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Jaish-e-Mohammad’s Fayaz Panzoo killed in Anantnag encounter

first_imgTwo militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag’s Bijbehara area.A police spokesman said Jaish-e-Mohammad’s Fayaz Panzoo has been killed along with his associate. “Panzoo was a top commander and was involved in the attack on CRPF at Anantnag town on June 12, 2019 in which 5 CRPF personnel were killed and SHO Arshad Khan was seriously injured, who also succumbed to injuries,” said the police.last_img

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2017 Audi A3 facelift revealed; will come to India

first_imgThis news is coming straight from Germany. Audi has been busy and the work shows, as the German car-makers have given a facelift to the Audi A3 sedan and this is the same car that will be seen on the Indian roads from next year.But till the car comes,check out what Audi A3 facelift has new to offer.ALSO READ: New generation Audi A5 to arrive in 2017Features: The highlight in the interior of the new Audi A3 is the Audi virtual cockpit, which can now be specified as an alternative to the standard analogue unit. This innovative operating concept, which is available for the first time in the compact class, displays the most important driving-relevant information in high resolution on a 12.3-inch diagonal TFT screen.The headlights of the Audi A3 provide a distinctive new look with their jagged bottom edges. Xenon plus units with LED daytime running lights are standard, with the exception of S line and S3 models which now automatically come equipped with LED headlights and LED rear lights incorporating sweeping dynamic rear indicators. For the first time, matrix LED headlights are offered as an option. Light and rain sensors are fitted as standard in all specifications.With numerous driver assistance systems, the new Audi A3 raises the bar in the premium compact segment yet again. New to this model and to the segment is the traffic jam assist system, which works together with Audi adaptive cruise control (ACC) to keep the A3 and S3 at a safe distance from the vehicle in front, and in combination with the S tronic transmission, automatically sets it in motion again after a short stop.advertisementALSO READ:2016 Audi Q5 spied testing before debutDesign:Although hardly any change has been made to the dimensions – 4.24 metres in length with a wheelbase of 2.60 metres – the new Audi A3 looks more purposeful than ever. Its Singleframe grille features sharper lines and is broader, and its headlights are flatter, with distinctive outer contours.The rear accentuates the width of the new A3 – with the horizontal illuminated graphics of the rear lights and the separation edge above the redesigned diffuser. The colour palette has also been expanded. Twelve paint colours are available to choose from depending on specification, including the five new colours Ara blue, Cosmic blue, Nano grey, Tango red and Vegas yellow.The new Audi A3 rides on 16-inch alloy wheels in SE form, and on 17-inch and 18-inch wheels when equipped to Sport or S line specification respectively. The wide range of optional wheels ranging in size from 17-inch to 19-inch includes new designs.Engine:ALSO READ:Audi plans 12 refreshed, new vehicles by 2019 The 1.4 TFSI COD features cylinder-on-demand efficiency technology, turning off two cylinders when the corresponding output is not required. The engine with 1,395cc displacement offers 150PS and 250 Nm of torque.A technical highlight is the completely new 2.0 TFSI with its innovative combustion process. From a displacement of 1,984cc it generates 190PS, delivering 320 Nm of torque at 1,500 to 4,200rpm.last_img read more

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Wasim Jaffer becomes first batsman to score 11,000 Ranji Trophy runs

first_img40-year-old Wasim Jaffer became the highest run-scorer in the history of Ranji Trophy on Wednesday with a brilliant 153 off 284 balls for Vidarbha against Baroda.Jaffer has now scored 11,056 runs in Ranji Trophy and he achieved the landmark when he was on 97 runs on the second day of the Round 3, Elite Group A match.In the list of highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy, Jaffer is followed by Amol Muzumdar with 9,202 runs on second. Devendra Bundela is placed third with 9,201 runs while Mithun Manhas (8,554 runs) and Hrishikesh Kanitkar (8,059 runs) complete the top five.The score of 153 on day 2 helped Jaffer get to his 54th first-class hundred but was eventually run out.Also read – When Wasim Jaffer made it into an elite listVidarbha, opting to bat, lost opener Sanjay Ramaswamy for just 3 runs as Lukman Meriwala struck early for Baroda. Jaffer and Vidarbha captain Faiz Fazal (151) then strung together a mammoth 300-run partnership to motor Vidarbha’s innings forward.Apart from Fazal and Jaffer, Akshay Wadkar scored 102 runs off 156 runs for Vidarbha as they declared for 529/6. Baroda was 41 for no loss at stumps on day 2.During the Irani Cup earlier this year, Jaffer had also become the first Indian and the oldest Asian, at 40, to register a 250-plus score in a first-class inning.Jaffer played 31 Tests and two ODIs for India. The former Mumbai batsman scored 1944 Test runs, averaging 34.10, including five hundreds and 11 fifties.He last played for India in April 2008.(With PTI and IANS inputs)Also watch –last_img read more

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‘A historic humiliation for Barcelona’ – Roma win stuns Spanish press

first_img Read more Share on WhatsApp Mundo Deportivo declares: ‘The fall of Rome.’ Twitter Reuse this content Valverde said he was “entirely responsible” and fingers pointed his way. Sport highlighted “Valverde’s fear”, Sánchez talked of his “conservatism”, El Mundo noted that the coach had chosen “resistance over control”, and “they couldn’t resist: they didn’t deserve to, either”. They didn’t even compete. One cartoon shows a man in front is his television long after the game. His wife tells him to turn it off, but he replies: “I can’t, I’m waiting for Barcelona to come out on to the pitch.” There was more than just this night, however poor it was. When it has come down to it, away from the Camp Nou, they have had little response of late. Last season they were beaten 4-0 in Paris and 3-0 in Turin. The year before that they were beaten 2-0 in Madrid, against Atlético. Now they have been beaten 3-0 in Rome. They were fortunate to draw 1-1 with Chelsea in London, too, remember. This season, they have kept winning, but they have not always convinced. Read more Facebook It will always be there, most agreed. “This is the biggest humiliation of their contemporary history, after a surreal display,” said El Mundo. “A humiliation that will be remembered for years,” wrote Lluis Mascaró in Sport. “A historic humiliation. Enormous. The kind that hurts. A lot. A hell of a lot.” In Marca, David Sánchez called it a “ridículo mundial”, a humiliation seen around the globe.Ridículo was a word they were all using, but there were others: terrible, dreadful, inexplicable. Or perhaps – and this was the worst thing – not so inexplicable. “This knockout revealed a drama that was there, [but] no one wanted to see it,” El Mundo said. “When you walk a tightrope, you can either fall into a safety net or crash onto the tiles. The latter happened.” As for Barcelona, they have not been back to the semi-final since they won the 2015 Champions League: for a third year in a row, they’ve been knocked out in the quarters. It wasn’t supposed to be this way, not this time. When the draw was made, Sport described it as a “sweetie”; before the second leg, 4-1 up, they announced that Barcelona could “touch the semi-final”. It slipped from their hands. Before the game, Ernesto Valverde said his team had to ensure “nothing extraordinary happens”, but it did. What happened, said Sport, was “a failure with no excuses”. Their cover is black, reserved for days of mourning. It was, the front page said, enough “to make you cry”. “Total failure,” Marca’s front called it. Well, “it”? They. Marca gleefully put Pep Guardiola alongside his former team. They were both out. Everyone expected City to be, at least after Anfield; Barcelona were another matter. El Mundo Deportivo called it “the fall of Rome”, Marca called it the “fall of the Barcelona empire” and for AS in the eternal city they had suffered an “imperial failure”, sent falling to earth, in ruins now. Juan Cruz was calling it a “suicide”, in which by the end they couldn’t cry because there were “no tears left”.If anyone had been lucky, it was Barcelona in the first leg. “Losing is not always a failure, but losing like this is,” wrote Jose María Battle in El Mundo Deportivo. “A team like Barcelona can’t throw a lead like that in the rubbish bin.” ‘It’s not a miracle, it’s something bigger’ – Italian press hails Roma’s win Sport decries: ‘A failure with no excuses.’ Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Share on Twittercenter_img Roma Facebook Twitter Pinterest Champions League Barcelona Kostas Manolas seals historic Roma comeback to send Barcelona out features Share via Email Topics Share on Pinterest “And the worst thing,” said El Mundo, “is that it was deserved.” The “disaster” – deserved. The “disgrace” – deserved. The “humiliation” – deserved. The “ridicule” – that too. All of it. Barcelona had deserved it all.Roma’s Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi, and Kostas Manolas had as well. All three had scored in the first leg, De Rossi and Manolas in their own goal, and now all three had scored in the second leg, the road leading to redemption and a historic result. The Greek stood, tears welling in his eyes while they went wild at the Stadio Olimpico. “Apart from Messi no one is untouchable after this,” said Fernando Polo, but this time some of the focus must fall on him too. It was noted that Barcelona don’t play to Messi’s strengths. It’s more than that: they play to their weaknesses, always giving him the ball in part because there is little else. If Messi’s not there, nor are Barcelona – and last night Messi was not there. “He was isolated, it’s true, but he was missed; he didn’t turn up,” wrote AS, giving him their “Vaya día” (what a bad day) award.“This was a tragic night, a copy of previous debacles, as if nothing has been learned. It is too easy to just expect an extra-terrestrial to systematically solve the errors of human beings,” said Ernest Folch in Sport. “This should not be treated as a bad day, a one off: they have been playing very little football for a while now, making the most of defensive security and the trump card that is Messi,” said Marca. “The miracle worker was not their saviour this time,” wrote Mascaró. In seven years, supposedly the Messi-era, Barcelona will have won just one European Cup. And this time at least, there could be no complaints, and it was not just chance. “They’re out on merit,” wrote Sport, “their own merit.” Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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University Establishes Scholarship in Honour of Education Minister

first_imgStory Highlights The BAU International University in Washington DC has established a scholarship in honour of Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid.The decision to set up the ‘Ruel Reid Transformational Leadership Scholarship’ was taken by the University to recognise Senator Reid’s lead role in arriving at a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry and the University for the provision of 107 scholarships, over three years, worth $378.2 million (US$3 million).These scholarships are available to student teachers to pursue undergraduate and graduate programmes at any of the tertiary institution’s campuses globally.BAU University Board member, Paul Brunson, said the Ruel Reid Scholarship is to “pay homage and respect to Senator Reid for leading the process”.The surprise announcement, which was made during the MOU’s recent signing at The Mico University College in Kingston, left Senator Reid at a loss for words and saw him welcoming the gesture with an elated “I’m speechless!”.Mr. Brunson said the scholarship is open to any Jamaican student desirous of pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies, either in the United States or any of BAU Global Network’s campuses in Germany, Italy and Turkey, among other locations.The MOU, resulting from the discussions between Senator Reid and Mr. Brunson, whose grandfather was Jamaican, between 2016 and earlier this year, will additionally see the University hiring 200 English language teachers for its global network of schools for the 2018/19 academic year.Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, and the Ministry’s newly appointed International Donor Consultant for the Jamaican Diaspora in the US, Gail Dunwell, who works closely with the National Education Trust, were also instrumental in initiating the partnership.Senator Reid, in welcoming the MOU, conveyed the Government’s gratitude to BAU University.“I have had the opportunity of meeting different segments of the Jamaican diaspora (who) are always very interested in what is happening in Jamaica, and particularly how they can assist our education programme. We are very grateful for the strength of the Jamaican connection,” the Minister said.“There are Jamaicans in very prestigious positions all over the world, and wherever they are able to influence certain decisions, we find that they always step up to the plate,” he added.Mr. Brunson said the initiative’s genesis dates back 10 years when he first met his grandfather.He said the knowledge of his heritage was the primary reason for seeking out how best he could make a tangible and meaningful contribution to Jamaica.Against this background, Mr. Brunson said he made representation to the University’s administration and successfully lobbied their support in March 2016, which resulted in the MOU’s forging.“So for all these reasons and more, I am excited and I am proud. This is only the beginning of this relationship,” he added.President of The Mico, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, said the initiative is a “perfect fit” with the Government’s focus for education.“I think this will go a far way in building our resources as we try to graduate more persons in Jamaica from tertiary education,” he argued.BAU International University is a private, non-profit institution that offers undergraduate and graduate programmes in economics, international affairs, entrepreneurship, global affairs, and international law and economics.The BAU Global Network, which spans three continents, has been providing higher education for over 15 years through its campuses, which are also located in Canada and Hong Kong.Its flagship campus is Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, Turkey, which has eight faculties, a school of languages, and two vocational schools. BAU University Board member, Paul Brunson, said the Ruel Reid Scholarship is to “pay homage and respect to Senator Reid for leading the process”. The BAU International University in Washington DC has established a scholarship in honour of Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid. Mr. Brunson said the scholarship is open to any Jamaican student desirous of pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies, either in the United States or any of BAU Global Network’s campuses in Germany, Italy and Turkey, among other locations.last_img read more

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How provinces have tried to speed up the justice system since the

first_imgVANCOUVER – Provinces have brought in new procedures to speed up the justice system following last year’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling in the Jordan case, which set tight time limits for trials. Here’s a look at some of the initiatives provinces have undertaken:QuebecQuebec is investing $175-million over four years to recruit new judges, prosecutors, legal aid lawyers and support staff and create new courtrooms. So far, 449 positions have been filled and several new hearing rooms are operational. Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee recently announced an additional $9 million to hire 47 legal aid workers. The province has also launched a pilot program to allow for alternatives to incarceration, such as community service, in some minor offences.Vallee is also calling on the federal government to create eight new Superior Court justice positions and two additional Appeal Court judge positions, but Ottawa has not done so yet.OntarioOntario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said in an interview the Jordan decision is a “game-changer” and a call to action for all levels of government. He said the province has added 13 judges, 32 assistant Crown attorneys and a number of other staff.Ontario has also focused on streamlining the front-end of the system with a number of initiatives aimed at better serving individuals with mental health issues, addictions and unstable housing. It has expanded provincewide a program that facilitates the release of low-risk accused into the community pending trial, as well as launched a new “bail beds” program that provides supervised housing for vulnerable accused. It has also developed a program to provide supports to Indigenous people who are accused of a crime.British ColumbiaB.C.’s Supreme Court recently issued new directions for so-called “mega-trials,” or large or complex criminal cases that have the potential to occupy a significant amount of court time or risk delays. The directions call for a case management judge to be appointed early in the process and for tight time limits for disclosure, pre-trial applications and the trial itself.Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen said in an interview the court began reviewing complex trial procedures about 18 months before the Jordan decision. But he said the ruling helped “spur us on and made us realize that we’re doing something useful.”B.C.’s government tasked lawyer Geoffrey Cowper in 2012 with writing a report on its justice system, in which he identified a “culture of delay.” In November 2016, Cowper said B.C. was on the road to recovery. A major initiative he cited was B.C.’s use of administrative law to move tens of thousands of drunk-driving charges out of provincial court.Nova ScotiaChris Hansen, with Nova Scotia’s Public Prosecution Service, said the province is being “fairly aggressive” in dealing with Jordan. It has established a criminal justice transformation group with the sole purpose of addressing delays. Every criminal case has a “Jordan ticker,” so that when participants access material online, they can clearly see the number of months since the information was laid. Hansen also said the courts have increased their use of technology with video conferencing and electronic disclosure.SaskatchewanSaskatchewan’s Public Prosecutions said most cases in the province finish within the time limit and exceptional events are often the cause in the small number of cases that don’t. Nonetheless, it said it’s implementing further strategies to move every case along as quickly as possible. These include focusing on expediting disclosure, assessing cases as early as is workable, removing cases that do not meet the prosecution standard, and working to resolve cases as soon as possible.last_img read more

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Body of fishing boat captain recovered from damaged wreck off Nova Scotia

first_imgCANSO, N.S. – The body of a fishing boat captain has been recovered from a vessel that ran aground off northeastern Nova Scotia.RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Clarke says the body of 64-year-old Roger Stoddard was taken off the boat at about 8:30 a.m. Friday by local fishermen.It appears the fishermen found the remains of their friend in his bunk.The Fisherman’s Provider II rammed into a rocky shoal known as Frying Pan Shoal on Tuesday and the captain didn’t want to leave the vessel along with three other crew who were rescued.Bob Anderson of the Area 24 Crab Fishermen’s Association said Stoddard had been a fisherman for most of his life.Maj. Mark Norris of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre said Thursday that they were scaling back their search since there were no heat signatures on the vessel.“Our thoughts are with the families of the captain and crew of the Fisherman’s Provider II at this difficult time,” the RCMP said Friday.last_img read more

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ELC Student Charity Golf Tournament raises close to 5000 for Hospital Foundation

first_imgELC Vice-Principal, Lori Coulter, says community-based projects, such as the golf tournament, bring awareness to the students and allows them to discover how they can make an impact in their own neighbourhood.The Golf Tournament included 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, and a steak dinner. Over 40 golfers and 60 plus dinner guests were in attendance for the event. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – During the summer, four grade 10 students from the Energetic Learning Centre held a charity golf tournament fundraiser.As part of a Project-Based Learning Program, Colton Dyck, Jenna Miranda, Timber Wuthrich, and Mackenzie Gordon were able to raise almost $5,000 in support of the Fort St. John Hospital Eastern-Star Children’s Fund.With that money, the Hospital will be able to purchase new equipment for the maternity ward.last_img read more

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Marketing lecture will revisit memorable era in Canadian advertising

Where: Academic South 215, Brock UniversityPlease note that seating is limited. When: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1 to 3 p.m. (public presentation) and from 12 noon to 1 p.m. (preview of archival materials with lunch provided) Don Curtis Throughout his career, Canadian marketing veteran Don Curtis has shaped sales pitches worth more than $200 million in revenues for clients ranging from McDonalds, Heinz, Bank of Montreal and Labatt Brewing Company, just to name a few.On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Curtis will visit Brock University to speak about a key chapter of his career in the Canadian marketing industry.His public presentation, which takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. in Academic South 215, is hosted by David Sharron, Brock’s Head of Special Collections and Archives and will also feature marketing materials from the Terry O’Malley/Vickers & Benson Collection.Throughout his career, one of Curtis’ most impactful collaborations was with another well-known Canadian marketing icon, Terry O’Malley, who sponsors an annual marketing and advertising lecture series at Brock University.Curtis spent 17 years at the Vickers & Benson agency in Toronto, where he and O’Malley collaborated on national advertising campaigns that became familiar to millions of Canadians. They also rose to become the firm’s senior partners – O’Malley was President & Creative Director and Curtis was Executive Vice President & Managing Partner.Curtis’ talk – “The Great Canadian Advertising Agency” – will be a lively review of Vickers & Benson in the 70s and 80s, when its creative reputation made it one of North America’s most sought-after agencies, with annual activity soaring from $35-million in 1972 to more than $185-million by 1989.“Many of those who were there for that era will tell you it was the greatest time of their lives,” says Curtis, “and the greatest agency of its day.”What: “The Great Canadian Advertising Agency,” a presentation by Don Curtis read more

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UN Discovery Channel launch awareness campaign in Latin America Iberian Peninsula

Starting next week, public service announcements (PSAs) will be broadcast to millions of Discovery Channel viewers in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Spain and Portugal. Each 60-second spot – hosted by Goodwill Ambassadors Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, Roger Moore, Peter Ustinov, and Catarina Furtado – will cover such topics as HIV/AIDS, biodiversity, girls’ education, women’s health and immunization.The initiative, which is part of the UN Works Programme, uses the Discovery Channel’s popular “What Have You Discovered on Discovery?” campaign as a vehicle for the messages. Carmel Mulvany of UN Works said the collaboration is part of an ongoing joint effort with Discovery Networks to develop original programming, web-based features, educational outreach and other promotional activities. “Our goal is to use the reach and resources of a global media company to raise awareness about global issues and show how the United Nations works to make a difference in the lives of ordinary people,” she said.Ms. Mulvany called the PSAs “a unique opportunity for the Goodwill Ambassadors to use their prestige and celebrity to reach Spanish and Portuguese speaking audiences with very important messages.”Echoing this view, Kelley Nichols, Network Group Director for Discovery Channel, Discovery Networks Latin America/Iberia, said, “Through this unique collaboration, the Discovery Channel is providing a new platform for the UN’s Goodwill Ambassadors to reach people regarding critical issues.” read more

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British tourist trampled to death by elephant in India

first_imgA BRITISH MAN has been killed in India after being trampled by a rampaging elephant in India.The incident took place in Masinagudi National Park, in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is believed the tourist was accompanied by a tour guide at the time of the attack.The Times in the UK has named the man as 67-year-old, Colin Manell.According to Sky News, there are conflicting reports about the moments leading up to the man’s death.Warning There have been claims that the man did not hear the guide shouting a warning at him and that he was engrossed in his photography.The Times reports that the man was treated at the local Masinagudi hospital before being transferred to Gudalur Government Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.The Foreign Office confirmed the death, saying: “We are aware of the tragic death of a British national in southern India and we are providing consular assistance at this difficult time.”Read: France to keep ‘death row’ elephants… and Brigitte Bardot>Read: Save the elephants or I’ll move to Russia, Brigitte Bardot tells France>last_img read more

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Hugo Chavez died of a massive heart attack mouthed desire to live

first_imgPRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ died of a massive heart attack after great suffering and inaudibly mouthed his desire to live, the head of Venezuela’s presidential guard said late yesterday.“He couldn’t speak but he said it with his lips … ‘I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die,’ because he loved his country, he sacrificed himself for his country,” General Jose Ornella told The Associated Press.The general said he spent the last two years with Chavez, including his final moments, as Venezuela’s president of 14 years battled an unspecified cancer in the pelvic region.Ornella spoke to the AP outside the military academy where Chavez’s body lay in state. He said Chavez’s cancer was very advanced when death came but gave no details.Ornella did not respond when asked if the cancer had spread to Chavez’s lungs.The government announced on the eve of Chavez’s death that he had suffered a severe new respiratory infection. It was the second such infection reported by officials after Chavez underwent his fourth cancer surgery in Cuba on Dec. 11.Venezuelan authorities have not said what kind of cancer Chavez had or specified exactly where tumors were removed.‘He suffered a lot’During the first lung infection, near the end of December, doctors implanted a tracheal tube to ease Chavez’s breathing, but breathing insufficiency persisted and worsened, the government said.Ornella said that Chavez had “the best” doctors from all over the world but that they never discussed the president’s condition in front of him.The general said he didn’t know precisely what kind of cancer afflicted Chavez, but added: “He suffered a lot.”He said that Chavez knew when he spoke to Venezuelans on 8 December, three days before his final surgery in Cuba, that “there was very little hope he would make it out of that operation.”It was Chavez’s fourth cancer surgery and previous interventions had been followed by chemotherapy and radiation.Ornella echoed the concern of Vice President Nicolas Maduro that some sort of foul play was involved in Chavez’s cancer.“I think it will be 50 years before they declassify a document (that) I think (will show) the hand of the enemy is involved,” he said.The general didn’t identify who he was talking about, but Maduro suggested possible U.S. involvement on Tuesday. The US State Department called the allegation absurd.Maduro, Chavez’s self-anointed successor, said Chavez died Tuesday afternoon in a Caracas military hospital. The government said Chavez, 58, had been there since returning from Cuba on 18 February.Read: After Chavez’s death, Venezuela faces period of uncertaintyMore:President and Tánaiste express sadness at death of Hugo Chavezlast_img read more

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Tom Selleck and ATTs predictions about the 21st century turn out to

first_imgWay back in 1993, that marvelous paragon of masculine mustachivity, Mr. Tom Selleck, played host to a series of AT&T advertisements forecasting with Criswell-like soothsaying the technical marvels that we would all enjoy in the new millennium. 17 years later, DVICE has catalogued all of Selleck’s predictions and made up a score sheet, seeing how he did. Surprisingly, Selleck and AT&T were shockingly accurate about what technology we’d take for granted in 2010. For example, Selleck accurately predicted the coming of e-books and e-readers like the Kindle (as well as initiatives like Project Gutenberg and, arguably, the rise of e-book DRM when he posited that we’d be able to “borrow a book from thousands of miles away.” Selleck also accurately predicted the rise of GPS units, video conferencing, distance learning, streaming movies on demand and even Electronic Toll Collection. Where’d Selleck’s predictions breakdown? He thinks that by 2010, we’ll buy concert tickets from a cash machine, which seems pretty quaint. He thinks people will still be using faxes in 2010, which is arguably true, but more irrelevant by the day. And for some reason, he thinks we’ll be able to tuck our babies into bed from phone booths. Still, this is a heck of a lot better of a track record than many so-called futurists.Read more at DVICElast_img read more

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Working holiday visas under fire

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Council of Trade Unions is pressing for a moratorium on the working holiday visa program because of the scale of entry-level youth unemployment in Australia. The call comes as Australia’s Work and Holiday visa agreement with Greece is still waiting to be signed off, after extended negotiations over its arrangements. ACTU president Ged Kearney told reporters this week that the government should review signing off working holiday agreements with new countries such as Greece and other European countries suffering economic difficulties. “If you look at just unemployed teenagers [in Australia] who are looking for full time work – that’s up to 19 years of age – it’s rising well toward 25 per cent unemployment,” Ms Kearney said. “Before we just jump into … saying well, let’s open up the holiday visa program for example and allow all those young people in Europe to come to Australia, we have to stop and just have a think about what impact that will have on our economy; what the impact of that is on our young people.” Monash University demographer Dr Bob Birrell says that he agreed with Ms Kearney. Dr Birrell said that major changes were needed following a 30 per cent increase in the number of young foreigners coming to Australia on working holiday visas in the last year. “We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of working holiday visas. “There’s a vast imbalance between the number of working holiday makers coming here versus Australians who are taking advantage of the reciprocal rights overseas.” Dr Birrell added that the Australian government should stop signing new working holiday agreements with about a dozen new countries – one of which is Greece. “They’re showing no concern whatsoever for the plight of young [Australian] people who are disadvantaged by this,” he said. Dr Birrell told Neos Kosmos that because the visa under discussion with Greece is the Work and Holiday visa – which will be capped (in Greece’s case initially to 500 per year) – the impact of its introduction could not be compared to the kind of numbers coming from Taiwan and South Korea under the Working Holiday program – which is uncapped. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the Australian government would continue to offer working holiday visas for the good of the economy. “The facts are that tourists coming to Australia on working holiday maker visas create jobs for Australians,” he said. “They are good … for jobs and good for our regions.” The gross contribution of the total number of working holiday makers (WHM) to expenditure in the Australian economy was estimated to be $1.8 billion when research was last conducted in 2009. Mr Morrison said that working holiday visa holders are protected by the same workplace laws – including the Fair Work Act – as Australian citizens and permanent residents. “The WHM program is not a work visa and undertaking work is an optional part of a WHM’s stay,” he said. “WHMs are therefore not subject to the direct sponsorship requirements of Australia’s more structured skilled migration visa programs.” Greece’s Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Haris Dafaranos told Neos Kosmos that he will meet with Immigration Minister Scott Morrison on December 4 to discuss a number of issues around migration between Greece and Australia, including the long-awaited Work and Holiday visa agreement.last_img read more

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Greece and FYROM set for talks to resolve differences

first_imgThe Greek Foreign Ministry announced this week that its officials will travel to Skopje in the next few days to discuss confidence-building measures with the government in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias revealed the news on Thursday, informing journalists that MFA political director Petros Mavroidis would be making the trip after meeting with FYROM’s Deputy Prime Minister Fatmir Besimi in Athens.Mr Kotzias said he may reveal more about the discussions when he visits Skopje later this month as part of a tour of the Western Balkans.“I would be getting ahead of myself if I mentioned measures, because we have to agree on them first,” said the Greek diplomat. “As I always say, when one is negotiating, it isn’t good to talk about it.”Mr Kotzias praised Deputy Prime Minister Besimi, a member of FYROM’s Albanian community, as a “young, talented politician”. “We always tell our European partners that realistic and reasonable voices like Mr Besimi’s must be listened to with care in Europe,” added Mr Kotzias.Mr Besimi said that he sees an opportunity for Greece and FYROM to resolve their differences, and welcomed Mr Kotzias’ decision to visit Skopje. “Neighbours have no other choice but to be good friends,” said the visiting envoy. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Énergies renouvelables lécrasante majorité des Français est favorable à leur développement

first_imgÉnergies renouvelables : l’écrasante majorité des Français est favorable à leur développementFrance – L’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe) a publié les résultats de son baromètre sur les Français et les énergies renouvelables. D’après cette étude, 97% des habitants de l’Hexagone sont favorables au développement des énergies propres.L’intérêt pour les énergies renouvelables et leur connaissance par les Français ne cessent de croître. Quand 64% des personnes interrogées déclarent être “tout à fait favorables” au développement des énergies propres, 85% sont capables de citer spontanément au moins une énergie renouvelable, contre seulement 68% en 2005.C’est l’énergie solaire qui est la plus souvent évoquée (68%), vient ensuite l’énergie éolienne citée par 57% des sondés. Ces deux énergies sont considérées comme saines et respectueuses de l’environnement.”Les évolutions de perception, de connaissance et de pratiques des Français” peuvent d’après l’Ademe, être en grande partie expliquées par la flambée des prix du pétrole et le Grenelle environnement.En 2009, 96% de la population perçoit au moins une énergie renouvelable comme “productible à domicile”, l’énergie solaire étant citée par près de 90% des personnes interrogées. Si c’est l’idée de réaliser des économies qui tient lieu de première motivation, la protection de l’environnement arrive en deuxième position.Alors que 21% des Français déclarent posséder un équipement leur permettant d’utiliser des énergies renouvelables pour leur consommation propre, 9% indiquent envisager d’en acquérir un d’ici les douze prochains mois. Reste alors le problème du coût trop élevé de l’installation, mais aussi des difficultés techniques liées à l’installation, principaux freins au développement des énergies renouvelables pour les ménages français.L’éco-prêt à taux zéro, lancé par le gouvernement quatre mois avant la réalisation de l’enquête de l’Ademe, devrait avoir un impact significatif sur le baromètre 2010 de l’opinion des Français au sujet des énergies renouvelables.Le 24 février 2010 à 17:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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