Foreign Employers Black List

first_imgThe Indian government has compiled a black list of 355 foreign employers who exploit Indian workers abroad. The Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi told the Indian Parliament, “These foreign employers who were found to be harassing the Indian workers are placed in the Prior Approval Category.”The names of the companies have not been disclosed.  Related Itemslast_img

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Another day at work for Rohit Sharma: Flying kiss and an ODI double century

first_imgRohit Sharma celebrated his third double century in one day internationals and his wedding anniversary in style as his wife Ritika Sajdeh cheered on from the stands. Rohit, who hammered an unbeaten 208 off 153 balls, smashed his 16th hundred of his career.Rohit had got off to a poor start as India captain when he was dismissed for 2 in Dharamsala and then had to see his team go down by 7 wickets. However, he was in sublime form today and flew a kiss to his wife who was increasingly nervous as Rohit neared the milestone.Rohit has been in a sublime form this year and has already amassed over 1200 runs in the 50-over format in 2017.This was Rohit’s sixth ODI hundred of 2017 – the joint most with Virat Kohli, who is the leading run-scorer in the format.LIKE A BOSS! THIRD double century in ODIs. The first man to scale Mt.200 on three occasions in ODIs. Stand up and Salute @ImRo45 #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/7GrZKtv2DA- BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017Rohit, standing in as India captain in Kohli’s absence, had a nightmarish time in Dharamsala. He was dismissed for 2 and India were bundled out for 112 before Sri Lanka romped home with seven wickets to spare.However, it was a different story on Wednesday as India fought back in typical style in Mohali on a flat pitch. He was watchful in a 115-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan before opening up when Shreyas Iyer joined him in the middle.Rohit loves the Sri Lankan bowling attack – before this innings, he had hammered two hundreds in the five-match ODI series in Sri Lanka and marked a Test comeback with a stylish century in Nagpur.advertisementRohit and Kohli have led India’s charge in ODIs this year. While Kohli is the leading run-scorer with 1460 runs, Rohit is a not too distant second in the list.Rohit was in fine form in late 2016 before an injury ruled him out of international cricket for seven months. He returned to competitive cricket during the IPL and made 333 runs from 17 matches as Mumbai Indians lifted the trophy for a record third time.Rohit was an automatic choice to partner Shikhar Dhawan in the Champions Trophy and he made an immediate impact with scores of 91, 78, 12 and 123 not out as India stormed to the final. However, he was dismissed for a duck in the title clash against Pakistan.Rested for the bilateral series against West Indies, Rohit returned for the Sri Lanka tour with scores of 54, 124 not out and 104. Against Australia, he carried on from where he left off in Sri Lanka and smashed successive scores of 71, 65 and 125 as India won the series 4-1.Later in the year, Rohit turned his attention on New Zealand and set up India’s victory in Kanpur with a scintillating 147.last_img read more

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Lovely meeting them: Rishabh Pant on viral photo with Tim Paine’s wife and kids

first_imgEven before Rishabh Pant slammed the unbeaten 159 on Day 2 of the ongoing fourth Test in Sydney, the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman was making headlines in Australia with his non-stop quips from behind the wickets.Pant, along with Australia captain Tim Paine, had become the broadcasters favourite so much so that whenever they were standing close to the wickets, the audio relay from the stump mic was preferred over the expert commentary.After involving in numerous banters with Paine, which at times went overboard, Rishabh Pant won a lot of hearts when he posed with the Australia skipper’s wife and kids during a party hosted by the Australian Prime Minister on the New Year’s Day.Tim Paine’s wife, Bonnie took to Instagram to share the photo of Pant with her kids and captioned it: “Best babysitter”. The post went viral as it came days after the Australia wicketkeeper sledged his Indian counterpart, asking him if he was available to babysit for him after the end of the ongoing four-Test series.Pant reacts to viral photoReacting to the viral post, Rishabh Pant, who spoke to the media in Sydney after his well-paced knock of 159 on Friday, said: “Everyone’s family were really nice. We met most of the people during the function at the prime minister’s house. It was lovely meeting them. I don’t think I have to change myself for something like that. The only thing is they put the photo on Instagram and it went viral.” Rishabh Pant was clicked with Tim Paine’s kids ahead of the Sydney Test (@bon.paine Instagram Photo)Tim Paine also spoke about the viral photograph ahead of the ongoing Sydney Test and called Pant a sport both on and off the field.advertisement”We were at the PM’s house.. just had a quick chat to Rishabh. My wife happened to be there so we just grabbed a quick photo. He was a good sport and he is on the field, to be honest,” Paine said.”A fair bit has been made of a little bit of banter between two wicket keepers which has been pretty light-hearted and pretty friendly. I enjoy the way he goes about it. I wish I played that way when I was his age. He looks like he has a hell of a lot of fun.”‘Do you babysit?’It all started in the Melbourne Test when Paine had a go at Pant, who was batting during India’s second innings.”Tell you what big MS is back in the one-day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes… They need a batter. Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too… get him a waterfront apartment. Have him over for dinner,” Paine was heard saying on the stump mic.”Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”‘Keep chatting from behind the stumps to stay positive’Meanwhile, Pant also said he keeps chirping at the opposition batsmen and egging India’s bowlers from behind the stumps to keep himself motivated and focussed.”This is a way to keep yourself busy and positive. When you’re having a long day on the field, everyone gets tired. Each of us have a specific way to keep ourselves focussed and positive. This is my way of it doing it,” Pant told the media earlier in the day.Pant has now gone past Virat Kohli to become the second highest run scorer in the series, thanks to his well-paced century earlier in the day. With 350 runs he is only behind Cheteshwar Pujara, who slammed his third Test century of the series in Sydney.Shedding light on the support he receives from his teammates, Pant said: “Everyone in the team has given me the freedom to express myself. That’s the best part about my batting. Every time, when I go out to bat, I just enjoy myself.”Also Read | I was scared after reaching 90s, says Rishabh Pant after record 159* in SydneyAlso Read | Tim Paine speaking: Australian captain answers phone call intended for reporterAlso Read | Tim Paine and pacers were not on the same page, says Australia’s bowling coachAlso See:last_img read more

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Spain remain perfect in Euro 2020 qualifiers with win over Sweden

first_imgSpain made it four wins from as many games in Euro 2020 qualifying despite coach Luis Enrique’s continued absence as a second-half flurry saw them beat Sweden 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday.Luis Enrique has been on leave since March due to a family emergency, but Robert Moreno continues to keep the ship on course in his stead, with Serio Ramos, Alvaro Morata and Alvaro Oyarzabal scoring in the final 26 minutes to send Spain five points clear in Group F.Sweden could count themselves extremely fortunate to remain on level terms until the break, as Robin Olsen was forced into several fine saves and Dani Parejo had a goal controversially disallowed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But Spain eventually found a way past Olsen via Ramos’ penalty, before Morata netted the game’s second spot-kick and Oyarzabal wrapped up the routine win.Sergio Ramos#EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/lWdkFP9mDG— UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 10, 2019It did not take Spain long to establish control and they went close in the 14th minute when Fabian Ruiz’s long-range strike was acrobatically tipped over by Olsen.That was the first of four vital saves in as many minutes, as Olsen then parried a goal-bound Parejo volley wide, palmed away Ramos’ header from the resulting corner and kept Isco’s placed effort out.A few moments later Spain were harshly denied the lead for an apparent offside against Parejo before he squared to Rodrigo Moreno for an easy finish.The onslaught resumed after the break and Spain finally got the breakthrough just past the hour, as Ramos swept home from the spot after Sebastian Larsson was adjudged to have handled a Marco Asensio cross.Morata – Asensio’s replacement – followed Ramos’ example five minutes from time, converting after being felled by Mikael Lustig’s clumsy lunge.A straightforward win was completed soon after – Oyarzabal curling a wonderful left-footed effort out of Olsen’s reach after Fabian’s pass. What does it mean? Spain in complete controlThe circumstances have hardly been perfect for Spain so far in qualifying, given Luis Enrique’s need to be elsewhere and the fact Group F is not devoid of quality.But Spain are cruising nevertheless and giving plenty of players opportunities in the process. They are showing their depth, professionalism and ability, an ominous mix for the other teams who will fancy themselves as Euro 2020 champions.Parejo the orchestratorSpain never looked in trouble in midfield on Monday, predominantly due to the assuredness and control displayed by Parejo. The Valencia star completed 87 per cent of his 119 passes, created five chances and won all of his six duels. A near flawless outing.Asensio underwhelmsAside from the cross that luckily struck the flailing arm of Larsson, Asensio offered precious little. He made no key passes, touched the ball only 42 times and failed to register a single shot on target. Morata, who replaced him, was a much greater influence.What’s next?Spain return to action in September with a trip to Romania, which they will surely hope Luis Enrique can join them for. Sweden’s next game should see them claim a routine win away in the Faroe Islands. read morelast_img read more

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India vs Australia 2nd ODI broadcast channels list: Where to Watch Ind vs Aus live Broadcast

first_img India Today Web Desk AdelaideJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 15:10 IST India will need to win to keep their chances alive in the 3-match ODI series (AP Photo)India will look bounce back at Adelaide when they take on Australia in a do-or-die second ODI on Tuesday in their bid to keep the three-match series alive.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s inability to set the pace during middle overs will remain a major cause of concern for the Indian cricket team.Hardik Pandya’s sudden suspension on disciplinary grounds has badly affected the balance of the batting order, which was apparent during team’s 34-run defeat in the opening match despite vice-captain Rohit Sharma’s 22nd hundred in 50-over format.Dhoni’s 51 off 96 balls and failing to rotate the strike has brought to focus the rejigging that skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri will have to fret upon.With Dhoni being slotted at No 5 even though vice-captain Rohit wants the veteran to bat a notch higher but cues from India’s training session made it clear that the team is unlikely to tinker with the batting order.What time does the 2nd ODI between India vs Australia start?3rd Test starts at 08:50 AM IST on January 15, Tuesday at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.What TV channel and live stream is the 3rd Test between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia match.Sony has acquired most of the rights of overseas cricket series and that is why they are the official broadcasters of India vs Australia series down under.advertisementWhere will the 2nd ODI between India and Australia be played?The 2nd ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide from 08:50 AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Australia 2nd ODI live?The match will be shown on Sony sports network and can also be streamed on SonyLIV.com. While the match is set to begin on 8:50 AM, Sony will start their pre-match show half an hour before the match as the experts discuss the series ahead of the toss and after it.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 2nd ODI Test?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.Also Read | Virat Kohli obliges fans with autographs and selfies at Adelaide. What about MS Dhoni?Also Read | Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni hit the nets as India prepare for Adelaide ODIAlso Read | India treating next two matches vs Australia as knockouts, says Bhuvneshwar KumarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Virat KohliFollow Aaron Finch India vs Australia 2nd ODI broadcast channels list: Where to Watch Ind vs Aus live BroadcastIndia vs Australia 2nd ODI Match, Adelaide: India are trailing 1-0 in the three-match series after they lost the first ODI by 34 runs in Sydney.advertisementlast_img read more

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Stamp Commemorates Proud Africville Community Heritage

first_imgNova Scotians and Canadians will remember and share stories of the Africville community thanks to a stamp issued by Canada Post as part of African Heritage Month. African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Tony Ince and Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Mike Savage were joined by representatives from Canada Post, the Africville Heritage Trust Society and Africville Genealogy Society to celebrate the official unveiling of the Africville stamp at Halifax City Hall, today, Feb. 27. “The stamp has brought people with connections to the Africville community together so they can proudly tell their story and pass it down to future generations of Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Ince. “African Heritage Month is about sharing the story of Nova Scotia’s past, and what better way to start the conversation than to depict the heart of the Africville community and the warmth of its people.” “It is an honour to share today in the unveiling of this visual reminder of Africville, which lives on in the rich spirit of community, family, faith and friendship,” said Mayor Savage. “The story of Africville, its residents and their descendants, must continue to be shared within the Halifax region and throughout our province and country.” “Canada Post is proud to preserve the stories of the people and places that form the rich fabric of our nation,” said Doug Jones, senior vice-president, delivery and customer service, Canada Post. “The stamp tells us a story of resilience by linking the physical legacy of the Africville neighborhood to its memories.” Canada Post released the Africville stamp on Jan. 30, as part of a set for African Heritage Month. The other stamp in the set honours Hogan’s Alley, which is the unofficial name of a past African-Canadian community in Vancouver. The two stamps are the sixth installment of Canada Post’s Black History Month series, which began in 2009. “When I look at the stamp, I see everything that Africville is about, and that is family, community and church,” said Bernice Arsenault, one of the seven women depicted on the stamp. “The stamp is one way that the spirit of Africville lives on, and I am proud to be on it.” The stamp was designed by Halifax designer Karen Smith with a photo provided by former Africville community member Ardith Pye. Ms. Pye was 16 years old when the photo was taken. A commemorative plaque of the Africville stamp, contributed by Canada Post, will become part of the collection at the Africville Museum in Halifax.last_img read more

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WilsonRaybould raises criminalization of HIV nondisclosure with counterparts

first_imgOTTAWA – The issue of whether criminal charges are the right way to deal with people who fail to disclose their HIV-positive status to sexual partners is on the table as Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould meets her provincial and territorial colleagues in Vancouver.Last year, the federal justice minister promised to examine how the criminal justice system responds to the non-disclosure of HIV status, which could include reviewing current practices on laying charges and going ahead with prosecutions, as well as developing prosecutorial guidelines.“The over-criminalization of HIV non-disclosure discourages many individuals from being tested and seeking treatment and further stigmatizes those living with HIV or AIDS,” Wilson-Raybould said in a statement published Dec. 1, 2016, which was World AIDS Day.The results of that promised review are not expected to be shared publicly till this fall, but Wilson-Raybould will update her fellow justice ministers at their two-day meeting in Vancouver and encourage them to consider what they could do to address the issue.The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that consent to sexual activity can be considered null and void if the accused person failed to disclose, or lied about, his or her HIV status. The Crown must also prove the person would not have consented to sex if he or she had been aware of the HIV status.That can lead to a charge of aggravated sexual assault — the most commonly applied, although there have been others — so long as the sexual contact has either transmitted the virus to the complainant, or put them at significant risk of contracting it.The high court clarified in 2012 that this would not apply if someone uses a condom and also has a “low viral load,” but advocates argue the law has fallen far behind the science on the level of risk.The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has counted at least 184 people — involving 200 cases — who faced charges for offences related to HIV non-disclosure in Canada between 1989 and 2016, with the majority of them occurring since 2004.Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a source familiar with the file said the discussion in Vancouver will be about making sure everyone has a clear understanding of the impact of how things are being done now.Since provinces are responsible for the administration of justice when it comes to the Criminal Code, many of the potential solutions — such as issuing prosecutorial guidelines on how to handle allegations of HIV non-disclosure — would be within their jurisdiction.Ontario Justice Minister Yasir Naqvi said he is glad to see the issue on the agenda, but wants to see the results of the federal review before making any commitment to prosecutorial guidelines or other measures.“We have said since the federal government will be reviewing the Criminal Code and the over-criminalization of people with HIV, that it’s important for us to wait and see what the review is,” Naqvi said in Vancouver.“Because if there is information that comes out, I think it’s important that we have all that information,” he said.Richard Elliott, executive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, said he is encouraged the issue has been put on the agenda as a problem that needs to be solved.“That’s the first step — we’ve got to recognize that there is a problem,” said Elliott.“I hope that we can get at least a critical mass of provincial attorneys general also recognizing that there is a problem,” he said.“I think that is still a work in progress.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter— With files from Geordon Omand in Vancouverlast_img read more

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LA Art Show To Benefit St Jude Childrens Research Hospital

first_imgThe LA Art Show is pleased to announce its selection of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as benefiting charity of its opening night premiere party, 8-11 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St.A Patron Reception will begin at 7 p.m., and the LA Art Show will be open to the public in the same location from Jan. 15-18.Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo will host the benefit.St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to support from events like this one, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.“We are excited to partner with St. Jude at the 20th Anniversary LA Art Show,” said Kim Martindale, general manager and producer of the LA Art Show. “By sharing their knowledge freely and exchanging ideas openly, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital inspires more collaboration between doctors and researchers worldwide, and as a result, more lifesaving treatments for children everywhere.”More than 7,000 art patrons attended in 2014. Guests included: Leonard Di Caprio, Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez, Tim Robbins, James Franco, Barbra Streisand, James Brolin, Shepard Fairey, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Lily Collins, Michelle Monaghan, Debra Wilson, Princess Anita Theodora of Orange-Nassau, Gabrielle, Duchess of Schoeneberg, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Kevan Hall, Hill Harper, Robert LaSardo, Bria Murphy, Willem van Gogh, James DuMont, Alex Lombard, Sue Wong, Michael Peer, Toni Garrn and Abdulla Ali Saboosi, Consul General for the U.A.E., among others.Patron tickets are $250, Vanguard tickets are $200 and Friend tickets are $125. The show is open to the public from Jan. 15-18, 2014. General admission is $20.For additional information, visit LAArtShow.com.last_img read more

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RioCan REIT eyes US expansion with opening of new regional office

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust is looking to have a new regional office open in the U.S. and staff on the ground by January as it works to grow its business south of the border.Chief executive Edward Sonshine says the office, which will operate like the trust’s other regional locations across Canada, will help RioCan improve operations.“Not only do we expect that leasing and operations will be done at least as well, and hopefully better, there will be at a cost that will probably be less on Day 1 than we are currently paying out,” Sonshine told a conference call with financial analysts.He said the savings wil become more apparent “as we scale up” in the U.S. Northeast.The shopping mall trust reported Tuesday a third-quarter profit of $125-million or 42 cents per unit for the quarter ended Sept. 30, down from $168-million or 63 cents per unit a year ago. Total revenue for the quarter totalled $283 million, up from $246 million.The trust attributed the drop in earnings to a smaller increase in the fair value of its investment properties. RioCan said the fair value of its properties in the quarter was up $7-million, compared with a gain of $73-million in the third quarter of 2011.[np-related]Adjusting to exclude the fair-value gains in both years, RioCan had $120-million of net income — up from $97 million a year earlier. Operating funds from operations for the quarter amounted to $115 million or 40 cents per unit, up from $97 million or 37 cents per unit in the third quarter of 2011.RioCan has been growing its operations in the U.S. in recent years.Sonshine reiterated Tuesday the trust’s plan to grow its U.S. operations to as much as 20% of its overall business from its current level about 15%.Last month, the trust signed a deal to end its joint venture agreement with Cedar Realty Trust Inc. and split up a portfolio of 22 properties in the U.S. owned by the partnership.Sonshine said the new U.S. office will give the RioCan a platform for growth without the need for a large acquisition.“It gives us the ability to be patient and wait for the perfect opportunity,” Sonshine said.“If it never comes along we’re perfectly set up, if it does come along, having our own operation will certainly not be a bar to taking advantage of such an opportunity.”In Canada, RioCan has been ramping up operations in preparations for the arrival of U.S. retailer Target in Canada and releasing Zellers locations that Target is not taking over.The trust has also been developing several outlet malls in Canada in a joint venture with U.S.-based Tanger Factory Outlets.Last month, RioCan and Tanger signed a deal to buy two outlet centres in the Montreal area for $94.7-million.The deal followed a deal for the Cookstown Outlet Mall north of Toronto and another for 20 hectares in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata to develop into a Tanger Outlet Center.RioCan owns a portfolio of 338 retail properties containing more than 80 million square feet in Canada and the United States.Units in the trust were up four cents at $26.91 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Canadian Press read more

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UN disaster assessment and aid team goes to floodstricken Guyana

Responding to last week’s appeal by the Guyanese Government for food, boats, power generators and water pumps, OCHA had given an emergency cash grant of $50,000 to buy inflatable motor boats, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had donated $75,000 and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) $100,000. OCHA said that logistics was also still a major problem.A significant amount of water from four weeks of very heavy rain had drained from higher ground in central Georgetown, but then had caused the water level on the east coast to rise, forcing more people to evacuate their homes and seek shelter, OCHA quoted the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) – the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional office for the Americas – as saying.The OCHA Regional Disaster Response Adviser (RDRA), based in Panama, was leading the four-member UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team and the other members were scheduled to arrive tomorrow, it said. read more

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Best rating week since June for ABC as college football season starts

NEW YORK, N.Y. – ABC’s best week in the television ratings since mid-June has much to do with the start of college football season.The Nielsen company said ABC finished second behind CBS in the weekly ratings last week. The most female-friendly broadcast network largely has southern football fans to thank. The Georgia-Clemson game had the biggest audience of any opening-week game in ABC’s Saturday night college football series since 2006.Nielsen said the game was seen by an average of 8.1 million people.CBS’ summertime hit “Under the Dome” was again the nation’s most popular TV show last week, the week before Labor Day. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 4, 2013 1:26 pm MDT Best rating week since June for ABC as college football season starts read more

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UN chief discusses universal development targets with Bulgarian President

Mr. Ban and President Rossen Plevneliev met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York where they discussed achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight anti-poverty targets agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, setting specific goals on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a global partnership for development. The two officials also noted the importance of a framework on sustainable agenda for the years after 2015, the deadline for achieving the MDGs. According to a readout of the meeting, Mr. Ban briefed Mr. Plevneliev on the latest international efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis. “The Secretary-General expressed his appreciation for Bulgaria’s generosity towards Syrian asylum-seekers,” according to the readout. So far this year, Bulgaria has received about 3,000 asylum applications, mainly from the Middle East and Africa, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported. This is three times the yearly average of the past decade. August saw a sharp rise to some 50 new arrivals – mainly Syrian families – per day. More than 100,000 people have died, 4.25 million people have been displaced within the country, and at least another two million are refugees since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad. Mr. Ban and the Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, have repeatedly urged a political solution to the conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the Government and the opposition for the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué of 30 June 2012. The Syria conflict will be among the main topics of discussion at the annual high-level General Assembly debate, which starts on Tuesday. read more

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Big buses hold firm but changes now signalled

* Positive trend for big buses holds but economic climate is difficult* Large coaches slipping from record levels as key September month approaches* Double deck buses’ robust growth continues; should extend to September “August’s figures are level after the best start to bus and coach registrations for years,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.  “But business response to higher costs and lower consumer spending will cut future volumes.  From June to August we also saw a slowdown in coach and midi bus figures.  Increased bus use may stabilize demand but coach travel may drop.”DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Mens soccer plays to scoreless draw with Northwestern

Junior forward Kenny Cunningham (17) fires a shot in a game against Northwestern Oct. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The two teams tied, 0-0. Credit: Eric Seger / Sport editorThree of the last four matches for the Ohio State men’s soccer team (2-6-5, 0-2-2) have been against ranked opponents, and after a scoreless draw with the No. 16 Northwestern Wildcats, all three resulted in ties.OSU played to a 0-0 tie with then-No. 17 Louisville Oct. 2, and tied then-No. 18 Michigan State 1-1 Oct. 13.Buckeye redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov recorded seven saves in Sunday’s match and earned his fifth shutout of the season. He is now tied with Penn State keeper Andrew Wolverton for third place in the Big Ten Conference for shutouts.Ivanov said the shutout was a good confidence booster moving into the last four games of the regular season.“Trying to keep the team in the game at all times is my job,” he said. “It’s good when we get a clean sheet for the defense, we’ll just have to keep moving forward and building on it.”Ivanov now has 80 saves in 12 games, keeping him in first place in the conference.Both teams were successful in creating scoring opportunities throughout the match, but neither was able to capitalize or find a way to get the ball in the net. The Wildcats outshot the Buckeyes by a total of 20-14 and led the OSU in corner kicks, 7-5.Despite the tie, Buckeye coach John Bluem said the team will walk away feeling like this game was a loss because it played well and had a lot of scoring opportunities throughout the game.“You just keep waiting for (a shot) to go in, somehow, for us and we felt like we deserved to win a game like this because we’ve been in so many of them, and it’s been kind of a rough stretch,” he said. “The guys’ attitudes are great and we are grinding away at it. If we can find a way to produce some goals we might make something happen this year.”Missed opportunities have been a continued trend this year for the Buckeyes. The trend continued on OSU’s second attempt of the second overtime when sophomore midfielder Zach Mason blasted a shot wide of the goal from outside the box with just more than five minutes left in play.Mason said after the game that despite the missed opportunities, the results of the last few games proves to the team that it can compete with anybody.“We’ve known (we can compete) all along, but these are results that are showing it on paper, so I think this is only going to boost our confidence and maybe get some wins in the next few games,” he said. “I think we will try and push each other in training and try and have some fun with it too. It can’t all be serious because it’s a game and we want to enjoy it. I think the last two games have shown that we’ve kept our spirits up and are still fighting to the end.”The Buckeyes have a break from in-conference action as they prepare to take on Oakland Wednesday and Cleveland State Sunday, before finishing off the season with games against Penn State and Wisconsin. read more

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Tara Street fire station to be renamed after ALONE founder Willie Bermingham

first_imgWillie died two years later in 1990. He became ill with cancer in late February and died just six weeks later.“Dad left school early, he was educated in the university of life and he fitted more into his 47 years and one month than most people could fit in three lifetimes.”When Willie was asked how he would describe his Dad, he used a quote by Steve Jobs to sum up his father, describing him as “mad”.The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.When asked how he thinks his Dad would react to the renaming, he said:‘He’d be tickled pink’ but seriously he would just put it back on everyone else and say that it wasn’t him and that he couldn’t have done it without everybody around him.“To a point that’s true, he couldn’t have done it without my mam and he couldn’t have done it without the help of the firemen he worked with, but also they wouldn’t have done it without him.“My mam is still alive and she was the backbone of everything Dad did, she is simply elated with this news.Dad would be so overjoyed that his own city is honouring him. I’ll put it this way, his family was his first love and his firefighter colleagues were his second. As a fire-fighter I can tell you there’s no stronger bond than that between fire-fighters.“We’re so immensely proud and to think that the place where he worked everyday for 26 years of his life will now remember him forever, is just incredible.“The lads here all remember him and now his name will be on the paper of this station forever more, his name will live on forever in the job he loved so much.”Firefighter survives six-storey fall>Working as a firefighter over the festive period can be hard – but it’s worth it> “I’M THE PROUDEST fireman in the country right now”: the words of Willie Bermingham after hearing the news that Tara Street Fire Station will be renamed after his late father, also Willie Bermingham.Willie spoke to TheJournal.ie after Dublin City Council voted to bestow the great honour on his father, a well-known firefighter in the capital.Willie Bermingham worked in Tara Street and he also set up the ALONE charity in the 1970s.He set up the charity after making a number of grim discoveries. He would find people who had passed away in their homes and see the appalling conditions that people were living in, through his work as a fire-fighter.ALONE stands for A Little Offering Never Ends and provides support for older people.In 1988, he was awarded an Honourary Doctorate of Law by Trinity College, however his son said that when he was applauded at the ceremony, he put out his hands to give it back.‘That was Dad, he would say, ‘It wasn’t me, I just did my bit. I was helped by so many others.’last_img read more

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Two teenagers arrested after fire at house in Limerick overnight

first_imgTWO TEENAGERS HAVE been arrested by Gardaí after an extensive fire at a house in Limerick in the early hours of this morning.Emergency services were called to the scene on the South Circular Road at approximately 2am this morning.  No-one was in the house at the time, which was seriously damaged by the blaze.The fire was brought under control by the fire services.The men, both in their late teens, were arrested close to the scene a short time later. Both are being held at Roxoboro Road Garda Station where they are being questioned about the incident.The scene at the house has been preserved ahead of a technical and forensic examination which will take place later today. Gardaí said the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

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Touchcode aims to kill the QR code with invisible printed multitouch commands

first_imgIn a world where mobile technology permeates almost every corner of our culture, there have been many attempts to create novel interaction with our devices and to add value to the experience they offer. Armed with smartphones and tablet devices, consumers are always looking for a new way to interact with technology but have been almost jaded when the latest fad turns out to be nothing but a smokescreen.Come and gone are things like trying to “beam” your personal information from your Palm Pilot to a friend’s PDA and the tiresome QR codes that seem to be printed on everything, yet never want to be scanned no matter how still you hold your phone’s camera. As a chronic early adopter, it has gotten the point that I have thrown up my hands and decided to sit back and wait until something truly exciting comes down the chain for me to get excited about. Which, as you may have guessed, has happened. Last week I had the opportunity to my hands on a new printing technology is a fresh take on creating meaningful interactivity for both consumers and retailers alike. Called Touchcode, it’s the brainchild of Sascha Voigt and his company, Printechnologics.With the tagline “paper goes digital,” Printechnologics has a vision of reinventing the printed page. As you saw in the video, instead of looking to do away with paper altogether, the company has created a fusion between the print and digital mediums we are so accustomed to, and has brought some harmony to the dueling methods of information dissemination. While Amazon is proving that consumers are ready to make the move to a digital lifestyle, the sales of magazines and other print publications show that people still value actually having something in their hands to bring value to a purchase. Voigt and his team fully grasp this, a fact that’s apparent when you experience how symbiotic the two mediums can be.Touchcode can be created on everyday printers without having to retool and reconfigure production chains, and is backward compatible with any device that has a capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch capability.While Voigt wouldn’t go into the exact details on how his company accomplished this, he did explain that the only thing that is “special” about the Touchcode process is the ink that is used for the printing. Calling it a “reflective” ink, Voigt stated that his team had developed a way to store information in a print that would mimic a complex multi-touch gesture to a capacitive touchscreen. This allows companies to hire developers to create triggers that bring a whole new layer of experience to mobile computing.One of the things you really pick up from Voigt when talking with him is the excitement he has about the possibilities the Touchcode presents to the world. While I can’t state everything he talked about (he tends to get excited and talk about deals that have yet to be cemented), I can get you thinking in the right direction. Touchcode is a mature technology, this isn’t some pie-in-the-sky idea that is being proposed. Printechnologics is in talks with many large companies about products using the new process. Think baseball cards, very popular card games, and large label print publications and you will get an idea of the pace of adoption of Touchcode.While this technology certainly won’t replace burgeoning communications protocols like NFC, I think it’s safe to say that it’s compelling enough to become a standard for consumers the world over. In fact, in Israel Printechnologics teamed up with a soccer league to create a “fantasy football” game for fans using trading cards. Each pack of cards was printed using Touchcode technology and would interact with a free application for fans to download. Each week, armchair soccer managers would scan in a team of players into their tablet devices and build a team that they thought would garner the most points. To say this campaign was wildly popular would be an understatement as the company that produced the trading cards sold 3 million packs in a short period of time.If a campaign of this nature can be so successful overseas, imagine the adoption it would enjoy in America during the football season! By now you should be understanding the excitement you heard in my video demo at the top of the post. The sky is the limit when it comes to Touchcode and the bridge that it offers to retailers and consumers alike.last_img read more

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Irish gamblers are the third biggest losers in the world

first_img 39 Comments By Rónán Duffy 22,235 Views Deregulation is good for the gambling industry’s pockets, if not punters’ wallets https://t.co/uTpKEUc8GF pic.twitter.com/cTKaW4plPi— The Economist (@TheEconomist) February 10, 2017 Image: PA Wire http://jrnl.ie/3233357 The Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown Racecourse last month. Image: PA Wire Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 10 Feb 2017, 4:51 PM The Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown Racecourse last month. Short URL Share481 Tweet Email2 IRELAND HAS THE third highest per capita rate of gambling losses in the world.That’s according to research which shows that as a nation we lose about €470 per adult on different forms of gambling.The stats are from last year when gambling losses in Ireland totalled €2.1 billion.The research by industry experts H2 Gambling Capital was published in The Economist this week and showed Ireland behind only Australia and Singapore in gambling terms.About half of the gambling losses in Ireland comes from online with traditional betting the second most popular method.Other gaming outlets such as casinos are less popular in Ireland relative to other markets, like the Unites States which was fifth overall in gambling losses.In the US losses totalled €110 billion with casinos taking the vast majority of that but, as The Economist points out, the country is estimated to have an illegal sports betting market worth €140 billion. Feb 10th 2017, 4:51 PM On average, Australians had the most severe losses and were down about €930 per person for the year. Most of Australia’s losses comes from gaming machines.The Economist notes that Ireland has only recently passed the US in the gambling stakes after the online market was opened up.Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan says she believes problem gambling is going unreported in Irish society.“While issues around problem drinking and drug abuse have been tackled in a more head on fashion in recent years, the issue of problem gambling has been relatively ignored by politicians,” Boylan says.“Because it is not as visible as other problems, politicians and certain sections of the media seem to think that it is not a pressing matter. However, I think it is one of the gravest issues facing Irish society.”Read: ‘They can be in bed next to their partner, gambling away the rent’ >Read: Self exclusion and age checks – new legislation to curb gambling habits in Irish children > Irish gamblers are the third biggest losers in the world Online gambling is the biggest source of the losses. Source: The Economist/Twitterlast_img read more

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Labors Brimbank quagmire deepens

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The row between Theo Theophanous and his former electoral officer Costas Socratous took a new turn last week with Mr Theophanous lashing out against Mr Socratous in the Victorian Parliament. The Victorian MP accused Mr Socratous of being an “opportunist” who wished to profit from the Brimbank debacle. Mr Theophanous said that he did not ‘sack’ his electoral officer but, “stood him down on full pay and he was subsequently transferred to another State MP, Telmo Languiller’s office.” The parliamentary outburst by Mr Theophanous followed the Neos Kosmos English Edition report last Monday and an interview of Mr Socratous aired on the ABC. Last month Mr Socratous was told by the former Victorian Minister that he no longer commanded his trust after the release of the damning Ombudsman’s report in the dealings of the Brimbank Council. Amongst other findings the Ombudsman talked about improper interference in the council from Labor MPs Theo Theophanous and George Seitz. Mr Socratous was quoted in the Ombudsman’s report giving evidence to the fact of Mr Theophanous interference. Mr Theophanous made reference in Parliament on Tuesday about Mr Socratous’ contact with the Ombudsman: “I believe that Socratous misled the Ombudsman and is now trying to make money from it as well.The Ombudsman should have another look at the injustice done to me by this man who claimed he felt pressured by me but all the while when he worked for me it was he was threatening me with publicly attacking the Labor Party and the Government and voting against me in internal ALP ballots.” When contacted by Neos Kosmos, Mr Socratous vehemently denied these accusations and said that he demands an apology from Mr Theophanous, otherwise he is poised as he said, “to exhaust all legal means at my disposal.” Members of the Greek Cypriot community at Sunshine suggested to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) that the spillover from the Brimbank scandal has serious ramifications for the community, particularly as Mr Theophanous is of Greek Cypriot background. “The situation is at a boiling point,” one member who wished to remain anonymous said. “And most probably we haven’t seen the worst of it yet,” this member added with emphasis, referring to additional damaging revelations that could emerge regarding Brimbank.Last week the Ombudsman released another report revolving a former building inspector of Brimbank Council. According to a report in The Age, Peter Anastasi “misused his power for personal gain in a property deal”. Mr Anastasi allegedly bought a property that he was investigating for building code violations. The Ombudsman referred the matter to the police pending the pressing of criminal charges against Mr Anastasi.last_img read more

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Victorian store founder cheats customs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A founder of high-end Melbourne men’s clothing store Harrolds has admitted falsifying customs documents for luxury suits imported from France and Italy to save money.John Poulakis, 57, of Coburg, systematically undervalued goods imported from Europe between March 2002 and February 2006 to reduce the amount of duty owed to customs.He pleaded guilty to two charges of dishonestly causing a risk of loss to an Australian Commonwealth entity in the Victorian County Court on Thursday.County Court Judge Carolyn Douglas today said the offending was serious and sentenced him to five years’ jail.But she ordered he be immediately released on a five-year, $40,000 good behaviour bond.Judge Douglas said Poulakis had repaid the money to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and had the prosecution hanging over his head for nine years because of its complex nature.Source: Herald Sunlast_img read more

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