DowDuPont to Move Production Line From New Jersey to India

first_imgMichigan headquartered DowDuPont, the world’s largest chemical company, will shut down its Chambers Works Site in Deepwater, New Jersey, and move the production line to India, according to local reports.“The Safety & Construction business is transitioning the manufacturing of its aramid intermediates from the Chambers Works Site in Deepwater, NJ to suppliers who have newer process technology. Sourcing these ingredients from others who have newer and more productive processes allows us to focus on growth opportunities including new product innovation and the modernization of Kevlar® and Nomex® manufacturing,” spokesman Daniel Turner said, according to First State Update.As many as 100 workers will be affected and they will be accommodated within the company or with other local employers, Turner said.“Our Transportation & Advanced Polymers business will continue to maintain a presence at the site. Since there are no other suppliers of these materials in the U.S., Transpek Limited in Gujarat, India will be the primary supply source. We plan to stop manufacturing at Chambers Works at the end of March with decommissioning complete this summer,” he added.DowDuPont had earlier said that new tariffs on steel by the United States will force them to go to Canada or Argentina instead of the U.S. Gulf Coast for its next major production.The chemical company has had a rocky history in India, but recently received Top Employer certification in India and other countries.Dow received 2018 certification as a Top Employer in the following locations: Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and United States. The company has also been recognized as an overall Top Employer for North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, it said in a statement.On Sept. 1, 2017, the Dow Chemical and DuPont said that they had successfully completed their planned $130 billion merger to form DowDuPont. They had announced the merger in December 2015.“The true value of this merger lies in the intended creation of three industry powerhouses that will define their markets,” Andrew Liveris, executive chairman of DowDuPont, had said in a statement. DowDuPont is expected to break up into three independent, publicly traded units.In India, the company had bought the plant in Bhopal, previously owned by Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), the site where 5,295 people died due to a gas leak in 1984.“The 1984 gas release from the plant in Bhopal, India was a terrible tragedy. It is important to note that The Dow Chemical Company (TDCC) never owned or operated the Bhopal plant. Additionally, when Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) became a subsidiary of TDCC in 2001, TDCC did not assume UCC’s liabilities. Despite these facts, questions often arise because there are those who misrepresent that TDCC assumed liability regarding the Bhopal tragedy,” the company had said in an official statement. Related ItemsdowdupontindustryUnited Stateslast_img read more

In a year, Maha jumped from 15th to 3rd place in terms of

first_imgquality of edu: FadnavisMumbai, Oct 8 (PTI) Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said Maharashtra, which has been “languishing at either 14th or 15th place in terms of quality of education”, has moved to the third place in the last one year.He also announced that a Board of Studies would be set up for divyang (differently-abled) students in the state.”For the last few years, Maharashtra was languishing at either 14th or 15th place in terms of quality of education. But we have jumped to the third position in the past one year. In the future, the state will be number one in the education sector,” Fadnavis said.The Chief Minister was addressing a gathering after presenting the Adarsh Shikshak and Savitribai Phule Adarsh Shikshika (Best Teacher awards) to 109 teachers here.”The state government disburses around Rs 50,000 crore to the education sector but it does not consider it an expenditure but an investment for the future.”Teachers are responsible for readying the young generation for the future and making them fine, law-abiding citizens. Students uplift cannot happen without these teachers,” he said.Fadnavis said that this year, 25,000 schools have been made digital and that the state government will undertake Maharashtra Net on the lines of Bharat Net being implemented by the Centre.”Under this, the health and education services will be made available to people at the village level. For instance, in Nagpur, 750 gram panchayats have been completely digitalised,” he said.The digitalisation will ensure the gap between cities and villages decreases and by 2018, we will provide digital connectivity to all gram panchayats, he added.advertisement”For the divyang students a Board of Studies will be constituted,” Fadnavis said, adding the focus of his government is on innovative teaching methods, Right to Education among others.This award ceremony for teachers from Maharashtra was organised by School Education Department, where Education Minister Vinod Tawde and other dignitaries were present, a statement from chief ministers office said.The 109 awardees include 38 primary and 39 secondary teachers besides 19 from tribal schools and two sports teachers and those from other categories. PTI MM MR NP TIRlast_img read more

Sunil Chhetri is there to lead by example, says former India footballer Renedy Singh

first_imgFormer India midfielder Renedy Singh believes skipper Sunil Chhetri will be the key to India’s Asian Cup football tournament campaign as he sets the best example in the current team.”There are many players who have been doing well recently. But for me, Sunil sets the best example. He has done so well consistently over the past few years. He may not be growing younger, but most significantly, he’s not just there to support. He is there to lead by example,” Renedy was quoted as saying by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) website.Renedy, best remembered for his accurate crosses from the flanks and his dead ball exploits, also said that ace Sunil is at the stage of his career where he can take up that mantle.”It’s good to see that Sunil has improved as a dead-ball player. Back in our days, he never used to take free kicks — it was either me or Steven Dias,” he recollected. “But then one fine day, he walked up to me and said, Renedy-bhai, you can’t take both free kicks and penalties. I want to chip in too,” Renedy smiled.”So we decided that Sunil will take penalties, and we would continue taking the free kicks. But he didn’t stay content with the penalties. Rather, he improved himself as a free kick taker. In fact, he has scored from many free kicks since then,” Renedy stated.”Just outside the box, Sunil has been deadly. A bit further down, I think (Anirudh) Thapa and Narayan Das are pretty good with the dead ball too,” said Renedy who was part of India’s AFC Asian Cup Doha 2011 campaign.advertisement”You have the others around Sunil to support him – the likes of Gurpreet, Sandesh and Jeje are the senior players who should lead by example. Then the younger lot will also follow,” opined Renedy.Renedy feels India’s first match against Thailand will set the tone.”We have to go all-out against Thailand in the first match. Do not think about UAE, do not think about Bahrain. Just go after the result in the first game,” Renedy advised.”Only after the match we can decide on the next course of action. If they can get a result against China, we should be able to do the same against Thailand,” he said.”The Asian Cup is a huge platform and there’s always something to learn from these matches. Play your heart out because such opportunities don’t come each and every day,” he signed off.Also Read | AFC Asian Cup 2019: Gouramangi Singh feels hosts UAE will be India’s toughest matchAlso Read | Asian dream has to be converted into a reality: AIFF boss Praful Patellast_img read more

This could be Redmi 7 launching on January 10

first_imgXiaomi has confirmed to launch the first phone of 2019. It is going to be an all-new Redmi phone coming to China on Jan 10, Xiaomi has teased. The Redmi device launching on the slated date is going to be the first phone from Xiaomi under the now “independent Redmi brand”. Yes, Xiaomi has separated Redmi from Mi and made it an independent brand now. Coming back to the first Redmi phone launching next week rumours say it could either be the Redmi 7 or Redmi Pro 2. The Redmi 7 is more likely. Ahead of the launch the Redmi phone in question has made its way to TENNA.The TENNA listing reveals renders that show the Redmi phone in question from all angles. The renders show the Redmi phone with gradient finish and overall the device looks a lot like the recently launched Mi Play. The Redmi phone appears to be sleek and sport a waterdrop style notch on the front. This could be the second phone from Xiaomi to come with a waterdrop notch, the first one being the Mi Play. This will be the first Redmi phone to come with a waterdrop notch display. Until now we have seen Redmi 6 Pro with the traditional wide notch.In the leaked renders the alleged Redmi phone appears in a mix of Red, pink and purple colours. From the rear side, the Redmi phone looks absolutely stunning. So far, Xiaomi has already focused on offering a basic designed phone with great hardware but looks like the company is finally changing its strategy and focus on bringing phones that also beautiful. The renders show that the Redmi branded phone with dual cameras on the back panel which is aligned in a vertical fashion. Following the camera set up there’s the LED flash. In the middle of the back cover the Redmi phone sports the physical circular shaped fingerprint sensor.advertisementBesides the stunning design, gradient finish and waterdrop notch the renders show the phone featuring a Redmi brand logo instead of Mi logo. Xiaomi has separated Redmi to become an independent brand to focus more on serving the budget segment. The Mi brand will continue to bring Android One phones and premium devices and flagships. Then there’s Poco which is a brand that aims to offer the best value for money phones, Poco F1 for example. It is not only the first but also the first phone to be powered by Snapdragon 845 and available under Rs 20,000. After the recent price cut the Poco F1 retails starting at Rs 19,999 in India.The TENNA listing also reveals some of the key specs about the Redmi 7. The listing suggests that the phone will come with a screen size of 6.3-inch display with dimensions of 159.21 x 75.21 x 8.1mm. The TENNA listing also reveals that the Redmi 7 will come with 3900mAh battery.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi 9: Full specs, expected price, launch timeline and availability details leakALSO READ | After Samsung, is Xiaomi working on a foldable phone too? Hands-on video leaksALSO READ | Xiaomi teases 65-inch Mi TV 4 ahead of India launch, could be priced under Rs 60,000last_img read more

Kovacic joins Ronaldo in Real Madrid exit hint

first_imgTransfers Kovacic joins Ronaldo and Bale in Real Madrid exit hint as he vows to ‘play more’ next season Dejan Kalinic 15:17 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) MateoKovacic - Cropped Bongarts Transfers Manchester United Real Madrid Primera División Zinédine Zidane Tottenham Hotspur Juventus Serie A Premier League The Croatia international is reluctant to be drawn on where he will be playing in 2018-19, but has suggested that he could be on the move this summer Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic has offered no guarantees over his future with the European champions, stating that he intends to “play more” next season.Kovacic, 24, made 36 appearances for Madrid in 2017-18, but started just 10 of his 21 La Liga games.The Croatia international has been linked with moves to the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and Tottenham. 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 While his agent dismissed exit rumours ahead of the summer transfer window, Kovacic has joined the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in suggesting that his future could lie away from the Santiago Bernabeu.”I believe I’ll play more, whether in Real or somewhere else,” he told reporters on Friday.”Now is the time for me to play.”Offers? I am under contract with Real and I wish not to comment on other clubs.”Kovacic arrived at Madrid in 2015 after two-and-a-half seasons with Serie A giants Inter.He has won three Champions League titles and a Liga crown at Madrid, who are searching for a new head coach after Zinedine Zidane’s shock departure.Kovacic admitted the Frenchman’s exit came as a surprise, but he praised the 45-year-old.”His resignation surprised us, we didn’t see it coming, but it was his choice,” he said.”He went as a gentleman as a player, now again as a coach. Maybe someone in the locker room knew about it but I didn’t. It was a shock.”Now we wish him all the luck and now let’s see if he can achieve this with someone else.”last_img read more

23 days ago​Arsenal winger Pepe admits he’s struggling with language barrier

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal winger Pepe admits he’s struggling with language barrierby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal winger Nicholas Pepe admits that he is experiencing some struggles after his summer move from France.The former Lille man arrived with a big reputation and for a club record fee.But he has failed to show the kind of form that made him one of the most wanted attackers of the summer transfer window.And Pepe admits the language has been a barrier to his acclimatization.”The only thing I have to do is to continue to work hard because it is obvious the level here is higher,” the 24-year-old said to reporters. “The language is different. It’s a new league. For sure everything is different for me. I must adapt quickly but I’m confident it’s gonna happen soon.” last_img read more

Back to the Future: Get the Office of Tomorrow, Today

first_img Editors’ Recommendations This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway You Can Still Road Trip Without Missing Work Thanks to the Kugelschiff Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity center_img From Marty McFly to Valerian, we’ve seen an approximation of how technological advancements will revolutionize our day-to-day. In real life, sure, we have Tupac holograms and 4K camera drones, but how often are the little things we do a reflection of the exciting age we inhabit? We might not have interactive holographic displays, but there are a few ways to at least have a more futuristic office. Strap in; your day job is about to really take off.Magic CalendarAs a part of an Android competition for developers, Kosho Tsuboi Design developed a concept that brings digital and analog worlds together. Magic Calendar gives you the feel of paper, but the connectivity of an app. The current prototype uses a low reflection screen to achieve this effect, but the designers are looking forward to a time when high-resolution electronic paper becomes a reality.Live OSHerman Miller, a leader in the modern furniture space, wants you to have a futuristic office. They recently debuted Live OS, a system of connected office furniture built to make your workday better. The main feature is a rising desk that can be programmed to adjust its height throughout the day and keep you on your toes (literally, if you’d like), but connected chairs are also in the works. Bastron’s Glass KeyboardAre you ready to hack into a database or fly a spaceship? Though some might prefer a more natural look, with this glass keyboard, you can finally make sending emails look cool. As a completely flat surface with slightly larger than standard keys, the keyboard will initially decrease your typing speed, but it’s a breeze to clean and can withstand spills. IFTTT’s Productivity AIThink about IFTTT as the internet of things for the internet of things. You likely already have connected gadgets and appliances that perform simple tasks, but wouldn’t it be great to get them to work together? IFTTT (If This, Then That) can put various services and hardware to work by creating conditional commands called applets. Whether you’re programming your phone to automatically disable WiFi when you’re not at home or work or connecting your Alexa to-dos to Evernote, life’s better when your tech talks to each other.Altwork Station Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite This chair might seem a bit like the future “Wall-E” warned us about, but it looks too cozy for us to care. Altwork Station allows you to sit upright, lounge, and stand with an adjustable desk and monitor. A potential gem for remote workers and gamers alike, Altwork Station’s greatest pro is how it can make office work more accessible to differently-abled people. Nissan’s Intelligent Parking ChairIf you don’t need all the bells and whistles when it comes to your desk chair, try clapping your way into Nissan’s cool/spooky, futuristic office. These chairs were built using Nissan’s parking assist feature, but are only in use at their headquarters. It might be time to dust off your resume (and your Japanese).last_img read more

Southbound Asia-ECSA Container Volumes Dipping

first_imgzoom Container shipments from Asia to East Coast South America fell by 7.7% year-on-year in September, UK shipping consultancy Drewry said citing data from Datamar. This was the fourth consecutive month to register lower southbound Asia-ECSA volumes and this weakening trend contributed to a third-quarter decrease of (also) 7.7%.According to Drewry, strong volumes in the fourth-quarter of 2013 are helping to just about keep the rolling 12-month average in positive territory at 1.6% in September, but that figure is likely to turn negative by the end of the year. After nine months of 2014, traffic on this route was down by 1%, representing approximately 11,500 teu in lost volumes.Trade to Brazil, which accounts for about three-quarters of Asia to ECSA traffic, is faring better than the Plate region of Argentina and Uruguay. After nine months, Asia to Brazil volumes were down by 0.6% according to Datamar, while Plate volumes over the same period experienced a sharper drop of 2.4%.Despite the slowdown, Drewry said that Brazil remains a major draw for logistics investment and in early December a preliminary environmental license was granted for Porto Central, a green-field site located between Vitória and Rio de Janeiro.The main backers of the USD 1.9 billion project are Brazilian developers TPK Logística and the Port of Rotterdam. Operations are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2015 when the port will be able to handle ships of over 10,000 teu.The largest containerships currently deployed on the trade are around 9,800 teu and the trend towards smaller ships being phased out of the trade is ongoing.Following the voiding of five voyages in October, slot supply returned to something more like normal in November when only one voyage on the joint CSW service of MOL and Hamburg Sud was omitted, the consultancy firm added.This meant that southbound capacity increased by an estimated 5.5% against October.Weaker demand in September contributed to a big fall in spot market freight rates, with Drewry’s Container Freight Rate Insight reporting that Shanghai to Santos pricing fell to USD 2,560 per 40ft container, down from USD 3,540/40ft in August.The capacity reductions of October repaired some of the damage as rates on the route rose by USD 300 to USD 2,860/40ft. Drewry has only seen one Asia-ECSA GRI announced for this month with MOL asking for USD 750 per teu, effective 15 December.“Against our expectation, carriers have so far been reluctant to sustain capacity reduction measures, but with demand continuing to disappoint that will need to change if rates are to recover,” Drewry concluded.Source: Drewry; Image: WSClast_img read more

Research and Development Funding

first_imgSpending on research and development has increased by more than two-thirds in the Maritime provinces over a 10-year period ending in 2004, the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission announced today, June 21. The commission has released statistics on research and development funding in each Maritime province and university. The data updates the report, R and D Funding in Atlantic Universities, released in 2005. The tables are available for download from the commission’s website, www.mphec.ca , and include statistics on gross domestic expenditure on research and development, research and development expenditure in the higher-education and business-enterprise sectors, and research and development income from the three granting councils, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Canada Research Chairs Program, and provincial governments. Between 1995 and 2004, expenditures on research and development in the Maritimes increased by 68 per cent to $708 million from $421 million. Expenditures increased $38 million from 2003. Of the $708 million, Nova Scotia at $446 million accounted for nearly two-thirds of that total, followed by New Brunswick at $222 million and Prince Edward Island at $40 million. In the Maritimes, the higher-education sector has a greater proportion of research and development funding than the national average, but business enterprise expenditures lag.last_img read more

Our children their children

first_imgMaking children work for us is in our blood. We are, therefore, oblivious to children working. We see them working everywhere but do not see them. Untold generations of middle- and upper-middle-class Indians have grown up believing that it was our right to have children work for us. Not our children of course, whom we diligently sent to the best schools that our money can buy but their children, the children of the poor and the vulnerable. When I was young, there were children working in my house. It seemed like most natural thing to be. As natural as I would wake up in the morning, bathe, dress, breakfast and go to school. And even today children are working in our homes, in our fields and factories, in kirana shops and sweet shops, everywhere. We strongly believe that it is very important to give our children the best of education possible and equally believe that the children of the poor and the marginalised need not go to schools but should instead be working. The logic for this dichotomy sounds very reasonable; ‘If those poor children don’t work, how will their poor parents be able to feed them?’ Also Read – A special kind of bondThis attitude permeates not merely our homes, villages, towns and cities, but the decision and policy-making bodies of our Mantralayas in Delhi. Working for the ILO on the elimination of child labour in India in the mid-90s, the greatest wall I had to surmount in efforts to end child labour and promote schooling for the children of the poor and the marginalised, was this final question at the end of a long discussion —where I would be at my persuasive best with one argument after another showing why child labour should end, ‘Joseph, we agree with you fully. But tell me, if those poor children don’t work, how will their families eat and live?’ How would you feel if, after having related the story of the Ramayana in great detail to someone, the listener at the end of it all asks you, ‘but who did you say Sita was? Did you say she was Lord Ram’s sister? Also Read – Insider threat managementEven though things have changed, albeit slowly, from those 90s, yet our policymakers still find it difficult to envisage a system of free and universal quality education for the children of the poor. They cannot countenance truancy laws that would deter parents from keeping their children away from school. The punishment that our laws mete out for those who employ children as young as 8 or 9 is laughable. Our laws on child labour are weak. And even these laws are hardly ever applied. Or if applied, never ever is an employer prosecuted. And if ever prosecuted, no employer is found guilty and punished. I worked for nearly 6 years as Labour Commissioner in a highly progressive state like Kerala and yet found it difficult to obtain a conviction for even a minor offence for an employer violating child labour laws. Either my own officials swell with pity for the erring employer, and if I overcome that with threats of punishment and suspension, the prosecutor’s office and the government pleader think this is too trivial a case to peruse (or perhaps feels a tinge of conscience since he may himself be employing children), and if I pass that hurdle, the Judge feels that perhaps all that is required is a severe warning to the erring employer.We have yet to understand the tremendous harm we are bringing down on ourselves by not discouraging child labour quickly enough. Even international pressure fails to swing our policymakers to align national laws with international standards and Conventions that India itself voted for. Thus, for many decades, India consistently refused to ratify two very important ILO conventions on child labour that would have ensured that Indian children had a better deal in their childhood. On July 12, 2017, I was a witness in the Palais des Nations in Geneva, where the UN offices are located, to the then Labour Minister, Bandaru Dattatreya, exchanging the Instrument of Ratification by India of two very important ILO Conventions on Child Labour with Guy Rider, the Director General of the ILO. These two Conventions were the Minimum Age Convention Number 138 which the ILO had adopted half a century ago in 1973, and Convention No. 182 on the Immediate Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour that had been unanimously adopted in 1997 by all the 191 countries of the ILO, including India. It had taken India over 5 decades of relentless pressure domestically and internationally to ratify the first Convention and two decades to ratify that second Convention of eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labour. India has a Nobel Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, who won it for his global work on ending child labour. India has also been observing the World Day Against Child Labour religiously every year since it was first instituted in 2002. But to no avail; India continues to delay policy initiatives against child labour and delay putting in place stringent laws to discourage and end child labour. Thus, even today, India continues to have the highest numbers of child labourer in the world. Shame! While these numbers have declined significantly in the more socially progressive states such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, etc., and is declining in the other southern states, it continues to be significant in the north, especially in the Hindi belt. Child labour has always been an ambivalent area for India’s policymakers. They dragged their feet on the ratification of the C. 138 for nearly 50 years and C. 182 for nearly two decades. Living in a milieu that derives advantage from children’s work, in fields, factories, shops and homes, the economic, political and administrative aristocracy of the country continue to spread the lie that child labour is necessary and beneficial economically to its victim, the child and to the child’s family, community, state and nation. There can be no greater fallacy than this deceit. Child labour is very harmful economically for the child as well as in every other respect, be it its impact on the child’s health, growth, education, confidence, psyche, skills, etc. It is not only bad for the child but it is also bad for its family, the community, village, state and the country. Two decades ago when I was in the ILO directing its International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour IPEC in India, I made a cost-benefit analysis for a child who is put to work at an early age and consequently being deprived of education, and comparing it to another child who had 10 years of schooling before going to work. I made the calculation in the mid 1990s taking the case of a child born say in the year 1990 and sent to work at the young age of 8 or 10 and comparing the income that such a child would earn over its entire lifetime with the case of another child from the same social and economic background, whose parents sent the child to school and after completing his 10th Grade sent him to work. The excess of benefits to costs for the latter child who went to school worked out – then, in the 1990s – to about Rs 50 lakh per child sent to work. Today that cost could be over 10 times that amount. If we are to multiply the cost per child with the number of children working in the country today, the total cost to the country will run into many trillions of rupees. This is the economic cost that the country is paying for child labour. The earlier we realise that, and put in place strong unequivocal laws to end child labour and send the children of the poor, marginalised and vulnerable to school, and take uncompromising efforts to put in place stringent laws against truancy and against those who employ children, and take effective steps to implement the laws and punish those who transgress them, the quicker India will progress to the digital age, that Acche Din that we have been dreaming about for some time now. Remember, child labour constitutes a vicious cycle. If a family is poor and therefore sends its child to work instead of school, then the child grows up to be poor as an adult because being uneducated and without the necessary human resource, its earnings as an adult would continue to be marginal. The child as an adult would continue to be poor. And since the child is now a grown adult and is poor, he sends his children to work by the same logic. And the cycle of poverty and child labour continues, one feeding on the other. If India is still a country with crores of poor, it is because we do not send our children to schools. For today, the wealth of modern nations is its human resource. And child labour depresses a nation’s human resource and therefore, its wealth. But more about that in another article. (The author is a former Indian and UN Civil Servant. He belongs to the 1978 batch of the IAS and worked with ILO in India and abroad for 20 years. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

CM to take part in Save Green Stay Clean rally today

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will take part in a rally on the theme of ‘Save Green Stay Clean’, on Thursday. The rally will start from Birla Planetarium and end at Nazul Mancha in Ballygunge Lake. Members of different NGOs working in the field of environment protection, school and college students and people from all walks of life will take part in the rally. At Nazrul Mancha, Banerjee will distribute saplings.The state government has already taken measures to conserve water and July 12 will be celebrated every year as Save Water Day. The Panchayats and civic bodies have been instructed not to lift ground water rampantly as the ground water level has dropped in many areas. The state government is also giving stress on rainwater harvesting. The Chief Minister had joined a rally on July 12 on the theme of ‘Save Water Save Life’, from Jorasanko thakurbari to Gandhi statue on Mayo Road. In the administrative review meetings, Banerjee has repeatedly asked the district administration to take measures to conserve the environment and to ensure that the waterbodies are not being filled up.last_img read more

Parks Canada kills a bull bison that wandered away from Banff National

first_imgBANFF, Alta. – Parks Canada says it has killed one of two bison bulls that wandered away from Banff National Park.Officials said the animal was moving toward private grazing land and posed a safety risk to the public and to livestock.“The decision to euthanize the bull was taken only after every other possible solution was tried or examined by highly trained, professional, and dedicated Parks Canada staff who are committed to conservation and the protection of species like bison,” Christie Thomson, a Parks Canada spokeswoman said Friday in a statement.“Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada and this decision was made in order to protect the public and to uphold commitments made to the Province of Alberta and other stakeholders as part of the reintroduction project.”Parks Canada said it made every effort to coax the bull back to the national park, where the herd of bison was allowed to roam free on July 29.The two bulls wandered off on Aug. 5.Staff continue to monitor the second bison bull.“Fortunately his movements are not posing a risk to public safety or to the safety of livestock. Efforts to reintroduce him to the national park are ongoing.”Thomson said the remaining 32 bison in the herd have stayed within the reintroduction zone in Banff National Park’s backcountry.Sixteen plains bison from Elk Island National Park were reintroduced to the park in February 2017 into the remote Panther River Valley, about 40 kilometres north of Banff.Ten of the females had calves last year and seven of those animals have now given birth again this year.Parks Canada has said it was prepared for the possibility the bison would roam and was working closely with the province and landowners in the area.Plains bison are an iconic part of Canada’s history, having freely roamed in the Rockies, filling an important need for the livelihoods of First Nations people and early settlers.They disappeared from the area due to overhunting before the national park was created in 1885.Plains bison on provincial land aren’t considered wildlife in Alberta.last_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for December by Canadian city

first_imgOTTAWA — The national unemployment rate was 5.6 per cent in December. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 7.5 per cent (8.1)— Halifax 5.7 (6.2)— Moncton, N.B. 5.2 (5.2)— Saint John, N.B. 6.3 (5.7)— Saguenay, Que. 5.1 (5.4)— Quebec 3.9 (3.8)— Sherbrooke, Que. 5.5 (5.4)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 5.3 (5.3)— Montreal 5.9 (5.9)— Gatineau, Que. 4.8 (4.6)— Ottawa 5.0 (4.6)— Kingston, Ont. 5.9 (5.5)— Peterborough, Ont. 5.2 (5.2)— Oshawa, Ont. 5.8 (5.7)— Toronto 6.0 (6.2)— Hamilton, Ont. 4.3 (4.7)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 6.9 (7.0)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.1 (5.1)— Brantford, Ont. 6.4 (7.0)— Guelph, Ont. 2.3 (3.0)— London, Ont. 5.0 (4.8)— Windsor, Ont. 5.4 (6.0)— Barrie, Ont. 4.8 (5.0)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.3 (6.3)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.2 (5.1)— Winnipeg 5.8 (5.9)— Regina 5.9 (6.4)— Saskatoon 5.6 (6.1)— Calgary 7.6 (7.9)— Edmonton 6.3 (6.2)— Kelowna, B.C. 3.3 (3.9)— Abbotsford-Mission, B.C. 4.5 (4.6)— Vancouver 4.4 (4.1)— Victoria 3.6 (3.8)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

King Mohammed VI receives chairwoman of US Congressional Black Caucus

first_imgMarrakech- King Mohammed VI received, Friday at the Marrakech royal palace, Ohio’s representative Marcia Fudge, chairwoman of the African American MPs group of Congress, accompanied by a delegation of US congress representatives.On this occasion, the King hailed the fruitful meetings by the delegation with the different Moroccan officials and which enabled the US MPs to get informed about the achievements made by Morocco in several areas, as part of a comprehensive institutional reform, a statement by the royal office said. The MPs have unanimously commended the relevance of the national policies undertaken in all sectors, under the leadership of the King, for a responsible, balanced human and economic development, it added. King Mohammed VI noted the various open prospects thanks to the important visit he paid recently to the United States, mainly concerning fostering political consultations and developing economic, technical and cultural cooperation. The US parliamentarians highlighted that the two peoples are continuously brought closer and that ties between the two friendly countries are becoming stronger. The delegation expressed esteem for the royal commitment to peace and development in Africa, mainly Sub-Saharan Africa, and unwavering efforts by the King for an efficient south-south cooperation to ensure an important human development. The African American MPs group of Congress, known as Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), is a congress non partisan coalition. The audience was attended by Marcia Fudge, Corinne Brown (Florida), Eddie Johnson (Texas), Elijah Cummings (Maryland), George Butterfield (NC), Gregory Weldon Meeks (New York), Barbara Lee (CA), Hank Johnson (Georgia) Karen Bass (CA), Terry Sewell (Alabama), Frederica Wilson (FL) and Robin Kelly (Illinois). It was also attended by advisors of the King Taieb Fassi Fihri and Fouad Ali El Himma, Foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar and Morocco’s ambassador in Washington Rachad Bouhlal.last_img read more

MR tells CMs to get ready

A Government Minister who took part in the discussion today confirmed that the President had told them to prepare for an election. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told the Chief Ministers of the Central Province and North Western Province to get ready for an election.The President met the Chief Ministers of the Central Province and North Western Province at Temple Trees today. The meeting comes amidst reports that the two provincial councils will be dissolved by the end of this week.Senior officials of both provinces took part in the discussion while Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne and senior Government Ministers were also present. (Colombo Gazette) The President has also said that the government will allocate the funds needed to develop both provinces. read more

Canadians bought more foreign securities in November StatsCan

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says Canadian investment in foreign securities strengthened to $7.8 billion in November, nearly all in U.S. instruments.The agency says foreign investment in Canadian securities slowed to $5.6 billion, mainly federal government debt instruments.Purchases of foreign debt securities by Canadian investors expanded to $6.2 billion in November, the highest investment since March 2007.Activity in November was led by a $5.7 billion record purchase of U.S. government bonds, mostly short-term instruments.Canadian investors added $1.6 billion of foreign equities to their portfolios in November, all in U.S. shares.Non-residents purchased $5.6 billion of Canadian debt securities in November, the lowest amount since July. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2013 8:41 am MDT Canadians bought more foreign securities in November: StatsCan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

5 things we saw between Ohio State and Illinois

Ohio State redshirt senior receiver Jeff Greene (89) celebrates during OSU’s 28-3 win over Illinois on Nov. 14 in Champaign, Illinois.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorCHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Prior to No. 3 Ohio State’s 28-3 victory over Illinois, The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz dished out five things they would be watching for during the game. Here is how those items materialized. Does the offense return to form with Barrett?Redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett was back in the lineup after a one-week hiatus and it looked, based off the first eight plays from scrimmage, that the offense was back to the form it displayed against Rutgers two games ago. OSU drove all the way down the field methodically to the Illinois 1-yard line on the opening drive, but a run for no gain, a false start and a loss of one yard was followed by a missed field goal to stunt all that early momentum. From there, the OSU offense was a grab bag. At times, Barrett and the offense clicked flawlessly, especially on the first three touchdown drives. But nearly equally as often, offensive rhythm and flow was astray, indicated by the five drives that lasted fewer than five plays and resulted in no points. On the day, the offense accumulated 440 yards and found the end zone four times. Barrett specifically threw for 150 yards and one score, while churning out 74 yards and another touchdown with his legs. He did fumble once, while also throwing an interception. OSU coach Urban Meyer said he wasn’t totally satisfied with his performance.“(I) wouldn’t call it exceptional,” he said. “But he managed the offense very well.” One portion of the offense that never lost its form was the running game behind junior tailback Ezekiel Elliott. He was the lynchpin of the unit as usual on Saturday, rushing for 181 yards and two scores.Meyer praised Elliott’s contributions, but he said in his mind, the only major issue with the offense was pass protection, which was part of the issue on the interception because Barrett was under duress. “We’re gonna work extremely hard on that,” Meyer said of the pass protection. He later added, “we’re going to hammer that one hard this week.” Illinois’ duo of running backsIt took some time, but after three drives of sporadic touches, redshirt senior Josh Ferguson finally began to show why he is a focal point of opposition’s scouting reports. On the Fighting Illini’s fourth drive, after registering just 15 yards of offense, Ferguson picked up 30 total yards, including a 25-yard reception off a screen pass, to set up Illinois’ first points of the game. From there, even though the offense for Illinois still could not completely click, Ferguson still was impactful; or as impactful as one can be against the stingy OSU defense. He finished the night with 75 total yards. However, a majority of those came on a 27-yard run and the aforementioned 25-yard catch-and-run.The areas of focus for the OSU defense during practice paved the way to limiting his success, senior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt said. “Attacking the line of scrimmage, we’ve been working on that the last couple weeks, getting off the ball” he said. “Just creating penetration with our front four, I think we did a good job of that tonight.”The other half of Illinois’ running back tandem, freshman Ke’Shawn Vaughn, was relatively nonexistent on Saturday, though. The reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week touched the ball just six times for a total of minus-four yards before getting injured. Halfway through the third quarter, Vaughn was ruled out for the remainder of the game with an undisclosed injury. OSU’s rushing defense allowed just 33 yards to Minnesota in its last game and for the day against Illinois, it allowed even less: just a net of 20 yards, which includes yardage surrendered on sacks. Junior defensive end Joey Bosa said he was satisfied with the defense’s job in containing Ferguson, as well as with the unit as a whole. “We knew he was a great player,” Bosa said of Ferguson. “But I think we’ve been playing the run really good the past couple weeks, we just need to keep it up.” Redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during OSU’s 28-3 win over Illinois on Nov. 14 in Champaign, Illinois.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWill Nuernberger solidify the kicking game?Meyer made a switch at placekicker from redshirt senior Jack Willoughby to sophomore Sean Nuernberger for Saturday’s game, hoping to solidify the unstable position. On OSU’s first drive, however, instead of erasing the question marks about field goal kicking, Nuernberger wrote new ones in permanent marker.  OSU’s offense drove all the way down to the 1-yard line, but after two stuffed rushing attempts and a false start, Nuernberger trotted out for his kick since last year’s national championship game. But the sophomore missed the 26-yard attempt badly, pulling it way to the left. It was probably not what Meyer envisioned when he made the change. Nuernberger remained the placekicker for the rest of the game, converting on all of his point-after attempts. He did not attempt another field goal. It seems for at least one more week, the uncertainty surrounding OSU’s kicking game remains. Trap gameAll week OSU players insisted they were not looking past Illinois, despite having the season’s two biggest games — against Michigan State and Michigan — on the schedule after this week. But, given the history of fits that the Fighting Illini have caused the Buckeyes, namely the 2007 upset, there was reason to think that this game could be the prototypical “trap game.” However, the Buckeyes were able to not slip up and Champaign without a blemish. Now, the squads from the state of Michigan are coming into focus.“This is exactly what you wait for,” Perry said of the chance to play the best two teams on OSU’s schedule. Perry said the Buckeyes will take these two challenges one at a time, like usual, but he did concede that all season long players on the team had thoughts of the forthcoming games against the Spartans and Wolverines. But now, after 10 games are in the books, Perry said it is time to dig in. “It’s do-or-die, basically at this point,” he said. “We got a big week ahead of us, we’re going to watch film, break everything up from this week, but we’re definitely shifting our focus.”Can Jalin Marshall certify himself in the offense?After a big game against Minnesota that saw him compile over 100 all-purpose yards, redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall was looking to keep contributions flowing in Champaign.For the most, the Middletown, Ohio, native did just that. Marshall caught four passes — the second-highest mark on the team — for 38 yards, including a 23-yarder that set up OSU’s second touchdown of the game toward the end of the first half. He also did a nice job on the perimeter. Meyer was asked about the consistency of Elliott, as well as redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas, following the game, but the coach took it upon himself to categorize Marshall with the potential All-Americans. On punt returns, Marshall was mostly kept in check, but that had a lot to do with the struggles of Illinois’ junior punter Ryan Frain. He checked in with just one return for one yard. Overall, OSU’s offense showed flashes of the levels it can play at, and Marshall, once again, showed that he is a big part of it. The Buckeyes will be back in action on Saturday against Michigan State in Columbus. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

Former Ohio State football player Tracy Sprinkle pleads no contest to reduced

Former Ohio State football player Tracy Sprinkle pleaded no contest to a reduced charge and had one felony charge dismissed Thursday in a Lorain County court, according to multiple reports.Sprinkle was originally charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine after an early morning fight July 5 outside a Lorain, Ohio, bar. The reduced charge is for failure to comply.According to the reports, Sprinkle received a 30-day suspended sentence in addition to a $500 fine and two years of probation. The felony charge for possession of cocaine was dropped.Sprinkle sent a tweet from his Twitter handle, @TSprinkle93, Thursday evening that read: “I thank everyone for the love, support, and prayers at one of the lowest moments in my life.. May God bless you all!”The Elyria High School graduate was initially kicked off the team July 6, but according to an OSU spokesman, coach Urban Meyer would evaluate that status after Sprinkle’s legal issues were resolved. Meyer reiterated that statement Monday at the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.“Tracy Sprinkle is no longer with the program, and I will readdress it if there’s some changes,” Meyer said. “That’s all I know. That’s the way we handle our situations.”An OSU spokesman said in an email he did not have any further information regarding Sprinkle’s status with the team Friday morning.Sprinkle did not immediately respond to a request for comment. read more