Top 4-Star WR Recruit Flips His Commitment

first_imgA general view of Arkansas' football field.FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)One of the top wide receivers in the 2019 recruiting class has flipped his commitment. He’s gone from being committed to one SEC school to committing to another.Shamar Nash, a four-star wide receiver out of IMG Academy in Florida, had been committed to Missouri. The speedy wideout has decided to change his commitment, though.The four-star prospect announced on Twitter on Saturday that he’s flipped his commitment to Arkansas.His announcement in full:@coachjstepp @coachchadmorris @_kbolden @TheMikeWoods #RazorFast19 #WPS #HammerDown #GoHogs pic.twitter.com/uo5CfSLzfS— Shamar Nash (@shamar2tymez) June 9, 2018Nash is a 6-foot, 194-pound wide receiver. He had scholarship offers from several major programs, including Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and Tennessee.The wide receiver was ranked the No. 40 WR in the country by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He was a top 250 overall prospect.This is a big pickup for Arkansas’ 2019 class. The Razorbacks now have six commitments – Nash is their highest-ranked pledge.You can view Arkansas’ full class here.last_img read more

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Oman Shipping Adding 10 Bulkers for Aggregate Exports

first_imgzoom Oman Shipping Company (OSC) intends to increase share in the transport market for aggregates and acquire up to ten bulk carriers for that purpose, Tarik Mohammed Al Junaidi, CEO of Oman Shipping Company was cited by the Times of Oman as saying.As explained, the move comes due to a significant growth in aggregate exports from Oman.“That is an area we want to capture. We are now exporting small cargoes and that is not enough. We want to get into a bigger scale,” Al Junaidi commented, adding that the company might need from two to ten bulkers for transporting loose cargoes. This number is to depend on how much business the shipping company can capture.What is more, OSC confirmed the recently announced plan to buy two second-hand containerships.As World Maritime News earlier reported, OSC is to invest around USD 20 million in the two 3,000 TEU boxships which would replace the currently chartered-in ships.Founded in 2003, OSC currently owns a fleet of 51 owned and chartered-in vessels with an aggregate tonnage of more than 8 million dwt.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Province to Recognize Retired Longserving Police Officers

first_img retired officers must complete the Police Long Service Award nomination form at www.gov.ns.ca/just the police chief, commanding officer or designate must verify the years of service. the police agency must submit the completed form to the Justice Department. The province will recognize retired police officers for years of dedicated service to Nova Scotians with changes to the Nova Scotia Police Long Service Award. Since the legislation was created in 2007, the Nova Scotia Police Long Service Award has recognized police officers for 15 and 25 years of consecutive police service in Nova Scotia. However, those who retired before 2007 were not eligible. This year, that will change. “Nova Scotians rely on police officers to keep our communities, our roads, our homes and our families safe,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “I strongly believe that every police officer who dedicates their lives to this invaluable public service should be recognized.” This year, the province will begin recognizing officers with 15 years and 25 years of consecutive police service in Nova Scotia, who retired before 2007. Consecutive years of service with the former Halifax Port Authority Police, Military Police or CNR Police in Nova Scotia will be considered as eligible years of service. “This is great news for many retired police officers in Nova Scotia,” said Chief Mark Mander, president of the Nova Scotia Association of Chiefs of Police. “Having substantial years of service recognized by the province is both an honour and a privilege, and I am happy to see this change being made.” To apply: Nominations close June 1. For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/just.last_img read more

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US stocks close higher

first_imgNew York: US equities closed higher as market’s sentiment was lifted by a batch of stronger-than-expected earnings reports. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 51.47 points, or 0.19 per cent, to 27,192.45 on Friday. The S&P 500 was up 22.19 points, or 0.74 per cent, to 3,025.86. The Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 91.67 points, or 1.11 per cent, to 8,330.21, Xinhua reported. Nine of the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors rose, with communication services up 3.25 per cent at the close, outpacing the rest. Energy and industrials fell 0.5 per cent and 0.17 per cent, respectively, the only two decliners among the groups. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Google-parent Alphabet reported better-than-expected earnings late Thursday. The shares surged during Friday’s session, with the Class A and Class C up 9.62 per cent and 10.45 per cent, respectively, at the close. Twitter stock climbed 8.92 per cent after the social media company delivered quarterly results that topped Wall Street’s estimates. Starbucks shares rose 8.94 per cent on stronger-than-anticipated earnings, also contributing to market gains. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost So far, more than 40 per cent of S&P 500 companies have reported quarterly earnings. Of those companies, 76.4 per cent have posted a stronger-than-expected profit, according to data from FactSet. On the economic front, U.S. gross domestic product P) grew at a 2.1-per cent annual rate in the second quarter, decelerating from the 3.1 per cent expansion in the previous quarter, data released Friday by the US Department of Commerce showed. The reading was better than the 1.8 per cent consensus.last_img read more

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Zomato shuts up bigotry says food doesnt have religion after customer seeks

first_imgNew Delhi: Food delivery company Zomato is winning the internet after it refused on Wednesday to resolve a customer’s complaint about being assigned a Muslim delivery executive for his food order. “Food doesn’t have a religion. It is a religion,” the company tweeted in response to the customer’s request for change of the rider. On Tuesday night, a man tweeted about cancelling his order placed on Zomato as the designated rider was a “non-Hindu”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Just cancelled an order on @ZomatoIN they allocated a non hindu rider for my food they said they can’t change rider and can’t refund on cancellation I said you can’t force me to take a delivery I don’t want don’t refund just cancel,” Amit Shukla, a resident of Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, tweeted. In a series of tweets, he also shared screenshots of his conversation with Zomato’s customer care, saying he would take up the issue with his lawyers. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The company stood its ground and refused to change the delivery executive. Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal echoed his company’s stand with a firm message. “We are proud of the idea of India – and the diversity of our esteemed customers and partners. We aren’t sorry to lose any business that comes in the way of our values,” he tweeted. Zomato’s response won it many admirers. “Respect. I love your app. Thank you for giving me a reason to admire the company behind it,” former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted. Former Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi tweeted: “Salute Deepinder Goyal! You are the real face of India! Proud of you.” Goyal had in an internal message to his team at Zomato applauded the customer team for “upholding our values and not discriminate on basis of caste or religion for sake of growth (or customer satisfaction)”. Sources said he told his team that they should not succumb to any demands of a customer, partner, or even an employee on racial grounds or grounds of any form of diversity. Shukla, the customer who cancelled the order, identifies himself as Pandit Amit Shukla and has the username @NaMo_SARKAAR. He tweeted on Tuesday evening that he had cancelled his order after a delivery executive called Faiyaz was assigned to deliver his food. Shukla shared the order status with a map from a locality in Jabalpur. He also shared a screenshot of the app’s chat support, through which he requested for a different delivery executive. When asked for a reason for the change, Shukla replied: “We have Shravan and I don’t need a delivery from a Muslim fellow.” The customer care executive responded that cancelling the order would cost him Rs 237, and then said: “At Zomato, we don’t discriminate on basis of riders, I hope you understand.” Shukla tweeted that he cancelled the order without refund, and said that Zomato was “forcing us to take deliveries from people we don’t want”. He claimed he was uninstalling the app as the company was not cooperating and he would discuss the matter with his lawyers. His tweets received angry responses from several users with one asking Shukla if he had ensured that the person who cooked his food was a Hindu, while another pointed out that Shukla’s vehicles run on “Muslim fuel” — alluding to most of the oil India buys coming from Gulf nations.last_img read more

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Construction zone flagger seriously injured in hitandrun caught on video

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – RCMP say a woman has been arrested after a flagger at a construction zone was seriously injured in a hit-and-run in Burnaby, B.C., that was all caught on video.Video posted on the Internet showed the flag woman directing traffic on Wednesday when she tried to stop a vehicle, but the driver kept going, running into the flagger.Police say a second flagger further down the road was also hit, resulting in minor injuries.Not long after, police say they received a complaint about a woman assaulting two children on a street near the crash scene.Police allege the woman was the same suspect from the hit-and-run and say they are considering criminal or Motor Vehicle Act charges.They say the flagger remains in hospital with a head injury and bruising.last_img read more

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Preparations underway to welcome more BC wildfire evacuees home

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – The mayor of Williams Lake, B.C., says the city is ready to welcome thousands of residents home, as soon as fire officials give the okay.About 10,000 residents of the Interior city were forced to leave more than a week ago when flames from several wildfires threatened to cut highway access.Mayor Walt Cobb says some people have since been allowed back in to help get grocery stores, the hospital and other services ready for the looming re-entry.Regional districts make decisions to lift or impose evacuation orders, with advice from wildfire and emergency officials.Chris Duffy with Emergency Management BC says the hope is for Williams Lake residents to return “early to mid-week.”About 20,000 people across the province remained displaced by wildfires yesterday, but Duffy says that number is down dramatically from last week’s tally of 45,000.Fire crews were still battling more than 150 fires across B-C yesterday, and fire officials have warned that more winds are anticipated for the Cariboo region tomorrow and Thursday.last_img read more

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NEW TWEEN ACTIONADVENTURE SERIES DETENTION ADVENTURE LAUNCHES TODAY ON CBC GEM

first_img Twitter Three straight-A students – Raign (Simone Miller, Snapshots), Joy (Alina Prijono, Odd Squad), and Hulk (Jack Fulton, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments) – find an old textbook with clues to the location of the lost laboratory of Alexander Graham Bell beneath their school. But there’s a catch: the lab lays beyond a series of old tunnels, accessible only through the detention room, the one room they’ve always feared and avoided. The trio break the rules for the first time ever to gain access to the forbidden room where they are joined by their classmate, Brett (Tomaso Sanelli, Titans), the school bully and detention regular. The four must overcome their differences and use science to navigate mysterious tunnels and open hidden passages in search of fame, fortune, and friendship, while trying to discover the fabled lost laboratory.A CBC Gem original series, DETENTION ADVENTURE is produced by LoCo Motion Pictures and Broken Compass Films. Created by Joe Kicak and Carmen Albano. Executive Producers are Lauren Corber, Karen Moore, Joe Kicak, and Carmen Albano. Producer is Ryan West. Series directed by Joe Kicak. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Gave Lindo is Executive Director, OTT Programming; Marie McCann is Senior Director, Children’s Content; and Zach Feldberg and Mélanie Lê Phan are Executives in Charge of Production. The series is distributed by Blue Ant International.DETENTION ADVENTURE is made with the generous support of the Independent Production Fund, Bell Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.CBC Gem offers more than 4000 hours of live and on-demand programming, including exclusive premieres, access to CBC’s extensive slate of Canadian programming and a curated selection of best-in-class content from around the world. The streaming service also offers the ability to live stream CBC TV at any time with access to 14 CBC channels and their local newscasts across the country. CBC Gem is available for free as an App for iOS and Android devices and online at cbcgem.ca..About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.LoCo Motion Pictures is an independent production and distribution company based in Toronto. Founded by award-winning producer, Lauren Corber, LoCo has a track record of successfully collaborating with creators to produce diverse and compelling audience-driven content. With a focus on digital storytelling, LoCo takes a non-traditional approach to content creation, pushing boundaries and telling stories to under-served audiences. Since its inception, LoCo has produced two seasons of International Emmy-nominated comedy series How to Buy a Baby, award-winning comedy series My 90-Year-Old Roommate and live action children’s series, Detention Adventure, all CBC originals.  LoCo has won three of the last four Just For Laughs ComedyPro pitch competitions.Blue Ant International is a leading content distribution company with the largest slate of native 4K nature and wildlife content globally. Its diverse catalog of over 3,500+ hours includes award-winning factual, factual entertainment, kids and family, lifestyle, reality, documentary series, high impact docs, blockbuster formats. With offices in Toronto, London, and Los Angeles, the company’s library includes Best Cake Wins (Architect Films; 10×30’ HD), Teddies (Beach House Pictures Kids and Northern Pictures Kids; 90×30’HD) and Orangutan Jungle School (NHNZ; 10 x 60′ HDR + 4K + HD).  Blue Ant International is a division of  Blue Ant Media. Facebook Advertisement May 3, 2019 – CBC today announced that new tween action-adventure series DETENTION ADVENTURE (10×11) is now available to stream exclusively on the free CBC Gem streaming service starting today. CBC’s first original kids scripted series for CBC Gem, DETENTION ADVENTURE is targeted to tweens and follows three nerdy friends and the school bully who must get themselves thrown into detention to find the entrance to a labyrinth of trap-laden tunnels protecting the fabled hidden lab of Alexander Graham Bell. Click here to view the trailer.“As CBC’s first original scripted series for tweens, Detention Adventure is part of our commitment to better serve a wider range of young audiences in Canada with new, engaging content on CBC Gem,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC.“We set out to create a show for kids that we wanted to watch as adults,” said Joe Kicak, Showrunner of Detention Adventure. “Something that was nostalgic and drew from our childhood favourites like The Goonies and The Breakfast Club, but contemporized to make for a great co-viewing experience.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Trudeau says Brazeau not sincere about support for inquiry into murdered missing

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau took a twitter jab at Patrick Brazeau Tuesday over the Conservative Aboriginal Senator’s recent support for a national inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Aboriginal women across the country.Brazeau, an Aboriginal Conservative Senator, tweeted a photo of a pile of reports Tuesday morning from the Cohen inquiry into the decline of salmon stocks in British Columbia with a comment saying he wished the same could be done for Aboriginal women.“Wish we could have the same for our missing and murdered Abo-women!”Brazeau later told APTN National News that a national inquiry was “the right thing to do.”Trudeau, however, responded to Brazeau’s statement by tweeting that the Senator once sent him a message saying “missing/murdered already dealt with.”Trudeau, who beat Brazeau in a charity boxing match earlier this year, then questioned Brazeau’s sincerity.“Sorry Pat, but I don’t believe you’re sincere,” tweeted Trudeau.Brazeau shot back at Trudeau on Twitter writing, “Concentrate on your leadership bid and I’ll concentrate on what I need to do but (thanks) for your input.”The Conservative government has deflected calls for a national inquiry, arguing it is already doing enough.Trudeau recently launched his campaign for the leadership of the Liberal party and, given the enthusiasm and media attention around his campaign, is the assumed front-runner.last_img read more

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Grande Prairie RCMP looking for missing man

first_imgKory KUJANSUU. Photo by RCMP GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. — The Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 33-year-old man.Kory Kujansuu was last seen in Grande Prairie at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17th near the Podollan Inn and Spa. Police say Kujansuu may be travelling to Airdrie. He is described as Caucasian, standing 5’8” tall, weighing 180 lbs., with blonde hair and hazel eyes.There is a concern for Kujansuu’s well-being, and police would like to locate and speak with him as soon as possible. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700, or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS).last_img read more

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Fed seen as sure to leave rates alone despite Trump pressure

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is all but sure to keep interest rates on hold Wednesday — and for the foreseeable future — even as President Donald Trump keeps up his attacks on the Fed for not cutting rates.The Fed will likely reiterate a message that has reassured consumers and investors since the start of the year: No rate hikes are likely anytime soon. The Fed’s low-rate policy is keeping borrowing costs down, helping boost stock prices and supporting an economy that’s growing steadily. And with inflation remaining tame, the Fed is seen as able to stay on the sidelines at least through this year.Yet Trump insists the economy can do better, and to that end he is demanding what almost no mainstream economist would favour: Cutting rates further.On Tuesday, Trump tweeted that the U.S. economy has “the potential to go up like a rocket” if the Fed would only slash rates and resume the emergency bond buying programs it unveiled after the Great Recession to ease long-term loan rates to stimulate spending and growth.“Yes, we are doing very well at 3.2% GDP (growth in the first quarter), but with our wonderfully low inflation, we could be setting major records,” Trump tweeted on the first day of the Fed’s two-day policy meeting.The central bank will disclose its policy decisions in a statement and in a news conference by Chairman Jerome Powell. Economists overwhelmingly expect no major change in its rate policy. The Fed raised rates four times last year but has indicated that it foresees no hikes at all this year.“The Fed is in a sweet spot right now, with moderate growth and low inflation,” said Brian Bethune, an economics professor at Tufts University in Boston. “If growth were any stronger or inflation higher, the Fed would have no choice but to raise interest rates.The brighter outlook marks a sharp rebound from the final months of 2018, when fears about a possible global recession and of further Fed rate increases had darkened the economic picture. Stock prices tumbled in the final quarter of the year, especially after the Fed in December not only raised rates for the fourth time in 2018 but signalled that it was likely to keep tightening credit this year.Yet beginning in January, the Fed engineered an abrupt reversal, suggesting that it was finished raising rates for now and might even act this year to support rather than restrain the economy. In characterizing its stance, the Fed’s new watchword became “patient.” And investors have responded by delivering a major stock market rally.The market gains have also been fed by improved growth prospects in China and some other major economies and by the view that a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies, the United States and China, is moving closer to a resolution.On Friday, the government reported that the U.S. economy grew at a surprisingly strong 3.2% annual rate in the January-March quarter. It was the best performance for a first quarter in four years, and it far surpassed initial forecasts that annual growth could be as weak as 1% at the start of the year.If economic prospects were to brighten further, could Fed officials rethink their plans to suspend further rate hikes and perhaps resume tightening credit?Possibly. But investors don’t seem to think so. According to data tracked by the CME Group, investors foresee zero probability that the Fed will raise rates anytime this year. And in fact, their bets indicate a roughly 66% likelihood that the Fed will cut rates before year’s end.One factor in that dovish view is that the economy might not be quite as robust as the latest economic figures suggest. The first quarter’s healthy 3.2% annual growth rate was pumped up by some temporary factors — from a surge in restocking of companies’ inventories to a narrowing of the U.S. trade deficit — that are expected to reverse themselves. If so, this would diminish the pace of growth and likely hold down inflation.Indeed, for all of 2019, growth is expected to total around 2.2%, down from last year’s 2.7% gain, as the effects of the 2017 tax cuts and billions of dollars in increased government spending fade.At the same time, the Fed is still struggling to achieve one of its mandates: To produce inflation of roughly 2%. On Monday, the government reported that the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge rose just 1.5% in March from 12 months earlier. Many analysts say they think the Fed won’t resume raising rates until inflation hits or exceeds its 2% target.Too-low inflation is seen as an obstacle because it tends to depress consumer spending, the economy’s main fuel, as people delay purchases in anticipation of flat or even lower prices. It also raise the inflation-adjusted cost of a loan.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

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New media code targets ads

(a) offends against expectations of the public, morality of the country ortend to lower the standards of public taste and morality(b) contains criticism affecting foreign relations(c) contains derogatory remarks on religious groups or communities orpromoting communal or religious discord which may affect religiousand communal harmony(21)Draft(d) contains anything obscene, defamatory, deliberate falsehood and suggestive innuendos and half truths or willful omissions (e) contains information which could mislead the public(f) is likely to encourage or incite violence or contains anything against maintenance of law and order or which may promote anti-national attitudes(g) contains anything amounting to contempt of court(h) contains materials against the integrity of the Executive, Judiciary andLegislative(i) criticizes maligns or slanders any individual or groups of persons such as ethnic, linguistic or religious or such segments of the public(j) contains details of a person’s family life, financial information, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental illness or disability and one’s home or family and individuals in hospitals unless it has a direct  relevance to the public interest(k) encourages superstitions or blind belief(l) promote atrocity, drug abuse, brutality sadism, sexual salacity andobscenity(m) denigrates the poor2. AccuracyAll reasonable efforts shall be made by the editors/journalists of Electronicand Print media institutions including Websites to ascertain the accuracy of thecontents of their publications and broadcasts.3. Corrections & ApologiesWhere it is recognized by the editor that a publication/broadcast contain incorrect information and or facts it shall be corrected promptly with due prominence and with an apology where appropriate, except where the proposed correction or apology is against the wishes of the aggrieved party.4. Opportunity to ReplyA fare and reasonable opportunity to reply shall be given to individuals and organizations in respect of factually incorrect statements endangering their(22)Draftreputation, dignity, honor, feelings, privacy and such reply shall be given due publicity in a semilar manner.5. Clear difference between fact and opinionEvery journalist shall use all reasonable means at his command in any publication to be published to draw a clear distinction between any statement of fact on the one hand any expression of opinion or criticism on the other.6. On special situations6.1 Particular care shall be taken to ensure that in cases involving grief or shock, inquiries and approaches are handled with sensitivity and discretion.6.2 When reporting suicide cases extreme care shall be taken not to give excessive details of the method used.6.3 Re-creation of incidentsCrimes and accidents should only be repeated as news and should not be dramatically performed emphasizing the incidents therein.6.4 Exhibition of corpsesCorpses should not be exhibited in newscasting and in reporting incidents.7. Criminal casesIn reporting accounts of crime or criminal cases’ publications shall not, unless  required by law:• disclose the identity of victims of sex crimes• knowingly name any young person accused of a criminal offence who isbelow the age of 18 years and who has no previous convictions.• identify without consent relatives of a person accused or convicted of a crime.8. Confidential sourcesEvery journalist shall observe secrecy regarding any source of information unless the person who gave him such information authorizes the disclosure of his identity.9. Dignity9.1 Every journalist shall safeguard the dignity of his profession. He shall not accept any bribe in money, in kind or service for any matter connected with or incidental to his professionand(23)9.2 The journalist shall not commit plagiarism.10. Women & Children10.1 No publications shall be published which denigrates women through the depiction in any manner of the figure of a woman, her form or body or any part thereof in such a way as to have the effect of being indecent, or derogatory to women, or is likely to deprave, corrupt or injure the public morality or morals10.2 No publications shall be published which denigrates children10.3 Care shall be taken to ensure the publications meant for children do not contain any bad language or promote sexuality or violence.10.4 Care shall be taken that a child’s gullibility or trust is not abused.10.5 Children shall not lose their rights to privacy because of the fame or notoriety of their parents or because of events in their schools.10.6 Publication of material concerning a child’s private life shall not be encouraged.11. Obtaining information11.1 Factual programme-makers shall not in the ordinary cause obtain or seek information or pictures through misrepresentation or deception except where the disclosure is reasonably believed to serve an overriding public interest and the material cannot reasonably be obtained by other means.11.2 The use of secret recording would only be considered where it is necessaryto the credibility and authenticity of the story.11.3 The journalist shall not cause the people who caught up in emergencies or suffering a personal tragedy under any pressure to provide interviews or reveal information.12. Reporting eventsJournalists intend to examine events involving trauma to individuals, shall try to minimize the potential distress to surviving victims or surviving relatives in re- casting the story.13. Advertising code13.1 Advertising carried out in the electronic and print media including websites shall be so designed as to confirm to the laws of the country and(24)shall not offend morality, decency and religious susceptibilities of the subscribers.13.2 No advertisement shall be permitted which(a) derides any race, caste, colour, creed and or nationality(b) tends to incite people to crime, cause disorder or violence or breach of law or glorifies violence or obscenity in any way(c) presents criminality as desirable(d) exploits the National emblem, National flag and National Anthem or any part of the Constitution or the person or personality of a national leader or a state dignitary(e) in its depiction of women, children and differently abled persons violates the Constitutional guarantees to all citizens.13.3 No advertisement shall be permitted which is for Unacceptable Products or Services coming within the recognized character of or specially concerned with, the following-(a) breath testing devices and products tend to mask the effect of alcohol(b) fortune-tellers and the like(c) Undertakers or others associated with death or burial(d) Unlicensed employment services, registers or bureaus(e) Organizations/Companies/persons seeking to advertise for the purpose of giving betting tips(f) Betting(g) Cigarettes, Liquors and Alcoholic BeveragesN.B. – An advertiser who markets more than one product may not use advertising copy devoted to an acceptable product for purpose of publishing the brand name or other identification of an unacceptable product.13.4 No advertisement may contain any descriptions, claims or illustrations which directly or by implication mislead about nature of the product or service advertised or about its suitability for the purpose recommended.(25)13.5 It is accepted that the technical limitations of photography can lead to difficulties in securing a realistic portrayal of a subject, and that the use of special techniques or substitute materials may be necessary to overcome these difficulties. These techniques must not be abused. No advertisement in which such techniques been used shall be accepted, unless the resultant picture presents a fair and reasonable impression of the product or its effects and is not intend to mislead.13.6 Advertisements indicating price comparisons or reductions must comply with the trade regulations, visual and verbal presentations of actual and comparative prices and cost must be accurate and incapable of misleading by undue emphasis or distortion.13.7 Advertisements shall not discredit or unfairly attack other products, services or other advertisements. In featuring product benefits, any comparison (either stated or implied) with other products or services must be fair, capable of substantiation and in no way misleading.13.8 Any imitation likely to mislead viewers, readers, and listeners even though it is not of such a kind to give rise to a legal action for infringement of copyright or for ‘passing off’, must be avoided.13.9 Advertisements shall not describe goods or samples as “free” unless the goods or samples are supplied at no cost or no extra cost (other than actual postage or carriage) to the recipient. A trial may be described as “free” although the customer is expected to pay the cost of returning the goods, provided that the advertisement makes clear the customer’s obligation to do so.13.10 No advertisement may contain a direct or indirect reference to a guarantee which purports to take away or diminish the statutory or common law rights of a purchaser.13.11 Advertisements inviting the public to take part in competitions, where allowable under the law, shall state clearly how prospective entrants may obtain the conditions including the arrangement for the announcement of results and for the distribution of prizes.13.12 The goods or services advertised shall not suffer from any defect or  deficiency as mentioned in the Consumer Protection Act Food Act, and/ or any other law concern in the subject matter advertised.13.13 No advertisement shall contain references which are likely to lead thepublic to infer that the product advertised or any of its ingredients has(26)Draftsome special or miraculous or super-natural property or quality, which is difficult of being proved.13.14 Indecent, vulgar, suggestive, repulsive or offensive themes or treatment shall be avoided in all advertisements13.15 All advertisements shall be clearly distinguishable from the programme and shall not adversely affect the recipient.13.16 No advertisements permitted which contains anything causing embarrassment or affect the morale of the Armed Forces, Police and Civil Security Force.13.17 Advertising and Children:13.17.1 The Reading/Viewing/Listening ChildNo product or service may be advertised and no method of advertising may be used in association with a programme intended for children or which large numbers of children are likely to view/listen, which might result in harm to them physically, mentally or morally, and no method of advertising may be employed which takes advantage of the natural credulty and sense of loyalty of children.In particular –No advertisement shall be allowed which leads children to believe that if they do not own the product or service advertised they will be inferior in some way to other children or that they are able to be held in contempt or include for not owning it.13.17.2 The Child in Advertisements – The appearance of children in advertisements is subjected to the following conditions:(a) Employment – It shall be noted that the conditions under which children are employed in the making of advertisements are governed by laws applicable for the time being.(b) Contributions to Safety- Any situations in which children are to be seen in advertisements shall be carefully considered from the point of view of safety.In Particular:( i) Children shall not appear to be unattended in street scenes, shall not be playing on the road, or other safe areas; shall not be published stepping carelessly off pavement or crossing the road without due care.(ii) Children shall not be published leaning dangerously out of windows or over bridges or climbing dangerous cliffs.(27)Draft(iii) Small Children shall not published climbing up to high shelves or reaching up to take things from a table above their heads.(iv) Medicines, disinfectants, antiseptics and caustic substances must not be brought within reach of children without close parental supervision nor shall children be shown using these products in any way, in the process of production of any advertisement.(v) No advertisement shall be published which depicts children using matches or any gas, paraffin, petrol, mechanical or mains powered appliances which could lead to their suffering burns, electrical shock or other injury:(vi) Children must not shown driving or operating vehicles or machinery (including agricultural machines, agricultural equipments, tractor-drawn carts or implements).(vii) An open or fire in a domestic scenes in an advertisement must always have a fireguard clearly visible if a child is included in the scene(viii) No advertisement which endangers the safety of children or creates in them any interest in unhealthy practices or presenting them in a manner which affect their rights or in an undignified or indecent manner shall not be carried in any media.13.17.3. Good Manners and Behaviour – Children seen in advertisements shall be reasonably well mannered and well behaved.13.18 Advertising of Medicines and Treatment13.18.1 Unacceptable Products or Services – Advertisements for medical products and services shall not be permitted unless approved by the Medical Formulary Committee, Ayurvedic Council or any other recognized medical organisation.13.18.2 Avoidance of Impression of Professional Advice – In advertisement for medicines, treatments and products which are claimed to promote health or be non-official in illness, the following shall not be allowed.(a) Presentations of perperated doctors, dentists, pharmaceuticalchemists, nurses, midwives, etc.,(b) Statements giving the impression of professional advice or recommendation made by persons who appear in the advertisements and who are presented, either directly or(28)by implication, as being qualified to give such advice or recommendation.To avoid misunderstanding, about the status of the presenter of a medicine or treatment, it may be necessary to establish positively in the course of an advertisement that the presenter is not a professionally qualified adviser.13.18.3 Hospital Tests – No reference may be made to a hospital test unless the medical committee of the hospital concerned is prepared to vouch for its validity.13.18.4 Testimonials – No advertisement for a medicine or treatment may include a testimonial by a person well known in public life, sport, entertainment etc.13.18.5 Vitamins – No advertisements shall state or imply that good health is likely to be endangered solely because people do not supplement their diet with vitamins.This part of the Code applies to the advertising to the public of medicines, treatments and appliances for the prevention or alleviation of any ailment, illness or disease. It does not apply to advertisements published by or under the authority of a Government Ministry or Department, not to advertisements for medicine, treatments and appliances addressed directly to registered medical or dental practitioners, pharmacists, registered medical or auxiliaries or nurses, sent direct or published in their respective professional or technical journals.13.18.6 Cure – Advertisements should not contain any claim (directly or by implication) to extirpate any ailment, illness, disease or symptom of ill health.13.18.7 Illness Requiring Medical Attention – Advertisements shall not offer any medicine or treatment or serious disease conditions or complains which need the attention of a qualified medical practitioner.13.18.8 Appeals to Fear – Advertisements shall not contain any statement or illustration likely to induce fear on the part of the reader, viewer or listener that he is suffering or may without treatment, suffer, or suffer more severely, from an ailment, illness or disease.13.18.9 Diagnosis or Treatment Correspondence – Advertisements shall not contain any offer to diagnose or to treat any ailment, illness or disease, or symptoms of ill-health by correspondence; nor invite information in order to advice on or prescribe treatment by correspondence.13.18.10 Money back offers – Advertisements shall not contain any offer to refund money to dissatisfied users.(29)Draft13.18.11 College, Hospital, Clinic, Institute, Laboratory – Advertisements shall not contain any reference to a College, Hospital, Clinic, Institute, Laboratory, or similar establishments unless there exists a bonafide establishment corresponding to the description used.13.18.12 Medical Statements, Trials and Tests – Advertisements shall not contain any medical statement or reference to clinical or other trial or tests which cannot be substantiated by authoritative evidence.13.18.13 Testimonials – Advertisements shall not contain any testimonials given by a doctor who is not a qualified medical practitioner unless the advertisement makes it clear that the writer is not so qualified.13.18.14 Social – Friendly advertising scripts- Inappropriate words and phrases should not be used in an advertisement and the way of presentation should not affect the society adversely.13.18.15 “Natural” Remedies – Advertisements shall not contain any false claims, direct or indirect, that a product is “natural”, “nature’s remedy” or the like.13.18.16 Competitions – Advertisements for medicines, treatments and appliances shall not contain any reference to a prize competition or similar scheme.13.18.17 Products offered particularly to Women – Advertisements shall not suggest or imply that any products, medicines or treatments offered therein will induce miscarriage.13.18.18 Hypnosis – Advertisements shall not contain any offer to diagnose or treat conditions of ill health by hypnosis.13.18.19 Vitamin Products – Advertisements shall not contain any unqualified claims that vitamins will give adequate protection against or treatment for virus infections, unqualified statements that the medical profession supports such claims. “This code protects both the rights of the individual and upholds the public’s right to know. It should be honoured to the letter as well as in the spirit – neither interpreted so narrowly as to compromise its commitment to respect the rights of the individual nor so broadly as to prevent publication in the public interest,” the Media Ministry said. Electronic and Print media and publications in Websites and journalists, while free to hold and express their own strong opinions, should give due consideration to the views of others and endeavour to reflect social responsibility.This code protects both the rights of the individual and upholds the public’s right to know. It should be honoured to the letter as well as in the spirit – neither interpreted so narrowly as to compromise its commitment to respect the rights of the individual nor so broadly as to prevent publication in the public interest.1. No publications should be published which The Full Code:Ministry of Mass Media and Information Code of Media EthicsPREAMBLEAll Electronic and Print media institutions including Websites and journalists shall adhere to this code of Media Ethics which aims to ensure that the Electronic and Print media and Websites in Sri Lanka are free and responsible and sensitive to the needs and expectations of the receivers of the message it sends out whilst maintaining the highest standards of journalism. Those standards require Electronic and Print media and Websites to strive for accuracy and professional integrity, and to uphold the best traditions of investigative journalism in the public interest, unfettered by distorting commercialism or by improper pressure or by narrow self-interests which are against the bare norms of media freedom. The media code of ethics draft, made public by the Media Ministry, has an advertising code which notes that advertisements carried out in the electronic and print media including websites shall be so designed as to confirm to the laws of the country and not offend morality, decency and religious susceptibilities of the subscribers.The advertising code also discourages exploiting the National emblem, National flag and National Anthem or any part of the Constitution or the person or personality of a national leader or a state dignitary. read more

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Cadia East mine achieves major caving milestone

first_imgNewcrest reports that the Cadia East mine has reached a major milestone with the safe propagation of Panel Cave 1 through to the surface, significantly ahead of expectations. The propagation connects the broken rock of the cave to the surface, reducing production risk and increasing draw flexibility. The breakthrough means production becomes less constrained providing more flexible ore extraction. Newcrest Managing Director & Chief Executive, Sandeep Biswas said, “Newcrest has developed world class expertise in bulk underground mining techniques gained from the establishment of the Ridgway sub level cave and block cave, and the Telfer sub level cave. This experience has led to the successful achievement of this critical milestone of the project ahead of time.”“Cadia East is a world class operation achieving low all-in sustaining costs with a long reserve life. It is a major source of production and cash flow growth for the group,” he said.last_img read more

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Tharisa PGMs operation boosted by Metso Megaliner™ mill lining

first_imgIn the world of modern-day mining, two considerations are always uppermost in company boardrooms. The safety of employees is the greatest priority, while the need to be competitive in increasingly tightening business conditions comes a very close second. Miners analyse every aspect of their operations in the minutest detail in search of the marginal gains necessary to improve efficiencies and boost bottom lines. A significant win in either of the two key areas with minimal cost implications can be regarded as a major windfall. Tharisa mine, a South African mining operation, has been able to achieve both outcomes simultaneously by adopting a step change in mineral processing technology.Tharisa, which over the past decade has enjoyed spectacular growth in its platinum group metals business, had a concern over a major downtime event that occurred on average every nine months. This involved the replacement of linings in its primary ball mill, a process that took around 48 hours to accomplish. As the mill, like many others of its type, is capable of processing 250 t/h of ore 24/7, this amounted to a significant disruption in production.Metso, which maintains close ties with Tharisa, believed that a drastic reduction in downtime could be achieved if the mine was to adopt its Megaliner™ its mill lining concept. The Megaliner™ was developed by Metso as a practical means of reducing the inevitable downtime that occurs during liner replacement. Conventional practice involves installing many pieces using bolts that need to be inserted from the inside of the mill. This process takes quite a lot of time and involves potentially hazardous work for the liner replacement crew. The Megaliner design, however, uses fewer and larger parts and has a unique attachment system. This dramatically improves safety and speeds up the change-out process.Metso Regional Product Support Manager Duane Mathers describes how the process was handled at Tharisa. “The mill was originally equipped with 180 liners that had to be removed individually, which was a very time-consuming process. Replacing them with Megaliner, however, was a different story. Thanks to the simplicity of the design, we required just 30 modules to reline the mill interior,” says Mathers. Despite a few first-time niggles, the process took just 38 hours, reducing planned downtime by no less than 10 hours. According to Mathers, this can be improved still further. “A factor that extended the process was the removal of the existing 180 liners by hand. In the future, we will only have to replace 30 units, which are easy to remove thanks to the design. We expect that this will bring the total time taken to less than 24 hours, reducing downtime by around 50% at the next reline.”Not only is the Megaliner concept good news for the bottom lines of mill operators, it also means a significant improvement in operator safety, according to Metso Mill Lining Support Specialist Marcel Bode. “At Tharisa we continuously seek for opportunities to improve in every area. Metso has shared the Megaliner product with us that resulted in improvement in the safety of our personnel and an increase in production. The bolts used to attach the liners are secured from the outside of the mill, a positive factor towards worker safety. This eliminates the need to have people in the ‘danger-zone’ inside the mill. The liner handler operator can put the liners in place without assistance from other workers. In addition, the Metso Liner Positioning System is used to provide the operator remote guidance during the process with the help of cameras, which further improves safety and speeds up installations.”While Megaliner is a relatively new Metso development, it has already proved itself under the most trying of conditions. It was specifically designed for the mills operated by the Boliden-owned Aitik mine, Europe’s largest open cast copper mine situated in northern Sweden. Success in this challenging operation has led to its use extending to major mill sites all over the world and its application is by no means restricted to Metso-produced grinding mills.Tharisa is the first South African mine to adopt the Megaliner concept, something that Mathers believes is due to the relationship that has developed between the two companies. “Tharisa likes the fact that we really do our homework, especially in the early days of a project when we put ourselves into the customer’s shoes and are able to supply the quality and depth of information needed for them to make sound business decisions. After sales service is also a major priority for us. We do process and wear monitoring which help us fine-tune the design”, he says. “Being first in the field to embrace a major technical innovation fits well with Tharisa’s business philosophy and once the decision had been made, we enjoyed their whole-hearted support during the entirety of the project. From the customer’s perspective, the Megaliner presents a tried and tested improvement in technology, by providing an accessible and credible competitive advantage,” Mathers concludes.David Foord, Plant Manager from Tharisa mine appreciates the work done in furthering safety and production improvements at the mine: “At Tharisa we continuously seek for opportunities to improve in every area. Metso has shared the Megaliner product with us that resulted in improvement in the safety of our personnel and an increase in production. Also, in consultation with Tharisa, Metso has been proactive to make design changes of the Megaliner that will yield in further safety and production improvements and this attribute is the cornerstone in the relationship between Tharisa and Metso.”last_img read more

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Gadget makers reveal killer new tech lineups

first_imgApple is also coming out with a Mac Pro computer for high-end, professional users. It’s notable in that it will be assembled in the United States, rather than in Asia. Apple also may refresh its popular line of MacBook Pro laptops. IT’S STILL OFFICIALLY summer, yet major electronic companies have already announced a slew of holiday gift ideas: iPhones of different colours, video game players and a new category of wristwatches designed to mimic the functionality of smartphones.SmartwatchesA visitor points at a Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch at the IFA, Berlin. Pic: AP Photo/Michael SohnMuch of the early attention has been on smartwatches. Although the devices have been around for years, consumer interest has been low. Samsung Electronics Co is hoping to change that with its $300 (app €225)  Galaxy Gear. When it’s linked wirelessly with newer Samsung phones and tablets, the Gear lets you set alarm clocks, check email and Facebook updates, and make phone calls on your wrist, secret agent-style.The Gear’s unveiling came as Qualcomm Inc said it will start selling its Toq smartwatch before the end of the year. Sony Corp, meanwhile, has an updated SmartWatch 2 device coming. And Apple Inc is widely believed to be working on an iWatch.What’s behind the sudden rise of the smartwatch? Consumer electronics companies are trying to create a new type of device for people to spend money on now that many of them already own smartphones and tablet computers.That doesn’t mean companies have given up on phones and tablets, or other gadgets.Here’s a look at what’s in store as manufacturers and retailers try to get a jump on the Christmas (sorry!) shopping season.PHONESPic: AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezThe iOS software that runs iPhones is showing signs of aging, so Apple is refreshing its look and functionality.Recent phones can get the iOS 7 update for free, starting next Wednesday. The software also comes with the new iPhones going on sale on September 20.In the past, Apple released one iPhone a year, in black or white. This time, the company has a regular model, the iPhone 5S (selling for $199) and a less expensive model, the iPhone 5C (which goes for $99). The 5S comes in three colours and the 5C in five.Samsung, meanwhile, announced the Galaxy Note 3, the latest phone in a line that comes with a stylus for handwriting on its large, 5.7-inch (measured on the diagonal) touch screen. Sony will have the Xperia Z1, notable for its high-resolution, 20.7-megapixel camera and the ability to attach better lenses.Both devices use Google’s Android operating system.Even more devices are expected around this autumn’s release of a new version of Android, which goes by the name Kit Kat.TABLETSTablets with screens that measure about 7 inches diagonally are becoming popular because they’re cheaper than full-sized tablets and are easier to carry around. Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc paved the way with their Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 devices. Apple followed with the iPad Mini last autumn.Google updated its Nexus 7 in July, offering the basic model for $229. Amazon and Apple will likely update their devices, too.Meanwhile, several companies are expected to release smaller tablets running Microsoft Corp’s Windows 8.1 operating system when the software update comes out in October. The current Windows 8 system wasn’t designed for smaller touch screens.Want big? Google, Amazon and Apple are also due to update their full-size models. Lenovo, Dell and other computer makers have also unveiled Windows tablets that can convert into traditional laptops.Meanwhile, a company that specializes in e-book readers, Kobo, plans tablets of both sizes. Many of the tablets currently available emphasize the ability to play video and music.Kobo’s new Arc HD tablets can do that, too, but the company hopes to address the needs of readers with a mode designed to minimize battery use while reading. The 7-inch version starts at $200, and the 10-inch model goes for $400.GAME MACHINESPeople play on Kinect Sports Rivals on the Xbox One, at the Violin Factory in south London, ahead of the consoles release in November. Pic: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire Many people have shifted to smartphones and tablets to play games, but hard-core gamers still like standalone video game consoles.Microsoft’s Xbox One wants to be the all-in-one device that lets you watch television, play movies, listen to music and browse the Internet —as well as play video games. It will start selling on November 22 and cost $499. A Kinect motion-control system will be included.Sony’s PlayStation 4 is coming out November 15 for $399. It’s touted as a supercharged PC, which should make it easier for developers to create games for it. But that also means the new machine won’t be able to play older games, other than by streaming them over the Internet. The machine’s other new features revolve around social networking and remote access.AND THE REST …Although much of the attention is on phones and tablets, people are still buying traditional desktop and laptop computers. Expect to see new PCs out with the release of Windows 8.1 in October. The update is designed to address some of the frustrations people have had with last year’s Windows 8. Among other things, the new version will make it easier to bypass Windows’ tile-based interface and use a desktop mode that’s more familiar to long-time Windows users. Avid readers will have at least two major e-book readers to choose from: an updated Kindle Paperwhite device from Amazon (starts at $119) and the Aura from Kobo ($150). Both start selling this month. Many people prefer tablets because they do more, but those who only want to read digital books, e-readers are a good choice.People will also have choices when it comes to standalone devices for watching TVs and movies.Apple, Roku Inc and other companies have devices for streaming video from Netflix and other services on big-screen TVs. An updated Apple TV is possible this autumn.Read: After much speculation, Samsung finally unveils smartwatch>last_img read more

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Art to color Washington State Horse Expo this weekend

first_imgArtist and horsewoman Anita Rose Will’s primal passions started coming together when she was just a filly. “There weren’t enough coloring books with horses in them,” she said. Her grandfather provided her earliest drawing lessons, she said, which covered a variety of outdoor characters — deer, bears, birds — but horses always rose to the top of Will’s list.“I’ve basically been horse crazy all my life,” she said. “They represent freedom and adventure and beauty.”Real live horses have provided Will a lifetime of exhilarating outings, she said, but now that her health is frail and she can’t go trotting off across the landscape as hardily as she used to, horse art continues to be Will’s ride to beauty and adventure.“I can’t move around as much as I used to, but I paint,” she said. “It’s therapeutic. It fills in a big gap. Horses have always made it possible for me to see a lot of wonderful things, and that hasn’t changed.”Now, Will has donated a bold, energetic portrait of a patriotically maned white horse that’s practically galloping right off its canvas and into the arena at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, where the newest addition to the annual Washington State Horse Expo is an original equine art show. You’ll be able to admire and purchase a wide variety of horse art, as well as all sorts of other equine products and services — clothing to educational materials to farm equipment — from the many vendors on hand.The very youngest horse lovers can become horse artists, literally, at the Horse Expo. The Kids’ Corral will welcome Pepa, a therapy horse who doesn’t mind getting extremely colorful as a living canvas for beginning painters. Also mingling with kids will be Dally and Spanky, an inseparable Jack Russell terrier and miniature horse duo, and Shelby the Trick Horse.last_img read more

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Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal to quit as chairman today report

first_imgJet Airways has defaulted on its repayment of the loans for several times in the pastReuters file [Representational Image]Jet Airways Ltd Chairman Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal are expected to leave the board of the cash-strapped airline on Monday, ET Now television channel reported.Chief Executive Vinay Dube is expected to stay on board the 25-year-old airline Goyal set up with his wife in 1993, according to the report.Earlier this month, Reuters reported that Goyal had agreed to step down as chairman and reduce his 51 per cent stake in the airline.The report also said that Jet’s lenders may invoke Goyal’s entire stake in the airline, and start looking for a new buyer in the coming weeks.Saddled with more than $1 billion of debt, Jet is struggling to stay afloat. It has delayed payments to banks, suppliers, pilots and lessors – some of which have forced the airline to ground as many as 40 planes.Jet has survived a near-death experience once before; in 2013, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways injected $600 million of capital for a 24 per cent stake in the airline, three London Heathrow slots and a majority share in Jet’s frequent flyer programme. The infusion helped Jet pare down debt and fight growing domestic competition.Etihad’s stake is likely to be diluted in the near future, the television channel reported.Jet Airways was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Reuters.last_img read more

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ECs spl measure to prevent Rohingyas from being voters

first_imgThe election commission has taken special measures for 30 upazilas (sub-district) to prevent Rohingyas from being voters during the voter list updating programme beginning on 25 July next across the country, reports UNB.”There’re some special areas from where Rohingyas get enrolled as voters. The special areas were earlier only 20 upazilas. But, this year we’ve defined 10 more upazilas as special areas,” EC secretary Muhammad Abdullah said on Monday.He came up with the disclosure while talking to reporters after a coordination meeting of the EC’s central committee formed for updating the voter list at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.The EC secretary said there are special committees in the 30 upazilas to keep Rohingyas and other foreigners away from the electoral roll.He said if anyone wants to get registered as voter, s/he needs to submit the photocopy of his or her paternal uncles and aunts alongside that of parents.Abdullah said the EC estimates some 35 lakh fresh voters will come out during the countrywide voter list updating programme this year.He said the enumerators will collect the data of possible voters visiting houses for 72 days in three phases in the country.The youths who were born on or before 1 January 2000 will be qualified to become voters this time.The draft updated voters’ list will be published on 2 January next to receive and dispose of complaints about it, if any. The EC will publish the final updated voter list on 31 January next.last_img read more

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China winner from summit but wary of closer USNorth Korea ties

first_imgA Chinese woman pulls a trolley bag past a Chinese magazine cover showing US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a newsstand in Beijing, China, Wednesday, 13 June, 2018. The outcome of the Singapore summit between president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was good news for one absent but key player: ChinaThe outcome of the Singapore summit between president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was good news for one absent but key player: China.China won big at the summit after Trump made surprising pledges to suspend war games with South Korea and eventually pull US troops from there. Beijing dislikes the US military presence in South Korea and Japan and has urged Washington to suspend the drills that Pyongyang claims are rehearsals for invasion, in return for the North’s halting of nuclear activities.Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters Wednesday that Trump’s drills suspension announcement was “another proof that China’s proposal is legitimate, is reasonable (and) it addresses the concerns of the two sides.”China wants to see a reduction in foreign military forces in Northeast Asia and for the gap between Washington and its allies and partners to widen, said Ryan Hass, who directed China policy for the US National Security Council during the former president Barack Obama administration. “Beijing is now on track to achieve these objectives at little cost.”But as soon as Kim steps off the plane China provided him for the Singapore trip, Beijing will be mindful of maintaining its influence over a Pyongyang that may feel less isolated after Trump showered Kim with praises, called him a “very talented man,” and made security concessions in return for very little.”Any improvement I think in the bilateral relationship for the US and North Korea, China could potentially see as a loss for China,” said Paul Haenle, a former China director at the White House National Security Council in the Obama and George W Bush administrations.Analysts say they expected that Kim would meet with Chinese president Xi Jinping fairly quickly after the summit and that Xi would remind his North Korean counterpart about China’s willingness to help the North develop its economy.Despite recent tensions between the communist neighbors, Xi has met Kim twice since April, most recently hosting a banquet for him and strolling with the young leader along a beach and through lush gardens at a coastal Chinese city last month.That meeting in Dalian was seen as an effort by China to ensure that Beijing’s voice was heard when Kim later met with Trump. In the on-again, off-again run-up to the summit, Trump at one point blamed Kim’s trip to China for creating an unwelcome “change in attitude” by the North Korean leader. China moved quickly to urge both sides not to cancel the meeting.Such maneuvers highlight the delicate balance China has to strike between encouraging Pyongyang and Washington to engage on ending the North’s nuclear program and pushing Pyongyang too far into Trump’s embrace.China would be wary if the suspension of military exercises led to some kind of larger rapprochement between the US and North Korea, Haenle said. China, which fought the US on behalf of the North in the 1950-53 Korean War, wants a stable, independent North Korea as a buffer with South Korea and the thousands of US troops stationed there. Beijing is also hoping to convince Seoul to remove a sophisticated US missile defense system that China sees as a threat to its security.China remains North Korea’s only major ally and chief provider of energy, aid and trade that keep the country’s broken economy afloat. Ties in recent months have frayed as China supported tougher UN sanctions on North Korea and suspended coal and iron ore imports. Pyongyang last year seemingly sought to humiliate Beijing by timing some of its missile tests for major global summits in China.Haenle added that Beijing is well aware that Pyongyang is probably also trying to put some distance between itself and its powerful neighbor “so that China doesn’t have that kind of influence that it does with North Korea today.”But the North’s long dependence on and trust in China are not easily unwound, analysts noted.”Flying to the Singapore summit by Air China shows, to some extent, North Korea’s trust in China,” said Cheng Xiaohe, an associate professor at Renmin University’s School of International Studies in Beijing, referring to the Boeing 747 that China’s flag carrier put at Kim’s disposal. That constitutes “more trust than it has in the US and South Korea,” he said.Cheng said that Pyongyang needed Chinese help if it wanted to pursue the types of market reforms introduced by former leader Deng Xiaoping that transformed China’s economy.”If North Korea improves relations with one country while its relations with an important neighboring country become worse, it would not be in line with North Korea’s national interests,” Cheng said.Shortly after Trump and Kim met in Singapore Tuesday, China suggested that sanctions that have exacted a toll on the impoverished North could be suspended or lifted if Pyongyang complied with UN resolutions. That could mean Beijing would soon help lobby for sanctions on Pyongyang to be eased.Lu Chao, a Korea expert at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, said that though China continued to implement UN sanctions, he suggested some of the pressure had already been easing. “Normal economic cooperation has been resumed, such as trade cooperation in daily necessities,” Lu said.But China is likely to take a cautious approach and not move swiftly for changes to the sanctions regime.”Without US agreement first, China won’t move to take steps on sanctions since that would harm dialogue between North Korea and the US,” said Kim Dong-gil, the director of the Korean Peninsula Center at Peking University.China would want to see North Korea commit to freezing its nuclear program before lobbying on its behalf for some relief from the sanctions, said Michael Kovrig, a Northeast Asia specialist at the International Crisis Group.”China will look for ways that don’t violate the sanctions to then provide incentives to North Korea,” Kovrig said, citing humanitarian assistance as an example.last_img read more

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