Financials and industrials push TSX higher as US stocks also gain ground

first_imgTORONTO — The financial and industrial sectors helped boost Canada’s main stock index in late morning trading, while U.S. stock markets also traded higher.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 109.42 points at 15,053.51.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 195.07 points at 24,943.80. The S&P 500 index was up 10.73 at 2,692.90, while the Nasdaq composite was up 29.64 points at 7,112.34.The Canadian dollar traded down at 74.88 cents US compared with an average of 75.25 cents US on Tuesday.The January crude contract was down 70 cents at US$50.86 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was up 17.9 cents at US$4.47 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down 70 cents at US$1,212.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 5.25 cents at US$2.78 a pound.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Many areas of city to be hit by water supply today

first_imgKolkata: Filtered water supply in a large parts of North and Central Kolkata will be affected on Saturday with the Water Supply Department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) undertaking an urgent work to facilitate construction of a ventilation shaft and emergency exit for the East-West Metro at Raja Subodh Mallick Square.A notice released by the KMC undersigned by Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed informed that filtered water supply from Tallah pumping station, Jorabagan water treatment plant and associated booster pumping stations at Mohammad Ali Park, Auckland Square, Bagmari, Park Circus, Kasba, New Park, Choulpatty and Convent Park will not be available after water supply in the morning. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWater supply will not be available from 10 am on Saturday and will be restored at 6.30 am on Sunday. Apart from North and Central Kolkata wards 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 90 and 91 under Kolkata Municipal Corporation along with Salt Lake and South Dum Dum Municipality will come under this ambit. “As the water supply from Tallah pumping station will be totally stopped after the supply in Saturday morning to facilitate work for EW metro we will utilise this time to take up some repair work at Tallah,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySources in the Water Supply department said that the civic body will have to extract an age-old underground water pipe at the intersection of Nirmal Chandra Street and Lenin Sarani for the ventilation shaft, which is meant to be used for rapid evacuation in case of an emergency. The pipe is 900 mm in diameter and is located 12 feet underground. The pipe that will be removed is defunct but supply pipes adjacent to it may be damaged while removal of the pipe. “So we do not want to take any risk,” the official said. An official of Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd, which is executing the East West Metro project, said they needed land for construction of the ventilation shaft at Subodh Mallick Square and several utility lines had come in the way. “We approached the civic body for removing the pipe and they have agreed to it,” the official said.last_img read more

Proposal to abolish Executive Presidency approved

The President also sought support for a new electoral system which was also approved by the cabinet. A committee has been appointed to study the proposal and make recommendations. He said required discussions are being held regarding the establishment of new constitution, fulfilling the promises given in the election manifesto. “The new government has taken actions to establish the Election Commission to fulfill the expectations for free and fair elections, about which there had been a discussion for more than 40 years”, the President stated.“The new government also has established institutions related to the important areas such as human rights, public service, courts and bribery and corruption”, he added. A proposal to abolish the Executive Presidency was approved by cabinet today, the Government said.President Maithripala Sirisena submitted a cabinet paper at the cabinet meeting today seeking to abolish the Executive Presidential system. “Some people question about what the new government has done so far after getting elected as if the government was elected 7-8 years ago. I like to remind them that we have passed only a short period of 10 months after being elected as the President and during that time succeeded in passing of the 19th amendment to the constitution unanimously and holding a General Elections on August 17 and appointing a new cabinet”, the President pointed out.President Sirisena also pointed out that the new government has implemented several plans to alleviate poverty, establishing freedom in the country, strengthening of the free health and education, improving of international relations, increasing the per-capita income of the people including farming community and for overall betterment of the country and the people. (Colombo Gazette) “It is my expectation to introduce a new electoral system which is responsible to the Parliament, abolish executive presidency and transfer the powers of the President to the Parliament and independent commissions”, the President had said yesterday. read more

From its Headquarters to farflung trenches of war UN marks International Peace

In New York Secretary-General Kofi Annan rang the Peace Bell, on the seared fields of conflict in Somalia appeals rang out to end the violence and in Afghanistan children flew the once forbidden kites of hope as the United Nations system today marked the annual International Day of Peace from its stately Headquarters building to the furthest flung trenches of warfare. In southern Lebanon, latest focus of UN efforts to restore peace after the 34-day war between Israel and Hizbollah which ended last month, blue-helmeted peacekeepers marched past at their Naqoura base camp overlooking the Israeli border to honour the Day that was established by the UN General Assembly 25 years ago.And in Iraq the top UN official appealed for national unity to promote peace at a time when the war-torn country is confronting the most difficult period of its history. “For some of us, peace is a day-to-day reality,” Mr. Annan declared as he stood in front of the bell, a gift from Japan cast from the pennies donated by children from 60 nations, before driving the ringing beam into it three times,” the last time he will do so as he steps down from his office at the end of the year.“Our streets are safe; our children go to school. Where the fabric of society is strong, the precious gifts of peace can almost go unremarked. But for far too many people in the world today, those gifts are only an elusive dream. They live in chains: a climate of insecurity and fear. It is mainly for them that this day exists.”He noted that the last few weeks had seen “tragic new escalations of conflict in several parts of the world” and stressed the many ways the UN works for peace from preventive diplomacy to peacekeeping missions and efforts to support democracy and promote human rights. Participants at the ceremony and UN staff throughput the world observed a minute of silence in the name of peace, and a choir sang an anthem of peace. The flags of the world’s nations were paraded in the balmy autumn air on the front lawn in front of the Headquarters building.Four UN Messengers of Peace stood at Mr. Annan’s side – author and journalist Anna Cataldi, Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas, wildlife researcher and conservationist Jane Goodall and tennis champion and actor Vijay Armitraj. And Mr. Annan formally appointed a new messenger, world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who performed for the gathering. But it was in the deserts and mountains of far off flashpoints of conflict around the world, where UN peacekeepers, assistance missions and humanitarian teams are toiling to rein in the dogs of war, that today’s solemn ceremonies assumed their real significance. In Iraq, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi noted that this year’s observance was of particular relevance when the country and its people are going through a most difficult and challenging period in their history. In a message to the Iraqi people he called on all to join hands in promoting peace and pledged continued active UN engagement.In Somalia, Special Representative Francois Lonseny Fall highlighted two “particularly violent events this week [that] have pushed peace deeper into the shadows,” the murder of an Italian nun who had served the needs of children in Mogadishu and the assassination attempt on President Abdullahi Yusuf in Baidoa. “I wish I could paint a bright picture for Somalia today, but there are too many clouds, too many uncertainties on the horizon. And there are far too many competing interests that have too little to do with the profound humanitarian needs of the civilian population and the development of the country,” he said in a message, pledging continued UN assistance in fighting disease and providing food. On a brighter note of hope at a ceremony organized by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which is suffering from an upsurge in violence, over 50 orphans gathered on Nader Khan hill, overlooking the capital Kabul, where they were presented with white kites, each bearing a dove and an olive branch, the symbols of peace. Kite flying was banned by the ousted Taliban regime. In Naqoura, Maj. Gen. Alain Pellegrini, head of the newly enhanced UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), and several guests released two white doves and two dozen helium filled blue balloons to symbolize peace. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kosovo and Liberia, UN mission staff discussed via satellite issues of peace with more than 700 students gathered with the Messengers of Peace at UN Headquarters in New York, where General Assembly President Sheika Haya Rashed Al Khalifa told a gathering of children they should be messengers of peace, solidarity and respect for all human beings.And it was not only in conflict-riven areas that the Day was marked. At UN headquarters in Vienna 200 children from 70 schools studying at local and international schools were receiving awards in a “Writing and Painting for Peace” competition.In Bangkok, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) held a ceremony with the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace. And half way round the world in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) issued a new manual on how to create a successful action plan for the equal representation of women in all peace and security initiatives. read more

No 20 Ohio State mens basketball drops Big Ten opener to Iowa

The OSU men’s basketball team huddles up during the pregame of a Dec. 30 game against Iowa at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-65. Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe start of the conference schedule is usually when the season’s most important business begins — a string of unfamiliar teams replaced by old rivals.But for the Ohio State men’s basketball team, the change in competition wasn’t a welcome one. The beginning of the Big Ten season got off to a losing start as the No. 20 Buckeyes fell at home to Iowa by a score of 71-65.The Hawkeyes (10-4, 1-0) were on top of things from the tip, going on an early 8-0 run before eventually leading 17-5 less than four minutes into the game.Meanwhile, the Buckeyes (11-3, 0-1) put Iowa on the free throw line twice in the opening minutes. OSU wouldn’t get a chance at the free throw line until there was just over six minutes to play in the opening half.Matta said his team practiced hard the day before, but they didn’t seem to bring the same type of play to the court on Tuesday.“They stunned us early by pushing the ball up the floor, and that led to 17 points in the first four minutes. We were in a hole that we were fighting the entire game,” Matta said. “For whatever reason, we didn’t have the energy or the juice we needed.”OSU senior forward Sam Thompson said the way Iowa opened the game was down to the Buckeyes’ poor execution on the other side of the ball.“We let them dictate what they wanted to do,” Thompson said. “We always pride ourselves on defense and we didn’t have the type of activity and communication that we needed to early in the game to really impose our will on the game.”After the quick start, Iowa continued to keep OSU at bay with a high shooting percentage from the field. The Hawkeyes made six of their first seven shots.At the other end, the Buckeyes missed four straight attempts until redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams entered the game at the 16:02 mark and immediately made an impact with the team’s first three-pointer. Williams followed that play with a steal and an assist to Big Ten Freshman of the Week, guard D’Angelo Russell, but sophomore guard Peter Jok put home an offensive rebound on the ensuing possession to respond for the Hawkeyes.Second-chance points were a theme for Iowa, as they had nine in the first half to OSU’s two. Those putbacks came off eight offensive rebounds, five more than the Buckeyes had in the same span.Thompson said Iowa’s performance on its offensive glass also had a trickle-down effect on OSU’s offensive output. The Buckeyes entered Tuesday’s game tied for first in the Big Ten in three-point percentage at 42 percent, but the Hawkeyes held them to only 25 percent.“(Iowa) rebounded the ball, they scored the ball. It’s hard to get out in transition, it’s hard to get our rhythm, it’s hard to get the threes that we’ve been getting all season when we’re taking the ball out of bounds, when we’re setting up after a dead ball,” Thompson said. “We gotta do a better job of defending and rebounding, and allow that to translate into our offense.”Iowa’s junior forward Jarrod Uthoff led all first-half scorers with 12 points while Thompson led the Buckeyes with seven. Russell and Kam Williams were the only Buckeyes with more than one assist in the opening 20 minutes.OSU sophomore forward Marc Loving shot just one of three from the field in the first half, and said Iowa’s defensive play made things difficult for him and his teammates.“You gotta give credit to Iowa. They played very hard, they created a lot of turnovers and we were stagnant in the first half,” he said.Thompson started the second half with a floater for the Buckeyes, and the home team had seven of the half’s first nine points. Iowa, however, continued to be the superior team on the glass, and they held a 12-point lead a little over halfway through the period.The senior also completed a three-point play with 7:51 left in the game to cut the Iowa lead to seven. Over two minutes later Loving hit his second three-pointer to pull the Buckeyes to within six.Russell, who was on the floor with four fouls, hit a three-pointer with 3:25 to go to cut the Iowa lead to three. The Hawkeyes come straight back with five points of their own to push the margin back to eight, before another Thompson three-point play put the Buckeyes down five.The Buckeyes were led by Thompson with 17 points on six for 11 shooting.Uthoff and senior forward Aaron White both had 18 points to lead the Hawkeyes who defeated the Buckeyes in Columbus for the second straight year. White led all players in rebounds with nine, while Loving led the Buckeyes in that department with six.The deficit was still five with under a minute left as OSU forced Iowa into a shot-clock violation. The Buckeyes then missed their next three shots, including a jumper by Russell that effectively ended their chances at a comeback.Matta said his team will have to look at the film and try to pinpoint why mistakes were made in the zone defense scheme.“We can’t make the mistakes we made defensively. It was mind-boggling the things we did in the zone that we haven’t done all year, and you’re saying ‘Why now? Why would you guard it that way when we’ve never practiced it that way?’ And that’s a concentration, that’s a focus,” Matta said.The Buckeyes are set to return to the floor on Saturday as they host Illinois. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

The Penguins Win Meant Redemption For The Numbers Too

2014Kings1 2015Blackhawks1 Corsi is event-, score- and venue-adjusted.Source: Puckon.net, Hockey-Reference.com When the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup on Sunday night, it lifted Sidney Crosby’s standing among the game’s all-time greats and completed the redemption-story arc for once-maligned winger Phil Kessel. But it also provided some measure of atonement for hockey’s advanced statistics, which had been suffering through one of their worst seasons since hitting the scene in the mid- to late 2000s.For instance, “Corsi” — the proportion of total shot attempts (including misses and blocks) that a team amasses in its games — is a stathead favorite because it tracks well with possession time, making it a good long-term predictor of a team’s success. But Corsi also did a relatively poor job of telling us where a team would finish in the standings this season: 2009Penguins13 Stanley Cup winners have great Corsi ranks 2011Bruins6 2016Penguins2 2008Red Wings1 2012Kings6 2007Ducks8 And despite Corsi’s track record in the playoffs, the numbers were dealt a few early blows when the Los Angeles Kings (who ranked No. 1 in regular-season Corsi by some distance), the Anaheim Ducks (No. 5) and the Chicago Blackhawks (No. 9 this year but No. 1 last season) all bowed out in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.But things got a little better for the stats as the postseason grinded along. The Eastern Conference finals pitted the Penguins (No. 2) and the Lightning (No. 3) in an elite Corsi-off, while the sixth-ranked Blues made it to within two wins of the cup final in the West. At No. 11, the Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks weren’t anyone’s idea of a possession powerhouse — they would have been the lowest-ranked champ since the Penguins, of all teams, won in 2009 — but Pittsburgh’s victory ultimately contributed to a stat that still stands out as surprising (and impressive) for a sport that, at times, seems so random: 55 percent of Cup winners since the lockout have finished either first or second in Corsi. 2013Blackhawks1 2006Hurricanes15 SEASONCUP WINNERCORSI RANK 2010Blackhawks1 The fact that Pittsburgh did it in such possession-heavy style — the Penguins outshot the Sharks 353 to 267 in the final — was just an added bit of vindication for the numbers. Hockey’s advanced analytics movement still has a long way to go in its evolution, but even in a down year for the metrics, the cup winner ended up being a team with proven statistical bona fides. read more

OSU mens basketball schedule highlighted by 16 nationallytelevised games

The 2011-12 Ohio State men’s basketball schedule was released Tuesday and a 31-game schedule awaits players, students and alumni alike.  OSU begins its 2011 campaign with a seven-game home stand at the Schottenstein Center. After a Nov. 6 exhibition game against Walsh, the Buckeyes will open regular season play on Nov. 11 against Wright State. Four days later, the Buckeyes will get the first of several early-season tests when they host Florida, which claimed back-to-back NCAA national titles in 2006 and 2007. The four-time national champion Duke Blue Devils, along with coach Mike Krzyzewski, will then visit the Schott on Nov. 29 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Buckeyes’ first road game will come on Dec. 10 when they visit the University of Kansas’ famed Allen Fieldhouse, named for the late, former Jayhawks’ coach, Dr. F.C. “Phog” Allen. That matchup with the Jayhawks is one of 16 OSU games scheduled to be televised nationally by CBS, ESPN or ESPN2. The Buckeyes will close out the home portion of their schedule on either Feb. 25 or 26 against Wisconsin. OSU finishes the regular season with road games on Feb. 29 and March 4, 2012, at Northwestern and Michigan, respectively. The Big Ten conference tournament will take place from March 8-11. OSU finished its 2010-11 campaign with a 34-3 record, which included an undefeated, 20-0 record at the Schott. The Buckeyes were eliminated in the third round of the NCAA tournament on a last-second shot by Kentucky’s then-freshman guard Brandon Knight, who gave the Wildcats a 62-60 win.  The Buckeyes lost David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and Jon Diebler to graduation, but return freshmen forwards Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas and guard Aaron Craft, as well as guard William Buford, the team’s lone senior. read more

Man arrested in connection with missing person case

first_imgA MAN HAS been arrested by gardaí in connection with a missing person case.Gardaí said this afternoon that the man had been arrested with regard to an ongoing investigation into a missing person case.The man is being held in Carrickmacross and being detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.RTÉ.ie is reporting that the missing person is Gerard Daly, who went missing in 2011. He was last seen by his partner at his home in Bailieborough, Co Cavan, on June 26 2011.last_img

Acer and Nvidia Launch 3D chips

first_imgAcer is trying to get into more fancy niches by taking a bite into the 3D world. The company is releasing a 3D monitor which will allow users who have computers that can handle 3D to enjoy the experience. However, this is not a glasses-free 3D monitor. You will be required to buy a pair of glasses from Nvidia. Acer, who does not have the technology for 3D support, had to go to Nvidia who is the only one that has support for it. Thus both companies had to make a deal in order to create the device itself. The monitors come in two sizes, a 23.6-inch and a 27-inch monitor at $449 and $689, respectively. The glasses required for 3D will cost you $119 a pair. Via TG Dailylast_img

Rightwing Dutch MP found guilty of discrimination innocent of inciting hatred

first_img Friday 9 Dec 2016, 11:35 AM 8,601 Views 140 Comments Right-wing Dutch MP found guilty of discrimination, innocent of inciting hatred The judges said there was “insufficient evidence” his words amounted to incitement to hatred. By AFP Updated 11:35amPOPULIST ANTI-ISLAM Dutch MP Geert Wilders was found guilty today of discrimination against Moroccans, but acquitted of hate speech in a closely-watched trial ahead of next year’s key election.In their verdict, the judges said “the inflammatory character of the way in which the statements were made have incited others to discriminate people of Moroccan origin.”But they added that there was “insufficient evidence” that his words at an election rally in 2014 amounted to incitement to hatred.The judges also dismissed the prosecution’s request to impose a 5,000 euro fine on the far-right MP, whose Freedom Party (PVV) is eying an upset victory in the March 2017 polls.“In this case, the most important question is whether Wilders has crossed a line. This judgement has answered that question,” the judges said in their verdict.“Therewith, the chamber finds that justice has been done. Consequently, no punishment is imposed.”Wilders, 53, immediately gave notice that he intended to appeal his conviction, as he believed it was “a big loss for freedom of speech.”The most recent opinion polls predict the PVV will top the vote, saying it could seize 34 seats in the 150-seat lower house of Dutch parliament, some 10 seats ahead of his nearest rival, Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberals.Rather than hurting the controversial lawmaker, observers say his trial has boosted his popularity among Dutch voters, worried about the influx of immigrants and driven by eurosceptic sentiments.Amid a string of populist victories in Europe and the November election of Donald Trump as the next US president, the outcome of the Dutch vote will be keenly watched.‘Fewer Moroccans’The three-week trial of Wilders had focused in particular on a statement made at a 2014 local government election rally in The Hague, when he asked supporters whether they wanted “fewer or more Moroccans in your city and in the Netherlands”.When the crowd shouted back “Fewer! Fewer!” a smiling Wilders answered: “We’re going to organise that.”Prosecutors told a three-judge bench they had taken Wilders to court because “racist remarks need to be stopped” after police received 6,400 complaints about his comments.“Wilders singled out an entire group of citizens without making any distinction,” the judges ruled.“This group has less rights to reside in the Netherlands. Therewith, this statement can be regarded as affecting the dignity of this group as a whole. It is insulting for the entire group.”Throughout their case, prosecutors quoted numerous examples of Dutch-Moroccans who said they felt like “third-rate citizens” and that even “children are afraid” because of the politician’s statements.Wilders boycotted most of the high-profile trial, and refused to appear in court for the verdict.Just before the judgement was read, he said in a tweet: “Whatever the verdict, I will continue to speak the truth about the Moroccan problem, and no judge, politician or terrorist will stop me.” http://jrnl.ie/3129784 Dec 9th 2016, 11:35 AM Source: Geert Wilders/Twittercenter_img Image: Peter Dejong AP/Press Association Images If elected as the lowlands country’s new prime minister, Wilders has vowed to confiscate Korans, close mosques and Islamic schools, shut Dutch borders and ban migrants from Islamic countries among a raft of other anti-Islamic moves.His views have seen him receive death threats including from terror groups such as the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda. He is guarded at all times and called the “best protected man in The Netherlands”.Political observers say Wilders will benefit either way from the verdict due to the publicity the trial has generated.The conviction however will mean he has a criminal record which could for example impact travel plans to the United States, popular daily tabloid Algemeen Dagblad said.- © AFP, 2016Read: Over 100 arrested at Dutch anti-fascist protest, as Geert Wilders trial proceeds Image: Peter Dejong AP/Press Association Images Whatever the verdict, I will continue to speak the truth about the Moroccan problem, and no judge, politician or terrorist will stop me. https://t.co/HqisrmYnqV— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) December 9, 2016 Share Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Spirit of Anzac Prize open for 2016 dates

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Students keen to visit Gallipoli and the Western Front are encouraged to enter the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize competition. Open for the 2016 dattes, applicants are asked to describe what the Anzac spirit means today in a diverse and multicultural Australia.The lucky 12 students who won the competition this year returned home last week after having gone on a 14-day pilgrimage of Gallipoli and the Western Front with a stop-over in Greece.The Year 10 and 11 pupils tracked the journeys of World War 1 nurses at Lemnos, wandered the coastline at Anzac Cove, and laid wreaths and sang the national anthem at a ceremony at Belgium’s Menin Gate.The group visited the Shrapnel Valley grave of Major Hugh Quinn, 15th Battalion, who was shot dead by Turkish forces, and commemorated the life of Private Hugh Brian O’Donnell, 11th Battalion, who was killed at age 16.Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the tour is a chance for the next generation of Australians to reflect upon the “sacrifices of servicemen and women who so bravely defended our nation”.“The students return home with a better understanding and appreciation of an important chapter in our country’s history,” he says. Minister for Veterans John Eren encourages all students to apply for next year’s competition. “By walking in the footsteps of servicemen and women 100 years ago, these students live their memories,” he says.“All eligible applicants should consider applying for next year’s prize.”The prize is open to Year 9 and Year 10 students enrolled in all Victorian government, Catholic and independent schools.Students can submit an essay (up to 1,000 words), a poem, short story, audio presentation (max. 10 minutes), video presentation (max. 10 mintues), musical composition, web page, or artwork.Applications should be submitted via email to SOAP@dpc.vic.gov.au by 10.00 am, Friday 18 September 2015. To download an entry form, view sample entries and to find more information visit www.dpc.vic.gov.au/index.php/veterans/premiers-spirit-of-anzac-prizelast_img read more

Diplomats Convene For 4th Annual Bahamas Diplomatic Week Conclave

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October  17, 2017 – Nassau – Diplomats representing the Bahamas and those accredited with relations to the country, have gathered in New Providence October 15-18 to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral ties.  During the Official Opening of the 4th Annual Bahamas Diplomatic Week, October 16, 2017 Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield gave the keynote address at Melia Nassau Beach resort affirming to diplomats that they have an important role to play.“The world is not static,” said Minister Henfield.   “We need to adapt our ways and methods to the changes, all without losing our identity.”He said he believed the country is on the right path to meeting the changes through opportunities such as the Diplomatic Week forum.“Bringing you into our midst has always been about exposing you first-hand to developments in The Bahamas and then letting you do your jobs,” he said.   “Therefore, we have put together some round-tables, some bilateral meetings and some presentations and visits to other parts of our archipelago to enhance your appreciation of The Bahamas, to see our capacity to blend our internal experiences and diversity with those of the rest of the world.”Diplomatic Week is an annual event hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   It provides means for the country to strengthen ties and pursue social, cultural and economic exchanges and ideas with others.   This year’s Diplomatic Week also facilitates the introduction of the new government administration to the Resident and Non-Resident Diplomatic community.Furthermore, the week of activities presents an opportunity for public education and exchange on the role of diplomacy, the Foreign Service, and provides exposure to the services offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Diplomatic Week continues at Melia Nassau Beach resort through Wednesday, October 18.   Diplomatic representatives will also travel to Grand Bahama on Wednesday.   The majority of the officers are scheduled to leave the country on Thursday.By: Betty Vedrine (BIS)Photo captions: Diplomatic Week 2017 Representatives – Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield, centre, along with other senior government officials and officials of the Ministry, are shown with accredited diplomats to The Bahamas – both resident and non-resident — at the Official Opening Ceremony of the Ministry’s 4th Annual Bahamas Diplomatic Week at Melia Nassau Beach resort, October 16, 2017.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield, during 4th Annual Bahamas Diplomatic Week Opening Ceremonies at Melia Nassau Beach resort, October 16, 2017.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)center_img Related Items:last_img read more

Dozens protest after BSO deputys charges dropped in fatal shooting

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Oakland Park to call for change after a court’s decision about a 2013 police-involved shooting.Demonstrators chanted as they marched down North Dixie Highway on Sunday. They were protesting the decision to drop manslaughter charges against Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Peter Peraza after, authorities said, he shot and killed Jermaine McBean, a black man who was holding an air rifle.A judge said Peraza acted in self-defense, but the victim’s family disagrees. “No cop should be under the illusion that they can use ‘Stand Your Ground’ to justify any of their fatally involved shootings,” said Andrew McBean, Jermaine’s brother.Jermaine was seen walking in Oakland Park with an air rifle on July 31, 2013. Peraza said he told Jermaine to drop it, but he refused.Jermaine’s family claims he couldn’t hear the command because he was wearing earbuds.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

GM India Recalls 114 Lakh Units of Chevrolet Tavera over Emission Issues

first_imgGeneral Motors India (GMI) on Wednesday issued a voluntary recall for 1.14 lakh units of the Chevrolet Tavera which are manufactured between 2005 and 2013 to fix the issue related to emissions and specification.Two variants of the multi-purpose Chevrolet Tavera vehicle – 3 (2.5L variant) and BS-4 (2.0L variant) have been affected by the issue and the company has held back on manufacturing and sales of the vehicle. The issue will be fixed free of cost by GMI’s 280 dealers across the country.”General Motors India (GMI)… is voluntarily recalling the Chevrolet Tavera BS-3 (2.5L variant) and BS-4 (2.0L variant) from model years 2005-13 to address emissions and specification issues,” the company said in a statement.GMI also said that government authorities have been notified about the issues and it will re-start production after it receives approval.”After the proposed solution receives approval from authorities, General Motors will resume Tavera production and sale, and move forward with its recall and customer notification plan for both the BSIII and BSIV models,” said GMI.The Road Ministry has set up a panel to probe GMI’s recall of Chevrolet Tavera units. Nitin Gokarn, CEO, National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) has been directed to head the committee which will look into the violation of emission norms by GMI and decide on steps to be taken.”The committee will find out how it happened when there are standard emission norms specified in detail by the government,” a ministry official  told PTI, adding that the committee will see “whether any penal action can be taken against the company for not following the standard prescribed norms and measures to avoid such things in the future”.last_img read more

Forgotten melodies

first_imgThe Capital hosted a night of rare and long forgotten music, a n unique experience for the city’s music lovers.  Pracheen Kala Kendra organised this musical concert  to save the dieing Indian classical music and in memory of Madan Lal Koser. Talking about the initiative of saving the long lost Indian classical music, Sajal Kausar said ‘Pracheen Kala Kendra is making an effort to make people realize that Indian classical music is the gist of Indian culture and its essence should be valued. We are heading towards preserving the cultural heritage of the country.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The auditorium of Shri Ram Centre for Arts witnessed centuries old musical sound based on ancient Indian traditions. Adding life to the concert were the performance given by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Salil Bhatt who performed a jugalbandi over mohan veena and satvik veena. They were accompanied in their act by Parameshwar Hedge, MD. Akram Khan and  Himanshu Mahat on tabla.After presenting the age old classical music to Delhi’iets Salil Bahtt said,  ‘I appreciate the attempt of the Pracheen Kala Kendra to save classical music from being extinct and is overwhelmed to be a part of this cause.’Before the concert Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Salil Bhatt has also launched their albums East Meets West – Ecstatic Fusion of Indian Classical, Jazz and Western Percussions and Satkriti – The musical creation of Lord Shiva.last_img read more

GDP Growth Revised to 39 for Q3

first_img Bureau of Economic Analysis Capital Economics Commerce Department Consumer spending GDP 2014-11-25 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News The U.S. economy continued to outperform in the third quarter as consumer and government spending provided a boost to gross domestic product (GDP).According to a second estimate from the Commerce Department, GDP grew at an annualized rate of 3.9 percent in July, August, and September, down slightly from the second quarter’s growth rate of 4.6 percent and up from the first quarter’s 2.1 percent downturn.A group of economists surveyed by Econoday had forecast a growth rate of 3.3 percent, a slight cut from the government’s initial estimate of 3.5 percent.The Commerce Department said its second estimate received a lift from private inventory investment, which was down less than previously thought, and larger increases in consumer spending and nonresidential fixed investment than were first reported. That was offset in part by a smaller increase in exports.According to the department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), consumer spending increased 2.2 percent in the second quarter, up from a first estimate of 1.8 percent. Spending increased for both durable goods (8.7 percent) and non-durables (2.2 percent).The price index for domestic purchases, a gauge of prices paid by American consumers, rose 1.4 percent, 0.1 percentage points higher than in the advance estimate.Meanwhile, nonresidential fixed investment increased 7.1 percent, fueled largely by a 10.7 percent increase in investing in equipment.Government spending also contributed to the third-quarter’s expansion. According to BEA, real federal government consumption expenditures increased 9.9 percent in Q3, a marked turnaround from a decline of 0.9 percent in the second quarter. Much of that increase came from defense spending, which was up 16 percent.The continued good news for the third quarter comes as Japan heads into a new recession and economic woes continue in the eurozone.With GDP looking relatively stable compared to the rest of the globe and employment indicators looking strong, economists say the Federal Reserve—which recently concluded its monthly bond-buying program launched to stimulate the economy—has more reason to consider moving ahead to hike interest rates sooner rather than later. While many investors expect the first increase to be around the middle of the year, some analysts say it could be earlier than that.”The unexpected strength of third-quarter GDP growth … is another reason to expect the Fed to begin normalising interest rates sooner than expected next year,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics. “We still anticipate the first rate hike coming in March next year.” GDP Growth Revised to 3.9% for Q3center_img November 25, 2014 586 Views Sharelast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter With a dedication to s

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWith a dedication to superior service and fostering a sustainable future, The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C is offering charging stations at properties across the globe. Currently installed at a majority of the iconic brand’s North American locations and select international hotels, electric car owners charging at Ritz-Carlton locations can experience all that The Ritz-Carlton has to offer, with extraordinary destinations and exceptional service.The Ritz-Carlton network of destination charging stations make long distance travel convenient and easy from Washington, DC to San Francisco and Barcelona to Hong Kong with the installation of two charging stations at each property, and the ability to charge up for the next 150 miles in two and a half hours.“Our organisation is committed to seek ways to inspire people to live differently. To adopt a lifestyle in which we can travel responsibly, comfortably and create memories that will last a lifetime,” said Ed French, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, The Ritz-Carlton. “Commitment to the community and environment was part of our original 1983 mission statement. Globally, we focus our efforts in three areas, of which one is environmental responsibility. Our approach is to merge our global strategy with local perspective – allowing us to integrate sustainable initiatives across the broad range of geographic locations in both remote and urban communities where our company has operations.”Electric charging station locations at Ritz-Carlton hotels include: Amelia Island, Bachelor Gulch, Bal Harbour, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Coconut Grove, Dallas, Denver, Dove Mountain, Fort Lauderdale, Georgetown, Half Moon Bay, Key Biscayne, Lake Tahoe, Marina Del Rey, Montreal, Naples, Philadelphia, Rancho Mirage, Reynolds Lake Oconee, San Francisco, Sarasota, South Beach, St. Louis, Toronto, Tyson’s Corner, Pentagon City in Washington, DC and Westchester across the United States in addition to, Hotel Arts, Barcelona, Beijing Financial Street, Chengdu, Hong Kong and Shenzhen in China with additional international locations to follow in the coming months.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

The Hublot Big Bang in both its gentlemen and ladi

first_imgThe Hublot Big Bang in both its gentlemen and ladies designs and Jean-Claude Biver, Hublot CEO, have received horology awards in Paris, Geneva and Bahrain. Award-winners include the Big Bang Purple Carat and the Aero Bang Gold Ceramic.Nuit de l’Horlogerie: Geneva The 6th Nuit de l’Horlogerie, organised by the magazine Exel, welcomed some 1,300 guests to discover the models presented by 26 watchmaking brands. The Grand Prix du Public, in the category gentlemen’s watch, was awarded to the Aero Bang Gold Ceramic. The Big Bang Purple Carat won 2nd prize in the category ladies watch.Premier Middle East Watches, Jewelry & Pens Awards: Bahrain At a timepiece competition organized by MPP Arabaia during the recent Bahrain Fair, Hublot was awarded two prizes: The Big Bang Purple Carat won in the ladies watch category, and CEO Jean-Claude Biver was named CEO of the Year for 2008.Revue des Montres Official Prize: Paris At the Jacquemart-Andr Museum in Paris, the Revue des Montres announced the award of the official ladies chronograph prize to the Big Bang Purple Carat.www.hublot.comlast_img read more

WASHINGTON DC — The General Aviation Manufacturer

first_imgWASHINGTON, DC — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced second quarter shipment and billings figures continue at a record-setting pace totaling $12.1 billion, a 24.1 percent increase in the first half of 2008.“Shipments in the business jet and turboprop segments continue to rise steadily,” said GAMA President and CEO, Pete Bunce. “Expanding worldwide markets are having a very positive affect on the turbine segments of our industry.”Bunce added, “Despite uncertainty with fuel prices and strength of the North American economy, the energy surrounding the entire spectrum of general aviation remains robust.”last_img

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