A police case was on Monday registered against more than a dozen students of the Benaras Hindu University (BHU) for allegedly assaulting and verbally abusing students, including women, who were organising a programme to mark one year of protests against gender-based restrictions on campus. While ten students were named in the FIR lodged at Lanka station, around a dozen unknown outsiders have also been booked for offences under Sections 147, 354, 323, 504 and 506 of the IPC.The charges include criminal intimidation and assaulting a woman with the intent to outrage her modesty.While the organizers accused the ABVP, the student wing of the RSS-BJP, of disrupting the show in the FIR the complainant student names “goons and and lumpen elements.”As per the complaint, the accused students and other outside elements disrupted the event at Malviya Gate on Sunday evening when the girls were holding nukkad nataks and other cultural programmes to mark their struggle against hostel rules and for gender equality.“When we protested [against them for using foul language and harassing us], they got aggressive and started assaulting those present,” read the complainant by one of the students.The students alleged that they were also threatened with dire consequences.The persons named as accused were Abhay Pratap Singh, Anurag Singh, Abhishek Mishra, L.N Sharma, Shivam Dwivedi, Ashish Yadav, Samir Singh, Vishwajit Singh, Abhay Pratap, and Abhay Singh.Most of them were second year and third year B.A students.Last September, girls of the BHU had led a campaign against the administration demanding a gender-just space and security for women students.
At the customary post-Budget press conference address by Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, he was asked why his Budget lacked a single big-bang idea. Jaitley was prepared for such a question. “Many people have told me that you must have a big-bang idea, and I have asked them to suggest one,” he countered. “Give me one big idea that isn’t there.” His questioner was unprepared; no suggestions were offered.Without any big ideas, the Budget should have gone down as pedestrian. But it had one thing going for it: The economic environment in the country has improved so remarkably that even an uninspired Budget can do little damage. The Economic Survey — a report card for the government, tabled in Parliament the day before the Budget was announced — spoke of the achhe din (“good times,” a Prime Minister Narendra Modi slogan). “India has reached a sweet spot — rare in the history of nations — in which it could finally be launched on a double-digit, medium-term growth trajectory,” read the survey.Jaitley himself started his speech talking about the achievements of the past few months. “I present this Budget in an economic environment which is far more positive than in the recent past,” he said. “When other economies are facing serious challenges, India is about to take off on a faster growth trajectory once again. The International Monetary Fund has downgraded its earlier forecast of global economic growth by 0.3%, and the World Trade Organization has revised its forecast of world trade growth from 5.3% to 4%. Forecasts for India, however, have either been upgraded or remained the same…. Real GDP growth (this year) is expected to accelerate to 7.4%, making India the fastest-growing large economy in the world…. The world is predicting that it is India’s chance to fly.”Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.All that didn’t inspire Jaitley to take any radical initiatives. Read the headline of an article in the Economic Times, which interviewed former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Budget: “Lucky, not plucky.” Says Ravi Aron, professor at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School: “This Budget is a significant improvement in many aspects but it is not a ‘big leap forward reform Budget’ of the kind presented by (then Prime Minister) P.V. Narasimha and Manmohan Singh (then finance minister) in 1991.”Jaitley noted that his government had introduced the Jan Dhan Yojana (a program for financial inclusion), undertaken coal auctions (earlier mired in corruption and court cases) and launched the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) program. “They have been successful so far in these initiatives,” says J.N. Mukhopadhyaya, director of the J.D. Birla Institute department of management. “But all this started months ago. What does it have to do with this Budget? It’s all yesterday’s Budget.”“We are now embarked on two more game-changing reforms — GST (Goods and Services Tax) and what the Economic Survey has called the JAM Trinity — Jan Dhan, Aadhaar (a unique identification number) and Mobile — to implement direct transfer of benefits (to the underprivileged),” said Jaitley. “GST will put in place a state-of-the-art indirect tax system by April 1, 2016. The JAM Trinity will allow us to transfer benefits in a leakage-proof, well-targeted and cashless manner.” According to D. Shivakumar, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo India: “GST will change the way India manufactures, supplies and distributes goods and services.”“All that is tomorrow’s Budget,” says Mukhopadhyaya. “Where is today’s Budget?”Investors in the stock market also seemed to feel that there wasn’t really a Budget they could pass judgment on. The day before the Budget announcement, the Bombay Stock Exchange Sensitive Index (Sensex) rose 473 points or 1.65%, to close at 29,200. On Budget day, from a pre-Budget high of 29,492, it fell at one stage to 28,890, to finally end the day at a higher 29,361 (a gain of 141 points or 0.48%). “It took some time for the market to understand that there were many positives,” says Bundeep Singh Rangar, chairman of London-based consulting firm IndusView.The next trading day — March 2 — the Sensex climbed, then fell and kept up its gyrations throughout the day. The factor that was doing most of the damage to the index was cigarette manufacturer ITC; Jaitley has increased excise on cigarettes between 15% and 25%. ITC is an isolated case; both Deutsche Bank and Citigroup have set the December 2015 Sensex target at 33,000, a 10%-plus increase over present levels. The markets don’t need a big bang.Incremental StepsBut anyone who had read the Economic Survey would not be holding his or her breath for a big bang. The Survey had argued that “creative incrementalism could cumulate to Big Bang reform.” The government has issued several ordinances — the most controversial being one on land reform — that have to be cleared by Parliament. Adding a big bang to the Budget would have created another hot potato.“Everyone seems to have been anticipating big-bang radical reforms from Modi, but I’m not at all surprised that his government did not offer them Twitter ,” says Saikat Chaudhuri, Wharton adjunct professor of management and executive director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management. “Just look at his track record. Modi’s development strategy in Gujarat (where he served as chief minister) had three elements. First, creating infrastructure and land banks for several years before aggressively courting investors and publicizing his industrialization achievements. Second, providing administrative efficiency. Third, enacting policy changes over time.“Given his success and experience with that model, he is probably going to adopt a similar approach at the national level as well to the extent possible,” Chaudhuri continues. “The challenge is two-fold: Conditions in other parts of India are not the same as in Gujarat. It has, for instance, an innately entrepreneurial and risk-taking culture as well as swathes of fairly arid land. More importantly, Modi’s development model essentially requires two terms, one for building the foundation and the second for ramping up growth. But ensuring a re-election at the national level is much more difficult than at the state level. This is especially hard, given his penchant for avoiding populist measures.”Looking at the Long TermIf you accept the absence of a big bang, things start falling in place. “This Budget is the first chapter of a series of measures over the next few years,” says Shivakumar. Adds Rajesh Chakrabarti, executive director of the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business: “It looks like a step in a longer journey, which is exactly what Budgets should be, rather than an attempt to solve most problems in a single stroke. That is a fundamental shift from the practice of having Budgets as independent events. This is particularly important with the discontinuation of the Planning Commission.” (The Modi government has replaced it with a new body — the NITI Aayog.)“This a serious attempt to get supply-side economics right to boost long-term growth, especially productivity growth, including infrastructure, R&D and education; a tax structure that encourages start-ups and social sector programs that create employment, as well as increase demand for products and services,” says S. Raghunath, professor of corporate strategy and policy at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB).Positive Strokes“The Budget has been revolutionary in two ways,” says Vivek Kulkarni, founder of the Brickwork Group and former Karnataka IT secretary. “First, the government accepted the Finance Commission’s recommendations and decided to devolve over 62% of its resources to the states. It has abolished the Russian-era Planning Commission that doled out grants to states in a discretionary way. Thus, the new government has introduced fiscal federalism, unlike the previous one which centralized most powers. Second, the recent government coal auctions resulted in billions of dollars of revenue. Such mines were allocated to their favorites by the previous governments at throwaway prices. The transparent auction was a welcome departure. The government has promised the same in other minerals, power and infrastructure bidding, which is a good sign.”According to Manish Sabharwal, cofounder and chairman of TeamLease Services, India’s leading staffing company: “After a decade of Budgets that prayed to the God of subsidies, it’s wonderful to have a Budget that prays to the God of job creation.” Pointing out that many politicians since Independence believed that “strong states lead to a weak nation,” Sabharwal says: “This Budget and the Economic Survey reinforce the narrative since the last election that the central government will devolve money and power to state governments. This is great for job creation. This Budget also announces the most impactful overhaul of labor laws since Independence — a revamp of our employee pension and health insurance regimes. The government monopolies — the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation — have been inefficient, arrogant and offer poor value for money. Giving employee salary choice while retaining the status quo will substantially increase formal employment and have huge cascading effects on productivity.”Among the more notable features of this Budget is the reduction in corporate tax from 30% to 25%. It boosted the markets but is only going to be applicable in 2016-2017 and is spread over four years. “The proposed reduction in corporate tax from 30% to 25% over four years helps counter the notion that India is a high-tax nation,” says Shivakumar. “This concept of making India attractive to investors will be an ongoing roadmap, and the country must take one extra step with every Budget.” Chaudhuri doesn’t see real change on the ground. “The phased corporate tax reduction is largely symbolic, as it will be accompanied by a removal of various deductions and exemptions,” he says. “But simplification may bring its own benefits, too.”The Budget has several measures on health care, jobs, skilling and education. “The Budget emphasizes providing the basics for everyone, which is absolutely necessary for inclusive development and a minimum standard of living,” says Chaudhuri. Adds Shivakumar: “The finance minister has announced significant investments in education, health, housing, women, and child development and rural development. A lot of these investments benefit the disadvantaged portions of society, and that’s something all of society owes them.”Outlay for InfrastructureThe other measures to take note of, according to Chaudhuri, are: the large outlay for infrastructure (“consistent with the build-a-foundation-first type of approach”); the move towards securitizing gold (“it unlocks a huge source of potential funds”); the mention of entrepreneurial ecosystems and innovation (“I feel this is a baby step in the direction where India could go in being an innovation leader”); and the substantial target for privatizing public sector units.“We believe the government’s 2015-2016 fiscal deficit target hinges on its disinvestment target of $6.4 billion,” says a report by ICICI Securities, an e-brokerage. Privatization in India has always been a problem. Left parties have likened it to “selling the family silver.” In previous years, the shortfall has ranged between 20% and 65%. In 2014-2015, Coal India’s $3.7 billion issue was pushed through with the domestic financial institutions taking up large stakes. The other big issue — a $3 billion follow-up offer (FPO) from Oil & Natural Gas — may not be as lucky. The company’s share price has dropped because of declining global oil prices. A back-of-the-envelope calculation shows that the FPO makes sense only if crude rises to $70 a barrel. At the end of February, Brent crude was trading at less than $50 a barrel.Aron agrees that divestment is “going to become very important” for this government. “The government’s projection of its deficit is based on revenues generated by an 8% or more GDP growth. This is not a trivial challenge. If GDP growth falls below 8%, the revenue deficit will balloon.” Pointing out that there is a lot of money “left on the table” for the government to mop up via disinvestment, Aron notes: “There are several public sector undertakings ranging from coal to fertilizers and the perennial black hole of capital — Air India — that need to be privatized. The government can mop up significant capital without adding to the deficit by divesting in these enterprises.” He adds: “There is another case, too, to make for divestment. From 2015-2016 onwards, about 62% of the total tax revenues collected (by the center and the states) will go to the states as opposed to about 55% now. With the increasing share of the states in the revenue collected, the government will need to both find alternative sources of capital as well contain its costs. There has never been a better time to divest.“The second benefit of divestment has to do with containing the government’s variable expense,” Aron continues. “Government spending on public enterprises in the case of loss-making entities can be greatly mitigated by transferring those entities of the public’s P&L into private ownership. The public exchequer should not pay to subsidize a labor aristocracy that dips into the taxpayer’s pocket as an entitlement. Even in the case of profit-making enterprises, the government is better off transferring the low-performing (low returns on invested capital) PSUs into corporations.”Attracting Foreign InvestmentWhat is in this Budget for the foreign investor? “The Budget is very positive for foreign companies and investors,” says Ankur Bisen, senior vice-president, retail, at Technopak, a Delhi-based consultancy. “There is a clear thrust to develop the Indian bond market to international standards. Also, the Budget is focused on shoring up investments in roads, ports, shipbuilding, power and railways. These two points will make many foreign investors take note of India. Foreign companies that have interest in these areas will see positives in the next two-three years.”“Of note is the removal of the distinction between portfolio and direct foreign investors; this could pave the way for strategic investments by foreign entities in Indian firms and speed up growth,” says Chaudhuri.“The deferral of GAAR (the General Anti-Avoidance Rule) for two years is helpful for foreign investors, as are as the changes in tax rules pertaining to transfer pricing,” says Raghunath. These were contentious issues and had put off many foreign investors. More importantly, Jaitley made it clear in his speech that “GAAR would apply prospectively to investments made on or after April 1, 2017.″The word “prospectively” — which is reflective of the government’s thinking in other areas, too — has brought much cheer to foreign investors. Some of them, like Vodafone, have suffered from the previous government’s moves to change laws with retrospective effect.Equally important are moves to improve the ease of doing business. Redtape and the number of permissions needed are being cut. “This will make it easier for MNCs to enter India,” says Raghunath. “It will help attract more FDI.” Chakrabarti points out that, as always, it depends on implementation.Chaudhuri feels that more could have been done. “Three important items are missing from the Budget,” he says. “There is no overarching vision of what India aspires to become. This would provide a signpost as to how the individual pieces fit in and, more importantly, would allow Modi’s government to galvanize popular support in implementation. Second, there are also no comprehensive timelines and associated milestones, which I would have expected from a government that prided itself on administrative efficiency and transparency at the state (Gujarat) level. Third, many of these items are somewhat longer term and abstract, and there needs to be some concrete ‘quick win’ achievements visible which can be capitalized upon as catalysts for positive momentum and large-scale support.”Far more critical is M.V. Rajeev Gowda, professor of economics and social sciences at IIMB. “Where are the ideas? Where is the reformist agenda this government promised?” he asks. “The JAM served by the Budget is nothing more than a product of the previous (Manmohan Singh) government. The Budget is a name changer instead of a game changer.” (Gowda is a member of the Rajya Sabha from Manmohan Singh’s party.)“This is a pragmatic Budget that does not play to the gallery,” says Shivakumar. “A Budget in today’s India will never be unanimously appreciated or unanimously derided. India needs to create a million jobs every month, contain inflation, reduce fiscal deficit below 4.1% and be attractive to investors by easing the rules and also being consistent with policy. No Budget can score high on all the outcomes that every stakeholder expects. The challenge for the finance minister is real, and there is no silver bullet.” Related Items
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MONACO (AP) — Seven-time European champion AC Milan’s bid for a first Europa League title continues in a group with Austria Vienna, Croatian champion Rijeka and AEK Athens.Milan returns to UEFA competitions after a three-year absence, and avoided long travel for Thursday games that lurk in the 48-team draw.Arsenal, however, will go to Belarus to face BATE Borisov and also plays Cologne and Red Star Belgrade. Arsene Wenger’s team last played in the second-tier competition in 2000 when it was UEFA Cup runner-up.Tough groups included the pool of Lyon, Everton, Atalanta and Apollon Limassol, and top-seeded Lazio with Nice, Zulte Waregem and Vitesse.Zenit St. Petersburg, the 2008 UEFA Cup winner, was grouped with Real Sociedad, Rosenborg — which eliminated Ajax in the playoffs on Thursday — and Vardar of Macedonia.The top two teams in each group advance to a Round of 32 which includes eight third-place teams from Champions league groups.Games kick off Sept. 14, and Lyon hosts the final on May 16.___Full drawGroup A: Villarreal (Spain), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel), Astana (Kazakhstan), Slavia Prague (Czech Republic).Group B: Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), Young Boys (Switzerland), Partizan (Serbia), Skenderbeu (Albania).Group C: Braga (Portugal), Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria), Hoffenheim (Germany), Istanbul Basaksehir (Turkey).Group D: AC Milan (Italy), Austria Vienna (Austria), Rijeka (Croatia), AEK Athens (Greece).Group E: Lyon (France), Everton (England), Atalanta (Italy), Apollon Limassol (Cyprus).Group F: Copenhagen (Denmark), Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia), Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova), Zlin (Czech Republic).Group G: Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic), FCSB (Romania), Hapoel Beer-Sheva (Israel), Lugano (Switzerland).Group H: Arsenal (England), BATE Borisov (Belarus), Cologne (Germany), Red Star Belgrade (Serbia).Group I: Salzburg (Austria), Marseille (France), Vitoria Guimaraes (Portugal), Konyaspor (Turkey).Group J: Athletic Bilbao (Spain), Hertha Berlin (Germany), Zorya Luhansk (Ukraine), Ostersund (Sweden).Group K: Lazio (Italy), Nice (France), Zulte Waregem (Belgium), Vitesse (Netherlands).Group L: Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia), Real Sociedad (Spain), Rosenborg (Norway), Vardar (Macedonia).TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Nick Saban hasn’t coached in the NFL for more than a decade, but that doesn’t stop people from bringing his name up for open jobs in the league. ESPN’s Ryan Clark is the latest to do so.Appearing on Get Up! this morning, Clark advocated for the Green Bay Packers to pursue Saban. Clark didn’t say if Saban would be interested in Green Bay’s hypothetical overtures, just that the team should contact him.The Packers are looking for a new head coach after jettisoning Mike McCarthy mid-season.Here’s what Clark had to say, via For The Win’s transcription:“If you’re Green Bay right now, you sell the [farm]. You sell the [farm]. You send everybody to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and you try to get Nick Saban to leave Alabama and become the coach. When you look at quarterback-coach relationships — Sean Payton and Drew Brees, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady — there is mutual respect and accountability there.“There is no one who can hold Aaron Rodgers more accountable than Nick Saban. If he asks for $10 million, you give it to him. Nothing left to prove in Tuscaloosa. He’s the guy you need.”“You try to get Nick Saban to leave Alabama and become the coach.”@Realrclark25 says the Packers need to go big pic.twitter.com/AM3She38Sh— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) December 18, 2018Saban has won five national titles at Alabama and is going for a sixth this season. His Crimson Tide have the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff and are preparing to face Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.Could Saban be swayed by the NFL at this point? Something tells us it is doubtful, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be something that people will continue speculating about.
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Government is referring more sections of the Public Services Sustainability Act to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal for review, including sections that deal with the Public Service Award. “The initial referral would answer our fundamental question about who has the authority to set public fiscal policy,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Labour Relations. “We want to resolve this matter quickly and having several different groups challenge the same act would simply drag this process out,” said Mr. Furey. “We believe democratically elected governments should decide what taxpayers can and cannot afford.” The Public Services Sustainability Act ensures that third-party arbitrators cannot make decisions about public sector contracts with unions that determine the province’s future. The act was proclaimed on Aug. 22. At the same time, government said it would refer the legislation to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal under the Constitutional Questions Act for an opinion. The initial reference question involved sections seven to 19 of act. Government consulted with the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour and, based on its input, has agreed to amend the question to include sections 20 to 23. The remaining sections of the act, sections one to six, are definitions. “Our position on this legislation has not changed – we still believe this act, in its entirety, will stand up in the courts”, said Mr. Furey. Legal counsel for the province participated in a conference call with the court at noon today, Oct. 4, to discuss procedural matters. The amended question will be filed in the court immediately.
Washington DC: In a major decision, the Trump Administration on Thursday announced to resume capital punishment after a gap of nearly two decades and has set execution dates for five death-row inmates convicted of murdering. “Under Administrations of both parties, the Department of Justice has sought the death penalty against the worst criminals, including these five murderers, each of whom was convicted by a jury of his peers after a full and fair proceeding,” US Attorney General William Barr said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The Justice Department upholds the rule of law – and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by the justice system,” he said. Barr directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to adopt a proposed Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol – clearing the way for the federal government to resume capital punishment after a nearly two decade lapse, and bringing justice to victims of the most horrific crimes. The Federal Execution Protocol Addendum, which closely mirrors protocols utilised by several states, including currently Georgia, Missouri, and Texas, replaces the three-drug procedure previously used in federal executions with a single drug – pentobarbital. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSince 2010, 14 states have used pentobarbital in over 200 executions, and federal courts, including the Supreme Court, have repeatedly upheld the use of pentobarbital in executions as consistent with the Eighth Amendment, the Department of Justice said. The five inmates who will be executed soon at a federal facility in Indiana included Daniel Lewis Lee, a member of a white supremacist group, who murdered a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl. His execution is scheduled to occur on December 9, 2019. Lezmond Mitchell stabbed to death a 63-year-old grandmother and forced her nine-year-old granddaughter to sit beside her lifeless body for a 30 to 40-mile drive. Mitchell then slit the girl’s throat twice, crushed her head with 20-pound rocks, and severed and buried both victims’ heads and hands. His execution is scheduled to occur on December 11, 2019. Wesley Ira Purkey violently raped and murdered a 16-year-old girl, and then dismembered, burned, and dumped the young girl’s body in a septic pond. He also was convicted in state court for using a claw hammer to bludgeon to death an 80-year-old woman who suffered from polio and walked with a cane, the Justice Department said. Purkey’s execution is scheduled to occur on December 13, 2019. Alfred Bourgeois physically and emotionally tortured, sexually molested, and then beat to death his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. His execution is scheduled for January 13, 2020.
OTTAWA – It could give a whole new meaning to buried treasure.A national foundation wants to store millions of videos, films and other recordings 60 storeys underground in an old Norad bunker near North Bay, Ont. in an effort to preserve the vast electronic record of Canadian history.The Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation is talking to federal officials about turning the mothballed complex into a secure repository for the country’s endangered audio-visual archive. It would also include photographs, scripts, set designs and other items of interest.The foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to preservation of broadcast heritage, is working with the CBC to document its analog collection dating from the 1930s — a move that will help smooth its eventual transfer to the foundation’s custody.The space needed to safeguard the CBC/Radio-Canada collections alone will be about one million cubic feet, said Kealy Wilkinson, the foundation’s executive director.The foundation is also aware of other significant collections held on a makeshift basis in institutions around the country. Inclusion of these materials would require another 800,000 to one million cubic feet.The idea is to preserve original items even after they are copied into digital formats.“It’s absolutely critical to preserve the originals,” Wilkinson said.Digital copies don’t last forever and must be moved to new formats when old ones fall out of use, and each transfer carries a risk of quality loss, she added. “You’re not dealing with the original thing any longer, not even necessarily a very good copy as time goes on.”Throwing decades-old tapes and films in the dumpster would be akin to tossing out Emily Carr paintings, early settler maps or Canadian war-service records, she said. “You just don’t do that.”In addition, digital materials stored on hard drives are vulnerable to viruses and electromagnetic attacks that can wipe out records.Library and Archives Canada doesn’t have the needed space for the collections, Wilkinson said. The foundation has an audio-visual storehouse in Toronto, but it is getting full.Wilkinson considers the Norad site ideal due to its size, humidity and temperature controls, and other construction features that insulate it from seismic shock or external blast damage.The military says the underground complex — completed in 1963 to monitor the skies for signs of enemy aggression — was engineered to withstand a four-megaton nuclear explosion, 267 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb.Known to locals as “The Hole,” it housed a cafeteria, medical facility, operations rooms, command post and computer area. Three 19-ton steel blast doors could be closed to protect the hundreds of workers inside.Post-apocalyptic sci-fi film “The Colony,” starring Bill Paxton and Laurence Fishburne, was filmed there five years ago.Wilkinson’s inquiry late last year to Canadian Heritage about the underground complex led her to National Defence.The foundation has hired consultants, with a nod from Defence, to evaluate the state of the facility. “There’s obviously no point in our trying to push this idea forward unless we know that it’s feasible.”Many details, including the cost of refurbishing the complex, are uncertain. But Wilkinson anticipates there would be an above-ground visitor centre for research purposes.“That’s the whole point of this — to make sure that it is accessible to Canadians. It’s their cultural product, and their history.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
Rabat – Daher, a French industrial aircraft manufacturer, equipment, and service supplier for industry opened its third plant in Morocco’s northern city of Tangier on Tuesday, February 6.The plant’s inauguration ceremony was co-chaired by Morocco’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, and Daher’s Chairman Patrick Daher, along with the company’s CEO, Didier Kayat.Daher’s new aerospace platform represents an investment of EUR 15 million. The project marks Daher’s continued investment and collaborative projects in Morocco, the first of which opened in Tangier in 2011 and a second in Casablanca in 2007. Inauguration de la 3e usine marocaine de Daher à Tanger avec Didier Kayat, DG de Daher et Patrick Daher, Président de Daher. Investissement de plus de 15 M€ et création de 250 emplois à terme dans les écosystèmes du secteur aéronautique pic.twitter.com/e39Ng7fEi2— Moulay Hafid Elalamy (@MyHafidElalamy) February 6, 2018Daher is a fast-growing aerostructure manufacturer with four aerospace factories in France as well as three other factories in Australia, Mexico, and Morocco.The new site will employ roughly 250 workers.At the new plant’s inauguration in Tangier, company president Patrick Daher was full of praise for recent business collaborations with Morocco.“Morocco has become the obvious choice, owing to its economic and political stability, the skill level of local staff, [and] the excellence of training,” he said. Daher continued to extoll Morocco’s geographical location that “allows the rapid delivery of the supplies to customers with controlled logistics cost, and an aeronautical ecosystem in constant development.” Lauding the project, Morocco’s Minister of Industry said that “this new investment project confirms Daher’s desire to move upmarket in Morocco and continue to grow there.” The official added that the “group will produce, on a surface area of more than 12,000 square meters, the majority of parts for technical Airbus bestseller, the A320NEO,” he added.#Daher today inaugurated its new plant in #Tangier at a ceremony attended by Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Morocco’s Minister of Industry, Trade and the Digital Economy, along with Daher’s CEO, Didier Kayat, and Chairman, Patrick Daher#DaherSucceedTogether pic.twitter.com/6mzUvq8TRu— Daher (@DAHER_official) February 6, 2018Elalamy emphasized that Daher wants to improve the local content of its production, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The Minister added that with this new site, industrialization can also be carried out locally, recalling the four ecosystems that have been launched in the national aeronautical industry as part of the Industrial Acceleration Plan (PAI).According to Elalamy, the PAI has put the sector in a new paradigm of development, noting that the Moroccan aeronautical industry recorded in 2017 an export performance with a notable 20 percent increase in exports. The objective of reaching a local integration rate of 35 percent has been revised upwards to 42 percent, he added.The two earlier Daher sites in Casablanca and Tangier employ more than 550 people.
Rabat – Representing America, Moroccan-born scientist Khalil Amine has been awarded the Global Energy Prize for his outstanding contribution into the development of the efficient electrical energy storage technology.Managed by the Moscow-based Global Energy Association, the Global Energy Prize is presented each year by the President of the Russian Federation. Winners receive a prize of RUB 39 million.Since its first ceremony in 2003, the prize has been presented to 37 laureates from 12 countries. Each of the Laureates awarded the Global Energy Prize are given a commemorative medal, a diploma, an honorary lapel gold and a monetary prize. The amount of the monetary prize amount is defined each year by the Members of the Association. The awards process is overseen by an international committee chaired by British scientist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Rodney Allam. World leaders who have supported the prize include former US President George W. Bush, former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair, and Gordon Brown, former French President Jacques Chirac, former Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper, and current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Dr. Amine is a recipient of dozens of prestigious engineering and scientific awards and prizes. Among his many awards include Scientific America’s Top 50 award, five prestigious R&D100 awards, as well a NAATBatt for lifetime scientific achievements, just to name a few.Scientific AchievementsThe scientist’s innovations have found their use in electric vehicles, smart grids, and domestic electric appliances.NMC cathode called a “full-gradient concentration cathode,” is considered to be the scientist’s major accomplishment. At present, it is widely used in household electric appliances and in electric vehicles such as the Chevy Volt, Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, Fiat Chrysler, BMW I3 and I8, as well as Ford, Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai vehicles.Dr. Amine also invented an innovative cathode where every particle has a complex structure, which increases its productivity and stability under high voltage. After the publication in Nature Material in 2012, it was licensed by several large enterprises producing batteries and cars.The Global Prize website says, “This cathode will be the cathode of choice for the next generation lithium-ion battery for automotive and smart grid application.”He also significantly extended the life cycle of lithium-ion accumulator batteries by inventing new electrolyte additives for cathode and anode passivation.The anodes, cathodes, electrolytes, and technologies designed by the scientist are used by many corporations all over the world, such as BASF, LG Chemical, General Motors, Envia, Microvast, Samsung, TODA and Umicore.Recently, Dr. Amine developed a new superoxide battery system capable of yielding up to five times more energy than lithium-ion batteries. This discovery was described in the Nature Journal and gave impetus to a new round of research aimed at increasing the energy density of batteries and reducing costs, which should lead to a sharp increase in the number of electric vehicles in the future.Dr. Amine is also a “world champion in publications about accumulator batteries.” According to ScienceWatch analytical portal, he published 544 scientific articles in the years 2000 till 2018.Dr. Amine is notably the most cited scientist in the world on the topic of accumulator batteries. His works have been cited over 40,000 times by various sources, indicating just how influential his research is. According to Clarivate.com, he is also the world’s most cited scientist of the decade in the sphere of energy storage elements.He has filed 197 patents and inventions. At present, 102 patents were issued and 33 patent applications have been published in the US. In Japan, 30 patents were issued and 22 applications are undergoing publication.Adding to his long list of achievements, Dr. Amine is a columnist of numerous scientific and popular science journals all over the world.Dr. Khalil Amine’s professional backgroundBorn on December 1, in 1962 in Morocco, Dr. Amine graduated from the University of Bordeaux (France) with a master’s degree in material sciences in 1986. Three years later, he received a doctorate in materials science from the National Center for Scientific Research in Bordeaux (CNRS).From 1990-1992, he undertook postdoctoral studies in the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Physics of Materials of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and the Industrial Chemistry Department of Kyoto University in Japan. He then worked as a group leader at the National Research Institute of Osaka, and at the Laboratory of Fundamental Technologies of the Corporative Research Center of Japan Storage Battery Company in Kyoto, Japan.From 1998 to present day, Khalil Amine is an Argonne Distinguished Fellow and the Manager of the Advanced Lithium Battery Technology Group at Argonne National Laboratory where he is responsible for research and development of advanced materials and battery systems for electric vehicles, power supply, and satellites, military, and medical applications.Since 2015, he has been an adjunct professor at Stanford University, while cooperating with universities in over 10 countries.Dr. Amine is chairman of the International Association of Lithium Automotive Batteries, President of the international meeting on lithium-ion battery association (IMLB), chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the Implementation of the Japan-European Union Energy Conservation Research Initiative, and a member of numerous scientific organizations.This year, Dr. Amine was awarded alongside Scientist Frede Blaabjerg from Denmark, who is being recognized for “outstanding technical contribution to the design of power management systems enabling the integration of renewable power.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury has hailed the revelation of his true biological father as a “beautiful gift”, saying it brought a “lovely” older half-sister into his life. The Archbishop last year learned that his father was not Gavin Welby, as he had believed, but Sir Anthony Montague Browne, Churchill’s last private secretary, after taking a DNA test. Speaking about his family in a newspaper this weekend, he said the news had “not upset me very much” and came with the “beautiful gift of finding I have an older half-sister, Jane”. “I’d not met my biological father since… He disclosed he has met his half-sibling several times now, describing the encounters as “fun” and Jane Hoare-Temple “lovely”.
Worried that the 1080p display on your phablet isn’t crisp enough? Don’t fret — LG has just whipped up an insane new 5.5-inch panel that has a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It falls short of 4K, but it’s still a mind-blowing (and potentially unnoticeable) density of 538ppi.The new panel packs four times the total pixels of any current competitor, but that’s not all that makes it special. It also measures just a hair over 1.2mm thick, which LG says makes it the thinnest in the world.LG is understandably excited about its new QHD display. The company’s head of mobile development, Dr. Byeong-Koo Kim said that the panel will allow users to “view full PC versions of webpages distortion free, and play Blu-ray quality videos.”He’ll probably want to come up with some better use cases to pitch. Distortion-free browsing is great and all, but you’re still talking about scaling down from a 20-inch-plus display to just five and a half inches. As sharp as the panel might be, it’s still not very big in the grand scheme of things. As for Blu-ray playback, well, 1080p displays can handle that just fine.At the end of the day, LG may not be sure just how to go about extolling the virtues of a 538ppi display. It’s a natural technological progression, though, and there will be plenty of takers for the QHD panel.It’s not always important to be able to explain to consumers why they want or need the newer, fancier part in a smartphone or tablet. Sometimes it’s enough to just tell them it’s newer and fancier.
Share346 Tweet Email2 Yes of course a number of people complained but actually bigger numbers watched it and seemed to enjoy it and the story that seems to have emerged from that programme is that it’s a tale of two Ireland’s and one Ireland is full of under 50s and another Ireland full of over 50s who thought a little less of it in that sense.He added, “There are 37 Late Late Shows in a season, one we go bananas for one and that was Friday night and it was great fun and another one we play with toys and act like children and that goes down very well indeed.“And we have another one coming up, the country show and some people will hate that because they don’t love country and others will love it because they love country.“They are three event shows and we love each and every one of them, we love doing them. You’ll lose a few heads watching some of them and you’ll gain a few watching others and that’s what it is.He added that “normal business resumes this Friday”.Read: RTÉ has received a string of complaints and ‘negative feedback’ on the Late Late Valentine’s special> Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 8:29 PM RYAN TUBRIDY HAS defended the Late Late Show Valentine’s Special after it received 10 formal complaints, and hundreds of calls and emails with negative feedback.The show, where all audience members had to be single, had a version of Blind Date, a kiss cam and audience members were given a free hamper from Durex.A statement from RTÉ confirmed that, along with the 10 formal complaints, the show received 176 calls and 120 emails “offering negative feedback about the programme”.However, presenter Ryan Tubridy said, “The show actually went down very well, it got a 46% share which is enormous, and it’s a very very very good result.”Speaking on his show on RTÉ Radio 1 this morning Ryan Tubridy addressed the reaction around the Valentine’s Late Late Show special. Tubridy defends Late Late Valentine’s Special after string of complaints and negative feedback A total of 568,400 people tuned in to the show on Friday, with RTÉ One getting a 46% share of the audience that night. Image: sam boal http://jrnl.ie/3240084 Image: sam boal By Cliodhna Russell Short URL Feb 14th 2017, 8:29 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 30,914 Views 67 Comments
18 Comments By Kevin O’Brien Share34 Tweet Email1 Mayo 1-19Tipperary 1-11Kevin O’Brien reports from Semple Stadium, ThurlesTHE SCORELINE DOESN’T do justice to the immense effort Tipperary put in, but Mayo got out of Semple Stadium alive after overpowering the hosts in the final quarter. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHOMayo, the great entertainers, rarely treat their supporters to a bad game regardless of the opposition but they looked on the ropes at half-time when they went in trailing by two.To compound matters, Stephen Rochford’s side lost Seamus O’Shea to a shoulder injury and Colm Boyle to a black-card in the five minutes before the break.But a fortunate James Durcan goal in the 52nd minute ignited the Mayo challenge and they outscored the Premier by 1-7 to no score to close out the game in some style.Durcan, the twin brother of defender Paddy, kicked 1-2 while man-of-the-match Jason Doherty and Kevin McLoughlin scored 0-3 apiece.Traditionally Tipperary footballers don’t get a huge support but with the county’s hurlers knocked out of the championship, a massive crowd of 11,267 showed up – although it must be said a good fraction of that were Mayo fans.It was an entertaining game with plenty of good attacking play on either side and an intruiging tactical battle between Stephen Rochford and Liam Kearns.Tipperary set-up with Brian Fox as a full-time sweeper in front of the Mayo full-forward line and with a dangerous two-man full-forward line of Conor Sweeney and Michael Quinlivan. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHOMayo lined out with Paddy Durcan and Ger Cafferkey in the full-back line with Chris Barrett at centre-back flanked by Colm Boyle and Keith Higgins. Durcan had a wonderful tussle with Tipp’s 2016 All-Star Michael Quinlivan.The Premier ace scored 1-2 in the first-half but Durcan probably shaded it after a fine second-half performance.Seamus O’Shea and Stephen Coen paired up in midfield, while Mayo pushed Lee Keegan up as a third midfielder for the first quarter.Mayo raced into a four-point lead early on, but Tipperary started to get some joy when they directed high ball into the full-forward line. They kicked four long balls into the area in the first-half that yielded 1-2.Quinlivan’s goal arrived after another move started by Fox from deep. He worked it up for Josh Keane on the flank who delivered a brilliant pass that Quinlivan flicked into the net.Keegan had struggled to get his hand on possession and in the 19th minute, he switched with Higgins, who was already taken for two points by Austin. Cillian O’Connor had four pointed frees to his name by half-time but Mayo went in behind by 1-7 to 0-8.More importantly, they lost Seamus O’Shea to a suspected dislocated collarbone and Colm Boyle to a black card at the very end of the half. Diarmuid O’Connor replaced O’Shea and performed well at midfield for the remainder of the game.Cian Hanley came in for Boyle and went to wing-forward, with Coen moving to centre-back and Aidan O’Shea moving midfield. Mayo kicked the first two scores of the half but a brilliant mark from Jack Kennedy and two from Steven O’Brien helped the hosts establish a foothold in the middle. 32,137 Views Mayo lose Seamus O’Shea to injury but survive stern Tipperary test and power to qualifier victory James Durcan bagged 1-2 for Stephen Rochford’s side in their eight-point win. https://the42.ie/4088211 Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHOMcGrath, Quinlivan and Sweeney reeled off a score each as Tipp’s attack sparkled to move them 1-11 to 0-11 in front after 50 minutes. Then Keegan bombed forward and fed James Durcan for a point attempt that sensationally dropped into the top corner.Mayo pressed right up on Evan Comerford’s kick-outs, forcing him to go long and Aidan O’Shea started to lord the airwaves. McLoughlin, Doherty (2), Durcan, Andy Moran and Keegan clipped over scores as Mayo’s physical conditioning began to tell and they powered down the home straight.Scorers for Mayo: Cillian O’Connor 0-5 (0-5f), James Durcan 1-2, Jason Doherty and Kevin McLoughlin 0-3 each, Andy Moran, Paddy Durcan, Seamie O’Shea, Aidan O’Shea and Conor Loftus (0-1f) 0-1 each.Scorers for Tipperary: Michael Quinlivan 1-2, Liam McGrath 0-3 (0-2f), Conor Sweeney and Philip Austin 0-2 each, Steven O’BrienMayo1. David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites)7. Patrick Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels)3. Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites)5. Colm Boyle (Davitts)2. Chris Barrett (Belmullet)4. Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis)9. Lee Keegan (Westport)6. Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore)8. Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy)10. Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore)11. Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy)13. Jason Doherty (Burrishoole)14. Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber – captain)26. James Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels)15. Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen)Subs25. Diarmuid O’Connor for Seamus O’Shea (30)12. Cian Hanley (Ballaghadereen) for Boyle (35+4 black-card)23. Evan Regan (Ballina Stephenites) for McLoughlin (blood sub, 39 – 45)20. Eoin O’Donoghue (Belmullet) for Barrett (55)23. Regan for Cillian O’Connor (67)24. Conor Loftus (Crossmolina) for Moran (69)21. Danny Kirby (Castlebar Mitchels) for Diarmuid O’Connor (71)Tipperary1. Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)2. Shane O’Connell (Golden-Kilfeacle)4. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)3. John Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney)12. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill)7. Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule)6. Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers)5. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)11. Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)9. Steven O’Brien (Ballina)10. Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle)15. Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)22. Philip Austin (Borrisokane)13. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)14. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)Subs18. Liam Boland (Moyle Rovers) for Austin (59)8. Liam Casey (Cahir) for Kennedy (60)17. Kevin O’Halloran (Portroe) for McGrath (64)19. Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials) for Feehan (65)23. Jason Lonergan (Clonmel Commercials) for Keane (67)21. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers) for O’Brien (71)Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)Monaghan march on in qualifiers with ruthless 27-point hammering of WaterfordReturning from duty with the Defence Forces to the influence of an 8-time All-Ireland hurling winner Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 23rd 2018, 6:46 PM Short URL Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 6:46 PM
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be hosting a celebration of International Women’s Day with the theme Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures. Connect with other like minded women and hear from inspiring female leaders as they share the challenges, accomplishments and insights that have shaped their career. The night will take place at St Katherine’s Restaurant, 26 Cotham Road, Kew on Monday 19 March, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Tickets are $30 for HACCI members and $60 for non-members, students are $30. Men are also welcome. RSVP By Friday 16 March by emailing email@example.com
The Hellenic Initiative Australia is under way, as eight young graduates from Greece arrive in Australia. Hailed as one of the most important initiatives to address the Greek economic crisis, the six-month paid internship program will give 40 young Greeks the opportunity to work in 22 Australian companies, gaining new skills and valuable experience that they can put to use in their future ventures. The program equates to a $1.8 million investment over two years; the choice of eligible graduates was made in partnership with the successful ReGeneration program in Greece.Placements will be spread across Australian states in a variety of industries, from finance to pharmaceuticals and technology, including major banks ANZ and National Australia Bank. The Hellenic Initiative provides young professionals with the opportunity to gain experience in Australian enterprises.The first eight young graduates were expected to arrive to Australia by this weekend; a formal welcoming reception will be held for them next week at the Hellenic Museum. The eight interns are to start work this week; four of them are graduates of economic and finance studies and are to start internships in the bank sector – two of them will be working with ANZ and two with NAB. Amonb the other four, two are engineers (they will work with Hickory group in Melbourne), one is an architect, who will work with Cox Architecture in Perth and one is a marketing studies graduate, placed at the Lonsdale Institute.Last Friday, the eight interns met with the Australian Ambassador in Athens, John Griffin, who expressed Australia’s support to the efforts of THI Australia to provide an opportunity for young people who have hit by the effect of the ongoing economic crisis in Greece. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Trois smartphones de Samsung interdits en EuropeLe constructeur sud-coréen a vu les ventes de trois de ces modèles de smartphone interdites par une ordonnance du tribunal de La Haye suite à une plainte d’Apple.Apple a obtenu ce qu’il désirait de la justice européenne. La marque à la pomme, qui a déposé une plainte en référé devant le tribunal de La Haye contre Samsung pour plagiat de ses iPhone et iPad, a ainsi vu la justice européenne accéder à sa requête, du moins en ce qui concerne les téléphones. À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?”Les téléphones multifonctions de Samsung ne peuvent pas être vendus et cela vaut pour les modèles Samsung S, Samsung S II et Samsung Ace”, a ainsi déclaré à l’AFP Saskia Panchoe, une porte-parole du tribunal. “Le tribunal a estimé qu’il y avait bien infraction pour les téléphones, mais pas pour les tablettes, qui pourront être vendues”, a-t-elle néanmoins ajouté.Concernant les éléments visés par la justice, ils concernent notamment les brevets sur la manière de faire défiler des images ou de “déverrouiller” les téléphones portables, a expliqué le tribunal. Cet épisode s’ajoute donc à la longue liste des différents qui opposent Samsung à Apple à propos de violations de brevets. Un procès sur le fond de cette affaire ne devrait toutefois pas intervenir avant 2012. Le 25 août 2011 à 13:13 • Maxime Lambert