Congress demands ban on export of fish from Goa

first_imgThe Opposition Congress on Sunday said that the Goa government’s decision to impose a six-month ban on the import of fish from Monday, should be accompanied by a ban on export of fish from the State, fearing shortage for Goans.Non-compliance Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Saturday announced the six-month “import” ban after traders failed to comply with license requirements of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in the aftermath of the scare over formalin being used to preserve fish. It will be enforced till measures are in place to check the quality of fish. “I have taken this decision in the interest of the peopletill all requirements are met and independent labs for quality checks are in place, import of fish into Goa will be banned for six months.It may be extended by another six months till all measures like labs from Quality Council of India and Export Inspection Council are set up,” he said.Addressing a press conference at the Congress headquarters, spokesperson Sankalp Amonkar said, dubbed the import ban a Tiatr (a Konkani musical drama) enacted by two prominent ministers — Mr. Rane and Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai. Both are responsible for playing with the life of the people over the issue, he said. Referring to local media reports, he pointed out that the ban without an export ban would lead to shortage of fish, a staple food of Goans. “Already, the media has started reporting about fish being brought in clandestinely through interstate public buses and trucks, and how soon it will be smuggled in boats from neighbouring regions,” he said.The ban was announced after the government decided to ignore threats by two Maharashtra leaders to stop Goa vehicles entering Sindhudurg district over restrictions on fish import.Worry about healthThis is the second time this year that a such ban has been imposed in the State. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had banned import of fish for 15 days in July, which after reports of use of formalin in fish from south Indian States, had surfaced. The ban was lifted after a check of fish-carrying vehicles was introduced on State borders.Meanwhile, Mr. Rane said that he was not so worried about possible shortage of fish, but more concerned about people’s health. Vijai Sardesai, from BJP’s alliance partner Goa Forward Party, who had initially faced flak for suspected tacit support to some of the big fish traders from South Goa, has endorsed Mr. Rane’s action.last_img read more

Antismoking campaign pays off in Beijing

first_imgIn 2009, China’s estimated 300 million smokers consumed a staggering 2.3 trillion cigarettes: more than the number smoked in the next four top tobacco-consuming countries—Indonesia, Japan, Russia, and the United States—combined. The health toll is enormous as well: Tobacco causes roughly 1 million deaths in China each year, including 100,000 fatalities blamed on secondhand smoke, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). If tobacco use is not curtailed, WHO warns, China’s death toll could rise to 3 million each year by 2050.The nation’s capital, Beijing, is taking that chilling message to heart. On 28 November, the Beijing Municipal Government adopted a ban on smoking in all indoor public places—”with no loopholes and no exemptions,” crowed Bernhard Schwartländer, the WHO representative in China, in a press release. The new law will take effect on 1 June 2015.And what Schwartländer called “a quantum leap forward on tobacco control” is in the works. Last week, the Legislative Affairs Office of China’s State Council published a draft national tobacco control law that would make all indoor and some outdoor public places smoke-free; ban tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship; and require graphic health warnings on cigarette packages. Observers expect that the nationwide law will be adopted next year.The bans will face resistance from inveterate smokers, and enforcement remains an open question. In the runup to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the city forbade smoking in taxis, sports arenas, museums, government buildings, parks, and restaurants. Shanghai followed suit with antismoking regulations centered on the 2010 World Expo. But enforcement has been half-hearted. The politically powerful China National Tobacco Corporation, a state-owned firm with a virtual monopoly, has resisted controls, and taxes on tobacco sales help fill government coffers. Authorities have been torn between promoting public health and minding the public purse.This time could be different. Previous laws were weak, “and it is difficult to enforce a weak law,” says Angela Pratt, who leads WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative in China. The new Beijing law has teeth, including stringent fines for business managers who don’t comply, she says. Moreover, she says, the Beijing government has “strong determination … to tackle a problem which right now is very negatively impacting the health of its citizens.”Another important factor that could help the ban succeed is “a cultural change” in attitudes toward smoking, says Xiao Shuiyuan, a public health specialist at Central South University in Changsha. “People, including high-ranking officials, are finally recognizing the damage [caused by] tobacco use, not just to the health of people, but also to the image of the country and of their cities,” he says. The number of smokers appears to be declining in cosmopolitan cities like Beijing and Shanghai, he says. But that enlightenment hasn’t penetrated rural China, he says.Nevertheless, “Beijing’s smoke-free law is a major victory for public health in China,” Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, said in a statement. Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other groups have financed antismoking research and public education campaigns in China.last_img read more

Fajardo fine with sitting out 4th quarter as Beermen goes for speed

first_imgThat move from Beermen head coach Leo Austria, though, was actually one way of stopping the KaTropa.To counteract the power of TNT’s hulking 300-pounder Joshua Smith, Austria chose speed over strength and that meant sitting out Fajardo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut the reigning PBA MVP said he doesn’t mind sitting on the bench, as long as they walked away with the 111-102 and took a 3-2 series lead.“That’s okay with me, we won right? We just have to believe in coach’s system and of course we have to support coach,” said Fajardo, who finished nine points and five rebounds. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What resulted was San Miguel holding on in the fourth quarter after pounding TNT 36-18 in the third period.San Miguel also put up 23 points off TNT’s 24 turnovers and 28 points in transition.“The game sped up, that was the game plan, it worked and we won,” said Fajardo. “We’re happy but it doesn’t mean we’ll start celebrating because we still have to win on Sunday.”ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Knowing what went wrong in 1st half, Beermen were quick to adjust Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLeague MVP June Mar Fajardo is usually a matchup problem for teams with his combination of size and speed.And yet on Friday in the crucial Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between San Miguel and TNT, Fajardo was on the bench for the pivotal fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View commentslast_img read more

NLEX signs up import Curtis Washington as Tony Mitchell fails to report for duty

first_imgView comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Washington was immediately available and we’ve been considering him for a while as part of our short list while waiting for Mitchell,” said Guiao. “He’s also in good shape because he’s also actively playing based and based on the films, I think he’ll be a natural fit for our team.”Washington is expected to arrive early on Saturday and join the Road Warriors for a light practice.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next All-Filipino Pasig Chooks team plunges into action in FIBA 3X3 Kunshan Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MANILA, Philippines—NLEX decided to change its foreign reinforcement a week before the start of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The Road Warriors originally tapped former PBA import Tony Mitchell, who played for the Fubon Braves in the Taiwan Super Basketball League, but elected to go with Curtis Washington for the conference instead.ADVERTISEMENT According to the team, they expected to have Mitchell after the Braves won the SBL title in early May but the import failed to report to NLEX in time.“We’ve been waiting since they won their championship in Taipei but for one reason or another, he cannot make it,” said head coach Yeng Guiao. “We’re losing time so we decided to select another import.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMitchell served as former import for Magnolia in 2017 where the Hotshots finished 9-2 record before losing to eventual champion San Miguel in the semifinals.Washington is a 6-foot-10 bruiser and averaged 31 points and 19 rebounds in the Bahrain Premier League with Al-Nuwaidrat. MOST READlast_img read more

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal seek milestone wins at French Open

first_imgNovak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both will be expected to beat much lower-ranked opponents in the second round of the French Open on Thursday.If they do, they’ll achieve milestone victories. (Stanislas Wawrinka battles into third round)Djokovic, trying to complete a career Grand Slam and win his fourth consecutive major title, can become the seventh man with at least 50 match wins at Roland Garros.The others – Nadal, Roger Federer, Guillermo Vilas, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi and Nicola Pietrangeli all won at least one title at the clay-court tournament.Top-seeded Djokovic enters Thursday’s match against 161st-ranked qualifier Steve Darcis of Belgium with a 49-11 record at the French Open. Darcis, meanwhile, is 4-7 in Paris. (Andy Murray survives another five-set thriller)”I wish the draw had been different,” said Darcis, whose most significant victory is beating Nadal at Wimbledon in 2013. “But … that’s why I play tennis; that’s why I started tennis. Playing the No. 1 will be just a great experience. … Hey, you never know.”They’ve played each other twice before on clay in Rome in 2008, and on a hard court in Miami last year and Djokovic won all four sets in those matches, two by 6-0.So Darcis figures he won’t be surprised by anything he sees from Djokovic this time.”I know where I’m going,” Darcis said, “but it’s still complicated.”The fourth-seeded Nadal, who owns a record nine French Open championships and 14 major titles in all, can become the eighth man with 200 Grand Slam match wins.He enters Thursday’s match against 99th-ranked Facundo Bagnis of Argentina with a 199-30 mark at the majors. Bagnis, meanwhile, is 2-3.advertisementWILLIAMS TIMES TWO Both Williams sisters are in action, one right after the other, on Court Suzanne Lenglen.First Serena Williams, who is seeded No. 1, faces Teliana Pereira, a Brazilian ranked 81st who never has made it to the third round at a Grand Slam tournament.Serena, in contrast, is seeking her 22nd Grand Slam title, which would equal Steffi Graf for the most in the Open era. Then her older sister Venus, who is seeded No. 9, takes on 20-year-old American qualifier Louisa Chirico, who is ranked 78th.Chirico made it to the semifinals on clay at Madrid this month.”She’s been playing well, right? I haven’t seen her play. I don’t really know much about her,” said Venus, who has won seven Grand Slam titles. “But of course I’m happy to see her doing well. It’s always not as much fun when you have to meet an American early on, but the best part is an American will go through.”TUNISIA’S JAZIRI No. 7 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic plays 72nd-ranked Malek Jaziri, who is trying to become the first man from Tunisia to reach the third round at the French Open since Mustafa Belkhodjia in 1963.last_img read more

NBN coverage of NTL

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A Real shock and Vaclik saves the day – the best of La Liga

first_imgReal Sociedad pulled off the shock of the round in La Liga last weekend as they ran out 2-0 winners away to Real Madrid.A Willian Jose penalty gave the visitors the lead before Ruben Pardo secured Real Sociedad’s first victory over Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu since May 2004.Elsewhere, there was finally some local pride for Huesca, who grabbed their first ever home Liga win as Christian Rivera struck to seal a 2-1 win over Real Betis. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Further up the table, meanwhile, third-placed Sevilla salvaged a point against second-placed Atletico Madrid thanks to goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik, who made a flying save to ensure his side didn’t lose ground on Diego Simeone’s men.Click the image below to relive the excitement of another thrilling round of action from La Liga.Liga Clear Thumbnail 09012018last_img read more

Nick Saban Has Named Alabama’s Starting QB For Week 2

first_imgalabama head coach nick saban at the national title gameSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban wouldn’t reveal who would be starting at quarterback for the Crimson Tide in the season opener against Louisville. We didn’t learn until the offense ran onto the field that Tua Tagovailoa was going to be starting under center.We’re not going to have to wait until game time this week. Saban has officially named Alabama’s starting quarterback for Week 2.It’s Tua Tagovailoa.Saban told reporters today that Tagovailoa, who played extremely well in the blowout win over the Cardinals, will be starting at quarterback on Saturday.Alabama’s head coach added that Jalen Hurts will be used in whatever way is best to help the team win.“I think everybody knows that Tua’s going to start this game and we’re going to use Jalen’s skill-set in the future to help however we feel he can benefit the team,” Saban said.Nick Saban: I think everybody knows that Tua’s going to start this game and we’re going to use Jalen’s skill-set in the future to help however we feel he can benefit the team.— John Zenor (@jzenor) September 3, 2018Saban got upset after Alabama’s win over Louisville when ESPN’s Maria Taylor asked him about his quarterbacks. He said that the media keeps trying to get him to say something bad about one of his guys and it’s not going to happen. Saban later called Taylor and apologized for overreacting.Alabama is set to host Arkansas State at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ESPN2.last_img read more

Table tennis rankings: Sathiyan highest ranked Indian, Manika Batra into top 50

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJanuary 30, 2019UPDATED: January 30, 2019 22:06 IST Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran in action during the Commonwealth Games last year (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSathiyan Gnanasekaran to a career-high 28 in the world rankingsManika Batra became the first woman from the country to break into the top-50Sharath Kamal dropped three places to be 33rd in the men’s singles standingsLeading Indian paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran on Wednesday rose to a career-high 28 in the world rankings while compatriot Manika Batra became the first woman from the country to break into the top-50.Sathiyan gained three spots to achieve a new career-high ranking while Batra moved up four spots to be 47th.Veteran Sharath Kamal, who was conferred with the Padma Shri last week, dropped three places to be 33rd in the men’s singles standings.Indian table tennis experienced a historic 2018 when the men’s team won the country’s first medal at the Asian Games to end a 60-year-wait. Later in the competition held in Jakarta, Sharath and Batra combined to win a second bronze for India to cap off a memorable Asia campaign.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Manika BatraFollow Sathiyan GnanasekaranFollow Sharath Kamal Table tennis rankings: Sathiyan highest ranked Indian, Manika Batra into top 50Sathiyan Gnanasekaran jumped three places to career-best 28 in the world rankings in table tennis. Manika Batra became the first woman from the country to break into the top-50.advertisementlast_img read more

Maritime Museum Celebrates 26th Anniversary

first_imgThe Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will celebrate its 26th anniversary on the Halifax waterfront on Sunday, Jan. 20. People will be welcome to visit the museum for free from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with staff serving birthday cake at 2 p.m. As Canada’s oldest and largest maritime museum, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic endeavours to create an awareness, appreciation and understanding of Nova Scotia’s marine heritage through collection preservation, research, interpretation and exhibition. “It gives me great pleasure to celebrate the anniversary of this valuable historical, cultural and educational institution,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “This award-winning museum not only shares this province’s heritage with guests from the world over, but also preserves that heritage so that future generations of Nova Scotians can discover their roots.” Founded in 1948, the original concept for the museum was conceived by a group of Royal Canadian Navy officers who had a space at HMC Dockyard designated to display and preserve relics of Canada’s naval past. By 1952, this early incarnation of the museum was transferred to quarters in the Halifax Citadel, and, in 1957, was named the Maritime Museum of Canada. Throughout the 1960s and ’70s, the museum was located at a variety of sites, until the long search for a permanent home ended. The Museum was established on the Halifax waterfront on the site of the historic William Robertson & Son Ship Chandlery and A.M. Smith and Co. Properties. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic officially opened to the public on Jan. 22, 1982, and, since then, has welcomed more than 3.5 million visitors. Over the years, the museum has received a variety of significant awards including: Attractions Canada 1999 National Award Winner for Best Indoor Site; an honourable mention from the Canadian Museums Association for the exhibit Titanic: The Unsinkable Ship and Halifax; and Canada’s best Maritime Museum in the 2006 Readers’ Digest’s Best Of poll. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.last_img read more

JSW Steel reports Q1 profit of Rs 1008 crore

first_imgNew Delhi: JSW Steel on Friday reported a sharp fall of over 56.90 per cent to Rs 1,008 crore in its consolidated net profit during the first quarter ended June 30, due to rise in expenses. The Sajjan Jindal-led company had clocked Rs 2,339-crore net profit during the same period a year ago. In April-June 2019, the company’s total expenses rose to Rs 18,164 crore from Rs 17,206 crore in the corresponding quarter of the preceding fiscal, JSW Steel said in a BSE filing. The company also reported a fall in its total income to 19,953 crore during the quarter, as compared to Rs 20,577 crore in April-June 2018-19. Part of $14 billion JSW Group, JSW Steel Ltd has significant presence in sectors such as steel, energy, infrastructure, cement, and sports among others.last_img

Pamela Anderson Urges Gov Cuomo To Make NY Jails Vegetarian

first_imgPamela Anderson has sent a letter to Gov. Cuomo urging him to slash the budget by cutting meat from the menus of state prisons — and offering to serve lunch to inmates as she did at a vegetarian jail in Arizona.“I’m frequently in New York, and I’ve been following your admirable efforts to rehabilitate the state’s inmates through education,” wrote Pamela. “I have a suggestion that dovetails nicely with your prison reform plans while also helping to resolve the state’s budget crisis. Since New York has over 52,000 inmates, you could save almost $2 million a year and improve the health of the prisoners by switching to nutritious vegan meals in correctional facilities.“If you left meat off menus in the 54 state-run prisons, New York taxpayers would save more than $1.7 million a year. Beans, rice, lentils, pasta, potatoes and other vegetables, and oranges and other fruits have all the nutrients a person needs but at a fraction of the cost of meats and cheeses. There would also be enormous savings on freezer costs and spoilage, since most vegan foods and ingredients can be shipped and stored without refrigeration.“These huge tax savings are based on the $273,000 in reduced costs reported by the Maricopa County Jail in Arizona, when it switched to all-vegetarian food for its 8,000 inmates. Last year, I went there with representatives of PETA to serve lunch to the prisoners and can report that they were impressed by the freshness and quality of the food. If New York follows Arizona’s lead in switching to meat-free meals in jail, I’d be happy to inaugurate the program by helping cook lunch and serve it to the inmates.“Numerous top studies have shown that a plant-based diet significantly reduces the risk of obesity and cancer and can even reverse heart disease and diabetes. Vegan meals would decrease prisoner health-care costs long-term, which would have a significant beneficial impact on New York families, given the increased likelihood of obesity and other chronic diseases contracted while in prison.“It’s heartening to know that you plan to reform New York’s correctional system. I hope you use this suggestion as one way of achieving that end, while also addressing the state’s budget crisis. PETA and I would be happy to work with your team, as we did in Arizona, to create a low-cost meal plan for your correctional facilities. I hope to have the opportunity to help you launch it.”last_img read more

Smithsonian Institute installs NoDAPL marker

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsA pole that sat near the banks of the Cannonball River in North Dakota and was at the epicentre of the battle between water protectors, and the government approved Dakota Access pipeline is now on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.The 3-metre tall mile-marker stood as a symbol of how people had come from near and far to demonstrate against the pipeline. On January 29, as law enforcement and government continued to threaten to clear out the main camp, the marker was strapped to the top of a car and driven by a group of water protectors from North Dakota to Washington.“It was important to get the mile marker pole out of the camp so that it would not be destroyed by DAPL bulldozers” said Bryanna Patinka.Patinka, who is from upstate New York, was one of those who drove the marker to Washington D.C. to hand over to the Smithsonian Institute.“We wanted to make sure that it was preserved for future generations.”Konwenni Jacobs was also worried about the marker.“The rumours about the camp being raided were floating around and I believe the museum showed an interest in having the mile marker pole to preserve it for the future,” she said.Jacobs, drove from her home in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, and met the rest of the pole removal crew in Onondaga.From there, they drove straight to Standing Rock, rotating drivers.“It took hours to dig the pole out of the frozen ground,” she said. “A cradle was made to support the pole on top of the truck. The pole was wrapped up good for the drive and we again drove straight to DC.“It was a very intense, fast paced trip.”The pole was installed installed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in an exhibit called Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations.Patinka said the drive to D.C was “nerve-wracking” worried that it would fall off the top of the vehicle it was tied too.“When we dropped off the pole it was bittersweet,” she said. “I was happy the pole was being preserved but worried that it would never be displayed.“I’m pleased that the marking pole is being taken care of and is now part of an exhibit.According to Kevin Grover, director of the museum, there were issues at hand in North Dakota that couldn’t be ignored.“When more than 12,000 activists and hundreds of Native Nations assembled in North Dakota during 2016 to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, treaties were at the heart of the issue” Grover said in a news release.“As the largest gathering of Native Americans in protest, it was truly a historic event and one that should be address in the National Museum of the American Indian.”The museum acknowledged that hundreds of hand-made signs nailed to the post point toward the water protector’s city, state, American Indian Nation, or foreign country and indicate its distance in miles or meters.Points of origin include the small city of Fort Buffalo 50 yards away, the closest, to Sápmi in the Arctic, home of the Sami indigenous peoples, 3,913 miles away.”The mile-marker will be on view until the exhibition closes in 2021.Contact Dennis here: dward@aptn.calast_img read more

EU official calls on Kosovo to revoke tariff on Serb goods

first_imgPRISTINA, Kosovo — European Union’s enlargement commissioner is visiting Kosovo to try to push authorities to revoke a recent decision to impose a 100-per cent tariff on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.Johannes Hahn met with Kosovo’s top officials Monday after earlier visiting Belgrade, where he held talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and called on Kosovo “to unblock regional co-operation and trade.”Last month, Kosovo’s government imposed the tariff on Serbian imports saying it would stay in place until Serbia recognizes Kosovo’s independence and stops preventing it from joining international organizations.Kosovo failed to join Interpol following Serbia’s campaign.Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008. The EU has said that normalized ties between the two are a condition for the countries to become members.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Pedestrian killed on Highway 97 between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd

first_imgWhile the investigation remains active and ongoing, alcohol is not believed to be a contributing factor.The Highway was closed for several hours for the initial stages of the RCMP investigation. CHETWYND, B.C. – Chetwynd RCMP along with Peace River Traffic Services are investigating a collision on Highway 97 that claimed the life of a Dawson Creek man.The collision happened at around 5:30 p.m. Friday between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd on Highway 97.  According to Peace FM, the initial investigation leads police to believe that the pedestrian was struck by a northbound pickup truck while attempting to cross Highway 97 from the southbound lane, where he had been dropped off.The pedestrian, a 76-year-old from Dawson Creek, was transported to a local area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.last_img read more

Reading Week Whats open and closed

Reading week is so close, you can almost feel the sand between your toes.For those sticking around campus to whittle away assignments, here’s a list of what’s open and closed.James A. Gibson Library and Matheson Learning CommonsSaturday, Feb. 16 and 23: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 17 and 24: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.Monday (Family Day): closedTuesday: 1 to 5 p.m.Wednesday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Walker ComplexThe Walker Complex is closed Monday, Feb. 18 for Family Day. Otherwise, it’s open regular hours for the remainder of the week.Dining ServicesLowenberger and Decew dining halls will be closed from Feb. 16-24.Guernsey Market is closed Feb. 16-19. It opens Feb. 20-22 from 8:30 to 4 p.m., is closed Feb. 23 and re-opens again Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.The Walker food court is open Saturday, Feb. 16 and 23 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Feb. 17-19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Feb. 20-22, and closed Feb. 24.The Cairns food court is closed.The main Tim Hortons is closed Feb. 16-19, open Feb. 20-22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed Feb. 23 and 24.Tim Hortons in Thistle Complex is closed.For more information, visit Dining Services online. read more

Nuke plants rescue jolts conservatives environmentalists

TOLEDO, Ohio — A financial rescue for Ohio’s nuclear plants and two coal-fired plants that will force the state’s residents and businesses to fork over roughly $1.5 billion is galvanizing environmentalists and some conservatives.Advocacy groups and investors, incensed by what they call a bailout and how it will diminish the state’s natural gas and green energy options, are looking at mounting a campaign to overturn it and targeting Republicans who backed it. Organizations representing the state’s seniors and manufacturing plants are upset, too.The upheaval comes as the Trump administration continues with its pledge to boost the nuclear and coal industries by easing regulations and guaranteeing loans for two new commercial reactors. But the fallout in Ohio shows how attempting to influence the market can be risky and alienate a wide swath of voters.“We’re getting involved in an area where the government has no business sticking their nose,” said state Rep. Craig Riedel, a conservative from northwestern Ohio. “What we did with this bill is we absolutely tipped the scales to the nuclear plants.”Five states, including New York, Illinois and New Jersey, within the past three years have approved nuclear bailouts totalling at least $13 billion, funded by new charges on electricity customers. But Ohio is the first under Republican control to do so. Unlike the other states, its plan also cuts away at incentives for wind and solar projects.That’s why so many groups came away upset.The plan signed into law last week by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine calls for giving the state’s two nuclear plants $150 million a year through 2026.The money will come from monthly surcharges of 85 cents for residential customers and up to $2,400 for major industrial plants. Another statewide fee will be added for the two coal plants.Those behind it say it will save several thousand jobs and protect the nuclear plants that account for nearly all of Ohio’s clean energy.“From an environmental point of view we need to keep them; from an economic point of view and a jobs point of view, we need to keep them,” DeWine said this week.Although a majority of the Republican-controlled Legislature backed the proposal, plenty of conservatives felt it went too far, picking winners and losers in the free market.The monthslong debate divided Republicans to where it’s likely to be a significant campaign issue in the primary elections next year, Riedel said.“I don’t think this is going away,” he said.At least one conservative group that fought to kill the plan has said it will consider going after lawmakers who voted for it.Opponents flooded hearings on the legislation, including the Ohio Manufacturers Association and consumer groups like AARP, which has spoken out against bailouts in other states.Another Republican, state Sen. Joe Uecker, said that he was against the auto industry bailout in 2008 under President Barack Obama and that he’s against this one, too. He noted that the state didn’t come to the aid of two coal plants that closed in the area of southern Ohio he represents.Handing the nuclear plants a bailout, he said, will cost the state future investments in wind and solar and hurt the coal plants that aren’t part of the bailout.“All we’re doing is hastening the demise of the existing coal plants,” he said. “Are we going to bail them out also, or just the ones that are operated by politically connected corporations?”Akron-based FirstEnergy Solutions, which is going through bankruptcy reorganization, spent millions on lobbying and campaign contributions while it was trying to persuade federal and state officials to give the nuclear plants a lifeline.Its team of lobbyists includes a well-connected GOP fundraiser who dined with Trump last year as the company sought a bailout worth billions of dollars. Although it’s not clear how much influence that meeting carried, the president later directed his administration to take steps to help coal and nuclear plants struggling to keep up with cheaper energy sources, calling it a matter of national and economic security.An analysis from the Energy and Policy Institute, a utility watchdog that promotes renewable energy, found FirstEnergy Solutions spent $3.75 million since March 2018 on lobbying, public relations and advertising in Ohio and Pennsylvania, where it also was seeking subsidies for its nuclear plants.A year ago, the push for a bailout seemed to have no chance as then-Gov. John Kasich and legislative leaders blocked the idea. But that changed with the election of new state leadership in 2018.Dark money groups — some with ties to FirstEnergy Corp. — poured money into those races and months later lawmakers introduced their proposal to prop up the plants and stop them from closing.Some of those same groups also spent millions on television ads backing the bailout. And a Trump campaign adviser made calls to state lawmakers, asking them to support the plan.But whether the subsidies for the nuclear plants stay around might not be known until next year as opponents already are collecting signatures in hopes of overturning the legislation in a statewide referendum.___Associated Press writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins in Columbus contributed to this report.John Seewer, The Associated Press read more

UN Security Council condemns recruitment of child soldiers

The 15-member Council, by a unanimous vote, said it would take appropriate action to curb linkages between armed conflict, its prolongation and the smuggling of natural and other resources, trafficking in small arms and light weapons and cross-border abduction, all of which intensify the negative impact of war on children. It asked Mr. Annan to propose effective measures to control such illicit trade and trafficking.All governments should note the commitments they have made to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other UN entities involved with ensuring the well-being of children and cooperate fully with these bodies in implementing their pledges.On a case-by-case basis, the Council would make sure that child protection advisers (CPAs) were included in peacekeeping missions and “requests the Secretary-General to ensure that the need for and the number and roles of CPAs are systematically assessed during the preparation of each United Nations peacekeeping operation.”It called on States and the United Nations system “to recognize the important role of education in conflict areas in halting and preventing recruitment and re-recruitment of children contrary to the obligations of parties to conflict.” read more

Ohio State baseball reaches 40 wins in victory over Michigan at Big

OSU redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer (43) pitches during a game on April 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoFriday’s deflating loss to Iowa put the No. 4 seed Ohio State Buckeyes on the brink of elimination, and just hours later, the Buckeyes squared off against the fifth-seeded Michigan Wolverines. Another loss in the Big Ten tournament would have sent the Buckeyes home and would have created tension on Selection Monday hoping to receive an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament. At first, it appeared the pitching woes rolled over from the Iowa game as right-handed redshirt sophomore Adam Niemeyer ran into some early trouble, surrendering two earned runs on a hit and two hit batsmen in his first inning of work. However, the Buckeye offense came out in the bottom of the first and scored five runs on six hits to chase the Michigan starter, right-handed sophomore Ryan Nutof, out of the game after only one out in the first. This offensive onslaught was helped by the middle of the order when junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson, second baseman Troy Kuhn and center fielder Troy Montgomery recorded three consecutive RBI singles to score the first three runs. Senior co-captain Jalen Washington brought in the next two runners on a single through the right side to give the Buckeyes a 5-2 lead. Thunderstorms rolled into TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, forcing the Buckeyes and Wolverines to continue play on Saturday. Niemeyer was relieved by freshman right-hander Ryan Feltner because of the weather delay. On Saturday, Feltner got into some trouble in the top half of the fifth. Three straight Wolverines reached base off of a walk, a single and an error which loaded the bases with no outs.After striking out Michigan sophomore Jake Bivens for the first out, Feltner gave up an RBI single to freshman second baseman Ako Thomas to cut the Buckeyes lead to three. Michigan centerfielder Cody Bruder then reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring freshman left fielder Jonathan Englemann, making the score 6-4 Buckeyes after five.As the Buckeyes did in the bottom half of the first, they put any momentum on Michigan’s side into submission after a Dawson RBI single and Kuhn’s two-RBI single to extend the lead to 9-4 in OSU’s favor. The single by Kuhn was initially called foul by the first base umpire, but that was overturned when the OSU coach Greg Beals asked for the umpires to review the call. In the bottom of the seventh, Nennig scored on an RBI double by Kuhn, who was then brought in by Montgomery’s RBI single and cruise to an 11-4 victory.To say that the Buckeyes were hot offensively is an understatement. OSU recorded 18 hits and were 9-for-19 with runners in scoring position. Each Buckeye hitter recorded a hit in the game.This offense helped the freshman, Feltner, have a career day in relief. In his 6.1 innings of work, Feltner gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks. He also struck out a career high 10 batters on 114 pitches.The Buckeyes will face the No. 7 seed Michigan State Spartans later Saturday. If the Spartans win, they will face the No. 8 seed Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Championship. If the Buckeyes win, they will have to face the Spartans again tomorrow morning to decide who goes to the Big Ten Championship. read more

Chinese Ambassador calls on President

President David Granger was, today (Friday), paid a courtesy call by China’s Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Cui Jianchun and his Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Yang Chenqi.President David Granger and China’s Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Cui JianchunAccording to the Ministry of the Presidency, during their discussions at State House, the two sides discussed several areas of cooperation. This follows a meeting that was held between the Head of State and the Ambassador in March earlier this year. (More details later) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt receives from China US$2.6M worth of vehicles, equipment to boost the Police ForceNovember 6, 2017In “Crime”Chinese businesses in Guyana not being profiled, Security Minister assures as envoy raises robbery concernsSeptember 15, 2018In “Crime”New Thriving Restaurant’s Providence branch opensFebruary 11, 2017In “Business” read more