VICTORIA – British Columbia’s Green party says it will introduce a private member’s bill this week that backs ride sharing, despite long-standing roadblocks from the Opposition Liberals and NDP government.Transportation spokesman Adam Olsen said Tuesday the arrival of ride sharing to B.C. has been stalled by both the Liberals and NDP.He said the Green party’s bill comes to the legislature for the third time Thursday as the Liberals and NDP blame each other for failing to deliver on election promises to implement ride sharing.“Ride-hailing to me is an example of a government unwilling to embrace innovation on both sides of the house,” said Olsen. “We saw an Opposition that didn’t do it while they were in government. We saw our new government kicking this issue down the road, and I think it’s important we have a real conversation about an issue that is now five years old.”Transportation Minister Claire Trevena indicated Monday that ride sharing is at least a year away, despite an NDP promise to bring in services like Uber and Lyft by the end of 2017. The government has hired a consultant to provide advice, with legislation not expected until next fall.Olsen said ride sharing’s slow route indicates the unwillingness of the NDP and Liberals to grasp new ideas.“There’s a taxi industry. There’s a ride sharing industry. There are companies in this province looking to start the B.C. version of this. We need to be preparing B.C. for the future. That means dealing with the recent past and we’re not doing any of it.”The Liberals and New Democrats exchanged barbs in the legislature Tuesday during question period about the failures to bring ride sharing forward. Both parties promised during last spring’s election campaign to have ride sharing up and running by the end of this year.“We want to be constructive and come up with a solution that works for B.C., for the very complex situation we have in B.C.,” Trevena said in the legislature.Earlier, she said the government anticipates having to amend up to six pieces of legislation to bring in ride sharing. Trevena also said understands people want the services, but the minority government will not race ahead as its studies ways to ensure safety for passengers and a level playing field for the taxi industry.Private member’s bills rarely get support from the government. NDP House Leader Mike Farnworth said he’s not prepared to comment on legislation that has yet to be tabled.Liberal transportation critic Jordan Study said the Opposition is prepared to work with the Greens when their private member’s bill is tabled.
New Delhi: Former leaders of AAP and Congress joined hands with BJP declaring their support for Narendra Modi’s 2019 election campaign in all seven seats of Delhi at a presser in the party’s state head office. Jitender Chaudhary, Hemant Jha, and Pushpa Sharma, formerly of AAP, pledged that they would full fledgedly campaign for BJP in the capital city in an effort to make sure undemocratic parties such as Congress and AAP do not come to power.Former youth wing leader of Congress Ayush Chaudhary, who also declared his support for BJP in the upcoming polls, said that the dynastic politics within Congress becomes very frustrating for party workers. “Now we will chant Bharat Mata ki Jai instead of Rahul Gandhi ki Jai,” he said. Addressing media personnel, State BJP President Manoj Tiwari said that schemes like Ayushman Bharat Yojana and Jandhan Yojana have benefited crores of citizens across the country. He also added that the nation’s trust in Narendra Modi as Prime Minister has constantly increased because of his positive policy-making, which will result in the party’s resounding victory.
Rabat – No case of the Ebola virus was detected up till now in Morocco, said, on Monday in Rabat, Health Minister Houcine El Ouardi, announcing the setting up of a national watch and response plan against the epidemic.Among the measures included in the said plan is the raising of the health watch and response in the different access points to the Kingdom, said the official at a meeting co-chaired with Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad.
Rabat- Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old teenager who became an icon of Palestinian resistance in the occupied West Bank, will be released from prison Sunday.Tamimi was sentenced to 8 months in prison after a video emerged showing her shoving two Israeli soldiers and slapping one of them in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. She and her cousin appeared yelling at and pushing two armed soldiers from her family’s front yard.She was convicted of assaulting an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier. In addition to the 8 month prison sentence, Tamimi had to pay a fine of $1,437. The Palestinian teenager was arrested on December 19, 2017. Her mother, Nariman, and cousin were also arrested for the same incident.According to the Times of Israel, Tamimi said the soldiers shown in the video had shot her 15-year old cousin, Mohammed Tamimi, in the head with a rubber bullet an hour before.“Then I saw the same soldiers who hit my cousin, this time in front of my house. I could not keep quiet and I responded as I did,” Tamimi added.Her father, Bassem Tamimi, wrote a post on his Facebook page on the day of her arrest. “The IOF [Israeli occupying forces] raid my home and arrested my daughter Ahed Tamimi after the Israeli media attaks (sic) here after she stop the solder (sic) in front of our house when he shot child on his head.”A spokesman for the Israel Prisons Service told the Times of Israel Wednesday that Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman will be released on Sunday.“They are then planning to hold a press conference at the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, which is slated for demolition by Israeli forces,” the same source added.Ahed’s father told Haaretz that he has been notified that his daughter will be released this Sunday, and family members will wait for her at the Jabbara checkpoint south of Tulkarm Sunday morning.Tamimi’s lawyer Gaby Lasky said on Thursday, “Tamimi’s long detention stemmed from political motives than from legal reasons.”“Legal proceedings are not intended to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and instead of sending minors to prison for resisting the occupation, the time has come for a courageous leadership to free us all from the chains of the occupation.”The 17-year old Palestinian’s case has drawn the attention of many people around the world. Tamimi has had great support and sympathy from Palestinians, Arabs, and the international arena.They considered her a symbol of bravery standing up against Israeli aggression and occupation.
“Compliance with sound housing standards achieved progressively throughout the world can ensure that the loss of life, human suffering and homelessness resulting from natural disasters are minimized in the future,” Miloon Kothari, the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing of the UN Commission on Human Rights, said on Wednesday.Lauding the courage shown by the survivors of the 26 December earthquake, he noted that part of the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights defines “habitability” as a necessary element of the right to adequate housing.”I would like to stress that standards dictated by ‘habitability,’ including durability of homes to withstand earthquake and other disasters, should guide the reconstruction efforts in Bam,” Mr. Kothari said.
by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 11, 2017 2:44 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2017 at 3:17 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bank of Canada to make rate decision, offer fresh forecasts as economy improves The Bank of Canada building is pictured in Ottawa on September 6, 2011. The Bank of Canada is holding its trend-setting interest rate at 0.5 per cent but it’s keeping a watchful eye on “significant uncertainties” that it warns could alter the economy’s improving trajectory. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada will release new projections Wednesday and deliver an interest rate announcement amid a backdrop of surprisingly hearty data suggesting the economy is building momentum.Analysts, who widely anticipate governor Stephen Poloz to leave the benchmark rate of 0.5 per cent unchanged, will sift through the commentary for insight into the bank’s thinking as it comes under increasing pressure to acknowledge the more positive economic figures.The better-than-anticipated data in recent months has already led some experts to predict the central bank’s next rate hike will come sooner than they previously expected.However, observers say Poloz has made a point of emphasizing the pockmarks of the Canadian economy.“It would be odd to forget about all those downside risks just because a couple of data points came in a little bit better than expected,” Poloz said last month when asked whether the stronger numbers in areas such as growth, trade and the labour market had altered the bank’s thinking ahead of the policy decision.“We’ve had positive data points in the last three years, too — and they didn’t last. So, we’re being very cautious in that outlook.”Economists like Jimmy Jean of Desjardins expect Poloz to once again underline some of the weaker data points — from the numbers for non-energy exports, to hours worked, to wage growth.Jean said the bank should consider elaborating Wednesday on these arguments, particularly as the bank proceeds with more caution than what a lot of people think is warranted.“To their defence, there are some areas in the data that are perhaps more lacklustre,” said Jean, who is a senior economist with Desjardins.“Now, at the same time … there’s no dancing around the fact that the economy has outperformed expectations, including their expectations.”Frances Donald, senior economist for Manulife Asset Management, said she expects Poloz to emphasize that inflation — the bank’s primary concern — has been trending downwards as an argument in favour of not touching the interest rate.“We’ve seen some data do a little bit better,” Donald said.“But the crux of this economy is certainly not overheating and there are many parts of the economy that are still suffering.”To complicate matters further, the rate decision and the fresh projections will arrive amid significant uncertainty linked to trade and tax changes under discussion in the U.S. They include the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, corporate tax cuts in the U.S. and a potential border tariff.Poloz has declined to factor in the impacts of any U.S. proposals into the bank’s outlook before they are announced.In January, he said the unknowns surrounding the U.S. trade agenda, along with what was then the sluggish state of the Canadian economy, had left the door open to a possible rate cut.When asked in Oshawa last month if lowering the rate was still under consideration, Poloz replied that there were “important potential downside risks that we need to keep on the table until they’re clear.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter.
The UN agency urged neighbouring countries, including Saudi Arabia, Oman and Iran, to mobilize, survey and control teams, and to take all necessary measures to prevent the destructive insects from reaching breeding areas situated in their respective territories.Strict vigilance is also required in Morocco and Algeria, especially in areas south of the Atlas Mountains, which could become possible breeding grounds for Desert Locust that have gathered in parts of the Western Sahara, Morocco and Mauritania, FAO added.Cyclones help trigger locust presence Groups of juvenile wingless hoppers and adults as well as hopper bands and at least one swarm formed on the southern coast of Yemen in March where heavy rains associated with tropical cyclones Chapala and Megh fell in November 2015.”The extent of current Desert Locust breeding in Yemen is not well known since survey teams are unable to access most areas. However, as vegetation dries out along the coast more groups, bands and small swarms are likely to form,” said Keith Cressman, FAO Senior Locust Forecasting Officer, in a press release.He noted that a moderate risk exists that Desert Locusts will move into the interior of southern Yemen, perhaps reaching spring breeding areas in the interior of central Saudi Arabia and northern Oman.There is a possibility that this movement could continue to the United Arab Emirates where a few small swarms may appear and transit through the country before arriving in areas of recent rainfall in southeast Iran.FAO is assisting technical teams from Yemen’s Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation in conducting field survey and control operations in infested coastal areas, as part of the agency’s continuing support to the country’s locust control efforts.It also warned that in northwest Africa, small groups and perhaps a few small swarms could find suitable breeding areas in Morocco (Draa Valley), Mauritania (near Zouerate) and Algeria. In addition, some small-scale Desert Locust breeding is likely to occur in southwestern Libya, but numbers should remain low.The agency stressed the need for close monitoring in all of these areas over the next few months to prevent the insects from forming large, destructive swarms.The Desert Locust situation in other countries reportedly remained calm in March with no significant developments detected or expected.A force of nature Desert Locust hoppers can form vast ground-based bands. These can eventually turn into adult locust swarms, which, numbering in the tens of millions can fly up to 150 km a day with the wind.Female locusts can lay 300 eggs within their lifetime while an adult insect can consume roughly its own weight in fresh food per day – about two grams every day. A very small swarm eats the same amount of food in one day as about 35,000 people and the devastating impact locusts can have on crops poses a major threat to food security, especially in already vulnerable areas.Locust monitoring, early warning and preventive control measures are believed to have played an important role in the decline in the frequency and duration of plagues since the 1960s; however, today climate change is leading to more frequent, unpredictable and extreme weather and poses http://www.fao.org/ag/locusts/en/activ/1307/climate/index.html on how to monitor and respond to locust activity. FAO informed that it operates a Desert Locust Information Service that receives data from locust-affected countries. This information is regularly analyzed together with weather and habitat data and satellite imagery in order to assess the current locust situation, provide forecasts up to six weeks in advance and if required issue warnings and alerts. FAO also undertakes field assessment missions and coordinates survey and control operations as well as assistance during locust emergencies. Its three regional locust commissions provide regular training and strengthen national capacities in survey, control and planning.
David Gauke said that whilst there would be controversy about a “bewigged robot judges” making decisions about a person’s the industry might be “happy” with artificial intelligence (AI) creating “simple tools to provide straightforward justice”. Pledging £2million to help develop artificial intelligence for use in legal services, he noted that technological advances are already having a positive impact in the industry. A number of law firms and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) are using so-called Robo-Lawyers to read through millions of pages of documents to carry out disclosure tasks and to create… Robots could replace judges in dealing with parking fine disputes, the Justice Secretary has said.
…not on oil!A funny thing happened to the APNU/AFC coalition on the way to power: they’ve contracted selective amnesia. When they were in the Opposition they went at the PPP hammer and tongs about not releasing contract details on Amaila Falls Hydro, Marriott and a host of other projects. “These are funded by the people of Guyana!!!” they thundered. “And the people deserve to know what their money’s being spent on! Y’all thiefin’ and siphoning off hundreds of billions into your pockets!!”But today, with Exxon sitting on three billion barrels of oil (and counting) – worth conservatively US$200,000,000,000 or GY$40,000,000,000,000 (that’s GY$40 trillion, thank you!) Trotman, the Natural Resource Minister, insists the people of Guyana can’t be given the details of the contract with Exxon!! Why? Well, he’s “hired experts” and they’ve advised his lips must remain zipped. Never mind that the most visible expert, advising the President on oil, one Dr Jan Mangal, says the contract should be released!!Pointing to the miserable and shameful experience of West Africa with oil, Dr Mangal insists “transparency” must be the mantra when natural resources – property of the populace – are involved. But even as Dr Mangal spoke, Trotman raised a plethora of incredible (and incredulous!) further reasons that he claimed his “experts” (other than Dr Mangal?) have offered for holding out on the people:“…there are a number of extenuating and external issues which are being attended to, some of them have foreign affairs implications, some of them have sovereignty implications, some have national security implications.” Now any of you, dear readers who’ve got children would know, when they come off with so many glib but non-specifics reasons why they did something wrong – they’re covering up their real reason and lying through their teeth! And so is Trotman!Let’s pick sense from nonsense. Trotman says the contract he “renegotiated” with Exxon to raise our royalty from one per cent to two per cent (sic!!) remained essentially” the one signed by the PPP in 1999. Well, if that is so, and that contract was made public, what’s the harm doing so now? Trotman says anyone could also “connect the dots” and figure out the details of the contract.Well whoever or whatever is going to harm our “foreign affairs, sovereignty and national security interests” can also connect the dots, can’t they? So, who’s kidding whom?? If we go by what Dr Mangal alluded to – the experience of West Africa – the refusal to come clean on the details of contracts with the International Oil Operators was for one reason: depositing the revenues into Government officials’ bank accounts, and not into the national Treasury.So Trotman should stop blowing smoke you know where!…on “Capture land!Some in Guyana have been arguing about who’s land we’re living on. Here’s an answer from Chronnic – the young Reggae Singer soon to visit our dear Mudland, in his song, “Capture Land”.“Yuh tink me nuh memba King FerdinandAnd teifing Columbus have a Golden planDem make a wrong turn and end up in the CaribbeanOne rass genocide kill nuff IndianLord Fi turn paradise in a plantation…We nah stay pon di land weh dem captureA me say Africa fi all true rasta…Carry we go home…Los Angeles dat a capture landAnd New York City dat a capture landEast some a di place weh you wah go live sweetA teifing land there’s no title fi itAnd some a these place weh you wah go live niceA tief dem tief it in the name of ChristSpanish Town dat a capture landThe whole a Kingston dat a capture landRemember Portland dat a capture landAnd all down a Trinidad dat a capture landBarbados dat a capture landTell dem Bermuda dat a capture landAnd tell Colombia dat a capture landAll round a Cuba dat a capture land(And Guyana na capture land?) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Clipping wings…March 1, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Clueless…June 30, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: “Boat gone a wata”…September 21, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Dem man freed of child rape chargeNovember 20, 2017In “Court”Man found guilty of raping a child gets two life sentencesMarch 28, 2018In “Court”Child rapist sentenced to life acquitted of another rape chargeJanuary 31, 2018In “Court” Rohan Daniels, a logger, was on Wednesday evening found guilty on two counts of sexual activity with a child family member by a 12-member jury at the High Court.The panel deliberated for about three hours and they were tasked with handing a verdict on four separate counts of child sex activity.An 11-1 proportion found him guilty on the first count and a proportion of 10-2 determined that he was guilty on the third count. However, on the second count, the jury was unable to return a formal verdict (9-3 proportion).He was unanimously found not guilty on the fourth count.Guilty on two counts: Rohan Daniels According to the particulars of the first and third counts for which he was found guilty, the logger between April 12 and 13, 2014, and July 23, 2016 performed vaginally penetrative acts on the minor.She was between 10 and 13 years old during the span of the attacks.A relative of the Virtual Complainant read out the girl’s statement in court where the child outlined that she lives in discomfort and harbours difficulty relating to males. According to the victim, since the sexual abuse, she often has nightmares and bad dreams with constant flashbacks of the harrowing attacks inflicted upon her.“I want him to go away for life and I want him to die there; he will be judged by God. I want all men when they see people’s girl children, they must leave them alone,” the victim stressed.During the trial, it was highlighted that the victim’s mother had walked in when one of the illegal acts were being committed.After hearing the jury’s decision, Daniels with a cold and unrepentant appearance said he is “not guilty of this act; that’s all, thank you.”In handing down the sentence, Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall said that she considered the nature of the offences, the circumstances under which the acts were committed and that the accused violated the child in the presence of other siblings and also when the victim’s mother was away at work.Justice Ramlall stressed that Daniels expressed no remorse after being found guilty and said she saw no basis for the court to show him mercy. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for each count and the prison terms will run concurrently.
Aurox Resources has entered into a heads of agreement with Chengde Iron & Steel Group and China Metallurgical Group Corp (MCC). The agreement outlines the principles for a joint venture in relation to the Balla Balla vanadium and iron ore projects, located in the Pilbara region, Western Australia, in addition to proposed share placement, convertible note terms and product offtake arrangements.Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, the parties intend to negotiate formal agreements for execution by the end of September which will be subject to a number of proposed conditions. In April 2005 Aurox entered into the Balla Balla option agreement whereby it gained the right to undertake a bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the mining and production of vanadium-pentoxide and ferrovanadium. Under the terms of the Balla Balla option agreement, Aurox may acquire the project from the vendors for $15 million to acquire a 100% equity interest in the project and effect transfer of the tenements following completion of the BFS.The 16 km Balla Balla titanomagnetite horizon currently hosts a JORC compliant resource of 303 Mt grading 0.65% V2O5, 43% Fe and 13% Ti. The horizon includes the vanadium project, which is the focus of a BFS for the mining and production of ferrovanadium and vanadium pentoxide over the next 30 years. The BFS is scheduled for completion at the end of September. The iron ore project includes 11 km of titanomagnetite located beyond the BFS limits where further drilling and a subsequent feasibility study for the production of iron ore concentrate are proposed to be carried out.Under the agreement, Chengde/MCC will farm into the Balla Balla vanadium and iron ore projects via cash payments of A$20 million following completion pursuant to the Balla Balla option agreement. Chengde/MCC will also provide funding of A$33.6 million by way of a convertible note and a share placement. The agreement also provides for Chengde/MCC to purchase by way of proposed offtake arrangements 70% of the Balla Balla ferro vanadium production and a minimum of 2 Mt/y of titanomagnetite iron ore concentrate for the life of the vanadium and iron ore projects respectively.
11.Komloi10226230:2806 ← Previous Story PSG Handball 6 of 6 in France Next Story → TATRAN Presov lost to SEHA League leaders Vardar Skopje 1.Telekom Veszprem131201412:29424 14.Mezokovesdi9108216:2662 Pick SzegedTelekom Veszprem 5.Balatonfuredi9315225:2247 6.Cegledi8314179:2047 3.Tatabanya9702237:21714 9.Gyongyosi7304161:1786 MOL-PICK Szeged beat Telekom Veszprem 26:23 (14:13) in Hungarian handball derby! The reigning SEHA and Hungarian champions suffered second defeat in the season in away match against the biggest domestic rival. Despite Juan Carlos Pastor replaced most of the roster from the previous three years, team from Szeged is capable to beat one of the biggest European teams just after two months of the season.MOL-Pick Szeged – Telekom Veszprém 26:23 (14:13)MOL-Pick Szeged: Sierra, Sego – Obranovic, Kallman 3, Bodó 2, Gonsalves 1, Zubai, Balogh 2, Skube 5, Blazevic, Gaber 2, Sostaric 6 (1), Rodriguez, Bánhidi, Buntic 2, Gorbok 3Telekom Veszprém: Mikler – Schuch, Ilic 2 (1), Palmarsson 6, Gajic 1 (1), Nilsson 1, Nagy 2, Ugalde 4, Marguc 3, Chema 1, Ancsin 1, Terzic, Blagotinsek, Sulic 2STANDINGS: 10.Eger8305168:1976 8.Budakalasz7304164:1756 7.Vaci7304173:1816 13.Balmazujvaros10118225:2853 4.Csurgoi8611220:18513 2.Szeged9900303:19818 Fotók: Vörös Dávid 12.Oroshazi8206203:2324
FIFTY JOBS MAY be gone at a meat-processing plant in Carlow.Kepak has informed staff at the plant in Hacketstown that it is to review its meat division structures, as well as the Hacketstown plant.The plant employs 50 people, but throughput has dropped by around half in the last decade.A spokesperson for the company told Agriland that the review was aimed at making the plant competitive.“The cost structure needs to be addressed to make it competitive; the plant is underutilised and we have to take a hard look at whether or not the plant has a viable future as a stand-alone operation.“Kepak is fully committed to retain its position as a key lamb processor in the Irish market. Kepak Athleague, County Roscommon, is a state-of-the-art vertically integrated lamb slaughtering and cutting facility, which has been heavily invested in recent years and now is the Group’s centre of innovation in lamb processing and it delivers world-class efficiencies and quality product.”Read: Burger King returns to 100% Irish beefRead: 40 new jobs for Kepak in Cork
Share Tweet Email By Paul Dollery Source: Shamrock Rovers TV/YouTubeThis new video released today by Shamrock Rovers is a brilliant advertisement for the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland.The key Cork, Dublin, Mayo, Galway and Clare players to watch in colleges action this weekendExcitement building around Wexford as Davy Fitz’s renaissance job gathers momentum We’ll Leave It There So: Ireland look to raise the roof and the rest of today’s sport Here’s the best bits from the sporting world today. Mar 9th 2017, 8:00 PM 9 Comments Ireland fans Brendan Guinan, Alan Ryan, Declan Doogan, Paul Hensey and James Hibbitts have arrived in Cardiff ahead of tomorrow night’s Six Nations game. Source: James Crombie/INPHOHomeThe roof will be closed for tomorrow’s Six Nations clash between Ireland and Wales at the Principality Stadium.Ireland U20 head coach Nigel Carolan has reshuffled his back-line to allow Jack Kelly take up a centre slot alongside Ciaran Frawley for Saturday’s meeting with Wales.Ireland have moved up a place in the latest Fifa rankings.Aiden McGeady’s excellent form for Preston has been recognised with a Championship player of the month nomination.Bohemians have confirmed that Dylan Hayes has returned to the club ahead of tomorrow night’s Premier Division clash with Bray Wanderers.The Gaelic Players Association today announced the appointment of David Collins as its new president. 11,615 Views Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 8:00 PM Short URL http://the42.ie/3279602 Where We Were TodaySteve O’Rourke was chatting to Wexford hurler Lee Chin in Dublin, while Murray Kinsella arrived in Cardiff ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Wales tomorrow night. Ireland captain Rory Best speaking to the press this afternoon at the Principality Stadium. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOOn The RecordIt’s been brilliant. Robbie’s been in working individually with (physio) Tony McCarthy and then he has dropped in and out of our sessions. He’s taken the strikers for finishing sessions too and to have someone like Robbie telling an 18-year-old about movement or how to finish is frightening. It’s been unbelievable for us as a coaching staff. When you look at his record at international level I don’t think it will be truly recognised for what it is for years to come. It’s scary.Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley on Robbie Keane, who has been training with the Hoops this week.The Fixture ListThe eyes of Irish rugby fans will be on Cardiff tomorrow night for Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Wales at the Principality Stadium (8.05pm).There’s a busy night tomorrow in the League of Ireland too, with nine games across both divisions. Click here to view the Premier Division fixtures, and here to see what’s scheduled in the First Division.Showbiz, baby! Paddy Barnes and Adrian Dimas Garzon at the weigh-in for their bout tomorrow night in Belfast. Source: Presseye/Jonathan Porter/INPHOAwayLiverpool and Real Madrid legend Xabi Alonso has confirmed he will retire from football in the summer.Los Angeles Galaxy have made a bid to lure Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Major League Soccer in a record deal, according to Sports Illustrated.Arsene Wenger says he will take into consideration the views of angry Arsenal supporters when he decides whether to remain at the club beyond the end of this season.England coach Eddie Jones has named Billy Vunipola on the bench for their Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland in Twickenham on Saturday.France head coach Guy Noves will hand out two international debuts for their game away to Italy.Australian utility back Kurtley Beale has decided not to extend his contract with Wasps beyond this season and will instead turn his attention to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.The Best Thing We SharedPeter O’Mahony went to great lengths to ensure that the roof on the Principality Stadium will be closed tomorrow night. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Stay on target Arguably the game of the show at E3 2018 last week was Cyberpunk 2077, the long-awaited next project from Witcher developers CD Projekt Red based on the classic tabletop RPG. Anyone who saw the demo couldn’t stop raving about its futuristic first-person gunplay and dystopian glass cities to drive around in. And as you’d expect from the subgenre, the world is just chock full of people with robot limbs, cyborg eyes, and all sorts of other mechanical augmentations.But you don’t have to play Cyberpunk 2077, or even wait until the real 2077, to check out some hot human-on-machine action. Over on our sister site PCMag we’ve got a look at the exoskeletons used on Ford’s factory floors, and they’ve got us convinced the future is already here.The automobile industry invented the idea of making the construction process more efficient (and squeezing out costly skilled laborers) by breaking it down into a series of quick simple steps performed on an assembly line. And these days the assembly line process can be done fast and easily by machines. But some steps still require a human touch, and touch that can also be a real strain on the body when repeated too often.That’s where these exoskeletons, the EksoVest, come into play. While wearing these devices, a worker can perform actions like lifting their arm to drill in a piece above them while exerting far less effort. For a ten-hour shift, “it is equivalent to relieving the shoulder of a load equal to the weight of 24 Mustang coupes per arm each day.” It’s preventative care, easing the workload before it becomes a health problem. It’s not like strapping robot legs onto War Machine after he already severed his spine.You can learn more about the EksoVest, as well as one of its trial users Paul “Woody Collins, over on PCMag. And if you’re concerned that giving workers a tool that lets them work more will just lead to more exploitation by bosses 1. You’re awesomely empathetic and 2. Don’t worry because the folks behind EksoVest work very closely with the United Auto Workers Union. Solidarity forever.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysAston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair
The initial public offering (IPO) of private sector lender RBL Bank opened on Friday (Aug. 19). The Kolhapur-based bank is planning to raise about Rs. 1,200 crore through the public issue that closes next Tuesday (Aug. 23).RBL Bank had raised Rs. 488 crore in pre-IPO preferential placement of shares last December at Rs. 195 per share.The bank was incorporated in 1943 as Ratnakar Bank.The exercise was in accordance with its IPO document filed with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) in June 2015 and the shares were placed with international investors, including Asian Development Bank (ADB) and CDC Group Plc.Details of RBL Bank IPO:Price band: Rs. 224-225 per shareIssue opens on Aug. 19 and closes on Aug. 23Bid lot: 65 equity shares or multiples thereofOverall issue size: 5,39,09,628â€“5,40,74,806 sharesFace value: Rs. 10Retail portion: 35 percent of the public issue (1,88,68,370 – 1,89,26,183 shares)Listing on BSE and NSEThe objective of the issue is to meet future Tier-I capital base requirement to ensure compliance with Basel-III norms and other RBI guidelinesThe IPO comprises both offer for sale (OFS) by existing investors and fresh issue of shares; the public issue has received positive analyses from many brokers and analysts.Reliance SecuritiesIn its note, the brokerage that the bank has a strong multi-channel distribution system with presence in major cities such as Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata and its headquarter, Kolhapur. Besides, its “robust” corporate governance system under the leadership of MD& CEO Vishwavir Ahuja is seen as a big positive for the bank.The bank acquired the credit card and mortgage portfolio businesses of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in FY14 to boost its presence in these segments and drive overall growth.”We recommend SUBSCRIBE to the IPO on the back of strong management team, healthy growth in business and earnings, and reasonable valuations. We expect listing gains,” the brokerage said.Geojit BNP Paribas ResearchThe brokerage said RBL Bank’s dependence on certain geographies could be a risk factor, besides moderation in growth. “Concentration risk as the bank has about 48 percent of total branches in Maharashtra,” Geojit BNP Paribas Research in its note.On the positive side, it listed increase in other income, asset quality and top management of the bank. “RBL Bank has focused on increasing the share of non-interest income across its client segments. As a result, the share of its non-interest income increased from 26.4 percent of its net total income in FY12 to 37.4 percent in FY16,” the brokerage said. “”The bank expects the share of other income to increase further through higher share of fee revenues form innovative services such as mobile remittances, prepaid cards, forex cards and other business banking services,” it added.”As a result of its focus on effective risk management, it has been able to maintain its asset quality amidst challenging macro environment. RBL’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) stood at 0.8 percent and 1 percent as of FY15 and FY16, respectively whereas its net NPAs stood at 0.3 percent and 0.6 percent as of FY15 and FY16, respectively. Its standard restructured loans as a percentage of net advances stood at 0.6 percent and 0.1 percent as of FY15 and FY16, respectively,” Geojit BNP Paribas said in its note.HDFC Securities”RBL Bank Ltd is one of India’s fastest growing private sector banks in the last six years. It has cultivated a customer-centric culture where it uses its industry domain knowledge, experience and technology with the goal of satisfying the client’s complete banking needs,” the brokerage said in its note.It also said that the bank’s foray into semi-urban and rural areas to expand its reach in these markets would bring benefits to its operations and profitability.”It has entered into exclusive partnership agreements with select business correspondents in relation to these businesses to originate client business â€“ spanning loans, savings accounts, insurance, etc. In addition, these partners help bank in establishing significant number of transaction points across many states which enable it in providing payments and other banking services across underbanked and unbanked India,” HDFC Securities said.”RBL has also recently acquired a minority stake in Swadhaar FinServe Private Limited, a business correspondent engaged in offering of products and services to inadequately served sections of businesses, households and enterprises, for a consideration of approximately Rs 205 million.”In Fiscal 2017, Swadhaar FinServe Private Limited will be its associate as its stake in Swadhaar FinServe Private Limited is greater than 20%. Further, the Bank is considering a purchase of a minority stake in Utkarsh Micro Finance Private Limited, an applicant for a small finance bank license, subject to regulatory approvals,” it added.Profile RBL Bank had 197 interconnected branches and 362 interconnected ATMs spread across 16 Indian states and union territories as of March 31, 2016.The bank earned a net profit of Rs. 292.48 crore on revenues of Rs. 3,234.85 crore for the financial year 2015-16, up from Rs. 208.45 crore and Rs. 2,356.5 crore in the preceding financial year.The diluted EPS was Rs. 9.43 for 2015-16 as against Rs. 7 in 2014-15 (Diluted earnings per share reflect the potential dilution that could occur if contracts to issue equity shares were exercised or converted during the period).Deposits and advances stood at Rs. 24,348 crore and Rs. 21,229 crore, respectively, as of March 31, 2016.Net non-performing assets (NPAs) as percentage of total advances rose to 0.59 percent from 0.27 percent at the end of financial year 2014-15.
Cannabis, yaba and other narcotic substances, as well as liquor, are being bought and sold publicly in Uttarkhan of the capital city, according to residents and police officials.They said young people in increasing numbers are getting addicted to phensedyl, cannabis (ganja) and yaba. The police and officials of thr narcotics control department are taking no action to tackle the situation, the local people alleged.”The narcotic traders especially target the places where youths generally gather and sell drugs there. The drugs are spreading in Uttarkhan due to the inaction of the law enforcers,” resident of Moinartek Rabiul Islam told Prothom Alo.According to Uttarkhan police station, which has been included to the capital Dhaka recently, a total of 214 cases were filed with the police station. Of them, 152 cases are related to narcotics.According to the police, some 107 persons have been arrested under the drug control act between August and December. Of them, four are women. Most of persons were detained with yabas and phensdyl.Uttarkhan police station officer-in-charge Helal Uddin denied that they were inactive. He said the police have been carrying out raids and have detained drug dealers.Residents at Kachkura, Moinertek, Chamurkhan, Noakhola, Bhaturia, Betuli, said the main problem of these areas is drugs.The residents said around 50 people including Liza of Mastarpara Shahi Mashjid area, Madarbari’s Sohel, Sohan, Sabbir, Rubel of Kachkura, Uttarkhan’s Jahir, Uttarkhan Shah Kabir Mazar area’s Manik, his son Kala Sajib and his accomplice Shamim are involved in the drug trade.The residents alleged police know them but do not arrest them.Police said there is a list of 43 narcotic traders in the Uttarkhan police station. Of them, some 21 persons are identified drug dealers.The residents said drugs are bought and sold publicly near Uttarkhan mazar area.Kala Manik and his son Kala Sajib control the drug trade in the mazar area. There are over 50 drug traders in their group. They carry the drugs when they are contacted over phone.Balu, Turag, Nali rivers and Baigar lake flows by Uttarkhan. There are ghats at Kumud Khola, Munda, Mauchhaeed areas.According to residents, narcotics are transported through river routes. The narcotics mainly come from Tongi, Kaliganj and Rupganj. The drug addicts themselves bring drugs from Tongi crossing river.Chairman of Uttarkhan Kamal Uddin said drugs could not be bought and sold so rampantly if police were active.
APThis frame grab from video released Tuesday, July 4, 2017, and provided by Furat FM, a Syrian Kurdish activist-run media group, shows U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters in the eastern side of Raqqa, Syria. The SDF forces have breached the wall around Raqqa’s Old City, the U.S. military said Tuesday, marking a major advance in the weeks-old battle to drive Islamic State militants out of their self-declared capital. (Furat FM, via AP) The United States and Russia struck an agreement Friday on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, crowning President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is the first U.S.-Russian effort under Trump’s presidency to stem Syria’s six-year civil war.The cease-fire goes into effect Sunday at noon Damascus time, according to U.S. officials and the Jordanian government, which is also involved in the deal.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who accompanied Trump in his meeting with Putin, said the understanding is designed to reduce violence in an area of Syria near Jordan’s border and which is critical to the U.S. ally’s security. It’s a “very complicated part of the Syrian battlefield,” Tillerson told reporters after the U.S. and Russian leaders met for about 2 hours and 15 minutes on the sidelines of a global summit in Hamburg, Germany.Of the agreement, he said: “I think this is our first indication of the U.S. and Russia being able to work together in Syria.” For years, the former Cold War foes have been backing opposing sides in Syria’s war. Moscow has staunchly backed Syrian President Bashar Assad, supporting Syrian forces militarily since 2015. Washington has backed rebels fighting Assad. Both the U.S. and Russia oppose Islamic State militants and say they’re focused on rooting out the extremist group.Russia’s top diplomat, who accompanied Putin in the meeting with Trump, said Russian military police will monitor the new truce. All sides will try to ensure aid deliveries to the area, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The deal marks a new level of involvement for the Trump administration in trying to resolve Syria’s civil war.Trump ordered some 60 cruise missiles to be fired at a Syrian air base in April after accusing Assad’s forces of a deadly chemical weapons attack. But his top military and national security advisers pointedly said they had no intentions of intervening to oust Assad. And they stopped short of endorsing Russian-led or U.N. peace mediation efforts between Assad’s government and rebel groups.Israel also is part of the agreement, one U.S. official said, who like others wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter ahead of Tillerson’s official announcement and demanded anonymity. Like Jordan, Israel shares a border with the southern part of Syria and has been concerned about a spillover of violence as well as an amassing of Iranian-aligned forces in the south of the country.Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed Momani confirmed an accord involving his country, the U.S. and Russia. He made no reference to Israel’s participation. Syrian government forces and its allies will stay on one side of an agreed demarcation line, and rebel fighters will stick to the other side. The goal is also to enable aid to reach this area of Syria, Momani told state media.The deal is separate from an agreement that Russia, Turkey and Iran struck earlier this year to try to establish “de-escalation zones” in Syria with reduced bloodshed. The U.S., wary of Iran’s involvement, stayed away from that effort. Follow-up talks this week in Kazakhstan were unable to produce agreement on finalizing a cease-fire in those zones. Previous cease-fires in Syria have collapsed or failed to reduce violence for long, and it was unclear whether this deal would be any better.Tillerson said the difference this time is Russia’s interest in seeing Syria return to stability. It’s an argument top U.S. officials such as former Secretary of State John Kerry cited regularly amid his failed efforts to end a conflict that has killed as many as a half-million people, contributed to Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II and allowed IS to emerge as a global terror threat.Tillerson also repeated the U.S. position that a “long-term role for the Assad family and the Assad regime” is untenable and voiced his belief that Russia might be willing to address the future leadership of Syria, in tones reminiscent of Kerry. Up to now, Assad has rejected any proposals that would see him leave power, contributing to an impasse that has prolonged Syria’s suffering.Earlier in the week, Syria’s military had said it was halting combat operations in the south of Syria for four days, in advance of the new round of Russian-sponsored talks in Kazakhstan. That move covered the southern provinces of Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida. Syria’s government briefly extended that unilateral cease-fire, which is now set to expire Saturday — a day before the U.S. and Russian deal was to take effect. The U.S.-Russian cease-fire has no set end date, one U.S. official said, describing it as part of broader discussions with Moscow on lowering violence in Syria.The agreement may also reflect Iran’s increasingly prominent role in Syria. Washington has been resistant to letting Iranian forces and their proxy militias gain strength in Syria’s south, a position shared by Israel and Jordan. Friday’s deal could help the Trump administration retain more of a say over who fills the power vacuum left behind as the Islamic State is routed from additional territory in Syria.In recent weeks, U.S. forces have shot down a Syrian aircraft that got too close to American forces as well as Iranian-made drones. A renewed government offensive against Western-backed rebels and Islamic militants in the contested province of Daraa also is sparking tensions, and Iranian-backed Hezbollah fighters have shifted south to join the fight. Israel has also struck Syrian military installations on several occasions in the past few weeks after shells landed into the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan Heights Golan Heights. Ahead of the deal, media reports in Israel have suggested unease at any arrangement that relies on Russia policing areas near its frontier.Implications for Syria aside, the deal marks the biggest diplomatic achievement for the U.S. and Russia since Trump took office. Trump’s administration has approached the notoriously strained relationship by trying to identify a few limited issues on which the countries could make progress, thereby building trust for a broader repair of ties. ___ Salama and Lederman reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Zeina Karam in Beirut, Lebanon, contributed to this report. ___By VIVIAN SALAMA, JOSH LEDERMAN and KEN THOMAS Share
Auction House and gallery Art Bull is exhibiting ‘The Museum collection IV’, a showcase of the rare, museum quality works by young artists along with the masters that provide the artists with wider audiences by showcasing their artworks in this forum at an early stage in their careers to help them get better presence and visibility in the art hemisphere.Art Bull focuses on the areas in the Indian contemporary art scene that have not been explored by the existing auction houses. With a clear vision and target in place, Art Bull intends to identify and promote young talents from all over India. As of date there are many auction houses promoting and showcasing the Masters and established artistes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The participating artists are – Anindita Bhattacharya, A. Ramachandran, Abanindranath Tagore, Akbar Padamsee, Arpita Singh, B. Prabha, Bikash Bhattacharjee, Chintamoni Kar, Francis Newton Souza, Gaganendranath Tagore, George Keyt, Gopal Ghose, Hemendranath Majumdar, Jagdish Swaminathan, Jamini Roy, K H Ara, K.S. Radhakrishnan, Kalighat Painting, Krishen Khanna, Kshitindranath Majumdar, Maqbool Fida Husain, Nandalal Bose, Nikhil Biswas, Paresh Maity, Rabindranath Tagore, Rajesh Kumar Sharma, Rameshwar Broota, Satish Sinha, Sayed Haider Raza, Somnath Hore, Sudhir Khastagir, Sunil Das, Vinita Dasgupta, Waswo X Waswo and more. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixArt Bull has conducted three auctions and the outlook is optimistic. Art Bull’s endeavour would be to continue to support emerging artists and those who are on the verge of establishing themselves as contemporary artists. Such auctions shall set the benchmark on a global platform for these artists who will invariably be the future of the art world. We would also help advocate folk and tribal artists of India that have begun to carve out a niche market for them in the art field.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will now send all the reports on findings of its food drives to a high-powered committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De.”We will be conducting regular drives to ensure quality of food and will be collecting samples for testing. But the reports from the food laboratories will be sent directly to the high-powered committee constituted by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said on Friday. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to Mayor, the decision will ensure that there is no information gap between the civic body and the state government regarding food drives that have gained eminence particularly after the carcass meat row surfaced. On May 8, Banerjee had announced the constitution of a high powered committee headed by Chief Secretary, Malay De, to immediately evolve a foolproof mechanism to bring an end to the menace of carcass meat sale. After the central level administrative review meeting held at Nabanna on Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedTuesday, Banerjee had said: “A nine member high-powered committee has been formed to ensure that incidents like the sale of carcass meat do not recur in future.”The other eight members of the committee are Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya, Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha, Commissioner of Kolkata Police Rajeev Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary of Panchayat and Rural Development Department and Principal Secretaries of Health department, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department, Food and Supplies department and Animal Resources Development (ARD) department. It may be mentioned that police investigation in this regard had revealed that the carcass meat trade is spread beyond the state. A number of people had already been arrested in this connection and the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has take up the probe. It is learnt that kingpin of the racket, Biswanath Ghorui, alias Bishu, used to supply a good quantity of carcass meat to New Market area. The CID sleuths are looking into the matter and have frozen two bank accounts of Ghorui in which there is around Rs 94 lakh. Banerjee has also spoken to the officials from the state Consumer Affairs department to know about other related matters. Kolkata and its adjoining civic bodies like South Dum Dum, Dum Dum and Bidhannagar have been regularly conducting raids against the use of fungal-infected frozen chicken and carcass meat at eateries.