Les conditions météorologiques semblent plus favorables aujourd’hui, avec une alternance de soleil et de nuages, et 60 p. 100 de probabilité d’averses. Il y a un risque d’orage en après-midi, avec des vents du sud-ouest à 20 km/h. Le feu de forêt de Seven Mile Lake, dans le comté d’Annapolis, brûle toujours sur environ 377 hectares. Les équipes font des progrès et le feu demeure circonscrit dans une proportion de 35 p. 100. Le feu de forêt à Ten Mile Lake, dans le comté de Queens, est circonscrit et s’étend sur environ 8,3 hectares. Les feux de Perch Lake, dans le comté de Pictou, et de Maitland Bridge, dans le comté d’Annapolis, sont entièrement circonscrits et s’étendent sur 10 hectares et 21 hectares respectivement. Les feux de Greenfield, comté de Queens, West Dalhousie, comté d’Annapolis, Clyde River, comté de Shelburne, et Round Hill, comté d’Annapolis, sont entièrement circonscrits et font l’objet de patrouilles. Un plus petit feu à Coldbrook, comté de Kings, et trois petits feux près de Morganville, comté de Digby, sont éteints. Ils s’étendaient sur environ 0,01 hectare chacun. La route 8 demeure fermée en raison de l’arrosage aérien dans la région. Depuis le 9 août, les activités et les déplacements dans les régions boisées sont interdits. Les gens peuvent continuer d’utiliser les plages et les parcs provinciaux, mais l’accès aux réseaux de sentiers sera limité, et l’interdiction de brûlage demeure en vigueur. Pour de plus amples renseignements : http://novascotia.ca/nsfire/fr/faq.asp Voici une mise à jour du gouvernement provincial sur les feux de forêt, publiée le jeudi 11 août à 9 h. -30-
Manchester: India’s captain and vice-captain ran the show in their much-awaited World Cup clash against Pakistan here on Sunday. While Rohit Sharma smashed a masterful 140 off 113 balls (4×14, 6×3), skipper Virat Kohli hit a 65-ball 77 (4×7) as India scored 336/5 in the allotted 50 overs. Put into bat by Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, K.L. Rahul walked out with Rohit to open the innings for India. Rahul quelled any doubts as to whether he can fill injured Shikhar Dhawan’s shoes at the top of the order by holding up one end as he and Rohit gave India a perfect start. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevThe openers put up 136 runs with Rohit doing the bulk of the scoring. Both players crossed their half-centuries and it was the fourth instance of an Indian pair recording a century stand against Pakistan in a World Cup. Pakistan finally got the breakthrough in the form of Rahul. Bowling the 24th over, Wahab Riaz changed his angle to round the wicket after he got a warning from umpire Marais Erasmis for running into the protected area of the pitch in his follow through. He sent in a full delivery and Rahul was early to his drive. He ended up hitting it straight to Babar Azam at cover after having made 57 off 78 deliveries (4×3, 6×2). Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsBut Pakistan were never let off the hook throughout the Indian innings. Kohli replaced Rahul and played second fiddle as Rohit continued the onslaught. The pair also put pressure on the Pakistan fielders with swift running between the wickets and soon Rohit notched up his 23rd ODI century. Rohit raced to the three-figure mark in just 85 balls after which he uppped the ante. The pair continued to pick singles and doubles as Rohit attacked spinners Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan. The Indian vice-captain’s dismissal, however, came completely against the run of play with Rohit looking set to cross 150 and even get to a fourth ODI double hundred. In the 39th over, Rohit looked to scoop Hasan Ali over short fine leg, only to find Wahab Riaz placed at that paricular position. The dismissal ended a 98-run second wicket stand between Rohit and Kohli. Pakistan picked up wickets more frequently after that but could not manage to dismiss Kohli. The Indian captain soldiered on and soon crossed 11,000 ODI runs, becoming the fastest to reach the milestone. Hardik Pandya came in at number four and tried to accelerate the Indian innings. He was successful to a certain extent, putting up 51 runs with Kohli before falling to Mohammad Amir by holing out at long-on for 26 (24 balls; 4×2, 6×1). Amir then dismissed Mahendra Singh Dhoni for just one in the 46th over as Vijay Shankar, playing in place of the injured Shikhar Dhawan, joined Kohli in the middle. Shankar was given out off Wahab after seemingly edging one to the wicketkeeper, but he successfully reviewed the decision. There was a temporary halt in the proceedings after that with the rain coming down, as was the forecast on the eve of the match. But the rains did not last long and the teams were back in the middle without any over being deducted. After resumption in the 48th over, Amir banged one short as Kohli looked to pull the delivery. He only got what looked like a faint edge and Sarfraz made no mistake behind the stumps. Interestingly, it was Kohli who walked while the umpire never raised his finger. Replays indicated there was gap between bat and ball. After the skipper’s dismissal, Shankar and Kedar Jadhav added 22 runs to take India to 336/5 at the end of 50 overs. Brief scores: India: 336/5 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 140, Virat Kohli 77; Mohammad Amir 3/47) against Pakistan.
OTTAWA – The federal government has introduced legislation aimed at overhauling the criminal justice system — including making good on a promise to change the way juries are selected.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tabled a massive bill today that also includes measures aimed at tackling court backlogs plaguing the criminal justice system that has seen more than 200 charges dismissed following a landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling in 2016 on court delays.They include restricting the use of preliminary inquiries to cases where the offender is facing the possibility of a lifesentence.The bill would also eliminate the use of peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject jury candidates during the selection process.A number of visibly Indigenous people were excluded from the jury that last month acquitted Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley in the shooting death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie of the Red Pheasant First Nation.Speaking through a family friend, Boushie’s mother Debbie Baptiste says she’s pleased about the proposed changes and hopes the presence of Indigenous jurors will translate into more justice for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.The bill will also address a Liberal campaign promise to crack down on intimate partner violence, including by reversing the onus on bail for those previously convicted of violence against a current or former spouse, common-law partner or dating partner.Intimate partner violence would also be considered an aggravating factor in sentencing.
New Delhi: Stable prices and lower interest rates on home loans have made housing market affordable in all major cities of the country except Mumbai, according to property consultant JLL India.Hyderabad was the most affordable housing market in 2018, followed by Kolkata and Pune, the consultant said in its annual Home Purchase Affordability Index (JLL HPAI) launched on Wednesday. The index analyses affordability across key seven cities (Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata) for 2011 to 2018 after factoring in home loan interest rates, average household income and price of a 1,000 sq ft apartment. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe index signifies whether a household earning an average annual income (at an overall city level) is eligible for a housing loan to buy a 1,000 sq ft residential property in the city at the prevailing market price and home loan interest rate. “It is interesting to note that only Hyderabad out of the seven cities covered as a part of our study was affordable in 2013 whereas the situation flipped positively by 2018. In 2018, all the cities except Mumbai crossed the affordability threshold as per JLL HPAI,” the consultant said. JLL India’s CEO & Country Head Ramesh Nair said the company aims to share a holistic perspective which could act as a feeder into strategic decision making for developers and policy makers. “Favourable home loan rates backed by stable price have resulted in improved affordability across cities from 2014,” Nair added. JLL India’s Chief Economist and Head of Research Samanthak Das said the affordability levels would continue to improve over the next three years for all seven cities.
Rabat – Morocco is set to take part in a ground operations in Yemen to oust the Irani-backed Houti rebels and forces loyal to Yemeni President Abdullah Saleh former from the capital Sanna.According to Moroccan daily Assabah in its Friday issue, Morocco has sent 1,500 elite soldiers to Yemen to participate in the Arab Coalition’s ground military offensive, which will be carried out under the command of Saudi Arabia.“1,500 soldiers who took part in the African Lion 2015, during the Moroccan-American maneuvers held last May in Tan-Tan, will take part in the Arab Coalition’s ground offensive battle against the Houthi rebels,” Assabah said. According to the same source, a contingent of Moroccan military police (gendarmerie) is expected to arrive in the coming days in King Khaled Air Base in Saudi Arabia.“The first contingent expected in Saudi Arabia consists of elite units of the military police. “There are 1,500 of paratroopers who have been specially trained recently in Tan-Tan, for a ground intervention in Yemen,” Assabah added.“The units in question have operational experience and prepared to be involved in armed conflicts.”According to the same source, the training carried out during the 2015 African Lion focused on the latest developments of military aviation, including F16, technical and tactical coordination, refueling fighter bombers in the air, in addition to humanitarian interventions in disaster areas.The mobilization of Moroccan troops on the ground was made in coordination with the United States, the same source added.Morocco has been participating in the Saudi-led airstrikes carried out by the Arab Coalition against the Houti rebels. Since the beginning of the operations last March, Morocco expressed its full solidarity with Saudi Arabia in its “Decisive Storm,” aimed at restoring legitimacy in Yemen.
Rabat – The massive earthquake did not stop him from performing his prayers. A video of an imam in Bali, leading the maghreb (sunset) prayer despite massive tremors went viral on social media, generating thousands of reactions and millions of views.The 64-second video showed the imam supporting himself against the wall as the room shook violently. He was joined by some worshipers. Social media users praised the imam for his “courage” and “strong faith” during the very traumatic event. “I am crying… he did not even flinch, even though it is allowed to leave your prayer during an earthquake,” said Indonesian scholar Yusuf Mansur, who shared the clip to his 2 million followers on Instagram, as translated by Agence France Presse (AFP).On Sunday, June 6, Indonesia was struck by an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude that has killed more than 90 people and damaged thousands of buildings.
On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 10.56 points to 15,073.72, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 20.24 points to 21,832.33. The S&P 500 index was up 1.04 points to 2,445.08 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 1.30 points to 6,277.11.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.86 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 79.59 cents US.The October crude contract was down 64 cents to US$47.77 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up three cents to US$2.96 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $3.00 to US$1,291.70 an ounce and the September copper contract was up four cents to US$3.02 a pound.
“[Iraqis] look to this conference for a clear sign that the international community will be their determined and dedicated companions on the tough road that they must walk to achieve a stable, peaceful, democratic Iraq,” Mr. Annan told the one-day conference co-hosted by the European Union and the United States.”By our words, and more importantly by our deeds, we must reassure them that we will not let them down,” he added.He said that the large and diverse Iraqi delegation had put a comprehensive vision of the future before the conference, and he praised the people of Iraq for their hard-won political progress. Iraq’s newly elected authorities now bear the burden of leading their country successfully through the next steps of the transition, he stressed, including the important drafting of a new, inclusive constitution.”Compromise and reconciliation are the way forward, not hatred and violence,” he said. “Iraqis must find it within themselves to reach out to one another and address issues on which they may differ.”In addition to progress in the political realm, faster progress is needed in reconstruction, development and humanitarian assistance, the Secretary-General said. He expressed hope that the conference would enable Iraq’s Government to avail itself fully of expertise and resources being offered from both inside and outside Iraq, and that next month’s donor meeting in Amman would ensure that the resources would, indeed, be available.In closing the conference this afternoon, Mr. Annan called the event a “watershed,” as a sovereign elected Government of Iraq had presented its views to the international community, which, in turn committed itself to respond to those needs in its joint declaration. At the same time, he reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to Iraq.”While I remain mindful of the security situation in Iraq, I pledge today to the people of Iraq that the United Nations is determined to respond to their expectations and to accompany them all the way on their historic journey of transition,” he said.”We are proud of the contributions that we have made so far under extremely challenging conditions, which many of you have generously acknowledged. We in turn acknowledge that still more needs to be done as circumstances permit.Earlier, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, told conference participants that the short time remaining before the August deadline for drafting that country’s constitution represented a “critical phase” in its political transition. Despite the limited time, he said, there is optimism that an inclusive public discussion, vital for a credible constitution-drafting process, will take place, ensuring acceptance of the draft in the 15 October referendum and allowing December elections to take place under the new constitution.The support for these activities provided by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) is, he said, constrained by security concerns. “Nevertheless,” Mr. Qazi continued, “the measure of UNAMI’s success does not lie in numbers alone, but in the quality of its assistance.” In that context, he said, it was important to keep in mind that political progress, economic reconstruction, job creation, human rights and the rule of law were all interlinked, as the themes of the conference indicated.During the course of the day-long conference, Secretary-General Annan met individually with world leaders and other key participants, including United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, with whom he discussed UN reform and the situation in Uzbekistan among other issues, according to a UN spokeswoman.Mr. Annan spoke with the Prime Minister of Belgium, Guy Verhofstadt, and the country’s Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht, about the possibility of Belgian assistance in the constitutional drafting process, as well as UN reform and the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the spokeswoman said. With Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, he discussed the continuing dialogue on nuclear issues between Iran and the governments of Britain, France and Germany.Other participants he met today included Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing; Arab League head Amr Moussa; British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw; Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zubari; and Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura.
Progress on the universally accepted global targets is uneven and there is a lot of unfinished business, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic today said, reiterating his Government’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Addressing the United Nations General Assembly high-level debate in New York, Prime Minister Jirí Rusnok said he supports the establishment of a “single overarching post-2015 framework” for the time-frame after the MDGs deadline, which will “link eradication of poverty in all its dimensions and the promotion of sustainable development.” He urged future goals to be universal for all countries, but also realistic and taking into account the actual possibilities of each country. In his statement, Mr. Rusnok noted that the Czech Republic, with its historic experience of an undemocratic regime, is ready to share its experience from its democratic transition process. Turning to other topics in his speech, the Prime Minister reiterated the need for a politically negotiated settlement in Syria in line with the implement the 2012 Geneva Communiqué.“The Czech Republic is supporting and will continue to support the efforts of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross to relieve the growing humanitarian needs in Syria and in the neighbouring countries,” said Mr. Rusnok. He also noted developments in Myanmar and “strongly encouraged” the Government’s announcement to actively pursue the process of amending the national constitution to improve democratic standards in the country.In his speech, Mr. Rusnok also highlighted the importance of UN peacekeeping operations around the world, and announced his country’s intention to “substantially increase” the presence of its military in those operations.The General Debate continues through 1 October.
Australasian Pacific Engineering Group (APEG) will launch Belaz, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of mining dump trucks, onto the Australian market at AIMEX, held in Sydney from August 20-23. Belaz recently started offering its trucks in Australia, with the opening of a new distribution and support facility near Newcastle which has links to the coal-rich Hunter Valley. Belaz manufactures the largest mining trucks outside of the US, and during 2013 plans to release a 450 tonne capacity truck – which will be the world’s largest.In Australia, Belaz has recently appointed the Australasian Pacific Engineering Group (APEG) as its distribution and support partner. Shane Halliwell, APEG Director said “We see this as a big development for the Australian resources sector. Belaz views the Australian market as being very solid in the medium to long term and this move is a key part of a global expansion program by the company.”With over 14,000 employees in operations covering 33 countries, Halliwell said Belaz is one of the world’s largest producers of dump trucks.“Around the globe, one in three operating dump trucks is manufactured by Belaz – giving an idea of the size and reach of the company.”Belaz trucks are designed and built in a modern manufacturing centre in Zhodino, Belarus, which is currently producing 2000 units a year. Halliwell said the Belaz range offered mining companies and contractors a number of benefits.“Firstly, while the initial purchase price certainly delivers significant savings over better-known brands, independent studies conducted over a 10-year operating cycle have shown that Belaz trucks are considerably cheaper to operate. Secondly, our delivery times are typically significantly shorter than some other brands; for example, a 240 tonne dump truck can be assembled in our factory and be ready to go within four days – giving delivery times between three and five months. For some competitive product there’s up to an 18-month wait,” he said.APEG has recently supplied Belaz dump trucks to one of Australia’s leading mining houses, and since April 2013 has had five units operating on a ‘hire-to-buy’ basis while being evaluated against its existing fleet. Halliwell said that initially APEG will be supplying two models in Australia, the 240 tonne and 360 tonne capacity trucks.“These are all built to ISO standards and specced to meet the stringent mine site requirements of our client. Due to our flexible production line, the factory is capable of making changes to the trucks as required to ensure they meet Australian mining spec standards. This ensures there is no need for re-engineering when the unit gets here, something which is both costly for the client and can dramatically affects delivery times.”Belaz trucks will be sold and supported in Australia through APEG, working in conjunction with Sharps Heavy Equipment Repairs to provide service and repairs. Sharps Heavy Equipment Repairs has facilities in Mackay and Dalby in central Queensland, and has recently opened a new facility in Rutherford, in the upper Hunter Valley.
W.S. Tyler, the screening solutions company in the mining, aggregate and industrial mineral industries, says it has dedicated a team of engineers to a new department “focused specifically on innovation, design and engineering” says Tyler. “The Innovation Department constantly works with its global subsidiaries within the Haver & Tyler group, to develop new breakthroughs that improve machine performance and customer profitability.” Haver & Tyler originally formed an Innovation Department in Germany in 2008 to “keep a clear focus on innovation.” The new W.S. Tyler department based in North America builds on that success.Dieter Takev, Engineering and Technology manager, says the W.S. Tyler Innovation Department is developing new technologies and incorporating advancements from other companies within the Haver & Tyler group. By forming a department strictly focused on improvements for existing machinery and brand-new technologies, W.S. Tyler is able to provide more advanced technologies and products, as well as better service for customers. “We’ve dedicated specific resources to our company’s research and development. To offer our customers tools to be successful, we need to reinforce our position as the industry leader in continually developing solutions that enhance profitability,” Takev said. “This department does that, and the results are stronger partnerships in helping customers grow.”W.S. Tyler’s Innovation Department is working to develop high-pressure washing technology for typical applications in North America, where high tonnage outputs and mobile units are in high demand. Further, the team has been developing its vibration analysis technology for vibrating screens so it can be integrated with Wi-Fi and cloud-based technologies. Since it was formed, the Innovation Department developed the 10 ft tandem F-Class machines and has invested in component improvements to reduce stresses by 60%, all while keeping the same footprint, weight and price for the machines.Takev said the combination of North and South America-specific solution development with technologies established for the European market makes this concept uncommon in the industry. “We don’t just do research and development,” he said. “We combine our global talent to ensure that the innovation we bring to each continent meets and exceeds the needs of the customers there.”
BHP was an early adopter of drones across its mine sites, employing the aerial technology across the group for post-blasting clearance, traffic monitoring, building inspections and operation surveillance. Now, the major diversified miner is looking to drones to improve safety and provide efficiency gains at its ocean freight operations.While still in the trial phase, BHP’s Vice President of Marketing Freight, Rashpal Bhatti, sees the potential for drones to be a key part of a tablet-based technological package, incorporating artificial intelligence that provides captains a digital view of their ship.“All of our chartered ships receive a tablet when they berth. And on the tablet they can read the tension of the mooring line which has major safety benefits,” he said.“The question now is: can the same tablet become a holistic technological package by also delivering ship hold inspection data, draft readings and other critical information captured by drones? It’s all a bit futuristic but that is the direction we are going.”BHP ships more than 300 Mt/y of iron ore, coal and copper to customers around the world. More than 1,500 voyages are made, making BHP one of the largest charterers of dry bulk carriers in the world.Like the drones being used across other parts of BHP’s operations, marine drones can be programed to carry a range of specific tasks, the company said.“In the ocean freight business, there are clear and immediate advantages from using drones in the inspection of holds and in the taking of draft readings. Then there is their nimbleness in the seemingly simple but important task of advising the ship’s bridge on the water position of the rudder,” BHP said.Hold inspection reports would continue to be independent assessments, but the use of drones promises to cut inspection times per hold from an hour to 15 minutes, according to the company.Bhatti said: “The hold inspection process involves ships which have five to nine holds which a person checks by climbing down ladders. The inspector has to be physically fit, use fall protection, and carry a parrot (oxygen meter) to make sure there is enough air in the hold. And it takes a lot of time.“With drones, we can fly them into a hold and capture 4K images, but also infra-red, and other types of cameras that can show cracks or other specific parameters that cannot be seen with the naked eye.”There are essentially three or four types of ships with hold sizes about the same, according to Bhatti. “So once you programme a drone to go in to a certain ship, it can become an autonomous process.’’This provides a better way to assess the condition of the hold, and removes a person from a potentially hazardous situation, Bhatti said.BHP is also testing the use of drones to improve the safety, time and cost of ship draft readings. This is usually done from a boat when the ship is berthed and ready for a cargo.One of the logistical challenges to overcome is to get the drones on ships when they are offshore at anchorage, as distinct from being berthed.“We are working with ship owners on this and other ways to use technology to improve safety and productivity,’’ Bhatti said.
No Comments Feb 11th 2018, 7:49 PM Share1 Tweet Email Source: David Blevins/Twitter Get our daily news round up: Short URL 18,408 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha The scene of the Russian plane crash – about 40km from the Domodedovo airport, Moscow. Source: AP/PA Images#RUSSIA: A plane carrying 65 passengers and six crew members crashed outside Moscow – a government minister said there were no survivors.#MANCHESTER: A search is underway in Manchester after a man attempted to rape a 10-year-old girl yesterday afternoon.#OHIO: Two police officers responding to a 911 hang-up call were fatally shot yesterday after entering a home in a Columbus suburb.PARTING SHOTIn an interview with the BBC, it was put to Sinn Féin’s new leader Mary Lou McDonald that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had described her as “cranky”.So she was asked – what one word would she use to describe Varadkar? You can listen to her response here, and decide for yourself if you agree. Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 7:49 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Science Gallery Dublin commissioned a special explosive performance this weekend to celebrate the innovative gallery’s 10-year anniversary. Source: Mark Stedman via RollingNews.ieAn investigation is under way after a senior garda was found dead at Ballymun Garda StationAn international hotel chain “unwittingly accepted millions of euro in Irish drug money” linked to the Kinahan drug cartelThe family of a five-year-old boy who died yesterday after being swept away in a river in Antrim described him as “happy-go-lucky” boy who “melted your heart”Taoiseach Leo Varadkar spoke about his stance on abortion, saying that “things aren’t as black and white as they appear in your 20s”Ireland’s biggest development firms are fighting back against local councils that have placed their land on the vacant sites registerExtra staff will be on Irish Rail trains to help deal with allocated seating issuesAs the west of the country was covered with snow, another snow-ice warning is in place nationwide from midnight tonight until tomorrow.WORLD http://jrnl.ie/3846839 Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday The death of a garda at a station in Ballymun, and 71 dead after a plane crash near Moscow – here’s today’s news. He called her “cranky” so what does @MaryLouMcDonald call Leo Varadkar? She’s rarely lost for words but it took the new @sinnfeinireland leader a moment to find one. Watch full interview on @SkyNews at 10am. pic.twitter.com/yeXLbl5T4p— David Blevins (@skydavidblevins) February 11, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bonita Mersiades is on an almost-impossible mission – to reform world football’s governing body, FIFA, which is engulfed in a growing corruption scandal. Nothing beats the scale and impact of a scandal involving world sporting behemoth FIFA, which has more member nations than the United Nations. Its dominance and popularity among the globe’s sports lovers is ultimately what allows FIFA a virtual licence to print money. And with those swollen coffers and a perpetual state of liquidity, it seems, comes the temptation for officials at the highest level to put their hands in the till. But rumours, reports and even hard evidence of kickbacks; predetermined World Cup bidding contests; nepotism; and cash in brown paper bags for votes, is water off a duck’s back when it comes to the ethically-challenged FIFA leadership and its club of mates. Faced with this intransigence, the global football community has taken matters into its own hands, with some key global figures in football coming together in a push for much-needed reform under the ‘#NewFIFANow’ banner. Among the key figures in the movement is Mersiades, one of Australia’s most accomplished sports communicators and a ‘whistle-blower’ in the latest corruption scandal involving the global football governing body, who is on a mission to reform FIFA. “For me, the important aspect of being considered a ‘whistle-blower’ is advocating for change and improvement,” she said. “This is what #NewFIFANow is about. It is a very big idea to reform FIFA and the 209 football associations, but it is needed if we are ever to have trust and confidence again in the world governing body of the sport.” Mersiades should be regarded as one of the sport’s ambassadors for propriety and integrity, but those who govern the game in Australia have turned a blind eye to her exceptional abilities, relegating her to a plight familiar to the whistle-blower in this country – ostracism, marginalisation and vilification. “You learn who your friends are,” she told Neos Kosmos. “You learn how so many people and organisations involved in the football industry are so codependent and are prepared to compromise values they may once have held. “You learn to put up with being disparaged and denigrated. You must be resilient and able to deal with dirty tricks.” Mersiades was part of the team rolling out Australia’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup, funded by the Rudd government to the tune of almost $50 million. The mammoth global lobbying task saw Football Federation Australia generously, some might say excessively, line the pockets of a whole bunch of colourful characters. When Mersiades became suspicious of activities and dubious deals, potentially detrimental to Australia’s bid, she did not look away and expressed concerns to FFA management. But integrity, propriety and passion to excel in a global campaign and strategy counts for nothing against vested interests protecting their multi-million dollar fees for work which may well have been a charade. Peter Hargitay, the shady confidant of outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter, wasn’t happy with Mersiades’ inconvenient presence and, using his leverage of false promises, Mersiades was unceremoniously dumped. When she raised questions about what exactly Hargitay and two other consultants – Fedor Radmann and Andreas Abold – were doing with former Football Federation Australia CEO Ben Buckley, things began to get uncomfortable for Mersiades. “I was always of the view that Hargitay, if not a double-agent, at least had a foot in more than one camp. I thought the same of the other two consultants, Fedor Radmann and Andreas Abold,” she said. “There is no doubt about this in my view. As a minimum, they were all heavily involved with the Russian bid, and Hargitay was also working for Mohammed Bin Hammam, and had close affiliations with Sepp Blatter and Jack Warner. “I discussed this on multiple occasions with Ben Buckley … I thought we were spending a lot of money on them and they didn’t appear to be doing much that was useful.” Mersiades said the baggage and history that came with some of the consultants was known inside the FFA and when one joined the bid, her immediate boss told her to re-read certain chapters on the new team member, in Andrew Jennings’ book exposing FIFA corruption, FOUL. She said she had asked questions “many times” about what they were doing, pointing out their deficiencies and making note of broken promises from each. “I didn’t agree with giving $5 million to Asia, $4 million to Oceania, or allocating between $4 million and $8 million to Africa for which one consultant (Radmann) from Germany had ‘special responsibility’,” Mersiades said. “The joke in management meetings was that this was ‘brown paper bag’ money, and our consultants made multiple visits to Russia, Qatar and China on our behalf for reasons that were not clear.” When Mersiades raised concerns over funding, she was told it was none of her business and when she continued to ask about the consultants and what they were doing, she was given no answers. “Instead, I was sacked from my job,” she said. “It took place in the head office of the global retail property empire built by the billionaire president of the FFA. I was told I would never work in Australia again.” She wasn’t even given a chance to go back to her desk, pack things up and collect her personal belongings and she wasn’t given a reason for losing her job. But Mersiades knew it was because the three consultants didn’t want her around, and more than a year after her sacking, her ex-boss confessed she was “the victim of something much bigger than FFA”. But if being removed from a role in which she was performing exceptionally well wasn’t painful enough, Mersiades then had to endure a systematic smear campaign involving misreporting and concocted unsubstantiated speculation over why she was dismissed. Almost immediately after Australia’s devastating bid failure, SBS’s Les Murray – who is believed to have recommended his friend Hargitay’s services to FFA chairman Frank Lowy – interviewed the consultant. Hargitay lamented that the reason Australia lost was because it played clean while Qatar played dirty. “It was a cringeworthy, self-serving interview from a consultant who was paid $1.5 million and got us only one vote,” Mersiades said. “It was hypocritical because he and our other consultants attempted to play the same game.” Mersiades doesn’t want to be defined only as a whistle-blower; not that it’s derogatory in any way, but she has achieved far more in life and in football than just speaking out about Australia’s 2022 World Cup bid. She is now focused on turning the experience into something positive for the global football community, joining forces at the beginning of the year with British MP Damian Collins and Jamie Fuller, owner of Australian apparel brand Skins, to spearhead the #NewFIFANow. “There is no hope of reform of FIFA from within the organisation. It has neither the interest nor the capacity to reform itself as has been proven repeatedly,” Mersiades said. “That is why #NewFIFANow advocates for an interim time-limited FIFA Reform Commission led by an eminent person in governance (not sport), to review FIFA’s statutes, constitution, electoral system, committee structure and membership; develop new measures, implement them, and conduct fresh elections.” The campaign has been helped along considerably since US authorities arrested seven FIFA officials in dawn raids in May this year, on the eve of the organisation’s presidential election, which saw Sepp Blatter re-elected for a fifth term. Swiss authorities that month also raided gathering data and documents for separate investigation into allegations of criminal mismanagement and money-laundering in connection with allocation of 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The following month, Sepp Blatter announced his resignation as president, while a former FIFA executive committee member (representing north America’s CONCACAF confederation) turned informant revealed he and other took bribes for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup. In late September, Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings against Blatter over alleged criminal mismanagement of FIFA funds, including and for a $2 million payment to UEFA president Michele Platini for work carried out between 1999 and 2002. That month, FIFA announced its Secretary General Jérôme Valcke had been put on leave pending a formal investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee, which also suspended Blatter and Platini for 90 days. “We are making progress every day. Our work has directly resulted in the European Parliament, Coca-Cola, VISA, McDonald’s, Transparency International, and the international Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) supporting an independent FIFA Reform Commission led by an eminent person,” Mersiades said. “More recently, the same three corporate sponsors and Anheuser Busch (Budweiser) have joined #NewFIFANow, Transparency International and the ITUC in calling for FIFA president Sepp Blatter to be suspending pending the criminal investigation.” She said it was no surprise Blatter had been targeted in criminal investigations. “Investigative journalists such as Andrew Jennings – whom Les Murray described in 2011 as a ‘discredited moron’ – have been saying for years that the corruption in FIFA went all the way to the top,” Mersiades said. “US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch made it clear in May that the ‘FIFA Way’ is deeply entrenched in football’s culture and is global. “At the very least, Sepp Blatter has been in charge for 35 years as either president or general secretary. It beggars belief that he did not know what was going on in the organisation.”* Mersiades’ family background is Serbian and Montenegrin with one Spanish great-grandmother (hence, Bonita). Her husband is Greek, from the island of Samos.
Health Canada approved a health claim linking the consumption of protein-rich soy food to lowering cholesterol levels.According to a news release from Soy 20/20, the claim is based on scientific evidence that shows consumption of at least 25 grams of soy protein per day helps reduce cholesterol, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Statistics Canada data states, 39 percent of Canadians aged six to 79 years have unhealthy levels of total cholesterol.“Soy has long been considered a healthy food option, but Health Canada’s acceptance of the science means that we can now include this information directly on packaging to help consumers make healthy food choices,” said Soy 20/20 CEO Jeff Schmalz. “This decision by Health Canada opens up tremendous opportunity for growth in the Canadian soybean and soy food industries, both domestically and internationally.”According to the Soyfoods Association of North America, the soy food market in the United States grew from $2.28 billion in 1999 to $4.5 billion in 2013 with many new products coming to market after the health claim for soy was approved in that country in 1999. Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, and South Korea have also approved the soy health claim in their respective countries.This made-in-Canada health claim is one more endorsement of Canadian-grown soybeans, which are sourced by Canadian manufacturers for multiple brands.It is the result of years of effort by Soy 20/20 and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) on behalf of the soy industry, as well as Guelph-based Nutrasource, a contract research organization and consulting firm specializing in regulatory and scientific affairs. Their Regulated Products Division critically reviewed the large body of scientific literature and prepared the food health claim submission according to guidelines established by Health Canada.“Health Canada’s process for accepting new therapeutic and disease risk reduction health claims for foods is among the most extensive and rigorous in the world. Our scientific and regulatory affairs team worked with Soy 20/20 and AAFC to examine the literature through the regulator’s lens and prepare a strong dossier for consideration,” said William Rowe, President and CEO of Nutrasource. “The acceptance of this health claim is a testament to the strength of the scientific evidence supporting the cholesterol-lowering effect of soy, which can now be communicated effectively to Canadians.”More information about the claim and how it can be used on soy food products is available from Health Canada here or by contacting Soy 20/20.Soy 20/20 brings together government, academic and industry partners to stimulate and seize new global bioscience opportunities for Canadian soybeans. Soy 20/20 is supported by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative and by Grain Farmers of Ontario. Visit www.soy2020.ca for more information.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Education Foundation held a heartfelt memorial to honor those who are Douglas Strong.The foundation paid special tribute to the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Massacre, Friday morning.Officials unveiled a golden eagle statue with a heart-shaped engraving that reads, “MSD 17 Fallen Eagles.”The names of the victims were listed on the column below.“It’s very impactful. It’s an honor that this was put here for all to see,” said Mitchel Dworet, father of Nicholas Dworet. “It’ll outlast us all. It’ll always be in their legacy, to keep their legacy alive.”The event also honored six Broward County community and education leaders by inducting them into the Broward Education Foundation’s Hall of Fame.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Warangal: In a bid to infuse new work culture into the functioning of the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC), Mayor Gunda Prakash Rao on Saturday launched ‘Nagara Bata’ (city visit) to listen to denizens’ grievances and to sort them out. The Mayor who started his Nagra Bata programme in Division 1 inspected CKM College-Arepally road and interacted with the locals. He told the officials to widen the road by laying wet mix on side berms so that to avoid accidents. He assured the locals to develop Paidipally village, a merged village of GWMC. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us “Each division in the Corporation will get Rs 50 lakh for developmental works. This apart, Rs 5 lakh will be allocated for each division to carry out emergency works. Central lighting works will be taken up soon with the help of MLA and MP local area development (LAD) funds,” Prakash Rao said. He said that the Master Plan-2041 that is to be approved soon will change the face of the city. The work on proposed Kakatiya Mega Textile Park, that will likely generate thousands of jobs, is a boon for Warangal, he added. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Referring to the visit of Airport Authority of India (AAI) a few days ago, the Mayor said that conditions are favourable for the revival of Mamnoor airport. “With developmental works under Smart City Mission, Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), in addition to the special development funds from the State government, are in progress, the day is not far that the Warangal city would become next destination after Hyderabad,” Prakash Rao said. Advertise With Us He said that people 57 years can avail Aasara pension. The government will give Aasara pensions to all those eligible, he added. Municipal Commissioner N Ravi Kiran, Division 1 Corporator Veera Bikshapathy, additional commissioner Ch Nageshwar, SE Bikshapathy and MHO Dr Raja Reddy were among others who accompanied the Mayor during the Nagara Bata.
Lady Gaga at Super Bowl LI (2017)ReutersLady Gaga could have injured herself after her recent routine if it weren’t for her quick-thinking back-up dancers. During her routine, the popstar slipped off a giant fire-breathing robot.Lady Gaga was performing at her Vegas residency when the incident took place. Reportedly the robot was gigantic, had claws, and spewed fire and steam. After delivering the open lines of her song, Lady Gaga took assistance from her backup dancers to disembark the beast, but almost tumbled off. However, her backup dancers’ reflexes were quick enough to keep the pop star from stopping the show mid-chorus.Apparently, rather than laughing at the on-stage faux pas, fans were sighing in relief that Gaga didn’t hurt her bones. Lady Gaga is no stranger to on stage mishaps and injuries, having broken her hip and left a hole in the area amid the Born This Way world tour in 2013. The injury reportedly forced her to cancel the remaining shows to undergo hip surgery, and Gaga’s Little Monsters weren’t ready for a repeat. Musician Lady Gaga arrives on a mechanical horse at the 41st American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, November 24, 2013.ReutersAny performance where a performer doesn’t make a fool of themselves is a victory, but it was all the more important for Lady Gaga as it was an important date for her. She launched the Haus of Gaga/Las Vegas exhibit at the Park MGM on May 30, which gives visitors a blast to the past of her most legendary outfits over the past decade. Lady Gaga sure knows how to put on a performance and “The Cure” singer really seems to give it her all. We have to say that her voice and showmanship are some of the reasons she is one of the most successful popstars in the world. You can check out the video here:
Photo via Twitter @TheNiLPnetworkThe agency says the information is needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act, specifically a section that bans racial discrimination.Watchdog groups are concerned about a Department of Justice request to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. The agency says the information is needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act, specifically a section that bans racial discrimination.“It’s just a ridiculous political statement and doesn’t hold water given the facts,” says Phil Sparks, co-director of the Census Project, a national coalition of groups that use census data.Sparks says asking respondents whether they are U.S. citizens would throw a wrench into an already experimental process. The 2020 census will be the first one conducted largely online. He notes that the Census Bureau already collects citizenship data through smaller surveys.The data from this 10-year count has major implications. It determines the number of seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s also used determine how to distribute billions of dollars in federal funding. Should the Census introduce a question about citizenship, Sparks sees a potential for undercounting minority populations.“Most census experts that I’ve talked to believe that it’ll severely impact the participation of Latinos if it goes through,” Sparks says, “and that the Latino population will be substantially undercounted because of this action if it’s taken.”Still, the potential for undercounting isn’t new. An analysis of the 2010 census shows Latino residents were undercounted by about 775,000.CREDIT GABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ / KUTLuis Zayas, the dean of UT-Austin’s School of Social Work, says if a citizenship question is added to the census, minorities will leave out information, leading to gaps in data.“The census has always been a scary proposition for people who are poor, who are in some form disenfranchised,” says Luis Zayas, dean of UT-Austin’s School of Social Work.Zayas says for people who don’t regularly interact with the government, disclosing personal information to a Census worker can feel invasive. He says a key challenge in Texas is accurately counting mixed-status families – those where some members, often young children, are legal U.S. residents, while their parents are not. Zayas says those children live in constant fear of incriminating their parents.“Every knock on the door is a frightening moment,” he says. “Every time that their mother or their father gets home late from work unexpectedly is a time of worry. What’s going to happen to them? Every time a police car pulls alongside at a stop light, they have to worry – Will they notice us and stop us and take away my mommy and daddy?”Zayas points to the recent repeal of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants disclosed their information to the federal government. Now, many of them fear it may be used to deport them. Zayas thinks minority residents will still fill out census forms, but they’ll likely leave out a lot of information, which could lead to gaps in the data. Share
A look at Windows Defender Application Guard extension for Firefox and Chrome by Martin Brinkmann on March 17, 2019 in Firefox, Google Chrome – Last Update: April 04, 2019 – 13 commentsMicrosoft released the extension Windows Defender Application Guard for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox recently.Windows Defender Application Guard is a security feature designed to load untrusted sites and services in a lightweight virtual machine. It requires Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise at the time of writing, and works in standalone and Enterprise-managed modes. It requires at least Windows 10 version 1803.The new browser extension brings Application Guard functionality to the third-party browsers Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.Windows Defender Application Guard extensionInstallation is slightly more complicated than installing another browser extension. The main reason for that is that you need to make sure that Application Guard is turned on as a feature on the device, and that you have installed the Microsoft Store companion app as well.In other words: you may need to install three different applications before you can make use of it.The following steps are required:Enable Windows Defender Application Guard on the device if it is not turned on already. Make sure the system meets the hardware and software requirements.Install the Windows Defender Application Guard companion application from the Microsoft Store.Install the Google Chrome extension or the Mozilla Firefox add-on.Enterprise-only: Define network isolation settings to define a list of trusted sites that you may access using Chrome or Firefox.Restart the device.Using the extensionThe extension highlights if all requirements are met after installation. You should see three green lights indicating that the device is compatible, that the companion app is installed, and that Application Guard is turned on.How the extension is used depends largely on the edition of Windows 10.Note: You may want to turn off diagnostic data collecting that is enabled by default. Just click on the extension icon and toggle “Allow Microsoft to collect diagnostic data” to do so.Standalone modeWindows 10 Pro users and Enterprise users who choose standalone mode get very little out of the extension as it does not work automatically in that mode.All you can do, really, is to click on the extension icon and there on the “New application guard window” button to start a new Application Guard instance of Microsoft Edge.More comfortable than having to launch Application Guard instances from Microsoft Edge manually, but not by much and probably not worth the hassle of installing the extension and Microsoft Store application.Enterprise-managed modeEnterprise administrators have additional configuration options that automate the experience. All that is required for that is to set up network isolation settings; these define trusted sites, e.g. an IP address range, that users may access using the third-party browsers the extension is installed in.Any site not on the trust list is automatically redirected to the Microsoft Edge Application Guard instance.When users navigate to a site, the extension checks the URL against a list of trusted sites defined by enterprise administrators. If the site is determined to be untrusted, the user is redirected to an isolated Microsoft Edge session. In the isolated Microsoft Edge session, the user can freely navigate to any site that has not been explicitly defined as trusted by their organization without any risk to the rest of system.Microsoft plans to extend the functionality by loading trusted sites opened in the Application Guard instance in the third-party browser.With our upcoming dynamic switching capability, if the user tries to go to a trusted site while in an isolated Microsoft Edge session, the user is taken back to the default browser.Closing WordsThe Windows Defender Application Guard extension is a useful browser extension for Enterprise environments in which supported third-party browsers are permitted. It seems less likely that it will see a lot of traction on Pro devices though due to the limitations.Now You: Do you use Application Guard or other browsing virtualization services?SummaryArticle NameA look at Windows Defender Application Guard extension for Firefox and ChromeDescriptionMicrosoft released the extension Windows Defender Application Guard for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox recently. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement