We attack and defend with all 11: India Hockey coach Roelant Oltmans

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_imgNewly-appointed Indian hockey chief coach Roelant Oltmans on Thursday said his team will defend as well as attack with all 11 players in their upcoming European tour.India will play twice against France (August 3, 5) before taking on Spain (August 10, 12, 13) in the tour to prepare for the Hockey World League (HWL) Final to be held in India in November-December.”During our practice at Shilaroo, we have been working on our attack as well as defence and in the process inculcating in us the attitude to win. “Defending we do with 11 players and attacking we do with 11 players. Each and every one has a role and they are aware of it,” said Oltmans, who also doubles up as the Hockey India (HI) high performance director.The team was lately in Shilaroo, Himachal Pradesh, taking part in a fitness camp.”When we are attacking and we are in the final quarter of the pitch, then our defenders should not stay close to our D. Rather they have to push up and be in a position so that if we lose possession then we have to immediately regain possession,” said the Dutchman.Also read: Gurbaj Singh misses out as Indian hockey team tours Europe  “If our defenders are far back then that leaves a gap in the midfield and in case opponents get possession then that immediately puts pressure on the goalkeeper. So we have to keep our structure in place with our roles specified and this helps get the best out of the team.”advertisementThe 61-year-old added: “I always divide the game in two parts — possession and non possession — and this depends on the skills as well as our cohesion on the field.”With possession we have to ensure that it results in creating scoring opportunities and even capitalising on them. In non possession we have to work on how well to defend, how do we push the attack back and look at getting the possession back.”India skipper Sardar Singh said his boys are gung-ho travelling to Europe.”During our training, we enhanced our fitness levels. The team is confident and looking forward to the tour. We have around 35 international games before Rio Olympics and we want to make the most of them. “Our first match is against France and they have been playing brilliant hockey in the recent years. They will be a challenge for us. We are confident of doing well against France and Spain,” said Sardar.last_img read more


SPORT-IND-STATS 2 LAST

Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_img# With 36 wickets at 21.47 runs apiece in six Tests this # With 36 wickets at 21.47 runs apiece in six Tests this year, Ashwin is the leading Indian bowler in Tests this year. His aggregate includes four five-wicket hauls and one instance of ten wickets in a Test match. # Ashwin is the only bowler to take five wickets in an innings four times this year. He has established a record for taking only 16 Tests to complete 100 wickets (ave.23.43) on Indian soil, surpassing Harbhajan Singhs record of reaching the milestone in 19 Tests. # Ashwin has recorded 13 five-wicket hauls in Tests in the subcontinent – his aggregate being 126 (ave.22.36) in 20 Tests. Waqar Younis is the only other bowler to bag 13 five-wicket hauls in his first 20 Tests in Asia. # Ashwin, appearing in his 29th Test, has completed his 150 wickets in Tests at an average of 27.84. He is the quickest Indian to 150 wickets in Tests, surpassing the feats of Erapalli Prasanna and Anil Kumble, who had taken 34 Tests each. # Ashwin is the joint second-fastest spinner to 150 Test wickets. Clarrie Grimmet had taken 28 Tests to accomplish the distinction. South Africas off spinner Hugh Tayfield and Pakistans Saeed Ajmal had taken 29 Tests. # South Africas 184 is their third lowest total against India in India in Tests. Their two lowest scores were 176 at Mumbai in February 2000 and 177 at Kanpur in December 1996. # The three Indian spinners have bagged all ten wickets at 14.10 runs apiece – the best ever average by Indian spinners when they took all ten wickets in the first innings, surpassing the 15.20 in the Bangalore Test vs England (195) in 1976-77. PTI Cor AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more


Budweiser announces multi-year global partnerships with the Premier League and LaLiga

Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_imgAdvertisementAnheuser-Busch InBev’s (AB InBev) global brand, Budweiser, today announces multi-year partnerships with two of the top international football leagues, the Premier League and LaLiga. As a long-time partner of the FIFA World Cup™ and supporter of football leagues and several national teams worldwide, Budweiser is proud to expand its support for the world’s game and connect to more football fans every year. These new partnerships will activate across five continents and in more than 20 countries* including the United Kingdom, China, South Africa, India, Chile and Nigeria, bringing fans closer to their football heroes through a series of unique programs across the globe.As the world’s most valuable beer brand**, the King of Beers will launch its global ‘Be A King’ campaign in conjunction with these partnerships. This campaign will inspire fans around the world by bringing them closer to the kings of the game. Activations will include limited edition packaging showcasing the iconic league trophies, exclusive viewing parties, broadcast media assets and content partnership designed to celebrate the greatness of the players on the field and the cultural impact of the players off the field.“We are excited to kick-off these long-term partnerships with the Premier League and LaLiga, two world-class football competitions. These partnerships will allow us to further connect with key consumers and football fans across the globe,” said Pedro Earp, Chief Marketing Officer at AB InBev. “We are passionate about football, and so are our consumers, so we couldn’t be prouder to celebrate the sport, the players, and most importantly, the fans.”Premier League Interim Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “We are delighted to announce Budweiser as a new Premier League partner. Budweiser has a track record of innovative football sponsorships, including partnering with the FIFA World Cup™ over many years. We look forward to working together to bring our new partnership to life and capturing the imagination of our fans all over the world.”LaLiga President Javier Tebas added: “We’re committed to growing the passion for football around the world. This historic partnership with Budweiser will only add to the growing excitement and anticipation for this year’s season and we’re thrilled to have them as partners. The global visibility of Spanish clubs will be strengthened thanks to this agreement.”Advertisementlast_img read more


Project Management for Freelancers: You Can Do It!

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgby Emily GableEmily Gable is a freelance project manager, business consultant, and cheeseburger enthusiast. Available to work nationally, she’s consulted with large corporate clients as well as small business owners, and finds nerdy passion in helping people get organized. She lives in Minneapolis and always has a steady supply of coffee and Stephen King books. She blogs about project management and other things at www.bubblynerd.com and even uses this thing called Twitter: @bubblynerd.I wish I could dive into this with some fancy-pants introduction about why project management is important for freelancers, but because I like to be efficient (in true project management fashion), let’s just get started.I’m a freelance project manager, and I’ve seen my fair share of clients in various states of disarray. (“Chaos” might be a better word, but I’m trying to keep things light.) It doesn’t matter what your industry is—you could be a part of a multi-billion dollar, internationally-recognized automobile company or you could be a one-person design shop. If you’re not organized, then neither are your projects, and chaos (there, I’m using the C word) will ensue. It just will.My goal has always been to help business owners improve their processes and find the joy in being organized. Being unorganized can make you feel lost and hopeless, and that’s absolutely not a good way to run a business—especially if you’re a freelancer and you’re trying to manage things on your own. In the world of freelancing, poor organizational processes can bring your business to its knees, and getting back up and running can be hard. Really hard. Frankly, it sucks. And (secret’s out) this happens to a lot of people. It’s not just you. If anyone tells you that they don’t need help in the organization department, they’re flat out lying.Today, I’d love to share some of the tips and tricks that I use when it comes to coaching fellow freelancers on how to improve their project management processes, which ultimately improves their overall workflow and general happy feelings about their business. Ready? Yes? Okay. Let’s go.Task ManagementFirst off, there’s this thing called project management software. It helps you to manage your tasks. Super. Awesome.Now, I know that some of you might not be very big on making lists (or maybe you’re good at making them, but not so great at managing them). Project management software is a freakin’ game changer. No, really. It is. Have you been tracking things in a Word document? Maybe Google Drive? Maybe (God forbid) . . . Excel? You need to stop, right now. Stop, and go sign up for a trial version of one of the following programs: Basecamp, Harvest, Siasto, or Apollo.I have a personal favorite (spoiler alert: it’s Basecamp), but to each their own, and every single one of these programs allows for easy task management, client communication, deadline management, and recordkeeping, among other things. You’re able to keep everything in one place, which is key when it comes to maintaining effective organizational processes. Are you feeling better yet? Stick with me.Time ManagementSecondly, timekeeping. It’s the bane of our existence as freelancers, right? You might charge clients by the hour, and if you don’t, you might want to know how much time you’re putting into a project.For me, I like to know exactly how much time I spend with a client, whether it be writing emails, one-on-one consultations, or doing an in-depth process analysis. This helps with both billing and peace of mind, because as freelancers, it’s important to know if we’re turning a profit or working overtime when we shouldn’t be. Toggl is a time-tracking program that allows you to track time (down to the second) on any project that you’re working on—which can be immensely helpful, especially when it comes to invoicing. Again, game changer.Invoice ManagementSpeaking of invoicing, money is a touchy thing for freelancers, especially if you’re just starting out. You want your invoices to look professional and be detailed without providing unnecessary or redundant information.The first invoice I ever created was in Excel (I know, okay?!) and I had absolutely no idea about what I was doing. Line items? Descriptions? What? It was bad. There are much, much better ways to go about invoicing your clients (in ways that allow you to come off as professional and creative!) while also tracking pending and received payments and, generally, staying on top of your income and expenses. Pancake and Freshbooks are two of these. Again, you may find one tool that you prefer more, but the importance of having something to track and manage your invoicing is what matters. Pro tip: don’t use Excel. It didn’t work for me, at least. (And if it’s working for you, I’d love to know how!)So, in a nutshell, it’s possible to manage your freelance projects without wanting to pull your hair out! And the best part? It can be easy. And fun. It doesn’t have to be a chore. After you learn how to manage your processes, you’ll wonder why you never operated this way in the first place.last_img read more


Rashid Khan roped in by Adelaide Strikers for Big Bash League

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgAfghanistan spinner Rashid Khan has been roped in by Adelaide Strikers for 2017-18 edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).Ecstatic to sign with the strikers, Rashid, who has been in impressive form in T20s this year, said that it is a huge honour to be a part of a great tournament and that he is looking forward to the challenge.”I am very happy to have signed with the Strikers for the BBL. It is a huge honour to be a part of such a great tournament and even more of an honour to be the first Afghanistan player to participate on the BBL stage. I look forward to linking up with my Strikers team-mates and backroom staff,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Rashid as saying.Meanwhile, Strikers coach Jason Gillespie admitted that Rashid has set the world alight in T20 cricket and, therefore, they are delighted to have him.”Rashid has set the world alight in T20 cricket with his energy, enthusiasm, and great control for a young guy. He has some great variations, can bowl stump-to-stump and can be very hard to pick. We’re delighted to be able to offer him the opportunity to play for the Adelaide Strikers,” Gillespie said.The 18-year-old, who ended his first Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this year as Sunrisers Hyderabad’s second-highest wicket-taker with 17 from 14 matches, joins former South Africa batsman Colin Ingram as the franchise’s two overseas signings.Strikers, who finished at sixth out of eight in the last season, will begin their campaign this year against Sydney Thunder on December 22.advertisementlast_img read more


U17 World Cup: Paraguay announce 24-member squad

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgU17 World Cup Under-17 World Cup: Paraguay announce 24-member squad Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:25 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paraguay U17 Getty U17 World Cup Paraguay U17 The South American nation will head to Europe for the final leg of preparations for the Under-17 World Cup… Paraguay have announced a 24-member squad for the Under-17 World Cup to be held in India next month. They will further trim the squad to 21 on September 21 which is the deadline for all the participating nations to submit their final list of players.The Albirrojita have been preparing in the Guarani territory of Paraguay and shall head to Germany for a series of practice games ahead of the competition in India.⚪️🔴#AlbirrojaSub17 | 📷Foto Oficial de la Delegación de la Selección Juvenil – Mundial Sub 17 #India2017🇮🇳 #FIFAU17WC🏆🌏 #VamosParaguay💪🏼🇵🇾⚽️ pic.twitter.com/utFqB7YM5s— Selección Paraguaya (@Albirroja) September 14, 2017Paraguay are placed alongside Mali, New Zealand and Turkey in Group B which will be played in Navi Mumbai’s D.Y.Patil Stadium. They are among the strongest teams in the competition having drawn twice against Brazil in the last six months and defeated the likes of Chile and Venezuela. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Goalkeepers: Ángel Roa (Olimpia), Jhonathan Martínez (Olimpia), Diego Huesca (Valencia – España) and Aldo Pérez (Guaraní).Defenders: Luis Zárate (Libertad), Marcelo Rolón (Libertad), Alexis Duarte (Cerro Porteño), Roberto Fernández (Guaraní), Jesús Rolón (Olimpia) and Pedro Álvarez (Cerro Porteño).Midfielders: Julio Báez (Cerro Porteño), Víctor Villasanti (Guaraní), Stevens Gómez (Cerro Porteño), Giovanni Bogado (Libertad), Braian Ojeda (Olimpia), Alan Rodríguez (Cerro Porteño) and Hugo Quintana (Olimpia).Strikers: Fernando Cardozo (Olimpia), Fernando Romero (Nacional), Nicolás Morínigo (Olimpia), Leonardo Sánchez (Olimpia), Aníbal Vega (Palmeiras – Brasil), Antonio Galeano (Rubio Ñu) and Blas Armoa (Sportivo Luqueño).last_img read more


NADA recruitment 2019 invites application to fill vacancies of Law Officer, Investigator and other

Posted On Oct 25 2019 by

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 10:42 IST NADA calls for applications for the posts of Law Officer, Investigator and other!National Anti Doping Agency (NADA), under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, New Delhi has invited applications for the posts of Law Officer, Investigator and other. The candidates eligible for the post can apply in the prescribed format so as to reach to the office on or before March 31, 2019.Important dates:Last Date of Application: March 31, 2019.National Anti Doping Agency (NADA), New Delhi Vacancy Details:Law OfficerInvestigatorRegional CoordinatorsEligibility criteria: Law Officer: Bachelor Degree in Law from a recognized University or Institution with 08 years experience in dealing with legal matters in Government or Public Sector or Autonomous Bodies etc. Proficiency in Computer skills.Investigator: Serving or retarded Officer of Central Investigation or Intelligence Agency not below the rank of Inspector with at least 5 years of experience of investigation.Regional Coordinators: MD in any of the medicine disciplines Pathology, Pharmacology, Sports Medicine, Biochemistry from recognized University, college, institutes. Working in any Central or State government University, College or Hospital.Monthly RemunerationLaw Officer: Rs 75000/-Investigator: Rs. 40000/-Regional Coordinators : Rs. 25000/-How to ApplyEligible candidates can submit their applications on plain paper accompanied with attested copies of certificates and passport size photograph duly pasted and attested on the application form to- Director General, National Anti Doping Agency, Hall No. 104, First Floor, JLN Stadium, New Delhi-110003 on or before 31 March 2019.Read: RPF Contable result released @rpfonlinereg.orgRead: IGNOU July Re-registration 2019 open till this date! Check more details hereGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKajari Goswami Tags :Follow NADA recruitment 2019 NADA recruitment 2019 invites application to fill vacancies of Law Officer, Investigator and otherNADA calls for applications for the posts of Law Officer, Investigator and other!advertisementlast_img read more


Henry Reiterates Commitment to Continue Advocating for Reparations

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgMr. Henry recognised Ms. Stanford for her advocacy on the issue of reparations. “I’m very pleased to pay tribute to your work and say how great it is that we have come together at this point,” he said.The National Council on Reparations (NCR) was set up to receive submissions, hear testimonies, evaluate research and carry out public consultations with the aim of guiding a national response to reparations.It is also to present recommendations for diplomatic initiatives, security considerations, education and public information required to guide the reparation process. The NCR was previously known as the National Commission on Reparations.The Minister’s strong advocacy has been bolstered by the Parliament’s approval of his Private Member’s Motion on Reparations for Slavery.For her part, Ms. Stanford said while there are various discussions and approaches on reparations, the topic remains critical.During the meeting, Mr. Golding suggested that an international reparations conference be held in Jamaica, which will bring together stakeholders to further discuss the matter.In the meantime, Minister Henry presented Ms. Stanford with an autographed copy of his publication, ‘Many Rivers to Cross – A Political Journey of Audacious Hope’. The book reflects the life and works of Mr. Henry.Ms. Stanford will be participating in two public lectures, which will be held at Liberty Hall in Kingston on Sunday, June 2, and in St. Mary on Tuesday, June 4.She departs the island on Wednesday, June 5. Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Michael Henry, has reiterated his commitment to continue advocating strongly for reparations for the descendants of slaves.“We (have) prepared the affidavit to serve on the Queen. All the issues have been addressed by the National [Council] on Reparations, and it’s done in my name. So, I’m waiting on the Attorney General and others to make comments on it. I can’t go much further in terms of the Government, except for my own personal position,” he said.Minister Henry restated his commitment when Reparation Activist, Esther Stanford; and President, Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), Steven Golding, called on him at Jamaica House today (May 30).“I am holding the Queen responsible for having not defended my rights. The rights of the plantocrats were admitted to and paid for from the British Treasury, but they have not yet paid the slaves, so I’m taking it a step at a time,” he added.Mr. Henry further pointed out that although chattel slavery was banned in Britain, it was used to assist in the economic development of that country.The Minister said depending on the decision of the Privy Council, the matter will be taken to the highest international courts of justice.Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Michael Henry (right), in discussion with Reparation Activist, Esther Stanford, during her visit at Jamaica House today (May 30). Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Michael Henry, has reiterated his commitment to continue advocating strongly for reparations for the descendants of slaves.center_img “We (have) prepared the affidavit to serve on the Queen. All the issues have been addressed by the National [Council] on Reparations, and it’s done in my name. So, I’m waiting on the Attorney General and others to make comments on it. I can’t go much further in terms of the Government, except for my own personal position,” he said. Minister Henry restated his commitment when Reparation Activist, Esther Stanford; and President, Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), Steven Golding, called on him at Jamaica House today (May 30).last_img read more


Healthy Bat Colony Discovered

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgNote: Video and photographs of the discovered bat colony are available at http://novascotia.ca/news/photos/2016/08/04/ The discovery of a colony of healthy bats is a hopeful sign for Nova Scotia’s at-risk bat population. Scientists estimate that nearly 300 healthy female little brown bats and their young are thriving at the site, which is the largest known maternity colony in the province. Bats are ecologically and economically important mammals. A bat can eat up to half its weight in insects every night – the equivalent of 1,000 to 3,000 mosquitoes. Bats in eastern North America are at risk after years of population decline due to white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease affecting bats. It has killed about seven million bats in the region. “This discovery is very significant as the recovery potential of our bats depends on the number of healthy females,” said Minister of Natural Resources Lloyd Hines. “Every bat sighting provides important information to scientists and we encourage people to report observations of bats each time one is seen.” As part of its commitment to the monitoring and recovery of species at risk, the province is asking people to help track Nova Scotia’s bat population by reporting bat sightings on the website www.batconservation.ca or by calling 1-866-727-3447 toll free. “We hope people will continue to report bat sightings so we can learn from these new discoveries and one day return to a healthy bat population in Nova Scotia,” Mr. Hines said. Due to the concerns for the bat population, the location of the healthy colony is not being revealed.last_img read more


Nile Rogers To Perform At Stampede Of Sound

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgAfrican wildlife conservation organizations Tusk USA (tusk.org) and Space for Giants (spaceforgiants.org) have partnered to host music phenomenon Chic featuring Nile Rodgers on November 2nd, 2017 at the Brooklyn Bowl.Tickets starting at $200 are available now here or at stampedeofsound.org.Tusk USA, whose mission is to advance innovation to protect Africa’s wildlife and natural habitat, and Space for Giants whose mission is to protect African elephants and their habitats through new conservation models providing anti-poaching, economic and political solutions, are delighted to join forces on this event.Funds generated by the concert will be invested in initiatives aimed at ensuring that Africa continues to maintain diverse populations of large mammals, including elephants, and the healthy habitats on which they rely. Ending the illegal wildlife trade and poaching crisis, providing alternative and sustainable livelihoods, and implementing management strategies to mitigate human-wildlife conflict are all critical components of the holistic strategies of both organizations. These solutions allow wildlife and people to co-exist and give biodiversity in Africa a fighting chance.Tusk USA and Space for Giants are working towards an Africa where wildlife is no longer threatened and both humans and wildlife coexist and thrive alongside each other. But if we fail to act now we may lose the most precious and iconic species forever. Together we can make a difference.Tusk USA and Space for Giants are both 501c3 registered charities whose headquarters are in New York City.last_img read more


Agriculture looks to space in latest push for precision agriculture

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgCALGARY – Farmers are looking to space in the continuous push to better know what’s going on in their fields, and a growing number of public and private initiatives are helping get them there.One of the latest is a partnership between Winnipeg-based Farmers Edge and San Francisco-based Planet announced Wednesday, with the two planning to combine precision agriculture programs with what they say is the world’s largest fleet of earth imaging satellites to better monitor the health of crops.Wade Barnes, president of Farmers Edge, and a farmer himself, said the technology is one of the most exciting developments in agriculture he’s ever seen.“We’re actually going to save agriculture,” he said in an interview ahead of the announcement.“With this technology, we’re going to save crops.”The snapshots of the field, taken almost daily by Planet’s current 190 earth imaging satellites, provide what they say is a clear and regularly updated picture of the growing conditions in the field, possibly alerting a farmer to something like a growing infestation of army worms eating at their wheat field.“Suddenly now, I can look inside my fields, I can see a crop problem, and I can act on it, and remedy it,” said Barnes.For the most part, he added, farmers have had to rely on consultants to physically drive through fields to check on early conditions; once crops start to grow, they’ve been limited to seeing what’s going on from the road.Drones promised to bring an end to that problem, but Barnes said they’re proving more difficult to operate than expected.“Everyone thought drones would fix this problem of frequency, but the problem was drones are just too much work and just weren’t logistically feasible.”The challenges with drones are compounded by the increasing size of farms, said Andrew Pylypchuk, account lead for Farmers Edge at Planet, something he says satellites help address.“Growers are able, at breakfast time, to have an overview on all their fields and decide where’s the most efficient use of their time and resources and pick the fields that need the most help on that particular day.”The collaboration between the two companies is by no means the first foray into satellite-imagery farming. For years, various government agencies and private satellites have allowed farmers to access a bird’s-eye view of their field.Companies like Satshot and Gamaya have relied on this satellite data to provide their own detailed crop assessments to growers, with Gamaya and others also touting the benefits of drones for more detailed and targeted work.Planet’s satellite images are generally supplied at a quality of three metres per pixel, which allows a general view of colour patterns in the field, but not the precision that can be found on a Google map of major cities.The company has been able to launch many satellites because of their reliance on consumer technology, said Pylypchuk, making the satellites “orders of magnitude” cheaper than ones like the Landsat satellites launched by the U.S., and which makes the images available for free.Pylypchuk said the vast array of Planet satellites solve the problem of frequency for those who rely on government satellites, but space is getting increasingly crowded.Heather McNairn, a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada who’s research focuses on crop assessments from space, said the amount of data available is constantly increasing, with more satellites and more agencies sharing the information.“We have a much more open data policy now in general with remote sensing satellites, so the data’s more available, there’s more open access.”She said the federal government has been making strides in its own crop assessment programs, which focus on radar satellites that can see through clouds to assess soil moisture and even the amount of biomass in the field.Canada plans to launch three satellites with third-generation radar technology next year, which will further boost crop monitoring frequency to near daily as well, said McNairn.She said that the different types of satellites can be complementary, with the government also making use of Planet’s satellites, and all are contributing to a better assessment of real-time ground conditions.Overall, she said she’s excited by the advancements already made in satellites and what can be done with the data, as well as by the potential that still awaits.“I’ve been just absolutely amazed with the pace of the technology,” she said.“We’re doing things with these data that I never thought possible.”last_img read more


Energy assessment law needed to avoid another Trans Mountain impasse PM says

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is overhauling how Canada assesses big energy projects in a bid to ensure new projects can get built without the government having to buy them to make that happen.The Liberal’s Impact Assessment Act passed second reading in the Senate last week but is widely expected to be amended when it goes before a Senate committee in the new year.The bill is one of a long list of sore points between the Trudeau Liberals and Canada’s oil patch, with several oil industry representatives and the Alberta government arguing the bill will set up regulatory hurdles that will prevent any new energy projects from being built. Trudeau says he’s open to amending the bill to give the private sector the kind of certainty it craves in order to invest in new projects in Canada because Ottawa should not have to pass a new law or buy a pipeline in order to get things built.However, he won’t say whether he is prepared to say no to expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline if the court-ordered redo of the environment and Indigenous consultations comes back warning that the project does more harm than good.Getting the Trans Mountain pipeline expanded is a major weak point for Trudeau’s re-election bid and his assertion that Canada can develop its resources responsibly without harming the environment.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more


In leaked recording Egypts Sisi says army role to continue for

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgCAIRO  – A leaked audio recording purportedly by Egyptian army chief and Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has showed the top general saying that the military will maintain its role in Egypt’s affairs for about a decade.The Jazeera Mubasher Misr released the audio recording of comments said to have been made by al-Sisi during a recent interview with Yasser Rizk, editor-in-chief of prominent Egyptian daily Al-Masry al-Youm.In the leaked recording, the army chief allegedly defends efforts to provide a constitutional immunity for the military establishment in Egypt’s amended charter. “This establishment has been playing a role and will continue to play this role for a period between five to ten years regardless of whoever runs the country,” al-Sisi purportedly says.Last month, the Rassd News Network published an audio recording of al-Sisi in which he allegedly called for providing a constitutional immunity for himself if he is not elected Egypt’s president.In the new leaked tape, the army chief allegedly says that “the army can’t be left in the hands of someone (the president) in light of the current turmoil” in the country.He allegedly argues that “this person could unintentionally undermine the military establishment”.Al-Sisi is allegedly heard criticizing a decision by ousted president Mohamed Morsi to sack top military brass last year, blaming what he said “failure of the ruler to assess the reaction and weight of the military establishment”.Shortly after being elected Egypt’s first civilian president, Morsi had sacked then defense minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and chief of staff Sami Anan. He had also scraped a constitutional declaration that granted the military establishment sweeping powers.The authenticity of the recording attributed to al-Sisi could not be verified and there was no immediate comment on the tape by Egyptian authorities.It was the fifth such leaked recording of the interview which has been published last month to coincide with Egypt’s celebrations of the anniversary of the victory over Israel in 1973. The paper dismissed the recordings as “fabricated.”By Abdel-Rahman Fathilast_img read more


Goodyear 1Q Earnings Snapshot

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

AKRON, Ohio (AP) _ The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) on Friday reported a first-quarter loss of $61 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.On a per-share basis, the Akron, Ohio-based company said it had a loss of 26 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 19 cents per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 5 cents per share.The tire maker posted revenue of $3.6 billion in the period.Goodyear shares have declined 4 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 17 per cent. The stock has decreased 23 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on GT at https://www.zacks.com/ap/GTThe Associated Press read more


Guatemala Praises Moroccos Western Sahara Autonomy Plan SouthSouth Commitment

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Rabat – Guatemala has joined an expanding cohort of Latin American countries to extol the merits and legitimacy of Morocco’s Western Sahara stance. In remarks following a working visit to Morocco this week, Guatemala’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luis Fernando Carranza Cifuentes, said his country supports Morocco’s autonomy proposal and its commitment to territorial integrity.“The government of the Republic of Guatemala supports Morocco’s efforts to find a political solution to this regional dispute and considers that the autonomy initiative presented by the Kingdom of Morocco in 2007 constitutes the realistic, credible and serious basis for achieving a negotiated outcome between the parties, in the context of respect for Morocco’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty,” the minister said at a joint press conference with Morocco’s Nasser Bourita on Friday, September 20. Cifuentes lauded Morocco’s “credible” and “serious” efforts for a negotiated settlement in the longstanding conflict. Guatemala joined a growing trend of countries in its region supporting Morocco’s position in the decades-long conflict. The past months marked a wave of Latin American support for Morocco’s territorial integrity in its southern provinces. Pro-Morocco messages from countries like Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Peru ignited suggestions of a Moroccan “diplomatic remontada” in Latin America. Morocco’s diplomacy has made notable gains, securing the region’s trust and support. Latin America was formerly known as a bastion of pro-Polisario sentiment.At the joint press conference on Friday, Cifuentes was also full of praise for Morocco’s commitment to South-South diplomacy as well the kingdom’s role in various global initiatives. Read Also: Ecuador Joins UK, Senegal to Support Moroccan Efforts on Western SaharaHe spoke of Morocco’s visible role in promoting South-South Cooperation and driving international discussions on topics of global significance, such as migration and counter-terrorism. “The Republic of Guatemala commends the efforts of HM King Mohammed VI for peace and stability throughout the world,” he said. read more


Indonesia calls for Muslim representation on Security Council

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

27 September 2008The world’s estimated 1.1 billion Muslims deserve specific representation on an expanded Security Council, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister said today, calling for any reform of the 15-member body United Nations body to consider the need for a variety of constituencies as well as greater geographic distribution. The world’s estimated 1.1 billion Muslims deserve specific representation on an expanded Security Council, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister said today, calling for any reform of the 15-member body United Nations body to consider the need for a variety of constituencies as well as greater geographic distribution. Hassan Wirajuda told the General Assembly’s annual General Debate that the Council was in urgent need of reform, saying that in a series of recent conflicts and tensions – over Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Iraq and Afghanistan, among others – the panel “should have been more decisive.” Mr. Wirajuda said it was clear that the Council’s inability to deal adequately with these challenges was due mainly to what he described as its lack of democracy. “To make the Council more democratic, the application of veto power of the permanent five [members] must be regulated,” he said, referring to China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. “The misuse of the veto by any one permanent member should no longer be allowed to paralyze the entire Council.” He said that true democratization of the Council “also means an equitable distribution of its membership – not only in terms of geographical representation, where we already have imbalances – but also in terms of constituencies. Hence, the world’s major civilizations should be proportionately represented. The world’s community of 1.1 billion Muslims must be represented on the Council if it is to be truly democratic.” Meanwhile, Zambia’s Foreign Minister stressed the need for two permanent and two non-permanent seats on the Council for African nations, given that the continent comprises the second largest bloc of UN Member States.Such a move would help to redress “the historical injustice against Africa,” Kabinga J. Pande said.Uruguay’s External Relations Minister, Gonzalo Fernández, told the Assembly that his country would not support reform of the Council if it meant the creation of new members with veto rights. Mr. Fernández said the veto right “constitutes a privilege that goes against the democratization of our Organization” and would in any case not be allowed under any intergovernmental negotiations package. Earlier this month the General Assembly adopted a decision to begin intergovernmental negotiations on Council reform in informal plenary by February next year. However, Mr. Fernandez said he was disappointed that countries have not yet reached consensus on reform, and taken on “timid steps forward” on changes to the UN Secretariat and the General Assembly. Paula Gopee-Scoon, Foreign Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, said reform of Council was indispensable to the wider transformation of the UN. “Failure to reform the Security Council could serve to undermine that organ’s authority as the agency with the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security,” she said. Mrs. Gopee-Scoon said small States such as her own deserved “equity of access” on any expanded Council and she added that there was a need for all the world’s regions to be represented in the permanent membership. For his part, Pham Gia Khiem, Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Viet Nam, said reform of the UN should not be confined to just the Security Council, but include the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and specialized agencies as well. Such reforms “will make this Organization more effective and efficient in the areas of work mandated by the [UN] Charter,” he said. Reforming the world body could also bolster its ability to alleviate the suffering resulting from the current food crisis and propel globalization to help ensure peace and development for all, Tunisia’s Foreign Minister, Abdelwaheb Abdallah, said.He called on international financial institutions to create and implement agricultural and production policies that would guarantee the fundamental right to food security for all. read more


Key foreign currency quotations

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Tuesday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Tue Mon 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2500 1.2505 1.2977 1.3110 British Pound 1.6557 1.6601 1.6862 1.6844 Japanese Yen 0.0111 0.0111 0.0116 0.0129 Euro in U.S. 1.1753 1.1745 1.1415 1.1213 Euro in Cdn 1.4691 1.4687 1.4813 1.4700Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada


India liberalizes foreign direct investment to boost economy

Posted On Oct 7 2019 by

NEW DELHI — India has decided to liberalize foreign direct investment in domestic manufacturing, coal mining and digital media and will also allow single-brand retailers to start online sales to infuse capital into the country and boost its economy.Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal says the Cabinet on Wednesday approved 100% foreign direct investment in coal mining and associated infrastructure. He says it also approved 100% foreign direct investment in contract manufacturing and up to 26% investment in digital media.The government made the decision as it grapples with a slowing of economic growth to a five-year low of 5.8% in the January-March quarter, with consumer spending and corporate investment faltering. Declining industrial output and automobile sales also raised fears of a deeper slowdown.The Associated Press read more


Vitamin A deficiency puts 140 million children at risk of illness and

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

In a new report “Coverage at a Crossroads,” released on Monday, UNICEF stressed that just two doses of vitamin A per year, can save thousands of children’s lives.Vitamin A boosts the immune system and can help protect young children from potentially fatal diseases like measles and diarrhea.The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified vitamin A deficiency as “a public health problem” affecting about a third of all children aged 6 to 59 months – according to 2013 figures – with the highest rates registered in sub-Saharan Africa, at 48 per cent; and South Asia at 44 per cent.The UNICEF report says only 64 per cent of children in need are receiving the life-saving benefits of vitamin A supplementation, leaving the remaining third, or more than 140 million children, without sufficient coverage.The coverage of vitamin A supplement programmes dropped by more than half, in countries with the highest under-five mortality rates in 2016 – the countries where such programmes are needed the most.As a result, the number of children left unprotected in high-mortality countries more than tripled between 2015 and 2016, jumping from 19 million to 62 million, the report notes.Global coverage reached a six-year low in 2016, with the largest dip seen for West and Central Africa. On the contrary, targeting children in East Asia and the Pacific has proved effective, with more than 80 per cent of children there, receiving two-dose coverage over the past decade.The report recommends that the global community incorporate vitamin A doses into other programmes to reach every child, strengthen monitoring to identify those yet to be reached, and expand knowledge overall concerning the most effective platforms. read more


Labor Day Six Gran Turismo 5 gamers to race former F1 driver

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgSix Gran Turismo 5 gamers are in for a treat this coming Labor Day. Former McLaren Mercedes and Red Bull Racing F1 driver David Coulthard is set to race them around an as yet unannounced UK track for 10 laps.Each driver will be at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz AMS SLS, with the one difference being Coulthard will be racing in the real car around the real track. The other six competitors will be doing it on the perfectly recreated version in the game on the PS3.Put an F1 driver in a race against anyone and in any car and you’d expect them to win, but this is different. Can the real take on the virtual and win? I suspect the answer is still yes unless these GT5 players are something special and know a few tricks to go faster without cheating. Games are never perfectly real, after all.Coulthard does make a good point in the video above. I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of the younger current F1 drivers try and pick up one of the GT5 places for this race just to attempt to beat him. Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are well-known for gaming, and I’m sure newcomers like Senna is too. As the final gamers list will be chosen at random they would have to be extra cars on the track, though.The chance of racing Coulthard is worth it not only for the challenge, but also the prize. If you beat him and log the fastest time, you’ve got a free trip to the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 27 this year.Wired will be live streaming the event on Monday, so be sure to head on over this Labor Day to see if the real thing can beat the virtual gamer.Read more at Wiredlast_img read more