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What Giriraj did is unacceptable, says Nitish

first_imgUnion Minister Giriraj Singh’s meeting with the families of jailed Bajrang Dal activists in Nawada is unacceptable, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday. “An open display of sympathy for those the administration has found guilty on some counts is improper… if someone appears to have been wrongly arrested, he should move the court,” Mr. Kumar told journalists on the sidelines of his weekly public interaction programme in Patna. His government would not tolerate any attempt to disturb communal harmony. However, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra disagreed with him. “What is wrong if Giriraj Singh as a public representative went to his constituency and met someone?… Law will take its own course and whoever is guilty will be punished,” he said. State BJP leader and party MLC Sanjay Paswan said: “Nitish Kumar is a highly respectable leader, but it has been problem with the socialists that they do not rise above the politics of appeasement,” he said.The Union Minister on Sunday met family members of Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists arrested last week on charges of inciting communal tension during the Ram Navami celebrations in Nawada district in March.last_img read more

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Behind Manning, Giants Beat Skins, 24-13

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have found a real winner in rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr.Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes to Beckham and the Giants took advantage of an overturned touchdown at the end of the half to defeat Washington 24-13 on Dec. 14.Manning and Beckham combined 12 times for 143 yards, with touchdown passes covering 10, 35 and 6 yards. The win was the second straight for the Giants (5-9) after seven straight losses.The Redskins are finding all sorts of ways to lose, and this one was hard to believe. They blew a touchdown and command of the game on a fumble by Robert Griffin III as time expired at the end of the first half.Griffin scrambled for an apparent 8-yard touchdown as the half expired for a 17-7 lead, diving over the pylon and then running on to the field and spiking the ball with emphasis.It wasn’t to be. The video review by referee Jeff Triplette showed that Griffin lost control of the ball diving over the pylon and the play was ruled a touchback.The call incensed veteran Redskins receiver Santana Moss so much that he bumped an official while arguing and was ejected. Instead of a 10-point lead, the Redskins led 10-7 with the go-ahead points a 9-yard TD pass from Griffin to Chris Thompson midway through the second quarter.New York, however, controlled most of the second half.Moss was called for two 15-yard penalties for his argument and the Giants went with onside kick from the Washington 35 to start the second half. They recovered at the Redskins 17, setting up a tying 32-yard field goal by Josh Brown.The 35-yard TD by Beckham gave the Giants a 17-13 lead late in third quarter. The 6-yarder with 4:41 to go sent the Redskins (3-11) to their sixth consecutive loss.Washington’s only points in the second half came on a 38-yard field goal by Kai Forbath.Manning (23-of-34 for 250 yards) drove the Giants 81 yards on four plays on the ensuing series, combining for the final 35 on a crossing pattern to Beckham. The rookie’s catches were one shy of the Giants’ single-game record held by Tiki Barber.New York iced the game with a 76-yard drive that featured five catches by Beckham.Griffin, benched for Colt McCoy as the starting quarterback, finished 18-of-27 for 236 yards. He also ran five times for 46 yards in an impressive performance, but also was sacked seven times. There were moments late in the game when the oft-injured quarterback had trouble getting up.McCoy started and led the Redskins to a field goal before leaving after aggravating a neck injury on the opening series.Manning, who was listed on the Giants’ injury report with a back problem, got New York on the scoreboard late in the first quarter with a 10-yarder to Beckham.___(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Asian Games 2018: Neeraj Chopra named India’s flag-bearer for opening ceremony

first_imgNeeraj Chopra, star javelin thrower, was named as the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the Asian Games opening ceremony to be held on August 18 in Jakarta.Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra made the announcement on Friday during the send-off ceremony organised for the contingent.The Games will be held from August 18 to September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.Thank you everyone for the good wishes! Being the flag bearer of our glorious nations contingent is a special honour! Best wishes to all athletes for @asiangames2018. Thanks to @ioaindia for the nomination! Har kadam Tirange ki shaan badhaneki koshish rahegi Jai Hind Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) August 10, 2018The 20-year-old Neeraj is the reigning Commonwealth Games champion and won a Gold in the Savo Games in Finland last month.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGENeeraj had won the gold medal in the Asian Athletic championships in 2017 with a throw of 85.23 meters. He had also bagged a gold in the 2016 IAAF World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.Success isn’t given. It is earned!World U20 #Champion & star Javelin thrower #NeerajChopra will lead #TeamIndia as the flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the #AsianGames2018 on August 18 in Jakarta-Palembang! May more laurels find you #GoodLuck @Neeraj_chopra1 @afiindia pic.twitter.com/RiOzPlqh8F Team India (@ioaindia) August 10, 2018Congrats @Neeraj_chopra1 & thanks @ioaindia for such a great honor #IndianFlagBearer to our champion for #AsianGames2018 Watch him leading #Indian contingent in Opening Ceremony on August 18,2018.Best wishes to #Indian contingent #WillToWin,give your best & be a #ProudIndian pic.twitter.com/40HbL7uYJHadvertisement Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 10, 2018Former Hockey captain Sardar Singh was India’s flag-bearer at the 2014 Asian Games.INDIA AT ASIAN GAMES 2018: DISCIPLINESIndia have participated in the Asian Games since the start of the event and therefore, this will be India’s 18th appearance.India are participating in 34 sports out of the total 40. 543 athletes will be part of the Indian contingent in the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang. India will not be participating in baseball, football, jet ski, modern pentathlon, rugby sevens and triathlon.INDIA AT ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL SQUADIndian athletes had won 57 medals, comprising 11 Gold, 10 Silver and 36 Bronze medals in the previous edition at Incheon, South Korea.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Rohit Sharma quickest to 200 sixes in one day internationals

first_imgRohit Sharma on Thursday crossed the 200-sixes mark during the fifth and final one day international against the West Indies in Thiruvananthapuram.Rohit scored a stroke-filled fifty to power India to 9-wicket over over the visitors and clinch the five-match series 3-1.En route his 56-ball 63 not out, Rohit became the fastest batsman to hit 200 sixes, achieving the feat in only 187 innings.He bettered Shahid Afridi’s record of 195 innings as the India opener clobbered four sixes and five fours at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.India vs West Indies, 5th ODI: MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDHowever, in terms of number of deliveries faced to reach the landmark, Rohit became the third quickest to achieve the feat doing so in 8387 balls. Afridi took 4203 balls while former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum got to the landmark in 6308 balls.Rohit became the third Indian to hit 200 sixes and 7th overall to achieve the feat. Shahid Afridi leads the pack with 351 sixes followed by Chris Gayle (275) and Sanath Jayasuriya (270). MS Dhoni remains India’s most prolific six hitter with 218 under his belt.Also read – Rohit Sharma should go out and express himself in Australia: Sachin TendulkarOn Monday, Rohit surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 195 sixes in the 4th ODI.Rohit finished the series as the second-highest run-getter with 389 runs. Rohit also completed 1000 runs in 2018 and is only behind leading run-getter Virat Kohli, who has 1202 runs.Rohit came into the series with 186 sixes to his name and joined the elite list with 16 maximums in the series. He now has 202 sixes.advertisementlast_img read more

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I-League: AIFF sends matter of Super Cup pull-outs to disciplinary committee for decision

first_imgThe I-League Committee Saturday desisted from taking action against clubs which had pulled out of Super Cup tournament and referred the matter to Disciplinary Committee.The committee also decided to award a point each to Real Kashmir and Minerva Punjab regarding the I-League match which was to be played in Srinagar on February 18 but did not happen in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.”The committee deliberated upon withdrawal of I-League clubs from Super Cup 2019 relying upon the relevant clauses/sections of I-League participation agreement and Super Cup regulations. The committee unanimously decided to refer the matter to the Disciplinary Committee,” a release from the All India Football Federation said.The I-League Committee meeting, which was held before the Super Cup summit clash on Saturday, was chaired by AIFF senior vice president Subrata Dutta.Minerva Punjab, Gokulam FC and Aizawl FC pulled out of the qualifying round of the Super Cup while Churchill Brothers, Neroca FC, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal did not turn up in the Round of 16.Only Mohun Bagan did not register their players for the tournaments while all the others did that.The I-League clubs had pulled out of the tournament, demanding that their grievances which are likely to arise in the impending domestic restructuring be addressed by the AIFF.Regarding the Real Kashmir vs Minerva I-League match, the Committee said both the clubs have informed that they have no problem in awarding a point each instead of a re-match.”The I-League 2018-19 match between Real Kashmir FC and Minerva Punjab FC scheduled on February 18, 2019 was to be rescheduled later as per the decision taken by the Emergency Committee. Both the teams have communicated to AIFF that they agree to share one point apiece and the same was approved by the League Committee,” the AIFF said.advertisement”Hence, Real Kashmir FC finish their campaign third on the points table with 37 points from 20 matches whereas Minerva Punjab FC will wrap up in the ninth position with 18 points having played the same number of matches.”Real Kashmir were to host Minerva Punjab on February 18, four days after the Pulwama terror attack that left more than 40 CRPF soldiers dead. Minerva did not turn up for the match in Srinagar fearing for the safety of their players, even as Real Kashmir expressed disappointment over the visitors’ refusal to play.After a referral from the I-League Committee, the Emergency Committee of the AIFF on March 5 ruled that a re-match will be held at a venue and date to be decided later.The I-League Committee also gave a clean chit to Minerva Punjab regarding allegations of match-fixing in their game against Chennai City FC. The AIFF had launched an inquiry into the final-day I-League championship decider between Chennai City FC and Minerva Punjab FC after an expression of suspicion by the match commissioner.”The AIFF Integrity Officer conducted a thorough investigation on the Hero I-League match between Chennai City FC and Minerva Punjab FC. Thee matter was investigated from all angles and relevant documents were collected and persons were examined,” the I-League Committee said.”The AIFF Integrity Officer did not find anything against the integrity of the game and there is nothing to suspect about the true spirit of the game. The committee accepted his views.”A decision was also taken that TW3 method of bone-age determination will be implemented for the sub-junior National Championship next season onward.The Committee also decided that the eligibility criteria to participate in the upcoming sub-junior and junior league 2019-20 season will be a bone-age rating of up to 13.4 and 15.4 years respectively, received under the AIFF BADP Guidelines.A large number of junior players from all the northeast clubs, including former I-League champions Aizawl FC, Shillong Lajong and Neroca FC, have failed the TW3 (Tanner-Whitehouse3) bone age determination test recently, prompting the AIFF to bar them from participating in the U-13 League with immediate effect.Also, most of the players from former I-League winners Minerva Punjab FC’s U-13 team failed the test.Also Read | Big question mark over ISL’s future if I-League clubs are ignored: Bhaichung BhutiaAlso Read | I-League clubs say ISL promoters interfering, seek clarity on future in letter to AIFFAlso Watch | KKR head coach Jacques Kallis explains why he is in awe of Andre Russellast_img read more

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England’s Dawid Malan ready to ‘enjoy’ Australia pace attack at the Gabba

first_imgShare via Email Read more ‘Let him die of thirst’: Douglas Jardine and the long history of Ashes sledging Support The Guardian Play Video Reuse this content Why is first Ashes day-night Test and pink ball a big deal? – video explainer One man who says he will enjoy the Australians’ pace is Dawid Malan, who has enjoyed a far smoother build up to his first Ashes Test than Ball. He has looked impressive in all three tour matches, making two fifties and a century in four innings. He had never been to Australia before this tour but the pace and bounce of the surfaces suited him instantly. He has left well too, but is expecting plenty of short stuff come Thursday – a prospect that excites him.“I do enjoy that, and I like getting my heart beating and it makes you feel alive,” he said. “I don’t think many people enjoy facing it, but it is a great challenge and when you walk off, whether you’ve got 100 or nought, the moment you sit down you can feel the adrenaline disappear and it is a feeling you can’t replicate anywhere else.“Speaking to some of the older Aussie players, they talk about having heart more than about having technique and it is about how bad you want it and how willing you are to take the odd blow and guts it through. I do think it is more about your ticker here than anything else.” Malan says England’s batsmen, prompted by the captain Joe Root, have hardened themselves so they will not be caught off guard this week, as England were four years ago by Mitchell Johnson.“I think Mitchell Johnson took the boys by surprise a bit,” Malan said. “I spoke to Rooty about his first Test here and he said the occasion really got to him. He said the first innings he had was all a bit of a blur and his adrenaline got going with the crowd and he ended up playing a shot he wouldn’t have played in a normal situation, so it is about managing your own emotions when you’re out there which is key.“Coming into this series we are prepared for that, whether we play it well or not, or handle it well or not is a different story and that remains to be seen, but we’ve prepared well for it and it is what happens in the middle that counts.” Read more England cricket team Overton will surely play at some stage but Ball is the preference of Trevor Bayliss, who believes his natural length and testing bounce suit Australian pitches perfectly – a theory proved correct in the early throes of the tour, with Ball superb on a tough day in the field for England in Perth.He will wear an ankle support throughout the series to protect the injury, which is causing him no discomfort. He got through 17 overs of bowling – including some in the middle at the game’s conclusion – on the final day of the tour game in Townsville, and fielded for the morning session too. He is confident he is up to the rigours of his fourth Test match.As Australia bombard England with chat about the impending physical threat posed by their fast bowlers, Ball believes that the tourists’ attack – a good deal slower, but full of wiles – can compete with Pat Cummins, who has come close to bowling 100mph, and Mitchell Starc, who blasts tails away with ease. Josh Hazlewood, they all say, is the best of the lot.“I think the skill level we have is very high,” Ball said. “They have the pace but, as we’ve seen, if they’re not fully on then pace can disappear quite quickly. Our batters have faced 90mph bowling in the past – it’s not something new – so they’ll be comfortable. They’ve trained for it. They’ll go out there and hopefully put the pressure back on them.” England were served the briefest injury scare on their day off as Stuart Broad was struck on the lower back by a wayward ball while on the putting green at Brisbane Golf Club. He earned a bruise, just as most players did when paintballing in Townsville last week, but nothing more. Broad is fine for the first Ashes Test on Thursday and so, happily, is his touring room-mate and county team-mate, Jake Ball, who has recovered from his ankle ligament strain and appears favourite to beat Craig Overton to the fourth seamer’s spot.Overton has performed admirably, fulfilling many roles (although not managing to score a run), in the tour matches and appeared set to benefit from Ball’s injury, sustained in Adelaide 11 days ago. Ball’s recovery, though, has been swift and impressive, partly because England’s medical team were initially intentionally overzealous with their protection of him. “I’m 100% confident that I can get through a five-day Test,” Ball said. “From the second I did it, we’ve had a plan to be fit for the first Test and everything has gone to plan, if not better. I’m in a really good position.” Cricket news Share on Facebook Attempted pre-series antagonism at odds to Ashes captains’ styles Australia sport Australia cricket team 2:55 Ashes 2017-18 Since you’re here… Ashes 2015 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp The Ashes Topicslast_img read more

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Newport Fersan Providing Customised Fertilisers

first_imgFertiliser is a key input in agricultural production as it supplies essential nutrients to enhance and increase crop yield, thereby boosting agricultural productivity. The commodity is however, expensive, and so it is important that farmers purchase the correct fertiliser for their crop and soil type, or risk losing money and time.   Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited, a leading local and Caribbean manufacturer and distributor of fertiliser, is ensuring that local farmers have access to the best quality products that are guaranteed to increase their yields. Managing Director, Dennis Valdez, tells JIS News that the company is undertaking a project to provide farmers will fertiliser that is customised to their needs. “We know fertiliser is an expensive commodity and that is why Newport Fersan is embarking on this campaign to supply the farming community with what farmers need and require for their crops,” he says. “It is not only supplying or selling fertiliser, but we, at Newport Fersan, want to supply to a farmer, what is required.  Custom build fertiliser is what we want to deliver to farmers,” he states.     Through technology, Newport Fersan is able to customise any formulation from a soil result.  Farmers, who want to benefit from the initiative, just simply need to provide a soil sample to Newport Fersan, which is then analysed, after which a fertiliser is designed for that particular soil or crop.                          “The most important thing is for farmers to know what their crop requires and what their soil requires in terms of nutrients.  There is a simple way for you to determine that, which is taking soil samples.   We can assist farmers in that regard, by going to their farm and showing them how to take the soil sample or we have, from time to time, sent in our experts to give talks about soil types. This is the type of work that we do in the field every day,” says Mr. Valdez.         He informs JIS News that there have been “outstanding results” since the company began applying the technology last year and is encouraging the farming community to take advantage of the opportunity. “Believe me it works. You can save money when you get a fertiliser that only gives you what you need.  You don’t have to add more products; you don’t have to add more elements,” he points out. Mr. Valdez tells JIS News that by undertaking the initiative, the company is trying to assist the agricultural sector to move away from the traditional way of just applying the nitrogen, phosphorous, and potash (NPK) fertilisers and providing formulations for specific needs. He notes, for example, that if the soil has a high pH (too alkaline) “you have to apply sulphur to reduce the pH, and elemental sulphur is the fastest and the best to amend your soil.  On the other hand, if you have acid soil you need to apply calcium carbonate to control and to try to maintain the soil from losing more nitrogen (that is low pH). We have all the micro elements that your crops require and your soil needs”.   There is a minimum cost involved in the process as soil samples have to be sent to a laboratory for analysis.  Farmers are being encouraged to form associations or groups, to access assistance free of charge. “Because of the size of the island and the different types of soil in different locations, we try to group certain sectors so that when we go to that area, we sample the area, and we provide recommendations and even the sampling, free of cost” Mr. Valdez tells JIS News. Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited produces in excess of $5.6 billion worth of fertiliser per year, and exports more than $400 million of the commodity. The company is a key supporter of the local agricultural sector, donating 1,000 bags of fertilisers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and cutting the cost of purchases by the Government to assist replanting efforts.last_img read more

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Diaspora Member Establishes Worldwide Brand

first_img Raised in the community of Mountain View, in Eastern Kingston, and migrating to Canada as a teenager, Nadine Spencer is a member of the Diaspora who has established herself as a recognizable worldwide brand.As President of a leading international marketing and communications agency, Brand EQ, Miss Spencer says she had quite a journey getting to the top of her field.Left in the custody of a caregiver who was anything but caring, she was removed from school and made to run errands.“At the age of 12, my mother migrated to Canada. She left me behind with a caregiver that took me out of school and had me go to Spanish Town to buy bammy for her. I lived in Mountain View so you can imagine the journey. She gave me no bus fare for returning home. I only had one ticket to go, enough money for the bammy and I had to figure the rest out,” she shares.“When I got to the market, one thing I realised very quickly is that there was value. I negotiated with the bammy woman. She would sell six for one price and I would negotiate that she give me eight for the same price and then I would take the bammies and go to another corner of the market and I would buy parchment paper and package it and resell the bammies for more money. That gave me enough money to make my way back home and buy lunch and it also gave me resources. That is where my journey into business and marketing was born,” she adds.Today, Miss Spencer holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) in Political Science from York University.She specialises in public relations and global communication strategies. To date, she has led several multi-million dollar campaigns for companies such as Mercedes- Benz, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Jamaica National Building Society.She has also served as Director for the Food Network Delicious Food Show; served on numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards, and is also a philanthropist.A major achievement for Miss Spencer was being a part of the White House Special Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues and Marginalised Communities under the Presidency of Barak Obama.Miss Spencer says she was pleased not only at the invitation but also that it was because her company’s brand stood out.“When my company was invited to participate in the White House talks, they Googled me first and my brand stood out. When we create a structure it is brilliant, when we create a marketing plan it is dynamic also. We watch what the competitors are doing and we go 10 steps ahead. We are very innovative as an agency and that has been our strength,” she tells JIS News.Miss Spencer says she has never been deterred by what some may see as a major hurdle to success, being a black Jamaican woman in business. In fact, she says she has used that to her advantage.“Being Jamaican gave me a lot of resilience. We stand very tall and we are very bold. I also take a lot of spirit from my mother, so when I walk into a room I am very clear about who I am. I am very clear about my strengths. I also work at making my skill set exceptional, so when I sit at a table, I am there because I stand out, in terms of excellence,” she says.Her company which has its base in Toronto, Canada now has branches in the United States of America and Jamaica. The move to Jamaica, she informs, is part of her goal to build a communication strategy for Jamaica that highlights its best qualities.“My goal is to show the country and the companies and businesses that exist here as well as the people. There is a story about Jamaica that is not who we are and what I want to do is work to change that paradigm in how Jamaicans are perceived and show that we are hard workers and we will get the job done to a superior standard,” she says.Miss Spencer’s ultimate goal is to have branches in the United Kingdom and other top global markets, leveraging technology and expanding Brand EQ’s portfolio.In the future, Miss Spencer says she would love to do more work with young women through a foundation that she hopes to establish, to help grow their businesses.“I would really love to work with young women in business, to talk about the processes, the steps and other alternatives that we can use to spin their businesses into something profitable,” she says. Story Highlights She specialises in public relations and global communication strategies. To date, she has led several multi-million dollar campaigns for companies such as Mercedes- Benz, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Jamaica National Building Society. center_img Raised in the community of Mountain View, in Eastern Kingston, and migrating to Canada as a teenager, Nadine Spencer is a member of the Diaspora who has established herself as a recognizable worldwide brand.last_img read more

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Canadian man charged with spying in China gets visit by consular officials

first_imgOTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada says consular officials in China visited today with detained former diplomat Michael Kovrig today.It is the fifth time Kovrig has received a consular visit since he was detained by Chinese authorities in early December, but the first since he and fellow detainee Michael Spavor were charged with stealing state secrets two weeks ago.Spavor has received four consular visits thus far.The two have not had access to lawyers and receive one visit from Canadian officials a month.The Canadian government says their detentions are arbitrary and warns Canadians travelling to China to do so with a “high degree of caution” because of the arbitrary application of local laws.Canada is calling for the immediate release of both men.Canadian officials have complained the two men are being held in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou under an extradition request from the United States.Global Affairs notes the number of countries who back Canada’s position on the matter including the United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Spain and Denmark as well as NATO and the European Union.Consular visits typically include assessing the well-being of the men, trying to get them medical attention if needed and helping them communicate with loved ones.Because of privacy laws, no specifics about the visit can be made public.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Widened G20 would include views of more nations SouthEast Asian nations tell

The G20 played a crucial role in helping to ameliorate the impact of the financial crisis, Singapore’s Foreign Minister George Yeo told the Assembly’s annual high-level debate.“Though not ideal, it is the most important driver of change we have right now,” he said, adding that the United Nations is “too intricate” to deal with such problems.But for the G20 to be effective and legitimate, “it is not enough for leaders to confer and make general exhortations,” Mr. Yeo stated.These gatherings should not be confined to the same nations every time, he said, calling for “variable geometry in membership.”The official proposed different participants for different subjects, stressing that “the views of small States, which comprise the majority of UN members, must not be ignored.”He emphasized that “a balance has to be struck between effectiveness and inclusiveness,” since a gathering that is too big would be too unwieldy, while a meeting that is too small would lack “representation and legitimacy.”Recognizing that power shifts never occur smoothly, Mr. Yeo called for a collective effort in putting a new global system into place.“We should not be lulled by the temporary easing of the global economy into thinking that the worst is behind us and that we can return to our old ways again.”For his part, Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah bin Haji Aman of neighbouring Malaysia said that while the G20 includes a greater number of nations than the Group of Eight (G8), “questions still remain as to how representative and inclusive it truly is.”Mr. Aman underscored that that “the choice between legitimacy and effectiveness is often a false one.”Malaysia, he said, was the first to call for reform of the Bretton Woods institutions and bolstering the international financial regulatory system in the wake of the Asian financial crisis.“This means that ideas and solutions are not the monopoly of the large and power,” the Foreign Minister emphasized. 28 September 2009The so-called Group of 20 (G20) industrialized nations must be reformed to strike the perfect balance between effectiveness and inclusiveness, top officials from Singapore and Malaysia told the General Assembly today. read more

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At UN Actress Geena Davis warns 700 years needed to reach gender

The Academy Award-Winning Actor, who founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, said the data from her research shows “disturbing” results of how “profoundly fewer” female characters are in family movies and television programmes aimed at young children under the age of 11.Ms. Davis, known for her portrayals of strong female characters in films such as “Thelma and Louise,” went on to say the message the children were getting through entertainment media was of “hyper-sexualized” female characters judged by their appearance.“If we added female characters at the rate we have been over past 20 years, we will achieve parity in 700 years,” Ms. Davis said, adding that she believed gender parity in children’s entertainment media can be reached dramatically faster – possibly even seven years. She noted that the message kids are getting through entertainment media is that women and girls are second class citizens. “There is one sector where this gross imbalance can be changed overnight and that is on screen,” she said. “We don’t have to fix the unconscious bias they are raised with later on. We can fix it from the very beginning.”Ms. Davis was speaking at an event on the side lines of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women taking place at UN Headquarters to promote gender equality in and through the media, as central to the so-called post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals that will drive the global development agenda for years to come.Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in remarks read by one of her deputies, said women represent “just third of reporters, and quarters of media decision makers.”“Only a quarter of people questioned, heard or seen or read about in the media are women,” according to Ms. Bokova. “How can we get the whole full story with only half of the world’s voices? We do need to redress this imbalance.”Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, which co-hosted the event with UNESCO, and Ms. Bokova agreed on the imperative to change the underlying stereotypes of women. “Progress is not the same as success,” the UNESCO head said. read more

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€26 million in sports equipment grants approved

first_imgMINISTER OF STATE for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring has approved grants of €2.6 million to allow 22 national sports bodies to buy new equipment and boost participation in sport.The funding has been awarded to a range of national governing bodies including the Athletics Association, Irish Wheelchair Association and the GAA.The grants will cover equipment as diverse as a mobile Olympic handball arena, scrum machines, a ‘cricket factory’ where you can try out the game and martial arts arenas.Michael Ring said he hoped the funding will encourage more people to get involved in sport.“The real beneficiaries from this funding will be the thousands of sportspeople across Ireland who head out on week nights and weekends to train with their local club,” he said.“Although some of the equipment will be used at national level by the governing bodies, a significant portion will be utilised at local level.”GrantsThe highest grant of 400,000 was approved for the Irish Sailing Association for equipment such as mobile training equipment, transport vans and coach boats.Some €350,000 was allocated for the Athletics Association of Ireland for items including speed gates, GPS heart rate monitors and lactate machines.A grant of €257,517 was approved for defibrillators, GPS trackin system and scrum machines for the Irish Rugby Football Union.The GAA’s allocation is €220,000 for footballs, sliotars, bibs, cones and portable goalposts.The full list can be found here.Read: Over €750,000 spent on prison sports equipment in 2010, 2011>last_img read more

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In 85 years just seven TDs have resigned from the Dáil Who

first_imgGeorge Lee outside Leinster House (James Horan/Photocall Ireland)The man who had reported on our economic boom and bust was seen as someone with solutions who could formulate Fine Gael’s economic policy on its path to government. But it wasn’t long before he claimed that he found himself sidelined within the parliamentary party and announced his resignation on 8 February 2010 having had “virtually no influence or input” into shaping the party’s economic policies. He returned to RTÉ where he is currently presenting on radio and television.Later that year the ostracised Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North-East, Jim McDaid, would also resign his seat just months before a general election on 2 November 2010. The former Tourism and Sport Minister had been outside of the parliamentary party for two years at that stage after he had opposed the government over a vote on the cervical cancer vaccination programme.Jim McDaid in 2004 (Photocall Ireland)Often controversial, McDaid had said he planned to retire from politics in 2006 only to renege on that promise. He subsequently claimed that he had received no support from Fianna Fáil during the 2007 general election and his poor voting record in the Dáil was also heavily publicised and criticised. In his resignation letter he criticised the government and called for an election before the end of 2012.On 22 March 2014, Patrick Nulty, the independent TD for Dublin West, shocked the political world by resigning his seat, pre-empting revelations in the Sunday World that he had sent explicit and inappropriate messages to a 17-year-old girl on Facebook while he was drunk.While some political observers believed that Nulty, who had been elected as a Labour TD before quitting the party over its role in government, could have weathered the controversy, he said in his resignation statement: “I set myself the highest standards personally and politically.“Unfortunately due to personal mistakes I have not met those standards in this matter and I will take responsibility for that.”Patrick Nulty (Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)Why only seven?Seven is a low number when you consider the many political controversies and issues down through the years. There have of course been many alternative actions taken by representatives such as resigning their ministry or the party whip and going independent.Perhaps the primary reason there have been so few is that full resignation from the Dáil is effectively resigning your job and becoming unemployed is not usually a decision anyone takes lightly.In some cases, particularly when a controversy arises, the decision not to resign one’s seat is because of a belief that you did nothing wrong. Political analyst Noel Whelan explains: “In some cases it’s because they don’t want to accept that they did anything wrong. So for example with Michael Lowry when he resigned from Fine Gael but remained an independent.“Or Liam Lawlor who resigned from Fianna Fáil but stayed on as he didn’t think he did anything wrong. Then there are people who have been elected TDs and become frustrated but generally wait until the next election and step down. There’s been a couple of those. In some ways its logical for them to wait out their term.”One could always take the principled stand of resigning their seat and standing in a by-election but that presents a logisitical problem particularly in the case of an independent TD.Say if f that TD was elected with 20 per cent of the vote, resigning and standing in a by-election means they would need over 50 per cent of the vote which is not easily achieved when you face the political machines of the four major parties.“It’s almost impossible,” according to Whelan. “That’s why Kevin Boland, for example, gave up on principle but didn’t recontenst in the subsequent by-election because he had no hope of winning it.” “There’s a reluctance to give up something they fought for and resigning is an acknowledgement in some cases that they did something wrong.”Maybe then there is a logic in setting up a recall system where TDs can effectively be sacked if they’re not up to scratch. But that in itself creates its own problems. In a multi-seat proportional representation system where, for example, 20,000 signatures might be needed on a petition to recall, that could involve supporters of other candidates elected in that constituency clubbing together to seek a removal of a certain TD.Maybe then an impeachment system in the Dáil would work whereby a two-thirds majority could vote on a motion of impeachment. But that to some extent politicises what is a democratic process, creating its own hazards.The bottom line is that there is no perfect way to implement a system whereby TDs can be removed from the Dáil if it is the will of the people who put them there outside of an election year. Perhaps acknowledging this there is no commitment in the programme for government to implement any of the aforementioned systems.Perhaps then it is best left to the drama of a general election, guaranteed every five years where people can elect a  TD and, as Mick Wallace put it so eloquently recently, “discard me when they see fit”.Did we miss anyone? We checked the records and are pretty confident that seven is the magic number but if we missed anyone, please let us know in the comments.Author’s note: The title of this story originally stated ’95 years’ when in fact it should have said ’85 years’Constituency report: Dáil loses 8 TDs in radical boundary shake-upVideo: Mick Wallace’s statement to the Dáil Note: This article was originally published 1 July 2012 but has been updated and republished today in light of the resignation of Patrick Nulty. WHEN MICK WALLACE and his company’s tax affairs recently spent a whole week in the news there was considerable talk about the possibility of him resigning his seat in the Dáil.In the end the Wexford deputy stood up in the chamber and said that he would not be resigning having taken the pulse of the people who elected him.“I have never been good at quitting,” he told his fellow TDs. The same words could easily be applied to many Dáil deputies who have faced calls for their resignation down through the years but never actually followed through with it.In the entire history of Dáil Eireann going back to 1919 there have been a total of 1,239 TDs but according to our own calculations when you discount the turbulent first four dálaí – when there were numerous resignations as Ireland struggled for independence – as well as striking off resignations to assume another political office and resignations because of ill-health just seven TDs have resigned over matters of principle or controversy.The Famous SevenThe first came in March 1946 when the independent TD William Dwyer, a former unsuccessful Fine Gael candidate in the 1943 general election and company director, resigned his seat in the Cork Borough two years after he was elected. Little is known of his reasons for doing so but we do know that he stood at the 1948 general election for the Cork East constituency but was not successful in winning a seat and did not serve in the lower house again.It was another 12 years before we had another resignation and that was in May 1958 when the independent TD and member of the Unemployed Protest Committee John ‘Jack’ Murphy stepped down from his seat in the Dublin South-Central constituency just over a year after he had been elected.His story is a colourful one, known in some quarters as ‘the man in the black beret’ he made history when he became the first unemployed person ever elected to a national legislature. His manifesto was simple: to put the issue of unemployment at the centre of political discourse in Ireland at a time when unemployment and emigration were high.Jack Murphy in the late 1950s (Wikimedia Commons) But his frustrations with a lack of progress on this issue led to him taking the rare action he did just over a year after he was elected when he resigned his seat and later emigrated to Canada. “I was fed up with the callous indifference of the big parties to the situation of the workers. I resigned as a protest against appalling indifference of those parties to the unemployed,” he said later. Murphy returned to Ireland and held various jobs before he died in 1984.If Jack Murphy’s departure was on a matter of principal then the same could be said of the Fianna Fáil TD Kevin Boland in May 1970 in when the experienced minister, who was at the time responsible for local government, became considerably peeved at Fianna Fáil’s handling of the new crisis in the North – The Troubles. The conflict had the effect of splitting the party between those who wanted action taken and those who urged caution.Kevin Boland on his land at farmers vale Rathcoole, Co Dublin in 1998 (Photocall Ireland)Boland became so angry on one occasion that he allegedly resigned his ministerial portfolio and his Dáil seat only to have both rejected by the Taoiseach. In the end he would eventually resign for good in solidarity with Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney after the pair were caught up in the Arms Crisis. Boland would make headlines at the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis a year later when he appeared on stage and urged people to join him only to be shouted down by an enraged Patrick Hillery and a jubilant crowd.He later founded his own party, Aontacht Eireann (Irish Unity), and continued to criticise the government’s policy on the North but was never elected again and died in 2001.It was 27-years before there would be another Dáil resignation of a similar nature and again it would be Fianna Fáil. In this case the Dublin North TD Ray Burke would step down over the revelations that he had received IR£80,000 from a property developer in connection with Dublin City Council’s decision to rezone certain land.Ray Burke in 2004These allegations would lead to growing concerns about Burke’s suitability for a senior cabinet role and would eventually see him resign on 7 October 1997. Later the Planning Tribunal was established and found that Burke was “corrupt”.Not only did it examine the planning payments but also his perceived bias against RTÉ and large bribes he received in connection with the establishment of Century Radio in the 90s when he was Communications Minister. He later served four months in jail after he he was found guilty of making false tax returns and has kept a low profile since his release.If Burke’s departure was all about controversy then George Lee’s resignation of his Fine Gael seat in Dublin South just nine months after he was elected was about frustration. The former RTÉ economics editor had secured over 50 per cent of first preference votes in a 2009 by-election amid a wave of anti-government sentiment and frustration over the economy.last_img read more

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I take one less slice of bread for lunch how Irish children

first_imgUpdated 7.56pm Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeTHE CHILDREN’S CHARITY helpline Childline, has sought to highlight that it is not just a service for children who are being abused and neglected – volunteers are there for all children, and in recent years, this has included children who are victims of the recession.Speaking ahead of the ISPCC’s AGM last week, Childline Volunteer Monica Rowe, said the helpline receives almost 2,000 calls a day.“We get children who just want to chat, we get children who are being bullied, we get children whose parents have been let go or are not working out are financially strapped,” she explained. “And those children don’t want to burden their parents with their own worries now. They’re very smart – kids are very smart, and they’re very aware that their parents are in trouble. They’re very aware and they’re trying to stay quiet and they’re trying to stay good.”Like one little fella who rang and said “I’m taking one less slice of bread in my lunch because that might help, that might save them some money”, but they’re not going to tell the parents that, because they don’t want to worry the parents.“They’re not children at risk but they can offload, they can take a sigh of relief that they’ve offloaded and they can carry on with their day,” she said.Last week, the ISPCC said its funds were so low since the fallout from the CRC and Rehab scandals that it may have to cut back on Childlike operating hours. This would mean the service would be closed at night – when it is needed most.Donations are down 20 per cent so far this year and the charity is asking the public to start donating again, pointing out at its AGM last week that it is fully transparent, and all details of accounts can be found on its website.Childline can be reached free of charge, 24 hours a day at 1800 666 666Childline’s free text service runs from 10am to 10pm, text “talk” to 50101Childline’s online chat service runs from 10am to 10pm, accessible at www.childline.ie.First published 8.45amRelated: ‘We’ve told children we’re here for them 24/7 – if charity crisis continues we won’t be’>Opinion: Childline is at breaking point – who else will listen to vulnerable children?>last_img read more

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First Star Trek into Darkness trailer released

first_imgIt’s been almost four years since the last Star Trek movie came out. Star Trek rebooted the franchise and surprised us all by actually being very good. There were enough references and homages for the Trekkies while it remained welcoming to newcomers.J.J. Abrams has kept us waiting for the sequel, though, as Star Trek into Darkness doesn’t come out until May 17, 2013. In fact, there’s been barely any news about the movie, but finally the first trailer has been released. Usually a movie is advertised at least a year in advance, so this is quite unusual. Either way, there’s still a big debate going on about which villain British Sherlock star, Benedict Cumberbatch is actually playing.The trailer is only a minute long, but it does a good job of cramming in as much action as possible. The voice over by Cumberbatch threatens the crew’s world is not safe as he has “returned to have my vengeance.” That particular line is making a lot of fans think that Cumberbatch is playing Khan, Captain Kirk’s most infamous enemy. Khan does indeed become a sort of super villain as he’s genetically engineered in the original Star Trek series’ episode Space Seed. He’s super intelligent and strong, which all point toward Cumberbatch in the trailer as he’s shown being extremely athletic.Some argue that it may not be Khan as Kirk hasn’t met him before in this particular story arc, but who knows what’s meant to have happened in the gap between Into Darkness and the last Star Trek movie. All we know for sure is when the Enterprise returned home, their world was attacked, leaving Kirk and his crew the duty of going after the man who caused it all.The trailer certainly makes the movie look action-packed and exciting, but it does leave us with a lot of questions. Maybe that was the aim as everyone is going to be debating this for a while.last_img read more

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So many lies Mr Justice Charleton left with plenty to mull over

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Judge: “If you think you have journalistic privilege, I will certain listen to that, but you have to give me the facts and circumstances upon which you claim to base it… And at the moment I just can’t see how it arises, and unfortunately at the moment a reasonable person might see this as a complete smokescreen. I’m not saying whether I see it that way or not, but I’m here to listen.”Marrinan: “I mean, could it ever be right that a source could be left in jeopardy by a journalist exposed to being condemned as a liar when you know that that’s not so and that the truth is that he was in contact with you? Could that be in any way healthy for journalism, for the truth or anything else?”McCann: “I am in a position where I am trying my best to defend not only my career as a journalist but also assist to the Tribunal. It is a very difficult position to be in. By revealing the contents of my communication and conversations with a source, is leaving me very much open as a journalist to not be trusted when I continue my career as I intend to do.”This form of argument has been mirrored in other interactions between the judge and other journalists and their counsel.Mr Justice Charleton has expressed a wish on numerous occasions to be given all the information he needs to judge whether or not there was a smear campaign against Maurice McCabe.At the same time, he has also appeared keen to hear all the evidence as expeditiously as possible. Source: Disclosures TribunalIn submissions yesterday, most of the counsel did not think it would achieve much by bringing the matter to the High Court and the judge could still draw conclusions despite some journalists not disclosing information.So what now?Some journalists chose not to reveal their sources but a number also said that David Taylor did not smear Maurice McCabe to them.Before closing yesterday, the judge outlined a myriad of factors he’ll now have to consider in his final report.They included:How Maurice McCabe is saying one thing and Dave Taylor is saying another about what was said when they met in September 2016. McCabe said Taylor told him he ran the smear campaign via text and that there “hundreds, possibly thousands” of texts sent. Taylor said he never told McCabe this and didn’t conduct the smear via text.What Taylor said then and what his case is now. When he sat down with Tribunal investigators he said when smearing McCabe that he’d mention the sexual abuse claim that McCabe was exonerated that he’d drop it in on the basis that “there was no smoke without fire”. The case from his counsel recently was that it was done on the basis that McCabe was “embittered”. If he did smear McCabe, which is the accurate version?What did Martin Callinan say to other people? We’ve had RTÉ journalist Philip Boucher-Hayes say Callinan said McCabe had done “horrific things” and had “psychological and psychiatric” issues. We’ve had Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness say Callinan told McCabe “fiddles with kids”. Callinan has said he never said these things.The judge’s decision not to take the matter to the High Court means that closing submissions from the various parties on what they think happened here are all that’s left.And then it’s just a matter of waiting for the report. The near 100-day Tribunal has actually been going on for roughly a year and it’s likely that Mr Justice Charleton has been writing the report as he goes along.But, in the last month or so, there has been a hefty chunk of evidence on the most crucial part of the Tribunal so it’s not likely to be ready too soon.With the courts traditionally out for the month of August, it’ll possibly be September at the earliest when the surely mammoth report is published. Share11 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/4083073 14,328 Views ‘So many lies’: Mr Justice Charleton left with plenty to mull over as Tribunal winds up The Tribunal won’t be going to the High Court over privilege, paving the way for the closing of proceedings. Mr Justice Charleton will make a crucial ruling on privilege. Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 12:05 AM Mr Justice Charleton will make a crucial ruling on privilege. No Comments Jun 23rd 2018, 12:05 AM By Sean Murray THE NAME ON the witness list may have been Michael Wallace but Mick wasn’t having any of it.He wasn’t having any of the stories that have been told at the Disclosures Tribunal either, having been present for a number of the 90+ days so far.On Thursday, the Wexford TD told Mr Justice Peter Charleton that “there’s never been a judge in the history of the State told [that’s been] told so many lies”.With the accounts of some witnesses were directly contradicted by others, it must be the case that some haven’t told the truth and the judge’s task in the coming weeks and months is to unpick the intricacies and write a lengthy report at the end of it.The Tribunal had faced a potentially indefinite delay this week over journalistic privilege but the judge’s ruling yesterday means that we’re just about finished the public hearings into the whole Maurice McCabe saga that has dominated the Irish news agenda for the best part of half a decade.Why would it have been delayed?The Tribunal has spent the last month looking into claims from former garda press officer Superintendent Dave Taylor that he was directed by former commissioner Martin Callinan to smear Maurice McCabe to the media.Taylor alleges that he gave a number of journalists negative briefings about McCabe, would “do down” McCabe and that Nóirín O’Sullivan was aware of the smear campaign.However, when called to give evidence to the Tribunal, a number of journalists claimed journalistic privilege when asked to say who gave them certain bits of information relating to McCabe.As outlined here, not compelling journalists to reveal confidential sources does have legal precedent but not a strict provision in Irish law.Counsel for the various journalists involved made their case to Mr Justice Peter Charleton yesterday as to the basis for their clients claiming privilege.There were two possible outcomes: either the judge ruled that the journalists can claim privilege or he ruled that they must reveal their sources.In the case of the former, the Tribunal would proceed as normal and likely finish up proceedings by the end of next week.In the case of the latter, however, the Tribunal could have been sent into limbo. If the judge ruled that sources must be revealed, then that matter would have ended up in the High Court.In its updated list of proceedings, the Tribunal noted: “If a referral to the High Court is made, the tribunal will adjourn appropriately with no known recommencement date.”Privileged infoOne journalist who repeatedly claimed privilege during her evidence was Irish Mail on Sunday journalist Debbie McCann.She was one of three journalists who sought out an interview with Ms D – the woman who had previously made an allegation of sexual abuse against Maurice McCabe. At the time it was alleged in 2006, McCabe was exonerated of wrongdoing.McCann claimed privilege when asked if Taylor had negatively briefed her or gave her the information about Ms D, and it led to this exchange involving Mr Justice Charleton and Tribunal counsel Patrick Marrinan SC: Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Short URLlast_img read more

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Buy this 100 Fire TV get a free Echo Dot

first_img See It Adorama 1:51 Now playing: Watch this: CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $49 TVs Smart Speakers & Displays $49 $29 Best Buy Comments 3 See It Amazon Toshiba The Cheapskate CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Amazon Echo Dot See it Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, Charcoal) Review • Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: Alexa’s best Dot yet plays defense Crutchfield Not shown: The free Echo Dot you get when purchasing an Insignia or Toshiba Fire TV Edition like this one. Sarah Tew/CNET Shopping for a new TV? Amazon is making a compelling case for choosing a Fire TV Edition model: For a limited time, you can get a free third-generation Echo Dot with select Insignia and Toshiba TVs — and many of them are on sale. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it at AmazonFire TV, of course, is Amazon’s answer to Roku: A simplified UI for accessing not only streaming services like Hulu, Netflix and, of course, Prime Video, but also games and apps. It’s available in “stick” form (meaning a Fire TV Stick that plugs into a TV’s HDMI port) or baked right into various TVs (known by the “Fire TV Edition” suffix). One thing to note: As of now, the new Disney Plus streaming service has yet to confirm support for Fire TV devices. Apps are almost certainly coming; they just haven’t been announced yet.Although this deal applies to all Insignia and Toshiba Fire TV Edition models Amazon currently carries, there are two that seem especially notable: The 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition is on sale for just $99.99 (save $50), while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Edition is only $129.99 (save $50).Those are 720p models, but that’s fine for their sizes. In any case, all you do is add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot. Presto: The latter is free.You’ve got until Sept. 2 to take advantage of this deal, though there’s no guarantee all the TV models will be in stock that long.This story was originally posted earlier. Updated to confirm that the sale price is still available. Share your voice Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs stream with some help from… News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 Tags See It Preview • Amazon’s third Echo Dot takes a few cues from the Google Home Mini $29last_img read more

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Global warming to affect Indias productivity could lose the equivalent of 34

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsA report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) claims that India is expected to lose an equivalent of 34 million jobs as a result of global warming and heat stress by the year 2030.The ILO report named ‘Working on a Warmer Planet: The Impact of Heat Stress on Labour Productivity and Decent Work’ claims that the country will face productivity loss either because the temperature is too hot to work or because the workers have to work at a slower pace.”The country most affected by heat stress in India, which lost 4.3 per cent of working hours in 1995 and is projected to lose 5.8 per cent of working hours in 2030. Moreover, because of its large population, India is in absolute terms expected to lose the equivalent of 34 million full-time jobs in 2030 as a result of heat stress,” says the report.”Although most of the impact in India will be felt in the agricultural sector, more and more working hours are expected to be lost in the construction sector, where heat stress affects both male and female workers,” adds the report.According to the report, the impact of heat stress is expected to increase in all countries in the Eastern Asia subregion between 1995 and 2030. The accumulated global financial loss due to heat stress is expected to reach USD 2,400 billion by 2030. And if no actions are taken now to alleviate the climate change these costs will be much higher than the given figure as the global temperatures are increasing.The ILO report also states that millions of people employed in the brick-making industry in India are expected to suffer more due to this climatic change as they work in high temperatures with lack of on-site cooling facilities. The harsh working conditions, intense physical labour at the brick kilns and very short breaks during the work make them more vulnerable.Heat stress is defined as generally occurring at above 35 degrees Celsius, in places where there is high humidity. Heat stress affects, above all, outdoor workers such as those engaged in agriculture and on construction sites. Excess heat at work is an occupational health risk and in extreme cases can lead to heatstroke, which can be fatal, said the report.Temperatures exceeding 39-degree Celsius can kill. But even where there are no fatalities, such temperatures can leave many people unable to work or able to work only at a reduced rate. Some groups of workers are more vulnerable than others because they suffer the effects of heat stress at lower temperatures.One of the main authors of the report and Chief of Unit in the ILO’s Research department, Catherine Saget said that “In addition to the massive economic costs of heat stress, we can expect to see more inequality between low and high-income countries and worsening working conditions for the most vulnerable, as well as the displacement of people. To adapt to this new reality appropriate measures by governments, employers and workers, focusing on protecting the most vulnerable, are urgently neededlast_img read more

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