New Centre Another Step in Building Forestry of the Future

first_imgThousands of people working in Nova Scotia’s forestry industry will benefit from a new centre for cleaner energy, bioenergy and forestry innovation that will help the province’s forestry industry thrive in the future. Premier Darrell Dexter was in Brooklyn, Queens Co., today, Dec. 12, to announce the province will partner with Innovacorp, Emera and CelluFuel to transform the former Bowater Mersey mill into a centre that will drive new opportunities through innovation. “The former Bowater mill could be left to sit empty, with the equipment gathering dust,” said Premier Dexter. “I know there is plenty of life left in this mill, plenty of opportunity to develop new products not yet imagined, and to test and demonstrate technologies that will help bring those products to new and existing markets. “This centre will breathe new life and innovation into Nova Scotia’s changing forestry industry, and create opportunities for the good jobs Nova Scotia families rely on.” The centre will offer companies a research, development and demonstration site, and provide support for businesses of all sizes to make the most of the province’s forestry resources. Establishing this centre is in keeping with the province’s natural resources strategy, The Path We Share, jobsHere, and recommendations from the Bowater Transition Advisory Team. Innovacorp will provide advice and planning support, and use up to $500,000 in provincial funding to cover start-up costs such as developing a business plan, establishing key partnerships for research and technology development, and identifying partnership opportunities for public and private funding. Nova Scotia Lands, a Crown corporation, will oversee the industrial site. “We know firsthand at Innovacorp that there’s vibrant innovation and entrepreneurship happening all across Nova Scotia,” said Innovacorp interim CEO Jacquelyn Thayer Scott. “We are delighted to assist the new centre in accelerating the commercial development and business growth of the technology companies that will call it home.” Emera has signed on as the centre’s first tenant, with a commitment to invest at least $1 million over the next five years. This follows an announcement earlier this week that Emera will purchase Brooklyn Power from the province. “Emera has a long history of investing in Queens County and we are pleased to be able to sign on today as the first tenant in this new facility,” said Emera president and CEO Chris Huskilson. “The centre will provide the opportunity for Emera to invest in research and development and find innovative ways for the Acadian Forest to continue to play a role in the Nova Scotia economy and in our clean, renewable energy future.” CelluFuel, a Nova Scotia company focused on commercializing renewable fuels in Eastern Canada and the United States, will also use the centre. The province is adding to a $500,000 private-sector investment in CelluFuel with $500,000 to help the company deploy technology to turn Nova Scotia woody biomass into renewable diesel fuel. “We are excited about the creation of this new centre at the former Bowater Mill site and the economic development opportunities that it will enable,” said CelluFuel president Chris Hooper. “Having a platform such as this in Nova Scotia is a critical component in the commercial development of clean and renewable energy companies such as ours.” The clean and renewable energy sector is growing rapidly. The United States will need 22 billion gallons of biofuels in 10 years, up from four million today, and 30 of the Fortune 100 companies invest in bioenergy and bio-based products. Region of Queens Municipality Mayor Christopher Clarke welcomed the news, noting the centre’s potential to support innovation locally and beyond. “I would like to thank the province for this bold step forward. It’s great to see the Bowater lands being put to productive use,” said Mayor Clarke. “We are excited to see Emera as the owner of Brooklyn Power. It will ensure its future and the region of Queens has a long, strong relationship with Emera and Nova Scotia Power. Developing an innovation centre at the mill site is a farsighted and courageous move, and one which we support.” Work to set up the new centre will begin immediately. “Nova Scotia’s forestry industry is changing, and we have to change with it,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “Our forests are a renewable resource, one that can be with us for generations. Innovation and research will play a big part, and this centre, and our partners, will be instrumental in that.” “Our jobsHere plan calls for more focus on innovation to help grow Nova Scotia’s economy,” said Premier Dexter. “Innovation in our forestry industry will be a key part of protecting and creating jobs, now and in the future.” The province recently purchased the thermo-mechanical pulp mill as part of its agreement with Resolute Forest Products and the Washington Post Company.last_img read more

PSGs AlKhelaifi charged in Qatar athletics graft probe

first_imgParis: Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi was on Thursday charged with corruption in the bidding process for this year’s world athletics championships in Doha, judicial sources said. Al-Khelaifi, who is also the boss of Qatari television channel BeIn Sports, has been under investigation since March in connection with the bidding process for the 2017 and the 2019 world championships. Another BeIn executive, Yousef Al-Obaidly, a PSG board member, is also under investigation by French justice over the awarding of the 2019 worlds to Qatar. Doha lost out to London to stage the 2017 worlds but beat off opposition to host this year’s event from Eugene in the United States and Barcelona. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunAl-Khelaifi was informed of his “mis en examen”, a French legal term that has no direct equivalent in the American or British legal systems but roughly translates as being charged, by letter. He was unable to attend a May 16 court hearing as he was in Qatar for the Cup final. The French term does not automatically trigger a trial but means that prosecutors believe there is strong or corroborated evidence of wrongdoing. The magistrates are looking specifically at two payments of 3.5 million in 2011 by Oryx Qatar Sports Investment, a company jointly owned by Al-Khelaifi and his brother Khalid, to a sports marketing firm run by Papa Massata Diack. His father Lamine Diack was formerly president of the IAAF, the world athletics governing body, and a member of the International Olympic Committee. As well as probing the world athletics championships the French investigation is also examining circumstances in which the Olympic Games were awarded to Rio de Janeiro for 2016 & Tokyo for 2020.last_img read more

Philippe Couillard leaves politics with plea for tolerance of minorities

first_imgQUEBEC – Outgoing Quebec premier Philippe Couillard made an impassioned plea for the respect of minority rights Thursday as he announced he is leaving politics following the Liberals’ election defeat.“The majority does not have all the rights, and those that it exercises must be compensated by a protection of those of minorities,” he said in the foyer of the national assembly in Quebec City. “It is a fundamental democratic principle.”The message seemed squarely aimed at Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec, which swept to power Monday on a platform promising a hard line on religious symbols in the public service and immigration.It was toward the end of Couillard’s roughly 10-minute speech, that he said he wanted to speak about “our freedoms.”“Over the course of our 400 years of history, we have defended them, sometimes to the point of ultimate sacrifice,” he said. “They are contained in the Quebec and Canadian charters of rights and freedoms. They are precious and therefore fragile. Let’s take good care of them.”He quoted the French author Amin Maalouf, who said the treatment of minorities is “one of the surest indicators of moral progress, or of regression.” Couillard said Quebec must remain “an inclusive society where all are invited to the table, a place where humans are judged for what is in their heads, their hearts, for what they have to contribute.”He made the announcement alongside his wife Suzanne Pilote, who put her arm around him as he choked up at one point. He was greeted by a long ovation and cries of his name from the Liberal candidates and staffers present.“The unequivocal general election result, even after a mandate that was marked by a recovery and a historic revival of Quebec, leads me to make this decision,” Couillard said. “The desire for change was clearly expressed, so we must accept the consequences.”Elected premier in 2014, Couillard served one mandate before his Liberals were swept from office by the Coalition.The 61-year-old neurosurgeon had campaigned on his government’s economic record, pointing to four consecutive balanced budgets and a thriving Quebec economy. But he led a party that had been in power for 13 of the past 15 years, and voters were thirsty for change.The Coalition presented itself as the key to breaking the 50-year grip of the federalist Liberals and sovereigntist Parti Quebecois on Quebec politics. It also capitalized on identity issues, promising to reduce immigration, impose French and values tests on new arrivals and prohibit public servants in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols.In Montreal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lauded the staunchly federalist Couillard, saying “service to his community and his country is at the heart of who he is.”Trudeau again took aim at the Coalition’s plans to prohibit religious symbols for such public servants as police officers, judges, prison guards and teachers.“I don’t think any state should be dictating what people wear or don’t wear,” Trudeau told reporters. “I think it’s something that we’ve clearly stated. Defending people’s rights and freedoms is core to, certainly, what I believe in and what my party and my government believes in, so we will continue to make that very clear.”Couillard repeated his election night boast that he was leaving the province in “much better shape” than he found it when he took office.“With a record to be envied and the result of the Oct. 1 election, after having put all my energy into the service of Quebec, remaining in politics in no matter what role is beyond what I feel humanly capable of doing,” he said.Couillard entered politics in 2003 and served as health minister in Jean Charest’s government from 2003 to 2008. He left politics in 2008 but returned to become Liberal leader five years later.On Twitter, Legault saluted Couillard’s contribution to Quebec public life. “Politics is demanding and requires courage, which commands respect,” he wrote.The Liberal caucus, reduced to 32 members Monday compared with 74 for the Coalition, will meet Friday to name an interim leader and set the groundwork for an eventual leadership race.— With files from Sidhartha BanerjeeNote to readers: Fixes spelling of Maalouflast_img read more

Senate examines Anishinabek Education Act

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN NewsA historic piece of federal legislation known as Bill C-61, the Anishinabek Education Act is making its way through the Senate before becoming law.On Tuesday, a Senate committee heard from First Nations leaders about the bill.afrancis@aptn.calast_img

UK regulator says Russias RT broke broadcasting rules

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s broadcasting regulator says Russian state-owned TV channel RT broke impartiality rules seven times after the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal.Skripal, a former Russian intelligence agent, and his daughter Yulia were left critically ill after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in the English city of Salisbury on March 4. They were eventually discharged from hospitalization.Britain says Russia poisoned the Skripals with a Soviet-made nerve agent. Russia denies involvement.Regulator Ofcom said Thursday that the seven breaches came in programs over a six-week period, mostly about the Skripal poisoning or the conflict in Syria. It said they “represent a serious failure of compliance with our broadcasting rules.”The regulator said it was considering a “statutory sanction,” which could range from a fine to a license suspension.The Associated Presslast_img read more

In repeat battle, candidates talk of restoring Faridabad’s glory

first_imgFaridabad: It is the repeat of 2014 Lok Sabha election as BJP candidate Kishan Pal Gurjar is once again will be seen competing against Avatar Singh Bhadana from Congress.In 2014, Gurjar won with the margin of 4.60 lakh votes, however, this time Bhadana who rejoined the Congress party feels that tides will turn against his rival. What has made the contest of Faridabad even more interesting is the entry of Naveen Jaihind, who will be fighting his second Lok Sabha election and Mandhir Maan of Bahujan Samaj Party, who is banking on a strong OBC vote. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderBhadana is raking up several local issues in the city that is plaguing the residents of Faridabad. Among the main issues that have been raised by Bhadana includes rising levels of air pollution in the city. “Faridabad today is among the most polluted cities not only in the country but in the world. There has been no effort by the government to tackle this challenge. In fact the apathy of the state, as well as the central government, has resulted in the situation getting worse,” says Bhadana. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAnother issue raised by Bhadana is the increase in the number of cases of cancer from the Faridabad. It is important to note that in the official report submitted by the Haryana government in 2017 Faridabad topped in the number of deaths due to Cancer at 771. “The Agra canal this is the main source of supply of water to Faridabad today is fully toxic. It is the consumption of this contaminated water that is making us sick with deadly diseases like cancer. We will try to deal with this challenge,” said Bhadana. The 61-year-old Congress Lok Sabha candidate added that Faridabad as a city was developed by the Congress party which made into the successful industrial zone. However, the apathy by the BJP government in the last five years ensure that the growth in the South Haryana Lok Sabha seat. Admitting to the fact that Faridabad has lost to Gurugram and Noida due to the negligence of the previous governments, Kishan Pal Gurjar is vowing to bring the glory days of Faridabad back again. Among his major achievements, Gujjar assets that in his tenure the connectivity of Faridabad was improved that spurred the industrial growth again. He also highlighted that he had also worked towards improving the public health and education systems in the city. Gurjar assured that his priorities will be to complete all the pending projects which once completed will speed up the progress in Faridabad. Naveen Jaihind of AAP who filed his nomination on April 23 is banking on the support of the middle class and the working class electorate. On Wednesday, Naveen Jaihind approached the advocates of district courts of Faridabad and asked for their support in electing him to the parliament. Jaihind in 2014 had contested from Rohtak Lok Sabha constituency which is also his hometown. He lost to Deepinder Singh Hooda of Congress. Founded in the 17th century by Sheik Farid, the treasurer of Mughal ruler Jehangir, Faridabad is a major industrial hub. It is the second most populated city after Gururgam. There are a total of 17 lakh voters. The major segment of voters includes two lakh Gujjars, 2.8 lakh Jats. 1.5 lakh Meos and 4 lakh voters from SC/ST category. Though Faridabad has bagged the smart city tag and Rs 400 crore funds, the work on the ground is moving at a snail’s pace. Critics, including MLAs from rival political parties, are vocal about his failures and inadequacies. Out of the nine assembly segments in Faridabad Lok Sabha constituency, only three are represented by the ruling BJP legislators. Badkhal, Ballabhgarh and Faridabad are represented by BJP MLAs, Seema Trikha, Mool Chand, and Vipul Goel, respectively. The rest six are represented by the INLD (Hathin and Faridabad NIT), the Congress (Palwal, Tigaon and Hodal) and the BSP (Prithla).last_img read more

UN helps TimorLeste avoid long reach of global food crisis

14 May 2008The United Nations is assisting Timor-Leste’s Government to keep the price of rice as low as possible as part of its efforts to minimize the impact of the global food crisis on the young and impoverished country. The United Nations is assisting Timor-Leste’s Government to keep the price of rice as low as possible as part of its efforts to minimize the impact of the global food crisis on the young and impoverished country. Worldwide, the price of rice has skyrocketed by 200 per cent in the past 12 months, surging from around 40 cents for one kilogram six months ago to about $1.20 to $1.30 today. To date, Timor-Leste has 7,500 tons of rice in stock, while it will import an additional 16,000 tons. “We estimate that these food stocks will last for the immediate foreseeable future,” said Finn Reske-Nielsen, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General. “This short-term solution will provide time for the Government to work on medium and long-term solutions.” The Government’s rice reserves and imports on the market have helped dampen price surges, with the current price hovering at around 50 to 60 cents per kilogram. “We do not see a danger of starvation in Timor-Leste,” Mr. Reske-Nielsen told reporters in Dili. “The Timorese have access to rice and other foods.” Nearly one-third of the rice consumed in the young nation, which the world body helped shepherd to independence in 2002, is grown in Timor-Leste, and it also produces maize and cassava. “Therefore there is no cause for alarm: the situation we are seeing elsewhere is not the situation we are seeing in Timor-Leste,” the Special Representative observed. read more

Lara says Sanga is the best

Lara also holds the record for the highest individual score in a test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004.[4] He is the only batsman to have ever scored a hundred, a double century, a triple century, a quadruple century and a quintuple century in first class games over the course of a senior career.Sangakkara, in his speech at the SLPL opening ceremony, said it was an honor to have played against Lara and recalled some of his most memorable moments with the legendary player who has now retired from the game. West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara says Kumar Sangakkara is, in his opinion, the best wicketkeeper batsman in the world.Giving the keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) 2012 at the Sugathadasa indoor stadium late this evening, Lara also said that Sri Lanka is now a formidable cricket team. He recalled how devastating the opening pair of Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana were in one day cricket and noted that they would have been even more devastating if they were a pair in Twenty20 cricket. Lara topped the Test batting rankings on several occasions and holds several cricketing records, including the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, which is the only quintuple hundred in first-class cricket history. Opening ceremony pics: read more

Windies Women start World Cup preparation with team bonding camp

Members of the West Indies Women’s team heading to the ICC Women’s World Cup in the United Kingdom will assemble for a brief camp, starting on Friday in Barbados, a release from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) stated.Head coach Vasbert Drakes said the focus of the camp will primarily be team bonding, as the side had not been together since last November in India.“We are eager to get the group together,” said Drakes. “It’s an exciting line-up of players with a balance of established players, a couple of returnees and a group of four new faces.“This camp will enable the team management unit to spend valuable time with the players and start to build the desire for success in the team, as they get ready to face the challenges of the World Cup.”Drakes added: “It will be a good opportunity for us to re-create the strong team culture that was a hallmark of our side over the last two years as we worked very hard to qualify for the Women’s World Cup.“We want to help the new players integrate, while rekindling the camaraderie and relationships with the familiar faces, so that there is a healthy team environment in which everyone can focus on performance and ultimately being successful at the World Cup.”In addition to team building activities, the members of the squad will also be part of player development sessions, as well as a series of physical assessments during the five-day camp which precedes the team’s departure next Wednesday.According to WICB, on arrival in the UK, the team will have a 17-day training camp in Southampton, including practice matches against an England Women’s XI on June 6 at Loughborough and the Southern Vipers on June 9 at the Ageas Bowl before moving to the city of Leicester for the formal start of the Women’s World Cup programme.“We will have almost a month in the UK prior to our opening game in the World Cup to get the team into game mode,” said Drakes.“We will spend that time trying to get acclimatised to the conditions and being purposeful in our build-up to the tournament, so that we can significantly improve on our past performances and prepare to take on the World.”The Windies Women were runners-up at the previous Women’s World Cup in India, when Australia Women claimed their sixth title with a 114-run victory at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.Stafanie Taylor’s side earned automatic qualification to the Women’s World Cup following their fourth place finish in the ICC Women’s Championship – a tournament contested between the top eight sides in the World over the last two years.SQUADStafanie Taylor (Captain)Merissa AguilleiraReniece BoyceShamilia ConnellShanel DaleyDeandra DottinAfy FletcherQuiana JosephKyshona KnightHayley MatthewsAnisa MohammedChedean NationAkeira PetersShakera SelmanFelicia Walters June26:                   Australia vs West Indies – Taunton29:                   West Indies vs India – TauntonJuly2:                     South Africa vs West Indies – Leicester6:                     New Zealand vs West Indies – Taunton9:                     West Indies vs Sri Lanka – Derby11:                   West Indies vs Pakistan – Leicester15:                   England vs West Indies – Bristol ICC WOMEN’S WORLD CUPSchedule of Matches – West Indies Women Final23:                   Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 – Lord’s, London Semi-finals18:                   Semi-final 1 – Bristol20:                   Semi-final 2 – Derby Team Management UnitVasbert Drakes (Head Coach)Ann Browne-John (Team Operations Manager)Ezra Moseley (Assistant Coach)Stuart Williams (Assistant Coach)Oba Gulston (Physiotherapist)Hector Martinez-Charles (Fitness Coordinator)Donald La Guerre (Performance Specialist)Trent Sargeant (Video Data Analyst)Adriel “Woody” Richard (Media Relations Coordinator) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSkipper Taylor says new approach critical for World CupJune 2, 2017In “latest news”Windies Women to have WC preparation camp in EnglandJanuary 9, 2017In “latest news”Drakes backs WI Women to extend dominationJune 23, 2016In “latest news” read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #LOWRY: Gardaí are examining tapes of a phone conversation involving Independent TD Michael Lowry in which he discusses payments made to a land agent. A transcript of the tapes first appeared in the Sunday Independent last month and the conversation was played in full on TV3′s The Vincent Browne Show last night. Michael Lowry denies any wrong-doing.2. #ARREST: A man has been arrested for wasting police time over the alleged abduction of property developer Kevin McGeever. McGeever, who had been missing for eight months, was found on a Leitrim road in January in a dishevelled state, amid reports that he had been kidnapped.3. #PRIORY HALL: The Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan has said it is likely that other housing estates have been built which have similar problems to the doomed Priory Hall development. In an interview with, the Minister of State said the ex-residents of the Donaghmede complex are “in a dreadful situation”.4. #CROKE PARK 2: Nurses will see their wages drop by 11 per cent under the new Croke Park agreement, while firefighters will see a fall of 3 per cent and Garda pay will decrease by 5 per cent, according to a study carried out by consulting actuaries. The INMO has called for the agreement to be rejected by its members.5. #RESTRAINTS: Physical restraints were used more than 3,000 times in one year on patients in mental health facilities around Ireland, according to new figures released by the Mental Health Commission.6. #IL PAPA: Pope Francis brushed off years of tradition and formality on his first day as head of the Roman Catholic Church by delivering a mass in Italian rather than Latin, paying his own hotel bill, and carrying his own luggage at a Vatican hotel.7. #IRAQ WAR: Men who served in the Iraq war for the UK are almost three times more likely to commit a violent offence than their civilian counterparts, according to a major study carried out by The Lancet to mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion.8. #SAMSUNG: The much-hyped Samsung Galaxy S4 phone, which is seen as a major rival to Apple’s iPhone, has been unveiled – and includes a feature which allows users to control the device with their eyes.9. #HOOKYLICIOUS: We’re not sure if you’re ready for this jelly, to be honest, but this has to be seen. George Hook, doing the Harlem Shake, thrusting slowly at the camera. You’re welcome. One Direction had a WILD night out in Dublin… sort of. The Dredge on>last_img read more

The XShot iPhone 4 Case Gives Your Phone a Camera Mount

first_imgMost cameras, digital or otherwise, have a standard screw-adapter on the bottom that you can use to mount the device to a tripod or extendable arm that makes taking photos a snap. Even a number of cell phones have the same adapter somewhere on the body. Not the iPhone 4, unfortunately – Apple would never approve of something like that on the iPhone’s chassis. Thankfully, the XShot Case for the iPhone 4 pulls double duty and protects your iPhone when you want to use it as a phone, but also has an attachment for the bottom-left and the bottom of the phone so you can easily screw your iPhone 4 onto a tripod or monopod for a little stability when taking photos or video with your phone. The adapter can be used in portrait or landscape mode, and if you prefer your phone without a case, you can easily slip it on or off when you want to use it. The XShot Case even comes with a small flexible tripod to get you started, or you can use the case with other popular stands like the Joby Gorillapod, for example. The XShot iPhone 4 Case will retail for $24.95, and should be available by the end of November, just in time for the holiday season. You can pre-order one now from their Web site.last_img read more

How much would it set you back to own Coppers Its the

first_img Image: Mark Stedman/ By Adam Daly 11 Comments 22,826 Views How much would it set you back to own Coppers? It’s the week in numbers Plus: The increase in residential property prices. EVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.4,000: The number of years that Irish bog butter dates back. 1,500 years longer than previously thought. 737: The number of death row inmates granted temporary reprieve after California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to block the death penalty in his state.€40 million: The estimated price that Dublin Nightclub Coppers will go on the market for. 12: The number of years that radio DJ Jenny Greene had spent at RTÉ before announcing her departure from 2FM this week. 17%: The increase in the numbers of arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs in the first two months of 2019 compared to the same period last year.100: The number of asylum seekers who have been relocated from a hotel in Co Monaghan to make rooms available ahead of Ireland’s tourist season.3.5: The percentage increase in grocery sales over the latest retail period thanks, in part, to a bumper Valentine’s trade which saw the sale of traditional gifts surge. 70%: The uptake rate of the HPV vaccine according to the HSE, marking an increase of 20 percentage points in just over two years.  1,700: The number of buildings in Dublin that are waiting for protected status from Dublin City Council, recently released figures show.  1: The number of approved candidates on the ballot in North Korea’s recent election – Kim Jong Un.40: The number of taser discharges not reported by gardaí to Gsoc within the required 48-hour timeframe. 5.6: The percentage increase in residential property prices in the space of a year.  Saturday 16 Mar 2019, 7:00 PM Image: Mark Stedman/ Mar 16th 2019, 7:00 PM Share2 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

ACCC sues Apple over iPad 4G claims

first_imgApple is in yet another legal battle, this time with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, who is calling out the tech giant over its potentially misleading claims of 4G capabilities on the new iPad. The third generation iPad comes with the ability to connect to 4G or long-term evolution networks in the 700MHz or 2100MHz spectrum band. Australia’s only 4G network at the moment is provided by Telstra, which uses it’s former 2G spectrum band of 1800MHz. The problem came up when Apple started promoting the “Wi-Fi + 4G” feature on the iPad, giving consumers the impression that if they have the latest iPad, they can connect to a 4G mobile data network as long as they have a SIM card. Some retailers are already informing consumers of the limitations of the new iPad, and the ACCC is urging iPad buyers to make themselves aware of the device’s limitations in Australia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Tastes of Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Continuing with their presence at Australia’s largest international food and hospitality exhibition, 12 Greek companies took part in this years Fine Food Australia, held at Sydney Convention Exhibition Centre, from 9 to 12 September. The event, annually alternating between Sydney and Melbourne, is the leading trade mark for the food industry in Australia and place where importers and exporters are able to meet one-on-one and discover new business opportunities, as the exhibition is reaching out not only to Oceania, but also to Southeast Asian markets. Drawing the attention of thousands of trade buyers visiting the convention, the Greek pavilion showcased 12 export companies. The products exhibited by Greek companies were traditional Greek products coupled with innovative flavours suitable to attract the palate of Australian consumers – table olives, olive oil with different flavours, balsamic vinegar, feta cheese, cream cheese, halva products, dried fruits, roe, appetizers, table wines, liqueurs and soft drinks. The Hellenic Export Promotion Organization (HEPO) has already declared its participation for 2014 Fine Food Australia. “With the successful presence in the Australian market we showed that a new generation of Greek certified quality food meets all the requirements for entry and retention in the Australian market, can meet the needs of the new generation of consumers and high standard of living. We made these steps, with expectations that the third generation expatriates will follow the introduction of our products to the everyday meals of Greeks and Australians,” president and chief executive of HEPO, Alkiviadis Kalampokis said. Fine Food Australia returns to Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre next year, from 15 to 18 September 2014.last_img read more

Les opérations de la cataracte continueront à seffectuer dans les établissements de

first_imgLes opérations de la cataracte continueront à s’effectuer dans les établissements de santéFrance – Si les opérations de la cataracte s’effectuent toujours au sein de blocs opératoires, la rumeur prétendait qu’elles pourraient bientôt avoir lieu dans les cabinets médicaux. La Haute autorité de santé (HAS) dément : il faudra toujours se rendre en établissement de santé pour se faire opérer.Principal argument de ceux qui veulent voir des opérations de la cataracte s’effectuer en cabinet : le faible risque d’infections. Mais cela ne suffit pas pour la HAS, qui estime que ce type d’intervention doit se poursuivre dans les blocs opératoires, expliquant que ces derniers constituent “le seul environnement garantissant actuellement un niveau d’asepsie adapté”.Si les infections sont rares lors de ce type d’interventions, une éventuelle infection a cependant pour risque principal d’entraîner une cécité, ce qui n’est pas négligeable. Et Le Point de rappeler que 600.000 opérations de la cataracte ont lieu chaque année dans notre pays, notamment auprès des personnes âgées. Les opérations en cabinet de ville avaient été envisagées par la Sécurité sociale.Le 21 octobre 2010 à 16:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Lélectricité statique transforme les toiles daraignées en véritables pièges mouvants

first_imgL’électricité statique transforme les toiles d’araignées en véritables pièges mouvants Des chercheurs américains ont montré expérimentalement que les fils des toiles d’araignées pouvaient être littéralement attirés par les insectes, chargés d’électricité statique après avoir volé : un gage d’efficacité supplémentaire pour le piège tendu aux proies par l’arachnide.En volant, le corps des insectes se charge d’électricité statique que ces derniers, comme l’ont montré des études antérieures, utilisent d’ailleurs parfois pour communiquer entre eux. Mais ce phénomène n’a pas que des avantages. En effet, revers de la médaille : cette électricité a aussi le pouvoir de faire réagir les fils de soie des toiles tendues par les araignées pour attraper leurs proies.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est ce que viennent de prouver deux scientifiques qui publient leurs travaux dans la revue Scientific Reports. Pour en arriver là, Victor Manuel Ortega-Jimenez et Robert Dudley, du Department of Integrative Biology de l’Université de Californie à Berkeley, ont opéré dans un environnement isolé des champs électriques et ont fait chuter divers insectes fraîchement tués sur une toile d’araignée recueillie récemment à proximité du laboratoire. Le tout sous l’objectif d’une caméra vidéo à haut débit.Les images montrent que des brins de soie de la toile, en particulier les filaments flexibles disposés en spirale autour du centre de celle-ci, effectuaient une flexion vers tout insecte chargé d’électricité statique. Un déplacement des fils qui peut se faire sur une distance atteignant 2 mm. D’après les chercheurs, ce mouvement “d’attraction” se produit à une vitesse approchant parfois les 2 mètres par seconde, soit près de 7 km/h. Ceci permettrait donc de rendre la toile bien plus efficace pour piéger d’éventuelles proies. Les insectes non chargés électriquement, en revanche, n’ont provoqué aucun mouvement des fils de soie. Le 7 juillet 2013 à 15:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE attendance 115120 NXT live events TV tapings

first_img WWE attendance figures from January 15 to January 20, 2015.* 1/15 NXT TV tapings in Winter Park, Florida: 400 fans. (sellout)* 1/16 live event in St. Louis, Missouri: 5,300 fans.* 1/16 NXT live event in Tampa, Florida: 275 fans. (sellout)* 1/17 live event in Las Vegas, Nevada: 5,000 fans.* 1/17 live event in Abilene, Texas: 3,500 fans.* 1/17 NXT live event in Jacksonville, Florida: 150 fans.* 1/18 live event in Houston, Texas: 5,000 fans.* 1/19 RAW taping in Dallas, Texas: 12,000 fans.* 1/20 Smackdown/Main Event tapings in Austin, Texas: 5,500 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter SPOILER: Participants in the WWE World Title tournament WWE World Title tournament kicks off on tonight’s 11/9 RAW SPOILERS: 11/9 WWE Superstars tapings from Manchester Twitter Google+center_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

VIDEO Wilmington Library Holds Pet Show

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Memorial Library held its First Annual Pet Show on Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30pm. More than a dozen pets participated. Owners introduced their pets, discussed their likes & dislikes, showed off a few tricks, and walked them down the runaway.  The event was hosted by Assistant Children’s Librairan Victoria Oatis.Watch the pet show, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Library’s Fall Youth Events BrochureIn “Community”VIDEO: Wilmington Library Holds Successful End Of Summer BashIn “Videos”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”last_img read more

Virat Kohli Mithali Raj and co team up in mixed gender match

first_img#ChallengeAccepted official websiteIndian captain Virat Kohli is set to team up with other Indian captains Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur to in a bid to break the gender barrier in cricket by participating in a mixed gender T20 match. Royal Challenge recently launched #ChallengeAccepted, a campaign featuring the three aforementioned and Veda Krishnamurthy advertising for a T20 match featuring both genders on the field challenging each other.In the advertisement, the cricketers can be seen talking about a day when there will be equality. The cricketers are asking the audience to broaden their mental horizon because a day is coming when the women and men will be competing beside and against each other on the cricket field. The progressive video talks about a new beginning while showing Harmanpreet shatter a glass ceiling with a lofted on drive.The video concluded with the four cricketers coming together to say that they accept the challenge to unite genders in the sport of cricket. The video made by Royal Challenge is asking fans of Indian cricket to support the first ever mixed gender T20 match that the brand will organize with women cricketers and the Royal Challengers Bangalore team.Talking about the initiative, RCB skipper Kohli said, “Be it men or women, cricket is one game and I want to urge the fans to break the boundaries that exist in their mind that divides the sport by gender. Equality in sports is ultimately a reflection of equality in life and if we want a better tomorrow then we need to say #ChallengeAccepted and start breaking down all stereotypes.”Captain of the Indian women’s ODI team, Mithali Raj also lent her support to the campaign while talking about the disparity between the two genders. “Over the recent years, women’s cricket has made a lot of progress in terms of earning respect from fans and experts but the playing field is still not equal and the true difference are seen when there is parity in opportunities, salaries, coverage and fan support,” Mithali said. Mithali (R) and Harmanpreet (L) at a felicitation ceremony in New DelhiIANSIndia’s big-hitting talisman Harmanpreet said, “People say that women and men’s cricket is not equal because we are not able to face the same challenges on-field. To all those fans, I want to say that neither does the idea of facing a ball at 150 kmph daunt me, nor do I worry about the size of the stadium while hitting a boundary. The start to making cricket one game will come from fans saying Challenge Accepted and breaking the barriers in their mind.”While Veda added, “If we want a world tomorrow where girls start looking at professional cricket as a real career option then we need to begin to change the game today. If we don’t put women and men cricketers on the same field then fans are not going to see it as one game, hence we are saying #ChallengeAccepted and asking the nation to support the mixed gender match that Royal Challenge Sports Drink is planning.”The date, venue and other such details are yet to be announced but one can support the cause online by voting on this website.last_img read more

Tk 55b Janata Bank scam exposed this time

first_imgJanata BankThe country’s banking sector has been plagued by yet another scam as state-owned Janata Bank has provided loan and banking facilities worth Tk 55 billion to a single borrower in six years.Benefitted from such ‘facilities’ beyond legally permissible limit, Md. Yunus (Badal) has emerged as the owner of 22 enterprises during the Awami League regime, reveals an investigation.This Janata Bank episode is found to be the biggest loan scam involving one person who was blessed with patronisation of more than one minister, and ruling party union leaders.This, say bankers, is also another major case of swindling public money deposited with banks after the Sonali Bank’s Hall-Mark and BASIC Bank loan scams, thanks to the nexus of powerful people.The Hall-Mark loan fraud involved more than Tk 40 billion and BASIC Bank loan scam was worth Tk 45 billion. Also, in the world’s largest cyber heist in 2016, the country lost US$81 million of Bangladesh Bank’s foreign exchange reserve money deposited with New York’s Federal Reserve Bank.The Janata Bank client, Yunus (Badal), cannot repay the loan now, bank managers told Prothom Alo.Investigations confirm that the Janata Bank’s boards of directors, appointed by the government, had disbursed the disproportionately high amount of loan from one particular branch, exhausting its capacity to disburse loans to other clients.Immediate past chairman of Janata Bank Sheikh Md. Wahid-Uz-Zaman denied his involvement in the loan disbursement. “They sought more loans in favour of various organisations but I did not endorse these. The major part of this loan was disbursed during the tenure of the previous chairman,” he told Prothom Alo.Wahid-Uz-Zaman’s predecessor and an economics professor at Dhaka University Abul Barkat said, “His (Mr Badal’s) companies are very good. They also repaid properly. They don’t belong to one person as documents show. That is why they received such amount of loans.”Bakat’s name is mentioned as a patron by a few sources.The investigation finds that  the client neither paid the dues of letters of credit opened for importing raw materials nor repaid the cash capital taken for running day-to-day activities of the companies.Yunus Badal is the managing of Anontex Group, the mother company of most of the entities that received the loans. The group’s main business are manufacturing of textiles products and exporting readymade garments.”As many as 22 companies were set up with the entire money. And they are of international standard,” Yunus Badal said while talking to Prothom Alo at its office.Janata Bank is now concerned about the loanOfficial documents show, Anontex Group opened its loan account with the Shantinagar branch of Janata Bank in 2004 and due to its capacity constraint to pay higher amount, it was transferred to Janata Bhaban corporate branch in 2008. Disbursement of huge amount of loans for the new companies of Yunus Badal began in 2010 and most of the said loans were disbursed at random between 2010 and 2015.Only Sonali Bank’s Sheraton Hotel branch disbursed an abnormally high amount — Tk 35 billion — to Hall-Mark Group in 2011, a scam that put the state-owned bank in peril.Manager of the Janata Bank corporate branch since March 2017 Ahmed Shahnur Rahman said, “The branch has lost all its capacity to disburse loans. We’re now running after the client to recover the money.”Janata Bank can at best disburse loans amounting to Tk 7.5 billion or 25 per cent of its paid-up capital worth Tk 29.7 billion to single client, according to rules. The loan disbursed to Yunus (Badal) is double the capital.Former governor of Bangladesh Bank Salehuddin Ahmed observed that the bank’s huge exposure to a single borrower put it at risk. “The central bank may look into the entire matter to ascertain why it happened,” he added.The central bank had in 2015 approved a proposal for restructuring of Tk 19 billion of the Anontex Group. Despite non-repayment of loans still, the bank’s board of directors last year gave the group special loan facilities and also rescheduled the loans.Managing director of the bank between 2008 and 2014, SM Aminur Rahman, denied his involvement in approving the loans. “The proposal came from the branch and the board endorsed it,” he said.Abdus Salam Azad, the corporate branch manager between 2011 and 2013, who is now the managing director of the Janata Bank, said claimed that no significant amount was disbursed during his tenure. He, however, mentioned that the Anontex authorities have been advised to reduce their loans, going to other banks to repay the money.The bank’s board of directors, on 17 January, asked the Anontex Group to approach other banks to clear the loans.Asked about this, Yunus Badal said his group was facing ‘a bit of financial difficulties’ as the Janata Bank stopped financing it. Eight of his companies are trying to arrange loans from other banks and he is optimistic that everything would be normal by next June.”A senior ‘brother’ at the Bangladesh Bank is looking after the matter. He raised no objection to the loan,” said Yunus Badal.Sources in the bank said he has donated huge sum of money to a trust fund floated by union leader Rafiqul Islam who is constructing a mosque in Gopalpur, Tangail. Rafiqul Islam said Yunus Badal is providing tiles worth Tk 1 billion while the Anontex owner said the amount would be Tk 250 million maximum.Former deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank Ibrahim Khaled wondered how the bank gave more than Tk 50 billion to a single borrower. “Definitely there are big fish behind such an act. The central bank has proved its failure in dealing with this. So, financial intelligence and ACC must be engaged to dig out the truth.”*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Khawaza Main Uddin.last_img read more