The Goa State Chief Information Commissioner(CIC) Prashant Tendolkar on Monday allowed a complaint filed by advocate Aires Rodrigues over the non-compliance of the Right to Information (RTI) Act by the Secretariat of the Governor at Goa Raj Bhavan. In his order disposing of the complaint, the Goa CIC has granted the complainant’s plea by confirming the findings of the Goa State Information Commission(GSIC) in appeal No.10/2008 and complaint No.613/SCIC/2010.(PIO) and directed the Secretariat of Governor at Raj Bhavan Goa to appoint a Public Information Officer(PIO) and also make the mandatory disclosures under Section 4 (1) of the RTI as required in compliance of the law.In the complaint filed under section 18 (1) (a) of the RTI Act, activist lawyer Rodrigues had pleaded that the Goa Raj Bhavan despite being a “Public Authority’ in terms of section 2 (h) of the RTI Act had not appointed a PIO nor made the mandatory disclosures required under section 4 (1) of the RTI Act.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony PLAY LIST 01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LATEST STORIES View comments “What made it more special was being with my Gilas brothers because you know these guys are family for life,” said Alapag.But he also got to bring his real family with him to the bench to meet the King.His eldest child Ian Maximus, who has the same second name as LeBron’s youngest son Bryce, even got to keep LeBron’s arms sleeves.“My son will have to grow into it because it’s a little big right now and I’m just glad my kids could be here to experience it with me,” said Alapag.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT It would’ve been James’ fourth tour in the country had his “Battle the Doubt Night” show in 2016 pushed through.But much like his in two previous visits, James once shared the floor with up-and-coming stars and national team members in a brief exhibition game for the “Strive for Greatness” show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlapag, one of the key Gilas players in the last decade, showed he can still duke it out in the parquet floor—against one of the best NBA players ever no less—even a year into retirement.Saturday night was extra special, though, as he got to play again with his batch’s Gilas Pilipinas squad that include Ranidel de Ocampo and LA Tenorio, among others. ‘Putting in work, believing in yourself’ still keys to LeBron James’ success Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LeBron James interacts with Jimmy Alapag’s son Ian Maximus during the Strive for Greatness tour. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonLeBron James has returned to the Philippines for the third time on Saturday and in the eyes of Philippine basketball icon Jimmy Alapag, this speaks volumes for the NBA superstar’s appreciation for this country.“The fact that he came here to Manila to share some brief moments with everyone here at home…I think he understands how passionate we are about the game of basketball,” said Alapag Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena as James wrapped up another showcase before Filipino fans.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses
Advertisement AdvertisementThis postponement allows promoters Lou DiBella (promoter for Derevyanchemko) and Eddie Hearn (promoter for Jacobs), an extra five days to reach an agreement without a purse bid being necessary.Dervyanchenko is the #1 rated fighter in the IBF. While Jacobs is #3, he is eligible to fight for the vacant title since the #2 spot is unoccupied.Jacobs and Dervanchenko are both trained by Andre Rozier and also share the same manager in Keith Connolly. If this fight were to get made, it would pit two friends against each other. However, with the chance of becoming a champion on the line, that friendship will be put aside for at least one fight.Both Jacobs and Sergiy last fought in April and there is a big chance that the winner of this fight will be mandated to fight the winner of the biggest blockbuster fight of this year, i.e Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin.
A suspicious package destroyed by a bomb disposal team after prompting the evacuation of Manchester United’s stadium on Sunday was a fake device accidentally left behind after a training exercise, police said.Two of the Old Trafford stands were evacuated about 20 minutes before the scheduled kickoff of the Premier League game against Bournemouth at 1400 GMT when the item was found in the toilets at the ground. The match was called off soon afterwards and the whole 75,000-seater stadium cleared.TV footage showed fire engines arriving at the stadium, one of the world’s most famous football grounds. (Manchester City seal Champions League berth )Police used sniffer dogs to search the area before calling in an army bomb disposal unit which carried out a controlled explosion on the item they described as being “an incredibly realistic-looking explosive device”.”Following todays controlled explosion, we have since found out that the item was a training device which had accidentally been left by a private company following a training exercise involving explosive search dogs,” Assistant Chief Constable John OHare from Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.”Whilst this item did not turn out to be a viable explosive, on appearance this device was as real as could be, and the decision to evacuate the stadium was the right thing to do, until we could be sure that people were not at risk.”Manchester United said in a statement on their website that the package had been found in the North West Quadrant, adding that the match was abandoned on police advice.advertisementUnited Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward said staff were regularly trained in security with the police and emergency services. The club will investigate the incident fully.The game has been rearranged for Tuesday. United cannot now qualify for next season’s Champions League after Manchester City drew at Swansea City on Sunday.United are sixth in the Premier League table and would move above Southampton into fifth with a draw or victory against Bournemouth. They are due to play Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on Saturday.On Wednesday Britain raised the threat level from dissident Northern Ireland militants to “substantial”, meaning an attack on the British mainland is considered a strong possibility.There have also been concerns that the Belgian-based cell of Islamic State that carried out attacks in Paris six months ago and in Brussels in March might have been involved in plots in Britain.
Australia defeated India 4-3 in the final game of the two-match hockey series in Victoria on Wednesday.Playing with 10 men for large periods of the third quarter, India defended stoutly but were edged past by the home side in a pulsating match.The visitors were the first to rock the board, Akashdeep Singh scoring in the sixth minute.The home team settled into the game a bit as the period went on and scored in the 13th minute via Trent Mitton. That goal would take both teams into the first break level at 1 goal apiece.In an action-packed second quarter, Captain V.R. Raghunath gave India the lead off a superbly executed penalty corner in the 22nd minute.Australia equalised via a penalty corner converted by Jake Whetton in the very next minute. Both teams played attacking hockey and constantly shifted the momentum. (India edge past Australia in first of two-match hockey rubber)India had the final say when another Raghunath goal via a penalty corner gave them the lead as the teams went into half time.In an ill-tempered third quarter that saw four yellow cards, three to Indian players, Australia wrested back the control, scoring an equaliser via a Jeremy Hayward penalty corner conversion in the 38th minute.India were down by a player for long passages of play in the quarter and were even stuck with nine on the field for a while, with Nikkin Thimmaiah and Pardeep Mor both on yellow cards serving suspensions. The teams went into the final break level at 3-3.advertisementAustralia were the stronger team in the final period.In the 54th minute, Hayward scored his second off a penalty corner to give them the lead.India looked to make some inroads into the Australian defence and force an equaliser but the home side held on for a series levelling victory.
Manchester United Mourinho can moan all he likes but City are on another level to United Sam Lee Manchester City Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(70) Getty Images Manchester United Premier League José Mourinho Guardiola Manchester United v Manchester City Manchester City Opinion The Manchester United manager blamed his side’s derby defeat on a penalty decision but he’s merely deflecting attention away from their deficiencies Jose Mourinho has talked himself out of many difficult spots in his time but he won’t be allowed to do so again after Manchester United’s derby defeat. After Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Premier League leaders City, he will have to face the music – and it’s City calling the tune. In the build-up to the top-of-the-table clash at Old Trafford, the Portuguese spoke about the visitors’ tactical fouls, and their tendency to go to ground easily. He even took time out to take a swipe at Guardiola’s political statements. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player As ever, his comments did the trick and dominated the pre-match agenda.In his defence, Mourinho was correct about the tactical fouls; City commit them to stop fast break-aways. But it is not as if they are the only team to resort to that particular tactic.As for the diving, City’s players do go to ground easily at times, but could anybody honestly say they do it more than your average Premier League side?Yes, Gabriel Jesus dived at Old Trafford and he should have been booked for simulation. It was a more blatant dive than Ander Herrera’s and United fans were unhappy to see the Spaniard booked. But both dived.City did commit a couple of sneaky fouls in the derby, although, interestingly, their two bookings were not for tactical rule-breaking, but for late, scrappy challenges. That is because City usually stop fast counter-attacks by being well organised and physically capable. They don’t stop counters just by fouling, as Mourinho would have you believe.They don’t win penalties just by going down under contact, either. They didn’t win one today, patently. Mourinho controlled the narrative ahead of the game but his influence on the pitch is not equal to his influence over the media. And that is what Mourinho should reflect upon as he stews on a 2-1 defeat.So far, of course, it’s been more of the same. He has said City were fortunate to win – despite having restricted United to just 35 per cent possession.”Is the title race over? Probably, yes,” Mourinho conceded afterwards, before quickly adding, “Manchester City are a very good team and they are protected by the luck, and the gods of football are behind them.”Certainly, the ball broke kindly for the visitors for both their goals and, given we have come to expect nothing but works of art from City, it was certainly strange to see them score from two scrappy set-pieces.However, Mourinho has called City’s goals “disgraceful”. He speaks English well enough to know that is not an applicable description. Furthermore, there was no mention of Marcus Rashford’s goal, which was a tougher finish than either of City’s but came from a defensive mistake all the same.In the same post-match interview, Mourinho insisted Herrera should have had a penalty. He called it a “huge” decision. You may think it was a spot-kick but it was far from a stonewall decision.But then, Mourinho is just tying to talk himself out of a hole again.A few weeks ago, he joked his way out of difficult questions about Romelu Lukaku’s poor form by saying the striker does not have a boot sponsor. How will he react after the Belgian’s performance in this top-of-the-table clash? Lukaku has attracted a lot of criticism online – he contributed to both City goals, and failed to find the net himself after seeing his late, close-range effort bring a brilliant save out of Ederson – but the truth is that he had no service; barely anything to work with whatsoever. Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench late on, played alongside Lukaku, and had even less of an impact. It proves the point; United created very little and had even less control over the game.Had Mourinho been asked about Lukaku on Sunday he should have held his hands up and said he played the type of desperate game-plan that underdogs are forced to deploy against better sides. Lukaku was a victim of his manager’s tactics.Maybe United fans are starting to realise the position they are in, too. Even if they won’t admit it, it seems to be slowly sinking in.During the first half Jesse Lingard doggedly stuck to Kyle Walker in City’s right-back position and put the ball out for a throw-in. The United fans cheered it enthusiastically, trying to use the intervention to generate a modicum of momentum.Some of those inside Old Trafford on Sunday would have been present at Goodison Park a few years back when the Toffees’ Phil Neville put in a crunching tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo. The home fans roared. They used that as a springboard. The Lingard throw-in offered a glimpse of that mentality among United’s own fans. It is an underdog mentality. That is what United have been reduced to, against City, at least, and Mourinho is the man to blame. Paul Pogba’s absence was felt – few could argue against that – but that fact will be lost in Mourinho’s various other complaints. Yet Mourinho cannot be allowed to talk his way out of this one. City didn’t win today because of the referee. They weren’t “disgraceful”. They’re not top of the league by 11 points because they are “lucky”, or because they go down with “a bit of wind”. Their dominance should not be overshadowed by Mourinho’s moaning.”Last season it was the same – we won here and it was the referee,” Guardiola pointed out afterwards. “Today as well. Yesterday [Mourinho] spoke about the referee but we are an honest team.”We had 75% ball possession, which means we wanted to play. We came here and did that.”Indeed, City are top, by the small matter of 11 points, because they are the best team in the country. By extension, they are better than Manchester United.Mourinho has rarely been able to get one over on his old rival Guardiola and, on this season’s evidence, he is no closer to finding a way. It’s the same old approach.He will use the media to change the narrative but United fans should see through it. In the end, they will realise their standards are being lowered.Right now, they are good, but not good enough. And that’s on Mourinho. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery: Everyone behind Xhaka captaincyby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery insists captain Granit Xhaka has his and the rest of the squad’s full support.Xhaka is set to skipper the side against Bournemouth in his second match since he was announced as Arsenal’s permanent captain last week.”They (the players), with the vote, it gave him confidence and I also gave him that confidence after that,” Emery told Sky Sports.”And now – small things or big things – we are going to work individually and collectively to be strong. And also to show our supporters, and to show in our way, how we can be strong with all the players and that captain.”I also have big confidence and trust in every player, the captain [and the others] because I think now in the dressing room we have a very good spirit.”
Image Courtesy: APM TerminalsFrench-based container shipping line CMA CGM will add two new weekly services to East Africa, and Europe, beginning the first week of December, those being the Noura Express and the EPIC service.Both services will include adding calls to the Port of Salalah.The Noura Express service, on the East Africa trade lane operates four vessels of up to 2,755 TEU capacity, linking the ports of Jebel Ali (UAE), Khor al Fakkan (UAE), Mombasa (Kenya), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Salalah.CMA CGM’s Europe Pakistan India Consortium (EPIC) Service offers a transshipment service from Salalah, linking ports in South Asia, the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, and North Europe. The EPIC Service is operated with eight vessels of up to 9,400 TEU capacity.“The introduction of the EPIC service to the Port of Salalah provides our growing customer base in Salalah with an additional opportunity for export to Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa, as well as for imports from the Indian Subcontinent,” said Port of Salalah CEO David Gledhill, adding “the Noura Service call leverages the strategic location of Salalah to provide a new, fast cargo connection from East Africa to Europe, which can potentially be also used to accommodate Omani imports from Kenya and Somalia.”Part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, the port of Salalah is now undergoing an expansion which will double the quay length, and increase dry bulk capacity to 20 million tons, and liquid bulk capacity to 6 million tons annually. The Port of Salalah, in which APM Terminals operates and holds a 30% share, handled 3.03 million TEUs in 2014, along with 7.9 million tons of bulk cargo.A “2030” initiative includes plans for $15 billion in infrastructure investment in the Salalah Free Trade Zone by 2028 to create a larger regional shipping and commerce center for the region, and a Port Phase 3 expansion including three new container berths.“These new services reflect our ongoing efforts to provide diverse options to the growing Salalah shipping community; the Port of Salalah shall continue to explore opportunities both with shipping lines and logistics providers to offer enhanced supply chain solutions to our valued customers” said Port of Salalah Deputy CEO Ahmed Akaak.
31 October 2011A United Nations report issued today warns that the cooling global economy risks pushing the world into a double-dip jobs recession and triggering an outbreak of social strife unless governments take urgent action to stimulate employment growth. A United Nations report issued today warns that the cooling global economy risks pushing the world into a double-dip jobs recession and triggering an outbreak of social strife unless governments take urgent action to stimulate employment growth. In what it calls a “grim analysis” of the future of global employment, the International Labour Organization (ILO) also notes that while private enterprises are in an even weaker position to retain employees since the start of the financial crisis, austerity measures implemented by governments have contributed to the growing numbers of unemployed. “We have reached the moment of truth,” said Raymond Torres, Director of the ILO’s International Institute for Labour Studies, which issued the report. “We have a brief window of opportunity to avoid a major double-dip in employment.” According to World of Work Report 2011: Making markets work for jobs, 80 million jobs need to be created over the next two years for global employment to return to pre-crisis levels. Yet the report points out that at the current rate, it would take at least five years for employment in developed countries to return to pre-crisis levels – one year longer than projected in last year’s report.In a new addition, the annual study features a ‘social unrest’ index highlighting global levels of discontent related to perceived economic inequality. Marking an uptick in popular anger in advanced economies such as those of the European Union, the report warns of a “significant aggravation of social unrest” in over 45 of the 118 countries surveyed. “As the recovery derails, social discontent is now becoming more widespread,” the report’s authors warn, noting public dissatisfaction is also simmering in the Middle East and North Africa and, albeit to a much lesser extent, Asia.The report’s authors, however, offer a glimmer of hope. Calling on governments to resist cuts in social programmes, they note that an increase in active labour market spending by half a per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) would increase employment by between 0.4 per cent and 0.8 per cent, depending on the country. The study’s release comes on the eve of the summit later this week of the leaders of the G-20, the world’s largest economies, where participants – who will include Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – are set to address social and economic issues related to the worsening global downturn.
With studies showing that fish stocks in the south-west Indian Ocean are either fully exploited, overfished or recovering slowly from uncontrolled fishing pressure, the United Nations agricultural agency today announced the establishment of a new panel to promote responsible fishing in that region.The South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) will function as an advisory body to promote the sustainable development and utilization of coastal fishery resources off the shores of East Africa and several island States of the region, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). A parallel agreement on regional cooperation on high-seas fishing of non-tuna resources is also being negotiated.FAO studies show that in the entire West Indian Ocean – the larger region encompassing the zone where SWIOFC will operate – 75 per cent of fishery resources are currently being fished at their maximum biological productivity. The other 25 per cent are over-exploited and require better management.Both coastal and offshore fisheries are at stake, FAO says. The fish resources of the coastal waters of the south-western Indian Ocean constitute a major source of animal protein for many near-shore communities. At the same time, exports of fishery products represent a vital source of exchangeable earnings. Madagascar and Mozambique, for example, have important shrimp fisheries, as do Tanzania and Kenya to a lesser extent.The new Commission, which will also promote responsible management and regional cooperation on fisheries policy, is made up of 14 members from coastal States whose territories are situated wholly or partly within the SWIOFC area. Other countries may participate as observers. At its first meeting, held last month in Mombasa, Kenya, the SWIOFC agreed to establish a scientific committee to focus on fisheries data collection.Breaking that down to get an accurate picture of the state of stocks in the south-western Indian Ocean is difficult, since data collection there is weak or non-existent. FAO statistical reviews show that as much as a third of catches are not identified by species, making analysis of the status of stocks – and, by extension, responsible management – difficult.“These data gaps are why it’s important to have a body like SWIOFC to help improve data monitoring and collection,” says Jean Francois Pulvenis de Séligny, Director of FAO’s Fishery Policy and Planning Division, adding that a strong and sustained commitment by the commission’s members is necessary to ensure it will meet its goals.
In a speech to the Truman Presidential Museum and Library in Independence, Missouri, his last to an American audience before he steps down on 31 December, Mr. Annan outlined the main lessons he has learned in his decade at the helm of the world body.The Secretary-General also offered a challenge to the current and future leaders of the US to live up to the example set by former President Harry Truman, one of the founders of the UN, and to follow his credo that great States have a responsibility to serve and not dominate the peoples of the world.“More than ever today Americans, like the rest of humanity, need a functioning global system through which the world’s peoples can face global challenges together,” he said. “And in order to function, the system still cries out for far-sighted American leadership in the Truman tradition.”When the US remains aloof from global institutions, they cannot accomplish much, he said. But when the country is fully engaged, “the sky’s the limit.”Mr. Annan said the first lesson he learned was that “the security of every one of us is linked to that of everyone else,” adding that is especially true today in an era when threats such as terrorism or avian flu “can be carried across oceans, let alone national borders, in a matter of hours.”He stressed that this includes the shared “responsibility to protect” – a principle enshrined at last year’s World Summit – civilian populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.A second lesson is that “we are also, in some measure, responsible for each other’s welfare,” pointing towards the importance of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the set of eight targets for ameliorating social and economic ills, all by 2015.“It is not realistic to think that some people can go on deriving great benefits from globalization while billions of their fellow human beings are left in abject poverty, or even thrown into it.”Another lesson, Mr. Annan added, is that security and development ultimately depend on respect for human rights and the rule of law.The US has “historically been in the vanguard of the global human rights movement. But that lead can only be maintained if America remains true to its principles, including in the struggle against terrorism. When it appears to abandon its own ideals and objectives, its friends abroad are naturally troubled and confused.”Turning to the fourth lesson, Mr. Annan said “governments must be accountable for their actions in the international arena, as well as in the domestic one.”He argued that the current system is highly skewed so that poor and weak States are easily held to account because they depend on foreign assistance, while large and powerful States “whose actions have the greatest impact on others, can be constrained only by their own people, working through their domestic institutions.”The fifth lesson, the Secretary-General concluded, follows automatically from the other four: “We can only do all these things by working together through a multilateral system, and by making the best possible use of the unique instrument bequeathed to us by Harry Truman and his contemporaries, namely the United Nations.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar rises, gold prices partially claw back steep losses by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 16, 2013 8:40 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Tuesday after tumbling more than a U.S. cent in the wake of steep drops in commodity prices amid weaker than expected growth in China.The loonie gained 0.47 of a cent to 97.99 cents US. Performance was helped along after Statistics Canada said manufacturing sales rose 2.6 per cent to just under $50 billion in February. It was the largest increase since July 2011.Other data out during the morning from the International Monetary Fund said that Canada’s economy will likely slow to about 1.5 per cent this year from 1.8 per cent last year, before picking up to 2.4 per cent in 2014.The global lending organization has also cut its forecast for global growth to 3.3 per cent this year, down from its forecast in January of 3.5 per cent.Losses were triggered on financial markets Monday after data showed that growth in the world’s second-largest economy slowed to 7.7 per cent in the first quarter from 7.9 per cent in the final quarter of last year. Growth had been expected to accelerate slightly to eight per cent.Oil and copper sold off as the data raised concerns about demand prospects.Also, gold prices fell $140 to their lowest level in more than two years amid fears that European governments may sell the precious metal as part of their debt-fighting measures.The June bullion contract on the Nymex closed up $26.30 to US$1,387.40 an ounce on Tuesday.Prices were also pressured Monday by Goldman Sachs having lowered its average gold-price forecast for 2013 last week.Also, some U.S. Federal Reserve officials have also been calling for an early end to the central bank’s bond-buying program. If that happens, it would likely cause U.S. interest rates to rise, resulting in an appreciation of the U.S. dollar. That gives traders another reason to sell gold, since they see the metal as an alternative to holding dollars.Oil prices were flat amid concerns over the global economic recovery as the May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange added one cent to US$88.72 a barrel after tumbling about $6 over the last three sessions.May copper in New York was up three cents at US$3.31 a pound after the Chinese data pushed prices down eight cents.China has been the world’s biggest purchaser of copper, which is viewed as an economic bellwether because it is used in so many applications.Meanwhile, traders looked ahead to Wednesday when the Bank of Canada makes its next announcement on interest rates. The central bank likely won’t be raising rates any time soon, with most economists expecting it not to make a move until at least the third quarter of 2014.However, traders will look to the bank’s accompanying statement to see if it is revising its economic forecast.
“It is particularly disturbing that security services and defence forces carry out this violence with almost full impunity which can be perceived as encouraging such repression,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN human rights chief, said in a press release on the report, which concluded that freedom of peaceful assembly was “severely restricted and often violently suppressed” by the authorities in 2017.“We are seeing the quashing of dissent at all costs – even at the cost of human life – in the DRC by the systematic deployment of armed forces alongside the Police Nationale Congolaise to handle protests,” added the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.While some people armed with sticks and broomsticks attempted to perpetrate violence during some protests, the vast majority of demonstrators were peaceful, according to the report published on Monday by the UN human rights wing and the UN peacekeeping mission in the African country.The report concluded that the use of excessive force – including lethal force – by the authorities was thus “unlawful, unjustified and disproportionate.”Between 1 January 2017 and 31 January 2018, at least 47 people, including women and children, were killed in the context of demonstrations and there are indications that Congolese security services have attempted to cover up these serious human rights violations by removing the bodies of victims and obstructing the work of national and international observers, the report states. The report describes the lack of compliance with national law and international standards related to the use of force during the suppression of peaceful demonstrations.For her part, Leila Zerrougui, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the DRC, said the report highlights a continued shrinking of the democratic space in the country since the beginning of 2015.“Demonstrations are intrinsically related to freedom of expression and it is absolutely necessary that all voices can be heard in the context of the forthcoming elections,” said Ms. Zerrougui, also the head of the UN peacekeeping mission, known as its French acronym MONUSCO.The two UN officials urged the Government to allow the exercise of the rights to peaceful assembly and expression, warning that repression would only breed frustration, could lead to serious deteriorations in the security situation in the country and could pose a threat to the electoral process.For credible elections to be held at the end of this year, the Government has an obligation to ensure that people’s civil and political rights are respected and their exercise is facilitated, they said.
If you love the idea of sending a laptop to school with your youngsters as a way to boost their productivity (and hopefully their report card marks), but loathe the accompanying prospect of it getting trashed as it’s unceremoniously dumped into lockers and backpacks, Lenovo’s Classmate PCs are worth checking out. That’s especially true now, since the company has just outed a new addition to their line-up.The new Classmate+ is available as a straight-up laptop or as a touchscreen convertible (which also ships with a stylus for handwritten input). It improves on the previous generation Classmate from the inside out. Tucked beneath its sturdy exterior is an Intel Atom N2600 processor, a Cedar Trail chip clocked at 1.6Ghz that packs twice the graphical power of the N455 and N570. 1GB of RAM is standard and the systems max out at 2GB, there’s an improved 6-cell battery that should provide enough juice for a full day of cord-free use at school, and the standard 320GB hard drive can be upgraded to a 32GB SSD.Lenovo’s beefed up the Classmate+ chassis, too. The keyboard’s spill resistance has been improved and the gently-rounded corners have been reinforced to add greater protection against bumps and drops. Two other thoughtful upgrades are the tough steel hinge — which should easily shrug off the slamming that makes some laptop lids go limp — and a super-sturdy charging plug. That’s sure to be the new Classmate’s most underappreciated feature, since it will probably silently avert numerous trips to the repair shop.The new Classmate will ship in grey to consumers, but custom colors will be an option for those who order in bulk — it’s safe to assume that means schools, who will be able to buy the laptops before the calendar runs out on January.More at Lenovo
Prothèses PIP : 20 cas de cancers signalés à l’AfssapsVendredi, l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps) a annoncé qu’elle recensait désormais 20 cas de cancers déclarés chez des femmes porteuses de prothèses mammaires PIP. A l’heure où un vent de panique a gagné dans plusieurs pays les femmes porteuses d’implants mammaires, c’est une nouvelle révélation qu’a faite vendredi l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps). Selon le dernier bilan établi au 28 décembre, le nombre de cas de cancer signalés chez des porteuses de prothèses PIP a de nouveau augmenté et atteint désormais les 20 cas. Il s’agirait de 3 cas de lymphome, de 15 cas d’adénocarcinome mammaire, la forme la plus fréquente du cancer du sein, d’un cas d’adénocarcinome du poumon ainsi que d’une leucémie aiguë myéloblastique.À lire aussiLes conseils de l’Afssaps pour se protéger du soleilToutefois, l’Agence tient à souligner de nouveau qu’aucun lien n’a pour l’heure été clairement établi avec le port des prothèses défectueuses de la société PIP fondée par Jean-Claude Mas, aujourd’hui sous enquête judiciaire pour tromperie aggravée et homicide involontaires. Au total, l’Afssaps recense ainsi 16 cas de tumeurs malignes du sein dont un seul cas de lymphome du sein extrêmement rare, et quatre cas de tumeurs malignes ne touchant pas les seins.Toujours selon le nouveau bilan, 1.143 cas de ruptures d’implant ont été rapportées ainsi que 495 cas de réactions inflammatoires. Au cours des 672 retraits préventifs de prothèses communiqués à l’Afssaps, 23 ruptures ont été découvertes lors de l’explantation ainsi que 14 cas de perspiration du gel, rapporte l’AFP pour la France. Dans le monde, ce serait 400.000 à 500.000 femmes qui porteraient aujourd’hui des prothèses PIP. Pour répondre aux interrogations, le ministère de la Santé à rouvert un numéro vert – 0800 636 636 – disponible du lundi au samedi de 9h00 à 19h00. Le 30 décembre 2011 à 18:27 • Maxime Lambert
Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage 10,000 Chinese citizens flee Sihanoukville in days after Cambodian online gaming directive: report RelatedPosts Asian VIP operator Suncity Group has vehemently denied it has any links to online gambling and has reserved the right to take necessary legal action after Chinese media published an article on Monday suggesting it was involved in online and proxy betting in China via offshore online casinos.Economic Information Daily, an affiliate of state-owned news agency Xinhua, accused Suncity Group of signing up players who gambled in its junket rooms in Macau to online gaming and proxy betting services. Because debts can be settled in Renminbi, the process enables capital to be moved out of China, the article alleged. Load More In a Statement of Clarification sent to Inside Asian Gaming, Suncity Group said:“Sun City Gaming Promotion Company Limited hereby declares that, under the authorization of the Macau Special Administrative Region, the Company is the legitimate institution granted with Junket Promoter License, any engagement in the junket promoting business is legalized with rightful permissions. The Company has no possession of any casino and gaming tables, neither does it operate any online gaming business.“The junket promoting business, operated by the Company and other related companies in Macau and other geographical areas, is rigorously licensed to perform in accordance with legal requirements and the license conditions. All operations data is announced regularly through the formal official channel with no discrepancy and does not contain any false information nor misleading statements.“Since establishment, Suncity Group has been striving to expand its business scope across the globe. The VIP gaming service, together with hotel and integrated resorts management, entertainment, global tourism, food and beverage and luxury fashion, jointly constitute as the six core businesses of Suncity Group.“In response to the current misrepresentation and misleading reports regarding the Sun City Gaming Promotion Company Limited, the Company hereby reiterates that the relevant information could contain subjective speculation and therefore has led to reputational damages to the Company and its shareholders. The Company expresses strong condemnation and reserve the right to take necessary legal action.”In a Tuesday note, brokerage Sanford C Bernstein observed that this was the first time it recalled seeing Chinese state media ever linking a junket operator with online gaming activities.“It is too early to tell what ramification this article brings (if any),” Bernstein analysts said.“The article itself could be a warning message for Suncity and maybe other online gaming/proxy betting operators to tone down excessive offshore play. Junkets may face greater scrutiny on their offshore businesses, some game play may gravitate back to Macau as players may retreat from online play and junkets may face greater scrutiny in Macau on how they interact with players (with respect to signing them up for online accounts in Macau).”The listed arm of Suncity Group holds a 34% stake in Vietnam IR Hoiana, which is set to open in December 2019, and recently acquired 27.95% of Summit Ascent Holdings, which owns Russian integrated resort Tigre de Cristal near Vladivostok. Suncity’s junket operations are not covered by the listed company.
New York uses its archives to tell its 50-year-long story of the city in book formNew York magazine recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and at the time of the magazine’s founding, New York City was in a difficult period—fighting bankruptcy, high crime, and a negative image. Over the ensuing 50 years, the city’s dramatic evolution was captured in the magazine’s pages.“We had the perfect opportunity to use our archives to showcase this extraordinary time,” says David Haskell, business and strategy editor at New York. “As a weekly magazine, you have this on-the-ground, unfocused but thrilling story of the city’s change.”The magazine opted to use an editorially driven approach, rather than a “greatest hits” piece, to tell the story of the city’s last 50 years. It found Simon & Schuster to publish the book and released “Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable: Fifty Years of New York” last November.The process for publishing the book was selective. “There were a lot of terrific stories, especially over the past 10 years, that didn’t belong in the book,” says Haskell.Haskell advises editorial teams to think of their archives as an opportunity for a remix or a new round of curation.“It’s not a strategy that will work in every circumstance, but it was a really happy outcome for us to make something that we were really proud of editorially out of our archives,” he says.New York has an agreement with Simon & Schuster to add three more books to the series.AllRecipes.com reverse-engineers its digital version into a magazine with a rate base of 1.4 millionMost repurposing involves offline material converted into online content, but AllRecipes.com has had success doing just the opposite with its online-to-offline publishing strategy. The 20-year-old website began as an array of online recipe hubs, initially known as CookieRecipe.com, and ultimately consolidated into AllRecipes.com. Its digital version has seen rapid growth, and now receives 80 million monthly users and 1.5 billion annual visits.“Given the success of Allrecipes.com, the largest food site in the world, we knew there would be an appetite for a reverse-engineered, digital-to-print extension of the brand,” says Doug Olson, president and general manager of Meredith Magazines. “Newsstand testing in the spring of 2013 yielded 400,000 subscriptions in just two weeks.”AllRecipes.com released the magazine, and has since increased its rate base seven times, to the current base of 1.4 million. And even though most of the print content is available for free online, consumers are still willing to pay.“Editorial content is constantly evaluated and tweaked based on our findings from Allrecipes.com,” says Olson. “Consumers read magazines for inspiration, rather than dinnertime solutions, so our editors showcase other food lifestyle content, such as themed party ideas, holiday menus, kitchen trends and more.”Olson emphasizes the heavy role that year-over-year trending data plays in curating the print magazine: Its digital site gives in-depth information about what consumers search for, what recipes they save, what they share. Other magazines can use similar data, even if from a more limited scope, to help match their publications with consumer interests. In a December column for Folio:, Nick Giallourakis described the different ways media companies can repurpose content to create valuable new assets. Below are three examples of the ways publishers are creating new business in simple and efficient ways by repurposing content across the print and digital divide.Cigar Aficionado releases unpublished portions from its filmed Michael Jordan interviewSnagging a rare interview with basketball legend Michael Jordan for its December 2017 cover, Cigar Aficionado was able to capture something that it never had before. While the magazine had previously included video on its website—such as short features with editors reviewing cigars, or behind-the-scenes clips of Arnold Schwarzenegger driving his personal tank while chomping a cigar—it had never filmed any of its celebrity cover interviews.“When we arranged an interview with Jordan for the December 2017 cover, we knew right away we wanted to capture the conversation on video,” says David Savona, executive editor at Cigar Aficionado. “Video is such a beautiful way to add to the experience and to keep our audience in our world beyond the time they are reading the magazine.”The filming process was relatively simple: The photographer they used for the interview had video experience, so they supplied him with additional staff and a multi-camera setup for the video component. The results blew away the magazine staff’s expectations.“Watching it come together, I could tell right away it was going to be something special,” says Savona, who was present at the interview that was conducted by Marvin R. Shanken, owner, editor and publisher of Cigar Aficionado. “His responses were so good, so intriguing, and really gave a view of the man a lot of people perhaps did not know. We were very happy watching how it unfolded and seeing how it all came together in the final editing.”Readers responded with enthusiasm. The video interview drew traffic from mentions in the print magazine, as well as from site visitors and social media followers, and it received press coverage from other outlets, including Golf Digest.
Quthbullapur: A criminal case was registered against the person, Khaisar Nagar Raju alias Rajanna, who has been earning crores by selling government lands illegally, by Qutbullapur revenue officials on Sunday. As per details provided by MRO Goutham Kumar, a criminal case was filed by Dundigal Police against the encroachers of the government lands of Gajularamaram and Khaisar Nagar based on the complaints by the Qutbullapur revenue officials. Two acres of government land in Khaisar Nagar bearing survey number 342/1 was encroached by Rajanna and was sold to innocent people. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Illegal plots were made in two acres of land, and it was named as ‘Rajanna Basti.’ About 50 plots were sold by Rajanna in his wife’s name, Sudha. He has also undertaken illegal constructions in the land. Based on the complaints by Tahasildar Goutham Kumar, police registered a non-bailable criminal case under sections 34, 353, 420 and 447 of CPC on Raju and his wife Sudha.
Sameera Reddy.PR HandoutSameera Reddy, who is expecting her second baby, has spoken about the issues that women face in the film industry. She has opened up about gender inequality while revealing that she was approached inappropriately on numerous occasions.Speaking to Behindwoods, she said, “One thing that needs to change in the industry is expectations from women. I think there have been a lot of instances where I have been approached in an inappropriate way. Women should be looked much more than objects of glamour,”However, Sameera Reddy claims that women have a lot to offer and the industry is slowly changing for better. “I also feel that women and men are given a lot of unequal weightage. And that’s just the way it is in the industry. One day, if we could change that, it would be damn good. And I think we are slowly taking baby steps towards that, little by little,” she said.Her mention of being approached “inappropriately” does not give clarity whether she was referring to the casting couch or about sexual harassment, which is prevalent in the film industry.Casting couch and stories of sexual harassment in the film industry are coming to light like never before in recent years. Thanks to ‘#MeToo’ movement, many actresses have taken the courage to speak up about their horrific experiences. Not these issues alone, women largely face gender pay disparities.A recent report by a UK publication indicates that the nationwide average gender pay gap is 18 per cent in favour of men.
British prime minister Theresa May addresses a news conference at the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium on 23 June 2017. Photo: ReutersBritish prime minister Theresa May warned her divided party on Sunday that there may be “no Brexit at all” if they wrecked her plan to forge a close relationship with the European Union after leaving the world’s biggest trading bloc.”My message to the country this weekend is simple: we need to keep our eyes on the prize,” May wrote on Facebook. “If we don’t, we risk ending up with no Brexit at all.”Linking the fate of Brexit to her own survival in such an explicit way indicates just how precarious May’s position remains after her government was thrust into crisis and US president Donald Trump publicly criticised her Brexit strategy.With less than nine months to go before the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, the country, the political elite and business leaders are still deeply divided over whether Brexit should take place and, if so, how.May doesn’t yet have a Brexit deal with the EU so the British government has stepped up planning for a so called “no deal” Brexit that could spook financial markets and dislocate trade flows across Europe and beyond.May has repeatedly said Brexit will happen and has ruled out a rerun of the 2016 referendum, although French President Emmanuel Macron and billionaire investor George Soros have suggested that Britain could still change its mind.In an attempt to forge a balance between those seeking a smooth Brexit and those who fear staying too close to the EU’s orbit would undermine the very nature of Brexit, May sought the approval of senior ministers for her plans on July 6.After hours of talks at her Chequers country residence she appeared to have won over her cabinet, but just two days later David Davis resigned as Brexit secretary, followed by her foreign minister, Boris Johnson, the next day.May called on Sunday for the country to back her plan for “friction-free movement of goods”, saying it was the only option to avoid undermining the peace in Northern Ireland and preserving the unity of the United Kingdom.JOHNSON’S MOMENT?Davis, writing in the Sunday Times, said it was an “astonishingly dishonest claim” to say there is no worked-out alternative to May’s plan. He said her plan would allow EU regulations to harm British manufacturers.”Be in no doubt: under the government’s proposal our fingers would still be caught in this mangle and the EU would use it ruthlessly to punish us for leaving and handicap our future competitiveness,” Davis said.Steve Baker, a senior lawmaker who served as a deputy to Davis in the Brexit ministry, said May had presided over a “cloak and dagger” plot to undermine Brexit.May’s position was further undermined by Trump who said in an interview published in Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper on Friday that her proposals would probably kill off any chance of a post-Brexit trade deal with the world’s biggest economy.Though Trump later contradicted his comments by then promising a great US trade deal, the president made clear his admiration for the 54-year-old Johnson, who Trump said would one day make a great British prime minister.Steve Bannon, Trump’s former adviser, was even quoted by Britain’s Daily Telegraph as saying that it was now time for Johnson to challenge May for her job.”Now is the moment,” The Telegraph quoted Bannon, Trump’s former strategist and a key player in his 2016 election campaign, as saying.”If Boris Johnson looks at this… There comes an inflection point, the Chequers deal was an inflection point, we will have to see what happens,” Bannon said.Johnson, the face of the Brexit campaign for many has remained silent in public since he warned in his resignation letter on 9 July that the “Brexit dream” was being suffocated by needless self-doubt.The Telegraph newspaper said Johnson had re-joined the newspaper as a columnist with effect from Monday.