Nova Scotia Welcomes Shipbuilding Agreement

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter congratulated Irving Shipbuilding and the federal government on successfully negotiating the umbrella agreement that will have Nova Scotia build Canada’s next fleet of combat ships. “Congratulations to Jim Irving, Steve Durrell, and all Irving employees for proving once again that they are up to this task,” said Premier Dexter today, Jan. 12. “The province will continue to work with Irving and the Ships Start Here partnership to make sure the members of our military go to work on the best ships possible. Ships start here. The future starts here.” The province’s new workforce strategy does a number of things to help the province get ready for this work. It invests in sector councils, post-secondary co-ops and internships. It will also connect people to shipbuilding and other high-value jobs by promoting a new Careers Nova Scotia website, a virtual one-stop shop for skills, learning and training opportunities available in Nova Scotia. The province held its first of many supplier development days in November to outline what the opportunity will mean for suppliers throughout the province. Premier Dexter committed to support Irving’s bid with an investment in training and infrastructure. The details of this support will be announced as the contracts for the Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessels are confirmed and announced in the months ahead. “The years leading up to building these vessels will involve much prep work, construction and improvements to the yard,” said Premier Dexter. “We have a long, but exciting road ahead of us.” The contracts, estimated at $25 billion, will help the province turn a corner on 20 years of slow economic growth in Atlantic Canada. It will mean an additional 11,500 jobs for Nova Scotians and will increase the province’s GDP by almost $900 million during peak production years. The Canadian economy is expected to grow by $1.5 billion, and 4,500 jobs will be created outside of Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Jairam to blame for policy paralysis during UPA2 Moily

first_imgNew Delhi: With senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily blaming party’s Rajya Sabha member Jairam Ramesh for the “policy paralysis” during the UPA-2 government, it seems the game to arrest the attention of their mentors have started in the grand old party.While lashing out at Congress’ Ramesh for saying that “demonising” Narendra Modi all the time “was not an effective strategy”, Moily on Wednesday countered Ramesh by saying that as if the Congress is demonising (Modi). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”He (Ramesh) is responsible for policy paralysis of our government (UPA-2) and he is also responsible for compromising the principles of governance many a time,” Moily said. Moily, the former Union minister, also castigated Congress’ Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor for his statement that praising Modi for doing the right things would lend credibility to the Opposition’s criticism of him. Moily’s comments came after a day when the Congress high command expressed its disapproval of the remarks made by Tharoor, Jairam Ramesh and Abhishek Singhvi. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAt the party briefing on Tuesday, senior leader Anand Sharma had said: “If the Opposition indulges in singing paeans (of the government), then it will spell doom for democracy.” Sharma had also said that the party’s Kerala unit has the right to make a statement and argued that it is not the Congress that is insulting the BJP leadership but the saffron party which has been demonising its leadership, including former Prime Ministers. Describing the statements as “most unfortunate”, Moily called on the Congress leadership to take appropriate disciplinary action against the two leaders. He further said that Ramesh’s remark was in “very bad taste,” and accused the leader of “compromising himself” with the BJP with such a statement. “And any leader who would like to give such a statement, I think, they are not doing service to the Congress party or its leadership,” said Moily, who is considered to be a close aide of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Stating that Tharoor was never considered as a mature politician, Moily added: “He (Tharoor) is often on and off fond of giving statements and finding his place in the press.”last_img read more

Duchess Of Cambridge Visits Womens Prison

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge has heard the uplifting stories of offenders battling their addictions in a unique unit within a women’s prison.The Duchess of Cambridge meets prisoners being treated for addiction at Send Womens’ PrisonCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgHer Royal Highness sat down and chatted with the female prisoners and ex-offenders during her first trip to a jail – HMP Send near Guildford, Surrey.During the visit, The Duchess met women prisoners to hear their personal stories of how they became addicts, and what role addiction played in their offending. A significant focus of the visit was understanding the impact of addiction on the prisoners’ families and the mental illness and other challenges that are often a feature of their pasts. She also heard from ex-prisoners and graduates of the RAPt programme who benefited from the treatment during their time at HMP Send. They spoke about their journey to recovery and how the programme has subsequently helped them live a drug and crime-free life.The visit reflects the Duchess’s interest in learning how organisations support people living with substance misuse issues, and the impact of addiction within the wider family network.Following the visit, The Duchess of Cambridge said: “I was reminded today how addictions lie at the heart of so many social issues and how substance misuse can play such destructive role in vulnerable people’s lives. I saw again today that a failure to intervene early in life to tackle mental health problems and other challenges can have profound consequences for people throughout their lives.“I am grateful to the women I met for sharing their difficult personal stories with me. It is encouraging to learn how organisations like RAPt are offering specialist support to help people break the cycle of addiction and look forward to a positive and crime free life.”The RAPt addiction treatment programme at HMP Send is the only 12-step prison-based drug and alcohol programme for women in the country. It is tailored to support the needs of women with addiction who have often experienced deep trauma and need specialist support to build a positive and crime free life. The programme focusses on building healthy relationships with partners, children and other family members after the often traumatic and damaging impact of addiction and crime. 
RAPt helps people from the moment they begin a rehabilitation programme in prison, through to leaving prison and building a productive life in the community. That can include meeting someone at the gate on the day of release, helping them to find housing, or supporting them to access training and a job.Half of all prisoners in the UK are estimated to have committed crime associated with drugs (Ministry of Justice, 2013), and alcohol is a factor in nearly half of all violent crime (Office for National Statistics, 2014). According to RAPt, over two thirds of those who have completed the programme are still drug and alcohol free three months after release from prison.RAPt has worked closely with children’s mental health chairty Place2Be, of which The Duchess is Patron.The Duchess is Patron of the charity Action On Addiction and through her involvement with the organisation is aware that substance dependency lies at the heart of many social issues.Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orglast_img read more

Plans Revealed For Human Rights Memorial Honoring Nelson Mandela

first_imgThe Nelson Mandela Foundation, in partnership with NorthStar Memorial Group and the California chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), have announced the launch of a multifaceted effort to support the late-2016 unveiling of a human rights memorial honoring the life and legacy of civil rights icon, Nelson Mandela.Rendering of the winning human rights memorial honoring the late Nelson MandelaThe 15-foot-tall monument is under construction at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo. People can support the construction efforts by either 1) purchasing one of 1,000 personalized granite bricks which forms the walkway leading up to the memorial or 2) donating to a crowdfunding campaign. NorthStar will match all funds raised before May 31, up to $100,000.Click here to watch a video about the campaign to help raise funds for the monument.“Everyone has heard of Mandela, but many younger people don’t know why he’s such an iconic figure – or even that he has strong ties to the Bay Area,” said Alice A. Huffman, president of the California NAACP. “We hope this campaign, as well as the memorial itself, will further human rights conversations.”Granite Pavers Benefit Mandela Memorial Plus Charity
NorthStar is forming the monument’s walkway with granite pavers that can be purchased and personalized with anything from inspirational messages to memorial tributes. Each paver costs $500; $200 of that goes directly to a charity such as the Nelson Mandela Foundation or the California NAACP, while $300 directly benefits the memorial’s construction efforts. To reserve a granite paver, visit Memorial Crowdfunding Campaign
Those who wish to further support the memorial may also contribute to a crowdfunding campaign. The goal is to raise $100,000; NorthStar is matching all funds raised through the campaign by May 31. To participate, please visit read more

PSAC lowers 2018 Drilling Activity Forecast amid uncertainty in Canada

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada released the third update to its 2018 Canadian Drilling Activity Forecast, announcing that it was once again decreasing its forecasted number of wells to be drilled across Canada this year from 7,400 in April to 6,900 wells drilled.PSAC based its updated forecast on average natural gas prices of $1.55 CDN/Million cubic feet, crude oil prices of US$65.00/barrel and a Canada-US exchange rate averaging 77 cents.PSAC says that it is forecasting 36 percent fewer wells will be drilled in B.C. this year, down from 730 in its original forecast last fall to a revised forecast total of 464. In Alberta, PSAC is forecasting that 3,735 wells will be drilled in that province, down from 3,998 wells in the original Forecast.The revised Forecast for Saskatchewan now sits at 2,428 wells compared to 2,931 wells in the original Forecast, and Manitoba is forecasted to see 260 wells or a jump of 30 in well count for 2018.The total number wells drilled is projected to be approximately 200 less than in 2017, however, PSAC says it expects meterage drilled to be flat or slightly up due to average well lengths increasing.“While the number of active drilling rigs is currently up 3-5% over last year depending on the week, the rest of the oilfield services sector is marginally busier than it was last year at this time,” said PSAC President and CEO Tom Whalen. “When we look at the first half of ‘18 in aggregate, we drilled 200 fewer wells than in the first half of ‘17 but at the same time, the average length per well increased by approximately 190 meters. In general terms, revenue numbers for our sector are up year over year but we note that several publicly traded Canadian service companies are reporting minimal improvement in the quality of bottom line earnings; many are sitting at near breakeven or are still in negative territory. As we’ve said on previous occasions, this is not sustainable from a business continuity and competitiveness perspective. It’s also a compounding symptom of the sector’s lack of attractiveness for investment.”“It’s great to see the WTI oil price continuing to trade in the mid $60’s USD but being the recipients of a $21 USD average differential between WTI and WCS pricing in the first half of this year means that exploration and production (E&P) companies and Canadians are missing out on approximately $15 billion annually,” added Whalen. “Ironically, in June, our ‘energy independent’ focused southern neighbour achieved a record-setting, 11 million barrels per day of domestic oil production, which in contrast to Canadian oil, is fetching world-based pricing.In a reflection of the challenging natural gas market and continuing soft prices, for our latest Forecast, we tempered our AECO pricing down to $1.55 CDN/Mcf. Adding insult to injury, Canadian gas weighted E&P’s estimate they are losing up to $10 billion annually due to the disparity between AECO pricing and other markets. Obtaining access to tidewater continues to be mission critical for both our oil and gas weighted E&P customers and would mean an additional $25 billion for Canada.”last_img read more

New UNbacked report suggests how to boost cities resiliency to climate change

“Climate Resilient Cities” – jointly produced by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) – serves as a primer for East Asia and the Pacific to curb vulnerability to climate change and bolstering disaster risk management.“Ultimately, the cities hardest hit by climate change will be the ones least prepared,” said Neeraj Prasad, the World Bank’s Lead Environmental Specialist for the region.Global warming points towards more frequent and extreme weather events, so managers must take action to protect their cities sooner rather than later, the report urged.It said that for every one metre rise in sea levels, there will be a corresponding 2 per cent drop in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to the decrease in fresh water, damage to agriculture and fisheries, disrupted tourism and reduced energy security, among other consequences.The surging concentration of people in cities also steps up their susceptibility to climate-related damage.The study cited East Asia as one of the world’s most vulnerable areas. “We have seen events like the 2004 tsunami, and recently Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and a typhoon in the Philippines,” said Jitendra J. Shah, who coordinates the World Bank’s environmental programme in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand.“Climate Resilient Cities” calls on cities to strategize to adapt to climate change and to mitigate the consequences of future natural disasters. It also appeals to them to slash greenhouse gas emissions.Some measures the report recommends are simple, such as raising awareness of global warming’s impact, promoting the use of bicycles and increasing the use of energy-efficient public transport vehicles. Others entail legislation and increased investment, including providing fossil fuel alternatives and improving public infrastructure.“Every city is different,” said Mr. Prasad. “There is no cookie-cutter solution to climate change impacts. It’s important that you are able to anticipate the likely impacts on your city and make the decision to deal with that.” 6 August 2008With eight of the world’s 10 most populous cities situated near rivers or seas and already being exposed to such hazards as flooding, earthquakes and typhoons, a United Nations-backed report released today offers suggestions on how to enhance resiliency to threats emanating from climate change. read more

Security Council allows judge in UN tribunal for Rwanda to work parttime

In authorizing Judge Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to work part-time, the Council, in a resolution, took note of the fact that upon the completion of the cases to which they are assigned, four permanent judges will be redeployed from the trial chamber to the appeals chamber and two permanent judges will leave the tribunal.It also considered Judge Tuzmukhamedov’s commitment to ensuring timely delivery of judgment in the two cases in which he is currently involved.The 15-member UN body underscored that the exceptional authorization shall not be considered as establishing a precedent.The President of the ICTR shall have the responsibility to ensure that this arrangement is compatible with the independence and impartiality of the judge, does not give rise to conflicts of interest and does not delay the delivery of the judgment, the Council said in its resolution.The ICTR was set up by the Security Council in the wake of the genocide, in which it is estimated that more 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates were killed, mainly by machete, during a period of about 100 days starting on 6 April 1994. 14 October 2011The Security Council today allowed one of the judges in the United Nations tribunal for the 1994 Rwandan genocide to work part-time and engage in another judicial occupation until the end of the year, under exceptional circumstances. read more

Honouring Gandhis legacy Deputy SecretaryGeneral reaffirms power of peaceful protest

“The response to violence is all too often more violence when, in fact, reconciliation and dialogue is needed,” Mr. Eliasson said in a special event for the occasion, held at UN Headquarters in New York.He called for embracing the fundamental values embodied by Mr. Gandhi: passion, compassion, and belief in the dignity and equal worth of all human beings. Mr. Eliasson recalled Mr. Gandhi’s warning that “an eye for an eye ends up making the whole world blind.”The International Day, marked annually on Mr. Gandhi’s birthday, celebrates his non-violent philosophy and tactics have been adopted by leaders around the world. It was established by the General Assembly as an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness,” and has been observed annually since 2007.Mr. Gandhi’s historic “Salt March” against unfair colonial taxation, and his other non-violent resistance inspired change in countries from the Georgia to South Africa, Northern Ireland and the United States, Mr. Eliasson said. This year’s event is particularly relevant given the resurgence of exceptionalism and sectarianism in parts of the world, the senior UN official said. He added that many minorities find themselves under attack, and civilizations are being displaced as conflicts force them to flee.“We must reject violence as the futile and default means to bring about change,” Mr. Eliasson said. “We must embrace the path to non-violence and peaceful settlements as the road to sustainable and equitable transformations of societies.”The UN is strengthening its efforts to bring non-violence to concrete action through preventive diplomacy and the recent “Human Rights up Front” initiative which highlights the need for early action, and the crucial role of responding early to human rights violations.In his message Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, the year of Gandhi’s death, owe much to Mr Ghandi’s beliefs.At this time of increased sectarian violence and the wanton destruction of cultural sites and heritage, “We have to foster a culture of peace, built on dialogue and understanding, for living together in harmony while respecting and celebrating humanity’s rich diversity,” the UN chief said.Stressing that there is no greater tool than education to enhance human dignity, promote a culture of non-violence, and build lasting peace, Mr. Ban said: “Through education, we can craft new ways of living with each other and the planet. Education can also lay the foundation for developing new forms of global citizenship and solidarity that are so essential in today’s world.” read more

Multilateralism key to address complex global challenges South East Asian leaders urge

“This year, we witnessed multiple natural disasters, inflicting heavy losses in human life and property in Cuba, Mexico, the United States and other Caribbean countries,” said Pham Bình Minh, the Deputy Prime Minister of Viet Nam in his address, noting also the challenges related to global economy, inequality between and within countries and impact of climate change. Adding that while the world remains fraught with uncertainties, the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development offered the most appropriate path to a better future and that it is incumbent upon the international community to bring this “ambitious plan” into reality. In his address, the Deputy Prime Minister also highlighted the need to ensure sustainable peace, noting that with a commitment to multilateralism, the goals can be achieved. He also noted the need to bolster efforts towards disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control and rein in migration and humanitarian crises around the world. He also spoke of Viet Nam’s close cooperation with member nations of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and said that the country looked forward to hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) this year. Full statement available here Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, the honourable Dato Sri Anifah Aman addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak Further today, addressing the UN General Assembly, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cambodia, Prak Sokhonn, underscored the importance of all dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.“The 2030 Agenda is inextricably linked to many issues that perturb the world today, the most pressing one being climate change, which is not only a direct threat in itself but also a multiplier of many other threats – from poverty, diseases and food insecurity to mass migrations and regional conflicts,” he said, highlighting his country’s efforts in address these at the national level.Also in his address, the Cambodian Minister voiced concern over targeting of his country by some UN agencies and non-governmental organizations over human rights issues, and questioned the impartiality and neutrality of the criticism.“The issue of human rights and democracy is raised only when the specific interests of certain major powers are at stake, at the vagaries of the moment. Otherwise, it is sheer silence, and often a conspiracy of silence,” the Minister said, adding that non-governmental organizations are “far from being politically neutral.”Noting that his country had been the victim of political manipulation during the 12 years of the Khmer Rouge regime, during which egregious mass crimes had occurred, but which he said, were denied by the international community.Also in his address, he voiced concern over the situation in the Korean Peninsula and urged all parties to exercise utmost restraint.Full statement available here Prak Sokhonn, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak Don Pramudwinai, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak Pehin Lira Jock Seng, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak In the same vein, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Dato Sri Anifah Aman, also highlighted his country’s efforts to translate into action, the vision of growth which is based on the prosperity and wellbeing of its people while protecting the environment and strengthening peace. Recalling Malaysia’s presentation of its voluntary national review at this year’s session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the Minister reiterated that the Government “strives to ensure that each and every Malaysian has an equitable share in the prosperity and wealth of the country, and that no one will be left behind.” In his address, the Minister also underscored the threat to the global community from weapons of mass destruction and called for steadfast commitment to international obligations on disarmament and international security through various national, regional and international approaches. In that context, he also expressed concern over the crisis in the Korean Peninsula and called on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to desist from conducting further nuclear tests and missile launches, to halt its nuclear and ballistic missiles programme, and to comply fully with its international obligations in the interest of the maintenance of international peace and security. He also drew attention to the plight of Rohingyas who have been displaced from Myanmar and forced to seek refuge in Bangladesh. “If the current situation is not addressed judiciously, the desperate people in Rakhine will become easy prey to recruitment by extremists. Prolonged frustration, anger and deprivation provide fertile breeding ground for it,” he warned. Concluding his address he underlined the need for reforms at the UN and expressed support to the Secretary-Generals for his efforts for the same. Full statement available here Also, speaking today, Pehin Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam highlighted his country’s efforts to creating a better life for its people, in particular the youth, and noted that such efforts were built on the foundations of ensuring a sustainable future.“[We] will continue to do what it can to contribute […] to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, our efforts rest on promoting efficiency in energy consumption and gradually deploying renewable energies,” he highlighted. In his address, the Minister also said that his country would continue to pursue stronger engagement with partners, including ASEAN members, to continue to contribute to global peace and development. He also noted that Brunei Darussalam looks to the UN to address pressing issues around the globe and in that context, highlighted that it is vital for the Organization to enhance its working relations with all partners and pursue efforts to make itself more strong, effective and efficient. “As such, we support the Secretary-General’s ideas to reform the UN and reposition it to focus more on conflict prevention measures, including mediation,” expressing hope that such efforts will help the UN optimize its work and resources and “above all, save lives, safeguard people’s dignity, and promote peace and security around the world.” Full statement available here Also speaking today, Don Pramudwinai, the Foreign Minister of Thailand recalled the philosophy of “sufficiency economy” which places emphasis on every person’s potential to mould their lives in harmony with nature.“When each person can contribute meaningfully to [their] community, the life of the nation will surely be good,” the Foreign Minister, told global leaders, adding that based on the philosophy, which was advocated by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, the country has formulated its key development frameworks to “focus first on people.” Noting that on top of challenges such as terrorism, conflicts, irregular migration along with environmental degradation, climate change and disasters, the world faces the grave threat of nuclear weapons, making the current time one in which “humanity is being truly tested.” In his address, the Thai leader urged the international community to rally behind the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and also expressed concern over the crisis in the Korean Peninsula. Concluding his remarks, Minister Pramudwinai hailed the importance of multilateralism and called on the UN to take transformative steps in view of current realities and expectations. Full statement available here read more

Apple Under Fire Over AntiGay App

first_imgApple has come under fire for its App Store yet again. This time it’s from the gay community, which has expressed outrage at the release of a self-titled app from Exodus International, a church that describes itself as “the world’s largest ministry to individuals and families impacted by homosexuality.”Non-profit gay rights group Truth Wins Out called Apple out over the decision to allow the app in its store, citing examples of the company’s traditionally friendly relationship with the gay community, Apple has long been a friend of the LGBT community, opposing California’s Proposition 8, removing the anti-gay Manhattan Declaration iPhone app, and earning a 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.”I am shocked that this same company has given the green light to an app from a notoriously anti-gay organization like Exodus International that uses scare tactics, misinformation, stereotypes and distortions of LGBT life to recruit clients, endorses the use of so-called ‘reparative therapy’ to ‘change’ the sexual orientation of their clients. The organization has started a petition that has since gained well over 17,000 signatures condemning the app. The church, on the other hand, has described the app as a “useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders.”last_img read more

Arsenal fall to humiliating home defeat but progress in Europa League

first_img Share1 Tweet Email Feb 22nd 2018, 10:09 PM Ostersunds FK’s Curtis Edwards and Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck in action. Image: Adam Davy Short URL ARSENAL SURVIVED A huge scare to keep their Europa League campaign alive, progressing to the last 16 with a 4-2 aggregate win over Ostersunds despite a 2-1 loss at home.The Gunners cruised to a 3-0 win in the first leg in Sweden last week but found themselves 2-0 down at half-time of the return fixture at the Emirates Stadium.A strike from Sead Kolasinac early in the second half eased some of the nerves in north London, though, and ensured their place in Friday’s draw for the last 16.Ostersunds, who were only founded in October 1996, after Arsene Wenger had been appointed Arsenal manager, were fearless in their approach and sent the visiting fans into raptures when Calum Chambers’ own goal and Ken Sema’s strike put them 2-0 up in the space of 70 seconds in the first half.A Gunners team including Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck offered little by way of a response until the second minute of the second half, when Kolasinac lashed home from close range.Graham Potter’s visitors could not find the two goals they needed to complete a shock turnaround, but the performance will have given Wenger plenty to consider ahead of the EFL Cup final against Manchester City in three days’ time.Arsenal, no doubt with one eye on Sunday’s showdown at Wembley, made little effort to add to their aggregate lead during the early stages in front of a sparse home crowd.Ostersunds sensed the hosts’ complacency and Hosam Aiesh stunned the Emirates 22 minutes in, latching onto Saman Ghoddos’ long ball in behind Kolasinac and firing across David Ospina, with Chambers deflecting the effort into the net.Before the visiting fans had even finished celebrating, Sema capitalised on more slack defending from Arsenal, leaving Chambers for dead with a clever drag-back before rifling the ball into the bottom-right corner from the left of the penalty area. Ken Sema celebrates.Arsenal responded with a spell of possession but offered very little going forward, with aflicked header from Danny Welbeck, which was comfortably held by goalkeeper Aly Keita, the closest they came to a goal back in the first half.However, 90 seconds after the break, they eased some of the anxiety around the Emirates. Full-back Ronald Mukiibi swiped at Hector Bellerin’s cross and missed, allowing Kolasinac to take a touch before smashing the ball into the net from 12 yards out.Arsenal began to look a little more relaxed, with Mohamed Elneny and Danny Welbeck each denied by good saves from Keita, but Ostersunds looked a threat until the end and the Gunners will have to improve significantly if they are to claim the first major trophy of the English season this weekend.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 34 Comments Follow us: By The42 Teamcenter_img Ostersunds FK’s Curtis Edwards and Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck in action. Image: Adam Davy Arsenal fall to humiliating home defeat but progress in Europa League The Gunners were beaten by Ostersunds but their first-leg win was enough to see them reach the last 16 on aggregate. Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 10:09 PM Celtic crash out of Europe as birthday boy Ivanovic sparks second-leg turnaroundOn the double! Waterford snap up ex-Liverpool keeper and Oldham striker 29,543 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Robbie Keane and Olympic heroes honoured as People of the Year

first_img 14,008 Views Share Tweet Email1 Robbie Keane and Olympic heroes honoured as People of the Year The list also includes some extraordinary acts of heroism. Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 11:00 PM Davitt Walsh jumped into the cold waters of Lough Swilling at this pier in Buncrana and saved a baby girl. Source: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ieRemembering that day, Davitt said:The only time I feared for my safety was on my way back from the car because I thought I wasn’t going to make it back to shore. I was physically exhausted, I was struggling and I actually feared for the baby’s life more than my own. I really wanted to get her back to shore.Heroism in another crisis was lauded last night when Alan Herdman, 24, was awarded a Young Person of the Year trophy for saving the lives of eight children in Rusheen Bay, Galway. He saw them struggling in the sea and rushed out on his paddle board, immediately pulling two children on to it who were in danger of going under. After getting them to shore, he returned to rescue three more – and the final three children were brought to safety with the help of his colleague Neil Gibson.The long-term contributions of organisations and individuals to helping the most vulnerable in Irish society were also recognised at the ceremony in the Citywest hotel. Brother Kevin Crowley at work assembling food parcels at the Capuchin Day Centre. Source: Niall Carson via PA Archive/PA ImagesBrother Kevin Crowley was given awarded for his incredible work in setting up and running the Capuchin Day Centre, which has been providing hot meals, food parcels and other services to homeless people and those who are struggling to survive. Last year, for example, 8,000 children were served meals in the centre. Br Crowley – who set up the Centre in 1969 – said:To me in this day and age it is absolutely appalling to think that people have to queue up here for baby food and for nappies. I hope I can continue as long as I can to make sure that our homeless people and the people in need will be served with dignity and with respect.The charity which supports male victims of domestic abuse and highlights their plight, AMEN, has been in operation for nearly two decades. It also runs an incredibly busy helpline and is considered a lifeline for men facing a situation that has little recognition on a national scale, and very few dedicated services.Parents Róisín and Mark Molloy were also honoured for their brave campaign this year in highlighting inadequate standards in maternity services in Ireland. More than 80 families are getting reviews into the care they received following extensive research, meeting and endless patience and determination by the Molloys to establish the true circumstances of their baby son Mark’s death at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Mark and Róisín Molloy seeking Oireachtas committee support in 2014 for a HIQA inquiry into baby Mark’s death in 2012. Source: Laura Hutton via RollingNews.ieSince their efforts, highlighted on an RTÉ Prime Time Investigates programme, the country’s first-ever Perinatal Bereavement Standards were launched and the report into Mark’s death led to other new measures, including a national patient advocacy service.The youngest person on the night to receive an award was 11-year-old Milo McCarthy who raised nearly €18,000 for Syrian refugees by busking on the streets of Cork – his efforts were brought to attention on the Late Late Show and spread awareness of the Syrian situation as well as raising funds for the Red Cross.Rounding off the feelgood moments of the year were John Muldoon and Pat Lam, awarded for leading Connacht rugby team to its first trophy in 131 years.“With nominations coming from the people of Ireland, these truly are the ‘People’s Awards’ and reflect all that is good about our society,” said CEO of Rehab Group, Mo Flynn.This joyous pic from Rio shows two of our champs celebrating their wins together>Why did it take a Prime Time programme to highlight the problems at Portlaoise maternity unit?> Short URL By Christine Bohan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Dec 3rd 2016, 11:00 PM 26 Comments I have always worn the green jersey with pride and I will always be grateful for the opportunities to play for and captain the International Team. It has been the highlight of my career. It is a privilege for me and my family to receive this award.Some rather more difficult events in 2016 were remembered at tonight’s ceremony – and the extraordinary feats of bravery carried out by ordinary people at the centre of them.Davitt Walsh received an award for the quite unbelievable display of courage on the Sunday evening in March when a car carrying a family slipped off the pier in Buncrana, Donegal. He immediately swam to the car which had drifted some 30 metres out. Asked by 49-year-old Sean McGrotty to “save the baby”, Davitt battled to get four-month-old Rioghnach-Ann McGrotty to safety before the car went under the water. Sean, his sons Mark, 12, and Evan, 8; the children’s grandmother Ruth Daniels, 57, and their aunt Jodie-Lee, 14, all died in the tragedy. SPORTSPEOPLE WHO LIT up our lives in 2016 were among the winners of Rehab People of the Year awards this evening. Jason Smyth crossing the line in the Men’s 100m. Source: Adam Davy via PA Wire/PA ImagesThe ten Paralympic medallists who brought pride and glory to the country with their Rio feats were on stage to accept a joint award. These included the world-class 100-metre champ Jason Smyth as well as gold medal-winning quartet of runner Michael McKillop, cyclist Eoghan Clifford and tandem team Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal. Cyclist Colin Lynch, swimmer Ellen Keane and ‘Rebel Treble’ discus stars Orla Barry, Niamh McCarthy and Noelle Lenihan rounded out the medal-winning athletes.The fantastic success of silver medallist sailor Annalise Murphy – Ireland’s first Olympic medal in sailing in over 35 years – saw her take Sports Person of the Year in a joint award with fellow silver-medallists rowing brothers Paul and Gary O’Donovan. Annalise Murphy with her grandmother Betty. Source: Brian Lawless via PA Wire/PA ImagesMurphy said last night that she was delighted to have helped put sailing on the map in Ireland: “I’ve noticed a spike in the amount of people giving it a go.”Gary O’Donovan said he and brother Paul would continue to rise to new challenges and, as is his style, added to the gaiety of the nation with the remark: “We’ll keep doing our thing, keep enjoying Nana’s cooking and hopefully we’ll keep winning medals.” Robbie Keane scored 68 goals for the Republic of Ireland in his international career. Source: Brian Lawless via PA Wire/PA ImagesInternational football star Robbie Keane was given the International Person of the Year award for, said the judges, “his inspirational service, leadership and passion” in the game. He said:last_img read more

FBI releases neverbeforeseen images of 911 attack on the Pentagon

first_img Mar 31st 2017, 10:53 PM Source: FBI VaultsAmerican Airlines Flight 77 out of Dulles International Airport slammed into the Pentagon’s western wall, killing all 64 people on the plane, including the five hijackers, and 125 on the ground.One poignant shot shows an American flag tangled in concrete-and-rebar wreckage being cleared by a tractor. Source: FBI VaultsAnother shows rescuers crouched as a blaze consumes part of west side of the building.In another, helmeted and gas-masked rescuers watch as a dog sniffs the rubble in the search for survivors and bodies.In all, nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, most of them at the World Trade Center. Source: FBI Vaults© – AFP 2017Read: Australian prime minister links ‘IS-inspired’ stabbing to 9/11 anniversary >Read: Fifteen years on, the flag raised over Ground Zero has found its way home > Share258 Tweet Email1 FBI releases never-before-seen images of 9/11 attack on the Pentagon The photos show the mass destruction at the site. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: FBI VaultsNEVER-SEEN PHOTOGRAPHS from the 11 September, 2001 attack on the Pentagon released by the FBI this week show the massive devastation that faced first responders.Twenty-seven pictures from that day depict the crushed walls, blazing fires and eviscerated interiors of the seat of the US Department of Defense.The American Airlines jet that struck the Pentagon was one of four airliners hijacked by Al-Qaeda teams and used as weapons in the deadliest terror attack ever on US soil. Source: FBI VaultsWhen the Pentagon was hit, two other airliners had already been flown into New York’s World Trade Center; the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers rose up against the hijackers. center_img Short URL Friday 31 Mar 2017, 10:53 PM By AFP 81,022 Views 190 Comments last_img read more

Woman discovered with fatal injuries identified after public appeal

first_imgWoman discovered with fatal injuries identified after public appeal She was found on the side of the road at Annagannihy Bridge, Rylane, Macroom this morning. Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 3:35 PM Image: Brian Lawless via PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Hayley Halpin Share86 Tweet Email1 Feb 20th 2019, 12:50 PM Image: Brian Lawless via PA Images Updated Feb 20th 2019, 3:35 PM GARDAÍ IN CORK have identified a woman who died from her injuries after being discovered on the side of the road. Gardaí earlier appealed for the public’s assistance in locating the woman – aged in her 70s – after she was discovered on the side of the road with serious injuries.Gardai have confirmed that the woman has since died from her injuries.  She was discovered on the side of the road at Annagannihy Bridge, Rylane, Macroom this morning at around 6.40am. Gardai thanked the public and the media for their assistance in the matter. A file will now be prepared for the Coroner’s Court. With reporting from Cormac Fitzgerald 23 Comments 70,174 Views last_img read more

Big business helps Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece has been given an entrepreneurial lifeline from Australia, with 18 local companies offering exclusive six-month internships to young Greek nationals out of work.The program is part of the Australian chapter of philanthropic group The Hellenic Initiative (THI) which was officially launched in Melbourne this week.Spearheaded by Bank of Sydney chief Nicholas Pappas, THI Australia will work on building long-term business connections between Greece and the diaspora down under, and give unemployed graduates a chance to get ahead of the pack in the damaged Greek job market. The program is made up of paid internships in Australia for six months. The Australian companies that have put their hands up to take part come from a wide variety of industries including financial services, the arts, law, and medicine.ANZ will be offering 12 placements (six over two years), while Bank of Sydney and National Australia Bank will also provide a number of internships.Greek Australian companies have also signed up to deliver the scheme, including private equity company Findex Group, seafood distributors Kailis Bros, and Eris Pharmaceuticals.The Hellenic Museum has also provided an internship program for those wishing to explore the world of curating and artefact preservation. Founding board member of THI Australia, Nick Mylonas said he was proud that the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, of which he is President, could assist THI’s Australian mission.“There are incredible synergies between the two organisations and we will work hard to identify ways that the Hellenic Australian business community can help THI, and in turn, assist Greece, ” he said.Launched in the US in 2012 by Darwin-born Dow Chemical Company CEO, Andrew Liveris, THI was conceived to help Greece back into recovery by providing crisis relief, entrepreneurship opportunities and economic development.To date, more than 60 internships have been filled by Greek entrepreneurs through the program and more than 75 per cent of those have received a job offer after their internship. THI’s office in Athens has already received thousands of applications for the program.“We’re only just tapping the surface,” Mr Pappas tells Neos Kosmos.“This can go very deep. They come here, they work here, there’s a knowledge transfer that happens while they’re here, their CVs are boosted and they go back to Greece armed with this experience.”Mr Pappas said that while Australian businesses have succeeded locally, being a part of THI could help them broaden their reach to Greece and give many a chance to crack international markets.Attending the launch, Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said linking Greece and Australia through business was a hugely worthwhile exploit. Asked his views on local internships going overseas, Mr Guy told Neos Kosmos it was important for Australian companies to include “a bit of both”, opening their mentoring streams to international and local candidates.The launch at ANZ’s Melbourne headquarters saw hundreds of the community’s most prominent members attend a $300-a-head inaugural dinner to show solidarity to Greece’s struggle and hear Andrew Liveris speak. Timing sadly fell short as Liveris was whisked away on business to Shanghai but appeared via live video link.“Whether delivering crucial aid, promoting promising entrepreneurs in Greece or welcoming young Greeks here in our businesses, we have shown that this diaspora is a powerful force,” he said. THI’s co-founder, Greek American George Stamas, was able to fill Liveris’ shoes and gave a rousing speech that had the crowd captivated. A venture capitalist and attorney, Mr Stamas spoke of the need for “filotimo and philanthropy” across the diaspora, and said a shared heritage “can bring us together at times of need”.He also spoke of the misconceptions many Greek Australians hold towards the Greek American business community.“My sense is that Greek Australians somehow think that Greek Americans really have their act together, and somehow carry the culture of Greece in a way that sometimes Greek Australians are a bit envious of, and nothing can be further from the truth,” he told Neos Kosmos. He also announced THI in the United States will be contributing $50,000 to the Australian division to get it up and running.During the dinner a number of Greek Australian businesses donated upwards of $10,000 each to assist THI with its crisis relief programs and entrepreneurs’ investment fund.Full list of Australian internship program partners: ANZ Bank of Sydney Cox Howlett Architects (Perth) Decmil Group Ltd (Perth) Directed Australia (Melbourne) Eris Pharmaceuticals (Melbourne) Findex Group (Melbourne) Fluor Corporation Greek Media Group (Melbourne) Hellenic Club/Alpha restaurant (Sydney) Hellenic Museum (Melbourne) Hickory, building and construction (Melbourne) Kailis Bros (Melbourne) Merit Partners Charted Accountants (Darwin) Moray & Agnew Lawyers (Melbourne) National Australia Bank RSM Bird Cameron Chartered Accountants (Perth) William Buck Chartered Accountants & Advisors (Sydney)last_img read more

Google affirme vendre 160000 smartphones sous Android chaque jour

first_imgGoogle affirme vendre 160.000 smartphones sous Android chaque jourMonde – Alors qu’Apple vient de lancer son très attendu iPhone 4, Google annonce des chiffres impressionnants concernant les ventes de smartphones fonctionnant sous Android, son OS mobile.Début mai, Google affirmait que 100.000 smartphones Android étaient vendus chaque jour. Un chiffre qui serait passé à 160.000 en juin, se félicitent le géant de la recherche sur Internet et ses partenaires Motorola et Verizon Wireless.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Les ventes de mobiles sous Android s’élèveraient à 15 millions par trimestre. Une tendance qui, si elle se maintient, pourrait faire passer l’OS devant l’environnement iPhone d’Apple. “Seuls” 8,75 millions d’iPhone ont en effet été écoulés au premier trimestre. Ces ventes dépassent les prévisions les plus optimistes de Google qui souligne que certains des soixante modèles de terminaux Android se vendent désormais plus rapidement qu’ils ne sont fabriqués. Mais avec l’arrivée de l’iPhone 4 sur le marché, et un succès qui semble prendre la même voie que celui de l’iPad, la donne pourrait rapidement changer. Qui plus est, Apple garde un large avantage sur Google en termes d’applications puisqu’il en existe plus de 200.000 pour l’iPhone, contre 65.000 pour les smartphones Android.Le 24 juin 2010 à 15:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Anne Paul Imaginez un morceau de plaque de 200 à 400 kilomètres

first_imgAnne Paul : “Imaginez un morceau de plaque de 200 à 400 kilomètres glissant sous le Japon” Après le terrible tremblement de terre qui a frappé le Japon ce vendredi 11 mars, Anne Paul, sismologue et directrice de recherche au CNRS répond aux questions de Maxisciences. Maxisciences – La magnitude enregistrée lors du séisme au Japon est de 8,9. Est-ce un record?Anne Paul – On ne peut pas dire que c’est du jamais vu. C’est une magnitude voisine du séisme survenu au Chili en février 2010. Depuis qu’on mesure les magnitudes, le séisme chilien était la 3e ou la 4e plus grande magnitude enregistrée, loin derrière le séisme de 1960 au Chili. En mai de cette année là, la magnitude mesurée était de 9,5.  Quelles sont les différences entre un séisme de magnitude 7 et de magnitude 8?Sachez simplement qu’arriver dans ces ordres de grandeurs, si on augmente de 0,1, l’énergie relâchée augmente de 30%.Est-ce un séisme surprenant?Non pas particulièrement. Le Japon est une zone sensible. C’est la taille de la faille qui casse qui est surprenante. Ici, la plaque du Pacifique a glissé sous le Japon. Parfois elle glisse de l’autre côté sous le Chili. Pour un séisme d’une telle ampleur, la rupture doit être longue de 200 à 400 kilomètres. Il faut s’imaginer un morceau de plaque de 200 à 400 kilomètres glissant sous le Japon. Y-aura-t-il des répliques? Le 9 mars et le 10 mars, la terre avait déjà tremblé au Japon. Là, je viens de voir sur les sites américains (interview réalisée à 9h00) que cela continue. On peut avoir des répliques de magnitude 7. Il faut se dire que la rupture peut entraîner une autre rupture un peu plus loin. Mais une fois qu’un séisme a atteint une magnitude de 8,5, nous n’avons jamais enregistré une réplique supérieure. Certains scientifiques expliquaient que la prochaine Super Pleine Lune (lire l’article) pouvait avoir des conséquences sur l’activité sismique? Non. Les changements de contrainte comme la position de la Lune par exemple sont des ordres de grandeur infinitésimaux par rapport aux mouvements des plaques. On ne sait pas ce qui déclenche le séisme. En effet, cela peut-être une goutte d’eau qui fait déborder le vase, mais ce n’est pas la position de la lune qui a rempli d’eau le vase.  À lire aussiComment expliquer les mystérieux séismes au large de Mayotte ?Un séisme comme celui-là change-t-il votre travail?Je pense d’abord aux sismologues japonais qui sont très nombreux et qui doivent être mobilisés. Il faut savoir que les études sur ce séisme vont permettre de progresser dans les commentaires. On va essayer de comprendre comment se déclenche une série de séismes comme cela. C’est inhabituel que des séismes de 6 et 7 qui ont été enregistrés au Japon en début de semaine provoquent un séisme de 8,5. Le séisme a-t-il été ressenti en France?Pas par l’homme, mais  sous la terre, oui. Il a été enregistré sur notre réseau placé dans le sud de la France. Il a été ressenti par tous les sismographes, les capteurs sont saturés. Autrement dit le seuil de vitesse maximum de déplacement du sol a été dépassé.Le 11 mars 2011 à 10:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

KPBSD Introduces Bond Proposition For Kachemak Selo School

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has introduced an ordinance that will ask voters this fall to approve spending up to $3.5 million on a new Kachemak Selo School. The assembly will hold a public hearing on the proposition on June 5. Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce proposed the ordinance to the assembly asking voters to approve an approximately $3.5 million bond package to help finance the school. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education approved a the site for a new school for Kachemak Selo, on Monday, April 2. The project’s estimated to cost $12.3 million. If approved by the assembly, the ordinance would go before voters in the regular election on October 2. Pierce: “The action plan at this point, thru the committees and the reviews that we’ve had on this project, would be to ask the voters in October to pick up a dollar match for this project.”  The state promised approximately $10 million for the construction in June 2016, and the borough is required to provide a match.last_img read more

Saturday Swan Lake Update No Planned Intentional Firing Operations This Weekend

first_imgA hotshot crew had been repositioned to assist protection of infrastructure along the ENSTAR gas pipeline, public use cabins and the Moose Research Center. The Swan Lake Fire has been slowly progressing to the northeast and continues to work through thick black spruce stands toward Cook’s Inlet. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Crews are going to continue mopping up through the fire perimeter to the South throughout Saturday on the Swan Lake Fire. The fire is estimated at 62,840 acres with roughly 489 crew members and at currently at 20% containment. Crews completed work Friday also improving the Sterling Fire Break. The fire has continued burn in a mosaic pattern, removing hazardous fuels and providing for a resilient, healthy, more fire-resistant landscape for the future. Emery Johnson with the Alaska Division of Forestry: “Motorists should expect another inversion again causing poor visibility in the morning. No major winds are expected on Saturday, and there are no more planned intentional firing operations from us throughout the weekend.”Two-way traffic has resumed on the Sterling Highway, with an area of reduced speed between mileposts 65 and 75.  However, nighttime inversions may cause areas of low visibility during evening and morning hours resulting in use of pilot cars and flaggers. Night shift resources are assigned to monitor smoke impacts and help ensure public safety along the highway. On Friday, firefighters strengthened and reinforced fire lines along the Sterling Highway and East Fork Moose River. In the muskeg area of the Moose River in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, crews are mopping up the burn scar of the 2017 East Fork Fire, which has left a heavy load of dead and down trees, securing the perimeter. A dense smoke advisory remains in effect for the entire Kenai Peninsula until 1 a.m. on Sunday, June 30. The level of impact changes daily and sometimes hourly based on wind direction, wind speed, and topography, according to an advisory from the Alaska Incident Management Team. For information about other steps you can take to increase defensible space around your property, visit read more

Advantage Business Media Cuts 10 Percent

first_imgRockaway, New Jersey-based b-to-b publisher Advantage Business Media has eliminated 17 positions, or about 10 percent of its overall workforce.“In these economic times, and unlike many publishers who are closing titles, Advantage intends to be proactive and stay ahead of this thing as best as we can and continue to compete,” a spokesperson told FOLIO:. The spokesperson attributed the cuts, in part, to the company’s profit decline in print. Advantage reported 35 percent year-over-year growth in digital; however, those gains “will not make up for the decline in print.” Last summer, Advantage cut 11 jobs as part of a restructuring to “remobilize the company’s assets toward digital growth.” The company had expected to hire 20 additional people to staff up its e-media division.Launched in 2006, Advantage Business Media publishes several trade magazines, such as Product Design & Development and Wireless Week.last_img read more