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first_imgMumbai: Under pressure to accelerate economic growth and become a $1 trillion economy by 2025, Maharashtra Budget has seamlessly blurred lines between the industries and the services sectors. While defining the new sector as ‘Service Industry’, the government hopes that it will contribute 89% to the State’s economy by the end of 2018, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said in the budget speech on Friday.“Globally, the blurring of the lines has created more jobs and prospects. The new Service Industry is the special focus of our budget, which has created the fundamental infrastructure for this new category,” said an official of the State finance department.The Economic Survey released on Thursday estimated services to grow by 9.7% in 2017-2018, compared to 9.6% in the previous year. The industry sector grew by 7.2% in 2015-2016, the survey said. Keeping in mind the specific needs of the new sector, the government has announced in the Budget a new Logistic Policy, while the logistic sector has been declared an industry, the Finance Minister said.The initiative for indigenisation of defence equipment gets a thrust, while the new FinTech Policy aims to provide capital support to set up of innovative financial services platform, particularly for the poor who are not serviced by the banking sector. “The new category will create not only jobs but give special impetus to our economic growth,” said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.last_img read more

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first_imgThe wife of Jharkhand lynching case victim Tabrez Ansari demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident saying she did not have faith in the investigation being carried out by the district police.She also sought restoration of murder charge against the accused while reacting to the scaling down of charges from Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the IPC to Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC against the 11 named accused.Ansari (24) was beaten up with rods while tied to a pole and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ over an alleged theft on June 17 at Dhatkidih villager under Seraikela police station. He had died on June 22. “I strongly demand a CBI probe into the incident of lynching of my husband as I have no faith in the investigation by the district police,” said 19-year-old Shaista Parveen.Ms. Parveen asked why the police did not shift her husband to a hospital after the assault instead of sending him to jail. “I will not accept anything less than death sentence against the prime accused and life term for the other accused,” she said. Altogether 13 people were named accused in the case. While the police have chargesheeted 11 of them, the probe is under way against two. Asked whether she has demanded for CBI inquiry in writing, Ms. Parveen said she has raised the issue before media and is contemplating to write about it to the authorities concerned. She also said that no compensation has been given to her.last_img read more

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first_imgBelgium failed to reach their first final of the FIFA World Cup after their dreams were shattered by France in the semi-final in St Petersburg.The current crop of players regarded by many as the “Golden Generation” will now concentrate on winning the third-place playoff on Saturday. They will wait the losers of the second semi-final between Croatia and England on Wednesday.Belgium’s best finish at a World Cup so far has been fourth when they lost the third-place playoff to France in the 1986 showpiece tournament.There were scenes of despair in Belgium after their one of the narrowest defeat to neighbours France, who reached the final for the third time in last six World Cups.World Cup 2018: Mick Jagger, King Philippe add glitz to high-octane semifinalFrance were the first time finalists when they won the World Cup in 1998 after beating Brazil in the summit clash. The second time they reached the final was in 2006 but lost to eventual champions Italy in a closely-fought contest.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEDREAMS SHATTEREDBelgians tasted bitterness in their beer.”I feel ill,” said Denis Backaert, 34, after watching France prevail 1-0 in the tightest of semi-final encounters between two sharp sides in St. Petersburg. “I’ve been dreaming for about a month,” Backaert, who works in logistics, said at an outdoor screening in Brussels. “And against France, too, that’s so frustrating … I can’t bear it.””It was close. Both sides played very well,” said economics student Alpha Omba. “It’s just a shame. There was nothing in it.”advertisementFrance reach 3rd World Cup final, Belgium’s unbeaten streak ends: Key statsLike most of the country of 11 million, he was still proud of the team’s performance at the World Cup, stunning Brazil in the quarter-final and putting recent disappointments behind it as Spanish coach Roberto Martinez galvanised a diverse group of millionaire club stars into a highly motivated unit.Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted: “Bravo, Red Devils, for your performances and for having thrilled us all the way to the semi-finals.””We’d like to have got to the final,” said Omba, 18. “But we’ve done very well.”Samuel Umtiti proud of Les Bleus as France storm into finalMany fans and players pay little attention to the third-place playoff but for Belgium, to win it would go one better than an earlier “golden generation” who lost both the semi-final and playoff in 1986.We are so proud of our fans.We are proud of ourselves also.We love #Football.Our @FIFAWorldCup has been amazing so far.The journey continues. #REDTOGETHER we go for that third place !#WorldCup#FRABEL pic.twitter.com/Nm4EuhQ2NqBelgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) July 10, 2018Sophie Franssen, a 31-year-old banking assistant, confessed she was not a big soccer fan but felt the tournament had lifted the mood of the country and brought its often fractious French- and Dutch-speakers, as well as immigrant communities, together.”It’s very good for Belgium,” she said. “We’re all behind one flag, we’re all behind one team.”It’s a pity. Next time maybe.”As for who they will be backing come Sunday, when France will face either Croatia or ancient rivals England, some in Belgium admit that, for all their closeness to French culture, especially in the French-speaking south, it will be hard to cheer for Tuesday’s victors in the “Asterix vs Tintin” derby.World Cup 2018: After 20 summers, history awaits Didier Deschamps”I don’t mind,” said student Alpha Omba. “As long as the French don’t win.”FRENCH FANS ECSTATICFrance began dreaming of World Cup glory after a two-decade wait after Les Bleus reached the final, unleashing a wave of soccer euphoria across the country. French fans celebrate after their football team reached the World Cup 2018 final (Reuters Photo)Delirious supporters draped in the Tricolor flag spilled on to Parisian boulevards as the blare of car horns reverberated through the French capital. In a fan zone outside City Hall on the banks of the River Seine, jubilant supporters embraced and lit smoke flares.”I’m totally blown away, this is crazy,” said 41-year-old Gilles Rove in Paris’ Belleville neighbourhood. “Nobody believed this could happen at the beginning of the World Cup, but this team has really shown something in recent weeks.”This team gives me goosebumps, even more so than the team of 1998,” he added, in reference to the last time France won the World Cup, on home soil against Brazil 20 years ago.”We’re going to the final, we’re going to the final,” scores chanted in one central Paris bar before breaking out into an impromptu rendition of the La Marseillaise national anthem.advertisementFrench President Emmanuel Macron delivers on World Cup 2018 promiseThe partying was marred by clashes between riot police and mobs on the iconic Champs Elysees avenue. Live TV images showed bare-chested men hurling plastic crowd-control barriers and other missiles at the armed officers, who charged back.In the southern city of Nice, more than two dozen fans were hurt when the detonation of firecrackers triggered a brief stampede near the seafront.Hundreds of thousands of fans had poured on to the Champs Elysees and around the Arc de Triomphe as bars, cafes and restaurants enjoyed a bumper evening of revelry after the World Cup equivalent of a local derby between the neighbouring rivals.”SEE YOU WITH THE CUP”Some French fans were already looking forward to a possible final clash against long-time rivals England, who play Croatia in the second semi-final on Wednesday.”Our unfortunate Belgian cousins were just not quite good enough. But it was Europe which won, and it would be amusing if we were to beat the English,” said 45-year-old Francois Garnier who watched the game near the Eiffel Tower. President of France Emmanuel Macron (Reuters Photo)In St Petersburg, ecstatic French fans sang their way out of the stadium, relishing the prospect of a final against England or Croatia.Belgium fans filed quietly out of the arena, while back home they drowned their sorrows in beer after their dreams of a first World Cup final were shattered by their bigger French neighbours.”I feel ill,” said Denis Backaert, 34, after watching France prevail 1-0 in the tightest of semi-finals between two quality teams in St Petersburg.The Paris party is in full swing #FRABEL #worldcup pic.twitter.com/ibP8H70BeGWorld Cup 2018 (@WorldsCup2018) July 10, 2018France won in front of President Emmanuel Macron, whose popularity has dropped in opinion polls and will be hoping for a World Cup bounce. The French leader went down to the players’ dressing-room after the match.Asked what Macron told the players, Les Bleus young forward Kylian Mbappe told TF1: “He said he would come back for the final, to see us with the cup.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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first_imgJuventus in contact with Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksenby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are in contact with Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.Tuttosport says Eriksen is being courted by Juventus, who are eyeing up the midfielder on a free transfer next summer. Eriksen, who arrived at Tottenham from Ajax in 2013, was keen to leave the club in the summer, but a preferred move to Spain never materialised. But despite scoring in the North London derby against Arsenal on September 1, the Dane is yet to hit top form this season as speculation continues to swirl on his future and Juventus are now interested.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be dissatisfied with Eriksen’s current situation, and unhappy that a player keen for a fresh challenge in the summer was not offloaded. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgThe province has secured an agreement with the federal government to ensure that Nova Scotia’s concerns with the Canada Job Grant are addressed. Premier Stephen McNeil spoke with federal Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney earlier today, Feb. 28. “I communicated to Mr. Kenney that the Canada Job Grant must work better for Nova Scotians,” said Premier McNeil. “The program must be affordable for our small businesses and must protect employment support for our most vulnerable citizens.” The current Canada Job Grant program requires employers to contribute funding upfront. Many businesses in the province have said they will not be able to participate under this arrangement. The province is also concerned that if investment targets required from businesses are not reached, program funding could be clawed back. “Nova Scotia cannot afford to spend money that then gets clawed back,” said Premier McNeil. “This issue must be addressed in our discussions with the federal government.” The premier said there are still many unanswered questions. “I know this uncertainty is hard on the people who deliver and benefit from these valuable programs,” said Premier McNeil. “What we have achieved today is more time and an opportunity to make the Canada Job Grant better for Nova Scotians.” The provinces and territories have been working together to recommend changes to the proposed federal Canada Job Grant and protect funding for labour market programs to support vulnerable workers since the program was announced in the 2013 federal budget.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Whether it is the busy street in broad daylight or dark lanes of the city, snatchers strike anytime and target anybody and anything that they come across with. To ensure that the situation does not get worse, the Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik held a meeting with districts’ DCPs and Railways unit of the police department, and reviewed the performance of 190 anti snatching teams in the city.Police sources told Millennium Post that the police chief assessed all the details from the senior officers which include the number of cases solved by the anti-snatching teams in Delhi. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe move came after the snatchers dragged some women, and targeted senior citizens on the streets of Delhi. In some cases, they also brandished weapons to make sure that they did not fail in their snatching attempt. They also changed modus operandi in order to dodge the police. A horrific CCTV footage of snatching surfaced where it could be seen that a woman was dragged behind a motorcycle while trying to chase two bike-borne assailants, who robbed her in Delhi’s Janakpuri in May. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe details revealed that there are as many as 315 snatchers currently active in the city whereas 171 snatchers were silent as the law enforcement agency has not found any activity from their (snatchers) side. Sources further revealed that as many as 686 snatchers were nabbed by the anti-snatching teams and 881 cases were solved. During various snatching incidents, the snatchers were not even hesitate to use their weapons. As many as 103 firearms and 38 knives were recovered from snatchers by the anti-snatching teams. The top cop had ordered districts and units for strict action against street crime and criminals using firearms. In the current year, as many as 1,217 weapons were recovered during picket checking. According to Delhi Police, last year as many as 6,642 cases of snatching were reported as compared to 8,070 cases in 2017. Nearly 96.66 per cent of the total arrested criminals were first-time offenders and 54.90 per cent of them were illiterates or school drop-outs. In current year till May 15, as many as 2,444 cases of snatching were reported. Snatchers don’t even shy away from violence On January 13, 2018, a lady complainant reported at Kirti Nagar police station that she was robbed of her purse at Rama Road by a biker along with pillion rider. She also got injured due to manhandling by the robbers. Police arrested two people including a woman who dresses like a male to mislead and misguide the victims at the time of commissioning of the crime. In April, a Tanzanian citizen fell victim to the ever-increasing plight of snatching right outside her place of residence in the city where her purse was robbed by bike-riding snatchers. In 2017, a 50-year-old woman was going to Kashmere Gate where two men on a motorcycle hit the auto rickshaw and tried to snatch her bag. In a bid to foil the snatching bid, she tried everything but the two accused dragged her down from the vehicle which resulted in injury. Not only that, there are several cases in which snatchers targeted people near the police headquarters. According to Delhi Police, for prevention of crime, particularly street crime, multi-pronged strategies were adopted which includes crime mapping and identification of hot spots, dynamic deployment with a focus on identified areas, increased the visibility of police on streets including group patrolling led by District DCsP/Addl.DCsP. Defunct cameras helping snatchers The CCTV cameras in the city play an important role in curbing crime but if it is not working it can create trouble during the investigation. As many as 1,368 CCTV cameras in Delhi were found non-functional in different parts of the city. The reasons were found to be damages caused by the third party including other government bodies, due to non-maintenance of by a firm, theft of the equipment.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — The Trudeau government is facing mounting pressure from across the country to take more international action to hold Myanmar to account for the genocide of the Rohingya people.Thirty-four senators and more than 100 human-rights organizations and advocates sent a joint letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland this week urging Canada to initiate proceedings before the International Court of Justice for breaching the United Nations convention against genocide.This letter follows several similar letters that have also been sent to Freeland in recent weeks, including one from an all-party group of MPs who also called for Canada to take international legal action.In addition, Toronto and Montreal city councils have passed unanimous motions and several other Canadian mayors and rights organizations have sent their own letters to Freeland urging Canada to seek justice for the mass killing and atrocities perpetrated against the Rohingya people in Myanmar.Last year, Canada became the first country in the world to officially recognize the crimes against the Rohingya as a genocide.That’s why senators and advocates say in their letter this week that Canada has a moral and legal obligation to take the next step and invoke the UN genocide convention to hold Myanmar responsible.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgOne of the Alternative Concepts is for a two-lane option, while the other two concepts feature a variant of three-lane traffic.The only difference between the two three-lane concepts is one features more greenery while the other features less.The concepts that had been eliminated was sticking with the current conditions and reducing parts of 100 Street to one lane.According to Barrs, City Council will now have a look at the three Alternative Concepts on Thursday morning before moving to the next step of choosing the Preferred Concepts.“We’ll be presenting those to Council, hopefully getting their feedback and hopefully their direction as to which one they really want us to pursue to the end of the project.”A public session to view the Preferred Concepts will be taking place on Thursday, June 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John held another public session of the 100 Street Design Charrette on Wednesday at the North Peace Cultural Centre.This was the second day of the Design Charrette which looked at Alternative Concepts for the project.MODUS Planning Professional Planner, Rob Barrs, says following from what they heard from Tuesday’s Open House, the Project Team narrowed down from five concepts to just three. For more information, you can visit letstalk.fortstjohn.ca.last_img read more

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10 March 2011The United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict has welcomed the guilty verdicts handed down by a military court in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) against 11 army officers for crimes committed last year, saying it shows that efforts to end impunity are producing results. The United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict has welcomed the guilty verdicts handed down by a military court in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) against 11 army officers for crimes committed in 2009, saying it shows that efforts to end impunity are producing results.The case involved the rapes of 24 women that took place in Katasomwa, approximately 25 kilometres southwest of Kalehe in South Kivu province, from 22 to 26 September 2009.The 11 members of the Congolese army, known as FARDC, had been accused of rape, pillaging, destruction of schools, abduction of children and other violations of physical integrity. All of them were found guilty and sentenced on Wednesday by the military tribunal of South Kivu in Kalehe. They include the commander of the 68th Battalion based in Katasomwa, Lieutenant-Colonel Balumisa aka Dix mille, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, as well as the second in command, Major Elia, who also received a life sentence. “This sends a strong signal to all perpetrators of acts of sexual violence that no military commander is beyond the law, including members of a national army,” Margot Wallström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said in a statement issued yesterday.“It also shows that the focus on ending impunity for this type of crimes continues to render concrete results,” she added.The three officers convicted appeared in court and were sentenced to 15 years in prison. They include the commander of the 68th Battalion based in Katasomwa, Lieutenant-Colonel Balumisa Manasse aka Dix mille, as well as the second in command, Major Elya Mungemba Eugide, and Captain Mukanyaka Kirungu Kilalo.Eight of the convicted soldiers remain on the run and were tried in their absence and sentenced to life in prison. The court also ordered that the convicts pay compensation to the victims jointly with the State, which was found jointly responsible for the soldiers’ crimes. The convicts have five days to file an appeal.Ms. Wallström commended the fact that as many as 21 of the 24 women who were raped were brave enough to testify in court, adding that it is now crucial that the victims of and witnesses to instances of sexual violence are protected, as well as their families.She also commended the DRC Government for its swift action in the case, as well as in a similar case two weeks ago in the Maniema province, and thanked all those involved in the successful outcome of the legal proceedings.The trial was organised with logistical and material support from the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), the UN Joint Human Rights Office, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF).Last month a military court in Baraka in eastern DRC sentenced a high-ranking commander and several other army personnel for rape and other crimes in the town of Fizi on New Year’s Day. It marked the first time that a senior official and members of the army were arrested, tried and sentenced for conflict-related sexual violence in the strife-torn nation.Meanwhile, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, who is also in the DRC, today visited Orientale province, where the rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has killed some 2,000 people, abducted nearly 3,000 others, including 1,500 children, and driven some 300,000 more from their homes in attacks against civilians in villages and towns. “The LRA continues to commit atrocities against civilians, and those who have been displaced have no prospect of going back home any time soon,” she said after visiting the Haut-Uele and Bas-Uele districts. “The weak presence of the Government and under-resourcing of MONUSCO has meant that the LRA have not been stopped. “The Government must strengthen its presence in this area. MONUSCO must also try to step up its operations. UN Member States need to provide significantly more resources to MONUSCO to enhance their effectiveness in protecting people from LRA attacks… We need to redouble our efforts to find a lasting solution, a regional solution to this crisis.”Only a few hundred LRA fighters are estimated to be in the DRC but the humanitarian impact of their presence has been enormous. The LRA terrorized northern Uganda for two decades before spilling over into neighbouring countries, including the DRC, Southern Sudan and Central African Republic (CAR).“The affected countries and international partners need to come together to address this serious threat to regional peace and security,” Ms. Amos said. read more

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The OPP are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to a break in the almost three year old murder case of an Orangeville nurse.Sonia Varaschin was declared missing in Caledon, August 30, 2010, after failing to show up for work. Her remains were found in the town just a few days later on September 5th.Over the years, police have come close to making breaks in the case, having identified the kind of boot the killer might have been wearing, and testing hundreds of men for DNA samples, but no suspects have been arrested.It’s a horrendous murder that gripped this region three years ago and still hasn’t been solved. And now investigators are turning up the pressure on whoever committed the crime.Al Sweeney is following this story and has the details.Whoever killed Sonia Varaschin in Orangeville in 2010 is still out there. But police say they’re still on this case. And now they’re offering a reward of $50,000 to try to catch the killer or killers.It was three years ago – August 29th, 2010 – when 42-year old nurse Sonia Varaschin went missing from her home in Orangeville.Her townhouse was found spattered with blood.Her bloodstained car was found in a downtown alley.And a week later – on September 5th – her body was found in a wooded area near the town.There’s still no sign of the killer, but police are hoping the $50,000 reward will produce new tips, no matter how small.Insp. Tracy Dobbin of the OPP said “The message here is that even the smallest piece of information can make sense in the bigger picture that we have privy too that the public may not be aware of.”Since the murder, police have identified the kind of boot the killer might have worn.They’ve taken DNA samples of men, still being analyzed.And the OPP say they have a team of investigators dedicated to this case who are making progress.“There have been developments,” said Dobbin. “Obviously I can’t discuss the specifics of developments, but I feel confident that we’re in a better place now that we were three years ago.”But no word on any suspects or arrests, in a murder that shook this commuity.“It’s unusual especially for a small town.”One of the feelings in Orangeville now is that whoever murdered Sonia Varaschin isn’t sticking around.“It’s been three years. They’re going to be long gone by now.”“To be honest, I just hope he’s gone. Yeah. long gone by now.”The police say there’s still an active investigation into Varaschin’s murder. This is not a cold case. And stress that information from the public may be what helps them find the killer. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

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FAO/Ami VitaleFresh produce for sale at a street market in Giza, Egypt.The global frontAnticipating global improvements in agricultural commodities and food productivity, the report predicts a slide in demand, which will reduce the price of most food staples, over the coming decade.The report attributes the slowdown to stagnating per-capita consumption of staple foods, a drop in emerging economy consumption, and a gradual decline in global population growth rates. Moreover, a decline in the desire to buy meat products will put a brake on the demand for cereals and protein meal used in animal feed. With slower consumption and production growth, agricultural and fish trade are projected to grow at about half the rate of the previous decade. Although overall exports from countries and regions with plenty of agricultural land are forecast to increase, the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2018-2027 stressed that because agricultural trade plays an important role in food security, there needs to be an enabling trade policy environment.According to the Agricultural Outlook, undernourishment is concentrated in conflict-riddled and politically-unstable countries – with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) facing simultaneous challenges of food insecurity, rising malnutrition and managing limited natural resources.The report forecasts strong growth in agriculture and fishing in developing regions whose populations are rising fast, including Sub-Saharan Africa, South and East Asia and MENA. These areas are facing the challenge of limited land and water resources as well as extreme-weather related issues of climate-change, resulting in high dependence on food imports.By contrast, this growth is predicted to be significantly lower in developed countries, particularly across Western Europe.”The Green Revolution of the last century largely increased the world’s capacity to feed itself but now we need a sustainability revolution,” said José Graziano da Silva, Director General, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), presenting the report with Angel Gurría,  Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). “This includes tackling high-input and resource-intensive farming systems that impose a high cost to the environment,” he added, noting the continued degradation of soil, forests, water, air quality and biodiversity.The Agricultural Outlook recommends that regional countries re-orient policies away from cereals that require intensive watering, toward rural development, poverty reduction and farming of higher-value horticulture products.“We need to adopt sustainable and productive food systems that offer healthy and nutritious food, while also preserving the environment and biodiversity,” stressed Mr. da Silva.Elsewhere in MENA, population growth is prompting a rise in food demand where exceptionally high wheat consumption coupled with skyrocketing sugar and fat consumption are leading to what FAO calls “an alarming spread of overweight and obesity.” read more

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first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1.#SLAVERY: A video broadcast by ITV News claims to be the Irish woman at the centre of slavery accusations in the UK. The video comes from a documentary broadcast in 1997 that investigated the death of a member of the Maoist commune allegedly run by the man accused of keeping three women as slaves. The woman is identified in English papers as Josephine Herival, whose father was part of the team that cracked the Enigma ciphers in World War II.2.#HOMELESSNESS: 16 families become homeless in Dublin every month, a homeless charity has said. Focus Ireland said that it has seen an 18 per cent rise in people seeking their support, with over 9,200 people having been provided assistance so far this year.3.#GERMANY: After two months, Germany may have a government. Two months after her party secured the most votes, but not a majority, Angela Merkel has recruited two parties to form a coalition. Merkel made concessions on the minimum wage, but managed to avoid any new taxes for the rich.4.#HOSPITAL: Documents obtained by the Irish Independent say that the new National Children’s Hospital won’t be finished by the 2018 deadline. The paper quotes a report by the hospital board that contradicts claims by the Health Minister that the hospital will open in 2018.5.#COMING HOME: 171 Irish soldiers will return home from a six-month tour of duty in the Lebanon today. Their replacements at Camp Shamrock have already flown out and are getting set to spend Christmas in the Lebanon.6.#INSOLVENCY: The first case of a family with mortgage debt availing of the Personal Insolvency legislation has come before a court in Trim. The family has debt of over €600,000 and their Personal Insolvency Practitioner Mitchell O’Brien says he will look to strike an agreement that will protect the family home.7.#WAGES: The average weekly earnings of staff in nine of Ireland’s 13 employment sectors are down, according to the latest figures. Pay in the education sector has taken the biggest tumble, with a 6.6 per cent drop in earnings, while information and communication jobs are up 4 per cent.8.#JOBS: Healthcare company Northgate today announced that they will create 150 jobs over the next three years in Castlebar. The company will create the jobs in the IT and transactional services departments of their business.9.#REFUGEE: A Pacific Islander has been denied refugee status in New Zealand, after claiming his life was under threat because of climate change. Kiribati native Ioane Teitiota said that rising seas were threatening his homeland, but a judge called his case “unconvincing”.last_img read more

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first_img[Screengrab/Oireachtas]Ending the group’s presentation, Shannonwatch’s John Lannon said it beggared belief that successive Governments appeared to rely on “diplomatic assurances that prisoners were not or would not be taken through Shannon”. Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore said in 2011 that he had been assured by the US Government Shannon was not used for rendition. Last year, he said an incident when a military aircraft carrying a fixed weapon landed at the facility had been raised “at the highest possible level” with the US Embassy.“We know from experience that the US administration have lied about what they’ve been doing around the world,” Lannon told the TDs.He also raised concerns about how authorities had dealt with complaints about suspected rendition flights at Shannon, saying that while gardaí legally had the power to search planes, the force appeared to have a policy of not doing so.“The number of complaints that we’ve made that have been unanswered is estimated to be over a hundred,” Lannon said.On a number of occasions the gardaí have said that they refer to either an instruction or a policy decision or a letter of advice to the effect that US military and CIA planes at Shannon were not to be searched.He said any possible investigation should examine how gardaí reached the understanding that they weren’t to conduct searches of US Military planes.We need to learn what has happened in Shannon in the last ten years and ensure it doesn’t happen again.The three Shannonwatch activists answered a number of questions from the committee members on their presentation and issues arising from it before the meeting came to an end.Chairman Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, of Sinn Féin, said the contents of their report would be examined by members and discussed at next week’s meeting, and that the panel would be back in touch.Read: How does the new public petitions system work?More: President defends Sabina prison visit as “private and personal” All images: screengrabs via Oireachtas.ie… Margaretta D’Arcy, her colleagues from Shannonwatch and reaction from Michael Healy Rae TD and Senator Susan O’Keeffe. Referring to the perception of Ireland in the Middle East and elsewhere, she said that while we had previously been considered a “nice neutral country”… “We are now a blood-ridden country… We now can be accused of being war criminals.”And she concluded:I would prefer to blow myself up on the runway with petrol rather than have to go down in history as being a war criminal. A PANEL OF TDs and senators have pledged to consider a petition asking for the Government to set up an investigation into US Military and CIA use of Irish airspace and Shannon Airport in particular.Peace activists from the Shannonwatch organisation — including Margaretta D’Arcy, who served three months in prison earlier this year for refusing not to engage in future protests at Shannon — made a presentation to the Oireachtas Joint sub-Committee on Public Petitions.The European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the United Nations have all expressed concern over the years about Ireland’s alleged cooperation in  CIA rendition programme. A report published last year found that 54 countries, including Ireland, helped facilitate the CIA’s secret detention, rendition and interrogation programme in the years after the 2001 9/11 attacks.Iraq and AfghanistanOpening the Shannonwatch presentation today, Dr Edward Horgan, a former UN Peacekeeper, said the practice of allowing planes carrying troops transit through the airport meant the country had effectively been facilitating the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.And he said:center_img Thousands of Afghan and Iraqi children are just as important as the 796 children buried at Tuam.D’Arcy’s tiradeLaunching into an impassioned, apparently off-the-cuff speech, D’Arcy said that what was happening at Shannon amounted to a “Monty Python” scenario.The 79-year-old Aosdána member appeared to become visibly angry over the situation as she gestured at the committee members and said:Shannon is at the centre of an aggressive illegal war that destroys people.Referring to a fun run being organised for Shannon runway in August, she described the airport as “an absolutely crime laden place of murder and assassination” and said it would be akin to “having a fun run in Auschwitz”.last_img read more

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first_imgGiannis Megalakakis will be touring the country and visiting dance groups and Cretan clubs with a focus on conducting dancing seminars. Adelaide will be hosting Giannis on the 27 – 28 of April.Giannis Megalakakis is a dancer who loves Cretan dances and to this day enjoys learning and teaching the meaning of Cretan dancing to all those willing to learn. Born in Athens, and brought up with the traditions of Crete, he has always had powerful ties with the island. For more information visit the facebook page «ρίζες» Greek Folk Dance Seminars South Australia or email rizes.sa@gmail.comSponsored by the Greek Lyceum of SA as part of their 20 year anniversary celebrations Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgMarée noire : 20 milliards de dollars pour les victimesÉtats-Unis – Les négociations entre le président des États-Unis Barack Obama et BP ont porté leurs fruits. La compagnie d’exploitation pétrolière devra mettre de côté 20 milliards de dollars afin d’indemniser les personnes ayant fait les frais de la marée noire. Barack Obama tenait absolument à ce que les victimes de la marée noire soient indemnisées. Un entretien entre le président et trois hauts responsables de BP a eu lieu hier à la Maison Blanche. Ainsi, le président suédois de BP Carl-Henric Svanberg, le directeur général du groupe Tony Hayward et le patron de BP Amérique Lamar McKay se sont engagés à placer 20 milliards de dollars sur un compte bloqué, lesquels seront utilisés pour indemniser les victimes de la marée noire provoquée par leur “inconscience” (dixit Barack Obama).L’avocat Kenneth Feinberg s’occupera de la répartition du fonds entre les victimes. Il s’agit d’une mesure encourageante pour ces dernières, qui redoutaient que BP ne les indemnise pas ou très peu en prenant l’excuse de la faillite.Cette mesure a également permis de redorer l’image de Barack Obama, critiqué pour sa gestion de cette catastrophe écologique, la pire de l’Histoire des États-Unis. Dans un discours prononcé à la nation américaine, il a insisté sur le fait que le gouvernement fera “payer BP pour les dégâts (…) provoqués” et que “le temps d’adopter les énergies propres est venu”, déclarant par là la volonté de mettre fin à la dépendance aux énergies fossiles.Actuellement, 35.000 à 60.000 barils de brut s’échappent quotidiennement du puits de pétrole, et ce depuis deux mois. Le volume de pétrole déversé dans le golfe du Mexique a été évalué entre 350 et 500 millions de litres, soit treize fois l’étendue de la catastrophe écologique causée par le naufrage de l’Exxon Valdez en 1989. Le 17 juin 2010 à 11:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgBlackBerry Music Gateway : une passerelle musicale sans fil et NFCLe BlackBerry Music Gateway est un récepteur Bluetooth Stereo, qui peut donc recevoir de la musique provenant d’un terminal compatible avec le protocole A2DP (BlackBerry), que ce soit un smartphone, une tablette ou un ordinateur compatible d’une autre marque. C’est une annonce de plus pour Rim, après l’annonce de fonctionnalités pour son OS BlackBerry 10.Le BlackBerry Music Gateway un produit similaire au Bluetooth Music Receiver de Belkin ou au Wireless Speaker Adapter de Logitech (lien non disponible).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Son avantage est de disposer également d’une connectivité NFC, cette nouvelle puce de connexion sécurisée à courte distance. Cela permet d’automatiser l’appairage : il suffit d’approcher les oreillettes du terminal émetteur et celui-ci active le lien Bluetooth (détecté via la NFC.) Aucun menu n’est donc requis.L’appareil offre une sortie mini-jack et s’alimente au moyen d’un adaptateur secteur fourni, dans une prise micro-USB qui pourra aussi se brancher à toute sorte d’appareils comme les ordinateurs ou même certaines voitures dotés d’un port USB.La « BlackBerry Music Gateway » sera prochainement commercialisée aux États-Unis et une sortie européenne suivra sous peu pour environ 50 euros TTC.Le 3 mai 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_img WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:43/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:40 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW is live tonight from Boston, Massachusetts.Scheduled for tonight’s show is Kurt Angle’s farewell tour continuing before WrestleMania. Angle will also have his final match on Smackdown tomorrow night against AJ Styles.Also advertised for the show is the fallout of Drew McIntyre challenging Roman Reigns to a match at WrestleMania 35 in two weeks.We will have live RAW results tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 Central.Live Post-Show TonightJoin Mike and Victoria Tedesco live on YouTube immediately after RAW. Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Facebook Twitter Was Vince McMahon Reluctant To Let AJ Styles Join WWE? Kurt Angle Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Google+last_img read more

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first_img Visit Vancouver USA, the city’s lead tourism-promotion agency, may have a clearer path to city-backed promotion funding under a proposal presented this week to the Vancouver City Council.Council members appeared to favor a compromise funding plan presented at a workshop Monday. At a council meeting earlier this month, council members wondered how to equitably divvy about $500,000 between Visit Vancouver USA and several other organizations and individuals wanting smaller amounts. A 2 percent hotel room tax generates the money for the lodging fund.City Manager Eric Holmes said he would return to the council with a plan calling for a three-year contract with Visit Vancouver USA that would provide it with 15 percent of lodging tax revenue. That’s expected to be $351,467 this year, $420,000 next year and $450,000 in 2021.In addition, tourism grants for other agencies would be $196,775 this year, $175,000 next year and $175,000 in 2021.Money for Visit Vancouver USA, as well as the dozen organizations and projects approved earlier this month, comes from a portion of the city’s 4 percent lodging tax on hotel and motel room nights. Vancouver diverts 2 percent of that money to pay the debt service on the city-owned Hilton Vancouver Washington and Vancouver Convention Center. The other 2 percent is dedicated by the city council to capital improvements for the hotel and convention center, and for other tourism-related projects, including community grants.Vancouver issued $68 million in bonds in 2003 to build the Hilton Vancouver Washington and Vancouver Convention Center. A citywide hotel room tax repays the bonds. The bonds’ balance was refinanced at a lower interest rate in 2013. The bonds are set to be paid in full in 2043. Click to enlargelast_img read more

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first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Federal authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who robbed a bank in Southwest Miami-Dade.The FBI released surveillance stills of the subject who, they said, walked into the Chase branch near Southwest 122nd Avenue and Coral Way, just before 2 p.m., Wednesday.Officials said the robber demanded money from an employee and took off with an undisclosed sum of cash.There were customers inside the bank at the time, but no one was hurt.If you have any information on this bank robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more