Ban dispatches UN team to assess DjiboutiEritrea border situation

Eritrean military action against Djibouti in Ras Doumeira and Doumeira Island in early June left several people dead and dozens wounded. The clashes prompted calls from Mr. Ban and the Security Council for the two neighbouring countries to commit to a ceasefire and withdraw their forces to the status quo ante. The situation along the joint border was recently reported to be calm but tense, with military regrouping occurring on both sides and a de facto ceasefire continuing to hold. The mission – which was sent in response to a request by the Security Council – is being led by the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and includes representatives from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). Members of the team convened yesterday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where they are scheduled to meet with the African Union (AU), the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and other partners. The team will then head to Djibouti, where it will hold meetings with civilian and military authorities and conduct a field visit to the border area to collect information about recent incidents. The mission is expected to complete its work on 6 August and submit a report to the Secretary-General upon its return. 31 July 2008A fact-finding mission dispatched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in the Horn of Africa to assess the political, security and humanitarian situation along the border between Djibouti and Eritrea, in light of the recent tensions there. read more

Report PGE ignored repairs on aging power lines

SAN FRANCISCO — A report in the Wall Street Journal says Pacific Gas & Electric, which is blamed for some of California’s deadliest recent fires, knew for years that its aging power lines posed a wildfire threat but avoided replacing or repairing them.Wednesday’s report , based on company documents, says PG&E reported in 2017 that more than 100 transmission towers on a century-old line needed repair or replacement.State fire officials blamed that line for a November fire that wiped out the Northern California town of Paradise and killed 85 people.PG&E says it disagrees with the Journal’s conclusions but says it’s “taking significant actions to inspect, identify, and fix” safety issues.PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January out of concern that it might face billions in liability from 2017 and 2018 wildfires.The Associated Press read more

Annan awarded environmental prize for efforts in sustainable development

“One person has done more than most to catalyze political and public opinion to an understanding that the environment is a fundamental pillar of sustainable development. That person is Mr. Kofi Annan,” the jury said in its citation, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The jury noted, in particular, Mr. Annan’s leadership at environmental conferences and that environmental themes were featured in the various reports he requested in the run up to the 2005 World Summit in New York including “A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility” and “In Larger Freedom”. The Zayed International Prize for the Environment was established by Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and United Arab Emirates Minister of Defense, to acknowledge the environmental commitment of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is worth $ 1 million and is considered among the most prestigious environment-related awards in the world. Previous Global Leadership winners have been former United States President Jimmy Carter and the British Broadcasting Corporation for their global media commitment to environment and sustainable development issues. read more

Iraq UN envoy urges formation of national unity government to end violence

In a statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi called on all religious, political and community leaders to ensure restraint by their followers and to refrain from sheltering those who have engaged in criminal behaviour.“The incident (in Adhamiya) again underscored the importance of forming a government of national unity as quickly as possible,” the statement said. “The protracted negotiations between the political parties required a resolution at the earliest opportunity.”Mr. Qazi noted that the UN is encouraging all those engaged in the political process to reach a fundamental understanding on how to bring about an environment in which rising sectarian tensions in Iraq could be tackled.The incoming government will be faced with many complex and grave security challenges and it will need to give clear direction and leadership to meet and overcome them, he said. Accordingly, the overriding priority at this moment is the early establishment of an effective government of national unity that addresses the desperate need for security, peace and employment opportunities for the people of Iraq, he concluded. read more

UN enlists German soccer star Michael Ballack to save lives in battle

Just a week after turning to the world of the arts to promote its cause, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) went out on the soccer field today, enlisting German National Team captain Michael Ballack as a Special Representative to save young lives by raising awareness with a focus on youth and sport. “Through his dedication and eagerness to make a difference, I know he will be a strong voice on HIV and AIDS,” UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot said. “Mr Ballack’s talent and commitment will inspire young people to be smart about HIV.” Through his achievement in the world of sport Mr. Ballack is a role model for many young people, and his engagement with UNAIDS will help carry messages on prevention and support in HIV and AIDS issues, the Programme noted. “AIDS is everyone’s business. Sport and especially football can help break social barriers and fight stigma and HIV,” Mr. Ballack said. “Through sport young people can become more self-confident and protect themselves from HIV. “I want today’s youth to know the facts about HIV and AIDS. In my new role as UNAIDS Special Representative, I will help save lives by engaging the sports world to take action against AIDS,” he added. Last week, UNAIDS named Mary Davis Fisher, a prominent US-based writer, artist and motivational speaker who travels around the world advocating for those who share her HIV-positive status, as a Special Representative. About a year after she was diagnosed as HIV positive, Ms. Fisher delivered a landmark speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention, moving the audience in the hall and millions more around the world with her call for action against AIDS. Since then she has been internationally recognized as a chronicler of the global AIDS epidemic. According to UNAIDS, nearly 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, with a child dying of an AIDS-related illness every minute and another becoming infected with HIV. Around half of all new HIV infections are in children and young people under 25. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,105.28, up 78.12 points):Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Down three cents, or 0.96 per cent, to $3.11 on 5.4 million shares.Sandvine Corp. (TSX:SVC). Telecommunications. Up 21 cents, or 4.91 per cent, to $4.49 on 4.3 million shares.Tahoe Resources Inc. (TSX:THO). Miner. Down 19 cents, or 2.87 per cent, to $6.43 on 4.2 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up four cents, or 1.72 per cent, to $2.37 on 3.6 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down nine cents, or 0.36 per cent, to $24.92 on 3.3 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 48 cents, or 4.44 per cent, to $11.28 on 3.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM). Bank. Up four cents, or 0.04 per cent, to $106.10 on 692,017 shares. The Toronto-based bank has agreed to pay up to US$200 million in stock and cash to acquire Geneva Advisors, a private wealth management firm headquartered in Chicago. CIBC says Geneva Advisors will build on its recent acquisition of PrivateBancorp in a deal valued at about US$5 billion.Cogeco Communications Inc. (TSX:CCA). Communication services. Up $2.29, or 2.87 per cent, to $82.09 on 68,478 shares. The Montreal-based company is preparing to expand in the Eastern United States by purchasing the MetroCast cable systems business in a deal valued at US$1.4 billion. Cogeco will make the acquisition through its Atlantic Broadband subsidiary, which has a definitive purchase agreement with Harron Communications LP, a family business.Husky Energy (TSX:HSE). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.15 per cent, to $13.63 on 914,500 shares. Statoil says two exploration wells drilled about 500 kilometres off Newfoundland’s east coast have come up empty. Trond Jacobsen of Statoil Canada says the results are “disappointing” as the company and its partner Husky Energy assess next steps for drilling near the Bay du Nord field. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 10, 2017 2:35 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

UN chief urges Indonesia not to execute 10 people on death row

According to a statement released today by his Spokesperson, the Secretary-General recalled that under international law, if the death penalty is to be used at all, it should only be imposed for the most serious crimes, namely those involving intentional killing, and only with appropriate safeguards. Drug-related offenses generally are not considered to fall under the category of “most serious crimes,” said the Spokesperson’s statement adding that the United Nations opposes the death penalty in all circumstances and concluding with a call by the Secretary-General on President Joko Widodo of Indonesia to urgently consider declaring a moratorium on capital punishment in Indonesia, with a view toward abolition. read more

MSc in Management thesis defence

Master of Science in Management candidate David Yeboah will present his thesis defence Friday, July 28 at 10 a.m. in Sankey Chambers.His thesis, supervised by Professor Kareen Brown, is titled The Effect of Competition on Real Earnings Management — A Reexamination.Examination committee members include Goodman School of Business Professors Parunchana Pacharn and Fayez Elayan, and Professor Chima Mbagwu from Wilfrid Laurier University (external examiner).All are welcome to attend.

Blocks given to ExxonMobil by Janet Jagan led to the discovery

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetter: Govt’s claim that all the offshore blocks are gone is another falsehoodSeptember 22, 2017In “Letters”Guyana got “peanuts” for oil as ExxonMobil gains more – JagdeoDecember 29, 2017In “Business”Available petroleum blocks should be auctioned off- President’s AdvisorSeptember 18, 2017In “Business” …says ‘special circumstances’ at the time warranted the need for such actions Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, on Wednesday, staunchly defended the Petroleum Exploration License issued to ExxonMobil in 1999 under the hand of then President Janet Jagan.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoThe Opposition Leader was at the time responding to claims asserted by Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram, and reproduced in at least one newspaper, which pointed to some 600 petroleum exploration blocks being given to ExxonMobil.Ram contends this contravenes the governing petroleum laws which only allow a maximum of 60 blocks.He had rightfully indicated too that there are special circumstances provided for in the statutes and according to Jagdeo, special circumstances did exist at the time.Former President, the late Janet JaganThe Opposition Leader in defending the actions of former President Janet Jagan was adamant, “it is a fact ExxonMobil was given about 600 blocks in 1999…Let me say this country should be grateful to Janet Jagan.”The former President said the matter has to be seen in context and pointed to the fact that there has been oil exploration in Guyana for more than a century now.According to Jagdeo, “at that time when Janet gave these blocks out we didn’t have many takers.” He explained that with a track record of more than a century of explorations and never finding oil, Guyana was a high risk country for any investor to put money into oil exploration to the tune of hundreds of millions of US dollars.Natural resources Minister Raphael TrotmanJagdeo opined too that the move was in fact significant from a geopolitical perspective given the renewed Venezuela claims.According to Jagdeo, the presence of a large US based company such as ExxonMobil, located in a large offshore expanse – now claimed by Venezuela – demonstrated that the United States of America recognised the territory as sovereign to Guyana.“We don’t have anything to hide” Jagdeo said, adding that he “believed that Janet Jagan, in own her judgment, did the right thing for geo-political reasons. And her decision led Guyana to the discovery of oil.”Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader also used the occasion to respond to Social Activist, Christopher Ram, who has in recent days, through different mediums, accused Jagdeo of a suspect extension of the ExxonMobil Agreement in 2008, saying under the laws, the company should have had to relinquish half of what it had been granted.Jagdeo did in fact grant the extension which included not giving up any of the blocks held by ExxonMobil and he told media operatives, “it is a fact that in 2008 I signed an extension agreement with relinquishment in it, an extension to that agreement…we don’t have anything to hide about it.”In the agreement, ExxonMobil initially acquired the concession for four and a half years after which they would have to hand back 50 per cent.This did not obtain, but Jagdeo has since defended his actions and pointed to when ExxonMobil invoked the force majeure clause in its agreement.Force majeure is defined as unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract.ExxonMobil invoked force majeure when neighbouring Suriname had evicted a CGX rig that was conducting explorations then in the disputed border area.According to Jagdeo, this action by the company led to an essential halt on the operations of ExxonMobil.Explaining why his administration did not enforce the relinquishment provisions of the agreement – forcing ExxonMobil to give up half of its petroleum blocks – Jagdeo said “when you declare force majeure it freezes everything.”This happened in September 2000, but the matter was not resolved until almost a decade later in 2007, when a United Nation’s tribunal made a final ruling on the border dispute between Guyana and Suriname and demarcated the maritime boundary between the two countriesThe then president explained that the company approached government the following year to lift the force majeure, “so none of the period between 1998 and 2008 when force majeure was lifted could you have done anything because once force majeure is in place everything freezes.”Jagdeo said the actions led to an almost reset of initial agreement.He lamented the almost decade long period for which the force majeure clause had been in effect.The opposition leader noted too that when ExxonMobil found oil in commercial quantities in 2015 Guyana was de-risked meaning that investors were now looking to flock to these shores.The former President also used the occasion to sound another alarm following the sale of major shareholdings valued millions of US dollars in an offshore oil company operating in the Orinduik Block – a concession that was issued in January 2016 by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government after it took office a few months earlier.Jagdeo was at the time on Tuesday addressing members of the local media corps and observed the sale of the shares even as he again lambasted the administration over its silence regarding the affairs of the industry and to allegations regarding companies with intrinsically linked shareholdings that ties back to ministers.He told media operatives, “I saw an agreement that (Minister Raphael) Trotman gave being flipped now in just a matter of a year.”The former President was making reference to news that the French owned Total E&P Activities Petrolieres signed an agreement with a shareholder in Guyana’s Orinduik Block Eco Atlantic for the tune of millions of US dollars, and is likely to see it establishing a foothold locally.Speaking during the press engagement, the former President was adamant that Minister David Patterson is yet to respond to the claims that persons with shared links to the administration have been making application for petroleum concessions in order to flip the licenses for a profit.Jagdeo remains adamant that the lies emanating from the Administration have been overshadowing the core issues surrounding his allegation of likely corruption. read more

Rio Tinto sells Coal Allied to Yancoal

first_imgRio Tinto this week reached a binding agreement for the sale of its wholly-owned Australian subsidiary Coal & Allied Industries Ltd to Yancoal Australia Ltd for up to A$2.45 billion comprising an initial A$1.95 billion cash payment, payable at completion; and A$500 million in aggregate deferred cash payments, payable as annual instalments of A$100 million over five years following completion. Prior to 24 February 2017, Yancoal Australia is entitled to elect an alternative purchase price structure of a single cash payment at completion of A$2.35 billion. After the sale is completed, Rio Tinto will also be entitled to potential royalties.Rio Tinto Chief Executive J-S Jacques said “This sale delivers outstanding value for our shareholders and is consistent with our strategy of reshaping our portfolio to ensure the most effective use of capital. Our world-class assets, strong balance sheet and relentless focus on cash will ensure that we deliver superior returns for our shareholders. We are confident that Coal & Allied will continue to contribute to the New South Wales economy and the communities of the Hunter Valley under a new owner.”In addition to the sale consideration and potential royalties linked to the coal price, Rio Tinto will continue to benefit from earnings and cashflow generated by Coal & Allied until completion of the transaction. The Coal & Allied operations will also continue to use Rio Tinto Marine freight services following completion of the transaction. The transaction is subject to certain conditions precedent being satisfied, including approvals from the Australian Government, Chinese regulatory agencies and the NSW Government.As a result of the shareholding levels of various Chinese state-owned entities in each of Yankuang, Yanzhou and Chinalco (Aluminium Corporation of China), and Chinalco being a 10.1% shareholder in the Rio Tinto Group, Yancoal Australia is considered to be a related party of Rio Tinto for the purposes of the UK Listing Rules and the ASX Listing Rules. Accordingly, approval is also required from a majority of independent Rio Tinto shareholders (that is, not including Chinalco and any other entities considered to be associates of Chinalco under the UK Listing Rules). Subject to all approvals and other conditions precedent being satisfied, it is expected that the transaction will complete in the second half of 2017.“The sale of Coal & Allied represents the culmination of an extensive assessment of all strategic options for these assets. Rio Tinto has conducted a comprehensive market testing and price discovery process and has held extensive discussions with several potential acquirers of the asset but Yancoal Australia provided the only offer that represented compelling value for the assets.” Rio Tinto has now announced or completed at least A$7.7 billion of divestments since 2013.  These transactions include the sale of Rio Tinto’s interests in the Clermont coal mine, the Bengalla coal mine and the Mount Pleasant coal project. In addition, the restructuring of ownership of the Coal & Allied assets was completed with our joint venture partner Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd in 2016.Coal & Allied is the holding company for Rio Tinto’s thermal coal business in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.  Coal & Allied owns and operates multiple, multi-seam open cut mines in the Hunter Valley. It has a 67.6% interest in the Hunter Valley Operations mine, an 80% interest in the Mount Thorley mine, a 55.6% interest in the Warkworth mine, a 36.5% interest in Port Waratah Coal Services (which owns a coal export terminal located at the Port of Newcastle) and other undeveloped coal assets, including various landholdings.The Hunter Valley Operations and Mount Thorley Warkworth mines together produced 25.9 Mt of saleable thermal and semi-soft coking coal in 2016 (17.1 Mt Rio Tinto share). The net assets subject to this sale agreement had earnings before tax of A$102 million in the year to 31 December 2015, and a gross asset value attributable to them of A$1,895 million as at 30 June 2016.last_img read more

New coach in Tunisia – Zouabi to replace suspended Nouet

Tunisian national team got a new head-coach Hafed Zouabi. The coach of one of the best Tunisian teams, African, will replace French coach Sylvain Nouet, who was earlier suspended by International Handball Federation due protests after Tunisia lost African Championship Final against Egypt in Cairo two months ago.Tunisian Handball Federation decided to sack current coach and give a chance to another one, who has to win Olympic VISA on qualification tournament in Polish Gdansk on April, where the biggest rivals for two places will be home team and Macedonia (Chile are also compete).Some of the players announced that they will boycot the national team dissatsfied with the decision of dismissing Nouet, but Federation called them on “national duty” to play for the country. Hafed ZouabiTunisia handball ← Previous Story Junior Fasano win Italian Cup 2016 Next Story → Bayern Munchen and Borussia Dortmund interested in handball? read more

Bo Xilai sentenced to life in prison

first_imgFALLEN CHINESE POLITICIAN Bo Xilai was sentenced by a court to life in prison today, following a sensational scandal that culminated in the country’s highest-profile trial in decades.Bo, one of China’s top 25 politicians before his dramatic downfall, was convicted of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.“The court sentences Bo Xilai to life imprisonment for taking bribes, deprives him of his political rights for life and confiscates all his property,” it said in a statement.The court convicted Bo of taking 20.4 million yuan (€2.4 million) in bribes.It also said it gave Bo 15 years in prison for embezzlement and seven years for abuse of power.AppealAt a press conference, court spokesman Liu Yanjie said that Bo did not indicate in court whether or not he would appeal.The catalyst for Bo’s fall came when his top aide in mega-city Chongqing, where he was party chief, fled to a US consulate with evidence the politician’s wife had murdered a British associate in February 2012.With factions in the upper echelons of the Communist Party reportedly split over how to handle him, a year and a half passed before he went to trial, becoming the most high-profile official to do so in decades.In last month’s gripping five-day hearing he mounted a fierce defence against claims that he corruptly obtained money and abused his political position to cover up the killing committed by his wife.The bribery charges had made the 64-year-old Bo eligible for the death penalty, though analysts had seen that possibility as remote.Joseph Cheng, a China politics expert at City University of Hong Kong, said that Bo’s active contestation of the charges during his trial was a factor in the harsh sentence.“A defiant attitude and refusing to admit one’s guilt is considered bad behaviour and attracts a heavier sentence,” Cheng said.The proceedings took place amid stepped up security outside the court, with dozens of police surrounding the building in Jinan, capital of eastern China’s Shandong province.Dozens of police, some uniformed and others in plain clothes surrounded the court on Sunday. Barricades and barriers were erected more than 50 metres away from the court to prevent people from approaching.A select group of media was allowed into a penned off area in front of the courthouse, where they clamoured to take photos of vehicles entering the court.Though edited transcripts from the trial were posted online, China’s government has tightly controlled information about Bo’s case, and police erected barriers to stop pedestrians from entering areas around the court.Passers-by hurried towards a shopping centre, showing little interest in the proceedings.CorruptionThe verdict comes as China’s new leadership under President Xi Jinping attempts to show it is cracking down on corruption, which he has said threatens the existence of the Communist Party.But locals in Jinan expressed a widely held belief that trials of top officials are the outcome of political infighting, rather than purely legal proceedings.Despite the life sentence, Bo might not spend all his remaining days in prison. In the past, senior Chinese politicians given prison terms have reportedly been released on medical parole and held under strict security at their family homes.AFP, 2013Read: Nearly a quarter of Asian Pacific men have raped a woman>Read: China is worried about how their citizens behave when on holidays>last_img read more

WikiLeaks Mirror Sites Popping Up By the Hundreds

first_imgSpeaking of WikiLeaks’ Twitter feed–the whistleblowing Website is using the microblogging service to let the world know that, in spite of various world governments’ best efforts, it won’t be taken down any time soon.Over the weekend, the site tweeted, “We will not be censored: WikiLeaks now running in over 208 locations.” Yesterday, the feed bumped the number up to 507. A quick look at the official WikiLeaks mirror page shows that the number is now well over 700 sites. AdChoices广告WikiLeaks has yet to issue a new number over its Twitter feed, presumably because it is busy with other things–like today’s arrest of its founder Julian Assange over rape and sexual molestation charges, stemming from incidents that occurred this summer.The push toward mirror sites follows an increasing number of online services pulling support for the site, including PayPal, which froze the site’s donation service. Amazon recently kicked WikiLeaks off its servers, forcing the site to find a home in a Cold War bomb shelter.DNS provider EveryDNS pulled the plug on the site as well, forcing it to switch domains from to read more

Teacher and 11 schoolgirls die in dormitory fire in Turkey after emergency

first_img By AFP Share169 Tweet Email Short URL 10 Comments Source: Civil Defence Units/Twitter #Aladag #Adana #Turkey .FIRE in girl student dormitory.15 middle school student died.#TwitterKurds— Country of Kurds (@DefenceUnits) November 29, 2016 Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 8:13 AM Nov 30th 2016, 8:13 AM Image: NTVcenter_img Jumped from windowTelevision footage showed the three-storey building in flames, with fire engine teams trying to put out the blaze.Demirtas said some terrified schoolgirls were injured after jumping out of the window to escape the flames. He added that none of the injuries were serious condition.The governor said the fire at the private schoolchildren dorm broke out at around 7:25 (4.25pm Irish time) and it was brought under control some three hours later.Demirtas declined to comment on claims that fire escape stairs were locked and students were unable to use them.But Adana city Mayor Huseyin Sozlu said: “It appears that the fire escape stairs door was locked. Children could not open it. Bodies were found there,” he said.He told NTV “of course children would have survived” if they had been able to flee down the fire escape stairs. adding:From tomorrow the governor’s office will start an investigation.He said the children were aged between 11-14.Students trapped on the second and third storeys of the building who could not flee outside, were killed in the fire, the Dogan news agency said.The fire spread rapidly because of the building’s wooden interior and carpeted floor, officials said. Adana lies on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Source: Google MapsCollapsedAladag district’s mayor Mustafa Alpgedik, quoted by the Dogan news agency, said the fire erupted on the ground floor and then the flames spread because the third floor was wooden.With the burning of the wooden floor, the roof then entirely collapsed, he said.In an agonising wait, families who could not see their children stood outside in tears, Dogan added.The dorm had a capacity for 54 students and was open to both secondary and high school students. Demirtas said it was a private dormitory with 34 students in residence.Fires are frequent in Turkey due to antiquated and often wooden buildings and faulty electrics. But a disaster of this magnitude is highly unusual.In a sign of the seriousness of the incident, several ministers were heading to the region, including Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz.Demirtas meanwhile informed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who expressed his sadness over the catastrophe, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.- © AFP, 2016Read: Giant €2.1 billion dome edged over Chernobyl power plant as existing one crumblesRead: UKIP wants the Irish government to help pay for a motorway in Wales with EU funds TWELVE PEOPLE, MOST of them schoolgirls, died last night after a fire ravaged a dormitory for pupils in the southern Turkish region of Adana, local officials said.The fire, which officials said was probably caused by an electrical fault, raced through the building’s wooden interior as panicked victims tried to jump from windows to safety.Officials expressed concern that many of the dead were killed after they were unable to open a closed fire door to escape the top floors of the building.Images showed scenes of devastation as emergency services arrived to tackle the fire at the dormitory building, parts of which were turned into a blazing wreck and whose roof collapsed.“We lost 12 of our citizens in the fire. Eleven of them were schoolchildren and one was a tutor. 22 citizens are injured,” Adana region governor Mahmut Demirtas told Turkish NTV television.According to initial findings, we believe the fire was caused by electrical fault.The Dogan news agency specified that all 11 of the schoolchildren killed were girls. Their identities have yet to be disclosed but they were also said to be 14 or under.The disaster took place in the town of Aladag north of Adana city, one of the biggest urban centres in the south of Turkey. Image: NTV Teacher and 11 schoolgirls die in dormitory fire in Turkey after emergency escape locked The schoolgirls, from Aladag on Turkey’s southern coast, are said to be 14 or under. 14,097 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Theresa May has scored a symbolic win in her plan for a

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share36 Tweet Email Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 7:53 PM Short URL 21,919 Views 57 Comments Source: House of Commons/Twitter Today’s vote is non-binding with the government still fighting a Supreme Court case that they hope will allow May trigger Article 50 without a parliament vote.Ministers made it clear that today’s vote intended to flush out those MPs who may seek to delay Brexit if it comes to a commons vote.“It’s always been our intention to lay out the strategy in more detail when possible and provided it does not undermine the UK’s negotiating position,” Brexit minister David Davis told MPs.Our amendment also lays out an important challenge to those on the benches opposite who say they respect the result of the referendum, but whose actions suggest they are looking for every opportunity to thwart and delay it.‘A trap’Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer welcomed the amendment, saying the government had “caved in” and “must now prepare its plan and publish it”.He called for an outline plan by January, warning that his party would not accept a “late, vague plan” that allowed no time for parliamentary debate.May has previously said she wants the “best possible deal” for trade with the EU, to create new deals outside the bloc and to control immigration.© – AFP 2016 with reporting by Rónán Duffy Read: Brexit has led to ‘a tsunami’ of new solicitors in Ireland from the UK >Read: Boris Johnson shuts down interview when asked name of South Korea’s president > By AFP UK PRIME MINISTER Theresa May secured a symbolic victory on Brexit today after MPs agreed not to delay her plans to begin exit talks by the end of March.May did, however, have to promise to give them more details of her negotiating strategy.Labour’s original motion demanded the government publish its “plan” before triggering EU Article 50, which begins the two-year exit process.This motion had been expected to draw support from dozens of May’s Conservative MPs but the premier fended off a rebellion with a last-minute amendment.The amendment accepted the Labour motion on condition that MPs support her timetable for triggering the Brexit talks.Following the results, Labour MP Hilary Benn said he hoped the vote would prompt the government to give more information on its plans for negotiating Britain’s future outside the European Union.“When they have said they are going to publish a plan, I expect to see some detail,” he told BBC News.Parliament doesn’t intend to be a bystander, parliament intends to be a participant.Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said the vote was “a very historic moment” which enabled the government to act on Brexit.“The government now has a blank cheque, and I think that’s a good thing,” he told Sky News.Despite the March timeline, May has refused to give a “running commentary” on her strategy, insisting that revealing her hand prematurely would undermine the negotiations. Image: Stefan Wermuth UK Prime Minister Theresa May meeting King of Bahrain. Theresa May has scored a symbolic win in her plan for a speedy Brexit But her government may have to show its negotiating hand. Dec 7th 2016, 7:53 PM MPs vote 461 to 89 to approve Government Amdt. (a) to Opp. Motion on Government’s plan for #Brexit. Full Motion:— UK House of Commons (@HouseofCommons) December 7, 2016 UK Prime Minister Theresa May meeting King of Bahrain. Image: Stefan Wermuthlast_img read more

Florida Man Has Seen ‘Avengers: Endgame’ 116 Times (And Counting)

first_imgRound/View 116Honey? Hey, babe! Babe? Babe? Boys? Boys? Laura?#avengersendgame #tigrevengador @Avengers @Renner4Real @Russo_Brothers @louisde2— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) June 14, 2019Alanis has sent details of his attempt to the Guinness Book of World Records, but has not yet heard back.The current official record was set in February by Anthony “Nem” Mitchell, who watched Avengers: Infinity War a whopping 103 times—earning him an invite to the premiere of Avengers: Endgame.Wisconsin chiropractor Steve Ruppel outpaced Mitchell in April when he watched the Brie Larson-led Captain Marvel an eye-watering 116 times in six weeks. His accomplishment has not yet been verified.Nor will it need to be, assuming Alanis is sitting in the Riverview cinema right now.More on and Square Enix’s Fake ‘Avengers’ Game Creeps Us Out at E3 2019Marvel Comics to Get Audiobook Treatment‘Avengers: Endgame’ Smashes Box Office Records Everyone has dreams: Some people aspire to travel the world; others hope to write a best-selling book or complete a marathon.Agustin Alanis wants to break the Guinness World Record for most cinema productions attended of the same film.As reported by CNET, the Florida man on Thursday sat through viewing 116 (!!) of Avengers: Endgame, “with no end in sight.”His goal, the tech blog said, is 200 viewings—”or close to it.” Stay on target Round 17I Love You 3000#AvengersEndgame @RobertDowneyJr— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) May 6, 2019A long-time Marvel fan (and, judging by his Twitter feed, a die-hard supporter of Mexican football soccer club Tigres), Alanis usually visits the Riverview cinema twice on weekdays, and more often on weekends.“My friends and family have been very supportive,” he said. “My parents and younger sister came with me when I reached 100 views.” Round 3Con mi Jersey de @TigresOficial bien puesto!!!#tigres #AvengersEndGame— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) April 27, 2019“I wasn’t planning to try and break [the world record] to begin with,” Alanis told CNET. “But I had watched it every day since it came out for two weeks, and just like the movie shattered records, I decided to do it as well.”He saw the film five times on its opening weekend. (That’s more than 15 hours of skin-tight supersuits, Easter eggs, and heart-wrenching emotions.)center_img Round 25Are you crying?No…Yeeess… #AvengersEndgame @Russo_Brothers @Avengers— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) May 10, 2019Probably enjoying his 117th showing right now, Alanis doesn’t tire of the blockbuster film, telling CNET that he “can’t be sick of it.”“I do recite [the lines] in my mind, and sometimes out loud when there’s no one sitting next to me,” he admitted.Documenting his road to glory via Twitter, Alanis peppers theater-staff selfies with quotes from the movie; he also tags its stars and directors, as well as Marvel execs and the occasional late-night talk show host. Round 39 Scott, I get emails from a raccoon, nothing seems crazy anymore.#avengersendgame @Avengers @MarvelStudios @Kevfeige— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) May 16, 2019At 30, Alanis is still young enough to sit through a three-hour movie without bathroom breaks. (Luckily, he’s never needed one.)*SPOILER ALERT*As far as fan protests demanding a different fate for Tony Stark/Iron Man, Alanis is not interested.“To end the infinity saga, Iron Man had to die saving everyone,” he said. “That was his purpose and his fate, so no, I wouldn’t change it.”Not even if it meant a slightly different ending to the same movie he’s seen more than 100 times? Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutWhat to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019 last_img read more

Elon Musk drops an autotune rap about 2016 meme Harambe

first_img Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship 16 Photos The song, featuring a heavy use of auto-tune, begins with the salute “Harambe, we love you” and features the lyrics “R.I.P Harambe, sippin’ on some Bombay, we on our way to Heaven, Amen, Amen”. I can’t see it lighting up the Billboard Hot 100 but perhaps that’s exactly the point. That being said, at time of writing, the song has been streamed 480,000 times.Subsequent tweets by Musk suggest the song was produced by BloodPop and co-written by Caroline Polachek and emoji artist Yung Jake.Harambe, a Western lowland gorilla, was shot and killed after a 3-year-old boy fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo in May 2016. The killing of Harambe ultimately enshrined the animal as one of the year’s biggest viral sensations as social media users flooded sites with memorials. We suggested the Harambe meme be left in 2016 — but it seems Musk wanted to bring it roaring back to life.If we’re bringing 2016 memes back to life, there are a few that might be applicable here. Crying Jordan, delete your account and even fake news could work?Musk’s Twitter use has come under fire from the Securities and Exchange Commission in the past year due to a series of tweets where he suggested taking Tesla private. As a result, he was required to have all tweets regarding Tesla preapproved before posting them online, but in March, the SEC wrote that it was stunned to learn Musk had not been seeking approval for numerous tweets made about the manufacturer since the ruling. Comment 1 Emo G Records— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2019 Online Elon Musk Share your voice Tags Elon Musk/Twitter Elon Musk: space travel entrepreneur, electric vehicle evangelist, meme connoisseur… rapper?I know that it’s April Fools’ Day in some parts of the world already, but this is beyond a joke — Musk, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO, dropped a surprise on his 25 million Twitter subscribers: a full-fledged, auto-tuned rap song about a gorilla-turned-meme that died in 2016.Musk tweeted out a Soundcloud link to the song, dubbed “RIP Harambe”, part of a seemingly fabricated music label named “Emo G Records” on Saturday.last_img read more

Four new Apple Watch models suggested by Apple filing overseas says report

first_img 39 Photos 0 Apple Watch Series 4 Coming next from Apple Apple Watch Series 4: Both sizes, compared Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Post a comment $349 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Adorama News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? See It $399 Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements Four new Apple Watch model numbers have been filed, a report says. Angela Lang/CNET Apple has reportedly registered four new Apple Watch models in the Eurasian Economic Commission database. The models were filed Wednesday, and the Apple Watch numbers are listed as A2156, A2157, A2092 and A2093 and as running on WatchOS 6, MacRumors reported.Apple’s next-generation smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 5, is reportedly launching in the fall and will retain its OLED displays. The Apple Watch Series 4 was announced almost a year ago during Apple’s traditional September event, where the company typically launches its new swathe of iPhones. $399 How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it reading • Four new Apple Watch models suggested by Apple filing overseas, says reportcenter_img Mobile Mobile Accessories Laptops Computers Wearable Tech Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) See It iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: The specs, features and prices we expect from Apple in September Apple Watch 5: What we’re expecting Apple Watch 5: Rumors, price, fitness features, battery and more Apple Watch Series 5: The health-boosting features we are hoping for See All Apple $349 Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple also reportedly updated the EEC database to show more iPhones running iOS13. They’re listed as A2111, A2160, A2161, A2215, A2216, A2217, A2218, A2219, A2220, A2221, A2223, A2296 and A2298. Apart from the last two, the rest were originally filed in May as being on iOS 12, MacRumors said.According to the report, 11 previously filed MacBook model numbers were updated Wednesday to show they run MacOS Catalina. Apple is rumored to be launching a 16-inch MacBook Pro later this year.The EEC filings are a legal requirement to sell encrypted devices in Russia and other countries, MacRumors said, and they’ve previously foretold the announcement of new iPhones, iPads, iPad Pros, Apple Watches, Macs and AirPods.The Apple Watch 5 is also rumored to come with sleep tracking, a larger battery, more health features and titanium and ceramic finishes. It’s rumored that the 2020 version of the smartwatch will come with a MicroLED display. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Best Buy Apple See It • See it Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Applelast_img read more

State Bank of India Q4 results Will SBI declare bonus shares the

first_imgThe State Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai, March 14, 2016.Reuters fileState Bank of India (SBI) will be declaring its fourth quarter (Q4) and 2016-17 results on Friday. While analysts and policymakers will be keenly watching out for net interest income (NII), net profit, capital adequacy, NPA ratio and so on, shareholders would be curious to know if the country’s biggest bank rewards them with a bonus issue. The lender has never issued bonus shares since going public. The stock split from Rs 10 face value to Re 1 in November 2014. On Thursday, SBI shares closed at Rs 302.95 apiece, down 1.53 percent from their previous close.Stock markets LIVE updates: State Bank of India Q4 net profit rises 122%As of December 31, 2016, SBI’s share capital was Rs 776.28 crore, while reserves and surplus stood at Rs 1,82,299.60 crore, up from Rs 1,43,498.16 crore as of March 31, 2016. In the past few weeks, three companies have announced bonus issues — Biocon (2:1), Wipro (1:1) and ICICI Bank (1:10). Things are looking up for banks after a slew of weak quarters when higher provisioning for bad loans dented their profits. Punjab National Bank reported net profit of Rs 261 crore for the March 2017 quarter as against loss of Rs 5,367 crore in the corresponding period last year.ICICI Bank reported 189 percent increase in standalone net profit for the March 2017 quarter (Q4) to Rs 2,025 crore ($312 million) from Rs 702 crore ($108 million) in the corresponding period last year, helped by a drop in provisioning for bad loans and rise in net interest income.Allahabad Bank, Kolkata-based public sector lender, posted net profit of Rs 111 crore for Q4 as against Rs 581 crore in the year-ago period, helped by treasury gains. Total income was up marginally at Rs 5,105 crore. Gross and net performing assets as a percentage of total advances stood at 13.09 percent and 8.92 percent, respectively.On Thursday, the BSE Bankex ended 1.25 percent lower while the Sensex closed 224 points (0.73 percent) down at 30,434. Top losers were Tata Motors and Axis Bank while IT stocks Wipro, TCS and Infosys ended with gains after a series of losses in the past few sessions over layoff reports.SBI Q3 resultsSBI had posted upbeat results for the third quarter ended December 2016, with standalone net profit rising 134 percent to Rs. 2,610 crore. The sharp increase was on account of higher other income and interest on deposits with the RBI and other lenders. Net interest income (NII) rose 7.69 percent to Rs. 14,751 crore in Q3 as against Rs. 13,697 crore in the year-ago period.The bank’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 7.23 percent and 4.24 percent, respectively, as of December 31, 2016. People line up outisde an ATM at a State Bank of India branch in Mumbai, India, July 22, 2015.Reuters filelast_img read more

An effort to promote ecofriendly Durga puja

first_imgBengal Association, New Delhi, has pioneered the concept of recognising the Puja Committees which think about the future of Mother Earth and promote eco-friendliness in their respective Pujas. The Association is recognised as the premier institute of Bengalis, residing in the metropolis of Delhi and NCR, and are involved in various socio-cultural activities.For the last four years, Bengal Association started recognising eco-friendly Puja Committees by felicitating them with Poribesh Bandhob’ Sharodotsav Samman in Delhi and NCR. More than the opulence, the award concentrates on maintenance of cleanliness, hygiene, safety and security, first-aid /medical facilities, and clean and usable toilets, in the Puja Mandaps. The aim of the initiative is to encourage and disseminate awareness amongst all Durga Puja Committees so as to adopt eco-friendly measures. Also, recognising and supporting Prime Minister’s Initiative of ‘Swachh Bharat’, emphasis is being given on cleanliness of pandal and surrounding areas. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe project, a brain-child of Tapan Sengupta, General Secretary, has inspired many Puja Committees to adopt eco-friendly measures. Getting successful in their attempt, many Durga Puja Committees have started taking strides in ensuring that their celebrations do not harm the environment. They have started using biodegradable elements and are exploring and adopting green methods for building Durga Puja pandals.This year, Bengal Association, New Delhi, is organising its 5th Shaktibhute Sanatani – eco-friendly Poribesh Bandhob Sharodotsav Samman 2017 for the Durga Puja, organised in Delhi and NCR. The Competition for the first time is being judged by reputed exponents in the field of arts, crafts, literature, theatre, environment, social work etc. This year, about fifty Puja Committees are participating in the competition and the prize money has been increased manifold. The prizes include trophy along with a cash prize. The judging will be based on clean and eco-friendly efforts made and not on the basis of decorative lavish Puja pandals. From the response received till now, hopefully next year more Puja Committees will join and adopt eco-friendly measures.last_img read more