Avoid killing civilians, forces in J&K told

first_imgThe Home Ministry has cautioned security forces to avoid civilian killings in J&K at all costs, a senior government official said. The Centre has sent a message to the Army, the Central Armed Police Forces and the State police not to kill civilians. The Centre and the State government want to ensure a peaceful summer, as tourism has taken a massive hit in the past two years due to a series of encounters and protests.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has also made it clear that the panchayat elections should be held after the tourist season is over. According to the Home Ministry’s data, as many as 64 incidents of ‘terrorist violence’ were reported till March 11 in J&K, where two civilians were killed. Last year, 39 terrorist-related incidents were reported during the same period. In 2016-17, as many as 664 terrorist-related incidents were reported, whereas in 2015, there were 208 such incidents. ‘Maximum caution’“Tourism is the main revenue generator in the State and it has suffered immensely in the past two years. While, the operation against militants will continue, the security forces have been asked to exercise maximum caution,” said the official.Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Joint Secretary Gyanesh Kumar visited Srinagar on Monday, where they are learnt to have reviewed the security situation and the pending infrastructure projects in the State. The situation in the Kashmir Valley has been fragile since July 8, 2016 when Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and two others were killed in an encounter with security forces. The Valley was rocked by violent protests.“We are watching the situation very closely and the summers ahead are crucial for the State. Normalcy has to be restored in the Valley at all costs as people have suffered huge losses,” said the official.last_img read more

Prodigal India go down to Malaysia 3-4

first_imgIndia’s dream of winning a gold in men’s hockey event at the Asian Games came a cropper after lower-ranked Malaysia stunned the Commonwealth Games silver medallist with a 75th minute golden goal from Muhammad Amin Rahim in the second semifinal here on Tuesday.The decisive punch in India’s 3-4 defeat was provided by Malaysian penalty corner specialist Amin Rahim in the fifth minute of extra time after he had brought the southeast Asian country on level terms three minutes from the end of regular time with another drag-flick that completely beat Bharat Chetri under the Indian bar.Malaysia, ranked 15th in the world, came out on top in the additional time after both sides were tied 3-3 at the end of regulation time to make their maiden appearance in the Asian Games summit clash, where they face Pakistan, who knocked out defending champions South Korea in penalty shoot-out in the first semifinal.India will now be up against South Korea in the bronze medal play-off match.By virtue of this victory, Malaysia has broken their Asian Games losing streak against India, against whom they lost in all 10 previous meetings in the mega-event.Penalty corner conversion turned out to be the difference between the two sides as Malaysia converted three out of the four short corners they earned in the match, while the Indians could utilise only two out of four.The Indians were also done in by some sloppy defending inside the circle, which resulted in all the penalty corners for Malaysia.advertisementComing into the match with an unbeaten record, a lot was expected of India, but they cut a sorry figure against a determined Malaysian outfit who were by far the better side on display.India, who missed their penalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh due to a neck injury for 20 minutes in the second half, were down by a brilliant 32nd minute field goal scored by forward Abdul Jalil Tengku.However, Malaysia’s joy was shortlived as Sandeep equalised three minutes later with a powerful dragflick as both teams went into the breather locked at 1-1.The Indians came out with purpose after the change of ends and surged ahead in the 37th minute through Tushar Khandkar’s field strike.India then displayed controlled hockey for nearly 12 minutes before Azlan Misron (49th) drew the scores level with a well worked-out variation from Malaysia’s third short corner.Five minutes later, captain Rajpal Singh made it 3-2 for India with a rebound after Dhananjay Mahadik’s initial flick from a set piece was stopped by Malaysia custodian Kumar Subramiam.But it was not to be India’s day as Malaysia earned another penalty corner in the dying stages of the match from which Amin Rahim (67th) scored to make it 3-3.With little more than a minute to go for the hooter, India got a golden chance to seal the match in their favour but coach Jose Brasa’s boys wasted their fourth penalty corner to take the encounter into extra time.Pressure got the better of the Indians in the additional time as they gave away another short corner in the 75th minute from which Amin Rahim scored yet again, to avenge Malaysia’s 2-3 defeat against India in last month’s Commonwealth Games.India will now play South Korea for bronze while Malaysia will be up against Pakistan in the gold medal match, the winners of which would directly qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.In the first semifinal earlier in the day, Pakistan got the better of Korea 4-3 in penalty shoot-out after both sides were locked 1-1 at the end of regulation as well as 15 minutes of extra time.Incidentally, this will be seven-time champions Pakistan’s first entry into the Asian Games final after a hiatus of 20 years when they won the gold at Beijing in 1990.India captain Rajpal blamed his side’s missed opportunities for the loss and said the team missed Sandeep at vital stages of the match.”If we had converted 50 per cent of the chances we got we would have won the match. Their goalkeeper also played well and once a defender also made a goal-line save off a penalty corner. Then Sandeep Singh was absent and had he been present we would have had better chances to convert the last-minute penalty corner,” he said.Coach Jose Brasa, whose contract ends after the Asian Games, said he was “very angry and disappointed” with the result.He also praised Malaysian custodian Kumar Subramiam for denying the Indians a couple of times in the second half.advertisement”Their goalkeeper played very well and brought off some good saves in the second half. And on one instance their defender also stopped the ball on the line. This was one of the important moments of the match. We did not control the game when we needed to control it,” the Spaniard said.Brasa predicted difficult future for India in the forthcoming London Games qualifying tournaments.”Our main target was to win the gold here and qualify and we have not done so. I see difficult times ahead for the team to qualify,” he said.Brasa was also quite candid about his future with the team.”I don’t think the government would retain me after these Games,” he said, adding it was not the right time to answer the question whether he would accept the job if offered to him again.last_img read more


Bucks expecting another hard-fought matchup with Celtics

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “It’s going to be those kind of games where you have to grind it out, earn every possession and you can’t take anything for granted,” he said. “It’s about going out there and outworking the other team.”NOT JUST ABOUT GIANNISAs much confidence as the Bucks have in putting the ball in Antetokounmpo’s hands, Khris Middleton said they know everyone will have to be playing at their best to close out games against the Celtics.In their first-round series the Pistons never got within five points of the Bucks in the final five minutes of any of their four games. The Celtics have had only one double-digit win in the series.“Last year me and Giannis carried a lot of the load. (Eric Bledsoe) too,” Middleton said. This year we’re a complete team from top to bottom. Giannis is going to do his thing, I’m going to do my thing, Bled is going to do his thing. But the supporting cast is much more ready this year to step up and provide big minutes for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Giannis Antetokounmpo is having a career season and is one of the leading contenders for league MVP honors.And it is East top-seeded Milwaukee and not Boston that will tipoff Sunday’s Eastern Conference semifinals matchup with home-court advantage and as the favorite to advance to the conference finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“A lot of things have changed,” Antetokounmpo said. “They haven’t changed as much. They play great basketball. They defend aggressively. They’re going to play with a lot of pace. Obviously, they have Kyrie this year. We’re just going to go out there, play hard and try to win games.”And Antetokounmpo has bigger goals than just trying to avenge last year’s first-round loss — though the sting of that setback remains with the Bucks. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated FILE – Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) forces a jump ball against Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)Much has changed since the Celtics outlasted the Bucks during their seven-game slugfest in the first round of last year’s NBA playoffs.For starters, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are both healthy after injuries sidelined them for the entire postseason last year.ADVERTISEMENT “At this point, it’s five versus five, and who’s better at the end of the day.”Here are some other things to watch for in the Eastern Conference semifinals matchup between Boston and Milwaukee:INJURY UPDATEBoth teams will be short-handed in Game 1. Boston guard Marcus Smart is still recovering from the partial tear to his left oblique abdominal muscle that he suffered on April 7. And Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon is out for Games 1 and 2 as he continues deal with plantar fascia in his right foot.Smart was originally given a 4- to 6-week recovery window for the injury and sat out the entire first-round series with Indiana. But he was shooting and running sprints after practice on Friday.Coach Mike Budenholzer said they remain hopeful Brogdon can return at some point during the series.“He’s been on track but he’s still got some hurdles to cover,” Budenholzer said. “We’ll assess it when we get through this next little wave.”CLOSE GAMES EXPECTEDThe Bucks won two out of the three meetings with Boston during the regular season, with their wins coming by single digits.Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez believes the familiarity the teams have with each other will play a factor. “It’s a different situation, but there’s always ego and pride,” he said. “You want to win and avenge the loss last year. I don’t think the guys who were here last year forgot what we went through. We lost Game 7. Hopefully we have that in our mind, focus on what we’ve got to do now and try to win this series. And not repeat what we did last year.”Milwaukee has thrived in their first season under coach Mike Budenholzer, posting a league-best 60-22 record during the regular season and sweeping the Detroit Pistons in the first round, winning by an average of 24 points per game.The Celtics had an up and down year but found some missing cohesion during their first-round sweep of Indiana. They’ve been led by big scoring games by Irving, an increased comfort level by Hayward that was missing in the regular season and some late-game poise across the board.While Irving respects how much the Bucks have improved, he doesn’t see Boston as an underdog just because they are the lower seed.“To be honest, I don’t really care about the seeding. As long as we’re in there. It’s an even playing field,” he said. “All the regular season stats and the hype around the regular season? You can have it.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Rockets eager for another chance at defending champion Warriors DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Cricket: Take a bow Shahbaz Nadeem; 8 wickets for 10 runs!

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Picture Courtesy: Indian Express)Left arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem broke the List-A record for most wickets in an innings after putting up a stunning performance in which his figures read 10-4-10-8. Nadeem bettered Rahul Sanghvi’s 8/15 for Delhi against Himachal Pradesh (1997-98).Nadeem who picked up 8 wickets in his first 8 overs was on course to claim all the 10 wickets. But fellow left-arm spinner, Anukul Roy dismissed Rahul Chahar to break the sequence. This bowling display saw Jharkhand dismiss Rajasthan for a mere 73 and chase down the target in 15 overs.Speaking about it, Nadeem said, “I didn’t know until some people told me that I had broken the world record. It feels really good to play for the state (team) and do well and help it win matches,” he told PTI reacting to his feat. “I was happy with my performance and the hat-trick made it more special. It is nice to do that,” he said.He also credited his stint with the national side as a net bowler in the ongoing Asia cup for this brilliant display of bowling.“Bowling to the batsmen in the national team helps a lot. I was able to work on my bowling. You can know where you stand when you bowl to top-quality batsmen. I am happy I got the opportunity,” Nadeem added.It is to be noted that Shahbaz Nadeem has had some tremendous success in the Ranji Trophy circuit earlier, picking up more than 50 wickets in both 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. Despite these brilliant performances he is yet to receive a national call-up.Also Read:Cricket: Gautam Gambhir bats for India against the Pakistani medialast_img read more


first_imgThe court was hearing a petition filed by Dhoni seekingThe court was hearing a petition filed by Dhoni seeking contempt proceedings against Agarwal for defying high courts November 17, 2014 direction asking Maxx Mobilink to “refrain from selling any products” which use or claimed to have been endorsed by Dhoni.On April 21, the high court had asked Agarwal to inform it about the steps taken on order refraining them from selling any product having endorsement of Dhoni.In the affidavit, Agarwal claimed they have not “breached” the November 17, 2014 order and removed all such material from its website which contained the name or image of Dhoni.”I say and submit that the respondent number two (firm), as on November 17, 2014 and even as on date, continues to rightfully use the brand MSD7 for the purpose of selling its products. I say and submit that it is a matter of fact that respondent number two is the absolute owner of all rights in the brand/ trademark MSD7,” he claimed in the affidavit.The November 2014 direction was passed on a plea by Dhoni and Rhiti Sports, who had alleged that Maxx Mobilink had not paid dues of over crores of rupees which was agreed upon for using the cricketers name on their products.Dhonis counsel had said the endorsement agreement between him and the company had expired in December 2012 but Maxx was still using his name to sell its products and not paying him the dues.Agarwals counsel had countered these claims saying no mobile phones were sold in the name of the cricketer.advertisementThe cricketer, in his contempt plea, has also sought a direction to seize all the products/mobile handsets and such other articles where his name and image is being used to sell and promote these products. PTI ABA PPS HMP RKS ARClast_img read more

Harry Kane invites dancing Tottenham Hotspur fan to be mascot in season finale

first_imgA Tottenham Hotspur supporter who was abused online for dancing in their new stadium after last Saturday’s Premier League defeat has been invited by skipper Harry Kane to be a mascot in their final match of the season.Neil Markham posted a video of his 16-year-old daughter Ella, who has Down’s Syndrome, dancing inside the stadium after the 1-0 defeat by West Ham United.However, he was then subjected to a flood of online abuse from upset supporters with some of them mocking her condition.The result is never the most important thing #COYS pic.twitter.com/ad4fpBjMtANeil Markham (@NeilMarkham1) April 27, 2019″Ella was being called all sorts of names, (people were) laughing at her in terms of the way she was dancing and the way she looked,” Markham told the BBC.”I was getting abuse in terms of having a child with Down’s Syndrome.”Harry Kane has kindly invited 16-year old Ella Markham to be the mascot at our last game of the season against Everton.Captains material, @HKane! #OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/tSyYHoO2CSLilywhite Spurs (@Lilywhite_Spurs) May 1, 2019The video caught the attention of striker Kane who told Ella to “keep dancing” and invited her to be a mascot in their home clash against Everton on May 12.”I want to thank you for your amazing support. Your family are proud of you as well,” Kane said in a video message to Ella that has emerged online.”We know you’re a big fan and we’d love for you to come down and be a mascot for the last game of the season. Keep dancing and keep doing what you’re doing, lots of love.”advertisementAlso Read | Barcelona legend Xavi to retire: This is my last season as a playerlast_img read more

Lukaku casts doubt over Man Utd future

first_imgRomelu Lukaku said he expects a “busy summer” as he cast doubts over his Manchester United future amid growing links to Inter.Lukaku has emerged as a reported target for Antonio Conte’s side after previously revealing it would be a “dream” to play in Serie A at some point in his career.New Inter head coach Conte is reportedly keen to sign Lukaku, having missed out on the Belgium striker during his time in charge of Chelsea after he opted to join Premier League rivals United for £75 million ($95m) in 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Lukaku was asked about his future following Belgium’s 3-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Scotland on Tuesday and the 26-year-old did little to dismiss rumours of a potential Old Trafford exit.We keep improving! Another good win for us and what a way to finish off the season! @BelRedDevils pic.twitter.com/6M2f4Gctn3— R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) June 11, 2019″I have a contract with Man United,” said Lukaku, who scored twice against Scotland. “I’ll speak with my club and my agent Federico Pastorello to make the best decision.”I am going to enjoy my holidays with my family now. I know what I’ll do but won’t say it.”We’ll see. If I expect a busy summer? Yes.”Lukaku – contracted to the Red Devils until 2022 with the option of a further year – scored 12 Premier League goals as United finish sixth in 2018-19, missing out on Champions League qualification.He scored 15 goals across all competitions for United in total, who lost to Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.The imposing centre-forward was unable to build on his promising debut campaign at Old Trafford, during which he managed to hit 26 goals under Jose Mourinho’s stewardship.Lukaku enjoyed a brief resurgence after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as interim United boss back in December, most notably scoring twice in a stunning Champions League win over Paris Saint Germain.However, his form dipped dramatically between March and May, with many fans and experts calling his fitness levels and technical ability into question.last_img read more

Born to be Bad? Then this Low-Mileage 1987 Buick Grand National GNX is for You

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Like all performance outfits, however, the GN’s upgrades didn’t satisfy GM engineers, and in 1987, the limited edition GNX was born. Blacked out, re-tuned, and wielding more power than the day’s Camaro and Corvette, the Grand National GNX was not to be brushed aside.GNX hardware was truly special, including a 231-cubic-inch V6 that was introduced in the ‘60s as the “Fireball.” Astoundingly, this same motor (with the help of tweaks and forced induction) would serve in a number of Buick models all the way until the late 90s.In the Grand National GNX, it was paired with a Garret turbocharger, a larger intercooler, and a few other improvements to produce 276 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque. While hot hatchbacks are making more power than that these days, in 1987, those figures were immense. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a BRF four-speed automatic, a durable transmission seen elsewhere in GM performance products.Keeping the GNX’s G-Body glued to the road is an ASC McLaren-tuned suspension, 245-section Goodyear Eagle VR50 tires in front and 255-section tires in the rear. Also on board is a quick-ratio power steering rack and power-assisted front discs and rear drum brakes.It took a while for collectors to appreciate the uniqueness of the GNX, but now that they’ve come around, prices for these models are booming. Take this example from RK Motors: a 1987 Grand National GNX in showroom condition with less than 1,000 miles on the odometer. Originally purchased for over double MSRP ($29,290), this model was only driven 510 miles during its first 17 years of life. The next owner only added 115 miles over seven years, and the third only 180 on top of that.It seems like a shame that something this cool has been driven so little, but such is the reality of the collector car market. At $139,900, this example won’t come cheap, but let’s hope the next owner takes it out for a spin a little more often! Born to be Bad? Then this Low-Mileage 1987 Buick Grand National GNX is for You Close When Americans think fondly of our muscle car history, vehicles like the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, 1966 Ford Mustang GT Fastback, 1967 Pontiac GTO, and 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T come to mind. Certainly, there were other storied names, but these are the cars that dominate today’s auction blocks and fulfill collectors’ desires.It’s easy to gloss over the ’80s and ’90s in your search for hot rodding thrills, but to do so would miss a handful of remarkable automobiles. Case in point: Buick’s Regal GNX. Inspired by NASCAR Manufacturer’s Cup victories in 1981 and ’82, Buick offered a modified version of its Regal in 1982, dubbed the Grand National. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affordinglast_img read more

Social Research is Critical – Grange

first_img “Our music and other forms of culture are part of our way of life and we need to understand how they can transfer the right message to persons. UWI can help by doing research in this area as you have all the skills here,” Minister Grange said. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says social research, like scientific research, plays a critical role in the development of Jamaica. Story Highlights “Understanding behavior and why people do the things they do is critical. This is an area of great importance to us now as we tackle the crime problem,” Minister Grange said. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says social research, like scientific research, plays a critical role in the development of Jamaica.The Minister was speaking at the Opening Ceremony for the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Research Days 2018 on Wednesday (February 7).“Understanding behavior and why people do the things they do is critical. This is an area of great importance to us now as we tackle the crime problem,” Minister Grange said.She said work done by Professor of Child Health, Development and Behaviour, Maureen Samms-Vaughan and that of Professor of Comparative Sociology Ian Boxill can help in understanding what contributes to deviant behavior.The Minister also believes that culture and appreciating the constructs of culture are equally important to policies on development.“Our music and other forms of culture are part of our way of life and we need to understand how they can transfer the right message to persons. UWI can help by doing research in this area as you have all the skills here,” Minister Grange said.Minister Grange said that, the UWI has for the last 70 years been “creating an environment of learning, growth and development that emphasises intellectual curiosity, service and leadership.”“One of the measures of a university’s success is the ability to integrate theory with practical applications for the social and economic benefit of our communities, countries, and region. The primary modality for achieving this is through partnerships and bringing research to life.”The Minister said also that the UWI has the support of the Government as it continues to anchor itself as a vital centre of competence and problem solving to help tackle social challenges and drive economic growth.last_img read more

Tom Petty Honored As MusiCares Person Of The Year

first_imgTom Petty was honored as MusiCares Person Of The Year at a star-studded event over the weekend.Among the stars who performed at the event were Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Jeff Lynne, The Lumineers, Elle King, George Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison, Bob Dylan’s son Jakob Dylan, Regina Spektor, Taj Mahal and many more. The event was emceed by Ed Helms.Tom Petty was honored in recognition of his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists’ rights, and the charitable work he has undertaken throughout his career, which has notably focused on the homeless population in Los Angeles. Widely recognized by a younger generation of musicians as an example of what an engaged artist can accomplish in his field and beyond, Petty has come to represent the lasting possibilities of rock and roll.“Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation. “His brand of rock and roll benefits from a celebratory rebelliousness, infectious rhythms, and unforgettable lyrics that are incised in our imaginations. His artistic talents coupled with his quiet philanthropy make him a great MusiCares Person of the Year honoree, and we are very fortunate to have the support of our Board, past honorees, and the musical community around this special event.”“I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year. I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry,” said Petty. “I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations. Again, let me say this is a true honor.”last_img read more

Executive QA with CMRRA President Caroline Rioux

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In a few weeks, SoundExchange will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its purchase of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA). The acquisition represents a major opportunity for SoundExchange to diversify lines of business and offer services to the music publishing community, in addition to our work collecting and distributing digital sound recording performance royalties.The acquisition also represents an opportunity for CMRRA, which is widely recognized as a leader in rights management and a key partner for music publishers and self-published songwriters who are owed royalties in Canada to tap into SoundExchange’s systems and platforms and relationships around the world. CMRRA is part of SXWorks, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SoundExchange that provides global administration capabilities to music publishers.CMRRA has an incredible team of professionals who issue licenses and collect royalties for the reproduction of musical works in Canada. Caroline Rioux leads the CMRRA team, and we sat down with her recently to discuss the company, its success in 2017 and plans for the year ahead. Advertisement Twittercenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

BC Government to improve WorkBC Services

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is making changes to improve WorkBC’s services.According to the Government, the changes will offer better services for people who need support to re-enter the workforce, access training opportunities and to find good jobs.Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, says these changes will help those who are facing barriers when searching for work. “Many people trying to find work face barriers to opportunity. They need a hand overcoming those barriers to take the next step to meet their goals. That’s why we are refocusing WorkBC on delivering results for people. Improving accessibility and moving to more personalized supports will make it easier for more people to find good, stable jobs so they can provide for themselves and their families.”WorkBC provides employment services to people at centres throughout the province and online through WorkBC.ca. People can find local and provincial job listings, workshops, skills assessments and targeted programs that include training, work experience and wage subsidies.For more information on the changes in employment services, you can visit the Government’s website.last_img read more

Some of worlds richest countries let poorest children fall further behind –

3 December 2010Italy, the United States, Greece, Belgium and the United Kingdom top a list of two dozen developed countries that let their most vulnerable children fall even further behind, with enormous consequences not only for the youngsters themselves but for the economy and society at large, according to a new United Nations report released today. Italy, the United States, Greece, Belgium and the United Kingdom top a list of two dozen developed countries that let their most vulnerable children fall even further behind, with enormous consequences not only for the youngsters themselves but for the economy and society at large, according to a new United Nations report released today.“As debates rage on austerity measures and social spending cuts, the report focuses on the hundreds of thousands of children who risk being left behind in the world’s richest countries,” Gordon Alexander, Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Innocenti Research Centre, said of the study, which puts Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Switzerland and the Netherlands at the top of those caring for their least advantaged children.“This need not happen – the standard set out in this report is not based on some theoretical ideal of greater equality but on what some OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development] countries have already achieved for their children.” The study – Report Card 9: The Children Left Behind – for the first time ranks 24 of the 31 OECD top industrialized countries in terms of equality in health, education and material well-being for their children, focusing on bottom-end inequality for the most disadvantaged children.With much of the data coming from before the current financial crisis, the report calls its findings a “snapshot in good times,” warning that the heaviest consequences of an economic downturn tend to fall on the most vulnerable families and their children.“In hard times, the poorest children should be the first to be protected, not the last to be considered,” it declares. “A child has only one chance to develop normally in mind and body. And it is a primary responsibility of government to protect that chance – in good times and in bad.”Hundreds of studies in OECD countries have shown that the costs of children falling too far behind include a greater likelihood of inadequate nutrition, lower educational achievement, chronic stress for the child and impaired development, but this long list of problems also translates into significant costs for society as a whole. “Unnecessary bottom-end inequality prepares a bill which is quickly presented to taxpayers in the form of increased strain on health and hospital services, on remedial schooling, on welfare,” the report stresses.It cites those countries which have more effectively used family benefits and tax breaks to close the gap on child inequality and poverty as showing that the problem can be eased through policy decisions, without sacrificing efficiency and economic performance.“The 24 OECD countries being compared are all highly developed nations with a similar capacity to limit child poverty,” Mr. Alexander said. “The fact that some countries are doing better than others shows that the pattern of inequality can be broken, and that when exclusion is identified early, action can be taken to prevent a deep fall. The variation between countries revealed in the report offers a realistic goal for improvement.”In addition to those leading the way in promoting equality in children’s well-being and those letting their children fall further behind, the study also found that Switzerland has the least inequality in material well-being closely followed by Iceland and the Netherlands, with the highest relative gaps reported in Slovakia, the US and Hungary.Also, inequality in educational achievement (reading, maths and science literacy) is lowest in Finland, followed by Ireland and Canada, and highest in Belgium, then France and Austria.The study also found that the lowest levels of inequality for health are registered in the Netherlands, followed by Norway and Portugal, with the widest gaps found in Hungary, Italy and the US.The countries measured were: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and US. Seven other OECD countries – Australia, Chile, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea and Turkey – are also included in the report, but are not given a group ranking as they did not have enough data for at least one of the three dimensions measured. read more

As other countries grapple with wealth gap Denmark finds welfare system narrows

COPENHAGEN – This is what it’s like to live in Denmark, a nation with a narrower wealth gap than almost anywhere else: You’ve been jobless for more than a year. You have no university degree, no advanced skills. You have to pay a mortgage. And your husband is nearing retirement.You aren’t worried.If you’re 51-year-old Lotte Geleff, who lost her job as an office clerk in January 2013, you know you’ll receive an unemployment benefit of 10,500 kroner ($1,902) a month after taxes for up to two years. You’re part of a national system of free health care and education for everyone, job training, subsidized child care, a generous pension system and fuel subsidies and rent allowances for the elderly.And high taxes.Denmark’s sturdy social safety net helps explain why its wealth gap — the disparity between the richest citizens and everyone else — is second-smallest among the world’s 34 most developed economies, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, surpassed only by the much smaller economy of Slovenia.Behind its slender wealth gap are factors ranging from the highest tax burden in the European Union to a system that helps laid-off workers find new jobs and re-training.They are factors that depend on a level of government involvement — financial and otherwise — that would be politically unacceptable in some areas of the world.Cause and effect would be impossible to prove, but Danes appear more content than people in most other industrialized nations. Eighty-nine per cent of Danes reported having more positive experiences in an average day than negative ones, according to the OECD — the highest figure among the organization’s 34 countries.“We don’t have steaks on the table every night, but we’re OK,” says Geleff, who has a house near the city of Roskilde.While the gap between the wealthy and everyone else is widening in much of the industrialized world, a large chunk of Danes remain firmly middle class. Forty-two per cent of the working population of 4.6 million have annual disposable incomes between 200,000 and 400,000 kroner ($36,700-$73,300). Just 2.6 per cent earn more than 500,000 kroner a year ($91,383).According to the OECD, the top 20 per cent of Danes earn on average four times as much as the bottom 20 per cent. In the United States, by contrast, the top 20 per cent earn about eight times as much as the bottom 20 per cent.The idea of a generous government-provided cushion for ordinary people is deeply rooted in a nation with few outward signs of a pampered elite. Members of the royal family often bike to drop off their children at a public daycare centre. Last winter, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt was seen shovelling snow outside her home in Copenhagen.With a solid safety net in place, the government has persuaded unions to accept a flexible labour market. Under a model known as “Flexicurity,” companies can quickly lay off staffers during downturns. Laid-off workers, in turn, receive training and guidance in pursuing new careers.Such training is part of Denmark’s approach to education, which is free for everyone of all ages in this country of 5.6 million. Students of any age over 18 who live on their own can receive a stipend of 5,839 kroner ($1,028) a month. Those living with their parents can receive about half that.So widespread is education that one byproduct has been something unfamiliar elsewhere: A shortage of unskilled labour. Denmark has no mandated minimum wage. But unions and employers’ organizations have agreed on a minimum of 111 kroner ($20.3) an hour.Torben Andersen, an economics professor at Aarhus University, sees political unity as a factor in Denmark’s narrow wealth gap.“There are not the same strong conflicts and very strong parties and views like you will see, for instance, in U.S. politics,” he said.Some issues do tend to fan tensions in Denmark. One is immigration. With net immigration of about 2.25 people per 1,000 citizens, Denmark welcomes nearly as many as the United States. Many come from war-torn Middle East countries with few qualifications. Some of them struggle to find jobs, leaving some Danes to complain about immigrants benefiting from the welfare system without contributing to it.Such anxieties have lent support to the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party. Its influence has led to a tightening of immigration laws. It’s become harder for foreigners to obtain residence permits and for refugees in Denmark to bring relatives into the country.Despite the heavy tax burden, public support for the social security system remains high. In a Gallup poll published this month, 38 per cent of people who were asked whether they were happy to pay their taxes said they “fully” agreed. Fifty per cent “partly” agreed. A poll last year showed that 66 per cent opposed cuts to the welfare system.Kay Xander Mellish, a Wisconsin native who’s lived in Denmark for 13 years, says one reason Denmark’s system enjoys public support is that pretty much everyone, regardless of income, shares in its benefits.“If you are a high earner in the U.S., you can pay a lot for social services that you will never use, and I can see why that upsets people,” says Mellish, who’s enjoyed a year’s paid maternity leave and subsidized daycare. “At least when I pay for social services, I can see what I get back.”In Copenhagen, teacher Per Broenholt ticked off the government benefits he values. A father of two, he has six weeks’ vacation a year, which he uses to visit a summer home or foreign destinations such as Thailand or Turkey. He cycles to work and uses the family car mainly to drive to the grocery store on weekends.Still, he acknowledges, taxes are a burden. Income tax rates in Denmark range from 30 per cent to 51.5 per cent. There’s little incentive to work toward a promotion, Broenholt says, because “the taxman would take half” the additional money earned. And gas is expensive, at around 12 kroner ($2.18) for a litre (0.3 gallon), a result of environmental taxes.Advocates of low taxes, in the United States and elsewhere, have long argued that high taxes act as a drag on economies, stifling investment, hiring and spending. As with many countries with high taxes, Denmark’s long-term growth has trailed the pace of expansion in the United States and some other major economies.Among Danes, though, distaste for ostentatious wealth tends to outweigh dissatisfaction with taxes.“Elite is a dirty word here,” Mellish said. “The whole idea of ambition is embarrassing in Denmark. It’s like being gay in the 1960’s: Everybody knows it exists, but no one talks about it.”Wealthy Danes make up a lower proportion than in many other countries. About 0.3 per cent of Danes earn more than $370,000 a year. In the United States, a full 1 per cent had income over $394,000 in 2012, according to Internal Revenue Service data.As the cost of their social welfare systems has grown, Denmark and other Nordic nations have embraced work incentives — a trend that’s led to a slight widening in income disparities. Sweden has gradually cut income taxes for the employed by up to $330 a month. Denmark has pushed to lower the maximum period for full unemployment benefits from four years to two.Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt said she’s committed to helping businesses stay competitive.“We need to continue to take decisions to ensure that our model is sustainable and preserves prosperity,” she said in an email to The Associated Press.In the end, there’s an economic trade-off, says Danske Bank’s chief economist, Steen Bocian.“You could probably have higher growth in Denmark, allowing for more income inequality,” he said. “But it’s a political question whether you would pursue that.”___Rising reported from Stockholm. by Jan M. Olsen And Malin Rising, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2014 4:09 am MDT As other countries grapple with wealth gap, Denmark finds welfare system narrows disparities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

World governments agree to boost global status of UN environmental agency

In a resolution establishing universal membership of the former 58-member UNEP Governing Council, the UN General Assembly signalled it was reinforcing the agency’s role as the world’s “leading environmental authority” for setting the global environmental agenda, UNEP said in a news release.Crucially, the resolution renders UNEP eligible to receive “secure, stable and increased financial resources” from the regular budget of the UN, and “calls for other UNEP donors to increase their voluntary funding,” the release said.“The decision by the General Assembly to strengthen and upgrade UNEP is a watershed moment,” said UNEP’s Executive Director, Achim Steiner.“Universal membership of UNEP’s Governing Council establishes a new, fully-representative platform to strengthen the environmental dimension of sustainable development, and provides all governments with an equal voice on the decisions and actions needed to support the global environment, and ensure a fairer share of the world’s resources for all,” he added.The General Assembly established UNEP a year after the UN’s 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment – which is widely credited with having placed global environmental issues on the international agenda – called for the creation of a specialized agency within the UN Secretariat to help States coordinate environmental policy.For its part, today’s General Assembly resolution marks the first major structural change to UNEP in its four-decade history.“The resolution reaffirms UNEP’s role as the UN’s authority on the environment, and provides the mandate to enhance our ongoing work on bringing the latest science to policy-makers, directly supporting national and regional environmental efforts, improving access to technology, and other key areas,” said Mr. Steiner. “For UNEP and the environmental community, this is a truly historic day.”The resolution follows commitments by world leaders at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June, to improve the institutional framework for a development agenda that meets human needs while also protecting the environment.“The provisions contained in the resolution are among the first practical steps by the UN General Assembly to implement the outcomes of Rio+20,” UNEP said.The reform comes as the latest edition of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook report, released in June 2012, said that significant progress had been made in only four of the 90 leading environmental goals agreed by the international community.The report warned that, if current trends continued, several critical thresholds may be exceeded, beyond which irreversible changes to the life-support functions of the planet could occur, according to the UNEP release.In light of the report, the new General Assembly resolution reflects the “commitment of member states to improve global cooperation on the environment in order to meet such challenges, and to promote the integration of the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainable development, as well as improving coordination within the UN system,” UNEP said.The first meeting of the new Governing Council will take place in February. read more

Multotec looks to lucrative Indian coal sector

first_imgMultotec says it is aiming to share the experience and expertise it has gained in the South African coal sector with the potentially lucrative Indian coal sector. With 60 coal processing plants and 300 Mt of run-of-mine coal mined a year, the South African coal sector has a wealth of innovation at its disposal, spearheaded by original equipment manufacturers such as Multotec.Dense medium cyclones from Multotec are already officially endorsed by Coal India. Coal India produces 81% of India’s coal and is also the largest coal producer in the world. “Our range of dense medium cyclones is very popular in the Indian market, and is preferable over any other brand. For Multotec to be endorsed by Coal India is very good for us,” Bart Malan, Multotec Area Sales Manager responsible for India and Turkey, says.Multotec is a corporate member of the Coal Preparation Society of India (CPSI) and will be participating in the Coal Beneficiation 2015 Conference & Expo in New Delhi in April. “Our main aim is to create awareness of gravity separation of fine coal using spiral concentrators. This is becoming increasingly important as it is an environment friendly technology and has no moving parts, meaning reduced repair and maintenance costs,” Ken Tuckey, General Manager, International Business Development Division, says.Tuckey explains that the similarity between Indian and South African coal means that solutions pioneered in the latter can effectively be applied to the former, without having to reinvent the wheel. “Our large diameter dense medium cyclones have been proven in coarse coal applications in South Africa, our smaller diameter cyclones for fine coal down to 2 mm, and our spirals for material from 2 mm to 100 microns.”The combination of these three elements provides a total customer solution that Multotec is now offering to Indian coal washing plants, with the emphasis on improved yield and product quality. Since the Indian government has enacted environmental legislation to prohibit the transportation of ash more than 500 km from its point of origin, removal of ash from the finer fractions will be imperative, and this can best be executed in small diameter dense medium cyclones (for 15 by 2 mm) and the minus 2 mm on spirals.“Coal in India and South Africa is essentially similar, and therefore the Indian coal sector can benefit from the experience gained in the South African coal sector,” Tuckey says. He adds that the Indian coal sector will now have to focus on fine coal beneficiation, a development that took place in the South African coal some time back. Multotec, in particular, has undertaken extensive research and development to demonstrate the efficiency of dense medium separation for 50 mm to 15 mm coal. Cost-effective recovery of the magnetite used during the process is paramount, never forgetting the crucial aspect of dewatering.Tuckey explains that dense medium separation is trickier for 15 mm to 2 mm coal. Here it is relatively more difficult to obtain the necessary magnetite recovery, while dewatering and retaining the requisite calorific value is also more difficult. “Below 2 mm is where the Multotec spiral comes into its own. Since it is a low cost water only gravity separation technology, there are no costly chemicals to be added or medium to be lost. This makes it a cost effective technology, with the final hurdle of dewatering achieved with a cyclone and a high frequency vibrating screen, and even centrifuges if need be.”The percentage of the fines generated ROM is normally 15% to 20%. Since the Indian coal sector is now looking to improve the calorific value of the coal it is feeding to the country’s power stations, critical experiential knowledge is necessary for the selection of the correct equipment. This is where Multotec believes it can play a critical role in the Indian coal sector, as it has the necessary equipment and experience to be able to offer a total solution for the beneficiation of fine coal. Multotec is also able to offer specific advice to its clients, Malan notes. “We look at the current performance, determine where any improvements can be made and then advise accordingly.” Thereafter it is up to the customer to make the appropriate procurement decisions.Tuckey concludes that Multotec’s particular combination of cyclones and spirals is especially suited to the requirements of the Indian coal sector. “Multotec’s coal spirals are very forgiving in this particular application. They tolerate a range of feed tonnages and are cheap to purchase and cost-effective to operate, as well as being easy to adjust to specific conditions while delivering a consistently good performance.”last_img read more

Alexander Mining gets US patent for HyperLeach process

first_imgAlexander Mining reports that it has received notification that its MetaLeach subsidiary has been granted a patent for a Method of Oxidative Leaching of Sulfide Ores and/or Concentrates in the United States, patent number 9,771,631. The patent has a standard term of 20 years from the effective date of 13 June 2010 (being the date of original filing).The patent describes a method for leaching one or more target metals from a sulphide ore and/or concentrate containing such.Martin Rosser, Chief Executive Officer, said: “The technology described in the patent has significant potential application in the US, both for sulphide deposits and for converting sulphide concentrates, the source of the majority of the world’s base metals production and resources, through to metal at the mine site.”MetaLeach’s HyperLeach® process, although less advanced in its commercialisation progress than AmmLeach®, has very significant potential for application. HyperLeach® is a hydrometallurgical process which has been developed by MetaLeach for the extraction of metals, especially copper, zinc, nickel, cobalt, molybdenum and rhenium from sulphide ore deposits and concentrates.The process utilises chlorine based chemistry to solubilise metals from ores under ambient temperature and pressure conditions. The HyperLeach® process can be operated as either heap leach or tank leach.last_img read more

Telekom Veszprem with 6 to Szeged

MOL-Pick Szeged:Sierra, Sego – Obranovic 1, Kallman 4, Bodó 5, Goncalves 1, Zubai, Balogh 4 (4), Skube, Blazevic, Gaber, Sostaric 2, Rodriguez, Bánhidi, Buntic, Bóka Telekom Veszprém: Mikler, Alilovic – Iváncsik 1, Schuch, Ilic 2, Palmarsson 3, Gajic 4 (1), Nilsson 2, Nagy 3, Ugalde 3, Marguc, Terzic, Blagotinsek, Sulic, Lékai 4 ← Previous Story Maccabi Rishon Le Zion new Israeli champions! Next Story → WITH +9 TO ROMANIA: Sporting CP close to win EHF Challenge Cup Pick Szeged are always somewhere close to Telekom Veszprem, but that isn’t enough for Juan Carlos Pastor boys to take some trophy on domestic stage. Telekom Veszprem showed great performance in the first match of Play-Off Final to outplay the biggest and only rival in Hungary – 23:17 (8:10).Now, Pick Szeged will have extremely hard task to win with more than six goals to ensure the first Championship title since 2007.Telekom Veszprém – MOL-Pick Szeged 23:17 (8:10) read more

Liberals commit 100000 to Cypriots

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian Liberal party has committed $100,000 to the Cypriot Community of Melbourne if elected in the November 27 elections. “People are scared to walk down King Street at night, I certainly wouldn’t” Nick Kotsiras, Liberal MP, VictoriaNicholas Kotsiras the Victoria’s Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs told guests at the Cyprus Community Annual ball last week that the grant will be for the organisation of a festival. “The Cyprus Community has been a strong advocate for the Cypriot community since 1934” said Mr Kotsiras to Neos Kosmos. “The $100,000 is committed, it’s in my policy, it’s new money” responded Mr Kostiras when asked if he will honour the promise if elected. “It is important to recognise of the 80 years of service the Cyprus Community has provided its members and its about culture and tradition” he added.Mr Kotsiras was cautiously optimistic about the Opposition’s electoral chances on the November 27 Victorian State elections. “I believe it will be close, a lot closer than people expect” he said. “As we get into November people begin to think about the election and about issues that concern them and the way the Brumby Government has dealt with these issues” Mr Kotsiras said. He highlighted the issue of transport and planning in his electoral Bulleen, “We are over developed and in terms of transport there is no train system and we have to rely on busses which are often late.” On state issues “law and order” was identified by Mr Kotsiras who said “People are scared to walk down King Street at night, I certainly wouldn’t”. He went on to emphasise the Opposition’s “raft of policies including extra police, the outlawing of biker gangs.” He did not want to make any further announcements but said that a Bailleu Government would do much for education and the teaching of Languages Other Than English. “You wait and see, we have very exciting policy announcements particularly on multiculturalism and education” said Mr Kotsiraslast_img read more