first_img ChinaGoldgymnasticsmen’s team First Published: October 9, 2019, 10:28 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Stuttgart: Russia grabbed the men’s team gold at the World gymnastics championships here after China’s Sun Wei fell off the high bars in the closing routines on Wednesday.Russia finished with a huge score of 261.726, with China second on 260.729. Japan were third, just over 2.5 behind China but more than 3.5 ahead of the United States. Great Britain was fifth. It was Russia’s first world team title, although the Soviet Union collected the last of its eight golds in 1991.Less than a year before the Tokyo Olympics, Russia also took revenge for a narrow defeat at last year’s worlds in Doha, when China won by 0.049 of a point.China, Russia and Japan had exchanged the lead as the teams rotated through the six different elements.China seemed to have seized control on their penultimate challenge, the parallel bars.Their third and final man on the apparatus, Zou Jingyuan, delivered an imaginative and technically perfect routine to score a huge 16.383, by far the highest mark by any man in any discipline all afternoon. The second best was the 15.3 by Russian Nikita Nagornyy, also on the bars.Zou’s score also gave his team a total of 45.141 on the bars, the most by any of the eight finalists in any discipline.That meant China led Russia by 1.4 points going into the last routine, when the two nations met at the high bars for a final showdown.Japan meanwhile finished with the floor exercises and a series of errors ended their chances of finishing in the top two.As China went first, Sun immediately handed the initiative back to Russia as he slid off the bar to finish with just 12.766.Even though the last Chinese competitor Lin Chaopan scored 14.5, the final Russian Nagornyy held his nerve and scored 14.46.As the top two teams embraced, Sun turned away and covered his face with his hands. last_img read more

first_imgRaigarh, Jun 29 (PTI) A farmer in a small village of Chhattisgarhs Raigarh district has become a source of light in the lives of about 30 visually-challenged children by helping them pursue education through a free residential school.Barun Kumar Pradhan (56) runs the school Netrahin Bal Vidya Mandir (NBVM) in Amlidih village, located around 27 kms away from district headquarters.The school has brought transformation in the lives of the children, mostly belonging to destitute families, who beside education and sports, also receive vocational training.”I dont want any blind children to beg on the streets and get exploited. I want to make them self-reliant and have a bright future,” Pradhan said.The school was started in 2014 and the number of wards at the institute is likely to double this year.”We are expecting the strength to reach 60 in this new academic session as we are being approached by many people in and around the region,” he said.The special school, till class VI, also has five visually impaired teachers, including a married couple -Jaidev Sahu (28) and Kiran Sahu (26).Himani, 19-year-old daughter of Pradhan, is the headmaster of the school.Some like-minded people also supported the founder to set up and run the school which does not receive any financial aid from the government.”NBVM educates the children through Braille and also helps them develop various life skills that can make them self-dependent,” said Himani.Recalling her fathers initial efforts to set up the school, she said, it was her visually impaired cousin who became a source of inspiration for him to take a pledge to work for such children.advertisement”I never imagined that I would ever go to school. I want to become a teacher and spread the light of education in backward areas,” Ajay Mehar, a grade 6th student, said.6-year-old Khgeshwari Yadav also aspires to become a teacher and help children like her.The students of the school have been felicitated on many occasions at various platforms. PTI COR TKP ARS SRYlast_img read more

first_imgAustralian batsman Glenn Maxwell feels the moving ball and the bowler-friendly conditions could be the reason behind David Warner’s slow going in the ongoing World Cup.Usually one of the most aggressive openers in world cricket with a strike rate of 96.55 before serving his one-year ban, Warner has not been able to score at his usual pace in the ongoing World Cup. He stands sixth on the list of scorers, with two half-centuries in the opening three games.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and Warner are the only two players with a strike rate of less than 80 among the 20 who have scored 100 or more runs in the tournament so far.Against India on Sunday, the swashbuckling left-handed opener struggled for most of the time and managed to score 56 of 84 balls (strike rate of 66.67). In fact, his half century was the slowest of his ODI career.”Davey obviously didn’t have his best day but he was able to bat a little (bit) of time rather than throwing it away early,” Maxwell said.”He was able to bat deeper for us, which was a key thing for us. Unfortunately, the first big risk he took he got out. If he’s gets it right, he’s away.”One of those guys can be the guy who gets the hundred and we can bat around them and really give that total a shake.”More uncharacteristic was the amount of dot balls he played. Warner played out 50 dots in Australia’s unsuccessful chase of 353, including 14 in a row at one point.advertisementAgainst Afghanistan also, he consumed 114 balls to score unbeaten 89. The speed of his innings didn’t matter much in that match as Australia won the game quite comfortably.”It might be the conditions, it might be the ball,” cricket.com.au quoted Maxwell as saying.”It seems to be doing a little bit more than I expected over here. We all expected big 500 scores and balls to be pinging away all over the place.”But the ball has started swinging in the 5-10 over mark rather than straight away and then stopping,” he added.The left-handed opener has come into the World Cup on back of an imperious run in the IPL 2019 edition where he scored 692 runs in 12 matches he played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.Also Read | Class act: Darren Lehmann lauds Virat Kohli as India captain stops fans from booing Steve SmithAlso Read | Dropping Hardik Pandya’s catch cost Australia big time: Sachin TendulkarAlso Seelast_img read more

first_imgManchester City fans can be heard belting out Beatles classic ‘Hey Jude’ in celebration of their team’s achievements, with home matches at the Etihad Stadium characterised by the tune being blasted out on the public address system before kick off.It is curious, however, as to why a song from a band that hails from Liverpool has been adopted by the Sky Blues due to the intense rivalry between the two cities.Manchester, of course, has a rich musical history, with Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis both ardent supporters of the club. As such, ‘Wonderwall’ has been adopted as an anthem of the team, notably being sung by the players in the dressing room in celebration of their 2018-19 Premier League title success, a clip that went viral around the globe. 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? Other big-name Manchester acts include the Bee Gees, the Verve, the Smiths, New Order and James, so there has been no shortage of anthemic hits to pick from.The choice of Hey Jude, however, dates back to 1968, which was the year that City won their second English league title. It would be the last time they were kings of England before the Abu Dhabi United Group took charge in 2008 and led them to success four years later.It is a triumph, then, that is treated with a great deal of nostalgia and fondness by the club’s support – particularly the old guard, who were starved of success for so long and followed the team to the pits of English football’s third tier before their spectacular renaissance.Coincidentally, 1968 was the year that the Beatles released ‘Hey Jude’, which was to become arguably the greatest crowd-pleasing tune in their broad repertoire. Although the song only became No.1 in the UK three months after City won the title, it became associated with the golden age of the club and has since become a fixture on the terraces.Of course, it helps that the Paul McCarthy-written track is incredibly chantable, with the chorus of ‘Nahh, na, na, nahh-na-na, nahhh’ welcoming almost any two-syllable word, which the Manchester hoards have hijacked to install ‘City’.As the song reaches its crescendo from a low-key beginning, it oozes euphoria and is, therefore, a perfect footballing chant, having also been adopted by Arsenal fans to celebrate the achievements of Olivier Giroud.It is, however, the Etihad that is the spiritual home of the song in a sporting sense.Hey Jude Manchester City lyrics Nahh, na, na, nahh-na-na, nahhhNahh-na-na, nahhhCity!Nahh, na, na, nahh-na-na, nahhhNahh-na-na, nahhhCity!(Repeat to fade) Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgzoom DNV GL has introduced a new recommended practice for the training of dynamic positioning (DP) operators.The new standard is based on the latest training and certification principles and defines the role that simulators can play in giving candidates better and more efficient training.Given the differing duration and frequency of DP operations, the recommended practice (RP) does not define a universal sea-time requirement expressed in days. Instead, learning goals are used to define the training experiences required. Simulator training can reduce sea time requirements by up to 50 per cent.“Dynamic positioning can be considered a high risk activity involving a team of people working together on high technology equipment. Realistic simulation, including time on full mission simulators, plays an important role in how they learn to deal with situations that rarely occur at sea,” says Aksel Nordholm, DNV GL’s manager for Simulator Certification. “As long as all operational aspects are included in the training, such as communication and cooperation with others, simulators enhance competence and reduce training time.”Major players in the offshore industry collaborated on the development of the new RP which covers: competence development, sea-time / onboard competence building, competence assessment, certification and re-certification.“Teekay is very satisfied with the great work carried out by DNV GL and their partners to finally launch the new certification scheme for dynamic position competence,” said Torbjørg Undem, head of Marine Human Resources at Teekay Shipping Norway. “ With this robust scheme provided by DNV GL, we are optimistic that the entire industry will benefit in the years to come.” Stig E. Wiggen, CEO, Ship Modelling & Simulation Centre, Trondheim, Norway adds: “The new recommended practice on DP operator certification from DNV GL is a giant leap forward with regards to quality in all aspects of DPO certification, and is the first real proof of competence for DP operators.”The RP provides guidance to flag states and other parties wanting to establish an independently validated certification scheme. It refers to existing DNV GL standards and certification activities and provides detailed input for training centres and test centres.The combination of the RP and related DNV GL standards helps flag states meet anticipated STCW DP operator requirements currently covered in Part B (guidance) but expected to be moved to Part A (mandatory) in the near future.The conclusion from Mark Pointon at IDPOA, The International Dynamic Positioning Operators Association said: “We hope that it will be adopted as the universal mechanism that ensures a consistent standard of DP Certification globally for DP Operators.”Press Release, May 01, 2014, Image: DNV GLlast_img read more

first_imgDelhi: With heat wave like conditions persisting in the National Capital, the maximum temperature is likely to touch 46 degrees Celcius on Thursday. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, there will no respite for the people of Delhi in the days ahead either, with the weather conditions likely to remain the same till next Wednesday. For Thursday, the weather office has predicted severe heat wave conditions in isolated pockets of East Uttar Pradesh. It has also forecast heat wave conditions in most parts, with severe heat wave in isolated pockets over West Rajasthan and Vidarbha. Heat wave conditions are also expected in some parts over west Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Marathwada and in isolated pockets of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, east Rajasthan, east Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat, central Maharashtra, interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Parliament on Friday approved an amendment to the anti-terror law to give powers to the central government to designate an individual as a terrorist and seize his properties.While Lok Sabha had passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 that seeks to amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 on July 24, Rajya Sabha approved it after rejecting an opposition-sponsored motion to send it to select committee. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe House passed the amendment to the law with 147 votes in favour and 42 against it. Rajya Sabha also rejected the opposition-sponsored motion to send the amendment to select committee with 104 votes against it as compared to 85 in favour. Replying to a debate on the amendment, Home Minister Amit Shah said four-level scrutiny has been provided in the amendment and no human rights will be violated. He said declaring individuals as terrorists were required as they float different organisations once an institution is banned. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayIndividuals can be declared terrorists if they commit or participate in acts of terrorism, prepare or promote terror, he said. The amendment will expedite prosecution in terror cases, he said. Terrorism has no religion, terrorists are against humanity, he said seeking the support of all parties to support stringent laws against terrorism. Responding to opposition concerns of the law being misused, he said no one’s human rights will be violated as four-stage scrutiny with provision for appeal has been prescribed when individuals are declared terrorists. Elaborating on the track record of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), he said out of 278 terror cases registered by the agency, charge sheet has been filed in 204 cases. Of the 54 cases where judgements have come, a conviction has been there in 48. Track record of NIA in conviction in terror cases is outstanding, he said. Opposition parties slammed the amendment to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act which will empower the government to declare individuals as terrorists, saying the new law was “draconian” and could be misused against anyone opposed to the ruling establishment.last_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles: Sarah Michelle Gellar is making a comeback to television with Fox dramedy ‘Other People’s Houses’. According to Deadline, the actor will star in and executive produce the show, which is based on a novel by Abbi Waxman. The project will also reunite Gellar with “Ringer” creators Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder, who are adapting the book. It is described as a suburban dramedy, “somewhere between ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Catastrophe’.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe story focuses on nine people who live in Los Angeles’ Larchmont Village neighbourhood. Through the lens of social media, the characters navigate the emotional ups and downs of being parents, partners, neighbours and friends. If the project gets a series order, it would be Gellar’s first regular TV role since the 2013 CBS comedy ‘The Crazy Ones’. The project is a co-production between Universal TV and Fox Entertainment.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — A federal prosecutor says former hostage Joshua Boyle lied about likening his wife’s tendency to strip off her clothes to the nude protests of Russian dissenters who settled in western Canada.Crown attorney Jason Neubauer says Boyle slipped the fabrication into a fictional narrative in trying to defend himself against charges of assaulting wife Caitlan Coleman after the pair were freed from overseas captivity at the hands of Taliban-linked extremists.Boyle, 36, has pleaded not guilty to several offences against Coleman including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement in the period of October to December 2017 in Ottawa.Boyle has testified that Coleman would often disrobe when agitated, and that he had joked with her about behaving like a Doukhobor, a sect whose members sometimes protested in the nude.Under cross-examination this week, Coleman appeared to have no idea who the Doukhobors were and denied taking off her clothes when distressed.Neubauer says Boyle’s story was “simply untrue” and just one example of his attempts to create his own, more favourable version of events.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgHONOLULU, Hawaii – Hawaii emergency management officials knew for years that an employee had problems performing his job. Then, he sent a false alert warning of an imminent missile attack earlier this month.The worker had mistakenly believed drills for tsunami and fire warnings were actual events, and colleagues were not comfortable working with him, the state said Tuesday. His supervisors counselled him but kept him for a decade in a position that had to be renewed each year.The problems in the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency went beyond one troubled employee. The agency had a vague checklist for missile alerts, allowing workers to interpret the steps they should follow differently. Managers didn’t require a second person to sign off on alerts before they were sent, and the agency lacked any preparation on how to correct a false warning.Those details emerged Tuesday in federal and state reports investigating how the agency mistakenly blasted cellphones and broadcast stations Jan. 13 with a warning that led hundreds of thousands of people to believe they were about to die in a nuclear attack. It took nearly 40 minutes to retract it.Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi resigned as the reports were released. Officials revealed that the employee who sent the alert was fired Friday. His name has not been revealed. A second worker quit before disciplinary action was taken, and another was being suspended without pay, officials said.“The protocols were not in place. It was a sense of urgency to put it in place as soon as possible. But those protocols were not developed to the point they should have,” retired Brig. Gen. Bruce Oliveira, who wrote the report on Hawaii’s internal investigation, said at a news conference.A Federal Communications Commission report revealed Tuesday that the worker who pushed out the alert thought an actual attack was imminent. It was the first indication the alert was purposely sent, adding another level of confusion to the misstep that created panic at a time of fear over the threat of North Korean missiles.The worker believed there was a real attack because of a mistake in how the drill was initiated during a shift change, according to the FCC, which regulates the nation’s airwaves and sets standards for such emergency alerts. The employee said he didn’t hear the word “exercise” repeated six times, though others clearly heard it.There was no requirement to double-check with a colleague or get a supervisor’s approval before sending the warning statewide, the federal agency said.“There were no procedures in place to prevent a single person from mistakenly sending a missile alert” in Hawaii, said James Wiley, a cybersecurity and communications reliability staffer at the FCC.Compounding the issue was that the state Emergency Management Agency had no prepared message for a false alarm. The FCC criticized the state’s 38-minute delay in correcting it.In addition, software at the Hawaii agency used the same prompts for both test and actual alerts, and it generally used prepared text that made it easy for a staffer to click through the alerting process without focusing enough on the text of the warning that would be sent.“The reports from the FCC and the state of Hawaii demonstrate systems and judgment failures on multiple levels, and they reinforce my belief that missile alerts should be handled by the federal government,” said U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, who plans legislation to give federal officials that sole responsibility.The FCC said the state emergency agency has taken steps to try to avoid a repeat of the false alert, requiring more supervision of drills and alert and test-alert transmissions. It has created a correction template for false alerts and has stopped ballistic missile defence drills for now.Earlier this month, the worker who sent the alert heard a recorded message that began by saying “exercise, exercise, exercise” — the script for a drill, the FCC said. Then the recording used language that is typically used for a real threat, not a drill: “This is not a drill.” The recording ended by saying “exercise, exercise, exercise.”Once the employee sent the false alert, he was directed to send a cancel message but instead “just sat there and didn’t respond,” the state report said. Later, another employee took over the computer and sent the correction because the worker “seemed confused.”Gov. David Ige was asked why Hawaii didn’t reveal details about the employee earlier, and he said it would have been irresponsible to release statements before the investigation was complete.Ige has asked the Hawaii National Guard’s deputy commander to prepare another report on what needs to be changed in the emergency management system overall. The first version of that report is due in two weeks, with a final version due in six weeks.___Associated Press Technology Writer Tali Arbel contributed to this report from New York.last_img read more

first_imgTOKYO — Japanese media say Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor Co. chairman, is being questioned by Tokyo prosecutors on suspicion he falsified his financial reports.Nissan said Monday it was looking into the reports, while prosecutors declined comment.The Asahi newspaper said Ghosn submitted voluntarily to questioning about suspected violations of financial and exchange regulations. The national broadcaster NHK and Kyodo carried similar reports.Asahi said Ghosn is suspected of failing to report hundreds of millions of yen (millions of dollars) in income.Nissan, based in Yokohama, Japan, said it was checking into the reports.Brazilian-born Ghosn, sent in by alliance partner Renault SA of France, has led a dramatic turnaround at Nissan over the last two decades, rescuing Nissan from near-bankruptcy.The Associated Presslast_img read more

16 February 2009Stressing the importance of freedom of expression, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding press freedom today condemned the deaths of journalists in the Republic of the Congo and in Madagascar. Bruno Ossébi, a columnist for the online newspaper Mwinda who was known for writing about alleged high-level corruption, died in a military hospital in Brazzaville on 2 February. The 43-year-old journalist was reportedly recovering from injuries from a suspicious fire that broke out in his home in late January, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), called on authorities to “spare no effort” in investigating the tragedy. “It is important to remember that the work of journalists is essential not only if we are to uphold the basic human right of freedom of expression but for democracy and good governance, issues that concern societies everywhere,” he said. The Director-General also condemned the killing of a Malagasy reporter for Radio et Télévision Analamanga (RTA), who was shot while covering an anti-government demonstration outside the presidential palace in Antananarivo on 7 February. Ando Ratovonirina, 25, “died in the line of duty, while reporting on events that are important for the whole of Malagasy society,” Mr. Matsuura said, urging authorities to ensure the safety of media professionals, even in times of unrest. read more

Athaudahetti stressed that rather than taking the matter to The Hague, leaders concerned should resolve the matter “within themselves” and seek a peaceful solution. “We know there are some disputes and differences between some countries, therefore we believe that such disputes can be settled though constructive dialogue,” he said. Sri Lanka says that the only way the South China Sea issue could be resolved was through peaceful, constructive and meaningful negotiations among concerned countries.Additional Media Secretary to Prime Minister Saman Athaudahetti told Xinhua that Sri Lanka firmly believed in resolving disputes through peaceful negotiations and called on all parties concerned to hold constructive talks. He said all countries could trust China, which is committed to maintaining peace and stability in the region.“We can trust China as President Xi Jinping emphasized in his historic speech on Sept. 3 last year that China will never seek hegemony or expansion and will never inflict its past suffering on any other nation,” Athaudahetti said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Cabraal said the news item is probably the type of propaganda under the veil of journalism that President Donald Trump has been regularly referring to as “Fake” news or reports. Cabraal says he will submit a detailed reply to the “shockingly imbalanced article” which is not worthy of being published in a newspaper such as the New York Times, and expose it’s subjectivity in a few days. (Colombo Gazette) Cabraal says he was interviewed by the New York Times correspondent on 10th May 2018, and I countered almost every one of her string of allegations and pre-conceived notions in an hour long interview, with irrefutable facts and figures. However he says the reporter has chosen to ignore all his responses relating to the Chinese loans and projects, as well as Sri Lanka’s debt position under President Mahinda Rajapaksa, which would have materially changed the “flawed findings” and highly suspect conclusions of the reporter.He says the stance of the reporter undoubtedly confirms she was on a mission to provide a pre-determined and completely one-sided view point which is detrimental to both China and Sri Lanka in general, and Presidents Xi Jingping and Mahinda Rajapaksa, in particular. Former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal says a newspaper report on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and China falls within the “fake news” category.He said a New York Times article dated 25 June 2018 titled “How China got Sri Lanka to cough up a Port” was a gross misrepresentation of facts as well as a piece of journalism which has violated the truth in a shocking manner. read more

MONTREAL — Aimia Inc. is seeking to seize on targeted advertising trends and buy up smaller rewards firms in order to reach adjusted profitability in 2020 as it looks to the future without the Aeroplan loyalty program.Rife with cash from the program’s sale to Air Canada in January, the company’s expressed confidence in future earnings due to the global potential of rewards programs and in spite of the recent loss of “a bunch of contracts” from Fortune 500 companies, chief executive Jeremy Rabe said.“Longer term, this is an industry that’s growing at over 20 per cent per year…and expected to continue,” Rabe said on a conference call with investors Tuesday.The shift away from mass media advertising and toward “more direct, targeted, personalized marketing methods” online bodes well for loyalty solutions companies like Aimia, he said.“Companies, I think, realize that it may not make sense for them to develop their own technology,” Rabe added. “That’s where we’re also seeing a strong appetite for outsourcing.”Some analysts wondered whether Aimia’s goal of merely tipping adjusted earnings back into the black next year was suitably aggressive, with BMO Capital Markets’ Tim Casey saying it is “not a terribly ambitious target.”Related Stories:’Shocked’ at Aimia board’s behaviour, investor group wants chairman and CEO replacedWeak oil prices hit Exxon’s third-quarter earnings -filingHarley-Davidson $1.6 bln investment plan raises earnings concernsRabe said bolt-on acquisitions also offer a key path to profitability, “in most cases integrating those directly into our existing loyalty solutions business.”Last quarter Aimia signed a new fee-for-service contract with HSBC, its main partner in Air Miles Middle East, through 2022.Restructuring saw the number of Aimia employees fall by one-third year over year to 590 from 890 as of March 31.The Montreal-based company reported a record profit of $1.05 billion in its latest quarter as it completed the sale of its Aeroplan business, which wrapped up Jan. 10.Profits amounted to $6.85 per diluted share for the three months ended March 31 compared with a profit of $21.4 million or 11 cents per diluted share a year ago, Aimia said.Its loss from continuing operations totalled $3.2 million or five cents per diluted share compared with a loss of $9.2 million or nine cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Revenue fell to $34.7 million compared with $45 million in the first three months of 2018.The company’s other assets include Air Miles Middle East, a stake in the Club Premier program in Mexico that it jointly controls with Aeromexico, and an investment with Air Asia in a travel technology company that operates BIG Loyalty.Companies in this story: (TSX:AIM, TSX:AC) read more

HAGERSVILLE – Hagersville farmer Doug Greenfield was baffled when a respected local historian assured him that two millstones he had acquired could not have come from a former milling operation next door.The Shoup grist mill, Greenfield was told, was located in Norfolk County. Meanwhile, Greenfield’s farm, east of Hartford, is well inside Haldimand County, east of Haldimand Road 55.It didn’t make sense. Greenfield had known about the one-ton stones for decades. The previous owner was a neighbour and he knew that the Shoup family owned a large section of real estate on Walpole Road 13 where his farm is located.Not only did the Shoups run a grist mill, the prosperous family had saw, shingle and cider mills and a cheese factory. The mystery was solved when Greenfield discovered that – in the 1800s – Norfolk County was much larger than it is today.At one time, Norfolk encompassed land east of Haldimand Road 55. As it happened, all concerned were correct: Millstones that saw service in Norfolk County were redistributed to Haldimand following a boundary adjustment.“I’ve been trying to buy these stones since I had money to buy things. We finally got them about 18 months ago,” Greenfield said Thursday, adding he paid almost $2,000 for the pair.That doesn’t solve all the mysteries, which include the stones’ provenance. Some have assured him the stones were imported to Canada from Scotland and could be as much as 300 years old. Others say they could have been salvaged from an old mill somewhere on the east coast.Greenfield has noticed that the stones’ size and carved grinding surfaces are nearly identical to stones at George Washington’s grist mill in Mount Vernon, south of Washington, D.C. Greenfield wonders if they were made by the same person or the same business that specialized in mill stones.One of the stones is unique because it features a meticulous blacksmith repair. A big chunk of the stone had broken off but a new piece was carefully carved, fitted and banded with hot iron around the perimeter, locked in place with a hot pin.Greenfield and his wife, Vera, are proud of their acquisitions and look forward to talking about them during the annual Haldimand County Vintage Farm Equipment and Collectibles Tour this holiday weekend.The Greenfields have many other items of interest related to the local area’s agricultural past. Their farm is located at 784 Walpole Road 13 and will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.Five other locations in Haldimand are on the tour itinerary, all with the same hours.They are:Jim & Guy’s Hart-Parr Haven, 3910 Highway 3, Nelles Corners. The Walpole Antique Farm Machinery Association, 2050 Highway 6, Jarvis. The Sitter Massey Memories Museum, 4023 Highway 6, Hagersville. Dave & Mike Doughty, 53 Talbot Road East, Jarvis. The Ontario Drilling Rig Museum, 259 Kohler Road, Selkirk. This is a free event showcasing antiques and collectibles from about 30 collectors. Sponsors advise there is so much to see it will be nearly impossible to complete the tour in a single day.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

The mission, from 27 April until 2 May, will be led by James Morris, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which today warned of a looming “major humanitarian catastrophe” in Darfur, where 665,000 people have been internally displaced and 453,000 others affected in addition to the more than 100,000 refugees who have fled to neighbouring Chad.Earlier this month a senior UN official described the situation as a coordinated “scorched-earth” campaign of ethnic cleansing, but a humanitarian ceasefire accord has since been signed between the Sudanese Government and two rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).”The need for emergency food aid in Darfur is acute. The conflict has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their farms and homes and left them completely destitute. Food assistance is crucial to saving lives,” Mr. Morris said, appealing for $98 million, WFP’s part of the overall $115 million UN appeal launched earlier this month.”It is not too late to avert a catastrophe in Darfur, but only if those involved and the international community act without further delay,” he added.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) added its voice to the appeal today. “Intensified and urgent action is needed…to address one of the most severe humanitarian emergencies today. Given the current situation, the humanitarian crisis will last several months,” it said in a news release in Geneva. The agency noted there had been outbreaks of measles, widespread reporting of rape and severe malnutrition.Also in Geneva today the 53-state UN Human Rights Commission adopted overwhelmingly a draft decision expressing deep concern over the situation – 50 countries voted in favour, the United States cast the lone opposing ballot and Australia and Ukraine abstained. The US vote followed rejection of amendments it had proposed, including a call to the Sudanese Government to ensure an end to attacks against the citizens of Darfur and to its support for the Janjaweed militia.A UN High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) fact-finding mission is already in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and it is hoped it will travel to Darfur today, a spokesman said.On 2 April Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, told reporters in New York he could find no other words than ethnic cleansing to describe the “organized campaign of forced depopulation of entire areas” by the Janjaweed militia. Sudanese President Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir has invited UN agencies to view the situation on the ground with their own eyes. read more

first_imgENDA KENNY HEADS to Japan tomorrow for a five day trip, aimed at building closer trade and economic ties with the world’s fourth-largest economy. It’s the first such visit by a Taoiseach since one by Brian Cowen in 2009.The Taoiseach will hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzō Abe with a view to agreeing areas for future co-operation. The Japanese premier extended the invitation for the visit during a trip to Ireland in June of this year.According to the Department of the Taoiseach, Kenny will also meet with Japanese and Irish companies working in Research & Development and in the services sector at an event aimed at increasing “collaborative research projects for the mutual benefit of both countries”.The Taoiseach will also highlight new technologies being developed by Irish companies in a speech at a symposium on Green Energy, co-organised with the Japan External Trade Organisation.“I am delighted to have this opportunity to visit Japan as part of our ongoing strategy to strengthen Ireland’s international reputation and convey to a wider audience the extent of Ireland’s progress toward economic recovery,” Kenny said.He’ll be accompanied by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, while a large number of company representatives from the ICT, financial services and agri-food sectors will also fly out.The Taoiseach will spend two days in Tokyo before travelling to Nagoya and Osaka for further meetings with Irish and Japanese business leaders.Read: €53 million worth of cocaine washes up on a beach in JapanRead: Hello, world: New island off Japan coast after volcano eruptionlast_img read more

first_imgEASYJET GOES TO court in France this week to fight two separate legal challenges by disabled passengers who it refused to fly, in the latest accusations of discrimination against the budget airline.The British company is being challenged over its refusal to allow two female wheelchair-users – one of whom was travelling to her son’s funeral in Portugal – to fly unaccompanied.The airline has argued that it acted for safety reasons, and in compliance with British and European laws.AppealThe first case, to be heard tomorrow in the Paris appeals court, dates back to March 2010 when Marie-Patricia Hoarau boarded an EasyJet plane from Paris to the French Riviera city of Nice.Hoarau, who has been in a wheelchair for decades following a mountain bike accident, had travelled from Nice to the French capital the previous day without any problems.But this time round, cabin crew asked her whether she could get to an emergency exit on her own. When she said no, they told her she had to be accompanied by someone.A pilot travelling on the same flight agreed to step in and sit next to the 39-year-old, but the airline’s management said this was not adequate and ordered the captain to disembark Hoarau.Hoarau later took another flight, saying she was “humiliated and rejected”, but she decided to take EasyJet and the captain to court after contacting France’s disabled association APF.In May 2012, a French court let the captain off but fined the airline €5,000, and ordered it to give Hoarau an additional 5,000 euros in damages.The British company appealed the verdict, saying it was in compliance with British law when it refused to let her board for security reasons.Allegations of discriminationThe second case, to be heard on Thursday in the Paris suburb of Bobigny, involves another wheelchair user who was refused onto a flight from Paris because she was travelling alone.She was forced to buy a last-minute return ticket with another company to get to her son’s funeral in Portugal.This is not the first time that EasyJet has been taken to court over allegations of discrimination.In January last year, a French court fined the airline €70,000 for refusing to allow three wheelchair users to board its planes between November 2008 and January 2009, in what a lawyer for the plaintiffs said was a “landmark ruling”.- © AFP 2013.Read: Ryanair to appeal ruling that calendar ads were “discriminatory”>last_img read more

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