Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Monday came out in support of Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav in an alleged illegal mining case in which the CBI has said it would question him. She said Mr. Yadav was being targeted to “defame and oppress” the SP-BSP alliance. Ms. Mayawati said the CBI’s “threat” to question Mr. Yadav “under the guise of a probe” in the illegal mining case was an act of “election greed” issued with “feelings of political malice”.She said she spoke to Mr. Yadav on the phone on Sunday and reminded him of her own alleged persecution in the Taj Corridor case after she refused to “give in to the BJP’s demands for 60 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats as part of an alliance”. “It’s an old hathkanda (machination) about which the people know too well,” she said in a statement.“The BJP’s disgusting politics and election conspiracy is nothing new,” Ms. Mayawati said, warning that the party should be prepared to pay its price in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. “If this was not a political conspiracy, the CBI would have been allowed to hold an enquiry into the case earlier,” she said while questioning the “unnecessary” and “preposterous” statements made by BJP leaders regarding the case. “Since when did the BJP leaders become spokespersons for the CBI,” Ms. Mayawati asked.”Like the Congress, the BJP has also been an expert in implicating its opponents in false cases through misuse of government machinery, and the BSP movement has been a victim of this,” she said.The BSP chief’s statement came a day after Mr. Yadav questioned the timing and intention behind the CBI linking his name to the illegal mining probe.
Asian and African researchers face most visa hurdles while trying to go overseas on work, according to a new survey. Researchers from these two continents are also less likely to go abroad for their research-related work, according to the survey published in the Nature journal.However, almost all the researchers surveyed acknowledged the importance of international movement for their work.The survey, titled “International movement and science,” found that Asian and African researchers are three to four times more likely to face visa-related hurdles than those from America and Europe. It found that Asian researchers were over four times more likely, and African researchers more than three times as likely, to face visa hurdles than their American or European counterparts.“Overall, 40 percent of respondents with an Asian nationality (152/380, mostly from India) and 34 percent of respondents with an African nationality (134/398) reported that a visa-related issue had been an obstacle to them visiting another country for research purposes, compared with 9 percent (28/302) of North American and 9 percent (82/946) of European respondents,” according to the report.More than one-third of researchers from Asia and Africa said that a visa-related issue had been an obstacle to them visiting another country for a research purpose. One-fourth of the respondents from Africa and Asia said they had encountered visa issues that affected long-term relocation to another country, compared with 13 percent of North American and 7 percent of European researchers.Around 45 percent of African nationals reported travelling to another country for research work very rarely, compared to only around 17 percent of those from Europe.Researchers cited visa-related issues such as time-taking process, lengthy and complex application forms, cost of application, and lack of clarity about rules and processes.With the help of the survey, authors were able to identify behavioral patterns, drivers and barriers to the international mobility of researchers, the journal cited Gordon McInroy, an analyst at RAND Europe in Cambridge, as saying. Researchers were, however, not supposed to identify the reasons behind differences in travel-related opportunities.African researchers and other respondents, who never traveled abroad previously, were more likely to cite lack of knowledge about work opportunities overseas as a hurdle in going abroad. Family-related challenges were also cited as the reasons for not going overseas for work, the report said.The online survey was conducted by RAND Europe on behalf of Together Science Can and Wellcome Trust. It spoke to 2,465 respondents from 109 countries (the number of countries is based on the respondents’ first reported nationality), with the United Kingdom, the United States and India providing a large proportion of responses.The respondents were asked about the about their travel patterns, enablers and hurdles they came across when traveling or applying for visa. They were also asked about the perceived outcomes of their international movement. Questions referred to relocation as well as shorter-term travel. Related ItemsAfricaAsiaVisa
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Val Acuña finished with 19 points for the Athletics, who also drew solid performances from Lester Alvarez, Jhaymo Eguilos and Paul Varilla.Parañaque, which dropped to 2-3, fought back from a double-digit deficit even after the ejection of Jonathan Belorio for a second unsportsmanlike foul.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Patriots, however, bungled a chance to snatch the win in regulation when Jong Baloria missed a jumper with five seconds remaining.“We had problems because some of the players were showboating instead of playing for the crowd,” said Batangas coach Mac Tan. BATANGAS CITY—Former Jose Rizal U standout Tey Teodoro hit clutch baskets in overtime as Batangas City survived Parañaque, 87-79, in overtime last Thursday night to stay unbeaten in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Raja Cup here.Teodoro knocked in five straight points, including a dagger triple with 46 seconds remaining as the Tanduay-backed Athletics picked up their fifth win in as many games to solidify their hold of top spot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Earlier, Navotas leaned on the hot shooting of Yves Sazon and JP Calvo in the fourth period as it rallied past Valenzuela, 82-77.Struggling for most of the contest, Sazon came alive, making 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, while Calvo also had eight of his 17 in the period as the Clutch completed a remarkable comeback from 21 points down.The Clutch snapped a two-game slide to improve to 3-2, the same record as the Classic.ADVERTISEMENT More hard work ahead for new PH Olympic chief MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments
High on confidence with his exploits in Twenty20 cricket this year, Virat Kohli has started preparations for the seven-week long West Indies tour starting next month. (Also Read: Kohli in Shane Warne’s best world T20 team)After a hectic T20 season and some non-stop cricket, Kohli was rested for India’s limited-overs series against Zimbabwe. But now he’s back on the field as he prepares himself for a four-match Test series in the Caribbean nation.India’s Test captain took to Twitter to spread the word of his “good old feeling” to his 11.1 million followers and counting.Guess who is back. On my way for my first net session. And that’s how I feel; that good old feeling #Grateful ?????? pic.twitter.com/2KGmZWuZsi Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 18, 2016Kohli has been in sublime form this year, scoring a staggering 1598 runs, including a record 973 in the Indian Premier League alone. Kohli also scored four hundreds in the IPL this year. However, the 27-year-old will have to switch from the shortest form of the game to Test mode. (Kohli a ‘phenomenal player’, says Richard Hadlee)Kohli has played 41 Tests, scoring 2994 runs with the help of 11 hundreds at 44.02. Last year, Kohli led India to historic Test series victories against Sri Lanka and South Africa.India start their long tour from July 6 for four Tests and two practice matches. India will open their campaign with a two-day practice match from July 9 followed by a three-day game from July 14 — both at St Kitts. The first Test begins July 21.advertisement
Mayank Agarwal smashed his fifth consecutive century in the Ranji Trophy against Railways at Delhi as he completed 1000 runs — 1064 — in the process this season. Interestingly, Agarwal has racked up 1000 runs in just 28 days.Agarwal is now on the verge of breaking VVS Laxman’s record for most runs in a single season of India’s premier domestic competition. Laxman had scored 1415 runs in 1999-2000 season.The Karnataka batsman is now 351 runs short of reaching the milestone. Agarwal has been in the form of his life and has guided Karnataka to the knockouts of the Ranji Trophy meaning he has a least two more innings to achieve the feat.If Karnataka manage to reach the final then Agarwal will have four more innings to etch his name in the history books.Agarwal had a torrid start to the season scoring 31 against Assam before he bagged a pair against Hyderabad.However, the 26-year-old bounced back in style and smashed his career-best 304 not out against Maharashtra at the start of November.Agarwal has not looked back since and has scored four centuries in three games. His scores read 176 and 23 against vs Delhi, 90 and 133 not out against Uttar Pradesh, 173 and 134 against Railways.Courtesy Agarawal’s twin hundreds, Karnataka hammered Railways by 209 runs after they were bowled out for 167.Off-break bowler Krishnappa Gowtham was the other star performer as he bagged 10 wickets in the match.Brief scores: Karnataka first innings 434 all out (Mayank Agarwal 173, Manish Pandey 108, Karan Thakur 3/91), Railways first innings 333 all out (Mahesh Rawat 124, Shreyas Gopal 4/102, Krishnappa Gowtham 3/70)advertisementKarnataka second innings 275/4d (Mayank Agarwal 134, Karan Thakur 2/68), Railays second innings 167 (Krishnappa Gowtham 7/72)
Inter Milan boss Conte defends Lukaku: He’s trying his best!by Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte defended Romelu Lukaku after defeat to Juventus.Lukaku struggled to make an impact on the night.But Conte insisted: “He is definitely a player who has to train, he has an impressive physical size, he needs to train and play to be in great condition.”In the beginning he had this problem in his back. “I think he gave everything, it is inevitable that with Barcelona we lacked Lukaku.”Romelu is committed, he has tried to do his best. I hope he overcomes these small problems.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves the flag after a touchdown against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan might be seen as the favorites to win the Big Ten, however, Nebraska is expected to make a major improvement in 2019.The Cornhuskers went through several growing pains under Scott Frost. Despite a strong finish to the season, the team had an underwhelming 4-8 record.With another year under his belt in the Big Ten, it appears experts are confident that Frost can turn Nebraska into a contender.Another factor is the development of dual-threat quarterback Adrian Martinez. His ability to beat opponents with either his arm or legs makes him a nightmare to defend. While most analysts expect Nebraska to win around eight games this upcoming season, 247Sports decided to make a much bolder prediction.247Sports’ Jordan James predicts Nebraska to finish with an astounding 11-1 record. The only loss in this prediction comes to the hands of Northwestern.Nebraska would have statement victories over Ohio State, Iowa and Wisconsin in this prediction.One of the big surprises is that 247Sports has Penn State falling to 6-6 next season. The only team to have an equal or better record than Nebraska is Michigan.Regardless if the Cornhuskers actually meet these bold expectations, it’ll be interesting to see how Frost handles the team in his second year as the head coach.[247Sports]
New York-listed Seaspan Corporation has taken delivery of a 10,000 TEU containership, the MOL Benefactor, marking the company’s first delivery in 2016.The new containership, which was constructed at Chinese builder Jiangsu Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding, is Seaspan’s ninth 10,000 TEU Saver design containership and the 18th 10,000 TEU vessel in total using Seaspan’s Saver design constructed at Yangzijiang.The company’s eighth 10,000 TEU Saver, delivered in September 2015 and named the Maersk Guayaquil, was chartered out on five-year, fixed-rate time contract to Danish liner Maersk Line. Maersk may extend the charter with two consecutive one-year options.The MOL Benefactor will commence an eight-year, fixed-rate time charter with Japanese counterpart Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL). The ship is the last of a total of five 10,000 TEU Savers to be chartered by Seaspan to MOL. With this delivery, Seaspan will have nine vessels chartered to MOL.The delivery of the MOL Benefactor expands the company’s operating fleet to 86 vessels. Seaspan’s managed fleet consists of 118 containerships representing a total capacity of over 935,000 TEU, including 17 newbuilding containerships on order scheduled for delivery to Seaspan and third parties by the end of 2017.
CHURCHILL, Man. – A deal has been reached to sell and repair a broken rail line that is the only land link for the northern Manitoba town of Churchill.The community on Hudson Bay has been isolated since spring flooding in 2017 damaged the line and forced fuel and food to be flown in at skyrocketing costs.The town said the deal includes the sale of the Hudson Bay Railway, the Port of Churchill and the Churchill Marine Tank Farm.“This is great news,” Churchill Mayor Mike Spence said in an interview. “This is historic.”A news release from the federal government late Friday said the assets have been purchased by the Arctic Gateway Group, a private-public partnership of Missinippi Rail Limited Partnership, Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings and AGT Limited Partnership.Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr, who’s Manitoba’s senior cabinet minister, said the federal government will financially support the restoration of the line.“It will require long-term help from the public,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press from Singapore. “We think that there is a business plan and real potential for the line and the ports to be profitable.“For the medium term, this will be a partnership between the government of Canada and the buying group. We think that’s appropriate, that this is very important infrastructure for the north.”It’s not clear how quickly repairs to the line can be done, but officials said in the news release that construction crews are mobilizing and hoped to have it finished before winter.“Phase one of the project will be to repair the rail line, undertake safety and rehabilitation upgrades to the port and the railway assets,” said Paul Rivett, director of Arctic Gateway Group. “We will commence the repairs and do all we can to restore service expeditiously and safely.“We are racing against time.”Hudson Bay Railway has said the line has been losing money for years and the necessary repairs would cost tens of millions of dollars.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said the deal is positive for all Manitobans, particularly those who live in Churchill and northern Manitoba.“We are hopeful the repair of the rail line can occur as soon as possible so that service can be resumed before freeze-up,” he said in a statement.Pallister said, however, that they have made the financial commitments and logistical arrangements to ensure propane resupply for the winter.Spence said he’s hoping the work can start next week and be completed this fall.“We’ll let the contractors get it done and we’ll monitor it, naturally,” said the mayor. “We’re hoping this can get done in record time.”Spence added that the deal is the light at the end of the tunnel.“This community has been so solid, so strong and it’s been challenging, it’s been so difficult,” he said. “This afternoon, this evening, some of the folks I’ve just talked to are so happy, so pleased, and very excited about a bright future.”— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton and Steve Lambert in Winnipeg.
A study suggests most Canadian cities have yet to assess the threat posed by climate change despite being the most exposed to any weather disasters it could cause.A survey of 63 municipalities of all sizes from coast to coast found major gaps in how most are preparing for coming conditions and in how they are reducing their contribution to the problem.“Cities are the most vulnerable government to climate change in Canada but have the least resources in order to manage the problem, so it’s imperative that they have some strategy or plan,” said Jason Thistlethwaite, a University of Waterloo professor and co-author of the paper published in the journal Climatic Change.Thistlethwaite and his colleagues measured the plans against 46 indicators that include baseline information, goals, implementation, evaluation and public participation.“Almost all plans failed to include an assessment of the municipality’s vulnerability to specific climate change impacts,” the paper says.Only seven communities had identified specific neighbourhoods that might be vulnerable. A dozen identified specific local industries at risk.Many cities hadn’t done enough research to be able to write a comprehensive plan.Scientists are increasingly able to attribute extreme weather events to the influence of climate change. And when floods or wildfires destroy lives and property, it’s usually in a city.“Where are most of our people and property?” Thistlethwaite said. “They’re in cities. There’s a concentration there of exposure.”Cities are caught in a bind, he said. Not only are they already strapped for cash to fill potholes and run buses, but their main source of income can conflict with the need to plan for climate change.“Their revenue’s from property taxes, so they want to expand development. When they say they’re going to restrict development in a certain area, that (creates) incredible pressure for them to ignore the advice of their staff.”The survey concluded that Kingston, Ont., has Canada’s best municipal climate change plan.It was the result of more than a year’s effort and included computer modelling of what the local climate might look like in 2050. That work concluded that the number of extreme heat days is likely to increase to 30 from four and the number of extreme precipitation events to double to nine.“That really drives home the point to some people,” said Paul MacLatchy, Kingston’s environment director.“(It’s) a little bit frightening. Things do change remarkably. The infrastructure we rely on every day is that much harder to keep functioning in a reliable way.”Failing to plan for climate change has real consequences, said Thistlethwaite.“You’re likely to see property taxes go up as municipalities are forced to collect more money to pay for damaged infrastructure. You’re likely to see property values go down in areas where there are recurring high risks.”MacLatchy said Kingston was able to do the work with the help of a program from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.Thistlethwaite said cities need more resources to plan for how they will withstand heat waves, ice storms, wildfires and floods.“We need to see much more leadership from upper tiers of government.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Press
The Rainforest Foundation UK will be hosting an exclusive public auction of one-off gifts which have been donated by celebrities, luxury labels and esteemed brands to raise funds to protect the world’s rainforests this Christmas.The 12 Days of Christmas, an online auction now celebrating its third year, will kick-off on the 13th November 2012, running until 25th November 2012. The auction is hosted by Ebay and can be found at www.ebay.co.uk/12days.As well as several surprises, auction lots currently include: An autographed Signature Series Precision Bass Guitar from Sting, a London 2012 t-shirt signed by Olympic medalists (including Tom Daley, Nicola Adams, the Brownlee brothers and more) provided by Professional Sport Group, a three-course lunch for two at the OXO Tower Restaurant, tickets for award winning London shows including Dreamboats & Petticoats, Sleeping Beauty and Shrek, tickets to see Sting live in Singapore, exclusive London Fashion Week items from Saloni, VASSILISA and Begg Scotland, a Bern Watts Matte snowsports helmet, a Blur 21 Vinyl box set and signed items from Hobbit and Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen, Grease songstress Olivia Newton-John and London 2012 medallists Richard Whitehead, Rebecca Adlington and Keri-Anne Payne! Plus limited edition signed prints from Rob Ryan, Al Murphy, Barnaby Ward and Polly Morgan! And a very rare signed proof from one of the UK’s top artists Dan Baldwin! This collector’s proof is of a limited edition print due to be launched at Christie’s Multiplied next week, and comprises 35 layers of silkscreen, diamond dust, satin glaze, embossing, silver leaf, gold leaf and glow in the dark ink!The Rainforest Foundation UK was founded in 1989 by Sting and Trudie Styler, after they saw first-hand the impact the destruction of the Amazon rainforests had on the Kayapo Indians’ way of life. This sparked the Foundation’s first campaign which, in 1993, resulted in the protection of 27,359 km² of indigenous peoples’ land. The Foundation has expanded and diversified since, and has worked in more than 20 countries to date towards the mission of “supporting indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the world’s rainforest to protect their rainforest homes and fulfill their rights to land, life and livelihood”.Deforestation and the destruction of rainforests are major contributing factors in the build-up of CO2 emissions and the warming of our planet. The main focus of the Rainforest Foundation UK is to protect and save the natural resources of the rainforests by working with those who know the forest best – indigenous peoples and traditional forest dwellers. By supporting them, the Foundation is taking a major step forward in the battle to combat climate change. Instead of purchasing land or conserving forests purely for their biodiversity-value, the Rainforest Foundation adopts a right-based approach and promotes the establishment of community rights over rainforest lands, tackling the root of problems related to deforestation and paving the way for fair benefit sharing from forest resources.
LONDON, Ont. – Canada’s red-hot economy is indeed likely to slow down this year, making federal investments in boosting economic growth and job creation all the more important, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Friday.As the federal Liberal cabinet prepared for a second day of meetings at its retreat in London, Ont., Morneau stopped to sing the praises of his government’s economic agenda, which he credits for the economy’s super-charged performance over the last year.“The economy has performed exceptionally well in 2017,” he said. “The kinds of things we’ve done to help Canadian families has a had a real difference on our economy.”Among other things, unemployment fell to 5.7 per cent in December, the lowest figure since comparable data became available in January 1976.In his fall fiscal update in October, the minister predicted the economy would grow 3.1 per cent for 2017 as a whole.That strong growth rate won’t be matched this year, however, Morneau conceded.In its own latest forecast, Scotiabank is predicting growth of just 2.3 per cent this year, while TD Bank’s most recent prediction says Canada’s on pace for 2018 growth of around 2.4 per cent. Both also agree the rate will slow down even further in 2019.Morneau said the government recognizes the importance of being fiscally responsible and remains committed to reducing annual deficits over the long term.In his fall update, Morneau projected a deficit of $19.9 billion in the 2017-18 fiscal year — almost $9 billion less than predicted in his budget last spring.He also projected that the deficit would drop over the next five years, to $12.5 billion in 2022-23.This year’s deficit projection includes $1.5 billion for “risk adjustment” — a figure that might be increased going forward to account for additional risks to the economy, such as the potential demise of the North American Free Trade Agreement.“We’re continuing to work on our budget 2018 and one of the things we will consider is the appropriate consideration of risk, as we’ve done in previous times,” Morneau said Friday.However, he acknowledged economic growth will be “more modest” this year.“We’re always facing challenges. We face long-term demographic challenges, we face global risks that might impact global growth. So we need to be focused on how we can continue to encourage growth in our economy.”
Bill Manning now has two championship teams to oversee.The Toronto FC president is adding Argonauts president to his title in the wake of the Canadian Football League board of governors approving the Argo purchase by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE).Manning is now in charge of the MLS Cup and Grey Cup winners.“Toronto football. I can’t go wrong either way,” Manning joked.MLSE, which also owns the NHL’s Maple Leafs, NBA’s Raptors, AHL’s Marlies and Toronto FC, announced last month that it had an agreement in place to buy the Argonauts.There had already been some cross-ownership. The Argos were currently owned by two-thirds of the MLSE triumvirate — chairman Larry Tanenbaum’s holding company, the Kilmer Group, and Bell Canada.In bringing the Argos fully into the MLSE fold, Rogers Communications officially join its two MLSE partners as part of the CFL team’s ownership.“Clearly on the football side I think they’re in good shape,” Manning said of the CFL team.“This was just about how can we synergize the Argos into the MLSE portfolio,” he added. “Over the last few years, I’m really grateful that our board of directors and Larry thought that I’d done a good job with TFC and they wanted to see a similar model on how we can integrate the team side, the business side, the stadium side all into one.“And then obviously sharing a stadium (BMO Field), I think we can find some synergies there. And scheduling we can make sure that both teams really get to maximize their schedule. So it was just, I think, a lot of areas that I can oversee and just make sure that we kind of have this be a rising tide that raises both boats.”Manning, who took over TFC in October 2015, has football experience on his resume.A former United Soccer League executive of the year with the Minnesota Thunder, he was 34 when he took over as president and GM of the Mutiny in 2000. After the MLS folded the franchise after the 2001 season, he worked for the NBA Houston Rockets (director of corporate partnerships) and then the NFL Philadelphia Eagles (vice-president sales and services) before Real Salt Lake brought him back to MLS in 2008.He spent four years with the Eagles in all. There he was close to Tom Heckert, now senior personnel adviser for the Denver Broncos but formerly director of pro personnel for the Eagles.“We used to share notes on how to be a GM,” Manning said.Michael Copeland, who spent two years as Argonauts president and CEO, has been tabbed to join the MLSE leadership team along with Sara Moore, the Argonauts’ senior vice-president of business operations.Manning said their immediate roles will be to help the Argos’ transition into the MLSE family.“The Toronto Argonauts are an important and historic part of the sporting landscape in Toronto and across the country, and we appreciate the support of the CFL board of governors as the team officially becomes part of the MLSE family,” MLSE president and CEO Michael Friisdahl said in a release.“As we begin the process of incorporating the Argos into the organization, we are very pleased to name Bill Manning as president of the club in addition to his current responsibilities as president of Toronto FC.“Bill’s vast experience and championship vision as a sports executive will continue to be a great asset for Toronto FC, and now, the Argos. We look forward to Michael Copeland and Sara Moore joining the MLSE leadership team, and as a first order of business, playing an important role in the transition of the Argos to MLSE.”In the release, MLSE said the process of incorporating the team into the company’s business operations would continue over the coming months.“We are proud to officially welcome MLSE to the CFL and look forward to working with Bill Manning and the entire organization to enhance the experience for fans in Toronto, but also CFL fans right across the country,” said CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie.Founded in 1873, the Argonauts are North America’s oldest continuously operated professional football club.———Follow @NeilMDavidson and @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.
New Delhi: The government’s decision to implement 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections of the general category may cost dearer to the public institutions as the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has put on hold the fund allocation procedure to higher institutions for meeting the expenses to be incurred in implementing the quota.The HRD Ministry’s proposal to provide financial assistance of about Rs 4,000 crore has been stuck in the model code of conduct. As per official sources, the ministry in its communication with institutions has stated that the proposal would be approved only after the formation of the government and till then the institutions would have to bear the additional expenditure of their own. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Citing the enforcement of model code of conduct due to ongoing general elections in the country, sources in the HRD Ministry said, “Given the value of the amount, the Election Commission is reluctant in approving the proposal.” The sources further that the EC is reluctant in permitting the HRD ministry to provide funds to institutions as the proposal has not been passed by the Cabinet. The sources also said that institutions would have to implement the quota without any dedicated funds for it. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn January, the government had allowed a reservation of 10 per cent for poor people in educational institutions and government jobs. Soon after the decision, the HRD Ministry had announced that it would increase 25 per cent seats in all higher education institutions to accommodate the beneficiaries of 10 per cent quota to poor upper caste without disturbing seat share of other reserved categories. The HRD Ministry had also sought details from higher institutions about the financial burden on them for increasing 25 per cent seats. As per the HRD officials, all higher institutions, including IITs, IIMs, Central universities, NITs, IISER, had sought Rs 5,676 crore financial support for creating 2.15 lakh additional seats.
Winter Park, Florida – When most people think of Argan oil, they imagine advertisements showing (usually) “exotic” women with lustrous hair holding rustic-looking bottles of what cosmetic companies call “liquid gold,” but do we understand the ethical and environmental implications of cultivating Argan oil? Due to deforestation, overuse, and the commercial interests of the famous nut, it is estimated that the Argan tree will nearly disappear by the year 2051.To understand how Argan oil has become such a sought-after ingredient for cosmetic companies, it is necessary to learn about the history of its use. The Argan tree is dated far back into antiquity, and while it once covered the entire Maghreb region of North Africa, it is now exclusively endemic to the Sousse valley of southwestern Morocco.It has been a vital part of Moroccan life for centuries, especially for the indigenous Amazigh—or Berber—communities as a nutritional, medicinal, and economic necessity. Blended with roasted almond and honey, Argan oil makes the vitamin-enriched Amlou paste that Moroccans dip bread in and is used in virtually all Moroccan dishes. You will seldom find a household in Morocco that does not have the oil stored in a pantry or medicine cabinet. Argan’s dermatological fame stems from its use for scars, acne, and even as cough medicine for young children. The tree’s deep-rooted system protects the land from degradation, soil erosion, and heat, while providing husks for livestock in rural areas. It is no wonder that Moroccans have named Argania Spinosa the Moroccan “tree of life.”However, the Argan tree’s importance to Moroccans has not been enough to incite proper preservation efforts on both a local and global scale. In the past two decades, deforestation rates rose dramatically in Morocco due partly to the extension of grazed land and the collection of firewood. Though projects like the Tamounte conservation project have taken the initiative to plant seeds and encourage the development of the tree as an economic resource, the results are often stilted by exploitation.In 1999, the United Nations educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Argan forest a world biosphere. According to UNESCO, nearly 3 million of the biosphere’s population is Berber. UNESCO’s goal is to counteract the exploitative practices that the Argan tree has fallen victim to, while encouraging the economic development within the region—particularly for Berber women. The Tashelhit women who extract the oil are members of co-operatives that help the women build a steady income and a social status.As the demand for Argan grew, manufacturing became mechanized, leading to the creation of private oil presses from major European entrepreneurs. For them, paying Berber women to extract the oil by hand was not necessary. Costs of production were lowered; volumes of the oil increased, and the Argan craze spread like wildfire.Unfortunately, the intermediaries that work with these women still keep most of the profits from their hard work. This is particularly vexing because the image of Berber women is still used to help sell the product worldwide. It has even found its way into pop culture. In a recent article by The Daily Mail, the British tabloid newspaper asks its readers “is Kim Kardashian helping to change Berber women’s lives?”These kinds of celebrity endorsements certainly elevate the demand for Argan, but these kinds of careless statements only build to the global overuse of the oil. Rather than praising celebrities or individuals for helping indigenous North African women, let us make sure these women are getting their fair share of the deal. Let us work harder to maintain the endangered “tree of life,” because we simply cannot afford to lose it.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
The border crossings have been closed since last Wednesday, when only Jordanian trucks were allowed through the Sufa crossing, according to the Office of the UN Special Coordinator (UNSCO) in Jerusalem.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) says it has about 200 trucks that need to get into Gaza to distribute supplies to some of the occupied territory’s estimated 1.4 million residents. The World Food Programme (WFP) has about 40 trucks of its own that also need to get through.UNRWA said that it will be out of canned meat by the end of this week unless further shipments are permitted, adding it is working with Israeli authorities to find alternative solutions to allow the goods into Gaza.At the same time, UNSCO noted that fuel imports into Gaza have resumed: 315,000 litres came in yesterday and more than 500,000 litres arrived today. Rolling electricity cuts continue nevertheless, especially in Gaza City.Israel has said its tight restrictions on border crossings aim to force an end to the daily rocket and mortar attacks launched against Israeli residential areas by militants in Gaza. 28 January 2008All border crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip remain closed, leaving hundreds of trucks carrying United Nations relief supplies waiting to enter Gaza while threatening the supply of canned meat to Palestinians living inside the territory, UN officials said today.
MONTREAL — Dorel Industries Inc. plans to assemble some of its bikes in Brazil at a factory owned by Caloi, a major South American bicycle manufacturer that will be majority-owned by the Montreal-based consumer products company.A Caloi factory in northern Brazil will assemble Dorel’s Cannondale, Schwinn, Mongoose and GT bike brands for the Brazilian and export markets.Caloi’s manufacturing plant in Manaus produces more than 700,000 bikes a year and is the largest bicycle factor outside Southeast Asia.Caloi employs 900 people at various locations, including the Manaus plant, its head office in Sao Paulo and a technology and logistics centre in Atibaia.Dorel (TSX:DII.B) says its acquisition of a 70% ownership stake in Caloi will immediately boost its profits and push its annual bike revenues above US$1 billion.Caloi’s sales in 2012 were US$111.6 million, a 22% increase from the previous year.Dorel says Caloi is Latin America’s largest bicycle brand and has an estimated market share in Brazil of more than 40%.The acquisition increases Dorel’s presence in South America, a region it has targeted for growth. Dorel established a juvenile products division in Brazil in 2009 for its line of children’s car seats.It’s also partners in a line of retail stores in Peru and Chile that helped grow Dorel’s sales in Latin America by 35% last quarter.Dorel manufacturers a number of children’s products under the Safety 1st, Quinny, Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Bebe Confort brands, while its bikes and related products include brands such as Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, IronHorse and Sugoi. It has annual sales of US$2.5 billion and employs 5,400 people in facilities located in 24 four countries.
Sri Lanka is to import 100,000 metric tonnes of rice a month to meet the demand in the market, the Ministry of Finance said today.The Finance Ministry said that the rice will be imported until the Sinhala and Tamil New Year next year.
The women’s lacrosse team huddles up before a game in Ohio Stadium. Credit: Rebecca Farage | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (5-3) lost back-to-back games on the road, this time to Holy Cross (5-3). Despite early struggles, OSU fought back into the game, but the Crusaders proved to be too much in the end, topping the Buckeyes 11-10.This was the first-ever meeting between the Buckeyes and the Crusaders in program history, and was originally scheduled for Saturday, but moved up due to poor weather in Worcester. The Crusaders began the season 4-3, their best all-time, with a win over a common opponent of OSU: Vermont.Junior attacker Molly Wood scored first for the Buckeyes just 1:27 into the game, but Holy Cross would respond with its first goal to tie it at one with 25:17 left.The Scarlet and Gray would trade goals with the Crusaders again when Holy Cross senior attacker Mary Patalita and freshman attacker Alex Vander Molen both scored, keeping the game tied.The Crusaders would stretch their lead out to two after scoring consecutive goals, one of which was senior midfielder Maddie Ward’s second of the game. Wood added her second of the day to get the Buckeyes to three goals, but Holy Cross responded quickly with one of their own to hold their two goal lead.Two freshman tied the game at five for OSU when freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez netted her first and Vander Molen found the back of the goal for the second time. Holy Cross, however, bested freshman goalie Jillian Rizzo again before the break, sending the Crusaders into the half with a 6-5 lead.Again, the two teams traded scores, keeping the Crusaders lead at one just four minutes into the final half. OSU then got back-to-back scores from Wood to take the lead for the first time since the team’s opening goal.With 20:27 left in the game, Buckeyes’ sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott would get her first goal of the game, pushing their lead to two before Holy Cross tying the game again at nine.In what was a fairly slow second half, the Crusaders scored off of Patalita’s hat trick giving them a brief lead, but OSU senior midfielder Paulina Constant tied the game yet again when she scored her fourth goal of the season.Then with 4:34 remaining in the game, the final score of the game went to Holy Cross’ junior midfielder Kerianne Moran. The Buckeyes would take a shot as time expired but it would not fall, giving the Crusaders the win.Next UpThe Buckeyes will look to break even on their road trip at Harvard University at 3 P.M. on Monday.