Pakistan team’s departure to India for World T20 put on hold

first_imgIn a late night development, the departure of Pakistan team for India for the World T20 has been put on hold by the Pakistan Cricket Board.PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said the Interior Ministry will decide today on the teams departure for India.”Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan after going through the briefing of the security delegation that is in India will let us know future plans and teams departure,” he said.The Pakistan team was due to depart at noon today from Lahore for New Delhi but some players also confirmed to PTI they had been told this plan was now on hold.Another official in the board confirmed that Shaharyar after discussions with the Interior Ministry had informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India that the Pakistan government has advised the team against playing in Dharamsala.”The PCB has asked the BCCI and ICC to shift the March 19 match with India from Dharamsala to either Kolkata or Mohali,” he said.The official said the BCCI had indicated to PCB that Mohali would not be the alternate venue since Pakistan was already playing two matches there and it could either be Kolkata or New Delhi.”The BCCI also has a problem staging the match in New Delhi because of court orders,” the official said.Another source in the PCB told PTI that the security delegation which went to India including Dharamsala to inspect security arrangements for the Pakistan team had raised three main objections in its feedback to the Interior Ministry.advertisement”One objection was that only low-grade security and government officials met with them in Dharamasala and they are not satisfied with the security plans laid out for the Pakistan team incase if there is a protest against the team,” the source said.”Another objection is that there were given no clear security plan for the Pakistani media and fans who will go to India for the event,” he said.Also read:  Confirmed! Indo-Pak Dharamsala T20I to go ahead as scheduledlast_img read more

Uddhav against ban on firecrackers in Maharashtra

first_imgMumbai, Oct 11 (PTI) Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today disapproved of the idea of a ban on the sale of firecrackers in Maharashtra, a day after his party leader and state minister Ramdas Kadam sought its proscription to protect the environment.He also appeared criticising curbs on celebrations during Hindu festivals when he said, “The only things that they have not said till now are that tear off the Panchang (Almanac) because festivals are all humbug. They should say that also. After all, the festivals have already lost their sheen. The excesses of peace would someday explode.”Last year, the apex court had banned those below 18 from participating in the Dahi Handi sport and limited the height of human pyramids to 20 feet. Also, activists moved courts this year demanding a ban on the use of loudspeakers during Ganpati Visarjan festivities.Administering the oath for an “eco-friendly Diwali” to the schoolchildren at the Mantralaya yesterday, Kadam had said he would request Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to ban the sale of firecrackers in the state, on the lines of the Supreme Courts verdict for the Delhi-NCR region.Kadam retracted the statement saying the Shiv Sena will not support anything that “goes against Hindu sentiments”.He had came under sharp criticism from party colleague Sanjay Raut and MNS chief Raj Thackeray for his remarks.”I had never said the state government is contemplating a ban,” Kadam said today.”I had said that the issue is sensitive one and if at all a ban is to be imposed, Uddhav Thackeray and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis would discuss it and take a decision as it would be a policy decision,” he said.advertisementHe added, “As environment ministry, our entire thrust would be on creating awareness among the people about the harmful effects of firecrackers.”The awareness drive will be undertaken to convince children and their parents about the pollution created by firecrackers, he said.Thackeray made his displeasure public when he visited the Metro-3 work site at the Azad Maidan in the south Mumbai. He also expressed unhappiness over the ongoing metro work.”I am not happy with the metro work being carried out in the vicinity of the Aarey colony. I shall visit the area soon and make my stand clear. If the nature is being harmed due to the work, the Shiv Sena will certainly oppose the work,” he said.Thackeray also said there were several complaints about damage to buildings due to underground work of the Metro 3 line. “However, the officers are taking good care to avoid any mishap,” he added. PTI MM NRB TIR SK TIRlast_img read more

IPL 2019 final: Why James Neesham deleted tweet about MS Dhoni’s controversial run out

first_imgNew Zealand all-rounder James Neesham on Wednesday revealed he had deleted his viral tweet about MS Dhoni’s run out from Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 final between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.Neesham was among the many from the cricket fraternity to weigh in the controversial run out that dominated the narrative during the IPL 2019 final on Sunday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.Chasing 150, Chennai Super Kings were dealt with a heavy blow when they lost their captain and top-scorer of the season for 2. Dhoni was run out at the non-striker’s end when he tried to steal an extra run in the 13th over after a direct hit from Mumbai Indians’ Ishan Kishan.What looked like a close call was referred to third umpire, Nigel Llong who gave it out after long deliberation. Replays, it is safe to say, were inconclusive as two different angles seemed to show two different scenarios.Social media was divided over the run out decision and Chennai Super Kings’ subsequent 1-run defeat irked the CSK fans, who argued against the decision on the web.All-rounder James Neesham had uploaded an image from the match and wrote: “I love how passionate some fans are about our sport. I have huge respect for MS but how anyone could see the below photo and say it’s not out truly astounds me.”Neesh, there are two sides to a coin mate. Your very same picture at the exact moment from another angle. Care to Google about optical illusion maybe? Murali (@bharathwajm7) May 13, 2019Neesham was arguing against CSK fans but following a lot of “dumb comments” on his feed, the all-rounder removed his post.”I’ve deleted my tweet about MS Dhoni’s runout, not because I’ve changed my mind, but because: 1. I’m sick of seeing the same dumb comments in my feed 200 times a day. 2. I just don’t actually care. Please don’t bother tweeting me about it again. Have a good day everyone (sic),” Neesham wrote on Wednesday.I’ve deleted my tweet about MS Dhoni’s runout, not because I’ve changed my mind, but because:1. I’m sick of seeing the same dumb comments in my feed 200 times a day.2. I just don’t actually care.Please don’t bother tweeting me about it again. Have a good day everyone Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) May 15, 2019Speaking to India Today earlier this week, Chennai Super Kings off-spinner Harbhajan Singh had said the run out call was a difficult decision to make.Harbhajan Singh cut a dejected figure at the CSK dugout in Hyderabad as the then defending champions lost the final by 1 run. Tail-ender Shardul Thakur was trapped LBW by Lasith Malinga in the last ball of the match when CSK needed only 2 runs.”It was a tough decision to make. A lot of times it’s been said that the decision should be given in batsman’s favour. In Dhoni’s case, it wasn’t given. I think it’s one of the key points where the game drifted away from us,” Harbhajan had said.Also Read | Harbhajan Singh on MS Dhoni run out in IPL 2019 final: It was a tough decision to makeAlso Read | IPL 2019: Why Virat Kohli has been unable to do what Rohit and Dhoni do so oftenAlso See:last_img read more

Annu Rani in javelin throw final: IAAF World Championships Day 5 live stream and India schedule

first_imgAnnu Rani in javelin throw final: IAAF World Championships Day 5 live stream and India scheduleIndia’s Annu Rani became the first woman to qualify for Javelin Throw final at IAAF World Championships. She will be bidding to finish on a high in the 12-woman final on Tuesday.advertisement India Today Web Desk DohaOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 11:36 IST IAAF World Championships: Annu Rani in action (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAnnu Rani will be in action from 11:45 PM IST on TuesdayRani came with a career-best throw of 62.43m to qualify for finalAvinash Sable will be in action in men’s 3000m steeplechase heatsIndia have had more disappointments than success stories at IAAF World Championships 2019 with several athletes failing to outdo their season bests in Doha.While the mixed relay team stormed into the final and sealed an Olympic quota, there have been some under-par performances in the individual track and field events. However, javelin thrower Annu Rani delighted the Indian fans by qualifying for the final on Monday.27-year-old Annu Rani became the first Indian to qualify for the women’s javelin throw final at the IAAF World Championships. She will be in action in the 12-woman final on Tuesday at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha.Annu finished third in Group A and qualified for the finals as the fifth-best performer of the qualification round. She achieved her personal best with a throw of 62.43m.Only two javelin throwers, Asian champion Lyu Huihui (67.27m) of China and Christin Hussong (65.29m) of Germany, could cross the automatic qualification mark of 63.50m while another 10, including Annu, made up the 12, who will compete in the finals.Annu opened with a 57.05m before coming up with her career-best throw in the second round. She had a 60.50m in her third and final throw.World leader and Asian Games champion Liu Shiying (63.48m) of China and Ratej Martina (62.87m) of Slovenia finished ahead of Annu in Group A, while reigning Olympic champion Sara Kolak of Croatia was sixth with a best throw of 60.99m.Meanwhile, India’s Avinash Sable will also be in action in the men’s 3000m steeplechase event on Tuesday.advertisementSable had set a new national record at Indian Grand Prix in Patiala earlier this year with a timing of 8:28.94s. The 25-year-old will be looking to better than mark when he takes the field in Heat 3 on Tuesday.IAAF World Championships: Schedule for India athletes on Day 5Men’s 3000m SteeplechaseAvinesh Sable – Heat 3 – 9:15 PM ISTWomen’s Javelin Throw FinalAnnu Rani – 11:45 PM ISTAlso Read | IAAF World Championships: In Caster Semenya’s absence, Nakaayi upsets field to win women’s 800mAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Annu RaniFollow javelin throw Nextlast_img read more

Porsche’s Mission E concept flaunts its advanced electric drive system in Frankfurt

first_imgPorsche has taken the wraps off its first all-electric, four-seat sports car, the Mission E Concept.Designed to challenge Tesla’s Model S, the Mission E boasts over 600 horsepower from an 800-volt e-drive system derived from Motorsport applications. Two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM) – just like the Le Mans winning Porsche 919 hybrid – drive all four wheels and recover energy while braking. The combination propels the Mission E to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and to 124 mph in under 12.0 seconds.In addition to all-wheel drive, the Mission E borrows four-wheel steering from models like the Porsche 911 GT3 and uses an advanced torque-vectoring system to keep power down. Porsche claims the e-drive system can accelerate with its full power repeatedly, unlike other electric systems, and helps the Mission E lap the Nurburgring in under eight minutes.Other highlights include a 15-minute charge time (for 80 percent of the batteries full capacity) and a 500-kilometer/310-mile maximum range. These feats are possible thanks to the “Porsche Turbo Charging system’s lighter, smaller gauge copper cables that are sufficient for energy transport.” The 800-volt system can also be adapted for standard 400-volt charging systems at a slower recharging pace.Inside, Porsche has added eye-tracking and gesture control for its infotainment system and driver controls, including holograms that are “highly oriented toward the driver by automatically adjusting the displays to the driver’s position.” Though I’m not quite clear on what that means, it sounds very cool.In terms of driving dynamics, the Mission E’s low center of gravity, lightweight construction (aluminum, steel, and carbon fiber reinforced polymer), and even weight distribution give the concept “emotional sportiness.”The design is inspired by Porsche’s 918 Spyder and 911 Carrera, including a sweptback roofline and low, squat stance. The Mission E also uses a new type of Matrix LED headlight in Porsche’s four-point headlight design. The lack of a B pillar gives the concept a two-door coupe look and the doors open in suicide-style.Obviously several of these design elements won’t make it to production, but if the electric drivetrain carries over, the Tesla Model S will have a sincere rival on its hands. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Editors’ Recommendations Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing last_img read more

How to Throw the Perfect 4th of July Cookout

first_img How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide Editors’ Recommendations Over 200 million people plan to celebrate Independence Day with a picnic or cookout this year — that’s over 80 times the total amount of U.S. citizens on July 4, 1776. If you’ve decided to toss on your hosting hat for the celebrations, make sure you’re throwing the best patriotic party possible. To do so, we’re here to help with some 4th of July cookout ideas.Create an Entertaining SpaceShift your outdoor set-up to make sure your invitees are cool and comfortable. It’s hard for guests to enjoy your cookout if they’re stuck balancing a plate on one hand while trying to bee-line food into their mouth as quickly as possible with the other. Don’t leave your friends hanging on tablespace — make sure there’s plenty of room for everyone to eat comfortably.Seating is also crucial for a successful party, so have plenty available and arrange it so guests can eat and socialize comfortably. Line a large table with chairs for a wide-open dining set-up, or create more intimate spaces with a few seats circled around smaller surfaces. Outdoor umbrellas will be everyone’s best friend during the high afternoon heat. Spending a summer day outdoors makes for a great celebration, but it can have its downsides — help party-goers stay protected by having some extra insect repellent and sunscreen on hand.A fireworks display may be the piéce de résistance of your cookout, but you don’t want to wait until dark to get the party started, so plan entertainment throughout the day. Set up outdoor Bluetooth speakers and create an entertainment focal point for the day. Binge on some of your favorite patriotic films by setting up an outdoor screening area, convert the dining area to a gaming table after your meal, or set up lawn games for those pre-dusk hours.You need:Plenty of seating and tablespace.Extra shade.Insect repellant and sunscreen.Entertainment like music, outdoor film screenings, or lawn games.Make Sure Your Menu Has VarietyWhen you’re looking to throw the perfect party, the last faux pas you want to commit is leaving guests in the lurch due to a lack of food options. You don’t need to travel the all over the state looking for mystical ingredients that seem to exist only on the Internet, but you do need to earnestly consider your guests’ tastes and dietary preferences. You’ve probably already got big plans for brats and burgers, so even out your menu with vegetarian-friendly options and sides that everyone will be thrilled to indulge in, like grilled baked potatoes and impeccably-seasoned corn on the cob. Fill out your toppings station with plenty of options, too. Complement reliable staples like ketchup and mustard with stand-out choices like grilled pineapple slices and artisan pickled vegetables. If you’re planning to tend your own bar, give your guests a shot of freedom by mixing up holiday cocktails alongside those brewskies.The good old American cookout has become almost as quintessentially 4th of July as fireworks and flags, so don’t hesitate to think outside the box and keep that grill going past the main course. For dessert, sprinkle your favorite fruits with sugar, wrap them in foil with a pat of butter, and toss them on the grill. After a few minutes, peel open the foil and enjoy the sweet treat within. (Pro tip: Drizzle the fruit over a scoop of ice cream right after you take it off the grill). For something even simpler, cook up an American favorite in a new way by making s’mores on the grill.Don’t forget about simple essentials that will make everyone’s experience smoother. When it comes to disposable plates and cups, it’s better to overbuy than to end up having to haul the good china out into the backyard. Speaking of disposable cups, it can be hard for guests to keep track of theirs when they all look the same. Have some colorful straws on hand or pass around a Sharpie so people can make their cups easily identifiable. And, please, do yourself a favor and don’t even bother trying to rely on your refrigerator’s ice maker to cover a crowd. Stock up on lots of bagged ice so no one has to endure warm beer or cocktails.You need:A well-rounded menu.A variety of condiments.Disposable plates, cups, and utensils.Something to help guests keep track of cups.Extra ice.Don’t forget dessert!Consider the CleanupIt may not be as fun as planning the cookout itself, but doing some post-party prep will make sure that future you isn’t stuck rehabbing your backyard for the rest of the week. The best thing you can do to save on clean-up time is making sure you have plenty of obvious trash cans. It’s frustrating for both you and your guests if they have to keep asking you where the nearest bin is (not to mention if they don’t bother asking at all and leave their grimy dishes all over the place like monsters). Haul out some big barrel trash cans and put them where most of the day’s action will take place. Don’t have any of those big trash cans? Improvise by tossing trash bags into cardboard boxes so you can just cinch them up and take them to the curb when the party’s over.Make sure your bathrooms are guest-ready, too. Stock them with clean towels, plenty of soap, and lots of toilet paper. The last thing your guests want to do is spend their Independence Day shouting through the door for emergency supplies.You need:Well-placed trash cans.A stocked bathroom.Practice Firework SafetyIf you’re planning to set off some sparks during your barbecue, follow a few simple guidelines to keep the night safe and enjoyable for everyone. Before you go shopping for your haul, read up on local laws to find out what types of fireworks are permitted and where you can set them off. A nasty citation (or arrest) can take the wind out of your “hardworking host” sails fast. Find an open outdoor area to stage the show, wear safety glasses while lighting fireworks, and keep a connected hose nearby to handle any errant flames.Remember that, while the loud flash-bang of fireworks may fill your guests’ hearts with patriotic joy, your pets will mostly just be confused and terrified by giant demon flames exploding from above. Do them a favor and keep them away from the sights and sounds. Don’t forget to soak used fireworks before disposing of them in a metal trash can outdoors. Oh, and we know you’re probably going to toss back a few during the festivities, so keep it safe and wait until after the fireworks show to break into the booze. The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish How to Choose the Right Dress Shirtlast_img read more

UAE: Grandweld Secures Another Crew Boat Order

first_imgzoom Grandweld Shipyards, the Middle East’s largest shipbuilder, secured a repeat order worth $5 million to build a new 42 meter aluminum crew boat for Khalid Faraj Shipping. This is the third order received by Grandweld from Khalid Faraj Shipping over the last five months.The contract signing took place at Middle East Workboats Conference and Exhibition held in Abu Dhabi on October 1, 2013.“The 42 meter crew boat is based on Grandweld’s existing proven design, and can reach speeds in excess of 26 knots. The vessel benefit from luxury seating, VIP accommodation, a larger deck space and enhanced crew comfort. With seating for 83 passengers, the vessel has a 110sqm loading area for over 90 tons of deck cargo. The vessel can also carry a large amount of fuel and freshwater.” said Jamal Abki, general manager of Grandweld Shipyards.Grandweld’s 42m fast aluminum crew boats have been a huge success for its unrivalled design and build quality. With over 30 sister 42m vessels delivered or currently under construction, Grandweld has become the leading provider for this class of vessels for a large list of regional and international clients including COTEMAR- Mexico, Global Marine, Wesal Shipping, Maroos Shipping to name a few.Grandweld a fully integrated shipyard providing shipbuilding, ship repair and engineering solutions to the marine industry, is part of Stanford Marine Group (SMG). SMG is 51% owned by a Fund managed by Abraaj Capital and 49% by Abu Dhabi-listed Waha Capital. Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Grandweld Shipyards, October 2, 2013last_img read more

APM Terminals, Compas SA Seal Cartagena Joint Venture

first_imgzoom APM Terminals and Colombian-based port and terminal operating company, Compañia de Puertos Asociados S.A. (Compas S.A.) have finalized the incorporation of Cartagena Container Terminal Operator (CCTO), a new joint venture which will manage and operate Compas S.A.’s existing multipurpose facility in Cartagena, Colombia. APM Terminals will hold a 51% majority share in the operation, which includes annual throughput capacities of 250,000 TEUs and 1.5 million tons of general cargo.“We are proud to expand the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network into this important South American market in partnership with such a highly respected business as Compas SA, and we look forward to building upon their achievements in the port of Cartagena,” said APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer.CCTO and Compas S.A. will jointly invest over USD 200 million in upgrading and expanding the facility to triple the annual throughput capacity, and enable the terminal to handle vessels up to 13,000 TEU capacity which will be able to transit the Panama Canal after the lock-widening project is completed this year.Cartagena, located at the northern tip of South America on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, is the second-busiest container port in South America, and the fifth-busiest in the Latin American/Caribbean Region, with a throughput of over two million TEUs in 2015, trailing only Balboa and Colón, Panama; Santos, Brazil and Manzanillo, Mexico.CCTO is the sixth operational Latin American facility within the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, which includes ports in Callao, Peru; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Santos, Pecém, and Itajaí, Brazil.APM Terminals is currently building a new 1.2 million TEU deep-water terminal in Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico opening later this year and a new, 1.3 million TEU deep water terminal in Moin, Costa Rica, opening in 2018.last_img read more

Government aims to have independent body organize leaders debates by 2019

first_imgLONDON, Ont. – The Trudeau government intends to create an independent body to organize leaders’ debates during federal elections — and hopes to have it in place in time for the 2019 campaign.Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould is inviting people to provide ideas for how an arm’s-length, election debate commissioner or commission should work.She’s giving them until Feb. 9 to provide online feedback.Over the next few weeks, she’ll also be holding roundtable discussions across the country with academics, media leaders and public interest groups, to be moderated by the Institute for Research on Public Policy.The issue is also currently being studied by a House of Commons committee.Gould says the goal is to have an independent commissioner or commission in place before the next federal election in 2019.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised during the 2015 campaign, when the issue became a political football, to create an independent body to organize future leaders’ debates.Until 2015, Canadian voters traditionally got at least two opportunities during each campaign to assess party leaders in televised debates — one French, one English — organized by a consortium of broadcasters.During each campaign, the format of those debates, as well as which leaders would be invited to take part, was negotiated among the consortium members and the parties, each of which would try to advance their own interests.The politicization of the debates got worse in 2015 when the Conservatives served notice that Stephen Harper, then the prime minister, would not participate in consortium-organized debates.A series of other debates, organized by a variety of media outlets, were held instead but reached a much smaller audience.last_img read more

Germany Sausage museum reconsiders move to Nazi camp site

BERLIN — A German sausage museum apparently won’t move to the site of a former Nazi camp for slave labourers after news of the plan triggered strong criticism.The German Bratwurst Museum was slated to move to an area on the outskirts of the eastern town of Muehlhausen that was once a satellite site for the larger Buchenwald concentration camp. That drew criticism from Jewish leaders and others.Uwe Keith, the head of the association that operates the museum, was quoted late Friday as telling Bild newspaper that “we definitely won’t build there.” He told news agency dpa the group had discovered the site’s history only Wednesday and will launch a “complete re-evaluation.” It had been offered the site by a private investor who bought it from the German government in 2008.The Associated Press

Premiers demands on environment bills an unhelpful threat to unity Morneau

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals say it’s conservative premiers who are putting Canada  at risk in a fight over oil and the environment.Finance Minister Bill Morneau says in a letter to six right-leaning premiers Friday it’s “unhelpful to threaten national unity” if their demands to change two bills on the verge of being passed in Parliament aren’t met.The premiers of Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and the Northwest Territories wrote to the prime minister Monday urging him to amend or abandon bills restricting tanker traffic on part of B.C.’s coast and overhauling the federal environmental-assessment system for major construction projects.The premiers said changes to the bills are needed to “avoid further alienating provinces” and “focus on uniting the country.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the premiers of playing games with national unity to pursue their policy goals.The written response from Morneau says the changes the premiers want would compromise Canadians’ health and jobs, infringe Indigenous people’s rights and harm endangered species.The Canadian Press read more

Rameshs wife questions immunity for MR

Rajapaksa was sued by families of alleged torture victims under the Torture Victim Protection Act passed by Congress in 1992 but District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly dismissed the case, contending that Mr. Rajapaksa had immunity as a sitting head of state. The judge made an observation that the fact Congress has not amended the law to eliminate the State Department’s role suggests that it acquiesces the State Department’s position. The wife of former top LTTE official Ramesh has filed an argument at a New York court over an earlier notice submitted to court by the US State Department which had stated that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has immunity as a serving President.A U.S. court had earlier this year dismissed a lawsuit against President Mahinda Rajapaksa for alleged human rights violations by the Army, on the grounds that he enjoyed immunity from lawsuits as a head of state. However reported that Ramesh’s wife Vathsala Devi had filed an argument at the US District Court in the Southern District of New York yesterday.Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald Presided over the case argued by Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran who appeared for the plaintiff. The State Department was represented by Amy A. Barcelo Assistant US Attorney. Ali Abed Beydoun argued on behalf of Speak Human Rights and Environmental Initiative, which filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Plaintiff’s position. The Judge reserved the decision. The State Department had entered a motion asking the case be dismissed because of the immunity precedent. The issue in the case is whether it should be dismissed pursuant to the Suggestion of Immunity submitted by the US State Department.The Plaintiff argued that the Department of State lacks a legal basis, namely the law making authority, to file the Suggestion of Immunity.However the Department of State argued that for the last 160 years courts have accepted the State Department’s determination of Head of State Immunity. The amici argued the State Department’s determination violates the separation of powers. read more

Chinese envoy meets Mahinda with message from Xi

The Ambassador later met United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as well. (Colombo Gazette) The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan, met Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at his Colombo residence today.At the meeting he had conveyed a message from Chinese President Xi Jinping to Rajapaksa. China and Rajapaksa have had a very close relationship from the time Rajapaksa was President.That relationship continued even when Rajapaksa was in the opposition and was often invited for Chinese events in Colombo.

WatchThe secret sauce thats made Montreal a global hot spot for making

The company also chose to partner with companies such as Mattel Inc. and Hasbro Inc. that own internationally recognized children’s brands, which makes it easier for its products to find audiences in the highly competitive world of mobile apps. Furthermore, it can rely on those deep-pocketed companies’ legal teams to guard against piracy.Another critical decision was to become its own publisher, which has allowed Budge to develop its brand in such a way that millions of people now recognize and trust it.Perhaps most importantly, however, it committed to do everything — from art and programming to marketing and analytics — in-house, which the founders knew would be best served by setting up and staying in Montreal.“We always knew we wanted to be in Montreal,” said David Lipes, one of the studio’s co-founders. “We’ve seen a lot of momentum in our space here over the last 20 years. Being in Montreal meant we would have the expertise we needed at our fingertips.”Quebec — particularly Montreal — is the beating heart of the Canadian gaming industry, which is the world’s third largest, behind only the U.S. and Japan.Canada has about 600 active studios that collectively employ nearly 22,000 full-time workers, adding $3.7 billion to GDP each year, according to the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC). Nearly half of those employees work in Quebec.A big reason for that concentration is the Quebec government’s decision to grow the video-game industry as part of its economic development strategy.“The momentum from the 1997 decision to introduce a tax incentive for the video-game industry continues more than 20 years later, spinning off talent into other sectors like AI, VFX and simulation firms,” said Jayson Hilchie, ESAC’s chief executive. “The mix of government support, world-class talent and a culture of creativity make Quebec, and Montreal specifically, the perfect environment for a video-game industry to thrive.”Lipes said the tax incentives — including a credit for a percentage of eligible employee salaries — that lure game companies from around the world to set up shop locally are working, and the province’s “current status and recognition on the world stage is proof positive of that.”Adds Budge co-founder Michael Elman, “I look around the world at other cities and companies that aren’t in our position, and I imagine they need to lobby their governments to create the sort of ecosystem we have.”Part of that ecosystem is education: schools in both Montreal and the province have technical programs that churn out more skilled workers for the industry every year.“If you don’t have the talent, it doesn’t matter how many tax credits you get,” Elman said. “You need to have people who are passionate and skilled in games and technology. There’s a tremendous amount of young people coming out of the school systems that we hire. They’re hungry, and skilled and knowledgeable in the latest technologies.”But even with an annual wave of new expert workers and a community of studios famously cooperative and supportive of each other, the competition for talent can be fierce.For instance, the annual Montreal Game Summit is a conference where game designers and innovators gather to share their ideas and innovations as well as their stories of success and failure with one another. But landing the very best talent can turn otherwise friendly companies into rivals in an industry where the average salary is more than $77,000.Indeed, Lipes said, human resources has been the company’s biggest challenge as it grows.“There’s a lot of competition. Finding talent and putting the right people in place is always a challenge,” he said. “We have a great HR team that draws locally, but we’ve also brought in employees from across Canada to join us.”Another big key behind Budge’s growth was partnering with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), which has backed its vision since the very start and helped it plan for — and succeed in achieving — profitability almost since day one.“BDC was an early supporter of what we were trying to do here,” Lipes said. “They take a very entrepreneurial approach to supporting businesses. They really want to see innovative Canadian businesses grow and become strong.”The next phase of Budge’s growth focuses on its action games division, Budge Games. Over the past couple of years it has hired 25 new people to fill technically specialized roles in the development of Transformers: Bumblebee Overdrive, the division’s first game.Despite being based on a kids’ toy, the game is geared for players of all ages. It contains a strong dose of action — including frenetic racing and intense battles — that sets it apart from Budge’s games designed with younger kids in mind.Both Lipes and Elman believe this is the perfect time to broaden their company’s demographic to include older players. Kids who have been playing Budge games from an early age are now ready for more sophisticated games, and their parents — many of whom also play games on their mobile devices — have come to trust the brand through the apps their kids have played.“We want to grow our company with our audience,” Elman said. “A lot of these kids are older now, and we want to widen our demographic to include them. We want to make games the whole family can play together.”Also acting in their favour is that long-time partner Hasbro came to them a couple of years ago with the idea of making an action-oriented game based on the movie Bumblebee, which hit theatres just before Christmas. It was the perfect IP for Budge to leverage while making its transition.“Transformers fans are young and old,” Elman said. “It’s for everyone. It’s perfect for us to line up with. It meant we could create a game for the whole family. It meant we could grow our company. We’re all gamers, and it’s exciting now to take home games not just for our families, but also that we want to play.”And it all began with the founders’ initial and, it turns out, essential decision to set up shop in a city with all the resources necessary to get started and keep growing.“Montreal is just a great place to start a company making games,” Elman said.Financial Post Graham Hughes for National Post files Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The Financial Post set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. You can find all of our coverage here.Budge Studios Inc. has spent the better part of a decade making video game apps for kids, banking on its in-house abilities and relationships with the owners of popular children’s content such as Thomas & Friends, Barbie and My Little Pony to compete in a hotly contested industry.But its recent launch of Transformers: Bumblebee Overdrive, a game that is tied to Hollywood hit Bumblebee and available on the Apple App Store, shows the studio is proving its tricks are more than just for kids by ramping up operations and broadening its focus with a game designed to appeal to players of all ages.A key to both its past and future growth and success, the company’s founders say, is its location: Montreal, a global hot spot for making video games because of provincial tax incentives for the industry and an education system that churns out ready-to-play talent.Aside from Budge, the city is home to giants such as Ubisoft Entertainment SA, Warner Brothers Interactive and Eidos, the studio behind the Tomb Raider games. Teams from Montreal have even won the Entertainment Software Association of Canada’s annual Student Video Game Competition in each of the past two years. Read our entire Innovation Nation series Intellectual property may be a state of mind, but Canada’s mind is not on the game Canada’s deeper dive into the oceans aims to tap industry’s uncharted frontier Sitting nicely between those two extremes, Budge has steadily grown from an initial collaboration in 2010 between its three founders to a current staff of 115. Over the years, the studio has built up a library of nearly 50 apps for kids that have amassed close to half-a-billion downloads globally.As the studio evolved, it chose to focus on and embrace mobile. For one thing, the company started up when Apple Inc.’s original iPad launched, so its hallmark innovations revolve around developing natural and intuitive ways for young children to use touch screens and motion-based controls. Phones and tablets also provide more flexible publishing and simpler technical transitions compared to other platforms.Budge co-founder Michael Elman in 2012. read more

UN team completes investigations into alleged mass graves in Afghanistan

The mission this week to areas in Bamiyan and Mazar-i-Sharif completed their field investigations and returned on Sunday to Kabul, where they finalized the mission report and undertook a preliminary assessment of domestic forensic capacity before leaving the country early this morning, a spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said.The team’s findings and recommendations will be finalized abroad, before being submitted to the UN for further consideration.The mission, comprised of two forensics experts accompanied by UNAMA staff and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, examined three alleged mass gravesites in Daoudi village, Bamiyan, the Mazar-i-Sharif airport area and Sheberghan.Team members documented the parameters and characteristics of the sites, exhumed and conducted forensics examinations on a number of bodies, collected material evidence and interviewed witnesses and community representatives. They also handed over some remains to local communities for burial and prepared sites for appropriate follow-up.The team also collected information and prepared a list of other alleged mass gravesites in the country, the spokesman said. read more

Several rescued after being stranded for hours on the Essequibo River

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’We are being victimised’ – Parika speedboat operatorsJanuary 21, 2017In “latest news”Authorities launch probe into ferry crash at Supenaam StellingJuly 28, 2016In “latest news”Panic onboard MV Sabanto being investigatedDecember 2, 2017In “Local News” Several passengers were stranded for  hours on Friday morning in the middle of the Essequibo River.Stranded passengers waiting unnervingly for the rescue boat to come to their aid  The passengers were at the time traveling from Parika to the Supenaam stelling when the speedboat they were in encountered engine problems.This publication was informed that the boat was loaded to its capacity and left the Parika stelling around 11:00hrs.Passengers who were on the boat said that the Captain was fiddling with the engine at multiple periods throughout the journey and much to their angst and dismay he subsequently called for a rescue boat after realizing that something was wrong with his engine.The boat that came to rescue the passengersThe passengers recalled their boat being moored around the Hog Island area until another came to their rescue. However, they related that the wait for rescue was unnerving.The rescue boat subsequently came and offloaded the stranded passengers and their belongings.The breakdown of this vessel comes on the heels of another incident where other passengers travelling on the Essequibo River had to be rescued after their speed boat developed a leakage and was almost sinking.The disgruntled passengers are calling on boat operators to do routine checks on their boats before they journey to sea and are calling on the relevant governing authorities to put mechanisms in place to ensure the safety of the persons that have to use the aforementioned services. read more

Jota Gonzales leaves Logrono after 11 years in direction Paris

← Previous Story European Play-Off for WCh 2019: Start in Lithuania, the end in Macedonia Next Story → 34 teams apply for EHF CL 2018/2019 handballJota GonzalesPSG Handball The Spanish coach Jota Gonzales will be a part of PSG Handball coaching staff in the future. The 46-years old Spaniard left club La Rioja Logrono, which he raised since 2007 in one of the strongest teams of ASOBAL.The team from Logrono was playing at VELUX EHF Champions League for a few years.Former “Naturhouse” ended on the third place in the season 2017/2018 behind FC Barcelona Lassa and BM Ademar Leon.Jota Gonzales will work as assistant of Raul Gonzales.

My life is being ruined Young homeless woman living in a tent

first_img‘My life is being ruined’: Young homeless woman living in a tent on the Grand Canal Eileena said she has been homeless “on and off” since she left state care at the age of 18. Eileena has been living in a tent along the Grand Canal for the past month. Image: By Cormac Fitzgerald Apr 20th 2017, 6:45 AM Share Tweet Email5 74 Comments Short URLcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: EILEENA KAVANAGH HAS been living in a tent on the Grand Canal in Dublin for the past month.The 21-year-old has been homeless “on and off” since she left State care at the age of 18.Eileena has spent her time moving through different homeless hostels in the city centre and staying with friends and family.Since March she has been living between two tents on the canal with her partner Gerry (27).Speaking to at her tent yesterday, Eileena said that she had been let down by the State since she had left care.“Everybody keeps saying to us, ‘we’re trying our best’,” she said.But they mustn’t be, because if they were trying their best, the amount of us that are actually on the street today wouldn’t be on the street.She said she is not receiving enough State or family supports. The Housing First team (made up of officials from Focus Ireland and the Peter McVerry Trust) has been maintaining contact with the couple.The Housing First team is run in partnership with the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) – which manages homelessness services for the entirety of the Dublin region.The team works with rough sleepers in the Dublin region, securing them long-term or short-term accommodation and ensuring homeless people have a point of contact with State services.“The only ones that are really looking after me now are the Housing First team. They link in [with us],” Eileena said.The aftercare worker finished up with me last month.An aftercare worker is appointed by the State to work with young adults who have recently exited care.Place to live Eileena said she was looking for a place for her and Gerry to stay long-term, but it had been difficult for them to source accommodation. Gerry has addiction issues, which makes it hard to find a long-term place to live. Eileena and Gerry said they are looking for long-term accommodation. Source: RollingNews.ieGerry has been living on the canal since January, when he moved to Dublin from Kildare. In that time, he said he had been unable to secure a bed in a hostel.Eileena’s story was first highlighted in a RTÉ News report on Monday.Following this, the couple stayed at an emergency hostel in the city centre on Tuesday night.“Me and Gerry – for the first time in ages last night – we actually got a shower, something to eat, a warm bed,” she said.Somewhere we can put our heads down and not worry about a thing.Eileena said yesterday that the couple were due to go for an assessment for a six month bed at a hostel in the city centre. She said she wants to live in place of her own, and has plans to return to college to study acting when she does.The DRHE said it did not comment on individual cases when contacted by it has been confirmed that the Housing First team are currently providing assistance and support to the couple.The DRHE pointed towards guidelines on its website for helping people who sleep rough. The area on the Grand Canal where the couple have been staying. Source: Cormac FitzgeraldCare leaver Eileena said she was first admitted into State care at the age of eight, and spent much of her childhood living in different residential care homes.She said she has a mild intellectual disability, and when she turned 18 she was admitted to a high support care unit to live.However, she said that she was not suited to this type of accommodation as there were more severe cases at the centre. She said she found it impossible to live there as a result.She found it difficult to stay with family also, and so has been homeless in Dublin moving about different hostels in the city centre and sleeping on the streets for about three years.Eileena said she had been told that she would not be able to live in a home on her own due to her having higher needs. However, she said she is determined to have her own place to live.Homelessness charity Focus Ireland recently highlighted the issue of growing homelessness among young adults. The number of homeless 18-24 year-olds has shot up by 78% in the last three years.“When a young person falls into the nightmare that is homelessness, there’s always an underlying reason,” director of advocacy Mike Allen said.Not getting accommodation or support upon leaving State care, family problems, mental health challenges and/or purely economic pressures and unemployment.Eileena said she was hoping to source some form of long-term accommodation soon so that she could begin to get her life back on track.“My life is being ruined by the fact that I’m always outdoors,” she said.“Like, it’s hard for us to have a shower, it’s hard for us to eat healthier foods, it’s hard for me to look out for myself when I’m living like this.I’m not a dog… You wouldn’t treat a dog like this.Read: Transplant patient was homeless and living in his car on Killiney Hill before being hospitalisedRead: Pregnant mother of four soon to be homeless as landlord is selling home 53,155 Views Eileena has been living in a tent along the Grand Canal for the past month. 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Boy 17 rescued on sandbar in the Columbia River

first_imgA 17-year-boy who was stranded on a sandbar in the Columbia River at Woodland was rescued late Sunday night by a Clark County Fire & Rescue boat team.Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy said this is what happened:Two adults and five teens were boating on the Columbia when a rope became tangled in the propeller of the boat’s engine. The engine died and the boaters could not get it started.The Vancouver group, who had no marine radio or cellphones, floated a half-mile downstream from the Lewis River and were able to ground the boat on an island.Two teenage boys decided to swim for help but the current was severe and the water cold.“Can you imagine sending two teenagers across the Columbia with no life jackets to get help?” Dawdy said. One boy made it back to the island but the other, Antonio Danda, 17, was swept down the river. He was able to stand up on a sandbar near Dike Road.However, Danda was waist-deep in the river for three hours before help could arrive, Dawdy said. Around dusk the boaters were then able to flag down help, who called 911. Clark County Fire & Rescue was dispatched about 9 p.m.last_img read more

Toyota and CATL are partnering up on battery production

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 29 Photos Car Industry Auto Tech 2020 Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid first drive: This changes everything Tags More From Roadshow Toyota Enlarge ImageSoon the batteries for Toyota’s many hybrids, PHEVs and hydrogen cars could be coming from Chinese supplier CATL. Nick Miotke/Roadshow If you’re a major automotive manufacturer, it’s pretty much mandatory that you be working on some kind of electric vehicle development right now, especially if you do a lot of business in China.That’s certainly the position in which Toyota finds itself, so it’s had to go out, beat the bushes and find itself a sizable Chinese EV battery provider — which it did in the form of CATL, according to an announcement made by Toyota on Wednesday.If CATL sounds familiar, it’s because it’s also working with Volvo to provide batteries for that brand and its Polestar subsidiary. CATL is also working with Honda and was in talks with Tesla for a while to provide cells for Gigafactory Shanghai, though that ended up not working out.”To further promote the widespread use of electrified vehicles, CATL and Toyota agree that a stable supply of batteries is critical and that battery technology must be further developed and advanced,” Toyota representatives said in a statement.Stable is the key word there. Batteries are a volatile business, especially considering the vast amounts of relatively rare and expensive minerals they require. Thankfully for companies like CATL, many of those minerals are being mined inside China’s borders, but other firms elsewhere in the world haven’t been so fortunate.This news of Toyota’s battery partnership comes hot on the heels of its announcement that it plans to offer an electrified version of every single Lexus model by 2025 as well as receiving half of its revenue from the sale of electrified vehicles by 2025. Share your voice 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorer 0 9:29 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e review: A hard hybrid to recommend The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid requires few sacrifices to save gas On the road: Toyota Mirai Toyota Volvolast_img read more