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Panama, U.S. Sign Security Agreement

first_imgBy Dialogo June 21, 2010 The United States and Panama signed a security agreement to reduce and prevent the crime in Darien province, bordering with Colombia. The agreement called the “Darien Initiative” was signed by Panamanian Economy and Finance Minister Alberto Vallarino and U.S. ambassadress to Panama Barbara Stephenson. Vallarino said he was optimistic about the achievements on implementing the agreement, which is mainly centered on the cooperation of the local authorities in order to create “safer communities,” to face the external threats against the civilians. According to Vallarino, the Darien is a vulnerable zone for illegal actions such as weapons trafficking, smuggling and drug trafficking. “The cooperation will be centered on creating better life conditions for the people, mainly for the younger,” added Stephenson. “The goal is to protect vulnerable young people and change their lives with scholarships and create safer communities.” Darien is considered the zone of higher risk for its proximity to Colombia, where there has been armed conflicts since more than 40 years before, including, guerilla, paramilitaries and drug traffickers.last_img read more

Neymar shines on return as PSG beat Rennes

first_imgThe hosts suffered a damaging blow when Andre was dismissed after catching Kimpembe as the defender cleared, although they nearly equalised when Khazri broke into the box only to be thwarted by Areola.But Cavani snapped a four-game drought with a brilliant lob on 75 minutes after he collected a lofted pass from Neymar on the edge of the area, his league-best 18th goal of the season ending Rennes’ resistance.Neymar capped off a memorable performance a minute later when he tucked away another Mbappe assist, sliding in at the far post to increase his league tally for PSG to 11 goals.The visitors lost Kimpembe to a second yellow card after he conceded a penalty by bringing down James Lea Siliki, but Khazri drilled the resulting spot-kick over in the final minute.Lille crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Dijon in the club’s first game since officially parting ways with Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa, while promoted Strasbourg climbed into the top half after a 2-1 win over Toulouse extended their unbeaten run to six matches.Lyon can reclaim second place from Monaco when they host fourth-place Marseille on Sunday, while a resurgent Nice will hunt a fourth straight win at home to struggling Bordeaux.Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Neymar starred on his return to the Paris Saint-Germain line-up after two games out with two goals and two assists in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat of Rennes in Ligue 1.The world’s most expensive player missed last weekend’s win over Lille due to suspension and sat out Wednesday’s French League Cup clash at Strasbourg after travelling back to Brazil to deal with a family matter.??? @ECavaniOfficial ??? @neymarjr ?? #ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/Tzyb8rLWM7— PSG English (@PSG_English) December 16, 2017But he made an immediate impact in Rennes by scoring the opening goal after just four minutes before teeing up Kylian Mbappe to add a second for PSG just past the quarter-hour.Firmin Mubele halved the deficit after the break, but Rennes were reduced to 10 men when Benjamin Andre picked up a second booking and Edinson Cavani netted PSG’s third on 75 minutes.Neymar swiftly made it four as he turned home his second goal of the afternoon, while Wahbi Khazri blazed over a late penalty for Rennes after PSG centre-back Presnel Kimpembe was sent off.“When you see a player like Neymar, I think that all the fans who were here today, or watching on TV, they might support PSG, but if they like football they are happy to see a player like Neymar,” said PSG coach Unai Emery.PSG had already ensured they will head into the winter break top of the table and lead second-place Monaco by nine points, but the capital club have shown signs of weakness this month with losses to Strasbourg and Bayern Munich.However they brushed aside Strasbourg 4-2 in the League Cup on Wednesday without Neymar and Mbappe, both of whom were restored to the starting team at Roazhon Park by Emery. The pair promptly linked up to great effect as Mbappe exchanged passes with Marco Verratti before slipping a ball across the face of goal for Neymar to tap in from point-blank range.– Cavani halts drought –It was the same combination that produced PSG’s second goal on 17 minutes as Neymar turned provider by sliding over a low cross with the outside of his right boot for Mbappe to convert.Cavani twice went close to further stretching the lead, first when his clever back-heel was stopped on the line by Hamari Traore and then as he was denied by Rennes goalkeeper Tomas Koubek with his follow-up blocked by Joris Gnagnon.Mubele gave Rennes hope on 53 minutes when he forced the ball in after Morgan Amalfitano’s header from a corner rebounded off the inside of Alphonse Areola’s near post.last_img read more

IRISH RUGBY SUPERSTAR SET TO VISIT MCELHINNEYS

first_imgDon’t miss your opportunity to meet Irish and Ulster Rugby Star Tommy Bowe when he visits Ballybofey on Saturday 24th May. On this exclusive trip he will be visiting MasterShoe Company from 11am – 12pm and McElhinneys from 12pm – 1pm where fans can meet him personally, get autographs and talk all things sports and footwear. Tommy will be at the two renowned footwear stores to promote the Tommy Bowe womens, mens and kids footwear collections where if you purchase any pair of Tommy Bowe shoes on the day, you’ll receive a free Rugby Ball.This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal to the Irish Sports Star, so don’t miss out.For further information, contact McElhinneys on 0749131217.IRISH RUGBY SUPERSTAR SET TO VISIT MCELHINNEYS was last modified: May 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessEntertainmentFeaturesIrish RugbynewsTommy Bowelast_img read more

Sharks notes: Hertl update, Labanc’s confidence and easing the burden on Suomela’s shoulders

first_imgSAN JOSE — Pete DeBoer is back at the white board, drawing up new line combinations to absorb the potential loss of a top-Sharks forward.Tomas Hertl, who left Saturday’s win over the Philadelphia Flyers with a head injury, missed practice Monday, forcing the Sharks coach to go back into the laboratory and rejigger his lines after he’d just found a working formula in the wake of Joe Thornton’s reintegration into the lineup.DeBoer labeled Hertl’s status as “day to day.” He doesn’t think the …last_img read more

Women seek common voice pre-COP 17

first_img17 November 2011Women from rural areas in KwaZulu-Natal will be able to share their own challenges on climate change at an international conference for grassroots women just before the start of COP 17.GenderCC-Women for Climate Justice will host the conference on 24 and 25 November, together with the Land Access Movement of South Africa.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change takes place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December.Women in rural areas worldwide generally lack knowledge on the dangers posed by climate change.Women can play key rolesMany living in poverty are the most threatened by the dangers that stem from global warming, but they can also play key roles in ensuring their communities’ ability to cope with and adapt to climate change.The conference will focus on how grassroots women can take part in the global movement towards achieving a fair, just and legally binding international climate change agreement.Dorah Marema, chairperson of GenderCC International, said that over the past decade, the relationship between climate change and poverty in countries where people’s livelihoods depended on natural resources and environmental services had increasingly become a developmental issue.“This relationship between climate change and people’s livelihoods is seen to have strong linkages to poverty.”Women from various world regions and representatives of development organisations, NGOs and other groups working on the issues of gender and climate change are expected to attend the conference.Gender-sensitive climate policyMarema said the event would also highlight the key needs of grassroots women, particularly in terms of climate financing, while exploring opportunities for advocating gender-sensitive national and international climate change policy.Women will also be able to strengthen and rejuvenate grassroots women’s movements and networks, as the delegates will be coming from diverse communities.“As countries prepare for COP 17 and work on their negotiation positions – which in most cases do not consider gendered impacts of climate change or gender-sensitive strategies for mitigation – it is time for grassroots women to come together and strengthen their voice,” said Marema.A list of common demands coming out of this conference will be presented to climate change negotiators at COP 17. The minimum demands will also form the advocacy campaign of GenderCC for the following year.Grassroots voices ‘not being heard’Marema believes that the voice of grassroots communities, particularly women, is not being heard when the world nations meet on a yearly basis to tackle climate change issues.“Their voice has been overshadowed by the corporations with their strong lobby and as a result, their environmental, economic, social and cultural rights receive very little or no attention on the UNFCCC agenda. While there have been some attempts to bring in this voice, this has been very minimal.”She said women were also powerful agents of change, who played a key role in energy consumption, deforestation, burning of vegetation, population growth and economic growth.Yvette Abrahams, Commissioner on the Commission on Gender Equality, will deliver the keynote address at the conference.BuaNewslast_img read more

The Future of Labor: It’s Not All Robots in the Workplace

first_imgAutomation does not mean going from solely human to solely machine-based work; we need to stop treating it as a binary choice. This requires a mindset shift, in which leaders and team members alike look at automation as a supplementation rather than a replacement.“Uniquely human qualities and characteristics like empathy, creativity, and the ability to provide context for decision-making processes cannot beChristopher Pappas, the founder of eLearning Industry and an expert on the intersection of tech and training, believes that AR will become an important tool for developing experiential knowledge and building emotional and interpersonal intelligence. “AR offers all the opportunities of real-life, hands-on training without any of the risks involved,” he explains. “A great immersion online training course must make use of this unique advantage, putting trainees in challenging environments.”The workplace of the future may not be as bleak as prognosticators would like you to believe, but it is still imperative to keep up with the times. By adequately arming your employees with the tools and training they need to succeed, you can create a stronger working environment where humans and machines exist harmoniously side by side, for the benefit of all. replaced by machines, no matter how smart and versatile they might be,” says Inge Oosterhuis, managing director of talent and organizatio for resources at Accenture. Bringing in automated services can help increase employee productivity by speeding up mundane tasks and freeing up workers to focus on providing insights that will drive the company forward. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Related Posts It’s time to consider factors other than education and past experience. They may act as indicators, but they aren’t great at predicting future success with your company. Constant upheaval in technology makes most college degrees outdated in short order. And with U.S. job markets only recently course-correcting after the 2008 recession, finding a candidate with five years of consistent experience in a single field is unlikely.Conversely, soft skills such as adaptability, cognitive and social intelligence, and personality will be much more indicative of a candidate’s potential to thrive on your team. According to Caitlin MacGregor, CEO and co-founder of Plume, you should “focus on getting the right people in the right seats based on these indicators of adaptability, rather than getting stuck in your mindset of what the resume of an ‘ideal candidate’ looks like.” As long as your training for a specific role is sufficiently robust, you can groom the right candidate to be everything you need. Modernize your training. Is the robot revolution arriving sooner — and with more devastating force — than you once believed?While much of the automation discussion has surrounded blue-collar careers in manufacturing and transportation, recent studies on the subject see a much wider range of jobs being affected. According to an algorithm developed in 2013 by researchers at Oxford University, 47 percent of U.S. jobs could be automated “in the next decade or two.” A more recent multinational study puts 210 million jobs in 32 countries at risk.But these numbers don’t show the full picture of the future of work. Now is not the time to panic; now is the time to take action to set your company up for the shifting landscape of work in a way that will protect your business and your most valuable employees.Examining the Fear of AutomationRelieving automation fears to some extent is the fact that not all studies agree on the potential for extreme disruption. One study shows that the actual number of jobs that could be fully automated is only around 5 percent. And while nearly all occupations could be affected by at least partial automation, this could actually benefit employees — provided they have adequate training to work with automation services.It may be that the biggest concern for workers is not that specific jobs may be automated tomorrow but that they lack the skill sets required for the jobs of today. In a recent McKinsey report, 40 percent of employers said their entry-level jobs were sitting unfilled due to a lack of requisite skills among applicants. Meanwhile, 60 percent of employers believed that recent graduates weren’t sufficiently prepared for the workforce. And while older employees may have more work experience under their belts, it’s likely their training in more technically complex skills is similarly inadequate.So, what does this mean for your own company and workers? To strengthen your team, you have to rethink not only your hiring practices but how you prepare your existing employees for automation disruption. Here are a few steps to get you started. Part of marrying human- and machine-based work is providing the means for your employees to learn new technical, interpersonal, and diagnostic skills. Addressing the skills gap requires new methods of employee training, and your employees know it: 54 percent of them believe ongoing training and skill development will be absolutely necessary throughout their careers as workplaces evolve. Tags:#robots Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Get out of the machines’ way. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Look for adaptability, not qualifications, in candidates.last_img read more

New Zealand vs West Indies, 2nd T20: Rain ruins 2018’s first international cricket match

first_imgThe New Year 2018 was marked by the second T20 international between New Zealand and West Indies but the match was forced to be abandoned at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Monday.Rain played the spoilsport as just nine overs of play, the second T20 was called off.With no result in the second of the threeT20 series, New Zealand lead the series 1-0.New Zealand, who won the first match by 47 runs, were 102-4 when rain got heavy and forced the players out of the field. Play was eventually abandoned at 10 pm.Opener Colin Munro smashed 66 from 23 balls and reached a half century from 18 balls, which would have equalled his own New Zealand record if the match had been completed. Munro hit 11 fours and three sixes, falling after hitting four consecutive boundaries from Kesrick Williams.The third match is at the same venue on Wednesday when rain is forecasted again.In the first T20 on Friday, the West Indies’ long, dry summer in New Zealand continued when they were beaten by 47 runs in the first of three Twenty20 internationals.After losing the two-Test series 2-0 and the three-match one-day series 3-0, there was hope the West Indies would show some form in the shortest format in which they are the current world champions.But after a new-look and largely inexperienced New Zealand team made 187-7, batting first after losing the toss, the West Indies batted lethargically and were all out for 140 in 19 overs.The last over of the New Zealand innings, bowled by Kesrick Williams, cost 25 runs and made a substantial difference between the teams, giving New Zealand a more than competitive total on a slow wicket at Saxton Oval which made hard-hitting difficult.advertisementWicketkeeper Glenn Phillips, in only his fourth one-day international for New Zealand, made 56, took three catches and had two stumpings in a man-of-the-match performance which was hugely influential in New Zealand’s victory.(Courtesy: AP)last_img read more

JEE Main 2018: Important notice released at jeemain.nic.in

first_imgThe Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has opened the facility removal of discrepancy in picture facility for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) mains 2018.All the candidates who wish to edit or make corrections in the photos of themselves in their application form can do so by logging on the official website, the link for which is jeemain.nic.inAs per the schedule, JEE (Main) 2018 in pen and paper mode will be held on April 8, 2018, whereas the computer-based exam will be conducted on April 15, 2018 and April 16, 2018.Steps to make corrections in photo for JEE Main 2018:Log on to the official website, jeemain.nic.inOn the homepage, under the “Current Events” column, click on the notification titled “Remove Discrepancy in Uploaded Image(s)”Enter your application number and passwordClick on “Login”Read all important instructions and follow the steps to make the changes and/or edit your picture or signature scanSave your application after editingAdmission criteria for IIT:The number of attempts for JEE Main is limited to 3Admission criteria to undergraduate engineering programs at NITs, IIITs, Other Centrally Funded technical institutions, institutions funded by participating state governments, and other institutions shall include the performance in the class 12/equivalent qualifying examination and in the Joint Entrance Examination, JEE (Main)The Paper 1 (BE/BTech) of JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs.Aadhar mandatory:Moreover, CBSE has made it mandatory to have an Aadhar card to apply for the exam. Candidates who already have an Aadhar card will have to enter their aadhar number in their application form. Those who have applied for their Aadhar but have not received it yet will have to provide Aadhar enrolment id in the application form.advertisementAbout JEE Main 2018:The Joint Entrance Exam is conducted every year for candidates seeking admissions in Under Graduate Engineering programmes in the prestigious IITs, NITs, IIITs and various other CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institutions) across the country.  Important dates:Last date of submission: January 1, 2018Admit card release date: Second week of MarchExam date for offline mode: April 8Exam date for online mode: April 15 and 16Answer keys and OMR release date: April 24-27JEE Main result: April 30For detailed information, candidates can visit the official website.Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

New Ships to Bring Network Changes to OCEAN Alliance

first_imgzoom Deliveries of ultra-large container vessels in 2018 are expected to lead to a number of network changes in alliances, according to a report by SeaIntel Maritime Analysis.The deliveries could see 2M and THE Alliance focus on minor network changes, but the OCEAN Alliance “is likely to make significant changes following the Chinese New Year.”“Overall, we will see the delivery of 108 ultra-large container vessels in excess of 14,000 TEU in 2018, which is essentially a doubling of the number currently in operation, leading to more than 200 ultra-large vessels being deployed by the end of 2018,” SeaIntel informed.To compare how this will impact the alliances on a relative level, SeaIntel has calculated an index where the number of ultra-large vessels operated by each alliance on January 1, 2018 is defined as index 100.2M and THE Alliance essentially have a very stable development. This means that the phase-in of new deliveries will primarily be used to augment existing services, reducing unit costs on these by having a few more ultra-large vessels deployed.However, the OCEAN Alliance is seen to grow their fleet of ultra-large vessels by more than 60% in 2018, and this is heavily front-loaded towards the early part of the year. This in turn means that Ocean Alliance, if they wish to optimize their changing fleet portfolio, need to rethink the fundamental structure of their current network.Major restructuring of networks is typically seen to take place in the first quarter and early second quarter in the wake of Chinese New Year. This timing coincides well with the delivery profile for 2018.“Consequently, shippers should prepare themselves for a 2018 wherein the network structures of 2M and THE Alliance are likely to undergo only smaller modifications, but wherein we will see an OCEAN Alliance potentially change the network more drastically, offering new products and network structures, driven by the rapid delivery of large vessels,” Alan Murphy, SeaIntel CEO, said.last_img read more

MISC Inks Time Charter Deals for Two LNG Carriers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: MISC MISC Berhad has signed two time charter contracts with LNG Shipping S.p.A. (LSS), a 100% owned subsidiary of Eni S.p.A, for two LNG carriers.The ships in question are ENI’s LNG Portovenere and LNG Lerici, built by Fincantieri in 1997 and 1998, respectively.As informed, the time charter contracts are pursuant to a sale agreement between LSS and MISC, which resulted in MISC acquiring the two vessels from LSS.The two 65,000 cbm LNG carriers, which are currently trading in the Asia Pacific region, will be used to transport LNG cargoes to meet the MISC’s trading needs in the international waters, the company said.The five-year charter period will tentatively commence in December 2018 for LNG Portovenere and in January 2019 for LNG Lerici, with an estimated combined contract value of USD 133 million.“Acquisition of the two vessels as well as the TCPs will further strengthen MISC’s position (…) by boosting the strength of our fleet as well as our capacity to support the LNG demand worldwide. This business opportunity supports the MISC2020 strategy for our LNG business segment in expanding our portfolio of customers,” Yee Yang Chien, MISC’s President / Group Chief Executive Officer, commented.“In view of the evolving marketplace, there is certainly potential for us to diversify our solutions by including mid-scale and small-scale LNG transportation especially with the growing spot market demand for LNG trading and this will enable MISC to develop our capability in the trading of multiple-size vessels as well as our reach to other global locations,” he added.Yee further said that the mid-sized LNG carriers have the potential to be converted into mid-sized floating storage regasification unit (FSRU), floating storage unit (FSU) or other alternative LNG floating solution projects upon expiry of the charter.Currently, MISC’s LNG fleet comprises 28 LNG carriers and two FSUs with a combined deadweight tonnage capacity of over 2 million dwt.Earlier this month, MISC announced its financial results for the 9-month period ended September 30, 2018, showing that the group posted a 15.9% lower revenue. The revenue stood at MYR 6,391.8 million in the first nine months of this year, against MYR 7,603.2 million seen in the corresponding period last year.The decrease in revenue was mainly from the offshore segment as the corresponding period included a recognition of a one time gain for Gumusut-Kakap Semi-Floating ProductionSystem (L) Limited (GKL) variation works arising from the favorable adjudication decisions in 2017 and lower construction revenue for FSO Benchamas 2 in the current period. The revenue was also dampened by the LNG segment and petroleum segment.Group profit before tax of MYR 988.8 million was lower than the corresponding period’s profit before tax of MYR 1,961.5 million caused by the decrease in MISC’s operating profit.last_img read more