Trade will be an irritant in US-India ties, reciprocal taxes likely: White House

first_imgThe United States has said it expects “free, fair and reciprocal” trade with India, and acknowledged it could cause the “most friction” in ties between the two countries which are otherwise on a “very strong footing”.Although the US government committed to “expanding the strategic partnership”, President Donald Trump has railed against Indian tariffs on Harley-Davidson motorcycles and threatened to impose “reciprocal taxes”. On Wednesday, his administration challenged a bunch of Indian export subsidies at the World Trade Organization (WTO).Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img

Students might have to undertake 60 minute of compulsory physical activity in school

first_imgThe Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry is considering the recommendation of a group, which if accepted, will make it mandatory for school students to indulge in 60 minutes of physical activity every day.As per HT report, the two-day ‘Chintan Shivir’ witnessed separate groups comprising of civil society activists and officials of the state governments and Centre hold deliberations on themes of digital education, life skill education, experimental learning, physical education and value education.Value educationCreation of a network of model schools that could impart value education was also proposed during the workshop.A senior ministry official said, ”Physical education should be an integral part of overall education and it has been proposed that it should be viewed as a core part of school education just like academics. One hour of physical activity everyday for all age-groups has been recommended by the group.”National physical education development fund The group that held discussions on physical education was headed by Kendriya Vidyalaya commissioner Santosh Kumar Mall. It also recommended that students’ fitness levels should be assessed and a national physical education development fund under the HRD ministry should be established.”The group has also recommended development of community coaches through indexing so that schools would know which area a particular coach resides in and they can seek their help. Also, a number of community and wedding halls remain vacant when they are not in use so they can also be utilised for sports,” said another HRD functionary.Read: HRD Minster Prakash Javadekar on NCERT survey exam: Education reforms expected after NAS results  NAS results advertisementRead: ‘Mo School’ Campaign announced by Odisha government to connect to childhood memorieslast_img read more

A new year… same ole AEK

first_imgThe year changed, but AEK continued their poor showings as they played to a 0-0 draw against Panetolikos at the OAKA Stadium. The Kitrinomavri created multiple chances to find the breakthrough but the MVP of the match, Dimitris Kyriakidis, denied the hosts to keep the clean sheet and point for his side.AEK dominated the 90 minutes of play but ended the game without finding the back of the net. The Kiitrinomavri created many chances of goal, but Kyriakidis was there to deny the hosts and keep the clean sheet for Panetolikos. The Greek goalkeeper made three big saves in the final 15 minutes (efforts from Johansson, Simoes, and Lambropoulos) to deny AEK as the home crowd booed off the players (and the coach for his decisions) at the final whistle.Panetolikos generated only two chances in AEK’s half, but both were great opportunities for the opener. On both occasions, Clesio was in on goal, on-on-one with Barkas, but the Mozambican international could not convert his attempts into a goal.AEK kicked off 2017 where they left off in 2016, with another poor showing and disappointing result. Today’s result marks AEK’s 5th draw out of 8 games at the OAKA Stadium as they sit tied four 4th place with Panionios (play tomorrow against PAS Giannina) in the standings. The Enosis will have a tricky away test over the weekend in Tripoli while 9th placed Panetolikos host an in-form Panionios side. Source: (Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Luxoft: LuxTrace accelerates trace timing analysis by 10x in the automotive sector

first_imgLuxoft has launched LuxTrace, a new and improved web-based version of TraceAnalyzer 4.0, a timing analysis tool for visualizing system timing in terms of the constituent ECUs, controllers, processors, buses and networks, which processes large traces up to ten times faster than the previous version.With LuxTrace, Luxoft has turned the desktop application TraceAnalyzer into a modern web-based solution. As such, it is ready for deployment in a continuous integration workflow. LuxTrace now enables engineers to formulate all timing requirements using a flexible test-case centric representation. Being Python-based, users can test even the most complex timing requirements automatically. At the same time, easy templates are provided for general test cases and offers a central, database-backed repository for all your tracing data.In addition, all test-cases can be run fully automatically, with test reports available interactively in the browser or in user-specific formats like Excel. LuxTrace offers a central configuration on the server and can be operated by multiple users at the same time. This means all timing projects can be reviewed in a single place – by everyone on the team.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous How to reuse your IIoT technology investments – nowNext Artila: Linux-ready Cortex-A7 SoM with preempt real time patchlast_img read more

England aim to weather Women’s World T20 storm with win over South Africa

first_img Read more Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Women’s World Twenty20 Topics Robinson is leaving his options open as to whether he sticks with a spin-heavy attack or picks an extra seamer, Tash Farrant, for the South Africa match. “I’ve looked at our pitch and it looked completely different to anything else,” he said. “I’m probably on to plan C.”If England can get the job done it will mean their final game of the group stage, against the in-form West Indies, will dictate who tops the group. Casting forward, a semi-final against Australia could be on the cards.“They have been talked up by you guys a lot, which is always entertaining for us to watch,” Robinson said, pointedly.“They are a good team and nobody can say anything different. We’re just trying to concentrate on ourselves. We have a hell of a game against South Africa and they will be coming at us hard.” Ominous Australia relocate mojo at Women’s World T20 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. South Africa cricket team Read more Amy Jones looking to seize World Twenty20 chance with both gloves Reuse this content England women’s cricket team Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook news Women’s cricket Cricket Share on WhatsApp If England can overcome South Africa, the team they squeezed past in last year’s World Cup semi-final, they can go to sleep on Friday having eliminated their recent rivals and secured safe passage to the final four of the Women’s World T20.That, according to coach Mark Robinson, would be some achievement given the hurdles presented to the team in terms of player availability and preparation in St Lucia, constant rain last weekend still preventing their bowlers from training at full tilt. That South Africa capitulated against West Indies – losing nine for 28 to be bowled out for 76 – only makes them an even more dangerous proposition. “They have always been a bit temperamental,” Robinson said. “On their day they are absolutely brilliant and they can beat anybody. This will be their Cup final – they need to win.”Since the rain largely subsided, England’s batters have been able to go through their paces across three heavy days of training but not the bowlers with run-ups unsuitable at their practice facility.Robinson is impressed by how they have rolled with the punches. “The girls have been outstanding,” he said, noting that the coaches had “flogged” them in the nets in order to make up for the vital days they had lost. “It is good to have stiffness and tiredness for the right reasons. I’d rather go in like that and slightly better prepared than undercooked.”Instructively, Robinson acknowledged he does not yet consider his team as likely to win the trophy as he did earlier in the year. “It has been quite hard work because we lost Sarah Taylor and Katie George and Katherine Brunt, then practice has been quite disjointed,” he said.“If you had asked me midsummer I would have thought we could have won it. Now we are just starting to get our teeth back into the competition.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Support The Guardianlast_img read more

Chelsea cannot count on Hazard to carry them

first_imgChelsea Chelsea can no longer count on Hazard to carry them as Conte’s issues go beyond Morata’s malaise Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 01:29 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(26) Eden Hazard Chelsea Leicester Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Antonio Conte Eden Hazard Morata Chelsea v Leicester City Leicester City Opinion Saturday’s scoreless draw with Leicester, who dominated the first half before being reduced to 10 men, shows nearly all of the Blues are struggling Alvaro Morata has been repeatedly identified as Chelsea’s biggest under-performer at the moment but Saturday’s 0-0 draw at home to Leicester City showed that his present malaise has spread to many of his team-mates.The Foxes peppered the Blues’ goal in the first half with 12 shots in total, the most by any visiting side in the opening 45 minutes of a game at Stamford Bridge since 2003-04. Indeed, while Chelsea ended the game on the offensive, that was only due to the second-half dismissal of Ben Chilwell’s senseless dismissal.In truth, Chelsea were lucky to escape with a point. Their historice third consecutive 0-0 draw in all competitions was undeserved, and for all the wrong reasons.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A stalemate looks all the more disappointing, given Leicester have lost 12 of their last 14 games against Chelsea in all competitions, but had Chilwell not got himself sent off, it’s likely that Claude Puel’s adventurous approach would have been rewarded with a victory. Alvaro Morata Chelsea LeicesterMorata and Eden Hazard started up front once again, which was unsurprising, with Antonio Conte seemingly having decided that 3-5-2 is the only way to go, after abandoning his preferred 3-4-3 following in light of his side’s a bad run in October. Chelsea’s £55 million striker will take more criticism after a match in which the only thing he did of not was earn his sixth booking of the season – and rightly so. Morata has scored just three goals in all competitions since November 22. However, he is not the only player performing poorly. Hazard still looks badly out of sorts, just as he did against Arsenal in midweek, and the Belgian was substituted for the third game in a row.Hazard is under intense pressure to provide a creative spark for Chelsea, as the sole player who links Morata to his midfield, and he is also covering a huge amount of ground in the 3-5-2 formation, not least because so many of his team-mates are out of form and offering little. In short, Hazard looks exhausted from carrying the Blues attack almost all on his own. Cesc Fabregas is a genius creator but his spark and fluidity has ebbed away in recent months, and it was no surprise to see him come off at the same time as Hazard. Conte decided against withdrawing Tiemoue Bakayoko but the midfielder still doesn’t look remotely close to justifying the club’s decision to sell Nemanja Matic and sign the ex-Monaco man for the same £40 million fee. Eden Hazard Chelsea LeicesterPedro and Willian came on in place of Hazard and Cesc but they made little impact. Indeed, Pedro has been the player to have declined most since last season, when his crucial goals played a huge part in Chelsea’s title win. Willian, perhaps, deserves more game time after some good performances against lesser opposition but with the club’s new, more cautious formation, his first-team chances have been limited.Overall, the worrying thing was that with Puel having lined Leicester up in a bold 4-4-2 formation, they outplayed Chelsea for long stretches, as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez played with the confidence that you would expect of a Chelsea player. The Blues were fortunate to claim what was their fourth stalemate in a row. They are now nine points off their total after 23 games from last season but, even more crucially, trail Premier League leaders Manchester City by a whopping 15 points, having played one game more than Pep Guardiola’s side. Conte’s reign at Chelsea has been great so far and, amid talk of him potentially leaving at the end of the season, most fans want to see him stay for at least another year.However, the negativity among the fans has hit its highest levels since the Italian’s arrival as Chelsea boss, with their side no longer enjoyable to watch. The Chelsea boss was raging on the touchline and he used up his substitutions after just 56 minutes, the earliest he has ever done so since taking charge. Leicester deserved their point and the problems at Chelsea go well beyond just Morata’s malaise. It extends to a whole group of underperforming champions. As Conte said afterwards, “I don’t think it is only Morata’s problem, also the other players, because we are not scoring goals. We are not conceding, but we are not creating chances.”The remainder of Chelsea’s season hinges upon Conte finding a solution. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

CMA CGM Books USD 100 Mn Loss in Q1

first_imgzoom French container shipping company CMA CGM reported a net loss of USD 100 million in the first quarter of 2016 in an environment characterized by strong pressure on freight rates, with average revenue per TEU fall of 17.6%.This is a substantial drop from USD 406 million profit posted in the corresponding quarter in 2015.CMA CGM’s revenue came in at USD 3.4 billion for the period, down from USD 4 billion when compared to first-quarter 2015 when the group benefited from particularly favourable freight rates and volumes.However, the company saw a 2.9% increase in volumes during the first quarter, to 3.2 million TEU, beating the market which grew by 1.2%.CMA CGM mainly attributed the increase to growth in the Transatlantic and Transpacific lines operating to and from the United States, which offset the decrease in volumes carried between Asia and Europe, where the group had scaled back its capacity in response to weaker demand.“In a very difficult environment, we have in the first quarter recorded an increase in volumes above the market average, while maintaining a positive core EBIT margin. We will continue our strict financial discipline, including the implementation of a significant cost reduction plan. In addition, we are moving forward on our strategic projects, namely the proposed acquisition of NOL and the creation of a new operational alliance OCEAN with a launching anticipated in April 2017,” says Rodolphe Saadé, Vice-Chairman of CMA CGM.CMA CGM’s acquisition of NOL has already received some of the required clearance from the relevant regulatory authorities, namely the European Commission as well as Indian authorities.In addition, prompted by tough market conditions the company has initiated a new plan to cut costs by USD 1bn within 18 months. The program will be rolled out in 2016.Looking at the market conditions CMA CGM pointed to recent trend on the Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean lines shows a slight improvement in its freight rates since 1 May 2016, but the environment remains fragile.last_img read more

Preparations Urged as Hurricane Earl Moves Closer to Nova Scotia

first_imgAs Hurricane Earl maintains a track towards Nova Scotia, Emergency Management Office officials are urging Nova Scotians to continue to prepare for the potential storm. All three levels of government and partner organizations, including utilities, are working collaboratively to ensure the safety of Nova Scotians. Environment Canada advises that Hurricane Earl will likely have an effect on the province beginning the evening of Friday, Sept. 3 and through the weekend. Today a hurricane watch was issued for Digby, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties. A tropical storm watch has been issued for Annapolis, Halifax, Hants, Kings and Lunenburg counties, as well as the Fundy side of Colchester and Cumberland counties. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to continue to prepare for the potential of Hurricane Earl making landfall in Nova Scotia,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Emergency Management. “As this storm moves towards us, it continues to be very powerful. It’s imperative that people are prepared.” As the storm moves closer to the province, particularly in the 24-hours before arrival, its potential impact and strength will become clearer. EMO will then be better able to do risk assessments and provide more specific guidance to Nova Scotians and other partners. Nova Scotians have been encouraged to take some basic steps to prepare for an emergency, including having an emergency kit, cash, family contact information and shelter ready. “People should also begin to look at whether they have enough propane on hand to operate a barbecue, that their vehicles are fully fuelled and cellphones are charged,” said Ms. Jennex. “In the event of an emergency, many of the modern conveniences we rely upon are taken away.” People are reminded that safety should be the top priority during an emergency. The use of candles as a light source can be extremely dangerous. Barbecues and camping stoves should never be used indoors. When using a generator, closely follow all operating instructions. Keeping in mind that hurricanes are unpredictable, Nova Scotians should reconsider weekend plans, especially outdoor activities. Event organizers across the province are advised to continue to closely monitor weather and public safety advisories. Government departments, led by EMO, continue to prepare for the storm. EMO will open the Joint Emergency Operations Centre and staff it 24/7, if required. “We have been working closely with government departments and federal, municipal and other partners to ensure that everything is in place in the event of Hurricane Earl,” said Mike Myette, director of emergency services at EMO. “Through these partnerships, we will work collaboratively to provide an effective response.” Through Check-in Nova Scotia and Visitor Information Services, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage is working to inform visitors to the province of the impending weather. Tourists in the area should consider making alternate arrangements if travel is not possible. Visitors needing accommodation help can contact 1-800-565-0000 or visit a Visitor Information Centre. Halifax Stanfield International Airport is monitoring weather and travellers are advised to check with airlines for up-to-date information and flight schedule changes. A travel advisory on the airport’s website ( will be updated throughout the weekend and the Visitor Information Centre in the terminal is informing people arriving of impending weather conditions. The Department of Natural Resources is informing provincial park campers of the storm potential and ensuring their needs are met. Provincial parks and beaches may be closed, if warranted. Those cancelling provincial parks reservations this weekend will be fully reimbursed. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is working to ensure crews are mobilized, when and where, the storm may hit. EMO is preparing to deploy resources to areas that may be most affected. Visit the EMO website at for more emergency preparedness information.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Leary Fraser Road Leary Fraser Road, from Route 325 to Bolivar Road, will have alternating lane closures for gravelling and regrading until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. NEW WORK CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104Highway 104, eastbound from Onslow for about five kilometres will have a right lane closure for roadwork until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104Highway 104, westbound from East Mountain for about seven kilometres will have a right lane closure for roadwork until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348, East River RoadRoute 348, East River Road, is reduced to one lane in various sections from the Stellarton town line to the New Glasgow town line for repairs and repaving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from the Kentville town line to the Wolfville town line is reduced to one lane at night for paving. Work will take place between the hours of 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. until Friday, Aug. 24. Residents in the area are advised that there may be an increased level of noise at night, during the construction hours. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Bible HillVimy Road, Bible Hill, from College Road to Brookside Road, for about two kilometres is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, Aug.31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. COLCHESTER COUNTY: BrooksideFarnham Mill Road, Brookside, from Route 311 to Brookside Road, is reduced to one lane for more than one kilometre for patching and paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Wyman Road, ChebogueWyman Road, Chebogue, is reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102Highway 102, from Brookfield to Truro, the northbound right lane, will be closed for roadwork until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, northbound from Exit 4C (Bedford) to Exit 5 (Fall River), is reduced to one lane for repaving and widening until Nov. 15. PICTOU COUNTY: Sutherlands River BridgeTrunk 4 is closed in Sutherlands River, east of Church Road and west of the intersection of Route 245 and Thorburn Road, for the replacement of the Sutherlands River Bridge. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour route and signs are in place. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone. DIGBY COUNTY: Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge, Meteghan, to Highway 101 Connector, for about six kilometres, has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Friday, Aug. 31. Personnel and signs will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Parks Creek BridgeParks Creek Bridge on Route 332 is closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Motorists are required to detour via Route 332 to Indian Path Road and back to Route 332. DIGBY COUNTY: Cape St. Marys Bridge Cape St. Marys Bridge, located on John Doucette Road, Cape St. Marys, is closed for bridge replacement until Thursday, Nov. 15. Detour signs in place. COLCHESTER COUNTY: PrinceportRiverside Road, Princeport, from Trunk 2 westerly, for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place form daylight to dusk. INVERNESS COUNTY: JudiqueTrunk 19, from about one kilometre north of Joe Effie Road, in Judique, northerly for about seven kilometres, is reduced to one lane for drainage improvements and repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 Highway 118, northbound between Exit 13 and Exit 14, is reduced to one lane for repaving and widening until Nov. 15. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mullock Road Mullock Road is closed to all traffic for roadwork. A detour is in place. Access from Route 325 to civic number 661 will be from the north end. Access from Trunk 3 to civic number 559 will be from the south end. The road closure will be in place until Wednesday, Aug. 22. COLCHESTER COUNTY: North RiverRoute 311 from Stewart’s Bridge, in North River, for six kilometres north to Upper North River is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal BridgePort Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348, Pictou LandingRoute 348, in Pictou Landing, is reduced to one lane from 500 metres east of Well Hill Road to Lewis Road for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Traffic control personnel are on site. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104Highway 104, westbound from about one kilometre east of Exit 24, Stellarton to Exit 21, Westville, about seven kilometres is reduced to one lane for road work until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 3, PubnicoRoute 3, Pubnico, from Ye Old Argyle Road to Route 335 has alternating lane closures for patching and repaving until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control signs and personnel are in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103, Camperdown Highway 103, from Camperdown School Road to Camperdown Road, Camperdown, have alternating lane closures for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control will consist of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103Highway 103, near Liverpool, between Exit 18 and Exit 19, has alternating lane closures for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control will consist of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Abrams River Bridge, Trunk 3Abrams River Bridge on Trunk 3, about one kilometre west of Eel Lake Road, will be closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Detour signs are in place. -30-last_img read more

Canadian woman charged with smuggling cocaine into Australia police

first_imgA Canadian woman has been charged with importing cocaine into Australia after local authorities say border officials found about 12 kilograms of the drug hidden in her luggage.The Australian Federal Police said the 42-year-old woman was travelling from Canada with her son and had landed in the Sydney International Airport on Sunday when she was targeted for an examination.The force said border officers who X-rayed the woman’s three large suitcases found “several anomalies.”“Officers discovered a white powdery substance concealed within the lining of the suitcases,” the force said in a statement. “Initial testing returned a presumptive positive result for cocaine, with a total weight of approximately 12 kilograms.”The AFP said the woman was arrested and charged with one count of importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs. It noted that the maximum penalty for the offence is life in prison.The force did not say where in Canada the woman was from.The woman was to appear before a Sydney court on Monday, police said.The AFP also said it was working with the Canadian consulate and New South Wales Family and Community Services to determine how to best take care of the woman’s son until he could return to Canada.  A spokesman for Global Affairs Canada said Canadian officials are in contact with local authorities and are providing consular services to the woman and her family. John Babcock said further information could not be provided due to privacy reasons.A report from the Australian Institute of Criminology, a national research centre on crime and criminal justice, said that in 2016-17, Canada ranked as the third highest embarkation point for cocaine detections, behind the United States and South Africa, but ahead of Mexico and the United Kingdom. It also said 50 kilograms of cocaine were detected via air cargo from Canada during that time period.Last year, three Quebecers pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle 95 kilograms of cocaine into Australia in suitcases aboard a luxury cruise ship.Emerald Bensadoun, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Toronto – CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund and ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival today announced a new screenwriting fund to grant $10,000 in awards to Canadian writers of theatrical-length screenplays and treatments who identify as part of a disability community. With submissions now open, the CBC-REELABILITIES SCREENWRITER FUND is launching in conjunction with the upcoming 2nd Annual ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival from May 10-18th.“We are committed to nurturing and supporting new voices in Canadian film including creators who have typically been underrepresented in the industry, and look forward to partnering with ReelAbilities to champion filmmakers with disabilities,” said Helen Du Toit, Interim Senior Director, CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund.“Our mandate at RAFF includes the showcasing of Canadian disability culture and a focus on filmmakers with disabilities, so this partnership with CBC to encourage new work is an exciting one,” said Liviya Mendelsohn, Artistic Director, ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival, and Manager of Accessibility and Inclusion, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook “I think it is wonderful that we are beginning to see ourselves represented in film,” said local Toronto filmmaker Michael McNeely, who is deafblind. “We still have a long way to go, and this Fund is designed as a catalyst.”The CBC-REELABILITIES SCREENWRITER FUND will award a total of $10,000 in 2017. Screenplays are eligible for awards of up to $10,000. Treatments are eligible for awards of up to $2000. Amounts awarded will depend on the total number, type and quality of submissions received. Applicants must be persons with a disability.Submissions must be original works in English, written or co-written (at least 50%) by the applicant. Book adaptations are not eligible unless the source material (novel or play) was also written by the applicant. Applicants may submit either a feature-length screenplay (85-120 pages) or a treatment (10-20 pages).A jury chosen by Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, ReelAbilities Toronto and CBC will evaluate all submissions received by midnight on August 1, 2017. The jury will access all submissions based on the quality of the submission and writing. The chances of being selected as a fund recipient will depend on the number of total application packages received and the quality of the submissions.Full eligibility requirements and application information packages are available online at will be announced online at and on September 15th, 2017.About CBC Breaking Barriers Film FundOffering new opportunities for filmmakers who have historically been at a disadvantage in accessing financing and making their unique voices heard, the CBC BREAKING BARRIERS FILM FUND helps finance English-language feature film projects that are written or directed by Canadian women, Indigenous persons, visible minorities and persons with a disability who have had at least one feature-length film showcased at a recognized film festival. Submissions are now being accepted with no formal deadlines. Further information and application guidelines are available at CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.About ReelAbilities Toronto Film FestivalReelAbilities Film Festival brings together the community to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. ReelAbilities Film Festival showcases films, conversations and artistic programs to explore, embrace and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. This is the second annual ReelAbilities Festival in Toronto.www.toronto.reelabilities.orglast_img read more

Sahrawi Speaker at UN Denounces Common Practice of Slavery in Tindouf

Rabat – Benabdalayachi Yahfudu Heiba, a Sahrawi member of the South Atlantic Chamber of Maritime Fisheries has denounced at the United Nations “the slavery practices of another age” still common in the refugee camps of Tindouf.Speaking on October 10 at the 4th Committee during the 72nd UN General Assembly, Heiba explained to the Commission that “these abject practices, banned by international law and the laws of all civilized nations, unfortunately remain a common practice in Polisario camps.”  The Sahrawi citizen said that “children inherited the slavery situation from their parents, in accordance with an official law signed by Polisario.”“In Tindouf, people of white skin do not even deign to greet dark-skinned people, and [they] refuse to sit with them under the same roof,” he explained. Heiba recalled the tragic story of a 90-year-old slave in a family in the Tindouf camps, who died recently in atrocious conditions, in complete oblivion and solitude.  “No one had been able to help except the journalist who had broken the silence.” “This man spent his whole life serving this family, but when he had no strength to serve them anymore, they did not hesitate to get rid of him like an ‘obsolete object,’ letting him rot in a disused room used as a debarra where he recently passed away,” the petitioner continued.“Therefore, I would like to say to the Polisario and to all those who support it that they should be ashamed when they talk about the slogans of human rights and equality within international fora,” Heiba concluded. In a report published in 2014 entitled “Off the Radar,” Human Rights Watch revealed that “forms of slavery persist in the camps in a few isolated cases, […] despite the Polisario’s long-standing call for its eradication and enactment of a law criminalizing the practice.”“The victims tend to be dark-skinned Sahrawis and the slavery takes the form mainly of non-voluntary housework, according to the Freedom and Progress association, an anti-slavery group formed by a group of camp residents,” the report added.The report went on further to say that the organization “documented a case in which a brother and sister said another family, claiming that the children’s mother had been their slave, abducted and forced them to work in their household for up to 18 years. The Polisario secured their release in 2013.” read more

Greyhound replacements find tough road to prosperity in Western Canada

Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Dan Healing, The Canadian Press CALGARY — Six months after Greyhound Canada shut down most of its service in Western Canada and northern Ontario, the companies that stepped in to take its place say they still face a rough road full of unexpected turns.And they concede that the level of service they are providing doesn’t come close to matching what Greyhound had offered before it decided to abandon what it says was a money-losing business.Bus operators report strong competition on profitable routes with good ridership, while remote routes with lower numbers usually aren’t served at all or get less frequent or less reliable service, often on smaller vehicles or ones that don’t accommodate disabled passengers.“If you’re travelling the major markets, you definitely have options and there are good carriers that are reputable,” said John Stepovy, director of business development for Calgary-based Pacific Western Transportation, which operates Red Arrow and Ebus services in Alberta and B.C.“Once you start going into smaller markets or travelling interprovincially, the marketplace is a lot more scattered and the travelling public is forced to create their own journeys. Previously, you just needed one ticket through Greyhound.”About a year ago, Pacific Western was hired by the province of British Columbia to operate its BC Bus North service after Greyhound cancelled routes to communities including Prince Rupert and Dawson Creek.Since the larger Greyhound shutdown last Oct. 31, it has added more than a dozen buses as it rolled out intercity services in B.C. through its own brands for the first time and expanded service in Alberta as well, including taking on Edmonton-Camrose and Medicine Hat-Lethbridge routes aided by Alberta government grants.The loss of Greyhound means it can be difficult or impossible for passengers to find connecting bus routes, said Joe Jansen, executive vice-president of Wilson’s Transportation of Victoria, which moves passengers via bus and ferry between downtown Victoria and Vancouver.It had an interline agreement with Greyhound that allowed it to sell tickets in Victoria to almost anywhere in Canada but that ended with Greyhound’s withdrawal.“Greyhound was the one carrier in Western Canada that tied everything from Winnipeg to Victoria together. We don’t have that anymore and that can’t possibly be positive,” said Jansen, adding it’s difficult to quantify the setback after one winter of results.Wilson’s has steadied its revenue by buying Tofino Bus Lines last fall to become the major operator of bus routes on Vancouver Island.It applied for and was granted B.C. licences for former Greyhound routes Vancouver-Kelowna and Vancouver-Kamloops, but was then dismayed to learn that licences had also been given to rival Pacific Western — the company is now reassessing the viability of continuing to offer those services, Jansen said.Meanwhile, in Edmonton, president Sunny Balwaria of Cold Shot bus services says his business is growing slowly, but he’s not in a position to meet passenger requests for expansion.“I don’t have deep pockets like (some competitors) and there’s no support from government anywhere, so maybe next year I expand, after I steady out what I have in my hand,” he said.Cold Shot had partnered with Greyhound to operate four routes in northern Alberta. When Greyhound left, it decided to expand into more empty Greyhound routes with a lower cost option using smaller 20-passenger buses.Competition, however, is fierce, says Balwaria. For instance, there are now three companies offering the Edmonton-Grande Prairie route previously served only by Greyhound.Cold Shot decided to drop its Edmonton-Camrose service last year when Pacific Western was chosen to supply the subsidized service. But it expanded to start its first service in B.C. to the northeastern community of Fort St. John.Regina-based Rider Express, a company that was using a handful of 15-passenger minibuses to provide short-haul services in Saskatchewan, had high hopes last fall to replace some of Greyhound’s long-haul routes by adding six full-sized buses.It hasn’t worked out as expected, said owner Firat Uray.Rider started with daily Vancouver-Calgary service, dropped it to once-a-week, then went back to three days a week in early April and is now considering restoring daily service as warmer temperatures bring out more travellers.It also started a Calgary-Winnipeg service last fall but cancelled it within weeks because it was only selling a few tickets — and sometimes none — on each run.He said he’s identified potentially profitable short routes in B.C. but has been frustrated with the length of time it takes to win licences there.In the meantime, he’s planning to add an Edmonton-Calgary service later this spring.“Where people have more time than money, bus services thrive,” said Barry Prentice, a professor of transportation economics at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business.He said he’s not surprised that longer routes in the southern parts of the West are challenged because they must compete with low-cost air transport and an abundance of passenger vehicles.In Manitoba, Indigenous-owned Mahihkan Bus Lines is going head-to-head with Maple Bus Lines and Thompson Bus and Freight on service between Winnipeg and the northern community of Thompson.Mahihkan CEO Suzanne Barbeau-Bracegirdle says the bus system isn’t meeting the needs of Indigenous people in Manitoba and she isn’t happy about that, but her company must follow a conservative business plan to survive.“We want to provide that service where they can go to Winnipeg to get their medical services,” she said.“But we have our timelines and we’re following out timelines to a tee.” read more

LG elections expected to be held on February 10

The Local Government (LG) elections is expected to be held on February 10, Minister P Harrison said today.He said this to journalists in Anuradhapura today.

On International Walk to School Day UN envoy urges action to make

Mr. Todt’s strong call to action also herald’s the release of a short film by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), where Mr. Todt also serves as President, which is designed to promote children’s road safety across the world. FIA joined forces with renowned filmmaker Luc Besson to produce the hard-hitting film, which is now available online.“Road traffic crashes are today the number one killer of children aged 15-29. And without urgent action, they will soon be the number one killer of those aged between 5-14,” said Mr. Todt. “We must do everything in our power to halt this scourge and this film can act as a rallying call,” he added.World Health Organization (WHO) figures show that 500 children are killed each day in road crashes globally. In a bid to raise awareness of this road safety crisis Mr. Todt turned to renowned filmmaker Mr. Besson to deliver a potent visual message highlighting the dangers facing children around the world.The film, Save Kids Lives, shows the risks children face every day, whether through the lack of safe infrastructure in the townships of South Africa or as a result of heavy traffic on a major European city. The film was released in support of the #SaveKidsLives campaign which was launched during the third UN Road Safety Week from 4-10 May 2015. Through the film, Mr. Todt also urges people to sign the petition on ‘Child Declaration for Road Safety’ which aims to reach 1,000,000 signatures.The International Walk to School Day is an initiative launched to raise awareness of the need to protect some of societies’ most vulnerable road users. read more

Six applications for Mens EHF EURO 2022 and 2024

Women’s EHF EURO 2022>> Slovenia, FYR Macedonia and MontenegroThere is currently no member federation bidding for the Women’s EHF EURO 2024. For this championship, the EHF Executive Committee will determine the further procedure.Next stepsSite inspections will take place in early 2018In March 2018 the bids for the EHF EUROs in 2022 and 2024 will be confirmed by the EHF Executive CommitteeThe awarding of the EHF EUROs 2022 and 2024 will take place at the EHF Congress in Glasgow on 18/19 June 2018Playing dates for EHF EUROs in 2022 and 2024The dates for the Men’s and Women’s European Championships in 2022 and 2024 have already been confirmed.Men’s EHF EURO 2022: 14 to 30 JanuaryWomen’s EHF EURO 2022: 4 to 20 NovemberMen’s EHF EURO 2024: 12 to 28 JanuaryWomen’s EHF EURO 2024: 29 November to 15 December ← Previous Story Lino Cervar to stay on Croatian bench! Next Story → Jose Manuel Sierra to French Saran From Spain in Europe’s west to Hungary and Slovakia in the east; from Denmark in Europe’s north to FYR Macedonia in the continent’s south-east: the bidding process for the EHF EUROs in 2022 & 2024 has attracted EHF Member Federations from across the continent, announced European Handball Federation.In total, there are seven bids with several nations joining forces to apply for the championship. As part of the bidding process, all nations were obliged to present their bids online as well – and all web presentations have now been made available on the EHF’s exclusive bidding platform ‘Beyond 2020’.Men’s EHF EURO 2022>> Belgium, Spain, France>> Denmark and Switzerland>> Hungary and SlovakiaMen’s EHF EURO 2024>> Denmark and Switzerland>> Hungary and Slovakia>> Germany read more

Intel préparerait encore de nouveaux Celeron et Pentium Sandy Bridge

first_imgIntel préparerait encore de nouveaux Celeron et Pentium Sandy BridgeIvy Bridge sera bien lancé en avril, notamment pour les Macbook pro 15 pouces. Mais Intel réaffirme sa volonté de ne pas abandonner l’architecture Sandy Bridge, et devrait en lancer de nouvelles puces sur cette base, pour le bas de gemmes, au deuxième trimestre si l’on en croit CPU World.Le Sandy Bridge est la microarchitecture de processeurs x86 d’Intel qui succèdait à Nehalem. Gravé en 32 ou 22 nanomètres, il était commercialisé depuis 2011. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les Ivy Bridge en sont une amélioration pour 2012, qui sera d’ailleurs retrocompatibles avec les plate-formes Sandy Brigde, moyennant une mise à jour. Ils consomment moins d’énergie grace à la technologie Tri-Gate, de transistor en 3D et sont plus puissants sur divers points.Toutefois Intel continuera donc à utiliser les Sandy Bridge pour les modèles bas de gamme. CPU World décrit 6 nouveaux processeurs Sandy Bridge prévus pour le second semestre : Celeron G540T,Celeron G550,Pentium G640,Pentium G640T,Pentium G860T,Pentium G870. Il s’agit uniquement de doubles-cœurs, entre 2.1 et 3.1 GHz. Ces sorties ne sont que des mises à niveau des modèles existants, mais ils donneront aux nouveaux ordinateurs 100MHz du plus pour le même prix, ce qui permettra à Intel de continuer à vendre du Sandy Bridge. Le 3 avril 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Holiday closures for New Years Weekend

first_imgWhat’s open and closed for New Year’s Weekend:• MAIL: Post offices closed Monday, no home delivery. The postal unit at the Shell gas station, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year.• BANKS: Most banks closed Monday; check your bank for details.• GARBAGE: Waste Connections will not provide service Monday. Service will be delayed by one day all week in most of Clark County. In Camas, garbage and recycling normally picked up on Monday will be picked up Tuesday. The remainder of the week, service is on regular schedule in Camas.• BUSES: C-Tran follows Sunday schedule on Monday. TriMet buses, Portland Streetcar and WES will operate on regular schedule Sunday, with all service free after 8 p.m. MAX will provide extended late-night service Sunday, also free after 8 p.m. Buses, MAX and Portland Streetcar will operate on Sunday schedule on Monday.• GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Closed Monday.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed Monday.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library and Camas Public Library closed Monday.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: U.S. stock markets closed Monday.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed Sunday and Monday.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo open.• VANCOUVER MALL: Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. Hours for department stores, restaurants and theater may vary. The library in the mall will be closed Monday.• THE COLUMBIAN: Offices closed Monday. Circulation customer service phone lines, 360-694-2312, open 6 a.m. to noon Sunday, and 4:30 a.m. to noon on Monday.last_img read more

Audit Mismanagement at Pearson Airport cost city at least 63395 over last

first_img Lax oversight and mismanagement at the Pearson Airport cost the city of Vancouver at least $63,395 and potentially up to $149,211 in public funds over the last decade, according to an internal audit obtained by The Columbian.Between Jan. 1, 2008, and Aug. 31, 2018, the airport bled money through a variety of unauthorized discounts and out-of-date contracts with pilots and the fixed-base operator, or “gas station” for the airport.The audit, which was conducted by the city’s full-time auditor Rebecca Harder, found that “Pearson Airport operations did not comply with applicable laws, regulations, and its own policies.”“There were insufficient controls over safeguarding of public resources,” Harder wrote.The audit was ordered by city leadership following the resignation of former Pearson Airport Manager Willy Williamson, who left his post after a decade in July. The document specifically examines the time period under Williamson’s tenure.When The Columbian contacted Williamson, he said he had not heard about the audit or its findings. He was provided the document for review but declined to comment. click to enlargelast_img read more

Hummels on Sane He cant expect the same status as Muller

first_imgMats Hummels believes that it is wrong for a young player like Leroy Sane to expect to be regarded on the same status as the likes of Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil in the Germany squadThe Manchester City winger was shockingly left out of Germany’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup at Russia after having an outstanding campaign in the Premier League this season, which had seen the 22-year-old being crowned the PFA Young Player of the Year.However, Sane has yet to find the back of the net for Germany in his 12 appearances for the senior side and had a disappointing display in last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Austria.In light of this, head coach Joachim Low elected not to select Sane for the World Cup this summer.The 58-year-old has been criticised for the decision, but Hummels has backed Low and instead criticised the attitude of the younger generation.“Leroy Sane has not the same standing as Thomas Muller or Mesut Ozil,” said the defender, according to SportsKeeda.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Sometimes it takes time to have the same standing in the national team as in your club.“It is noticeable that the guys coming up from youth ranks – at Bayern too – are different guys to 10, 12 years ago.“That is the new generation. They are characterised by a different behaviour, like on social media.“I was always the youngest one in my team and I had to carry the goals. That is simply normal. Nowadays you notice some 18-year-olds don’t understand why they have to do this.“I didn’t talk a single word in the Bayern locker room during the first weeks. I only talked to Stephan Furstner and Michael Rensing because I knew them from the second team.“To everyone else I maybe said ‘hello’, but today everything is faster and after one week players behave like they’ve already played three years for the team.”last_img read more