Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port Upgraded to BB

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license The rating of Russia’s Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port (NCSP) has been increased to BB with a positive outlook due to a potential support from parent company Transneft, according to ratings agency Standard & Poor’s.The upgrade reflects the agency’s view of the ongoing integration of NCSP into the Russian government-owned Transneft group.“Transneft, in our view, considers these assets’ operational stability as important for its core business of pipeline oil transportation for exports, with NCSP representing a natural extension to this business,” S&P said.“Therefore, we believe that it is in Transneft’s interest to ensure there are no delays or accidents at these terminals.”The agency further noted that the sale of the Novorossiysk Grain Terminal (NGT), in February 2019, revealed a risk that the sale of non-oil businesses could continue, over time leading to reduced scale, cargo diversity, and efficiency of the port.S&P also said the company had not yet officially abandoned plans to invest into the port of Taman, which could potentially result in a meaningful investment of up to USD 500 million.NCSP could be upgraded again in the next 12 months if the new strategy approved by Transneft provides more clarity on leverage, dividends, and expansion capex, the rating agency added.NCSP owns and operates oil terminals in Novorossiysk and Primorsk, which handle about 35% of Russia’s oil exports through ports.last_img read more

A pressing call for justice

first_imgTwo years, more than 25 complaints, lives of family members and a fatal accident is what cost the Unnao rape victim in her bold pursuit for justice, abiding by the system and its so-called norms, and still no sign of justice. The recent accident which landed the rape victim and her lawyer on a ventilator stirred the national conscience impinging a unanimous cry for justice. It was not that a new rape case had been brought to light but an old one which had never reached its conclusion but taken adverse steps on victim’s part as her enduring faith in the system was rewarded with incessant hiccups of inconsistency amounting to only injustice. Her plight while striving for justice is evident by losses she had to withstand, as an unmoved system watched. So when the state police could not live up to the victim’s confidence, the only alternative knocking doors of the highest court in the land. While the UP BJP clarified that the accused, MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been suspended by the party, there has been no concrete step taken to bring him to justice. As the victim’s uncle alleged in the FIR filed by UP Police, there stands a possibility of Sengar engineering the accident to eliminate the victim based on the information about the victim’s travel plan to Rae Bareilly jail to see her uncle. In fact, the grease on the number plate and the trajectory of the truck which hit the victim’s car on the wrong side at high speed points at conspiracy. However, the Uttar Pradesh Police “prima facie” found the unfortunate incident as nothing more than an accident. Not just this but when the UP Police filed an FIR in this accident matter, the truck driver and owner were not named in the accused list which remains inexplicable. Also Read – A compounding difficultyThe strange revelation of an unread letter written to the Chief Justice of India by the victim’s mother on July 12 stirred matters even further. The CJI clarified how the letter was not placed before him and demanded an immediate report on why the letter reached the court but not him. The letter largely stressed on the threats and danger to the victim and her family’s lives allegedly by the accused persons in the case. There was a transfer petition also filed to this length by the victim’s mother before the Supreme Court in January as she had lost the confidence of a fair trial in UP. Mishaps due to which the letter did not reach CJI in time nearly cost the victim her life, though she lost her two aunts with her lawyer on the ventilator. There is a clear understanding that had the top court taken cognisance of the letter, the near-fatal accident near Rae Bareilly could have been averted. This calls for a thorough investigation in the failure to produce the letter in front of CJI while a petition on the mishandling of Unnao case stands scheduled in the top court today. While the court must take stern action in the matter, the mishandling of the Unnao case opens up darker realities of the state administration and justice machinery. Another very surprising factor that has been revealed is the absence of CBI court no. 4 in Lucknow where the Unnao case was to be heard. It has been reported that the judge presiding over the case–in which the CBI had filed the charge sheet against Senger back in July 2018–was transferred in April 2019. The fact that trial is yet to start gives a shocking blow to the reputation and sanctity of the justice machinery which had taken cognisance of the case. In the light of these developments, the letter written to CJI becomes all the more important as it was the penultimate cry for justice and also a cautionary note that worse could happen–which eventually did–if status quo was held. Also Read – An askew democracyNow that the matter has reached the corridors of the highest court, the nation anticipates firm directives from the Supreme Court to both the state as well as CBI in fast-tracking the probe so that concrete steps to justice can be taken. Such failure of the system only highlights the misery of commoners for whom courts are the sole source of justice. But here, even the judiciary took a back step as no hearing was initiated despite the CBI charge sheet being filed in July last year. In fact, CBI special court number 4 does not even exist much to everyone’s surprise. Questions surface as to where is this court and why has the trial not begun? If there is no court, why isn’t the case assigned to another special court? The delay has only resulted in a much-complicated picture where now the victim battles for her life as the accused remains in judicial custody with no action taken by the party except a mere suspension which the party claims was pronounced last year. CBI has filed an FIR in the matter and investigation is on to probe abetment and conspiracies in the accident. Since the matter now rests in front of the Supreme Court, CBI’s investigation should lead to some form of conclusion because the last time when its investigation was called upon, no conclusive outcome was to be seen as the case was severely mishandled on the judicial front. Today’s proceedings will throw light on future steps as it will bring the glaring errors in the case till now to the surface. It is important for the Supreme Court to come down heavily upon the state judiciary for such negligence. Taking a suo motu cognisance of the letter which sought protection from the threats and intimidation by the accused person through his henchmen is only the first of many steps that the SC at this need of hour is required to take. The letter also states that a video-recording which outlines criminal intimidation has been annexed with the letter that will be of aid in the judicial proceeding hereafter. Unnao rape case brings spine-chilling realities to the forefront. If the threats received by the victim and her family are to be brought into consideration, UP draws a dismal picture of power misuse. Threats from the circle of the accused legislator and his cronies only point towards the atrocities that common people have to endure against those in powerful shoes. Should they be proven true, it will bear a mark on the state government as well as the party that failed to act upon such injustice. SC’s intervention remains the sole way to restore public confidence in the system that has allegedly failed the victim, impinging severe misery. Right from the judicial proceeding that never began in the special court in Lucknow to the letter written by the victim’s mother that never reached the CJI, despite reaching the SC a fortnight ago, there seems to be a chain of events not in favour of the rape victim much to her misery. What the court will now have to find out is whether this chain of events was the work of those who stand accused in the case besides uncovering inconsistencies that have till now marred it and in the process, prevented the victim from getting justice. It should be kept in mind that while pursuing justice for the victim, SC will be plying to restore the dwindling public faith in the system and the judiciary.last_img read more

Jason Collins Honored At 2014 Vision Awards

first_imgOn Thursday, June 19, 2014 the Museum of the City of New York hosted the 2014 Vision Awards presented by the Stonewall Community Foundation.Jason Collins with Marita Bagley, Jarrett Marcus, Janet Mock, Bevy Smith, Lee Daniels, Isaac Mizrahi, Emil WilberkinHonorees of the evening included famed Oscar nominated film director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler), Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Collins, icon Isaac Mizrahi, transgender rights activist and best-selling author Janet Mock, and director of the LGBAC Marching Band Marita Begley.The 2014 Vision Awards helped raise funds needed to support a wide range of New York City’s diverse LGBTQ community organizations. The Vision Awards is one of many fundraising events to help raise money for various non-profits throughout the metropolitan area. Stonewall Community Foundation has invested more than $17 million in over 600 organizations. One of fifteen LGBTQ public foundations in the country, Stonewall works to strengthen the LGBTQ community by engaging and mobilizing donors as well as investing in dynamic organizations.While co-host Bevy Smith and Emil Wilbekin honored those who inspire social change, guests included Damon Peruzzi, Chef Roble, Bravo’s Fashion Queens Derek J and Lawrence and a special performance by British singer-songwriter Daley.last_img read more

Morocco to Receive First Cars of High Speed Train TangierCasablanca

Rabat- The first rake of coaches of the high-speed train between Tangier and Casablanca is expected to arrive in Morocco next week.According to ONCF, Morocco’s national railway operator, the manufacturing of the coaches of the high-speed train has now reached an advanced stage, adding that the coaches will undergo a series of static and dynamic tests, audits and updates.The company said in a communiqué carried by news website H24info that the high-speed train would initially run on the existing conventional rail network. The train would be rolled out on the high-speed line starting from the last quarter of the current year. ONCF said it will acquire 12 high-speed coaches, adding that construction work is progressing at a fast pace after solving all constraints and technical problems.The high-speed train project has reached 70 per cent in completion while the rest will be delivered progressively until the end of 2016, the statement added.Working on the railway equipment (tracks, catenary wires, signaling system) will be initiated by the end of 2015 with the delivery of the first platforms of the line.The entire high speed line will be delivered in 2017 to undergo a series of systems integration and testing before commercial operations. read more

New PanAfrican Data Center Launches in Morocco

Rabat – The newly-launched African Data Center Association (ADCA) is set to develop the burgeoning data center industry in Africa. Twenty-eight data center operators formally launched the African Data Center Association (ADCA) in Marrakech September 28. More than 200 business executives attended the event at BroadGroup’s inaugural Datacloud Africa Leadership Summit.The ADCA will be a Pan-African professional association aimed at developing IT infrastructure across the continent. A press release by BroadGroup announced the ADCA will comprise the 28 founding members who voted in Senegal’s Fatoumata Sarr Dieng as the organization’s first president. Dieng is the director of international operations for Sonatel Orange, the leading telecommunications provider for Senegal. Dieng stated: “Our new association has three objectives. First, we want to put together our assets in Africa to hold our data in Africa. Our second objective is to reduce the problem of latency time and connectivity we have in Africa. Last but not least, we want to become a major actor in the new digital economy.”The ADCA has 30 data center operators and 30 partners and suppliers with international support, including the Dutch Datacenter Association and the European Data Centre Association. The organization seeks to take advantage of the growing demand for connectivity in Africa with smartphone penetration and demand for high bandwidth increasing exponentially across the continent. read more

Making Sense of Security Council Resolution 2440 on Western Sahara

Washington D.C. – The resolution reflected recent developments and welcomed the non-occurrence of any incident that would destabilize the region. It also stressed, for the second time in a row, the need “to achieve a realistic, practicable and enduring political solution to the question of Western Sahara based on compromise.” This emphasis means that the referendum is no longer viewed as a viable option that is likely to help the parties reach a realistic political solution.It is very telling that no member of the Security Council mentioned the referendum during member states’ statements after voting for the adoption of the resolution. In addition, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and China emphasized that any political solution to the conflict should be a mutually agreed upon and reached through negotiation.Inclusion of Algeria for the first time Regardless of the duration of the MINURSO mandate, the new resolution includes substantial modifications that will prove significant for the political process. Mentioning Algeria three times in the resolution is noteworthy. The resolution’s preamble included an additional paragraph that welcomed Algeria’s decision to participate in the negotiations without conditions and in good faith. In operative paragraph three, the Security Council welcomed the acceptance by Morocco, Algeria, Polisario, and Mauritania to participate in the Geneva round-table to take palace in Geneva on December 5 and 6.This is the first time the Security Council resolution has mentioned Algeria in a resolution since at least 2002 and since the start of the political process in 2007. As penholder of the resolution, the U.S. had to reconcile two diametrically opposed positions. Morocco has emphasized on many occasions that it will not participate in direct negotiations so long as Algeria is not regarded as a party to the conflict. Conversely, Algeria has insisted on participating only as a neighboring state.To overcome this situation, the U.S. delegation has proposed a compromise in which Algeria is mentioned in the resolution on semi-equal footing with Morocco and Polisario. In return, Morocco and member states supporting the mandate extension for 12 months had to accept a six-month duration of MINURSO’s mandate.To be sure, the resolution has still not made Algeria a party to the negotiations. However, the very fact that Algeria is mentioned in the resolution suggests that the Security Council seems geared towards gradually involving Algeria in the upcoming negotiations. This language might open the door to new developments if Morocco plays its hands deftly. It is meaningful that there is no distinction between Morocco and Algeria in the two paragraphs where Algeria is mentioned. Had the Security Council wanted to make such distinction, it could have flagged Algeria’s participation as a “neighboring state” in that paragraph. This distinction was not added for a purpose. This, combined with the reduction of the traditional language regarding self-determination, was a point of contention in the debate that preceded the adoption of the resolution and the main reasons why Russia, Ethiopia and Bolivia abstained.The U.S. is aware that any negotiations without Algeria’s participation will not lead to any progress. Therefore, including Algeria for the first time in the resolution and inviting it to participate in all stages of the political process is a first step to make it a part of the solution.The practice of gradually amending the language of resolutions is a common practice for issues on the UN agenda. Amendments are often adopted in pieces; sometimes words, sentences, and paragraphs are added or removed, and the restructuring of paragraphs paves the way for later amendments.This does not necessarily suggest that this resolution will lead to a solution that favors Morocco’s position. Nevertheless, one would be remiss to dismiss this detail or downplay the political weight it carries for the future of the political process.In addition, a paragraph in which the Security Council calls on Morocco and the Polisario to respect their obligations concerning the ceasefire agreement—particularly for the Polisario to refrain from taking any step that would change the status quo in the buffer zone in Guerguerat and Bir Lahlou—was added to the resolution. What is striking about this paragraph is that the final version of the resolution included Tifariti as well, which was not mentioned in earlier draft versions of the resolution. This is a strong setback to the Polisario, which has long claimed that the area east of the Moroccan defense wall is a “liberated territory.”This sort of emphasis on the obligations of the Polisario was a sticking point among some members of the Security Council, who felt that the language was too strong against the Polisario. However, other members such as the United States and France seem bent on avoiding a remake of the same scenario in the region during the past two years as a result of Polisario’s attempts to change the status quo and impose a fait accompli in the buffer zone. Thus, the Polisario is unlikely to take provocative steps like those it has taken in the past two years.Room for progressAside from the new language mentioned, the resolution has not brought anything new for Morocco with regards to its repeated calls for the need to conduct a census in the Tindouf camps. It should be emphasized that Morocco has still not succeed in changing the language of the resolution regarding the registration of refugees in the Tindouf camps. The same language of 2011 has been repeated without any change. One could say Morocco will have achieved something in this regard when the Security Council adds an operative paragraph clearly calling on Algeria to allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to conduct a census in the camps.The same can be said about the Moroccan autonomy plan. While it is true that Resolution 2440 gives preeminence in the preamble of the resolution to Morocco’s autonomy plan and welcomes “serious and credible Moroccan efforts to move the process forward towards resolution,” this language should not be regarded as a breakthrough in favor of Morocco.With the exception of Resolution 2285 of 2016,  since 2007 the Security Council has always welcomed the Moroccan proposal while just taking note of the Polisario’s counter-proposal. Therefore, the language adopted in Resolution 2440 should not be viewed be as a new victory for Morocco. One can only talk about a real breakthrough when and if the Security Council adopts an operative paragraph expressing, in unambiguous terms, that the Moroccan autonomy plan is the only way forward.Morocco and the U.S. after Nikki Haley’s resignationAn important factor to consider in the next phase is the resignation of the current United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who played an important role in the Security Council’s adoption of two resolutions in favor of Morocco, especially resolution 2351 in April 2017. Nikki Haley had a great margin of autonomy in the decision-making process whether in top priority issues for the U.S. such as the Palestinian issue, the nuclear agreement with Iran, North Korea, and Russia, or on issues of lesser importance for the U.S. Her closeness to the president, his daughter, and his son-in-law enabled her to have direct access to him.Whereas the U.S. president himself is known for rough, undiplomatic language against both adversaries and allies, Ambassador Haley, known for her charisma and diplomatic skills, was a welcomed addition to the Trump Administration. She is also considered a moderate representative of the Republican Party, which has often responded positively to Morocco’s position on the Western Sahara issue. Moroccan diplomacy has taken advantage of Haley’s independence and her responsiveness to Morocco to reach two council resolutions in favor of Morocco.Moroccan Ambassador to the United Nations, Omar Hilal, said of Haley’s resignation: “We will miss her. I worked with her two years and from the beginning it was a warm, personal relationship and Morocco will never forget her.”That Morocco’s ambassador to the UN was among the few foreign diplomats who bid farewell to Haley on such friendly terms shows her responsiveness to Morocco’s proposals and her willingness to sympathize with Morocco.With Haley’s resignation, the role of National Security Adviser John Bolton, who is close to President Trump, will be more consequential in U.S. policy-making concerning the Western Sahara issue. Not only is he a former United States ambassador to the United Nations, he is also familiar with the ins and outs of the conflict, as in the 1990s he served as an assistant to the UN’s previous envoy for the Western Sahara conflict, James Baker.After Bolton became the national security adviser in April, he became an influential figure for various U.S. foreign policy issues, including the Western Sahara issue. His influence was demonstrated through Resolution 2414, which extended the MINURSO mandate for only six months for the first time since 2008.Many analysts attributed Haley’s resignation to the narrow margin of her independence in influencing U.S. foreign policy since the appointment of Bolton and Mike Pompeo. Given the character of Bolton and his closeness to the U.S. president, he will play a major role in the decision-making process in the U.S. administration in the coming period.The next United States ambassador to the United Nations, is therefore, unlikely to have the same margin of independence as Haley. Consequently, Morocco must make more efforts than ever before to convince the U.S. administration of the Moroccan position and avoid any development that would put it under unprecedented pressure.Samir Bennis is the co-founder of Morocco World News. You can follow him on Twitter @SamirBennis read more

New Submarine Fiber Cable Connects Europe Latin America Via Morocco

Rabat – Spain’s Hemisphere Cable Company (HCC) is planning to build new submarine fiber optic cable infrastructure connecting Europe and Latin America.Named WASACE 1, the new cable will connect Fortaleza in Brazil to the Canary Islands and Seixal in Spain with additional subsidiaries in Cape Verde, Casablanca, and Madeira in Portugal, HCC said in recent statement.“HCC is delighted to invest initially for the WASACE 1 system, opening a new era in the connection between Europe and Latin America. It will do so by offering low-latency communication services by providing a direct route between these continents without going through the US,” said Luis Jara, CEO of HCC. The new broadband telecom infrastructure “is a major milestone within the goal of becoming the main interconnection HUB facing and uniting Africa, Latin America, the Mediterranean region, Europe and the United States,” Jara added.The new system will fill a gap in undersea cable map connectivity, offering a competitive price for submarine traffic distribution systems across the Atlantic ocean.Named WASACE 1, the new cable will connect Fortaleza in Brazil to the Canary Islands and Seixal in Spain with additional subsidiaries in Cape Verde, Casablanca, and Madeira in Portugal. Photo: capacitymedia.comRead Also: Maroc Telecom Launches New Fiber Optic Packages in Major CitiesWASACE 1 will also speed up the time of signal transmission and reception by reducing “the RTT (Round Trip Time) between Europe and Latin America by over 60 percent when compared to actual routes through the US.”Once built, WASACE 1 “will be the first system to deploy the next-generation fiber-optictechnology between Europe to Latin America multiplying the capacity of previous outdated systems.”The 29,000-kilometer-long submarine system will provide 8 fiber pairs for a total capacity of 144 terabytes per second, each pair having an upgradeable initial capacity of 18 terabytes per second.The project will be completed within 30 months and is expected to be delivered by mid 2021.The new infrastructure will include a Network Operation Center and a new data center in the Canary Islands from which additional itineraries are planned for West Africa, the Mediterranean, and North America.The Canary Islands-based company will also deploy a second submarine cable, WASACE 2, which will connect the Canary Islands to South Africa. HCC plans to announce the project before mid-2019 to be completed during the second half of 2021. read more

Underage girl gives birth to twins

The police said that in one incident a 11 year old boy was molested in Mahiyangana near the Dambana museum.A suspect has been arrested over the incident and he will be produced in court today. The Galewala police are investigating the incident. Meanwhile more incidents of underage children being raped were reported by the police media unit today. A 14 year old girl from Galewala has given birth to twins in the Matale hospital, the police media unit said today.The police also said that the girl had stayed with the father of the children with the consent of her parents after she had an affair with the boy. In Deniyaya a suspect has been arrested for raping a 15 year old girl, the police media unit said today.The police said that the rape was a result of an affair the underage girl had with the boy. The suspect was arrested and is to be produced in court today.In Dambulla in a 14 year old girl was raped by a boy she had an affair with. The boy was arrested and produced in court yesterday, the police said today. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UAW picks GM as bargaining target workers authorize strikes

DETROIT — The United Auto Workers union has picked General Motors as the target company for this year’s contract talks with Detroit’s three automakers.The move announced Tuesday means that GM will be the focus of bargaining, and any deal with the company will set the pattern for Ford and Fiat Chrysler. It also means that if the union decides to go on strike, it will be against GM.Contracts between the union representing about 152,000 workers and GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler expire at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 14.Earlier Tuesday the union announced that over 96% of its members voted to authorize strikes against the companies.The strike authorization vote is a normal part of the bargaining process, and it doesn’t mean that there will be a work stoppage. But tensions are high in contract talks this year because the automakers are making billions in profits and workers want a bigger slice. The companies, though, want to get closer to parity with foreign automakers with U.S. factories that are mainly in the South.In a statement, the union said 96.4% of workers at General Motors voted to authorize a strike, while it was 95.98% at Ford and 96% at Fiat Chrysler.Picking GM as the target is no surprise because it’s the most profitable of the three companies, and it also has announced plans to shutter four factories in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland. The union has pledged to fight the closures at two Detroit-area factories, in Lordstown, Ohio, and near Baltimore. Production already has stopped in Lordstown, Baltimore and one of the Detroit-area factories.“We are focused. We are prepared and we are all ready to stand up for our members, our communities and our manufacturing future,” union President Gary Jones said in a statement Tuesday.GM said it looks forward to “constructive discussions” with the union to build a strong future for employees and its business.GM, the nation’s largest automaker, likely was picked because talks there will be the most difficult of the Detroit Three, said Kristin Dziczek, vice-president of labour, industry and economics at the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think-tank .Although she doesn’t know how negotiations have been going so far, the likelihood of a strike was high even before the union picked GM, Dziczek said. The union raised strike pay for workers and has said it will use all tools in its toolbox during contract talks.In addition to the four plants that GM has slated to close, it also has three other factories in Michigan and Kansas that aren’t being fully utilized, and the union will seek new products for those plants, she said. GM also leads all automakers in production of vehicles in Mexico, another thorny issue for the union.It’s also possible there will be an economic downturn within the term of the next four-year contract, so the union will seek job and income security, Dziczek said.Adding to the tension is the automakers’ quest to trim hourly labour costs, which have grown when compared with Southern U.S. factories run by Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai-Kia, Volkswagen and others.Fiat Chrysler pays about $55 per hour in wages and benefits to UAW workers, while it’s $61 at Ford and $63 at GM. That compares with an average of $50 per hour at plants owned by foreign-based automakers, according to the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think-tank .Also playing into the talks is a corruption investigation into the union’s leadership. Last week federal agents searched Jones’ suburban Detroit home, and several union leaders and executives have been found guilty of taking money from a training centre run jointly by the UAW and Fiat Chrysler.Jones, who has not been charged, marched in Detroit’s Labor Day parade but exited the route before its completion and didn’t speak to union members. About 20 marchers carried signs calling for the union to be reformed._____This story has been corrected to show that the union spoke on Tuesday, not Monday.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press read more

Las Vegas casino company cancels plans to build multibillion EuroVegas resort in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MADRID – Las Vegas Sands Corp. says it has scrapped plans to build a multibillion-dollar “EuroVegas” resort in Spain.A statement on the company’s website Friday said the project near Madrid did not fit with the company’s immediate development plans, which will be focused on its Asian business.The casino company led by Sheldon Adelson had considered investing more than 22 billion euros ($30 billion) in the project that was to include 12 hotels, six casinos, a convention centre, golf courses, theatres, shopping malls, bars and restaurants.Spain, where unemployment stands at 26 per cent, had hoped it might create some 260,000 jobs.The plan had been fiercely opposed by many people who feared it would lead to a change in non-smoking laws, promote prostitution and provide only low-paying jobs. Las Vegas casino company cancels plans to build multi-billion ‘EuroVegas’ resort in Spain by The Associated Press Posted Dec 13, 2013 5:52 am MDT read more

LeBron James Mike Brown Did Not Receive Fair Shake

The Los Angeles Lakers did not give fired coach Mike Brown a “fair shake,” according to LeBron James, who played under Brown with the Cleveland Cavaliers for five years.“I think it’s unfortunate,” James said Friday after the Heat’s win in Atlanta against the Hawks. “I just don’t think he got a fair shake, honestly. With the shortened season last year, and five games into this year, he didn’t really get a full season.”Fair shake or not, the Lakers move on with their search for a replacement, apparently centering on Phil Jackson and Mike D’Antoni, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com.“It’s neck and neck,” the source said. The Lakers intend to call Jackson on Saturday to gauge his interest in returning to the sideline.If the initial conversation with Jackson goes well, the Lakers are hoping to meet with him this weekend. While the Lakers have focused on Jackson, it would have to be a “philosophical match,” according to sources. Issues such as how much control over personnel decisions Jackson will want and whether he would travel to all games — issues that became problematic during Jackson’s last stint with the team — will surely be raised.The Lakers also have made initial contact with D’Antoni’s agent, sources said. D’Antoni already is stumping for the job.“If they offer it, I’d love it. It’d be a perfect fit,” D’Antoni told Fox Sports Southwest and DallasBasketball.com in the hours after Brown’s firing.The Lakers would like to move quickly through this process, as interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff has committed to working only a few games.Jackson is open to returning to the NBA sideline, multiple sources with knowledge of the Hall of Fame coach’s thinking told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Dave McMenamin.Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told reporters Friday afternoon that the team’s brain trust — Kupchak along with Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss and executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss — already has put together a list of potential replacements for Bickerstaff. Among the “four or five” names on that short list is Jackson, according to a league source. read more

Bullingdon Club has no place in the modern party says Oxfords Conservative

David Cameron and George Osborne were both members of the Bullingdon Club  Famous for its wealthy members and boisterous rituals – such as vandalising restaurants or College rooms before leaving a cheque to pay for the damage – the private members club has fallen out of favour in recent years.Last year an Oxford College passed a motion stating that Junior Common Room (JCR) executive members are not permitted to simultaneously be members of dining societies which are “secret and exclusive”.  “The presence of exclusive societies like these reinforces the idea that Oxford is not an inclusive space,” students from Queen’s College said at the time.”We think it’s important we pass this motion to show that this JCR at the very least stands for inclusion. This motion is targeted specifically at the exec because we believe we as exec members need to set the standard and embody the values of the rest of the JCR.”  The Daily Telegraph reported in 2016 that the Bullingdon Club was facing up to the real prospect of dissolving, as students have started turning down invitations of membership.One Oxford student explained this was because that “people don’t want that ostentatious wealth celebration anymore.”Another said: “Every reasonable person thinks it is a joke. People think it is elitist and exclusionary and if anyone is ever mentioned as being in the Bullingdon the instant reaction of everyone hearing it is, ‘what a loser’.” 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. It was reported in 2004 that members of the club had trashed a pub in Oxford, while it has been said that one member burned a £50 note in front of a homeless man as part of his initiation into the group. For over 200 years, it has been regarded as one of the most exclusive clubs in the country with invitations to join seen as an indicator of social prestige.But the all-male Bullingdon Club has now been officially shunned by Oxford University’s Conservative Association (OUCA) as they say the club has “no place in the modern party”.This week the OUCA added the club – whose former members include David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson – to its list of proscribed organisations.This means that Bullingdon Club members are now banned from holding office in the university’s Conservative Association.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Ben Etty, the OUCA president, told the student newspaper Cherwell: “The banning of members of the Bullingdon club from holding office in the association – a club banned by the university and whose values and activities have no place in the modern Conservative Party – will I hope show that we are moving towards a more open, welcoming, and tolerant environment for all.”  It is the latest blow to the Bullingdon Club and follows a series of scandals and satirical productions, with the most recent being the play Posh by Laura Wade, which was adapted for the film screen as The Riot Club.   David Cameron and George Osborne were both members of the Bullingdon Club read more

Cambridge Unveils the iD100 iPhone and iPad Dock

first_imgces 2011 may be over, but the product releases are still going strong, with new products slated to hit the market later in the year making their appearances. Among them is the new Cambridge iD100 iPhone and iPad Dock, which Cambridge can “transform the iPad into a true audiophile device.” The iD100 is a docking station that will support the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch when it’s released later this spring, and is designed to provide clear audio and video out from your device to your home theater or HDTV. The iD100 will feature S/P-DIF outputs, optical audio, and digital audio outputs, and component, composite, and S-video video outputs on the back, as well as and IR input for remote controls and a USB port to sync your docked iOS device with your PC or Mac. When it’s available, Cambridge says it will retail for $279.last_img read more

Sewage Runoff Makes For Shitty Sea Swimming Experience

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Too cool for the pool? A new study shows that people who swim, bathe, or participating in sports in the sea are more likely to experience a variety of ailments.This research—led by University of Exeter Medical School and Andrew Singer from the Center for Ecology & Hydrology—is the first to examine whether spending time in the sea is associated with increased risk of illness.Unsurprisingly, the answer is a resounding yes.Once thought to have curative or therapeutic value, sea bathing is now believed to increase the odds of an earache (by 77 percent) and gastrointestinal bugs (by 29 percent).Probably because microorganisms from our excrement are seeping into the surf.In regions where sewage works can’t cope with the volume of water entering its system, large batches of untreated waste seeps into coastal waters.“This release of untreated sewage during and following moderate to heavy rainfall is a hugely significant source of human pathogens and must represent a priority for mitigation—without which there is unlikely to be much progress in this area,” Singer said in a statement.I don’t even like wading into the water during a trip to the beach; you would never see me doing laps or playing polo among Earth’s salty, oceanic waves. But now that I know the heightened chance of contracting a sickness, the closest you’ll find me to the sea is eating saltwater taffy.“We don’t want to deter people from going into the sea, which has many health benefits such as improving physical fitness, wellbeing, and connecting with nature,” according to research supervisor Will Gaze, of the University of Exeter Medical School. “However, it is important that people are aware of the risks so they can make informed decisions.”Analysts focused on 19 studies that covered more than 120,000 people in high-income countries since 1961; they also looked at links between sea bathing and incidence of illness in places like the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, and Norway.A paper, appropriately entitled “Is it safe to go back in the water?”, was published this week in the International Journal of Epidemiology.“Although most people will recover from infections with no medical treatment, they can prove more serious for vulnerable people, such as the very old or very young, or those with pre-existing health conditions,” Graze added. “We hope this research will contribute to further efforts to clean up our coastal waters.” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

FilmStruck Was Great While It Lasted

first_imgView as: One Page Slides1/201. So many streaming TV services to choose from. Where do you start?2. Netflix is still arguably the biggest name in streaming TV.3. Although it no longer has a free option, Hulu is a great streaming TV service that is worth paying for.4. From buying to renting to subscribing to individual channels, Amazon offers a bevy of streaming TV options.5. YouTube Red subscribers can watch original shows from streaming stars, but YouTube TV lets you watch actual live TV.6. Hook up a Slingbox and watch the cable and live TV you’re already paying for anywhere.7. You have to buy channels in bulk and still deal with commercials, but with DirecTV Now you get the real live TV experience delivered through streaming.8. Crunchyroll is the best anime streaming service if you’re all about subtitles.9. If dubs are more your thing, Funimation Now is the anime streaming service for you.10. If you want to stream shows and documentaries that actually teach you something, go with CuriosityStream.11. AMC Premiere just focuses on current AMC shows, but for Walking Dead super fans that might be enough.12. With Boomerang, tons of retro cartoons, from Looney Tunes to Scooby-Doo, can all come back to you13. FuboTV may be the escape from cable that sports fans are looking for. It’s pricey, but being able to easily stream live sports and more from dozens of channels with only one subscription might very well be worth it.14. Brown Sugar has all of the classic Blaxploitation movies you could want and then some. It’s niche, but it’s one of the most impressive niche libraries we’ve seen. 15. For the true cinephile, FilmStruck has a large collection of classic films from all eras and countries, including movies from the Criterion Collection.16. CollegeHumor’s Dropout provides premium streaming online laughs.17. DC Universe offers live-action adaptations of less familiar superheroes, like Doom Patrol.18. Along with presenting streaming services like Netflix and Sling through one box, Dish AirTV also lets you watch local over-the-air channels with an additional installation.19. Get a streaming media device to enjoy these services on your TV. Our favorite is the Amazon Fire Stick.20. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Watch: Bill Gates Reveals His Worst Fear in Netflix Docuseries TrailerPlex Enters The Streaming Service Wars With Cable-Style Bundle 10/26/2018: Unfortunately, Warner has confirmed that FilmStruck will soon be shutting down. You can no longer sign up for new subscriptions and existing subscriptions will end on November 29. But while FilmStruck’s preservation of classic films may be over, we feel it’s important to preserve our thoughts of what made the service so cool and vital.Back when I was unemployed, I read a really cool book called Zeroville (currently maybe being turned into a movie by James Franco). It’s about a strange dude with an encyclopedic knowledge of film moving to L.A. during the height of 1970s New Hollywood artistry and debauchery. As a cinephile with a degree from film school but no job, it really struck a chord.An opening as pretentious as that was truly the only way to start this review of FilmStruck, a streaming TV service that focuses on acclaimed films from across time and the world. Many have lamented Netflix’s lack of true cinema. Hulu used to have the perfect counter with its Criterion Collection library of archived classic films. But FilmStruck, a joint venture between Criterion and Turner Classic Movies, is now where most of those great movies live online. It’s a must-have for movie lovers or anyone trying to turn themselves in Quentin Tarantino without the foot thing.FilmStruck has several pricing tiers. But you should ignore the initial, $6.99 per month plan. That only grants you access to FilmStruck’s movies, not the Criterion Collection that makes up the most exciting parts of the library. From there you can either pay $10.99 per month or a discounted $99 per year. There’s also a generous two-week free trial. In New York, you can stream Criterion movies for free with a library card, but not every film fan is fortunate enough to live here.Strangely, FilmStruck’s website requires nearly dead plugin the Flash Player be installed to stream videos. I have a lot of love for Flash, and the throwback tech feels oddly appropriate for the older films, but websites in 2017 shouldn’t be relying on Flash to play videos. Fortunately, you can also relax and watch FilmStruck on your home theater television with a streaming media device or using the slick and much more modern mobile app.What really matters here are the movies, and as long as you know what you’re getting into, FilmStruck does not disappoint. There are hundreds of movies bound to delight any film snob, from silent adventure films to Charlie Chaplin comedies to moody European reflections on love to forgotten documentaries.Without the right context, movies this academic aren’t always easy to watch or exciting for contemporary tastes. But you can trust there are great, or at least important. Don’t expect trash like Transformers. However, you also shouldn’t expect big blockbusters that are also legitimately important contributions to film as an art form like Star Wars. Also, RoboCop isn’t here even though it did receive a physical Criterion release.Even with my film education, my knowledge isn’t comprehensive enough to notice glaring omissions considering the focus on older, more obscure, and more foreign films. But I was thoroughly impressed by the library (as long as you combine FilmStruck’s and Criterion’s offerings). And you can easily see what movies are leaving or learn what’s on the way.The main page lets you browse by criteria like genre or director. At the time of this writing, it’s Terry Zwigoff week. Get hyped! You can also view Criterion Collection interviews and special features as well as short original documentaries about film produced by FilmStruck. Watch A Conversation with Peter Bogdanovich or get a brief history of LGBT cinema.But the real way to enjoy FilmStruck is to just start watching some dang movies. I tried to put together a short list of recommendations, but it was a real Sophie’s Choice (a movie that’s on the service). So here’s a longer list of FilmStruck movies you should just watch already!Putney SwopeA Doll’s HouseCity LightsSafety LastThe Great DictatorEverything by Akira Kurosawa8 ½Chungking ExpressBlood SimpleF For FakeWerner Herzog Eats His ShoeEverything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)EraserheadHoop DreamsHungerKoko: A Talking GorillaLe SamouraiLady SnowbloodLife is BeautifulMan Bites DogOldboyPaper MoonSolaris (The Russian version)StagecoachThe CrowThe Human StainThree Colors TrilogyWatership DownThe Wind and the Lion Movies are for everyone. That what makes them so great, they’re democratic. If you love Must Love Dogs but Ingmar Bergman leaves you scratching your head until it’s raw and bloody, there’s nothing wrong with you. However, if you absolutely adore cinema of all stripes down in your bones, if you have an opinion about film vs. digital, if you correctly recognize that Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s having so many Oscars is a tragedy, FilmStruck is the fantastic streaming service for you. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Rio Ferdinand slams Romelu Lukakus recent performance

first_imgManchester United’s scandalous results in the recent period could be a result of Romelu Lukaku’s uninspiring performance, according to the Old Trafford symbol Rio Ferdinand.Since his arrival at Manchester United last year, the former Everton star bagged a total of 20 goals in 41 appearances for the Red Devils. However, he looks a bit discomfort this season, having struggled to keep continuity in the opening stage of the Premier League campaign.The British portal, Birmingham Mail, have transcribed Rio Ferdinand’s interview with BT Sport, where the former Manchester United star assailed Romelu Lukaku for being ‘static.’“When the ball is developing more in central areas of the pitch he just stands and really he’s got to be moving even if he’s sometimes standing offside,” he stated.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Make defenders think, and at the moment defenders are seeing exactly where he is, he’s not moving so you know what he’s doing and for a defender that’s a dream.“You need players moving in behind, making your defender changing position and changing the eyeline.”Although the 25-year-old Belgium international notched four goals in the Premier League this season, he failed to score in last five successive games.last_img read more

WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Mothers Day Gift Ideas From The Recreation Department

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent announcement from the Wilmington Recreation Department:Need a last minute Mother’s Day gift? Shop at Wilmington Recreation! Consider the following great experiences for or with the fabulous women in your life!Red Sox tickets! We have tickets for the Sox/Blue Jays game on Friday, June 21 at 7:10 p.m. $48.Or… hit the road with Wilmington Recreation! We have great trips for a day, a couple of nights, or longer!Tuesday, May 21 – “We’ve Only Just Begun” – We’re off to Chez Josef in Agawam for a luncheon and a concert celebrating the music of the Carpenters. $92Friday, July 26 – “For the Love of Lobster” – We’re headed out on a lobster boat where Captain Bob will teach us all about lobstering, and let us help haul in the traps if you’d like! We’ll also have a lobster luncheon (alternatives are available) and have free time in Kennebunkport, one of New England’s most charming towns. $140Saturday, September 7 – Martha’s Vineyard – Let us deal with the traffic while you enjoy the day at leisure on the Vineyard! $50 Adults, $40 ChildrenTuesday – Friday, May 28 – 31 – “Ocean City Adventure!” – We’re off to Ocean City, Maryland for beachfront accommodations and a ton of fun activiities including an Eco-Cruise, tours of Ocean City, Assateague Island National Seashore and the Victorian town of Berlin, a Magic Show and an optional visit to the Ocean City Casino.September 6 – 15 – “Northeast Historical Tour” – Check out this amazing tour including New York City, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Charlottesville VA, Williamsburg and Washington D.C.Have fun with one-stop shopping – as our customers say “Just sign up, and show up!”Call, stop by or shop online at Wilmington Recreation, 978-658-4270, www.wilmingtonma.gov/Recreation.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Recreation Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Looking For An Easter Basket Gift Idea?In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Registration Now Open For SNL Flag Football & Rec BasketballIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Get Discounted Admission Tickets To 8 AttractionsIn “Community”last_img read more

Hima Das PM Modi Sachin Tendulkar Amitabh Bachchan laud sprinters 5medal haul

first_imgHima Das could become one of the greatest Indian athletes.IANSPrime Minister Narendra Modi, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to congratulate Hima Das for her feat of winning five gold medals in Europe in this month alone. Their comments started coming in once the news of her success spread on social media. All three of them wished her all the best for her future challenges.Thank you @narendramodi sir for your kind wishes. I will continue to work hard and bring more medals for our country. https://t.co/wR8uXR1CL0— Hima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) July 21, 2019PM Modi tweeted: “India is very proud of@HimaDas8’s phenomenal achievements over the last few days. Everyone is absolutely delighted that she has brought home five medals in various tournaments. Congratulations to her and best wishes for her future endeavours.” Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. Nikalas Halle’n/AFP/Getty ImagesOn the other hand, Sachin also stated that her perseverance and hunger to win are definitely inspirational for the youth.”Loving the way you have been running in the European circuit over the last 19 days. Your hunger to win and perseverance is an inspiration for the youth. Congrats on your 5 Medals! All the best for the future races, @HimaDas8. (sic.)” the master blaster tweeted.Loving the way you have been running in the European circuit over the last 19 days. Your hunger to win and perseverance is an inspiration for the youth. Congrats on your 5 Medals! All the best for the future races, @HimaDas8. pic.twitter.com/kaVdsB1AjZ — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 21, 2019Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan also showered praises on the young sprinter.He tweeted, “T 3233 – Hima Das .. the pride of India .. to the Moon and beyond .. indeed but we need to add another Moon for she has done 5 now .. AMAZING !!”Thank you @SrBachchan sir for your kind words. https://t.co/7e2X0Bnx2R— Hima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) July 22, 2019In reply, the 19-year-old sprinter thanked all three of them and promised to bring more medals in future. The Assamese sprinter’s first competitive 200m race win this year came on July 2 when she clocked 23.65 seconds and picked up the gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland.Her second gold came on July 8 at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland where she again won the 200m race clocking 23.97 seconds. The Assamese was followed by another Indian female sprinter, VK Vismaya from Kerala who clocked 24.06 seconds to win the silver medal.On July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 seconds.Her fourth medal came at the Tabor Athletics Meet where she again won the gold in the 200m category clocking 23.25 seconds.Finally, her latest gold medal came on July 20 in Prague at the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix as she won the 400m race clocking 52.09 seconds on the clock.last_img read more

No traces of formalin found in fish samples collected from city markets

first_imgKolkata: The fish loving Kolkatans have reasons to rejoice after the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) found no trace of formalin in the fish samples collected from nine fish markets in the city after a three-day drive.”We have collected as many as 18 samples of fish from nine markets in the city that includes Entally Market, New Market, Manicktala Market, Poura Parna Bithika Market in Behala, Taltala Market, Orphangunge Market in Kidderpore, Taltala Market etc. All the samples have been tested in our laboratory and we have found no trace of formalin,” Member Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe drive that was held on July 16, 17 and 18 covered the wholesale fish sellers and samples were picked up from Rohu, Katla and a few Bhetki variety.Ghosh, however, added that the civic body will keep an eye on the markets to ensure quality of fish varieties.”We are planning to conduct surprise drives in the wee hours and collect samples when truck loads of fish reach the markets through import,” he maintained.The drive was conducted after there were allegations of presence of formalin in the fish imported from Andhra Pradesh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that more than half the fish consumed in the city is procured from Andhra Pradesh.Formalin is a preservative that can lead to cancer if consumed over a period of time. The chemical can also cause nausea and other ailments in the short term.Officials of the state Fisheries department have been asked to visit wholesale markets across the city from Saturday to collect samples that will be checked.According to the state Fisheries department stats, the city alone consumes around 235 tonne of fish every day. Fish from Andhra Pradesh – mostly Rohu and Katla – accounts for around 135 tonne of the total consumption.Of around 1.73 lakh tonne of fish that Bengal imports from other states annually, Andhra accounts for around 1 lakh tonne. The Assam government had already banned sale of fish from Andhra Pradesh after lab tests detected formalin in some samples.”Banning of fish from Andhra will be difficult for Bengal. If we stop import, the deficit cannot be met by local production,” an official in the state Fisheries department said.last_img read more