Six workers die after gas leak in Barrackpore factory

first_imgSix workers of a paper mill in North 24 Paragnas district died in a gas leak while cleaning a tank used for storing chemicals. The incident took place in the Hazinagar area of the district’s Barrackpore I block late on Thursday evening. No one has been arrested so far.“Six persons have died yesterday while cleaning a tank at a factory in Hazinagar. Action will be taken as per law when we receive a complaint,” Rajesh Kumar Singh, Commissioner of Barrackpore Police Commissionarate told The Hindu.Even as Mr. Singh refused to divulge any further information about the incident locals said that the “workers died due to suffocation as the tank they were cleaning had methane gas.” They also accused the mill owner of not providing any safety equipment to the workers.Among the six three-Mithun Prajapati, Udayraj Singh, Md.Najim are from Uttrakhand-and the rest- Amit Yadav, Binoy Verma and Ashok Boral-are local residents.last_img read more

IPL: Chance for Sunrisers to register season’s first win

first_imgSHARE Eyeing their first win of the season, Sunrisers Hyderabad would be looking to put up an improved show in their home ground where they lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders, who would also be keen to get back to winning ways in the Indian Premier League here tomorrow.Sunrisers suffered a 45-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in their opening game with RCB’s Virat Kohli, A B de Villiers and Shane Watson having a blast with the bat against the hapless Hyderabad bowlers.A victory against KKR, at the Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium, will go a long way in bringing Sunrisers’ campaign back on track.Two-time title winners KKR also lost their last match, having started the tournament with a victory.SRH could not make it to the final four last year and the task that awaits them is again easier said than done as KKR, champions in 2012 and 2014, are one of the strongest outfits in the tournament.Though they suffered a reverse against Mumbai Indians, KKR were at its dazzling best against Delhi Daredevils.The Knight Riders will definitely get a boost if they include mystery spinner Sunil Narine in the playing XI, who was rested in the last game after making the long journey back after attending his father’s funeral.Narine would make a handy combination with the chinaman bowler Brad Hogg.Even in the absence of Narine, Hogg and Andre Russel restricted Delhi Daredevils to a sub-100 total with their canny bowling.The Shahrukh Khan-owned outfit has some classy batsmen in its ranks as well, including Robin Uthappa, skipper Gautam Gambhir, Russel and Manish Pandey.The Sunrisers too boasts of a strong line-up and potential match winners in captain David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Kane Williamson and Yuvraj Singh.It remains to be seen whether Yuvraj, who sustained an injury during the recent World T20, would be available for tomorrow’s match.The form of some of the top-order batsmen, including Dhawan and Williamson, has been a matter of concern and they would look to come out all guns blazing.Sunrisers has some seasoned and also promising young players, including Ashish Nehra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Karn Sharma and new acquisition Mustafizur Rahman, in the bowling department.Observing that the team has got abundant talent, SRH mentor VVS Laxman has recently said they should make it to the top of the tournament if they play to its potential.“We got abundance of potential and talent in this team and if we play to our potential, we will achieve our goal which is to win the IPL,” Laxman said.As the match is scheduled to start in the afternoon, the players would have to bear the scorching heat prevailing in the city with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees celsius.Teams:Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautham Gambhir (capt), Piyush Chawla, John Hastings, Brad Hogg, Jason Holder, Sheldon Jackson, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Lynn, Manan Sharma, Morne Morkel, Colin Munro, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusaf Pathan, Ankit Rajput, Andre Russell, Rajgopal Satish, Shakib Al Hasan, Jaydev Unadkat, Robin Uthappa, Suryakumar Yadav and Umesh Yadav.Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (capt), Ashish Reddy, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Trent Boult, Ben Cutting, Shikar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Abhimanyu Midtun, Eoin Morgan, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Mehra, Naman Ojha, Vijay Shanker, Karn Sharma, Barinder Sran, T Suman, Aditya Tare, Kane Williamson and Yuvraj Singh. Both the teams boasts of some classy and a strong line-up and potential match winners COMMENTS Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner. File Photo   –  PTI COMMENT Published on cricket Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner. File Photo   –  PTI IPL 2016 × April 15, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Sunil Gavaskar lauds India selectors for rewarding domestic talents

first_imgFormer India skipper Sunil Gavaskar lauded the Selection Committee for their decision to reward domestic players while naming the squads for Zimbabwe and West Indies tours.The MS Dhoni-led limited overs side to Zimbabwe will have uncapped players of the likes of left-handed opener Faiz Fazal, off-spinner Jayant Yadav, middle-order batsman Mandeep Singh while Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur got his maiden Test call-up.DOMESTIC PERFORMANCES MATTERS”It is good to see performances in domestic cricket (being) rewarded. You can always argue that IPL is also a domestic tournament but for me events like Ranji trophy, (Syed) Mushtaq Ali, Vijay Hazare, these performances should really matter when picking a national team,” Gavaskar said. (Also read: Dhoni wanted to tour Zimbabwe, help youngsters: Sandeep Patil) “It is not only about IPL. Chahal, the season he has played before, he has picked up wickets. He is another outstanding fielder,” Gavaskar added.BLESSING IN DISGUISE FOR PANDYA BROTHERSAsked about the Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal — missing out, Gavaskar said: “I think it is early days. I think the selectors have done the right thing, they want to see more of Krunal Pandya, they have seen Hardik. There is still little time for both of them. The more experienced they get, that will be better for them. You can’t complain. “Yeah, sometime you may feel stuck. IPL is a glamour tournament and lot of time people have been selected on basis of IPL and they were floundering in international cricket. It is a different ball game. So maybe it is a blessing in disguise for Pandhya brothers.”advertisementTHAKUR REWARDED FOR BOWLING HIS HEART OUT Talking about the selected Test squad, Gavaskar said: “I don’t think there was much opportunity to make too many changes in Test squad. In Tests, the core has to be there for a year or so and having done so well in the series against South Africa, there was not much chance to make changes. “Because you are going so far away, sometimes the selectors take an extra player. It is good to see Shardul Thakur being rewarded for bowling his heart out for Mumbai in the entire season. “For the last couple of seasons, he has been amongst the leading wicket-taker for Mumbai and for the quick players, you need to pick them early before they start having fitness problems.”last_img read more

Santos Drives Greek Soccer Toward World Cup

first_img-FIFA.comPassionate, fierce and contradictory would be a fair way to sum up the Greece team of Fernando Santos, who are preparing for their most important 180 minutes in recent years: the two games against Romania that will decide if the country qualifies for a second consecutive FIFA World Cup™ for the first time in its history.The Greeks, who earned a reputation for defensive football during their remarkable triumph at UEFA EURO 2004, accumulated 25 points in UEFA qualification Group G.It was the best record in European qualifying after Germany and the Netherlands, who both finished with 28, Belgium (26) and Bosnia-Herzegovina, who pipped the Greeks to first place in their group on goal difference. So where does this habit of focusing more on one’s own goal than that of the opposition come from?Santos himself tried to explain the phenomenon to FIFA.com. “The team made history at EURO 2004 by concentrating on the defensive side of the game. An identity like that is not easy to change. We’ve tried to play a different way, by pressing more and being a little more aggressive, but really we only managed to change at certain times. Then we slipped back into our comfort zone, our defensive strength. It has its advantages, because we concede very few goals, but obviously it makes things more difficult when we try and attack,” said the Portuguese tactician, who has now completed 41 games in charge of the national team.The numbers certainly bear this out. Greece conceded only four goals during their qualifying campaign, giving them the second best defensive record in UEFA qualifying after Spain, who let in three. The flip side is that they scored only 12 goals. Neither stat will have gone unnoticed by Romania as they prepare for a tie that promises to be as tight as it is exciting.The Hellenics, who only have two World Cup appearances under their belts (1994 and 2010), are dreaming of appearing on the world stage a decade after the most memorable moment in the country’s football history: the EURO 2004 triumph in Portugal.“I remember that tournament well as it was played in my country. In fact, I knew many of the Greek players, and they visited me in my hotel on several occasions. One of the great problems opponents faced back then was that they didn’t believe Greece could cause them problems. But they don’t make that mistake any longer. They know our strengths, and it’s harder to take them by surprise,” said the former coach of AEK Athens, Panathinaikos, who is relying on a little outside assistance to help his team qualify.“The Greek people are known for being very passionate and they are very proud of their country. The players show this pride when they play. This is our greatest strength. We play with passion and give a hundred percent every game. We must be inspired by what Greece achieved in 2004,” he said.And when talk turns to the Greek people, it is impossible to ignore the crisis that faces the country today. Does it put extra pressure on the players? “Not pressure,” said Santos, “it motivates us.”“The country has a 30 percent unemployment rate. So many people around us are struggling. We all have friends or family in difficult circumstances,” he said. “You wouldn’t be human if it didn’t affect you in some way. It’s down to us to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil and help relieve the suffering of our people a little.”The Portuguese coach, who refers to himself as Greek when he is in his adopted country – “I don’t say it to please people. Something in my heart becomes Greek when I’m here” – described Romania as “tough opponents, who have rediscovered the football they used to play in the past”. He expects the games to be “open and evenly matched,” and wants the entire nation to get behind his team.“The home leg will be crucial. I ask people to believe in the players, believe in the team, believe in all of us. We want a packed stadium cheering us on. We know we can qualify, and we are going to do everything we can to achieve it.”(Greece hosts Romania in the first leg of their UEFA Qualifying Playoff at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus on Nov 15 at 2:45 p.m. ET and can be seen online on ESPN3.)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

AFC Asian Cup: Yuya Osako stars as Japan beat Iran to reach final

first_imgWerder Bremen striker Yuya Osako scored twice in 11 second-half minutes to help four-time champions Japan into the final of the Asian Cup with a 3-0 victory over tournament favourites Iran on Monday.Osako headed the first home in the 56th minute and added his second from the penalty spot to help set up a date with either hosts the United Arab Emirates or Qatar in Friday’s final in Abu Dhabi.Genki Haraguchi put a gloss to the scoreline with a powerful run and shot in stoppage time at the end of the match but the contest was already long decided.Iran had been the form team of the tournament but their dreams of a ending a 43-year wait for a fourth continental title were left in tatters by the clinical Samurai Blue.Carlos Queiroz announced in the post-match news conference that his nearly eight-year run as Iran coach, which took in two World Cups, was over.”I think the simplest thing to do is to copy the old song: ‘and now, the end is here’,” the Portuguese said, misquoting the song Frank Sinatra made famous.”I’m happy and proud to say I did it my way.”Roared on by a noisy majority of the crowd, the Iranians had enjoyed the better of a competitive, if goalless, first half but were completely deflated by Osako’s twin strikes and never looked like fighting their way back into the match.”We knew it was going to be tough but the players showed great fighting spirit,” said Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu.advertisement”I’m happy the players showed that fighting spirit and really went for the win.”While Iran might have had a case that Morteza Pouraliganji’s arm blocked Takumi Minamino’s cross accidentally for the penalty, the opening goal was down to the sort of lapse of concentration that Queiroz has warned his team against.Minamino had made a break down the left and crumpled to the floor on the edge of the area looking for a free kick or penalty.None was forthcoming but while defender Ehsan Hajsafi was asking the referee to book the striker for a dive, Minamino raced to retrieve the ball and crossed it from the corner flag for Osako to head home unchallenged.”It was very competitive, quite balanced game, until one error by my team, a naive error. We were all expecting action from the referee over the simulation,” said Queiroz.”It was an emotional breakdown from my players and after that there was only one team on the pitch.”It was the first goal Iran had conceded in six games at the tournament but winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh came close to equalising five minutes later with a free kick that forced a good save out of Shuichi Gonda.The second blow landed soon afterwards when the referee pointed to the spot after the ball had struck Pouraliganji on the arm, confirming his decision following a look at the TV pictures on the sideline.Osako sent goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand the wrong way from the spot and a fifth final in the last eight versions of the continental championship look assured, Haraguchi helping to wrap up their first win by a margin of more than one goal at the tournament.Also Watch:last_img read more

2013 Queensland Junior State Championships

first_imgRepresentative teams from across Queensland will converge on the Cyril Connell fields in Rockhampton this weekend for the 2013 Queensland Junior State Championships. 36 teams from Queensland’s six regions will compete in the 12’s, 14’s and 16’s Boys and Girls divisions. The event will commence on Friday, 30 August, with round games to be played on Friday and Saturday, before finals are played on Sunday. The South Queensland Sharks will be hoping to take out back-to-back state champions region titles this year, following winning four titles in 2012. The weekend will also be used as a selection event for the 12’s state merit teams as well as Queensland’s 14’s and 16’s representative teams who will travel to Melbourne in December for their annual high performance tour. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the weekend, please visit the Queensland Touch Football website – www.qldtouch.com.au. Related LinksQLD Jnr State Champslast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea defender Luiz: Brighton win showed our spirit

first_imgChelsea defender Luiz: Brighton win showed our spiritby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says Sunday’s win over Brighton showed the club’s spirit.The Blues went up 2-0 before Solly March’s second-half goal made for a nervy finish.And Luiz thinks it was a display of courage to take all three points.”It was a big win and good for us to get another three points,’ said the Brazilian. “Normally when you don’t kill the game in the Premier League the other team believes until the end. Brighton were trying to play more long balls and get fouls to put the ball in the box. I think they only had one shot on goal so it wasn’t a difficult game mentally, it was more about the spirit.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Sinotrans Plunges into Red

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-listed Sinotrans Shipping ended the first half of 2015 with USD 18.3 million net loss, as compared to USD 2.3 million net profit for the same period a year earlier, due to a dip in revenues from operations of the company’s dry bulk and container shipping segments.The company’s overall revenue dropped by 19% to USD 485.1m, as compared to USD 601.6m revenue recorded in the first half of 2014.Revenue from dry bulk shipping segment slid by 21.6%, from USD 315.1m in the 1H2014 to USD 246.9 in the half ended June 30, 2015, while revenue from container shipping dipped by 17.3%, from USD 286m to USD 236.7m.The average daily charter hire rate/time charter equivalent (TCE) rate for dry bulk vessels was USD 8,122, as compared to USD 10,777 in 1H2014.In the first half of the year, the company’s container shipping volume was 422,875 TEU, a slight increase compared to 417,282 TEUs shipped a year earlier. However, a positive impact of increased container volumes was offset by USD 31 dip in average income from single container.During the first half of 2015, the company disposed of 15 aged dry bulk vessels, and also took delivery of one eco dry bulk newbuilding vessel with a capacity of 78,000 DWT. As at 30 June 2015, Sinotrans owned a fleet of 47 vessels with an aggregate capacity of 3.42 million DWT and an average age of approximately 7.9 years, a decrease of about 2 years as compared to the end of last year.The company’s total controlled fleet included 103 vessels with an aggregate capacity of approximately 7.06 million DWT. In addition, Sinotrans also has a total of 9 newbuilding vessels with an aggregate capacity of 590,000 DWT, which are expected to be delivered from the second half of 2015 onward.Looking ahead, Sinotrans expects the global economy to remain in weak recovery throughout the remainder of 2015, accompanied with downside risks and the divergence of economic development.In the dry bulk shipping market, the company expects that the growth of seaborne demand will be stimulated by the relatively low prices of major commodities. Together with driving forces such as the seasonal factor, the dry bulk shipping market is expected to rebound from low levels.In respect of tonnage supply, although the delivery of newbuilding vessels remains relatively small, the existing massive scale of capacity still needs to be digested, and thus the dry bulk shipping market is predicted to remain weak, says Sinotrans.For the container market in the Intra-Asia area, the intense pressure of overcapacity will still exist. However, with the coming of traditional peak season and the strengthening alliance among shipping companies, Sinotrans expects that the pressure of supply-demand imbalance will be somehow eased. Therefore, it is predicted that the container shipping market of Intra-Asia area will remain in weak balance.”In order to improve our performance, we will focus on the strengthening of cost control, persist to optimise the fleet structure, deepen the internal integration to obtain economies of scale, as well as seek for new opportunities. Our Group believes that, with above measures and our advantages of solid financial position, lower vessel costs, modern fleet, mature network and leading brand, we will further improve our market competitiveness and as always, strive for the maximisation of our shareholders’ interests,” Sinotrans says in its financial statement.last_img read more

One teen dead one facing charges after truck crash in southern Manitoba

first_imgA 15-year-old boy is dead and an 18-year-old is facing multiple charges following a car crash in southern Manitoba.Manitou RCMP say both teens were in a pickup truck that flipped over in a field in the municipality of Lorne shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday.The 15-year-old passenger was declared dead at the scene.The driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured.Police have charged 18-year-old Kyle Nolan Devos with impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death and several other driving charges.The cause of the crash is under investigation.last_img

APTN allowed to film human rights case over federal child welfare funding

first_imgAPTN National NewsA decision has finally been reached in a motion to grant APTN National News camera access to a human rights complaint hearing.The First Nation Child and Family Caring Society of Canada filed a motion saying the rights of First Nations children in care were not being met as a result of underfunding.APTN National News’ cameras were initially denied access, but a new ruling has given a green light to recording the hearing.last_img

Atleo surfaces says he had enough of Ottawa

first_imgAPTN National News PORT ALBERNI, BC–Former Assembly of First Nations national chief Shawn Atleo has surfaced in his home territory.Atleo made an appearance at the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council’s annual general assembly in Port Alberni, B.C., the Ha-Shilth-Sa newspaper reported Tuesday.This is the first reported appearance of Atleo at a public event since his May resignation from the post of national chief. At the time, Atleo said he was resigning because he had become a “lightning rod” in the controversy raging over the Harper government’s proposed First Nation education bill.Atleo was paid tribute and wrapped in a blanket during a ceremony at the general assembly, the newspaper reported. Atleo also addressed the assembly, saying he had enough of Ottawa, according to the report.“Six years in Ottawa. That was enough,” said Atleo, according to Ha-Shilth-Sa. “Six winters in Ottawa, that was enough…I’m really happy to be home. I’m very happy to be home.”Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council’s vice-president Ken Watts told the assembly the organization wanted Atleo to know he still had support.“Whatever (his) choices are in life and whatever (he’s) been through, we always stand behind A-in-chut and the amazing work that he has done on behalf of our people,” Watts reportedly said.Atleo has maintained a low public profile since his resignation. He is now living in Nanaimo, B.C., and recently spoke to a Simon Fraser University master’s class. The former national chief also took some time off in the U.S. where he travelled alone on a motorcycle.While Atleo may be trying to distance himself from his time in Ottawa as national chief, events may still keep his name in the spotlight.The federal government recently filed a document in Federal Court that appears to show a secret agreement between Atleo, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the contents of a bill for First Nation education. The document, which contains the signatures of the three men, was filed as part of an ongoing court case over the bill launched by the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL).The emergence of the document forced the AFNQL to rethink its legal strategy. Senior AFN staff and the AFN chiefs’ executive were not aware of the document’s existence and it has raised more questions around the backroom machinations behind the education bill.The bill, called the First Nation Control of First Nations Education Act, still remains in limbo. The AFN rejected the bill following Atleo’s resignation.Atleo is still the chair of the National Indian Brotherhood Trust and his term expires in 2015.The next national chief for AFN will be elected in Winnipeg this December.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

This is an agonizing case Alberta stays charges in death of Indigenous

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe Alberta Crown has stayed charges against two caregivers in the death of a four-year-old Indigenous girl.Relatives of the girl known as Serenity were each charged in 2017 of failing to provide the necessaries of life.The Crown says it came to the decision after reassessing evidence called at a preliminary hearing and determined there was no reasonable likelihood of getting convictions.Serenity had a severe brain injury when she was taken to hospital in September 2014 where doctors noticed she was underweight and had multiple bruises.She remained on life support for about a week before she died.Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer says the United Conservative government was not involved in the decision to stay the charges.“This is an agonizing case,” Schweitzer said in an email Tuesday.“The decision to stay the prosecution was taken independently by the Crown attorneys without any involvement by elected officials.”Schweitzer said that the Crown has one year to potentially reinstate the charges and there is ongoing related litigation and a pending fatality inquiry.When the charges were laid in 2017 the RCMP noted they were related to the circumstances in which the child lived, noting that the specific injury that caused her death was not criminal in nature.At the time of her death Serenity lived on a reserve in the central Alberta community of Maskwacis, south of Edmonton.Last October, her case prompted the then-NDP government to propose legislation that would see First Nations notified if social workers were thinking of removing an Indigenous child from a family’s care.In December 2017, the then Opposition United Conservatives introduced a private member’s bill dubbed Serenity’s Law.It called for requiring adults to report to police any child who needs intervention under the threat of six months in jail or a $10,000 fine.The private member’s bill did not pass.Alberta has about 10,000 children in care; about 60 per cent are from First Nations.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Morocco Spain Sign 20152017 Tourism Cooperation Action Plan

Madrid – Morocco and Spain signed, Friday in Madrid, a joint action plan on tourism cooperation for 2015-2017, on the sidelines of the 11th Moroccan-Spanish high joint committee.Inked by Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad and Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism José Manuel Soria, this plan is devised to develop the two countries’ economic and tourist potential through cooperation on investment, tourist inflows and products promotion and sharing expertize on management, marketing, coordination and training, in addition to the development of partnership between Morocco’s tourism office (ONMT) and Spanish institute Turespana.The plan, which comes in implementation of the 2009 tourism cooperation memorandum inked in Rabat, touches also on the sharing of statistics and information on tourism, as well as expertize on systems of data collection, reporting and analysis. The plan aims also to reinforce partnerships on human resources training in the tourism sector, mainly via training, partnership and twinning projects between the two countries’ hotel and tourism institutions. read more

EPA reaffirms weed killer safe for users as court cases grow

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is reaffirming that a popular weed killer is safe for users, even as legal claims mount from people who blame the herbicide for their cancer.The EPA’s draft findings Tuesday come after two recent U.S. court verdicts have awarded multimillion-dollar claims to men who blame glyphosate for their lymphoma. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup.Bayer, which acquired Roundup-maker Monsanto last year, has reported U.S. lawsuits from 13,400 people over exposure to the weed killer.The EPA’s draft findings in a periodic review conclude that glyphosate “is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”Scientist Nathan Donley of the Center for Biological Diversity says the agency is relying on industry-backed studies and ignoring research that points to higher risks of cancer.Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press read more

No decision on fate of Elgin school

Grand Erie Distinct School Board staff is recommending the closure of Elgin Ave. Public School and building an addition onto West Lynn.The recommendation came before the board during a committee of the whole meeting on Monday in Brantford.But, a decision on how to proceed is on hold until the board receives more information on funding from the Ministry of Education.“The funding has to be there to do the right thing, but my real concern is that going to West Lynn we may lose the funding we have for Elgin, and build new, we may lose the funding. No one knows the answers,” said Grand Erie trustee Don Werden.“The scary part is, with today’s current government, funding projects is not high on their priority list.”Local parents and students will recall the plan to deal with vacant student spaces within Simcoe was originally to close West Lynn and fund significant renovations to Elgin Ave. – a proposal that included a new gym, two kindergarten classrooms, and two regular classrooms as well as fixing the facility’s accessibility and circulation issues.The board received over $6 million from the Ministry of Education to spend on the project. Another $2.5 million was through other programs. The estimated total came in at about $8.7 million.In May of last year, senior administration reported that the project would cost an additional $6 million due to a number of factors, including rising labour and material costs.The board then decided to revisit its options in November but deferred a decision until this year.“I don’t know why the original estimates were so low compared to what they came in at,” said Werden, who was elected in October. “The ministry funding that’s available, there’s just not enough to do what’s got to be done there. And I’m not supporting half of a renovation with the type of money that’s available because you’re just going to have a disaster that’s going to cost you money over the years.”Staff presented the board with five options. In addition to the recommendation of closing Elgin and renovating West Lynn Public School, they also included using reserve funding to cover the gap in cost. They could also significantly modify the Elgin renovation plan by doing a number of things, including not replacing the gym. Another modified design was tabled and removes a ‘kiss and ride’ drop off lane in front of the building and additional parking spots.The fifth option is to simply seek funding for a new school, which could mean a long delay due to the application and research process.The board could also re-visit recommendations from the South East Norfolk Elementary Accommodation Review that took place in 2016.Werden feels that the board should take a serious look a building new.“My thought right now is that the best place to have that school is where Elgin is right now,” he explained. “If I had the choice right now and we had the money I would say just take down what’s there and build a brand new (school). If you say it quick, it’s no problem, but if you want to get money for it, that’s the biggest challenge we have.”If the board went forward with renovations to West Lynn, the site would require 140 student spaces to be added as well as new grading, fencing, parking spaces and bus/parent drop off zones. The interior of the building would be subject to upgrades. The new proposal would include a child care centre, which was part of the Elgin Ave. Redesign.Adding 140 student spaces would cost about $2.7 million in addition to building upgrades that are pegged at $2.6 million. Cost and availability of land surrounding the school is also a factor. read more

Samsung Galaxy Note II coming to all US carriers in midNovember

first_imgIf you sometimes look at your phone and just wish it was monstrously gigantic, Samsung has just the thing for you. After an international debut, the Galaxy Note II is finally official for the top five US carriers. The Note Android phones have proven hugely popular with a wide range of users, so maybe Steve Jobs was wrong about no one wanting a stylus.The Galaxy Note II has a slightly larger screen than last year’s model, a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD panel at 1280 x 720. The phone has almost no bezel to speak of, but there is space for storage of the S Pen. The S Pen is an inductive stylus using Wacom technology to offer 1024 levels of pressure detection.Inside, the Note II will be running on a quad-core Samsung Exynos processor clocked to 1.6GHz. The device will support LTE on all carriers currently running on the 4G standard. This is of note because previous Samsung LTE devices have relied on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips. There will also be 16GB of storage along with a microSD card slot.On the software side, The Note II will come with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, which is the most current version of the platform. That’s definitely nice to see, however you will also have the TouchWiz UI layer, which many are not fond of.Exact release dates aren’t available — mid-November is as specific as anyone is getting. The device will be available with few carrier customizations on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular. US Cellular is the only carrier that has announced pricing at $299 on-contract. I’d expect the other carriers to follow suit.via VentureBeatlast_img read more

FYROM PMs statement about teaching Macedonian language in Greece causes controversy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) surpassed yet another hurdle on its way to ratify the Prespes Agreement on Sunday.The country voted in Parliament for a second reading of the four amendments in its constitution, which would make the way for the final vote with 67 MPs throwing their support behind it.However before the vote took place, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev may have unwittingly raised tensions between FYROM and Greece in his attempt to gain the support of more MPs, and more specifically those of the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party. He provocatively stated that after the ratification of the Agreement, it would offer “Macedonians” living in Greece the chance to learn their “Macedonian language” across Greek public schools.Following the statement, Greek officials reacted promptly with President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos issuing a warning.“We will under no circumstances accept arbitrary interpretations, and especially irredentist ones, of the Prespes Agreement on the part of FYROM,” Mr Pavlopoulos said.Meanwhile leader of Greek opposition party New Democracy, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who is against the ratification of the Agreement, said Zaev’s comments were “unacceptable” and that if the Agreement were to recognise “the so-called Macedonian language and ethnicity” that it would open “Pandora’s box and revives all the scandalous claims of Skopje”.In an attempt to ease tensions, FYROM has since come out claiming the PM’s remarks were misinterpreted.“All our actions and statements are made in good faith to support the Agreement,” FYROM government spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski said.In a statement, FYROM went on to claim that it has no intention of getting involved in the foreign affairs of another nation.“We are strongly committed to the full implementation of the Prespes Agreement, and all of our action and statements are made in good faith to support it,” the statement reads.“As a country that aspires to join the EU, we understand that countries take care of their own citizens and countries in the Balkans do not interfere in neighbouring countries on any given issue.”Following this hurdle, should the vote come to pass and FYROM be renamed North Macedonia, Greece will finally lift its veto on FYROM becoming a member of the EU and NATO.The final vote regarding the name change is scheduled to take place near the end of December.last_img read more

Zola insists Morata must improve tactically

first_imgChelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola insists Alvaro Morata needs to improve tactically if he is to succeed in the Premier League.Morata was recalled to the starting line-up by Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri for the league clash against Southampton on Wednesday night, but the former Juventus striker was unable to break the deadlock as the Blues were held to a goalless draw at home.Zola insists Morata remains one the most talented strikers in the world but says he must do more tactically if he is to rediscover his goalscoring touch.Zola said, according to Sky Sports:“Technically Morata – and this is the reason we invested a lot in him this year – we thought he was the perfect number nine for us.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Maurizio has always said that. Technically without a doubt, he is one of the best in this position.”“I think he has to improve a little bit tactically because nowadays with the type of football, football is so organized you need to get better tactically, your ability is not enough.”“In my opinion, he needs to improve on this. He’s been working on that, he has a good attitude. He feels that he doesn’t score enough and he feels a lot of responsibilities for that.”“But he has to learn to put everything behind because these are only burden that you take on the pitch and they don’t help you to perform better.”last_img read more

Donald Trump presidency win rocks global markets

first_img Global markets shook at the prospect of a new era of protectionist trade policies after Donald Trump was elected US President. The Republican candidate won key swing states – such as Florida, Ohio and North Carolina – which cleared the way for his Brexit-style upset.Markets react to President Trump live: Buckle up for a bumpy rideFutures contract – judgements on the direction of travel before the markets open in America – point to the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging by 800 points when it opens later today (9 November).Trump has vowed to cut taxes, deport around 11 million illegal immigrants and rip up existing trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement.Economists at the US-based think tank Macroeconomic Advisers estimate his policies could set the US back $2.1tn over the next five years.Nigel Green, founder of financial services consultant deVere, said: Buckle up for a bumpy ride in the global markets.Whether President Trump will, in fact, do what he has said he will do throughout his campaign, or whether it was just soaring rhetoric to whip up his support base, for now, Trump winning is sending shockwaves across the world. As such, enormous volatility can be expected in the markets.Overnight as a win for Trump looked increasingly likely, Asian markets were the first to fall. Tokyos Nikkei 225 Index was 5.4% down, Hong Kongs Hang Seng slipped 2.5%, while Sydneys ASX All Ords was 2% lower.In Europe, the FTSE 100 Index opened 102.8 points down, or 1.5%, to 6740, knocking more than £25bn off the value of blue chip shares. Germanys DAX was up slightly, but the Cac 40 in France plunged by 2.7%.The US dollar was down against a basket of world currencies. The pound was up 0.3% against the dollar at 1.241. The dollar was also lower against the euro and the Japanese yen.Japans central bank holds crisis talksJapans government and its central bank will hold crisis talks today as traders flood into its currency, viewed as a safe haven, sending its value higher.But the Mexican peso plunged by more than 13% against the dollar, an all-time low at less than 20 pesos to the greenback. Trump has pledged to build a wall against its southern neighbour, and deport millions of illegal immigrants back to Mexico.Mexicos central bank also said it will hold a joint news conference with the finance ministry later today to outline how it will respond to the currencys devaluation.Gold, another safe haven for investors in uncertain times, jumped as much as 5% to $1,337.40 an ounce.Eric LonerganMacro fund manager at M and G Investments said: The critical unknown is whether a Trump presidency pursues the policies of Trump the candidate, in particular his anti-trade, anti-China and anti-Mexico policies. But the real concern is that he will do what he says. Donald Trump presidency win rocks global markets Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

TurboGrafx16 Mini Is Your Next Retro Console

first_imgStay on target Forget all of the brand new video games making their debut at E3 2019. Arguably the greatest era of the medium (and certainly the most bloodthirsty when it comes to console wars) was the 16-bit era of the early 90s. Everyone rightly remembers the titanic struggle between the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis, to the point where they’re making a TV show about it. But other cool consoles from that time shouldn’t be lost to history, consoles like the TurboGrafx-16.And now Konami, steadily trying to rebuild its reputation as a company that actually cares about video games, is introducing the dark horse 16-bit machine to a whole new generation (or at least the same generation but now older and more nostalgic) with the TurboGrafx-16 Mini.Check out your next retro console!Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. The TurboGrafx-16 Mini is a cute little version of the classic console chock full of its best hits. Right now, games we know about include Alien Crush, Dungeon Explorer, New Adventure Island, Ninja Spirit, R-Type, and Ys Book I & II. But they got to get some Bonk in there, right? And this console is the closest thing Bomberman has to an ancestral home. There’s no date and price set yet so there’s still plenty of time to learn more details.For what it’s worth, all these retro games certainly look more appealing than Contra: Rogue Corps, the one new game Konami revealed at E3. And this continues the bizarre trend of new arcade hardware being the big new thing at this year’s E3. So if you’ve had your fill of mini consoles from Nintendo, Sony, Sega, and Capcom, look forward to the TurboGrafx -16 mini.For more on E3 2019 watch these trailers. Play These E3 2019 Video Games Right NowThe 10 Biggest Games of E3 2019 last_img read more