MNC manager ends life wife attempts suicide

first_imgGreater Noida: A 32-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan while his wife slit her wrist several times after seeing her husband dead at their residential flat in Gaur city society of Greater Noida West on Monday night. Cops suspect a family feud to be reason behind the incident.According to police, the incident occurred in fourth avenue of Gaur city society. “The man identified as Sunny Sinha, a native of Himachal Pradesh, worked as manager with Samsung company, died in the incident while his wife Priyanka (30) has been critically admitted to Safdarjung hospital in Delhi,” said police officials. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRK Prasad, Priyanka’s father said that the couple got married around two years ago at their home town in Chhapra district of Bihar and it was an arrange marriage. “At the time of marriage, Priyanka was working with TATA consultancy Services (TCS) in Bangalore and got transferred to Noida around six months after her marriage. The couple worked at different IT companies in Noida and lived at a rented flat,” said Prasad. Narrating the incident, Prasad said that Priyanka had called him for help on the night of incident and urged him to reach her flat immediately. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”I also live at a residential society in Greater Noida West along with my wife. Priyanka had come to meet us on Monday evening and nearly half an hour later she left our home, I received a call from her and she asked me to immediately reach her flat. Before I could ask anything, she disconnected the phone. When I reached her flat I found her to be missing from home but later police informed me that she has been admitted to Safdarjung hospital and reported the incident to me,” he added. Manoj Kumar Pathak, Station House Officer of Bisrakh police station said that they suspect a family feud to be reason behind the incident. “Police received information from a man who identified himself to be a friend of the deceased and told police that Priyanka had called him for help. A team rushed to the spot and found the man hanging from the ceiling fan while the woman was lying in a pool of blood with multiple cuts in her wrist. Police immediately took the woman to a nearby hospital from where doctors referred her to Safdarjung hospital in Delhi. The body of deceased was handed over to his family after getting the postmortem done,” said Pathak. “Preliminary investigations into the case showed that the man first committed suicide and then his wife tried for the same. We suspect that a family feud might have led to the incident. We have not received any complaint into the matter,” added Pathak.last_img read more

Indian student drowns in US lake Authorities

first_imgWashington: A 27-year-old Indian student has drowned after jumping off from a recreation spot into the Crater Lake in the US state of Oregon, authorities said. Sumedh Mannar, jumped off the “Jumping Rock”, a popular recreation spot at the lake on Sunday around 4:40 pm (local time) and did not resurface, Marsha McCabe, a spokeswoman for Crater Lake National Park, was quoted as saying by the Oregonian newspaper. McCabe said the cliff Mannar, a graduate student at the Oregon State University, had jumped from was about 25 feet high. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe cliff was not a prohibited area for jumping, she said, adding that officials have not yet determined exactly why he drowned. In the summers, the surface of the lake warms up to about 15 degrees Celsius, but the average temperature of the lake is around 3 degrees. Swimming is only allowed in the area around Cleetwood Cove and along the shore of Wizard Island. Immediately after Mannar disappeared, people on scene threw a life ring into the water, and Crater Lake hospitality staff took a small boat out to the area to help search, she said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPark staff came to the area to help with the search, but choppy waters and poor visibility conditions made the search difficult. After about three hours of searching and no sign of Mannar, officials called off the search for the night and resumed it Monday morning. Divers on Monday morning dove in the last known spot Mannar had been seen and found him about 90 feet straight down in the water on a rock ledge. Beyond that point, the lake drops off dramatically to a depth of more than 1,200 feet.last_img read more

Calgary sunny but a slushy mess a day after record autumn snowstorm

first_imgCALGARY – Streets and sidewalks were a slushy, slippery mess but the sun was shining brightly in Calgary on Wednesday after a record-breaking autumn snowstorm walloped parts of southern Alberta.The city’s director of roads, Troy McLeod, said more than 38 centimetres blanketed the city between Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Some areas got as many as 45 centimetres.In October, the city normally gets 10 centimetres of snow over the entire month.“Men and women have been working hard through the night for the last couple of days and we just want to thank our partners from Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Okotoks and from Red Deer coming to support us in this snow event,” he said.Tom Sampson, chief of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, said Calgary, and not the helping cities, will be footing the bill. But it remains to be seen whether other levels of government may assist, he said. There is no cost estimate yet.“It was a very intense short-duration snowfall that occurred just before our rush hour, so that made the large difference,” said Sampson, who added that the city will consider whether it makes sense to call in help from other communities for future out-of-the-ordinary snow events.Several city buses got stuck on the roads Tuesday. Transit director Doug Morgan said Wednesday was a better day, but a few buses were still unable to make it up hills.“I would call today a challenging day, but fairly conventional when it comes to winter operations.” Morgan said there will be a review of how operations can be improved in future.RCMP said officers responded to 83 collisions in southern Alberta over 24 hours.Part of the main highway between Calgary and Edmonton was closed overnight due to a multi-vehicle crash involving up to 30 vehicles. One person died. The road didn’t open again until 5 a.m.West of Calgary, hundreds of people were stranded for up to 13 hours on the Trans-Canada Highway. Police escorted stranded motorists to a warming centre at a high school in Canmore, just outside Banff National Park, early Wednesday morning.By mid-day, the Trans-Canada and secondary Highway 1A west of Calgary had reopened, but traffic was still backed up and travel was not recommended.Rosemary Thompson, vice-president at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, landed at the Calgary Airport from Toronto on Tuesday in the thick of the snowstorm.As she got on a shuttle bus to Banff, she asked the driver whether he had enough gas. He told her they’d be fine for two days.A drive that normally takes 1 1/2 hours lasted seven.“It was terrible. It was epic,” Thompson said.She and the 30 or so other passengers passed the time chatting. She told one visitor from the United Kingdom, who was hoping to see some fall colours, that he’d enjoy Christmas instead.She said the driver handled everything like a pro.“He was the picture of calm and cool all the way through this and he was watching his iPad for the 511 emergency information online and he was able to tell us what he thought was going on,” she said. “I really give him a lot of credit because he really set the tone on the bus and everybody got through.”Thompson said she saw several vehicles trying to pass along the shoulder but ended up in the ditch. The whole time, she only saw one RCMP vehicle, she said.Wednesday was a much better day, she said.“It’s the perfect winter day in Banff — couldn’t be more beautiful.”last_img read more

Theatre roles need to change following Soulpepper harassment allegations Winnipeg directors say

first_img Twitter Behind the scenes in Canada’s theatre community, a discussion about abusive behaviour has sprung up in the wake of allegations against one of the country’s most prominent theatre directors.Accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Albert Schultz, the co-founder and now former artistic director of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company, highlight the unique power imbalance that exists within the world of theatre, Winnipeg-based director Ann Hodges said.“I think what’s unique about theatre is that we ask actors to be emotionally available, we ask them to take risks, we ask them to respond to the director. We give the director the mandate to create a situation, to create a role,” she said in an interview Thursday on CBC’s Information Radio. The fact that many actors and directors are self-employed can make it difficult for people to speak out, Hodges said.“You don’t want to ruin your reputation and become known as a ‘difficult’ person or ‘unco-operative’ or anything like that.“There are so many other things that are involved in theatre that place people in a more vulnerable situation.”Four women have filed separate civil suits against Schultz, who resigned Thursday as Soulpepper’s artistic director, while vowing to challenge the allegations, which have not been proven in court. The women accuse him of unwanted groping, harassment and sexual remarks in the workplace over a period of 13 years. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Security Council can benefit from closer ties with UN peacebuilding body –

23 March 2011The Security Council can benefit from enhanced interaction with the United Nations body set up to help post-conflict countries avoid slipping back into war, the head of the Peacebuilding Commission said today. As the 15-member Council discussed post-conflict peacebuilding, Ambassador Eugene-Richard Gasana of Rwanda noted that the Commission could provide early peacebuilding perspectives which could help the Council in designing the role of peacekeeping missions. The Commission can also provide a platform to for partnerships and engagement with key actors, “thus ensuring broader buy-in to the peacebuilding processes and facilitate informed draw down of peacekeeping missions,” said Mr. Gasana, who serves as Chairman of the Commission. An additional function could be to monitor the progress of countries from stabilization to consolidation of peace, he added. Set up in 2005, the Commission provides strategic advice and harnesses expertise and financing from around the world to aid post-conflict nations with recovery projects. Countries can also avail themselves of financial assistance from the Peacebuilding Fund to jump-start rebuilding projects. The Commission currently has six post-conflict countries on its agenda – Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ambassador Peter Wittig of Germany, the body’s former chairperson, told the Council that by linking up the Commission’s work to that of peacekeeping, development and political actors in the field, the Commission has added considerable value. “The challenge facing the Commission in demonstrating its full potential, however, is to ensure that is work is backed by a higher level of political commitment from the Member States and the senior United Nations leadership,” he stated, echoing a message he delivered to the General Assembly earlier this week. He voiced the hope that today’s meeting, like the one convened by the Assembly, will help realize the full potential of the Commission, “an advisory body which is uniquely positioned to help the United Nations meet the challenges facing our collective capacity to deliver on the promises to respond to the needs of millions of peoples in the countries emerging from conflict.” read more

Norwegian vessel to survey marine resources in Sri Lanka

The new marine research vessel RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen is owned by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and is jointly operated by the Institute of Marine Research of Norway, and Food and Agriculture organization to help developing countries improve their fisheries management. He further stated that this is part of the new Ocean strategy of Norway and Norway considers this as ‘creating partnerships for the oceans’ as it enhances sharing knowledge both across industries and across international borders. The Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther addressing a distinguished gathering at an event to recognize the finalization of the planning schedules for the Vessel’s arrival to the Bay of Bengal, stated that the new research vessel will make it possible to significantly step up Norway’s assistance for ecosystem-based marine management in developing countries. The Norwegian Research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen is to visit Sri Lankan waters in 2018 to carry out a survey on the marine resources. This is part of the technical and institutional cooperation on Fisheries between Norway and Sri Lanka, which was endorsed by the top level political authorities of the two countries, the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo said today.The aim of the planned survey is to know the current status of marine resources including fish stocks and to investigate stocks of unexploited/ underutilized fishery resources on the continental shelf and slope. The last stock assessment for Sri Lanka has been carried out by the previous Dr. Fridtjof Nansen in 1978 to 1980. read more

Accounting conference hosts students from 11 universities

Students from eleven universities will convene at Brock this weekend for the Brock University Accounting Conference (BUAC).Eighteen teams, or 72 delegates in total, will compete in the annual event on Saturday, Nov. 19. BUAC gives students the chance to hone the skills and knowledge they’ll need in the accounting field.The theme of this year’s conference is technology and its impact on the accounting profession. Students will expand their network with peers from other schools and hear guest speakers. They’ll also tackle a challenging case component created by James Moore, Ian Adamson and Gail Cook, professor in Brock’s Faculty of Business. read more

WatchWhy you shouldnt expect lower milk and egg prices following new USMCA

Canadians hoping their weekly grocery staples like milk and eggs may soon cost less thanks to a new trade deal that opens up Canada’s dairy industry may be out of luck. Experts say the trilateral agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico is unlikely to bring prices down, but could leave shoppers with more choices in the dairy aisle.The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement announced Sunday night will grant an expanded 3.6 per cent market access to the domestic dairy market and eliminate two milk price classes, including the controversial Class 7.U.S. President Donald Trump had long criticized Canada’s supply management system for undercutting American exports and hurting U.S. farmers.Canada implemented supply management in the dairy industry in the 1970s, which sets quotas on production based on anticipated demand. The government decides how much farmers are paid for their production and blocks out foreign production with high tariffs.USMCA: A trade deal that does no harm, but breaks no groundSupply managed farmers to get compensation as a result of trade dealCanadian dairy farmers critical of new USMCA trade deal, says it will have ‘dramatic impact’ on sectorPrior to the new deal, experts said Trump did not necessarily want to dismantle supply management, but rather was more angered by milk classifications like Class 7. These will be eliminated under the new deal.The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement announced Sunday night will grant an expanded 3.6 per cent market access to the domestic dairy market and eliminate two milk price classes, including the controversial Class 7. Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press The Dairy Farmers of Canada, which released a statement from its president saying the deal “will have a dramatic impact” on the sector and farmers, can’t answer if there will be any changes to consumer prices, wrote spokeswoman Lucie Boileau in an email.“We’re still analysing the agreement.”The Canadian Dairy Commission did not respond to a request for comment about how the new deal may impact consumer prices. The commission sets support prices for butter and skim milk powder, which provinces use as a reference to establish provincial prices for industrial milk.The one positive for consumers — at least those in bigger markets like Toronto or Vancouver — may be more choice in the dairy aisles, said Mike von Massow, an associate professor at the University of Guelph. He adds there won’t be a substantial change in retail prices.Von Massow points to the cheese aisle as an example of increasing variety. Growth has been small, he said, but there’s a broader range of product now than 15 years ago.Since Canada entered the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA, with the European Union and allowed more European cheese to be imported into the country, he said, there’s been growth in varieties available.“We’re seeing a wider variety of cheeses than we’ve ever seen before rather than the bottom falling out of the cheese market.” Cole Burston/Getty Images “I don’t see a big, immediate impact on retail pricing,” said Al Mussell, founder of Agri-Good Economic Systems Inc., an agriculture and food research organization.The standard four-litre bag of milk is a loss leader for most grocers that sell it below the price needed to make a profit, he said. Additionally, a high proportion of cheese and butter is on promotion at any given time, he said.“Nothing changes there.”The new deal’s elimination of Class 7 milk — ultra-filtered or diafiltered milk that is essentially a protein-heavy concentrate used to make cheese and other dairy products — is the biggest news item, said Sylvain Charlebois, a Dalhousie University professor who is the lead author on an annual food price report, estimating how much grocery and restaurant prices will rise or fall over the coming year.In 2016, Canada created the Class 7 pricing agreement that has essentially restricted U.S. exports of the product. It allows Canadian dairy processors to buy domestic milk at cheaper world market prices instead of higher prices controlled by the national supply management system.Eliminating that class would allow processors to become more competitive and potentially give grocers room to bring down prices, Charlebois said.“It doesn’t necessarily mean that consumers will reap the rewards or that the sector will pass on savings to consumers,” he said.If cheaper products than what’s available in Canada come in on the wholesale market, said Mussell, grocers will just eat less of a loss on their dairy promotions or loss leaders.Milk for sale at a grocery store in Ontario. read more

Security Council fully prepared to use sanctions on those blocking peace in

Through a statement read out by its July President, Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sablière of France, the Council urged all Ivorian parties to follow through commitments on demobilization, holding of elections and other issues that were made at a 5 July “mini-summit” organized by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Yamoussoukro, the capital of the country, which has been divided between a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south since 2002.In order to create the conditions indispensable for the holding of free, open, fair and transparent elections by the end of October, the 15-member body urged all Ivorian parties to accelerate progress in all these areas.The Council threatened to impose sanctions, already authorized by a 2004 resolution, on anyone who blocked progress by inciting hatred, violating human rights or the arms embargo, or obstructing the work of the UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI), the French forces which support it, the High Representative for the elections, and other international facilitators.The Council welcomed the intention of the Secretary-General to call a meeting on the situation in September 2006 to take stock of the situation and chart further action. read more

Loonie nears threemonth high as US dollar loses position on political tensions

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was higher again Tuesday, extending recent gains to heights not seen in nearly three months.The loonie moved up 0.39 of a cent to 91.56 cents US.The last time the loonie closed that high was on Jan. 13 when it ended the day at 92.20.Despite the currency’s climb in the past few weeks after trading below 89 cents US in late March, the loonie is still short of its 2014 high of about 94 cents US, according to Bank of Canada data.Some of the Canadian currency’s perceived momentum Tuesday came from a decline in the U.S. dollar against the yen and euro.On Monday, pro-Russian separatists seized a provincial administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and proclaimed the region independent — an echo of events prior to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Though Ukrainian authorities say they are driving them out, tensions remain.In Canada, the latest construction figures couldn’t drum up much optimism for the domestic economy.A report from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said housing starts dropped to a seasonally adjusted rate of 156,823 units in March, while Statistics Canada reported the value of building permits, a measure of future construction, dropped 11.6 per cent to $6.1 billion in February.“The outsized drop in homebuilding activity in March indicated that a weather-related effect likely persisted during the first three months of 2014,” wrote Laura Cooper, an economist at RBC Economics, in a note.“As the weather effect eases, we expect housing starts activity to retrace this recent weakness.”Traders have been focused on the state of the global economy and the speed of growth in the coming months.A report from the International Monetary Fund says threats from super-low inflation and outflows of capital from emerging economies threaten worldwide growth. The organization says it expects the global economy to grow 3.6 per cent this year and 3.9 per cent in 2015, up from three per cent last year.Those figures are one-tenth of a percentage point below the IMF’s previous forecasts in January. However, the fund nudged its 2014 forecast for Canada upward one-tenth of a point to 2.3 per cent this year.In commodities, oil prices settled at the highest level in a month, with the May crude contract gaining $2.12 to US$102.56 a barrel. June gold bullion rose to a two-week high, up $10.80 to US$1,309.10 an ounce.The Canadian dollar also appeared to avoid any impact it could have felt from the Quebec provincial election. A solid Liberal victory and resounding defeat for the separatist Parti Quebecois on Monday cleared the possibility of any referendum in the near future. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2014 3:19 pm MDT Loonie nears three-month high as US dollar loses position on political tensions read more

Miners tech stocks combine to push TSX lower BarrickNewmont merger talks end

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Declines in the tech sector and weakness in the mining sector left the Toronto stock market little changed at the end of a volatile session Monday.The S&P/TSX composite index gave up early gains to lose 2.66 points to 14,530.91.Part of the reason for the subpar performance in the mining group came from Barrick Gold after merger talks between the Canadian company (TSX:ABX) and Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) broke off. The news came two days before Barrick’s annual meeting, when company chairman and industry legend Peter Munk is expected to step down. Barrick shares lost 62 cents to $19.12.The Canadian dollar was up 0.09 of a cent to 90.7 cents US.It was a volatile session for New York markets as well, with the Dow Jones industrials registering a triple- digit advance, then going into negative territory at mid-afternoon before ending the day up 87.28 points at 16,448.74.The Nasdaq finished well off its worst levels for the day and slipped 1.16 points to 4,074.4 as some of the biggest tech names registered declines with Amazon, Facebook and Netflix all down around 2.5 per centAfter snapping up tech stocks last year, investors have spent most of 2014 punishing them. The Nasdaq is down three per cent in April.“The froth is finally burning off in some of these sectors, like technology,” said Quincy Krosby, a market strategist at Prudential Financial in New York.“Investors want to rely more on fundamentals and it’s hard to justify some of these valuations.”Negative sentiment also spread to the TSX tech sector, down almost one per cent with Constellation Software (TSX:CSU) down 3.4 per cent at $253.03.The S&P 500 index rose 6.03 points to 1,869.43.Investors also focused on rising tensions in the crisis over Ukraine.On Monday, the U.S. government imposed sanctions against seven Russian government officials and 17 companies with links to President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.The White House says the penalties were being levied because it says Russia has failed to live up to commitments it agreed to under an international accord aimed at de-escalating the crisis in Ukraine.Corporate earnings will help set the tone on markets this coming week.In Canada, Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO), Suncor (TSX:SU) Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) are expected to report results.The energy sector is the best-performing group on the TSX year to date, up about 15 per cent.“I see some good, positive results,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.“Oil prices have remained relatively high, I think our discount relative to U.S. oil has diminished, which should help out the oilsands producers.”On Monday, Precision Drilling (TSX:PD) reported first-quarter net earnings of $102 million, or 35 cents per diluted share, up from $93 million, or 33 cents per diluted share a year ago. Revenues increased 13 per cent to $672 million, mainly due to higher pricing and drilling activity in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere. Its shares slipped 14 cents to $13.70.On the commodity markets, June crude in New York added 24 cents to US$100.84 a barrel and the TSX energy sector gained 0.10 per cent.The gold sector led decliners, down 2.13 per cent as June bullion lost $1.80 to US$1,299 an ounce.The base metals sector declined 1.62 per cent as July copper was unchanged at US$3.09 a pound. The Toronto Stock Exchange Broadcast Centre is shown in Toronto on June 28, 2013.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 28, 2014 7:39 am MDT Miners, tech stocks combine to push TSX lower; Barrick/Newmont merger talks end read more

Saks Off 5th stores in Ontario to open on March 17 24

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 29, 2016 11:59 am MDT Last Updated Feb 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saks Off 5th stores in Ontario to open on March 17, 24 TORONTO – Saks Fifth Avenue’s discount chain, Saks Off 5th, will open its Ontario stores in March.The company says it will open Saks Off 5th outlets in Vaughan, Halton Hills and Niagara-on-the-Lake on March 17.A fourth store in Ottawa is scheduled to open on March 24.Starting this fall, the discount chain is expected to open four more Canadian locations in Quebec City, Montreal, Winnipeg and Delta, B.C.Saks Off 5th sells high-end fashion labels at a discounted price.The company plans to open up to 25 locations across Canada by 2019. read more

Europes response to migrant crisis is not working warns UN rights expert

“Let’s not pretend that what the EU and its member states are doing is working. Migration is here to stay,” Mr. Crépeau stressed. “Building fences, using tear gas and other forms of violence against migrants and asylum seekers, detention, withholding access to basics such as shelter, food or water and using threatening language or hateful speech will not stop migrants from coming or trying to come to Europe,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, said. “Territorial sovereignty is about controlling the border, knowing who comes in and who leaves. It has never been about sealing the border to migration,” the expert continued. “Democratic borders are porous by nature. Providing migrants and asylum-seekers with legal and safe mobility solutions will ensure such a control.” The Special Rapporteur urged Europeans to start focusing on regaining control of their external border from the smugglers by increasing mobility solutions available to most migrants, investing in integration measures – especially through supporting the action of cities – and developing a strong public discourse on diversity and mobility as cornerstones for contemporary European societies. “If Europeans want their governments to regain control of their borders, then they must urge them to bank on mobility and offer migrants and asylum-seekers official channels to enter and stay in Europe,” the human rights expert said. “Opening up the regular labour markets through smart visas allowing people to come to look for work and incentivize them to return if they don’t find the job in question would allow for a much better regulated and controlled official labour market,” Mr. Crépeau noted. However, he cautioned, such measures must be supported with sanctions against employers who exploit irregular migrants in underground labour markets. “This would considerably reduce the pull factor they exercise on irregular migrants and further reduce the market for recruiters, smugglers and exploitative employers,” the expert explained. “In addition, there is an obvious urgent need for Europe to create, jointly with other Global North countries, a massive resettlement programme for refugees like Syrians and Eritreans that could offer protection to 1.5 or 2 million of them over the next five years,” he said, highlighting that such a programme would impact the market for smugglers and allow European countries to decide who comes and make appropriate preparations. Welcoming the positive steps taken by the EU in rescuing migrants and asylum-seekers at sea so far, Mr. Crépeau however warned that rescuing people who arrive by sea and then turning a blind eye to their plight leaving them vulnerable to human rights violations is irresponsible,” the expert said. “Talking about ‘flows,’ ‘marauders,’ and ‘swarms’ is an unsubtle way of dismissing the legitimacy of the asylum-seekers and migrants’ claim to human rights, by creating images linking them to toxic waste or natural disasters” he noted. “We are talking about men, women, children and even babies, who have faced traumatic experiences. These are people just like you and me, and none of us have the moral high ground to say that we would never do the same if we were in their shoes.” The UN Special Rapporteur warned that the political and popular discourse in Europe has seen a race to the bottom in the anti-migrant sentiments and use of inappropriate language which is often linked to criminalizing migrants. “Migrants are human beings with rights. When we dehumanize others, we dehumanize ourselves,” he underscored. Mr. Crépeau therefore called on European political leaders “to show moral and political leadership in fighting much more vigorously racism, xenophobia and hate crime, in consolidating the common human rights culture that is now framing the evolution of all traditions, in strengthening the free movement of persons throughout the EU while developing regulated mobility solutions at its external borders, and in celebrating the diversity of cultures and religions as enrichment for everyone, citizens and foreigners alike.” Speaking on behalf of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Melissa Fleming also called for refugees to be treated humanely and for the authorities to work together, as thousands of people continued to head into the Western Balkans from Greece. “UNHCR appealed to the Governments involved to implement border management measures with humanity and in accordance with their international obligations,” during a press briefing, adding that family unity and protection of persons with specific needs must be upheld. In Serbia, UNHCR and the Serb authorities are working to respond to the humanitarian needs of the more than 10,000 refugees. “At the Greece-The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia border, people had been continuing to cross in groups of up to 300-400 and then travelling onwards by train or bus to Serbia. Currently, UNHCR anticipated those arrivals continuing over the next few days at a rate of up to 3,000 people per day,” added Ms. Fleming. An equitable redistribution of refugees and asylum-seekers across the European Union was needed, the spokesperson stressed. read more

LeBron And The Cavs Could Make Dwyane Wade Young Again

So depending on how quickly the duo jells (or re-jells), Wade may get far easier shots than he got last season in Chicago, when he generated just 3 percent of his offense from cuts to the basket and took his average shot attempt from more than 12 feet away, tied for the longest average shot distance of his 14-year career.Some will question whether Wade — and to a greater extent, Derrick Rose — is a good enough jump shooter to keep defenses honest while James is running the show and probing for driving lanes. But a closer evaluation of Wade’s game suggests that he can more than hold his own as an off-ball threat if used properly.Wade has shown himself to be a competent 3-point shooter when stationed in the corner, shooting almost 38 percent138 of 101. from the corner in the seven seasons since James signed with Miami in 2010 — considerably better than his 27 percent2147 of 550. on all other 3-point tries over that same span. That’s particularly meaningful for Cleveland, which led the NBA in corner 3-point makes and attempts by a huge margin, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. (Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Cavs launch far more corner triples when James — one of the best passers in the sport — is on the court compared to when he’s on the bench.) Miami Heat27769040.1 2008-09Miami3.1– 2015-16Miami5.0– Cleveland Cavaliers35385041.5% The Cavs take (and make) more corner 3s than anyone elseFor the 2016-17 regular season Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 2013-14Miami9.4– 2012-13Miami11.4– 2011-12Miami8.6– After being bought out by the Chicago Bulls, 12-time All-Star Dwyane Wade had a handful of solid options to consider when deciding which team to sign with.There was the fairy-tale possibility of rejoining the Heat, the franchise he was drafted by and where he won three titles. The suddenly fortified Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs — the team that effectively ended Miami’s Big Three era back in 2014 by winning the title that year — were also suitors. But as enticing as those teams might have been, none of them have LeBron James.So it isn’t surprising that Wade is choosing to sign in Cleveland, where he not only has a great chance at reaching the NBA Finals again but also gets to reunite with one of his closest friends. But if we only examine those two factors, we might be overlooking the biggest incentive Wade has in all this: LeBron and the Cavs may be a fountain of youth for the 35-year-old.James makes life easier for everyone he plays with (well, Mario Chalmers might disagree), and Wade was no exception while the two were in Miami. Wade logged career bests in effective field-goal percentage and true shooting percentage during that four-year run, from his age-29 to age-32 seasons. His stark improvement as an off-ball threat — specifically as a cutter who would make his break toward the basket while defenses were preoccupied with James — helped take the Heat’s offense to another level. 2007-08Miami3.0– Utah Jazz23461238.2 2016-17Chicago3.1%– The years in bold highlight seasons in which Dwyane Wade was teammates with LeBron James.Source: Synergy Sports Technology 2009-10Miami4.6– Wade cut to the basket far more when playing with LeBron CORNER 3S The percentage of Wade’s offense that came from cuts to the basket basically doubled during the years he teamed with LeBron and then dropped back to its original level as soon as James went back to Cleveland. 2010-11Miami6.5– Boston Celtics25362340.6 SEASONTEAMSHARE OF OFFENSE THAT STEMS FROM CUTTING TO THE BASKET 2014-15Miami4.3– Houston Rockets26769038.7 TEAMMAKESATTEMPTSSHARE One variable that figures to be vital is how much Wade is being asked to do; especially in an offense that already features LeBron, Rose, the oft-forgotten Kevin Love and, at some point after the new year, Isaiah Thomas, who was acquired in the Kyrie Irving deal. It’s not hard to imagine Wade frequently handling the ball to give James a rest, though his game and Rose’s are similar in that both can develop tunnel vision when they’re driving to the basket.It would be wise for Cleveland to take a conservative approach that helps maintain Wade’s aging body for the postseason. J.R. Smith is seemingly a better fit for the Cavs’ starting lineup, thanks to both his size and his superior outside shooting.None of this is meant to suggest that Wade will be a perfect fit with the Cavs, as there are a handful of things that James and Wade simply won’t be able to replicate this many years after their first partnership. Chief among them: The swarming, blitzing defense the Heat used to trap pick-and-rolls. (Chris Bosh was truly special defensively with those teams.) In fact, a defense featuring the two of them might be a half-step slow now.However, even if Wade performs more fluidly during the regular season, it’s possible that, given his age, he and his body may not be totally dependable come playoff time, no matter how the Cavs manage his minutes. The 2014 Finals, in which the Heat got blasted by San Antonio four games to one, were a prime example.But if there’s one thing we’ve seen with Wade’s game in the past, it’s that James’s presence — as it has done for many others — will lessen the physical toll on Wade and possibly help offset the effects of Father Time. And that means the Cavaliers have little to lose with this signing. read more

Highlevel Commonwealth team to meet with GECOM on Thursday

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHigh level APNU team meets with GECOM officialsDecember 11, 2014In “Politics”Diplomatic Community meets GECOM on elections preparationsFebruary 21, 2019In “latest news”ERC to recruit special team to probe employment practices at GECOMJuly 27, 2018In “latest news” A high-level team from the Commonwealth Secretariat will be visiting Guyana to meet with top officials from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Thursday.The aim of the meeting is to discuss the ongoing issues regarding election preparations.The team will include Adviser and Head, Electoral Support Section, Martin Kasirye; Political Adviser to the Commonwealth Secretariat, Dr Tres-Ann Kremer, and Head of Good Offices. The team is scheduled to arrive in Guyana today (Wednesday) and will be here until Saturday.This meeting was confirmed by GECOM Commissioners Robeson Benn and Vincent Alexander.This meeting follows one that has taken place most recently between the Carter Center and officials of GECOM regarding election readiness. This meeting took place prior to the Court of Appeal decision.Besides that visit, during Tuesday’s statutory meeting, Commissioners on both sides clashed when “Election 2019”, which was placed on the agenda, came up for discussions.Benn, a People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-nominated Commissioner, told the media that Alexander requested that it be removed from the agenda and instead go with elections, alone.The former Minister, now Commissioner said this points to the overall position, manipulations and collusions that have been taking place to have elections occur in 2020.But Alexander had a different opinion. He said he objected to having “Election 2019” placed on the agenda because at the moment there is no mandate to conduct elections this year.Aside from these issues, Benn said he also raised concerns over the letter that Patterson wrote to President David Granger on March 19, outlining his positions with respect to elections to be held arising out of the no-confidence motion. The PPP-nominated Commissioner finds issue with the fact that the Chairman’s position did not arise from any vote put or finding of the Commission on the issues.Another disagreement Benn had during Tuesday’s meeting is the fact that he had requested previously that GECOM cease and desist from house-to-house related actions. “It was a policy matter and not a legal matter and in any event, the imperatives arising out of the no-confidence motion, even if there is an extension or one or the other, GECOM should be prepared for elections within 90 days in any period.”GECOM has already commenced rolling out its 2019 work programme, which essentially is house-to-house registration, as of last weekend. Training in that regard has commenced. Training for trainers has been completed, while enumerators will be trained this weekend.On Friday, March 22, in a 2:1 split decision, the Court of Appeal ruled that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass the no-confidence motion brought against the Government last year.The ruling means that the motion was not validly passed, and hence the coalition Administration remains in place. The judgment has since been highly criticised since the judges inserted the word “absolute” into the constitutional provision regarding the majority.The matter is being appealed by the Opposition at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). read more

Govt must apologise for honouring convicted terrorist – Jagdeo

The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration must apologise to the world for honouring a convicted terrorist, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said.Coalition parliamentarians on April 26, 2019 passed a motion honouring former parliamentarian Abdul Kadir, who died in a US prison while serving a life sentence after he was found guilty of plotting to attack the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.The coalition government has since received widespread backlash from the diplomatic and international communities.But instead of apologising, the government defended their decision to honouring the convicted terrorist, saying that “regrets the interpretation given to the motion.”But Jagdeo, during his weekly press briefing, blasted the coalition government for not coming outright with an apology.“We owe the world an apology and that is the only way we will remove this stain that is on Guyana internationally. Instead of the government apologising to Guyana and all victims of international terrorism the world, it has chosen to make excuses,” he stated.Jagdeo continued: “this motion should not have made the Order paper. It should not have been debated by the PNC and passed in the National Assembly. This is a stain on Guyana globally.”Jagdeo explained that apologising is the only way to ensure that Guyana and by extension all Guyanese are not stained. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCanada “disappointed” with Govt’s honouring of convicted terroristMay 1, 2019In “latest news”APNU/AFC’s honouring of convicted anti-US terrorist betrays democracyApril 28, 2019In “latest news”LETTER: ‘APNU/AFC Govt brought National Assembly into disrepute’May 1, 2019In “latest news” read more

President Opposition Leader to meet today

(File photo) Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger during a previous engagementThe much anticipated meeting between President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on the appointment of a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will take place today (Thursday).In a letter, dated July 3, the Head of State proposed that the two leaders meet at 15:00h today at the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP). The correspondence was sent by Director of MotP Joseph Harmon and addressed to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Member Gail Teixeira, both of whom have been acting on behalf of the respective political leaders.INews understands that the Opposition Leader will be attending the meeting.Over the weekend, correspondences between the Government and the Opposition sparked much public debate after it was suggested that the President submits his own list of nominees for the GECOM Chair.“The Government interpreted [the Caribbean Court of Justice’s ruling] to mean that both the President and Leader of the Opposition will provide nominees on the list of six persons. It is hoped that the Leader of the Opposition could quickly communicate his view on this issue before a date for the meeting with the President is finalised,” Harmon had reasoned in the letter sent last Friday.However, that proposal was immediately rejected by the Opposition. In fact, Teixeira pointed out that Article 161 of the Constitution makes it the Opposition Leader’s job to submit names to the President, not the other way around. She noted too that to do otherwise would be a case of the President usurping the Opposition Leader’s role.“The Leader of the Opposition wishes to remind that the Caribbean Court of Justice, in its recent judgment, in interpreting Article 161 (2) of the Constitution, examined the letter, spirit and intendment of that Article. Therefore, the judgement of the Court must be construed as giving obeisance to the Article, rather than derogating from it,” she responded.“In this regard, it was never a matter of controversy that the list of six names must emanate from the Leader of the Opposition and the appointment of one therefrom is exclusively the remit of the President,” Teixeira also wrote. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPhotos: Meeting between the Opposition Leader and PresidentJanuary 9, 2019In “latest news”President, Opposition Leader likely to meet tomorrowJuly 25, 2019In “latest news”Opposition, Govt to meet today to “hammer out” nominees for GECOM ChairmanJuly 8, 2019In “latest news” read more

New Orica digital fragmentation measurement tech to help mines unlock downstream benefits

first_imgOrica, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems, has announced the release of its new automated rock sizing measurement technology, FRAGTrack.The automated fragmentation measurement device, delivered as part of Orica’s BlastIQ Digital Blast Optimisation Platform suite, captures real-time fragmentation measurement data for optimising drill and blast operations; improving downstream unit productivity and tracking of operational performance.Orica Vice President – Digital Solutions, Raj Mathiravedu said: “Systematic and automated measurement and analysis of blast fragmentation provides a basis for continuous improvement. Rock size distribution or fragmentation is a critical measure of tracking daily drill and blast performance, optimisation of blasting, loading and haulage, and maximising throughput of material during the processing cycle.”FRAGTrack delivers accurate and reliable fragmentation measurements on both face shovels and conveyors. “The greater sampling frequency, enabled by the fully autonomous system, provides superior insights, allowing for visualisation and comparative analysis of multiple sample data sets – empowering rapid and improved decision making for customers. It also delivers enhanced safety benefits through the removal of manual sampling methods on bench, keeping workers away from high-risk operational areas.”The system uses binocular cameras and an innovative proprietary hybrid 2D/3D image processing algorithm, overcoming the shortcomings of standard methods which usually apply them independently and lack accuracy. Specifically designed for durability in the harshest of mine operating environments, the hardware can handle temperatures ranging from below +30 to above +45 degrees celsius, across a range of rock types and hardness levels.Mathiravedu continues, “FRAGTrack is designed to improve productivity and optimise drill and blast through the integration of fragmentation data into the drill and blast planning and design processes. This creates an opportunity for our customers to significantly improve downstream outcomes. Driven by the needs of our customers to accurately assess blast outcomes including fragmentation, we continue to invest in developing intelligent and autonomous measurement systems that are easily integrated into existing mine ecosystems.”In addition to superior system reliability, a comprehensive training, support and Customer Success Program is delivered by Orica’s global network of technical services engineers and technology experts, ensuring customer’s realise blast optimisation and the associated downstream benefits.last_img read more

DRA Global to carry out feasibility study work on Managems Tizert copper

first_imgDRA Global says it has been awarded the bankable feasibility study (BFS) contract for the Managem Group-owned Tizert copper project, in the Souss-Massa province of Morocco.The Tizert copper deposit is located on the northern edge of Igherm Precambrian buttonhole and is the largest copper deposit in the western Anti-Atlas Copper Belt, according to DRA. The underground mine, with a targeted production of 3.3 Mt/y of ore, is expected to use multiple mining methods including room and pillar and long hole stoping.An aerial ropeway system will be used to convey the ore from the mine site to the process plant across an 800 m wide and 250 m deep canyon. The process plant will be a flotation concentrator producing oxide and sulphide copper concentrates.DRA’s Montreal office has been awarded the full BFS scope which will include mining, backfill, ore transport, process plant and infrastructures. The BFS is expected to be completed in the June quarter of 2020.Pierre Julien, DRA’s Executive Vice President Americas, attributes the winning of the contact to an excellent working relationship with Managem: “The DRA team has been working closely with the Managem leadership team for almost two years, and through a dedicated and collaborative approach has built a partnership which culminated with the award of this BFS contract.”last_img read more

Epiroc gifts COP 1238K rock drill to Colorado School of Mines

first_imgEpiroc says it has donated a COP 1238K rock drill to the Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute (EMI) at the Colorado School of Mines in the US.The COP 1238K hydraulic rock drill for tunnelling and drifting applications updates testing equipment at EMI, the largest independent rock drilling and excavation research facility in the world, according to Epiroc.Located in Golden, Colorado, the Colorado School of Mines is known globally for its expertise in topics related to earth, energy and the environment. EMI was established in 1974 to enhance education and research in the field of excavation technology for mining and civil underground construction, and the institute has become one of the world’s leading research facilities.Epiroc said: “Over its 45 years of existence, EMI has developed a suite of physical property tests, cutter and cutterhead evaluation procedures for performance prediction, project costing, and design of mechanical rock excavation tools for all types of mechanical excavators in mining, civil underground construction, and microtunneling.“The developed test procedures and performance/cost prediction models have been validated with extensive field data from excavation and drilling projects around the world.”The rock drill donation came about through collaboration between Shawn Cheney, Epiroc Business Line Manager – Rock Drilling Tools, and Jamal Rostami, Director of the Earth Mechanics Institute. A member of the EMI industrial advisory board, Cheney facilitated the donation of the COP 1238K to replace EMI’s decades-old testing drill, Epiroc said. The new test cell installation was completed in February 2019.Cheney said: “Epiroc has tremendous appreciation for and confidence in the work that EMI does. We recently partnered with EMI on a project related to the cutting technology on our Mobile Miner. We’re honoured to donate equipment that will help EMI continue to serve as a valuable resource for the mining and civil underground construction industries.”The COP 1238K is developed to maximise impact power while optimising durability in underground applications, according to Epiroc, with its sweet spot being hole diameters from 2-3½ in (51-89 mm). It has a power rating of 12 kW.The rock drill features a built-in reflex damper that contributes to improved drill steel economy and reduces wear on the rock drill, feed and boom, according to Epiroc. “A powerful stepless variable and reversible rotation motor provides high torque and excellent speed control. In addition, a long, slender piston matched to the drill steel delivers optimal impact power without damaging the drill steel,” the company said.Rostami said: “The COP 1238K rock drill donation gives EMI the opportunity to perform full-scale testing using the latest in rock drilling technology. This test unit will drive research that contributes to more efficient and safer drilling operations in the industries we support.”last_img read more