first_imgSecurity forces gunned down two alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Bijapur district of south Chhattisgarh on Friday morning.“The district police and the Central Reserve Police Force’s CoBRA 204th battalion were conducting a joint anti-Maoist operation under Gangaloor police station limits of Bijapur today. At around 7.30 am, the Maoists fired some rounds at our troops near Manduvandi-Kowadegoan forest area. Our troops retaliated the fire immediately. During the search of the area (after the encounter), two dead bodies in Maoist uniform were recovered,” said a police official.The deceased, who are yet to be identified, include a woman. The security forces also recovered one 303 rifle, one 12-bore rifle and one pistol from the site of the encounter.According to sources, the encounter was not a chance one but an intelligence-based operation.last_img read more

first_imgThe Shiv Sena’s last annual Dussehra address before the Assembly elections saw the party announcing poll sops, including a loan waiver for farmers, full meals for ₹10 and health check-ups for ₹1. The rally was also marked by the party reiterating its promise of a Ram temple at Ayodhya, and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray justifying his decision of allying with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the polls. The party holds a ‘Dasara Melava’ (Dussehra gathering) at Shivaji Park, Dadar, every year. This year, with the Assembly elections only weeks away, the party took the opportunity to address its voters and Shiv Sainiks. Party supporters were seen flocking to Shivaji Park wearing saffron caps, sashes, headbands, with some carrying pictures of Sena founder Bal Thackeray. The ground was moderately filled despite the humidity. The Sena also released a promotional song during the event.Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “Very soon, you will see the next chief minister of Maharashtra sitting next to Uddhavji (referring to Aaditya Thackeray).” Aaditya has been fielded from Worli and the Sena is projecting him as a CM candidate. Mr. Thackeray, who addressed the gathering dressed in a saffron kurta, said, “There are two Vijayadashamis this month: one is today and another on the 24th (the day of the election results). The matter of the Ram temple at Ayodhya has been in court for 30-35 years. The court will do justice, but if something happens otherwise, we will continue our demand for a Ram temple. The Central government must ensure the temple is built; it is a promise we have made to the people.”The Sena chief further said, “People ask me why did I enter into an alliance with the BJP; people say the Shiv Sena bowed down. The Sena can never bow down in front of anyone except God. And had we not allied with the BJP, whom should we support? The Congress, who says do not remove Article 370 and remove sedition law? Instead, why not give a strong government by allying with BJP?” Dig at Ajit PawarHe also took a dig at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar, referring to his comment from a few years ago about urinating in dried up dams. “Ajit Pawar cried the other day. He says the level of politics has fallen and I will go do farming. Do it, but how will you water your farm? (You mocked farmers) but don’t forget, farmers came to you for water with tears in their eyes,” Mr. Thackeray said. He also recalled that the Congress-NCP government allowed the arrest of Bal Thackeray in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid case and that the court threw out the case. Promises galoreMr. Thackeray said the removal of Section 370 from Jammu & Kashmir was Bal Thackeray’s dream, and that the Sena supports removal of illegal immigrants from the country. Promising sops ahead of the elections, he said, “I will once again waive loans of farmers. We will provide full meals for ₹10. We will reduce power rates up to 300 units and provide health check-up for ₹1. In rural areas, schools are far from villages. We will ensure bus services in rural areas and ensure women’s safety.”Addressing unrest among party members over allocation of tickets, he said, “Compromise is a part of alliance. I apologise to those who did not get tickets. This alliance is to win Maharashtra and for betterment of the people. The BJP is our ally, work for the alliance.” He said that like the Sena’s stand, even U.S. President Donald Trump has given preference to locals for employment. He said the party will ensure Maratha and Dhangar reservation is implemented.last_img read more

first_imgSwapna Barman became a star overnight as she battled immense pain of both the toothache and her 12 toes to become the first Indian to win a heptathlon gold medal at the Asian Games 2018.As the nation rallied behind, expectations rose. Before the Asian Games, people did not even know who Swapna Barman was (she had won gold in the Asian Athletics Championships in 2017) but it was all frenzy after that.The crying video of Swapna’s mother went viral. Swapna Barman trended for days. Everyone was talking about her and hailing her effort in Jakarta. India finally knew a new star.Swapna, however, did not expect such a frenzy. She was nervous even as she spoke at the India Today East Conclave 2018 and admitted that all the expectations scares her now.”I don’t know what to say. The Asian Games medal was very important for me and my family. Earlier, it was just my sir, mine and my parents’ dream that I would go to a competition and win a gold medal. Now the whole of India wants that, and it scares me,” Swapna said.WATCH FULL SESSION”When I came back home, I never thought so many people will be there to welcome me for the Asian Games medal and moreover, I never thought someone would cry for me. My mother cried a lot also because I hadn’t been home for a year. People’s attitude towards me has changed but I have not, I am the same as I was before. All the advertisements and adulation, it feels like a dream. I never thought it would happen to me,” Swapna further said.advertisementSwapna was born with 12 toes but despite taking up sports, she never had enough money to get customised shoes or one with quality. All her life, she has dealt with the pain of extra toes and she did the same at the Asian Games.Also read – Swapna Barman on mother’s viral video: Even Prime Minister was talking about itAll that pain did not peg her behind, she battled it all and won the women’s heptathlon gold in Indonesia.”Now I am used to the pain. Now everyone wants to make a shoe for me, it [the toes] pains so much that don’t even ask. After the Asian Games medal, everyone wants to make shoes for me now. So they will, my team is looking into that.”Swapna is a quintessential Bengali girl. She wears saree in Durga Puja and she loves sweets. However for the preparation of the Asian Games, she was made to give up her love for mishti (sweets) but for the past few weeks, she has been devouring them.Also read – East Conclave 2018: All this adulation and fanfare feels like a dream, says Swapna Barman”I wear saree only for pujo [Durga Puja]. Earlier, I wasn’t allowed to have sweets but he [the coach] has allowed me to eat as many sweets as I want for now and he said, I’ll see you later.”Swapna is nervous and scared by all the attention and expectations that come with winning the gold medal but she said it motivates her as well. She asked everyone to keep praying for her and she will work as hard as she can for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”I do get motivated that everyone is watching but it also scares me if I will be able to do well or not but my sir is there with me, he will make me practice. I will practice even more for Olympics and if I have everyone’s blessings, I will do well.”Also read – How hockey allowed Rani Rampal to build a nice home for her parentsSwapna shared how she reacted to her mother’s viral video, where she was seen crying incessantly after watching Swapna win the gold medal. Swapna said she was embarrased by the way her mom cried in front of everyone but she also knew that it was just her happiness.”When I came back I just told my mom that why did you have to cry. You should have laughed that I won, why did you have to cry in front of everyone. [I asked] who made the video? I didn’t feel nice that my mom cried so much because she was too happy and I haven’t seen the full video. It went so viral that even the Prime Minister mentioned it to me [at the felicitation ceremony].”(Written by Abreshmina S Quadri)last_img read more

first_imgDuring his weekly press conference, Mike Gundy was asked about his team’s upcoming road trip to Pittsburgh and how Pat Narduzzi’s squad compares to the one that visited Stillwater a year ago. It replaces a mainstay starting QB in Nathan Peterman and its leading rusher James Conner. Pitt will also be without the services of Matt Canada, last year’s offensive coordinator who took the same job at LSU.But Gundy sees more similarities in the Panther offense than he sees drastic changes, and even a resemblance to a system he has experience in.“From a distance, it’s a lot like what Les (Miles) and I did here while we were together,” said Gundy. “They have a reason for trying to gain a gap advantage, and then if you’re not careful they can get you out of a gap. If you don’t adjust, they can find a weakness, so there are similarities there to what we did here.”The biggest contrast on OSU’s side of the matchup is a complete overhaul of its secondary. Jordan Sterns is gone, Ramon took his spot at safety and the cornerback rotation is full of players that either didn’t see the field for OSU or were relegated to special teams last season.The early returns for USC graduate transfer Max Browne have been disappointing for Pitt fans. He’s thrown for just 278 yards on 56 attempts and just one score to two interceptions. For a juxtaposition of extremes, Mason Rudolph has tallied 638 yards on just six more attempts (62) and has six scores with no picks.But Mike Gundy thinks Pitt will try to test his corners all the same. He would if it were him.“They’re coming along,” Gundy said of his corners. “We’re obviously young, and the teams we play know that. I’m sure Pittsburgh is going to run their play stuff and run (wide receiver Quadree Henderson) down the field, throw it over our head and challenge us. Limiting big plays is important.“Last year, that was one of the issues we had in giving up big plays in the secondary. It’s give and take. Unless you’re just ultimately talented where you can press and challenge every throw, sometimes you give up (short gains) to be sound in the deep stuff. There’s give and take there.”Through the small sample size of two weeks, Oklahoma State’s young corner rotation has shown some potential and a couple growing pains. But OSU has only allowed two passing plays of 10 yards or more. That’s against a Tulsa offense — though retooling — that ranked 30th in passing and a South Alabama team that ranked 56th a year ago. Pittsburgh ranked 76th.Pitt does have Jester Weah, who led all returning FBS receivers from last year with a 2016 average of 24.2 yards per catch and Quadree Henderson who racked up 164 all-purpose yards and two scores in Stillwater last year. Those two will be a good test for the likes of Rodarius Williams and A.J. Green. And though he’s struggled with accuracy issues on the deep ball, Browne is capable of putting it out there for his receivers to go get.Each week appears to be a step up in competition and that trend should continue for the next couple to come. Fortunately for OSU’s young cover men, it provides an escalating on-the-job curriculum. With any luck, the group headlined by Green and Williams will look more like seasoned vets than rookies when the big boys come to town.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Bayern Munich sign Man Utd target and Swedish wonderkid Andersson Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 21:47 10/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AlexTimossiAndersson - cropped Twitter (@HelsingborgsIF) Transfers Bayern München Manchester United Helsingborg Bundesliga Superettan The Bundesliga champions have secured a deal for the 16-year-old midfielder who was reportedly on trial with the Red Devils in February Bayern Munich have confirmed the signing of Sweden youth international Alex Timossi Andersson from Helsingborg.Andersson, a 16-year-old midfielder, will move to the Bundesliga giants in July 2019. He was reported to have had a trial at Manchester United in February this year.Bayern 4/6 to beat Leipzig & O2.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Helsingborg’s relegation from the Allsvenskan has handed the youngster a first-team opportunity and he has scored twice in 16 Superettan appearances in 2017.Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: “Alex Timossi Andersson is a highly talented player. We are convinced that he can go all the way at Bayern.Njut av 16-årige Alex Timossi Anderssons segermål om och om igenBiljetter till nästa hemmamatch:— Helsingborgs IF (@HelsingborgsIF) August 21, 2017″Until he comes to us, he will continue to gain experience at his regular club Helsingborg, and develop in his familiar environment.”last_img read more

first_img “Little bit of a boring day today, but Nebraska spiced things up by earning the distinction of largest home loss on College GameDay. Previous record was Utah’s 40 point loss to TCU in 2010. Tonight the Buckeyes won by 41 points, 48-7,” Reddit CFB tweeted.Little bit of a boring day today, but Nebraska spiced things up by earning the distinction of largest home loss on College GameDay. Previous record was Utah’s 40 point loss to TCU in 2010. Tonight the Buckeyes won by 41 points, 48-7.— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 29, 2019That’s tough for a Nebraska program that came into the 2019 season with preseason top 25 hype.Ohio State is really good this season, though. The Buckeyes had trouble with the Huskers last season, winning a close game at home, only to shellack the Nebraska football program in Lincoln this year.The Buckeyes should be moving up in the polls as a result of this thumping. Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez against Ohio State.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 28: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers warms up before the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Memorial Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay was in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday morning in anticipation of the Huskers’ big home game against Ohio State.The college football pregame show was great, as thousands of Huskers fans showed up for the live show. ESPN’s panel of analysts was extremely impressed with the fan support.Then, the game happened…Nebraska was blown out by Ohio State, 48-7, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Unfortunately, that’s a College GameDay record.last_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license John Fredriksen’s oil tanker shipping company Frontline Ltd. has entered into memorandum of agreement (MOA) to acquire a 20 percent ownership interest in Feen Marine Scrubbers Inc., a manufacturer of exhaust gas cleaning systems.  Pursuant to the MOA, Frontline and certain entities affiliated with Hemen Holding Ltd, Frontline’s largest shareholder, have agreed to order FMSI exhaust gas cleaning systems for 14 vessels, with options to order an additional 22 systems at fixed prices. “The economic case to install scrubbers is very compelling, particularly for larger vessels. Scrubbers installed on existing vessels provide the same benefit as those delivered from the yard on newbuildings and our solution comes at a much cheaper cost,” Robert Hvide Macleod, CEO of Frontline Management said.“Additionally, this transaction allows Frontline to secure the capacity to source a large volume of scrubbers, which we believe will present a challenge to many owners as the deadline for sulphur emissions compliance approaches.” “We believe that this memorandum of agreement is indicative of both Frontline’s industry-leading approach to managing its fleet as well as the high quality EGCS systems Feen Marine produces.  We are proud that some of the world’s largest shipping and trading companies, including Frontline, Navig8 Group and Trafigura have chosen Feen Marine as their main provider of EGCS systems,” Bjørnar Feen, Founder of Feen Marine Scrubbers said.Feen Marine says that its open-loop scrubber system reduces sulphur emissions to 0.1 pct and offers payback period on investment of 6 to 18 months. The company also has a hybrid system in its portfolio which can switch from open loop to closed loop mode of operation.FM has offices and manufacturing plants in Singapore and Batam and further representation in Norway, China, and South Korea.The move comes in anticipation of the entrance into force of the IMO’s sulphur cap in 2020. The regulation requires that all ships trading outside of the sulphur Emission Control Areas (ECAs) start using fuel with a sulphur content of up to 0.5 pct, a considerable reduction from the currently permitted maximum of 3.5 pct, as of January 1, 2020.Ships using exhaust gas cleaning technology will be able to continue to use high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) as a marine fuel.last_img read more

first_img Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until further notice. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 301 Route 301 will be restricted to local traffic between Mount Pleasant Road and Dickson Road to install culverts at Fitzsimmons Brook until Monday, Nov. 30. Alternate routes and signs will be in place. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge, on Route 201, has a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass Fairview Overpass is reduced to three lanes, to rebuild the southern section. Construction is expected to take about six months. Traffic will flow outbound on the two outer lanes, and inbound on the inner lane. Drivers should expect delays, or use an alternate route. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Tracadie Harbour Bridge, east for about 18 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, asphalt-concrete patching and repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 25. A pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 INVERNESS COUNTY: Red River Road Red River Road, from the junction of Trunk 30 for almost 10 kilometres to the end, including Pleasant Bay Harbour Road, Pleasant Bay United Church Road, Hinkley Glen Road and Angus More Road, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving until Saturday, Nov. 27. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Alexandra Street Roundabout Construction of the Alexandra Street roundabout, at the intersection of Alexandra Street and Kenwood Drive in Sydney, will continue until Tuesday, Dec. 15. The traffic lights will be replaced by a three-way stop during construction. Drivers should expect delays or use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-6747 Local Area Office: 902-680-5914 Fax: 902-681-7151 Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 Fax: 902-896-2259 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. VICTORIA COUNTY: Big Baddeck Road Sections of Big Baddeck Road, north of Old Margaree Road, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Nov. 30, for repaving. A detour route is available on Old Margaree Road loop. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Stewarts Bridge Stewarts Bridge, between Route 311 and West North River Road, will be closed for replacement until Monday, Nov. 30. A temporary panel bridge will be in place as a detour. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-424-7116 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Plains Road Plains Road will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and paving until Monday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will have a one-lane closure to install a variable message board above the road on Sunday, Nov. 22. RCMP will be on site. A detour route is available by taking Highway 104 to Exit 13, then taking Plains Road to Trunk 4 and back to Highway 104. Work takes place from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 VICTORIA COUNTY: Wreck Cove Bridge Wreck Cove Bridge on Trunk 30 will be reduced to one lane for replacement of bridge until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-577-0956 Fax: 902-674-2146 INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be available until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site and warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215, about 500 metres west of William Conley Road, east for about 12.4 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Dec. 4. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-424-1750 Fax: 902-424-0849 Local Area Office: 902-891-1573 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-6747 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail Traffic on sections of the Cabot Trail in the Margaree Harbour-Margaree Forks area will be reduced to one lane for road-shoulder repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 25 Signs and traffic control people are on site. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure The Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, will be closed until further notice. A marked detour route is available on New Road, Route 221 and Morden Road. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 NEW WORK CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Moose River Road-Reid’s Bridge Reid’s Bridge on Moose River Road will be closed for replacement until Thursday, Dec. 31. Detour signs will direct motorists. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 17 west to Exit 15, will be reduced to one lane for widening and paving until Friday, Dec. 4. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 HANTS COUNTY: Sangsters Bridge Sangsters Bridge, on Sangsters Bridge Road connecting Upper Falmouth and Trunk 14, will be closed for repairs until Monday, Nov. 30. A detour route is available through the Town of Windsor. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, near Ben Eoin, will be reduced to one lane for gravelling, grading and paving until Friday, Dec. 11. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers through the construction zone. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 Trunk 30, from the national park entrance at Pleasant Bay to the national park entrance at MacKenzie Mountain, will be reduced to one lane for planing, patching and repaving until Saturday, Nov. 27. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-577-2237 Fax: 902-563-2517 HANTS COUNTY: Wentworth Road/Morrison Drive Wentworth Road/Morrison Drive, Exit 5A, and the west-bound off-ramp on Highway 101 will be closed to traffic on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22, from 6 a.m. until noon for paving of the new roundabout. An alternative route is available via Highway 101 for Exit 5 or 6. West Hants Industrial Park can be accessed through Sanford Drive. -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: College Road Sections of College Road in Bible Hill will be reduced to one lane from Main Street to Village Line Avenue for repaving until Monday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 PICTOU COUNTY: Ferrona Bridge Ferrona Bridge, on Churchville Road, will be closed for repairs until Saturday, Dec. 5. A detour is available via Route 348 and East River East Side Road, Route 348, Plymouth Park Road or Route 374 and East River East Side Road. Local Area Office: 902-674-2535 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Glace Bay Lake Bridge Glace Bay Lake Bridge, Route 255, will be restricted to local traffic to replace the bridge until Monday, Nov. 30. A detour is available via Tower, Marconi Tower and Sand Lake roads. VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Corsen Bridge, two kilometres before Ingonish, continues to be reduced to one lane. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Rainsforth Bridge Rainsforth Bridge on Rainsforth Road will be closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-956-2365 Fax: 902-896-2259 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass-Weekend Closure Joseph Howe Drive under the Fairview Overpass will be closed in both directions because of demolition work on the Fairview Overpass. The closure is from 7 p.m. today, Nov. 20, until 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23. Traffic control people will be on site. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government has unveiled new measures on intellectual property as it seeks to improve Canada’s performance in a critical area of the increasingly important ideas-based economy.Intellectual property, or IP, is about owning, protecting and making money from an idea in any sector through intangible assets like patents, trademarks and copyrights.In launching the government’s long-awaited strategy Thursday, Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains called IP the most valuable business asset in the knowledge economy.In its recent budget, the Liberal government committed about $85 million over five years towards a strategy.Thursday’s release follows warnings that Canada has been a laggard on the international stage when it comes to IP development. Some industry and academic leaders say the country’s entrepreneurs, companies and the wider economy have been at a disadvantage, particularly when compared to big IP players like the United States and China.Only 10 per cent of small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada have IP and only nine per cent of them have IP strategies, Bains noted.Ottawa is also hoping to address what it calls “bad behaviour” in the country’s existing IP regime with help from legislative amendments to curb intimidation and inappropriate “trolling” of some businesses by patent holders.Here are several ways the federal government says it will improve the IP in Canada:— Stamping out misuse and eliminating barriers surrounding IP. The government is pledging to eliminate obstacles for innovative companies by amending key laws for patents, copyrights and trademarks. Proposed changes to the Patent Act would discourage IP owners from sending deceptive or vague notices to businesses alleging patent infringement. In the past, such notices have been used to unfairly intimidate firms and sometimes demand they pay settlements for alleged IP infringement. Under the changes, the government says settlement demands will be removed from the so-called notice-and-notice regime.“This was designed, really, as an educational measure — the idea that people would become more aware of the limits of copyright,” University of Ottawa law professor and IP expert Michael Geist said of the original purpose of the system. “It was never intended to be used to include settlement demands.”The proposed changes will also look to address the practice of “trademark squatting,” where people misuse the system by hanging onto a trademark they have no intention of using themselves, such as an internet domain name, to sell it at a later date for profit.— Better tools to expand the use of IP. Ottawa aims to give businesses the tools they need to pursue their own IP strategies. For example, it will provide $18.7 million over five years to help make the processes for dispute resolution and copyright tariffs cheaper and more efficient for IP owners and users. The government will also provide funds to help innovative Canadian firms leverage their IP — and increase revenues — by making sure their patented technologies comply with international standards. The plan has also provided more details about the creation of a new, $30-million patent collective, which was announced in the budget and will enable companies to pool and share their IP as well as their IP strategies.— Increasing awareness, literacy and sophistication surrounding IP. The plan also includes several ways to help Canadians better understand IP. Examples include $1 million over five years to support clinics that help law students lean more about IP, access to advisers and online tools to help demystify the IP process via the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. and $2 million over three years for surveys to gauge how well Canadians understand and use IP, with a focus on those less likely to use it such as female and Indigenous entrepreneurs.“They may seem small but their potential impact is huge,” said University of Windsor law professor Myra Tawfik, an expert on the subject who has been advocating for the IP law clinics for a long time.“We’re encouraging — especially on university campuses — students to come up with the next best idea that they’ll be able to commercialize and, of course, will then lead to Canada’s growth and prosperity. And yet we’re not providing them with the entire menu of resources and tools that they need — most especially, intellectual-property legal advice.”She said there are really only two law clinics in Canada that provide IP searches and advice, while in the U.S. there are hundreds.Overall, Tawfik said, the various measures in the IP strategy are “quite significant” and could help Canada catch up with other jurisdictions around the world.“You’ve got to recognize that none of these things have really been in place before (in Canada),” she said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version omitted Myra Tawfik’s first name and title.last_img read more

Geneva –  Life expectancy increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s, according to this year’s “World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs”.Those gains reverse declines during the 1990s, when life expectancy fell in Africa because of the AIDS epidemic and in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The increase was greatest in the African Region of WHO where life expectancy increased by 9.4 years to 60 years, driven mainly by improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to antiretrovirals for treatment of HIV, WHO said.  “The world has made great strides in reducing the needless suffering and premature deaths that arise from preventable and treatable diseases,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO.“But the gains have been uneven. Supporting countries to move towards universal health coverage based on strong primary care is the best thing we can do to make sure no-one is left behind.”Global life expectancy for children born in 2015 was 71.4 years (73.8 years for females and 69.1 years for males), but an individual child’s outlook depends on where he or she is born. The report shows that newborns in 29 countries – all of them high-income — have an average life expectancy of 80 years or more, while newborns in 22 others – all of them in sub-Saharan Africa — have life expectancy of less than 60 years.With MAP read more

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market advanced for a third consecutive session Tuesday as sharply rising oil prices supported a continuing rally the energy sector.The S&P/TSX composite index closed 95.06 points higher at 13,647.26 after a combined advance of more than 300 points the previous two trading days.The capped energy and materials sectors were among the top performers on the TSX as the November contract for benchmark crude oil soared $2.27 to US$48.53 a barrel, adding to a rebound from under US$45 just a week ago.“We have (an) energy rally … that’s the key,” said John Stephenson, president and CEO of Stephenson and Company Capital Management.“There is just a series of more bullish themes out there,” added Stephenson, pointing to a new report quoting a top OPEC official as predicting a rebound in prices and a short-term outlook from the Energy Information Administration calling for a decline in U.S. oil production.That, along with the feeling that perhaps that badly mauled energy issues have been oversold has may traders believing “the worst is over,” he said.Stocks are on the best tear of the year and this time they might crack the ceiling“(But) I don’t think there is any compelling reason for that truthfully,” said Stephenson, who believes oil could still test lows under US$40 a barrel in the current slow-growth economy.“I do think it goes lower and it goes lower because I don’t think that we have enough demand out there,” he said.“That’s one of the issues that’s driven things down to this level and nothing really has changed tremendously.”Beyond demand, supply issues also remain unresolved, with U.S. production cuts being far from “earth shattering” and with Iranian oil yet to come on the market as a result of an end to western-led sanctions, he said.Elsewhere on commodity markets, November natural gas was up two cents at US$2.47 per thousand cubic feet, while the December gold contract rose $8.80 to US$1,146.40 an ounce.The loonie also continued its recent uptick, up 0.35 of a U.S. cent at 76.76 cents US.In New York, markets were mixed as the Dow Jones industrial average posted a modest advance, up 13.76 points to 16,790.19, while the broader S&P 500 fell 7.13 points to 1,979.92.Biotechnology stocks were among the worst performing issues and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gave back 32.90 points to 4,748.36. The sector has been hammered in the past month on investor concerns that the industry might face more scrutiny from Washington over its drug pricing practices.In corporate news, stock in First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) soared $1.30 or 21 per cent to $7.49 after the Vancouver-based mining and metals company said it wanted to slash outstanding debt by at least US$1 billion within six months though a combination of asset sales and other strategic initiatives.First Quantum also announced it was cutting 644 people from its workforce and reducing salaries by up to 20 per cent while also lowering the cost target for its flagship Cobre Panama project by seven per cent to US$5.95 billion. read more

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s former secretary of education and four other people have been arrested on charges of steering federal money to unqualified, politically connected contractors.Federal officials said Wednesday that the FBI has arrested former Education Secretary Julia Keleher, former Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero, businessman Fernando Scherrer-Caillet and education contractors Glenda E. Ponce-Mendoza and Mayra Ponce-Mendoza. They face 32 counts of fraud and related charges.Another businessman, Alberto Velázquez-Piñol, was indicted but not yet arrested.The alleged fraud involves $15.5 million in federal funding between 2017 and 2019. Thirteen million was spent by the Department of Education during Keleher’s time as secretary, while $2.5 million was spent by the insurance administration when Ávila was the director.The Associated Press read more

Police have accused a local man of stealing credit cards.Employees at the Pioneer gas bar on the Queensway West in Simcoe lodged a complaint with the Norfolk OPP Thursday afternoon.An investigation determined that the suspect may have stolen other credit cards in the past.As a result, a 40-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with 11 counts of theft of credit card.

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed the recent signing of a non-aggression accord between Afghanistan and six of its neighbouring countries.In unanimously adopting resolution 1453, the Council endorsed the Kabul Declaration on Good-Neighbourly Relations signed on Sunday by Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.The text also called on all countries to respect the Declaration and to support the implementation of its provisions.

In a letter to the Permanent Representatives of the 191 UN Member States, as well as the Permanent Observers, Mr. Eliasson said: “As I write, intense discussions on the 2006-07 budget are under way. I know that work is going on to bring them to a satisfactory conclusion by tomorrow. It is crucial and critical for the UN that we now reach a decision on the budget.”The budget negotiations have been so thorny that earlier this month Secretary-General Kofi Annan postponed an official trip to Asia to help deal with the problem. At the time he urged Member States to pass a budget before the end of this year to ensure that ongoing UN operations are not hindered.Mr. Eliasson said the cost of establishing an ethics office, the external evaluation of the UN’s auditing and oversight system and proposals on an independent oversight advisory committee were also part of the budget talks.In his letter reviewing progress on implementing the outcome document from September’s World Summit, the Assembly President praised delegates for agreeing earlier this week to set up a Peacebuilding Commission, which will aim to prevent countries emerging from conflict from falling back into chaos.“The fact that a number of you were prepared to set aside some deeply held differences of view in order to see the resolution adopted this week shows that this Assembly is willing and able to come together when the time for decisions is here,” he wrote.“To those who argue that the United Nations, and the General Assembly in particular, is not able to take important but difficult decisions, I hold up the example of the Peacebuilding Commission as an example of what we can do together.”On the decision to form a Human Rights Council as a successor to the current Commission on Human Rights, Mr. Eliasson said informal consultations have been scheduled for mid-January. The earlier the work on the Council could start, he added, the earlier they could start making the necessary transitional arrangements between the Commission and the Council. Mr. Eliasson said talks on reform of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) should be concluded early next year to promote further implementation as soon as possible. To this end, consultations would be held in mid-January, he said, and the Assembly had authorized follow-up processes on migration and development in 2006 and on financing for development in 2008/09.He noted that Member States have continued to show strong interest in reform of the 15-member Security Council as an essential element of the overall UN reform effort and he would convene the Open-ended Working Group on the matter in early 2006.Mr. Eliasson said he would also consult Member States on issues relevant to countering terrorism, including a strategy, a comprehensive convention and a high-level conference. read more

Toronto stock index lower on sharp drop in gold prices as bullion retreats US$10 by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2017 9:27 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canada’s largest stock index was relatively flat Monday as falling commodities prices outweighed gains in the health-care and consumer sectors.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index shed 3.54 points to 15,316.02, with gold leading decliners.Bullion stocks lost an average of 0.97 per cent of their worth on the TSX, as the August gold contract declined $10.00 to US$1,246.40 an ounce.Oil and gas companies were also among the biggest losers on the commodity-heavy index, shedding an average 0.60 per cent of their worth.The price of oil inched forward Monday after plummeting to a 10-month low the week prior. The August crude contract rose 37 cents to US$43.38 per barrel.Canadian investment strategist Craig Fehr anticipates oil to remain at or below the US$50 a barrel mark and for gold to continue to experience some weakness, as data suggests inflation won’t spike higher in the near future.The performance of those two commodities will be closely tied to that of a large portion of the TSX, said Fehr, who works at Edward Jones in St. Louis.Meanwhile, Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl. (TSX:VRX) led the charge for the health-care sector, where stocks gained an average of 2.41 per cent.Shares of the Quebec-based drugmaker rose $1.68, or 8.03 per cent, to $22.61 after the pharmaceutical giant’s stock surged more than six per cent last week on news that prominent U.S. investor John Paulson had joined the company’s board of directors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 14.79 points to 21,409.55, while the S&P 500 edged up 0.77 of a point to 2,439.07. The Nasdaq composite fell 18.10 points to 6,247.15.The Canadian dollar was trading 0.17 of a U.S. cent higher than the average price of 75.54 cents US.Elsewhere in commodities, the July copper contract remained relatively unchanged at about US$2.63 a pound and the August natural gas contract rose 9.8 cents to roughly US$3.05 per mmBTU.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

“Nearly all mothers are physically able to breastfeed and will do so if they have accurate information and support,” said Carmen Casanovas, breastfeeding expert with the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development of the UN World Health Organization (WHO).“But in many cases, women are discouraged from doing so, and are misled to believe that they are giving their children a better start in life by buying commercial substitutes,” Dr. Casanovas said in a news release. Breastfeeding, WHO stressed, is “the best source of nourishment” for infants and young children and one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. People who were breastfed as babies are less likely to be overweight or obese later in life, less prone to diabetes and may perform better in intelligence tests.However, globally, only an estimated 38 per cent of infants are exclusively breastfed for six months, the agency noted.Concerned that breast-milk substitutes were being marketed to mothers too aggressively, the 27th World Health Assembly in 1974 urged member States to review sales promotion activities on baby foods and to introduce appropriate remedial measures, including advertisement codes and legislation where necessary. This led, in 1981, to agreement on the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, and the adoption of several subsequent resolutions on the matter. The new report, published ahead of World Breastfeeding Week, found that only 37 countries, or 19 per cent of those reporting, have passed laws reflecting all the Code’s recommendations.For example, 69 countries (35 per cent) fully prohibit advertising of breast-milk substitutes; 62 countries (31 per cent) completely prohibit free samples or low-cost supplies for health services; and 64 countries (32 per cent) completely prohibit gifts of any kind from relevant manufacturers to health workers.In addition, 83 countries (42 per cent) require a message about the superiority of breastfeeding on breast-milk substitute labels, and only 45 countries (23 per cent) report having a functioning implementation and monitoring system.The report stated that mothers are often inundated with incorrect and biased information both directly, through advertising, health claims, information packs and sales representatives, and indirectly through the public health system. For example, distribution of “educational materials” on breastfeeding produced by manufacturers of infant formula have a negative impact on exclusive breastfeeding, as does the distribution of samples of infant formula.For this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, which runs from 1 to 7 August, WHO and partners are calling for more support for breastfeeding mothers. It noted, among other things, that health facilities that support breastfeeding – by making trained breastfeeding counsellors available to new mothers – encourage higher rates of the practice. The agency also pointed out that breast milk gives infants all the nutrients they need for healthy development. It is safe and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide. Breast milk is readily available and affordable, which helps to ensure that infants get adequate nutrition.Infant formula, WHO said, does not contain the antibodies found in breast milk. There are also risks arising from the use of unsafe water and unsterilized equipment or the potential presence of bacteria or other contaminants in powdered formula. Breastfeeding also benefits mothers, the agency added, noting that exclusive breastfeeding is associated with a natural (though not fail-safe) method of birth control (98 per cent protection in the first six months after birth). It also reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer later in life and helps women return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster. read more

Police in Bartica acting on information received went to a house at Agatash Village, Bartica on Monday morning and conducted a search, where they found an unlicenced semi-automatic pistol and a 4.5 pellet gun.The guns in questionAccording to the Police, a male and two female occupants of the house have been detained and are assisting with the investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBartica Businessman busted with unlicenced gunNovember 2, 2017In “Crime”Lethem miner in custody over unlicenced gunJune 15, 2018In “Crime”Businessman arrested for unlicenced gun, ammo and ganja- PoliceOctober 1, 2018In “Crime” read more

It’s time for a decision – Who is the best team in Poland? Vive Targi Kielce or Orlen Wisla Plock? Wenta or Walther? First match of the Polish Play-Off Final will be played next Saturday. Second is just day after, while the third match, first one which will be played in Plock is waiting all the handball fans on 19th of May.Current champion is Orlen Wisla Plock, team who made surprise in the last year Final series. Vive Targi Kielce won national Cup this season and won the first place in the regular part of the season. Szmal and Co. have host-advantage, so they will play at home first two matches. Champion will become team, who win three matches. ← Previous Story Jan Sobol is going back to Tatran Presov! Next Story → Denmark Play Off Final: Randers HK waiting Viborg for the title! KielceOrlen Wisla PlockPolish HAndball Play OffVive Targi Kielce read more

first_imgIRISH WATER HAS received more criticism today over the €50m it spent on consultants over the last year.But while Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett of People Before Profit said that it was evidence of more money going to the so-called “golden circle”, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said that Irish Water should be given a chance to explain the spend.The expenditure has been criticised by Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin as a “scandal waiting to evolve”, while the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said yesterday that the the figure would have to be justified.Boyd Barrett told Morning Ireland that he has submitted questions on water charges, which he expects will be discussed in the Dáil next week.He said that that situation with water charges “is really beyond belief” and that “we are going to be charged for our resources through the nose”.He described it as a “mafia-style heist of one of our most vital resources and pieces of infrastructure”.Boyd Barrett said that money should be put into fixing the water infrastructure rather than consultants.He said he anticipates a “huge campaign against water charges” and added “of course I’m going to be part of it”.When it comes to boycotting the charges, Boyd Barrett said that “if there is a campaign against it to boycott I will not pay it” but that if there is no appetite for a boycott, he would go along with that.Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said that “before people criticise Irish water they should understand what they are spending the money on”. He described the response to the consultants spend as “political opportunism”.“€50m is a very significant figure,” said Coveney. “People without even knowing where that money is being spent, how it is being spent, are jumping on the bandwagon trying to criticise it”.He added: “We need to understand how that money is being spent”.Meanwhile, RTÉ reports that the Commission for Energy Regulation is to hold a consultation process on water charges, between April and June.Read: Tánaiste: Irish Water must show €50m spending on consultants was necessary>last_img read more