CBI records Rabri’s statement in money laundering case

first_imgA team of Central Bureau of Investigation officials on Tuesday recorded the statement of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi in connection with an alleged money laundering case involving a cooperative bank run by a close aide of RJD chief Lalu Prasad. A huge amount of high-value currency notes were said to be deposited in that bank after demonetisation.“Two-three days ago Rabri Devi had received a notice from the CBI to record her statement in connection with money deposited in the Bihar Awami Cooperative Bank…the CBI team had come today, asked some questions to Rabri Devi and left after sometime,” Bhola Yadav, a close family aide of Lalu Prasad and party MLA told journalists outside Rabri Devi’s residence. He also added that “Rabri Devi produced papers of her Income Tax return and other necessary documents to the CBI officials”. The CBI officials did not questioned any other member of the family, he said. RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who is currently on provisional bail for six weeks from the Ranchi High Court, too was present at the residence. Mr. Prasad is to leave for Mumbai for his medical check-up soon.The Bihar Awami Cooperative Bank is run and headed by Anwar Ahmed, a close aide of Mr. Prasad. Mr. Ahmed started the Bihar Awami Cooperative Bank in which high-value currency notes were allegedly deposited in huge amount after demonetisation on November 8, 2016. The CBI has been investigating the case.‘Family harassed’Mr. Prasad and his family members are currently facing several alleged corruption charges by investigating agencies like the Income-Tax Department, the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI. Meanwhile, reacting over the CBI team reaching Rabri Devi’s residence in Patna, alliance party Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi told journalists that it was all being done by ruling NDA “to harass the family members of Lalu Prasad”.last_img read more

Difficult for Windies to regain glory days in Tests: Gayle

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) West Indies are two-time World T20 champions but the flamboyant Chris Gayle feels “it will be difficult” for the Caribbean islands to regain their glory days in Test cricket in the near future. One of the most dashing batsmen of his time, Gayle has two triple hundreds in the longest format with 7214 runs in 103 games. His RCB jersey no, 333, is his highest Test score. West Indies have lost their last two Test series against India (at home) and Pakistan (away). “It will be difficult for West Indies to go back where they were in Test cricket,” Gayle told PTI during an interaction arranged by Diageo. Gayle terms lack of “concentration” and “consistency” as hurdles in attaining success in Test cricket. “The structure of modern day cricket is such that it will be difficult to regain those days of glory because of the advent of the shorter format and the interest that it has generated among the youngsters. In longer formats, you need to concentrate more and have that game discipline in order to achieve consistency,” Gayle said. “If you look at our T20 success it is because of the short duration that helps one play their attacking game. So if you ask me about a turnaround, it seems difficult as of now,” Gayle was straightforward in his assessment. He also felt that youngsters in the West Indies could always be lured by lucrative private T20 leagues across the globe. “You cannot rule out that possibility that Gen Next in the Caribbean will be more inclined to play T20 leagues. If you are a professional cricketer, you would want to have a good career. With so many leagues across the globe, one needs to accept it as a reality today. If a guy is a good enough player and can remain fit, one can play in T20 leagues even above 40 (Brad Hogg is a case in point),” Gayle made his point. “At the end of the day, sport is entertainment and one cant deny that T20 gets you good TV coverage for the duration of the game and the entertainment associated.” The Jamaican dasher believes that for upliftment of West Indies cricket, the players as well as West Indies Cricket Board will have to join hands as it is “everyones responsibility”. Did he speak to WICB president Dave Cameron on the issues leading to sour relations in the recent past between players and board, he replied: “No, I have not spoken to anybody. I believe we have a designated players body and they represent us. If the players need to voice any concern they tell it to the association. “But yes, everyone has some sort of responsibility to take West Indies cricket forward. You dont want a situation like Dwayne Bravo was in. Every player wants to play for the West Indies but there are issues that need to be addressed.” On a personal front, Gayle is currently recuperating from injury and will not be playing in the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia. “I am not playing in the Big Bash as I am spending time with my family and recuperating from an injury. I am eyeing a comeback during Pakistan Super League (PSL) and then the Indian Premier League,” said Gayle. He is also hopeful that he will be donning the West Indies jersey again having last played in the ICC World T20 in India. “If I am fit and in form, I would still like to play for the West Indies not only in T20 but in ODIs as well. If you ask me, I would like to play till the 2019 World Cup in England. Thats a target I have set for myself,” he concluded. PTI KHS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Philosophy and documentation

first_img Log in to Reply “We have a database that includes ALL parts (including revision info) that are in the products we build. This database is somehow linked into Mentor Graphics so when we create a schematic we use parts from the database. The resulting schematic / PCB / as “We use SVN for our software source code version control and also for some engineering documents and reports. Our manufacturing drawings and versioning is done with another document/ workflow management system from Aras called Innovator. You’re asking a antedeluvian says: October 26, 2016 at 3:10 pm antedeluvian says: “We have the same issue where I work. The way we handled it is by introducing the concept of “schematic” or “board” variants. We’re using Mentor Graphics tools that support this philosophy so I’m not sure how to implement it with other tools.nnThe id Log in to Reply When I worked for Control Data (actually a subsidiary) every schematic was given a simple identifying number that was arranged in ascending order. The same was true for mechanical drawings and printed circuit boards. Although I was employed in the documentation department, I must admit that I don’t remember how they all came together to create the minicomputer we were working on. Back in those days everything was generated by hand – the schematic was sketched and given to the drafting department and they would transpose it onto vellum (also tracing paper, although for younger readers both concepts may be as foreign as carbon paper) using standard symbols often achieving uniformity using stencils. A specialist draftsman would lay out the PCB using dot and tape and a mechanical engineer would create the packaging at a drafting table. Intra-office communication was via memos, reports, meetings, and of course individual interaction. I did a blog of my memories of how things were “How It Was: PCB Layout from Rubylith to Dot and Tape to CAD”.As computer-aided design improved, so the drawings became electronic with a paper trail but it was merely a more convenient way of implementing the status quo in documentation. As far as the PCB was concerned, the schematic was only a way of getting the netlist. The mechanical drawing needed one or two steps to convert the PCB output to a .dxf file to import into Autocad. It was easy to separate and categorise the different document outputs.The products I work on are built in stages, so there are subassemblies. We have always been troubled by this. Let’s assume we have various builds using different components. In the documentation hierarchy there is a point where there is a partial build that is a common antecedent. At what level does the schematic belong? Does it reside at the earliest level, where there are no component values assigned or is there a unique schematic at each of the top levels with showing the selected component value. To some degree the choice may be determined what the schematic is being used for: is it being used to debug the system, is it providing an overview for production, or is it being used for service.Over the years my employer’s documentation system has evolved inconsistently and haphazardly. Given that we have had several people influencing it and since they have brought their experience from other organizations, I presume elements of it will appear familiar to all of you. One overriding principle I have tried to implement is taken from the aerospace industry. There is only one given document and it cannot exist in two places since maintaining more than one is cumbersome and error prone.Figure 1. One of the slightly more complex products we make. The complete product bill of materials for A includes drawings that cover the side labels (B), the housing (C), the drawings for the front panel (D), the plug in connectors and drawings for the labelling on the connector (E & F), the subassembly (G) and not shown, the documents for the firmware to be programmed onto the micro on G. The packaging is also added. The subassembly consists of a PCB and all the components mounted on it. Where in the hierarchy do we place the schematic? (Source: Author) Every product we make has a identifying number (mostly allocated sequentially) that we call a “catalog number”. All the documents at its level (top) level in the hierarchy are made up of a letter prefix, the catalog number and a suffix of the revision. For instance the schematic (rev C) of catalog number of 330924 would be W330924C, the mechanical drawing (ref F) would be M330924F and the BOM (rev G) would be P330924G. If there is a subassembly it would be allocated its own sequential number (e.g. SB00123) and the documents that are needed for that level would be numbered according to using the same idea of a prefix-SB00123-suffix. Documents are only present where needed, and the schematic for instance would sink to the level of the common antecedent. Component values that may change across builds are marked with a symbol that denotes that the value is defined on the bill of materials. Mechanical assemblies and firmware follow the same idea. Similarly the PCB gets a sequential number and revision – no prefixes.But the CAD world has changed, and the conundrum has become more enigmatic. Packages like Altium integrate many aspects of the design. The schematic, PCB, assembly drawing, mechanical and possibly even firmware are all part of the same design environment. So much so that our draftsman insists that the PCB is the physical manifestation of the schematic and so both should always be in lockstep using the same revision. So if a component value changes, the PCB revision must change! What do you do? And on top of that, what is the number allocated to the schematic, assembly and mechanical drawings that is modified any time the PCB is changed (including possibly trivial stuff like silk-screen updates)? Where in the hierarchy do they lie – are they associated with the catalog number or the PCB number? And where do you file them so that when an engineer updates a drawing, the draftsman works from the changed drawing and not the one automatically stored as part of the PCB package? HELP!Does anyone know of a system that is modern, consistent and if possible described somewhere so that I can try to update our system? Does anyone know of a PhD philosophy student looking for thesis material? Please add your thoughts and descriptions of your experience below. Log in to Reply October 27, 2016 at 5:24 pm “@WorknhardnnThanks for the link. Although syntactically correct (as far as I can tell) it doesn’t link to the document you mention. I searched for “Configuration Management” in the “Not Found” page and it shows up as the first in the list.nnIt has Log in to Reply zdun8 says: “Elizabethnn” You really need to have support for something like this in your tools though. And it really helps to have people who really know how to use the tools…. “nnSometimes it’s nice to work for a small organization and sometimes a few more r October 26, 2016 at 12:53 am Continue Reading Previous RTOS trends and challengesNext Machine learning platform speeds optimization of vision systems antedeluvian says: “I think it’s nowadays crucial to use a version control system for PCBs. Altium has built in SVN which works quite okay (quite). And you see every change done to a particular schematic and this can be shared among the whole company/team. “ Log in to Reply worknhard9062 says: October 27, 2016 at 1:01 pm 10 thoughts on “Philosophy and documentation” “MarknnIt’s good to know that others have managed to approach and quantify this issue. It would be nice to find one of these kinds of documents in the public domain.” “There’s no question that you need a version control system. SVN and its ilk have the advantage that they only updates under controlled circumstances. However it appears to me that they require some form of network administration and in a small organizatio elizabethsimon says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods, Manufacturing Log in to Reply October 27, 2016 at 5:25 pm worknhard9062 says: Log in to Reply Mark.Kisasonak_#1 says: antedeluvian says: Log in to Reply October 26, 2016 at 8:59 pm October 31, 2016 at 8:08 pm Log in to Reply October 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm “On the philosophy side, I struggled with revising my company’s ECO system for some time. I went though many books. The most useful was Engineering Documentation Control Handbook: Configuration Management and Lifecycle Management. It does not give you f Log in to Reply elizabethsimon says: November 1, 2016 at 4:25 am October 26, 2016 at 1:13 pm “Schematic and PCB can and sometimes must be kept in lockstep. But for us, it became tricky. We encoded the PCB revision in the copper traces of the PCB layout. 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Great to see films on women sports stars: Richa Chadha

first_imgMumbai, Oct 16 (IANS) Actress Richa Chadha, who will essay a kabaddi player with Kangana Ranaut in Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s “Panga”, finds it great that a number of movies are being written about women sports stars.Richa has begun prepping for the movie, which will be one of the most physically challenging roles she has played in her Bollywood career. The film, also starring Pankaj Tripathi, will be about women kabaddi players and the trials they face. “It’s great to see such a great number of films like ‘Panga’ being written on female sport athletes. Its important to have representation and such diversity being shown on-screen. To show such stories helps create awareness both for the amazing women we have in the sports arena who are doing so well internationally and it also helps increase the popularity for the sport,” Richa said in a statement.”It’s great to see filmmakers like Ashwini Iyer Tiwari who are etching such roles for women that shows them as a figure of strength and vigour,” she added.Omung Kumar’s “Mary Kom” on boxer M.C. Mary Kom brought the spotlight on women sportspersons, and now films are being made on icons like Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza. –IANSrb/bglast_img read more

Isco and Asensio lead Madrid into Copa del Rey’s last 16

first_imgMadrid, Dec 7 (AP) Marco Asensio and Francisco “Isco” Alarcon were the big winners in a match that had little at stake for Real Madrid.The pair made the most of their chances in a second-string Madrid team on Thursday, scoring two goals each in a 6-1 rout of third division Melilla in the Copa del Rey.Javi Sanchez and Vinicius Junior also netted as the European champion advanced to the last-16 stage 10-1 on aggregate after having won the first leg 4-0 in the small Spanish enclave in Africa.Asensio and Isco used to have bigger roles for Madrid but haven’t been getting many first-team opportunities under new coach Santiago Solari.”I’m very happy for Isco and I’m also very happy for Asensio and Vinicius,” Solari said. “They could all be starters for us, otherwise they wouldn’t be here.” Vinicius played well throughout and claimed his second goal for Madrid with a shot from inside the area in the 75th minute at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Isco was a starter for the first time under Solari and was named captain. He hadn’t scored a goal since September but one of his strikes against Melilla came from a superb long-range shot into the top corner.Asensio, a second-half substitute in the league last weekend, hadn’t scored since the first leg against Melilla in October.Mariano Diaz went off near the end because of an apparent muscle injury, while Madrid youth players Fran Garcia and Alvaro Fidalgo came on for their debuts as second-half substitutes.advertisementEIBAR FALLSEibar was the first top-tier club to go out after drawing 2-2 at home to second division Sporting Gijon.Eibar rallied from 2-0 down on Thursday but was eliminated 4-2 on aggregate.OTHER RESULTSLevante defeated second division Lugo 2-0 to advance 3-1 on aggregate. Jorge “Coke” Andujar and Raphael Dwamena scored late goals for the hosts at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium.Athletic Bilbao repeated the 4-0 result from the first leg against Huesca to advance 8-0 overall. It was the third win for Athletic in 16 matches this season, and the team’s first match since Argentine coach Eduardo Berizzo was fired.Real Betis defeated third division Racing Santander 4-0 to go through 5-0 on aggregate.Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla went through on Wednesday. The draw for the last 16 will be on Dec. 13.(AP) APAAPAlast_img read more

MS Dhoni shares a laugh with David Warner after SRH finally beat CSK

first_img commentary scorecard MS Dhoni shares a laugh with David Warner after SRH finally beat CSKSunrisers Hyderabad defeated Chennai Super Kings in Hyderabad on Wednesday to end their losing streak in IPL 2019. Rohan Sen HyderabadApril 18, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 11:16 IST Dhoni has been frequently seen interacting with the opposition team players throughout this season (CSK Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni interacted with David Warner, Vijay Shankar and Sandeep Sharma after the gameDhoni missed the game against SRH due to back spasm, Raina led in his absenceSunrisers Hyderabad (137/4) beat Chennai Super Kings (132/5) by 6 wicketsMahendra Singh Dhoni didn’t play the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday but he was very much a part of the post-game activities at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium and was once again seen interacting with the opposition team players on the field once the home team completed their 6-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings.Dhoni shook hands with the SRH players after the match got over and was seen talking to David Warner, Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma and had teammate Shardul Thakur amidst the discussions as well.Dhoni has been frequently seen interacting and chatting with the opposition team players throughout this season of the Indian Premier League.”#Thala at the epicentre of the huddle to discuss the #Yellove and much more about the game!,” Chennai Super Kings captioned the video which they posted on their social media accounts late on Wednesday night.#Thala at the epicentre of the huddle to discuss the #Yellove and much more about the game! #WhistlePodu #SRHvCSK pic.twitter.com/6OAq7IvipyChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 17, 2019Sunrisers Hyderabad completed a convincing win over Chennai Super Kings on their home ground to snap their three-match losing streak and climb up to sixth place in the points table with their fourth win from 8 games.The Super Kings were led by Suresh Raina in the absence of Dhoni, who missed the game with back spasm.”He (Dhoni) is feeling better. His back was stiff and might play the next game,” Raina said at the post-match presentation ceremony.advertisementThe short and sweet singa nadai as #Thala bids adieu to Hyderabad’s #yellove! #WhistlePodu #SRHvCSK pic.twitter.com/cO1lz2K4taChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 17, 2019The Super Kings were stopped at 132 for five after they opted to bat, and then, SRH chased down the target with 19 balls to spare.Before Wednesday, Chennai Super Kings had won 8 out of 10 IPL matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Last year, CSK had won all their 4 matches vs SRH including the final thanks to a Shane Watson hundred.Also Read | Warner, Bairstow and Rashid script rare SRH victory over Dhoni-less CSKAlso Read | A sweet moment in Hyderabad brings a smile on David Warner’s faceAlso Read | SRH vs CSK Highlights, IPL 2019For 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow SRH vs CSKFollow IPL 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow David Warner graphscenter_img view more view less No data available! advertisementlast_img read more

Ministry to Focus on Prevention in Addressing Teen Pregnancies

first_imgPermanent Secretary in the Education Ministry, Elaine Foster Allen, says that focus will be placed on prevention in reducing teen pregnancies in Jamaica.She said that the Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) programme will be bolstered to reflect this focus, with a strong prevention message that seeks to identify and address the factors contributing to teen pregnancy.“It is important that the message is about prevention rather than cure, and that is why we need to strengthen the HFLE programme. We have to make it common sense not to get pregnant as a teenager,” she stated.She was addressing a meeting at the Ministry on Wednesday, June 26, with the visiting delegation from Burkina Faso, held by the First Lady of the West African country, Her Excellency Chantal Compaoré.The strengthening of the HFLE programme, is one of several strategies being undertaken by the administration as part of its National Policy on Reintegrating School-aged Mothers into the Formal School System. The policy, which becomes effective September this year,aims to ensure that all adolescent mothers are able to complete their formal education.The HFLE aims to mentally and physically prepare the nation’s youth for various changes and challenges they may experience on the journey to adulthood. The programme seeks to aid students in developing the skills required to make healthy life choices and to maintain the behaviours that make for their good health and support a better society.[RELATED: Jamaica Makes Significant Progress in Reducing Fertility Rate]Prevention messages will be integrated in school-based and national Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) and HFLE programmes. Men and boys, who father the children of student mothers, will also be targeted through the programmes of the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) and their ongoing partnerships with the security and justice sectors.The Permanent Secretary noted that due to the intervention programmes of the Government, the percentage of girls, who fall out of the education system due to pregnancy, has been reducing over time, noting that the number “not that significant”.According to statistics from the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), approximately 3,000 girls, 17 years and under, account for 18 per cent of all live births per year.“We have about 45,000 children in (the) age cohort and you are talking about less than five per cent of our girls, who end up pregnant. That is nothing to be happy about; we would prefer that none of our girls got pregnant,” Ms. Foster Allen stated.“The important thing for the Ministry of Education in terms of boys and girls, who are at school, is that we must press home the issues around health and family life education. But we also have to spread that message to the society at large because many of the problems start out in the society and there is a general acceptance of some of these things,” she stated.Under the policy, it will be mandatory for all school-aged mothers to be reintegrated into the formal school system. Other key elements of the policy include: automatic referral of all pregnant girls to the WCJF; and monitoring of adolescent mothers to ensure they complete their education.The meeting included Burkina Faso’s Minister of Women Promotion and Gender, Nestorine Sangare; the country’s non-resident Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Daniel Ouedraogo; and officials from the Office of the Prime Minister and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which is spearheading the initiative.[RELATED: First Lady of Burkina Faso Hails Efforts to Protect Women and Girls]Mrs. Compaoré and Minister Sangare have both lauded the Jamaican Government on its strategies that have been implemented to cater to, prevent, and support adolescent girls who may become pregnant.The First Lady, who departs the island on Saturday, June 29, has also voiced her intent to adopt and replicate some of the strategies in her homeland, since Jamaica has had a successful programme over the years.In Burkina Faso, recent studies show that adolescent girls and young women are the first victims of unwanted pregnancies and illegal/unsafe abortions, along with all the risks and consequences they cause.Jamaica is supported by the UNFPA to protect and promote the rights of adolescents and young people towards responsible sexuality and access to high quality reproduction health services.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

Rotterdam to Get LNG Break Bulk Facility

first_imgzoom Gate terminal, the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in the Netherlands, has started the construction activities for the new LNG break bulk facility at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam. Break bulk (or small-scale) services aim to split up large-scale LNG shipments into smaller parcels, enabling the distribution and use of LNG for maritime vessels, ferries, trucks and industrial applications.The new infrastructure will be located next to Gate terminal. The Port of Rotterdam Authority will build a new harbour basin and quay wall, which is planned to be completed by the end of 2015.Gate will construct the LNG installations, including berthing and loading facilities dedicated to bunker ships and smaller tankers enabling LNG bunker operations in the port of Rotterdam and further distribution of LNG in Northwest Europe.The new facilities are based on a multi-user service model, open to all interested parties, and will have a maximum capacity of 280 berthing slots per year. The finalization of the construction, commissioning and first loading operations are planned by mid-2016.Dick Meurs, managing director at Gate terminal, said: ”Gasunie, Vopak and Gate have jointly developed an innovative LNG break bulk concept upgrading the LNG hub capabilities of Gate terminal and enabling our customers to supply LNG as cleaner fuel for transport, shipping and industrial applications.”Shell, as launching customer, has committed to buy capacity from Gate terminal, which has enabled this investment in the terminal expansion.Shell has recently ordered a specialised LNG bunker vessel, to supply LNG-fuelled vessels in Northwest Europe. The new vessel will be based at the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and will load from the new LNG break bulk infrastructure.”The new infrastructure will enable us to further improve our service to customers,” says Dick Benschop, president director of Shell Netherlands. ”We expect LNG will form a bigger part of the transport fuel mix in the future.”last_img read more

Halifax Film Company Set For Action

first_imgTalented Nova Scotians behind the scenes at The Halifax Film Company are ready to shine in the international film and television spotlights. A $3-million investment in the production company by Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) will help it expand its business and open up new markets. The investment was announced today, Sept. 2, by Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage, Halifax Film Company chairman Michael Donovan, and Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “The team at Halifax Film are no strangers to success,” said Mr. Fage. “Their skill and commitment to excellence in animation, television and film are testaments to Nova Scotia’s creative advantage.” With NSBI’s equity investment — in the form of convertible preferred shares — the 131 people working on productions for The Halifax Film Company will move forward on projects that will create more opportunities for the Nova Scotia film and television sectors. “We greatly appreciate the confidence NSBI is showing in our sector by way of their equity participation,” said Mr. Donovan, winner of the Academy Award for best documentary feature, Bowling for Columbine. “We believe strongly that Nova Scotia offers the right mix of elements to enable international creative success and we are proud to be part of that.” “Having already built Salter Street Films, Michael Donovan and Charles Bishop are a proven management team,” said Mr. Lund. “Now they’re expanding their experience and creativity at Halifax Film at exactly the right time in the international television and film market.” The company produces high-quality, cost-competitive productions. It has a number of projects in development, including a feature film based on retired Lt.-Gen. Romeo Dallaire’s book, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda. Production of the feature film has recently been approved for $3.5 million in Telefilm Canada financing. The Halifax Film Company produces the multi-award winning, hit comedy series This Hour Has 22 Minutes; season two of the Gemini award-winning pre-school, stop-motion animation series POKO; and Lunar Jim, a co-production with Alliance Atlantis Communications. All three series are produced for CBC Television. The company has recently completed several productions, including Body Of Knowledge, a new documentary series for the Discovery Health Network; season three of Open Book with Mary Walsh for CBC Television; and the drama pilot NORTH/SOUTH. “Nova Scotia’s vibrant film industry has grown to involve thousands of creative, dependable people whose efforts are helping to make Nova Scotia better known and more attractive to new business, immigrants and tourists,” said Ann MacKenzie, chief executive officer of the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation. “The Halifax Film Company is a key player in the industry, regularly creating compelling shows that put Nova Scotia on the forefront of the film industry nationally and internationally.” The Halifax Film Company Limited is a production company that develops and produces original film and television programming. The company manages and co-ordinates all aspects of a program, including developing original ideas, purchasing literary rights, arranging production financing, carrying out production and post-production, and exploiting worldwide distribution rights. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the business development agency for Nova Scotia. Led by the private sector, it is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financing services.last_img read more

Candidatures acceptées aux Prix pour le changement positif

first_imgLes candidatures sont maintenant acceptées aux deuxièmes Prix annuels du premier ministre pour le changement positif. Ce programme de prix célèbre les efforts des jeunes qui font une différence positive dans leurs écoles et leurs communautés. Pour être admissibles, les élèves de la maternelle à la 12e année doivent faire preuve de leadership en organisant une activité scolaire ou communautaire ou en adoptant un comportement exemplaire qui fait la promotion d’une attitude et d’un comportement positifs. « Les jeunes néo-écossais démontrent leurs compétences extraordinaires en leadership en faisant du bénévolat pour aider les personnes qui sont dans le besoin, en travaillant pour améliorer leurs communautés et en soulevant des questions qui sont importantes pour eux, a dit le premier ministre Darrell Dexter. Je suis fier des accomplissements de nos jeunes et j’ai hâte de les reconnaître officiellement lors de la remise des Prix pour le changement positif. » La première cérémonie des Prix pour le changement positif a eu lieu à Province House, à Halifax, en juin 2009. Des élèves de la 4e à la 12e année ont reçu des prix pour leurs accomplissements, qui incluaient notamment : l’élaboration d’un programme pour les jeunes faisant la promotion de l’importance de la diversité dans la communauté, la promotion de la littératie chez les jeunes, la sensibilisation aux troubles neurologiques, et l’élaboration d’un programme de jumelage des jeunes bénévoles aux organismes caritatifs à but non lucratif. « La bienveillance et l’enthousiasme démontrés par les récipiendaires des Prix pour le changement positif de l’année dernière étaient une source d’inspiration, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. Les élèves de tous âges font une réelle différence, et c’est un honneur de les récompenser pour leurs accomplissements. » « J’encourage les gens à présenter la candidature d’un élève qui fait de bonnes choses dans son école et sa communauté. » La date limite pour les mises en candidature est le 31 mars. Un maximum de 10 prix seront présentés. Les récipiendaires des prix seront avisés par une lettre du Bureau du premier ministre avant le 1er juin, et seront invités à assister à une cérémonie organisée par le premier ministre à la fin juin. Chaque prix est une bourse de 2 000 $ pour les études postsecondaires, la formation en apprentissage ou toute autre possibilité de formation. Les critères et les formulaires de mise en candidature aux Prix du premier ministre pour le changement positif sont disponibles en ligne à l’adresse www.powerofpositivechange.ca . Les récipiendaires des prix sont choisis par un comité formé de représentants du Bureau du premier ministre, du ministère de l’Éducation, du Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse, de l’Association des conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse, de la Fédération des associations foyer-école de la Nouvelle-Écosse et de la Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse.last_img read more

Unbelievable Superhero Stokes hails breathtaking third Ashes Test triumph

first_imgLeeds: Ben Stokes said his remarkable century was “unbelievable” as England secured an astounding one-wicket win over Australia in the third Test at Headingley to square the Ashes series at 1-1. England, dismissed for just 67 in their first innings — their lowest Ashes total in 71 years — were seemingly dead and buried at 286-9, still 73 shy of a victory target of 359. But 28-year-old left-handed batsman Stokes, whose five-and-a-half hour innings was a brilliantly paced mix of defence and aggression, saw England home with a superb 135 not out. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Unbelievable,” Stokes told Sky Sports. “It’s one I’ll never forget. “I’ve got to try and take it all in,” added Stokes, whose batting heroics helped Englnd win the World Cup for the first time in July. “I’m not sure it’ll ever happen again. It’s one of the two best feelings I’ve ever felt on a cricket pitch.” Stokes, involved in a run out of Jos Buttler which looked to have scuppered England’s chances, added: “Just never give up. It’s not over until it’s over. When Leachy came in it was pretty clear what had to be done. It was five and one. I’ll take five (deliveries), you take one.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBespectacled Leach, who hit a career best 92 as nightwatchman in England’s recent Test win over Ireland, played his part as Stokes acknowledged. “He’s a super nightwatchman, knowing what he had to do. I couldn’t watch in the end. I was just waiting to see what happened.” Stokes, two not out off 50 balls at Friday’s close, faced 219 deliveries in total, hitting 11 fours and eight sixes. “I think when it got down to the 30s I was thinking, ‘rein it in a little’, but when it was in the 60s, 70s, 50s I had to really try and I sort of got in the zone,” explained Stokes. “We had to win this game to stay in the Ashes and we managed to do it.” England captain Joe Root labelled his longtime friend’s display “outrageous”. “We said at the start of the day, ‘we just have to believe’ and while two people are alive and breathing, we have a chance,” said Root, who added just two runs to his overnight score before falling for 77. “We’ve seen some freakish things already this summer in the World Cup but I didn’t think we’d see something similar in this series. “It was an incredible game of cricket, an incredible atmosphere and Test cricket is alive and kicking. This Ashes is alive and kicking.” Asked about Stokes’s innings, he added: “To try and sum that up in words is pretty much impossible. Outrageous batting.”last_img read more

Shell Canada gives up BC exploration permits to make way for protected

first_imgVANCOUVER – Shell Canada Ltd. has given up its offshore exploration rights, clearing the way for the creation of Canada’s first protected marine area under the Canada Wildlife Act.The company voluntarily released permits for about 50,000 square kilometres in an area off British Columbia’s coast to allow for the creation of the Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area.The company’s rights cover an area more than one-and-a-half times the size of Vancouver Island, which is hard to value, said Shell Canada president Michael Crothers, at a news conference on Thursday.“I hope we get some goodwill (in return).”Even as Shell continues to explore for oil and gas globally, Crothers said they have no plans to do so off coastal B.C., particularly since the waters off the west coast have been under an exploration moratorium since 1972.In 2016, Shell donated its controversial Arctic energy exploration permits north of Baffin Island to make way for Canada’s third national marine protected area.The Scott Islands marine area was established in June, and conserves a vital marine environment for millions of seabirds, fish and mammals on the Pacific coast.The area, covering 11,546 square kilometres, is located off the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island.It provides key ecological breeding and nesting habitat for 40 per cent of the province’s seabirds, including 90 per cent of Canada’s tufted puffins and 95 per cent of Pacific Canada’s common murres, said an Environment Canada news release.The islands attract about five to 10 million migratory birds annually, many of which travel vast distances to feed on the abundance of small fish and zooplankton in the area. It is also important for other species at risk, and wildlife, the release said.Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said the federal government will provide $3.2 million over five years in funding for management of the area.This money will also support research and monitoring and help work towards removal of the seabirds’ predators.Wilkinson said the existing fisheries restrictions in the area will be maintained and his department is consulting with industry and conservation groups about new regulations that would further protect this area.The regulations would prohibit fishing for certain species that are known to be sources of food for seabirds, he said.“We will also be consulting with fish harvesters about regulations to prohibit groundfish, bottom trawling in portions of the marine national wildlife area.”The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society welcomed the announcement, which comes after nearly 17 years of consultation with federal, provincial and First Nations governments.“I think it’s a fantastic move that those permits are going to be gone and they will no longer be a threat that any of those permits will be developed for offshore oil and gas if there’s a change in government,” said Sabine Jessen, national director of the society. “I actually hope that some of the other companies that continue to hold licenses and permits in the area will follow suit.”Companies in this story: (TSX:SHC.)last_img read more

Correction Women in WorkplaceCatalyst CEO story

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – In a story Aug. 20 about the appointment of Lorraine Hariton as Catalyst’s new CEO, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Hariton received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1977. She received her MBA in 1982.A corrected version of the story is below:Silicon Valley vet to head women’s advocacy group CatalystCatalyst taps Silicon Valley veteran as new CEO in the #MeToo eraBy ALEXANDRA OLSONAssociated PressA former Silicon Valley CEO is taking the helm of a prominent organization dedicated to the promotion of women in the workplace, saying the #MeToo era is a “fantastic time” to champion gender equality.Lorraine Hariton becomes CEO of the group Catalyst at time when sexual misconduct scandals are ensnaring corporate executives, and the departure of PepsiCo’s CEO highlighted the tiny number of women leading Fortune 500 companies.But Hariton, whose appointment was announced Monday, said the #MeToo movement has pushed the spotlight on gender equality like nothing she has seen since she began her career in the late 1970s.“I felt the timing was really fantastic,” Hariton said. “Not only are women in the work place on the front page, there is a major shift in attitude that allows us chart the future of the next generation.”Hariton previously served as the CEO of two tech startups, Beatnik and Apptera. She served in the State Department under President Barack Obama, and most recently as a senior vice-president at the New York Academy of Sciences.Catalyst, a research and advocacy institution based in New York City, was founded in 1962 by the late Felice Schwartz, who became known for a controversial 1989 Harvard Business Review article that proposed flexible career paths for working mothers. Other feminists criticized the piece, which gave rise to the term “Mommy Track,” although Schwartz herself did not use those words.Since then, support has risen for policies designed to encourage both parents to remain in the workforce through policies that allow flexible hours and extended family leave.Hariton, a mother of two, said she encountered a culture of encouraging reasonable working hours when she joined IBM in 1977. That was a big factor in her decision to return to the company after earning her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1982. She noted that IBM and other companies have instituted more formal policies and programs designed to attract female talent.Finding policies that work has been touch-and-go, however. IBM, for example, scaled back its popular remote-work program last year.And only a sliver of leadership posts at Fortune 500 companies, about 5 per cent, are held by women, according to Catalyst.Women are also being left behind in the proliferation of tech startups. Catalyst points to a 2017 study by Babson and Wellsley College that found that 97 per cent of venture capitalist funding goes to companies led by male CEOs.That issue is of special interest to Hariton, who said she raised $50 million in venture capital during her time at Silicon Valley. She said promoting diversity in male-dominated venture capitalist firms needs to be a priority.“The culture in technology is moving so fast that you end up with a young culture that is more like a frat environment, which makes it more difficult for women,” she said.last_img read more

Security Council lauds TimorLestes response to assassination attempts

19 August 2008The Security Council today commended Timor-Leste’s Government and public institutions for their quick and effective response in the wake of the February attempts on the lives of the leaders of the tiny nation that the United Nations helped shepherd to independence in 2002. In a statement read out by Ambassador Jan Grauls of Belgium, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, the 15-member body lauded the country for the “rapid, firm and responsible manner” respecting constitutional procedures in which they reacted to the attempted assassination.In two separate attacks on 11 February, President José Ramos-Horta sustained serious injuries, while Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão escaped unscathed.But the Council cautioned that in spite of progress in boosting Timor-Leste’s security situation since the violent 2006 clashes, the “political, security, social and humanitarian situation in the country remains fragile.”The statement also stressed the need to continue taking action to achieve justice and accountability and emphasized the need to put into practice the recommendations made by a UN panel set up to examine the 2006 clashes.The Council “welcomes the conviction of the leaders of Timor-Leste on the need for justice and their determination to act against impunity,” and underlined the importance of promoting and protecting human rights.Addressing today’s meeting, Atul Khare, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said that there have been concerns about possible abuses committed by armed forces following the February attacks.“The Government has been responsive when those concerns were raised,” he said. “However, it is not clear how effectively Government concerns are being institutionalized and articulated farther down the ranks.”Mr. Khare, who also heads the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), noted that an effective judiciary is key to ensure that culture of impunity does not become entrenched. He expressed his delight that a training course for judicial officers – third so far – began on 29 July. read more

Sharing clean energy technologies crucial in climate change fight – UN official

22 October 2009Ensuring that developing countries can access cleaner energy-producing technologies to meet their development needs without increasing pollution will be crucial in the global fight against climate change, a top United Nations official stressed today. Addressing a high-level meeting in New Delhi on climate change and technology transfer, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang noted that innovation in low-emissions technology still takes place largely in the developed countries. “But climate change demands urgent action and rapid, wide diffusion,” he told the gathering, which comes with just over a month left to go before countries meet in Copenhagen to ‘seal the deal’ on a new pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “The world cannot afford to wait for these technologies to follow the usual path of gradual diffusion, from rich to middle-income to poor countries,” said Mr. Sha. “Global climate policy will succeed – or fail – depending on whether it brings low-emissions technologies and technologies for adaptation within the reach of poor countries, and poor communities, without further delay.”Technology transfer to developing countries – without which they will be forced to rely on older and less climate-friendly technologies – has been a pivotal issue in the climate negotiations.Having contributed the least to climate change, developing countries are the most vulnerable to its impacts, noted the Under-Secretary-General. Yet, failure to address the challenge would be disastrous for the whole planet.Therefore, he called for the “full arsenal of climate-friendly technologies” to be mobilized for the fight against climate change. In addition, financial support needs to be scaled up so that developing countries, particularly the most vulnerable, can acquire and develop technologies for adaptation.“The sooner countries are able to shift onto low-emissions paths and to strengthen their resilience to climate change’s impacts, the better the prognosis for humanity and the planet,” he stated. “We have a responsibility to find ways to make that happen.”Mr. Sha added that the New Delhi meeting can send a clear message to Copenhagen that there is a way forward on technology cooperation and technology sharing, one that will enable the international community to tackle both climate change and poverty, to promote development and save the planet. read more

Strong refining profit at Chevron eases pain of weaker 2Q stock price

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Strong refining profit at Chevron eases pain of weaker 2Q; stock price rises by News Staff Posted Jul 27, 2012 3:29 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – A soaring profit at Chevron’s refineries eased some of the pain of a weaker second quarter.The oil giant said Friday net income fell nearly 7 per cent to $7.21 billion, or $3.66 per share. But the results beat expectations thanks to a strong performance from its refinery business.The company’s stock price rose $1.18, or just over 1 per cent, to $109.04 in afternoon trading.Like its peers, the oil giant is struggling to find and replace its sources of petroleum. The world’s slowing economy has also pushed down prices for the crude it sells.But the lower prices had benefits. Profits at Chevron’s refining and marketing business rose 80 per cent. Its refineries paid less for oil while selling gasoline at higher prices on the U.S. West Coast. Pump prices there remained well above the national average last quarter because of supply problems in the region. The business also sold about $200 million in assets, including its stake in a South Korean energy business.“They’ve done a good job of cutting dead weight from their portfolio,” Morningstar Inc. analyst Allen Good said. “Their refining business, especially in California, was especially strong.”But the help that lower oil prices gave Chevron’s refineries hurt its other business — finding and selling crude and natural gas.Earnings from its exploration and production business fell 18 per cent to $5.62 billion. Chevron, the second-largest U.S. petroleum company behind Exxon Mobil, sold oil for lower prices in the U.S. and overseas. Natural gas fetched only half as much in the U.S. as it did a year earlier. Production from its global network of oil and natural gas wells declined 2.6 per cent.Profits also fell in the second quarter for Royal Dutch Shell, Occidental Petroleum Corp. and ConocoPhillips. Exxon Mobil profits rose, but that was due to a big one-time gain from the sale of Japanese assets. BP reports its second-quarter financial results next week. read more

Culture Café series launched by Brock International

The first in a series of events meant to increase intercultural competency on campus is taking place next week.Launched by Brock International Services, Culture Café will start on Wednesday, May 30 and continue throughout the summer.The series aims to boost intercultural awareness among students to help them understand and embrace the positive impact that different races, languages and cultures have in an increasingly diverse society.For a growing number of employers, intercultural competency and awareness is seen as a top skill for new hires. However, many prospective workers overestimate their ability to work effectively with people who are culturally different from them.To help develop this skill, bridge differences and foster a culture of inclusion and respect on campus, Brock International Services created a new role earlier this year.Since beginning in the new position in February, Intercultural Communications Co-ordinator Trecia McLennon has been working to create a program plan for students to broaden their horizons.The Culture Café series will be the first related initiative. The inaugural event takes place Wednesday, May 30 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the International Centre Global Commons (IC104), with subsequent sessions planned for the same location and time June 27, July 25 and Aug. 25.While enjoying a variety of provided treats, participants will engage in dialogue and activities designed to set students up for success on campus and at work.  Over the course of the summer, students can expect to break down stereotypes, learn about their own identity, role play, design cultural fusion recipes, build relationships and ask/answer questions about culture and diversity in the workplace.“The event is a great way to make new friends from different cultures and engage in cultural skill building right here on campus,” McLennon said. “Our objective is for students to come away with a better understanding of themselves and others,” she said. “My hope is that this will provide a great foundation for cross-cultural friendship.”By attending Culture Café, students also have the opportunity to earn one lecture credit towards Brock University’s International Plus certificate.More details on the event can be found on the ExperienceBU website. Any questions can be directed to McLennon at x6211 or by email at tmclennon@brocku.ca. read more

Apple Store Black Friday Deals iPads iMacs iPods

first_imgNow that you’ve finished sleeping off that turkey coma, it’s time to participate in that most truly American of activities: buying lots of stuff that you can’t possibly afford. Apple is almost certain to have some amazing sales numbers this holiday, thanks in no small part to 2010’s runaway success of the iPad, which has made its way to the top of countless shopping shopping lists.As is its tradition, the company is marking Black Friday with that rarest of things: a genuine discount on Apple products. Apple has done a pretty good job keeping quiet about the deals thus far. The company sent out a teaser to customers, but otherwise kept quiet.The Black Friday discounts are in place, and it looks like a pretty solid spread, with deals on iPads, iMacs, iPods, Macbooks,software, and accessories galore. Check out some of the better deals after the jump.iPad with Wi-Fi 16GB $458 (Down from $499) iMac 21.5-inch: 3.06GHz $1,098 (Down from $1,199)MacBook Air 13-inch : 128GB $1,198 (Down from $1,299)MacBook Pro 13-inch: 2.4GHz $1,098.00 (Down from $1,199)iPod touch 64GB $358 (Down from $399)iPod nano 16GB $158 (Down from $179)Apple iPad Keyboard Dock $58 (Down from $69.99)Apple Time Capsule 1TB $278 (Down from $299)Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox $348 (Down from $399)Roxio Toast 10 Titanium $68 (Down from $99)last_img read more

Security guard stabbed in Dublin shopping centre attack

first_img Share Tweet Email1 Friday 20 Jan 2017, 9:30 PM Security guard stabbed in Dublin shopping centre attack The Boots employee was brought to the Mater Hospital for his injuries. Image: Google Maps 25 Comments Image: Google Maps http://jrnl.ie/3197877 By Garreth MacNamee 50,420 Views A SECURITY MAN at a shopping centre in Dublin was stabbed this afternoon trying to stop a group from shoplifting.The man was at work in the Boots at the Omni shopping centre in Santry, north Dublin, when the incident unfolded at lunchtime.The security guard was brought to hospital for his injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening.Gardaí in Santry are investigating the incident and are reviewing CCTV footage.A spokesman said: “The incident occurred at around 2.30pm. Three persons entered the premises and stole a number of items. There was one female and two males involved. A man in his 20s was brought to the Mater Hospital with apparent stab wounds. There have been no arrests and gardaí are appealing for witnesses.”Read: Massive drugs seizure: Gardaí and customs net cannabis worth €37.5 million >Read: Obama defintely beat Trump in the battle of the crowd sizes > Jan 20th 2017, 9:30 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more