November 16, 2019
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first_imgChelsea Chelsea out to attack Arsenal in ‘special’ Carabao Cup semi-final, says Hazard Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 06:30 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea League Cup Eden Hazard Arsenal The Blues forward has called on his side to play without fear and pressure Arsene Wenger’s side in their own stadium on Wednesday Eden Hazard showed some of his best form in Chelsea’s 4-0 win against Brighton at the weekend and hopes that his side can use that as a confidence boost to bring the game to Arsenal on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup.The Blues go into the semi-final clash having drawn the opening match 0-0 at Stamford Bridge two weeks earlier.But Hazard, who bagged a brilliant brace on Saturday, hopes that the London derby can entertain as it did in the exciting 2-2 Premier League clash at the start of the month and thinks that Chelsea will attack their opponents better than they did in the first leg. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It’s a semi-final. We will go there to win, for sure,” Hazard said. “If we are thinking about setting up defensively against Arsenal then that’s a bad thing, because we need to score goals. We will see what the team is like – maybe the manager can change some players.“We need to find ways to create problems for them. We will go there to win the game, create chances, because if we don’t create chances we can’t score. It’s that simple. “Yes, maybe [it will be exciting like the league match], but we will see. We will go there to win the game because we want to win trophies at the end of the season, and the [Carabao] Cup is a good trophy. “Big games are special because you know everyone is watching. It’s a semi-final and our fans want Chelsea in finals, so they will be watching the game.“The Emirates Stadium is good with a lot of fans. It’s the kind of night you want to shine in.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe 2015 has started off as a pretty challenging year for the container shipping industry. With volatile spot rates coupled with oversupply and ordering of ever bigger ships, ship owners across the board seem to have a lot on their plates.World Maritime News wanted to know more about the direction the market may take in following period, so we consulted with Mr Peter Sand, Chief Analyst at the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO). Peter Sand joined BIMCO in 2009 and as Chief Shipping Analyst he is responsible for analysing the commercial markets for dry bulkers, tankers and containerships. BIMCO is the largest international shipping association representing shipowners. It has 2,300 members in around 130 countries.WMN: We have seen a growing volatility in the container shipping market in the first quarter of 2015, are there any signs that this may change for the better until the end of the year?Sand: “Speaking about the high volume East-West trades (into Europe and Med), the sensitive match-up between supply and demand that delivered a fairly steady freight rate level during H1-2014 broke down when the peak season started. BIMCO then forecast that it would take some time for market conditions to re-establish stability, especially in a declining market. Since then high volatility has haunted those trades. As the demand from Europe/Med is only growing slowly, the supply side is key to stability. Right now stability doesn’t look to arrive around the next corner.”WMN: What trades are expected to rebound and which ones are under the most pressure at the moment in terms of freight rate levels?Sand: “Most trades out of China are under pressure for the moment, with export growth being very weak and overseas demand not growing particularly fast. The demand has also come down from the larger oil producing countries as they see revenue erode and thus import fewer containerized goods. On all trades (except for Shanghai-Korea) we see the lowest level in six years for this time of the year. African trades into Nigeria and Angola is hit by lower oil prices affecting demand, same goes for Russia and Brazil.”WMN: TSA members are trying to balance out the freight rates as US congestion eases out. Can we expect their efforts to bear fruit?Sand: “Freight rates on the Pacific from China (currently at USD 1,519 per FEU) have been on a downward trend since February, following more or less normal seasonality. The current level is not satisfactory for liners with ships calling USWC, as we have seen volumes drop in 2015 as compared to last year (-3.8% in Q1). US EC seems to have taken some of the cargo as volumes are very upbeat as compared to 2014 (+18.6% in Q1). So will freight rates go higher on Transpacific? Well, it’s a fairly stable rate for that trade looking over the years, so I wouldn’t expect to see them much lower than what we see today – this includes no large increase either.”WMN: We have seen a container volume surge in US ports, breaking all records, is this trend likely to resume?Sand: “The US economy is to a large extent based on consumer demand. The US economy has been growing briskly in recent years, and the QE (expansionary monetary policy) is no longer needed. Unemployment is rather low too. All of this means more consumers that spend more, also on imported containerized goods. Especially the US EC ports have seen a very strong growth in inbound cargo. For the coming years BIMCO expects US EC ports that are ready to host Post-Panamax container ships to grow their business significantly. As the new locks of the Panama canal open up, even more and larger ships will be able to call US EC ports from the Far East. The US WC ports are also likely to see higher import levels but growth rates are smaller as compared to the ones in US EC.”WMN: Freight rates on Europe – China routes have been steadily dropping throughout the year due to China’s decline in both exports and imports. Do you see the trend continuing, and how will the carriers respond if it does?Sand: “Shipping is a derived demand of global economics and freight rates on Europe–China or the front-haul China-Europe will only get stronger if demand goes up, primarily. Firstly on Europe-China, the backhaul leg, has seen volumes increase in past years – making the trade less biased. But as China is also slowing down economically, imports slow down too and the local consumers tend to prefer domestically produced goods to the largest extent – so far. The re-balancing of the Chinese economy is felt all over the World.On the front-haul from China to Europe, the very slow recovery in Europe means the demand side is growing too slowly. This also causes cascading to a higher extent than would have been the case, if demand was stronger.How will carriers respond: they will aim at matching supply to demand – trying to get in front of the curve instead of being stuck behind as it have appeared they have been for some time now – with freight rate erosion in the wake.”WMN:  According to your report, April saw a change in fortunes on the US-China routes, with the rates increasing after seven weeks of decline. What are the reasons for this rise?Sand: “That uptick in rates on US EC bound cargo was a one-off, as rates have dropped ever since. Five weeks running now. Freight rates were flying high in first four months of 2015 on the USEC-bound route from Shanghai – now they are back into a normal level. The congestion on US WC surely contributed to more cargo going to the Atlantic US ports, this pushed up rates. But the US EC trades are now also seeing more Post-Panamaxes deployed on that trade meaning that supply is growing quite rapidly. In a market with a solid demand side this is natural. Heading towards the peak season, freight rates should stabilize and improve from here unless supply significantly outstrips demand.”The demand side to remains steady around 6% for the market to recoverWMN: The formation of shipping mega-alliances has caused numerous challenges for operators on how to handle their mega-ships calling on multiple-origin ports. How will this affect liner reliability and what could be the best approach for port operators to meet these challenges? Do we need a revolution in container handling?Sand: “The seaside of container shipping has seen another revolution in terms of sizes in the past years. This naturally put pressure too on the shore-side of the business. Port operators across the globe have been in a hurry to scale up their operations too. We have seen congestion in several ports in Europe as well as US WC where Post-Panamax and ULSC have been calling. The hinterland infrastructure needs to adapt to this reality. Liner reliability have so far not been affected by the challenges ashore.”WMN: What needs to be done for the market rates to recover?Sand: “For the overall market to recover we need the demand side to remain steady around (at least) 6% (which is BIMCO’s estimated “New normal” demand side growth level for the global container shipping industry. As the supply side on an annualized basis grows at more or less 6% too, we need one of the two to start moving in positive direction in order to alter the current stalemate in the market as such. The key to this is likely to be the supply side, as this is where owners and operators can improve the fundamental market conditions. Making sure slow-steaming in all forms continue, limiting orderings and taking less efficient tonnage out of the market.”WMN:  The newbuilding market, especially for ultra large containerships, has been very active over the recent period? What will this mean for supply-demand balance in the following period?Sand: “BIMCO sees the introduction over the past years of many ULCS as an “overhaul” of the high volume trades, in order to improve efficiency and profitability. Firstly, Far East to Europe, secondly Far East to US EC and US WC. The trend has been very clear in recent years. You need to increase the capacity on each ship on each trade AND UTILISE that fully in order to run a profitable business.”WMN: Overall, based on the current developments, what direction is the container shipping market expected to take? Are we heading for 24,000 TEU ships, more mega–alliances or is there a new emerging trend?Sand: “It doesn’t seem as if we have seen the biggest container ship built yet – as we have seen it in the tanker industry. But it appears as if we are getting closer to a size where the benefits of economies of scale are not that big anymore, when comparing a 20,000 teu to a 24,000 teu. But the new trend will be on filling up these ships to their maximum, because it is only when you manage do that, that you reap the full potential of the cost savings. The current structure of the market with alliances and other legal forms of cooperation are all approved by authorities across the globe, and it seems to be a tool the industry likes to apply. Container shipping is a high volume-small margins business so you need scale all over the place.”World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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first_img Cole Harbour, Halifax Regional Municipality Glooscap First Nation, Kings Co. North Mountain, Kings Co. Prospect, Halifax Regional Municipality Four Nova Scotia communities have earned this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award for their exemplary civic and community spirit. The communities being recognized in 2018 are: “I was delighted to hear that there were a significant number of applications from communities all over Nova Scotia this year,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. “This volume of applications is indicative of the tremendous sense of pride that Nova Scotians have in their towns and villages. I thank all the communities that applied and I look forward to presenting the awards in the coming weeks.” The award celebrates the power, strength and diversity of vibrant communities across the province. Up to four communities are honoured each year. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee based on community applications that best fit the award’s criteria. Ryan Rutledge and Marisa DeMarco nominated the 160 businesses, 30 non-profits and 11 public schools dedicated to serving the community of Cole Harbour. “Our goal in Cole Harbour is to support residents here to be successful in reaching their full potential,” said Mr. Rutledge. “Especially to find innovative solutions that will enable our youth to stay in the community to become leaders and contributors.” Jordan Smith nominated Glooscap First Nation for the community’s spirit, gestures of goodwill and community support. “This thriving community owns its successes with each and every community member,” said Mr. Smith. “Glooscap is filled with the most optimistic people, willing to work hard to provide a better tomorrow for future generations.” Sheila Munro submitted an application in partnership with a number of organizations of North Mountain, which consists of five rural independent communities near the Bay of Fundy. “Rural communities come together to support each other through social events, and supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Ms. Munro. “The current focus in Nova Scotia on buy local, stay local has its grass roots in rural community networks. Communication in rural communities nurtures community development.” Shirley Jollimore nominated Prospect, highlighting the diversity, community engagement and connectiveness of several communities in the area. Although separated by distance, residents share tremendous pride in their home, neighbours and local businesses. “The pride our residents have in their community is demonstrated in hundreds of ways,” said Ms. Jollimore. “While each community has its own unique aspects that define them, this group of communities bands together to offer support, sharing ideas and volunteer resources whenever possible.” Communities selected for the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award will be honoured at upcoming community celebrations. The Lieutenant Governor will attend the festivities to present an original piece of Nova Scotian Crystal etched with a representation of each community’s story. For more information visit, http://communityspiritaward.ca .last_img read more

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first_imgAbu Dhabi: The UAE on Wednesday rejected accusations it supported Yemeni separatists in their seizure of interim capital Aden, as the government refused talks with secessionists until they fully withdraw. “We regret hearing today allegations directed against the UAE regarding developments in Aden, which we categorically reject,” the UAE’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Saud Al-Shamsi, wrote on Twitter. The UAE, a key partner in the Saudi-led military coalition backing the government against northern-based Huthi rebels, “is exerting all efforts to de-escalate the situation in Yemen”, he added. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe UAE-trained Security Belt Forces, dominated by pro-independence Southern Transitional Council (STC) fighters, ousted loyalists from the port city earlier this month. The clashes in the capital of formerly independent South Yemen left around 40 people dead, according to the UN. Separatist forces withdrew from a number of state institutions under pressure from the Saudi-led coalition, but kept key military positions. Tensions escalated on Tuesday as STC fighters drove government troops out of two military camps along the coast from Aden. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSTC head Aidarus al-Zubaidi arrived in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Tuesday night at the invitation of the Saudi foreign ministry, for talks to resolve the standoff. But Yemen’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad al-Hadhrami said on Twitter Wednesday that the government “will not take part in discussions with the (STC)… unless it withdraws from positions it has seized” and hands over all the weapons it captured from government troops. South Yemen was an independent state from 1967 until it merged with the north in 1990. Four years later, an armed secession bid ended in occupation by northern forces, giving rise to resentments which persist to this day. The Yemeni government took Aden as its de facto capital after losing Sanaa to the Huthis in 2014 — a takeover which sparked a Saudi-led intervention the following year. The fighting has since killed tens of thousands of people and pushed the country to the brink of famine.last_img read more

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first_imgFREDERICTON — The rookie Tory premier of New Brunswick has declared the Canadian federation fractured — with Ottawa and other provinces seemingly unconcerned about Alberta’s slump, and Quebec actively blocking economic development.Blaine Higgs says he was shocked at the recent First Ministers meeting in Montreal to find there is no national urgency or strategy to deal with the 70-per-cent devaluation of oil in Alberta.“Here’s a province that has fed many of our kids for years and we’ve all been happy to be recipients of that transfer payment. I’m not proud of that fact, and I would like to develop the very industry that they have,” Higgs said in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press.“But for us in that meeting, not to have that as the focal point a crisis in our country, as a serious impact on Alberta and potentially a serious impact on all of us, like it was just another day.”Higgs is pushing to revive the cancelled $15.7 billion Energy East pipeline project that would have moved western crude to refineries in Eastern Canada and an export terminal in Saint John, N.B., but Quebec Premier Francois Legault is opposed to it passing through his province.Legault recently provoked the ire of western Canadians when he said there was “no social acceptability” in his province for a “dirty energy” pipeline from Alberta.His comments drew rebukes from pundits and western leaders such as Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who said Legault “needs to get off his high horse.”Higgs, a former oil executive, is proposing that federal transfer payments be cut to force provinces to develop their natural resources.“Here’s Premier Legault getting an increase, a cheque of more than $13 billion out of the $19 billion in transfer payments, and no real sense of urgency,” Higgs said.He said that as a result of devalued oil, Alberta is losing $80 million a day, and all the provinces — including New Brunswick — should share in the pain through cuts in transfers.“We should cut what goes to each province, based on our ability to get the resource to market,” he said.Higgs said the debate over Energy East demonstrates how the federation is fractured.“So with Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and ourselves — we are very much aligned — and Quebec in the middle in this case for transportation from west to east is not only disappointing, it’s really shocking,” he said. “I saw a willingness through every province but I didn’t see that willingness in Quebec.”Higgs said there should be a utility corridor across the country that could house pipelines, power transmission lines, and communication systems. He said, like the national railway, it would be a right-of-way through the country.Higgs said another area where the federation is fractured is with the way provinces are being treated differently by Ottawa when it comes to the carbon tax, which goes into effect next year. He said it is far from a level playing field, because the provinces are being asked to meet the same targets despite starting from different carbon-emission levels.New Brunswick is an intervener in legal challenges launched by Saskatchewan and Ontario and has launched its own legal challenge of the carbon tax.He said the proposed federal backstop — the tax Ottawa will impose in provinces without their own carbon taxes — puts New Brunswick at a disadvantage, and if it remains in place, New Brunswickers will be paying the country’s highest tax on gasoline by 2022.Higgs won a minority government in this fall’s election, having run on a platform of fiscal responsibility. The Liberals tried to cling to power, but were defeated in a confidence vote on their throne speech after the three members of the upstart People’s Alliance party agreed to support the Tories on confidence votes for at least 18 months.Looking out his office window at the spectacular view of the provincial legislature and the Saint John River, Higgs said he doesn’t take his time as premier for granted.“I took a picture of the view because I could only be here a short time,” he said.Higgs, a 64-year-old engineer and former finance minister, was hired by Irving Oil a week after he graduated from the University of New Brunswick. He was eventually promoted to director of distribution, overseeing oil transportation across eastern Canada and New England.Higgs said he needs to administer some tough fiscal medicine right away in order to get quick results. He points to his decision to slash $265 million from capital spending plans the previous Liberal government had in place.“I do want to make things happen in a hurry, but that’s kind of my nature. I like to look at an issue, look at the facts, and then get on with it, and not spend time going around and around.”He is vowing to balance the budget in the spring in an effort to avoid a downgrade of the province’s credit rating.“I do not want to pay more interest. I would rather have $25-30 million a year going into service delivery than interest payments,” Higgs said.  Higgs said the province’s finances and the creation of a customer service focus for government are his priorities for 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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At least 30 civilians – including women and children – travelling on a bus were reportedly killed in yesterday’s roadside blast in Maywand district.“I appeal to those carrying out these attacks to bring an immediate end to these brutal, senseless actions which result in the loss of innocent civilian lives,” Robert Watkins, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, said in a statement issued in Kabul.“The persistent and indiscriminate use of improvised explosive devices and suicide attacks adds to an ever-increasing death toll,” he added.Late last month over 40 civilians were killed and at least 80 wounded when a truck bomb exploded in a residential area of Kandahar city near a Japanese construction company, a guest house used by foreigners and government offices. The attack drew strong condemnation from the Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other UN officials. Mr. Watkins appealed to all responsible parties to respect core humanitarian principles and take measures to mitigate the impact of the conflict on civilians.In another development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has decided to recall Peter Galbraith from Afghanistan and end his appointment with UNAMA. Mr. Galbraith served as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative, with responsibility for political affairs.“The Secretary-General recognizes Mr. Galbraith’s important contributions to the work of the mission and throughout his distinguished career as an international civil servant,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “The Secretary-General has made this decision in the best interest of the mission.” 30 September 2009A senior United Nations official in Afghanistan has appealed for an end to brutal attacks such as the one that killed a large number of civilians in Kandahar province, the fourth incident of its kind in as many weeks to claim innocent lives. read more

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NEW YORK — U.S. stocks nosedived in early trading on Wall Street Monday as China’s currency fell sharply and stoked fears that the trade war between the world’s two largest economies would continue escalating.China let its currency, the yuan, sink to an 11-year low against the dollar and under the politically sensitive level of seven per dollar. A weaker Chinese currency can help boost that country’s exports while hurting foreign competition.The U.S. has long complained about China’s currency and the move could be construed as a way for China to turn the yuan into a weapon in the midst of a trade war.The S&P 500 index tumbled 1.9% as of 10 a.m. Eastern time and The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 471 points, or 1.8%, to 26,015. It was down as much as 519 earlier.The Nasdaq composite fell 2.4%.European and Asian markets were also sharply lower.Wall Street is coming off of its worst week of the year after President Donald Trump threatened more tariffs on Chinese goods just as both nations are trying to negotiate an end to the damaging trade war.Technology stocks took the worst hit in the early going as many of those companies stand to suffer more than other sectors if the trade war between the U.S. and China continues to escalate. Apple fell 3.% and Microsoft fell 2.4%.Investors fled to less risky holdings. Bond prices spiked and pushed yields on the benchmark 10-year Treasury down to 1.77% from 1.85% late Friday. The yield on the 2-year note dropped to 1.61%, down from 1.71%. Both were large moves.Lower bond yields hurt banks because they push interest rates on loans lower. Financial stocks had some of the steepest declines.Every sector in the S&P 500 fell, though utilities only had modest losses. The sector is considered a safer investment in times of economic uncertainty and a slowdown in growth.Companies are in the final stretch of the latest round of quarterly earnings reports and the results haven’t been as bad as initially feared. Profit for companies in the S&P 500 is now expected to contract by roughly 1%. That’s significantly better than the more than 3% contraction initially expected before results started to be released. More than three quarters of the S&P 500 have reported financial results.Meat producer Tyson Foods rose 5.6% after beating profit forecasts for the quarter.There are still several big-name companies that have yet to report financial results. Disney will report on Tuesday, while CVS and Lyft are set to report on Wednesday. Uber will release results on Thursday.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

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BERLIN – German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the technology.Audi, the luxury brand of the Volkswagen Group, announced the voluntary retrofitting program on Friday. The company said in a statement that it “aims to maintain the future viability of diesel engines” and believes the program “will counteract possible bans on vehicles with diesel engines.”The free program, which will apply to Europe and other markets outside the U.S. and Canada, applies to cars with six-cylinder and eight-cylinder diesel engines. The service action also applies to Porsche and Volkswagen models with the same types of engines.On Tuesday, Daimler said it will voluntarily recall 3 million Mercedes-Benz cars with diesel engines in Europe to improve their emissions performance.Diesels have been under a cloud since Volkswagen admitted equipping vehicles with software that manipulates the level of emissions. In the U.S., the software turned on emissions controls during lab tests and illegally turned them off when the cars were on the road, to improve performance.Separately, five German automakers — Mercedes-Benz, Opel and Volkswagen and its subsidiaries Audi and Porsche — last year agreed to recall a total of 630,000 diesel vehicles in Europe after it was found that real-world emissions often exceeded EU emissions standards. There have been calls for bans on diesels in several German cities due to concerns about pollution levels, while the government in the large southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg has said it would reject such demands if automakers came up with a way to adjust older vehicles to reduce emissions levels.Volkswagen has admitted using illegal software in 11 million vehicles worldwide. It agreed to pay more than $20 billion in civil and criminal settlements and penalties in the U.S. and eight executives have been charged there.In other cases, engine control software turns off emission controls at certain temperatures to avoid engine damage, carmakers say. That exemption is legal but German regulators have questioned whether its use was always justified.Auto executives and state and city officials will meet with Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt at a “diesel summit” over the issue on Aug. 2 in Berlin. Government officials say the purpose of the summit is to reduce diesel emissions and at the same to ensure that the technology can continue to be used in the future. The auto industry is a major employer in Germany and it’s an election year, with national elections slated for Sept. 24.Diesels have lower emissions of carbon dioxide, one of the greenhouse gases blamed by scientists for global warming. Automakers say diesel is therefore needed to meet stricter limits on CO2 emissions as part of fighting climate change. Expensive and cumbersome emissions controls are needed, however, to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide, an air pollutant that harms health.___McHugh reported from Frankfurt, Germany. FILE – In this Wednesday, March 15, 2017 file photo, the four ring logo of German car producer Audi is photographed at the headquarters after the annual press conference in Ingolstadt, Germany. German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the technology. Audi, the luxury brand of the Volkswagen Group, announced the voluntary retrofitting program on Friday, July 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file) by David McHugh And Geir Moulson, The Associated Press Posted Jul 21, 2017 6:05 am MDT Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Audi to update 850,000 cars as diesel recalls widen read more

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Act to eliminate all forms of stigma and discrimination experienced by people who use drugs. Implement harm reduction and HIV services, including opioid substitution therapy and overdose management. Decriminalize drug possession and personal use. “UNAIDS is greatly concerned about the lack of progress for people who inject drugs, which is due to the failure of many countries to implement evidence-informed, human rights-based approaches to drug use,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, the UN agency dedicated to combatting the virus.The new UNAIDS report, Health, rights and drugs: harm reduction, decriminalization and zero discrimination for people who use drugs, shows that of the 10.6 million who injected drugs in 2016, more than half were living with hepatitis C and one-in-eight with HIV.Among other things, comprehensive harm reduction services, such as needle–syringe programmes, drug dependence treatment and HIV testing and treatment would “kick-start progress on stopping new HIV infections among people who use drugs”, says  the report.“By putting people at the centre and ensuring that they have access to health and social services with dignity and without discrimination or criminalization,” Mr. Sidibé said, “lives can be saved and new HIV infections drastically reduced”.Few UN Member States have lived up to an agreement made at the 2016 Special Session on the World Drug Problem, to establish effective measures for people who use drugs, according to the agency.UNAIDS advocates for the full engagement of civil society as an essential source of information and advocacy, especially in places where repressive policies and practices are the norm.The organization also promotes human rights and health services, targeting harm reduction and HIV services, community-led responses and the removal of drug- and HIV-related stigmas and discrimination. UNAIDS recommendations: Support civil society’s full engagement as a source of information and to provide community-led services. Ensure that all drug users have access to prevention, testing and treatment for HIV, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections. Invest in human rights programmes and health services. read more

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OSU then-junior midfielder Jake Withers (18) during a game against Michigan on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn the undercard to the football team’s annual spring game, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team put on an impressive display on both sides of the ball. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first, and never looked back en route to a 18-7.OSU’s offense clicked on all cylinders in the first quarter. Six different Buckeyes scored goals, leading to a 7-1 advantage over Michigan.The Buckeyes scored four goals to the Wolverines two in the second quarter. Michigan sophomore midfielder Decker Curran scored two goals late in the quarter before OSU junior attack Colin Chell and senior midfielder John Kelly scored goals with five minutes remaining, extending the Buckeyes lead to 8-3.In the third, OSU pushed farther down on the gas pedal. Buckeye senior attackman Eric Fannell found the net in the start of the quarter. Moments later, sophomore attack Jack Jasinski scored his second goal, followed by a goal for Michigan junior midfielder PJ Bogle.Michigan’s Decker and King scored two more goals with five minutes remaining in the third. The Buckeyes scored three more times before the end of the quarter.OSU outpaced Michigan throughout the morning matchup, dominating in faceoffs won, 22-7. Michigan rattled off 49 total shots, but only 22 were on net to the Buckeyes 24 on frame.The No. 10 ranked Buckeyes struggled with turnovers, giving the ball away 18 times, but they overcame the turnovers by converting on 66 percent of their shots on goal. Senior attack Eric Fannell led all scorers with four goals and two assists.OSU sealed the deal with one final goal in the fourth, and held the Wolverines scoreless in the final frame. The Buckeyes square off against the No. 3-ranked Maryland Terrapins on April 22 in Columbus in the team’s next matchup. read more

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Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) combines for a tackle with redshirt sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette (3) on Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the second quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOn Monday, Ohio State saw another member of its defense show up on an award semifinalist list as junior linebacker Jerome Baker was named one of 13 players up for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s best linebacker. Last Monday, cornerback Denzel Ward was named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award.Baker has emerged as a dominant presence on Ohio State’s defense as the outside linebacker and second-year starter currently leads the team in tackles with 36 — 19 solo tackles and 17 assisted. He also ranks fifth on the team in tackles for loss (4.5) and is tied for third in sacks (two). Baker played a prominent role in Ohio State’s 39-38 victory against Penn State as he was often tasked with guarding running back Saquon Barkley or tight end Mike Gesicki, two of the Nittany Lions’ most potent offensive playmakers. He finished the game with seven total tackles — four solo and three assisted — and came away with half a tackle for a loss. read more

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Ohio State’s women’s volleyball starting lineup stands together prior to the game against No. 5 Minnesota on Oct. 18. Credit: Rebecca Farage | Lantern ReporterWithout even leaving their home state, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team (8-1) will travel to Dayton, Ohio this weekend for the Flyer Invitational. There, the Buckeyes will face Evansville (5-4), Tennessee (7-2) and Dayton (6-4). The team has not been home since the season kickoff, but will enjoy a lighter weekend of travel this time around. However, with this close proximity to Columbus comes heightened rivalry. “Being in-state definitely adds a little bit to the match,” said head coach Geoff Carlston. “I think it’ll be a great atmosphere. It will be hot in there just like it was when we played Ohio here. I expect that there will be a lot of Dayton, Ohio State and volleyball fans in general.”On Wednesdays, practice switches from reviewing fundamentals to focusing on preparing for upcoming games. Carlston said preparation for teams starts in the regular season. “We can’t cover everything during preseason because all the teams are so different,” said Carlston. “We look generally at what they like to do with rotations, and look at the patterns of different teams. We also want to make sure we aren’t too predictable on our end.”The team will have be able to watch Dayton play a few times before they face the Flyers on Saturday night. This prior analysis of the team will be beneficial, as Carlston describes them as a “very strong team.”According to the Big Ten, so is Ohio State. Sophomore defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder was announced on Monday as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week; making her the second Buckeye to receive conference recognition this season, following sophomore middle blocker Lauren Witte. Gruensfelder reached double figures in digs in every match at the Towson Invitational. The Weldon Springs, Mo. native handled 48 error-free service receptions and averaged 6.70 digs per set over the weekend.Junior outside hitter Ana Beatriz Franklin said she looks forward to this weekend’s competition.“An away game is an away game, but I always feel a bigger sense of OSU pride within Ohio,” Franklin said. “Hopefully there will be a lot of students there to get a fun environment at the games.”Ohio State will take on Evansville Friday at 3 p.m., Tennessee on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and Dayton on Saturday at 7 p.m. read more

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first_imgAccording to reports in Bloomberg on July 13, Joy Global is in advanced talks to buy International Mining Machinery Holdings (IMM), the leading Chinese maker of coal-mining equipment, according to two insiders “with knowledge of the matter.” The Bloomberg report predicts that a deal may be announced as soon as this week. International Mining is controlled by private-equity firm Jordan Co, and has a market value of $1.09 billion, based on its July 11 closing stock price though shares were suspended from trading on 12 and 13 July. Jordan oversees about $6 billion and owns 41% of IMM, and plans to sell this stake as part of the proposed deal. Under Hong Kong law, however, that would trigger a mandatory offer for the rest of the company. Joy has only just completed its $1.1 billion purchase of mining wheel loader manufacturer, LeTourneau Technologies from Rowan on June 22.International Mining Machinery was formed in 2006 to acquire Jixi Coal Mining Machinery and Jiamusi Coal Mining Machinery. Jixi Machinery is headquartered in Jixi, Heilongjiang Province and is the leading manufacturer of shearers in China. Jiamusi Machinery is headquartered in Jiamusi, Heilongjiang Province, China and is the leading manufacturer of roadheaders in China. Since the original acquisition of Jixi Machinery and Jiamusi Machinery, IMM has completed five further add-on acquisitions and joint ventures including the acquisition of a manufacturer of control systems for coal mining equipment, a joint venture to manufacture coal mining armored face conveyors, and three coal mining equipment repair center JVs.last_img read more

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first_imgTÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has this evening welcomed the publication of a draft law to reform the US immigration system which he said would “help to end the great hardship and uncertainty” faced by undocumented Irish living in the States.He was responding to the publication of a bill by a bipartisan group of US senators – the so-called ‘Gang of Eight’ – which provides a path to citizenship for an estimated 11.5 million people who live in the US illegally including thousands of Irish people.“This Bill is a very positive development which, if adopted, would help to end the great hardship and uncertainty faced by undocumented Irish in the US and their families here in Ireland,” Gilmore said this evening.The bill would give legal temporary status to immigrants who arrived without documentation before 31 December 2011 to allow them to work and travel without fear of deportation as long as they have not committed any federal crimes or three misdemeanours, pay a $500 fine and back taxes.It also provides a lengthy 10-year path to obtain permanent resident status as long as the person lives continuously in the US, pay all the taxes they owe, have regular work and demonstrate a knowledge of civics and English. Three years after that they could apply for US citizenship.Gilmore continued: “The inclusion of a new provision to allow several thousand Irish citizens to legally avail of employment opportunities in the US every year is also particularly welcome.”The bill also commits to strengthening America’s porous 1,800-mile border with Mexico by allocating $4.5 billion that would be dedicated to building “double-layer fencing” in some spots and using unmanned drones in some border areas.The bill is now likely to be the subject of considerable debate in the US with President Barack Obama having made comprehensive immigration reform a key focus of his second term and Republicans  seeking to broaden their appeal among the States’ increasing number of minorities.Gilmore added: “I am conscious that the overall issues involved are complex and sensitive ones within the US political system and that much further debate is likely to be required before the final shape of any overall legislation becomes clear.”Read: Gilmore rings US Senators as pressure grows for deal on Irish illegalsVideos: Obama pledges to reignite economy, fix immigration, fight gun crimelast_img read more

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first_imgNick Xenophon received an enthusiastic praise from the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), for his decision to vote against the Government’s proposed bill to strengthen the requirements for Australian Citizenship. By withholding their support for the bill, the three NXT senators effectively make it impossible for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to pass the amendments, which have been the target of harsh criticism.“Congratulations—and the thanks of Australia’s multicultural community—go to Senator Xenophon and his team for announcing that they will deliver the numbers to throw out this cruel, unnecessary and discriminatory proposal,” said the Chair of FECCA, Mr Joe Caputo, once again expressing the Council’s opposition to the “oppressive” bill, which raises the level of difficulty for prospective Australian citizens, extending the waiting period for application, asking for university-level knowledge of the English language and granting the Minister of Immigration extended powers to overrule immigration decisions made by his department and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.“The politicisation of immigration decision-making proposed by this Bill threatens our immigration system, which has an international and long-standing reputation for being impartial, fair and transparent,” said Mr Caputo. “For decades, Australian citizenship has fostered inclusivity, allowing migrants to feel Australian, regardless of their country of origin.”Warning about the implications, the head of the peak national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds explained: “This Bill seeks to create a permanent underclass of residents, denied the rights and opportunities of being welcomed and included as Australian citizens. Permanent residents should be encouraged to seek citizenship as soon as practically possible to foster a sense of inclusion and belonging and to encourage integration.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgAs spring planting season arrives, ASA reminds growers to take special care to prevent treated seeds from entering the supply of U.S. grains and oilseeds. Treated seeds in commodity shipments are a multi-commodity problem that warrants the attention of the entire supply chain.Maintaining a stellar reputation for appropriately managing all pesticides is one key element of providing for customer satisfaction official acceptance of exports. With food safety scares at the forefront of public and official concern, U.S. exports are subject to increased scrutiny in many markets.Treated seeds have gained the attention of import control officials and are a sure way of increasing costs and reducing the competitiveness of grains and oilseeds in the export market. Few concerns can be as damaging to supplier reputation for quality and safety of agricultural products as one over the presence of seed treatment compounds in commodities intended for use in food and feed.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook’s live video map Facebook screenshot by Andrew Hoyle/CNET The map on Facebook displayed blue dots scattered across the world. When users clicked on them, live videos popped up.Timothy Ballisty, a freelance meteorologist, used to scan the live video map during tornadoes, hurricanes and snowstorms, hoping to get a glimpse of what was happening in real time. Then, Ballisty noticed earlier this month that the map had vanished. Facebook had killed the feature late last year, but Ballisty and other users are just noticing.The link for the map now directs visitors to Facebook Watch, the social network’s video hub. Ballisty says that makes it harder for him to find the live videos he’s looking for because he has to follow specific Facebook pages for storm chasers instead of just browsing a map. “To take [the live map] away without any fanfare was kind of surprising to me,” said Ballisty, who lives in North Carolina. “It was a very useful feature.”Ballisty isn’t the only user to mourn the disappearance of the tool. Users took to the social network’s help forum to ask what happened to the live map and implore the social network to bring it back. Some have speculated that Facebook got rid of the map because it didn’t want users to see the atrocities being livestreamed on the social network, a constant problem. The removal of the feature comes amid growing scrutiny over live video’s place in society. What was once a tool for streaming silly stunts or personally important events has become a portal to murder, suicide and violence. In March, after the map was already gone, a terror suspect used Facebook Live to stream mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques that left 51 people dead. Facebook has grappled with the issue for years, and it remains a problem.A Facebook spokeswoman said the company shut down the map because it wanted to consolidate its video pages, adding the live map had “low” usage. The spokeswoman declined to provide statistics on usage. Users can still find live video in Watch and on their news feeds, she said. Internet Services Tech Industry Now playing: Watch this: Facebook perks up Live video by copying ideas from other… Share your voice 2:48 Other social media sites, including Twitter’s Periscope and Snapchat, have maps for discovering live videos. But Facebook’s size makes it harder to police the amount of offensive content that flows through its site. About 2.38 billion people log in to Facebook every month. YouTube, the Google-owned video sharing service that has 2 billion logged-in viewers every month, has a channel to discover live videos but doesn’t display them in a map. “It makes sense that Facebook would pull back on things that expose it to higher risk,” said Ted Schadler, a Forrester Research analyst. Location, he said, is a “tremendously powerful piece of data” and live video can be abused by criminals, terrorists and other bad actors like it was in New Zealand. The Facebook spokeswoman said the map wasn’t discontinued because of any safety or privacy concerns. Facebook unveiled the live video map, which was only available on desktop, in a 2016 blog post. The map, the company said, “gives you a window into what’s happening in the world right now.” In December, Facebook said it was trying to “unify the video experience” across the social network, but didn’t mention it was phasing out the live video map. A live video was shown on the map if users indicated a broadcast was public and shared their location. It debuted to mixed opinions, sometimes within the same review. TrustedReviews called the live map both “impressive” and “creepy.” A Gizmodo reporter, who said she used the map to stalk strangers for six hours, called the live videos “novel, voyeuristic, fascinating garbage.”Brin McLaughlin from California said in an email that she enjoyed using the Facebook Live map because it was a “not-too-curated glimpse into people’s broadcasts from all over the world.”She saw a baby being born in Quebec, coverage of an eclipse from Oregon and a street fair in the Canary Islands. Nowadays, on Facebook Watch, McLaughlin said she doesn’t see the same variety of videos. When the map disappeared months ago, the Facebook user noticed right away.”I also absolutely understand the specific issues of liability where live feeds are concerned, and why Facebook has chosen to do it this way,” she said. “I just wish they’d still give responsible users the option of using the map.” 6 Facebook Tags Facebook then and now (pictures) 22 Photos Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgMahathir swearing in as Malaysia`s seventh prime minister. Photo:The Straits TimesWith his shock victory in Malaysia’s election, Mahathir Mohamad has pulled off a political second act that few expected, joining the select ranks of politicians who have revived their careers.The 92-year-old former strongman ruled Malaysia with an iron fist for more than two decades before stepping down, but returned to political life to challenge his own former party, snatching a surprise win in Wednesday’s poll.Here are some other political figures who have had second, and even third acts during their careers:Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill is revered for leading Britain from the verge of defeat to victory in World War II, but his political career was far from smooth sailing.Churchill was forced to resign from government in 1915 after the disastrous Gallipoli campaign, and his eventual return to the cabinet was contentious.Appointed prime minister in 1940, he won acclaim for his rousing leadership during the war, but suffered a shock defeat in the 1945 election and was forced into the opposition.In 1951, he won a second term as prime minister, but resigned several years later as his health deteriorated.The ups and downs of his career have been cited as inspiration by other politicians looking for their own turnarounds.Shinzo AbeShinzo Abe became Japan’s youngest-ever prime minister when he took office in 2006 at the age of 52.The son of a former foreign minister and grandson of a former prime minister, Abe seemed destined for political office.But he resigned after just a year, hit by scandals and political disappointment and debilitated by health issues.In 2012, he made a shock political comeback, returning to office on a pledge to revive Japan’s economy with his signature “Abenomics” programme.He has said he was encouraged to seek a path back to power by reading a biography of Churchill entitled: “Never Despair.”Silvio BerlusconiBillionaire Italian media mogul Silvio Berlusconi is perhaps the perennial political comeback kid, serving as prime minister three times, despite a string of scandals and legal woes.After a first two-year term, he returned to power in 2001 following a campaign in which he sent a book boasting of his achievements to 15 million Italian homes.He lost power in 2006, but returned to office two years later, only to see his premiership go down in flames over sex scandals and a financial crisis.A tax fraud conviction means he is now barred from office, but that didn’t stop him seeking to become a kingmaker by backing a protege in March elections.The gambit failed, with the ever-confident former cruise ship crooner attributing his party’s poor showing in large part to his absence from the ticket.Israel’s Benjamin NetanyahuA divisive figure at home and abroad, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has nonetheless proven a political master.He became Israel’s youngest prime minister when he first won office in 1996, but was ousted just three years later by the opposition Labour party.He returned to government as a minister with his right-wing party in 2002, eventually winning a second term as prime minister in 2009.He has since earned the nickname “King Bibi”, fighting off a series of challengers despite the notoriously fractious and treacherous nature of Israeli politics.Written off multiple times over corruption scandals and criticism for his brash and undiplomatic style, he is now Israel’s second longest-serving prime minister, and the only one ever to be re-elected three times in row.last_img
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first_imgIf you need a new options to add to your non-video game nights and have burnt out on the fictional cyberpunk dystopia of Netrunner or want to move to a game more based in reality, Matt Leacock has created something you should check out. Called d0x3d!, the game not only aims to be fun, but to introduce people to network security terminology, as well as basic security constructs and attack-and-defend mechanics.The d0x3d! was inspired by Forbidden Island, a title from 2010 that is simple but versatile enough to be played either by yourself or with up to four players. Leacock’s d0x3d! comes in two editions: the Standard version that comes with everything you need to play in a “handsome” box, or the No Frills version, which comes with everything you need to play, but without the organizational box inserts and instruction manual.The gameplay seems simple enough. In fact, it was easily explained in the five minute video above (though actually interacting with a game generally helps teach it more than watching a video does). If you’re a teacher that’s skeptical of using a board game as an educational material, the d0x3d! site has a page with a few ideas that could make the game seem more legitimate in your eyes, such as using the game to help discuss and learn network topology.You can buy d0x3d! here; however, the game is open-source, so you can head on over to GitHub and freely download all the materials required to play.last_img read more

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