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first_imgThe air is so clean it makes your lungs sing an aria. Even if you don’t know what an aria is. That’s one of the reasons I’d go back to Lavasa. And because you can read a book under a tree, or crawl under ferns on nature trails like in an Enid Blyton story. Because you’ll squint at ochre-throated bats festooned in trees on the side of the lake. Because the only noise here is of someone shrieking joyfully as they race a jet ski over the water. And yes, because it’s 3,000 ft above sea level, and your prayers reach heaven faster.’Wouldn’t it be a wonderful place to get married?’ A fellow journo sighs, at the green skirts of the Sahyadri mountains, wrapped in veils of mist, at little villas dotting their sides, the lake, at the cobble-stoned town square that looks like it’s been airlifted from Europe. Hmmm. I hadn’t thought of that one. Standing by the railing near hotel Ekaant, at a viewing point, I look down and see the 20 km-long Warasgaon Lake, hugged on all sides by Dasve, the first of the three towns that make up Lavasa, India’s first planned hill city. Meant to eventually sit over seven magnificent hills, Lavasa is slowly taking shape, the Master Plan developed by design consultant, HOK, USA. You do see the odd mud lifts and other machinery working quietly in background. But you can forgive their presence. After all, they’re working towards New Urbanism, a concept that allows urban life and nature to subsist in wonderful harmony. Translated, it means you bump into butterflies on your stroll to work, instead of potholes and traffic. About four hours out of Mumbai, Lavasa is a city, as the brochures say, where you will live, learn, work and play. And how! About 25,000 acres–nearly a fourth the size of Mumbai, only about 200 times greener–of carefully designed space is one big playground. And right now, you can begin with Dasve. With waterfront apartments, Lavasa International Convention Centre and the promenade on one bank, and Dasvino Country Club on the other. (Yes, on the bank of the lake–just in case you have to rush, and take a speed boat to the conference). Of course, one can soak in a few cocktails at the pub or wake up sleeping muscles at the gym. But I wonder why anyone would want to stay indoors when there’s a Yamaha wave runner zipping across the water at high speed leaving surf trails in its wake.Yes, that’s where the action is, the guide tells us. “The Watersports Zone had 5,000 tourists in the last two years.” Why? Good reasons: Kayaking, parasailing, a children’s pool, jet skis… Oh, that’s why the trained lifeguards from Jebelali. And well, also because the lake is 100 ft deep. As our own boat bobs through the water towards the orange spire of the Dasve village temple standing sentinel in the trees, our guide mentions that the lake is full with tilapia, katla, rohu… Yes, you can fish here. Yes, you can proudly take a picture with your trophy. No, you can’t keep it. Please sir, throw the fish back in the water. A fountain will soon take its place in the centre of the lake, the tallest in Asia. I wonder if the birds that migrate here really care. In the trees along the banks, looking quite indifferent to our cackling, egrets, kingfishers, grey heron, rest before they take off for lunch. Speaking of which, since you can’t cook your own fish, you can stop at the cafes on the promenade. Granma’s Homemade Patisserie, Chor Bizarre, the All American Diner…. Pick any. And while you slide into a bench taking your time over a burger, you can watch children roller-skate, students from Ecole Hoteliere take a break (yes, the famous French culinary school, actually exists here), or simply enjoy the space–yeah, when you come from the city as we know it, you treasure it like the precious stuff miners go 1000 ft deep for. Later, you can spend afternoons letting your coffee go cold, contemplating the little bridges, listening to water make music as it gurgles out of the sluices of the Warasgaon dam. Evenings? They tell me that Past Times, an English pub, is coming up soon and what cooler thought than to be able to say, ‘I’m walking down to the pub.’ And maybe then the bartender will tell you about the Karvi flower, which blooms only once in seven years. And you’ll drink another scotch to that. Yes, it’s a charming town. A little building calls itself Post Office. Here you can mail actual letters, or a postcard if you please, but before you imagine Dasve is rural, stop. Lavasa has a municipal corporation that uses e-governance. How’s that for high-tech? It’s slated to be home to non-polluting businesses like Hollywood-affiliated film studios, IT companies, research centres. We had the option of watching the latest movies at The Lavasa Experience Center, but I preferred to walk in the fresh drizzle. And I relished it, as much as I relished the song of the ‘Whistling Schoolboy’ also called the Malabar Whistling Thrush, and the dustbins on the street that say ‘wet’ and ‘dry’. Yup, it seems like Lavasa is looking to be friends with nature. It’s a good sign: separate garbage equals recycling, vermiculture, clean hills. It’s part of their Environment Management Plan (EMP), that includes biomimicry, hydro seeding–a hi-tech process that gives back the mountains its green blanket, and mass plantation: ‘8,000 trees have already been planted,’ Ajay Gulabchand, chairman, tells me. Well, here’s to more shady paths to stand and stare. But if you want to take some plants back, find the nursery. If you’d rather hang upside down from a cliff, with the blood rushing to your brains, there’s what they call XThrill Adventure Sports that tests your nerve. Let’s see now, you can go back and tell friends, ‘I went bungee jumping’. Or rappelling, rock-climbing, valley crossing–crossing ravines with the help of high tension ropes, paragliding, cross country cycling on a mountain bike. (Though we doubt you’ll need it, Lavasa has Apollo hospital, and for the aches, some world-class health spas.)Me, I’d just like to get a cycle–the hotels let you borrow them–and explore the many paths, the hidden streams. Or sing like Julie Andrews in the movie The Sound of Music. Only, I’d scare all the precious migrant birds out of the trees.advertisementadvertisement Fact fileGetting there: About 4 hours from Mumbai, and 1.5 from Pune. The best way to get there is by car, but keep in mind that the roads near Lavasa are winding. Check www.lavasa.com for more details.When to go: Anytime except the monsoon, when there are no watersports. Plus saysStay:Fortune Select Dasve; tel: (020) 3099 4444Ekaant; tel: (020) 6675 7000Mercure; tel: (020) 6792 9000Eat: There are multiple restaurants in Lavasa offering varied cuisine.Shop: At Bamboosa craft factory for bamboo products.See: The mountains and the lovely landscape around.FYIMercure hotel:Part of the Accor group, Mercure is the first international hotel in Lavasa. Each of its 130 rooms offers a calming view–my walk-out balcony that still needed some finishing, overlooked a little stream. The rooms feature a neat contemporary style, and luxurious beds, but it seems like the hotel has been put together in a hurry. Loved the beautifully designed, ‘Mercure and me’ range of bath products. Strongly believe the food left a lot to be desired.last_img read more


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first_imgFormer Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, an accused in a corruption case, was slapped with aDelhi High Court notice on a plea opposing his visit to London during the Olympics later this month.The court has also sought a response from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) within three days, and asked Kalmadi not to leave the country prior to July 26, his scheduled date of departure.The Public Interest Litigation filed by advocate Rahul Mehra on Wednesday sought the court’s direction to restrain Kalmadi from visiting London saying he was facing trial in a corruption case and could not be allowed to represent the country in an international event.A division bench of Acting Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, issuing notice to Kalmadi and IOA, which he heads, said: “Issue notice to respondents (IOA and Kalmadi)… He (Kalmadi) is not going to leave the country before his scheduled date of July 26.”The bench posted the matter for July 24 for further hearing.The court asked Kalmadi, who is also president of the Asian Athletes Association and member of the Council of International Association of Athletes Federation, not to advance his slated July 26 departure for Olympics.Mehra, objecting to the London trip of Kalmadi, said he was going to attend the games on public money and in violation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) code of ethics.He also alleged that Kalmadi was in jail for nine months in a criminal case and the IOC charter also prohibited such persons from attending any event organised by it.advertisementA special CBI court July 13 had allowed Kalmadi to visit London from July 26-Aug 13 for the London Olympics 2012.During the hearing countering the argument of Mehra, senior advocate Rajiv Nayyar appearing for Kalmadi, who is out on bail in a graft case related to 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, told the court that Kalmadi was leaving for London Olympics on his individual capacity and not in his official capacity as IOA president.On a court question to Nayyar as to in what capacity Kalmadi was going to London, he said: “He is not representing the government. He is going in his individual capacity as he is being invited there.”Mehra told the court that Kalmadi, as a president of IOA, had given two undertakings (in January and February) to remain on prolonged absent from IOA and not to interfere into its day-to-day affairs, following a letter from IOC to comply with its code of ethics, as he was facing a criminal case.last_img read more


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first_imgTottenham striker Harry Kane has admitted that his start to the season has not been what it might have.The England ace has three goals to his credit and shook a monkey off his back by finally netting a Premier League goal in August, but has still come in for criticism, with his overall level having dipped from the high standards that he has set.Over the course of the last four seasons, he has netted over 100 Premier League goals, winning the competition’s Golden Boot in 2016 and 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! While he may not currently be on target for such awards this term, he has, nevertheless, welcomed the attention and was back on target in the weekend’s 2-0 win over Brighton.“Of course I feel I could have done better in most games this season,” he admitted. “Brighton was probably the first game I was truly happy with my all-round performance.“I felt good. As a striker you are going to be under the microscope more than everyone else.“That is the life of the striker. You will get chances, miss chances, feel you can hold it up better. All you can do is look forward and try and improve.“I would 100 per cent rather have the focus than not have it.“I have scored three goals this season which is not terrible. Obviously, when you set standards in other seasons and other games, people will talk if you do not reach them and I am the first to analyse my game and see what I could do better.“As a striker, you go through good spells, bad spells. The most important thing for me is to work hard for the team – to do a good shift for the team. I am always pleased to score.”Meanwhile, Kane admits that his team-mates have been forced to take a look at themselves after a difficult start to the season. They lost three times in succession for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino, including a 2-1 loss against Inter in the Champions League, which prompted some self-scrutiny.“We all talk around the training ground but there was not an official meeting,” he explained. “We are in a tough spell but that is football.“The only way to get through that is to work harder, whether that is on the training pitch or during games.“It was important as a team that we were all better and all had more energy.“A lot of us played in the World Cup and a lot of people have been talking about that but we all feel fit and sharp.“It is important we proved that. A lot of people speak about tiredness and fatigue but we all feel fine. We all feel good.”last_img read more


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first_imgRoyal Enfield had launched the Continental GT in India way back in 2013, with mid-life makeover coming in 2015. Originally launched in Yellow and Red paint schemes, the Continental GT became the first Royal Enfield motorcycle to get a yellow body paint. Now, reports suggest that the company has hiked the price of the Continental GT by up to Rs 3,759 from July 1, 2017. Now, post the Goods and Service Tax (GST), the Royal Enfield Continental GT is available at an increased price of Rs 2.08 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Manufactured at the Royal Enfield’s Oragadam plant in Chennai, the Continental GT was a mammoth project for the company. It sports a twin downtube chassis and is loaded with goodies like Paioli twin gas charged shocks at the back and large 41mm telescopic forks up front. Even the brakes are top class Brembo discs mounted both up front and back.Adding to it is the 535cc engine which though a bored out unit of the older 500cc was more powerful and offered more torque as well. Needless to say, the Continental GT sports looks to die for. The bike is available in a single seat format with a twin seat available as an option. The brilliant bar end mirrors are also on the option list.The icing on the cake is the tyre package from Pirelli, which do a good job of gripping the tarmac. So overall the GT has proved to be quite an eye-catching machine.ALSO READ:GST: Honda, Ford, TVS, Suzuki slash prices of select models in IndiaadvertisementALSO READ:GST: Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors, Mahindra sales take a hit in Junelast_img read more


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first_imgVerveCon is not just for women anymore. Conceptualized and developed by female engineers for female engineers, the first conference for women in technology is going to open its doors to “male speakers” in 2019. This year’s VerveCon meets again on May 7 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.Because VerveCon’s mission is rooted in the vision that every engineer needs an opportunity for continuous learning, this year’s conference provides a host of discussions on hot topics in the industry. They range from “Big Data and Bias Barriers,” and “AI & Natural Language Processing,” to “Machine Learning with TensorFlow” and “Cybersecurity in the Context of an Ever-Connected World.”Vervecon offers an opportunity for participants to get close to pioneers and experts on subjects that affect their careers.Headliners at VerveCon will include: Irina Gorbach, engineering director at Microsoft, Sujata Kosalge, distinguished engineer at Google, Kamini Dandapani, senior engineering director at LinkedIn, Aarthi Raju, solution architect at Amazon Web Services, Radhika Rangarajan, engineering director at Intel and Karmel Allison, engineering leader of TensorFlow, API at Google.VerveCon 2019 speakers (Source: VerveCon) VerveCon remains focused on its original mission — to inspire “women in tech” to stand up for themselves and become leaders.Sudha Kasamsetty, founder and the driving force behind VerveCon, told EE Times, “We increased in VerveCon 2019 our round table breakout sessions to network directly with our mentors. We added a special session to learn more about interviewing techniques. And we are introducing training sessions on AWS and Big Data.”Asked about post-conference responses from the more than 700 people who attended the inaugural VerveCon, Kasamsetty emphasized the immediacy of hands-on knowledge about the hot topics of the day (AI, Big Data, Data Science, IoT and others) and the practical tips the participants were able to put to use back in their work environment. One female attendee told Kasamsetty, “Attending VerveCon was like a Red Bull. It gives you wings.”VerveCon also offers mentoring and career development programs. Kasamsetty said that she was gratified to hear that post-conference, some VerveCon attendees identified their personal “right domains” for their careers. As a result, many successfully switched domains and got new jobs. Behind the curtain of Big Data and AI When I attended VerveCon last year, I couldn’t help but notice the abundance of female “data scientists.” The visual image that came to mind was the movie “Hidden Figures,” about the women who did the vital mathematics in the United States’ space program. I realized again how many female scientists and engineers are, in fact, concealed behind the curtain of Big Data and AI.Kasamsetty agreed. “Absolutely, we had a lot of data scientists last year and we will have many this year as well,” she noted. “I’m happy that many women who are exploring data science.” She also offered the reminder that AI already has well-known pioneering female researchers, such as Fei Fei Li, who serve to inspire many younger women.There are conferences every day in Silicon Valley, with speakers boasting about their latest technology innovations. Such conferences unfold mainly, however, to roll out marketing pitches, which is a legitimate function. But when they’re done right, with a slightly higher purpose, tech conferences can “play a huge role in elevating one’s career,” according to the VerveCon founder. “We are glad that VerveCon is playing a small role.”EE Times’ executive editor Dylan McGrath and I will be moderating a couple of panels at this year’s VerveCon. We hope to see you there next week!— Junko Yoshida, Global Co-Editor-In-Chief, AspenCore Media, Chief International Correspondent, EE Times>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “Brush Up: Big Data, AI & TensorFlow.” Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry center_img Continue Reading Previous ST: free IDE further expands STM32Cube microcontroller ecosystemNext Pentek: 3U VPX board optimizes high-speed optical and RF I/O connectivitylast_img read more


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first_imgMan Utd would consider buyout clause for Pogba’s new contractby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United would consider including a buyout clause in Paul Pogba’s new contract.The Times says talks between the two parties commenced on Tuesday morning.However, it’s suggested any agreement would be based on an acceptance Pogba will eventually leave.Tied to United until 2021, the aim for the club would be to maintain his transfer value.And as a gesture of goodwill, United would be willing to include a buyout clause in the new deal so preventing them from blocking a departure. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img


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first_imgThe Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing is putting measures in place to address the problem of illegal land occupation throughout the country.It is estimated that there are over 700 residential squatter settlements islandwide with more than 100,000 households, with an average of four to five persons per household.Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, in his presentation in the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 21, informed that the Squatter Management Unit is being strengthened to effectively deal with the issue.Focus is also being placed on policy development, and a National Squatter Management Policy Concept Paper has been drafted with input from relevant agencies as well as civil society.Additionally, Dr. Guy said, “the squatter unit has just moved to obtain approval for the outsourcing of a comprehensive analytical research to inform squatter management policy measures.”Once the research is completed, further consultancy will be sought to develop the policy and an implementation plan.A new Trespass Act is also being developed to modernise the existing legislation, “which has been around for some 175 years,” Dr. Guy informed.According to the Minister, the issue of squatting does not only confront the Government, but is also a problem affecting private sector entities and landowners.He informed that several landowners and managers have been implementing mechanisms to reduce illegal occupation of their property and at least one player in the bauxite industry has signalled its intention to establish its own squatter management unit.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more


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first_imgzoom The Rolls-Royce powered oil/chemical tanker Bergen Viking has returned to service following a conversion from diesel-electric to liquefied natural gas (LNG)-electric propulsion.The retrofit replaced four of the ship’s original six diesel generating sets with two Rolls-Royce Bergen C6 generating sets.The LNG fuel containment system and control system is delivered by two off 155m³ fuel tanks configured for redundant propulsion, with crossover options both on bunkering and supply lines.The Bergen Viking is a 95 metre long chemical and product tanker, owned by Bergen Tankers supplying diesel and petrol along the Norwegian coastline in trade for Statoil. Delivered in 2007, the vessel is part of a total fleet of six vessels owned by Bergen Tankers AS.”The Bergen Viking project demonstrates that LNG is an option not just for new vessels but can be successfully retrofitted into existing ships to deliver significant economic and environmental benefits for owners,” John Knudsen, Rolls-Royce, President – Commercial Marine, said.last_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi: Japan’s Softbank is reportedly looking to make a $2-3 billion investment in India’s fastest-growing telecom firm Reliance Jio as billionaire Mukesh Ambani looks to deleverage business by selling stakes. This comes on the back of reports of Saudi giant Aramco in discussions to buy a 25 per cent stake in Reliance Industries’ refining and petrochemical business for $10-15 billion. “Softbank has long been seen as a potential investor in Jio,” JPMorgan said in a research report. “For the past 2 years, our conversations with investors have highlighted expectations of Softbank investing in Jio and hence the news flow is not surprising.” It, however, remains to be seen how much money does Softbank actually put in, what the implied equity valuation is and if the e-commerce venture is included in the Jio entity. It was reported that SoftBank’s Vision fund is currently undertaking due diligence to buy a stake in Jio Infocomm, which in September 2016 launched pure play fourth-generation or 4G technology-based telecom services and within a span of two years have become India’s third largest telecom company with highest monthly subscriber additions. Both Reliance and SoftBank spokespersons declined to comment on the matter. “In our view, for a meaningful de-leveraging, investors would likely want to see an equity inflow of more than $5 billion from a single investor or a combination of investors,” JPMorgan said valuing Jio at $50 billion. It, however, put implied equity value at $25 billion. Reliance Retail was valued at an implied equity value of $35 billion.last_img read more


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CALGARY — Encana Corp.had a $1.24-billion net loss in the third quarter, primarily due to the impact of lower natural gas prices over the past year, but says it’s still on track to meet its financial guidance for the full year.Most of the quarterly loss was attributed to a non-cash impairment charge that the Calgary-based company says doesn’t affect its operating earnings or cash flow — although they were down sharply from last year.Encana’s operating earnings totalled $263 million or 36 cents per share in the quarter. That was down from $389 million or 53 cents per share in operating earnings in the comparable period of 2011.Encana’s cash flow fell to $913 million or $1.24 per share — down from nearly $1.2 billion or $1.60 per share a year earlier.Encana and other producers have been grappling with a North American oversupply of natural gas and limited opportunities to export it to other regions — particularly the Asia-Pacific region.Among other things, the Canadian producers have formed partnerships with foreign companies that help pay for the cost of drilling and development in return for minority ownership of the producing assets and a share of the output.There’s also been a shift to extracting natural gas liquids, which currently command a higher market price that dry gas.Encana said Wednesday that its oil and natural gas liquids production average more than 30,000 barrels per day, up 6,000 from a year earlier.Average natural gas production volumes were 2.9 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), were down about 460 million cubic feet per day — primarily due to voluntary capacity reductions.“The strong quarter-over-quarter growth in our oil and NGLs volumes is the result of a focused effort by our teams to accelerate the development of our oil and liquids-rich plays,” Encana president and CEO Randy Eresman said in a statement.“We expect to see this trend continue as we progress our plans to diversify our commodity portfolio and achieve a more balanced stream of future cash flows.”Analysts were on average expecting adjusted earnings of 26 cents per share, net earnings of 21 cents per share and revenues of US$1.47 billion, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.Earlier this month, U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil Corp. announced plans to acquire Calgary based Celtic Exploration Ltd. for $3.1 billion.Like Encana, Celtic is focused on extracting natural gas from shale and is active in the Montney and Duvernay regions of Alberta.Since it spun off its oil and refinery assets into Cenovus Energy Inc. in 2009, Encana has been focused exclusively on developing natural gas.With prices of that commodity remaining dismally low, Encana’s pure-play status has been particularly challenging.Encana has been looking at partnership deals, drilling for more lucrative natural gas liquids, tapping export markets and asset sales in order to get by in the gloomy market.It’s also a partner in a project to build a liquefied natural gas export terminal in the northern West Coast port of Kitimat, B.C. U.S. firms Apache Corp. and EOG Resources are also involved.At Kitimat, natural gas piped in from northeastern B.C. will be cooled into a liquid and loaded onto tankers for export to energy-hungry Asian markets. Natural gas fetches a drastically higher price overseas than it does in the oversupplied North American market. Shipments are targeted to begin in 2015.Encana launched an internal probe in June after allegations surfaced that it and a U.S. rival colluded to suppress land prices in Michigan.In September, Encana said its board of directors found no evidence the company and Chesapeake Energy discussed ways to avoid bidding against one another for land leases 2010.Probes by the U.S. Department of Justice and Michigan’s attorney general are ongoing and Encana says it’s co-operating. read more


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President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ruled out holding discussions with university lecturers until they suspend their strike action.Speaking to newspaper editors at a meeting today the President also charged that most of the demands put forward by the lecturers have been politically motivated. The President further noted that the government will not be able to meet the demands by the university lecturer for higher salaries as the budget for 2012 is to be presented in November. University lecturers have been agitating for several months over salary anomalies and other issues. The government had decided yesterday to open universities which had been closed during the strike but the lecturers said they will not return to work. (Colombo Gazette)


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In his brief to the Security Council on the work of the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), Mr. Annan says future progress will depend on joint efforts by Timor-Leste, UNMISET and the international community, with financial help and training still needed. The UN mission’s mandate will end next May.The report also finds “significant achievements in prosecuting perpetrators of serious crimes committed in 1999” when the independence referendum was held. But Mr. Annan points out that “many of the indicted persons are still outside Timor-Leste and have not been brought to justice.”He calls on Member States to make sure that the 279 people who were indicted over the 1999 anti-independence violence but who are living outside East Timor do not enjoy impunity.The unemployment rate in the nation which shares Timor Island with Indonesia is high, with only limited employment opportunities in both the private and public sectors, he notes. While tax payments generated by the exploitation of natural resources has brought in higher-than-expected national income, the prospects for oil and gas revenues in the next two years remain uncertain.East Timor, Australia and Indonesia have been negotiating sharing revenue from maritime oil and gas fields near Timor Island. According to the UN Law of the Sea office, Australia and East Timor have deposited a memorandum of understanding and two agreements over these fields, but negotiations continue.In May Australian Ambassador John Dauth told the Security Council, “In this context, I want to remind the Council that we have already negotiated valid and generous interim arrangements.”On another border discussion, Mr. Annan welcomes the “high-level cooperation” achieved in delimiting a border between Indonesia and East Timor on the island, but adds that “progress has not been as rapid or as conclusive as hoped.” read more


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Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoTen names have been shortlisted from different entities for the selection of a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).This is according to Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo during a conference with media operatives at his office in Church Street, Georgetown on Wednesday.“We have just gotten about 10 names that we’ve shortlisted from different organizations that submitted names” Jagdeo said while noting that already, one person has declined.“One of the 10 already said to me, no, I don’t want to be subjected to public humiliation,” he explained.The Leader of the Opposition posited that over the course of the next few days, he will be engaging the shortlisted members’ one on one before making his final six selections for the third list to be submitted to the President of Guyana, David Granger. He could not give a definitive time period in which the submission will be made.“I have to go through the process, meet, talk to them, some of them said to me that they need to talk to their families…I can’t tell them to give me an answer right away. It’s not a process that you can almost shortcut.”He further explained that all of the nominees for this list will be fresh faces from the legal body as well as the “fit and proper” class.The first list for the post of the GECOM Chairman was submitted by the Opposition Leader during the latter part of last year, and President Granger had rejected that list, as well as the second –which was submitted earlier this year- deeming them as “unacceptable” under his interpretation of Article 161 (2) of the Constitution and his criteria for selection.The President had been quoted in the media saying that judges, retired judges, or someone eligible to be a judge will take preference over someone simply “fit and proper.”After 15-years of being Chairman of GECOM, Dr Steve Surujbally, who falls under the classification of “fit and proprer”, has retired in February of this year, and since then the election body has been without a chairperson. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chair: Despite CJ’s ruling 3rd list will be provided- Opposition LeaderJuly 20, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: 3rd list to be submitted soon- JagdeoJuly 29, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: President’s interpretations now invalid in face of court ruling-JagdeoSeptember 27, 2017In “latest news” read more


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first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…Paul Clarke of St. Paul’s College, Raheny lifts the trophy for the overall prize at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Pic: Photocall IrelandIRELANDThe Department of Finance has lost letters connected to bank guarantee it emerged under this evening.Dublin student Paul Clarke won the top prize at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition for his study of graph theory in mathematicsIrish Water will appear before the Oireachtas over its €50 million consultancy spend last year.Ian Paisley claimed that the Irish Government’s attitude to Northern Ireland contributed to the Dublin-Monaghan bombings. A claim later rejected by Northern leaders.One person has been arrested in connection with the death last night of Kilkenny man Michael O’Dwyer.Five teenagers were arrested in connection with a spate of robberies in west Dublin.A US Airways flight was forced to return to Dublin Airport this afternoon after experiencing electrical problems in the air.“Playing the blame game” over the breakdown of the Haass talks will achieve nothing says Martin McGuinness.INTERNATIONAL#NORTH KOREA: Matt Cooper spoke to The Last World about his four days in Pyongyang and described ‘outpouring of joy‘ from the crowd upon appearance of Kim Jong-Un.#FRANCE: A French magazine that revealed an alleged affair between President Francois Hollande and actress Julie Gayet is to remove the report from its website.#UK: Police in London have launched a murder investigation after three bodies, including a five-year-old boy and a seven-month-old baby boy,  were found at a property in London.INNOVATIONGoogle is rolling out the new feature which will integrate Google+ into its mail client so if you’re on Gmail anyone on Google+ will be able to contact you.A Bitcoin storage service that insures deposits of the digital currency against loss and theft has launched in London. [BBC]PARTING SHOT(Pic: Jason Clarke photography)Ireland’s favourite astronaut Chris Hadfield is now an Irish ‘tourism ambassador’, so today he got his hands on this sword, his trusty space travelling guitar and of course, the obligatory pint of Guinness.last_img read more


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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s coalition partners, Evangelos Venizelos of PASOK and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left, appealed to him for talks on the future of state broadcaster ERT but the premier stood by his decision to close and later reopen the TV and radio service, leaving the government’s future in doubt.Venizelos and Kouvelis met for almost two hours on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the fallout from the closure of ERT, which came a few hours after the government announced its plans on Tuesday. After the meeting, although both leaders made their opposition to the strategy clear, they also left the door open to a compromise with Samaras.“The government can carry on and complete its work if it can secure some common ground,” said Kouvelis in the wake of speculation that the coalition rift over the handling of ERT could even lead Greece to snap elections. The Democratic Left (DIMAR) leader requested talks with the prime minister “to find common political ground, especially on the issues where our differences in political views are visible, such as in the case of ERT.”Kouvelis, however, insisted that any discussions would have to take place while ERT is still broadcasting. He labeled Tuesday’s move to take the state broadcaster off air as “unacceptable.” “ERT undoubtedly has need of restructuring but this has to happen while it remains open,” he said.Venizelos followed a similar line, saying the broadcaster should not be closed and calling for a meeting with Samaras to address the issue.“We want fundamental reform of the public administration, including state broadcasting, but one that is agreed and voted by Parliament, and with ERT functioning,” said the PASOK leader.Samaras, however, appeared far from willing to compromise. Speaking at the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EBEA) on Wednesday night he said that the closing down of ERT was justified because it had become “the symbol of waste and lack of transparency.”“This ended yesterday,” said the prime minister, who did not make any reference to the earlier request by Kouvelis and Venizelos for talks. “We are not closing down public radio and television,” he said. “In fact, it is only now that we are going to get proper public radio and television.”The three leaders had met on Sunday to discuss structural reforms, and the subject of what to do with ERT came up then. Venizelos and Kouvelis voiced objections to the broadcaster being shut down. Samaras’s decision to proceed with the plan has placed the coalition’s future in doubt. However, sources close to the prime minister insisted he has no intention of triggering early elections. At the same time, though, it is not clear what kind of compromise could be found.The government presented on Wednesday a draft law for the new public broadcaster it wants to set up, under the name of NERIT. As opposed to more than 2,600 staff employed by ERT, the new service would have close to 1,000 employees and would cost 100 million euros to run compared to the 300 million ERT absorbed. PASOK and DIMAR submitted to Parliament on Wednesday a proposal for the legislative act permitting ERT’s immediate closure to be scrapped.ERT employees, meanwhile, continued to broadcast in defiance of the government’s shutdown. Using digital frequencies and the Internet to reach viewers, journalists and technicians put out shows featuring discussions about ERT’s role throughout the day. Thousands of protesters had also gathered outside the broadcaster’s headquarters in Aghia Paraskevi, northeastern Athens, on Tuesday night and remained there until the early hours of Wednesday.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more


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first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR November 14, 2017 at 7:56 pm Al79 8/17 WWE Live Results: Houston and Grand Forks (Kingston vs. Orton, Rollins vs. Corbin) Following last night’s RAW in Atlanta, the card for WWE Survivor Series this Sunday has seen a few changes including a new match and the traditional elimination matches.Jason Jordan was officially dropped from Team RAW and replaced by Triple H, who announced himself as the new member after RAW GM Kurt Angle was forced to pull Jordan from the elimination match after an injury against Bray Wyatt.THIS SUNDAY: Just look at this.#SurvivorSeries pic.twitter.com/3KbE1LNEPr— WWE (@WWE) November 14, 2017Also now official for the show is The Shield vs. The New Day, along with Bayley becoming the final member for Team RAW in the women’s traditional elimination match.Here is the updated card for Survivor Series on Sunday in Houston.Just a reminder: the show will be four hours beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET (6:00 CT).Champion vs. ChampionWWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. WWE Champion AJ StylesChampion vs. ChampionIntercontinental Champion The Miz vs. United States Champion Baron CorbinChampion vs. ChampionRAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Smackdown Women’s Champion NatalyaChampions vs. ChampionsRAW Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Smackdown Tag Team Champions The UsosThe Shield vs. The New DayMen’s Traditional Survivor Series Elimination MatchTeam RAW (Kurt Angle, Triple H, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe) vs. Team Smackdown Live (Shane McMahon, John Cena, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode)Women’s Traditional Survivor Series Elimination MatchTeam RAW (Alicia Fox, Nia Jax, Asuka, Sasha Banks and Bayley) vs. Team Smackdown Live (Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Carmella and Tamina)Kickoff Show:WWE Cruiserweight ChampionshipEnzo Amore (c) vs. KalistoWrestleview.com will have live coverage of Survivor Series this Sunday beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET (6:00 CT) along with live thoughts on Twitter via @wrestleview.Wrestleview Live will also return after Survivor Series goes off the air. Google+ WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Austen Allen Videos Articles They are not title for title matches. That phrase implies both titles are on the line in what might or might not be unification matches.This not the case on Sunday. They are all non title champion vs champion matches for brand supremacy. WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Charlotte Flair November 14, 2017 at 7:58 pm Now Playing Up Next Twitter So Triple H just pedigreed Kurt Angle’s “son”. Yet Angle is perfectly ok with that and has no problem teaming with Triple H?! Guess Kurt Angle is a pussy now. WhatsApp Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss November 14, 2017 at 7:32 pm Ronda Rousey Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced 7 COMMENTS That’s my point, they should either be title for title, then one title is vacated, or there should be a stipulation such as the winner can take whatever title they want and switch brands. Either way, “bragging rights” isn’t much of a stipulation when two of the matches will probably end in DQs anyway. Now Playing Up Next Jeffery Adam Phillips November 14, 2017 at 2:49 amcenter_img Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch There’s really no reason to have Brock or Miz holding belts anyway. Brock wrestles once every 60 days or so, and The Miz can do his mic work without the IC title. Now Playing Up Next November 14, 2017 at 4:30 pm Al79 JFJ Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. November 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch I guess the title for title matches are still worthless, unless they announce stipulations tonight. November 14, 2017 at 8:49 am Goddamn, look at the talent on both Team Raw and Team Smackdown. We got old school WWE guys, new school WWE guys, Japan guys, and even TNA guys. This match, good or bad, is gonna be memorable as ..last_img

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first_imgParis Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva warned his teammates that Manchester United are always “dangerous” ahead of their Champions League showdown next yearFollowing Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool, manager Jose Mourinho was removed from his post with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being brought to succeed the Portuguese on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.This came after United’s worst start to a season in 28 years with the club down in sixth-place in the Premier League and 11 points behind Chelsea in the final top-four spot.However, Silva believes PSG would be unwise to take United for granted under the relatively unproven Solskjaer – who has never coached a major European club before.“United, it is always a dangerous team,” said Silva, according to Goal. “Under Mourinho, I think they could have done better.Colin Dagba, France,How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.“The motivation of the players is very strong, they will be motivated to play well, to win matches, and this is a team that will cause us a lot of difficulties so we will have to prepare.“Many people think that the draw is good because Manchester are not playing well, but they still a very good team.“They have a history in football, experienced players, and with the change of coach, they will try to push a little more. But we are very motivated too.”PSG will travel to Old Trafford for the first leg of their last-16 tie on February 12 before hosting United in the return leg at the Parc Des Princes on March 6.last_img read more


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first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and the Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA) recently met with Congressional staffers, along with a surprise visit from Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), to share the importance of the U.S. aquaculture industry and the need for it to grow.SAA was represented by Vice Chairman and Kentucky farmer George Martin. The team shared educational information on the ability of aquaculture to be a job creating industry and economic contributor. The group discussed some of the challenges that constrict the industry and prevent it reaching its full potential. Martin shared copies of the Working Waterfront, a short film that highlights the need for changes to allow U.S. aquaculture to deliver high quality, home grown seafood and valuable U.S. jobs, throughout the visits. Working Waterfront is available here.last_img read more


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first_imgCAIRO — Egypt’s interim prime minister announced Monday the resignation of his Cabinet, a surprise move that could be designed in part to pave the way for the nation’s military chief to leave his defense minister’s post to run for president.Hazem el-Beblawi’s military-backed government was sworn in on July 16, less than two weeks after Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the defense minister, ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi after a year in office. Its ministers will remain in their posts in a caretaker capacity until the president picks a prime minister to form a new Cabinet.The government’s resignation, announced by el-Beblawi in a live TV broadcast, came amid a host of strikes, including one by public transport workers and garbage collectors. An acute shortage of cooking gas has also been making front page news the past few days.Egypt’s political system gives most powers to the president. The prime minister usually handles day-to-day economic management, but does not set key policies. Under deposed President Hosni Mubarak, who had ruled Egypt for nearly 30 years until his 2011 ouster, the prime minister was perceived as a scapegoat for government failings.It was not immediately clear whether el-Beblawi will stay at the helm of a new government or will step aside for a new prime minister. Local media has repeatedly reported that he planned to reshuffle his government but not resign.last_img read more