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Miss Ahmedabad 2007, Heena Vashisht has been on a roll since she won the crown. With a slew of titles in her kitty, her moment of glory was being crowned Miss India University Photogenic 2010 at the Mr and Ms University and College Idol in the all India finale in,Miss Ahmedabad 2007, Heena Vashisht has been on a roll since she won the crown. With a slew of titles in her kitty, her moment of glory was being crowned Miss India University Photogenic 2010 at the Mr and Ms University and College Idol in the all India finale in Mumbai. Over the last three years, Vashisht has catwalked the runway at shows of Vogue, Pantaloons and Levis, anchored events and done photo-shoots for print/editorial advertisements.Fashion frenzy: This diva loves to shop for trendy clothes. “I love to buy different kinds of clothes. I like to look classy and chic always, wear the most stylish outfits. When I find a sexy dress, I don’t need an occasion to buy it. I just buy accessories to match,” she says.Brand brigade: She is often seen sporting Dolce & Gabbana shoes and sunglasses. Her favourite fashion brands are Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Dior and Ralph Lauren.Bag essentials: She always carries her Blackberry, fragrances, shades and a designer wallet in her handbag. She never travels out of Ahmedabad without a laptop and a camera.Style icon: “I think Priyanka Chopra rocks, she is my style icon. I love the way she dresses up and the way she talks. She has luscious lips and is a complete package of style, intelligence and the oopmh factor. I try to emulate her hairstyle, her dresses, piercing, her sexy pout, and am off to the malls to hunt for anything new she wears,” says the lady.On the spotadvertisementNaseeruddin Shah was seen dining at the Poolside Grill of the Cambay Grand Hotel in Ahmedabad recently. He was in the city with Ratna Pathak Shah and Heeba Shah for a performance of their production Ismat Aapa ke Naam based on three short stories of Ismat Chughtai at Jai Shankar Sundari Hall.Author Chetan Bhagat was recently spotted in the city alongwith Spice Group’s Dilip Modi. The two were in Ahmedabad for a seminar organised by Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries.Many stalwarts of the film industry were present at the International film festival at the City Pulse in Ahmedabad. Those seen at the do included cine star Asha Parekh, film director Ketan Mehta, Subhash Ghai, Satish Kaushik, actor Anupam Kher, Manisha Koirala, Sridevi, Divya Dutta among others.
Almost everyone in this world feel that ‘red is the colour of love’ but if you are a certain Yuvraj Singh, then you have more reasons to believe that even ‘shades of grey’ can have a soothing feeling than colour red.Even a year back, Yuvraj would have told you that he loved everything red but not anymore for the man who has successfully battled against a rare germ cell cancer.”Red used to be my favourite colour but I have seen so much of blood that now I hate red. The colour irritates me,” Yuvraj said during an interaction with mediapersons at his cricket academy in Pathways School, Gurgaon recently.As Lance Armstrong would tell you that “It’s Not About the Bike”, Yuvraj now realizes that it’s certainly not about ‘the bat’ anymore.”My approach towards the game has been changed. Of course, it will be the biggest achievement for me whenever I will play my first game for the country (after recovering).”He recalled the hard days during treatment and how it felt being back to normal life.”I struggled to breath earlier. Now I am breathing with both lungs. I can eat samosa. I could smell food during chemo but could not eat it. I am relieved to be able to live like a normal man now,” the 30-year-old said in a pragmatic tone.After initial realization that he has been affected by a dreadful disease, the stylish left-hander did feel that he may not be able to play again.advertisement”I was in bed for 4-6 months and only I can feel what it means to be back on the field. Even I did not imagine that I will be able to play again but my progress has been good. I can’t describe in words, how it felt when I had my first knocking session.”For the past couple of weeks, Yuvraj has time and again expressed his desire to be a part of World T20 Championship but he doesn’t want to rush things.”I am not worried. Obviously, I want to play but I can’t keep thinking about it,” he added.The ‘Man of The Tournament’ during World Cup admitted that initial phase of training was “really painful.””For the first two weeks, every muscle in my body was paining. The body used to be bit shaky but I’m 50-55 per cent there. Rest, I will attain in two months.”I am hitting the ball well. The hand-eye co-ordination is better although the feet movement is slow. The best part is that I don’t get tired now. Hopefully, I will be able to make a comeback in T20 World Cup,” Yuvraj, who is working out for six hours a day, concluded.
Many nations are betting on youth at the European Championship, giving promising youngsters a chance to shine in France.Some of the top nations have included up-and-coming players in their squads for this month’s tournament, with some giving up experience to make way for young talent.Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque left out of his squad veteran forwards such as Fernando Torres and Diego Costa to open up space for the uncapped Lucas Vazquez. Germany coach Joachim Loew named a few young midfielders as well as exciting attacking playmaker Leroy Sane. England and Portugal are betting on a couple of 18-year-old teenagers Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford and newly signed Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches.Some of the youngsters will be making the trip to France mainly to gain experience, but many will end up getting a chance to show off their talent and help their teams succeed.Here are some of the promising stars to watch for at the European championship:LEROY SANE (GERMANY)The 20-year-old attacking midfielder returns to the national team after making his debut last year. The agile player had a breakthrough season with Schalke, impressing with his dribbling, as well as his ability to work as a playmaker. Sane attracted headlines when he debuted in the Champions League by scoring a goal against Real Madrid last year. The youngster is the son of former Senegal star Souleyman Sane, who had a distinguished career in Germany, and Olympic rhythmic gymnastics medalist Regina Weber.MARCUS RASHFORD (ENGLAND)advertisementAfter a tremendously fast rise through Manchester United’s youth squads, the 18-year-old established himself as the team’s No. 1 striker, scoring eight goals in 17 appearances. He scored for the club in his debut both in the Premier League and in the Europa League, as well as in his England debut. He made the England squad despite coach Roy Hodgson having plenty of options to choose from in attack, being named the team’s fifth forward for the tournament in France.RENATO SANCHES (PORTUGAL)The 18-year-old midfielder became Portugal’s youngest ever player to be called up for a major tournament with the senior squad, surpassing the mark previously held by Cristiano Ronaldo. A product of Benfica’s youth teams, he made it to the top squad this season and earned a transfer to Bayern Munich for 35 million euros ($40 million). Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the club had been following Sanches for a long time, calling him a “dynamic and technically skilled midfielder who’ll add even more strength to our team.”LUCAS VAZQUEZ (SPAIN)The uncapped Lucas Vazquez was the surprise addition to Spain’s squad, making it to the team instead of veterans Diego Costa and Fernando Torres. The 24-year-old forward impressed with Real Madrid while replacing regular starters when they had to deal with injuries late in the season. The speedy forward showed his cool when he scored one of the penalties in the shootout that gave Real Madrid the Champions League title against Atletico Madrid.FEDERICO BERNARDESCHI (ITALY)The 22-year-old Federico Bernardeschi had a strong season with Fiorentina, scoring important goals in the Europa league. The playmaker is from Carrara in northwestern Italy, the same hometown as Gianluigi Buffon, who talks highly of the playmaker. The veteran goalkeeper recently said Bernardeschi is one of the “brightest talents” in Italian soccer. The striker also has been complimented for playing well as a winger even though he is more used to playing behind the forwards in front of midfield.SAMUEL UMTITI (FRANCE)Lyon central defender Samuel Umtiti made the team in part thanks to Raphael Varane’s absence because of a muscle injury. The 22-year-old can also play as a left back, and his versatility helped him earn a spot in the squad even though coach Didier Deschamps called up Sevilla defender Adil Rami to the list of reserves after Varane was injured. The youngster has already been linked to transfers to teams such as Tottenham, AS Roma and Barcelona.DELE ALLI (ENGLAND)Voted as England’s young player of the year, the 20-year-old Dele Alli made an instant impact in the Premier League, scoring 10 goals and earning 12 assists with Tottenham after being picked up from third-division club MK Dons. He got some unwanted rest at the end of the season after being banned for three matches for punching an opponent. Touted as one of the best up-and-coming players England has seen in a long time, the quick attacking midfielder is expected to add some much-needed excitement to Roy Hodgson’s squad.
The Cricket Advisory Committee – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman – will meet the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over the coach issue in London on Friday afternoon.Importantly, India captain Virat Kohli is expected to be in the meeting as well.Reports of a rift between Kohli and current coach Anil Kumble had surfaced soon after the BCCI issued an advertisement for the next coach. But the Indian board maintained it was only following procedures and processes.Ganguly, Laxman and Tendulkar, who had roped in Kumble as coach for a one-year period in 2016 in place of Ravi Shastri, have firmly backed the legendary leg-spinner to continue.India Today had reported last week that the CAC had asked for more time and wanted to hold discussions with BCCI and Kohli. The India captain has of course dismissed any news of rifts with the coach as mere rumour.Kumble, meanwhile, will travel with the team to the West Indies for a limited-overs series comprising five ODIs and a one-off T20 International after the end of the Champions Trophy.
National-level kabbadi player Vikesh Kumar Rawat died after being run over by a truck in Jharkhand’s Deoghar district on Tuesday.Rawat died instantly near the Blooming Buds school situated on the Deoghar-Dumka highway. The body was sent for post-mortem.Expressing grief, kabbadi players in Deoghar said Rawat had to participate in the recruitment of the Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) at Bokaro on Wednesday.Rawat had represented Jharkhand from junior to senior level in kabbadi games from 2011 to 2014.
zoom Navis and DP World have marked the opening of a new terminal in Brisbane, and the go-live of the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) to support its semi-automated operations.Implementation of N4 at DP World Brisbane completes the standardization and optimization of the TOS software across all DP World Australia sites.DP World Brisbane incorporates semi-automated operations managed by the Navis N4 TOS, along with Automated Stacking Cranes (ASC) and manned straddle carriers. The Brisbane terminal has a twenty foot capacity (TEU) of 900,000, representing the capability to handle 90 percent of the TEU handled by the entire Port of Brisbane annually.With N4 in place, DP World Brisbane’s safety, productivity, efficiency and reliability will see improvements, contributing to its status as a world-class semi-automated facility.“We extend our sincerest thanks to the Navis team for its partnership and support during this groundbreaking and high-stakes project. The N4 TOS provides us with the tools we need to manage our semi-automated facility, and as part of that, optimize operations, create new efficiencies, increase safety and improve the reliability of our services, increasing customer satisfaction overall,” said Mark Hulme, Chief Operations Officer, DP World Australia.The N4 go-live at DP World Brisbane also represents the final N4 TOS implementation across all of DP World Australia’s sites, including Sydney, Fremantle and Melbourne. TOS standardization at all four terminals provides DP World Australia with critical support for advanced technologies used in gate and rail operations, as well as improved functionality and efficiency for vessel and yard planning.N4 is Navis’ latest generation TOS, allowing customers the flexibility and scalability needed to run their operations – from a single terminal to multiple terminals spanning numerous geographic locations managed from one central location. May 20, 2014;
Together with adding more dimensions to Swachh Bharat Mission to clear out the clutter and clean up India and taking the country to heights of development with digitising as much as possible, a hitherto overlooked matter of grave concern has been the management of e-waste. A study confirms that India happens to be among the top five countries in the world for the amount of e-waste it generates; China, USA, Japan, and Germany being the other countries on the list in the study conducted by ASSOCHAM-NEC. Maharashtra is the largest contributor of e-waste at 19.8 per cent and recycles only about 47,810 TPA (tonnes per annum). Its counterparts Tamil Nadu (13 per cent) recycles about 52,427 TPA, UP (10.1 per cent) recycles about 86,130. Other states like West Bengal contribute 9.8 per cent e-waste, Delhi 9.5 per cent, Karnataka 8.9 per cent, Gujarat 8.8 per cent, and Madhya Pradesh’s share is studied to be 7.6 per cent. 82 per cent of India’s e-waste comprises personal devices such as computers, screens, smartphones, tablets and TVs, and the remainder being larger household appliances and heating and cooling equipment. Out of the composite global e-waste, only 20 per cent of it is recycled each year, meaning that 40 million tonnes of e-waste is either placed in landfill, or burned, or illegally traded and treated in a sub-standard manner. 66 per cent of the world’s population is covered by e-waste legislation. Given this, recycling e-waste and managing it altogether is a challenge and it is more than necessary to rise to it. One way to address the situation is to focus on customers as the key to better management of e-waste. With this approach, consumers are encouraged to correctly dispose off their electronic discards, increase reuse and recycling, and adopt sustainable consumer habits and move towards a circular economy. In principle, this is a most favourable idea. In practice, however, the consumer cannot be the sole primary aspect of this type of clean-up. There needs to be institutional initiative and necessary intervention in coordinating and ascertaining that a consumer-centric approach works effectively. Roping in the seller to buy back discarded electronic items must be made a rule-bound practice for proper disposal of e-waste. The hazards of not properly disposing e-waste are many, the noxious fumes and the toxicity are detrimental to both health and environment not just immediately after disposal but for a long time after that. In India, however, the lack of an updated inventory for the amount of e-waste generated makes it difficult to quantify the e-waste recycled and disposed. Also Read – A compounding difficultyA well designed, regulated e-waste recovery system will go a long way in detoxifying the environment and even bring crucial additional benefits like generating jobs and, in turn, wealth. For that, it is necessary that the increasingly generated e-waste does not end up in landfill and severely pollute land, water, and air. Nearly 95 per cent of India’s e-waste is recycled in the informal sector and in a crude, hazardous manner. A report on e-waste presented by the UN in World Economic Forum on January 24, 2019, points out that the waste stream reached 48.5 MT in 2018 and the figure is expected to double if nothing changes. Just about 20 per cent of global e-waste ends up being recycled. The UN report highlights that due to poor extraction techniques, the total recovery rate of cobalt from e-waste is only 30 per cent. The report further cites that one recycler in China already produces more cobalt from recycling than what the country mines in one year. It has been proved that recycled metals are 2 to 10 times more energy-efficient than metals smelted from ore. It is suggested that lowering the amount of electronics entering the waste stream and improving end-of-life handling are crucial for building a more circular economy, where not only is waste reduced, resources are conserved and are fed back into the supply chain for new products. In India, laws to check regulation of e-waste have been lying in place since 2011, mandating that only authorised dismantlers and recyclers collect e-waste. E-waste (Management) Rules, 2016 was enacted on October 1, 2017, and over 21 products (Schedule-I) come under the purview of this rule. Most Indians, however, are oblivious to this provision. The very specific goal of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to make India open defecation free, and that considerable progress has been made in this direction, specifically taking up the cause of e-waste management to spread awareness about it will definitely be fruitful. As an initial step in this direction, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics medals will be made of 50,000 tonnes of e-waste. The organising committee is said to make all the medals from old smartphones, laptops, and other gadgets. By November 2018, organisers had collected 47,488 tonnes of devices, from which nearly 8 tonnes of gold, silver, and bronze will be extracted to make 5,000 medals. About 1,600 or 90 per cent municipal authorities in Japan were involved in collection activities – proving the point of employment generation and potential wealth creation!
Kolkata: After remaining gheraoed for more than 25 hours, Jadavpur University vice-chancellor Suranjan Das and senior administrative officials of the university left the campus late on Tuesday night.The students were agitating, demanding immediate closure of the Centre for Disability Studies in the varsity, alleging misappropriation of funds on the part of those involved in running the Centre since Monday evening. They had earlier placed this demand at the Executive Council (EC) meeting. “The way they have pressed for their demand is undemocratic. I have nothing more to say. I am very tired,” Das said. The university authorities have faced a similar situation five times in the last few months. On February 19, when the students agitated demanding students’ union election, Das was allegedly heckled by a section of students and was hospitalised. He had just joined the university then. Pro vice-chancellor Pradip Ghosh, who also left the campus late on Tuesday night after being gheroaed, said that the authorities have formed a multi-member committee to review activities of all 40 centres under the varsity and also the various schools in it. But the students were bent upon immediate closure of the centre and encroached in front of Aurobindo Bhavan, the administrative building of the varsity. Manojit Mandal, coordinator of the centre and an EC member, said that the project over which a section of students are agitating is translation of an authentic biography of Rabindranath Tagore from Bengali to English. “It has been approved by the university and classes have begun with four students just a week ago. Not an iota of Rs 25 lakh that has been allocated for the project by the state government, has been spent. So how can they allege misappropriation?” Mandal questioned. Meanwhile, the agitating students said that they have lifted their gherao but will continue to press for their demand.
Amritsar/ New Delhi: India on Saturday remembered the Jallianwala Bagh massacre victims with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi paying tribute to those killed in the Amritsar tragedy 100 years ago. The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, during the Baisakhi festival on April 13, 1919, when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer opened fire at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration, leaving several dead and injured. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”History is not a mere chronicle of events. It shows us the depths to which depraved minds can plunge and cautions us to learn from the past. It also tells us that the power of evil is transient,” said Naidu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the memory of those killed in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre serves as an inspiration to work for an India they would be proud of. “Today, when we observe 100 years of the horrific Jallianwala Bagh massacre, India pays tributes to all those martyred … Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of,” he tweeted. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayCongress president Rahul Gandhi paid floral tributes at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial and said the cost of freedom must never be forgotten. He was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and some other Congress leaders. They also observed a two-minute silence to remember those who were massacred in the tragic incident on April 13, 1919. “The cost of freedom must never ever be forgotten. We salute the people of India who gave everything they had for it,” the Congress chief wrote in the visitors’ book. British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith also visited the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial separately and laid a wreath there. In the visitors’ book, Asquith wrote, “The events of Jallianwala Bagh 100 years ago today reflect a shameful act in British Indian history. We deeply regret what happened and the suffering caused.” He also wrote, “I am pleased today that the UK and India have and remain committed to developing further a thriving 21st century partnership.” In his brief interaction with reporters later, Asquith noted British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday described the Jallianwala Bagh massacre as a “shameful scar” on British Indian history. May, however, had stopped short of offering a formal apology. Asked why an apology was not tendered by the British government, Asquith said, “I know this is a really important question. I would just ask you to respect what I came here to do, which is to commemorate those who died a hundred years ago and to express the sorrow of the British government and of the British people.”
The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) is committed to supporting Burundi, including by helping mobilize resources to fight poverty, an official from the newly created body, which aims to prevent countries from relapsing into conflict, said today in Bujumbura, the capital.“I have reiterated the strong support of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission to the Government and people of Burundi concerning ongoing efforts to consolidate peace,” Ambassador Johan Løvald told reporters after wrapping up a four-day visit to the small central African State, which has been the victim of violent coups and political instability since gaining independence in 1962. The eight-member delegation from the PBC met with the President, government ministers and other officials as well as representatives of civil society, women’s groups, the private sector and religious communities. “I have reiterated the commitment of the Peacebuilding Commission to work with the Government and other stakeholders, within our mandate, to assist in resource mobilization in the fight to eradicate poverty and promote community recovery,” Ambassador Løvald said.From the meetings, he said the PBC delegation learned of the country’s determination to “deal with the problem of poverty and the need to secure a better future for all, not least the young generation,” he added.Government officials also appealed for participation in a planned donor conference to be held in May. “We also received a uniform message for increased resources for development,” Ambassador Løvald said.He noted that in meetings with government officials, he stressed the importance of adhering to all peace agreements as well as promoting “inclusive political dialogue, human rights and good governance.”Last month, the PBC sent a delegation on a five-day maiden mission to Sierra Leone. Established in December 2005, the Commission focuses on reconstruction, institution-building and the promotion of sustainable development in post-conflict countries. 14 April 2007The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) is committed to supporting Burundi, including by helping mobilize resources to fight poverty, an official from the newly created body, which aims to prevent countries from relapsing into conflict, said today in Bujumbura, the capital.
“I think change is brought about, certainly in Northern Ireland, by persuasion, by people working together and the best way actually to achieve these is to get the Northern Ireland Assembly back up and running, and I hope that will also be possible.”Nicola Sturgeon has said careful scrutiny of any deal with the DUP will be needed to guard against any rollback of equalities legislation and has also raised concerns on the impact on the Northern Irish peace process.Writing in the Daily Record, she said: “The Good Friday Agreement requires the UK Government to be an impartial broker between parties in Northern Ireland and it would be shameful if, in the Tories’ pursuit of power, they jeopardised the chances of a return to devolved government in Northern Ireland.” David Mundell greets Ruth Davidson at a gathering of newly-elective Scottish Tory MPsCredit:PA Mr Mundell told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “I don’t subscribe to the DUP’s position on these issues but the DUP will not be influencing these decisions within the rest of the United Kingdom.”We’re not in any way signing up to the DUP manifesto. Most of these issues are devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Scottish Secretary David Mundell has called on the Democratic Unionist Party to “change its position” on LGBTI issues.Theresa May is due to meet the DUP leader Arlene Foster on Tuesday to finalise a deal on propping up her minority government.Mr Mundell, the Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale who has been reappointed Scottish Secretary, became the first openly-gay Conservative Cabinet secretary when he came out in January 2015.Questioned on the DUP’s stance on gay rights, he said he does “not subscribe” to the Northern Irish party’s position.Northern Ireland is the only part of the British Isles where same-sex marriage remains outlawed.The DUP has repeatedly used a controversial Stormont voting mechanism – the petition of concern – to prevent legalisation despite a majority of MLAs supporting the move at the last vote. He added: “I would like to see the DUP change its position, and indeed Northern Ireland as a whole change its position, on LGBTI issues.”Ruth Davidson has been very clear on that, she actually went out to Northern Ireland and set that out, so they can’t be in any doubt where they stand on these issues. Arlene Foster is due to meet Theresa May on TuesdayCredit:EPA
A civil society body is expected to take to court, this week, the Government of Guyana over its decision to stash in a special account US$18 million given by oil giant ExxonMobil as a signing bonus in 2016.This news publication was informed that the action will be filed as soon as all the paper work is completed and the entity is satisfied that there are no loopholes in its case.Former Attorney General Anil NandlallThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and at least one other anti-corruption body are expected to join in the action, given their concern over the move by the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government to justify its decision to “illegally hold the money outside of the Consolidated Fund.”People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Parliamentarian the former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, speaking with this publication, confirmed that his party has decided this is the best course of action, ‘given the stubbornness of the current Administration, and its apparent inability to respect the rule of law as well as the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA).’Nandlall insists that this money, now sitting in a special account at the Bank of Guyana, was illegally placed there; and he has chided the Government for its “double-standards and continued deception.”Asked if this is the only recourse, given that his party’s motion in the National Assembly to adjust the estimates of the 2018 budget to include the US$18M signing bonus was dismissed by Speaker Dr Barton Scotland, Nandlall responded in the affirmative.The former Attorney General says he has taken issue with the formal outline by President David Granger for the transfer of the money from the Bank of Guyana account into the Consolidated Fund.President Granger had said he is willing to respect any ruling of the court or credible legal advice which proves that a criminal or illegal act has occurred by the non-transfer of the funds into the Consolidated Fund.“As I said, it was put there for a reason; and if I am advised by the lawyer that we are in breach of any regulations, we would comply with the ruling of any court or legal advice… We need it there, and that’s why we put it there, but the money is safe,” the President said.Nandlall had expressed concern over the President’s statement, and is reminding him that the Opposition People’s Progressive Party has, from the onset, been pointing out the illegality.“…a number of important stakeholder organisations and financial as well as legal luminaries have already advised him to put the money into the Consolidated Fund, but he still refuses to do so,” Nandlall pointed out, before stating, “There is no alternative but to give the Government a court order”.Christopher RamMeanwhile, new questions have now surfaced over the response given by the Government that the US$18M that was not place into the Consolidated Fund will be used for legal fees to international lawyers for Guyana’s border controversy with Venezuela.It was pointed out that In 2016, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge had admitted in the National Assembly under questioning from the parliamentary Opposition, that $200M had been set aside to hire international lawyers for Guyana’s border controversy with Venezuela.That sum was subsequently cleared, along with the rest of the budget.Attorney-at-law and Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram, who first blew the whistle that Government had collected millions in US dollars from ExxonMobil as a signing bonus for its renegotiated oil contract with Guyana has since emphasized that Government must explain what it did with the first allocation for ‘legal fees’.“And since Minister (of Foreign Affairs, Carl) Greenidge is so forthcoming in this matter, then he ought to be similarly forthcoming in explaining how the earlier sums have been expended,” Ram stated, during the interview with this media group.On the matter of Government’s explanation for the signing bonus, Ram expressed disappointment. “It is a phenomenal amount …it amounts to five years of the entire legal profession’s fees in Guyana. Now the information for the defence of our case has already been accumulated since 1896.”“And it has been repeated in the 60s, the 70s, the 80s and (onwards). The information is there, what would have to happen is there would have to be advocacy in front of the ICJ, if it is taken to the ICJ” said Ram.At the time, People’s Progressive Party/Civic Chief Whip and former Foreign Affairs Minister Gail Teixeira had questioned the $200 million placed under Line Item the heading ‘other’ in Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Development of Foreign Policy.Teixeira had pointed out that in 2014, some $30 million was allocated under the Line Item but by 2015 it had jumped to $166.6 million. She had noted that only $76.4 million was utilised and as result, she queried why $200 million was being requested.Responding to the enquiries, Greenidge had explained that “the increase here is determined almost exclusively by the cost of retaining international lawyers to assist us in this exercise… together with the need to also retain lawyers and advisors locally.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt to now place US$18M oil bonus into Consolidated Fund- HarmonMarch 29, 2018In “latest news”$US18M oil bonus: Opposition MP files legal challenge to have monies deposited into Consolidated FundFebruary 12, 2018In “Court”New date set for $US18M oil bonus caseMarch 13, 2018In “Court”
…1 shot in scuffle with Police, while the other was caught visiting shot accomplice The Stabroek MarketPrompt response by an off duty police constable has resulted in the apprehension of two suspects who allegedly gun-butted and robbed a female vendor of a sum of cash about 05:50h on Saturday, outside of the Stabroek Market.According to Police PRO, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan, in the ensuing process, one of the men was shot in his right thigh after he reportedly tried to disarm the said off duty policeman of his Force issued pistol.Enquiries revealed that the policeman in question was seated in a route 42 minibus on Water Street in the vicinity of the Central Fire Station, when he heard screams of “thief” and immediately saw the suspects, one of whom he knew as a known character, fleeing the area and joining a waiting motorcar.The policeman followed the vehicle which stopped in Leopold Street, Charlestown, where the men exited and proceeded inside a house.According to Ramlakhan, the officer then went to the Brickdam Police Station, reported his observation and returned to the house, with other ranks, where only the known character was found.It was outlined that in the process of arresting the suspect, he grabbed the policeman’s weapon and tried to disarm him when a round was discharged and struck him in upper right thigh.The suspect was rushed to a hospital in Georgetown, where he is presently in a stable condition receiving treatment under guard.The Police PRO detailed also that other suspect was nabbed at the said hospital when he went to check on his accomplice.The victim has since received medical attention and submitted a statement.Several witnesses to the robbery are said to be assisting with the ongoing investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGunman nabbed shortly after robbery at Stabroek MarketMay 29, 2019In “Crime”Escaping bandit shot by police after robbing vendorApril 22, 2017In “Crime”Ex-policeman arrested for robbery January 14, 2018In “Crime”
Korab Resources, an Australian resource development and exploration company is currently evaluating portfolio of energy assets in Ukraine with a view to acquiring controlling interest in these assets. Eastern Ukraine assets, which are being evaluated and which are subject of the potential transactions, include a producing anthracite coal mine and other anthracite coal deposits, as well as shale gas and coal seam gas licences. The anthracite coal mine which is being evaluated is currently in production. It has its own railway spur and is connected by rail to a deep sea port terminal. The anthracite deposits under evaluation are ready to produce. Korab explains that anthracite coal, “because of its rarity, increased use and limited capacity to increase supply, has seen strong price increases. Anthracite global reserves account for about 1% of total coal reserves making this one of the rarest forms of coal and leading to it being termed ‘black gold’ of the coal world. Anthracite is a hard, compact variety of coal that has a high lustre. It has the highest carbon count and contains the fewest impurities of all coals. Anthracite is the highest of the metamorphic rank, in which the carbon content is between 92% and 98%. The moisture content of fresh-mined anthracite is less than 15%. The heat content of anthracite ranges from 26 to 33 MJ/kg on a moist, mineral-matter-free basis.“In China and India, anthracite plays a crucial role in steel making, particularly in pulverised-coal-injection (PCI) methods. The technology involves injecting very fine particles of pulverised coal at high rates into the chamber of the blast furnace as a fuel. Most modern furnaces are equipped with a coal grinding and coal injection system. The major incentive is cost savings. A coal grinding and injection system requires much less capital cost compared to a coke oven installation.“In 2009 China (which produces about 50% of world anthracite) stopped exporting anthracite and by 2010 China had become a net importer of anthracite coal. Globally, anthracite is used as a superior and cleaner substitute to coke because of its physical and chemical characteristics.” The main applications where anthracite coal is used are:Carboniser for steel productionCoke substitute in production and smelting of nonferrous metalsProduction of synthetic corundum in abrasive industryCarbon fuel for agglomeration of ores for frrous and non-ferrous metalsAthracite refuse and mine waste is used for team electric power generation.In addition to hosting large deposits of anthracite coal, Uraine has significant deposits of coal seam gas, and some of the richest shale gas deposits in Europe. Ukrainian shale gas deposits are estimated to have as much as 88 trillion cubic feet of recoverable shale gas reserves.
IRISH PEOPLE ARE better than other Europeans at buying and selling online with other countries according to new EU-wide research on digital habits.Ireland exhibited much better rates of cross border e-commerce than the rest of the union, with 24 per cent of the population having bought online from other EU countries in the previous year, compared to an EU average of 12 per cent.The initiative being shown extends to Irish businesses, with both SMEs and larger companies also comfortably ahead of the EU average for drumming up business form abroad. Source: European CommissionOverall in many of the areas monitored Irish people were bang on the EU average in terms of digital skills. For example, those identified as having low or no digital skills make up about 46 per cent of the population in Ireland, just one point below the EU average of 47 per cent.Broadband usage in Ireland is also roundabout on the European average according to the European Commission research, with 96 per cent of the total population having access to it compared to 97 per cent of Europeans. Subscriptions with high speed connections over 30 Mbps and 100 Mbsp were also above the EU average.The main area where Ireland is lagging behind in broadband speeds is in the availability of 4G coverage. The figures for 2013 show that 35 per cent of Irish people had access to 4G compared to 59 per cent of EuropeansIrish providers Meteor, eMobile, Vodafone and Three have all introduced 4G services over the past 9 months meaning that the figure has increased. Source: European CommissionRead: In 2016 there’ll be a new place for 500 students to live: Dublin’s Digital Hub >Column: Digital innovation and enterprise needs to be nurtured at an EU level >
Google has today released a new extension for the Chrome browser a lot of people may find surprising. The purpose of the extension, called Personal Blocklist, is to allow a user to block search results from sites they don’t want to visit.Google has done this to allow low-quality content to be blocked. The search giant will also use the information gathered by user decisions to help improve page ranking in the future. This is described as follows on the Chrome web store:The personal blocklist extension will transmit to Google the patterns that you choose to block. When you choose to block or unblock a pattern, the extension will also transmit to Google the URL of the web page on which the blocked or unblocked search results are displayed. The extension allows for instant blocking, but those results you do block will still be visisble by clicking a “show” link at the bottom of a Google search page. That way, any accidental blocks can easily be undone. All blocked sites are also listed in the extension’s about window.Google clearly states Personal Blocker is just an experiment at the moment, so it may not work exactly as advertised at this early stage. If you want to try it, though, just head on over to the Chrome web store.Read more at The Official Google BlogMatthew’s OpinionI don’t doubt that this extension is going to be very popular with Chrome users. How many times have you searched for a product to buy only to be presented with a long list of shopping websites just working off of affiliate links? Now you can block them all and help yourself get better results.The install procedure couldn’t be easier and no browser restart is required. Do a Google search afterwards and it’s hard to spot the difference, but a link does appear after every result offering to block it, and a red circle icon appears on the upper-right toolbar of your browser. With some forethought you could block all the sites that don’t appeal to you with a few simple test searches.I’m sure a lot of sites will not be happy about this extension, though. Page ranking means nothing if users are blocking your site, so why pay all that advertising money? At the moment it isn’t an issue as only a small percentage of users will install the extension. But if it gets popular there will be growing complaints directed at Google from businesses.
Arles : un bateau romain tiré de l’eau 2.000 ans après son naufrageC’est dans ce qui était autrefois un port romain, à Arles, que va être relevé une barge romaine datant du Ier siècle. Elle sera restaurée avant de prendre place dans le musée Arles antique.En 2004, un chaland à fond plat de 31 mètres de longueur était découvert dans l’ancien port romain d’Arles (Arelate à l’époque). Daté du milieu du Ier siècle, bien qu’échoué à huit mètres de profondeur, ce bateau est dans un état de conservation exceptionnel. Comme l’explique Claude Sintes, le directeur du musée départemental Arles Antique (MDAA), il s’agit du “seul bateau romain complet qu’on connaisse. A bord, on a retrouvé des cordages, la cuisine des marins, avec son four, la vaisselle gravée à leurs noms, des outils comme une houe, une serpette et aussi tout son chargement : 27 tonnes de pierres taillées destinées à la construction!”.La raison du naufrage reste inconnue et c’est en partie grâce au limon du Rhône dans lequel il s’est enfoncé qu’il reste aussi bien conservé. De plus, comme le rapporte TV5monde, des milliers de poteries, d’amphores et divers autres objets ont été jetés dans le fleuve par les habitants. Cet amas de trois mètres de hauteur a également servi de bouclier à la barge qui gît ici depuis près de 2.000 ans. Baptisé Arles-Rhône 3, le chaland a obtenu le classement de “trésor national”.D’autres trésors avaient déjà été découverts dans le Rhône. Au cours des fouilles de 2008, 2009 et 2010, un lustre à 20 becs, un service en bronze et le dé pipé d’un tricheur, notamment, avaient été retrouvés. Il y a des années, le buste de César avait également été tiré de l’eau. Il pourrait y avoir encore jusqu’à 2.000 amphores et 10.000 céramiques à exhumer selon les archéologues. “Ce bateau est une pièce unique qui nous permet de comprendre les réalités du commerce fluvial et les besoins de la construction au Ier siècle mais aussi, grâce au mobilier archéologique retrouvé, d’avoir une photographie des échanges maritimes entre l’Europe du nord et le bassin méditerranéen jusqu’au VIème siècle”, ajoute M. Sintes. À lire aussiLe pharaon Toutânkhamon n’était sans doute pas celui que l’on croitCela fait maintenant quelques semaines que les archéologues et des spécialistes des travaux publics sous-marins sont à pied d’œuvre pour dégager l’épave. Chaque jour, des centaines de poteries sont remontées. Toutefois, pour la sortir complètement de l’eau, 27 tonnes de pierres de 3 à 7 kilos chacune devront être hissées à la main. De plus, l’épave sera découpée en une dizaine de tronçons, directement sous l’eau et à la scie égoïne pour ne pas l’abîmer. De samedi prochain jusqu’au 6 mai 2012, une exposition permettra de suivre en direct les opérations de fouille et de relevage en cours.Ce n’est que le mois prochain que chaque tronçon sera remonté à la surface puis démonté. Les éléments seront ensuite traités avec de la résine dans un laboratoire spécialisé situé à Grenoble. Suivra la lyophilisation des bois puis le remontage du bateau afin qu’il puisse être exposé en 2013 dans une nouvelle aile du MDAA, spécialement construite pour l’occasion. En tout, le projet devrait coûter entre huit et neuf millions d’euros, précise l’AFP.Le 12 juin 2011 à 18:01 • Emmanuel Perrin
The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $2,500 grant from Columbia Credit Union to help fund a children’s oral health program.The clinic provides oral health services at its location at the Jim Parsley Center and at Clark County schools and community-sponsored events. Dental volunteers fill cavities and screen, seal and varnish children’s teeth, according to a clinic press release.“We’re grateful for this support from Columbia Credit Union,” said Free Clinic Executive Director Barbe West. “Many of the children we treat have tooth pain severe enough to keep them out of school. We relieve their pain, give tips on preventive care and help them get back to the classroom.”