Notre Dame QB Addresses Transfer Following Loss To Clemson

first_imgBrandon Wimbush throwing the ball for Notre Dame.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 18: Brandon Wimbush #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish passes against the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium on November 18, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Brandon Wimbush is set to graduate from Notre Dame, and with the Fighting Irish season coming to a close with tonight’s loss to Clemson, it sounds like he’s probably played his last game for the program.The Fighting Irish offense was nearly blanked by the Tigers tonight.Clemson won 30-3, shutting Notre Dame out completely through the game’s final three quarters.Wimbush, who lost his starting job to Ian Book early in the year, didn’t record a stat in the game today. The senior had one pass attempt and ran for 44 yards in November against Syracuse, his last action of the season.Earlier in the week, reports surfaced that Wimbush was exploring his transfer options, with a year of eligibility remaining.He admitted as much during Notre Dame’s media day, and said that he didn’t want the situation to be a distraction for the team. Now that the season has ended for ND, expect speculation to ramp up.In the locker room after today’s game, Brandon Wimbush all but confirmed that he’s leaving Notre Dame.From the AP’s Ralph D. Russo:Per my colleague @hawkaptexas who was in the Notre Dame locker room, from QB Brandon Wimbush:“I want to go play quarterback. I want to have the opportunity to fulfill my dreams at quarterback, so I think another place will give me the better opportunity to do so,” Wimbush said.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) December 30, 2018A surprising name that has surfaced as an option for Wimbush is Ohio State.The Buckeyes are reportedly a major focus of potential Georgia transfer Justin Fields. If they don’t land that former five-star, they could bring him Wimbush as a veteran leader and competition for Tate Martell.We’ve outlined some other interesting potential landing spots for Wimbush here.last_img read more

#Donotretiredhoni trends: Fans urge MS Dhoni to stay on

first_img Next India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:38 IST MS Dhoni scored a valiant fifty to keep India in hunt of 240 chase. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni went on to score 50 and add 106 runs for the seventh wicket with Ravindra JadejaIndia lost all hopes for a World Cup final qualification after MS Dhoni’s dismissalMS Dhoni was rumoured to announce his retirement from cricket at the end of the World CupIndian cricket fans were heart-broken as Team India crashed out of the World Cup after suffering an 18-run loss to New Zealand in the first semifinal at Old Trafford on Wednesday.Chasing a modest target of 240, the Indian top order suffered a stunning batting collapse to leave the team reeling at 24 for four.But the fans knew MS Dhoni was the man who could take them over the finish line in a crunch semi-final. Dhoni walked in to bat after the dismissal of Dinesh Karthik as India’s score read 71 for 5.Dhoni went on to score 50 and add 106 runs for the seventh wicket with Ravindra Jadeja. Had it not been for Dhoni and of course Jadeja, India would have suffered a much bigger defeat in the semi-final against New Zealand.Ravindra Jadeja fell to Trent Boult for a valiant 77 but with MS Dhoni at the crease, there was still a belief that India would be able to gun down the total and seal a ticket to the Lord’s final on July 14.But as Martin Guptill’s direct throw hit the stumps to run out India’s wicket-keeper batsman, India lost all hopes for a World Cup final qualification.MS Dhoni had been criticised for his strike rate and strike rotation in the 2019 Cricket World Cup as India battled New Zealand in the semi-final, Dhoni showed once again why he is still important to the team’s balance.As MS Dhoni was rumoured to announce his retirement from cricket at the end of the World Cup, fans across the globe have made emotional appeals urging MS Dhoni not to retire and #Donotretiredhoni was trending on Twitter.advertisement#donotretiredhoni Please dont take retirement Mahi We love u THE LEGEND OF CRICKET @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/g9lbxeyB33Nivedita Sujith (@NiveditaSujith) July 11, 2019#donotretiredhoni please sir please I’m believe in Number 7 & you are truly legend and fighter #MSDlove and forever inspiring to every youth please sir do not retire pic.twitter.com/Fl9Gc8Jqj5Sunil Prajapati (@Imsunil122) July 11, 2019#donotretiredhoniHey Msd we are watching your Batting since we were able to understand cricket,your are our super hero,last hope of Millions of your fan.dont disappointment them,Play for india until you have believe on yourself. Love you MSD.#Lasthope pic.twitter.com/vUSmI3eFvYprateek jain (@prateeks1129) July 11, 2019#donotretiredhoniThumb fractureStill tried his bestGod level character pic.twitter.com/IkHSvprKxFDhoni183 (@msdhonifans7781) July 11, 2019#donotretiredhoni my inspiration my god my roll model Love you thala pic.twitter.com/wFSjZcaLG8hari haran (@hariharan1379) July 11, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Move aside Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja is the 3D cricketer India needAlso Read | Virat Kohli got everything he wanted but where is the World Cup?Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Mahendra Singh DhoniFollow Twitter #Donotretiredhoni trends: Fans urge MS Dhoni to stay onIndian Cricket fans urged MS Dhoni to continue playing and not announce his retirement from the game after India’s heart-breaking exit from World Cup 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

Care/of Is Your Key to Staying Healthy During the Holidays

first_img Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity The holidays are the worst time of year to maintain a healthy routine.Parties and the two most gluttonous days of the year make it a 1-2 punch below (and above) the belt.Through all of this madness, there is one thing that you can control – or even start: a vitamin regimen.Care/of, a brand new startup, is taking the guesswork and lack of transparency out of the vitamin aisle, making it easier than ever to get the extra nutritional push that so many of us lack throughout the year.The concept is relatively simple. Fill out an online questionnaire detailing your current habits, lifestyle and any allergies/current health conditions. Then, their algorithm sifts through more than a million different combinations and out pops a personalized vitamin regimen meant to bring nutritional balance to your life. If you like what they suggest, they’ll send you a monthly pack with a 30-day supply.“The goal is building your personal vitamin pack that’s as scientifically appropriate as possible,” CEO Craig Elbert says.The entire process comes backed by a number of top doctors, researchers and nutritional advisers. The startup has gathered experts from places like Harvard, Tufts and Northwestern to back all of the medical research and uses only peer-reviewed content on their online medical directory, which explains each of the vitamin recommendations in great detail.“Each of our experts brings something different to the table,” Elbert says. “It helps when we’re trying to break into an industry where the consumer has plenty of skepticism.”Care/of is also committed to using vitamins and minerals harvested from clean & natural sources. Each product has high “bioavailability” meaning that because they’re fermented with whole foods, the vitamins and minerals are easier to digest. Elbert compares it to the way green tea is extracted through a cup of hot water.Digestion (or lack of it) is something that tends to reappear every holiday season. Elbert has his own recommendation for those looking to find balance in the coming weeks. “Probiotics can help normalize your system in a time when we eat so much and our eating habits change from what they typically are,” he says.So, stave off the winter sniffles and keep your gut going strong with personalized vitamin packs from Care/of. Pricing is contingent upon your personalized regimen, but they generally start at $20 per month. And for all packs costing $20 or more, free shipping is included. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic last_img read more

US Vice President Commends Jamaica

first_img Mr. Pence said he and President Donald J. Trump welcomed the bold action taken by those countries. Story Highlights United States Vice President, Michael Pence, has hailed Jamaica and other countries in the Americas for pursuing economic reforms, and for their positive approach to growth.“Let me thank the many countries that have demonstrated courage to pursue economic reforms to empower job creation, innovators and citizens alike, from Argentina to Jamaica,” he said, as he addressed a Protocolary Meeting at the Organization of American States headquarters in Washington DC on May 7.Mr. Pence said he and President Donald J. Trump welcomed the bold action taken by those countries.“We look forward to expanding our ties of commerce and exchanges for generation to come,” he added.Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the OAS, Her Excellency Audrey P. Marks, was also on hand at this special sitting of the OAS Permanent Council, called in the US Vice President’s honour.“The United States has remained committed to working with our allies and partners to ensure the safety and security of our people across the hemisphere,” he told the Permanent Council, the second highest decision-making body of the OAS after the General Assembly.Mr. Pence said that since its inception, the OAS has played a critical role is strengthening security partnership across the wider region.The Vice President said there are tremendous opportunities to forge stronger trade relationships with countries in the hemisphere, and, over the past year, his country had successfully expanded access for vital agricultural products.center_img United States Vice President, Michael Pence, has hailed Jamaica and other countries in the Americas for pursuing economic reforms, and for their positive approach to growth. last_img read more

Spotted: Brand New Elandra Palm Joins LSC’s Ranks

first_imgImage Courtesy: Latvian Shipping CompanyLatvian Shipping Company’s arm LCS Shipmanagement has expanded its fleet with a newbuild Elandra Palm. In today’s spotted we present you this new tanker that will transport oil and chemical substances.Tanker Elandra Palm is the second out of three new ships being built by the South Korea-based shipbuilding company SSP Shipbuilding. The first of the three ships, Elandra Spruce, was received on January 11, while the final fleet addition from the series is expected in May with the delivery of Elandra Oak.“LSCSM adds the next ship to the fleet under its management to reach its maximum petroleum and chemical substance transportation capacity,” Robert Kirkup, Latvian Shipping Company’s Chairman of the Management Board says.The 50,300 dwt Elandra Palm has a length of 183 meters and width of 32 meters. According Marine Traffic, its current position is North China.Latvian Shipping Company has 22 ships in its fleet.last_img read more

Crowleys 1st LNGPowered ConRo Delivered

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: VT Halter Marine U.S.-based shipping company Crowley Maritime Corporation has taken delivery of its first LNG-powered Combination Container Roll-on/Roll off (ConRo) ship from VT Halter Marine.El Coquí, which is one of the first ConRos in the world, is also the first of two Commitment Class ships being built by Halter Marine for Crowley. The construction of its sister ship Taino is well underway at VT Halter Marine’s shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., and it is scheduled to enter service later this year.The new Crowley ships, built specifically for the Puerto Rico trade, feature 219.5 meters (720 feet) in length, 26,500 deadweight tons (DWT), and will be able to transport up to 2,400 TEUs at a cruising speed of 22 knots.El Coquí  is scheduled to set sail on its maiden voyage to San Juan later this month from Jacksonville (JAXPORT), its dedicated U.S. mainland port.                                                         Image Courtesy: VT Halter Marine“This delivery represents another milestone in our unwavering commitment to Puerto Rico and the Jones Act,” said Tom Crowley, chairman and CEO.“We have dedicated significant time, effort and more than USD 550 million, which includes these new ships, to transform our Puerto Rico shipping and logistics services to world-class standards. ”“This is a thrilling time for the U.S. shipbuilding industry, as evolutions in LNG technology are providing a historic opportunity for American yards and the supporting industrial base to design, build and outfit some of the most technically-advanced and environmentally-friendly vessels that are the envy of the world,” said Matthew Paxton, president, Shipbuilders Council of America.Working with Eagle LNG Partners, the ships will be bunkered from a shoreside fuel depot at JAXPORT.last_img read more

GDP growth pegged at 6 in Q1 FICCI survey

first_imgNew Delhi: The latest FICCI Economic Outlook Survey has pegged first-quarter GDP growth at 6 per cent in 2019-20 while for the whole fiscal growth is seen at 6.9 per cent in 2019-20. The growth numbers for the first quarter are expected to be released by Central Statistics Office (CSO) next week. Ficci said boosting agriculture sector, strengthening MSMEs, undertaking factor market reforms are key to steering the economy out of the slowdown. Furthermore, the annual median GDP growth forecast for 2019-20 has been pegged at 6.9 per cent, with a minimum and maximum estimate of 6.7 per cent and 7.2 per cent, respectively. While the median growth forecast for agriculture and allied activities has been put at 2.2 per cent for 2019-20, the industry and services sector are expected to grow by 6.9 per cent and 8.0 per cent respectively during the current financial year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The survey was conducted during the months of June-July 2019 amongst economists from the industry, banking and financial services sectors. With regard to inflation, the latest official numbers report moderate price levels. The outlook of participating economists on inflation also remains benign. The median forecast for Wholesale Price Index based inflation rate for 2019-20 has been put at 2.9 per cent, with a minimum and maximum estimate of 2.1 and 5.7 per cent respectively. The Consumer Price Index, on the other hand, has a median forecast of 3.7 per cent for 2019-20 – with a minimum and maximum estimate of 3.4 and 4.1 per cent, respectively. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Concerns remain on external front with median current account deficit forecast pegged at 2.3 per cent of GDP for 2019-20. Merchandise exports are expected to grow by 3.6 per cent, while imports are expected to grow by 4.0 per cent during the year. Overall decline in global growth forecasts, escalating trade tensions, uncertainty around Brexit and foggy outlook on international crude oil prices have emerged as key concerns on the external front. Slower global growth will impact India’s growth prospects as well going forward. In fact, economists unanimously indicated that India’s potential growth rate would be in 7.0 7.5 per cent range, which is lower than the 8 per cent plus potential growth rate estimated until a few years back. However, a majority of participants felt that potential GDP growth would settle at the higher end of the range at 7.5 per cent. The participating economists were sceptical and divided about replicating the previous high growth performance of over 8 per cent and sustaining it at that level. Those who were optimistic believed that a turnaround would be challenging given the current global environment and could take at least three to four years. On the strategies to achieve India’s potential growth rate, the surveyed economists suggested four key areas that needed immediate attention: boosting agriculture sector; strengthening MSMEs; undertaking factor market reforms; and enhancing avenues for infrastructure financing. The recently released unemployment numbers by NSSO re-affirm the grim situation with regard to employment in the country. The participating economists were asked to indicate areas of improvement that would help create more jobs, particularly in manufacturing and services sectors. The participating economists identified four key areas of improvement that would help create more jobs: cost of doing business; regulatory reforms; labour reforms and announcement of sector specific special packages. The participating economists opined that it was necessary to ensure availability of capital and access to diversified long-term capital sources for carrying out productive investments in the economy. Economists felt that it was necessary for input and more importantly, borrowing costs to be lower to drive investments and employment in the country. Participants also indicated that it was important to carry out structural reforms in the factor markets and the same has been echoed by FICCI time and again. Further reforms in areas of land, labour and capital are needed urgently to enhance competitiveness of the Indian industry. Furthermore, greater efforts are required to develop the bond market, non-banking financial sector, and the stock exchanges. Economists also felt the need for establishing a long-term development finance institution on a priority basis. Sharing their outlook on the future course of the monetary policy, participating economists unanimously felt that the Reserve Bank of India will continue with its accommodative stance. Majority of them suggested further cut in the repo rate in the remaining part of fiscal 2019. Economists felt that the prevailing real interest rates were high. The participants also signalled that tardy deposit growth is haunting the banks as it is limiting their ability to lend and is preventing adequate transmission. Economists suggested that the liquidity situation needs to further improve for ensuring smooth transmission of the cuts in repo rate. Further, it has been observed that the saving rate in India has declined over the past few years, with the decline being sharper in the household segment. This is a major concern as household savings form a very important source of funds for investment in the economy. Intermediation of savings into financial assets has also been a challenge. Economists were asked to suggest ways in which financialization of household savings in India could be improved. Economists attributed the dip in net household savings to lower overall incomes in the hands of the consumer on back of slowdown in economic growth. They emphasized the need for enhancing GDP growth and ensuring a more equitable distribution of gains from growth to improve the savings rate. Economists also underscored the importance of improving penetration of financial products to improve financialization of savings. While commending the government for opening mass bank accounts under Pradhan Manti Jan Dhan Yojana, participants said they believed that innovative approaches such as focussing on promoting digital banking need to be undertaken more aggressively to bridge the gap in access and usage of bank accounts. Surveyed economists recommended that financial instruments offered by equity and bond markets should play a major role in diversifying the available saving options. Furthermore, from a regulatory standpoint; the government bond market, the corporate bond market and the equity market are treated separately in India and the same needs to be corrected.last_img read more

UNHCR Ambassador Cate Blanchett Warns Of Race Against Time To Protect Refugees

first_imgUNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett today warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh.Cate Blanchett meets young Rohingya refugees Heavy rains, potential cyclones and adverse weather conditions are threatening to put more than one hundred thousand Rohingya refugees living in congested settlements in Cox’s Bazar district at serious risk in the coming months. Blanchett, on return from a visit to Bangladesh this week, is calling for urgent action to support UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency – and its partners, working with the Government of Bangladesh, to avoid an “emergency within an emergency”.

Since August 2017 over 671,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have sought safety in Bangladesh. “The Rohingya refugees have already experienced targeted violence, human rights abuses and horrific journeys. They have shown unimaginable resilience and courage,” Blanchett said, speaking at the end of her visit to Kutupalong, Nyapara and Chakmarkul settlements near Cox’s Bazar this week. “But now, as the monsoon season approaches, the Government of Bangladesh, supported by UNHCR and its partners, are in a race against time to ensure the refugees are as safe as they can be to deal with potential floods and landslides.”

”I’ve seen first-hand how UNHCR – with its partners and with the refugees themselves – is working flat out to avoid an emergency within an emergency in Cox’s Bazar district. Staff are on the ground distributing shelter and pre-monsoon kits to the vulnerable families, reinforcing roads, bridges, steps and other infrastructure at risk of being washed away, and relocating families to safer places where land is available. But more is urgently needed to ensure refugees stay safe,” Blanchett continued.

Calling for the international community to show solidarity and share the responsibility of this crisis with Government and people of Bangladesh, Blanchett added, “The people of Bangladesh and host communities have been the first to respond to this crisis, supported by agencies like UNHCR and its partners. But I cannot stress how much more help is needed for these vulnerable stateless refugees, the majority of whom are women and children. This is the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, the monsoons are coming and it is critical that the international community, private sector and individuals all do what they can to support these stateless refugees and the communities hosting them.”

The Rohingya are a stateless minority. Since violence began on 25 August 2017 in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, over 671,000 refugees have fled to Bangladesh. The Government and people of Bangladesh have shown tremendous generosity and hospitality in the face of this influx. Faced with acute risk of an emergency within the emergency, UNHCR and its partners are supporting the Bangladesh Government in Cox’s Bazar to prepare both refugee and host communities ahead of the monsoon season.

Kevin J. Allen, Head of UNHCR’s emergency operation in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh said, “Bangladesh saved thousands of lives when it opened its borders and arms to Rohingya refugees. It is now critical that we stand firmly with Bangladesh and the refugees we serve to protect them from cyclonic winds and heavy rains.”

UNHCR is working to build dignified and decent lives for the stateless Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, including access to healthcare, education, shelter and self-reliance. The solutions to this refugee crisis lie in Myanmar, and UNHCR has therefore called on Myanmar to create conditions in Rakhine State that would permit the safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of refugees who voluntarily choose to return to their homes. UNHCR is calling for unfettered humanitarian access to all communities and to all areas of origin and potential return in Rakhine State and has offered to support the Government of Myanmar to rapidly implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.

Last week, a new inter-agency donor appeal for Bangladesh announced funding requirements of US$951 million through to December 2018 to assist refugees and host communities affected by the refugee influx. UNHCR is seeking US$196.3 million to continue its work providing lifesaving assistance and protection for the Rohingya refugees supporting host communities.

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,103.51, up 7.44 points)Pure Technologies Ltd. (TSX:PUR). Technology. Up $4.47, or 100.68 per cent, to $8.91 on 13.2 million shares. The Calgary-based water pipeline technology and inspection company says it has agreed to be sold for more than half a billion dollars to New York-based Xylem Inc.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 22 cents, or 3.10 per cent, to $7.31 on 9.7 million shares. Saskatoon-based medical marijuana producer CanniMed Therapeutics (TSX:CMED) (Down six cents, or 0.30 per cent, to $19.87 on 159,202 shares) is seeking regulatory action in both Saskatchewan and Ontario, the company’s latest push back against a hostile takeover attempt by Aurora Cannabis. CanniMed has applied to securities regulators in both provinces to have Aurora’s hostile offer be considered an “insider bid,” and be treated as such.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX). Pharmaceutical. Up $1.09, or 4.30 per cent, to $26.45 on 4.7 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up 49 cents, or 2.52 per cent, to $19.91 on 4.5 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up 59 cents, or 4.38 per cent, to $14.06 on 3.9 million shares.Fortune Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FT). Miner. Up one cent, or 3.70 per cent, to 28 cents on 3.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Onex Corp. (TSX:ONEX). Industrials. Up 53 cents, or 0.55 per cent, to $96.07 on 127,657 shares. The Toronto-based private equity company says it has agreed to acquire a U.S. company that manages hundreds of sports, entertainment and business venues including Soldier Field, home to the NFL’s Chicago Bears. Onex didn’t disclose how much it will pay for privately held SMG Holdings Inc., in partnership with its existing management team. The deal is expected to close in early 2018.last_img read more

Sri Lanka Thailand satisfied with Presidents visit

The outcome of the visit to Thailand by President Maithripala Sirisena reflected the long-standing relations between the two countries and peoples based on shared historical, religious and cultural affinities, a joint statement by Sri Lanka and Thailand said today.President Sirisena and his delegation paid an Official Visit to Thailand from 1-4 November 2015 at the invitation of General Prayut Chan-o-Cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand. During the visit, the President of Sri Lanka was granted an audience with H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. On 2 November 2015, the President of Sri Lanka and Prime Minister of Thailand held bilateral talks on a wide range of issues of mutual interest covering political and economic, cultural and religious cooperation, agriculture and fisheries industries, tourism and people-to-people contacts. The discussions between the two sides were held in a warm and cordial atmosphere.The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the excellent relations maintained between Thailand and Sri Lanka and re-affirmed their commitment to take all necessary steps to elevate the relations to a higher level.Following the discussion, the two leaders witnessed the exchange of commemorative stamps to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Prime Minister of Thailand hosted a banquet in honour of the President of  Sri Lanka and his delegation at the Government House on 2 November 2015. The Visit coincides with the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Sri Lanka which falls this year. President Maithripala Sirisena brought the sacred relics of Lord Buddha enshrined in the historical Mahiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya for exposition at Putthamonthon from 2 – 16 November 2015 to commemorate this special occasion.Presentation of a Buddha Statue from Sri Lanka to the Government and the people of Thailand as a special gift and Pirith Chanting ceremony by 60 Sri Lankan Buddhist monks were some of the highlights of the 60th Anniversary Celebrations. On 3 November 2015, President Maithripala Sirisena and Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak addressed the Thailand-Sri Lanka Business Forum, jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking, with the participation of both Sri Lankan and Thai business delegations. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Residential garbage must be segregated from November

Residential garbage must be segregated as biodegradable waste, non-biodegradable waste and plastic or glass in order for it to be collected. Residential garbage in the country must be segregated from November in order for it to be collected, the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils said today.The Ministry said that residential garbage which is not segregated will not be collected by the garbage collectors.

Canadian landscaper pleads guilty to murder of Sri Lankans

A sentencing hearing is scheduled to start on Feb 4. A Canadian landscaper has pleaded guilty to the premeditated murders of eight men including 2 Sri Lankans with links to Toronto’s gay community and the mutilation of their bodies, most of them chopped up and hidden in planters, the Straits Times reported.The plea entered by Bruce McArthur, 67, was a surprise – he had been scheduled to stand trial next year. He now faces the likelihood of life in prison. “Unfortunately, we can never bring these men back. But I’m hoping we can start bringing closure to the families and the communities,” he said, describing the “long and traumatic process” to bring McArthur to justice.McArthur was arrested in January 2018.Body parts of seven of the victims were found hidden inside large planters that McArthur stored at a client’s home in midtown Toronto. The remains of an eighth victim were later discovered in a ravine behind the property. The case shocked all of Canada, and especially the gay community. It sparked a massive investigation in Toronto, the country’s largest city, at dozens of properties where McArthur had worked.“Bruce McArthur has pled guilty,” Homicide Detective David Dickinson told reporters outside the courtroom. “It’s the right outcome.” The victims in the case were McArthur’s former lover, two Afghan immigrants, two refugees from Sri Lanka and another from Iran, a Turkish national, and a homeless sex worker.All went missing from 2010 to 2017.Karen Fraser – the owner of the home where McArthur stored his planters, and who had casually met two of the victims – said she is “haunted” by the case. “Terrible things were done,” she said.“To me, he’s evil.” read more

Colo cantaloupe farmers charged in deadly listeria outbreak plan to plead guilty

DENVER – Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers plan to plead guilty under a deal with federal prosecutors in connection with the 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people in the nation’s deadliest case of foodborne illness in a quarter century.Eric and Ryan Jensen filed documents Tuesday notifying the court that they would plead guilty to unspecified charges under the agreements. Details typically aren’t disclosed until the hearing where defendants formally change their pleas.Ryan Jensen’s lawyer, Richard Banta, declined comment Wednesday and Eric Jensen’s lawyer didn’t immediately return a call. A prosecutors’ spokesman wasn’t available to comment because of the government shutdown.The brothers were charged last month with introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. At the time, the Food and Drug Administration said the rare move was intended to send a message to food producers.According to the FDA, conditions at Jensen Farms in southeast Colorado led to the 2011 outbreak. Federal investigators said the melons likely were contaminated in the farm’s packing house because of dirty water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean equipment.Officials said people in 28 states ate the contaminated fruit, and 147 required hospitalization.Criminal charges are rare in food-borne illnesses, but the FDA under President Barack Obama has been more aggressive in pursuing farmers and food processors for alleged lapses.In February, four former employees of a peanut company were charged in Georgia federal court with scheming to manufacture and ship tainted peanuts. A 2009 salmonella outbreak blamed on the peanuts killed nine people and sickened hundreds.The four pleaded not guilty.The Jensens each faced up to six years in prison and $1.5 million in fines had they been convicted of all of the original charges against them. Their lawyers have requested that they be allowed to change their pleas on Oct. 22 but the judge hasn’t set a date yet. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2013 11:23 am MDT Colo. cantaloupe farmers charged in deadly listeria outbreak plan to plead guilty under deal read more

One year after devastating storm UN says Philippines well on road to

Farmers are the backbone of this recovery and the key to build community resilience to future disasters, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director General Jos Graziano da Silva declared in a press release on the eve of the one-year anniversary. Their work now will ensure that when the next typhoon hits, the impacts are smaller and they are able to recover quicker, he added. Haiyan is the biggest typhoon recorded in almost a century, and according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as it slammed into the Philippines in the early hours of 8 November 2013, it killed thousands and affected nearly 9.8 million people, displaced some 4 million people and destroyed 500,000 homes.The storm also devastated the countrys infrastructure, hospitals, schools and public services, causing $12 billion in estimated damages while also laying waste to the agricultural sector. One-point-one million tonnes of crops suffered severe damage within hours of the super storms landfall. Coconut farmers, for instance, lost some 44 million trees to the storm dealing a debilitating blow to their livelihoods; coconut trees take six to eight years to become productive again. At the same time, nearly two-third of fishing communities lost their productive assets.As a result, over the past year FAO has been working closely with the Government in severely affected areas through some 22 projects in MIMAROPA, Western, Central and Eastern Visayas regions as part of a wider effort to build peoples ability to be self-reliant from day one, noted Jos Luis Fernandez, FAO Representative to the Philippines.Farmers have been key responders in this emergency, he continued. We helped them source seed to plant in time. They, in turn, filled local markets with rice four months later. Without their perseverance, food aid and other forms of humanitarian assistance would have been required much longer and for many more people.Leveraging nearly $40 million in support from the international community, FAO and local authorities have funnelled assistance to 150,000 farming and fishing families some 750,000 people in four critical areas of intervention: rice and corn farming, fisheries and coastal communities, coconut-based farming systems and coastal/mangrove forest rehabilitation. With one-third of the country relying on the agriculture sector for their livelihood, it is crucial to get people back on their feet as quickly as possible and assist them in rebuilding their lives, Mr. Fernandez added. In a briefing today from Geneva, the UNs humanitarian agencies also underscored the gains made since Haiyan struck the Philippines, killing at 6,300 people. They also observed, however, that much work remained to be done in assisting those still afflicted by displacement and lost employment opportunities. Speaking by phone from the Philippines, Dr. Julie Hall of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), explained that, from a health perspective, the past year had been a very challenging one as the Asian country had lost 600 health facilities. She said the international communitys response had been overwhelming as aid poured in to the affected areas and around half of the damaged facilities had been repaired or were in the process of reparation. She noted, however, that levels of functionality between health centres varied, medicines were running out, and a recent uptick in mental health issues could be observed. OCHA spokesperson, Jens Laerke, meanwhile remarked that the UNs humanitarian wing had served roughly 3.7 million people with food assistance, almost one million with rehabilitated water systems and established 4,900 temporary learning spaces for children. He added that OCHA had been humbled by the extraordinary resilience of the Filipino people who had pushed through the disaster and towards recovery individually and collectively. For its part, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said it was now focusing on the remaining 20,000 people still living in 56 displacement sites across typhoon-affected areas after the majority of the 4.1 million displaced persons had returned home to rebuild or been relocated. As UNHCR worked to provide those still displaced with shelter, water and sanitation, spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, noted that the agency was also lobbying the Filipino Government to adopt legislation protecting the rights of internally displaced people whether it be from natural disasters or the decades-long conflict still troubling the countrys south. The passage of such legislation would be very timely as the country welcomes crucial steps in attaining sustainable peace in the southern Philippines, Mr. Edwards concluded. A statement by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines on behalf of the Humanitarian Country Team and the UN Country to mark the anniversary remembered all those who lost their lives and [acknowledged] the extraordinary resilience of the Filipino people.Luiza Carvalho, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines said We are privileged to have been able to contribute to the humanitarian response led by the Government of the Philippines and will continue to support recovery efforts at all levels and in particular through the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery and relevant line ministries. read more

New UN report warns of abhorrent violations against children in wartorn Iraq

“I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the continuous grave violations committed against children in armed conflict,” Mr. Ban said in his second report on the subject, and he particularly deplored the abhorrent violations against the rights of children committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity.The volatile security situation and limited access to affected populations, in particular throughout 2014 and the first half of 2015, significantly hindered monitoring and reporting activities, but the document nonetheless highlights “worsening trends” as regards the killing and maiming, recruitment of child soldiers, sexual violence, attacks on schools and hospitals, and denial of humanitarian access. Among the other grim realities that children are facing in Iraq, the report also reveals that some 1,400 boys and girls had been abducted during the reporting period, from 1 January 2011 to 30 June 2015.“The Government of Iraq faces tremendous challenges to protect the country’s children, who urgently need to be shielded from this brutal conflict,” said Leila Zerrougui, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.Extremely concerned by the high number of more than 3,000 child casualties, Ms. Zerrougui warned that extreme violence by Al-Qaeda and ISIL, such as the use of improvised explosive devices, attributed to over half of documented incidents.Another grave concern, stressed the report, is the recruitment and use of children by armed groups such as ISIL’s “youth wings” in Iraq.“I call on the Government to take robust action to address the recruitment and use of children by all parties to the conflict,” Ms. Zerrougui said, also stressing that detention of children “should be used as a last resort and for the shortest period of time.”Echoing Mr. Ban’s call to the Iraqi Government for independent and prompt investigations into grave violations against children, Ms. Zerrougui said that she hoped such action would ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.She said she was encouraged by Prime Minister al-Abadi’s reforms aimed at strengthening the rule of law, enhancing accountability and addressing widespread impunity.Meanwhile, the UN chief in his report welcomed donors’ support for child protection in Iraq and urged for their additional financial contributions. read more

Ducon equipment to mitigate atmospheric emissions from lithium ore processing plant

first_imgDucon Environmental Systems, a division of Ducon Technologies has secured a major contract, to supply air pollution control equipment designed to mitigate negative environmental impacts of mining for lithium. For this application, Ducon shall supply a combination of technologies, including its most advanced wet electrostatic precipitator equipment, designed to remove sub-micron particles and acid mist from the exhaust flue gas generated while processing ores containing lithium. The acid mist will be recovered and returned to process.According to the company, “the increasing demand of energy-efficient, safe, and low-cost batteries is the key factor driving the growth of the lithium ion battery market. Rare earth metals used in the production of lithium-ion battery technologies are currently mined using methods that produce emissions requiring specialized treatment technologies to mitigate adverse impacts on the health of workers and equipment, and to ensure protection of the environment. The current emission regulations on this project require that the flue gas discharging the atmosphere should contain less than 20 ppm of sulphuric acid mist and 0.05 gm/Nm3 of particulate and the proposed Ducon air pollution control system shall meet these regulations.““We see great business opportunities for our company in this emerging lithium-ion battery market which is presently valued at $24 billion and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.6% between by 2022,” said Aron Govil, Chairman of Ducon group of companies (pictured). “We are the leading company with the most advanced and custom engineered air pollution control technology for this market globally.”last_img read more

Womens WC 2011 qualification Germany and Croatia in Brasil

← Previous Story EURO 2012 in Serbia: 12 of 16 teams qualified Next Story → Dusko Milic resign as Serbian NT coach WC 2011 in Brasil Second matches of European qualification for the Women’s World Championship in Brasil gave us some interesting clashes. Germany made a “surprise” in the derby match of this June’s matches, beat Hungary in 27:22 as a visitor, after just +2 from the first match.Hungary: Herr, Palinger; Ferling, Juhasz, Verten (3), Szucsanszki (2/1), Kovacsics, Bulath, Szabo, Görbicz (10/7), Szamoransky (3), Bodi, Zacsik, Hornyak (1), Kovacsicz, Tomori (3)Germany: Englert, Schülke; Klein (1), Jurack (3), Mietzner, Augsburg (1), Müller (2), Loerper (2), Hering, Krause (1), Richter, Melbeck (3), Althaus (2), Nadgornaja (8/3), Wohlbold (4), SchulzeSerbia beat Croatia 31:30 (15:15) after -11 defeat in Varazdin (25:36).Serbia: Tatalović jedna odbrana, Nikolić 2, Krpež 3, Lekić 7, Števin 3, Damnjanović 5, Đerić, Trifunović, Pop Lazić 7, Luković, Čolić šest odbrana i sedmerac, Cvijić 1, Živković 1, Nišavić, Liščević, Bartošić 2Croatia: Grubišić pet odbrana i sedmerac, Žderić jedan sedmerac, Jelčić pet odbrana, Kiridžić, Tatari 5, Kožnjak, Golubić 2, Šerić, Gaće, Pušica 1, Horvat 5, Franić 6(2), Penezić 8, Zebić 1, Milanović – Litre 2, Džono.Player of the Match: Slađana Pop Lazić (Srbija)Result: 2:0 (2.) 2:6 (10.) 7:7 (15.) 11:13 (27.) 16:15 (32.) 21:18 (37.)  24:24 (47.) 29:27 (57.)Another teams, qualifed for Brasil are Montenegro (two wins ove Czech Republic), Netherlands (two surprisingly easy wins over Turkey) and Spain (+15 sum over Macedonia). read more

Canonical intelligently reinvents the scrollbar for Ubuntu

first_imgGraphical user interfaces on the PC are a pretty standard affair when it comes to interaction. They all have windows you can open, close, resize, and move around. There’s minimize, maximize, and close buttons, toolbars, scrollbars, and menu systems. We all know how to use them and rely on them for navigation everyday.With the advent of mobile devices and touchscreens some of those interaction methods have had to be rethought due to screen size limitations and a lack of keyboard or mouse input. One of those interactions is page or window scrolling using a scrollbar. You simply don’t need them on a touchscreen device as it is easier and quicker to touch and drag anywhere on the display instead.AdChoices广告Such a lack of scrollbars gave the design team at Canonical an idea. Could they remove the permanent scrollbars at the edge of windows in Ubuntu to free up more space for content while still allowing them to work with a cursor? The answer was a definite yes, and the re-design is now being experimented with.The two videos included here give you a good idea of how the experimental scrollbars, called overlay scrollbars, work. They are effectively the same as before functionality wise, but invisible until your cursor enters the area of the screen you would normally expect to find them. At that point a scrollbar appears as an overlay and you can click and drag to scroll around.An additional feature of the new scrollbars is the integration of Page Up/Page Down functionality. Rather than dragging the scrollbar with your cursor you can instead click the upper or lower part of the bar. In doing so you get either a Page Up or Page Down movement within the active window.The position of the scrollbar is decided upon at the time of activation and changes based on the state of a window. So, for example, if you have a window not maximized the scrollbar will appear outside of the window so as not to obscure any content. A maximized window has no option but to position the scrollbar inside the window.The intended result of introducing these new, intelligent scrollbars, is a cleaner experience for users with more pixels for content and less for navigation elements that only get used occasionally.While only at the design stages at the moment, the fact there are videos showing the functionality working in Ubuntu suggests it won’t be too long before overlay scrollbars make it into a final distribution. There’s also a test release already available for those brave enough to install and experiment with it.Read more at Mark Shuttleworth’s blog and Canonical DesignMatthew’s OpinionFor me, this definitely falls under the category of “why has no one thought to do this before?”. It makes a lot of sense from a clean design point of view, but at the same time does not break anything from a legacy standpoint.Even though the scrollbars are invisible most of the time they still function in exactly the same way as the old, permanent versions. Not only that, but Canonical has managed to improve upon the design with the Page Up/Page Down functionality built-in. That’s going to be especially useful for laptop users if the equivalent buttons are hidden away on a function key combo.By introducing this feature Canonical also make it easier to offer the same OS experience on different devices. The desktop edition of Ubuntu will look and feel the same as the tablet version, yet the interaction differs seamlessly across the platforms.last_img read more

Less than three in 10 employers run flexible working schemes for all

first_imgLess than three in 10 (29%) UK employers operate flexible working schemes that are available to all employees, according to research by communications technology provider Teleware.The research was conducted on behalf of the organisation by Censuswide, and canvassed 2,300 UK-based full-time employees between 10 and 12 October 2018. It also found that 42% of employees feel that working flexibly makes them more productive.Steve Haworth, chief executive officer at Teleware, commented: “For many employees, the line between work and their personal life often blurs. Businesses are keen on flexible working policies, but have been slow to implement them due to productivity concerns. Contrary to belief, there’s significant evidence that employees work just as hard, or even harder, when working from home.”A quarter of respondents (25%) stated that they have previously turned down a job offer for a position that did not offer flexible working. A further 31% stated that they would do so if the situation arose in the future.Haworth added: “The UK productivity crisis is showing no signs of slowing down. The tools to support flexible working are available and come in the form of apps, for example, to help employees with their day-to-day job.“Giving employees the option to work flexibly gives them more control over their work schedule which can boost staff morale and ultimately increase productivity.”last_img read more

Telangana leads in integrated rainfall measurement in

first_imgKarimnagar: Telangana is in the forefront of integrated rainfall measurement, State Development Planning Society (TSDPS) Assistant CEO PB Srinivasa Chary said in an interview with The Hans India.He said that recently TSDPS has been working on scientifically assessing the severity of natural calamity. Insurance companies can also avoid making excuses for not paying damages, even in the event of a natural calamity. With the introduction of automated weather stations in the field of TSDPS, the insurance companies are not allowed to be unfair towards farmers. He said there are 99 atomized weather stations in the erstwhile Karimnagar district. Srinivas said there should be at least two weather stations in each mandal, then only rainfall details and summer extremes would be properly calculated and informed to the government. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us TSDPS focuses on automatic real time acquisition and dissipation of weather-related parameters and involve in running of weather forecast and flood models and drought monitoring. To facilitate data collection, TSDPS has installed 1044 AWS Telangana State-wide. 99 Automated weather stations located in Karimnagar, Rajanna Sircilla, Jagtial and Peddapalli districts only. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The Assistant CEO said that there are 64 global radiation sensors and soil moister sensor across the State to acquire data on real time basis. The AWS also measures global radiation and moisture at desired location for every one hour and transmit it in the form of SMS using GSM technology presently. He felt that at least one AWS for each mandal should be installed. River gauges the water level in the river at that particular location and transmits data at hourly interval, he explained. The data is being used by stake holders for proper planning and implementation of varied government programmes and schemes. AWS data is also being used by Agriculture Insurance company of India for implementation of weather-based crop insurance schemes for various crops in the district, Srinivas said.last_img read more