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2015 Johnstone Scholarship Awarded

first_imgA student from the Maritime Muslim Academy is the winner of a prestigious provincial scholarship recognizing leadership in multiculturalism and human rights. Aisha Abawajy received the $6,000 Dr. P. Anthony (Tony) Johnstone Memorial Entrance Scholarship yesterday, June 14, at her school’s graduation ceremony. Ms. Abawajy said receiving the scholarship is a step in creating a more inclusive and accepting world. “Education is key to creating equality in Canada,” she said. “I’ve followed my moral compass and my love for helping people and inspiring others to lead me to the path of success.” In her spare time, Ms. Abawajy volunteers as a teacher’s assistant, religious studies teacher, student council president, co-host for the student body morning news, a peer mentorship program co-ordinator and as an IWK youth volunteer. “Aisha Abawajy is a terrific role model for our young people,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “Her passion for human rights and volunteering in her community is obvious, and that dedication will serve her well in her future studies and career.” Ms. Abawajy will attend university in the fall, and plans to double major in computer science and political science. After graduation, she intends to pursue a law degree. The scholarship is a tribute to the late Tony Johnstone, a long-time educator and human rights advocate who devoted his life to promoting multicultural understanding and social equality. Applicants must be a Nova Scotian graduating from high school who is pursuing an undergraduate degree program at a Maritime university in the fall. Students considered must also demonstrate interest in multiculturalism and human rights. This year, 53 eligible applications were reviewed.last_img read more

Safety Harbor Kids Launches Holiday Gift Drive

first_imgOn Friday December 11th, Malibu nonprofit Safety Harbor Kids kicked off their 9th Annual Spirit of Goodwill Holiday Challenge Gift Drive for orphans, foster and homeless children.Each year Malibu residents are joined by Safety Harbor Kids members nationwide to raise more than 1,000 gifts and stockings for disadvantaged children.“Without everybody’s help, most of these kids would get absolutely nothing for Christmas” says Safety Harbor Kids President, Petrie Alexandra Williams. “These children are so grateful and each year we have such a great group effort to help them!” she adds.With supporters including singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, guitarist Fred Tackett of Little Feat and actors Malcolm McDowell and Jane Seymour, this year’s gift drive will begin with several hundred gifts including shoes for hundreds of kids provided by ShoeCrew and toys and gifts provided by Malibu Barter Exchange. The current leader of the 9th Annual Spirit of Goodwill Holiday Challenge is the Hertz Foundation sponsoring fifty children.To support this years Safety Harbor Kids Spirit of Goodwill Holiday Toy Challenge or Personal Enrichment Programs, visit Founded by an orphan whogrew up in Malibu, Safety Harbor Kids is a 501c3 established for the purpose of enriching the lives of orphans and homeless children through education in the areas of College, Career, Music and the Arts. Through community and corporate donations and sponsorships SHK is able to bring academic tutoring, career development, music and the arts education and mentorships to disadvantaged children within 50 miles of Malibu. Visit for more info.last_img read more

World faces impossible task at postParis climate talks

first_imgKATOWICE, Poland — Three years after sealing a landmark global climate deal in Paris, world leaders are gathering again to agree on the fine print.Top of the agenda during talks starting Sunday in Katowice, Poland, will be finalizing the so-called Paris rulebook, which determines how countries have to count their greenhouse gas emissions, report them to the rest of the world and reveal what they are doing to reduce them.A recent study warned that time is running out for the world to achieve the most ambitious target in the Paris agreement — keeping global warming at 1.5 Celsius. The planet has already warmed by about 1 degree since pre-industrial times and it’s on course for another 2-3 degrees of warming by the end of the century unless drastic action is taken.The Associated Presslast_img read more

CPCB asks DJB to set up vigilance system to stop waste water discharge into Yamuna

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Central Pollution Control Board has asked the Delhi Jal Board to penalise defaulters indulging in illegal activities leading to release of waste water into the Yamuna and set up a vigilance system to stop such discharge into the river. The CPCB has also sought an action plan and a compliance report from the Delhi Jal Board in the matter by May 20.The CPCB, in its notice to the CEO of the DJB earlier this month, said an inspection by a CPCB team found scattered habitations between Palla to Wazirabad on the flood plain of Yamuna. The team also found the possibility of discharge of waste water of said habitations to the river through temporary arrangements (tankers), it said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”Discharge of untreated waste water of these scattered colonies into river Yamuna makes water unfit to meet the primary water quality criteria – bathing quality,” the notice added. During an inspection, the team has identified a drain discharging waste water from scattered habitations into river Yamuna. The team also spotted tankers disposing waste water from the septic tank directly to flood bank of Yamuna river, it said. Following the observations, the CPCB has directed the DJB to plan sewerage management of scattered colonies between Palla to Wazirabad, set up vigilance system to stop such discharges through tankers immediately and penalising defaulters indulging in illegal activities leading to release of waste water into the Yamuna.last_img read more

Morocco Pledges Military, Intelligence Support to UAE’s Fight Against Terrorism

Rabat – Morocco has pledged its “active support” to the UAE’s fight against terrorism and the preservation of regional and international peace and stability, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.This action, part of the tradition of successful partnership and strong solidarity between the two brotherly countries, “reinforces a historic and multifaceted military and security cooperation with Gulf States,” the ministry said in a statement.“It supports and complements the other measures taken on the Moroccan territory to preserve the security and tranquility of Moroccan citizens face to the threat of international terrorism,” the same source added. According to the ministry, the contribution of the kingdom will focus on military operational and intelligence aspects.In addition to its recognized international humanitarian operations and peacekeeping commitment, the Kingdom of Morocco has participated in several military operations to defend national security and territorial integrity of brotherly and friendly countries, including in Congo, Golan, Zaire (now DRC) and Saudi Arabia in 1990 following the invasion of Kuwait, the statement recalled.Similarly, hundreds of Moroccan soldiers had, over several decades, been deployed on the UAE territory, as part of their contributions to training and security of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. read more

Twitter Suspends Prime Minister El Othmani’s Account

Rabat – Twitter has suspended the account of Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani after restricting access to the account in May.El Othmani shared a post with his followers on Facebook to explain the situation. The head of government said that the block was due to security measures taken by Twitter following heavy traffic on the account, found May 15.El Othmani added that his team are closely following the situation until everything is back to normal.Some Moroccan news sources, including Ya Biladi, speculated that El Othmani’s Twiter was suspended due to his series of tweets last month with the hashtag #consumer_first (in Arabic). The suspension of the account comes on the heel of the ongoing boycott, which started on April 20. The boycott targets three companies: Sidi Ali, Afriquia gas, and Centrale Danone.El Othmani’s cabinet has been urging Moroccans to end the boycott on Centrale Danone, given the “damaging consequences” of the campaign on farmers and their families. read more

Ontario energy minister isnt saying who made decision to cancel gas plant

TORONTO — Energy Minister Chris Bentley was at a loss Wednesday to say who made the decision to cancel a proposed gas plant in Mississauga just a few days before last year’s election, a move that will cost the cash-strapped province $180 million.Bentley said the announcement was made through a Liberal party press release, but couldn’t clear up whether it was the party or Premier Dalton McGuinty who ultimately made the call.He was only appointed energy minister after the election, he told a legislative committee.“I wasn’t part of that decision,” he said.“I can’t answer that. I wasn’t there, I wasn’t part of it.”Bentley’s comments came a day after he revealed the price of relocating the 300-megawatt plant to an existing coal-fired station close to Sarnia. But the minister couldn’t say whether taxpayers are on the hook for the move or whether the cost will show up on hydro bills.The province is facing a $15-billion deficit this year and isn’t expected to emerge from the red ink until 2017.Both opposition parties have accused the Liberals of scrapping plans for the Mississauga plant — and another in Oakville in 2010 — in a cynical move to save seats amid fierce protest by local residents.Taxpayers deserve to know who made the decision, whether it was the Liberal campaign director or the premier, said NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns.“Frankly, we’ve been stuck with a $180-million bill and we should now who is responsible for doing that,” he said.“People will be paying more for their electricity so that the Liberals could save a number of seats in the last election.”Bentley insisted that the government only had a change of heart after listening to the strong objections of local residents.He also pointed out that both opposition parties also promised to scrap the plant during the election and wouldn’t have been able to get a cheaper deal.Tory Leader Tim Hudak, who promised to get rid of the plant the day before the election, said it should have never been built in the first place.But he couldn’t say whether he could have struck a better deal if his party had won the Oct. 6 election.“You can’t accuse me of holding the shovel that dug that hole in the first place,” he said.“That was their decision, that was the wrong decision and now taxpayers are on the hook as a consequence.”The opposition parties want Bentley to produce documents about the deal, as well as those related to the cancellation of a proposed gas plant in Oakville in 2010. The minister has rejected the demand, citing solicitor-client privilege.Tabuns said he believes the documents will show that the party made the call because they believed they would lose those seats, not because they’d analyzed the area’s power needs or the impact of the plant on the surrounding communities.Governments and parties can make promises during election campaigns and follow through with them, he said.“What’s broken here is that cancelling a plant in the middle of an election, incurring a $180 million cost for a seat-saver is indefensible,” he said.“It may be legal, but it’s certainly distasteful and wrong — epically wrong.”The Conservatives said the final cost of relocating the plant will actually be much higher than Bentley claims, because a brand new plant will have to be built at the new location in a Tory riding. read more

New Canadian gas plant helps Encana recover production lost due to hurricane

CALGARY — Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) says it will meet corporate production guidance this year despite losing an average of 3,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the third quarter from U.S. operations it suspended while hurricane Harvey rampaged through Texas.The Calgary-based oil and gas producer says the earlier-than-expected startup of a natural gas processing plant in B.C. this week will boost Canadian production enough to make up for the setbacks in Texas, as well as natural gas production lost due to recent third-party gas plant and pipeline outages in Western Canada.It says the new plant near the Alberta border in northeastern B.C. will allow its production of light oil produced with gas from the Montney underground formation to double in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the same period of last year.The plant wasn’t expected to come on stream until after the end of September. Encana plans to quickly fill the plant to capacity by drilling and completing wells in the area.Another Calgary producer, Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE), reports its third-quarter production will be down by about 2,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day due to its suspended operations in Texas during the storm which hit in late August.In both cases, the lost production amounts to one per cent or less of overall annual output. read more

War widows forced to do sexual favours

Many struggle to find jobs and cannot make ends meet, with some forced into prostitution, according to another social worker, Dharshini Chandiran. “A war with weapons ended in 2009 but a new social conflict has begun. Young war widows are most vulnerable,” said a social worker helping widows in Jaffna, referring to domestic and other violence. She refused to give her name. “He appears a simple person… I feel we can even call him directly to discuss any problem,” Sasitharan told AFP.Official figures show 27,000 widows head households in Jaffna, where the conflict was centred, while local politicians put the figure much higher. (Colombo Gazette) “Widows don’t have a good place in our society,” said Christine Manoharan, who heads a support group for 1,700 widows.“Men demand sexual favours from us. We don’t have any security,” said Manoharan, 34, herself a widow. Several widows told AFP that even family friends were trying to take advantage of their plight, seeking sex in return for financial or other assistance. Some told of being regularly propositioned when travelling alone on public transport in a country with relatively low crime rates.Widows are being coaxed by well-meaning members of the Tamil community to remarry to give them some security, said women’s activist Mariarosa Sivarasa.But some are also being targeted by criminals to leave their villages and work as prostitutes in larger towns, said Ananthi Sasitharan, 43, a member of the local Northern Provincial Council. War widows in the north are being forced to agree to sexual favours as they struggle to find jobs, the AFP news agency reported.Widows left behind say they feel vulnerable, with reports of physical abuse by members of their community. Others are ostracised – considered bad luck by the conservative Hindu society. Despite all the problems Sasitharan said she was optimistic Sirisena would eventually take up their plight, with signs his government was moving towards reconciliation. read more

UN multidisciplinary assessment team scheduled to arrive in Haiti on Tuesday

Such teams do standard assessment work before the establishment of any UN peacekeeping mission, spokesman Fred Eckhard said at the daily briefing.A Flash Appeal for humanitarian funds will be launched tomorrow morning and the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Jan Egeland, would update journalists on the humanitarian situation in Haiti, he said.The Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Reginald Dumas, would make his first visit to Haiti next week, overlapping with the assessment team, but focusing on broader political questions.Mr. Dumas held talks with Jamaican Prime Minister Percival J. Patterson, the current chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in the latter part of last week, Mr. Eckhard said.The Security Council has approved a resolution calling on the UN, CARICOM and the Organization of American States (OAS) to “promote the rebuilding of democratic institutions” and combat poverty in Haiti.CARICOM and the OAS were the lead organizations trying to work out a compromise between then-Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his unarmed opposition before Mr. Aristide left Haiti. read more

Miner BHP Billiton suffers 64 billion loss for 201516

CANBERRA, Australia – The world’s biggest miner, BHP Billiton, on Tuesday reported a $6.4 billion loss — the Anglo-Australian company’s worst ever full-year result — resulting from weak commodity prices, a plunge in the value of its U.S. shale oil assets and a costly dam disaster in Brazil.BHP said its revenue sank 31 per cent in the fiscal year ending June 30, to $30.1 billion. It also took $4.9 billion in write downs of its U.S. oil and gas assets.BHP chief executive Andrew Mackenzie said the year was a difficult one for his company and the resource industry.“We’re clearly really disappointed with this result,” said Mackenzie. But he noted that another performance measure, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization — or EBITDA — “remained healthy” at $12.3 billion.“We are pleased by the strong cash generation of our assets which has resulted in a free cash flow of $3.4 billion,” he said.BHP posted a $1.9 billion profit in the previous year, which was 14 per cent of the $13.8 billion profit for 2013-14.The latest result is the worst since the company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, was formed in 2001 through the merger of two corporations founded in the 19th century — Australia’s Broken Hill Proprietary Co. Ltd. and London-listed Billiton Plc.In 2010-11, it posted its best results ever of $23.6 billion.Weaker commodity prices, which have gutted profits of many global resource companies including big Japanese trading houses, cost the company $10.7 billion last year.A dam failure in November at an iron ore mine co-owned by BHP and Vale in Brazil killed 19 people and caused the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history. Brazil’s Federal Public Prosecution launched a $43 billion civil suit in May for the disaster, against the joint venture Samarco. BHP has agreed to an initial payment of up to $1.3 billion to clean toxic pollution from the Doce River.The Samarco dam failure cost the company $2.2 billion for the year.BHP chief financial officer Peter Beavan said the Samarco mine could possibly be reopened, but not this year.Gaurau Sodhi, a resource expert with Sydney-based share analysis firm Intelligent Investor, said BHP really needs oil prices to rise to post a better result in the current fiscal year.“The oil division is where a lot of money has been spent in the past. It’s where the bulk of their assets lie and it’s really the oil price that will determine how good or bad the next results will be from here,” Sodhi told Australian Broadcasting Corp.Oil prices fell by 47 per cent in 2015, taking a huge toll.The World Bank has raised its 2016 forecast for crude oil prices to $41 per barrel from an earlier estimate of $37 per barrel, anticipating a recovery in demand. On Tuesday, Brent crude, which is used to price international oils, was trading at about $48 a barrel.But the outlook for most other major commodities remains uncertain, given the slowdown in China, whose industrial boom over the past few decades has driven much of the growth in demand. by Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press Posted Aug 16, 2016 2:41 am MDT Last Updated Aug 16, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Miner BHP Billiton suffers $6.4 billion loss for 2015-16 read more

In address to UN Assembly Turkish President urges support for victims of

President Filip Vujanovic of Montenegro addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia PakMr. Vujanovic said Montenegro contributes to strengthening the UN system and enabling respect for human rights, promotion of democracy and the rule of law, while devising and implementing a global response to key challenges. He noted that Montenegro became the 44th country to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), is a member of the Human Rights Council, and hosts the eco-friendly UN Eco building. Turning to the sustainable development agenda which is the theme of this year’s debate, Mr. Vujanovic underscored that it must be centred in human rights with the overarching objectives of poverty eradication and sustainable development. Also addressing the General Assembly today, President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, highlighted Switzerland’s two main priorities at the United Nations – strengthening international security and reforming the Organization. Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark addresses General Assembly. UN Photo/Hubi Hoffmann”A legally binding agreement to reduce CO2 emissions must be concluded next year in Paris,” she said, adding that her country had allocated $300 million to tackle climate change.ON other issued before the Assembly, Ms. Thorning-Schmidt said that women’s rights, including the right to reproductive health, should be included in the post-2015 UU development agenda. Education, especially for the most disadvantaged, should also be a priority, she added. Addressing the 69th high-level debate of the General Assembly for the first time as the Turkish President, Mr. Erdogan lashed out at the inability to the Security Council to stop the violence in Syria.“The world is more than five,” he said in reference to the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States.This situation is “unacceptable,” Mr. Erdogan said, given that the veto power of one country could impact the decision of the entire UN body.Those who stood by and remained unresponsive to the killing of children and women were openly participating in those crimes against humanity, he continued.He went on to say that unfortunately, areas around Syria and Iraq had become a “free region” for terrorist organizations, which had a direct effect on countries in the region, particularly on Turkey. Hopefully a new Government in Iraq would mean a fresh start, and Turkey would stand by it for stability and peace. The Syrian crisis was now spilling over the borders of Iraq as well.Turkey is hosting some 1.5 million Syrian refugees who have crossed the border to escape the conflict which is now in its fourth year. “So far, Turkey has spent more than $4.5 billion,” Mr. Erdogan said, in sharp contrast to European countries who were hosting 130,000 refugees.The President rejected terrorist acts supposedly carried out in the name of religion and “strongly condemned” coupling terrorism with Islam, which means peace. “Those labeling their inhumane actions as ‘Islamic’, disrespected Islam, as well as all humanity,” said Mr. Erdogan. He underscored Turkey’s objectivity in issues related to terrorism and sectarian conflict, as well as racism, and the country’s resolve to fight for “democracy and prosperity with heart and soul.” Mr. Erdogan is one of 196 speakers at this year’s annual debate which is organized around the theme of a “transformative post-2015 development agenda.” His speech comes ahead of next month’s elections in the General Assembly for five non-permanent members of the Security Council for the 2015-2016 term. President of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic today renewed his country’s pledge to be a responsible partner to the United Nations by working with regional and bilateral partners for peace and stability in South-East Europe. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak “We need a concerted effort to achieve peace and stability in Europe and the Middle East, and to restore the credibility of international law,” he said. stressing that no circumstances can ever justify terrorism in any form. By signing UN antiterrorism conventions, States have promised to prevent and investigate terrorist crimes and also to refrain from supporting or tacitly tolerating those crimes, he said. As for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), like other speakers today, Mr. Ilves said the group poses a serious threat to the people of Iraq and Syria as well as the broader Middle East. “This terrorist organization executes prisoners, kills civilians and commits genocidal acts against religious and national minorities…it challenges the universal human values enshrined in United Nations’ documents. We must stop the terrorists.”Turning to the crisis in Ukraine, he said that situation is “not solely a conflict between two countries. It is not even solely a European issue. If instead of agreements and laws, raw force will apply in international relations; if changing State borders by force will become an accepted norm, then the stability of the whole world will be threatened.”Such developments must be firmly condemned, President Ilves continued, underscoring that the international community cannot leave Crimea as it is now. “We cannot accept frozen conflicts created for geopolitical ends. Referenda that are in agreement with international law cannot be arranged in two weeks, in the presence of foreign armed forces…independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity must remain the fundamental rights of states and nations.In her speech, the Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Member States should work together to fight against climate change and promoting sustainable development to ensure the sustainability of the planet. TO that end, it is necessary to strengthen international cooperation for an ambitious agreement on climate change in Paris in 2015 and an agreement on the development program for post-2015. President Didier Burkhalter of Switzerland addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia PakNoting the threat of the terrorism group ISIL, he underscored the importance of finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria, calling on parties to return to the negotiating table. In his speech, Mr. Burkhalter also urged the UN Security Council to refer the situation of Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) where those who committed injustices can be held to account.Turning to the crisis in Ukraine, he noted that isolating Russia “will not solve any problems, but will only create more, in Europe and beyond.” In reference to development, Mr. Burkhlater announced that Switzerland will augment its contribution to international development and humanitarian cooperation by allocating funds to the equivalent of 0.5 per cent of our gross national income. Among other issues, the President noted that Swiss-based research centres are working to arrange clinical tests of an Ebola vaccine, which the UN World Health Organization (WHO) would like to have sped up. In order to meet all these challenges, he stressed that the UN needs to function in an “effective, transparent and democratic fashion.” His recommendations include strengthening the UN’s political missions, reforming planning and budgeting processes, and restraining the use of the Security Council veto in cases involving mass atrocities. Also addressing the Assembly, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, said that there are unprecedented threats to peace and security in Post-World War Two Europe and the world, while terrorism, climate change, human rights violations and the spread of the Ebola virus continue to be global challenges. read more

Public Security Minister reenforces 2am curfew

Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has now re-enforced the ‘2am curfew’ for nightspots and other places of entertainment.In a statement on Thursday, amid an active countrywide campaign to crack down on noise nuisance, the Public Security Ministry sought to “put into proper perspective” this recent decision of the Minister.It was explained that after taking into account the effects of alcohol consumption on crime and violence – including domestic violence, traffic accidents, the unproductive capacities of the population the day after along with other attendant circumstances such as the adverse effects of the proliferation of noise nuisance – Minister Ramjattan has determined that “it is in the best interest of the country to enforce the existing laws which have mandated that these entertainment facilities to be closed at 02:00h.”This move, according to the Ministry, has gained support from women’s groups, religious groups and a number of other organisations. It added too that such legal restrictions are not uncommon in other countries.In fact, the statement outlined that the ‘2am closing time’ is provided for in the Music and Dancing Licences (Amendment), Act Chapter 23:03, Act #12 of 1982.That Act states at section 9 that: “A place, so kept or used, although so licensed as aforesaid, shall not be opened for any of the purposes aforesaid except on the days and between the hours stated on the licence: Provided that the holder of a first-class hotel licence may keep open the licensed premises for the purpose of dancing, singing, music or other public entertainment once in every week until the hour of two of the clock in the morning except on any Sunday.”“Place” as used in Section 9 means “house, room, garden, or other place” and covers bars, clubs and restaurants – as well as open spaces used for dances and entertainment purposes.“This law is being enforced in the interest of citizens’ security and safety with the aim of suppressing criminal and other offences,” the missive from the Ministry stated while urging full public support in this process.Only last week, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President Deodat Indar, reminded of the effects the initial enforcement of the 2am curfew had.“The 2am curfew had an impact on businesses and some of them had to close down,” he stated.Moreover, he raised the concern that some businesses were targeted while others were left to operate past the curfew time.“My compliant to the Police at that time [when the 2am curfew was enforced] is that they were implementing the law or enforcing the law unevenly. Some people were being targeted and closing down at that time while some were getting off with it,” the GCCI President posited.Meanwhile, during an address to those 50 ranks, Minister Ramjattan had stated that tough action needed to be taken against bars and persons who are responsible for noise nuisances. He went on to suggest much more effective measures such as seizing equipment, revoking business licences, and increasing fines to curb this societal scourge. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2AM shut down of bars, nightclubs is for citizens’ safety – RamjattanJuly 29, 2015In “Business”2am curfew for bars, night clubs to be relaxed for ChristmasDecember 21, 2017In “Business”Ramjattan relaxes 2am curfew until January 01, 2016December 23, 2015In “latest news” read more

THW Kiels warm up with football in Veszprem Arena PHOTOVIDEO

MKB Veszprem VS THW Kiel Just two hours after they came to Veszprem, THW Kiel’s players and coaching staff were on the playing court of “Veszprem Arena”. As almost always before the matches the warm up was football. You can see from the VIDEO that “Zebras” waiting for the derby match of the VELUX EHF Champions League Round 4 in good mood. How they will react surounded with 5.200 domestic fans, we will see on Thursday (19hrs). ← Previous Story France without Karabatic, Honrubia, Fernandez and Nyokas against Lithuania and Turkey (EC-Quals) Next Story → VELUX EHF CL (Round 4): Atletico Madrid in crisis – Gorenje and Fuchse win! read more

EHF Cup Pfadi Winterthur and Balatonfuredi KSE reach Round 3

← Previous Story STEINHAUSEER: Fantastic Szmal couldn’t bring win to Kielce Next Story → WOMEN’S EHF CL START: Iveta Luzumova scores 13 for Thuringer’s win in Larvik The Swiss vice-champions Pfadi Winterhur and Hungarian team Balatonfuredi reached the Round 3 od the Men’s EHF Cup 2017/2018. The Serbian best team RK Vojvodina had nothing to offer in two matches which have been played in Winterthur. Domestic team was fully concentrated and easily gained tickets for the next round with two wins – 35:22 and 26:17.On the other side of Europea, team from Balaton lake had also easy job to outplay Icelandic Valur FC 27:22 and 28:19. read more

AMD claims Xbox 720 visuals on a par with Avatar

first_imgOf the three major console manufacturers we only know when Nintendo is set to release its next generation console. The Wii U again looks to be going for something a bit different rather than pushing the enevelope in terms of processing power and graphical capabilities. However, the PS4 and Xbox 720 are expected to follow the same path as they always have: offering more processing power, better visuals, and more scope for involved gameplay and realistic experiences.Although we don’t know when the next consoles from Sony and Microsoft will arive, AMD is starting to drop hints about the capabilities of the next Xbox.AdChoices广告AMD is thought to be providing the GPU(s) that will sit inside the Xbox 720, so it should be an authority on what it is capable of graphically at least. A comment made in the August issue of OXM by Neal Robison, director of ISV relationships for AMD, states that we should expect to be seeing visuals like Avatar. So that’s real-time renders of the quality seen in James Cameroon‘s movie as standard on the next Xbox.Such a graphical jump is realistic when you consider the hardware the PS3 and Xbox 360 use today. We now see crisp HD graphics running on a 6-year-old processor and GPU combination. In the case of the 360, it runs a tri-core 3.2GHz PowerPC chip, where as today we commonly see 4, 6, 8, and even 12 cores processors in use running at similar speeds. GPU-wise, it only has a 500MHz ATI chip, and the system only carries 512MB RAM. Graphics cards today typically run above 800MHz and have 1-2GB of dedicated memory alongside 2-4GB of system memory.What the final hardware configuration will be inside the next round of consoles depends on when they launch. It could be another couple of years before we see a new Xbox, at which point an 8 or 12 core processor, GPU with a gigabyte of dedicated RAM, and multiple gigabytes of system memory will be both cheap enough for use in a console as well as capable of producing such visuals.It’s not just about the visuals, though, and Robison also stated that physics and AI would be a major step up on the current consoles. The example he gave was that every pedestrian in Grand Theft Auto can be an individual if the developer decides to go that route.One of the few companies capable of showing off what the next-generation of games will look like is Epic Games which develops the Unreal Engine and must provide the engine ahead of time to cater for the new hardware. In March they showcased a graphics demo with Nvidia that gives us a good idea of what to expect an Xbox 720 and PS4 to be capable of.While the prospect of Avatar-like visuals and worlds full of intelligent, different AI characters will have gamers excited, it will prove a problem for developers as team sizes will need to grow in order to deliver such quality in a realistic time period. Bigger teams means higher costs that must inevitably get passed on to the consumers buying the games.via Examiner.comlast_img read more

From the Garden Topsy turvy doesnt begin to describe our weather

first_img Michael Kelly Embrace frugality – reduce energy usage by unplugging devices in your home at night, that is your broadband, TV, computers etc. Turn down the heating and buy energy-saving lightbulbs. Saturday 2 Mar 2019, 1:00 PM From the Garden: ‘Topsy turvy doesn’t begin to describe our weather’ ‘All aspects of our lives – food, transport, energy and waste – will have to change dramatically if we’re to avoid catastrophe,’ writes Michael Kelly. 15,188 Views Act as if your house is on fire. Because it is. Green your commute – walk or use public transport to get to work at least once a week even if it’s a pain. Give your car a day off at the weekend. Buy organic, seasonal and local food wherever possible. Mar 2nd 2019, 1:00 PM By Michael Kelly  Hang the washing out on the line, instead of using the drier. Buy a keep-cup and water bottle and bring them everywhere – never buy water or get tea or coffee in a takeaway cup again. GIY’s 10 Ways to Take Action on Climate Change: center_img Share115 Tweet Email4 “GRAND BIT OF spring in the air,” the lady said to me as we stood waiting for the pedestrian lights to go green.“It’s lovely,” I said and smiled back at her.And it was lovely to be walking along the quays in brilliant sunshine carrying my jacket under my arm.The combination of brighter mornings, longer evenings and mild weather has put a spring in my step and I’m feeling chipper. I suspect I’m not alone.But there’s also an underlying sense of unease about it being 20 degrees on a sunny afternoon in Dublin when it’s technically still winter.Does it make me a climate change curmudgeon to worry about these things? Can’t I just appreciate those pictures of sun-bathers eating ice-cream in Stephen’s Green in February?Should I enjoy it when climate breakdown leads to unseasonably pleasant weather, or feel absolutely terrified instead?Over the pond in Wales this week they had their hottest February day on record with a high of 20.6C – this is the first time ever that temperatures exceeded 20 degrees in a winter month in the UK.That is doubly odd when one considers that this time last year we were about to experience a once-in-100-year snow storm called the Beast from the East and we were shivering under Siberian air.Last year, Europe experienced its hottest summer on record and we had 6 weeks of drought conditions here in Ireland, while in October, Dublin airport recorded its coldest October night since records began.Topsy turvy doesn’t begin to describe it. The new normal, it seems, is for our weather to be entirely abnormal.Meanwhile, we continue to whistle as we walk past the graveyard.On the RTE news, there was a nice puff piece about people enjoying the summer-like temperatures on the prom in Galway – ice-cream and short sleeves in February, wow! – with a not a mention of climate change.Increasingly I think adults seem to be on the wrong side of history on this topic and teens and children are the ones talking sense.I walked past a group of teen climate change protestors in Cork City Hall last week – they looked angry, as teenagers do, but perhaps anger is the only appropriate response.In the US, Senator Dianne Feinstein was captured on camera berating teen activists who had the temerity to suggest that she should support the Green New Deal which advocates de-carbonizing the US economy within a decade. Incidentally, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we have just 12 years left to turn this thing around.While we waste time thinking about frivolities like who wore what to the Oscars and who won €175m in the Euromillions, nature is screaming at us in every way it can – that we need to fundamentally change the way we live.All aspects of our lives – food, transport, energy and waste – will have to change dramatically if we’re to avoid catastrophe.So perhaps in considering how we should feel about the unseasonably warm weather, we should channel the uncompromising attitude of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg who lambasted the investors and bankers attending Davos:I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. 7 Comments Plant trees. Short URL Grower Start bringing bags with you to do your shopping and avoid buying food that’s packaged in plastic. Grow some of your own food. Reduce the amount of meat in your diet. Let your lawn grow to improve biodiversity and help pollinators like bees and insects. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Things to Do This Week: Sow Bell and Chilli PeppersPeppers need a long growing season so the earlier you get started the better your chance of producing good, ripe fruit. Get the seeds sown this week on a heated propagator or inside in the house.You are looking for temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius plus. I sow 10 seeds in a 9cm pot of seed compost. They can take up to 2 weeks to germinate.A few weeks after that, when the seedlings are large enough to handle, transfer each seedling into its own 9cm pot (or module tray).In May or June, they will be planted out in the soil in the greenhouse or polytunnel or into a bigger pot to grow on for the summer. All going well, we will be harvesting in October-ish.For chilli-peppers I like the varieties Ring of Fire (hot hot hot), Hungarian Wax and Jalapeno.Recipe of the week: Pasta with Winter RatatouilleWe’re on the hunt for recipes that use parsnips at the moment, having extracted a glut of them lately from the cold soil.This is a James Martin classic – easy and quick to cook. I used squash or pumpkin as a seasonal alternative to the sweet potato he had in the original recipe, which is almost always imported from the US.Ingredients: • 200g squash or pumpkin, peeled and cut in wedges• 200g parsnips, peeled and cut in large pieces• 200g carrots washed and cut in large pieces• 110g red onions, cut in quarters• 3-4 cloves garlic• 2 tbsp olive oil• 75ml clear honey• 2 sprigs rosemary, plus extra chopped to garnish• salt and freshly ground black pepper• 500g packet of pasta• 800ml passata.Directions:Preheat the oven to 200C. Place all the vegetables and the garlic on an oven tray and drizzle with the olive oil and honey. Add the sprigs of rosemary and season well.Cook for about 20 minutes until all the vegetables are tender and browned.While the vegetables are in the oven, cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Remove vegetables from the oven, squeeze the cloves of roasted garlic over the vegetables and tip everything in a saucepan.Add the passata, bring to the boil and allow to simmer gently for a minute or two. Serve on top of the pasta and garnished with chopped rosemary. Michael Kelly is an author, broadcaster and founder of GIY. © GIY Ireland 2019 – all rights reserved. last_img read more

ASRC helping to give asylum seekers purpose

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Asylum seekers in Victoria now have a greater chance of acquiring qualifications that lead to employment, thanks to a boost of $550,000 awarded to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). It’s really important to know that by investing in refugees and giving them an education, refugees build economies; they create more jobs, they stimulate growth, they don’t do the opposite.The funds also come with the added promise of 1000 TAFE places over the next two years, a significant increase from 300 per year.Founder and CEO of the ASRC, Kon Karapanagiotidis was feeling positive in the wake of last week’s announcement. “It’s a huge success, it’s great news and we’re absolutely thrilled,” he told Neos Kosmos.“We had been keen to grow and develop this, and so we had been in talks with the government about wishing that we could place more people seeking asylum into TAFE, into VET programs, and what was very exciting is that the state government has committed to providing more places.”The Andrews Labor Government has also gone one step further with a pledge to cover the full cost of the course, which the CEO says is huge for many accessing their services who are destitute and don’t have the means.The program, which is the only one of its kind in Australia currently, has been in place for four years over which the ASRC has managed to place 751 people in TAFE, of whom at least 90 per cent have successfully completed.“It’s a huge success story providing a vital pathway to people seeking asylum to contribute to skills shortage areas, to work and be an asset to the community; exactly what refugees are when given an opportunity,” says Mr Karapanagiotidis.“The people we see are often very talented and skilled people, but without any local qualification or local work experience, they’re often the barriers that lock refugees out of work.”The boost is part of a broader plan to expand the program’s reach beyond the city of Melbourne, to the outer suburbs and country towns of Victoria.This will see the ASRC run external workshops and establish a helpline to assist prospective students in navigating the system, answer their queries and provide ongoing support.“It’s exciting that the state government is looking at this as state-wide, rather than just here in Melbourne. “At state level there is real moral leadership and goodwill, that no matter where people sit politically, they see the importance is investing in refugees and believing in their potential and supporting them to thrive. It’s so nice to have that when at a federal level there’s no leadership and it’s so toxic, and there’s no one willing to champion such conversations,” he added.The program’s effectiveness has been praised for its design as part of a broader employment program that sets people up with mentors and work experience, rather than being left in the lurch with a diploma in hand.“It provides a real pathway to get people job-ready, to do work, to fill gaps, strengthen our economy and get out there and succeed.”And the ASRC’s success story is gaining more exposure nationally, leading to lobbying in NSW in a bid to roll out a similar program there.“It’s really important to know that by investing in refugees and giving them an education, refugees build economies; they create more jobs, they stimulate growth, they don’t do the opposite,” tells Mr Karapanagiotidis.“We’ve gone and shared all of our learning and how we succeeded in doing this in Victoria with our peers in NSW to help them with their work. So there seems to be some optimism there that that will happen there as well.”And it’s not just the economy that is benefiting, but the individuals being granted opportunities that are cheering, with positive feedback about being given a sense of purpose, pride, dignity, and the prospect of a promising future in Australia with their families.“How would any every day person manage if they had no future and no sense of belonging?” asks the CEO. “They wouldn’t.” “This is a win-win; we help people who have come here seeking sanctuary and safety for their families, to succeed. And rather than be a burden, they’re going to be an asset; they’re going to grow our economy and make it even stronger. That’s what happens when you invest and support, rather than punish and vilify.”last_img read more

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