Drop in vote share worries BJP in Palghar

first_imgMumbai: Behind the desperate efforts of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to seek consensus, and the agony over Shiv Sena’s decision to contest from Palghar is a fall of over 3,25,083 votes from 2014 Lok Sabha elections to the assembly polls held the some months later. Compiled data of votes from all six Assembly constituencies, which are part of the Palghar Lok Sabha seat show that not only did the BJP’s vote share drop from 5,33,201 in general election when it contested in alliance with the Sena to 2,08,118 in Assembly when both parties fought independently, but also that its nearest rival Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) — led by MLA Hitendra Thakur was much ahead in terms of votes it received by a margin of over one lakh.Dahanu (ST), Vikramgadh (ST), Palghar (ST), Boisar (ST), Nalasopara and Vasai are the six Assembly constituencies in Palghar Lok Sabha seat. Of these, Dahanu and Vikramgadh were won by the BJP, Palghar by the Sena and the rest by BVA in the 2014 elections.An analysis of the data shows that BJP won 2.08 lakh votes in the Assembly polls, while Sena won 1.82 lakh votes across six constituencies. The BVA however holds a clear command with 3.17 lakh votes. “The numbers explain the reason behind BJP’s anxiety. First, there is no Modi wave as in the 2014 general elections. Secondly, BJP had fought in alliance with us which is not the case in 2018. No wonder Chief Minister is wary about how things will unfold,” said a Sena leader in the cabinet. A drop of over 3.25 lakh votes from the general to Assembly polls, held in a span of few months, is a major cause of worry for the BJP. It however banks on the newly found support of Shramajivi Sanghatana’s Vivek Pandit who had won over 65,395 votes in the Assembly elections. The opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) stand a distant fourth in the five-corner fight. Even though both parties fought independently in 2014 Assembly polls, they have formed a front for the coming bypolls. Congress did not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha election as it had extended support to BVA. Taking the votes from the Assembly election into account, the opposition managed to get only 1.50 lakh votes. As per data, the fifth corner of the fight, Communist Party of India (Marxist) is limited to two Assembly seats, namely Dahanu and Vikramgadh. The party bagged only 49,913 votes in Assembly polls and 76,890 votes in the general elections.last_img read more

FIFA 2026 World Cup hosts vote in 2020 with new bid rules

first_imgThe 2026 World Cup hosts will be decided in a FIFA vote in 2020 after bidding countries will undergo stringent new checks on their suitability to stage the soccer showpiece.The governing body pledged to beef up the rules after the tainted dual votes in 2010 for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups set off years of scandals that culminated in Sepp Blatter being forced out of the presidency.FIFA is yet to settle on the format for the 2026 tournament or which countries will be eligible to be hosts.FIFA’s ruling council decided Tuesday that by October there should be a decision on whether FIFA President Gianni Infantino can honor an election manifesto pledge and expand the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams.With Africa, South America, Europe and Asia hosting the World Cups before 2026, it had been widely accepted that it should be North America’s turn for the first time since 1994. A joint bid between the United States, Canada and Mexico has been mooted. A FIFA statement said there would also be a review on whether to allow joint bids and the “eligibility of confederations.”Bidders are set to be subject to human rights regulations that FIFA plans to codify during a bidding consultation process that will last until next May. FIFA’s newfound commitment to human rights follows criticism about working conditions in 2022 World Cup host Qatar.The consultation phase will also firm up rules that will see bidders excluded if they do not meet “technical requirements,” FIFA said. There was criticism that FIFA’s executive committee disregarded a report that highlighted the dangers posed by the summer heat in Qatar by voting for the Gulf nation in 2010.advertisementFIFA expects to complete the strategy and consultation phase by next May before a bid preparation phase between June 2017 and December 2018. Bids will be evaluated between January 2019 and February 2020 and the vote – originally planned for 2017 before FIFA was beset by corruption scandals – will be staged in May 2020.Unlike past votes, the entire FIFA membership, which is currently 209 nations, will decide the hosts at a congress.last_img read more

Australia to conduct ‘meaty’ review after Sri Lanka Test debacle

first_imgCricket Australia will pore over its high performance systems in a ‘meaty’ review following the 3-0 Test series whitewash to Sri Lanka, chief executive James Sutherland has said.Australia lost their world number one ranking in Tests due to the series defeat and burnished their reputation as home-track bullies after their batsmen again proved hapless against spin bowling on turning wickets. (George Bailey, John Hastings propel Australia to series-clinching win vs Sri Lanka)With a huge challenge in the subcontinent looming against India in less than six months, Sutherland said probing questions were being asked of the national set-up.”Are some of the fundamental things that we are doing to prepare our players to perform well and be highly competitive in subcontinental conditions passing the test?” Sutherland said in comments published by Fairfax Media.”I think that’s where the review gets a little bit more meaty and challenging and more fundamental, going right down into questioning our high performance systems as well.”Sutherland’s comments come days after former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden slammed the high performance unit for having too much power over the team and selections.Hayden claimed head coach and selector Darren Lehmann and the high performance unit headed by former rugby international Pat Howard were undermining the players’ ability to build a strong culture.”The players have got to actually wrestle back some of their own power from within rather than listening to your physios, your strength and conditioning coaches, your high performance manager and even your coach for that matter and actually dig in as a group and build the culture,” Hayden, a former team mate of Lehmann, fumed on local radio station Triple M.advertisementAustralia hired Sri Lanka spin great Muttiah Muralitharan as a coaching consultant to help their batsmen prepare for the South Asian nation’s pitches but many appeared clueless when facing veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who took 28 wickets and was named man-of-the-series.Cricket Australia also regularly sends ‘A’ and youth teams to the subcontinent but some were failing to adapt, Sutherland said.”To be a bona fide international cricketer in this day and age you need to be able to adapt to conditions in Australia, conditions in England, conditions in the subcontinent … wherever you play,” he said.”And that adaptability is something that needs to be reviewed because some are adapting and some aren’t.”Australia gained some consolation from the Sri Lanka tour on Wednesday, with the one-day side winning the fourth match to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.last_img read more

Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur ‘family’ will stick together next season: Harry Kane

first_imgTottenham Hostpur players will stay at the club next season as they are like a “family” and there are few teams better than the second-placed Premier League side, striker Harry Kane has said as he urged his side to win trophies next season.Kane, who is Tottenham’s leading scorer this season with 22 goals, scored the last goal at White Hart Lane on Sunday as Tottenham secured second position with a 2-1 win over sixth-placed Manchester United while Chelsea FC won the Premier League.Multiple Tottenham stars, including Kane and midfielder Dele Alli, are targets for Europe’s elite clubs, according to media reports, but Kane is confident that a majority of the club’s players will stay.”We’re a family on and off the pitch,” Kane told British media.”We work so hard as a group and the staff, the manager and, look, there are not many better teams to be at around the world at the moment.”It’s a special bond and I don’t think you always get that at clubs, that’s why we’ve got to hold onto that, make that motivate us to hopefully be out there next year at Wembley lifting a Premier League together.”Tottenham finished third in the last campaign and second this season but have failed to win any trophies since winning the League Cup in 2008. Kane said that his team had the ability to win titles.”That’s got to be the next step, lifting the trophy and having celebrations like that but with a title or a cup. That’s got to be our aim and we’ve got to use this as motivation to get there,” Kane added.advertisement”We’re young but we’re getting more experience year in, year out.”We’ve just got to go and make it happen. We’ve got the team, we’ve got the belief, so next season hopefully it’s our year.”Tottenham travel to last year’s champions Leicester City on Thursday and play their final game at already-relegated Hull City on May 21.last_img read more

Crowd funding is a challenge for team sports, says Rasquinha

first_imgBy Tridib BaparnashBhubaneswar, Dec 16 (IANS) In the past two Olympics India have won eight medals and the majority of these have come from athletes managed by the non-profit Olympic Gold Quest programme, led by former hockey skipper Viren Rasquinha.But it hasn’t been an overnight journey for Rasquinha and his team, especially in a diverse country like India where sports wasn’t a voluntary choice until a few years ago when the likes of Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom, Sushil Kumar and P.V. Sindhu started winning Olympic medals.None of the Olympic medallists come from well-to-do backgrounds and that’s where the challenges of organisations like the OGQ start. And one of the possible solutions these organisations depend on is crowd funding.Ask Rasquinha about the challenges involved in crowd funding and the former India centre-half counts a number of obstacles involved in the process.”Crowd funding mainly comes from donations from individuals and corporates but it’s much easier to get crowd funding for pressing needs like building toilets, but when it comes to sports the job gets tougher,” Rasquinha said during an interaction at the SJFI’s inaugural Young Reporters Programme here on Sunday.”The challenges mainly revolve around conceptualisation, marketing, budget and the time constraint involved in it. In India, crowd funding is more subtle unlike in foreign countries.”Elaborating on the subject further, Rasquinha said crowd funding is easier for individual sports but it isn’t a good idea for team sports.”From our experience when India’s ranking in a team sport is over No.100 and want to rise to No.20, it is a long and tedious process. Crowd funding for team sports isn’t a very good idea as the process needs to be more specific and involve short term goals,” he said.(Tridib Baparnash can be contacted at tridib.b@ians.in)–IANStri/ajb/bgadvertisementlast_img read more

Mourinho: PL hampers clubs in CL

first_imgJosé Mourinho Mourinho blames scheduling for English clubs’ poor Champions League record Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 22:49 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jose mourinho - cropped Getty Images José Mourinho Manchester United Manchester United v Basel Basel UEFA Champions League Real Madrid and Juventus were fresh when they played last season’s final, the Portuguese claims, and he says that would “impossible” for his team Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says a lack of a winter break is a key factor behind English clubs’ poor recent record in the Champions League.Teams from the Premier League have only progressed beyond the last 16 on four occasions since Chelsea won the tournament in 2012.United 10/1 for CL glory Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Mourinho criticised organisers of England’s top flight last season during United’s gruelling run to a victorious Europa League final, accusing them of failing to protect their clubs competing in Europe.Ahead of his side’s first Champions League game of 2017-18 against Basel on Tuesday, the former Chelsea boss again highlighted a different approach to other major leagues that he believes puts English teams at a distinct disadvantage.”The only thing I can say is that Real Madrid last year played the last month in La Liga with the second team,” he said. “They could do it and they arrived at the Champions League final with a fresh team.Toni Kroos Juventus Real Madrid Champions League“Juventus were champions in Italy three months in advance and could arrive fresh for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, final. “For English teams, normally, that’s impossible. There’s no winter break, like in other countries, although I have to admit that I love the Christmas period in English football.”Other countries protect their clubs. For example, Benfica played Friday. We always did that in Portugal and Italy. Paris Saint-Germain played Friday. That happens all the time.”But no complaining. We have a squad, if you see the players are tired then you have to play others.”Mourinho admits United are perhaps not at the level of certain elite Champions League sides given that they have only qualified for the tournament twice in the last four years.However, he says he would gladly accept a repeat of his past meetings with Basel if it meant United reached the last 16.Jose Mourinho Manchester United“I think in the Champions League there are four or five teams with an incredible level, quality, experience, know-how, and that’s what makes the difference,” he said.”We have to try to go to the last 16 and enjoy that special knockout phase with the best teams in Europe.”We’re strong, playing well and have confidence in ourselves,” says Jose. “It’s a difficult game tomorrow but we have the quality to win.” pic.twitter.com/CO67X9OCfq— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 11, 2017″To be humble is to admit that the opponent has the same ambition we have, that they can come here like they did in the past and give Manchester United a bad taste.”But we go into this match thinking we can win, we go to Moscow and to Lisbon thinking we can win. We consider that we can win every match and that’s what we’re going to try.”I would perfectly accept what happened the last time I played them [in 2013]. I played and I lost the match in Basel and in London, but we qualified. For me, what matters is to qualify.”I think we are strong, playing well, with confidence in ourselves.”last_img read more

Willian to inherit Chelsea number ten from Hazard

first_imgWillian claims he will be inheriting the Chelsea number ten shirt from Eden Hazard, with Christian Pulisic seemingly set to fill a different jersey.A new arrival at Stamford Bridge would have seemed a logical choice to fill the boots of a departed star turn in West London.Hazard has completed a big-money move to Real Madrid, leaving behind a sizeable void. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? United States international Pulisic is among those set to be charged with the task of trying to counter the departure of a talismanic figure.He has, however, been eager to play down expectations and is keen to avoid being billed as the next Hazard for Chelsea.With that in mind, the weight of filling the No. 10 spot is set to be passed elsewhere.Willian, with six years in English football under his belt, is ready to step in and become a creative focal point for the Blues. He has donned number 22 since being snapped up from Anzhi Makhachkala, but says he has already been informed of a change in attire.“Number ten is now mine. The club has said it will change [my shirt number] and it will be mine,” Willian told Desimpedidos.Willian Chelsea 2018-19The Brazil international is accustomed to filling that shirt and is looking forward to stepping into Hazard’s shoes.He added: “I have always liked playing with number ten.“Since I was a kid playing indoors football, I have always used the number ten. At Corinthians I was also number ten.”With Willian set to succeed Hazard as ten, Pulisic will be taking on a different number.His first outing for Chelsea, in a pre-season clash with Kawasaki Frontale, saw him take on the 24 shift. That squad number is up for grabs in the Blues’ first team squad.If he takes it, then the path is cleared for Willian to follow in Hazard’s footsteps.Callum Hudson-Odoi could have been another contender to take the number ten shirt, but he is just 18 years of age and currently nursing his way back from an Achilles injury.There is also uncertainty over his future at Stamford Bridge, although new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is eager to get the exciting England international winger tied down to fresh terms. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Alaskans Building Alaska Ferries

first_imgzoom Governor Parnell (right) at the signing ceremonyThe State of Alaska and Vigor Industrial have reached a final agreement to construct two Alaska Class Ferries at Vigor Alaska in Ketchikan. The vessels will be the first Alaska Marine Highway System ferries built in Alaska. Press Release; September 22, 2014 Alaska’s Governor Sean Parnell made the announcement at a community event held by Vigor Alaska at the Ketchikan Shipyard.Employing the Construction Manager General Contractor (CMGC) process, the State worked with Vigor Industrial to negotiate a guaranteed maximum price to construct both vessels. The construction contract and costs to build both ferries in Ketchikan will be at the USD 120 million budgeted amount.”These vessels will be the largest ships ever built in Alaska,” Governor Parnell said. ”Building these ferries in state will be a major boost for Alaska’s economy. This has been our intent during the entire process and will help create hundreds of new year-round jobs at the Ketchikan shipyard, while helping Ketchikan develop a highly capable workforce, not only for the growing marine economy of Southeast Alaska, but with skills that can translate into work across the state.”The State was able to incorporate public input into the final design of the ferries while keeping the project within budget. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2018.The ferries will be 280 feet long, seat up to 300 passengers and carry 53 standard vehicles. Each ferry will feature bow and stern doors for quicker loading and unloading, fully enclosed car decks, and controllable pitch propellers to maximize maneuverability and efficiency. A modified hull design will greatly improve traveler comfort during rough weather.last_img read more

Solutions Outlined to Ease Strain at Capital Health

first_imgPatients and health care workers will soon see more long-termcare beds, faster home support for discharged emergency room (ER)patients and expansion of the QEII emergency room. These are some of the solutions outlined to nurses today, Jan.15, by Health Minister Angus MacIsaac and Don Ford, president andCEO of Capital Health, to relieve emergency room pressures in thedistrict. “I have never been so impressed by a group seeking my help as Iwas by the nurses who visited me last Thursday,” said Mr.MacIsaac. “Their genuine concern for the patients they are askedto serve under extreme conditions was important for me to hear. In turn, I learned from my discussions with the administration atCapital Health that many of the solutions were in hand, indevelopment by the internal team that had been working on thissince October. Together with some longer term solutions, we’removing it all into high gear.” “These issues are not new. Certainly the number of very sickpeople that were treated in our emergency rooms over the holidayperiod focused everyone’s attention on a serious and longstandingproblem,” said Mr. Ford. “The passion of our staff inrepresenting their patients will be a powerful asset as we worktogether to implement the solutions announced in today’s plan. “We all know the problems in emergency rooms are the result ofpressures throughout the health system. The solutions todayinvolve hospitals and long-term care facilities and theDepartment of Health. But over the long term, it is so importantthat we continue to invest time and energy in solutions thatprevent disease and promote health,” he said. “Our health statistics are among the worst in the country andthat, combined with our aging population, places more pressure onour hospitals than is viable or sustainable over the long term.The public and community health parts of our system now, morethan ever, need our support so that the next generation of NovaScotians will enjoy, in all respects, a healthier province. Withthe collaboration we experienced with the Department of Healthover the past week, we can go forward with confidence,” said Mr.Ford. The solutions announced today range from changes in CapitalHealth’s policy and processes that can be implemented immediatelyas well as system-wide measures. For instance, the Department ofHealth has committed to act on the recommendations for orthopedicsurgery that will come out of its Wait Time Report, expected tobe presented to the minister soon. The minister and Mr. Ford said the nurses had many practicalsuggestions from their direct experience with the ER bottlenecks.Many of the suggestions can be implemented quickly and withinexisting budgets. For example, Capital Health has committed to ensuring thatphysician consultations take place by specialists within an hourand a half of a patient being seen by the emergency roomphysician. The district will also move forward with a request for proposalsto design an expanded emergency room at the QEII. The ER wasoriginally built to accommodate 35,000 visits per year. This yearmore than 70,000 patients are expected. When the Robie Street parking garage at the Halifax Infirmary wasconstructed last year, a shelled-in space was also built toenable future expansion. The design costs are contained in thecurrent business plan. The time between design of the expansionand opening is about 16 to 18 months. The minister agreed to move forward to this fiscal year acommitment for more long-term care beds in the district. Thatcommitment had been part of next year’s Health budget. “We are keenly aware that long-term care beds are part of thesolution,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “I’m happy that government hasagreed that this district needs to be made an immediate priorityfor these beds in the same way we have made additional long-termcare beds a priority for the Annapolis Valley district.” The minister emphasized that the problems that have come to ahead in the QEII emergency department are ones that are beingaddressed through the system-wide long-term planning contained in Nova Scotia’s plan for health care, Your Health Matters. He also noted that, last year, Nova Scotia became the firstprovince in Canada to guarantee new funding to hospitals over thecoming years.last_img read more

IAF helicopter deployed to rescue 35 stranded in Thane

first_imgMumbai: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Sunday deployed a helicopter to rescue around 35 people who were stranded at a village in Thane district of Maharashtra following heavy rains, an official said. The people were stuck at their water-logged homes in Ju-Nandkhuri village near Khadavli in Kalyan taluka since 10 am, Thane’s resident deputy collector Shivaji Patil said. “One Mi 17 helicopter has been launched by IAF from Santacruz (in Mumbai) on request of the state government towards rescue of 35 residents of the village,” a defence official said. All efforts were being made to bring the stranded people to a safer place, Patil said. With the Bhatsa river in spate, several villages in and around Kalyan taluka were inundated, he said, adding that Ju-Nandkhuri village was the worst hit. Mumbai and its neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts have been witnessing incessant rains since the last two days.last_img read more

UN panel to examine effect of drugs crime and violence on communities

The International Narcotics Control Board (ICNB), the body monitoring worldwide drug abuse and trafficking is also set to review a number of other related issues and developments as well as the results of its most recent missions and technical visits to Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Slovakia. The experts are expected to discuss progress made and examine the problems facing the governments of those countries in implementing international drug control treaties. The Board will also consider several studies undertaken in the past year including one that looks at how penalties for drug trafficking differ in various countries, and another which focuses on the topic of harm reduction policies, its definition and interpretation with regard to existing international drug control conventions. Also on the agenda is a discussion on the results of an expert group meeting on how to harmonize defined daily doses (DDD) for narcotics used in medical treatment as currently, standards differ between international organizations and entities. While the Board members are already planning the content of their 2003 report, they will also review final preparations for the 2002 report, expected to be released to the press in Vienna on 25 February. That Annual Report, apart from giving an overview of the worldwide drug situation, examines in more detail the economic dynamics of drug abuse and trafficking.The INCB is an independent body established by the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs to monitor Governments’ compliance with the international drug control treaties. Its 13 members are elected by the UN Economic and Social Council to serve in their individual capacities for a term of five years. read more

UN atomic agency seeks to tackle shortage in new generation of nuclear

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Conference on Nuclear Knowledge Management in Saclay, France, is meeting against a backdrop of recent trends that include falling student enrolment, the risk of losing nuclear knowledge accumulated in the past, and the need to build capacity and share knowledge. The nuclear workforce is ageing with more and more workers approaching retirement age without a corresponding influx of appropriately qualified younger personnel to replace them, the Agency noted. Fewer young people are studying nuclear science, nuclear engineering and related fields at the university level, and a growing number of universities are giving up their nuclear education programmes altogether. In recognition of these and related trends, a number of IAEA advisory committees, as well as the IAEA Board of Governors and General Conference, have called for measures to better identify the nature and scope of the problem, to understand what countries are doing to address it, and to determine what co-operative international actions might be appropriate. In 2002 the IAEA decided to systematically address the preservation and promotion of knowledge in the field of nuclear science and technology. “Whether or not nuclear power witnesses an expansion in the coming decades, it is essential that we preserve nuclear scientific and technical competence for the safe operation of existing facilities and applications,” IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei told the agency’s 47th General Conference last year. read more

Trudeau premiers aim to rebrand Canada shed image as environmental pariah

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the country’s premiers launched a rebranding campaign Monday aimed at transforming Canada’s image on the world stage from environmental pariah to climate change champion.The first ministers ended their first formal meeting in nearly seven years professing a united front as they prepare for next week’s opening of a United Nations climate summit in Paris.“We’ll demonstrate that we are serious about climate change,” Trudeau said following a four-hour working dinner with provincial and territorial leaders.“This means making decisions based on science, it means reducing carbon emissions, including through carbon pricing towards a climate resilient economy. It means collaborating with our provincial and territorial partners, supporting climate change efforts in developing countries and investing in sustainable economic prosperity.”As expected, the meeting did not produce a new national target for reducing emissions or policies for achieving it. The gathering was aimed more at demonstrating a new tone in the run-up to the Paris summit.The premiers also sought — and received — Trudeau’s reassurances that the influx of 25,000 refugees from Syria would be handled with Canadians’ security top of mind.Within 90 days of the summit, Trudeau has promised to hold another first ministers conference to hammer out a national climate strategy.He’ll undoubtedly find it harder to maintain a united front as he gets into the nitty gritty of setting a national emission reduction target and mediating conflicting provincial demands over how to disperse the billions he’s promised in funding to help reduce their carbon footprint.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, who was noticeably less enthusiastic than his fellow first ministers about tackling climate change, signalled that he’ll fight to ensure the eventual plan doesn’t unduly hurt the energy industry on which his province’s economy depends.“As we are meeting, there are literally tens of thousands of Canadians who have been laid off of their jobs in (the oil and gas) sector,” Wall said.“So, as we prepare for Paris and to present a constructive and national front to the world, we need to be mindful of that fact, we need to work hard to ensure that we’re doing no further harm to an industry that’s facing great difficulty.”He added: “I don’t think those things are necessarily mutually exclusive.”Earlier Monday as they arrived for the meeting, premiers expressed optimism that the advent of new leadership in Ottawa and Alberta will allow Canada to shed its international reputation as an environmental laggard.They applauded Alberta Premier Rachel Notley for unveiling Sunday a climate strategy that includes a hard cap on greenhouse gas emissions from the oilsands, which have become a symbol of Canada’s alleged environmental neglect. Notley’s plan also includes imposition of a carbon tax and phasing out coal-fired power plants.British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said the international focus on the oilsands has obscured measures provinces have been taking to combat climate change, including B.C.’s carbon tax which she labelled the best in the world.“We have had a black eye for a long time on environmental issues and we have not deserved it,” she said.“But now we’re getting a chance to show the world really what we’ve been doing all these years and I think they’ll be a little bit surprised.”Under former prime minister Stephen Harper, Clark said Canada tended to “talk about economic growth more than the environment on the international stage.” She predicted Trudeau will do a good job in Paris of emphasizing the country’s environmental stewardship.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Paris presents an opportunity to “rebrand” Canada.“Our country needs a serious effort in rebranding on this theme of climate change and energy,” he said.“Not only are we an important producer of oil … but we’re also the third largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world.”With Alberta’s new plan added to measures already taken to curb carbon emissions in B.C., Ontario and Quebec, Couillard added that almost 80 per cent of Canadians are now living in jurisdictions that have imposed a price on carbon.“Nobody knows that in the world,” he said. “It has to be known, it has to be said, it has to be repeated.”While Trudeau has not yet offered a national emission reduction target, his government has said it hopes to set a more ambitious target than that proposed last spring by the Harper government: a 30 per cent reduction below 2005 levels by 2030.In the meantime, Alberta’s new plan gives the Canadian delegation something concrete to trumpet at the Paris summit. At the opening of Monday’s meeting, Trudeau quickly ceded the stage to Notley, giving her a national podium from which to tout what he called Alberta’s “historic” climate plan.“I’m hopeful that these policies will help us send an important message to the world next week in Paris — Canada is back,” Alberta’s NDP premier said.“We are going to work together boldly, imaginatively and wisely to build a national economy that has room in it for a national energy industry that helps drive prosperity (and) for an effective approach to climate change that Canadians can finally put before the world proudly.” by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 23, 2015 12:56 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 24, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trudeau, premiers aim to rebrand Canada, shed image as environmental pariah Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard the First Ministers meeting at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. 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US factory orders drop in May military spending plunges

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jul 5, 2016 8:13 am MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US factory orders drop in May; military spending plunges WASHINGTON – Orders at U.S. factories dipped in May, dragged down by less demand for steel, aluminum, furniture, electrical appliances and military aircraft.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that factory orders fell 1 per cent in May, after gains in the two prior months. So far this year, orders for manufactured goods have dropped 1.9 per cent to $2.2 trillion compared to the same period in 2015.The decline suggests that U.S. manufacturers have yet to fully recover from the sting of weaker economic growth worldwide. Measures of factory activity increasingly look mixed, with some still showing the pain caused earlier this year by a stronger dollar hurting exports and lower oil prices leading to cutbacks in orders for equipment and pipelines.Demand in a category that serves as a proxy for business investment —non-military goods that exclude the volatile aircraft category_slipped 0.4 per cent in May.Orders for military aircraft, a volatile category, plummeted 35.3 per cent in May. The decline was compounded by drops in demand for military communications and navigation equipment. Demand for primary metals such as iron, steel and aluminum fell 1.8 per cent. Orders for electrical appliance and furniture also tailed off.Offsetting some of those declines was slightly greater demand for motor vehicles and machinery.This hazy outlook for manufacturing may turn even hazier in the coming months, as European nations grapple with the vote two weeks ago by British voters to exit the European Union. The decision to leave has rattled financial markets around and fueled expectations that global economic growth could further deteriorate.Not all manufacturing indicators have been negative.The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index showed activity has been rising for four straight months. The index reached 53.2 in June. Anything above 50 signals growth.But other indicators show that U.S. manufacturing continues to struggle, limiting the ability of the U.S. economy to expand faster. Until last month, the employment component of the ISM’s index had indicated that factories were shedding workers. Since January, manufacturers have let go of 53,000, according to the Labor Department.Similarly, the Federal Reserve’s measure of manufacturing output slipped 0.4 per cent in May, as auto plants’ production fell.Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods also dropped in May. The Commerce Department said last week that demand for durable goods slid 2.2 per cent last month after rising 3.3 per cent in April and 2 per cent in March. read more

Win over Cincinnati a game for the record books

OSU sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (left) forces a fumble from Cincinnati redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel during a Sept. 27 game at Ohio Stadium. The fumble resulted in an OSU safety.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorLed by a redshirt-freshman quarterback and a largely inexperienced offensive line, Ohio State put on one of the best offensive performances in school history Saturday, as it rolled to a 50-28 victory against Cincinnati.The Buckeye offense totaled 710 total yards against the Bearcats, just eight yards shy of the school record.In addition to yardage, the Buckeyes broke the school record and tied an FBS record for first downs with 45 and tied a school record for most plays run with 101.OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game that the offensive diversity — along with improved line play — is what contributed to the record-setting night.“We’re an offensive line-driven team. And they won the game for us. And they controlled that line of scrimmage,” Meyer said. “They protected our (redshirt-freshman) quarterback. J.T. (Barrett) played well. Other than a dropped third down and a fumble, I was very pleased for the night, offensively.”The explosive and balanced attack could have easily broken the school record, had it not been for a fumble by freshman running back Curtis Samuel and a dropped third-down pass by senior wide receiver Devin Smith, both in the second quarter. Despite the drop, though, Smith scored twice on the night.Smith’s fellow senior, tight end Jeff Heuerman, who recorded three catches for 38 yards Saturday after sitting out the Kent State game because of a foot injury, said the Buckeyes could have played even better.“We did a whole lot as an offense tonight. The crazy part is we didn’t play our best,” Heuerman said after the game. “We left points and yards out there, too. We punted once, but we fumbled and kicked two field goals. Overall, it was a pretty impressive performance.”Perhaps the most impressive performer was Barrett, who totaled 409 yards of offense. His performance left him just three yards shy of the all-time school record for most individual yards in a game, a mark held by Art Schlichter, a quarterback who accumulated 412 yards against Florida State in 1981.Barrett completed 26 of his 36 pass attempts for 330 yards Saturday, and six of those completions were to sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson, whom Barrett found wide open for a 24-yard score late in the third quarter.Wilson said Barrett’s hard work in practice is starting to show during games.“He is playing very well. I always knew he had it in him because he is such a great leader,” Wilson said. “He works really hard and now, he is just perfecting his craft.”Barrett said he attributes his big night to the big guys up front.“All the credit goes to the offensive line,” he said following the game. “They got it started for us and that’s what coach Meyer always talks about is relying on them to keep the offense going.”The Buckeyes seemed to do just that as Barrett was sacked only once, and OSU rushed for 380 yards.Of the 380 yards on the ground, 182 belonged to sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott in a new career high. But Elliott also said afterward that the offensive line deserves the credit, despite his big stat line.“It all goes to the line. The line made those big holes. It is not that hard to run when you got those gaping holes,” he said.Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said following the game that it did not dawn on him how impressive Elliot was until after the clock hit zero.“I honestly didn’t realize we had run the ball so well until the end of the game,” Herman said. “The guys up front deserve a lot of that credit too. (Elliot) certainly got his pads north and south and was running through arm tackles, and it was fun to watch him run tonight.”Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said he thought his team played hard, but it couldn’t find a way to stop the Buckeye rushing game.“I’m proud of my team for fighting,” he said. “Effort was good on both sides and we played hard. We just got knocked off the ball on zone plays.”The win over the Bearcats marked Meyer’s first-ever win over Tuberville in three tries. Meyer lost twice to Tuberville when both coached in the Southeastern Conference at Florida and Auburn, respectively.The Buckeyes are set to travel to College Park, Md., to take on the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

Man questioned in connection with John Goldfinger Palmer murder investigation

first_imgA man was questioned by detectives on Saturday over the unsolved killing of John “Goldfinger” Palmer, the renowned gangster found dead in his Essex mansion in 2015.The 50-year-old, originally from Tyneside but now living in Southern Spain, went voluntarily into a police station and is now being questioned on suspicion of murdering the Mr Palmer, Essex police said.The number of potential suspects for the killing ran into the tens of thousands, police said, due to the number of victims of Mr Palmer’s crimes.  Police at the home of notorious British criminal John ‘Goldfinger’ PalmerCredit:PA Mr Palmer was convicted of a timeshare fraud in 2001 which had 16,000 potential victims as well as being investigated by the Spanish authorities in connection with another alleged property fraud scheme. Police said this put the number of potential suspects in the tens of thousands last month, when they admitted they were “not even close” to finding his killer.Mr Palmer, who earned his nickname after being implicated in the infamous Brink’s-Mat gold bullion robbery in 1983, was shot six times in the garden of his secluded home near Brentwood.In a spectacular blunder, police initially failed to notice that he had been murdered and put his death down to natural causes, attributing the wounds to recent gall bladder surgery. It was not until six days later that Essex police confirmed Mr Palmer had in fact been murdered, probably by a professional assassin using an 8mm.32 calibre pistol fitted with a silencer.”We believe it was very much a contract style killing. The search is not just for the gunman, but the person who wanted Mr Palmer dead,” Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings told an inquest in December.He added: “We are not even close in terms of finishing this inquiry.”Because of Mr Palmer’s lifestyle and previous involvement in criminality, this has been a wide ranging and extensive investigation. A lot of it is based on his lifestyle. “The Brink’s-Mat robbery in 1983 has been one of the potential lines of inquiry. He was arrested on suspicion of smelting gold, he was never convicted of that.”In 2001 he was convicted of a timeshare fraud which had 16,000 potential victims and losses in excess of £33 million. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, so that is 16,000 potential motives.”Mr Jennings said police were also investigating possible links with the Hatton Garden heist, Britain’s biggest ever burglary, of which at least £10 million in cash, jewellery and other valuables, has never been recovered. He told the inquest: “We know he (Palmer) was associated with some of the individuals convicted of that crime.”The hearing was told that Palmer had been moving around his extensive grounds on a green six-wheel garden buggy – seen clearly on CCTV security cameras at the house – and had been making use of a garden burner in one secluded part of the property when his assassin struck.Police believe the gunman lay in wait behind a six-foot wooden fence and monitored Mr Palmer’s movements through a secret spy hole that had been drilled in the fence and the murder was the work of a professional assassin.  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. Police at the home of notorious British criminal John 'Goldfinger' Palmerlast_img read more

Recyclage des emballages conflit entre élus locaux et industriels

first_imgRecyclage des emballages : conflit entre élus locaux et industrielsFrance – Les élus locaux ont boycotté mardi 14 septembre une réunion d’Eco-Emballages, l’organisme  agréé par l’État pour gérer la contribution financière des entreprises au recyclage. Motif : l’enveloppe proposée par cet organisme ne respecte pas les promesses du Grenelle de l’environnement. La réunion d’agrément d’Eco-Emballages visant à définir sa feuille de route pour 2011-2016 a été boudée mardi par les élus locaux censés y participer. Ces derniers estiment que les 640 millions d’euros proposés par cet organisme qui associe les pouvoirs publics et les entreprises génératrices de déchets d’emballage ne sont pas à la hauteur des coûts de recyclage, qu’ils devraient pourtant assumer à 80%.À lire aussiUn geyser de Yellowstone jaillit et éjecte des déchets jetés par des touristes il y a plus de 80 ansNicolas Garnier, responsable de l’Amorce (Association des collectivités territoriales et des professionnels pour les déchets, l’énergie et les réseaux de chaleur), estime que cette participation insuffisante des entreprises risque de retomber sur les administrés : une hausse des impôts locaux permettrait en effet aux collectivités locales de financer l’amélioration du traitement des déchets (par le biais de la TGAP, taxe générale sur les activités polluantes).Les élus, représentés par l’association Amorce, refusent une telle sur-sollicitation du contribuable qui, selon eux, paierait 1,37 fois le coût du recyclage par le prix d’achat du produit, sur lequel les entreprises répercutent leur contribution au dispositif Eco-Emballages, puis via le financement de la TGAP.L’objectif fixé par le Grenelle de l’environnement était que 75% des déchets d’emballage ménagers soient recyclés d’ici à 2012.   Le 15 septembre 2010 à 12:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Capaldi Co Prepare For The End of So Many Eras on Doctor

first_img Only six sleeps left until the most anticipated event of the year: the Doctor Who Christmas special.“Twice Upon a Time” (airing Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. EST on BBC America) promises to be an emotional hour for fans of Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi.After four years and countless adventures, the Scotsman in January announced plans to leave the TARDIS after season 10—which concludes with Monday’s festive chapter.“There comes a time when it’s time. And I think it’s time,” Capaldi mused in a behind-the-scenes look at his regeneration episode. “So, that’s OK. I feel good about it.”Written by exiting showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay, the yuletide epilogue also marks the end for long-time executive producer Moffat, superfan Mark Gatiss, and my favorite Cyberman, Bill Potts.“It’s the end of so many eras, and you couldn’t help but feel that,” Gatiss said of the final installment.The mustachioed actor, writer, and producer plays The Captain, a mysterious World War I soldier, in “Twice Upon a Time.”Despite appearing in two episodes (“The Lazarus Experiment” and “The Wedding of River Song”) and penning nine scripts (including this year’s “Empress of Mars”), this is Gatiss’s first trip in the TARDIS.A very touching casting call came earlier this year from friend and frequent collaborator Moffat.“Steven took me aside and said … ‘I’m writing a part you’d be perfect for in Peter’s last story, and I want you to be there when I go,’” he reminisced. “Which is a Doctorish line in itself and made me well up.”(Me, too, Mark. Me, too.)Mark Gatiss as The Captain, with Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi (via BBC)“One of the amazing things about Doctor Who is that it’s sci-fi, but it has that humanity to it,” Mackie said in a statement. “It has human relationships and interactions, with the added excitement of the monsters, the amazing sets, and the wonders of exploring all of time and space. This episode has all of that in a really big accessible adventure for all ages—plus the regeneration.”My attempts to avoid spoilers ahead of the Christmas Day showing mean I have little to share about the upcoming episode. What I (and most fans) do know is that it reunites OG companions Ben Jackson (Jared Garfield) and Polly (Lily Travers) with the First Doctor (David Bradley as William Hartnell).And probably features the reappearance of Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman).“I think the message is that if there’s life, there’s hope—just keep going,” Bradley, who steps into the late Hartnell’s shoes for a second time, said of Monday’s episode, dispensing the best moral of 2017.Seeing double as David Bradley steps back into William Hartnell’s shoes to portray the First Doctor, alongside Capaldi’s Twelfth Time Lord (via BBC)Remember to stock up on tissues—particularly those planning to watch BBC America’s exclusive Doctor Who: Farewell to Peter Capaldi. Scheduled to follow Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the Thirteenth Time Lord Lady, the retrospective features archival footage from the actor’s first and last table reads, as well as new interviews with cast and crew.“Doctor Who has taken me on an amazing journey. Now that it’s coming to an end, I wish the Doctor all the very best for the future, and the past, and everything in-between,” Capaldi said. “Time I was off.”Leading up to the festivities, BBC America will air a seven-day, 24-hour Doctor Who “full takeover marathon,” highlighting the Tenth (David Tennant), Eleventh (Matt Smith), and Twelfth Doctors.*Mild spoilers*Bill is back—”but she’s not quite all she seems,” teased Mackie, who called her character’s return “a total honor,” made even more exciting “that it’s for a Christmas special.”She also hinted at a new villain—”a lady who’s made of glass”—and some old foes, “to make Christmas even more exciting.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Police execute search warrants and get Ganja questioning man in cutlass crooks

first_img Related Items:bulgraries, ganja, police, stolen car Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidencialles, 21 Aug 2015 – From a teenager arrested for alleged drug possession, to some headway in that eight man cutlass gang which robbed a man in Five Cays, to the ‘find’ of a stolen car, the execution of search warrants where suspected marijuana was seized and the arrest of a Middle Caicos resident for causing fear and fighting, the Police hand in another whopper of a crime report. Antonio Luciano, a 19 year old, will spend three months in prison for handling stolen goods, he entered a guilty plea and on both counts got the three months which will run concurrently. Three months suspended sentence, for 41 year old Rashaun Astwood too after also pleading guilty, but of drug possession. Three search warrants executed between 5pm and 8pm yesterday by the Tactical Unit of Police netted marijuana seizures in three different areas including Five Cays and Kew Town. No one was said to be arrested. A 17 year old of Five Cays in trouble for drug possession and handling stolen goods; that teen was arrested. A Bambara man was taken in too, he is 53 and the incident involving fighting and causing fear reportedly happened in North Caicos. Police say they are questioning a 32 year old man in connection to the cutlass wielding bandits who on Tuesday night robbed a 24 year old man of money after forcing him off the road in Five Cays. There is still no trace of that red car, so if you have information, please contact police immediately. The silver Honda Civic stolen in the Blue Hills robbery on Wednesday around 4am, was yesterday found near Club 2005 in the down town area. And overnight there were two burglaries; one in Kew Town where a cell phone was stolen; the other was a bigger hit to the home owner in an undisclosed area of Provo. The lady told police the thieves got away with expensive cell phones, laptop, jewelry including a Movado watch and gold chain. Police always need help in foiling crimes, you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers where you do not have to reveal your identity at 1-800-8477. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back openlast_img read more