Suresh KalmadiAfter the government claimed it was powerless to remove Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi, the CBI appears to have taken things in its own hands.The agency sleuths swooped down on Kalmadi’s houses in Delhi and Pune in simultaneous raids on Friday morning and seized several documents.The officials raided his palatial government bungalow on Kamraj Lane at 7 am as well as his houses and office premises at four other locations in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune, including the OC office.The CBI also quizzed Kalmadi’s personal secretary Shekhar Shrivastava at its headquarters for nearly five hours. The house of his other personal secretary, Manoj Bhure, in Pune was also raided.A CBI spokesperson said “important documents” were seized during the raids.But a defiant Kalmadi emerged from his bungalow to proclaim his innocence. “I am innocent till proved guilty. The media is the one pronouncing me guilty,” he said.In fact, he sought to put the government in the dock saying it was privy to all the decisions taken by the OC. “All the decisions in the OC have been taken by an executive board. So many government officers are on that board,” he said. “The CBI has raided my house, my office, my house in Pune and also my brother.” The CBI had earlier this month requested the government to remove Kalmadi from the OC, saying he and some of his aides were obstructing the probe into the alleged irregularities in organisation of the Games. CBI director A. P. Singh had written to cabinet secretary K. M. Chandrasekhar in this regard.advertisementThe OC chief, however, stoutly denied that. “The CBI chief says I am interfering in the probe. That is not correct. Three days ago, I wrote to the CBI director and informed that the OC had handed over all the documents. In case there were some more left, the same would be provided. I have offered all cooperation to the CBI today,” he said.The CBI said in a statement that the raids on Kalmadi were a part of the ongoing probe into the scam in the Queens’ Baton Relay. He has not been named as an accused in the baton relay case so far.But CBI sources said the agency had over a dozen specific complaints against Kalmadi which it was probing.They said fresh FIRs may be lodged against him, especially in the alleged scam in procurement of CWG overlays.The Congress left Kalmadi, who is the party’s MP from Pune, to fend for himself, saying the government or the party had nothing to do with his role as the OC chief . ” Law is equal for all.There is no question of backing anybody,” Congress spokesman Abhishek M. Singhvi said.The BJP said the CBI action was an eyewash and the raids had come too late. “Why so much of a delay? Why so many documents being allowed to be misplaced deliberately?” party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “While the rest of the world sleeps, we train, and when the world wakes up, we still train. Hard work, dedication, and learning will bring us success in 2019, despite the challenges we face.”The first test for Team Lakay comes on January 19 when Pacio defends his strawweight strap against Yosuke Saruta of Japan in ONE: Eternal Glory in Jakarta, Indonesia.Team Lakay’s journey to the top did not come without adversities, but Sangiao and the rest of Team Lakay are ready to conquer more challenges in 2019.“Together, we were able to overcome adversity. We’ll do the same in 2019,” Sangiao said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Bradley Beal, Wizards silence Thunder MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “This game is evolving every second. Right now, there is a martial artist out there developing a new training method, working on a new technique, and building a new set of skills we have never seen before,” said Team Lakay’s master tactician Mark Sangiao.“This is the nature of our sport. Mixed martial arts is the ultimate proving ground of combat. It combines every style and discipline into one cohesive system. That being said, the key to success is continuous learning.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio, Eduard Folayang and Joshua Pacio earned world titles in their respective divisions and for them to keep their status, they must continue to hone their craft.“As martial artists, we have to keep learning and improving — that’s the only way we can win. We have to keep up with the competition and train harder than our opponents,” Sangiao said. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES FILE – Team Lakay now has four current ONE world champions after Eduard Folayang regained the lightweight title following a unanimous decision win over Singapore’s Amir Khan in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTeam Lakay won four world titles in ONE Championship in 2018, but that doesn’t mean the Baguio City-based stable can afford to rest on its laurels this year.Winning is one thing and staying on top is a whole different story.ADVERTISEMENT
Twelve months after Jamie Vardy earned worldwide fame for scoring in a record 11th Premier League match in succession, he is suffering a barren spell that mirrors Leicester City’s fall from domestic grace.The 29-year-old forward, who was signed from minor league Fleetwood Town in 2012 and helped catapult Leicester to a shock Premier League title triumph last season, has gone 15 club games without a goal and may be dropped for Saturday’s relegation tussle at Sunderland.Hollywood film makers planning a movie based on Vardy’s life may have to start thinking about rewriting their rags to riches story, to rags to riches and back again.It is hard to pinpoint the precise reason for Vardy and Leicester’s domestic slide especially as the team have made a spectacular start to their maiden Champions League campaign, securing a place in the knockout phase with a game to spare.Full back Danny Simpson said Premier League opponents were playing deeper against the champions this season, not allowing the sort of balls over the defence that Vardy can exploit with his pace.One thing is for certain, Leicester are missing former midfield talisman N’Golo Kante.The 25-year-old France international is once again at the top of the Premier League table, this time with new club Chelsea.Kante’s tackles and interceptions have been instrumental in Chelsea’s run of seven straight wins and he forms a strong partnership with Nemanja Matic in front of the defence.Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has so far stood by the misfiring Vardy, his only striker to start every Champions League game and an almost ever-present in the Premier League despite netting twice in 958 minutes this season.advertisementBut another disappointing display last week, in a fortuitous 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough that has left them two points above the relegation zone, threatens the England international’s place, with new boy Islam Slimani the likely replacement.Vardy was demoted to the bench earlier this season against Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion but Ranieri suggested that was part of a rotation policy designed around their Champions League involvement.HIT-AND-HOPEWith qualification for the last 16 now assured, Ranieri may believe it is time to act with the statistics showing his striker is producing 1.2 shots on target per game compared to 3.2 last season.Former England forward Michael Owen sparked a debate about Vardy earlier in the season by saying on BT Sport that he was a hit-and-hope striker.”He’s the type of centre forward or type of finisher that is very much head down and hit it. He goes for power a lot. He’s not necessarily a real cute, classy type of finisher,” said Owen who also acknowledged the value of Vardy’s running.Leicester defender Simpson counters by saying a total of 24 Premier League goals last season tells its own story.”I am backing him 100 percent,” he said of Vardy. “You should see him in training, he smashes them in all over the place.”It is just one of those things, when he gets one he will go and score a load more.”It may be unfair to single out Vardy for criticism when Leicester are collectively underachieving in the Premier League while saving their best for Europe.After 13 games Ranieri’s side are down in 14th spot. At the same stage last year they were top, with 12 more goals, five more wins and 15 more points.Fingers are also being pointed at Algeria playmaker Riyad Mahrez.Mahrez was voted the 2015-16 Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year but he now finds himself heavily marked and confined to deeper positions as negative tactics choke off his supply line to Vardy.The few Leicester supporters who backed their team at 5,000-1 to land the Premier League crown last season might like to consider another bet: 500-1 to win the Champions League and be relegated.
Two-time world boxing champion James DeGale announced his retirement on Thursday, 10 years after his professional debut.The first British boxer to win an Olympic gold medal and a pro world title, DeGale said in a statement, “There’s nothing left to prove.”The 33-year-old DeGale lost last Saturday by unanimous decision to Chris Eubank Jr. for the vacant and minor IBO super middleweight title in London. That dropped his record to 25 wins, three losses by decision, and one draw.”It’s hard to admit that I’m not the fighter I once was,” the southpaw said. “My injuries have taken a toll, both on mind and body, and these things have contributed to impact my performance in the ring.”DeGale beat Andre Dirrell for the vavant IBF super middleweight title in 2015 in Boston, then successfully defended it three times across the Atlantic.Following shoulder surgery, the top-ranked DeGale returned too soon and lost the title surprisingly to unheralded Caleb Truax in December 2017 in London, but regained it from Truax last April in Las Vegas.He vacated the title when he wouldn’t face mandatory challenger Jose Uzcategui, and he appeared to show his age in the loss last weekend to Eubank Jr.Also Watch:
Approximately 60 engineering graduates, who are benefiting from skills upgrading in China, will be engaged in the expansion of the Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO)/Alpart bauxite refinery and development of the Gansu Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone in Nain, St. Elizabeth, when they return to the island.The projects together represent investment of approximately US$6 billion by Chinese entity JISCO, generating approximately 60,000 jobs.The graduates, from the University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Technology (UTEC) and Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) were sent to China in March on a one-year engineering course.Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, who is wrapping up a two-week visit to China, said the young people will have key positions at the bauxite company.The Minister, who was speaking in an interview with JIS News, said that training is part of the agreement signed with the Chinese firm in order to ensure exchange of skills and knowledge.“We intend to develop that process of continuation so that we can identify skills that are required and to train ahead of time, so that Jamaicans will be able to extend the skills that are necessary to all the changes in the mining industry,” he told JIS News.The Minister said that part of his visit to China is to examine areas of investment for Jamaicans in the Gansu Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone.The project is pivotal to Jamaica’s Logistics Hub Initiative, which is being spearheaded by the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA). The graduates, from the University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Technology (UTEC) and Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) were sent to China in March on a one-year engineering course. The projects together represent investment of approximately US$6 billion by Chinese entity JISCO, generating approximately 60,000 jobs. Approximately 60 engineering graduates, who are benefiting from skills upgrading in China, will be engaged in the expansion of the Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO)/Alpart bauxite refinery and development of the Gansu Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone in Nain, St. Elizabeth, when they return to the island. Story Highlights
QUEBEC – Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard may decide to trigger Quebec’s general election campaign several days earlier than expected, according to Radio-Canada.The CBC’s French-language network reported that sources close to the premier say he’s considering extending the campaign in order to throw Francois Legault’s surging Coalition Avenir Quebec into the political arena for a longer stretch.While the vote would still be held on Oct. 1 as planned, the length of the campaign would be extended from the minimum 33 days to as much as the maximum 39 days.It had long been expected the campaign would begin Aug. 29 — a Wednesday.But the new speculation has Couillard calling the vote on the weekend before, or even as early as Aug. 23.As for the man who will decide, he wasn’t showing his cards Tuesday as he walked into a cabinet meeting in Quebec City.“The guarantee is there will be an election on Oct. 1, I guarantee that,” Couillard said. “It’s the first promise I’m making — it will be held.”In response to the rumour, Coalition Leader Francois Legault said he welcomed an early start.“I look forward to campaigning with my great team, presenting our ideas to Quebecers and turning the page on 15 years of Liberal government,” Legault tweeted Tuesday.“Whenever you want, Mr. Couillard.”At a news conference later in the day, Legault accused Couillard of wanting to call the election earlier so “he can try to demonize me for longer.”Legault said he can’t wait for the launch so he can start debating issues such as health, education and the economy.“If he wants to call the election tomorrow, I’d be happy,” the Coalition leader added in Saguenay, Que. “The bus is ready. Everything is ready. Our candidates, our platform, our finances. Everything is ready, so the earlier the better for me.”
TORONTO — Janet Macbeth says “to be trans is to wait.”The 40-year-old waited until her wife was pregnant with their second child in 2017 to come out as transgender. Then she waited for her relatives, friends and professional colleagues at Walpole Island First Nation’s Heritage Centre to adjust to her gender identity.After starting hormone therapy at a trans-health centre in London, about a two-hour drive from her home in Wallaceburg, Ont., Macbeth waited the requisite one year to be approved for gender-affirming surgery under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) in spring 2018. She waited several months to book a date for the procedure, which was several more months away.But on Monday, Macbeth’s wait was finally over as she became one of the first patients to undergo vaginoplasty at a Canadian public hospital, according to medical officials.“For trans people, not everyone gets surgery … but for those who decide to get the surgery, it’s a life-saving treatment and medically necessary,” said Dr. Yonah Krakowsky, a urologist and medical lead of the Transition-Related Surgery Program at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto.“Their ability to live true lives really depends on our ability to do our work.”Krakowsky said Monday marks the first time vaginoplasty, a surgery that constructs a vagina for trans patients, has been performed in Ontario in more than two decades.Previously, he said, the only options for Canadians seeking trans-related surgical care were a private clinic in Montreal or to look abroad.While OHIP compensates out-of-province providers for some procedures, patients must cover their own travel costs, said Krakowsky, which often means they have to recover without the support of their loved ones. The distance also makes it harder for patients to receive follow-up care, which is associated with better health outcomes, he said.In 2016, the Ontario government changed its policies to make it easier for people to qualify for gender-affirming surgery, creating a backlog of patients waiting for care, Krakowsky said.He said Women’s College Hospital launched the Transition-Related Surgery Program in 2018 to help fill that gap, offering services including mastectomies, chest contouring and breast augmentation; the surgical removal of ovaries and testicles; plastic surgery of the scrotum and penile and testicular implants.But it took more than a year of training involving doctors from several departments, nurses and social workers for the program to prepare for its first three vaginoplasty surgeries this week, said Krakowsky.This effort speaks to the specialized knowledge required to perform vaginoplasty, which is considered “the jewel” of gender-affirming surgeries, said Dr. Marci Bowers, a world-renowned American gynecologist and surgeon who helped train the team at Women’s College Hospital.“It’s a surgery that I’ve often said takes as much art as it does science,” Bowers said while in Toronto to assist with this week’s surgeries. “You have to be comfortable crossing disciplines, and you obviously have to have a very thorough knowledge of pelvic anatomy.”Bowers said the surgeries at Women’s College Hospital will use a modified penile inversion, in which the surgeon creates a vaginal cavity between the rectum and urethra, which is then lined with skin from the shaft of the penis or scrotum.The procedure involves elements of urology, gynecology, general surgery and plastic surgery, said Bowers, as well as a dash of “artistry” to construct the clitoris, labia and pubic mound from existing tissues.While the program is still in its early days, Krakowsky hopes the teaching hospital’s multidisciplinary approach will help establish a model that can be adopted by medical institutions across the country.“I think the long-term goal is for this to be available in every province,” he said. “There’s a clear need. There are patients waiting for medically necessary surgery that’s not available.”While she could have had her surgery at a private clinic months ago, Macbeth said she was willing to wait a little longer to be part of a program with so much potential to better the health of Canada’s trans community.“This is just the beginning,” Macbeth said in an interview last week. “Canada now has two (trans-related surgical centres), so we probably need to work on the third one, the fourth one. There’s more trans people out there than people realize.”All trans women are women, she emphasized, regardless of whether they decide to pursue gender-affirming treatment. While no medical procedure could change her identity as a mother, a worker or a woman, Macbeth said her surgery will help her feel more at home in her body.“This is something that’s necessary for me,” Macbeth said. “It reduces the dysphoria I have, this conflict between myself and my body.“It will help align myself with who I am, and in general terms, make me a lot healthier.”Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press
18 May 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it was airlifting 31 metric tons of equipment to the Central African Republic (CAR) as part of expanded efforts to reach over 230,000 people affected by recent violence and displacement. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it was airlifting 31 metric tons of equipment to the Central African Republic (CAR) as part of expanded efforts to reach over 230,000 people affected by recent violence and displacement. “In a matter of hours, we are going to move our gear from Accra into CAR, where it will be immediately deployed to support our complex logistics operation there,” said Amer Daoudi, Associate Director of WFP’s transport division. The equipment from WFP’s Humanitarian Response Depot (HRD) in the Ghanaian capital Accra includes temporary storage facilities, living accommodations and accompanying tool kits, all scheduled to depart today onboard a WFP-chartered Illyushin 76 cargo jet for the three-hour flight to Bangui in CAR. “This airlift from our Accra Humanitarian Response Depot confirms the importance for WFP of the global network of HRDs we are operating,” said Daoudi. “Airlifting equipment we had pre-positioned in Accra is resulting in huge savings of time and money.” HRD Accra is part of the Global Network established by WFP to build on the success of the agency’s original UNHRD in Brindisi, to support the emergency response effort of the UN, governments non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Nearly 300,000 people have had to flee their homes in the CAR over the past year because of fighting, banditry and rebel attacks. Many people are living in the open bush, too afraid to return to their former homes. Today’s airlift is part of an enhancement of logistical capacity for WFP to meet the increased needs in the CAR, for which the agency recently appealed for $3.5 million in addition to its other requests for the country in 2007. In addition to the new funds required to reinforce logistics, the agency’s current food assistance programme still has a shortage of $25 million for operations in the CAR, one of the world’s poorest countries.
Central talks between the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and the province resume today with a new mediator.The province-wide central talks come as public high school teachers in Peel, Durham and the Sudbury area remain on strike, keeping 70-thousand students out of the classroom.The affected school boards have asked the Ontario Labour Relations board to declare the strikes illegal. Final arguments are expected this morning with the possibility of a decision as soon as this afternoon.The Minister of Education has also asked the Education Relations Commission to consider whether the students’ school years are in jeopardy.Meanwhile, high school teachers in Halton and Ottawa-Carleton will begin work-to-rule action tomorrow, refusing administrative tasks like writing report card comments.The central talks mark the first round of negotiations under a new bargaining system the Liberal government introduced last year, separating the process into local and province-wide talks.
Paying tribute to three decades of work by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), agency Goodwill Ambassador and internationally renowned actress Nicole Kidman has hosted a gala in New York honouring Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Federated Department Stores, Inc.“Commemorating UNIFEM’s 30th anniversary is a special opportunity for me to bring UNIFEM’s accomplishments to the attention of a larger audience of concerned citizens,” said Ms. Kidman as she welcomed a packed room of almost 500 guests on Saturday evening.“So many people have come together this evening, not just to look back on UNIFEM’s 30 very impressive years but to look ahead – when you’ve been blessed with a fortunate life, it is very much your duty to find the places where you can give back,” she said. “I’m so proud to be part of UNIFEM’s present and future.”UNIFEM used the occasion to honour President Johnson Sirleaf as the recipient of its first Global Leadership Award, in recognition of her efforts to advance women’s rights, and her new role as the first democratically elected female head of state in Africa.Terry J. Lundgren, CEO of Federated Department Stores, the parent company of Macy’s department store, received UNIFEM’s first Global Championship Award. Macy’s is a key partner of the Rwanda Path to Peace project, launched in 2005 to open a global market for women artisans, most of them genocide widows in the country.The Path to Peace project had its early beginnings in 2002 when UNIFEM chief Noeleen Heyzer visited Rwanda and was struck by the beauty of the traditional baskets woven by rural women. On her return to the US, she approached a group of American businesswomen to help develop a market for Rwandan basketwork. Three years later, through the facilitation of artist and UNIFEM supporter Willa Shalit, the baskets were being sold at Macy’s flagship Herald Square store in New York.Speaking of the three decades of UNIFEM’s efforts to empower women and improve their lives, Ms. Heyzer acknowledged the importance of partners, “every step of the way.”While hailing progress achieved in its three decades of work, she cautioned that much remains to be done. “On our 30th anniversary, my wish is for a strong UNIFEM to reach more people with the power to change the conditions under which women work and live, making the world a more just, equitable and happier place for all,” she said.
“I appeal to the international community to further address the special problems of this vulnerable group,” said Thongloun Sisoulith, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Laos. He called specifically for global efforts to help facilitate a mid-term review to assess the Almaty Programme of Action, a plan adopted in 2003 aimed at helping to meet the special needs of landlocked developing countries.He added that a recent summit meeting of leaders of those States had adopted a Declaration reaffirming their right of access to and from the sea.The needs of developing countries in general were discussed by Hor Namhong, the Foreign Minister of Cambodia, who said there has been very little progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets for tackling poverty and other global ills. He attributed this in part to “the negative impact of globalization which has led to the widening gap between developed countries and the poor nations.”He especially decried the lack of progress towards addressing the extreme poverty which afflicts 1.3 billion people globally. “Eradication of poverty is, first and foremost, the responsibility of the whole world and requires cooperation of the developed countries, international organizations as well as the private sector,” he said, calling for increases in debt relief, foreign direct investment and official development assistance to address the problem.Also addressing the Assembly today was Le Cong Phung, the First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam, who said the widening development gap between rich and poor posed a major threat to peace and security. The failure of the Doha Round, the strengthening of protectionism in a number of developed countries, and the fluctuating prices of oil and gold had caused difficulties for developing countries in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).He voiced particular concern about anti-dumping tariffs imposed on Viet Nam’s catfish, shrimp and footwear. Non-tariff barriers disguised as hygiene or safety standards should be removed to facilitate access to developed economies’ markets, he said.
A leading scientist recruited from the United States to do his research at Brock has won one of Canada’s most prestigious awards in organic chemistry.Tomas HudlickyProfessor Tomas Hudlicky has won the 2010 Alfred Bader Award, given by the Canadian Society of Chemistry for excellence in organic chemistry research.Hudlicky, who came to Brock in 2003 after eight years at the University of Florida, is one of North America’s top organic researchers. His breakthroughs in green chemistry include more efficient and environmentally conscious ways to create synthetic versions of morphine or Tamiflu-like drugs.He cherishes the Bader award because it is voted on by Canadian peers, he said.“I am very honoured,” he said. “I feel privileged to receive this recognition after a relatively short time in the Canadian chemistry community.”Hudlicky is one of several researchers Brock has brought to Canada from the U.S., part of a growing team of leading scientists whose work will be accelerated by the $111-million Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex which is under construction at Brock.Ian Brindle, Brock’s Dean of Mathematics and Science, calls Hudlicky a world leader in his field.“Graduate students and researchers come to Brock because of the stature of researchers like Tomas,” said Brindle. “He understands molecules in a way that few people do. It’s almost a personal relationship.”Hudlicky immigrated to the U.S. from his native Czechoslovakia in 1968. He has a BSc from Virginia Tech and PhD in chemistry from Rice University. He worked in organic chemistry departments at Illinois Institute of Technology (1978-1982), Virginia Tech (1982-1995), and the University of Florida (1995-2003) prior to coming to Brock.Hudlicky is prolific in research, publishing, and teaching. He has filed 28 patents, 13 since coming to Brock, and his projects have attracted more than $12 million in research funding. He has published more than 200 articles in peer-review journals, 50 reviews, and two books. He has presented more than 630 invited lectures worldwide.His research at Brock has focused on several areas, including a multi-generational design of morphine and Amaryllidaceae alkaloids; development of efficient routes to commercial opiate derivatives; and the investigations of more potent and bioavailable derivatives of the pancratistatin group of alkaloids as potential anti-cancer agents.The Bader award, which comes with a $3,000 cash prize, will be presented in Toronto in May at the 93rd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition.
OTR Tyres has been managing an earthmover tyre contract at the Sydvaranger mine near Kirkenes in the far north of Norway for the past 12 months. The contract, to supply the iron ore mine with tyres for all the operating vehicles on site, sees the OTR engineers working at temperatures down to 30ºC and in total darkness for part of the year (and total daylight for another part).An OTR full tyre management system is in operation including tyre supply, onsite service and maintenance of all vehicles – earthmover, truck and light commercial/4WD. In addition to tyres, all related accessories – rims, valves, etc – are OTR’s responsibility. The onsite service also includes tyre monitoring and data collection to ensure the most cost effective use of tyre resources.Repairs are carried out by tyre service engineer’s onsite and service is handled by the new 36T Iveco truck. This the latest Iveco 8 x 4 EuroTrakker with Euro 5 engine and AS Tronic gearbox and, as OTR’s UK Transport Manager, Mark Fieldston, said: “…is the most advanced service truck OTR have developed.”Many of the components for the vehicle were specially made or adapted to cope with the temperature extremes and the parameters of the service contract. The truck itself has a working platform of 11.99 m. The HMF ODIN K2 52 t crane is the most up to date crane OTR has ever purchased and the highest ‘spec’ – being fully radio remote controlled with EVS safety system.Handling 57″ tyres will be the norm so a UHL 3705 tyre handler has been fitted which gives a continuous 360º rotation in addition to the normal clamp and tilt features.The standard ‘Arctic Pack’ also had to be enhanced to allow the truck to operate in these arduous conditions, and the service crew is working well. “It was always our intention to introduce tyre engineers from the region to OTR’s global standards and this has worked well over the past 12 months.The team is working well, the customer is happy and the conditions are…quite cold and dark at times,” concluded OTR’s Project Manager for Norway, Tony Davenport.Although mining commenced some months ago, the mine was officially opened at the beginning of October by Sor Vanager’s Mayor, Linda Randal, with OTR CEO Chris Skelton and Project Director, Eddie Fairs, in attendance.
Ivan Cupic became the first player who defended title in Cologne! The 31-years old Croatian right wing did it in a big style with the buzzer-beater which made all dreams of Macedonian fans came true. The big party began when Cupic’s ball touched net of Thierry Omeyer for 24:23 RK Vardar win over Paris Saint Germain Handball.I didn’t think about decision to take or not take responsibility in the last attack. It’s fantastic feeling to be at the TOP again. Some people have thoughts that I lost motivation after departure from Kielce, but I knew how serious project is in Skopje – said Ivan Cupic in emotional speech after the match. ← Previous Story WELCOME TO LEGENDS: RK Vardar at the TOP of Europe! Next Story → MACEDONIA ON FIRE: Crazy celebration around country PHOTO: SEHA GAZPROM league, Jozo Cabraja
The Greek Olympiakos made historical step on Friday with the first ever official match on European level. One of the biggest Greek sports brand, well-known all around Europe because it’s football and basketball section, began the handball life last summer. In their first EHF Cup Round 1 match in Czech Republic, Greeks played 21:21 (8:12) against domestic Talent.The second match is on the way on Sunday on the same place.The Portuguese Benfica beat Serbian Dinamo Pancevo 39:20 in their first clash. ← Previous Story TOP 30 transfers in women’s handball before season 2017/2018 Next Story → CONTRACTS DON’T PLAY: HBC Nantes smash PSG Handball for the first 2017/18 trophy!
Read: How should the Pope do his job? He wants you to tell him> POPE FRANCIS IS assembling a panel of experts to advise him on sex abuse in the clergy — a task that will involve looking at how to protect children from paedophiles, how to better screen men for the priesthood and how to help victims who have already been harmed.Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, announced the creation of the commission today at the conclusion of a meeting between Francis and his eight cardinal advisers who are helping him govern the church and reform the Vatican bureaucracy.Sex abuseBoston was the epicenter of the 2002 clerical sexual abuse scandal in the US.O’Malley told reporters that the commission, made up of international lay and religious experts on sex abuse, would study current programs to protect children, better screen priests, train church personnel and suggest new initiatives for both the Holy See to implement inside the Vatican City State and for bishops to implement around the world.He said, to date, the Vatican’s involvement in the sex abuse crisis has been largely judicial in nature, with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2001 taking over church trials for priests accused of raping and molesting children.Now, he said, Francis wants input for a pastoral response, as well.Accountability He said he didn’t know if the matter of bishop accountability would be undertaken by the new commission.Advocates for victims of clerical abuse have long denounced the Vatican’s refusal to sanction bishops who shielded abusive priests and moved them from parish to parish rather than report them to police.That practice, coupled with the church’s culture of secrecy and fear of scandal, enabled peadophiles to continue molesting children for decades while the Vatican turned a blind eye.“Quite frankly that’s something that the church needs to address,” O’Malley said, when asked if the commission would take up the issue. “I’m not sure whether it will be this commission or the CDF (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) or the Congregation for Bishops.”Child protectionThe commission was announced just days after the Vatican submitted its responses to a UN committee monitoring its implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.The Vatican dodged many of the committee’s questions about sex abuse by arguing that it’s up to bishops and dioceses to implement programs to protect children, not the Holy See.Asked about the seeming contradiction, O’Malley said competence for such issues still lies with local church leaders.“The Holy See will try and help to identify best practices,” he said. “Certainly we hope that the Holy See will be able to model what those best practices are as a way of helping other dioceses and bishops conferences to have a response that is truly adequate and pastoral.”Read: Vatican charity arm turning pope’s words into action>
There’s no denying that the Asus Padfone is a clever design. Not only does the system allow you to insert the smartphone base unit into a tablet dock with an extended battery, but roll in the trademark Asus Transformer keyboard accessory and you’ve also got yourself an Android netbook. Top it all off with the wild Bluetooth headset/stylus combination, and you’ve got a veritable Swiss Army Knife of mobile computing utility.Now, at long last, Asus has finally started taking pre-orders for the Padfone — at least in Taiwan. Converted to U.S. currency, the smartphone itself is retailing for about $610. That’s roughly $130 less than the iPhone 4S sells for.Tack on the accessories that actually make the Padfone interesting, and the price predictably climbs a bit. The tablet and stylus pack adds another $240, while the full kit — phone, stylus, tablet dock, and keyboard — will cost you just shy of $1,000. Whether that amount of money is enough to get folks to buy the Padfone combo instead of, say, another high-end Android phone and a Transformer Prime, remains to be seen. While that would mean managing data on two different devices, you’d be getting two additional processor cores (or is it three?) to play around with.The Padfone certainly isn’t a bad deal if you consider what you’d be spending on three separate devices, but it’s not the kind of bargain the Asus MeMo is rumored to be. Then again, Asus hasn’t started taking pre-orders for the MeMo yet, so there’s no telling whether or not they’ll actually bring it to market at the $250 price tag they said they would.More at Engadget
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 31, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas now knows where the VAT money went says Prime Minister Perry Christie delivered on his promise to explain the VAT collection and allocation. Residents and guests of The Bahamas are healthy consumers as the report revealed that not only did VAT exceed performance expectations, t it was over a billion dollars collected in the 7.5% tax on goods and services.PM Perry Christie, who is the Minister of Finance said that VAT drew 1.14 billion dollars and that the Customs Department collected $415 million of that money over two years. While VAT did bring in more than half The Bahamas’ national budget, there were some offsets because of its existence. The Prime Minister explained that tax breaks and duty rate cuts and eliminations did cause some losses in other revenue areas and that net impact on revenues cost the country almost three quarters of the VAT earnings; quoted at $756 million.Due to this huge loss to government revenue in other areas, VAT was able to contribute and 30% of earnings to the lost revenue. The country’s leader said 40% of the VAT money was used to reduce the deficit and the remaining 30% went to general expenditures. VAT also had to refund some of its subscribing companies, that happened to the tune of $20 million revealed the report presented Wednesday in the House of Assembly.The Prime Minister did a better job in his presentation than his junior finance minister, Michael Halkitis who many agreed mucked it up at the PLP National Convention in January; the PM shared some of the programmes or elements of country affairs that benefited directly from VAT money. “Since the implementation of VAT, the government has hired an additional 99 police officers at $1,782,000 per annum; it has hired an additional 166 Defense Force officers at $2,988,000 per annum; it has employed 347 more teachers and education support staff at $8,400,500 per annum; and it has hired 103 additional doctors and health professionals at $2,932,550 per annum.”While the National Budget, according to reports released by the Central Bank reveal that the deficit has ballooned and there is criticism for the Administration not exercising enough austerity measures to save money, Mr. Christie said his PLP Administration is spending less. I quote the statement by the PM, “Today we have reduced this excess of spending over earnings to an average of less than $400 million and excluding natural disasters to an average of less than $250 million. Therefore debt accumulation has decelerated.”You can read the presentation of PM Perry Christie in full at MagneticMediaTV.com.#MagneticMediaNews#VATspending#VATcovereddeficitsaysPM Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #VATcovereddeficitsaysPM, #VATspending
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 18, 2017 – Providenciales – Wellington Williams, Bill Clare, Paul Higgs, Nadidja Parker, Blythe Clare, Mark & Barbara Pankurst and Conrad Howell are among the near 40 people selected as the 2017 recipients of National Honours and Awards. The long list of stand outs, recommended by those who deem them worthy of receiving in one of seven categories was published in an October 3 (2017) Gazette.Two on the list were honoured posthumously and will now carry special distinctions as they are referenced: The Most Honourable is now the title of the late Paul Higgs, a pioneer legislator and fiery politician hailing from North Caicos; Most Hon Higgs received the highest honour this year and got the Order of Turks and Caicos medal. The other award given posthumously goes to the author of the country’s National Song, This Land of Ours. The late Much Honoured Rev Dr. Conrad Howell of Providenciales is among the four to receive the patriotic award, Cayos Medal. Also in the group of Cayos Medal honours are Bill Archie Clare, the ‘Man for All Seasons’ of South Caicos; Businessman and philanthropist of Five Cays, Mervin Cox and Mark and Barbara Pankhurst, who have contributed significantly to development in the arts and humanities in the islands. Nineteen people are awarded for long service including fireman, George Penn; Tourism lecturer, Blythe Clare; at least three aviators: Captain Lyndon Gardiner, Captain Harold Williams and Captain Richardson Arthur.Earning the Meritorious service medal are Clifford Gardiner, the TCIs first pilot and North Caicos hotelier is rewarded with three others in that category, including Marion Williams, popular home chef hailing from Blue Hills, Providenciales. Six youth between 12 and 25 are rewarded with the National Young Achievers Medal including businessman and designer, Wellington Williams; PTV newscaster, Nadidja Parker along former junior Tourism Minister, Willandra Elliot.Thirty-seven individuals earned medals this year; the ceremony which was due to happen on National Heritage Day on October 9 was postponed in the aftermath of the hurricanes. You can view the full list at Magnetic Media TV.com or at our Magnetic Media fanpage on Facebook.#MagneticMediaNew Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday expressed regret over his remark that militants should stop killing innocent people and target the corrupt, saying it was made in a “fit of anger and frustration”. Malik said he should not have made the comment as constitutional head of the state but it did reflect his feelings and he will say the same thing when he is not governor. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “It was in a fit of anger and frustration due to rampant corruption here. Wherever I dig, I find their corruption. I should not have made such comments as I am the constitutional head but what I said is my feeling on the issue. Once I am not the governor, I will still say the same thing. I am ready to face the consequences for it,” Malik told television channels. On Sunday, Malik stoked controversy during his address at a function in Kargil in Ladakh region. “These boys who have picked up guns are killing their own people, they are killing PSOs (personal security officer) and SPOs (special police officers).