Syria Stockpiled 1000 Tons of Chemicals for Weapons

first_img As new details emerge about Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, work has begun in earnest to destroy its ability to use the arsenal in the ongoing civil war.Syria’s military is thought to hold about 1000 tons of chemicals, now known to be mostly precursors for sarin and mustard gas, said Paul Walker, a chemical weapons expert at Green Cross International, at a forum held yesterday at AAAS, the publisher of ScienceInsider. That amount is comparable to the stockpiles that India and South Korea once held before renouncing and eliminating their chemical weapons.Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now on the ground in Syria. They are assessing sites and overseeing the demolition of equipment and facilities used to produce the chemical precursors of sarin and mustard, mix the precursors, and pour the finished nerve agents into munitions. There’s a lot of “sledgehammer and bulldozer work,” Walker says. Inspectors have visited 18 of 23 weapons sites that Syria has disclosed to date, OPCW media officer Michael Luhan stated at a press conference today in The Hague. 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Under terms negotiated by Russia and the United States that compelled Syria to sign and ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) last month, Syria must grant OPCW inspectors “unfettered access” to sites and individuals associated with its chemical weapons program. On 27 October, Syria must deliver a final and complete declaration to OPCW, and its entire arsenal must be eliminated by 1 July 2014.OPCW faces some stiff challenges. The operation is “historic and precedent-setting” because “it’s the first time WMD destruction has been undertaken in a hostile environment,” says Michael Moodie, a senior specialist at the Congressional Research Service and co-founder of the Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute. He notes that Syria’s foreign minister recently claimed that one-third of the chemical weapons sites are in contested zones. And while experts hail Syrian authorities for their cooperation thus far, Moodie says it’s an open question “whether that will continue” if the rebels make gains in the civil war.Another question is whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad might attempt to hide part of his chemical weapons arsenal like his now-ousted counterparts in Iraq and Libya did. “Saddam and Qaddafi stashed some of their stock for a rainy day,” notes Chen Kane, manager of Middle East projects at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Washington, D.C. A more likely concern, Moodie says, is incomplete record-keeping. “Maybe they don’t know where it all is,” he says. Albania and Libya are cases in point: Long after destroying their known stockpile, Albanian authorities discovered a stash in the mountains that they didn’t know about, Walker says. And inspectors never found Qaddafi’s hidden stash—it came to light by chance, he says. “Nobody went looking for it.”One big break in Syria is the nature of its stockpile. Unlike the United States and Russia, whose stockpiles are mostly weaponized—the agents are in the munitions—experts believe Syria’s “is almost all precursors,” Walker says. That means much of the chemicals can be shipped out of Syria for disposal, making it more realistic to meet the goal of chemically disarming Syria by mid-2014. Most countries approached by OPCW have refused to accept shipments; Walker says the four “that haven’t said no” are Albania, Belgium, France, and Norway. It’s unclear where inspectors will draw the line between chemical weapons precursors and chemicals for peaceful uses. Dual-use chemicals include isopropyl alcohol—a precursor of sarin—and ethylene, a precursor of mustard agent. That’s why the initial priority is “getting rid of the weapons themselves and the mixing facilities,” Walker says.OPCW will have to raise “well over $100 million” to get the job done, Walker says. “I’m optimistic it will go well,” he says. If the operation succeeds, that would leave three countries not party to the CWC presumed to hold chemical weapons: Egypt, Israel, and North Korea. Seven countries that have declared chemical weapons, apart from Syria, have largely destroyed their stockpiles. Albania and Iraq, like India and South Korea, are now chemical weapons-free. Libya, Russia, and the United States have destroyed much of their arsenals.Defanging Syria could have regional consequences. Pressure will rise on Egypt and Israel to come clean, Kane notes. “There’s no reason for them to remain outside the treaty,” Walker says. And if they do, that would leave one known hot spot for chemical weapons. “We know North Korea has a very large stockpile,” Walker says. That will be one tough nut to crack. On the job. Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (logo, above) are making progress in destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stocks. OPCW last_img read more

Uber Conducts Asia-Wide Operation Review Amid Reports of Overseas Bribery

first_imgCab-for-hire app company Uber is set to review its Asian operations after facing a U.S. federal probe to check whether the company broke laws against overseas bribery. The charges surfaced after the U.S. officials were notified about payments made by staff in Indonesia.As the parent company grapples with the exit of its top executives after a series of scandals, the latest review of its operations would be a major distraction in the Indian unit.The review of operations delving into the foreign payments made and interview of employees will include countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea.Probe in IndonesiaUber is facing a federal probe over happened late last year when the company had a run in with Indonesia police over the location of an office in Jakarta providing support to local drivers. As police officers said the space was outside city zoning for businesses, an employee decided to dole out multiple, small payments to the police in order to continue operating there, Bloomberg reported.The transactions approved by Alan Jiang, the company’s head of Indonesia business, showed up on the employee’s expense reports as payments to local authorities. Uber fired the employee and Jiang was put on a leave of absence. He has since left the company.Uber Under Scrutiny in MalaysiaIn Malaysia, a corporate donation running into tens of thousands of dollars to a government-backed entrepreneur hub called Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre was announced in August 2016. At that time, a Malaysian pension fund, Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan), had invested $30 million in Uber. A few months after this, the Malaysian government passed national ride-hailing laws, which benefited Uber and its peers. Lawyers are trying to see whether there was any form of quid pro quo.Bloomberg quoted people knowledgeable on the matter as saying that Uber’s law firm is looking into a web of financial arrangements tied to the Malaysian government that may have influenced lawmakers there.The Case of Eric AlexanderEmil Michael and Eric Alexander, two former executives at Uber, were involved in clinching the deals in both the countries, the report added.Alexander, who used to head the company’s Asia Pacific operations, was fired earlier this year after media reports emerged about him and other Uber executives accessing the medical reports of a woman raped by an Uber driver in Delhi in 2014.The company will look into business dealings Alexander may have had in connection with the 2014 rape case, the Mint reported citing sources familiar with Uber India’s operations. His role was first reviewed as a part of Uber’s wide probe on sexual harassment in which the company fired 20 people. Alexander was said to have shown the records to then Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and top executive Emil Michael, after which the three of them doubted whether the woman had been raped. The law firm is also checking whether other executives in India had acted inappropriately in the rape case.“This matter will continue to be a major distraction for Uber in the foreseeable future. It’s not going to go away anytime soon. In fact, this is just the beginning,” said one of the sources to the Mint.Asia Operations Under ReviewAll this is coming under the ambit of Uber’s law firm O’Melveny & Myers Llp, which is reviewing the company’s Asia operations. The December 2014 rape case was a watershed moment for Uber in India, following which the company was banned by the Delhi government for a few weeks. The company bounced back with stricter driver verification processes that included adding an SOS button on its app and launching an expensive public relations campaign, including television ads, to repair its image.Former Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi was named Uber’s new CEO after several months of hunt to replace Kalanick. Related ItemsEric AlexanderLittle IndiaTravis KalanickU.S. Federal probe UberUber 2014 rape caseUber controversyUber India coontroversylast_img read more

BCCI plans to rest seniors for NZ ODIs

first_imgIn a clear indication of where its priorities lie, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly planning to leave out some of its top players from the One-Day International series against New Zealand next month and send them to South Africa to prepare for the Test series that follows.India have never won a Test series in South Africa and the BCCI is apparently keen to send the senior cricketers well before the start of the series – on December 16 – to get acclimatised to the conditions.Dhoni and Tendulkar”We are planning to send the key Test players to South Africa early to prepare for the series. The conditions in South Africa are quite different and we want to give our players enough time to come to terms with the conditions,” a BCCI source told PTI. New Zealand are scheduled to play three Tests and five ODIs in India from November 4 to December 10.But with the BCCI drawing up this plan, many of the top players may skip the ODIs. Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh are likely to be in the batch which will leave for South Africa early.BCCI’s foresight, it seems, is reserved to only the South Africa tour and not for the Asian Games, which starts from November 12. Twenty20 cricket will be part of this year’s Asiad. In June this year, the BCCI had announced that it will not send teams from India in men’s or women’s categories to Guangzhou, China, due to ‘international commitments’.advertisement”We would not be able to send our team, both men and women, for the Asian Games in China because of international commitments,” the BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty had said.With the latest move, it seems the BCCI is ready to dilute the entire ODI series against New Zealand to increase the team’s chances in South Africa, but is unwilling to string together a Twenty20 team for a prestigious event like the Asian Games, which is being staged from November 12 to 27.And ironically, it was after India put its weight behind the inclusion of cricket in the Asian Games that T20 was included. When the BCCI announced that the Indian team won’t be sent to the Asian Games, the contentious ‘whereabouts’ clause of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), which is in operation at all major international events, was seen as a reason for the board’s reluctance to field a side. The board had said that the anti-doping clause was an infringement on players’ privacy.Aussies depletedIn another setback for the already struggling Australian team, batsman Michael Hussey and fast bowler Doug Bollinger have been ruled out of the third and final ODI against India in Goa. Bollinger reported some minor abdomen discomfort in an area unrelated to the original injury that ruled him out of the second Test and second ODI of the tour.Hussey will return to Australia following the second one-day international game, allowing him to play in West Australia’s Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia.–With inputs from agencies.last_img read more

World Cup final: Mumbai Police push for public holiday

first_imgAround 10,000 policemen will guard the Wankhede Stadium on April 2.Security in south Mumbai is being tightened for the April 2 World Cup final to such a level that it is beginning to rival the security given to US President Barack Obama who visited Mumbai last year. Around 10,000 policemen would be deployed in and around the Wankhede Stadium.According to Mumbai police officials, they have given a presentation to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday asking the government to declare a public holiday on April 2. Top Mumbai police officials said that it would serve three purposes.”With the state assembly session going on, we have deployed a huge number of our policemen for security at the State Assembly. If a public holiday is declared, we can deploy these policemen in and around the Wankhede. The other major benefit of declaring a public holiday is that only crowd on that day would be the ones who will come to see the match, which would make crowd and traffic control a lot easier,” said a top police official. He added that since South Mumbai is a business district, it sees a huge number of people coming in daily for work purposes.Mumbai police officials have also asked the Mumbai Air Traffic Control (ATC), to have a ‘no fly zone’ over the Wankhede Stadium not just for the duration of the match but for the entire day.The ‘no fly zone’ request to the ATC comes after intelligence reports that terrorists have undergone training to launch an aerial attack. It remains to be seen whether the ATC allows the same. Mumbai police officials however claim that they are ‘expecting a favourable response soon’.advertisementThere is more. The cops have also decided to have an ‘anti sabotage zone’ of around 1.5 km around the Wankhede. It means only a resident of the area, a fan with a valid ticket or those covering, officiating or organising the match would be allowed within the zone. Even police men on guard would not be allowed a free access everywhere.If a police men is stationed at a specific location, he would not be able to move anywhere else besides his location. This is because police officials do not want anyone to impersonate the men in khakhi.”With so many policemen around, someone could try to sneak in by wearing a police uniform which is why all policemen deployed will be given a specific location to guard and if they want to go anywhere else, it won’t be possible as other cops have been asked to stop anyone who is there without authorisation,” said a police officer.Parking of any outside vehicles in this zone will not be allowed, elaborate check points have been made at different places to check vehicles before letting them in. Not surprisingly, many residents who live near the stadium are exasperated with the security measures.The National Security Guard (NSG) which has been stationed in Mumbai after the 2008 terror attacks have been kept on stand-by. The NSG and the state’s own Force One commandos will be stationed near the Wankhede Stadium. The coast guard and the navy have been told to look out for any suspicious activity.last_img read more

Join Punjab Police as Sub-Inspector: Vacancies open for both males and females, attractive salary

first_imgThe Punjab Police has released an employment notification inviting interested, eligible candidates to apply for the positions of Sub Inspector for sports persons.Vacancy detailsTotal posts: 17Male: 10Female: 7Name of the posts:Sub InspectorEligibility criteriaEducational qualification:Candidates interested in applying for this post should be holding a graduation degree or its equivalent from a recognised education university.Age limit:The age of the candidates applying for these posts must not exceed 28 years and must be minimum 18 years. Relaxation in age will be provided as per the government norms.Selection procedure:Candidates will be selected on the basis of physical measurement test and sports trials.(Read: Himachal Pradesh PSC hiring for Office Assistant post: Apply before December 12) Pay scale:The selected candidates will be getting a monthly salary of Rs 10,300 to Rs 34,800, along with a grade pay of Rs 4,600.How to apply:Candidates interested in these posts are required to apply at the official website:  .Important dates:Last date for the submission of an online application is December 14.Last date for the payment of application fee in bank is December 16.  About Punjab Police:The Punjab Police is responsible for law enforcement in the state of Punjab, India. The mission of Punjab Police is the prevention and detection of crime, maintenance of law and order and the enforcement of the Constitution of India.Read: Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Maharashtra: Recruitment in process for 106 various posts For information on more latest government jobs, click here.last_img read more

Ronaldo Scores 2 as PSG Learns Champions League Lesson

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain showed its strength against the European champions, but it wasn’t enough to stop Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo scored a goal in each half as Real Madrid came from behind to defeat PSG 3-1 in their first-leg match in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday, taking a commanding lead into the second leg in Paris on March 6.Ronaldo increased his Champions League tally with Madrid to 101 goals in 95 matches, a record for a player with the same club. He has 11 goals in seven Champions League matches this season, the most of any player.“It’s always special when you score and the team wins,” Ronaldo said. “It was an important victory. It’s not over yet but we have a good advantage for the second leg.”Ronaldo has scored in each of the first seven Champions League matches this season, also a record. He has netted at least 10 goals in the tournament for seven straight seasons.“We always end up saying the same things about him,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said of Ronaldo. “He always makes the difference in important games and that’s what he did tonight.”On a mission to become a major force in European soccer, PSG played well from the start in an exciting back-and-forth match against the two-time defending champions, but the late goals significantly hurt their chances of finally succeeding in the Champions League.This was PSG’s first significant test since the Qatari-funded club spent a record 222 million euros to sign Neymar from Barcelona in a bid to break into the continent’s elite.“Our team played a great game, we showed a lot of personality,” PSG coach Unai Emery said. “We deserved a better result.”Triumph against PSG could help Madrid turn its fortunes around in what has been an up-and-down season for the Spanish powerhouse. Zidane’s job has been in doubt after a series of poor results in the Spanish league and the Copa del Rey.“This club has 12 Champions League titles and there’s a reason for that,” Zidane said. “The players know how important this competition is. We showed our worth for the whole 90 minutes.”Liverpool thrashed Porto 5-0 in Portugal in Wednesday’s other Champions League match.PSG struck first with a goal by Adrien Rabiot, but Ronaldo equalized by converting a penalty kick just before halftime and added to the lead in the 83rd. Marcelo sealed the victory three minutes later.Madrid, which has won the Champions League in three of the last four seasons, had appeared in control but PSG opened the scoring in the 33rd with Rabiot’s shot from inside the area on a play that involved all three PSG forwards. Kylian Mbappe started it with a run on the right side, then Edinson Cavani smartly let the ball through after Mbappe’s cross into the area and it ended with Rabiot after Neymar’s attempt was deflected by a defender.Not long before the goal, Ronaldo squandered one of the game’s best chances in a one-on-one situation with Alphonse Areola, his shot hitting the goalkeeper’s face. Ronaldo also missed soon after, sending a close-range shot over the crossbar.But he was perfect from the penalty spot just before halftime after Toni Kroos was gently pulled inside the area by Giovani Lo Celso, the young midfielder who was a surprise addition to the starting lineup in place of Lassana Diarra.Areola dived the correct way — to his right — but wasn’t able to stop Ronaldo’s firm shot. Areola had just made a brilliant save on Karim Benzema’s well-placed strike from just outside the area.It was PSG which was in command in the second half, creating most of the significant chances, but Ronaldo struck again by scoring the go-ahead and slightly chaotic goal with his knee after Areola parried a low cross by substitute Marco Asensio.It only got better for Madrid when Marcelo scored from inside the area after another cross from Asensio from the left side.“In the end we always get beaten the same way,” Rabiot said. “It’s annoying and I’m very disappointed. It’s easy to score eight past Dijon and score four or five in the (French) league, but we have to be decisive in games like this.”The match had to be briefly stopped in the second half after a cross by Neymar hit the face of referee Gianluca Rocchi, who continued after receiving medical assistance.—By TALES AZZONI , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Emiliano Sala: missing Premier League footballer’s plane found

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Air transport Share on Facebook Read more Search for Sala: meet the volunteers who scoured the seas Emiliano Sala Share on Pinterest Topics news Cardiff City Share on Twittercenter_img Read more He said it had been located by the privately hired vessel FPV Morven, which had passed the information on to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). Mearns said the AAIB had moved its vessel, the Geo Ocean III, to the spot and visually identified the wreckage with an ROV.He said the family of Cardiff City striker Sala and the pilot, David Ibbotson, had been informed and the AAIB would be making a statement on Monday. It is believed it will be up to the AAIB to recover the vessel.No information about whether any bodies were in the plane was given. Two seat covers from the aircraft washed up last week on the coast of France.Mearns tweeted: “Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN. As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV.”In a second tweet he said: “The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David.”The Piper Malibu PA-46 carrying 28-year-old Sala and Ibbotson, 59, from Lincolnshire, disappeared over the Channel on 21 January after leaving Nantes in France at about 7.15pm for Cardiff.Earlier on Sunday, Mearns, who claims to have located 24 major shipwrecks during his career, said he would be leading a team of seven others on the vessel FPV Morven.He said the search was being carried out “in close coordination” with the AAIB. The plan was to cover an area of about four square nautical miles over three days.Mearns and his team had been confident the plane would be found. The area of seabed that was being searched, north of Guernsey, was not very deep – about 65 metres – and was stony and bare because it had been dredged by scallop fishermen. Mearns has said the currents are strong and there are other wrecks there, which made it more tricky.During the journey, the plane had requested to descend, but then it lost contact with Jersey air traffic control. Emiliano Sala, the humble forward who enriched everyone’s lives Share via Email The wreckage of the plane that vanished with the Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala on board has been found within hours of a search starting in the sea off the Channel Islands.A search boat hired privately by Sala’s Argentinian family – thanks partly to a crowdfunding appeal – located the wreckage on Sunday morning.The crew passed the details of the location on to government investigators, who used a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to examine the spot.There was no immediate official confirmation of what was found but the shipwreck specialist leading the private investigation, David Mearns, said the plane had been discovered. An official search operation was called off on 24 January after Guernsey’s harbour master, Captain David Barker, said the chances of survival following such a long period were “extremely remote”.The termination of the search caused an outcry, with supporters of the family – and footballers including Sala’s compatriot Lionel Messi – calling for the search to be resumed.The Argentinian embassy in London also tried to put pressure on the UK government to do more.On Wednesday, the AAIB confirmed it had commissioned a Ministry of Defence salvage and marine operations team to try to locate the plane. It insisted that as soon as it was informed of the crash, it had been looking at the possibility of a seabed search.The start of search was delayed by the poor weather. But the fact that the plane has apparently been found so quickly will raise questions over whether it could have been launched within the first few days.Both the AAIB and Sala’s private searchers have said they will work together. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Brad Mitchell

first_imgBrad has been president of the Hill Hornets Touch since 2010 where he has successfully grown the club’s participation from 7 teams to over 160 teams over 7 years. Brad began at the Hawkesbury Hawkes where he was president for 10 years before moving to the Hills Hornets region where he established one of the fastest growing touch football clubs in the country. He continues to be a positive example within the Touch Football community, by ensuring the club participates in events including Relay for Life and Clean Up Australia Day. Brad is a referee, coach, selector and elite level player who has received numerous awards over the years for his continued involvement and tremendous service to our sport.last_img read more

University Funding Lower Student Costs Announced

first_imgThe cost of a university education is going down in Nova Scotia. A new funding agreement between the province and universities will freeze tuition at current levels for the next three years. And a student bursary will reduce the cost for students attending Nova Scotia universities. A memorandum of understanding, signed by Education Minister Karen Casey and Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents chairman Tom Traves, sets out a schedule of increased funding to universities, designed to meet operational costs and eliminate tuition increases for all students over the next three years. In addition to the tuition freeze, a $66-million Nova Scotia University Student Bursary Trust is being established to further make the cost of education more affordable for Nova Scotia and out-of-province Canadian students. The bursary and funding agreement will bring the cost of education borne by Nova Scotia students attending a Nova Scotia university to the national tuition average by 2010-11. “These measures will make a university education affordable for more Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Casey. “At the same time, we are helping to ensure Nova Scotia universities remain attractive to students from outside the province.” For Nova Scotians, the bursary will provide a maximum per-student benefit of $761 in 2008-09, $1,022 in 2009-10 and $1,283 in 2010-11. Canadian students from outside Nova Scotia will benefit from the tuition freeze and a bursary of $261 in 2010-11. Over the next three years, the province will spend $180 million to increase direct funding to universities and eliminate tuition increases. Available funding to the university sector will increase by $30 million per year from $258.7 million in 2007-08 to $348.7 million in 2010-11. The agreement also takes steps to address student fees and other issues that may arise during the life of the agreement. “This agreement is a significant accomplishment and the result of much hard work,” said Mr. Traves. “The memorandum of understanding helps ensure that the province’s university sector continues to deliver high-quality, nationally competitive programs and that the overall student experience at Nova Scotia’s universities remains attractive and accessible to students here at home, from across Canada and from around the world.” The memorandum of understanding has been in negotiation since early December. The negotiation committee included representatives from universities, students and government. The current three-year agreement expires today, March 31. More than 42,000 students attend university in Nova Scotia. The province’s 11 universities are a $1-billion industry, providing 7,500 direct and 17,500 indirect jobs.last_img read more

Province Clarifies Role of Arbitrators

first_imgEmployers and unionized employees will benefit as the province clarifies the role and authority of arbitrators in resolving grievance disputes. Amendments introduced today, Dec. 2, to the Trade Union Act will simplify legislation and consolidate the powers of arbitrators into one section. The authority of arbitrators has been spread throughout several pieces of legislation or determined by case law. “Labour relations legislation is an important tool that ensures both labour and management know the ground rules when it comes to resolving a grievance,” said Minister Marilyn More, Labour and Workforce Development. “We will continue to support the collective bargaining process and these amendments will help make sure that everyone involved has a clear understanding of the important role that arbitrators play in that process.” The amendments were developed through close consultation with the Arbitrator Advisory Committee, which consists of labour, business and government representatives.last_img read more

Ramith Rambukwella fined after pleading guilty

Rambukwella was released on police bail. Ramith Rambukwella is also a member of the Sri Lanka cricket team. (Colombo Gazette) Former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella’s son Ramith Rambukwella today pleaded guilty to the charges filed against him over a recent road accident and he was fined Rs. 29,000 and his driving licence was also released.Rambukwella was arrested recently over an accident which took place at Independence Avenue in Colombo while he was under the influence of alcohol.

UN labour agency opens annual conference pledging to fight poverty with jobs

Often called the international parliament of labour, the ninety-first International Labour Conference appointed Kenyan Vice President and Labour Minister Michael Wamalwa Kijana as its president. ILO Director-General Juan Somavia is scheduled to introduce his report, “Working out of Poverty,” when plenary debate starts on Monday. The report provides a roadmap for future ILO efforts to forge a strategy for alleviating poverty by promoting decent work for working poor as well as creating new opportunities for people excluded from work. “Work is the best route out of poverty,” Mr. Somavia says in the report, which includes an appeal to governments, workers and employers to join forces in seeking a tripartite joint effort to help “free people and societies from the global poverty trap.” Two eminent guest speakers are expected to address the conference – President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa on 11 June and King Abdullah II of Jordan on 12 June. As part of ILO’s on-going campaign to staunch the toll of work-related accidents and illnesses that take some 2 million lives and cost the global economy an estimated $1.25 trillion each year, delegates will hold a wide-ranging discussion on priorities and aims for action in the area of occupational safety and health. The aim is to elaborate a plan of action, which could encompass international labour standards, other instruments such as codes of practice, technical cooperation, knowledge management and dissemination and inter-agency cooperation. This year, there will be a special sitting on the afternoon of 12 June where the delegates will examine the ILO Director-General’s report on “The Situation of Workers of the Occupied Arab Territories,” documenting the deteriorating conditions of Arab workers and their families in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and in the Golan, as well as the serious downturn of the Israeli economy. The report offers a technical cooperation package, and urges the donor community to support emergency measures aimed at creating jobs and promoting social dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. The Conference will also discuss forced labour in Myanmar. In May 2003, the ILO and Myanmar came to a Formal Understanding on a facilitator to help possible victims seek remedies. In addition, a Plan of Action against forced labour is to comprise a road-building project, alternatives to the use of forced labour, and information and awareness raising. On 13 June, a Plenary Session will be devoted to ILO’s new global report on eliminating discrimination entitled “Time for equality at work.” The report shows that while the most blatant forms of discrimination at work may be waning, many remain a persistent part of daily life or are taking on new, subtler forms. Listen to UN Radio report on Myanmar read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2014 3:51 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,054.76 up 53.11 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace. Down eight cents, or 2.17 per cent, to $3.60 on 13.5 million shares.Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS.IR). Utility. Up 21 cents, or 0.66 per cent, to $32.21 on 9.7 million shares.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Down 20 cents, or 3.37 per cent, to $5.74 on 8.2 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up nine cents, or 3.04 per cent, to $3.05 on 7.7 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up 28 cents, or 1.27 per cent, to $22.36 on 5.3 million shares.Torex Gold Resources Inc. (TSX:TXG). Miner. Up two cents, or 1.63 per cent, to $1.25 on 5.2 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (996.35 up 9.90 points):Renegade Petroleum Ltd. (TSXV:RPL). Oil and gas. Unchanged at $1.35 on 21 million shares.Petrolia Inc. (TSXV:PEA). Up 16 cents, or 20.78 per cent, to 93 cents on 9.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A). Real Estate. Up 47 cents, or 1.1 per cent, to $43.25 on 553,248 shares. The Toronto-based company, which has a history reaching back more than a century, says 2013 was its best financial year ever. The company, which manages investments in the real estate, power generation, infrastructure and forestry sectors through subsidiaries and partnerships, had US$3.8 billion in net income.DHX Media (TSX:DHX). Entertainment. Down 19 cents, or 3.68 per cent, to $4.97 on 1.3 million shares. Stock in the children’s programming company tumbled even thought it saw net income jump to $3.2 million in its fiscal second quarter and revenues go up by 15 per cent, helped by an increase in licensing revenue.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Up 45 cents, or 0.95 per cent, to $47.82 on 1.4 million shares. The Calgary-based energy shipper posted adjusted earnings of $362 million, or 44 cents per share in the quarter, up from 42 cents per share in the comparable period of 2012 but short of analyst estimates of 46 cents per share. read more

Nine out of 10 drivers say roads have considerably deteriorated as pothole

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced in March that councils would be given a further £100 million to tackle potholes and repair storm damage in England. Workmen fill in potholes in front of the Houses of Parliament in February Credit:Jack Taylor /Getty Images Workmen fill in potholes in front of the Houses of Parliament in February  It is clear that despite all the talk from central and local government, not enough is being done to fix our increasingly dangerous streetsEdmund King,  AA president Martin Tett, transport spokesman for the Local Government Association, said: “It is wrong that funding for local roads is miles behind that of the strategic road network.”Very few journeys begin and end on a motorway or trunk road yet government funding on the strategic road network is 52 times higher than for local roads.” The potholes plague facing Britain has spread to residential streets, AA figures have shown.According to a new study nine out of 10 drivers said the condition of UK roads had declined over the last decade. The AA poll of 17,500 motorists also found that two-thirds of motorists said roads had “considerably deteriorated” in the past 10 years.Some 42 per cent of drivers rated residential streets as “poor” last month, compared with 34 per cent in March 2017.It comes after a recent survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance found that local authorities in England and Wales needed £9.3 billion to bring their roads up to scratch.The harsh winter led to a spike in pothole-related breakdowns, such as damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs and distorted wheels.Edmund King,  AA president, said: “It is clear that despite all the talk from central and local government, not enough is being done to fix our increasingly dangerous streets.”Our potholed roads are in a perilous state. AA breakdown operations are rescuing record numbers of drivers whose tyres or wheels are damaged by potholes.”The current lack of proper investment on local roads means highway authorities are doing little more than papering over the cracks.” A Department for Transport spokeswoman said the Government is investing £23 billion on roads.She added: “We have listened to the concerns of road users and are already providing councils in England with over £6 billion to help improve the condition of our local highways. This funding includes a record £296 million through the Pothole Action Fund – enough to fix around six million potholes.”While it is for councils to identify where repairs should be undertaken, we are also looking at how innovative technology can help them keep their roads in the best condition and save money.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Orica and PhosAgro sign a longterm cooperation agreement

first_imgDuring the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, PhosAgro and Orica signed a 10-year contract for drilling and blasting works in the open-pit sites of PhosAgro subsidiary Apatit, and the supply of emulsion explosives for underground mining.The contract is effective from June 2015 to December 2025, and is valued at RUB 12.5 billion for drilling and blasting works. This will mark third phase of cooperation between Orica and Apatit, and includes Orica undertaking all drilling of blastholes on the open-pit mines. Orica will use its own drilling rigs on the Vostochniy mine, with similar plans for the Tsentralniy pit of the Rasvumchorr site from January 2016.The alignment between PhosAgro and Orica started in 2010, with the launch of a program to introduce emulsion explosives at Apatit.The first stage of cooperation was in 2011, with the signing of a contract on the supply of bulk emulsion explosives and lease of equipment used to produce and load explosives underground. As a result, 100% of breakage and 85% of development is done with the use of safer, more effective and cost effective emulsion explosives at Apatit.The relationship between the two companies extended to Orica’s construction of an emulsion explosives plant at Apatit’s Vostochniy site and associated blasting works. The plant officially opened in December 2014, with the associated products and emulsion explosives production capacity fully covering the needs of Apatit and third parties. From the beginning of March 2015, Orica started performing blasting works in the open pits of Apatit.At the signing, Orica EMEA Zone Executive Richard Brown said: “The close collaboration between Orica and PhosAgro has made it possible to extend our agreements in drilling and blasting in the Apatit sites. Our relationship to date and the agreement signed today demonstrate the genuine partnership between the two organisations that is resulting in lasting mutual benefit for both sides. Orica is proud of its strong alliance with PhosAgro and considers Russia an important strategic partner.”PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev thanked the partners for fruitful cooperation and stated that “use of new technologies, development and purchase of modern equipment and introduction of high-tech procedures aimed at improving safety, higher performance and greater efficiency in our drilling and blasting operations are key priorities for both PhosAgro and our partner Orica.”Apatit is the world’s largest producer of high-grade phosphate ore (P2O5 content > 35.7%) – phosphate rock and Russia’s only producer of nepheline concentrate. It is developing six deposits: Kukisvumchorrskoye, Yuksporskoye, Apatitovy Cirque, Plateau Rasvumchorr, Koashva and Njorkpakh. Ore is extracted from four mines: •Kirovsky, Rasvumchorr (underground mining), Central and Vostochny (open-pit mining), with a combined ore extraction capacity of some 26 Mt/y.last_img read more

Melco hosts workshop on Occupational Safety and Health Management for SMEs

first_img RelatedPosts Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited has conducted a workshop in which it shared with local SMEs the latest trends in Occupational Safety & Health Management Certification and Melco’s experience and expertise in the matter. The workshop attracted SME representatives from various industries and sectors to attend, the company said.The workshop began with a presentation by Ms Jenny Ho, Manager of Standards, Management, Training & Assessment, CPTTM, on the trends in OSH Management Certification and CPTTM support services, followed by a sharing by Ms Garbi Chan, Assistant Manager, Occupational Safety & Healthy, Security, Melco Resorts & Entertainment, on Melco’s leadership in OSH System Management. The workshop concluded with a business networking session, where SME representatives had the opportunity to introduce their products and services to Melco’s Supply Chain Department. Load More Melco Resorts sponsors televised public service video promoting responsible gaming culture in Macaulast_img read more

Expert calls for eSports industry to embrace gambling after leading publisher Valve

first_img Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPosts Load More Leading eSports publisher Valve has instructed professional Dota 2 teams competing in next month’s The International 8 to stop accepting sponsorships from gambling websites, but one prominent expert says it is time the industry overcomes its aversion to gambling links.Hai Ng – a globally renowned eSports technology strategist, event operator and team owner – told a panel at this week’s Gaming, Racing and Wagering conference in Sydney that while games publishers remain largely averse to any association with gambling, the time has come for the respective industries to start a conversation. “What we’re seeing with Valve and what we’ve seen in the past with Riot (creator of League of Legends) is that they don’t want to be seen as having anything to do with gambling or betting companies for fear that they will be seen as promoting gambling to minors,” Ng said.“It’s all about perception. The irony is that betting operators don’t want to promote gambling to minors and the eSports industry doesn’t want to promote gambling to minors either. The ideologies of each are exactly the same, they just aren’t talking to each other about it yet.“I think that has to change. At the moment the games publishers are still trying tp pretend that gambling around the industry doesn’t exist or that it’s got nothing to do with them, but just like with traditional sports the betting industry around eSports will exist with or without the publishers, so in the long term it’s better that they embrace the opportunity and start working together.”It was revealed this week that Valve had warned participating teams in its upcoming The International 8 – one of the biggest eSports tournaments on the planet with a prize pool of almost US$25 million – to stop accepting sponsorships from online betting sites. The request comes despite a number of teams holding long-term contracts with sites such as said it will hold further discussions in the coming weeks amid questions over how the ban will impact ongoing sponsorships.last_img read more

Student arrested after exposing himself to teacher helping him fill out college

Student arrested after exposing himself to teacher helping him fill out college

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida student has been arrested after exposing himself to a teacher who was helping him fill out college applications.Andre Maurice Washington made an appearance in bond court Wednesday, facing charges of indecent exposure and “battery on a specified official.”Police said there were two instances that led to call police.According to the arrest report, the first instance occurred on Dec. 3 when Washington was working on college applications in Miami Northwestern Senior High School’s College Resource Center.Needing help, the victim leaned over Washington’s computer to assist him, which was when the victim said she noticed Washington had his genitals exposed.The following day, the victim was walking in the hallway when, she said, Washington walked next to her and grabbed her leg, which was when she notified police of both instances.Washington was sentenced to house arrest and ordered to stay away from the victim. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Tuesday Update Crews Maintaining Southern Control Line Closest To The Sterling Highway

Tuesday Update Crews Maintaining Southern Control Line Closest To The Sterling Highway

first_imgKale Casey with the State Division of Forestry: “The northeast is where the growth is. Our goal is to not let it move to the north or the south. The most important thing for Sterling is that we hold that line to the highway. Our highest priority is to keep it to the northeast and away from Sterling.”  An updated acreage map is expected later this afternoon An additional hand crew was inserted into the southern control line closest to the Sterling Highway to provide further protection for all of the assets and infrastructure in the highway corridor. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fire crews on the Swan Lake Fire have gotten the upper hand with roughly 142 staff members in the air and with boots on the ground. There’s been some slight growth, but crews are maintaining their hold on the west and south ends of the fire. For more details contact the Division of Forestry Public Information office at 907-260-4262, visit Today, hand crews will continue to reinforce and defend the primary line on the west of the fire to prevent spread towards the community of Sterling. As conditions allow, crews will continue firing operations along the west and southern control lines in order to gain depth and prevent fire spread towards the infrastructure along the Sterling Highway corridor.center_img In a release from DOF, there was a smooth transition Tuesday morning to the Type 2 Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team under the leadership of Incident Commander Tom Kurth. The Type 2 team relieves initial attack forces who have been in place for the past eight days. Management of the Swan Lake Fire transitioned to a Type 2 Alaska incident management team on Monday. Crews were tested over the weekend with strong winds, but the lines held. Even though there was a sprinkling of rain in the area it had no effect on the fire which maintained around 13,000 acres. Casey: “It is moving, but we have hotshots and crews and aviation to not allow it to move any other direction than to the northeast. We are giving it our all to keep it away from town and away from the highway. The most important thing for us is to hold that line.”  Motorists are reminded to yield to fire apparatus entering the Sterling Highway and to adhere to traffic signage staged near miles 82 and 92, as well as near Sterling Elementary where the incident command center has been established.last_img read more