The air route between the Mumbai and Delhi is the third busiest domestic route in the world, with an average on-time performance of 59.14 per cent and a total of 47,462 flights operating between the two cities.The list was topped by South Korea’s Jeju-Seoul Gimpo route, with a frequency of 64,991 flights, followed by the Melbourne-Sydney air route that had a frequency of 54,519 flights, according to data released by OAG Aviation Worldwide Limited, a global provider of digital flight information. The OAG punctuality league 2018 was based on a full year data of 2017.Asia dominated the list, with air travel growing rapidly in many countries. Among the top 20 busiest international routes, the Hong Kong-Taipei route emerged at the top, with a frequency of 29,494 flights, according to the report. It was followed by Kuala Lumpur-Singapore and Jakarta-Singapore routes, respectively.The Mumbai-Delhi air route left behind Japan’s Fukuoka-Tokyo Haneda route that has a frequency of 42,835 flights, as well as the Rio de Janerio-Sao Paulo Congonhas air route, which has a frequency of 39,325 flights. The Los Angeles-San Francisco air route had a frequency of 34,897 flights while and the Brisbane-Sydney route had a total of 33,765 flights flying between them, the report said.Among the top 20 mega airlines by their on-time performance, IndiGo, the Indian domestic air carrier, was ranked number four, with 81.22 per cent OTP. Japan Airlines was ranked first, followed by All Nippon Airways and Delta Air Lines, respectively. IndiGo left behind airlines like Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa and Air France.“Average on-time performance(OTP) in 2017 among the top 20 medium airports is 83.9 per cent and OAG’s flight status data coverage for these 20 airports averaged 94.4 per cent. Despite a slight fall in OTP compared to last year, Birmingham (BHX) holds onto top spot with an OTP of 89.52 per cent,” said the report.Panama City was ranked second in the top 20 medium airports by OTP, with 88.26 per cent OTP, while Cologne Bonn is third with OTP of 86.66 per cent. In the top 20 airports in the large airports category, Chennai was ranked 11, with 81.79 per cent OTP while Hyderabad was ranked 17 with an OTP of 80.46 per cent. Osaka was ranked first in this category, with 88.45 per cent OTP.“Osaka moves into first place in this category this year, having moved up from the Medium airport category last year. OAG welcomes Sapporo and Hyderabad following improvements in flight status coverage,” the report stated. Hyderabad has a flight status coverage of 93.6 per cent while Chennai has a coverage of 89.3 per cent. Related ItemsAviation
Four members of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) have sneaked into Mumbai recently to carry out “violent” attacks with the aim of causing “destruction”, police said on Thursday night.Police also released the photograph of one of them and issued an advisory to the citizens of this metropolis to remain alert.”The four were identified as Abdul Kareem Moosa, Noor Abu Ilahi, Walid Jinnah and Mahfooz Alam. The four recently sneaked into the city to carry out extremely dangerous activity,” Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy told a news conference. Roy also released a sketch of Jinnah.The strikes were being planned in connection with possibly the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s festivities, he added.Roy said he had no information on the nationalities of the four persons.On Tuesday, the Centre had sounded a terror alert for Mumbai and Ahmedabad following specific Intelligence inputs that the LeT teams may have entered the two western cities to carry out strikes.The four persons are in the age group of 20 to 30 years, Roy said.”The four persons are planning violent attacks that is going to cause destruction,” the JPC (Crime) warned.The information of the plans by the terrorists are “fairly specific”, he said, adding “We believe the threat is serious.”Roy also said Mumbai Police has formed Special cells in a bid to “neutralise” the four terrorists. He did not want to speculate whether more than four LeT men have entered the metropolis which witnessed the country’s worst ever terror strike in November 2008 killing 166 people.advertisementThe police have set up dedicated phone number — 022-22633333 — to enable the people pass on information about the militants and in the event of an emergency.”Citizens can call up at the dedicated number or at 100, if they spot the one whose photo was released,” Roy said.In September, police released photographs of two suspected foreign terror suspects–a clean-shaven Kalimuddin Khan alias Rameshwar Pandit (28) and bearded Hafij Khijir Ulla Sarif (25) sporting a skull cap–on the eve of Eid and Ganeshotsav festivities. But the duo could not be traced.A Crime Branch source said that Kalimuddin was a Pakistani and Sarif was from Bangladesh and both were suspected to be members of terror outfit HuJI.Police were taking utmost precautions and massive deployment of police have been made at all sensitive locations, worship places and crowded places to ensure safety of the citizens, Roy said.Several police teams have been formed to track the four who are believed in aged between 20 to 30 years, police sources said.”On the eve of Ganesh festival, we had released the photographs of two terror suspects and alerted the citizens.The ten-days of the festival went off peacefully. Now also we feel that the citizens will remain and help us in all possible way and we hope everything goes fine,” Roy said.Asked if it was the same input given by Central agencies two days back, Roy said, “We are not in a position to reveal our sources.”Asked if security agencies lost track of the four due to which they had to issue advisory and release the photo, Roy replied, “We have not lost their track. But we want to keep the citizens alert as well.” He refused to divulge as to how the LeT men entered the city.Security forces launched “house-to-house” searches in some specific areas in Mumbai, sources said.A three dimensional security apparatus– land, air and water — has been put in place, particularly around the Taj Mahal Hotel, one of the sites of the 26/11 carnage.Roads near the iconic Taj remained closed from today for 15 days and the area is under complete surveillance.Similar security arrangement was in place near Taj during the visit of US President Barack Obama, who stayed in the plush hotel, in early November.Parking on the roads around Taj has been banned for the same period and the cars of guests of Taj and residents around the hotel would be allowed but only after thorough checking.The residents would be soon provided with security stickers for their cars to avoid inconvenience.Colaba area, particularly the places, including the Gateway of India, where large crowds are expected during the festivities, would be under complete surveillance through high resolution CCTVs.The sea-front up to five nautical miles was being guarded round the clock by police armed with advanced boats and sophisticated equipment, police said.Police are also co-ordinating with Navy and Coast Guard officials who are conducting air surveillance.
Five days with rain and numerous event cancellations due to weather conditions reduced the total attendance at the 2019 Clay County Fair in Spencer, but officials say a lot of loyal fair goers still came out between September 7th through the 15th.Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons says overall Fair attendance totaled 296,998, down roughly 4 percent from 2018’s number of 308,603.The cancellation of the Foreigner concert on September 7th because of muddy and wet conditions contributed to the decline.Fair goer spending on food,concessions, and carnival rides was down around 2 and a half percent from 2018, but when the weather cooperated, their spending set three single-day records for September 10th,13th and the 15th.Parsons says inclement weather is always the number one factor that affects attendance.
Premier League Eriksen scores after 11 seconds for Spurs against Man Utd Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 04:45 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United Manchester United The Tottenham playmaker netted one of the fastest goals in Premier League history at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has scored one of the fastest goals in Premier League history, taking just 11 seconds to find the net against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.The Denmark international connected with a deflection off United defender Chris Smalling and curled home his shot from seven yards out to quickly open the scoring on Wednesday — marking the fastest goal the Red Devils have conceded in the Premier League.Ledley King’s goal after 9.5 seconds for Tottenham against Bradford City in 2000 remains the swiftest strike in league history, however. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And the former England international took to Twitter to celebrate his record surviving Eriksen’s effort, writing “AND STILL…….”AND STILL……. pic.twitter.com/0sc2OyJDkx— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) January 31, 2018It was, however, the fastest goal scored in the Premier League since Opta began keeping track during the 2006-07 season, besting a trio of 13-second strikes that all occurred in 2013: Manchester City’s Jesus Navas against Spurs, Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez against Chelsea and Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic’s wind-assisted effort against Saints. Eriksen now has seven goals in 25 Premier League appearances this season for Spurs, who doubled their advantage over United on Wednesday through a 28th-minute Phil Jones own goal and held on for the 2-0 win.The opener was the first goal Jose Mourinho’s men have conceded in their last six games.The goal was also the 50th Eriksen has scored for Spurs since his move to north London from Ajax in the summer of 2013.During that time, only Harry Kane has netted more goals for Spurs, with the England international scoring 128 times for the club prior to kick-off against United.Spurs now sit fifth in the Premier League, two points out of the top four and five points back of second-placed United. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Touch Football in Australia is going from strength to strength on the back of its partnership with the National Rugby League. The alliance between Touch Football Australia and the NRL occurred in late 2013 and since then the profile of Touch Football has increased dramatically. So much so that a Mixed Touch Football All Stars series like that of the Rugby League will take place on Saturday. The Indigenous Touch All Stars will take on the TFA All Stars at Suncorp Stadium in a two-match series on Saturday, with the latter to be played just prior to the kick-off of the Harvey Norman NRL All Stars fixture. A match will also be played on Friday afternoon to make it a three-match series. Events like Saturday, accompanied with high profile sponsors such as Harvey Norman, are giving the sport the exposure it needs. This exposure is turning into high participation levels and an increasing supporter base. Pathways are now there for talented men and women to turn their Touch Football skills into a career with the NRL.Touch Football requires agility, fitness and speed â€“ all of which are important components of rugby league and NRL clubs are on the lookout for the next fleet-footed superstar.Four-time Touch Football World Cup winner and TFA All Stars representative, Kylie Hilder, says the partnership between the two codes has done wonders for the profile of Touch Football in Australia. â€œIâ€™ve been in the game a long time and itâ€™s only been since the NRL has come on board with the alliance that Touch Football has just gone through the roof,â€ Hilder said. â€œI think people are just starting to realise that Touch Football is not just a game that people might play as a warm up or and off-season game to rugby league. â€œYou need to have skill and be an athlete to play Touch Football at a high level. â€œI really like the fact that the NRL clubs are starting to realise that this partnership is bringing more people to their game as well. Many rugby league players started their sporting journey in the sport of Touch Football. Both Australian international Scott Prince and New Zealand international Shaun Johnson started their careers stepping around defenders in Touch Football competitions. Prince, now retired from rugby league, has returned to Touch Football. A participant in the Indigenous All Stars Touch Football team last year, Prince is now a mentor for the 2016 team.He says the partnership has created opportunities for both men and women to create a career doing what they love. â€œItâ€™s massive. It raises the profile of Touch Football,â€ said Prince. â€œThe NRL has some fantastic supporters and sponsors of it. Itâ€™s been great to see Harvey Norman jump on board with a Touch sponsorship throughout all the platforms. Through the national leagues, the World Cup and now the All Stars week. â€œI think even the fact that the number of pathways that this partnership creates is something special. Whether itâ€™s through the women that move onto rugby league. The boys can push on from Touch and go into the rugby league. â€œItâ€™s an opportunity for players like me who have retired from rugby league who still think they can contribute without the full on conflict and training. That is what makes this partnership so perfect.â€Related LinksNRL All Stars
“Here’s what I believe in the whole waiver process: the number one, most important thing, and all the power, comes from the school that a kid is leaving. No matter what,” Fickell told The Athletic. “(Michigan) didn’t back the waiver. They can say what they want to say, but the only thing they said that was positive was that if the NCAA chooses to make (Hudson) eligible, then they would accept it — that they didn’t have an angle. They are just trying to cover their ass. And I’m really, completely disappointed in it.“They can say they didn’t undermine it, but they didn’t work to help the kid out.”Harbaugh responded to that criticism earlier this week, saying Fickell doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He alleged that Fickell tried to get Harbaugh to tell the NCAA that things were worse with Hudson than they really were.“Coach Fickell tried to coach me on how to say it differently,” he said on Tuesday night. “Not saying it in that way. I told him, ‘I’m not gonna lie.’”Fickell has since responded to those allegations, speaking to the media after practice.Fickell on the spring phone call with Harbaugh: “It was kind of cold. It was short. It wasn’t a long conversation. It wasn’t hard to figure out what their stance was. They supposedly weren’t going to hold (James Hudson’s waiver) up, but they weren’t going to help him.”— Fletcher Page (@FletcherPage) August 15, 2019More on the phone call: “I’ve got notes if you want them. Nothing more than asking, ‘hey, what’s your stance on James? Are you going to help the kid?'”— Fletcher Page (@FletcherPage) August 15, 2019″… Just like I called coach Day at Ohio State and Coach Saban at Alabama. I did nothing different than what I did with those guys and the results are different.”— Fletcher Page (@FletcherPage) August 15, 2019Fickell, a former Ohio State player and assistant coach, is no longer an official rival of Michigan, though he’s clearly helping one develop at Cincinnati. PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh continue to trade barbs over the James Hudson transfer waiver saga.Hudson, a former Wolverines player, transferred into the Bearcats’ program, and hoped to get a waiver to play right away from the NCAA, citing mental health reasons.The NCAA denied Hudson’s waiver this spring, saying that Cincinnati was more than 100 miles from his hometown, while stating that he had no record of mental health issues at Michigan. The NCAA has since denied another appeal from Hudson, making him ineligible until 2020.Fickell has blamed Harbaugh for essentially blocking Hudson’s waiver.
Traditionally, I’m not a big believer in portable headphone amplifiers. They’re often bulkier and heavier than a smartphone. And besides, if you’re going to stuff yet another gadget into your overflowing pockets, why not make it a hi-res portable audio player so you can let your phone rest and, you know, actually play hi-res audio files?However, in very short order, Shure’s luxurious new SHA900 — which begs the kingly price of $1,000 — took me to church. In fact, Shure’s going to have a very hard time getting this thing back from me. Seriously. One quick connection to this sterling hunk of glittering aluminum turned virtually every audio file I auditioned into a brilliantly-sculpted eruption of sonic bliss.It’s true that, no matter what kind of hi-fi weaponry you’ve got, the highly-compressed audio of MP3s (and their streaming equivalents from Spotify and Apple Music) will never sound as the studio artists intended. That’s just science. But in today’s streaming culture, the simple fact is that many of us spend a lot of time with compressed tracks. And that’s where devices like Shure’s SHA900 can really pay off.All music files — even when heavily compressed — sound exponentially better through a world-class amplifier and DAC (digital-to-analog converter). So, whether you’re sourcing hi-res tracks from your PC, or humming through your Discover Weekly Spotify playlist, Shure’s SHA900 gives everything you cue up a serious promotion. Add in a sleek design and a small profile, and this amp could be an audiophile’s new best friend.The GoodsThe SHA900’s exterior casing is a luxurious mix of aluminum and chrome. The shiny volume knob at the left moves opposite to expectation, as the device is designed to strap behind your phone, and two rubberized pads at the back add some scratch protection. The knob pulls double duty as a command switch, unearthing a customizable 4-band EQ and limiter with a double click, while the power key doubles as a back button for navigation. There’s also a hold switch to keep from butt-dialing settings.Inputs include both a 3.5mm analog jack as well as a micro-USB digital input which also doubles as a charging port. The simple setup allows the unit to easily source both digital and analog audio and work as a portable amp for any smartphone, as well as doubling as a sound card for your computer.Related: Change the way you hear with these amazing wireless budsPerformanceIn order to better gauge just how much music was improved, we auditioned the amp principally through mainstays of our daily listening habits, including our go-to hi-fi headphones, the Audeze EL-8, as well as a collection of tracks with which we are intimately familia. That includes old standbys like Depeche Mode’s Violator, Radiohead’s entire catalog, and tracks from more acoustic-based bands like Nickel Creek, Bela Fleck, and Ray LaMontagne.Every stick click, every bow of a string, and every flick of the piano keys gets a better ride through the SHA900. The amp’s unabashed instrumental separation seems to burrow out extra space for every track in the recording, while adding echo-y trails of expansion to the overall dynamic expression of the music — even when heavily compressed. And while users will immediately notice improved bass response, that doesn’t mean a heavy-handed approach — the amp renders most tracks with near-perfect balance, including firm and supportive bass, making the comprehensive EQ more luxury than necessity.While weakly-produced MP3 tracks are stripped down to their root imperfections, the good far outweighs the bad when it comes to sound reproduction — especially notable in more complex songs. Depeche Mode’s Policy of Truth, for instance, sounded as if each and every synth tone was sculpted and polished to reveal a deeper dimension of depth and definition. The little satellite nodes that float across the stereo image towards the end of the tune seemed to be constructed into completely autonomous entities, popping out from the aural bedrock like celestial bodies floating through the ether.Shadowy reverb tracks from vocals cut brilliantly in the far side of the image, effortlessly revealed through the stark clarity of the production while leaving plenty of space for each and every word to ring clearly in the primary vocal. And the hallmark of any improved hi-fi experience — hearing things that weren’t previously revealed — occurred early and often. Did you know the echo of the guitar in the chorus of Coldplay’s Don’t Panic gets a little off-rhythm? Neither did we until we cued it up with the SHA900.ConclusionThere’s no doubt that most listeners won’t appreciate the luxury of a portable amp to spend $1000 on one, let alone possess the will to tote around a little silver box all the time. But for serious music lovers — whether you’re a hi-res purest, or a plain-jane Spotify addict — the SHA900 is a thrill to experience.A version of this post first appeared on our “brother site” Digital Trends. Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market Editors’ Recommendations This 3-Pound Rapid Raft Is the World’s Lightest, Most Packable Raft The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now
BATTLEFORD, Sask. – Family members of a Cree man shot and killed on a Saskatchewan farm say they are upset no visibly Indigenous people were chosen as jurors to oversee the murder trial.A jury pool of over 200 people showed up Monday in Battleford, Sask., and 12 were chosen to determine the guilt or innocence of Gerald Stanley.Stanley, 56, was formally arraigned on a charge of second-degree murder and pleaded not guilty before jury selection began.Colten Boushie was 22 when an SUV that he was a passenger in drove onto a farm near Biggar, Sask., on Aug. 9, 2016. An altercation ensued and Boushie, from the Red Pheasant First Nation, was shot and killed.In the end, seven women and five men were chosen for the three-week trial as well as two alternates.During the selection process, a number of both middle-aged white men and visible minorities were rejected.“A lot of my family didn’t come today because they already felt that a decision had been made and I came with hopes that it would be different,” said Jade Tootoosis, who is Boushie’s cousin.“It was really difficult to sit there today and watch every single, visible Indigenous person be challenged by the defence. It’s not surprising but extremely frustrating and it’s something that we feared has come true.”Stanley’s lawyer released a statement on the weekend urging potential jurors to keep an open mind.“Despite any online comments or media stories, Gerry’s trial is not a referendum on racism. If jurors feel that they have to pick a ‘side,’ then it will be very difficult for there to be a fair trial,” said defence counsel Scott Spencer.“Unfortunately, racial tensions existed in Saskatchewan, and across Canada, before the Boushie tragedy and they continue today.”Spencer said the rest of Canada will be watching Saskatchewan closely over the next couple of weeks, noting how participants conduct themselves during the trial. But he said one fact shouldn’t be forgotten.“A young man lost his life. That was, and remains, a terrible tragedy.”Saskatchewan’s Chief Justice Martel Popescul, who is presiding over the trial, told the jury they can only consider evidence presented in court.“It’s probably fair to say that this case has attracted some considerable attention in the media but again I say anything you have heard or seen in the media is not evidence and you must disregard it completely,” Popescul said.He also noted that Stanley is presumed to be innocent until the Crown has proven his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.“There is no burden on Mr. Stanley to prove that he is innocent. He does not have to prove anything,” Popescul said.“A reasonable doubt is not an imaginary or frivolous doubt. It is not based on sympathy or prejudice against anyone involved in these proceedings. You must not find Mr. Stanley guilty unless you are sure he is guilty. Even if you believe Mr. Stanley is probably guilty, or likely guilty, that is not sufficient.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
SHERBROOKE, Que. — After ballooning costs prompted New Brunswick to abandon the 2021 Francophonie Games, Sherbrooke, Que., has agreed to step in as host as long as spending can be kept under control.It is now up to the Quebec government to submit Sherbrooke’s candidacy to la Francophonie, the organization of states that have French as a common language. Negotiations will also be needed to determine how much the province and the federal government contribute.In New Brunswick, where Moncton and Dieppe were going to share hosting duties, Premier Blaine Higgs last month blamed the province’s decision to withdraw on the growing cost and a lack of financial support from Ottawa. The province said the budget had risen to $130 million from an original bid of $17 million.At a special meeting Monday night, Sherbrooke city council adopted a motion expressing its support for holding the Games provided it can be done “within a financial framework established with the provincial and federal governments.”Sherbrooke says it is prepared to spend $5.5 million on the event, which brings together 3,000 athletes and artists from la Francophonie’s more than 50 member states. It will seek guarantees from the other levels of government that they will assume their respective shares under an agreement to be negotiated.In 2015, Sherbrooke lost out to New Brunswick in the race to hold the 2021 Games. At the time it estimated the total cost at $52 million and its contribution at $8.8 million.Mayor Steve Lussier was initially reluctant to wade back into the project before agreeing last week to take another look. He insisted that the city would stick to its budget.“There is no question of creating a special tax for the Games,” he said. “They will not be held to the detriment of municipal projects and services.”Nadine Girault, Quebec’s minister of international relations and la Francophonie, met with Lussier Monday in Sherbrooke. She said on Twitter that she would discuss the project with cabinet colleagues and assess the costs. “At this point, they remain high,” she wrote.In New Brunswick, Higgs said he welcomes Sherbrooke’s decision. “I hope that the Games do proceed,” the premier told reporters.He noted that Sherbrooke is beginning with a more realistic estimate of the cost, but he said Quebec needs to keep close tabs on spending. “I would just have a good hard look at it, because it seems like Games of all kinds usually run over significantly,” Higgs said.The Canadian Press
Season 3 of Amazon’s alt-World-War-II-timeline drama The Man in the High Castle has started filming in metro Vancouver with Eric Overmyer as the new showrunner.Creator Frank Sponitz parted ways with High Castle midway through season 2, leading to a couple of unexpected production shutdowns in Vancouver and a much longer shooting schedule last year. But all’s well that streams well.Amazon stated that streaming of season 2 the weekend before last Christmas was the best weekend debut of any of its scripted original series to date.I’d be smiling too, if… Oh, wait. I was smiling. #TheBandisBackTogether #HighCastle #highcastleseason3 pic.twitter.com/OfX7docexp— Joel de la Fuente (@joeldelafuente) June 25, 2017 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, The Man in the High Castle imagines an alternate reality circa 1962 where the Japanese and Germans won World War II and divided the United States into three regions — the west coast as the Japanese Pacific States, the Rockies as a neutral zone and the east coast as the Greater Nazi Reich.READ MORE Advertisement Twitter
Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Alyssa Fearon will curate the brand-new Scarborough portion of Nuit Blanche next year. “There’s a lot of resilience, a lot of creativity. That’s what I want to illuminate – the great things that are there already,” she says. (TORONTO STAR / BERNARD WEIL) Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nuit Blanche has travelled broad-ranging turf in its nearly a dozen years, from spectacle to activism and everything in between. Next year, it ranges farther than it ever has: To Scarborough, where a sizeable chunk of the annual overnight art event will touch down at dusk on Sept. 29, 2018.If Alyssa Fearon, the Scarborough segment’s newly named curator, has her way, Nuit’s move will break ground in more ways than one.“You always hear about Scarborough as a place that’s underprivileged, that’s at risk, that’s a ‘priority,’” she says. “I really think that does a disservice to what’s happening there. There’s a lot of resilience, a lot of creativity. That’s what I want to illuminate — the great things that are there already.” Nuit Blanche, Scarborough edition, will centre around its Civic Centre, which will serve as a hub in much the same way as Nathan Philips Square does for the downtown core. The two events will take place the same night.READ MORE Facebook
APTN National NewsTo the North now where the eyes of the world are on Inuvik.An international agency formed in the wake of South African apartheid is at the residential school hearings this week.Its representatives are pleased that Canada’s victims of human rights abuses are being listened to.But there is a reminded that accountability of perpetrators is a necessary component of true reconciliation.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has more.
President Maithripala Sirisena today insisted that his issue with United National Front (UNF) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is nothing personal.Speaking at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) convention in Colombo today, the President said that Wickremesinghe is not a suitable politician for the country. “His vision is not good for this country,” the President said. He said that Wickremesinghe also deceived the public in the North. Sirisena defended his decision to appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister on October 26th.He also said that he respects the order issued by court to suspend the functions of the office of the Prime Minister and cabinet.President Sirisena assured that the political crisis will be resolved within a week. (Colombo Gazette) Sirisena said that he had informed the UNF yesterday that he will not appoint Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister even if all 225 Parliamentarians tell him to do so.The President also said that Wickremesinghe had destroyed the United National Party as party leader.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is sending a leading viral disease expert on a three-week mission to China, to help coordinate an international investigation into the role animals might play in spreading the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). “We need to know the natural host of the virus and understand if other animal species may become infected and are able to transmit it so we can be prepared to prevent epidemics of SARS arising in the future,” said Laurie Gleeson, a senior Australian veterinarian from FAO’s Collaborating Centre at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong. Dr. Gleeson, whose trip begins tomorrow, will visit several Chinese provinces, serving as a focal point in communication between Chinese authorities, FAO, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and international researchers. “During the mission we will collate information on research to date and identify areas that require further research. We will also explore where international collaboration will assist China to quickly resolve some key issues, such as the need for diagnostic tests for animals,” he said of his role in assisting the Chinese Government develop a program to investigate animal related aspects of the SARS epidemic. The latest statistics on SARS indicate a total 8,436 cases and 812 deaths reported worldwide.
The shipment, donated through AidNet Foundation, a humanitarian organization based in Sarajevo, Bosnia’s capital, will be distributed to schools, youth centres and non-governmental organizations in both entities of the country – the Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hans Holthuis, Registrar of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is based in The Hague, said he was “particularly satisfied that the equipment replaced by the Tribunal can benefit young people from all ethnic groups in Bosnia Herzegovina, where the majority of the crimes under the Tribunal’s jurisdiction were committed.” For the past year ICTY has endeavoured to supply its old office equipment to those in the former Yugoslavia who might benefit from it. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, AidNet has assisted by making deliveries to remote areas. The equipment is being transported free of charge by Voerman International moving company as part of its policy of assisting communities in need.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “warmly congratulates” the Government and people of Mozambique as they mark 20 years of peace since the signing of accords that ended the southern African country’s post-independence civil war, the UN chief’s spokesperson said today.Mr. Ban reiterated the UN’s commitment to working with Mozambique as it “consolidates democracy and strives to achieve social inclusion, women’s empowerment and sustainable development,” the spokesperson added.Mr. Ban also recalled the role played by the now-concluded UN Operation in Mozambique (known by the Portuguese-language acronym ONUMOZ), the spokesperson said, noting that the peacekeeping operation “helped to implement the 1992 General Peace Agreement and lay the foundation for a durable peace.”A few years after gaining independence from Portugal in 1975, the African nation was plunged into a long and debilitating civil war between the Government, led by the Liberation Front of Mozambique (FRELIMO) party, and the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO). On 4 October 1992, after two years of negotiations in Rome, the two parties signed a General Peace Agreement. As part of the Agreement, the Security Council established ONUMOZ to monitor and support a ceasefire, the demobilization of forces and the holding of national elections.ONUMOZ was established in December 1992 and its mandate ended in December 1994 – shortly before the African nation’s first multi-party elections.
Armed gunmen kidnapped and executed Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon yesterday near the city of Kidal.The Director-General of the UN Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, called the killings “a heinous crime that stands condemned by the whole world.”The bodies of the journalists, on assignment for Radio France International (RFI), were found by French military forces shortly after riddled with bullets, according to the Paris-based agency. In a statement today, Ms. Bokova, who visited northern Mali last February, said Ms. Dupont and Mr. Verlon “paid the highest possible price for doing their job; for defending freedom of expression and people’s right to information; for contributing –through their reporting – to Mali’s struggle against violence and extremism, and its efforts to rebuild.” Late last night, the 15-member Security Council expressed its condolences to the families of the victims, as well as the French Government. “In accordance with international humanitarian law, journalists, media professionals and associated personnel engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict are generally considered as civilians and shall be respected and protected as such,” the statement reiterated.The Council members demanded that “all parties to an armed conflict comply fully with the obligations applicable to them under international humanitarian law, including as related to the protection of civilians in armed conflict.”They called on the Government of Mali to “swiftly investigate the case” and to hold those responsible to account. In its statement, the Council also reaffirmed that any acts of terrorism are “criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed”.The Members also reiterated their full support to the UN Mission in Mali and the French forces, and called on all parties to cooperate fully with the peacekeeping Mission.The Security Council set up the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in April to support the West African country’s recovery from a coup and the occupation of its north by Islamist fundamentalists, its transition back to stability and democratic governance, and the promotion of human rights and provision of humanitarian aid.Ms. Dupont and Mr. Verlon are the first journalists killed in Mali this year, and are remembered on the dedicated webpage, UNESCO Condemns Killing of Journalists.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Raising the temperature…March 22, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”Tullow to push for Guyanese to be employed with companyAugust 25, 2019In “Business”EYEWITNESS: Profligacy…July 22, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …or misdirection?After a year of pungent criticism about his gross mishandling of Guyana’s right to getting a fair value for its oil reserves,Raphael “Nassau” Trotman will be handing over that segment of his “Natural Resources” portfolio to a “Department of Energy” within the Ministry of the Presidency. Some may believe it’s some kind of demotion but they couldn’t be more mistaken. This is, as we Guyanese say rather elegantly, “a cock”!First of all, the Department will not be any kind of autonomous agency or company that most other oil producers insist on, to reduce political meddling and corruption. Ghana, for instance, which isn’t even the strongest player out there, has its Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC).Then “Nassau” will be leading the “Task Force” setting up the Unit!! How more incestuous can you get?? Especially when the other members are Harmon and the tight little circle from the AFC that’s returned to the PNC!Do you think this group will select the kind of petroleum and financial professionals that’ll do what’s best for Guyana? If you believe that then you’re obviously living in la-la land – or, you’re a true believer!! What you’ll get is a bunch of tightly controlled automatons under the control of the Minister of State.Note the other divisions of the Ministry of the Presidency – State (Harmon), Citizenship (Felix); Social Cohesion (Norton) are all under high PNC executives. And don’t even mention the agencies!!But it’s also a way to deflect from the gross negligence (being kind here!!) of Trotman in handling our oil revenues. If he were the head of any private company, he’d be long gone! This is just a tactical gambit to remove “Nassau” Trotman from the line of fire. He’s too much of a lightning rod right now and the Energy Agency will make folks think “something was done”!! Just look at how things unfold in the next few months!“Nassau’s” well protected by the terms of HIS contract he struck with Granger at Nassau. As an ardent admirer of Burnham, his job will be to maintain the façade of the AFC bringing “multilateral” support to the PNC.You ask what about Nagamootoo and Ramjattan, dear readers? Have you forgotten “Nassau’s” now the LEADER of the AFC?? Those two worthies are just (toothless) poodles who are used as props to flank Granger in the official Ministry of the Presidency photos! They’re Vice Presidents, you see!Your Eyewitness has already pointed out the oil contract’s void since “Nassau” Trotman was not in his right mind when he “renegotiated”.Since we (unfortunately) don’t have the tradition of Hara Kiri, maybe he can redeem himself by confessing!!…and oil productionWell, Exxon just announced its seventh oil strike – this one in the Pacora field. Some may know that “pakoras” have a thin crust filled with goodies and are scrumptious. This Pacora must be so filled with such scrumptious oil that Exxon is now projecting a production of 500,000 thousand barrels per day!! Imagine that!! Since the one FPSO already commissioned can only process 200,000 bpd, does it mean they’ve placed an order for another two of the monsters that cost US$1 billion each?But that raises the question: was the government consulted on the new level of production? Apart from a better price split (Ha!!) that’s supposed to be a benefit of a PSA – where the country owns the oil and the oil company’s a contractor – the production level is another tool for the country to control its destiny.As one expert recently pointed out – and your humble Eyewitness did a year ago – we don’t have the capacity to absorb multibillion cash infusions right now.Production should therefore be tailored to match our absorptive capacity.…or plain meanness?Did the Chronic HAVE to publish COP Persaud’s applications to himself for a licence for a firearms dealership on the day he was being honoured??Ow, man, that was low!
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