CALGARY – Nutrien Inc.’s decision to lay off more than 1,000 employees at its potash operations is just the latest example of a wider problem with Canada’s rail system, says the Mining Association of Canada.The fertilizer giant said late Thursday it will temporarily lay off up to 1,300 workers at two of its potash mines in Saskatchewan due in part to transportation backlogs in the rail system and the possibility of a strike at Canadian Pacific Railway.The lost jobs and output shows more needs to be done to address shipping demands from the mining industry, said Brendan Marshall, vice president economic and northern affairs at the Mining Association of Canada.“There is a systemic imbalance in the rail freight market now and there has been for decades. We’re constantly seeing a repetition of the issues where railways with market power exploit that power at the expense of shippers and the Canadian economy.”The railways are bringing into question the reliability of Canada as a trade partner and costing jobs, said Marshall.“There’s a lot on the line on how Canada’s being perceived right now from a reliability standpoint. Are we a reliable trade partner for the customers and businesses that generate wealth in this country? And the recent breakdown has called that into question, just as it was called into question merely a few years ago.”The Mining Association of Canada was one of several organizations representing shippers who sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week urging the federal government to adopt amendments proposed to Bill C-49 that would give the Canadian Transportation Agency more power to address problems.“It would allow the agency to independently of its own volition assess and address problems or bottlenecks or issues in the supply chain before they fester and exacerbate,” said Marshall.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe also pointed to rail issues and called on the federal government to act.“1,300 Saskatchewan people now temporarily out of work because sheds full of potash can’t get on rail to market,” Moe said Thursday on Twitter.“This is a direct result of the federal government not taking action where there is a huge problem, and they have clear authority to fix it.”Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau acknowledged the rail constraints and attributed it partly to a robust economy.“It’s one of the things that happens when the economy is firing on all cylinders and there is a large demand and I am speaking on a weekly basis with the railways and telling them they really have to do better,” he said in an interview.Garneau said the government has completed its study of the Senate amendments to C-49 that deal with interswitching and powers to alleviate backlogs, and has decided which ones the Liberals plan to support, meaning “it will not mean all of them.”Canadian National Railway said it had a tough January meeting orders from Nutrien but was able to move all orders in February and March, and it has taken on additional orders.Canadian Pacific Railway also responded to the layoffs.“CP continues to work closely with our potash customers, delivering record levels of potash exports in the first quarter,” CP spokesman Jeremy Berry said in an email.“We expect strong demand to continue through the remainder of the year and look forward to delivering for our customers.”Nutrien formed at the start of the year out of the merger of Potash Corp. and Agrium Inc.In February, Nutrien CEO Chuck Magro said the global market for potash looked strong with robust demand, but with more supply from competitors coming on-line this year the company would have to reassess the market as the year progresses.(Companies in this story: TSX:NTR, TSX:CP, TSX:CNR)
The UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team has consolidated its presence at Yogyakarta Airport to help efficiently channel relief supplies from international donors, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today, adding that the death toll in the affected areas has risen to over 6,300.Measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale, the earthquake has damaged or destroyed more than 100,000 homes, 269 schools, 49 kilometres of roads and bridges, 302 Government buildings and 284 religious institutions.The World Food Programme (WFP) reports that in the past few days the prices of rice has increased in urban areas by 10 to 15 per cent, which makes life even more difficult of thousands of poor families who have lost their homes and assets in the quake. Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has opened a child protection centre in Bantul. The agency plans to set up four other centres in Yogyakarta by the end of this week. For its part, the UN World Health Organization (WHO), which continues to provide medical care to survivors, has set up a disease surveillance system in many areas hit by Saturday’s earthquake. The organization is also helping to manage incoming medical supplies at the airports to ensure that the right medicines and equipment are distributed to the right places.WHO officials said the supply of certain medicines is insufficient which include antibiotics, anaesthetics and orthopaedics. The organization is currently compiling a list of essential drugs and equipment, which will be constantly updated and distributed.As part of further efforts to extend its help to more than 100,000 earthquake survivors, the UN is due to launch an Earthquake Response Plan tomorrow, OCHA officials said, adding that the world body’s agencies and their nongovernmental partners would continue their humanitarian work in the area for about six months.
Director Avi Lewis, right, and author Naomi Klein of the film ‘This Changes Everything,’ stand for a photo on the red carpet during the Toronto International Film Festival press conference announcing the 2015 Canadian features and shorts lineup in Toronto on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 4, 2016 12:59 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2016 at 2:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A few facts comparing Mulcair’s moderate agenda to the Leap Manifesto OTTAWA – The Leap Manifesto is a document that calls for a radical restructuring of the economy as Canada swiftly moves toward ending the use of fossil fuels. It was crafted by best-selling author Naomi Klein and her husband, documentary filmmaker Avi Lewis, and released last September in the midst of the federal election campaign.During that campaign, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair touted his party as a moderate, pragmatic alternative to the Conservatives, promising to balance the federal budget, to hike no taxes other than a “slight and graduated” increase in the corporate tax rate, to sustainably develop Alberta’s oil sands and to be open to free trade deals. That cautious agenda was soundly rejected on Oct. 19, with the NDP finishing a distant third.As New Democrats prepare to gather this week to review Mulcair’s leadership and mull the future of the party, Lewis and some former MPs are pushing the party to adopt the manifesto “as a high-level statement of principles that is in line with the aspirations, history and values of the party.”Here’s what the manifesto calls for:— Shift swiftly away from fossil fuels so that Canada gets 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable resources within 20 years and is entirely weaned off fossil fuels by 2050.— No new infrastructure projects aimed at increasing extraction of non-renewable resources, including pipelines.— “Energy democracy,” in which energy sources are collectively controlled by communities instead of “profit-gouging” private companies.— An end to all trade deals “that interfere with our attempts to rebuild local economies, regulate corporations and stop damaging extractive projects.”— Expand low-carbon sectors of the economy, such as caregiving, teaching, social work, the arts and public-interest media.— Vigorous debate on the idea of introducing a universal guaranteed minimum income.— Declare that “austerity — which has systematically attacked low-carbon sectors like education and health care while starving public transit and forcing reckless energy privatizations — is a fossilized form of thinking that has become a threat to life on earth.”— Pay for it all by ending fossil fuel subsidies, imposing financial transaction taxes, increasing resource royalties, hiking taxes on corporations and the wealthy, introducing a progressive carbon tax, and cutting military spending.
Wildfires in British Columbia Interior begin to exact economic toll by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 10, 2017 10:35 am MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – The wildfires ripping through British Columbia’s Interior are beginning to exact an economic toll, forcing companies in the forestry and mining sectors to scale back or suspend operations altogether.“We saw a really, really bad fire issue in 2003 in the region, but nothing this widespread,” said Greg Munden, president of Munden Ventures Ltd. The log hauling and harvesting company shut down harvesting operations two weeks ago.About 30 to 40 logging companies spanning from Merritt, B.C., to several hundred kilometres north in Williams Lake have also shut down harvesting operations, Munden said.As of Monday morning, most areas ceased hauling operations as well, while some companies stopped work at their mills, he added.West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSX:WFT) closed its 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Chasm, B.C., locations as of the afternoon of Sunday, July 9, according to a statement.The company’s mills near active fires “have staff and resources that are being deployed to protect our facilities and the community,” the statement said.Norbord Inc. (TSX:OSB) says it has shut down its wood panel mill, also in 100 Mile House, and it’s assessing what impact the fires will have on its production schedule.The company says all of the mill’s employees safely left the area, with no reported injuries, and the site was secure at the time of the evacuation.Tolko Industries Ltd. said on its Facebook page that its two Williams Lake locations, the Lakeview and Soda Creek mills, would not open Monday and managers would meet daily to determine whether to open going forward.Meanwhile, in the mining industry, Imperial Metals Corp. (TSX:III) said it significantly reduced operations at the Mount Polley open pit copper and gold mine in the Williams Lake area.Imperial Metals says many of the roads used to access the site have been closed and if critical supplies such as fuel are no longer available, the mine may suspend operations altogether.Currently, neither the local communities nor the province can expect to feel a significant economic impact, said Harry Nelson, an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia.A company like West Fraser, for example, can ramp up production at its other locations to mitigate losses from the closed site, said Nelson, who teaches in the department of forest resource management.If the fires continue to grow, however, it can get more difficult to make up lost production, he said.“I think we’re still aways from that, hopefully.”If companies start losing buildings, like mills, to the fires, Nelson said, local communities could feel the brunt of the fallout if a producer chooses not to rebuild in the area.Nelson pointed to a Tolko Industries sawmill in Louis Creek, B.C., that was destroyed in a 2003 fire. The company chose not to rebuild, citing economic forces at play at the time.The fire appears to be within a couple kilometres of the Norbord mill, wrote Paul C. Quinn, an RBC Dominion Securities Inc. analyst, in a note. He added it’s assumed business interruption and commercial insurance would cover potential losses, which could include roughly $140 million to $145 million to replace the mill.In 2003, wildfires in the province cost the B.C. economy $1.3 billion in direct fire suppression costs and indirect economic losses, according to a paper by the provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
Speaking to reporters in Geneva, UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac emphasized that more than 500 children had died, over 3,350 suffered injuries and many others were secluded at home during the fighting.“The resumption of classes is vitally important in the healing process to help children regain a sense of security, normalcy and stability in a safe and familiar environment,” stressed Mr. Boulierac. On the ground, UNICEF is focused on a variety of areas, such as coordinating schools for some 50,000 children who were either displaced by the fighting or whose school had suffered heavy damage – preventing their attendance in neighbourhood institutions. Additionally, the agency is repairing and cleaning schools that were used to shelter displaced families.“About 100 schools of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and one public school had been used as shelters during the bombing,” explained the UNICEF spokesperson.UNICEF was also planning to rebuild 48 schools in 2014 and 60 schools in 2015. In total, 108 out of 132 government-run schools would be repaired – depending on the funding provided to UNICEF’s Back to School campaign. The Children’s Fund will provide a total of 130, 000 children with school bags and 230,000 with school stationery and teaching aids as well as assist vulnerable priority families with uniforms and shoes. To address the psychological trauma suffered by the children, UNICEF is also organizing a week of special recreational sessions for all schools, designed to allow trained staff to identify for specialized support referrals children who had been more seriously traumatized by the conflict. The campaign underway works within a $16 million budget for 2014.Answering a question on the exact number of children going back to schools, Mr. Boulierac affirmed that 525,000 students would return – 55,000 of whom were small children attending kindergarten. “UNICEF will help local authorities open 395 schools within the coming weeks and directly support 60,000 children,” he said.According to Jens Laerke for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), “There are still more than 63,000 internally displaced people staying in 29 UNRWA schools in Gaza as a result of the 50-days crisis, but the numbers are fluid.” An estimated 50,000 other displaced people were living with host families. Humanitarian partners on the ground report that in response to that displacement, more funds were urgently needed to finance a comprehensive support package to support host families, provide rental subsidies, repair minor damages and supply vouchers to purchase non-food items.While 90 per cent of health facilities in Gaza were operational again – albeit with limited services on some, due to damage – challenges such as electricity shortages, essential medicines and medical supplies continue.Meanwhile today, the Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Palestine, Mohammad Mustafa, and UN Humanitarian Coordinator James W. Rawley, released the updated Gaza Crisis Appeal, which focuses on addressing the urgent humanitarian needs of Palestinians in Gaza.The 2014 Gaza Crisis Appeal requests $551 million in support of the vulnerable population of the Gaza Strip affected by the conflict. It focuses on displaced persons, the injured, the elderly, children, and women, as well as farmers and fishermen who have lost their livelihoods. The Appeal includes the provision of food assistance and basic supplies; expanding access to health, water and education; and meeting the protection needs of the population, including psychosocial support. Assistance will be provided by the Government, UN agencies, and international and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The signing over the weekend of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement is “a positive step towards political stability and peace in the country,” Mr. Ban said in a statement yesterday from his spokesperson. He commended the Yemenis for their ability to come together and read agreement on a “peaceful path forward” during a period of conflict and uncertainty. The agreement was signed yesterday as part of efforts led by Mr. Ban’s Special Adviser, Jamal Benomar. Yemen has recently emerged from a complex UN-backed transition, but the past few months have been marked by violence and unrest in some parts of the country.In his statement, Mr. Ban urges Yemeni political leaders to ensure that the forces over which they exercise control or influence cease all violent acts, and disengage from the conflict.He also calls for the return of all Government institutions to the control of the legitimate authorities.In addition, Mr. Ban calls on Yemeni political leaders to rapidly implement the political undertakings contained in the agreement, and to remain committed to the principles of the National Dialogue Conference. He underscored that the UN looks forward to continuing its engagement with President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, as the legitimate, elected president and other political leaders as they seek to build “a new, democratic Yemen that responds to the legitimate aspirations of all its citizens.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMotorcyclist dies after colliding with pedestrian, utility pole in EssequiboOctober 28, 2018In “Crime”Biker dies after crashing into utility poleFebruary 17, 2014In “Crime”Speeding Truck Driver dies in accidentDecember 9, 2015In “Crime” An accident occurred on the Atlanticville Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) this morning, around 01:50hrs resulting in the death of 26-year-old Zahid Mohamed, a mason of East La Penitence, Georgetown.Based on information received from the police, the motorcyclist was heading west along the southern carriage way, allegedly at a fast rate of speed, when he lost control of motorcycle CH 6696 and collided with a utility pole at the center of the road.As a result of the impact he received injuries and was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Mohamed’s body is currently awaiting a post mortem examination at GPHC’s mortuary.According to the police, the motorcycle was lodged.
Komatsu Ltd has a new order from Adani Mining Pty Ltd for a total of 55 units of 960E-2 and 930E-4SE super-large dump trucks for delivery from the second half of 2016 for use at its Carmichael coal mine in Queensland, Australia. The Carmichael coal mine will be one of the world’s largest coal mines.Adani Mining in Australia is part of the Indian Adani conglomerate and the Carmichael project represents a part of the Adani Group’s large project to bring the energy supply chain of mine, railway, ports, shipping and electricity production in India together in one conglomerate. It is central to Adani’s plans to build a long term future with Queensland and Australia that will deliver 10,000 jobs and A$22 billion in taxes and royalties over the half life of those projects. In this large scale project, the high evaluation of the reliability of Komatsu’s mining equipment and its product support capabilities lead to the award.
Korea Handball ← Previous Story Give them a break: the long-standing Pan American struggle Next Story → HANDBALL GENERATION Z: Serafimov follows Makuc! The 2018 AHF (Asian Handball Federation) Asian Men’s Championship will take place next January in Korea and the preliminary round groups have been drawn, announced IHF.15 teams will take to the courts in Seoul for the competition which is set to take place from 18-28 January as they prepare to face their continental rivals in addition to Australia and New Zealand who were invited by the AHF to participate.“This is an incredible opportunity for the New Zealand Handball Federation,” said a statement on their website. “We thank the AHF and the OCHF for this opportunity.”As well as the draw, an AHF technical delegation visited two of the playing halls and athletes’ accommodation for the championship.Over the four groups, some regional rivalries will be played out as Iran face Iraq in Group A and India take on Bangladesh in Group C, also home to the host nation.The event started in 1997, with Japan beating Korea 24:14 in the final, held in Kuwait City, since then Korea have gone on to become record winners (nine titles), but the emergence of Qatar in the region has seen them win the past two editions (2014, 2016), both held in Manama, Bahrain.2018 will be the second time Korea has hosted the competition, after the 1983 edition was also held in Seoul, won by the host nation.The Asian Men’s Championship also acts as a qualification tournament for the IHF Men’s World Championship with the top four teams going through to the to 2019 edition which will be held in Denmark and Germany.DRAWGROUP AJapanIranIraqGROUP BBahrainOmanAustraliaUzbekistanGROUP CKoreaUAEIndiaBangladeshGROUP DQatarSaudi ArabiaChinaNew Zealand
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3306873 Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 6:51 PM Short URL 14,063 Views BREAKING: Boost for Independents but no gains for @FineGael or @fiannafailparty https://t.co/EKnutrCpFh @REDCResearch @REDCMD @obraonain— The Business Post (@sundaybusiness) March 25, 2017 There’s a small bit of good news for Labour in the latest opinion poll The independents also do well in the latest Red C-Sunday Business Post survey. Share75 Tweet Email 65 Comments Source: The Business Post/Twitter THERE ISN’T MUCH change at all in the latest Red C opinion poll – but Labour and independents are the main movers.Labour are up just two points to 6%, according to the latest survey for the Sunday Business Post.Independents (not counting members of the Independent Alliance) are up three points to 13%. New @sundaybusiness poll – FF26(=) FG 24(=)SF 17 (-2), Inds 13(+3) Sol-PBP 4(-2) Greens 4(=) Lab6(+2) Ind All 3(=) SocDems 3(=) Renua 0 (-1)— Michael Brennan (@obraonain) March 25, 2017 Source: Michael Brennan/Twitter Here’s how the rest of the parties and groupings are faring: Mar 25th 2017, 6:51 PM Fianna Fáil: 26% (no change)Fine Gael: 24% (no change)Sinn Féin: 17% (down two – but that followed a five point bounce last month)Independent Alliance: 3% (no change)Solidarity-PBP: 4% (down two)Greens: 4% (no change)Social Democrats: 3% (no change)Renua: 1% (down one)The poll was taken between last Monday and Friday.Read: People are saying this is the ‘worst 100 days’ of any presidency > By Daragh Brophy
The program for the 2011 Odyssey Festival, Adelaide’s Hellenic Cultural Festival, has been announced. The festival, which will take place between 5 and 22 October, will include presentations, film, music and lectures on various Hellenic cultural topics. There will be an Odyssey Kafe and exhibition space running throughout the festival for people to meet and discuss the events. During school holidays, the agora will feature kids activities and workshops to keep the children entertained. For more information on the program visit odysseyfestival.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The 21-year-old forward is currently very happy to be back in the Spanish La Liga, playing with Las Palmas on loanSpanish forward Rafa Mir started his professional career with Valencia B in 2015, and the same year he played for the first team in the Spanish La Liga.But after only two matches in the first division, he didn’t see any more action and was sold in 2018 to the Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League.And history repeated itself.Two matches with the Wolves made him very frustrated, so he was loaned to Las Palmas in the Spanish La Liga.“It was a very hard time for me and my family, what hurt the most was not having the minutes I wanted,” he was quoted by the Birmingham Mail.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If I had had the time I would have adapted better, it was a period of adaptation and it is not easy to enter mid-year.”“In the end, it was the decision that was made and I am happy on the one hand,” he added.“When a big club looks at you, every player thinks of moving to that side.”“It is true that depends on others because there are advisors or sports directors,” he commented.“It could not be and I am left with the positive that I got from England, we have to keep working and why not go [to Real Madrid] someday?”
A Vancouver man was sentenced Thursday to nine months in jail in connection with an assault on family members and subsequent 15-hour standoff with police on Oct. 17. During the incident, he held his 7-year-old grandson inside the garage at his home.In an agreement with prosecutors, Michael D. Wright Sr., 46, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court on Thursday to third-degree assault, two counts of unlawful imprisonment, obstructing a law enforcement officer and fourth-degree assault domestic violence.In exchange, Deputy Prosecutor John Farra dismissed several other charges. If Wright had been convicted of the original charges at trial, he would have faced up to seven years in prison, said Wright’s attorney, Jeff Barrar.Farra said the Oct. 17 confrontation between Wright and his family — and later between Wright and police — was prompted by allegations that someone had sexually abused children in his family.“The defendant felt that wasn’t being properly addressed,” Farra told Judge Scott Collier.“The state took all of this into consideration in how we resolved this case,” Farra added.In addition to jail time, Wright is required to undergo mental health and anger control treatment. Collier said that until Wright finishes his jail sentence and enrolls and participates in those treatment programs, he will not be allowed to see his wife, who was assaulted during the confrontation.
Kate Beckinsale: “She is of her time. She’s very much observant of all the social codes and conditions. It’s just that she’s found very clever ways to kind of subvert them and kind of squeak past them.”Chloë Sevigny plays Lady’s Susan’s close friend, Alicia Johnson. The two worked together on “The Last Days of Disco” back in 1998, so “Love & Friendship” was a reunion for them.Kate Beckinsale: “There wasn’t this kind of gulf of several decades in between. We did sort of quite easily fall back into a fairly familiar pattern with each other, which was lovely.”Dressing up in 18th century clothing was part of the job for Kate on this film, and it took a bit of getting used to.Kate Beckinsale: “It’s quite difficult walking around in those costumes, especially if the doorway’s very wide. I had some outrageous hats on quite a lot, so you know, you’d have to devise a sort of special technique to get through doors sideways.”You can find “Love & Friendship” in theaters now. And if you’re going to have a celebrity crush, do they get any better than Kate Beckinsale? Kate “Hot-insale” as I like to call her? Isn’t she the best??Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Besides “X-Men” and “Alice,” there’s also “Love & Friendship” at the box office this weekend. That’s Kate Beckinsale’s new comedy set in 18th century England. Deco’s good friend, Chris Van Vliet has all the lovely deets.Lynn, Shireen … in “Love & Friendship,” Kate Beckinsale is a woman of high society and questionable virtue. It may be a man’s world — but Kate plays by her own rules.“Love & Friendship” is based on an early work by legendary English author Jane Austen. Kate Beckinsale is Lady Susan Vernon, dodging rumors of her many affairs. The lady could be bitter and cold, but she’s not.Kate Beckinsale: “In that my character is quite naughty and ruthless and manipulative and cunning and actually, the whole movie is sort of not what you expect ’cause it’s very, very funny.”It didn’t take much to get Kate to commit to the role. It was love at first sight.Kate Beckinsale: “I love the characters where you’re looking at them on the page going ‘Oh my goodness, I can’t believe she’s doing this stuff,’ yet at the same time, you’re also applauding her for her spirit and all that. I’m attracted to those kind of characters.”Lady Susan’s views on love and marriage seem very modern … but that’s not the case, says the woman who’s come to know her quite well.
There has been a bit of a surprise device that has appeared at CES this year from a brand best known for its PC peripherals. Razer has decided to show off a concept gaming netbook called Switchblade, but with a big difference to a typical netbook.We say the Switchblade is a gaming netbook because it can’t be used for anything else really. It does not include a full Qwerty keyboard, instead replacing it with a second touchscreen and adaptive tactile keyboard that lays over the top of the screen. That means each key acts as a small display (like the Optimus keyboard) which can change the image shown based on what game is loaded.The Switchblade was designed through a collaboration between Razer and Intel. So while it has an Intel processor inside, it’s not going to impress anyone with its performance as it’s an Atom chip. We don’t know what the GPU is, but we suspect this is also going to be an Intel solution.For the moment the Razer Switchblade is just a concept netbook. It may never see the light of day, but Razer claim to have had a team working on this for two years so they clearly want to get it to market.Here’s the other information we’ve managed to extract from the Q&A page for the device:2x 7″ multitouch displaysDimensions: 172 x 115 x 25mmWiFi and 3G as standardWindows 7Mini-HDMI, USB 3.0 port, headphones and MicAlthough the Switchblade runs Windows 7 it is thought there will be Razer custom software running on top of this to allow for the profiling each game requires.Read more at Razer, via EngadgetMatthew’s OpinionWhile it looks great, the Switchblade has a number of shortcomings. A gaming netbook really needs a larger display than 7-inches. It also needs a bit more performance than an Intel Atom has to offer, unless it has been combined with a decent GPU such as Nvidia ION.We also have a small device here that supports two displays. That’s going to mean short battery life purely because you can’t fit a large battery in the case. And while the customizable keys are a nice idea, is it really worth having the power drain of a second display to get them? Two screens will also take the price up beyond typical netbook pricing.Until we see this concept realized as a working product we are going to reserve judgement. If it has a 10-inch display, and the GPU turns out to be solid, we may get a bit more excited.
Showcasing the strength of India–France present and future partnerships – from trade to industry, and technology to arts, Bonjour India has set-up a unique pavilion at Children’s Park, India Gate. Titled ‘The Experience,’ the exhibition presents the scale and richness of the past, present and future relations between France and India. Divided into three spaces inspired by the three keywords of Bonjour India – Innovation, Creativity and Partnership, it hosts forty areas of creative and innovative cooperation between the two countries. ‘The Experience’ offer audiences an interactive and immersive multimedia experience of 45 minutes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn Thursday evening, The Ambassador of France, Alexandre Ziegler along with Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar was present for the launch of ‘The Experience’– a digital journey with France along with Dr Bertrand de Hartingh, Curator General of Bonjour India, Director of the French Institute in India.Created and curated by the French Institute (French Embassy) in India, the project has been co-curated and implemented by the agency SpaceMatters, headed by Amritha Ballal and Suditya Sinha. The structure is an expression of modern urban architecture and the exhibits in the interior are intended to represent an experience using technology at its forefront. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIFI and SpaceMatters pushed to have a completely public exhibition in completely public spaces. The structure boasts of over 10000 sqft of space and 9 metres in height, housing high-end digital equipment to tell the story of the Indo-French journey over time. The whole structure has been designed and custom built to be used not just for this occasion – but in a manner that is so flexible that it can be used in whole or parts – creating a sculptural and most importantly usable public installation – it combines, technology and new material, with the ingenuity of craft.At the launch of ‘The Experience’, The Ambassador of France, Alexandre Ziegler said, “Today, we saw the launch of ‘The Experience’ which is a very important visual expression for Bonjour India showcasing the long term collaboration between India and France in a modern and innovative format. The modern structure curated by the French Institute in India in collaboration with an Indian design firm – Space Matters is a strong representation of our efforts to bring forward collaborations reflecting on our past and present to build a strong future.”The third edition of Bonjour India 2017-18 is a four-month-long mega voyage across India that will celebrate Indo-French partnership as well as shape the next decade of human exchange between the two countries. From November 2017 to February 2018, Bonjour India covers 100 projects in 33 cities across 20 states and union territories.
Mozilla has big plans for Firefox for Android by Martin Brinkmann on July 04, 2018 in Firefox – 33 commentsMozilla has put Firefox for Android into maintenance mode while it is working on something big for Android that it plans to release in 2019.A message by Emily Kager on Twitter confirms that Mozilla’s development team for Firefox for Android is putting most development resources into something that Mozilla won’t reveal just yet fully.The message on Twitter suggests that whatever is coming will be based on Android Components and that it will land in the next year.Fennec will stay on Bugzilla but isn’t very actively being worked on right now, but Android Components will the basis of big things on Android in the next year!Maintenance mode means that Firefox for Android will receive bug fixes and security updates for the most part; users should not expect a massive number of new features in the web browser for as long as it is in maintenance mode but Firefox for Android can be used just like before.Firefox for Android received a number of important updates throughout 2018 so far. There was Quantum CSS in Firefox 60 which improved CSS rendering, support for HLS videos and progressive web apps, support for FLAC, permanent tracking protection, support for custom tabs, and a lot more.Things calmed down with the release of Firefox 61 for Android which did not include a massive list of new features and the same will be true for Firefox 62 for Android and future versions that will be released in 2018.While it is unclear what Mozilla has in store for Firefox on Android, it is clear that the organization bases it on Android Components.Android Components is a collection of Android libraries to build browsers or browser-like applications. It is an open source project and it is quite possible that Mozilla is working on a new version of Firefox for Android based on Android Components.One advantage of basing it on the collection of libraries is that Mozilla can use it for all of its browser projects for Android. The company has released and supports Firefox Focus / Firefox Klar, Firefox Rocket, and other Firefox-based apps such as Firefox for Firefox TV or Firefox Reality right now. The list of apps for Android is growing and unifying the backbone makes a lot of sense from a development point of view.Sören Hentzschel speculates that the Android browser project Fenix could be the next version of Firefox for Android. He admits that there is no indication whether that is really the case, or if Fenix is a demo or test project for Android components.Android users who run Firefox right now can continue to do so as the browser will work just like before. Mozilla will patch bugs and security issues so that the mobile browser remains in a workable state.It is unlikely on the other hand that the browser’s marketshare will rise significantly in 2018 considering that it is in maintenance mode. Whether the release of a big update or an entire new browser will shake things up on Android remains to be seen.Now You: which browser do you use currently on your mobile devices?SummaryArticle NameMozilla has big plans for Firefox for AndroidDescriptionMozilla has put Firefox for Android into maintenance mode while it is working on something big for Android that it plans to release in 2019.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Share Wednesday, December 20, 2017 OTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada says at least one Canadian family has been affected by a bus crash in eastern Mexico that has killed an estimated dozen people.The department says it is providing consular assistance to the family, but could not provide further details about how many Canadians were in the bus and whether they were killed or injured.Authorities in Mexico say of the 31 people on the bus, at least 12 people were killed and 18 were injured Tuesday.The bus was carrying cruise ship passengers to Mayan ruins when it flipped over on a highway.Quintana Roo state Civil Defence spokesman Vicente Martin says seven Americans and two Swedes were among the injured, but says authorities hadn’t yet established the nationalities of the dead.Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises says in a statement that passengers from two of its ships, the Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas, were involved.More news: Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthVideo images from the scene show the bus on its side in vegetation off the two-lane highway, with some survivors lying on the pavement and others walking around.Public Security of Quintana Roo state said in a statement that emergency responders took the injured to hospitals in Bacalar, Chetumal and Tulum.The agency says Mexican officials have been in contact with consular offices to assist families of the victims and injured, including citizens of the U.S., Sweden and Brazil. The Canadian Press Canadian family affected by fatal bus crash in Mexico Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
Toronto-born Khadr spent a decade in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Since 2012 he’s been held in a Canadian prison in the western province of Alberta, serving out an eight-year sentence handed down by a U.S. military commission in 2010. He was convicted of five war crimes, including throwing a grenade when he was 15 years old that killed a U.S. Army sergeant in Afghanistan during a 2002 firefight.Khadr, once the youngest detainee at Guantanamo and now 28, has since said he only agreed to a 2010 plea deal to get out of Guantanamo and return to Canada.Canada’s government said that granting bail to Khadr would threaten the entire system of international prisoner transfers.“A lack of clarity in the international transfer process may jeopardize the system as a whole,” the government stated in documents obtained by The Canadian Press. “(Khadr’s) release unsettles the foundation of this system by introducing uncertainty and a lack of control over the manner in which Canadian offenders’ sentences are enforced.”The government argues that allowing Khadr out — given his long incarceration — presents an unprecedented risk to the public. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ottawa maintains that Ross had no jurisdiction to hear Khadr’s bail application under the provisions of the International Transfer of Offenders Act — the treaty that allowed his return to Canada. Canada’s government argued Ross gave “short shrift” to Canada’s “real and consequential” international obligations and she was wrong to find that the right to seek bail pending appeal is a constitutionally guaranteed “principle of fundamental justice.”Canada said allowing Khadr out on bail could jeopardize the repatriation of other Canadian prisoners and damage Ottawa’s relations with Washington.But the U.S. State Department said in a statement to CBC Monday that releasing Khadr on bail would not strain Canada-U.S. relations.Defense attorneys say Khadr was pushed into war by his father, Ahmed Said Khadr, an alleged al-Qaida financier whose family stayed with Osama bin Laden briefly when Omar Khadr was a boy. His Egyptian-born father was killed in 2003 in a Pakistani military operation.Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has long refused to support Omar Khadr, reflecting ambivalence in Canada over the Khadr family. Top Stories Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Canadian government was in court Tuesday morning seeking to block the release on bail of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate while he appeals his conviction for war crimes in the United States.Omar Khadr’s release from prison could come as early as Tuesday evening if Ottawa’s 11th-hour attempt to stop it fails. The government filed a request seeking an emergency stay of a judge’s decision to grant bail late Monday. “Springing (him) into the community rather than allowing him to continue his planned reintegration poses an undue risk,” the government stated. It notes he has applied for parole in June.In response, Khadr’s lawyers said the government’s case for a stay was weak.For one thing, they said, the government acknowledges Khadr’s case is unique and will have little or no effect on other prison transfers.“The onus is on the (Crown) to establish that irreparable harm will actually occur if a stay is not granted,” they stated in their reply brief.On Monday, the government also filed its formal notice of appeal of the April 24 decision granting Khadr bail by Justice June Ross of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.The last-ditch stay application, slated to be heard by a single Court of Appeal justice on Tuesday morning, says the government “will suffer irreparable harm” if Khadr is released.In a statement, a Khadr support group denounced the government’s “unrelenting vilification” of the prisoner and its “knee-jerk” appeal of every court decision favorable to him.“The rights, freedom and liberties of all Canadians are diminished by the actions of this government,” Free Omar Khadr Now said. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation