first_imgNikhil Chandhok, Indian-origin Director of Product for Augmented Reality (AR) at Google, is joining Facebook to lead product management of its camera team working on AR.In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Chandhok said he is looking forward to build upon a platform that allows for the creation and discovery of global AR experiences everywhere.Read it at Can India Related Itemslast_img

first_imgA Class I student of a government school in Chattisgarh’s capital was raped allegedly by three 10-year-old schoolmates, the police said on Friday. The incident took place on August 20 in a school located in the Khamtarai police station limits, an official said.“As per the girl, three boys, all aged 10, took her to a bathroom in the school. Two of them sexually assaulted her there while the third stood guard outside,” he said.The parents of the 6-year-old girl approached police on Thursday following which a rape and sexual assault case was registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.last_img

first_imgSamajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav visited the home of a youth who was killed in a police encounter over alleged illegal sand mining, and lashed out at the BJP government, saying he had no trust in the state police and the administration.Mr. Yadav on Wednesday met the family members of Pushpendra Yadav, who was killed last week.“Not much should be expected from the police force of a state where the chief minister openly asks them to ‘thok dalo’ (shoot) those taking law in their own hands,” he said.“I have no faith in the police and administration of the state,” Mr. Akhilesh said. The BJP hit back at him on Wednesday, saying he was more concerned about the sand mining mafia and caste arithmetic.“It was an encounter but Akhilesh has to go to the person’s house because he is in love with the sand mining mafia and has to take care of caste equation. But he does not care how the sand mining mafia should be eradicated. This is precisely why he was thrown out by the people in elections,” senior BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said. Alleging that the police killed the youth in Jhansi last week in a staged gunfight, the SP president reiterated his demand for lodging of a murder case against the SHO involved and a probe into the incident by a sitting high court judge.“No one believes the police’s theory on the encounter. Actually it is not an encounter but a murder by the police. The family members have not even got the postmortem report,” he claimed, adding that the police should not have had any objection to the family’s demand of filing a case.“It is surprising that even the last rites were performed by the police without the family members. Is this Ram Rajya?” Mr. Yadav asked. He alleged that there had been many such killings in Sonebhadhra, Saharanpur, Noida, Azamgarh and Shamli and the people had no faith in the probe by the government and administration.“It is very unfortunate that the government and administration are together in saving the police station incharge. There appears to be some big conspiracy behind this,” he said.Mr. Yadav said that he has assured the family all possible help.“There are many loopholes in the police story. The incident has sparked protests in the area,” he stressed. Mr. Yadav’s allegations of “loopholes” in the story come in the backdrop of statements by the Jhansi SSP and the SHO about the encounter. While Jhansi SSP OP Singh had told reporters on the night of the encounter that the thana incharge was returning in his private vehicle after vacation when the incident took place, the SHO concerned said that he was on patrol at the time of incident.The police claimed that Pushpendra ran a sand mining business and was shot dead on Sunday by a police team after he opened fire at the police inspector who had seized his truck used for sand mining, a few days earlier. The family members of the deceased alleged that the police officer in charge of the area, Dharmendra Chauhan, was demanding ₹1.5 lakh bribe to release the youth’s truck and he killed Yadav when he refused to pay and threatened to expose him.last_img read more

first_imgBelgium coach Roberto Martinez believes his side is well equipped to face any team as they eye their maiden World Cup glory.Belgium registered a narrow 1-0 win over England to top Group G and set up a last-16 meeting with Japan on Monday.Martinez also brushed aside any qualms about the seemingly tougher route to the World Cup final his team face.”We need to go step-by-step, but I think that we can face anyone that we’ve got in front of us,” the Spaniard said after an Adnan Januzaj goal early in the second half handed the Belgians by far the more daunting half of the draw.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThey play Japan in the last 16 with the winners of that tie facing a tricky quarter-final against Brazil or Mexico.ROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULEFacing questions over whether he might have preferred to finish second — a draw or defeat would have had that effect and some fans began to suspect that was the Belgian plan after a tame first half — Martinez said: “Honestly, I am delighted.”FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the round of 16Warming to a theme at this World Cup, he noted unpredictable narrow margins in the tournament that have sent defending champions Germany home and put 2014 runners-up Argentina into a second-round fight with 1998 champions France.”Making predictions in the World Cup can be a little bit difficult,” Martinez said, insisting Belgium would concentrate on Monday’s meeting with Japan in Rostov-on-Don.advertisementHe did not mention that victory could see Belgium meeting five-time champions Brazil, who are starting to find some form.Belgium beat England to top Group G, Tunisia thump PanamaFrance, Argentina and European champions Portugal also potentially lie in the way of Belgium’s latest “golden generation” reaching their nation’s first World Cup final.”We are not looking at paths,” Martinez said. “For now, Japan is the only priority that we have.”DIFFICULT TASKGareth Southgate’s England by contrast face a difficult task in the next round against Colombia but are in the half of the draw in which the only other former champions are Spain.Michy Batshuayi sees funny side after his goal celebration goes wrongFor Martinez, the key thing was that his second-string team, including nine changes from the lineup that put a total of eight goals past Panama and Tunisia, had comfortably overcome a similarly experimental England side.”We had an opportunity to show all the talent we have in the group,” he said. “Everyone in Belgium should be very proud.”Martinez said that to overcome years of underachievement by a country blessed with an abundance of talent it was critical to forge a deep sense of team spirit across the whole squad and to have strength in depth for the knockout campaign.”The so-called golden generation wasn’t playing today,” he said, after leaving the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne on the bench. Instead, youngsters like Youri Tielemans, 21, and Januzaj, 23, tested and stretched the England side.He was also able to try out with success Thomas Vermaelen, the Barcelona defender out injured for over a month, and later in the game to give a run out to defensive talisman Vincent Kompany, who had also yet to play in Russia due to injury.Martinez has now given all 20 outfield squad players a game in the World Cup so they all truly feel part of the campaign.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgJuventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is ready for an emotional return to his former club Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday but believes the Italian side can win by executing their gameplan.Ronaldo is back at Old Trafford for the first time since 2013 when his goal for Real Madrid sent the Spaniards through to the Champions League quarter-finals at United’s expense.”Emotional? I can remember what it was like when I was at Manchester,” the Portuguese told a news conference on Monday.”I won lots of trophies here. I remember the support as well, the support was fantastic.”Ronaldo lifted three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups plus the first of his five Champions League crowns during six years at United and expects a tough game against Jose Mourinho’s team despite their recent struggles.United are 10th in the Premier League after a sluggish start to the season and second in Champions League Group H, two points behind Juve after a win and a draw in their first two matches.”It will be a difficult game. Manchester have a good team, they play at home,” Ronaldo said. “It will be tough for us, but we have our weapons. We have a chance, I know if we play the way the coach wants, we have a good chance to win the game.”Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, whose team are four points clear atop Serie A after eight wins and a draw, said they would have to match United’s physicality and revealed he would play with a back four to give the side more stability.advertisement”It will be a physical game, we will have to approach it with great concentration, manage the ball and set up well on a technical level to avoid one of the greatest dangers that they can bring us, namely high balls,” Allegri said.The Italians will be without their Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic due to an ankle injury, while their German midfielder Emre Can will miss the match because of a thyroid problem.”I’m sorry there’s no Mandzukic, though it is not anything serious with him. I’d already thought about playing with others in attack,” Allegri added. “We’ll probably play with a back four because in midfield we’ll have to numerically match them.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgThe image shows the giant containership Xin Qin Huang Dao, owned by CSL, being towed to the Vecon container terminal of Porto Marghera in Venice, Italy.The 69308-tonne Xin Qin Huang Dao is one of the 10 ships that shipping companies CMA-CGM, China Shipping Container Line (CSL) and UASC, partnering under the name of Ocean3, will use to get to Northern Adriatic ports from the Far East markets.The ships will dock at the Northern Adriatic ports (Venice, Trieste, Koper and Rijeka), creating a weekly direct link between the Far East and the North East and its bordering hinterland.Image: Port of Venicelast_img

first_img The new Affordable Living Tax Credit, worth $70 million annually, will lessen the impact of the HST restoration to make life more affordable for Nova Scotian households with low or modest incomes. Households earning less than $30,000 will receive quarterly payments, similar to the existing GST credit. This credit will return about $240 per person and $57 per dependent child every year. Those earning up to $34,800 will also receive a portion of the credit. A new point-of-sale rebate will remove the provincial portion of the harmonized sales tax on children’s clothing, footwear, feminine hygiene products and disposable diapers. This means approximately $11 million will be returned to families in every region of the province. Seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement will no longer have to pay provincial income tax. This means about $12.5 million will be returned to about 18,000 senior citizens across the province. The new Poverty Reduction Credit will return about $3 million annually to about 15,000 individuals. Patients who need treatment not available in Nova Scotia may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 for round-trip travel costs and $1,500 for accommodations for up to 12 medical visits a year. Low-income homeowners will benefit from an investment of $2.5 million to help improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their energy bills over the long term. $128 million will be invested in building affordable housing units and upgrading existing ones across the province. -30- For further budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance . BRING BETTER HEALTH CARE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY The province of Nova Scotia is tabling a budget in fiscal 2010-11, with a deficit of $222.1 million. This is the first year of a four-year fiscal plan to return to a balanced budget. Total revenues for 2010-11, including government business enterprises’ net income of $348.6 million, are projected to be $8.7 billion, an increase of $327.8 million over the 2009-10 estimates. Provincial source ordinary revenues are estimated to be up $409.9 million offset by a $82-million decrease in federal source ordinary revenues. Other revenue sources including fees and other charges, recoveries, and sinking fund earnings are up $8.2 million. Provincial source revenues have increased primarily as a result of increases in HST revenues of $231.6 million, income taxes of $137.1 million, tobacco tax of $24.8 million and petroleum royalties of $22.6 million offset by a $10.6 million decrease in the Large Corporations Tax. Federal source revenues are down from the 2009-10 estimates due to decreases in equalization payments of $104.2 million and a decrease in the crown share adjustment payment of $45.9 million, offset by increases in the amount accrued for the Offshore Agreement of $47.2 million and increases in the Canada Health and Social transfers of $27.9 million. Total expenses for fiscal 2010-11, before consolidation adjustments are budgeted at $9 billion, down $49.7 million from 2009-10. Increases in program spending for departments include: Health $212.7 million; Education $30.2 million; Community Services $25.7 million; Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations $12.1 million; Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal $23.0 million; and Labour and Workforce Development $22.1 million. They will be offset by a decrease in assistance to universities of $395.2 million. A Change and Innovation Fund has also been established in Treasury Board, with an estimate of $15 million. This fund will be used to incent change and encourage departments to consider efficiencies and innovative ways of achieving their business and service objectives. It also includes $3 million for the Emergency Department Protection Fund and $2 million is related to the government commitment on community schools. Spending has increased for tax credit and rebate programs, which includes $52.5 million for the Affordable Living Tax Credit and $2.3 million for the Poverty Reduction Credit. Restructuring costs, a portion of which is for funding of wage negotiations, is down $67.4 million from 2009-10. Pension Valuation adjustment has decreased by $80.5 million from the 2009-10 estimate of $89 million as a result of changes to the pension plans. Debt servicing costs are up $70.1 million as a result of an increased borrowing program. Authority for the annual cost to acquire provincially owned assets is reflected in the tangible capital assets appropriation. Gross capital purchase requirements in 2010-11 total $579.9 million, which includes an investment of $310 million in the highway system, $190 million for buildings, including schools, $42.6 million for information technology, $23.2 million for vehicles and equipment, and $14.1 million for land and land improvements. In addition, capital funding has been provided to the following government units: $96.2 million for the district health authorities and IWK Health Centre, and $34.5 million for the Housing Development Corporation to leverage federal cost sharing for social housing projects. GETTING BACK TO BALANCE — LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS CREATE SECURE JOBS AND GROW THE ECONOMY Total capital investment is forecast to be $710.6 million. Stimulus investments are expected to create 7,000 person-years of employment, generating about $300 million in income. The province will contribute $33 million to support infrastructure projects at our universities and the Nova Scotia Community College. Provincial funding is leveraging $56 million from the federal government and $41 million from other sources under the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program for a total of $130 million. To improve road safety, government is adding $400,000 annually to enhance bridge and truck inspections. The Manufacturing and Processing Investment Credit will put $25 million back into business by boosting innovation and productivity in the province’s manufacturing and processing sectors, particularly in rural Nova Scotia. Effective Jan. 1, 2011, the small business tax rate will be reduced by 0.5 per cent, which will save small businesses $500,000 this year and $6 million in 2011-12. The Equity Tax Credit put in place earlier this year is expected to provide $1.1 million in new incentives to support Nova Scotian enterprises. Government will create 250 new seats at the Nova Scotia Community College targeted to high demand trades and professions. A tax rebate of up to $15,000 over six years will be provided for university graduates and up to $7,500 for college graduates. This rebate is being provided for those who stay and work here at home, returning about $17 million into the hands of Nova Scotia’s best and brightest. $2 million will help support and invest in community schools. $4.4 million will be spent completing the broadband project, providing high-speed access to all areas of the province. An investment of about $24 million will go towards energy conservation and programs for energy efficiency. MAKE LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE Of the $1.4-billion fiscal gap identified by the Expert Advisory Panel, in 2012-13, $1.1 billion will be eliminated through expenditure management and restraint. Spending growth will remain relatively flat due to aggressive savings targets, adding up to about $772 million by 2013-14. A comprehensive analysis of all department, agency and third-party spending will be undertaken to identify cost-control and cost-saving opportunities. In the health sector, opportunities will be looked at in areas such as health authorities shared efficiencies, streamlined health-care services, and drug costs In the education sector, we will investigate savings through: a modernization of the school system and opportunities tied to student enrolment decline Government will rely on attrition achieved through retirements and voluntary departures to make the civil service 10 per cent smaller by 2013. The Legislative Expenses budget line has been reduced by $1.3 million to reflect the new level of more accountable MLA expenses. Effective July 1, Harmonized Sales Tax will be restored to 15 per cent, providing an additional $214.8 million in revenue this year. To reduce wait times for surgery, an investment of $1.3 million will set up pre-hab teams to work with patients prior to surgery. This initiative will ease the stress on the health-care system. A $3-million ER protection fund will improve service and access by implementing initiatives identified by the province’s Emergency Care Advisor on Emergency Care. Government will spend $4.8 million to help patients move faster through the ER to admissions by opening hospital beds and establishing a Rapid Assessment Unit. Nurse practitioners will be placed in nursing homes to augment care, save money and relieve pressure in other areas of the system. Self-managed care allowances and personal alert assistance programs will be implemented for seniors at home. Transition houses and women’s centers will be provided with an additional $500,000 this year. Recreational, cultural and life-skills programming will be provided for youth through an investment of $240,000 annually in after school Lighthouse programs. last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta has halted construction of a medical superlab, saying it wants to allow the just-elected United Conservative government time to review the project.An Alberta infrastructure representative says in an email that the “pause” is intended to minimize costs incurred before the new government has the opportunity to conduct a review.The $590 million lab near the University of Alberta’s south campus was announced by the NDP government in 2016, and former health minister Sarah Hoffman noted last month that site preparation was underway.But Premier-designate Jason Kenney has called the project unnecessary and promised to scrap it if elected.The lab was intended to bring existing laboratories and staff under one roof to process the more than 30 million tests conducted in the province every year.Kenney has said the project would do nothing to improve patient services, and that a UCP government would also put the NDP’s plans for a lab-testing superagency on hold while consulting on the best way to deliver lab services.last_img read more

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsFirst Nations actor Duane Howard apologized Tuesday for what he calls “consensual sex” with a 16-year-old girl in 1993.“I want to clarify I did not rape Lauraleigh (Paul),” Howard said in a telephone interview with APTN News. Howard was 30-years-old at the time.“I wanted to apologize for the one-night stand; we had casual sex.”Howard can be heard taking several deep breaths over the phone.“I did not know she was 16,” he added.When Howard had his sexual encounter with Paul in 1993 the age of consent in Canada was 14. The law was raised to 16 in 2008.The telephone interview was conducted with Howard’s publicist, Holly Carinci, listening on the line.Howard apologized for “the incident” in a video posted to Facebook earlier Tuesday. The nearly five-minute video has since been removed.Howard said he “apologized for this encounter” to Paul in person in 2016, and she accepted his apology.“Since then we have had what I thought was a close friendship,” he said, noting he has private  messages to this effect.He said he has been reeling since she characterized what happened as an alleged crime on her Facebook page on Oct. 10, being unable to sleep more than a few hours a night and feeling quite emotional.(Lauraleigh Paul in an undated Facebook photo.)Calling it “an ugliness I no longer wished to be burdened with,” Paul described a sexual assault in a post on her Facebook page Oct. 10.The Vancouver-based entrepreneur wrote:“It was a violent rape. He slithered into the room, I say slithered because he literally crawled across the floor to get to me. I couldn’t breathe as he had my mouth covered and pushed into my face with his hand. I can remember how painful it was.“My neck hurt because of the way he was keeping me quiet. His scaly skin against mine. My vagina was tearing, and it stung and burned, made me cry for days.”Read More: The Reverant actor posts apology to Vancouver woman over ‘incident’Her post remains up and has been shared and commented on hundreds of times.“They had quite a close friendship,” noted Carinci. “This has been very shocking and it’s one of the reasons he’s been so silent.“Duane has been completely bowled over and has received nothing but hatred from the community.”Carinci asked that, for Howard’s own safety, APTN not report his whereabouts.She clarified that his video apology on Facebook was written by two women from his community on Vancouver Island.“His apology – to be clear – was for what he thought was wrong by having albeit consensual sex with a teenager way back then,” Carinci said.Howard said he took the video down on Facebook after a few hours when it seemed to be doing more harm than good.“I felt that it was just making matters worse. Everybody was angry…everybody felt that I wasn’t being remorseful.”He confirmed he looked tired in the video, and had been feeling lots of “ups and downs.”He said only “about six people” have called or messaged him while he goes through this difficult experience.“What I’m really upset about is that none of my brothers from the community … try to support me.”kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

first_imgBarabanki (UP): BSP chief Mayawati Wednesday accused the BJP of using the martyrdom of jawans for election purposes and regretted that the country’s borders are still not totally secure. She also alleged that like the previous Congress government, the BJP dispensation too is using the CBI, ED and the Income Tax department against its political opponents for electoral gains. “Under such circumstance, the electorate have to see to it that neither the BJP nor the Congress… comes to power at the centre,” the BSP chief said at an election meeting here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Claiming that the BJP will be voted out of power this time because of its pro-RSS, capitalist, communal and casteist policies, Mayawati said no amount of “drama” or ‘jumlebazi’ (rhetoric) will help the party. “The borders of the country are not totally secure under the BJP government as a result of which terror attacks are taking place and several jawans are being martyred. It is most unfortunate that they are anyhow using this for election purposes,” the BSP supremo said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “The new ‘dramebazi’ of ‘chowkidar’ will also not be able to save them (BJP) even if all their big and small ‘chowkidars’ (watchmen) get together and make an all out effort,” she said. Warning people that her political opponents have “adopted every trick” to win the elections, Mayawati said people should not fall for tall election promises and allurements. “During the last Lok Sabha election, the prime minister (Narendra Modi) had the country dream of ‘achche din’ and made promises even one-fourth of which were not fulfilled. This is because most of their time was devoted to saving their capitalists friends and making them richer,” she claimed. The BSP president also accused the Congress of ignoring the contributions of B R Ambedkar and said like the implementation of the Mandal Commission report, Bharat Ratna was awarded to the architect of the Constitution only when V P Singh was the prime minister. “When V P Singh sought our support for his government, we put forth two conditions — Bharat Ratna for Ambedkar and implementation of Mandal Commission report, which he accepted. But the BJP, which was giving outside support, did not like this and withdrew,” she said.last_img read more

The H7N9 strain of avian influenza, first detected in China four years ago, has experienced resurgence since December 2016, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal health (OIE) have reported. The virus can be lethal to both humans and poultry. “To protect human health and people’s livelihoods, it is essential to tackle the disease at its source in poultry: efforts need to target eliminating H7N9 from affected farms and markets,” said Vincent Martin, FAO’s Representative in China. The H7N9 strain is considered endemic in eastern and south-eastern China, and as of early March, has been estimated to be linked to more human cases of avian influenza than all other strains of avian influenza combined.China’s Ministry of Agriculture has ordered animal husbandry, veterinary and public health officers, as well as industry and commerce authorities to take closely coordinated and timely action to control the spread of the virus. Neighbouring countries are at high risk as are all that have poultry trade connections with China. “Targeted surveillance to detect the disease and clean infected farms and live bird markets, intervening at critical points along the poultry value chain – from farm to table – is required. There should be incentives for everybody involved in poultry production and marketing to enforce disease control.” Surveillance of the virus had proven difficult in the past, as the virus caused mild or no illnesses in the poultry and infected chickens displayed few or no symptoms. However new evidence from China’s Guangdong Province shows the emergence of a strain which can lead to high mortality for birds within 48 hours of infection, enabling quicker detection but also potentially raising the risk of severe animal and economic losses for the poultry industry. Matthew Stone, Deputy Director General of the OIE said, “China has been quick to notify international organizations about the virus’ recent change from low to high pathogenicity in poultry. Given the continuous risk of virus change, inherent to all influenza viruses, timely sharing of surveillance results and sequence information with the international community is crucial for pandemic preparedness.” While more than 1,200 human cases of H7N9 have been reported since 2013, there is no danger of catching the disease by eating chicken. As in previous waves, most patients infected reported visiting live bird markets or had come into contact with infected birds. “We need to understand the drivers of this disease in devising appropriate control and preventive strategies”, said Dr. Juan Lubroth, FAO Chief Veterinary Officer. “These must be tailored to meet the expectations of all stakeholders involved, such as farmers, traders, transporters, market operators, government and international agencies and the consumer.” read more

“Food rations [are] cut in many of the neighbouring countries,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, adding that vulnerable groups, including women, who have already been exposed to violence cannot be provided with the necessary support.Since 2015, over 400,000 refugees and asylum seekers have fled the small central African landlocked nation, escaping human rights abuses, political uncertainty, and deteriorating humanitarian situation.Over 60 per cent of that number have fled to Tanzania (254,000 refugees) and several thousands to Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda. Furthermore, with the volatile situation persisting, there are fears that the total number of refugees could rise to 450,000 by the end of 2018. Humanitarian efforts to assist those in need, however, also remain constrained due to severe lack of funding.The $391 million Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan includes targeted response in those four countries along with the resources needed in each context.Fully funded, some 430,000 vulnerable persons will benefit from the Plan through 2018.The common thread is ensuring that the majority of the displaced living in refugee camps (about 85 per cent), are provided with food, shelter and education as well as protection from sexual and gender based violence.“For the moment, the conditions are still fragile, so support to host countries continues to be a priority that I hope the world will not forget,” added Mr. Grandi.Funds will also go towards strengthening social services, livelihood opportunities, protection and restoration environment as well as providing documentation and training for government officials on refugee status determination.UNHCR ‘not encouraging’ refugee returns at this timeAccording to Catherine Wiesner, the Regional Coordinator for the Burundi situation at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), over the last few years, some Burundian refugees have decided to return home, and are seeking to re-establish their lives in their communities.They, however, are facing considerable economic pressures and food insecurity.“At this stage, UNHCR and partners are not promoting or encouraging refugee returns to Burundi,” said the UNHCR official, noting that the agency is working with the relevant Governments to assist those who indicate they have made a free and informed choice to return voluntarily, to do so in safety and dignity.“We are also reiterating our appeal to Burundi’s neighbours to continue to uphold their international responsibilities and commitments to receive asylum-seekers at their borders and offer protection to those who need it,” she added.An outbreak of violence in Burundi in April 2015 and, later, a political crisis along with deterioration in security and humanitarian environment has pushed the country deeper into crisis and continues fuel the exodus of its populations, some of whom have been displaced as far as to South Africa and Kenya. read more

“UK car manufacturing made a solid start to 2014, matching the strength of January last year,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “We expect domestic car output to accelerate throughout 2014 as new model introductions reach full volume. Looking further ahead, we anticipate further growth as investments by some of the world’s biggest automotive brands become reality, creating more jobs and huge opportunities for UK-based suppliers.” Robust January begins year just 0.3% off 2013 performance.Analysts expect growth over full year as newly introduced models move to full-scale production.Signs of European market recovery significant for overseas trade. Around 50% of exports go to EU Click through to download the full UK automotive manufacturing news release for January 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Peter ShierThe advertising business, as dramatized in recent years through the TV series Mad Men, has never been for the faint of heart.It’s a creative-driven, highly competitive industry. Careers can be made or broken on the strength of a single marketing campaign. It’s a world filled with its own stories of excitement and intrigue.Peter Shier, a leading figure in the Canadian ad industry, has been at the centre of the action for more than three decades.Shier, who started his career as a professional hockey player, has run big ad agencies. He’s handled some of the world’s largest and most prestigious brands. He worked in design for a spell, and headed the marketing departments of clients as diverse as the Toronto Argonauts and Timothy’s World Coffee.He is now a partner and president of a successful boutique agency in Toronto called Naked Creative Consultancy.Shier will share his unique and varied perspective on the ad world at the annual Terry O’Malley Lecture on Advertising and Marketing on Wednesday, March 9 at Brock.This year marks the 10th anniversary of the lecture series that honours advertising legend Terry O’Malley, a native of St. Catharines and one of the best-known creative talents in modern Canadian advertising.O’Malley is the former creative director and partner in the highly influential Toronto-based agency Vickers and Benson Advertising. In more than 30 years at V&B, O’Malley helped build the agency into one of the leading brands in the Canadian advertising industry.O’Malley’s creative contributions spanned a wide spectrum of businesses and public service categories, from McDonald’s to Carling Red Cap Ale. He once held a role as key strategist on the federal Liberal Party’s Red Leaf Communications team that helped win electoral victories for former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.The Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and Advertising is hosted by the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film.This public event is free, but tickets are required.To reserve your tickets, contact the Centre for the Arts Box Office at 905-688-5550 x3257. read more

OSU senior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) carries the ball during practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 9.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photo editorOhio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller has re-injured his shoulder at practice after saying he was “100 percent” Monday morning, a source close to the team told The Lantern TV Monday evening.According to the source, Miller is expected to undergo an MRI on Tuesday.The severity of the injury, as well as how long Miller will be out, was not yet clear as of Monday night.Miller, who missed two full games and most of another in 2013 because of a knee injury, initially injured his shoulder during OSU’s season-ending loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl. He underwent offseason shoulder surgery before sitting out all of spring practice.OSU had two practice sessions Monday. Miller and co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman met with the media in between.Miller and Herman both said the signal-caller had soreness in his shoulder and was limited in practice, but was expected to be ready to go for the Buckeyes’ first game of the season Aug. 30.The Huber Heights, Ohio, native was expected to be a Heisman candidate this season –– his third as the outright starter for the Buckeyes.News of Miller’s injury was first reported Monday night by The Columbus Dispatch.OSU is scheduled to begin its 2014 season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

first_imgEPC-UK, a market leader in the manufacture, storage and distribution of commercial explosives, will be “bringing the blast to life” at this year’s Hillhead, thanks to the latest Augmented Reality technology. A combination of Virtual Reality and the real world, Augmented Reality (AR) takes the form of live video imagery, which is enhanced with computer generated graphics, immersing the user in a specific environment – for example in a quarry whilst a blast is being conducted. The state-of-the-art technology also adds labels, captions and other helpful overlays to the user’s view, making it an ideal teaching tool.“Augmented Reality is a way of placing a person in a situation they would not normally be able to experience. By bringing it to Hillhead, we hope to engage visitors within the quarrying environment and get a true feel for what we do,” explains Ben Williams, Managing Director of EPC-UK.“However, AR is not just for entertainment. It has a number of practical applications, the most important of which is training. Within our industry it is extremely difficult to realistically recreate certain scenarios, from both an economical and safety standpoint. However, AR is changing this. It is enabling us to take learning out of the classroom and into the quarry – virtually.“There are limitations, but AR will allow students to learn at their own pace, giving them the ability to rewind training videos to help aid the retention of information,” adds Williams. Alongside the AR demonstrations, EPC-UK will also be showcasing its innovative EPC-Metrics service. Launched last year, the service, developed in partnership with Datum Monitoring Services, aims to facilitate the immediate access of event data, via state-of-the-art fixed monitoring stations, removing the need to travel to and from a monitoring location, and the time-consuming manual download of results in the field.The advanced monitoring stations incorporate a GSM modem for wireless data transmission, together with the option for solar power, enabling the service to be used even in the most remote of locations. “We have been successfully providing traditional blast monitoring services for a while, but EPC-Metrics takes this offering to another level,” continues Williams. “A fixed monitoring location provides a consistent point of reference for reliable results, whilst the real-time transmission of data saves our customers both time and resources as they no longer have to produce this information on site.“The service offers users a more efficient way of monitoring blast vibration and air over-pressure, aiding the tracking of compliance and providing a greater understanding of site characteristics.”EPC-UK will also be announcing a series of new training programmes, from ‘Environmental Management in Blasting’ and ‘Geology for Blasting’ to ‘Managing the Blast Site’ and ‘Explosives Legislations for Senior Managers’.  These industry leading courses have been specifically designed for the industry, encouraging continuous professional development within the sector and attracting new talent.“Our industry is constantly evolving and, as such, so are we.  We have already moved away from playing a purely manufacturing role to becoming a full-service provider and our investment in innovative technology, such as AR, is a demonstration of this.“We are excited to be showcasing this technology at the industry’s foremost event and look forward to bringing the blast to life for our visitors,” concludes Williams.last_img read more

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 9/14 WWE Live Results: Macon, Georgia (Rollins defends Universal Title, Tamina returns) Facebook WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest NXT UK Results – 9/11/19 (NXT UK Tag Team Championships rematch, Tegan Nox in action) WWE will be holding a series of tapings today.The company will be filming footage for tonight’s Starrcade event in Cinncinnati. As confirmed by WWE, a one-hour special will air tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 CT.With Braun Strowman scheduled for surgery on his elbow on Monday, WWE has pulled him from the show and his previously scheduled match with Baron Corbin. Here is the updated and expected card for Starrcade later tonight:Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose (Steel Cage)AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe (Steel Cage)MizTV segment with Shinsuke Nakamura and Rey MysterioUnited States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rey MysterioThe Miz vs. Rusev w/ LanaCharlotte Flair vs. AsukaSmackdown Tag Team Champions The Bar vs. The New DayFinn Balor vs. Drew McIntyreAn Elias concert segment featuring Ric FlairWWE will also be filming NXT UK tapings in Liverpool today and Sunday. The company has been airing two new episodes on the WWE Network in recent weeks to catch up. The tournament to crown a first ever NXT UK Women’s Champion is currently airing.Normal WWE live events are also taking place as well the next few days. This includes Madison and Bloomington on Sunday and Cedar Rapids on Monday. WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and Rey Mysterio are not scheduled for Smackdown live events. Google+last_img read more

first_imgOregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday night’s wrong way driver-involved fatal traffic crash in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Corbett that resulted in the death of a woman and serious injuries to a man. The victim’s name is released in this update.According to Trooper Ted Moisan, on July 6, 2012 at approximately 11:55 p.m. a 2005 Nissan Frontier pickup driven by JAMES F. SCHNEIDER, age 53, from White Salmon, Washington, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 23 following another vehicle in the left lane when the vehicle ahead of the pickup swerved left to avoid a wrong way driver. The pickup collided head-on with a 2007 Kia Rio that was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes.The Kia’s driver, ERIKA K. MYERS, age 36, from southeast Portland, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was wearing safety restraints and the car’s airbags deployed.SCHNEIDER was transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious injuries. He was wearing safety restraints and the pickup’s airbags deployed.Just prior to the crash occurring, at least one driving complaint was received about a wrong way driver in that area.OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Moisan is the lead investigator.OSP was assisted at the scene by Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Multnomah County Fire District 14, Multnomah County medical examiner, and ODOT. Eastbound traffic was diverted to Highway 30 until about 3:00 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgDistrict 6 firefighters noticed that some people they served had no way to get to or from the hospital after an emergency, such as a car crash. So they came up with a solution: give those people a prepaid taxi ride to the hospital or other location inside the district’s jurisdiction, which covers Salmon Creek, Felida and Hazel Dell.“All we are is big problem solvers,” said Firefighter Bill Dunlap, who spearheaded the project. Dunlap said that many people in the lower-income parts of the district don’t own cars and can’t afford a taxi ride. So, when someone gets injured, sometimes family members can’t get to the hospital in a timely manner.Yet it’s important for family members to be at the hospital because they can answer medical questions if a patient is incapacitated, said Dr. Lynn Wittwer, Clark County’s Medical Program Director, who helped shape the token program. The service will start out slowly and cautiously, he said.“It’s an experiment, basically,” Wittwer said. “If it catches on, we’ll probably see more of it.”With one token, a Vancouver Cab Co. taxi takes someone to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center or picks them up from there. Two tokens are used for PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, which is farther from District 6.last_img read more