November 16

World Cup 2019: Afghanistan hand Pakistan 3-wicket defeat in 1st warm-up match

first_imgPakistan’s horror run in England seems to continue as Sarfraz Ahmed’s men were handed a 3-wicket defeat in their first warm-up match of Cricket World Cup 2019 by Afghanistan at the County Ground in Bristol on Friday.Afghanistan, who won the ICC World Cup qualifiers last year to qualify for the 10-team showpiece event, gunned down a 263-run target in the final over.Wahab Riaz, who was a surprise inclusion in Pakistan’s World Cup squad, came up with a fiery late spell, picking up 2 wickets in the 48th over but it wasn’t enough as Hashmatullah Shahidi hit an unbeaten 74 to help Afghanistan clinch a win.Pakistan, the winners of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, had headed into their first warm-up match of the World Cup on the back of a 4-0 thrashing in a 5-match ODI series against hosts England earlier this month.Afghanistan win by three wickets!Fittingly, it’s Hashmatullah Shahidi who scores the winning runs. He top-scored with a superb 74* an excellent win for Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/wlWmJRmABH Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 24, 2019After winning the toss and opting to bat, Pakistan were given a cautious start by openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq before pacer Hamid Hassan removed the latter for 32. Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, who shone in Indian Premier League 2019, removed the dangerous Zaman for 19 as Pakistan lost their openers inside the first 12 overs.Afghanistan need just 16 runs from the last 18 balls!Their fans have been in fine voice all day. pic.twitter.com/laMmiA5uWiCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 24, 2019Nonetheless, Babar Azam, Pakistan’s limited-overs batting star, stepped up and hit a well-paced hundred (112 for 108 balls). Shoib Malik (44 off 59 balls) stitched a 103-run stand for the 5th wicket with Babar after Pakistan lost the wickets of Harris Sohail (1) and Mohammad Hafeez (12) in quick succession.advertisementDespite the solid partnership in the middle, Pakistan failed to finish with a flourish as captain Sarfraz (13 from 10) and Imad Wasim (18 off 23) failed to provide the team with the much-needed late impetus.Nabi shine with the ball for AfghanistanMohammad Nabi was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan as the off-spinner snared 3 wickets. Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan removed Sarfraz and Hafeez and finished with impressive figures of 2 for 27 in 9 overs. Pacer Dawlat Zadran chipped in with two wickets as well.In reply, Afghanistan were off to a flying start as Hazratullah Zazai took the Pakistan new-ball attack to the cleaners. Zazai smashed five successive boundaries in pacer Shaheen Afridi’s over inside the powerplay to give Afghanistan the early momentum.Aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad suffered an injury and retired hurt after scoring 23 (25 balls) but handy contributions from Rahmat Shah (32 from 49), Samiullah Shenwari (22 from 34), and Mohammad Nabi (34 from 41) kept Afghanistan in the hunt.Hashmatullah Shahidi paced his innings well and scored 74 off 102 balls and remained unbeaten to take Afghanistan past the finish line.Gulbadin Naib’s men have certainly sent a warning signal to the rest of the teams with the dominant win over Pakistan in Bristol on Friday.Afghanistan next face hosts England in London in their 2nd warm-up match on May 27 before their World Cup opener vs Australia on June 1.Meanwhile, Pakistan take on Bangladesh in their 2nd and final warm-up match on Sunday before their first match of the campaign against West Indies on May 31.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar suffers injury while batting in the netsAlso Read | What happened to India when England last hosted a World Cup 20 years ago?Also See:last_img read more

October 24

Lacoste Loses its Iconic Crocodile in Favor of Endangered Species for Limited-Edition Polo Series

first_img How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Other endangered animals and their populations:The Burmese Roofed Turtle – 40The Northern Sportive Lemur – 50The Javan Rhino – 67The Cao-vit Gibbon – 150The Kakapo – 157The California Condor – 231The Saola – 250The Sumatran Tiger – 350The Anegada Ground Iguana – 450If you want to support these animals and flaunt a little style swerve by usurping the usual crocodile logo, you better act fast because, as of this writing, there are only three of these limited edition polos remaining.For a look at all of the polos in Lacoste’s Save Our Species limited edition collection, check out the online shop here. The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities center_img Lacoste, the venerable polo shirt maker with the iconic crocodile on the chest, has teamed up with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and its SOS (Save Our Species) program to briefly remove the beloved crocodile from their shirts (sorry René) and replace it with depictions of the world’s most endangered animals.These 10 limited-edition polo shirts feature nearly extinct animals. According to the IUCN, there are only 30 living Vaquitas in the Gulf of California. The Vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise, falls prey to fishing nets and illegal off-shore fishing in the Sea of Cortez. Since only 30 of these beautiful creatures remain, Lacoste created only 30 versions of this polo to reflect their small numbers — this polo is already sold out, and all of the profits going to the IUCN’s SOS program. Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? last_img read more

October 22

Tenders Issued for More Road Improvements

first_img East Petpeswick Road, from Trunk 7 south for 6.1 kilometres, for repaving Wellington Dyke Road, from 42 kilometres north of Aboiteau Structure, south for 630 metres, for subgrade, gravelling and repaving Cabot Trail, from 11.5 kilometres south of Path End bridge, north for six kilometres, for upgrading Highway 101 (Phase 1), Coldbrook to Kingston, from 500 metres east of Black Rock Road underpass, east for 2.16 kilometres for passing lane construction Trunk 4, from Lake Shore Drive West east for 4.7 kilometres, for repaving Truro Heights Road, from Truro Power Centre north to Route 236 for four kilometres, for repaving Lower Truro Road, from Truro Heights Road 1.2 kilometres to the Truro town line, for repaving College Road/Main Street, Truro, for 3.7 kilometres to Village Line Avenue, for repaving Cabot Trail (Trunk 30), Wreck Cove Bridge at Wreck Cove crossing Morrisons Brook, for repairs Cabot Trail (Trunk 30), McDonald Bridge, for bridge deck and bridge rail repairs Cabot Trail (Trunk 30), Mill Brook #2 Bridge, for bridge deck and bridge rail repairs Route 301, in Oxford, Black River Bridge, for pedestrian overpass construction Stewart’s Bridge, North River, Colchester Co., for bridge replacement Tenders for 13 projects, valued at $17.5 million, have been called to improve highways, bridges and secondary roads, including work on the Cabot Trail and new passing lanes on Highway 101. “We’re making the most of this construction season with an ambitious plan to improve roads and bridges across the province,” said Frank Corbett, acting Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “These projects will result in safer and more efficient roads that will strengthen our communities and support important industries like tourism.” The province recently announced that it expects to spend $325 million on highway construction and major maintenance projects this year, surpassing last year’s amount by more than $100 million. A portion of the funding will come from federal stimulus programs. “This is one of the busiest and most productive construction seasons ever seen in this province, and I thank all of the staff and road builders who are hard at work across Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Corbett. Tenders released today, July 8 are:last_img read more

October 17

In the news today March 28

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, March 28———QUEBEC TO TABLE LONG-AWAITED SECULARISM BILLThe Coalition Avenir Quebec government will table its secularism bill today, fulfilling an election promise to prohibit many public sector employees, including teachers, from wearing religious symbols at work. But even before the text is made public, the English Montreal School Board has declared its intention to disobey a law that it says will violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Quebec Premier Francois Legault has said the legislation will target teachers, judges, police officers, prison guards and other public servants in what the government considers to be positions of authority. Legault has signalled today’s bill will pre-emptively invoke the charter’s notwithstanding clause to block court challenges that invoke rights violations.———WILSON-RAYBOULD SAT ON WRONGFULLY CONVICTED MAN’S CASEGlen Assoun’s lawyer says the wrongfully convicted Halifax man suffered “every single day” as he waited to be exonerated for a murder he didn’t commit — a wait that was prolonged for months as his case sat on former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s desk. David Lametti issued an order for a new trial on Feb. 28 — seven weeks after taking over as justice minister. The following day — after a five-minute new trial in which the prosecution presented no evidence — Assoun was freed. He spent almost 17 years in prison and another four and a half years under strict parole conditions after being convicted of the 1998 murder of his ex-girlfriend. The Halifax Examiner first reported earlier this month that Wilson-Raybould sat for 18 months on the findings of the Justice Department’s criminal conviction review group, which recommended that a new trial be ordered. Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case, have confirmed that report to The Canadian Press.———OVERDOSE PREVENTION SITES POSSIBLE AT PRISONSCanada’s prisoner service is considering to open overdose prevention sites as it expands a needle-exchange program that is now offered at a fifth institution for offenders who inject smuggled drugs. The Correctional Service of Canada says it’s in the early stages of exploring the sites as another harm-reduction option. It has rolled out needle-exchange programs aimed at preventing the transmission of H-I-V and hepatitis C from equipment shared by intravenous drug users. Proponents say Drumheller Institution in Alberta is being looked at as a potential for such a site that would allow offenders to use illicit drugs under medical supervision, but the service did not respond to inquiries to confirm that.———WOMAN STABBED BOYFRIEND OVER EJECTION FROM CONCERTA Newfoundland woman will be sentenced in June for stabbing her boyfriend after he caused them to be kicked out of a Bryan Adams concert. The 34-year-old woman testified she was angry when security removed them from the St. John’s concert in July after her boyfriend was aggressive with another concertgoer. The woman said she confronted him when they got home, asking why he ruined the expensive concert, and he was stabbed when their argument became physical. The boyfriend testified the stab wound to his face could have come from either of them during the altercation. But a provincial court judge rejected both of their testimonies last week, saying they were sugar-coating the story to regain custody of their kids.———JACKSON WORKS TO BE AUCTIONED AS AGO CULLS COLLECTIONArt collectors will have a chance to bid on works by the Group of Seven’s A.Y. Jackson as the Art Gallery of Ontario culls its collection to make room for underrepresented artists. The Heffel Fine Art Auction House estimates the selection of paintings and oil sketches will fetch a total of more than $660,000, with 17 canvases set to go up for sale this spring. The profits from the deaccessioned works will go towards purchasing new acquisitions with the aim of diversifying its Indigenous and Canadian collection, an AGO spokeswoman said. The Jackson paintings will be offered in a series of auctions kicking off with Heffel’s online and live sales in May. Among the highlights are “Laurentian Hills,” a winter scene valued between $250,000 and $350,000.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Vice-admiral Mark Norman’s case is back in court today.— Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale makes a funding announcement to the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service in Regina.— Aimia Inc. will report its fourth-quarted and full-year earnings ahead of a conference call at 8:30 a.m.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 16

Richard Branson And Bill Clinton Help Launch Haiti Forest Initiative

first_imgNobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of Yunus Social Business, Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Unite, and U.S. President Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation, announced last Sunday the launch of a new social initiative called Haiti Forest.The partnership aims to solve social and environmental problems in Haiti by bringing sustainable, productive and socially responsible forests to the country.Ten thousand hectares of land are being promised by the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment to develop the new, bold Haiti Forest Initiative in the Artibonite and northern part of the country. Haiti Forest has full support of the Government of Haiti and is in line with the priorities of the Government to support long-term reconstruction efforts, especially those that create jobs and promoting economic opportunities. The multi-year project will provide affordable food, timber, and employment in Haiti, and will be organized as a Social Business – a company set-up for maximizing social benefit rather than private profit.“I am pleased that my Foundation is working with Yunus Social Business and Virgin Unite,” said President Bill Clinton. “Through this partnership, we hope to create a replicable model for programs that demonstrate long-term, positive social and environmental impact as well as economic benefits across Haiti.”“Haiti Forest is an example how social business represents a unique opportunity to drive economic growth in Haiti,” said Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of Yunus Social Business. “Social Businesses like Haiti Forest that are aimed at an environmental or social need represent not only the solutions to these pressing issues, but the financially sustainable means for continued development in Haiti.”“Virgin Unite is very pleased to partner with the Yunus Social Business Initiative and the Clinton Foundation to invest in supporting entrepreneurial solutions to generate reforestation and sustainable livelihoods in Haiti,” said Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Unite. “This project will create much-needed economic opportunities for many and is wonderful way to do something good for our planet and the people of Haiti.”The new initiative’s four main objectives are: to re-forest Haiti; provide sustainable livelihoods to farmers; and over the long term help mitigate Haiti’s dependency on food imports; and help identify alternative fuel sources to reduce usage of charcoal. To ensure that the benefits of re-forestation are lasting and durable, Haiti Forest will empower micro-entrepreneurs and local communities to preserve and maintain their country’s forests.The announcement marks the beginning of a six-month planning and preparation study that will form the basis of the Haiti Forest pilot program. The study will work closely with Haitian rural communities and small holder farmers to determine what trees and crops should be planted, engage community leaders on the reforestation aspects of the project, and work with government to identify applicable land areas.The Haiti Forest partnership was created out of a recognized need to address environmental degradation and deforestation in a sustainable way. Haiti has lost virtually all of its forests over the last half-century, resulting in massive soil erosion and a consequent decline in the amount of arable land. By enabling sustainable forest management, Haiti Forest works toward providing a model to help reverse this trend.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

October 14

Bellegarde declares candidacy for AFN national chief

first_imgAPTN National News SASKATOON–Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nation Chief Perry Bellegarde is taking another run at the brass ring of First Nations politics.Bellegarde announced on Wednesday his candidacy in the race for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.“I am committed to being a catalyst for positive change for First Nations across Canada,” said Bellegarde, in a statement. “I want to see Aboriginal rights and tittle and our treaty rights recognized, honoured and implemented.”Bellegarde conceded to former AFN national chief Shawn Atleo in the 2009 race following a marathon round of voting in Calgary. He was widely expected to run again and had been working the phones, calling chiefs for support over the last several months.It appears that those phone calls paid off, as Bellegarde unveiled supporters from British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick.Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Chief Roger William, who led the Tsilhqot’in charge in their landmark Supreme Court ruling victory, is supporting Bellegarde.“Given the opportunities and challenges in front us, as First Nations people, I can’t think of a better candidate for the position of national chief of the AFN than Perry Bellegarde,” said William, in a statement. “We need Perry’s leadership at this time.”Bellegarde’s only declared candidate is current AFN interim national chief Ghislain Picard. Picard is the former head of the Assembly of First Nations in Quebec and Labrador.APTN National News has learned Simon Fobister, the former chief of the Grassy Narrows First Nation, will soon officially announce his candidacy for national chief. Fobister was chief of Grassy Narrows for a total of 16 years.During his time in office Fobister presided over Grassy Narrows’ decade-long fight with the province over clear-cut logging in their traditional territory. The First Nation launched court action against Ontario’s provincial government. It was a case that eventually made its way to the Supreme Court which sided with the province and ruled clear-cutting did not infringe Grassy Narrows’ treaty harvesting rights.Grassy Narrows is also the First Nation where toxic waste was dumped into the community’s river system in the 1970s, resulting in severe contamination.Decades later, people in that community are still coping with the debilitating health impacts of mercury poisoning.Journalist, educator and former hip hop artist Wab Kinew was also contemplating a run, but is now not expected to enter the race.Atleo suddenly resigned the national chief post in May.Voting for national chief is scheduled for December in Winnipeg.-with files from Delaney Windigolast_img read more

October 14

Ontario puts up a decade of roadblocks over information on police handling

first_imgA member of the Ontario Provincial Police takes aim at the Mohawk blockade in 2008.Trina RoacheAPTN InvestigatesA human rights group says the Ontario government and its provincial police force have resisted freedom of information (FOI) requests involving a Mohawk land dispute in 2008.“We’ve met with roadblock after roadblock,” said Amnesty International Canada’s Craig Benjamin. “We would not expect to see this degree of resistance in a country that takes pride in the rule of law.”Amnesty has expressed deep concerns over police actions in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, calling the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) response to Mohawk protests a “disproportionate use of force.”Stan Jolly has spent the last decade battling the OPP and Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services for access to information.“Our experience is one of delay, bad faith and obstruction,” he said.Jolly is a retired senior policy adviser for the Attorney General’s office in Ontario – a career largely focused on Indigenous justice.He’s now a volunteer researcher for Amnesty International.“In a sense it’s a challenge to my whole career,” said Jolly. “I didn’t realize that there was so little sense of accountability among the Ontario Provincial Police members. And the senior echelons of the OPP.”Former senior bureaucrat Stan Jolly. Photo: Trina Roache/APTNStacks of documents teeter on Jolly’s desk in a crowded office in his Toronto home. They represent 10 years of filing FOI requests. And when information was redacted or denied he filed lengthy appeals.“There’s an expectation and a strategy that, well, if we just drag this out they will go away,” said Jolly. “And I’ve said to myself and to my wife, nobody who’s perfectly sane would stay in this process.”Amnesty International’s initial concerns about police behavior in 2008 came from contacts in the Tyendinaga community. As the human rights group began investigating, a picture emerged of a massive police response to Mohawk protests.More than 200 officers were deployed. The Public Order unit. The Crime team. The Tactics and Rescue Team, or TRU, commonly called the sniper squad, was on standby.And the freedom of information disclosures Jolly has received have uncovered police video recordings, briefing books, officers’ notes, and OPP videos of the Mohawks kept in nylon restraints, or zip-ties, for up to 13 hours while in police cells.Amnesty is pushing for police accountability and an apology to the Mohawk people involved.“If you can’t apologize for something that’s so blatantly wrong like this, is there any real hope for reconciliation?” asks Jolly.Watch Trina’s story: Documents show deep-seated bias by police during operations against Mohawks of TyendinagaBenjamin adds that the OPP’s reluctance to release information about what happened in 2008 is why this is still an issue in 2018.“For the OPP to say, well, this happened 10 years, you can’t expect us to re-examine it, they’re the ones that blocked the release of evidence for years. They really should not now be saying it’s too late,” said Benjamin.“That’s simply rewarding them for having obstructed the spirit and intent of the freedom of information act and for refusing to collaborate in an effort to bring transparency and accountability to their actions.”Dan Doreen is a Mohawk land defender who was arrested during the protests in 2008.“I thank Stan Jolly and Amnesty International for all the work they’ve done and they’ve worked hard at this,” said Doreen. “But nothing’s changed.”Doreen and Amnesty International said the OPP handled the land dispute in 2008 poorly; that there was police misconduct, bias against the Mohawks and human rights abuses when the Mohawk were left zip-tied in cells.“When Amnesty International requires public information and they hide evidence and delete evidence and they suddenly can’t find evidence under the public information act, I don’t think nothing’s changed,” said Doreen. “The police are never held accountable.”“My cynicism is much closer to that of the men and women I’ve been working with at Tyendinaga,” said Jolly. ”Who right from the very beginning said, ‘it’s not going to go anywhere, Stan. You’re not going to be able to change the OPP. They’re never going to admit that they did anything wrong.’”The fight for information has been a disheartening journey for Jolly.“I’ve lost faith in some of the fundamental institutions in our society,” he said. “It’s a further crisis of confidence for me as a researcher and as a citizen about the police.”Amnesty’s complaint to Ontario’s Information Privacy Commissioner (IPC) was a detailed, 129 page submission.The IPC agreed that the human rights groups raises important issues and a review is underway but is expected to take months.APTN Investigates requested interviews with the Ministry of Community Safety and Corrections Services.Spokesman Brett Weltman wrote, “Due to the issue having occurred under the previous government, our Director of Communications believes your questions regarding this matter would be best directed towards the OPP.”APTN requested an interview with the OPP and was declined.troache@aptn.ca@trinaroachelast_img read more

October 8

New Indian Foreign Secretary to look to improve ties with Sri Lanka

New Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale will look to improve ties with Sri Lanka, the Press Trust of India reported.Seasoned diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale, considered an expert on China and East Asia, today took charge as India’s foreign secretary, a post that he is set to hold for the the next two years. The Press Trust of India reported that as Foreign Secretary, he will face multiple challenges including improving ties with countries such as Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Myanmar in India’s neighbourhood, where China has been seeking to expand its influence.It will also have to be seen whether he brings certain changes to India’s approach in dealing with Pakistan. A 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Gokhale succeeds S Jaishankar. Gokhale served as secretary (economic relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) before taking up the new role. Gokhale had played a key role in negotiations to resolve the 73-day-long Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese Armies last year.He was India’s Ambassador to China from January 20, 2016, to October 21, 2017, before moving back to the MEA headquarters in India.His earlier diplomatic assignments include postings in Hong Kong, Hanoi, Beijing and New York. He had also served as Deputy Secretary (Finance), Director (China and East Asia) and Joint Secretary (East Asia) during his stints at the MEA here. He was High Commissioner of India to Malaysia from January, 2010, to October, 2013, Ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Germany from October, 2013, to January, 2016, and Ambassador of India to the People s Republic of China from January, 2016, to October, 2017. A 1977-batch IFS officer, Jaishankar was given a one-year extension in January last year. (Colombo Gazette) Gokhale will have a two-year term. Under the rules, the posts of foreign secretary, defence and home secretaries, CBI and IB chiefs are for two years.Earlier this month, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the appointment of Gokhale to the post of foreign secretary.Jaishankar was appointed foreign secretary in January, 2015, for two years, just a few days before his retirement. He replaced Sujata Singh, whose term was abruptly cut short by the government. read more

October 7

Four Hamilton men arrested for marijuana possession

Hamilton Police are crediting a tip from the public for drug arrests on the mountain.On Monday, police received information about a vehicle parked in the area of Parkwood Cres. and Waldorf Crt. behind Lime Ridge mall.There were concerns about drug activity.When officers arrived, they found four men inside the vehicle along with close to 400 grams of marijuana, worth about $1,200.They were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana over 30 grams.All four are in their early 20s and from Hamilton.They will appear in court on May 23. read more

September 25

High Court orders rice miller to clear entrance to aerodrome

After months of blocking the entrance to the Hampton Court Aerodrome, Essequibo rice miller Wazeer Hussein was on Monday last, through a High Court injunction, ordered to remove all materials that hinder a smooth passage to the facility.The interim injunction was given after the owner of the Aerodrome, Tamesh Jagmohan made an application for Hussein to refrain from blocking Parcel 440 Block XXXI at Plantation Hampton Court, Essequibo Coast. The injunction was granted by Justice Gino Persaud.The court document also stated that if Hussein fails to comply with the terms of the judgement, he will be in contempt of court and may be liable to imprisonment or have his assets confiscated. Hussain reportedly have until December 19 to clear the area.The entrance to the aerodrome is being cleared on ThursdayHowever, <<<>>> understands that the miller up to late Thursday afternoon was in the process of removing the debris which he used to block the entrance. When contacted, Jagmohan told this publication that the entrance was cleared thus making the aerodrome accessible.Hussein was arrested two Thursdays ago after he continued to block the entrance to the Hampton Court Aerodrome, on the Essequibo Coast. As recent as Saturday last, Social Protection Minister Amna Ally was forced to use the private entrance after Hussein refused to clear the entrance for the Minister to pass.She had promised to raise the issue with the Divisional Commander.About two week ago, Hussein was slapped with several charges including resisting arrest, threatening behaviour and obstructing officials of the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission (GL&SC) from carrying out their duties.Hussein is claiming ownership of the plot of land that is used to gain access to the aerodrome, but according to documents provided, the GL&SC had informed the businessman that the plot of land was owned by the State and as such, ordered that he give up possession of the reserve immediately.The notice also stated that failure to comply will result in legal action being brought against him by the Commission.The entrance to the aerodromeIt was reported that Hussein was being questioned in relation to the death of a baby. The infant was transferred from the Essequibo Coast to the Georgetown Public Hospital but on the day of transferal, the Hussein blocked the entrance to the aerodrome, thus causing a prolonged delay in the execution of the medevac.In addition, <<<>>> understands that Hussein would have made several comments on social media which is also being investigated by the Police. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRamsammy, Ramotar meet Essq. Rice Farmers; Payment assuredJuly 14, 2014In “Business”Millers owe Essequibo rice farmer over $132MAugust 24, 2018In “latest news”Rice harvesting starts on Essequibo Coast, bountiful harvest expectedJuly 24, 2014In “Business” read more

September 24

3D Laser Mapping global OEM agreement with Neptec

first_imgIn the second news item concerning Neptec Technologies in September 2014, 3D Laser Mapping, the global developer of laser scanning solutions for the mining and infrastructure sectors, has signed a global OEM agreement with Neptec, the provider of real-time intelligent 3D robot vision products. 3D Laser Mapping said: “The agreement will lay the foundations for the creation of mobile mapping systems specifically for the mining industry.”Neptec’s OPAL scanner technology will complement 3D Laser Mapping’s existing portfolio to create solutions which automatically measure open pit high walls and stockpiles from static locations. The agreement allows 3D Laser Mapping to add automated measurements to mobile mining equipment such as excavators. “OPAL technology paired with 3D Laser Mapping’s mining solutions will improve data capture and penetration through the dusty and particle-ridden conditions seen in mines” said the statement.“Rapidly updated terrain models are a key requirement in the modern mining industry, in both allowing rapid and accurate reporting and as an essential component of automation strategies” commented Dr Graham Hunter, Executive Chairman of 3D Laser Mapping. “The agreement will enable 3D Laser Mapping to add new, exciting solutions to our rapidly growing portfolio.”Mike Sekerka, CEO of Neptec Technologies, added: “We are thrilled that 3D Laser Mapping has chosen our OPAL 3D laser scanners for its next-generation product solutions. Dr Hunter has an enviable track record in bringing cutting edge technology to new and practical product solutions for his global mining companies.”last_img read more

September 22

The GAA wants you to start playing Rounders again

first_imgREMEMBER ROUNDERS? A new GAA strategy hopes to grow the sport and get more than 2,000 people playing by 2016.The bat-and-ball game, which is in the 1884 charter as one of the Association’s four official sports, is currently played in 21 clubs and 100 schools around the country.Speaking yesterday at the launch of the three-year plan, GAA President Liam O’Neill stressed the potential for Rounders to become one of Ireland’s top recreational sports.“Anywhere I’ve gone in the past year and mentioned it, particularly with ladies, most people have played it at primary school at some level so there is a familiarity with it.But because it has never been actively promoted by the GAA as a body, it has never taken off.“Another difficulty is that the reason it has remained at such a low participation level is that it is probably played too competitively. There’s no fun in a game that’s technically competitive so people don’t engage as much.“We’re trying to say, ‘look, if we lighten up a bit, relax the rules and be inclusive, we could certainly have great fun with it.’”Credit: GAA Rounders Strategy PlanTo help boost participation numbers the GAA has pledged to buy a bat for the first 1,000 clubs who sign up to play in 2014.“All you need is one person to organise a game of Rounders and everybody can be included,” O’Neill said.There are serious possibilities but we know that the resources aren’t in the Rounders Association to get bats out there. That’s why we’re saying that we will help with that.“It will be our hope that the first 1,000 will be taken up immediately and we’ll ship out more after that. If we got to that stage we’d be delighted.”Dublin’s Spring Series in jeopardy as return to Parnell Park on the cardslast_img read more

September 22

Snapchat hackers reveal 46m phone numbers

first_imgThis information was acquired through the recently patched Snapchat exploit and is being shared with the public to raise awareness on the issue. The company was too reluctant at patching the exploit until they knew it was too late and companies that we trust with our information should be more careful when dealing with it.The site owners added: “For now, we have censored the last two digits of the phone numbers in order to minimise spam and abuse. Feel free to contact us to ask for the uncensored database. Under certain circumstances, we may agree to release it.”On 27 December, Snapchat – which was created by two Stanford students, Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy – said that a security group posted documentation for the app’s private API on Christmas eve.“This documentation included an allegation regarding a possible attack by which one could compile a database of Snapchat usernames and phone numbers,” said Snapchat.They continued that theoretically, if someone were able to upload a huge set of phone numbers, they could create a database of the results and match usernames to phone numbers.In the 27 December statement, Snapchat said that it has recently added safeguards and counter-measures to make this difficult to do, and is continuing to make improvements to combat spam and abuse.The comment came after Gibson Security, which is a group of Australian anonymous hackers, published a report on a vulnerability with Snapchat that could be exploited to potentially reveal user data.Today, Gibson Security tweeted that they “know nothing about SnapchatDB”, but added “it was a matter of time til [sic] something like that happened”.Tech website TechCrunch said it had originally speculated that the database website might be a hoax – until at least one of its editorial team found their own number on the site.Read: Explainer: Why did Snapchat turn down Facebook’s $3 billion offer?>Read: This Irish farmer is the king of Snapchat> SNAPCHAT USERS – WHO include 11 per cent of the population of Ireland – have been warned that their phone numbers and usernames may have been put online.A site called SnapchatDB, believed to have been set up by hackers, claims that it is a database that “contains username and phone number pairs of a vast majority of the Snapchat users”.Snapchat is an app that allows users to send each other video and photos with messages, all of which disappear within 10 seconds.Today, SnapchatDB said on the site:last_img read more

September 22

Missing Belfast man located safe and well

first_imgMISSING 18-YEAR-OLD Belfast man Sam Wilson has now been located safe and well, according to the PSNI.Earlier… POLICE IN BELFAST have today expressed concern for 18-year-old Sam Wilson who has been missing since yesterday.The PSNI said today that police and Wilson’s family are becoming now “increasingly concerned for his welfare”.The 18-year-old, who is from the North Belfast area was last seen in the New Lodge/Duncairn Gardens area of the city in the early hours of yesterday morning.He is described as being approximately 6′ tall, of thin build, with dark shaggy hair. When last seen he was wearing a long black coat and blue jeans.Police are appealing to Wilson or anyone who knows of his whereabouts to contact them at Tennent Street Police Station on 0845 600 8000.last_img read more

September 21

MPs could vote on Mays deal for FOURTH time as its warned

first_imgCustoms Union – Ayes 273, Nos 276Common Market 2.0 – Ayes 261, Nos 282Confirmatory Public Vote – Ayes 280, Nos 292Revoke Article 50 if faced with no-deal Brexit – Ayes 191, Nos 292The votes, like the eight motions rejected by MPs last Wednesday, were indicative rather than legally binding.Nick Boles, the pro-EU Tory MP who had backed the Common Market 2.0 option, resigned the party whip in the immediate aftermath of the results being announced.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Faisal Islam/Twitter As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May may bring her Brexit deal before the House of Commons for a fourth time after MPs rejected alternative options in a series of votes last night.Four options were voted on by MPs yesterday, with the motion on staying in a customs unions only three votes shy of passing.Here’s how they voted: Tuesday’s @DailyMailUK #MailFrontPages pic.twitter.com/r8nWH1mW0B— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) April 1, 2019 Share45 Tweet Email 19,643 Views MPs could vote on May’s deal for FOURTH time as it’s warned hard Brexit is ‘nearly inevitable’ Meanwhile, Leo Varadkar said: “No one should underestimate the difficulties that a no deal will present.” https://jrnl.ie/4572179 Nick Boles MP dramatically crosses the floor says he can’t sit for the Tories when the party can’t compromise: pic.twitter.com/OBtwj7Eynf— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) April 1, 2019 By Órla Ryan 42 Comments May is set to hold a five-hour Cabinet meeting today to discuss how to move forward. After receiving a short extension, Britain now has 10 days to either request more time or leave the European Union without a deal.An extraordinary meeting of the European Council is due to be held on 10 April, two days before the UK must indicate a way forward.The Withdrawal Agreement struck between May’s government and the EU may now be voted on for a fourth time. An amendment could be added to it to make it different from previous versions that were voted on, in a bid to appease Speaker of the House John Bercow.If MPs are asked to vote on the deal once more, this would likely happen tomorrow. If it’s rejected again, there is speculation that a general election could be called in a bid to break the political deadlock.Given the uncertainty of the coming weeks and months, preparations for a no-deal Brexit are continuing. The House of Commons again votes against all options. A hard #Brexit becomes nearly inevitable. On Wednesday, the U.K. has a last chance to break the deadlock or face the abyss. https://t.co/iixDhr5t6N— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) April 1, 2019 Source: Guy Verhofstadt/Twitter Apr 2nd 2019, 7:48 AM Responding to last night’s votes, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt said a hard Brexit is becoming “nearly inevitable”.Speaking in Brussels this morning, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier echoed this sentiment, saying a no-deal scenario “becomes day after day more likely”. However, he said he hopes such an outcome can still be avoided. ‘No one should underestimate the difficulties’Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is set to meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris today to discuss Brexit. Speaking ahead of the meeting, Varadkar thanked France for its “ongoing solidarity” and “the clear commitment that the Withdrawal Agreement must include an operational backstop to avoid a hard border” on the island of Ireland.“I am keen to discuss the possible scenarios arising from this week, particularly how the European Council should respond to a request for another extension, should there be one, and ongoing efforts to secure ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement.”Varadkar said “it is now up to the UK to show how it plans to proceed and avoid a no-deal scenario”, adding:We are preparing for all outcomes, and have prepared intensively for a no deal. But no one should underestimate the difficulties that a no deal will present, for all of us.German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to travel to Dublin on Thursday to discuss Brexit with Varadkar. Contains reporting from © AFP 2019   Source: Daily Mail U.K./Twitter Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 7:48 AMlast_img read more

September 21

Lukas is big in spirits

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram From inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business?Flox Industries as it was formally known was founded in 1969 by Theoharis Tashounidis, my father in-law and company director. Theoharis identified a market gap and imported Greek wines and spirits for Australia’s large Greek community. From humble beginnings at the back of small supermarket in Thomastown, the famous Parthenon Ouzo was born in 1971. I remember Theoharis and Marcelle Tashounidis together with family and friends tirelessly producing Parthenon Ouzo for the local liquor stores.Forty years on Flox Wines & Spirits Pty Ltd remains within the family. Now a second generation company with Jim Pilakis and myself at the helm, whilst Theoharis now semi retired remains the director and continues to have an invaluable input. Today, Flox imports 195 beverages from 17 countries, 19% of our product range remains Greek.We also locally produce and export. Parthenon Ouzo is now distilled and bottled in Ouzo’s rightful birth place, Greece and exported to Australia with a truly Greek flavour. Did your Greek Australian background play a role in your business?Most definitely, living 4 memorable years in Thessaloniki and Athens where my father introduced and manufactured the iconic Australian mop and bucket for Europe, awarded me this second dimension to instinctively think, behave and transact “Hellenic” as required. Being Greek Australian we are respected for our achievements in diverse fields. Calombaris, Demetriou, Donikian, Kapiniaris, Kostoglou, Kotsiras, Nicodemou, and Pandazopoulos come to mind. My apologies to the hundreds I have failed to mention. We are proud of each others achievements. From our parent’s humble beginnings together with our rich heritage, pride and multicultural evolvement we have generated the drive to succeed. Till this moment Australia remains the “lucky country”. What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition?The word competition is multifarious and complex, therefore I attribute our success to our structure and forward planning. We have a professional dedicated team, personal integrity, business transparency. industry experience, national exposure and a global network. How is business currently, especially given the tough economic times we’re facing?Business remains healthy and we are achieving our targets. The government’s fiscal policy has generated spending. We have evidence that global recovery from the financial crisis is at the elementary phase. This is great news for Australia although in my opinion recovery will be measured as the US and a handful of EU partners shall remain inconsistent for at least 12 plus months. What is your vision for the future of your business?We forecast steady growth. Product sourcing is an integral part of our business. The launch of an Australian product range and the expansion of our export market is our short term and achievable vision.  Do you have any tips for young and aspiring to be entrepreneurs?I’d like to share my “7 business wonders” for the young entrepreneur.1. Identify your strengths and equally identify your weaknesses2. Research your market and your competition meticulously, whilst not falling in Love with a “gadget” (your product or service).3. Sell yourself with confidence, the product is secondary.4. Network, Interaction, Clear Communication.5. Inform your market, Educate your client base. Show your competition respect not fear.6.Set short-term flexible achievable goals rather than long term fixed ones.7. The consumer is not always right, however respect the right of the consumer!“It takes a moment in time to sell your product and service. It takes a lifetime to gain personal respect and build business integrity”. Lukas Papargirislast_img read more

September 20

Switch Games That Arent Zelda Minecraft

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.It’s no Tetris, but for an up and coming generation of tech-savvy kids, Minecraft might be the perfect video game to end all video games. I’m part of the generation that mostly remembers Minecraft as an unfinished PC curiosity from 2009. But much has changed since then.Minecraft has been taken from the clutches of famous orc Notch and now belongs to Microsoft. It’s seen numerous updates and is now available on every device under the sun, including the Nintendo Switch. Minecraft may never be for me, but this Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda has offered the most tempting reason to get back in.Minecraft is no stranger to portable play. The Pocket Edition on iOS and Android constantly remains at the top of the charts for paid mobile games. However, that $7 dollar app is a limited version of the game, only offering some of the creation and survival features. This $30 version on Switch (currently digital only but eventually getting a retail release) is the full PC/console game on the handheld/console hybrid. You have access to all the game’s current tools and modes, from creating and joining worlds online to setting up convenient local multiplayer exploration wherever you take your Switch. It’s pretty great. You’ll need two full controllers for two players, though. The sideways Joy-Con aren’t supported.wow, I just started Minecraft on Switch and immediately saw this, hope it doesn’t get patched out #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/VkLBY0TsgQ— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) May 9, 2017The limitations that do exist are ones that affect every console version of Minecraft. If your PC is powerful enough, you can fly up and see a world stretching far into the distance. But on less powerful consoles, that rendering distance is reduced. On Switch the distance is 12 “chunks” while docked and 7 chunks while undocked, always at 720p.As a console experience, that’s above the Wii U/PS3/360 10-chunk limit but below the 18 chunks of PS4 and Xbox One. As a handheld, the Switch tops its only competitor: the PlayStation Vita and its 5-chunk limit. The pop-in can be severe, especially when switching from docked to undocked, but Minecraft’s whole aesthetic is blocky artifice. Seeing the world load and build itself around you almost adds to that. Almost.Beyond the classic textures, you can buy different skins and themes in the Minecraft store. However, along with built-in themes for a candy world and Greek and Chinese mythology, the Switch version includes a sprawling Super Mario-themed world. No, it’s not New Donk City, but players can still explore an impressive landscape that references a wide variety of fellow blocky Mario games. I dropped down pipes and used a Fire Flower to set a Mario statue ablaze. I flew past giant Boo sprites and jumped to the top of Yoshi. And you begin your pilgrimage at a recreation of Princess Peach’s castle from Super Mario 64.The Super Mario mash-up pack didn’t debut in this Switch edition. It was actually a part of Minecraft on the Wii U, a good fit for the platform that just came out after it was already dead. So in a sense, this is another Wii U game that’s been saved by the Switch, just like Zelda and Mario Kart. Good on Nintendo and Mojang for getting the game on the platform sooner rather than later.But yeah, this is Minecraft. You already know what that is. You craft things in blocky 3D space and survive and fight exploding zombies or whatever. If there wasn’t so much else to play this year, I would probably dive into it more, but I totally understand how kids with infinite free time just dedicate their lives to devouring this game. And on Switch, they never have to stop playing or accept any real compromises for playing on the go.Notch is still bad, Minecraft is still good, and the Nintendo Switch is still a machine with Games That Aren’t Zelda On It.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessorieslast_img read more

September 19

High winds threaten progress against California wildfires

first_imgSONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Rising winds fanned the California wildfires again Saturday, forcing hundreds more people to flee from their homes in the state’s fabled wine country and threatening to undo the efforts of crews who have spent days trying to corral the flames behind firebreaks.Just a day after firefighters reported making significant progress, the winds kicked up and pushed flames into the hills at the edge of Sonoma, a town of 11,000. About 400 homes were evacuated in Sonoma and a portion of Santa Rosa that included a retirement community that evacuated earlier this week, authorities said.“Things went to hell last night,” said Dean Vincent Bordigioni, winemaker and proprietor at the Annadel Estate Winery, who awoke at 3 a.m. to see flames erupting over the ridge above his property. “They’ve got a good fight going on.”Nearly a week after the blazes began, the zone containing scattered fires had swollen to an area as wide as 100 miles. The flames have left at least 35 people dead and destroyed at least 5,700 homes and businesses, making them the deadliest and most destructive group of wildfires California has ever seen.On Saturday, an unknown number of additional structures burned down in a rural area, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.last_img read more

September 19

Real qualifies champions Setif next

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah Real de Banjul are through to the first round qualifiers after beating Liberia’s Barrack Young Controller on Saturday.A lone goal from YankubaJarju settled it all in the second-leg ofthe preliminary round at the Banjul Mini-stadium.Witnessed by a paltry fan turnout, the second-leg was being played onCaf’s suggestion after BYC failed to find a neutral venue.The Liberian league champions are made to play away from home on bothlegs after Confederation of African Football (CAF) banned the sidefrom hosting matches in Monrovia for fear of the spread of ebola.Mali was initially pinpointed to host the encounter before the Bamakogovernment turned the request in the eleventh hour without a reason.Though Jarju got to score the decisive goal but it was AblieJallow whostood-out for Real.RDB now faces defending Caf Champions League champions ES Setif of Algeria between 13-15th March.]]>last_img read more

September 18

Florenzi extends Roma contract

first_imgAlessandro Florenzi has renewed his contract with boyhood club AS Roma.The Giallorossi announced that the Italy international has signed a new deal that will keep at the Stadio Olimpico until at least 2023. The 27-year-old is a product of the club’s youth academy and has been a mainstay in the team since making his debut eight years ago.Florenzi, who is also the vice-captain of the team first appeared in a Roma shirt during the 2010-11 campaign before spending the entire 2011-12 season on loan at Crotone. The defender returned to Roma just before the start of the 2012-13 season and has been a regular ever since making a total of 222 appearances for the Rome based club whilst scoring 25 goals.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I’m very pleased Alessandro has decided to extend his contract here with us, both of us have always been keen to continue this beautiful story together,” Roma sporting director Monchi said, according to the club’s official website.“For us Alessandro is much than just an important player for team but also one of the leaders at the club.”last_img read more