first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Mavericks: Rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. was one of the players identified in the Yahoo Sports story on federal documents obtained in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball corruption. It alleged Smith received $43,500 and was loaned another $73,500. Said Smith at the morning shootaround: “I’m a firm believer in God and everything happens for a reason. Whether it’s going to strengthen you or destroy you, you make that decision. But since I’ve been here, it’s been a class organization from top to bottom, starting with Mark Cuban and all the way down to players like myself. It’s been great, fantastic. I’m here to play basketball. Everything else to me is just noise and I have to block all that out.”Lakers: The Yahoo Sports report also said rookie forward Kyle Kuzma received $3,000 and $6,500 in loans. Kuzma would not say prior to the game whether the story was accurate. “Hmm, I’m not going to say anything really,” he said. “Just gathering information about it and whatnot.” He called it a legal matter, though he did not believe he was in jeopardy. “I don’t know. I don’t think so,” he said. “That’s why we’re trying to gather information about everything. It is a federal investigation the NCAA is dealing with.” Kuzma did say the story was a distraction. “Yeah, for sure,” he said. “It’s the NBA right now and we’re focusing on trying to win games, and things like this come about, it’s definitely a little distraction.”UP NEXTMavericks: Play on back-to-back nights when they travel to Utah on Saturday.Lakers: Also play on consecutive nights, traveling to Sacramento on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Prolific Davis lifts Pelicans past Heat in OT Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball returns after missing 15 games due to a knee injury. APLOS ANGELES — Julius Randle had 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and rookie Lonzo Ball made a triumphant return to the lineup as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 124-102 on Friday night.Ball, who was sidelined for 15 games with a knee injury, had nine points, seven rebounds and six assists in 17 minutes. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brandon Ingram scored 15 apiece to help Los Angeles stop a three-game slide.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIEScenter_img Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa It was Randle’s second triple-double this season and No. 5 for his career. Josh Hart added 12 points and 10 boards as the Lakers enjoyed a 61-29 advantage on the glass.Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes each scored 19 points for the Mavericks (18-41), who have dropped five of six.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lakers jumped out to 23-5 lead and had a 63-41 advantage at the break.TIP-INS AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more

first_imgShortest hole at longest US Open course could bring trouble MOST READ “It’s the business of basketball obviously so nothing is for sure, but here I feel like we can work that out and we’ll have a chance to do this again next year,” Durant said. “It’s easier said than done obviously, but that’s the goal. We want to keep this thing together and see how we can continue to keep getting better.”The group that recruited Durant in the Hamptons that day last summer has the same philosophy about winning more championships. Along with Curry that day were Iguodala, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.“I do know me and KD had a conversation along with Draymond and Klay and Andre last year before he even showed up that that was kind of the identity of who we are as a team that we understand how important it is, the guys that are here,” Curry said. “You don’t want anybody to have to sacrifice in that sense, you don’t want to force anybody to take that approach but at the end of the day we know what’s best for us as a group going forward. We’re going to do everything we can to keep this team together. I’ll have that mindset, KD’s going to have that mindset, I know Dre, Shaun, all the guys that are up for negotiating a new contract. We’ll see what happens. The beauty of what I know of this team, we all want to provide for our families, we want to get all that we can out of this game while we still have the legs to do it, but there are no egos when it comes to that side of the equation when it comes to us as professional athletes.”Curry and Durant also heard from former President Barack Obama with congratulations, though Durant said he was most excited that among 200 messages was a text from a high school girlfriend he didn’t realize still had his number.While the Warriors haven’t formally met to discuss whether they will visit President Donald Trump’s White House as is customary for championship teams, Curry said his mind hasn’t changed from when he was asked earlier this year about the possibility. Coach Steve Kerr also has been outspoken about issues with Trump.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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 Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant smiles during an NBA basketball news conference on Wednesday in Oakland, California. APOAKLAND, California — Stephen Curry will likely go from being the NBA’s biggest bargain to signing the richest contract in the league at more than $200 million. And he looks forward to the nice payday.Yet the two-time reigning MVP and new NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant said Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) they would consider taking less money to keep the core of the champion Golden State Warriors intact.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “Somebody asked me about it a couple months ago like the hypothetical if a championship were to happen what would I do and I think I answered I wouldn’t go. Still feel like that today,” Curry said. “But obviously as a team we’re going to have a conversation. This is a moment that we all need to enjoy together. Nothing should distract from what we were able to accomplish together and the different kind of ceremonies that have happened around championship-winning teams. We don’t want that to taint what we’ve accomplished this year so we’ll handle that accordingly and responsibly and do the right thing for us individually and as a group.” “It would mean everything. What we’ve built here is truly special, it’s unique, it’s something that you don’t want to see end at all,” Curry said. “All the pieces that we have are important to the equation of winning a championship and competing for a championship every single year. It is a business. There are decisions that need to be made every single year and you’ve got to assess the situation as it is.“… As we go into the talks and this whole process, which is obviously new for me, I will approach it to get the most out of it I can as an individual, as a player, and something that I’ve been working for for a very long time. In the context of keeping the team together, if there are decisions that need to be made, we’ll talk about it for sure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTwo days after capturing the franchise’s second title in three years against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors prepared to part ways for what will be a busy offseason for general manager Bob Myers and the front office.Durant said he has “no question” in his mind he will be back with the Warriors. He hinted he would opt out of a deal that pays him the maximum he can get in order to help Golden State’s chances of re-signing players such as Andre Iguodala or Shaun Livingston — two key reserves on both title teams. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgChennai, Jul 20 (PTI)The Tamil Nadu government today told the Madras High Court that the single-window admission system to engineering colleges allows the socio-economically weaker students to access all courses of all colleges in the state and choose one of them by filing a single admission form.The state government made this submission defending the single-window admission system to engineering colleges in the state in its affidavit filed before the bnech of Justice K Ravichandra Baabu.The affidavit was filed in response to a plea seeking to scrap the single-window system for admissions for 2017-18.The affidavit filed by the Department of Higher Education secretary and Technical Education director said the single window counselling provides an opportunity to SEBC students to have access to various courses of all institutions all over the state by filing a single form for Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA).The states single-window admission system had been challenged by the Self-Financing Engineering Colleges Management Association of the Tirunelveli Anna University of Technology.The association had sought permission to the private colleges to fill up their seats in enginneering courses on their own.The petitioner, had later amended the prayer and sought permission to private institutions to admit students under government quota on the fees fixed by the Fee Fixation Committee for the academic year 2017-18.When the matter came up before Justice Baabu, he directed the additional advocate general to get instructions on the amended prayer and posted the matter for further hearing on July 26.The authorities, in their counter-affidavit, further said the system ensured that the reservation policies of state and Central government such as sports quota, ex-service men and others are also met.advertisementThat apart, the state government also provides the first generation graduates fee waiver to students admitted under this counselling irrespective of his socio-economic status, the affidavit said.The government further said the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission for academic year 2017-18 had already commenced on July 17 and scrapping it would create confusion among students.The system ensures transparency and non-exploitation and has been repeatedly endorsed by the Supreme Court, the affidavit said.It further said a total of 526 self-financing (387 non- minority and 99 minority) engineering colleges had consented to the government to share with the state 65 per cent of their seats in non-minority institutions and 50 per cent in minority institutions for TNEA 2017 and were also willing to participate in counselling conducted by Anna University for the academic year. The government also sought dismissal of the plea on the sole ground that it had been filed at the eleventh hour. PTI COR SS RAX RBSlast_img read more

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first_imgTourism-related projects that market the province to the Atlantic Canadian and Northeastern U.S. markets will receive funding support from the province. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald announced today, Aug 12, that a total of $91,000 will be provided to seven tourism projects in the province under the Destination Opportunities Program. The Destination Opportunities Program helps the tourism industry fund projects designed to increase the number of out-of-province tourists and the amount they spend while in the province. Funding applications are received in June each year. “This funding represents the department’s ongoing efforts to develop and strengthen the province’s position as a tourism destination,” said Mr. MacDonald. “It’s a building process. The impact of these initiatives will be felt over the next year and in the coming years.” One of the groups receiving funding under the program is Taste of Nova Scotia. It will receive $12,500 for the development of a new website promoting Nova Scotia’s culinary experiences, as well as support for a fall harvest promotion. “We’re very excited about the opportunity to enhance our marketing efforts and promote the Nova Scotia dining experience,” said Alain Bosse, president, Taste of Nova Scotia. “We hope to draw more attention to Nova Scotia’s quality food and beverage products, as well as to our quality service and hospitality.” The Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design will also receive funding under the program. The province will provide a total of $6,850 for the production and installation of strategically placed kiosks and a map promoting Cape Breton artisans. “This funding will allow us to promote Cape Breton artisans to visitors arriving at various entry-points to the island and encourage them to discover our unique artistic talent,” said Carol Beaton, executive director, Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design. “These projects are important components of a long-term tourism strategy for Nova Scotia,” said Charley Clerk, chair, Tourism Partnership Council. “They will help the province build on its strengths and realize its full potential as a tourism destination.” Information on the Destination Opportunities Program is available from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage by calling 902-424-4170 or by seeing the program section of the website at www.nstpc.com .last_img read more

first_imgThe remainder of the awards are widely spread across a variety of productions at many of the city’s theatre companies, large and small, a sign of the health of the Toronto scene. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement The Musical Stage Company’s recent production of Fun Home, presented by David Mirvish, is the big winner in this year’s Toronto Theatre Critics Awards, picking up four prizes — or six, depending on how you slice it.Fun Home won Best Production of a Musical, Best Director of a Musical (Robert McQueen), Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Cynthia Dale) and Best Actress in a Musical, to be shared by the three performers who play the character of Alison Bechdel at various points in her life: Hannah Levinson, Sara Farb and Laura Condlln.Another highly acclaimed musical, Mr. Shi and His Lover by Wong Teng Chi and Njo Kong Kie, picked up three awards: Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (Jordan Cheng) and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Derek Kwan). The Macau Experimental Theatre/Music Picnic/Point View Art Association production, which tells the story of a French diplomat who falls in love with a mysterious opera singer, played at Tarragon Theatre. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Laura Condlln, Hannah Levinson and Sara Farb, shared the lead role of Alison in Fun Home and also share the Best Actress in a Musical award from the Toronto Theatre Critics. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR) Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission has directed disciplinary action against the presiding officer of a polling station in the Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency who forgot to delete test votes, necessitating the need for a repoll, officials said Sunday. The polling station 32 in the constituency saw a repoll on Sunday and recorded a voter turnout of 42.14 per cent. According to an official, the EC directed disciplinary action against the presiding officer after a report was sent about the error to it by the Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi. Tanvi Garg, district election officer of the Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency, said a show cause notice has been to the polling party seeking a reply in the matter.last_img read more

TORONTO — Rogers Communications is reporting a 35 per cent increase in second-quarter net income, beating analyst estimates.Its net income was $531 million or $1.03 per share, while adjusted profit was $1 per share.Analysts had estimated Rogers would have 90 cents per share of net income, or 93 cents per share after adjustments, according to Thomson Reuters.Revenue was $3.59 billion — up four per cent from last year’s second quarter and within analyst estimates.It’s the first financial report issued by the Toronto-based telecommunications and media company since Joe Natale became its CEO in April.Natale is a former CEO of Telus, where he had a reputation of building customer satisfaction and reducing turnover.He said in today’s announcement that Rogers will improve customer service but also intensify a company-wide focus on controlling costs and improving profitability for shareholders. read more

Former Speaker and Attorney-at-Law Ralph Ramkarran, S.CNot yet having acted in compliance with Article 106 (6) of the Guyana Constitution by resigning, the Cabinet, including the President, is unlawfully holding onto office, former Speaker of the National Assembly and prominent Attorney, Ralph Ramkarran has said.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”In his weekly column Conversation Tree, Ramkarran stated that a court would be approving this illegality if it allowed even a temporary break from compliance with Article 106 (6), especially given the fact that it is not the end of the life of the Government.The Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, having declined to reverse the declaration on December 21, 2018, that the no-confidence motion against the Government had been carried on a vote of 33-32 in favour, has shifted the arena of contest to the courts.Ramkarran, however, made reference to comments made by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who is reported to have said that there has not been a resignation of the President or Government nor will there be such a resignation, arguing that the country cannot be left without a government.Ramjattan had further argued that Government retained its full panoply of legal powers and was with jurisdiction to exercise its legal authority.But the former Speaker said the Minister missed the fact that Article 106 (7) specifically provides that there shall not be a “governance vacuum”.Also, Ramkarran said it was not known if Ramjattan was aware of the “Caretaker Conventions” which apply when a government is facing elections.According to him, the “Caretaker Conventions” apply during the period from the dissolution of the Parliament to the election of the new Government, because there is no oversight.In summary, the conventions are that no major policy decisions are taken to commit an incoming Government or limit its freedom to act, no major contracts or agreements are entered into, and the use of Government resources in a manner to advantage a particular party is avoided.In a local context, the former House Speaker said the “Caretaker Conventions” should be applied from the moment the no-confidence motion was passed because Article 106 (6) dictates the resignation of the Cabinet, which suggests a caretaker role for the Government thereafter.“The passage of the natural resources legislation and Minister Ramjattan’s remarks signify quite clearly that the Cabinet, including the President, have no intention of resigning and of observing any caretaker conventions,” he further observed in his column.Meanwhile a court case has been filed by Compton Herbert Reid against the Speaker, Charrandas Persaud and the Attorney General seeking to set aside the no-confidence vote of December 21, 2018. The ground is that the vote of Persaud was invalid because he holds a Canadian passport.“An order to stay the no-confidence resolution is also being sought. The reports make no mention of the motion required 34 votes to be passed. No doubt Article 165 (2) of the Constitution will arise for consideration,” he observed.Ramkarran noted too that consideration would no doubt also be given to the right or power of a court to interrupt a constitutional process set in train by a parliamentary motion, on which a vote was taken and deemed to have been carried.He said, “If the power exists, should it be exercised, ad interim, upon an allegation that is prima facie answerable by Article 165 (2) and in circumstances where the notional applicant, the Cabinet, is committing a continuing wrong by not resigning? The question will no doubt be: How can a court allow a Cabinet to stay in office when the Constitution, a superior instrument to the court, by which the court is bound, says that it should resign?”President David Granger is expected to meet with Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday to discuss a number of issues, but topping that list is the no-confidence resolution. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo-confidence case: Ram’s attorney makes oral submissionsJanuary 23, 2019In “Court”AG files legal proceedings seeking to stay carried no confidence voteJanuary 7, 2019In “Court”Opposition will not participate in undermining the Constitution- PPP to SpeakerJanuary 2, 2019In “latest news” read more

first_imgJSC Vorkutaugol, one of the largest coal mining companies in Russia, owned by PJSC Severstal, has begun the installation of a multifunctional security system at the Vorkutinskaya, Zapolyarnaya, Komsomolskaya and Vorgashorskaya mines.In December 2017, components of the security system Strata, developed in Russia, Kazakhstan, the United States and South Africa, were delivered to the mines. A month later, representatives from Alpha-Safety, the general supplier of equipment, arrived in Vorkuta to put the systems in place with help from specialists from Vorkutaugol.Alexei Borisov, Deputy Technical Director of Vorkutaugol, said: “Before we started the installation, we had already done a lot of the preparation. The first step was to draw up the detailed technical design and decide which factories would be used for the different components in. We then developed an efficient delivery chain using air transport . Finally, we trained the specialists who will be involved in the installation and operation of the system.”The installation of Strata at all Vorkutaugol mines follows a single schedule of progress. Weekly meetings will be held at the headquarters for monitoring the progress of work, solving problems and sharing experience. These meetings will include the mechanics of Vorkutaugol and representatives from the supplier.The installation is divided into two main stages: surface level and underground. On the surface specialists lay fibre-optic lines, connect them to the server and configure the software. Underground, fibre-optic lines also need to be put down in order to establish wireless communication nodes.Following the launch of the system in July 2018, three of the main functions will be complete continuous monitoring of the air and gas situation, locating each miner with an accuracy of up to 20 m, and underground wireless communication. Vorkutaugol will be the first company in Russia with mines fully equipped with the Strata system.last_img read more

first_imgCREDIT RATINGS AGENCY Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Britain’s government bond rating one notch from the top AAA to AA1, saying sluggish growth and rising debt were weakening the country’s medium-term outlook.Treasury chief George Osborne said the blow only redoubled his resolve “to deliver our economic recovery plan,” based on deep spending cuts.Moody’s said “subdued” growth prospects and a “high and rising debt burden” were weighing on the British economy.The agency said rising debt meant “a deterioration in the shock-absorption capacity of the government’s balance sheet, which is unlikely to reverse before 2016.”It said, though, that “the UK’s creditworthiness remains extremely high,” and its outlook was stable.Moody’s said that “a combination of political will and medium-term fundamental underlying economic strengths will, in time, allow the government to implement its fiscal consolidation plan and reverse the UK’s debt trajectory.”For the British government, the move was unwelcome but not unexpected. All three of the big rating agencies – Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch – had placed Britain’s rating on negative watch, as the economy continues to struggle.The Conservative-led government is cutting £50 billion pounds (€57.5 billion) in spending through 2015 in a bid to slash the national debt, which stands at more than 1 trillion pounds, over 70 per cent of GDP.Moody’s said it expected that level to peak at just over 96 per cent of GDP in 2016.Public sector borrowing remains stubbornly high, and is forecast by the government’s Office for Budget Responsibility to be 120 billion pounds (€138 billion) for 2013.Critics say the government’s austerity policy has failed to kick-start the economy, which has been through two periods of recession since 2008.The UK emerged from a nine-month recession in the third quarter, when GDP grew by 0.9 per cent. But the economy contracted by a worse-than-expected 0.3 per cent in the last three months of 2012.Glimmers of good news for the government include a stable unemployment rate – 7.8 per cent in the last quarter – and low interest rates.The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond fell over the year from 2.29 per cent in February of 2012 to 2.11 per cent now.Osborne said in a statement that the downgrade was “a stark reminder of the debt problems facing our country,” with a debt accumulated over the years exacerbated by Europe’s economic crisis.“Far from weakening our resolve to deliver our economic recovery plan, this decision redoubles it,” he said, promising to press on with debt-cutting.“We will go on delivering the plan that has cut the deficit by a quarter, and given us record low interest rates and record numbers of jobs,” Osborne said.Read: S&P faces US govt suit over mortgage bond ratings >last_img read more

first_imgOn the independent review group’s report in general, Fitzgerald said she had confidence in the current staff in her department to implement its recommendations, noting this was the view of the review group.“It’s a critical report but it’s a constructive report, it maps a way forward for the department,” Fitzgerald said of the 21-page document that she described as a “really valuable tool”.She also rejected suggestions she had delayed publishing the report though acknowledging she has had it for two weeks and that the Taoiseach and Tánaiste were given the report last Tuesday.The Fine Gael TD said there may well be decisions and changes to staff on foot of the report but stressed the review group had shown confidence in the staff at her department to carry out the reforms.She had had discussions with Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin about providing additional resources to the department to implement the recommendations of the report.Fitzgerald also suggested that similar reviews should be carried out in other government departments, saying: “Some of the issues identified in this would be common across a number of areas.”“This is a valuable tool to understand how the department is functioning and the challenges that it faces and what we need to do going forward is to make sure that it’s fit for purpose,” she later added.- additional reporting from Susan Ryan First published 5.11pm Read: Justice Dept boss to be reassigned after report finds “closed, secretive” culture >Explainer: What is the Guerin report and why was it needed? > No statement of supportPurcell was previously criticised in the Guerin Report over his handling of garda matters including the situation surrounding garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.In the wake that report the then newly-appointed justice minister refused to officially show or deny her support for – or confidence in – Purcell remaining as her Secretary General.On May 9, Fitzgerald would not explicitly state whether or not she had confidence in her top civil servant, despite being asked three times.The following week, the minister was asked again about her confidence in Purcell and replied that she would base her decision on whether he should remain in his post on “sound advice, expert advice” following the independent review of the department’s management and administration.Fitzgerald said there were “questions obviously of natural justice which clearly would form part of any response that I make” in relation to Purcell’s future at the department.In a statement today responding to the report’s publication and noting Purcell’s offer to be reassigned to other duties in the public service, Fitzgerald thanked Purcell for his years of service and noted the Cabinet’s decision to proceed with the open recruitment of his replacement.She said the “newly appointed Secretary General will play a pivotal role in managing and embedding the recommendations of the report in the workings of the Department”.Response to report Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Updated 5.40pm FOR 80 DAYS Frances Fitzgerald refused to back her top civil servant Brian Purcell as secretary general of the Department of Justice, but now he’s offered to be reassigned.It comes after a damning report by an independent review group found a “closed, secretive and silo driven culture” operating within the department and recommended wide scale reforms to its administration.Speaking to reporters this evening, Fitzgerald said Purcell had “decided that it was in the best interests of the department” that he offer to be reassigned in the wake of his reading the report. She said he felt it would be a “distraction” if he remained.“In fact he said to me that it was in the best interests of the department, of my role as minister and personally himself to take this decision. I think it was an honourable decision,” she said.Fitzgerald said this evening that it was important to note that the report “does not name any individuals” and that Purcell has “served the State for 28 years to date” noting he was shot at when he worked at the Department of Social Protection in the 1980s.She said “there’s no secret deal” with Purcell and he will not be reassigned within the department.The Minister said she believes his successor will be appointed after an open competition process which will take around two to three months although she admitted there will be difficulties with it being August. Frances Fitzgerald thinks every government department should have this kind of review, has confidence in her staff.— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 28, 2014 Department of Justice Secretary General Brian Purcell has offered to be reassigned to other duties in the public service.— TheJournal.ie (@thejournal_ie) July 28, 2014 Source: TheJournal.ie/Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Scientists have revealed a genetic variant in residents of northern Crete, who despite consuming lamb and cheese don’t have the prevalence of heart problems, heart attacks and strokes found in much of the western world. The research published by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute focused on villagers in the municipality of Mylopotamos, with blood drawn from 250 residents to examine their DNA, revealing a genetic variant unique to the residents of Zoniana and Anogia. While the villagers consume a diet rich in animal fat, the variant appears to protect their hearts by decreasing the levels of cholesterol and ‘bad’ fats in the body. Scientists set out testing the genomes of thousands of Europeans, however were only able to find the same variant in one other individual residing in Tuscany, Italy.Published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers are not yet sure about why this genetic variant exists or how it came to be. It could in fact be influenced by a number of factors, including lifestyle and environment, or could be a possible genetic mutation that has been passed on from one generation to the next given that the populations of the two villages are isolated high up in the mountains. “By studying isolated populations, we are able to identify those genetic variants that are at a higher frequency compared to cosmopolitan populations and this in turn increases our power to detect if these variants are disease causing,” said researcher Lorraine Southam.“With isolated populations, we can get a unique view into rare genetic variants that play important roles in complex human diseases.”Meanwhile, scientists are now examining other isolated populations including the Amish in the United States and the Inuit in northern Greenland in a bid to see whether isolation is part of maintaining their health. “We are finding new genetic variants we haven’t seen before,” said lead author Professor Eleftheria Zeggini, adding that the results revealed in the residents of Mylopotamos show the significance of examining the entire human genome rather than individual pieces to understand the genetic architecture of a population.last_img read more

first_imgThe CFA warnings came too late for the women who pledged to deliver donated food to the community of Rosedale. Driving the extra mile to dodge deadly bushfires is a hazard nobody wants to be locked in. Nicole and Sophie did not buckle, instead, changed routes and were lead by the VIC Emergency app!They were determined to achieve what they set out to do with the support of family, friends and colleagues to donate non-perishables and provide relief to a Victorian rural community in drought affected Gippsland. Needy families struck by drought that is not going away any time soon were more than welcoming to receive even the smallest of acknowledgment feeling they were not forgotten.The journey began days before while skating across Melbourne to collect tokens of human kindness. Peak hour traffic did not deter these two young women, who were on a mission to make even the smallest of difference. The ten hour round trip on Sunday to deliver a car full of food while crossing regions riddled with bushfires, may seem like a mindless act. Giving up a few weekends of me time to their time was admirable and inspiring when Siri’s VIC EMERGENCY alerts were highlighting red along roads and highways of restricted areas ahead. ‘Authorities have warned residents against becoming complacent, saying that both fires are still burning out-of-control, however there are no longer any immediate threats to property’. Siri’s insisted voice paused as the fires blazed in the background and smoke filtered the clouds.On arrival, it was more than non-perishables that were needed. This once thriving town had now become a soft humming town with whispers of plea! It was surrounded by dry dusty paddocks unfit for livestock or seeding. Australia’s landscape seemed hidden behind a tired, sunburnt version of its own glory. The substitute neon signs were plastered of farms for sale amongst the changing dry landscape. Livestock that once scattered the green pastures were nowhere to be seen. The quaint rural community of Rosedale was reliving its very own historic walk amongst a withering township, as Government support is not enough to Victorian farmers and beyond.READ MORE: South Australia raises over $220,000 for Greek fire victims Perhaps the worst part of this experience for Sophie and Nicole, was the discovery that many farmers resolve to suffer in silence until hardship is too obvious to conceal. While non-perishable donations provided some respite to families in Rosedale it was clear that lasting and impactful relief could only result from serious reductions to farming overheads. Significant reductions to council rates and land taxes, could ensure farmers spend precious income maintaining their farms to keep Australia’s sinking farming industry afloat. ‘Drastic intervention from the Government (as drastic as the drought) is needed to see Victorian farmers through the harshest conditions on record in 400 years’.While the markets entice customers to celebrate all things fresh and organic some are made to imagine that supply comes effortlessly and in abundance. Droughts are affecting our produce and health and it is adversely challenging our communities towards moving green. With souring prices to make a profit, farmers are ‘desperately seeking delayed government funds as they struggle to meet Centrelink eligibility requirements’ and from further sinking into the earth’s expanding cracks. ‘A grant of up to $5,000 (ex-GST) per farm business is available to assist eligible farm businesses implement on-farm infrastructure improvements. Eligible farm businesses are required to provide at least dollar for dollar matching funding co-contribution’.It seems the future of Victoria’s forgotten farming industry looks bleak to say the least. It is hearing reports of selflessness that remind us of the remarkable and compassionate people that live amongst us; whether they are those willing to circumvent bushfires to get to families in need, or people that donate, to those less fortunate. However, despaired farmers want to tell their story of desperation and deprivation. Movement of stock and produce when there is not a penny to spare, reflects the doom of a lesser fresher produce on our shelves. Disheartening stories of sacrifices in the land of plenty is becoming Australia’s new reality. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgDéchets radioactifs : Greenpeace accuse Areva de mettre la santé des Nigériens en dangerLe groupe français Areva est accusé par Greenpeace d’avoir déversé des dizaines de milliers de litres de boues radioactives au Niger, mettant en danger la santé des riverains et contaminant l’environnement.”Depuis le 11 décembre, plus de 200.000 litres de boues radioactives provenant de trois bassins fendus se sont déversées dans l’environnement à la mine d’uranium Somair au Niger, opérée par l’entreprise française d’énergie Areva”, assure Greenpeace dans un communiqué publié depuis le siège de son principal bureau en Afrique, à Johannesburg. “Cette nouvelle fuite montre que les mauvaises pratiques à la mine d’uranium d’Areva au Niger continuent de menacer la santé et la sécurité de la population ainsi que l’environnement”, déplore l’association écologiste, qui avait déjà dénoncé le comportement du groupe français au Niger il y a quelques mois. Dans un rapport publié en mars dernier, Greenpeace accusait en effet Areva de mettre en danger la santé des riverains de deux cités minières, Arlit et Akokan. L’association réclamait alors la décontamination des sites (voir notre article). “Contrairement aux déclarations d’Areva certifiant que leurs activités sont conformes aux normes internationales de santé, sécurité et environnement, cette nouvelle information montre qu’Areva n’a pas suffisamment agi pour protéger la population nigérienne”, estime Rianne Teule, porte-parole de Greenpeace Afrique. Ce sont aujourd’hui deux hectares qui sont contaminés par le déversement des boues radioactives, s’insurge-t-elle.Le 20 décembre 2010 à 19:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgUne nouvelle basket intelligente chez AdidasVersion foot des système de running type Nike+Ipod, la adizero f50 miCoach ne vous permettra pas de nettoyer les lucarnes à chaque tir, mais dispense des informations opportunes pour le joueur et son entraîneur.La chaussure inclut un système de positionnement, un processeur et un système de stockage gèrant les informations collectées pendant 7 heures. Vitesse de déplacement, distance parcourue, nombre de pas…: elle saura tout de vos efforts.À lire aussiInnovation : une chaussure de course qui s’adapte aux hormones fémininesLa transmission des informations s’effectue en Wifi ou via son port USB. Par la suite, les statistiques récoltées s’incorporent au système MiCoach de la firme, et peuvent également être partagées avec des amis sur Facebook.Les adizerof50 miCoach débarqueront en magasin à partir du mois de novembre, pour un prix qui les destine avant tout aux acharnés de technologie et de ballon rond : 245 euros. A ce prix là, c’est le portefeuille qui risque de manger le gazon.Le 30 septembre 2011 à 10:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed the introduction this morning of new legislation to establish a federal voluntary labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would direct FDA to provide guidance for companies that wish to label their products for the presence or absence of GMOs; make mandatory an FDA safety review of all new GMO traits before they are brought to market and enable FDA to mandate labels on any product shown to pose a health, safety or nutrition risk; and directs FDA to define the term “natural” for use on food labels. Additionally, the bill would eliminate a large potential source of confusion among consumers by establishing FDA’s labeling guidance as the national standard and preventing states from enacting a patchwork of conflicting requirements.“This bill is a commonsense, science-based approach to an issue we realize is close to the hearts and minds of so many consumers,” said Iowa farmer and ASA President Ray Gaesser. “Americans want to know that their food is safe, and the solutions proposed in this bill will ensure that they have that information. It will require that the FDA review all new GMO traits for safety, and stipulate that the FDA require labels for any product that has a safety or health risk. It will allow companies to voluntarily label foods as non-GMO and enable those consumers who wish purchase non-GMO foods to do so. Importantly, however, it won’t force consumers to pay more for food just because some interests want to require mandatory labeling of safe and healthy foods made with GMOs.”Economic studies show that an average family of four would pay about $500 more per year for groceries under mandatory GMO labeling schemes being considered in some states.Gaesser especially praised the bill’s co-sponsors, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) for their foresight in championing the bill. “Congressmen Pompeo and Butterfield and each of the sponsors of this bill have taken a brave and progressive step,” he said. “The conversation surrounding GMOs is one that has been crowded with misinformation and hyperbole on all sides, but at its core, must be about science. The Congressmen realize that my fellow farmers and I use these tools—each of which represents a revolutionary and proven-safe scientific advance—to be more productive while consuming fewer resources. They are to be commended for pursuing a science-based step forward on GMOs, and we call on the Energy and Commerce Committee to move forward with hearings on the bill as quickly as possible.”“Genetically modified soybeans have been in widespread use by American farmers since 1997. Not only have these applications been repeatedly tested and proven safe by the world’s most stringent food safety testing system, they have been so without a single documented instance of a human or animal health risk. Not one. That’s why, as farmers, we grow them, and as consumers, we feed them to our families,” added Gaesser. “It’s time that we have a reasonable, science-based discussion on GMOs and this bill helps get us there.”last_img read more

first_img Facebook News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 21, 2018 – 3:13 pm Tank On Bringing The Feeling Back Into R&B Exclusive: Tank Talks Bringing The Feeling Back Into R&B Email Twitter The soulful singer/songwriter discusses the importance of putting passion behind the musicAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Aug 21, 2018 – 3:13 pm GRAMMY-nominated R&B singer-songwriter Tank has been crafting hits since 2001, so he definitely knows a thing or two about putting heart and soul into music. His most recent hit, and most popular song to date, “When We,” has spent the last year on the charts, proving that the R&B sound is ever-evolving. Tank On Bringing The Feeling Back Into R&B exclusive-tank-talks-bringing-feeling-back-rb We caught up with the artist backstage at Essence Festival 2018 in New Orleans to hear him share how he and others are changing the game by making “R&B music that feels like something.” Despite the almost two decades he has spent contributing to the R&B scene, he knows he has more to accomplish.”As long as you’re putting in the work, at some point…there will be a harvest,” Tank says, sharing his advice for younger artists.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

first_imgAndhra Bank has posted 35% growth in net profit during the quarter ended September.The net profit was ₹144 crore, a jump of 35% quarter-on-quarter.The core operating profit of the bank during Q2 stood at ₹710 crore compared to ₹622 crore during corresponding quarter of previous year.The bank said its total income grew by 16% year-on-year. It stood at ₹4,424 crore compared to ₹3,818 crore during Q2 of 2013-14. This comprised interest income of ₹4,146 crore and and non-interest income of ₹278 crore.Total business of the bank stood at ₹260,012 crore, an increase of 13% year-on-year.The deposits grew from ₹129,343 crore to ₹145,084 crore, an year-on-year increase of 12.2%.The gross bank credit during the quarter stood at ₹114,928 crore, a growth of 14% over corresponding quarter last year.last_img read more