounced back from the disappointing Test series,” he said.”What I will take back from here is the way the entire team stuck together despite what we went through. We stood by each other every single moment and helped each other move on. I am proud of these boys,” Dhawan added.Dhawan, who had been struggling with his form till yesterday, said, “Without confidence, I would not have been able to score runs today. To be honest, even during the Tests and in the first two ODIs, it wasn’t like I was struggling to put bat on ball. It happens with every batsman; sometimes despite feeling good in the nets, you don’t score runs in the match.”He credited his return to form to “a few minor changes in my technique”.”I opened up my shoulder a bit due to which the vision of the bowler and his arm improved a lot. It has also led me into playing straighter than before,” he said.Dhawan was all praise for his opening partner Ajinkya Rahane, who notched up his maiden ODI century, saying their “jugalbandi” in the game yesterday was brilliant.”Ajinkya was in beautiful touch and the way he hit (James) Anderson for those four fours in an over, it released all the pressure. I was not it bad touch myself but my flow wasn’t as good as his. So I kept taking singles at the other end and gave him most of the strike initially. It was the perfect partnership between us. The jugalbandi (a term referred for duet of two solo musicians) was brilliant,” he said.Noting that it is important to be patient and keep the belief intact during low phases, Dhawan said, “I didn’t over-think or get too frustrated; I worked hard wholeheartedly and prepared as smartly as I could, and then accepted that this is a bad phase and I have to get through it.”Acknowledging that tough phases teach a player more than good ones do, Dhawan said, “It’s when the runs are not coming that even the minutest of flaws are viewed under the microscope. You look into your game and try to pick every single thing you can improve about it. At the end of it, you emerge as a better player than you were. For me failure is not a bad thing because it teaches you how to succeed.”last_img read more

  • Jobs for Engineering graduates: AIIMS Jodhpur is hiring for various technical posts

    first_imgThe All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has released an employment notification, inviting interested and eligible candidates to apply for the positions of Assistant Engineer and Junior Engineer on direct recruitment basis. In case a candidate wishes to apply for more than one post, he/she is required to fill in the form separately.AIIMS reserves the rights to increase or decrease the number of vacancies.Vacancy detailsTotal posts: 5Name of the posts:Assistant Engineer (Electrical):1Junior Engineer (Electrical): 4Eligibility criteriaEducational qualification:The candidates interested in applying for this post should be a graduate in electrical engineering from a recognised university/institute.Age limit:Assistant Engineer (Electrical): The age of the candidates applying for this post must not exceed 35 years.Junior Engineer (Electrical): The age of the candidates applying for this post must not exceed 30 years.Relaxation in age will be provided according to government norms.Selection procedure:A written examination will be conducted for shortlisting the candidates.Pay scale:Assistant Engineer (Electrical): The selected candidates will be getting a monthly salary of Rs 9,300 to Rs 34,800, along with a grade pay of Rs 4,600.Junior Engineer (Electrical): The selected candidates will be getting a monthly salary of Rs 9,300 to Rs 34,800, along with a grade pay of Rs 4,200.How to apply:The candidates interested in these posts are required to apply at the official website dates:The last date for submission of application is June 6.Read: Dream to work in the Medical field: Chhattisgarh is hiring for 617 Medical Officer posts advertisementRead: Become a Sailor in the Indian Navy: Hiring begins through sports quota For information on more latest government jobs, click here.last_img read more

  • Bale unlikely to face Ireland – Giggs

    first_imgGareth Bale is not expected to be fit to play for Wales in their Nations League clash with Republic of Ireland, according to manager Ryan Giggs.Bale missed Thursday’s 4-1 home friendly loss to Spain with muscle fatigue, while he has also been carrying a groin injury.The forward’s club Real Madrid are reportedly unhappy with Bale’s decision to link up with Wales in his current condition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Giggs does not think Bale – Wales’ record goalscorer with 30 international strikes – is going to be available for Tuesday’s Nations League B Group 4 meeting with Ireland in Dublin.”It’s unlikely at this point,” Giggs told Sky Sports. “It’s nothing serious but the closer we get to the game, we will have to make a decision.”Poor defending cost Wales against Spain as Paco Alcacer profited with a first-half brace on his international recall, while defenders Sergio Ramos and Marc Bartra scored headers.Although Burnley striker Sam Vokes scored a late consolation in his 60th appearance for the hosts, Giggs was left frustrated with the errors made by his team in Cardiff.”The disappointment for me was in the basics. You have to do that even against the average teams,” Giggs said.”If you don’t do the basics against a very good team you’re in trouble. You have to do the right things or you will get punished. There were so many mistakes.Llongyfarchiadau @GarethBale11 30 goals for #Wales!Record goal scorer! #TogetherStronger— Wales  (@Cymru) October 11, 2018″Spain move the ball quickly and have penetration. We knew we were up against a good team.”We showed some threat going forward in the end and that’s what we wanted to do. That’s about all we can take out of this game – the goal.”last_img read more

  • United, We Have Turned a Page, Sports Min Vassiliadis Says

    first_imgATHENS – Deputy Culture and Sports Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) expressed his content over the results of the Bulgaria-Greece-Romania-Serbia summit for the joint nomination of EURO 2028 or the World Cup in 2030.Regardless of the outcome, he believes that this collaboration is already successful, as they “proved” that all four “united countries have turned a page.”Vassiliadis expressed his optimism that there are good hopes to have a positive result, but made it clear that the most important thing is the journey and the fact that co-candidacy is only the beginning in the cooperation of the four countries.“I am very happy with the meeting. The main objective of the joint candidacy is for our countries to come close. We have a common vision and goal and we will try to make it a reality. We want to show everyone that these regions, affected by extreme situations, have turned a page. So our target has so far been achieved,” he said and added: “We have laid the foundations for our candidacy. I think we have good hopes. We have made an analysis for the needs of each country.”“The most important part is the journey. We must proceed together. I have the feeling that if we work hard, we will have many hopes for such a big event to take place in the Balkans for the first time,” he underlined.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • ROHM: automotive-grade wireless charging solution with NFC communication

    first_img Continue Reading Previous Premier Farnell shipping new Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+Next Wibu-Systems exhibits at Embedded World with incredible lineup of solution partners ROHM has recently announced the development of an automotive wireless charging solution with integrated NFC communication. This solution combines ROHM’s automotive-grade (AEC-Q100 qualified) wireless power transmission control IC (BD57121MUF-M) with STMicroelectronics’ NFC Reader IC (ST25R3914) and 8-bit microcontroller (STM8A series). In addition to being compliant to WPC’s Qi standard supporting EPP (Extend Power Profile) that enables the charger to supply up to 15W of power, the multi-coil design enables a wide charging area that provides some spatial freedom in vehicle applications (2.7x greater charging range vs single coil configurations). This means that consumers do not need to worry much about exactly aligning their smartphones to the provided charging area in order to be able to charge wirelessly.Wireless charging technology, commonly used in portable devices such as smartphones to improve the safety and resistance to water and dust of connectors, is seeing increased adoption in infrastructure applications including vehicles, hotels, airports, cafes, and similar public locations. At present, Qi, the most popular standard, has already been adopted by the European Automotive Standards Group (CE4A) as the charging standard in vehicles, and by 2025 it is predicted that most cars will be equipped with Qi-based wireless chargers.Meanwhile, NFC communication provides user authentication to allow Bluetooth/WiFi communication with infotainment system, lock/unlock the doors, and allow engine start. NFC also enables vehicle setting customization for multiple drivers such as seat and mirror positioning, infotainment pre-sets, and navigation destination pre-sets.Per the Qi standard, a foreign object detection function for detecting metallic objects is included to prevent deformation or damage from occurring due to excessive heat generation in the event a metallic object is placed between the transmitter and receiver. This time, however, designers were faced with the challenge of ensuring detection of the NFC antenna can damage the NFC card by the magnetic field. This was achieved by integrating an NFC communication function that enables detection of the NFC card even when inserted in a smartphone case or the like.Previously, when connecting smartphones to infotainment systems it was necessary to perform manual pairing for each device. However, by combining Qi wireless charging with NFC communication ROHM made it possible to not only charge mobile devices such as smartphones but also perform Bluetooth or WiFi pairing at the same time through NFC authentication. To use, simply place a smartphone on the charging pad to automatically initiate screen sharing with the infotainment and navigation system.In the future, all vehicles are expected to utilize NFC protocol to connect smart devices with the onboard system to provide shared functionality that does not rely on traditional keys or dedicated cards.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

  • Bluesmart: The World’s First Connected Carry-On

    first_imgPacking for a trip can be daunting, especially if you’re going away for an extended period time or need to bring a lot of things, and with airline baggage check-in rates going through the roof, there’s always that risk of paying extra dollars that you don’t want to. Why oh why can’t we go back to the days of free luggage check-in? Unfortunately, that’s no longer a possibility. Also, after hearing all those stories about airport employees who steal luxury goods from passengers’ suitcases, it’s not easy to assume that your baggage will be in safe hands once you hand it over to the people working the front desk. Also, with all those baggage mishaps, it’s pretty easy to lose your suitcase. We have a feeling that’s what the folks who invented Bluesmart, the world’s first connected carry-on that you can track with an app were thinking.Here’s how they describe this miraculous contraption:“Bluesmart is a high-quality carry-on suitcase that you can control from your phone, like a boss. From the app you can lock and unlock it, weigh it, track its location, be notified if you are leaving it behind and find out more about your travel habits. You can also charge your phone 6 times over with a built-in battery. Isn’t that awesome?”Being that we here at The Manual are a bunch of travel-loving people who are always on the go, this suitcase sounds like it’s exactly what we’ve been looking for. Going through airport security can be the most annoying thing ever, and thanks to Bluesmart, we will be able to take out our electronics with ease, track our suitcase down, and weigh it to avoid those overweight baggage charges. Why didn’t somebody think of Bluesmart sooner?For more information, visit How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type The Ooni 3 Portable Pizza Oven Produces Perfect Pies on the Go The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached The Complete Guide for Learning How to Mow a Lawn Editors’ Recommendations How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Homelast_img read more

  • The Thursday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

    first_imgHighlights from the news file for Thursday, Jan. 4———WOMEN SPEAK OUT ON LAWSUITS AGAINST SCHULTZ: Four actresses who allege they were sexually assaulted and harassed by Soulpepper Theatre founding artistic director Albert Schultz say they were motivated to come forward because of what they described as hypocrisy and unsafe working conditions at the renowned company. The women spoke out at a news conference Thursday, a day after revealing they had filed lawsuits against Schultz and Soulpepper. They allege the prominent theatre figure exposed himself, groped them, and otherwise sexually humiliated them over several years. The allegations have not been proven in court and Schultz said he would defend himself “vehemently.” Soulpepper did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.———LAWYER TRIES TO DISTANCE CLIENT FROM LAC MEGANTIC CRASH: The lawyer for one of the three men charged with criminal negligence in the Lac-Megantic rail disaster that killed 47 people tried to distance his client Thursday from Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, the company at the heart of the crash. Gaetan Bourassa began his closing arguments by stating there is a “massive distinction between the two.” Bourassa told jurors that Jean Demaitre, the manager of train operations that fateful night, had no say in safety-related decisions made in the United States by the parent company of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway.———INTENSE STORM HITS ATLANTIC CANADA: A powerful storm pummelled Atlantic Canada on Thursday, shutting down everything from schools to bridges with an intense mix of high winds, rain and snow. “This is definitely a very serious and very intense winter system,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Ian Hubbard. Social media images showed one Halifax house with its roof gone, and another building that had partially collapsed. While parts of Nova Scotia were whipped by wind and rains amid temperatures well above freezing, New Brunswickers faced heavy snow that made it impossible to see across the street.———WYNNE SAYS TIM HORTONS FRANCHISE OWNER BULLYING EMPLOYEES: The premier of Ontario is accusing the children of Tim Hortons’ billionaire co-founder of bullying their employees by reducing their benefits in response to the province’s increased minimum wage. In a letter to workers at two Tim Hortons restaurants in Cobourg, Ont., owners Ron Joyce Jr. and Jeri Horton-Joyce said that as of Jan. 1, staff would no longer be entitled to paid breaks, and would have to pay a portion of the costs for dental and health benefits to offset the $2.40 jump in the hourly minimum wage. It will increase another dollar to $15 on Jan. 1, 2019.———RECORDS SHOW DOCTOR SENT TO CUBA TO EXAMINE AILING DIPLOMATS: The federal government sent a Health Canada doctor to Cuba to examine diplomats who suffered everything from dizziness and nosebleeds to hearing problems and short-term memory loss amid concern about mysterious acoustic attacks, newly obtained records show. They say Dr. Jeffrey Chernin’s June visit to Havana revealed symptoms similar to those experienced by U.S. personnel in Cuba. Global Affairs Canada says the cause of the symptoms remains unknown.———HOSPITAL INVESTIGATING AFTER WOMAN’S FROZEN BODY FOUND: The death of a woman who apparently slipped away from a Winnipeg hospital while she was intoxicated by drugs could — and should — have been prevented, her family says. The frozen body of Windy Sinclair, a 29-year-old mother of four, was found outside a Winnipeg apartment building Dec. 28. It was two days after she had been taken to hospital while she was hallucinating on crystal meth, her mother says. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says Sinclair was in the process of being treated but left the building and could not be found.———JUDGE RULES PARENTS CAN’T BE FAULTED FOR THEIR POVERTY: An impoverished Halifax-area couple has regained custody of their toddler daughter, after a judge declared: “There is a difference between parents who are poor, and poor parents.” The province took the 20-month-old girl into care last June because of her parents’ multiple challenges, including mental-health issues, interpersonal conflict and unstable living circumstances brought on by poverty. Justice Elizabeth Jollimore said the biracial toddler was not put in a “culturally appropriate” foster home, and noted the couple have worked to improve their circumstances and relationship prospects.———LAWSUIT FILED OVER STRANDED PASSENGER INCIDENT: An air passenger rights advocate is suing the Canadian Transportation Agency and Air Transat over decisions related to incidents last summer that left hundreds of passengers stranded on the tarmac for hours. Gabor Lukacs is asking the Federal Court of Appeal in Halifax to overturn the regulator’s decision in November to waive the $295,000 fine it imposed after finding the Montreal-based airline had committed several violations of transportation rules. Lukacs said the fine was just a “slap on the wrist” that is far below the level included in its enforcement manual.———BROOKFIELD TO BUY WESTINGHOUSE FROM TOSHIBA: Brookfield Business Partners LP and its partners will buy Westinghouse Electric Co. from Toshiba Corp. in a US$4.6 billion deal announced Thursday. Westinghouse Electric, which has its headquarters in the Pittsburgh area, is among the world’s leading infrastructure suppliers to nuclear power generating facilities but sought creditor protection from U.S. Bankruptcy Court last March. Brookfield Business Partners said it expects to fund the purchase of 100 per cent of Westinghouse through a combination of US$1 billion of equity, $3 billion of long-term debt and the assumption of certain obligations.———BIEBER EXHIBIT TO OPEN IN HIS HOMETOWN: Mementoes from Justin Bieber’s formative years as an aspiring Canadian singer will go on display next month at a museum exhibit in his hometown of Stratford, Ont. “Steps to Stardom” — a reference to the young singer’s busking shows on the steps outside the local Avon Theatre — will open at the Stratford Perth Museum in February. Fans will find an array of goodies like Bieber’s Grammy Award, microphones he’s used, his Stratford Warriors hockey jacket, and personal letters, including one from Michelle Obama.———last_img read more

  • High BC custody death numbers show need for oversight

    first_imgAPTN National NewsPolice investigating themselves is a controversial topic across the country.In British Columbia, that practice may be coming to an end.Two recent inquiries have called for civilian oversight to investigate deaths in police custody.Critics say changes to the system can’t come soon enough.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has more.last_img

  • Oppn natural habitat of terror apologists, insults forces: Modi

    first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday launched a fresh offensive on rival parties over the Pulwama terror attack and the subsequent IAF strike inside Pakistan, terming the Opposition “the natural habitat of terror apologists” and accusing them of “insulting” armed forces. Using the hashtag ‘Janta Maaf Nahi Karegi’ (people will not forgive) in a tweet, Modi attacked Sam Pitroda, who looks after Congress’ overseas affairs, for reportedly saying that post the Mumbai terror attacks, India could have responded with air strikes, but “according to me that’s not how you deal with world.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Loyal courtier of Congress’ royal dynasty admits what the nation already knew- Congress was unwilling to respond to forces of terror. This is a New India- we will answer terrorists in a language they understand and with interest!,” Moid said. “Opposition insults our forces time and again. I appeal to my fellow Indians- question Opposition leaders on their statements. Tell them- 130 crore Indians will not forgive or forget the Opposition for their antics. India stands firmly with our forces,” he added, using the hashtag. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In another tweet, the Prime Minister slammed Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav, who alleged the Pulwama attack was a “conspiracy” to garner votes. “This was a conspiracy…But, when there will be a change of government, investigations will be done and prominent people will come under the scanner, who had pushed our youth to death to garner votes,” he alleged Thursday speaking at a programme at Saifai. PM Modi termed the statement reprehensible. “Opposition is the natural habitat of terror apologists and questioners of our armed forces. This reprehensible statement by a senior leader like Ram Gopal Ji insults all those who have given their lives in protecting Kashmir. It humiliates the families of our martyrs,” he said. The PM in his tweets tagged the reported statements of Yadav and Pitroda.last_img read more

  • Competition Bureau calls on municipalities to relax rules around food trucks

    OTTAWA — The federal Competition Bureau is calling on municipalities to re-think their rules around food trucks in a bid to encourage the popular choice for many Canadians looking for a quick and tasty meal.The agency said Tuesday that flexible regulations could mean more choices and greater competition, adding the benefits could include more jobs, new customers and improved street vitality.In some places, food trucks have evolved beyond hot dogs, fries and poutine in recent years with upscale offerings such as fish tacos, sushi and curries from around the world.However, municipalities often limit where food trucks can operate, how long they can be open and the number of food trucks that are permitted in a given area.The bureau said in a news release that while regulations can serve legitimate policy goals, some restrictions may go further than necessary.In Toronto, Canada’s most populous city, there were 56 registered food trucks in 2016, up from 14 the year prior. However, in Vancouver, where regulations have been relaxed, the growth of mobile food went up from 17 in 2010 to over 100 vendors.The City of Toronto bylaws allow only two food trucks per city block, and trucks have to be at least 30 metres away from any restaurant.Cameron Pounder, co-owner of the FeasTO food truck, said the 30-metre rule should only be applied to the same side of a street.“Toronto has some narrow streets — Queen, King, Bathurst — that are not even 30 metres wide, meaning we can’t park across from a restaurant,” he said.Pounder would also like to see the city open up any parking spot to food trucks, not just paid ones.Mississauga, Ont., Coun. Chris Fonseca thinks the Competition Bureau should leave it up to the municipalities to determine what the rules are.“They know their communities best,” she said. “They know the different issues they are facing.”Fonseca said in Mississauga, food truck owners are currently required to purchase two licences: one for the vendor, one for the operator. The city, she said, is now considering removing the operator licence to lower costs to businesses.“We want all businesses in Mississauga to thrive,” Fonseca said. “Food trucks are a healthy form of competition.”There are more than 2,200 mobile food service operators in Canada, said the Competition Bureau, and this year they’re expected to bring in more than $300 million.— By Jennifer Cheng in Toronto. read more

  • Rental SUV stolen during armed robbery in Hamilton

    Hamilton police are searching for two suspects after an armed robbery on Hamilton Mountain. Police say shortly after midnight Wednesday, two men approached a victim in the area of Queen Victoria Drive and Quail Drive. The suspects, who were armed with a knife, stole some personal property from the victim and the rental keys to a 2017 red Jeep Cherokee before driving away with the vehicle. The victim was not injured during the robbery.The suspects are both described as white men. One of the men appeared to be in his 20s and was wearing dark clothing.Police are warning residents that if you see this vehicle, do not approach it and call 911.Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact police. read more

  • Arbitrary use of force spreads summary executions continue UN rights experts

    United Nations human rights experts addressing the Geneva-based UN Commission on Human Rights are warning of a global upsurge in illegal killings as well as the emerging threat of torture being used against persons with HIV/AIDS.The Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Asma Jahangir, told the meeting yesterday that she had recently seen a disturbing trend towards the indiscriminate use of force on all continents, and voiced deep concern that there had been no improvement with regard to the unlawful slaughter of civilians.In addition, Ms. Jahangir said, she was disturbed at reports received in the last year from at least five countries where aerial bombardment or firing had been used to kill civilians or suspected terrorists. Even in the face of tough challenges, governments could not derogate from their obligation to respect the right to life, she added.She also announced that at the invitation of the Khartoum Government, she would carry out a mission in June to Sudan’s Darfur region, where reports indicate a deteriorating human rights situation.Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan paid tribute to Ms. Jahangir, saying she had shown outstanding commitment to the mandate granted her over the years and had worked tirelessly to give voice to the pleas of victims while continuing dialogues with governments in defence of the right to life.She had successfully widened her mandate, including through her thorough understanding of gender issues, and had raised awareness of violations of the right to life of women, denouncing States responsible for abuses as well as those that condoned them. Violations of the right to life of individuals because of their life choices had also drawn her attention and her activities had raised awareness of this oft-overlooked violation, Mr. Ramcharan added.Also addressing the Commission, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Theo van Boven, said his work would have a limited impact unless regular follow-up methods were improved. In his written report, Mr. van Boven pointed to a disturbing new trend: the fact that HIV/AIDS victims suffering discrimination in some societies had become possible targets for torture. He called for integrating HIV/AIDS-related human rights protection in future activities. Reporting on a UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, Ivan Tosevski, who chairs its Board of Trustees, said more than 200 projects had requested financing of $13.3 million, but only $1,067,037 in contributions was available. read more

  • UN agency aims to combat contagious animal diseases

    In a joint statement issued today, FAO and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) announced the signing yesterday of an agreement to strengthen their collaboration, and called on all countries and donors in the meantime to invest more in the control of contagious transboundary animal diseases.”Animal diseases spreading between countries, such as foot-and-mouth disease and avian influenza, are often having a severe economic and social impact,” the two agencies said. Such animal diseases are on the rise as a result of international trade and the movement of people and animals.”Animal diseases that cross borders need an immediate and effective regional or international response,” they said.While OIE is a body that collects official information provided by countries, sets standards and guidelines and issues recommendations on safety of international trade of animals and animal products, on animal health and zoonoses, FAO advises countries on good agricultural practices, disease control and eradication methods. read more

  • Alimentation CoucheTard announces US44billion deal to boost presence in US

    Alimentation Couche-Tard announces US$4.4-billion deal to boost presence in U.S. FILE – Signage of a Couche-Tard convenience store is shown in Montreal in an October 5, 2012, file photo. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B) has announced a US$4.4-billion friendly deal to buy Texas-based CST Brands Inc. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes, File MONTREAL – Alimentation Couche-Tard plans to further expand its presence in North America with a US$4.4-billion friendly acquisition, the biggest in the Laval, Que.-based company’s history, that would make it the largest convenience store operator in Canada and the U.S.The company that owns the Mac’s and Couche-Tard convenience store chains said it was buying CST Brands, which is headquartered in San Antonio and has more than 2,000 stores in the U.S. and Eastern Canada.Brian Hannasch, CEO of Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B), said the transaction offers a unique opportunity to acquire one of the few remaining public companies of any scale that fills a few gaps in its U.S. retail operations.“It’s like a jigsaw puzzle that we’re fitting the pieces together,” he said during a media conference call.The deal, which includes assumed debt, allows Alimentation Couche-Tard to boost the number of its stores in Texas, a growing market it has been eyeing for a few years, add 165 sites in Georgia and north Florida, and strengthen its Circle K brand’s footprint in Arizona and Colorado.Under the agreement, Alimentation Couche-Tard would pay US$48.53 cash per share of CST Brands, the fourth-largest operator of convenience stores in the U.S. CST shares closed Monday at US$47.46 on the New York Stock Exchange.In a related announcement, Alimentation Couche-Tard would then sell most of CST’s business in Canada, including commercial and home energy, to Parkland Fuel Corp. (TSX:PKI) of Red Deer, Alta., for about C$965 million. Parkland Fuel and Alimentation Couche-Tard would each have the rights from Valero Energy — which spun off its retail operations, creating CST Brands — to use the Ultramar brand.Parkland Fuel CEO Bob Espey, speaking in a separate conference call, said that deal would make his company a “truly pan-Canadian” fuel business by extending its reach in Quebec and Atlantic Canada.Both deals are subject to approval by the federal Competition Bureau.After the CST deal closes, which is expected early next year, Alimentation Couche-Tard will have a network of nearly 15,000 stores, with 10,180 in North America before selling some of them to Parkland Fuel, the company said. 7-Eleven, in contrast, says it is the world’s largest convenience store retailer with 60,000 locations, including 10,800 in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.Alimentation Couche-Tard has agreed to sell at least 45 per cent of CST’s Canadian retail locations in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada to satisfy concerns of the Competition Bureau, although a list of locations hasn’t been determined.The remaining CST locations plus Esso stores about to be added to its existing network would leave Alimentation Couche-Tard in a strong position in Central and Eastern Canada, Hannasch said. Any future acquisitions would likely focus west of Quebec, he added.Hannasch acknowledged that the company’s growth, largely due to a series of massive acquisitions including its entry into Europe with the 2012 purchase of Statoil Fuel & Retail, has lifted shareholder expectations.“We can’t control the perception,” Hannasch said. “We’ll continue to watch for opportunities like CST and if they’re out there, we’ll pursue them to the extent we can.”As a result of the acquisition announced Monday, Alimentation Couche-Tard expects to see US$150 million to US$200 million in annual cost savings within 24 to 36 months.Alimentation Couche-Tard’s more commonly traded B shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange hit a record high of $67.99 on Monday before settling at $66.78, up nearly 7.5 per cent. Parkland Fuel shares closed up by nearly 16 per cent to $29.27.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect stock symbol for Alimentation Couche-Tard by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 22, 2016 5:15 am MDT Last Updated Aug 22, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

  • Central African Republic Ban dismayed by allegations of abuse by UN blue

    The “troubling” allegations – revealed today by the human rights group Amnesty International – concern actions by UN ‘blue helmets’ serving with the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Addressing the regular press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York earlier this afternoon, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters that the Secretary-General remained “personally dismayed and disappointed” by the latest reports as well as the allegations of recent months relating to both the period before UN peacekeepers were deployed in the CAR and since. “We would like to emphasize once more that no misconduct of this nature can be tolerated and that every allegation will be taken extremely seriously and investigated vigorously and thoroughly,” Mr. Dujarric added.The latest allegations come on the heels of another series of sexual abuse claims from earlier this year surrounding a deployment of foreign military forces in the CAR. Deployed in early 2014, MINUSCA’s presence in the CAR is currently aiming to defuse sectarian tensions across the country. More than two years of civil war and violence have, in fact, displaced thousands of people amid ongoing clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka alliance and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian. In addition, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to operate in the south-eastern part of the country. The situation of deep instability is further exacerbated by a growing humanitarian crisis. The UN estimates that some 450,000 people remain displaced inside the country while thousands of others have sought asylum across the borders. Meanwhile, overall some 2.7 million people in the CAR remain in direct need of urgent humanitarian assistance. read more

  • 9 things you really miss about your childhood library trips

    first_img1. Choosing your booksBefore the internet the most browsing you did was along book shelves. The library held endless tales to explore. Source: Ruth_W Source: emerthescreamer Source: Source: O’Brien Press2. Graduating onto the Young Adult sectionLeaving the kids’ books behind and moving onto the higher shelves was a very grown-up moment. Source: BlogSpot Source: Wikimedia Source: Wikimedia Source: guybrariang3. Library cards and ticketsBefore computerised systems each library member had their own card envelope, and each book had a ticket.Watching the librarian go through the ritual of checking out the books was a joy in itself. Source: Erinzam Source: quisnovus4. Seeing how many times your book had been checked outThe date stamps could go back years. Source: Floating World Source: Source: dorywithserifs5. The stampHands up who coveted one to bring home? Source: SomeDriftwood6. Sitting on the floorMore room for page-turning. Source: Flickr Source: sekihan Source: Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland! Source: Imgur7. Finding notes/names/dates/bookmarks  inside books Source: Imgur Source: Bookinscriptions8. The toys and the tiny tables and chairs Source: Sherburne Memorial Library Source: Imgur9. Setting up your own library at homeIt’s okay if you still think being a librarian is a dream job. We do too. Source: ImaginationsoupRead: Here’s why Judy Blume is a legend>More: 13 of the hardest things about being a book lover>last_img read more

  • 48 hours with Chrome OS and the Cr48

    first_imgYou’ve heard the rumors. Your social networking drug of choice has probably been filled with people you know getting them. You’ve probably read reviews of all shapes and sizes on a device you can’t even buy. Google has released 60,000 devices into the wild for every kind of person to test, break, and give feedback on, so they can build a bigger, stronger OS to go in the real devices mid 2011. There are plenty of unanswered questions about how Chrome OS will work as a standalone system, and who would use it. A release like this is the best way to get those questions answered on a massive scale, and Google is one of the few with the resources to pull it off.Like so many others, I have had the opportunity to use one of these Cr-48 computers. In order to make it a fair test, I opted to shut down all of my other machines for 48 hours, and see how well I was able to survive on just this computer.Out of the BoxAdChoices广告Removing the packaging, you get the device and a power cord. Aside from the graphic on the box and the paperwork inside, there’s nothing to indicate who the manufacturer is at all. The laptop itself is a flat black slab covered in matte black rubberized pastic with smooth rounded corners. The texture is extremely smooth, but collects any smudges from any oils you have on your fingers. The keyboard is almost identical to what you see on a MacBook, save for the custom buttons. The Search Bar occupy’s the CapsLock position, and the Eject key is now your power button. The “F” keys have been replaced with specific functions, including back and forward and switch window buttons. The screen, also in a matte finish, gives a nice display indoors, but fights to keep up with the glare outdoors.Plugging the power cord in and lifting the lid starts the machine. In fact, every time you lift the computer it will boot, whether or not it was on when you closed it. The battery arrived with 50% charge, and had fully charged within two hours during use. Once the Chrome OS machine booted, it was time to play.First thoughts on the OSHaving been a Chrome OS alpha tester, and a daily Chrome user, there was little that surprised me. Booting the machine prompts you within seconds to setup the device via connection to the Internet, snatching up the latest update, confirming Terms of Service, and then it’s a Gmail login away from being done. That’s the whole install procedure. Once you’ve logged in, provided you have sync setup in Chrome, it will bring over everything you have allowed in Chrome to the computer. Everything from this point on will sync in real time with your browser. Bookmarks, installed ChromeOS apps, anything that Chrome Sync will bring over. There’s a handful of ChromeOS web apps pre-installed, including Poppit from EA Games, which we saw during the presentation. Launching any app except Google Talk will occupy that tab, but Google Talk will actually float your friends list and any active conversations no matter what tab you are on. So I was signed in and had a full battery, it was time to try and break this thing.Battery Life and UsageAt the presentation, Google claimed 8 hours of battery life. I was more than skeptical, since I have never (EVER) had a computer, phone, ebook reader, portable gaming system, bluetooth headset (you get where I am going with this?) give me the battery life the package claims. I unplugged the power cord at 12:45 and began to play. I put the laptop through 5 hours of Hulu videos, roughly an hour of streaming music, and intermittent browsing. Halfway through the day I discovered the the machine hibernates natively after about 3 minutes of inactivity, which made testing difficult. The netbook finally powered off on its own at around 9:30. I’ve never had a computer hold up like that, truth be told. It was a pleasant surprise. Google has clearly spent plenty of time at the OS level to make sure the battery gives you that “all day” experience, since the battery isn’t especially large.Webchatting via Google Voice, TinyChat, and Vyew all provided a crisp image and decent audio. Google Video Talk actually opens a new tab and puts the other person talking in a full window, doing little to lower the quality.Living in the BrowserIt’s easy to say that you use the browser for 99% of everything, but it’s another to assume that the other 1% is insignificant. After all, it was the desire for a UI that brought us out of the DOS prompts and Terminals in the first place. What happens when limits are placed on that UI? The only issue I discovered was the lack of any kind of file management. If you download a file, it gets placed in the Downloads folder. Unfortunately the fastest way to get to that directory is to use a website or web app that prompts you to upload the file. If you plug in an SD card or a USB flash drive, that familiar prompt to open the folder or something doesn’t happen. The drive gets mounted, sure, but you don’t really have a way to do anything with it outside of an app or website. It’s somewhat jarring, and potentially something Google will fix in the future.Keep in mind, Chrome OS is not even in a 1.0 state yet. Browser-only life is completely doable if your life doesn’t involve programming or graphic design, or anything else that you wouldn’t normally be doing on a netbook anyway.Final ThoughtsIs Chrome OS fully baked? Of course not, that’s the point. This machine is Google’s way of massively crowd-sourcing their bug reporting and development in order to get the OS ready for prime time. It’s going to be quite a test, as time goes on and Chrome OS continues to develop.The thing that is truly impressive about this experience is this demo hardware. This laptop that won’t ever hit shelves or get a price tag is one of the best all around machines I have ever had the pleasure to use. It blows away anything in the netbook category, and as far as battery life and overall comfort, gives Apple a run for their money.If this is Google’s baseline, or requirement for the other manufacturers when Chrome OS devices hit the market, these machines will be better than most computers on the market today. The bottom line remains that there is not enough to go on to make any real decision, but I am more than happy with what I see here, and hope that this is a strong indicator of things to come.last_img read more

  • Report Simeone in advanced talks for new Atletico Madrid deal

    first_imgDiego Simeone is reportedly on the verge of signing a new contract with Atletico MadridCome December, the Argentine coach will have enjoyed a glorious seven years in the Atletico dugout.But now Radio Marca report that Simeone will be extending his stay at the Wanda Metropolitano to over a decade.The Spanish newspaper states that Simeone’s at an advanced stage for talks over a new deal and will become Atletico’s new highest earner.Currently, that title belongs to star forward Antoine Grizemann – who agreed on a new five-year deal in June for a reported annual salary of around €14m.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Simeone has won 244 of his 396 games in charge of Atletico and lost just 87.The 48-year-old has overseen a total of seven major honours with Los Rojiblancos.This includes a La Liga title, Copa del Rey, the Supercopa de España, two Europa Leagues and two European Super Cups.Atletico are currently third in La Liga with 23 points from 12 games and just a point off leaders Barcelona, who they will face next at home on November 24.last_img read more

  • National Security Minister Press Statement on Crime

    first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 21, 2017 – Nassau –The Hon. Marvin H. Dames, M.P.Minister of National SecurityThe Commonwealth of The Bahamas Related Items: Good evening.After getting the news of another murder this morning, I decided to convene a meeting with Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade, along with his executive team and divisional commanders to review their current strategy.  After hearing from them and knowing what we are up against, I requested of them to redouble their efforts.    As a result of our meeting, they have decided to execute a number of initiatives.While efforts in tackling crime are static in many ways they are also fluid as our approach is based on what is occurring. Towards this end, they are further enhancing senior command at a divisional level on a 24-hour basis.   They will be taking a more aggressive approach to handling drug peddling and shutting down drug houses in communities throughout New Providence, Grand Bahama and across the Family Islands, as they are the source of many of the crime problems that exist.They will be increasing their intelligence and operational efforts to identify and disrupt gang activities.  From an intelligence perspective, there will be an increased focus on firearm traffickers with a view to bringing them to justice.The police have informed me that they have conducted a review of persons on bail who are not in complying with their bail conditions.  Further, they have discovered that more than 50 persons were not in compliance and they have already arrested a number of those persons and subsequently their bail was revoked.    At present, there are 268 persons currently being monitored for various offences.  Out of the 268 serious offences committed there are: 70 for homicides, 18 for attempted murders, 102 for armed robberies and 59 for firearm offenses.Police intelligence has also revealed that the murders have occurred in what we call hot spots –Pinewood, Kemp Road, Bain Town, Yellow Elder and Carmichael Road communities.  Police will increase vehicle and foot patrols and will be using all of the technology available to them including increased monitoring of CCTV and their all of their resources to curtail these violent crimes.The efforts of police have yielded some results but as I have explained there is more that we should be doing and there is also a need to improve technology and build capacity.  I will like to send a warning out to all those persons who continue to live a life of crime – moving forward we intend to make your life very uncomfortable.  We will use every resource at our disposal to ensure that you are made to account for your wrongdoings.  This is a promise.As we have committed to in our Manifesto, we will immediately commence with the establishment of the National Crime Prevention and Neighbourhood Watch Council to grow community involvement in the fight against crime.   We have identified Senior Assistant Commissioner Stephen Dean to lead this council in the interim.   This council will establish crime watch groups in every community and these groups will endeavour to establish commonality and examine community prevention measures.   The council will study the feasibility of citizen patrols working with police to improve relationships and prevent crime.    Additionally, the council will collaborate with multi government agencies and non governmental agencies.The Government of The Bahamas will review the establishment of the Royal Bahamas Police Force as we feel that this is one of those areas that if we get right, should go a long way in reducing high levels of crime in our communities.   This review will determine the requisite number of officers at any Division which was never previously established.    I suspect that shortly we will run a pilot programme in terms of addressing this issue to determine its effectiveness.We will also move to decentralize once again, the central detective units.  The purpose of decentralization is to have detectives at stations to readily respond to serious matters on a timely basis.   The detective units were dismantled under the last administration.I want to use this opportunity to personally and publicly thank the fine men and women of the Royal Bahamas Police Force for their tireless efforts to keep the people of the country safe.    Yours is a job that is accountable to the Bahamian people but one that is often let without thanks.It should be noted that the job of law enforcement officers is the prevention and detection of crime and the apprehension of offenders.  The government intends to produce very shortly its legislative agenda which will have a number of Crime Prevention Bills, including the National Anti-Corruption Agency and National Intelligence Agency among others.We are more determined than ever and stronger in our resolve to keeping this Bahamas safe for all citizens.Thank you.center_img Press Release: Min. Marvin H. Dames The Paul Farquharson Conference CenterPolice HeadquartersAugust, 19, 20176 p.m.last_img read more