View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Phoenix did score 30 points in the penultimate period, a highly respectable mark, but the KaTropa put up 40.“TNT scored 40 points on the third and if not for that explosion in the third quarter it would’ve been better for us because we were leading in the half,” said Vanguardia whose team now sits with a 2-6 record, and riding a six-game skid.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We put multiple defenders on him, and we forced him to drive because we know that he can shoot,” said Vanguardia at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “But today he was on attack mode and we weren’t able to a good job when he attacked.”Rice went 1-of-3 from beyond the arc and just one attempt from mid-range, and the he converted 13 of his 20 shots from inside the paint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd if Rice got trapped inside, his next move was to kick out to open teammates for jumpers.Vanguardia said they could’ve held on to their slim lead after the first half, 49-46, if they managed to at least slow Rice and TNT down in the third quarter. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia couldn’t help but watch Glen Rice Jr. put up hotter flames than the Fuel Masters could muster when they lost to TNT, 110-103, Friday in the PBA Governors’ Cup. Rice scored 38 points to lead the KaTropa but eviscerated Phoenix for 20 points alone in the third quarter and that explosion helped TNT take an 86-79 over the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Phoenix import Brown: ‘We’re not a well-respected team’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim
Though the Congress leadership is largely silent on the revoking of Article 370 of the Constitution, two Rajasthan Congress leaders have welcomed the move and congratulated the Centre on its decision.State Minister for Sports Ashok Chandna tweeted: “This comes as my personal opinion. Scrapping of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir is the first decision of the government that I welcome.””The transformation of Article 370 should not follow dictatorship, rather should be resolved peacefully while winning the trust of people so that none of the citizens of the nation face any challenge in the future,” he said. , – 370 370 l Ashok Chandna (@AshokChandnaINC) August 6, 2019Another senior Congress leader Dr Jyoti Mirdha, who is a former Member Parliament and granddaughter of Dr Nathuram Mirdha, congratulated the government for it bold step to integrate India.”Nation first! Opposing for the heck of opposing is no virtue. Join in, congratulate the government for taking a bold step towards integrating India,” she tweeted.Though Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and Speaker C.P. Joshi haven’t said a word on the issue so far, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday tweeted that the arrest of two former CMs of Jammu & Kashmir, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti was condemnable and that it could have been avoided. He added that the government should have taken J&K leaders into confidence.ALSO READ | Historic decision, says Congress Raebareli MLA Aditi Singh on Modi govt’s move on Article 370ALSO READ | Adhir Ranjan embarrasses Congress, says Article 370 not an internal issue, Amit Shah hits backadvertisementALSO READ | Article 370: Congress divided over abrogation of special status to Jammu and KashmirALSO WATCH | Detention of Mehbooba, Omar preventive measure, common thing for politicians: Ram Madhav
Democrats and Republicans will hold their state conventions in Des Moines Saturday.The Democrats will gather in downtown Des Moines and Fred Hubbell — the party’s nominee for governor –will reveal who he’s chosen as a running mate.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/HUB-CHOICE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….to be our lieutenant governor.” :08Since 1990, every Democrat and Republican nominated to run for governor has opted for “gender balance” at the top of the ticket.Republicans are holding their state convention across town, on the state fairgrounds.The G-O-P delegates will formally nominate Adam Gregg as their party’s lieutenant governor.Governor Kim Reynolds announced he’d be her running mate and governing partner in May of last year, the day after she took over from departing Governor Terry Branstad.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hazard insists Chelsea still in the title raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard insists they’re still in the title race.Hazard struck in victory at Brighton yesterday.He said, “I like scoring, but it’s not important to me, the most important thing is winning the games. “That’s why I’m on the field, we knew before the match that we had to score a third goal, when you’re 3-0 it’s harder for the teams to come back, but we did not concede the goal and the pressure came up. “We managed the game well. We want to be at the top of the standings at the end of the season, we know that Man City and Liverpool are good teams but we do not want the gap to be big.”
SNAPPED! Arsenal ace Aubameyang happy winding up Spurs fansby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang enjoyed joining fans winding up Tottenham after their Carabao Cup shock at Colchester United.Following Spurs’ elimination, Arsenal fans took to social media to make fun of their rivals’ misfortune.One supporter messaged Aubameyang on Instagram and tried to see if the Gunners’ star striker would be interested in joining the bandwagon.The fan posted: “Like if you’re laughing at Spurs.”The Gabon international didn’t disappoint the Arsenal faithful as he liked the message and appeared to be enjoying Tottenham’s woeful loss.Aubameyang hates Spurs. My captain. pic.twitter.com/KZ5cA3eCj1— TheUnaiView (@TheUnaiView) September 25, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Asus Zenfone Max M2 review: Stock Android priced in India at Rs 9,999, Asus M2 packs a punchAsus has carefully studied the market and giving consumers what they have been asking — clean stock Android, coupled with a fairly powerful Snapdragon 632 processor and modern notch design.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiDecember 18, 2018UPDATED: January 12, 2019 10:20 IST 7.5/10HIGHLIGHTSThe ZenFone Max M2 was always at ease with social media apps and there was no lag while switching between them.Android Pie will be coming shortly and should help improve the performance a little.A metal body with a plastic chassis means that you can go out in the world with it without slapping on a case on it.Since the beginning of 2018, Asus has been trying its best to play the disruptor in the smartphone industry. We already saw what the Zenfone Max Pro M1 did to the established rivals such as the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Moto G5S earlier in the year, i.e. they offered equally good hardware at a price that undercut the established ones by some huge margin. With the Max Pro M2, Asus has mostly repeated that same formula and thrown in a mix of fresh features at a seriously affordable price. However, Asus wanted to tap the slightly lower rung of the market with the same formula. This is where the ZenFone Max M2 enters the picture.This is a phone with which Asus hopes to take on the Xiaomi and Honor devices in the Indian market in this price segment. And my impression, after reviewing the ZenFone Max M2, I feel that Asus has done a fairly good job with it and it can surely match up to the likes of the Redmi 6 Pro.The ZenFone Max M2 is a slightly watered-down version of the more accomplished Max Pro M2, to fit a price tag that makes it more accessible. It sports a notched display, has a reasonably big 4000mAh battery, a stock Android interface and a fairly powerful Snapdragon 632 chipset — basically everything that will satisfy consumers looking for a smartphone around a price point of Rs 10,000. The phone even has robust build quality with a metal body and matte finish compared to the glossy finish that Nokia and Honor offer with their phones in this price bracket. But the best bit about the Max M2 is its price: Asus is selling the base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage for Rs 9,999 while the one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage costs Rs 11,999.advertisementZenFone Max M2 design reviewAs I stated earlier, Asus has played it very safe with the design of the Max M2. There’s no fancy glossy polycarbonate or glass at back. Instead, there is just a good old metal-plastic combination. There’s a dual camera setup stacked vertically to the left edge while the fingerprint sensor rests at the centre. Wait, have we seen this design somewhere before? Yes, it’s the same layout that’s available on the Zenfone Max Pro M1. In fact, keep the Max M2 and the Max Pro M1 together and you will be hard-pressed to find the differences. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A metal body with a plastic chassis means that you can go out in the world with it without slapping on a case on it. Sadly, you would still need a screen guard. Asus doesn’t explain if the phone has Gorilla Glass on top of the display or not. The front features an almost fullscreen display with a notch on top and a thick chin. The notch is fairly sizeable and contains an 8MP front camera accompanied by an LED flash and an earpiece that also holds the notification LED.Other usual features such as the buttons and a micro USB port can be found to the side. The SIM tray can also hold two nano SIM cards and a micro SD card at the same time. In my opinion, the Max M2 feels solid in the hands and should age well over the course of time if you take care. That said, I would have liked to see Asus jazz up the design a bit, and may opt for a smaller notch.Zenfone Max M2 display reviewAsus hasn’t really done anything new with the display. The Max M2 now sports a notched display that has become the norm in the segment. Unlike the Redmi 6 Pro, the Max M2 has only be given an HD+ display. For cost-cutting, I feel this is too much. Nonetheless, the screen is bigger at 6.2-inches. It is a typical IPS LCD panel and for the most part, I find it works well in most scenarios. The screen is dull, and I will say average in terms of showing colours. The contrast is average too but the brightness levels are high, which makes it easy to read chats on WhatsApp or go through web pages even under direct sunlight. With a sufficiently wide viewing angle, it is never a hassle to binge on YouTube videos with friends. The notch doesn’t invade into the viewing experience while watching videos or playing games.Zenfone Max M2 performance reviewAsus understands that even the average Indian smartphone consumer demands a fairly powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset that runs a software as close to the stock version of Android. So, it gives the M2 exactly these features. The Max M2 features a Snapdragon 632 chipset paired with either 3GB or 4GB RAM. Inside the software is stock Android Oreo 8.1 OS. The Snapdragon 632 is the successor to the popular Snapdragon 625 used by the Redmi 6 Pro. The new chip has Kryo 250 cores but retains the old Adreno 506 GPU.advertisementWith a phone running a stock Android OS, performance isn’t usually an issue and the Max M2 works very well. I had the Max M2 as a daily driver for a couple of days, running all the basic utility apps as well as games, constantly connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi and 4G network. And I have to say the Max M2 left a fairly good impression on me. The phone was always at ease while I was on social media apps and there was no lag when I switched between apps. The memory management is also good. Since the Snapdragon 632 is an out-and-out midrange chipset, I did miss the smooth performance while playing some resource-intensive games like PUBG MOBILE and F1 Mobile Racing. That said, the lighter and agile stock Android means I never encountered choppy frame rates and embarrassing lags that cost me the victory. I wish Asus had prepared their Android Pie build by the time the Max M2 was launched. Nonetheless, Android Pie will be coming shortly and should help improve the performance a little.Zenfone Max M2 camera reviewAsus hasn’t been able to crack that sweet spot for cameras on its smartphones. The Max M2 doesn’t change any of that fact. At the back, there’s a 13-megapixel primary sensor with F1.8 lens and 1.12um pixels. This is accompanied by a secondary 2MP depth sensor and an LED flash. For the front, there’s an 8-megapixel camera that’s also assisted by an LED flash. For most of the time, the Max M2 manages to be a decent camera in well-lit scenarios. It can capture a wide range of colours while the contrasts are towards the higher side. Sadly, all Asus smartphones suffer from the issue of overexposure and the Max M2 is no exception. The camera does struggle in daylight to balance the exposures. However, the enhanced exposure helps during low-light scenes or during the night. Subjects are evenly lit in most situations. The camera tends to suppress noise well but loses out on sharpness in low light. The colour accuracy is also lost. The portrait mode is a mess that takes blurry photos with choppy edge-detection and extremely dull colour tones.IMAGE SAMPLESAs for the front camera, it captures vibrant colours. But it also is plagued by the overexposure bug and tends to bring in a lot of noise even in well-lit ambience. The details are absent while the portrait mode is rather average with its results. The front camera also offers face unlock feature. In well-lit ambience, the system works well but is slower than the fingerprint sensor.advertisementZenfone Max M2 battery reviewWhile the Max M2 disappoints with is camera optics, it kind of redeems itself with its reasonably big 4000mAh battery. I topped it up to 100 per cent and even on a very busy day, which demanded a lot of texting, web browsing, streaming on YouTube, playing short sessions of PUBG and light camera work, the Max M2 still had around 20 per cent of juice at the end of the day. The 10W fast charger does top it up pretty quickly.Asus understands that even the average Indian smartphone consumer demands a fairly powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset that runs a software as close to the stock version of Android. So, it gives the M2 exactly these features.Should you buy the Zenfone Max M2Definitely, if all you prefer is a smartphone that offers a solid user experience with a clean Android interface, a reliable battery, a sturdy build and a big display, then the Max M2 is a good choice. For most consumers, I believe the Zenfone Max M2 is a dependable option. Surely, it isn’t as appealing as its flamboyant rivals such as the Honor 9 Lite, the Lenovo K9 and the Nokia 5.1 Plus. The camera performance is also not on par with the what the Redmi 6 Pro manages to deliver.However, the biggest threat the Max M2 is its own big brother — the Zenfone Max Pro M1. At almost a similar price, the Max Pro M1 offers the more potent Snapdragon 636 chipset, a full HD+ display and a bigger 5000mAh battery. Asus is aware of that and hence positions the Max M2 for those who want the notched display over a powerful chip. I can’t figure out why users should choose a big display over a more well-rounded smartphone. Till the ZenFone Max Pro M1 stays in the market, the Max M2 can be a tough sell.ALSO READ | ZenFone Max Pro M2 vs Redmi Note 6 Pro: Asus-Xiaomi battle continues in under Rs 15,000 marketALSO READ | PUBG MOBILE is a hit on smartphones because it isn’t a mobile game, it’s a PC gameZenfone Max M2 review7.5/10ProsSmooth performanceReliable batteryStock AndroidConsBoring designCamera performanceAndroid OreoGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow AsusFollow androidFollow smartphones Next
Andhra Pradesh govt announces payment of 27% Interim Relief to employeesPay scales of state government employees were last revised with effect from July 1, 2013 but the monetary benefits were extended from June 2, 2014, consequent to the state bifurcation.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 8, 2019UPDATED: July 8, 2019 12:47 IST Andhra Pradesh govt announces payment of 27% Interim Relief to employeesThe Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday announced payment of 27 per cent Interim Relief (IR) to its employees, pending the recommendations of the Pay Revision Commission.Principal Finance Secretary Shamsher Singh Rawat issued an order to this effect, stating that the interim relief would be paid at the rate of 27 per cent of the basic pay with monetary benefit from July 1, 2019.27% Interim Relief to employeesPay scales of state government employees were last revised with effect from July 1, 2013 but the monetary benefits were extended from June 2, 2014, consequent to the state bifurcation.The government constituted the 11th Pay Revision Commission, headed by retired IAS officer Ashutosh Mishra, on May 28, 2018.Though the Commission was supposed to submit its recommendations within a year, its tenure was extended till September 30, 2019.Final recommendations of the Commission pendingService associations representing the employees requested the government to sanction interim relief, pending the final recommendations of the Commission.After taking over as Chief Minister on May 30, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy accepted the employees request and accordingly the Cabinet, at its first meeting on June 10, approved the IR proposal.The interim relief will impose an extra financial burden of Rs 815 crore on the exchequer and benefit around four lakh state government employees.Who can take benefits of Interim Relief?The IR would be applicable to all government employees, including those working in panchayat raj institutions and urban local bodies, government institutions receiving Grants-in-Aid, work charged employees and full-time contingent employees who were currently drawing pay in the revised scales, 2015, Rawat said in the order.advertisementThe IR would, however, be not applicable to officers of the Andhra Pradesh State Higher Judicial Service, AP State Judicial Service, All India Services and those drawing salaries on UGC, AICTE, ICAR and Government of India scales.Contract staff and staff of societies, autonomous institutions and Public Sector Undertakings would also not get the 27 per cent hike, Rawat added.Read: Education Budget 2019: National Sports Education Board to be set up under Khelo IndiaRead: Here’s how sports and education work well togetherGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byDivya Chopra Tags :Follow Andhra PradeshFollow interim relief
Print Close DMCA, November 19, 2013 My location zoom Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) recently held an extensive meeting with the Dubai Shipping Agents Association to discuss key performance indicators of the maritime services industry and review the progress made on modernizing maritime legislation and regulations.The meeting also covered the application of new requirements for ensuring the management of marine operations in accordance with the best occupational safety standards and practices and the latest local and international policies.The aggregate function of marine licensing services as an integrated regulatory framework for ensuring compliance with maritime safety, safe navigation and operational efficiency along Dubai’s coastline was another focal point of discussions.Capt. Khamis Mohammed Would Ghumail, Manager – Navigational Services, DMCA, said: “The meeting was an important platform for exchanging insights on the development of navigational operations and the improvement of maritime licensing services that support efforts towards advancing the sustainable development of the local maritime sector and enhancing its ability to respond effectively to market fluctuations. It also enabled participants to keep pace with emerging trends and helped attract regional and international investors. These are all in line with the strategic plan of consolidating Dubai’s position as a world-class maritime hub through the extensive development, organization and promotion of the local maritime sector.”During the session, Would Ghumail emphasized how the participating members of the Dubai Shipping Agents Association play integral roles in supporting the DMCA’s vision of creating a dynamic and safe maritime sector in Dubai. He highlighted the desire of both parties to organise quarterly meetings to ensure the creation of effective strategies for supporting the operations of international and regional shipping lines that serve Dubai and enhance the competitiveness of the local maritime sector. This, he explained, will further consolidate the maritime sector’s impact as one of the emirate’s key economic pillars.“We look forward to building relations and strengthening direct communication channels between the public and private sectors in order to further develop the maritime sector which has become the backbone of our economic activities at the local, regional and international levels. There is no doubt that the cooperation with the Dubai Shipping Agents Association will yield good results in terms of overcoming obstacles and providing employment opportunities. These will all help foster an ideal environment for leading international shipping organizations, thus consolidating Dubai’s growing position as a major player on the global maritime map,” concluded Amer Ali, Executive Director, DMCA. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定
zoom Rickmers Trust Management, the trustee-manager of the container ship owner and operator Rickmers Maritime, has presented a revised restructuring plan in relation to the SGD 100 million (USD 74 million) 8.45% notes due 2017 after taking feedback from its informal meeting with noteholders on 15 September 2016. Soeren Andersen, the Chief Executive Officer of Rickmers Trust Management, said that one of the key suggestions raised at the informal meeting was for a more substantial debt to equity swap, which requires unitholders’ approval at an extraordinary general meeting.”We can’t be sure that unitholders will approve the dilution, but we will try. In the essence of time, we will run both processes to seek unitholders’ and noteholders’ consents in parallel,” Andersen said.Rickmers Trust Management intends to seek the approval of noteholders via a consent solicitation exercise to amend the notes, with a partial redemption of SGD 60 million of the principal in exchange for 60% of the enlarged units of the trust, such that the outstanding principal amount under the notes is reduced to an aggregate of SGD 40 million repayable in November 2023.It is also proposed that some 1.32 billion new units are to be issued, representing 150% of the current number of units outstanding of the trust.“The proposal that we are presenting is equitable. If accepted, it would make way for a new facility of about US$260.2 million, and extends the maturities of a large part of the Trust’s secured bank debts to the first quarter of 2021 and includes, amongst other terms, a generally back-ended amortisation schedule. This would give the Trust more time to weather the depressed market, and underpins its solvency,” said Andersen.In support of the proposed restructuring, Rickmers Holding AG, the sponsor of Rickmers Maritime holding 34.2% of the units in the trust, has indicated that they will be providing an undertaking to the trustee-manager to vote in favour of the resolution to issue 1.32 billion new units as a partial redemption of the notes.Tomas Norton de Matos, Chief Financial Officer of RTM, said: “We urge all unitholders and noteholders to very carefully consider the proposals. If not executed within a short period of time, industry conditions and the Trust’s liquidity position may preclude a consensual solution by all of us. On the other hand, a successful restructuring would result in the provision of the New Facility to Rickmers Maritime, providing the Trust with a longer runway to survive the industry downturn and turnaround the business.”Rickmers Maritime recorded a net loss of USD 55.6 million in the second quarter of this year, compared to a loss of USD 15.7 million in the same period last year, a change of 255%.The company’s charter revenue during the period fell to USD 18 million from USD 28.5 million seen in the second quarter of 2015, mostly due to reduced charter rates and a lower vessel utilization rate amid a worsened charter market.
Vingt-deux étudiants de la Nouvelle-Écosse obtiennent de l’aide d’un programme de bourses conjoint entre l’industrie et le gouvernement afin de leur permettre de poursuivre une carrière dans le domaine de l’énergie. Le programme de bourses d’études dans le secteur de l’énergie Pengrowth – Nouvelle-Écosse est offert aux étudiants qui s’inscrivent à un programme d’études dans un domaine lié à l’énergie, y compris les sciences, l’ingénierie et les affaires, dans un établissement d’enseignement postsecondaire en Nouvelle-Écosse. Jusqu’à 12 bourses renouvelables de 10 000 $ sont offertes chaque année à des étudiants universitaires, et 10 bourses non renouvelables de 2 500 $ à des étudiants inscrits au Nova Scotia Community College. « Il s’agit d’une excellente occasion de faire partenariat avec Pengrowth et d’aider les étudiants à faire partie du secteur de l’énergie, qui est en pleine croissance en Nouvelle-Écosse, a dit Charlie Parker, ministre de l’Énergie. Ces étudiants seront les leaders de demain en matière d’énergie, et nous sommes ravis de pouvoir les aider pendant leur formation. » Les récipiendaires sont choisis selon leur rendement scolaire, leur participation communautaire et leur intérêt dans le secteur de l’énergie de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « Nous aimons voir les étudiants s’intéresser à travailler dans le domaine de l’énergie en Nouvelle-Écosse, et nous sommes ravis d’offrir de l’aide financière à ces étudiants afin de les aider à atteindre leurs objectifs », a dit Jim MacDonald, directeur des opérations de la côte Est chez Pengrowth. Pengrowth Management Limited, Pengrowth Energy Corporation et le gouvernement provincial ont investi trois millions de dollars dans le programme de bourses depuis sa création en 2005. Plus de 150 étudiants ont reçu des bourses et des subventions. Pengrowth Management Limited a été fondée en 1982 par Jim Kinnear, qui a également fondé Pengrowth Energy Trust, qui est devenue Pengrowth Energy Corporation en 1988.
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Freerice.com, the online game that allows players to improve their vocabulary while fighting world hunger by making donations to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), launched its Chinese-language version today.Chinese speakers seeking to improve their English and general knowledge can now test their vocabulary and expertise in the worlds of art, chemistry and geography, while helping to feed hungry children around the world, by logging on to Freerice China – which was launched by WFP and its partner, the Chinese game company Shanda Games.“Freerice has been a global phenomenon in English, French, Italian and Spanish and is now reaching a critical and influential part of the global population,” said Nancy Roman, the WFP Director of Communications, Public Policy and Private Partnerships.“China has more Internet users than any other country in the world – they are curious, ambitious and looking for ways to improve their mastery of English.”Shanda Games is no stranger to the fight against hunger. It also helped WFP develop a Chinese version of its award-winning computer game Food Force in 2006.On Freerice.com, players face increasingly difficult vocabulary questions and for every correct answer, they earn 10 grains of rice, which is donated to WFP and paid for by advertisers on the site. The website is also an innovative social media tool, giving players the ability to create online groups with their relatives, friends and co-workers.Originally launched in English in 2007, the online game had within a month raised enough rice to feed over 50,000 people for a day. According to its designer, John Breen, the programme started out as a simple word game to help his teenage sons prepare for their college entrance exams.The game attracts 1.3 million players per month and has raised almost 100 billion grains of rice, enough to feed 4.8 million people for a day in countries in need of food aid. 26 October 2011Freerice.com, the online game that allows players to improve their vocabulary while fighting world hunger by making donations to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), launched its Chinese-language version today.
The deceased fisherman was identified as K. Britso (21) from Thangachimadam. He was one of the six fishermen onboard a mechanised boat targeted by the Lankan navy, the reports said. Saran (37), the injured fisherman was rushed to the Government headquarters hospital in Ramanathapuram in an ambulance after the fishermen reached the fishing jetty here abour 20 minutes past midnight. The fishermen who set out for ‘night fishing’ Monday evening, were fishing on the high seas around 10 pm, when the Sri Lankan Navy allegedly opened fire. The Navy today denied claims it opened fire on a group of Indian fishermen killing one and injuring another.The Hindu newspaper reported that the Sri Lankan Navy had allegedly shot dead a 21-year-old fisherman and injured some others when they opened fire on fishermen from Rameswaram, who allegedly poached in Sri Lankan waters on Monday night. Navy spokesperson Lieutenant Commander Chaminda Walakuluge however told the Colombo Gazette the claims are not true.He said the Navy only arrests fishermen for poaching and will not open fire. Britso suffered a bullet injury on his neck and was profusely bleeding, the fishermen who accompanied him said. He succumbed to his wounds while being brought ashore, they said. The body of the deceased fisherman was kept at the government hospital mortuary.A tense situation prevailed at the fishing jetty as fishermen in the island gathered and shouted slogans against the Sri Lankan Navy and the Indian government for being ‘inept’.On Tuesday morning, Rameswaram fishermen refused to accept the body of Britso. With family members of the deceased fisherman, the fisher folk launched an agitation in Thangachimadam demanding explanation from the Centre and Sri Lankan government for the loss of life and lasting solution for the more than three-decade problem. (Colombo Gazette)
“This is going to be a huge task,” said Khaled Mansour, a spokesman for the World Food Programme (WFP), referring to the agency’s $1.3 billion, six-month operation in Iraq. “The main goal is to keep the public distribution system going – a system on which about 60 per cent of the Iraqi population heavily depend for their monthly food rations.”Speaking to reporters in Amman, Mr. Mansour also predicted that the WFP Iraq effort “could evolve into the largest humanitarian operation in history and bring about 1.6 million tons of food.”Thomas McDermont, the Regional Director for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), cautioned that his agency’s work on behalf of young Iraqis would only succeed with adequate funding. “We are in need of financial assistance if we are to do our work properly.” Working with other UN agencies and international partners, UNICEF will focus its work in Iraq on water and sanitation, education, protection of vulnerable children, nutrition and health. The UN Development Programme (UNDP), which has been working in Iraq for more than 25 years, is preparing to help in the aftermath of the conflict, focusing on emergency infrastructure repairs, jobs creation and coordination of the effort to rid the country of landmines, according to the agency’s Christine McNab. “Reconstruction activities immediately after the end of hostilities must focus on basic humanitarian needs,” she stressed. Speaking for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Sten Bronee said that agency “must work to ensure that countries bordering on Iraq are able to receive any desperate Iraqis who may seek asylum.” Governments in the region already shelter more than half the more than 400,000 recognized Iraqi refugees in the world, and UNHCR is helping to prepare for a possible new influx.For its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) is working to cope with the medical impact of the fighting. “The conflict will increase the vulnerability of a large number of people and increase their health risks -people unable to access sufficient nutrients, clean water, air, sanitation, shelter or medicines,” noted WHO Representative Ala’a Alwan. In response, the agency plans to provide essential care to those in need.Speaking for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Ziad Rifai pointed out that “war or no war, more than 2,000 Iraqi women give birth every day.” He called on donors to support the agency’s bid to provide reproductive health care to all women affected by the conflict.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX tumbles, commodity prices slide amid Greek political turmoil by News Staff Posted May 8, 2012 5:03 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market suffered a big triple-digit loss Tuesday as commodity prices retreated amid worries that Greece could run out of money next month.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 155.91 points or 1.3 per cent to 11,704.74 in a broad-based retreat, having recovered somewhat from a loss of well over 200 points earlier in the day. The TSX Venture Exchange declined 59.05 points to 1,338.37.The Canadian dollar fell 0.53 of a cent to 100.17 cents US after slipping below parity with the greenback earlier in the session, going as low as 99.77 cents US.Traders avoided risky assets after a prominent Greek politician called on the country’s two main party leaders to renege on their support for the multibillion-euro bailout that is keeping Greece afloat. Alexis Tsipras’ Radical Left Coalition came in a surprise second in Sundayâ€™s indecisive election and the country is struggling to form a new government.“The popular mandate clearly renders the bailout agreement invalid,” he said.Voters punished the two parties that have overseen the countryâ€™s harsh austerity measures and left no party with enough votes to form a government. Now, another election looks increasingly likely for the country, which is being supported by bailouts.But analysts warn that Greece could run out of money as soon as next month without a government to negotiate the next level of its financial bailout.U.S. markets also retreated but finished well off the worst levels of the day. The Dow Jones average came back from a 198-point plunge to close down 76.44 points at 12,932.09.The Nasdaq composite index slid 11.49 points to 2,946.27 and the S&P 500 index fell 5.86 points to 1,363.72.Commodity prices lost ground because if Greece canâ€™t stay solvent, it risks falling out of the eurozone, with potential knock-on effects throughout the global economy.As it is, the economies of many heavily-indebted eurozone countries are worsening as tough austerity measures adopted to rein in spending are crushing growth.“It highlights the bigger issue, which is that Europe has made some meaningful progress in addressing the capital issues of the banking system and reinforcing the banking system,” said Norman Raschkowan, North American strategist at Mackenzie Financial Corp.“But they havenâ€™t made the transition from the focus on austerity to the focus on growth and you canâ€™t cut your way to prosperity.”Shares sank nearly seven per cent on the Athens Stock Exchange on Monday, and dropped a further 3.6 per cent Tuesday.Commodities have also suffered in recent weeks because of indications of slowing economic performance in the U.S. and China.The TSX energy sector lost 1.12 per cent as the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 93 cents to US$97.01 a barrel. It earlier went as low as US$95.52, its weakest level since late December.Crude has slumped about nine per cent since the beginning of the month on a deterioration of the global growth outlook. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gave back 95 cents to C$30.69 and Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) was 45 cents lower at $29.77.Copper prices are also down sharply from May 1, losing 4.3 per cent. The July contract was down 10 cents to US$3.68 cents a pound on Tuesday. Copper is viewed as an economic bellwether as it is used in so many industries. The base metals sector gave back 2.16 per cent and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) declined 81 cents to C$33.53 while Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) lost 45 cents to $9.90.Railway stocks fell alongside commodity prices and mining stocks, with Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) down $1.85 to $82.20 and Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) off 80 cents at $73.69.The gold sector was also lower as bullion prices backed off, down $34.60 at US$1,604.50 an ounce, the lowest close since Jan 3. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded $1.53 to C$34.40 and Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) shed 96 cents to $36.71.Blue chips also contributed to the negative showing with the financial sector down 1.2 per cent. Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) lost 57 cents to $53.02 and TD Bank (TSX:TD) eased $1.23 to $80.42.On the corporate front, Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) gained 25 cents to $12 as the BlackBerry maker hired two veterans from the mobile computing industry for the key roles of chief operating officer and chief marketing officer.There was also plenty of earnings news to digest.Food company George Weston Ltd. (TSX: WN) said first-quarter net earnings attributable to shareholders grew 18 per cent to $124 million from $105 million in the quarter a year earlier. Sales increased one per cent to $7.22 billion from $ 7.15 billion a year ago but its shares dipped $1.35 to $59.13.Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TSX:TPX.B) (NYSE:TAP) reported net income from continuing operations fell 3.9 per cent to US$79.4 million, or 44 cents per share. But underlying earnings rose to US$85.3 million, or 47 cents per share. Net sales were up 0.1 per cent to US$691.4 million. Its shares fell 61 cents to US$41.43 in New YorkYellow Media Inc. (TSX:YLO) plunged four cents or 40 per cent to six cents amid a first-quarter loss of $2.9 billion as the struggling directory publisher wrote down the value of its assets. The company also cancelled its annual meeting planned for Tuesday in Montreal after it said the number of shareholder votes received would not be enough to reach a quorum. Revenues were $289.1 million compared with $349.4 million for the first quarter in 2011. Excluding the one-time charge, the company earned $57.5 million.
Derek Vanstone, senior aide to Harper, named Air Canada government liaison AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2012 4:02 pm MDT OTTAWA – A senior aide to the prime minister is taking a government affairs job with Air Canada, raising pointed questions about the strength of ethical rules that are supposed to guide the post-political actions of Parliament Hill staffers.Derek Vanstone, currently Stephen Harper’s deputy chief of staff, will become Air Canada’s vice-president of corporate strategy and government affairs in September, the Montreal-based airline announced Thursday.The hire was vetted by Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson; both Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) and the prime minister’s office said they were well aware of the ethical obligations facing Vanstone as he moves into the new role.“Air Canada understands that there are a number of post-employment restrictions for Derek with respect to federal government relations,” said airline spokeswoman Angela Mah.“Derek will be fully compliant with these restrictions.”The hurdles Vanstone needed to clear to get the job include a five-year ban on becoming a registered lobbyist and a mandatory cooling-off period that prohibits involvement with any company with which he’s had significant government dealings.The commissioner’s office wouldn’t comment directly on the case, and declined to discuss even generally how an individual with direct access to the prime minister could accept a government affairs job without being in breach of the act.NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus called the appointment unacceptable.“What we are seeing here is again the old boys club, the revolving door,” Angus said.“It’s a nudge-nudge, wink-wink system that you have a senior adviser to the prime minister who will just happen to be now coming back as the man opening the doors for Air Canada. This is what Mr. Harper said he would clean up — and he hasn’t.”The Conservative government was first elected in 2006 on a promise to build a stronger wall between ex-political staff and Parliament Hill.A slew of legislation followed, governing the activities of those seeking private sector jobs that could connect them with the government.Deputy Liberal leader Ralph Goodale said it is too easy for both the PMO and Air Canada to hide behind the approval of the ethics’ commissioner’s office.“Being technically in compliance with the rules is not the same thing as being appropriate,” Goodale said.“This doesn’t pass the smell test.”Goodale said his party will be writing to Dawson’s office to request a detailed explanation for the ruling.“She should explain to parliamentarians exactly how this is OK,” Goodale said. “And if does fit within the law, most certainly there are exemptions or exceptions that should be plugged.”Dawson has raised issues with some of the provisions contained in the act before.“…Ensuring compliance with the act’s post-employment provisions remains a challenge,” she wrote in her 2010-2011 annual report.Her office acts in concert with the lobbying commissioner, who found earlier this year that another of Harper’s deputy chiefs of staff had broken the rules. Karin Shepard concluded that Keith Beardsley broke a five-year ban on lobbying that applies to former public office holders.Beardsley was turned in by Harper’s then-chief of staff Guy Giorno.A House of Commons committee recently recommended 11 changes to the Lobbying Act to make it stronger.Vanstone will have responsibility for Air Canada’s relationships with all levels of government as well as community and industry affairs, company CEO Calin Rovinescu said in a statement.“I am pleased to announce Derek’s appointment to this key corporate strategy, industry and government affairs role,” Rovinescu said.“His solid experience and track record in the private sector and at the highest levels of government will further strengthen the management team’s ability to execute our corporate priorities.”Air Canada has been engaged in an often bitter labour dispute with most of its unionized employees in recent months.The threat of a lockout of pilots and a strike notice from the mechanics and baggage handlers prompted the Harper government to intervene with back-to-work legislation in both disputes.A spokesman for the prime minister said Vanstone was not involved in that legislation.“Derek had no involvement with Air Canada on any aspect of Bill C-33 or any other legislation affecting Air Canada,” said Andrew MacDougall.“We wish Derek well in his new role — he will be missed.”The Air Canada Pilots Association said the appointment wasn’t surprising.“It’s been evident to us for some time that Air Canada and the Harper government co-ordinate very closely,” said ACPA president Paul Strachan.“This appointment confirms that absolutely nothing has changed,” Strachan said. “Certainly, it will present excellent opportunities for further co-ordination between the government of Canada and the national airline.”Strachan said Vanstone spoke on behalf of Flaherty’s office in 2009 when a special pension funding protocol for Air Canada was negotiated.He was also working with Flaherty when other private sector companies, including The Canadian Press, were granted longer periods to pay back their pension obligations.Vanstone will fill a role currently performed by Duncan Dee, who is taking early retirement. His departure, following 15 years with the airline, was announced on June 6.Dee has been Air Canada’s chief operating officer, a position that’s often seen as second-in-command to the CEO and a potential successor to whoever is the chief executive.McGill University professor Karl Moore said Vanstone’s appointment will benefit Air Canada.“He has wonderful contacts and knows how the government runs,” said Moore, an associate professor at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management.“It’s a win for Air Canada,” Moore said. “I don’t see any downside from an Air Canada viewpoint.”He said the unions also need to understand how the government operates and “how to appeal to it, which I think the unions are pretty good at, actually.”Last month an arbitrator decided in favour of the airline in the case of the mechanics and baggage handlers, putting in place a new collective agreement.The airline’s 3,000 pilots are still in the process of working through their dispute with a separate federal arbitrator. A decision is required by the end of this month.
Addressing participants at the opening of the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development, President of the General Assembly, John Ashe urged the international community to accelerate efforts to mobilize financial resources towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline and towards paving the way for a post-2015 development agenda.“Financing for development is the elixir – the lifeblood, if you like – that we need,” Mr. Ashe told Member States and representatives of institutions, civil society and the business sector.The overall theme of this, the sixth high-level dialogue on the issue, is “The Monterrey Consensus, Doha Declaration on Financing for Development and related outcomes of major UN conferences and summits: status of implementation and tasks ahead.” The Monterrey Consensus, adopted in that Mexican city in 2002, is a landmark partnership agreement for global development. It covered a number of topics, including domestic resource mobilization, foreign direct investment (FDI), trade, official development assistance (ODA), debt relief and systemic issues.It was followed in 2008 by the Doha Declaration, which emphasized, among other things, the need to urgently meet the agreed ODA target of 0.7 per cent of donor countries’ gross national income (GNI), and underscored the importance of strengthening the World Trade Organization (WTO) with special and differential treatment for developing countries.The current ODA is around 0.31 per cent of national income of developed countries, according to UN figures.Also addressing participants, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged all countries to fulfil their pledges and meet their development assistance targets. “For many developing countries, and in particular the most vulnerable, predictable levels of ODA remain critical,” Mr. Ban said, adding that he was “deeply concerned” about the recent decline in ODA.Mr. Ban also emphasized the private sector’s vital role in financing and investing for a more sustainable and prosperous world. “A strong financial commitment to human solidarity today will improve prosperity and security tomorrow,” he noted.The two-day event consists of a series of plenary meetings chaired by Mr. Ashe where ministers and high-level officials are making formal statements on behalf of their countries.In addition, participants are part of roundtables and an informal interactive dialogue on the reform of monetary and financial systems and implications for development; and mobilization of public and private financing; the role of financial and technical development cooperation.The informal dialogue is focusing on the link between financing for development and achieving the eight MDGs and advancing the post-2015 agenda. In a report produced by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and released in July, the UN proposed a series of financial mechanisms to raise $400 billion annually for development needs, given the ODA declines as a result of to the global economic crisis.
Scott Dabinett, 32, captured amazing photos of the incident, which saw the pilot make an impressive landing without landing gear after flying back from the Duxford Air Show in Cambridgeshire.He said: “As soon as we saw the pilot was OK we all started breathing again. Everyone was shaking. The emergency guys were on the scene straight away and took control of the situation.”Mr Dabinett said the aircraft had taken off at 4.15pm and they waited one hour and 10 minutes for it to return. A pilot had a lucky escape after the last remaining Sea Vixen plane did an emergency landing at an airfield in Somerset on Saturday.The pilot walked away uninjured after the aircraft, known as the Foxy Lady, did a “belly-landing” on return to its base in Yeovilton. “The feeling between the few of us standing by was that this does not look good. On the final approach we all crossed our fingers and held our breaths whilst pointing our cameras at the Sea Vixen. As soon as she touched the runway the canopy was released and engines were shut down. 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 last remaining Sea Vixen plane doing an emergency landing at Yeovilton air base in Somerset Credit:Bav Media the last remaining Sea Vixen plane doing an emergency landing at Yeovilton air base in Somerset Credit:Bav Media “She slid up the runway very smoothly and under control. It was much quieter than I was expecting. Eventually she came to a stop. We kept waiting for movement from the pilot.”Sea Vixen XP924 “Foxy Lady” is operated by Fly Navy Heritage Trust Navy Wings.It first flew on September 23, 1963 and was delivered to 899 Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton on December 18, 1963.Retirement from active service sent her to Royal Naval Aircraft Yard at Belfast in August 1971.The aircraft was gifted to Naval Aviation Ltd in September 2014 and now operates from the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton.The Sea Vixen is an unusually configured aircraft that first flew in 1951. It was the first British two-seat aircraft to break the sound barrier when it achieved Mach speed in a dive during its operational testing phase in the early 1950’s. the last remaining Sea Vixen plane doing an emergency landing at Yeovilton air base in Somerset Credit:Bav Media He added: “The aircraft returned from Duxford and flew up the runway. We then heard radio communications between the tower and the pilot asking for visual of the landing gear.”The response was your undercarriage is clean, which means it is still up. After several more passes and discussion between pilot and tower and other emergency personnel, it was soon announced that this was going to be a gear-up belly landing.
When Amazon announced the new Kindle Fire HD tablets last week, Bezos failed to mention one feature during his presentation which was later found buried in the press release: all Kindle Fire HD tablets will ship with Special Offers adverts as standard.What Special Offers means is each user will be presented with adverts on their Home and Lock screens. Typically these will be genuinely good offers rather than annoying adverts, and it acts as a way for Amazon to keep the initial cost of buying the tablet down. However, some users aren’t happy with the adverts and Amazon has decided to respond.Anyone buying one of the new Kindle Fire HD tablets will have the option to remove Special Offers from their device. It’s a choice that comes with a price tag though, and you’ll have to pay $15 to make it happen.The quick decision by Amazon to offer the opt-out demonstrates how important the Kindle Fire tablets are to the company, and how focused they are on keeping consumers happy. In reality I doubt many people will choose to pay the $15, but at least the option is there now if you want to keep your device ad free.Choosing $15 as the cost of going ad free also gives us some insight into how much Amazon thinks they are worth. Does every Kindle Fire user average out to about $15 worth of advertising? Or did Amazon just pick a price high enough to deter most from disabling them and choosing to buy a movie or some music instead?via ars technica
As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4548946 By Michelle Hennessy 32,741 Views THE SPEAKER OF the House of Commons has said Prime Minister Theresa May cannot have another meaningful vote on the Brexit deal without changes.John Bercow said MPs from both sides of the house had expressed concern to him about the house being asked to vote repeatedly on the “same fundamental proposition”.He said the parliament’s rules state that a motion or amendment that is the same in substance as one that has already been decided by the House can not be brought forward again in that same session.Bercow told the House of Commons that he is of the opinion that the second meaningful vote on the deal, which took place on 12 March, was not in breach of this rule. He said it could be “credibly argued” that it was a different proposition as it contained a number of legal changes that the government considered to be binding and that were agreed with the European Union.However he added that the government can not now submit “the same proposition or substantially the same proposition” as was rejected on 12 March by 149 votes. He said it must be “fundamentally different”. Not different in terms of wording, different in terms of substance. This is in the context of a negotiation with others, outside the United Kingdom.That would be my initial feeling.Theresa May had been expected to call a third meaningful vote this week but this is now unlikely to happen. Bercow said this was not his final word on the matter. He said it was designed to signal to the government what will be required. Mar 18th 2019, 4:09 PM Image: PA Wire/PA Images Image: PA Wire/PA Images Monday 18 Mar 2019, 4:09 PM Short URL Share210 Tweet Email 61 Comments Theresa May cannot have another vote on Brexit deal without changes Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow said the parliament’s rules dictate that MPs can’t be asked to vote repeatedly on the same motion.