Farmer commits suicide ahead of 10-day stir in M.P.

first_imgA day before the 10-day ‘Gaon Bandh’ called by farmers’ groups in Madhya Pradesh from June 1, a farmer committed suicide in Raisen district, the third such incident in a week. The earlier two suicides were reported from the State’s tribal-dominated Betul district on Friday and Saturday.The Raisen district police said Dilip Dhakad (50), a resident of Nayagaon Kala village, Bareli tehsil, consumed some pesticide in the intervening night of May 28-29. He was rushed to Bareli Community Health Centre and later to a hospital in the State capital where he died on May 29.Loan burdenOfficials said Dilip had taken a loan of ₹3 lakh. However, he received only ₹20,000, as ₹50,000 was deducted as loan repayment. “My father wanted to sell a piece of our farm to repay the debts. For this he has approached several potential buyers too, ” said Ramesh, Dilip’s son. The suicide is expected to have a huge impact on the ‘gaon bandh’ agitation from June 1 to 10. During the 10 days, villages will not supply agricultural produce to urban areas.Fearing shortage of vegetables, milk and other farm produce during the agitation, people are stocking perishable items in Mandsaur, Neemuch, Indore, Ujjain, Ratlam, Shajapur, Bhopal, Sehore and several other districts.Request to farmersDistrict officials are requesting the farmers to supply their produce to the cities as in absence of proper cold storage, their perishable items may rot.According to Bhopal District Collector Sudam Khade, officials have been instructed to keep the mandis open on Sunday and communicate with the farmers to maintain supply.Ahead of the stir, the Bhopal Milk Federation has geared up to meet any short supply. It has already stored 2,000 tonnes of milk powder and 2,200 tonnes of butter. The federation supplies 3.30 lakh litres of milk and other products daily to 11 districts surrounding Bhopal, said a senior official here.”I have spoken to collectors of nearby districts to ensure milk supply in the coming 10 days,” said Abhishek Singh, CEO, Bhopal Milk Federation.During last year’s agitation, the farmers had dumped tonnes of their produce on the roads and drained several litres of milk, affecting the supply of perishable item to the urban areas. They were demanding appropriate price for their produce and loan waiver. The agitation took an ugly turn when six protesting farmers were shot dead by the police during violence in Mandsaur, the epicentre of the 2017 protests.Precautionary measuresAs this year’s agitation is on similar lines, the State government has taken several precautionary measures to deal with any untoward situation. According to Makrand Deuskar, IG (Intelligence), additional force has been deployed in 35 districts of the State in the wake of the farmers’ agitation. Nearly, 10,000 canes, chest guards and additional vehicles have also been sent to the districts.The Mandsaur and Neemuch district administrations have identified troublemakers and asked them to sign a “peace bond” promising not to create any nuisance during the 10-day agitation. “Nearly 1,200 possible troublemakers have been told to sign the peace bond,” said Amit Singh, Superintendent of Police, Mandsaur district. .last_img read more

Can The Aussie Tide Be Turned?

first_imgBy @JulianTFA Mountfort Park, Manurewa, New ZealandIn the words of the New Zealand commentators on Maori Television covering the 2017 Youth Trans- Tasman event “an Australian Tsunami has just hit New Zealand” and it’s hard to argue otherwise as the green and gold wash left their opponents in black, seemingly in their wake. While this diminishes somewhat the strong performances of the New Zealand teams, particularly their outstanding Boy’s 20’s team, it reflects the ominous form of the Aussies on day one and the regard they are held by NZ Touch Football audiences.  For the Kiwi teams on day two they will hope no doubt for calmer waters and the coast clear for some salvage work. If the theme and mood of the Australians’ continues, the series could well be won and done at some point Saturday, but as always you can never write off the Kiwis who will want desperately for this event to go long into Sunday. Particularly following the stirring Boy’s 20’s effort to close-out day one and stem the Aussie tide which was building as the day grew longer.  An eerily familiar tone to the 2016 Opens Trans-Tasman campaign in Auckland pervaded the Mountfort Park layout in the opening five matches, with the Aussies looking to walk away with a clean sheet and sweep across all divisions.  Perhaps the most telling performance came in the penultimate match of the opening stanza, with Australian Girls 20’s captain Shellie Davis opening the door to the green and gold torment and intent for this tournament.“They (Kiwis) really gave it to us out there so it’s a big credit to them,” she said.“But we’ve been training really hard in the lead-up and have been running through all of our plays over recent months, she said. “We did the job…but it’s only early but now we’ve just got to look forward to tomorrow.”When quizzed by George Jahnke, Touch NZ’s intrepid commentator/reporter for Maori Television about the speed of the Australian defence line, Davis gave a sneak peak and pointer to the importance placed on them keeping their line intact and holding their near impregnable line.“Line defence is always key for us and it’s massive in the game so you’ve got to win in ‘D’…it wins you games,” Davis closed ahead of the team warm-down, serving notice to the Kiwis ahead of the second day’s play on the weekend.The 20’s girls led by the dynamic Manly duo of Davis and Hannah Dyball and supported by some great performances in the mid-field by Tamika Upton and Tayla Duguid, the Aussies really kicked into gear midway in the second half extending their lead out by six close to the siren. On the stroke of full-time it was Australian Women’s Open star, Dyball who crossed for her treble; thereby completing the rout 8-1 and an exclamation mark on an awesome first up performance by the girls and Team Australia hitherto.The only blemish on day one was in the Boy’s 20’s match, with the Aussies unable to overcome their early scare and onslaught by New Zealand: in deep trouble at three-nil with five left in the first half and then a stirring finish by the boys in black who closed it out 9-7 in a highly entertaining match.The Kiwis came out blazing in both stanzas and you could sense there was going to be a correction on the Australian event card in this match no matter what. The Aussie boys seemingly turned the screws scoring four unanswered touchdowns in a something of a ‘power play’ we’re used to seeing in T-20 cricket.But it was Jayden Sargent that surprised the Aussies again close to their line to draw level with the Aussies, 90 seconds out from the break. Melbourne Storm Under 20’s Rugby League star and son of former NSW Men’s Open Coach, Mark and former Australian Women’s Open coach and player Deb, Matt Egan took back control with his little mate Jackson Mills before and after the break.But then 15 seconds into the second half New Zealand signalled their intent very early with a great touchdown breaking the dead-lock. Not be outdone it was then New Zealand’s Taylor Haugh that saluted with a 30-metre right to left bomb that hit unmarked winger Josh Quinn and this really set the Aussies back on their heels.In the see-sawing nature of this match, again it was Jackson Mills who broke away from half to deliver a great touchdown out wide quickly followed up by Jacob Marrinan’s effort in the opposite corner less than a minute following.At six-all it was well and truly game on. Marshall-Barton crossed to the delight of the Kiwi crowd only for Hayden Moffat to once again level the scores, hush the crowd and deliver a grandstand finish. When teammate Sombolan broke through and picked up Egan in the corner it looked as though the Aussies had the lead the first time in some time. But with that try denied, the Kiwis switched the momentum and rolled upfield to almost cross, only for Taylor Haugh to soon make amends following an uncharacteristic Aussie error off their line.One of the best games of international touch in recent years was playing out to the delight of the crowd and no doubt the burgeoning online audience.In the closing scene, Eldon Kake picked up his first and Kiwi’s last, drawing ahead of the Aussies who were desperate but ultimately staring at defeat, two tries adrift.Earlier in the day, it was an emphatic straight sets start to the Australian campaign at Mountfort Park, South Auckland in New Zealand; winners in all three of the ‘junior’ divisions on the opening morning ahead of the ‘seniors’ matches in the afternoon session.The Australian Under 18’s Mixed team got the ball rolling early in a close encounter prevailing 7-5, followed by wins to both the girls and boys 18’s teams 7-3 and 4-1 respectively.In relative new surrounds for most of the Australian contingent, Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire was particularly pleased and in admiration of the performances thus far of the teams away from home.“I am very happy with the start as I’m sure all coaches and players are here,” Maguire said in the break of play between the 18’s and 20’s fixtures.“It’s always great to get the first games underway and good to get those wins early, naturally. Particularly against some very good opposition with the New Zealand youth sides who have improved significantly,” he said.“You could see the anticipation on the (Australian) players faces prior to these opening matches,” he said “it means a lot to them playing away from home and it showed in the opening performances.“I’m really looking forward now to the 20’s matches and tomorrow of course for games two across each of the divisions.Tune in to the live streaming courtesy of Maori Television and follow the scores and news online and via TFA’s social media channels.Keep up-to-date with all of the action from the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman:Facebook – – – – LinksYTT Day Onelast_img read more

Red Bull’s Stevie Smith traveled to Japan to bike down an active volcano

first_img 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now For pro mountain biker Stevie Smith, adrenaline-fueled thrills and edge-of-your-seat excitement comes at no more than a dime a dozen. It’s what he lives for. So what else would you expect him to tell Red Bull — other than a resounding yes — when it asked if he’d travel to Japan and fling his mountain bike down an active volcano at breakneck speeds? To no surprise, that’s exactly the answer Stevie gave. So just this past October, Smith and a film crew set out for Japan to conquer the active Mount Oyama volcano for an exclusive movie titled, Ring of Fire.Related: State Bicycle Company debuts its Four Peaks Brewing bicycle collaboration“I was told I was going to ride down a volcano, I had no idea what to expect,” says Smith in a short video published to Red Bull’s YouTube channel. “Showing up to Miyake Island and seeing the volcano was just, mindblowing.”Hiroyuki Nakagawa/Red Bull Content PoolOriginally from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Smith makes his living dominating downhill mountain bike races but had never faced anything as imposing as Mount Oyama. Sitting roughly 4,108-feet tall, the active Japanese volcano is lined with decrepit old trees and a sea of light lava rock. Smith and the film crew spent much of their time in Japan assessing the area and waiting for clearer weather (they mostly encountered thick fog). After extending his stay a few more days to wait out the fog, Smith finally got a patch of clear weather.“Starting right off the cliff I could literally just look over and, my guts dropped every time I looked off, it was pretty ridiculous,” Smith says. “There’s no way to describe it, like I didn’t think it would be like that at all. It was [a] straight up volcano and I was standing on the edge of it.”Hiroyuki Nakagawa/Red Bull Content PoolAs he began his descent, Smith told Red Bull the lava rock initially felt a bit slippery but as he quickly began learning the terrain, it became easier to handle. The entire way down Mount Oyama, Smith had barely a trail to work with and routinely had to navigate an incredibly tight track. As told by Haruki Nakagawa in a blog post on Red Bull’s website, Stevie felt utterly content by the time his wheels stopped churning.“In the end I was totally immersed, my only concern was how far I could go,” Smith adds. “There’s no way anything can compare to this, it’s the most unique place I’ve ridden.” Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More last_img read more

Port of Barcelona Sets Record Figures in 2016

first_imgzoom Spanish Port of Barcelona closed the financial year 2016 with record figures the volume of containerised foreign trade cargo, total vehicles and passenger movements.During 2016, foreign trade containers continued to increase ending the year at a total of 1.2 million TEUs. Export container numbers grew by 3.8% while import containers advanced at a rate of 8.7%. Meanwhile, containerised cargo in cabotage to the Spanish islands surged 10% to 124,455 TEUs and containers in transhipment increased by 47% to 431,750 TEUs.Regarding total containers the port moved more than 2.2 million TEUs, representing an increase of 14.5%, the highest in the last decade, according to the Port of Barcelona.Vehicle movements at the port grew 4% in 2016 to reach a record 916,834 units. Most of these are foreign trade as exports grew by 3%, while imports surged by 20%.The port also saw an increase in passenger movements with nearly 4 million passengers recorded during 2016, representing a rise of 6.7%.“These three most strategic segments of activity at the Port of Barcelona registered significant year-on-year increases,” Sixte Cambra, the organization’s President, said.The Port of Barcelona handled more than 370,500 ITUs of ro-ro traffic, up 2.9% year on year. The port also transported 11.4 million tons of liquid bulk, 5% less than the previous year, while shipments of diesel/gas oil grew by 16.4% to 2.7 million tonnes.last_img read more

Trinamool Cong on same page over tea garden workers plight

first_imgKolkata: The ruling Trinamool Congress and the Congress were on the same page at the state Assembly on Monday while claiming that injustice has been done with the workers of the tea gardens in the recent Central Budget.In the mentioned case at the Assembly, state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee triggered the discussion lambasting the Central government’s decision to pay the wages of the tea garden workers through banks and impose 2 percent cess on their wages. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”The tea garden workers have been neglected in the recent Budget. There has been hardly any money allocated for the rejuvenation of the tea gardens. But they have now decided to pay the wages of the workers through banks. They should know that there is hardly any bank in close proximity to the tea gardens,” Chatterjee said. He reiterated that the tea garden workers are paid in cash usually by the end of a week so that they can meet their immediate requirements. “They have also imposed cess on the wages. These steps are nothing but an initiative to push the tea garden workers in dire straits,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe alleged that the Centre had made tall claims for the development of the tea gardens but the Budget has nothing to augment the livelihood of the workers. Taking the cue from Chatterjee, Leader of the Opposition Abdul Mannan said the problem of the tea garden workers has been persisting for some years and the secular parties have often protested against it. “If you give permission, we can form a team of representatives of the MLAs and protest directly. I feel we need to speak directly with the concerned Union minister,” Mannan said referring to Speaker Biman Banerjee. Banerjee then said that the topic may be discussed. Later in the day, Chatterjee said: “I have requested the Left and BJP even to come together. It is an issue of the state and we should ensure the interest of the state first”.last_img read more

Kolkata 40yearold man jumps in front of Metro dies

first_imgKolkata: A man allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a Dum Dum-bound Metro at Rabindra Sarobar station in Kolkata on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Prakash Shaw (40). He was declared brought dead at MR Bangur hospital.The incident took place at 12.09 pm, following which Metro services were suspended till 12.57 pm. A case has been lodged at Charu Market police station. “A man committed suicide in the UP line at Rabindra Sarobar station at 12.09 pm today. Truncated services were operated from Maidan to Noapara both UP and DN and also from Mahanayak Uttam Kumar to Kavi Subhash both UP and DN,” said Metro CPRO Indrani Banerjee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Recently, Kolkata Metro had been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Just about two to three days ago, a girl had slammed Kolkata Metro claiming that the train had started moving despite her shoulder being stuck outside the door. However, the incident has been denied by the Metro authorities. On July 13, Sajal Kanjilal, a resident of Kasba area of Kolkata was killed while trying to board a Kavi Subhash-bound Metro from the Park Street station. His hand had got stuck between the doors and the Metro started moving. Kolkata Metro, which is operated by Ministry of Railways, faced massive criticism from the ruling TMC government, which claimed such incidents were a fallout of poor maintenance. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX Wall Street finish lower amid mixed earnings reports glum

Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,612.29     -84.74     -0.58% S&P 500 —  1,867.72     -16.94     -0.90% Dow — 16,401.02     -129.53     -0.78% Nasdaq — 4,080.76     -57.30     -1.38%TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Tuesday amid a heavy slate of earnings and a forecast that sees slower global economic growth.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 84.74 points to 14,612.29. The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.61 of a cent to 91.92 cents US. U.S. indexes were also well into negative territory with the Dow Jones industrials down 129.53 points to 16,401.02, the Nasdaq off 57.3 points at 4,080.76 and the S&P 500 index 16.94 points lower at 1,867.72.The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said the global economy will grow by 3.4% this year, down from its forecast of 3.6% growth last November.The OECD, a think-tank for the world’s most developed countries, cut China’s growth forecast this year to 7.4% from 8.2% in November. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy is forecast to grow 2.6% this year against last November’s 2.9% estimate. The news is better for Canada: economic growth is projected to accelerate to 2.75% by 2015.On the earnings front, BCE Inc. posted quarterly net earnings of $615 million, up 8.7% from a year ago, led by growth in its wireless and media divisions. Adjusted net earnings were $626 million or 81 cents, up 4.5% from a year ago and five cents better than forecast, but its shares lost 46 cents to $48.50 as revenue missed expectations.Also, subsidiary Bell added 33,964 postpaid net wireless customers, mostly smartphone subscribers on two-year contracts, down from 59,497 in the same quarter last year.“The story here is wireline is in a secular decline and wireless, with the price increases, it is showing signs of a slowdown,” said Ben Jang, portfolio manager at Nicola Wealth Management in Vancouver.“So, from an investment point of view, really, at these levels, the share price is quite fairly valued and I think you see that in the whole telecom space (and) sector valuations lack upside from here.” WestJet recorded quarterly net earnings of $89.3 million, or 69 cents per diluted share, compared with $91.1 million, or 69 cents a year ago. WestJet says total revenue totalled $1.042 billion, a gain of 7.7% over the same period of 2013. WestJet shares dropped 55 cents to $24.42.The tech sector led TSX decliners, down two% with BlackBerry falling 33 cents to $8.35.In New York, the rotation from expensive biotech and technology shares resumed and shares in Twitter plunged $6.90, or 17.8%, to $31.85 after company insiders were allowed to sell stock for the first time since the company’s initial public offering in November. Facebook fell 4.4% while Netflix shed 5.3%.The base metals sector dropped 0.94% with July copper unchanged at US$3.06 a pound.June bullion faded 70 cents to US$1,308.60 and the gold sector shed about 0.9%.The energy sector was off 0.24% while June crude in New York added two cents to US$99.50 a barrel.TOP STORIESBCE inches up on Rogers as Astral takeover and wireless growth propel profitTwitter shares dive 13% as 6-month investor lockup period comes to an endCanada needs better jobs data, auditor general saysAverage price for detached home in Toronto nears $1-million as demand for single-family homes stays strongWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYCANADA8:30 a.m.Building permits (March): Economists expect 4% rise UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Productivity (Q1): Economists expect 1.2% decline 10 a.m.Fed Chair Janet Yellen testifies to join economic committee 3 p.m.Consumer credit (March): Economists expect US$15.5-billion CORPORATE NEWSCANADACI Financial Corp    Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 43¢ a share Cott Corporation    Q1 earnings:  2¢ Enbridge Inc    Q1 earnings:  56¢ Franco-nevada Corp Q1 earnings:  22¢ Husky Energy Inc    Q1 earnings:  61¢ Kinross Gold Corp    Q1 earnings:  3¢ Linamar Corp    Q1 earnings:  98¢ Lundin Petroleum Ab Q1 earnings: 34¢ Paramount Resources Ltd Q1 earnings: 10¢ loss a share Talisman Energy Inc Q1 earnings: 3¢ Taseko Mines Ltd    Q1 earnings:  2¢ Tim Hortons Inc Q1 earnings: 67¢ Torstar ‘b’     Q1 earnings: 14¢ UNITED STATESAllergan  Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.13 a share Chesapeake Energy Q1 earnings: 48¢ Duke Energy Corp. Q1 earnings: US$1.12 Devon Energy Corp. Q1 earnings: US$1.26 Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. Q1 earnings: 95¢ Prudential Financial, Inc.   Q1 earnings: US$2.26 Molson Coors Brewing Company Q1 earnings: 35¢ read more

Brock experts weigh in on drought and heat

With much of Ontario under a heat warning from Environment Canada, and widespread drought conditions, Brock University has a number of experts available to discuss the implications.Professor Steven Renzetti is a leading expert on the economics of water. He can speak to the ongoing drought and its potential impacts on our wallets through increased food prices and water charges. The professor can discuss the implications of a long-term drought and the impact of water scarcity.“We’re already seeing the effects of the drought. It’s affecting the timing and quality of crops. That will have an immediate impact, potentially, on the cost of produce in farmer’s markets and in grocery stores. Drought means it is more costly to do business so that can impact households.”Professor Stephen Cheung is a Canada Research Chair who runs a research lab at Brock with the capabilities of simulating temperatures ranging from -30 degrees to +50 degrees. He can talk about the impact of extreme heat on the human body, the role hydration plays in controlling body temperatures, and the best strategies for keeping cool for athletes, workers and the general public.“You should really be careful about heavy exercise and being out for longer than usual. Even elite athletes will be impaired in the heat so you shouldn’t be expecting the same type of endurance that you may have, no matter how fit you are.”Julia Baird is a research associate at Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre whose research focuses on environmental governance in relation to water resources and climate change. She can discuss the resilience of farmers and the social and environmental systems in place to help endure droughts and other climate-related disturbances.“Indications are that these disturbances are just going to become more common and more severe over time with climate change. There are ways you can prepare for these things so you are better able to withstand or endure.” read more

Dragon invests €200k in former construction workers bakery

first_imgA BAKERY STARTED by a Co Mayo man who had been made redundant from his job in construction has not only provided jobs and retraining to unemployed people, but also caught the eye of a Dragon’s Den investor.Cherry Blossom Bakery bakes speciality breads and cakes from scratch in its Castlebar location, and was started by Simon Stenson three years ago. He had found himself redundant and decided to move from construction into a totally new arena, inspired by his love of healthy foods and a successful past in hospitality.Dragon’s DenLast night, he appeared on RTÉ show Dragon’s Den, where he was given a €200,000 investment from dragon Sean O’Sullivan in return for a 40 per cent stake in the company.He told that he was delighted with the news – and that going on the show was incredibly nerve-wracking.“It’s absolutely fantastic – its amazing,” he said. In fact, he admits that O’Sullivan was not the dragon he imagined would invest in him, given his interest in other types of businesses.The investment will bring the bakery “to the next level”, and already they have struck a nationwide deal with Musgraves since their Dragon’s Den deal.They can now invest in more and bigger equipment, enabling them to roll their products out to more stores around the country.Because he knows his business inside-out, Stenson wasn’t worried about answering the dragons’ questions, but admits he was “a nervous wreck walking up those stairs”.SkillsAll of his employees are ex-construction workers, and Stenson is passing on to them the skills he learned while at a three-month course in Ballymaloe. “Why don’t I give a little back,” is how he puts it. He pointed out that young people who had been working in the construction industry often found themselves without qualifications due to leaving school for a job.“They have been left on the shelf for so long. They are getting a second opportunity to retrain in something else,” he said. He describes the bakers as the “unsung heroes” of the business, who get up in the early hours to bake the products. There are 15 of them in total working at Cherry Blossom Bakery now.The company is steadily increasing its distribution nationwide, and has achieved this all within just three years. While the products pay homage to home-baking, Cherry Blossom aims to put a modern spin on its cakes and breads.“When I started, I suppose it was a niche product and I didn’t think it was going to reach the amount of sales it did,” said a delighted Stenson of his healthy products. “People’s eating attitude in Ireland has changed.”Read: “This is the right decision”: Norah Casey to leave Dragons’ Den>last_img read more

Breakfast at Bebetos All you need to know from the fourth night

first_imgLoserWilson Palacios – The former Spurs midfielder hardly featured for Stoke City last season yet was crucial to his country’s hopes of stifling France. He did so by kicking everything in dark blue that moved. This included studding each one of Paul Pogba’s shins and lumping into Mathieu Valbuena. He then bundled into Pogba to give away a penalty and earn a second yellow card in the process. Palaciois, far right, receives his marching orders. Source: David VincentJoga BonitoMarcos Rojos needed to make a defensive clearance for Argentina and decided it was time to treat us all to a What have we got to look forward to today?One of the tournament favourites, Germany get their World Cup underway at 5pm against Portugal.Iran take on Nigeria from 8pm in Curitiba as end round one of fixtures in Group F.A fascinating game kicks off at 11pm between Ghana and USA.As it happened: Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina, World Cup 2014, Group FGoalline technology makes World Cup debut, leaves Twitter and BBC confused Lionel Messi scored a fine second half goal for Argentina. Source: Victor R. CaivanoOn Day 4Lionel Messi ended a typically mazy dribble with a low, side-footed finish to spark Argentina in their 2-1 Group F win over Bosnia & Herzegovina at the Maracana. Under-fire for not always producing his best when it counts, Messi rattled in his 39th international goal to augment a stop-start Argentine performance. Vedad Ibisevic headed in what proved to be a consolation for B-H. Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal. Source: Michael SohnSwitzerland may be ranked sixth in the world, according to FIFA’s cloistered boffins, but they have yet to win over the likes of Brian Kerr and Ronnie Whelan. Regardless of the dissenting voices from the Irish jury, Valon Behrami’s late show inspired the Swiss to a 2-1 win over Ecuador.Goalline technology pushed the Honduras’ agricultural tackling out of the headlines in Group E’s other game as France won 3-0. Karim Benzema scored two goals and his shot off the post bounced of hapless goalkeeper Noel Valladares and over the line. The survey said… Goal.WinnerKarim Benzema – Charged with scoring the bulk of France’s goals now that attacking star Franck Ribery is watching from home, Benzema did not disappoint. He slotted home a penalty, sparked the goalline-assisted own goal fumble and roofed his second to start his tournament in style. Thwang! Source: Jon Superlast_img read more

Le CEA cherche à susciter des vocations chez les jeunes

first_imgLe CEA cherche à susciter des vocations chez les jeunesA l’heure où les élèves de terminale doivent déposer leur vœux pour leurs études après le bac, le Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA) a convié jeudi 1.500 élèves dans ses 10 centres. S’il cherche à les sensibiliser aux métiers de la recherche, le CEA souhaite également susciter des vocations.Lors d’une journée “Scientifique, toi aussi !”, le Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA) a convié jeudi 1.500 élèves de première et terminale dans ses 10 centres pour les sensibiliser aux métiers de la recherche. A Saclay (dans l’Essonne) par exemple, 150 élèves ont rencontré des professionnels lors d’un “speed dating”, un “outil qui peut contribuer à attirer les jeunes”. Ainsi, devant un amphi attentif, une quinzaine de chercheurs, techniciens et ingénieurs passionnés se sont succédés au micro, dépoussiérant l’image de professeur en blouse blanche un peu ennuyeux. En 3 minutes, ils ont raconté leur parcours: normaliens, polytechniciens, mais aussi d’anciens élèves moyens qui n’aimaient pas l’école.À lire aussiPint of Science, le festival qui vous fait découvrir la science… autour d’une bière !”Tout le monde n’a pas suivi la voie royale pour être chercheur”, a souligné Bertrand Bazin, 33 ans, ingénieur. “Notre premier objectif est de susciter des vocations, au moment où les élèves de terminale doivent déposer leurs vœux” pour leurs études post-bac, a déclaré Nathalie Sciardis, chef de projet pédagogique au CE cité par l’AFP. Car les étudiants qui entrent à l’université boudent de plus en plus les sciences “dures” (maths, physique, chimie) au profit des inscriptions en droit et en médecine. Entre 2004 et 2009, le nombre d’étudiants inscrits en licence scientifique ou en STAPS (sciences et techniques des activités physiques et sportives) a baissé de 7,4 %. Et même de 14 % pour les nouveaux entrants à l’université.”Il y a 50 ans, les sciences attiraient encore. Aujourd’hui, c’est la finance qui a pris le pas”, regrette Thibault Cantat, un jeune chercheur de 30 ans. “Ils rêvent d’être traders pour gagner de l’argent”, a renchéri M. Bazin. Au CEA, la fourchette des salaires, du chercheur débutant au responsable de laboratoire, oscille tout de même entre 2.000 et 5.000 euros par mois.Le 27 janvier 2012 à 20:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Star Trek Beyond was great so why is no one seeing it

first_imgStar Trek Beyond is the best film we’ve seen from the series in almost 20 years. It’s picked up countless positive reviews and fan acclaim, but it doesn’t have any traction. No one’s talking about it. No one’s digging into the philosophical meat, and several weeks out, box office numbers for the sci-fi flick are pretty rough. What the hell happened?It’s simple — Star Trek Beyond took the franchise back to its political, utopian roots and nobody wants that kind of movie anymore.On first pass, that seems like an odd thing to say. I’m basically claiming the Beyond is too Star Trek for people to put down money to go see it — but that’s exactly it. Broadly speaking, Abrams’ Star Trek movies have enjoyed solid ticket sales and public acclaim. But for diehard Trekkers like yours truly, they just didn’t scratch that itch. They got the character’s (mostly) right. They gave the series a retro-future, chrome spitshine. But then Abrams and his team took the series in a dark direction.Star Trek (2009) is about mass extinction — first of the Romulans, then the Vulcans. Into Darkness is about adapting to terrorism with militarism. In many ways each film dealt with salient political issues (hell, balancing security and liberty in our highly connected era is still an important topic), but they did so in clumsy, cynical ways.The best episodes of Star Trek series have always come from watching morally grounded characters pushed to their breaking point. The point was to push the limits of these characters, to see where (or if) they broke. It might sound grim, but Star Trek succeeded because it showed us that we could be better.With the world still in nuclear deadlock, the civil rights movement gaining traction, the sexual revolution, and the opening of the Vietnam War, Star Trek was born into one of the most chaotic eras of modern history. And that political context is important. Its purpose was to convince a cynical audience that humanity could thrive, and most importantly, that we’d do so by building friendships. In the middle of a century that was defined by its profound violence, Star Trek was damned-near a political treatise advocating empathy and peace.Beyond takes the series back to those utopian roots. Without spoiling too much (because I hope after this you’ll consider grabbing some tickets), Beyond is all about cooperation. The big bad this time around is a walking symbol of fascism. A born warrior, Krall, is stuck in a time that finds no use for him. Starfleet’s alliances have all but eliminated classic warfare. Without a purpose, without anything to wage war against, Krall sets his eyes on Starfleet itself. Krall stands in existential opposition to everything that Starfleet is supposed to symbolize. He believes that a universe without war is weak, and cannot define themselves without suffering.That’s a narrative that’s become all too common in recent years. With the rise of global fascism, people around the world have been drumming up support for war, for violence, and for aggressive, callous policies of all kinds. And before you say that it’s a stretch to apply a political lens to FUCKING STAR TREK, let me remind you, once again, that this is the show that aired the first interracial kiss, pushed for the inclusion of a Russian as part of their main cast, and would roundly and consistently rebuke divisive politics during its original 1960s run, to say nothing of the more effusive politics of later series.When Beyond opens, most of the Enterprise’s senior staff are considering a career change. The Enterprise has been exploring deep space for years, and the toll on its crew is clear. Many of them want to give up and move on to the next big thing. Tenuous relationships are easy targets for those seeking to divide and that’s a big part of what makes Krall so compelling. He’s not particularly deep, but he doesn’t need to be. Khan and the Borg Queen weren’t fantastically developed in their movies either, but that was never the point. What mattered is how the crew responded. Beyond pushes its characters relationships to their breaking point, and they hold.In our time, in a zeitgeist that seems so ruthlessly intent on breaking us apart, sewing seeds of mistrust and anxiety, Star Trek Beyond wants us to believe again. One of the biggest problems with the original series is that it never showed how its utopian world came to be. Much like its bullshit technical jargon, Star Trek just wanted us to play along and trust that someone figured out something at some point in the future.Beyond takes that a step further. It shows us that our relationships and our capacity for empathy are the keys to a brighter future and that wanting to reduce the suffering of others — no matter who they are — is always a goal worth boldly pursuing.last_img read more

American Horror Story Made Us Wait for the Witches

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekAmerican Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and Warlocks Now this is what I’ve wanted from American Horror Story since the season began. Not only do we finally see the witches from American Horror Story: Coven this episode, but the whole thing feels like a return to form for the show in general. There’s genuine horror, shout outs to famous movie franchises, and some dark comedy that would make you feel bad for laughing if the show weren’t so gleeful about it. The episode pulls back from that shock ending last week by revealing that Michael Langdon prevented everyone from being executed. He needs to preserve the seeds of the future after all. And he gets right back to determining who those seeds are. The opening cuts between each interview, essentially trying to get at people’s darkest thoughts. He is the antichrist, after all.The show is all too happy to remind you of that fact with what might be the season’s best jump scare so far. After sussing out Mallory’s violent thoughts towards Coco, he says he senses something inside of her. Something he thinks will be useful in creating the kind of world he wants. It seems he may have misjudged exactly what’s inside, though. When she admits to feeling like something is trying to force its way out of her, it suddenly does. Her scream blows him back with a large blast, and for just an instant, we see what must be Michael’s true form. I’ll admit that demonic black-eyed face made me scream. This season of American Horror Story is thankfully not skimping on the horror. It doesn’t stop there either. Despite Michael asking what she is, it seems he knows. Whatever she is, it’s something he thought he had killed all of. Now what could that be, in this crossover season of “Murder House” and Coven?” Hmm… In any case, his satanic ritual involving self-cutting and a snake summoning is definitely horrifying. “Find our sisters.” @MsSarahPaulson @RobertsEmma #AHSApocalypse— AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFX) September 27, 2018That’s where we get our witches. This “Murder House”/”Coven” made us wait a good three hours for the “Coven’ part to show up, but you can’t deny they had a great entrance. Once everyone’s dead, Madison, Cordelia and Myrtle from the “Coven” season ride into the compound. Yes, they survived the apocalypse, and it seems they’re the once Michael thought he had killed. The bring Coco, Mallory and Dinah’s bodies out, and Cordelia resurrects them. Yes, they were sisters in the coven, which instantly makes the rest of the season so much more interesting. It’s too bad we won’t get to see any more of evil Sarah Paulson, but at least there’s still plenty of her to come.This was exactly the kind of episode American Horror Story needed. Bringing together elements from two of its best past seasons reminded us of everything we liked about the show in the first place. Sure, a lot of that is the result of using characters from past seasons, but it works. After a season like “Cult,” maybe we could use a reminder of how good this show has been in the past. Besides, the cameos and references aren’t the only things working in this season’s favor right now. The show can still pull off its particular poor-taste stile of dark comedy. Perhaps more impressive, it can still give us a good scare too.Learn more about FX’s spooky hit in our Geeksplainer. Read up on all our reviews from last season, AHS: Cult. Find the perfect gift for the ultimate AHS fan. Follow all AHS updates here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. What are you? @praisethelourd #AHSApocalypse— AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFX) September 27, 2018But hey, we can’t spend all our time at the end of the world. We get our first flashback of the season as Miriam Mead recounts the eventful Halloweens of her past. The first time she went trick-or-treating and got a dreaded apple, the time her first date groped her during Rosemary’s Baby and she stormed out of the theater, and her first contract-kill where the holiday made her blood-covered face seem like really good makeup. She recounts these memories to Venable and we find out what she is: A goddamned robot. Who can… grow, I guess. That part’s not really explained, but she is set on helping Venable make it to the Sanctuary. That means killing all the other residents, who Michael deemed more worthy than her.Already, I’m so grateful this episode spends as much time as it does outside of the bunker. It’s not a lot, but after spending almost two full episodes trapped in the same place, I’ll take even the briefest scene of the outside. And we do get one. Not everyone not in the bunkers died in the blast. Humanity is surviving the apocalyptic wasteland about as well as you think it would. There’s cannibalism and marauding hoards that make the wasteland look like a particularly low budget Mad Max movie. Surprisingly, Coco’s boyfriend Brock is about the closest thing to Max in this wasteland. He’s been searching for the compound and, after offing a couple of cannibalistic attackers, happens upon a second horse-drawn carriage in a hurry. He hitches a ride underneath and is able to sneak inside while Mead and Venable investigate this new arrival’s contents: A box of apples. Celebrate while you can. #AHSApocalypse— AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFX) September 27, 2018center_img Payback… #AHSApocalypse— AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFX) September 27, 2018All the deaths in this episode were a big surprise. I mean, this is American Horror Story. We don’t expect all the main characters to live through to the end. But we also don’t expect all of them to drop dead at once three episodes in. On the other hand, maybe this is why the first two episodes didn’t bother trying to develop these characters or even make us like them. Hell, the two most tolerable survivors were never really given much personality and their forbidden love story was glossed over in a narrated timeline. All that makes sense if the ultimate plan was to off them this early on. It strains credibility that nobody questions that Venable and Mead, who’ve been nothing but terrible to everyone, are suddenly feeling generous with the fresh fruit. But hey, AHS has always been a horror movie pastiche, and you don’t get more horror movie than main characters making the dumbest decisions. Even as they all took a bite I wasn’t quite convinced this was where the episode was going, though. That made the subsequent graphic vomiting mass death scene a real shock.From here on out, the episode was just pure fun. It appears moving the crossover season up a year was exactly what the show needed. After Cult last year, I wasn’t sure I ever wanted to come back to this show. The first two episodes of this season were a little better but still had their low points. This one was pretty much pure fun all the way through. Even the clunky confirmation of Mead’s true nature was helped immensely by the blunt, campy humor Ryan Murphy shows do so well. And the big reveal here, where Mead tries to shoot Michael but follows his order to shoot Venable instead, is a perfectly ridiculous soap opera plot twist. And it was one that left us wondering, at least for a second, what are they going to do with everyone dead? All this brings us to the big setpiece of the hour. More than a month before Halloween, American Horror Story gave us a genuinely scary Halloween party. While the characters are doing their best to have fun, a constantly growing dread hangs over the scene. We know Venable and Mead set this all up to kill everyone. We see them using snake’s venom to poison the apples, using the party to ensure everyone takes a bite at the same time. Poison apples, strange fire-conjuring powers… this episode gets, um, witchy by the moment. Another interesting bit of foreshadowing: The snake Meade uses to poison the apples is the same one Michael summoned earlier. How would she know about that? In any case, the bucket of poison apples sits there for the entire party, creating a tension and uneasiness that lasts throughout the scene. That only grows when an unexpected guest shows up.Between last week’s appearance of “Murder House’s” Rubber Man and Brock’s bunker crashing, we can’t know for sure who is inside the compound with the survivors. That uncertainty is used to great effect here, when Coco meets a mysterious silent masked figure at the party. At first, we don’t know if it’s the Rubber Man or if Brock put together his own costume somehow. We’re pretty sure it’s not, as Coco assumes, Michael. We don’t have to wait too long for the answer. Coco takes the mysterious man back to her room, where he takes off his mask to reveal a scarred, cancer-ridden Brock. As mad and revenge-driven as this episode showed him to be, it was still a shock when he stabbed Coco in the head. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Hugo Lloris determined to end Spurs wait for silverware

first_imgTottenham captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris hopes that 2019 will be the year where they finally claim some silverwareSince manager Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival in 2014, Spurs have grown into regular top-four finishers in the Premier League and they’ve reached the Champions League knockout stages for the past two seasons.However, Spurs haven’t won a trophy since their EFL Cup triumph over Chelsea in February 2008 – who they will face in the semi-finals of the same competition next month.Lloris, who captained France to the 2018 World Cup title in the summer, is hoping to change that come to the end of the season.“This [winning silverware] is what we work for,” said Lloris, according to Daily Mirror.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We know we are in the Premier League and there are a lot of contenders, big teams, big players, and that is why we are excited to be here.“We are in the most competitive country, so we keep working with the same mentality and do our best.“We have shown in the past that Tottenham is very competitive and we are reducing the gap with the best.”Spurs, who dropped to third and nine points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool after a shock 3-1 home defeat to Wolves, will meet Cardiff City on Tuesday.last_img read more

Marijuanaregulating ordinance advocates flood Fairbanks city council hearing to urge passage

first_imgThe proposed ordinance would increase the minimum buffer distance between marijuana-businesses like this cultivation facility and such sensitive areas as residential-zoned neighborhoods and schools. It also would require those distances to be measured in a straight line, instead of the often-circuitous pedestrian route that’s now used. (KUAC file photo)A roomful of people packed the Fairbanks City Council meeting room Monday for the last public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would place limits on marijuana businesses before the council considers approval next month. Most supported the ordinance and called for greater regulation of the industry. Opponents say the measure is unfair and heavy-handed, and would further unfairly treat marijuana and alcohol differently.Listen nowBoth supporters and opponents of the proposed ordinance told council members they should regulate marijuana like alcohol. That’s what marijuana advocates asked for in their successful 2015 ballot measure that legalized commercial pot growing and sales. And anti-marijuana activist Vivian Stiver emphasized the point by leading others in reciting it at the end of her testimony.“We have one request – we would like you to regulate marijuana like alcohol,” Stiver said, along with some in the audience.Stiver cited for example Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office guidelines that call for one type of liquor license to be issued for every 3,000 or so residents. Based on that formula, she says Fairbanks should only have nine retail marijuana shops.“It’s nine,” Stiver said. “Your ordinance calls for 12. Based on population, it’s nine. That’s how that formula (works).”But City Clerk Danyielle Snider told the council in January that Fairbanks had 41 liquor dispensaries, mostly bars, and 15 package stores. By way of comparison, the city now has six marijuana retail shops and five growing facilities.Retailer Dan Peters also asked for equal treatment over the issue of on-site consumption, which the ordinance would prohibit. Peters says marijuana users should be allowed to consume it on-site, at either the point of sale or separate facilities, such as a smoking room.“I feel like it’s a freedom issue,” Peters said. “If you’re willing to allow alcohol consumption on-site, I believe that it’s reasonable for people who want to consume cannabis.”But the proposed ordinance would ban all marijuana consumption in any public establishment, which Kevin McKinley says is another example of unfairly regulating the two industries differently.“It seems to me that they want to have it one way for part of the industry, but then they want to shift it away for another part of the industry,” McKinley said. “Which is it? Do you want to regulate it like alcohol or not?”Ordinance supporter Blake Burley says he also wishes the city would regulate the two intoxicants equally.“I think marijuana has no place in our community,” Burley said. “Just like I believe alcohol has no place in our community.”Supporters said marijuana-smoking establishments would generate more odor and could expose more people to health-harming secondhand smoke. Others, like Christine Robbins, believe they’d lead to more crime.“I think you’re going to see an increase in rape victims,” Robbins said. “I think you’re going to see an increase in violent crime. And we really don’t have the police force to help regulate this, and control it.”A third provision of the ordinance would increase the buffer-zone distance 500 to 750 feet between marijuana businesses and residential neighborhoods, schools and other sensitive areas. Opponents argued that would stifle the industry and discourage investment. Realtor Ray Brazier says it would make it harder to find qualifying properties for marijuana businesses.“The buffer should be left alone,” Brazier said.But Christa Dyer was among those who supports the provision, because she says it would balance the two competing interests.“I do understand that this is a growing industry, and that’s great for our community,” Dyer said. “But we need to remember that it also needs to co-exist with people (who) own homes in these communities.”After the public hearing, Mayor Jim Matherly – who introduced the ordinance – said the council will formally consider adopting it, or an amended version, in its May 9th meeting.last_img read more

Tirupati Expo helps students to understand statistics

first_imgTirupati: National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL) Director Dr Amit Kumar Patra on Wednesday inaugurated the travelling exhibition on ‘Statistics at Work’ organised by Regional Science Centre (RSC) here.The exhibition will be open to the visitors for about a month at RSC from 9.30 am to 6 pm. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Patra said the exhibition would help students to know importance of statistics and its vast applications extended from household to worldwide and beyond. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He also emphasised the application of statistics in science and beyond and also explained various methods adopted in scientific studies for samplings, results and outcome of data intensive events. Indian Society for Probability and Statistics (ISPS) president and SV University Statistics Prof P Raja Sekhara Reddy elaborated on the tremendous opportunities available for students who are willing to pursue their career in statistics. He also emphasised that in the present scenario, world was short of data scientists and any brilliant student can find a very lucrative career in this field. Election system, census, healthcare, budget, growth expectations, resources planning, education and many other development goals of any country were planned based on statistics. Viswam Educational Institutions Chairman and Local Advisory Committee (LAC) member Viswanatha Reddy and others spoke.last_img read more

Organ donation awareness rally taken out at VR Siddhartha

first_imgVijayawada: The NSS unit of VR Siddhartha Engineering College in association with Karuna Eye Bank organised a rally on the occasion of Organ Donation Day from VR Siddhartha Engineering College to Kamayyathopu centre in order to create awareness among the public on organ donation and importance of saving lives by pledging to donate organs on Tuesday. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us Manvar Sharif, chief technology officer of Enblex Softex Technologies Private Limited and alumni of VR Siddhartha College flagged off the rally. Principal Dr A V Ratna Prasad said organ donation is the precious donation among all donations. Karuna Eye Bank founder Dara Karuna Sree spoke on the occasion. NSS volunteers of the unit raised slogans and displayed placards to create awareness regarding the organ donation.last_img read more

PM invites Japanese businessmen to explore Bangladesh

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina takes part in a photo session with Japanese business leaders after a roundtable with them at Hotel New Otani, Tokyo on 29 May. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina Wednesday called upon the Japanese businessmen to explore new areas of investment in export oriented sectors in Bangladesh by exploiting full potential of business and trade relations between the two countries.“We would, however, like to see diversification in our export basket. I would call upon you (Japanese business people) to explore new areas of investment in export oriented sectors in Bangladesh,” she told a Bangladesh-Japan Business Forum roundtable where CEOs of Japanese enterprises participated at a city hotel this morning.The prime minister expressed her desire to elevate the business relations between the two countries and people to people contact to a higher level by utilising the business and trade relations between Japan and Bangladesh.Describing Bangladesh as the fastest emerging country for its highly competitive location for investments in terms of cost, human resources, size of domestic market, access to international markets, trade facilitation and investment protection, she sought more Japanese investment in Bangladesh.“We welcomed the investment of 1.4 billion dollars made by Japan Tobacco last year in Bangladesh. We wish to see more such investment from Japan,” she continued.Mentioning the private sector as the main engine of Bangladesh’s economy, she said, “We attach top priority to entrepreneurship development and private investments, both domestic and foreign.”Terming Japan as top export destination for Bangladesh in Asia, Sheikh Hasina said that the Japanese companies are showing interest to do businesses in Bangladesh and these companies are also involved in developing various infrastructural projects alongside the trade.In this context, she said, “We are establishing 100 Special Economic Zones throughout the country, including one exclusively for Japanese investors at Araihazar.”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina takes part in a roundtable with Japanese business leaders at Hotel New Otani, Tokyo on 29 May. Photo: PIDShe added: Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Shilpanagar in Chattogram has plenty of land for establishment of Economic Zones under G2G basis and Public Private Partnership model.“We have also taken Maheshkhali-Matarbari Integrated Infrastructure Development Initiative (MIDI) for logistic hub, power and energy hub and Water front Industry hub. Japan may support these initiatives,” she said.Highlighting the potential of ready-made garment (RMG), informationcommunication and software industry, agro-based products, jute goods, homeappliances, light engineering products, leather goods and pharmaceuticalsproducts, the prime minister sought more Japanese investment in these sectors.“Successes of our readymade garment sector are globally known. We are thesecond largest readymade garments exporter in the world after China. Apparel is our number one export product in Japan, and in 2018, it achieved the highestgrowth, by almost 33.5 per cent in volume, surpassing all other competitors,” she said.“Bangladesh is now a major global hub for quality medicine. We are exporting medicines to more than 100 countries, including USA, UK, Australiaand Africa. Ship-building has drawn global attention by producing world-classocean-going vessels. Bangladeshi companies have supplied passenger and cargo ships to 14 countries, including the European countries,” she added.She also said that software is another promising industry in Bangladesh as yet while among 800 Software and IT companies of Bangladesh, over 150 are specialised in serving overseas’ clients.In this context, she said, “More than 20,000 Bangladeshi IT professionals are working in various reputed IT companies all over the world, including in Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Oracle and Cisco. I have been told that ITES products appear to have promising prospects in the huge Japanese IT market.”“Our agro-based products, jute goods, home appliances, light engineering products, leather products, pharmaceuticals, and electronic gadgets are making a mark in the world market. With environmental concerns growing globally, bio-degradable jute and substitute jute products from Bangladesh render huge potentials,” she mentioned.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a roundtable with Japanese business leaders at Hotel New Otani, Tokyo on 29 May. Photo: PIDShe also highlighted various government initiatives for rapid expansion of the industrialisation in Bangladesh and expressed her desire to get enhancedcontinued Japanese support to this end.Hoping that Bangladesh will attain double digit growth rate soon, she said, “Bangladesh is now the second largest economy in South Asia and 41st in the world in terms of nominal GDP. This year, our GDP growth is poised to hit a record 8.13 per cent.”Price Waterhouse Coopers in a report listed Bangladesh among the top 32countries which will be the biggest and most powerful economies in 2050, sheapprised the business roundtable, saying the report placed Bangladesh at the 23rd mark with USD 3.064 trillion GDP in terms of PPP in 2050.Rapid expansion of the industrial sector enabled us to double our annual export earnings to USD 36.67 billion in just five years, she continued.The McKinsey and Company has dubbed Bangladesh as one of the fastest growing sourcing destinations, emerging manufacturing and distribution hubs, and an expanding consumption economy, she said.JETRO in a recent survey has ranked Bangladesh as the highest country in terms of future expansions among Japanese companies in the region, she added.The premier called upon the Japanese businessmen to share their ideas for strengthening trade and economic relations between the two countries.“Let this exchange be frank and productive. I greatly value your opinions as I am well aware of your contribution to strengthen Bangladesh-Japan relations,” she said.Speaking on the occasion, top Japanese business leaders highly praised the unprecedented development and higher economic growth in Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, said PM’s speech writer (secretary) M Nazrul Islam while briefing newsmen after the roundtable.The Japanese business entrepreneurs have expressed their satisfaction over taking appropriate measures to ensure safety and security of foreigners particularly the Japanese, he also said.They mentioned that due to the dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh is now considered as one of the important destinations for their investment, he quoted Japanese entrepreneurs as saying.Currently, some 280 Japanese companies are working in Bangladesh, he informed.Finance minister A H M Mustafa Kamal, FBCCI president Sheikh Fazle Fahim, BGMEA president Rubana Haque and Summit Group chairman Muhammad Aziz Khan also spoke on the occasion.Chairperson of Japan Bangladesh Committee for Commercial and Economic Cooperation (JBCCEC) Teruo Asada, JICA executive senior vice president Kazuhiko Koshikawa, JETRO president Yasushi Akahoshi, Sumitomo Corporation president and CEO Masayuki Hyodo, Mitsui and Co Ltd executive vice president Shinsuke Fuji, Sojitz Corporation senior managing executive officer Ryutaro Hirai, Mitsubishi Motors vice president Ryujiro Kobashi, Honda Motor Co Ltd managing officer Noriaki Abe and Maruhisa Co Ltd president Kiminobu Hiraishi also spoke at the programme.Bangladeshi Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima moderated the function.last_img read more

N Korea says latest test was new weapon

first_imgThis early 10 August picture released from North Korea`s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 11 August shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (seated) supervising the test-fire of a new weapon at an undisclosed location. Photo: AFPNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a “new weapon” test, state media reported Sunday, the latest in a series of launches that US president Donald Trump has played down as Washington seeks to restart nuclear talks with Pyongyang.The report carried by the Korean Central News Agency followed Trump’s comments that Kim had expressed a willingness to meet once the US-South Korean exercises are over and apologised for the slew of missile tests.Saturday’s launch was the North’s fifth test in two weeks as it protests the annual military drills under way between Seoul and Washington which always infuriates Pyongyang.Defence officials in Seoul said Pyongyang fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles Saturday, flying 400 kilometres (250 miles) before splashing down in the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan.KCNA provided no technical specifications but said Sunday they were a “new weapon” developed to suit the country’s “terrain condition”.The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper carried several photos showing a broadly grinning Kim surrounded by his aides as he observed the test.Kim Dong-yub, a researcher at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said the weapons were likely to be new short-range ballistic missiles that are part of Pyongyang’s modernisation of its military capabilities.They were the “North Korean version of a low-cost, high-efficiency retaliation system” aimed at “incapacitating missile defence systems” in the South, Kim added.In a statement issued by KCNA on Sunday, the North’s foreign ministry said the South’s refusal to cancel its joint drills with the US had effectively scuppered any prospect of future talks with Seoul.”They had better keep in mind that this dialogue would be held strictly between (North Korea) and the US, not between the North and the South,” it said.Small apologyTrump has appeared determined to secure a denuclearisation agreement with North Korea ahead of next year’s US presidential elections, despite a breakdown in talks since he first met Kim in a historic summit in Singapore in June 2018.Even after their abortive second summit in February — and as Pyongyang has continued to test short-range missiles — Trump has been reluctant to criticise the North Korean leader.On Friday the US president said he agreed with Kim’s opposition to the war games — albeit for financial rather than military reasons — and indicated the missile launches were not important.”I’ll say it again. There have been no nuclear tests. The missile tests have all been short-range. No ballistic missile tests, no long-range missiles,” Trump said.Then on Saturday, Trump said Kim had expressed in a letter his willingness to meet and resume negotiations once the US-South Korean exercises are over.Kim also offered a “small apology for testing the short range missiles,” the US leader noted, and said the tests would end once the military drills wrap up on August 20.The pair last met in late June for brief talks in the Demilitarised Zone separating the two Koreas — and Trump became the first sitting US president ever to step inside the North.Licence to fireShin Beom-chul, an analyst at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, said Trump’s downplaying of the launches were equvalent to endorsing the missile tests.”If Kim felt the missile tests could jeopardise the dialogue momentum, he would refrain. But right now, it’s as if North Korea has a licence to fire short-range missiles,” Shin told AFP.The foreign ministry in Pyongyang said Trump’s comments effectively recognised the North’s “self-defensive rights” as a sovereign state to conduct “small” missile tests.Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said by appealing directly to Trump, Kim was “trying to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul” as Pyongyang seeks to break the alliance.Washington and Seoul pledged in March to scale down their joint drills in an effort to foster denuclearisation efforts.While past exercises involved extensive combat field training — with thousands of American troops coming in from several countries to take part — the current games are decidedly low-key, with the emphasis on computer-simulated scenarios.last_img