first_imgNew Delhi, May 11 (PTI) With the country having a vast coastline, the government has instituted a task force to promote India as a destination for cruise tourism, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.”The Task Force comprises members from central ministries, state governments, various port trusts and private sector,” Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said in a written reply.The task force will look at various aspects, including developing infrastructure, simplifying procedures, increasing marketing and communication activities and incentives and commissions.To an another query, Sharma said the maiden Maritime India Summit, 2016 (MIS-2016) was organized by the Ministry of Shipping in Mumbai from April 14 to 16 this year with the objective of creating awareness of the untapped potential of Indian maritime sector and showcase investment opportunities.The focus was on presenting India as an attractive investment destination and encourage investment in Indian maritime Sector, the minister added.During the period between FY10 and FY14, there has been a 14 per cent decline in the number of tourists opting for cruise tours in the country, a trend the government wants to reverse.In FY10, there were 55,000 domestic and 1.35 lakh foreign tourists who boarded cruise ships, which dropped to 45,000 and 70,000, respectively, in FY14. PTI MP DBS PAL DBSlast_img read more

first_imgSeptember 2, 2018. As Manchester United prepare to kick off their Premier League fixture at Burnley there is an unmistakable background noise to proceedings beyond the raucous away following. The sound is that of an aeroplane hovering above complete with its message from a section of United support. ‘Ed Woodward: A Specialist in Failure!’ it proclaims.The executive vice-chair, seen by some as a money-making puppet for the disliked Glazer family who own the club, has been called into question before but never quite so publicly, unanimously nor demonstrably as this. It is a reminder that Manchester United fans will always have an opinion on what direction the club is taking off the pitch as well as on it.It was rather apt that the plane protest happened at the beginning of this week of all weeks. Because 20 years ago today, the most seismic of attempted coups took place at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! September 6, 1998. News breaks that the United board – led by chairman Martin Edwards – have been in talks with Rupert Murdoch’s British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) since the summer over the potential sale of the club to the media giant for £575 million. Within three days, further talks had led to confirmation of an agreement worth £623.4m.The adverse response was monumental, both from United fans and from the wider UK public. In an era when the sport was yet to come across the likes of Roman Abramovich, Randy Lerner, Sheikh Mansour or the Fenway Sports Group, the very prospect of a foreign power coming in to take over one of the biggest institutions in the country resulted in hitherto unseen shockwaves.There were boycotts of Murdoch’s Sun newspaper, with rivals The Mirror urging fans to ‘Stop The Red Devil’, complaints from all sides of Parliament, a rally in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, and even the formation of a supporters’ group named ‘Shareholders United Against Murdoch’.John Paul O’Neill, author of the book ‘Red Rebels’, tells Goal why fans were so keen to voice their resistance.“The two main motivations were preventing Rupert Murdoch getting his hands on the club, and ensuring it remained independently owned in a guise that the support could directly influence matters (albeit as a plc),” he begins. “The link between a club and its support was still seen as something important, with clubs being much more embedded in, and central to, their local communities.“In 1998, this was still true of United, even if it was to a lesser extent than it might have been for much smaller, less commercial clubs like Manchester City. The fear raised at the time was that decisions about United would be taken far away from Old Trafford in foreign-based boardrooms where the fans would hold no sway. Those predictions have come to pass under the Glazers.”Manchester United Rupert Murdoch protestManchester United Rupert Murdoch protestIn April 1999, there came the news that the Monopolies and Mergers Commission had effectively blocked the deal in reporting back to the Labour Government – which until then had seen Murdoch as a key ally – that BSkyB had not supplied adequate assurances regarding its motivations.That, of course, would not be the last we would hear of foreign ownership, either in the Premier League or at Manchester United.Having spent two years gradually building up their shares in the Red Devils, it was on May 12, 2005 that the Glazers gained a controlling stake of 57 per cent in United and within seven weeks they had acquired the 98% necessary to force compulsory sales on the remaining minority shareholders and complete their takeover of the club.The partial funding of the deal by loans which were secured against the club’s assets meant that the Glazers, just like the BSkyB group before them, became public enemy number one at a stroke. The ‘Love United Hate Glazer’ movement began there and then, while some disgruntled supporters even broke away to form FC United of Manchester in non-league football.Thirteen years on, and the club is seemingly approaching a crossroads. While on the field United have gone five seasons without a concerted title challenge, Woodward has delighted the Glazers with his exploits on a commercial level. From 10 sponsors in 2013, the club now has around 80 just five years after Woodward became the main decision-maker at Old Trafford.Ed Woodward Sir Bobby Charlton Manchester UnitedBut that has done nothing to appease fans, as underlined by the sight of the banner being flown over Turf Moor on Sunday. So, 20 years on from fighting the good fight which would see the BSkyB deal blocked, are United in any better a position now than they might have been had Murdoch got his way in 1998?“Despite what Murdoch’s propaganda sheets such as the Sun claimed at the time, there were never any plans for Sky to buy up all the game’s stars for United,” explains O’Neill. “Murdoch even admitted as much after the buyout had been officially blocked – it was all about Sky gaining a seat on the other side of the negotiating table when it came to bidding for Premier League TV rights.“Given that, there’s nothing to say that the club would be any better off, even in light of the fact that the Glazers subsequently bought the club. I’ve often heard people comment ‘I bet they wish they’d welcomed Murdoch now’ in the years since 2005, but you can only fight the battle that’s in front of you at the time, and the groups of United fans who saw off Murdoch helped ensure the club was free from his ilk for another seven years.“If the support didn’t ultimately take that opportunity to ensure the club couldn’t be bought – shares went down to £1 each at one point, valuing the club at one-third of the eventual price the Glazers paid – then so be it. There’s nothing to say that Sky wouldn’t have sold it to a buyer like the Glazers after a few years anyway.”Bryan Glazer Joel Glazer Avram Glazer Manchester UnitedRupert MurdochWhile the Murdoch episode was one of a number that didn’t go through – Edwards had previously rejected a 1984 bid by another media magnate, Robert Maxwell, and attempted to sell to the maverick Michael Knighton in 1989 – it was inevitable that United would eventually be sold, particularly after the likes of Chelsea and Aston Villa had been bought up by foreign powers in the early 21st century.But it was 20 years ago today that it became clear football was moving away from its fans. The vast sums of money being pumped into the Premier League had become increasingly attractive to parties beyond those with football in their veins, and the BSkyB bid would be the first of many which would eventually alter the landscape.“Back in the ‘90s and beyond fans were paying a fraction of the money they are today to be treated like sh*t, and getting a far greater, more communal matchday experience for their cash,” adds O’Neill. “And back then fans could at least abuse Martin Edwards and the like in person.“Nowadays the Florida-based Glazers don’t hear any dissent, nor care about any, even if there was to be any, which there very rarely is.”These days, Manchester United and its supporters share something of an uneasy alliance rather than a harmonious relationship. That was perhaps always destined to be the case. But things may have looked very different indeed had the bombshell Sky approach of 20 years ago been successful. 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first_img Continue Reading Previous Space and security are keynote topics at ESC Boston 2017Next Embedded programmability finds sweet spot in IoT Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. It’s true that in the animal kingdom there is safety in numbers. But in the IoT, where billions of devices are expected to be connected within the next decade, the sheer volume of devices isn’t expected to mitigate the security risk. In fact, given that many devices may share the same codebase or hardware design, it will simply increase it.This is the reality of creating a more connected world; it will become easier to infringe personal space both in the real world and online. To some extent modern society has little choice, it needs that level of connectivity to meet the rising demand for food production, mass transit and energy distribution. Reconciling these two paradigms will be where the emerging IoT meets the established IT infrastructure.There is much the embedded industry can learn from the enterprise sector, in terms of the technology developed to provide security. Firewalls, authentication, encryption and intrusion detection have all evolved within the enterprise space and perhaps the most important thing to understand is that all of these technologies are intended to work cooperatively. There is no single solution to security in IT; each technology must play its part.Unfortunately the technology isn’t directly transferable. Putting a firewall in a device intended to communicate with other devices on an ad hoc basis would be difficult, for example (although embedded firewalls do exist). Similarly, intrusion detection may be challenging to implement reliably in resource-constrained devices such as smart sensors and other ‘edge nodes’. However, authentication and encryption are security techniques that most definitely could — and should — be implemented in the embedded domain.A significant aspect of the IoT security imperative stems from the way disparate devices will participate, by its nature this will involve known and unknown devices joining and leaving networks on a relatively frequent basis. When those networks are considered ‘local’ and comprise only devices in the local area, the security risk is perhaps limited. But in reality a wireless device can join a ‘local’ network from some considerable distance; physical barriers such as locked doors and high walls offer little or no barrier to a wireless signal.Even wired interfaces represent a threat where physical access is possible and no security measures have (or can be) taken. This could be any kind of serial or parallel port, such as PCI Express, CAN, USB or even (and, as it turns out, quite ubiquitously) JTAG/Boundary Scan.The problem isn’t necessarily the lack of security in the interface itself, but the lack of security in the devices and data that the interfaces connect to and, by extension, its network. Some work is already being carried out; the introduction of the USB Type C authentication protocol intends to inhibit unauthorized USB Type C chargers and devices from gaining full access to a system. Similar steps should perhaps be taken with other prominent interfaces, particularly those that implement a message-based protocol. While such action wouldn’t help protect the many millions of instances already deployed, it would at least help to protect future devices that are also more likely to be connected to the IoT.Until all wired and wireless interfaces are protected — and even after — using encryption and authentication can significantly improve overall security in the IoT. The Open Web Application Security Project has identified a number of so-called Attack Surface Areas in the IoT, due mainly to missing or poorly implemented encryption or two-factor authentication.Many of the microcontrollers that will enable the IoT now provide support for encryption and authentication. ARM has extended its TrustZone technology to Cortex-M cores based on its ARMv8-M architecture, a technology that provides a ‘hardwired firewall’ at the transistor level. This allows trusted software to run completely isolated from untrusted software. Because it is implemented at the hardware level, Cortex-M microcontrollers that employ TrustZone can still deliver real-time operation, making them applicable to many of the IoT applications that need real-time response levels.  When TrustZone is used in conjunction with secure boot and a trusted operating system, it creates what ARM refers to as a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE).center_img Even with encryption and authentication, devices can still be compromised. An increasingly common form of attack is instigating a system reboot or update, and using that opportunity to install malware. Secure boot is a technology that strives to ensure the firmware in a system cannot be compromised in this way. This may be as simple as inhibiting on-chip Flash from being overwritten, or as extensive as authenticating the firmware at boot time. Some manufacturers now support this with dedicated solutions, such as High Assurance Boot developed by NXP. This is implemented through a software library stored on-chip in ROM, which is used to cryptographically authenticate firmware stored off-chip. It achieves this using a digital signature and the Public Key Infrastructure methodology; the firmware is signed with a private key and verified using a public key. Such approaches are used to establish a ‘root of trust’ between devices.Creating a root of trust between devices is seen as an effective defense in the IoT. It requires that the two devices authenticate themselves before any sensitive information is exchanged. The type of information that should be considered sensitive would typically be a password for accessing a network. In many cases, an absence of assured trust can be exploited to request and receive passwords in an unencrypted data exchange. Most wireless protocols default to unencrypted exchanges, which is predominantly common in short-range wireless technologies that predate the IoT. More recent protocols, such as Thread, have security and encryption ‘built in’ at their core, while Bluetooth now offers a security mode that enforces encrypted key exchange. Understanding and instigating the security features of a chosen wireless technology is now an essential part of product design.As billions of devices come online, the attack surface for IT infrastructures increases. As many of the IoT nodes are currently — and may continue to be — designed without full regard for security, the threat this presents is causing referred pain. Without doubt, the responsibility of securing IoT nodes lies with the OEMs developing them and not with those responsible for the security of the infrastructure.The point at which both these worlds collide will be the gateway, the device responsible for channeling the IoT data and services to the rest of the Internet. As this is essentially an entirely new application space, it is unclear who will secure this space and how. As yet, no single solution or provider has emerged as the ‘de facto’ gateway provider; both the embedded and the enterprise sectors have it in their sights.But as with all aspects of security, it cannot be fully deferred to ‘someone else’ and even the most secure gateway will still need to have confidence in the security measures put in place throughout the network.Yannick Chammings has led Witekio as Chief Executive Officer since 2009. He oversees the overall executive, operational, sales, engineering and strategic leadership of the company from the headquarters in Lyon, France. Yannick brings more than 20 years of industry experience, with deep expertise in embedded software and smart object technologies. Prior to Witekio, he developed Adetel’s embedded software branch, which became the foundation for Adeneo Embedded. In 2007, he set up the US operations and develop the overall activity before spinning it off and transforming it into Witekio.  Yannick holds a Master in Computer Engineering from INSA-Lyon, France. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods, Industry, Security last_img read more

first_imgNigeria and Ghana could face international football bans this month over political interference with their football associations, world soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Tuesday.FIFA sent a final warning to the Nigeria and said the elected president, voted back in 2014 and the executive committee should lead the Nigerian federation (NFF) amid domestic challenges to the leadership.”The Bureau of the FIFA Council decided that if by Monday, 20 August 2018, at 12:00 (CET), the Nigeria Football Federation offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF executive committee under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick…the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect,” FIFA said in a statement.”The suspension would be lifted only once the NFF, under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, confirms that it has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices.”FIFA said any ban would not affect the Nigerian team currently competing in the women’s Under-20 World Cup in France as the tournament was already under way. Nigeria also took part in the men’s World Cup in Russia in June.Ghana will also be banned this month if an order to liquidate its FA is not withdrawn.”The Bureau of the Council considers that the petition introduced by the Attorney General to the High Court of Justice to start the liquidation process of the GFA constitutes undue influence in the affairs of the GFA in contravention of art. 14 par. 1 i) and art. 19 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes,” FIFA said.”Under these circumstances, the Bureau decided that if the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday, 27 August 2018 at 12:00 (CET), the GFA will be suspended with immediate effect. The suspension would be lifted only once the above-mentioned petition is withdrawn and FIFA is given written proof thereof.”advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgA few days after it appeared as though a Roger Federer impersonator had gatecrashed the 02 Arena, the Swiss great resumed normal service to outplay Kevin Anderson and reach the last four of the ATP Finals on Thursday.Federer walked out into a jam-packed O2 Arena knowing any repeat of his insipid performance on Sunday against Japan’s Kei Nishikori could have resulted in an ignominious early exit.But the 37-year-old again shrugged off the passing of time to swagger past the dangerous Anderson 6-4 6-3 and reach the semi-finals for the 15th time in 16 appearances at the event.Record six-time champion Federer turned on the style to avenge this year’s gut-wrenching Wimbledon quarter-final defeat by Anderson in which he squandered a match point.READ: Djokovic storms past Zverev to enter the semi-finals, Cilic beats IsnerFederer and Anderson both ended up with two wins in the Lleyton Hewitt group but the Swiss grabbed first place on the head-to-head record – meaning he is likely to avoid world number one Novak Djokovic in Saturday’s last four.Djokovic will top the other group unless he loses to Marin Cilic and John Isner beats Alexander Zverev.A tournament that has so far lacked thrills could yet have a Sunday showdown between old warriors Federer and Djokovic.READ: After Ronaldo watches Djokovic at ATP Finals, Kroos cheers for FedererEarlier on Thursday, Dominic Thiem beat Nishikori 6-1 6-4 – a result that meant the Austrian would reach the semi-finals if Federer lost to Anderson and won fewer than six games.advertisementThiem admitted he was not holding his breath and from the moment Federer took the first set it was just a case of whether the second seed or Anderson would top the group.HAPPY FEDERER”Very happy, the first match against Kei was tough, I never got going,” Federer, who rebounded from an ugly performance against Nishikori to beat Thiem in his second round-robin match in the Lleyton Hewitt group, said on court.Federer is driving force for tennis in terms of revenue, attention: Djokovic”With my back against the wall maybe it’s easier for me to play. I played some good tennis today and I’m thrilled, excited to be in the semis.”A confident Anderson pushed hard early on and had a glimmer of a chance in the sixth game but Federer held from 0-30 with a sublime backhand winner that ripped past his opponent and had the crowd roaring its approval.Also Read – Agnieszka Radwanska announces retirement due to health reasonsShaken, Anderson double-faulted twice in the next game to drop serve but Federer wobbled, sending a forehand wide to hand the break back. The 20-time Grand Slam champion immediately broke again though and switched on the afterburners to clinch the set in the next game from 0-40.Federer pounced in the seventh game of the second set and claimed victory on his third match point as the world number six netted a forehand.Anderson’s consolation is that he becomes the first South African to reach the semis in the tournament’s 48-year history.”These round-robin formats are not straightforward,” Federer said. “Normally, you lose, you leave. I think it was also difficult for Kevin because he knew he had already qualified.”The day began at the O2 Arena with a news conference to launch the new ATP Cup – a team event that will begin in Australia in January 2020, just six weeks after tennis’s governing body the ITF’s revamped Davis Cup finals.While the 118-year-old Davis Cup faces the squeeze from a new rival, Federer, at least, is showing few signs of wear as he marches on towards his 100th career title.”I’m happy that this is another week like this,” he said. “Didn’t look like it maybe 72 hours ago. But I was able to come back and play good tennis.”Also Watch – Ravi Shastri not my yes man, nobody has said no to me more often: Virat Kohlilast_img read more

first_imgCoach Cal whispering something into Tyler Ulis' ear.LAWRENCE, KS – JANUARY 30: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with Tyler Ulis #3 during the final minutes of overtime in the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on January 30, 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Kentucky had little difficulty getting past Tennessee Tuesday night. After a close first half, the Wildcats (26-0, 13-0 SEC) blew by the Volunteers (14-11, 6-7 SEC) in the final 20 minutes, winning, 66-48. The blowout victory did not come without some physicality, though. Kentucky freshman guard Tyler Ulis appeared to take a hard shot to the face from a Tennessee guard in the first half. Check out this play: Did anyone see this except @BraxtonDsnyder?— Aaron’s Right Shoe (@AaronsRightShoe) February 18, 2015Was it a punch? A shove? Just incidental contact? It’s tough to tell. Whatever it was, it’s something you usually see a foul called for, and there was no whistle blown last night. [KSR]last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL — Fifty years after what became known as the Sir George Williams riot, one of the students whose allegations of racism triggered the explosive events says it’s a shame they were never able to receive a fair hearing.Rodney John was one of six black biology students at Montreal’s Sir George Williams University who accused a professor of discrimination. A sit-in that began Jan. 29, 1969 ended with a riot and fire the following month.John, now 77 and living in Toronto, says he is comforted that the events are still being talked about 50 years later, but he fears the focus is too much on the occupation and not enough on the initial grievances.“Because what actually is the matter is that the general public’s awareness of the issues goes back to the occupation — what is lost is that our stories were not told,” he said in an interview.The anti-racism occupation of the computer lab in the Henry F. Hall building — now a part of Concordia University — remained peaceful until discussions about creating a panel to address racism allegations broke down. The university called in police to quell the riot on Feb. 11.All told, 97 students were arrested in one of the largest occupations in Canadian student history. The incident attracted international headlines, accompanied by images of a fire in the ninth-storey lab and computer punch cards floating to the street. Damage to the lab was estimated at $2 million in 1969 dollars.The professor, Perry Anderson, was ultimately exonerated in June of 1969 after an analysis of his notes concluded there was nothing to support the racism claims. He continued with his academic career. In a 2015 National Film Board documentary “Ninth Floor,” Anderson’s son claimed his father was guilty of cultural bias, not personal bias.John said the university’s failure to address such cultural bias was at the root of the incident. Complaints about Anderson raised during a meeting between students and the administration in the spring of 1968 were never properly reviewed by the university, he said, and when students returned to school in September, there was no record of the meeting.“That set the stage for the events that then led up to the occupation and the subsequent conflict,” John said. “It was mishandled from beginning to end.”Among the allegations was that black students routinely received lower marks than their white counterparts and that the professor addressed West Indian students by honorifics versus given names for white students.At a time when getting into medical school was difficult and students faced significant racial barriers, the biology class was an important requisite. John, who went on to become a clinical psychologist, said they were looking for due process in a public forum, but that was not to be.“Students in general had no rights, administrations had no responsibility and black students were to be seen and not heard,” he said.By the time the university agreed in late 1968 to convene a new body to look into the racism complaints, there was no agreement on what form the review should take.“We had no opportunity to say — look this is what we experienced, these are the reasons we were asking for a hearing,” John said. “The only thing people know is that there was an occupation, that the computers were destroyed. That’s the narrative that has survived for 50 years.”In the aftermath of the riot, the university instituted changes to give students a place in decision-making bodies and establish an ombudsman’s office.Among the more notable people arrested was the late Rosie Douglas, an activist who went on to become president of the Caribbean nation of Dominica. Former senator Anne Cools, the first black woman appointed to Senate, was also arrested after taking part in the occupation. She noted that many of the people arrested were white.“Many people have tried to make it sound like a racial incident, but it was not,” Cools said.  “The people who should have taken charge of the matter — those in authority who had power to correct things — were reluctant to act, and as a result the students got more and more aggravated, and eventually a sit-in just happened spontaneously.”A few hundred students started the occupation and as word spread, by the end “every and anybody in Montreal was being drawn to it,” said Cools.How the fire broke out remains unclear. John, who was outside the university as things unravelled, recalled the fear as police held back some members of the public yelling expletives and saying the black protesters should be allowed to burn.“I was among a small group of protesters and we were surrounded by a mob that was out for blood,” John said. “The police protected us from being beaten up or being killed. It was that terrifying.”As for what happened inside the building, Cools said the way unarmed students were dealt with by authorities was wrong. “I view it all as unnecessary,” she said. “The thing is nobody was hurt. In my mind, that was the real salvation.”A new play based on the incident, “Blackout,” will debut Wednesday at the theatre housed in the basement of the same Concordia building in which the events took place. Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jacob Tremblay may only be 10 but he’s proving he has star power.The Room actor was dubbed Best Emerging Actor for his Oscar-nominated performance in Room at the Union of British Columbia Performers and Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists Awards ceremony in Vancouver on Nov. 12.Camille Sullivan was named Best Actress for the second year in a row for her role in the drama The Birdwatcher. She was joined by Best Actor Aleks Paunovic for his suspenseful performance in Numb. Lee Tockar was named Best Voice for Slug and Adrien Hein was awarded Best Stunt for his work in the superhero TV show Arrow.Two special awards were also handed out: the John Juliani Award of Excellence was presented to John Wardlow, and the Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award went to Joy Coghill.In all, 32 nominees were on the roster this year.ACTRA represents 22,000 members across Canada working in the English-language film/TV industry. Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:BNS) TORONTO — Scotiabank has signed a deal to sell its pension and related insurance businesses in the Dominican Republic.The Canadian bank says it will sell Scotia Crecer AFP and Scotia Seguros to Grupo Rizek.Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available, but Scotiabank says the transaction is not financially material to the bank.Grupo Rizek is a diversified business group in the Dominican Republic.The deal is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.The sale follows an announcement last month by Scotiabank that it was selling its banking operations in nine Caribbean countries and its insurance operations in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

The adoption of the EU’s “Integrated Border Management (IBM) Agreed Conclusions” in Brussels on Friday is expected to pave the way for the normalisation of the situation at gates 1 and 31 of the border crossings and the restoration of freedom of movement in a peaceful manner, Mr. Ban said.He urged Belgrade and Pristina to further develop and implement, in good faith, arrangements based on those conclusions, which are consistent with a Security Council resolution.“The Secretary-General also calls on all parties to honour the agreements reached in the framework of the dialogue, to refrain from unilateral action, and to actively support the de-escalation of tensions on the ground,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.A dispute between Kosovo and Serbia over the control of the two border crossings in northern Kosovo has led to several violent clashes between local Serb residents and the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) in recent months. UN officials have been urging both sides to refrain from unilateral actions and the use of force. 6 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the resumption of the European Union-facilitated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo, saying he is encouraged by the adoption of the agreement on border controls reached last week. read more

Sirisena said that SriLankan Airlines incurred a huge loss due to the actions of the leaders of the previous regime. He also said that he had ended an era where public funds were wasted.He made these remarks while participating in a ceremony to declare open the newly constructed building complex for the Ministry of Finance, today. “At present I have taken steps to cut down on the expenditures of the Presidential Secretariat by 60%,” the President said, adding that he has never used charter flights for his foreign tours and that he travelled economy class with a small number of delegates. President Maithripala Sirisena says he travels only economy class during his official foreign trips.The President also said that he has fulfilled his duties and responsibilities in an appropriate manner during the last one year. He says as President he has ensured financial discipline and also proper management of the country. “It is the responsibility of the politicians and public officials to pay more attention to the idea of financial discipline and management,” he added.The President pointed out the importance of maintaining strict financial discipline and management in implementing development projects and the importance of fulfilling responsibilities from the very beginning of the year to achieve the annual goals. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Courtesy of Arriagada family / Saskatoon tjames@postmedia.comRelated Mauricio Arriagada’s sisters want anyone with information that could lead to an arrest in connection with his death to come forward. They shared family photos with the StarPhoenix. Mauricio Arriagada’s sisters believe his death was gang-related, so they fear being identified publicly.The 45-year-old was discovered mortally injured in a residential neighbourhood in Saskatoon’s Pleasant Hill area in early July. They miss him every day, and feel confident someone out there knows enough to help police get answers.“There is someone out there that knows who murdered our brother, they cannot get away with this. Justice needs to be served,” Arriagada’s sisters wrote in a message to a StarPhoenix reporter.First responders were unable to revive Arriagada after he was found in the 300 block of Avenue T South on July 5. His death was deemed a homicide the following day — one of 11 recorded in the city this year.No arrests have been made.Arriagada’s sisters say he enjoyed dancing, drawing and playing guitar, and was known for his sense of humour.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.He turned 45 on July 1, just days before he was killed.He grew up in Lloydminster and later moved to northern Alberta, where he lived with another sister, working as a firefighter in the warmer months and as a labourer in winter. After five years, he moved back to Saskatchewan.Arriagada’s life took a turn about 20 years ago when tragedy struck: his first-born daughter was violently shaken while in the care of another man. She was nine months old. The man pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and received a conditional sentence of two years less a day to be served in the community, the StarPhoenix reported in December 2001.Arriagada’s daughter was blinded by the assault. His sisters said she has the mental age of a six-month-old, requires a feeding tube and lives in a care home. She also has cerebral palsy.Their brother started using drugs after what happened to his child, one of his sisters said.“It spiralled, just the stress from it, not being able to care for her.”She doesn’t believe he ever received counselling, she said. His contact with his children was infrequent because of his struggles; when he was not using drugs, he was more involved in the children’s lives, she said.In a written statement, the two sisters described the difficulty Arriagada’s older children are having with their father’s death. They said his mother is grieving the loss of her son just a year and a half after her husband died. Arriagada was the fourth of five children.“He had four sisters by blood and a lot of other people who considered him their brother throughout their lives as he tended to have a soft heart and helped many when they were down on their luck,” they wrote.They want anyone with information about what happened to him to come forward. They believe someone will give Saskatoon police or Crime Stoppers the information needed to make an arrest, they said.“Our father always wanted him home, he has him home now, just not the way it was supposed to be.”  Saskatoon police investigating city’s eighth homicide of 2019 Police vow ‘no limit’ on resources to Pleasant Hill after violence, three homicides Pleasant Hill community association seeks action on boarded-up houses So far this year, Saskatoon has recorded 11 homicides and one suspicious death.When a death is classified as a homicide, that means someone is responsible for causing the death of someone else and evidence could lead investigators to lay a homicide-related charge — manslaughter, first- or second-degree murder.A death is classified as suspicious if evidence has not led investigators to lay a homicide-related charge; it may be reclassified as a homicide later on, if evidence arises that leads police to believe someone is responsible for the death.Police previously reported that nine homicides took place in Saskatoon in 2018, but in July 2019 they announced the number of homicides last year would be revised upwards by four, for a total of 13.In February 2019, Saskatoon city police become the first police service in Saskatchewan to lay manslaughter charges in connection with drug overdose deaths. Three men charged in 2018 with drug trafficking were charged in late February with four counts of manslaughter in connection with four deaths in March 2018. According to police, cocaine used by the four people who died was laced with fentanyl.Saskatoon police spokeswoman Julie Clark said a death would be reclassified as a homicide as soon as police lay a manslaughter charge. There was some confusion about how police should display the charges in their homicide numbers, since the laying of a homicide-related charge in connection with an overdose death was a first for them, she added.Statistics Canada continues to show eight 2018 homicides in its table of police-reported crimes in Saskatoon.The statistics agency calculates the number of homicides based on when the police service deemed a death a homicide. In an email, the agency said the four deaths that were determined in February to be homicides will be counted in Saskatoon’s 2019 homicide statistics.Statistics Canada did not respond to a request for clarification of the 2018 number, which appears to omit one other homicide recorded by city police. read more

Tempur-Pedic buying rival mattress maker Sealy in $1.3-billion debt-cash deal by The Associated Press Posted Sep 27, 2012 8:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LEXINGTON, Ky. – Mattress company Tempur-Pedic is buying rival Sealy for about US$228.6 million in cash while also taking on hundreds of millions more in Sealy debt.Tempur-Pedic International Inc. said Thursday that it will pay $2.20 per Sealy share, which is a three per cent premium to the company’s Wednesday closing price of $2.14.Sealy, based in Trinity, N.C., currently has about 103.9 million outstanding shares, according to FactSet. Its stock jumped 21 cents, or 9.8 per cent, to $2.35 in premarket trading.Tempur-Pedic says it will also assume or pay back all of Sealy Corp.’s outstanding debt. The Lexington, Ky., company plans to finance the acquisition with debt. Its shares gained $1.32, or 4.9 per cent, to $28.10 before the market open.The companies put the total value of the deal at $1.3 billion, including debt. They say that the transaction will create a $2.7-billion global bedding provider.Sealy operates 25 plants manufacture bedding in 20 U.S. states, three Canadian provinces, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, France and Italy, according to the company’s website.“Tempur-Pedic and Sealy together will have products for almost every consumer preference and price point, distribution through all key channels, in-house expertise on most key bedding technologies, and a world-class research and development team,” Tempur-Pedic CEO Mark Sarvary said in a statement.Tempur-Pedic and Sealy will run independently of each other, with Sealy’s CEO Larry Rogers remaining in that position. Rogers will report to Sarvary.Tempur-Pedic, founded in 1992, makes and distributes mattresses and pillows in more than 80 countries under its Tempur and Tempur-Pedic brands. Sealy, founded in 1881, makes mattresses under brands including Stearns & Foster, Sealy and Sealy Posturepedic.While Tempur-Pedic has a particularly strong presence in North America, Europe and Asia, Sealy has a strong presence in North America, Asia and Argentina. Sealy also has strong brand recognition through its international licensees and joint ventures.Stockholders with about 51 per cent of Sealy’s outstanding shares have put forth a written consent approving the deal. No additional shareholder approvals are needed to complete the acquisition.Both companies’ boards have approved the buyout, which is expected to close during 2013’s first half.Annual cost savings for the combined company are expected to be more than $40 million by the third year.— With files from The Canadian Press read more

“The Maldives has long provided important leadership on global efforts to bring an end to the use of the death penalty, so it is deeply regrettable that a series of steps have been taken to resume executions in the country,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a press release.Since last November, the High Court decided that the President may no longer exercise the power of commuting death sentences to life imprisonment; in June this year, capital punishment regulations were further amended to allow for hanging in addition to lethal injections as methods of execution.Further, in July, the Supreme Court swiftly issued an order cancelling the stay order issued by the High Court and reiterated that its decisions on death sentences are final.“The death penalty is not effective in deterring crime,” said Mr. Zeid, adding that “a judiciary that is unable to consistently apply fair trial standards and is marred by politicisation must not be allowed to have the final say in matters of life and death.”There are currently 17 individuals on death row in the Maldives. Some cases raise serious due process concerns, with three of them at imminent risk of execution.“Maldives has upheld the right to life for more than 60 years,” said the High Commissioner, also urging “the leaders and the people of the Maldives to continue to uphold the moratorium on the death penalty and work towards prohibiting the practice altogether.” read more

According to a statement issued by his spokesperson today, Mr. Ban also extended his best wishes to President Temer as he begins his tenure. “[The Secretary-General] trusts that under President Temer’s leadership, Brazil and the United Nations will continue their traditional close partnership,” said the statement. The UN chief further thanked President Rousseff for her commitment and support to the work of the UN throughout her tenure.

By Julie JohansenA concerned citizen approached the Emery County Commissioners during their meeting on Tuesday regarding a change in the Board of Equalization guidelines. He disagreed with the Emery County Land Guide that states that if a buildable lot has two or more utilities, it should be assessed the same as if it had full utilities, but a buildable lot without utilities value is set at 50% of the assessed value.The county assessor stated that it is used across the board for everyone and has been for several years. The commission made no comment while Emery County Attorney Mike Olson replied that it is the practice at this time.Business licenses for Bowdy Steele Hunting and Pampered Pets Salon were also approved during the meeting. Next, a yearly 2019 Emergency Management Performance Grant was accepted as a cost share agreement with Forest Service regarding Family Friendly Trails signage. The funds for this cost share grant will come from the tourism budget.Emery County will be hosting a wellness clinic for employees on Oct. 30 and 31 in Castle Dale and Nov. 1 in Green River. This will include $30 flu shots for full-time employees. Spouses and children may participate if they choose and pay a $10 co-payment. This clinic will utilize Emery Medical Center and the cost to the county will $250 for 98 full-time employees. This cost will include vision test, BMI, blood pressure check, lab test and a follow-up visit. Also, any full-time employee who participates in the full clinic will receive four hours of additional vacation time. read more

The NCAA women’s tournament bracket is out, and the Connecticut Huskies have a 52 percent chance to capture their 12th national championship and seventh undefeated season under coach Geno Auriemma, according to our March Madness predictions.This would be their fifth championship in a row and their third championship since last losing a game of any sort, on Nov. 17, 2014 — 847 days ago. If they win this tournament, that run will extend to over 1,000 days before they have another chance to lose next fall.Their 107 consecutive wins is already a record for NCAA basketball, and it’s moving up the ranks of the longest streaks in all of college sports. They recently passed North Carolina’s record streak in women’s soccer of 103 consecutive wins from 1986 to 1990, and they are in striking distance of Penn State’s record 109 wins in women’s volleyball from 2007 to 2010. (Though the Huskies are still a long way from the longest win streak in college sports: Trinity College men’s squash team had 252 consecutive wins from 1998 to 2012 that included 13 national championships.)VIDEO: A No. 16 seed will win, but don’t bet on it The Huskies’ chance of winning this year’s tournament is not what it has been in the past, though. It’s well down from the 70 percent chance we gave them at the start of the tournament last year, and the 74 percent chance we gave them the year before — both of which, to be honest, felt a little low.This year, there’s good reason to think they really do have a lower probability of winning. After losing team stars Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck — who were the first, second and third overall picks in the WNBA draft last year — it would have been reasonable to expect their performance to drop a bit. And it has — though the Huskies managed to stay undefeated, they haven’t been quite their dominant selves. They carried a 75-game win streak into this season, having won every game by double digits. But they opened the year with a 2-point victory over Florida State (who’s now a No. 3 in its region) and two other wins this season have come by 6 and 3 points — the latter to unranked Tulane, whom they had beaten in January by 44! Related: Hot Takedown Hot Takedown’s March Madness Special The Huskies are scoring fewer points per possession on offense and allowing more points per possession on defense than they did a year ago — though they are first and second, respectively, in those categories this season anyway.Their biggest obstacle is probably that some of the other contenders are stronger than they have been in the last few years. Baylor (23 percent chance to win, according to FiveThirtyEight’s predictions) is the next strongest team on paper, and the Lady Bears are in UConn’s neighborhood for both offensive and defensive efficiency — although they have looked vulnerable of late (such as when losing to West Virginia last week). The Huskies have played all three other No. 1 seeds (Baylor, South Carolina and Notre Dame) this season and won all three games by 11. Another threat might be No. 3 Maryland, who is in UConn’s region, have had a UConn-class offense this year and have only lost to the Huskies by 6 and 10 in their past two meetings. Two vanilla losses may not look like something to hang your hat on, but against this powerhouse — even in its mildly weakened form — that’s about as good as it gets.Check out our March Madness predictions. read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Remembered, the umbrella charity for the There But Not There campaign, hopes the Chancellor will reimburse the expected £3 million the Treasury will gain from VAT. Remembered, the umbrella charity for the There But Not There campaign, hopes the Chancellor will reimburse the expected £3 million the Treasury will gain from VAT.Credit:News Scan Most notably, VAT was returned to charities benefiting from the sale of the 888,246 ceramic poppies that had been planted at the Tower of London and were then sold for £25 each. A defence minister has taken the unusual step of backing a campaign urging his own Government to refund VAT on an Armed Services charity’s fundraising project.Tobias Ellwood, the minister for veterans, is calling on the Treasury to ensure all money raised from a commemoration marking the centenary since the end of World War One goes to help veterans.Sales of ‘Tommy’ figurines, miniature replicas sold as part of the ‘There But Not There’ campaign, have raised nearly £4 million, with the final figure expected to reach £15 million. However, £800,000 has so far been paid in VAT to the Government.In a move backed by Mr Ellwood, General Sir Lord Dannatt, the patron of Remembered an umbrella organisation for six veterans’ charities, has written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond urging him to use money from the Libor fund to repay the VAT.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––It follows the 2013 decision by the then chancellor George Osborne to give £1.1 million raised from fines imposed on banks involved in rigging interest rates as a VAT rebate to Armed Forces charities. The life-size outline statue of a First World War soldier stands at the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, as part of national art installation, There But Not There. It emerged earlier this year that £326 million of other Libor funds which had been earmarked for Forces charities had been used to plug shortfalls in ministerial budgets.In his letter sent last month, Lord Dannatt said he wanted to remind the Government that he and the charities Remembered represents were well aware that Libor funds promised them had still not been handed over.He wrote: “In light of the recent, and very disappointing, revelation that £326 million of the Libor money intended for charities has been used to top up central Government funds, we believe the Government needs to demonstrate fully the value placed on the service and sacrifice paid by our veterans.”In a statement issued through the charity, Mr Ellwood said he personally wanted to ensure that the sale of Tommy figurines was exempt from VAT.“With estimated sales expected to reach £15 million, then divided between six charities, the net beneficiary will actually be the Treasury on £3 million, with just £2 million going to each charity,” he said.“I hope you agree, given the optics of this and the good causes supported, that there is a strong case for VAT to be exempted.” The Telegraph understands that The Lord Dannatt spoke to Treasury officials a week ago and had been assured the Chancellor would respond within seven days. No such response has been forthcoming. Former British Army officer and defence select committee member Johnny Mercer said: “We know not all the money pledged to military charities from LIBOR made its way to those that needed it most. Questions still need to be answered.“It would go some way to help temper the mood of military charities however, if the Treasury supported this campaign – as it has with others – and pledged to match-fund money raised or at the very least donate the amount paid in VAT.”The First World War commemoration campaign There But Not There was launched in February 2018 after artist Martin Barraud had first exhibited a 6-foot Tommy silhouette in a church in Penshurst, Kent.Proceeds from the sales will be shared among The Royal Foundation, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Walking with the Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes and Project Equinox, a veterans’ housing project in Plymouth.Rowley Gregg, the Director of the There But Not There campaign, former Army Officer and recipient of the Military Cross said: “I would urge the Chancellor, the Prime Minister and the wider Government to each listen to their conscience”. The life-size outline statue of a First World War soldier stands at the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, as part of national art installation, There But Not There.Credit: Brian Thompson read more

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share26 Tweet Email2 Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 12:04 PM Jan 24th 2017, 12:04 PM 26,170 Views Updated 12.51pmTHREE MEN HAVE appeared in court charged in connection with illegal immigration at Dublin Airport.The three – two Aer Lingus employees with Irish addresses and a man from China in his 20s – appeared before court at the Parkgate Street complex in Dublin this morning.All three have been remanded in custody.Peter Kernan, 56 with an address at Old Rectory Lodge, Church Road, Celbridge, Co Kildare, was charged at Swords garda station last night.He faces two charges of facilitating the trafficking of a non-national into the State on the 9 and 22 of January 2017.A garda in court said it is alleged he – along with others – organised to facilitate the illegal entry of non-nationals into the State by ‘bypassing passport control and exiting the airport without having any contact with security personnel at all’.Gardaí objected to bail because of the seriousness of the charge and the suspect’s alleged association with organised, criminal gangs who have access to false documents.Judge Cormac Dunne remanded him in custody at Cloverhill for the consideration of bail terms which include €2,000 bail sum, plus another €20,000 independent surety, along with conditions including surrendering his passport, providing a mobile phone contact number to be available at all times, signing on three times a week at Leixlip garda station and having no contact with his co-accused, Frederick Chan.Kernan’s two adult sons and his partner and her daughter were in court this morning.61-year-old Frederick Cham, with an address at Railway Cottages, Hazelhatch, Celbridge in Co Kildare, was charged at Ballymun garda station under the Illegal Immigrants Trafficking Act.28-year-old Xing Wang (no fixed address), who was provided with an interpreter, has been charged with possession of a fake passport, failure to produce a passport or ID and failure to present to immigration officers upon arrival in the State.Both Cham and Wang were remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill on Friday when bail will be discussed.Comments have been disabled as legal proceedings are ongoing.  By Michelle Hennessy Short URL Two Aer Lingus employees and Chinese national in court over alleged illegal immigration operation The three appeared before the Criminal Courts of Justice. No Comments last_img read more