46 million people interacted on Facebook during ICC World Twenty20

More than 46 million people interacted on social networking platform Facebook during the recently-concluded ICC World Twenty20, which culminated in thrilling victories by both the West Indies men and women’s teams on April 3 in Kolkata. (Also Read: West Indies World T20 final triumph hailed as ‘one of the best ever’)”During the India vs Pakistan match on February 15, over 8.2 million people logged on to Facebook and the final match between England and West Indies saw 6.1 million people engage on the platform. The ICC and team Facebook pages saw over 180 million video views from March 8 to April 3,” the social networking platform said on Wednesday. (Also Read: Virat Kohli named captain of ICC’s Team of the Tournament)Most mentioned cricketers on Facebook included Virat Kohli (India), MS Dhoni (India), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Rohit Sharma (India), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) and Joe Root (England).Among most mentioned women players on the social network were Sana Mir (Pakistan), Jahanara Alam (Bangladesh), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Mithali Raj (India) and Meg Lanning (Australia).During the tournament, profile frames were used over 17 million times by people showing their support for ICC World Twenty20 teams on Facebook. This included players and cricket fans from around the world, as well as celebrities and public figures.The ICC, multiple cricket boards, players, publishers and celebrities created over 500 live videos for cricket fans on Facebook.Over 60 official press conferences were streamed directly on to the ICC Facebook page immediately following the conclusion of both men’s and women’s matches.advertisementHundreds of thousands of fans tuned on Facebook Live to watch their favourite players field media questions and millions more watched the videos on Facebook after each match. read more

Aussie cricketers ‘cooked’ after long-awaited victory

first_imgAdelaide, Nov 10 (AFP) Australia’s cricketers admit they are drained from a huge effort to halt a demoralising losing streak while dealing with intense scrutiny over their poor form and the ball-tampering scandal. They finally snapped their seven-game run of limited overs defeats thanks to a gutsy effort from their bowlers in the second one-dayer against South Africa in Adelaide on Friday. Set 232 to win, the Proteas could only manage 224-9 in their 50 overs, leaving the series tied at 1-1 with the decider in Hobart on Sunday. “We’re all bloody tired. All the bowlers are cooked,” said Marcus Stoinis, whose three wickets and run out of Aiden Markram were crucial to the team winning after another mediocre performance with the bat. “It was a big effort, so really proud of everyone.” Before the game, Skipper Aaron Finch conceded the scrutiny of Australian cricket during recent months, including disarray within the sport’s governing body, where a slew of executives have been forced out, was taking a toll. He urged the players to keep their focus on the field and was proud of the way they pulled through. “The way we defended was outstanding, The bowlers were relentless. Not sure if it’s relief, but justification for some hard work,” said Finch, who won man-of-the-match after being widely praised for the way he rotated his bowlers and placed the field. Stoinis admitted “it’s been a tough six months or so” and pointed to the team’s character as helping them deal with the hard times.advertisement “At the end of the day, all the guys that are in that team fight so hard, want to be there so much, train so hard, think about cricket all day every day,” he said. “I know obviously we haven’t got the results that maybe the media and the Australian public would want. “But these guys, we all fight, we all really want to be there, we all really want to win, and so the character of the individuals speaks for itself.” South African captain Faf du Plessis was fuming that his team failed to tighten the screws after being well placed at 66-2 in the run chase, but with the next match on Sunday said there was no time to dwell. “It’s a tough pill to swallow. The nature of the wicket and the game was we only needed four-and-a-half an over,” he said. “But it’s a quick turnaround, so we have to leave our disappointment in the dressing room.” (AFP) ATATlast_img read more

Paulinho wants Coutinho at Barca

first_imgTransfers Paulinho urges Coutinho to make Barcelona switch Russell Greaves 21:02 12/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Coutinho Transfers Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Real Madrid v Barcelona Primera División Liverpool Premier League The Brazilian midfielder would be delighted to have the opportunity to play alongside his compatriot at club level amid renewed speculation of a move Paulinho would love to play alongside Philippe Coutinho at Barcelona, with the Camp Nou club reportedly primed to renew their pursuit of the Liverpool star.The Reds rebuffed a number of approaches from the La Liga side for Coutinho’s services in August, with the Brazilian handing in a transfer request.He has since returned to the fold at Anfield and continues to impress under Jurgen Klopp, and Barca’s interest has apparently not waned. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Asked about his compatriot coming to join him at Barca, Paulinho told  Mundo Deportivo : “I’ve already talked a few times about the Coutinho question. “Everyone expects the great players to come to Barcelona, ​​we have a very strong group of great players, without Coutinho people are doing a great job. “On Coutinho it is not necessary to say much, he is a great player who has been making a difference in his team, in the Brazilian team. He is young but with experience in Europe. “I want him to come, I think it would be a great contract for Barca. It would be a great happiness for me, because we would have another great player and another Brazilian.”Luis Suarez Philippe Coutinho LiverpoolA deal for Coutinho is likely to prove popular with the Barcelona squad as a whole, as Luis Suarez also eulogised over the qualities of his former Liverpool team-mate recently, along with those of Antoine Griezmann, who has also been linked with a move to Camp Nou.”Both Griezmann and Coutinho are elite players that are playing at the top level,” the Uruguay star told RAC105.”They are where they are for a reason. They’re both young and have long careers ahead of them. And Barca always want the best players.”Andres Iniesta is another Barca player who is an admirer of Coutinho and he believes the attacker would be an astute purchase for the club, along with 23-year-old Colombia international Yerry Mina.”I think they would be two important reinforcements to the squad,” Iniesta told reporters earlier in December. “If the club wants to strengthen those positions, it should be with players that can be prepared to withstand the pressure of a club like this, and they would be two big signings.”But nothing has happened, so it’s difficult.”Ernesto Valverde’s men, who sit six points clear at the top of the table, face bitter rivals Real Madrid on Saturday.last_img read more

Province Federal Government Invest in North Highland Community Museum

first_imgThe North Highlands Community Museum has a Settlers’ Garden and restored MacIsaac Forge, thanks to a more than $80,000 investment by the province and federal government. The announcement was made today, Aug. 3, by Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks and Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, at the grand opening in Cape North, Victoria Co. “The province is pleased to invest in projects that benefit local communities and help museums attract visitors,” said Mr. Dooks. “This project helps people discover our rich past while preserving Nova Scotia’s culture and heritage for future generations.” Mr. MacKay said the investment will help tourism in the area. “Through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation’s investment of over $50,000, the federal government is supporting a project that enhances the local tourism industry,” said Mr. MacKay. “This project will add to the ongoing work of the North Highlands Community Museum to preserve and interpret the culture and heritage that attracts visitors to Cape Breton.” “The North Highlands Community Organization plays a significant role in preserving and presenting the cultural heritage of northern Cape Breton Island,” said Rob MacDonald, acting chair of the organization. “The MacIsaac Forge and Settlers’ Garden will enhance our visitors’ experience. “Forges and gardens were an integral part of community and family life for the early settlers of the Cape Breton Highlands.” The project cost more than $90,000. Enterprise Cape Breton provided $50,570 through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund. The province provided grants totalling $30,000 and the museum contributed $10,000. Four high school students will receive blacksmith training as part of this project and will demonstrate their skills in the forge for visitors. The North Highlands Community Museum hosts professionally crafted interpretive exhibits about the way of life of the early northern Cape Breton settlers. Feature topics include gypsum quarrying, stores, church histories, shipwrecks, furnishings, school and transportation. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.last_img read more

Montreal psych hospital probing alleged attack by teenage patients

first_imgMONTREAL – The administration of a maximum security psychiatric hospital in Montreal has launched an investigation after several employees were allegedly injured by a group of teenage patients who reportedly plotted an attack.Karine Cabana with the hospital workers’ union said Tuesday her members reported that the teenagers conspired last Friday to stage a fight in a common area of a ward in order to draw the attention of security guards.She said the guards were able to get the fracas under control, but three or four of them were injured.“We have information that a group of teenagers plotted together to simulate a fight in the courtyard to get attention,” Cabana said. “The plot was partly foiled and it could have been a lot more serious if it hadn’t been.”Cabana said the hospital has launched a joint investigation with the union to determine the sequence of events.Montreal’s Institut Philippe-Pinel treats teenagers and adults suffering from serious mental health issues, as well as people with violent and sexually offensive behaviour.Pinel spokeswoman Julie Benjamin said in an email the patients “all have in common an elevated potential for dangerousness and violence.”Most of the residents are detained at Pinel by court order, she said.But what happened Friday was “exceptional,” she added.“In a psychosis, a patient could fall victim to hallucinations and can become dangerous to himself and those around him,” she said. “However, when a group of patients organize — which is what happened last week — it’s exceptional. This case requires all of our attention.”Cabana said the union is hoping the investigation will demonstrate guards need more protective equipment and the institution needs better security procedures.She said the injuries reported by her members included bruising and broken ribs, but she couldn’t provide further details.last_img read more

Islamist PJD Wins Highest Number of Votes in Moroccos Elections

Rabat – The Justice and Development Party (PJD) has seen one of its most successful elections ever, drawing more than 1.5 million votes in 2015’s Municipal and Regional Elections in Morocco.This number was disclosed by Morocco’s daily newspaper Akhbar Al-Yaoum.The same sources said that the PJD obtained the highest number of votes (1.5 million) followed by the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) with over 1 million votes, while the Istiqlal Party obtained less than 1 million votes. In other words, the PJD outperformed PAM by 500,000 votes, but trailed in behind PAM and the Istiqlal Party in regards to total seats won. This can be explained under the Moroccan voting system in which parties with most votes do not take the most seats.Meanwhile, this win is considered such a big achievement for the PJD as the party got only 600,000 votes in the last local elections, which took place in 2009.The election results show that the PJD enjoys a massive popularity in urban areas across Morocco, while PAM and the Istiqlal party have strong backing in the countryside.The Justice and Development Party took the most seats for regional councils with 25% of the total, but fell short in the local councils, which are weighed towards rural areas.The Party of Authenticity and Modernity took 6,655 seats of the local councils, (21%), while the Istiqlal Party took 5,106 seats, or 16% of the total.The results show that the PJD is strongest in areas with higher-educated voters, as it took control of councils in the main cities of Casablanca, Tangier, Rabat, Fez and Agadir with just under 16% of seats — three times what it won in the 2009 local elections. read more

El Omari Calls Leaked Zafzafi Video Total Nonsense

Rabat – Ilyas El Omari, the leader of the opposition Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), has dismissed a video purporting to show Rifian activist leader Nasser Zafzafi in prison.El Omari, who is also the President of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, warned against such acts which he described as “completely absurd.”“It is total nonsense. With such deeds, and others much more horrible, we not only crush the hopes of the living but also disturb the tranquility of the dead, on top of whom is the late Driss Benzekri, one of the architects of transitional justice in Morocco,” he wrote in Facebook post. When released on Monday, the video of the detained activist of Al Hoceima’s Hirak protest movement was met with public anger on social media. In it, Zafzafi is seen being asked to show parts of his body, potentially to prove he was not tortured.Supporters of the movement described the video as “degrading.”The video prompted judiciary and penitentiary authorities to release statements on the controversy on Monday.The Crown Prosecutor in Casablanca said that he had ordered an investigation to be opened to establish the truth about the video.The Penitentiary and Reintegration Administration (DGAPR) denied that Zafzafi was filmed in Ain Sebaa 1 prison, where he is currently under detention.Zafzafi and dozens of other detained activists said they were tortured during their arrest and detention for their involvement with Hirak.According to the government, 176 detainees from Rif are currently under preventive detention where they are accused of heavy charges such as advocating for separatism and undermining the security of the state. read more

Kosovo operation now different but still vital to ensuring stability – UN

“UNMIK’s role today is different, but no less relevant or vital,” Lamberto Zannier, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told the Security Council as he presented Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo. While the world body has remained neutral on the question of the status of Kosovo, UNMIK has been undergoing a process of restructuring to adapt to the prevailing situation.The reconfiguration plan includes an enhanced operational role for the European Union in the area of rule of law under a UN “umbrella” headed by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and in line with the 1999 Security Council resolution (1244) that established the mission.“The newly reconfigured UNMIK will continue to perform its functions under Security Council resolution 1244 with the overall aim of ensuring peace and stability in Kosovo,” said Mr. Zannier, who heads the mission, which took over in 1999 after NATO forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid deadly fighting with the majority ethnic Albanian population.The Special Representative said that with the reconfiguration now complete, UNMIK has progressively shifted its focus towards an increasingly diplomatic and political role targeted on facilitating dialogue and external relations, and fostering minority rights. “UNMIK’s reconfiguration is both timely and necessary,” he said. “Moreover, it has served to enhance UNMIK’s effectiveness in view of the prevailing circumstances on the ground, which have increasingly limited the scope for performing administrative functions.”The reconfiguration is also providing an opportunity to enhance cooperation between the various UN actors operating in Kosovo, improving the overall coherence and effectiveness of the world body’s actions and promoting greater interaction, he added.In his recent report, Mr. Ban welcomed the assumption of full operational capability by the EU mission (EULEX) and said that he is encouraged by the level of cooperation between it and UNMIK on the ground.“Our goal, with the support of EULEX, OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] and the international military presence, remains to ensure stability, foster reconciliation and allow for the return of IDPs [internally displaced persons],” said Mr. Zannier. He added that the UN remains “uniquely situated” to play a useful role, including by acting as an intermediary between parties that are not ready to deal with each other directly. “Our status neutrality allows us to use our efforts to nurture the reconciliation of Kosovo’s communities and foster regional cooperation.” 17 June 2009While the United Nations mission has reconfigured itself in response to the prevailing situation on the ground after Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia last year, it still has an important role to play in ensuring stability in the area, its chief said today. read more

Ban highlights role of cooperatives in tackling youth unemployment

2 July 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the role that cooperatives can play in social and economic development, especially in tackling youth unemployment. In a message for the International Day of Cooperatives, observed annually on 2 July, Mr. Ban notes that youth unemployment is at an all-time high in the wake of the global financial and economic crisis.“Expanding opportunity through youth entrepreneurship is one way to address this challenge,” he stated, noting that the cooperative model enables young people to create and manage sustainable enterprises.“Through their distinctive focus on values, cooperatives have proven themselves a resilient and viable business model that can prosper even during difficult times,” Mr. Ban said. They have also continuously provided reliable access to credit and other financial services for small business operators and promoted self-reliance, he added.In 1992 the General Assembly proclaimed the first Saturday of July each year to be the International Day of Cooperatives, honouring the centenary of the founding of the International Cooperative Alliance. The theme of this year’s observance – which falls during the International Year of Youth – is “Youth, the Future of Cooperatives,” which the Secretary-General noted highlights the enormous value of engaging the energy and drive of young people.“The active inclusion of young women and men in social and economic development helps reduce social exclusion, improve productive capacity, break cycles of poverty, promote gender equality and raise environmental responsibility,” he stated.As the world community moves into the International Year of Cooperatives, which will be launched in October, Mr. Ban invited young people to explore the benefits of pursuing cooperative enterprise and other forms of social entrepreneurship, and encouraged the cooperative movement to engage with youth.“Let us recognize young women and men as valuable partners in strengthening the cooperative movement and in sustaining the role of cooperatives in social and economic development,” he stated. read more

Quebecor Inc tops profit expectations says its poised for immense growth on

MONTREAL — Quebecor Inc. had $62.5 million of net income in the fourth quarter, up from $6.2 million a year earlier, as the company refocused its news media operations and signed several deals to set it up for future growth, including the acquisition of the French-language broadcast rights for NHL games in Canada.Net income attributable to shareholders was $43.4 million, or 35 cents per basic share, for the three months ended Dec. 31, versus $7.1 million or six cents year over year.Adjusted earnings from continuing operations came in at $68 million, or 55 cents per basic share, for the fourth quarter, compared with $52.3 million, or 42 cents per basic share, in the same period of 2012. Revenues for the quarter remained relatively flat, up 0.5 per cent to $1.12 billion.Canadian Press Quebecor owns the province’s most-read tabloid newspaper and its most-watched TV network. It also operates a 24-hour news TV channel and Videotron, Canada’s third-largest cable services provider.Analysts’ estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters had called for 53 cents of adjusted earnings on $1.15 billion in revenues.The Montreal-based telecom and media company said that its fourth quarter benefited from a $66.5 million favourable variance in losses and gains on valuations and translations of financial instruments. It also saw an $8 million drop in financial expenses and a $8.7 million favourable variance in losses on debt refinancing.It said the gains were partially offset by a $15.3 million unfavourable variance charge for restructuring its operations, impairment of assets and other special items; and a $3.2 million increase in amortization charges.Quebecor said along with the NHL deal, it anticipates “immense opportunities for future development and growth” through its acquisition of seven 700 MHz spectrum licences across Canada and a 20-year agreement with Rogers to build and operate a shared LTE wireless network.The company said savings from a series of restructuring changes with Sun Media Corporation will be realized in 2014, and will use to finance an expansion of its content offerings in print and digital platforms.Earlier this week, Quebecor’s former CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau announced that he was running for the Parti Quebecois in the next election on April 7, bringing his credentials as a good economic manager and his celebrity-like status to the pro-independence party.Peladeau had stepped down from the company a year ago, saying he would provide advice on strategic projects that were “vital” to the media and telecom company, but also cited family and philanthropy as reasons for leaving.But just days ago, the multi-millionaire owner of Quebecor said he was getting into politics because he wants to see Quebec become a country. Longer term, Peladeau could eventually emerge as a leader of Quebec’s sovereignty movement.It’s expected that he will be required by the province’s ethics commissioner to put his shares in Quebecor in a blind trust if elected.Peladeau, 52, comes from a prominent family and has become even more of a household name through his long relationship with Quebec TV star and producer Julie Snyder, a union that recently ended.Peladeau has also long pushed to bring the NHL back to Quebec City.His four-year tenure as head of one of Canada’s largest media and telecom companies wasn’t without incident and controversy.Peladeau sued a Radio-Canada vice-president for alleged defamatory remarks in a case that was eventually settled out of court. He also threatened legal action against the Crown broadcaster because it didn’t advertise in Quebecor’s French-language newspapers.There were years-long lockouts at major newspapers, Le Journal de Montreal and Le Journal de Quebec, while the company’s Quebecor World printing division ended up in bankruptcy and was sold.Quebecor’s Sun Media group bills itself as Canada’s largest newspaper publisher with tabloids in Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Calgary, the broadsheet London Free Press, along with smaller Ontario dailies in cities like Brantford, Sault Ste. Marie and Kingston.It has weeklies it picked up in the 2007 acquisition of Osprey Media’s 20 daily and 34 weekly newspapers. It also publishes the free 24 Hours transit publications. In December 2013, it sold 74 community weeklies in Quebec to Transcontinental Interactive.Its Sun News television network offers right-of-centre news and opinion coverage. read more

Police seize 50 kilograms of suspected cocaine at QueenstonLewiston Bridge

A Toronto man has been arrested after nearly 50 kilograms of suspected cocaine was seized at the border in Niagara-on-the-Lake.A tractor trailer hauling a load of plastic resin pellets was pulled over for secondary examination at the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge on November 19. Canada Border Service Agency officers along with a detector dog team found 50 packages of suspected cocaine. Officials say the drugs were concealed inside several cardboard boxes containing the plastic resin pellets. “I am proud of our officers and our detector dog teams who are committed to stopping illegal activity at our borders and to protecting our communities,” said Neil Mooney, Director, Niagara District Operations, Southern Ontario Region, Canada Border Services Agency. “This seizure also illustrates our close working relationship with the RCMP to keep illicit drugs out of our country.”The driver, 54-year-old Omari Kutaladze, was arrested and charged with importation of a controlled substance and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.He is scheduled to appear in a St. Catharines court on January 11. read more

Free dental care for lowincome seniors

The Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health is pleased the province has found a way to deliver free dental care to low-income seniors.It just doesn’t like the one-size-fits-all approach the Ministry of Health has adopted.The board of health will send a letter to this effect to the ministry. The board doesn’t understand why thinly-populated rural areas such as Haldimand and Norfolk can’t contract with local dentists and hygienists to deliver this program.Instead, the Ministry of Health expects the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit to hire a dentist (half-time), a full-time hygienist, a full-time dental assistant and a program assistant (half-time) and deliver dental services under its auspices.“This is a really good program for a large urban area,” Windham Coun. Chris Van Paassen told the board Tuesday. “But it would be a more efficient use of dollars to cut a deal with a local dental office.“I think the province will recognize the rural areas of Ontario and the different way we have of doing things.”Health units are expected to deliver free dental services to qualifying seniors 65 years of age and older before the end of summer. A report to the board says a single senior with an income of $19,300 a year or less or a senior couple with combined income of $32,300 or less qualify for free dentistry.Participating dentists and hygienists will perform preventive and restorative procedures as well as deliver diagnostic services.“This program aims to prevent chronic disease, reduce infections and improve quality of life while reducing (the) burden on the health-care system,” health minister Christine Elliott said in a letter to Mayor Kristal Chopp, chair of the Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health.“A dental program for low-income seniors is a key example of the public health sector’s important role in supporting and addressing the needs of vulnerable populations to help prevent disease, complications and hospitalizations.”At Tuesday’s meeting, the board asked Chopp to write a letter to the ministry asking it to consider alternative delivery models for rural areas such as Haldimand and Norfolk.Chopp was also asked to circulate her request to other rural health units. Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus said such a request would gain “good traction” with municipalities facing the same challenges as Haldimand and Norfolk.Board members see a number of problems with the program as currently structured. Chopp likened the provincial model to a controversy last year where the operator of a local yoga studio complained that Norfolk was offering programming in direct competition to her business.Chopp says it doesn’t make sense to use an in-house delivery model when there are numerous private clinics that can provide the same or better service.Marlene Miranda, Haldimand and Norfolk’s general manager of health and social services, shares many of Chopp’s concerns and has already expressed them to the ministry.As it stands, Miranda said the ministry is holding firm to its service-delivery model and that Haldimand and Norfolk’s share of funding for 2019-2020 — $537,900 — cannot be spent outside of it.These concerns are also shared by Dr. Shankar Nesathurai, Haldimand and Norfolk’s medical officer of health.“From my vantage point, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution,” he said.Simcoe Coun. Ryan Taylor worries the program is going to send demand for dental services locally and elsewhere through the roof. He wonders if there are enough dentists in Haldimand and Norfolk to handle the surge and what effect this might have on the delivery of local dental services in general.Because Norfolk’s population is significantly larger than Haldimand’s, Norfolk council serves as the board of health for both counties.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

40 States support resumed negotiations on climate change UN says

The support was voiced over the weekend at an informal meeting in New York called by Jan Pronk, chairman of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The encounter aimed to take stock of the political situation since the suspension of negotiations in The Hague last November.”All countries at the meeting overwhelmingly supported resumed negotiations in Bonn in July, and a more inclusive, open-ended meeting may be held within a month in Sweden,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.The two-week meeting in Bonn will consist of the resumed sixth session of the Conference of the Parties as well as short, parallel meetings of the Convention’s two subsidiary bodies. Officials at the resumed climate talks will have the benefit of the newest five-year scientific and technical assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has confirmed that the evidence for humanity’s influence on the global climate is now stronger than ever before and has presented the most detailed picture to date of how global warming will affect various regions.Key issues that still must be resolved at the resumed talks include the establishment of an international emissions trading system and a “clean development mechanism and a package of financial support and technology transfer to help developing countries contribute to global action on climate change, including measures for adapting to climate change impacts. read more

Petronas confirms safety audit says it ensures welfare of people environment

VICTORIA – Malaysian energy-giant Petronas says it introduced a program to improve health and safety at its global oil-and-gas operations following an audit that reported serious safety issues at its offshore operations.The state-owned company said in a statement issued Friday that a 2013 asset-integrity audit, initiated to improve best practices, included recommendations to enhance safety standards.Wee Yiaw Hin, the company’s executive vice-president, said the audit prompted the company to implement its ongoing safety-focused program.“We acknowledged the gaps identified in the report and we have executed a comprehensive program to resolve the issues and ensure the safety of our people, environment and our facilities,” he said.The audit reported competence and training issues with employees and made numerous references to corrosion threatening the structural integrity of facilities.Pacific NorthWest LNG, of which Petronas is the majority backer, plans to build a $36-billion liquefied-natural-gas export plant and terminal at Lelu Island, near Prince Rupert on British Columbia’s northwest coast.Last July, the B.C. government passed its Liquefied Natural Gas Project Agreements Act. The law intends to give potential LNG investors, including Petronas, certainty from targeted tax increases and environmental regulations.The government said the law gives Petronas a 25-year, assurance-specific LNG-related income and ensures environmental taxes do not increase, although corporate and sales taxes could rise.In exchange, the project is expected create up to 4,500 construction jobs and generate billions of dollars in revenues, the government said.B.C.’s Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman was not immediately available to comment on the Petronas audit and how it relates to the proposed Lelu Island development.Opposition New Democrat Leader John Horgan said it appears the government did not do its homework on safety issues surrounding Petronas.“My primary concern is the government, the B.C. Liberals, bent over backwards to try and accommodate Petronas with respect to taxation, with respect to royalties, and apparently spent no time looking at their environmental record and looking at their health and safety record,” he said.“That lack of due diligence is shocking to me and should be shocking to British Columbians,” said Horgan. Petronas confirms safety audit, says it ensures welfare of people, environment by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 11, 2015 2:07 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 11, 2015 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Geek deals Dell Latitude E5430 100 gift card Black Ops 2 preorder

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Severed cable blamed for weekend service interruption in four islands says Cable

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 4, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Following a weekend service interruption caused by a severed cable in Grand Bahama, Cable Bahamas Limited has implemented a controlled restoration process to decrease the incidence of further negative impacts on subscribers. According to Cable Bahamas, the interruption was caused by a third-party company carrying out works in the area. On Saturday, customers in Abaco, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama and New Providence experienced interruption with broadband, private fiber and ALIV mobile services.  Although services were restored on Saturday evening, the company completed permanent repairs on Monday. Affected subscribers were given two gigabytes of free data and a one-day credit for interruption to REVON home and business services. Cable Bahamas Chief Operations Officer, John Gomez said in a statement that the company took the interruption very seriously and worked to respond to the situation quickly and completely. Story by: Zahra Gordon#MagneticMediaNews#nocableoverweekend#severedcablecausedinteruption Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nocableoverweekend, #severedcablecausedinteruptionlast_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show Kangana Ranaut wants to ban a few journalists

first_imgKapil Sharma, Kangana RanautTwitterKangana Ranaut has remained unfazed by the ban imposed by the Entertainment Journalists’ Guild of India (EJG) post the actress’ verbal altercation with a journalist. She has been promoting her upcoming Judgementall Hai Kya and had been explaining why she relatiated to the journalist and what problems does she have with a certain section of the media. So when Kangana appeared on The Kapil Sharma Show, Kangana said that she would like to ban a few journalists in the know.During the interaction, Kapil Sharma took a dig at the media ban on Kangana Ranaut saying that nowadays anyone wants to ban someone for some reason. He then asked Kangana who she would like to ban if given a choice. To which, she replied, “I know a few of the journalists in my list who I would like to ban.”Earlier, Kapil too was involved in an abusive spat against a journalist whom according to the comedian was writing only negative things about him. Later, Kapil had also filed an FIR against the journalist post which the latter refrained from writing any articles about the former following the court’s decision.Meanwhile, EJG has boycotted Kangana from media coverage until she issues a public apology for everything that transpired between her and the journalist at Judgementall Hai Kya song launch event.Kangana, however, not just only refused to apologise to the section of the media but also slammed them in a video message calling them as ‘termites’, ‘pseudo’, ‘traitors’ and ‘tenth-fail’. And even sent a legal notice to EJG through her lawyer for wrongfully supporting the journalist without any provocation.last_img read more

Over 5K participate in awareness drive against Thalassemia

first_imgKolkata: Over 5,000 people took part in a signature campaign as a part of the awareness drive against Thalassemia on World Thalassemia Day. The campaign was organised by Medical Bank. The signatories included people from all walks of life. Leaflets were distributed as a part of the campaign. Workshops and seminars were held on Thalassemia to celebrate the World Thalassemia Day.There are 40,000 Thalassemia patients in Bengal while the number of carriers will be over one lakh. There is no treatment for the disease and awareness is very important. The state government has over and again requested young people to get their blood tested before marriage to control spread of the disease. It is a well-known fact that Amitabh Bachchan is a Thalassemia carrier, while his spouse Jaya is not a carrier. Hence, none of their children Abhishek and Sweta are suffering from the disease. D Ashis, secretary of Medical Bank, said awareness to check the spread of the disease is important as the disease is fast growing. Thalassemia patients need blood and in summer when there is a crisis of blood or if they have negative blood group the problem is doubled.On the occasion, CM Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Today is World Thalassaemia Day. My best wishes to all those fighting the disease: patients, doctors and caregivers.”last_img read more

Prominent Syrianborn Palestinian actor killed

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like “The reason was not difference of opinion. Mohammed Rafeh was a commander of a shabiha group,” the caption read referring to pro-government gunmen who are known in Syria as shabiha.The same page also posted a copy of a weapons license issued to Rafeh by the powerful Air Force Intelligence Agency. The license for a pistol had a Feb. 1, 2013 expiry date with his picture on it. The authenticity of the copy could not be verified.It is not uncommon in Syria for actors to have a license for weapons from authorities to defend themselves in case they are in danger. It was not clear whether Rafeh had a pistol when he was kidnapped.A video posted on YouTube by anti-government activists showed Rafeh on state TV saying that Syria “is protected by God, its people and the command.”The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command, a Palestinian faction that strongly backs Assad, condemned the killing saying it was carried out by the “gangs of criminals in Syria.”Hussam Arafat, a member of the group’s political bureau, said in a statement that Rafeh’s murder “is a black mark of shame” of the killers.Rafeh had played roles in several Syrian TV series but became famous throughout the Arab world five years ago for his role in the Bab al-Hara program that depicted life in Damascus in the 1930s under French colonial rule. Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Associated PressBEIRUT (AP) – Prominent Syrian-born Palestinian actor Mohammed Rafeh, who was believed to be a supporter of President Bashar Assad’s regime, was kidnapped and then killed by anti-government gunmen, activists and his family said Sunday. He was 30.Ahmad Rafeh, Mohammed’s father and also a well-known actor, said the family received Mohammed’s body Sunday.“My son was killed in cold blood,” Rafeh said by telephone from Damascus, adding that his son’s body bore gunshot wounds to the head, neck and shoulder. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img The vital role family plays in society The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Rafeh was kidnapped Friday night in the tense Damascus neighborhood of Barzeh, which has been hit by fighting between rebels and government troops. The Observatory said Rafeh was killed for apparently giving information to the regime about rebels and anti-government protesters.Rafeh’s killing comes days after a video posted online showing gunmen shooting dead captured soldiers _ some of whom were wounded _ raised concerns about rebel brutality at a time when the United States is making its strongest push yet to forge an opposition movement with which it can work.U.N. officials and human rights groups believe President Bashar Assad’s regime is responsible for the bulk of suspected war crimes in Syria’s 19-month-old conflict, which began as a largely peaceful uprising but has shifted into a brutal civil war. But investigators of human rights abuses say rebel atrocities are on the rise.Activists say that more than 36,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in March last year.Rafeh’s death comes after a campaign began on social media calling for actors who support Assad to be punished.A Facebook page titled “The black list of Syrian artists” carried a picture of Rafeh standing next to a wall with “Assad only” spray-painted on it. Rafeh played the role of Ibrahim, the son of a wealthy textile merchant, who fights against French forces in defense of Syria.Rafeh was not married. The family said a funeral is planned for Monday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Nobu Hotels has arrived

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterNobu Hotels has arrived in Mexico with the opening this week of Nobu Hotel Los Cabos. Perched beachfront on the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, Nobu Hotel Los Cabos features 200 guestrooms and suites that blend contemporary Japanese minimalism with locally-sourced Mexican materials and natural finishes.The property is home to a luxurious spa with Natura Bissé products and, what all Nobu Hotels must have: a spectacular Nobu Restaurant and Bar with ocean views, making this the third Nobu restaurant in Mexico.Custom-made furniture, wood-soaking tubs, shoji-inspired closet doors and Japanese lanterns all reflect Japanese-Mexican fusion at its finest.The foundation of Nobu Hotels is deeply rooted in creating memories around the enjoyment of exceptional food; world-famous Japanese cuisine married with seasonal ingredients and the mastery of Chef Nobu. Indulge in Nobu’s signature dishes, from rock shrimp tempura and miso black cod to yellowtail sashimi with sliced jalapeno peppers. The property will also house a Malibu Farm restaurant, serving up simple, farm-to-table dining that is fresh, organic and locally sourced when possible.Opening special rates are priced at approximately US$465 per night.Founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, with operations spanning five continents, the Nobu brand thrives in the world’s capitals as the ultimate destination lifestyle experience. The first Nobu Hotel opened in 2013 as a boutique hotel within Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nobu Hotel City of Dreams Manila opened in 2014, Nobu Hotel Miami Beach in 2016 and the Nobu Ryokan Malibu, Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay and Nobu Hotel Palo Alto opened in 2017 and Nobu Hotel Marbella opened in 2018. Also set to open in 2019 are properties in Barcelona and Chicago, with Warsaw recently announced for 2020.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more