Congress launches second phase of Jan Sangharsh Yatra against BJP
Targeting the Narendra Modi government over surging fuel prices, the Congress in Maharashtra launched the second phase of its ‘Jan Sangharsh Yatra’ against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Faizpur city in Jalgaon district on Thursday.Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge accused the Narendra Modi-led government of trying to polarize the society in a bid to draw attention from pressing issues such as the sliding rupee and the fuel price surge.“When the rupee fell during the UPA’s rule, Mr. Modi, as Chief Minister of Gujarat, had criticized our government. But now, as Prime Minister, he is silent over his government’s failures. Likewise, the Congress used to be criticized if the petrol price crossed the Rs. 40-mark…but the BJP seems to be completely apathetic even as the price of petrol nears Rs. 100 a litre,” he said.He further remarked that the Modi government allegedly collected excise duty over Rs. 12 lakh crore by increasing taxes on fuel, yet none of the benefits was passed on to the farmers.“During our [UPA’s] time, a loan waiver amounting to Rs. 72,000 crore was given to ameliorate the plight of farmers but the Modi government instead assaulted farmers and had tear gas shells lobbed on them when they reached Delhi to address their grievances,” he said, remarking that the Congress had always worked to uplift the rural economy of Maharashtra.The venue of the campaign against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was so chosen in order to resonate with the first rural conference (and 51st conference since its founding) of the Indian National Congress (INC) in 1936, at which Mahatma Gandhi was present and Jawaharlal Nehru presided over the session.“The Modi-led BJP government represents the new tyranny akin to the British Raj. Hence, we have chosen historic Faizpur as our launching point to give the ‘Chale Jao’ slogan to the BJP,” said senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil speaking before the rally.The party, through its ‘Jan Sangharsh’ campaign, which is touted as their biggest mass outreach programme, hopes to cover 150 Assembly segments across the State. The second phase of this campaign is due to end with a rally in Ahmednagar district on October 9.
India’s medal hopefuls on Day 6
ARCHERYWomen’s recurve: Dola Banerjee, L. Bombayala Devi, Deepika KumariMen’s recurve: Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul BanerjeeATHLETICSMen’s: Decathlon 110m hurdles (Joseph Vinod Pulimoottil, Bharat Inder Singh); 110m hurdles (Muthuswamy Pandi, Siddhanth Thingalaya); 800m (Manjit, Pankaj Dimri, Francis Sagayaraj Pathi)BOXINGLightweight Jai Bhagwan; Welterweight (Dilbag Singh); Middleweight Vijender Singh; super; Heavyweight Paramjeet SamotaCYCLINGWomen’s: 3,000m individual pursuit (Ch. Rameshwori Devi, Mahitha Mohan, P.O. Sayona)Men’s: Team sprint (Rajesh Chandrashekhar, Amrit Singh, Bikram Singh)HOCKEYWomen’s Gr A: Trinidad vs IndiaSHOOTINGMen’s: 10m air pistol singles (Omkar Singh, Gurpreet Singh); 25m rapid fire pistol singles (Vijay Kumar, Gurpreet Singh); 50m pairs final (Gagan Narang, Imran Hassan Khan); trap pairs final (Manavjit Sandhu, Mansher Singh) Women’s: Trap pairs final (Seema Tomar, Shreyasi Singh)SQUASHMen’s: Singles (Saurav Ghosal, Sandeep Jangra, Harinder Pal Sandhu, Siddharth Suchde)Women’s: Singles (Anaka Alankamony, Joshna Chinappa, Surbhi Misra, DipikaSWIMMINGMen’s: 50m freestyle; 1500m freestyle; 200m individual medleyWomen’s: 4x100m freestyle relay; 400m freestyle; 200m backstrokeWEIGHTLIFTINGMen’s: 85 kg (C. Mali)WRESTLINGWomen’s: Freestyle, 51 (Babita) & 59 kg (Alka Tomar)
Chooks-to-Go 3×3 league set to kick off with 12 city-based teams
MANILA, Philippines—The country’s bid of sending a three-on-three basketball team to the Olympics got its head start after Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 was launched on Friday at Bar One in Crowne Plaza along Ortigas Avenue.ADVERTISEMENT 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 The league’s preseason starts on January 14 at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The Olympics requires participating countries to accumulate points under tournaments that basketball governing body Fiba has sanctioned.“Though the point system of Fiba is complicated, it all starts by having a league,” said Altamirano. “Then when we have a league, we can now join the World Tour which comprises of 40 events and that’s where all the points come from.”There will be six legs in the first conference and the games, which are put on a round-robin format, will be played in SM Malls and each leg will also have a champion.The champions of the respective legs will be awarded and the top four will be automatically seeded.After the teams get their points and seeds, it will now play in a knockout tournament with the overall champion winning P1,000,000.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion After another finals loss for Alaska, Alex Compton left feeling ‘sick to the stomach’ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño A total of 12 city-based teams will compete in the league with Chooks-to-Go aiming to help the Philippines accumulate points needed to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.“We are very excited with this 3×3 league backed by Chooks-to-Go, and this is the chance we’ve been waiting for to build a league specifically for 3×3,” said league commissioner Eric Altamirano. “We will have teams from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefClub teams from the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Manila Stars, Go for Gold-San Juan Knights, Bataan Risers, Bacoor Strikers, Valenzuela Classic, Marikina Shoemasters, and Bulacan Kuyas have signed to be part of the league.The Zark’s Burger-backed Quezon City, a Dondon Hontiveros-owned Cebu team, and teams from Davao Occidental and Pasig also committed to join.
Xiaomi Mi A1 starts receiving Android 8.0 Oreo beta build
Xiaomi’s first Android One smartphone, the Mi A1, has started receiving Android 8.0 Oreo for beta testers. The build is reportedly 1104MB in size and some early adopters have noticed the fingerprint reader to be faster following the update. The beta release also suggests that the official Oreo rollout could happen before the end of the year, as Xiaomi had previously promised.The Android 8.0 Oreo beta availability will help the company weed out any lingering bugs and issues before the final build rolls out. The company last week announced it was searching for Mi A1 owners to beta test the update. The last date for joining the programme was December 11, which means users who haven’t signed up will have to wait for the official rollout now. The Mi A1 offers a stock Android experience, but does feature some of the company’s own apps including the Mi Camera app and Mi Remote app, among others.Apart from running stock Android, the Mi A1 sports a 5.5-inch Full-HD resolution display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass protection on top. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC paired with 4GB RAM and Adreno 506 GPU, and houses a 3080mAh battery.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi A1 at Rs 13,999 is a steal deal for most peopleThat’s not all the Mi A1 news this week, the handset also received a permanent Rs 1,000 price cut in India, making it available at an attractive price of Rs 13,999. At this price, the Mi A1 is in a better position to trump its competition like the Nokia 6 and Moto G5S Plus. In our review, we found the smartphone to be an all-rounder that not only offers a pure Android experience, but also the best in class cameras.advertisement
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GoodBulk Opts for More CarVal Capesizes
zoom Ship owner and operator GoodBulk informed that it expects to exercise the options to buy six more Capesize vessels for a price of USD 134.2 million.The latest development comes on the back of the company’s rights offering, which closed on December 20, 2017.The rights offering of common shares at a subscription price of USD 15.23 per share, directed towards existing eligible shareholders in the company as per December 12, 2017, resulted in received subscriptions for a total of 1,828,952 common shares constituting USD 27.85 million in demand. Of these,1,680,441 shares will be allocated, raising gross proceeds of USD 25.59 million.GoodBulk said that the additional Capesizes are expected to be funded by a combination of cash on hand, availability under existing and new credit facilities, and issuance of USD 80.4 million of new shares, including 3,727,513 shares to be issued to funds managed by CarVal Investors, and the 1,680,441 offer shares in the rights offering. Net debt as a percentage of gross asset value is expected to remain below 30%.The units are scheduled to be handed over to their new owner in the first quarter of 2018. Upon delivery of the agreed ships, GoodBulk will control a fleet of 25 dry bulk vessels consisting of 22 Capesize vessels, 1 Panamax and 2 Supramax ships.The company will issue 494,131 offer shares in the first settlement, with 1,186,310 offer shares expected to be issued in subsequent settlements, to coincide with vessel acquisition closings.In late October, GoodBulk signed a deal to purchase 7 to 13 Capesizes from entities managed by CarVal Investors.At the time, the company said that funds managed by CarVal Investors will receive up to 10.5 million common shares in GoodBulk for the initial 7 vessels, with USD 61 million of existing borrowings expected to be refinanced under GoodBulk credit facilities.
New Safety Rules For Driving Schools
SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–New Safety Rules For DrivingSchools include a provision that a criminal record check be conducted as part of the initial licensing of a school or instructor; enhance the training programs for instructors; report course results to the department, ensure that instructors must be employed by either a public or private educational institution or have completed an instructors course approved by the department; increase in-car training to 10 hours; include instruction on cross walk safety, require that vehicles used for training are in good mechanical condition, and require driving schools to have all the necessary equipment and personnel to conduct both classroom and on-road training. New driver training school regulations will help make for a saferenvironment for students learning how to drive, Service NovaScotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnet announcedtoday, Oct. 1. “Driver training provides new drivers with a sound foundation andis an important part of making our roads safer,” said theminister. After reviewing the driving school and instructor regulations,representatives of the industry and members of the Road SafetyAdvisory Committee, the committee responsible for promoting roadsafety, agreed that changes were needed. The revisions are partof the initial renewal of licences for driving schools. The new regulations will: The minister added that the updated rules will enable theprovince to maintain an effective and safe driving schoolprogram. Driver training schools and instructors are licensed underprovisions of the Motor Vehicle Act. For more information see thewebsite at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/.
Canada envoy to US embarrassed by delays in Parliament over preclearance bill
OTTAWA – Canada’s envoy to the United States says he is embarrassed it is taking so long for Parliament to pass a new law that would pave the way for greater preclearance at the border.U.S. Ambassador David MacNaughton said Wednesday he leaned on American lawmakers to pass a law that would allow passengers to be precleared at a greater number of airports to allow the speedy flow of people across the 49th parallel.But Canada’s version of the bill has been before the House of Commons public safety committee for several months.MacNaughton told the Senate foreign affairs and trade committee that he regularly gets asked by Americans where the accompanying Canadian legislation is, and he’s embarrassed to say it is not ready.MacNaughton said he exerted renewed pressure on MPs this week in Ottawa.“Please hurry it up, because I’m a bit embarrassed. I leaned on the Americans so heavily and now they’re coming back and saying, ‘Where’s yours?’” MacNaughton said of his conversations.Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, who raised the issue, said the Senate would do its job more quickly.“I know the legislation is coming slowly from the House,” said Housakos.MacNaughton contrasted that with how he persuaded American legislators to move speedily.“We had a full court press on the U.S. before their recess at Christmas time, and it actually passed unanimously,” the envoy said.“So they’re waiting for us.”Housakos replied: “Well, if you can get it sent to the (Senate committee), we’ll be happy to do the same thing.”At the moment, passengers flying to American cities through eight major Canadian airports can be precleared there by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.That program is to be expanded to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport and for rail service in Montreal and Vancouver. In March, the two countries agreed to expand it to other, unspecified locations.Some 400,000 travellers cross the Canada-U.S. border each day, and the preclearance plan is designed to speed that up and make it easier.The House of Commons public safety committee has for months been studying the proposed legislation that would expand preclearance operations.Under the bill, U.S. searches at preclearance facilities would be governed by Canadian law, including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.But the committee has heard concerns about the impact of the new program on privacy rights.In a recent letter to the committee, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien warned the recent pronouncements from the Trump administration could mean intrusive searches, including at preclearance facilities in Canada.The concerns arose after the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this spring that visitors to the U.S. could be forced to provide cellphone contacts and social-media passwords.“It would appear that Canadians who wish to enter the U.S. will, at preclearance locations in Canada as well as at border points in the U.S., have to face the difficult choice of either accepting a search without grounds or foregoing their wish to travel to the U.S.,” said Therrien’s letter.The government has said preclearance would strengthen security and prosperity while ensuring respect for the sovereignty of both countries.As for the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, MacNaughton said speedy talks to modernize the agreement remain a possibility, but it is too soon to say whether that will happen.He said the true picture of “how complex” the Americans want the negotiations to be will only emerge after their current 90-day consultation period ends in August.“We’ll see how much they want to put on the table, and how long those negotiations might take.”
Celebrities Back Poppy Appeal
Celebrity support for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal has been stronger than ever this year, with poppies pinned to the lapels of everyone from news broadcasters to show stoppers on the dance floor.Since the Poppy Appeal launched, a host of celebrities have donned poppies in support of British Armed Forces including: Simon Rimmer on Sunday Brunch, Helen Skelton on Blue Peter, Kate Garraway on Daybreak and Lorraine, Ruth Langsford on This Morning, and Fearne Cotton at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards.Other stars adorned with poppy bling included Emma Bunting and Only Way is Essex stars Joey Essex and Lucy Mecklenburgh, who were seen supporting the Legion by wearing special Kleshna poppy brooches at the Pride of Britain Awards.The Legion is also grateful for the on-going support from poppy-wearing celebrities such as Dame Helen Mirren, The Saturdays, Kelly Brook, Girls Aloud, Jerry Hall and Olympians including Victoria Pendleton and Heather Stanning.To get your poppy or poppy products to support the armed forces, click here.Source:Royal British Legion
AI calls for witness protection
“They also attempt to stop their own citizens from communicating with the UN and other international bodies about serious violations they have witnessed,” the London based human rights group said. Amnesty International also called for the release all individuals who have been arrested under emergency or anti-terrorism laws, unless they are charged with recognizable criminal offences.It also said that the government must guarantee that all persons arrested have access to counsel from the time of arrest, that lawyers can confer with their clients in private and be present during interrogation, establish a registry of all detainees, with details of when and where they were arrested and where they have been held; and make it available to relatives, lawyers, judges and others with a legitimate interest, make public the report of the 2006 Commission of Inquiry on 16 “serious violations of human rights,” that includes the findings of investigations into the killing of five students in Trincomalee and the 17 ACF aid workers, and, as recommended by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in February 2013 accept international assistance to resolve outstanding cases. (Colombo Gazette) Amnesty International (AI) today urged the government to enact an effective Witness Protection Bill.The human rights group noted that four years have passed since the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. However it said Sri Lankan authorities continue to deny mounting evidence of crimes under international law committed by its forces during the protracted armed conflict. Amnesty International called on the government to “tell the truth” on arbitrary detention and torture.It said that before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November this year, the government should also repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and abolish the system of administrative detention in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankas highest foreign debt repayment due in 2019
Total amount paid in 2014 – US$ 1,442 million According to Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Sri Lanka is embroiled in a gigantic debt trap. The main reason is that the loans obtained by the previous regime for infrastructure development has not brought any returns on its investments. Further the national revenue and the export earnings constantly came down since 2011 up to year 2014. Developed countries use their own resources to build mega size infrastructure facilities such as ports and airports. Developing countries tent invite foreign investors to build such huge projects instead as their economies cannot afford the high cost of large scale projects. Alternatively, foreign investors are invited to construct such infrastructure under Build, Operate and Transfer basis or Build, Own and Operate called BOO/BOT basis as in such an instance the developing countries need not bear the burden of debt repayment . The previous Government had obtained US$1,303 million for the Hambantota Port and the first phase of the credit of Rs.340 million was released on a 6% interest. In addition, 6% insurance premium should also be paid for the loan. Another US$ 4.5 billion had been obtained through International Sovereign Bond during the period between 2010 and 2014. This sovereign bond should be repaid in full as one billion dollar per annum from its maturity in 2019. However, the repayment of all these project loans and bonds began after 2014.Although the country or its people receive no dividends from these Port and Air Port projects built on foreign loans by the previous regime, the current Government has been compelled to repay installments and interest for such loans with effect from 2015 though they do run at a loss.Accordingly, Sri Lanka is compelled to make the repayment on foreign loans as follows: Total amount paid in 2015 – US$ 2,031 millionTotal amount paid in 2016 – US$ 1,828 millionTotal amount should be paid in 2017 – US$ 2,417 million Sri Lanka also in the past eveloped telecommunication system in the island on BOO/BOT basis. While it enables investors to regain dividends for the investment during a given time and, simultaneously, it does not make developing countries to pass the burden of investment on its poor citizens.Before launching mega projects of Ports, Airports and Express ways, there were unsolicited proposals to build Hambantota Port, Mattala Airport and southern express ways which could be easily carried out on BOO/BOT basis during the previous regime. But, unfortunately, the former regime opted to borrow unprecedentedly to build them. Consequently, Hambantota Port and Mattala Airport became loss making entities while leaving the country and people in an unbearable debt trap. The total debt stock of Sri Lanka has gone up by 233% to Rs.7, 391 billion during the period from 2005 to 2014. The total debt burden of Sri Lanka in 2005 was Rs.2, 222 billion and, within 5 years, it increased up to Rs.4, 590 billion in 2010. In addition there is another Rs 2,000 billion debt obtained by the Public owned Enterprises directly off the balance sheet.Accordingly, the debt servicing (loan installments and the interest) to be paid by Sri Lanka to foreign financiers is also increasing constantly. The debt servicing of US$ 1,828 million paid in 2016 will be increased by more than double to US$3,992 million being the highest debt repayment to be paid by Sri Lanka in a year due to colossal borrowings by the previous Government. This could be considered as the highest sum of debt servicing to be repaid by Independent Sri Lanka within a year. Total amount should be paid in 2018 – US$ 2,564 millionTotal amount should be paid in 2019 – US$ 3,992 millionTotal amount should be paid in 2020 – US$ 3,463 million.This debt repayment covers only the project loans and the International sovereign bond. The liability on the loan obtained from the IMF and the investment by foreigners on the treasury bills and treasury bonds is to be paid separately.Its unfortunate that the previous government did not have any strategy to turn such giant loss making entities in to profit making ventures. Therefore, the current Government has made arrangements to convert these credits in to equity under the Public Private Partnership concept thereby relieving the people from the debt burden. While the Government is taking untiring efforts to convert these white elephants into profit making institutions, and generate income and employment for the youth in the country, an opposition group is engaged in sabotaging such efforts charging that the Government is attempting to sell off national resources to foreigners. It is high time people thought rationally in response to such misleading remarks made by these rival groups.At the same time, people should ask the opposition who make an abortive attempt to jeopardize the well being of the people to show some avenues to generate income for the country to repay the massive loans accumulated by 2019 which were obtained by the previous Government.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said the current government is engaged in a mission to bring investment to the country thereby generating employment and income to the country. He said that will save the country from the existing foreign debt burden. Therefore, Minister Karunanayake said that for no reason, opportunists will be allowed to sabotage the ongoing development operation by the current Government. (Colombo Gazette)
Bus removed from Ottawa crash scene
00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 As day two of the investigation into the deadly bus crash in Ottawa wraps up, we have more information about the six victims, ranging in age from 21 to 54.Mia Gordon has the details.The bus has since been moved from the scene and the Via Rail tracks with train service from Ottawa to Toronto should be re-opening Friday morning. But on this day, the city of Ottawa was remembering those who lost their lives in this tragic accident.The 6 passengers who lost their lives are being mourned throughout Ottawa Thursday. Two of the victims, 21 year old Connor Boyd and Kyle Nash, were both students at Carleton University. The University’s President Roseann O’reilly Runte released the statement saying: “In times of loss, our Carleton community rallies to support one and another, to provide comfort and aid. The loss of such young people, who were in the prime of their lives, will touch us in many ways.”The other victims include:54 year old Michael Bleakney — an engineer with Public Works and Government Services Canada. His family describes him as the best father and husband.53 year old Karen Kryzewski, a mother of two, who worked at library and archives Canada. She loved art and making gifts.35 year old Rob More,and 45 year old Dave Woodard, the driver of the bus and father of three.All of the victims lived in Ottawa and, as the investigation continues, the focus turns to Woodard, a 10-year veteran at OC Transpo. Woodard’s wife, Terry posted this statement on Facebook:“Today I lost my HUSBAND the love of my LIFE my best friend the father of my daughter and a great step DAD to the boys…I don’t know what to say…I want him back so much…MISS you BABY…be always in my prayers in my mind, but most of all in my heart….life is not the same without you here…”She says her husband was an amazing driver, and says something must have gone wrong to cause the accident. Now it’s up to investigators with the Transportation Safety Board to figure out why the bus crashed through a safety barrier and slammed into a Via Rail train Wednesday.Rob Johnston, TSB Lead Investigator commented: “Particularly for crossing accidents, we’re looking at the operation of the train, track infastructure, the maintenance of the crossing, operation of the automated warning devices, and of course the added complexity is the roadway vehicle that we have to evaluate as well.”Investigators have removed the black box event recorder and have recovered data recorders from the Ottawa city bus and train, but it could be months until there are any answers.
Treasury imposes sanctions on 3 North Korean hacking groups
WASHINGTON — Three North Korean hacking groups suspected of cyberattacks across the globe have been placed on a Treasury Department sanctions list.The department says the groups are controlled by the government of North Korea and have targeted public and private sector computer networks to raise money for the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.The Treasury identifies the groups by the names “Lazarus Group,” ”Bluenoroff” and “Andariel.”The U.S. says Lazarus was behind in the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack that shut down 300,000 computers in 150 countries, and was responsible for the 2014 cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.The government’s action makes it easier to seize any assets that the group may have within U.S. jurisdiction.Associated Press, The Associated Press
Hungry Badger official launch Friday Oct 2
The Hungry Badger in the Walker Complex opened this week and an official launch for faculty and staff is taking place Friday.The Hungry Badger, formerly known as Walker Food Court, has gone through some significant changes over the last few months. Some of these changes include; the implementation of Energy Zone Soup, Salads & Smoothies and the recent introduction of hot subs made to order out of the pizza station.The eatery has also experienced a facelift and part of this facelift includes a massive Hungry Badger sign that is now in place over the location.The official Hungry Badger launch is taking place this week with prizes and giveaways taking place from noon-1 p.m. daily.
Les Parisiens ont diminué de 3 leur production de déchets
Les Parisiens ont diminué de 3% leur production de déchetsParis, France – Le Syndicat intercommunal de traitement des ordures ménagères (Syctom) de l’agglomération parisienne a annoncé une diminution des déchets collectés de 3% en 2009. Cette baisse représente quelque 73.000 tonnes de déchets en moins par rapport à 2008.La baisse des déchets collectés dans l’agglomération parisienne s’est nettement accélérée, passant d’une moyenne de 0,7% par an depuis 2001, à 3% en 2009.À lire aussiUn geyser de Yellowstone jaillit et éjecte des déchets jetés par des touristes il y a plus de 80 ansLa diminution des objets encombrants est la plus impressionnante, elle s’élève à10,9% quand les déchets ménagers ont diminué de 2,3% et la collecte sélective de 2,7%. Cette importante évolution “témoigne de la baisse du pouvoir d’achat et des difficultés sociales” concède François Dagnaud, adjoint au maire de Paris et président du Syctom de l’agglomération parisienne. Mais elle prouve également que “d’autres modes de production et d’autres habitudes de consommation sont possibles” souligne-t-il.Alors qu’en 2009, ce sont 73.000 tonnes de déchets en moins qui ont été collectées par rapport à 2008, François Dagnaud appelle à la mobilisation les 84 communes du Syctom, afin que puisse être atteint l’objectif du Grenelle de l’Environnement fixé à -7% du volume global des déchets d’ici 2014.Le 15 janvier 2010 à 16:19 • Emmanuel Perrin
OBITUARY Margaret Funk 69
WILMINGTON, MA — Margaret Funk, age 69, of Wilmington, passed away at home on November 6, 2017.Margaret was the dear daughter of the late Joseph and Edna (Liese) Funk and sister of the late Charles Funk. She is survived by several cousins and friends.Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service on Saturday, May 26th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Carolyne R. Anderson, 50In “Obituaries”
NOAA is trying to encourage more observers to report sexual harassment
“I’ve heard a lot of observers say things like, ‘Well, it’s Alaska, it’s the fishing industry. I should expect this type of behavior,’” Smith said. “So that’s why I kind of started to adjust the training that I was doing, trying to encourage observers to come forward to report things that were happening to them, even things that they thought wasn’t a big deal,” Smith said. In the commercial fishing industry, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration workers — known as “observers” — jump on board hundreds of vessels each year to make sure fishers are following federal regulations. But many of the women who perform these duties say they experience sexual harassment. Ravelo said some boats created a more welcoming atmosphere for women than others. Sometimes she would see pornographic magazines lying around, and other times she was subjected to sexually inappropriate teasing and jokes. Ravelo never filed a report, saying it was an isolated event. Eventually, Ravelo moved on to pursue her graduate degree in marine biology. Ravelo loves adventure. In fact, it’s what partly inspired her to become a NOAA Fisheries observer in 2006 soon after she graduated college. An observer collects data on board commercial fishing vessels to verify that fishers are following regulations surrounding harvest practices and limits. Alex Ravelo walked toward a sailboat she might buy in the Homer Port & Harbor. It’s a roughly 22-foot vessel with a red hull that she’d like to use to sail around Kachemak Bay. “Oh, she’s the perfect adventure boat. Needs just a little bit of love,” Ravelo said. “I did want to show that I was capable, and that I could joke around,” Ravelo said. “And I wouldn’t get upset by little things.” Even if Ravelo’s experience is few and far between, others like former observer Bobbie Buzzell say it’s hard to know when less extreme interactions should be considered harassment and be reported. NOAA is trying to encourage more female observers to report those instances, even if they seem insignificant. Ravelo thinks more training for observers could make a difference, but she said it’s only half of the problem — meaning that fishing crews need to address harassment from within. Alex Ravelo, a former NOAA Fisheries observer, looks out onto Homer’s docks. (Photo by Renee Gross/KBBI) “I’ve been on so many boats where the attitude and the relationships that were built on those boats were so healthy and so friendly and professional,” Ravelo said. “If it’s possible on some boats, why wouldn’t it be able to happen everywhere?” While Ravelo left her observer position to pursue her graduate degree, she said a change in the commercial fishing culture could help reduce turnover of women in the observer program. But for the most part, she would just brush it off. “How am I supposed to distinguish whether or not it’s just in good fun? Or is it starting to cross a line with me?” Buzzell said. “There’s just a huge gray area, I think.” “Then he just kind of, like, grabbed me, and he was a very large man,” Ravelo said. “I felt very trapped, and I just pushed him away. But I had to use all my strength to get his arms from around me and stormed out of there.” Smith is incorporating role-playing scenarios into her training program and encouraging NOAA officers to be more personable with observers, hoping that it will make it easier for them to file reports of sexual harassment. Jaclyn Smith works for NOAA’s law enforcement division and said she hears those types of comments all the time. It’s hard to say if these efforts will create change. Fewer than 20 reports have been filed annually over the past few years, and numbers can vary widely. However, she said in one instance a male crew member tried to prevent her from leaving a room after they were joking around. She said there are roughly 350 observers in Alaska, and about half are women. Smith sent an anonymous survey to observers deployed in Alaska in 2016 and 2017. About a quarter of female observers responded, and roughly half said they had experienced sexual harassment aboard vessels. They say they declined to report for several reasons, including fear of backlash and that nothing would be done about it.
India implements Tk 14 billion projects in Bangladesh Shringla
Harsh Vardhan ShringlaIndian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Monday that the India has been implementing 63 projects worth around Tk 14 billion in Bangladesh at present. He said the project includes setting up water treatment plant, community centres, schools, orphanages and hostels which will contribute to improving the living and livelihood condition of the people.The Indian government has also completed a total 24 projects worth Tk. 1.1 billion in the last five years, he added.The high commissioner was visiting some of the development projects including the third floor of the Varendra Research Museum under Rajshahi University (RU) in Rajshahi. The floor was constructed at Tk 7.3 million provided by the Government of India. Harsh Vardhan said his government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Economic Relations Department of the Government of Bangladesh and the Rajshahi City Corporation for providing Tk 210 million for sustainable development of Rajshahi city in 2017.The works included reconstruction of infrastructure of Rajshahi Cultural Sangho, footpath along different roads, Padma Library building and conservation of water bodies and some temples.After visiting some of the development projects Harsh Vardhan said the works are in progress in a satisfactory manner.Fazley Hossain Badsha, MP, Assistant Indian High Commissioner Abhijit Chattopadhyay among others accompanied the high commissioner.
Brave faster loading speed Chrome extension support
Brave: faster loading speed, Chrome extension support by Martin Brinkmann on December 13, 2018 in Internet – 33 commentsBrave, the ambitious web browser that aims to change website financing and Internet advertising, was switched to Chromium this month.Brave did use Chromium’s rendering engine from the very beginning but it did not use Chromium for its user interface. Company engineers created Muon, a custom “more secure” fork of Electron and used it to power the user interface of the browser.Brave announced plans to replace Muon with Chromium back in early 2018 and that move has just been completed. The latest Brave browser releases use Chromium for rendering and the user interface.The development team decided to move to Chromium for a number of reasons including better security and stability.Switching to the Chromium user interface gives us much more support for Chrome’s features and APIs, as well as Chromium’s stability and its well-supported interface with the core browser engine.The move frees up development resources and should decrease the time it takes to create new Brave builds and move them to a new Chromium version.Brave users who used the Muon-powered browser previously may see some design changes, e.g. different tab shapes and colors.The move to Chromium introduces a number of improvements, e.g. more efficient ad blocking, light and dark theme support, and improved private windows and private windows with Tor.Brave notes that the move has several advantages: initial benchmarks suggest that load time improved by 22% on average when compared to Muon versions of Brave. Other advantages include support for Chrome extensions that users may install from the Chrome Web Store.Extensions from the Chrome Web StoreBrave’s internal extensions page links to the Chrome Web Store already. Just click on the install link of any extension that is offered at the store to install it.Brave displays a slightly different prompt than Chrome does though as it warns users that extensions may be malicious if they have not been vetted by Brave.The prompt displays the permissions that the extension requests next to that as well as options to add the extension to the browser or cancel the deployment.Performance improvementsBrave’s loading performance improved significantly thanks to the move. Desktop users benefit from 22% faster average load times (18% median); load time of some of the sites used in the benchmark improved by up to 34% on the desktop.Devices with slow connections, comparable to fast 3G connections, may see loading time improvements of up to 44% (median 4%).No Google phone-home componentsBrave engineers removed components from the code that are used to make connections to Google. The team notes that Brave does not make any connections to Google in the background.The new version of Brave is based on the same Chromium source code as Chrome, but unlike Google’s browser, Brave doesn’t make any connections to Google in the background. We’ve disabled Google Accounts and Sync and removed all the Chrome-specific telemetry and reporting code. Google isn’t used for search suggestions either — Brave relies on an offline Alexa top sites list in addition to your open tabs and history stored only on your device.Now You: What is your take on Brave? Have you tried the browser recently? (via ZDnet)SummaryArticle NameBrave: faster loading speed, Chrome extension supportDescriptionBrave, the ambitious web browser that aims to change website financing and Internet advertising, was switched to Chromium this month.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
La Scala under fire for proposed funding from Saud
La Scala under fire for proposed funding from Saudi Arabia by The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2019 6:12 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MILAN — Italy’s premier opera house, La Scala in Milan, is under fire over a proposal to grant a board seat to Saudi Arabia’s culture minister with the promise of 15 million euros ($16.8 million) in new funding.The plan, which is to be voted on next week by La Scala’s board, has been harshly criticized by members of the governing League party as well as by former Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, citing human rights issues in Saudi Arabia.Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala, who chairs the La Scala board, on Tuesday declined to say whether he favours the plan, saying he does not want to influence the board’s decision. He said that the issues of Saudi sponsorship and the allocation of a board seat could be considered separately.The Associated Press