Oppn. behind La Martiniere boy’s abduction: U.P. Minister

first_imgState Minister Brijesh Pathak on Tuesday accused the Opposition members of “conspiring the abduction of a schoolboy from Lucknow to defame the government”. “When the government was celebrating its completion of one year, a student of La Martiniere College was kidnapped by his driver Santosh Yadav yesterday (Monday). When the police surrounded a village to get the student released, it was found that it was a conspiracy of the Opposition parties to defame the government,” Mr. Pathak alleged in the Assembly.Oppn. seeks discussionReacting to his claim, the members of the Opposition parties said the allegations were serious and needed a discussion. Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit downplayed the matter saying, “the Opposition members cannot indulge in such activity”. Earlier, as soon as the House met for the day, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Ram Govind Chowdhury mentioned a number of murders in Allahabad on Monday and demanded immediate discussion on the issue saying the spate of killings had spread fear among the people living there.Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said he had no details on the matter and promised to apprise the House of the issue after getting the requisite information.last_img read more

No one batting with Hardik made it harder for us, says MI’s de Kock

first_imgMumbai Indians’ Quinton de Kock has rued the lack of support for Hardik Pandya, whose incredible power-hitting kept Kolkata Knight Riders on tenderhooks till the final ball of the 18th over here.Chasing 233, Hardik’s 91 from 34 balls kept MI in the hunt till his dismissal swung the game in favour of KKR at the Eden Gardens.”We would have loved a couple of less wickets when Kieron (Pollard) and Hardik walked in. But, unfortunately, it didn’t happen today so there’s the collapse and no one batting with Hardik made it harder for us,” the South African said at the post-match news conference Sunday.De Kock got out without opening his account, after top-edging Sunil Narine in the second over.”When you have to score of 233, you need to play one or two shots anyway. You have to try against any bowler who comes on and take a chance to get things going.”So if I hit that ball for four or six, you probably would have said ‘great shot’ but unfortunately I got out so didn’t look,” he said about his slog-sweep.The bowlers have too little in the batsmen-dominated format and De Kock said it’s more to do with the batting-friendly sub-continent wickets.”In India they have generally very small fields, while wicket is batting friendly. Australia have bigger ground, while there’s a bit in the wicket for South Africa. Here it is more batting friendly anyway. Bowlers are always under pressure.”De Kock further said he hated every minute of keeping to Russell who slammed a 40-ball 80 not out.advertisement”I’m not joking, I hated every minute of it. You can’t fault him. He took his time, and then did what he does the best. You just have to appreciate what is done. Not just this game but in the IPL. Hope he doesn’t do it again against us,” he said.Mumbai Indians will have a return-leg clash against KKR on May 5 which will be their last clash in the league round. Needing a win to seal a playoff berth, Mumbai Indians next face Sunrisers Hyderabad at home on May 2.Also Read | IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals beat RCB to reach playoffsAlso Read | IPL 2019, DC vs RCB: Virat Kohli trolls himself after losing toss for the 9th timeAlso Read | 10 out of 10: What makes CSK the true Super Kings of IPL?Also Watch | Getting better with age, looking forward to the World Cup: Chris Gayle to India Todaylast_img read more

Arena addresses Johnson’s U.S. absence

first_imgUnited States U.S. coach Bruce Arena addresses Fabian Johnson’s absence Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 02:46 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Fabian Johnson USA 06162016 Getty Images United States United States v Panama Panama WC Qualification CONCACAF The midfielder’s exclusion from the U.S. national team for October’s crucial qualifiers was a surprise, but it doesn’t mean he’s done with the USMNT ORLANDO, Fla. — Fabian Johnson’s absence from the U.S. national team roster for October’s do-or-die World Cup qualifiers turned heads as Bruce Arena left off a player widely regarded as one of the team’s best.Arena addressed Johnson’s absence on Thursday, though he didn’t go into much detail about what specifically led to Johnson’s omission.USA 8/15 to beat Panama Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. “We just put together a roster we thought could be successful in these two games,” Arena said. “I think Fabian is a very good player. As we continue to move forward with the national team, I would suspect he’s going to be in camps down the road.”The Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder endured a forgettable performance in September’s 2-0 loss to Costa Rica, struggling badly and failing to offer much of a threat. Arena kept Johnson on the bench for the team’s second September qualifier, a 1-1 draw against Honduras.Johnson’s September struggle shouldn’t have come as a complete surprise considering he had only just recently returned from a back injury, and had played just 11 minutes for Borussia Moenchengladbach to start the new Bundesliga campaign. Johnson had returned to action in the weeks after the September qualifiers, including starting Moenchengladbach’s two most recent matches, playing a combined 148 minutes in those games.It was those recent starts that made Johnson seem like a lock to be included on the U.S. roster for October’s qualifiers, but Arena chose to leave him out anyway.What does the future hold for Johnson and the national team? The 29-year-old has been quoted as saying he was considering retiring from international duty after the 2018 World Cup, and in a summer interview with Bild he suggested that he would be limiting his time with the national team.”I still really enjoy playing for my country, but there is an agreement with head coach Bruce Arena that I will only play in the more important matches,” Johnson told Bild.There isn’t a more important match than Friday’s clash with Panama, a match that could either cripple or bolster the U.S. team’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup.Johnson’s absence was particularly surprising given the lack of quality wing options in the current U.S. player pool, but Arena ultimately determined he had better options for the upcoming matches.“I don’t think any one particular player benefits from [Johnson’s absence],” Arena said on Friday, though Paul Arriola does appear to be the player most likely to step into the wing midfield role left open by Johnson’s absence.last_img read more

In full: Salah’s stunning awards haul in 2017-18

first_imgMohamed Salah Mohamed Salah: Every award that the Liverpool & Egypt star has won in an astonishing year Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 19:30 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Mohamed Salah Liverpool Egypt World Cup Premier League The 25-year-old enjoyed a stellar debut campaign at Anfield in 2017-18, with his efforts seeing him end the season with an enviable haul of honours Mohamed Salah has become a global phenomenon, with his exploits during a remarkable debut season at Liverpool seeing him showered with praise and prestigious awards.When those at Anfield sanctioned the £36.9 million ($49m) purchase of the Egyptian forward from Roma, few could have predicted the impact he would make on Merseyside.Having previously flopped in England during a forgettable stint at Chelsea, the 25-year-old has gone on to take Premier League and Champions League competition by storm. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Here, Goal takes a look at Salah’s stunning achievements during the 2017-18 campaign, with his heroics on the field delivering rich rewards off it – with the promise of more to come!How many goals has Mohamed Salah scored for Liverpool? With Liverpool having made him their record signing in June 2017, Salah opened his competitive goal account on his Premier League debut against Watford.He reached double figures in the English top-flight in just 13 outings – equalling the Reds record previously set by Daniel Sturridge.Salah had 20 goals in all competitions by Christmas – with Ian Rush the only other man to have managed that feat for Liverpool – while he would beat Fernando Torres and Sturridge to 20 in the Premier League.Mido’s mark of most goals by an Egyptian in English football was smashed by February, as was the record for most left-footed efforts – with Anfield icon Robbie Fowler knocked from that particular perch.A first hat-trick arrived when putting four past Watford in March, before going on to reach the 40-goal mark, with Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez passed in a 38-game Premier League campaign.In total, Salah found the target against 17 different opponents in the league – no player can claim to have bettered that tally – with his 32 efforts seeing him wrestle top goalscorer bragging rights from Tottenham’s Harry Kane. Competition Appearances Goals Premier League 36 32 Champions League 15 11 FA Cup 1 1 Total 52 44 What awards did Mohamed Salah win in 2017-18? Mohamed Salah of Liverpool poses with the 2018 PFA Player Of The Year Award trophy at the Grosvenor House Hotel in LondonUnsurprisingly, given how prolific and consistent he proved to be, Salah ended the season with an individual trophy haul which would make Barcelona and Real Madrid icons Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo proud.Collective prizes once again proved elusive for Liverpool, as they fell at the final hurdle in Champions League competition, but their talismanic forward swept the board in England and caught the eye in Europe. Salah’s roll of honour ANNUAL AWARDS PFA Player of the Year FWA Footballer of the Year Premier League Player of the Season Liverpool’s Player of the Season Liverpool’s Players’ Player of the Season CAF African Footballer of the Year BBC African Footballer of the Year Arab Footballer of the Year Premier League Golden Boot MONTHLY AWARDS Premier League Player of the Month x3 PFA Player of the Month x4 Liverpool’s Player of the Month x7 Liverpool’s Goal of the Month x6 WEEKLY AWARDS Champions League Player of the Week x2 Champions League Goal of the Week x2 TEAM AWARDS PFA Team of the Year CAF Team of the Year What’s next for Mohamed Salah? Mohamed Salah EgyptThe sky would appear to be the limit for a man who now sits comfortably alongside the global elite.A 44-goal haul is a remarkable achievement for anybody not named Messi or Ronaldo but the challenge now is replicating those heroics, or at least getting close.Salah has more than enough talent in his locker to ensure that he is no one-season wonder at Liverpool, but he will be a marked man in 2018-19 as domestic and continental foes seek to better contain his obvious threat.If he can keep his personal bar at its current height, then there is every reason to believe that a standing as a modern day Premier League legend will be quickly secured – as will a place in Anfield folklore.Before all of that, though, Salah has international commitments with Egypt to contend with, with his goals having led the Pharaohs to their first World Cup appearance since 1990.An untimely injury in the Champions League final threatened to dash those dreams as he was forced from the field in tears after tangling with Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos, but initial fears have since been calmed.A few eye-catching showings on a global stage and more productivity on the domestic front should ensure that talk of a tilt at the 2018 Ballon d’Or grows in intensity, along with links to the likes of Real Madrid, with it possible that the biggest prizes for Salah are still to come. 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Let me announce my retirement when the moment comes: Iker Casillas

first_img Next Let me announce my retirement when the moment comes: Iker CasillasIker Casillas had suffered a heart attack during a training session with his current team, FC Porto, casting major doubt about his ability to continue in the sport.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service MadridJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 21:24 IST Iker Casillas says that he is yet undecided about his future in professional football (Reuters Photo)Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas on Thursday said he had not yet decided whether he would retire from the sport after suffering a heart attack amid rumours in several Portuguese newspapers that he would hang up his gloves before the start of the next season.Casillas, on his Twitter account, reshared a previous tweet in which he said he was yet undecided about his future in the sport, reported Efe news.In the original tweet, published just over two weeks after his heart attack on May 1, the former Real Madrid goalie said: “Retirement, there will be a day that I’ll have to retire. Let me announce this when the moment comes. For now … everyone relax! I had an appointment yesterday with Dr. Filipe Macedo. Everything is ok. This is great news that I would like to share with all of you!”In his retweet, he said: “The same from this tweet from one month ago, except the part of the meeting with the Doctor. More than anything because my appointment is tomorrow. Big hug to everyone.”The former Real Madrid captain suffered a heart attack during a training session with his current team, FC Porto, casting major doubt about his ability to continue in the sport.Casillas’ personal situation got even more complicated when his wife, journalist Sara Carbonero, announced that she went through a malignant ovarian tumour surgery on May 21.On June 6, various Portuguese newspapers said that Casillas met Pinto da Costa, President of FC Porto, where he was offered the possibility to continue working in the club, but as part of the technical staff.advertisementCasillas made his professional debut with Real Madrid under then coach, Welshman John Benjamin Toshack, against Athletic Bilbao in September 1999 in San Mames at the age of 19.At Real Madrid, Casillas was in the team that won the UEFA Champions League three times, LaLiga five times, the Copa del Rey twice, the Spanish Super Cup four times and the FIFA Club World Cup twice.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Iker CasillasFollow Sara Carbonerolast_img read more

Patois-Speaking Doll Promotes Jamaica and Culture

first_imgStory Highlights “Wha gwaan…Weh yaa seh… mi come from the beautiful island of Jamaica…wi have the best beaches and sunshine all through di year…nuff respect…to di worl,” are some of the sentiments ‘Toya’ utters to her playmates at the press of a button. The demand for the doll has been phenomenal, with requests for Toya coming in from Estonia, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, United States of America (USA) and Japan. She is the first-ever patois-speaking doll and is the brainchild of Saffron Jackson, a Jamaican living in the United Kingdom (UK) for the past 15 years. “Wha gwaan…Weh yaa seh… mi come from the beautiful island of Jamaica…wi have the best beaches and sunshine all through di year…nuff respect…to di worl,” are some of the sentiments ‘Toya’ utters to her playmates at the press of a button.She is the first-ever Patois-speaking doll and is the brainchild of Saffron Jackson, a Jamaican living in the United Kingdom (UK) for the past 15 years.Miss Jackson’s dedication to promoting Jamaica’s culture, coupled with her desire to satisfy an existing need, propelled her to tap into the multibillion-dollar toy industry in 2015.“At that time, I was pregnant with my daughter and noticed there was a lack of ethnic toys and black dolls in the UK. So, realising that there was a massive niche for the product in the marketplace, and being a very passionate Jamaican, I thought I needed something that would not just be a black doll, but reflect part of my culture; and so, that is how the Patois bit of it came in,” Miss Jackson reflects.Her creation, Toya, represents an immigrant child who moved to the UK from Jamaica and is excited to tell people about her country, inviting them to experience its rich culture and offerings.“Finding the voice for the doll was pretty challenging… . I had to get someone in Jamaica to try several kids until I found that distinct, authentic voice,” Ms. Jackson tells JIS News.After an 18-month process of market research, identifying potential manufacturers, registering and trademarking her product, her business venture finally materialised, and then she was busy selling dolls to the many eager, excited buyers, just a week after the launch at the Jamaican High Commission in the UK.Her dark-skinned, curly-haired dolls, attired in black, green and gold, are available primarily online at www.zuree.co.uk , amazon, eBay and a few small retail stores in the UK for £50.The demand for the doll has been phenomenal, with requests for Toya coming in from Estonia, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, United States of America (USA) and Japan.“So, the doll is definitely making an impact across the world, and this is not just because it is a black doll, but a black doll that speaks Jamaican. Jamaica is a brand, and people love the culture and just want to have a piece of it,” Ms. Jackson says.The teacher-turned-doll maker adds that the future looks extremely bright and profitable for her business venture, with a major toy store in the USA now knocking on her door with offers to sell the doll in its online store.“The aim is to get the dolls into major stores and outlets around the world… . I also have other dolls that are non-talking, so the plan is really to compete with the likes of Disney and Barbie, being the first or most popular black doll and merchandise manufacturer in the industry,” she says.She notes that she has expanded her brand, Zuree, to include merchandise such as T-shirts, bags, baby onesies and bibs. She is also thinking of adding rags, towels and sheets to the clothing line.Ms. Jackson has in her collection a talking Rasta teddy bear and ‘girls champs’ dolls dressed in the uniforms of the top-five girls’ teams.“I also plan to do other black dolls that speak other languages, focusing on the African and Caribbean markets,” she says.She adds that a major commitment that she wants to fulfil is to create a ‘Zuree Park’ for children in the Bog Walk area of St. Catherine where she is from that will be fully equipped with swings, slides and all the necessary play outlets.The doll maker also stands true to the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference theme, ‘Partnering for Growth’, having forged business relationships with several Jamaicans.“I try to engage and utilise the services of other Jamaicans, so my logo and website were done by Jamaicans and I will be using a Jamaican company, ‘Patwa Apparel’ to produce some of the clothing for the dolls, and will partner with other Jamaican companies to make sandals for the dolls,” Ms. Jackson tells JIS News.She is encouraging existing and budding entrepreneurs to “seek out new opportunities, take risks, think outside the box and move into non-traditional markets”.“Jamaica has given us so much, Jamaica has made me who I am today and it is important for me to give back to my country. And so, I am promoting the heritage and culture through my dolls,” Ms. Jackson says.“Zuree Limited is going places, I am breaking barriers, and everywhere I go, it is about Jamaica and being proud of who I am,” she adds.last_img read more

Educator to Receive CD October 15, 2018

first_imgEducator, 92-year-old Dr. Joyce Louise Glasgow, will be recognised for her contribution to science education in Jamaica and internationally, during the 2018 National Honours and Awards ceremony at King’s House on Monday, October 15.  She will receive the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD) for her outstanding contribution to Education and Human Resource Development locally and internationally.This distinguished Jamaican tells JIS News that she is humbled by this recognition, but is pleased that she is being recognised for her contribution to the sciences and environmental education.A trained teacher, Dr. Glasgow earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology and Botany from the London University College of the West Indies (now the University of the West Indies, Mona) in 1964 and a Diploma in Education in 1967.  Dr. Glasgow also has a Master of Arts (MA) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Science Education from the UWI and Post-doctoral Fellowship in Science Education from the London University Chelsea College of Science and Mathematics.She taught biology, chemistry and general science at York Castle High in St. Ann; Westwood High in Trelawny and her alma mater, St. Andrew High School.  However, her focus was on environmental education in the schools she taught.  Dr. Glasgow says her interest in environmental education was influenced by the then principal of St. Andrew High School, and her mother, who taught her the art of conservation when she used water that washed the dishes to water plants.   “At St. Andrew High, I remembered our principal taking us on walks along the Palisadoes Road, and we would go into the swamps and take measurements and interact with the environment, so my interest was piqued then,” she says.She has held the positions of Senior Lecturer in Science Education and Deputy Dean of the School of Education Faculty at the University of the West Indies (UWI).   As a lecturer, she was responsible for the organisation and supervision of science and science education in teachers’ colleges, with regard to teaching methodology, staff development, examination setting and marking techniques, and curriculum development for assessment of student teachers being prepared for primary and secondary schools in Jamaica, Belize and The Bahamas. She also supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field of science education.         Dr. Glasgow has worked extensively in the development of environmental education (EE) in Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas and the region. She has contributed significantly to the Caribbean Conservation Association, serving as the resource person for regional workshops; to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), as environmental education specialist; and the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NCRA), Jamaica, as organiser and presenter for EE workshops and seminars.Her expertise was also extended to UNESCO/NRCA. This involved spearheading a pilot project for the introduction of four EE curricula into Jamaican primary schools.  A published author, Dr. Glasgow discloses that she has worked extensively with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and has co-authored CXC Biology texts. She was also instrumental in developing the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC)/CXC Biology syllabus when it was offered as a separate examination subject in science. The biology text she co-authored is one of the most highly regarded by teachers and students preparing for CXC/CSEC Biology and is used not only in the Caribbean but in several African countries.She also served the CXC as the resource person for item writing, school-based assessment and syllabus review in biology as requested, and was appointed the first Chief Examiner in that subject.Through the Government of Jamaica/World Bank Project on the Reform of Secondary Education, she trained writers for distance education materials, and was an advisor/reviewer of science industrial materials for lower secondary school. She also spearheaded the revision of the primary curriculum in Anguilla to include EE and prepare teachers to implement it.Dr. Glasgow, who retired in 1994, now lives in Runaway Bay, St. Ann. She was a member of the St. Ann Environmental Protection Association (Northern Jamaica Conservation Association) and served on its Board for many years, volunteering her expertise for projects the Association undertakes.       Being the top specialist on environmental education in Jamaica, she continues to generously give expert advice.          Dr. Glasgow, who is the mother of four children, worships at the St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Rio Bueno, Trelawny, where she is the organist.last_img read more

Quebec watchdog criticized over investigations of police shootings

first_imgMONTREAL — Rights advocates and victims’ families in Quebec are calling for greater transparency from the province’s independent police watchdog.A civil rights advocacy group, la Ligue des droits et libertes, told reporters today the watchdog’s rules of operation favour police at the expense of victims.The group also questions whether the office, known as the Bureau des enquetes independantes, is as independent as it claims to be.Quebec created the watchdog in 2016 following years of complaints and demands from citizens for an independent bureau to investigate instances when someone dies or is seriously injured during a police intervention.Rights advocates lament the lack of criminal charges that have resulted from its investigations and are calling for a legislature committee to study the office’s first three years of operation.The BEI has initiated 90 criminal investigations of Quebec police officers since it began operating in June 2016. Of those, 42 resulted in no charges and 43 remain open. Two officers have been charged with sexual assault and three files are being studied by prosecutors.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Full pipelines new services propel Enbridge to street beating 117B income

first_imgThe Calgary-based company says its results were enhanced by operating performance, optimization of deliveries on existing pipelines, synergies from the Spectra Energy acquisition and $7 billion of projects brought into service in 2018.It says its $9-billion Line 3 export pipeline replacement project is expected to be in service before the end of 2019, as it is nearing completion on the Canadian side of the border and has moved into the permitting phase in Minnesota.Enbridge has a $16-billion inventory of projects which are scheduled to come into service between 2019 and 2023. CALGARY, A.B. – Enbridge Inc. says full oil and gas pipelines and the addition of new services led to fourth-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations.Canada’s largest pipeline operator says adjusted net income was $1.17 billion or 65 cents per share in the last three months of 2018, beating analyst estimates of $1.12 billion or 62 cents per share as noted by Thomson Reuters Eikon.A year ago, Enbridge reported adjusted earnings of $1.01 billion or 61 cents per share for the fourth quarter of 2017.last_img read more

AltaGas celebrates grand opening of Ridley Island Propane Export Facility

first_img“The completion of this game-changing project and the shipment of our first cargo are historic milestones for AltaGas, as well as for our project partners, customers, local Indigenous Peoples, surrounding communities, and western Canada’s upstream energy sector,” said Randy Crawford, AltaGas’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “With RIPET now operational, we can offer producers a uniquely complete solution for their propane, providing premium netbacks and market optionality, while also positioning AltaGas to profitably grow our Midstream footprint – a true win-win for AltaGas and our customers.”“The ability to import Canadian propane is a significant advantage for Japan, as it provides greater energy security and supply diversification, while also enabling Canada to maximize the value of its natural resources,” said Seiya Araki, President of Astomos Energy Corporation. “This first-of-its-kind project demonstrates to the world what can be achieved through effective partnerships between Canadian and Japanese companies, and will ultimately benefit both countries for decades to come.”In total, RIPET is expected to ship approximately 1.2 million tonnes of propane annually to customers in Asia.RIPET is owned by a joint venture between AltaGas (as to a 70 percent interest) and a Canadian subsidiary of Royal Vopak (as to a 30 percent interest). PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – AltaGas is celebrating the grand opening of the first marine propane export terminal in Canada.The first marine export facility opened in Prince Rupert with the first shipment leaving the terminal May 23, 2019, headed to Asia.In 2017, AltaGas entered a multi-year agreement with Astomos Energy Corporation, a Japanese propane importer and distributor, to purchase at least 50 percent of the propane shipped from Ridley Island Propane Export Facility (RIPET) annually. RIPET provides producers and customers with a significant locational advantage given comparatively short shipping distances to markets in Asia – notably a 10-day shipping time from Canada’s West Coast compared to 25 days from the U.S. Gulf Coast.last_img read more

Côte dIvoire UN has key role in strengthening democracy President says

In an address to the General Assembly on the second day of its annual general debate and in a separate meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he underscored the major role the UN has played and still has to play in a country that was split into a Government-run south and a rebel-held north by civil war in 2002.Mr. Ouattara’s election last November was a key step in the reunification process, but defeated president Laurent Gbagbo refused for months to recognize the UN-certified results and unleashed a series of attacks, principally in Abidjan, the main city, where the UN peacekeeping operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) worked to protect civilians.Mr. Gbagbo finally surrendered to Mr. Ouattara’s forces in April and Mr. Ban pledged then that the UN would help the country restore the rule of law after the months of fighting and grave human rights abuses. UNOCI, with some 10,500 uniformed personnel on the ground, has been supporting stabilization and reunification efforts since 2004.“Mr. Secretary-General… I want to reiterate in the name of the Ivorian people and Government as well as on my own behalf our profound gratitude and recognition for the decisive contribution of the United Nations and your own personal involvement in resolving the Ivorian crisis,” Mr. Ouattara told the Assembly.“The organization of legislative elections before the end of this year will enable the reinforcing of democracy and social justice in Côte d’Ivoire, with the aid and support of the UN,” he said, citing his own efforts at national reconciliation since taking office and the need to re-launch the economic and social development of the country after so many years of conflict.More widely he stressed the major role the UN has to play generally in reinforcing the international solidarity that is crucial in the search for efficient and appropriate solutions to a wide range of crises, from armed conflicts and terrorist activities to trans-national crime and pandemics.In his meeting with Mr. Ban Mr. Ouattara discussed UN support to address the fragile security situation and cross-border threats. UNOCI has already sent two units to the country’s border with Liberia to assess the situation after a group of heavily armed militiamen crossed over and attacked two Ivorian villages last week, killing at least 18 people.Mr. Ban welcomed Government progress towards national reconciliation and the preparations for the legislative elections, and voiced confidence in Côte d’Ivoire’s ability to recover and rapidly return to peace and prosperity.Cote 22 September 2011Thanking the United Nations for its role in resolving the electoral crisis after Côte d’Ivoire’s former leader refused to step down, President Alassane Ouattara today highlighted legislative elections later this year as a critical step towards cementing democracy. read more

Fish trade vital to poor countries but market barriers remain UN agency

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has found that the export value of fish and fisheries products has leapt from $15 billion to $57 billion since 1980, and that developing countries hold more than 50 per cent of the market share.Developing countries are earning net fish trade revenues of $17.7 billion – more than the combined amount earned from exports of tea, rice, cocoa and coffee.Grimur Valdimarsson, Director of the FAO’s Fishery Industries Division, said “this shows what developing countries are able to accomplish in international trade when given an equal opportunity.”But tariffs and so-called “technical barriers” to trade imposed by developed States are making it difficult for developing nations to compete equally, according to the FAO.Lahsen Ababouch, Chief of the FAO’s Fish Marketing and Utilization Services, said many of the technical barriers were introduced for “perfectly legitimate” reasons, such as protecting human health or the environment.But he stressed that the rules need to be based on solid science to ensure they do not serve as trade protectionism to prop up domestic markets.The FAO’s Subcommittee on Fish Trade is holding a five-day meeting in Bremen, Germany, this week to discuss how to improve international cooperation on the issue. read more

UN team sent to Central African Republic to investigate new allegations of

Delegation members included UN personnel from the conduct and discipline team, the human rights unit, as well as representatives of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “On Friday, the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) said it received new information of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse both by UN and non-UN forces and civilians in the Kemo prefecture,” said UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, at a press briefing in New York today. “These allegations reportedly refer to incidents that occurred in 2014 and 2015,” he noted. “The Mission said that its primary concern was to ensure that victims have been assisted and all reports immediately investigated to ensure that any perpetrator is appropriately sanctioned. The integrated team will gather all available information and preserve evidence to the extent possible.” While more information from the Mission in expected in the next days, the Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, will be travelling to the country today to represent the Secretary-General at the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected President, Faustin-Archange Touadera. The ceremony is expected to take place on Wednesday. “During his visit, Mr. Ladsous will meet with the national authorities and discuss the political process as well as their views on the country’s relationship with the peacekeeping mission there,” Mr. Dujarric informed reporters. “He will also meet with the mission’s leadership as well as senior UN police and military commanders to address the issues of security, performance and conduct, including sexual exploitation and abuse.” read more

EIA forecasts coal to remain king of American electric power generation

first_imgThe Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts coal to remain the dominant fuel for power generation until 2035 despite projected strong increases in natural gas and renewable fuel use over the same period. EIA’s revised Annual Energy Outlook, released last week, shows coal’s share of the market dropping to 43% in 2035 from 45% in 2009, but remaining the largest fuel source as gas use is forecast to rise to 25% from 23%. Renewable fuels will rise to 14% of the electricity generation market from 11% last year due to federal subsidies and eventually benefiting from state incentives. Investments in new coal capacity decrease over the 25-year forecast period, said EIA.  Natural gas plays a larger role, said EIA, because new data suggests shale gas supplies are much larger (827 tcf) than was suspected by EIA just last year (353 tcf). Estimates of much larger reserves will hold wellhead prices under $6/MM Btu (2009 dollars) through the mid-point of the forecast period before rising to $6.8/MM Btu in 2035. Gas-fired capacity additions increase 135 GW between 2009 and 2035. Although EIA more than doubled its estimate of unconventional gas reserves, it cited low prices, environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing and the brief productive periods for shale gas wells among factors creating considerable uncertainty about the ready availability of shale gas. In addition, “increases in recoverable shale gas resources embody many assumptions that might prove to be incorrect over the long term,” according to EIA.The outlook also analysed the sensitivity in power generation markets to various assumed requirements for environmental retrofits for coal plants. Its reference case estimates a 3% reduction in the US coal fleet, with the projected retirement of nine gigawatts of coal generating capacity.Some revisions of note from the early release of the report in December include the retirement of the Oyster Creek nuclear plant by the end of 2019, wind capacity additions of 7 GW rather than 10 GW and updated natural gas reserve reporting.last_img read more

Gardaí investigate breakin at Danish store Jysk hours after first opening

first_imgTHE DANISH FURNITURE store Jysk in Co Kildare has been broken into, hours after it opened for the first time on Tuesday.Damage was done to the store in Newhall Retail Park, Naas, which was the first branch to open as part of the Nordic company’s expansion in Ireland. In a statement to TheJournal.ie, Gardaí said that Naas Garda Station was “investigating a burglary that occurred on Wednesday in a shop in Newhall Retail Park”.“A number of items were stolen in the process and damage was done to the shop. No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing,” a statement said.A spokesperson for Jysk said that most of the damage was done was to the back office rather than to the retail space, and that no items were taken from the store – so Jysk is open for business as usual today.“Jysk has added additional security, live CCTV and 24 hour patrols to reduce the risk going forward,” the spokesperson said. Cash is not kept on the premises, they added.Jysk has scouted 20 other locations in Ireland, and has hinted in a Facebook post that other branches will open in Navan, Drogheda and Portlaoise. A company representing Jysk said on Twitter that “there will soon be 15 stores in Ireland”.Local councillor Anne Breen said that it was an “absolute shame” that a new business moved into the area and was broken into.“We need new businesses in the area,” she said.  Short URL Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 12:43 PM Congrats to JYSK on the opening of their 1st Irish store & 40th birthday. We are delighted to represent JYSK as they begin their journey in Ireland with more locations to come! The Danish home retail group has over 2,700 stores worldwide. #naas #naasretailpark #thebig40 #jysk pic.twitter.com/Y12Po7xFM9— Colliers Ireland (@Colliers_Ire) April 2, 2019 Share214 Tweet Email2 67,605 Views 25 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha https://jrnl.ie/4576504 Apr 4th 2019, 12:43 PM Gardaí investigate break-in at Danish store Jysk, hours after first opening “Jysk has added additional security, live CCTV and 24 hour patrols to reduce the risk going forward,” a spokesperson said. Source: Colliers Ireland/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4613726 Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Ana Kriegel murder trial, Waterford acid attack and unrest in Venezuela. Tuesday 30 Apr 2019, 9:11 PM By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 16,086 Views Short URLcenter_img Share5 Tweet Email NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Model Thalia Heffernan wearing the winning look from NCAD student Una King at the River Island fashion design bursary award. Source: Leon Farrell/Rollingnews.ieThe mother of Ana Kriegel has told the trial of two boys for her murder that her daughter was bullied at school and received a death threat.A teenage boy is being treated for serious injuries in a Cork hospital after a chemical was thrown on his face in Co Waterford.Garda Commissioner Drew Harris is to send 25 new recruits to Drogheda as part of an attempted crackdown on a gang feud.A minor earthquake was recorded in Co Donegal last night.There are now over 10,300 people homeless in Ireland, a new record high.The LÉ George Bernard Shaw, Ireland’s fourth Offshore Patrol Vessel, has officially been named and commissioned.Belgian-Dutch company Mediahuis has made an offer to buy Ireland’s largest news publisher INM. Families of the victims who died in the 1981 Stardust fire have called for a permanent memorial to be put in place at the site.WORLD Supporters of incumbent Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Source: PA Images#CARACAS: Venezuela could be facing a potential coup as opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido announced that troops have joined his side against President Maduro. #TOKYO: Emperor Akihito of Japan has formally stepped down, the first abdication for 200 years in the world’s oldest monarchy. #BIG MOVE: Indonesia could move its capital away from Jakarta, after the government approved a long-term plan to abandon the overcrowded and sinking city.#LONDON: Police in London are seeking a man with a “slight Irish accent” in connection with the abduction and rape of two women in their 20s last week.PARTING SHOT Source: Vox/YouTubeBefore a measles vaccine was introduced in 1963, there were 4 million cases in the US annually. By 2000, because of widespread vaccination, the virus was effectively eliminated in America.Now, in 2019, cases are on the rise again. Vox takes a look at how and why. Get our daily news round up: No Comments Apr 30th 2019, 9:11 PM last_img read more

Fulham defend Kamara from racial abuse

first_imgSome fans have taken their frustrations to social media, where they have hurled racists insults at the French footballer for his mistakeDuring the Fulham against Huddersfield Town, Aboubakar Kamara had a small fight with Aleksandar Mitrovic for the ball.The French footballer wanted to take a penalty kick given to his team, while Mitrovic was the one listed to take it.At the end, Kamara took the penalty and failed to score, which frustrated many fans.And some fanatics, have racially abused him on social media.“We are aware that numerous hurtful comments have been posted on Aboubakar Kamara’s social media account,” a Fulham spokesman was quoted by The Daily Star.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“As a club that prides itself on our respect and civility, we condemn anyone associated with this repulsive activity.”“The club will provide all necessary support to Aboubakar and take the strongest possible action against those responsible,” he added.“He’s a striker, he’s hungry for goals as well, maybe he wanted to score as well and he scored his last penalty.”“It’s normal. He’s young; this kind of things can happen. It’s normal,” the spokesperson commented.“You need to take care of each other. We had a bit of an argument but in the end, he took the ball and I wished him luck and told him to stay focused and score. That’s what he’d do as well.”last_img read more

MediaNext Show Thriving in the Age of Transformation

first_imgNEW YORK—Relevancy and innovation will help brands, and especially magazine publishers, not only stay afloat in the age of digital transformation, but also enable them to thrive. That was the message delivered by keynote speaker and Meredith Corporation’s National Media Group president Tom Harty during the final day of the MediaNext Show, FOLIO:’s annual conference. “Change plus innovation equals sustained growth,” said Harty, who took the stage this morning at the Marriot Marquis in New York City. “Change plus innovation has allowed us to go from a traditional publishing company to a national marketing and communications company across a variety of platforms. At Meredith, that means building and maintaining the ability to connect. We reach 100 million U.S. women, about half of this is through a digital channel.”Speaking to about 200 media professionals from a variety of industries, Harty laid out four principals for thriving in the age of digital transformation: 1. Focus on your core business.2. Leverage technology, but not at the expense of your core business.3. Stay relevant. Keep innovating.4. Be accountable. Capitalize on the power of magazines.“[Innovation] means remembering who you are not,” he said. “We are not a technology products company, we are a content company and a sales and marketing organization.”Harty added that by expanding the ways a brand can connect with audiences, publishers can extend revenue opportunities. By embracing technology and a variety of platforms, a magazine then helps to create relevancy among readers, which will help them to thrive.One way Meredith is doing this is both through organic growth and acquisition activity. Harty said Meredith felt threatened for a period of time by Allrecipes.com, but was able to stay relevant and continue to thrive by acquiring the online giant.“We acquired Allrecipes.com, the leading website for food around the world, and it doubled our digital footprint,” he said. “Thinking back to what Meredith is made of, we didn’t have a lot of food brands, but it was the number one content topic.”In addition to expanding their online presence, Harty says that the brand addition presented the company with a variety of new revenue opportunities because of the Allrecipes.com audience: 50 percent of the traffic to the site is mobile, and 50 percent of that traffic is happening in-store—presenting unique opportunities for advertisers to target buying-empowered consumers.“Being a public company means our shareholders demand growth—technology enables us to reach audiences across 1 billion touch points,” he said. “It’s a slow progression, but we are believers.”last_img read more

Germanys Islamist scene growing

first_imgGermany’s domestic security chief warned Sunday that the country’s radical Islamist scene is not only growing, but becoming more decentralised, posing greater challenges to surveillance operations.In an interview with national news agency DPA, Hans-Georg Maassen also defended security officials under fire after it emerged that Berlin truck attack suspect Anis Amri had slipped through their net, saying they had done everything they could.Overall, the number of Salafists—or fundamentalist Sunni Muslims—in Germany has risen to more than 9,700, sharply up from 3,800 people in 2011, said Maassen.“It’s of great concern to us that this scene is not only growing, but it is also very diversified. There is not just one, two, three or four people who have a say,” he warned.“Rather, there are many people who dominate this Salafist scene. And all these people have to be watched.”While in the past, there were a few people who wielded influence, today, there are many small clusters formed by individuals.“So you can no longer talk about a Salafist scene as a whole, but you have to deal with many hotspots. That makes things more difficult for us, because we can no longer just watch a few people. We have to monitor many groups,” he said.In a defence of security officials under pressure for failing to stop Amri, Maassen said that although officers had watched the Tunisian over a long period of time, they found no evidence to arrest him.“I believe that the security forces, in particular the police, have done everything in their power to assess the danger posed by Amri. But it is also clear that we live under the rule of law, and the legal framework must be respected,” he said.Amri, 24, who was shot dead by Italian police days after ramming a truck into a crowded Christmas market, had been under surveillance since March. But German police dropped their watch in September thinking he was a small-time drug dealer.Public anger also mounted as the rejected asylum seeker and known radical Islamist should have been deported long ago.In the wake of the attack, Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that “the Amri case raises questions” and ordered a sweeping review of Germany’s security apparatus.last_img read more