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first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook A couple of years ago I thought I’ve had this story in my head for 20 years and I just shot a couple of scenes and I thought if I don’t do these stories now when am I going to do them? This film is inspired by the life of Diane Arbus. It’s an extremely personal story.The CBC (akin to the BBC in Canada) has just now mandated that 30% of their shows have to be directed by women.  It’s unheard of right? There’s a woman there who feels very strongly about that, producers were pushing back a bit but I think it is just great.You have to write your first film because no one is going to take a chance on you. I got lucky with my first, it went very well, we shot it quickly, it got distribution and it got nominated for 3 Genie awards which are like our academy awards in Canada. Advertisement Gail Harvey has been working as a director in Canada for 26 years; both in TV and film. She brought her latest low budget feature Looking is the Original Sin to the Raindance Film Festival ahead of its upcoming release. She took a break from promotion to share some of her insider knowledge.I started as a photojournalist in the late 70s. I started doing still photography on a movie set and I realised I loved telling a story with images. I love people; I also have a degree in psychology, so I have always been fascinated with human nature and human experience.This film I made with 100k of completion funding. The actors and crew are all co-oped and I pulled in a lot of favours from friends.  I shot it in my own home and neighbourhood, watching it on the big screen in London I thought ‘wow!’  It was almost surreal.  I shot it with a Canon 7D; it’s like being a photojournalist again, going out with the same size camera. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Dinnage pulls out of Premier League chief executive role

first_imgLONDON — The English Premier League says its new chief executive has pulled out of the job before even taking up the position.The league issued a statement on Sunday saying broadcasting executive Susanna Dinnage has changed her mind about succeeding Richard Scudamore in running the world’s richest soccer competition, despite being hired for the job in November.The statement said: “Despite her commitment to the Premier League in early November, Susanna Dinnage has now advised the Nominations Committee that she will not be taking up the position of Chief Executive.”The short statement gave no reason for the abrupt turnaround but said the search committee “has reconvened its search and is talking to candidates. There will be no further comment until an appointment is made.”Dinnage was set to become the most powerful female executive in global sports after agreeing to leave her role as global president of Discovery’s Animal Planet brand early next year to succeed Scudamore.In November, she described the role as “the pinnacle of professional sport and the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and inspirational organization is a great privilege.”___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Pakistan UN experts welcome reinstatement of Chief Justice

6 August 2007Two United Nations experts today welcomed the reinstatement of Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry by the Supreme Court after being suspended this March by President Pervez Musharraf over unspecified allegations of “misuse of office.” The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy, and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on the situation of human rights defenders, Hina Jilani, said in a statement that they see the 20 July majority decision of the Supreme Court as “a significant step towards restoring the rule of law, but still wish to stress the importance of keeping the independence of the judiciary.”According to the experts, Mr. Chaudry’s suspension, which was widely seen as an attack on the independence of the judiciary, sparked demonstrations at which police used excessive force.They noted in a March statement that several judges resigned and lawyers in various parts of the country boycotted court proceedings in sign of protest against the suspension and against police abuses against demonstrators.The two experts reminded the Government of provisions enshrined in the country’s Constitution that establish a specific procedure as a safeguard to guarantee the independence of the judiciary and to protect judges from undue interference by the executive branch. “In the present case, it is widely believed that the Chief Justice was suspended without respect for these procedures,” they said.“The circumvention of the Constitution constitutes a serious interference of the executive with the independence of the judiciary. This threatens the proper functioning of the country’s judicial system.”They also expressed concern about the “excessive force used against peaceful demonstrators” which they said runs contrary to international standards guaranteeing the right to peaceful assembly for the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms. read more

Be ready for disasters Haitian official tells worlds mayors at UN event

30 July 2010Drawing from the experience of January’s catastrophic earthquake which devastated Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, the city’s mayor today told a United Nations-backed conference in Shanghai that local governments must be better prepared for disasters. Addressing a conference of his fellow mayors, Jean Yves Jason stressed the need to “be ready,” underlining the importance of developing a “culture of security” and access to the resources necessary to respond to a catastrophe.Mr. Jason’s priority as Haiti enters the hurricane season, he said, is to bolster people’s safety through better information and simulation drills.“My people still live in a very precarious situation,” Mr. Jason said, with more than three quarters of his staff having perished in the magnitude-7.0 quake which claimed more than 200,000 lives and left 1.3 million more people homeless in Haiti. Countless buildings, including Government facilities, hospitals and schools, were also destroyed.He was one of the 100 local government officials who took part in the Shanghai Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction, organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and other organizations.Wrapping up today, the three-day event was held on the sidelines of the Expo 2010, being held in the Chinese city.Participants at the conference discussed how to link recovery with long-term economic development and to promote disaster risk reduction as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight anti-poverty targets agreed upon by world leaders with a 2015 deadline.They also committed to using disaster risk reduction as a means to reduce the impacts of weather-related catastrophes.In a related development, a ceremony was held today to welcome the signature of the five latest cities to join Making Cities Resilient, the UN initiative to boost their resilience against natural hazards.Mayors and top officials from Makati City, Philippines; Makassar, Indonesia; Bhubaneswar, India; Chengdu, China; and Dalifort-Foiral, Senegal are the latest to officially sign on to the campaign, which has garnered the support of 63 cities spanning the globe so far.Also today, Margareta Wahlström, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, named Joey Salceda, Governor of the Philippine province of Albay, as a “Champion” of the campaign for his efforts in promoting disaster preparedness.The two-year initiative seeks to enlist more than 1,000 local government leaders worldwide to step up investment in disaster risk reduction by improving urban planning, infrastructure and building safety, among other measures. read more

Amid renewed fighting in Darfur Ban urges all sides to reach final

28 January 2011Voicing concern at the humanitarian impact of continued fighting between Government and rebel forces in Sudan’s Darfur region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all sides to enter immediately into discussions on a final settlement of the conflict. Renewed fighting this week has already driven some 43,000 people from their homes, according to the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), the more than 20,000-strong uniformed force set up in 2008 to help end a war that has killed at least 300,000 people and displaced 2.7 million others since it erupted in 2003.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban called on all sides to respect international humanitarian law and the rights of individuals, warning that the hostilities would directly affect the peace process that has been launched in Doha, the capital of Qatar.He urged the Government and one of the rebel groups, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), which has taken part in the Doha talks, to step up its efforts to conclude a ceasefire in the coming days and called on other belligerent forces to enter immediately into talks with the Government on security arrangements and a final settlement.In his latest report on the conflict issued earlier this week, Mr. Ban cited with satisfaction prospects for progress made in the Doha talks and the decrease in inter-communal fighting, but voiced deep concern at the upsurge in fighting between the Government and the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minnawi movement (SLA-MM) and JEM.In this week’s fighting with the Government, the SLA-MM was joined by two other groups, the Sudan Liberation Army – Abdul Wahid (SLA-AW) and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM).“The Secretary-General calls on the Government to ensure its security elements fully cooperate with UNAMID and humanitarian workers in the delivery of humanitarian assistance and the protection of civilians,” today’s statement said.UN-AU Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari told the Security Council on Wednesday that UNAMID forces have maintained a robust presence and increased patrolling in the villages affected by the recent fighting “so as to create a security environment that would allow for the early, safe return of the recently displaced people.” read more

Closing Bell TSX falls despite rate cuts traders cautious ahead of US

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market declined despite moves by central banks to give the global recovery some much needed assistance.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11,816.91 -96.96 -0.81%S&P 500 — 1,367.58 -6.44 -0.47%Dow — 12,896.67 -47.15 -0.36%Nasdaq — 2,976.12 +0.04 0.00%Traders were cautious ahead of the release of the June U.S. non-farm payrolls report Friday morning.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 96.96 points to 11,816.91, but the decline followed a six-session positive run that took the TSX up 5%. The Canadian dollar was off 0.12 a cent to 98.58 US cents.The European Central Bank and the People’s Bank of China both cut interest rates. But ECB president Mario Draghi said there are signs of slower growth and greater uncertainty in the second quarter for the eurozone.New York’s Dow Jones industrial average dropped 47.15 points to 12,896.67, the Nasdaq composite index gained 0.04 of a point to 2,976.12 while the S&P 500 index was down 6.44 points to 1,367.58.Oil dipped 44 cents to US$87.22 a barrel.Here’s the news investors were watching today:The truth of China’s surprise rate cutCentral banks go on the offensive to boost growthToronto home sales dive 13% in JuneCanada’s takeover rules scaring away Chinese investments in oil patch, report warnsON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Employment Report (June): Economists expect a gain of 5,000 jobs with the jobless rate to remain unchanged at 7.3% Building permits (May): Economists expect a decline of 1% 10 a.m.Ivey Purchasing Managers’ index (June): Economists expect a reading of 57 UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Employment Report (June): Economists expect a gain of 95,000 jobs with the jobless rate to remain unchanged at 8.2% read more

Penn West Petroleum records 728million net loss lower funds flow in Q4

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Penn West Petroleum records $728-million net loss, lower funds flow in Q4 by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 7, 2014 5:29 am MDT CALGARY – Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PWT) had a $728-million net loss in the fourth quarter, mostly due to non-cash asset impairment charges related to the company’s disposal of natural gas assets late last year as it focuses on light oil production in Western Canada.The loss amounted to $1.49 per share and compared with a year-earlier net loss of 16 cents per share, when the overall loss was $78 million.Funds flow from operations also declined, dropping 27 per cent to $216 million or 44 cents per share, mainly due to lower crude oil prices and lower production volumes as a result of asset dispositions in the fourth quarter of 2013.“To date in 2014, we have benefited from stronger than planned commodity prices and a favourable currency climate; however, we remain conservative in our commodity outlook for the remainder of the year,” Penn West said in a statement.The company said it will pay a quarterly dividend of 14 cents per share on April 15. It has been at that level since Penn West cut the payout from 27 cents per share last summer as part of a cost-cutting effort, staff reduction and change in CEO.In the fourth quarter, Penn West recorded $742 million of asset impairment charges related to natural gas property, plant and equipment and lower reserve recoveries in its Manitoba properties.It announced in January, in the current year’s first quarter, that it had reached another deal to sell another $175 million of non-core assets in Alberta.The company said it’s doing better than expected with asset dispositions under a strategy adopted four months ago — which called up to $2 billion of divestments by the end of 2014 — and said its organization is 35 per cent smaller than a year ago.Some analysts said they were unimpressed with details of the January transaction — both in terms of size and price — and Penn West shares fell about 13 per cent over a two-day period to $7.89 on Jan. 23.The shares have risen since then but remain well off a 52-week high of $13.57 set last summer. read more

Pershing Square Capital and Valeant given OK to vote at Allergan meeting

Pershing Square Capital and Valeant given OK to vote at Allergan meeting by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 4, 2014 2:36 pm MDT MONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals and hostile bidding partner Pershing Square Capital Management claimed a legal victory Tuesday after a U.S. district court judge refused Allergan’s quest to block them from voting at the Botox maker’s shareholder meeting next month.“Today’s ruling is a victory for all Allergan shareholders as it puts the choice of Allergan’s future in the hands of its owners,” said Valeant CEO Michael Pearson.Pearson said the Dec. 18 special meeting, which was called to remove a majority of Allergan’s board of directors, will be a step closer to the combination of the two pharmaceutical rivals.Allergan (NYSE:AGN) responded to the ruling by threatening to file an emergency appeal to bar the investment firm, its largest shareholder, from voting at the meeting.“The Allergan board has a duty to ensure that any stockholder voting on corporate matters acquired their shares in accordance with the law,” it stated.The California-based company claimed before the court for the central district of California that Pershing Square’s nearly 10 per cent ownership stake was illegally acquired in contravention of U.S. securities laws.Judge David Carter found that Allergan raised serious legal questions about the efforts of Pershing Square and Valeant in mounting a hostile takeover bid.However, he said in a 30-page ruling that Allergan had not proven that allowing Pershing Square and Valeant (TSX:VRX) to vote at the meeting would result in “certain or imminent harm.”Carter ordered Pershing Square to include more details about its plan with Valeant to be referenced as “co-bidders,” the lawsuit alleging that insider trading rules were violated and the court’s findings that serious questions were raised about that violation to its Sept. 24 proxy statement.Shibani Malhotra of Stern Agee said he expects Allergan to more aggressively consider its alternatives, including a friendly takeover with Actavis, as was reported Monday by the Wall Street Journal.“We see today’s ruling as a positive for Actavis as we believe a deal for Allergan would create value for Actavis shareholders. It is also possible that Valeant may now be more inclined to formally increase its bid for Allergan,” he wrote in a report.Quebec-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals said last week that it was prepared to raise is hostile takeover bid for Allergan to at least US$200 per share or more than US$60 billion.Allergan is considering a number of options to thwart Valeant, including a strategic acquisition, the repurchase of its own shares, a special dividend and a friendly alternative to Valeant.The company has repeatedly rebuffed Valeant’s efforts since it first submitted its offer in April, claiming the price was too low.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Valeant’s shares closed up $1.51 to $152.41 Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and gained 76 cents to US$133.61 in New York. Allergan’s shares climbed $1.98 to US$195.12 on the New York Stock Exchange.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

US newhome sales tumbled in May after a surge in April

FILE – In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016, file photo, a “Sold” sign rests in front of a house under construction, in Walpole, Mass. On Thursday, June 22, 2016, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in May. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) US new-home sales tumbled in May after a surge in April WASHINGTON – Americans pulled back from buying new homes in May, reversing strong gains made in April as sales fell sharply in the Northeast and West.New-home sales declined 6 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted rate of 551,000 from a downwardly revised 586,000 in April, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Still, sales are 6.4 per cent higher year-to-date. Job growth and ultra-low mortgage rates have helped drive the increase, though the data can be volatile from month to month and across regions.New-home sales have rebounded from the depths of the housing bust, though builders have focused on the upper echelon of buyers. The shift to the luxury market means that fewer new homes are being built, but the new homes are typically selling for higher prices.May’s median sales price was up 1 per cent from a year ago to $290,400. That figure would likely have been higher if not for the steep monthly declines in the pricier Northeast and Western regions.Northeast sales slumped 33 per cent from April to May while the West suffered a 15.6 per cent decline. Sales barely slipped in the South but improved 12.9 per cent in the traditionally affordable Midwest.Higher price points generally help boost builders’ profit margins. But they also mean marketing to a smaller pool of potential buyers and constructing fewer homes. Despite recent gains in new-home sales, the current rate lags behind the historical average of roughly 650,000 a year.Nor has construction necessarily relieved supply pressures. Fewer existing homes have come onto the market.Sales of existing homes reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.53 million, the best since early 2007. Yet the number of listings has sunk 5.7 per cent from a year ago, meaning that prices are rising as homebuyers face fewer options.Some buyers have been able to handle those price gains thanks to low mortgage rates. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.54 per cent last week from 4 per cent a year ago. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2016 8:04 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Transport News Brief – Monday 21 July 2008

Transport News Brief Week 30, Monday 21 July 2008 Do what with your vanThe Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has launched an on-line survey of van users. On the SMMT website at Industry Topics it aims at van operators, particularly those with smaller fleets. “It is quick and easily done and will help van users and makers,” said Robin Dickeson, manager, commercial vehicle affairs at the SMMT. “The more we know about what makes van users tick, the better.” Vans are the fastest growing vehicle market in the UK with sales more than doubling to over 380,000 a year in the past ten years. “There is too little information on the way people run vans, so we’ll use our findings to help us understand the market and some of the pressures that shape it.” The survey will run till the end of August. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk First for Piaggio at Motor Show Piaggio Commercial Vehicles says it will be at this week and next’s British International Motor Show for the first time since importing the Piaggio Porter range into the UK. The firm will have vehicles in the What VanLive display and on its stand. These include a petrol-powered and factory-built tipper, an electric powered van and petrol powered 4×4, the latter on Piaggio’s stand. The firm says prices start at £6,495. The Porter electric van pays no Congestion Charge, has an 80-mile range between and can be fully charged in two hours through a three-phase supply or in eight hours through a 13-amp socket. The British International Motor Show runs from Wednesday 23 July to Sunday 3 August at ExCel, in London’s docklands. More from Nicola Dandridge on +44 (0)1 491 415 230 or nd@henleymotorholdings.co.uk Ben’s Mille Miglia rally The 2008 annual Ben rally runs over 2,600 miles from a start in England then through France, Switzerland and into Italy, from 20 to 29 September. “It’s our very own version of the Mille Miglia Rally,” said Laura Williams, for the charity. The entry fee covers ferry crossings, accommodation, evening meals and breakfast, refreshments on driving days and mechanical support. “The Ben Mille Miglia rally passes through some of Italy’s most famous towns and villages and there are still places available on this event so please contact us for more information and come along.” All proceeds go to help men, women and children who have a connection to the automotive and related industries. More from Laura Williams on +44 (0)1 344 294 722 or laura.williams@ben.org.uk Hannover truck show to break records The VDA, the German automotive industry trade association behind the IAA Hannover truck show, says the 2008 event will set records for the number of exhibitors, the amount exhibition space and number of countries represented. Over 2,000 exhibitors from 47 countries will between them use 275,000m2, up 10% on the previous record. The number of exhibitors is up by 25% on the previous record, set by the IAA truck show in 2006. To help house the event it will spread into three more halls than last year at the exhibition centre on the outskirts of Hannover. The show opens to the public on Thursday 25 September and closes on Thursday 2008. More from Eckehart Rotter on +49 (0)69 97507 266 or rotter@vda.de Ben’s Summer Concert The Ben Summer Concert is on Saturday 6 September at the charity’s residential centre, Lynwood, in Ascot. The Masters of The House will do popular songs from some of the most celebrated West-End musicals. “We’re looking for sponsors for this event and the package includes 20 tickets for your guests, a private marquee with champagne, an excellent company profile at the event, post-event press, three-course supper with wine for each guest and front row seats at the concert,” said Laura Williams. “There are also tables of 10, individual and picnic tickets available.” All proceeds go to help men, women and children who have a connection to the automotive and related industries. More from Laura Williams on +44 (0)1 344 294 722 or laura.williams@ben.org.uk Pirelli widens filter sales Pirelli says its particulate filters are working successfully on public transport vehicles, company cars, and private vehicles in various Italian cities. In 2008, the firm started selling its filter systems in Germany, the Netherlands and Britain. In the second half of this year Pirelli’s new factory in Gorj, Romania will start work, mainly making automotive filters. The firm also says that the joint venture deal it is discussing with Russian Technologies includes a possible start for particulate filter making in Russia. More from Sarah Brown on +44 (0)1 283 525 479 or sarah.brown.st@pirelli.com Truck makers want global standards Van and truck maker bosses pretty much all want more effective global standards, particularly for emissions. So said most of the senior truck industry figures speaking at the VDA’s recent ‘curtain raiser’ press conference for this autumn’s Hannover truck show. Three sets of regulations dominate, one based on European laws, a second based on Japanese and a third based on North American requirements. The lack of global standards means vehicle makers have to design, develop and test three different engines to do the same job, when one would do. “We need 1,000 engineers on engine development,” said Goran Simonson at Volvo. “If there was one clear global standard, maybe we could halve that number.” As it is, he says manufacturers are paying and inevitably passing on extra costs to customers. “Eventually these hit consumers, and for no clear benefit.” More from Nigel Hanwell on +44 (0)1 926 414 210 or nigel.hanwell@volvo.com Pirelli aims to cut Beijing bus emissions by over 95% Pirelli has won a pilot project, launched ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games that should cut particulate emissions from diesels by over 95%. The Italian Ministry for the Environment and the Municipality of Beijing will run a pilot project in the Chinese capital to test particulate filter technology developed by Pirelli Eco Technology. This will be tried on buses and later on trucks, snowploughs and tractors used by the local public transport company. The first filter systems will be installed before the start of the Olympics with the rest fitted later. This is part of a wider Sino-Italian deal on environmental protection, begun in 2000 and which has led to more than 80 projects. More from Sarah Brown on +44 (0)1 283 525 479 or sarah.brown.st@pirelli.com More AdBlue from Manchester Multisol has a new plant in Irlam, Manchester producing AdBlue for GreenChem. The plant, capable of some 30 to 40 million litres a year, means GeenChem’s output of UK-produced AdBlue will triple. The plant joins one already on line in Peterlee, County Durham and is the second of four British plants planned to produce AdBlue for GreenChem by the end of 2008. The company is the only AdBlue supplier solely dedicated to the product and says it is already the UK market leader. More from Martin Hayes on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or mhayes@automotivepr.com Sweet success for NYK Logistics Confectionery maker, Dunhills Haribo plc has extended its contract with NYK Logistics (UK) Ltd for another 12 months. The Pontefract-based confectioner says it is Britain’s No. 1 gums & jellies maker by volume and value. NYK will do everything from factory clearance, warehousing and case picking through to final delivery to all major multiple and independent retailers and wholesalers for Dunhills Haribo. It handles almost 2,000 pallets a week and stores for up to 11,000 pallets in an 80,000 ft2 warehouse with a team of 52 staff picking around 120,000 cases a day at peak for delivery to 800-drop points throughout the UK. More from Faye Baker on +44 (0)1 530 276 550 or faye@q-storm.co.uk RHA welcomes MPs’ findings on foreign trucks The Road Haulage Association says it welcomes Transport Select Committee’s finding that the high fuel taxes UK hauliers pay compared with their EU rivals are unfair and that the Government should do something. In its Freight Transport Report, published last Friday last week, the committee repeats the comments that the RHA has been making to the Government for years. “The government must stop pretending that there is no problem and that in any case nothing can be done,” said RHA Chief Executive Roger King. “If it cannot announce measures immediately, then the pre-Budget statement presents the ideal alternative,” concluded Roger King. More from Kate Gibbs on +44 (0)1 932 838 917 or kate.gibbs@rha.net And finally News Scientists Feedback column says that a brochure for a research symposium at the University of Maryland states: “Please note: We’ve gone paperless.” Reader Mike Adams was left wondering what he was holding. More from www.newscientist.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Padres Yasmani Grandal Suspended 50 Games For Testosterone

Yasmani Grandal, a catcher for the San Diego Padres, has been suspended 50 games because of a positive test for testosterone.The commissioner’s office announced the drug penalty on Wednesday. The ban will take effect at the start of next season.Grandal made his big league debut this year. He hit .297 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs in 60 games. He turns 24 on Thursday.”I apologize to the fans, my teammates and to the San Diego Padres,” he said in a statement. ”I was disappointed to learn of my positive test under the joint drug program. I am responsible for what I put into my body. I must accept responsibility for my actions and serve my suspension.”Grandal was acquired by the Padres from Cincinnati last December. The Cuban native was traded by the Reds with pitcher Edinson Volquez in a package for pitcher Mat Latos.There have been seven suspensions this year under the major league program. Six of them were for performance-enhancing drugs – including Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon for positive testosterone tests – and one for a stimulant.The seven suspensions are the most in a year under the big league drug program since there were eight in 2007.There have been 101 suspensions this year under the minor league drug problem. read more

WISLA TV EHF Champions League in Plock

Orlen Wisla Plock will play at the VELUX EHF Champions League 2013/2013. Polish vice-champions were better rival in the clashes with the third team of French Championship, Montpellier Agglomerate. Look how was in “Orlen Arena” in Plock, how Manolo Cadenas’ team prepared for the crucial match and celebration afterwards… ← Previous Story HANDBALL IN UK: London against New York in “Copper Box” Next Story → 5th Sarius Cup: 89 teams from 11 countries competed in Presov EHF Champions LeagueManolo CadenasOrlen Wisla Plock read more

Samsung pulls the covers off the 43inch Galaxy S4 Mini

first_imgStop me if you’ve heard this one before… A company makes a smartphone that is physically larger than their biggest competitor’s product, and then calls their product “Mini”.Samsung has a history of making big phones. Their Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 phones have created their own separate class of device, while the flagship Galaxy S phones continue to creep up in size. The now 4.99-inch Galaxy S4 sits on the line between classes, and it doesn’t seem like this is going to change anytime soon. To fill the gap that now exists for those who want a one handed Samsung phone, the 4.3-inch Galaxy S4 Mini will soon be on shelves in some markets.Galaxy S3 MiniThe previous Mini variant of the Galaxy S line, the S3 Mini, looked like a smaller and chubbier version of the S3. The Galaxy S4 Mini looks much more like its older brother, and comes in the same two colors in the areas the phone will be launched. Samsung had originally focused the Mini in dual-SIM markets, but the S4 Mini will also come in an LTE variant for any carriers interested in picking up the phone. Samsung is not yet announcing carrier partners, so it is possible that the phone will never be seen in the US.The Galaxy S4 Mini will have a 1.7GHz dual-core processor with 1.5GB RAM with 8GB of internal storage. The LTE version of the phone will support NFC, while all versions of the phone will support Bluetooth 4.0 with low energy profiles. The same IR blaster will be on the top of the phone, while the 1.9MP front-facing camera and 8MP rear camera are significant decreases from the original S4. The Mini will be running Android 4.2.2 out of the box, just like the original Galaxy S4.For a younger brother for the S4, this Mini phone is an impressive piece of hardware. If any US or UK carriers pick up the phone it will be interesting to see how it is priced against the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S3.last_img read more

Indian Railways planning big lay off Orders performance review

first_img Train Captains as single point contact person in Indian Railways IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:26Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:25?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … ReutersIs India’s largest employer Indian Railways planning a massive job cut? In a letter to all the zonal managers, the Ministry of Railways has asked them to review the performance of every employee in respective zones. Moreover, the ministry has asked zonal managers to identify employees above the age of 55 years and those who have completed 30 years in service in the first quarter of 2020. The communication was sent on July 27 and the ministry has given time to all the zone to revert by August 9.Four factors will become the basis of the performance review of railway employee including physical fitness, mental fitness, attendance, and discipline. According to the railways’ provision, if the performance of employees is not found satisfactory, they could be given premature retirement. The development took a controversial turn with the report of massive job cuts making rounds in media. Secunderabad-Mumbai Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Terminus AC Duronto Inagural Spacial Express.Wikimedia CommonsLater on Tuesday evening, the Ministry of Railways clarified that the exercise is just a routine performance review of its employees under the Railway Establishment Code. The railways further asserted that a performance review by the administration is necessary for “public interest”. In a statement, railways said, “Letters have been issued to railway zones/production units merely by way of reiteration to conduct the routine review of the performance of the railway employees in pursuance of service conditions.” Close “It is a routine exercise which is required to be conducted by the administration in public interest and the same has been conducted in previous years as well. Any reference regarding the number of employees being retired under such rules is thus without any substance,” the statement further added. During the period of 2014-2019, the Railways recruited around 1,84,262 employees in various categories. Additionally, the recruitment for another 2,83,637 staffers is under process and examinations have already been conducted for 1,41,060 posts. The entire process is expected to over within two months. In this year’s Union budget, Railways was allotted Rs 65,837 crore and the highest ever outlay for capital expenditure amounting to Rs 1.60 lakh crore. The amount is higher in comparison to last years’ allocation where it received Rs 55,088 crore and outlay was Rs 1.48 lakh.last_img read more

Dhaka hopes KL wont detain any more Bangladesh workers

first_img.Expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam said Malaysia authorities would not detain any Bangladeshi workers until December.He added, Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur agreed in solving the illegal workers’ issue though discussions.”The Bangladesh high commission in Kuala Lumpur is maintaining close contact with the Malaysian government to find out a solution to undocumented Bangladeshi workers,” the minister said while addressing a seminar in the capital city on Sunday.Reporters for Bangladeshi Migration (RBM) organised the seminar at the expatriate welfare and overseas employment building in Eskaton on finding the ways of solving the problem of the Bangladeshi workers who failed to obtain proper documents from Malaysia authorities within a stipulated time-frame.Malaysia authorities swooped down on thousands of illegal foreign workers and detained hundreds of them, including many Bangladeshis, hours after a deadline for registering them passed on 30 June.”I am maintaining a constant contact with the officials of high commission in Kula Lumpur so we could solve the problem of the undocumented workers,” said the minister.Additional secretary of expatriate welfare and overseas employment ministry Jabed Ahmed told the seminar that the Malaysian authorities have already rehired 250,000 Bangladeshi workers providing them with proper documents.He said the problems of many other Bangladeshis working in Malaysia could also be solved with taking similar initiatives.”Kuala Lumpur is also considering hiring of 22,000 Bangladeshi workers through G2G (government to government) basis,” he said, adding that this would help to ease the workers’ problem in Malaysia.Director General of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) Selim Reza also spoke at the seminar.Member of the RBM Mohsin Ul Karim presented the keynote paper titled ‘Labour Market Situation in Malaysia and Middle East Countries: Present and Future Challenge’ at the seminar presided over by RBM president Firoj Manna.last_img read more

Zafar Iqbal out of danger

first_imgProfessor Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, who has been undergoing treatment at Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka after a knife attack, is out of danger.Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) director lieutenant colonel Rashedul Hasan confirmed this to Prothom Alo over phone on Saturday night.Details of Zafar Iqbal’s health condition will be revealed at 11:00am on Sunday following a health check-up, he added.Police meanwhile arrested Fazlur Rahman, maternal uncle of Zafar Iqbal’s attacker Foyzul.Jalalabad police station officer in-charge (OC) Shafiqur Rahman said police conducted a drive at the house of Foyzul after Saturday midnight.Police broke open the locked house and arrested Fazlur Rahman hiding in the house.He was then taken to the police station for interrogation, OC said.Professor Muhammad Zafar Iqbal at Osmani Medical College Hospital on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloOn Saturday, renowned writer and educationist Zafar Iqbal sustained head injuries as a young man stabbed him with a knife during a prize-giving ceremony of the university, said assistant proctor Jahid Hasan. Witness students said Zafar Iqbal was enjoying the programme on the stage and all of a sudden a young man swooped on him and stabbed him.Zafar Iqbal was then rushed to Osmani Medical College Hospital from where he was then brought to Dhaka CMH on Saturday night.Immediately after the attack, the students caught the attacker, Foyzul, and gave him a mass beating. Police then nabbed the attacker immediately after the attack but he is not responding to any questions.last_img read more

US pushes Asian nations on North Korea

first_imgUN Security Council members vote on a US-drafted resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on August 5, 2017. AFPUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to build pressure on North Korea after securing a new round of United Nations sanctions as he launched into two days of high-level diplomacy Sunday.Tillerson is in Manila for a meeting of the 10-nation ASEAN regional bloc, but all eyes will be on his one-on-one talks with his counterparts from Washington’s great power rivals, Russia and China.He will also for the first time be in the same room as North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Hong-Yo, who defied US attempts to isolate Pyongyang to attend the ASEAN regional forum.Ahead of Sunday’s talks, Tillerson visited the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial to pay tribute to more than 17,000 US and Filipino servicemen who died fighting as allies during World War II.After that he and his senior aides sat down first with Myanmar’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Kyaw Tin, then with South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha.Tillerson told reporters that he and Kang would be discussing the next steps to take on North Korea. He would not go into detail, but said the sanctions vote had been a “good outcome.”Kang chimed in: “It was a very, very good outcome.”Tillerson was later expected to see Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and China’s Wang Yi-both key players in the North Korean nuclear standoff.The State Department has previously ruled out holding any direct talks with North Korea’s envoy Ri during Tillerson’s stay in Manila.Just hours before the meetings were due to start, the UN Security Council voted unanimously to back a US-drafted resolution to dramatically tighten the existing sanctions targeting North Korea.The vote marked a victory for US moves to force the North to halt its development of a nuclear-armed missile that could threaten US cities, and took some pressure off Tillerson before his Manila meetings.But the US envoy still wants to ensure that China, in particular, is ready to rigorously enforce the new trade bans and that Russia remains committed to the embargo despite other differences with Washington.Having failed to persuade its Southeast Asian allies not to invite Pyongyang to the forum, US officials also want to use the platform to remind Kim Jong-Un’s regime of its diplomatic isolation.last_img read more

Eat fruits and veggies to minimise cancer risk Doctors

first_imgKolkata: To support the objective of World Cancer Day, which is observed on February 4, city-based doctors raised concerns on creating awareness on the risk factors, which are leading to the rise in the number of cancer patients across the world. According to doctors, gastrointestinal (GI) cancers have the highest incidence and are the second leading cause of death after lung cancer. In such cancers, certain cells within the gastrointestinal tract grow in an uncontrolled and abnormal manner. The gastrointestinal tract consists of three organs — the liver, gallbladder and pancreas. GI cancers can occur anywhere along the tube that includes the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, rectum and anus. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA city doctor said some of the complications in cancer could be life-threatening. If a person is suffering from weight loss, appetite loss followed by jaundice then necessary steps need to be taken immediately as many patients mistake such symptoms as medical jaundice and try to self-treat themselves with over-the-counter drugs, he said. Doctors have suggested a balanced diet to avoid the risk of cancers. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, low in animal fats, with a low sodium intake, may reduce risks of some types of gastrointestinal cancer. A well-balanced diet can reduce obesity, a common risk factor for many types of cancers. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDr Sumit Gulati, consulting doctor of the department of gastroenterology sciences of a city hospital, said: “Lack of awareness about gastrointestinal cancers in India often leads to late detection. Generally, cancer is diagnosed when the patient is in the late stage of the disease therefore reducing the chances of survival. Dismissal of symptoms as trivial matters and unwillingness to consult a physician often turns fatal. Do not lose hope, now there is treatment for most cancers.” Gulati further said: “Acidity and stomach pain at regular intervals are key indicators of tumor. Ideally one should consult a physician immediately and go for a thorough check-up. Maintain a normal body-weight. Obesity indirectly may lead to cancer.” Dr Jyotirup Goswami, consultant radiation oncologist in the city, said: “Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in females in India and also in Bengal. Unfortunately, there is no organised cancer screening programme in India and cervical cancer vaccination is not yet included in the universal immunisation schedule. Early detection is hampered by socio-economic factors.”last_img read more

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