Arsenal players Kieran Gibbs, Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin have announced that The Arsenal Foundation has raised £1million for its global charity partner Save the Children in a new video.Video: The Arsenal Foundation Raises £1 MillionThe ‘1 MILLION’ strip, worn by Giroud in the film, was presented to the charity’s Chief Executive Justin Forsyth by Arsène Wenger at at the club’s annual flagship fundraising event A Night to Inspire on Thursday 21 May.The celebratory video also sees Arsenal Foundation Ambassadors and club legends, Martin Keown and Robert Pires, as well as current midfielder Abou Diaby, meeting some of the children who have been helped through the much-needed Save the Children programmes that The Arsenal Foundation has funded. The partnership has helped Save the Children respond to emergencies in the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Syria and, most recently in Nepal. The partnership also supports the charity’s work in China and Indonesia helping children receive a quality education in a safe environment.Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to the Arsenal players and fans for reaching this amazing fundraising milestone. Through The Arsenal Foundation’s ongoing support we’ve been able to respond to emergencies around the world and change the lives of thousands of children from China to Sierra Leone. We’re immensely proud of our partnership with Arsenal. By working together we can harness the power of football to inspire and transform children’s lives.”Arsenal Chief Executive, Ivan Gazidis, added: “We are proud to be partners with Save the Children and to support their fantastic work around the world. The £1million milestone is a significant moment in our relationship. It is testament to the generosity of our players and supporters, and the importance that the club places on the work that Save the Children do.”To find out more about The Arsenal Foundation and the partnership with Save the Children visit www.arsenal.com/thearsenalfoundation.
APTN National NewsTo this day, the Mohawk uprising of 1990 is an inspiration for Indigenous resistance.It’s also inspired countless works of art.A new exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Oka crisis has gone on display in Kanesatake.APTN’s Tom Fennario has the story.
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WASHINGTON – There’s no question: The shock-and-awe approach to trade disputes is having an impact in the early days of the Trump administration, with the stunner of a 219-per-cent duty on Bombardier just the latest example of the new tariff-happy, America First climate in Washington.Donald Trump’s commerce secretary even bragged about it when announcing a first duty late Tuesday. In a statement, Wilbur Ross touted a 48 per cent increase from last year in anti-dumping and countervailing cases initiated by the U.S. Department of Commerce.That’s on the heels of a study that found a 26 per cent spike in U.S. trade actions against G20 partners in the first half of this year from the same period in 2016, according to the Center for Economic Policy Research’s Global Trade Alert.Just ask Canadian softwood-lumber producers. They’ve been tasting that punitive medicine for months.The latest decision rewarded Boeing with duties practically three times higher than the U.S. aerospace giant asked for, as it argued that Bombardier’s subsidies from Canadian taxpayers gave it an unfair entry into the U.S. market.Ross appeared to agree: ”The U.S. values its relationships with Canada, but even our closest allies must play by the rules.”It’s only the beginning.As a matter of fact, trade experts consulted late Monday agreed on two things: There’s time to fight back, and friendlier battlefields to fight on. They urged the Canadian government to choose its battles wisely, and not needlessly escalate the dispute.One trade-policy analyst at Washington’s free-market Cato Institute criticized the U.S. department that handled the initial decision.He said later arbiters won’t likely be as hostile.The raison d’etre of the Department of Commerce’s enforcement unit is to protect U.S. companies, said Dan Ikenson — it even offers counselling services to help U.S. companies prepare their complaint.It sides with American petitioners more than 90 per cent of the time and will certainly clobber Bombardier again with a new anti-dumping duty as early as next week, he said.”The Commerce Department is a pit bull,” Ikenson said.”They see it as a sign of success (when they impose a duty)… They’re political.”It’s different in other forums, he added.The case later heads back to the U.S. International Trade Commission, which must determine whether Boeing has actually suffered and, if not, could cancel the duties. Historical stats show a perfectly even track record: 39 per cent affirmative decisions, 39 negative, with 22 per cent of cases withdrawn.And he’s urging the Canadians to try their luck in a third venue: the U.S. domestic court system’s Court of International Trade. He said that court is actually friendlier to foreigners, siding with them in a majority of cases.He said that’s a smarter route than a fourth venue: NAFTA’s Chapter 19 dispute process. He said U.S. policy-makers might find Chapter 19 easier to ignore, given that the current Trump administration hates it, wants to get rid of it in the new NAFTA, and might relish the opportunity to pick a fight challenging its authority.”I’m convinced the courts will find mischief (from Boeing),” he said.”I can’t understand their claim of injury… They don’t even make these damned planes (Bombardier makes).”He compared Boeing’s complaint to a snow-plow salesman suing a bicycle-maker. He also noted the irony of Boeing suing anyone over government assistance, since it’s the No. 1 recipient of government support through the U.S. Export-Import Bank — referred to jokingly in Washington as “the Bank of Boeing.””Boeing is very much at the trough,” he said.Duties are still months away.That’s because the order of up to 125 Bombardier CS100s doesn’t start heading to Delta before the spring. That makes the dispute different from softwood, where producers got whacked immediately on log exports.That will buy both sides more time, said Canada-U.S. trade lawyer Mark Warner.”Everybody’s going to get worked up over this,” said Warner, of MAAW Law in Toronto. ”But calm down, everybody. There’s a ways to go.”It would be a mistake for the Canadian government to make rash decisions in two specific areas, Warner said: the purchase of Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets, and the Chapter 19 discussion in NAFTA negotiations.Canada, he said, should make those other decisions on their merits — and not muck up already-sensitive processes like military purchases and NAFTA.”Keep this out of NAFTA,” he said. ”Have a conversation about Chapter 19 that’s cold-blooded.”The same advice came from a Washington aviation consultant who said he thinks Boeing messed up. Richard Aboulafia said the giant risks hurting itself in a number of global partnerships, over a tiny plane purchase.But he thinks Canada would be compounding the mistake by dragging the issue into the NAFTA discussion: ”Will it? Yeah, you know it might,” he said. ”Should it? Oh God, no. Look this is a very discrete case best decided by experts.”
Government doctors staged a similar strike last month but the strike was later suspended following talks with the President.However subsequently the Government announced it will not have future talks with the GMOA on the SAITM issue. (Colombo Gazette) The Government Medical Officers’s Association (GMOA) has postponed the strike which was to be launched tomorrow on the SAITM issue by one week.The strike has been postponed taking into consideration several matters. The Catholic church had today requested that the strike be suspended owing to the spread of dengue.
The Police in Chennai have nabbed a couple from Sri Lanka at the Chennai airport for attempting to board a flight to London using fake Malaysian passports, the Times of India reported.The immigration officials handed over the couple to the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of police who launched a search for two people, who arranged the fake passports for Vijayan, 35, and Yasodha, 33, hailing from Vavuni Kulam in Sri Lanka. However, preliminary inquiries revealed that the couple was not part of any civil war in Sri Lanka. The two had planned and executed collecting the fake Malaysian passport to migrate to London. During interrogation, the couple told police they had approached a travel agent in Sri Lanka, who promised to get fake Malaysian passports for the couple through his contacts in Kuala Lumpur.As per the plan orchestrated by the travel agent in Colombo, he asked the couple to travel to Chennai with their original Sri Lankan passport and they reached Chennai on Air India flight. The Tamil Nadu ‘Q’ branch is investigating if the couple had any role in the Sri Lankan civil war, which end in 2009. The couple was asked to wait at the transit lounge where two others would come from Kuala Lumpur and hand over the fake Malaysian passports to them.Soon after receiving the Malaysian passports from the agents, the couple rushed to the British Airways (BA) check-in counter to get their boarding passes.The immigration officials, finding them suspicious, found out that the couple who used Sri Lankan passports on AI was about to board the BA flight using Malaysian passports. The couple were detained. On questioning, they confessed to buying fake passports. They were remanded to judicial custody after being produced before a magistrate court in the city. (Colombo Gazette)
The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the recent terrorist bomb attack against the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, which caused injuries of embassy staff, stressing that diplomatic and consular premises must not be violated.In an overnight press statement, the 15-member Council “condemned in the strongest terms the serious terrorist bomb attack,” which took place in the capital on 30 August, while also expressing their deep sympathy to the injured and their families and to the Government of China and the Government of Kyrgyzstan and wishing the wounded a speedy recovery.The Council stressed the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host Governments, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, “to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity, and to prevent any attack on diplomatic premises, agents and consular officers.”Underlining the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors to justice, the Council urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with relevant governments and authorities in the investigation into the case.Furthmore, the Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.The Council also reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, including international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
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Oshane Thomas took three wickets for Jamaica Tallawahs Randy Brooks – CPL T20 / Getty(ESPNCricinfo) With the league stage tapering to a close, the CPL’s fourth week was full of drama and emotion. Two teams dropped out of the playoffs race, while two left-hand batsmen lit up the tournament in between some ordinary umpiring decisions. ESPNcricinfo brings you the major highlights from the week gone by.Home advantage? What’s that?After Jamaica Tallawahs lost all their designated ‘home games’ in Florida earlier this season, it was Barbados Tridents’ turn to suffer the same fate – in their proper backyard too. They were assigned five games at Bridgetown’s Kensington Oval, but five straight losses – including three last week – sunk their chances of qualification.That, together with St Lucia Stars’ six-wicket win against Tridents on Sunday, ensured we already know the four playoff teams, despite four league games remaining to be played. Trinbago Knight Riders and Guyana Amazon Warriors – with two games in hand – are best placed to secure a top-two finish, while St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Tallawahs are set to round off the top four.Kieron PollardPollard’s unfulfilled return to BarbadosStars’ Kieron Pollard is never too far away from a controversy, and he was in the middle of one last week when Tridents’ Jason Holder had him lbw off a full toss.Pollard, captain of the Tridents franchise for the past four years, had left the team before this edition and was clearly looking for a big innings against them when he walked in at 80 for 3 in the tenth over, but Holder’s inswinging full-toss rapped him on the pads and appeared to be missing the leg stump, when the umpire raised his finger.The Stars captain looked flummoxed and was visibly upset as he ended his season with a first-ball duck against his former team. However, when the decision was not reversed despite replays showing Holder overstepping, Pollard wore a bemused look in the dugout, sarcastically clapping the umpires’ decision and forcing coach Brad Hodge to visit the third umpire’s office to fully understand why the lbw decision was not overturned. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the first poor umpiring decision of the season, and Pollard’s men won the game by six wickets anyway.Batsman of the weekColin Munro has struck five half-centuries in his last eight CPL innings, none better than his 56-ball 90 against Warriors on Wednesday. The innings took Munro to within 23 runs of the CPL record of 458 runs in a season – set by Chadwick Walton last year – with two league-stage games still in hand.Munro plundered ten fours and four sixes in his innings, smacking both Imran Tahir’s legbreaks as well as Rayad Emrit’s medium-pace to all corners of the Queen’s Park Oval. He reached his half-century in 39 balls before going into overdrive, taking Guyana captain Emrit to the cleaners. He was eventually out in the 17th over, looking to slog Romario Shepherd, falling ten short of a fifth T20 hundred. But by the time he was dismissed, Trinbago were set for a big first-innings total.Bowler of the weekTwenty-one-year-old fast bowler Oshane Thomas of the Tallawahs was the best bowler of the week. He’s taken at least one wicket in every game so far, and his performances with the new as well as the older ball have been impressive. Over the past three weeks, Thomas has shone for Tallawahs every time his captain Andre Russell has thrown him the ball. Barring his first match – where he took three important wickets – Thomas has not conceded more than eight per over in any game. Some are deeming his toe-crushing yorker to dismiss Tridents’ Shai Hope last week the ball of the CPL.Smith, Warner watchDavid Warner during his match with the TKR (CPL T20 image)The season ended early for Tridents’ Steven Smith, as he flew back to Australia with an abdominal strain. The injury was revealed by Tridents captain Holder ahead of their game against the Stars. Smith fared modestly through the season, scoring 185 runs in seven innings at an average of 26.42 and a strike rate of 127.58, while also taking three wickets and winning Player of the Match in one of Tridents’ two league-stage victories.David Warner, on the other hand, finally produced a match-winning innings, after some good scores earlier in the season that just didn’t translate into wins. With Stars chasing 136 against Tridents, Warner – in at No. 4 – anchored the innings after an early wobble, grinding out an unbeaten 45-ball 42 to secure a Stars victory in their final game of the season. Warner finished with 220 runs in nine innings, at an average of 31.42 and a strike-rate of 111.67. He hit only four sixes and 19 fours in the whole season. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018 takeaways: Associate stars shine bright; Smith and Warner, not quiteSeptember 18, 2018In “latest news”HERO CPL 2018 VENUES AND TIMES CONFIRMEDJuly 27, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2017: Pollard wants big effort as Tridents chase playoff spotAugust 22, 2017In “latest news”
The pro-coal lobby is really raising its game these days on the back of oil and gas worries and fairly clear, if contentious, points that can be made in coal’s favour. Certainly there is today massive investment in clean coal technologies, in the US, in Europe and even in China, the world’s largest producer.On January 10, the World Coal Institute (WCI) noted “Russia’s decision to cut European oil supplies through Belarus makes today’s release of the EU Energy Review particularly timely. It is vital that Europe reviews its energy supplies and seriously questions the future security of oil.” Supplies were also cut to Poland and Germany.“Last year started with a gas dispute between Russia and the Ukraine and ended with a stand-off between Russia and Georgia. The current oil dispute with Belarus clearly demonstrates that these are not one-offs – security of oil and gas supplies from Russia are a cause for wider concern. It is essential that Europe look at alternatives to both oil and gas. One alternative is coal.”While the WCI and the news media may be slightly guilty of overstating the situation, there is serious, and justified, disquiet in Europe about dependence on Russian oil; and in the US about dependence on any other country’s oil.The WCI notes that coal “already plays a vital role in power generation across Europe – supplying some 30% of all electricity. Coal is an affordable, reliable, widely available and flexible source of fuel. Its affordability has been particularly important over the last 12 months, as high gas prices have taken their toll during periods of high demand, such as winter 2005. What is little known is that coal can also be used an alternative to oil.“Coal liquefaction allows coal to be converted into liquid fuels, which can be used across the existing European vehicle fleet. Converting coal into a liquid fuel is not a new technology – it was developed and has been used since the early 20th century. In South Africa [Sasol], coal liquefaction already meets 30% of oil demand.“A number of governments, particularly those with large reserves of coal and high oil consumption, have already started to look seriously at coal to liquids technology. Australia, China, the USA and India have all been taking steps towards CTL [coal-to-liquid] development.”Across the world CTL is looking a very promising option, particularly in the US and China, the two biggest oil-consuming countries and the two biggest coal producers. Current estimates show the world has just 40 years of known oil reserves and 65 years of natural-gas supplies. But we have enough coal to last an estimated 155 years, with some of the largest reserves in the US and China. America’s National Coal Council wants government incentives to help produce, daily, about 2.6 million barrels of liquid fuel from coal by 2025. That would satisfy about 10% of expected US oil demand that year. The plan would require 475 Mt/y of coal, which represents more than 40% of current annual US production. Certainly, US coal reserves are big enough to allow for the extra production.All over the US, there are calls to embrace CTL. The Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) has released the American Energy Security Study detailing how the USA can significantly strengthen energy security by implementing a robust plan to support the development of a domestic CTL fuels industry and other alternative fuels. The governors and state legislators of the 16 SSEB states spent six months on this project. Specific incentives form the basis for a comprehensive energy plan aimed at slashing US oil imports by 5%/y every year for the next 20 years beginning in 2010. Of the alternative fuels targeted in the study, ultra-clean CTL transportation fuels account for 29% of the fuels that would be used to reduce American oil imports – by far the largest source of alternative fuel promoted in the study. According to the study, a concerted effort to develop CTL and other alternative fuels will help facilitate a renewed US industrial boom through direct new energy sector investments of up to $200 billion by 2030, establish a reliable domestic energy base that sustains the global competitiveness of US industries and create more than 1.4 million new jobs over two decades.Using coal to produce an alternative to crude oil has many benefits, as noted by the WCI:· Coal has a broad geographic distribution – there are coal reserves in more than 70 countries. There is also a well-established, well-supplied and historically reliable international market. In contrast, 80% of the world’s total oil reserves are found in just 11 countries (OPEC) · CTL utilises indigenous coal resources or the international coal market to reduce the risks associated with oil import dependence · Coal prices are generally lower and more stable than oil prices. CTL can produce oil at $25-45/barrel of oil equivalent – including the costs of carbon capture and storage. · CTL fuels are ultra clean to use – no sulphur, significantly reduced NOx, particulate matter and carbon monoxide emissions. CTL fuels offer higher efficiencies than conventional oil resulting in lower CO2 emissions when used · Carbon dioxide capture and storage offers the potential for major reductions in CO2 emissions from coal. CCS may result in greenhouse gas emissions being some 20% lower over the full life cycle than fuels derived from crude oil. A WCI report, Coal: Liquid Fuels can be downloaded from http://www.worldcoal.org/assets_cm/files/PDF/wci_coal_liquid_fuels.pdfThe Americans are even flying planes on CTL! Last September on a flight at Edwards Air Force Base, a CTL fuel mixture was used to power two engines on a B-52 bomber that undertook a two-hour test flight. Coincident with the WCI statement, the Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Promotion Act of 2007, was introduced into the US House of Representatives as companion legislation to S. 154 introduced the previous week. The new bill authorizes the US Department of Energy (DOE) to administer loan guarantees and provide other incentives for initial construction of CTL plants, expands tax credits for CTL plant construction and authorizes Department of Defense funding for CTL research and development:National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz said: “Americans stand to benefit enormously from the leadership shown by Representatives Nick Rahall and Geoff Davis in sponsoring legislation that will reduce our country’s growing reliance on foreign energy. The bill recognizes the enormous potential of America’s coal reserves – the world’s largest – for generating more of the transportation fuel we need. The congressmen also clearly recognize the formidable financial risks involved in developing an entirely new domestic fuel vulnerable to the influences of a global energy market.“The technology for converting U.S. coal to transportation fuel already exists. The cost of building this industry is considerable, but so too is the cost of continuing to rely on volatile and unfriendly regimes for the energy our economic prosperity depends on. Swift approval of this legislation, and its companion bill in the Senate, will help our country take an important step towards greater independence from foreign energy suppliers.”Returning to the WCI’s most recent statement: “It is now time for Europe to look at the potential of coal liquefaction as a way of securely and affordably meeting demand for liquid fuels and to prepare for the next time Russia decides to switch off oil supplies.”
A LONG-RUNNING dispute over pay at Irish Rail has been referred to the Labour Court, with the hearing expected to take place on 4 April.It’s after the majority of unions last month rejected proposals put forward by the Labour Relations Commission relating to changes in terms and conditions of employment.Irish Rail called for the urgent referral of the matter to the Court as soon as those results were confirmed, saying that the services targeted were “essential to secure the financial viability” of the company.The General Secretary of the NBRU, one of five unions involved in the dispute, gave a guarded response to the confirmation of the Labour Court date.“The NBRU will fulfil our obligations with regard to attending at the Labour Court in order to set out our members mandated position in relation to the Company’s proposals,” Dermot O’Leary said.However, he warned that: The expectation that the Labour Court can bring about an Industrial Relations solution to what is a politically imposed problem runs the risk of undermining those State bodies tasked with resolving industrial disputes.He added that “reducing subvention to the levels which were obtained in 1998 and then expecting that you can maintain a 2014 level of service by simply asking workers to plug the gap is not a sustainable funding platform for public transport provision”.The NBRU, along with SIPTU, UNITE and the TEEU all rejected the cost-cutting proposals set out by the LRC. The TSSA voted to accept them by a margin of 73 per cent to 27 per cent.The proposals would have seen the introduction of pay cuts ranging from 1.7 per cent to just over six per cent, lasting for up to three years.Irish Rail has warned that “each week that passes without these savings being secured costs the company an additional €100,000″.Speaking in January, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said he thought strike action at the company was “inevitable”.Read: Train strike “not inevitable” according to Irish Rail and NBRURead: Irish Rail apologises after passengers have to stand in carriage aisles
QUESTION OF THE DAY Every Gambian should realise that the role of jurists is to put the convictions of people regarding the type of supreme law they considered fit to guide them, to rule themselves under the law into a legal text. Hence all Gambians should take part in the Constitutional review exercise by stating what they did not approve in past Constitutions and recommend what they want to become part of a new Constitution. In the same vein they should also reflect on what is missing in other Constitutions and promote the inclusion in future ones. This is the way to enrich a national debate on the way forward for a reformed Constitution.
As April showers end and May flowers begin to bloom, the World Soy Foundation’s (WSF) Soyfoods Month campaign with Minnesota Soybean has also come to a close. We want to thank everyone who participated by “liking,” “sharing” and spreading the word throughout the month of April! Because of your help, we were able to raise over $4,500 to continue our efforts in reducing malnutrition through the power of soy! We’d like to extend a special thanks to Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council for choosing us for this Soyfoods Month campaign and helping make it such a great success!We’d also like to send a special thanks to the American Soybean Association, SunOpta, Inc., Soyatech and the Soyfoods Association of North America for their help in spreading the word.We’re not slowing down here at the WSF, though. Watch for some exciting new things happening in the month of May! Be sure to keep up-to-date with what we are doing by visiting www.worldsoyfoundation.org, following us on Twitter and Facebook.
Tech Industry Share your voice 0 Tags Getty Images Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent a letter to employees Monday outlining human resources policy changes following complaints about discrimination, according to a report. The company will change how its HR department looks into workplace incidents, and will create an “Employee Advocacy Team” that’ll assist employees going through an investigation by helping them understand the process and checking in on them after things wrap up, according to Quartz. There’ll also reportedly be new training for managers that’s geared toward leading diverse teams and rewarding inclusion. Earlier this month, a group of Microsoft employees protested the company after women shared their experiences enduring sexual harassment and discrimination in an email chain. “I’m disappointed to hear about any behavior in our workplace that falls short of the diverse and inclusive culture we are striving to create,” Nadella wrote, according to an email obtained by Quartz. “But I’m encouraged that people feel empowered to speak up and demand change.”He reportedly added that teams across the company will come together to agree on a common set of expectations, and Microsoft will create new content related to inclusivity and unconscious bias. “No business or product success can replace the human dignity and basic decency with which we treat each other,” Nadella wrote, according to Quartz.In 2020, Microsoft will reportedly start sharing statistics on how often employees raise concerns and when violations are found. This will be in addition to its annual diversity report. Companies throughout Silicon Valley have grappled with discrimination and a lack of diversity in the workplace. Women make up just a quarter of the tech workforce, according to the Kapor Center, even though they account for 46.9 percent of the US workforce, says a report from the International Labour Organization. Last week, Google’s diversity chief said she was leaving the search giant as it dealt with issues related to workplace culture. And in January, a Facebook engineering manager left the company, saying she’d been harassed for criticizing the lack of diversity there. “One of our strengths is that so many of us come from different backgrounds and have different perspectives,” Nadella reportedly wrote in his company email. “Our opportunity is to find better ways to connect with and value each other. We won’t always get it right, but I fundamentally believe this is a journey that will help define the better individuals we each can become.”Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Originally published April 15, 3:24 p.m. PT.Update, April 16: Adds more details from Nadella’s email. Post a comment Satya Nadella Microsoft
Labour Party lawmaker John Healey said he is pulling all stops to prevent Britain’s largest steel maker (Tata Steel) from firing 720 workers from its Yorkshire plant.”I have asked for an urgent meeting with the industry minister Anna Soubry next week,” 55-year-old MP from Wentworth and Dearne said in a statement on his official website.Healey has called for support to steel workers after a Tata director confirmed to him recently that 720 jobs (about 50 percent) would be laid off from its speciality steels plant at Aldwarke plant at Rotherham in South Yorkshire, which is in his constituency. The plant employs about 1,500 skilled workers.”With hundreds of forced redundancies ahead, steel workers are facing a bleak Christmas and new year. They need all the help we can get,” said Healey.Healey fears besides 350 compulsory redundancies, about 500 jobs would go at Aldwarke plant if a bail-out package was not announced soon.Though Soubry pledged to help during her recent visit to Rotherham after the steel summit in London on October 16 deliberated on the brewing crisis in the British steel industry, Healey said the Conservative governemnt did not release funds to bail out to ailing firms.”We need a support package for South Yorkshire on the same scale as was put in place in Scunthorpe where nine-million pounds from the government and Tata (firm) will help steel workers and the local economy,” he said in the statement.Tata laid off about 900 workers from its Scunthorpe plant in October.Lamenting that Rotherham became a forgotten town of the steel crisis, the opposition MP said the government did not make any announcement on the crisis in its autum statement on November 25.The Aldwarke plant makes steel bars for automobiles.Slowdown in the Chinese construction sector has resulted in excess supply in the global steel market and lower demand for British products.In a bid to prevent job losses, the British government exempted steelmakers from emission norms and issued fresh procuement guidelines to promote use of home-made steel in state-run building contracts.
Myanmar on Saturday rejected the UN rights council’s decision to investigate allegations that security officers have murdered, raped and tortured Rohingya Muslims, saying the probe would only “inflame” the conflict.The Geneva-based body agreed Friday to “urgently” dispatch a fact-finding mission to the Southeast Asian country, focusing on claims that police and soldiers have carried out violations against the Rohingya in Rakhine state.The army crackdown, launched in October after militants killed nine policemen, has sent tens of thousands of Rohingya fleeing across the border to Bangladesh.Escapees have given UN investigators gruesome accounts of security officers stabbing babies to death, burning people alive and committing widespread gang rape.The allegations have heaped enormous pressure on Myanmar’s one-year-old civilian government, which has vigorously swatted back calls for an international investigation.Myanmar’s foreign affairs ministry on Saturday stopped short of saying it would block the UN-backed probe but said it “has dissociated itself from the resolution as a whole”.”The establishment of an international fact-finding mission would do more to inflame, rather than resolve the issues at this time,” it added.Myanmar is carrying out its own domestic inquiry into possible crimes in Rakhine.But rights groups and the UN have dismissed the body, which is led by retired general turned vice president Myint Swe, as toothless.The recent crackdown is only the latest conflict to beleaguer the stateless Rohingya, who are denied citizenship and face brutal discrimination in the Buddhist-majority country.More than 120,000 Rohingya have languished in grim displacement camps ever since bouts of religious violence between Muslims and Buddhists ripped through Rakhine state in 2012.Most are not allowed to leave the squalid encampments, where they live in piecemeal shelters with little access to food, education and healthcare.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 Listen On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Four Houston police officers remain hospitalized after Monday night’s shooting in Southeast Houston. News 88.7’s Florian Martin brings us the latest.And voters go to the polls today to fill the seat in the Texas House vacated when Carol Alvarado was elected to the State Senate. News 88.7’s Andrew Schneider updates us on the race.Also this hour: An upcoming lecture at Rice explores the role religion plays on college campuses. Then, local attorney Michael Pullara discusses his book, The Spy Who Was Left Behind, about the 1993 murder of CIA agent Freddie Woodruff.And we meet members of the traveling acting company, Actors From The London Stage, who will perform King Lear at Rice University.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share X
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville men’s soccer team head coach John Michael Hayden announced the addition of Will Hirschman and Jack Fasteen for the 2019 season. Both Hirschman and Fasteen are currently enrolled at UofL and training with the Cardinals this spring.A defender from Carmel, Indiana, Hirschman joins the Cardinals following two seasons at Ohio State, where he played in 27 matches with 24 starts for the Buckeyes. He earned Big Ten Preseason Honors in 2018 and earned OSU Scholar-Athlete accolades that same season. Prior to arriving in Columbus, Hirschman won four straight state championships with Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School and was named among the top 20 defenders in the nation. The 6-1, 177-pound Hirschman will have two years of remaining eligibility with the Cardinals.”We are thrilled to have Will Hirschman join our program,” Hayden said. “He has a tremendous work rate and desire to be successful, which are both qualities we look for in the recruiting process.”A midfielder from Louisville, Fasteen played prep soccer at Manual High School and club soccer with the Derby City Rovers. Fasteen was a team captain with the Rovers from 2013-16, competed on the ODP Region III Team from 2012-15 and participated in two US National Team Training Center camps. Fasteen enrolled at UofL after completing his prep work through Indiana University High School.”Jack or ‘Ocho’ as he prefers, joins us as a Louisville native and highlights our desire to bring the top local talent into our program,” Hayden said. “He has so many qualities that we value here at the University of Louisville and we are so excited he is joining us.” The Cardinals will open their spring schedule with a closed scrimmage against SIU Edwardsville on Feb. 23 before hosting Louisville City FC in the inaugural 502 Derby on March 2 at 5 p.m., ET at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.Fans can follow Louisville men’s soccer on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @UofLmenssoccer.Print Friendly Version Story Links
Princess Cruises CEO Alan Buckelew at the 2010 Partnership Summit announced it will launch their “Bon Voyage Experience” in Australia allowing friends of passengers a taste of cruising, after proving successful in its initial roll out in North America. The program to be launched on May 21, will allow family and friends of passengers embarking on a cruise from both Sydney and Melbourne to bid farewell to them in true cruising spirit, which for only $49 per person, visitors will enjoy a four course dining room lunch, a ship tour, and also take home a souvenir photo.Visitors participating in the Bon Voyage Experience will undergo the same security screening procedures as regular passengers.There will be a limit of maximum 50 guests able to enjoy the Bon Voyage Experience on any given embarkation day. For more information visit www.completecruisesolution.com.au Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M Princess Cruises Exec VP, Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Jan Swartz with CEO & President, Alan Buckelew
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo So, how do you stop him?“You’ve got to have everybody rushing to the ball and holding him up, and everybody getting there,” the coach offered.The Seattle Seahawks discovered the formula, holding Peterson to just 18 yards on eight carries in a 38-7 win last week. After the game, Peterson told the media he felt his team was outplayed and outcoached. Asked if he felt like he needed more carries, Peterson — who at times during the offseason was rumored to be heading to Arizona via a trade — responded, “What do you think?”The Cardinals would surely like to emulate what Seattle did — or at least see similar results — but Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher said there’s only so much that can be learned from watching the Seahawks’ approach to AP.“You certainly look at everything, and you take all factors into consideration,” he said. “Whether they got down in that game and they did this or didn’t do that — you take all those things into consideration.“But I think at the end of the day, it comes to getting off blocks and making tackles. Those guys did a great job in that game tackling, and that’s if there’s one thing we’ve talked about at the beginning of this week and we’ve talked about it every day, we have to tackle well in this game.” Suffice to say, he’s an important part of the Vikings’ offense. He’s also good. Very, very good.“Great back, fantastic, hard runner, powerful runner,” Cardinals safety/linebacker Deone Bucannon said when asked what comes to mind about Peterson. “Man, he speaks for himself. Definitely don’t have to put anything on that; everybody knows what to expect when you’re facing Adrian Peterson.”What to expect is a style of running that made Peterson the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the 2007 NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and a First-Team All-Pro in 2008, 2009 and 2012. That 2012 season, when he ran for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns, also saw him earn the AP MVP, PFWA MVP and AP Offensive Player of the Year awards.The 30-year-old is not having quite that kind of season, but he is still leading the NFL in rushing and a force to be reckoned with.“Oh yeah,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said when asked if Peterson looks like he has in past seasons. “He’s got the spin moves and he’ll stop on a dime and break it back. He sits back about eight-and-a-half yards deep, so he can go from D-gap to D-gap at any time. He’s a threat every time he touches it.” “We talk about keeping your eyes on the prize, my coverage, eyes on the right spot,” Bettcher said. “That’s what [the Vikings] do really well — they run, run, run, then all of a sudden the ball gets stuck in the belly and pulled out in the play pass and my eyes are in the backfield and someone’s on top of me. So being disciplined on the perimeter with my eyes will be very important.”Slip up, and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater could find receivers Stefon Diggs and Mike Wallace or tight end Kyle Rudolph down the field for big plays.But no matter what options the Vikings have via the passing attack, it is Minnesota, which means the focus will be on No. 28 in purple and white. However, defensive lineman Cory Redding said the team’s plan to stop the run is not really dependent on whether or not the opposing running back is a future Hall of Famer, like Peterson, or a rookie, like Todd Gurley, who was held to just 41 yards on nine carries in Sunday’s win over St. Louis.“Got to make them one dimensional, period, that’s what we do for everybody that comes in here,” he said of how the team deals with him. “Regardless if it’s A.P. or anybody else. “We’ve got to attack him just like we attack every back. Gurley last week, we’ve got to stop him. So the mindset is the go get off the ball, get in the backfield and play the ball on their side of the line of scrimmage. Just attack and just keep going. Everybody shoot their gun, that’s pretty much what we’ve got to do.”The mind set makes sense, and Arizona’s fourth-ranked run defense would seem to have as good a chance as anyone to limit the ever-dangerous Peterson. But just because they slowed Gurley and other backs does not guarantee they’ll be able to do the same to the Vikings’ star.“It’s a different running game, and he’s an experienced, different runner,” Arians said. “Todd’s going to be a great player, but Adrian is a great player. It takes a total team effort to stop him.” Top Stories FILE – In this Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. The Packers need to get production in the running game to ease the pressure on quarterback Aaron Rodgers. But on defense, Green Bay is trending in the right direction at least as it prepares for Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson.(AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach, File) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — With 1,182 rushing yards and another 189 through the air, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has 1,371 total yards this season.As a whole, the Vikings have amassed 3,790, meaning the six-time Pro Bowler accounts for 36 percent of the team’s entire yardage output. He has also scored eight rushing touchdowns for a team that has reached the end zone just 20 times, giving him 40 percent of that total, too. Comments Share If only it was that simple.Arians said Peterson has been breaking nine-man fronts, adding, “One guy in a gap doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to tackle him.”No, it takes a village to slow down one of the game’s all-time great running backs, and failure to do so could prove to be devastating for a Cardinals team with eyes on one of the NFC’s top-two playoff seeds.“He can change a game with one play, one snap,” safety Rashad Johnson said. “He can go 90 (yards) with every carry that he gets. The big thing is to rally to the ball; we can’t be one-on-one tackles.”The Cardinals are usually good about rallying to the football, and Peterson himself noted what kind of physicality and speed his Thursday opponent plays with.“A group that pursues the ball well and they play fast,” he said. “That’s the most important thing that stuck out to me. Those guys definitely play fast and they go after the ball carrier.”Though it would be understandable if the Cardinals went into the game thinking that stopping Peterson would equal a win and felt like their secondary would play a central role in limiting the back’s effectiveness, Bettcher pointed out the importance of not being too Peterson-centric.