Round the clock drill to get direct throws right Kohlis friendly offbreaks

first_imgSouthampton: Indian team has always been considered as a safe “catching unit” but fielding coach R Sridhar now wants improvement in the conversion rate for direct throws in the upcoming World Cup. Save Ravindra Jadeja, some of the younger Indian players in the current squad, despite their supreme fitness and agility, are not able to get their direct throws on target, a crucial aspect during close games. Trying to beat the monotony, fielding coach Sridhar introduced a new fielding drill ‘Round The Clock’, wherein fielders at six different positions will take a shy at the non-striker’s end. While the drill seemed to be like ‘old wine in a new bottle’, the players seemed to be enjoying the session, which is the key during a big tournament. “We had an interesting fielding session today. The theme of the session was direct hit. The focus was on boys getting it right from different angles at the non-striker’s end. Initially, we started with a drill called ‘Round the Clock’, where there were six different fielding positions from where they had to hit the stumps 20 times,” Sridhar told after the session. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunAfter a brief session where the fielding coach spoke about the importance of having a “correct arm-path” in order to get the execution right, he arranged for a competition where the ‘last man standing’ was certainly not the ‘best man standing’. “Then we introduced a game where those who get a successful direct hit is out of the session and those who fail have to come back again and finally there was only one guy who was left in the end. The boys were rolling on the floor laughing,” Sridhar said. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upThe other notable aspect was skipper Virat Kohli trying a bit of off-spin at the nets but the batsmen facing him had no problems dispatching the friendly tweaks. With no off-spinner in the squad and Kedar Jadhav hardly bowling with his dodgy hamstrings, it seemed like it was more about Indian captain providing a bit of knocking for the other batsmen. Meanwhile, the unpredictable English weather and some quality cricketers looking to showcase their skills on the biggest stage, the 2019 edition of the World Cup couldn’t get any better.last_img read more

Karnataka steel industry body seeks fresh ore mines auction

first_imgNew Delhi: Fresh auction of iron mines must be conducted to provide a level-playing field between captive and merchant miners, a Karnataka-based steel and iron ore industry body has demanded. The industry body also claimed that the concerns raised by merchant miners over the possible supply shortage post expiry of mining leases in March 2019 are “baseless” and “unfounded”. In a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office, Karnataka Iron and Steel Manufacturers’ Association said, “In order to provide a level-playing field between captive and merchant miners, it is crucial that fresh auction of iron ore mines conducted and both be given a fair and equal chance to participate in the auction, considering that of all the iron ore mines allotted till date majority belong to merchant miners.” Merchant miners have cited possible shortage of iron in the market post expiry of mining leases in March and have appealed for extension of leases up to 2030, it mentioned. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsKISMA said the extension as sought by merchant miners, if granted, will be a huge setback due to loss in the premium revenue for the government as the auction of mining leases have historically generated extraordinary premium for the government. “We would like to bring this to your kind attention that the concern of these merchant miners… is unfounded and baseless,” it added. According to the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act 2015, licences of mines expiring will not be renewed and the mines will be allotted on the basis of fresh auction. According to a report by rating agency India Ratings (Ind-Ra), licences of 288 merchant mines, of which 59 mines are under operations, will expire by March next and if the auction of the mines is delayed it could significantly affect the steel production. In the letter which has also been sent to the NITI Aayog, KISMA said, “merchant miners were given reasonable transition time of five years from induction of the amendment in the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act 1957 to make mines ready for auction.”last_img read more

Woman killed in mobile phone explosion

first_imgKolkata: A 22-year-old woman from Durgapur succumbed to her burn injuries at a hospital, after her mobile phone exploded while talking on it. It has been learnt that the victim, identified as Deshbandhunagar resident Riya Banerjee, was talking on her mobile phone when it was charging. The mobile phone suddenly exploded and she was set on fire. The incident occurred when her mother, an anganwadi worker, was away from home. Some local residents later rushed the victim to the nearby Durgapur Sub-Divisional Hospital, where the doctors said that the victim had suffered over 80 percent burn injuries. She died in the hospital later.last_img

A bythenumbers look at extended EI benefits to hardhit economic regions

first_imgOTTAWA – Last year’s federal budget unveiled a program to help eligible workers in 12 regions of the country hard hit by a downturn in commodity prices. Three regions were added in May.Here is a breakdown, by region, of the number of claims and how much they have cost as of July 9, the day after eligibility closed.Claims for an extra five weeks of EINewfoundland and Labrador: 48,950Sudbury, Ont.: 3,774Northern Ontario: 21,222Northern Manitoba: 5,958Saskatoon: 5,649Southern Saskatchewan: 6,148Northern Saskatchewan: 8,870Calgary: 27,068Edmonton: 30,261Northern Alberta: 9,707Southern Alberta: 21,602Southern Interior B.C.: 21,161Northern B.C.: 13,579Whitehorse: 774Nunavut: 526Total: 225,249Claims by long-tenured workersNewfoundland and Labrador: 6,078Sudbury, Ont.: 1,322Northern Ontario: 4,864Northern Manitoba: 897Saskatoon: 2,914Southern Saskatchewan: 3,028Northern Saskatchewan: 2,655Calgary: 19,120Edmonton: 19,424Northern Alberta: 4,825Southern Alberta: 15,222Southern Interior B.C.: 7,095Northern B.C.: 4,202Whitehorse: 244Nunavut: 122Total: 92,012Extra Benefits PaidNewfoundland and Labrador: $194.5 millionSudbury, Ont.: $18.2 millionNorthern Ontario: $93.1 millionNorthern Manitoba: $22.8 millionSaskatoon: $34.4 millionSouthern Saskatchewan: $38.2 millionNorthern Saskatchewan: $48.5 millionCalgary: $224.9 millionEdmonton: $230.3 millionNorthern Alberta: $62.1 millionSouthern Alberta: $169 millionSouthern Interior B.C.: $101.1 millionNorthern B.C.: $63.4 millionWhitehorse: $3.6 millionNunavut: $2.4 millionTotal: $1.306 billion(Source: Employment and Social Development Canada)last_img read more

Haitis recovery multiyear effort UN humanitarian chief tells ECOSOC

“Accelerating recovery efforts must be the absolute priority for 2011,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos told the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) just days after the first anniversary of the quake that killed 220,000 Haitians and made 1.5 million others homeless.“But even when this happens, it is important to still be realistic about how long it is going to take to get everybody to where they want and need to be. We cannot expect that Haiti, the poorest and least developed country in the Western Hemisphere before the earthquake, will be rebuilt in one year or even two.”She noted that the crisis has been compounded by the cholera epidemic which erupted in October and has already infected almost 200,000 people and killed over 3,700. The overall case fatality rate has declined from a peak of 9 per cent to around 2 per cent, indicating that while the infection is still spreading around the country, treatment facilities and intensive public information campaigns launched to educate people about how to protect themselves are working, she added.“The relief effort is still helping millions of people to survive in what remain extremely difficult conditions. Malnutrition, chronically weak health systems, appallingly low literacy rates, and widespread lack of access to clean water, sanitation, and other basic services mean humanitarian assistance is still an essential lifeline for hundreds of thousands of Haitians,” Ms. Amos said.Aid agencies are still providing water to more than 1 million people every day, food to 2 million people every month and helping to keep 2.2 million children in school, but she noted that of $174 million requested for the cholera response, only 27 per cent has been provided. “So we need to scale up and do more. Much more attention to the cholera response is needed if the improved response of the last weeks is to be sustained,” she added.“Humanitarian agencies are prepared to stand beside the poorest and most vulnerable Haitian people for as long as it takes to recover from this last terrible year, and whatever the years ahead might hold,” she concluded.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also called for realism today in helping Haiti recover. “The road ahead will be long and hard. Reconstruction has been slow. International aid and investment has not come as quickly as needed,” he told a news conference in New York.“As we continue to help Haiti to rebuild, we must not only fulfil essential needs in areas such as clean water and sanitation, health care and jobs; we must also prioritize improvements in security and the rule of law,” he added. He also noted that the political situation remains “extremely delicate,” given the still unsettled dispute over the outcome of first round of elections in November.“The challenge for the UN mission during this testing passage is, first, to maintain security; and second, to help a new, legitimate government that enjoys the support of the population get on its feet and fulfil its responsibilities to the Haitian people.”The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), currently with nearly 12,000 military and police personnel, has been on the ground since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest.ECOSOC President Hamidon Ali stressed the importance the Council attached to addressing the situation in Haiti, and the need to strengthen national capacities and to better align donor support to Haitian priorities in the reconstruction process. “While the continuum from relief to recovery and longer-term development is a difficult process, it is of utmost importance to ensure that it does take place and that the population feels improvements, even if they are small given the immensity of the problems faced in the country, particularly for those still living in camps,” he stated. 14 January 2011The relief effort after Haiti’s devastating earthquake a year ago has helped millions of people, but a multi-year initiative with full international support is crucial to put the country on its feet, the top United Nations humanitarian official warned today. read more

UN chief reiterates need to accelerate efforts to achieve global antipoverty goals

22 August 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon once again today stressed the need to accelerate efforts to accomplish the global poverty eradication and social development targets, urging all partners, including the private sector and civil society, to work with governments to ensure the goals are achieved by the 2015 deadline. “Time is running out on our 2015 deadline. Now is the moment to sprint to the finish,” said Mr. Ban, speaking at the opening in New York of an international photo exhibition sponsored by the Yonhap News Agency of the Republic of Korea on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the global plan to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, infant and maternal mortality, disease, and promote universal access to basic education and health care.Mr. Ban said he was pleased that the photos will be shown in exhibitions in various parts of the world. “Wherever it goes, people will see why the MDGs are so important. To end poverty, hunger and illness – to expand opportunity, equality and hope,” he said.He expressed his gratitude to Yonhap New Agency for using the power of photojournalism to promote development.“It is remarkable that 55,000 photos were submitted from more than 70 countries around the world. That alone raised awareness,” said the Secretary-General. Proceeds from the exhibitions, whose theme is “Share the Moment, Share the Future,” will be donated directly to international relief activities.“The winning images have universal value. They communicate immediately and equally to all people. The images may make you angry ? or sad. But above all they should make you resolved to end this suffering and reach our Goals for the future that we all share,” he added. read more

TSB finds broken rail causes 2015 derailment in northern Ontario

A missed defect in an improperly repaired rail led to a 2015 freight train derailment in northern Ontario that caused numerous cars carrying crude oil to catch fire and crash into a local river system, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said Thursday.As a result of its investigation into the incident, the board recommended Transport Canada consistently collect data on general rail surface conditions — and not just previously recorded defects — to better focus its track inspections and help predict future rail failures.“Track defect information is required to be reported to Transport Canada, while rail surface condition information is not consistently provided and rarely requested by the regulator,” said TSB chair Kathy Fox.“By integrating rail surface condition data, the planning process may more clearly identify areas of potential track deterioration and the targeted track inspections can be better focused to reduce risk in the rail transportation system.”Thirty-nine CN Rail cars went off the tracks near Gogama, Ont., in March 2015, while the train was travelling east at 69 kilometres an hour, less than the speed limit. As a result, 2.6 million litres of oil were released, igniting an explosion that destroyed a steel rail bridge, the TSB said.“This was the third significant derailment involving a CN freight train in a three-week span in early 2015 … in northern Ontario,” Fox said, noting that Transport Canada had not inspected that area of track since 2012.There were no injuries reported, but residents of the nearby Mattagami First Nation were advised to stay indoors during the cleanup due to possible smoke inhalation and told not to consume water from the community source.The TSB said the derailment occurred after a recently repaired rail within a joint broke under the train.Rob Johnston, manager of the TSB’s central region rail operations, said a track maintenance employee repaired the broken rail three days before the derailment.But during the repair, he missed an internal defect called a vertical split head, which was present, but not visible to the naked eye, Johnston said.The crack could have been detected with what’s known as a dye penetrant test, Johnston said, but that was not performed even though it was required by CN standards.“While aware of the test, the employee had never performed one or seen one before,” he said. “CN’s training did not highlight the importance of the test and did not provide opportunities for practical, hands-on training.”Given the botched rail repair, the TSB’s report notes that a “slow order” should have been applied to reduce the speed of the train on that section of the track, but none was issued.Going forward, the TSB called on Transport Canada to gather data from railways on rail conditions — such as localized surface collapse — that can help identify areas of potential track deterioration.Fox said Transport Canada considers various factors to identify areas of concern, most of which are events that have already occurred — such as the number of accidents, broken rails or track defects that required repair under track safety rules.CN said it has taken action to increase safety measures following the 2015 derailments, from improving training for all track workers to implementing stronger engineering standards for its rail repairs and inspections.“We have expanded our use of technology to analyse, monitor and inspect track across the CN network. We continue to invest to maintain, improve and protect our infrastructure,” CN spokesman Patrick Waldron said Thursday.“This was a very unfortunate incident, the result of a broken rail, and we apologize to the residents of Gogama and the Mattagami First Nation for the impacts to their community.” read more

Sri Lanka proposes programme of work for nuclear disarmament

The Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka assured Sri Lanka’s fullest support for all efforts towards generating consensus within CD, building upon the outcome achieved under Sri Lanka’s presidency of the disarmament forum last year. Sri Lanka has proposed negotiating a programme of work for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.Sri Lanka’s envoy in Geneva Ambassador A.L.A Azeez said that there needs to be a serious attempt at negotiating a programme of work for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Noting the stalemate in launching substantive negotiations, he asserted that ‘Rules of Procedure should aid, not prevent, deliberations on substantive issues’.He further urged delegations to take a hard look at the challenges that lay ahead, and to consider taking a constructive approach to negotiating a programme of work without further delay. (Colombo Gazette) Ambassador Azeez highlighted the importance of CD being representative enough of the whole range of views and perspectives on critical issues in the disarmament and non-proliferation arena.In this context, he streesed that education and training in disarmament and non -proliferation and integration of a gender perspective were necessary to help advance fully informed, well represented, result oriented negotiation on critical issues. Azeez said this while addressing the Plenary Session of the UN Conference on Disarmament (CD). He urged members of the CD to find a way forward that could facilitate, or create momentum for, work on all core issues. read more

OPP says wanted federal offender may be in Hamilton

The Ontario Provincial Police has issued a Canada wide warrant for a federal offender who may be in Hamilton. Jimmy Nguyen, 28, is serving a four-year and nine month sentence for drug trafficking and firearm offences. He is wanted for breaching the statutory of his release. Police say he is known to frequent Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton. Nguyen is five-foot-five, 160 lbs, with black hair, brown eyes and wears glasses. He also has tattoos on both of his arms. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact OPP at 416-808-5900 or 1-888-870-7673.

On International Day UN says youth can lead global drive for a

“Young people are directly affected by the tragic contradictions that prevail today: between abject poverty and ostentatious wealth, gnawing hunger and shameful food waste, rich natural resources and polluting industries,” said Mr. Ban in his message on International Youth Day, celebrated annually on 12 August. He said that youth can deliver solutions on such issues, which lie at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, stressing that in the first year of that15-year plan for a healthier, safer and more just future, the International community is counting on the active engagement of young people to transform the production and consumption of goods and services so they meet the basic needs and aspirations of the world’s poorest people without overburdening already strained ecosystems.“Young people are traditionally at the cutting edge, and today’s youth have more information than any previous generation. Their dynamism, creativity and idealism can combine to shape attitudes toward demand and help create more sustainable industries,” continued the UN chief, noting that youth are already influencing how the world produces, distributes and consumes while driving green entrepreneurship by designing sustainable products and services.As conscious consumers, young people are at the forefront of a shift toward more fair, equitable and sustainable buying patterns. Youth are strong and effective advocates of recycling, reusing and limiting waste, and they are leading technological innovations to foster a resource-efficient economy.“When we invest in youth, they can contribute to new markets, decent jobs, fair trade, sustainable housing, sustainable transport and tourism, and more opportunities that benefit the planet and people,” he said, adding that he was proud that the UN is actively engaged in supporting young leaders who can carry out the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Goal 12 on sustainable consumption and production patterns. “I encourage all young people to become involved in advancing the SDGs and demanding action by their Governments. My Youth Envoy is eager to connect you to our campaigns, which are being carried out across the entire United Nations system,” he said urging others to join this global push for progress, empowering young people with the resources, backing and space they need to create lasting change in our world.In her message, Irina Bokova, Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said that young people are powerful agents of positive change, essential to taking forward the 2030 Agenda.“It is not enough to hope for a better tomorrow – we must act now. Change is under way, and millions of citizens are already transforming the way we produce, consume, behave and communicate,” she said, noting that young people such as #YouthofUNESCO sustainable consumption advocate Lauren Singer, point the way towards a zero-waste lifestyle, fitting all of her refuse produced over the past four years into one small jar.“This is an inspiration for this year’s celebration – ‘The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Production and Consumption.’ There are countless initiatives like this, all giving shape to a new humanism, to new forms of solidarity and citizenship to combat poverty, marginalization and despair,” she emphasized.Optimism and confidence do not mean minimizing the challenges ahead. Most young people live today in least developed countries, and shoulder the heaviest burden of conflicts and poverty, stressed Ms. Bokova, adding: “There can be no sustainable development if they remain on the side-lines, and I call upon all Member States and UNESCO partners to support their initiatives, to give them voice, to let them grow, to shape together the future of dignity that we are building today.” read more

MST Global tackles underground power supply problems with AXON range

first_imgMST Global has introduced a new range of uninterruptable power supply (UPS) products for use in harsh environments like underground mines.The new AXON UPS range is designed specifically to further improve power management in underground networks in a cost-effective manner, a task that is becoming increasingly important as the use of remote operations and automation accelerates.MST said: “Uninterrupted power is critical for the safety and productivity of all mines and tunnel operations, and in developing these industry-spec UPS, MST can now offer greater reliability and more holistic system solutions.”The three solutions range from low to high level power requirements, with the highest, the AXON Force UPS (pictured), the most suitable for underground hard-rock mines and extensive tunnel networks.Dmitri Fechine, Product Manager at MST, said: “More often than not, the supply of power to the digital network and client devices in the underground environment comes as an afterthought, after the purchase of the main network gear. The situation is then further complicated by the fact that the main power outlets are not readily available underground and their installation is typically very expensive.”Bringing the power supply considerations upfront and offering a range of suitable power supply solutions suitable for various scenarios means MST can help customers reduce their capital and operational expenses as well as improve the overall system performance and reliability, he added.AXON Mini UPS is a single-level solution for operational scenarios where the area needing power requires only one UPS per network node, where power loads do not exceed 60 W or where the focus is on tunnelling or non-complex stand-alone automation solutions, MST said.AXON Connect UPS is a mid-level power supply that can enable voice and other IP solutions for tunnelling and hard-rock environments. It serves as both the power over ethernet (PoE) injector and the network junction device for a number of daisy chained PoE users such as Wi-Fi access points.AXON Force UPS, meanwhile, can power-up IP networks and each unit is able to support multiple chained network nodes connected via composite cable. Additionally, AXON Force can be paired with a remote monitoring kit for enhanced manageability.The three UPS solutions are built and fully supported by MST, and are designed to connect seamlessly with existing MST products.last_img read more

Stocks rise on hopes for China trade talks

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks jumped Thursday as China and the U.S. said they will hold their first trade discussions in months, a potential sign of progress toward ending their trade war.China will send a trade envoy to Washington later this month in a new attempt to end the trade dispute before it causes major damage to the global economy. The two sides haven’t talked since early June. Energy and metals prices and shares of industrial companies turned higher.Walmart soared after reporting its strongest growth in sales in more than a decade. Other companies that make and sell basic necessities also rose.Jason Draho, the head of asset allocation for UBS, said investors are eager for the two countries to start making progress and resolve their differences. He added that China may be changing course because its economy has slowed.“The data we’ve seen from China recently has showed slowing growth,” he said. “It’s possible they decided ‘OK, we need to take a different approach’ and come to the table offering a little more.”last_img read more

Aircraft Owners Pilots Association Thanks Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, December 11, 2017 – Plantation, FL – Mr. Mark Baker, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently thanked The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) for its ongoing commitment to general aviation (GA).In a plaque presented to the Ministry, Mr. Baker “thanked and commended the MOTA for its ongoing commitment to general aviation and for its outstanding support and dedication in the preparation of its 2017 Fly In to The Bahamas from Tampa, Florida”.The fly in which took place, October 29-31, into Grand Bahama following AOPA’s annual general convention in Tampa, was organized by Bahamas Flying Ambassador, Captain Mike Zidziunas and Captain Greg Rolle, pilot and Sr. Director of Sports and Vertical Markets, MOTA.  Five AOPA pilots participated in the fly in.“The Bahamas is one of the most popular destinations for general aviation pilots, and we would love to see this continue and even grow said Mr. Baker.    Along with Canada and Mexico, they represent 86 percent of annual international GA flights from the United States”.Captain Rolle said, “The Bahamas truly enjoys its wonderful partnership and relationship with AOPA, which has proven to be, invaluable for the country.    With our multiple islands chain and airports, scattered over 100,000 square miles of crystal clear water and our close proximity to the USA, pilots have found it easy, convenient and enjoyable to fly into our beautiful islands,” he said.#AOPA, which has a membership of approximately 400,000, is the largest aviation association in the world.    The non-profit organization serves as political advocates for pilots, air safety, and utility and is dedicated to improving general aviation worldwide.   The Bahamas was the first country to accept pilots flying into the country using BasicMed, the FAA’s new medical certification, which allows pilots flying non-commercial aircrafts weighing less than 6,000 pounds to forgo using their third class medical certificates, an initiative lobbied for by AOPA.They are also the publishers of the AOPA Pilots Guides for The Bahamas and the Caribbean, which provides runway and navigational information, customs and immigration procedures and safety and survival tips. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#AOPAlast_img read more

Van fire delays traffic along southbound Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles

first_imgSUNNY ISLES BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Traffic is at a standstill in the southbound lanes on Collins Avenue after a van caught fire in Sunny Isles Beach.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene along Collins Avenue and the southbound lanes, between 172nd and 174th streets, Tuesday afternoon.Officials were able to put the fire out, and the people who were inside the vehicle are reportedly OK.Traffic on Collins Avenue has been backed up due to the vehicle fire. Officials blocked off the area, but they have since reopened the roadway.That traffic is backed up to Golden Beach, southbound. Traffic is moving smoothly in the northbound lanes, however.It is advised for motorists traveling southbound to take alternative routes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Outrage as Trump berates London Mayor

first_imgMayor of London Sadiq Khan © addresses the media as he stands with members of the emergency services during his visit to the scene of a derailed tram, in Croydon, south London. AFP file photoDonald Trump lashed out Sunday at London’s mayor Sadiq Khan, accusing him of downplaying the threat of terrorism a day after knife-wielding men mowed down and stabbed revelers in the British capital.London’s mayor swiftly shot down the US president’s remarks, made in a series of overnight tweets, as critics accused Trump of exploiting a terror attack for political gain—and not for the first time.A spokesman said Khan “has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet.”Trump poured scorn on Khan’s attempt to reassure the public after three assailants smashed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge then attacked revelers with knives.“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” the US president said in one tweet.Trump said the attack showed it was time to “stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people,” after tweeting the night before—as the scenes of panic in London were still unfolding—that it underscored the need for his contested “travel ban” on several Muslim-majority nations.Khan, in an interview with BBC just hours after the attack, had said, “My message to Londoners and visitors to our great city is to be calm and vigilant today. You will see an increased police presence today, including armed officers and uniformed officers. There is no reason to be alarmed by this.”Responding Sunday to Trump’s criticism, a Khan spokesman issued a pointed statement saying that the mayor—busy coordinating a response to the attack even while reassuring Londoners and visitors—had “more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks.”The acting US ambassador to Britain, Lew Lukens, threw his support behind Khan in a series of tweets which also praised the “extraordinary” response from Londoners and emergency services.“I commend the strong leadership of the @MayorofLondon as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack,” he said, quoted on the US embassy’s Twitter account.‘Nasty & unbecoming’The attack in central London came just weeks after a suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester left 22 dead, and it recalled an attack in March when a man drove a car into pedestrians near the seat of Parliament, killing five.It was not the first time Trump has been accused of using a terror attack to make a political point, and with Londoners still in shock Sunday, the president’s tweets drew angry responses on both sides of the Atlantic.David Lammy, a Labor Party member of Parliament, tweeted: “Cheap nasty & unbecoming of a national leader. Sort of thing that makes me want to quit politics on a day like this. Evil everywhere we look.”In the United States, former vice president Al Gore told CNN that “I don’t think that a major terrorist attack like this is the time to criticize a mayor who is trying to organize his city’s response to this attack.”Regarding Trump’s plug for his contested travel ban—which has been blocked by the courts—Cecillia Wang, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, tweeted, “We need to be outraged when the president exploits a terrible violent crime to push his discriminatory and illegal policy.”Last June, after the deadly shooting attack on a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Trump had tweeted: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”That tweet drew angry rebukes from critics saying that the immediate aftermath of an attack that left 49 people dead was not a time for a president to be “basking in congratulations.”last_img read more

Rumor Google to shut down Hangouts in 2020

first_imgRumor: Google to shut down Hangouts in 2020 by Martin Brinkmann on December 01, 2018 in Google – Last Update: December 06, 2018 – 30 commentsA report by 9to5Google suggests that Google plans to shut down the consumer version of Google Hangouts in 2020. Google has not officially confirmed or denied the rumor, and the site cites a “source familiar with the product’s internal roadmap” as its source.Google Hangouts would follow other Google products such as Google Inbox, Google Reader, Google Wave, Google Buzz, or Google Plus that the company shut down in recent years or plans to shut down.Update: Google revealed in December that it plans to make the Enterprise products Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet available to consumers (and shut down Hangouts).According to the report, Google Hangouts will be shut down for consumers in 2020. Google unveiled a new strategy for Hangouts in 2017 when it launched the two messaging applications Allo and Duo.Google in the meantime started to focus on an RCS-based messaging system for Android called Chat in favor of the messaging application Allo.Hangouts for Enterprise customers was split into Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet back then. Hangouts Chat offers group-chat functionality similar to Slack, Hangouts Meet video conferencing.The company abandoned development of the consumer version of Hangouts more or less last year. While Hangouts is still available on the Google Play Store and as part of Gmail, Google’s webmail service, recent reviews of Hangouts have been anything but great.Users complain about bugs and slow performance; it seems likely that Google won’t address these concerns anymore if the rumor is true.Google Hangouts is still a popular application with more than 3.6 million user reviews on Google Play alone. Google never revealed the total number of Hangouts users though.The shutting down was inevitable and delayed only because Allo performed poorly. Google’s new messaging effort Chat won’t take off before 2019, and that is probably the main reason why the consumer version of Hangouts is retired in 2020 and not in 2019.Hangouts users have a year to find an alternative for the service; some may not want to give Google another chance.Now You: Are you a Hangouts user? What is a suitable alternative?SummaryArticle NameRumor: Google to shut down Hangouts in 2020DescriptionA report by 9to5Google suggests that Google plans to shut down the consumer version of Google Hangouts in 2020. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

US Mexican scholars launch ambitious dialogue on Central America migration issues

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Experts at D.C. panel deny lax US border controls are to blame for immigration crisis Central American leaders offer plan to slow child migrant surge Biden urges Central America to tackle poverty, violence, impunity US expands refugee program for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras WASHINGTON — Three Latin America-focused think tanks have teamed up to publish the first seven of a planned 15 policy briefs analyzing various aspects of Central American and Mexican migration at its points of departure, transit and settlement in both Mexico and the United States.The Central America-North America Dialogue (CANAMID) made its public debut Oct. 20 at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. The collaboration involves three entities: the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and Latin American Program, Georgetown University and Guadalajara-based policy research institute CIESAS.Georgetown’s Susan Martin said the project began in 1995 as a binational study of U.S.-Mexican migration and involved a team of 20 researchers, 10 from each country.“We analyzed the data coming out of both countries, at a time when U.S.-Mexico relations were much better than they had ever been,” said Martin, who coordinated the American side. “We realized that both the U.S. and Mexico were getting substantial migration from Central America. Little did we know back then that there’d be such a large increase in movement from Central America — and that it would soon get more media attention than at any time since the end of the Central American civil wars.”Halfway into the two-year effort, CANAMID now has its own bilingual website and is entirely funded by the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation. The project focuses on five key areas: population, education and childhood, healthcare, labor and security.Carla Pederzini of Mexico City’s Universidad Iberoamericana focused on the so-called “Northern Triangle” of Central America (NTCA, shorthand for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) in presenting her policy brief, “Historic and Demographic Outlook of Migration from Central America’s Northern Triangle.”She noted “a persistent growth in the NTCA-born population in the United States, despite the U.S. economic crisis, rising deportations, the growing number of NTCA nationals apprehended at the border or removed from the U.S. interior, and the increasing risks and costs of transit through Mexico.”As a result, over the last 20 years the flow of migration from Mexico has fallen while arrivals from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have risen sharply.“During the 1980s and 1990s, the civil war in El Salvador dislocated peasants to Honduras, which received a large flow of immigrants from neighboring countries,” she said. “Many Guatemalans had to seek refuge in Mexico, where the U.N. had established refugee camps. After peace, emigration was rekindled due to Hurricane Mitch in 1998, the 2001 earthquake and increased gang violence since the beginning of the 21st century.”Pederzini noted a 50 percent increase in the NTCA population residing in Mexico from 2000 to 2010. Interestingly, in 2000, some 70 percent of these people were Guatemalan-born, though by the end of the decade, the relative presence of Hondurans and Salvadorans had increased — reflecting a dramatic jump in drug- and gang-related violence in those two countries.Transits through Mexico peaked in 2005, when between 390,000 and 430,000 migrants made the dangerous journey from Central America to the U.S. border. Traffic slowed down from 2006 to 2009, stabilized in 2010 and 2011 and then went back up, reaching 183,000 transits in 2012. Since then, it’s risen even more, with Hondurans leading the way.Nearly 21,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended on the southwestern border of the United States in 2013; last year there were 51,000 minors apprehended.Pia Orrenius, a senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, said that from a historical perspective, Mexican immigration has virtually dried up.In presenting a policy brief titled “Central Americans in the U.S. Labor Market: Recent Trends and Policy Impacts,” she noted that Mexicans constitute 28 percent of the nation’s foreign-born population, compared to 8 percent for Central Americans. But since 2000, the Central American population has jumped by 52 percent, nearly double the 27 percent increase recorded for Mexican migrants.The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 criminalized the hiring of immigrants unauthorized to work in the United States. Ten years later, electronic verification laws came into force, along with expedited removal and the controversial Section 287(g) clause of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which authorizes state and local officials such as police officers to enforce federal immigration laws.“Seven states now mandate e-verification of work authorization,” said Orrenius. “That was supposed to be a deterrent, but it could affect the demand for labor — and maybe the supply, too.”Since 2000, her research showed, the ratio of Mexican immigrants who speak English well has risen from 27.1 percent to 32.1 percent, while the ratio of Central American immigrants who are proficient in English has fallen from 31.6 to 29.1 percent. Furthermore, average wages of Mexican laborers in the U.S. have risen since 2000 while average wages of Central Americans here have dropped.Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which was established as part of the 1990 Immigration Act, now applies to 340,000 immigrants from 11 countries. TPS was first given to citizens of El Salvador and has been extended 10 times since then.“TPS is helpful, boosting the labor market,” said Orrenius, “but comprehensive immigration reform could bring people in legally, and regularize those already present.”Educational achievement among Central American immigrants in the U.S. was the focus of a report co-authored by Bryant Jensen of Brigham Young University and James Bachmeier of Temple University.The study found that more than 40 percent of Central American kids in the United States under the age of 17 live in a household with at least one undocumented parent, and 30 percent grow up in a household with two parents here illegally.“Children of Central American origin are much more likely [than immigrants from other regions] to be undocumented and come from a family with at least one unauthorized parent. That has a real effect on their education,” said Jensen.He said immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras tend to come from the least favorable economic circumstances — even less favorable than immigrants of Mexican origin. As a result, the proportion of Nicaraguan immigrants living below the poverty line is 35 percent, but its nearly 55 percent for Hondurans.“It matters which country you come from in terms of educational opportunities,” Jensen pointed out. “These two things, national origin and immigration status, interact with each other.”CANAMID issued four other policy briefs besides the three major ones outlined above. These deal with Central American workers in Mexico; health services for migrants in transit; the link between deportation and mental health, and diplomatic protection for Mexican and Central American migrants.Official Mexican government surveys that study traffic flows across three border checkpoints with Guatemala show that the vast majority of migrants crossing north are male; 71 percent are under the age of 39; and 88 percent have less than six years of education.“Mexico is becoming a new destination for Hondurans and Salvadorans, and Salvadorans are better paid than Guatemalans and are more urban and more scattered throughout Mexico,” said Pablo Mateos of CIESAS. “Guatemalans are concentrated in Chiapas, since they have a legal temporary work card for the border area.”The report recommends that Mexico extend temporary work permits to states other than Chiapas; increase social security coverage for migrants; coordinate educational systems to recognize Central American degrees in Mexico and vice-versa, and extend some of Mexico’s social programs to Central Americans living in the country.When it comes to deportees returned from the U.S. or Mexico back to Central America, they’re often treated like criminals, even if they’ve done nothing worse then overstay their visas.“Many of these people have spent years in the United States and don’t even speak Spanish properly,” said Mateos. “Our recommendations are to provide counseling at deportation arrival sites, promote community mental health in localities of return, and social reintegration programs for detainees.”By the same token, he said, Central American consular authorities should be guaranteed diplomatic immunity as they go about their work, while obstacles that restrict access to information about human rights should be removed.“There’s been an increase in the violation of migrant rights over the last decade, many of them involving minors. Consular protection of Central Americans should be a state policy,” Mateos urged. “Mexico has the largest number of consulates [in the United States] of any country in the world. By contrast, Central Americans find that their countries cannot protect them as well as the Mexicans protect their own people.”last_img read more

4000passenger cruise ship inexplicably sails into Atlantic megastorm

first_img3:10 PM Eastern time, the calm before the Hurricane.#anthemoftheseas #royalcarribean— Jacob Ibrag (@jaybrag) February 8, 2016 What makes this story so inexplicable is that this storm has been in the forecast for days. Weather can be an uncertain science, but this was the one thing forecasters knew was going to happen early this week.One passenger posted an account of his harrowing journey to “Captain tried to turn ship but waited too long,” the passenger wrote. “Captain said they are in communication with the coast guard, struggling to point ship into wind but can’t move forward. All passengers told to stay in cabins water entered ship on upper decks, large white structure broke off top of ship landed in pool.”The passenger said that at the height of the storm, waves were breaking over the tops of the life boats and the whole ship was listing to almost 45 degrees. The passenger said the wind and sea spray made it look like a total white out.“Some passengers sitting in muster stations,” the passenger added, though they were likely doing so out of fear and not by order. Muster stations are where passengers assemble on a ship in the event of an emergency, usually in preparation for evacuation. Things are a little out of place #anthemoftheseas— Greg (@flatgreg) February 8, 2016 The U.S. Coast Guard was aware of the incident, though not because Royal Caribbean contacted them, but because they saw alarmed passengers posting to social media. “After seeing pictures and people’s comments on Twitter and other social media platforms, the USCG contacted the Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas to check in,” spokesman Mark Barney told ABC News. “The ship said that everything was fine, and no distress calls have been issued.Robert Huschka, the executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, was on the cruise and told USA Today that passengers were told to remain in their cabins at around 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Huschka told USA Today that the captain said “the strength of the storm had surprised everyone and that the ship would hold position and try to turn into it. The captain then was unavailable for announcements as the storm raged into the evening.”“I’m not going to lie: It was truly terrifying,” said Huschka.Royal Caribbean did not respond to requests for comment Monday. Unreal. Hurricane Isabel right. Current winter storm left.— Garrett Bastardi (@garrettbastardi) February 8, 2016 © 2016, The Washington Post Facebook Commentscenter_img A massive storm exploded in intensity just off the Southeast U.S. coast on Sunday afternoon, driving hurricane force winds and whipping waves into a frenzy. And in the middle of this monster storm was a cruise ship on its way to Florida – rocking, roiling and taking a major beating from the most powerful storm we’ve seen in the western Atlantic so far this winter.A large trough in the jet stream had been pushing toward the U.S. East Coast late last week. Then the storm deepened rapidly when it hit the warm waters of the Gulf Stream and blew up on satellite imagery. Meteorologists didn’t know what to follow on Sunday night, the Super Bowl or the strengthening storm.Some compared it to Hurricane Isabel, which was fitting because on Sunday afternoon it was boasting 100 mph winds — the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane.Somehow a cruise ship steered its way into the storm: Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, a giant vessel which holds over 4,000 passengers. The ship was on its way from the New York City area to Port Canaveral, Florida, when it not only encountered the storm, but really sailed right into the heart of it. RT @DaDaBuh: @linda_galgano Aboard the #anthemoftheseas Screen Cap Showing 90Kt Winds Equivalent CAT 2 Hurricane— WeatherBug (@WeatherBug) February 8, 2016 Deck 14 needs some work… #anthemoftheaeas— Greg (@flatgreg) February 8, 2016 Related posts:‘Snowpocalypse’ strands air passengers in Costa Rica United Airlines ponders an earlier retirement for out-of-favor 747s El Salvador to host event aimed at promoting Central American cruise-ship tourism US, Cuba agree to let airlines begin flightslast_img read more

Skål Hua Hin Cha Am Relaunched

first_imgSource = Skål Hua Hin & Cha Am Skål Hua Hin & Cha Am RelaunchedSkål Hua Hin & Cha Am RelaunchedThe clubs relaunch was the vision of General Manager, Mr. Richard Mehr, of Putahracsa Resort, who will be acting President of the club together with colleague Mr. Stacey Walton, General Manager of Banyan Golf Club, Hua Hin who will be acting Vice President of the newly relaunched club to reform and embrace a new beginning for the benefit of travel and tourism.A special event, to celebrate the relaunch, took place with Skål members and their guests at the elegant Oceanside Restaurant at Putahracsa Resort, Hua Hin.It has been 11-years since Skål Intl Hua Hin & Cha Am was originally inaugurated and it has been long overdue for the professionals of hotels, golf and the tourism industry in this Royal historic resort to unite as one group, who share a common goal of creating a fresh club with a new beginning and exciting future of doing business amongst friends. And to ultimately promote the destination of Hua Hin and Cha Am worldwide with one voice.Richard Mehr in his opening speech acknowledged and thanked The President of Skål Thailand, Wolfgang Grimm and members of the team from what is now 6 Skål club in Thailand: Phuket, Krabi, Samui, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and Bangkok. He thanked the club representatives present for their support in the relaunch of the club together with the 18 founding members from Hua Hin and Cha Am which included General Managers of Hyatt, Marriott, Intercontinental, Avani, Anantara, G Resort & Marrakesh in wanting to relaunch the club and the mission and goals of Skål International Worldwide.Stacey Walton comments, “I was a founding member of Skål Int’l Hua Hin & Cha Am back in 2007 and it was unfortunate that the group dissolved a few years ago. I shared the same vision as Richard that there has been a need for an International association where like-minded professionals in hotels, golf courses, travel and tourism can gather and exchange information, share ideas and keep up to date on events and activities in Hua Hin & Cha Am in a sociable environment.“SKÅL INTL today has over 14,000 members in 400 Clubs in approx 90 countries and I see the value and potential that this network can bring to our members”, he said.The evenings dining experience was exquisitely prepared by the Putahracsa’s skilled culinary team complimented by Wine Pro and members of Skål Int’l Hua Hin & Cha Am who celebrated the start of a new beginning with a toast to “HAPPINESS GOOD HEALTH FRIENDSHIP & LONG LIFE!The next event will take place at the award-winning Banyan Golf Club, Hua Hin on Tuesday, 20th November 2018 offering a special green fee: THB.2,200 on the day for Skål members & their guests.To make a tee time please contact reservations@banyanthailand.comDinner will commence with a welcome drink at Mulligan’s Pub at 6.30pm followed by dinner at The Terrace Restaurant. THB.1,000 for Skal members and THB.1,200 for guests.RSVP – gm@putahracsa.comlast_img read more

Beige Book Shows Expanding Economy at End of 2012

first_imgFed,Beige Book Shows Expanding Economy at End of 2012 January 16, 2013 418 Views Share Economic activity “”expanded”” in the closing weeks of 2012, the Federal Reserve said in its periodic “”Beige Book””: released Wednesday, reflecting a slow but steadily declining unemployment rate and low rates of inflation–conditions the Fed said would have to be met before it raises interest rates.[IMAGE] “”Since the previous Beige Book [November 28, 2012], activity in the New York and Philadelphia Districts rebounded from the immediate impacts of Hurricane Sandy,”” the report said. “”Growth in the Boston, Richmond, and Atlanta Districts appears to have increased slightly, while the St. Louis District reports some slowing.””And, according to the Beige Book, districts reported stronger consumer spending–about 70 percent of the nation’s GDP–with holiday sales “”modestly higher”” than in 2011. At the same time, the report said business contacts were “”citing concerns that consumers will spend cautiously due to ongoing fiscal uncertainty.””According to the report, “”real estate activity has expanded or held steady in 11 Districts for existing home sales and leasing; eight Districts for residential construction; 11 Districts for nonresidential sales and leasing; and nine Districts for nonresidential construction.”” Overall loan demand, the Beige Book said, “”was steady in five Districts, rose in four, and fell in one.”” At the same time, “”credit standards were largely unchanged, except in two Districts where there were some signs of loosening”” and six Districts reported improving credit quality and/or falling delinquency rates.””The anecdotal Beige Book is issued by the Fed eight times a year, about two weeks before a meeting of the Federal Reserve’s policy-setting Board of Governors. The FOMC is next scheduled to meet January 29-30. Though a closely watched release, it is rarely, if ever, cited in the minutes of the meets of Board of Governors. The Beige Book said, “”residential real estate activity expanded in all Districts that reported”” and “”growth rates were described as moderate or strong in nine Districts.”” [COLUMN_BREAK]The report said contacts in Boston “”attributed their strong sales growth to low interest rates, affordable prices, and rising rents.”” The five Districts that reported on housing inventories, the report said, “”all reported falling levels”” and “”new residential construction (including repairs) expanded in all but one District of those Districts that reported.””Hurricane Sandy, which struck at the end of October, “”disrupted construction activity initially in New York, but this has since led to increased work for subcontractors on repairs and reconstruction,”” according to the report.Loan demand, the Beige Book said, “”was largely unchanged”” in five districts: Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Kansas City, and San Francisco, “”with most of these Districts reporting a continuation of slight to moderate growth in total volume.””Residential mortgage demand, the report said, “”improved in Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco,”” while “”commercial real estate lending was cited as a particular bright spot by New York, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Dallas.””Banks in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Kansas City, and San Francisco, the Beige Book said, “”reported improvements in asset quality, while the report added, “”lenders were described as competing aggressively for highly qualified borrowers in Philadelphia, Richmond, Atlanta, and San Francisco.””In Atlanta, the Beige Book said, “”this stiff competition may be leading to loosening credit standards, as there was some indication that banks were more willing to increase their tolerance for risk”” while “”Chicago banks also reported some loosening of standards.”” Lending standards “”remained largely unchanged in New York, Cleveland, and Kansas City,”” the report added.The report from the Dallas district noted the price of West Texas Intermediate fuel oil had risen to over $90 a barrel, often a precursor to rising gasoline prices. Preparation of the Beige Book rotates among the 12 Federal Reserve banks with the identity of the bank preparing the report cloaked in secrecy until the report is released. Wednesday’s report was compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, which last prepared the report in July 2011 when it struck a moderate tone. “”Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts indicated that economic activity continued to grow; however, the pace has moderated in many Districts,”” according to the July 2011 Beige Book._Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:40 a.m. and again at 9:40 Eastern time._center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Beige Book Commercial Real Estate Confidence Credit Standards For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Homebuilders Housing Permits Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers Personal income Residential Construction Service Providers 2013-01-16 Mark Lieberman in Data, Governmentlast_img read more