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first_imgThe Global Citizen Festival India is the first initiativeThe Global Citizen Festival India is the first initiative of newly-launched Global Citizen India and will invite influencers from the world of music, sport, art and culture as well as and leading figures from government and corporates to commit their support to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals focused on Quality Education, Gender Equality and Clean Water and Sanitation.About KettoKetto is Asias most trusted and visited crowdfunding platform that helps people raise funds for personal needs, charitable causes and creative ideas. With a network of 2,000+ non-profits, Ketto has facilitated a positive change in the areas of child education, women empowerment, animal welfare, farmer welfare and post natural-calamity rehabilitation. Visit http://www.ketto.org to know more.Media Contact:Varun ShethCEOvarun@ketto.org+91-9820951923Ketto Online Venture Private Limited Source: Ketto Online Ventures Pvt.Ltd and Global Citizen India PRNewswire DLlast_img read more

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BJP seeks public opinion for manifesto

first_imgBJP president Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday launched a month-long exercise to seek suggestions from 10 crore people across the country to help the party prepare its ‘Sankalp Patra’ (manifesto) for the general elections, expected to be held in April-May.Shah said the exercise is aimed at democratising the process of preparing manifesto and will involve the general public in deciding the framework of the New India they want. This is not a BJP programme but people’s exercise. This is a unique experiment and will strengthen democracy in the country, Shah told reporters at an event at Hotel Ashoka in Chanakyapuri area.A tagline of the campaign is Kaam kare jo, ummeed usi se so (You expect from one who works) with photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi displayed prominently on its publicity material. Shah said the big difference between BJP and other parties is that it has kept its internal democracy intact while dynasty, casteism and vote banks power its rivals. They (rival) can never provide the country with the inclusive development and holistic progress it needs, he said.The BJP is ideologically driven, Shah added. He claimed before 2014, the country was gripped by anxiety and fear, and the BJP-led government laid the foundation of a strong India after it came to power.The previous governments were busy in ensuring their survival for five years and damaged the country by making populist announcements aimed at winning elections, Shah alleged.Singh, who shared the dias with Shah, said, BJP workers will travel across the country in 300 vehicles and public views will be sought by placing 7,500 boxes in 4,000 Assembly constituencies.advertisementSingh, who is also the head of the party’s Sankalp Patra’ committee, said: The party will reach out to 10 crore people through seven ways including telephone, social media and other mediums to seek their suggestions on 12 topics, Singh said. Some of the topics are farmers and agriculture, youth and sports, women empowerment, inclusive development, economy, health, education, national security and foreign policy.Also read: Fact Check: BJP uses wrong pictures to showcase expressway constructionALSO WATCH| Modi vs Mamata: Is BJP trying to make inroads in Bengal?last_img read more

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World Cup: India one of the favourites, hope they peak at right time, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgWorld Cup: India one of the favourites, hope they peak at right time, says Rahul DravidIndia have now won three away ODI series in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and are considered by many as the team to beat at the World Cup which begins on May 30.advertisement Press Trust of India ThiruvananthapuramJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 21:38 IST India will be one of the favourites to win the ICC World Cup (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia have now won three away ODI series in South Africa, Australia and New ZealandIndia are considered by many as the team to beat at the World Cup”I think India are playing very good cricket at the moment,” Dravid saidFormer captain Rahul Dravid is confident that the Indian team under Virat Kohli will “peak during next few months” as they go into the World Cup in England and Wales as one of the tournament favourites.India have now won three away ODI series in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and are considered by many as the team to beat at the global event which begins on May 30.”I think India are playing very good cricket at the moment and go in as one of the favourites. Hopefully, we will peak in the next few months,” Dravid told reporters on Thursday after India A clinched the one-day series against England Lions by 4-1 margin.Dravid, who was the top scorer (461 runs) in the 1999 World Cup held in England, feels that there should not be any comparison between the two editions as conditions will be very different.”Wickets will be very flat in England and I expect it to be quite a high-scoring World Cup. When we were in England with A team, 300 was regularly scored,” Dravid said, citing how things have changed in the last two decades.”A lot more runs will be scored compared to the 1999 World Cup, where we used the Dukes white ball. The white Kookaburra with two new balls, revised field restrictions [different Powerplays] are different, so you can’t compare the two World Cups,” Dravid said.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Rahul Dravidlast_img read more

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Didn’t know you were an actress, but nice Gif: Herschelle Gibbs to Alia Bhatt

first_img Asian News International New DelhiAugust 27, 2019UPDATED: August 27, 2019 18:40 IST Herschelle Gibbs shared a GIF featuring Alia Bhatt. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSFormer South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs shared a GIF featuring Alia BhattGibbs, however, had no idea that Alia Bhatt was a superstar in IndiaGibbs had played 90 Tests, 248 ODIs and 23 T20Is for the ProteasBollywood actor Alia Bhatt enjoys a huge fan-following, but it seems like former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs had no idea about the actor’s fandom.In a hilarious goof-up, Gibbs tweeted a Gif of the actor in response to the cricketer’s tweet being liked by Twitter’s official account.On Sunday, Gibbs had tweeted “Morning, birds are tweeting so I’ll do the same and say have a good one folks”.The post was liked by Twitter and to express happiness, Gibbs posted a Gif and wrote, “That feeling when @Twitter likes your tweet,” Gibbs tweeted.”Do you know Alia ??,” one fan commented and later Gibbs replied: “I have no idea who the lady is”.After being schooled that the person in the Gif is actually a Bollywood actor, Gibbs wrote: “Didn’t know you were an actress @aliaa08 but nice gif”.Even Alia was left amused and responded with a GIF gesturing boundary like an umpire.That feeling when @Twitter likes your tweet pic.twitter.com/vov15aJQR1Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) August 26, 2019Didn’t know you were an actress @aliaa08 but nice gif https://t.co/XEUxALcR34Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) August 26, 2019Gibbs played 90 Tests, 248 ODIs and 23 T20Is for the Proteas.He went on to make 6167 runs in the longest format of the game whereas he scored 8094 runs in ODI cricket.Gibbs was renowned for his fielding on the cricketing field and he went on to take some breathtaking catches for the Proteas.He announced his retirement in the year 2010. https://t.co/5IKY4UIu2k pic.twitter.com/dMsGdWbTl2advertisement Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) August 27, 2019I deal in 6s madam not fours https://t.co/mt5nfU46opHerschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) August 27, 2019Gibbs was also involved in the match-fixing scandal along with the former captain Hansie Cronje.As a result, he was banned for only six months. He repeatedly refused to tour India fearing arrest and refused to even speak to Indian Police over the matter.However, Gibbs was named in the South African Proteas ICC Champions Trophy in 2006, and he had to meet with Indian Police over his involvement in the match-fixing scandal.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Alia BhattFollow Herschelle Gibbs Didn’t know you were an actress, but nice Gif: Herschelle Gibbs to Alia BhattFormer South Africa cricketer Herschelle Gibbs tweeted out a Gif of actress Alia Bhatt in response to the cricketer’s tweet being liked by Twitter’s official account.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Global Ship Lease Earns Less in First Quarter

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: OOCL UK-based containership charter owner Global Ship Lease saw its net income for the quarter drop to USD 4.2 million from USD 6.8 million reported in the first quarter of 2017.The company’s operating revenues were at USD 36.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, down from USD 39.6 million seen in the same period a year earlier.“In the first quarter, we continued to maximize the value of our contract coverage with top-tier counterparties by maintaining full employment across our fleet of mid-sized and smaller containerships,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said.During the quarter, GSL reached an agreement for the extension of its charter for the 8,063 TEU containership OOCL Qingdao with Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).The extension commenced with effect from March 11, 2018, at a fixed rate of USD 14,000 per day.Additionally, on March 1, the company agreed to acquire a 2005-built, 2,800 TEU containership for USD 11.3 million. Following delivery, which is expected to be during the second quarter of 2018, once the existing charter terminates, the vessel will commence charter employment with CMA CGM for a period of 12 months at a fixed rate of USD 9,000 per day.“As we have successfully extended charters that support our strong cashflows, we are beginning to capture the benefits of a marked strengthening that is underway in the market for mid-sized and smaller vessels,” Webber said.GSL informed that the long-term market trends driving the appreciation in mid-sized and smaller containerships “continue to be robust, with limited vessel ordering, a strong global economy, and idle capacity of the global fleet at a very low level of less than 1.5%.”last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Colchester County

first_imgCOLCHESTER COUNTY: George McCabe Bridge George McCabe Bridge, on Back Road, from Mines Bass River Road to Great Village/Lorneville Road, is closed for bridge work from Thursday, Oct. 3 until Friday, Oct. 18. Detour signs in place. -30-last_img

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Incredible BC skier Dave Treadway killed in backcountry accident

first_imgPEMBERTON, B.C. — Well-known British Columbia professional freeskier Dave Treadway has died in a backcountry accident north of Whistler.A statement on Treadway’s website says the “incredible skier and monumental human” died April 15 in an accident near Rhododendron Mountain, not far from his Pemberton-area home. Pemberton Search and Rescue confirms its members responded Monday after learning a 38-year-old had fallen 30 metres into a crevasse.A social media post from Ski Journal Magazine editor Mike Rogge says Treadway was crossing a snow bridge when it collapsed. Treadway, who was sponsored by several major companies, including Rossignol and GoPro, is described by online magazine SBC Skier as “one of the most influential skiers of our time,” and was featured in video’s showing breathtaking descents on near vertical mountain faces.  Treadway is survived by his wife and the couple’s two young sons.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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China lashes out at Taiwan over asylum offer to Hong Kong protesters

first_imgTAIWAN – China lashed out at Taiwan on Monday over its offer of political asylum to participants in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest movement, a day after hundreds of thousands of people marched peacefully in the latest massive demonstration in the Chinese territory.The government of Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers its own territory, strongly supports the protests, and Hong Kong students in Taiwan held events over the weekend expressing their backing. Taiwan’s president made the asylum offer last month, though it’s not clear if requests have been received.Taiwan lacks a formal legal mechanism for assessing and granting asylum requests, although it has granted residency to several vocal opponents of the Chinese government.On Monday, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Chinese Cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said Taiwan’s offer would “cover up the crimes of a small group of violent militants” and encourage their “audacity in harming Hong Kong and turn Taiwan into a heaven for ducking the law.”Ma demanded that Taiwan’s government “cease undermining the rule of law” in Hong Kong, cease interfering in its affairs and not “condone criminals.”Organizers said at least 1.7 million people participated in Sunday’s Hong Kong rally and march, although the police estimate was far lower. Police said the protest was “generally peaceful” but accused a large group of people of “breaching public peace” afterward by occupying a major thoroughfare and using slingshots to shoot “hard objects” at government headquarters and pointing lasers at police officers.The protests have at times been marked by violent clashes with police, who say they have arrested more than 700 participants since the demonstrations started in June. However, law enforcement officers kept a low profile Sunday, with no riot police seen from the procession’s main routes. When stragglers convened outside a government complex in the late evening, other protesters urged them to go home.More protests are planned for the coming weeks, with various rallies organized by accountants, transport workers, high school students and relatives of police officers.Demonstrators’ frustrations over what they perceive to be the government’s refusal to respond to their demands boiled over last week with the occupation of Hong Kong’s international airport, during which a reporter for a Chinese Communist Party-owned newspaper was assaulted, and attacks on a number of police stations.A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to Beijing in 1997 under the framework of “one country, two systems,” which promised residents certain democratic rights not afforded to people in mainland China. But some Hong Kongers have accused the Communist Party-ruled central government of eroding their freedoms in recent years.The protest movement’s demands include the resignation of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, democratic elections and an independent investigation into police use of force.Asked Sunday about the situation in Hong Kong, U.S. President Donald Trump said the use of Chinese troops to put down the protests — similar to the bloody crackdown on protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989 — would worsen the current U.S.-China trade dispute.“I mean if it’s another Tiananmen Square, I think it’s a very hard thing to do if there is violence,” Trump told reporters in New Jersey. “I think there’d be tremendous political sentiment not to do something.”Trump had originally said the protests were a matter for China to handle but has since suggested that Chinese President Xi Jinping could resolve the situation by meeting with protest leaders.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang avoided commenting on Trump’s remarks directly, but referred to the president’s previous statements on the protests.“We have noticed that President Trump has previously stated that Hong Kong is part of China, and that they must solve it themselves and do not need advice. We hope that the U.S. side can match its acts to its words,” Geng told reporters at a daily briefing.China has furiously rejected all outside calls for it to discuss protesters’ demands.Members of China’s paramilitary People’s Armed Police force have been training for days across the border in Shenzhen, including on Sunday morning, fueling speculation that they could be sent in to suppress the protests. The Hong Kong police, however, have said they are capable of handling the demonstrations.Associated Press writer Christopher Bodeen in Beijing contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Fast growing Parkland Fuel posts profit beat on refining margins as revenues

first_imgRevenue for the quarter was $3.5 billion, up from $3.4 billion in the same three months of 2017.Parkland reports revenue for all of 2018 was $14.4 billion, up 50 percent from $9.6 billion the year before, as it enjoyed the first full year of returns from its 2017 purchases of American fuel retailer CST Brands and the B.C. refinery and fuel outlets of Chevron Canada.Parkland says it is increasing its monthly dividend by the equivalent of two cents per share per year.“A standout fourth quarter in the supply segment underpinned our record results, while continued synergy realization and underlying organic growth initiatives positively contributed,” said CEO Bob Espey in a statement.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Parkland’s shares gained $2.52 or 6.84 percent at $39.34 in late-morning trading. CALGARY, A.B. – Shares in Parkland Fuel Corp. rose about seven percent after Canada’s largest independent fuel marketer reported strong fourth-quarter results driven by higher refining profit margins.The Calgary-based company that sells fuel through brands including FasGas, Esso and Chevron is reporting net earnings of $77 million in the last three months of 2018, up from $49 million in the year-earlier period.The earnings are well ahead of analyst expectations for $63 million, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.last_img read more

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US on edge for Russia probe findings on Trump

first_imgWashington: The US public and Washington’s deeply divided political class on Sunday faced another day of anxiously waiting to learn if the key findings of the Russian meddling probe will implicate President Donald Trump in serious wrongdoing. Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted the confidential final report on his 22-month investigation Friday and Attorney General Bill Barr has been studying the document, which he must summarize for Congress. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The Justice Department had told legislators that Barr would not be sending an outline of its “principal conclusions” — expected over the weekend — on Saturday, according to US media. That left the American public still in the dark over what the Mueller investigation uncovered about the president’s ties to Russia and alleged acts of obstruction of justice. Chronic tweeter Trump, who was spending the weekend at his Palm Beach, Florida Mar-a-Lago residence, remained uncommonly silent after spending two years repeatedly labeling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation an illegal witch hunt. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls After the president spent the morning golfing, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley confirmed that they still had not seen the report or been briefed on its findings. Asked how the president felt, Gidley replied: “He’s good.” Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress, many of whom are hoping for evidence to support a presidential impeachment, pressed hard to ensure the report’s full contents are made public, and not just a summary prepared by the Trump-appointed Barr. Neal Katyal, the former Justice Department official who drafted the rules for special counsels, said Barr had no excuse for keeping Mueller’s report secret. “Absolutely nothing in the law or the regulations prevents the report from becoming public,” Katyal said in a Washington Post opinion piece. The secret report was handed to Barr on Friday with the announcement that no new indictments were forthcoming. That produced sighs of relief from the White House, where members of Trump’s family — Don Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner in particular — had been feared possible targets of the probe. For Trump himself, Mueller was prevented by longstanding Justice Department policy from indicting the president. But his report could still outline criminal behavior by Trump that could be the basis for an impeachment effort. Mueller, a 74-year-old veteran criminal prosecutor and former FBI chief, investigated whether members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Russians to skew the 2016 election. In addition, he studied whether actions by Trump, including the May 2017 firing of FBI director James Comey, amounted to criminal obstruction of justice. At the end of the probe, he was required to produce to Barr a confidential report that explained why he decided to indict or not indict subjects of the probe. Barr must summarize the report for Congress. He said in a letter to congressional leaders Friday that he is “committed to as much transparency as possible.” However, the special counsel regulations “give Barr lots of discretion about what to disclose,” said Andrew Coan, a University of Arizona law professor. “The selective release of exculpatory material is a possibility worth watching for,” Coan warned. Analysts cautioned about reaching any conclusions, saying nothing is yet known about the form or length of the report. “The president should wait before popping the champagne corks over this and tweeting in triumph,” Benjamin Wittes, a prominent Washington legal analyst, wrote on the Lawfare website. Mueller indicted 34 individuals during the probe, among them six Trump associates, including his former national security advisor Mike Flynn, his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, and campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Five of the six have pleaded guilty to the charges against them. Court filings in those cases painted a broad picture of a cohesive Russian effort via hacking and social media manipulation to swing the election in Trump’s favor against Democrat Hillary Clinton. The investigation has revealed scores of contacts between the campaign and Russians, with members of the team readily talking to the Russians about obtaining dirt on Clinton. Hours before Barr’s announcement, Trump repeated his accusation that the entire investigation was a hoax and questioned Mueller’s credentials for investigating him. But Mueller, who was director of the FBI for 12 years, has the respect and support of Democrats and Republicans alike as a straight-shooting, disciplined and fair investigator.last_img read more

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French Ambassador to the UN to sue Javier Bardem for defamation

first_imgFez- France’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Gerard Araud, said that he would sue Spanish actor Javier Bardem for defamation. Last week the Spanish actor, known for his unwavering support for the Polisario, made a statement to the press that caused uproar in Morocco and resulted in a diplomatic crisis between the kingdom and France.Bardem told French media last week that, during a meeting he had held with France’s Ambassador to Washington in 2011, the French diplomat had told him that “Morocco is a mistress who you sleep with every night, who you don’t particularly love but you have to defend.” But it turned that the Spanish actor was referring to France’s Ambassador to the United Nations rather than its Ambassador to Washington. The French newspaper Le Monde, which first published the statement of the actor, has rectified the error.On Tuesday, Gerard Araud was quoted by Moroccan news website Hespress as saying that he would seek permission from his Foreign Ministry to sue the Spanish actor.According to Moroccan journalist, Moumaed Ouamoussi, Araud told him in a phone conversation that he had never met with the Spanish actor, nor did he make such a demeaning statement against Morocco.Deception tacticNormal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEAR-SAMicrosoftInternetExplorer4/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-priority:99;mso-style-qformat:yes;mso-style-parent:””;mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;mso-para-margin-top:0in;mso-para-margin-right:0in;mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt;mso-para-margin-left:0in;line-height:115%;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}This deception tactic used by this staunch supporter of the Polisario is in line with the misrepresentations contained in his film “Sons of the Could”.One of the most flagrant misrepresentations is when he says in the trailer of the film that the United Nations Mission for the organization of the Referendum in the Sahara, known by its French acronym as the MINURSO, is the only UN Mission that does not include a human rights monitoring mechanism. But it takes a quick look on the UN website to discover that the MINURSO is not the only UN mission that does not include this mechanism. In fact, there are two others, in much hotter spots, that don’t have this mechanism, namely the UN Mission in Liberia and the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei.Normal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEAR-SAMicrosoftInternetExplorer4/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-priority:99;mso-style-qformat:yes;mso-style-parent:””;mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;mso-para-margin-top:0in;mso-para-margin-right:0in;mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt;mso-para-margin-left:0in;line-height:115%;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}In addition, there had been other UN Missions whose mandates have ended, and which did not include such a human rights monitoring mechanism. These missions are as follows:United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (1999-2005). United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (2000-2008). United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (1994-2000). United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (1993-1996).United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (1991- 2003). © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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French Social Media Users Accuse Le Pen of Plagiarism

Toronto – With only five days of campaigning left before Sunday’s Presidential vote, National Front candidate, Marine Le Pen, is fending off accusations that she lifted segments from a speech delivered weeks ago by defeated rival, Francois Fillon.Perhaps smarting from Fillon’s decision to publicly back centrist candidate, Emmanuel Macron over her, Le Pen echoed a word-for-word section of a mid-April speech authored and delivered by Fillon.The content referred to people in Argentina and Poland learning French in the hopes of attending an Alliance Francaise school in France. Le Pen embellished the “borrowed” text by adding that France “must and can” become a great power again. Le Pen also borrowed the April 15th speech’s phrase “Italy, our sister.” As with most trending topics on social media, this incident gained momentum fast and was soon the second-most trending topic on French Twitter.Polls continue to show Le Pen straggling far behind Macron. The latest results showed the heavily favoured Macron at 61 percent and Le Pen trailing well back at 39 percent. That represents a nearly insurmountable amount of ground to recover in just five more days of campaigning.Appearing under the hashtag #plagiat, the uproar has inspired nothing but defiance in Le Pens camp. National Front deputy leader, Francois Philippot, said only that the party “completely owned up” regarding any similarities with the Fillon speech.Seeking to downplay the incident in an interview with Radio Classique, Philippot claimed that Le Pen was merely issuing a “nod-and-a-wink” to her former election rival, in order to “launch a real debate” about exactly what the French identity is.So far there has been no reaction from Francois Fillon over the uproar. Analysts agree that any campaign misstep so close to Sunday’s vote could prove to be fatal for either candidate.French voters still find themselves faced with a choice between an extremist, Le Pen, who wants to see Frexit become a reality and curtail immigration to France, and a centrist, Macron, who embraces immigration and wants to expand France’s influence in the EU.Monday’s May Day marches proved that jobs are the number one concern facing French voters this election. Financial markets are paying particular attention to how the event plays out, seeing it as apopulist indicator. read more

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UN renews commitment to support Libya as new leaders declare liberation

23 October 2011The United Nations on Sunday renewed its commitment to help the people of Libya build a brighter future as the transitional authorities declared the full liberation of the North African nation, more than eight months after the popular uprising began. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the declaration made today in the city of Benghazi by the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) marks a historical juncture that signifies a people attaining their freedom after decades of dictatorship. “Today marks an occasion for Libyans to celebrate, to look forward to a future of liberties and opportunities, from the right to express an opinion freely to the right to elect their own government,” he said in a statement issued in New York.“From this day onward, the Libyan people will be in full charge of their future – a future that their new leaders have declared will be based on justice and national reconciliation,” he added.The declaration by the NTC comes three days after the death of the country’s long-time leader Muammar Qadhafi, who was killed in his hometown of Sirte on Thursday, bringing an end to eight months of conflict between Government forces and rebels that began when the pro-democracy movement started earlier this year. “The end of the war is only the beginning of what Libyan fighters, youth and women have struggled for: their determination now is to build a truly new Libya, overcoming the grim legacy of human rights abuse and corruption, and now so many killed or disabled during the conflict,” stated Mr. Ban.Attending the ceremonies today in Benghazi was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Ian Martin, who is heading up the new UN mission set up to support the Libyan people and their authorities as they work to build a new future. read more

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Stop bombing trapped civilians Doctors plea as five are killed in Gaza

first_imgISRAEL SHELLED A hospital in the central Gaza Strip this afternoon, killing five people and wounding at least 70.Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said that the 70 injured included at least 20 hospital staff, among them doctors.The third-floor of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital had been hit by a tank shell.The bombing happened only hours after Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) had issued a plea to Israel to ‘stop bombing tapped civilians’ in the besieged territory and to respect the safety of medical workers.They say that an air-strike this morning hit less than 300 metres from a clearly identified MSF vehicle that was carrying a surgical team from the Israeli border, despite assurances that their safety has been assured.“Shelling and air strikes are not only intense but are also unpredictable, which makes it very difficult for MSF and other medical workers to move around and provide much needed emergency care,” said Audrey Landmann, MSF medical coordinator in Gaza. “While official claims that the objective of the ground offensive is to destroy tunnels into Israel, what we see on the ground is that bombing is indiscriminate and that those who die are civilians,” added MSF’s Nicolas Palarus.The hospital strike came on the day that the death toll in Gaza rose above 500 following the bloodiest day in six years in the Palestinian enclave where Israel is pressing a punishing military operation.According to figures released by the emergency services more than 20 people were killed in several strikes across Gaza on Monday and 45 bodies were pulled from the rubble in areas hit by heavy fighting a day earlier. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesSeparately, the Israeli army said it had killed “more than 10 militants” who had infiltrated southern Israel through two cross-border tunnels.Militants killed inside Israel are not included in Qudra’s Gaza toll.Among those killed on Monday was a family of nine who died in an Israeli strike on a house in the southern city of Rafah, he said.Seven of the victims were children.Four more people were killed in various strikes to the south and east of Gaza City, while another died in the northern town of Beit Hanun. There was also one other casualty in Rafah, he said.Of the 45 bodies recovered on Monday, 11 were from Shejaiya, hiking the death toll from a blistering Sunday attack to 72 dead, he said.Qudra has said 80% of the victims in Shejaiya were women, children and elderly people, with around 400 people wounded.Another 23 of the bodies were pulled from a three-storey house belonging to the Abu Jamaa family in the southern city of Khan Yunis which was hit on Sunday, raising the overall death toll from a single strike to 28. Source: Shizuo KambayashiIn a separate development, the Israeli army said it had killed “more than 10″ militants early Monday who had infiltrated southern Israel through two cross-border tunnels.So far, Palestinian figures show 509 Gazans have been killed and more than 3,150 wounded since the start of the Israeli campaign to stamp out cross-border rocket fire on 8 July.On the Israeli side, 20 people have died, including two civilians killed by rocket fire and 18 soldiers who were killed since the start of a ground operation late on July 17.Army figures say 53 soldiers were injured on Sunday alone, five of them severely and 13 moderately, while military radio put the overall injury toll at more than 90 soldiers since the ground assault began.Since the Israeli military started Operation Protective Edge on July 8 in a bid to stamp out rocket fire, Palestinian militants have fired 1,465 mortars and rockets that hit Israel, with the Iron Dome air defence system intercepting another 387, the army said.Approximately 40 stuck Israel on Monday, one of them in the greater Tel Aviv area, while another 11 were shot down, the army said.- Additional reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: UN Security Council calls for “immediate truce” in Gaza >Read: “It’s a massacre” – This has been the deadliest day in Gaza so far >last_img read more

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3D printing genius creates working lathe

first_imgHere’s one for all of the naysayers out there that think 3D printing at home is nothing more than a fad since people have yet to create anything useful. A 3D printing enthusiast that goes by the handle “Sublime” on YouTube has created a working wood lathe out of PLA plastic parts that he designed and printed on a small 3D printer that he himself invented as part of the RepRap project. If you don’t want to take my word for it, check out the video posted above and see for yourself.Sublime, who is also known as Brad (which is also a Sublime reference), has been fascinated by 3D printing since the first time he laid eyes on the scene after reading about the effort to create a self-replicating manufacturing machine. He immediately began work on creating his own version of the RepRap, on which the lathe was printed.Called the Tantillus, Sublime’s machine capable of printing parts that you design without needing to have a computer attached to it. He claims that this smaller, more hardy version of the RepRap is the closest anyone has come to making a device that can print duplicate copies of itself because the case and other parts can be fabricated very easily.As mentioned above, the printed lathe was created using PLA plastics, a substance that is derived organically from renewable resources, such as corn and tapioca roots. As a result the parts that make up the tool are totally compostable after they wear out or break, a fact that Mother Nature is sure to appreciate. The device is run by a drill motor and while it seems to be very wobbly in the video below, it does complete the job it was intended for quite well. Sublime stated in a video interview that he has used the lathe to create other objects for everyday use.With the number one criticism of 3D printing being the fact that no one has been able to create anything useful out of consumer level printing devices, Sublime’s work in this area is a welcome development — having created a demonstrably useful tool with a printer that he developed himself should be enough to silence the the most snarky of remarks. It’s going to be exciting to see what gets created as more people get their hands on low-cost printers and start to create with them.If you want to get your hands on your very own Tantillus to be able to print out useful woodworking tools, you can contribute to current Indiegogo project that is currently looking for funding right now. For a $390 donation you will get all the necessary parts you need to build your very own portable 3D printer.Read more at Sublime’s YouTube profile and the Tantillus page, via Robot Dreams.last_img read more

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Ruth Davidson urges MPs to vote for a deal as she resigns

first_imgShe said that Johnson had “categorically assured” her that he’s looking to get a Brexit deal, and that she believes him when he says this.“His efforts in Biarritz helped open the door a crack,” Davidson said she was told by Johnson.She added that she stands “foursquare behind” Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his attempts to get another Brexit deal with the European Union.  Davidson has been leader of the Scottish Tories since 2011, and was one of the leading voices in the 2014 campaign against Scottish independence.She said today that she considered her role in that “the most important contribution of my working life and my commitment to keeping the United Kingdom together remains undimmed”.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “On behalf of everyone in the Conservative & Unionist Party, I want to thank Ruth Davidson for her wonderful service over the last 8 years. She has dedicated so much time and energy to the role & has been instrumental in the revival of our electoral fortunes in Scotland. I will miss the incredible leadership she has given to our Party in Scotland, but am delighted she will continue to use her passion & dedication to make the case for Scotland’s place in the UK from the backbenches and beyond. I wish Ruth, Jen & Finn all the best for the future.Former Tory leader and Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted that she was “Sorry to see Ruth Davidson step down as Leader of the Scottish Tories. Thank you for all you’ve done for our party and our Union over the last 8 years, and enjoy your well-deserved family time with Jen and Finn.”Today, former Transport Secretary George Young has today quit his position as government whip in the House of Lords over Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament.“I am very unhappy at the timing and length of the prorogation, and its motivation,” he said in his resignation letter. By Gráinne Ní Aodha It has been the privilege of my life to serve as @ScotTories leader. This morning I wrote to the Scottish party chairman to tender my resignation. pic.twitter.com/CJ9EjW2RqN— Ruth Davidson (@RuthDavidsonMSP) August 29, 2019 Source: Ruth Davidson/Twitter 25 Comments Short URL 24,912 Views Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesRUTH DAVIDSON HAS resigned as the Tory party’s Scottish leader, citing family commitments. She is to remain on as MSP for Central Edinburgh until 2021.“It has been the privilege of my life to serve as the leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party,” she wrote in her resignation letter, dated today.Davidson has been highly critical of a no-deal Brexit, but does not mention yesterday’s controversial decision to prorogue parliament for five weeks in the lead up to the 31 October Brexit deadline.“While I have not hidden the conflict I have felt over Brexit, I have attempted to chart a course for our party which recognises and respects the referendum result, while seeking to maximise opportunities and mitigate risks for key Scottish businesses,” she wrote, citing fishing fleets and whiskey producers who she hoped feel “well represented”. https://jrnl.ie/4786964 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article To colleagues who want to avoid a no-deal: vote for a deal! You’ve had three opportunities, you blew every one of them, don’t blow a fourth. Aug 29th 2019, 10:57 AM The arrival of my son means I now make a different choice.Answering questions from reporters during a press conference, Ruth Davidson said that she was about to marry an Irish woman, said so she quoted “an Irish saying”: ‘If you want to get somewhere you wouldn’t necessarily start from here.’ I think we had three golden opportunities to support a deal. I think the people who are saying they’d do anything to avoid no-deal, they had an open goal gaping in front of them three times and they kicked the ball over the bar. Share10 Tweet Email As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Thursday 29 Aug 2019, 10:57 AM Ruth Davidson urges MPs to ‘vote for a deal’ as she resigns as Scottish Tory leader She is to remain on as an MSP until 2021. She said that her son Finn, who was born this year, has changed her life and her priorities. With the threat of an election looming, Davidson said that “spending hundreds of hours away from my home and family now fills me with dread. This is no way to lead.”last_img read more

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Commodity Classic Early Registration Discount Ends January 20

first_imgCommodity Classic is less than two months away, and growers are encouraged to take advantage of the lowest rate by registering before the early discount deadline of midnight, Jan. 20. Registering early will save attendees up to $50. Hotels are currently available, but are booking up fast. Free shuttle service is available to and from all Commodity Classic housing hotels. To take advantage of the early registration discount, register now and reserve rooms at www.CommodityClassic.com.Soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum growers attending Commodity Classic Feb. 28-March 2 in Kissimmee, Fla., will benefit from a wide variety of educational sessions, networking opportunities and a trade show with more than 1,000 booths displaying the newest technology, equipment, ideas and innovations in agriculture.”If you want to know what’s next in agriculture, this is the place to be,” said ASA Vice President and Commodity Classic co-chair Bob Worth. “The sky’s the limit in 2013 for growers who attend Commodity Classic with the solid foundation they’ll build after learning about the issues and advancements affecting their operation this year.”Commodity Classic’s educational sessions will help producers be better at what they do, including how policy and regulations affect their bottom line and how new technology and innovation can impact profitability and production.last_img read more

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ASAWISHH Program Welcomes Gena Perry as New Project Director for AMPLIFIES Ghana

first_imgGena Perry joined the ASA WISHH program this month as the new project director for the USDA funded Food for Progress, AMPLIFIES Ghana project. She came to ASA/WISHH after nearly four years with AgriCorps, a non-profit focused on agricultural education in developing countries. Gena served as an AgriCorps fellow in Koforidua, Ghana, where she worked in the 4-H Ghana office helping build capacity for staff and traineing 4-H advisors and agriculture science teachers on experiential learning pedagogy. Once stateside, she led the operations of AgriCorps and managed programs in Ghana and Liberia. Prior to joining AgriCorps, Gena worked for Osborn Barr in St. Louis, where her clients included the United Soybean Board and the U.S. Soybean Export Council. Originally from Macon, Georgia, Gena was first introduced to agriculture through her involvement in the National FFA Organization before going on to attend the University of Georgia where she graduated with a master’s degree in agribusiness. Gena enjoys traveling, hiking with her dog and attending live music shows.last_img read more

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