Opposition cries foul as Punjab govt. appoints 6 MLAs as advisers to CM

first_imgThe decision of the Punjab government to appoint six Congress legislators as Minister-rank advisers to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has come under severe criticism from the Opposition parties, which on Tuesday accused the government of overburdening the State exchequer.Five of the MLAs appointed by the government are in the rank and status of Cabinet Minister while one is in the rank and status of Minister of State.Demand for withdrawalLeader of the Opposition and Aam Aadmi Party MLA Harpal Singh Cheema warned that if the decision is not immediately withdrawn, the party will explore legal remedies as the move is an attempt to “bypass the constitutional cap on the size of the State Cabinet”.“When Punjab is already struggling with huge debt burden, giving Cabinet Minister-level amenities to MLAs will bring great loss to the public exchequer,” he said.“We are exploring legal remedies if the State government does not immediately take its decision back,” added Mr. Cheema.The five MLAs in Cabinet Minister-rank are Kushaldeep Dhillon (Faridkot), Amrinder Raja Warring (Gidderbaha), Sangat Singh Gilzian (Urmar), Inderbir Bolaria (Amritsar) and Kuljit Nagra (Fatehgarh Sahib). Tarsem Singh (Attari) has been accorded the rank of Minister of State.The Shiromani Akali Dal also condemned the Congress government for burdening the State exchequer. Former Minister Bikram Singh Majithia said “it seems the Congress is trying to save its government from collapse and has in this process decided to fritter away the scarce resources of the State to its partymen”.“This amounts to daylight robbery of the State exchequer. With the latest addition, the total number of political appointees in the State government have risen to 26. What’s the logic of the move except to fatten its legislators at the exchequer’s expense,” said Mr. Majithia.Claiming that the appointments were illegal and against constitutional norms, he said: “Legislators can’t hold office of profit which these appointments are.”BJP’s national secretary Tarun Chugh told reporters that the decision was an attempt to circumvent the Constitution (91st Amendment) Act, 2003. Mr. Chug said that under the law, the strength of Ministers cannot exceed 15% of the total members of the House. With Punjab Assembly having 117 MLAs, the maximum strength of the Council of Ministers can be 18, and including the CM, the State already has 17 Ministers.last_img read more

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez score late in 4-4 draw for Barcelona at Villarreal

first_imgBarcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Tuesday, April 2, 2019.(AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)BARCELONA, Spain— Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez came to Barcelona’s rescue Tuesday, scoring late goals to salvage a 4-4 draw at 10-man Villarreal in a thrilling seesaw match that saw both teams give up a two-goal lead.Messi rifled in a free kick off the upright to make it 4-3 in the 90th minute, and Suarez then shot through the legs of a defender to snatch a point with the last kick of the match.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES The draw narrowed Barcelona’s lead of the Spanish league to eight points ahead of Atletico Madrid, which beat Girona 2-0 also on Tuesday and visits Camp Nou this weekend.“Luis is a player who is always in the right place at the right time, and he appeared at the last second to pull out a match that was not going our way,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “And Messi, he is a specialist (at free kicks.)”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMessi was on the bench for the first hour but Barcelona still took a quick 2-0 lead.However, relegation-threatened Villarreal roared back with 19-year-old Samuel Chukwueze leading the way and produced four unanswered goals to come agonizingly close to pulling off the upset. Barcelona’s comeback then came after Alvaro Gonzalez was sent off for a second booking in the 86th. Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann finally put Atletico past a pesky Girona.Godin’s headed goal in the 76th was initially ruled offside by the referee, but a video review overruled that decision.Griezmann added a second goal deep in stoppage time with Girona throwing everyone forward in search of an equalizer. The goal ended his seven-match scoring drought.Also, fourth-place Getafe drew 1-1 at Espanyol.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “This was a crazy game,” Valverde said. “There were stretches when it looked like we would win easily, then there was a stretch when it looked like they would. Then we managed to turn it around.”Messi’s goal was his league-leading 32nd of the season and his sixth from a free kick. He has now scored from free kicks in three consecutive matches after converting set pieces against Real Betis and Espanyol.SHOOTOUT AT THE CERAMICAValverde gave Messi some rest before Saturday’s match against Atletico and next week’s trip to Manchester United for the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinals.And at first it seemed Barcelona would stroll to another win at the Estadio de la Ceramica, as the little-used Malcom set up Philippe Coutinho for his first league goal since October. Malcom then headed in a pass from Arturo Vidal to double the lead before Coutinho went close to getting another goal when he hit the post.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Jiu-jitsu champ Meggie Ochoa battles Philippines’ sex abuse scourge Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess But Barcelona ended up missing center back Gerard Pique — who was rested to avoid any risk of picking up a fifth yellow card that would suspend him for the Atletico visit — more than Messi.Chukwueze and Toko Ekambi used their speed to torment center backs Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet throughout the game.Chukwueze pulled one back in the 23rd and his long pass led to Ekambi leveling in the 50th.Messi came on in the 61st, but a minute later Vicente Iborra put the hosts ahead after Umtiti had left the back line.Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made several excellent saves, but none was better than when he got his fingers on Chukwueze’s powerful strike and pushed it onto the bar.Ter Stegen could do nothing to stop substitute Carlos Bacca from scoring the hosts’ fourth with 10 minutes left when Santi Cazorla spotted him running clear behind a struggling Umtiti.Gonzalez left Villarreal a man down when he got his second yellow card for a senseless foul on Suarez. That cost Villarreal dearly when the team was without a defender in the final moments and failed to stop the double blow dealt by Messi and Suarez, keeping Barcelona unbeaten in 18 straight league games.Villarreal, which had conceded a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at Celta Vigo last round, was left two points clear of the drop zone.“I don’t think we are going down,” said Villarreal coach Javier Calleja. “We are going to stay in the top flight playing like we did against Barcelona.”ATLETICO WINS View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Australian Cricketers’ Association unsure about extensive use of stump microphones

first_imgThe Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) has expressed concerns over the use of stump microphones, with its chief Alistair Nicholson saying it doesn’t want players to get unnecessary sanctions for “unintentional and accidental” on-field conversations.According to media reports here, the ACA has already aired its reservations on stump microphones to broadcasters.The ACA said it’s not against the use of stump mics but wants clarity over the “rules of engagement”.”I wouldn’t say we’re not happy. (Players are) aware things can potentially unintentionally be picked up whether it’s accidental swearing or things like that,” Nicholson was quoted as saying by Melbourne-based radio station ‘SEN’.”We’re conscious we don’t necessarily want players to be slapped with code-of-conduct fines when they really are working as hard as they can to bring that element of the game through that we’ve never had.”It’s more caution than negativity but very much wanting to embrace it.”The stump microphones have captured some interesting conversations between the Indian and Australian players during the ongoing Test series, the most notable among them being the fiery exchange between visiting captain Virat Kohli and his counterpart Tim Paine during the second Test in Perth.Also Read | Tim Paine trolls Rishabh Pant: MS Dhoni back in the ODI side, want to play for Hobart?Also Read | Rohit Sharma responds to Tim Paine’s IPL banter: If he gets a hundred, we’ll buy himAlso Read | Paine challenges Rohit to hit a six, vows allegiance to Mumbai IndiansAlso Read | You seriously cannot like Virat Kohli as a bloke: Tim Paine tells Murali VijayAlso Read | Not everyone here is Pujara: Rishabh Pant taunts Australia batsmen in AdelaideAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

Hardik Pandya not man enough to step into the ring with Brock Lesnar: Paul Heyman

first_imgPaul Heyman has become one of the biggest names in the world of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) thanks primarily to a weapon that he is a master of – words. Being the advocate of Brock Lesnar, a hugely popular name in India from the WWE stable, Heyman is well known in the country but his recent social media attack on Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh helped him and the WWE to cash in on the buzz around the 2019 ICC World Cup.Heyman’s anger is reserved not just for Ranveer but also for the person that the latter took a picture with which irked Heyman – Hardik Pandya. The Indian all-rounder, according to Heyman, is “not man enough to step into the ring with Brock Lesnar.”Eat.Sleep.Dominate.Repeat.The name is Hardik. Hardik Pandya. @hardikpandya7 ma boi #unstoppable pic.twitter.com/B5oRzedTg3Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) June 17, 2019″Let’s be real about this. Cricket is a very popular sport but it’s barely a man’s sport, it is an activity,” Heyman told IANS. “Brock Lesnar is the former National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) champion and the baddest dude on the planet. So I don’t see Hardik Pandya being man enough to step into the ring with him.”As far as the “legal notice” that he served Ranveer Singh goes, Heyman said that he would rather keep the strategy private. “Singh is obviously someone who walks around dreaming of being Paul Heyman while Hardik Pandya wants to be Brock Lesnar. Otherwise, why would he authorize that tweet to be released? It’s not like he didn’t pose for the picture,” he said.advertisement”So, it’s clear that Hardik Pandya wants to be Brock Lesnar because Brock Lesnar is far more famous and successful on a global basis and Singh exposed himself as a Paul Heyman wannabe in one tweet (sic.)”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma plays charade with India teammates on a bus rideAlso Read | We have a plan for Andre Russell: Yuzvendra Chahal warns West Indieslast_img read more

REYNOLDS VETOES BILL TO RESTRICT IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL LAWSUITS

first_imgIowa Governor Kim Reynolds has vetoed a measure that Republican lawmakers pushed through in the final days of the legislative session to stop the state’s Democratic attorney general from filing or joining lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s policies.The measure Reynolds vetoed Wednesday was targeted at stopping Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller from joining multi-state lawsuits filed against the federal government.Republicans argued Miller had sued Trump too much.The proposal would have required the attorney general to get the permission from the governor, legislature or state executive council before filing any out-of-state court action. Iowa would have been the only state with such limits.After Reynolds announced the veto, Miller issued a statement saying he’d agree to “get the consent” of Reynolds before joining such lawsuits.He acknowledged the agreement meant he’d stop suing the Trump administration.last_img read more

Guardiola revels in record

first_imgManchester City Guardiola tells fans Man City won’t stop after record-breaking win Sacha Pisani 20:37 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) ManCity-cropped Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Swansea City v Manchester City Guardiola The Catalan is sure that the Premier League leaders can continue their amazing run of form that has seen them win 15 games in a row Manchester City have no plans to take their foot off the pedal after setting a Premier League record, with manager Pep Guardiola telling fans there is more to come from the runaway leaders.City made history on Wednesday when they claimed their 15th successive top-flight victory by thumping lowly Swansea City 4-0.A David Silva brace and goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero saw City maintain their 11-point lead atop the Premier League ahead of rivals Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Asked what the record means, Guardiola told reporters: “A lot. Once the record will be broken because records are there to be broken but for it to be the first time in the history of English football to make 15 wins in a row when the level is so competitive means we are strong in the head.”Normally you can decrease your concentration but to do it 15 times in a row means every time we are there.”But we spoke in the locker room about good recovery everyone, because in three days we have another one.”WWWWWWWWWWWWWWW#SharkTeam pic.twitter.com/oOCJzJYeWx— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 13, 2017He continued: “I am so happy because our job depends on if we win, so if we win we are so happy in our lives and in our jobs.”In history there were amazing things like Liverpool in the 80s and United with Alex Ferguson or Chelsea with Jose Mourinho, there were some amazing teams.”But we are the first ones to win 15 in a row. If we win the title it will just be a record and this record will be broken but of course it will not be easy.”Because 15 games in a row in the Premier League in this period is really complicated. Of course we were lucky in some moments and we scored in the last minutes, I remember at Bournemouth for example.”But it means a lot in the faith and desire to win again, and again and again.”We are going to try not to stop to show that feeling to the fans, so when they watch us they know the guys want to win again and again and again. We want to try to maintain it as much as possible.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

WB replaces Bidhannagar Police Commissioner 4 times

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government has changed the Commissioner of Bidhannagar City Police four times in four days, raising questions about clarity in the top level of the administration. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also handles the Home (Police) portfolio. Laxmi Narayan Meena, who was the Commissioner of Asansol-Durgapur City, is the current Bidhannagar Commissioner of Police, a government order said on Wednesday. Earlier, Bidhannagar CP Gyanwant Singh, who was replaced by N. Ramesh Babu during the general elections, was given back his charge on Sunday. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga Next day, an official statement directed Nishat Parvez, who was the Deputy Inspector General(DIG) Operations of the Criminal Investigation Department, to replace Singh as the Bidhannagar CP. On Tuesday, there was again a fresh order which cancelled Pervez’s appointment and directed him to continue in his old post. The Commissioner of Siliguri City Police, Bharat Lal Meena was given the charge for a day, to be replaced by Laxmi Narayan Meena through a new notification on Wednesday. Bharat Lal Meena was reinstated as the CP of Siliguri City Police.last_img read more

Mars and Snickers Bars Recalled in 55 Countries Including Morocco

By Zainab CalcuttawalaRabat – Mars and Snickers chocolate bars were recalled from 55 countries – including Morocco – on Tuesday after a German consumer found a “small piece of plastic” in his Snickers bar.An investigation conducted by Mars, the parent company for Snickers, found that the piece of plastic – discovered on January 8th – came from protective filters used by the plant in Veghel, Netherlands, that produced the bars. The company only recalled bars made in the Dutch plant. “We cannot be sure that this plastic was only in that particular Snickers. We do not want any products on the market that may not meet our quality requirements, so we decided to take them all back,” a Mars Netherlands spokesperson was quoted by the BBC as saying.Milky Way minis and Celebrations chocolates produced in the plant were also recalled. Manufacturing dates for the products in recall vary, but in general, those with a “best-before” date between June 19, 2016, and January 8, 2017 are in question.In addition to Morocco, the recall affected many countries in the Middle East and North Africa – including, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, the Palestinian territories, and the United Arab Emirates.This is the first time the company has had to recall products made at its Veghel factory, which was established in 1963 and employs around 1,200 people.The New Jersey-based company owns 29 chocolate brands including M&M’s, Galaxy, Twix, Bounty and Maltesers. Besides chocolates, Mars also manufactures Wrigley gum, Uncle Ben’s Rice, Dolmio pasta sauce and Pedigree pet food. read more

Police looking for help in Thursday shooting

A 28-year-old man was sent to hospital with a gunshot wound Thursday afternoon.Regina police responded to a report of a man shot in the 1100 block of Garnet Street at 4:12 p.m. Thursday. Officers located the victim suffering from serious injuries and he was transported to hospital for further treatment.Anyone with information that could assist police in this investigation is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500, or your local law enforcement agency, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). read more

UN panel to examine steps by 8 nations to fight discrimination against

The 23-member panel, formally known as the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, will meet at UN Headquarters from 14 January to 1 February to look at the record of the eight nations – Fiji, Iceland, Estonia, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Portugal and the Russian Federation – in complying with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.Under that treaty – which now has 168 States parties – countries must end discrimination against women in the enjoyment of all civil, political, economic and cultural rights. In pursuing the Convention’s goals, States parties are encouraged to introduce affirmative action measures designed to promote equality between women and men.Often described as the international bill of rights for women, the Convention, in its 30 articles, provides an agenda for national action to end discrimination against women. It spells out the basis for realizing equality between men and women through ensuring women’s equal access to – and equal opportunities in – political and public life as well as education and employment. States parties agree to take measures, including legislative and temporary special measures, so that women can enjoy all their human rights and fundamental freedoms. read more

South Korea says its preparing for more possible cyberattacks as banks recover

South Korea says it’s preparing for more possible cyberattacks as banks recover from shutdown by Sam Kim, The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2013 9:57 am MDT SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea said Friday it was preparing for the possibility of more cyberattacks as a new team of investigators tried to determine if North Korea was behind a synchronized shutdown of tens of thousands of computers at six South Korean banks and media companies.Many in Seoul suspect hackers loyal to Pyongyang were responsible for Wednesday’s attack, but South Korean officials have yet to assign blame and say they have no proof yet of North Korea’s involvement. Pyongyang hasn’t yet mentioned the shutdown.The investigation could take weeks, but an initial finding linked a Chinese Internet Protocol address to one of the banks affected.South Korea has set up a team of computer security experts from the government, military and private sector to identify the hackers and is preparing to deal with more possible attacks, presidential spokesman Yoon Chang-jung told reporters Friday. He didn’t elaborate on the possibility of more attacks, but said the prime minister would later hold a meeting to discuss ways to beef up cybersecurity at institutions overseeing infrastructure such as roads and electricity.Determining who’s behind a digital attack is often difficult. But North Korea is a leading suspect for several reasons. It has unleashed a torrent of threats against Seoul and Washington since punishing U.N. sanctions were imposed for Pyongyang’s Feb. 12 nuclear test. It calls ongoing routine U.S.-South Korean military drills a threat to its existence. Pyongyang also threatened revenge after blaming Seoul and Washington for a separate Internet shutdown that disrupted its own network last week. Seoul alleges six cyberattacks by North Korea on South Korean targets since 2009.If the attack was in fact carried out by North Korea, it may be a warning to Seoul that Pyongyang is capable of breaching its computer networks with relative ease.The cyberattack did not affect South Korea’s government, military or infrastructure, and there were no initial reports that customers’ bank records were compromised. But it disabled cash machines and disrupted commerce in this tech-savvy, Internet-dependent country, renewing questions about South Korea’s Internet security and vulnerability to hackers.The attack disabled some 32,000 computers at broadcasters YTN, MBC and KBS, as well as three banks. The broadcasters said their programming was never affected.All three of the banks that were hit were back online and operating regularly Friday. It could be next week before the media companies have fully recovered.A malicious code that spread through the server of one target, Nonghyup Bank, was traced to an IP address in China, the state-run Korea Communications Commission said in an announcement of initial findings. Regulators said all six attacks appeared to come from “a single organization.” The investigation is continuing into the shutdown at the five other firms.An IP address can be an important clue as to the location of an Internet-connected computer but can easily be manipulated by hackers operating anywhere in the world.The Chinese IP address identified by the South Korean communications regulator belongs to an Internet services company, Beijing Teletron Telecom Engineering Co., according to the website tracking and verification service Whois. A woman who answered the telephone number listed on Beijing Teletron’s website denied the company was involved in the cyberattack. She refused to identify herself or provide further information.Wednesday’s cyberattack does not fit the mould of previous attacks blamed on China. Chinese hacking, either from Beijing’s cyber-warfare command or freelance hackers, tends to be aimed at collecting intelligence and intellectual property, not at disrupting commerce.China is home to a sizable North Korean community, both North Koreans working in the neighbouring nation and Chinese citizens of ethnic ancestry who consider North Korea their motherland. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Dont just seek to resolve war once it erupts prevent it in

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (third from right) tours the Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum while in Oman to deliver a lecture at the College of National Defence. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (third from left) dines with Yousef Bin Al-Alawi Bin Abdulla, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe A group photo of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (fifth from left) with UN staff working in Oman. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹›“I hope to replicate this model elsewhere,” Mr. Ban stressed. “This also helps us form tighter partnerships with the regional organizations that have a frontline role in addressing the tensions and conflicts in their neighbourhood,” he explained.Third, it is necessary to invest in the UN’s instruments for prevention, peace-making and peacebuilding by providing proper resourcing and support for the Political Affairs department, which is currently stretched thin.Fourth, a system-wide approach to prevention is crucial, using all available tools – development, human rights and political – to address the root causes of conflict.Experience has shown that short-sighted policies, heavy-handed approaches, a single-minded focus only on security measures and an utter disregard for human rights have often made things worse,” Mr. Ban said. “Preventing violent extremism means avoiding policies that turn people against each other, alienate already marginalized groups, and play into the hands of the enemy, he said.”Finally, more must be done to involve women and young people, and ensure the inclusion of traditionally marginalized groups. “Societies that are inclusive tend to navigate social differences peacefully,” he declared. “Societies that empower women, practice tolerance and embrace diversity will promote stability and cohesion,” noted the Secretary-General. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Yousef Bin Al-Alawi Bin Abdulla, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Sayyid Badr bin Saud al-Busaidi, Minister for Defence Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “We draw on many tools to help societies navigate differences and achieve peace,” he said. “But we must do better. We know it is far better to prevent a fire than to fight a fire after it has started – yet prevention still does not receive the political attention, commitment and resources that it deserves,” he said.“Conflict prevention and mediation for peaceful political solutions must move up the agenda. With record-shattering humanitarian needs across the world – including the largest refugee crisis in decades – we need to think differently,” he added, laying out a five-step programme within in the context of reducing the chances of another Syria, another Yemen. First, to protect the space for prevention and mediation efforts, UN representatives need to be able to talk to a wide range of actors, including those that some Governments will not engage.Second, The UN needs to be close to the ground to build trust and confidence and expand its network of regional centres of preventive diplomacy, which at present exist only in parts of Africa and in Central Asia. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (front row, centre) and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek (left) tour the Royal Opera House in Muscat. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) salutes guards after his meeting with Sayyid Badr bin Saud al-Busaidi. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) speaks with UN staff while on an official visit to Oman. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a lecture at Oman’s College of National Defence, in Muscat. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

Students honoured with Presidents Surgite Awards

They’re student leaders who have made significant contributions to Brock University or the wider community, and on Monday they were honoured with the President’s Surgite Awards.Ten Brock students from across the University’s seven Faculties were given the awards in recognition for the work they’ve done during their time studying here.“Students at Brock are supported and encouraged to develop their leadership, academic, student life and community engagement skills and contributions,” said President Gervan Fearon. “The students receiving these awards have excelled at these activities and exemplify the values of being outstanding students at the University and across the broader community.”Aynsley Maves, a Concurrent Education student who was also a member of the varsity cross-country team, said the honour from the President was appreciated.“Throughout my four years at Brock, I have worked hard to make the most of my undergraduate experience. I participated in varsity athletics and passionately dedicated my time to both my academics and charitable initiatives,” she said. “While I did not commit myself to any of these endeavours for the purposes of recognition, I was highly honoured to be acknowledged by Dr. Fearon and the rest of the President’s Surgite Award selection committee.”Tom Dunk, Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic, said the awards are meant to be an extra achievement students can use as they head out into the workforce.“We recognize in that doing what you’ve done, it’s good for your resumés, but you’ve also improved the lives of our students and life at Brock, and in some cases, within the broader community. We recognize your contribution to making everyone proud of Brock locally, nationally and beyond.”2017-18 President’s Surgite Award winners:Allison Flynn-Bowman, Community HealthAniqah Zowmi, Social Justice and Equity StudiesEvans Boadi, Mathematics and StatisticsSarah Mohammed, Child HealthNicholas Lepore, AccountingMichael Tolentino, Biolomedical SciencesAynsley Maves, Concurrent EducationChristine Saleeb, Medical SciencesVanessa Cservid, Medical SciencesMatthew McGarr, Medical Sciences read more

People who wear white poppies are attention seekers hijacking symbol to push

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A Tory MP and former soldier has said people who wear white poppies rather than red ones are “attention seekers” who should be ignored.While the red poppy remembers the sacrifice made by British troops and the combined forces in conflict, the white poppy represents all war casualties, regardless of alliance. But Johnny Mercer said the white poppies – endorsed and distributed by the Peace Pledge Union (PPU) – are “attention-seeking rubbish” and called for people to “ignore” those wearing them. The Plymouth MP and former Army captain, in a tweet commending veteran Brian Wood for announcing he would be wearing his red poppy this year to mark armistice, said: “If you don’t want to wear a poppy don’t bother; they fought and died so you could choose.”But don’t deliberately try and hijack its symbolism for your own ends.” The PPU condemned his comments in a tweet saying: “We are not hijacking anything.”The union’s website states white poppies are worn in the run-up to Remembrance Day every year by thousands of people in the UK and beyond and have been around for more than eighty years. “There are three elements to the meaning of white poppies: they represent remembrance for all victims of war, a commitment to peace and a challenge to attempts to glamorise or celebrate war,” it states.  White poppies are attention seeking rubbish. Ignore the wearers of them. If you don’t want to wear a poppy don’t bother; they fought and died so you could choose. But don’t deliberately try and hijack it’s symbolism for your own ends. Well done @BrianWoodMC https://t.co/HRK3wW3qY5— Johnny Mercer MP (@JohnnyMercerUK) October 22, 2018 read more

Teach children about dangers of sexting and pornography at school first official

Children should be taught about the dangers of “sexting” and pornography at school, the first official guidelines for online education say.The Department for Education is publishing an advice document that stipulates which topics should be covered when teaching pupils about technology and the internet.In lessons, teachers could explain what sorts of online activities are illegal, particularly where it may be seen as “normal” behaviour among youngsters, such as “youth-produced sexual imagery” otherwise known as “sexting”.“This could include copyright, sharing illegal content such as extreme pornography or terrorist content, as well as the illegality of possession, creating or sharing any explicit images of a child even if created by a child,” the guidance says.Children could also be taught how to spot fake websites and how games encourage users to keep playing. Different types of online abuse such as sexual harassment, bullying, trolling and intimidation could also be covered.Under legislation passed in 2017, age-appropriate relationship education is to become compulsory in all primary schools, while sex and relationship education is compulsory in secondaries.Speaking at the NSPCC annual conference today, Damian Hinds, the  Education Secretary, will say: “I have seen some online companies arguing that children should be treated as adults online once they pass the age of 13. “To them I say this: children are children – this is as true in the online world as the real one. “You have a responsibility to your young users and it is time for you to step up to make sure they are protected from online harms and upsetting content until they reach adulthood.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Cubas National Assembly begins meeting to chose Castro successor

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCuba marks end of an era as Castro hands over to Diaz-CanelApril 19, 2018In “World”Cuban vote begins end of Castro eraMarch 9, 2018In “World”US urges new Cuba leader to end ‘repression’April 20, 2018In “Regional” Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel. (Photo: AFP)HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Cuba’s National Assembly on Wednesday began a historic two-day meeting to elect a successor to President Raul Castro, whose departure will end his family’s six-decade grip on power.Stepping down at the age of 86, Castro will leave the way open for a new generation of leaders, with Assembly members widely expected to vote in his successor of choice, First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel.A silver-haired 57-year-old, Diaz-Canel has spent decades climbing the party ranks, becoming Castro’s right-hand man in 2013.At the two-day meeting, which began early on Wednesday, the 605-seat National Assembly is to vote in a new Council of State, which counts 31 members and whose head will automatically become president.Although the session was initially planned for Thursday, the decision was taken earlier this week to extend it across two days “to facilitate the procedures during an event of such significance.”The session is closed to the press and no details have been given about the program.Although the vote could take place on Wednesday, the new president’s name is not expected to be made public until Thursday, which is April 19 — a date heavy with symbolism.It falls on the 57th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion, when the CIA tried to overthrow Castro in 1961, an episode Havana has long proclaimed as American imperialism’s first great defeat in Latin America.Raul Castro has been in power since 2006, when he took over after illness sidelined his brother Fidel, who seized power in the 1959 revolution.Between them, the Castro brothers ruled Cuba for nearly 60 years, making the Caribbean island a key player in the Cold War and helping keep communism afloat despite the collapse of the Soviet Union. read more

Discovery Metals Boseto Botswana copper project well on track

first_imgDeutsche Bank recently visited Boseto, where construction is underway at Discovery Metal’s (DML) 100% owned Boseto copper project in Botswana. The 3 Mt/y operation will produce ~35,000 t/y copper and 1 Moz/y silver at average cash costs of $1.48/lb, with commissioning salted for mid-2012. The bank said – “following our recent site visit we remain bullish on the potential for further discoveries.“We have assumed DML’s DP for our modelling which calls for a 15 year 3 Mt/y combined open pit and underground operation producing ~35,000 t/y copper in concentrate. While this is above the current reserve inventory of 21.8 Mt at 1.4% Cu (304,000 t Cu) an updated Zeta underground resource is due next quarter ahead of the December quarter BFS update. We have assumed LOM diesel power and more conservative cash costs of US$1.48/lb net of silver credits but including royalties.“Finalising funding and construction on track for 2Q CY12 commissioning. With $161 million cash, and banks mandated for $180 million debt (finalise May), DML is fully funded (Plant $175 million, fleet $75 million). At Boseto the plant, offices and camp site are at the concrete pour stage and critical path items such as mills and diggers are due to arrive on site in October ready for 2Q CY12 commissioning.“Resource growth seems a formality, ore widths and grades the key. Current resources stand at 102 Mt @ 1.4% Cu and 19.5 g/t Ag, spread over two main deposits Plutus (16 Mt) and its extension Petra (9 Mt) and Zeta (35 Mt) butwith the defined deposits open at depth, 1,300 km of further prospective strike length yet to be tested (Hanna Mining having proven other structures are mineralised), we are excited about the exploration potential of DML’s 9,656 km2 holding. DML has restarted it regional program and with a $1million/month budget (five rigs) regular newsflow is expected.last_img read more

Iron Man Mark V Briefcase suit built by The Real Tony Stark

first_imgWe’ve all seen replicas of our favorite comic book character’s costumes, but this one is something else. Inspired by the suit seen in Iron Man 2, the Iron Man Mark V Briefcase Armour is unique because it transforms from a briefcase into a fully-detailed, functional suit of armor.Okay, so when we say “briefcase,” we really mean large, irregular-shaped bag, but the creator, Ryan Brooks, or as he calls himself, the Real Tony Stark, had good intentions. He said it was a “little larger” than he had anticipated, which is due to the leg armor and its space requirements. It holds together well though, and weighs a total of 25 lbs.AdChoices广告The backside of the briefcase shows the foil tubing, which becomes the back of the knees. The handle can’t actually support any weight, but it’s really the only evidence left that this is an actual briefcase. The handle splits and rotates to fit onto the back of each boot.A costume like this isn’t a something you can whip up in a weekend. The suit took over 1,200 hours of work. Brooks used more than 4,000 LEGO Technic pieces; 483 individual pieces of high-impact polystyrene plastic armor, which he heat-formed individually by hand; 4 coats of paint; 145 magnets; and so much more. Brooks lists every single material, so you can hypothetically recreate the suit if you have that much time on your hands.It’s not just a suit, though. It also has built-in glowing eyes, a lighted arc reactor, and creates sound effects using an Arduino Lilypad, among other things.The costume was so good it took “Best in Show” at Toronto Comic Con 2011. You can view the full photo gallery, which explains the entire process in depth.via Cosplay.com.last_img read more