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Policeman killed in Srinagar

Policeman killed in Srinagar

first_imgFour policemen were injured and one of them succumbed to his injuries after a militant ambush near Srinagar on Friday evening. A police spokesman told The Hindu that a police vehicle was fired upon by militants on a highway near Zeewan in the outskirts of Srinagar in the evening during a routine patrol. “Four injured policemen were shifted to Srinagar hospital,” said the spokesman. Later, Head Constable Kishan Lal succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.Police sources said the area had been cordoned off. The militiant group Lashkar-e-Taiba said it had carried out the attack.last_img read more

Kent Salado tears MCL, out for remainder of Aspirants’ Cup

Kent Salado tears MCL, out for remainder of Aspirants’ Cup

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Cousins’ 44 points, 24 rebounds, 10 assists lift Pelicans over Bulls Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESAfter playing just one game, Kent Salado will miss the remainder of the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup as he re-injured his MCL on his right knee.Officials from Go for Gold confirmed the news on Tuesday as the 22-year-old will leave a huge hole in the Scratchers’ campaign this first conference of the developmental league.ADVERTISEMENT The Cagayan de Oro native suffered a partial MCL tear on the same knee late in the Chiefs’ campaign last NCAA Season 93.Salado, though, is hopeful that he’ll be ready for Arellano’s campaign this upcoming NCAA Season 94.“I will rest and heal up because I want to play in the NCAA,” said Salado, who averaged 19.1 points, 5.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.3 steals for Arellano this past NCAA Season 93.ADVERTISEMENT The speedy playmaker went for a layup at the 2:48 mark of the third quarter but could not get the proper lift as he fell hard to the ground and struggled to get up.“(Salado) said that he heard something pop. We’re very worried,” relayed Scratchers coach Charles Tiu after Go for Gold scored the 75-68 victory over Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare on Monday at Pasig City Sports Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis injury leaves the bulk of the heavy lifting to J-Jay Alejandro, Matt Salem, and ex-pro Jerwin Gaco.Salado finished with nine markers, five boards, four assists, and three steals in his only game for Go for Gold. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

CITY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO TAKE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SURVEY

CITY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO TAKE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SURVEY

first_imgSOME SIOUX CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE ASKED TO FILL OUT A STUDENT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SURVEY SOON.JENNIFER GOMEZ, THE DISTRICT’S EQUITY DIRECTOR, SAYS A LETTER HAS BEEN SENT TO PARENTS OF 6TH THROUGH 12TH GRADERS WHO WILL TAKE THE SURVEY FROM OCTOBER 23RD THROUGH NOVEMBER 17TH:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/SURVEY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….STUDENT ANSWERS. :16GOMEZ SAYS THE STUDENT SURVEY COVERS A VARIETY OF ISSUES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/SURVEY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….FOR ADOLESCENTS. ;10GOMEZ SAYS THE DISTRICT USES THE SURVEY RESULTS TO HELP SHAPE CURRICULUM AND COUNSELING STRATEGIES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/SURVEY3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL. :19THE SURVEY TAKES ABOUT 20 MINUTES TO COMPLETE AND GOMEZ SAYS ALMOST ALL OF THE STUDENTS TAKE IT SINCE IT IS CONFIDENTIAL.THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS GIVEN THE SURVEY FROM THE IOWA DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH TO THE STUDENTS.last_img read more

Comparing Mike Gundy and Bob Stoops Home

Comparing Mike Gundy and Bob Stoops Home

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! I think it’s safe to say if I’m picking a home, I probably wouldn’t be too choosy about which home to pick between Mike Gundy and Bob Stoops. [Assuming I have a couple milly to throw away]. But just for fun, how do the two head ball coaches homes compare? Here’s some pictures from Mike Gundy’s abode (Courtesy of extreme campers from 2015):Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 6.56.55 AMScreen Shot 2016-08-15 at 6.57.08 AMScreen Shot 2016-08-15 at 6.56.33 AMAnd here’s a few photos from Stoops house, and a slight video tour from a pool party over the weekend:[2015][2015]Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 7.22.30 AMhttps://twitter.com/RuizMaria15/status/632339499477917696Some fun had @OU_CoachStoops’ house this evening.?? ➡️ https://t.co/jpB2R6EvJlhttps://t.co/KE2SOv82Yt— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) August 13, 2016I’d bet that Stoops house probably doesn’t draw comparisons to the Bass Pro House, but either way, it would be preetttyy dang difficult to pick between the two. Fortunately for us all, we’ll probably never have to choose. ?last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: 902-891-1573 Fax: 902-896-2259 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge, on Route 201, has a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, near Ben Eoin, will be reduced to one lane for gravelling, grading and paving until Friday, Dec. 11. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers through the construction zone. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be available until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site and warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-956-2365 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Plains Road Plains Road will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and paving until Monday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 17 west to Exit 15, will be reduced to one lane for widening and paving until Friday, Dec. 4. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-674-2535 Fax: 902-674-2170 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure The Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, will be closed until further notice. A marked detour route is available on New Road, Route 221 and Morden Road. HANTS COUNTY: Sangsters Bridge Sangsters Bridge, on Sangsters Bridge Road connecting Upper Falmouth and Trunk 14, will be closed for repairs until Monday, Nov. 30. A detour route is available through the Town of Windsor. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Glace Bay Lake Bridge Glace Bay Lake Bridge, Route 255, will be restricted to local traffic to replace the bridge until Monday, Nov. 30. A detour is available via Tower, Marconi Tower and Sand Lake roads. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 VICTORIA COUNTY: Big Baddeck Road Sections of Big Baddeck Road, north of Old Margaree Road, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Nov. 30, for repaving. A detour route is available on Old Margaree Road loop. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until further notice. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass Fairview Overpass is reduced to three lanes, to rebuild the southern section. Construction is expected to take about six months. Traffic will flow outbound on the two outer lanes, and inbound on the inner lane. Drivers should expect delays, or use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-424-1750 Fax: 902-424-0849 Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-6747 VICTORIA COUNTY: Wreck Cove Bridge Wreck Cove Bridge on Trunk 30 will be reduced to one lane for replacement of bridge until Monday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288center_img KINGS COUNTY: Rainsforth Bridge Rainsforth Bridge on Rainsforth Road will be closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Tracadie Harbour Bridge, east for about 18 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, asphalt-concrete patching and repaving until Friday, Dec. 4. A pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 INVERNESS COUNTY: Red River Road Red River Road, from the junction of Trunk 30 for almost 10 kilometres to the end, including Pleasant Bay Harbour Road, Pleasant Bay United Church Road, Hinkley Glen Road and Angus More Road, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving until Wednesday, Dec 9. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-577-2237 Fax: 902-563-2517 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Corsen Bridge, two kilometres before Ingonish, continues to be reduced to one lane. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Stewarts Bridge Stewarts Bridge, between Route 311 and West North River Road, will be closed for replacement until Monday, Nov. 30. A temporary panel bridge will be in place as a detour. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Alexandra Street Roundabout Construction of the Alexandra Street roundabout, at the intersection of Alexandra Street and Kenwood Drive in Sydney, will continue until Tuesday, Dec. 15. The traffic lights will be replaced by a three-way stop during construction. Drivers should expect delays or use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. Local Area Office: 902-577-0956 Fax: 902-674-2146 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 Trunk 30, from the national park entrance at Pleasant Bay to the national park entrance at MacKenzie Mountain, will be reduced to one lane for planing, patching and repaving until Friday, Dec. 4. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 COLCHESTER COUNTY: College Road Sections of College Road in Bible Hill will be reduced to one lane from Main Street to Village Line Avenue for repaving until Monday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people and signs are on site. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215, about 500 metres west of William Conley Road, east for about 12.4 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Dec. 4. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. PICTOU COUNTY: Ferrona Bridge Ferrona Bridge, on Churchville Road, will be closed for repairs until Saturday, Dec. 5. A detour is available via Route 348 and East River East Side Road, Route 348, Plymouth Park Road or Route 374 and East River East Side Road. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-680-5914 Fax: 902-681-7151 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Moose River Road-Reid’s Bridge Reid’s Bridge on Moose River Road will be closed for replacement until Thursday, Dec. 31. Detour signs will direct motorists. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 301 Route 301 will be restricted to local traffic between Mount Pleasant Road and Dickson Road to install culverts at Fitzsimmons Brook until Monday, Nov. 30. Alternate routes and signs will be in place. -30-last_img read more

LS polls Two govt employees on poll duty die in MP

LS polls Two govt employees on poll duty die in MP

first_imgBhopal: Two government employees engaged in election duty died in separate incidents in Madhya Pradesh, an official said on Sunday. Garu Singh Chogad, who was deployed at the Jalwat polling booth in Dhar Lok Sabha constituency, died after suffering a heart failure on Sunday morning, state’s Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao told reporters here. In another incident, a presiding officer, Anil Nema, in Dewas Lok Sabha seat died of cardiac arrest on Saturday night, he said. Polling was underway peacefully on Sunday in eight Lok Sabha seats – Dewas, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Dhar, Indore, Khargone and Khandwa – in the fourth and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state, he added.last_img read more

Video US Ambassador Bush Wishes all Moroccans Happy Holidays

Video US Ambassador Bush Wishes all Moroccans Happy Holidays

Rabat – US Ambassador to Morocco, Dwight Bush, released a new video in which he wishes Happy Holidays to Moroccans.While noting that Americans celebrate many of “our beloved holidays,” such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Hanukah, he pointed that this year’s celebrations are very special, as the holiday season coincides with the birthday of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), known in Morocco as Eid Al Mouloud.“This year is interesting because Eid Al Mouloud coincides with Christmas, a very rare occurrence over the centuries,” Ambassador Bush said. The US diplomat pointed out that while Muslims, Jews and Christians observe their holidays in different ways, they do many things in common, such as visiting family and eating special food.“Our holidays are observed in different ways. Yet the way we celebrate share many things in come, like visiting family and eating foods,” Bush said.While pointing out that many Americans volunteer their time during holidays to help people in need, he noted that he had the opportunity to work alongside many Moroccans in volunteering “our time, energy and support to projects that improve our shared world.”The US diplomat highlights the efforts made by the USAID to offer “its expertise” to complement the “good work the Moroccan government, civil society groups and citizens are doing.”He said that in keeping with the US tradition to make new resolutions and set new goals for the upcoming year, his resolution for 2016 is to “assist Morocco to develop its capacity and meet its potential.”He said that his second resolution is to visit other areas of Morocco he has never visited before.“I am eager to get out of the big cities, go to the country and meet with more people in rural communities,” the US Ambassador said. read more

Truce and transitional pact key to ending Libyan crisis – UN official

Truce and transitional pact key to ending Libyan crisis – UN official

28 July 2011A ceasefire and the establishment of an agreement on transitional arrangements that fulfil the aspirations of the Libyan people remain the only sustainable options for a political solution to the crisis in the North African country, the United Nations political chief told the Security Council today. “As we have said many times, a ceasefire tied to transitional arrangements which address the aspirations of the Libyan people is the only sustainable political solution to the crisis in Libya,” said B. Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, when he briefed the Council.He said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Libya, Abdel-Elah Al-Khatib, have been making that point in all their discussions with key interlocutors around the world.“It remains critical that the international community speak with one voice through the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy in order to bring about a political solution,” said Mr. Pascoe.He said that opposition forces had made some marginal gains in the battlefield, but there had been no dramatic changes in the overall situation. “The frontlines remain in flux as opposition forces attempt to advance towards Tripoli, while Government forces target strategic cities and areas under opposition control. NATO operations continue, primarily against sites in and around Tripoli.”Mr. Pascoe told the Council that both the National Transitional Council (NTC) and the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi had consistently maintained their stands during meetings with Mr. Khatib.“Both sides are willing to talk, but they are still emphasizing maximum demands at this point and patience is clearly required before detailed discussion can begin,” said Mr. Pascoe.On the humanitarian situation, Mr. Pascoe told the Council that the number of people who have fled Libya and remain outside the country since the beginning of the conflict in February is now estimated at 630,000, including some 100,000 Libyans. Another 200,000 Libyans have been internally displaced.The number of those stranded at border points in Egypt, Tunisia and Niger had fallen to about 2,600 people, most of them third-country nationals, some of whom are asylum-seekers who cannot return to their homes. Additionally, an estimated 22,000 people, mostly African migrants, have arrived by boat in Italy and Malta. At least 1,400 died at sea while attempting to reach Europe.The Tunisian Government has sought external assistance for Libyan refugees and local families hosting some of them, Mr. Pascoe told the Council, while the authorities in Libya had repeatedly complained about the shortages of medical supplies, including vaccines and equipment. Fuel shortages have hit Tripoli, he added.“The approach of the holy month of Ramadan has added greater urgency to the provision of supplies and meeting of humanitarian needs. Both the Libyan Government and the National Transitional Council have requested the use of frozen assets to meet humanitarian needs,” said Mr. Pascoe, adding that the requests had been forwarded to the Council’s Sanctions Committee for consideration.On post-conflict planning, Mr. Pascoe said that the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the issue, Ian Martin, is continuing preparatory work within the UN and with key partners.“The UN system-wide pre-assessment process to develop possible scenarios and areas where United Nations or other international support may be appropriate, if requested, is nearing completion.“As we have told the Council, early contingency planning is being undertaken by the [UN] Department of Peacekeeping Operations [DPKO] for military and police roles which the United Nations may be asked to perform following a ceasefire,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Khatib today in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, met with President Mohammad Ould Abdel Aziz, who chairs the African Union’s (AU) Ad-Hoc High Level Committee on the situation in Libya, and briefed him on his efforts to find a political settlement.Mr. Khatib said that the Mauritanian leader had stressed the same desire for a solution that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Libyan people, as expressed by AU’s Ad-Hoc High Level Committee. The special envoy said that he and Mr. Abdel Aziz emphasized the need for continued consultations between the UN and the AU in their efforts to resolve the crisis through a political process.Mr. Khatib also met with the Foreign Ministers of Mauritania and Mali to discuss cooperation between the UN and the AU. read more

Closing Bell Gold sector boosts TSX BlackBerry falls 26 on Q1 earnings

Closing Bell Gold sector boosts TSX BlackBerry falls 26 on Q1 earnings

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market moved sharply higher Friday, as gains in the gold sector were more than enough to offset a 26% decline in BlackBerry stock after the smartphone maker surprised traders with a quarterly loss and disappointing revenue.The S&P/TSX composite index ran up 123.33 points to 12,129.11.BlackBerry shares (TSX:BB) tumbled $3.97 to $11.08 after saying that it lost US$84 million in the first quarter when the smartphone maker launched its latest Z10 touchscreen model.On an adjusted basis, BlackBerry had a loss of $67 million or 13 cents per share. Analysts had expected an adjusted profit of six cents per share.Besides the unexpected loss and disappointing revenue, analysts were uphappy with a lack of specific sales figures for BlackBerry’s new smartphones.“They’re still not telling people how well they’re doing,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.“We had seen a lot of negativity on BlackBerry before they initially announced the new product and the product itself is actually pretty good. (But) I think people are nervous because obviously BlackBerry has not done well on the execution side and so now they’re back to that stage of, ’I don’t trust them.”’The Canadian dollar fell 0.39 of a cent to 95.08 cents US even as Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product grew by 0.1%, which was in line with expectations.U.S. indexes largely turned lower late in the session after three days of strong gains that reflected an atmosphere of calm that seemed to have settled on markets during this week.The Dow Jones industrials moved 114.89 points lower to 14,909.6, the Nasdaq gained 1.39 points to 3,403.25 and the S&P 500 index ticked 6.92 points lower to 1,606.28.There was positive consumer news as the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment dipped to 84.1 in June from 84.5 the previous month. But that was still relatively high as May’s reading was the highest since July 2007.Meanwhile, the Chicago Business Barometer sank to 51.6 from a 14-month high of 58.7 in May. That was well below the level of 55 that economists were expecting.Markets sold off after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke had indicated last week that the central bank could start winding up one of its signature stimulus programs, the purchase of US$85 billion worth of bonds every month with the aim of keeping long-term rates low.Spooking traders was a spike in bond yields with the benchmark 10-year Treasury surging from 2.25% before Bernanke’s comments to as high as around 2.6%. But yields backed off Thursday after three Fed officials said markets are unrealistic in their anticipation of rate hikes down the road.On Friday afternoon, the 10-year bond yielded 2.5%, up from 2.47% Thursday.The TSX managed a gain of 133 points or 1.11% this week but the main Toronto index is still down 2.45% year to date. The Dow industrials rose 110 points or 0.74% this week and is still ahead 13.77% for the year.Commodity prices were mixed and the beaten up gold sector was the biggest percentage advancer, up about 8% while the August bullion contract on the Nymex erased early losses to move up $12.10 to US$1,223.70 an ounce. Continued speculation about when the Federal Reserve may ease up on its monthly bond purchases has pushed bullion prices to three-year lows.Gold prices have deteriorated steadily this year as the precious metal loses its appeal as a hedge against inflation and deteriorating currencies. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) was ahead $1.03 to C$16.60 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) ran up $2.27 to $26.12. The TSX gold sector is down almost 50% so far this year and over 17% this month alone.The telecom sector was up two% with BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) up $1.16 to $43.12 after the federal broadcast regulator approved bid by its Bell subsidiary to acquire Astral Media (TSX:ACM.A) and its suite of TV speciality channels and radio stations in a deal worth $3.4 billion.September copper was unchanged at US$3.06 a pound and the base metals sector also moved up 2%. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gained 35 cents to $15.60.The consumer discretionary sector rose 1.5% as Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) said its overall quarterly net income edged up to $250 million from $248 million a year ago, although earnings per share dropped a penny to 52 cents. Revenue was up 4% to $1.33 billion. Shaw also said it has been able to minimize flood-related disruptions to its infrastructure in Alberta and is on track to generate more free cash than previously expected in the current financial year. Its shares jumped $1.30 or 5.43% to $25.24.The energy sector was up 0.4% with the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 49 cents to US$96.56 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) climbed 16 cents to $31. The Canadian Press read more

Gifted Lankan elephant dies

Gifted Lankan elephant dies

Rock music legend, Morrissey last week appealed to Philippines President Benigno Aquino and said that Mali, 37, deserved a reprieve from a lifetime of confinement. Animal rights group PETA said that Mali, born in Sri Lanka in 1974, was only 3 years old when she was ripped from her home and family and shipped to the zoo.A report on Mali released by PETA said that in the wild, elephants like Mali live and travel in close-knit family herds and roam up to 80 kilometers a day – activity that is essential to their well-being.“Mali would browse and graze, pluck fruit and leaves from trees, take mud baths, and spend hours a day swimming and playing in the water,” the report says. An elephant gifted to Pakistan by Sri Lanka has died after officials at an Islamabad Zoo drank the wine that was meant to be given to the animal, Pakistan media reports said.According to zookeeper Muhammad Bilal, who was sacked after the death of a female elephant “Saheli” on May 1, liquor is given to elephants in order to tame them. The 22-year-old female elephant Saheli, gifted by the government of Sri Lanka in 1991, died at the Islamabad Zoo on May 1. However, the Director and Deputy Director and their staff would drink all the wine brought in. He said the lack of wine resulted in the death of Saheli, the Pakistan media reported last week. The report explains, “At the Manila Zoo, Mali spends her days alone in a barren enclosure, which provides her with no opportunity to engage in any of the activities that elephants need for their physical, mental, and emotional health.” Thus Mali is said to be in a state of profound depression. (Colombo Gazette) The average age of an elephant ranges from 60 to 70 years and sometimes it can even go up to 90 to 100 years.Meanwhile, in the Philippines an appeal has been made to release an elephant gifted by Sri Lanka. read more

UNP warns will not remain silent if pushed to the limit

UNP warns will not remain silent if pushed to the limit

He warned that the UNP will confront anyone who makes an attempt to derail the development program of the UNP led Government. The United National Party (UNP) warned that it will not remain silent if it is pushed to the limit when carrying out work for the public.UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim said that some elements are testing the patience of the UNP and attempting to confront the ‘elephant’. Hashim also said that the UNP and Sri Lanka Freedom party and working together in the best interest of the Nation and it will not allow anyone to overthrow the coalition Government. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN announces roadmap to Climate Summit in 2019 a critical year for

UN announces roadmap to Climate Summit in 2019 a critical year for

Ms. Espinosa was speaking alongside the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on the Climate Summit, Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba of Mexico, at UN Headquarters in New York.Ms. Espinosa said that, with the deadline for achieving the first targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development fast approaching, described by Secretary-General António Guterres as “the UN’s blueprint for peace, justice and prosperity on a healthy planet”, the world stood at a crossroads.Two-thirds of these targets, she said, depend on climate and environment goals, and a five-fold increase in commitments from their current levels is needed in order to meet the targets set at the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement on dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance, due to come into force in 2020.The General Assembly President walked the representatives of Member States through some of the key events of 2019, leading up to, and following, the Climate Summit. All of the events, she said, share two goals: a doubling of commitments and ambition at a national level, and ensuring the inclusion of diverse groups in the process of climate action. March will see the General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Climate and Sustainable Development for All, which is intended to build on the success of COP24, the 2018 climate conference in Katowice, Poland, which led to the establishment of a “rulebook” for the reporting of emissions and the progress made in cutting them, every year from 2024.The March meeting will welcome representatives of the private sector, civil society and young people, and look to harness the enthusiasm of the latter group, who, said Ms. Espinosa, will be most affected by a warming world.On the 30th of June, in the build up to the Climate Summit, a “stocktaking” event will take place in Abu Dhabi, followed by a High Level Political Forum under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council in July, which will see a review of the progress made in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 13 (“urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”).The Climate Summit will be followed by the first-ever High Level Political Forum on Climate Action, sponsored by the General Assembly on September 24. The year will be rounded off by the 2019 Climate Conference COP25, which will take place in Chile.Multilateralism, said Ms. Espinosa, is the only effective to combat climate change, which is one of the main challenges facing the world and can only be overcome with constructive input from all. She concluded with a proverb: “’If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you wish to go far, go together.’ Let’s travel this road together.”Ambassador de Alba, following Ms. Espinosa, confirmed that the world is falling well behind targets for combating climate change, with only around a third of the necessary work currently completed. He reminded delegates that there are only between 10 and 12 years left to achieve the goals, and called for a ramping up of ambition.The Special Envoy added that, despite the challenges, an optimistic signal must be given: that it is possible to counter climate change, enjoy economic growth and eradicate poverty. “We can also meet social needs, healthcare needs and human rights needs,” he said, and bring about a “win-win situation to answer the doubters.”2019 needs to see action, continued Ambassador de Alba, including partnerships with the private sector and civil society, and a huge mobilization of resources ( a target of 1 trillion dollars per year to support developing countries has been set), to invest “in our future, for jobs in a green future.” read more

Voith offers independent and highly dynamic linear axis

Voith offers independent and highly dynamic linear axis

first_imgWith the hydraulic CLDP (Closed Loop Differential Pump) linear axis, hydraulics specialist Voith Turbo H + L Hydraulic is setting new standards: the linear drive is compact, highly dynamic and precise. Additionally, it offers customers the full range of benefits offered by a hydraulic systems solution. These include overload protection, high power density and virtually wear-free operation. Thanks to an integrated servo pump, energy efficiency is significantly higher than that of conventional solutions.The design of the linear drive is fairly simple. At its heart is an integrated servo pump, consisting of servo motor and internal gear pump. Its displacement is optimally adapted to the surfaces of a differential cylinder. This is added by an intelligent control system with field bus connection, pressure protection and a small compensation tank. Other components, for example complex valve technology or a hydraulic unit with associated pipes, are no longer necessary.The compact design and the closed oil circuit allow easy systems integration. The onboard intelligence ensures high flexibility during operation. Possible applications are the quick handling of work pieces or machines for bending, separating and forming processes. In general, the Voith CLDP can be used for all direct linear movements – especially when the application calls for dynamics, reproducibility, overload protection and reliability.The CLDP can be easily integrated into new or existing plants, Voith says. “All that is required is a power connection for the servo motor. Costs for commissioning, training and maintenance are very low. Attractive aspects for plant operators are increases in productivity due to the speed of the drive, as well as higher operating safety thanks to the automatic overload protection.”last_img read more

Publicprivate partnership to open geodata access for African resource development

Publicprivate partnership to open geodata access for African resource development

first_imgGeosoft is participating in a pilot project aimed at improving the availability, accessibility and usability of geoscientific data (geodata) to guide resource investment in the East African region. The pilot project, and launch of a geodata portal hosted by Uganda, will be conducted under the auspices of African Union Commission (AUC), and is a collaborative partnership between the British Geological Survey (BGS), Geosoft, IGS (International Geoscience Services), the Uganda Geological Survey and the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum.The regional pilot project is the outcome of a workshop A New Beginning: A collaborative partnering approach towards African Geodata held March 22-24 in Uganda, which sought innovative solutions to Africa’s geodata shortfalls and drew expert participants from member states and institutions across Africa, Britain and Canada. Workshop discussions centered on: data requirements, data management and technology innovation. A business case was presented for a public-private partnership (PPP) model and capacity building.“It was very rewarding to share our insights on geodata with government and industry representatives at the workshop, and contribute to a positive outcome that supports fulfillment of Africa’s vision and potential for resource development,” said Tim Dobush, President and CEO of Geosoft. “Activation of Africa’s vast geodata resources, through multi-stakeholder collaboration, is key to unlocking its value for downstream economic and social benefit within the respective countries.”Geosoft will collaborate with organizing committee members, including the BGS and IGS, to implement the Uganda geodata portal.“We are very encouraged by this pilot initiative and the wide spectrum of geoscience data that will be made available,” said John Ludden, Executive Director of BGS. “Additionally, it will provide an opportunity to examine how the usage of geoscience data can support broader applications including environmental, infrastructure, and water management.”“IGS was honoured to have been involved in developing the workshop agenda, and we’re pleased to be part of the committee implementing the pilot geodata project for Uganda,” said Dr Peter K. Zawada, Managing Director of IGS, “Public-private partnerships are a vitally important way of ensuring the availability and accessibility of geodata, and creating added value to that data, to attract inward investment in the mineral exploration sector for Africa. Exciting time lies ahead where geodata is used to create wealth and to improve the quality of life of Africa’s people.”The workshop and pilot project are guided by the aspirations and principles of the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) and Agenda 2063, which recognizes geodata as an imperative for future development of Africa’s extractives, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, infrastructure and tourism sectors.The initiative will be based on a public-private partnership business model for the generation, management and ownership of geodata by participating countries and it is expected to be piloted in other African countries.The picture shows the AUC Uganda workshop group.last_img read more

Commemorating the 196th anniversary of the Greek Revolution

Commemorating the 196th anniversary of the Greek Revolution

first_imgSaturday marks the 196th anniversary of the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire, and will see thousands of Greeks across Australian gather to commemorate the day of independence that continues to hold great meaning for the community. Official celebrations across the nation’s cities will take place on Sunday 26 March, however a number of smaller gatherings will be taking place on Saturday. St Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church in South Melbourne will host a service at 9.30 am, followed by a ceremony at the Australian Hellenic Memorial at 12 noon and the Shrine of Remembrance at 1.00 pm. Those in attendance are welcome to enjoy a light lunch at the premises of the Returned & Services League of Australia Hellenic Sub Branch in South Melbourne.The City of Darebin will also honour the day with its own local gathering at the Preston Town Hall at 11.00 am. Local politicians, religious and community leaders, along with members of the community will come together to enjoy a light lunch. On Sunday, St Eustathios will host a service at 10.30 am that will be officiated by Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis.The annual parade will follow, with those marching expected to assemble at Service Lane off St Kilda Road at 11.00 am, and will kick-off at 12.30 pm. A memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony will then take place at the Australian Hellenic Memorial at 1.30 pm and will conclude at the Shrine of Remembrance at 2.00 pm.Honouring Greece’s national day with their presence from the Greek Australia community will be Bishop Iakovos of Militoupolis, Consul General of Greece to Melbourne Christina Simantiraki, and Greek Community President Bill Papastergiadis. Liberal Member for Chisholm Julia Banks MP will be in attendance, representing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, as will Federal Labor Member for Isaacs Mark Dreyfus on behalf of Opposition leader Bill Shorten, along with various MPs, among them Federal member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou.In Sydney commemorations commenced on Friday, with the opening of the exhibition ‘Escape From Pompeii – the Untold Roman Rescue’ at the Australian National Wartime Museum. As part of the exhibition and to help mark the day, the Hellenic Maritime Museum has loaned a life-size replica of the Athenian Trireme, Olympias.On Saturday, a lunch has been organised as part of the 35th Greek Festival of Sydney at the restaurant aptly named 1821, where guests will enjoy dishes prepared by chefs David Tsirekas and Janni Kyritsis. In the evening, various Greek institutions across the state will mark the special occasion with their own events ahead of the official ceremony.On Sunday, the Archdiocese and Greek Orthodox Community of NSW will come together for a service at the Cathedral of The Annunciation of Our Lady in Surry Hills and to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph in Martin Place. A parade will ensue, featuring students from various Greek schools and other representative bodies, and will conclude at the Sydney Opera House where official guests will give speeches, with an appearance also expected by the Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Watch Man Finds Abandoned 3Foot Alligator in Woods Near His Home

Watch Man Finds Abandoned 3Foot Alligator in Woods Near His Home

first_imgStay on target Georgia Man Catches Gigantic 14-Foot AlligatorHunters Catch ‘Monster’ 13-Foot Alligator in Mississippi River Once the alligator’s mouth was carefully taped shut, Walters called 311, however, they reportedly “didn’t know what to do with it,” so the he called 911 and authorities quickly arrived at the scene. Police officers secured the reptile with their hands and put it in their patrol car.No one knows where Charlie came from, but authorities believe he could have been someone’s pet. According to officials, Charlie will be transported to a Brooklyn-based animal care facility for treatment.Alligators are making random appearances across the U.S. lately: Last weekend, a family came across a baby alligator trying to “beat the heat” in their backyard pool in Bayport, New York. Earlier this month, “Chance the Snapper,” a random alligator that was on the loose in Chicago, was eventually caught by a reptile expert after a nearly week-long search operation.More on Geek.com:Watch: Family Finds Baby Alligator ‘Cooling Off’ in Their Backyard Pool Alabaster, Albino Alligator at SC Aquarium, Dies After Battling Infection‘Chance the Snapper’ Alligator Is Captured in Chicago Park Lagooncenter_img A man recently spotted an abandoned 3-foot alligator near his property on Staten Island, New York, and managed to capture the small reptile before police officers arrived.On Tuesday, Don Walters, a 49-year-old resident of Staten Island’s Richmond Town neighborhood, was looking for fishing bait in ponded rain water in the woods when he came across the alligator, CBS New York reported.Walters, who previously lived in Florida, immediately ran home to get the proper equipment to catch the creature, who he named Charlie, and tried to get his attention with some bait, The New York Post noted.“I started throwing blood bait at it and it was eating it and eating it,” Walters told The New York Post. “I just dragged him up on land, got on top of him, held his head, and my wife taped his mouth shut and that was it.”last_img read more

EU and ITC to launch the Gambia Youth Empowerment Project

EU and ITC to launch the Gambia Youth Empowerment Project

first_imgThe Gambia Youth Empowerment Project  will officially be launched in Banjul on 9 February at the Kairaba Beach Hotel. This activity is a joint initiative of the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the European Union in partnership with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Employment. The goal of the project is to support employment creation and entrepreneurship opportunities for Gambian youth.The four-year Youth Empowerment Project sets out to improve employment prospects for youth between the age of 15 and 35, increase income opportunities and help young entrepreneurs to tap into trade opportunities. Priority sectors include agriculture, tourism and the digital economy. A key aim of the project is to stem the current migration flow from the Gambia and contribute to the building of long-term growth and boost economic competitiveness.The launch of the four-year project will be attended by senior officials from the Government of the Gambia, the European Commission and ITC. The project is funded by the European Union’s Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and has a total budget of €11 million.In addition to ITC, the European Union and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Employment, key partners of the YEP include the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Youth Council, the Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency, and the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.last_img read more