BJP is in for the long haul in power, says Amit Shah

first_imgBJP president Amit Shah has said his party has not come to power for mere 5 or 10 years, but at least 50 years and called upon workers to strengthen the party and take it to every part of the country.He was addressing the Madhya Pradesh BJP’s core group members, office-bearers, MPs, MLAs and district chiefs, among others, at the party headquarters here on Friday.Mr. Shah said that though the BJP appears to be at its peak with a majority government at the Centre and 1,387 MLAs in states, the workers felt the party has still a long way to go.“Today, we have a majority government at the Centre with 330 MPs, and also have 1,387 MLAs in different states.The party appears to be at its peak, but dedicated workers feel we have a long way ahead,” a BJP release on Saturday quoted Mr. Shah as saying at a meeting with partymen.“We have not come to power for 5-10 years, but at least 50 years. We should move forward with a conviction that in 40-50 years we have to bring major changes in the country through the medium of power,” Mr. Shah said.Mr. Shah is in Madhya Pradesh, as part of his 10-day nationwide tour to strengthen and expand the party’s support base ahead of the 2019 general elections. He arrived on friday on a three-day visit to meet BJP workers and office-bearers, besides participating in various programmes.The BJP president reminded the activists that the party had become a political force to reckon with due to hard work, dedication and sacrifice of its leaders over the years.Today the BJP has become a party of 10-12 crore members because of many stalwarts who have dedicated their lives in building and strengthening the organisation, said Mr. Shah, according to the release. “We have to ensure no place in the country is left where we don’t have our flag. For this, we have to strengthen the organisation further,” Mr. Shah added.“Character is the basis of our foundation,” he said, and called upon the BJP workers to ensure the party is present in every (polling) booth, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Kamrup to Kutch.last_img read more

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An Indian City With Audacious Attitude

first_imgOn a rainy September day, I was wandering the streets of Sadashiv Peth, a neighbourhood in the old quarters of Pune in the Indian state of Maharashtra. As I passed a temple, my eye was caught by a large, colourful signboard, written in the local Marathi language:Read it at BBC Related Itemslast_img

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Stories from beyond: NRC victims share their plight

first_imgAnima Dey from Assam lost her son Subrata in the Goalpara detention camp, said to be the deadliest of the six detention camps in the State: 10 inmates have been found dead in that camp alone. “Whenever I went to meet him, I couldn’t speak to him freely since the guards were always around. Four days before his death, I assured him that we will be approaching the Guwahati High Court and he was hopeful,” she said. “We were given vague reasons for the cause of death and weren’t given the death certificate or the post- mortem reports.” Ms. Dey’s nightmare didn’t end there, though. The Dey family, who have not been included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC), have to travel several kilometres for the tribunal proceedings. The economic impact has been devastating, as Subrata was the sole earning member in the family with a meagre income. His son Biki was forced to give up his education and work as a tailor’s apprentice to earn for the family.There are other threads in this story. Like that of Hasan Ali, who attempted suicide last year when his name was excluded from the list. Or Rashminara Begum, who was three months pregnant when she was sent to a detention camp due to a minor discrepancy in her date of birth, and Saken Ali, who had to spend five years in detention camps because of a minor spelling mistake in his name.These were all accounts that unfolded at a “solidarity meeting” in the city on Friday, organised by non governmental organisations like Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), which have been working for the victims for the past two years. CJP members said, in the final list published on August 31 this year, 19 lakh citizens were excluded from the register. “It is unfortunate how both the government and the bureaucracy have completely betrayed their own people. Some of the worst affected people belong to oppressed and marginalised communities. Sixty-nine percent of those affected are women,” said CJP Secretary Teesta Setalvad.Suraj Gogoi from the Northeast Collective of IIT Bombay, said the NRC legitimises xenophobia in the State. “Recently, we have been forced to accept such measures as normal while these means of control are exceptionally inhuman,” he said.CJP members said they will continue to extend aid to those the NRC has affected, including having more such meetings across the country, filing a petition to question the NRC’s constitutional viability, and providing counselling services and legal aid to those wishing to file appeals.The meeting also witnessed attendance from representatives of several other human rights groups. The meerting ended with a panel discussion on the question, “Is NRC really on the assumption that illegal immigrants will harm the nation or is it a part of the existing majoritarian politics?”last_img read more

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Path not easy for Gilas crew

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Three nights later, the Filipinos will host the Taiwanese traveling to Manila for the game at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao with Chinese Taipei likely to be reinforced by Quincy Davis III.Davis III had earlier been ruled out because of an injury, but a Fiba.com report on Tuesday said that the 6-foot-10 naturalized center had recovered well enough and was again part of the Taiwanese’s 24-man pool.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 shutoutTeam Philippines will be spearheaded by Andray Blatche and reigning four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and will go into both games slight favorites before clashing with Australia in February. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort June Mar Fajardo. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas’ first two games in the Fiba Asia World Cup Qualifiers will be a tall order, with the Filipinos facing Japan first in front of what could be hostile territory before playing a full-force Chinese Taipei.The 4,000-seat Kamazawa gymnasium in Tokyo has been sold out, guaranteeing that the Filipinos won’t have the hometown support they usually get when Gilas and Team Nippon slug it out on Nov. 24.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSC Children’s Games draw praise from Unesco officiallast_img read more

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Dwyane Wade returns to Miami as Cavs continue to deal

first_imgAs part of a massive shake-up just before the trade deadline, the Cavaliers are reportedly getting a heavily-protected second-round pick in exchange for Wade, who had signed a one-year deal with Cleveland after a buyout from Chicago.Just minutes before, Cleveland sent Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn a separate trade, the Cavaliers also and shipped away Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert and received George Hill from the Sacramento Kings and Rodney Hood from the Utah Jazz.Wade, one of LeBron James’ closest friends, reunites with coach Erik Spoelstra and president Pat Riley in Miami, where he won three championships. Dwyane Wade of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with LeBron James while playing the Chicago Bulls during a pre season game at Quicken Loans Arena on October 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPDwyane Wade is coming home.Wade is given the chance to end his career where it started after the Cleveland Cavaliers traded him back to the Miami Heat, ESPN has reported.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cavaliers send Thomas, Frye to Lakers for Clarkson, Nance Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

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Jayson Castro says win over Beermen good for KaTropa’s confidence

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Despite its recent struggles, TNT is still considered as one of the best teams in the PBA. After all, the Talk ‘N Text it is the flagship team of the MVP group.Results, however, haven’t favored the KaTropa, who last won a title in the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup and have only one finals appearance for the past three seasons.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting In the last conference of the 2017-18 season, TNT didn’t even make it to the playoffs making the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup some sort of a new start for the once proud franchise.TNT did make use of its fresh start as it beat reigning champion San Miguel, 104-93, in convincing fashion Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in a victory that Jayson Castro described as one of the best they’ve had in recent memory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“This is good for us because our confidence really went up,” said Castro in Filipino. “We all know how hard defeating the defending champion is because they’ve dominated the PBA for so long so this is great for us.”Castro’s words do bear a lot of weight on it since the KaTropa’s last win over the Beermen was in Game 5 of the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup in a series that San Miguel won in six. LATEST STORIES That loss started a string of defeats to San Miguel including a couple in two separate quarterfinals, that left the KaTropa to block out all the negativity they’ve received from the Beermen.“I honestly don’t remember that last win because we’ve always lost to them,” said Castro, who finished with 24 points, five rebounds, 11 assists, and four steals. “I think it was just our confidence that eventually pushed us to the victory.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Beermen’s bid for a 5th straight PH Cup crown off to rough start Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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Lloyd, a World Cup Starter Again, Scores 2 as US Beats Chile

first_imgPARIS — Carli Lloyd wasn’t thrilled to open the Women’s World Cup on the bench for the United States. She accepted the role, but made no secret she wanted to start.When the call came Sunday, Lloyd made it count with a pair of goals to lead the defending champions to a 3-0 victory over Chile. The win pushed the United States into the round of 16.Lloyd was the hero of the World Cup in Canada four years ago when she scored three goals in the final against Japan that gave the Americans their third World Cup title. But she was on the bench when the U.S. opened the tournament, even though she scored later as a substitute in the 13-0 victory over Thailand.“I know that my ability is there, I know this is my best version of me. I’ve just got to go out there and prove it,” she said. “Whether that’s coming off the bench and making an impact, whether that’s starting and getting the opportunity, which I’m grateful for, I’m just trying to make the most of it. I want to win.”Lloyd became the first player to score in six straight World Cup matches with her goal in the 11th minute.She added another on a header off a corner in the 35th for her 10th career World Cup goal, which moved her into third on the U.S. list behind Abby Wambach (14) and Michelle Akers (12). At 36, she became the oldest player to have a multi-goal game in the tournament.She nearly got another hat trick — which would have made her the first player with two in the World Cup — but her penalty kick in the 81st minute went wide left.“It’s haunting me right now,” Lloyd said. “Wasn’t good enough.”United States’ Carli Lloyd celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Chile at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)The score could have been worse for Chile without unshakable goalkeeper Christiane Endler, who finished with six saves and fended off a flurry of U.S. shots in the second half.Endler was named player of the match.“I love the balls coming towards me and being able to showcase my skills,” she said through a translator. “Obviously it’s difficult to maintain concentration. I think in the first half it was difficult for me to get into the game. I think the second half went better for me and in general for the team.”The victory over Chile was more subdued than the U.S. team’s record-breaking rout of Thailand. The Americans celebrated every goal even after the win was well in hand, and the display offended many who thought the champions should have shown more class. The controversy clouded the run-up to the match against Chile.Several of the American players reached out to their Thai counterparts following the match. Lloyd exchanged encouraging words and tweets with goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying, and FIFA posted an interview with Thailand’s coach thanking the U.S. players for being professional and playing well.After such a rout, Jill Ellis made sweeping changes to the starting lineup against Chile, including a new front line with Lloyd, Christen Press and Mallory Pugh. Alex Morgan was moved to the bench along with Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath.Becky Sauerbrunn, who sat out the match against Thailand because of a minor quad injury, returned and anchored a backline that included 20-year-old Tierna Davidson, who was making her World Cup debut. Davidson is the youngest player to start for the United States in a World Cup since Tiffany Roberts against Norway in 1995.Chile made just one lineup change, starting midfielder Claudia Soto in place of Yanara Aedo.Chile lost its opener to Sweden 2-0, but Endler was solid in that game, too, keeping the Swedes out of the goal until 83rd minute. The second goal got past the 6-footer in stoppage time.Julie Ertz scored in the 26th minute with a header off a corner kick from Davidson that Endler got her hands on but couldn’t stop. It was Ertz’s first World Cup goal and came with her husband Zach Ertz, a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, looking on.United States’ Julie Ertz, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Chile at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)Endler denied Lloyd another chance at the hat trick when she tipped the U.S. captain’s shot over the net in the 72nd minute.Sweden also advanced out of Group F with a victory 5-1 victory over Thailand earlier Sunday in Nice. Japan, playing in Group D with England, also went through to the knockout stage because both the United States and Sweden won.Former Vice President Joe Biden was among the U.S. team’s well-wishers before the sold-out game at Parc des Princes stadium. Biden, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, referenced the team’s lawsuit against U.S. Soccer alleging gender discrimination and seeking equitable pay.“As we cheer them on in the World Cup, we must support their fight off the field for equal pay. In 2019, it’s past time we close the pay gap and ensure women get paid as much as men,” Biden tweeted.Good luck to the @USWNT as they take on Chile! As we cheer them on in the World Cup, we must support their fight off the field for equal pay. In 2019, it’s past time we close the pay gap and ensure women get paid as much as men. #OneNationOneTeam https://t.co/bJQZm2aQMv— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 16, 2019U.S. soccer maintains the two teams have different pay structures because of separate collective bargaining agreements.But for now, the players are concentrating on France and bringing home a fourth World Cup championship.The United States plays Sweden on Thursday to wrap up the group stage. It is the first meeting between the two teams since Sweden ousted the Americans from the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics.Chile wraps up the group with a match against Thailand on Thursday.By: Anne M. Peterson, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Barcelona star Dembele out for another month

first_imgBarcelona Barcelona star Dembele out for another month due to hamstring misery Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 21:10 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(41) Ousmane Dembele Barcelona Getty Barcelona Ousmane Dembélé Real Sociedad v Barcelona Real Sociedad Primera División Having missed the tail end of 2017 with a similar problem, the 20-year-old France international faces another spell on the sidelines Barcelona have confirmed that France international winger Ousmane Dembele will miss around a month of action due to hamstring trouble.The former Borussia Dortmund winger, who was signed for a fee of €105 million in the summer, missed much of the first half of the season with a similar issue, though Barca have stressed that this problem is with a different part of the muscle.Dembele, playing in just his fourth league outing for the Catalans, came off the bench to replace Paulinho with 25 minutes remaining, and while he finished the match, succeeded in picking up another issue. 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 In a statement, the Liga leaders said: “Dembele had a problem with his left thigh and tests have confirmed that the player has suffered a hamstring injury of the semitendinosus muscle that does not affect the area operated on earlier in the season. The injury will mean he will be out for a period of around three to four weeks.”The 20-year-old has only made seven appearances for the Camp Nou side, totalling 243 minutes. During this time on the field, he has yet to score but has provided a couple of assists.With January signing Philippe Coutinho, bought for a club record €120m, also on the sidelines for around three weeks, the news comes as a blow to Barca, who lead by nine points over Atletico Madrid after rallying from 2-0 down to beat Real Sociedad 4-2 on Sunday.Barcelona also confirmed a problem for midfielder Andres Iniesta, but are less certain on his recovery.”Andres Iniesta, for his part, has a problem in his right calf and his recovery will determine his return to action for the coming matches,” they said.last_img read more

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College Football Star Announces He’s Skipping Team’s Bowl Game

first_imgAerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois.Aerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois, Pasadena, California, January 2, 1984. UCLA won the game, 45 – 9. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)A college football star has announced that he’ll be skipping his team’s bowl game in order to focus on his future in the NFL.Houston star defensive tackle Ed Oliver officially announced that he’ll be passing on the Cougars’ bowl game.The All-American announced his decision with a statement.“When I first set foot on campus, I knew one day I would be leaving the University of Houston football program so that I could realize a dream of playing at the next level,” Oliver said in a statement. “Well today is that day. After serious consideration, I have decided not to play in the 2018 bowl game, so that I can immediately begin training for the upcoming draft. Thanks to the University of Houston, the entire coaching staff and my teammates for their 100 percent support. It means a lot to me. To all the fans, thank you for your relentless support. Forever I will be a Coog! Go Coogs!”Excited for the next chapter pic.twitter.com/oAXrxeADKm— Ed Oliver (@Edoliver_11) November 30, 2018Oliver is a potential top-five pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.The star defensive tackle has dealt with some injuries at the end of the regular season, so this decision comes as no surprise.last_img read more

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JDF to Get More Patrol Vehicles

first_imgCabinet has approved the award of a contract in the amount of US$7,436,430 to Toyota Jamaica Limited for the provision of 159 patrol vehicles for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).Details are outlined in a Ministry Paper tabled in the House of Representatives on September 18.“Although not purpose built for military applications, the selected Toyota model with modifications has proven to be very effective for the purposes of the Jamaica Defence Force,” the document said.Cabinet also approved a follow-on contract in the amount of US$594,184 to Canadian Bank Note Company Limited for the provision of maintenance and support services for the Jamaica Passport Issuance and Control System for a period of two years with effect from June 2017.The Jamaica Passport Issuance and Control System is the arrangement whereby blank passport books are personalised by the Passport, Immigration & Citizenship Agency (PICA).Meanwhile, Cabinet approved the award of a contract in the amount of US$856,532, plus General Consumption Tax, by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to Ceragon Networks for the upgrade of the existing power supply at the microwave ring sites from 24-volt DC to 48-volt DC, and to add a new microwave link to eGov Jamaica Limited as part of the upgraded work.“The microwave radio infrastructure is currently used by the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JDF, Department of Correctional Services and the Bank of Jamaica for secure, reliable voice communication islandwide,” the Ministry Paper stated.last_img read more

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PO Ferries Sees Rise in ZeebruggeTeesport Volume

first_imgzoom Pan-European ferry operator P&O Ferries has reported a 16 percent uplift in freight units on its service between Zeebrugge and Teesport during the third quarter of the year compared with 2015.Between July and September, P&O Ferries’ two ships on the route, the Bore Song and the Mistral, carried 22,499 units of freight, representing an increase of more than 16 per cent on the 19,349 units carried in the corresponding period last year.The two 25,000 ton vessels sail six times a week each between Zeebrugge and Teesport.“Our freight volumes between Zeebrugge and Teesport have risen encouragingly in the last twelve months as continental customers have become more aware of just how convenient a gateway this north-eastern port is for cities in the north-west such as Manchester and Liverpool,” Nick Pank, P&O Ferries’ Head of Sales Development on the North Sea, said.The increase in volumes comes on the back of the company’s decision to double freight capacity at Zeebrugge in order to meet increased structural demand from exporters to Britain.The expansion, which includes a fourth berth, is expected to provide the ferry company with the capacity to handle 700,000 units of freight every year at the Belgian terminal compared with the current figure of 370,000.last_img read more

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Minister Issues Decision on Northern Pulps Appeal

first_img removing conditions that relate to a new effluent treatment facility that would have its own industrial approval removing a condition that called for a plan to achieve further reductions in wastewater quality targets during the next approval period removing a condition that related to the sampling of the chemical phenanthrene in ground water monitoring, which is no longer required removing a condition that related to providing reports to Pictou Landing First Nations revising conditions to improve clarity revising a condition to correctly identify the site locations of surface water monitoring stations Environment Minister Randy Delorey has issued a decision on Northern Pulp’s appeal of its industrial approval. The decision includes eight changes to the terms and conditions of the approval. Seven changes are administrative and maintain the department’s environmental performance objectives for the mill. Six of the administrative changes are effective immediately. An eighth item related to reductions in water use is being returned to the department for further assessment to ensure the targets are technically feasible and will achieve the desired environmental outcomes. Revised terms and conditions resulting from this assessment will be submitted to the minister for consideration and approval. Limits on air emissions remain the same. This includes significant reductions in the particulate emissions limit for the recovery boiler, which is almost 80 per cent lower than the previous approval. “This has been a highly complex review,” said Mr. Delorey. “There was one aspect of the appeal that I felt required further analysis by technical staff. By continuing to focus on evidence-based decision-making, this demonstrates that the appeal process works and supports what we all want – a cleaner operating mill, and an environmentally healthy and prosperous Pictou County.” Among the administrative changes included in the decision are: A copy of the decision is available at novascotia.ca/nse/issues/northern-pulp.asp . The minister’s decision may be appealed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia within 30 days.last_img read more

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Rita Moreno Reads For Childrens Literacy Website

first_imgThe Screen Actors Guild Foundation has released the newest video to its children’s literacy website Storyline Online: I Need My Monster, written by Amanda Noll, illustrated by Howard McWilliam and read by legendary actress, singer and author Rita Moreno.To help inspire a love of reading in children, Story Online streams 25 creative videos that feature celebrated actors reading award-winning children’s books.“I was thrilled to read I Need My Monster for Storyline Online,” said Rita Moreno, actor and SAG Life Achievement Award recipient. “Reading aloud to a child is one of the best ways to inspire imagination and a love of the written word, and Storyline Online is an outstanding resource for children, parents and teachers to achieve this goal.”

In addition to earning an Oscar, two Emmys, a Tony, a Grammy, the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of the Arts, Moreno received the 2013 SAG Life Achievement Award at the 20th Annual SAG Awards on January 18, 2014 for her career achievements and humanitarian work including her work with the SAG Foundation’s children’s literacy programs.Moreno joins fellow SAG Life Achievement Award recipients Ernest Borgnine, James Earl Jones and Betty White as Storyline Online readers along with Annette Bening, Elijah Wood, Hector Elizondo and others.

”The SAG Foundation takes pride in providing a venue for actors to give back through their natural storytelling talents,” said JoBeth Williams, SAG Foundation President. “We are so honored to have this year’s SAG Life Achievement Award recipient Rita Moreno join the ranks of our Storyline Online readers and help us in the important task of promoting children’s literacy in schools and at home.”

On Thursday, January 23, Moreno will read I Need My Monster to second and third grade students at Rosa Parks Elementary in Berkley, California.

With more than 50 million lifetime views, Storyline Online videos are available 24 hours a day for children, parents and educators around the world. For each video, the site provides supplemental curriculum developed by an early childhood literacy specialist that aims to strengthen comprehension, verbal and written skills for English-language learners worldwide. Visit Storyline Online at storylineonline.net.last_img read more

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Metallica play a surprise charity show in Toronto on Nov 29

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Heavy-metal legends Metallica revealed Monday that they’ll play a special charity concert at Toronto’s Opera House next week in celebration of the band’s 10th studio album, Hardwired … To Self-Destruct.“We can’t get enough of that hot, sweaty old-school small show vibe,” the band said on its website, explaining the choice of the relatively intimate (capacity: 950) Queen St. E. venue. The band has priced two separate sets of tickets for the Nov. 29 show, with all proceeds going to The Daily Bread Food Bank.Fifth Members — that is, members of the band’s fan club — will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesday for $25 via Tickemaster.ca. Non-members will be able to purchase two tickets per person on the same day, as of 11 a.m. for $100. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Aside from the proceeds, the band will set up collection bins and encourages all people in attendance to bring non-perishable food items.BY ANDREJ IVANOV Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Notley says Trudeau promised new timeline on Trans Mountain pipeline in weeks

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the federal government has promised a revised timeline within weeks to resume construction on the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.Notley says she is satisfied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is committed to getting the project back online in good time, and her government is willing to work with him to make it happen.But she says she expects Ottawa to move quickly given the investor uncertainty that has rippled out in all directions from last week’s Federal Court of Appeal decision on the project. The Appeal Court quashed the expansion on the grounds that the federal government failed to properly consult Indigenous groups and the National Energy Board did not take into account the impact of increased tanker traffic on marine life, particularly endangered whales.Notley says full consultation with Indigenous groups must be carried out but says it’s critical to the construction timeline that the government fix the marine impact assessment without restarting a lengthy hearing process.The Trans Mountain expansion project would triple the capacity of the existing line, which takes oil products from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.Alberta says the project is critical and it is losing billions of dollars a year because the oil currently shipped to B.C. is sold at a discount to a captive market in the United States.Notley and Trudeau met Wednesday in Edmonton to discuss the expansion project.Ottawa has already done a lot of work beefing up marine safety on the B.C. coast and it’s Alberta’s hope that this work can be included in the missing impact assessment, Notley said Thursday. In the meantime, Notley has pulled her government out of the federal climate plan, which includes a price on carbon, saying Alberta will return when it is satisfied the Trans Mountain project is back on track.last_img read more

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Dutch govt buys stake in Air France-KLM holding company

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch government has bought more than 12 per cent of shares in the holding company for the Air France-KLM alliance, a move intended to give it more influence over the uneasy airline partnership’s future.Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra announced Tuesday that the government purchased 12.68 per cent of shares in Air France-KLM S.A.The Dutch state already owns a 5.9-per cent stake in KLM, the national airline of the Netherlands.Hoekstra says the holding company shares will allow the government to exert influence over strategic decisions about the alliance.The announcement comes a week after Air France and KLM reached a compromise on tightening ties between the two airlines after fears of a power struggle alarmed the Dutch government, airline employees and shareholders.The Associated Press read more

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Joint UNAfrican force calls on Sudanese group to stop obstructing its work

9 November 2009The joint African Union-United Nations mission assisting in restoring peace and stability in Darfur has called on one of the major rebel groups in the Sudanese region to stop impeding its work, while deploring the harassment and detention of its personnel. The call from the mission, known as UNAMID, follows an incident on 4 November in which armed elements from the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid (SLA/AW) surrounded a UN helicopter which landed at Deribat, East Jabel Marra in South Darfur.The group prevented the helicopter from taking off for three hours, before eventually releasing it and the UNAMID personnel on board who were on a field assessment in the area.“UNAMID strongly deplores the periodic harassment and detention of its personnel and stresses that it will not tolerate any attempts at intimidation or attacks on its personnel that are aimed at thwarting the progress of the peace process,” the Mission said in a statement. Since the conflict in Darfur began in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militia, some 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed through direct combat or as a result of disease, malnutrition or reduced life expectancy, and more than 2.7 million others have been forced to flee their homes.UNAMID has been in place in Darfur since the start of last year to try to quell the fighting and humanitarian suffering that has engulfed the region. read more

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Ban lays out remaining hurdles in climate talks in Copenhagen

16 December 2009The outcome of the historic climate change negotiations in Copenhagen hinges on the issues of emissions reductions and financing, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he urged world leaders to use the final days of the talks to strike an ambitious new agreement. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found that to stave off the worst effects of climate change, industrialized countries must slash greenhouse gas emissions by 25 to 40 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020, and that global emissions must be halved by 2050.“I hope that the developed countries should come out with more ambitious mid-term target by 2020 against the 1990 level,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Copenhagen today.The other main issue, he said, is “the most important key to bridge the gap between the developed countries and the developing,” and he called for “sufficient financial and technological support for the developing countries, particularly the most vulnerable states.”The Secretary-General said there has been progress on this front, with $10 billion having been committed every year until 2012 by both the European Union and Japan. With two-thirds of the money needed already having been pledged, he expressed confidence that the remainder is forthcoming.He also underscored the importance of a “firm commitment by the developed countries that this long-term financial support will be given and should be given and there should be an initial formulation of mechanism or mechanisms for this provision of financial support.”Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also pointed to some outstanding issues in the final days of the Copenhagen summit, which is set to wrap up on Friday.“I still believe that it’s possible to reach a real success [in Copenhagen], but I must say in that context that the next 24 hours are absolutely crucial and need to be used productively,” he said at a press conference.The high-level segment of the Copenhagen summit continued in the Danish capital today, and some 120 heads of State and government are expected to attend the final sessions.To pave the way towards ‘sealing the deal’ on a new climate agreement, Mr. Ban met today with leaders and representatives of groups of nations, including the Group of 77 (G77), the African Group, the Least Developed Countries and the Association of Small Island States.Among the leaders he met on the sidelines of the conference were United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.Arriving yesterday in Copenhagen, the Secretary-General exhorted nations to ‘seal the deal’ on an ambitious new agreement, warning that the well-being of all of the world’s people is at stake.The summit under way is “as momentous as the negotiations that created our great United Nations… from the ashes of war more than 60 years ago,” Mr. Ban said at the opening of the high-level meeting. “Once again, we are on the cusp of history.”Any deal, the Secretary-General emphasized, must incorporate five key elements: more ambitious mid-term emissions reductions targets from industrialized countries; stepped-up efforts by developing nations to curb emissions growth; an adaptation framework; financing and technology support; and transparent and equitable governance.He also underlined the need for countries to hammer out how to provide medium- and long-term financing to bolster climate resilience, limit deforestation and further low-emissions growth.In a related development, a UN independent expert today underlined that any agreement reached in Copenhagen must emphasize human rights to avert hunger among the world’s most vulnerable.“Climate change is a ticking time bomb for global food security,” said Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food.Global warming, he said, disproportionately impacts some of the poorest countries, especially the most vulnerable in these nations, with small-scale farmers and indigenous peoples dependent on land for their livelihoods.The expert called on States to “exploit the untapped potential of sustainable agriculture in order to combat hunger and climate change at the same time.”He also reiterated last week’s call from a group of UN human rights experts, including himself, that “a weak outcome of the climate change negotiations threatens to infringe upon human rights.”Policies, Mr. De Schutter said today, must be based on a human rights framework and take the right to adequate food into account so that the needs of the most vulnerable will be prioritized and that poverty and inequality will not be exacerbated.“This is not a theoretical debate,” he stressed, adding that there have been real cases of the violation of the right to food linked to climate policies.A new report issued today found that the cost of not reaching a global agreement to mitigate the effects of climate change in Copenhagen will be equivalent to 137 per cent of the current gross domestic product in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2100.Without international mitigation actions, the region stands to suffer losses in agriculture, biodiversity and infrastructure, while facing the growing intensity of natural disasters, according to the study, backed by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).Also in the region, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Ecuador have joined forces for a new initiative to protect the Latin American nation’s rich biodiversity and its indigenous population’s culture by leaving 850 million barrels of oil in the ground.The oil is in the protected Yasuni National Park, one of the world’s largest reserves, which has been designated by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a biosphere reserve. It is also home to indigenous people living in voluntary isolation.By leaving the oil untouched, Ecuador will prevent more than 400 million tons of carbon dioxide from being released, and to off-set the lost revenue, Ecuador will create a multi-donor trust fund to be administered by UNDP in the agreement reached earlier this week in Copenhagen. read more

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UNbacked CameroonNigeria commission meets to resolve border issues

22 July 2011The United Nations-backed Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC) kicks off a two-day meeting today in Abuja, Nigeria, to continue discussions on the remaining border issues between the African neighbours, the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) reported. The commission, established by the UN at the request of Cameroon and Nigeria to help implement a 2002 International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision on the delineation of the border, has reached agreement on more than 1,600 kilometres of a total border estimated at 1,950 kilometres. At its most recent meeting the commission set a goal to clear up the remaining 350 kilometres, “as expeditiously as possible,” UNOWA said.“At the meeting held in Abuja, deliberation will focus on the practical measures that need to be taken to translate this commitment into reality on the ground,” UNOWA said.The commission will also deliberate on issues related to assistance to the affected border populations with a view to meeting their socio-economic needs and building mutual confidence.The commission is composed of delegations from Cameroon, Nigeria and the UN. It is chaired by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Saïd Djinnit. read more

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Haiti UN urges investing in water and sanitation services to combat cholera

11 January 2012Dramatic improvements in water and sanitation services are needed to eliminate cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, health experts who took part in a United Nations-organized briefing to outline concrete steps to stem the spread of the disease in the region said today. The event, organized by the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional arm, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), urged governments and international organizations to boost investment in the infrastructure and institutional capacity required to provide water and sanitation in areas affected by the disease.Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with the bacterium known as vibrio cholerae. The disease has a short incubation period and produces a toxin that causes continuous watery diarrhoea, a condition that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if treatment is not administered promptly. Vomiting also occurs in most patients.While cholera no longer poses a threat to countries with high standards of hygiene, it remains a challenge in countries with limited access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.PAHO Director Mirta Roses discussed the misconceptions surrounding the provision of water and sanitation, mainly that it is seen as expensive, and emphasized that the costs of not investing in these services is much higher as evidenced by the thousands of people who have died in Haiti since the cholera outbreak in October 2010, ten months after it was hit by a devastating earthquake.Ms. Roses stressed that the right to water and sanitation is an essential human right, making it crucial for governments to strive to provide these services in every sector of society.Ms. Roses also underscored the importance of water and sanitation as a pre-requisite for sustainable development and economic growth in any country, and warned that ignoring this would leave countries “extremely vulnerable.”“As we fight with climate change and the scarcity of water, it is even more important to be responsible but also to be equitable in the distribution of this precious resource,” Ms. Roses said, adding that partnerships are also essential to fight the disease as countries shift from cholera control to cholera elimination.Kevin De Cock, Director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Center for Global Health, echoed Ms. Roses remarks, stressing the role of the infrastructure in preventing the spread of cholera.He warned that even though fatality rates have decreased because of effective treatment, “there are still 100 to 200 cholera cases daily in Haiti, and we expect surges with the onset of the rainy season.”Mr. De Cock said that for Haiti to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the global development targets with a 2015 deadline, some 250,000 households will need improved water sources, and another 938,000 will require access to improved sanitation.The Chief of Water Sanitation for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Sanjay Wijesekera, argued that in addition to investing in infrastructure, an effective strategy that takes into account the various forms of transmissions is needed, as well as education to encourage behavioural change in communities.Haitian President Michel Joseph Martelly joined the event via video link and reiterated his Government’s commitment to tackle the disease. “On the eve of the second anniversary of the terrible earthquake that devastated our country, marked progress has been made toward reconstruction, but much remains to be done,” he said.“Safe drinking water and adequate sanitary facilities are the right of every Haitian. Only a joint, comprehensive strategic approach can help us eliminate cholera, which has stricken half a million Haitians and killed thousands.”The President of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernández stressed his Government’s willingness to collaborate with Haiti through vaccination programmes and control strategies. read more

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