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The Congress in Rajasthan has revoked the suspension of an influential Dalit leader, Babulal Nagar, who was a Minister in the previous Ashok Gehlot government, a year after he was acquitted by a sessions court in a rape case. Mr. Nagar was lodged in the Central Jail here for three years during the trial of the case.Mr. Nagar, 57, a three-time Congress MLA, holds a considerable clout in the Dudu region of Jaipur district, which falls in the Ajmer Lok Sabha constituency going to by-election later this month. He was suspended from the party’s primary membership in October 2013, when he was arrested by CBI in a rape case registered by a married woman.The 34-year-old woman had accused Mr. Nagar of sexually assaulting her on the pretext of getting her a government job. Mr. Nagar, who failed to secure a bail during the trial, resigned as the Minister. The sessions court acquitted him on January 30, 2017, while holding that the prosecution had failed to prove its case “beyond reasonable doubt.”The case against Mr. Nagar was registered under Sections 376 (rape) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code. Congress has ostensibly decided to take him back in the party fold, a year after his acquittal, in view of his utility in the Dudu Assembly constituency during the campaign for the January 29 by-election.
The chief proctor of the Banaras Hindu University was among the five persons named in the police complaint in connection with the murder of a suspended student, who was shot dead on campus on Tuesday evening.Chief proctor Royana Singh, along with the other accused, faces charges of murder and criminal conspiracy. Four persons have been arrested in connection with the case.The FIR lodged by the police at the Lanka police station in Varanasi names Ms. Singh, the first woman chief proctor in BHU history, as accused number 1.Four others, Ashutosh Tripathi, Rupesh Tiwari, Kumar Manglam and Vinay Dwivedi, who are mentioned as BHU students, are also accused of the crime.Gaurav Kumar Singh, a Master of Computer Applications student, who was on suspension since 2017, was on Tuesday evening shot at indiscriminately by three-four bikeborne persons, while he was standing at the Birla A intersection in the sprawling campus. He was rushed to the BHU trauma centre but succumbed to his injuries, said a police officer.As per the police complaint lodged by the deceased student’s father Rakesh Pratap Singh, Ms. Singh is accused of hatching the “conspiracy” to get his son murdered due to old enmity.Anil Kumar, the circle officer, said it was a case of personal enmity between the students. The FIR was lodged under Sections 147, 148,149, 120 B, 302 and 34 of the IPC and 7 CLA.Gaurav was suspended in 2017 for his alleged role in the arson on campus. He was accused of burning buses and damaging government property, during an agitation on campus safety.Talking to The Hindu, Ms. Singh said her name was dragged into the FIR as part of a “political conspiracy” as she had acted against rival student groups for creating trouble. “Perhaps they want to disrupt the administration work which I have been doing,” she said. Asked how she is connected to the incident, Ms. Singh quipped: “That’s a million dollar question.”She said the deceased student had been living illegally in the Arts faculty hostel, while those named in the FIR, were no longer students of the varsity.
Berlin: Fireworks brought play to a halt and tempers threatened to boil over as FC Union defeated city rivals Hertha Berlin 1-0 on Saturday in their first Bundesliga derby since German reunification.A 90th-minute penalty, converted by home striker Sebastian Polter, sealed the hosts’ third league win this season on an emotional night at Union’s sold-out Alten Foersterei stadium. However, the referee had to march both teams off for six minutes at the start of the second-half after fireworks launched from the terraces landed on the pitch.After the final whistle, a group of Union ‘Ultras’ — masked hardcore fans — invaded the pitch seemingly intent on confronting their Hertha rivals, before Union players persuaded them to return to the stands.”It’s a city derby and there was a lot of emotion,” said match-winner Polter.”We, as players, wanted to make sure the (image of the) club wasn’t harmed and we had a responsibility to prevent our fans from doing anything stupid.”Nevertheless, hosts Union now enjoy bragging rights after an historic night for football in Germany’s capital.”To put it simply, it’s the most important game of the season, definitely, more important than the (Bundesliga) championship, I would say,” Union fan Kenny Schwarz told AFP outside the stadium.Next Saturday will mark 30 years since the Berlin Wall came down.Hertha had originally wanted to host the derby on the anniversary, an idea Union rejected.’NOT A FRIENDSHIP'”I’m only 22,” laughed Schwarz. “I got all the coverage — that Hertha wanted to play on November 9 — but that doesn’t mean much today.”Just 26 kilometres (16 miles) separates Berlin’s top clubs, but the Iron Curtain that divided communist East Germany from capitalist West Germany from 1961 kept the two clubs at a much greater distance until the Wall came down in 1989.This was only the fifth competitive meeting between the clubs, following Union’s promotion to the Bundesliga in May, having previously only met in Germany’s second tier.Among older fans too, the sporting rivalry replaced any nostalgic thoughts.At 48, Nicole Burckhardt experienced the fall of the Wall as a teenager.”At my age”, she said, “I believe that history plays no part, for me it’s all about football”.Fellow Union fan Andreas Rudolf, 56, agreed the derby’s background pales compared with bragging rights now secured.”That was a long time ago, but we are two different clubs, one is blue, one is red” and both clubs wanted “to be number one today”.”It’s definitely not a friendship, but perhaps there’s no hostility either, that has to do with” the past, but “we don’t like them – the Blues.”Union now leads the mini series with two wins with two draws, to a single Hertha victory, in competitive games.Hertha hosted Union in a friendly at the Olympic Stadium in January 1990 — just days after the Wall fell — when both sets of fans united on the terraces to sing about Germany’s imminent reunification – a unique moment some fans will never forget.”It used to be that Hertha and Union were friends, which is important to us,” said 71-year-old Hertha fan Helmut Klopftleich, a former East German who fled to west Berlin in 1984.”We lived in East Berlin at the time of the Wall, but ran away to the west, and moved from Union to Hertha.”Today, we are real Hertha (fans)… and have been since 1984.” bundesligaBundesliga 2019-20footballhertha berlin First Published: November 3, 2019, 7:20 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
U-17 Women’s Championship: Lionesses Thrash Tigresses 4-1 to Finish on Top, Panthers-Cheetahs Draw 1-1
CheetahsdrawLionessesPanthers First Published: November 15, 2019, 9:50 PM IST Kalyani: Lionesses beat Tigresses 4-1 on the final day of the league phase of the U-17 Women’s Championship, to finish as table-toppers while Panthers and Cheetahs split points in a 1-1 draw on Friday.Drishti Pant (12′) and Laxmi Mandavi (39′) scored in the first game while Lynda Kom (15′), Astam Oraon (59′), Kritina Devi (73′ O.G), Priyangka Devi Naroem (86′) and Daisy Crasto (90+3′) scored in the second kick-off. In what was a dress-rehearsal for the final on Sunday, Lynda Kom and Oraon scored delectable goals before Estrocio came off the bench to force an own goal from Kritina. However, Priyangka’s long-ranger with Daisy’s injury-time strike sealed the deal for the Lionesses. Earlier in the evening, Bembem Devi’s Cheetahs led for the first time in the tournament when a free-kick from their own half saw the ball in Panthers’ box and Pant tapped in early as the crowd cheered on from the stands. Captain Sudha Tirkey’s delivery from a freekick was initially punched out by Vruddhi Raisinghani but with the ball not cleared, Mandavi sliced in the equaliser from handshaking distance. There were no more goals in the second half as both the teams ended with a similar goal difference.The tournament has witnessed a continuous spike in the number of fans, cheering on the girls. Aimed at scouting the best talents to form the U-17 team ahead of India’s participation and hosting of the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, Lionesses and Tigresses face each other in the tournament final on Sunday. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Al-Ahly signing Mahmoud: I rejected transfer advice from Liverpool ace Salahby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEgyptian midfielder Mohamed Mahmoud has revealed he rejected advice from Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah when choosing his next club.Mahmoud has just left Wadi Degla for Al-Ahly – turning down three major European clubs in the process.The 20 year-old said, “I declined three offers from Europe, I received offers from TSG Hoffenheim, FC Basel and Ajax, but I chose Al-Ahly.”When I received the offer from Basel, Mohamed Salah advised me to choose them, even before I talked to Al-Ahly.”Mahmoud decided to remain in Egypt for the benefit of his career development.
Editors’ Recommendations NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Steven John/Digital TrendsAbout 16 years ago, my then-girlfriend (now-wife) gave me the first decent quality watch I’d ever owned. It was an analog Nixon with a broad leather band and a handsome, square black face framed by brushed steel. Before getting that Nixon, I’d worn Swatch and Casio wristwatches as a kid and a cheap, Soviet-made windup that worked terribly but looked interesting in a retro-cool “I’m in high school and alternative and look at me!” kind of way. I still have the watch my now-wife wife gave me back in 2002, and although it has since seen two different bands and has been relegated to hiking watch status due to all the scratches marring the face and case, it still works perfectly.Nixon isn’t an old company. In fact, the brand just celebrated its 20 year anniversary. Nixon was launched to fill a niche its founders, action and snow sport enthusiasts Chad DiNenna and Andy Laats, saw lacking: decent watches with a youthful, yet refined look that sell for an affordable price. Indeed, Nixon watches bridge the gap between the cheap, functional watches many people slap on without a thought and pricier, luxury chronometers worn primarily to impress and that only tangentially serve as reliable timepieces.Steven John/Digital TrendsIf there’s one thing I can vouch for with certainty, it’s that a Nixon watch is reliable. As I said, I’ve had mine going on 16 years now and I wore it daily for the first five or six years I owned it. Since then, it has come along with me as I’ve summited mountains, hiked through rain storms, and bummed around a town or 20. As I grew a bit older and entered into the career and then family-man stages of life, I’ve acquired multiple additional watches, and many of them are from higher price points and better suited for meetings, dinners out, weddings, and so forth. But I’ve also added another Nixon or two to the lineup, because there’s always room for a semi-casual watch that looks fine, works well, and that, frankly, I don’t worry about all that much because regardless of looks or function, it’s not a huge investment.My original Nixon was the perfect first fine watch for me as I navigated the twists and turns of my early 20s. And while the company does offer several more refined-looking watches, some of which are at a several-hundred-dollar price point, I admire the fact that Nixon has stayed true to its founding vision two decades on.Steven John/Digital TrendsThe brand’s various watches (and its limited selection of apparel, bags, and audio gear) maintain a poised aesthetic that won’t look out of place on the wrist of a junior executive heading into a meeting or a surfer headed out past the breakers. After all, said Jr. Exec and surfer may well be the same guy, depending on the day of the week.Go ahead and choose a rugged digital Nixon if you need a reliable watch for use during cycling, hiking, or diving. Or get an analog Nixon with a black dial and a gold-colored band if you need to add a grace note to your business attire. Either way, you can count on owning a Nixon timepiece for many years, so choose well even if you won’t be spending all that much.Are these high-end watches? No. But there’s a time and a place for the Tag Heuer or the Rolex, and many people aren’t there yet. And that’s exactly as it should be. The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah!
Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, is calling for more medical labs to apply for accreditation, as the Government moves to position Jamaica as a health tourism destination.Mr. Hylton made the call at a ceremony to present a certificate of accreditation to Biomedical Caledonia Medical Laboratory Ltd, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kingston, on June 25.This is the first medical lab in Jamaica to be accredited to international standards, and was done by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC).The Minister said there is a need to establish a world class national quality infrastructure within the field of medicine, and that accreditation is an important pillar of this national quality infrastructure.“There is probably no other area of national life where the need for quality and accuracy is more important than in our health care delivery services. Decisions related to health care must be informed by reliable and accurate information, not sometimes, but every single time,” Mr. Hylton stressed.Lab accreditation, though mandatory in some other Caribbean countries, is still a voluntary action in Jamaica. However, Minister Hylton said legislation should be put in place to ensure that lab accreditation is mandatory in Jamaica.Highlighting the importance of the Minister’s call, Chief Executive Officer of JANAAC, Marguerite Domville, pointed out that the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 70 per cent of clinical decision making is influenced by medical laboratory results.“Statistics have shown that thousands of persons die each year, due to errors in medical laboratory results. Therefore, the ISO 15-189 standard which was developed in 2003, is to ensure that this situation changes and medical labs accredited to this international standard can deliver high quality service,” she explained.Senior Lead Assessor at JANAAC, Mrs. Sonia Morgan, said that the accreditation of Biomedical Caledonia Lab is internationally accepted and meets both the requirements of ISO 15-189 and the International Laboratory Accreditation Corporation (ILAC).She outlined the process of accreditation for other labs that might be interested in becoming accredited.“The process begins with an application from the lab that is seeking accreditation, which is then reviewed by JANAAC and the findings are presented to the laboratory,” Mrs. Morgan said.She added that after the lab deals with the findings of the review, an onsite visit is conducted by the assessment team from JANAAC.“An interim report is prepared after the visit, and the lab is given an opportunity to make corrections based on the findings. The team then executes follow-up activities to assess the lab’s efforts to implement effective corrective actions,” Mrs. Morgan pointed out.A final report is then made to the CEO of JANAAC, which is sent to the Accreditation Evaluation Committee which makes the final decision.Contact: Shelly-Ann Irving/ Sanasha Pearson
zoom Salvage workers have found human remains of what is believed to be the last victim of the ill-fated cruise ship Costa Concordia that sank in January 2012, according to Italian Coast Guard cited by Reuters.The remains were found on deck eight, previously inaccessible by divers.The sinking of Costa Concordia two and a half years ago took the toll of 32 human lives.The discovered remains are believed to pertain to Russel Rebello, an Indian who worked as a waiter on the ship.On two separate occasions divers believed to had found the remains of the last missing victim, however medical tests proved the opposite.On a Facebook page started by Russel Rubello’s brother Kevin, dedicated to him, Kevin wrote that after 1025 days “my younger brother Russel Rebello’s body has finally been found on deck 8 in a cabin of the wrecked Concordia.”“The Italian Civil Protection Agency and Costa Cruises Care Division this noon confirmed to me of the finding by the Ship Recycling agency working on the ship,” he wrote.According to him, the family is now pending DNA tests for confirmation of the finding so as to be able to give his brother the “final resting place with honour.”Costa Concordia wreck was towed to the Port of Genoa for scrapping at the end of July this year in what was dubbed as a historic salvage operation.The grounding of the cruise ship, carrying 4,252 people at the time, is believed to had been caused by the captain’s recklessness, as the ship came too close to the Giglio island where it got stuck and later collapsed.The captain, Francesco Schettino, is being trialed for manslaughter and abandoning ship.World Maritime News Staff
After turning 40 and working a succession of jobs throughout her life, some good and some bad, Patti Ann Melanson realized she needed more education. She returned to school and obtained her Grade 12 diploma to provide a better life and set a good example for her two children. “Education is something that one can never get enough of,” said Ms. Melanson. “This has been an exciting year for me. I have overcome obstacles, built my self-esteem, and made my children proud.” This year, more than 500 adult learners across the province will receive their high school graduation diploma through support from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning. Ms. Melanson is one of 17 students graduating in the Tri-County area this week. She will graduate from Digby Adult High School today, June 28. A graduation ceremony at Yarmouth Adult High School will take place Friday, June 30. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning co-ordinates a range of education programs for adults who want to improve their reading and math skills, or complete their high school diploma. This year marks the school’s fifth anniversary and the graduation of about 2,000 adult Nova Scotians with a high school diploma. “There have been more than 20,000 enrollments in the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning in five years. It meets a significant need in our province for adults to improve their education, and ultimately, their job skills,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “I congratulate the graduates for taking steps toward a brighter future for themselves and their families.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning works in partnership with Nova Scotia Community College NSCC (NSCC), regional school boards, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to offer programs at more than 170 sites across the province. The high school graduation diploma for adults was introduced in 2001. “It has been my pleasure to work with another group of dedicated students. The balance between school and life responsibilities that the graduates have demonstrated is incredible,” said Arthur Hatt, principal of Digby Adult High School. “I am honoured to congratulate and celebrate these outstanding individuals during their graduation events.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative that involves job skills training, workplace learning, and basic literacy skills upgrading.
Brittany Hobson APTN National NewsOne Métis dancer and choreographer is returning to Winnipeg for the world premiere of his latest piece.Jera Wolfe’s newest creation will be performed on the big stage by students from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Mumbai: Celebrated filmmaker Karan Johar says actores Madhuri Dixit Nene, Sonakshi Sinha and Alia Bhatt are all playing pivotal roles in his multi-starrer production Kalank. At the teaser launch of the film recently, Karan was asked about the thought behind introducing the female characters first. Karan explained: “We are brought into this world by women. I am raised by strong women and I would say that these three women characters are the heart, soul and spine of Kalank. So, their strength, beauty and intellect (is something) men could never match up.” According to Alia, the film, which also stars male actors like Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapur, among others, is a true ensemble film as “every character is primary”. Directed by Abhishek Verman, Kalank is releasing on April 17.
Washington DC: NASA’s Mars Helicopter, designed to fly in thin atmosphere and low gravity, has successfully completed flight tests and is prepared for its journey to the Red Planet scheduled to take off in 2020, the US space agency said. Weighing in at no more than 1.8 kilograms, the helicopter is a technology demonstration project currently going through the rigorous verification process certifying it for Mars. The majority of the testing the flight model is going through had to do with demonstrating how it can operate on Mars, including how it performs at Mars-like temperatures, NASA said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe helicopter has to function in extremely cold temperatures, including nights with temperatures as low as minus 90 degrees Celsius. The helicopter is scheduled to reach the surface of the Red Planet in February 2021, when the firmly nestled under the belly of the Mars 2020 rover. A few months later, it will be deployed and test flights will begin — the first from the surface of another world, NASA said. “Gearing up for that first flight on Mars, we have logged over 75 minutes of flying time with an engineering model, which was a close approximation of our helicopter,” said MiMi Aung, project manager for the Mars Helicopter at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the US. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”But this recent test of the flight model was the real deal. This is our helicopter bound for Mars. We needed to see that it worked as advertised,” said Aung. While flying helicopters is commonplace here on Earth, flying hundreds of millions of kilometers away in the thin Martian atmosphere is something else entirely. Creating the right conditions for testing here on Earth presents its own set of challenges. “The Martian atmosphere is only about one per cent the density of Earth’s,” said Aung. “Our test flights could have similar atmospheric density here on Earth — if you put your airfield 30,480 meters up. So you can’t go somewhere and find that. You have to make it,” she said. The team created a vacuum that sucks out all the nitrogen, oxygen and other gases from the air inside the mammoth cylinder. In their place the team injected carbon dioxide, the chief ingredient of Mars’ atmosphere. “Getting our helicopter into an extremely thin atmosphere is only part of the challenge,” said Teddy Tzanetos, test conductor for the Mars Helicopter at JPL. “To truly simulate flying on Mars we have to take away two-thirds of Earth’s gravity, because Mars’ gravity is that much weaker,” said Tzanetos. The team accomplished this with a gravity offload system — a motorised lanyard attached to the top of the helicopter to provide an uninterrupted tug equivalent to two-thirds of Earth’s gravity. The Mars Helicopter’s first flight was followed up by a second in the vacuum chamber the following day. Logging a total of one minute of flight time at an altitude of five centimeters, more than 1,500 individual pieces of carbon fiber, flight-grade aluminum, silicon, copper, foil and foam have proven that they can work together as a cohesive unit.”The next time we fly, we fly on Mars,” said Aung. The Mars Helicopter will launch as a technology demonstrator with the Mars 2020 rover on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in July 2020 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. It is expected to reach Mars in February 2021.
Speaking at the annual General Debate, Abbas El Fassi said the Initiative for Negotiating an Autonomy Statute for the Saharan Region was proposed “in the aim to put an end to this artificial conflict and overcome the stalemate.”He added that the initiative has already been described as serious and credible by the Security Council and follows international negotiations and “a process of extensive national negotiations with the population of the Sahara region.”Mr. El Fassi stressed that Morocco remained strongly committed to the UN-backed negotiations with the Frente Polisario to find a solution to the conflict in Western Sahara “that is respectful of its national sovereignty, territorial integrity and where the autonomy applied to this region benefits its population.”He added that a solution to Western Sahara would also help bring a stronger and more integrated Arab Maghreb Union in North Africa.The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been in the Territory since September 1991 to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario.Morocco holds that its sovereignty over Western Sahara should be recognized, while the Frente Polisario’s position is that the Territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum that includes independence as an option. 26 September 2008Morocco’s proposal for autonomy for Western Sahara is the result of broad international consultation and should end the stalemate on the issue at the United Nations, the country’s Prime Minister told the General Assembly today.
TORONTO — Joe Fresh founder Joe Mimran is joining “Dragons’ Den.”CBC-TV says the fashion retail giant will be part of the next batch of business bosses fielding pitches on the reality series.Mimran recently stepped down from his day-to-day responsibilities with the apparel brand, but remains founder and brand ambassador.He says he’s “thrilled to join” the CBC series, calling it “the perfect opportunity to share that lifelong passion and experience with young entrepreneurs.”Mimran has been behind formidable brands including Joe Fresh, Club Monaco, Alfred Sung, Caban and — with his wife, Kimberley Newport-Mimran — Pink Tartan.Joe Fresh founder Joe Mimran stepping down, Mario Grauso taking overExpect more new faces on next season’s Dragons’ Den as Vikram Vij becomes latest star rumoured to be leaving CBC showThe new season airs this fall. The current season airs Wednesdays on CBC-TV.“As the brains behind some of Canada’s most successful brands, he’s a welcome addition to the Den,” CBC executive director Jennifer Dettman said Wednesday.Under Mimran’s guidance, Joe Fresh has grown to become Canada’s second largest apparel brand, encompassing women’s, men’s, children’s, baby and beauty collections.Mimran also oversaw the creative direction of home and entertainment brands for Loblaw, including PC Home, Life at Home, Everyday Essentials, Jump Kids World, Jogi and Tera Gear, among others.
Details of the Truth and Friendship Commission’s work still remain to be worked out, however, the Foreign Ministers of both nations – Hassan Wirayuda of Indonesia and José Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste – told reporters after their meeting with Mr. Annan in New York. They welcomed international support for the new panel.Following balloting on 30 August 1999 – in which 79 per cent of Timorese voted to reject the proposed autonomy and begin a process of transition toward independence – local pro-integration militias, at times with the support of elements of the Indonesian security forces, embarked on a campaign of violence, looting and arson throughout the entire territory.In addition to the nine Timorese UN workers killed during the mayhem, thousands were forcibly displaced across the border into Indonesian West Timor.Australia led a UN-mandated international force to quell the violence and the UN subsequently established in October 1999 the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), as the territory was then known, to guide the process of independence.In May 2002, with Mr. Annan in attendance, the UN handed over full sovereignty of the tiny island nation to an elected government and Timor-Leste became the world body’s 191st Member in September of that year.Mr. Ramos-Horta called the agreement “unprecedented” in international relations. “This is an initiative that we believe is highly positive and will shed truth on the events of the past, and we seek support from the international community in some form expertise to assist this commission,” he said.
BERLIN – The German economy managed to avoid sinking into recession during an unusually cold first quarter, but only just, official figures showed Wednesday.Europe’s biggest economy grew by 0.1 per cent in the January-March quarter compared with the previous three-month period, Germany’s Federal Statistical Office said. That followed a 0.7 per cent decline in last year’s fourth quarter, a figure that was revised downward from the initial reading of 0.6 per cent.The increase was lower than anticipated — the consensus in the market was for a 0.3 per cent quarterly rise.If the first quarter figure had shown a decline, then Germany would have been in recession — technically defined as two straight quarters of negative economic growth.Extremely cold weather that dragged on until the end of March was one factor behind the feeble growth figure, the statistics office said. Winter conditions typically hurt industries such as construction.UniCredit economist Andreas Rees argued that the data “should be taken with a pinch of salt, or maybe even two” because of the unusual weather.Despite the subdued first-quarter performance, Germany is in better shape than almost all the 17 European Union countries that use the euro. Though recent economic indicators have been mixed, the key industrial sector has been robust and unemployment remains relatively low.Looking ahead, prospects for Germany are improving now that the hard winter is over, said Carsten Brezski, an economist at ING in Brussels.“Industry is gaining pace as order books have started to fill again and companies are cautiously stepping up their investment plans,” he said. “Moreover, domestic demand with the solid labour market and wage increases have become a reliable growth driver.”The economy’s relative health has fueled demands for big pay increases in several sectors.Early Wednesday, the IG Metall union secured a solid raise for some 3.7 million workers in the key industrial sector, a deal that heads off the threat of strikes.Under the deal reached by negotiators in Bavaria, which is expected to be extended to the rest of the country, workers will get a 3.4 per cent raise in July followed by another 2.2 per cent next May. The agreement runs until the end of next year.IG Metall initially sought a raise of 5.5 per cent this year alone, arguing that companies in Germany could afford it and that it would bolster private spending. But union chairman Berthold Huber said that employees “will get a fair and appropriate share of economic developments” under the deal now reached. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email German economy returned to growth of 0.1 per cent in 1st quarter, avoided recession by Geir Moulson, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2013 2:12 am MDT
Rickshaws are a pretty green form of urban transportation, relying on nothing more than good old human energy. But, of course, pulling them is a lot of work. So a Japanese company has created what it’s describing as the world’s first electric rickshaw — and it’s completely human power free.It’s called the Meguru, and has a design that makes it look like a motorcycle with a small cabin placed on top. The engine is completely electric, allowing for a range of 40 kilometers and a top speed of 40 kilometers per hour. It’s also available to purchase right now for ¥100,000, or, around $1,200 USD.Via Engadget
When Monica Stonier first started working full time as a teacher in 2001, she was more focused on learning her students’ names than about her union, the Washington Education Association. But now Stonier, who has since been elected as a Democratic state representative for Vancouver, gives more thought to the future of organized labor.Stonier said that somehow the Freedom Foundation, an Olympia-based conservative think tank, found her home address. Like thousands of other public employees, she receives a letter each year reminding her that she can limit her financial support for her union.In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on a series of cases that right-to-work advocates hope will further the decline of organized labor (particularly among public-sector employees).The Freedom Foundation has actively sought to reduce the power of public-sector unions using these rulings. Last legislative session, Stonier, and other like-minded lawmakers, passed legislation intended to minimize the impact of court rulings unfriendly to unions. This legislation could soon be put to the test.In June, the court is expected to rule on Janus v. AFSCME. The case is centered on an Illinois state employee who is arguing that being forced to pay fees to a union for representation violates his civil rights. A ruling in favor of Janus would overturn a decades-old precedent and could significantly peel back support for politically influential public-sector unions.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – November 27, 2017 – An assertive tax collection system was last year announced by the Perry Christie Administration to be aimed at getting government monies in and getting more money from real property taxes which were deemed too low for some land owners.That project was reportedly working well said an employee who was terminated, with others from the Inland Revenue Department. The ex-employee said they were disappointed to have been let go just weeks before Christmas, but Marlon Johnson in a media report explained only that it was decided not to renew the employee contracts.Johnson, who is the Financial Secretary also said: “The department will continue to optimize its workforce and headcount to ensure that appropriate skill sets are retained and recruited as necessary, as the department consistently seeks to improve its service to the public.”There is no confirmation on how many employees were terminated, but one report says it is as many as 30 people.