West Bengal’s public service panel inactive, RTI reply reveals

first_imgThe State commission to ensure delivery of public services has been inactive since its inception in 2015, an RTI reply by the West Bengal government has revealed. The West Bengal Right to Public Service Commission has not conducted any hearing since its inception and is unable to provide any information about it through RTI, an activist claimed. The RTI queries were filed by Kolkata-based Biswanath Goswami.The government formed the WBRTPS Commission in 2015 under an Act to ensure “delivery of public services to the people…within the stipulated time.” To ensure delivery of services, the commission is expected to conduct periodical investigation, hold hearings and deliver reports to the government. Responding to Mr. Goswami’s query seeking the “cause list for hearing/business etc.,” the Consumer Affairs Department said the commission has not conducted any hearing on public grievances. As for Mr. Goswami’s query regarding the current and past professional engagements and regular source of income of the Chief Commissioner and the Commissioner the department suggested him to conduct a “Google Search.” “I sought information about the current and past professional engagement of the Chief Commissioner and Commissioner, and the government has sent a copy of Wikipedia page to me,” Mr. Goswami said. Minister Sadhan Pande told The Hindu that he was “not aware” of the RTI reply.last_img read more

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Durham rues Meralco’s poor endgame in Game 2 loss

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary That’s what Durham thought.From that point on, Ginebra’s defense clicked as they held Meralco checked for the remainder of the game as the Gin Kings went on to fire a 17-1 run to end the game and claim the 86-76 Game 2 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We had a six-point lead in the fourth quarter. You got to be able pull a win out when you got a lead on a good team like that,” rued Durham, who was bestowed with his second straight Best Import award before the game.The 29-year-old big man did all he could for Meralco to claim Game 2, uncorking 25 points, hauling down 22 rebounds, dishing out seven assists with two steals to boot. The Bolts’ performance on Sunday was indeed an improvement from their listless showing in Game 1, but Durham noted that his team still needs a lot of fine-tuning, especially with the way they finished the game.“We played a whole lot better than Game 1. I think everybody was focused,” he said. “But down the stretch, we didn’t execute. We missed our free throws at crucial moments. I think the officials made some questionable calls at crucial moments, but that’s in the past.”But Durham isn’t putting too much thought on this game now, as he knows that the spotlight is now on Meralco to rebound in Game 3 on Wednesday.“[The loss] spoiled a little bit of everything. When you play good for 44 minutes, and then we come out with a loss, it’s kind of hard to take. But you got to move forward. The good thing is we’re not too deep in the hole and we still can come back. But we got to find a way to get that win on Wednesday,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Allen Durham. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAllen Durham truly believed that Meralco already had Game 2 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals in the bag.Leading 75-69 with 5:56 remaining, the Bolts were primed to equalizing the series.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Pat Riley’s 50th anniversary in the NBA has arrived Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View commentslast_img read more

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Parl session begins with face-off over Uttarakhand

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 25 (PTI) The Parliament session began today with a face-off between the ruling and opposition benches as the Modi government was slammed over imposition of Presidents Rule in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh.Amid opposition demands for a discussion on the issue, Congress members created ruckus in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, accusing the BJP-led dispensation of toppling democratically-elected governments of opposition parties, a charge rejected by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.In both the Houses, Congress members stormed the Well.In the Lok Sabha, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi joined party members in raising slogans as Leader of the party in the House Mallikarjun Kharge and some others staged a dharna in the Well as their notice for adjournment motion on the issue was rejected by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.The Rajya Sabha could not transact any business as it was repeatedly adjourned due to the pandemonium. It was finally prematurely adjourned for the day minutes past 3 pm. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, while raising the issue, accused the government of “deliberately provoking” the opposition and “inducing” disruption so that Parliament does not run.He said for the last one year, it has been seen that efforts are being made by the ruling party to create a situation that the House does not function. The senior Congress leader, while pressing for a discussion on the issue, said he had never seen that a government “does things during the session or just days before the session so that Parliament does not function”. He said during last winter session, the duly-elected Arunachal Pradesh government was “brought down” and the Centre did not stop till it installed its own government there. Azad said Presidents rule has been imposed in the past also, but never in such a “crude” way. When he said he wanted to congratulate the judges of the Uttarakhand High Court for “having the guts to fight the Government of India”, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said there should be “no commentary” on the judicial issues. As Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi objected to the raising of the Uttrakhand issue saying the matter was sub-judice, Azad said the Centre “which disrespects the court, cannot be trusted”. “Discussion will take place,” he asserted, as several Congress members carrying placards stood in the aisle. Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) countered Naqvi saying Leader of the House Arun Jaitley had said in the last session that discussion on issues, even if sub-judice, cannot be prevented in the House. “Apply your own precedents,” he said. (MORE) PTI NKD ADS NAB SPG AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar would’ve been dropped in 2012 had he not quit ODIs, reveals Sandeep Patil

first_imgSachin Tendulkar would have been dropped from India’s ODI team in 2012 had he not announced his retirement from the 50-over format, former chief selector Sandeep Patil has revealed in an interview to Marathi channel ABP Majha on Wednesday.  “On December 12, 2012, we met Sachin and asked him about his future plans. He said he did not have retirement on his mind. But the selection committee had reached a consensus on Sachin… and had informed the board too about it. Perhaps Sachin understood what was coming because at the time of the next meeting, Sachin called and said he was retiring (from ODIs). If he had not announced his decision to quit then, we would have definitely dropped him,” Patil made this stunning revelation. (BCCI refuses to blink in fight with Lodha panel, names five-member selection committee)But Patil refused to comment when asked if Tendulkar was given a deadline to call it quits from international cricket. The former chairman of selectors added there are some matters between the selectors and the board, which should be kept confidential.DHONI’S TEST RETIREMENT WAS SHOCKINGPatil also revealed that MS Dhoni’s decision to retire from from Tests in the middle of a series against Australia was shocking. After Dhoni announced his retirement, Patil said the selection committee mulled over sacking him as India’s limited-overs captain. (Selectors did discuss about removing MS Dhoni from captaincy: Sandeep Patil)”Things didn’t move in our favour, and in that backdrop one of your senior players decided to hang his gloves. That was shocking, but in the end, it was his decision,” Patil said.advertisement”We, of course, had a brief discussion on few occasions. We wanted to experiment by shifting the baton but we thought the time was not right as the World Cup was fast approaching. New captain should be given some time to set things right. Keeping in mind the World Cup, we chose to go with Dhoni. I believe Virat got the captaincy at the right time and he can lead the team in shorter formats as well. The decision rests with the new selection committee,” Patil added.last_img read more

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Australia beats Greece 1-0 in soggy match at Olympic stadium

first_imgSYDNEY (AP) — Forward Mathew Leckie scored in the third minute of added time on the last kick of the game to give Australia a 1-0 win over Greece in an international friendly on Saturday.In the last minute of regular time, Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill thought he had put the home side ahead when he scored from a corner kick. But the linesman ruled the ball had curled out of the field of play before Cahill’s header in front of the net.Greek fans wave flags as a security guard tries to put out a lit flare during a friendly soccer match between Australia and Greece in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, June 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)The match was played on a soggy and bumpy Olympic stadium pitch after more than 75 millimeters (3 inches) of rain fell in the past 24 hours, and more rain fell during the match before 38,362 spectators.The teams play again Tuesday in Melbourne. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Juventus took a gamble by signing Ronaldo: Napoli president De Laurentiis

first_imgWhile Italian giants Juventus hope to achieve greater heights with the signing of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, their rival Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis feels they have made a mistake by signing the veteran striker.Juventus paid 12 million euros ($131.4 million) to Real Madrid to acquire the services of the 33-year-old.Ronaldo has signed a four-year contract with the record Italian football champions and will reportedly earn a net salary of 31 million euros ($36.38 million) per season.”Spending so much money for a player at the end of his career is dangerous,” De Laurentiis was quoted as saying by Mediaset’s Canale 5 on Monday.”Let’s not forget, (Ronaldo) has a certain age and in terms of the club’s balance sheet, they have taken a gamble,” he added.To date, Ronaldo has won in total five league titles, five domestic cups, five Champions Leagues, four Club World Cups, two European Super Cups, two domestic Supercups.Napoli were first offered the chance to sign Portugal star Ronaldo but De Laurentiis said the accounting did not make sense for his club.”Let’s see if in the end, the commercial success of the group will be greater than their sporting success,” he said.In the 2017-18 Serie A season, Napoli came closest to topple Juventus but the Turin powerhouse managed to win the league title for the record seventh consecutive time.And Ronaldo’s move is expected to be a major boost for Juventus, who have dominated the Italian league in recent years. They have also reached the Champions League final twice in the last four years, finishing runners-up on both occasions.advertisement(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

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a month agoREVEALED: Why Aubameyang passed penalty to Arsenal teammate Pepe

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Why Aubameyang passed penalty to Arsenal teammate Pepeby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery has revealed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s designated penalty-taker after he passed on the responsibility to Nicolas Pepe against Aston Villa.Pepe converted the spot-kick to level the scores and grab his first goal for the club.Aubameyang eventually capped of Arsenal’s comeback in the 3-2 victory, and Emery was full of praise for the Gabon international after the game.”Yes, it’s Aubameyang who is responsible for penalties,” our head coach said after the game. “Also Lacazette, and today for me is a very big decision from Aubameyang to let Pepe shoot to give him confidence and the possibility to score.”Really, the responsibility is Aubameyang and I was happy when I saw that decision from Aubameyang.”He is hungry every day to score, to achieve, individual and collective objectives. Today that decision shows a really great player.” last_img read more

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Spanish-Jamaica Foundation Treats Students Ahead of New School Year

first_img The event was held at the John Rollins Success Primary School in Rose Hall Over 600 students and parents from Barrett Town, Rose Hall and adjoining areas of St. James, recently participated in the second back-to-school health and information fair staged by the Spanish-Jamaica Foundation in collaboration with the Social Development Commission (SDC).The event was held at the John Rollins Success Primary School in Rose Hall, and saw students benefitting from counselling services, immunization and medical examinations and school supplies. Activities were carried out under the theme: ‘A healthy start is the best start’.Representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), among others, were on hand to deliver vital health tips and useful information for both students and parents.General Manager of the Spanish-Jamaica Foundation, Dr. Rebecca Tortello, told JIS News that the foundation was pleased to have partnered with the SDC in staging the health fair, which she said, was “a great success”.“This fair was a great opportunity for parents to come out and acquire all the information they need for back-to-school and to ensure that their children’s immunization records were updated, which…is essential to the health and safety of the children,” Dr. Tortello noted.She further informed that representatives from the Barrett Town Police Station and the Jamaica Fire Brigade participated in the event by setting up education booths and making presentations on road safety, stranger awareness, and fire safety tips.Representatives from LIME Foundation were on also hand to distribute books, backpacks and other giveaway items to the enthusiastic students.Project Officer in the Spanish Jamaica Foundation, Vanessa Meggoe, said that the fair was expanded this year to “reach the entire community and the whole family, where more persons could be impacted on”.“This back-to-school health fair represents the Spanish –Jamaica Foundation’s way of giving back to communities that have supported their organisations over the years, which includes Hospiten/MoBay Hope, Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, Montego Bay Jamaica Airports Ltd., and Grand Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts,” she added. Spanish-Jamaica Foundation stage back-to-school health and information fair The Barrett Town Police Station and the Jamaica Fire Brigade participated in the event Story Highlightslast_img read more

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StarStudded Gala For GENYOUth To Celebrate Youth Empowerment

first_imgFormer NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and other athletes and VIPs will celebrate GENYOUth’s inaugural gala at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Wednesday, December 7.Notable business and thought leaders, and guests will come together to honor the accomplishments and future of the leading youth empowerment nonprofit’s five years of supporting student nutrition and physical activity.Popular ESPN commentators Mike Golic and Hannah Storm will serve as the event’s masters of ceremonies.In announcing the gala, Alexis Glick, GENYOUth’s CEO, explained, “2016 marks five years since we launched GENYOUth. It’s a pivotal time in the evolution of our organization, and the gala enables us to build on the momentum we’ve achieved as an organization, while taking a moment to pause, appreciate, and celebrate with those organizations and individuals who have made our work possible.”Highlights of the evening will include short remarks by Manning, who added, “I’m honored to be part of the celebration recognizing this milestone for GENYOUth and its ongoing dedication to provide opportunities for youth to be leaders of health and wellness initiatives in their schools and communities.”NFL Commissioner and GENYOUth board member Roger Goodell will join Manning in providing remarks, and notably, will introduce GENYOUth’s first Vanguard Award to SAP CEO Bill McDermott. Under his leadership, SAP has set a bold agenda for digitizing the health care industry and McDermott, personally, has set an example as an advocate of entrepreneurial thinking, supporting innovation and design thinking to solve some of our country’s greatest health concerns. His humility, spirit and determination served as a model for this year’s award, and will do so in the years ahead.“Bill McDermott is a leader who exemplifies courage, compassion and commitment in the service of youth,” says Commissioner Goodell. “As one of GENYOUth’s greatest advocates, McDermott championed a partnership between SAP and GENYOUth, helping launch the social entrepreneurship program AdVenture Capital. Thanks to Bill and SAP, hundreds of student-led health and wellness solutions have been funded in several hundred schools across the country impacting more than 100,000 students.”The student social-entrepreneurship program, AdVenture Capital, aims to teach students how to think and act like business leaders, to persevere and work though obstacles to solve health disparities in their backyard. This skill-development, leadership, and workforce-readiness initiative supplies funds to students for creating and leading the implementation of innovative ideas around school and community health and wellness.GENYOUth’s mission involves bringing together public and private partners, convening dialogues, generating insights, building awareness, and channeling resources, all in the service of empowering youth around social change in their schools and communities – with a special focus on improved nutrition and greater opportunities for physical activity. In addition to the AdVenture Capital program, GENYOUth’s signature program, Fuel Up to Play 60, is the nation’s leading in-school wellness program which has increased the opportunity for millions of students to have access to healthier school meals and opportunities to get active.Carla Hall, of ABC-TV’s “The Chew,” will lead a live Gala auction, and Fuel Up to Play 60 and AdVenture Capital students will play a key role in the evening. Dr. David Satcher, the 16th U.S. Surgeon General and GENYOUth board member, who has served as vocal advocate from the organization’s founding, will also be recognized for his contributions to youth health and wellness.The gala’s honorary host committee includes luminaries from the business, professional sports, media, education, and government worlds, including Jennifer Morgan, president SAP North America; Louis M. Nanni, Vice President, University Relations, Notre Dame; Patrick Doyle, President and CEO, Domino’s; Richard Edelman, President & CEO, Edelman; and Chris Policinski, CEO, Land O’Lakes.GENYOUth’s gala is made possible by sponsors, including: Title Sponsor SAP, Tailgate Sponsors Microsoft, Fairlife and Land O’Lakes, Halftime Sponsors CoBank, NTT Data, SiriusXM, and the National Retail Federation (NRF). Companies such as Dell, Domino’s, Fanatics, LionTree, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide, Nautica, TD Ameritrade, Toys R Us, WorkForce Software, and XLR-8 will also be on hand to support the event.Tom Gallagher, CEO of Dairy Management, Inc. and Chair of GENYOUth’s Board of Directors, summed up the event by saying, “since its founding in 2010, GENYOUth has pioneered and evolved a menu of nationwide initiatives that empower youth to develop and exercise their influence in creating healthy, high-achieving schools and communities. The gala will bring together valued partners to both acknowledge and to renew their commitment to our mission – the mission of building on the legacy of passionate American youth as leaders of positive social change.”Learn more about supporting GENYOUth at www.genyouthnow.org – and get more details on the Gala at www.gala.genyouthnow.org.last_img read more

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THE PROPERTY BROTHERS ON RESTORING THE BRADY BUNCH HOUSE ONE OF THE

first_img Twitter Advertisement Drew and Jonathan Scott. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: The Property Brothers are almost ready to share their biggest project ever.The Canadian home reno superstars Jonathan and Drew Scott have been hard at work restoring the original “Brady Bunch” house, used for exterior shots in the classic sitcom, and they spoke to Us Weekly about the whole process.“The house was just an exterior — nothing was shot inside. Now, we’re putting the interiors you saw on TV in the home, which was one of the most massive projects we’ve ever done,” Jonathan said. “We brought back the ‘Brady’ cast, who are all in there swinging sledgehammers.”last_img read more

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Northern BC murder victims sister accuses fugitives dad of failing to take

first_imgThe sister of murder victim Chynna Deese said on Facebook that Alan Schmegelsky isn’t “cut from the same cloth” as her family and that he doesn’t acknowledge his own hand in his child’s upbringing and demise.The sister of an American tourist says the father of one of the B.C. men named as a suspect in the woman’s death isn’t accepting his share of responsibility for her family’s sorrow.Kennedy Deese, whose sister Chynna Deese was found dead along with her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler near a highway in northern British Columbia in mid-July, posted a statement to Facebook on Saturday accusing Alan Schmegelsky of playing the victim. “It hurts a lot. He was my only child. I’ll never get to hug him again. I’ll never get to tease him again. I’ll never get to spend a minute with him again.”“At least I know where he is. His troubles are over.”When reached via Facebook Messenger on Sunday and asked about his response to Deese’s post, Schmegelsky said she could go on “60 Minutes” and that he could arrange it.“I manned up. I have nothing to hide,” he wrote.While police were still hunting for the pair, Schmegelsky sent a 132-page book to reporters about his own life. He described it as a novelization of his son’s troubled life and his numerous encounters with police and courts and said he wanted to highlight how what he called a “broken system” shaped him and Bryer.Kennedy Deese shot back that her own family suffered challenges, but doesn’t “play the victim of a broken system.”“There is no white flag of surrender for my family. We are not defeated by divorce, mental health, violence, poverty and socioeconomic constraints, domestic disputes, alcohol or drugs, social media and bullying, feelings of loneliness, or disparities,” Deese wrote, noting that her sister rose to become the first generation of her immediate family to go to college.“We have the courage to ask for and offer help. We are strong, and stand strong together right now in the face of all of these adversities that have come upon us.”RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett told a news conference Wednesday that determining a motive will be “extremely difficult” if the identities are confirmed through autopsies because investigators can’t interview Schmegelsky or McLeod.He did not commit to providing details of the ongoing investigation. The two men were named as suspects in the deaths of Deese and Fowler, and were charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver.Alan Schmegelsky told Australia’s “60 Minutes” TV program late last week that he won’t believe his son is a murderer until he gets facts, saying he knows how the families of the victims feel.“I’m so sorry for what’s happened. Whether it’s my son or whether it’s something else, we don’t know. I have just lost my son. I know exactly how you feel,” Schmegelsky told the program.center_img Deese also said Schmegelsky isn’t “cut from the same cloth” as her family, and that he doesn’t acknowledge his own hand in his child’s upbringing and ultimate demise.“Your sorrow is for yourself. You cannot relate to us, as we had no doings in the cause of your pain when you’ve played a part in the cause of our pain,” Deese wrote.“To the murderers and their family, the appropriate action when mistakes are made is taking responsibility. The proper public response would have been a genuine apology. But we still forgive you and have mercy.”RCMP said Wednesday they believe they’ve found the bodies of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni in dense brush in northern Manitoba following a massive manhunt that lasted close to two weeks.Police have said they’re waiting for the results of an autopsy before confirming the identities.last_img read more

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Canada New Law Makes it Harder To Obtain Passport Work in

Marrakech- The conservative Canadian government is introducing a new law changing the rules for applying for citizenship. Obtaining a Canadian passport and then returning to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to work will now be more difficult. Traditionally, Canada has welcomed immigrants of all nationalities, but now the Bill C-24 is placing conditions on the issuing of Canadian passports.The Canadian administration is cracking down on the practice of staying for a short period to obtain a Canadian passport and then returning to the GCC to continue working on a GCC work permit. Currently, a person seeking Canadian citizenship must stay in Canada for 1,065 days or four years before submitting an application. But if the rest of the Bill C-24 Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act comes into force, those wishing to be permanent residents will have to stay in Canada for at least 1460 days, including 183 days for tax purposes, and will have to pay Canadian tax. They will also have to stay in Canada for 6 years before applying for Canadian citizenship.In line with the US and European countries, including the United Kingdom, the Canadian government is insisting that applicants pass an English language test and a knowledge of Canada test for applicants aged 14 to 65 to be granted citizenship. Currently, this only applies to those aged 18 to 55. Older applicants who find English difficult are likely to suffer.Opposition party members fear that these measures may create two classes of citizenship: one that cannot be revoked and one for dual citizens that may be withdrawn at any time.As more immigrants seek a new life in a stable country like Canada, the pressure on the administration is mounting.The revived war on terror is likely to make freedom of movement and funds more difficult for everyone. This might also affect Canada’s long and honorable tradition of welcoming immigrants. read more

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Rogers to open Calgary data centre in January as part of growth

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 20, 2013 5:24 am MDT TORONTO – Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) says its will open a new data centre in Calgary in January and expand its Edmonton data centre to tap a “significant growth opportunity” in Western Canada.They will be part of a newly created unit, Rogers Data Centres, which has 14 locations in nine cities across Canada including Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.“Our new data centre offerings in Alberta present a significant growth opportunity in Western Canada’s business-to-business market,” said AJ Byers, president of Rogers Data Centres.Byers had been president of Blackiron Data, which Rogers acquired in April from Primus Telecommunications for $200 million cash.At the time, Blackiron had eight data centres across Canada in five major cities — Toronto, Ottawa, London, Vancouver and Edmonton.Rogers later acquired Pivot Data Centres and Granite Networks in two deals announced in September, for a total of $161.25 million in cash.Pivot, which cost Rogers $155 million cash, had three data centres in Calgary and Edmonton at the time and planned to open two more locations in the following months.Ottawa-based Granite served eastern Ontario and western Quebec.The consolidation of the Blackiron, Pivot and Granite within the new unit will help Roger — best known for consumer-oriented wireless, cable and media businesses — to expand in the business sector.The data centres have specialized space and infrastructure to provide various IT services for small- to medium-sized businesses.“In the past year, Rogers Business Solutions has taken significant steps to build and strengthen our position as a leader in data centre services in Canada,” said Terry Canning, senior vice-president for Rogers Business Solutions.“Combining data centre services with our extensive fibre network, and full suite of voice and data solutions allows us to enable businesses across the country to innovate and evolve in a dynamic and fast-paced market.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rogers to open Calgary data centre in January as part of growth initiative read more

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Friendlies Germany easily past Russia Iceland beats Austria

Russia is going to the European Championship in Denmark without three main players – Dibirov, Chipurin and Rastvortsev, and it seems, at least by the friendlies, that this might affect them seriously. Germany won a test game against Russia with huge 35:26 (17:10). In other friendlies, Austria could only hold out against Iceland in the first half, which ended 11:11, but in the second one Iceland dominated for a win of 30:22.Friendlies results: Hungary 31:28 Belarus, Poland 31:23 Czech Republic, Sweden 23:21 Egypt, France 29:23 Qatar, Spain 39:28 Brazil, Serbia 32:25 Montenegro, Denmark 34:22 Norway ← Previous Story Anders Eggert still in doubt for EHF EURO 2014 Next Story → NO MERCY IN PARIS: Hansen’s last second goal for “Golden League” trophy! brazilfrancefriendliesinternationalsSpain read more

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Syria hands over detailed plan to destroy chemical weapons on time

first_imgSYRIA HANDED OVER a detailed plan to destroy its chemical stockpile on time, international watchdog Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) today.“On 24 October 2013, the Syrian Arab Republic submitted to the OPCW its formal initial declaration covering its chemical weapons programme,” the watchdog said in a statement, adding that Damascus had had until today to do so.On timeDamascus was required to submit the destruction plan under a US-Russian deal agreed last month that headed off military strikes on Syria. The accord also gives Syria up to mid-2014 to destroy its chemical arsenal.President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has already handed over an inventory of its chemical weapons and facilities, and international inspectors are already busy inspecting and destroying them. The OPCW said a first monthly report of the international inspectors, covering their work on the ground since 1 October, is ready and will be sent to the UN Security Council by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.Syria’s latest disclosures “provide the basis on which plans are devised for a systematic, total and verified destruction of declared chemical weapons and production facilities”, said the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.“The document from Syria includes a general plan of destruction for consideration by the OPCW Executive Council,” it added.Chemical weaponsThe OPCW’s Executive Council will use the Syrian declaration to decide by November 15 on “destruction milestones” for Syria’s arsenal. Syria has also sent in a declaration of its chemical weapons activities and facilities, meeting its obligations as a new state party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, the OPCW said.(C) AFP, 2013 Syrian families try to recover in neighbouring refugee camps>Syrians told they can eat dogs, cats and donkeys>last_img read more

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Front Pages South Africas papers report Pistorius case

first_imgHowever, the Cape Times frames the athlete with a damning headline.The Daily Dispatch was more sympathetic.There was no middle-ground for Sowetan.Port Elizabeth newspaper, The Herald, was the only one to lead with Reeva Steenkamp’s funeral and her family’s grief.Other titles were a mixed bag.Reeva Steenkamp death: Pistorius back in court for day two of bail hearing THERE HAS BEEN some criticism aimed at the South African media in recent days over its coverage of the death of Reeva Steenkamp and the subsequent bail hearing of Oscar Pistorius.Steenkamp was shot dead in the early hours of 14 February and the 26-year-old athlete stands accused of pre-meditated murder in relation to her death.The Paralympian and one-time darling of South Africa insists the shooting was not intentional and he fired because he believed there was an intruder in his Pretoria home.Newspapers in the country are torn between portraying Pistorius as a cold-blooded murderer and a lover caught up in a tragedy.Beeld goes with the love story, leading with a line from the defendant’s sworn statement yesterday: “We were in love.”Cape Argus also lets Pistorius tell his version of events of Valentine’s Day morning.last_img read more

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Washougal schools superintendent to leave after school year

first_imgWASHOUGAL — Washougal School District Superintendent Mike Stromme will leave the district after the school year, as he heads back to Vancouver Public Schools, where he spent 21 years before coming to Washougal.Stromme, who took over as superintendent in Washougal in July 2015, is leaving to become the associate superintendent for administrative services. Stromme’s new position will be effective in July, and is subject to formal approval by Vancouver’s school board.In his new job, Stromme will oversee divisions responsible for K-12 school operations, academic programs, career and technical education, instructional technology and special services. He will also provide leadership in completing school construction and renovation projects funded through bond proceeds and state grants.In a statement, Stromme covered some of the highlights during his time leading Washougal, including the completion of more than $60 million of new capital facilities construction, the addition of two family resource centers and implementing an eight-year curriculum adoption plan.“This is a difficult choice to make, as I enjoy the Washougal community and its unwavering support in the important work of educating students,” Stromme said in his statement. “I am continually impressed with the generosity, dedication and commitment the Washougal community proudly demonstrates in serving the educational needs of children. It is gratifying to work in a community that places a premium on the quality education programs it provides for all students.”last_img read more

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US says identified target for sanctions over Myanmar crackdown

first_imgUS secretary of state Rex Tillerson is seen at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, US on 15 December, 2017. Photo: ReutersThe United States has identified one person it might impose sanctions on over the brutal crackdown in Myanmar against minority Rohingya Muslims and is examining others, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson said on Friday.Tillerson, who last month declared the violence against the Rohingya to be “ethnic cleansing”, has said Washington was considering “targeted sanctions” against those responsible.More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to southern Bangladesh since the end of August.”We are continuing to examine the circumstances around all of the events since the August attacks that have led to the enormous migration of people out of Myanmar, and have already identified one individual and we are examining other possible individuals to hold responsible for targeted sanctions from the US,” Tillerson told reporters at the United Nations.US officials told Reuters that president Donald Trump’s administration is considering only limited action at this stage Trump administration was preparing narrow, targeted US sanctions against Myanmar’s military and could roll out the punitive measures by the end of the year.The sanctions will be aimed at increasing pressure on Myanmar authorities, but are not expected to hit the highest levels of the military leadership and will stop short of reimposing broad economic restrictions suspended under former President Barack Obama, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.The limited nature of the new sanctions is expected to be seen as little more than a warning for Myanmar and are not likely to satisfy international human rights groups and some US lawmakers who have accused Myanmar’s armed forces of crimes against humanity.Other world powers and the United Nations called the campaign against the Rohingya population “ethnic cleansing” well before the United States did so in late November.US officials in Washington and Yangon have been looking in particular at ways to use the Global Magnitsky Act, a law originally designed to target Russian human rights violators but which has recently been expanded to allow sanctions for abuses anywhere in the world, the sources said.That can take the form of US assets freezes and bans on travel to the United States.Myanmar’s powerful army chief, general Min Aung Hlaing, is expected to be spared from the latest sanctions, according to three US officials and a congressional aide familiar with the matter.In November, Myanmar’s military said it had replaced the general in charge in Rakhine state, Major General Maung Maung Soe, but gave no reason for his transfer from his post as the head of the country’s Western Command.It was not immediately clear how far down the chain of command the US measures would reach and who might be named.Two of the US officials said the Trump administration is considering only limited action at this stage to avoid upsetting the delicate political balance in Myanmar, where the civilian-led government headed by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi must still contend with an influential military.Washington also wants to hold tougher options in reserve to escalate the U.S. response if needed, the officials said.Although the sanctions plan was still being finalized, the U.S. officials said the aim was to roll it out before the end of December, possibly before Christmas, though one person close to the matter said an announcement could be delayed until early next year.“We have nothing to announce on sanctions,” a White House National Security Council spokesman said when asked the coming measures. He declined comment on who might be named.Preparations for Myanmar sanctions come at the same time that Washington has expressed concern over the detention this week of two Reuters journalists.Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had worked on stories about the military crackdown on the Rohingya population in Rakhine state.Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say their exodus from the mainly Buddhist nation was triggered by a military offensive in response to Rohingya militant attacks on security forces.Washington has sought to balance its wish to nurture the civilian government in Myanmar, where it competes for influence with China, with its desire to hold the military accountable for the abuses.last_img read more

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Jute mill workers plan to resume demo

first_imgPhoto:UNBWorkers of 22 jute mills, including the state-owned ones, have decided to intensify demonstration to force the government accept their demands including implementation of wage commission, reports UNB.The Bangladesh Patkal Sramik League, and state-owned jute mills’ CBA-non-CBA Unity Council will jointly take part in the movement.Sohrab Hossain, convener of unity council’s Khulna region, said demonstration plans will be announced from a rally on 12 April.The workers enforced a 72-hour strike from 2 April to press for their nine-point demands.At that time, the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation wrote to the jute mills to implement wage commission. But it did not specifically mention the time when the commission will come into effect.Workers leaders said this forced them to resume demonstration.The agitation programme includes a rally on 14 April and work abstention for the next four days. The workers will also keep the roads and railways blocked from 8am to 12pm during this time.In the second phase, they will hold a rally on 26 April and refrain from working for the next three days. During this period, they will keep the roads and railways blocked for six hours every day from 7am.last_img read more

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