Indian women’s hockey team players made to sit on train floor, probe demanded

first_imgCondemning the shocking incident of four Indian women hockey team players being made to sit on the floor of a train while returning home from the summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, women activists called on Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Vijay Goel to register a case of inhuman treatment, negligence and exploitation against railway officials. (Latest Sports stories)Woman activist Brinda Adige told ANI, “These ‘Babus’ (officials) have no reason at all to be there, they have not contributed in anyway, neither in advising the team nor in seeing to the teams well being, and are travelling in business class, whereas they have made the players travel unreserved, some travelled sitting on the floor of their train.”WATCH THE VIDEO HERE”How can this kind of injustice be tolerated? Why haven’t these officials been thrown out of the train?” she asked.”I am sure funds were allocated, it was the carelessness and apathy of the officials who have been indifferent to the players assuming that players are their gulams (slaves). And these people continue in this feudal fashion because they are babus and officials; they can travel in first-class and have the best luxury, whereas the real players are being treated so badly. I would also like the department to suspend them. They are not worthy of taking care of the players,” she added.ACTIVISTS TERM IT ‘SHAMEFUL’Nirmala Sawant, another activist, said, “I think this is very shameful for us as Indian citizens, and at the same time, Olympics participants bring pride to the nation. It is quite depressing, and I think, the Railway Minister (Suresh Prabhu) should take immediate action so that this kind of injustice is not caused to any sportsperson.”advertisementPlayers Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Sunita Lakra and Lilima Minz from Odisha, who represented India at the Rio Olympics, in spite of being railway employees, were made to sit on the floor of their bogey as their tickets were unconfirmed.Considering the fact that they are railway employees and don’t need to buy train tickets, the TTE (travel ticket examiner) failed to arrange seats for them.last_img read more

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IPL 2019: KL Rahul batted really well, need to give credit to KXIP, says MS Dhoni

first_imgChennai Super Kings failed to defend 172 against Kings XI Punjab in their final league match of the 2019 Indian Premier League but the defending champions were still assured of a top-2 finish.MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings’ iconic captain, doffed his hat to KL Rahul whose 36-ball 71 helped Kings XI Punjab seal a consolation win and said his team was happy to reassess the situation and finish in the top two. This means CSK will play the first qualifier at home in Chennai and will get two chances to make it to the final.After Faf du Plessis (96) and Suresh Raina (53) helped Chennai Super Kings to 172 for 5 off 20 overs, KXIP needed to gun down the target in 14.2 overs. And it looked possible at one stage with KL Rahul going great guns – he had smashed Harbhajan Singh for 24 runs to bring up a 19-ball 50.IPL 2019: MI vs KKR live cricket scoreHowever, Harbhajan Singh dismissed KL Rahul and Chris Gayle off successive deliveries to pull things back a little. KXIP eventually got home in 18 overs and it meant CSK would get two shots at the title clash.MS Dhoni lauded KL Rahul for his aggressive innings on a pitch which he described as not easy to bat on.”You need to give the credit to them. It was not an easy wicket. With 3 spinners, it was difficult to manoeuvre in the first 6 overs,” Dhoni told the host broadcaster after the match.”But KL Rahul batted really well, was ably supported by Chris Gayle and then Pooran towards the end was good with his lusty hits. It was a really good batting effort from their side.”advertisementMS Dhoni said CSK tried everything they could but admitted not much worked on Sunday. However, he praised his bowlers for the way they came back after the assault from KL Rahul.”We did whatever we could, it didn’t work a lot. Quite happy with the way we bowled, despite giving a few runs at the start… That’s something you have to keep in mind, If you can’t win a game, you make sure you get the opposition to get the runs in the most number of overs. you have to quickly adapt, learn and re-assess,” Dhoni said.Also Read | KL Rahul attacks Harbhajan Singh to hit 19-ball fiftyAlso Read | Faf du Plessis hits career-best 96 as CSK batsmen peak at the right timeAlso See:last_img read more

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Royal Dutch Shell, CNPC Strengthen Their Cooperation

first_imgzoom Royal Dutch Shell and China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) have signed a deal, under which the two companies will strengthen their cooperation in numerous business sectors.The two companies agreed to join forces in the development of both upstream and downstream energy businesses, CNPC said on its website.According to the documents, the two companies will bolster long-term worldwide cooperation in unconventional resources, deep water, LNG, and upstream and downstream businesses.CNPC, April 9, 2014last_img read more

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Budget Bulletin Prosperous Communities

first_imgPeople are earning more, in fact about 4.4 per cent more than last year. There were 443,000 Nova Scotians employed in 2005 — the highest number in our history. Families spent more, with retail sales increasing by three per cent last year. Economic growth is expected to continue, with personal income expected to expand by 3.3 per cent in 2006 and 3.2 per cent in 2007. Nova Scotia’s gross domestic product (GDP) is projected to grow by 2.2 per cent in 2006, and retail sales are expected to increased by 3.7 per cent in 2006. The province is also taking a number of steps to spur economic activity. EXPORT EXPANSIONThe province will invest just over $250,000 to expand economic opportunities to business. The Export Expansion Program will help small and medium businesses increase their export activities. ATLANTIC GATEWAYThe province intends to become North America’s preferred eastern gateway, which will improve trade, tourism, and the economy. To that end, the province is investing $250,000 in the Atlantic Gateway Strategy, which co-ordinates efforts of partners responsible for roads, rail, air, and ports. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTThe province will invest $250,000 to expand and support its Community Development Policy initiative. The initiative will support community prosperity and growth through greater co-operation, capacity building, and accountability. The province is also investing $100,000 to further improve C@P (Community Access Program) sites around the province. BUSINESS GROWTHA business retention and expansion program will be established in several locations in the province. The $127,000 investment for this initiative is designed to keep and grow businesses in the province. As well, $400,000 will be invested to enhance activities in the second year of the Competitiveness and Compliance initiative, which is designed to improve the way laws are designed, communicated, and enforced in Nova Scotia. BETTER FOR BUSINESSEffective Jan. 1, 2007, the province will eliminate the Liquor Licence Levy. Food services, hotels, beverage rooms, and bars will all benefit from this change, as will the tourism industry, by putting Nova Scotia on an equal footing with neighbouring provinces. OFFSHORE OPPORTUNITIESA $6.4-million investment was provided for critical research and development. These funds will help exploration companies understand Nova Scotia’s geology and environmental issues. -30- Note: For further 2006-07 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/financelast_img read more

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TransCanada awards 620 million in contract work for Coastal GasLink to Indigenous

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – TransCanada announced on Tuesday that it has conditionally awarded $620 million in contract work for the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project to Indigenous businesses in Northern B.C.TransCanada said that the firms, who are associated with the West Moberly, Saulteau, and Doig River First Nations among a number of others, will be responsible for the project’s right-of-way clearing, medical, security, and camp management needs. The company says it anticipates there will be another $400 million in additional contract and employment opportunities for Indigenous and local communities during pipeline construction.TransCanada added that all of the contracts remain conditional upon a Final Investment Decision by LNG Canada for its proposed natural gas liquefaction facility in Kitimat. “The relationships we have built with our local and Indigenous communities play a vital role in the work that we do every day,” said George Hemeon, senior manager, Indigenous & Local Contracting and Employment for the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project. “Today is a testament to how important these relationships are and to the extraordinary accomplishments we can achieve when we work together.”To date, TransCanada said that more than one-third of all field work completed on the project has been conducted by Indigenous companies. It added that so far, the Coastal GasLink team has signed project agreements with 95 percent of the Indigenous communities along the route, establishing long-term benefit programs.last_img read more

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100 days work will be hiked to 200 if Oppn alliance is

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee proposed in the election manifesto of the party that if the Opposition alliance is voted to power, 100 days work under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) will be increased to 200 days, along with doubling of the daily wages of those associated with this work.”Many people earn their livelihood through 100 days work and they are extremely poor. We will propose to increase 100 days work to 200. At present, those associated with 100 days work get Rs 191 daily. We will propose to double it. We will also look into the matter to ensure that they get their payment in 15 days,” Banerjee said, while releasing her party’s election manifesto at Kalighat on Wednesday. The TMC supremo further proposed to reinstate the Planning Commission, which she feels has been wrongly dismantled by the Narendra Modi government. “It has been a Tughlaqi decision by the Prime Minister to dismantle the Planning Commission overnight. The Niti Aayog that he has constituted is of no use and it hardly listens to the problems of the states. It will be a part of our common minimum programme to bring back the Planning Commission, so that it can play an important role in maintaining the federal structure of the country,” she said. The TMC has also identified 12 thrust areas in its manifesto, which include demand of a thorough investigation by an ex-Supreme Court Justice into demonetisation and review of GST with an open mind to make it people-friendly, consumer-friendly and small & medium enterprises-friendly. The manifesto further proposes more focus on the social infrastructure of education and health, with enhanced and adequate resource allocation, special focus on enriching all cultures and encouraging sporting activities. “We will be giving special emphasis to create more and more employment for the students and youth of the nation. Around 2 crore people have lost their jobs in the last few years, while Bengal has increased employment by 40 percent,” Banerjee reiterated, adding that special emphasis will be given to fill up vacancies reserved for SC, ST, and OBC (which will include minorities). “Our common minimum programme will give priority to providing economic security and livelihood for the farmers. We feel that farmers require a special package. 12,000 farmers have committed suicide in the country in the last few years,” Banerjee maintained. She asserted that there will be emphasis on women empowerment as well. It may be mentioned that TMC has nominated 41 percent women candidates for the Lok Sabha polls this year and also boasts of 50 percent women reservation in Panchayats and municipalities. The TMC supremo announced that she will start her election campaign from April 4 and will continue it till May 17.last_img read more

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Is Morocco 2026 World Cup bid doomed

By Majid MorceliSan Francisco – In the last few weeks, there has been much talk about Morocco’s world cup chances to be awarded the organization of the world cup.There are those who said that Morocco’s chances are high, considering the world is not very fond of the American president. Others say that the American administration has not fully backed the North American joint bid, whereas Morocco has a full support of the Moroccan government. Many analysts stated that Moroccan infrastructure was no match for that of North America.Others stated that Morocco is a land of soccer and should be awarded the organization of the tournament — omitting that the most popular sport in Mexico a country with 123 million people is indeed soccer. In the U.S., there are 30 million people involved with soccer. When the US organized the world cup in 1994, the stadiums were at full capacity throughout the tournament, I attended few games myself, and the atmosphere during the games was impeccable, and the stadiums were full. While the latest CAF 2018 championship was a success, we simply cannot compare the organization of an African event with a world event. Needless to say, only games featuring the Moroccan team were sufficiently attended by soccer fans. The other games were practically deserted. Let us also remember that the organizers did not charge fans any fees to attend the CHAN 2018 games, which likely have increased attendance.While much of what has been said is true and makes sense in a perfect world, none of the analysts — or at least those I have read so far — mentioned what I think would be the ultimate factor in deciding who will be awarded the organization the FIFA World Cup.  It is the strength of the relationship between the candidates and the voting countries that will determine the final outcome. Of course, the benefits the voting countries will garner in return for their vote must also be considered in this case. Morocco understood very early on that the vote will be based on who you know and not on what infrastructure you possess.We do not live in a perfect word where common sense prevails. Voting countries will ask themselves who will benefit them the most. Voters are much less interested whether president Trump is for or against Muslims. Saudi Arabia, the so-called guardian of the pillars of Islam just awarded president Trump a $400 billion business deal regardless of his proven animosity toward Muslims. The United Arab Emirates bluntly stated that president Trump has every right to ban Muslims from certain countries from entering the U.S.South and North American countries will most likely vote for the North American bid for obvious reasons, just as Africa will probably side with Morocco. Some believe that Europe will vote Morocco due to proximity, though other than Spain and France, I cannot be assured that the remaining European countries will vote for Morocco. Their relationship with North America is much more beneficial to them.Proximity would be the least of their concern when submitting their vote. Let us not forget that even if a certain country has an issue with president Trump’s behavior, Canada and Mexico could not be discarded as factors.The 50 Asian countries of FIFA do more business with North America and their majority will vote against Morocco. As an example, every single soccer uniform or accessory eventually sold to fans will probably be made in Asian countries which will create jobs in Asia.  Will Morocco be able to convince enough countries that it is in their benefit to vote for us? One thing is certain: time is running out, and Moroccan organizers are wasting it. when dealing with rest of the world, old habits will have to change. So far, we have yet to see or hear how Morocco can make it beneficial for the majority of countries to vote for us. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent any institution or entity. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

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PSA Group To Launch the First MadeinMorocco Car in 2018

Rabat – The PSA Kenitra plant, which is the Moroccan subsidiary of the French PSA Peugeot Citroen, is expected to be close to full operational capabilities this year, a company representative and Morocco’s Ministry of Industry announced at a press conference on Thursday in Casablanca.In its initial plan, PSA Kenitra was supposed to be operational by 2020, with an annual output of roughly 200,000 cars. However, at yesterday’s press conference, the Minister of Industry, Investment, and Commerce, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, announced that the Kenitra plant will be operational in 2018, stating that all the requirements were met earlier than expected.“The project is ahead of schedule. The two Kenitra plants have already been built and are now undergoing trial operations,” the minister said, adding that the factory’s first motor was built and sent to France where, after undergoing series of diligent trials, it gained “all the required validations.” He also mentioned that the project already has 1,500 engineers and qualified workers, a number which the minister said is “a bit above what PSA asked for.” While the prototype of a Kenitra-made car is set to be out by July 2018, the company is expected to be fully operational by 2019, one year earlier than originally planned. Mr. Elalamy expressed his joy that such a remarkable project could be achieved within so short a span, underscoring his hope that the project will be a game-changer for the Moroccan and African automobile markets.“Kenitra has exceeded our expectations,” the minister noted. He explained that the main rationale behind the PSA-sponsored project in Kenitra is to transform and rejuvenate Morocco’s mobile industry, make it competitive and present in the global market, and “vitalize local sourcing.”Also speaking at the conference, PSA Africa-Mideast Representative Jean Christophe Quemard spoke profusely about his satisfaction regarding the pace and strategic significance of the project, saying that such a success is due to the fact that “both parties kept their end of the bargain.”He said that his company is “proud to announce that the first Kenitra-made car has already been assembled” and is set to be presented to the public in the months to come.He noted that PSA’s presence in Kenitra is founded on “a unique strategy and a vision of extended partnership with Morocco.”“PSA is doing in Morocco what no other automobile group has realized in Africa,” he stressed.By the time the two plants begin full operations in 2019, it is estimated that over 2,000 direct and 20,000 indirect employment positions will be generated. Meanwhile, at the start year 2019 alone, annual output is estimated to be 100,000 cars, with predictions that the output may reach the planned output of 200,000 cars by 2020.For Mr. Quemard, given the wide range of partnerships that PSA is seeking to establish between Moroccan engineering universities and their French counterparts, the PSA Kenitra subsidiary will be a pivotal point in helping the country realize its dream of becoming the undisputed hub of “sustained mobility” in Africa and beyond. read more

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UN agency calls for safety of Afghan hospitals and medical staff

“WHO would like to take this opportunity to call on all actors involved in the conflict to respect the neutrality of health facilities and health workers,” Peter Graaff, the Country Representative for the World Health Organization (WHO), told a news conference in Kabul. This year WHO is focusing on the safety of health facilities which are most needed during emergencies but too often become casualties themselves.The campaign – “Save lives, make hospitals safe in emergencies” – highlights the important work of health facilities and workers, and promotes the need to ensure their safety. It underscores the importance of investing in health infrastructure that is able to withstand natural hazards, conflicts or a deteriorating situation. Hospitals in Afghanistan are vulnerable due to the geographical situation of the country, which makes it prone to natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, but also due to the ongoing conflict in the country. According to WHO, hospitals are among those buildings that have to survive during any natural disaster or conflict so that resulting casualties can be reduced. A poorly constructed hospital, which collapses during an earthquake because it was not built to the required specifications, increases the risk of death and injury. At today’s news conference held at the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, one of the oldest in the capital, WHO and the Afghan Ministry of Public Health stressed the importance of ensuring the safety and protection of hospitals and staff. “In recent years 50 health workers have lost their lives while providing services due to the conflict and 41 health workers were either killed or kidnapped,” said Dr. Nadira Hayat, Deputy Minister of Public Health. Mr. Graaff thanked all health workers, especially those living in remote and difficult circumstances, for their hard work and commitment to helping the Afghan people. 6 April 2009A senior United Nations health official today called for medical facilities and staff to be protected in Afghanistan, speaking on the eve of World Health Day, which this year focuses on ensuring the safety of hospitals. read more

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UNbacked genocide tribunal in Cambodia releases over 1700 confidential documents

The decision comes after the Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) reviewed more than 12,000 confidential and strictly confidential documents in the case file of Case 0001, in which the former head of a notorious detention camp, Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, was the defendant.The ECCC is a hybrid court set up after a 2003 agreement between the UN and the Cambodian Government with the aim of trying those accused of the worst crimes during the Khmer Rouge regime. As many as two million people are thought to have died during the rule of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979, which was then followed by a protracted period of civil war in the South-East Asian country.In a news release, the tribunal stated that the reclassification process had been conducted in accordance to previously specified guidelines and in broad consultation with ECCC offices, such as the Trial Chamber, the Office of the Co-Prosecutors and the Victims Support Section, amongst others.“The Supreme Court Chamber sought to strike a reasonable balance between the demand for transparency deriving from the fundamental principles that govern the procedure before the ECCC and the needs for confidentiality dictated by the protection of privacy for victims and witnesses and the preservation of the integrity of on-going proceedings,” according to the news release.“In this regard, it has considered that wide dissemination of material concerning the Court’s proceedings would support the ECCC’s mandate to contribute to national reconciliation and provide documentary support to the progressive quest for historical truth,” it added. “The Chamber hopes that wide access to documentation in the case file for the general public, researchers and journalists will promote a genuine public discussion of Cambodia’s tragic past based on firm evidence.”In addition to victims’ ‘confessions’ and witness statements, the 1,749 released documents include victims’ biographies, transcripts of hearings and rogatory letters. The remaining documents will be reviewed for reclassification at the end of the proceedings to which they pertain, the tribunal said.In February this year, the ECCC’s appeals chamber sentenced Kaing Guek Eav to life in prison, upholding an earlier conviction and extending the existing jail term of 35 years. Mr. Kaing headed the S-21 security prison in the capital, Phnom Penh, where numerous Cambodians were unlawfully detained, subjected to inhumane conditions and forced labour, tortured and executed in the late 1970s. read more

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UN African Union partnership to foster job opportunities for African rural youth

A new agreement was signed today by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) Chief Executive Officer Ibrahim Assane Mayaki that will enable the four countries to create and implement policies in support of enterprise development in rural areas.“This joint effort seeks to promote decent rural youth employment and entrepreneurship in agriculture and agribusiness, and it represents another important example of an African-led cooperation initiative that seeks to safeguard food security and livelihoods on the continent,” said Mr. Graziano da Silva.NEPAD’s Mr. Mayaki added that the Africa Agenda 2063, the 50-year agenda to build a prosperous and united Africa, is largely dependent upon “the transformation of rural areas supported by capacitated young entrepreneurs along the food chain.” Over the next three years, funds from the project will be used to ensure that young people, and especially women, have better access to the rural economy, which includes decent job creation in farming and non-farming sectors through public and private investments. Through the project, Benin, Cameroon, Malawi and Niger will adopt national action plans on youth employment and skills development for people in rural economic value chains. More broadly, the project seeks to foster policy dialogue among countries, regional organizations, development and resource partners. NEPAD is an economic development programme of the African Union, adopted in 2001 in Lusaka, Zambia. It aims to provide an overarching vision and policy framework for accelerating economic co-operation and integration among African countries.FAO and NEPAD’s partnership also supports the 2014 Malabo Declaration, a promise by African Union leaders to achieve certain agricultural sector goals by 2025. Among these is a commitment to improve youth employment in Africa’s rural regions by 30 percent, especially by strengthening agricultural value chains. Another is to prioritize opportunities for women and rural youth. The project launch comes just after the International Day of Rural Women, on which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the need to secure rural women’s rights and opportunities in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). read more

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New standard reached by AFEX fire suppression systems

first_imgAFEX Fire Suppression Systems has announced that AFEX dry chemical, liquid agent, and dual agent fire suppression systems were awarded FM 5970 Approval on September 21, 2017. FM Approval Standard 5970 – Heavy-Duty Mobile Equipment Protection Systems, was developed over the course of four years, and represents a collaborative effort amongst FM Approvals and industry experts. AFEX says that this new standard represents the industry’s most comprehensive and rigorous testing program for vehicle fire suppression systems.To achieve FM 5970 approval, systems must pass numerous fire suppression, electrical immunity, environmental, and shock and vibration tests. These tests are designed to simulate real-world scenarios and long-term exposure in the field. FM 5970 is the first standard to test all systems in the same manner regardless of the suppression agent used. Even systems that were previously approved under prior FM Approvals must be reexamined to FM Approval Standard 5970.“AFEX believes strongly in the value of third-party testing and approvals. AFEX fire suppression systems were listed under UL Standard 1254 for over 30 years, and have carried FM Approval since the introduction of FM Approval Standard 5320 in 2009. AFEX fire suppression systems are also ActivFire approved to Australian Standard 5062, CE marked, and certified for use in Russia.”For AFEX, achieving FM 5970 certification “represents a culmination of 50 years of experience in the heavy equipment industry and countless hours of research and development.”last_img read more

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Struga 2013 Metalurg wins the trophy

ivry handballRK MetalurgStruga 2013Struga handball Macedonian vice-champion RK Metalurg wins the trophy at 41st International Handball Tournament in Struga. Macedonian city was the host of four-days tournament with the teams from four countries. In the final match RK Metalurg beat French Ivry Handball 24:22 (16:9). After fantastic first 30 minutes, team of Lino Červar had a crisis in the second half, but at the end celebrated win in the last minute.Metalurg – Ivry  24:22 (16:7)Metalurg: Stanic (11  saves), Angelov (5 saves + 2 7 meter), Mitrevski, Ojleski 3, Dimovski, Vugrinec 1, Georgievski 2, Mirkulovski 2, Z.Mojsoski, V.Markoski, N.Markoski 3, N.Mojsovski 8, Atman 5, Kedžo, Jonovski i Mandic.Ivry: Gervelas (12 odbrana), Simonet 1, Mabire 5, Humet 4, Indjić 1, Schultz 1, Hermuce 1, Bataile 3, Rudovic 5, Kole, Ruiz, Zirn 1 i Daras 1.The third place won RK Vardar against Meshkov Brest 33:24, while the fifth is HCM Constanta after win over Versaille 33:16. ← Previous Story Struga 2013: Ivry and Metalurg for the trophy! Next Story → Sparkassen Cup 2013: MKB Veszprem beat PSG for the trophy! read more

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A new history of migrant workers

first_imgDina GerolymouGeorge Zangalis’ new book, Migrant Workers and Ethnic Communities,was launched on Friday night at the Victorian Trades Hall amid a packed crowd singing Solidarity for Ever.The launch was part of the Antipodes Festival and attracted wide attention among those interested in the history of the union movement, the role of the ethnic communities, and migrant workers. Mr Zangalis’ new book is a voluminous work of 600 pages that documents the struggles of migrant workers in the last foure decades to achieve equal rights in the workplace, as well as building a multicultural society. It focuses on the role of Greek-Australians and dedicates chapters on culture, language and identity, the struggle to gain citizenship, the contribution of Greek-Australian women, the media and politics. In his speech, Mr Zangalis highlighted the “Greek experience in the factories and the unions” as a pivotal one, speaking passionately about the “strikes in the 1960s, the migrant workers’ determination to improve working conditions, their fight for cultural rights and the progressive allies within the labour movement.” He added that his book is “history written by a layman’s perspective and urged his old colleagues to document their own experiences.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Bigger is better for Greek men

first_imgNot ones to let the political and financial crisis dampen their moods, Greek men are leaning towards their own type of enhancement. According to information gathered by market-research firms, Greek men are ten times more likely to opt for penis enlargement surgery than anywhere else in the world. Seeing as they can’t get their financial situation ‘up’, they are choosing to make other areas in their life more ‘erect’. Given the current situation in Greece, one can only assume that Greeks are looking elsewhere to get that ego boost that they need. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Blackberry 71 NFC partage de connexion et appels WiFi

first_imgBlackberry 7.1 : NFC, partage de connexion et appels WiFiLe Canadien RIM met son BlackBerry OS à jour avec une version 7,1. Elle donne davantage de fonctionnalités à la puce NFC et à BlackBerry Messenger.On s’attendait à voir débarquer BlackBerry 10, ce n’est que BlackBerry OS 7.1 qui est déployé. Celui-ci propose néanmoins des fonctionnalités intéressantes. Le smartphone peut notamment, devenir borne WiFi et ainsi partager sa connexion 3G avec 5 appareils comme des tablettes ou des ordinateurs portables. Mais attention, cette option, si elle est déjà disponible sur Android, est souvent bloquée par les opérateurs téléphoniques… Car évidemment, elle pousse les utilisateurs à vraiment exploiter leurs forfaits « illimités ». Du même ordre et toujours très remarquable, il sera possible de passer des appels via le WiFi. Autre amélioration majeure, l’utilisation de la puce NFC (Near Field Communication). Ces nouvelles puces permettent des communications courtes distances. Google les utilise par exemple pour le paiement sans contact.BlackBerry, quant à lui, propose l’application BlackBerry Tag pour partager facilement des données. Il sera possible d’échanger des contacts (laisser sa carte de visite virtuelle entre autres), des documents, une adresse web, des photos et d’autres types de contenus. À lire aussiRIM : Vers une division de ses activités ?D’autres changements sont également de la partie. Le moteur de recherche intégré s’appuie désormais sur Bing, les BlackBerry 9360 et 9380 auront accès à la radio FM. Des publicités géolocalisées apparaîtront sur Blackerry Maps (seulement en Amérique du Nord pour l’instant), qui d’ailleurs propose enfin une véritable navigation GPS avec assistant vocal. Alors que les résultats de RIM sont dangereusement bas depuis des mois, que Google a même cessé le support de Gmail pour les Blackerry, et que des procès sont en cours (et sans parler d’un éventuel rachat), cette mise à jour de l’OS met donc au moins au petit rayon de soleil.Le 11 janvier 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Youve Probably Never Heard of the MostTrafficked Mammal in the World

first_imgPoaching isn’t limited to big-game animals: The adorable pangolin are the most-trafficked mammals in the world. And you’ve probably never heard of them.The apparent love child of an anteater and an artichoke, this shy creature’s large keratin scales act as a suit of armor against natural predators.Pangolin (pang-gah-lin) are quick to curl into a ball when threatened. But there is one beast they aren’t able to protect themselves against: humans.Between 2006 and 2015, it’s estimated poachers hunted more than 1.1 million pangolins in tropical Asia and sub-saharan Africa, selling their scales and body parts for food, medicine, and ornamentation.One of the more popular types of African bushmeat, pangolins are also a source of traditional and folk medicine, used to treat everything from arthritis and menstrual pain to epilepsy and stomach disorders. Some believe their scales (made of the same protein found in human hair, nails, and skin) can stimulate lactation and offer spiritual protection.(There is, of course, no scientific basis for any of these remedies.)Like many other imperiled animals, pangolin are protected by an international ban on trade. But when has the law really stopped anyone profiting from illegal bartering?In 2013, 11 tons of pangolin meat was seized from a Chinese vessel that crashed into a coral reef in the Philippines. Three years later, an Indonesian man was arrested when police seized 650-plus scaly anteaters hidden in freezers on his property.Similar threats are reported in various African countries, as well.All eight remaining species of pangolin are classified by the IUCN as threatened with extinction; four (Phataginus tetradactyla, P. tricuspis, Smutsia gigantea, and S. temminckii) are vulnerable, two (Manis crassicaudata and M. culionensis) are endangered, and two (M. pentadactyla and M. javanica) are critically endangered.Attempts to reproduce the mammals in captivity are often unsuccessful due to complications with disease and infection, which can lead to an early death.There is some hope, however, for the cute creatures: Researchers were able to improve artificial habitats to allow for preproduction, and in April 2015, two adult captive Malayan pangolin gave birth to one healthy cub at the Chongqing Normal University in China.last_img read more

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Vehicle comes loose during tow crashes headon

first_imgTwo drivers were injured, one critically, in a head-on collision in Camas on Wednesday night.A 17-year-old Vancouver boy was operating a vehicle that was being towed by a friend heading west in the 21700 block of Northeast 28th Street at about 11:30 p.m., according to the Camas Police Department.The two vehicles became separated, and the vehicle that was being towed crossed the center line and struck an eastbound vehicle driven by Scott Hamilton, 60, of Camas, police said.Both drivers were hospitalized. Hamilton suffered critical injuries, and the the 17-year-old suffered serious injuries, Camas police Officer Debrah Riedl said.Hamilton was reported in critical condition Thursday evening at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.The 17-year-old, whose name was not released, is being investigated for possibly driving under the influence of intoxicants, Riedl said, adding that the way the vehicles became separated may have contributed to the crash.Detectives with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit are assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

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B2B Media Revenue is Up Four Percent in the First Half of

first_img Digital advertising continued its upward trend, growing to $3.12 billion, up 14.7 percent over the $2.72 billion posted in the first half of 2014. Although still a smaller source of revenue, data and business information also picked up where it left off in 2014, growing 8.1 percent to $1.47 billion. Altogether, print advertising revenue fell to $3.18 billion for the first half of the year, a 4.8 percent drop from the same period last year, mimicking similar first-half declines that have ranged from 2.9 to 8.5 percent going back to 2012. First-half print revenues have fallen 15.4 percent over the last four years. The events business is still the primary revenue source in B2B media, accounting for $6.26 billion in revenue during the first half of 2015, or 44.4 percent of total industry revenue. That figure is up 4.5 percent from the $5.99 billion posted in the first half of 2014. After stalling briefly in the first half of 2014—revenues rose just 2 percent over 2013’s first half total—the events segment saw a solid increase in the first half of 2015, although the growth is not nearly as rapid as that of digital advertising and data revenues. “While display digital advertising hasn’t turned out to be the cash cow that many expected it to be as CPMs continue to sink in both the B2B and consumer digital media space,” writes ABM’s senior director of content and programming Matt Kinsman in the report, “the melding of digital advertising with marketing services solutions, the rise of native advertising and digitally-driven content marketing, as well as new KPIs and improvements in viewability and delivery will keep digital advertising at the forefront of B2B media growth.”center_img B2B media and information industry revenue swelled to $14.1 billion in the first half of 2015, a 4.4 percent jump over the same period last year ($13.5 billion), fueled by significant growth in digital advertising and data/business information sales, according to ABM’s mid-year Business Information Network (BIN) report. After coming very close in the first quarter of 2015, digital advertising revenue finally eclipsed that of print revenue in the second quarter. Digital’s $1.66 billion in revenue just edged print’s $1.65 billion. last_img read more

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Ringo Starr Looks Ahead To Continued Touring Thats What I Do

first_imgNews More Touring Lies Ahead For Ringo Starr ringo-starr-looks-ahead-continued-touring-thats-what-i-do Email https://twitter.com/SheilaEdrummer/status/1055684610644828161 Facebook Read morecenter_img The tribute also honored Michael Jackson.  Motown’s Berry Gordy brought the audience back to the magic of seeing Jackson’s “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” performance of “Billie Jean,” on May 16, 1983. “That was the night that he and his career went into orbit and never came down,” said Gordy.Starr just wrapped a run of shows in the U.S., and if his latest remarks are any indication, we will likely see him return to the road soon.Tom Petty: The Beatles On Ed Sullivan “Changed Everything” The former Beatle has a lot to look back on but has his eyes on the road aheadPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 26, 2018 – 5:59 pm On Oct. 25 at “The Paley Honors: A Gala Tribute to Music on Television,” Ringo Starr reminisced about the night he performed “I Want To Hold Your Hand” with fellow Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964. “They said there was no crime while we were playing,” said Starr, thinking back to the TV audience of 70 million. “How far out is that?”In his signature amusing fashion Starr confessed that, “Someone at the press line today said, ‘What, you’re still doing this?'” Ever the working man even though he is 78, “They say that all the time to me. I’m still doing the tour,” he elaborated. “That’s what I do, you know. I’m not an electrician.” Ringo Starr Looks Ahead To Continued Touring: “That’s What I Do” Twitter last_img read more

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