AEK Beats Lamia 1-0 to Take 2-point Lead in Greek league

first_imgATHENS (AP) — AEK took a two-point lead at the top of the Greek league after beating newcomer Lamia 1-0 Sunday.Lazaros Christodoulopoulos scored the winner with a penalty kick in the 81st, nine minutes after substituting for Tassos Bakasetas.Lamia played its home game at the Athens suburb of Peristeri, because its own stadium is still undergoing renovation.The result put AEK two points ahead of defending champion Olympiakos and PAOK. On Saturday, Olympiakos drew 1-1 at home against Asteras, and PAOK beat Panetolikos 1-0.AEK hosts Olympiakos next Sunday.Also, Panathinaikos beat Apollon 1-0 Sunday, while Larissa vs. Atromitos and Platanias vs. Kerkyra ended in scoreless draws.Panionios plays at Giannena on Monday and can go level on points with AEK if it wins.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Livestock Carrier Catches Fire in Port of Portland

first_imgzoom A livestock carrier caught fire Tuesday evening while docked at the Port of Portland in Victoria, Australia, according to the local Country Fire Authority (CFA).The livestock carrier, identified as the Panama-flagged Awassi Express, was not carrying any livestock at the time of the incident.CFA was called to the port around 8 p.m. local time on Tuesday, after smoke was reported issuing from a silo on board the 1990-built ship. The fire was contained at around 12.30 a.m. to an 800-tonne grain hopper.“Crews worked throughout the night on the fire. The focus for firefighters today is to extinguish the fire by this afternoon,” said CFA’s District 4 Duty Officer Henry Barton.  “The hopper is the size of a three-storey building and it’s continuing to smoulder. There was fire in the early hours of this morning with steam and smoke coming from the vessel.”No injuries to the crew of the ship or the firefighters have been reported, and the cause of the fire is currently being investigated.The Awassi Express was converted from a 2,300 TEU container vessel into a livestock carrier with approximately 22,000 sqm of livestock capacity, and has been transporting livestock from Asia to Australia since June 2014.The ship is owned by Hamood Al Ali Al Khalaf Trading and Transportation Est. of Saudi Arabia, and managed by the Singapore-based Global Radiance Shipmanagement.Image: CFA/Facebooklast_img read more

Jaitleys mortal remains brought to BJP headquarters ministers leaders pay respect

first_imgNew Delhi: The mortal remains of former finance minister Arun Jaitley were on Sunday morning brought to the BJP headquarters where Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, and senior party leaders and workers paid their last respect.The body will be taken to the Nigambodh Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna river for performing the last rites around 2.30 pm with full State honours, a senior BJP leader said.A flower-decked gun carriage will carry the mortal remains from the BJP office to the cremation site. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The 66-year-old passed away at the AIIMS here on Saturday. He was undergoing treatment at the hospital, where he was admitted on August 9.BJP working president JP Nadda, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Yoga Guru Ramdev paid their last tribute at the party HQ, saying the BJP would seek his strategy whenever there was an election in the state.”He has been a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat. We have won several elections in the state by working on his strategy. We will always feel his absence,” Rupani told reporters. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KJaitley’s body wrapped in the national flag was brought to the BJP headquarters located on the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg here from his Kailash Colony residence.BJP workers and mourners queued up in large numbers outside the party headquarters to pay their last respects to the leader.Outside the party office, people chanted “Jab tak suraj chand rahega Jaitley tera naam rahega” (Your name will endure as long as the Sun and the Moon exist)” and ‘Jaitley ji amar rahe’ (Long live Jaitley). Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla, Union ministers Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal and Anurag Thakur, and several BJP leaders and AAP’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh also paid their last respect to Jaitley.”He was a great speaker and parliamentarian and his death is a huge loss to the country and the party. Whenever the party used to face any problem, his advice would be sought,” an emotional Heptulla told reporters. On Saturday, Jaitley’s body was kept at his residence where President Ram Nath Kovind, BJP chief Amit Shah and several leaders across the political spectrum offered him floral tributes.Shah on Saturday said Jaitley was a crusader against corruption and credited him for the successful implementation of the GST and demonetisation, and taking the Jan Dhan Yojana to the masses.last_img read more

Hydro gives update to WAC Bennett and Peace Canyon Dam upgrades

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – B.C. Hydro says that progress is being made on upgrading the W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon Dams.In the two updates, one explained projects to upgrade the two dams’ generating stations while the other goes into detail about upgrades to the facilities’ safety systems.One of the largest projects BC Hydro was undertaking was replacing the rip-rap on the upstream said of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam. Hydro can effectively cross that off their list, as the project has been completed. Over the past year and a half, workers replaced a large portion of rip-rap by replacing the original rock with stronger limestone rock to better withstand erosion. Workers finished placement of the required rock for the rip-rap in March, but additional activities like repaving the Dam Crest Road and the reclamation of the Sand Flat Quarry have yet to be complete.Hydro explained that the refurbishment of ten sets of GMS draft tube maintenance gates would commence in late 2018 finish in late 2020. The refurbishment will include reconditioning the gate sections as well as the associated components to ensure they continue to run safely.Hydro announced the same refurbishment for six PCN draft tube maintenance gates as well. Unlike at GMS, the gate segments at Peace Canyon are not disassembled when the gates are not in use. Instead, the complete assembled gate is stored in a gate storage slot. These updates are scheduled from mid-2018 to mid-2020.Thirty GMS 500 kilovolt disconnect switches were also mentioned saying they needed a replacement because of their increased age. The plan to switch the switches will commence from mid-2019 to mid-2021.Photo by B.C. Hydro.last_img read more

Never seen torture as inflicted by BJP workers, Central Forces: Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee expressed her unhappiness over the way the elections have been conducted in the state. After casting her vote at Bhowanipore Mitra Institution, Banerjee alleged that the BJP used the Central Forces to inflict atrocities on the people. She also accused the Central Forces of being “extra-active”. Banerjee was accompanied by Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parks and Gardens) at the KMC Debasish Kumar.”I have never seen this type of election in the past. The torture that was inflicted on TMC workers and the people in general is simply unprecedented. BJP used the Central Force jawans to create trouble in the state and inflict atrocities on people,” Banerjee told the reporters while leaving the polling booth. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAn official statement issued by the Trinamool Congress on Sunday afternoon alleged that the Central Forces took orders from the BJP and mercilessly beat up citizens and Trinamool workers. Even bombs were hurled. The statement says: “After being briefed from the BJP headquarters, the Central Forces are performing an unprecedented role in Bengal. They have now resorted to intimidation and torture. They are mercilessly beating up Trinamool workers. We are against violence and want the polling process to be peaceful…” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHigh handedness of the Central Forces and incidents of intimidating voters by a section of the jawans were reported from various places under Barasat Parliamentary constituency on Sunday. Trinamool Congress candidate from Barasat Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar alleged that the Central Force jawans asked the voters standing in the queue outside Deganga Gobindapur Primary School to cast their votes in favour of the BJP. Ghosh Dastidar went to the school on Sunday morning and an altercation broke out between her and the Central Force jawans at the polling booth. She alleged that the jawans deployed at the polling booth urged the voters to cast their votes in favour of BJP. Later in the day, Ghosh Dastidar staged a sit-in demonstration in front of New Town police station to protest against the activities of the Central Forces. She added that the Central Force jawans were chanting ‘Jay Shri Ram’ slogan and tore apart the flexes of Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee. “The Central Force jawans acted as BJP’s goons. Can a jawan damage the flexes in this manner with a slogan of ‘Jay Shri Ram’. Service rule does not permit them to do so. Steps would be taken against them. We have the video in our possession,” Ghosh Dastidar said. It may also be mentioned that some local villagers from Pakda area of Sashan under Barasat constituency staged demonstration in front of the Central Force jawans alleging that they tried to convince people to cast their votes in favour of BJP. A mob also ransacked a police vehicle. The Central Force jawans had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the mob. In another development, some local residents from Haroa’s Bakjuri village caught a BJP activist who impersonated as a police officer and tried to indulge in false voting. In the face of police interrogation, the accused broke down. He was later arrested.last_img read more

Microsoft certifies five-year-old Muslim kid as expert

Taroudant – Microsoft, the American multinational corporation, has certified a five-year-old Muslim kid as an expert.Ayan Qureshi, a British of Pakistani origin, has become a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), after passing successfully through “rigorous, industry-proven and industry-recognised exams.”The little kid has scored 700 points out of 1000, enough to enable him to win the IT certification. Quoted by Ajib, Ayan Qureshi said that the exam was “difficult but manageable.” Ayan was first introduced to the computer at the age of three by his father, an IT man.“He sat next to me and looked at me very carefully,” said his father. Ayan told the Independent of his interests other than computer science.“I like compasses and telescopes, but what I love most is the prisms.”By passing the (MCP) exam, the little Muslim kid becomes the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional in the world.According to Microsoft, when someone passes the first qualifying MCP exam, which “cover a wide range of Microsoft products, technologies, and solutions,” s/he “automatically becomes a Microsoft Certified Professional and gain access to MCP benefits.” read more

Ban Kimoon welcomes steps towards achieving denuclearized Korean Peninsula

3 October 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announcement at the six-party talks – involving the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States – in Beijing of the next steps towards achieving a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. The next phase of denuclearization specifies important measures to implement provisions of an agreement reached in February on dismantling the DPRK’s nuclear weapons facilities, and Mr. Ban is “encouraged by this important step forward in multilateral diplomatic efforts towards a nuclear-free Peninsula,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.“Given the vital importance of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, these efforts deserve strong support from the international community in order to maintain the current momentum.”The Secretary-General voiced hope that all parties will intensify their efforts towards denuclearization, peace and security in the region, as well as build mutual trust among them.Today’s announcement comes as the leaders of DPRK and the Republic of Korea are holding a landmark three-day summit in Pyongyang.Earlier this week, Mr. Ban said that he hopes they will use “this historic occasion to lay a solid foundation for peace and stability” on the Korean Peninsula. read more

International Criminal Court prosecutor to visit Côte dIvoire

14 October 2011The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, will travel to Côte d’Ivoire for an official visit to meet the Government, members of the opposition and people affected by the post-election violence that engulfed the West African country at the start of the year. The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, will travel to Côte d’Ivoire for an official visit to meet the Government, members of the opposition and people affected by the post-election violence that engulfed the West African country at the start of the year.The ICC earlier this month authorized the prosecutor to probe alleged abuses committed during the bloody post-election unrest – the seventh investigation in Africa and the first in a State that is not a party to the treaty that set up the court.“I am grateful to President [Alassane] Ouattara for extending the invitation. We will also meet members of the opposition. We will meet with victims, and listen to their views and concerns,” said Mr. Moreno-Ocampo in a statement issued by the ICC announcing the two-day trip starting tomorrow.“We believe it is critically important to meet with the Truth, Dialogue and Reconciliation Commission, which has a crucial mandate to contribute to the prevention of new crimes, the establishment of individual responsibilities and the reconciliation of all Ivorians.”He said his office is closely monitoring election-related developments including in neighbouring countries, including Liberia, which, he said, could affect stability throughout the West African region.“We will pay close attention to the actions and statements of the political class, and in particular to the presidential candidates, including after the elections. Resorting to violence will not be tolerated,” said Mr. Moreno-Ocampo.The ICC pre-trial chamber on 3 October granted the prosecutor’s request to open an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed Côte d’Ivoire following the November 2010 presidential run-off elections, “as well as with regard to crimes that may be committed in the future in the context of this situation.” stated a news release from the court.It also requested the prosecutor to provide any additional information on “potentially relevant crimes” committed in the country between 2002 and 2010.Mr. Moreno-Ocampo had in June requested authorization from the court to open an investigation after a preliminary examination led him to conclude there is a reasonable basis to believe that crimes within the ICC’s jurisdiction had been committed in the country after 28 November 2010.The violence erupted when former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down after he lost the United Nations-certified election to Alassane Ouattara, who was eventually sworn in after Mr. Gbagbo surrendered in April.According to sources quoted by the prosecution in its application, at least 3,000 persons were killed, 72 disappeared and 520 others were subject to arbitrary arrest and detentions during the post-election violence.Cote read more

Alumni rock at annual curling bonspiel

Rob Lanteigne and Kenneth Truong from the Brock University Students’ Union curl at the annual alumni curling bonspiel. Photo: Erika HughesSeventy-two curlers took part in the Brock Rock Alumni Curling Bonspiel on March 27.The annual event was at the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club. It was held by the Alumni Association as a fun bonspiel for alumni, students and Brock faculty and staff. Prizes were awarded for the competitive division, the recreation division and best-dressed team.The event was a success, chair Katie McClymont said.“It is so rewarding to see all the support from the Brock community and the reuniting of alumni and Brock students,” she said. “People are already wanting to register for next year.” read more

Live coverage Greta Thunberg leads climate march in Montreal

A team of Montreal Gazette journalists covered Friday’s massive Montreal climate march. Here’s what happened in words, photos and video.6:10 p.m. That’s a wrapThanks for following our rolling coverage of today’s march. Question/comments? ariga@postmedia.com5:30 p.m. Thunberg gets keys to the cityGreta Thunberg stops by City Hall, tells Mayor Valérie Plante she’s “still very overwhelmed” by the march today in Montreal. Calls crowd of 500,000 “unbelievable.” #climatestrikemontreal— T’Cha Dunlevy (@TChaDunlevy) September 27, 2019Greta Thunberg becomes first person to receive key to the city from Mayor Valérie Plante. #climatestrikemontreal— T’Cha Dunlevy (@TChaDunlevy) September 27, 2019Greta Thunberg signs the Golden Book at Montreal City Hall with some tips from Mayor Valérie Plante— T’Cha Dunlevy (@TChaDunlevy) September 27, 2019Mayor Valérie Plante is welcoming Thunberg to city hall.She says she is giving her the keys to the city to thank her for coming to Montreal and for inspiring many people in the fight against climate change.“Greta represents all the you who are pushing pushes us, the adults, the leaders, the companies, to take our responsibilities,” Plante said.In her opening remarks, the mayor reiterated that the city plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 55 per cent by 2030 on its way to carbon neutrality by 2050.Plante said 500,000 people took part in today’s march.5 p.m. A quick view of the crowds4:25 p.m. ‘We are the change and change is coming’In a speech peppered with French, Greta Thunberg told Montreal marchers that the fight against climate change will not stop until world leaders take the problem seriously.“We’re at least 500,000 here today – you should be very proud of yourself,” Thunberg said to cheers.“We have done this together and I can’t thank you enough for being here. It’s just incredible to be united in such a way for a common cause. It just feels great, doesn’t it?”She said Canada shares some attributes with her native Sweden.“You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. Sweden is also allegedly a climate leader,” she said.“In both cases it means absolutely nothing. In both cases, it’s just empty words. We’ve told (elected officials) to unite behind the science but they didn’t listen.”She urged Montreal marchers to keep up the fight.“Today we are millions striking and marching and we will keep doing it until they listen,” Thunberg said. “It should not be up to us, but somebody needs to do it.This is an emergency and we will not be bystanders.“Some would say we are wasting lesson time, we say we are changing the world so that when we are older we will be able to look our children in the eyes and say we did everything that we could.“We have been told so many times that there is no point in doing this, that we can’t have an impact and make a difference.  But I think we have proven that to be wrong by now. We are the change and change is coming.3:40 p.m. Live feedThe Gazette’s Jason Magder is near the stage, providing a live feed of speeches. Apologies if it breaks up; the network is spotty due to the number of people at the march.Greta Thunberg is expected to speak. Protesters fill Robert-Bourassa Blvd. at the end of the climate march in Montreal on Friday Sept. 27,… SAN RAMON, CALIFORNIA: A climate activist holds a toy skeleton of a dog with the Chevron CEO’s… Participants following the Greta Thunberg-led Montreal climate march overflow Parc Ave. heading south from Mount Royal in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Share Photos: Fridays for Future climate strikes around the world MONTREAL, CANADA: David Suzuki meets with climate change teen activist Greta Thunberg… And, these are by Gazette reporters T’Cha Dunlevy and Chris Curtis, who are near the end of the march. Music and speeches are on tap.Kids running to get a spot in front of the stage. We have reached our destination, corner Robert-Bourassa and Wellington.— T’Cha Dunlevy (@TChaDunlevy) September 27, 2019Barr Brothers, Patrick Watson And Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry and Tim Kingsbury performing at the #ClimateStrike:— T’Cha Dunlevy (@TChaDunlevy) September 27, 2019One marcher shows off his creativity and stilt skills at the #climatestrikecanada event in Montreal— Christopher Curtis (@titocurtis) September 27, 2019It dawns on me that, with the size of this crowd, most won’t even see the stage or here the speeches at Montreal’s climate march.— Christopher Curtis (@titocurtis) September 27, 2019 Carol Dillon is here from Perth, Ont. with her daughter and granddaughter and says she’s more energized about the environmental movement than she ever has been. “There needs to be more people our age out here.”— Christopher Curtis (@titocurtis) September 27, 2019Some youthful scamps climbed up a pillar on University Street to get a sense of the enormity of the thing. And possibly get a good Twitter/Insta/Snapchat shot in there.— Christopher Curtis (@titocurtis) September 27, 20192 p.m. Trudeau targetedPrime Minister Justin Trudeau was targeted by an anti-pipeline protester at a stop in Montreal on Friday.Later, during the march, a protester attempted to throw an egg at Trudeau on Sherbrooke St., near Park Ave., Gazette colleague Frédéric Tomesco reports. Police handcuffed the man and took him away.Protestor interrupts Trudeau speech, calls him a “climate criminal”, is hauled off by RCMP. #elxn43— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) September 27, 20191:10 p.m. Live from the marchGazette colleague Jason Magder is doing a Facebook Live from the middle of the march. A girl takes part in a protest against climate change called by the organization Fridays For Future… Protesters fill Park Ave at the start of the big climate march in Montreal Friday September 27, 2019. Overview of the climate change protest looking north on Park Ave. north of Pine Ave. in Montreal on… Activists hold placards as they participate in a Fridays for Future march calling for urgent measures… MADRID, SPAIN: A woman paints a mural during a global youth climate action strike Sept. 27, 2019… Pinterest STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: Activists march during a “Fridays for future” demonstration, a worldwide… WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: More than 40,000 protesters leave Civic Square as they march to… Reddit Activist Greta Thunberg speaks at press conference prior to big climate march in Montreal on… Pinterest Greta Thunberg joins Indigenous youth at the head of the big climate march in Montreal Friday September 27, 2019. Participants following the Greta Thunberg-led Montreal climate march overflow Parc Ave. heading… John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette Overview of the climate change protest looking north on Park Ave. north of Pine Ave. in Montreal on… An enthusiastic show of support from a balcony overlooking a throng of people joining the Greta Thunberg-led climate march along Parc Ave. in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Téa Verdene, left, and Anna Fraser take part in climate march in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. A boy holds up a sign during big climate march in Montreal Friday September 27, 2019.  John… An enthusiastic show of support from a balcony overlooking a throng of people joining the Greta… LISBON, PORTUGAL: People hold a placard during a protest to demand action on climate change… Demonstrators take part in a global youth climate action strike in Barcelona, on September 27, 2019… 1/19 Greta Thunberg joins Indigenous youth at the head of the big climate march in Montreal on Friday,… Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Swedish climate change teen activist Greta… Mei Chui of Extinction Rebellion climate activist group speaks during a climate press conference… THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS: Protesters stand on a globe as they participate in the Global… Dominic Champagne of Le Pacte pour le transition speaks during a climate press conference prior… Marchers began gathering midmorning in the streets of Montreal during the global climate strike on… A girl takes part in a protest against climate change called by the organization Fridays For Future… LinkedIn Share Photos: Greta Thunberg leads climate march in Montreal MADRID, SPAIN: A woman paints a mural during a global youth climate action strike Sept. 27, 2019… Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg gets the key to the city from Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante… Email John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette Climate change teen activist Greta Thunberg speaks before joining a climate strike march in… MONTREAL, CANADA: David Suzuki meets with climate change teen activist Greta Thunberg… Protesters cheer Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg during her speech at the end of the… Milan Penners, left, and Malik Bigras take part in climate march in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. GALLERY: Photos: Fridays for Future climate strikes around the world KOLKATA, INDIA: Students take part in a “Fridays for Future” march calling for urgent measures to… Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire, are surrounded by security as they… Earlier, Jason spoke to some youth. Part of his story:They came from far and wide to lend their voices to the cause and march for awareness of a climate crisis they feel powerless to prevent.“When we finally realize what’s happening, it will be too late,” said Léona Dugas-Paquet, 10, who was marching with her mother. “We’re very concerned because maybe when it’s too late to save the planet, we’ll still be around and that would be tragic.”Dugas-Paquet said she’s inspired by 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, who led the march and inspired a global movement. She joined the climate strike by joining the rally instead of going to class.“She’s really courageous to do what she’s doing,” Dugas-Paquet said. “You can say she’s had a good influence.”Read the rest here.3:30 p.m. Almost 500,000There is no official crowd count but organizers are calling today’s event historic, Jesse Feith reports.“Earlier we spoke of the largest environmental march, but we can now forget environmental – it’s the largest march of any kind in Quebec history,” an organizer just told the crowd near the stage at the end of the march.Later, the throng cheered when it was told that “close to half a million” people were taking part.“Not only the largest march in history of Quebec, but the largest gathering for the climate of the whole week,” an organizer said.In March, in another youth-led climate march, 150,000 people took over Montreal’s  streets.“Today we’re nearly 500,000 people gathered in Montreal but there are also 52 protests across Quebec,“ organizer François Geoffroy said. “Behind these protests are simple and clear demands… It’s a historic moment where, together, we’re asking elected officials for concrete actions.”Cédric Gray-Lehoux, youth spokesperson for the Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador, said: “We’re here, united as youth, to say we won’t tolerate it anymore and change is coming.“To those in positions of power, it’s very simple (…) if we do not protect Mother Earth, Mother Earth will not protect us. No matter how much money or power you have, you cannot escape this reality.”500’000 in Montréal. Change is coming!! #ClimateStrike #FridayForFuture #klimatstrejk— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 27, 2019About 1 kilometre North of the stage… 90 minutes after marchers first reached it. #climatestrikecanada— Christopher Curtis (@titocurtis) September 27, 20193 p.m. The throngView from corner of Robert-Bourassa and de la Gauchetiere as marchers stream in.— Rene Bruemmer (@ReneBruemmer) September 27, 2019The march arrived at the stage about an hour ago and tens of thousands are still streaming in.— Christopher Curtis (@titocurtis) September 27, 2019To give you an idea: this is 500 meters from the state and it’s DENSE. #ClimateAction montreal— Christopher Curtis (@titocurtis) September 27, 20192:20 p.m. More images from the marchFrom Gazette photographers John Kenney (top) and Dave Sidaway (bottom). John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette LinkedIn Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde presents a gift to climate change teen… A boy holds up a sign during big climate march in Montreal Friday September 27, 2019. 1/30 Several thousand people attended an anti-climate change event in Winnipeg. They marched up and… Tumblr John Kenney / Montreal Gazette Demonstrators take part in a global youth climate action strike with a sign reading “In Venezuela the… MONTREAL, QUE.: SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 — Climate activist Éve Grenier of Fridays for the Future… BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: Protesters march with a globe balloon on the oldest Hungarian bridge, the… Email Reddit And here are some photos of Thunberg-inspired marches around the world. Dominic Champagne of Le Pacte pour le transition speaks during a climate press conference prior… Protesters fill Park Ave at the start of the big climate march in Montreal Friday September 27, 2019. Greta Thunberg joins Indigenous youth at the head of the big climate march in Montreal on Friday,… Greta Thunberg looks at the vest presented to her by Perry Bellegarde, Chief of the Assembly of… TURIN, ITALY: Demonstrators pack a street as they march during the Global Climate Strike… Climate change teen activist Greta Thunberg holds a gift received during a talk before joining a… Tumblr Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, presents Swedish climate activist… Climate change teen activist Greta Thunberg speaks before joining a climate strike march in… Activist Greta Thunberg speaks at press conference prior to big climate march in Montreal Sept. 27,… Climate change protesters flooded Wellington St. before marching west on Dufferin Ave. in London,… Thousands of protesters flood the streets of Montreal, Canada, during the global climate strike on… TOPSHOT – A placard depicting Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison is displayed during a… Greta Thunberg leaves a press conference prior to climate march in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27,… Demonstrators take part in a global youth climate action strike in Quito on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at… GALLERY: Photos: Greta Thunberg leads climate march in Montreal Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Greta Thunberg speaks to climate crisis protesters at the end of the march through Montreal on… Some more shots, from Gazette reporters T’Cha Dunlevy and Jesse Feith.Greta in the middle— T’Cha Dunlevy (@TChaDunlevy) September 27, 2019#ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture #Montreal— Jesse Feith (@JesseFeith) September 27, 20191 p.m. Drone view#27septembre – Des images du drone de Radio-Canada qui montrent la foule au départ pour la marche pour le climat à #Montréal.Suivez les journalistes partout au Canada ➡ #ClimateStrikeCanada— Radio-Canada Info (@RadioCanadaInfo) September 27, 201912:35 p.m. Thunberg fever in MontrealSchool strike. Week 58Montréal. #ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 27, 2019Some photos of Thunberg in the city. Heidi Bangalina carries sign to big climate march in Montreal Friday September 27, 2019.  John… 12:30 p.m. The march is mammothAnd we’re off! With Greta and Indigenous groups leading the way. #ClimateMarch— T’Cha Dunlevy (@TChaDunlevy) September 27, 2019 Some photos by Gazette photographer John Mahoney. read more

Childrens mental health deserves special attention Annan says

In a statement welcoming World Mental Health Day, Mr. Annan noted that this year’s focus was on the special needs of children and adolescents with mental, emotional and behavioural disorders. “Developing and developed countries alike have a duty to do all they can to ease these burdens, by improving diagnosis, treatment, public awareness and education,” he said. “Governments must live up to their obligation under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – the most widely ratified international legal instrument in history – to ensure ‘the development of the child’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential’.” “On this World Mental Health Day, let us rededicate ourselves to translating into reality the rights of children as enshrined in the Convention. Let us vow to give the mental health of young people all the attention it deserves,” he said. Listen to UN Radio report read more

Russian veto defeats Security Council draft resolution on Cyprus

Russian Ambassador Gennady Gatilov said his country supports the efforts by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to settle the Cyprus problem and the planned referenda on the settlement plan, after which the Security Council should take a decision on the issue, but voiced concern about the process concerning the draft resolution, which should have been subject to more extensive discussion. Russia therefore had no choice but to exercise a “technical veto” at this stage, he said.The last time the Russian Federation vetoed a draft in the Security Council was in 1994 on a text concerning Bosnia and Herzegovina. In total, Moscow has exercised the veto a total of 122 times. read more

On front line of Nigers war against hunger UNICEF wields porridge and

“The state of health of these women and children is very precarious,” UNICEF Health and Nutrition Joint Administrator Daouda Alfari Dagada says as mothers in the village of Tsaki, babies strapped to their backs, wait patiently in line to receive food and medical attention near Maradi, epicentre of the food crisis afflicting up to 2.5 million people in the word’s second poorest country. “[Of] the children, I would say almost two thirds are suffering from moderate malnutrition. Pregnant women are also undernourished. Many suffer from anaemia, which poses risks for them to have a normal and safe delivery,” she added.With money donated by governments and ordinary people around the world, UNICEF has set up a cereal bank to provide weekly distributions of grain, and is providing vaccinations and health check-ups for children in the West African country suffering from drought and the worst invasion of crop-devouring locusts in 15 years.Working closely with its partners on the ground, UNICEF Niger has provided over 41 tons of therapeutic milk, 6.7 tons of therapeutic food and 190 tons of UNIMIX, a life-saving porridge easy for undernourished children to digest, at 10 fixed therapeutic feeding centres and 21 outreach therapeutic centres across Niger.In collaboration with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), 187 tons of corn-soy blend and 614 tons of cereals have been delivered to 62 affected villages, benefiting an estimated 200,000 people, including 40,000 children under five. In addition, about 900 tons of cereals are being delivered to another 90 villages, and approximately six tons of seed (corn, wheat, potato) have also been provided. To empower the local communities, UNICEF is supporting the creation of cereal banks and helping train health workers. Education about nutrition and how to deal with shortages has also been provided in local villages. Efforts are also underway to prevent the food situation in neighbouring countries, including Nigeria, Mali, and Burkina Faso, from worsening. read more

HewlettPackard says fraud at company it acquired cost it 5 billion

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Hewlett-Packard Co. said on Tuesday that it’s the victim of a $5-billion-plus fraud, claiming a British company it bought last year lied about its finances.HP CEO Meg Whitman said executives at Autonomy Corporation PLC “wilfully” boosted the company’s figures through various accounting tricks, which convinced HP to pay $9.7 billion for the company in October 2011.Autonomy’s former CEO said HP’s allegations are false.HP is now taking a charge $8.8 billion charge to align the accounting value of Autonomy with its real value. More than $5 billion of that writedown is due to the false accounting, HP said.The revelation is another blow for HP, which is struggling to reinvent itself as PC and printer sales shrink. Its shares hit a 10-year low in morning trading.Among other things, Autonomy makes search engines that help companies find vital information stored across computer networks. Acquiring it was part of an attempt by HP to strengthen its portfolio of high-value products and services for corporations and government agencies. The deal was approved by Whitman’s predecessor, Leo Apotheker, but closed three weeks into Whitman’s tenure as chief executive. Whitman was a member of HP’s board of directors when Apotheker initiated the Autonomy purchase.Among the tricks used at Autonomy, Whitman said: The company had been booking the sale of computers as software revenue claiming the cost of making the machines as a marketing expense. Revenue from long-term contracts was booked up front, instead of over time.As a result, Autonomy appeared to be more profitable than it was, and seemed to be growing its core software business faster than was actually the case. The moves were apparently designed to groom the company for an acquisition, Whitman said.Once HP bought the company, Autonomy’s reported results quickly declined. Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch continued to run the company as part of HP, but Whitman forced him out on May 23 because it was not living up to expectations.“Little did I know that there was more than met the eye,” Whitman said.With Lynch gone, a senior Autonomy executive volunteered information about the accounting shenanigans, prompting an internal investigation, she said.The case has been referred to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, she said. The company will also try to recoup some of the cash it paid for Autonomy through lawsuits.In a statement to the Financial Times, Lynch said “The former management team of Autonomy was shocked to see this statement today, and flatly rejects these allegations, which are false.”“It took 10 years to build Autonomy’s industry-leading technology and it is sad to see how it has been mismanaged since its acquisition by HP,” he added.On a conference call with Whitman following the earnings report, analyst Ben Reitzes of Barclays Capital asked who will be held responsible internally for the disastrous acquisition.Whitman answered that the two executives that should have been held responsible — Apotheker and strategy chief Shane Robinson — are gone. But the deal was also approved, essentially, by the current board.“Most of the board was here and voted for this deal, and we feel terribly about that,” Whitman said. “What I will say is that the board relied on audited financials. Audited by Deloitte — not ‘Brand X’ accounting firm, but Deloitte. During our very extensive due diligence process, we hired KPMG to audit Deloitte. And neither of them saw what we now see after someone came forward to point us in the right direction.”Apotheker told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he was “stunned and disappointed” to learn of the allegations against Autonomy, and pointed out that they had gone undiscovered by HP’s auditors, executives and directors.Deloitte UK said it could not comment on the matter because of client confidentiality rules.Whitman said she still views Autonomy as a “growth engine for HP software,” albeit a weaker one than initially thought.HP shares traded down $1.74, or 13 per cent, at $11.56 in morning trading. Just after the open, they hit $11.35, the lowest level since 2002.HP’s net loss for the fiscal fourth quarter, which ended Oct. 31, amounted to $6.85 billion, or $3.49 per share. That compares with net income of $239 million, or 12 cents per share, in the same period last year.It was the second mammoth loss in a row for HP. In the third fiscal quarter, it lost a record $8.86 billion, or $4.49 per share. That was due to a charge for another acquisition — that of Electronic Data Systems, a technology consulting service that it bought for $13 billion in 2009. In that case, HP didn’t blame improper accounting, just results that didn’t live up to expectations.Excluding the charges in the latest quarter, HP earned $1.16 per share in the latest quarter, just above the average analyst forecast of $1.14 per share, as polled by FactSet.HP’s revenue was $30.0 billion, down 7 per cent from last year. That was below analyst expectations at $30.5 billion.The Palo Alto, Calif., company stuck to its previously given earnings forecast for the fiscal year that just started, but it issued a forecast for this quarter that was well below analyst expectations. It expects earnings, excluding items, to be 68 cents to 71 cents per share, while analysts were looking for 85 cents, according to FactSet. by Peter Svensson, The Associated Press Posted Nov 20, 2012 12:06 pm MDT Hewlett-Packard says fraud at company it acquired cost it $5 billion AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Hurricane Maria leaves 15 dead in Dominica

The eye of the hurricane passed directly over Dominica (AFP)(BBC) At least 15 people are dead and 20 others are missing on Dominica after Hurricane Maria, the Caribbean island’s prime minister has said.It was a miracle that the death toll was not in the hundreds, PM Roosevelt Skerrit tearfully told a local television station.He added the island is “going to need all the help the world has to offer”.Hurricane Maria ripped through Dominica as a category four storm late on Monday, damaging hundreds of homes.Speaking from the nearby island of Antigua, Mr Skerrit said he has spent the last 24 hours surveying the destruction caused by the powerful storm.The island’s communication networks were shut down and its airport remains closed, he said.Meanwhile, authorities in Puerto Rico are urging residents to seek higher ground ahead of flash flooding in the aftermath of Maria. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHurricane Maria: Puerto Rico may be months without powerSeptember 21, 2017In “World”Dominica needs ‘all the help the world can give,’ says PMSeptember 21, 2017In “latest news”Hurricane Maria churns toward Turks and Caicos and leaves 32 deadSeptember 22, 2017In “World” read more


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Watch Ming Flanagan challenges Minister to drink glass of glorified piss water

first_img(Image Credit: short time later, the Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett described it as an “act of vandalism” which he had “never before” seen in the chamber.He said he would be addressing the “outrageous and unacceptable behaviour” at an immediate meeting of the Dáil’s Committee on Procedures of Privilege later this afternoon. He dismissed complaints from the opposition benches that it was “a peaceful gesture” saying it was not appropriate in the houses of parliament.In a statement issued a short time later: “Whilst I fully appreciate the need for Members to attract publicity and inform their constituents of the work that they do in Leinster House but when a Member decides to pull a stunt such as this, it does nothing other than denigrate our National Parliament.” Opposition deputies have been complaining about the lack of debate being given to the Water Services Bill which provides for the transfer of powers for water provision from local authorities to Irish Water which will be implementing water charges from late next year.The bill is due to pass all stages of the Oireachtas before the end of this week when the Dáil and Seanad rise for Christmas.WATCH: Dáil falls silent to highlight plight of children in need of cochlear implantsDáil rejects Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s cannabis regulation motion TD LUKE Ming Flanagan could be in trouble with Oireachtas authorities after he gave a Minister a glass of dirty water which he described as “glorified piss”, during a debate on the Water Services Bill this morning.The Roscommon-South Leitrim deputy was criticising the decision to charge for water provision pointing out that constituents of his in Castlerea are being “forced” to use tap water which is contaminated with cryptosporidium.“The people in my area are expected to drink glorified piss and you’re going to charge them for it, but the reality is we’re not going to pay for it,” he said.Flanagan then challenged the Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd to drink the water before marching across the chamber and placing it beside him and walking out.(Watch in the video above from about 1 minute 20 seconds in)last_img read more

Robbie Henshaw to miss Irelands tour of Argentina

first_imgCONNACHT’S YOUNG STAR Robbie Henshaw has withdrawn from the Ireland squad which will tour Argentina next month.The Athlone native sustained a hand ligament injury earlier in the season which he ‘exacerbated’ in training this week, the IRFU say.Henshaw will undergo surgery immediately, the union confirmed.Joe Schmidt has not yet made a decision on who will replace the 20-year-old.‘Imitation is the best form of flattery’ – Kearney ready for Leinster-esque WarriorsDream senior debut plans turned into ‘a disaster’ for Tipperary’s Jason Forde last yearlast_img read more

Turkey beefs up security on first anniversary of widespread protests

first_imgTHOUSANDS OF TURKISH police mobilised today in central Istanbul ahead of demonstrations to mark the first anniversary of last year’s protests that mushroomed into a revolt against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule.Erdogan’s government deployed thousands of riot police and police in civilian clothes to enforce a ban on protests at Taksim Square, the epicentre of last year’s demonstrations, an AFP reporter said.Erdogan on Friday urged young Turks to ignore the call to stage a protest to mark the anniversary of a movement that began last year as a neighbourhood bid to save Gezi Park, adjacent to Taksim Square, from real estate developers.Following a deadly police crackdown, the protests swelled into an outpouring of anger against the perceived authoritarian tendencies of the Islamic-rooted government.“One year later, people, including so-called artists, are calling for demonstrations, but you, Turkey’s youth, you will not respond to the call,” Erdogan told a crowd of a thousand young people in Istanbul.“These terrorist organisations manipulated our morally and financially weak youth to attack our unity and put our economy under threat,” Erdogan said.Urge to allow peaceful protest Turkish media reported that around 25,000 police officers as well as dozens of water cannon trucks and armoured vehicles would be deployed to Istanbul on Saturday to prevent demonstrators from reaching the square.The opposition leader urged the authorities to let people peacefully protest.“Let the young people protest as they want. They are peaceful, they can’t harm anyone. What will you achieve with all these bans,?” said Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP).Tensions grew when a 64-year-old woman who fell into a coma after inhaling tear gas during last year’s protests died this week at an Istanbul hospital.A total of eight people died and thousands were wounded as a result of the crackdown on the protests, which turned into the largest challenge to Erdogan since his party came to power in 2002.- © AFP, 2014Read: Turkish government heavily criticised after passing “Orwellian” internet lawsRead: Turkish authorities accused of sexual abuse and severe beating of protestersPICS: Turkish police storm Gezi Park with tear gas and water cannonslast_img read more