Kolkata: Metro Railway has installed two convex mirrors at the driving motorman’s end on both Up and Down platforms at Park Street Metro station on Wednesday.After the incident of a passenger’s death due to a rake moving with his hand stuck between the doors, Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) had instructed the Metro Railway authorities to install convex mirrors at the driving motorman’s end at both platforms in all stations, as soon as possible. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to Metro Railway authorities, after the instruction by CRS they took up the matter and the first set of such mirrors has been installed at Park Street Metro station, where the accident happened a few weeks ago. These mirrors will help the driving motorman to observe any irregularities happening in the platform while closing the Metro rake doors. Though the convex mirrors have been installed at the driving motorman’s end, conducting motormans have been instructed to personally observe the boarding of passengers in the last four coaches from his cab, as the driving motorman can see the first four compartments clearly. Metro Railway authorities also informed that similar convex mirrors will be installed in all 24 Metro stations within one month as instructed by the CRS.
NAKUSP, B.C. – Thousands were without electricity in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley on Friday after freezing rain and a buildup of ice brought down trees and power lines.Travel advisories were posted for the entire Coquihalla Highway and heavy snow was also forecast for Highway 97C between Merritt and Kelowna. Environment Canada called for as much as 25 centimetres of snow in mountain passes before Saturday.The Fraser Valley was one of the hardest hit areas after freezing rain fell on Thursday night.The freezing rain continued through Friday. BC Hydro said Abbotsford and Mission were the worst hit areas with more than 40,000 customers without power.It said additional crews were being brought in from other areas but icy conditions hampered access to the affected regions.The ice also resulted in dangerous driving conditions and prompted some road closures, Abbotsford police said on Twitter.An extreme cold alert remained in effect for Yoho and Kootenay parks, the Peace River region, North Coast and the South Klondike Highway, where Environment Canada says temperatures will feel as low as -45 C with the wind chill.Police said the body a 10-year-old boy from British Columbia was found Thursday after the vehicle he was in crashed and sank into Arrow Lake in southeastern B.C.The crash was one of many on southern B.C. highways since Wednesday when storms began bringing snow, freezing rain and extreme cold to the southern Interior and some northern regions.The boy had been missing since Wednesday when the vehicle veered off Highway 23 in snowy and icy conditions.The 37-year-old driver and an 11-year-old girl were able to get out before the car sank and were treated for minor injuries.Sgt. Monty Taylor with the Kootenay Boundary Regional District RCMP said the cause of the crash is under investigation and the coroner is also investigating.The name of the boy will not be released.“This is a tragic end to a family’s holiday season, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and their extended network of family and friends,” Taylor said in a news release.
RED DEER, Alta. – An Alberta man convicted of criminal harassment for his involvement in a Creep Catchers sting has been fined $1,500 and must spend a year on probation.Carl Young, 38, also known as Karl Murphy, was convicted last month for his involvement in an incident where he lured a man to a meeting on Nov. 23, 2016, in Lacombe, Alta., and accused him of illegal acts with minors.The man immediately denied he’d done anything wrong, and Young posted a video of the encounter online the next day.Court heard during Young’s trial that he and the man had been communicating through the online app Grindr, where Young posed as a teenage boy and claimed to be 18 before later saying he was 15.They arranged to meet, but the man testified he planned to watch a movie with the teen and that he has a learning disability that makes it difficult for him to pick up on social cues.In addition to the probation and fine, Justice Darrell Reimer imposed conditions that ban Young from having or using any electronic device capable of sending or receiving messages, unless needed for a job or as permitted by his probation officer.Creep Catchers are private citizens who post videos online to expose people they believe are seeking out minors for sexual activity.Defence lawyer Maurice Collard had argued that the fine alone would be sufficient punishment for Young, saying last month that his client’s motivation, while framed as vigilantism, was to protect other people from exploitation.Young now lives in British Columbia.(RD News Now)in Red Deer Provincial Court
CALGARY – Executives from the biggest oilsands companies in Canada say concerns about getting their products to market are starting to ease in the wake of the regulatory approval of Enbridge Inc.’s $9-billion Line 3 pipeline replacement project.The project to add about 375,000 barrels per day of export capacity into the United States cleared its last major regulatory hurdle at the end of June when it was conditionally endorsed by Minnesota state officials.Executives from Suncor Energy Inc., Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Imperial Oil Ltd., Husky Energy Inc. and Cenovus Energy Inc. say the decision, especially when combined with a deal by the federal government to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and its expansion project for $4.5 billion, could allow them to consider expansion projects again.However, they said while taking part in a panel at the TD Securities Calgary Energy Conference that such decisions also hinge on federal and provincial regulatory and tax certainty.Husky CEO Rob Peabody says the company expects to grow its overall oil and gas production by about five per cent per year going forward, adding it has excess pipeline capacity now but it will need more room for its growing Western Canada production by about 2023.Suncor chief operating officer Mark Little says his company has sufficient contracted pipeline space as production ramps up at its recently completed 194,000-barrel-per-day Fort Hills oilsands project, but it will hold off on adding major production projects until it’s satisfied that all market access, regulatory and fiscal issues are more clearly understood.
KATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local):10:50 a.m.Five international banks are pledging to use the billions at their disposal to steer clients away from businesses that emit large amounts of greenhouse gases.The banks, led by ING of the Netherlands, announced the plan Tuesday on the sidelines of the U.N. climate summit in Poland.The Katowice Commitment, named after the city hosting the two-week summit, is also backed by BBVA, Standard Chartered, BNP Paribas and Societe Generale.The banks, with a combined loan book of over 2.4 trillion euros ($2.72 trillion), say they want to support the Paris accord on curbing climate change.Measures include developing tools to ensure lending is aligned with emissions-reduction goals and financing low-emissions technologies.The banks say they won’t exclude any clients but instead “work with them on their transition.”___10:05 a.m.Negotiators gathered for the U.N. climate talks in Poland are getting down to the nitty-gritty part of the two-week meeting.Diplomats from almost 200 countries began holding a series of technical talks Tuesday aimed at finalizing the rules that define the 2015 Paris accord on curbing global warming.Decisions on crunch issues are expected to be left to ministers when they return to the southern Polish city of Katowice next week.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a dramatic appeal to governments Monday to confront the threat of unchecked climate change.Scientists say manmade emissions of greenhouses gases must be reduced to net zero by 2050 to stop catastrophic warming this century.____Read more stories on climate issues by The Associated Press at https://www.apnews.com/ClimateThe Associated Press
“We all believe that the multilateral disarmament machinery should deliver more, and more quickly. Only the political will of Member States can make that happen,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level meeting on revitalizing the work of the Conference on Disarmament.The meeting, held on the margins of the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly, also addressed how to advance multilateral disarmament negotiations. Mr. Ban recalled recent progress on the issue, including initiatives at both multilateral and bilateral levels such as the new Treaty on the Limitation and Reduction of Strategic Offensive Arms, or START, signed by the United States and Russia. “We have built important momentum. This is hard-won momentum and we should build on recent achievements,” he said. “Yet much remains to be done – both on weapons of mass destruction and conventional weaponry,” he added. “The next few years are critical. We can push forward on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament or risk sliding back.” In particular, the Secretary-General called for advancing progress within the Conference on Disarmament, which he termed “the undisputed home of international arms control efforts.”Despite adopting its first programme of work in over a decade last year, the Geneva-based Conference – the world’s sole multilateral disarmament negotiating forum – has been unable to translate this breakthrough into substantive progress. General Assembly President Joseph Deiss noted that for the UN to fulfil its role in disarmament and related issues, reinforcing and reinvigorating the UN disarmament machinery is essential. A vital aspect of this is to address the current deadlock faced by the Conference on Disarmament.“Being the world’s single disarmament negotiating body, the CD should be able to overcome its current stalemate,” he told the meeting.Noting that the body’s programme of work deals with different aspects of the disarmament and non-proliferation agenda, which should be addressed in an integrated approach, Mr. Deiss said that selectively choosing one or another item will undermine the delicate political balance achieved so far. “It is my hope that the political support that we all lend to the Conference on Disarmament here today, as well as possible concrete proposals on its revitalization, can unfold into real steps towards the achievement of our common objective of establishing a world free of nuclear weapons,” said the President.Highlighting some of the key elements of the meeting, Mr. Ban noted broad concern about the current status of the UN disarmament machinery, as well as broad agreement on the need to immediately start negotiations on a non-discriminatory, multilateral and internationally verifiable treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons and other nuclear explosive devices.There were also “constructive” discussions on how to improve the effectiveness of the disarmament machinery, including the Conference on Disarmament. “I think the current stagnation in multilateral negotiations is understood to be due not just to a lack of political will, but also to deficiencies in the disarmament machinery,” the Secretary-General said in his closing remarks, adding that a number of speakers called for a comprehensive assessment of the functioning of the machinery, including institutional issues such as mandates, membership, agendas and rules of procedures. Mr. Ban said he will ask his Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters to undertake a thorough review of the issues raised at today’s meeting, with a special focus on the functioning of the Conference on Disarmament.According to a summary of the discussion, participants reiterated that the only guarantee of avoiding the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is their elimination. Several expressed concern that, should the current stalemate in the Conference on Disarmament continue, that body’s relevance would be called into question and Member States could resort to an alternate multilateral process. 24 September 2010Top United Nations officials today urged countries to build on recent achievements in the field of disarmament and to step up efforts to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction.
The Attorney General (AG) has instructed Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara to investigate and submit a report on the recent statement made by former State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran.Maheswaran had recently said that the LTTE needs to be back in order to ensure incidents like that of the recent murder of a child in Jaffna does not take place. The Government and the opposition condemned the statement made by the State Minister.Maheswaran had later resigned from her post. (Colombo Gazette)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he wants to move the nation’s most populous state away from hydraulic fracturing, a day after he fired the state’s top oil and gas regulator for issuing twice as many fracking permits this year compared to last.“I don’t think anyone that was paying attention, including the individual that’s no longer there, is unaware of my position on fracking,” Newsom told reporters. “I’ve been very explicit about it. The fact that they did not exercise consistency with that is one of the reasons he’s not there.”He fired state Oil and Gas Supervisor Ken Harris following reports the state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources had doubled the fracking permits it issued in the first half of 2019, and that senior officials at the division held stocks in oil companies they were responsible for regulating.Newsom said he doesn’t have the authority to put a moratorium on fracking, but that he wants to transition the state away from its use and, more broadly, reliance on oil and gas. Several environmental groups disputed his claim that he can’t ban fracking himself and noted the Legislature can ban it.“The governor definitely has the power to instruct the agency to ban fracking, to stop issuing permits for new wells, to stop the expansion of the industry and to protect public health,” said Kassie Siegel, director and senior counsel of the Climate Law Institute at the Center for Biological Diversity.Beyond increasing permits for fracking, the process of extracting oil and natural gas from rock, records show the number of permits for drilling new wells has increased. The advocacy organizations Consumer Watchdog and FracTracker Alliance found of the 2,365 oil well permits issued this year, 45% benefited oil companies in which division officials owned stock.Newsom suggested the division has rapidly increased permits because the industry knows he wants to crack down on oil and gas production. He conceded that the division appears to have followed the law in issuing the permits.“I suspect, and it’s speculative, that the reason there were so many permits signed is they knew exactly what was coming,” he said.Newsom noted his budget includes a study of “strategies to decrease the demand and supply of fossil fuels.”While environmental groups said Newsom could do more, they praised him for taking swift action to remove Harris and investigate the alleged conflicts.“The power is there, the problem is: Is the will there?” said Kathryn Phillips, head of the Sierra Club California. “We are seeing an expression of the will to solve this problem by the Newsom administration.”Phillips contrasted Newsom to his predecessor, fellow Democrat Jerry Brown, who was criticized for failing to ban fracking or oil drilling. Brown, who made climate change his signature effort, argued the state needed to tackle demand before moving on to supply.Republicans argued Newsom’s firing of Harris was rash.“He is allowing trial lawyers and radical environmentalists to run roughshod over an industry that employs more than 300,000 people in this state and is integral to the Central Valley economy,” said Republican Senate Leader Shannon Grove of Bakersfield.Newsom’s office did not immediately provide specifics about what communications he has had with the oil and gas division regarding fracking and permit issuance. Spokespeople for the Department of Conservation did not respond to emails seeking comment. Harris also did not respond to an email seeking comment.California is widely known for its strict environmental regulations and efforts to curb fossil fuel emissions and the state’s oil production has been steadily declining and is half of what it was 30 years ago.But it was still ranked the seventh-largest producer of crude oil in the country in March. Most of the state’s oil comes from inland areas around Bakersfield and more than 10% comes from Los Angeles County.The oil industry remains influential; legislation to limit new oil and gas production around homes and schools faltered in the Assembly this year.“With a Democratic governor and Democratic supermajorities, the progressive environmental movement is strong enough to overcome some, but not all, of big oil’s opposition,” Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, a Democrat from Torrance who authored that bill, recently said.Kathleen Ronayne And Andrew Oxford, The Associated Press
“You in civil society must show that you are ready to work in partnership for change, rather than remain aloof through the politics of confrontation,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message to the World Social Forum, an annual conference that looks at ways to counteract the negative affects of globalization and which is held at the same time as the World Economic Forum.”The way forward lies in finding constructive solutions together,” said Mr. Annan, whose message was delivered on his behalf in Porto Alegre by Jose Antonio Ocampo, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).The Secretary-General said that two upcoming UN meetings – the International Conference on Financing for Development in March and the World Summit for Sustainable Development in August – were opportunities in which civil society could engage government and business and contribute ideas for mobilizing desperately needed funding for development programmes, dealing with extreme poverty, making trade more balanced and ensuring that economies and societies were “on more durable footing” for the future. “On all these challenges, the United Nations will depend increasingly on the constructive engagement of civil society,” Mr. Annan said. “Our ability to improve the lives of the men and women of this planet will depend on the ability of all sectors of society to move beyond ideology, and work together in the search for pragmatic solutions.”The Secretary-General told the participants of the Porto Alegre conference that in his address today to the World Economic Forum in New York he intended to stress that the UN’s one guiding motto in the 21st century “is to put people at the centre of everything we do.”Echoing some of these thoughts, Mary Robinson, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in an appeal issued earlier in Porto Alegre that it was within the global community’s power to ensure that globalization became a positive force for all the world’s people and that an ethical globalization was its best hope for building bridges of respect and understanding between people of different cultures, traditions and walks of life.”Globalization as an economic process must be subject to the moral and ethical imperatives to which the international human rights instruments give legal expression,” Mrs. Robinson said. “Human rights are more than just good ideas or distant goals. Human rights provide a rigorous framework to empower people from around the world to harness the energies of the global movement and shape a new globalisation that benefits all people.”
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a statement from its headquarters in Geneva saying it was coordinating contingency plans with Haiti’s neighbours in case there is a large outflow of refugees.Hope Hanlan, the UNHCR’s Director for the Americas, cited the 1951 Refugee Convention in calling on governments in the region to respond humanely to any Haitians seeking asylum because of the current turmoil.”Obviously, not everyone who leaves a country is a refugee,” Ms. Hanlan said, “but those who are forced to flee must have access to international protection.”Since the recent outbreak of political violence began in Haiti, the UNHCR has reported 30 people have sought asylum in Cuba, 62 in Jamaica, and up to 300 in the Dominican Republic.The agency has already boosted its staff presence in the Dominican Republic in anticipation of the arrival of more asylum-seekers, while discussing its contingency plans with Cuba, Jamaica and the United States.
Gaz Metro’s Valener second-quarter profits rise on Vermont acquisition AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 13, 2013 8:06 am MDT MONTREAL – Gaz Metro’s publicly traded affiliate, Valener Inc., beat expectations as it benefited from the contribution of a Vermont acquisitions and favourable weather conditions.The Montreal-based energy company earned $25.1 million in the second quarter, up nearly 16 per cent from $21.7 million a year earlier.Net income in the three months ended March 31 included $24 million attributable to common shareholders after excluding non-recurring items.That amounted to 64 cents per common share, an increase from 58 cents per share a year earlier.The results beat analyst forecasts for 58 cents per share.Valener’s results included $7.2 million, 14 cents per share, contribution from the Central Vermont Public Service, acquired last June.It also benefited from the favourable impact of weather on natural gas deliveries and a $2.6 million increase in Quebec distribution activities due to timing issues that are expected to reverse later in the year.“Valener’s shareholders continue to benefit from the strength of Gaz Metro’s energy distribution activities in Vermont,” stated Valener chairman Pierre Monahan.Analysts were expecting five cents per share from Vermont, said Pierre Lacroix of Desjardins Capital Markets.“While Valener’s solid earnings may have a positive implication for the shares in the near term, we believe the quarterly results have a neutral impact on the story in a broader context as we will see some of the gains reversing in the coming quarters and as the outlook remains generally unchanged,” he wrote in a report.Valener’s (TSX: VNR), main asset is a stake in Gaz Metro Limited Partnership, which owns Quebec’s largest natural gas distributor. Gaz Metro also distributes electricity and natural gas in the state of Vermont.Valener said it expects to maintain its dividend at 25 cents per common share for each quarter of fiscal 2013.Excluding non-recurring items, net income attributable to the partners of Gaz Metro totalled $115.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, up from $106.6 million for the same quarter last year.Valener resumed construction in February of the Quebec Seigneurie de Beaupre wind farm it is building with Boralex Inc. (TSX:BLX).They are investing $750 million to install about 272 megawatts of green energy that will be operational by Dec. 1.Another 68 MW of power will expected to come on line a year later following a $190 million investment.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Valener’s shares gained seven cents at $16.17 in Monday morning trading.
The country has seen a wave of vigilante killings since the election of its new president Rodrigo Duterte, who advocates an extreme crackdown on drugs and crime.He has been accused of encouraging the deaths of more than 2,000 people in drug-related vigilante killings since he came to power. Police in Manila’s Quezon district were reported in local media last week as saying that Miss Moynihan had not been on a drug watch list but that her death was nevertheless considered to be drugs-related.Miss Moynihan’s father was one of the most colourful but notorious aristocrats of his age. 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. We as a family have one priority and truth at this point in time and that is to protect her children from further pain and sufferingMaritoni Fernandez His Daily Telegraph obituary, following his death in 1991, described him as a “bongo-drummer, confidence trickster, brothel-keeper, drug-smuggler and police informer”.He was named in his absence at an Old Bailey trial as “the evil genius” behind a series of frauds, the judge describing it as “a case of Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark”.Maritoni Fernandez said in a statement published in Filipino media: “In the early hours of September 10th, we lost my sister Aurora Moynihan.“We as a family have one priority and truth at this point in time and that is to protect her children from further pain and suffering so that they, and we as a family may take this time to grieve, mourn but most of all celebrate the life of this exceptional human being I will forever have the privilege of calling my sister,” she said.“Thank you for your understanding.” The daughter of the notorious runaway peer, the 3rd Lord Moynihan has been shot dead in the Philippines amid the country’s increasingly bloody war on drugs.A body found dumped in a Manila street last weekend was identified as that of Aurora Moynihan, the daughter of the playboy baron Tony Moynihan, who fled to the Philippines in late 1960s facing a string of fraud allegations in the UK.Police said the 45-year-old, whose sister Maritoni Fernandez is a well-known actress, was found with sachets of drugs and next to a cardboard sign reading “drug pusher to the celebrities you are next.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Incentives…January 24, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Straight talk…May 23, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Just a gyaff…September 20, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …and defending itAppearing before the bi-partisan Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Natural Resources, an Exxon management team, headed by its country director, became quite offended when asked by one PPP member to comment on perceptions that the oil giant might be financing local politicians. “Hogwash!” he exploded. Now you, dear readers, would know your Eyewitness is a die-hard free enterprise partisan.So he doesn’t have much patience with those who thought the Exxon fella was rude!! Hey…do free enterprise proponents have to take brickbats and even flagellate themselves?? Lobbying politicians to look out for your company’s interest is as American as apple pie!! The old crass days of funding political campaigns are over and in fact, only a couple of months ago, an article in the ultra liberal New York Times, described how modern businesses “make friends and influence politicians”.In fact, the article, “Charitable Giving by Corporations Is Also About Getting,” made the point that political contributions are neither politically correct nor legal and corporations has to find new ways to get their point across in a world where business is reflexively made to be the bad guys. Because they’re portrayed a cold, calculating cash registers, businesses fromExxon to Bill Gates Microsoft have decided that donating to charities is the way to go!In fact, both Gates and Exxon have spent billions to eradicate malaria in Africa. Mark Zukerberg has committed 90 per cent of Facebook’s profits to charitable causes. Politicians get votes by convincing voters they help improve their lives… and that they do this by taxing businesses to the max. But we know to our cost that these “tax and spend” governments – like the PNC’s – invariably direct their spending to their friends and cronies.Do we have to be reminded about the bottom-house warehouse in Albouystown? The wood ants stadium at D’Urban Park? At least the corporate donations go directly into areas that have been identified as needing assistance to help ordinary folks. Now, of course, this is a form of lobbying and is meant to earn goodwill among a constituency that has been indoctrinated to see business as “robber barons” and worse. Nowadays, the approach is enshrined as “Corporate Social Responsibility” (CSR)!!”.Now what is wrong with “ExxonMobil Foundation” donating US$10 million to Conservation International (CI) and UG to collaborate in initiatives such as the Guyana’s Green State Development Plan? It wasn’t done in secret, was it? CI now has to be even more vigilant about conservation matters where Exxon’s concerned so it doesn’t get panned!!ExxonMobil’s country director, upon the advice of the Committee’s chair, withdrew the “hogwash” categorisation of his company’s CSR.But our lawmakers have to get off their 19th premises!…or trade warWell, if politics is war by other means, then trade is definitely one of those “means”. It’s therefore not a coincidence that what was unleashed by Donald Trump against China is described as a “trade war”. The funny thing is, one of the lessons on waging war that’s come down the ages is, you try to minimise the number of fronts you have to fight on. If you’re trying to split the enemy forces, that’s one thing…but when you take on different armies you’re splitting your own!! Hitler fighting the Allies in the West and the Russians is the East was only the last in a long line of ignominious failures of this strategy.So it’s rather curious that Trump hasn’t only taken on China with this tariffs…but also some of his strongest allies such as Canada and the EU! We all know he wants to impress his rust-belt and farming voters…but the counter tariffs will soon start pinching all America.Why win the battle but lose the war?…and “Nancy story”Now if there ever was a “nancy story”, it’s the one by the City Constabulary and the private security council that they heard nothing during the FIVE HOURS it took to burn through the iron safe of Seepersaud Maraj at the Stabroek Market!!
FUNDING OF €4 million for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) which will deliver core services in education and health, to Palestinian refugees was announced today.The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore and and Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello pledged the funds after in a meeting with the UNRWA.€1 million of the annual contribution which is earmarked for UNRWA’s programme of activities in Lebanon.Ordinary PalestiniansThe Tánaiste said that he is “acutely aware” of the difficult humanitarian and economic situation affecting the lives of ordinary Palestinians.He said that political change and instability across the region and the ongoing crisis in Syria is causing even greater hardship to the people, adding, that “while only a political solution will provide real hope, Ireland is committed to helping alleviate the effects of this crisis”.Israeli-Palestinian conflictSpeaking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he said:Ireland will continue to actively support a lasting and peaceful political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as in the wider region. In particular we fully support the sterling efforts of Secretary of State Kerry and his team to bring the current negotiations to a successful agreement.In the meantime, the support being announced today will help UNRWA provide essential services in health and education to Palestinian refugees. Minister Costello that Ireland has long been a suporter of the work by the UNRWA, stating that during his visit to Gaza last year, he saw first hand the “impact of the agency’s tireless work to meet the basic needs of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East”.UNRWA operates one of the largest education systems in the Middle East, with over 700 schools providing education to nearly 500,000 pupils each day.Column: I’m supporting a boycott of Israeli academic institutions – here’s why>Read: TD raises plight of Palestinian refugees with Iranian government>
Over the last few years, Microsoft has co-opted many of the better innovations of Apple’s Mac OS X, making Windows 7 the most Mac-like Windows yet. It’s a trend that’s set to continue, as Microsoft is now working on a new feature for Windows 8 called History Vault that bares an eerie similarity to Apple’s own Time Machine functionality, first unveiled in OS X 10.5 Leopard.According to WinRumors, History Vault will allow Windows 8 users to backup files and data automatically using Windows’ baked-in Shadow Copies functionality. This backup feature would include the ability to restore your system to a specific time or date on the system, as well as allow users to select files and restore them from different timestamps.Obviously, this is functionality very similar to Time Machine, which in the next version of OS X codenamed Lion is set to be beefed up with new versioning functionality. On OS X, just plugging a USB hard drive into a Mac prompts users whether or not they want to turn it into an automatic Time Machine backup, allowing them to easily restore their most latest system changes in case of a hard drive failure. Presumably, Windows 8’s History Vault feature will function similarly. Unlike Apple, though, Microsoft doesn’t have a strong reason to introduce automated backups for any reason besides ticking off a box on a feature checklist. The reason Apple unveiled Time Machine was to solve the problem of customers becoming irate when their Mac’s hard drives were wiped when brought in for servicing at their local Apple Store’s Genius Bar. Microsoft doesn’t make its own hardware, and is therefore not on the hook for users’ lost data when their hardware fails. At least OEMs will be happy, though.Read more at WinRumors
I’ve spent an embarrassing amount of time scrolling through cheese plates on Pinterest. When I tried to recreate them at home, they were a Pinter-mess.So when Keri Buhman, the force of nature behind C’est La Vie French Cafe & Creperie and Soiree Supper Club in Hazel Dell, announced she was teaching a class called “Art of the Cheese Plate,” I signed up immediately.During the two-hour class, Buhman, who has a bubbly personality and the quick wit of a comedian, commanded the complete attention of all 17 students who sat around the long wooden table in the center of the space. It serves as a cafe during the week and a catering business and special-events venue on weekends.As we entered, we were offered coffee, tea or a mimosa. It was 11 a.m. on a Saturday, and the room was filled with people who love to indulge. Most of us chose a mimosa.Buhman started the class by having everyone tell the group their favorite cheese. Someone mentioned fried cheeseballs and the room filled with sighs. Buhman then gave us a brief but informative tutorial on various types of cheese. Flavor is affected by climate, the animal’s habits and what they eat, and how the cheese is made and aged.
What do you do when your refrigerator truck loaded with 45,000 pounds of valuable tuna rolls onto its side?You call in heavy equipment that can lift the tractor and trailer back onto their wheels — and keep the trailer’s refrigerator system running so the tuna stays fresh.No one wants 22 1/2 tons of spoiled fish.The accident happened about 10 a.m. Thursday as trucker Mark A. Siroshton was rolling east on Highway 18, a very busy route between the Oregon coast and Interstate 5.The 22-ton cold load of tuna in the trailer was bound for Seattle, and then to Japan, said Lt. Gregg Hastings with the Oregon State Police.Siroshton, 44, of Vancouver was making the turn onto Highway 99W northbound near McMinnville when the rig rolled onto its side, blocking the highway, according to an OSP bulletin.Siroshton was using a seat belt and was not reported injured, the bulletin said. He was driving for Aladdin Transportation, based in Portland.It took about six hours for workers to reopen the highway, the bulletin said. Workers were assisted by officials with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville and Dayton fire departments and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Billboard announced the first two performers for this year’s Jingle Ball, which includes former One Direction member Liam Payne and former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello. The rest of the lineup will be announced on Oct. 10.The annual touring musical bash will kick off in Dallas on Nov. 12 and will stop in 12 cities along the way, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C., among others.Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Oct. 16 via iHeartRadio’s website.Camila Cabello Talks Going Solo, Michael Jackson, Love & Poetry Jingle Ball 2017: Join Liam Payne, Camila Cabello liam-payne-camila-cabello-headline-2017-iheartradio-jingle-ball Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 20, 2017 – 3:14 pm Camila Cabello: Healing Pain Through Music Twitter Liam Payne, Camila Cabello To Headline 2017 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Email Former One Direction member and former Fifth Harmony member announced as first performers in iHeartRadio’s annual holiday extravaganza Renée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 5, 2017 – 11:13 am Deck the halls and crank the holiday tunes because the season is quickly approaching. What’s that? Too soon for holiday music, you say? Not if it’s the first announcement for the 2017 lineup of iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball extravaganza. News
2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition brings another birthday party to NYC Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V Tags Share your voice New York Auto Show 2019 Nissan In the US, the R35-generation Nissan GT-R has been on sale since 2008. And while it hasn’t been fully redesigned in all that time, the folks at Nissan have kept the GT-R fresh by continuously improving it every single year. The evolutionary trend carries forward at this year’s New York Auto Show, where Nissan is unveiling three new GT-Rs.2020 Nissan GT-R NismoLet’s start with the most improved Godzilla variant, the 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo. It’s working with the same 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 as before. That means it’s still spitting out 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels, but the updates for 2020 further leverage that grunt.The Nismo gets a new turbocharger design that’s been pulled straight from the GT-R GT3 race car, resulting in improved engine response. The six-speed, dual-clutch transmission now shifts quicker, too. Grippier Dunlop rubber will help make the most of the snappier power delivery. Nissan says the contact patch has been boosted by 11%.Once the Nismo is up to speed, it will enjoy greater downforce, thanks to new scalloped front fenders (also inspired by the GT3 racer), while new Brembo carbon ceramic brakes are ready to bring the beast back to rest.Nissan’s also put the top GT-R on a bit of a diet. Carbon-fiber body parts and lightweighting elsewhere have led to a near-70-pound weight loss. The Nismo should handle a little sharper, not only as a result of the weight reduction, but also because it gets some suspension tweaks intended to improve ride and handling. Pricing still hasn’t been announced, but the 2020 GT-R Nismo will hit dealers this summer. 41 Photos New York Auto Show 2019 reading • 2020 Nissan GT-R gets nostalgia-heavy updates in New York 2020 Nissan GT-R Track EditionRounding out the trio of GT-R debuts is an updated Track Edition model. Rather than using the standard car’s 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 with 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque, the Track Edition will now use the Nismo’s 600-horsepower engine. In addition, you’ll be able to equip the Track Edition with a carbon-fiber roof, as well as carbon-ceramic brakes to help shed off the extra speed you’ll likely encounter as a result of that 35-horsepower boost.At the moment, there’s no word on price or when the livelier Track model will reach dealerships, but like the other GT-Rs, expect summer availability.Originally published April 16 at 7 p.m. Eastern.Update, April 17: Adds new photos from the show floor. 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo debuts a little sharper in New York Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup • 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing See All Nissan More From Roadshow May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Post a comment 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box 0 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary EditionNissan began producing the Skyline GT-R in 1969. To tip its hat to the beginnings of what would become the supercar we know today, Nissan is unveiling the 2020 GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition at the New York Auto Show.Like the 50th Anniversary Edition Nissan 370Z that was also unveiled in New York, the commemorative GT-R amounts to an appearance package, with color schemes inspired by Japan’s GP racing series.Fans of the R34-generation Skyline GT-R will be thrilled about the return of Bayside (Wangan) Blue, which on this anniversary special also adds white stripes. Other color combos include Pearl White with red stripes and Super Silver with white stripes.Regardless of the exterior, all 50th Anniversary GT-Rs come with a gray interior featuring embossed seats and an Alcantara headliner. The GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition goes on sale in the summer, but pricing has yet to be announced. Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint 36 Photos Sports Cars Exotic Cars Performance Cars Coupes 2018 BMW M4: Sharper performance means bigger trade-offs
IT software services company Infosys reported better than expected results, posting a 13% increase in third-quarter profit, beating estimates, helped by improved outsourcing business from its Western clients.Infosys clocked₹₹3,250 crore profit on sales of ₹13, 796 crore for the third quarter ended 31 December 2014, helped by its “renew and new” strategy. The company’s net profit was ₹ 2,875 crore in the corresponding period a year ago.Analysts were expecting ₹3,153 crore net profit, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Infosys maintained its annual sales growth guidance at 7-9 per cent. The company won 59 new clients in the December quarter.Infosys also announced 100 per cent bonus payout for employees for the quarter.”We have made 100% variable payout for Q3 and have seen a further decline in attrition as a result of multiple initiatives taken over the last few quarters,” said U. B. Pravin Rao, Infosys chief operating officer, reports NDTV.It has been losing market share amidst high staff attrition rates over the last few quarters, and seeks to increase growth by focusing on high-margin services including artificial intelligence and automation, said Reuters.”We have covered over 9,000 employees across the company with design thinking training; more than 400 of these are at senior levels,” said Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosys. Analysts expect most IT firms to report weak numbers for the December quarter, hurt by the strength of the US dollar, impacting earnings in other currencies like the UK pound, euro and the Australian dollar. The December quarter is also seen to be weak as a result of holidays in the West, reflecting in low revenue growth.