A corporator has been arrested here for opposing a resolution in the municipal corporation to pay tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a police official said on Saturday.Syed Mateen Sayyad Rashid, a member of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) belonging to the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), a Hyderabad-based political party, was apprehended last night, he said.The arrest was made after a complaint was filed against him by the AMC’s security officer, he said.Rashid has been booked under IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 294 (obscene acts in public) at the City Chowk police station, police said.Earlier on Friday, the 32-year-old was allegedly thrashed by BJP corporators for opposing the condolence motion tabled for paying homage to Vajpayee, who died in New Delhi on August 16.The alleged incident took place during the general body meeting of the civic body, ruled by the BJP-Shiv Sena combine, here in central Maharashtra, an official had said.After the meeting began, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator Raju Vaidya tabled a proposal to pay tributes to Vajpayee. Rashid opposed it, which infuriated the saffron party members, who allegedly thrashed him, he said.A video clip purportedly showing Rashid being kicked, punched and slapped by BJP corporators has gone viral on social media and was also aired by some TV channels.Rashid has lodged a separate complaint against two BJP corporators and some other members in connection with the assault on him, the police official said.On Friday, the general body of the AMC passed a resolution to cancel Rashid’s membership, a civic official said.Soon after the fracas at the meeting, Deputy Mayor Vijay Sainath Autade had directed the AMC’s security officer to lodge a complaint against the AIMIM corporator for attempting to create enmity between two communities, he said.Rashid was arrested from the Government Medical College and Hospital where he was admitted for treatment of injuries he suffered in the attack, the police said.The AIMIM corporator on Friday said that he was opposing the move to pay tributes to Vajpayee in a “democratic manner”, but was assaulted by around a dozen BJP corporators.BJP members bookedCases of assault were also registered on Saturday against five BJP corporators on a complaint lodged by Rashid. None of them has been arrested yet, police said.Offences under IPC sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 147 (rioting) were registered against deputy mayor Autade and four other BJP corporators including a woman, said inspector Shingare.Police were also looking for around a dozen persons who vandalised a car and created ruckus outside the AMC building, he said.
Rats and mice in pain make facial expressions similar to those in humans—so similar, in fact, that a few years ago researchers developed rodent “grimace scales,” which help them assess an animal’s level of pain simply by looking at its face. But scientists have questioned whether these expressions convey anything to other rodents, or if they are simply physiological reactions devoid of meaning. Now, researchers report that other rats do pay attention to the emotional expressions of their fellows, leaving an area when they see a rat that’s suffering.“It’s a finding we thought might be true, and are glad that someone figured out how to do an experiment that shows it,” says Jeffrey Mogil, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Mogil’s lab developed pain grimace scales for rats and mice in 2006, and it discovered that mice experience pain when they see a familiar mouse suffering—a psychological phenomenon known as emotional contagion. According to Mogil, a rodent in pain expresses its anguish through narrowed eyes, flattened ears, and a swollen nose and cheeks. Because people can read these visual cues and gauge the intensity of the animal’s pain, Mogil has long thought that other rats could do so as well.In Japan, Satoshi Nakashima, a social cognition psychologist at NTT Communication Science Laboratories in Kanagawa, thought the same thing. And, knowing that other scientists had recently shown that mice can tell the difference between paintings by Picasso and Renoir, he decided to see if rodents could also discriminate between photographs of their fellows’ expressions. 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He then photographed the same rats while giving them a mild electrical foot shock. In these latter images, the rats tense their bodies and make the classic pain grimace.He created additional images to present to his test rats by airbrushing the photos so that the rat’s face, body, or both were blurred. Next, he mounted the images of the pained rats in one of three rooms in a testing box. He left the walls of the adjoining central compartment blank and arranged the photos of the “neutral” rats in the third room. He made similar comparative arrangements using the Photoshopped images, so that, for instance, one room held a gallery of images showing grimacing rats with blurred bodies, whereas the other compartment showed rats in the neutral position. One hundred and four male rats that had never been used in experiments were then placed one at a time in the center room and allowed to explore the box for 10 minutes, while scientists recorded the amount of time and number of visits each rat made to each compartment.Rats that confronted the unairbrushed grimace photographs rarely lingered, Nakashima and his colleagues report online today in Royal Society Open Science. Instead, they preferred the room with the gallery of neutral rat images—evidence, the scientists say, that the rats were reading the signs of pain on the face of the rat in the photo. Those visual cues “perhaps induce fear” in the viewers, causing them to leave, primatologist Frans de Waal of Emory University in Atlanta said in an e-mail to Science. De Waal was not involved in the study.But the rats that saw the airbrushed images—even those with blurred bodies and upset faces—didn’t react this way. Apparently, the suffering rat’s body also communicates important information, and observing rats need to see both the face and the body in order to get the full message. Studies of nonverbal communication in humans show that we do the same thing, de Waal notes.Neither Mogil nor de Waal are surprised that rats are able to read the emotional cues expressed in a fellow rat’s face and body. “I would be more surprised if they didn’t have this ability,” Mogil says. “If it was only something we could do, we’d have trouble explaining where the ability came from.” Finding it in rats, though, erases the need for some awkward explanation of our ability and “makes evolutionary sense.” Knowing that rats’ faces can tell another rat how they’re feeling will of course lead to more questions about using the rodents—or other animals—in biomedical research. “That’s not lost on me,” says Mogil, who uses rodents in his Pain Genetics Lab. “The more we do experiments like this, the more we wonder if we should do experiments like this.” But, he adds, if we want to study pain and pain treatments, “there is no alternative. Tissue cultures and computer simulations won’t work. We must do animal experiments, as we will never get ethical approval to do these tests on humans.” *Correction, 1 April, 8:55 a.m.: Satoshi Nakashima designed the current experiments as part of his postdoctoral research, not as part of his doctoral research, as was previously reported. The name of the journal has also been corrected.
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India coach Gary Kirsten is not in the running for a similar job in the South African side but could be involved with Mumbai Indians in the IPL, a report said on Wednesday.Gary KirstenAccording to the report, Kirsten’s good rapport with Sachin Tendulkar could lead to the former South African opener being appointed in a top position in Mumbai Indians which is to appoint a director of coaching before the IPL IV. Indian cricket had hoped to persuade Kirsten to change his mind about not renewing his contract, but gave up on it this week. Future options for Kirsten could involve the Indian Premier League, a report in The Times said.”The close relationship that Kirsten has with Sachin Tendulkar may lead to cooperation between the two at the Mumbai Indians, who are expected to appoint a director of coaching before the next IPL season,” the report said.”Kirsten could easily take up such a position while still developing his international academy that is in the planning stage at Claremont Cricket Club in Cape Town.” Kirsten, who will quit as India’s coach after the World Cup ends in April, is reluctant to take up the Proteas job when caretaker Corrie van Zyl steps down, also in April.The report also said current India bowling coach Eric Simons could not be ruled out as a possible candidate to replace Kirsten.”The Indian cricket board has not yet started a process to recruit a successor to Kirsten, but it is not unlikely that it will approach Simons as a candidate.advertisementSimons, a former Proteas all-rounder and national coach, was highly regarded by the Indian team when he came aboard this summer,” the report said.Meanwhile, the South African coaching job is likely to go to Duncan Fletcher. The former England coach has been advising the South Africans and it is understood he would be available.”Fletcher’s coaching credentials would be hard to resist for Cricket South Africa, whose chief executive Gerald Majola recently promised a ‘ big name’ for the job when Van Zyl’s term ends,” the report said.- With PTI inputs
Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal exchanged marital vows yesterday in a grand ceremony at Antilia in Mumbai. The celebrations were graced by many celebrities from Bollywood, politics, sports and business.From Isha’s long wedding train to the lavish makeover that Antilia got ahead of the ceremonies, Isha and Anand’s big day was the stuff of dreams. Her wedding was made special because of another reason and it involved Amitabh Bachchan in a key role.A recent video from inside the venue was just released and it saw Amitabh Bachchan as master of the kanyadaan ceremony at the wedding. In the video, he can be seen narrating meaning of the ceremony and then goes on to ask Nita Ambani and Mukesh Ambani to perform the act. Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani get emotionalIn fact, father of the bride, Mukesh Ambani, can be seen getting emotional after listening to the rituals in Big B’s powerful voice.Watch the full kanyaadan ceremony here:Amitabh Bachchan attended Isha and Anand’s wedding with wife Jaya Bachchan, daughter Shweta and grandaughter Navya Naveli.ALSO SEE | Navya Naveli Nanda wears grandma Jaya’s saree to Isha Ambani weddingALSO SEE | Aishwarya wears to Ambani wedding what BFF Deepika once wore. See picsALSO SEE | What just-married Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal wore on wedding dayadvertisementALSO SEE | Isha Ambani wedding: Mira Rajput and Geeta Basra lead the worst-dressed brigadeALSO SEE | Isha Ambani on wedding day takes fashion cue from BFF Priyanka Chopra. See proofALSO WATCH | Mukesh Ambani and entire family burn the dance floor at Isha’s sangeet
Mitchell Marsh is likely to be recalled for the Boxing Day Test against India after coach Justin Langer endorsed the all-rounder’s potential value on a pitch which tends to Test the bowlers.The hosts are yet to announce their playing XI but Peter Handscomb’s middle order position looked in jeopardy after Langer backed Marsh who missed the first two Tests of the four-match series currently level at 1-1.”In a perfectly balanced side, you’ve got someone who can bowl some overs,” Langer told reporters on Monday.”And Mitch becomes an attractive commodity on a wicket unlike Adelaide and Perth… although there’s a bit of moisture in it, we also know the history of it.”Number five Handscomb has managed 68 runs in four innings against India.Forecast for warm weather and only three days’ gap before the final Test in Sydney also means Australia would be extra careful about managing the workload of their frontline pacemen.”Our fast bowlers have been lucky, we’ve bowled less overs than India’s bowlers at the moment, particularly (Jasprit) Bumrah, and that’s an important part of the series,” Langer said. “We’re always looking at how we’re trying to manage it.”In this instance, this is the only Test we’re thinking about. But we’re always aware that there’s two back-to-back Test matches, which is tough.”Langer joked the selection dilemma had taken his mind off everything else.”Pete’s a very good player of spin bowling… and Mitch is a pretty good player of spin bowling too,” he said.advertisement”We’ll weigh up all those things, and they’re the hard decisions. All those factors, trust me, we think about it.”It’s a bit sad, really; I’m not thinking about what Christmas present I’m going to give to my kids, I’m thinking about who plays spin better, whether we’ll play the extra bowler, how many overs have the fast bowlers bowled. It’s sad.”Langer also said he could not wait to welcome Steve Smith back in the side once the former captain has served out his ball-tampering ban, which ends in March.”We can’t wait to have him back. He’s the Virat Kohli of the Australian cricket team,” Langer said, likening the 29-year-old to India’s talismanic captain and batting mainstay.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Great bowlers dismiss great batsmen: Langer talks up Lyon’s duel with KohliAlso Read | Mitchell Starc backs ‘fantastic’ Virat Kohli amid criticism over behaviour in Australia Also Read | India vs Australia: Tim Paine relishing heated contest with Virat Kohli
Sumit Nagal rises to career-high 174 in ATP rankingsSumit Nagal climbed up 16 spots to claim a career-best 174th rank in the ATP Rankings. Nagal took a set off Roger Federer in the first round of US Open 2019 before losing 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 4-6 to the Swiss.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 19:22 IST Sumit Nagal took a set off Roger Federer in first round at the US Open. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSumit Nagal has leapfrogged 16 places in ATP Rankings after his first-round exit at the US OpenNagal took the first set off Roger Federer before losing 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 4-6He became only the fourth Indian to win a set in the main draw of a Grand Slam in the last 20 yearsA first round appearance at the US Open has propelled India’s Sumit Nagal to career-high 174 in the ATP rankings released on Monday.The 22-year-old from Haryana leapfrogged 16 places after his first-round exit in the US Open.Nagal, who came through three qualifying rounds, took a set off the Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the first round before losing 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 4-6.He became only the fourth Indian to win a set in the main draw of a Grand Slam in the last 20 years.Last year, he had competed in the qualifiers of the Australian Open, the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships but could not win a round.Meanwhile, Prajnesh Gunneswaran continued his run in the top-100. He rose three places to be world no. 85. He, like Nagal, also suffered a first round exit at the hands of US Open runners-up Daniil Medvedev.Ramkumar Ramanathan moved up one spot to be 176th, rounding up the top-three Indian’s in the men’s singles.In doubles, Rohan Bopanna dropped four spots to 43rd position while Divij Sharan and Leander Paes occupy the 49th and 78th place respectively.In the WTA rankings, Ankita Raina continues to be India’s top-ranked player at 194 and was followed by Pranjala Yadlapalli, who is placed at 338.Also Read | After Roger Federer face-off, Sumit Nagal wants to excel on clayAlso Read | I could barely sleep, couldn’t wait to face Roger Federer: Sumit Nagal to India TodayAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow US Open Next
Editors’ Recommendations The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags How to Shave With a Straight Razor Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider For most outdoor-loving photographers, few natural phenomena are more captivating than the Aurora Borealis. But, capturing the event isn’t always easy. Here’s a primer on what you need — including the right gear, timing, skills, and settings — to photograph the Northern Lights like a pro.Where & When to Find the Northern LightsPerhaps the most essential part of shooting the Northern Lights is to be in the right place at the right time. Of course, light pollution is the enemy, so the farther you can get away from any urban centers the better. Beyond that, head as far north as possible — ideally within the Arctic Circle (between 68-74 degrees latitude).Anytime during the winter months is perfect, particularly when high-pressure systems are present as these create the perfect atmospheric conditions. The moon can also wreak havoc on your lighting, so it’s ideal to coordinate your trip to coincide with the lunar cycle. SpaceWeatherLive provides an excellent Aurora forecast that even the layperson can read.Required Gear for Shooting the Northern LightsYou don’t need a 50-pound bag full of camera gear. The required photography equipment is surprisingly minimal. First and foremost, you’ll need a good, sturdy tripod (we’re partial to the ones from Manfrotto) and a shutter release mechanism to avoid camera shake.A wide angle, prime lens is ideal — something in the 20mm range (like the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S ED). Longer, zoom lenses are nice-to-haves for tighter shots, but we’ll assume most photographers are looking to capture as much of the night sky as possible. Also, don’t forget to remove any filters, including UV filters, or you’ll wind up with nasty aberration in your photos.Also, note that extreme changes in temperature can affect your gear. Try to avoid situations where you’re bringing your camera from a warm car immediately to sub-freezing outside temperatures or vice-versa. Instead, acclimate your equipment slowly whenever possible. While such changes won’t typically harm your gear, they can create condensation within lenses and screens which could ruin your shots or your overall shoot.The “Best” Camera Settings for Photographing the Northern LightsThe bottom line is that, like almost any photography situation, there are no “best” settings for shooting the Aurora Borealis. It all depends on the available light and your style of shooting.But, if we can provide some broad strokes:Set your camera to Manual Mode (this isn’t as scary as it sounds — just crack open your camera’s manual and read a few pages)Use Live View (if available) to find a sharp focus at infinityStart with an ISO of 800Aperture: f/2.8 to f/5.6 (a lower number means you’re allowing as much light in as possible)Shutter speed: a minimum of 5 seconds (anything higher than 15 is guaranteed to cause star movement)Lock your mirror up (again, consult your manual)Compose and fire away! The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers With these settings as a baseline, adjust accordingly depending on the exposure. If your photo isn’t bright enough, adjust your ISO upward until you get the desired lighting (just remember that a high ISO can introduce grain).Skills Required to Shoot the Northern LightsLike most nature photography, the most important skill a photographer can possess is patience. The Northern Lights can be relatively predictable in certain destinations. But, they’re never a guarantee. So, it pays to know how to wait. With plenty of Irish coffee, a hot fire (and ideally a warming hut), you likely won’t mind waiting a few hours for just the right moment.
It will feature plenaries and workshops on private equity and infrastructure development, and discussions involving international experts on policy decision-making and fund management. The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) will host its three-day private equity and infrastructure development conference from June 10 to 12 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The event is being staged through the Jamaica Private Equity and Venture Capital and the Public-Private Partnership and Privatisation programmes, under the theme ‘Delivering Economic Growth through Partnerships: Financing Regional Infrastructure, SMEs & Innovation’.It will feature plenaries and workshops on private equity and infrastructure development, and discussions involving international experts on policy decision-making and fund management.Approximately 300 local and international stakeholders from capital markets and business entities, as well as entrepreneurs and innovators are expected to attend to discuss, deliberate and share best practices on relevant topics.The event is another in the series of international conferences, which the DBJ has been hosting since 2013.Details of the event were announced during a media launch at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in New Kingston, on Wednesday (May 1).The DBJ’s Managing Director, Milverton Reynolds, said the staging of the conference is timely and critical, consequent on the prevailing macroeconomic developments, “and the positive trajectory that we are on”.“The DBJ’s mandate is to facilitate economic growth and development in all areas of the Jamaican economy, and we do this through a number of strategic initiatives and programmes,” he explained.Two of these, Mr. Reynolds pointed out, are the venture capital\private equity, and the public-private partnership and privatisation programmes.“These programmes are really huge and mammoth tasks, but we at the DBJ are fully committed and are up to getting [the work] done,” he assured.Mr. Reynolds also highlighted the support of DBJ partners in staging the conferences since their inception six years ago.Key among these are Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Invest; the Canadian High Commission in Jamaica; and the Foundations for Competitiveness and Growth Project, which operates out of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).“We truly believe in partnerships and alliances… . In fact, our conference theme says it all. We have a number of other organisations that have signalled their intention to join with us,” Mr. Reynolds said.In this regard, he said over the next couple of weeks, “we are going to be knocking on doors to secure more partners to bring this world-class event to Jamaica”.Noting that there has been “a lot of interest” in the event, Mr. Reynolds said he anticipates that “this is going to be an amazing and successful conference”. The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) will host its three-day private equity and infrastructure development conference from June 10 to 12 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Story Highlights The event is being staged through the Jamaica Private Equity and Venture Capital and the Public-Private Partnership and Privatisation programmes, under the theme ‘Delivering Economic Growth through Partnerships: Financing Regional Infrastructure, SMEs & Innovation’.
zoom Polarcus Limited said that its seismic vessel Polarcus Naila is presently mobilizing for the highly prefunded Polarcus “UK Breagh” multi-client survey after a successful upgrade.The upgrade enables the vessel to tow ultra-wide 12 streamer spreads, matching the capability of the four high performance “A-class” vessels in the Polarcus fleet. Subsequent to the one month “UK Breagh” survey Polarcus Naila will mobilize for the previously announced charter to TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA.The upgrade comprised a conversion of the vessel’s propulsion system to proven twin-fin shaft and propeller technology at a cost of USD 12 million, plus certain other major productivity and class enhancements and a mandatory vessel classification at a further cost of USD 11 million.The project, undertaken at Shipdock Amsterdam, was completed in just 55 days and as a result of the upgrade the vessel now operates with a significantly improved earnings potential.Polarcus maintains its guiding for 2014 vessel related capital expenditure of USD 55 – 65 million.Polarcus, May 5, 2014
The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s provincial transportation base in Sydney River will hold an open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Visitors can see displays and a slideshow as they pick up safety tips and take a tour of the base’s mechanical branch, 151 Keltic Dr., Sydney River. They can also learn about the province’s salt and plow routes. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. More information about winter road maintenance and road safety can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/winter. -30-
MEXICO CITY — A mass strike at 48 “maquiladora,” or manufacturer, plants in Mexico’s border city of Matamoros is heading for victory, bringing pay raises for labourers who make less than $1 an hour, or about 100 pesos a day, assembling auto components and TV sets for export to the United States — and causing jitters for the business community.The labour battle broke out in mid-January after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador decreed a doubling of the minimum wage in Mexico’s border zones, apparently unaware that some union contracts at the maquiladora plants are indexed to minimum wage increases. The decree sparked a wave of walkouts involving about 25,000 workers.The maquiladoras claim the strikes threaten the very existence of their industry, which has attracted over 5,000 mostly foreign-owned plants and 2 million jobs by paying very low wages. Union leaders say those worries are overblown, noting that workers at the border plants still earn far less than their counterparts in the United States.Less than a week after the strike broke out, a majority of the export plants in Matamoros — 29 companies with a total of about 34 factories — have agreed to the union demands, a rare victory that owes a lot to something the president probably didn’t intend to happen.After taking office Dec. 1, Lopez Obrador doubled the minimum wage in communities along the U.S. border to 176.20 pesos a day, the equivalent of $9.28 at current exchange rates. With maquiladora pay averaging about 146 pesos ($7.70) a day, the Matamoras workers went on strike to demand the 20 per cent raise be applied to everybody — even those making above the minimum — and a one-time bonus of about $1,685.“Perhaps he didn’t take into account what was in the labour contracts,” said Javier Zuniga, an activist with the Miners’ Union who has helped co-ordinate the strike. “The president acted in good faith, but he didn’t measure the impact that was going to have on union contracts, and the workers came out winners for once.”Since the 1990s, many companies in Matamoros, which is across the border from Brownsville, Texas, signed contracts indexed to minimum wage hikes. It was a way to keep wages down, given that in most previous years, annual increases were about equal to the inflation rate.One such contract signed in March 2018 at the Kongsberg Interior Systems plant, which makes automotive cables, stipulates that “the company will reach an agreement with the union to increase wages by the same per cent that minimum wages are increased.”In addition, many companies’ annual bonuses are calculated by multiplying minimum wage increases by 365, a figure that in past years usually amounted to only about $100.“They (the government) never thought there was a real union, or that there were (contract) clauses like that,” said Cirila Quintero, a sociology professor at Colegio de la Frontera Norte who has studied the Matamoros union that has represented maquiladora workers for more than a quarter century.The Industrial Workers and Laborers’ Union of Matamoros, which was founded initially in 1932 to represent cotton workers, is unusual in Mexico because it has won gains for its members that don’t exist in contracts anywhere else in the country. Far more common are pro-company “ghost” unions that sign contracts without consulting the workers they purportedly represent.Lopez Obrador has been wary of antagonizing the business sector, and he appears to be an unwilling hero in opening the floodgates of labour discontent. Both Quintero and Luis Aguirre, the head of Mexico’s association of maquiladora companies, said federal officials actively discouraged the Matamoros union from seeking the pay increases. The Labor Department refused to confirm that, saying only that it sent mediators to Matamoros to try to defuse the dispute.Aguirre also claims federal officials agree that the union’s interpretation of the contract clauses is erroneous, but he says the federal government has been unwilling to act.“This will give rise to unemployment and cause at least 15 of these companies to flee,” Aguirre warned. His group, the Maquiladora and Export Manufacturers Industry, said in a statement that the wage demands may spread to other areas along the border “where the industry is present and will project a very bad image for foreign direct investment.”Still, most of the Matamoros companies have quietly agreed to the workers’ demands, and they would be hard-pressed to find any place near the U.S. market where they could pay less than $1 an hour.Other Mexican border cities with assembly plants, like Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez, “don’t have this point” in their contracts, Quintero noted. “But what is going to happen is that workers are going to demand their raises to 176 pesos,” the new minimum, and probably across the board, he said.Lopez Obrador has come under pressure from the business sector to rein in wage demands, but he is unlikely to do so.The only thing he has promised Mexico’s labour movement is to guarantee union freedom and stay out of unions’ internal affairs. For workers, that is a big step forward in a country where the labour movement has been smothered for decades by old-guard union bosses and pro-company “protection” contracts often signed before factories even open.Lopez Obrador also has shown a certain fondness for militant union bosses like Mine Workers’ head Napoleon Gomez Urrutia and the head of the Electrical Workers Union, Martin Esparza, even though both have been accused of questionable financial deals and of holding more protests than negotiations.But Zuniga brushes off suggestions that Lopez Obrador favours the miners’ union, and he dismisses accusations that he and other strike organizers are helping U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign to bring manufacturing plants back to the United States.“Unfortunately, people here in Matamoros live on very low salaries,” Zuniga said. “There is no plot, no conspiracy, other than to protect and help the workers.”Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press
OTTAWA, Ont. — The demise of Canada’s one-cent coin next year will cost taxpayers a pretty penny.Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced the impending withdrawal of the penny in last March’s budget, saying the government would save $11 million a year in production costs.That’s because production of each one-cent coin had cost the Royal Canadian Mint about 1.6 cents.Postmedia News But a new analysis of costs shows that redeeming the mountain of circulating pennies beginning Feb. 4 will cost taxpayers about $7.3 million a year.The analysis projects a net cost of about $38.3 million to redeem some six billion pennies expected to be turned in by consumers and financial institutions over the next six years.Costs include $53 million expected to be paid out to redeem the face value of the coins, as well as another $27 million in handling and administration costs by the Royal Canadian Mint.Recycling the zinc and copper from melted-down pennies will bring in about $42.5 million in revenue, leaving government in the red at just over $38 million.However, adding the $11 million in annual savings from not minting any more pennies, which ceased production May 4 this year, still gives the government annual savings of almost $4 million over the expected six-year redemption period.The Finance Department posted a cost-benefit analysis Wednesday.As required under government policy, the department was also required to consider non-regulatory measures for the return of pennies.“A non-regulatory alternative option would include refusing to pay for the returned pennies,” says the notice.“This option has been rejected because, without a government commitment to cover the redemption costs, Canadians might lose confidence in the value of the penny, and other circulating currency.“This could threaten the integrity of the coinage system as the intrinsic value of Canadian currency is based on a high level of confidence in the currency system.”A cabinet order earlier this month conferred on Flaherty the authority to pay financial institutions for the pennies they’ll begin to redeem starting Feb. 4. However, they’re not being compensated for handling costs, only the face value of the coins.The mint has stamped an estimated 35 billion pennies from metal plates over the last century.The penny remains legal tender even after Feb. 4.As the coins are withdrawn, cash transactions will begin to be rounded off to the nearest five cents, but there are no government-imposed rules or policing.Electronic transactions, such as those on debit cards or credit cards, would still be registered in cents.Pennies were to have been withdrawn from circulation starting this fall but retailers successfully stalled the plan, saying they wanted to keep the coins for the holiday shopping season.
The charges filed by Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte will be made public only if the Tribunal’s judges confirm them following a review.The new indictment is separate from one filed previously for crimes allegedly committed in Kosovo by Mr. Milosevic, who is currently at the Tribunal’s Detention Unit in The Hague while trial proceedings for that case continue.The public indictment against Mr. Milosevic charges him and four others with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war during a “systematic attack directed against the Kosovo Albanian civilian population of Kosovo in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).”Among other criminal acts committed under Mr. Milosevic’s leadership, the forces of the FRY and Serbia “forcibly expelled and internally displaced hundreds of thousands of Kosovo Albanians from their homes across the entire province of Kosovo” by using threats and violence to create an atmosphere of fear and oppression, according to the indictment.
Where’s the beef? Earls restaurants says it’s back in Canada after ‘mistake’ by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2016 6:15 am MDT Last Updated May 5, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A Earls restaurant is pictured in North Vancouver, Thursday, April 28, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward VANCOUVER – The Earls restaurant chain says it will start serving Canadian beef again following a recent uproar over its decision to switch to meat without added hormones from the United States.The Vancouver-based company, which has 26 of its 66 locations in Alberta, said last week that it would serve only beef with the U.S.-based Certified Humane designation, raised without the use of antibiotics, steroids or added hormones.Earls president Mo Jessa said Wednesday the company “made a mistake” when it moved away from local beef. But to meet its supply needs while keeping its ethical standards, the chain will have to serve both Canadian and U.S. meat, he said.“This is not going to be easy. There’s a supply issue for the criteria that we need. We’re going to have to work very hard to find more local ranchers,” he said in an interview. “We’re prepared to go back and address it, because it’s important to Canadians and our consumers. It’s important to Albertans and it’s important to us.”The chain began buying Certified Humane beef from an Alberta supplier about two years ago for select locations. But when it decided to serve only Certified Humane beef in all its restaurants, it couldn’t find a Canadian supplier able to meet the high demand, Jessa said.Earls switched to a Kansas supplier because it’s simpler to buy from a single source, but Jessa said the chain will start buying from multiple suppliers.He said he couldn’t confirm a timeline for when Earls will begin serving Alberta beef, but the chain plans to work quickly to source as much meat from Canada as possible. It isn’t planning to differentiate between U.S. and Canadian beef on menus, he said.The chain has not reneged on its deal with the Kansas supplier and will not remove marketing materials from restaurants promoting the switch to Certified Humane, he added.He said Earls was still committed to meeting the criteria of the Certified Humane program, run by Virginia-based organization Humane Farm Animal Care. The criteria, enforced through annual inspections, include feeding cattle without animal by-products and ensuring access to clean, fresh drinking water, among many others.But Jessa said Earls would not require Canadian producers to have the Certified Humane trademark if they meet the same standards though another program that includes third-party audits.“Alberta has high standards for raising their cattle ethically and humanely, but we do need certification,” he said. “We will look at equivalent programs.”The decision last week prompted a backlash from cattle farmers and incited anger on social media, with politicians including Premier Rachel Notley jumping into the fray to defend Alberta producers. Scores of Twitter users threatened to boycott the chain.The melee also drew attention to competing certification programs for ethical beef. British Columbia’s SPCA offers a program called SPCA Certified that has many of the same criteria as Certified Humane.Industry advocates say Canadian codes of practice for beef cattle are also similar to the Certified Humane requirements. However, the codes of practice are guidelines that are not enforced through inspections.Rob McNabb of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association said the industry will soon launch a program called Verified Beef Production Plus that could meet the same standards as Certified Humane and include inspections. The program will not include a requirement to have no added hormones, but such criteria could be added for individual farms, he said.But he said he’s confident that Alberta ranchers are treating their animals humanely, regardless of whether they have a stamp that says so.“If they aren’t, they wouldn’t be in business,” he said. “The name Certified Humane can be inferred by people, who don’t know what the alternatives are, that everybody else isn’t treating their animals humanely. That doesn’t wash.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said that there was no equivalent Canadian program to Certified Humane.
“It is the only way to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message to a forum held at UN Headquarters to mark 50 years since the start of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which resulted in Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan. In the message, read out by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, Mr. Guterres said that it is time to return to direct negotiations to resolve all final status issues on the basis of relevant UN resolutions, agreements and international law. It is also time to end the conflict by establishing an independent Palestinian State, side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel, he added.The occupation, he noted, has imposed a heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people. “Generations of Palestinians have grown up in crowded refugee camps, many in abject poverty, and with little or no prospect of a better life for their children.”Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will remove a driver of violent extremism and terrorism in the Middle East, the Secretary-General added, and “open the doors to cooperation, security, prosperity and human rights for all.” Ms. Mohammed, in her own remarks, said today is an occasion not only to reflect on the costs and consequences of 50 years of occupation, but also to look ahead at what must be done to end this situation. “I understand the deep sense of despair of the Palestinian people. For far too long, the international community has failed to find a just and lasting solution to their displacement,” she told the forum, which is convened by the General Assembly’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. “The lives of generations of Palestinians and Israelis have been confined by a conflict that has shaped the physical and human landscape with concrete walls, checkpoints, and watch towers, all under a heavy atmosphere of fear, mutual distrust and despair,” she continued. “Some think that the situation can be managed. They are all wrong. It must be resolved.” Real peace, Ms. Mohammed stressed, cannot be achieved without a just and lasting resolution, adding that the two-State solution is the only path to ensure that Palestinians and Israelis can realize their national and historic aspirations and live in peace, security and dignity.The two-day forum brings together international experts, including from the State of Palestine and Israel, representatives of the diplomatic community, civil society, as well as academics and students to discuss the ongoing occupation in a series of interactive panels.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedImprovements planned for T&T prisonsJuly 14, 2017In “latest news”New strategies being mulled to protect T&T prison officersJanuary 30, 2018In “Regional”PSC laments slow pace of prison reformsJuly 16, 2017In “Local News” (Trinidad Guardian) President of the Prisons Officers Association, Ceron Richards, fears that Sunday’s jailbreak in Guyana is a disaster waiting to happen at the Port-of-Spain State Prison.Attorney Israel Khan SC also described it as a minefield and a ticking time bomb.Richard said two things that could trigger a stand-off and jailbreak at this prison were lack of security measures and the city’s ageing facility.He was commenting on the stand-off between armed inmates and prison officers in Guyana’s Georgetown Prison, which left one prison officer killed, seven others injured and four prisoners escaping.Chaos broke out at the prison after armed inmates took control of the facility, setting it on fire.Asked if the Port-of-Spain State Prison, which was built in 1812 could face a similar situation, Richards said yes.“But of course, we had a jail break in July of 2015 which resulted in the death of three individuals. Of course, it is extremely worrying. It is not farfetched in our country. And if that is any indication as to what can happen in the service, that question goes without saying. We have to look at these things as serious trends. When anything happens in the Caribbean and Central America it could have a domino effect. It can spread to other countries. We have to be mindful of that.”Richards said things had to be implemented at this prison to secure and monitor its 700 inmates some of whom were considered dangerous.“Over the years we have been clamouring for a number of security implementation…all those things have fallen on deaf ears. If not most of them. We have always stated that the Port-of- Spain Prison is faced with health and safety challenges.”While the structure had been deteriorating, Richard said, things could be done to improve the building’s internal system and make it OSH compliant for its 200 prison officers.He said the association had asked for additional CCTV cameras to be installed at the nation’s prisons.“You cannot have high security establishments and don’t have basic security equipment.“No Government so far is up to the challenge of having that type of facility built. When we had the money to build the prison it was not done. Now we have no money we are faced with all sorts of excuses, he said”Richards was not in support of the capital city prison being shut down since there was no alternate location.He said moving the prisons to an already overcrowded Maximum Security Prison was not an option, since the facility did not have a proper alarm system.In going forward, Richard said the association would enlighten the public on its growing challenges this month.Weighing in on the issue, Khan said prisoners did not need guns and ammunition to have a jail break. “All that is required is a box of matches which is so accessible in prison and easy to conceal,” he said.Faced with massive overcrowding and inhumane conditions, Khan said a few frustrated prisoners “might just lose it and all hell would break lose. They cannot get a day in trial. Everything might come to a climax. Don’t think they are not looking on to the 52 part heard matters that are pending and then going to court and can’t get a trial.“Trinidadians have a tendency to copycat, what happened in Guyana might very well be patterned here,” Khan said.Khan said the fact that prisoners were still relieving themselves in pails and toilet paper was not readily available meant “this could be a disaster waiting to happen. It’s a ticking time bomb.”Former inspector of prisons, Daniel Khan concurred with Richards.“When your neighbour’s house is on fire you should wet yours.”Khan said within recent times every minister in charge of prisons had recommended “the shutdown of the Port-of-Spain Prison. I supported this recommendation every time it was made and documented such in my 2012 report.”In that report, Khan stated that the extent of upgrades were needed in order to bring it to a standard in which humane, hygienic and sanitary conditions prevail would make it economically infeasible to continue its operations.“It is also recommended that an engineering team be established that would visit each prison with a view to determining its current state of each prison and give recommendations on improving the structure of such buildings.”Calls to acting Commissioner of Prisons Williams Alexander’s cellphone yesterday went unanswered.
Image: GoogleMaps 16,594 Views Wednesday 15 May 2019, 1:13 PM Gardaí meet Muslim leaders over suspected racial attacks in Limerick Gardaí are investigating two alleged attacks occurring over a 48-hour period. https://jrnl.ie/4635733 Henry Street Garda Station, Limerick Image: GoogleMaps Short URL Share48 Tweet Email1 GARDAÍ HAVE MET with Muslim leaders in Limerick as fears spread through the local migrant community following a number of suspected racially motivated attacks in the city.Gardaí are investigating two such alleged attacks occurring over a 48-hour period, it has emerged.Two Muslim men were beaten and kicked near the Al Furqan mosque on Windmill Street, around 8pm on Sunday 5 May, after the pair had attended prayers there as part of Ramadan.Gardaí have confirmed they are also investigating a second suspected racially motivated assault on a Bangladesh man, on 7 May in the Steamboat Quay area.According to sources in the migrant community the incident was filmed on a mobile phone.The injured party was sitting in his car when he was approached by a man, believed to be Irish, who allegedly started to verbally abuse him.The injured party is believed to have been punched a number of times during the alleged incident.‘Extremely seriously’Senior gardaí met with local Imams on Tuesday to hear their concerns.Speaking Wednesday, Superintendent Derek Smart, Henry Street garda station, said he was treating the matter extremely seriously.“We’ve had a meeting with the local Imams. It is causing concerns in the migrant community,” Supt Smart said.Investigations into the two alleged attacks are “ongoing”.“I would appeal for anyone with information or who witnessed any of these alleged attacks to contact us.”Superintendent Smart said he was not aware of video footage of the alleged attack on 7 May.“If people have any (video) footage we’d be happy to take it,” he added.WorriedFianna Fáil local election candidate Abdul Kalam Azad Talukder, who is hoping to become Limerick’s first Muslim councillor, said migrants there are fearful of further attacks: “The whole community is very sacred and worried. Everybody is very worried, the whole community.”“Most people don’t know what to do; They are scared to go to (the mosque) to pray, or, scared to go out for a walk.”Talukder said he understands video footage of the 7 May assault was captured on a mobile phone by a witness who may have been associated with the alleged assailant.“A few days ago somebody in a local supermarket pulled the hijab from a Muslim woman’s head,” he added.He said minor racist incidents often go unreported out of fear “more problems will come.”“They are afraid to report.”Talukder said migrants wearing traditional dress are sometimes compared to “Al Qeada” “Taliban” “Osama bin laden” or told to “go back to your country”.However, the Bangladesh businessman , who has lived in Limerick for the past 19 years, said he believes the majority of Irish people are not racist.He praised the actions of two Irish men who came to the aid of the victims in the alleged attack on 5 May. “I know its a minority of people trying to spread hatred. A small minority do not represent Ireland. My children were born here and I strongly believe in an Ireland for everybody,” Talukder said. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Henry Street Garda Station, Limerick By David Raleigh May 15th 2019, 1:13 PM 86 Comments
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