Indian Court Formally Charges Shashi Tharoor Over Wife’s Death

first_imgAn Indian court has formally charged Shashi Tharoor, one of India’s most prominent politicians, for abetting his wife Sunanda Puskhar’s suicide, his lawyer told CNN on Tuesday. Vikas Pahwa said Tharoor had been ordered to attend a preliminary hearing on July 7.Read it at CNN Related Itemslast_img

U-19 World Cup: Heartbreak for India as West Indies clinch maiden title

first_imgWest Indies produced an outstanding bowling performance to outclass India by five wickets in the final match to win their maiden U-19 World Cup cricket tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Sunday.Batting first, India were bundled out for a meagre 145 runs in 45.1 overs, thanks to Ryan John (3-38) and Alzarri Joseph (3-39).In reply, Keacy Carty scored a match-winning knock of unbeaten 52 alongside Keemo Paul (40 not out) as the Windies chased down the total, reaching the target in 49.3 overs. (Also read: Dravid’s boys fail to cross the final hurdle)While chasing, the West Indies got off to a disappointing start losing both openers Gidron Pope (3) and Tevin Imlach (15) inside eight overs to be reduced to 28/2.The two incoming batsmen, Shimron Hetmyer (23) and Carty, held on after fall of the two wickets in consecutive overs. They guided the team from there on.But in the 27th over it was left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar (3-25) who brought the much-needed breakthrough for India. Hetmyer, looking to hit a six, was caught at long-off by Armaan Jaffer. The West Indies were 67/3 in 23rd over.The dismissal gave Indians the confidence they were looking for as Dagar struck twice in consecutive overs soon after, sending Springer and Jyd Goolie (3) packing. Thw West Indies were 77/5 inside the 29th over at that stage.But Carty and incoming batsman and Paul held on under pressure, without losing anymore wickets to take them home.Earlier in the day, sent to bat first on a greenish oitch, India got off to a worst possible start by losing opener Rishabh Pant (1) off the fourth ball of the innings.advertisementFrom there on India found it really difficult to score as the pacers used the helpful wicket to good effect to deny the batsmen any chance to score.India’s aim to recover after the first wicket ws dealt two consecutive blows as No.3 batsman Anmolpreet Singh (3) and skipper Ishan Kishan (4) fell in a space of four overs to leave them struggling at 27/3 in the seventh over.  Sarfaraz Khan (51 off 89) along with Washington Sundar (7) looked to stick on after three early wickets. But the 15th over, Sundar popped a simple catch to mid-off off the bowling of John.India’s woes deepened further when Armaan Jaffer (5) was soon dismissed to put India at 50/5 in the 18th over.Sarfaraz, however, kept his focus intact and inched closer to a half-century.Mahipal Lomror (19) came in and gave some good support to Sarfaraz but his stay was short-lived. The West Indies’ impressive bowling was backed up by athletic fielding.As the lower order batsmen came in, Sarfaraz had no other option but to pile on some quick runs and while looking to do that, he too fell leg-before-wicket off the bowling off John.After his dismissal, India’s hope of getting to a respectable total extinguished.last_img read more

MS Dhoni defies logic by choosing Ambati Rayudu over Manish Pandey at No. 3 in Harare

first_imgAmbati Rayudu has scores of 62 not out and 41 not out in the two innings on the tour so far. His ODI batting average has nudged past the 50-mark, usually reserved for batting greats – records say only Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni currently live that side of the wall.  Effectively, Rayudu must be bordering on the verge of ‘Greatness’, but is he? (Dhoni ends 20-month wait for ODI series win)Cut to the other man: Manish Pandey. A precocious talent they told us many summers ago and it needed the tight-game environ of Sydney Cricket Ground and against the toughest side in the world, Australia, he stamped his coming. What a beautiful, hard-hitting and match-winning hundred he scored. That was on January 23rd, exactly 141 days to this Monday.  Yes, that’s the period he has had to wait to play his next international delivery since the century that gave India their only ODI win in the series Down Under. Small mercy then that the delivery was dispatched with utter disdain by Pandey to win India the second ODI in Harare. (Dhoni rules out drastic changes after India seal series against Zimbabwe)DHONI’S TACTICS NOT MAKING SENSEIf you were to choose one from amongst the two, Rayudu and Pandey, to fight and turn a losing battle into a victory against a top side who would it be? God forbid if ever the regular No. 3 Virat has to sit out from a must-win game, would Dhoni dare then Rayudu instead of Pandey at that slot? I would go for Pandey; young, attacking and someone who perhaps oozes the same kind of X-factor as a Virat Kohli and a Yuvraj Singh did when young. In that sense, we have wasted a couple of opportunities to (a)  allow Pandey runs and confidence for bigger battles ahead and (b) test his batsmanship in England-type swing-seam-slowish pitches. Rayudu, out of favour with selectors between the Australia tour World T-20, was sent by Dhoni at No. 3 while Pandey waited with his pads on. (Unheralded youngsters give India series-clinching 2-0 lead vs Zimbabwe)advertisementFormer India captain Mohammad Azharuddin votes in favour of Pandey. “Yes, I would have sent Pandey at No. 3 and not Rayudu,” he said, adding, “you have to look at the larger picture. In such series, more than the runs and the wickets you need to be on the lookout for champions. I think Pandey can be a wonderful player for India in the future and he would have gained a lot batting in Zimbabwe and getting a chance to play big knocks in those conditions.”Azhar underlines the word CHAMPION.Maybe Pandey gets to bat for more time in the third ODI, and/or the three T-20s next week. Remember though, he doesn’t yet fit into the Test scheme of things so the only opportunities available to him after this series will be the five ODIs against New Zealand, three ODIs and T-20s against England and not much before next summer’s Champions Trophy in England. Dhoni has to allow him greater role and more teeth because the Indian captain has always been known as the one having an eye for real talent. And while Pandey-vs-Rayudu isn’t the David-vs-Goliath kinds, it still is a no brainer while picking out the winner.India needs Pandey. Tested and okayed in all conditions.last_img read more

SPORT-PCB-CONFUSION 2 LAST

first_imgBut Pakistans former allrounder and now Director of the But Pakistans former allrounder and now Director of the national academy, Mudassar Nazar said that Pakistan was in dire straits in limited overs cricket. “I have changed my mind after the recent results and I think we are in dire straits and we need to change the way we approach one-day cricket. I have already made changes to the NCA program because we need to have specialist players for ODI and T20 cricket,” Nazar told PTI. Official sources in the PCB told PTI that no one was happy with the way Azhar had led the side in England. “There is a move to ask him to step down himself and bring in Sarfaraz but there is also a worry that more time should first be given to Sarfaraz to gain some experience as T20 captain before giving him this responsibility to him and this would also give the board more time to access Azhars performance as captain,” one source said. He said everything will now rely on the reports and advice of head coach Arthur and chief selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq who have been in constant touch during the ODI series. “Both of them are in total agreement that some players will have to be sidelined after the tour as they are not fit for modern day ODIs and new players need to be introduced,” he said. Asked about speculations that Arthur and Inzamam had even discussed the possiblity of asking test captain, Misbah to make a comeback to ODIs and were considered recalling Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and even Shahid Afridi, the source said he could neither deny or confirm the speculations. “What is clear is that it is a dire situation for Pakistan cricket and everyone is worried because we are at number nine in the ICC ODI rankings and if we also end up not winning against the West Indies in this format next month we would well be forced to play in the World Cup 2019 qualifiers and that would be a disaster,” the source said. PTI Cor ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoLazio deny reports of deal for Liverpool winger Bobby Adekanye

first_imgLazio deny reports of deal for Liverpool winger Bobby Adekanyeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio have denied reports of a deal for Liverpool winger Bobby Adekanye.Adekanye, who joined Liverpool from Barcelona in 2015, has been linked with Lazio in the last few days.However, the Serie A club said in a statement on their official website on Monday that no deal is in place.It read: “In reference to the news released by some media, according to which SS Lazio have found an agreement with the player Bobby Adekanye, the club denies this and announces that it has not signed any contract, nor has it started negotiations for the aforementioned player.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

India outsmarted Australia tactically thanks to Virat Kohli: Ravi Shastri

first_imgIndia outsmarted Australia tactically thanks to Virat Kohli: Ravi ShastriIndia head coach Ravi Shastri said the tactical brilliance displayed by Indian cricket team under Virat Kohli helped them achieve history in Australia. Kohli’s men became the first team from the Asian country to win a Test series in Australia.advertisement India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 8, 2019UPDATED: January 9, 2019 18:27 IST Ravi Shastri also heaped rich praise on Virat Kohli’s passionate approach to Test cricket (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRavi Shastri said a lot of credit for India’s historic win should go to Kohli’s tactical brillianceKohli’s men defeated Australia 2-1 to become the first Indian team to win a Test series on Australian soilRavi Shastri added that seeing India lift the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was one of the most satisfying feelingsIndia cricket team head coach, Ravi Shastri said he was in awe of Virat Kohli’s captaincy during India’s historic 2-1 win in the recently-concluded four-Test series in Australia. Kohli became the first captain in the 71-year history of Test cricket between the two cricketing superpowers to lead an Indian team to Test series win on Australian soil.Shastri heaped rich praise on his captain, Kohli for his on-field tactics, especially his field placements, in the fiercely-fought Test series. The former India captain made a special mention to the dismissal of Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne on the third day of the drawn final Test in Sydney.Kohli had Ajinkya Rahane closer to short mid-wicket after witnessing a bit of reverse swing while Mohammed Shami was playing. Labuschagne was trying to play straight but after the field change, he hit one straight to Rahane, who took a brilliant low catch. India were unable to seal a 3-1 win despite posting 622 for 7 declared in the first innings of the Sydney Test as rain washed away most of the last two days.”Tactically I think we outsmarted Australia. And a lot of credit should go to his [Kohli’s] leadership on the field,” Ravi Shastri told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in Sydney on Tuesday.”A lot of credit should go to his leadership on the field.. you know, changing of fielders every now and then tinkering with the field a little bit. When you had Labuschagne out caught on the on-side, that was classic Test match cricket… moved him to his right, moved him to his left and then spread two mid-wickets, had another one and pop comes up the catch and Shami persisted. For me, that session defined the Indian cricket team.”advertisementPlenty of classic catches in the #AUSvIND series – here are the top five! pic.twitter.com/R2Xgqpr20Hcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2019Ravi Shastri back Virat Kohli’s in-your-face approachWhile a lot has been said about Kohli’s in-your-face attitude, coach Shastri said the India captain’s passion makes a world of difference to the team.”I have seen very few international cricket captains to have that kind of passion when one goes out in the middle. Yes, one’s personality can be different, some may be quiet, some may be reserved. But this guy is in your face. What it does is, it sends a message to the opposition, it sends a message to your dressing room. As players in the tea,m you want to emulate him, you want to get behind him. It makes the team more confident, the youngsters more confident. Players who come into the team pick it up straight away. It makes a world of difference. That passion and the drive gives confidence to the bowlers. It serves more than one role. When you see him on the field with that kind of passion, where he is so expressive, makes a world of difference,” Shastri said.Win in Australia as big as 1983 World Cup win: ShastriIndia were expected to shed their tag of poor travellers in 2018 as they had headed to South Africa and England with an all-round team, including a well-oiled bowling attack. However, tactical errors and ordinary batting displays made sure the Asian giants returned empty-handed. Nonetheless, India achieved a historic win in Australia after learning from mistakes that were made in the two previous overseas tours of the 2018-19 season.Shedding light on the important of the win Down Under, Shastri added: “Sheer hard work, determination, Taking pride in one owns performance and the team’s performance… all those qualities came into play for executing a performance like this. We’ve done well over the year with wins in South Africa, England. But we weren’t able to put it across the finishing line. And this new year when it happened, it was an awesome feeling.”I have been coming here for many many years and Indian teams have been coming here for 71 years, and when you see it unfold in front of your eyes… when you see all the hard work that has been put into paying off… it is probably the most satisfying feeling. That is why when I said 83 [Cricket World Cup] was big… 85 [World Championship] was big.”Also Read | India vs Australia: ‘Ravi Shastri asked players to leave their driver’s license at home’ Also Read | Rishabh Pant now needs to learn how to finish games, says Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Indian batsmen found Jasprit Bumrah ‘one of the most difficult’ to face: Bharat ArunAlso Read | India vs Australia: BCCI announces huge cash rewards for Virat Kohli’s history makersAlso See:advertisementFor 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 Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow India national cricket teamFollow Ravi ShastriFollow Virat KohliFollow Border-Gavaskar TrophyFollow Marnus Labuschagnelast_img read more

LNG Lucrative for PCTC Newbuilds Study Finds

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Unsplash LNG as a marine fuel delivers the best return on investment and is a competitive option for newbuild pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) on Pacific and Atlantic trade lanes, a new SEA\LNG study shows.“This is the second in a series of studies commissioned from independent simulation and analytics expert Opsiana,” Peter Keller, Chairman, SEA\LNG, said.“Similarly to the results of the liner investment case, this study shows that shipowners ordering PCTC newbuildings should take advantage of the environmental, operational and commercial benefits of LNG.” The study considered two PCTC trading scenarios using a 6,500 car equivalent unit (CEU) vessel on the Atlantic Trade and an 8,000 CEU vessel on the Pacific Trade.As explained, the study indicated that LNG as a marine fuel delivers the best return on investment on a net present value (NPV) basis over a conservative 10-year horizon, with fast payback periods ranging from one to three years on the Atlantic Trade and from less-than-one year to two years on the Pacific Trade.These two routes were chosen based on trading scale, with approximately 3.2M vehicles shipped on the Pacific Trade and 1.7M on the Atlantic Trade every year. LNG proved to be the best investment across both trading zones.This higher investment return was achieved without including the significant additional benefits and branding value gained by choosing LNG as a more environmentally friendly marine fuel, which could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars across the global PCTC fleet.When corporate sustainability and environmental goals are included, including potential future charges on CO2 production, choosing LNG as marine fuel brings additional benefits, according to the coalition.The study provides greater clarity for those investing in LNG and highlights seven key findings — LNG has a better return on investment, the CAPEX hurdle is diminishing, it delivers competitive energy costs, has higher environmental performance, and is the most financially effective long-term method for complying with the 2020 sulphur cap. It also underlines the fact that scrubber operation is significantly more expensive than widely reported, and that the cost of LNG is stable.The financial results are more compelling given that this higher traditional investment return was achieved by choosing LNG, the only commercially viable marine fuel alternative available at scale today which is successfully able to achieve corporate sustainability and environmental goals, SEA\LNG said.While this study focuses specifically on the PCTC investment case for LNG within a specific trade route, the coalition plans to analyze the investment case for a dry bulk vessel and a very large crude carrier (VLCC).“LNG is a safe, mature, commercially viable marine fuel offering superior local emissions performance, significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction benefits, and a potential pathway to a zero-emissions shipping industry,” Keller concluded.SEA\LNG is a UK-registered not for profit collaborative industry foundation serving the needs of its member organizations committed to furthering the use of LNG as an important, environmentally superior maritime fuel.last_img read more

Disability Rental Housing Registry Programs Inadequate

first_imgThe Auditor General found problems with government services for persons with disabilities, provincial rental housing programs and government registries, according to his latest report to the legislature released today, Nov. 17. Jacques Lapointe’s report to the House of Assembly included three performance audits that were completed this summer in two departments as well as three chapters on government financial matters. An audit of registries operated by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations raised concerns about the security of computer systems protecting personal and business information, primarily in the land, business and joint stock registries. Weaknesses were found in the way passwords are controlled, computer accounts are set up and cancelled, and security changes are made. Disaster preparedness was also found to need strengthening. On the other hand, the Auditor General said business processes to control the collection and recording of registry data were sound, and both business processes and IT systems in the Registry of Vital Statistics were well controlled. The report also noted that the recommended remedies require “relatively minimal resources to implement.” The audit of services for persons with disabilities at Community Services focused exclusively on the community-based options stream of the program, including family support, independent living and small options homes where three or fewer people with disabilities receive care. The Auditor General said client-needs assessments were inconsistently completed and did not always provide adequate plans to meet identified needs. Reassessments were not always completed as required. In addition, policies and procedures to investigate complaints about the homes or the services they offer are inadequate and there was no evidence that appropriate actions are taken to follow up and resolve complaints. Mr. Lapointe said those weaknesses could result in persons with disabilities not receiving the level or type of services they require. The report notes that the services for persons with disabilities program has been under review since 2002. While the department has made a number of improvements to the program as a result, many recommendations from these reviews have not yet been fully Implemented. A comprehensive plan for the future of the program has yet to be produced. The audit of Community Services’ rent supplement housing program found policies that have not been updated for 15 years, inadequate assessment and monitoring of rental units for safety and affordability, and inadequate evaluation of applications from housing developers applying for subsidies. The department offers up to $75,000 per rental unit for new or renovated affordable housing. However, the auditors could find no evidence of a formal evaluation process for proposals received or, any evidence of how evaluations are conducted. In addition, once the units are constructed, the department does not follow up to ensure the units continue to meet program affordability requirements. Other chapters in the report deal with government’s financial reporting. One chapter provides the results of financial audits and reviews, and includes recommendations to improve financial controls. The report also provides indicators of the province’s overall financial condition, expanded this year to compare Nova Scotia with five other provinces. And a review of audit opinions of government agencies and Crown corporations highlights a need for them to pay more attention to implementing recommendations of their private sector auditors. The full report and related documents are available online at oag-ns.ca .last_img read more

Amherst Opens New Wastewater Treatment Facility

first_imgPeople in the Amherst area will benefit from cleaner water in the LaPlanche River thanks to improved management of wastewater coming from their homes and businesses. Brian Skabar, on behalf of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell, MP Scott Armstrong, and Town of Amherst Mayor Rob Small, officially opened the facility today, Oct. 11. “We are making life better for the people of Amherst with the construction of this facility,” said Mr. Skabar. “Investments in infrastructure projects like this one will reduce the impact on the environment, while creating good jobs and growing the economy.” About 3,700 households, as well as schools and businesses, will have their wastewater treated at the lagoon facility. The Town of Amherst project included designing and building the new treatment facility. “Our government recognizes that a community’s economic sustainability relies heavily on the strength of its infrastructure,” said MP Scott Armstrong, on behalf of Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). “Projects like this help create jobs and generate economic activity, while improving the health and well-being of our communities and residents.” “Amherst council and staff have worked over 15 years completing all the work required under the Sewer Abatement Strategy,” says Mayor Small. “This is the single largest capital project ever undertaken by the Town of Amherst and we are extremely proud of the final result.” The province and the government of Canada each contributed $3,643,900 to help build the facility through the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component. The Town of Amherst contributed $4,714,585 to the project. The Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund helps fund infrastructure projects in communities with populations of less than 100,000 (as of the 2006 Census). The Communities Component significantly helps smaller communities address individual infrastructure pressures and priorities.last_img read more

Average US price of gas drops 12 cents per gallon to 272

first_imgCAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 12 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.72.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that falling crude oil costs are the main reason for the decrease at the pump.The average gas price is 11 cents per gallon higher than it was a year ago.The highest average price in the nation is $3.77 a gallon in Honolulu. The lowest average is $2.19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.The average price of diesel fell 4 cents over the past two weeks, to $3.27.The Associated Presslast_img

FEATURE Relationship with ocean vital part of Trinidad and Tobago culture

Despite the accolades, veteran surf instructor Jonathan Torry, who is at the beach practically every day, still has to fish the odd beer bottle or other garbage from the sand. He believes surfers are just naturally environmentally conscious and protective of the ocean.“As surfers, we look forward to being on the ocean all the time. To us, it’s like heaven,” he said, the wind and waves drowning his words. “We cannot exist without the ocean. If we didn’t have the ocean and we didn’t keep it clean, to us, life would be very simple, very blah.”In February of this year, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the #CleanSeas campaign to combat marine litter by reducing plastic production and use. It warned that unless people stop dumping bottles, bags, cups, straws and other plastic items, by 2050 there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish.Ocean stewardship is also a byproduct of sailing lessons at the Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association, which uses Hart’s Cut Bay in Chaguaramas as a classroom. Students like Luke Frankland, 11, have already grasped the main message of SDG 14: life on land affects life below water. “I think we need to start recycling more and being more mindful of where we put our garbage when we’re done with it,” he said. “Some people just throw it on the floor when they’re done with it. They should put it in a bin, or, even better, recycle it. Almost always it ends up in the ocean. It harms us in some ways, but it harms the sea creatures more.”The Healing with Horses Foundation in Tobago provides a form of alternative therapy for children with disabilities, or who come from troubled homes. The children interact with horses in a “magical park” decorated with affirmative messages, a homemade dream catcher and seesaws crafted from discarded dining chairs. Best of all, they get to ride the horses into the cool waters of Buccoo Bay. Photo: UN/Dianne Penn The multiple benefits provided by the world’s oceans, seas and marine resources are the focus of the first-ever Ocean Conference taking place this week at UN Headquarters in New York.The Conference seeks to achieve the targets laid out under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, including galvanizing action on ocean-related issues such as protecting coral reefs, reducing plastic pollution, and addressing the impact of climate change. Spending time beside, in, or on the ocean is a major reason why millions of people escape to destinations such as Trinidad and Tobago, an island nation in the southern Caribbean.The diversity of its people – mainly descendants of enslaved Africans and indentured workers from India, though indigenous Caribs, Syrians, Lebanese, Chinese and a smattering of other nationalities have added to the gene pool – is reflected in the marine and coastal environments, home to fish, sharks, turtles, manatees, mangrove, sea grasses, coral reefs and numerous invertebrates and other marine organisms. Neila Bobb Prescott with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is the Chief Technical Advisor for a project that supports improved management of the nation’s forests and other protected areas, some of which are linked to the sea. She summarized the significance of the ocean to “Trinis,” as citizens proudly call themselves.“Oceans are part of what it means to be Trinidadian,” she told UN News. “We have rituals when your baby is born. There’s a specific time when you take them to the beach to dip their feet in the saltwater to kind of bring them to the age. When you’re ailing and there’s something wrong with you, you go to the sea for a specific purpose, and then you drink some of the salt water, too, if you have troubles with your stomach. So the sea is part of us in terms of our culture…it’s just part of us.”Naturally, going to the beach to unwind is also part of the culture, and citizens and visitors swarm spots such as Maracas Bay in Trinidad, famous for stands selling “bake and shark,” a fried fish sandwich that can be seasoned with an endless array of toppings. But for serious relaxation, people head for the sister island of Tobago, a 20-minute flight from the high-octane capital, Port of Spain.Tourism is the island’s mainstay, employing more than half the roughly 60,000 residents. John Arnold, Senior Tourism Coordinator in the Tobago House of Assembly, the local government, said ocean conservation is a given for a destination billed as being “clean, green, safe, serene.”While the UN reports that some 20 per cent of the world’s coral reef has been lost and another 20 per cent degraded, those in Tobago are still “fairly intact,” according to coral reef ecologist Neil Cook with the Environmental Research Institute Charlotteville (ERIC), recipient of a small grant administered through the UN Development Programme (UNDP).A marina in Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago. Children taking lessons at the nearby Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association learn how caring for the ocean has an impact on their sport. Head coach Earl Tobias said he instructs his students to pick up any garbage found floating in the water. Photo: UN/Lulu Gao World-class diving draws people to the sleepy village of Speyside, where Sean Robinson opened the first dive shop some 30 years ago. On a recent Saturday afternoon he was fresh from taking SCUBA enthusiasts into the emerald waters of a location known as the Cathedral, where they were greeted by “a beautiful eagle ray” along with barracudas and stingrays. “We here have been fairly lucky that the quality of the reefs has just about remained the same, but the challenges that we are getting now here in the environment is with this whole concept of global warming,” he said. “We are now getting a problem with something that is very strange, which is sargassum.”No doubt islanders will not soon forget the carpet of reddish-brown sargassum seaweed which fouled the Atlantic shoreline in 2015 and cost millions to clean up. Sargussum originates in a swirling section of the North Atlantic near Bermuda known as the Sargasso Sea, first identified by 15th century Portuguese mariners. It has affected other parts of the Caribbean, which is the most tourism-dependent region in the world, according to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Helping governments in 33 of the region’s countries to address seaweed infestations, and other challenges, is Julio Orozco, Director of Sustainable Tourism with the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), a UN partner. “Right now, we are trying to support projects that are taking care of all these problems that we experience in the whole Caribbean Basin like sargassum, like coastal erosion, which has been a very difficult problem with climate change,” Mr. Orozco said. “Since 2001, the Association has been promoting the Declaration of the Sustainable Tourism Zone in order that the countries, through specific destinations, can implement indicators of sustainability in order to protect their different resources: not only the sea, of course, but also fauna, flora and cultural resources.” Las Cuevas Beach, located a short drive from Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, is one of 17 beaches across the island nation where leatherback turtles lay their eggs between March and August. For the past five years, forest wardens have set up camp there during Easter week to educate the public about the need to protect the species. UN/Lulu Gao The ocean is seen as a major tourist attraction in the Caribbean. Supported by the UN, various initiatives are unfolding in the region with the aim of growing sustainable tourism, and better preserving the marine environment. Life lessons of a different kind are also being learned in the waters at Buccoo Point, Tobago, home to the Healing with Horses Foundation.There, children with disabilities, or who come from troubled homes, develop confidence and leadership skills by interacting with 11 rescued ponies, some of whom have challenges of their own. The therapy also involves riding bareback in nearby Buccoo Bay.“When we are with the horse in the ocean, the child feels not only carried by the horse but also carried by the water,” said German native Veronika Danzer-La Fortune, who runs the foundation alongside her Trinidadian husband, Lennox. “The water has a very soothing, calming effect. The water also helps the children to relax their muscles.” Healing with Horses Foundation has found a friend in the UN Information Centre (UNIC) for the Caribbean Area, based in Trinidad and Tobago’s capital, Port of Spain.In addition to participating in a summer camp in 2016, the UN office has supplied the organization with information about UN priority areas such as human rights, the rights of people with disabilities, autism awareness and, of course, the Sustainable Development Goals. Back on Trinidad’s north-eastern coast, Stephen McClatchie has been calling for action to counter a problem affecting his village, Toco, situated at the part of the island that is physically closest to Tobago. As head of the group Stakeholders Against Destruction, or S.A.D., for Toco, he lamented the long weekend and holiday hordes who come to Salybia Bay to hang out, or “lime,” to use the local expression.“Imagine hundreds of people in a beautiful bathing area with no established facility for human needs,” he said. “When collectively that kind of behavior is taking place in an area like that, you understand the dangers to health, the damage to the environment, and for years, for decades, we have been pleading with the powers that be to do something about it, but very little or nothing is being done.”Weekend “limes” also sour the serenity of Las Cuevas Beach on the other side of Trinidad, which has received certification for its water quality from Denmark-based environmental group Blue Flag. It is among 17 beaches in Trinidad and Tobago where leatherback turtles, an environmentally sensitive species, come to nest.Surf instructor Jonathan Torry (right) spends practically every day at Las Cuevas Beach on the north coast of Trinidad. He has seen stingrays, manta rays and a pod of dolphins while out surfing. Photo: UN/Lulu Gao read more

Technology brings positive change but collateral damage must be minimized senior UN

Speaking to UN News, Mr. Avan stressed the importance of acknowledging the negative aspects of new technology – which could include job losses and a drastic shift away from traditional ways of working – and finding ways to achieve a successful transition to the so-called ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, which involves the mass adoption of artificial intelligence, robotics, ‘big data’ processing, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles and blockchain technologies.Mr. Avan, the Director of the Strategy, Policy & Governance Division of the UN’s Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT), took part in a discussion on the impact of emerging technologies and innovation on society, held on Tuesday during the 2019 UN Civil Society Conference, taking place in Salt Lake City, USA, between 26 -28 August.The UN, he says, has a strong focus on so-called “smart cities”, which make full use of inter-connected technology to empower disadvantaged residents and tackle challenges in housing, transport, employment and education in urban areas. At UN Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL), a newly-established initiative in Malaysia, researchers and scientists are looking into ways of understanding and expanding the benefits of smart cities, promoting sustainable living, and helping to make inclusive growth possible in the country and region. Mr. Avan noted that, in many parts of the world, positive change is already taking place: “technologies are being implemented to improve the overall communal and individual lives of residents”.Farming with no pesticides, and no soilFor example, a Malaysia-based company, Vfarm, is pioneering a technology which has the potential to have a transformative effect on the citizens of Kuala Lumpur: vertical farms. According to Rahman Roslan, the brand director of Vfarm, it is far easier and cheaper to buy a bag of candy in Kuala Lumpur than fresh fruit or vegetables. Vertical farms could change this harmful situation, and make nutritious food available to all city dwellers.The company’s vertical farms in Kuala Lumpur look like laboratories, in which plants are grown in environments where heat and light are precisely controlled to ensure optimal growing conditions, and all without the use of herbicides and pesticides.Even soil is unnecessary, and a tiny amount of water is used, compared to that needed in traditional agriculture. These factors, says Mr. Roslan, coupled with the fact that transport costs are drastically reduced, mean that the crops produced in vertical farms are healthier and have a far smaller carbon footprint.Speaking to UN News during the Conference, Mr. Roslan explained that, whilst his company’s vertical farms are currently only producing around one per cent of Kuala Lumpur’s food, he can foresee a future in which the majority of crops in cities around the world are grown in a similar way.Bridging the digital divideAll elements of society must, said Salem Avan, actively assist lesser-developed cities to integrate advanced technologies, and reduce the stark disparity in the digital divide that exists between richer and poorer parts of the world, as well as within cities:“While it is inarguable that technology is beneficial to improving the daily lives of many, it also runs the risk of excluding certain urban inhabitants who either lack the resources or the capabilities to adapt to the rapid changes that digitization entails”.One of the solutions he proposes, is to build partnerships across different sectors, including local and national authorities, civil society and others, to ensure that sustainability, and making sure that no one is left behind, are key goals when new technology is introduced. read more

David Drumm called financial regulator fing shower of clowns down in Dame

first_img Feb 23rd 2018, 4:31 PM 21,863 Views Short URL No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank David Drumm arriving at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this week. Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/3868669 David Drumm called financial regulator ‘f***ing shower of clowns down in Dame Street’, trial hears Today was the 30th day of the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm.center_img Former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank David Drumm arriving at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this week. By Sarah-Jane Murphy Share5 Tweet Email6 Updated 6.45 pm FORMER ANGLO IRISH Bank CEO David Drumm referred to the financial regulator as “Freddie fucking Fly” and said he intended to go to “that fucking shower of clowns down in Dame Street”, to look for emergency funding for the bank, his trial has heard.On day 30 of Drumm’s trial at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, the jury listened to recordings of phone calls between employees of Anglo, the Central Bank and McCann Fitzgerald Solicitors, all of which took place on dates in late September 2008.Six of the eight call played were conversations between Drumm and former Director of Treasury at Anglo, John Bowe.Prosecution barrister, Paul O’Higgins SC, told the jury that the calls were deliberately recorded by the bank for business purposes, to preserve the details of transactions and deals. The recordings were recovered during the Garda investigation at the bank.Two phone calls between Drumm and Bowe from 18 September 2008 were played.In one call, Drumm told Bowe what he planned to do when he met “those fucking clowns down on Dame Street” the following day when asking for emergency funding for Anglo.He told Bowe: “I’m going to keep asking thick questions. When is the cheque coming?” and said they needed to “get into the fucking simple speak.”Drumm is heard saying that if the Anglo bankers showed up with horrible numbers at least they looked like they had put up a fight.“We were badly fucking damaged like everyone else but we have rebuilt and here’s a fucking balance sheet,” he tells to Bowe he plans to say to the Financial Regulator.He referred to “other fucking non-normal things” such as the collapse of Lehmans Bank in recent times.Drumm said that he planned to ask the Financial Regulator: “How are you getting on with that loan, lads?”In the second call on 18 September, Drumm asked Bowe what would happen should the bank receive a ratings downgrade. Bowe replied that Anglo’s entire book would be affected by such an event.“We’re not a morsel, we’re half an element in their terms,” Drumm said.Bowe then read a draft letter from Anglo to the Central Bank, regarding the Anglo’s liquidity ratio, and told Drumm that there was “no point whinging about it as we’re effectively beholden to them”.He said to Bowe that if the Central Bank didn’t give funding in the coming days they would cause a bank collapse.The phone call ends with the men agreeing to meet for “a coffee and a pep talk” the following morning in advance of their meeting with the Financial Regulator.Bowe signed off by telling Drumm “You the man”.LadybirdIn a phone call on 22 September Drumm and Bowe discussed the fact that “€500m went out the doors today.”Drumm suggested Bowe do “a Ladybird type thing” when he made a presentation at an upcoming meeting and said a simplified version of Anglo’s cash flow would be needed.Drumm said “Mr fucking Dennis” had confirmed that morning that Anglo will be “well looked after.”Bowe commented that Anglo was still in a hole, to which Drumm responded that they were “fucked”, needed to fix the balance sheet by year end and said their liquidity had depleted by €14 billion.“And who was in charge when that was going on,” Drumm asked, to the sound of laughter from the two men.Drumm asked Bowe if they could bloat the balance sheet, and remarked that “the family photo”, Anglo’s end of year financial snapshot, “should it be published on fucking Bebo” was not going to look good.The two bankers then discussed the September transactions with ILP, which Bowe said were booked as a “repo” and had “a small amount of haircut.”“We’re going to have to tell board members that we have lit a fuse here that’s not going to go away, we’ll have a difficult story to tell on 3 December,” Drumm said.The jury then listened to three phone calls that took place on 29 September 2008 between Drumm, Bowe and other Anglo executives.Bowe explained the transactions with ILP to Drumm:What happens is the money goes around in a circle. The dance here is that we actually get it back in time. It has to go through a lot of different hands.Bowe told Drumm that “Permo” wanted collateral for future deals and said that recovering the money lent to ILP within time limits was becoming “very very tough”.Drumm said “a fuckiing journal entry would do it an awful lot quicker.”Laughter is heard when Drumm said Anglo Finance director Willie McAteer “might be auditing the books. Debit the giver, credit the receiver,” he joked.Drumm (51), with an address in Skerries, Co Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to conspiring with former bank officials Denis Casey, William McAteer, John Bowe and others to defraud depositors and investors at Anglo by “dishonestly” creating the impression that deposits in 2008 were €7.2 billion larger than they were.He has also pleaded not guilty to false accounting on 3 December 2008, by furnishing information to the market that Anglo’s 2008 deposits were €7.2 billion larger than they were.The jury has been told that Drumm accepts the facts of the 2008 transactions between Anglo and ILP but he disputes they were fraudulent or dishonest.The trial, now in its fourth week, continues before Judge Karen O’Connor and a jury of ten men and four women after losing a juror on day 26.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Read: David Drumm authorised deals leading to falsification of bank’s balance sheet, court hearsRead: New jury empanelled in David Drumm trial Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie Friday 23 Feb 2018, 4:31 PMlast_img read more

Major pension reforms unveiled

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The government on Tuesday unveiled a package of changes to the country’s pension system aimed at ensuring the system’s viability in the coming decades. In presenting the measures, Labour & Social Insurances Minister Andreas Loverdos said the plan focuses on four major changes: ending voluntary and early retirement schemes with an aim to raise the average retirement age by two years, i.e. to 63 by 2015; permanently separating pension and healthcare systems; establishing an agency to manage pension funds’ reserves and assets, as well as changing the method of calculating monthly pension payments.Minister Andreas Loverdos told reporters after a ministry meeting that, “We are changing the pensions system in order to keep it alive.”Loverdos also said pension funds’ reserves now total 29.55 billion euros. Additionally, he said the government aims to further integrate social insurance agencies into three groups, while healthcare services will be gradually included in the country’s National Health System.The pension reform is part of a cost-cutting plan by the Papandreou government which is struggling to slash Greece’s budget deficit.Loverdos is trying to save 4.5 billion euros (six billion euros) this year from a social welfare budget burdened by years of mismanaged spending by social funds on medicine and hospital bills.last_img read more

Previously missing NE MiamiDade man found safe

first_imgNORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police located an elderly man, Monday morning, who went missing from his Northeast Miami-Dade home.According to Miami-Dade Police, 77-year-old Jacques Louhidon walked away from his residence near Northeast 161st Street and Seventh Avenue last Friday. He did not contact any family members.Doctors said he suffers from memory loss and may have been confused.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of September 23 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, September 23, 2018:181163 — Vibert — 12 Ox Bow Drive Wilmington181237 — Babine — 6 State Street Wilmington181252 — Boudreau Estate Wilmington181253 — Forrest Towing — 2007 Saturn VUE181260 — Wilmington Conservation Commission — 16 Kenwood Avenue181263 — Fitzmeyer Estate Wilmington181267 — Wilmington Board of Appeals — Nouria Marciello181271 — Wilmington Board of Health — Changes to Regulations(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

New Treatment Options Available For Migraines And Headaches

first_imgPexels.comHeadaches — we all have them, from time to time. They come in different forms: tension headaches, cluster headaches, migraines, headaches brought on by too much caffeine — or too little. There are headaches prompted by — or exacerbated by — stress. And then there are those caused by some unknown, underlying condition.What are the latest research and treatment options available for headaches and migraines? Dr. Julia Jones with the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute joins Houston Matters to answer listener questions. Sharelast_img

Career Paramarsh Kendras help out SCST students

first_imgKolkata: Thirty Career Paramarsh Kendras (CPK) set up by the backward Classes Welfare and Tribal department throughout the state are working well in providing assistance to the SC and ST students and unemployed youths.The scheme was adapted in the first meeting of WB Scheduled Caste Advisory Council chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Eleven CPKs have been set up in North Bengal, while the remaining 19 have been set up in South Bengal. In the second phase, another 37 CPKs will be established. Once, all the CPKs come up, there will one centre in each sub-division. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThese centres give information on organisation, industry, business house and sectors having potential job or self employment. The centres have the database on the government schemes for self employment and financing tie-ups.The CPKs will counsel at least 3,000 visitors. The centres will facilitate at least 500 candidates with suitable self-employment. The centres will organise job fairs and placement services. They will explore opportunity and potential of self employment in sectors like agriculture, horticulture, pisciculture, animal resources development, micro small and medium enterprises in the locality. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe centres are also providing 300 hours training to 150 selected candidates and place at least 100 of them with job employment.The centres are being maintained and managed by WB SC, ST and OBC Development and Finance Corporation under the backward Classes Welfare and Tribal Development (BCW).The centres have come up as a major boon to the SC and ST students and unemployed youths as they did not have any information about the job opportunities in private and public sectors so far. Mamata Banerjee took the initiative of setting up the centres with a view to make them self-reliant.last_img read more

OnePlus 6 Goes on a Promotion Spree – Now for Just 499

first_imgOnePlus 6 is popular for its amazing screen and a camera that could beat the likes of a Pixel or an iPhone X. Its 16+20 megapixel camera at the back ensures great shots every single time. Some of the other specs include (taken from GB):Display: 6.28 inch 2280 x 1080 pixels screenCPU: Qualcomm SnapDragon 845 2.8GHz Octa CoreSystem: Android 8.1Storage: 6GB RAM + 64GB ROMCamera: 16.0MP + 20.0MP rear camera + 16.0MP front cameraFingerprint Scanner3300mAh BatterySensor: Gravity-Sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, E-compass, accelerator, RGB sensor, NFC, hall sensorSIM Card: dual Nano SIM, dual standbyFeature: GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDSBluetooth: 5.0Looking for more deals? Head over to GB Summer Sale for exciting discounts on drones, phone cases, powerbanks, and more. We shared quite an amazing deal on the very latest Android flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6. The Flash Sale had brought the price down an unbeatable $489. We probably won’t see that price tag for a long time since discounts on latest flagships are hard to come by. BUT, you can still manage to save a lot if you are planning to buy OnePlus 6 with this latest deal.Today’s promo code “IT$MP1P6” brings the price down to $499.99, just an additional $10 from last week’s deal. The “OnePlus 6 6GB RAM + 64GB Storage” international model goes for over $529 officially and over $559 through third party resellers. If you missed the last Flash Sale offer, you can now get your hands on OP6 Mirror Black for just $499 through Gearbest’s Flash Sale period. [This deal is valid for 250 94 units only and through code IT$MP1P6]Get OP6 64GB International (Black) for $499.99 with code IT$MP1P6 | Original OP6 Nylon CaseOnePlus 6 has managed to receive some amazing reviews from both the industry and end users, who have called it a true flagship in the budget. You can check our review of OnePlus 5T over here, which would give you a peek into how good this phone really is. Fast and smooth software, barely any bloatware, trusted camera, and an amazing hardware makes this product one of the fastest selling Android phones of the season. As shared before, our review of OnePlus 6 will be published in a couple of weeks. But looking at our experience with OnePlus 5T, let’s just say we have very very high hopes.Get OnePlus 6 Mirror Black 6GB + 64GB for $499.99 with code IT$MP1P6 (Direct Link)This promo code brings you OnePlus 6 featuring 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage capacity. To avail this offer, head over to this link, add OP6 to the cart, go to the cart, add code IT$MP1P6 and you will get it for $499.99 only. (Currently, even without the code you can get OP6 for $509, which is already a discount on the original price). Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Air Canada Q3 profit down from a year ago operating revenue up

first_imgTags: Air Canada, Profits, Statistics Air Canada Q3 profit down from a year ago, operating revenue up 11% Share MONTREAL — Air Canada saw its third-quarter profit drop compared with a year ago amid rising fuel prices as operating revenue climbed 11%.The airline reported a profit of $645 million, or $2.34 per diluted share for the quarter, which ended Sept. 30.That’s compared with a profit of $1.72 billion, or $6.22 per diluted share a year ago, when the company benefited from an income tax recovery of $758 million.Operating revenue totalled nearly $5.42 billion, up from $4.88 billion.On an adjusted basis, Air Canada says it earned $2.03 per diluted share for the quarter, down from an adjusted profit of $3.33 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $2.09 per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada, said it was “challenging but satisfying summer”, and thanked the airline’s 30,000 employees for their hard work that resulted in a new single-day record for passengers carried in August (over 178,000).More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps“Our business model is creating substantial value. We have a powerful and comprehensive network with three strong global hubs. We have a compelling product and customer offering. In July, Air Canada was named the Best Airline in North America for the second consecutive year and for the seventh time in nine years by Skytrax, which has also reaffirmed Air Canada’s rating as North America’s only four-star international network carrier,” he said.Rovinescu also has high hopes for Q4, saying: “Going forward, we expect our revenue momentum to continue in the fourth quarter and into next year. Indeed, with the trends we are seeing now, we expect our PRASM performance, both in the domestic market and throughout the network, to continue to improve in the final quarter of 2018.”Air Canada’s efficient approach to costs complemented its record revenue generation in Q3. Adjusted CASM rose 1.1% from the third quarter of the prior year, well below the 2-3% increase projected for the period with its second quarter results in July.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthLargely driven by higher fuel prices, the airline’s CASM increased 9.8% from the third quarter of 2017. According to Rovinescu, cost control will remain central to Air Canada’s strategy.“We have already identified or realized two-thirds of the $250 million cost transformation program initiated early this year,” he said. “Furthermore, we reached record unrestricted liquidity of $5.3 billion and achieved a leverage ratio of 2.0.”Rovinescu ended by thanking the customers for their continued loyalty. “It is our unwavering commitment to continue improving and providing superior, award-winning service as we transport them safely to their destinations.”With file from The Canadian Press Posted bycenter_img Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more