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It’s advantage Congress in Punjab, say election experts

first_imgAs political parties gear up for the 2019 Lok Sabha poll in Punjab, the ruling Congress, despite the fact that it is yet to fulfil many of its poll promises made during the 2017 Assembly election, seems to enjoy an advantage as both the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party are riddled with internal crisis, political experts have told The Hindu.In the 2014 Lok Sabha poll, Punjab saw an unexpected response of the electorates to the debutant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which secured 24.5% of the vote share and won four out of 13 constituencies. SAD won four seats with 26.4% vote share and its ally the BJP won two seats with 8.6% vote. The Congress with 33% vote share won three seats. However, in 2017 Gurdaspur bypoll, necessitated by the death BJP MP Vinod Khanna, the Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar won the seat. “This time things are different though, AAP is on weaker ground as the founding leaders have left the party over the years. Stricken by factionalism, the party has seen a virtual split. AAP has been trying to get an alliance with the newly formed Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali) and with the Congress as well but without any success. To compound its problem, the party has also lost the crucial NRI support,” says Ashutosh Kumar, Professor of Political Science at the Panjab University. Mr. Ashutosh points out that ground situation is not rosy for the Shiromani Akali Dal as well as party’s senior (Taksali) leaders have come out in the open against the present leadership, posing a challenge to its president Sukhbir Singh Badal. Sukhbir’s acceptance among the senior (Taksali) party leaders as their chief has been time and again questioned.SAD blues“The allegations against the party leadership’s complicity in getting the Akal Takht to pardon Ram Rahim of Dera Sacha Sauda besides charges of failure to check the sacrilege cases during their (SAD-BJP) regime continue to hurt the party support. Besides, handling of Kotkapura-Behbal Kalan police firing incidents of 2015, which followed the Bargari sacrilege did not go down well with the party ranks and the Sikh Panth. The Congress government has sought to take political mileage out of it by constituting a special investigation team to investigate the charges,” says Mr. Ashutosh.“The loss of the SAD and AAP is advantageous for the Congress despite the fact that the Amarinder government in the State has failed to fulfil many of its poll promises made during 2017 Assembly election,” he adds.Ronki Ram, Dean at faculty of Social Science at the Panjab University, says people in 2014 looked at AAP as a viable alternative to traditional parties like SAD-BJP and Congress but it doesn’t seem to be the case now. “This time there iss no enthusiasm towards AAP on the ground. Also people still look annoyed with the SAD-BJP for the alleged misdeeds during their regime. Even the recent cross-border air strike is unlikely to help SAD-BJP. In this backdrop the ruling Congress in State seems to be the gainer,” says Mr. Ram.last_img read more

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Indian Diaspora In NZ Urged To Participate In World Hindi Conference 2018

first_imgIndian High Commissioner in New Zealand, Sanjiv Kohli, is making a passionate plea to the Kiwi-Indian community to participate in the World Hindi Conference 2018, to be held August 18-20, in Mauritius.Speaking to The Indian Weekender, High Commissioner, Sanjiv Kohli extended Government of India’s invitation to the members of the Indian diaspora in NZ to participate in 11th World Hindi Congress.Read it at Indian Weekender Related Itemslast_img

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Calendar of events

first_imgApril 15, 2011: Relish a new pasta menu at The Beach Shack, 104, Palm Spring, Link Road, Malad. April 16, 2011: Go for the organic food fest called Farmers Market at Turf Club from 3 p.m. to 9p.m. April 17, 2011: Solo exhibition by artist Jitish Kallat titled Stations of,April 15, 2011: Relish a new pasta menu at The Beach Shack, 104, Palm Spring, Link Road, Malad.April 16, 2011: Go for the organic food fest called Farmers Market at Turf Club from 3 p.m. to 9p.m. April 17, 2011: Solo exhibition by artist Jitish Kallat titled Stations of a Pause at Queens Mansion, G.T. Marg, Fort.April 18, 2011: This summer experience true Goan five-star hospitality at Kenilworth Beach Resort and Spa.April 19, 2011: Bag fabulous deals at the shopping Bazaar at world Trade Centre, Hall 1, Cuffe Parade from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m..April 20, 2011: Beauty pagent Glamour Face 2011 to be held at TM Studio, Kharghar from 5 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.April 21, 2011: Valhalla presents new seasonal menu comprsing contemporary choice of World cuisine with Asian and Mediterranean dishes. April 22, 2011: Learn how to set up your own business in 56 hours at Mumbai start up camp at HQ (Headquarters), Colaba.April 24, 2011: Suhas Roy’s paintings titled Beyond Radha at Hacienda Art Gallery, Great Western Building, Kala Ghoda. April 26, 2011: Project 88 presents installations by Zuleikha Chaudhari titled Propositions: On Text and Space 11 at BMP Building, Colaba.April 28, 2011: Splurge at the summer shopping festival at Hotel Tulip Star, Juhu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 30, 2011: Savour eastern flavours with a set lunch menu comprsing Japanese dishes at Fenix, The Oberoi from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.May 2, 2011: Attend a workshop on effective parenting at Andheri-512 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.May 3, 2011: Escapades adventure trips organises an adventure camp to Matheran for children between 7-16 years. Cost: Rs 4,500 per child.May 4, 2011: India International Hospitality fair at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, 10 a.m. onwards.May 6, 2011: India International Sign Show 2011 on latest developments in electronic and print media at Bombay Exhibition Centre.May 7, 2011: PALM India Expo 2011 on professional audio, music production, FM Radio and live sound at Bombay Exhibition Centre.May 8, 2011: Aayush presents health, beauty, fitness and sports expo at Bombay Exhibition Centre.May 9, 2011: Mumbai Cafe to host final screening of the Def Poetry Jam, 9:30 p.m. onwards. May 11, 2011: Summer camp for children between 8 to 12 years at Saifee Hospital, Charni Road. Cost: Rs 1,000 per child.May 12, 2011: Attend the Sleep Event 2011, a two-day conference on architecture and design, at The Western Mumbai Garden Centre.May 13, 2011: Summer smoothie festival at Gostana, Bandra. Get any smoothie with a burger for just fifty bucks.advertisementlast_img read more

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Honours continue for London Games medal winners

first_imgThere was no sign of fatigue on their faces as they went through another hectic day, shuttling between various felicitation ceremonies.Indian Olympic Association and contingent sponsors Samsung acknowledged the feat of London Games medal winners on Friday with athletes sharing their joy and ambitions for the future.Sushil Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Gagan Narang, MC Mary Kom, Yogeshwar Dutt and Saina Nehwal, along with other athletes, were showered with praise by the sponsors, IOA secretary general Randhir Singh and IOA acting president VK Malhotra.Sushil Kumar, Vijay Kumar and Gagan Narang share a laugh at a felicitation function in New Delhi.Immediately after the event, the athletes went to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi.Vijay looked dapper in an Army uniform, while Saina and Mary flashed their thousand watt smiles. The woman boxer stole the show as she left the gathering in splits in her inimitable style. When asked how difficult it was to manage family and a career simultaneously, she said: “Saina was asking me the same question. I said: ‘Don’t worry. When you get married and have kids and if you have the support of your husband you can also do that’,” she replied.Saina, who was sitting beside her, blushed.”A woman can do anything if there is will power and determination. My friends used to tell me that boxing is meant for boys. I promised to myself that I will prove them wrong. I will show them what women can do. It was a challenge for me to show that women can also do what men can,” the 29-year-old mother of two said amidst huge cheers.advertisementSaina spoke of her achievements and her future goals. “The year has been great for me. I won three titles and then the Olympic bronze. It is a big motivation for me to keep performing the same way,” said Saina.”I spend so many sleepless nights after the Beijing Olympics when I lost after leading 11-3 in the quarter-finals. I told myself that I will have to win it the next time. I am glad to have done it. Next time I will like to do even better.”Narang, who won bronze in the 10 metre air rifle event, said what he went through in the moments before he secured the medal.”There was immense pressure. I had my own demons to fight after the last Olympics. In sports, after a physical barrier ends, the challenge becomes a mental one. It is all about how you focus when others begin to give up. I am glad I hung in there till the last shot and delivered,” he said.”The medal is not the one I had wanted and I will do my best to change the colour in the next Olympics. My next target is the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games and the Olympics in Rio.”Yogeshwar said the desire to win an Olympic medal helped him overcome the eye injury he sustained during the competition in London.”It hardly matters if I hurt my eye or legs or any other part of my body. It is nothing like the pain you feel after missing an Olympic medal. I was miserable after not winning a medal in two Olympics,” he said.Samsung said they will continue with their support to the athletes.”The players have returned with an unprecedented medal haul. They have made the entire country proud and we are very honoured to be associated with them,” president and CEO (South-West Asia) BD Park said.The company gave silver medallists Rs 15 lakh and bronze winners Rs 10 lakh each.last_img read more

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Harper, Donaldson The MVPs

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Bryce Harper became the youngest unanimous Most Valuable Player winner in baseball history Thursday, capturing the National League award despite his Washington Nationals missing the playoffs.Josh Donaldson took the American League MVP, earning the honor after helping boost the Toronto Blue Jays back into the postseason for the first time since 1993.Harper turned 23 on Oct. 16, after the playoffs had already started. He got all 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.The 2012 NL Rookie of the Year led the majors in slugging percentage and on-base average. The outfielder hit .330 with 42 home runs and 99 RBIs.Harper was the first player from a Washington franchise to win an MVP — no one on the original or expansion Senators or Nationals had done it.Harper was the fourth-youngest player overall to win an MVP, with Stan Musial, Johnny Bench and Vida Blue also 22 but not quite as old.Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was second in the voting and Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto was third. Yoenis Cespedes, acquired by the Mets from Detroit at the July 31 trade deadline, finished 13th.Harper put aside his injury problems from recent seasons and put up huge numbers. The banged-up Nationals didn’t do nearly so well, starting the season as World Series favorites and finishing far out of contention.Harper missed a lot of games in 2013 after a pair of run-ins with walls, then was sidelined for much of 2014 following a headfirst slide that hurt his thumb.This year, Harper reported to spring training with one goal — the only number he focused on was games played.Harper finished with a .649 slugging percentage and a .460 on-base average. He went into the final day of the regular season with a chance to win the NL batting title — Miami’s Dee Gordon edged him — and scored a league-leading 118 runs.The three-time All-Star also continued to draw fans in the Washington area and beyond. His constantly changing hairstyles are always getting attention and the selfie he took in the outfielder before a game at Nationals Park this season boosted his popularity even more.His hitting, though, is what makes him so special.“You could see throughout the season what this guy meant to this ballclub. And don’t forget, this guy carried us throughout the whole season,” Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said Wednesday.“Every team that we played circled his name and said, ‘This guy’s not going to beat us.’ And with that said, he beat a lot of teams. So it was a remarkable season. As we said at this time last year, I thought that ‘Harp’ was just scratching the surface of what he can be.”Donaldson received 23 first-place votes. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout got the other first-place votes finished second for the third time — he won the award last year. Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain was third.Donaldson led the AL with 123 RBIs and topped the majors by scoring 122 runs. He hit 41 home runs and batted .297.Traded from Oakland to Toronto last offseason, Donaldson joined a power-packed lineup that included Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. The Blue Jays battered their way to the AL East title and led the majors in runs and homers, with Donaldson leading the way.“I feel like I was able to take advantage of the opportunities put in front of me,” Donaldson said on the MLB Network telecast of the awards.Donaldson joined George Bell (1987) as the only Toronto players to win the MVP.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

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Microchip: single-port USB smart hub ICs optimise system costs for automotive

first_img Continue Reading Previous AAEON: AI Core XP4 and XP8 offer flexible AI solution with Intel Myriad XNext TQ: COM Express Compact module now with latest 8th gen Intel Core embedded processors Microchip announces the introduction of new single-port USB Smart Hub ICs to extend its family of USB automotive products, to give automotive manufacturers the ability to provide dependable and convenient connectivity while optimising system costs. The USB4912 and the USB4712 provide what is required for single-port implementations and can be used to add a single port under the radio, in the centre console or together with wireless charging implementations.Using the same patented methods as the multi-port family, the USB 2.0-compliant devices offer single-port Integrated Circuits (ICs) in smaller footprint packages, optimising a customer’s Bill of Materials (BoM) and lowering total system costs. Now with both single-and multi-port options which share the same software, designers can choose configurations and seamlessly implement solutions that fit their designs and get to market faster. These diverse USB solutions support smartphones, tablets and other connected devices, without compromising signal integrity.By using native USB drivers and mechanisms such as Microchip’s patented role-swapping technologies, multi-host reflector and FlexConnect, the USB4912 and the USB4712 Smart Hub ICs optimise design and easily integrate with infotainment head units, allowing a seamless connection with the smartphone ecosystem of software and applications. Each device includes an embedded 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) for the implementation of USB I/O bridging. Both devices support USB 2.0 Low Speed, Full Speed and Hi-Speed with a single USB 2.0 Hi-Speed upstream port for host connection. As a low-power, configurable, USB 2.0 hub controller, the USB4912 allows connectivity to be extended to GPIO, I2C, SPI and UART so that the USB Smart Hub becomes the centre for system connectivity and control. The USB4712 and USB4912 are offered in a 40-pin VQFN package, compliant with the USB 2.0 specification and have passed AEC-Q100, grade 3 testing.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: Master Blaster turns 46

first_imgHappy Birthday, Sachin Tendulkar!Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar turns 46 today. The Little Master, whose full name is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, was born on this day in 1973 in a Maharashtrian family in Dadar, Mumbai.Sachin’s father Ramesh Tendulkar, who was a renowned Marathi novelist, decided to name his after the legendary musician Sachin Dev Burman, was a big fan of.The God of cricket holds many records during his playing career spanning two decades – 200 Tests, 100 international hundreds, 34357 international runs… You name them and he had them.Sachin Tendulkar made his debut aged 16 years against Pakistan and despite a bloodied nose and a few failures, Tendlkar became the greatest batsman since the days of Don Bradman.Tendulkar finished his career as the leading run-getter in international cricket, with 34,357 runs across formats — 15,921 in 200 Tests, 18426 in 463 ODIs and 10 in 1 T20 international.Tendulkar was the first player to smash a double hundred in ODIs when he struck 200 not out off 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.He made a record six World Cup appearances eventually ending up on the triumphant side in his last, in 2011 at the Wankhede stadium when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.He played his final match — his 200th Test — at his home ground, the Wankhede stadium, in November 2013 when India hosted West Indies in a Test series.Tendulkar also played at the lucrative Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians. In 78 matches, the master blaster scored 2334 runs with the help of one century and 13 fifties.advertisementAlso Read | Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: 5 of Master Blaster’s records that may never be brokenlast_img read more

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13 days agoBoban insists no regrets taking AC Milan job

first_imgBoban insists no regrets taking AC Milan jobby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director Zvonimir Boban insists he has no regrets taking the job.Boban has just overseen the sacking of Marco Giampaolo.“I’m asking myself why I’m at Milan too!” he said at the Festival dello Sport.“I’m only joking. I’m happy to fight again for the club I love. I don’t believe I’m arrogant. Champions always think too highly of themselves, but I don’t play anymore.“After not understanding anything about life, I started studying, understanding things more, punishing myself if necessary.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Zidane responds after Bale scores in win over Arsenal

first_imgZinedine Zidane praised Gareth Bale’s goalscoring performance against Arsenal but insisted nothing had changed with the Real Madrid outcast.Bale came off the bench to rescue Madrid in the International Champions Cup, scoring from close range to bring his side back into the match after they trailed 2-0 at half-time courtesy of goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Tipped to leave Madrid this summer, Bale sat out the loss to Bayern Munich, with Zidane confirming after the match that the club were looking to offload the winger this summer.  Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? That sparked a war of words between the club and the player’s representative, with agent Jonathan Barnett​ calling Zidane “a disgrace​” before the Real Madrid boss insisted that he had not disrespected the Wales international.Zidane also claimed that Bale did not play against Bayern because he didn’t want to, leading to suggestions that he may have played his last game for the club.But he was surprisingly involved in Maryland after Zidane claimed the 30-year-old was close to departing the Santiago Bernabeu, scoring early in the second half to spark a comeback in a match that Madrid eventually won on penalties.Despite scoring in the game, Zidane insists nothing has changed in terms of Bale’s future, leaving open the possibility that the former Tottenham winger could be on the move before the start of the new season. Asked about Bale’s performance on Tuesday, Zidane – who saw Nacho Fernandez sent off in the ninth minute for a handball – told reporters: “He has played a good game and I am happy for him. As I am for everyone.”He is with us and we will continue working. We played well 10 against 11 and were better with 10 against 10. I don’t know what will happen. He wanted to play and the other day he didn’t.”I haven’t talked to him. He has trained normally and that’s why he played. Nothing has changed, you know what the situation is like.”The club’s ICC commitments for the year will come to an end on Friday, when they take on rivals Atletico Madrid in New Jersey before heading to Germany to play in the Audi Cup.They will face Tottenham in the semi-final of that pre-season competition on July 30 before another friendly clash with RB Salzburg on August 7.Zidane and his side kick-off their 2019-20 Liga campaign with an away fixture against Celta Vigo on August 17.last_img read more

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UK: BMT Isis Starts Training Course for Port Workers

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom In partnership with the Port of Dover Consultancy, BMT Isis (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced the launch of a two day, interactive training course and workshop for Harbour Masters, Port Managers and Port Authorities. Entitled ‘Managing Port Safety and Security’, the course will provide delegates with a better understanding of what’s required to help meet the guidance contained within the Port Marine Safety Code.With contributions from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) and Port Skills and Safety (PSS), the two day workshop is scheduled to take place on the 12th and 13th February 2014 and will be delivered by experienced Port Operators, recognised Marine Safety Practitioners and guest speakers.Kevin Richardson, Chief Harbour Master from Port of Dover comments: “I am delighted to be a part of this exciting training initiative with BMT. I believe strongly that the blend of expertise and experience provided by both organisations will really benefit port professionals and port executives alike to better understand their roles and responsibilities in port marine safety and port security.”Delegates will be given the opportunity to take part in an interactive emergency planning and response exercise using BMT’s REMBRANDT simulation software, enabling attendees to identify and assess risk mitigation measures. This exercise will also help to plan for and respond to emergency situations and run ‘what if’ scenarios within a simulated port environment. Lee Rhodes, Senior Consultant at BMT Isis explains: “We’re excited to be working in partnership with the Port of Dover to deliver this bespoke workshop. This programme is yet another example of our commitment to continuous improvement and sharing best practice within the industry in which we operate. We provide a range of safety awareness training courses including risk assessment and management techniques and application of the PSMC, ISM and ISPS codes.” My location Print  Close BMT, December 2, 2013last_img read more

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District of Taylor hosting emergency response drill later this month

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The District of Taylor will be hosting a mock emergency exercise with first responders and others at the end of the month.The exercise, which is being conducted to test the response, communications and teamwork capabilities of the Taylor Industrial Mutual Aid Group, or TIMAG, will be held in Taylor on Thursday, September 27th.Among the TIMAG members that will be participating in the exercise are the RCMP, BC Ambulance Service, Taylor Fire & Rescue, and the PRRD along with representatives of local industry. The exercise will feature a live product transfer at Cameron River Logistics, which is also a member of TIMAG.The District of Taylor says that the exercise will start with the setup at 8:00 a.m. and run from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.Residents are advised that a number of emergency vehicles with active lights and sirens may be visible in the community and that the exercise could result in traffic delays.Organizers say that traffic control personnel will be present to direct motorists around the exercise area.Anyone looking for more information about the exercise is asked to call Taylor Fire Chief Ed Albury at 250-789-3392, Enbridge representative Sadie Jones at 250-789-6606, or exercise controller Andy Ackerman at 250-793-7797.last_img read more

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UN the best forum for dealing with global challenges Ireland says

26 September 2011Only the United Nations is capable of responding to the world’s major challenges and countries should work together through the Organization to seek effective solutions to crises and problems, Ireland’s Foreign Minister said today. Eamon Gilmore told the General Assembly’s annual general debate that the UN has been a “constant anchor” as the world deals with challenges ranging from violent conflict and human rights abuses and extreme poverty and environmental degradation.“No other organization is as well equipped to develop common answers to the big questions of our time,” he said. “No other organization has the same global impact and legitimacy.“With an increasing need for global solutions, the United Nations, which represents almost all the countries on Earth, has the political, moral and legal authority to act. While there may be no easy answers to the questions being posed, our best chance of finding effective responses lies in the collective deliberation and action provided for by this Organization.”Mr. Gilmore added that the UN is also the embodiment of freedom and equality, values outlined in the UN Charter and “a bulwark… in a changing and uncertain world.”He stressed that freedom and equality must underpin the global response to many challenges, such as resolving conflicts, ending human rights abuses and eradicating hunger.Mr. Gilmore met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today and the two officials discussed a range of issues, including sustainable development, UN peacekeeping, the global economic situation and recent developments in Libya, Syria and the Middle East peace process. read more

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Xstrata gains global recognition for HIVAIDS community program in South Africa

first_imgXstrata Coal South Africa has won a prestigious Business Excellence Award from the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (GBC). The GBC Award for Business Excellence in HIV/AIDS Expanded Community Initiatives recognises Xstrata Coal’s innovative public-private partnership which has strengthened local health services and extended HIV/AIDS and TB testing, counselling and treatment in two health districts of Mpumalanga province that have a population of over 1 million people.  Approximately one in four adults in the province is living with HIV.The award will be presented to Xstrata at a gala awards dinner on June 9 in New York City.  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Mick Davis, Chief Executive, Xstrata will address the event, which is being held in conjunction with the United Nations 2008 High-Level Meeting on AIDS on June 10 and 11. Davis said: “I am delighted that the Global Business Coalition has recognised Xstrata Coal’s initiatives to respond to HIV/AIDS and TB and support the communities in which we operate in South Africa with a Business Excellence Award.  As Xstrata Coal’s groundbreaking public-private partnership demonstrates, through collaboration, business, government, communities and others can combine resources and leverage each other’s strengths to counter the HIV and TB pandemics far more effectively than any one participant could achieve alone. ”The award recognises the collaborative partnership that Xstrata Coal and its implementing partner Re-Action have established with the Mpumalanga Department of Health and Social Services, district health authorities and community-based groups, including traditional healers. The partnership includes co-investment from the US President’s Emergency Fund for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), which matches funding provided by Xstrata. Through the partnership, Xstrata is working closely with government, community-based organisations, PEPFAR and others to upgrade infrastructure at primary care clinics and four of the Province’s hospitals; facilitate the recruitment and retention of health workers in these government facilities; and enable community members to access antiretroviral treatment at their local primary care clinics, including through two Xstrata-sponsored health clinics.Peter Freyberg, Xstrata Coal Chief Executive commented: “We are very proud to be part of a partnership that is responding to the significant issue of HIV/AIDS and TB in South Africa with speed and determination. The success of our programme depends on the commitment and co-operation of each of our partners, and I extend my thanks to the provincial and district health authorities, Re-Action, PEPFAR and communities who are working with us to stop the spread of HIV and TB.  We expect to welcome other companies working in South Africa to join our partnership in the near future, to strengthen health services and extend access to HIV testing, counselling and treatment to additional communities.”“We’ve reached a critical moment in the struggle against global epidemics, and are poised to move from merely fighting to winning,” said John Tedstrom, Executive Director of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.  “We congratulate Xstrata, which has shown the world how companies can deliver remarkable improvements in the health and well-being of the workforce and the broader community.   Businesses like Xstrata possess the skills, resources and influence to achieve otherwise inconceivable outcomes.  We need many, many more to make their own contribution.”Xstrata Coal’s HIV/AIDS workplace and community programs have been recognised by the annual GBC awards three times in the past four years, winning the Business Excellence Award for voluntary counselling and testing in 2006 and gaining a commendation in 2005.last_img read more

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Two New PlayStation Portables Coming in Weeks Rumor

first_imgAccording to the latest rumors, Sony is set to release not one, but two new major portable gaming devices in the coming weeks. First up is the long-awaited PSP2, which will apparently be announced on 27th. In February, the company will apparently be following up that major announcement with the unveiling of a hotly anticipated game-centric smartphone.The rumors, which are said to come from “two people with knowledge of the plans,” shed some light on what has seemingly been a bit of conflation amongst rumor generations, combining the PSP sequel and the so-called PlayStation Phone into one gaming playing, call making hyper media device.The phone side is said to fall under the Sony Ericsson side of the business (makes sense). It will apparently be released at Mobile World Congress, which is set for mid-February in Barcelona. According to most rumors, the device will run some form of Android. Sony, naturally, isn’t saying a thing about its plans–or lack thereof–on either front.last_img read more

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Man of Steel sequel confirmed Superman obviously coming back from the dead

first_imgThe people working on the DC movie “murderverse” aren’t being coy about Superman’s fate following his death in Dawn of Justice. In fact, a producer has come out and said that he’ll be appearing in more than just the upcoming Justice League.In a Newsweek profile about Dany Garcia, who also spoke about being the manager and producing partner of Dwayne Johnson, her company has also recently brought on Henry Cavill. In the profile, she casually mentions some future plans for her new client:“Henry has a big appetite,” Garcia says. “We’ve been in a five-month period of time where he’s re-strategizing, acquiring property [for his production company Promethean], he’s filming [Justice League] now, he’s in development for the Superman standalone… he’s beginning to expand that world. It’s beautifully teed up. In a year from now, or two years from now, he’s going to be a force globally.” So according to Garcia, we’re in for another Superman standalone film, most likely Man of Steel 2. We haven’t heard much on this front since the studio seems to be focusing more on Justice League, the Batman solo film, and the overall legacy of the universe, which is off to a rocky start whether you liked the films or not.The sequel isn’t on Warner Bros.’ schedule yet, but it’s been in active development at the studio, according to an inside source. Man of Steel was released in 2013 and while it was mixed with critics at the time (with the reception becoming more negative as time goes on), it earned $668 million.Considering its follow-ups have made even more money for the studio, we can assume that we’ll be seeing more movies pop up on the docket that weren’t originally there. Expect plans to change and expect Superman to come back from the grave.last_img read more

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WTF Wednesday This HighTech Pizza ATM Is CollegeDietGoals

first_img PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site Stay on target College dining options aren’t always fancy, but Ohio State University is satisfying students’ appetites with a high-tech pizza ATM.On Tuesday, Ohio State University unveiled the new pizza ATM on campus, and said in a press release that it will be located on the second floor of Morrill Tower.The pizza ATM, which is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for general use and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for student meal plan holders, aims to provide students with a yummy treat in between classes.The pizza ATM has an interesting production process: First, pizzas are pre-made in a nearby kitchen and come ready with cheese or pepperoni toppings. Then, they’re stored in a refrigeration unit inside the pizza ATM for the next hungry student. When someone orders a pie, it’s moved to the pizza ATM’s internal oven, which bakes it to perfection in three to four minutes.Convenience isn’t the only benefit of this high-tech munchie machine: Each 10-inch pizza only costs $8, which is perfect for students on a budget. Plus, the pizza ATM can hold roughly 70 pizzas at a time, just in case the closest dining hall is closed.“Students love to eat at all times of the day and even at breakfast they can eat pizza,” Abby Hertzfeld, associate director of operations for the Office of Student Life Dining Services, said in the press release. “We’re starting out right now with our pilot program with limited hours, but we’re going to continue to extend hours throughout this semester.”Until then, we’ll be jealous of Ohio State University students who get to satisfy their pizza cravings.More on Geek.com:This Slice of Pizza Will Outlive YouHow to Make the Best Pizza, According to PhysicistsMuseum of Pizza Is Cheesiest Art Exhibit Everlast_img read more

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Boston Sports Stars Coming To Wilmington For Sports Card Memorabilia Show

Boston Sports Stars Coming To Wilmington For Sports Card Memorabilia Show

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – Meet sports celebrities at Greater Boston Sports Collectors Club’s 33rd Annual Sports Card & Memorabilia Show, held on Friday, November 2 (noon to 7pm), Saturday, November 3 (9am to 5pm), and Sunday, November 4 (9am-3pm) at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) in Wilmington.Saturday Highlights include:Phil EspositoJohnny BucykJoe MontanaSteve GroganDick ButkisFred LynnJim RiceDwight EvansJerry RemyTony LaRussaTom Berenger (Major League actor)Corbin Bernsen (Major League actor)Sunday Highlights include:Ray BourqueCam NeelyBrad MarchandRobert ParishDennis RodmanTedy BruschiAntowain SmithAndre TippettJohn HannahGino CappellettiTerry FranconaThe full schedule of appearances will be released soon.The event’s website touts that, in addition to autograph signings, the 3-day show will feature “200 of the top cards and sports memorabilia dealers in the country,” along with “the industry’s most respected and most recognized card graders and autograph & memorabilia authenticators.”General admission tickets cost $8.  Children under 10 and seniors (65 and over) are FREE.  Tickets must be purchased at the door.Tickets to autograph lines, however, can be purchased in advance on the event’s website HERE.  Please carefully read the varying appearance times, pricing and restrictions for each sports celebrity.  Appearances are subject to change.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPast & Present Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins & Celtics Coming To Wilmington For Sports Card ShowIn “Sports”Bergeron, Krug, Neely, Bourque & More Coming To Wilmington For Sports Collectors ConventionIn “Business”David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez & More Coming To Wilmington For Sports Collectors ConventionIn “Sports”last_img read more

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Costa Rica to take a hard look at its diplomatic missions foreign

Costa Rica to take a hard look at its diplomatic missions foreign

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – Paving the way for a possible visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Costa Rica later this year, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel González met last Friday with his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry, for the first time since theMay 2014 inauguration of President Luis Guillermo Solís.“Costa Rica has been doing a great deal on counterterrorism; great deal particularly on climate change, where they have always been a leader,” Kerry said.“I can remember personally visiting Costa Rica in the earliest days when I was in the United States Senate – one of the first places I went. And then they were working hard to help lead the region out of the difficulties of war, and now they’re working hard on a continued basis to lift the region up economically, to try to help us deal with climate change, and they’ve become good partners in our agriculture initiative with respect to climate.”The 45-minute meeting focused on improving bilateral relations in the absence of a U.S. ambassador in San José. It was followed by a courtesy call at the White House with Ricardo Zúñiga, Obama’s National Security Council adviser on Latin America, and finally a wide-ranging interview with The Tico Times at the Costa Rican Embassy.“One of the purposes of my visit was precisely to look for ways to have a more permanent and fluent political dialogue between the two governments, and to encourage high-level visits and senators to come and visit Costa Rica,” González told The Tico Times in the presence of Costa Rica’s envoy to the U.S., Román Macaya, and the embassy’s deputy chief of mission, Alejandra Solano.“We need to have these kinds of meetings on a more regular basis at the highest possible level. We also discussed the possibility of President Solís visiting Washington sometime in the near future,” he said.Where’s our ambassador?González, noting that it’s been more than a year and a half since the departure of the last U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica, Anne S. Andrew, said his government is waiting patiently for the arrival of Andrew’s likely replacement, political appointee Stafford Fitzgerald Haney. A New Jersey businessman who donated money to Obama’s re-election campaign, Haney is one of several dozen nominees facing confirmation by the slow-moving Senate Foreign Relations Committee.“We understand that there are internal processes which have to be conducted, but it doesn’t prevent us from moving ahead with our agenda,” González said. “Now with the new Congress, hopefully things will move faster than has been the case until now.”During the interview, González laid out his key priorities as foreign minister. He said Costa Rica needs to take a hard look at its 62 diplomatic missions around the world.“I want our embassies and consulates to promote the country and generate business and investment for Costa Rica. This is something they have not done until now,” he said. “I would like to see a foreign policy that goes beyond the traditional values of political stability, human rights, democracy and freedom of expression, which don’t change from one administration to another.”To that end, González said his ministry is conducting a study to decide which embassies to close for budgetary reasons, and where Costa Rica needs new ones.“In an ideal world, I would like to open an embassy somewhere in Africa,” he said. The two alternatives under consideration are Ethiopia, whose capital, Addis Ababa, is home to the 53-member African Union, and South Africa, a member of the five-nation BRICS grouping that also includes Brazil, Russia, India and China. González said he’s leaning toward South Africa for business reasons.Another priority is reviving the frequently criticized Organization of American States, whose secretary-general, José Miguel Insulza, of Chile, is stepping down in June after 10 years at its helm.One of the two men campaigning to replace Insulza, Guatemala’s former Vice President Eduardo Stein, recently withdrew from the race. That leaves Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro as the only other serious contender, though as González said, “a lot can happen between now and March 18,” when OAS member states will choose their next leader.In recent years, he said, the organization’s relevance has been undermined.“If we don’t have an excellent – not just a good, but an excellent – secretary-general, it’ll only get worse. Its influence will be greatly diminished, and that’s a luxury we cannot afford,” González said. “From our perspective, one of the organization’s most important aspects is the inter-American human rights system. I don’t see any other organization or mechanism taking its place.” Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel González meets with Ricardo Zuñiga, special assistant to President Obama and senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 20, 2015. (Courtesy Costa Rican Embassy)The problem with SICAAnother body in need of reform, he said, is the Central American Integration System (SICA, in Spanish). Based in San Salvador, its members are Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic.“SICA has many institutions, but with very ineffective results. We need very clear leadership and very clear reform in terms of transparency and accountability, and we have proposed the complete review of the Tegucigalpa Protocols that serve as the legal basis for SICA,” González said, adding that in its 24-year history SICA has never had a secretary-general from Costa Rica, and that perhaps it’s time for a Tico to lead the bloc.Yet another regional bloc that interests Costa Rica is the Caribbean Community (Caricom), with which Costa Rica signed a free-trade agreement back in 2004. He said Caricom’s 15 members – along with the rest of Central America – are natural customers for Costa Rican products, particularly for small- and medium-sized companies.“We’ve talked a lot in the past about free-trade agreements, as if a small company in Costa Rica taking its first steps in the export business will enter the U.S. or European markets. It doesn’t happen that way. First, they have to focus on the Central American and Caribbean markets,” he said.Meanwhile, said González, “we want to have a closer relationship with Brazil. We want to learn from Brazil’s experiences in fighting poverty during the last three administrations. Brazil is a regional power, and there is a lot to be learned.”González, 46, studied at Columbia University on a Fulbright scholarship, and was a lawyer for 25 years. He entered the public sector in 1992, when he served as adviser to the vice president of Costa Rica on relations with international financial institutions.From 2002 to 2006, he was Costa Rica’s ambassador in Geneva to specialized U.N. agencies. He was then minister of foreign trade and president of Procomer, a government investment promotion agency, before going back to law for eight years. Since assuming his new post as foreign minister last May, he’s traveled to 15 countries.“I think my background in both the public and private sectors helps me to have a different approach,” González said. “I am not a member of the president’s party, or any party actually. I did not participate in anybody’s campaign, so I was amazed, to say the least, that he called on me.”ChinaOne of Costa Rica’s biggest foreign policy issues is its growing cooperation with China – a friendship that began in 2007 when then-President Óscar Arias Sánchez broke diplomatic relations with Taiwan after 63 years in order to establish ties with Beijing.As then-foreign trade minister, González strongly supported that decision despite accusations that Arias had betrayed the Taiwanese.“I had to deal with Taiwan, and it was not a very positive reaction, and we did have some political pressure,” he recalled. “Taiwan was, at the time, the main investor in China and still is. Secondly, a small country like Costa Rica cannot skip any potential market just because of the political situation. Everybody does business with China.”On Monday, Costa Rican lawmakers voted 45-6 to borrow $395 million from the Chinese government to finance the expansion of Route 32, the main highway from San José to the Caribbean province of Limón. The loan covers 85 percent of the $465 million cost of expanding the 107-kilometer highway from two to four lanes; the Costa Rican government will fund the remaining $70 million.But China offered the loan on the condition that the project is developed entirely by China Harbour Engineering Company using only Chinese workers.“When you have a loan, they want you to use as many Chinese companies as possible,” he said, adding he hopes construction will start before the end of this year.In neighboring Nicaragua, a secretive Chinese company, Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Group, is planning a $50 billion interoceanic canal that will extend 259 kilometers from the Pacific coast through Lake Nicaragua to the Atlantic coast. Yet González said he’s skeptical about the enormous project. From left, Ramón Macaya, Costa Rica’s ambassador to the United States, Alejandra Solano, deputy chief of mission at the Costa Rican Embassy in Washington, and Foreign Minister Manuel Antonio González Sanz. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesThe Middle EastCosta Rica’s foreign policy interests also extend to the Middle East, particularly Israel, which is home to about 300 former Ticos.In December, González announced that Rodrigo X. Carreras, the country’s longtime envoy to the Jewish state, would take over as Costa Rica’s ambassador in Cuba. Asked whether the Foreign Ministry would change its relatively pro-Israel policy once a new envoy arrives in Tel Aviv, González responded “yes and no.”“We’ve always been very supportive of Israel in all forums, but in last year’s war in Gaza, we were very critical of both sides,” he said. “We always condemn any form of violence, but self-defense has its limits. They [the Israelis] think that if you’re not 100 percent in favor of Israel, you must favor Hamas. That’s a logic I don’t understand.”The foreign minister said a replacement for Carreras has already been chosen, but he declined to identify him until it’s officially announced.“Some people think that being friends means you have to follow Israel all the way,” he said, assuring that Costa Rica’s warm ties with the Israelis would continue. “From our perspective, being friends also means agreeing to disagree.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica celebrates 66th anniversary of the abolition of its army Costa Rica announces its own international aid policy After 23 years, the US is dropping its claim that Cuba sponsors terrorism. Here’s what it means. Obama promises human rights talk with Castrolast_img read more

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FILE In this 1963 file photo Black Nationalist

FILE In this 1963 file photo Black Nationalist

first_img FILE – In this 1963 file photo, Black Nationalist leader Malcolm X attends a rally at Lennox Avenue and 115th Street in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. For decades, a burning question loomed over one of the most important books of the 20th century, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”: What happened to the reputedly missing chapters that may have contained some of his most explosive thoughts. The answer came on Thursday, July 26, 2018, when an unpublished manuscript of a chapter titled “The Negro” was sold by Guernsey’s auction house in Manhattan, for $7,000. The buyer was The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. (AP Photo/Robert Haggins, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – For decades, scholars have wanted to get a closer look at unpublished sections of a towering 20th century book, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” including cut chapters that may have contained some of the most explosive thoughts of the African-American firebrand assassinated in 1965.They may get their chance after an auction on Thursday, when a manuscript of an unpublished chapter, titled “The Negro,” was sold by Guernsey’s auction house for $7,000.“We are like the Western deserts; tumbleweed, rolling and tumbling whichever way the white wind blows,” reads part of the chapter. “And the white man is like the cactus, deeply rooted, with spines to keep us off.”The buyer was The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, based in Harlem. The Schomburg Center also acquired a 241-page early draft of Malcolm X’s autobiography at the auction for an undisclosed sum.The existence of unpublished chapters of the book has been known since 1992, when an entertainment attorney, Gregory Reed, bought them at an estate auction following the death of the autobiography’s co-author, Alex Haley.Some pages have been exhibited in a Detroit museum. An unpublished introduction was read aloud at an event in 2010. But mostly the sections of the draft that were cut before publication have been locked away from public view.Schomburg Center director Kevin Young said after the auction that the draft of the entire book is of immense value, beyond the historic, for the handwritten revisions and comments by Malcolm X and Haley.Their dialogue, in writing, reflects the human rights activism of the Muslim minister, who indicted white America for what he saw as criminal behaviour against blacks.Opponents including the U.S. government accused Malcolm X of inciting racism and violence. He was assassinated in Harlem by three members of the Nation of Islam, a radical religious movement, shortly after he had broken away from the group.The scribbled notes in the manuscript “are a very direct narrative that he’s crafting,” said Young, citing the image of racist cross-burning that Malcolm X’s mother described to him as a child. “And that’s what brings him into the world.”Loose fragments of Malcolm X’s writing-in-the-works suggest a question: Is it possible there are other chapters that were written but cut?“I examined them, and I don’t know what those are,” Young said. “It’s too early to tell. They look like they were probably stapled at one time or cut and pasted. Some are half of a page or just slips of paper. The best way to describe them is that they’re literal fragments and literary fragments.”It may take years before the story of the fragments is pieced together.“You see in these pages the history of black people in America,” Young concluded. “And we’re bringing the sons and daughters of Harlem home.” by Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press Posted Jul 26, 2018 9:28 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Unpublished parts of Malcolm X’s autobiography auctioned offlast_img read more

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Paphos delegation heads to Israel for Herzlyia twinning

Paphos delegation heads to Israel for Herzlyia twinning

first_imgREPRESENTATIVES of Paphos municipality, headed up by mayor Phedonas Phedonos leave for Israel on Tuesday evening, for the second part of the twinning ceremony of the town with Herzlyia.The trip is being described as a historic one for Paphos and is the second part of the official twinning of Paphos and Herzliya, the initial event saw a delegation from Israel visit Paphos in October last year.Herzliya is well established in the field of technologies and Paphos municipality is hoping that collaboration between the two will focus on tourism and new technologies.The delegation will depart from Paphos airport aboard Ryan Air’s inaugural flight to Tel Aviv. Accompanying the group is Undersecretary to the President Constantinos Petridis, the chairman of the CTO, Angelos Loizou, and a delegation of the Paphos Chamber of Commerce –EVE- led by Chairman Andreas Dimitriades, members of the Paphos regional board of tourism, and numerous group of tourism businessmen.The flight leaves at 8pm on Tuesday evening.On Thursday morning, a meeting of the heads of Paphos delegation with the Israeli Minister of Tourism is scheduled and on Wednesday, a meeting between tourism entrepreneurs of the two countries, will cover a number of issues. The main events of Pafos2017’s cultural capital title will also be promoted and discussed.The Israeli market is being actively targeted as part of an ongoing tourism plan to encourage travellers between Paphos and Tel Aviv.On Thursday, a meeting will take place between the delegation of EVE and the leadership of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tel Aviv, as well as meetings of the Paphos municipality representatives with companies and organisations that specialise in the field of new technologies.The delegation also includes the president and members of the committee of foreign affairs and tourism, Panagiotis Vorkas, Linos Tsokkas, Marinos Stylianou and George Sophocles. The municipal secretary Themis Filippides and municipal service officer Yiannis Anthis will also be on the trip.The delegation will return to Paphos on Friday afternoon.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverCalifornia: Senior Homeowners Are Taking Advantage Of ThisAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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