Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) MLA Dhananjoy Tripura has tied the knot with the girl who had alleged that he raped her on the pretext of marrying her. The wedding is the fallout of hectic negotiations between the families of the MLA and the girl, who hails from Mandwai, at the intervention of some senior IPFT leaders.Police had booked the Mr. Tripura (29) under sections of 417 and 376 of IPC after the tribal girl in her complaint with the police on May 20 last charged him with raping and deceiving her with the promise of marriage.Police made progress in the investigation amid pressure from different social forums for a fair and complete probe.Sources in the IPFT said senior leaders intervened for an amicable solution between the families as police were to arrest the MLA anytime. Mr. Tripura, who had vehemently denied the allegation, finally relented.The marriage was solemnised at a simple ceremony attended by only family members. Both the bride and the groom made a joint submission to the designated court seeking the closure of the case.
According to the latest report by International Data Corporation’s (IDC) around 27 million smartphones have been shipped to India in the CY Q1 2017. This led to a growth of nearly 14.8 per cent of smartphone shipment in India in the past one year. The report further states that Redmi Note 4 is the highest shipped smartphone in India in Q1 of 2017.Xiaomi is the second largest smartphone manufacturer in Indis with healthy 39.8 per cent sequential growth in Q1 2017 in the past few quarters. IDC report states, “Two new launches – Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4A, in the first quarter of the year not only drove the volume growth for Xiaomi but also helped vendor to lead online smartphone shipments with 40.6 per cent share.”The IDC report further states that about 51.4 per cent share of the smartphone shipments in India are occupied by the Chinese smartphone makers in the first quarter of 2017.The IDC report further states that, “In the first quarter of 2017, China-based vendors captured 51.4 percent share of the smartphone shipments in India with 16.9 percent sequential growth and impressive 142.6 percent growth over the same period last year. In contrast, a share of homegrown vendors dropped to 13.5 percent in the Q1 2017 from 40.5 percent in Q1 2016.” China-based vendors continue to strengthen their grip in Indian smartphone market, adds IDC.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 with Snapdragon 435 processor, 4100mAh battery launched starting at Rs 6,999With the increasing dominance of Chinese smartphone manufacturers in India has resulted in the following:– Average selling price (ASP) of smartphone has increased from US$131 in Q1 2016 to US$155 in Q1 2017. Further, it has shifted the mass segment which used be the less than US$100 to US$100-U$200 in India contributing almost half of smartphone shipments in Q1 2017.advertisement– Almost 94.5 percent smartphones shipped in Q1 2017 were 4G-enabled, reports IDC.– Nearly 5 out of 10 smartphones shipped in Q1 2017 had 13-megapixel and more as primary or rear camera. Almost 62.2 per cent of smartphones shipped by Chinese smartphone makers are equipped with 13-megapixel and more as rear camera.– The share of less than 5-inch screen size smartphone reduced to 21.2 per cent in Q1 2017 from 40.3 percent in Q1 2016. The focus of China-based vendors remains on bigger screens, 9 out of 10 smartphones shipped by China-based vendors were 5-inch and above in Q1 2017.– In the first of quarter of 2017, Redmi Note 4 became the highest shipped smartphone in India. This smartphone replaced Samsung Galaxy J2 which was the top model back in Q4 2016.Also Read: Flipkart Big 10 Sale Day 3 top deals: Google Pixel, Moto M, iPhone 7, Samsung On Nxt, Vivo V5 Plus & more– Direct internet channel (vendor selling from their website) captured 4 per cent of the market share in Q1 2017 from the negligible share in Q12016. Xiaomi’s efforts for operating the Mi.com and frequent short supply of its devices with eTailers were the key reasons for the shift of Indian consumers buying from the vendor website.”Though are homegrown vendors making attempts to recapture the lost ground with new launches, in sub-US$100 as well as in the mid-range segment. But intense competition from China-based vendors continues to be a major challenge and is expected to increase in coming quarters,” says Jaipal Singh, Market Analyst, Client Devices, IDC India. “Recovery of homegrown vendor is necessary for Indian smartphone market not only to fill-in the vacuum created for last few quarters but also to fuel the feature phone to smartphone migration,” further adds Singh.Xiaomi Redmi 4 is finally available on open sale during the 4 day Flipkart Big 10 Sale. However, the budget smartphone went out of stock in no time. In terms of specifications, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is available in three variants — 2GB RAM/32GB storage variant (Rs. 9,999), 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage model is priced at Rs. 10,999, and the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 12,999. The smartphpne is available in four colour varaiants — gold, grey, matte black, and silver. The smartphone runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallo, is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4100mAh battery and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display. On the camera front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, while features a 5-megapixel sensor as the selfie snapper.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Washington Wizards’ 15-point lead in the fourth quarter was enough to claim their fourth straight victory.Barely enough.The Wizards weathered a late rally by Memphis to escape with a 102-100 win on Friday night. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 34 points, while fellow guard John Wall added 25 points and nine assists.“We stopped being aggressive, and I think we kind of slowed the pace down instead of pushing it,” Beal said of allowing Memphis to get back into the game, adding: “We settled for some tough shots, a lot of contested ones down the stretch versus getting out in transition and continuing to play the same way we had played the whole game.”That change of pace for Washington came following an advantage that reached 17 in the third quarter and was still sitting at 15 with just under 9 minutes left. But Memphis used eight straight points to cut the deficit to seven points, then later crafted a 10-1 rally to pull within 98-97 on Tyreke Evans’ 3-pointer with 18 seconds left. Meanwhile, the Wizards made only 2 of 16 shots in the fourth.But Memphis couldn’t overtake the Wizards the rest of the way, and a pair of free throws by Markieff Morris with 3 seconds remaining provided enough cushion for Washington to escape. Morris finished with 12 points and matched his career high with 17 rebounds.“We’ve got to stop digging holes,” Grizzlies interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “You’ve got to give the guys a ton of credit for continuing to fight and continuing to battle back. . But we have to correct the errors that put us in those holes. We shouldn’t be down 15 at any point.”Evans led Memphis with 26 points, while Marc Gasol finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Mario Chalmers had 13 points.Despite Wall and Beal combining to connect on 17 of 34 shots, Washingston still shot 39 percent for the game.“To win on the road shooting 39 percent means we played the defense it takes to win,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.TIP-INSWizards: F Mike Scott, who was shooting 66 percent (76 of 115) over the previous 14 games, made his first three shots and finished the night 4 of 6. … Morris recorded his second double-double of the season. The first came in the Wizards’ previous game Wednesday against the Knicks. … Morris had 17 rebounds against Dallas on Dec. 6, 2012, when he was a member of the Phoenix Suns. … Beal has recorded at least 30 points in seven games this season.Grizzlies: Memphis finished a 10-game stretch in which it didn’t play consecutive games in the same city. Seven of those were on the road. . Memphis is 1-12 against the Eastern Conference, with the only win coming Dec. 15 over Atlanta. … G Andrew Harrison sat out with a left shoulder injury. … Evans has 12 games scoring at least 25 points. … Memphis had 21 fast-break points, the seventh game this season in which it recorded at least 20. The Grizzlies had only seven games of at least 20 in all of the 2016-17 season.CONLEY STATUSMemphis guard Mike Conley, who hasn’t played since Nov. 13, said before the game there is no timetable for his return from a left Achilles tendon injury. He continues to work on non-contact drills “to try and see how much the Achilles can take.” Asked about whether he will return this season, he replied, “I can’t see how I wouldn’t. I’m very confident I’ll be suiting up at some point.”JUMPIN’ JOHN WALLChasing a loose ball near the end of the first half, Wall ended up having to leap seated photographers on the baseline and two rows of fans — a move that caused some to catch their breath since Wall has missed 10 games this year with a sore left knee. “It wasn’t a good sight for me to watch,” Brooks said, adding: “I am glad he popped up.” As for Wall, he took the hurdling in stride. “That’s a little bit of my track in me,” the guard said. “(Brooks) was scared. I did long jump, so I think I’m all right.”UP NEXTWizards: Host Milwaukee on Saturday.Grizzlies: Face the New Orleans Pelicans at home on Wednesday.—CLAY BAILEY, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
New Delhi, Aug 31 (PTI) The fourth International Ayurveda Congress (IAvC) aimed at promotion and propagation of Ayurveda will be inaugurated by Minister of state for AYUSH Shripad Naik in the Netherlands tomorrow.The Minister is visiting the Netherlands from September 1-4 to participate in the Congress jointly organized by the International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation, the Netherlands, All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi, and the International Academy of Ayurveda, Pune, in association with the Indian Embassy in that country.”The congress would focus on promotion and propagation of Ayurveda in the Netherlands and its neighbouring countries of Europe,” an official statement said.A special Seminar is also being organized by the Indian Embassy titled “India-Netherlands collaboration in Healthcare, including Ayurveda” on September 3.This seminar will be jointly addressed by the AYUSH minister and the Dutch Minister for Medical Care and Sport Bruno Bruins.To give further impetus to promotion of AYUSH Systems of Medicine in Netherlands and its neighbouring countries, a high-level meeting has also been proposed in addition to the Congress by Embassy of India and Netherland between the Minister and government Authorities of Netherland, the statement said.An exposure visit of the delegation is proposed to the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands, to discuss on establishing an Ayurveda Chair. PTI TDS TDS TIRTIR
World football’s governing body FIFA has urged the agitating I-League clubs to work closely with the national federation, acknowledging that “complex issues” facing the sport here require a “prudent and measured approach”.Six I-League clubs, led by former I-League champions Minerva Punjab, had questioned the All India Football Federation’s move to award the top league status to the privately-run Indian Super League (ISL).Backing AIFF president Praful Patel’s short-term roadmap for Indian football, FIFA wrote in a letter to Minerva Punjab FC, also marked to AIFF and the Asian Football Confederation, “The review performed in 2018 did indeed identify a number of complex issues which require a prudent and measured approach, encompassing the positions of all relevant stakeholders, in order to be appropriately addressed.”The apex body said the recommendations made in 2018 still require consideration.”It was clear that there are numerous aspects of the recommendations that still require further consideration prior to them being implemented,” said Mattias Grafstrom, FIFA’s acting deputy secretary general (football).”We understand that based on this, the AIFF President has met the clubs and suggested a short-term solution until a more sustainable long-term solution can be found following continued consultation with all stakeholders.”The I-League clubs wanted the AIFF to integrate them into the Indian Super League (ISL) step-by-step, starting with the 2019-20 season as per the joint report.FIFA believes the AIFF is best-placed to find a solution while promising its cooperation.”We therefore strongly believe that the AIFF is best placed to do this and we are confident that a thorough and effective process can be managed by the AIFF in its role as the governing body for football in India,” he wrote in the letter addressed to Minerva Punjab co-owner Ranjit Bajaj.advertisement”FIFA, together with the AFC, remains available to assist and support the AIFF with this process and it will be important that all clubs work closely with the AIFF as the cooperation of all stakeholders will be fundamental to ensuring that the best way forward for top-level football in India is found.”AIFF general secretary Kushal Das welcomed FIFA’s promptness but said it is not feasible to suddenly expand the ISL to 16 teams.”What FIFA is saying that has always been our take. The AIFF is best-placed to find the solution for Indian football. Outsiders can only advice but implementation depends on only practicality,” Das told PTI.”Clubs can only come through meritocracy and and they have to provide financial guarantees that the league doesn’t suffer in the event of a club shutting down. They ought to fulfil all the criteria. We can’t just support a 16-team expansion,” he added.Patel had last month assured I-League clubs that he will approach the AFC to ensure the two leagues co-exist for another two-three years, after a meeting with representatives of the clubs, who threatened to move court against the federation’s plan to make ISL the top league.Not fully convinced by the assurances, the revolting clubs then wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Sports Ministry, before approaching FIFA and AFC.Also Read | Chelsea apology over ‘prolific child abuser’ coach at clubAlso Read | Wayne Rooney to join Derby County as player-coach on 18-month dealAlso See:
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Transfers Benzema not interested in leaving ‘best club in the world’ Real Madrid Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 18:29 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Karim Benzema Primera División The Frenchman is not considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu, at least not while he is a regular starter under Zinedine Zidane Karim Benzema has no interest in leaving Real Madrid because he considers Los Blancos to be “the best club in the world”.The French striker is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and is not expected to return before October, yet he does not believe there to be any threat to his place in the Zinedine Zidane’s starting line-up.Madrid allowed Alvaro Morata to depart for Chelsea during the transfer window, leaving them particularly thin in the central attacking role, meaning even less competition for Benzema. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing And the 29-year-old is confident he will stay at the Santiago Bernabeu for the foreseeable future.”It is the best club in the world,” he told BeIn Sport France . “It is a pleasure and makes me proud.”The expectations are very big and every season you start from scratch. You have to work to keep yourself at the highest level.”If you are a starter here, you do not need to go elsewhere. I think we are in one of the best stages of Real Madrid’s history.”The team is very strong, it’s not just a matter of those who are usually the starters; the substitutes also make a difference.”Benzema also spoke about Neymar’s world-record €222million switch from Madrid’s bitter rivals Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, calling the Brazilian’s decision “strange”.He added: “I will not say I was surprised, because he does what he wants, although it seemed strange. He will have his reasons, no doubt.”
Environment Canada is predicting between 40 and 50 millimetres of rain over much of Nova Scotia on Friday, Feb. 25 overnight into Saturday. The Emergency Management Office is asking people to be prepared for the possibility of localized flooding, particularly in low lying and flood prone areas. “This is a significant amount of rainfall in a short period of time, especially with the snow pack that is already on the ground in some areas,” said Ross Landry, Minister of Emergency Management. “Listen for warnings, take a moment to prepare your home, and use caution around waterways in the coming days.” For flood preparation advice, go to www.gov.ns.ca/emo. Weather warnings are available at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/warnings/ns_e.html . Check road conditions at www.gov.ns.ca/tran or by calling 511.
Government is helping residents affected by the water shortage in southwest Nova Scotia. The Emergency Management Office has been working with the municipalities of Argyle, Barrington and Yarmouth for several months to make sure residents with dry wells have access to drinking water. “With this summer’s dry conditions, particularly in southwestern Nova Scotia, municipalities, volunteer fire departments and other organizations have worked together to help residents whose wells are dry,” said Chuck Porter, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “I want to thank them for responding to the situation facing their communities.” Dry conditions are ongoing and EMO is working with the Retail Council of Canada to purchase drinking water as needed. “As the voice of retail in Canada, we are pleased to once again offer our support to the effort to assist families in southwestern Nova Scotia,” said Jim Cormier, director, Atlantic Canada, Retail Council of Canada. “We will work with our members to supply bottled water for distribution to people in need.” The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will provide non-potable water in tanker trucks for local fire departments to distribute to residents. Emergency Management Office staff will continue to monitor the situation and work with municipalities to address their needs.In 2016, the provincial government passed legislation that allows municipalities to create a program that pays the costs of drilling or expanding wells through property tax bills.
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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