5 killed as train derails in U.P.

first_imgAt least five people were killed and four seriously injured after nine coaches and the engine of the New Delhi-bound New Farakka Express (train number 14003) derailed near Rae Bareli at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The express runs between Malda town in West Bengal and New Delhi. According to railway officials, all the deceased were from Bihar. They were identified as Ajay Kumar, 45, of Kishanganj; Sunita Manjhi, 52, of Munger, her son Shambhu, 25, and his one-year-old daughter Rita. The fifth casualty was seven-year-old Dinesh, also from Munger.NDRF and SDRF teams pulled out 20 passengers from the derailed coaches, the police said, after using gas cutters to reach them. Drones and long-range cameras were deployed in the rescue work, they added.Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered an inquiry into the accident, which took place in the Harchandpur area of Rae Bareli. The inquiry will be conducted by the Commission of Railway Safety, Northern Circle. A special train, which was arranged for the stranded passengers, left Lucknow for New Delhi at 2.45 p.m. with 1,369 passengers.Ex gratia announcedPrime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the tragedy. “Condolences to the bereaved families and I pray that the injured recover quickly,” he tweeted.Mr. Goyal announced compensation of ₹5 lakh for the kin of the dead, ₹1 lakh for the injured and ₹50,000 for those with minor injuries. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also announced ₹2 lakh for the families of the deceased and ₹50,000 for those seriously injured.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

E.U. Court Annuls GM Potato Approval

first_imgThe General Court of the European Union has annulled the authorization to grow and sell a genetically modified (GM) potato called Amflora in the European Union.The court’s ruling will have no effect on the potato’s cultivation or sale, since Amflora’s manufacturer, BASF Plant Science, withdrew from the European market last year. But the judgment, issued today in Luxembourg, deals a blow to the European Commission and may have an impact on the approval of a GM maize variety, which the commission tried to drive forward last month after a lengthy deadlock.The Amflora potato is engineered to produce one particular type of starch that can be used to make paper pulp or glue, or to produce animal feed. 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Based on this advice, the commission issued a draft decision to authorize the crop but member states did not sign off on it.  GM crops remain controversial in Europe, where national attitudes range from completely opposed to cautiously accepting.The commission requested another scientific opinion to clear out doubts; EFSA confirmed in 2009 that Amflora was safe, although two experts cited concerns about the possible transfer of the antibiotic resistance gene from the crop to bacteria.Based on EFSA’s “consolidated opinion,” the commission authorized Amflora in March 2010—but without first submitting the decision to the relevant committee of member states’ representatives. Hungary challenged that decision in court, with support from Austria, France, Luxembourg, and Poland.The court has now ruled in Hungary’s favor, saying the commission broke the rules: The scientific basis for the decision had changed, and member states should have been able to consider the amended proposal.This setback for the commission comes hot on the heels of censure from the court last month for sitting too long on a similar file for the authorization of Pioneer’s GM maize 1507.Greenpeace European Unit (EU) and other environmental groups welcomed today’s ruling, and called on the commission to withdraw its proposal to approve maize 1507. According to Marco Contiero, Greenpeace’s agriculture policy director in Brussels, the commission made the same mistake in both instances: It did not allow the member states’ committee to vote on its proposal after EFSA updated its scientific opinions. “The commission should think twice and not rush things through just because the [political] climate seems a bit better,” Contiero says.A commission spokesman says its legal services will analyze the ruling and its possible consequences, acknowledging that today’s judgment could have an impact on the pending maize 1507 file.Meanwhile, Peter Eckes, president of BASF Plant Science in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, says the ruling confirms that the company was right to abandon the European market. “The court’s ruling once again shows that BASF took the right decision in January 2012 to focus its plant biotechnology activities on promising markets” in America and Asia, Eckes tells ScienceInsider in an e-mail statement, adding that the judgment had no bearing on the scientific evaluation of Amflora.last_img read more

Decoding Virat Kohli’s chasing prowess: A cool mind and plenty of belief

first_img“I know teams want to get me out immediately, so I take my time, go with the flow and then attack at the end. For that you need to play percentage cricket and I know I can play good cricketing shots and still get runs.”That was Virat Kohli, speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, after he had picked up another man-of-the-match award thanks to an unbeaten 154 against New Zealand late last year.It wasn’t of course Kohli’s first hundred in a chase. In nine years as an India cricketer, Kohli has scored 18 hundreds in run-chases, a record. Sixteen of those hundreds have come in successful run-chases.The legend of Virat Kohli continues to grow every day. He has been spectacular in all three formats and has been inspirational as captain. But it is his chasing prowess and incredible consistency in the second innings of one-day internationals that has left the cricketing world awestruck.There is a sense of inevtibility with Kohli in the middle and India chasing down totals. He has stood out in several run-chases – Australia and Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Pakistan – have been witness to some mind-numbing stroke-play.(Reuters Photo)Kohli’s overall records are staggering but his numbers in successul run-chases are scary.At 28, he is only the third batsman after Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting to aggregate over 4000 runs while chasing. He averages well over 100 and besides 18 hundreds, has two scores in the 90s, six in the 80s (including the unbeaten 82 against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on Sunday), five in the 70s, three in the 60s, two in the 50s and 16 scores between 20s and 40s.advertisementKohli’s supremacy is easy to get used to but for a generation which has grown up anguishing over the harakiri by star India batsmen messing up seemingly easy run-chases, the Delhi dasher’s consistency is refreshing despite a decade of excellence.Of course, it is true that Kohli has matured over the years. He started off as a 19-year-old but has gradually grown as a batsman.By his own admission, Kohli often tried to play out of his skin and got too carried away. “But then understood that if I time the ball well enough and work the gaps, I can get more purchase out of my strokes.That’s the feedback from the team members as well. If a bowler can bowl in consistent areas and be a good bowler, a batsman can keep things simple and be a good batsman and be consistent as well,” he had said after that sensational knock against the Black Caps.Some critics might point out that Kohli has sometimes been found wanting on the big stage – the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan was once such instance. But he has more often than not, played sizzling knocks to show what he’s worth.(Reuters Photo)After a classic helped India overwhelm Australia in the World T20 last year, Sourav Ganguly said the young man was the greatest chaser by far – greater than the greatest of them all – Sachin Tendulkar.”Kohli is the greatest chaser by far and I am saying this keeping in mind the great man Sachin Tendulkar,” Ganguly told India Today. “Sachin was special but as far as chasing is concerned, Kohli has done better than Sachin. Kohli is unreal.”Kohli has art of chasing worked out to a T. He knows when to settle down, he is aware of the oppositions’ bowling strengths and has a cool mind – singles are already worked out in the deep recesses of his brain, moreover he believes in his own abilities to explode whenever the need arises.Nothing is out of reach for Virat Kohli. Occasionally, he might come aross a ripper from Mohammad Amir or might be induced into a false shot by lesser bowlers but the King of the modern era, knows how to stand tall in a hunt.last_img read more

S Sreesanth says he can play for ‘another country’ if ban not revoked by BCCI

first_imgS Sreesanth is desperate to play cricket after his lifetime ban imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was upheld by the Kerala High Court earlier this week, even hinting that he can play for another country.  BCCI has banned Sreesanth for life on allegations of spot-fixing during an Indian Premier League match in 2013. On September 18 a single bench of the court had ordered BCCI to lift the ban.Kerala High Court bench restored the life ban imposed by the BCCI on Sreesanth in connection with the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.After the court’s order he questioned the ruling on Twitter, “What about the accused 13 names in Lodha report? “What about real culprits? What about Chennai Super Kings? And what about Rajasthan? No one wants to know about it? I will keep fighting for my right. God is great.”This is the worst decision ever..special rule for me?what about real culprits?What about chennai super kings ? And what about Rajasthan ?- Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) October 17, 2017Anyway all I have is my family and lots of dear ones who still believes in me..I will keep fighting and make sure I don’t give up..- Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) October 17, 2017Thanks a lot for all the support Nd encouragement given so far. I assure u all that I’m not giving up..I will Keep at it..Nd alwys believe- Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) October 17, 2017And what about the accused 13 names in Lodha report?? No one wants to know about it?i will keep fighting for my right..God is great ?????????advertisement- Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) October 17, 2017In an interview to Asianet News, Sreesanth said that BCCI is a  “private firm” and he has the freedom to play cricket for any other country.”BCCI has imposed the ban, not ICC. If not India, I can play for any other country, because am 34 now and I can only play for maximum six more years. As a person who loves cricket, I want to play cricket. And not only that, BCCI is a private firm; it is only us who say that this is the Indian team, but you know BCCI is a private body after all. So, if I play for any other country, it probably may be the same. Yes, representing Kerala in Ranji Trophy is different. I had hoped to win Ranji Trophy, Irani for Kerala, but the decision rests up on the BCCI,” Sreeanth said in the interview on the sidelines of a public event in Dubai.last_img read more

Samsung U Flex review: Good enough even if it misses some notes

first_imgSamsung is a brand better known for its smartphones. And televisions. And… you get the idea. The company has some notable smartphones like flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus in its collection. But of late, the company has been getting into the business of making headphones. And as it is customary for any company to launch an upgraded version of its existing line-up every year, Samsung has launched U-Flex wireless Bluetooth headphones in India this year.U-Flex headphones are the successor to Samsung’s Level-U headphones which cost Rs 2,999. U-Flex, on the other hand, costs of Rs 4,999. Just like Samsung’s smartphones, these headphones are available in three classic colours– Black, Blue and White.As far as the design and performance are concerned, while Level U headphones may have failed to impress the critics, U Flex headphones offer a significant improvement over its predecessor, at least on the performance front. On the design front, however, U Flex headphones are a cross between Level U headphones and Audio Technica’s Bluetooth headphones, which I reviewed last month. Basically, in terms of looks they are neither here, nor there.That said, U Flex headphones are not entirely unfortunate looking. Samsung’s jazzy colours do somewhat compensate for the boring design. And they offer decent audio quality. Apart from this, U Flex headphones come with some really interesting features which include a micro USB port, magnetic heads and a support button for Samsung’s personal digital assistant Bixby.On the performance front, U flex headphones work well with most Bollywood numbers. They are particularly good with soft and lyrical songs like Arijit Singh’s Bolna, AR Rahman’s Maahi Ve and Tere Bina and pop songs like Jessie J’s Flashlight and Backstreet Boys’ Downpour.advertisementThat’s the gist. However, there are many areas where U Flex could have been better given its 5k price tag. As they say devil lies in the details. So let’s dig deep into the details. Design and ComfortSamsung U Flex wireless headphones sport a simple yet boring design. As mentioned earlier, the design seems a crossover between its predecessors Level U headphones and Audio Technica ATH-ANC40BT headphones. The headphones features a water-resistant silicone neck band, which houses a giant battery on one side and volume controls, play and pause buttons, power button and micro USB port on the other side.The two ends of the neck-band are connected with two delicate-looking wires that connect with the magnetic ear pieces. While the magnetic heads are a nice feature to have in a pair of wireless headphones, it’s the overall design that failed to impress me. For starters the two wires connecting the neck-band with the ear pieces, besides getting entangled easily, are extremely delicate and it seems that they will snap any moment. Moreover, the placement of the controls doesn’t inspire much confidence in the headphones either. You either have to access your smartphone to adjust the volume or turn the neck band to a more comfortable position to be able to access the controls- all of which don’t make it a comfortable piece of gadget to keep around your neck.To add to the list of things that seem amiss with its design is the shape of the ear plugs. Samsung claims that its brand new pair of wireless headphones are ideal for usage at the gym or during a high-powered workout session. However, in my nearly two-weeks of experience with the device, the earplugs came out easily even while I am typing out a quick news story sitting on my workstation.By comparison, OnePlus’s Bullets wireless headphones, which I reviewed earlier, offered better stability and an easier access to the controls. They also offer an auto pause feature when the magnetic heads are joined, that too at a marginally lower price of Rs 3,990.PerformanceI tested Samsung U Flex headphones for nearly two weeks and during my usage I found that these headphones offer a decent sound quality. For most parts, the sound is pretty balanced. Be it acoustic numbers like The Piano Guys’ A Thousand Years and K-pop singer Kim Hyung Joong’s Because I’m Stupid or melodious Bollywood songs like Lata Mangeshkar’s Agar Tum Sath Ho and Arijit Singh’s Bandeya. The sound is immersive and for most parts you’ll enjoy the music in your ears. But this is also the point where the problem arises.Besides listening to music, you can use the Bixby button to invoke you Google Assistant or access S Voice, which is a built-in personal digital assistant available on Samsung smartphonesI tried listening to a series of songs like indie folk number Skinny Love by Birdy, Illahi by Mohit Chauhan and popular pop song A New Day Has Come by Celine Dion, and I realised that the mids are not as clear as I would like them to be, especially since Samsung is charging 5 grand for this pair. On the contrary, OnePlus Bullets offers a crystal clear sound.advertisementBut U Flex picks up where OnePlus Bullets falters. The issue with Bullets headphones is that they accentuate the highs a bit too much. U Flex, on the other hand, is comparatively more balanced. But that doesn’t mean that it is pitch perfect. U Flex too falters in this regard just not as much as Bullets. I listened to Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, and Nagade Sangh Dol Baje by Shreya Ghoshal and not only did the pitch get accentuated to borderline screechy but it made me realise how easy it was for these headphones to lose track of the clarity-which as most users will agree is one of the most important factors that one looks for in a pair of headphones especially while investing a decent amount.Besides listening to music, you can use the Bixby button to invoke you Google Assistant or access S Voice, which is a built-in personal digital assistant available on Samsung smartphones. They also prove to be a useful partner when attending to a multitude of calls. BatteryIf there is one thing that you can credit Samsung for is for providing a good battery in this pair of headphones. Samsung U Flex headphones boast a good battery life. The Korean smartphone maker claims that the battery would last for a period of 9 hours on a single charge. And true to its claim these headphones do support you for 8.5-9 hours on continuous usage without any hiccups.Should I buy it?That can be a bit tricky question to answer, as this pair of headphones are a bit pricey for the features that it offers. But for most parts, the answer is a simple yes. In my opinion, U Flex headphones are ideal if you are looking for a pair of headphones that can combine your need for a mono-Bluetooth headset along with a decent audio quality.That said, they sure are a bit overpriced in their market segment as other companies are offering better features at a marginally reduced cost. But if you are a Samsung loyalist and if you do not want to splurge in a mid-budget and premium headphones, U Flex are definitely worth considering.Samsung U Flex review7.5/10Good stuffDecent soundGood battery lifeBixby and allBad stuffBoring designLoose fitSlightly overpricedlast_img read more

When is the Campeon de Campeones? Tickets, location, TV & stream details

first_imgAs champions of the 2018 Apertura, Club America will take on Tigres, champions of the 2019 Clausura, in the 2019 Campeon de Campeones on Sunday, July 14 in Carson, California.It is the fourth successive year the US venue, which is the home of the LA Galaxy, has played host to the event, with Tigres taking the honors in all of the previous three games, including a thumping 4-0 win over Santos Laguna last year.Meanwhile, America go chasing their fifth Campeon de Campeones crown, having last lifted the trophy in 2005. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It is an encounter that will go straight to penalty kicks if the score is tied after extra-time.The winner, meanwhile, will earn the right to tackle 2018 MLS champions Atlanta United on August 14 in the 2019 Campeones Cup, the second running of the annual competition, which Tigres won last in 2018 thanks to a fine 3-1 victory over Toronto in Canada.How to buy tickets for the Campeon de CampeonesThe Campeon de Campeones is part of a double-header that will also see Cruz Azul and Necaxa play out for the Super Copa MX at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.Tickets went on sale on Friday, April 26 and are already sold out for the event but are available on re-sale sites and are typically going for between $38 and $400, depending on the location of the seat.When tickets initially went on sale, they were priced between $38 and $250.How to watch the Campeon de Campeones The Campeon de Campeones and Super Copa MX double feature will be broadcast in Spanish language on Univision and the Univision Deportes Network (UDN), the network that carries the majority of major Liga MX fixtures. The channels that the fixture will be shown on and the streaming packages it will be available via have not yet been clarified.There is not yet any confirmation if the match will be shown on English-language television.The Super Copa will begin at 6pm ET (3pm local time) while the Campeon de Campeones kicks off three hours later at 9pm.last_img read more

House Approves Just Over $94 Billion for Carry-On Expenses

first_imgThe House of Representatives, on Tuesday, March 19, approved the withdrawal of $94.3 billion from the Consolidated Fund, to allow the Government to carry-on its business from April 1 to July 31.The sum is needed for Government spending on critical areas, until the new budget is passed.Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, in moving the resolution, explained that the sum comprises $80.42 billion for recurrent expenditure and $13.92 billion for capital expenditure.He said that some of the key items included in the expenditure are salaries and travelling allowances, including the seven per cent arrears for public sector workers; teacher reclassification monies, other non-salary expenses; and critical capital projects.“This budget allocation makes no provision for statutory payments such as debt servicing, statutory pension, statutory salaries such as those of High Court judges, as these do not require the annual Parliamentary approval,” Dr. Phillips said.Opposition Spokesperson on Finance, Audley Shaw, noted that the resolution is a fairly standard procedure at this time of the financial year.As is customary, the provision of the resolution does not include any increases in salary or allowances other than approved increments and increases agreed by the Government in 2012/2013; any increase in establishment over that approved in 2012/2013; any new service or work for which no provision was made in the Estimates of Expenditure for 2012/2013; or which has not otherwise received the approval of the House.Under the Financial Administration and Audit Act as well as provisions in the Constitution, the Finance Minister has the authority to issue warrants for the withdrawal of such sums from the Consolidation Fund as the House of Representatives may, by resolution approve.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Scientists recreate 5000yrold Egyptian Pharaohs beer

first_imgJerusalem: Scientists have recreated an ancient beer that was served during the reign of Egyptian Pharaohs over 5,000 years ago. In ancient times, beer was an important ingredient in people’s daily diet. Great powers were attributed to beer in the ancient world, particularly for religious worship and healing properties. Researchers from Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) in Israel examined the colonies of yeast that formed and settled in the nano-pores of pottery used to produce beer. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’They were able to resurrect this yeast to create a high-quality beer. Many cooks were invited to isolate the yeast specimens from the ancient debris and to create a beer with it. They were given shards of pottery that had been used as beer and mead (honey wine) jugs in ancient times — and miraculously, still had yeast specimens stuck inside. Researchers said that these jars date back to the reign of Egyptian Pharaoh Narmer (roughly 3000 BCE), to Aramean King Hazael (800 BCE) and to Prophet Nehemiah (400 BCE) who, according to the bible, governed Judea under Persian rule. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe researchers, with the help of HUJI student Tzemach Aouizerat, cleaned and sequenced the full genome of each yeast specimen. They found that these 5,000-year yeast cultures are similar to those used in traditional African brews, such as the Ethiopian honey wine tej, and to modern beer yeast. Local Israeli beer expert Itai Gutman helped the scientists make the beer. The brew was sampled and was deemed to be high-quality and safe for consumption. “The greatest wonder here is that the yeast colonies survived within the vessel for thousands of years — just waiting to be excavated and grown,” said Ronen Hazan, Hebrew University. “This ancient yeast allowed us to create beer that lets us know what ancient Philistine and Egyptian beer tasted like. By the way, the beer isn’t bad,” Hazan said. “Aside from the gimmick of drinking beer from the time of King Pharaoh, this research is extremely important to the field of experimental archaeology — a field that seeks to reconstruct the past,” he said. “Our research offers new tools to examine ancient methods, and enables us to taste the flavours of the past,” he added. “We are talking about a real breakthrough here. This is the first time we succeeded in producing ancient alcohol from ancient yeast. In other words, from the original substances from which alcohol was produced. This has never been done before,” said Yitzchak Paz, from Israel Antiquities Authority.last_img read more

Trump not bothered by N Korea missile tests Abe doesnt agree

first_imgTokyo: President Donald Trump said Monday he is not “personally” bothered by recent short-range missile tests that North Korea conducted this month, breaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is hosting the president on four-day state visit full of pageantry. Standing beside Trump at a news conference after hours of talks, Abe disagreed with the US president, saying the missile tests violated UN Security Council resolutions and were “of great regret.” Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Abe, who has forged a strong friendship with Trump and agrees with him on many issues, is concerned because the short-range missiles pose a threat to Japan’s security. Trump was invited to Japan to be the first world leader to meet with its new emperor. Despite being far from Washington, he didn’t miss the chance to lob another broadside against former Vice President Joe Biden, one of the Democrats seeking to challenge Trump in next year’s presidential election. North Korea’s Kim Jong Un recently criticized Biden as having a low IQ, and Trump told the world he agreed with the authoritarian leader’s assessment. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe visit was designed to highlight the US-Japan alliance and showcase the warm relations between the leaders. Trump said he and Abe deliberated over economic issues, including trade and Iran, during hours of talks at the Akasaka Palace, but North Korea’s recent firing of short-range missiles emerged as an area of disagreement. When asked if he was bothered by the missile tests, Trump said: “No, I’m not. I am personally not.” The Republican president has sought to downplay the significance of the missile tests, even though his own national security adviser, John Bolton, said over the weekend that they violated U.N. resolutions. Trump continues to hold out hope of getting Kim to agree to give up his nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, despite two summits he’s had with the North Korean leader that produced no concrete pledge to denuclearize the peninsula. Trump praised Kim, calling him a “smart man” who might have launched the missiles earlier this month to “get attention.” “All I know is there have been no nuclear tests, no ballistic missiles going out, no long-range missiles going out and I think that someday we’ll have a deal,” Trump said, adding that he is in “no rush.” Trump is correct that North Korea has not recently tested a long-range missile that could reach the US. But earlier this month, North Korea fired off a series of short-range missiles that alarmed US allies in closer proximity to North Korea, including Japan. The tests broke a pause in North Korea’s ballistic missile launches that began in late 2017. Abe reiterated his previous statement that the tests were conducted in defiance of the UN.last_img read more

Canada Honoured to be Guest Country at MICA 2018 a Film and

first_imgAdvertisement OTTAWA, May 28, 2018 – In November 2017, during her bilateral trade mission to Mexico, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, met her counterpart, Secretary of Culture María Cristina García Cepeda, to further strengthen the bilateral relationship and bolster Canadian culture’s contribution to economic and social prosperity. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement This special role at this year’s MICA will also give Canada a unique opportunity to showcase the benefits of coproducing with Canada to Latin American producers. This will be done through a series of networking events, including business-to-business meetings, and additional opportunities for two-way collaboration and trade.The event will also provide access to international business opportunities and commercial exchange worldwide between directors, producers, screenwriters and all professionals of the film industry.Quotes“The Government of Canada is helping Canada’s creative industries succeed abroad, which we know creates jobs and prosperity in every region of Canada. By creating new trade opportunities for the film, television and augmented reality/virtual reality sectors, we are setting the stage for Canadian creators and cultural entrepreneurs to take advantage of export opportunities to create growth that benefits people in both Canada and Mexico.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian HeritageQuick FactsCanada and Mexico are among each other’s largest two-way trading partners, and bilateral trade between the two countries—valued at over $40 billion in 2016—continues to grow annually.Mexico is the top exporter of creative goods in Latin America, exporting $5.4 billion in 2015. It is considered the geographic and language hub for the Latin American market as a whole.Canada and Mexico share a dynamic and prosperous relationship: as friends, as North American neighbours, and as strategic partners in the Americas and in the world. Over the years, our cooperation has expanded across a wide range of political, trade, social, environmental and security interests.The Canada–Mexico Partnership (“CMP”) is a key mechanism for bilateral cooperation. It serves as a catalyst for concerted action between governments, private sectors, and non-governmental partners to pursue common goals and mutually beneficial priorities.Related ProductsMinister Joly Champions Canada’s Creative Industries in MexicoAssociated LinksThe Canada–Mexico PartnershipMercado, Industria, Cine y AudivisualCanada–Mexico RelationsMICA Appoints Canada as First Guest of Honour Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook As a direct result of these productive meetings and continued discussions under the Canada–Mexico Partnership (CMP), Minister Joly is delighted to accept the invitation extended from the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE) and Secretary Cepeda to welcome Canada as the Guest Country of the third edition of Mercado, Industria, Cine y Audiovisual (MICA), a trade show taking place in Mexico City in June.Canada’s participation at MICA will reaffirm and enhance government-to-government relationships with Mexico, promote Canada as an important creative industries partner, and raise the profile of cultural trade between both countries. Canada’s presence at this event is guided by the Creative Export Strategy (CES), announced last September as part of Creative Canada, the Government of Canada’s vision for its creative industries. It aims to open and expand markets and opportunities for Canada’s creative entrepreneurs, helping them deliver their content to international audiences. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Afghanistan UNbacked body steps up efforts for reconstruction

“As 2007 starts we have a window of opportunity to regain momentum,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Tom Koenigs told the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) session attended by 23 countries and international institutions. “We have to turn the tide and to seize every opportunity in the coming months for more growth, for more effective governance,” Mr. Koenigs, JCMB co-chair, added. The JCMB, set up last year to monitor implementation of the Afghanistan Compact, a five-year blueprint for reconstruction that was signed at the London Conference in February, was holding its first session outside Afghanistan, in line with intentions to hold at least one meeting annually in a major international setting. The meeting saw new initiatives aimed at addressing evolving challenges relating to lack of security, poverty, human rights and Afghanistan’s political environment. Prominent among these were Afghan proposals for accelerated Afghanization of the national army and police, as well as in the area of economic development. Other initiatives included improved capacity development for service delivery in Afghan provinces, redoubled employment generation, new momentum in reforms at the Ministry of Interior, enhanced aid effectiveness in line with current priorities, strengthening electoral preparations and intensified efforts to address the wider regional dimensions of the conflict, in which the ousted Taliban regime has stepped up attacks. “Afghanistan is grateful for the intensified military efforts of our international partners,” the Afghan co-chair of JCMB and senior economic adviser to President Hamid Karzai, Ishaq Nadiri, said. “And we recognize that an equally aggressive effort needs to be put into creating the conditions for long-term economic stability and social progress. “Afghanistan is a post-devastation country, and the Afghan people stand determined to chart a new path with the support of our international partners. To succeed, our efforts must be comprehensive and long-term,” he added. In the 12 months since the Afghanistan Compact was adopted, despite resurgent violence and record opium production, the JCMB has been able to oversee quiet but steady progress towards many vital goals, including creation of a national appointments mechanism, technical and administrative support to the new National Assembly, and reformed oversight procedures for strengthened government transparency. Progress has also been made on creating sustainable water resource strategies and plans for irrigation and drinking water, new business organization laws, and an Action Plan on Peace, Justice and Reconciliation. 31 January 2007A high-level United Nations-backed body promoting a five-year development plan for Afghanistan wound up a two-day meeting in Berlin today with a commitment to more aggressive and determined efforts to rebuild the war-torn country, ranging from improving security to easing poverty to fostering human rights. read more

Impunity for criminal acts in Darfur camps must stop – UN official

19 January 2012The chief of the joint United Nations-African Union operation in Darfur (UNAMID) stressed today his commitment to end impunity for criminal acts in displacement camps during a meeting with internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the state of North Darfur. “I have been taking up the issue of impunity with high-level officials of the Government of the Sudan,” Ibrahim Gambari told representatives of the Kassab and Fataborno IDP camp in the town of Kutum.“Where the people who are engaged in criminal acts are known, they must be brought to justice. As a result of our pressure, now they [the Sudanese Government] have appointed a special court and a special prosecutor [for Darfur],” he said.During the meeting, some women told the AU-UN envoy that rapes in and around the camp had increased and requested more security. Mr. Gambari vowed to take up the concern with the local authorities. He also reaffirmed UNAMID’s commitment to implement its core mandate and support the peace process in the region. “We have to bring this conflict to an end. The people of Darfur have suffered too long and too deeply,” he said.During his visit to the region, Mr. Gambari met with UNAMID troops from South Africa stationed in the area and was briefed on the operational activities and the challenges facing the mission. He stressed that the troops should double their efforts by increasing the number of patrols, including night patrols in the area.Mr. Gambari also held talks with the Commissioner of the Kutum Locality, Mohammed Kamaldin El Sayed Abu Shouk, who expressed his appreciation to UNAMID, and noted the need to implement more developmental projects in the area. The envoy assured the Commissioner that UNAMID will continue to work for the people of Kutum and Darfur. read more

Free trade climate among issues on Trudeau agenda at G7 summit in

Free trade, climate among issues on Trudeau agenda at G7 summit in Italy TAORMINA, Italy – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada will champion the benefits of free trade and action on climate change at the G7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily, even as U.S. President Donald Trump tries to steer the world in another direction.A senior government official with intimate knowledge of the negotiations says the Paris Agreement on the fight against climate change, which Trump might back out of, and international trade remain major sticking points that will likely keep talks going through the night.Freeland, though, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be looking to find common ground among the seven leaders around the table while standing firmly behind Canada’s positions on those issues.Freeland says one thing the leaders can agree on is that they must work together to counter the threat of violent extremism, which is expected to play a bigger role in the talks in the wake of Monday’s deadly terrorist attack on a concert arena in Manchester, England that killed 22 people.But the official says there are likely to gaps between leaders on the role that migration policy plays in that issue.Canada will be hosting the G7 summit next year and an official says Trudeau is expected to make inclusive growth and gender equality the major themes of the gathering at a remote luxury resort in the Charlevoix region of Quebec. by The Canadian Press Posted May 26, 2017 2:17 am MDT Last Updated May 26, 2017 at 5:17 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waves as he boards his plane in Strasbourg, France, on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Trudeau heads to Europe this week for the NATO and G7 summits, where global leaders are trying to figure out exactly how the world works now that U.S. President Donald Trump is at the table. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld read more

Greek Australian named Victorias top junior doctor

first_imgVision coupled with hard work and dedication does pay off, and Anastasia Vlachadis-Castles is a prime example of that. The young doctor from Mill Park has been named Victoria’s Junior Doctor of the Year, a prestigious award from the Medical Board of Victoria which was officiated in a ceremony in Darwin earlier this week. “I did not expect it; I was in America when they called me and told me that was I receiving an award for Victoria’s best doctor,” said Dr Vlachadis-Castles, having been nominated without her knowledge by supervisor Dr Bill Van-Gaal.The doctor proved to be a perfect candidate for the award, which recognises the outstanding contributions of young medical professionals in the field of medicine and research Down Under.Armed with the dream to be a doctor from the tender age of four, Anastasia set out studying radiology at Monash University, continuing on to Deakin to pursue medicine, all the while making time to study a diploma in Greek Studies and teach Greek at the Victorian School of Languages.Since then, she has continued on the path to fulfilling her dream, working at both The Northern and Austin Hospitals.“My goal as a doctor is to help people, and it’s great to be recognised for doing something I love,” she said. “It’s a lot of hard work (she works night shift, seven days a week), but it’s definitely worth it – I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”But what’s really made the young doctor stand out is the extra work she has contributed to the field, with the implementation of the Medical Student Mentoring Program, providing counselling and educational support for her junior doctors entering the workforce for the first time.“Particularly for young doctors, starting their practical training at the hospital is very difficult. It is our first contact with patients whose lives we are now responsible for. That alone makes us more anxious than you can imagine,” Dr Vlachadis-Castles explains.Northern Health CEO Siva Sivarajah, who has seen Dr Vlachadis-Castles in action, has only praise for the young doctor’s achievements. “Dr Vlachadis-Castles is a prime example of the passionate and dedicated staff we have here at Northern Health. [She] has positively impacted the care of some of our most complex patients, particularly as a part of our cardiology and research teams,” Mr Sivarajah said.“She has also made significant contributions to the education of new medical students by implementing the Medical Student Mentoring Program in 2014, and she continues to help to supervise and teach medical students throughout their placements.”But Dr Vlachadis-Castles won’t be stopping there. In addition to her current work commitments, she is working towards increasing her formal involvement in medical education, currently undertaking a Masters of Health Professional Education. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Senate Committee Rejects AntiRFS Amendment

first_imgDuring consideration and mark-up of a bill to lift the ban on crude oil exports, the Senate Banking Committee last week defeated an amendment that would have eliminated the conventional biofuels portion of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which is predominantly filled by corn ethanol. The amendment, offered by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA,) was defeated by a vote of 7-15. The vote provides a favorable indication of the continued support for the RFS in the U.S. Senate.last_img

Rollover crash leaves 1 dead in Pembroke Park

first_imgPEMBROKE PARK, Fla. (WSVN) – Police are investigating a single-vehicle rollover crash in Pembroke Park that left one person dead.Rescue crews responded to the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, at around 3 a.m., Friday.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 31-year-old Martin Luther Johnson, was driving south on I-95 when he lost control and collided with a light pole near the Hallandale Beach Boulevard exit.Johnson’s 2013 Infiniti rolled over several times, causing him to be ejected into a nearby parking lot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Firefighters with Broward Fire Rescue had to cut through the fence that separates I-95 from Southwest 30th Avenue in order to reach the victim.At this point, it is unknown if alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Israel of God Bible Study Class Church Picnic

first_imgThe Israel of God Bible Study Class Church picnic is on September 3rd. The event is opened to the public from 11 am to 6 pm. There will be free food, games, fun and fellowship. Call Darren Goodwin at 301-351-8627 or by email at good5927@verizon.net for more information.last_img

Bacteria shown to smell ammonia

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — A new study provides the first evidence that bacteria respond to odors, which according to one of the researchers may be the earliest evolutionary example of olfaction. Microbiologist Reindert Nijland from the University Medical Centre at Utrecht in the Netherlands, and marine microbiologist Grant Burgess, from the University of Newcastle in the UK, were studying the formation of biofilms by common bacteria that live in soils (Bacillus licheniformis), and discovered the microbes were sensitive to the presence of ammonium sulfate, which bacteria metabolize and convert to ammonia, which is a valuable nutrient because it contains nitrogen, which is then used in the production of proteins and nucleic acids. Some ammonia is released to the air in the process.In the study the researchers used an array consisting of 96 wells and filled one half with a culture medium intended specifically to promote biofilm formation, and the other half with a general, nutrient-rich culture medium. Biofilms were formed in the wells in the biofilm section, but formed best in the central wells closest to the nutrient-rich medium containing ammonium sulfate. Bacteria in these wells were releasing ammonia as they digested the ammonium sulfate. Nijland and Burgess then experimented with different media and found that media with ammonium sulfate as one of the nutrients produced the greatest volume of biofilms in the central wells. The same pattern was produced if the media was a simple aqueous solution of ammonia, which suggests the bacteria can sense the volatile ammonia and react by growing a biofilm towards its source. This would be an advantage to the bacteria as ammonia indicates the presence of a rich source of nutrients nearby.Bacteria have previously been shown to respond to gases such as carbon monoxide and oxygen, but Nijland said these gases do not have odors and so the response to them cannot be olfactory. He said it makes no sense to “smell” oxygen as it is always around. “You smell things that give important information,” Nijland said. He also countered criticism of the research suggesting the bacteria were responding to changes in pH of the solution as it absorbed ammonia, by saying the effect was observed even when concentrations were too low to have much effect on pH, and the culture medium was also buffered to ensure large pH shifts did not occur.Nijland said he hoped the results might lead to ways of preventing the formation of biofilms, which are resistant to antibiotics and make bacteria that cause disease more of a threat.The paper is to be published in the Biotechnology Journal. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Bacteria breakthrough is heaven scent Explore further Citation: Bacteria shown to ‘smell’ ammonia (2010, August 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-bacteria-shown-ammonia.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

ALS linked to occupational exposure to electromagnetic field

first_imgPeople who are exposed to very low frequency electromagnetic fields at workplace – such as pilots and welders – may be at double the risk of developing ALS, the most common form of motor neurone disease, scientists warned today.Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurological disease, characterised by progressive degeneration of the motor nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.There is currently no cure, and those affected usually die within a few years of diagnosis. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers relied on data from the Netherlands Cohort Study that involves more than 58,000 men and more than 62,000 women, who were all aged between 55 and 69 when they were first entered the study in 1986.Participants who had died of motor neurone disease (76 men and 60 women) were compared with around 4,000 (2411 men and 2589 women) who had been randomly selected for the purposes of the current study.Their detailed employment histories were converted into workplace exposure to solvents, pesticides, metals, extremely low frequency magnetic fields and electric shocks. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”ELF-MF are magnetic fields produced by electrical appliances and the power grid, with a frequency up to 300 Hz,” said Roel Vermeulen, from Utrecht University in Netherlands.”Jobs with relatively higher ELF-MF levels are for example: electric line installer, repairers and cable jointer, welders, sewing-machine operators, air craft pilots – essentially jobs where workers are placed in close proximity to appliances that use a lot of electricity,” said Vermeulen. High levels of electromagnetic field exposure were largely confined to the men, and depended on job type.These ranged from two to 25 per cent among the men.Participants’ neurological health was then tracked for an average of 17 years to see if any of them succumbed to ALS.During this time, 76 men and 60 women died of ALS.Occupational exposure to extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields was associated with a heightened risk of developing ALS among the men.Those whose jobs had exposed them to high levels of extremely low electromagnetic fields were more than twice as likely to develop ALS as those who had never been exposed through their work.Furthermore, those in the top 30 per cent of cumulative exposure were nearly twice as likely to develop the disease.The other occupational factors assessed were only weakly associated with ALS risk in both men and women, and there was no clear evidence of a linear increase in risk according to the amount of cumulative exposure, researchers said.The findings strengthen the evidence suggesting that ALS may be linked to workplace exposure to extremely low electromagnetic fields, they said.last_img read more