29 football fans hurt as French stadium barrier collapses

Posted On Nov 30 2019 by

first_imgCavs owner gets ‘vile’ voicemails after LeBron’s ‘bum’ tweet Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES The incident happened when Lille’s Fode Ballo-Toure ran towards the section of visiting fans after scoring the opening goal, prompting a surge that caused the barrier to give way.Built in 1999, the Stade de la Licorne (“Stadium of the Unicorn”) is the smallest of the 20 French Ligue 1 clubs, with a capacity of only 12,000.Renovation work is taking place throughout the 2017-18 season, as newly-promoted Amiens brings the ground up to a higher standard.‘Hardcore fans’ The venue boasts an eye-catching, futuristic design with a transparent roof, which is being renovated. The seats are also being progressively replaced under the 7.5-million-euro ($8.9-million) scheme.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Amiens public prosecutor Alexandre de Bosschere said an investigation had been opened into “accidental injury”, focusing on why the barrier gave way.“We have put legal seals on the site (to bar access to it), and an assessment will be carried out in the next few days.”The club’s president Bernard Joannin dismissed any idea that there were problems with the barrier.“The police had warned us that there were 200 hardcore fans, really wound up, who were in the section set aside for Lille fans. They surged forward, chaotically, more than 500 people, against this barrier, which was in perfect condition.”Back in May, local politician Alain Gest had suggested that upkeep of the stadium had been neglected by previous local administrations but was now “perfectly in line with regulations” and “up to standards for playing in Ligue 1”. Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Members of the stadium staff stand by the stadium barrier that collapsed during the French L1 football match between Amiens and Lille LOSC on September 30, 2017 at the Licorne stadium in Amiens. Several Lille supporters were hurt in Amiens when a stadium barrier collapsed in the away section as the visiting fans celebrated the opening goal of the match. The Ligue 1 fixture was interrupted in the 16th minute after LOSC French defender Fode Ballo-Toure’s goal sparked celebrations that caused a fence separating the fans from the pitch to crumble under their weight./ AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS LO PRESTITwenty-nine fans were hurt, five of them seriously, when a barrier collapsed Saturday at a stadium in the northern French city of Amiens as away supporters celebrated their opening goal.A fence separating Lille fans from the pitch gave way as they surged forward to celebrate the goal against Amiens, a regional rival that has just been promoted to the top flight in French football.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Several tumbled about 1.5 meters (five feet) and were crushed by other fans who fell on top of them. Injuries included head, chest and abdominal trauma, medical authorities said.Referee Thomas Leonard suspended the match in the 16th minute as Red Cross and emergency workers rushed to help the injured. The fixture was later abandoned.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It happened all of a sudden. I don’t even know who scored. It just suddenly fell on me. I couldn’t hear anything, I couldn’t see anything and then the emergency workers took me away,” said Georges Penel, a 21-year-old Lille fan who suffered injuries to his leg and back.The prefecture of the Somme department gave a provisional toll of 29 hurt, five of them seriously. Among the injured were three minors, all in their teens, medical authorities said. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more


After poor finals stint last year, Ravena makes presence felt for Ateneo this time

Posted On Nov 30 2019 by

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena had a UAAP Finals to forget in Season 79 when he crumbled in Ateneo’s Game 2 loss to De La Salle missing all 10 of his field goal attempts for three points and seven rebounds.The Blue Eagle vowed to put on a better performance in Season 80 but his first quarter was almost reminiscent of his struggles the year before.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Mike Nieto steps up after twin bro Matt goes down in Game 1 Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ravena made just one field goal and one free throw in the opening period against the Green Archers and he knew he wasn’t himself at that moment.“I wasn’t exactly nervous but I think I went out of focus but I’ll make sure I’ll be better in Game 2,” said Ravena after the Blue Eagles’ 76-70 Game 1 win Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRavena, though, bounced back and finished with a team-high 12 points with six rebounds and four assists.And his final assist led to Isaac Go’s game-sealing basket with 10.4 seconds left. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “Isaac was open, I just had to do what I had to do and good thing he’s a good finisher,” said Ravena.last_img read more


DNV GL Awards AiP for Jiangnan Shipyards VLEC Design

Posted On Oct 23 2019 by

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DNV GL Classification society DNV GL has awarded an Approval in Principle (AiP) for the design of a 93,000-cubic meter (cbm) very large ethane carrier to Chinese shipyard Jiangnan.The AiP certificate for the flexible, efficient and environmentally friendly design was presented at the Gastech trade fair in Barcelona. The “PANDA E” design was developed by Jiangnan Shipyard in cooperation with GTT, DNV GL and major equipment manufacturers.“With this latest AiP, we have laid a solid foundation for introducing this ship type to the market and will further enrich our product portfolio in gas carriers and gas-fuelled ship types, which will benefit our clients and, at the same time, reduce emissions. Both Jiangnan and DNV GL will gain from the deeper and broader cooperation that this AiP represents,” said Hu Keyi, Chief Engineer of Jiangnan Shipyard (Group).The vessel will utilize GTT’s reinforced Mark III cargo containment system with a design temperature of minus 104 degrees centigrade. Four standard cargo holds are capable of carrying ethane, ethylene and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), with a capacity of 93,000 cubic meters in total.Significantly reduced fuel consumption was achieved after several rounds of hull form optimizations. The proposed dual-fuel ethane/fuel oil main propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) meets the IMO NOx Tier III requirements. Other features include a deck tank, shaft generator and an LNG ready concept. Additionally, a USCG-certified ballast water treatment system has been applied to meet the upcoming regulations.last_img read more


I felt annoyed and ridiculous

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgToronto: Taika Waititi’s version of Adolf Hitler in satirical comedy Jojo Rabbit is nowhere close to the real-life German dictator, but the actor-director said he felt “annoyed and ridiculous” when he dressed up as the character. The Thor: Ragnarok helmer said he never wanted to portray Hitler in an “authentic” way. “I was not prepared to go that deep. Also, because he’s an imaginary friend, he’s conjured by the mind of a 10-year-old boy, so he is a 10-year-old. The thing that struck me the most is that, as he’s putting on that costume and looking in the mirror and realising how childish and immature a lot of how they built their world was. If you look at the details on the uniforms, there’s lightning bolts on the belt buckles, a skull and crossbones on their hats. So it was like this make-believe type of thing, which is a boy’s fantasy when they were creating all that stuff. (But) It annoyed me a lot catching my reflection in the mirror and seeing myself. I felt so ridiculous,” Waititi said.last_img read more


Human remains found near small coastal community in Labrador RCMP

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgThe Canadian PressPolice in Labrador are investigating the discovery of human remains near a coastal community.The RCMP say the remains were found Saturday near Makkovik.The Mounties say the remains have been sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy and identification.Makkovik is a mainly Inuit community about 200 kilometres northeast of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.About 360 people live in the community.aptnnews.calast_img


Ethics watchdog clears finance minister on timing of 2015 stock sale

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal ethics commissioner has cleared Finance Minister Bill Morneau of allegations that he and his father benefited from insider information to save half a million dollars on the sale of shares in their family-built company.Political opponents asked ethics commissioner Mary Dawson to look into several sales of millions of dollars worth of shares in Morneau Shepell Inc. in late 2015 by Morneau and his father. The sales came just days before a major tax announcement that the minister’s accusers say triggered a dip in the stock market.Morneau’s December 2015 announcement raising income taxes on the highest earners had a wide-reaching market impact, they argued, because it encouraged wealthier shareholders to sell off some their stock holdings before the changes came into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Doing so meant big savings for the Morneau family, they alleged.Not so, Dawson said in a Jan. 5 letter to Morneau released Monday: there was no privileged information acted upon, since the tax increase was first announced publicly “well in advance” of the family’s stock sales.“With respect to the sale of Morneau Shepell Inc. shares in the fall of 2015, I am of the view that you did not benefit from insider information,” writes Dawson, whose seven-year tenure as conflict of interest and ethics commissioner happened to end Monday.She referred to statements to the media made Nov. 4, 2015, by then-House leader Dominic LeBlanc, who said the tax measures would take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Dawson also noted that the Liberals’ 2015 election platform had promised to introduce the tax changes.“This was well in advance of the sale of your Morneau Shepell Inc. shares on Nov. 30, 2015, and the tabling of the Dec. 7, 2015, ways and means motion on this matter.”The other sales by Morneau’s father, William Morneau Sr., were made Nov. 23 and Dec. 3.In a separate examination, Dawson also cleared Morneau of allegations that he was involved in the Bank of Canada’s renewal of its contract with Morneau Shepell to manage its employee pension plan. The Bank of Canada renewed its contract with the company for four years in February 2017.Dawson said she opted to close the matter after reviewing documents provided by the Bank of Canada and comments sent to her by Morneau’s counsel. “I am satisfied that, as minister of finance, you had no involvement in the Bank of Canada’s decision of the renewal of the Morneau Shepell Inc. contract.”Morneau’s name, however, has yet to be fully cleared by the ethics commissioner’s office, which has another formal examination underway related to his connection to Morneau Shepell.The review was launched amid conflict-of-interest allegations over proposed pension reform spearheaded by Morneau. Opponents say the legislation would have brought him personal financial benefit, Morneau has denied the conflict-of-interest accusations.A spokeswoman for the commissioner’s office confirmed Monday in an email that the examination remains active.These were all among several high-profile controversies that battered Morneau in the second half of 2017.In July, he enraged small-business owners by proposing tax-system changes. The ensuing uproar forced him to eventually back off elements of his plan.He has also faced intense political pressure over how he handled his personal financial arrangements after coming to office. The questions focused on his shares in Morneau Shepell, for which he was executive chairman until his election win.In response to the controversy, he sold off the remainder of his holdings last fall in the pension management firm, which were worth about $21 million.He promised to place his other substantial assets in a blind trust. Morneau donated to charity the difference between what the shares were worth at the time of the sale and their value in 2015 when he was first elected — estimated at about $5 million.Dawson also fined Morneau $200 for failing to disclose his role as a director in a private corporation that owns a villa in France. Morneau had disclosed his ownership of the villa, but — owing to what his office called an administrative oversight — failed to mention the ownership structure itself.On Monday, a spokeswoman for Morneau said that his office was “pleased with the outcome” of the commissioner’s latest examination.“The minister will continue to work with the office of the ethics commissioner to ensure he is in full compliance with the rules,” Chloe Luciani-Girouard wrote in an email. “The minister has gone above and beyond the initial recommendations from the ethics commissioner by divesting all his family’s holdings in his former company.”However, Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre continued to say Monday that Morneau was wrong to sell his shares shortly before introducing the tax hike on the wealthiest Canadians — whether or not he actually broke conflict of interest rules.“Conservatives believe it is unwise for ministers to buy or sell shares in the weeks immediately before the introduction of tax measures,” Poilievre said in a statement.“Finance ministers should lead by example. It is not good enough for ministers to boast that their actions are not illegal.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more


Logic will prevail with politicians ratifying USMCA says BRP chief executive

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgTORONTO — The head of Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo and Spyder maker BRP Inc. believes U.S. politicians will ratify the revised North American Free Trade Agreement despite threats that the continent could be left without any deal after President Donald Trump says he will withdraw from the existing trade pact.Jose Boisjoli says he believes “logic will prevail” even though some leading elected officials have expressed opposition to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known as USMCA.Returning to pre-NAFTA trade policies would create uncertainty and deep negative consequences, especially for the automotive industry for the revised trade agreement not to be approved, he said after ringing the opening bell on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Quebec-based recreational product manufacturer is celebrating 15 years since being spun off from Bombardier Inc. and five years as a public company.Boisjoli says he’s happy with the new trade agreement even though it expects to face a $10-million hit next year from the need to increase domestic content on all-terrain vehicles made in the United States.He says the impact will have a minimal impact on the company and be a lot less damaging than many investors have suspected. Companies in this story: (TSX:DOO, TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Presslast_img read more


New school program gives Baldonnel School students handson building skills

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgTo watch the progress of the build; CLICK HERE BALDONNEL, B.C. – Grade 5 and 6 students at Baldonnel Elementary are being given an opportunity for hands-on learning with the construction of two sheds at their school.School District #60 has partnered with Petronas on a tool trailer that is taken out to schools to work on hands-on projects. This new Applied Skills and Technology curriculum is about project-based learning and takes students learning outside of the classroom.Brian Campbell, District Principal of Careers and International Education, shares schools are embracing the new curriculum.The storage sheds at Baldonnel are a great example of this.  Students are learning math in the classroom and then going outside and applying their learning.  Tradespeople from the school community are also coming in and lending a hand as well.  Having the involvement of the parent community also gives the students valuable career exposure, shared Campbell.Christine Todd of Baldonnel School shares the kids are loving the experience and accomplished a lot on their first day. The plan is for the school to keep one shed and auction the other off. Proceeds from the sale of the second shed will go back into the school to help continue to fund project-based programs.Rona has helped with donating some of the building materials, and AAA Safety has helped provide safety equipment the students are using.Campbell shared, everyone, is looking forward to seeing the finished product.last_img read more


Muzaffarpur horror Delhi court fixes Mar 18 as date for framing charges

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday fixed March 18 for the framing of charges in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case. Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha passed the order after completion of the arguments of all the accused. Five people accused in the case had earlier denied allegations levelled against them by the CBI and said there was not enough evidence to prosecute them. Other accused in the case too had denied allegations against them previously. There are 21 people chargesheeted in the case. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! On Feb 7, the Supreme Court ordered authorities to transfer the case from Bihar to a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Saket District Court complex in Delhi, which would conclude the trial within six months by holding preferably day-to-day hearing. Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. The issue had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).last_img read more


The Heat Dispatched the Pacers … From a Distance

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

On Friday night, the Miami Heat buried the Indiana Pacers under a barrage of 3-pointers, taking Game 6 by 25 points and advancing to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season. The Heat were 11 of 26 from behind the 3-point arc (the third game in this series that their 3-point makes hit double-digits). Outside shooting is a central pillar of Miami’s offense, but the degree to which it used these shots to beat the Pacers was surprising.The Pacers had one of the stingiest defenses in the NBA during the regular season, and defending the 3-point line was one of their biggest strengths: the Pacers both discouraged 3-point attempts and held down their opponents’ 3-point accuracy. The Heat, meanwhile, were one of the most frequent and accurate 3-point shooting teams during the regular season.With a great defense matching up against a great offense, competing strengths dancing around a specific facet of the game, we would expect the results to fall somewhere in the middle.Not so much. In the Eastern Conference finals, the 3-point battle was won, emphatically, by the Heat’s offense.The Pacers didn’t limit the Heat’s 3-point attempts. The Heat took more. And those 3-point shots weren’t forced. They came within the framework of Miami’s offense; the Heat even pushed their accuracy past their own regular-season mark.The Heat’s 3-point shooting from the corners was particularly important. Other than a shot at the basket, no other location, on average, yields a higher expected value than a corner 3-pointer. Against the Pacers, the Heat took nearly twice as many of these shots as the Pacers’ defense allowed during the regular season.This 3-point bombardment came from just about everywhere. Six different Heat players made six or more 3-pointers in the series, and six different players made at least one corner 3-pointer. Six different Heat players assisted on a 3-pointer. In short, the load was shared in making and facilitating these shots.In their half-court offense, the Heat almost always have their eye on an open 3-point look. The Heat’s opponent in the NBA Finals is still to be determined. Both the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder present stout defenses. But the Thunder were roughly middle of the pack in the regular season in limiting 3-point attempts and makes. The Spurs, on the other hand, were among the league’s best — similar to the Pacers. Of course, the Heat have just shown they can get the shots they want against an elite defense keyed toward stopping them.Correction (May 31, 8:00 p.m.): A previous version of this post incorrectly counted the number of Heat players to make seven or more 3-pointers and at least one corner 3-pointer in the Eastern Conference finals. read more


How The 68 Raiders Can Still Make The Playoffs

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

The Oakland Raiders have less than a 1 percent chance to make the playoffs. But that means there’s still a chance! To see how they can make it to a wild-card game, watch the video above.


Athletic Bilbao announce the appointment of Berizzo

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgFormer Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo has been announced as the new head coach of Athletic Bilbao on a one-year contractThe Argentine has been recovering from prostate cancer since leaving Sevilla, but he has now been named as the new boss at the San Mames.Berizzo succeeds Jose Angel Ziganda at Bilbao, who himself replaced the Barcelona-bound Ernesto Valverde last summer.Speaking to Marca after his appointment was announced, Berizzo revealed that his primary focus will be on building a side that will not be afraid to attack from the startSergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The coaches have an idea, but it is true that the characteristics of the players also mark the team figure, I want an attacking game, to be a protagonist, to have a dynamic team, with possession of the ball, with movements. I also say that you have to take it out as quickly as possible to the opponent,” he said.For the fans, Berizzo added:” We have all the enthusiasm to put into building a team that excites us.”Bilbao ended this season in 16th place in the La Liga table.last_img read more


Agent Leave Leon Bailey alone

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgLeon Bailey’s agent has sprung to his defence after rejecting the chance to make his Jamaica debut due to controversial circumstancesThe 21-year-old winger accepted a call-up to Jamaica’s squad for the game against Bonaire over the recent international break.Bailey decided to join the Reggae Boyz after the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) promised to give his younger brother, Kyle Butler, a call-up instead of going on trial.However, Bailey withdrew from the Jamaica team and announced that the JFF went back on their word.The Bayer Leverkusen star has received a lot of criticism over his actions since, despite the national side grabbing a 6-0 at Bonaire anyway.Club Atletico de Madrid v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First LegUEFA Champions League Group D – Preview Boro Tanchev – September 7, 2019 Three teams from Europe’s major four leagues will compete in Group D, with two of them as big favorites to progress into the knockout stage.Now his agent and stepfather Craig Butler has given some insight into what made Bailey decline the opportunity of international football.“Leon is an innocent boy who loves football. The way Leon has been treated is not okay. I would have liked more support for him,” Butler told Sport Bild.“His condition was equality for all players in regard to the call-up – not that Kyle had to be nominated.“Leon wants that every player should have the chance of playing for his country, no matter at which club he is under contract. It’s about the quality of the player, not about the club he plays for.”He added: “The football federation controls football in Jamaica with fear. The best players must transfer to the clubs whose presidents also work for the federation.”last_img read more


Return from injury a new chapter – Koscielny insists

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgArsenal defender Laurent Koscielny insists his return to first-team action following a long spell out due to injury marked a new chapter in his life.The Gunners player suffered a ruptured Achilles during the club’s UEFA Europa League semifinal game against Atletico Madrid in May, but marked his return to action during the club’s 1-0 win over Qarabag on Thursday night.“During rehab, you have you and yourself,” he said, according to the Telegraph. “For me it was very important to stay in my bubble and to be focused with one target: to come back stronger and quicker. You have not just good moments, you have some bad ones, some days you can’t progress as you wish.”“This is difficult, but you have the people around you to help you and keep your head up. Football is just a part of my life. I have a life outside the pitch. Now with my physical state and my head, I am calmer and I just want to enjoy.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Asked about his first appearance of the season, in which he played 72 minutes, Koscielny added:“It was a special day for me after seven months. Just before you come onto the pitch, you think about what you did. I had some flashes in my head of the seven months of rehab I did. Now it’s the end.”“I have been running since the end of August and I was near the team during the training sessions. I watched all the training so I know all the tactics, all the runs, when we have the ball, when we need to defend, when we need to press.”Koscielny’s return for the Gunners is a welcomed relief for manager Unai Emery, who is without the suspended duo of Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi, while Rob Holding misses out due to injury.last_img read more


Annual Royal Bahamas Police Force Church Service and Parade

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 10, 2018 – Nassau – The Royal   Bahamas Police Force Annual Church Service took place at Zion Baptist Church on Sunday, January 7, 2018 attended by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Peter Turnquest, and Minister of Transport and Local Government the Hon. Frankie Campbell, and other officials.  Minister of National Security, the Hon. Marvin Dames is pictured addressing the service.   A parade followed.(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)last_img


Tesla shows interest in building large ebattery plants in India

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgTesla Electric CarTesla MotorsMajor companies like Tesla and Amperex Technology Co. Ltd have shown interest in India’s plan to build large factories to produce lithium-ion batteries. The Indian government had earlier announced an investment of Rs 50,000 crore to build battery manufacturing plants in the country.Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s initiative to make India a global manufacturing hub for electric vehicles and their components has been luring the global investors. India is currently the world’s third-largest crude oil importer. If India can slash crude consumption it can save precious foreign exchange, besides controlling pollution in major cities.As per the LiveMint report, the expenditure finance committee (EFC) has approved the proposal to set up 50-gigawatt hour factories. The final tender is expected to be declared by February. The successful completion of one such project can power 50 million homes for an hour and around 1.5 million electric vehicles. Representative ImageReutersTesla is the world’s largest maker of electric vehicles. According to a report in Forbes, the market share for EVs is stagnant without the inclusion of Tesla auto. But the Elon Musk-run company is still stepping back when it comes to a launch in India, citing reasons like ‘challenging government regulations’ and extremely high import duties in the country.The federal policy think tank, Niti Aayog, has been pushing the idea to build the plant to achieve similar results as of Tesla through its Gigafactory in Nevada, US. The project aims at releasing the technology in the market and let the users decide what’s best suited for them.  Tesla GigafactoryReutersThe report clarifies that the programme aims at building 12 gigawatt-scale facilities, having a potential of 10GWh each by 2030. It further states that the government will be focusing on tax incentives for manufacturers and a basic customs duty safeguard from 2021 to 2030 to encourage private sector investment for making advanced chemistry cells and batteries in India.The 2019 budget proposed by Nirmala Sitharaman has already announced tax rebates of up to Rs 1.5 lakh for customers on interest paid on loans to buy EVs, with a total exemption benefit of Rs 2.5 lakh over the entire loan period to encourage the sales of electric vehicles. The Goods and Services Tax Council has also announced the tax cuts on electric vehicles and chargers from August 1.last_img read more


Quota protestors suspend decision to boycott exams

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgBangladesh Sadharon Chhatra Adhikar Sankrakkhan Parishad leaders and activists stage demonstration in Shahbag intersection demanding reform in existing quota system in public services.Quota protestors have suspended their decision to boycott exams, in consideration of Ramadan and the session jam following the quota reform strike.Addressing a press conference on Dhaka University campus, Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parisad (Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council) made this announcement on Saturday.However, they will continue boycotting classes until the a gazette notification is issued regarding reforms in the public service quota system, said Hassan Al Mamun Hassan, convenor of the Chhatra Parishad.The protestors have condemned harassment and abuse of students in different universities and colleges across the country and demanded that the authorities take immediate action against the accused, Hassan said at the press conference.“Certain ‘over-enthusiastic unscrupulous quarters’ are such instigating such violence to embarrass the government” he added.In reply to a question as to who these ‘over-enthusiastic’ quarters are, the joint convenor of the council, Nurul Haque said, quarters within Chhatra League are harassing the general students.“Anyone who believes in the ideology of Bangabandhu, will never act in this manner,” he said.Nurul Haque went on to say, “They are continuing with such violence because no action is being taken against them. This lack of action makes us wonder if they government is backing them.”   Joint convenors of the council Rashed Khan and Faruk Hossain were also present at the press conference.last_img read more


Bangladesh faces AIDS boom

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgHealth minister Mohammad Nasim addresses a programme on World AIDS Day arranged on Saturday by the National AIDS/STD Programme at the auditorium of the Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh, Dhaka. Photo: PIDWhile AIDS contagion is dropping globally, in Bangladesh it is on the rise. This year 869 people have been diagnosed with HIV AIDS. Last year 148 died of the disease.This was revealed during a programme on World AIDS Day, organised on Saturday by the National AIDS/STD Programme at the auditorium of the Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh (KIB) in the capital.Speaking at the programme as chief guest, health minister Mohammad Nasim said the target that has been set to eradicate HIV/AIDSfrom the country will certainly be achieved by 2030.He said that youth should be kept away from drugs as AIDS was spread by sharing needles by drug users.Public awareness must be mobilised, he said, adding that an initiative had been taken to involve the home ministry and social welfare ministry to this end.The latest scenario of HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh was presented by the line director of HIV/AIDS programme, professor Mohammad Samiul Islam.He mentioned that till now 869 infected patients have been diagnosed since December last year and 148 had died in that time.Physicians pointed out, the percentage of CD4 in the blood of HIV infected persons decreases.The infected persons lose their appetite, their weight drops drastically and other physical symptoms become apparent. These are the symptoms of HIV AIDS.It was said that the first HIV infection in Bangladesh was diagnosed in 1989. Since then, 6,455 have been identified and there have been 1022 deaths in this connection.At present, there are around 13,000 HIV affected patients in Bangladesh, though all of them could not be identified.UNICEF representative Edouard Beigbeder said that the government has been depending less on the donors and more on its own resources to run the HIV/AIDS control programme.He mentioned that the rate of HIV infected is decreasing in the whole world but not in Bangladesh.He highlighted the treatment provided to the HIV infected community.The president of PL HIV (People Living with HIV) Network Hafizuddin said that the HIV infected people face discrimination in the society.They should be brought within the reach of health insurance, he added.The president of STI Network Abu Yousuf Chowdhury said that the people have to dispel the assumption that the prevalence of this infection is less in Bangladesh.It has to be kept in mind that the prevalence is steadily increasing.The discussion was presided over by additional general director of the health directorate professor Nasima Sultana.Before the programme, government officials and NGO activists took out a procession in front of the National Assembly.last_img read more


Baltimore Souls to the Polls Sunday in Baltimore

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgSen. Verna Jones-Rodwell, chair and members of the Baltimore City State Senate Delegation along with local Inter-Faith leaders, announced the “Souls to the Polls mobilization Movement,” Oct. 23, at Union Baptist Church in West Baltimore.Sunday, Oct. 26 has been designated as “Souls to the Polls” Sunday, when early voting for the 2014 General Election will occur from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to mobilizing the faith community, faith leaders from across the City in a concentrated effort will encourage their congregants to vote early and make them aware of early voting polling locations. “We are in the final leg of this election season and everyone must exercise their right to vote,” Sen. Jones- Rodwell said.Eligible voters may participate in early voting throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan Region. For more information, contact Poetri Deal at 410-841-3612  or Verna. Jones.District@senate.state.md.us.last_img read more


Tutu Awards Prize to US School Shooting Survivors

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgJOHANNESBURG (AP) — A group of young Americans who campaigned against gun violence after surviving a deadly shooting at their Florida school have received a prize from former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu.Archbishop Desmond Tutu, left awards the Children’s Peace Prize to students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High who campaigned against gun violence, from second left, Matt Deitsch, Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo)Tutu said in a statement Tuesday that the students showed that “children can move the world” and he compared the U.S. movement for gun control that they started to other big peace movements.The Nobel laureate, who is 87 and has health problems, attended the ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa for the International Children’s Peace Prize, an initiative of the Netherlands-based KidsRights Foundation.The prize went to David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Jaclyn Corin and Matt Deitsch, who were students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when 17 people were killed there on Valentine’s Day. A former student was arrested.last_img read more