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India signs civil nuclear deal with South Korea

first_imgIndia on Monday signed a civil nuclear cooperation deal with South Korea, allowing a framework for Korean companies to participate in atomic power plant projects in the country.The agreement was signed after a meeting between President Pratibha Patil with her South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-Bak.South Korea has become the ninth country which had signed nuclear agreement with India after it got the waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) in 2008.The others are the US, France, Russia, Canada, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Argentina and Namibia, an official said.South Korea operates 20 nuclear plants that generate some 35 per cent of its electricity needs, and is keen to export its technology to fast developing countries like India.”The two countries have just concluded and signed a bilateral agreement on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy,” said Sanjay Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs.”It is like other civil nuclear agreements signed between India and other countries. We look forward to Republic of Korea for becoming one more partner in the development of civil nuclear energy in India,” the official said without divulging further details on the agreement and its mandate but termed the deal as a “win-win” for both the nations.Both India and South Korea decided to start talks on civil nuclear cooperation during a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and South Korean President Lee on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Hanoi in October last year.The nuclear agreement was signed by Dr Srikumar Banerjee, Secretary Department of Atomic Energy and Kim Sung Hwan, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea.advertisementEarlier, Patil and her South Korean counterpart Lee held a 20-minute restrictive meeting followed by a delegation level talks for over an hour at ‘Blue House’, official residence of Korean President.Patil is on a week-long tour of Korea and Mongolia.Besides the agreement on nuclear cooperation, the two sides also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on media exchanges and another agreement on administrative arrangements to provide social security to people working in India and Korea.The MoU on media was signed by Singh and Choung Byoung-gug, Minister for Culture, Sports and Tourism.The third agreement for administrative arrangements for social security was signed by Skand Ranjan Tayal, Ambassador of India to South Korea and Chin Soo Hea, Minister of Health and Welfare.Briefing the media on the deliberations between the two Presidents, Singh said both the countries also discussed the expansion of defence cooperation.”Increased naval and coast guard cooperation was a possibility that was touched upon in the discussions. They deliberated on issues pertaining to co-production of defence equipment, transfer of technology and joint Research and Development,” the Secretary said.”They also discussed the possibilities of cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. India looks forward to once again launching Korean satellites on Indian rockets,” Singh quoting Patil as saying to the President Lee adding that “our facilities are of high quality and are available at competitive price.”Patil also invited Korean companies to invest in India and explore business opportunities.”Rashtrapatiji conveyed to President Lee that the investment environment in India is improving rapidly and invited more Korean companies to invest in India and make it their base for manufacturing operations including for export to third countries,” Singh said.She pointed out that Indian pharmaceuticals and IT services are of high quality and requested the government of Republic of Korea (ROK) to enhance market access for these Indian products in the Korean market.Both the Presidents agreed to encourage greater people-to-people exchanges and stressed to start more direct flights between India and South Korea.”For this purpose, we have to amend our Civil Aviation Agreement so as to grant each other’s carriers fifth freedom rights. They agreed to do this soon,” the official said.They also talked about India’s proposal of revival of Nalanda University besides discussing regional and national issues.”They decided to increase cooperation and coordination in the East Asia summit process and also the issues pertaining to Asia pacific,” he said.Patil will leave for Mongolia on July 27.The visit to both the east Asian nations is part of the country’s ‘Look East Policy’ to further mutual cooperation.Patil also offered floral tributes to a bust of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore near here on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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3-day Travel and Tourism Fair opens

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 12 (PTI) The three-day Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF), themed on Sustainability and Responsible Tourism, today opened at the Thyagraj sports complex here.The event features over 205 exhibitions from 25 states and 13 countries displaying tourist destinations and latest trends in the sector, said Sanjiv Agarwal, organiser of TTF 2016.The fairs first day was reserved for travel and trade representatives and it will be opened for public from 3 pm on Saturday.TTF, in its 27th year of inception, is themed on Sustainability and Responsible Tourism this year. It is organised in 10 major cities of the country every year. PTI VIT PRM SC PRMlast_img

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Need to produce something special to beat India at home: Ross Taylor

first_imgRoss Taylor said that New Zealand will have to produce something special to beat India in India for the first time when they take on the home side in a three-match series.When asked about the recent trend of visiting teams finding it difficult to beat home sides, Taylor said that it was difficult to find out one particular reason behind it.”I don’t know if there is one particular reason. If you referring to India, they are just a very good team and it is hard to beat them at home. In terms of overseas victory for us, we have not won a lot of series, we have won Tests overseas but series have been hard to come by. But that is the challenge of Test cricket. Hope we play good cricket here,” said Taylor on eve of the team’s three-day warm-up match against Mumbai at the Feroz Shah Kotla.The biggest challenge for Taylor and other batsmen will be to tackle the quality Indian spinners. Asked about his plans to tackle the spinners, Taylor said sticking to his strengths will be the key and the sweep shot will come in handy. (Also read: Spinners will decide outcome of India-New Zealand Test series: Gautam Gambhir)”The sweep shot is something that I played a lot at the start of my career, it is also something I tried to get away from, especially in Tests, but anytime you play in the sub-continent, you have have got to be able to play sweep or a cut shot. We have talked about it in the team sessions. But it is not everyone’s strength to play sweep. For somebody like a Brendon (McCullum), it was not the sweep shot, it was the reverse sweep shot that he played with success to put the pressure back on the bowler.”advertisement”We have players who can play reverse sweep. So, we got to see what happens and play to your strengths,” added Taylor referring to McCullum’s 225 in Hyderabad in 2010.There is nothing new about teams taking advantage of home conditions, something that is likely to be seen in the upcoming series. To negate the advantage, is abolishing toss a good option? (Also read: India have the edge over New Zealand, England and Australia: Muralitharan)”I played county cricket this summer (where there was no toss and visiting teams got to pick). I guess it was for teams to stop producing a favorable wicket. Everyone has been talking about the South Africa series (in India), the games were over pretty quickly. Once again it is not for me to speculate, what the wicket is going to be.” They always do turn over here, whether it is day one day three.”Coming back to toss, it was a bit of a success in England. But I still feel it has a place in cricket.”The veteran batsman also commented on the aggressive brand of cricket India are displaying at the moment:”I think all teams are playing aggressive cricket. Anytime you play in India, it is a challenge.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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We deserved a result, says Jeakson Singh

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 10 (PTI) Jeakson Singh Thanoujam says India “deserved a result” in their favour after his bullet header against Colombia became the countrys first-ever goal in any FIFA World Cup.Playing in their second FIFA U-17 World Cup game against Colombia, debutants India had the fancied South American nation at their mercy on more than two occasions in front of more than 46,000 vociferous crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.Indias glorious moment arrived when Jeakson headed in a perfect Sanjeev Stalin corner in the 82nd minute.”It was a nice experience and I felt on cloud nine when I scored the goal, however we tried our best but were unlucky. It is obviously a great feeling to score for my country in a FIFA World Cup but it would have been sweeter had we won the match. To me in fact it does not even matter as long as we score.”We deserved a result, and we tried our very best to get it, but in the process we learnt a huge lesson what international football is all about,” the 16-year-old Jeakson, who plays as a midfielder, said.His joy last night was rather short-lived as Colombia took the lead a minute later and made it 2-1.Jeakson, a defensive midfielder in the 21-member Indian team, hails from from Haokha Mamang village in Manipurs Thoubal district. His father Konthoujam Deben Singh suffered a stroke in 2015 and had to leave his job with the Manipur police.His family is now dependent on the meagre income brought by his mother from selling vegetables at the Khwairamband Bazar in Imphal, 25km from her home.advertisementJeakson had to face the disappointment of being rejected by the national selectors in 2015 when he was with an academy in Chandigarh.At nearly six feet, he was called unnaturally tall for a boy of that age, according to former coach Nicolai Adam.But his indomitable will brought him back into the Indian team for the U-17 World Cup.He will go down in the Indian sporting history as the one who gave unbridled joy to millions with a strike that will be etched in memory. PTI AH PM PMlast_img read more

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Moto E5, Moto E5 Plus launched: Full specs, key features, price and everything you need to know

first_imgAfter the Moto G6 and G6 Play last month, Motorola on Tuesday announced the Moto E5 Plus in India. The phone aims to attract consumers looking for an entertainment-focused device that lasts long. The Moto E5 Plus highlights a tall full-screen 18:9 display and a massive battery to keep you entertained.At the event, Motorola also announced the Moto E5, which slots below the Moto E5 Plus. Both the phones are Motorola’s entry-level offerings that look to attract budget consumers looking for a premium design with an appealing 18:9 display. Here’s what both the phones bring to the table.Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus specifications:Display: The Moto E5 Plus sports a tall 6-inch HD+ (720×1440) IPS LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The Moto E5 Plus brings a smaller 5.7-inch HD+ display with a similar 18:9 aspect ratio.Processor: Powering the Moto E5 Plus is an octa-core Snapdragon 430 chipset, while the Moto E5 gets a Snapdragon 425 SoCRAM: The Moto E5 Plus comes with 3GB of RAM and is the only memory option on offer. The Moto E5 will be offered with 2GB of RAM only.Internal storage: 32GB of internal storage will be offered with the Moto E5 Plus, which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The Moto E5, on the other hand gets only 16GB of internal storage.Rear camera: The Moto E5 Plus gets a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.25 micron pixels, LED Flash, PDAF and Laser Autofocus. The Moto E5 gets a 13-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash.advertisementFront camera: The front camera on the Moto E5 Plus gets an 8-megapixel selfie sensor with f/2.2 aperture and selfie flash, while the Moto E5 gets a 5-megapixel sensor.Software: Both the Moto E5 Plus and Moto E5 run a near stock Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-boxBattery: The biggest highlight of the Moto E5 Plus is its massive 6,000mAh battery which promises up to days of battery life. It also supports TurboPower charging with a 15W charger bundled with the phone. The Moto E5 gets a smaller 4,000mah battery.Connectivity: Both the phones support 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4GHz + 5GHz, Wi-Fi Hotspot, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.2, and Dual SIM support.Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus key features:– Both the Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus bring a new design language for the Moto E-series. Like the Moto G6, the Moto E5 duo bring 18:9 displays with narrow bezels all around. Notably, the Moto E5 Plus brings a tall 6-inch HD+ LCD display that looks to provide an immersive viewing experience.– The Moto E5 Plus also brings a premium looking design with a glossy finish on the back that reflects light to form wavy pattern. Unlike the Moto G6, however, The E5 Plus gets polycarbonate shell to keep the phone’s weight in check.– The biggest highlight of the Moto E5 Plus is its massive 5,000mAh battery that promises up to one and a half day of battery on a full charge. As the company is touting an entertainment-focused experience, a huge battery will guarantee the phone will not die on you easily.– Both the phones run a near stock Android 8.0 Oreo software out-of-the-box, which means you’ll get a phone that’s light with very few preloaded apps and bloatware. It stands as a good alternative for users who do not wish to buy a phone with a heavy skin on top.Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus India price and availabilityMotorola has announced that the Moto E5 Plus India price at Rs 11,999 in India. The phone will be offered only in a 3GB + 32GB configuration and in black and gold colours. Meanwhile, the Moto E5 comes in a 2GB + 16GB configuration and is priced at Rs 9,999. The Moto E5 Plus will be available exclusively on Amazon India and Moto Hub stores across India. The Moto E5 will be available via Moto Hub stores, offline retail stores and Amazon India.For the Moto E5 Plus, Motorola is offering a flat Rs 8,000 discount via SBI Bank cards, No Cost EMI up to 9 months, 130GB additional data for Jio customers and Rs 1000 on exchange on Amazon India. The Moto E5 will also come with Jio benefits and cashback worth Rs 1200 if you buy the device at a Moto Hub store using Paytm mall app.last_img read more

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3rd ODI: Bairstow hits hundred as England chase down 359 runs in 45 overs vs Pakistan

first_imgJonny Bairstow’s magnificent century helped England make light work of chasing down a whopping 359-run target to beat Pakistan by six wickets in the third one-day international in Bristol on Tuesday as they took a 2-0 series lead.Pakistan’s 358-8 on a flat pitch under blue skies looked to have given the tourists a fair chance of victory but it proved woefully inadequate as Bairstow led the England charge.He smashed 128 from 93 balls after sharing a 159-run first wicket stand with Jason Roy, launching the hosts to their second-highest successful ODI run chase.So easy did England make it look that a score of more than 400 would have been within their compass as there were still 5.1 overs left when skipper Eoin Morgan struck the victory run.Jonny and Jason were brilliant: Morgan”Extremely proud, we felt that was on par, and Jonny and Jason were brilliant,” Morgan, who will lead England as favourites into the World Cup on home soil, said.”When guys perform like this it builds confidence, for looking ahead, it builds confidence in the group.”Absolutely brutal hitting from @jbairstow21!!Scorecard/Videos: https://t.co/fLCRDdOOpc#EngvPak pic.twitter.com/dVlKMriNgMEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) May 14, 2019England had made 373 in their victory at Southampton at the weekend and once again showed the formidable firepower which will make them the team to beat in the looming tournament.Openers Roy and Bairstow began tucking into the Pakistan attack with relish, racking up 74 from the first 10 overs and taking it to 159 in 17.3 overs.advertisementRoy struck four sixes in his 76 while Bairstow, making batting look ridiculously easy, belted 15 fours and five sixes before he was eventually bowled by Junaid Khan.Joe Root made a breezy 43 before Ben Stokes was joined by Moeen Ali to accelerate England towards victory.Stokes was run out for 37 but it was already a lost cause for Pakistan’s dispirited attack as England romped to the joint fifth-highest successful ODI run chase.England quick Chris Woakes had earlier reduced Pakistan to 27-2 with the wickets of Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam but opener Imam-ul-Haq hit a superb 151 to enable the visitors to post a big score for the second match in a row.They scored 361 in a losing cause at Southampton.The first ODI in the series was washed out at The Oval.Also Read | Saha in India A team for 4-day games vs West Indies A, Pant in one-day teamAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India not worried about No. 4 spot, says Ravi ShastriAlso See:last_img read more

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TAYLOR HOPES TO DEBATE GOP OPPONENTS

first_imgJeremy Taylor of Sioux City, a candidate for Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District, has announced his willingness to debate the other candidates for the Republican nomination for Congress.Taylor says “The voters of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District deserve to hear their candidates debate the issues in an open forum.’He says he is encouraged by Steve King’s willingness to work with the other candidates to make this happen.Taylor added that he is confident that the voters are looking for a proven conservative who can hold the seat in the fall.There’s no official word yet from the other candidates in the race.last_img

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Manchester City are starting to feel the love despite their money

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on WhatsApp But there is no need to panic just yet. There are still obstacles to a full seduction. The slightly frightening space-age-Stasi skintight plastic shirts. The romping self-regard, the absurd pileup of basking superstars. For all the craft and power of Marco Verratti and Adrien Rabiot (caution: academy product, may contain likability) it still seems absolutely vital someone manages to beat PSG this season, if only to maintain a pretence that ultimate victory must be built and crafted – and bought, of course – rather than simply assembled.So, that’s a happy story then. The reason for noting this triumph of hate over aesthetic appeal is the contrast with Manchester City, who are also an overclass club funded by a sovereign wealth fund, albeit to a lesser degree. City made a profit last year. This is a sustainable overblown cash-splurging business these days, thanks mainly to overblown cash-splurging Premier League income.There are limits, though. When City first brought in Pep Guardiola and gave him £300m to spend it was hard, as a neutral, to shake the feeling of a large red button being pressed, of somebody else’s pre-cooked success template being slammed into place. There are no guarantees in sport but buying the best manager and the best players comes pretty close.For a while it seemed likely the only really interesting thing about City would be if they failed to win the league, if Guardiola were to self-destruct amusingly, whirling about on his touchline, cranium bulging, baffled by the muscle-football of the skies. City play at Huddersfield on Sunday, a game that should by rights be all about whether Huddersfield, a team valued at roughly the same amount as Raheem Sterling, can tweak the noses of the league leaders. Pep Guardiola blogposts Except things have not quite turned out like that. It has been a week for cosying up to this City team, finding new ways to praise their brilliance through the first third of the season. Well, here is another one. They are also unavoidably likable. This isn’t always the case with mega-money teams or runaway league leaders. City are both of these. But they are also unavoidably fun, compelling, nice, watchable. Frankly they could beat Huddersfield 4-0 and have 93% possession and we’d still be tuning in eagerly to the highlights to get a little more of the juice, the good stuff.This is in part to do with style. Should City win the league from here they will enter a tradition of striking, attack-based English champion sides. In the last 30 years this is a line that runs from that 1987-88 Liverpool team, all short-passing red-shirted menace, driven on by peak John Barnes and the bowl-headed genius of Peter Beardsley; through Fergie-era Manchester Uniteds; to the last of them, the slightly overlooked Ancelotti Chelsea, who could barely turn around without burping out a few more goals, a 4-0 there, a 7-1 here.The unusual thing about City in this company is they play with a real lightness of touch, the kind of puppyish forward motion that doesn’t often end up winning titles. In terms of pure pleasure, it’s like watching a hard-edged version of Alan Devonshire-era West Ham, or some early Emirates Arsenal League Cup team, all Tuesday night trills and brittle brilliance, but somehow also actually going out and looking like winning the league.A team this fun can even redeem another one-horse title race if that is the way we are headed. City’s season already feels like it’s less about points, more about style and method and chasing the moment, football as an ideal, as something perfectible.And for all the money, this is still a human-scale achievement. City haven’t simply gone out and hurled a diamond the size of the moon at Lionel Messi’s head. Something has been built here. Guardiola has pinned his reputation on being able to wring the most out of a high-end front three aged 20, 21 and 22.For months Sterling, in particular, was a source of frustration, to the extent Guardiola took to painting a chalk spot on the training pitch to show him where to stand. And yet, a year and half on, every player in the first XI has been improved in some way, from the obvious slimmed down all-out brilliance of Kevin De Bruyne to Fabian Delph’s turn as an excitingly funky left-back.There is a relentlessness to this, a refusal to dial it back, to let things simply tick over. In the last week the loss of John Stones to injury has brought the news from Spain that City could look to shore up this central-defensive weakness by signing king of the mooching pirouette Riyad Mahrez. Yes! More! Don’t stop!From here mid-season collapse would perhaps be even more beautiful, Guardiola stricken on his touchline, Captain Ahab in emu-feather thousand-dollar Converse trainers. But really, there is already a kind of triumph for this team, trophies or not, in the pitch and style of the current run, not to mention a fascination over where they might end up.For the first time in a while nobody looks particularly unbeatable in the Champions League, although memories of the way Monaco ripped through last season’s team will still linger. From a certain angle it seem oddly inevitable City will end up playing PSG at some high-stakes late stage, two sides of the Gulf blockade in a soft-power arm wrestle, played out by a cast of scampering Brazilians.Either way there is already something beautiful here, a reminder of the peculiar ability of sport to transcend the industrial-scale inanities around it and produce through the fug of distraction, the wrestle of interests, something that is still somehow uplifting and pure. European club football The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Sportblog Manchester City Reuse this content Share via Emailcenter_img Read more The devil always gets the best tunes. Watching Paris Saint-Germain overwhelm Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday the most striking thing about PSG was not the sense of powerful gears still in reserve, or even the basic beauty of their attacking play, the way the ball skittered about between Neymar and promising loanee-trialist Kylian Mbappé like a bead of water in a pan of hot fat. The most remarkable thing was how difficult it was, suddenly, to properly dislike them.Difficult but not impossible. It is important to emphasise this. PSG’s on-field brilliance may be a concern for any football fan committed to resenting and fearing the entire concept of “Paris Saint-Germain”, puppet-club of the world’s richest per capita nation, and an entity that has taken the idea of buying success to the most literal-minded global illuminati extreme. Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Read more Paris Saint-Germain Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Cumberland County

first_img Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 -30- CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Folly Lake Bridge Folly Lake Bridge over the CN rail tracks will be periodically reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Wednesday, January 16. A 25-tonne weight restriction will be in place until repairs are completed. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Sunday, including weekends.last_img

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No winning ticket for Friday nights 10 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $10 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.That means the jackpot for the next draw on June 30 will grow to approximately $15 million.last_img

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Experts to work with energy industry on oil price solutions for Alberta

first_imgNotley says the Canadian economy is losing $80 million every day because oil from Alberta is selling about $45 a barrel less than West Texas Intermediate in the United States.She says that’s because there is an oversupply of Alberta oil due to a lack of pipeline capacity to move it to markets.RELATED: Economic cost of Canadian oil price discounts counted in billions of dollarsNotley calls the price gap a “real and present” danger that has to be addressed in the long term with more pipelines.Make no mistake – the price gap is a real & present danger to the Cdn economy.My special envoys & the Energy Upgrading Unit will bring government, industry & workers together to think big, take action & supercharge energy upgrading in Alberta.#FightingForYou #KeepCanadaWorking pic.twitter.com/z23CaGF9fe— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) November 19, 2018The premier is travelling to Ottawa and Toronto next week to make her case.The experts are Robert Skinner of the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, deputy energy minister Coleen Volk and Brian Topp, Notley’s former chief of staff and a policy consultant. EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has appointed three experts to work with the energy industry to find ways to close an oil price gap that is costing Canada tens of millions a day.Premier Rachel Notley’s full announcement: last_img read more

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Home2Suites and Browns raising money for firefighters charity

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Home2Suites by Hilton and Browns Socialhouse in Fort St. John are hosting a fundraiser barbecue in support of the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society today.Browns General Manager Vince Van Wieringen said that the two organizations decided to host the barbecue as a way of saying thank you to members of the Fort St. John Fire Department and the local RCMP detachment for their contribution to making sure all residents were able to safely evacuate from the Ridgeview Village apartment fire just over a week ago. Van Wieringen said that originally, organizers were looking to raise money for the building’s evacuees. However, he said that after learning that all of the building’s residents were fully covered by insurance, organizers decided to donate the money to the local firefighters charity as a way of saying ‘thank-you’ for their efforts.Van Wieringen said that as of 1:00 p.m., over 100 residents had come down to the hotel’s parking lot to enjoy a burger.The event is taking place at the parking lot of the Home2Suites by Hilton on Alaska Road South until 2:00 p.m. UPDATE: Home2Suites Sales Manager Nadya McLean says that in total, yesterday’s fundraiser brought in $842.50.last_img read more

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Moroccan Team Participates in Space Camp in the US

Rabat – A Moroccan team arrives to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.On August 6, a team of six Moroccan teens headed to Huntsville, Alabama after winning the “Space Race” scholarship through online votes and face to face interviews.The United States Embassy in Rabat, organizer and sponsor of the event, posted on its Facebook page, on August 6, a photo of the group of six with the caption “The Moroccan team is all set for their trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Stay tuned to follow their adventure as they experience the life of an astronaut.” The Moroccan Scientific Community, another sponsor of the event, posted a photo of the team along with Hassan Boughad, technology director at the Moroccan Scientific Community, on board of the flight.“All participants cost will be paid by the U.S. state department” stated “Space to Race” on their official website.As stated by the U.S. embassy in Rabat, the schedule for the first week includes hands-on drills and learning about the requirements for astronauts, engineers and technologists.Atika Loualidi is one of the finalists. She thanked her supporter through a Facebook post saying “I want to thank all those whose precious votes and friendly encouragements have supported me in this way, thus guaranteeing me a place among the winners! Thank you for your touching and inspirational messages, thank you for your patience, and thank you for your trust!”Manal Saoui, Hafsa Boannini, Soumaya Bennani, Salim Houssaini and Mariam Ouarti are this year’s remaining winners. read more

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UN helps demobilize 880 children linked to armed groups in DR Congo

Madnodje Mounoubai, spokesperson for the mission, known by its French acronym MONUC, told a news conference in Kinshasa that the great majority of the 839 boys and 41 girls are Congolese, but there are also 31 Rwandans, two Burundians and two Ugandans. All of the children were handed over to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for their return and reintegration into their families and communities, after they were demobilized by MONUC’s Child Protection Unit.In early February, MONUC had separated 98 additional children from the various armed groups in North Kivu, where fighting between the Government army (FARDC), a mainly Tutsi militia known as the CNDP, Hutu groups and others has displaced some 250,000 civilians since last August.The separation of children from armed forces and groups is one of MONUC’s priorities, within the framework of its support to the process of the accelerated integration of armed groups into the FARDC. MONUC calls on all actors to continue to support its efforts in this area, “so that children are not sent to the front, and to allow all minors associated with armed groups to be able to reintegrate into civilian life as soon as possible,” the mission said on its website.Also at today’s news conference, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that attacks against humanitarians are on the increase in several parts of North Kivu, with five cases reported in January, 13 in February and four already in the first few days of March.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MONUC, Alan Doss, has welcomed a new stabilization and reconstruction plan for the eastern DRC, which was agreed upon by local and international stakeholders under the auspices of the Congolese Prime Minister. Mr. Doss specifically pledged to support the plan in the areas of security and the restoration of State authority.In related news, a joint mission led by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has arrived in Katanga province, in the area of Ankoro, to address the issue of malnutrition. OCHA says that since September 2008, there have been nearly 1,200 cases of children suffering from acute malnutrition in Ankoro, a situation being compounded by population increases as well as malaria. Also in Katanga, the World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting local efforts to treat a cholera epidemic. 4 March 2009The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has demobilized 880 children associated with armed groups in the volatile eastern province of North Kivu between 30 January and 2 March, it was announced today. read more

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BPs departure could leave a big hole for Alaska nonprofits

JUNEAU, Alaska — BP’s plan to pull out of Alaska could leave a big hole for nonprofits and other programs that benefited from the oil giant’s donations and its employee volunteers.BP on Tuesday announced it would sell its Alaska assets to Hilcorp in a deal they expect to close next year. The company said it employs about 1,600 people in Alaska.Cassandra Stalzer with the United Way of Anchorage says BP has been a significant philanthropic player in Alaska.Since 1998, she says the company and its employees have provided $22 million to her organization for community programs.BP has a centre in Anchorage that has been used as meeting space for nonprofits and community groups. Company spokeswoman Meg Baldino says it would remain. It’s not clear who would run it.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press read more

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Mens tennis Justin Kronauge named ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year

For the second time in as many days, an Ohio State tennis coach has been recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.OSU men’s tennis assistant coach Justin Kronauge was named ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year Wednesday, coming just a day after Buckeyes’ women’s tennis head coach Melissa Schaub was named Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year.Kronauge is one of two assistant men’s tennis coaches to receive the honor in 2017, along with Virginia assistant coach Dustin Taylor. He was also named ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. Under the leadership of Kronauge, the Buckeyes made an NCAA tournament run to the semifinals, where they lost to UVA 4-2 in 2017. His team also finished the year undefeated in Big Ten play (11-0), and came away with both its 12th straight conference regular season title and 12th overall conference tournament title. read more

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Who is Emma Corrin the young actress cast as Lady Diana Spencer

Emma Corrin Whilst at university, she was actively involved in the drama scene, taking part in productions such as Romeo and Juliet, Lily, and Unravelling the Ribbon at it’s ADC theatre. She graduated last summer.Corrin will soon make her film debut in Misbehaviour, starring Keira Knightley, a historical drama that follows the story of a group of women from the Women’s Liberation Movement seeking to disrupt the 1970 Miss World beauty competition in London.She will also soon appear in US television drama Pennyworth, about the life of butler Alfred Pennyworth.Closer to home, the fledgling actress’s only television credit is an appearance in one episode of Grantchester, in which she played Esther Carter.The advert that launched the search for a young actress to play the young Lady Diana Spencer in The Crown was hardly short of requirements.The successful applicant, it said, should be a “mesmerising new young star with extraordinary range” and “staggeringly talented”.She would need to be able to flirt and play the part of a “social exhibitionist on the world stage” as well as being able to portray the “psychological intensity” of a “desperate and lonely self-harmer at her lowest ebb.” Emma CorrinCredit:Faye Thomas/Eyevine Peter Morgan, The Crown’s creator, said: “Emma is a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer. “As well as having the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, she also has, in abundance, the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from anonymous teenager to becoming the most iconic woman of her generation.”Corrin was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and has two younger brothers, Richard, 20 and Jonty, 17.Her South African mother Juliette, is a leading speech and language therapist and her father Christopher, a businessman. The family lives in an impressive detached home with a swimming pool on a private road in Sevenoaks.Corrin attended the Woldingham School in Surrey, a private Catholic day and boarding school for girls at which fees can exceed £12,000 a term.There, she developed a passion for drama, and in 2012, was singled out for her role in an evening of song and dance featuring excerpts from Broadway and West End shows.“Special mention should go to… Emma Corrin’s and Katie Maule’s moving rendition of God on High which received a standing ovation,” the school said in an online review. During her gap year, she took a Shakespeare course at the London academy of music & dramatic art (LAMDA) and spent some time volunteering at a school in Knysna, South Africa before starting at St John’s College, Cambridge, where she read Education with English and Drama, in 2015. Until this week, she was a complete unknown, having only recently graduated from Cambridge. Yet Emma Corrin is destined to become a household name, having been cast in the coveted role of Lady Diana Spencer in lavish Netflix drama The Crown.The 23-year-old, who has thus far graced television screens in just one episode of ITV drama Grantchester, will join the prestigious cast for the fourth season alongside acting royalty including Olivia Colman, who will play the Queen.Corrin said she was “overjoyed, over the moon and incredibly honoured” to have been cast in the role of the future Princess of Wales.”Beyond excited and honored to be joining The Crown for its fourth season,” she said.”I have been glued to the show since the first episode and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is just surreal.“Princess Diana was an icon, and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To be given the chance to explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity, and I will strive to do her justice!” Diana, Princess of Wales, on her wedding day in 1981Credit:Anwar Hussein/Getty Images Corrin’s Instagram page, on which the first picture was published just six days ago, appears to have been set up in anticipation of the Netflix announcement. Most of the 15 people she is following are her PR representatives or are linked to The Crown.At the family home on Thursday, a friend said her parents were abroad on holiday and revealed they had warned him he “might receive some calls” as the big news broke.The  highly anticipated third season of The Crown, which spans the years 1964 to 1976,  is expected to be streamed around July of this year while the fourth will likely be released in 2020. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.  Lady Diana Spencer, pictured in 1980Credit:Hulton Royals Collection  Lady Diana Spencer, pictured in 1980 Many applied but only one actress fit the bill. Corrin’s star was about to rise. Diana, Princess of Wales, on her wedding day in 1981 read more

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TransSiberian Gold strengthening management and equipment fleet to raise productivity

first_imgTrans-Siberian Gold reports that mine development activities at Asacha in Far East Russia in the third quarter of 2012 comprised approximately 1,090 m, while ore extraction (including ore from stoping and mine development) amounted to 26,644 t. In the same period, an average 12,414 t/month was processed by the Asacha plant (99.3% of the production level envisaged in the plant’s design documentation). Asacha is located in the Kamchatka krai, occupying a 1,000 km peninsular in Far East Russia. TSG reported in late September 2012 that the breakdown of some underground equipment had reduced the amount of stoping ore which could be delivered to the plant in the second half of the third quarter, necessitating blending mined ore with lower grade ore from the surface ore stockpile. This problem continued into October, although all necessary spare parts have now been delivered to site. A new underground truck is expected to arrive in Kamchatka by the end of October. Its delivery to Asacha depends on road conditions and is expected in late November, at which time the arrival of a new underground loader is also expected.As a consequence of the mining production problems in September and October, TSG now expects 2012 production of around 27,000 oz gold, compared to the previous estimate of 31,000 oz.The company is also taking steps to strengthen the mine’s management team with the appointment of two new underground mining engineers and a mining geologist. It also intends to recruit a Technical Director for Asacha.By road Asacha is some 150 km to the south of the port of Petropavlovsk – Kamchatsky, the regional capital. The first 90 km of the road is mostly paved, being the road to the Mutnovskaya geothermal power station. From the turn-off to the site is a 60 km long unpaved all-weather road which has been constructed by the company.Planned production:Throughput: 150,000 t/y mine/plant to 200,000 t/yMine: underground sub-level shrinkage (open face/ore shrinkage)Plant: CILAnnual production: about 84,000 oz of gold and 160,000 oz of silverLife: some seven years.last_img read more

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Aalborg Handbold is the new Danish champion

aalborg handboldDanish handballdanish handball play-offkif kolding kobenhavn ← Previous Story “Last call” for 21st EUROFEST in Slovenia Next Story → Kasper Hvidt about Makarska Camp: “Pleasure to work with Peric and other great goalkeepers” Great performance in the two matches of the Danish Play-Off Final and great success for Aalborg Handbold – new Danish champion. After fantastic +8 from the first match (29:21), handball fans in Denmark expected much more intensity in the second clash with KIF Kolding, but Hvidt and other world-class stars couldn’t make anything even in front of their fans – 29:26 for Aalborg (59:47 cumulative). Kristian Kjelling had outstanding night in his last match for Aalborg…KIF Kolding København: Boris Schnuckel 8, Lukas Karlsson 4, Bo Spellerberg 3, Simon Jensen 2, Lasse Boesen 2, Kim Andersson 2, Cyril Viudes 2, Kasper Irming 2 (1) og Rasmus Jensen 1.Aalborg Håndbold:  Kristian Kjelling 11 (3), Johan Jakobsson 6, Jacob Bagersted 4, Mads Mensah Larsen 3, Håvard Tvedten 3, Niclas Barud 1 og Rune Spliid 1. read more

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Over 40 million cigarettes were seized last year

first_imgThe Revenue Commissioners assure me that combating the illegal tobacco will continue to be a high priority for them, that they are committed to maintaining their extensive programme of action against all stages of the supply chain for illicit tobacco products, and that they will continue to make very effort to ensure that those involved in the illicit trade are brought to account before the Courts for their criminal activities.Read: New rules to restrict cigarettes bought into Ireland from certain EU countriesRead: Cigarettes worth €20,000 seized in raids on Dublin houses OFFICERS OF THE Revenue Commissioners seized 50 million illicit cigarettes less last year than in 2012.Finance Minister Michael Noonan told the Dáil before Christmas that there had been 40.05 million illegal cigarettes seized up until the end of November last year.Addressing the decline, Noonan said a number of factors had to be considered.“The incidence of illicit cigarettes in Ireland is evaluated through annual surveys of smokers undertaken for the Revenue Commissioners and the National Tobacco Control Office of the Health Services Executive.“The results for 2012 found that 13 per cent of smokers had an illicit pack of cigarettes, and the comparable figure for 2011 was 15%. This would suggest that the extent of the problem is being contained, as a result of the extensive action being taken against the smuggling and sale of illicit products. A further survey was carried out recently, and it is expected that the results will be available in the first quarter of next year.”Noonan said that illegal cigarettes are intercepted at ports and points of entry through a network of surveillance.He said that around 2,000 staff are dedicated to the searches and that they would continue to monitor the situation.last_img read more

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