BAI distributes 1.6 crore to state Association

first_img(Eds: Updating by making correction in para 3) New Delhi, Sept 19 (PTI) The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has distributed cash incentive of Rs 1.6 crores to the member state associations for development of the sport across the country. The decision was taken on Monday during the Executive Council (EC) meeting, presided over by BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma. The cash incentives will be distributed among the 32 state associations with each receiving a sum of Rs 5 lakh for the development and promotion of the sport in the grassroots level. “This financial assistance to state associations is the beginning of our vision of making all states self-sustaining in the longer run. It will help them promote and develop badminton in their region more assiduously,” Sarma said. India have become a major force in world badminton with P V Sindhu emerging as the face with silver medals in all the major events, including 2016 Rio Olympics, World Championship (2017 and 2018), Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. BAI Secretary General, Ajay K Singhania, said: “Four regional academies and a Centre of Excellence are also in the offing to change the way badminton is perceived in the country.” PTI ATK ATKATKATKlast_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Black Caps name strong squad for ODI series vs Virat Kohli’s men

first_imgNew Zealand on Thursday brought back Tom Latham and Colin de Grandhomme in the team in its bid to field the strongest possible squad for the ODI series against India starting next week in Napier.Both Latham and de Grandhomme were rested during the 3-0 clean sweep of Sri Lanka, but were included in the 14-member squad for the first three ODIs of the five-match series starting next Wednesday.Skipper Kane Williamson and pacer Trent Boult, who were rested for the lone Twenty20 against Sri Lanka last Friday, are too named in the squad alongside fit-again Mitchell Santner.Santner made his comeback in the lone Twenty20 against Sri Lanka after being sidelined by injury for 10 months.New Zealand coach Gary Stead said the squad had been selected keeping in mind two priorities — first planning for the World Cup and secondly to give the Kiwis the best possible chance of winning the series against world no.2 India.”Our two main priorities have been to select and prepare a squad capable of winning what is shaping as a massive series against India, and gathering as much information as possible ahead of the World Cup,” Stead said.”Tom and Colin are experienced players in this format and will offer quality in their respective roles.”New Zealand squad (first three ODIs): Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.India squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill.advertisementAlso Read | Hardik, Rahul suspended for Koffee with Karan controversy: What lies ahead for the two?Also Read | MS Dhoni warms up for series decider against Australia at MCG. WatchAlso See:last_img read more

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Province of Nova Scotia Invests in Clean Technology Venture Fund

first_img unique high-level access to Cycle Capital fund decision-makers to position Nova Scotia clean technology opportunities access to industry knowledge and global experts More potential investments in Nova Scotia by the fund and its North American partners. Innovative Nova Scotia companies will have better access to capital thanks to a $2-million investment in a fund designed to support high-performance clean technology companies. Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, Oct. 21, at the Power of Green Conference, that the province, through InNOVAcorp, has made the investment in the Cycle Capital fund. The $80-million Cycle Capital fund makes investments in high-potential clean technology opportunities, primarily in eastern Canada. “This partnership significantly increases the likelihood of Nova Scotia’s clean technology companies to have access to the capital they need to compete globally,” said Premier Dexter. The clean technology industry includes companies that focus on alternative and renewable energy, energy savings, greenhouse-gas reduction, capture and storage, environmental remediation, and air quality and emissions management. Through the investment, the province will have: Through its internationally recognized High Performance Incubation(HPi)TM business model, InNOVAcorp has a proven track record of attracting capital investment from within and outside Atlantic Canada. “The proactive nature of InNOVAcorp’s HPi business model, the team’s ability to identify and groom venture-grade companies and the considerable assets of the region are very attractive to Cycle Capital,” said Andrée-Lise Méthot, founder and senior partner of Cycle Capital. “We look forward to working with InNOVAcorp and its high-potential clean technology companies.” Cycle Capital Management is a venture fund manager dedicated to the clean technology industry. Cycle Capital has $80 million in limited partnership commitments from an impressive list of partners, including: Investissement Québec; Fonds de solidarité FTQ; Fondaction; Fonds de développement de la CSN pour la coopération et l’emploi; Cascades Inc.; Caisse de Dépôt et de placement du Québec (CDPQ); Centrale des Syndicats du Québec (CSQ); Brookfield Renewable Energy; Fonds d’actions québécois pour le développement durable (FAQDD); Master Group; and InNOVAcorp. “InNOVAcorp is uniquely positioned to work together with clean technology entrepreneurs, investors, the academic research community and professional services organizations,” said Dan MacDonald, president and CEO of InNOVAcorp. “Through InNOVAcorp, the province will proactively seek, support and potentially invest in high-potential clean technology companies, with a goal of attracting additional venture capital financing.last_img read more

Conservatives attempt to quash injection site threatened health and lives of addicts

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled against the Conservative government’s efforts to shut down Vancouver’s safe-injection site for drug addicts.In a 9-0 decision released Friday morning, the high court ordered the federal health minister to grant Insite an exemption so it can continue to provide a safe and clean environment for intravenous drug users.The Supreme Court dismissed the federal government’s appeal of lower court rulings in British Columbia that gave the Insite clinic a Constitutional exemption from the country’s drug laws to continue to operate.Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said the government was “disappointed” with the decision, but would “comply” with the ruling.The court found that the federal minister of health’s decision to deny Insite a permit exempting it from drug laws threatened the health and lives of drug addicts and violated the Constitutional right of addicts to life, liberty and security of the person.“The minister’s decision…would have prevented injection drug users from accessing the health services offered by Insite, threatening their health and indeed their lives,” said the court, in its precedence-setting ruling.The court found that the Insite clinic’s operations did not have a negative impact on the “public safety and health objectives of Canada.”The court also found that the impact of Insite’s service also outweighed any potential benefits from using the country’s drug laws to shut the clinic down.“During its eight years of operation, Insite has been proven to save lives with no discernable negative impact on the public safety and health objectives of Canada,” the Supreme Court said. “The effect of denying the services of Insite to the population it serves and the correlative increase in the risk of death and disease to injection drug users is grossly disproportionate to any benefit that Canada might derive from presenting a uniform stance on the possession of narcotics.”An outbreak of an AIDS and Hepatitis C epidemic in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside triggered the declaration of a public health emergency in the notorious neighbourhood in 1997.The crisis forced health authorities to get creative in dealing with the complex issues faced by many of the neighbourhood’s residents who were afflicted with mental, physical and emotional health issues. The idea for a safe injection site was born.In 2003, the federal Liberal health minister gave Insite a conditional exemption from drug laws, creating the continent’s first government-sanctioned safe injection site.“The experiment has proven successful. Insite has saved lives and improved health without increasing the incidence of drug use and crime in the surrounding area,” the court found. “It is supported by the Vancouver police, the city and provincial governments.”The Conservative government of Stephen Harper, however, decided it wanted to shut down the injection site and the government indicated it would not provide an exemption in 2008.The Supreme Court issued a sternly worded reprimand for the minister.“The minister must consider whether denying an exemption would cause deprivations of life and security of the person that are not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice,” the court said.“Where, as here, a supervised injections site will decrease the risk of death and disease, and there is little or no evidence that it will have a negative impact on public safety, the minister should generally grant an exemption.”last_img read more

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day in Fort St John a success

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Willow Moon Internal Arts held their practice outside on the corner of 100th and 100th to celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day this past Saturday.The practice demonstrated numerous forms including 24 form, 13 postures Saber, 48 form, Water Style and Five Elements Qigong. The practice featured over twenty students of a variety of levels and ages.Annually World Tai Chi and Qigong Day takes place on the last Saturday of April and has been held since 1999. This year marks the 13th year that Willow Moon Internal Arts has taken part in the annual event. This year, hundreds of cities in over 70 countries took part in the event to promote and demonstrate the pure beauty and stunning nature of Tai Chi and Qigong. The event began in New Zealand and wrapped up in Hawaii compliments of the numerous time zones.Additionally, the 2017/2018 season marks the 40th anniversary of Willow Moon Internal Arts and the continuous practice of Tai Chi and Qigong in Fort St John.last_img read more

Meenu Kumar to take you on cosmic journey

first_imgOffering an opportunity to art enthusiasts and critics to connect with works of renowned Indian artists, Dr Meenu Kumar, Founder Cosmo Arts India Gallery, is coming up with an artistic evening titled ‘Cosmic Voyage – A journey through Galaxy of Indian Art’. The art show which will be held at Indian Habitat Centre, aims to foster meaningful contemporary art and traditional Indian art forms.Artists showcasing their artwork are A Balasubramaniam, Alka Raghuvanshi, Dr Meenu Kumar, Satish Gujaral, Seema Kohli,JeramPatel, Jogen Choudhary, Justin Ponmany, T Vaikuntam,T V Santosh, MF Husain, to name a few. Commenting on the exhibition, Dr Meenu says, “In our manifested world where we are digitising and pacing with ever faster technology, an artist makes us pause with his creativity, dwells deeper, in the extremity of un manifested, where they are no more potent to visualise and comprehend the premise. The timeless ingenuity of the great art captures the richness of the soul.” “The great piece of art stands eternal in this cosmos with each stroke of creativity and curated with the life force as though imitating the authentic design of being by the Divine Forces. It is eventually amalgamated with spirit of the creator and observer both and is ecstatic,” she adds.last_img read more

Moroccos Phosphates Group Seeks a Partnership with China

Fez – Mustapha Terrab, Chairman & Chief Executive of OCP, the Office Charifians Des Phosphate, wants to enter into a new partnership with Chinese business aiming at increasing investment in the fertilizer industry in Africa, according to Alyaoum24.During the Afro-Chinese Investment Forum, Mr. Terrab asserted that the fertilizer industry is the most appropriate for joint investment by the Office Charifians Des Phosphates and China and provided data to justify his claims, according to the same source.Mr. Terrab revealed that Africa needs more than 20 million tons of fertilizer which neccessitates the establishment of more than 20 fertilizer production units at a cost of over US $30 billion. OCP will, therefore, set up two phosphate production units at a cost of US$2 billion. The first unit will be ready by early August. The production capacity of both units will together be more than 4 million tons of fertilizer intended for Africa.Terrab stressed that Morocco and China have many things in common, including having faith in Africa as a land of investment. He also stated that Unlike the EU, China and Morocco have confidence in Africa’s capacity for sustainable development.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Thanks to its Many Assets Moroccan Economy is on Right Track

Rabat- Thanks to its many assets, the Moroccan economy is on the right track, said Jean-Fançois Dauphin, Chief of French-speaking countries division at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), noting that prospects are promising on the mid-term.The Moroccan economy has several assets. Over the past decade, a noteworthy diversification combined with an important growth rate and drop in poverty marked the country’s economy, Jean-Fançois Dauphin told “Al Huffington Post Maghreb” website.“The 2010-2012 period was marked by the world’s economic downturn which resulted in high oil prices and growing budget deficits, However, I saw policies undertaken to adjust macro-economic balances which are bearing their fruits: deficits are being reduces and economic growth is forecast to takeoff this year,” he noted. Despite these achievements, some challenges persist as the unemployment rate, especially among the youth, and income and regional differences and inequalities, he said.He went on saying that other reforms are needed as the continuation of the amelioration of the business climate through more transparency, competition and administrative simplification to foster competitiveness. read more

Refugees and migrants braving seas to flee to Europe in 2015 top

As of last night, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said 1,000,573 people had reached Europe across the Mediterranean, mainly to Greece and Italy, in 2015, half a million of them Syrians escaping war in their country, with Afghans accounting for 20 per cent and Iraqis for seven per cent. The overall figure already topped one million last week, but that included 34,000 people reported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to have crossed from Turkey into Bulgaria and Greece by land.“Why is it that a million people have to enter Europe by smugglers boat?” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said. “The scale of these sea crossings, the fact that people continue to arrive daily in their thousands on the Aegean islands, and that nearly 4,000 lives have been lost in 2015, all beg that question. “There are abundant regular, safe and legal means of managing this and they need serious looking at,” he added, stressing that UNHCR has urged both people and Governments to intensify efforts to facilitate legal entry routes to Europe.Last week, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, appealed for compassion towards the new arrivals.“As anti-foreigner sentiments escalate in some quarters, it is important to recognize the positive contributions that refugees and migrants make to the societies in which they live and also honour core European values: protecting lives, upholding human rights and promoting tolerance and diversity,” he said.The number of people displaced by war and conflict is the highest seen in Western and Central Europe since the 1990s, when several conflicts broke out in the former Yugoslavia.More than 800,000 refugees and migrants came via the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Greece, accounting for 80 per cent of the sea arrivals. At the same time, the number of those crossing from North Africa into Italy dropped slightly, from 170,000 in 2014 to around 150,000 in 2015.Those crossing the Mediterranean increased steadily from some 5,500 in January to a monthly peak in October of over 221,000.After an initial chaotic reaction which resulted in tens of thousands of people moving from Greece through the Western Balkans and northwards, then finding themselves blocked at various borders, a more coordinated European response is beginning to take shape, according to the UN refugee agency.UNHCR has launched an emergency response to support and complement European efforts. More than 600 emergency staff and resources have been deployed to 20 different locations, providing life-saving aid and protection, advocating for human rights and access to asylum, particularly for refugees with specific needs, such as unaccompanied children and women-headed households.UNHCR stresses that much more needs to be done, however, to reinforce reception capacity at entry points, to allow for humane and effective accommodation, aid, registration and screening of people arriving every day, and to identify those in need of protection, those to be relocated to other countries within the European Union, and those who do not qualify for refugee protection and for whom effective and dignified return mechanisms have to be put in place.At the same time, the UN refugee agency continues to call for safe, regular ways for refugees to find safety through more resettlement and humanitarian admission programmes, more flexible visa arrangements, more private sponsorship programmes and other possibilities. read more

The birthplace of the General Brock sculpture

Some of the Valley Bronze staff, with a wrapped and suspended General Brock, get ready for the loading. In sparsely-populated eastern Oregon, the town of Joseph, pop. 1,054, is the end of the line. To get there from the I-84, drive 100 kilometres along the Wallowa River, past occasional cattle and sheep, across Hurricane Creek, through ranchland and some dramatic hills to the end of Route 82. To leave, turn around and drive 100 km back out.As a town, Joseph is one long central avenue with several sidestreets reaching out a block or two from the main spine. Being a western town, it has plenty of pickup trucks. Unlike most western towns, it has at least 10 bronze sculptures lining that main street, and a majestic mountain backdrop that looks like someone cloned a few Alps.For a generation or more, Joseph’s economy mirrored the decline of the logging industry. Today major employers are government, schools and hospitals, though the town works to entrench a role as an artistic retreat. It’s a tough go, but the 25 employees at Valley Bronze, an arts-centric foundry established in the early ’80s, are evidence that it can happen.The artisans at Valley Bronze have cast beautiful brass frames, lampposts and sculptures that grace Washington DC streets, an NFL stadium and many private collections. And since Edmonton-based Danek Mozdzenski chose Valley Bronze to execute his bronze sculpture of Sir Isaac Brock, the facility and town have an intrinsic link with Brock University.Last Sunday afternoon, 40 townspeople turned out at the Valley Bronze foundry for a wine-and-cheese send-off for General Brock. The next day, foundry workers happily joined artist Mozdzenski in donning “Bring Back the General” t-shirts, posing for photos in front of The General before wrapping him for protection during his trip to the BrockU campus. Then today he was loaded onto a flatbed truck, tarped up and strapped tightly down for the 4,000 km odyssey to Niagara.It was an emotional day for Mozdzenski who, who unlike most artists, spent two months rather than a few days or hours overseeing the execution of his work at Valley Bronze. But he knows The General is going to a good home.The General has 10 states to get through this week. Read updates here in coming days.With the Wallowa Mountains as a backdrop, workers tarp The General before he heads down the road to his namesake university. read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 6

The 2014 World Cup’s host country returns to action Tuesday, but we’ll be watching another game, in search of wunderkinds.Belgium vs. Algeria: 12 p.m. EDTBrazil vs. Mexico: 3 p.m. EDTRussia vs. South Korea: 6 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup interactive for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHBefore we get into why Belgium and Algeria is our game to watch, we should note that we cheated a bit in our criteria for Tuesday’s pick. Typically we’ve taken the greatest harmonic mean between competing teams’ SPI scores, which — as of Monday night — would have put the Brazil versus Mexico match atop the list at 82.4. But we’ve already seen both Brazil and Mexico play in this tournament and their matchup is one-sided, with Brazil having an 86 percent chance of winning (Mexico’s is 3 percent). So instead we’ve chosen to watch one of this year’s dark horses, Belgium, in its tournament debut.Belgium currently has the eighth-best chance of winning this year’s tournament (a mere 1 percent chance, but still). It’s the only team in SPI’s top 10 that hasn’t played yet. Its opponent, Algeria, on the other hand, has the lowest SPI of any team in the tournament and likewise a less than 1 percent chance of winning it all. But we think Tuesday’s matchup will be much closer than anticipated — the projected goal differential between the two teams is only 1.2, compared to 2.6 in the Brazil and Mexico match.But what’s most exciting about Belgium (which returns to the World Cup after failing to qualify for the last two tournaments) is its youth: 23-year-old Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, 21-year-old Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 22-year-old Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and 19-year-old Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj all have dazzled in the top leagues in Europe but have yet to play on the World Cup stage. Both Belgium and Algeria feature rosters with 10 players under the age of 25, but Belgium’s youngsters are some of international soccer’s most talented. Hazard averaged 0.4 goals per game with Chelsea this year, and Lukaku averaged 0.45 for Everton.Many analysts discount Belgium’s talent after it breezed through qualifiers against teams like Macedonia and Scotland, so Tuesday’s matchup against Algeria will be the first time we see what these kids are really capable of.YESTERDAYThird time’s a charm. The United States entered Monday’s match against Ghana aiming to avoid becoming the first country to lose to the same opponent in three consecutive World Cups.Punctuated by a quick Clint Dempsey goal, the U.S. had the best of the first 10 minutes, with 66 touches to Ghana’s 52, including a 30-13 advantage in the attacking half. But from the 11th minute onward, not so much. The final score — 2-1 United States — didn’t reflect it, but the U.S. spent most of the game on its heels.Here’s a couple stats:The U.S. ended the match with 88 touches in the defending penalty area, the most by any team thus far in the World Cup. U.S. Goalie Tim Howard ended as the team’s leader in touches with 61, as well as pass attempts with 49. The U.S. recorded 45 clearances as a team. It’s the most by any team in a World Cup match since at least the start of the 1966 World Cup, as far back as ESPN Stats & Info’s data set goes.It was defender John Brooks, making his U.S. men’s national team debut, who scored the winning goal in the 86th minute, becoming the first substitute to score a goal for the U.S. in the World Cup. (At 21 years, 139 days old, Brooks is also the youngest player to score in this year’s tournament.)In the first match of the day, Germany became the first country to play in 100 World Cup matches, and in its 4-0 dismantling of Portugal was the first nation to score at least four goals in four straight openers.Germany had a slight possession advantage over Portugal, amassing 684 touches to Portugal’s 556, but had a big advantage where it counted; Germany had 24 touches in in the attacking penalty area compared to Portugal’s eight. Mario Gotze had more touches (nine) in the attacking penalty area than the entire Portuguese team. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo managed just one touch in the attacking penalty area.The star of the match was Germany’s Thomas Müller, who had his country’s first World Cup hat trick since Miroslav Klose in 2002. Müller made the most of his seven touches in the attacking penalty area, scoring on each of his three shots on target. — Jacob Nitzberg, statistics analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHAlgeria versus Belgium is the most mismatched pairing in Group H, with a 65 percent chance of Belgium winning and just a 12 percent chance that Algeria will claim victory. And this imbalance is no less true in the countries’ trade relationship, at least as far as diversity goes. According to OECD data, Belgian exports to Algeria in 2011 totaled $2.06 billion spread over a wide range of categories — the plurality of which were cars and car parts at 22 percent, closely followed by preserved milk at 21 percent. But flip the relationship around, and a whopping 92 percent of Algeria’s $3.45 billion in exports to Belgium consisted of crude petroleum.Mexico and Brazil, on the other hand, have a much more symmetrical trade relationship. On both sides, a majority of the exports was some type of machinery, which made up about 53 percent of Brazil’s exports (a well-spread mix of everything from cars to sewing machinery) and 58 percent of Mexico’s (of which cars made up a 46 percent plurality).Russia and Korea are another evenly matched trade duo, and the sectors even complement each other. Korea’s biggest export to Russia was machinery (mostly cars and car parts) at 55 percent, while Russia’s was — surprise, surprise — oil, at 60 percent. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGThe U.S. Now Has a Better Shot at the World Cup, But Still Needs a Point Against PortugalWhy Isn’t the U.S. Men’s National Team Better at Soccer?A World Cup Fan’s Guide to Accepting Refereeing Decisions in Your FavorU.S. Soccer Fandom: The Investigation Continues read more

Cutlass bandits rob Chinese supermarket at Canje

Two Chinese nationals were Wednesday evening terrorized after masked and armed bandits carried out a brazen robbery on a supermarket at Canje, Berbice.The Chinese supermarket where the robbery took placeThe men carrying cutlasses stormed the establishment located at Lot 109 Number 2 Village East Canje Berbice.At the time Zhou Chunmine, 26, was about to close the supermarket which he operates with another Chinese National.According to reports received, the two armed men walked into the supermarket and upon entry, one went straight to the cash register, stretched his hand over and removed what is believed to have been the day’s sales.The bandits also managed to cart off with a bag containing $210,000.One of the men demanded more money while the other stood guard. During the ordeal, the bandit who was keeping guard collected in excess of $100,000 in phone cards.INews understands that Zhou and his uncle; China Sang, 43, had earlier placed the bag with cash and phone cards under a quantity of wood in a store room.One of the owners was still in the storeroom and was on a ladder when the store was attacked.After committing the robbery, the bandits escaped on foot.This publication was informed that one of the men received several chops during the robbery and was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was treated and sent away.Meanwhile, Police have since been able to obtain surveillance footage of the robbery and several persons have been questioned. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedArmed bandits rob Chinese store in East CanjeNovember 25, 2016In “Crime”Armed bandits rob Chinese-run supermarket at Industry – fled scene on CG motorcyclesNovember 11, 2016In “Crime”CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Masked bandits rob Berbice supermarketJanuary 12, 2017In “Crime” read more

Water treatment plant workers down tools

first_imgRead: ‘Industrial peace’ on the way if unions accept pay proposals >Read: University lecturers agree to enter new Croke Park talks > WORK AT A water treatment plant which facilitates almost 250,000 people has  stopped due to strike action over pay and conditions.Workers downed tools at 6.30am this morning in Shanganagh Waste Water Treatment Plant when management failed to refer a dispute to the Labour Relations Court, according to SIPTUThe plant treats domestic and commercial water for people in Wicklow and Dublin.Workers voted for industrial action on 25 April but conciliation talks were held in the Labour Relations Court with management. However, agreement was not reached on key issues of pay and premium shift payments.SIPTU Sector Organiser, Martin Meere, said: “Our members were prepared to lift the strike action on referral of the outstanding issues to the Labour Court for an early hearing. Unfortunately the employers have declined to take up this offer leaving the workers with no option but to commence industrial action.”Plant worker, Jeff Jones, said: “None of us has ever been involved in an industrial dispute before. We are working a 24-hour, 52 weeks a year, shift pattern, including public holidays, for a rate applied to day workers. All we are seeking is fair pay for the hours and shifts that we work.”SDD Shanganagh Water Treatment Ltd is a joint venture between Irish construction company, John Sisk & Son Ltd and two Spanish companies – Dragados S.A. and Drace Medio-Ambiente S.A.The operation is licensed by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.A statement from SDD said the plant was operating as normal today despite the industrial and the company would continue to engage with workers.“SDD has been involved in a process for several weeks with SIPTU and the workers at Shanganagh Waste Water Treatment plant to seek to resolve some outstanding issues.  Significant progress has been made on a number of these issues,” it said.We wished to continue in this process, but unfortunately SIPTU have chosen to reject an offer of a 2% pay increase and to opt out calling a strike instead. The workers were employed on an annual salary which took account of the shift pattern required to operate the plant.”last_img read more

Opinion Remembering a genocide the world is determined to ignore

first_imgIN THE MIDDLE of the night between August 2nd and 3rd in 1944, almost 3,000 Roma were led from their camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau to the gas chambers, where they were ruthlessly murdered as dawn rose. Last Saturday morning, I found myself standing beside the remains of that gas chamber, surrounded by 1,000 Roma young people determined to commemorate their losses in a genocide the world seems determined to forget.The Roma are vilified and maligned across Europe. In the 70 years since the Holocaust, their pain and suffering has been forgotten and diluted, wiped from the pages of history books while the same myths that were used to put them in camps in the first place persist into the 21st century. Widely accepted “facts” about Roma criminality and anti-social behaviour are today central to any conversation about the Roma community, despite a broad lack of understanding for the realities involved.Pushed out The Roma were detested ever before the Nazis tortured, murdered and burned them en masse. In the 1920s and 30s, as the world economy bottomed out, thousands of people in Central Europe lost their jobs and retreated from cities to their home villages, where they took over jobs the Roma had been doing. The Roma became poorer and disadvantaged, forced to move from place to place to find meagre employment. In towns and villages, local craftspeople protested the competition and Roma and Sinti were fined for attempting to work.Regional authorities across Europe began to issue special identification cards for Roma, listing them in ‘gypsy registers’ and subjected them to constant police checks as they sought shelter and work.The poverty and disadvantage faced by the Roma was at crisis point. Gypsy conferences were organised, where ‘solutions’ to the Roma problem were suggested, including mass deportations to islands and labour camps. As the Nazis came to power, they categorised Roma as ‘born criminals’ and in the interest of crime prevention, arrested Roma they thought might someday commit a crime.last_img read more

Should I buy the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4

first_img Galaxy S 4 HTC OneGalaxy S 4 HTC Onegalaxy_s4_allanglesGalaxy S4 launch eventGalaxy S4HTC One focus cameraHTC OneHTC One power buttonHTC One IR Power ButtonHTC One backHTC One BackHTC One frontHTC OneHTC OneHTC One – Blink 1 2 3 Which phone is better, the HTC One or the Samsung Galaxy S4? That’s a question that we’ve been getting a lot lately here at It’s impossible to answer in a single sentence, so we wanted to take the time to give a more complete response.The truth is, Samsung and HTC have both released incredible smartphones. If you were to choose either you would wind up with a great handset. The real question being asked here is which of these two flagship phones is the best for you. In order to answer that, you first need to determine what the most important parts of a modern smartphone are to you. Once you know that, it’s a lot easier to decide between the two.Aluminum or PlasticLooking at the spec sheets, the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are very similar phones. A Snapdragon 600 processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 1080p display, and 2GB of RAM live inside of both of these smartphones. The details are what set them apart. The S4 has a removable battery and expandable storage, while the HTC One offers an unparalleled audio experience with BoomSound. The S4 has a higher capacity battery, but consumes power at a faster rate than the One. The One is running an older version of Android, but the S4 is missing several features found in the most current version of Android. It’s a series of very small pros and cons until you pick both phones up and hold them.The build quality of the HTC One in unmistakably superior to the Galaxy S4. The slippery Samsung plastic may be highly scratch resistant and may lend itself well to absorbing impacts, but the phone just plain feels bad in your hand when compared to the One. The aluminum body of the One has a slightly textured coating that allows for a better grip, and the curved back makes it easier to lay the phone across your fingers and use it with one hand. The Galaxy S4 is flat, and slides if you try to use it in the same way.The S4 is also noticeably lighter, which is a significant thing to many. If you’ve got a case on the phone, or if the plastic feel doesn’t bother you, the S4 could be perfectly acceptable. Out of the box, however, the One feels like a premium phone while the S4 feels like a child’s toy.HTC One (left) and Samsung Galaxy S4 (right)Megapixels and UltrapixelsFor far too long the majority of consumers have been lulled into this false reality where the number of megapixels your camera has dictates its quality. The HTC One has done a fantastic job dispelling this myth with a custom 4MP camera they call Ultrapixel, but Samsung’s more traditional 13MP camera does an amazing job as well. For the purposes of comparing the two cameras, each phone was set to use the full uncropped 4:3 mode instead of the default settings, which crop the image you’re taking for no good reason other than filling the screen on your phone.Next page: Better understanding the cameras… VIEW PHOTO GALLERYlast_img read more

Clinton urged to call for recount in three states amid reports of

first_img We simply know that turning a blind eye to such involvement would send a global green light to hackers and others intent on undermining our democratic institutions.In October, a joint-statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security accused senior Russian officials of sanctioning the hacking of US political sites and email accounts.“Some states have also recently seen scanning and probing of their election-related systems, which in most cases originated from servers operated by a Russian company,” the statement said.The statement did add, however, that it would be “extremely difficult” for anyone “to alter actual ballot counts or election results by cyber attack or intrusion”.It appears unlikely at this stage that Clinton will call for a recount, due to her comments before the election. While Trump refused to rule out challenging the result, Clinton was unequivocal.She said: “To say you won’t respect the results of the election, that is a direct threat to our democracy. The peaceful transfer of power is one of the things that makes America America.”Read: Is it time the US Electoral College voting system was done away with?Read: Ireland had the third-biggest spike in job searches from the US after Trump’s victory Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Clinton urged to call for recount in three states amid reports of ‘foreign hacking’ A team of academics has also called for a Congressional Investigation into alleged “hacking by foreign powers”. Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 9:54 AM By Sean Murray HILLARY CLINTON IS being urged to call for a recount in three crucial swing states by a group of computer scientists and election solicitors.New York Magazine reports that the group believes it has found “persuasive evidence” that the results in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania may have been “manipulated or hacked”.The activists are said to include J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, and voting-rights solicitor John Bonifaz.The magazine also reports that the group held a conference call with Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, and campaign general counsel Marc Elias, to make their case that Clinton should appeal the results in these crucial states.Despite winning the popular vote – i.e. receiving more individual votes than Donald Trump – Hillary Clinton lost the election because her opponent won the Electoral College vote.Under the Electoral College system, each state is afforded a number of overall votes in the election. According to current tallies, Trump won 290 Electoral College votes while Clinton won 232.In Wisconsin, Clinton lost by around 27,000 votes while she trailed Trump by over 70,000 in Pennsylvania. Votes in Michigan are so close that an announcement has yet to be made on who won the state.If a recount was to show that Clinton won Wisconsin (10 votes), Pennsylvania (20 votes) and Michigan (16) votes, it would turn the result of the election in her favour. Voters queuing up outside a polling station in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania on Election Day Source: Matt Slocum AP/Press Association ImagesThe activists believe that, in areas of Wisconsin that used electronic voting compared with those that used paper ballots, Trump recorded disproportionate wins.Foreign PowersIn a letter to Congress, a number of academics have said they are “deeply disturbed by reports of hacking by foreign powers apparently intent on influencing our November 2016 elections”. They call for an investigation into the alleged irregularities in the interest of “free and fair elections”.They add: 36,867 Views center_img Short URL Nov 23rd 2016, 9:54 AM 127 Comments Image: Cliff Owen AP/Press Association Images Share592 Tweet Email3 Image: Cliff Owen AP/Press Association Imageslast_img read more

Le curcuma protègerait votre foie

first_imgLe curcuma protègerait votre foieAutriche – Une étude de l’université médicale de Graz publiée dans le journal international de la gastroentérologie et de l’hépatologie Gut montre que l’épice indienne pourrait ralentir la progression des pathologies hépatiques.La substance, qui donne au curcuma sa couleur jaune brillante, a été utilisée durant des siècles pour traiter un grand nombre de désordres gastro-intestinaux en médecine ayurvédique, médecine pratiquée sur le sous-continent indien.De précédentes études avaient déjà suggéré que le curcuma avait des propriétés anti-inflammatoires et qu’il agissait comme un antioxydant. Cette dernière étude, publiée dans le journal Gut, a analysé les dommages infligés au foie par des maladies inflammatoires progressives comme la cholangite sclérosante primaire (une inflammation chronique et progressive des canaux biliaires) ou la cirrhose biliaire primitive (une maladie auto-immune chronique des voies biliaires).Ces pathologies peuvent entraîner l’inflammation des voies biliaires (qui transportent la bile du foie vers l’intestin grêle) et les bloquer définitivement. Les dommages sur les tissus peuvent être irréversibles et faire progresser la cirrhose du foie, ce qui peut s’avérer fatal.Les experts autrichiens et américains ont analysé le tissu et les échantillons de sang prélevés sur des souris souffrant d’une inflammation chronique du foie, puis ont intégré au régime des rongeurs du curcuma sur une période de quatre à huit semaines.Les souris nourries au curcuma présentaient un conduit biliaire moins obstrué et affichaient moins de dommages au niveau des cellules du foie. Aucun effet similaire n’a été perçu chez les souris au régime alimentaire normal. Une autre étude effectuée par les chercheurs de Newcastle et de Manchester, et également publiée dans Gut, avait été menée sur plus de 4.600 personnes, pour connaître les facteurs favorisant le risque de cirrhose biliaire primaire. Les scientifiques ont pu constater que le tabagisme augmentait ce risque de 63%, tandis que la coloration capillaire l’augmente de 37%. Ils ont noté qu’un lien existait entre la cirrhose et l’un des produits chimiques trouvé dans la coloration, également intégré au vernis à ongle.Le 25 mars 2010 à 15:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une espèce très rare de singearaignée observée en Colombie

first_imgUne espèce très rare de singe-araignée observée en ColombieUn singe-araignée brun, l’un des primates les plus rares de la Terre, a récemment été observé dans un parc national de Colombie.Le parc national naturel Selva de Florencia en Colombie est l’unique espace protégé abritant aujourd’hui des singes-araignées bruns (Ateles hybridus brunneus), une sous espèce extrêmement rare de singe-araignée. Lors de sa création en 2005, le domaine ne comptait qu’une seule population de ces primates, placés en captivité pour tenter de repousser l’extinction totale de l’espèce. Il faut attendre novembre 2011, pour qu’un agriculteur local ravive les espoirs en rapportant avoir aperçu des singes de ce genre vivant en liberté. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Une intense expédition dirigée par les responsables du parc, des scientifiques et des membres de la Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) a ainsi permis de confirmer la présence des primates, répertoriant avec certitude deux individus de l’espèce. “Le fait que des singes-araignées bruns aient été trouvés dans une zone protégée donne aux écologistes l’espoir que les populations puissent être sauvegardées et peut-être même augmenter en nombre” déclare dans un communiqué Julie Kunen, directive des programmes de la WCS d’Amérique Latine. Selon les statistiques établis par l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN), le nombre de singes-araignées bruns aurait diminué d’au moins 80% au cours des cinq dernières décennies. L’espèce est aujourd’hui considérée comme l’un des 25 groupes de primates les plus menacés au monde. Ces animaux arboricoles s’alimentent principalement de fruits en se suspendant aux branches à l’aide de leurs longues jambes et de leur queue préhensile. Leur cycle de reproduction est par ailleurs très lent, les femelles donnant naissance à un seul petit une fois tous les trois ou quatre ans. Le 28 janvier 2012 à 10:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dow nears 20,000; higher wages boost stocks

first_imgNEW YORK — So close! The Dow Jones industrial average missed the 20,000 mark by a fraction of a point Friday as U.S. stock indexes rose after the government said wages jumped in December. Two other major indexes set records.Stocks wavered between gains and losses in the morning after the December jobs report, which showed less hiring than analysts hoped to see. Bond yields rose sharply, as the continued job gains should encourage the Federal Reserve to keep raising interest rates. Indexes turned higher as investors concluded that the rising wages will lead to more spending on technology and consumer goods. Industrial companies rose as investors hoped for greater economic growth.Sam Stovall, a U.S. equity strategist for S&P Capital IQ, said there was good news for most industries. That’s because workers are being paid more, but the report won’t push the Fed to raise rates quickly in order to stave off inflation.“Consumers are earning a bit more and as a result can spend more,” he said. “But … people are not too worried the Fed will have to slam on the brakes.”last_img read more