British Research Charities See Funds Dry Up

first_imgIn the United Kingdom, medical charities provide a vital supplement to government funding of biomedical research, with organizations such as the Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK investing heavily in lab facilities and research grants. But with the economy in tatters, their coffers are taking major hits as investments go sour and donations dry up. The Independent today offers a new wrap-up of how the financial downturn will hamper the research efforts of the Wellcome Trust, CRUK, the Leukaemia Foundation, and the British Heart Foundation.last_img read more

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Keylor Navas casts doubts over future at Real Madrid

first_imgThe uncertainty over the Real Madrid goalkeeping situation for next season is likely to continue for the next few days at least.Wednesday saw reports in the Spanish media that the club was close to reaching an agreement with Iker Casillas, 34, to allow him to leave after 17 seasons with the Spanish football giants and over 700 first team appearances. The transfer of David de Gea from Manchester United is also close to being sealed.Meanwhile, Keylor Navas, who joined from Levante last summer has expressed doubts about his own future. The Costa Rican international was one of the heroes of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but only made a handful of appearances last season as former Real coach Carlo Ancelotti preferred Casillas for every big game.”I have spoken with the club. Only God knows if I’ll continue,” said Navas on Thursday, ahead of Costa Rica’s friendly game against Spain in Leon. “I hope I can stay with the squad and keep fighting for my dream, which is to be the first choice keeper,” he added.De Gea’s likely arrival would make that unlikely and Navas made it clear he would not be happy with another year spent warming the subs’ bench.”I’m not happy with what I have done so far at Real Madrid. Things didn’t turn out as I would have wanted last season,” he said.last_img read more

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SDMC mulls ban on use of stadiums for weddings

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 6 (PTI) Unhappy with the damage caused to stadiums under its jurisdiction, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation is now mulling a complete ban on use of such sporting facilities for wedding functions.South Delhi Mayor Shyam Sharma made the announcement today after inspecting stadiums at Punjabi Bagh and Madipur. He also directed officials to ensure improvement in the upkeep of stadiums so that the players can make proper use of them.”Marriage functions at stadium in Madipur is already disallowed. We are now thinking of banning it at our facility in Punjabi Bagh as the infrastructure has been found to be damaged after such events,” he said.He, however, said, that a portion of the stadiums would be designated for renting them out for “religious activities”.The Mayor said the issue of proper maintenance of stadiums was discussed in a meeting chaired by Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel last week. The meeting was attended by mayors and commissioners of the three corporations of the city.Sharma had yesterday inspected the under construction multi-storey building of the West Zone headquarters at Rajouri Garden, Ring Road.He directed the engineering department to expedite the remaining work within a week.The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has four zones — South, Central, West and Najafgarh. At present, there is no separate headquarter building for the West Zone with its offices scattered at far-off places, resulting in a lot of difficulties to the visitors.The new building of the West Zone is being commissioned in the central area for an amount of Rs 26 crore.advertisement”It will be equipped with all modern office equipment apart from having greenery, rainwater harvesting facility, lifts and adequate parking. All offices of the West Zone will be housed under one roof,” the SDMC said.Sharma also inspected the under construction underground parking at Subhash Nagar. He was accompanied by several senior SDMC officials and councillors. PTI KND SRYlast_img read more

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Report: Wolves 2 Chelsea 1

first_img– Wolves have defeated ‘Big 6’ opposition in the Premier League for the first time since February 2011 against (2-1) – they were winless in their previous 18 such games.- Chelsea have lost consecutive away games against newly promoted sides for the first time since December 1999 (vs and Sunderland).- Each of Wolves’ last nine league goals at Molineux have been scored in the second half.- Wolves’ Morgan Gibbs-White (18 years and 312 days) became the youngest player to assist a Premier League goal against Chelsea since Francis Jeffers for in November 1999 (18 years and 298 days).- Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek has scored three goals in his last three Premier League games, as many as in his previous 48 combined in the competition.- Diogo Jota ended a run of 15 league games without a goal for Wolves, last netting against in the Championship in April. Wolves produced a stunning second-half turnaround as two quickfire goals earned a shock 2-1 victory over Chelsea to end a six-match winless run in the Premier League.Ruben Loftus-Cheek, handed his first league start of the campaign, had put the Blues ahead in the 18th minute with a heavily deflected effort – his second goal in four days after netting in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Fulham.And it looked as though his contribution could prove decisive until the hosts struck twice in four minutes at a raucous Molineux. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Raul Jimenez brought the scores level, his rasping finish from a narrow angle proving too hot for Kepa Arrizabalaga and the comeback was complete when Matt Doherty’s low cross to the far post found Diogo Jota unmarked to tap home.How does it feel to score in front of the South Bank, @Raul_Jimenez9?pic.twitter.com/ePv1ppOsLy— Wolves (@Wolves) December 5, 2018The fightback consigned Chelsea to successive Premier League away defeats and left Maurizio Sarri with much to ponder ahead of welcoming leaders Manchester City to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Eden Hazard, without a goal in two months, saw a pair of half-chances come and go in the opening seven minutes but the Blues did not have to wait long for a breakthrough.It arrived with a healthy slice of fortune, however, as Loftus-Cheek’s effort looked to be heading straight for Rui Patricio before Conor Coady’s unwitting intervention with his head wrong-footed his goalkeeper.Patricio superbly tipped Willian’s free-kick over as Chelsea sought a swift second, although Cesc Fabregas had to throw himself into a desperate block to thwart Morgan Gibbs-White at the other end.Ryan Bennett and Willy Boly produced similarly heroic last-ditch challenges to deny Willian and Alvaro Morata either side of the break, and those interventions took on added importance as Wolves struck twice in quick succession around the hour through Jimenez and Jota.Chelsea fought to find a way back, Hazard and Fabregas firing over in the closing stages, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s men held on to claim a famous win and snap a worrying sequence that delivered just one point from six matches. What does it mean? Chelsea out of the title race alreadyWith only 15 matches gone, the Blues are 10 points behind City – a gap that could be extended at the weekend. Sarri has repeatedly distanced his side from title talk and it is hard to disagree.Hazard drought goes onThere was talk earlier in the season of the Belgium superstar netting 40 goals in 2018-19. Hazard continued to look dangerous, fizzing a shot narrowly over late on, but he has not found the net since October 7.Gibbs-White shows no fearOn his first Premier League start, the 18-year-old showed admirable composure and played a key hand in the equaliser – shrugging off N’Golo Kante before feeding Jimenez.Key Opta facts:57% – Raúl Jiménez has been directly involved in 57% of Wolves’ goals in the Premier League this season (8/14). Vital. pic.twitter.com/27y7SoGw8e— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 5, 2018Manchester UnitedWatfordEvertonBoltonWhat’s next?A huge test lies in wait for Chelsea as defending champions City come to west London. Wolves, meanwhile, visit Newcastle United on Sunday with a newly found spring in their step. read morelast_img read more

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Not just iPhone X and iPhone 8, Apple also launched new Watch 3, 4K TV

first_imgApple announced the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on Tuesday at an event that took place in Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino. Alongside the iPhones, Apple also announced several other products. Apple Watch Series 3 and 4K TV two of the major announcements by Apple. This watch by Apple – as the Cupertino major claims – is the smarter watch ever. At the event, Tim Cook – CEO, Apple said, “today the Apple Watch is the number one watch in the world with 97 per cent customer satisfaction rate.” The new Apple Watch 3 comes with cellular connectivity and several new technologies and is priced Rs 29,900.Apple Watch 3Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two models, one with GPS and cellular, and one with GPS, both featuring a 70 percent faster dual-core processor and new wireless chip. With the cellular technology, Apple Watch let users stay connected even when they are away from their iPhone. In simple terms, the all new Apple Watch 3 series with cellular connectivity allows users to stay connected, make calls, and receive texts even with their iPhone.”We believe the addition of cellular will transform the way people use Apple Watch, providing a new sense of freedom since they can stay connected with or without their iPhone,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. Apple Watch 3 basically let users to stay fit or healthy, and also stay connected. The Watch 3 switches seamlessly to cellular whenever it is away from iPhone. Basically, with the built-in cellular technology, Apple Watch 3 will allow customers to make calls to their contact without having their iPhone.advertisementWatch Series 3 can also be paired with AirPods to let the users to have a fully wireless experience. The Watch 3 comes with industry-first antenna design and have a built-in eSIM that is over one-hundredth the size of a traditional SIM card, says Apple. This makes over-the-air activation possible without compromising on the space. The Apple watch shares the same number as iPhone, this means that there’s no need to provide an additional number to contacts.Apple Watch Series 3 is powered by Apple’s third-generation architecture and faster dual-core processor — S3. This processor allows for quicker app launch times and smoother graphics. The watch also comes with the ability that enables Siri to speak using the built-in speaker.Also Read: iPhone X: Rs 89,000 India price, key specs, top features and when will you be able to buyThe watch comes with a newly designed custom wireless chip called — W2 which makes the Wi-Fi 85 percent faster and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 50 percent more power efficient. Apple Watch Series 3 also features a barometric altimeter that assists with tracking activity, flights climbed and outdoor workouts, including elevation gain.”Apple Watch Series 3 combined with the power of watchOS 4 is the ultimate device for a healthy life,” says Jeff. The combination of cellular and watchOS 4 will allow Apple Music users to stream 40 million songs on their wrist.The watchOS 4 comes with an updated Heart Rate app which is designed in a way to give more insight to the users’ heart rate, including measurements during resting, workout, recovery, walking and breathe sessions. The watchOS 4 also includes several features like — the proactive Siri watch face that displays the information users need most throughout the day, an enhanced Workout app with new interface, custom High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout type and auto-sets for pool swims.Watch 3 series comes with something called a GymKit. This let users connect to their favourite cardio equipment and experience two-way synchronisation of data with just a tap.As per the availability, Apple Watch 3 series — both GPS and Cellular version will be available in 10 countries and territories. The watch will be available in stores starting Friday, September 22. The GPS variant of the Apple Watch Series 3 comes with a price tag of Rs 29,900. Apple Watch comes in silver or space grey aluminium, new gold aluminium, and also includes silver or space black stainless steel cases. Apple announced a Woven Nylon watch which comes with a new pattern and the incredibly lightweight Sport Loop. Apple Watch 3 Edition has also added a dark grey ceramic case which comes coupled with a new two-toned Sport Band.Apple 4K TVAlongside the watch, Apple also introduced the new Apple TV 4K designed to deliver cinematic experience at home. The TV supports both 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR). “With Apple TV 4K, viewers can enjoy a growing selection of 4K HDR movies on iTunes,” notes Apple. All the iTunes users will get automatic upgrades of HD titles in their existing iTunes library to 4K HDR versions soon after they become available. Not only that, Apple TV 4K will also offer 4K HDR content from popular video services, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, coming soon. Apple says, “4K gives you a crisper picture using four times morepixels than standard HD. High Dynamic Range (HDR) delivers brighter,more realistic colours and greater detail.”advertisement”Bring the magic of the cinema straight to your living room with the new Apple TV 4K,” says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Customers will love watching stunning 4K HDR movies from an impressive catalog on iTunes, while also getting automatic upgrades of 4K HDR movies already in their iTunes library and enjoying 4K content on services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, coming soon,” he adds.Apple 4K TV is built on A10X Fusion chip. This is the same chip that powers iPad Pro. The television supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10, built-in high-performance 4K video scaler, and automatic detection of a 4K TV’s capabilities. In terms of availability, the Apple TV 4K starts at a price tag of $179 for 32GB or $199 for 64GB. The TV will be available for buying from apple.com and Apple Stores, as well as through select Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers. The television will be available for booking starting September 15, and will start shipping from September 22.Also Read: iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus: Exact India prices and when you can buy themlast_img read more

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Ipswich manager Paul Lambert sees red as Teemu Pukki puts Norwich on top

first_img 51 49 12 Lewis Twitter Facebook 1 Gerken 5 Pennington Substitutes Norwich had flown out of the traps and taken an early lead, Onel Hernández sweeping Mario Vrancic’s header into the net within 82 seconds, but Ipswich were making a game of it by the time their midfielder, Jon Nolan, scythed Max Aarons down with a poor challenge in front of the dugouts.Players from both sides piled in and at first glance it was simply a case of derby-day passions overspilling. But Lambert took exception to Norwich’s behaviour and his wrath sparked a ruck in front of the home bench that led to the seething Ipswich manager shaking off the attention of a steward before being ushered away by a police officer.The situation had barely calmed before Lambert and the Norwich head of performance, Chris Domogalla, were shown red cards by Peter Bankes. Domogalla had been an innocent party and the animus had seemingly been between Lambert and the hosts’ assistant head coach, Edmund Riemer.“I’m not going to stand there and watch players run 30 yards to get people booked,” Lambert said, explaining the initial cause of his aggravation. “And I’m certainly not going to let somebody come into my technical area, I don’t even know who it was, to provoke us. So I stand my ground, yeah. Do I regret it? No, I’m certainly not going to have that.”If nothing else it gave Lambert ammunition for his half-time team talk and Ipswich emerged fiercely, coming close to an equaliser through Alan Judge in the 65th minute. But they are nine points shy of safety for a reason and, within seconds of that near-miss, the game was put beyond them.Teemu Pukki’s finish, slotted beyond Bartosz Bialkowski after Emi Buendía had played him through, oozed the composure of a striker scoring his 19th goal of the season and the Finland international repeated the trick via the same provider 10 minutes from time. Ipswich Town Possession Match stats 25 Hernandez (s 88′) Football League: Birmingham hold on in seven-goal thriller at QPR Fouls Substitutes 22 Nsiala 11 Nolan Corners 14 Keane IPS51NOR49% 8 Vrancic Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp 37 Aarons Pinterest 4 Godfrey Goal attempts (s 74′) 5 7 17 Emi The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 6 Chalobah Share on LinkedIn 33 Bialkowski 4 Chambers 22 Pukki Lineups The most galling aspect of a torrid match for Paul Lambert may be that by the end it was the Norwich supporters singing his name. Eight years ago they would do that in tribute to the consecutive promotions he brought them; this time the tunes were laced with ridicule, and the travails of his increasingly desperate Ipswich team were far from the only material at hand.It will take some turnaround in both teams’ fortunes if this fixture is to be contested next season but the game itself, an ultimately routine win that slightly flattered Norwich but put them two points clear at the top of the Championship, will be remembered less vividly than the flashpoint that erupted in first-half stoppage time. (s 45′) Topics 21 Downes 33 McGovern 36 Cantwell 19 Trybull 8 Skuse 14 19 Ipswich manager Paul Lambert is talked to by a policeman. Photograph: Tony O’brien/Action Images 11 Rhodes Norwich City 3 Knudsen 31 Hanley Share on Messenger (s 43′) 20 Sears 41 Bree Ipswich 9 Jackson match reports “If we’re really honest, we were too good today and for that it’s a well-deserved win,” said the Norwich manager, Daniel Farke. His side had been clinical, converting their three shots on target. But the off-pitch squabble continued into the post-match press conferences, Farke stressing his respect for Lambert but aiming a barb at some of his colleagues.“Ninety-five percent of Ipswich [took the defeat] really well,” he said. “But some of their staff, my feeling was they wanted to use today as their big stage to prove something. You can lose games but show some quality, show some style, show some class.”Presumably words had been exchanged at full-time but Lambert’s mood darkened further on hearing Farke’s remarks. “Is that what he said? I certainly won’t have him talking about my own staff. Lack of class? Look at his own staff first before he comments on anyone else.”Lambert also referenced the “short memories” where his successes at Carrow Road are concerned. But the stark truth for Ipswich is impressive long-term recall is required to picture their last derby success, a decade ago this April, and on present evidence the wait is about to get significantly longer. (s 85′) Championship 1 Krul 8 Norwich Off target 12 Ipswich 3 Norwich On target 2 Ipswich Share via Email (s 85′) 27 Tettey 25 Elder Reuse this content 31 Judge 18 Stiepermann 23 McLean 15 Bishop IPS NOR Share on Twitter Read more 32 Srbeny Share on Pinterest 6 Zimmermann 10 Harrison Norwichlast_img read more

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Several Activities Planned for Reggae Month

first_img The activities have received financial support from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) in the sum of $15 million. Reggae films in the Park (Linstead and Ocho Rios), a Gold Reception and Awards Ceremony, and a panel discussion are among the many events scheduled to take place during February, which is observed as Reggae Month. Story Highlights Other activities will include a street concert, exhibitions and a birthday celebration for the late reggae icon, Bob Marley. Reggae films in the Park (Linstead and Ocho Rios), a Gold Reception and Awards Ceremony, and a panel discussion are among the many events scheduled to take place during February, which is observed as Reggae Month.Other activities will include a street concert, exhibitions and a birthday celebration for the late reggae icon, Bob Marley.The activities have received financial support from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) in the sum of $15 million.Reggae Month activities were revealed at a joint launch by two Ministers – Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange; and Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, at a function held on January 20 at Ribbiz Ocean Lounge at the Victoria Pier, Kingston waterfront.Miss Grange said that this year’s celebration is special and will be a grand party for the recent inscription of the Reggae Music of Jamaica to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) list of intangible treasures for the whole of humanity.Reggae was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November 2018 at the 13th session of the UNESCO Inter-Governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.“It was a major step for our music, because we had our challenges. We could have entertained the discussion from UNESCO speaking about the Reggae Music from Jamaica as if there is reggae music from anywhere else, but we insisted it should be the ReggaeMusic of Jamaica and not the Reggae Music from Jamaica,” the Minister said.Miss Grange said that reggae music, which originated in Jamaica, “has enhanced social, political movements which brought down bad and oppressive regimes, such as apartheid in South Africa, and has inspired the working class to stand up for their rights all over the world”.The Minister noted that the act of preserving the music began when Reggae Month was instituted in 2008 following the efforts of many stakeholders.“It was quite an achievement for it to be formally recognised. I’m delighted to have worked with the many stakeholders over the years, and I’m happy that UNESCO recognised our music and has inscribed it,” she added.In his remarks, Minister Bartlett said reggae music will be used to redefine and reimage Jamaica’s advertising and promotion campaigns, and that the Ministry will shortly launch a new advertising programme, ‘Jamaica the destination of love’, using reggae music.“We have to invest in the product called reggae. We have to build out the capacity of reggae to drive 24/7 experiences in different locations across Jamaica, and so we have, through the linkages network, appropriated $25 million for the building out of the product of reggae across Jamaica this year,” he said.Mr. Bartlett said that reggae trails will be developed at different locations where reggae icons emerged. He also mentioned plans to develop a reggae museum.“Now that the world has recognised us as a global intangible asset, we have to celebrate it, but we must also institutionalise it, so that no one will be able to remove even the thought of it from this wonderful piece of rock called Jamaica,” he said.last_img read more

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Humanity now an option in religion category

first_imgKolkata: The Bethune College has taken a noticeable step in its undergraduate admission process that has kicked off from May 27.The online application form that has been made available in the college website has a category called ‘Humanities’ mentioned in the religion section of the form. The religion category mention Hinduism, Islam, Christian, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism and others and interestingly ‘Humanities’. Presently, the category erroneously reads as ‘Humanities’ but the college actually meant ‘Humanity’ and this will be rectified soon. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga”We have realised that some students are reluctant to mentioning their religion in the admission form. We appreciate their views as we feel that ‘Humanity’ is the true religion of mankind. So we have deliberately kept this category in the religion section . It was an unanimous decision on the part of our admission committee,” said Mamata Ray, principal of Bethune College. The college authorities, however, made it clear that stating the religion as Humanity will not be a problem for any student for availing scholarship if she meets the necessary guidelines for the same. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”The Indian cultural history has always tried to preach that India is a place where people of all religion live amicably. However, the country has been witnessing incidents of religious intolerance at present which has emerged as a concern. The time has come to deliver the message strongly that Humanity is the true religion. We appreciate this step taken by our college,” said a second year student of English Honours in the college. Established in 1879 , Bethune is the first women’s College in Asia accredited by NAAC-Grade A and is known for its maintaining high standards in academics.last_img read more

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US congressman issues dire warning to Canadas NAFTA team time is running

first_imgWASHINGTON – A prominent congressional ally of U.S. President Donald Trump fired a pointed NAFTA broadside across Canada’s bow Tuesday as Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland travelled to Washington to resume efforts to forge a new version of the continental trade pact.House of Representatives majority whip Steve Scalise, who represents the state of Louisiana, gave voice to a sentiment some trade observers say is building among members of Congress who suspect Canada is ignoring their timetable and dragging out the talks for its own political purposes.“There is a growing frustration with many in Congress regarding Canada’s negotiating tactics,” Scalise said in a statement that appeared timed to coincide with Freeland’s planned return to Washington.“Members are concerned that Canada does not seem to be ready or willing to make the concessions that are necessary for a fair and high-standard agreement.”Scalise insisted Congress does indeed want to see Canada join the bilateral U.S.-Mexico deal those two countries negotiated in Freeland’s absence last month — much to the consternation of the federal Liberal government.But it’s neither willing nor able to wait indefinitely, he warned.“While we would all like to see Canada remain part of this three-country coalition, there is not an unlimited amount of time for it to be part of this new agreement,” he said.“Mexico negotiated in good faith and in a timely manner, and if Canada does not co-operate in the negotiations, Congress will have no choice but to consider options about how best to move forward and stand up for American workers.”That appeared to be a response to recent indications from the federal Liberals that they won’t be held to any artificial deadlines, nor will they rush the talks to settle for an agreement that’s not in Canada’s best interests — a sentiment Freeland repeated Tuesday upon learning of Scalise’s statement.The minister, who will resume talks Wednesday with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, said Canada has been negotiating in good faith throughout the process, which is about to enter its 14th month.“From the outset of these modernization negotiations, Canada has been extremely co-operative,” Freeland said. “Canada is very good at negotiating trade deals. Canada is very good at finding creative compromises. We have been extremely engaged.”Negotiators have been working “extremely hard” and are committed to doing the necessary work to reach an agreement, she added — but they aren’t about to settle for just any agreement.“It is our duty — it’s my duty — to stand up for the national interest and I will always do that.”The U.S. president, who was holding court Tuesday with his Polish counterpart at the White House, repeated what by now is a familiar, if discordant, message for Canadians.“Canada has taken advantage of our country for a long time,” he said.“We love Canada. We love it. Love the people of Canada, but they are in a position that is not a good position for Canada. They cannot continue to charge us 300 per cent tariff on dairy products, and that’s what they’re doing.”Freeland has for weeks been cultivating the narrative that Canada is holding out for the best possible deal, but Scalise’s statement is evidence that there are those in Congress who believe the delay has been motivated by political considerations north of the border.Ottawa has privately expressed frustration with Mexico’s decision to go it alone last month. But one source familiar with how the negotiations have progressed, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details freely, says Canada transgressed first with a surprise auto proposal last spring.Mexico still wants Canada in a three-way deal — so much so that the language in the deal with the U.S. was written to facilitate a trilateral agreement, the source said. And Mexico feels their agreement works in Canada’s favour on a number of fronts.The source also said Canada was fully informed every step of the way on the Mexico-U.S. deal, noting Freeland and chief negotiator Steve Verheul were kept in the loop.Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a deal could be days or weeks away — and he also hedged a little on the grounds that the government won’t sign at any cost.While Canada has been pushing for wording in NAFTA aimed at strengthening labour protections and gender equality, the overall negotiations are said to have stalled over Canada’s insistence that an agreement contain an independent dispute-settlement mechanism.Trudeau has also vowed to protect Canada’s so-called supply management system for dairy and poultry products against U.S. demands for greater access by its farmers to Canada’s dairy market. Canada has offered some limited concessions on access, sources say, while also ring-fencing the supply management system itself.Supply management has been a big issue in the provincial election campaign in Quebec, home to about half of Canada’s dairy farms. Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard has warned there will be “serious political consequences” if there is any further dismantling of the protections for dairy farmers through NAFTA negotiations.That has some trade watchers suspicious that Ottawa may be trying to get past Oct. 1, which is election day in Quebec — and also the deadline imposed by Congress for Canada to get on board with the U.S.-Mexico deal in order for it to receive congressional approval before a new government takes office in Mexico Dec. 1.The theory is making the rounds on Capitol Hill.“The rumblings around Washington have been Canada may attempt to push any deal beyond Oct. 1, largely due to the Quebec election,” said Dan Ujczo, an Ohio trade lawyer with Dickinson Wright.“Rep. Scalise is putting down the marker that these are real deadlines.”— With files from Mike Blanchfield— Follow @CdnPressStyle on Twitterlast_img read more

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Melilla Police Find Migrants Hidden Inside Moroccan Mattresses

Rabat – Inside two mattresses mounted on top of a vehicle crossing from Morocco into Melilla, the Spanish Civil Guard found two underage sub-Saharan African migrants on December 30.According to Spanish police sources, the police received orders to open the trunks of all cars entering Melilla from Morocco. The driver fled when he realized that the officers were also going to inspect the two large mattresses attached to the roof of his vehicle.Read Also: Why The World Needs the Global Compact for Orderly MigrationIn October, one sub-Saharan migrant died and three others were injured when 200 people stormed the border between Morocco and Melilla.In 2015, Adou, an 8-year-old Ivorian boy hid in a suitcase to cross the border between Morocco and Ceuta.Read Also: 31% of Migrants Arriving in Spain Were Moroccan in 2018 read more

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UNs internal justice system marks oneyear anniversary with hundreds of cases

1 July 2010The new administration of justice system which resolves internal disputes at the United Nations has transformed the way employment grievances are addressed in the world body, with hundreds of staff embracing the system during the first year of the reform, senior officials said today. “The system serves as a milestone in strengthening the committeemen of the Organization to the rule of law, to justice and to accountability,” Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel Patricia O’Brien told journalists in New York.She stressed that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is fully committed to upholding the system of justice as prescribed by the General Assembly, and to ensuring that the Organization complies fully and promptly with the final decisions of the appeals tribunal once they have been issued.The administration of justice system resolved disputes between staff and management, which cannot be filed in national courts.The system relies on informal and formal mechanisms to resolve disputes, including the Management Evaluation Unit, which covers staff of all levels and grades at the Secretariat and the UN programmes and agencies. The role of the unit is to assure that “decisions are taken and comport with rules and regulations, but also support enhanced managerial accountability,” said Under-Secretary-General for Management, Angela Kane.Nearly 300 ¬cases – double the number from the same period in 2009 – have been filed in the first three months of this year. The majority related to benefits and entitlements.Other options are provided by the Office for Ombudsman and Mediation Services, where some 536 cases have been filed in the first five months of the year, up 70 per cent from the same period last year. The head of the service, John Barkat, said the service is growing because it is quick, interest based, preserves relationships and allows parties to select the outcome themselves.The fourth section of the system consists of the Office of Administration of Justice, which services the UN Dispute Tribunal and the UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT), which is the highest court of the new internal justice system. In the year since 1 July 2009, some 500 cases have been filed with the tribunals, of which 200 have been disposed and 200 judgements rendered. For the 60 years before the new internal justice system was created, the UN relied on peer review bodies composed of staff members, followed by a review by the UN Administrative Tribunal. The new system called for by the General Assembly in 2005 has introduced two tiers of judicial review with judges who are “professional, qualified and independent,” according to Executive Director of the Office of Administration of Justice, Andrei Terekhov, who also took part in today’s press conference.In a related development, the UNAT announced today its decisions on 31 cases, which include disputes over promotions, discipline, pensions, contract matters and many other issues. The full texts of the judgements have not yet been released. read more

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Israels demolitions of Palestinian homes undermine already fragile situation – UN

“Punitive demolitions are a form of collective penalty that punishes people for acts they did not commit,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator, James W. Rawley declared in a press release. “They render innocent people homeless. The impact on children, women and the elderly is particularly devastating.”There has been a surge in the use of punitive demolitions by the Government of Israel following a fresh uptick in tensions and deadly violence across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Most recently, the East Jerusalem home of Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, a Palestinian man accused of committing a car attack in Jerusalem that claimed the lives of a 22 year-old woman and a three-month old child, was demolished on 19 November – an act which garnered UN criticism. Israeli authorities have also slated at least six other homes of Palestinian suspects located in East Jerusalem, Askar refugee camp, and Hebron, for demolition or sealing – the practice of completely or partially closing off the rooms of a home with concrete or metal sheeting, prohibiting family members from accessing their homes, at times indefinitely. Meanwhile, following a recent deadly attack against a Jerusalem synagogue, a number of other house demolitions are reportedly being prepared. Between 1 June and 30 November 2014, punitive demolitions have resulted in the displacement of 34 Palestinians, including 16 children. Another six families, including four in East Jerusalem and two in other parts of the West Bank, are at imminent risk of displacement.“Punitive demolitions must stop,” Mr. Rawley continued. “They contravene international law and risk undermining the already fragile situation. Human rights violations are not only a symptom of the continued conflict here; they contribute to it.”Last week, two UN human rights experts similarly exhorted the Israeli authorities to stop the demolitions, warning that an upsurge in the practice would only add to a sense of collective frustration and despair and sow the seeds of more hatred and violence for the future. In addition, punitive demolitions run counter to a range of rights and protections outlined in various international legal instruments that Israel has accepted, the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has noted. These include the prohibition on the destruction of private property in an occupied territory, the absolute ban on collective penalties, and the rights to fair trial and due process and to adequate housing. read more

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RHS to hire water specialist to teach British gardeners to droughtproof their

Other flowers which will suffer include dahlias, which require a good watering to flower, and delphiniums, which can be impacted by mildew which is exacerbated by drought.In vegetable patches across Britain, onion crops will  be light and the bulbs very small meaning they are very hard to peel and not much use, and garden peas won’t set pod if they’re dry, and leafy greens such as spinach and lettuce suffer without moisture.  Landscape designer and Telegraph columnist Jack Wallington added: “The long, dry heatwave we’ve been facing since spring has had a noticeable impact on many edible plants. Peas, beans, rhubarb and lettuce being the worst affected food crops on my allotment, all lovers of moist soils and cooler temperatures. Outdoor tomatoes and aubergines should enjoy the hot summer with enough watering but even those have struggled a little on extremely hot days with leaf scorch. Newly planted dwarf fruit trees too have suffered in their first season before having a chance to establish good root systems. Ferns at home have really had a tough time of it with fronds crisping up despite extra watering. “However, some plants are thriving in the extra heat. Herbs in particular will positively revel in the Mediterranean summer conditions, many having originated from this region. Fennel, basil, rosemary and sage are all growing like rockets. Ornamental flowers from this region like Ricinus will grow happily, as well as many South African species including Kniphofia. Other drought tolerant plants like Verbena bonariensis, Sedums and Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ mean no garden need be without colour despite the extreme weather we’re experiencing.”  The chief horticulturalist at the RHS, Guy Barter, told The Telegraph: “Plants use energy to extract water from the soil, and the drier the soil the more energy used, which slows the growth of the plant until it can barely extract anymore water. The plant then closes down, goes dormant or sheds its leaves and possibly perishes.  However it is not just about hurling water willy-nilly on the garden. This would be expensive in water and irrigation equipment and not good environmental practice.  “Happily, science comes to the aid of gardeners because the water status of both plants and soil can be measured and irrigation protocols developed to get what the grower needs from the plant, whether foliage, flowers or edible produce, with the most efficient use of water, time and work. This is well worked out for commercial crops such as sugar beet, potatoes and apples but applying this on a garden scale requires more work.  For garden plants, being of little commercial importance, we are still in the irrigation dark ages so to speak, and there is enormous scope to produce scientific guidance in watering for gardeners.” The Royal Horticultural Society is hiring a “water specialist” to teach British gardeners to “drought-proof” their gardens during hot summers.Questions from desperate gardeners asking how to save their dry gardens increased by 26 per cent this year, with the organisation expecting this number to rocket as the hot summer continues and gardens feeling the full force of the droughtTo minimise the impact of heatwaves on gardens, the RHS is working with Cranfield University to recruit and train the UK’s first garden water scientist.This scientist will explore ways to improve water provision in gardens by adopting new technologies, developing management strategies and encouraging behavioural change among gardeners. Everything the expert finds out will be released to gardeners online, for free. Limited water supply during the heatwave has meant plants have struggled to retain water, and the hot weather has meant the lifecycle of garden pests has sped up. This means they become more of a problem for gardeners tending already dry vegetable patches. Periods without rain can also impact negatively on soil and result in soil erosion, which is bad for plants in the long term.Traditional British plants under threat from increasingly hot summers include sweet peas, which have a weak root system that goes fragile and grey without enough water. Gardeners are currently finding their sweet peas only have one flower on each stem instead of three. Sweet peas are at risk from hot weather Sweet peas are at risk from hot weatherCredit:Jenny Dettrick/Moment RF Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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SXEW mixer settlers liner lessons learned

first_imgIan Peggs, President, I-CORP INTERNATIONAL, writes in the November issue of International Mining that for cost reasons there has been a move away from stainless steel mixer/settlers to lower cost concrete basins lined with high density polyethylene sheet/geomembranes. The concrete provides the required strength and the HDPE functions, or should, solely as a barrier to protect the concrete. The HDPE may be in geomembrane form, smooth on both sides, and up to 3 mm in thickness. In thicker (5 or 6 mm) panels it may have knobs on one side and is made the former of the inside wall such that the poured concrete will cure around the knobs and hold the sheet in intimate contact with the wall. The smooth geomembrane is loose laid inside the concrete basin. Readers are encouraged to share their experiences with us. The picture shows an MC Process SX mixer-settler being installed.last_img read more

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The smell of Spring and a begging ass The week in quotes

first_imgIT WAS A WEEK during which the beloved Commander Chris Hadfield returned to gravity and Angelina Jolie inspired with revelations about her elective double mastectomy.Back home, Croke Park II and proposed abortion legislation debates rumbled on but it was the smaller stories that had us talking – the return of an invaluable relic in Meath and a personal attack from one TD to another.All that and more, it’s the week in quotes:last_img

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AMD finally release open source Radeon 7000 GPU drivers for Linux

first_imgIf you are in the market for a new graphics card, you could do a lot worse than considering one of the latest AMD Radeon HD 7000 series cards. That is, unless you run Linux instead of Windows as your operating system.The 28nm 7000 series Southern Islands GPU family has been out for a few months now and consists of the Radeon 7700, 7800, and 7900 lines. However, AMD has not provided proper support and open source drivers for the cards, meaning Linux users have had to make do with seeing their cards recognized as unsupported hardware using even the latest proprietary Catalyst drivers.That situation is set to change though, as AMD has just released the Linux driver code for the Southern Island series of cards. The release comes in the form of 48 patches which also include support for the latest Fusion Trinity APUs. It is now hoped that the patches can be merged into the kernel in time for the Linux 3.4 release, although the window to achieve that closes at the end of next week.Adding full support for the Southern Islands cards makes them a much more desirable option for Linux users. It will now be much easier to benchmark their true performance as well as overclock them. It also allows for improved power management, thermal sensors to be read correctly, better compliance with standards like OpenGL, and overall improved performance in areas such as video acceleration and games.AMD taking a relatively long time to release Linux drivers for cards already on the market doesn’t help sales. It has surely put some people off purchasing one of their high end cards purely because it couldn’t be taken full advantage of in a Linux system.Read more at Phoronixlast_img read more

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Networking with Other Farmers Added Benefit of Attending Commodity Classic

first_imgConversations in the hallways and over lunch are an integral part of the educational experience at Commodity Classic, as farmers share their knowledge, passion and insight with their colleagues from across the nation.The 2018 Commodity Classic will be held Feb. 27-March 1 in Anaheim, Calif. Attendees can register for all three days or for one day only.Attendee surveys indicate that networking with other farmers is a highly rated experience at Commodity Classic.“Commodity Classic attracts thousands of America’s best farmers from across the nation—and they all share a passion for agriculture and a thirst for knowledge,” said Gerry Hayden, a Kentucky farmer and co-chair of the 2018 Commodity Classic. “We share with each other how we can make our farms more profitable; and, if I can tweak anything that comes from Texas or North Dakota to make my farm even better, that really adds to the value of attending Commodity Classic.”Paul Taylor, an Illinois farmer and co-chair of the 2018 Commodity Classic, said that striking up a conversation with other farmers is easy to do. “When you get several thousand farmers together, you find opportunities to get together—from receptions to the tradeshow floor to hearing each other’s comments during the Q&A periods after an educational session,” he said. “You can pick out people that you might have something in common with or somebody that knows something that you’d like to know about.”The 2018 Commodity Classic includes an impressive line-up of educational sessions, inspiring speakers, a huge trade show, entertainment and a wide array of technology, innovation and agronomic information.  Discover more and register online at www.commodityclassic.com. Hotel reservations should also be made through that website.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

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In wake of Parkland shooting Miami high school students reach out to

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – In the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, students at a high school in Miami are reaching out to peers who may be hesitant to ask for help.Students from the Design and Architecture High School (DASH) started a project called “No More Stalling” as part of the Lead2Feed program. They have been posting signs in bathroom stalls with hotlines for issues other students may be facing.Their teacher, Zudannie Nunez-Hernandez, said she’s proud of her pupils’ outreach efforts.“I have an amazing group of students who were inspired by the tragic events that happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas,” she said. “They wanted to find a way that they could give back to their own peers and assist with the issues that are occurring in our society.”Organizers hope the project will help classmates who are afraid to speak publicly about their issues, since they can make the calls anonymously.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Towns Current Bidding Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Request For Proposals/QualificationsCosta Rica Trip — Deadline: Thursday, December 20, 2018, 2:30pmInvitations To BidSurplus Vehicles & Equipment — Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018, 10amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

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Avijit murder Charges pressed against sacked major Zia 5 others

first_imgThe Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Thursday pressed charges against six people, including sacked major Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haque, a suspected coordinator of banned militant outfit Ansar-Al-Islam, in the blogger Avijit Roy murder case, reports UNB.Monirul Islam, inspector of CTTC and also investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge-sheet before the court of Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Sorafuzzaman Ansari.Besides, the investigation officer appealed for acquitting Sadek Ali alias Mithu and 14 others.A total 34 people will testify in the case before the court.The court also fixed 25 March to hear whether it will take cognisance of the charges.The five other accused are Mozammel Hossain alias Saimon, Abu Siddiq Sohel alias Sakib alias Sajid alias Shahab, Akram Hossain alias Abir, Md Arafat Rahman and Shafiur Rahman Farabi.Of them, Zia and Akram have been on the run.Avijit Roy, son of noted physicist Ajoy Roy and founder of Mukto-Mona blog, was hacked to death, and his wife Rafida Afrin Banya injured as unidentified assailants attacked them with meat cleavers near TSC on the Dhaka University campus on 26 February, 2015.Victim’s father filed a murder case with Shahbagh Police Station on 27 February of the year.last_img read more

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