cricket Their losing streak is finally over, as an inconsistent Delhi Daredevils would look to continue the new-found momentum against a struggling Gujarat Lions here tomorrow and keep their slim IPL play-off hopes alive.As has been the case in the past editions, it has not been a good campaign for Rahul Dravid’s men in the tournament so far. They slumped to a five-match losing streak to languish at the bottom half of the table before managing to pull off a win last night against Sunrisers Hyderabad.The win not only lifted Daredevils to sixth position in the standings but also gave them a ray of hope to qualify for the play-offs, although for that to happen, they cannot afford to flounder even once from here on.Mathematically, Daredevils are in the fray but they will have to win all their remaining matches and hope for favourable results from other games.Daredevils’ much-criticised batting came to the team’s rescue against Hyderabad yesterday after its relatively young bowling attack came a cropper.Daredevils’ fine batting helped them stun the defending champions with five balls to spare. Each and every Delhi batsman, who got a chance, contributed in the win.Openers Karun Nair (39) and Sanju Samson (24), Rishabh Pant (34), Shreyas Iyer (33), Corey Anderson (41 not out) and Chris Morris (15 not out) all pitched in to save the day and Daredevils would be hoping for a repeat show tomorrow.But it is Daredevils’ bowling which would be a cause of concern for Dravid.In the absence of an injured Zaheer Khan, Delhi’s pace attack looked listless with the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Morris and Mohammad Shami going for runs.If not for the spin duo of Amit Mishra and Jayant Yadav, who managed to put brakes on the scoring, Sunrisers would have piled up an above 200-run score.Gujarat Lions, on the other hand, are all but out of the race as they are struggling at the second last position in the eight-team tournament with just six points from 10 games.Having finished an impressive third in their inaugural season last year, it turned out to be a disappointing campaign for the Lions in 2017. Only a miracle from here on might see them qualify for the knock-out stages.Gujarat Lions are a batting heavy side with the likes of Brendon McCullum, Ishan Kishan, Aaron Finch, skipper Suresh Raina, Dwayne Smith and Dinesh Karthik in the line-up. But more often than not, it is their inexperienced bowling unit which has cost the side dearly in the ongoing IPL.The likes of Shardul Thakur, James Faulkner, Basil Thampi and Ravindra Jadeja have failed to live upto the expectations of the side.The Lions are coming into the match following consecutive losses, which includes the heartbreaking defeat against Mumbai Indians in a thrilling Super Over finish at Rajkot, which more or less demolished their chances.With nothing to lose, the Lions would be eager to show their might in their remaining games in the tournament.Teams An inconsistent Delhi Daredevils would look to continue the new-found momentum. File Photo – PTI SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE An inconsistent Delhi Daredevils would look to continue the new-found momentum. File Photo – PTI Published on Delhi Dardevils: Zaheer Khan(C), Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Ankit Bawne, Aditya Tare, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Chama Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Marlon Samuels.Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (C), Akshadeep Nath, Basil Thampi, Shubham Agarwal, Dwayne Smith, Chirag Suri, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Manpreet Gony, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Karthik, Dhaval Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Brandon McCullum, Pradeep Sangwan, Jason Roy, Jaydev Shah, Shelly Shaurya, Nathusingh, Tejas Baroka and Andrew Tye.Match starts at 8pm. COMMENT × Tuesday’s win against SRH not only lifted Daredevils to sixth position in the standings but also gave them a ray of hope. IPL 2017 COMMENTS May 03, 2017
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a measure into law that gives her greater control over the way judges are selected and weakening the influence of attorneys.Language making the change was inserted into a larger funding bill approved on the last day of the legislative session.Reynolds signed it Wednesday with no fanfare, announcing her approval in an email that also noted four other bills.The majority of the 17-member state judge nominating commission members will now be picked by the governor – she will chose nine while lawyers will chose eight.The commission nominates finalists for the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals and submits them to the governor, who makes the final choice.Democrats accused Republicans of trying to stack the courts in their favor after losing cases involving abortion and same-sex marriage.
The horses cross the finish for the first race at the Atokad where live horse racing took place in South Sioux City, NE Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©) Live horse racing returns to the Atokad Park racetrack in South Sioux City this weekend.The sanctioned races will be held on Saturday, September 14th.It’s the fourth consecutive year, Ho-Chunk, Inc. will host the action.In addition to five live races, the event will feature a variety of family-friendly entertainment starting at 1 p.m.Events will include pony rides, face painting, a bounce house and more.For the adults, there will be a tailgate party with college football available on several TVs.The “Crazy Hat Competition” returns for 2019, giving guests the chance to win with their most elaborate and creative race-day hat.The first 200 adults also will receive a commemorative souvenir pint glass.Post time for the live horse race will be at 2 p.m.Guests will be able to bet on horses while enjoying a variety of food and beverages from local vendors.
Thayer EvansLet me preface all of this by saying that I try to remain as objective and as smart as possible while still giving you what I believe to be an Oklahoma State fan’s view of how all of this is playing out and what all of it means.I know That bothers some of you because you think it means I secretly like OU or am a bandwagon fan, both of which (based on my limited knowledge of the laws of physics and literary criticism) could not physically be further from the truth.Others of you appreciate it and see things for what they really are. And realize that OSU is not going to win every game in every sport they ever play for the rest of time (crazy, I know!).All that to say, I thought Thayer Evans’ piece on Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State (I refuse to link to it again, Google it or check the bullets from this morning if you don’t know what I’m referencing) was one of the most irresponsible, abhorrent pieces of journalism (are we even calling it that?) I’ve ever come across.You want to see how to be critical of a team and its coach and still be fair? Try this beautifully-written piece by Brian Phillips. Or even this mostly fair, well-founded story from Ivan Maisel after the Texas game.The way Thayer did it is not only a crash course in “how to suck at fact-checking” 101 but also a complete indictment on his lack of ability to tell a story the way it actually happened as opposed to the way he thought it should have happened.This isn’t some “oh he said our offense wasn’t as good as Oregon’s” column, this is him personally going after a coach who has done nothing but build a top 5 program from basically nothing and a team that has gone 17-2 over the last two seasons.Let’s look at a few of his quotes.…a meltdown by seventh-year Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is coming just like usual, as evidenced by his sixth-ranked team’s sloppy 38-26 victory Saturday against incompetent No. 22 Texas.What is “just like usual”? Here are the games OSU was favored to win and didn’t since Gundy took over (how much OSU was favored by in parentheses):2005: None (only favored in 2 though)2006: Kansas State (-2) and A&M (-3)2007: Troy (-10)2008: Oregon (-2)2009: Houston (-16)2010: OU (-2)The Troy game was a low point for the program and right in the middle of a QB change. The only other “meltdown” was the Houston game. So basically one game in six years. Okay.Even the rest of the college football world knows Gundy is bound for a debacle. It’s the unspoken reason no one is worried about the Cowboys winning the Big 12 championship, let alone the national title, this season.Does he vacation with Stoops who tells him off-the-record he’s not worried about OSU competing for the Big 12 and national title. I mean, has anyone thought about the lengths you would have to go to to get a behind-the-scenes off-the-record factual quote from another national-title-contending coach to make this a viable paragraph?Everyone is just waiting for Chokie State to once again live up to its nickname under Gundy.No, you’re the only one waiting for that so this paper mache column might cross the border from “I’m only writing columns to get pageviews” to “if you read it 40 times you might glean one good point from it.”When Gundy’s Cowboys were ranked No. 5 in 2009 and considered a national championship contender, they lost their second game of the season to unranked Houston. Later that season, the Cowboys needed just to win at Oklahoma to make a BCS bowl game, but lost.The Houston shot is fair but to say “the Cowboys needed just to win at Oklahoma to make a BCS bowl” might be the most asinine and short-sighted part of this article. Two teams have won in Norman since Stoops took over in 1999. TWO. They’re 75-2 in the last thirteen years and one of those losses was to OSU. So to say all a wounded team whose quarterback’s right arm may or may not have been attached to his chest needed to do was win in Norman is absurd.Last season, Oklahoma State was in the same situation entering its game against Oklahoma, but again choked.Because losing a 6-point game that came down to the final minute to a 12-2 team when you’re a 2-point favorite is choking.Of course, Gundy’s biggest meltdown wasn’t even on a football field. It was four years ago, when he infamously yelled, “I’m a man! I’m 40!” while berating a female newspaper columnist for what she had written.Yet despite his knack for meltdowns, a solemn Gundy managed to avoid one Saturday when asked whether he was haunted by his past failures.“No,” Gundy said. “It’s a new season.”But it’s still the same Gundy, always on the verge of a disaster.He’s 17-2 since last season. He’s won 40 of his last 54. And he did all this in seven years with a team that was fighting Baylor for the rights to the bottom rung in the Big 12. What do you want?Gundy’s players insist he is more relaxed this season than ever, but are well aware of his past meltdowns. They are used to being asked, “Are you guys actually going to win it this year?”Again, show me all these meltdowns. I’ve got the last seven years of schedules pulled up and I see one.And if this season is going to be any different for Gundy, even one of his best players can’t tell you why. When asked why people should believe that Oklahoma State won’t disappoint, Weeden was at a loss for words.“I don’t know,” Weeden said. “We’re not worried about it.”Weeden actually makes a good point. You can’t worry about what’s inevitable.How big of an imbecile do you have to be to ask a quarterback who is 17-2 in his career and never lost on the road “why people should believe that Oklahoma State won’t disappoint”?Again, I don’t have a problem with people objectively questioning OSU’s historically average defense or whether or not they can beat OU (because they haven’t in 8 years). But to fling mud all over a coach who’s building one of the nation’s most outstanding programs and to not-so-discreetly throw one of the winningest college quarterbacks of all time under the bus with a pointed question like that…well, how can I not think you have an agenda?And Thayer, if by some off chance you stumbled across this post, you have an open invitation to join me on our podcast this week to explain yourself.One thing to keep in mind: last year Thayer went after Auburn, and he went after them hard. I believe that ended rather well for them. Here’s to hoping that this evisceration of the best football team Oklahoma State has ever had is nothing but another foreshadowing of what January could hold.I hope I see him in New Orleans.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 03: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines (L) jogs off the fiedl with his brother Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (R) following halftime of the Michigan and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on October 3, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Like many teams, Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines listen to music during practice. Harbaugh’s inclusions in the playlist include many of the rock staples you’d expect from a 51 year old football coach. You have some AC/DC, some KISS, both very standard. The playlist also includes Jim Harbaugh’s favorite song, which doesn’t strike us as something you’d play to get players pumped for practice.What music does Jim Harbaugh play at #Michigan practices? pic.twitter.com/VzNpp6l3IH— Ben Fidelman (@bfidelman) September 6, 2015 Gordon Lightfoot’s song does have plenty of references to the Midwest. The shipwreck motif is a bit strange, but we probably shouldn’t question Harbaugh’s methods. The man rebuilt Stanford, he can play some Lightfoot if he wants.
Facebook Twitter Print Email AddThis 3Share Follow World Maritime News Share this article Twitter Facebook Newsletter RSS zoom Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions and Pavilion Gas signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on LNG bunkering cooperation in Singapore, on the sidelines of GASTECH 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.Under the MOU, Pavilion Gas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pavilion Energy, will supply LNG as a bunker fuel to Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions, Total’s affiliate in charge of worldwide bunkering activities, for LNG deliveries to its marine fuel customers in the port of Singapore.The duo said that they may explore further cooperation in logistics for LNG bunkering activities.In 2016, Pavilion Gas was awarded an LNG bunker supplier licence by the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Pavilion Gas was also appointed by the Singapore Energy Market Authority (EMA) as an LNG importer for Singapore.According to Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total, the move is in line with the company’s plans of becoming a key player in the emerging LNG bunkering market, especially in the light of the 2020 Global Cap requirements.“In this context, developing a competitive worldwide LNG bunkering network will be key for the industry; securing access in the main hubs, such as Singapore, is part of our strategy. The MOU signed with Pavilion Gas is a real opportunity for Total to make further inroads in this promising new market,” he added.With the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) 0.5% global sulphur cap on marine fuels coming into force in 2020, LNG is set to play a significant role in the energy mix for the maritime sector. LNG as a marine fuel significantly reduces harmful emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and CO2 and particulate matter compared to traditional bunker fuels. Posted on April 4, 2017 with tags LNG Bunkering, Singapore, Total.
New Delhi: The Railways on Saturday dropped its plan to offer massage services to passengers on board, days after a BJP MP wrote to Union minister Piyush Goyal raising objections against the proposal. In his letter to the railway minister, newly-elected Indore MP Shankar Lalwani had said it was against the Indian culture to provide massage services to passengers in the presence of fellow women travellers. The Railways said in a statement Saturday that the proposal on providing head, neck and foot massages to passengers of 39 trains originating from Indore has been withdrawn. “Proposal for introduction of head and/or foot massage services to be provided in the trains originating from Indore was initiated by Ratlam Division of Western Railways. As soon as this proposal came to the notice of higher authorities of Western Railways, it has been decided to withdraw this proposal of starting massage services in trains,” the statement said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaAs per the plan, the massage facility was to be made available in 39 trains originating from Indore, including Dehradun-Indore Express (14317), New Delhi-Indore Intercity Express (12416) and Indore-Amritsar Express (19325). The services had been proposed to be offered into three categories gold, diamond and platinum. In the gold category, any non-sticky or olive oil was to be used and it would have cost Rs 100 to a passenger, while the diamond service was to be provided for Rs 200 and any essential oil was to be used.
New Delhi: A 42-year-old man was charred to death as he failed to escape out of his moving SUV when it caught fire in Mahendra Park area in northwest Delhi, police said on Friday.The investigating agency said that facts were coming that the deceased was having some export business which is to be verified. The deceased identified as Ajay Gupta, a resident of Alipur, was on his way to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in his Mahindra XUV 500 on Thursday night when the incident happened, Vijayanta Arya, Deputy commissioner of police (northwest), said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderWhen Gupta reached Mukarba Chowk, his vehicle caught fire when in motion, he said. Police were informed that a vehicle has caught fire and a man was trapped inside, he said. Two fire tenders were rushed but the vehicle was completely burnt and the fire was extinguished by the time the extinguishers reached the scene, a senior fire department official said. A fully charred body was pulled out of the SUV, police officials said. Chief Fire Officer Atul Garg said that the body was handed over to the investigating officer. During preliminary investigation, it was revealed that the automatic system of the car got locked due to fire, hence Gupta could not get out of the vehicle, a senior police officer said. According to his family member, he left the house at around 10 pm on Thursday for the airport as he along with his friends had planned a trip to Europe. WITH Agency INPUTS
TORONTO – To an international diplomat, the irony is painful — the country that promised action on climate change is falling behind while the country that has spurned a major treaty on the issue is making progress.That’s Canada and the United States, Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, said Wednesday.“It’s a bit of a paradox, here,” Gurria told The Canadian Press. “In Canada, you have a situation where you have a very strong political will to reduce, but effectively it has not gone on the planned road.“In the United States, you have a government that has pulled out of the (Paris) agreement, but in the United States you are having a reduction in emissions.”Mark Johnson, a spokesman for Environment and Climate Change Canada, said Canada remains steadfast in its commitment to the Paris Agreement.“Whether it’s forest fires in Canada, drought around the world or some of the most powerful hurricanes in history, the evidence of climate change is all around us,” he said in an emailed statement. “This reminds us all of the need to act now.”Gurria has high praise for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government’s strong vocal support for climate change. Gurria said Trudeau made a real contribution to reaching the Paris deal in 2015 in which 169 countries promised to reduce their emissions enough to keep global warming under two degrees Celsius.But when the signatories get together next year to take a look at each other’s progress, Canada may not be so much in evidence.“You have here a very proactive and decisive leadership moving in the direction of reduction of emissions, and a very active participant in the Paris agreement and a very active participant in the whole of the world’s move,” said Gurria, who was in Toronto to speak at the Munk School at the University of Toronto.“While at the same time, the local situation is showing that speed of reduction is not as fast as one would have wanted.”Gurria said Canada’s international promises suggest that by this time, emissions should have fallen by 17 per cent from 2005 levels. Instead, the drop has been more like two per cent.“You basically are on a path where, by 2030, you may not be able to get to the target.”Meanwhile, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s intention to walk away from the Paris accord, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions continue to fall, albeit slightly.In his speech, Gurria lamented short-term and short-sighted thinking that doesn’t get beyond the next quarterly report, election cycle or political border.“We’re doing everything in the opposite way. This is a problem worldwide.”However, Johnson insisted Canada is well-positioned to act quickly and take a leadership role through the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which identifies actions that will help exceed the greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 30 per cent below 2005.Gurria said the OECD — comprised of 35 member countries and intended to stimulate progress and world trade — is aware of political developments in Alberta where the United Conservative Party’s new leader Jason Kenney is promising to eliminate the province’s carbon tax.“We’re talking here about an intergenerational responsibility,” said Gurria. “The fact is that you’re putting aside the long term and you’re putting aside the responsibility you have to the rest of the world.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960
QUEEN CHARLOTTE, B.C. – The Canadian Coast Guard says crews are working carefully to release gas that accumulated inside a barge carrying a fishing lodge that beached after it broke away from its anchorage at Haida Gwaii.Westcoast Resorts’ Hippa barge came loose from its mooring Saturday night and drifted for several hours toward Skidegate Inlet near the village of Queen Charlotte.Canadian Coast Guard Incident Commander Tim McCann says crews inspected the barge hull Tuesday and used air quality monitors to ensure their safety because some potentially explosive gas is trapped in the body of the vessel from a possible ruptured fuel line.John Kervel, incident commander with the B.C. Environment Ministry, says crews are also planning to open up hatches on the barge to create natural vents and will use forced air to ventilate the vessel.Time and air quality permitting, McCann says they planned to secure the barge to the beach on Tuesday.While no pollution was initially detected, a “small” amount of fuel sheen has appeared on the water, however Kervel says they do not believe there will be significant environmental impacts.The ministry is working with Transport Canada on a salvage plan.Kervel couldn’t speculate on the likelihood of an explosion, but says trained personnel with appropriate equipment to deal with such a case are on scene.A unified command is overseeing the incident with representatives of the Haida Nation, Village of Queen Charlotte, B.C. Environment Ministry, the Canadian Coast Guard and HaiCo, which owns the lodge.HaiCo will be responsible for paying the cost of the response and cleanup.
OTTAWA — Canada’s major TV service providers say it’s too early to tell how many of their customers will choose to switch to the new slimmed-down services that are on offer as of today.Under new rules adopted last year by the country’s broadcast regulator, cable and satellite TV companies must include a basic service package for $25 or less as part of their packaging options.What’s contained in the so-called “skinny basic” packages depends on the company.Rogers, for instance, offers 30 to 40 channels, depending on service location, and includes U.S. network channels. Western Canada-based Shaw Cable’s “Limited TV” features 40 channels, and also includes programming from ABC, NBC, Fox and PBS.Neither Quebec-based Videotron’s basic cable nor the 26-channel “Starter” pack advertised by Bell offer the American channels.Smaller player SaskTel offers what it calls “LiteMax,” including more than 16 channels, but none of the U.S. networks.All of the service providers offer top-up programming, either as individual channels or in theme packs priced from $1 per single channel and $3 for package options.Canadians hungry for pick-and-pay savings in 2016 — but broadcasters are bracing for the worstPick-and-pay TV model could end up meaning Canadians have less choice, not more, says broadcaster advocateCurrently they are required to offer channels either individually or in small packages of up to 10 channels.By December, all channels must be available both individually and in bundles, although consumers will still be required to have at least basic service if they want the “a la carte” options.SaskTel customer Allan Wilson was reviewing his options Tuesday as the new smaller basic packages were coming on stream. He’s been procrastinating for a while, but thinks it may be time to cut his current service — at a cost of $130 per month — down a size.“For me, it’s just I’m not home enough to justify the expense (of the bigger TV pack),” said the trucker from Humboldt, Sask.“But because I’m not home much it takes me a little time to get around to these things.”While some Rogers customers may choose to downgrade, company spokesman Aaron Lazarus predicted that many will decide to stick with what they have now, or even add new channels or buy service for the first time.“A lot of people are going to look at the entertainment options that they have and keep what they have,” said Lazarus, the company’s senior director of public affairs.“There are going to be some people who don’t have cable in their home right now who are looking at this and thinking, ’Well, this is a great way for me to get in,”’ he said.“It’s really too early to say how this is all going to shake out.”Ian Morrison with Friends of Canadian Broadcasting predicted that, as full “pick-and-pay” requirements take effect in December, consumers may have less programming to choose from as individual channels struggle to stay afloat.But whether some channels go off the air is of little concern to Mike Cleaver.The Vancouver broadcast services consultant and Shaw subscriber said he would rather have an even smaller basic service, paying extra for the channels he watches.“I just wish you could simply select each channel you wanted without all the dreck still included in the basic ’skinny’ lineup,” he said.“Say a $10 basic fee and a dollar for each channel you want on top of that.”When he launched the new pick-and-pay model last year, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais acknowledged that many consumers would likely not see any cost savings from the new measure.“Today marks the beginning of a new era of choice for Canadian television viewers,” Blais said Tuesday. “The television system is evolving as Canadians’ viewing habits change and technology provides more options.”The smallest service providers, those with fewer than 20,000 subscribers, are excluded from the new rules.
WINNIPEG — Prices were higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Wednesday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $1.70 higher $500.10; Jan. ’18 $1.60 higher $505.50; March ’18 $3.70 higher $511.50; May ’18 $4.10 higher $514.40; July ’18 $4.20 higher $517.10; Nov. ’18 unchanged $479.60; Jan. ’19 unchanged $480.40; March ’19 unchanged $483.10; May ’19 unchanged $483.10; July ’19 unchanged $483.10; Nov. ’19 unchanged $483.10.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $141.00; March ’18 unchanged $141.00; May ’18 unchanged $141.00; July ’18 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $141.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $141.00; March ’19 unchanged $141.00; May ’19 unchanged $141.00; July ’19 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $141.00.
“Human rights cannot thrive in an environment of extreme poverty,” the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, stated in a news release at the end of her first-ever visit to the African country. During her trip – which included stops in the towns of Antsirabe, Ambositra, Fianaransoa, Ihosy, Sakaraha, and the capital, Antananarivo – Ms. Shahinian noted that she was informed that over 70 per cent of the population in Madagascar is poor and over 50 per cent is extremely poor. Moreover, she detailed the lingering effects of Madagascar’s caste system and the deeply rooted discrimination resulting from it, which continues to marginalize the most vulnerable people in society, particularly those descended from slaves. “Madagascar’s experience has shown the extent to which men, women, and children suffering from extreme poverty end up living in conditions of contemporary forms of slavery such as domestic servitude, child slavery in mines and quarries, bonded labour, and servile marriages,” Ms. Shahinian said. She noted that many parents across Madagascar are “desperately poor” and are often faced with few alternatives regarding employment and where to send their children to school. As a result, the children, who are frequently undernourished and suffer from chronic hunger, are doled out across the countryside as domestic workers in order to pay off rising debts or simply to help feed the family. In addition, many girls and boys are forced to marry against their will and at ages as young as 10 years old, despite laws to the contrary. The UN expert also pointed out that many children were illegally working in Madagascar’s artisanal mining and quarrying sector, often living in remote areas plagued by violence and lawlessness where they were exposed to rape, prostitution and potentially fatal health hazards. Nevertheless, Ms. Shahinian emphasized that the country’s authorities already had proper legislation on its books to counter the diffuse problem of slavery but that they were not being implement or monitored prompting impunity and corruption. “The Government, as well as civil society and international organizations cannot continue to ignore this issue,” she stated. “I urge the government to develop urgent measures and fully resourced programmes with local authorities and work closely with civil society and international organizations in order to secure funding and combat contemporary forms of slavery.” UN independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Ms. Shahinian, are appointed by the Geneva-based Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
“Last night I was very grateful for the English Channel separating me from all these people who wanted to do some ghastly things to me,” he added.One of the online trolls who sent a threatening message to the BBC presenter, telling him he was going to die, later apologised for his mistake.Mr Conrad said that “keyboard warriors” should think twice before sending such threats. A local BBC presenter said he has received death threats online after being mistaken for a French rapper who was accused of racism.Nick Conrad, who presents Radio Norfolk, shares a name with a provocative French rapper, who released a music video called Pendez Les Blancs – which translates as “hang the whites”.The lyrics caused uproar in France, and the video was eventually removed from YouTube.”Apparently he said in some song that we should be quote unquote ‘killing white babies’,” Mr Conrad said.”So total condemnation of his lyrics, and you can imagine there’s been uproar about this in France.”Well, people have taken to the likes of Twitter to vent their frustrations and fury at Mr Conrad and rather than directing it at him I’m getting it and I’m getting it both barrels and I’m getting death threats in French.”Mr Conrad has reported the threats to the police.He said he initially thought he had been mistakenly tied into a message group until a French friend told him about the rapper, who had been in the news.Mr Conrad, describing the rapper’s lyrics as “downright abhorrent”, said he was now “seeing the funny side” of the mistaken identity situation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Philippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL) signed a licensing agreement with CeDe Group of Malmö, Sweden that commenced in December 2013. Under the terms of the partnership, PHIL is licensing its Rear Eject Technology for use in off-highway body applications within the construction and mining sectors to CeDe for use in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia. Rear Eject Bodies manufactured under this licensing agreement by CeDe and shipping into Europe, the Middle East and Africa will be branded as CeDe products, while bodies shipped into Australia will be branded under the PHIL brand name. Josh Swank, PHIL Vice President of Sales and Marketing stated: “The CeDe Group is an outstanding company that engineers and manufactures a diverse line of equipment for the construction and mining industries. Because of its close proximity to the Port of Malmö and close co-operation with Volvo CE, CeDe is able to build customised equipment for Volvo CE products, install its products on the prime machines and ship them as a turn key solution direct to the dealer or end user globally. This agreement will help PHIL expand into the European, Middle East and African markets with our rear eject bodies, and it will help CeDe further expand into customised articulated hauler solutions.”
Almost exactly one year after Canon’s popular T2i was announced the company has unveiled two new EOS Digital Rebels, the T3i and the T3. The T3 will sell for $599 and will be Canon’s new entry level DSLR while the T3i will replace the T2i as Canon’s top consumer DSLR ($799 body only, $899 kit). The T2i will live on between the two, offering more features than the T3 but lacking some of the T3i’s perks.And what’s new about the T3i? The main feature is a fold-out display, like that found on Canon’s prosumer 60D. There are also some new consumer-friendly features like a faux tilt-shift filter. The Feature Guide, a system for helping new users take advantage of DSLR features, is found on both cameras.The T3i uses the same 18MP sensor and video modes as the T2i, so users with the older model shouldn’t feel much pressure to upgrade. The T3 shoots at 12MP and rather than shooting 1080p video, it takes 720p. It has a DIGIC 4 processor and a 9-point AF system.The Canon EOS T3i DSLR will be available in the “beginning of March” and will be sold in three configurations: body-only $799.99; kit with the updated EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II zoom lens $899.99; and kit with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens $1099.00. The Rebel T3 will sell with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II zoom lens for $599.99.
HTC Primo : un smartphone Android 4.0 milieu de gammeHTC devrait présenter un smartphone milieu de gamme lors du Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012, qui se tiendra du 27 février au 1er mars 2012 à Barcelone. Baptisé HTC Primo, il devrait embarquer Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich et un processeur double coeur 1 GHz.En plus des HTC Edge, Ville et Zeta, qui embarquent tous les trois un processeur quadruple-cœur, HTC aurait prévu de présenter lors du MWC 2012 un smartphone milieu de gamme. La rumeur, lancée il y a quelques jours sur la toile, évoque un mobile Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, et le site Stuff.tv vient de révéler de nouvelles informations quant à ses caractéristiques.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Baptisé HTC Primo, le smartphone devrait embarquer un processeur double coeur 1 GHz et 512 Mo de mémoire vive. Il serait doté d’un écran tactile 3.7 pouces (17,7 cm) Super AMOLED, d’un système audio Beats Audio,et d’un appareil photo de 5 mégapixels. En matière de connectivité, le smartphone devrait être compatible avec les réseaux 2G, 3G et Wi-Fi N. Il serait équipé d’un module GPS, d’une boussole électronique, d’une connectivité Bluetooth 3.0, d’un port Micro-USB 2.0 et d’une sortie mini-jack.Côté prix enfin, la somme de 389 dollars (300 euros) est évoquée.Le 29 janvier 2012 à 10:30 • Emmanuel Perrin
Cyclone Dumile : “la Réunion n’avait pas connu d’alerte rouge depuis 5 ans”Malgré l’alerte rouge déclenchée jeudi matin à la Réunion, le cyclone Dumile n’a causé que des dégâts limités et n’a fait aucune victime. Alexandre, en voyage sur l’île nous raconte son expérience tandis que 60.000 foyers sont toujours privés d’électricité. Le phénomène a beaucoup fait parler de lui depuis mercredi. Dumile, le cyclone qui menaçait depuis plusieurs jours la Réunion s’est finalement approché de l’île jeudi aux alentours de 13H locales, intensifiant les vents et les pluies qui la balayaient déjà. Toutefois, le bilan de son passage ne s’est avéré que limité, notamment grâce aux mesures prises par les autorités réunionnaises habituées des phénomènes. Alexandre, 30 ans, Parisien en vacances sur l’île nous raconte : “On nous avait averti de la menace cyclonique mais malgré quelques averses et coups de vent tout semblait calme jusqu’à mercredi soir”. “Mais l’intensité grandissante et la trajectoire de Dumile ont finalement incité les autorités à fermer les aéroports de l’île. De notre côté, plusieurs précautions nous ont été indiquées. On nous a demandé de ne pas prévoir de randonnée, ni d’activité nautique, de faire le plein de nourriture et d’eau en bouteille. Il a aussi fallu ranger tout ce qui risquait de s’envoler”, explique t-il. Avant l’arrivée de Dumile, les habitants sont ainsi allé faire le plein de provisions. Une mesure nécessaire alors que les autorités réunionnaises ont déclaré quelques heures plus tard l’alerte rouge.Des coupures de courant de plusieurs heures “La Réunion n’avait pas connu d’alerte orange ou rouge depuis 5 ans. A 10 heures jeudi, le plan “ORSEC Cyclone” a été déclenché. On a reçu l’interdiction de sortir de chez nous pour “quelque cause que ce soit”. A partir de là, de fortes pluies, de la houle et des rafales de vent ont balayé l’île toute la journée avec un pic d’intensité en début d’après-midi”, lorsque Dumile s’est approché à moins de 100 kilomètres de la Réunion, poursuit Alexandre.”Vers 16H, Dumile a commencé à s’éloigner et à 20H l’alerte rouge a laissé place à la “phase de sauvegarde. Jusqu’en fin d’après-midi, nous avions toujours de l’électricité mais après il y a eu une coupure de courant et d’eau qui a duré jusqu’à vendredi 15H”, ajoute t-il encore. La force du vent et de la pluie a en effet particulièrement affecté le réseau électrique, en raison de ruptures de câbles dues à des chûtes d’arbres. Au total, 125.000 foyers ont été privés d’électricité jeudi et plus de la moitié a pu être réalimentée dans la journée même ou dans la nuit.Des dégâts importants dans les productions agricoles À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les équipes d’EDF sont sur le terrain depuis 6H vendredi mais ont du mal à accéder aux lignes, dans l’ouest et le sud, en raison des difficultés de circulation, indique EDF. Actuellement, 60.000 foyers sont ainsi encore sans électricité. Mais les intempéries s’étant considérablement affaiblies, la vie a pu reprendre son cours sur l’île. Le principal aéroport de l’île (Gillot) a notamment été rouvert au trafic vendredi et les premiers avions de métropole étaient attendus en fin de matinée. De même, la circulation a été rétablie sur la plupart des grands axes routiers, notamment la Route du littoral, voie de liaison cruciale entre le nord et l’ouest, rapporte l’AFP.Des points noirs demeurent dans le sud de l’île où plusieurs routes secondaires sont fermées en raison de submersion ou des débris sur la chaussée. Mais “il n’y pas eu de catastrophes significatives” a dit le préfet, Jean-Luc Marx. C’était avant de connaitre les dommages causés aux productions agricoles. La FDSEA (Fédération Départementale des Syndicats d’Exploitants Agricoles) a en effet indiqué que “les dégâts sont assez importants au niveau des manguiers avec 40% à 50% de pertes, ainsi que des avocatiers et des bananeraies”.Le 4 janvier 2013 à 17:08 • Maxime Lambert
Arsene Wenger has announced his plans to make a football comeback by January after receiving numerous enquiries from “all over the world”The Frenchman ended his 22-year spell in charge of Arsenal five months ago and had stated his intention to make a swift return to the game.However, following a good rest, Wenger is feeling re-energised and relishes the prospect of taking on a new challenge at this stage of his career.“I believe that I will start again on January 1st,” Wenger told SportBild.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“From my 22 years at Arsenal, I have big experience on different levels. There are enquiries from all over the world.“There are associations, national teams, it could be in Japan.”On where he could possibly go now and what role he could take, Wenger added: “I feel rested and am ready to work again. But where? I don’t know yet.”The 68-year-old also gave his verdict on Mesut Ozil’s international retirement and how it could impact Arsenal.
David Evans & Associates — the private company that holds the largest contract with the Columbia River Crossing — has dropped a lawsuit against a Vancouver company investigating the project’s spending.The move came after the Acuity Group, a Vancouver-based accounting firm that businessman and staunch CRC opponent David Madore hired to comb through the project’s finances, withdrew a public records request for the firm’s audited financial statements.David Evans & Associates filed suit against the request in September, saying that the financial statements requested by Debbie Peterson of Acuity Group contain information that constitutes a trade secret and could do “actual and substantial injury” to the business.“They filed the claim, then we filed the suit,” David Evans & Associates spokeswoman Tami Boardman said. “They withdrew the claim, we withdrew the suit.”Tiffany Couch, owner of Vancouver-based Acuity Group, said in the end that her team decided obtaining the audited financial statements may not be necessary.