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first_imgFor the fourth year in a row, Indira Nooyi, chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo, has topped Fortune magazine’s annual list of the most powerful women leaders in business. Earlier, Nooyi was ranked third on Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women, just behind German chancellor Angela Merkel and FDIC’s Sheila Bair and well ahead of 13 ranked Sonia Gandhi.Most powerful women business leaders, fine, but third most powerful woman in the world? Come on, really?   Related Itemslast_img read more

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first_img “Even the district officials were involved in making the wrong decisions. The family of the martyrs lost everything but no accountability is fixed,” Mr. Gajbhiye said. He informed the House of his meeting with the families of those killed and said some of them are in dire straits.Mr. Gajbhiye said the families have yet to get any help from the government. Even the promised ₹25 lakh as insurance cover has not reached them. The Hindu had reported on May 15 that the insurance policy for the conflict zone had lapsed earlier this year owing to red tapism and delays by the Director General of Police’s office in Mumbai. “The State must now give each family member a government job. The government must take immediate steps for this,” he said.Mr. Kesarkar said the government would announce jobs for family members in less than seven days. This will be done with all documentation in place, he said. “We will ensure that ₹25 lakh is also paid on time,” he assured the House.In one of the worst retaliatory attacks on the anti-naxal security forces, Maoist insurgents had blown up an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) killing men of the QRT. The unit was proceeding from the police station in Kurkheda taluka, nearly 60 km north of Gadchiroli, when the blast was triggered after Naxals had torched 36 vehicles on May 1. Gadchiroli Naxal attack: Troop pullout may have left a hole in red zone security grid Nearly one-and-a-half months after a Naxal attack in which 15 personnel of the Gadchiroli police were killed, the government on Friday announced the suspension of a senior police officer for not following the Standard Operating Procedure (SoP).Minister of State (Home) Deepak Kesarkar said in the Maharashtra Council that Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shailesh Kale, was being suspended for sending the Quick Response Team (QRT) on patrol without following the SOP in place for conflict zones. A preliminary probe of the Home Department had found lapses in adherence to the SOP.The Minister was responding to a calling attention motion raised by Prakash Gajbhiye (Congress) and Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde, who pointed out that the death of 15 policemen was a direct result of negligence by senior police officials, who had instructed the unit to, at one point, proceed in open jeeps.Also Readlast_img read more

20 11 19

first_imgAlexis Sanchez grabbed a 15-minute hat-trick as Arsenal shook off any hangover from their midweek League Cup defeat to thrash West Ham United 5-1 and climb to second in the Premier League on Saturday.The visitors toyed with struggling West Ham for most of the derby at the London Stadium but did not finish them off until Sanchez’s lethal second-half intervention. (Also read: Ruthless Chelsea fight back to sink Manchester City)The Chile international has now been involved in six of Arsenal’s last eight league goals, scoring five, and he earned high praise from manager Arsene Wenger whose decision to play him as an orthodox striker is paying off handsomely.”He has all the ingredients to be a top-class striker and he showed it again today,” said Wenger as his team got back on track after drawing two of their last three league games and suffering League Cup defeat by Southampton.”He is quick, can dribble, has a short backlift and has the killer instinct the top South American strikers seem to have.”By contrast West Ham’s woes worsen by the week. (Also read: League Cup: Man United storm into semis, Arsenal ousted by Southampton)They have won only two of seven games at their new home and fans voted with their feet on Saturday, making a stampede for the exits when Arsenal went 3-0 up.”We don’t have the level of intensity that is required,” said manager Slaven Bilic with his side one place above the relegation zone.”We have to get it back as soon as possible. It’s not there in training so it’s impossible to have it over 90 minutes in this league.”advertisementWest Ham suffered an early injury blow when defender James Collins was replaced by Alvaro Arbeloa.That they only trailed to Mesut Ozil’s 24th minute tap-in at halftime was down to Arsenal’s casual finishing.West Ham improved after the break and nearly equalised when Pedro Obiang fired wide.Arsenal awoke from their second-half slumbers and home keeper Darren Randolph made a superb double save to deny Aaron Ramsey and Ozil but could do nothing to stop Sanchez’s angled drive after 72 minutes following the Chilean’s neat turn.Sanchez threaded his second past Randolph soon after before West Ham substitute Andy Carroll marked his first appearance since August by heading in the rebound after the otherwise-quiet Dimitri Payet hit the bar.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain curled in Arsenal’s fourth goal before Sanchez completed his hat-trick with a clever dink over Randolph after racing through alone.last_img read more

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first_img\R Barcelona, Jun 16 (AFP) Spain and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has said he is surprised at criticism of his role in producing a video in which France star Antoine Griezmann announced he was staying at Atletico Madrid.Griezmann caused a stir after appearing in the film on Thursday in which he ended speculation about a possible move to Barcelona by committing to Atletico.Barcelona had made Griezmann, the top scorer at Euro 2016, their top summer transfer target.Barcelona defender Pique’s production company, Kosmos Studios, produced the slick film entitled “The Decision”.Although France coach Didier Deschamps said Friday he had “no problem” with the timing of Griezmann’s announcement, two days before Les Bleus kick off their campaign against Australia in Kazan, the fact Pique played an indirect role in its production has caused controversy in Spain.Pique, however, said: “I was surprised by the reaction in Barcelona. I’m surprised that my involvement and my love for the club (Barcelona) is being placed in doubt.”I’ve spoken to the (club) president (Josep Maria Bartomeu) and everything’s fine. He was a bit annoyed because he thought he (Griezmann) would sign.” The film details negotiations between Griezmann and Barcelona before his decision to remain at Atletico and Spanish media reports have focused on assumptions Pique may have known about Griezmann’s intentions, but failed to inform his own club.The backlash against the Spain international has been significant.Writing in Friday’s edition of Barcelona-based daily Sport, the newspaper’s director, Ernest Folch, said: “The theatrical nature of this documentary shows perfectly just how powerful some players have become. They think they can now do what they want.”advertisementBarcelona’s other big sports daily, Mundo Deportivo, also slammed Pique for encouraging watchers to “get out the pop-corn to watch the unfortunate unfolding of events that, as the producer, he knew all about.” Pique has courted similar controvery in the past. In the summer of 2017 he admitted knowing of Neymar’s decision to quit Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain before the Brazilian star had informed Barcelona chiefs.This latest controversy has also led to calls for current Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, to exercise tighter control over players.The man looking to replace Bartomeu in 2021, Victor Font, said: “They (players) should not have an active role, without the participation of the club, in issues which affect the interests of Barcelona.” Spain’s World Cup preparations were already rocked by the sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup after Real Madrid announced the Spain coach would replace Zinedine Zidane at the club after the finals.Shortly after Spain’s 3-3 World Cup opening draw against Portugal on Friday, an under-fire Pique tried to deflect any personal responsibility in the controversy.”I’m not responsible for the fact that Barcelona didn’t sign a player about whom we’ve been speaking for the past few months,” said Pique.”Griezmann told me a few months ago that he might sign for Barcelona,” added Pique.”I said we could film it and produce something to show people how, from the inside, these kinds of important decisions are taken.” (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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first_imgRanchi, Aug 22 (PTI) The international water colour festival, starting tomorrow here, aims to bring local artists in touch with the international art and promote the rich art and culture of Jharkhand.Organised by Department of Tourism, Art-Culture, Sports & Youth Affairs, the art festival will be held at Audrey House.56 internationally renowned artists — from as many as 24 countries and 25 Indian states — will participate in the five-day festival, the organisers said in a statement. “We conceptualized this festival to not just showcase the art and culture of Jharkhand but also to present the state as an emerging global art and culture destination. “The entire festival has been designed to give local artists and students a taste of International art,” Manish Ranjan, Secretary, Tourism, Art-Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, said. During the festival, the visiting artists will interact with school students and local artists on various themes including “nature” and “modern/abstract”. While the list of artists from different countries include names like Anna Massinissa (Fabriano), Zhou Tianya and Mong Sho (China), the Indian art diaspora in the festival will be represented by Milind Mulick, Sailesh Meshram, Nirupam Konwar, Ramesh Jhawar and Praween Karmaker, among others.The festival will also hold a two-day cultural extravaganza, to showcase the rich culture and diversity of the state. The water colour festival will come to a close on August 27. PTI MAH MAH MGMGlast_img read more

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first_imgMexico Mexicans Abroad Minute: Govea shines but Vela, Chicharito sit Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 02:06 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Omar Govea @miseleccionmx Mexico The Real Sociedad forward missed out because of illness while the West Ham star is still out after suffering an injury with El Tri While Mexico internationals in theory could have returned to action this past weekend, far too many ended up sidelined for one reason or another.Goal’s Jon Arnold flies through the reasons this week and finds a bright spot:Not many bright spots for Mexicans Abroad this week, but still some things to be thankful for, ya turkeys 🦃🦃🦃 #ElTriEng pic.twitter.com/PN4FmGBwjc— Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) November 21, 2017Check out the video above for the rundown.last_img read more

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first_img Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Goose Island Releases 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup Editors’ Recommendations This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway Dominica (don’t confuse it with Dominican Republic) is rugged, mountainous, and pristine. There’s a reason why they call it “The Nature Island”. It eschews watered-down rum punch cocktails, all-day steel drum bands, and soul-sucking all-inclusive resorts for lush hiking trails, black sand beaches, world-class diving, and one-of-a-kind outdoor experiences like trekking to Boiling Lake. At less than 300 square miles (one-quarter the size of Rhode Island), the island still manages to pack 365 rivers of snorkeling, diving, and kayaking opportunities.Related: Explore Belize: Jaguars, Whale Sharks, and Untouched Mayan RuinsBarbudaIf you’re looking to really get away, but can’t afford the expense of renting your own private island, Barbuda has what you’re looking for. The sister island to Antigua is even smaller than Dominica — less than 60 square miles of pristine beaches — and is arguably the least developed in all of the Caribbean. There is no modern airport (it’s reachable only via 20-minute prop flight or 3-hour ferry ride) and visitors can only stay in one of two hotels. Bottom line: there’s little to do here except relax in the pink sand with your own thoughts and a Carib (and that’s exactly the point).NevisIf you’ve never heard of Nevis, we’re not surprised. Along with Barbuda, this tiny speck of an island is another contender for the Caribbean’s least developed. There are no chain stores or any traffic lights for that matter. While it’s a relatively low-lying island, there are still plenty of opportunities to pique the interest of adventure travelers, including sulfur hot springs hikes and diving for spiny lobster. The island’s most charming aspect is that most of its hotels have evolved from beautiful, centuries-old plantation homes that still retain all of their original character.Cat IslandFar beyond Nassau and Bimini, there exists hundreds of tiny, undeveloped islands in the Bahamas. Known as The Out Islands, they are among the most beautiful and, in some cases, literally untouched in all of the Caribbean. Cat Island boasts just enough cultural and economic infrastructure to support human life. As with every other destination on this list, there’s plenty to see topside, including stunning pink beaches and unexplored hidden coves. But the island’s real draw is under the water, most notably diving the Santa Maria Teresa — a well-preserved shipwreck from the Spanish-American War. What’s more: southeastern trade winds provide the island with a consistent, mild climate and unusually warm water (even by Caribbean standards).center_img There’s no shortage of brand-name islands in the Caribbean: Jamaica, Dominican Republic, St. Maarten. But, if you’re looking for something more remote and untrammeled by the modern cruise industry, the region still offers relatively unknown Caribbean islands just waiting to be explored. Here are four of our favorites.Dominica Norway’s Manshausen Island Resort is a Minimalist Retreat Founded by a Real-Life Explorer Why You Should Make Plans to Visit Greenland Now last_img read more

22 10 19

first_imgA leading Korean company has signed a memorandum of understanding with the province, an agreement that may lead to new investment in Nova Scotia. Premier Rodney MacDonald said Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering is interested in exploring commercial opportunities in Nova Scotia in marine fabrication, offshore oil and gas exploration, and renewable energy. “This agreement represents an investment opportunity for Nova Scotia and I want to thank the delegation from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, in particular Mr. Koh, for their interest in our province,” said Premier MacDonald. “We have confidence that there are strong business opportunities in Nova Scotia and we look forward to collaborating with our Canadian partners,” said Young Youl Koh, executive vice-president of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. “Our company has accumulated extensive experiences in the area of shipbuilding and offshore projects and is a world-class global company.” Premier MacDonald said the agreement expresses the intent to explore economic opportunities beneficial to both parties. Daewoo representatives visited Nova Scotia in December and toured fabrication and other facilities. The agreement is expected to foster co-operation between the parties and may lead to new jobs for Nova Scotians and new investments in the following areas: The memorandum of understanding was developed by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, the departments of Energy and Economic and Rural Development, and Nova Scotia Business Inc. marine offshore structure fabrication projects, including research and development for related structures research and development of renewable energy resources, including the fabrication of renewable energy power plants research and development for heavy industry manufacturing exploration and development of petroleum resources from the Nova Scotia offshore, including drilling, production, installation, fabrication, processing, offshore transportation and other activitieslast_img read more

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first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, Sept. 4———COURT RULING ON PIPELINE APPEALS DUEThe Federal Court of Appeal is to reveal today whether a new set of legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline project can proceed. The federal government has twice approved a plan to twin an existing pipeline from Alberta’s oilpatch to the B.C. coast. Last year the Federal Court of Appeal tore up the original approval, citing both an insufficient environment review and inadequate consultations with Indigenous communities. The Liberals say they fixed both problems and approved the expansion a second time in June. Environment groups still say there are not adequate protections for endangered marine species that will be affected by tanker traffic picking up oil from a terminal in suburban Vancouver.———BLOOD CANCER SURVIVAL RISING FASTEST: STATSNew statistics suggest the survival rate for blood cancer is outpacing the survival rate of any other cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society released data this morning that says overall survival rates have improved to 63 per cent — up eight percentage points since the early 1990s. The most gains have been among common blood cancers, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma and leukemia. The survival rate for these cancers increased 16 to 19 percentage points. Researchers say that’s largely due to advancements in precision medicine, which are customized treatments based on a person’s genes or other unique features of the cancer the person has. Society An estimated 21,000 Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with blood cancer in 2019, representing about 10 per cent of all cancer diagnoses that year.———CENTRAL BANK TO MAKE INTEREST RATE DECISIONThe Bank of Canada will announce later this morning whether it will follow other global central banks in lowering the overnight interest rate amid concerns about a weakening global economy. Governor Stephen Poloz is widely expected to hold the rate at 1.75 per cent as the bank delivers its first policy announcement — or public commentary of any kind — since early July. Many market analysts are expecting a shift in tone from the Bank of Canada that will crack open the door to a possible rate cut — or rate cuts — in the final months of 2019. They will be scouring the bank’s accompanying analysis of the global economy’s deterioration and what it means for Canada. ———MAN IN TERROR CASE ORDERED RELEASED FROM DETENTIONA British Columbia man who glorified terrorism by the Islamic State group in multiple Facebook posts has been ordered released from immigration detention by the Federal Court nearly a year after the Immigration and Refugee Board deemed him inadmissible and a security risk to Canada. The court upholds a decision made in August by the immigration division of the board, which ordered Othman Hamdan released. Hamdan has been in custody since September 2017, when the Canadian Border Services Agency arrested him on the same day he was acquitted of terrorism-related charges based on Facebook posts calling for so-called lone-wolf attacks. The border agency said it would comment on the court decision today.———STUDENTS LAUNCH GET-OUT-THE-VOTE PUSHA nationwide get-out-the-vote campaign targeting post-secondary students launches today, aiming to maintain gains in turnout at the polls among the nation’s youngest voters. The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, in concert with three dozen student associations, will hold events and all-party debates and hit the streets with teams to make sure students are engaged during the campaign and plan to vote on Oct. 21. CASA ran a similar campaign during the 2015 campaign, but this time around it has expanded efforts to include digital voting reminders through emails and text messages to students who ask for the alerts. In its first effort, some 42,000 students told the association that they planned to vote — a number the group hopes to improve upon this time with the help of 36 campus associations.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— A sentencing hearing is expected to continue today for a former Toronto pastor convicted of manslaughter in the death of his pregnant wife.— Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef will an announcement today in Peterborough, Ont., on human trafficking.— Statistics Canada releases its merchandise trade figures for July.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgNobody knows eggs better than bacon, which is why America’s egg farmers are teaming up with the most famous bacon of all, Kevin Bacon.Video: Wake up to Eggs with BaconThe new marketing campaign is an integrated promotional effort that will bring attention to the many nutritional benefits of the Incredible Edible Egg, just in time for Easter.“With a last name like Bacon, I’m the obvious choice, and I’m excited to be a part of the new Incredible Edible Egg campaign,” said Kevin Bacon. “I like the creativity behind the idea, and I’ve always been a big fan of eggs. They’re a nutritional powerhouse and I never get tired of them because there are so many ways you can eat them.”The actor will be featured in a variety of online video, print, digital and social media ads throughout the next year. Grey New York is the American Egg Board’s creative agency, Starcom handles media planning and buying, and Edelman oversees PR and social media.“Kevin Bacon brings real star power to the world of eggs and we think consumers are going to love this clever new version of bacon and eggs,” said Kevin Burkum, American Egg Board’s senior vice president of marketing. “And, there’s no better time to talk about eggs with consumption at its highest level in three decades and Easter right around the corner.”The USDA reports that per-capita egg consumption grew to 260 in 2014, increasing by more than a dozen eggs per person in the last five years. Many factors are fueling the spike in egg consumption, including growing interest in protein, health professionals viewing eggs more positively, and the affordability of eggs compared to other breakfast foods.“Clearly, eggs are on a roll. We hope to build on this positive momentum with everyone’s favorite bacon, Kevin Bacon,” said Burkum.Check out the dynamic duo, Kevin Bacon and the Incredible Edible Egg, like you’ve never seen them before in this behind-the-scenes video. For more information about egg nutrition or Easter egg tips and recipes, visit IncredibleEgg.org.last_img read more

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first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsA Cree Nation in Saskatchewan is in shock following the shooting death of a young on a farm.Colten Boushie was killed Thursday.A man has been charged with murder, but many questions remain.Additional interviews in this story courtesy of the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.dward@aptn.calast_img

12 10 19

Miami – Following the dismissal of Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, on Sunday, the British press announced two possible replacements to coach the Premier League club: German Jürgen Klopp and Italian Carlo Ancelotti.Liverpool owners sacked Brendan Rodgers following a series of bad performances. His last game was at Goodison Park on Sunday, where Liverpool faced Everton (1-1). A match in which the ‘Reds’ did not shine.During his time at Liverpool, the Irishman was unable to take the team any higher than a 52% victory rate. Amidst speculation of the media and several possible names in the running for the British club’s bench, Sky Sports commentators and former Liverpool players gave their opinions on former Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp and former Real Madrid boss Ancelotti.Jamie Carragher, former ‘Reds’ defender said: “If I were the one who had to decide, I’d choose Klopp before Ancelotti. Coaching Liverpool is not easy nowadays. Ancelotti is a great coach, but he tends to go to clubs where winning titles is a must.”“Liverpool needs someone with energy, someone who can lead the team where it deserves. No need to talk about titles, but to come back and finish the season among the top four. I think Jürgen Klopp is the right man,” insisted the sports pundit.Meanwhile, according to former ‘Reds’ captain Scottish Graeme Souness, the Italian coach would be a better match for the club.“If you analyze it logically, the last three jobs Ancelotti had were at Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid. In these teams you can sign the best players in the world, you have more economic power than any other,” emphasized Souness.The Scot disagreed with Klopp being tipped as Rodgers replacement because he said: “At Dortmund, Klopp lost his best players at the end of every season and he worked with young footballers. I think he [Ancelotti] fits better in today’s Liverpool.” read more

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Madrid – The Moroccan-Spanish counterterrorism cooperation represents a “model to follow,” said on Tuesday Spanish secretary of state for foreign affairs Ignacio Ibanez.Spain appreciates cooperation ties with Morocco in terms of counterterrorism, this cooperation is a model to follow, the Spanish official said in an interview with the International Observatory for Terrorism Studies (OIET).He added that counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries does not face difficulties marking such cooperation in the European zone. He underlined that Spain is striving to promote cooperation between Brussels and Rabat.With MAP read more

3 10 19

Queen outlines UK government agenda in scaled-down speech LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II outlined the government’s legislative program in a speech to Parliament on Wednesday after the prime minister slimmed down her plans and promised “humility” in negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union following a disastrous election that cost the ruling Conservative Party its majority.The 91-year-old monarch carried on with her royal duties at the ceremonial opening of the new Parliament despite the announcement that her husband, Prince Philip, had been hospitalized. Buckingham Palace said Philip, 96, has been hospitalized as a precaution for treatment of an infection.His rare absence from the State Opening of Parliament added to the solemnity of an occasion cherished by the British people and replete with tradition. While the queen reads the Queen’s Speech to lawmakers, it is written by the prime minister and her staff and offers a broad brush of goals for the future.The nine-minute speech reflected May’s weakened position — a loss of stature that has emboldened those within her own party who want a “softer” Brexit which makes a less-sharp break with the EU.Eight of 27 bills outlined in the speech deal with the complex process of Brexit. May omitted several policies touted in the Conservative election campaign, including plans to change funding for the care of older people, which opponents dubbed the “dementia tax.” Also missing was ending free school lunches and limiting winter fuel payments to low-income elderly.Nor was there a mention of President Donald Trump’s a state visit. May’s invitation, extended with days of Trump taking office, had been sharply criticized by all parties.May’s Downing Street office said nothing had changed: an invitation had been extended and accepted. It was not mentioned in the speech was because no date had been set, May’s office said.Tempted a big lead over the opposition Labour party in opinion polls, May had called the snap election expecting an overwhelming victory that would silence dissenters and give her a mandate to push ahead with plans to leave the European Customs Union and drastically limit immigration as Britain leaves the EU. Instead, she lost seats and still hasn’t secured a deal with another party to insure Parliament will back the government’s agenda.“The election result was not the one I hoped for, but this government will respond with humility and resolve to the message the electorate sent,” May said in a statement. “We will work hard every day to gain the trust and confidence of the British people, making their priorities our priorities.”Signalling the importance of Brexit negotiations with the EU, set to continue until the spring of 2019, the speech set out the government’s program for two years, rather than one.The prime minister, who had campaigned with the slogan “Brexit means Brexit,” softened her tone in comments released ahead of the speech.“First, we need to get Brexit right,” she said. “That means getting a deal which delivers the result of last year’s referendum and does so in a way that commands maximum public support.”Even before news of Prince Philip’s illness, the government had announced that the speech would be delivered with less pageantry than normal a result of the timing of the snap election. For instance, the queen arrived at Parliament in a car, rather than a horse-drawn carriage, and delivered the speech in everyday dress, instead of the traditional royal robes.The primary issue was scheduling. The state opening took place only days after another huge annual event, Trooping the Color, a celebration of the queen’s birthday. Both ceremonies take weeks of preparation and planning, and it was deemed too difficult to prepare for two such events so close together. by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2017 3:17 am MDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2017 at 8:33 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen’s Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on June 21, 2017. Queen Elizabeth II will formally open parliament and announce the British government’s legislative programme on Wednesday, two days later than planned. The state opening, a ceremony full of pomp in which the monarch reads out the Queen’s Speech detailing the government’s programme for the coming year, was due to take place on June 19, but was delayed after Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative party lost their majority in the House of Commons in the June 8 election. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Carl Court (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images) read more

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The new report, Essential Nutrition Actions: mainstreaming nutrition throughout the life course, stresses the role of primary health care as the foundation of universal health coverage.In order to achieve coverage for all, “nutrition should be positioned as one of the cornerstones of essential health packages”, Dr. Naoko Yamamoto, Assistant Director-General at WHO said, echoing the report’s key message.“We also need better food environments which allow all people to consume healthy diets,” he added.In addition to helping countries achieve health care for all, stepping up nutrition actions could help boost economies, “with every $1 spent by donors on basic nutrition programmes, returning $16 to the local economy”, WHO said in a statement.Meanwhile obesity levels continue to rise, jumping from 4.8 to 5.9 percent, for children between 1990 and 2018; an increase of nine million. When adults are accounted for, 13 per cent of the world’s population are considered obese, with numbers rising in nearly every country and region.Health issues stemming from poor nourishment have seen improvements in some respects, with a global decline in stunting, for example, between 1990 and 2018 from 39.2 to 21.9 per cent, in children under-five.Intervention means health packages “need to contain robust nutrition components but countries will need to decide which interventions best support their national health policies, strategies and plans,” said the UN health agency.,The guide aims to address the “double burden” of treating people who are underweight and overweight, and provide countries with a roadmap for better interventions.On 23 September, alongside the Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit, a high-level meeting is set to take place on the topic of Universal Health Coverage (UHC),In the lead-up to the General Assembly high-level week, WHO and partners will publish the latest version of the Global Monitoring Report on UHC, following global leaders’ 2015 pledge to achieving health for all by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.,Some key report findings:  Approximately 45 per cent of mortality in children under-five is linked to malnutrition. Breastfeeding with complimentary feeding, could reduce mortality among the under-fives by 19 per cent. Limiting salt intake to the recommended level of less than five grams daily, could prevent 1.7 million deaths per year alone. read more

24 09 19

first_imgInnovations in iron ore (different approaches to mine development and new technologies) is one of the key articles in IM’s September issue (currently at the printer). Hot news, too late to include, is the potential of the new integrated Oakajee port and rail infrastructure project to be maximised through a new governance framework, proposed by OPR Chief Executive Officer Chris Eves at the Mid-West Resources Forum in Geraldton today.  Eves said bottlenecks and scheduling issues at other Australian export terminals, such as Dalrymple Bay in Queensland, highlighted the need for co-ordinated management of all parts of the mid-west transport supply chain. “The performance of the supply chain – the interaction of mining, rail and port operations – will be a major factor in maximising the value of extraction and sale of export iron ore from the region, of creating efficiencies as well as creating new value – and we believe our integrated solution provides the best opportunity to bring all elements together to deliver that,” Eves said. “Coordination and cooperation are driving principles of our port and rail project.“We plan to put together a Mid-West Logistics Association, comprising all iron ore producers and infrastructure service providers, to plan and manage the co-ordination of delivery of product from mine to customers.” Eves said the Mid-West Logistics Association could also provide a forum for long-term planning for any expansion of infrastructure and monitoring of the efficiency and value of the supply chain. “Oakajee has been more than a decade in the making. Now that we’ve moving forward with this important project, we want to make sure we deliver the best outcome for the industry and the region as a whole.” Eves said once the State Government declared the rail route, OPR would move ahead with the development of its rail network to deliver a timely transport route for local miners. “Our commitment to certainty and timeliness are aligned with the commercial imperatives of our customers and we look forward to delivering an integrated, coordinated transport solution to unlock the value of the mid-west.”Eves said the Association would also be a forum for consultation and coordination. “Our focus now is to finalise the project parameters and the rail route with the State Government later this year, as well as engaging local stakeholders and potential clients for the earliest possible start-up of the new integrated transport solution.”last_img read more

22 09 19

first_img“It is tough and I have said this before, when you are trying to change a culture, a mind-set,” he said. “Although, Kildare have fantastic footballers and a fantastic football tradition, results will prove otherwise with regards to inter-county structure.“Apart from two years, they have not competed for an All-Ireland since 1928 and they have only two Leinster titles in the last 40/50 years. You are fighting against that but you have a group of players who are well capable of doing that. I am hoping that I will be part of that but it may not be but they are going to do it soon enough.“Even in terms of preparing a team, it is no coincidence that over the last 20 or 30 years that it is the bigger counties that are the ones that come to the forefront. They have the bigger pick, they have more money and you are not allowed to mention those things because that is the nature of sport. You look at last weekend showed that with Wigan and Man City, you always have a chance and that is what keeps us all coming back.”Kerry, Waterford and Tipperary ring changes before Munster MFC semi-finalsBanner boss Micko says it’ll be a Cork v Kerry battle in Munster final KILDARE FOOTBALL BOSS Kieran McGeeney says he never seriously considered walking away from the job after last year’s All-Ireland SFC disappointment.The Armagh icon takes charge of the Lilywhites with a Leinster title again the benchmark this season.“I suppose my own personality is that I don’t tend to walk away from things,” McGeeney told reporters this week when asked about his feeling’s in the wake of the championship defeat to Cork in the last eight. “I think Kildare have reached a level of consistency now that they never had.“We’ve struggled in some of the big games and that could be down to me, you do look at these things. But the players wanted me back and I said ‘fair enough’. So I just went and had a look at different things, decided to change a few things about. We were able to do that in terms of the players. I’d been watching a lot of these players coming through over the last couple of years and I was keen to give them a chance and it’s worked out to date.”And the former All-Ireland winning skipper with the Orchard says a provincial crown is the target but he reckons it’ll take a major effort.last_img read more

21 09 19

first_imgThen I can say thank you to them honestly and humbly and recognise that the remarkable journey that Martin McGuinness went on has not only saved lives, but has also made the lives of countless people better in Northern Ireland because of the partnership government that we worked in and put together. I think it’s incredibly important to say that, and it’s important that I say it.Martin McGuinness retired from politics yesterday evening due to health reasons. He will not stand for Sinn Féin in the snap election due to take place on 2 March.‘A huge figure’This morning former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern likewise paid a glowing tribute to McGuinness, who he had dealt with intensely during the Northern Irish peace process negotiations of the mid-to-late 1990s.Speaking to Cathal Mac Coille on RTE’s Morning Ireland, Ahern said McGuinness was a “huge figure in moving from the Troubles to what is now a very peaceful time in Northern Ireland”.“No doubt he was a hard man, if 10% of the stories are true, but as a negotiator, he believed in his cause, but he was also courteous, you could have some fun with him,” he said.He was a person you could talk to on very many fronts. I hope to do that again, I hope he makes a full recovery, he’s a very good personality.The former Taoiseach described McGuinness as a man “with loads of interests”.“His big hobby is fly fishing which surprised many people and particularly the British government,” he said.When discussing Ian Paisley Jr’s tribute, Ahern said “Ian Paisley genuinely believed he (McGuinness) was a good person who had moved his position from where he was, and that’s a great tribute to Martin”.Once we had agreed on the Good Friday Agreement, and then the St Andrews Agreement, there was no-one more passionate in seeing it through. As far as he was concerned once you had agreed, then you had agreed.Read: Who do Sinn Féin have lined up to fill Martin McGuinness’ shoes?Read: Three killed and 20 more injured after car drives into pedestrians in Melbourne Short URL 83 Comments 48,739 Views The second thing I want to say is ‘thank you’, and I think it’s important to reflect on the fact that we would not be where we are in Northern Ireland in terms of having stability, peace and the opportunity to rebuild our country if it hadn’t have been for the work that he put in, especially with my father, at the beginning of this long journey.Paisley Jr, who currently occupies his father’s former seat at the UK Parliament in Westminster, has in his time been one of the most stridently outspoken of unionists, making his conciliatory comments all the more remarkable.His statement reflects the remarkable turnaround in relations between his father and McGuinness, who became renowned for the closeness of their relationship when acting as First Minister and Deputy First Minister between 2007 and 2008, a situation that could barely have been comprehended during the darkest days of Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’.In commending McGuinness, he suggested that some of the spirit of co-operation demonstrated by Paisley’s father  and the Sinn Féin politician 10 years ago would be quite welcome in Northern Ireland today.“Perhaps if we got back to some of that foundation work of building a proper relationship and recognising what partnership actually means we can get out of the mess that we are currently in,” he said.I do not believe it is necessary for Ian Paisley, or any unionist, to qualify every comment with the fact that (a) I’m a Protestant so I think something different to the Catholic beside me, and (b) I’m a unionist and a loyalist so I think something different to the nationalist and the republican sitting beside me, can we please get over that. https://jrnl.ie/3195631 Share1934 Tweet Email3 Everyone else out there has gotten over it. I think the sooner we do that, then me saying thank you to someone I am diametrically opposed to (will be fine). Jan 20th 2017, 9:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Martin McGuinness receives heartfelt tributes from Bertie Ahern and… Ian Paisley Jr The former First Minister’s son said that by his cooperative actions with the DUP McGuinness had doubtless “saved lives” and “made countless lives better”. Friday 20 Jan 2017, 9:30 AM By Cianan Brennan Ian Paisley Jr Source: Screengrab/BBCUpdated 9.30amRETIRING DEPUTY FIRST Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness has received a heartfelt tribute from something of an unlikely source – Ian Paisley Jr.Speaking on BBC’s The View, the DUP MP for North Antrim said he wanted to “wish Martin McGuinness well in his retirement”.“I hope he has time to enjoy his retirement with his wife and family.”last_img read more

20 09 19

first_img Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantGoogle Defends Letting Humans Listen to Virtual Assistant Queries The BBC has launched its first original interactive audio drama for smart speakers.“The Inspection Chamber” takes Amazon Alexa and Google Home owners on a sci-fi comedy adventure, in the vein of Douglas Adams and Franz Kafka.First teased in September, the project is now available to Alexa users; visit Taster, home of new ideas from the BBC, to dive into the reciprocative tale, where you’ll meet a computer named Dave.Your answers do influence the plot, which has multiple possible endings, as reported by CNET. So it’s worth taking a few trips through “The Inspection Chamber,” offering varied responses each time, to see where the story leads you.“We’re calling it ‘conversational radio’ until we come up with something better,” producer Henry Cooke said in a statement.Like the Choose Your Own Adventure books of your (Would you like to go down the stairs or through the door?), this interactive experience requires listeners to help craft the narrative. But this time there’s no frantic page flipping or self-doubt.“In this pilot, you’re actively playing a part in the story, using your own voice,” the BBC said in a September announcement. “We wanted to make it feel like you’re having a genuine, direct interaction with the other characters in the piece.”Which it accomplished in collaboration with production partner Rosina Sound. Together, Rosina Sound and BBC R&D built a complex, long-running story using two proprietary tools—a graphical story editor and a story server.“We know that people like listening to non-interactive radio on these devices. … We also know that people like interacting with a story,” Cooke said. “What we don’t know is if these two things come together in the kinds of contexts in which people use voice devices.”Initially compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, the story engine may eventually reach other smart devices, like Microsoft and Harman/Kardon’s Invoke speaker or Apple’s HomePod.“As far as we know, there aren’t many people developing cross-platform voice experiences in this way,” the Beeb said.“As a first attempt at a decent interactive audio piece for voice devices … I think it’s pretty good,” Cooke added. “And hopefully paves the way for more experiments.” Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

14 09 19

first_imgThe new Dwell.com will let users annotate content with information about sourcing, products and designers. Though user-generated content is at the heart of the new project, O’Connor Abrams says that Dwell editors will keep a curatorial hand, making sure that the website reflects the community drawn in by the modern tastes of the magazine. Structural changes began in 2013, when the San Francisco and New York-based magazine started taking on independent investors. Prior to that, Dwell was funded by creator Lara Deam and a family partnership. One such investor is Dave Morin, a former Facebook employee and co-founder of the social network Path, who joined the project in 2015. The company credits Morin with providing both financial and intellectual capital to the project. “We want them to use this as a great destination for their brand. The advertising and sponsorship piece comes from our ability to amplify all of that content and their messaging,” O’Connor Abrams tells Folio:. A forward-thinking company in an ever-changing industry, Dwell is trying something new. The 15-year-old brand, known for its thick paper stock and sophisticated display of aspirational housing design, will launch its new website on August 3. But don’t expect a digital magazine.  Not only is Dwell investing in new technology, it’s investing in talent. The company has also expanded staffing. Dwell currently has 63 employees. Around one-third of them are engineers and product people, and most of that third started in the last year. The New York-based editorial, marketing and creative teams will maintain a dual role, working on both the print magazine and the new website. “It’s not about having a machine or algorithm that helps you discover new products. We’ve been focusing on giving the editorial team really great tools. And while we’re engineers and we believe in algorithms as well, we believe that those two should work together,” Gaza says. The print magazine will also undergo a redesign to become what O’Connor Abrams calls “a very meaningful companion to everybody on this platform.” “Having access to somebody like Dave has made all the difference in the world,” O’Connor Abrams says. Since the site has only been in public beta since June, it’s too early to say how much of the Dwell audience will sign up, but O’Connor Abrams expects to have 1 million users by next year. The current Dwell.com receives 1.2 million unique views monthly. The print edition has a distribution of 325,000, and, according to O’Connor Abrams, 1.1 million readers with pass along.center_img With Gaza came four more engineers whom he worked with on other projects. Today, he has a dedicated staff of 20. Though he’s been at Dwell for a year, Gaza says a full six months of that was committed to project planning and hiring. Just as there’s money in tech, good tech comes at a price. O’Connor Abrams says the project will cost Dwell millions of dollars, though the final number is to be determined. Bobby Gaza joined Dwell as chief technology officer in summer 2015. Previously, Gaza was SVP of engineering at Beats Music, a music streaming service that was acquired by Apple in 2014. Before that, he worked at Thismoment and Yahoo. “We know with the Dwell community that they are eager to connect with each other, to learn and share ideas and inspirations…to interact meaningfully with trade professionals,” O’Connor Abrams says. “And that had not been done. Certainly it had not been done in the world of design.” “You really have to start strong,” Gaza tells Folio:. “There’s so much to do, and so much engineering work, that you have to be lockstep with each other. I see a lot of technical talent but really it’s about the people and if you can sit and work together for 16 hours a day.” The website itself resembles existing social media channels — especially Pinterest — an ode to how far away from the digital magazine Dwell has ventured. Dwell.com will soon be a dedicated “collaborative platform” — an interactive and social space where readers, design professionals and brands all post stories, photos and annotations. A more “democratic” version of Dwell, says Michela O’Connor Abrams, president of Dwell. “This wasn’t trying to come up with a better widget or a better CMS, which is what most media companies had done,” O’Connor Abrams tells Folio:. “It was fundamentally changing the structure of the business and making this new technology platform the foundation of the future of the company.” While launching a new tech platform is always ambitious, Gaza says that Dwell has the advantage of its strong editorial and curatorial voice, as well as an existing audience. The new Dwell.com will also be free of banner-ads. While much of the site’s content will be branded, brands can sign up and post for free. Dwell will sell engagement through promotions and endorsements, but brands are expected to curate and tend to their own presence on the site. A premium membership will be available for small to mid-sized brands that can’t devote personnel to such campaigns.last_img read more