Panaji, Jul 25 (PTI) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today asked Sports Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar to chalk out a proper scheme to reward those who are fairing well nationally and internationally in sports.”There should be proper reward mechanism for those who fair well nationally and internationally,” Parrikar told Ajgaonkar on the floor of the House.He said those who show special excellence in sports would be given priority in government employment.”You send me the proposal, I will approve it. I will assure that there will be no shortage of finance for these schemes,” Parrikar said.Talking about printing and stationery department, the chief minister said “we need to modernise printing press department but its functioning should be curtailed to certain documents like budget documents, confidential documents and others.””The printing press should have modern equipment but should have comprehensive mandate. The rest has to be outsourced,” he said.”We will fund the modernisation of printing press but at the same time we will scrap the traditional posts which are not required. We will not remove anyone from the existing post but when someone gets retired, we will not fill those posts and scrap them,” the chief minister assured the House. PTI RPS RMT
Liverpool’s Croatian defender Dejan Lovren will be out of action for three weeks after aggravating a pelvic injury during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Juergen Klopp said.Lovren returned to Liverpool last week after helping Croatia reach the World Cup final but he hasn’t trained with the first team since then.”He is not fit. Let me say it like this, last year he already had a few problems with that but he could obviously play – and played really good,” Klopp told reporters after Liverpool beat West Ham United 4-0 in their Premier League opener.”Now in the World Cup, (playing) three times (for) 120 minutes it got a bit worse, but I am pretty sure it will settle in the next one, two or three weeks.”In that time he can probably for sure train already, but not the full programme, so that will then take time.”Lovren is likely to remain on the sidelines until after next month’s international break, which means he will miss Liverpool’s league matches against Crystal Palace, Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City.Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk started for Klopp’s men in their Premier League opener on Sunday against West Ham and managed to keep a clean sheet.Mohammed Salah was on target again, giving Juergen Klopp’s side the lead after 19 minutes with a tap-in.Poor defending cost the London side a second goal just before the interval, to Sadio Mane, who added a third after 53 minutes from an offside position.advertisementSubstitute Daniel Sturridge made it four just seconds after coming on near the end.West Ham’s new manager Manuel Pellegrini gave debuts to five of their 10 close-season signings but his revamped team rarely threatened Liverpool’s expensive new Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson.(With inputs from Reuters)
Next India Today Web Desk Port of SpainAugust 11, 2019UPDATED: August 11, 2019 20:20 IST India vs West India 2nd ODI: Virat Kohli breaks Javed Miandad’s record for most ODI runs vs West Indies (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli surpassed Javed Miandad’s tally of 1930 runs against West Indies on SundayMiandad had held the record for most runs in ODIs vs West Indies from 1993Kohli has hit 7 hundreds against West Indies and has an average of over 70 in ODIsIndia captain Virat kohli has begun the ODI series against West Indies in style by breaking a 26-year-old record held by Javed Miandad on Sunday at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.Virat Kohli surpassed Javed Miandad to top the list of batsmen with most runs against West Indies in ODI cricket. Before the start of Sunday’s 2nd ODI, Virat Kohli needed just 19 runs to surpass Miandad’s tally of 1930 runs.Kohli has needed just 34 matches to get to past Miandad’s tally. The Pakistan great had needed 64 matches to score 1930 runs against West Indies.Australia batting great Mark Waugh is a distant third with 1708 runs in 47 matches vs West Indies. South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis is at the 4th spot with 1666 runs in 40 matches while Pakistan’s Rameez Raja completes the top five with 1624 runs in 53 matches.Virat Kohli’s numbers are a reflection of his love for batting against the West Indies. He average more than 71 and has hit 7 hundreds and 10 fifties from just 33 innings. Kohli has hit the most number of sixes (24) in his ODI career against the West Indies.Kohli played his first ODI against West Indies in the 2009 Champions Trophy in Johannesburg and immediately made ma mark by scoring an unbeaten 71. The India captain scored his first hundred against the West Indies in Visakhapatnam in 2011.Kohli has dominated the West Indies so much so that he hit 4 back-to-back hundreds against them between July 2017 and October 2018. Kohli also top-scored for India with 72 in their win over West Indies in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.advertisementKohli looked in great touch after he won the toss and opted to bat at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday. The India captain was punishing the West Indies new-ball bowlers even if they erred by a small margin. With some stunning cover drives and flicks off his pads, Kohli raced to a 30-plus score and brought India back on track following the early departure of Shikhar Dhawan as early as the 1st over of the match.Also read | Virat Kohli says No. 4 and 5 are floating’ batting positions for India in ODIsAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow KohliFollow ind vs wi 2nd ODI live scoreFollow Ind vs WI view more view less graphs scorecard advertisement No data available! Virat Kohli breaks Javed Miandad’s record for most ODI runs vs West IndiesIndia captain Virat Kohli is now the leading run-scorer in ODIs against West Indies. Kohli has 7 hundreds and 10 fifties at a staggering average of over 70 against the former world champions. commentary
zoom The Liberian Registry has authorised the Croatian Registry of Shipping (CRS) to act on its behalf in connection with the survey, audit, certification, and plan-review of Liberian-flag ships and the companies which operate them.The Liberian Registry adopts a proactive approach to the service which it provides to the record numbers of ships which fly the Liberian flag. It is the only ship registry to provide harmonised audit and Maritime Labour Convention verification services, using its exclusive global network of highly trained nautical inspectors.Where appropriate, it also delegates authority to perform audits, inspections and certification to Recognised Organisations which it knows and trusts.Part of Liberia’s mandatory criteria for authorisation of a classification society is full membership in the International Association of Classification Societies. CRS is now authorised to provide services to Liberian-flag ships to the same extent as the other eleven class societies accorded Recognised Organisation status by Liberia.Scott Bergeron, chief executive officer of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, says, “As is the case with other classification societies authorised by Liberia, the Croatian Registry of Shipping is a member of the International Association of Classification Societies. We have conducted our own audit of CRS’s systems and procedures and are satisfied with its competence and capability to provide statutory services in accordance with Liberia’s robust standards.” liscr, March 26, 2014
zoom Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Ocean Shield arrived at Geraldton, Western Australia, yesterday to begin preparations to receive spare parts related to the transponder mounted on the Ocean Shield and the transponder mounted on the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, Australian Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) informed.The repairs are necessary to correct a hardware issue affecting the ability of the transponders to communicate with each other during a dive. The problem became apparent during Bluefin-21’s last mission on Tuesday.Ocean Shield was originally going to Dampier to await the transponder parts, however, it was determined that the parts could be delivered to the ship more quickly via the port of Geraldton.The spare parts are expected to arrive in Geraldton later today.Once the replacement parts are installed, testing will be conducted at Geraldton prior to Ocean Shield transiting back to the MH 370 search area.Malaysian, Australian and Chinese authorities met over the weekend in Fremantle to discuss the bathymetric survey.It was agreed that the Chinese survey ship Zhu Kezhen will conduct the bathymetric survey of the areas provided by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.Zhu Kezhen is scheduled to sail for the survey area on Wednesday, weather permitting.Press Release, May 19, 2014
zoom Monaco-based tanker owner and operator Scorpio Tankers has recently taken delivery of six newbuilding vessels. The company has also agreed to sell three of its older vessels for a total sum of USD 74 million.STI Condotti, an LR2 product tanker, was delivered from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, and upon delivery the vessel began a voyage for 55 days at approximately USD 30,000 per day.MR product tankers STI Battery and STI Soho were delivered from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of South Korea respectively, and are currently on a time charter for up to 120 days at approximately USD 18,000 per day.STI Finchley, STI Clapham and STI Poplar, Handymax product tankers were delivered from HMD. Upon delivery, each vessel began a time charter for up to 120 days at approximately USD 14,000 per day.Scorpio Tankers sold Venice (2001 built Post-Panamax), STI Harmony (2007 built LR1), and STI Heritage (2008 built LR1).Yesterday World Maritime News reported that Scorpio Tankers reached an agreement to purchase four LR2 newbuilding contracts and options to purchase two additional LR2 newbuilding contracts from Scorpio Bulkers.
VANCOUVER – A heat wave scorching British Columbia’s south coast has ended but poor air quality caused by smoke from raging wildfires continues to plague the southern half of the province.Environment Canada rescinded a special weather statement related to the prolonged heat wave, although warm temperatures in the mid to high 20s are forecast through the long weekend for the south coast.An air quality advisory that has spanned from eastern Vancouver Island to the Elk Valley on the Alberta border has now expanded as far north as Prince George.Smoky conditions are causing poor visibility and health risks to people with medical conditions, infants and the elderly.They’re being advised to stay indoors, ideally in air conditioned environments.The province’s air quality health index has reported a high risk rating for the Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Kamloops, most of Metro Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler.Air quality is expected to deteriorate in many regions into the weekend and there is no sign of rain to bring a reprieve.
Acclaimed designer, campaigner and environmentalist Dame Vivienne Westwood and Troy Wiseman, CEO of EcoPlanet Bamboo co-hosted ‘OFFtheGRID’ – a solar powered party in London for crowd-sourcing platform Trillion Fund in partnership with Finding Infinity.Ross Harding, Julia Groves, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Troy Wiseman, CEO EcoPlanet BambooThe inaugural event took place to support the “renewable energy revolution” and to provide a clarion call to the general public and mainstream investors to switch to investments that positively impact the environment.The event was taken off the grid and powered exclusively by solar panels, mounted on and designed with structural bamboo. Bamboo was also used to produce the DJ booth, bars, display boards, and even the staff uniforms were made from 100% bamboo fibre, indicating the plant’s full spectrum of opportunity and EcoPlanet Bamboo’s versatility and ability to transform markets as unique and different as renewable energy and textiles.The ambition for Vivienne Westwood’s Trillion Fund is to accelerate the global switch from fossil fuels to clean energy by contributing towards the $1 trillion a year investment the UN says is necessary to keep the world below a 2 degree warming threshold.“Fossil fuel based capitalism is past it’s sell by date,” said Vivienne. “Conventional energy is getting more expensive. It’s heavier, it’s deeper, it’s less. And we live in a world where the poor get poorer and the rich get richer but fewer.”The ‘OFFtheGRID’ Party is “the result of a combined vision to solve some of the very problems that EcoPlanet Bamboo was created to overcome in a profitable way. That includes the world’s most pressing environmental and social issues; access to clean and renewable energy, deforestation of our natural forest” says Troy Wiseman, CEO of EcoPlanet Bamboo; “investment into innovative technology development to meet a new generation of consumer, and the provision of sustainable sources of fibre to an ever increasing global population is taking off.”EcoPlanet Bamboo, the largest sustainably certified bamboo plantation company globally, is continuing to expand, having recently secured 50,000 acres of degraded land in West Africa. However, as important as the provision of the raw fibre from its plantations, is the company’s investment into innovative technology, providing bamboo based solutions and creating patents to transform and covert mainstream industries from tree based fibre, to sustainably grown and certified bamboo fibre, from structural products, to renewable energy to clothing.Sustainable clothing is a shared passion for Wiseman and Westwood. As is the case for energy, textiles share diminishing supply of raw materials to meet increasing demands. More than 30% of cellulosic fibres come from the harvesting of natural forests, not to mention the negative environmental side effects that go hand in hand with traditional chemically based industrial pulping processes. Working with some of the world’s top clothing brands, EcoPlanet Bamboo has committed to not only provide them with sustainably certified bamboo but lead the development of a more environmentally friendly pulping process and transforming the entire supply chain from field to store. This will allow bamboo to replace the 1 million trees that are deforested each year to make clothing.“We’re entering a new paradigm in both renewables and textiles with the advent of a disruptive technology in the form of bamboo. EcoPlanet Bamboo has humbly been referred to as the “Apple Computer” of the timber industry because we care about what matters and we have put our money where our mouth is to challenge the status quo where the world’s remaining forests are being depleted and exploited by cutting down 70-100 year old trees to be used to make products as basic and disposable as toilet paper” says Wiseman. EcoPlanet Bamboo is not just about providing a sustainable source of fibre, anymore than Apple was about providing it’s customers with a computer. It is about a commitment to innovation and giving consumers not only what they need, but in the way they want. EcoPlanet Bamboo is bringing the same dedication by investing in forward thinking R&D, collaborating with the biggest end users and hand in hand creating solutions so that one day people will have a choice between products that were made from cutting down natural forests or those that are certifiably tree free, while aiding in the restoration of degraded land and stagnant rural economies.“For those companies who are listening to their next generation of sustainably minded consumers, we are here to help provide a solution” emphasizes Wiseman.Source:BusinessWire.com
Twitter TORONTO – hayu – As of today, Love Island FOMO is officially over for Canadians thanks to hayu – the all-reality subscription video on-demand (SVOD) service from NBCUniversal. For the first time, and exclusively on hayu, Canadians will be able to experience Love Island UK: the ITV series that attracted Britain’s second biggest millennial TV audience this year outside of World Cup matches. During ITV’s first-time airings, the series’ viewing average rose to five million viewers per episode across TV and non-TV viewing.* Celebrity fans of the show include Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams, Margot Robbie, and Paris Hilton. Plus, one couple from the series has gone on to have a Love Island baby!The Love Island fever is real, and it’s coming to Canada exclusively on hayu! Love Island Comes to Canada (CNW Group/hayu) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment So what makes this series so popular?The path to true love is littered with unexpected twists and turns: Imagine a group of twenty-something singles placed in a luxury villa, looking for a chance to find love. When the Islanders first arrive, they are coupled with complete strangers sharing everything including a bed! Those not in a couple are at risk of being dumped from the island and new Islanders arrive at the villa at different stages.When the show aired live in the UK, local residents could vote for who should stay, who should go, and which couple should be sent on a date, which adds to the tension Islanders reflect on-screen. In a final twist, one half of the winning couple is awarded £50,000 and he or she must decide whether to keep it all or share it with his or her new partner.Love Island UK has sold as a finished show to more than 75 territories, with eight additional broadcasters launching their own local version, including CBS which will launch a US edition next year, produced by ITV Entertainment. This series is so huge that a version of Love Island will be on air somewhere around the world every day between today and Christmas.About hayuFrom NBCUniversal International, hayu is the first all-reality subscription video-on-demand service of its kind – curated and fully integrated with social media – available in the UK, Ireland Australia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Canada on a full array of devices (mobile, tablet, laptop & connected TVs) at www.hayu.ca in Canada.Over 200 shows and 6,000 episodes are downloadable to watch-on-the-go, with more than 750 new episodes added per year, including Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its spin-offs – along with The Real Housewives and Million Dollar Listing franchises. The majority of US shows debut on the service the same day as their broadcast launch for CDN$5.99 on a rolling monthly subscription that starts with one month free.About ITV StudiosITV Studios produces more than 8,400 hours of content annually across its UK and international production labels. It has production offices in the United Kingdom, USA, Australia, France, Germany, the Nordics, Italy and the Netherlands. ITV Entertainment is an ITV America Company Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement
Fez – After two days of being subjected to horrendous physical and psychological violence before the eyes of hundreds of students at the Faculty of Science in Meknes, Chaimae comes out in a statement to Alyaoum24 news outlet to tell her story in detail. Restraining tears and with a lump at her throat, Chaimae describes the amount of violence inflicted on her by the radical leftist student group known as “The Interim Program.”Chaimae was accused of spying on the leftist group who hold a different ideology than her own. “About twenty students attacked me and dragged me from my hair to the university. I know them one by one. They used to eat and drink at the cafeteria where I work. I was out when they came to me armed with swords and dragged me from my hair to the university campus,” she said. “They called out for all students to attend the trial and they started making verdicts. Some said my hand should be severed. Others said my eyebrows should be shaved and my hair cut. Finally they decided that my eyebrows should be shaved and my hair cut,” She added.The terror the sixteen year old suffered at the hands of the ISIS-like students was tremendous. The physical wounds may heal with time, but the psychological scars would remain. “Zouhir and Zakia were the ones who executed the verdict; they beat me, and shaved my eyebrows. She tied and blindfolded me. I was crying and beseeching them to remove the blindfold, which they did. I recognized them one by one…” she said with tears in her eyes.After filing a complaint against the perpetrators, Chaimae said that the police arrested some of the “monster[s]” that attacked her and that the investigation is still ongoing. “I don’t want what I have experienced to happen to another girl. I also want that the perpetrators get their deserved punishment.”The Moroccan university has always been a theatre for ideological confrontations with a history of assassinations, murders, and violence between different ideological factions.Despite the collapse of the USSR and the emergence of a new world political order, the leftist ideology is still deeply rooted in the Moroccan university. The frequent clashes between the Islamists and the leftists inhibit the Moroccan university from achieving its goals and living up to the expectations of Moroccans.
Strasbourg- The European Parliament, met in plenary session on Wednesday in Strasbourg, rejected an amendment to the European Union’s (EU) 2015 annual report on human rights, which is hostile to Morocco.The rejection of this amendment by an overwhelming majority put an end to any attempt to introduce any idea of expanding the prerogatives of the MINURSO. It also refutes the perpetual claims of alleged violations of human rights in the Sahara, put forward by the separatists.In a statement to MAP from Strasbourg, president of the Moroccan-EU Parliamentary Friendship Group, Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah, commended the new diplomatic victory of Morocco. “This rejection is the corollary of the achievements that Morocco is constantly accomplishing in many areas,” he said.He stressed the need to redouble diplomatic efforts and to work tirelessly to defend national interests and strengthen relations with the European Union in order to tackle common challenges, particularly security ones.Several MEPs told MAP that the rejection of this amendment by 388 votes reflects the European Union’s determination as to the need to work for a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the Sahara issue.
12 July 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the central role of civil society in the process aimed at bringing a lasting peace to Darfur, as over 400 representatives of the strife-torn Sudanese region’s different communities, opinion leaders, women, youth, intellectuals, displaced people and the diaspora gathered for talks in the Qatari capital, Doha. In a message delivered by Djibrill Yipènè Bassolé, Joint African Union-UN Chief Mediator for Darfur, the Secretary-General said it is vitally important that civil society contribute to the solutions that will bring peace to the region. “Your commitment to this process, your patience when it goes slowly, your energy to make it accelerate are essential to finding a settlement and addressing the underlying causes of the conflict,” he told the opening ceremony of the Second Darfur Civil Society Forum.“You come from different communities; you have different opinions about different issues; but you are united in your wish for a just and fair peace for Darfur,” he stated. “Unlike many troubled regions of the world, Darfuris share a common religion, language and history as a region. Let what you have in common bring you together, to find a definitive solution to Darfur’s conflict and marginalization.”Mr. Ban also voiced deep concern about the ongoing violence in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others have been displaced in the past seven years as a result of fighting between rebels and Government forces backed by allied Janjaweed militiamen.“I urge all parties to the conflict to end hostilities and respect the cease-fires to which they have committed,” he said. “I call on them to negotiate in Doha a comprehensive settlement of the Darfur crisis which addresses the legitimate concerns of all of Darfur’s communities.“And to those who have refused to participate in the negotiations, I say: join them without further delay.”
“We need to listen to the people of Syria,” said Uri Rosenthal, the Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister said in his address to the Assembly’s annual general debate. “We need to stop President [Bashar] al-Assad’s Government from brutality murdering his own citizens in an attempt to crush their legitimate call for democracy.“I urge all members of the Security Council to act decisively and agree on targeted sanctions against the regime.”Mr. Rosenthal said the United Nations should play the leading role in supporting the people of North Africa and the Middle East to build institutions and develop the rule of law.He also urged the international community to support uncensored access to the Internet, which he said is an essential tool for people to exercise their freedom of expression.The emerging democratization must also provide an opportunity for the empowerment of women, Mr. Rosenthal stressed, noting that women represent 50 per cent of the human capital. “It is in every country’s interest to ensure that women take active role in society and the economy, as well as in the political process.“I am convinced that, in free and fair elections, extremists who want to take away women’s rights will not succeed. Real democracy also means that rights of religious groups, including Christians, are respected.”He stated that the Arab countries should benefit from increased opportunities to export agricultural products to the European Union, and called for the successful conclusion of the Doha Round of trade talks, which have been stuck on thorny issues such as the treatment of agriculture, industrial tariffs and non-tariff barriers.“The world should not revert to protectionism. WTO [the World Trade Organization] has an important part to play in preventing this.”Mr. Rosenthal also discussed the situation in Syria today during a meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, with the two officials also exchanging views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the global economic situation. 26 September 2011The Security Council’s failure to agree on a resolution calling for action against Syrian authorities for their crackdown on demonstrators calling for political reform has come at a great human cost, the Netherlands told the General Assembly today.
17 November 2011The United Nations tribunal trying those most responsible for the 1994 genocide that engulfed Rwanda today found a former mayor guilty of genocide and extermination and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. In its verdict, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) ruled that Grégoire Ndahimana, the former mayor of Kivumu commune in Kibuye prefecture, committed the crime of extermination by “aiding and abetting as well as by virtue of his command responsibility over communal police in Kivumu.” A count of complicity to genocide was dismissed.The tribunal, which is based in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha, ordered that its sentence against Mr. Ndahimana supersede any other imposed on the accused by any other State or institution, and that he receives credit for time served since his arrest on 11 August 2009.The majority of the trial chamber’s three-judge panel found, as a mitigating factor, that the scale of the operation that led to the destruction of a church and the killing of thousands of ethnic Tutsi civilians, reflected broad coordination among various groups, local religious authorities, as well as civilian assailants.“Though this did in no way exonerate the accused, it did, however, suggest that his participation through aiding and abetting may have resulted from duress rather that from extremist or ethnic hatred,” the judges said in their ruling.Mr. Ndahimana was arrested in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and was transferred to the UN Detention Facility in Arusha on 26 August 2009. He was born in Kivumu commune in 1952.At least 800,000 Tutsis and politically moderate ethnic Hutus were killed during the three months of bloodletting that followed the death of President Juvenal Habyarimana when his plane was brought down over the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on 6 April 1994.
PhD in Psychology Thesis Defence — Kerri MichalicaKerri Michalica, PhD student in Psychology, will present her thesis defence on Thursday, April 29 at 2 p.m. in Plaza 600F. The title of her thesis is “Creativity and the Schizophrenia Spectrum Unveiled: The Similarities and the Differences.” Examining committee members are Marilyn Rose, chair; Lynne Angus, York University, external examiner; Harry Hunt, supervisor; Sandra Bosacki, internal examiner; Kathy Belicki and Paul Tyson, committee members. All are welcome to attend.MSc in Management Thesis Defence — Abdul Rehman AshrafMaster of Science in Management thesis defence for Abdul Rehman Ashraf, Faculty of Business, Department of Marketing, International Business and Strategy, will be Wednesday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m. in Taro Hall 230. The title of his thesis is “Is More Information Always Good? Investigating the Impact of Website Interface Features on E-Retailer’s Sales Performance.” His examining committee members are Joe Kushner, chair; Leyland Pitt, external examiner, Segal Graduate School of Business, Simon Fraser University; Narongsak (Tek) Thongpapanl, supervisor; Anteneh Ayanso and Dirk De Clercq. All are welcome.MEd Thesis Defence — Helen ZdrilukHelen Zdriluk, Master of Education student, will present her thesis defence on Friday, April 9 at 2 p.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Ten Years After: A Qualitative Study of Students’ Experiences in a High School Theatre Company.” External examiner: Larry Swartz, OISE/UT; Supervisor: Debra McLauchlan; Committee members: Coral Mitchell and Susan Tilley; Chair of the examining committee: Xiaobin Li. All are welcome to attend.MSc in Management Thesis Defence — Matt WegenerMaster of Science in Management thesis defence for Matt Wegener, Faculty of Business, Department of Accounting, will be Monday, April 12 at 2 p.m. in the Sankey Chamber. The title of his thesis is “The Carbon Disclosure Project, an Evolution in International Environmental Corporate Governance: Motivations and Determinants of Market Response to Voluntary Disclosures.” His examining committee members are Danny Cho, chair; S. M. Khalid Nainar, external examiner, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University; Fayez Elayan, supervisor; Sandra Felton and Jingyu (Jennifer) Li. All are welcome.MSc in Management Thesis Defence — Brian MokayaMaster of Science in Management thesis defence for Brian Mokaya, Faculty of Business, Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, will be Tuesday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. in Taro Hall 230. The title of his thesis is “Search Engine Advertising in Web Retailing: An Efficiency Analysis.” His examining committee members are Felice Martinello, chair; Jeffrey Parsons, external examiner, Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University; Anteneh Ayanso, supervisor; Narongsak (Tek) Thongpapanl and Reena Yoogalingam. All are welcome.MEd Thesis Defence — Perez OyugiPerez Oyugi, Master of Education student, will present her thesis defence on Thursday, April 22 at 2 p.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Impact of Social Constructs on Administrator Understanding of Social Justice.” External examiner: Reva Joshee, OISE/UT; Supervisor: Coral Mitchell; Committee members: Denise Armstrong and Nancy Fenton; Chair of the examining committee: Michael O’Sullivan. All are welcome to attend.MSc in Management Thesis Defence – Boya LiMaster of Science in Management thesis defence for Boya Li, Faculty of Business, Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, will be Friday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m. in Taro Hall 230. The title of his thesis is “Stock Market Reactions to Changes in the FTSE SmallCap and S&P/TSX SmallCap Indexes.” His examining committee members are Tomson Ogwang, chair; Selim Topaloglu, external examiner, School of Business, Queen’s University; Ernest Biktimirov, supervisor; Don Cyr and Bob Welch. All are welcome.
“The pledges made here today will go a long way towards ensuring the longer-term sustainability of the Global Fund,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who initiated the Fund, said in London, after chairing the latest replenishment conference of the public-private organization founded three years ago. “They will help countries establish comprehensive programs to fight AIDS, TB and malaria and they will provide us all with an important source of hope and encouragement for the future; hope that we can make major progress in reversing the spread of AIDS and other infectious diseases,” he said. The $3.7 billion pledged by 29 donors form a strong base for continued funding of all the Global Fund’s ongoing programmes and will allow for the establishment of new programmes to fight the three diseases, Global Fund chair Carol Jacobs said. “It begins to close the gap in meeting our financial needs and provides great encouragement for future fund-raising efforts,” she said.The Fund said it has committed $3 billion to programmes in 128 countries so far to support aggressive interventions against the three diseases, which kill over 6 million people each year.Mr. Annan held bilateral meetings with senior officials attending the pledging conference, including those dealing with AIDS for the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Commission.He also had a working luncheon yesterday with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, with whom he discussed UN reform and next week’s World Summit at the UN in New York of more than 170 heads of State and government. Other topics at that meeting included developments in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Zimbabwe.
…urges swift establishment of Petroleum Commission to build capacityA former Energy Minister of Trinidad and Tobago has urged Government here to work expeditiously to set up the Petroleum Commission (PC) so that they could start building capacity in the oil and gas sector ahead of the first oil production, which is set to begin officially in 2020.Former Energy Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kevin RamnarineAddressing a small audience at Duke Lodge on Wednesday during a public lecture on the oil and gas sector, Kevin Ramnarine who served as a Minister on the twin-island republic for over four years said it is important because it will help the country to better prepared for this new industry.Ramnarine was keen to state that setting up such a Commission six months before oil production begins is counterproductive and will not help to manage the sector in the way it ought to be managed. He said this Commission must be established now and strengthened right away.According to him, Chatham House recommendations on accountability states that (oil) producers at an early stage of development of their resource base should start with one credible body, which in this case is the PC, of which the Government is already looking into establishing.The former Trinidadian Minister noted that it is equally important that checks and balances are particularly important in small countries that have few qualified personnel to oversee the sector. With the absence of this, it could lead to just a handful of people dominating the Governance system.Ramnarine told the audience that while credibility, intellectual capacity, resourcing and public trust in the Commission are paramount, public trust in the Commission, as well as earning respect from international oil companies and openness and transparency, are also key elements to its success.While taking a closer look at the draft Petroleum Commission Bill, the former Energy Minister made several recommendations that could help to strengthen the Bill in its current form. One of those recommendations was to extend the life of the board beyond one year.The reason for this, he said, was mainly because international oil companies develop relationships with these entities and the faces behind them, and over time when they remain in that post for a longer period of time, it gives these companies some level of certainty.A section of the audience during the lecture on oil and gasAnother one of his recommendations was to allow the Board to appoint the Commissioner, instead of having the Minister responsible for the industry to appoint that individual. He said the same should obtain for the Secretary of the Board who he thinks should be an attorney with extensive experience at the bar. He went as far as to say that the minimum experience should be 15 years.While there is provision within the draft bill for a member of the Parliamentary Opposition to sit on that Commission, Ramnarine said the Bill should be clearer so that they do not have to revisit the act quickly, allowing for the representative to be appointed on the written advice of the Opposition Leader.Further, he believes that while there is provision for one individual to be recommended from civil and or academic to sit on the Board, he believes that there should be individuals from both areas. He is also of the opinion that representation from an environmental agency should also sit on that Board.The former Trinidadian Minister didn’t stop there, he went on to state that the Board should include the Commissioner of the Lands and Surveys Commission, mainly because in composing the Board, they may want to legislate for geography and gender, as it was done in the Ghanaian model.“Decisions should not be made only by simple majority. Majority decisions should require special majority or should require unanimous vote. The Commission should be self-funding and any surplus fund should be deposited into the Consolidated Fund,” he added.He said in the next two years Guyana will be presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to get it right and to create a tremendously prosperous future. It is therefore essential that Guyana gets it right from the start to avoid any difficulty down the road. “Getting it right means always doing what is in the national interest. The national interest must always win,” he posited.The Petroleum Commission Bill was laid in the National Assembly by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman during the last session. This Bill seeks to pave the way for the setting up of an agency that would manage the impending oil sector in Guyana. The Bill is now before the Special Select Committee.The parliamentary Opposition had criticised the Bill stating that it gives the Minister too much power. Without the Board, the Minister would be granted the power to discharge the functions of the Board. The Opposition believes the Bill in its current form will not allow for the creation of an independent agency that would
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice rice farmers sue Govt over cancellation of land leasesApril 15, 2016In “Court”High Court finds Govt breached Region 5 farmers’ rightsMay 8, 2019In “Court”President’s revocation of rice farmers land leases unconstitutional- CJ rulesAugust 9, 2017In “Court” …AG to pay $900,000 in court costsActing Chief Justice (CJ) Roxane George, SC, has ruled that President David Granger’s revocation of Seafield, West Coast Berbice (WCB) farmers’ leases for lands was unlawful. This comes two years after the affected farmers initially filed action in the court.The farmers: Phillip Johnson, Rupert Blackman and Rawle Miller along with their attorney, Anil NandlallThe applicants – Phillip Johnson, Rupert Blackman and Rawle Miller – had first moved to the High Court in 2015, challenging the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary/Agricultural Development Authority’s (MMA/ADA’s) cancellation of State Land Leases in Rear of Seafield, West Coast Berbice. Retired Chief Justice Ian Chang had quashed the cancellation of the leases in favour of the farmers in 2016 but they moved to the court once again in April 2016 after President David Granger cancelled the leases in March of that year.The acting Chief Justice handed down decisions in three constitutional challenges on Monday.Declaring the President’s revocation of these leases unconstitutional, the Judge awarded $300,000 in costs against the Attorney General in each of the cases filed by the farmers.According to Attorney for the plaintiffs, Anil Nandlall, acting Chief Justice George granted several reliefs which supported their Notice of Motion.The court agreed that under Article 142 of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, the President’s cancellation of the lease was “contrary to and in violation” of the article, further determining the Head of State’s decision was “unlawful, null, void and of no effect”. Additionally, it was determined that the cancellation of their leases was “compulsorily acquisition” of the Applicant’s leasehold interest without prompt payment or compensation.The plaintiffs also secured a conservatory order which prohibits the MMM-ADA, its officers or any other State official from entering upon, remaining, occupying or interfering with the Applicant’s quiet and peaceful possession, occupation and enjoyment of lease of State land for agriculture purpose as issued under the relevant laws.Johnson, Blackman and Miller had claimed that previous President Donald Ramotar granted them their leases in 2014. After the retired acting Chief Justice had ruled in their favour, they saw a notice in a newspaper which had stated: “Notice is hereby given that His Excellency, the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana has cancelled all State land leases as described in the Schedules.”At that time, the three farmers observed that their leases were among those published in the two schedules. They were subsequently removed from their rice lands. The matter was before the former acting Chief Justice, Yonette Cummings-Edwards who was earlier this year transferred to serve in the post of acting Chancellor of the Judiciary. As the matter was stalled, the farmers had complained about how much time had passed before a decision was handed down.It was in August that six other West Coast Berbice (WCB) rice farmers had mounted a successful legal challenge against the revocation of their leases for lands at Seafield and Number 40 Village which are under MMA-ADA’s control.Acting Chief Justice George, in her ruling on that matter, observed that those farmers’ leases constituted property under Article 142 of the Constitution, and that the President’s revocation of those leases amounts to depriving the applicants of property without compensating them, as noted in Article 142 of the Constitution.
Some green shoots are just starting to emerge in the equities sentiment for resources after global grass roots funding for mineral exploration sank to an all-time low in 2018. Chairing the first session of the three day Paydirt 2018 Africa Down Under mining conference in Perth, PCF Capital Principal, Liam Twigger, said 2018 had proven a challenging year from a market perspective for mineral explorers, developers and miners.Twigger said that following on from an excellent 2017, where there were 24 exploration-based Initial Public offerings (IPO) in Australia – the figure had plummeted to only eight so far this year. “On a long-term trend, global grass roots exploration is at an all-time low, with market observers pointing to a 66% decline in exploration budgets over the past four years,” he said. “This has been mainly due to the lack of access to risk capital.”Twigger told the 1,400 ADU delegates that there were, however, major forces at work that have the potential to reshape and redefine the funding of mining companies in the years ahead.“Compliance and regulatory burdens have seen the number of listed companies in the US drop 50% from 8,000 to just over 4,000 over the past 10 years and the decline in IPOs across all industries has been a notable worldwide phenomenon,” Twigger said.“Like running water, in the long-term, capital will always find a way around obstacles and the $18 billion raised in crypto currency ICO’s over the past 12 months – almost 50% of the amount raised by global IPOs – is testament to the change in dynamic.”Twigger said that for the first time ever, crypto currencies were now being used to raise capital for the mining sector with approximately $200 million raised over the past 12 months.“Crypto funding is attractive due to the speed and volume of funding available combined with access to a more global and retail investor base,” Twigger said. “Raising capital for mining companies is at an inflection point.“We are about to witness an Uber-style event on the way resources companies fund themselves with the concept of companies issuing shares to raise equity potentially being a thing of the past.“Importantly, Australian companies that are active in Africa are the best of the best, with excellent exploration development and operational skills combined with a strong community focus,” Twigger said.“They are also exhibiting a trend to be early adopters of new mining technology and financing methods and I am confident therefore that they will be amongst the first to embrace crypto funding for mineral development in Africa.”
Source: Hat TrickFather Ted is currently at third place in the poll behind Doctor Who and Sherlock, while Mrs Brown’s Boys, Downton Abbey, The Only Way is Essex and Fawlty Towers are also in the running.Morgan says if Father Ted had to lose out to something, he’d rather it was the likes of Doctor Who or Sherlock.One’s a vintage show and the other is about a vintage character. I’d be horrified if something with TOWIE or Mrs Brown’s Boys was to win.Appearing in the Captain America sequel would once again expose Father Ted to global audiences, and Morgan said that he knows there are already dedicated Ted fans around the world.We had a guy who came to Tedfest all the way from Missouri last year and he’s coming again this year.Tedfest is in its eighth year and takes place at the end of February on Inis Mór off the coast of Galway.The capacity of the five day event is limited every day to between 250 and 300 people as, Morgan says, “the island just can’t cater for any more”.It’s not like a regular TV convention, it’s all done in the spirit of the show. This year we have a loveliest horse competition, and last year we had the King of the Sheep.You can vote for Father Ted in the RadioTimes.com poll here>Father Ted or Mrs Brown’s Boys could be in the new Captain America movie> NO, YOU’RE NOT seeing things, there really is a chance for Father Ted to be featured in the new Captain America film.RadioTimes.com is running a poll to see which much-loved TV show will feature in the superhero sequel The Winter Soldier.The winning show will appear in a sequence where Captain America is filled in about the things he’s missed while he was in a 65-year ice coma.And Father Ted could be one of those things!Rob Morgan, son of Dermot Morgan told DailyEdge.ie that seeing Father Ted top the poll would be a thrill for a couple of reasons:I would have loved to have seen what Dermot would have gone on to do if we hadn’t lost him so early. Appearing in Captain America would also tie in nicely with the Going to America Father Ted episode. I’d also obviously love if it was Ted for personal reasons.