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first_imgan arrangement with Businesswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). NIIT.tv – a Disruptive Innovation by NIIT, Enters into a Significant Partnership with SASTRA UniversityNew Delhi, Delhi, India (Business Wire India) March 14, 2016 To now offer industry-aligned support programs in BTech and MTech to improve learning and employability of engineering graduates High quality educational videos to reach out to engineering students across 140 countries, for freeNIIT.tv ? a disruptive innovation by NIIT, will now offer support to students pursuing BTech and MTech degree programs by helping them with their curriculum and beyond, with an aim to improve employability and job readiness of engineering graduates in India. To this end NIIT.tv has entered into a significant tie-up with SASTRA University, one of the leading universities in India, situated in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. Sessions delivered by expert faculty members of the University will be broadcast on NIIT.tv, an internet based learning portal. Programs on Biomedical Nanotechnology, Biosensors, and Control Systems will be available in the initial stage and will soon expand to other engineering, management & law disciplines including coaching for competitive exams like GATE, etc.NIIT.tv is an internet TV portal that can be accessed on a computer, tablet or smartphone anytime, anywhere. It is a democratic digital learning initiative, backed by NIIT?s strong Educational Technology framework, that was launched in October last year with an aim to bring high quality training from its classrooms to every digitally connected learner, for free, at any time, place, and language of their choice. The platform has received an overwhelming response with a total of 1,70,000 registered users from 142 Countries. This has prompted NIIT to go beyond its programs and provide support in other areas of higher education through strategic tie-ups. MORE BUSINESSWIRE PSadvertisementlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Pride, not redemption, key for Virat Kohli in England

first_imgRiding high on a successful home Test season, Virat Kohli wants his team to remain “ruthless” in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England starting June 1. However, Kohli’s record in England has not been too impressive.The last time Kohli was in England for a five-Test series in 2014, he endured a torrid time scoring 134 runs in 10 innings at 13.40. Following the Test series, Kohli also played four ODIs on the tour and managed to score just 54 runs at an average of 18.00.In the Champions Trophy in 2013, the current India captain had aggregated 176 runs from five matches, including a top score of 58 not out.Overall, he has played 14 ODIs in England and has scored only 424 runs averaging 38.54. However, the good news for his fans is that he has scored a hundred in England when he smashed 107 off 102 against England in a NatWest series game at Cardiff in 2011.Kohli, who will be keen to better that record in England, maintains that his aim will be do well for India.”I don’t play for redemption. My only motivation is to play well for your country. It does not matter where you play,” Kohli said.The 28-year-old, however, has come a long way. Few months after a poor England Test tour in 2014, Kohli shut his critics up and slammed four centuries in a four-Test series in Australia.In the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Kohli continued with his good run and smashed a hundred against Pakistan in India’s first game.When England came to India for a five-match Test series, the India skipper blasted 655 runs in eight innings at 109.16 with the help of two hundreds and two fifties. He also hit his top score of 235 against England in that series.advertisementKohli was in top-class form and shattered record books in Test cricket. He became the first batsman in the rich history of Test cricket to slam consecutive double hundreds in four Test series.In 16 matches that he played in the 2016-17 season, the poster boy of Indian cricket hammered 1503 runs at 65.34 with the help of five centuries and two fifties.India begin their Group B campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Birmingham on June 4. It will be the first major ICC tournament for Kohli as the captain of the Indian team. The presence of stalwarts like MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in the team and the in-form pace attack make India the favourites to win the title.last_img read more

Kangana Ranaut flaunts svelte figure in sports bra and yoga pants before Cannes 2019

first_imgKangana Ranaut has been spotted quite frequently outside her gym lately. The reason being, the actress has been going through a lot of weight fluctuations between gaining weight for her upcoming film Panga and on the other hand losing some kgs for her Cannes fitting.While the increase in weight was exactly what Ashwini (Director of Panga) wanted, but it was a nightmare for her stylist and designers working on her Cannes Red Carpet dress for months. Kangana Ranaut at gymThe Queen actress is pairing up with Falguni and Shane Peacock to create a dramatic entrance with a saree. Kangana Ranaut who is representing a vodka brand at the Festival de Cannes, reveals that her clothes will reflect the theme Live Victoriously.The actress has been working hard with trainer Yogesh Bhateja. She is working out for her Cannes look and has been spotted frequently in her white sports bra showing her washboard abs at the gym. Kangana Ranaut at gymAccording to Yogesh, Kangana has lost about 5 kgs in just 10 days. Here’s what he said, Kangana was supposed to gain wait for Panga so the calorie structure we followed was higher. So, all of a sudden it is not easy for any person to switch from high-calorie diet to a calorie-deficit diet. Kangana worked out twice a day after an intense shoot for Panga for 10-11 hours everyday. Kangana Ranaut at gymKangana Ranaut is all set to attend the 72nd Cannes International Film Festival in a saree by Falguni and Shane Peacock. we cannot wait to see her final look. Along with Kangana, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone will also be seen at the Cannes International film Festival.advertisementALSO READ | Mallika Sherawat twirls in her Cannes 2019 blue off-shoulder gown. Watch videoALSO READ | Cannes 2019: What Kangana Ranaut is wearing for her first appearanceALSO WATCH | Kangana Ranaut tears into Hrithik Roshan and talks feminism at Conclave 2019last_img read more

SIOUX COUNTY JURY AWARDS OVER $29 MILLION DOLLARS IN WRONGFUL DEATH…

first_imgA Sioux County jury has awarded $29.5 million to the family of a northwest Iowa woman who died after she had an allergic reaction to a dye she was given for a medical scan.The jury made the negligence award Wednesday to the family of 40-year-old Carrie DeJongh.She died June 9, 2015, after receiving the dye at Sioux Center Health in Sioux Center.Her attorney Nicholas Rowley says DeJongh went into anaphylactic shock and lost consciousness upon receiving the contrast dye for a CT scan.Rowley says Dr. Roy Slice gave her an antihistamine drug but didn’t immediately take her vital signs or administer epinephrine, which could have countered her shock.The doctor and Sioux Center Health denied the negligence allegations.APlast_img read more

Closer Look at Chris Carson’s Injury Saturday

first_imgChris Carson has said he is ‘good‘, but it will be interesting to see when he can return. He jogged off the field on his own strength which is a good sign, but the severity of the injury is yet to be disclosed.After Carson stepped out, the depth chart at running back has become concerningly thin. Childs stepped in and performed well, but behind him is true freshman Jeff Carr and then Raymond Taylor, who I think should benefit the most should Carson be forced out more time.If I were to guess, I would say he will likely return this weekend against Kansas State. But for the coaching staff, it will be important to not rush him back too early and make sure he is close to 100%. His status will be something to follow this week. After what was the most impressive run of the day, Chris Carson came up gimpy and wasn’t able to return to the game on Saturday.AdChoices广告As you can see, as soon as the play was over he knew something wasn’t quite right, keeling over on his knees on the sideline in pain. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

‘Real Madrid all about winning Champions League’

first_imgUEFA Champions League Real Madrid all about winning the Champions League – Kahn Chris Burton 04:37 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Real Madrid Champions League final Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool The former Germany international, who is now a coach within the Blancos’ junior camps system, says European glory is the top priority at the Bernabeu Real Madrid are a club “all about winning the Champions League”, according to Oliver Kahn, with the Liga giants prioritising success in Europe.Already the most decorated club in continental competition, the Blancos are closing in on yet more history.Saturday will see them grace a third successive Champions League final, with Zinedine Zidane’s side having already emerged victorious in each of the last two seasons – becoming the first club to claim back-to-back crowns in the modern era. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Liverpool stand between them and a 13th European Cup triumph, with Kahn conceding that those in the Spanish capital are driven by the desire to keep completing that challenge.The former Germany international goalkeeper, who is now a coach with Madrid’s junior camps system, told SPOX: “At Real, only one thing counts.“I’ve been at Real Madrid over the last few months and I’ve been running through the training centre and what do you see in every corner? If you’re in the bathroom, what do you see? Everywhere is the Champions League trophy. It smells like that cup, it’s crystal clear that this club is all about winning the Champions League.”Madrid’s level of consistency in Europe is considered to be “madness” by Kahn, with the legendary keeper having managed to capture a famous trophy just once over the course of his iconic career – in 2001.He is, however, delighted to see the Blancos prospering in the present, with Zidane’s dominant outfit boasting a German engine in the form of World Cup winner Toni Kroos.Toni Kroos Real MadridThe 28-year-old midfielder can be expected to have another important role to play against Liverpool in Kiev, with Kahn impressed at how Madrid are able to keep key men focused and motivated.He added on the playmaking qualities of Kroos: “He shows his importance at Real Madrid again and again.“He gets a kick in the butt from time to time so that he does not fall into monotony and focus solely on spreading the ball around.“He is a very, very important factor and the heart of the team, both at Real Madrid and for the German national team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

14 days agoWaddle urges Tottenham star Alli, Lingard to change approach

first_imgWaddle urges Tottenham star Alli, Lingard to change approachby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChris Waddle says Tottenham star Dele Alli and Manchester UnitedJesse Lingard must find a new approach to their games if they want to return to the England fold.Both players have endured a tough start to the 2019/20 and were recently omitted from Gareth Southgate’s squad for this week’s qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.Speaking to racingpost.com, Waddle said: “The players who have been dropped need to think about having a Plan B. When young players come on to the scene, they get all the headlines and are talked about as though they have been doing it for 400 games. They can have unbelievable seasons but then go off the boil. Players can get lazy and believe the hype.”Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a bad injury. He’s a good all-round footballer who acts as an engine for the team and scores goals. I think there’s plenty more to come from him for England if he stays away from injury. Dele Alli has wonderful ability but I just think he has been worked out by opposing coaches. The same goes for Jesse Lingard. It’s time for him to look at his game and work at it on the training ground – it can take as little as 20 minutes per day – and develop a new approach.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Texas Coach Vance Bedford Goes On Rant About Tradition When Asked About Alternate Uniforms

first_imgThe Texas Longhorns football team running onto the field.STILLWATER, OK – OCTOBER 29: The Texas Longhorns run onto the field before a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys October 29, 2005 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Last weekend against Kansas, Texas honored safety Freddie Steinmark, subject of the upcoming film My All-American, by wearing 1969 throwback uniforms.Texas wearing throwback uniforms as tribute to Freddie Steinmark. (via @Uniformswag) pic.twitter.com/YVnQnacZN0— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 8, 2015Texas is a program with a classic look that rarely veers from what works, but most were probably okay with these clean-looking throwbacks. When asked about other alternate uniforms that some teams go to, defensive coordinator Vance Bedford went on a long rant about traditional powers in college football, that many fans who don’t like wild uniforms will appreciate.Asked Texas DC Vance Bedford about alternate unis today. His 600-word answer addressed a whole lot more. pic.twitter.com/q2mdv5UVkp— Max Olson (@max_olson) November 11, 2015We don’t think Bedford will be looking for a job at Oregon any time soon.last_img read more

Police Investigating Penn State Athletes’ Involvement In Fraternity Fight

first_img Police have already found video of the incident that happened, but they are still seeking additional evidence to help the investigation process.From StateCollege.com:At about 2 a.m. on Sunday, police responded to Delta Chi fraternity, 424 E. Fairmount Ave., where a group of males had approached the house and began to fight fraternity members, according to a news release.“Police are aware of the potential of Penn State student-athletes, in addition to Greek life members, being involved in this incident,” the update said. “University Athletics and Compliance officials are assisting with identifying involved parties.”This is a very serious matter for Penn State, and it’s likely that the university waits for all the information to get released before taking any further steps.It’ll be a nail-biting time for those involved with the fraternity and sports teams for the Nittany Lions.[StateCollege.com] An Beaver Stadium awaits game against Nebraska.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 12: Beaver Stadium is empty before Penn State takes on Nebraska on November 12, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Although the full details have not yet emerged from this latest situation, Penn State could have trouble brewing in its athletic department.Last weekend, there was an undisclosed brawl that took place between student-athletes and Greek life members. While identities of those involved aren’t out, the names will be released once criminal chargers are filed.State College police are investigating a fight that occurred on Sunday, which sent four people to the hospital.The exact total of students that were part of this altercation hasn’t been disclosed to the public. However, it is pretty evident that punishments will be handed out for these actions.last_img read more

PATH Scholarship Comes at Right Time for Medical Student

first_img Without a $1-million scholarship from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), Chedukia Langley, a fourth-year medical student at the University of the West Indies (UWI), says she would not have been able to meet her financial obligations to the university, and faced the possibility of being deregistered. Without a $1-million scholarship from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), Chedukia Langley, a fourth-year medical student at the University of the West Indies (UWI), says she would not have been able to meet her financial obligations to the university, and faced the possibility of being deregistered.Chedukia, who spoke to JIS News at PATH’s 15th anniversary scholarship awards ceremony held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge in St. Andrew on October 27, says with the money received, she was able to clear outstanding fees for last year and make a deposit on this year’s tuition.The 22-year-old, who started UWI in 2014, tells JIS News that even with two scholarships, she was unable to meet her full tuition cost of $3.5 million per annum for her Bachelor of Medicine,Bachelor of Surgery degree, in addition to other expenses, including travelling, as she is a commuting student.“I was at the brink of dropping out, because, although I had gotten scholarships, I still owed the university, and I did not know how I was going to pay,” she says.The student, who has been a PATH beneficiary since high school, says that when she heard that she would be a scholarship recipient she was “beyond elated”.“PATH is aimed at breaking the generational cycle (of poverty). They recognised that I needed the help, and they knew I could help other persons as well as contribute to Jamaica’s economic development. They made a wise investment in me,” Chedukia says.The former Glenmuir High School student, who was born in St. Elizabeth, tells JIS News that becoming a medical doctor is a dream she has had from a young age.“I wanted to become a doctor from I was very small. I always said I wanted to go to Glenmuir High School and become a doctor. Medicine is a rewarding career, and you get to help people where you can restore someone’s health,” she notes.Chedukia says it has taken much sacrifice to get to this point, including leaving home to live with an aunt in Old Harbour, and she is determined to persevere in order to make life better for herself and her family.“I can’t say I had an excellent childhood, but it was okay. I wasn’t living with my dad or my mom at one point in my life. We lived in one room with a zinc kitchen and (pit) latrine. My mother had six children, but it was okay,” the young woman tells JIS News.Amidst all her challenges, Chedukia says she remained determined to excel, scoring grade ones in Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Mathematics, English Language, History,Spanish, Food and Nutrition, Physical Education, Office Administration, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EPDM).Chedukia tells JIS News that her next major goal is to complete her degree programme. She intends to work in the public sector and then enter private practice.PATH is an initiative by the Government of Jamaica with support from donor partners, such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and other multilateral and bilateral agencies.It is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the poorest and most vulnerable persons in the society.The programme is administrated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and the main objectives are to increase educational attainment and improve health outcomes of the poor, break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, reduce child labour by requiring children to have minimum attendance in school, and serve as a safety net by preventing families from falling further into poverty in the event of adverse shock.As at June 2017, 70.62 per cent of registered PATH beneficiaries were children up to 18 years old.In celebration of its 15th year of service to the people of Jamaica, PATH offered tertiary scholarships valued at $15 million to beneficiaries pursuing bachelor’s degrees at accredited institutions, to assist in covering the cost of tuition and books.Seventeen students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in law, medicine, actuarial science, engineering, chemistry, plant biology and psychology received those awards.The funds will be disbursed over a period of up to three years, with the condition that the recipients maintain a GPA of at least 2.5. “PATH is aimed at breaking the generational cycle (of poverty). They recognised that I needed the help, and they knew I could help other persons as well as contribute to Jamaica’s economic development. They made a wise investment in me,” Chedukia says. The programme is administrated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and the main objectives are to increase educational attainment and improve health outcomes of the poor, break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, reduce child labour by requiring children to have minimum attendance in school, and serve as a safety net by preventing families from falling further into poverty in the event of adverse shock. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Measures Implemented to Reduce Paperwork Burden

first_imgEffective Sunday, June 1, measures will be put in place to help reduce about 30,000 hours of paperwork for businesses per year. This is a result of the proclamation of amendments to the Companies Act that were introduced in the fall 2007. A company will be able to amalgamate, convert to an unlimited company, reduce paid up capital and alter its memorandum of association more easily and quickly as a result of some of these changes. “We are simplifying procedures for Nova Scotia companies without losing any of the protections for creditors and minority shareholders,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Changes to the act will contribute to the province’s goal of reducing paperwork burden faced by businesses through the Better Regulation Initiative.” Amendments to the Companies Act followed consultation with members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. The amendments simplify and modernize internal corporate transactions of companies. “We are pleased that changes to the act are moving forward,” said Darrel Pink, executive director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. “It will add to Nova Scotia’s position as a good place to do business.” The changes are designed help maintain Nova Scotia’s advantage over other provinces, especially for companies that wish to continue using the unlimited liability status.last_img read more

Crudebyrail rises in March but storage high despite Alberta curtailments

CALGARY — Genscape says crude-by-rail shipments from Western Canada staged a minor recovery in March after falling in February to their lowest level in nine months, but oil storage levels remain stubbornly high.The U.S. company, which monitors western Canadian rail terminals handling about 80 per cent of typical volumes, reports average rail loadings in March were 150,000 barrels per day.That’s up about 6,000 bpd from an average of 144,000 bpd in February, but still down from the 281,000 bpd it recorded in January.Genscape senior oil analyst Mike Walls says the recovery came as Imperial Oil Ltd. restarted rail shipments from its Edmonton-area terminal after largely shutting them down in February, blaming market reaction to Alberta’s oil production curtailment program.Walls says Genscape estimates the amount of oil in storage as of March 29 was 35 million barrels, about the same as in early December when the Alberta government announced its curtailment program designed to free up export pipeline space and reduce stored barrels.The March number is about two million barrels lower than peak levels just before the cutbacks officially began in January, he said, and higher than the 33.4 million barrels stored at the end of March 2017.Imperial said it stopped rail shipments because the curtailment program resulted in narrower differences between prices for crude sold in Alberta and in the U.S., and thus impaired the economic case for paying rail fees to win better prices on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Companies in this article: (TSX:IMO)The Canadian Press read more

Ban sounds note of anxiety over Haitis continued instability

In his latest report to the Security Council on the work of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), published today, Mr. Ban recommends a 12-month extension to the mission through October 2009, citing recent political unrest as chief among his concerns.After six days of increasingly violent demonstrations in April this year, sparked by public frustration at soaring food and fuel prices, Haiti’s Senate motioned to censure the Government on the grounds of inaction over the escalation in the cost of living. Mr. Ban notes that the four-month paralysis of the legislative process while selecting a new prime minister, including delays in implementing State programmes, had undermined the confidence of the Haitian public and created a barrier to both internal and external private investment, which is critical to long-term recovery.He also warns that rapidly rising global food and fuel prices posed a significant threat to the stability of Haiti, already the poorest country in the western world, and the well-being of its population.Current levels of food aid only meet 5 per cent of the country’s needs. Importing 52 per cent of its food, including over 80 per cent of its rice, and all of its fuel, has also had a severe impact on the Haitian economy and on the living conditions of its people. National authorities indicate that food insecurity threatens 2.5 million Haitians, more than double the estimates in 2007. “Urgent tasks that demand priority attention by the Government… include the adoption of short-term measures that can respond to the immediate needs of the Haitian people and help them cope with the ongoing global food and fuel crisis,” Mr. Ban writes.“The continued deployment of MINUSTAH also remains indispensable. As was clear during the April riots, the Mission security components continue to play a critical role in ensuring the country’s stability,” Mr. Ban adds.Mr. Ban also urges UN Member States to provide bilateral support through specialized training, funding necessary infrastructure programmes and institutional-building efforts.“In addition to the support of the peacekeeping operation, the engagement of the wider international community will be critical for real progress,” he says.The increasing cost of living is going to hit local families particularly hard in the coming weeks because of the additional expense associated with the return to school, Mr. Ban notes, while stressing the crucial need for immediate assistance. 3 September 2008Efforts to stabilize Haiti have suffered serious setbacks in the past six months as a result of ongoing political disturbances, the delay in selecting a new prime minister and spiralling food prices, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report. read more

Torstar cutting 11 fulltime 10 parttime staff at StarMetro in Toronto as

Torstar Corp. will lay off 21 staff at its StarMetro office in Toronto as part of a shift of production operations to nearby Hamilton.The cuts include nine full-time editors, two full-time reporter-photographers, and 10 part-time copy editors, who will have work at the paper until the end of August, company spokesman Bob Hepburn said Thursday.The cuts are part of the company’s centralization of editing and production operations in Hamilton for cost efficiencies, he said, adding copy editors will be able to apply for jobs at the expanding office in that city.Torstar, which owns weekly and daily newspapers including the Toronto Star and the Hamilton Spectator, rebranded its Metro papers in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Toronto, and Vancouver under the StarMetro name as part of a relaunch in April.The layoffs come just days after media publishing rival Postmedia Network Inc. announced it would close six small-town newspapers and reduce print publication of four more, while slashing 10 per cent of its total salary outlay through staff layoffs and voluntary buyouts by the end of August.Last November, Torstar and Postmedia announced they had exchanged a total of 41 publications, mostly in Ontario, and would stop publishing most of them, resulting in 291 job losses, prompting an ongoing Competition Bureau investigation.Both publishers have undergone rigorous cost-cutting measures in recent years, including several rounds of staff reductions through both buyouts and layoffs as they attempt to offset the impact of declining advertising revenue in a digital world dominated by the likes of Google and Facebook.In April, Torstar announced it was doubling the pool of reporters at its western Canadian Metro free daily newspapers — an unusual move in a shrinking industry.CEO John Boynton said at the time the initiative represented a major investment in journalism outside of the company’s Toronto headquarters, where it publishes the daily Toronto Star.The company’s five Metro newspapers — in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Halifax — were rebranded StarMetro, with city-specific versions of the thestar.com for each.Aside from the Star and its affiliated website, Torstar owns daily and community newspapers throughout Ontario, a 56.4 per cent interest in VerticalScope and minority interests in a number of other companies.Torstar also holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse. read more

Annan appeals for aid to Afghanistan at development strategy launch in London

On its difficult journey from conflict and devastation to nascent democracy, Afghanistan has succeeded in forging a progressively reinvigorated State, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in London, urging the international community to respond with assistance and pledging the support of the United Nations in this endeavour.“This is time for committed action,” he said. “After being forced to sacrifice so much in war, the Afghan people have willingly given even more to peace. They expect a peace dividend. And they deserve it,” he told the opening of a two-day donors’ conference on Afghanistan, which is co-hosted by the Afghan and British Governments as well as the UN.The London Conference has before it the Afghan Government’s development strategy.Conference participants will formalize their agreement as an Afghanistan Compact, in which the Afghan Government will commit itself to pursue certain security, governance and development goals over the next five years and the international community will pledge its support.The Compact “sets forth measurable and time-bound benchmarks on a clear set of priorities,” Mr. Annan said. “In short it presents a result-oriented plan for Afghanistan’s future. As co-chair of the Compact’s Monitoring Board, the UN will support Government efforts to make international assistance more visible to the Afghan people.”The Secretary-General pointed out that recent attacks have been a sad reminder that the country’s peace is fragile, and that Afghanistan remains in an insecure environment of terrorism, extremist violence and the illicit and corrupting narcotics industry. “It is in the interest of the entire international community to provide assistance as the country consolidates its moves towards peace, democracy and, above all, security, which underpins advancement on every other front,” Mr. Annan told the audience, which included Afghan President Hamid Karzai and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The partnership which emerged at the pledging conference in 2001 in Bonn, Germany, was being renewed in London and should continue to support the Afghan people. Mr. Annan said. He called for Afghanistan’s leaders at all levels to deliver on their end. “The long-term stability of the Afghan State and the credibility of its Government both depend on it.”Also today in London, UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told reporters that the Conference “demonstrates how strongly the international community remains committed to supporting the people of Afghanistan in the long term.” He called the Compact evidence of a collective international determination “to see that the next stage of nation building succeeds.”Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the Bonn process, begun four years ago, had produced an agreement to create the institutions of government. “Today, in the Afghanistan Compact, we have an agreement about making these institutions work.” read more

Aurizon Mines posts Q1 million loss says output constrained during transition

Aurizon Mines posts Q1 million loss, says output constrained during transition AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2013 8:56 am MDT VANCOUVER – Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ) says it had a $2.9-million net loss in the first quarter — a contrast to the profit it reported a year earlier — as output and revenue fell and the company fended off a hostile takeover.The loss, equivalent to two cents per share, came during a period when the Vancouver-based mining company battled a takeover by Alamos Gold Inc. (AGI) and arranging a successful friendly deal with Hecla Mining Co.Aurizon also says its Casa Berardi mine will be in a transition phase for 15 months as it installs infrastructure to reach new areas to mine. It said the mine produced 24,444 ounces of gold during the quarter, in line with its budget.Aurizon’s revenue during the quarter ended March 31 was $43.2 million, down from $56.8 million a year earlier when Aurizon produced more ounces and sold them at higher prices.In the first quarter of 2012,, Aurizon’s net income was $8.6 million or five cents per share.The average price received in the first quarter of 2013 was US$1,621 per ounce, with 26,200 ounces sold. A year earlier, it sold 33,364 ounces at an average realized price of US$1,621 per ounce.Since the quarter ended, the price of gold has dropped substantially. read more

Get involved for Thrive mental health week

A new mental health initiative is launching at Brock on Monday, Jan. 29.First developed by the University of British Columbia in 2009, Thrive Week has been picked up by post-secondary institutions across the country, and will be held at Brock for this first time this year.Thrive Week at Brock will run from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, which will include Bell Let’s Talk Day on Wednesday, Jan. 31.The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, Student Life and Community Experience and Brock University Students’ Union are working together to organize the week, which is designed to promote positive mental health for all students, faculty and staff.All Brock students, staff and faculty are invited to register as a Thrive Week partner. There are two ways to get involved.Special Event Partners promote positive mental health on campus through planning, organizing and promoting a special Thrive event. Events can be created that:Educate the community about positive mental health and what it means to Thrive.Develop specific skills that can be used to build and maintain positive health.Support individual self-care and resiliency.Brock students, staff and faculty can also get involved by having their existing work being done to promote positive mental health on campus highlighted.The deadline to submit an event for consideration is Wednesday, Jan. 10 and information can be sent to jfennell@brocku.ca read more

Luongo gets 77th shutout as Panthers blank Bruins 50

SUNRISE, Fla. — Roberto Luongo made 33 saves in his 77th career shutout, Mike Hoffman scored twice and the Florida Panthers beat the Boston Bruins 5-0 on Tuesday night.Luongo, who returned to the lineup after missing five games with a knee injury, passed Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito for sole possession of ninth place on the NHL’s all-time shutout list.Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists, while Mike Matheson and Evgenii Dadonov also scored. Aleksander Barkov had three assists and Keith Yandle added two.Jaroslav Halak stopped 39 shots as the Panthers had a season-high 44 shots on goal. The Bruins lost for the third time in four games.Huberdeau stretched the Panthers’ lead to 3-0. His shot from the left circle was blocked by Halak, but the puck trickled through his pads at 15:14 of the second period. Huberdeau has six consecutive multipoint games, one short of the franchise record set by Pavel Bure.Hoffman’s second goal with five seconds left in the second on a power play made the score 4-0. Hoffman has 26 points in his last 24 games.Dadonov’s power-play goal with 5:34 remaining in the third made it 5-0.Hoffman scored the first goal of the night. With traffic in front, Halak lost track of the puck, which was sitting on his left side at the goal line until Hoffman poked it in at 4:21 of the second.Matheson gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead when he brought the puck down the length of the ice and beat Halak on the stick side with a shot from the right circle at 13:13.NOTES: The Panthers returned goaltender Michael Hutchinson to Springfield of the AHL. Hutchinson was on loan while Luongo was out. … Huberdeau has 299 points, surpassing Nathan Horton for fourth in franchise history. … Bruins D Charlie McAvoy took part in the morning skate. McAvoy is not expected to play Thursday at Tampa Bay, but it hasn’t been ruled out.UP NEXTBruins: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.Panthers: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.___More NHL hockey: https://www.apnews.com/NHL and https://www.twitter.com/AP_SportsPaul Gereffi, The Associated Press read more

PYBAR gets decline development diamond drilling contract at Evolution Cowal

first_imgPYBAR has been awarded the contract for underground exploration decline development and diamond drilling at Evolution Mining’s Cowal Gold Operations located in West Wyalong, 350km west of Sydney. The 12 month contract will employ a team of 37 personnel and comprises portal development, decline development, level development and diamond drilling. “We are currently recruiting for a number of positions available at the project which has a start date of March 1, 2019. A preference for local residents remains a focal element of our recruitment strategy.”CEO Brendan Rouse said: “This contract further strengthens our position in the Eastern seaboard following the announcement of our contract at Peak Mine late last year. We look forward to working closely with the Evolution team to support their development requirements.” Commenting on the contract award, Craig Fawcett, General Manager Cowal Gold Operations said: “This development is an important component of achieving our objective of producing 300,000 ounces per annum at Cowal. We look forward to working with PYBAR to deliver this project effectively.”last_img read more