Xolo LT2000 with 4G LTE launched at Rs 9,999

first_imgIn the already crowded market of 4G LTE enabled smartphones, Xolo has just launched its latest, the LT2000 at a price of Rs 9,999. Previously, Xolo had come out with the Xolo LT900 in the same series in the year 2013. Although listed on e-commerce portals, the LT2000 has not yet been listed on the official site of the company. The dual-sim smartphone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. However, the company has assured that an Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade will soon be rolling out. The smartphone sports a 5.5inch HD display, and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. Other features include 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera with auto-focus, 2MP front camera, 8GB inbuilt storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. It also includes a 2920mAh battery. A unique feature on the device is a self-updating phone book app, named 6degrees. Using this, one can automatically update the phone book whenever contacts change their details. The app will be made available through an OTA update releasing next week. Whereas it will be pre-installed on the next batch of devices.last_img read more

Saeed Ajmal, rocked by chucking episode, retires from all forms of cricket

first_imgOne of the best spin bowlers of the modern era, Saeed Ajmal has decided to retire from all forms of cricket at the end of this month.The Pakistan off-spinner will bring the curtains down on his career after the National T20 Cup where he is leading Faisalabad.”I am quitting all forms of cricket after the current National Twenty20 tournament,” Ajmal told AFP from Rawalpindi.”It was a highly satisfying career in which I achieved whatever goals I set for myself and helped the team win matches.”The 40-year-old will retire as one of Pakistan’s top wicket-takers in international cricket. He took 184 wickets in 113 ODIs with an average of 22.72 while in 35 Tests he took 178 wickets at 28.10 with 10 five-wicket hauls. In 64 T20I matches he got 85 wickets at a staggering average of 17.83.Having made his debut at 30, Ajmal’s short but extremely successful career saw him reach the top of the ODI and T20 International rankings while he was also an equally potent force in the Test format.It was his performance in Pakistan’s 3-0 whitewash against England in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)  that will always remain the highlight of his illustrious career.Ajmal took 24 wickets in the three-Test series at an average of 14.70 with one five-wicket haul including a 10-wicket haul in the first match.He was one of the main weapons for Pakistan when Misbah-ul-Haq was the skipper. But it was his bowling action which always remained under the scanner.Ajmal was reported for suspect action twice in his eight-year career. He was first pulled up during the 2008 Asia Cup but was cleared soon after. The second time he was reported for his action was in August 2014 and that was the killer blow for Ajmal, who was subsequently banned from bowling in international cricket.advertisementAt the time he was the No. 1 ranked ODI bowler and was in the top 10 list in both Tests and T20Is.Ajmal made a comeback into the national side after missing the 2015 World Cup with a remodelled action but had lost the X-factor in his bowling. He played just two ODIs against Bangladesh in April and a lone T20I in 2015 which proved to be his final appearance in international cricket for Pakistan.The new action proved to be a disaster for Ajmal and he was never the same bowler. He fell out of favour with the selectors while his performances in the Pakistan Super League also did not help his case any further.Having turned 40 last month and with no options left, Ajmal has finally decided to bring an end to his cricketing career. Pakistan have also found an able alternative in leg-spinner Yasir Shah now, but Ajmal will always be remembered as one of the greatest spinners the country has ever produced.last_img read more

Man City star Sterling: I run like my mum!

first_imgManchester City Man City star Sterling reveals: I run like my mum! Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 03:08 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Raheem Sterling Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Guardiola Sergio Agüero Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Premier League The winger also says his side can go all the way in four competitions this season as long as they do not get ahead of themselves Raheem Sterling says he has inherited his distinctive running style from his mother.The 23-year-old has been one of Manchester City’s key players this season with 19 goals, though he still insists he has “missed so many chances” and that his team-mates should not dare go near him when he fails to find the back of the net.But he says he is ready to be laughed at for the way he runs on the football pitch, though he insists it never stopped his mother from being part of the Jamaican athletics team in her youth. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “My mum went to my little brother’s sports day and she sent me a clip of her running and I thought, ‘Ok, that’s where I get it from!'”, he told talkSPORT.”I’d never seen her run before. It’s my mum. Don’t laugh but yeah. Before she had my sister she was in the Jamaica athletics team when she was young.”I don’t think my running style is something to pass on though, I’ll take all the laughter myself.”The England winger is enjoying the best goal-scoring season of his career, though he says he has already assured Sergio Aguero, City’s all-time record scorer, that he no chance of matching his record.”He said, ‘You need to catch up with me’. I said, ‘I can’t, you’re Sergio Aguero. He’s a player I look up to in crucial moments of games and he does what I want to be doing, and I try to keep on doing it.”Raheem Sterling Manchester City 101717He added: “I’ve missed so many chances, I try to improve on it every day. I want to get better and help win crucial matches. If I miss a chance, don’t speak to me. I always try to improve. I’m a bit too harsh on myself, that’s how I am and that’s how I always will be – in order to get better.”City are 15 points clear of the top of the league, will face Wigan in the fifth round of the FA Cup, Basel in the last-16 of the Champions League and Arsenal in the final of the Carabao Cup, and Sterling says his side can go all the way, as long as they do not get ahead of themselves.”If we keep playing like we are we’ve got a great chance, but at the moment we are just looking to the next game and that’s Burnley,” he said.”We focus on that and then the next game, we are going out to win every game and if that wins the quadruple then that’s what it does.”last_img read more

Duke Basketball: Duke Releases Good Luck Videos For Each Of Its NBA Draft Hopefuls

first_imgDuke player throws down massive dunk against Wisconsin.Duke releases good luck videos for its NBA hopefuls. Duke basketball’s awesome year will continue tonight, when the national champions are expected to have up to four players selected in the NBA Draft. Former Blue Devils Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow are both projected to be lottery picks, while Tyus Jones is expected to be taken somewhere in the first round, and Quinn Cook is a potential second-round selection. In anticipation of tonight’s draft, Duke’s video production team has released a “good luck” video for Okafor, Winslow and Cook, and a “good luck” photo for Jones.  The NBA Draft is set to begin at 7 p.m. E.T. It will be televised on ESPN.last_img

Video: Nick Saban Unhappy With Reporters Asking Him About Kirby Smart Taking Georgia Job

first_imgNick Saban upset with reporters at a press conference.2016 will bring just another challenging schedule for Coach Saban and his team to navigate. Tuesday, it was reported by a number of publications that Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will be the next head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs. Wednesday, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban was asked about the situation, and, predictably, he didn’t have many answers. Saban eventually got frustrated with reporters, and told them to ask the Coke bottle sitting in front of him instead. Via Kyle Burger of WVTM13.#Alabama‘s Nick Saban on Kirby Smart to #UGA: “You can ask the bottle, don’t ask me.” pic.twitter.com/izK1YuIYPQ— Kyle Burger (@kyle_burger) December 3, 2015Saban and the Tide have a date with Florida on Saturday. Perhaps after a win, he’ll be in a better mood.last_img

4-Star DB Noa Pola-Gates Explains Why Nebraska Stands Out

first_imgNoa Pola-Gates scores a touchdown.Sports360 ArizonaNebraska football already has an impressive 2019 recruiting class coming in, but the Huskers aren’t done just yet. Perhaps the top target on the board is defensive back Noa Pola-Gates.The four-star player, likely to play safety in college, is the top remaining uncommitted recruit out of Arizona.247Sports has him at No. 3 in the state. He is No. 153 overall, and 18th at his position, though he’s ranked as a cornerback.Pola-Gates is set to make his decision at the Polynesian Bowl on January 19, and will sign on National Signing Day in February.Nebraska is joined by Arizona State and USC in his final three schools.While it sounds like it is very much up in the air as of now, Nebraska has a narrow lead in 247’s crystal ball predictions, with 38-percent of voters having him ending up with the Huskers.247 spoke with Noa Pola-Gates, and he revealed that it is Nebraska football’s fan base that sets the school apart.He answered some rapid fire questions in a video with the site, and Nebraska fans came up multiple times.Pola-Gates is one of the recruits that Scott Frost took his entire staff to visit a few weeks ago, so it is clear that the Huskers really value him.He has a strong football pedigree as well. He is the cousin of four-star defensive tackle Matthew Pola-Mao, who is also a Nebraska target focused on many of the same schools. Pola-Mao’s brother currently plays at USC, and they are related to Trojans and Pittsburgh Steelers great Troy Polamalu.[247Sports]last_img read more

NHT to Spend $39.4 Billion on Housing Solutions in 2019/20

first_imgThe National Housing Trust (NHT) is to spend $39.4 billion on housing activities for the 2019/20 fiscal year.This was disclosed by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, as he opened the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Thursday (March 7).During the new fiscal year, the NHT plans to undertake 8,640 housing starts and complete 4,714.In addition, Dr. Clarke informed that the National Water Commission (NWC) is to spend $7.2 billion in planned capital expenditure.The funds will be used to pursue rehabilitation of the water and sewerage infrastructure, to reduce non-revenue water and improve service.Dr. Clarke also informed that the Port Authority of Jamaica will spend $4.4 billion in the 2019/20 fiscal year, to continue projects aimed at facilitating economic growth and development, as well as enhanced security at the ports.last_img read more

Vard-Solstad Contract ‘Now Effective’

first_imgJune 10, 2014 zoom Vard Holdings Limited today confirmed that the contract for the design and construction of a large Offshore Subsea Construction Vessel (OSCV) for Solstad Offshore has been made effective.The vessel is of VARD 3 19 design, developed by Vard Design in Ålesund. The hull of the vessel will be built at Vard Tulcea in Romania, while outfitting will take place at Vard Brattvaag in Norway.The vessel, which will be the largest in the Solstad fleet as well as the largest ever constructed by VARD, will have a 550 ton top tension vertical lay system, enabling the installation of large diameter flexible pipes in ultra-deep water and in harsher environments.In addition, it will feature a 600 ton active heave compensated offshore crane and a 4,000 ton under-deck carousel for storage of flexible pipes, cables and umbilicals. The vessel will be about 180 meters long, have a beam of 33 meters and a deck area of more than 2,500 m2.Delivery of the vessel is scheduled for 2Q 2016.Solstad Offshore ASA, one of the largest offshore-shipping companies in Norway, has about 1,800 employees, and operates 47 vessels all over the world. In addition the company has two large subsea vessels under construction. Solstad Offshore is headquartered in Skudeneshavn, Norway and has branch offices in Brazil, Singapore, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and Australia.last_img read more

SCPA Boasts Solid Figures

first_img“Our above-market fiscal year growth again this year is testament to strong performance in our major business segments,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome.“The implementation of our strategic plan is paying off, and the large capital investments committed to port infrastructure by the state of South Carolina and Ports Authority are yielding great dividends. Significant capital investment by major port users has also positively impacted volumes.”In June the SCPA handled 149,183 twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs), up 19 percent from 125,257 TEUs handled the same period last year.For the total fiscal year period, July through June, the SCPA moved 1,684,907 TEUs.On the non-containerized cargo side, the SCPA handled 83,399 pier tons in June for a total of 763,230 pier tons during the fiscal year in Charleston, an increase of 3.6 percent over plan.Despite depth challenges at the Port of Georgetown, the terminal exceeded projected plans with 553,039 pier tons handled during the fiscal year, an increase of 11.8 percent year over year.Capital projects planned for fiscal year 2015 will support continued growth, according to SCPA. Wando Welch Terminal will receive upgrades to accommodate increases in Post-Panamax vessel calls.Construction at the Navy Base Terminal and harbor deepening remain key strategic priorities for the SCPA over the next several years, as well as the opening of the SC Department of Commerce’s intermodal container transfer facility.The Inland Port in Greer is meeting volume and performance objectives, and will continue to be a vital component of SCPA growth.Press Release; July 22, 2014 zoom South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has reported a strong finish for the 2014 fiscal year with 8 percent container growth, an increase of 2 percent over projected plans.last_img read more

K Line Takes Delivery of New Corona Coal Carrier

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: K Line Japanese shipping major K Line has taken delivery of a 88,000 dwt coal carrier from compatriot shipbuilder Imabari Shipbuilding in Marugame.Named Corona Citrus, the vessel was delivered on September 11 for electric utility Electric Power Development Co. Ltd. It will be principally involved in carrying thermal coal to thermal power plants for the company.The Corona-series of epoch-making coal carriers is equipped with wide beam and shallow draft, which are the most suitable type to enter ports of Japanese Thermal Power Stations to discharge cargo, according to K Line.The coal carrier is equipped with Weather Adapted Duct (WAD) in front of the propeller which promotes its propeller efficiency and Hybrid Fin behind the propeller which accelerates energy savings.Corona Citrus also features a ballast water management system and an SOx scrubber in order to comply with the latest IMO environmental regulations.last_img read more

Coordinated Approach Being Taken to Help Meat Cove

first_imgA team of government officials will co-ordinate efforts to help the Meat Cove community recover from last weekend’s devastating rain, Deputy Premier Frank Corbett announced today, Aug. 25. Provincial officials will work with the community, as well as municipal and federal agencies, to identify priority needs and the appropriate programs and services to respond. “Now that the work is well underway on the bridge and road repairs, we want to do what we can to help the community recover,” Mr. Corbett said. “Having a small, focused team will help identify priorities quickly, and ensure that the right links are made with any programs and funding out there.” Economic and Rural Development officials will co-lead the team with George Muise, eastern emergency management planning officer, Emergency Management Office. Labour and Workforce Development, Tourism, Culture and Heritage, Community Services, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal are among the departments involved. Once priority needs are established, programs and services will be reviewed and the most appropriate help identified. For example, local workers should be the first called for community repairs. Officials are closely watching weather warnings, and planning accordingly. Additional supplies are being shipped into the community, in case high winds restrict boat traffic. Bridge repairs are progressing on schedule. All pieces of the temporary bridge are on site and being assembled. Cranes will be required to place the bridge over the water, and the approaches will need to be finished. Work will happen simultaneously on other washed out areas. Pipe, stone and gravel are being brought in, and a second temporary bridge may be required for a large washout close to the community centre. “Lighting has been put in place so work can continue around the clock to get the temporary bridge assembled,” Mr. Corbett said. Local Community Services officials have reached out to clients in the community early in the week, and are doing so again today. All have reported they are safe and getting the food and supplies they need. “Amid all of the destruction, this wonderful story of community spirit and resilience is being told across the country,” Mr. Corbett said. “I want to commend and thank the community for pulling together to help neighbours and visitors alike. “I want them to know that the province is pulling together, too, to help where we can.”last_img read more

Highway 102 Shubenacadie River

first_imgCOLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River From Monday, June 24 through Thursday, June 27, traffic on Highway 102 at the bridges over the Shubenacadie River will be reduced to one lane in each direction to allow for repairs on both bridges. Drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area, and should be prepared for delays or use an alternate route. -30-last_img

Demi Lovato Featured In Unite4Good Magazine

first_imgDemi Lovato is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Unite4:Good magazine.Demi Lovato and Unite4:Good MagazineThe world-famous pop-star shines a light on the Lovato Treatment Scholarship, and one of the biggest challenges facing the next generation: currently one in four adults suffers from a mental illness.“The problem is that people look at it as if it’s not a real illness… You have to realize that the brain is an important organ, too,” she says.Demi Lovato partnered with CAST Recovery to create The Lovato Scholarship in honor of her father, Patrick Lovato, who passed away in part due to untreated mental health and addiction issues.The Lovato Scholarship covers expenses for individuals struggling with mental health and/or addiction issues, including the costs of CAST’s Transitional Living and clinical services provided through CAST’s Outpatient Program. Demi has battled these issues throughout her life, and she understands what is at stake. However, effective treatment is costly, and many can’t afford the care that they need.To find out more about the magazine, click here or visit them on Facebook.last_img read more

NAFTAs Chapter 11 dispute mechanism too costly for Canada at 314M says

first_imgA progressive group says it’s baffled that the Canadian government has worked at the NAFTA negotiating table to protect a dispute resolution system that allows companies to sue governments, estimating it has cost Canadian taxpayers $314 million.The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says in a report to be published Tuesday that Chapter 11 provisions in the North American Free Trade Agreement have cost Canada $95 million in unrecoverable legal fees, calculated based on data it obtained through an access to information request.The report comes ahead of the latest round of NAFTA renegotiations, slated to kick off in Montreal on Jan. 23. The U.S. wants to water down the enforcement mechanism for Chapter 11 by making dispute resolution panels non-binding or voluntary.The CCPA says Canadian losses through that system amount to $314 million when the legal fees are added to $219 million in awards and settlements under Chapter 11, also known as the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system, since the trade treaty was enacted in 1994.“The current renegotiation opens the door to get rid of, or at least neutralize, the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism in NAFTA and I certainly think Canada should grasp the opportunity,” said Scott Sinclair, a senior research fellow with the CCPA.“I do think negotiators and the government are weighing their options … because the U.S. administration wants to make ISDS optional. While a lot of the Trump administration’s proposals in the NAFTA talks are harmful to Canadian interests, this one is beneficial.”Chapter 11 was designed to give investors confidence when they do business in another country by providing an impartial tribunal to settle disputes with the government over discriminatory treatment. The Trump administration says this chapter encourages job outsourcing to Mexico and wants to make participation voluntary.It’s one of three chapters that act as NAFTA’s enforcement system, all of which the Trump administration is seeking to water down or eliminate.Chapter 20, rarely used, lets governments sue governments. Trump’s administration wants to make it strictly advisory.Chapter 19 was Canada’s big demand in the original NAFTA and remains a priority. It allows companies to dispute punitive duties, like those imposed on Canadian softwood lumber and on aerospace company Bombardier Inc. The Trump administration wants Chapter 19 scrapped entirely.The CCPA says Canada has been the target of more claims under Chapter 11 than its Mexican and American partners and the trend is getting worse as Canada has been sued over twice as many times as Mexico and the U.S. combined since 2010.Canada is also far more likely to lose challenges — the CCPA says Canada has won nine and lost eight concluded cases so far while Mexico has won seven and lost five and the U.S. has won all 11 of its concluded cases.It says Canada is currently facing eight active investor-state claims — including Omnitrax’s recent NAFTA claim related to its broken rail line to Churchill, Man., and Lone Pine’s challenge to Quebec’s fracking moratorium — that combined seek more than $475 million in damages.Lori Wallach of the progressive Washington-based group Public Citizen is also critical of Canada’s defense of Chapter 11.”This is the irony to it. Canada is No. 1 in the world of developed countries that has lost under investor-state,” she said.“Canada’s paid out a ridiculous amount of money… Of any country Canada should say, ‘That’s it. I’ve had it with investor-state.’”Sinclair said Canada could go along with the United States and allow countries to opt in or out of Chapter 11 in return for concessions in other areas.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said last week Canada will bring some new, “creative” ideas to the sixth round of NAFTA negotiations in Montreal next week, in response to some of the “more unconventional” U.S. proposals.While Canada continues to hope for the best from the NAFTA renegotiation, Freeland says it is also preparing for the worst-case scenario — a possible decision by Trump to withdraw from the pact.—With a file from Alexander Panetta in Washington.— Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Another former LTTE member arrested over Batticaloa killings

Another former LTTE member has been arrested over the murder of two policemen in Batticaloa.The former LTTE member was arrested in Kannankuda in Batticaloa. The two policemen were killed in a police post in Vavunaithivu, Batticaloa last week. (Colombo Gazette) The suspect was identified as Kadiramathambi Irajakumaran alias Kannan.Earlier, another former LTTE member, Rasanayagam Sarvananthan, was arrested in Kilinochchi over the killing.

UR Pride hosting game show fundraiser to save Monarch Mental Health

BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post Related Michael Bell / Regina Leader-Post It takes $40,000 a year to run the program in its current form — employing one part-time counsellor for 20 hours a week — but with the wait list as long as it is, Brasseur said their goal is to be able to fund the position full time, which would double the cost. UR Pride has about $20,000 to dedicate to Monarch Mental Health and is exploring long-term funding options. In the meantime, the organization has turned to fundraising to help lighten the load, including a live game show at the Artesian on Friday featuring queer versions of two classic game shows — Family Feud and Match Game. “When we say an LGBT version of Family Feud we really mean that,” said Brasseur with a laugh. Instead of going online to find content ideas for the show, UR Pride sent out a LGBTQ2S+ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit) survey for community members to fill out. Questions included “Where is the best place to kiss in Regina?” and “What’s the gayest animal?” The responses will be used to create a Regina/LGBTQ2S+ themed version of the game. It will be hosted by Terry Van Mackelberg, host of Access7’s Prairie Pride, an LGBTQ+ talk show who bought a new pink suit for the occasion. “I have a loud personality, I’m out there,” said Van Mackelberg. “I just think it’s going to be a lot of fun.” Local celebrity panelists for Match Game include drag queens Jenny Talia and Maya Fantasee, as well as Jefferson Wourms, who organizes the annual High Heels and High Hopes fundraiser in partnership with Carmichael Outreach. Drag queen Jenny Talia, pictured in 2014, will participate in Survey Says…, a fundraiser for Monarch Mental Health. Within days of announcing a new free counselling service for Regina’s LGBTQ2S+ community, the Monarch Mental Health Program had a wait list with three times the number of people the program could serve.“Since then we’ve seen a lot of the people that have accessed that program, as well as who are on the waitlist, touching base with our counsellor about how scared they are for the program to end,” said Jacq Brasseur, executive director of the UR Pride Centre for Sexuality & Gender Diversity.  Created by UR Pride, the program began as a pilot project in January thanks to a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund. But money is running out and health funding is hard to come by, said Brasseur, who uses they/them pronouns. “We have found money within our own organization, in terms of our existing reserves and that sort of thing, to be able to support the project for another five months, but we’re really desperate to continue this program,” they said. Jacq Brasseur, executive director of the UR Pride Centre. New community hub aims to represent, empower LGBTQ youth in Regina Storytelling and human connection central to Coming Out Monologues “Anytime that you can bring awareness not only to the LGBTQ2S community, but to mental health, it’s important and I definitely want to be involved in that,” said Van Mackelberg.You don’t have to be a member of the queer community to come to the event, he said. Allies and anyone interested in supporting a great cause are welcome.Seeing how important Monarch has become for the LGBTQ2S in Regina, Brasseur said they feel a heightened level of responsibility keep the program alive.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“The biggest comment that we’ve gotten is just how relieved people feel to find a counsellor who shares their identity and who they don’t have to educate when they go in to receive counselling,” they said. “Without it there’s a very good possibility that LGBT people in the city would be in pain and not have access to accessible, equitable counselling services.”The event, dubbed Survey Says…, starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 on Friday. People hoping to play Match Game can purchase a ticket for $25. Those wanting to play Family Feud can purchase five tickets for $100.Tickets are available online at www.urpride.ca/gameshow or at the door.“You’re going to learn about our community and you’re going to have a lot of fun doing it,” said Van Mackelberg. “Come out and support it.”jackerman@postmedia.com read more

FAO chief calls for fairer world trading system national targets to cut

The remarks by Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), came in a keynote speech to the Heads of Parliamentary Committees of European Union Member States, European Union Accession countries and the Russian Duma, which were meeting on “The Responsibilities of Parliaments for World Nutrition.””In addition to the 815 million people chronically suffering from hunger, the world is currently facing more than 30 severe food emergencies that are affecting more than 50 million people,” the FAO Director-General said. “Unfortunately, a rising share of these emergencies is man-made and therefore avoidable.”He noted that progress towards the target set by the 1996 World Food Summit of reducing the numbers of the world’s hungry by half by 2015 was much too slow. “If the present trends continue, it will take 60 years to achieve the WFS target to bring down the number of undernourished to about 400 million,” he said.The two main factors contributing to this situation were a lack of political will at both the national and international level, combined with insufficient mobilization of resources, Dr. Diouf said, noting that Official Development Assistance, and particularly the share of agriculture in it, continued to decline.On the question of international trading arrangements, the FAO Director-General said a level playing field for agriculture was imperative if “food-insecure” countries were to benefit fully from trade and advocated significant reductions in subsidies going to farmers in rich countries. In 1999, the European countries spent $356 billion in support of agriculture, more than the combined GDP of all the developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa, he noted.”To put things in perspective, while each OECD farmer received $11,000 of support, an agricultural farm worker in a developing country received a mere $4.30 of ODA that year,” Dr. Diouf said. “Poor farmers in poor countries cannot compete with the treasuries of the world’s richest countries. Subsidies by some undermine the incentives to invest for others.” read more

Nova Scotia announces 1245 million in incentives for NewPage paper mill

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – The government of Nova Scotia has announced a $124.5 million funding package in efforts to help resume operations at the idle NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill this fall.Premier Darrell Dexter made the announcement Monday, saying he was certain the prospective buyer of the mill can turn the facility’s fortunes around.“We are confident that Pacific West is well-positioned to be the most competitive and best supercalender paper mill in the world,” Dexter told a news conference in Port Hawkesbury.“The mill has the most modern machine in North America and we are helping position it to take advantage of this and become a leader in producing supercalendered paper.”Under the deal, the provincial government is offering Pacific West Commercial financial incentives including $66.5 million in loans, $26.5 million of which could be forgiven if the Vancouver company meets certain criteria.The government has also agreed to buy about 20,840 hectares of land from NewPage Port Hawkesbury for $20 million. That money would go to the mill’s creditors.It would also give Pacific West Commercial $3.8 million annually for 10 years to support forest land management and sustainable harvesting.Dexter’s announcement came moments after Nova Scotia’s Utility and Review Board approved Pacific West Commercial’s application for a special power rate deal with Nova Scotia Power.Under the arrangement, the private utility company would receive tax-free divided payments for electricity instead of a regular tariff. The deal would last until the end of 2019.The board’s decision still requires approval from the Canada Revenue Agency.Pacific West Commercial has said the deal is critical in its efforts to reopen the mill, which it is planning to buy for $33 million.The mill shut down last September, laying off some 600 employees and affecting another 400 forestry contractors. It opened in 1962. by News Staff Posted Aug 20, 2012 10:38 am MDT Nova Scotia announces $124.5 million in incentives for NewPage paper mill read more

All the worlds a stage for Brock student turned Shaw Festival intern

Brock Dramatic Arts student Mae Smith is ready to put her in-class learning to the test as she embarks on an eight-week internship with the venerable Shaw Festival.Smith, who began in the new role this week, will use her production and design skills as she works alongside Kevin Lamotte, Shaw’s Head of Lighting, Wayne Reierson, Head of Props, and other Shaw staff on the productions of Brigadoon, The Lady Killers, and Sex.The shows will run at the festival this summer and fall in Niagara-on-the-Lake.Kate Hennig, Associate Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival, said the internship allows students to gain experience in a range of festival activities under the direction of industry professionals.Kate Hennig (left), Associate Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival, meets with Mae Smith, Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts 2019 Shaw Festival intern.“In addition to her daily work calls, Mae will have access to the onstage and backstage life of one of North America’s busiest repertory theatres,” she said. “She will meet theatre artists from across Canada and around the world, and will have unique opportunities to attend many lectures, discussions and ancillary events during her residency.”Smith, a fourth-year student, said she’s looking forward to the experiential learning opportunities the internship provides and to developing techniques and strategies for staging a production.“I’ve had a lot of practical experiences at Brock, but this internship will be quite specific and I’m excited to learn more about lighting design and props construction,” she said. “I also hope I can gain connections with other professionals that will open more career opportunities for me.”Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts (DART) has partnered with the Shaw Festival to provide student internships since 2011.Dramatic Arts alumna Michelle Mohammed (BA ’18) was 2018’s intern and worked alongside Peter Hinton on Oh! What a Lovely War. She vlogged about her experiences at the festival on the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Art’s YouTube channel throughout the process.Smith will provide weekly updates as well, which will also be shared through the Marilyn I. Walker school’s social media accounts.DART students are eligible to apply for this intensive residency following the successful completion of DART 4Y92: Text and Performance at the Shaw Festival Theatre, taught by instructor Barbara Worthy. Students attended festival performances and interacted with festival staff and actors during the course.Co-ops and summer contract work at the Shaw has also been available to DART students over the years, and some alumni of the program have even gone on to work for the festival full time.Department Chair Joe Norris said all of the internship candidates this year were exceptional students, but Smith was ultimately chosen because her skills and interests were the “best fit” for the particular productions the Shaw Festival is staging this season.“The Shaw internship creates a stepping stone between the university world and the student’s future career path,” he said. “Mae will be able to bridge what she’s learned in the classroom with the processes that the Shaw utilizes, and gain experience in a professional environment.”Smith is excited to learn more about the inner-workings of the festival and utilize the experience to bolster her resume going forward.“I’m really grateful for the opportunity,” she said. “I feel the internship will help me figure out where I want to situate myself in theatre and help me plan my professional path.” read more