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PM Modi offers special puja at Somnath Temple

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday offered special pooja at the historic Somnath Temple in Gujarat. This was his first visit to the temple after becoming Prime Minister. He is a trustee of the temple board.BJP president Amit Shah, who is also a trustee on the board, was present.On a two-day visit to his home State Gujarat, Mr. Modi on Tuesday dedicated a petrochemical complex OPaL in Dahej and inaugurated a bridge over the Narmada river in Bharuch.In Gandhinagar, he met his mother Hiraba and then attended a dinner hosted by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.last_img read more

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BJP rules out mid-term polls in Goa

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party’s State unit general secretary and South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar on Thursday ruled out mid-term polls in Goa.Mr. Sawaikar blamed the Congress for “trying to create confusion by raising the bogey of mid-term elections in the State”. Goa is witnessing a political turmoil due to the prolonged illness of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. “The BJP-led coalition government will not only complete its five-year term but also give a smooth, development-centric governance to the State,” Mr. Sawaikar said. “The statement by some of the Congress leaders that Goa is heading for mid-term polls, is nothing but a futile attempt to create confusion,” he said. The clueless Goa Congress is baffled by the development agenda and its effective implementation by Parrikar-led govt,” he further said, adding, “Congress is only scared of its imminent defeat in both the by-polls as well as in the Lok Sabha polls.” This statement comes after those made by Congress president Girish Chodankar and Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar two days ago that the BJP was trying to engineer mid-term polls in Goa, along with the 2019 general elections and was likely to dissolve the Assembly soon.last_img read more

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Mayweather to quit for good after McGregor bout

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong The two men are to face each other at Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in what could become the richest bout in boxing history.Mayweather, who has already made an estimated $700 million during his two-decade career, is set for another eye-watering payday against brash UFC star McGregor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut irrespective of the result next month, Mayweather said he has already decided it will be his last fight.“I’m not the same fighter I was 21 years ago. I’m not the same fighter I was 10 years ago. I’m not even the same fighter I was two years ago,” Mayweather told reporters at the Staples Center. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Mayweather said he had discussed his plans to quit for good at a meeting with advisor Al Haymon earlier Tuesday.“I spoke to Al and told him. Today we had a meeting,” Mayweather said. “I can’t push my body, it’s gruelling. Training camp is gruelling. I can’t do it any more. Training camp is rough. It has to be my last one.“After taking a couple of years off I was okay. But then we ended up somehow making this fight happen. “Now I really know that this is it. Deep in my heart I know this is it.”‘Tough competitor’The build-up to Tuesday’s event saw Mayweather face headlines that he has filed for an extension to pay his 2015 tax bill.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Expletives, excitement as Mayweather, McGregor face-offcenter_img LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Los Angeles, United States — Floyd Mayweather has vowed to quit boxing once and for all after he emerges from retirement for next month’s cross-combat showdown with Conor McGregor.The 40-year-old former welterweight king, who retired with a perfect 49-0 record in 2015, said Tuesday there was no chance of him fighting again after he climbs into the ring with mixed martial arts star McGregor.ADVERTISEMENT However he brushed off questions about his finances when asked.“We ain’t trippin’ on that,” he responded.For boxing purists, Mayweather risks blemishing an otherwise perfect record with a tawdry final episode that has been disparaged as a cynical circus-like stunt.Mayweather however waved away suggestions that if he was to win, and retire with a 50-0 record, there would be an asterisk against his last fight.“The last time I checked he’s still a professional fighter,” Mayweather said of his lightly-regarded opponent. “He’s a stand-up fighter. He never took a loss fighting straight up. I can’t overlook that, because one shot can end your whole career. He’s a tough competitor but it is what it is.”Mayweather forged his 49-0 record on the back of phenomenal speed and defensive reflexes, often being criticized for his unwillingness to go to toe-to-toe with opponents.Another boxing masterclass could well be in store for McGregor, but Mayweather is unfazed by the possibility that the Irish brawler may deploy mixed martial arts tactics if he struggles to lay a glove on the American.“That’s the referee’s job,” Mayweather said. “My job is to go out there and be a boxer, be a fighter. I’m pretty sure the referee’s going to be fair and fun.“I’ll leave all that up to the referee. My job is to go out there and fight against the guy that’s across from me.“The fans demanded the fight. McGregor wanted this fight, I wanted this fight. August 26, it’s going to be blood sweat and tears from the opening bell.” MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Mayweather shaking off ring rust1.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 View commentslast_img read more

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With World Cup looming, Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi wants more playing time

first_imgBelgium striker Michy Batshuayi is concerned that his lack of playing time at Chelsea could derail his hopes of playing at next year’s World Cup finals.The 23-year-old joined Chelsea in 2016 after a reported 33 million pounds move from Marseille, making 20 league appearances, 19 from the bench, and scoring five times including the goal that sealed the Premier League title at West Brom.”Everyone knows that I have to play more, that I have to score goals. There’s a World Cup coming up next year. I want to be ready,” Batshuayi told reporters ahead of Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Estonia on Friday. (I am not in manager Antonio Conte’s plans at Chelsea, says Diego Costa)Batshuayi, who scored four goals in Chelsea’s last three league games, did not rule out a loan deal but said that would be a decision for the club.”I have lived difficult moments, but it’s in times like those that you learn the most,” Batshuayi added.”Certainly when you’re surrounded by top-class players, like Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, all of them, you only can make progress in a situation like that.”I haven’t played a lot…but I managed to score one of the most important goals. It gave me a boost. Good for me, good for the team.”Batshuayi’s chances of getting more first team action were boosted after Chelsea team mate Diego Costa said on Wednesday there was no future for him at the club due to a bad relationship with manager Antonio Conte.advertisementlast_img read more

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PTI Sports Highlights at 5:30 PM

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 24 (PTI) The following are PTIs top/expected sports stories at 5:30 pm:STORIES IN THE PIPELINE:MUMBAI – Report of the 3rd T20 match between India and Sri Lanka.GUWAHATI – Premier Badminton League match between Hyderabad Hunters and North Eastern WarriorsTHIRUVANANTHPURAM – National shooting Championship for rifle and pistol.STORIES ON THE WIRE:SPO-VIJENDERI am ready to fight for Commonwealth, World title: VijenderJaipur, Dec 24 (PTI) Indian boxings poster boy Vijender Singh now has his eyes trained on the Commonwealth and World Championship title, the hunger for success not quite satiated by his 10th straight win on the pro circuit.SPO-YEAR-WRESTSushils Phoenix-like rise exposes wrestlings sorry taleBy Chandraboli MitraNew Delhi, Dec 24 (PTI) Indian wrestling would have remained a tale of highs and lows had it not been for two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumars Phoenix-like rise, which gave a reality check to a sport that hasnt moved much since his sudden exit from the scene three years ago.SPO-WAQAR-KOHLIWaqar tips Kohli to break all batting recordsKarachi, Dec 24 (PTI) Pakistans former captain Waqar Younis has tipped Indian skipper Virat Kohli to break all batting records in the years to come.SPO-FOOT-WOMENIndia finish runners-up in SAFF U15 Womens ChampionshipNew Delhi, Dec 24 (PTI) India finished runners-up after going down 1-0 to Bangladesh in the final of the SAFF U15 Womens Championship in Dhaka.SPO-BOXIndian boxers strike gold at Kazakh tourney New Delhi, Dec 24 (PTI) Indian boxers dominated the ring at the Galym Zharylgapov Boxing Tournament in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, claiming three gold, a silver, and a bronze medal at the event which concluded today. PTI APA APAadvertisementlast_img read more

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Wind River achieves OpenChain 2.0 conformance

first_img Continue Reading Previous Cadence announces DisplayPort 2.0 verification IPNext ADLINK’s MCM solution empowers remote monitoring and management Wind River announced that it is certified on OpenChain version 2.0. It was also the first company to become OpenChain conformant.Hosted by the Linux Foundation, the OpenChain Project aims to build trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent. By working through the OpenChain Specification conformance process and curriculum, open source license compliance becomes more predictable, understandable and efficient for all participants in the software supply chain.Companies with OpenChain conformance are demonstrating that their delivered open source artifacts were prepared by using a comprehensive and disciplined program. It helps a company further build their reputation and trust by reinforcing that the provided artifacts are of high quality.Wind River Linux is freely downloadable. Additionally, Wind River offers a Wind River Linux subscription that provides access to long-term support and maintenance, including security updates, for the fully upstream Wind River Linux content. Customers can select from a variety of support options, with services that include support engineers, hosted environments, person-to-person help, and online interactive self-help. With premium support, a designated support team works directly with the client’s unique environment, application, and hardware.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

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UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN A SUCCESS

first_imgThe United Way of Siouxland says local businesses and residents contributed thousands of dollars more in the 2016-17 fundraising campaign than the previous year.Campaign Chairs Doug and Susan Boden say the local United Way raised $3,411,000, nearly $80,000 more than last year’s annual campaign.That success ensures critical programming and community initiatives will be able to move forward at their supported agencies.last_img

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Les NéoÉcossais célèbrent la désignation de GrandPré

first_imgLe plus récent site du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO en Nouvelle-Écosse a célébré son succès aujourd’hui 21 juillet. Grand-Pré a été reconnu par l’UNESCO, le 29 juin dernier, pour son importance du point de vue agricole et culturel. La ministre de l’Éducation Ramona Jennex, au nom du ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine Leonard Preyra, s’est jointe aux représentants du gouvernement fédéral, aux membres de Nomination Grand-Pré et à la communauté locale pour célébrer la désignation du paysage de Grand-Pré par le dévoilement d’une plaque. « Il s’agit d’un endroit très spécial pour les Acadiens, pour les gens de la vallée de l’Annapolis et pour tous les Néo-Écossais, a dit Mme Jennex. La désignation de l’UNESCO encourage les gens de partout au monde à venir faire l’expérience de l’histoire et de la culture de Grand-Pré et d’en apprendre davantage au sujet des gens qui ont développé le potentiel de ce paysage. » La désignation est le fruit de plus de cinq années de travail par tous les ordres de gouvernement et la communauté locale, par l’entremise de Nomination Grand-Pré, en vue de la présentation du dossier de candidature à l’UNESCO. Le dossier présente la valeur agricole des terres endiguées de Grand-Pré et l’importance symbolique du paysage pour les Acadiens. « Les Acadiens veulent partager leur culture et leur patrimoine avec le monde entier, souligne David Wilson, ministre des Affaires acadiennes. Cette reconnaissance est importante non seulement pour Grand-Pré, mais pour les Acadiens de partout au monde. » « Les 43 parcs nationaux, les 167 lieux historiques nationaux et les quatre aires marines de conservation du Canada sont la pierre angulaire de la stratégie de conservation du gouvernement fédéral, a déclaré Peter Kent, ministre de l’Environnement. Ces lieux préservent et protègent l’histoire naturelle du Canada, ils stimulent l’économie au moyen du tourisme et ils rassemblent les Canadiens, du Pacifique à l’Atlantique en passant par l’Arctique. » « La célébration de cette grande réalisation tombe particulièrement bien en cette Journée des parcs 2012 et j’encourage toute la population du Canada à fêter aujourd’hui la merveilleuse nature canadienne et nos lieux historiques importants, en particulier celui-ci, le plus récent site du patrimoine mondial. » Grand-Pré est le troisième site du patrimoine mondial désigné en Nouvelle-Écosse. Lunenburg a été inscrit à la liste en 1995, et les falaises fossilifères de Joggins en 2008. L’UNESCO a également approuvé deux réserves de la biosphère en Nouvelle-Écosse au cours de la dernière décennie. La réserve de la biosphère du sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse a été reconnue en 2001, et la réserve de la biosphère des lacs Bras d’Or en 2011. « L’histoire de trois peuples distincts, les Mi’kmaq, les Acadiens et les Planteurs de la Nouvelle-Angleterre, est bien évidente dans ce paysage côtier », a dit Gérald Boudreau, coprésident de Nomination Grand-Pré. « Les histoires gravées dans ce paysage remarquable feront maintenant partie du patrimoine commun de l’humanité », a dit Peter Herbin, coprésident de Nomination Grand-Pré. Maintenant que la désignation de l’UNESCO a été accordée, le gouvernement provincial respectera son engagement à verser un investissement de 2,5 millions de dollars pour appuyer le travail d’un comité d’intendance responsable de la protection du site. Les membres du comité seront annoncés bientôt. Des renseignements supplémentaires sur le site du patrimoine mondial de Grand-Pré se trouvent au http://landscapeofgrandpre.ca/fr.last_img read more

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Morocco Records Over 27,000 New Cases of Tuberculosis Every Year

first_imgRabat- Tuberculosis still infects thousands of Moroccans each year.El Hossein El Ouardi announced on Monday in Casablanca that Morocco registers over 27,000 new cases of tuberculosis (TB) every year.On the eve of World Tuberculosis Day, the Moroccan Ministry of Health announced its latest records of the number of people afflicted with TB in the country. According to Akhbar Al Yaoum, Minister of Health El Hossein El Ouardi announced that Morocco saw 27,000 new cases of TB in the last year.According to the same source, tuberculosis spreads in the working class neighborhoods of large cities such as Casablanca, Salé, Fez and Tangier. It affects mostly young males between 15 and 45 years old.“Casablanca recorded the largest percentage of cases at 20%, registering 5,000 of the cases reported in the kingdom overall,” El Ouardi said.El Houssein El Ouardi said that the Ministry of Health has developed a new plan to fight tuberculosis. “It will depend on providing free medicine, bringing the treatment to remote areas, signing partnerships with non-governmental organizations and the private sector, as well as controlling socioeconomic determinants to eliminate the disease,” El Ouardi said.El Ouradi explained that with this new plan adopted by the Ministry of Health, entitled “Early Detection for 95% of Cases,’’ “the treatment success rate increased by 85%, and the number of cases  has been reduced by 3% compared to last year.” “The Ministry of Health has allocated a budget of MAD 30 Million($3.5 million US), to the new plan, in addition to a grant from the  Global Fund to Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2012-2016, which is estimated at MAD 85 million ($10.5m US),” the Minister of Health concluded. Edited by Jessica Rohanlast_img read more

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Meet the New Faces at Rabat’s National Zoo

Rabat – Rabat National Zoological Garden is updating its roster of animals this November, enriching and diversifying its African animal collection.Big ones, small ones, weird ones, and even legendary ones, the new animals at the zoo are making a buzz.“African Savannah” leopards will join the variety of mammals in the zoo. This species dwells in a wide range of habitats within the continent, from mountainous forests to grasslands and savannahs. Un couple de #panthères tachetées (#léopards) rejoint la famille de #Rabatzoo. Vous pouvez les découvrir dans la biozone “savane africaine?????? ??? ?? ?????? ?????? ????? ????????? ???????. ?????? ?????? ?????? ?????? ???????? ?????????. pic.twitter.com/F0rRyqYaFH— Rabatzoo (@Rabatzoo) November 14, 2017“It is a species of the almost extinct cat family in North Africa that was once seen in the High Atlas Mountains and lives mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and the western Kalahari Desert in Namibia,” said the zoo in a statement.Morocco’s iconic monkey, the Barbary macaque, has been added to the zoo’s picturesque animals.Les #singes magots sont de retour @Rabatzoo au cœur de la « Montagne de l’Atlas ». Savez-vous qu’il n’en reste que 20.000 dans la nature ????? #???? ??????? ??? ????? ????????? ??????? ?? ??? “???? ??????”. ?? ?????? ??? ?? ????? ??? 20000 ?? ??? ??????? ?? ??????? pic.twitter.com/1yz8paWtIM— Rabatzoo (@Rabatzoo) November 15, 2017The only native primate north of the Sahara, the Barbary macaque is in danger of extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).Morocco has launched a campaign to save the endangered monkey species, as the IUCN warned that they may “disappear within 10 years.”And for the grand finale, the zoo is welcoming for the first time the adorable and rare white lion.Pour la première fois au #Maroc, un animal qui ne s’observe qu’exceptionnellement dans certaines réserves d’Afrique arrive à #RabatZoo. Souhaitez la bienvenue à notre #lion blanc ???? ??? ?? ??????: #????? ?????? ???? ???????? #????? #??????. ????? ????? ??????? ?????? pic.twitter.com/h8vPCP3im6— Rabatzoo (@Rabatzoo) November 16, 2017A recessive gene gives white lions their unusual colors. It was widely believed that the species could not survive outside of captivity up until 2009, when the first pride of white lions was reintroduced to the wild. It is for this reason that a large part of the population of white lions now reside in zoosRabat’s zoo has also seen the birth of several animals, as part of the conservation strategy for endangered species.The newborns consist of nine sheep with cuffs, eight bald ibis, seven dorcas gazelles, six barbarous deer, four catta lemurs, three servals and several other wild and exotic species.C’est le week-end! Faites vous plaisir et rendez nous visite au Jardin Zoologique de Rabat après une longue semaine de travail ou d’étude ? pic.twitter.com/YtA38ScZ33— Rabatzoo (@Rabatzoo) October 6, 2017Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer que notre chèvre naine et notre petit Lama sont désormais baptisés #Amkran et #Tadefi ? #RabatZoo pic.twitter.com/v6KRnDAfqA— Rabatzoo (@Rabatzoo) September 19, 2017????? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ????? ???????. ???? ?????? ??? ???????? ???? ?????? ??? ??? ?????? ???????? ??????? ?????. #RabatZoo pic.twitter.com/sryvN9LXol— Rabatzoo (@Rabatzoo) September 25, 2017The zoo added that these new births come to enrich the zoo’s collection of African fauna, bringing its total number of animals to around 2,000, living in biozones reproducing the original ecosystems of these species.The veterinary and zootechnical teams of the zoo said that they are taking the necessary steps to ensure the acclimatization conditions of these newborns. read more

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Boeing dealing with second software problem on troubled jet

Boeing has found another software issue that needs fixing on its 737 Max jets, and the discovery explains why the aircraft maker is delaying its schedule for getting the planes back in the air.A Boeing spokesman on Friday called it a “relatively minor issue” and said the plane maker already has a fix in the works.The spokesman, Charles Bickers, said the latest issue is not part of flight-control software that Boeing has been working to upgrade for months.That software, known by its acronym MCAS, is suspected in two recent deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that led regulators to ground the plane worldwide last month.The Associated Press read more

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Labor Secretary Acosta resigns amid Epstein deal scrutiny

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is stepping down following criticism of his handling of a plea deal with a wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.Trump announced the news with Acosta by his side at the White House as Trump left on a trip to the Midwest.Acosta says stepping aside was the right decision.He was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw a 2008 nonprosecution agreement with Epstein. Epstein avoided federal charges and served 13 months in jail.Similar charges recently filed against Epstein by federal prosecutors in New York had put Acosta’s role in the 2008 deal under renewed scrutiny.The Associated Press read more

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Only onethird of 534 billion needed received so far in UN appeal

The $1.8 billion received masks serious disparities in response, OCHA said, noting that humanitarian activities in high-profile emergencies such as Iraq and Afghanistan have received strong funding against their appeals, while others like Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have received less than a quarter of what is needed. OCHA also said food aid receives by far the most funding with contributions exceeding the combined funding for all other activities. The agency noted an especially disturbing trend is low or late funding for rehabilitation programs aimed at helping families to attain self-sufficiency. “Funding must come early in the year, or agencies are forced to stretch thin resources across sectors, or reduce rations, which leads at worst to increased rates of mortality and morbidity, and at least to fewer people being assisted,” OCHA warned. The UN Consolidated Appeals aim to bring food to the hungry, medical assistance to the sick, shelter to displaced populations, and to provide for other basic needs, aiding some 83 million people in failed states, countries facing civil war or communities devastated by conflict. read more

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Annan welcomes highlevel coherence panels blueprint for sweeping UN overhaul

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed a high-level coherence panel’s report on revamping the organization’s development, humanitarian and environment portfolio, calling it ambitious yet realistic.“We all now have a solemn obligation to seize the opportunity the panel has offered, and to take its recommendations forward with the same energy and sense of urgency that its members devoted to formulating them,” Mr. Annan said after receiving the High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence in the Areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance, and the Environment report from panel co-chairs, the prime ministers of Norway and Pakistan.“The changes proposed will enable the UN to respond better to new challenges, and to support countries more effectively in their efforts to achieve development goals,” he said at an informal meeting of the General Assembly. “It is my sincere hope that together we will be able to carry out their recommendations, and thus make the UN system stronger, more coherent and more responsive to the needs of people everywhere.”The report, entitled Delivering as One, recommended a country-level consolidation of UN agencies, the strengthening of leadership on humanitarian and environmental activities, and the creation of both a new funding system and a new women’s organization.The panel, co-chaired by Prime Ministers Luísa Dias Diogo of Mozambique, Jens Stoltenberg of Norway and Shaukat Aziz of Pakistan, released the report, which global leaders requested at the 2005 World Summit in New York to lay the groundwork for a fundamental restructuring of UN work in the field.“No one facing today’s challenges would design the UN system as it currently stands,” said Mr. Stoltenberg. “To leave it the way it is would mean giving in to short-term national and institutional interests.”The report stated that currently the UN’s work in development is fragmented, weak and not properly structured to meet country needs, with more than one third of UN Country Teams have ten or more agencies on the ground, and several with more than 20, resulting in “incoherent” programme interventions and “excessive” administrative costs.“We have proposed a bold but realistic agenda for action,” Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said. “It should ensure that the UN is well funded, and can respond more effectively to the needs of countries and communities everywhere.”Among recommendations was establishing “One UN” Country Programmes, which would streamline UN agency activities and be led by resident coordinator and handled by a strategic Sustainable Development Board that would eventually bring together boards of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The UNDP administrator would serve as a UN Development Coordinator, reporting to the Sustainable Development Board, the report suggested.The panel also suggested testing the “One UN” programme in half a dozen countries next year to pave the way to a possible system-wide overhaul.“We want the UN to be a strategic player at the country level, supporting us in the preparation and implementation of our nationally-owned development strategies,” Luísa Diogo, Prime Minister of Mozambique, said.Addressing concerns that the proposed changes may demand too radical structuring, the panel readily replied.“The most radical and dramatic thing we can do, is to do nothing,” Mr. Stoltenberg said. “Maintaining the status quo would represent a victory for inertia.”In the coming weeks, Mr. Annan will formally present the report to the General Assembly and will transmit it to his successor, Ban Ki-moon. read more

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Manufacturing sales down 09 per cent in December first drop since August

Manufacturing sales down 0.9 per cent in December, first drop since August OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales were down 0.9 per cent in December, the first decrease since August 2013.The agency says despite the December decline, manufacturing sales have risen in six of the last eight months and were 2.7 per cent higher than in December 2012.Sales were down in 15 of 21 industries, representing approximately three-quarters of total manufacturing.Transportation equipment sales fell 6.1 per cent to $8.8 billion in December after hitting a 17-month high in November.The drop largely reflected a 19.4 per cent decline in the aerospace product and parts industry.Sales fell in seven provinces in December, with the largest declines occurring in Alberta and Ontario. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2014 6:46 am MDT read more

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Montreals Amaya Gaming wins jackpot with US49B deal to become online leader

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2014 8:08 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Montreal’s Amaya Gaming wins jackpot with US$4.9B deal to become online leader MONTREAL – Amaya Gaming Group announced a jackpot of a deal Friday as the Montreal-based company said it will pay US$4.9 billion in cash to buy the world’s largest online poker company, operator of popular brands PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.Amaya (TSX:AYA) said it will buy the Oldford Group, parent company of the Rational Group Ltd., whose poker brands have more than 85 million registered players on desktop and mobile devices and which has dealt more than 100 billion poker hands since launching 14 years ago.“We believe the combined company will be a global online gaming powerhouse in a large and growing global online gaming market,” Amaya founder, chairman and CEO David Baazov said Friday during a conference call.Shares of Amaya soared more than 40 per cent Friday, peaking at $20.20 but were down 72 cents or 3.58 per cent at C$19.24 Monday morning on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The online gaming market is estimated to grow by more than US$13 billion to reach US$42 billion by 2018.The companies together had US$1.27 billion of revenues in 2013, with Amaya accounting for just US$145 million. Together they had combined adjusted pre-tax operating income (EBIDTA) of US$474 million, which is expected to grow this year to between US$600 and US$640 million.The deal followed a year-long courtship that is expected to ease Rational’s entry into the United States, which has been under a cloud because of the legal problems facing executive Isai Scheinberg.Scheinberg, a Canadian citizen who has lived on the Isle of Man for about a decade, remains under indictment in the U.S. after being accused along with 10 other online gambling executives in 2011 of bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling. They were accused of breaking a 2006 Internet gambling law that prohibits companies from accepting payments for online bets where they are not legal.PokerStars agreed in 2012 to pay US$731 million to settle Justice Department charges, without admitting wrongdoing.“Isai’s legal representatives remain in close contact with the Department of Justice and we are hopeful of a resolution of this case,” a spokesman for Isai wrote in an email.However, several states have since moved to legalize Internet betting. Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey were the first, with California, New York, Texas and other states expected to join the list.Amaya’s relationships with state regulators as a seller of slot machines, was well as having top advisers such as retired U.S. Gen. Wesley Clark, are expected to ease the entry into the large U.S. market.“We anticipate Amaya’s track record in the United States has the potential to facilitate a speedier entry into the U.S. for Rational’s brands,” Baazov told analysts.Analyst Ralph Garcea of Global Maxfin Capital Inc. said the deal provides a “clean solution” for PokerStars to enter the U.S. market.Scheinberg and his son, CEO Mark Scheinberg, still have a “bad actor label” which should be removed because of Amaya’s standing with regulators, he said.Garcea also noted the transaction is the third great deal done by Amaya, following the purchase of slot firm Cadillac Jack in 2012 and of casino gaming and lottery designer and manufacturer Diamond Game Enterprises earlier this year.“This just redefines the company and gives them an online global poker presence that’s unmatched,” he said in an interview.“There’s a rich history in Canada (of game development) and it just so happens now one of the largest players in the world is going to be out of Montreal.”Amaya said the change in ownership will be “seamless” for consumers since key Rational management will remain with the company. However, the analyst said the transaction allows Amaya to cross-sell its casino and interactive games on Rational’s popular platforms.Its next gaming frontiers are online casinos, sportsbook and social gaming, which have a combined global market potential of more than US$25 billion.“With online casino and sportsbook added to online poker, the company will truly become a one-stop shop for gaming,” said Baazov.Amaya offers gaming products and services including casino, poker, sportsbook, platform, lotteries and slot machines. Amaya says some of the world’s largest gaming operators and casinos are powered by its services.The Rational Group, based in the low-tax Isle of Man off the coast of Britain, is also a producer of live poker events and poker programming for television and online audiences. It employs more than 1,700 people globally.The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the agreement, expected to close around Sept. 30.Baazov and several other Amaya shareholders that control about 28 per cent of the company’s common shares have entered into agreements supporting the transaction, which has a break fee of at least US$50 million.Amaya’s annual meeting has been delayed until July 30, when shareholders will vote on the creation of a new class of convertible preferred shares that are part of the transaction.The purchase will be funded with US$2.9 billion of debt, US$1.6 million equity and the rest from cash.Credit facilities are being provided by Deutsche Bank, Barclays Bank and Macquarie Capital and GSO Capital Partners, the credit division of The Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX). A syndicate of underwriters include Canaccord Genuity Corp., Cormark Securities and Desjardins Capital Markets.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version moved June 13 gave the wrong country in which Scheinberg resides and the wrong first name for Scheinberg’s son. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 29, 2016 2:58 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 29, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,681.97, up 42.09 points):Twin Butte Energy Ltd. (TSX:TBE). Oil and gas. Down 1.5 cents, or 37.50 per cent, to 2.5 cents on 8.5-million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B). Miner. Up $1.66, or eight per cent, to $22.41 on 5.2-million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 15 cents, or 2.35 per cent, to $6.23 on 4.5-million shares.Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX:IVN). Miner. Up 24 cents, or 14.37 per cent, to $1.91 on 3.9-million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up two cents, or 0.19 per cent, to $10.78 on 3.9-million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down one cent, or 0.27 per cent, to $3.75 on 3.6-million shares.Companies reporting major news:Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B). Convenience stores. Down 30 cents, or 0.44 per cent, to $67.63 on 1.1-million shares. Alimentation Couche-Tard has an agreement to buy 53 stores in Louisiana, primarily in the Baton Rouge market, for an undisclosed price. The stores currently operate under the Cracker Barrel banner. All but one of them sell fuel under the Shell, Chevron or Cracker Barrel brand names, and 12 include quick-service restaurants. The purchase is being handled through Couche-Tard’s Circle K division, which is purchasing the locations from American General Investments, LLC and North American Financial Group, LLC.High Arctic Energy Services Inc. (TSX:HWO). Oil and gas. Up three cents, or 0.89 per cent, to $3.39 on 143,427 shares. The company has struck an agreement to buy the production services division of Tervita Corp., an environmental services company, for $42.8 million in cash. The deal would see High Arctic Energy Services acquire Tervita’s fleet of 68 service rigs and related support equipment, as well as seven operational bases in Alberta. read more

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More injuries in Calgary Stampeders receiving corps ahead of Grey Cup

EDMONTON — In many ways it’s fitting — another game, another injury in the Calgary Stampeders receiving corps.The Stamps chose to hold their final full practice before Sunday’s Grey Cup outside at Commonwealth Stadium rather than inside at the University of Alberta and they paid a price.Head coach Dave Dickenson said receiver Markeith Ambles, who caught four touchdowns in six games as he filled in for other injured Stamps down the stretch, was stepped on in Friday’s training session and won’t go Sunday.“He’s disappointed — he thinks he can go,” Dickenson said after Saturday’s final walk-through before the final against the Ottawa Redblacks. “It’s just one of those things you kind of go with your gut.”With Ambles out, veteran Bakari Grant gets another shot at winning a Grey Cup. He’s appeared in the big game three times before, but doesn’t like to talk about his record.“My fingers are empty so it would be nice to take one home,” Grant said.Grant was out of football after being cut by Saskatchewan before the start of the season. He signed with Calgary in the middle of October in large part for the opportunity he will get on Sunday.“The longer you are around this game, the less crazy things seem so I wouldn’t call it crazy,” he said.“At the end of the day, everybody knows when I signed, we were in a good position to take first place and … if you take first place you are a win away from this game so that played a big part in it.”Injuries have made for a revolving door at receiver this year in Calgary.Kamar Jorden, Marken Michel and Reggie Begelton all went down with season-ending injuries while DaVaris Daniels missed the last part of the season after breaking his collarbone.“Our receiving corps — I don’t know — we’ve just got to get to 2019 because it seems like if you are a receiver you don’t want to be part of our group because you are going to get hurt,” Dickenson said.Daniels will be back Sunday. The head coach said he could have played in the West final last week, but the decision was made to hold him back.Eric Rogers, who caught three touchdown passes Sunday in the West final victory but missed time in that game with a bad knee, will also go.“No one is 100 per cent, but the knee is good enough to play so I will be out there playing,” he said. “I will make it work no matter what.”Ottawa Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell said the changing personnel does make for challenges on defence.“A little bit, but they have their system in place and they have had the same group of coaches for so long and they kind of just do what they do and they plug and play guys,” Campbell said. “They always end up with good players and they are always going to be difficult to stop.”Tim Cook, The Canadian Press read more

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Silvia Navarro joins Oltchim Valcea

← Previous Story HC Partizan wins Serbian Cup 2012! Next Story → Kristian Kjelling plays Play Off in Qatar! Romanian Oltchim Valcea making a “dream team”, ready to fight for the EHF Championss League title with Buducnost and Gyori. New force of Romanian champion will be one of the best goalkeepers, Silvia Navarro (33), who is coming from Spanish Itxako.Navarro spent six succesfull years in Itxako. This will be her first team abroad. ItxakoOltchim ValceaSilvia Navarro

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