first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 18 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover India Tuesday said it has started offering advanced connectivity features on its flagship products, the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Discovery. The vehicles now come with connectivity features called Protect, Remote Premium and Secure Tracker under the InControl Package. “It has been our endeavour to bring the very best and latest connected car technologies into India and we are delighted that our tech-savvy customers can now enjoy a more safe and secure driving experience,” JLR India President and Managing Director Rohit Suri said in a statement. JLR first introduced 4G capable Wi-Fi and Pro Services in 2017. As an extension, the company has now added Land Rover optimised assistance and SOS emergency call under Protect, Remote Premium and Secure Tracker, it said. PTI MSS ANSANSlast_img read more

first_imgAustralia will be out to secure their place in the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals for a fourth straight tournament when they play Norway on June 23 at the Allianz Riviera.The Matildas advanced to the knockout stages with a 4-1 win over Jamaica which saw them finish second in Group C following a loss to Italy and a victory against Brazil.Norway’s group record was identical as they fell to France in between victories against Nigeria and South Korea to seal second spot in Group A. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? These sides last met in February 2018 when Australia claimed a late 4-3 win and a similarly dramatic contest in Nice could be on the cards.   Game Australia vs Norway Date Sunday, June 23 Time 5:00 am AEST  Stream (AUS only) Optus Sport TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch Every Matildas match at the Women’s World Cup, including Australia’s match against Norway, is available live and free on SBS . For those looking to stream the match, Optus Sport will also be showing every match of the tournament. The platform requires a monthly subscription of $14.99 for non-Optus customers.  AUS TV channel Online stream SBS Optus Sport  Squads & Team News Matildas jersey Position Australia squad Goalkeepers Williams, Arnold, Micah Defenders Simon, Polkinghorne, Roestbakken, Catley, Kennedy, Carpenter, Allen Midfielders Luik, Logarzo, Kellond-Knight, Van Egmond, Yallop, Gorry, Harrison Forwards Foord, Kerr, Fowler, Raso, Gielnik, De Vanna Confirmed Australia XI: Williams; Carpenter, Kennedy, Catley, Kellond-Knight; Van Egmond, Butt, Logarzo; Raso, Foord, Kerr. Position Norway squad Goalkeepers Hjelmseth, Fiskerstrand, Bogstad Defenders Wold, Thorisdottir, Hovland, Mjelde, Kvamme Midfielders S.Hansen, Risa, C.Hansen, Engen, Reiten, Minde, Maanum, Saevik Forwards Thorsnes, Herlovsen, Utland, Asland, Eikeland, Haavi, Nautnes Confirmed Norway XI:  Hjelmseth; Wold, Mjelde, Thorisdottir, Minde; Saevik, Risa, Engen, Reiten; Hansen, HerlovsenBetting & Match Odds Ranked six places higher than Norway in the FIFA world rankings, Australia are slight favourites heading into this match going at odds of $2.20  to claim victory.Norway meanwhile are valued at $2.88 with a draw in regular time going at $3.40 .Sam Kerr is the most likely to open the scoring with odds of $5 . All odds courtesy of sportsbet and correct at time of publishing.  Match Preview Sam Kerr MatildasAfter a turbulent group stage, the Matildas must avoid any hiccups against Norway if they are to secure their place in the World Cup quarter-finals for a fourth straight time.Australia have been far from convincing in France with a shock loss to Italy followed up by a fortunate comeback against Brazil and a solid victory over Jamaica. Though defensively frail without a clean sheet in their past five games, the Matildas look to ready to fire in attack with star forward Sam Kerr bagging all four goals in Australia’s final group match. Despite being ranked 12th in the world heading into France, Norway know what it takes to succeed on the biggest stage, having won the 1995 World Cup, and also picked up gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Their performances at the tournament to-date have been solid, with Martin Sjogren’s side holding their own in a narrow 2-1 loss to France in the group stages.Norway are without their best player and Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg at the tournament with the star absent through protest of how her football federation continues to treat female footballers. These two nations last faced off early last year with the Matildas claiming a late 4-3 win at the Algarve Cup in Poland. Norway also fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Australia’s neighbours New Zealand heading into the World Cup and on paper may struggle to contain the green and gold.last_img read more

first_img Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Focal Marine & Offshore, a Singapore/Shanghai based OSV designer, has won a design contract for a DP-3 Offshore Construction Vessel (OCV) from one of their regular clients.FOCAL 530 design has a high DP capability, which is achieved by five thrusters, enabling the design to be suitable for operation in deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, West Africa etc.The other pieces of equipment characteristic for this design are diesel electric DP-3 propulsion, two offshore cranes and one walk-to-work AHC gangway.The vessel, built according to this design, encompassing a length of 115m, will be able to accommodate a crew of 300 people.The design complies with the latest regulations including SPS 2008 and MLC 2006.This design also features ABS crew habitability notation of HAB (WB), and environment-friendly notation of ENVIRO. Focal Marine & Offshore, March 20, 2014last_img read more

first_imgzoom Owner and operator of floating LNG import terminals Höegh LNG Holdings has terminated the 20-year charter contract for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) with Global Energy Infrastructure Limited (GEI).The FSRU charter agreement signed on December 15, 2016 was intended for the FSRU #9 which is currently taking shape at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in South Korea.Under the terms of the deal, the FSRU was intended for the GEI’s LNG import project in Port Qasim near Karachi, Pakistan.The decision follows Höegh LNG’s announcement in its third quarter 2017 financial report that it was considering its options under the contract with GEI due to the withdrawal of the LNG sellers from the infrastructure consortium, and the delays to the original start-up date for the GEI project.As explained by Höegh LNG, the contract was conditional on GEI putting in place the associated infrastructure required to connect the FSRU to the domestic pipeline grid.As part of this process, a consortium consisting of Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Total, Mitsubishi and Höegh LNG was formed with the intention to build, finance and operate the infrastructure based on an agreement with GEI.The consortium has spent considerable time and resources on finding its final form and structure, however by mid-November it has been concluded that no agreement with GEI could be found and the consortium has consequently been dissolved, Höegh LNG pointed out.“Höegh LNG is involved in several ongoing processes for alternative employment for FSRU #9, which was originally intended for the GEI project, and the company remains optimistic that firm FSRU employment will be in place before delivery end 2018,” the company said.Scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018, the FSRU will have a storage capacity of 170,000 cubic meters and a max regasification capacity of 750 MMscf/day.With a gross tonnage of 103,800 tons, the newbuilding will feature a length of 294 meters and a width of 46 meters.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is being urged to step up the pressure on Turkey amid concerns about an ever-expanding crackdown on human rights advocates, journalists and opposition members inside the country.Canada has been steadily raising its voice about the mass detentions since Turkish authorities arrested the chair of the country’s Amnesty International branch in early June.Taner Kilic is now among an estimated 50,000 people detained for alleged links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric that the Turkish government has accused of fomenting a failed coup last year.Canadian diplomats, including Ambassador Chris Cooter, have voiced their concerns on social media and directly with Turkish counterparts in the capital of Ankara, according to one official.Then last week, after arrest warrants were issued for several other Amnesty International officials, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland stepped into the fray by calling on Turkey to respect human rights.In a statement, Freeland said she was “seriously concerned” about the mass detentions as well as the closing down of media outlets and NGOs.“No one should ever be threatened or face violence for expressing ideas and opinions,” she added.“Turkey faces considerable security challenges – internally and regionally. We call on Turkish authorities to respond to current challenges without violating international legal obligations and human rights.”But while the comments were unusually direct given that Canada and Turkey are both members of the NATO military alliance, the head of Amnesty International Canada is hoping for even more.Alex Neve said the federal government’s interventions are very welcome, but that now is the time to keep up the pressure.That would include Canada joining several other countries, including Germany, who have demanded outright that Turkey release Kilic and other human-rights defenders who have been detained.“It’s absolutely our expectation that Canada’s concern and willingness to intervene is going to continue here,” Neve told The Canadian Press.“What we’re looking for next is a very clear and explicit statement from the minister demanding that all of the human-rights defenders be released. We don’t have those explicit words yet.”For its part, Germany recently issued a travel warning for those wanting to travel to Turkey after several of its citizens were caught up in the crackdown.Western countries have till now been seen as walking a tight rope since last year’s failed coup in Turkey, which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been accused of exploiting to crack down on public dissent.Part of the reason for the West’s delicate approach is Turkey’s position as a NATO ally, as well as its importance in supporting the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and for harbouring millions of Syrian refugees.Yet tensions are growing, with more countries speaking up even as Erdogan has refused to cede any ground and instead ramped up his anti-Western rhetoric.“The West wants Turkey to bring about their demands no questions asked… I am sorry to say, that Turkey no longer exists,” Erdogan told a meeting of his ruling party’s legislators in Ankara.— With files from The Associated Press.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The Bank of Canada is raising its trend-setting interest rate as the resilient economy hums along and a big source of trade uncertainty is finally out of the way.In making the decision Wednesday, the central bank also sent a signal that suggests it will take a more aggressive approach to future hikes than previously expected.The central bank delivered a quarter-point rate increase for the fifth time since the summer of 2017 — and first time since July — to bring the benchmark to 1.75 per cent. The rate is now higher than it’s been in about a decade.It was the central bank’s first policy decision since Canada agreed with the United States and Mexico earlier this month on an updated North American free trade deal.“The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will reduce trade policy uncertainty in North America, which has been an important curb on business confidence and investment,” the bank said in a statement Wednesday.“The Canadian economy continues to operate close to its potential and the composition of growth is more balanced.”The removal of one of the trade-uncertainty shackles also coincided with a notable change in the wording of the statement Wednesday, compared with other recent news releases from the bank.This time around, the bank omitted the word “gradual” from its explanation on how it will approach future rate increases, a change that could lead some observers to anticipate future hikes will come faster than the market had previously expected.WATCH: How will today’s Bank of Canada interest rate hike affect your mortgage, line of credit, and general financial picture? Looking ahead, the bank indicated more increases will be needed to bring the rate to a “neutral stance” in order to keep inflation from rising too far above the two per cent mid-point of its target range. Governor Stephen Poloz’s team has pegged the neutral rate at between 2.5 and 3.5 per cent, so several more increases are likely on the way.The statement, however, noted the pace of future increases will continue to be guided by how well households are digesting the higher interest rates, given their high levels of debt.So far, the bank said Canadians have been making spending adjustments in response to earlier rate hikes and stricter mortgage policies — and credit growth continues to moderate.“As a result, household vulnerabilities are edging lower in a number of respects, although they remain elevated,” the statement said.The bank still expects consumer spending to continue expanding at a “healthy pace,” thanks in large part to the steady rise of incomes and high consumer confidence.Until the hike Wednesday, the interest rate hadn’t been above 1.5 per cent since December 2008. At that time, during the financial crisis, the bank made a three-quarter-point cut to the benchmark, bringing it to 1.5 per cent from 2.25 per cent.The bank left the rate unchanged in September and senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins later said the unknown consequences of the continental trade talks — as well as the tit-for-tat tariff dispute — were front and centre in the decision.Following the USMCA agreement, the bank now expects lingering trade tensions — such as U.S. metals tariffs and Canada’s countermeasures — to lower business investment by just 0.7 per cent by the end of 2020, compared with the 1.4 per cent reduction it had predicted in July. Exports are now expected to take a negative hit of just 0.3 per cent compared to the previous prediction of a 0.7 per cent reduction.The bank pointed to data that indicates the tariff quarrel has led to reductions in steel exports and imports, but have yet to show a notable impact on aluminum shipments.The projections were laid out in the latest edition of bank’s quarterly monetary policy report, which was also released Wednesday.The report predicted business investment — outside the oil and gas sector — will expand due to solid domestic and foreign demand.It noted, however, Canada is still grappling with competitiveness challenges linked to major U.S. tax and regulatory changes as well as ongoing uncertainties around pipeline approval. The bank anticipates these factors will encourage some exporters to delay their investments or to make them outside Canada.Exports are expected to continue growing at a moderate clip, the bank said, but they will face limitations from several factors — including transportation capacity constraints, global trade uncertainty and stiff competition, particularly from the U.S.In a batch of updated economic forecasts, the bank predicted Canada’s real gross domestic product to expand 2.1 per cent in 2019, down from its July call of 2.2 per cent, and by 1.9 per cent in 2020. Its growth projection for this year has been increased slightly to 2.1 per cent, up from its previous prediction of two per cent.Inflation, which reached 2.7 per cent in the third quarter of 2018, is expected to slide back close to two per cent by next spring as temporary effects from higher air fares, pricier gasoline and minimum wage hikes in some provinces fade away. The bank noted that core inflation readings, which omit more volatile items like pump prices, have stayed close to two per cent.The report also noted that the economic activity generated by the recent legalization of recreational cannabis will likely have just a small impact on monetary policy decisions.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgCALGARY — Scott Hutcheson carries a volunteer medal from the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary with him these days.His parents Bob and Jane relocated from Ontario for a month to donate their time at the Nakiska alpine ski venue during those games.Bob recently sent the medal to his son, who hopes Calgarians feel its value as much as he does when they vote Tuesday in a plebiscite on whether or not they want the city to bid on the 2026 Winter Games.“That’s what it’s about,” Hutcheson said Monday. “Giving your spirit, giving your all to a community. That’s what he did.”The board chair of the bid corporation Calgary 2026 feels the plebiscite will be a close race between those who want to host another Winter Games eight years from now, and those who don’t.“I think it’s a jump ball,” Hutcheson said. “Depends who votes, depends who gets out.”The result may be non-binding on a Calgary city council that has the final say on a bid, but it will heavily influence its decision.“Vote, regardless of where you stand,” Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi said. “Let’s make sure there’s a really high voter turnout so there’s an unambiguous decision on this.“I hope people vote ‘yes’. I think there are many, many great reasons to keep this process going and to not let this opportunity pass us by.”The cauldron atop the Calgary Tower began igniting last week at 8:26 p.m. for 20 minutes 26 seconds. The tower is a symbol of the ’88 Olympics, as the relay torch was a replica of it.The tower is an asset in Hutcheson’s commercial real estate company, but the former national alpine team skier says he’s not using it to ignite ’88 nostalgia in Calgarians to favour another bid.The pro-bid Calgary Hotel Association is sponsoring the lighting of the tower in the run-up to the plebiscite, as well as cauldrons at WinSport and the Olympic Oval, he said.Calgary 2026’s mandate is to “promote a responsible bid”.It became easier to do that, Hutcheson said, after the proposed cost-sharing agreement between the three orders of government became public less than two weeks ago.“The bid is understood. That momentum is exciting, but it’s late,” he acknowledged. “If it were done three months ago, it would have left way more time to talk about what this means from an investment standpoint.”In an estimated $5.1 billion total price tag, the federal government has committed $1.45 billion and the province $700 million.The city’s share would be $390 million. Hutcheson wants Calgarians to see it as a small investment for a big return.“I never expected this small an investment to work from our city at $390 million,” Hutcheson said. “I never expected they’d put that little an amount in and we’d be able to get the federal government and the province both in for a remarkable number that works. This deal to me is way better than what I would have pencilled in months ago.“I respect that not everybody is going to want to vote ‘yes.’ But I would ask those that vote ‘no’ to make sure they have another community project in their mind that will make a difference. ‘No’ doesn’t build a community.”No order of government has put up its hand to be a guarantor against debt. Calgary 2026 has built $1.1 billion in contingency funds into its proposed budget as insurance.“If Calgarians make a decision to move forward, 50 per cent plus one vote, I will be respecting that decision,” Coun. Evan Woolley said.“Each of our individual colleagues on council, because it is a non-binding decision, will have to make those decisions for themselves.“No means no. Yes means we’ve got a bunch of work to do. We will move forward on that basis, but I can tell you that without more certainty from our federal and provincial governments around guarantees and helping us mitigate these risks, the city of Calgary cannot carry some of those risks on our own.”Calgary 2026’s proposed draft plan earmarks $502 million towards upgrading the ’88 legacy venues, now over 30 years old.WinSport, formerly the Calgary Olympic Development Association (CODA), is a non-profit organization that oversees much of the legacy.While the ’88 Games produced endowment funds to help pay for the continued operations and upgrades of venues such as the oval, the Canmore Nordic Centre and Canada Olympic Park, WinSport CEO Barry Heck says those facilities’ require a bigger investment to extend their lives.“There are the legacy facilities from eighty-eight, that have served Calgary so extremely well for 30 years, has put us on the map, as a world-leading winter sport Olympic city, but they’re end of life,” Heck said.“For us to keep delivering what we have for the next two or three generations, we need this renewal. Five hundred million is a lot of money, but it’s a fraction of what it would cost to rebuild these facilities.”Donna Spencer, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgA star-studded host committee, Academy Awards nominees and presenters, along with some of the most powerful industry influencers came together on February 25th, 2017 for the 15th annual ‘Night Before’ party to benefit MPTF.Kate McKinnon, Chris Evans and Amy Adams, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meryl Streep attend MPTF’s The Night BeforeCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for MPTFFunds raised during the now-legendary evening will be used to support MPTF in providing social services and financial assistance to the entertainment community, as well as it’s renowned retirement community and innovative programs for seniors and those who care for them. The organization impacts thousands of people each year who have committed their lives to a career in entertainment. The annual event raised $5 million last night, totaling just over $75 million in the event’s history.The 2017 host committee included a lineup of the industry’s most elite talent, including Amy Adams & Darren Le Gallo, Casey Affleck, Javier Bardem, Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake, Tanya Haden Black & Jack Black, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, Jessica Chastain, Amal & George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Luciana & Matt Damon, Viola Davis & Julius Tennon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Evans, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brie Larson, Janelle Monae, Dev Patel, Natalie Portman, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Alicia Vikander, Pauletta & Denzel Washington, Reese Witherspoon, and more.Attending guests included Jovan Adepo, Riz Ahmed, Malin Akerman, Jessica Alba, Stephen Amell, Dave Annable, Caitriona Balfe, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Beckinsale, Betsy Brandt, Jordana Brewster, Adrien Brody, Yvette Nicole Brown, Erika Christensen, Sacha Baron Cohen, Lily Collins, Dominic Cooper, Laverne Cox, Jackie Cruz, Laura Dern, Nina Dobrev, Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Clea Duvall, Ava DuVernay, Nathalie Emmanuel, Isla Fisher, Michael J. Fox, Andrew Garfield, Tony Goldwyn, Beth Grant, Grace Gummer, Tony Hale, Armie Hammer, Evan Handler, Marcia Gay Harden, Josh Hartnett, Salma Hayek, Simon Helberg, Cheryl Hines, Aldis Hodge, Katie Holmes, Vanessa Hudgens, Isabelle Huppert, Brian d’Arcy James, Ken Jeong, January Jones, Keegan-Michael Key, Jaime King, Aja Naomi King, Zoe Kravitz, Nick Kroll, Christine Lahti, Brie Larson, Kenneth Lonergan, Melanie Lynskey, Kelly McCreary, Matthew Morrison, Ruth Negga, Thandie Newton, BJ Novak, Jack O’Connell, Bob Odenkirk, Timothy Olyphant, Chord Overstreet, Teresa Palmer, Jim Parsons, Aaron Paul, Jeff Perry, Freida Pinto, Glen Powell, Zachary Quinto, Retta, Jason Ritter, Anika Noni Rose, Andy Samberg, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Abigail Spencer, Jeffrey Tambor, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Juno Temple, Emily VanCamp, Vince Vaughn, Jon Voight, Michaela Watkins, Mykelti Williamson, Alfre Woodard, Bellamy Young, and more.This year’s generous presenting sponsors included Chrysler, Delta Air Lines, L’Oréal, Target, and The Hollywood Reporter. The event was held at Fox Studios, where Carmelized Productions by Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo provided specialty foods for the guests and Lavazza, as the official coffee of the ‘Night Before,’ provided its signature espresso.“It’s hard to put into words what the success of the Night Before has meant to MPTF over these past 15 years,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation. “The event has raised over $75 million to date helping thousands of industry members. In addition to celebrating the artistic achievements of the nominees, the event shines a very bright light on the incredible compassion the Hollywood community extends to each other by supporting the MPTF legacy of Caring For Our Own, a legacy that last year helped thousands in need.”“MPTF is very fortunate to have the support of our incredible presenting sponsors – Target for the past 13 years, L’Oréal for the past 12 years, as well as Chrysler and The Hollywood Reporter for the past 4 years, and Delta Air Lines for the past 3 years – for making it possible for MPTF to bring the entertainment community together in such an enjoyable and yet meaningful celebration. To each of our sponsors and donors, I want to offer my deepest sense of gratitude for the vital financial support generated by this event,” added Ken Scherer, CEO of the MPTF Foundation.The ‘Night Before,’ held annually the night before the Academy Awards has become one of the most coveted invitations in town since its inception in 2003.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement On Friday August 10th, Tanya Kim posted a message on her Instagram page stating “After two years of bringing you, loyal fans, and viewers the latest in entertainment news on Entertainment City, Breakfast Television Toronto, and Your World This Week, I was officially let go of by the network due to restructuring – They deemed my position to be unnecessary.” Twitter Login/Register With: In 2003, she joined eTALK, co-hosting the show with Ben Mulroney, working on red carpets for shows such as the Juno Awards, the Academy Awards and much more.You will be missed Tanya … and you’re 100% correct … when one door closes, another one opens.  We see amazing things ahead for you.TANYA KIM LINKS:WEBSITE: Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Tanya Kim is a Canadian television personality who had joined the Breakfast Television Toronto team back in September 2015, she was the face of their Rogers Your World This Week and Entertainment City. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: To ‘support’ the automobile industry, the government has come out with a policy where organisations and researchers can buy bulk data pertaining to vehicle registrations on an annual basis. Eligible bodies can purchase the data for Rs 3 crore from the next fiscal and would be required to ensure strict security steps to prevent its theft or transfer, according to the policy approved by the government. Violation of data, the policy warns, will result in action under the IT Act and other applicable laws besides debarring the agency from access to this data for a period of three years. As per the ‘Bulk Data Sharing Policy & Procedure’ issued earlier this month, sharing of vehicle registration data in a “controlled manner, can support the transport and automobile industry”. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The sharing of data will also help in service improvements and wider benefits to citizens & Government,” the policy said. The prime focus is on delivering simpler, better and safer services to citizens and sharing of data “will also benefit the country economy”, the policy said. “There have been continuous advances in technology and the range of purposes for which individuals and organizations want access to the DL&RC data. There has been growing demand to share the data for wider benefits.” The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways collects and holds data as part of issuance of Vehicle Registration Certificates (RC) and Driver Licence (DL). Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe ministry currently shares complete data with specified agencies such as enforcement agencies. The data is also shared with automobile industries, banks, finance companies etc at specified rates for each data set. Earlier this month, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has also announced going paperless and said driving licences and vehicle registration certificates will now be issued as plastic cards in a standard format across the country. Under the new norms notified by the ministry, states would have an option to issue the two documents in the form of cards, which would be either made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) or of Poly Carbonate. “A QR code has been prescribed on the cards. This would enable easy linking and access and validation of the information on the cards with the SARATHI or VAHAN database,” the Ministry has said. Recently, the ministry amended the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989, enabling issuance and use of transport-related documents in an electronic form. In the bulk data sharing policy the government has said that “Capture of old data on RC&DL (registration certificate & driving license) before the implementation of SARATHI and VAHAN has still not taken place. The possibility of a number of Vehicles having been transferred from one person to another or one location to another and the Driving License holders having relocated themselves without updating the database cannot be ruled out.” The policy makes it clear that under the circumstance, the Ministry is not in a position to ensure the sanctity of the data, which would be made available on “as-is-where-is” basis.last_img read more

VICTORIA — Get ready for higher gasoline prices and shortages in British Columbia and a supply surplus on the Prairies if Alberta Premier Jason Kenney uses a newly proclaimed law to restrict fuel exports to its western neighbour, say industry experts and court documents.“The one wild card factor that we really can’t predict is the political factor: would, in fact, the Alberta government actually put in effect, in practice, the curtailment of gasoline and diesel shipments from Alberta to the West Coast,” Michael Ervin, Kent Group Ltd., senior vice-president, said Thursday.The Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act, the so-called turn-off-the taps law, was passed by the former Alberta government a year ago. Kenney’s United Conservatives proclaimed it as law this week and the threat to put the squeeze on B.C. is real, said Ervin, a petroleum market expert.“The possibility of that certainly changed, increased since Premier Kenney has been elected into office,” he said in a telephone interview from Sidney, B.C.RELATED: B.C.-Alberta court battle over oil shipments is different this time: EbyErvin said he expected gasoline prices in B.C. to jump by at least 10 cents per litre if Alberta started restricting fuel supplies. He said oil companies in Alberta may also feel the pinch because their B.C. customers will be cut off, creating a surplus there.The B.C. government immediately moved to have Alberta’s law declared unconstitutional with a legal challenge, claiming “the central purpose and legal effect of the act is to authorize and provide for discrimination against British Columbia in relation to exports of natural gas, crude oil and refined fuels.”An initial hearing is set for May 7 in Calgary.An affidavit filed alongside the statement of claim outlines B.C.’s dependence on Alberta fuel products and the potential impacts of cutbacks.“The threat of refined fuel supply shortages can have rapid price impacts,” Michael Rensing, a B.C. government energy expert, says in the document.He pointed to an anti-pipeline protest in July 2018, where demonstrators hung on lines from a bridge above Burrard Inlet in Vancouver. He said those actions had the potential to cause fuel shortages on Vancouver Island.“They advised me that if the supply of gasoline to Vancouver Island was interrupted for even 48 hours, that could affect the ability of retail gas stations there to remain open,” the affidavit says. “If the volume of refined fuels supplied to B.C. consumers through the Trans Mountain pipeline is significantly reduced, shortages of those products will likely occur.”RELATED: B.C. files legal paperwork after Alberta proclaims Bill 12Rensing’s affidavit says an explosion at an Enbridge natural gas pipeline near Prince George last October saw prices increase by 10 cents within 48 hours. The explosion did not disrupt natural gas supplies to the refinery near Vancouver but the possibility of shortages sent prices upwards, it says.Alberta supplies, directly or indirectly, more than 80 per cent of the gasoline and diesel used in B.C., says the affidavit.“Each day British Columbians consume between 70,000 and 85,000 barrels of gasoline, and between 55,000 and 70,000 barrels of diesel,” says the affidavit. “Approximately 55 per cent of B.C.’s gasoline and 71 per cent of its diesel is imported from Alberta refineries. The majority of these refined fuels are transported to B.C. through the Trans Mountain Pipeline.”Brian Ahearn, vice-president Western Canada for the Canadian Fuels Association, urged Alberta to take a cautious approach on fuel restrictions.“Because certainly the transportation fuels business is a very integrated business with respect to transportation of fuels between Alberta and B.C.,” said Ahearn. “We’re really hoping the government will look at other solutions, other options.”B.C. Premier John Horgan, who’s already facing daily calls to provide relief to $1.70 per litre gas prices in Metro Vancouver, called Alberta’s law regrettable and said the federal government needs to put more fuel in the pipeline.“We’re trying a whole range of factors to reduce costs on people and then the gas price thing comes whack in the middle of that and there’s very little control I have over that,” Horgan said.RELATED: Alberta law allows oil cuts to B.C.; Premier Kenney says won’t use right awayB.C. Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson said he isn’t buying Horgan’s statements about his inability to reduce gas prices. Wilkinson said Horgan can drop some of the estimated 35 cents per litre taxes on fuel prices in the Vancouver area.“It sounds like we’re being told to suck it up,” he said.B.C. Business Council president Greg D’Avignon said concerns about higher gas prices and fuel shortages are causing widespread concern.“That impacts business,” he said. “It impacts families. It impacts the government. It creates a real crisis.”He urged Kenny and Horgan to step back from the dispute and see the strong bonds between their provinces.“We’re the two most integrated economies in the country, on labour, on trade, on the movement of goods, on investment, and there are huge opportunities of things we could be doing to grow our economies, but the Trans Mountain expansion and this energy conflict is in the way of it,” said D’Avignon.The premiers need to find a solution, he said.“People forget that families, friends and companies move back and forth between Alberta and B.C. everyday,” D’Avignon said. “When B.C. gets a cold, Alberta gets sick and vice versa.”Kenny was in Ottawa Thursday testifying before the Senate’s energy committee about the bill overhauling environmental assessments. He told the committee that Bill C-69 violates Alberta’s constitutional right to regulate its natural resources. read more

CV output – % change per 2014 quarter “The growth of commercial vehicle manufacturing output in December represents a turning point in the sector’s fortunes,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “A ramping up of new model production, as well as a thriving home market, is expected to yield a stronger 2015, while the effects of restructuring in 2013 will no longer be felt.”CV output – rolling year total Click through to download the UK CV manufacturing news release for December 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing output up 12.6% in December, the first month of growth since July 2013.Output fell 19.7% in 2014, but month of growth heralds bright future.Growing demand at home helped to drive December growth, despite deflated export markets. read more

first_imgThe charges will be denied and there will be a trialAdam Hodge, for Dearlove, He is further charged with two counts of assault through ill treatment or neglect of Paul on the same day.It is alleged the death occurred in the Haverton Hill area of Stockton-on-Tees.Adam Hodge, for Dearlove, said: “No application for bail can be made today but for the benefit of Mr Dearlove that the charges will be denied and there will be a trial in due course.”Dearlove,  who was grey haired and wore a navy blue t-shirt, spoke only to confirm his name and address in the two minute hearing.Paul died from a fractured skull in Middlesbrough General Hospital. The Teesside Evening Gazette reported that the former Teesside Police, now Cleveland, said Paul was aged 21 months when he died, two hours after falling out of bed. 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. Police investigated and “found no evidence of foul play.” On October 3, 1968, an inquest was opened and adjourned.Paul was the son of Mervyn and Carol Booth. He also had a brother, Peter, and a sister, Stephanie, according to his death notice in the local paper.In January of this year his father appeared to be trying to find his son’s grave. He wrote in on online forum how he was trying to find his son’s resting place in St John’s churchyard Haverton Hill, which has been demolished although the graveyard still stands.He pleaded with church authorities: “There must be something you can find out or do, please God help.” A man has appeared in court accused of the 1968 murder of a toddler. David Dearlove, 70, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk,  appeared for Teesside magistrates court, where his lawyer said he will deny the charge of murdering Paul Booth.The case was adjourned until Wednesday when Mr Dearlove will appear before Teesside Crown Court.Dearlove is accused of one count of murder of Paul, aged 18 months, on October 1st 1968.last_img read more

first_img Short URL Friday 9 Dec 2016, 6:30 AM 1,541 Views Dec 9th 2016, 6:30 AM 30 Comments THIS WEEK MINISTER of State with Responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath confirmed, at the eleventh hour, that he would not reach his target of ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) before the end of 2016. The news was disappointing and unsurprising in equal measure.Ireland is now the last country in Europe to ratify this critical treaty, and we face serious criticism for allowing a full decade to pass since becoming one of the first countries to sign it. The fact that Ireland also played an instrumental role in the drafting of the Convention, during its tenure of the presidency of Europe, is even more embarrassing.What difference does it make?To answer this questions, let’s take a look at Article 19 of the Convention, which provides a clear vision for the future – that people with disabilities have a right to live in the community as equal citizens. This includes living in their own homes, or with their families, going to work, going to school and taking part in community activities.This means the State is charged with taking effective and appropriate action to ensure that people with disabilities are not excluded from decisions such as where they want to live, whether they have access to the supports and services to promote inclusion and prevent segregation, and whether community services and facilities for the general population are available on an equal basis to persons with disabilities.Languishing in institutions Many people with disabilities living in institutions or languishing in unsuitable settings. Source: Shutterstock/alex makarenkoThe current reality for many people with disabilities living in institutions or languishing in unsuitable settings means, as of yet, they have no such right to choose and remain invisible when it comes to policy and service provision.The fact that the convention will not be ratified this year is a damning indictment of how people with disabilities are prioritised in this country, and is deeply troubling for people living with disabilities, who are everyday excluded from decisions on the most critical aspects of their lives.We were told that we cannot ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities until “all our ducks are in a row” and yet almost a decade on, a raft of critical legislation to address a range of legislative barriers to ratification have still not been enacted.Legislation that restricts normal lifeLegislation is preventing people with disabilities from enjoying the everyday freedoms that people without disabilities take for granted, such as the right to choose where to live, the right to appropriate supports to achieve an education and employment, the right to engage in a sexual relationship.The continued criminalisation of sex with an adult with an intellectual disability creates a situation where people with intellectual disabilities are often neither supported nor encouraged to look for a romantic life partner, which is a normal part of life for everyone else.The current Criminal Justice Bill designates someone with intellectual disabilities as a “protected person”, as an acknowledgement of the difference of ability such a person has in making decisions about their lives. While significant strides have been made since the passing of the 1993 bill to “establish people with disabilities as citizens with equal rights”, it is now time for similar equality to be given to people in relation to sexual relationships.600,000 people are living with discrimination here The rights of people with disabilities are human rights and these equally apply to people with disabilities. Source: Shutterstock/nd3000As we draw a close to the 1916 Centenary Programme, which commemorated the struggles and the sacrifices made for Ireland’s freedom, there are still, one hundred years on, 600,000 people are living with discrimination, exclusion and a marginalisation which is deeply embedded in our culture.The Convention clearly states that the rights of people with disabilities are human rights and these equally apply to people with disabilities. Ireland has a poor record of providing protection to people with disabilities who continue to face grave disadvantages. We all have a responsibility to ask ourselves how we view people with disabilities and whether we are being paternalistic in our thinking.We have much to achieve on a societal level before we have the kind of society that promotes inclusion for all. True, there are legal impediments to ratifying the CRPD, but there are no barriers to overcoming them. It is in the Government’s power to enact all relevant legislation and ratify the UNCRPD in a very short time. Further delays are unacceptable.It is time the Government recognised that citizens with disabilities deserve rights at par with the best international standards. What is lacking right now is political will.Kathleen O’Meara is Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Fundraising at the Rehab Group.center_img Share Tweet Email3 Kathleen O’Meara By Kathleen O’Meara Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Those with a disability have the right to choose where to live, to an education and to a sexual relationship’ Ireland has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but we are the only EU state that hasn’t ratified it, writes Kathleen O’Meara.last_img read more

first_img Follow us: Feb 1st 2017, 8:00 PM The London Stadium before tonight’s Premier League clash between West Ham and Man City. Source: Adam DavyAwayLiverpool forward Roberto Firmino has been banned from driving for a year after admitting to drink-driving.Conor O’Shea has named his starting XV for Italy’s Six Nations opener against Wales on Sunday.Leicester Tigers have completed a deal to bring French centre Maxime Mermoz to Welford Road until the end of the season.Frans Steyn has had his appeal against his four-week ban for a dangerous tackle on Johnny Sexton turned down.Sydney is set to host the world’s richest turf race with €7 million in prize money at stake for the winner.Eddie Jones has also named his first Six Nations XV of the 2017 championship ahead of their opener against France.The Best Thing We Shared Source: We Were TodayFintan O’Toole was at Croke Park where the GAA revealed their 2016 accounts, Sean Farrell was in attendance at Donnybrook as the Leinster Senior Schools Cup continued while Murray Kinsella paid a visit to Temple Street to speak to Warren Gatland and Brian O’Driscoll. Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty and Darren McCurry of Tyrone at the launch of the Allianz Football Leagues in Belfast. Source: Presseye/Matt Mackey/INPHOOn The Record“I am a lot more experienced than I was if you were talking to me this time last year going into the Wales game. In the grand scheme of things, I still have a lot to learn. That is natural for a 24-year-old tighthead.“It is dangerous if you start thinking you have this whole thing figured out because I definitely don’t. With the experience – I still don’t have a massive amount of it compared to some of the lads – it breeds confidence that you know how it works.”Tadhg Furlong is keeping his feet on the ground ahead of his first Six Nations start for Ireland.The Fixture ListThe second African Cup of Nations semi-final takes place on Thursday with Cameroon facing Ghana at 7pm.In the SkyBet Championship, Huddersfield Town entertain Brighton and Hove Albion at 7.45pm.Showbiz, Baby!Michael Conlan is looking in good shape ahead of his professional debut in New York on St Patrick’s Day. 15,739 Views Share Tweet Email Mourners line the streets for the funeral of former England, Watford and Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor. Source: Victoria JonesDundalk have completed the signing of Northern Ireland U21 international Michael Duffy from Celtic.Three-time All-Ireland winner Owen Mulligan is set to transfer to London GAA club Fulham Irish for the coming season.Ireland captain Seamus Coleman is set to make his 200th Premier League appearance this evening.Galway man Gavan Hennigan is on track to create history by completing a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean in record time tomorrow. Short URL We’ll Leave It There So: GAA accounts, Schools Rugby upsets and all of today’s sport Miss any of today’s sport? Catch up right here.center_img Poll: Who do you think will win this year’s Division 1 football league title?Shoulder to shoulder: why Ireland’s Call became the anthem for rugby’s new era Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM By Ryan Bailey 1 Comment Glenstal Abbey players celebrate their win over Rockwell College. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOHomeThe GAA have released their accounts for 2016 with annual revenue topping €100 million.In the Leinster Senior Schools Cup, St Mary’s College proved too strong for Newbridge College at Donnybrook.It was a day of drama in the Munster Senior Schools Cup as Glenstal Abbey, Presentation Brothers College and Ardscoil Rís all booked their place in the semi-finals.The Olympic Council of Ireland has reversed its decision to ban members of the media from attending their upcoming elections.Nigel Carolan has named his Ireland U20s team to face Scotland in Friday’s Six Nations opener.Robbie Brady says he wants to ‘repay’ Burnley and Sean Dyche for bringing him back to the Premier League.Teams from 14 Irish counties along with sides from Liverpool and Dubai will take part in the annual Páidí Ó Sé football tournament next month. The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last Thursday night marked a very promising start to one of the most iconic arts festivals in South Australia, in the presence of government and community dignitaries that gathered in the Adelaide Pavilion Parklands for the official launch.Festival Hellenika (formerly known as The Greek Cultural Month) celebrates and promotes Hellenic arts and culture through a number of events, offering an open platform for local artists of any background to showcase their Hellenic connections through their work.Held annually, it has become a major part of South Australia’s cultural scene. Celebrating the festival’s 25th anniversary, the newly appointed president, Ms Loula Dacolias, announced the upcoming events and detailed program guide for 2016.“Festival Hellenika is made possible through the passion and commitment of our committee members. “Through our annual gatherings of artists, we will continue to offer a wide-ranging series of performances, screenings, presentations, exhibitions, concerts and events that reflect the talent and passion that have engaged audiences throughout South Australia,” highlighted Ms Dacolias. The Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Volunteers, Zoe Bettison MP, also attended the launch, representing Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill, MP.“Festival Hellenika invites all South Australians to experience the influence of Hellenic culture across the arts and live the fullest, richest life we can,” Ms Bettison said. In an attempt to explain why succeeding South Australian governments have been proud supporters of this event over the years, the minister turned to philosopher Aristotle and one of his famous quotes:“Those who educate children should be honoured as much as those who produce them; because they don’t only give life, they give the art of living well.” “I think this is exactly what Festival Hellenika does for South Australia,” Ms Bettison concluded. A concert at the Marion Cultural Centre (8 & 9 March) in reference to the life and work of the renowned rebetika and laika composer Giannis Papaioannou will be one of the two highlights in this year’s festival, together with the Xenitia two-hour music concert (1 & 2 April) at the Adelaide Festival Centre, which will be a tribute to the generations of those who once tasted the sorrows and the joys of immigration. Established in 1991, with the support of the Greek Consulate General of Greece in South Australia, Festival Hellenika is a non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit and independent organisation with a governing board of elected volunteers. “Festival Hellenika has been celebrating Greek Culture in Adelaide for a quarter of a century, reflecting the talent and passion that exist in South Australia, and the Hellenic state will continue to support its evolution within the multicultural tapestry of South Australia,” stated Consul General of Greece in South Australia, Mr Andreas Gouras. The official program for Festival Hellenika, which runs from February to May 2016, can be found on the website read more

first_imgLes dons du sang se font de plus en plus urgentsFace au déclin de plus en plus important des réserves de sang, l’Etablissement français du sang (EFS) appelle les donneurs à se mobiliser. La situation des réserves de sang dans les hôpitaux français devient extrêmement critique. Son faible approvisionnement lié à la baisse du nombre de donneurs n’est plus à même de répondre aux besoins toujours plus conséquents. Une seule solution pour sortir de l’impasse : mobiliser les donneurs. “On tire la sonnette d’alarme parce que nos stocks sont aujourd’hui très fragiles” souligne à l’AFP, Dominique Legrand, directrice médicale de l’EFS, en charge de la collecte.Selon la responsable, le déclin actuel du nombre de donneurs peut s’expliquer par diverses facteurs tels que la série de jours fériés de ces dernières semaines ou encore l’arrivée des épidémies hivernales, grippe et gastro-entérite, empêchant les volontaires d’offrir leur sang. Elle précise : “C’est une période de l’année toujours critique mais le niveau actuel des stocks nous rend encore plus soucieux, il faut que les donneurs se mobilisent et que nous trouvions 40.000 dons supplémentaires pour redevenir serein”. Une demande en hausse face à une offre en baisseEn outre, la tendance du don du sang semble être de moins en moins en vogue par rapport aux années passées. Le nombre des donneurs a chuté de 2,7% en 2010 avec seulement 1,7 million de donneurs contre les 3 millions qu’avait rassemblés l’année précédente.Si l’approvisionnement des réserves s’affaiblit, le nombre de demandes est quand à lui de plus en plus élevé. Une enquête menée par l’EFS révèle une augmentation de 1,8 de la consommation de sang par rapport à l’année précédente. Une hausse liée à la multiplication des traitements des cancers par chimiothérapie qui requièrent un nombre important de transfusion sanguine.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Selon Dominique Legrand, “seule 4% de la population donne son sang et en moyenne un donneur donne 1,8 fois son sang par an”. Elle conclut: “Il suffirait qu’un donneur donne deux fois par an pour régler le problème”.Pour tout savoir sur le don du sang, rendez-vous sur le site de l’EFS.  Le 15 novembre 2011 à 13:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgSalvadoran government officials joined ASA’s WISHH for a meeting to discuss the role of U.S. soy in the government’s school feeding and other social programs. ASA/USSEC Director Monte Peterson and Alimentos S.A. Vice President Alan Ayapan hold a bag of Alimentos’ U.S. soy-based product that WISHH helped introduce to the Salvadoran government. WISHH Vice Chair Levi Huffman stands to the immediate right of Ayapan.Soy grower leaders joined the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) in Guatemala and El Salvador on June 12-14.American Soybean Association (ASA) Director and U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Board Member Monte Peterson of North Dakota, WISHH Vice Chairman Levi Huffman of Indiana, and Indiana Soybean Alliance Senior Director of Grain Production and Utilization Ed Ebert met with multiple food companies that are buying U.S. soy for government social programs, such as school feeding. Huffman and Peterson also described how U.S. soy is grown sustainably during a meeting WISHH and a U.S. soy customer company convened with Salvadoran government officials who lead school and other nutrition programs in the country. On June 15-16, they participated in USSEC’s Soy in Social Programs in Latin America program that featured a speaker from Alimentos S.A., a WISHH partner company, which sells U.S. soy-based foods to government as well as commercial markets in Central America.last_img read more

first_imgThe city of Battle Ground is shelving its plans to construct a water reclamation facility after the Department of Ecology recently nixed the idea.The city has spent at least six years and $780,000 pursuing the idea. Even though the project isn’t feasible at this time, City Manager John Williams said it’s still a viable project for the future.“It doesn’t mean that money was wasted or it won’t be used,” Williams said. “Everything that was done was viable.”“With the current regulations in place with the (Department of Ecology), it just won’t work,” he added.Battle Ground Mayor Mike Ciraulo, however, said he is furious and the money was needlessly spent.“We’re potentially looking at layoffs in our city. How can I justify that to the citizens?” he said. For the last several years, city staff has been drafting the 20-year sewer plan. One of the components is addressing capacity needs for the next two decades. The options included increasing the capacity of the pipeline to the Salmon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (the current method) or constructing a city-owned and -operated reclamation facility at the site of the now-decommissioned lagoon on Southeast Grace Avenue.The reclamation facility was identified as the preferred option because the treated wastewater could be used for irrigation at Cedars Golf Course, which currently pulls water from Salmon Creek. The treated wastewater also could be discharged directly into Salmon Creek.The Department of Ecology gave the initial go-ahead to research the project. But recently, the DOE told the city the project is not feasible. Any runoff or discharge from a reclamation facility would exceed the acceptable level of nutrients in the creek.last_img read more