Govt pursuing “disruptive” policies: Cong

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) Hitting out at the government for bringing changes in the Finance Bill, the Congress today accused the BJP-led regime of pursuing “disruptive” policies and suffering from “indecision”. This government prefers to run as a “rampaging elephant” to impose its whims and fancies, Congress member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said in the Lok Sabha. Participating in the resumed debate on the Finance Bill, he said like many changes made in rules after demonetisation, now there are changes in the Finance Bill too. “You are proving that you are suffering from indecision,” he said. On Tuesday, the government introduced as many as 40 amendments to the Bill, including making Aadhaar compulsory while filing income tax returns. While the Congress government pursued adoptive and persuasive policies, this government is pursuing “disruptive and coercive policies”, Chowdhury said. Responding to criticism that the erstwhile UPA regime had resorted to tax terrorism, Chowdhury wondered “in which parameter is it (the Finance Bill) different from tax terrorism”. On the move to make Aadhaar number compulsory while filing income tax returns, Chowdhury asked whether the present infrastructure was ready for such a system and urged the government to make Aadhaar voluntary. Questioning the BJP over the proposal to write off loans of farmers in Uttar Pradesh, he wanted to know why the same was not extended to farmers in other states. It looks like the government is “doing such things whenever there are polls”. BJPs Nishikant Dubey urged the Congress not to mislead the people as the Opposition party questioned the GDP numbers. Taking a dig at the Congress, he said it wanted answers on surgical strikes as well as GDP numbers and also alleged that the previous regime had indulged in tax terrorism. Ranjeet Ranjan (Cong) wanted to know what have the poor people received from the government “except for speeches and announcements”. She urged the government to look into corruption in sports in the country. Abhishek Singh (BJP) said the Oppositon has been demoralised by the recent victories of the BJP in various elections, including the state polls. The government should come out with a separate policy and allocation for the development of left-wing extremism affected areas, he added. Shivkumar Udasi (BJP) claimed the government was working in a transparent and honest manner. (More) PTI RAM ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

Report: Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere Not Yet Cleared To Play By NCAA

first_imgKentucky freshman Skal Labissiere dunks while wearing Haitian flag.Instagram/kentuckymbbCenter Skal Labissiere, a talented former five-star recruit, is set to be one of the top freshmen in college basketball for Kentucky this season, but according to a report by ESPN, he hasn’t been cleared to play. Kentucky’s highly touted freshman Skal Labissiere has not yet been cleared by the NCAA, his guardian told ESPN: http://t.co/FoknPhgP05— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) October 7, 2015Kentucky’s highly touted freshman big man Skal Labissiere has not been cleared to play by the NCAA, his guardian told ESPN on Wednesday.“Not yet,” Labissiere’s guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN. “We’re just trying to get everything squared away. They are asking a few questions.”“They haven’t cleared him, but we’re sticking with our faith,” he added. “There’s no real concern about anything from the Kentucky compliance people.”ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello say that the NCAA is looking into Labissiere’s relationship with Hamilton, who brought him to the U.S. from Haiti.Labissiere arrived in the United States in 2010 from Haiti following the devastating earthquake that hit the country. Hamilton has moved Labissiere from Evangelical Christian School to Lausanne Collegiate – also in Memphis — where he was ruled ineligible to play. Labissiere wound up playing for Memphis-based Reach Your Dream Prep – which was formed by Hamilton to give the talented big man somewhere to play for his senior campaign.247Sports ranked Labissiere as the No. 2 player in the 2015 recruiting class. Kentucky is deep and talented as ever, but they’ll take a massive hit if there’s any hold-up in Labissiere’s eligibility. [ESPN]last_img read more

James Neesham posts heartfelt message after World Cup heartbreak: Kids, take up baking not sport

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 11:45 IST Jimmy Neesham took to Twitter to express his emotion after World Cup defeat. (Reuters Photo)New Zealand ended up as the runners up of World Cup 2019 despite playing the final match ending in a tie at the Lord’s on July 14. England went onto to win their maiden World Cup title as the trophy sliced through New Zealand’s grasp in the World Cup final.England’s Mark Wood being run out off the last-ball of the innings saw the game end in a tie and a Super Over followed. The first-ever Super Over in a World Cup final saw England score 15 runs before the Kiwis also ended on 15. England were crowned new ODI champions after they finished with more boundaries than New Zealand.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who was named man-of-the-series, said his men were shattered but admitted that it wasn’t only about the one extra run at the end.New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham was left shattered after their narrow defeat in a nerve-wracking final of the 2019 World Cup at the hands of England.Neesham, who came to bat in the super over, took to Twitter to express his emotions after New Zealand’s super over heartbreak in World Cup final. Neesham asked children not to take sports. Kiwi all-rounder thanked the fans for their support and congratulated the England team on their maiden World Cup triumph.Neesham asked the children to take up baking or something else as career.Kids, don’t take up sport. Take up baking or something. Die at 60 really fat and happy.Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 15, 2019Thank you to all the supporters that came out today. We could hear you the whole way. Sorry we couldn’t deliver what you so badly wanted.advertisementJimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 15, 2019That hurts. Hopefully there’s a day or two over the next decade where I don’t think about that last half hour. Congratulations @ECB_cricket , well deserved.Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 14, 2019Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Jimmy NeeshamFollow New Zealand vs England Next James Neesham posts heartfelt message after World Cup heartbreak: Kids, take up baking not sportEngland survived a spirited New Zealand to win their maiden Cricket World Cup at Lord’s on July 14 as Kane Williamson’s men were left heartbroken.advertisementlast_img read more

He bowled at bit like Dale Steyn: David Warner hails ‘world-class’ Jofra Archer

first_imgHe bowled at bit like Dale Steyn: David Warner hails ‘world-class’ Jofra ArcherJofra Archer’s first five-wicket haul in Test cricket put England in command on a weather-affected opening day of the third Ashes Test at Headingley as they bowled Australia out for 179.advertisement Reuters LeedsAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 07:58 IST David Warner scored his first half century of the series before falling to Jofra Archer for 61. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJofra Archer ripped through the Australians with figures of 6-45 on a weather-affected opening dayDavid Warner scored his first half-century of the series before falling to Archer for 61Warner was full of praise for Archer, comparing him to Dale SteynAustralia batsman David Warner described England fast bowler Jofra Archer as world-class after he picked up his first five-wicket haul in test cricket to help dismiss the touring side for 179 in the third Ashes Test on Thursday.Barbados-born Archer, who made his Test debut in the last match at Lord’s, ripped through the Australians with figures of 6-45 on a weather-affected opening day to put England in command as they look to level the series at 1-1.Warner, who scored his first half-century of the series before falling to Archer for 61, was full of praise for the 24-year-old, comparing him to Dale Steyn, South Africa’s all-time leading wicket-taker.That was incredible test bowling, Warner said. England put the ball in the right areas.He bowled at bit like Dale Steyn with the new ball, tried to use the conditions and ramp it up when he needed to. It was world-class bowling at its best.Archer struck early to remove opener Marcus Harris in damp, overcast conditions, but Australia recovered after a rain-affected morning session to 136-2.Backed up by Stuart Broad, Archer then turned the match in England’s favour.England vs Australia Ashes 2019 3rd Test Day 1: Highlights | ReportBowling at a slightly slower pace than he did at Lord’s, Archer said his style reflected the conditions.I don’t need to run in and bowl 90 (miles per hour) every spell to get wickets, Archer said. It has shown that today.There will be times in test matches you have to focus on hitting your length. There will be times to ramp it up as well but you don’t have to go into it every innings.advertisementThese are things you train for. If you train hard you will be rewarded. We bowled well as a team at Lord’s, luckily enough for us it happened today.Australia need one more win in the five-match series to retain the Ashes urn for the first time in 17 years.But, in the absence of the tourists’ leading batsman Steve Smith, England are looking to seize their chance to restore parity, and former Australia paceman Glenn McGrath believes Archer can be the difference.I dare say Jofra Archer will be getting a fair few more five-fors in his career, McGrath told the BBC. With him, England could win this inside three days.Also Read | Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer imitates Steve Smith’s batting style in the nets ahead of 3rd TestAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow David WarnerFollow England VS Australia Nextlast_img read more

Contemporary and Classic Came Together at Our Four Roses Bourbon Pairing Event

first_img The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Next Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America Previous Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual 1 of 2 Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Previous Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Most of us have had bourbon with food before — it’s an inevitability, really. As bourbon lovers and as food lovers, naturally the two will eventually meet. Have you ever thought about how you’re pairing your food and booze before, though? Sure, beer and cheese or wine and cheese pairings are a thing, but have you ever really thought about how to pair straight bourbon with a meal?In an effort to better ourselves as gentleman, we worked with Four Roses Bourbon to do just that. On March 29, 2018 at American Whiskey in New York City, we hosted our latest Manual Meet-Up: a night of contemporary bourbon and food pairings that were then joined by classic whiskey drinks. Next Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Four Roses Bourbon Tasting NotesNose: Pear and light fruitiness, floral, gentle spice, honeyPalate: Crisp, yet soft & smooth, fresh fruit, hints of appleFinish: Soft and smoothPaired with: Grilled cheeseIngredients: Fontina, basil, chili flakesWhy? The apple and pear flavors in the bourbon match up with the smooth, creamy flavors of the melted cheese. They reflect each other and mutually enhance the experience with every bite and every sip.Pairing 2: Four Roses Small Batch with Mini Burgers The idea behind the night was to celebrate how the classic nature of Four Roses Bourbon is perfect in any contemporary setting (not only are they an integral member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail that is visited by thousands every day, but they are also celebrating 130 years in 2018) and to showcase just how closely The Manual mirrors that ability. We pride ourselves on being able to not only provide timeless options for everything from food and drink to fashion, but also being able to offer the newest (and best) ideas for what to drink, how, and when.Basically, the idea for this night was a match made in Heaven. If Heaven was a barrelhouse in Kentucky, that is. Below, check out the pairings and feel free to recreate them at home. We assure you, dear reader, that all three pairings were delicious.Pairing 1: Four Roses Bourbon with Grilled Cheese Previous 1 of 2 Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual The Best American Liqueur Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Next Next Previous Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Four Roses Single Barrel Tasting NotesNose: Fruity, spicy, floral, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, maple syrup, moderately woody.Palate: Hints of ripe plum and cherries, robust, full body, mellow.Finish: Smooth and delicately long.Paired with: Rye DogIngredients: Merguez sausageWhy? Another instance of matching body with body. The robust nature of Four Roses Single Barrel paired excellently with the merguez sausage, which was presented in corn dog format. The most full-bodied of the bourbons on display, the spicy nature of the bourbon was bolstered by the sweet cornmeal breading of the sausage.Donald Rasmussen/The ManualOh, and did we mention there were tater tots too? If the mere thought of deep fried potato chunks and whiskey doesn’t get you excited, well then we don’t know what to do.Once the pairings were done, our guests were able to enjoy pours of Four Roses Bourbon or two classic drinks: Whiskey and Ginger or an Old Fashioned. We’ve had our share of both of these drinks over the years and thought they would be great juxtapositions with our previous pairings. Not only would you get something novel to try, but in the end you could always fall back on what most of us probably grew up drinking. New and old, classic and contemporary. The mix of the two is something we at The Manual have worked hard to perfect over the years and will continue do no and every day in the future. Four Roses Small Batch Tasting NotesNose: Spicy, rich, mellow, fruity, hints of sweet oak & caramel.Palate: Creamy, mellow, ripened red berries, rich, spicy, well-balanced, moderately sweet.Finish: Soft, smooth & pleasantly long.Paired with: Mini burgerIngredients: Lettuce, pickles, Dijon mustardWhy? As we move into a slightly more substantial pairing, the oaky, somewhat sweet flavors of the bourbon manage to mimic those of the burger roll. From there, Four Roses Small Batch’s spicy backbone is like adding another layer of condiment to the burger.Pairing 3: Four Roses Single Barrel with Rye Dogs Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Editors’ Recommendations Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual Donald Rasmussen/The Manual 1 of 24 The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries Donald Rasmussen/The Manual 1 of 2last_img read more

FC Barcelona to Extend Munir El Haddadis Contract

Rabat – FC Barcelona is not ready to let go of its striker yet. Despite sitting on the bench for two seasons, Morocco’s Munir El Haddadi may stay with the Spanish club for a while. According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barça hopes to extend the contract of the Spanish-Moroccan football player for 5 more years. The “Blaugranas” has announced that it will not give up on the young footballer for less than €14 million, as he is under contract until 2019.El Haddadi, who played under the colors of Alavés where he was loaned last season and scored 10 goals, has also raised the interest of French clubs, such as Lille and Olympique Marseille. During his youth, the 21-year-old footballer also played for several Spanish clubs, including Atletico Madrid, FC Valencia, and Rayo Majadahonda. As for his national career, El Haddadi, born to Moroccan parents in Spain, represented the Spanish national under-19 team and under-20 and made a brief appearance as a substitute at an international game against Macedonia in 2014. His appearance then ruined his chances to represent the Moroccan national football team, according to FIFA eligibility rules.In 2017, El Haddadi urged Morocco to help him convince FIFA to let him represent Morocco. The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) asked FIFA to let him play for Morocco in the 2018 World Cup.The FIFA Players’ Status Committee ruled that El Haddadi’s sporting nationality could not be changed from Spain to Morocco March 13.When the decision was appealed, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed the FIFA ruling with a verdict in May. read more

Top UN human rights official kicks off visit to Bolivia

13 February 2007United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today began a visit to Bolivia where she is expected to wrap up an agreement to establish a presence for her office there. As part of its plans to expand its operations and champion the cause of human rights, Bolivia and Togo are two countries where the High Commissioner will open new offices this year.In the capital city, La Paz, Ms. Arbour’s itinerary includes meetings with Government officials, Bolivia’s human rights Ombudsman and civil society members. She will visit an Aymara indigenous community located outside La Paz.The High Commissioner’s previous stop was to Panama, where yesterday she concluded an agreement with the Government to open a Regional Office there.Ms. Arbour’s visit to the Andean country will conclude on Friday, 16 February. read more

Maldives and Sri Lanka seek to strengthen bilateral relationship

The Maldives and Sri Lanka have discussed ways of strengthening the bilateral relationship between both countries.The discussion took place when Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake met Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom at the President’s office today. During this meeting, the President and the two Ministers highlighted the existing bilateral relationship between both countries and discussed that areas be further explored in order to enhance the good working relationship between the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Maldives later lifted the State of emergency and looked to mend ties with Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Relations between both countries were strained last November after Sri Lanka accused the Maldives of using Sri Lanka to initiate questionable action against political and social media activists.Sri Lanka had raised concerns over the arrest of two Sri Lankan nationals in the Maldives, the questionable removal of a Maldivian social media activist who was in possession of a valid Sri Lankan visa, the stabbing of a Maldivian national in Sri Lanka, as well as the state of emergency that was declared in the Maldives and the impeachment of the Vice-President. Speaking at the meeting, Samaraweera thanked President Yameen for his invitation and assured the President that the Sri Lankan Government will contribute to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries. read more

AIDS UN hails new Indian film as major contribution in battle against

“When Bollywood, one of the world’s largest film industries with massive audiences, produces a film about AIDS, everyone has to sit up and take notice,” the Executive Director of the joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Peter Piot, said of Phir Milenge, directed by Revathy Menon, an award-winning actress turned director. “It is extremely significant that Bollywood is joining the struggle against the epidemic and helping to break the silence that surrounds HIV and AIDS. We applaud the making of this film,” he added. The Bollywood industry is huge. Based in Mumbai, it produces some 800 films a year and on any given day 15 million Indians watch such movies. An estimated 5.1 million Indians are living with AIDS, the highest number in a single country outside South Africa. “People are dying or getting infected every minute of every day and I hope this film will highlight what we are up against in India today,” Ms. Revathy said. “I think it is vital to both confront injustice and help people get access to treatment.” The actor Salman Khan added: “It is up to all of us to challenge the stigma and I hope I’ve played my part by taking on the role of Rohit when some other actors were, perhaps, a little reluctant.” read more

UN makes progress on AIDS education for thousands of peacekeeping personnel

In a random sample of 660 uniformed peacekeepers tested for HIV/AIDS awareness, some 94 per cent knew two of the key ways in which HIV is transmitted – unprotected sex and exposure to infected blood, Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno, head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), told the Security Council in a meeting on HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and counselling, especially in peacekeeping.”The vast majority, over 87 per cent, of those who had been in mission for at least a month, had received AIDS awareness training,” he said.The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) provided DPKO critical technical and advisory support at headquarters and in the field as peacekeeping activities surged and DPKO personnel from 105 countries reached 66,000 in uniform and more than 13,000 international and national civilian employees in 17 peacekeeping and related field operations, he said.On the other hand, only a small number of mission personnel had received training from within their battalions or detachments and fewer than 2 per cent had been briefed by their commanding officers, he said.”The support of the command structure is crucial to any efforts to mainstream AIDS training and I urge troop-contributing countries to ensure that AIDS awareness is considered a command responsibility,” Mr. Guéhenno said.DPKO and UNAIDS were examining ways to maintain training for AIDS peer educators when they returned home and to ensure that they were agents of change both in their missions and at home, he added.UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot, presenting a progress report called “On the Front Line,” said securing political commitment from Ministries of Defence and Interior was critical to working successfully with uniformed services to combat HIV/AIDS.”A small but nonetheless growing number of defence, military and political leaders now fully understand the need to address AIDS and have begun to make what we hope will be sustained investments. However, we are still too far from the point where responding to AIDS is a part of core military business everywhere,” he said.Going forward, UNAIDS has co-sponsored, with the Council for Foreign Relations, a new report with preliminary evidence of the links between HIV and national security, he said.In addition, UNAIDS has commissioned work from the London School of Economics and had collaborated with the Government of the Netherlands in developing a research agenda on the linkages between AIDS, security and conflict, Dr. Piot said.The Council President for July, Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece, read a statement saying, “The Security Council recognises that UN peacekeeping personnel can be important contributors to the response to HIV/AIDS, particularly for vulnerable communities in post-conflict environments.”The Council welcomes the action taken by the Secretary General and the UN peacekeeping missions to integrate HIV/AIDS awareness in their mandated activities and outreach projects for vulnerable communities, and urges them to pay particular attention to the gender dimensions of HIV/AIDS.” read more

Targeted action needed to address plight of worlds deprived minorities – UN

“Millions of people belonging to national, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities are trapped in a cycle of discrimination, exclusion, poverty and underdevelopment from which they cannot break free without targeted attention being given to their situations,” said UN Independent Expert on minority issues, Rita Izsák, during the presentation of her latest report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. “Disadvantaged minorities should be among the first targets of development strategies, yet too often they have been among the last,” she insisted, challenging States and development actors to do more to ensure that the new post-2015 development goals and strategies respond to the situation of the most deprived minorities.Ms. Izsák’s report singles out lack of attention to the situation of minorities as one of the most serious deficiencies of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets agreed by world leaders at the start of the new century to drastically diminish the number of people affected by a raft of poverty, health and development challenges by 2015. “The rise of inequality has severely undermined the achievements in many States,” she warned. “Future development goals must include dedicated attention to minorities to contribute to closing the inequality gap.”“It is crucial to establish specific targets for States on the inclusion of minorities and specific indicators upon which to measure progress within the framework of a strong equality-focused post-2015 development goal or goals,” Ms. Izsák noted among her recommendations to the Council. “The participation of minorities should be ensured and increased in all phases of planning, implementation and evaluation of new development goals,” she underscored. Ms. Izsák also reminded the Council that growing inequalities together with poor governance seriously endanger the peace and stability of societies. She noted the impact on minorities of new and ongoing conflicts, including in Central African Republic, Myanmar, South Sudan and Syria, and pointed to factors including the impact of the global financial crisis on minorities.The report presents data from various regions, highlighting the disproportionate impact of poverty on minorities. In education, for example, in 2009, of the world’s 101 million children out of school, an estimated 50–70 per cent were from minorities or indigenous peoples. People belonging to minorities frequently die younger, suffer from higher rates of disease and struggle more to access health services compared to the rest of the population.“Disadvantaged minorities experience greater food insecurity and often lack adequate water and hygiene facilities or constant and affordable energy,” Ms. Izsák warned. “When natural disaster strikes, reports suggest that minorities may be more deeply affected, have weaker coping strategies, and have sometimes been neglected or excluded from humanitarian responses.”Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

At UN Assembly Tunisias President cites African 2063 Agenda as vital to

At the same time, he stressed that while the country had made significant progress since the revolution, it still needed support to improve its fragile economy. As a young country, Tunisia attached great importance to the principles of freedom and the rule of law, he continued. However, it faces various challenges at the national and regional levels. To overcome them, President Essebsi said, the Government has adopted an ambitious initiative aimed at improving the economy and ensuring sustainable development. Despite challenges, African communities could achieve development, he said, emphasizing the importance of preventing conflict and ensuring stability on the continent. Tunisia had renewed its commitment to the African Union’s Agenda 2063, which is a call for action to build a prosperous and united Africa on the basis of shared values and a common destiny.Expressing concern about the increase in violence and conflict, he noted that the lack of stability in the Arab world is threating global peace and security. In that regard, he called upon the international community to step up its efforts and contribute to a solution. Among other things, he stressed that the Palestinian people must create an independent state and live in dignity. read more

GKN Driveline sponsors Award for Automotive Innovation 2011

GKN Driveline, the leading global supplier of automotive driveline systems and solutions, will sponsor the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation 2011.Now in its second year, GKN Driveline will again be supporting the Award, which sets the standard in innovative automotive design, engineering and technology, by highlighting the capabilities of the UK’s automotive industry.“As a technology and innovation leader in the automotive industry, GKN Driveline is once again honoured to sponsor the SMMT’s Award for Automotive Innovation,” said Paul Dinwiddy, Global Communication Director, GKN Driveline. “The Award is rapidly becoming established as the standard by which UK companies are recognised for their capabilities in innovative automotive design and engineering and we look forward to seeing this year’s entries, as we seek the next great idea that will change the face of the UK’s automotive industry.”Joining the judging panel of industry experts on behalf of GKN Driveline will be Jon Beasley, Group Technology Officer, GKN, who brings his wealth of experience and expertise to an already impressive line-up of judges, which includes: Jerry Hardcastle, Vice President of Vehicle Development and Design, Nissan; Paul Everitt,  SMMT Chief Executive; Ralph Hosier, Chartered Engineer and motoring journalist and Dave Salt, Chief Engineer, GKN Driveline.AAI 2011 is free to enter and companies and individuals from across UK automotive are invited to participate in the competition. The winner of the Award will be presented at SMMT 95th Annual Dinner supported by Lombard on 23 November 2011 at the London Hilton, Park Lane.Last year’s Award was picked from over 40 entries across the sector and was presented to Gordon Murray Design for the iStream manufacturing process. Click through to find out more about the Award for Automotive Innovation 2011.Click on the play button below to watch Gordon Murray, CEO and Technical Director, talk about the company’s entry to the Award for Automotive Innovation 2010.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Passwords at centre of latest cyber security campaign

A new cyber security campaign has been launched to help improve the ‘password hygiene’ of the Brock community.Brock ITS Services is reminding people to change their passwords regularly and to make them strong by including numbers, symbols and characters.In order to keep information protected, passwords should never be shared or made visible.Tips from ITS:Pick a strong password that is difficult to guess and contains a mixture of letters, numbers and special characters. One method is to pick a memorable sentence to convert into a password. For instance, “The best university in the world is Brock University!” could be used as “TbuinwiBU!” by using the first letter of each word. An entire sentence can also be used with special characters in a pattern. For example, “My cat has furry feet” could be used as “My,cat,has,furry,feet!”Use different passwords for different services.Do not share your passwords or make them visible to anyone.Change your password every four months. Use a password management program or service.For assistance setting up a strong password, call the service desk at ext. 4357 or e-mail itsecurity@brocku.ca.For more information, visit the Cyber Security Awareness — Think Before you Click program. read more

Poll Do you support plans to sell the National Lottery

first_img Poll Results: No (2570) I don’t know (2134) A BILL HAS been passed in the Dáil by a majority vote to allow for the sale of the National Lottery licence which has been extended to a 20-year period.Selling the licence means that the State will raise hundreds of millions of Euro, some of which will be used to help fund the new National Children’s Hospital, while a fixed percentage of 30.5 per cent of turnover will still have to be allocated for good causes.However, if the State remained in charge of the Lotto, it would be at their discretion to give more to good causes, while a private operator is more interested in profits. Fears have also been raised that a sale could damage the brand, lead to reductions in prize money and an outsourcing of Irish jobs.So today we are asking: Do you support plans to sell the National Lottery?center_img Yes (491) YesNoI don’t knowVotelast_img read more

A fresh inquest into the 1974 Birmingham bombings will kick off today

first_img By Cormac Fitzgerald Monday 28 Nov 2016, 8:17 AM Tomorrow at 10am we enter the 1st stage of Preliminary Hearings prior to Inquest. Please help us put pressure on Gov for equality in funding— Justice4the21 (@Justice4the21) November 27, 2016 6,423 Views A fresh inquest into the 1974 Birmingham bombings will kick off today A preliminary hearing will be held amid a dispute between relatives and the Government over legal fees. 21 Comments Nov 28th 2016, 8:17 AM Image: PA Wire Share13 Tweet Email1 File photo of the outside of the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham after a bomb exploded. (22/11/74) Short URL Bombings21 people lost their lives in the bombing of two pubs in the English midlands city on 21 November 1974.Six Irish men, thereafter dubbed the Birmingham Six, spent 16 years in prison for the crime before being cleared of all wrongdoing in connection with it.The men subsequently claimed that police had coerced them into signing confessions using physical and psychological torture.While the IRA has never claimed responsibility for the attack, it is widely believed to have carried out the bombing. Gary Cowan, 16,in a Birmingham hospital following the 1974 bomb attack on the Tavern in the Town pub. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesToday’s hearing will kick off what is expected to be a lengthy inquest, with the first official hearing taking place early next year.Read: Birmingham bombing families to ask UK Home Secretary for inquest moneyRead: The truth about the ‘Birmingham Six’ IRA pub bombings could soon be heard File photo of the outside of the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham after a bomb exploded. (22/11/74) Image: PA Wire Source: Justice4the21/Twitter A FRESH INQUEST into the 1974 IRA pub bombings in Birmingham that killed 21 people and injured almost 200 more will kick off today.A preliminary hearing will begin today into the bombings, after it was ruled in June that fresh inquiries would take place.It was announced in June that the inquest would be reopened after senior coroner for Birmingham & Solihull Louise Hunt found that there was a “wealth of evidence that still has not been heard”.Today’s hearing takes place as the families of some of the victims of the bombing are in a dispute with the UK Home Office over the funding of their legal costs throughout the hearing.Members of the advocacy group Justice4the21 are calling for their legal fees throughout the hearing to be funded by the UK government.The group is made up of family members of those who were killed in the bombings.The group has argued for a similar funding arrangement as that received by the family members of those killed in the Hillsborough disaster to be given to them. http://jrnl.ie/3106007 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Rising again New name for Ballymun Plaza commemorates 1916 leaders

first_img Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 10:36 AM By Sean Murray http://jrnl.ie/3110747 THE PLAZA IN Ballymun town centre is set to be named in honour of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising.Lord Mayor Brendan Carr will unveil a special plaque naming the plaza “Cearnóg an tSeachtar Laoch” (Seven Heroes’ Square) at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Ballymun on Friday.The infamous block of flats that bore the names of the revolutionary leaders may now be gone, but the newly-named Plaza will carry on that legacy.Sinn Féin councillor Noeleen Reilly proposed naming the plaza after the Easter Rising leaders. She said: “The leaders were synonymous with Ballymun because of the seven tower blocks named after them.Residents felt that during the regeneration an opportunity had been missed to name some of the new streets and roads after the leaders. I felt it was important to rectify that especially on the 100th Anniversary of the Rising. 12,204 Views Share50 Tweet Email Rising again: New name for Ballymun Plaza commemorates 1916 leaders The now-demolished block of flats in Ballymun bore the name of the revolutionary leaders. 38 Comments Nov 30th 2016, 10:36 AM Named after 1916 leaders, the flats in Ballymun have all been demolished Short URL Image: Photocall Ireland The demolition of the tower blocks at Ballymun began in 2004, when Pearse tower was the first to go.This was followed by blocks of flats named after Thomas MacDonagh, Eamonn Ceannt, James Connolly, Sean MacDermot and Thomas Clarke over the following few years.Joseph Plunkett Tower was the last to go, when it was demolished in 2015. At the time, locals told TheJournal.ie that the demolition of the flats sucked the life out of the community. Joseph Plunkett Tower being demolished in 2015 Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieA school in the area, Scoil an tSeachtar Laoch, is also similarly named after the 1916 revolutionaries.The Lord Mayor is set to unveil the plaque and turn on the Christmas lights at 5pm this Friday, with local choir The Northside Sensations ringing in the festive season.Read: ‘Some people wanted to stay in the Ballymun flats and would go back now if they could’Read: This is everything that went wrong with Ballymun Named after 1916 leaders, the flats in Ballymun have all been demolished Image: Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Firm and fair Georganas in the chair

first_imgSteve Georganas MP is the first politician of Greek Australian background to be appointed to the role of Second Deputy Chair. The appointment was made this week following the resignation of Speaker Peter Slipper. Mr Georganas has been serving on the House of Representative’s Speakers Panel for the last five years and was approached by his party to nominate. He has sat in the Speaker’s chair since 2007, in the quieter sessions in parliament. “When you sit in that chair you are an independent umpire and I am very conscious of that – I always operate as speaker impartially and fairly,” Mr Georganas told Neos Kosmos. When asked how he will address his role in the chair, Mr Georganas responded: “I expect I will continue to operate in the chair as I have been for the last five years and that’s with firmness and fairness,” adding, “for me, it’s an honour and a privilege to serve in any capacity in parliament.” Mr Georganas is the son of Greek migrants whose roots stem from the Peloponnesian region of Greece. He has lived in his electorate of Hindmarsh all his life, and first won the seat of Hindmarsh in 2004 and was re-elected for a third term in 2010. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Orages Alerte orange à lEst pour 19 départements

first_imgOrages : Alerte orange à l’Est pour 19 départementsMétéo France a placé en alerte orange 19 départements au total situés dans l’Est de la France. La fin du phénomène orageux est prévue samedi au petit matin.Une alerte orange a été émise par Météo France pour 19 départements au total, après les violents orages qui ont touché la France dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi. Les départements concernés par cette alerte sont : Bas-Rhin, du Haut-Rhin, les Vosges, la Haute Marne, la Haute-Saône, le Territoire de Belfort, le Doubs, la Côté d’Or, la Saône-et-Loire, le Jura, l’Ain, l’Ardèche, la Drôme, l’Isère, la Loire, la Haute-Savoie, la Savoie, le Gard et le Rhône.À lire aussi(VIDÉO) Un radar détecte un nuage de coccinelles de 80 kilomètres de large La fin de l’événement orageux est prévue pour samedi à 6h, selon Météo France. Des vents violents pouvant aller jusqu’à 120 km/h sont attendus et toucheront ces départements en alerte. Durant la journée de vendredi, l’activité orageuse va se déclarer sur toute la moitié Est. Les cumuls de précipitations seront généralement de l’ordre de 40 mm, mais 70 à 100 mm sont possibles localement sous les cellules orageuses les plus vigoureuses, informe l’AFP.Dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi, une première vague orageuse avait circulé de la Vendée jusqu’à la partie Nord du territoire en passant par le bassin parisien.Le 26 août 2011 à 16:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

TCI Tactic to minimize Zika revealed less unskilled workers says Premier

first_img Related Items:Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, carpha, dominican republic, frank comito, haiti, Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing, Microcephaly, ZIka Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haiti Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resign Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2016 – The Zika Virus is now officially a global emergency and Health Minister & Premier, Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing on Friday told media the country will now limit how many unskilled workers can come in to the territory. This category of migrant worker usually comes from Haiti and the Dominican Republic, both countries have recorded cases of Zika, which is a mosquito borne virus. Late last month, the DR confirmed 10 cases to the World Health Organization. In mid January, Haiti confirmed four cases with the help of CARPHA, the Caribbean Public Health Agency. Premier Ewing said CARPHA will also help TCI in the case of required lab work; already CARPHA has joined with the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association for a webinar to get industry stakeholders more in the know. CEO of the CHTA, Frank Comito confirmed to Magnetic Media that there had already been cancellations. Zika gives rashes, conjunctivitis or pink eye but most frightening is the link to Microcephaly which is brain damage to unborn babies, who are then born with abnormally small heads. last_img read more