In the news today August 6

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, August 6———WEEKEND SHOOTINGS LEAVE 13 PEOPLE INJUREDThirteen people were injured after nearly a dozen shootings across Toronto over the long weekend, one of which sparked chaos as gunshots rang out in a packed nightclub. Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said there were 11 separate shootings since Saturday, with about a third of the incidents taking place in north Toronto. Saunders said he was particularly concerned about a shooting at District 45 nightclub, which left five people injured. Police spokeswoman Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said the club was at capacity with gunshots were fired early Monday, injuring two men and three women. One of the male victims remains in life-threatening condition, she said. Saunders said no suspects have been identified in the shooting, but he called the case “very solvable.”———CONSULAR OFFICIALS VISIT CANADIAN IN CHINAGlobal Affairs Canada says consular officials in China have met for the 10th time with a Canadian detained in China. The department says it cannot provide details on the visit due to privacy provisions but officials continue to seek further access to Michael Kovrig. The detentions of Kovrig, as well as fellow Canadian Michael Spavor, are largely viewed as retaliation for the December arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver. Meng is awaiting extradition to the U.S. to face allegations of fraud in violating Iran sanctions.———KENNEY TAKES AIM AT PM AHEAD OF OCTOBER VOTEAlberta Premier Jason Kenney is taking aim at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of this fall’s federal election. Kenney, a former federal Conservative cabinet minister, took to Twitter over the weekend to say the people of his province have been “rightfully frustrated” by an “unfair deal” they are getting in the federation. He says Albertans are proud Canadians and he doesn’t want to let Trudeau “push us out of our country.” Kenney also says he would rather focus on separating Trudeau from the Prime Minister’s Office.———SPEED RESTRICTIONS LIFTED IN GULF OF ST. LAWRENCEThe federal government has lifted speed restrictions meant to protect North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence after finding that the policy may have been pushing ships closer to the endangered mammals. There weren’t any whales in the shipping lanes where speed had been reduced, Transport Canada announced Friday, adding that the lower speed limit had driven cargo ships out of the lanes so they could take more direct routes through areas where the animals are known to gather. The agency said it hopes that raising the speed limit will push ships back into the lanes.———BIOFILTER RIDS SCENIC NOVA SCOTIA TOWN OF STINKOne of Nova Scotia’s most scenic tourist towns appears to have rid itself of a nasty smell that would often drive residents indoors during the summer. The Town of Lunenburg installed a biofilter composed of crushed tree roots at its sewage treatment plant last winter at a cost of more than $1.1 million, and it’s now taking care of the foul odour that had become more noticeable during recent dry summers. Ronald Thurlow, who lives on a street just a few hundred metres from the treatment plant, described the past smell as “unbearable” at times, especially on hot summer days. The smell could waft over the hillside town, which is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its seafaring heritage and brightly coloured buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan, MLA Keith Irving and Wolfville Mayor Jeff Cantwell take part in an infrastructure announcement.— Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay and P.E.I. Justice Minister Bloyce Thompson take party in a funding announcement to the Province of Prince Edward Island to counter drug-impaired driving.— The Canadian Health Food Association holds an event to call on all parties to commit to regulating cannabidiol (CBD) as a Natural Health Product rather than only being sold at cannabis retailers.— Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale makes an announcement regarding the protection of children from online sexual exploitation.— Trial resumes for David and Collet Stephan who were convicted of failing to provide the necessaries of life in the death of their son Ezekiel from meningitis. Court will hear arguments about admitting evidence of medical examiner Dr. Adegabo.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Top Sask chief admits driving drunk

first_imgAPTN National NewsSASKATOON-The grand chief of the biggest First Nations organization in Saskatchewan has pleaded guilty to drinking and driving.Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Grand Chief Guy Lonechild pleaded guilty in provincial court Tuesday.He will be sentenced on March 23.Police attempted to stop Lonechild on Sept. 3, 2009, he continued to drive before finally pulling over. He was charged with refusing to provide a breath sample and failure to stop for police.The incident happened a month before he was elected as the top chief of the federation.Lonechild issued a statement saying he took full responsibility for his actions.last_img

GreatWest Lifeco reports 710million Q4 profit raises dividend

The Canadian Press WINNIPEG — Great-West Lifeco Inc. raised its dividend as it reported a fourth-quarter profit of $710 million.The life insurer says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 41.3 cents per share, up from 38.9 cents.The increased payment to shareholders came as Great-West says its profit amounted to 72 cents per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31.That compared with a profit of $392 million or 40 cents per share in the same quarter a year earlier when the company took a $342-million charge related to U.S. tax changes, the disposal of an investment and restructuring costs.On an adjusted basis, Great-West says it earned 72 cents per share for its most recent quarter compared with a profit of 74 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected earnings per share of 74 cents during the quarter, according to those surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Great-West chief executive Paul Mahon says he was pleased with the company’s performance in 2018 overall, as it saw growth across its Canadian, U.S. and European segments.“We enter 2019 with significant excess capital, which will be further bolstered by $1.6 billion from the sale of our U.S. life and annuity business,” he said in a statement.“This positions us to actively consider acquisition opportunities to drive growth and long-term value. In addition, we are considering other capital management activities to mitigate the earnings impact from the sale of our U.S. business.” Companies in this story: (TSX:GWO) read more

UN officials spotlight vital role of seafarers in global trade transport

Today marks the fourth Seafarer’s Day, which aims to promote full appreciation for the work of seafarers and their role in modern societies. The event underlines the importance of this type of job and stresses the challenges that seafarers face on a daily basis.Ports all around the world are busy, never-sleeping hubs where ships are ready to sail towards new destinations, with cargos containing a great amount of people’s daily goods.Since the epoch of ancient Greeks and Romans, traditional commerce has taken place via the sea. The ships of those Empires transported goods simply from one city to another. Later in history, commerce spread around the entire world as ships began to sail from one continent to the other.Today, the practice of maritime commerce is still a major force for transporting goods throughout the world. Indeed, day in and day out, year in and year out, all manner of resources such as iron, minerals, and coal, as well as food, clothes, furniture, vehicles reach their destinations via trips on the world’s waterways.“Without shipping, the bulk transport of vital raw materials, affordable food and manufactured goods would simply not be possible” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the Day, stressing the role of seafarers in ensuring that the benefits of globalization can be more evenly distributed. Working on ships transporting cargo is often hard and challenging. Seafarers are likely to spend many hours with tough living conditions and with limited opportunities for social interaction or relaxation, said Mr. Ban. They often have to deal with difficult weather conditions and with the constant threat of piracy and shipwrecking.Moreover, those who spend most of their time working on boats are also likely to experience constant separation from the loved ones for months.“Over many years, the United Nations, through the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other agencies, has strived to make seafaring a safer occupation and shipping a greener and cleaner industry. Seafarers themselves seek to implement and maintain the highest possible safety and environmental standards,” stressed the UN chief.The maritime transport industry is central to the livelihoods of billions of people; and the industry, in turn, relies on seafarers. “Without them, international trade would grind to a halt. On the Day of the Seafarer, I ask people everywhere to recognize the seafarers who, with quiet dedication, keep the wheels of the world in motion,” said the Secretary-General.On the 2013 Day, the annual campaign, led by the IMO was particularly successful, urging people to express appreciation for seafarers and their essential contributions to all, reaching some 300,000 Facebook users and more than 10 million people on Twitter.For this year’s campaign the hashtag is #thankyouseafarer and the IMO is urging everyone to complete the sentence “Seafarers brought me….” and post it on social media.“We are once again asking people everywhere to show their appreciation for the seafarers that quietly, mostly unnoticed, keep the wheels of the world in motion” expressed IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu in his message on the Day.Online platforms could be successful paths to raise awareness about the lives of seafarers and the issues affecting their jobs. They could also spotlight the huge amounts of goods that have been delivered worldwide thanks to their hard work. “By doing so, you will be adding your voice to the millions of others who, on this one day, take the time to stop and thank those who work so hard, in the face of great hardship, to make our lives better,” concluded Mr. Sekimizu. read more

Your blood group could increase your chance of having a heart attack

first_imgO blood Credit:Peter Dazeley/Getty Images  Study author Tessa Kole, of the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, said blood group should be considered in the future as part of risk assessment in preventing cardiovascular disease. Of those with blood group O, 14 in 1,000 people suffered a heart attack. For non-O blood groups, the figure was 15. While the increased risk is small on an individual level, it could be important in terms of the population. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Show more People who do not have blood group O are at an increased risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, according to new research.Almost half (48 per cent) of people in the UK have O blood. But according to an analysis of studies involving 1.3million people, those who have A, B and AB blood have a slightly higher risk of  heart disease and stroke.Scientists think it could be because of higher levels of a blood-clotting protein in those blood groups. Charities say the most important thing to avoid heart disease is to eat healthily, stop smoking and take exercise. Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, told the BBC: “Most of a person’s risk estimation is determined by age, genetics (family history and ethnicity) and other modifiable risk factors including diet, weight, level of physical activity, smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.”People with a non-O blood group type – AO, BO and AB – need to take the same steps as anyone wanting to reduce their CVD risk.”The research was presented at the European Society of Cardiology.last_img read more

Pakistans Ali a doubt for Sabina Park Test

(CMC) A groin injury has put Pakistan seamer Hasan Ali in doubt for the opening Test of the three-match series against West Indies bowling off in Kingston on Friday.Pakistan fast bowler Hasan AliThe 23-year-old, who is yet to make his Test debut, picked up the injury during last weekend’s three-day four game against the WICB President’s XI and is yet to recover.The Pakistan Cricket Board said the player would undergo rehabilitation in an attempt to return to full fitness quickly.“On clinical assessment there is strain to one of his adductor muscles. He will undergo progressive rehabilitation to regain strength in the groin,’ the PCB statement said.“Currently, we are confident that he will recover in time to be able to play in the Test series against West Indies. We will continue review his situation as he progresses through rehabilitation stages and give an update later when we are satisfied with his successful recovery or progress.”Ali was expected to be a shoo-in for the first Test after impressive performances in the preceding limited overs series. He was especially outstanding in the opening one-dayer with a five-wicket haul.The right-armer sent down 27 overs in the first innings of the tour game but did not bowl in the President’s XI second innings.He has taken 29 wickets in 16 one-dayers and 10 wickets in seven Twenty20 Internationals. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUnchanged WI bowl; Hasan Ali debutsMay 10, 2017In “latest news”Babar, Fakhar lead Pakistan to 3-0 sweepApril 3, 2018In “Sports”Misbah to lead Pakistan in West Indies TestsMarch 6, 2017In “Sports” read more

Next time there will be thousands

first_imgOver 1600 people so far have joined a ‘rapid-response team’ of GetUp members, agreeing to be alerted via text message at any time should the government attempt a second deportation of immigrants to offshore detention facilities, after Tuesday’s deportation of a Sudanese man, Waleed. “Waleed was in Australia after being bashed by guards in the Manus riot that killed Reza Berati. This morning the Turnbull Government sent him back to harm,” GetUp Human Rights Campaign Director, Shen Narayanasamy said.According to Ms Narayanasamy, over 1600 people have already signed up to conduct peaceful actions to prevent the deportation of vulnerable people to abusive offshore detention camps. “On Tuesday morning, the Turnbull government used the cover of darkness to sneak a man out of immigration detention facilities,” she explained, disappointed that the activist group’s effort to stop the refugee from being taken back to Manus Island had failed.“We’re talking about babies born in Australia, kids in schools with friends here, parents with links to the community. These people are terrified of what could happen to them; they’re feeling that at any moment they could be burst in on, handcuffed and thrown onto a plane.“A huge police presence took the man, handcuffed, onto a waiting private charter flight to an unknown location,” Ms Narayanasamy continued. GetUp! has launched an action calling on members of the public to commit to join actions if further deportations occur. Among the #letthemstay supporters are many Australian citizens of Greek and Cypriot descent, recounting their own migration ordeals during WWI and WWII, the Junta years of 1967-1974, and the Cyprus invasion in 1974.“At the moment, almost 300 other people face immediate risk of deportation,” Dione Protogenus told Neos Kosmos.“I remember when my parents arrived in Australia, running from the Turkish military. Most of the people deported are fleeing war. My parents left Pafos with two young children and came here to escape. I don’t see any difference. Offered a chance to a new life, I’m certain these people would make the most of it.”“We might not have come to Australia illegally but for some people whose lives are threatened, there is no other option,” she stresses. Meanwhile, Wednesday marked two years since the last successful people smuggling venture, a milestone for Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB). The Prime Minister reiterated his government’s commitment to protecting Australia’s borders, stamping out people smuggling and preventing people risking their lives at sea.“Secure borders and a well-managed migration system are the bedrock of confidence on which our successful multicultural society is built,” Mr Turnbull stated.“The reason Australians welcome high levels of immigration – the highest since the early post-war period – is that we have confidence that our government is in control of our immigration program, deciding who can come here and ensuring that when they do they receive the support needed to integrate into Australian society.”The Coalition Government strongly proclaims the program has restored security at the border, preserving the integrity to Australia’s immigration program and with it, the trust of the Australian people. Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said Operation Sovereign Borders has been a notable success, whilst the Coalition government has been conscious of the plight of Christians and other persecuted minorities “caught in the bitter sectarian conflict in Syria and Iraq (…) welcoming 12,000 refugees from the Syrian conflict zone and [we] remain focused on those persecuted minorities.”“Since OSB commenced, 700 people from 28 people-smuggling ventures have been returned to their countries of departure. Settlement in Australia will never be an option for people who attempt to travel illegally by boat. There are no exceptions.”Mr Dutton also emphasised that people smugglers should be warned that Australia’s maritime assets are strongly positioned to detect and turn back any people-smuggling ventures, working with regional partners to disrupt them to prevent vulnerable men, women, and children dying at sea.“Intelligence tells us that we must remain resolute because people smugglers are continuing to work hard to convince vulnerable people to get on unsafe people-smuggling boats. I urge families here in Australia to tell their loved ones overseas not to risk their lives and waste their money by attempting to come illegally by boat to Australia.”“Australia’s tough border protection measures remain in place and we are absolutely determined to make sure it stays that way.”Eve Panopoulos, mother of two and former teacher, has a different opinion. She left Greece during the Junta, following her outlawed communist husband and settled for manual labour until they were granted Australian citizenship and opened a small business of their own in the early 1980s. “After World War II and during the civil war in Greece that followed, close to or over 170,000 Greeks came to Australia, predominantly to Victoria. My husband’s uncle was one of them,” she says.“We too left; my husband and I. Our predicament wasn’t even that bad, but I do know what it feels like to constantly live under a state of terror and fearing for the life of your loved ones. Australia is a migrant’s nation. Apart from the Aboriginals, I don’t see how anyone can call themselves a ‘true Australian’. I don’t understand it when people whose ancestors are of migrant descent seem to forget where they came from so easily and campaign so fervently to have people like Waleed deported, knowing that they are sending him to his death.”*Members of the public can sign up to the campaign by sending a text message to 0437 929 733, and following the prompts, or by going to www.getup.org.au/deportations Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Osaka to begin IR operator selection process in early 2019

first_img Load More Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Speaking to reporters afterwards, Matsui stated, “We will shortlist candidates by starting to assess their plans and willingness to invest early next year.” He added that Osaka wants to develop a “synergy” between the IR and World Expo facilities on its Yumeshima Island site after the city recently won its bid to host the World Expo in 2025.Matsui’s comments regarding each company’s “willingness to invest” will please LVS – one of a handful of companies to declare it would potentially spend more than US$10 billion to develop a Japanese IR. In Osaka, any such investment would also require a JPY20 billion (US$176 million) contribution to extend the metro train line from the city to Yumeshima Island.According to local news outlet The Mainichi, Goldstein reiterated LVS’ intention to do what it takes to build a world class IR in Japan. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui has revealed that the city will begin the process of evaluating the bids of IR operator candidates in early 2019.Matsui and Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura met with a team from Las Vegas Sands (LVS), led by President and Chief Operating Officer Rob Goldstein, on Wednesday with the US casino giant becoming the latest to pitch its plans to construct an integrated resort. Osaka is considered a leading contender city to win one of three IR licenses to be issued by the national government. RelatedPosts Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR movelast_img read more

Newly found disease could threaten Southeast Alaska spruce

first_imgForest Service Forest Pathologist Robin Mulvey points out infected spruce branches on July 11, 2017. at Juneau’s Shrine of St. Therese to shrine volunteer Brian Flory. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A fungus that’s damaged trees in Southcentral and Interior Alaska has been discovered for the first time in Southeast.But there’s a chance its spread could be stopped.Listen nowForest Pathologist Robin Mulvey walks down the causeway to the Shrine of St. Therese, a forested island about 20 miles northwest of downtown Juneau.“Right here you can see a small tree. It’s about 4 inches in diameter and it’s just a stump now because we removed that tree,” Mulvey said. “This was a fairly heavily infected tree, at least in the lower branches.”The infection was spruce bud blight, which damages or kills the growing tips of branches. It was discovered here in late June, the first reported sighting in the region.The blight could be a problem, because it infects Sitka spruce, one of the most common trees in Southeast Alaska’s rainforest.Fruiting bodies of spruce bud blight (Gemmamyces piceae) are shown on white spruce near Anchorage. (Photo by Lori Winton/U.S. Forest Service)“Right now, I’m considering it potentially a significant threat,” Mulvey said. “I’ll be incredibly happy to be wrong about that.”Mulvey, who works for the U.S. Forest Service, explains that Southeast’s Tongass National Forest has just what the blight likes.“The ideal weather conditions for the pathogen are temperatures between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit, with precipitation,” Mulvey said. “If you’ve been in Juneau this summer, you know we’ve had very conducive weather conditions for this pathogen.”The fungus is not easy to spot. It’s black and looks like a dead, crusty coating on the buds.It’s actually a group of small, spherical fruiting structures.If it doesn’t kill a bud, it hampers its growth, leaving another sign, a small, twisted branch with few needles.“This is going to spread through spores moving on the air and it’s also going to spread through spores moving through rain splash,” Mulvey said.But no one’s sure how the spruce bud blight found its way to this one, small patch of Southeast forest.Mulvey said it’s unlikely it came in on the clothes or boots of one of the shrine’s many visitors.It’s often found on Colorado blue spruce, a common ornamental plant used in landscaping. But her team found no infected trees in the area or at a nearby arboretum.Mulvey said they were looking for another pathogen, the spruce aphid, when they came across the infestation.The first Southeast trees found with spruce bud blight were at the Shrine of St. Therese, a Catholic church and landmark in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)“We just happened to turn and look at this spruce tree. And I said, ‘Hey! The shoots on that spruce look a little bit bent.’ So we went in for a closer look,” Mulvey said.Spruce bud blight was first found in Homer four years ago, though it took until last year to figure out what it was. It’s also been identified elsewhere on the Kenai Peninsula and in Anchorage and Fairbanks.Forest Service Plant Pathologist Lori Winton, who is based in Fairbanks, said her first encounter also was a surprise.“The first time I saw it, I was skiing in the forest near Anchorage and I pretty much fell face-first right into a tree that had it,” Winton said.That was about two years ago, and it wasn’t clear what it was.Then, an article in a scientific journal described outbreaks on blue spruce plantations in central Europe’s Czech Republic.“Suddenly, there were DNA sequences available that matched,” Winton said. “I had an identification and frankly it was a rather alarming identification.”The potential for extensive damage in Southeast’s forests, or those statewide, is not known. And since no one’s sure how it got to Alaska, it’s not clear how rapidly it could spread.Winton said there’s also a chance spruce bud blight could have been here all along and just hadn’t been spotted. After all, it is a big state.“That’s currently the question, is whether it’s native to North America or not — or Alaska,” Winton said.Winton said it could take a year of lab work to figure that out.The blight has been found in eastern Canada, but not throughout the United States.Mulvey wonders about the same question back in Juneau.“Part of me says, ‘What are the chances that we detected the only site of infection in Juneau?’” Mulvey said. “I think the chances are pretty small.”But if it isn’t here naturally, there’s a chance it could be stopped.“I just have to do what I can to try and prevent any further spread, while it still seems feasible,” Mulvey said.Mulvey’s team is continuing its search for spruce bud blight in Southeast. It’s also asking for public help. She suggests checking landscape plants on your own property, because it seems most common in developed areas.“Look really closely at any dead buds on your spruce trees and if you see these small, spherical black fruiting structures, please give us a call because we’d love to come out and take a look,” Mulvey said.And that’s just what was she doing during our visit to the Juneau landmark.Mulvey and shrine volunteer Brian Flory were using binoculars to check out higher branches near the infected trees that were removed or trimmed. And sure enough, they found more.last_img read more

Nepals Communist parties poised for election landslide

first_imgChart showing preliminary results of Nepal parliamentary election. AFPNepal’s Communist parties were headed Monday for a landslide win in elections seen as a turning point after two decades of conflict, political instability and disaster that have crippled the Himalayan country.The landmark elections for national and provincial parliaments capped Nepal’s 11-year transition from monarchy to federal democracy after a brutal civil war.Many hope they will usher in a much-needed period of stability in the impoverished country, which has cycled through 10 prime ministers since 2006.An alliance of the main Communist party and the country’s former Maoist rebels is expected to form the next government, ousting the ruling centrist Nepali Congress.“If Congress had done good work, it would not be wiped out like this from the country. The people are giving these parties a chance but if they do nothing for the country, they will also be wiped out,” said one voter, 66-year-old farmer Lachu Prasad Bohara.The Himalayan Times said the left alliance’s strong mandate meant the country “could experience political stability”, which it has lacked over the last decade, but cautioned that a strong opposition was also crucial in the young democracy.With counting still going on, the leftist alliance has won 103 seats in the national parliament, according to preliminary data from the election commission. The incumbent Nepali Congress has won just 21.That puts the alliance on course for a hefty majority in the country’s 275-seat parliament. The assembly is made up of 165 directly elected seats, while the rest are allocated on a proportional representation basis, guaranteeing seats for women and people from indigenous communities and the lowest Dalit caste.The Communist bloc is also leading in six out of seven provincial assemblies mandated in a new national constitution.The charter was finally agreed by parliament in 2015 in a rare moment of cross-party consensus months after the country was devastated by a powerful earthquake, and laid the ground for a sweeping overhaul of the political system to devolve power from the centre to newly-created provinces.It was intended to build on the promise of a more inclusive society integral to the peace deal that followed the end of the civil war between Maoists and the state in 2006.But the constitution sparked deadly protests among ethnic minorities who said the provincial boundaries it laid out had been gerrymandered to limit their voice and demanded change.Relations with China, IndiaThe Maoists and the Communist CPN-UML have often found themselves on opposite sides of parliament, but formed an electoral alliance ahead of the polls.The alliance campaigned on a promise to bring stability and growth to the poverty-stricken Himalayan nation.Its victory returns many figures of the tumultuous transition period, including CPN-UML leader K.P. Sharma Oli, who is expected to be the new prime minister.Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, a two-time former prime minister who led the rebel faction during the war, is also tipped for a prominent position in the next cabinet.During Oli’s last term in office, relations between Kathmandu and New Delhi reached a nadir after protests over the new constitution led to a blockade of the border with India and a crippling shortage of goods in landlocked, import-dependent Nepal.The communist leader blamed the blockade on India, stoked nationalistic sentiment and aggressively courted China for much-needed infrastructure development-undermining New Delhi’s influence over its small northern neighbour.Analyst Prateek Pradhan warned that Oli needed to take a more pragmatic approach to balancing relations with both of the regional superpowers if he is to deliver on his campaign promise of growth.“Nepal has to have good relations with India and that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on sovereignty,” Pradhan said.The newly-elected provincial assemblies will be tasked with naming their provinces, which are currently referred to by number, choosing a capital and negotiating budgets with Kathmandu-all issues that could rekindle ethnic unrest.But the protest movements have lost momentum as voters have become fed up with the political merry-go-round that has starved the country of much-needed development.Most voters voiced a desire for stability and a longer-lasting government, while also expressing hope that the new provincial assemblies will prioritise local needs.The new constitution lays out strict rules for ousting a prime minister, meaning this government could be the first to last a full five-year term.Final results are expected by the end of the week.last_img read more

Houston To Host 23rd World Petroleum Congress In 2020

first_img 00:00 /01:10 Mayor’s Facebook pageA Houston delegation, including Mayor Turner, fifth from the right, traveled to Bahrain to make its final pitch and witness the vote.Delegates chose the Bayou City over Vancouver with a 25 to 10 vote Thursday.It comes after two unsuccessful attempts by Houston to secure the triennial World Petroleum Congress in 2017 and 2014.From Bahrain, where the vote took place, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told News 88.7 he is very excited.“It was a total collective effort from the private sector, Houston First, the city of Houston that made it happen,” he said.Along with the U.S. bid committee, Turner lobbied for Houston extensively, including on his recent trade missions to Cuba and Mexico.The congress is expected to draw about 10,000 top level oil executives from across the world. The economic impact is estimated to range between $60 million and 80 million.“Even more significant, probably, is just the thought leadership in positioning Houston as that energy capital of the world and the place where people come and leaders come to determine the future of the industry and deal with the tough issues,” Bob Pertierra, chief economic development officer at the Greater Houston Partnership, said.This will be the third time the World Petroleum Congress takes place in the United States, and the second time in Houston.The city will take the net profit of the event to establish a global program to benefit the next generation of energy professionals. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share Listenlast_img read more

Festival of places unraveling a unique bond

first_imgThe capital hosted a three day extravagant event titled “Festival of Places”, which commenced from April 7 and concluded on April 9 at IGNCA, New Delhi. The festival was the brainchild of team CATTS – a not-for-profit organization working in the area of heritage conservation and management, has been envisaged as a convergence of people from all walks of life and disciplines who seek a deeper understanding of our culture through the places we live in as well as share an eagerness to rejuvenate them. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe festival kick started on an enthusiastic keynote by Mr Ashok Vajpayi in Delhi as a one stop for all travelling the globe, which was followed by interesting talk sessions of Nalin Mehta & Amit Mehra, Hanif Kureshi, Kalpana Vishwanath and other intellectual personalities who emphasised on the heritage places and their significance for today’s generation. Day 1 concluded with a breathtaking performance of Dastangoi Sunil Mehra & Askari Naqvi. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Festival unraveled the bond between three unique cities of the nation Delhi, Kolkata, and Lucknow with the similarities they share in terms of its people, places and memories. The festival offered a platter of stimulating talks, interesting stories, engaging discussions, short films, city sounds, unique storytelling, authentic food, crafts, creative workshops for kids and mesmerizing performances by renowned artists which left its audience spell bound and completely drenched in the spirit of Delhi, Kolkata and Lucknow. Day two marked the yester year’s capital Kolkata as the focused city with Amit Chaudhari as the keynote speaker with continuous talk sessions of personalities like Ina Puri, V. Ramaswamy, Paramita Saha along with many others. With these sessions, visitors also got to taste lip-smacking cuisine of Kolkata and performance by Folks of Bengal – Debalina Bhowmick, Sumanta Das Baul and Arijit Chakraborty.The festival concluded by unwrapping the rich legacy of the City of Nawabs – Lucknow. The keynote speaker Saeed Naqvi not only gave a brief of city’s heritage but also bought up sessions for a better understanding of various places in the city from the eyes of professionals coming from different discipline. “THE LOST SONGS OF AWADH – Re-living The Courtesan” served as concluding event of 3rd day of “Festival of places”. The concert was a programme featuring Manjari Chaturvedi performing the Darbari style of kathak as the representation of the dance of the Courtesan. A dance style known for its delicate movements and expressions, and characterized by exquisite costumes, it originated in royal courtrooms of a bygone era.last_img read more

HP PreBlack Friday Sale Is Live Early Preview of Black Friday Deals

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first_imgThe presidential palace in Cyprus has been awarded two environmental certificates, the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and the eco-label “Green Offices”, making it the only seat of government in the EU with such certification.Both certificates were awarded during a ceremony, at the palace, with those attending expressing hope that similar practices will be extended to the rest of the public sector. The cabinet is expected to adopt a relevant decision soon, it was announced.EMAS is a premium management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance.“Green Offices” is an innovative eco-label for offices and buildings, based on the activities of the Foundation for Environmental Education, an international NGO focusing on sustainable development around the world.It requires strict implementation of a series of criteria concerning energy and water consumption, waste management, green areas and environmental training, among others.Both certificates were received by Theodosis Tsiolas, Head of the presidency administration. The event was also attended by the minister of agriculture Nicos Kouyialis and the director of the president’s office, Michalis Sofocleous, who delivered a speech on behalf of the president.In the address, President Nicos Anastasiades said: “We aim at presenting an example today for other departments, services and ministries of the Republic to follow, along with private companies” he said.Kouyialis said the aim was to extend the scheme throughout the state apparatus, noting that “this is a promise to our children”.The programme is run under the auspices of the Commissioner and the National Operator is the Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association (Cymepa).You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoLiverMD | SupplementTop Doctor Recommends Liver Health SolutionLiverMD | SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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