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AP Interview Malaysias Mahathir aims to scrap China deals

first_imgPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia – Malaysia’s prime minister says he will seek to cancel multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects that were signed by his predecessor as his government works to dig itself out of debt, and he blasted Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya minority as “grossly unjust.”Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad made the comments during a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press on Monday, days before the 93-year-old leader heads to Beijing for his first visit there since returning to power in an electoral upset three months ago.Mahathir said he wants to maintain good relations with China and welcomes its investment, so long as the investment benefits Malaysia. But he wants to cancel an east coast rail link and two gas pipelines estimated to cost more than $22 billion.last_img read more

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Ottawa to announce 16 billion boost Tuesday for battered energy sector

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – Canada’s battered energy industry will get a $1.6-billion boost from Ottawa on Tuesday to try to slow the political and economic bleeding.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi and International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr will be at an Edmonton college campus to unveil a support package for oil and gas companies, which are reeling from record-low oil prices.A source who provided the figure to The Canadian Press says funds will be divided among several different programs, including money to help companies invest in clean growth, loans, and other financial supports to help companies find new markets away from the United States, as well as investments in training and new technology. Alberta is already negotiating with an as-yet-unnamed third party to buy the rail cars, but Canada has not indicated any willingness to share the cost of the purchase yet, and rail cars are not part of Tuesday’s announcement.Earlier this month, Sohi asked the National Energy Board to do a review of existing pipeline capacity to make sure it is being used in the most efficient way and also to figure out whether there are any short-term steps that could maximize rail capacity to ship more oil.Days later, the NEB responded to Sohi and said it will provide him with a full report in February. It is a package based, in some ways, on those offered to softwood, steel and aluminum producers after the United States dealt them direct blows with new import tariffs.Canada’s oil patch isn’t facing that kind of pressure, but it is still the U.S. behind much of its pain.With pipelines at capacity and some major refineries down for maintenance this fall, the price for Alberta crude plummeted in the fall, hitting a panic-inducing $11 a barrel in late November.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s plan to buy more rail cars to help ship additional oil, as well as her decision to force a production cut from the biggest oil producers starting in January, helped push the price back up, trading above $26 a barrel at the end of last week.But that is still significantly less than the U.S. price and Canada’s economy is losing as much as $80 million a day because of the discount.Canada’s almost total reliance on the U.S. as an export market contributes to the problem. Almost every drop of oil that is not refined and used in Canada is exported to the United States. Without more pipelines to the coasts where oil tankers could theoretically then ship oil overseas, Canada’s oil producers are at the mercy of the Americans.center_img The only current proposal to increase pipeline capacity to the coasts is the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is in limbo following a court ruling overturning its federal approval. Ottawa is trying to get that project back on track with more consultations, but if that does happen, it will be several years before oil actually starts to flow.The impasse has left a sharp divide between Alberta and Ottawa.Although Tuesday’s announcement comes in the Alberta capital, neither Notley nor anyone from the Alberta government is scheduled to be there for the announcement.Premier Notley has made no secret in recent weeks of her desire to have Ottawa help the province buy new rail cars to ship two additional trains full of Alberta crude out of the province every day.last_img read more

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UNESCO announces winners of 2007 Literacy Prize

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced five winners – from China, the United States, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania – of this year’s Literacy Prizes.The honours are awarded yearly to recognize particularly effective efforts made in the fight against illiteracy, one of UNESCO’s priorities, and raise awareness of the work of thousands worldwide promoting the cause of literacy for all.The laureates were proclaimed by UNESCO’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura on the recommendation of an international jury.This theme for this year’s Prize was “Literacy and Health,” especially literacy pertaining to general health care, nutrition, family and reproductive health and health-related community development.A literacy centre – the Community Education Administration Centre – in Longsheng Ethnic Minority Autonomous County in a remote, rural and mountainous region of China with a high illiteracy rate among women, received the UNESCO International Reading Association Literacy Prize.Two organizations received the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prizes, which were established in 1989 by the Government of the Republic of Korea. One honouree is the Tanzanian non-governmental organization (NGO) the Children’s Book Project, which works to develop a solid reading culture. Through production of books in Kiswahili and the training of teachers, writers, publishers and illustrators, it promotes a reading culture among young people and adults.The other recipient of the UNESCO King Sejong Literary Prize is Tostan, an organization in Senegal working with rural communities in the West African country. Seeking to empower women and communities, the project also deals with reproductive health, female genital mutilations and human rights.In 2005, the Government of China established the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, and this year’s two recipients are from the US and Nigeria.Reach out and Read is a US organization working in concert with health care in areas such as urban health centres, neighbourhood clinics, hospitals and public health departments. It aims to reach low-income children most at risk of school failure by encouraging reading by offering literacy guidance to their families.The Family Re-orientation Education and Empowerment (FREE) from Nigeria also received the Confucius Prize. It is an NGO furthering community development through programmes aimed especially at women and girls.The CODEF Adult Education Centre, a Spanish NGO, was awarded an Honourable Mention of the UNESCO International Reading Association Literacy Prize for its encouragement of critical thinking and its promotion of relationships through dialogue through its Education of Disadvantaged Groups initiative which also addressing migrants.The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony on 10 September in Bamako, Mali, during the African Regional Conference in Support of Global Literacy. 16 July 2007The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced five winners – from China, the United States, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania – of this year’s Literacy Prizes. read more

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Unofficial power cuts now made official

Unofficial power cuts experienced in most parts of Sri Lanka have now been made official with a set timetable.The power cuts are being imposed as water levels at hydro catchment areas are not sufficient and the CEB is unable to meet the electricity demand. Accordingly, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said that power cuts will be imposed from tomorrow around the island. Electricity will be disrupted from 08.30 am to 11.30 in some areas and 11.30 am to 02.30 pm in some areas as well as from 02.30 pm to 05.30 pm in some areas and 06.30 pm to 07.30 pm in some areas, 07.30 pm to 08.30 pm or 08.30 pm to 09.30 pm. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN development agency to grant Lebanon 34 million for clean energy

The grant – the single largest UNDP environmental contribution to Lebanon – will serve to help the country reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve energy and cut the power bill for the public sector, businesses and households alike. The five-year project will also receive $1 million from the Government of Lebanon as well as an additional $500,000 secured by UNDP from other sources. Hailing the initiative, UNDP’s Resident Representative in Lebanon, Yves de San, said it would foster important results in the energy sector, and would have a “direct impact on the overall environment situation and sustainable human development in the country, not to mention the energy bill and the growth potential of the economy.” Mr. de San stressed that the project would strengthen Lebanon’s capacity to sustain long-term energy efficiency efforts, benefiting the global and local environment. “It will remove barriers to the effective adoption of energy efficiency measures in the Lebanese energy sector, both public and private, as well as the introduction of energy conservation,” he said.By encouraging the installation of solar power equipment and the introduction of natural gas in the coming years, the new project hopes to cut the country’s fuel bill – expected to reach $800 million this year – by one-third. The grant will also allow Lebanon to reduce carbon dioxide production by 1 per cent per year. In addition, it will finance the establishment of a Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation and Planning, which will serve as the focal point for conservation activities. read more

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With a nod to multiculturalism UN hosts Project Runway finale

Designer Elena Slivnyak, one of three finalists on ‘Project Runway All Stars’ filmed at UNHQ: “It’s an amazing experience to be here.” Photo courtesy of Lifetime Network Finalists of ‘Project Runway All Stars’ Season 3. The season finale, filmed at the UN Headquarters in New York, airs on 9 January on the Lifetime Network. Photo courtesy of Lifetime Network “It was so inspiring coming here,” said finalist Seth Aaron Henderson of showing his collection at the UN. Photo courtesy of Lifetime Network ‹ › Back in July, on the day of the final shoot, the full house still included delegates and UN staff, but the ratio of national costumes, stilettos and pocket squares rose dramatically, as did conversations about mixing patterns, sustainable accessories and runway eyeliner. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Public Information which oversees the Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI), the office responsible for bringing the Project Runway All-Stars to the UN, sat in on the runway show with guest judges Gayle King and Zac Posen. The VIP access did not give him any insights into the winner, though. “I’m certainly not a fashionista!”, he joked. “I have no idea who won so I look forward to seeing the final episode.”He welcomed the opportunity for the UN to host the show, he said, and noted that the designers’ works showcased the traditions and heritage of their different backgrounds.“Fashion – like music – is a universal language. The joy we take from it helps us to transcend our barriers and overcome our differences. These, of course, are themes that the UN is working with every day,” added Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal. The UN has an ongoing partnership with the fashion industry through the Fashion for Development (F4D) initiative. A global platform to advance the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), F4D was founded in 1996 with the support of the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to assist women in the developing world create new businesses and entrepreneurial opportunities in the fashion industry.F4D also works to reduce tariffs on threads and fabric, and to raise capital for new factories, train local people and enlist established designers to get involved.The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) are among the UN agencies who have been vocal about some of the challenges in the fashion industry. The deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory complex in Bangladesh last April led to a greater push on international fashion brands and retailers, and trade unions to prevent workplace disasters in textile production.Meanwhile, ongoing protests in Cambodia over minimum wages have virtually shut down the garment industry that supports 400,000 jobs and accounts for some $5 billion per year in exports.“Designers have an obligation not only to select materials but also to know where the materials are coming from, what factories throughout the world they are being constructed in and what the labour is like,” Ms. Milano, who has her own clothing line, said in the telephone interview from Los Angeles. “There are very few opportunities for young people to really get a good understanding of where their clothing comes from,” she said. I think we just assume that everything gets put together by some robot, and the fact is that there is a beautiful art form in fashion designing that I think this show exposes to a generation that perhaps might take for granted where their clothing comes from.”Ms. Milano, who over the past decade travelled on behalf of UNICEF to Angola, India and Kosovo, got involved with the UN after filming in South Africa, when the political and social changes she was witnessing inspired her to start volunteering in a children’s hospital.“When I came back to the [United] States, I had a very hard time assimilating the humanitarian that I was able to be [overseas] with the person that I had become here, which was the actress that lived in Beverly Hills and drove a BMW, that very stereotypical self-centred person that I didn’t feel I wanted to be anymore,” she said.Ms. Milano said the humanitarian work she has done since then gave special meaning to the filming of the ‘Project Runway All-Stars’ season finale. “Sometimes when I think about the work that needs to be done, it’s completely and utterly overwhelming. I think we have so far to come,” she noted. “The work that the UN does, the work that UNICEF does, to me, it represents a great amount of hope for a better tomorrow.” The season finale airs on 9 January on the Lifetime Network. ‘Project Runway All-Stars’ host and judge Alyssa Milano at the filming of the season finale at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo courtesy of Lifetime Network “To be in a place with such history [and] so dynamic, made the show even more spectacular,” said co- host and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) National Ambassador, Alyssa Milano. She called the 39-floor Secretariat building, which recently underwent a more than $1 billion renovation, “an absolutely beautiful aesthetic backdrop for the runway.”“I don’t think there are any designers who can say that they actually showed a collection in the UN,” she added. ‘Project Runway All Stars’ is a weekly United States-based reality TV show pitting contestants against each other to design and create fashions within restricted parameters of time, materials and theme. Their designs are judged, and each week, at least one designer is eliminated. The three finalists of the current third season – Seth Aaron Henderson, Korto Momolu, and Elena Slivnyak – had five days to create a six-piece collection based on their national backgrounds of Spain, Liberia and Ukraine, respectively. Judging alongside designers Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman, Ms. Milano said the outfits needed to be flattering and wearable, but also to capture the essence of the country. “It should give you a certain feeling as you watch it go down the runway.”The judges researched the regions, and also considered the personal stories each designer told. Each of the finalists also had tête-à-têtes with UN delegates from their countries.“I just drew a natural collection. It just flowed. It was so inspiring coming here,” Mr. Henderson, whose line was influenced by Spanish qualities, told UNTV producer Alexandra King during the finale filming in July 2013. “It was not difficult for me to conceptualize what I was going to do.”Ms. Momolu, originally from Liberia where her father worked in politics, said being at the UN was like coming home: “Being able to come here with different countries, we’re all so different, but this one thing brings us together, unites us.” The third finalist, Ms. Slivnyak, grew up in Kiev, Ukraine, and has said her future targets for designing are in Europe, as well as China and Japan.The finalists showed their lines in the Economic and Social Council Chamber, which is typically crowded with politicians and bureaucrats in traditionally neutral-coloured, straight-cut suits, and where discussions steer towards finding collective solutions to socio-economic and environmental challenges. Fashion designer Korto Momolu is one of three finalists in the current season of ‘Project Runway All Stars’. Photo courtesy of Lifetime Network read more

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Logan Stieber a Jedi Master for Ohio State wrestling

Redshirt-senior Logan Stieber smiles as he is named 2015 Big Ten Champion on March 8 at St. John Arena. Stieber became the first-ever OSU wrestler to win the title 4 times.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern reporterIt’s 7:30 a.m. on a Wednesday, less than a week before Logan Stieber and his wrestling teammates board a bus for St. Louis and the NCAA Championships. The three-time National Champion is waiting in the French Field House for his teammates and coaches to arrive for conditioning. Why someone of his caliber would need to be up this early for a workout is debatable, but that’s what makes Stieber a different breed of athlete. Sprints of 300 meters ensued after a half-mile warm up run, and Stieber was near the front for every activity. I should know: I partook in this workout.After being in the lead for maybe 10 seconds of the opening sprint, I felt my legs turn to jelly, my heart beat faster than the OSU drumline as I watched the other wrestlers all pass me by. Coach Tom Ryan put my underwhelming performance in wrestling terms: “You got the first takedown, then you got tech falled.” The run was part of a single day I spent as part of the OSU wrestling team. My goal: to see what it takes to compete like Big Ten champion Logan Stieber.In the humid confines of the indoor track facility, the average person might want to wear less clothing whenever possible. But Stieber, with a 2015 season record of 24-0, makes sure he sweats enough for the entire team with a long-sleeve shirt and sweats tucked into his socks, so not to trip over his red and black Nike running shoes. “I have goals beyond college wrestling that I want to accomplish, so that keeps me motivated,” the No. 1-seeded 141-pounder said. “Everyone I wrestle wants to be the one who knocks me off, so I always have to be on my game.”Stieber recently won his fourth Big Ten title and did so in a place he has come very familiar with while at OSU: St. John Arena. His performance might have been one of the most dominant in finals history — a 16-1 technical fall in 187 seconds — and Stieber said he went in hoping to give the crowd something to remember him by.“Competing one last time in St. John Arena was unbelievable,” he said. “I thought I wrestled smart and a little conservative my first two matches of the tournament, but for my last match, I wanted to go out and score lots of points and put on a show.”Ryan, who won Big Ten Coach of the Year, put Stieber’s performance in a category by itself, but said he has come to expect that from his senior leader.“When you master a position and your opponent has no answer to it, that’s what happens,” Ryan said. “Logan’s not good at the position, he’s not great at the position, he’s not extraordinary at the position. He’s a Jedi Master.”Stieber became the first Buckeye to “four-peat” a championship and was just the 14th wrestler in Big Ten history to achieve four conference titles. Doing it at home made the moment even more perfect, Ryan said.“It was a fitting ending to the most amazing career in over a 100-year history of Ohio State wrestling,” he said. “That’s the way he should have gone out. It was amazing.”Winning championships has been the norm for Stieber since he started wrestling, having won the state tournament in Ohio all four years at Monroeville High School. Those experiences, combined with his 114-3 collegiate record, have made some indelible memories for Stieber. They include winning his fourth high school state title, his first national title, being named 2015 Big Ten Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Year and the 2013-14 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year.He has also appreciated the chance to share his success with his younger brother, Hunter, who battled injuries all season, but has long pushed his elder sibling to be the best.How someone could become so dominant at one individual sport is a question many have asked Logan Stieber, but he deflects all credit to those who have long supported him.“My coaches and training partners are the reasons why I am as good as I am,” he said.Stieber, who has managed 49 falls, 26 technical falls and 17 major decisions, has about 10 days left in his college wrestling career, but his legacy in the sport will survive. And after a brief break, he will be back training in freestyle wrestling, with his goal to make the 2015 world team and, ultimately, the 2016 Olympic team.Before he represents his country, Stieber has one more tournament to try to win for OSU. He hopes to join the likes of Cael Sanderson, Pat Smith and Kyle Dake as a four-time NCAA champion — a goal he set for himself as a freshman, he said.“It would be amazing to win my fourth,” Stieber said. “It was a goal of mine when I first came to college and it’s cool that I have a chance to do it. It would be an accumulation of my life of work to end my career at Ohio State with my fourth NCAA title and team title.” read more

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Dust suppression for lowturbulence applications and fine particle control

first_imgDust Control Technology has introduced a new low-turbulence design for applications in which a fan-driven mist would be undesirable. Developed in response to extensive customer input, the DustBoss® DB-M is well suited to operating conditions involving very fine dust particles, including slag dust or fly ash.  It generates an umbrella-shaped cloud of atomised droplets averaging 50-200 micron in size, projecting the mist about 9.14 m under calm conditions. The powerful misting head is supplied standard with nine atomising nozzles and mounted on a boom, but the design was engineered for its ability to be customised for specific dust types, particle behaviors or operating environments. “There are a number of applications where a fan-driven dust suppressor would introduce too much air movement,” explained Dust Control Technology CEO Edwin Peterson.  “In some cases, that could actually cause ground-level dust to become airborne.”  For those types of environments, Peterson says the DB-M is a practical and extremely versatile solution. “We engineered this unit with the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of conditions,” he continued. “We can adjust droplet size to match specific particle sizes or characteristics. It comes with a durable skid mount for easy portability, and the movable head allows users to fine-tune the mist direction,” he added. The new design features selectable flow settings and the company’s proprietary Variable Particle Sizing (VPS) Technology to improve capture efficiency.  Nozzles can be added, removed or re-sized as the application dictates.last_img read more

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Ever wanted to own a cinema Nows your chance

first_imgIF YOU’VE GOT an extra €3.5 million hanging around, you could become the proud owner of a Dublin cinema.The Odeon in Stillorgan is up for sale. The seven screen cinema can sit up to 842 people.It’s let to Ashbourne Cinemas Limited, a subsidiary of UCI, at an annual rent of €325,000 with 22 years still on the lease.The purchaser will get a net initial yield of 8.8 per cent.Looking back Stillorgan was home to Ireland’s first Ormonde Cinema which opened in 1954.The original cinema was demolished in the late 1970’s and replaced in the early 1980’s by the existing Stillorgan Plaza.In 2011, the Ormonde Cinema was fully refurbished and reopened as a UCI Cinema, and later as the Odeon.Looking forward Dessie Kilkenny of Savills Investment who is handling the sale said,This is one of Ireland’s most established cinemas with an excellent residential catchment area. We expect a good level of interest for this particular investment property given the long unexpired lease term and the attractive net initial yield on offer.“This is the second high profile cinema investment sale to come to the market in recent months following the sale of the Cineworld on Parnell Street to a UK Group for in excess of €23 million”.Read: Drive In cinema comes to Dublin>Read: Dublin used to have 56 different cinemas. Here are some of the lost ones>last_img read more

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Be Green festival du film écolo attend vos créations

first_imgBe Green, festival du film écolo, attend vos créationsDepuis le 1er décembre et jusqu’au 30 mars 2011, le Be Green Film Festival vous invite à réaliser des films très courts (3 minutes maximum) en rapport avec le développement durable. Et pour cela, il n’est pas forcément nécessaire de posséder un camescope. Ces “pocket films” (films de poche) peuvent aussi être réalisés avec des smartphones, appareils photos ou ordinateurs.L’initiative est originale : faire appel à la créativité des Français en les invitant à tourner des films très courts en rapport avec le développement durable, et ainsi sensibiliser une génération à ses enjeux. Grâce à elle, Be Green veut ainsi devenir un véritable “laboratoire d’idées”.Pour sa troisième saison, le festival est parrainé par Loïck Peyron, navigateur et fondateur de l’association Goutte d’eau, qui a pour but de protéger les océans depuis quatre ans. “La France, deuxième pays maritime du monde avec ses 11 millions de kilomètres carrés, présente dans tous les océans, dispose d’un patrimoine marin exceptionnel. Pourtant, à peine 0,0001% de ce territoire est protégé. Nous devons faire mieux ! C’est pour participer à cet enjeu majeur que j’ai décidé d’amplifier mon engagement en faveur de la préservation des milieux marins. Je compte sur votre imagination et votre enthousiasme pour être les acteurs engagés de ce festival”, a-t-il expliqué dans un communiqué.A propos de Be Green, Gilles Berhault, président du Comité 21, détaille : “Chacun peut filmer avec son équipement quotidien (téléphone, petite caméra, appareil photo ou ordinateur), puis poster un avis, une idée, une révolte… Les films seront diffusés sur Internet mais aussi à la télévision. (…) J’espère que chacun pourra mieux comprendre, se sentira plus responsable… et surtout aura envie d’agir”.Les “pocket films” doivent être déposés en ligne sur le site du festival www.begreenfilms.com (lien non disponible) et pourront être regardés sur Dailymotion, grâce à une page dédiée. Cette année, trois thématiques principales sont proposées : biodiversité (2010 étant l’année internationale de la biodiversité, décrétée par l’Unesco ), greentech et recyclage des déchets.Au final, une trentaine de films seront sélectionnés pour la compétition, à l’issue de laquelle six prix seront décernés : le grand prix, le prix du jury, le prix du film d’animation, le prix du meilleur clip, le prix des collectivités et le prix classe (écoles, collèges et lycées). Le jury privilégiera les films qui témoignent de l’engagement, tous genres confondus (documentaire, fantastique, humour, expérimental…). Il sera composé de personnalités de la vie médiatique, scientifique, politique, artistique ou encore sportive.Vous avez jusqu’au 30 mars 2011 pour envoyer vos créations écolo à Be Green.Le 20 janvier 2011 à 14:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Torino must not be touched – Mazzirri

first_imgTorino’s head coach Walter Mazzarri refers to his side as “untouchable” following allegations surrounding banners displayed by Juventus fans. Juve President Andrea Agnelli denied that Bianconeri’s security manager had knowledge of the entrance of banners mocking the Superga disaster of 2014, although Investigative programme Report claims he does.“I’ll talk in general terms,” Mazzarri said via Football-Italia.“In the post-war period the Grande Torino, like [Fausto] Coppi and [Gino] Bartali [both cyclists] were icons, and they are untouchable. They made history for Italy.Mazzarri believes the Serie A is unpredictable Manuel R. Medina – August 25, 2019 According to Torino coach Walter Mazzarri this year the Italian competition will be fascinating again as his team is ready to take on Sassuolo.“They were a source of pride at a historic time for our nation. They must not be touched. I won’t go into the rest, but as an Italian and a normal person that is what I think.”“They’re a young team and that’s reflected in their style of play because they make everyone suffer.“Even when they don’t get results, they cause problems for everyone. It’s not easy to limit them, so we’ll have to play a good game.“We can also count on being at home, with our fans who can give us something extra. We respect Fiorentina, but we’re aware of our strength and we have home advantage.”last_img read more

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Let us unite to oust BJP from Centre

first_imgKolkata: All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party’s MP Abhishek Banerjee on Saturday said the Trinamool Congress is ready to go for elections any time and is confident of winning comprehensively.Addressing a public rally at Rash Math in Baruipur as a preparatory meeting for the mega Brigade rally of the party scheduled on January 19, Banerjee said: “You have to ensure that the communal forces cannot rear its ugly head at any booth in South 24-Parganas district. Let us unite to drive them out. We are ready for the elections, be it today, tomorrow or day after tomorrow and we will be giving a befitting reply to them (BJP ) in a manner that they cannot be traced even with a microscope.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee reiterated that the Brigade rally will deliver the clarion call to oust the BJP from the Centre in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Drawing similarities between Netaji and Mamata Banerjee, he said the latter’s battle cry “Delhi Chalo” is a reminder of Subhas Bose’s slogan. Abhishek maintained that several national leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, Akhilesh Yadav, Stalin, Shatrughan Sinha, Farooq Abdullah and others will attend the rally to strengthen Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s political fight to show the exit door to the BJP and establish a secular government at the Centre. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call of Achhe Din has proved to be a far cry. The good days will come only when the government at the Centre is toppled. The price of LPG will come down to Rs 500 and the diesel price will be at Rs 50 a litre,” Banerjee said. He also took a dig at the BJP which had planned to bring in leaders from other states in Bengal for political meetings. “They are bringing leaders from Delhi, party workers from ‘agencies’ and decorators from Ranchi and are claiming to win seats in Bengal. Isn’t it ludicrous as their leaders are completely ignorant of the rich culture of the state,” Banerjee said. Abhishek was also critical of the Prime Minister’s huge spending on publicity campaigns. “He had spent more than Rs 10000 crore for publicity but has deprived the country. All the promises made by him have been exercises in futility,” he maintained. Abhishek also took the opportunity to slam the BJP’s plan of Rath Yatra programme in Bengal. “In the name of Rath Yatra, they have brought a 7-star AC luxury bus from Delhi. We have heard of Rath Yatra of Shri Jagannath and Shri Krishna. But in the name of Rath, they will be riding a luxury bus. “They cannot compete with us in terms of development. We have fulfilled the promises that we made before coming to power,” he said.last_img read more

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Kolkata mayor announces stipend for Hindu priests who do last rites

first_imgThe Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) announced a stipend for Hindu priests across Kolkata on Tuesday. The Kolkata mayor, Firhad Hakim in his announcement at Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) said that as many as 49 Hindu priests working in seven burning ghats in Kolkata will be given a stipend of Rs.380 per case of death. This Rs.380 per case will be for performing last rites for each of the deceased person. “There are certain Hindu priests who only conducted last rites. They had no fixed stipend and would depend on whatever the deceased’s family would offer.So on per case basis, we will provide Rs.380 to them,” said Hakim. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHowever, this scheme will only be applicable for those residing in Kolkata and not cover those residing in other parts of Bengal. On being asked whether KMC can roll out any new schemes during the election period while the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is in place, Hakim said, “The scheme was decided much earlier than the elections, but the announcement was made today.” Interestingly, when the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government came to power in 2011, it announced a monthly stipend of Rs.2000 for each of the Muslim clerics across the state. The announcement faced a major backlash as opposition alleged that the government and the party – Trinamool Congress was trying to appease the minority community through this scheme.(With input from DNA)last_img read more

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The Unhappy Royal Couple – Charles and Dianas Loveless Marriage

first_imgFor a lot of people, the life of royalty, especially the English royalty, is what an ideal life looks like. They inhabit beautiful mansions and wear the latest fashions, surrounded by courtiers and hangers-on.After all, how often do you hear that a little girl wants to be a princess? But, it turns out there are a lot of problems associated with being one of the elite, and in the case of the English royalty, finding an appropriate partner can be put on that list.Charles and Diana in Woombye, 1983. Photo by Queensland State Archives CC BY 4.0During the late 1970s, Charles, Prince of Wales, was unmarried, having spent his early adulthood in the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.As anyone who has spent a lot of time studying politics will tell you, being unmarried is something that is looked down upon for powerful figures in any country. So Prince Charles was in the position of having to find a suitable wife, and this is when he was reintroduced to Lady Diana Spencer.Portrait of the Prince in Buckingham Palace, 1974, Photo by Allan Warren CC BY-SA 3.0He had met his future wife when her family had rented a property owned by Queen Elizabeth II, and she had played with his younger brothers while staying on the property.If the phrase “played with his younger brothers” sounds odd, it’s because Lady Diana was 13 years his junior, though it didn’t matter in the end. Lady Diana was a perfect bride.The Prince and Princess of Wales visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia, March 1983.Her father was Edward John Spencer, the Earl of Spencer, which made her a noblewoman, and she was an appealing partner for the Prince.She was his opposite in many ways, because as a public figure he had large amounts of media coverage, and the public considered him an aloof figure — definitely intelligent, but aloof and awkward.Charles, Prince of Wales, with his wife, Princess Diana (1961 – 1997), on the altar of St Paul’s Cathedral during their marriage ceremony. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesAfter a short courtship, Prince Charles proposed to Lady Diana and she accepted. This wouldn’t be a happy marriage, however, because according to an article on Maire Clarie, “Prince Charles never really wanted to marry Diana in the first place.”Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 – 1997), waving to crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London after their wedding. Photo by Fox Photos/Getty ImagesThis points to the real possible reason behind their marriage: convenience. Charles was 32 when the two were married, so it was already relatively late for his first relationship, and, while this can be excused by his time in the military, it still put him under a good deal of pressure.Diana, Princess of Wales while at The Leonardo Prize ceremony in 1995.So he married someone he thought the public would like, which brought him more in line with the ideals to which the public held the royal family.The Prince and Princess of Wales after the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of York in 1986. Photo by Elke Wetzig (Elya) CC BY-SA 3.0Prince Charles had underestimated how much the people would be interested in their union. The public were fascinated with the couple. Biography.com states, “The public took a strong liking to his shy, former kindergarten teacher fiancée, finding her more accessible than the reserved prince.They were married on July 29, 1981, in a lavish ceremony that was broadcast around the world and watched by millions of people.”Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 – 1997), waving to crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London after their wedding. Photo by Fox Photos/Getty ImagesA year later, their first son was born, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, then two years later a second son followed, Prince Henry Charles Albert David.Prince Charles and Princess Diana loved their children very much, but sadly, this wouldn’t be enough.Amidst accusations of infidelity on both sides, they officially separated in 1992, and in 1996 they divorced. A year later, Lady Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris with her companion Dodi Fayed.Read another story from us: Royal Love Triangle – Princess Diana’s Sister First Dated Prince CharlesAfter her death, and in spite of their differences, Prince Charles traveled to France with her sisters to bring her remains back home. During the funeral, he walked with his sons and, after the funeral, he asked the media to give them privacy in their time of grief. And thus the story of the royal couple came to a close.last_img read more

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Nigeria lawmaker charged over alleged bribery

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – A Nigerian lawmaker who led a probe into the nation’s fuel subsidy program that saw billions of dollars lost through fraud has been charged with allegedly soliciting a $3 million bribe from someone targeted by the inquiry.Rep. Farouk Lawan and his aide Emenalo Boniface pleaded not guilty Friday to the charges they face in a Federal High Court in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Justice Mudashiru Oniyang ordered the two men to be held in prison until a bail hearing Feb. 8. Top Stories However, gasoline importation licenses became a means of patronage, as the number of companies involved jumped from six in 2006 to 140 in 2011, according to the report. In 2009, when there were 36 companies licensed to import, government officials once issued about $800 million in 128 transactions in a 24-hour period without proper documentation, the report reads.The probe ultimately called for $6.7 billion to be repaid by importers, the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. and other agencies. Allegations of corruption continue to hound the subsidy program, which eats away billions from Nigeria’s federal budget. However, the comparatively low fuel prices as a result of the subsidy program are one of the few benefits seen by the masses in Nigeria.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The allegations surrounding Lawan and Boniface stem from their investigation of Femi Otedola, the chairman of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd. and a powerful ally of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Charging documents released by the court Friday show investigators claim the two men sought a $3 million bribe from Otedola to remove his company from a list of firms suspected of stealing some $6.7 billion from the government through the subsidy program.Prosecutors accused Lawan of receiving at least $500,000 of the demanded bribe, while Boniface received $120,000. The alleged bribery scandal erupted when Nigerian newspapers published stories claiming Otedola and his associates filmed the encounters. The films have not been released publicly, though Otedola cooperated with police in their investigation.The bribery allegations quickly overshadowed the work of the House of Representatives, which launched a probe of the subsidy program in the wake of a January 2012 nationwide strike over the removal of the fuel subsidies.The subsidies, in theory, keep prices artificially low for buyers while paying companies for bringing in refined gasoline at a loss against the world market price. Nigeria, despite producing about 2.4 million barrels of oil a day, has decrepit refineries unable to meet the nation’s demand for gasoline due to years of mismanagement and sabotage. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How do cataracts affect your vision? 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Youre fired Jetstar pilot sacked over safety concerns

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Low-cost carrier Jetstar has made a controversial decision to sack Joseph Eakins, an experienced pilot, after he voiced his concerns over the airlines’ offshore employment strategy in a Sydney Morning Herald opinion piece. In the SMH opinion piece, Mr Eakins wrote, the culture of aviation safety in Australia will be “obliterated if the offshoring push continues”,   “Draconian workplace conditions can be imposed through the use of foreign ‘bases of convenience’, allowing …Third World wages and working conditions,” he wrote. Jetstar spokesman Simon Westaway told Ninemsn that the opinion piece breached the Qantas subsidiary’s code of conduct”’It relates to not making public information which is either false or misleading or brings the company into disrepute,” he was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.”There are mechanisms around the release of information to the public and they obviously weren’t followed and were in breach of the agreements.” The Australian and International Pilots Association said it would challenge Jetstar under the unfair dismissal laws and hopes that Mr Eakins’ will be reinstated. last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals game on Sunday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals is sold out. The team announced it is the 85th sellout at University of Phoenix Stadium. The team has sold out every game in the stadium since it opened in August of 2006. The game can be heard on Arizona Sports now on 98.7 or watched on NBC’s Channel 12. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Cardinals Average Power Ranking: 24.5(down from 21.6 last week)High Ranking: #22 (NFL.com)Low Ranking: #26 (CBS Sports, Bleacher Report, USA Today) Cardinals rank: #24 (▼ 4)The Cardinals have been the season’s biggest disappointment while boasting one of the best defenses in the league. The offense should have been top-notch as well, but there’s just been no consistency. Their season is over.PFT’s Week 13 Power RankingsCardinals rank: #25 (▼ 2)They were supposed to be better. They’re worse. Much, much worse. Top Stories – / 24 NFL Power Rankings, Week 13: Dallas is clear No. 1, but there’s room for debate at No. 2Cardinals rank: #25 (–)Bruce Arians said the idea of tanking for a better draft pick would be “absolutely asinine,” even though his team can max out at 9–6–1 and likely will be an underdog at least twice more. But at some point, the line between losing on purpose and just being flat out bad becomes rather blurred anyway.NFL Power Rankings: Bucs, Dolphins making noise, Giants into the top fiveCardinals rank: #26 (–)It seems like anything that could go wrong has gone wrong this season. It’s hard to believe they have a losing record.NFL power rankings 2016, Week 13: Down go the SeahawksCardinals rank: #25 (▼ 6)If there was any doubt that the Arizona Cardinals are cooked, a 38-19 loss to the Atlanta Falcons should put those doubts to rest. And there was reason for doubt. After all, the Cardinals finished 13-3 last year and opened the 2016 season with a close loss to the Patriots followed by a beatdown of the Buccaneers.But since then, the Cardinals’ only wins have come against the hapless San Francisco 49ers (twice) and New York Jets.Chris Simms’ NFL Power Rankings Ahead of Week 13Cardinals rank: #26 (▼ 2) Arizona Sports Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys still on topCardinals rank: #23 (▼ 5)It’s called a football. Catch it, Michael Floyd.Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Raiders are Nos. 1 and 2Cardinals rank: #23 (▼ 2)Carson Palmer has already taken more sacks than he did all of last season, and he has equaled his interception total (11) from last season. The Cardinals are 1-3-1 in their past five games, and you have to wonder if the 36-year-old Palmer will be in Arizona much longer.NFL Power Rankings, Week 13: Oakland Raiders enter top threeCardinals rank: #22 (▼ 4)Wonderful to watch the first half Sunday and see Bruce Arians on the sideline coaching his squad. Although, for his sake, kind of wish he didn’t have to watch the second half. That’s when any chance of competing in Atlanta — and perhaps, competing for a wild-card spot — escaped the Cardinals’ grasp. At 4-6-1, Arizona must win out to even have a chance at that sixth spot. The Giants are 8-3, currently in line for the fifth spot. And given that the Redskins are 6-4-1 (with Kirk Cousins playing like Kurt Warner), running the table probably gives Arians’ group a 50-50 shot — at best. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) walks off the field after the Cardinals missed a two-point conversion against the Atlanta Falcons during the second of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)center_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires How low can you go?For the Arizona Cardinals, not much lower.The Cards’ most recent loss — a 38-19 defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons — dipped the team’s record to 4-6-1 on the season. Much of the postgame chatter centered around chemistry and selfishness, which doesn’t exactly instill any confidence in anything resembling a late-season turnaround.Here’s a rundown of what some prominent national outlets — and we here at ArizonaSports.com — are saying about the Cardinals: Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Want to know the surefire sign of a bad team?Just look at the trenches. If five offensive linemen can’t consistently block three or four pass-rushers, there’s a problem. I’m looking at you, Arizona.Defensive issues persist as well. Patrick Peterson gave Falcons drives new life with two interference calls. D.J. Swearinger dropped a pick, and the Falcons scored soon thereafter. And Calais Campbell (who was dominant all afternoon) let Atlanta put the frosting on the blowout cake by jumping offside on a punt.David Johnson is about the only watchable part of this team in 2016. Everything else stinks.NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs, not Raiders, will end up winning the AFC WestCardinals rank: #25 (▼ 7)Last season’s dynamic offense, when it seemed like anyone could make a play at any time, is a distant memory. It’s just David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald this season. Nobody else has been reliable, including quarterback Carson Palmer of course.USA Today Power Rankings – Week 13Cardinals rank: #26 (–)Don’t blame David Johnson for their disastrous season. He’s gained at least 100 yards from scrimmage in all 11 of Arizona’s games.NFL Week 13 power rankings Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Linebacker Jeremy Cash was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter of the Arizona Cardinals game.Replay showed Cash’s leg twisting awkwardly against the ground as he attempted to make a tackle.He did not return to the game.Prior to getting injured, Cash recovered a fumble and ran it in for a touchdown to give the Cardinals a 14-3 lead.Related LinksNo clarity yet in Cardinals’ No. 2 receiver raceCap Capi, defense helps lead Cardinals to win in first preseason gameCardinals rookie Chase Edmonds makes solid but short debutHead coach Steve Wilks did not have any updates after the game. Cash, entering his third year out of Duke, played nine games total for the Carolina Panthers over his first two seasons.In the first preseason game with the Cardinals, he had two tackles, in addition to the fumble recovery and touchdown. – / 44 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals linebacker Jeremy Cash (52) celebrates his fumble recovery for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers with defensive back Chris Campbell (33) and defensive back Ezekiel Turner (47) during the second half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 1 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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