UAE To Grant Free 48-Hour Transit Visa At Hubs Like Dubai, Abu Dhabi

first_imgPeople flying between India and the rest of the world through United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) mega hubs like Dubai and Abu Dhabi will soon be able to get a free transit visa to spend up to two days there. The UAE government has decided that to grant free transit visas for first 48 hours to transit passengers and this visa can be extended for up to 96 hours by paying 50 Dirham (about Rs 930). The date from which this will be allowed is yet to be announced, say Indian travel industry majors.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgAzad said that a number of incidents have happened inAzad said that a number of incidents have happened in recent times, which are “agitating” the minds of people like the incident in JNU, bashing up of journalists in court premises and a dalit scholars suicide in Hyderabad.”All these issues need to be discussed threadbare,” he insisted.Asked whether the pending bills on GST and real estate could also be taken up, Azad said these were not discussed.”There has been no discussion on GST. Only those bills will be passed on which there is a general consensus,” he said.Another party leader indicated that these bills could only be taken up in the second half of the budget session, which begins from April 25 and ends on May 13.Azad said that Opposition also wants to discuss issues like price rise and farmers suicide.Tyagi said that while the Opposition wants Parliament to run, “the unilaterism of the ruling party will not be allowed”.The meeting was also attended by Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien, Deputy Leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma besides representatives of JD(U), CPI, CPI(M), RJD, SAD and NCP.Jaitely apprised the opposition leaders that the government is open to discussion on all issues.He added that the first part of the budget session should be devoted towards passing urgent bills besides the budget.”The meeting ended with a general sense of agreement that the House should legislate and deliberate on all issues. All leaders present shared the same feeling. The Prime Minister held that it has been a good meeting and hoped that the session will work,” a communique from the Rajya Sabha said.advertisementApparently concerned over the virtual wash out of last two sessions, Ansari called the meeting amid the possibility of a tumultuous session.Ansari had also held an informal meeting with leaders of Congress and BJP in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday as well.Rajya Sabha, where the government lacks majority, had seen repeated disruption in the monsoon and winter sessions with Congress and several other opposition parties blocking key economic reform measures of the Modi government.Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu have also called separate all-party meetings on February 22, a day before the session begins.The government is keen to push its legislative agenda in the budget session, including the pending bills on GST and real estate that were thwarted in the last two sessions.Naidu had last month met Congress President Sonia Gandhi seeking cooperation for early passage of the crucial GST and the real estate bills. PTI AMR SPG AMR RCJ PAL RCJlast_img read more

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Cong gives notice for RS debate, resolution on Uttarakhand

first_imgNew Delhi, April 23 (PTI) Upping the ante on the Uttarakhand political crisis, Congress leaders have given notices to discuss the matter in Rajya Sabha suspending the question hour and adoption of a resolution condemning the imposition of Presidents Rule there.The notices given by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and Deputy Leader of Congress in the House, Anand Sharma, seek to corner the government on the issue accusing it of “destabilising” a democratically-elected government in Uttarakhand.In his notice given under Rule 267, Sharma has also sought from Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari the passage of a resolution condemning the Modi government for “destabilistion” of the Uttarakhand government and imposition of Presidents Rule in the state.The resolution reads “this House deplores the destabilisation of the democratically elected government in Uttarakhand and disapproves the unjustified imposition of Presidents Rule there under Article 356 of the Constitution.”Ever since the dismissal of the Rawat government and clamping of central rule, Congress has mounted an offensive against the Narendra Modi dispensation.The party had started Loktantra Bachao, Uttarakhand Bachao (Save Democracy, Save Uttarakhand) campaign to mobilise public support against the Centre. The Supreme Court yesterday stayed till April 27 the judgement of the state High Court quashing imposition of Presidents rule, giving a new turn to the continuing political drama in the state by restoring central rule there.Congress is trying to project the imposition of Presidents Rule in Uttarakhand and earlier in another party- ruled state of Arunachal Pradesh as an “attack” on the federal structure and is hopeful that a large number of Opposition parties will back it in cornering the government on the issue. PTI AMR ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Watch: Japanese runner finishes marathon relay with broken leg

first_imgRei Iida has won over the internet with her never-say-die attitude after the Japanese runner crawling on her hands and knees for 700ft (around 213m) of her of leg of a marathon relay, after fracturing her leg in a fall.Iida, a 19-year-old university had finished most of her 2.2-mile (approx 3.5km) section of a corporate ‘ekiden’ (street) race in Fukuoka Prefecture.Video footage from the race shows Iida falling and fracturing her right leg on a gentle bend, before crawling on all fours along with the relay slash firmly grasped in her hand.Her team mate was also seen waiting for her partner, all bruised and bloodied at her knee and palms, as tears rolled down her cheeks.Iida was then helped back up by the race organisers, who came under attack for not intervening. She had reportedly asked “how many meters are left until my goal?” when approached by a race judge.After she completed the race, she was taken to the hospital and is expected to be out of action for around four months.Reports from local media claim the Iida’s team had withdrew from the race after hearing of her fracture. But unfortunately for Iida, their decision was not communicated to Iida before she began crawling.last_img read more

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Netherlands top Sweden 1-0, to face US in Women’s WC final

first_imgPlaying in only their second Women’s World Cup, the Netherlands qualified for the final against three-time champion US with a 1-0 win over Sweden in extra time in the second semifinal.The reigning European champions were undefeated coming into the semifinal at Stade de Lyon, while Sweden lost 0-2 to the US in the group stage, reports Efe news.England and the US put on a terrific display of offense on Tuesday in the first semifinal, but the Swedish and Dutch sides opted for caution.As neither team had been expected to get this far, the emphasis on avoiding mistakes was understandable on Wednesday, though perhaps not much appreciated by the 48,000-plus in the stands hoping to see fireworks.Sweden managed two shots in the first half and the Dutch, despite enjoying 53 percent possession, produced only one chance. The stars — Vivianne Miedema for the Netherlands and the Scandinavian side’s Stina Blackstenius — were nearly invisible.The Dutch began the second half without their best player in the 2017 European Championship, Lieke Martens, who has been hampered by a foot injury.The match came alive for a few minutes about midway through the second half.Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal had to be sharp to divert a low strike from Nilla Fischer to the post in the 71st minute.On the following sequence, a Miedema header forced a heroic save from Swedish keeper Hedvig Lindahl, who subsequently turned aside a shot by Shanice van de Sanden.Finally, nine minutes into the first extra-time period, Jackie Groenen, who wears No. 14 jersey of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, put the ball in the Swedish net with a textbook shot into the bottom corner.advertisementAlso Read | Peru crush Chile 3-0 to set up Copa America final against BrazilAlso Read | Copa America: Jesus, Firmino on target as Brazil crush Argentina to reach finalAlso Seelast_img read more

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Game Times, Channels Released For 37 SEC Football Contests

first_imgA sign that reads "SEC Champions 2018"ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Confetti falls after the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The SEC is saturated with national championship contenders heading into 2019. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU all have legitimate shots at the College Football Playoff, and more than half of the conference will likely be bowl eligible by the end of the year.With a portion of the SEC football schedule revealed on Thursday, we now have an idea of what the early matchups look like. There are 37 games featuring SEC teams will take place across half-a-dozen networks in the first few weeks of the season alone.Here is the list, via ESPN and CBS Sports:August 24: Florida vs. Clemson (Orlando) at 7:00 PM EST on ESPN August 29: Texas State at Texas A&M at 8:30 PM EST on SECNAugust 31: Toledo at Kentucky at 12:00 PM EST on SECNAugust 31: Ole Miss at Memphis at 12:00 PM EST on ABCAugust 31: Mississippi State vs. UL-Lafayette (New Orleans) at 12:00 PM EST on ABCAugust 31: Alabama vs. Duke (Atlanta) at 3:30 PM EST on ABCAugust 31: South Carolina vs. North Carolina (Charlotte) at 3:30 PM EST on ESPNAugust 31: Georgia Southern at Tennessee at 3:30 PM EST on ESPNUAugust 31: Portland State at Arkansas at 4:00 PM EST on SECNAugust 31: Missouri at Wyoming at 7:30 PM EST on CBSSNAugust 31: Auburn vs. Oregon (Arlington) at 7:30 PM EST on ABCAugust 31: Georgia Southern at LSU at 7:30 PM EST on ESPNUAugust 31: Georgia at Vanderbilt at 7:30 PM EST on SECNSeptember 7: West Virginia at Missouri at 12:00 PM EST on ESPN/ESPN2September 7: Vanderbilt at Purdue at 12:00 PM EST on BTNSeptember 7: Charleston Southern at South Carolina at 12:00 PM EST on SECNSeptember 7: Texas A&M at Clemson at 3:30 PM EST on ABCSeptember 7: Murray State at Georgia at 4:00 PM EST on ESPN2September 7: New Mexico State at Alabama at 4:00 PM EST on SECNSeptember 7: BYU at Tennessee at 7:00 PM EST on ESPNSeptember 7: Tulane at Auburn at 7:30 PM EST on ESPN2September 7: Arkansas at Ole Miss at 7:30 PM EST on SECNSeptember 7: LSU at Texas at 7:30 PM EST on ABCSeptember 7: Tennessee-Martin at Florida at 7:30 PM EST on ESPNU/SECNSeptember 7: Eastern Michigan at Kentucky at 7:30 PM EST on ESPNU/SECNSeptember 14: Arkansas State at Georgia at 12:00 PM EST on ESPN/ESPN2September 14: Kansas State at Mississippi State at 12:00 PM EST on ESPN/ESPN2September 14: Chattanooga at Tennessee at 12:00 PM EST on SECNSeptember 14: Alabama at South Carolina at 3:30 PM EST on CBSSeptember 14: Colorado State at Arkansas at 4:00 PM EST on SECNSeptember 14: Southeastern Louisiana at Ole Miss at 4:00 PM EST on SECNSeptember 14: Kent State at Auburn at 7:00 PM EST on ESPN2/ESPNUSeptember 14: Florida at Kentucky at 7:00 PM EST on ESPNSeptember 14: Lamar at Texas A&M at 7:00 PM EST on ESPN2/ESPNUSeptember 14: Northwestern State at LSU at 7:30 PM EST on SECNSeptember 14: Southeast Missouri State at Missouri at 7:30 PM EST on SECNNovember 28: Ole Miss at Mississippi State at 7:30 PM EST on ESPNlast_img read more

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VLGC Commander Joins Dorian LPG’s Fleet

first_imgzoom Connecticut-based liquefied petroleum gas shipping company Dorian LPG has taken delivery of ECO very large gas carrier (VLGC) Commander from Hyundai Heavy Industries.Featuring 84,000 cbm, ECO VLGC Commander, the company’s 15th newbuilding delivery, will trade in the Helios LPG Pool.With this delivery, Dorian LPG now owns and operates a fleet of eighteen VLGCs and one pressurized LPG carrier.The company has four more 84,000 cbm ECO VLGCs under construction, one at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and three at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. Two of these will be delivered by the end of the year, and the remaining two are expected to join the fleet in 2016.Dorian LPG took delivery of four VLGCs over the last month, namely ECO VLGC Cratis, Cheyenne, Clermont and Constellation.last_img read more

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CSCs to restart Aadhaar related work soon Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: Good news for people living in rural areas as they would soon be able to access Aadhaar-related services at the common service centres following the UIDAI’s authorisation to these centres to resume such services.Common service centres (CSC) stopped providing Aadhaar-related services after the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) withdrew authorisation from them following debates around data security of the 12-digit unique identifier. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission: Shah”UIDAI has authorised CSCs to start printing of Aadhaar cards. Users will be charged standard fees as prescribed by UIDAI. This work is expected to start in a week,” CSC e-Governance Services CEO Dinesh Tyagi said. There are 3.9 lakh village level entrepreneurs (VLE) that are running common service centres in rural areas across the country. VLEs provide government services like train ticket booking, passport application, birth certificate, registration for Ayushman Bharat scheme etc. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana”CSCs will also be able to update demographic details of Aadhaar users like address, photo etc. This work is expected to start by the end of this month,” Tyagi said. Apart from CSCs, people can access Aadhaar-related services at bank branches, post offices and UIDAI authorised centres located in government premises. Earlier, CSCs were also allowed to process Aadhaar enrollment as well but it stopped in September 2017 after privacy and data security-related debates in the country. VLEs had threatened to protest against the government if they are not allowed to conduct Aadhaar-related work. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had assured them that they will soon be allowed to do Aadhaar related processes. “We are gradually starting Aadhaar related works. I am hopeful more projects will come to CSC,” Tyagi said. The decision in this regard has been taken on the consideration of suggestion the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology that had has asked the then Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad to restart Aadhaar services across CSC. There are over 3 lakh CSCs and their discontinuation has caused inconvenience to villagers, the Parliamentary Panel had said.last_img read more

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System for enforcing legalized recreational marijuana remains hazy

first_imgVANCOUVER – Marijuana businesses are growing in size and scope as Canada moves toward legalization of recreational pot, creating an increasingly daunting job for those tasked with enforcing the rules.In Vancouver’s bustling downtown, sleek, modern posters with fashionable fonts and simple images are plastered on lamp posts. It’s not until you take a closer look that you spot the rolled joints inside a sandwich or buds among a plate of broccoli.“Weed delivery. Simplified,” the posters read.Once an underground industry, marijuana delivery services are now advertising publicly, joining unlicensed retail stores and online shops as cannabis businesses openly skirting the existing law.Officials have tried to shut them down, but efforts haven’t always been effective and whether enforcement will fare any differently post legalization remains hazy.It’s still illegal for anyone to possess, produce, import, export, or transport marijuana until federal legislation is enacted, said Const. Jason Doucette, a spokesman for Vancouver police.“Although these online (and) storefront dispensaries are essentially trafficking controlled substances, there is not enough manpower and time to conduct these investigations due to the sheer number of these operations,” he said in an email.“Police resources are very limited in terms of investigating cannabis offences, among the other workload that members have been given.”Doucette said it would be inappropriate to comment on the force’s role post legalization, but he noted that officers “will be able to deal with public safety issues that arise.”The federal government has pledged to legalize recreational marijuana later this year and the Senate is set to hold a final vote on the legislation, known as Bill C-45, by June 7. Provinces and territories have been left to come up with their own regulations to control distribution and sales.British Columbia’s Ministry of Public Safety is hiring a “director of cannabis control” and a “community safety unit” to enforce new provincial legislation, although exact roles are still being determined.Under the new rules, cannabis enforcement officers will be able to enter illegal retail operations without a warrant to seize product and records.In B.C., the maximum punishment for selling pot outside of the provincial framework will be a $100,000 fine and 12 months in jail.Post legalization, marijuana shops will need licences from both the municipality and the province to operate.Vancouver is one of the few cities in Canada that already has regulations in place, after creating a bylaw to license medical marijuana shops in 2015 when the number of illegal retailers bloomed past 100.Business licenses have now been handed out to 19 retailers, including four to so-called “compassion clubs” — non-profits that provide medical pot to patients in need — and dozens of other outlets are working their way through the licensing process.Landlords leasing space to illegal outlets are given zoning violation orders, while bylaw officers routinely issue $1,000 tickets to unlicensed shops — although data from the city shows less than 15 per cent of those have been paid.Vancouver is also asking the B.C. Supreme Court to shut down 53 pot shops that continue to operate without a licence. That case is set to be heard in September.A statement from the city says enforcement against illegal operators will be “enhanced” post legalization, but no details have been provided on what the city’s role will be.Some in the industry predict the so-called grey market will continue to flourish once recreational marijuana is legalized, saying the rules don’t allow regulated businesses to fulfil demand.Direct delivery and online distribution in particular are likely to continue operating on the edges of the law, said Ian Dawkins, acting president of the Cannabis Commerce Association of Canada.“They are like the cockroaches of this biosphere. You will never destroy a dude on his bicycle with a cellphone delivering weed,” he said.Fines and court injunctions won’t be effective, Dawkins added, and the grey market will continue providing consumers across the country with the variety and availability of product they’ve come to expect.“If you’re a law-abiding citizen and you go to the Ontario cannabis store and there’s nothing on the shelves, you pretty much feel entitled to dial up your guy. That’s pretty much the end of enforcement at that point.”The market for marijuana products has evolved quickly, said the owner of one Vancouver-based online cannabis shop who asked not to be named.His store, Westculture, sells everything from edibles and dried cannabis flowers to weed-infused bath bombs and dog treats. Many of the products still wouldn’t be available at licensed retailers after legalization.People want things like edibles and vape pens because they offer a discrete way to consume cannabis and government regulations won’t fill that demand, he said.“They should have a better model to serve their consumers.”The man knows his business doesn’t fully comply with either the current or coming legislation, but he has no plans to shut down because he wants to push for rules that allow greater access to a wider variety of products.Governments are “setting themselves up for a lot of competition from the grey market,” he said.— Follow @gkarstenssmith on Twitter.last_img read more

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Council holds off on awarding dog park tender

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has decided to defer a decision on whether or not to proceed with building a dog park and its associated amenities in Toboggan Hill Park after the lowest tendered bid for the project came in over $200,000 over budget.In a report to Council, staff said that the City received three bids for the dog park project, all of which came in well over the City’s $500,000 budget for the project.Knappett Industries’ bid totalled $705,947, while bids from S. Young Enterprises and DGS Astro Paving totalled $1,060,034 and $1,275,862.11 respectively. Staff had recommended to Council that the tender be awarded to the lowest bidder – Knappett – and that Council approve an additional $368,000 from last year’s capital budget reserve for the project to cover consulting fees, contracting costs and contingencies.Councillor Byron Stewart stated that he was at first surprised to hear about the large sticker price tag, but that after looking at the scope of the work to be done, said that the price wasn’t necessarily overblown.However, councillor Trevor Bolin expressed concern about the large increase in the budget, and said he wasn’t able to support the recommendation until a breakdown of the costs for the project was given.Mayor Ackerman also asked about the City’s capital reserve, which contains funds from projects that come in under the budgeted amount.Finance Director Shirley Collington said that currently, the City’s general reserve contains an estimated $40 million, though a large amount of those funds are earmarked for other projects, including the new RCMP detachment.Council voted in favour of tabling the motion until the next council meeting on August 13th, when staff will be presenting a breakdown for the costs associated with the features of the new dog park, as well as a breakdown of earmarked funds in the City’s reserve.last_img read more

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Denouncing civilian deaths UN rights expert urges Somalia ceasefire

The country has witnessed renewed violence between the troops of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), backed by the Ethiopian Army, and the anti-government insurgent forces. “The use of heavy weaponry into areas where civilians are concentrated left reportedly 81 civilians dead and more than 100 wounded,” Ghanim Alnajjar, the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, said in a statement issued today in Geneva.Mr. Alnajjar condemned in particular the alleged deliberate killing of numerous clerics belonging to “Altabligh Group” at the Al-Hidaya Compound/Mosque. “The killings have to be investigated expeditiously and impartially, and any lasting peace in Somalia must be based on justice, truth and accountability,” he stated.The Independent Expert appealed for calm and an immediate ceasefire, and urged the TFG and the international community to protect civilians in Somalia, which has not had a functioning national government since 1991. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes joined the call, urging the parties to the conflict to protect civilians and to respect international law.“Combatants appear to have little regard for the safety of civilians in Mogadishu, where residents have been traumatized by years of violence,” he said in a statement.On Monday Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced deep concern over this weekend’s heavy fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, and deplored the substantial number of civilian casualties and injuries resulting from the violence.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban urged parties to the conflict “to refrain from the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force that endangers the lives of civilians, particularly in heavily populated civilian areas, and reminds them that any targeting of non-combatants is a violation of international law.”Rising insecurity is among the reasons that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) believes the humanitarian situation in the strife-torn nation is deteriorating faster than expected. An estimated 1.8 million people in Somalia require humanitarian assistance and that figure could increase to 2 million once current assessments are concluded, according to OCHA. 23 April 2008An independent United Nations human rights expert has condemned the killing of civilians in Somalia, including a number of religious leaders, and called for an immediate end to the violence that has flared up in recent weeks in the Horn of Africa nation. read more

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MacysJC Penney battle over Martha Stewart brand resumes after mediation goes nowhere

by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 12:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Macy’s-J.C. Penney battle over Martha Stewart brand resumes after mediation goes nowhere NEW YORK, N.Y. – Attorneys for J.C Penney and Macy’s were back in court Monday to fight over the Martha Stewart brand after a monthlong mediation period went nowhere.But after the hearing, the real action began. Penney said late Monday, that the company’s board of directors has ousted CEO Ron Johnson after only 17 months on the job and rehired Johnson’s predecessor, Mike Ullman, 66, who was CEO of the department store chain for seven years until November 2011.The case, which centres on Macy’s claim that Penney’s deal to sell Martha Stewart branded-merchandise infringes on its own deal with the domestic diva, was likely just one of the reasons Johnson was shown the door. He also had presided over a price strategy that confused customers and drove them away.The court-ordered mediation followed nearly three weeks of testimony from witnesses including the domestic diva herself, Penney, Johnson and Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren.At issue is whether Macy’s has the exclusive rights to sell some Martha Stewart branded products such as cookware, bedding and bath products. Macy’s sued Martha Stewart Living, arguing that the company breached its long-standing contract when it signed a deal with Penney in December 2011 to open Martha Stewart mini-shops, planned for this spring. It also sued Penney, contending that it had no regard for the contract and that Johnson had set out to steal the business that Macy’s had worked hard to develop.The stakes are high for all three companies involved but particularly for Penney, which is counting on a revamped home area to help it rebound from a disastrous year. The company amassed nearly $1 billion in losses and its revenue dropped about 25 per cent as the first year of a transformation plan built around a new pricing strategy failed to resonate with shoppers.Penney was counting on the overhauled home department as part of its bigger plan to turn Penney stores into mini-malls of sorts. It’s in the midst of rolling out 20 shops in its home area featuring products from such designers as Michael Graves and Jonathan Adler. Martha Stewart mini-shops were expected to anchor the home area.But those plans are in limbo. Penney had ordered goods like towels and cookware from Martha Stewart Living and were planning to name the goods JCP Everyday, to sidestep a conflict. But Macy’s is trying to stop the retailer from selling goods covered by Macy’s exclusive category even if they don’t carry the Martha Stewart moniker.And to make things more complicated for Penney, Macy’s attorneys argued Monday in court that they want to stop Penney from selling plastic tableware like glasses and pitchers that were just starting to be sold on Penney’s website.Penney planned to sell those items from a mini-shop called Martha Celebrations featuring stationery and other paper products. Such products are not part of Macy’s exclusive contract.But Theodore M. Grossman, an attorney representing Macy’s, told New York State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Oing that the stemware and other tabletop items, even though they’re plastic, sill violate the contract because they compete with the Martha Stewart items that Macy’s sells.“The basic shapes and designs are the same,” Grossman said.Penney’s attorneys said they needed time to talk to Penney since they were just informed by Macy’s attorneys over the weekend.Penney is aiming at what it believes is a loophole in the agreement between Macy’s and Martha Stewart. It’s a provision that allows Martha Stewart to sell goods in such categories like bedding in Martha Stewart Living’s own stores. Penney and Martha Stewart have argued that since the Macy’s contract does not specify that the stores have to be stand-alone, the mini-shops within Penney aren’t barred by the exclusivity agreement.John Tighe, who had been head of Penney’s home area and was a key player in working with Martha Stewart Living to develop the contract, testified Monday that he looked over Macy’s agreement and was confident that Penney could go ahead. Tighe, who now heads up the chain’s men’s area, had met Martha Stewart numerous times to get a sense of what she envisioned for the store. read more

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Brock named in worlds top 200 exercise and sport science research schools

Nota Klentrou says she has worked and waited for two decades to get the world to realize what she already knew: that Brock University’s Kinesiology and Sport Management departments are among the best in the world.“The research being produced by Brock’s Kinesiology and Sport Management departments is outstanding,” says Klentrou, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.Brock ranked among the top 151-200 of ShanghaiRanking’s first-ever Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2016.“This is a world-class achievement for the departments of Kinesiology and Sport Management at Brock and it reinforces the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences’ strength in research and our standing in the international academic community,” says Klentrou.ShanghaiRanking combined the research output of the 28 Kinesiology and 11 Sport Management faculty members who published in exercise and sport science journals from 2011-2015 to determine Brock’s impact factor across the subject area.The ranking used several indicators of research performance including total number of publications and citations to determine output, as well as citations per paper and number of papers published in top sport science journals to determine quality.“This is indeed a significant achievement to be celebrated,” says Peter Tiidus, Dean, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. “We are ranked higher than many larger universities with celebrated kinesiology departments.”ShanghaiRanking is the reputable publisher of the Academic Ranking of World Universities by academic subjects and this is the first time they have attempted to rank a group of institutions and units with this subject focus.“There are a significant number of institutions that do academic rankings,” says Tiidus. “Due to challenges collecting and ranking data from multi-disciplinary universities, this is the first time we’ve seen an international ranking with a sport science focus.”In total, 361 universities with around 400 sport- or exercise-related units such as faculties and departments were selected and ranked. The top 300 are published on the ShanghaiRanking’s website.In Canada, Brock University’s Department of Kinesiology is one of 48 kinesiology-related programs while Brock’s Department of Sport Management is the only such stand-alone department in Canada.“This ranking emphasizes the great work that is going on in our department and the success of our outstanding faculty members,” says Department of Kinesiology Chair, Brian Roy. “Our success is also the result of our undergraduate and graduate students being involved in our research programs.”“Due to the immense success of our undergraduate program in sport management, research contributions can be overlooked,” says Department of Sport Management Chair Lisa Kikilus. “It’s very rewarding to see our faculty members recognized internationally for their cutting edge research, which helps to bring current issues into the classroom and inform the future practice of our graduates.” read more

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World of activities set for International Education Week

Brazilian dance lessons, a Chinese tea workshop, paper crane-making and curling are among the many internationally-themed events Brock is hosting next week.The activities are planned for International Education Week, an annual event celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world during the third week of November.Brock International Services will host events and activities from Monday, Nov. 12 to Friday, Nov. 16 to highlight the role internationalization plays in Canada’s culture, and economic and social well-being. The celebratory week is also an opportunity to showcase Brock’s diverse and globally-minded community with more than 100 countries represented on campus.The celebration kicks off early with the home opener for the Brock men’s and women’s volleyball teams on Friday, Nov. 9. Featuring a diverse group of student-athletes, the women’s team, including Hannah Davenhill from New Zealand, starts at 6 p.m. followed by the men’s team at 8 p.m., including captain Marcelo Correa and Felipe Costa from Brazil, and Peter Schnabel from Germany. A limited supply of free tickets is available by joining an organized walk to the Bob Davis Gym that departs from the International Centre at 5:30 p.m.The packed lineup continues Monday, Nov. 12 with a traditional Chinese tea workshop hosted by the Confucius Institute at the International Centre (GLB-207) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about and taste various teas that are part of Chinese culture. The workshop is led by Edward Qu, a known Chinese tea sommelier and tea reviewing specialist with 11 years of experience travelling the world.On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Monica Ceron, a visiting scholar from Mexico working in Brock’s Department of Sociology, will discuss the importance of international experience as a researcher. Ceron has a doctorate in Latin American Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and more than 10 years of experience as a researcher and consultant in the field of migration, security, gender and public policies.  She will speak at the International Centre (GLB-207) from 5 to 6 p.m. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Marcia Arajuo, an art educator from Brazil and visiting professor, will teach Brazilian circular dances in the International Centre Global Commons (GLB-104) from 5 to 7 p.m. The dances are inspired by the popular rhythms of Brazil, such as samba, ciranda and bossa nova. The moves are fun, easy to learn and do not require a high degree of fitness. All are welcome to attend, and encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and shoes to participate.On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Brock community is invited to learn more about Ecuador from visiting scholar Karla Gavilanez from 1 to 2 p.m. in the International Centre Global Commons (GLB-104). Originally from Riobamba, Ecuador, Gavilanez is a PhD candidate from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in China.Following the information session, Gavilanez will be one of dozens of visiting professors, and scholars honoured at the Global Scholars Reception in Pond Inlet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Hosted by the Global Scholars Office, a department within Brock International Services, the event officially welcomes and recognizes visiting international professors as well as scholars and participants of the University Mentorship (UM) program each semester.On Friday, Nov. 16, the entire Brock community is invited to experience a classic Canadian pastime with a curling session at the St. Catharines Curling Club. Starting at 1:30 p.m., the event is free but spaces are limited. To register, email Chris Illich, Brock International Community Engagement Co-ordinator, at cillich@brocku.ca.Throughout the week, faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to participate in the 1,000 Paper Crane Project, learning to create the traditional Japanese origami designs. A station will be set up in the Thistle corridor Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and in South Block on Wednesday. Each day the initiative will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.The cranes will be installed in the International Centre once completed. The project is said to symbolize good luck, longevity and a wish for community connection and acceptance. All International Education Week events are free with no registration required, with the exception of curling. For a full list of events and activities, visit Brock International’s ExperienceBU page. read more

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Grenfell Tower survivor tells the inquiry peoples lives could have been saved

He said: “I also now know that numerous 999 calls were made about me throughout the night, but it was not until the final call, when Christopher handed his friend’s phone over to a fire marshal, that firefighters were sent to finally rescue me.”I do not understand why this information was not communicated to the firefighters earlier, but I will be eternally grateful to the two firefighters who no doubt saved my life.” “Thank god [he came down],” said Mrs Alves. “But he said to me even if I had told him to stay inside he would have come down.”   In contrast to last week, when residents audibly sighed and expressed indignation as London Fire Brigade chief Dany Cotton said she “wouldn’t change anything we did on the night”, survivors watched in intent silence on Wednesday.In the morning, they heard Mr Roncolato recount calmly how he had waited five hours for firefighters to rescue him, during which time he ate a bowl of porridge, kept his flat ventilated and phoned his boss to say he wouldn’t be able to come to work.One of the last survivors to be rescued from the blaze, Mr Roncolato said he imposed a “stay put” policy on himself after seeing that the 10th floor corridor outside his flat had filled with thick, black smoke that could have suffocated him.“It was really intense and a killer to me,” he said. “You cannot go out there, you cannot see, you cannot breathe, you maybe lose your bearings, lose your senses. It was really scary.”A phone call from his son, Christopher, at 1:40am had alerted a sleeping Mr Roncolato to the fire. “Christopher was crying,” recalled Mr Roncolato. “He said, ‘Get out of the house, the tower’s burning. I love you, Pappy.’”In a second call from his son and a fire officer, Mr Roncolato was told “someone will come and get [you]”.  Mr Roncalto said he packed a bag with some documents and his laptop, put his coat on and waited. The picture Christopher Roncolato sent his father, who was unaware of the scale of the blaze 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. The picture Christopher Roncolato sent his father, who was unaware of the scale of the blaze A Grenfell Tower survivor has told the inquiry into the tragedy “people’s lives could have been saved”.Fatima Alves’s testimony came after another resident, Antonio Roncolado, who was trapped in his 10th floor flat during the fire, told of how “numerous” 999 calls were made about his position but he was only rescued after he rang his son who passed the phone to an officer on the ground.Mrs Alves and Mr Roncolado are the first of dozens survivors of the fire due to give evidence over the next month, returning the focus of the hearing to residents and those who lost family and friends after months of testimony from experts and fire fighters.Asked at the end of her evidence if she had any final words for chairman, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, Mrs Alves said, “The people’s lives could have been saved if they were evacuated.”  Ms Alves and her husband arrived home at 1am on June 14 2017 and noticed smoke on the fourth floor. She left the building while her husband, Miguel, went to their 13th floor flat to evacuate their children.Unaware that firefighters had advised residents to “stay put”, Mr Alves woke his family, friends and neighbours, all of whom managed to flee the building. Even though his son told firefighters that he was in flat 72 and numerous calls were made to 999 about his position, Mr Roncolato wasn’t rescued until 6am. In that time, he saw flames crawl up his son’s bedroom window; cleared burning debris that had flown in through an open window; and watched smoke pour in, filling rooms.“I managed to get rid of the smoke by putting wet towels and bed sheets around all the window ledges and by opening the windows in the kitchen and bedroom,” said Mr Roncolato. “Getting rid of the smoke kept me busy for a while.”At 5.46am, he called his son and told him he needed to speak to someone in charge, and was passed to a fire marshal, who told him firefighters were coming to get him and to “be ready”. Minutes later, Mr Roncolato heard a knock at his door and two firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the flat. read more

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Ausdrill announces letter of intent for Wodgina lithium drill and blast contract

first_imgDiversified mining services company Ausdrill Ltd has received a letter of intent for a new three-yearcontract with Process Minerals International Pty Ltd (PMI), a subsidiary of Mineral Resources Ltd,at its Wodgina lithium mine, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.Final award is subject to finalisation of contract terms and conditions and the execution of the contract. The contract is expected to generate revenue of approximately A$180 million over the three-year term. Ausdrill will provide drill and blast services at the Wodgina project, using 29 drill rigs and 150 personnel on site.Ausdrill’s Managing Director, Ron Sayers, said: “We are very pleased to have successfully negotiated this new contract and look forward to working closely with the PMI team in building a successful partnership.”last_img read more

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GAA could limit future use of Irish flag and anthem

first_img Updated at 13.45THE GAA SAY they would consider limiting the use of the Irish national anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann, and the Irish flag, as part of potential new agreements in the wake of Brexit.Speaking to reporters in Dubai as part of the GAA/GPA Football All Stars tour, the association’s president Aogán Ó Fearghail suggested any new deal in light of Brexit would likely have a significant impact on the association and the traditions they employ.When asked whether the GAA should contemplate relaxing the practicing of these traditions in countries outside of Ireland, he said:“It would be time to look at it in our own island too in terms of an agreed Ireland, which everyone in the GAA and everyone in Ireland looks at.“You certainly can’t look at these issues in advance agreement, that’s for sure. The flag and anthem means a lot to the GAA and will continue to do so… In the future if there are agreements in place for the whole island, of course the GAA would be inclusive in that.There could be further agreements politically at home. There is a massively changing world at home. The Brexit is going to affect the GAA the same as it’s going to affect everyone else and it does cause concerns.“There might well be political realignments on the island of Ireland and if there are that, the GAA, just as it did when Nickey Brennan was president at the time and before him Sean McCague, they welcomed the Anglo-Irish agreement. Every successive president has done that. I’ve done that.But in the future if there are new agreements and new arrangements we’d be open-minded about things like flags and anthems but not in advance of agreements.”Additional reporting by Fintan O’TooleThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 9:26 AM Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail (file pic). Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO 26,200 Views 104 Comments Nov 29th 2016, 9:26 AM GAA could limit future use of Irish flag and anthem “The Brexit is going to affect the GAA the same as it’s going to affect everyone else,” president Aogán Ó Fearghail said. GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail (file pic).center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Paul Fennessy Playing up front with Shefflin in soccer, sleepless nights and Cody’s future>The GAA are hoping to step in to try to solve Galway’s Leinster hurling problems> Follow us: the42.ie http://the42.ie/3108381 Share176 Tweet Email last_img read more

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33 per cent SYRIZA lead

first_imgGreek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ effort to overhaul opposition SYRIZA party’s lead before the elections in less than three weeks is running out of steam, polls show. SYRIZA is on course to get 31.6 per cent of votes in the January 25 ballot, compared with 28.6 per cent for the premier’s New Democracy, according to a poll by Alco, an Athens-based polling company, for To Pontiki newspaper on Thursday. That represents a narrowing of SYRIZA’s lead from 3.3 percentage points in the last survey, published December 27, and both parties have gained at the expense of smaller rivals, with third-placed Potami now at 4.2 per cent.SYRIZA’s lead over New Democracy “has narrowed slightly”, Costas Panagopoulos, Alco’s CEO, said in a phone interview. “But it’s a solid lead which won’t be overturned easily.”Samaras faces an uphill task to be re-elected in this month’s snap ballot, after failing to get a three-fifths majority of lawmakers in the country’s 300-seat Parliament to back his pick to fill the country’s ceremonial presidency. Greeks worn down by years of austerity are turning to SYRIZA, which says it wants to roll back budget cuts and write down some of Greece’s debt.The Alco poll was one of three published since late Wednesday, each showing SYRIZA with a lead of at least three points. A GPO survey for Mega Channel put SYRIZA, led by Alexis Tsipras, at 28.5 per cent and New Democracy at 25.3 per cent, while a Pulse poll for Action24 website had SYRIZA at 29 per cent and New Democracy at 25.5 per cent.All three polls showed the Movement of Democratic Socialists, founded by former prime minister George Papandreou on January 3 after he broke from PASOK, the party founded by his father Andreas, failing to get into parliament. Alco put his support at 2.5 per cent, less than the 3 per cent minimum threshold, compared with 3.6 per cent for PASOK.“It seems that it’s a party which is going to get 1 to 3 per cent,” Nikos Marantzidis, a pollster and professor of political science at the University of Macedonia in the northern city of Thessaloniki, said last week, before Papandreou’s announcement. “For symbolic, historical, organisational or other reasons, it may get more votes than expected, maybe 3 to 5 per cent. In that case, it will surely get voters from SYRIZA. If it gets less than 3 per cent, only PASOK will be damaged.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Corporate hospitality organisation offers £50000 for Donald Trump lookalike

first_imgPhoto: Gage SkidmoreSomething for the weekend: A high salary can often act as an incentive to attract candidates to unusual job roles they may not have previously considered. Boutique corporate hospitality organisation Team Tactics has decided to use a stand-out salary as the main motivator in its most recent job advertisement, offering to pay £50,000 pro rata for a Donald Trump lookalike.The organisation, which provides team building events for businesses, is searching for a realistic Donald Trump lookalike to feature in its The Apprentice-themed treasure hunt events. The US version of the television show was fronted by the businessman before his foray into politics.The successful candidate will be required to remain in character for eight-hour shifts, working 40-hour weeks, Monday to Friday. The Trump lookalike will be subject to weekly spray tans and daily hair stylist appointments in order to resemble the current US president. They will then lead contestants around London as they take on business-based challenges, and help teams when needed. The chosen lookalike will also be required to take part in promotional voiceovers and videos to be used alongside the events.Team Tactics is offering the £50,000 pro-rata salary after encountering difficulties recruiting for the role. The organisation will also cover beauty and travel expenses, which will help to combat the costs associated with maintaining a Trump-like personal appearance. The successful candidate will be entitled to 28 days’ holiday, enabling them to take some downtime as themselves. The chosen lookalike will also be able to access other Team Tactic events for free as an additional employee perk.Tina Benson, managing director at Team Tactics, said: “The Apprentice treasure hunt has been very popular since its launch, but now we want to give visitors an even more immersive experience. Donald Trump was an iconic part of The Apprentice in America and we’re sure his character will be an excellent addition to the event. Whether it’s a lack of people willing to work as a lookalike or that there are a lack of people that do indeed look like him, we don’t know, but we’re willing to pay a great rate to finally be able to tell a lookalike ‘you’re hired’.”Here at Employee Benefits, we would certainly be tempted by such a generous salary, and although daily hair styling and weekly spray tans do not sound too strenuous, we think we may struggle with the requirement of having a striking resemblance to the current US President…last_img read more

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IT hiring to be below 2 lakh in FY17 NASSCOM President

first_imgNASSCOM has hinted at a gloomy outlook on hiring for the current fiscal since the IT majors show a shift towards automation.”Hiring activity in the year before last was 2.20 lakh (new jobs were created in IT sector). Last year, (FY 2015-16) there were about two lakh additions. This financial year, we are expecting it to be on the lower side of that,” R. Chandrashekhar, president, NASSCOM, told PTI.While he refused to put a number to hiring figures for the fiscal, Chandrashekhar explained that recruitment is gradually slowing down as IT companies are focusing on revamping internal process, bettering productivity of existing employees and automation.Meanwhile, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys deviated from the hiring trend revealed by NASSCOM during the April-June 2016 quarter. TCS reported a net addition of 8,236 employees for the quarter as the total attrition rate fell for the third consecutive quarter to 13.6 percent. The company also had the highest headcount of 3.6 lakh employees at the end of June 30, 2016 quarter.Infosys net addition stood at 3,006 for the June 30, 2016 quarter, up 78 percent over the previous quarter, while the company had 1.96 lakh employees. However, the IT major also saw a jump in attrition to 21 percent during the last quarter.NASSCOM had earlier predicted about 15-20 percent layoffs due to automation. It also noted the need to re-skill 60-70 percent of the workforce in the IT sector because of a shift towards digital technology. The summit named TCS, Cognizant Technologies Solutions India, Infosys, Wipro and HCL Technologies among the top 5 employers in the IT sector.last_img read more

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