How Utilities Can Embrace Technology

first_imgTechnology is having a big impact on the utility sector, and the prediction is that faster change is coming in the years ahead. To learn more, we caught up with Perry Stoneman, Corporate Vice President for Sectors and Utilities at Capgemini, to talk about how technology is changing the utility industry.Watch the above video interview and let me know what questions you have. How do you see the utility industry changing thanks to technology?last_img

Deep Fritz Ties Kramnik

first_imgComputers don’t tire, crack under time pressure, or get psyched out–and that makes them formidable chess players. In Bahrain last week, world champion Vladimir Kramnik and chess computer Deep Fritz drew the final game of their eight-game series, and the “Brains in Bahrain” match was declared a tie. But it was a substantial victory for the creators of Deep Fritz, who proved that computers can match the abilities of even the best human chess players.In 1997, then-champion Garry Kasparov lost a six-game match to IBM’s improved Deep Blue computer, but many chess aficionados (including Kasparov) argued that the tournament was unfair. For instance, Kasparov wasn’t given the opportunity to learn about his opponent, says Frederic Friedel of Hamburg-based ChessBase and one of the people behind the Deep Fritz program. Friedel and colleagues allowed Kramnik to play with the program for 3 months.At heart, Deep Fritz is very much like other advanced chess computers; it has a vast database of openings and endings, and it relies on brute force–with some fine-tunings–to go through all possible moves and decide on the best line to play. After the first game, which was a draw, Kramnik solidly beat Deep Fritz twice in a row and then drew again. “We thought that we would lose very badly,” says Friedel. 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In game six, however, Kramnik made a dramatic move. After pondering for 42 minutes, Kramnik sacrificed a knight for tactical advantage and played directly against the computer’s strength. Although the vicious attack would have overwhelmed almost any human opponent, “Fritz found a tiny little hole” and defeated Kramnik. Exhausted, he accepted two quick draws for the last two games, leaving the match tied at two victories apiece and putting Kramnik in awe of the computer’s abilities.”It plays like a very strong human. These are ‘human moves,'” Kramnik said at a press conference after the match. And like a human, it seems that Deep Fritz wants another shot at an undisputed victory–both sides look forward to a rematch.Related siteBrains in BahrainChessBaselast_img read more

The beast is back: Adidas’ iconic Predator boot returns

first_imgJames Troisi The beast is back: Adidas’ iconic Predator boot returns Kieran Francis Last updated 1 year ago 13:57 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Zinédine Zidane It’s been gone for two years, but now it’s back… It runs the show, it decides the score and it commands all the respect.The adidas Predator is back after a two-year absence – and we haven’t forgotten the legacy that it has left since hitting the scene in 1994.Players such as David Beckham, Xabi Alonso, Kaka, Paul Pogba, Mesut Ozil, Ivan Rakitic and Dele Alli have used the famous boot during their careers. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player One of the most well-known goals of all-time was struck wearing the Predator, as it proved it’s precision in execution during the 2002 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen.With the score evenly poised at 1-1 approaching half-time, French legend Zinedine Zidane swivelled and calmly smashed a volley into the top corner, with incredible connection off his boot.Forget about what telling him what to do, the Predator dictated what happened and ruled in every sense as Zidane’s Madrid clinched their ninth Champions League title. Australia’s own Harry Kewell showed the prowess of the Predator with his stunning strike for Leeds against Aston Villa in 2000 displaying the capabilities of the boot.  Now Melbourne Victory’s James Troisi is the country’s Predator ambassador and is not only a player adept in scoring brilliant goals but also match-winning strikes.It was his 105th minute goal that secured the 2015 Asian Cup for Australia on home soil.Arguably his most spectacular goal was scored against Perth Glory at AAMI Park last season as he beat three defenders with deft touches before cutting inside to curl the ball into the bottom corner.”All game I was on fire, I wanted to score a goal,” Troisi said. “I was on my left foot and got the right technique for the bottom left-hand corner – I don’t think the keeper really moved.That lethal left foot will now be paired with the new Adidas Predator 18+ boot to be released on November 29 as party of the Skystalker range – which also includes the X and the NEMEZIZ.Adidas PredatorIt features a sockfit collar that is designed to naturally expand to the foot’s shape, a layer of control skin for optimal grip and an anatomical upper which mimics the heel’s shape to provide ultimate lockdown.Whether it’s Troisi, Pogba, Ozil, Rakitic or Alli, the Predator will return to pitches and prove it is the master of control.last_img read more

Photos: Urban Meyer’s At Tonight’s NBA Finals Game In Cleveland, Sitting Behind Cavs Bench

first_imgUrban MeyerUrban MeyerThe Cavs have a three-time national champion cheering them on in Game 4 of the NBA Finals this evening. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is in Cleveland for this evening’s contest against the Warriors. #ALLin216 pic.twitter.com/UWGyEWOdE5— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 11, 2016Many photos of the Buckeyes’ national title-winning head coach were snapped pregame. We have an Urban sighting #GoBucks #ALLIN216 #nbafinals pic.twitter.com/dwQm5LvxFk— WSYX ABC 6 (@wsyx6) June 11, 2016Urban Meyer here to bring the #cavs some Championship luck! #3cavs @wkyc @WKYCSports pic.twitter.com/BSxQg8V5PK— Dave Chudowsky (@DaveChudowsky) June 11, 2016Urban Meyer chatting with Spike Lee before game 4 of the #NBAFinals #ALLin216 #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/gXKUyudAaM— Kyle Robertson (@KRobPhoto) June 11, 2016Meyer’s sitting behind the Cavs’ bench and reportedly looks a little nervous.#ALLin216 pic.twitter.com/UWGyEWOdE5 — Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 11, 2016 Urban Meyer is right behind the Cavs bench and looks like a nervous wreck because Urban Meyer is the best. — Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) June 11, 2016It’s gotta be Ohio good luck to have @OSUCoachMeyer sitting behind the @Cavs bench. #ALLinCLE #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/bsEStkFKNU— Kyle Kutuchief (@KyleKutuchief) June 11, 2016The Cavs and the Warriors are currently playing on ABC.last_img read more

Minister Announces Funding for Archives in Nova Scotia

first_imgMore of Nova Scotia’s stories will be preserved and made accessible through an investment in archival institutions across the province. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks announced $85,000 in funding for 11 archives today, July 17, through the Provincial Archival Development Program. “The Provincial Archival Development Program is a major breakthrough,” said Mr. Dooks. “Through this program, financial assistance can be provided to support and strengthen Nova Scotia’s archival community, which works diligently to preserve records of Nova Scotia’s history and make them more accessible to the public.” The introduction of the program responds directly to a central recommendation in the Membership Needs Assessment and Planning Study Final Report issued by the Council of Nova Scotia Archives in April 2007. It also responds to a key archival priority initiative identified in the province’s Heritage Strategy released in February. “It is very welcome news for archives in all regions of Nova Scotia,” said Karen White, archives advisor for the council which is one of the funding recipients. “The project funding program will increase our ability to preserve records of long-term value that document our unique history, and help us make them readily available to Nova Scotians, our fellow Canadians and the world.” The program provides up to a maximum of 75 per cent of project costs. The other 25 per cent comes from the applicant in the form of cash or other support. All applications are reviewed independently. More information on the Provincial Archival Development Program is available on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/padp . Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.last_img read more

2011 Deer Hunting Season Opens

first_imgThe 2011 deer hunting season in Nova Scotia begins Friday, Oct. 28, and ends Saturday, Dec. 3. “Deer hunting is a popular sport, a means to obtain an inexpensive food source, and a way to help manage the wildlife population, especially in areas where there are too many deer,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “I encourage hunters to ensure they have the proper deer stamps on their hunting licences, to make safety a priority, and remember to wear orange clothing in the woods.” In Nova Scotia, a geographical zone system is used to manage the deer population. The zone system is used to decide how many antlerless deer from a particular zone may be taken by licensed hunters, based on the deer population in that zone. Generally, only adult male deer have antlers and females are anterless. The province reconfigured the deer zones last year so there are now 12. Hunting licence applicants should review the zones carefully. Hunters may harvest one deer of either gender in zones 107, 105, and 102. In the remaining zones on mainland Nova Scotia a limited number of antlerless deer may be taken. No antlerless deer may be taken in Cape Breton zones. The number of deer taken is controlled by the number of deer stamps issued to hunters with valid licences. A deer stamp on a hunting licence allows the bearer to take one deer and it stipulates which zone the deer must be taken from. To manage a high population of deer in zone 102, a hunter is permitted to purchase a bonus deer stamp allowing for another deer to be taken from that zone only and the deer must be antlerless. Hunting is not permitted on Sundays in Nova Scotia. Deer meat may be donated to food banks through the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, co-ordinated by Feed Nova Scotia. Hunters may bring deer to a participating meat cutter to donate all or a portion of the meat to help families in need. For more about hunting regulations and safety in Nova Scotia, visit www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/hunting-furharvesting.asp . -30-last_img read more

Publication Ban Request for Human Rights Board of Inquiry

first_imgA complainant has requested a publication ban on his name at an upcoming independent public board of inquiry by the Human Rights Commission. The worker experienced a mental health issue and does not wish to be identified by the media. The board of inquiry, scheduled for July 23-27 in Halifax, will consider whether the employee appropriately requested accommodation in the workplace and whether the employer should have made inquiries about a need for accommodation. The publication ban application is being heard by the board chair, Walter Thompson, on Monday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m. at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax. Submissions from media should be made at that time. Written submissions should be provided to the board chair before May 14 and sent to Walter Thompson, Burke Thompson, 200-5162 Duke Street, P.O. Box 307, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2N7 or by e-mail at bmtlaw@ns.sympatico.ca.last_img read more

Province Helps Nova Scotians Learn New Rules for Residential Tenancies

first_imgNova Scotia tenants and landlords will soon be better informed about changes to their rights and responsibilities when they enter into lease agreements. Over the next several weeks, the province will launch an awareness campaign to help tenants and landlords understand revisions to the Residential Tenancies Act. These changes take effect Nov. 15. “There have been a number of changes in residential tenancies over the past decade,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. “We’ve updated and modernized the act and regulations, and now it’s time to ensure Nova Scotia tenants and landlords understand their new rights and responsibilities.” Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act improve protections and balance the needs of tenants and landlords. They also improve the tenant and landlord dispute resolution process, while protecting the rights of both parties. Other changes are: automatic lease renewal a streamlined process for landlords to deal with unpaid rent tenants on fixed-term leases can end their leases early, without financial penalty, for health reasons a simpler process for landlords to apply rent adjustments in land-lease communities (formerly mobile home parks) Tenants or landlords who are successful in a hearing may be awarded the application fee for the hearing or appeal The new act also lets tenants request a potential purchaser of their manufactured home be approved as a tenant by their landlord for the land it is on, before the sale is completed. Landlords will now have 10 days to respond to the request. For more information, visit www.accessns.ca/residential-tenancies .last_img read more

Supporting Healthy and Vibrant Communities

first_img The program helps community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop and improve facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples of projects that receive funding include recreation centres and halls, pools, arenas, an athletic field, parks and playgrounds and trails. A list of organizations receiving grants this year can be found at https://cch.novascotia.ca/recreation-facility-development . Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette announced that Football Cape Breton will receive $33,500 to make improvements to the Open Hearth Park facilities Justice Minister Mark Furey announced that the Michelin Social and Athletic Club in Bridgewater will receive $43,000 for upgrades which will allow the club to maintain multi-use access for community groups Environment Minister Margaret Miller announced $19,000 for the Municipality of East Hants to redevelop a popular playground in Lantz. Government is providing more opportunities for Nova Scotians to live an active lifestyle by ensuring communities have improved infrastructure for sport and recreation. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine announced today, June 29, more than $1.8 million will be invested in 53 projects this year through the Recreational Facility Development Grant Program. “A healthier Nova Scotia will create a stronger Nova Scotia, socially, economically, and emotionally by keeping our communities vibrant,” said Mr. Colwell. “Through the Culture Action Plan, government is making it a priority to ensure all Nova Scotians have full opportunity for active living and that there is equal and inclusive access to sports and recreation opportunities.” Mr. Colwell was in North Preston to announce a total of 15 projects for the Halifax region, including an acrylic surfaced basketball court for the community, that will be suitable for professional level play. “This new facility is a celebration of the basketball and sport legacy of North Preston,” said Mr. Colwell. The court will also include spectator seating, lighting and other amenities required to host special events in the community. “As a community member of North Preston, I know the immediate impact this new project will have on the community as a whole but especially youth,” said Shaquille Smith. “The new basketball court will serve as a great resource to the community and it is without a doubt that the community will have big plans to ensure that the court is used to its full potential.” The Halifax Regional Municipality is also providing $100,000 towards the project. “The basketball court will be a wonderful addition to North Preston that can be enjoyed by players of all levels,” said Mayor Mike Savage. “Shaq Smith is a wonderful role model for his commitment to his sport, his professionalism and for giving back to the community that gave him his start.” Grants were also announced in Sydney, Bridgewater and Lantz: last_img read more

Second knee surgery was a tough call to make Raina

first_imgNew Delhi: India batsman Suresh Raina posted a heartfelt message on his social media handles after he underwent a knee surgery in Amsterdam and updated fans about his health. Raina on Friday underwent a knee surgery where he had been facing discomfort for the last few months. “I am out of surgery and healing steadily, for which I thank my doctors, family, friends, and everyone who has wished me good health and speedy recovery,” the left-handed batsman posted on Twitter and Instagram on Saturday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “The issue began way back. It was 2007 when I underwent my maiden knee surgery and later, I was back on the field, giving the game my 100 per cent, all thanks to my trainers and doctors. “However, a nagging discomfort returned last couple of years. During the episodes of niggling pain, to avoid any impact on my game, my trainers kept me going and helped me a lot in training my muscles well so that it would take the load off of the knee. “To be honest, a second knee surgery was a tough call to make because I knew it would put me off-action for a few months and I wasn’t ready for it until a few weeks ago when the pain had gotten a bit much and I knew there was only one way out of this. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “I hope I’m up on my feet, on the field and ready to give my best very soon again,” he added. The left-handed batsman will not be available for most part of India’s upcoming domestic season which begins with Duleep Trophy. The 32-year-old southpaw last played for India in an ODI against England in 2018. Raina, a World Cup winner in 2011, has played 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 T20Is. He was last involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Chennai Super Kings.last_img read more

Modi raises Naiks extradition issue with Malaysian premier

first_imgVladivostok: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday explained to his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad the rationale behind his government’s decision on Jammu and Kashmir and sought the extradition of radical televangelist Zakir Naik, wanted in India for alleged money laundering and inciting extremism.Prime Minister Modi met the Malaysian Prime Minister on the sidelines of the fifth meeting of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) held here in the Russian Far East Region. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Had a great meeting with Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia. We talked about bilateral ties between our nations and ways to further diversify cooperation,” Modi tweeted. Briefing reporters on the meeting, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said Prime Minister Modi discussed with Mahathir the “reorganisation” and the developments related to Jammu and Kashmir. They growing threat of terrorism also figured in their talks. “Prime Minister Modi explained to Mahathir the rationale behind the reorganisation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in terms of both giving effective governance and delivering socio-economic justice. And in that context the two leaders discussed the focus was on terrorism, on how to combat the growing threat of terrorism,” Gokhale said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Prime Minister Mahathir acknowledged that terrorism was a global problem and Malaysia is against any form terrorism,” he added. India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5 and has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality. Pakistan is trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue after India’s decision on August 5. After India’s decision on Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan telephoned Mahathir and had sought his support on the issue. Prime Minister Modi also raised the issue of Zakir Naik’s extradition during his meeting with Mahathir, Gokhale said. “Both the parties have decided that our officials will stay in contact regarding the matter and it is an important issue for us,” the foreign secretary said. Naik, a 53-year-old radical television preacher, left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to the largely Muslim Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency. He is wanted by Indian authorities since 2016 for alleged money laundering and inciting extremism through hate speeches. He has been banned from from any public activities in the multi-ethnic country after his remarks against Malaysian Hindus and Chinese on August 8. This is the second meeting between the two leaders, the first was in May last year when Prime Minister Modi called on Mahathir in Putrajaya after the 94-year-old leader won the general election. Gokhale said that the meeting between the two prime ministers was “very warm”. “Modi also described Mahathir’s election as a historic one and said India was looking forward to working with Malaysia,” he added. There was also discussion on trade and ways to diversify the bilateral ties to benefit people in both the countries. “Prime Minister Mahathir acknowledged that there was a growing trade between the two countries, but that Malaysia had a surplus in trade. He assured Prime Minister Modi that while we should grow this trade, Malaysia is looking at ways by which we can balance this trade,” Gokhale said. Prime Minister Mahathir said, Malaysia would consider importing more from India so that India’s exports to Malaysia grow, he said.last_img read more

Three people involved in naked kidnapping have rare psychotic disorder court

first_imgLEDUC, Alta. — Court has heard that three people involved in a bizarre naked kidnapping case south of Edmonton last year suffered from a rare, shared psychotic disorder.A courtroom in Leduc was packed with supporters as a judge heard a joint recommendation from lawyers for a conditional sentence.Court has heard the group was not affected by alcohol or drugs but believed it was the end of the world and wanted to save their neighbours when they forced them from their home last November.Two women and one man, who cannot be identified under a publication ban, earlier pleaded guilty to unlawful confinement.One of the women, the only one dressed at the time of the kidnapping, also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.Her teenage daughters were also arrested but not charged.An agreed statement of facts says the group, who are Jehovah’s Witnesses, had gathered at a home near Leduc on Nov. 2, 1017. The mother, who was then 35, had taken her daughters there to visit her 27-year old nephew and his 30-year old wife.Strange things happened over the next three days.The group didn’t leave the house and barely ate any food. One of the teens heard screaming and banging and saw ashes in the air. Some of the people hid in a bedroom or bathroom because they believed they were in danger from wicked people or demons.They also believed that the Great Tribulation had happened and Nov. 6 would be Armageddon. So they rushed off to find safety and save a neighbouring family.But four who were naked didn’t have time to put clothes on.“They had to leave right away because it was unsafe,” said the court document.They were in such a hurry that after piling into a BMW SUV, they drove through the garage door.They then forced the neighbours — a man, his adult daughter and her six-week-old son — out of their house and into the snow without shoes. The woman and her baby were put in the back seat of the SUV and the man was put in the trunk.He was ordered to chant “Jehovah” ten times and the group also chanted “Jehovah” as the vehicle sped down roads and through a red light on the way to nearby Nisku.The man in the trunk was able to jump out when the vehicle slowed, because the trunk’s latch hadn’t shut properly. His daughter was also able to get out with her child, although her hand was slammed in the door as she made the attempt.A passing truck stopped to help the family and they climbed inside. But the SUV then rammed the truck from behind. The woman and her baby were thrown into the truck’s dash but not injured. The SUV then went into a ditch.When RCMP arrived, the group were chanting and refusing to get out of the vehicle. They clung to each other and the SUV.One of the teens believed the police “were monsters who would kill them,” said the document.Officers said the group displayed extreme strength. Two were pepper sprayed but seemed unaffected. The three adults were also shot with Tasers several times. One also slid under the SUV and had to be dragged out with a strap.The neighbours later told Mounties the group seems “demonized” and “obviously not in their right minds.”Chris Purdy, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Angela Asher Being True To Yourself Managing Your Energy On Set And

first_img Facebook Twitter Buckle up!  Actor Angela Asher is joining me on Cue To Cue today! Angela is direct, honest, and very clear about what’s she allows in her life and attributes understanding herself and her boundaries has been an integral part of living a healthy life as an actor on and off set. Angela speaks about self-care in a way that is refreshing and also shakes you up ( which I love). Self-care, therapy, and meditation are non-negotiables for Angela and believes it is so important to be very choosy in who you spend time with. One of my favourite sentiments from that Angela drove home was,  “time is energy”.  I have personally struggled with recognizing when I am giving my attention to the wrong projects or people and still do from time to time. Angela could not be more right. When you are deliberate with how you spend your time, you will feel more in control of your life and ultimately more joyous. Every time I am too lax with my time, I always pay the price. Something will have to give and ultimately and it is usually some element of self-care. Whether that be the gym, meditation, singing, walking my dog or journaling.  CLICK TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Canadian Taxpayers Federation applauds cuts to school superintendent pay

first_imgThe Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling a recent move by the Alberta Government to reduce school superintendent salaries a step in the right direction.Education Minister David Eggen made the announcement in June after a review found Superintendent were getting paid too much with perks of some that included $10,000 in post-secondary tuition for their children.Alberta Director for CTF Colin Craig thinks more can be done to cut the fat in the public education sector.“Specifically the salaries for all employees,” he said. “A lot of people don’t realize this because the government claims it introduced a wage freeze for all teachers but that’s not actually true, there is still about 20,000 teachers this year actually receiving pay hikes so we think the government needs to be even more aggressive when it comes to getting costs under control so that the debt doesn’t continue to spiral out of control.”Craig added school boards who think these changes may impact hiring doesn’t make much sense saying the people who rise to the top of the education system seem to work their way up the ranks and the pay which is now $87,000 less is still very lucrative.Craig thinks the NDP should make pay cuts throughout the public sector because a lot of people outside of government received some pretty large salary reductions during the recent recession.These changes will save the province about $1.4 million.last_img read more

Pak Army chief to brief parliamentarians on ‘hostile situation’ at LoC

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa will brief the parliamentarians next week on “hostile situation at the Line of Control” in the aftermath of recent tension with India, media reports said on Sunday. The briefing, to be held at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi on April 4, will be attended by the members of standing committees of the National Assembly and Senate on defence, Dawn reported. Gen Bajwa will “brief the parliamentarians on hostile situation at the Line of Control”, it said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The paper said that it will be the second briefing by the army chief to the parliamentarians over one month. Earlier, parliamentarians were briefed in an in-camera session held at Parliament House on February 27, the day the Pakistan Air Force carried out a raid in India. However, Prime Minister Imran Khan did not attend the briefing. This week’s briefing would be attended by a number of prominent leaders from the opposition parties, including former ministers, as they are members of the two committees. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls According to a notification issued by the National Assembly Secretariat, chairman of the NA committee Amjad Ali Khan would lead the delegation of members of the National Assembly, the lower house. Defence Minister Pervez Khattak has also been invited as he is ex-officio member of both standing committees. The lawmakers have been told to assemble at Gate No 1 of Parliament House at 10 a.m. and those who intend to proceed directly to GHQ have been asked to provide registration numbers of their vehicles before the meeting. A notification issued by the Senate Secretariat says that Chairman of Senate standing committee on defence Azam Swati will lead the Senate members. A few days ago Prime Minister Khan had said that the “possibility of a misadventure” from India could not be ignored. Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said that the armed forces needed to remain alert. Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after the February 14 attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF soldiers. Amid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting what it said was a JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured an Indian pilot, who was handed over to India later.last_img read more

Haiti UN opens probe into cases of alleged child sexual exploitation

The first case involves UN Police (UNPOL) officers based in the capital, Port-au-Prince, while the second case involves one or more members of the Formed Police Unit (FPU) in Gonaives, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York. “The United Nations is outraged by these allegations and takes its responsibility to deal with them extremely seriously,” stated Mr. Nesirky. He added that the police contributing countries concerned have been informed. However, unlike cases involving UN military personnel, investigations into allegations involving UN police personnel fall under the responsibility of the UN. For this reason, a UN team was dispatched to Haiti on Saturday to investigate the allegations. The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) stated in a news release that an investigation was immediately opened after the allegations were made. In addition, the UN Police Commissioner relieved the two suspects of their duties as a precaution to prevent them from having any contact with the population and to prevent any attempts to interfere with the investigation.“I want to reiterate my commitment to uphold the policy of zero tolerance of abuse by the staff of the Mission” said Mariano Fernández, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MINUSTAH. “Each member of the UN personnel, whether he or she is a civilian, member of the military or police, must observe a standard of exemplary conduct.“This is a commitment that is required when joining the United Nations, anywhere in the world. We will continue to take the strictest measures to ensure, where appropriate, that the perpetrators of such acts are punished with the utmost severity,” he added.The UN has a strategy in place to assist victims of exploitation and sexual abuse. In Haiti, MINUSTAH implements it in coordination with other UN agencies and national stakeholders. This mechanism is meant to guarantee that the victims receive medical and psychological support as fast as possible. 23 January 2012The United Nations announced today that it is investigating two cases of sexual exploitation of children allegedly committed by its police personnel in Haiti. read more

Rogers Media Inc cutting 110 jobs mainly at Omni multicultural TV stations

TORONTO — Rogers Media Inc. said Thursday it’s cutting 110 jobs from its television operations, mainly at its Omni multicultural stations, as it replaces traditional newscasts with interactive current affairs shows.The subsidiary of Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) said it will no longer produce Omni newscasts starting on Monday, laying off production staff and reporters.The changes come as the broadcaster shakes up its programming across Omni stations in an effort to merge the multicultural brand’s operations with its City stations.Omni currently airs local news in Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin and Punjabi.Bell Media’s CraveTV and Rogers/Shaw’s Shomi now available on Apple TVRogers Communications Inc to introduce international data roaming plan in Europe for $10 a dayRogers Communications Inc says Keith Pelley will leave role as head of its media divisionUnder the new programming, Omni will launch interactive current affairs shows that will broadcast in Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi.The Italian newscast is being scrapped entirely and replaced with popular novella “Raccontami,” an import from Italy.Omni newscasts had production costs of about $9 million last year and brought in $3.9 million of advertising revenue, said Colette Watson, vice-president of television and operations at Rogers.“The math didn’t work,” she said.“It’s the magic of every television executive. You need to find the show that will resonate with audiences, so this is what we’re doing.”The new shows will have a stronger focus on community stories, rather than news from overseas, Watson said.As part of the changes, Rogers will scrap its Edmonton edition of “Breakfast Television” on City, and launch a new show called “Dinner Television” in the evening, hosted by NHL veteran Jason Strudwick. read more

UN agencies call for immediate support amid deepening food crisis in southern

Executive Director Ertharin Cousin with a young recipient of WFP assistance, southern Madagascar Photo: WFP/David Orr WFP’s Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said following a recent visit that farmers are in a “dire situation.”“But, through a joint response, [FAO and WFP] can begin to turn this situation around, not only by providing immediate relief but by giving communities the means they need to feed themselves,” she noted.Ongoing droughts in Madagascar have led to significant declines in the production of maize, cassava, and rice production in the southern parts of the island. Moreover, rising prices are reducing peoples’ purchasing power and eroding food security of those who are most vulnerable. Many households have already adopted survival strategies, including eating less frequently, selling animals, agricultural tools, and even land.WFP and FAO have secured funds to launch the initial stages of their joint planting assistance programme, but cannot reach all drought-hit farms without additional financing. FAO has received $4.5 million of the $22 million needed. WFP’s drought relief operation, to continue until March of next year, is $50 million short of the $82 million required.FAO’s immediate plan is to target 850,000 people, including 170,000 small-scale farming households in areas most-affected. Their assistance includes support for the planting season and livestock production. WFP will continue with food and cash relief operations to reach some one million vulnerable people by the end of November. The agency is also expanding its nutrition programme to prevent and treat malnutrition among more than 200,000 pregnant women, as well as nursing mothers and children under the age of five. Some 230,000 school children are being provided with daily hot meals. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) hopes to provide 170,000 farming families in the most food-insecure districts throughout southern Madagascar with plant cuttings and seeds next month. As part of the World Food Programme (WFP) relief plan, they will also receive food or cash to ensure they are sustainable until the next harvest in March and April.Since June, WFP has been distributing food to people in areas with the greatest need, as well as providing cash in areas with functioning markets.“The planting season offers a small window of opportunity for local farmers to restore agricultural production,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in a joint news release. “Thousands of families are already facing hunger. Missing the planting season now will result in a serious food and livelihood crisis and render their situation even more desperate.” According to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) findings, some 850,000 people, or half of the population in southern Madagascar, are facing hunger and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. The findings are an indication that food and nutrition security could worsen in the coming months unless humanitarian efforts are rapidly scaled up. In southern Madagascar, some 1.4 million people are considered food insecure.FAO is sourcing sweet potato and cassava cuttings, as well as a variety of drought-tolerant seeds and tools for smallholder farmers. Families with livestock will receive additional support. read more