Members of Siksika Nation blocking construction of homes over location

first_imgAPTN National NewsSome members of the Siksika First Nation in Alberta have stopped construction of homes with a blockade.They say the area is flood prone and want it changed.APTN’s Chris Stewart has the story.last_img

Roger Federer admits he faces real battle against Medvedev

first_imgMiami: Roger Federer admits he faces a real battle to land the 101st title of his career with the in-form Daniil Medvedev next up after Serbian Filip Krajinovic was dispatched 7-5 6-3 on Monday at the ATP and WTA Miami Open. The Swiss superstar produced an excellent all-round performance despite being tested by the world number 103 who belied his lowly ranking by producing some excellent tennis during an exciting first set. Federer, however, stylishly weathered the storm to seal the win – the 52nd of his career in Miami – and set up an intriguing last eight match with the highly-rated Medvedev. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe Russian, who is at a career high ranking of 15, saw off American Reilly Opelka 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/0), and has won four ATP hard-court titles, including three since last August. Federer beat him twice last year but is already a fan. “He’s clever how he plays the court because he can play it up and down, and he’s unusual when he plays from back,” said the Swiss, who hit 14 aces and won an impressive 74% of points on his first serve. “It’s a bit of a different approach.Thankfully I played him last year twice in Basel and Shanghai and I’m very impressed about his progress. I must say the last year has been unbelievable for him.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterKrajinovic struggled with injury last year as problems with his ankle, left foot and hand restricted him to just seven tournaments in the first seven months of 2018. Yet some fierce hitting from the back of the court surprised the predictably pro-Federer crowd and a brilliant run and flick over the net handed him an early break for 3-2. Keeping the pressure on, however, was a different matter as Federer broke straight back before pocketing the opening set. The second set wasn’t as competitive, Federer easing home and finishing with 35 winners compared to the Serbian’s 18. Elsewhere, number 24 seed Grigor Dimitrov was beaten by world number 77 Jordan Thompson in straight sets ensuring the Australian will meet 2018 Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson who beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-4, 7-6 (8/6). Simona Halep, meanwhile, got the better of Venus Williams once again as the Romanian made light work of the 38-year-old American to book a place in the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-3 win. “I was pretty strong with my serve and knew where to bother her,” said the reigning French Open champion who will meet China’s Wang Qiang in the last eight. “When I saw I can win easy games with my serve, it gave me great confidence,” she added. Bianca Andreescu, the 18-year-old Canadian sensation who won the title in Indian Wells, was forced to withdraw in the second set of her fourth round match with Anett Kontaveit. Andreescu was 1-6 0-2 down before a shoulder injury ruined her chances of another run to the finals. The Estonian will meet Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei who continued her excellent form with a 6-3, 6-7 (0/7), 6-2 win over Caroline Wozniacki. Petra Kvitova, the world number 3, booked her place in the last eight, beating Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3 in a match which was held up for one hour and 40 minutes because of rain in South Florida. Kvitova plays Australian Ashleigh Barty for a place in the semi-finals.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon reflects on his first year as UN SecretaryGeneral

“I have not sat still this year,” said Mr. Ban, who has flown over 215,000 miles since taking office at the start of this year.He reiterated his call for the need to “change the UN culture and re-engineer the United Nations for life in our fast-modern world.” While the UN must reform to better respond to global challenges, it must simultaneously attain the highest standards in ethics, transparency and accountability, he added.To this end, the Secretary-General is working to reorganize key departments, including the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Political Affairs.Mr. Ban also highlighted his efforts in the fight against global warming, which he has called “the defining issue of our era” and which he has made his top priority.Those efforts – including his trips to places such as Antarctica and the Amazon and his convening of the largest-ever gathering of heads of State to discuss the issue – culminated in the landmark UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, which ended last week.In Bali delegates “took a vital first step” towards reaching a comprehensive accord to replace the current Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012, the Secretary-General said. “This is the year’s key achievement,” he declared.This year marks the halfway point for the MDGs, eight targets to slash poverty and other ills by 2015, and the Secretary-General pointed out that despite progress made, challenges remain.“For the poorest of the world’s poor, economic and social advancement should be considered an innate human right,” he said, adding that he will expend great effort in 2008 to bolstering the UN’s role in development.In the 132 days he has spent on the road this year, Mr. Ban said he has visited a half dozen UN peacekeeping missions, including the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) known as MONUC to the Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).He highlighted the crucial role of the UN in Lebanon, Iraq, Bangladesh and the occupied Palestinian territories.At the same time, he noted that “no geopolitical issue has absorbed more of my time than Darfur.” While no advances towards peace were being made last year, there are peace talks underway now and a joint African Union-UN peacekeeping force is on the verge of deployment, he pointed out.“The challenge for the coming year is to work continuously with the [Sudanese] government, rebel movements, representatives of civil society and regional leaders, as well as the UN Security Council and the international community, to ensure the ultimate success of both the talks and the military mission,” he said. 19 December 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today looked back on his busy first year in office, which took him to nearly 40 countries or territories on six continents to push for progress in four main areas – United Nations reform, climate change, human rights and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and international security. read more

Blue helmets come under fire in western Darfur UN reports

29 July 2010Peacekeepers on patrol in the west of the war-ravaged Sudanese region of Darfur were ambushed today by unidentified gunmen, with seven blue helmets sustaining injuries, the United Nations reported today. According to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the troops returned fire on their attackers, who fled the scene. The joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, immediately sent reinforcement troops to the scene of the clashes.All of the blue helmets later returned to their base, where those wounded in the ambush are receiving medical treatment.Today’s development comes amid violence in other parts of Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others have been displaced in the past seven years due to fighting between rebels and Government forces backed by allied Janjaweed militiamen.Over the weekend, clashes broke out in the Kalma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) following the latest round of peace talks in the Qatari capital, Doha, aimed at bringing an end to the Darfur conflict, with some of the camp’s residents saying they were not fully represented. The gunmen identified themselves as members of the Abdul Wahid faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), one of numerous rebel groups that have been fighting Government forces. One person was injured and no deaths were reported following the violence. Sudanese authorities have arrested two people for attempting to assault a sheikh who attended the Doha conference. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his concern over the clashes in Kalma camp, calling on all sides “to address their differences through political dialogue and to refrain from any action that could incite violence.”In his statement, he noted that the AU-UN Joint Chief Mediator Djibril Bassolé and UNAMID “are doing all they can to defuse the situation and facilitate reconciliation.”The mission said today that three people who were either supporters or members of the rebel group known as the Liberty and Justice Movement (LJM), which recently signed a ceasefire agreement with Sudanese authorities in Doha, were killed yesterday in western Darfur.The lost their lives in violence which broke out last night in the Hamadiya camp in Zalingei between IDPs backing LJM and those supporting the Sudan Liberation Army-Abdul Wahid (SLA-AW) faction. Several houses of LJM backers were burned down in the fighting.UNAMID reports that the clashes have ended, with authorities arresting four suspects and confiscating weapons found in their homes. Humanitarian aid to the camp has been suspended due to the insecurity.On Tuesday, Ibrahim Gambari, the mission’s head, told the Security Council that the peace process in Darfur has reached a critical point, with the security situation deteriorating just as prospects for a negotiated settlement have improved slightly.He noted several encouraging signs pointing to a possible peace deal. “Civil society is now more involved in peace talks than ever, the Government of Sudan is demonstrating renewed commitment to negotiations, and the leaders of most armed opposition movements are either participating in or are expressing an interest in participating in the talks,” he said.But Mr. Gambari, who is also the Joint Special Representative of the UN and AU in Darfur, warned that the overall security situation continues to deteriorate in the remote and arid region on Sudan’s western flank. Government forces have clashed with members of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), which withdrew from the Doha talks and has yet to re-engage, dislodging the rebel group from several of its traditional strongholds and disrupting its main supply routes. read more

Canadian Tire announces recall of more than 87000 booster seats

TORONTO — More than 87,000 child booster car seats sold at Canadian Tire stores are being recalled because they fail to meet safety regulations.The retailer says four models of booster seats made by Transtek Trading Co. Ltd. and sold under the brand names Kukuxumusu and Apramo are being recalled.The Kukuxumusu units have a manufacture date between February 2013 and September 2015, while the Apramo seats have a manufacture date between September 2013 and September 2015.All units were sold at Canadian Tire stores across Canada.The company says there have been no reports of any injuries associated with the seats.Canadian Tire adds 33 types of Holiday Collection lights to safety recallHowever, it says the recall is being issued out of “an abundance of caution.”Allan MacDonald, chief operating officer at Canadian Tires retail, says the company regularly tests all of its products to ensure they meet or exceed quality and safety standards.“Because of the regular testing program that we conduct along with Transport Canada, we recently determined that booster seats that once met safety requirements no longer meet regulations,” he said.Customers who have purchased the recalled products can return them to any Canadian Tire store for a refund.A posting on the Transport Canada website says 87,230 units are affected. read more

Aurora Cannabis MedReleaf confirm discussions but say theres no deal

MedReleaf Corp. and Aurora Cannabis Inc. shares were briefly halted Thursday and resumed trading after the companies announced they have held discussions, but no agreement has been reached.Trading resumed mid-afternoon after being halted “pending news” for several hours.The companies issued press releases saying they were aware of media reports that MedReleaf was seeking a buyer.Citing anonymous sources, The Globe and Mail reported that Markham, Ont.,-based MedReleaf was putting itself on the market and that Edmonton-based Aurora had submitted a friendly offer.On Thursday afternoon, MedReleaf released a statement in response to a request by Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), saying it was aware of a news article speculating about a potential transaction involving Aurora.“MedReleaf does not publicly comment on unusual market activity, rumours or speculation in the marketplace or any potential transaction unless, and until, a binding legal agreement to effect that transaction has been signed,” it said.It confirmed that it engages “from time to time” in discussions with other industry players, including Aurora Cannabis, “regarding various alternatives.”“The company has not entered into an agreement to effect any particular transaction, and there can be no assurance that such discussions will result in any such agreement,” MedReleaf said.Aurora also released a statement in response to a request from IIROC regarding reports involving a potential transaction with MedReleaf.“The company does confirm that it engages in discussions with industry participants from time to time, including MedReleaf,” Aurora said in a statement on Thursday afternoon. “At this time the company confirms there is no agreement, understanding or arrangement with respect to any transaction with MedReleaf.”Consolidation in the Canadian marijuana sector has been accelerating as the country prepares to legalize cannabis for recreational use later this year.Aurora recently completed its acquisition of Saskatoon-based licensed producer CanniMed Therapeutics after striking a $1.1 billion stock-and-cash deal in January.In February, rival licensed producer Aphria Inc. completed its acquisition of B.C.-based Broken Coast Cannabis Inc., a transaction valued at more than $200-million in stock and cash. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball remains unbeaten with a trio of wins

Junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) spikes the ball during a match against Dabrowa Sept. 4, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team took home the title at the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic after winning all three of their matches at St. John Arena over the weekend.Junior setter Taylor Sherwin was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits and Sherwin were both named to the All-Tournament team.The Buckeyes (9-0) picked up a three set victory against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Friday and four set victories on Saturday against Southeast Missouri and Xavier.Even though they did not sweep every match, coach Geoff Carlston said he was happy with the performances his team put together.“I’m happy with how our team played,” Carlston said. “We responded really well after we lost a set.”After sweeping IUPUI, OSU played their way to a 25-12 first set victory against Southeast Missouri but fell in the second set, 25-20.The Buckeyes found themselves in a similar situation against Xavier winning the first set by 15 before losing the second 25-21.Both times OSU responded by winning the third and fourth sets to wrap up each match.Kacsits said in an email the match against Xavier would have been much more difficult without junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger.“I can honestly say that the Xavier match may have been way different if (Sekinger) wouldn’t have contributed right when we needed her,” Kacsits said.Sekinger finished the match with 15 kills good for second on the team behind senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary’s 22.Sekinger said in an email that, while she did not contribute much in the first two matches, against IUPUI and Southeast Missouri, she was able to keep her focus and knew her team needed her to play well to win.“I really just focused on getting the job done,” she said. “I knew my team needed the best of my ability (against Xavier) and I wasn’t going to bring anything less for them.”Carlston said Sekinger helped the cause, even though she did not start the match.“I think Erin Sekinger came off the bench and did some really good things,” he said.Sherwin, who picked up her second MVP honor of the year after receiving the same award at the NIU Invitational, received praise from her coach and teammates alike.Carlston said Sherwin has been a good leader throughout the season while Kacsits called her “The MVP of the year so far.”The Buckeyes will look to continue their undefeated start this weekend in Buffalo, N.Y., in the Blue and White Classic.OSU will play Maryland Eastern Shore Friday at 4:30 p.m. before taking on Valparaiso at 11 a.m. Saturday and Buffalo at 7 p.m. the same day.The team opens up Big Ten play Sept. 27 in Columbus against Michigan. read more

WINNERS PROFILE Bojana Popović

← Previous Story Draw for Women’s EHF CL TOP 8: “Group of death” with last three winners! Next Story → ANTONIO CARLOS ORTEGA: A dream of winning the EHF Champions League bojana popovic handballhandballHANDBALL WINNER The uncrowned queen of handball courts in the 21st century, Bojana Popović (34), decided to hang up her boots after the Olympic games in London 2012, with the intention of being a leading star and eternal inspiration to all the young sportsmen as a sports director, not only to handball players, and not only in Montenegro. Born in Nis, she paved her way wearing a jersey of her favourite, the Tobacco Industry in Nis, TIN at the time, without saying that after the battle everyone is a general, and at the end of the 90’s the media and expert’s predictions were unmistakably unanimous about one thing, that she was a great potential, a girl of great capabilities. From “Cair” to “Moraca” and golden days of Danish handball, through coming back to Montenegro handball and all the way to Olympic heights in London, Bojana’s mentality of a winner, knocked down all her opponents, with the standing ovations of the audience, showing that the connection of a talent and marvellous worker is a winning combination. Handball exclusive has tried to tell a story of one of the most successful handball players of all times.(Read the full text on www.handball-exclusive.com) read more

Nokia Beta Labs introduces Shoot and Tag video app

first_imgMaking videos on your phone isn’t necessarily always the easiest way to go about it, especially when you have to re-watch the entire thing afterwards to find where the good parts are. The Nokia Beta Labs have come up with Shoot and Tag, an app that allows you to shoot video and automatically separates different parts of your film into “Tags.”To try out the new app, first download it from Beta Labs. When you run it your camera will automatically be activated, so you can test it out right away. However, you should know that the usual camera button on your phone is not the record button in this case. There’s a red button on the corner of the screen that will record your video when you tap it. Once you start recording, you’ll see the left-hand side of the screen fill up with Tags each time you pause on a scene as you pan and move the camera. Shoot and Tag will continue to do this no matter how long your film is, so just press stop to close things up.When you’re ready to watch your video, or show it to someone else, you’ll see all the tagged scenes are stacked on the right in the video playback screen, just like chapters in a DVD. Press one of the tags and your video will jump to that scene.In the video below, Jim Fields from the Nokia Research Center said Shoot and Tag is an experimental prototype, and Nokia is currently evaluating how to take it forward. Check out the video and try Shoot and Tag out for yourself. If you do, please tell us what you think in the comments below.To use it you’ll need a Symbian^3 and S60 5th Edition phone.Read more at Nokia Beta Labs.last_img read more

From the Newsroom Stories can take different paths to print

first_img News stories appearing in The Columbian are printed using the same typeface, the same ink and the same newsprint. But the path they take to the page can vary considerably.I was reminded about this dichotomy this week after receiving two complaints about the same story.We take our time producing our Sunday center packages for the front page. It’s not unusual for those stories to be in progress for weeks and to undergo multiple rounds of editing over several days. On the other hand, some of our wire stories on inside pages are selected and reviewed very quickly. Local daily stories fall somewhere in between.Here are two examples. On Tuesday, Feb. 5, we published a front-page story by Katie Gillespie, our education reporter, about a push to de-link state test scores and graduation requirements. (If you had a child in high school in the last 15 years, you remember the angst about passing the WASL, the HSPE or the Smarter Balanced test in order to graduate. Now the thinking in some quarters is to end that sort of high-stakes testing.)According to my digital detective skills, Katie created her story on Feb. 1, probably so that she could generate the art assignment and also to get it on our story budget. She wrote the bulk of the story on the afternoon before it ran, and finished up about 5:15 p.m. I opened and edited the story — I made a few small changes — and gave it back to her at 5:35 p.m. to review. She checked it back in at 5:38 p.m.At 6:25 p.m., page designer Dave Magnuson placed it on the front page, and at 7:49 p.m. Assistant News Editor Colleen Keller gave the story a thorough edit and wrote the headline. Although I had already looked at the story with Katie two hours earlier, our copy editors always give local stories a careful read, looking not only for mistakes or missing information, but also for grammar, spelling and punctuation errors. Craig Brown is The Columbian’s editor. His column will appear in this space periodically. Contact him at 360-735-4514 or craig.brown@columbian.comlast_img read more

50 provide benefits to assist LGBT staff with family care and planning

50 provide benefits to assist LGBT staff with family care and planning

first_imgHalf (50%) of global employer respondents provide benefits that support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees with family care and planning, such as fertility treatment, surrogacy, adoption, or parental leave, according to research by Mercer.Its LGBT benefits around the world survey, which surveyed 680 organisations across 50 countries, also found that 81% of global respondents offer the same life, medical and retirement benefits to LGBT couples as they do for opposite-sex couples.The research also found:78% of UK respondents and 67% of US respondents provide benefits that assist LGBT employees with family planning and care.27% of global respondents offer benefits that account for gender affirmation treatments.24% of UK respondents provide treatment coverage for individuals diagnosed with gender identity dysphoria.33% of global respondents do not offer equal benefits to LGBT employees because of cultural or societal preconceptions, and 29% cite the organisation’s inability to implement such a benefits plan as the reason why they do not offer equal benefits for LGBT staff.50% of global respondents cite the constraints of national laws as the reason why they do not offer equal benefits to LGBT staff.83% of UK respondents that do not offer equal benefits to LGBT employees claim this is due to legal restrictions, 50% claim it is because there is a lack of capable benefit providers, and 33% say they do not know how to implement such a benefit.33% of global respondents have not adopted a diversity and inclusion policy with specific reference to LGBT employees, 20% rely on other corporate policies to cover LGBT employees, and 11% plan to implement one over the next 12 months.28% of global respondents have a standalone global diversity and inclusion policy that references LGBT employees.28% of global respondents allow employees to self-identify as LGBT for the purpose of workforce analytics.Ilya Bonic (pictured), president of the career business at Mercer, said: “With all the uncertainty of the past year and the spotlight on human rights issues, it is more important than ever for organisations to reassess their position on LGBT-rights issues. In the global war for top talent, [organisations] perceived as non-discriminatory and progressive enhance their attractiveness as a workplace by creating a welcoming, supportive, and productive environment.”Tony Wood, UK leader at Mercer Marsh Benefits, added: “To attract and retain the best talent in the market, [organisations] increasingly need to demonstrate that they are an inclusive employer with a diverse workforce. To achieve this, businesses need to focus on expanding LGBT benefits policies beyond anti-discrimination policies, including improving family planning and care offerings, HIV prevention initiatives and LGBT healthcare provisions.”last_img read more

Rajinikanth backs Narendra Modi as PM BJP will secure 300 seats on

first_imgNarendra Modi and Rajinikanth.PR HandoutRajinikanth has made a u-turn on his political stand ás he has extended his support to the BJP in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Tamil superstar has predicted that the saffron party will register a thumping win in the polls and Narendra Modi would be the Prime Minister of India once again.Explaining the stand behind changing his stand and endoring Narendra Modi, Rajinikanth said, “I thought of staying away from politics as I could not give necessary attention to build my party. I had this belief that it could be a cakewalk for Modi at the centre. But looking at the way opposition parties are vying for his blood, I feel the need to put my weight behind an honest man who is toiling hard to put a great picture of country in the world map,” the Tamil superstar said.Is he supporting him out of fear that Modi might fail to become the PM again? “No, I am cent percent sure that the BJP will secure 300+ seats on its own. The reason why I am endorsing him is because there are lots of lies that are being spread about him. I believe a lie told 100 times might seem like the truth to the people. Hence, I decided to support him,” he said.”I am among the millions of Narendra Modi fans who want him to be the Prime Minister again. I may not be very comfortable with BJP’s ideology and endorse everything that do, but surely I back him for the India’s political post. His policies might have failed to yeild desired results and some could be called failures, yet nobody can question his sincerity and courage to take bold steps,” Rajinikanth claims.Interestingly, Rajinikanth seems to be not happy with the AIADMK and his liking has shifted towards the DMK leadership. “At present, I feel MK Stalin is the best leader among the lot in Tamil Nadu. I see a future for him in the state politics.” It has to be noted that the Dravidian party is having alliance with the Congress in the forthcoming Lok Sabha election and has been critical about Modi’s policies.However, Rajinikanth is prepping up for the Tamil Nadu assembly election in 2021. “By then, we would be in a position to contest in all the constituencies in the state. The BJP’s position in the state is negligible and there is a vaccum in politics after the demise of two stalwarts like J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi.Rajini’s desire to foray into politics got new lease of life after J Jayalalithaa’s death. Months after she passed away, Rajini indicated that he was ready for the politics. To everybody’s surprise, he released a press release recently stating that his party Rajini Makkal Mandram was not endorsing any party and requested his party men not to identify with other parties.Did you believe this news?Happy April Fools’ Day. This story means no harm and is only meant to be a good-natured April Fools’ prank. We hope you had a laugh and here’s wishing you a wonderful day.last_img read more

Why is PM Modi attending the G7 summit despite India not being

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi met at the sideline of the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France.TwitterPrime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the two-day G7 Summit in France’s Biarritz, starting Monday, August 26, on a special invitation by French President Emmanuel Macron. PM Modi will be participating in two sessions – Climate, biodiversity and oceans and another on Digital Transformation. He will also be holding several bilateral meetings with other leaders on the sidelines.The Ministry of External Affairs hailed the special invitation as “reflection of the personal chemistry” between the two countries and “recognition of India as a major economic power”.The G7 countries include the seven largest International Monetary Fund (IMF)-described advanced economies in the world: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom.However, India’s participation in the global summit will strengthen its goal of conducting sideline talks on trade and bilateral issues. It will also enhance international support from other countries for the ongoing Indo-Pak tensions related to the Indian government’s decision to abrogate the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the constitution.The PM met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the G7 summit on Sunday and held “fruitful discussions” on the Kashmir issue. The UN chief expressed concerns over the issue and called for “maximum restraint”. He also welcomed India’s participation in the UN’s Climate Action Summit and other issues of mutual interest.Modi congratulated British PM Boris Johnson and held a 30-minute sideline meeting where he discussed strengthening India-UK bilateral cooperation in trade and economic relations.He also discussed the recent violent attacks by a mob outside the Indian High Commission in London. The British PM regretted the incident and assured the safety of the Indian mission. Johnson also said that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.Earlier, US President Donald Trump, while repeatedly offering to mediate between India and Pakistan, had said that he will discuss the “explosive” situation in Kashmir in order to ease tensions between the neighbouring countries at the G7 summit.He added that the US-India trade issues, such as the easing tariff on US products and strategic partnership, are also likely to be discussed.   The US Official brief on President’s Trump’s agenda ahead of the summit said, “President Trump is very much looking forward to his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Modi, where they will discuss the strategic partnership and how they can cooperate more closely on issues like defence cooperation, counterterrorism, and trade.”The brief added that the US believes Kashmir is a bilateral issue and India’s move regarding 370 is an internal matter with regional implications that needs to de-escalate.The US President, last week, urged India to exercise utmost restraint and called Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorist infiltration into the Kashmir valley.Prime Minister Modi will hold bilateral meetings with Chile and Senegal during the G7 summit. The two countries were also given special invitations.The Indian Prime Minister is also expected to meet his French counterpart Edouard Philippe and interact with the Indian community.last_img read more

RMG workers clash with police in Mirpur

RMG workers clash with police in Mirpur

first_imgSeveral vehicles were vandalised during a clash between workers of a readymade garments factory and police in Mirpur-1 area in Dhaka on Monday morning.Witnesses said workers of Meridian Garments took to the streets demanding payment of wages after they found the factory closed. They also saw a notice that said the factory would remain closed till 9 August.The agitated workers then blocked the road in front of Kiangsi Chinese Restaurant in the area around 10:00am and vandalised a number of vehicles.On information, police rushed in and a clash ensued when they tried to disperse the workers.At least nine workers were sacked from the factory at the beginning of the month.The workers also heard rumours that the factory building was being shifted from the area.Mirpur model police station sub inspector (SI) Aklima Akhtar said the workers were heading towards the BGMEA office at Karwan Bazar to press home their demands.last_img read more

New Initiative To Support Houstons LatinOwned Businesses

New Initiative To Support Houstons LatinOwned Businesses

first_img Share Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaPeruvian-born baker Belen Bailey and her South American pastry shop Sweets by Belen, will be participating in Latin Restaurant Week.A new initiative, called Latin Restaurant Weeks, is looking to spur business at Latino-run eateries in Houston. More than twenty mid-range and high-end restaurants will be offering discounted dinners over the next two weeks.The initiative is modeled after Houston Restaurant Weeks and Houston Black Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will offer fixed menus at an affordable price. Casual diners will offer 3-course meals starting at $15 and upper scale places will have meals start at $35. They’ll offer a range of cuisine from Peru, Argentina, Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries. “It’s a two-week opportunity for Houstonians and visitors to dine at restaurants that they might have not have heard of because they are sometimes overlooked or in an under-served community,” said Karinn Chavarria, founder of Latin Restaurant Weeks. She said the timing is important, because a lot of businesses need an extra boost in the summertime. “During the summer it’s so slow. It’s hot. Everybody’s on vacation. Kids are out of school. So we wanted to bring it in the summer so they can really get some business,” she said. Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaFlavors from Venezuela, like these sweet corn pancakes with cheese, will be part of Latin Restaurant Weeks.Chavarria also said since much of the restaurant industry relies on a Hispanic workforce, it’s important that Latino business owners and chefs are supported for their work. Nearly 45% of Houston’s foreign-born population work in food service or hospitality.A list of restaurants participating in Latin Restaurant Weeks and their menus is available online. last_img read more

Giving container ships a new nose saves hundreds of tons of fuel

first_imgFuel efficiency is something we’re all very aware of mainly due to it being a major selling point of new cars. However, there’s one area of transport where fuel consumption borders on the ridiculous, but it’s also an essential part of ensuring we have the goods and food available to keep a modern society functioning.I’m talking about container ships.Container ships are massive and continue to grow in size every year. Their size is defined by the Twenty Foot Equivalent Unity or TEU, which is based on the typical 20-foot-long metal containers we’ve all seen being hauled around on the back of a truck. The largest ships can hold more than 10,000 TEU and consume in excess of 350 tons of fuel each day.Any fuel efficiency improvement for such vessels is going to result in major savings in fuel consumption, and Japanese shipbuilder Kyokuyo Shipyard has done just that simply by redesigning the front of a ship to be much more aerodynamic.While the underside of these ships is engineered to glide through the water, the area above the waves hasn’t had the same attention until now. The main problem? Wind resistance. The higher the resistance the more fuel gets burned to maintain a desired speed.To cut down on resistance, Kyokuyo Shipyard developed the Semi-Spherical Shaped bow (SSS bow), which reduced wind resistance by as much as 50%. In real-world terms, the new bow cuts energy use by 11% which on a container ship capable of carrying 2,000 cars (540 TEU) means 807 tons less fuel consumed each year, equating to 2,500 tons less CO2 emissions. Imagine using it on a 10,000 TEU ship? As the TEU of the ship goes up, so does the fuel saving, and it’s most effective on very tall ships which suffer the worst wind resistance.I think we should expect many such innovations to be worked into the design of new cargo carrying vessels. The price of oil may be cheap now, but it certainly won’t stay that way indefinitely. Expect container ships of the future to look, well, increasingly futuristic.last_img read more

Researcher shows physics suggests life could exist in a 2D universe

Researcher shows physics suggests life could exist in a 2D universe

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain Imagining the possibility of life in a universe without the weak force More information: J. H. C. Scargill. Can Life Exist in 2 + 1 Dimensions? arXiv:1906.05336 [hep-th] arxiv.org/abs/1906.05336 James Scargill, a physicist at the University of California, has written a paper reporting that the laws of physics allow for the existence of a life-supporting two-dimensional universe. MIT’s Technology Review has reviewed the paper and found that the work does show that such a 2+1 universe could exist. © 2019 Science X Network Because we live in three-dimensions, it is difficult for us to envision a universe in which the third dimension does not exist—or one in which there is a fourth or fifth dimension. But philosophers and physicists have spent a lot of time and work trying to figure out if life could exist in anything but the three dimensions we know. In such discussions, time is also included, which has led to the description of what we experience as a 3+1-dimensional universe.As TR notes, most physicists have concluded that our 3+1-dimensional universe is the only one that could support life. They point out that with more than three dimensions, Newton’s laws of motion would be susceptible to problems with tiny perturbations, which would prevent the formation of orbits—like planets around a sun. So that is out. But what about a two-dimensional world? Most experts suggest it is difficult to imagine how gravity could work in such a universe, making it difficult or impossible for life-supporting systems to form. In his paper, Scargill suggests we might need to rethink this argument. He has shown that the laws of physics do allow for gravity in a 2-D world, and also the development of systems capable of supporting life.In his paper, Scargill uses physics formulas to show that scaler gravitational fields could exist in two dimensions—and goes on to show that the necessary complexity needed for life could also exist in a 2-D universe—and he does it using neural networks as a basis for comparison. He starts by exploring whether there are any 2-D networks that have all the same characteristics as a neural network. He then shows that 2-D networks can be built in modular fashion to overcome the problem of crossing edges. Then he shows that such networks can demonstrate criticality. And by doing so, he demonstrates that there could exist a life-supporting 2-D+1 universe—at least according to physics. Explore further Citation: Researcher shows physics suggests life could exist in a 2-D universe (2019, June 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-physics-life-d-universe.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Qantas still waiting on 787 delivery

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Three years after the initial delivery date and Qantas is yet to receive its Boeing 787.The flag carrier’s chief executive Alan Joyce told The Australian that the airline has not received a definite date but has projected delivery during late 2012.”We’re still looking at the 787 for the last quarter of 2012,” Mr Joyce told the source. “We haven’t got any firm dates at the moment. “I think they’re probably waiting until ANA takes the first aircraft before firming these things up.” The aircraft manufacturers head Jim McNerney said with high-risk test conditions completed, he was “confident” the planes would begin delivery this year. Boeing said the first of the aircraft to All Nippon Airways is due out in the third quarter this year and expects to also distribute up to 20 others jets towards the end of the year.Mr McNerney added that the Dreamliner would be moving into the Everett factory in Washington to alter the schedule and increase the number of aircraft in production.”We understand the work statement, the fix, the work-around, the change that has to be made, and it’s a matter of scheduling it and getting it done,” he said.The move will allow the company to meet the planes backlog of up to 3,400 aircraft, through the production of 2.5 planes a month, an increase from the current two.last_img read more