Kashmir is jugular vein of Pakistan: President

first_imgFrom Sajjad HussainIslamabad, Mar 23 (PTI) President Mamnoon Hussain today called Kashmir the “jugular vein of Pakistan” even as he sought a peaceful resolution of the long-standing dispute with India over it.”We are a peace loving nation and want peaceful relations with other nations, especially our neighbours,” Hussain said in his address at the Pakistan Day parade ceremony where the countrys armed forced showcased their military might.He said Kashmir is the “jugular vein of Pakistan” but his country would continue efforts for the peaceful resolution of the long-standing dispute.Hussain reiterated support for Kashmiri people, saying, “Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their right to self-determination.”Last year, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, while addressing a joint session of Pakistan-occupied Kashmirs assembly in Muzaffarabad, had described Kashmir as his countrys “jugular vein”.In 2014, army chief General Raheel Sharif had also termed Kashmir as the “jugular vein” of Pakistan and said the issue should be resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris.Hussain said Pakistans desire for “peaceful ties should not be misconstrued as our weakness”.He said Pakistan was not part of arms race with any country and its weapons were for the purpose of self-defence.Amid tight security, a parade by armed forces, showcasing of latest weapons and a cultural show marked the Pakistan Day celebrations here.The last parade was held on March 23, 2008, reviewed by General Pervez Musharraf as a civilian president, but was discontinued owing to security concerns.advertisementThe Pakistan Day is observed to commemorate a resolution passed by a gathering of Muslims in Lahore in 1940, urging a separate country for Muslims.The day dawned with a 31-gun salute at the federal capital and 21-gun salutes at the provincial capitals.The ceremony of the Pakistan Day parade kicked off with a fly past of Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy planes led by Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman.The formations of F-16, JF-17 thunder, Mirage, F-7PG AWACs, P-3C Orion presented salute to the chief guest by flying over the dais.Different regiments of Pakistan Army, Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Air Force, Rangers, Police, SSG and girl guides marched past the dais presenting salute to the President.Prime Minister Sharif, President Hussain, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah, and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif witnessed the parade. PTI SH ASK AKJ ASKlast_img read more

Jaguar rolls out maiden SUV F-Pace, says has no rivals here

first_imgMumbai, Oct 20 (PTI) Hit by the lingering uncertainty over highend diesel cars, the Tatas-owned Jaguar Land Rover India today launched its maiden crossover SUV the F-Pace with a 2-liter diesel engine, making this the lowest powered offering from the British luxe carmaker.The crossover SUV also comes with a 3-liter diesel engine and are priced at Rs 68.4 lakh for the 2-liter Pure variant, which goes up to Rs 74.5 lakh for the Prestige variant, and Rs 1.02 crore for the 3-liter R Sport variant and, finally to Rs 1.12 crore for the First Edition. All prices are ex-showroom- New Delhi.Jaguar Land Rover India President Rohit Suri told PTI today that the F-Pace has no direct rivals in the domestic market and may be the Porsche Macan and the BMW X5 could be the distant competition.When asked about the rationale for a separate SUV brand under the Jaguar brand as group company Land Rover is an SUV only player, Suri told PTI that they launched the F-Pace last year globally as the world over there is an increasing trend of moving to SUVs.Jaguar never had an SUV as it has always been known for its sedans and Suri termed the F-Pace launch as “a historic moment for Jaguar globally”.Whether the company will lower the prices of its various models here following the massive 18 per cent plunge in the British pound on the back of the Brexit vote in June, Suri said no as pricing is a long-term strategy and not one or two currency specific.advertisement”We will not lower the prices massively for the sake of doing it or to ramp up volume. This is despite the fact that we did it with good result for the Jaguar XJ last year as our price was too different in the higher side.”We take a long term of the pricing as we source from across the globe and the massive currency depreciation in a few units cannot be a reason for a deeper price cut. Having said, that of course we will look at that option going forward but am sure it wont be massive as we did with the XJ,” Suri said.When asked about the customer response to the F-Pace as the company had announced the prices earlier this month, he said very good but did not quantify.He said there is no immediate plan to locally assemble the F-Pace. JLR makes five models at its Pune plant-three from the Jaguar stable and two from the Land Rover.The Jaguar portfolio range includes F-Type, XF, XJ, XE and the F-Pace. Sure said the car will be available at all the 23 dealers from today. The company will have three more dealerships by March, he added. PTI BEN NRB MR BASlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Border picks Kohli, Morgan, Finch as 3 skippers to watch out for

first_imgCricket legend Allan Border has handpicked Virat Kohli, Eoin Morgan, and Aaron Finch as the three skippers to watch out for in the ICC ODI World Cup, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.Border, who led Australia to World Cup triumph in 1987, said Kohli’s aggressive and “in-your-face” style of captaincy makes him a different kind of a leader than Morgan and Finch.”Virat Kohli, I think he’s a different type of captain. He’s a bit more of a boisterous-type player and wears his heart on his sleeve,” Border told cricket.com.au.”So the players know if they’ve stuffed up because he’s one of those really in-your-face-type skippers.”Border, who captained Australia in 178 ODIs, however, refused to rank the trio in any order but is mighty impressed with Morgan under whose leadership England have reached the pinnacle of ODI cricket.”England, I think they’re doing exceptionally well. They’ve brought a different game plan to the table which is going to be interesting to see how it pans out in the World Cup. They’re a dangerous side because of it and you know as the bowling group you’re under pressure,” he said.”The way it looks to me, they might drop the odd game but they’re going to win enough games to get through to the semi-finals and that’s what it’s all about.”That game plan under Trevor Bayliss as a coach and Eoin Morgan, I think he’s a seriously good one-day cricketer, and he’s as good a captain as there is going around. Tactically he’s very good and their game plan at the moment is a dangerous game plan to play against.”advertisementThe 63-year-old former left-handed batsman was also impressed with compatriot Finch’s leadership qualities, especially under difficult circumstances.”Aaron Finch is doing a great job. He’s got a good feel around the group, I think that’s what he brings to his captaincy,” Border said.”Everyone knows their responsibilities and it’s a good environment to play in. So that’s a good start as a captain. He’s done a very good job.”Tactically, I think they (Kohli, Morgan, and Finch) all do very well.Also Read | I used sun screen, zip, mints while bowling: PanesarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Don’t read much into indifferent Australia series, says ChahalAlso Seelast_img read more

OSC Pulls VLCC Fleet Management from Navig8s Pool

first_imgImage Courtesy: OSCShipowner Oman Shipping Company SAOC (OSC) has decided to internalize the commercial management of their very large crude carrier (VLCC) fleet which was previously a part of the VL8 pool, managed by maritime services provider Navig8 Group.Namely, a total of 15 VLCC owned by Oman Shipping Company have been placed in the VL8 shipping pool since 2010.“Despite the many benefits we have received from our vessel participation in the VL8 pool, we have made the decision to internalize the commercial management of our VLCC fleet to meet our legitimate growth aspirations in every functional area under the OSC brand,“ Tarik Al Junaidi, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Shipping Company, said.The company’s fleet includes 33 tankers, 16 of which are OSC-owned VLCCs.The VL8 pool is one of the largest VLCC tanker pools in the world and one of 16 shipping pools managed by Navig8.last_img read more

Minister Congratulates Unique Solutions on New Investment

first_imgEconomic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister, and Minister responsible for Nova Scotia Business Inc., Percy Paris congratulated a company with an office in Dartmouth today, July 27, on attracting $30 million in new funding. Unique Solutions Design Ltd. has received the investment from Toronto-based Northwater Capital’s Intellectual Property Fund. It will allow the company to accelerate its North American expansion plans, including hiring 11 new employees. It now has 32 employees, with most of them working out of Unique’s Dartmouth headquarters. Unique Solutions is a data company that is transforming fashion retailing by using body scan kiosks to help shoppers buy the best-fitting clothes possible. Last year, the company opened its first permanent kiosk in a mall at King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. With the additional funds, Unique plans to open more than 300 kiosks across North America. NSBI Venture Capital has invested about $5.6 million in Unique Solutions, helping it grow to the point that it attracted the funding. “Unique Solutions is proving that Nova Scotia entrepreneurs can be market leaders around the world, and our jobsHere plan to grow Nova Scotia’s economy is committed to supporting more results just like Unique’s,” said Mr. Paris. “Our previous investments in Unique Solutions have matched the company’s innovation with the money needed to develop the business into a commercial success.” The body scanning service is free and also generates personalized shopping guides telling people where to buy the best clothes for them. Unique Solutions has recently been featured on CNN, People magazine, NBC’s the Today Show and the New York Times. “The support we’ve received in Nova Scotia has been truly fantastic,” said Tanya Shaw, president and CEO of Unique Solutions. “As well as financial support, NSBI and other private groups have helped us develop this business to become a force in the world of international retail.” “Unique’s success in attracting capital and expanding internationally demonstrates that NSBI’s earlier investment in Unique was a good move for Nova Scotia,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “We are seeing progress on all three of NSBI’s venture capital goals: to support a dynamic business, create opportunity in Nova Scotia, and see gains for Nova Scotia taxpayers.” NSBI Venture Capital invests in companies, growing their business, technology, and markets, to attract more investment – including from outside the region- for greater benefit internationally and on the ground in Nova Scotia. Venture capital investments usually require successive rounds of funding as the target company positions itself for success. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI helps local companies and attracts international businesses to Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca and follow online at www.nsbi.ca/connect .last_img read more

Amendments to Securities Act Creates Consistency Among Provinces

first_imgAmendments to the Securities Act introduced today, Sept. 27, will create consistency with other provinces and improve enforcement of securities laws. “Changes to the act will improve standards and efficiencies and ensure we remain consistent with other provinces,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey. To enhance enforcement, certain powers of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission will be extended to the recognized self-regulatory organizations that it oversees, such as the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada. This will allow the organizations to file administrative orders with the court to enable the collection of fines and costs as if they were civil judgments, compel evidence from witnesses during an investigation and during a hearing, and provide statutory immunity to the self-regulated organizations staff, directors, officers and agents. The section of the act that requires the attorney general’s consent to initiate quasi-criminal proceedings will be repealed. That decision will then rest with the Securities Commission. In addition, the amendments will add provisions to establish and regulate financial benchmarks, enhance Community Economic-Development Corporations regulations, and extends existing immunity for employees of the commission from being called as a witness in private civil proceedings or being required to produce documents and written evidence obtained in the conduct of the commission’s duties. All of the amendments are in keeping with Nova Scotia’s commitment as part of the Council of Ministers to harmonize securities regulation and promote improved enforcement of securities laws in Canada.last_img read more

Humid morning in Delhi thunderstorm predicted in evening

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a humid morning in the national capital Tuesday with the weatherman predicting gusty winds and thunderstorm towards the evening. “The minimum temperature at 8.30 am was 27.8 degrees Celsius while the humidity level was 72 per cent,” a MeT official said. The afternoon would see overcast conditions and, the official said, adding, “Gusty winds and thunderstorm are likely towards the evening.” The maximum and minimum temperatures will hover around 34 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. On Monday, the city recorded a high of 35.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal, and a low of 27.4 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels oscillated between 55 and 78 percent.last_img

Woman who orchestrated Rengel killing to appear before parole board

first_imgKITCHENER, Ont. — A young woman who sexually blackmailed her boyfriend into killing a 14-year-old girl she saw as a rival more than a decade ago is set to appear before the Parole Board of Canada today.Melissa Todorovic was convicted in 2009 for masterminding the murder of Stefanie Rengel, a girl she had never met but who became the focus of her jealousy.Rengel had briefly dated Todorovic’s then-boyfriend, David Bagshaw, years earlier and Todorovic threated to break up with him or withhold sex unless he killed his former flame.He eventually carried out her command, stabbing Rengel six times and leaving her to die in a snowbank outside her house on New Year’s Day, 2008.Todorovic was sentenced in 2009 as an adult to life in prison with no chance of parole for seven years, the maximum adult sentence for someone her age. She challenged the ruling but it was upheld on appeal.Bagshaw is also serving an adult life sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.At a hearing late last year, the parole board granted Todorovic three unescorted three-day absences from prison, saying she had made progress in handling her emotions but still needed to work on her self-esteem and other issues.Todorovic said at the time she planned to use the absences to continue therapy after her sessions were discontinued in prison, and work with an employment counsellor to see what she could do once released.During that hearing, Todorovic said the plot against Rengel was fuelled by intense jealousy and rage, as well as a desire to exert power over Bagshaw.Todorovic also told the panel she had asked him to kill at least two others she considered rivals, and said she had made a similar request of a previous boyfriend, which caused him to end the relationship.Todorovic, who for years insisted she didn’t believe Bagshaw would go through with the killing, said during the hearing that she now felt like a “monster” for telling him to do it.She also said she didn’t want anything to do with Bagshaw anymore, despite a recent attempt he made to reach her.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

US longterm mortgage rates little changed 30year at 382

WASHINGTON — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were little changed this week, after six straight weeks of declines putting them at historically low levels.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage held steady from last week at 3.82 per cent, its lowest point since September 2017. By contrast, a year ago the benchmark rate stood at 4.62 per cent.The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate home loans slipped this week to 3.26% from 3.28%.The declining rates have been a boon to potential purchasers in the spring home buying season, and the number of prospective buyers seeking mortgages jumped last month.The Associated Press

Somali radicals loot UN buildings forcing some operations to close

20 July 2009Somali militants raided two United Nations compounds today, stealing equipment and vehicles and forcing the world body to close down one of its operations in the violence-wracked country. Al Shabaab militiamen looted UN facilities in the towns of Baidoa and Wajid, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York, adding that the UN Office in Somalia “deeply regrets having to relocate staff and temporarily suspend its operations in Baidoa.”Ms. Okabe said that the UN will continue working in Wajid, where the minimum security measures remain intact, and it is optimistic that a reassessment of safety conditions on the ground will allow critical humanitarian work to resume in Baidoa and elsewhere in Somalia. The looting occurred as the top UN envoy to Somalia warned that extremist rebel groups are threatening to overthrow its legitimately recognized Government, while calling on the international community to intervene.“While the world focuses elsewhere, groups of foreign extremists are trying to take control of a strategically placed country,” Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, wrote in an opinion piece published today in The Washington Post.A fresh wave of fighting, which broke out in Mogadishu in May, has driven 200,000 people from their homes, in addition to the more than 400,000 already displaced near the capital and along the Afgooye corridor, west of Mogadishu.“Those who attacked Mogadishu in May are extremists with no common agenda except to seize power by force,” said Mr. Ould-Abdallah. “They include individuals on the UN Security Council’s list of al-Qaida and Taliban members and a few hundred experienced fighters from other areas of Africa, as well as Arabs and Asians.”He noted that Somalia has “the longest coastline in Africa and borders international maritime routes as well as regional powers Kenya and Ethiopia,” stressing that foreign fighters are using the impoverished country “to further their agenda of spreading international violence.”The Special Representative said that the “credibility of the United Nations and others is threatened if they stand by and allow such a takeover in Somalia.”Last year’s UN-brokered Djibouti Agreement ended the long-running conflict between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia, with President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed taking office in January and a new unity Government being formed in February. “I saw what a tremendous effort his government is making… organizing an effective administration that is working for the people,” Mr. Ould-Abdallah wrote, referring to a recent visit to President Sheikh Ahmed. “But how can they defend against determined suicide bombers such as those who killed the extremely able internal security minister and dozens of innocent civilians in May?”Mr. Ould-Abdallah urged donor countries to fund African Union peacekeeping troops who need better equipment, improved living conditions and logistical support, and to provide urgent life-saving aid and assistance to the suffering population. Highlighting the Security Council’s declarations to act against those “attempting to disrupt the peace process and create anarchy,” he noted that a list “is being compiled for the UN sanctions committee of those who may find their assets frozen and face a travel ban.”He said that businessmen gaining from the continuing conflict and others who support extremists, whether out of conviction or in pursuit of profit, should be hit in their wallets. “Some are working in Kenya, Congo and south Sudan, but they are known. Likewise, those extremist leaders who have sent their families abroad while they destroy innocent lives here should understand that these family members will no longer be welcome.”Mr. Ould-Abdallah said that the situation in Somalia should concern the international community and that, with help, the conflict can be stopped as other seemingly endless internal wars have been brought to a close. read more

Panamanian jazz composer Danilo Pérez to become UN Artist for Peace

The United Nations agency tasked with conserving and promoting humanity’s cultural heritage today announced its move to appoint renowned Panamanian pianist and jazz composer Danilo Pérez as an Artist for Peace for his efforts to promote music programmes for children living in extreme poverty in his country. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said the designation of Mr. Pérez as an Artist for Peace by the agency’s Director-General, Irina Bokova – which will take place at the agency’s headquarters in Paris on Tuesday – will be in appreciation of his work as President of the Danilo Pérez Foundation, as well as “his dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization.” UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to promote UNESCO’s message, according to the UN agency. They include Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango, musician Gilberto Gil of Brazil, Portuguese actress and singer Maria de Medeiros, British singer Sarah Brightman and author Frankétienne of Haiti. Mr. Pérez has influenced contemporary music through his distinctive Pan-American jazz, UNESCO noted in a news release. In addition to his work providing outreach music programmes for children through his foundation, he directs the Berklee Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and is the Artistic Director for the Panama Jazz Festival. read more

Syria UN agency ready to expand aid work in Yarmouk if reported

It has been more than two weeks since the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was able to distribute any aid to the estimated 18,000 civilians trapped “in desperate conditions” in the camp.Spokesman Chris Gunness today confirmed that the agency has received “credible information” about an agreement signed between Syrian authorities and armed opposition groups inside Yarmouk. “We would welcome any durable and binding agreement that achieves a cessation of hostilities, full humanitarian access and an end to the suffering of civilians in Yarmouk and all of Syria,” Mr. Gunness said.He underscored that the UNRWA is urgently seeking the immediate resumption and expansion of its humanitarian activities inside Yarmouk to enable it to offer a full range of humanitarian supplies, services and programmes to the civilians.“UNRWA stands ready to implement a rapid humanitarian response so that the immediate and longer term needs of Yarmouk’s civilian population can be met,” said Mr. Gunness.Prior to the armed conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, Yarmouk, which is based in Damascus, was home to over 160,000 Palestine refugees. Since December 2012, fighting has caused at least 140,000 Palestine refugees to flee their homes in Yarmouk, as armed opposition groups established a presence in the area, with Government forces controlling the periphery. read more

New Allison Transmission OffHighway Series introduced at Bauma

first_imgAllison Transmission introduced the 6630ORS, its newest Off-Highway Series™ model, and highlighted new applications with Bell Equipment at Bauma 2016 this week in Munich. The 6630ORS fully automatic transmission is an evolution of the 6000 Off-Highway Series, offering increased durability and performance. It contains a new internal damper and updated torque converter turbine with improved vane geometry and anodized surface treatment.Responding to growing customer demand for articulated haulers with larger payloads, the 55 t capacity Volvo A60H has been developed incorporating the Allison 6630ORS, which was on display at Bauma 2016. “Renowned worldwide for working hard over a long service life with minimum downtime and high productivity, Allison transmissions are an ideal match for vehicles in this demanding application.”Additionally, Bell Equipment showcased its first B45E with an Allison 4700ORS model, which along with its B40E and B50E models, will be moving from a 6-speed to the 7-speed transmission. “This brings improved gradeability due to the deep first range and smaller ratio steps, resulting in even better performance and fuel efficiency.” Bell also presented the new B60E articulated dump truck with the Allison 4800ORS model and B30E with the Allison 3500ORS with retarder.Allison’s booth featured a MAN TGS 40.480 60W 6×6 mining truck with a 4500 model transmission, which was built for a construction end-user in Russia. Bauma 2016 attendees also had the opportunity to see a number of Allison-equipped vehicles on display. Among these trucks are a Terex TR70 rigid hauler with the Allison 6620ORS and TA400 articulated hauler with the Allison 4500ORS. Additionally, KH Kipper displayed a MAN TGS 40.480 60W 6×6 with mining body and an Allison 4500 model transmission.last_img read more

Martin ONeill burned Fabio Cannavaro and Patrick Vieira on ITV tonight

first_imgMARTIN O’NEILL WAS in fine fettle on the ITV panel for this evening’s France versus Switzerland World Cup Group E clash.The Republic of Ireland manager joked with presenter Adrian Chiles that Fabio Cannavaro, the former Italy captain, doubted his playing credentials. O’Neill told Cannavaro and Patrick Vieira not to underestimate him because he was at an advanced age and wearing glasses.O’Neill remarked, “Despite the fact that there are two World Cup winners [here], actually when it comes to the Champions League, which used to be the European Cup, I’ve won two of them. I’d just like to know, how many have you lads won?”Neither answered. Indeed, despite 25 club honours between them, neither Cannavaro or Vieira ever won a Champions League. Source: KorEire/YouTubeFirst Robbie Williams [back in 1998], then Vieira and Cannavaro. Martin O’Neill is punditry gold.Things got heated between Kenny Cunningham and Eamon Dunphy on RTE earlierWe’ll Leave It There So: England crash out, McDowell in the mix and today’s sportlast_img read more

Suffer from lower back pain Paracetamol might not be effective in relieving

first_imgTHE PRACTICE OF using paracetamol to treat lower back pain has been called into question after a study found it was no more effective than a placebo.No difference was found in terms of pain levels, function, sleep, quality of life, or speed of recovery from an acute episode between patients using the drug and another group using a placebo.The study, published in The Lancet, consisted of over 1600 patients in Australia being  randomly assigned into three groups – one received three doses of paracetamol per day (3990mg), one who could take the drug as needed (4000mg), and one who was assigned a placebo.Researchers found no difference in recovery times between the groups – the placebo group actually recovered one day quicker on average.The findings led to lead author Dr Christopher Williams, from the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney, to suggest that analgesics “might not be of primary importance in the management of acute lower back pain”, and suggested that further research should be pursued into whether ‘advice and reassurance’ would be more effective“The results suggest we need to reconsider the universal recommendation to provide paracetamol as a first-line treatment for low-back pain,” Williams said, “although understanding why paracetamol works for other pain states but not low-back pain would help direct future treatments.Other professionals in the field were quick to warn against this single study, while it was of high-quality with clear results, from prompting doctors to alter treatment guidelines, and said that other analgesics could result in more favourable results.A 2012 study in Ireland found that as many as 250,000 people in Ireland suffering from nerve-related back pain do not seek medical assistance for their condition because they do not believe it is “serious enough” to warrant treatment.Read: Pharmacists want migraine medicine taken off prescription >last_img read more

Chasse à la baleine le Japon accusé davoir corrompu des États

first_imgChasse à la baleine : le Japon accusé d’avoir corrompu des ÉtatsJapon – Alors que débutera le 21 juin prochain au Maroc une session de la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI), le Sunday Times affirme que le Japon aurait corrompu certains États pour obtenir leur soutien au sujet de la chasse à la baleine. Une pratique à laquelle le pays refuse catégoriquement de renoncer.Le journal indique en effet avoir mené une enquête et disposer de preuves au sujet de ces pratiques, assurant notamment que les États insulaires de Saint-Christophe-et-Niévès, Grenade, Kiribati, ainsi que la Guinée et la Côte d’Ivoire, ont accepté d’engager des négociations pour adopter une position pro-chasse. Des représentants de ces États auraient admis avoir voté en faveur de la chasse à la baleine en échange de divers cadeaux du Japon, sous forme d’argent versé lors des réunions de la CBI, de voyages, ou de prostituées.À lire aussiMigaloo la baleine blanche extrêmement rare a de nouveau été filméeLe Japon qui devrait plaider lors de la prochaine réunion de la Commission pour une levée du moratoire sur la chasse commerciale à la baleine, dément fermement ces allégations. Mais des reporters du Sunday Times se sont fait passer auprès des représentants de plusieurs pays pour les représentants d’un écologiste milliardaire suisse souhaitant les convaincre de changer leur vote. Le responsable de la pêche pour la Guinée a ainsi révélé que le Japon offrait 1.000 dollars en liquide par jour au ministre de la Pêche pour ses dépenses personnelles pendant toute la durée des rencontres de la CBI. De son côté, un responsable de la pêche pour les îles Marshall a confié que son pays “soutenait le Japon à cause de ce qu’il leur offrait”. Et le représentant de la Tanzanie d’évoquer des “gentilles filles” mises à disposition du ministre du secteur de la Pêche lors de séjours tous frais payés au Japon.La Commission baleinière internationale interdit la chasse commerciale depuis 1986, mais autorise toujours une chasse scientifique à laquelle s’adonne le Japon, dans l’espoir de parvenir à faire lever le moratoire sur la pêche commerciale.Le 17 juin 2010 à 16:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Soldotna Approves Name Change Of Kleeb Loop to Whistle Hill Loop

first_imgThe City of Soldotna received a request from commercial property owner Mary Krull to rename the road back in September. Whistle Hill is home to a mixture of vintage train cars, with the Brew@602 coffee shop, and the newest addition Addie Camp food and wine bar that will be opening fall of 2018. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council voted to approve the name change of Kleep Loop to Whistle Hill Loop at its meeting on Wednesday. The new name matches that of the recent ‘Whistle Hill’ commercial development along the road, and according to the request will help aid commuters in navigating to businesses within that development. According to Krull research was done on the history of the Kleeb Loop name but there was no history found on it by either herself or the city.last_img read more

AMI Bankruptcy Not a Hurdle to Playboy Agreement

first_imgThrough the first half, Playboy Enterprises reported that the magazine generated $17.3 million in revenue domestically through the first half (down from $29.9 million during last year’s period) while digital pulled in $16.5 million, down slightly from $18.2 million. The company overall realized a $6.4 million net loss. (Playboy is expected to report third quarter revenues on November 9.)In addition to Star, AMI publishes several magazines including Country Weekly, Men’s Fitness, Shape and the National Enquirer. Earlier this week, Star magazine publisher American Media Inc. announced its intention to file a pre-packaged bankruptcy plan, as soon as it gets the required number of bondholders to approve. The company did not indicate how much debt it intends to eliminate in the process but said it would aim to emerge from Chapter 11 within 60 days.In making the announcement, AMI chairman and CEO David Pecker said the bankruptcy process should not affect American Media’s operations, and that its publications “will function seamlessly, staff will be unaffected by the reorganization and customers should not notice any difference.”One of those customers/publications is Playboy magazine. Last November, Playboy Enterprises agreed to farm out the magazine’s advertising sales, circulation, marketing, production and all other business operations to AMI. Under terms of the contract, AMI said at the time that it would be paid “potential fees” in the range of $5 million for advertising, circulation, production and related services. This, the company said, would result in profitability of approximately $2 million.According to a spokesperson for Playboy, AMI’s pending bankruptcy filing does not jeopardize its agreement with Playboy. “We are pleased with our existing relationship, and we don’t think that these financial proceedings will have any impact on our agreement,” the spokesperson says.last_img read more

Jaiprakash Power Ventures shares gain on debt restructuring plans

first_imgJaiprakash Power Ventures (JP Power) shares gained as much as 13.5 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Thursday in response to the company informing about plans to restructure debt.The stock with a face value of Rs. 10 each rose to an intraday high of Rs. 4.70 and was trading at Rs. 4.50 at around 3.02 p.m.In a regulatory filing to the BSE, the company had said on Wednesday its board will meet on Thursday to consider debt restructuring plans for the company.”Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd has informed BSE that meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company will be held on October 06, 2016, inter alia, to consider the recommendations of Committee of Directors (for Restructuring) regarding proposals of restructuring including divestment of one or more units and review the progress made in the reduction of Company’s debt,” the Noida-based company said.The 22-year-old company is a part of the Jaypee Group and has interests in various thermal and hydropower projects in India.For the quarter ended June 30, 2016, the company reported standalone net loss of Rs. 196 crore on total income of Rs. 753.77 crore.last_img read more

EC sides with govt on electoral frauds Odhikar

first_imgThe country has seen a jump in extrajudicial killings this year that created an atmosphere of fear ahead of the next general elections, says a human rights body.Odhikar has recorded as many as 274 such incidents in the first six months of 2018, much higher than 85 extrajudicial killings in the corresponding period of 2017.At least 165 persons were reportedly killed between 15 May and 30 June, in the raids carried out under an anti-drug drive alone.“Under the cover of such operation, a fearful environment was created through the killing of some opposition party leaders, and activists and putting democratic principles in further crisis,” Odhikar observed in its half-yearly human rights monitoring report released on Sunday.There were political figures including the opposition members and left political activists, in the list of persons killed extrajudicially.Dwelling on the recent local government elections including in Khulna and Gazipur city corporations, the rights group pointed out that there were reported incidents of various irregularities, including ‘capturing’ polling stations, casting fake votes, forcibly ousting the polling agents belonging to the opposition party candidates by supporters of the ruling Awami League-nominated candidate.“Despite such facts, the election commission sided with the government and claimed that elections were held in a free and fair manner,” it regretted.Odhikar mentioned that the year 2018 is considered to be “very significant year for Bangladesh” as the 11th parliamentary election is expected to be held in December 2018. “But the government has created a difficult situation for the opposition by suppressing them and taking their political rights away,” it added.When the extrajudicial killing rose alarmingly, the number of enforced disappearances came down to 16 in six months this year from 57 during the same period of the previous year.However, incidents of attacks on journalists increased in six months this year to 40 from 22Deaths in political violence remain steady, 49 this year compared to 47 in six months last year.There is no improvement in the situation plagued by high rates of rape as 363 rape incidents were recorded this year as against 371 in six months of 2017.last_img read more