Croatia Argentina have to play to win, warns Croatia captain Modric Tommy Doleman 07:13 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Croatia World Cup Croatia v Nigeria Nigeria Argentina v Croatia Argentina The Real Madrid star cannot wait to face the Albiceleste after helping his nation to victory in their first game of Russia 2018 Luka Modric is relishing the prospect of giving Lionel Messi’s Argentina a tough game as Croatia moved to the top of Group D at the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Nigeria.The Real Madrid midfielder converted from the penalty spot in the second half to ensure Croatia got off to a flying start after Oghenekaro Etebo’s own goal in the opening period.Zlatko Dalic’s side face Argentina, who were held 1-1 by Iceland following Messi’s missed penalty in their opening match, on Thursday knowing a win will see them progress to the knockout rounds. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Modric hopes the victory over Nigeria can give Croatia plenty of belief.”They [Argentina] have huge amounts of quality, but this win will boost our confidence and we will up our game,” he said after receiving the Man of the Match award.”We’ll play a good game against Argentina. I hope we will take some points but it’s going to be tough.”They have to play for a win because of [Saturday’s] score, which was unexpected for them, but it’s an important game for us and we will try to play our best.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli names backroom teamby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli has named his backroom team.Pioli will be joined by his long-standing assistant manager Giacomo Murelli, fitness coach Francesco Perondi and son Gianmarco Pioli as match analyst.Other members of staff are Davide Lucarelli, Luciano Vulcano, fitness coaches Luca Monguzzi, Marco Vago, Matteo Osti and Roberto Peressutti.Pioli has also chosen to retain Luigi Turci and Daniele Bonera from the Marco Giampaolo era.
India Today Web Desk ChennaiMarch 17, 2019UPDATED: March 17, 2019 11:46 IST MS Dhoni will lead Chennai Super Kings’ title defence in IPL 2019 (@ChennaiIPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni was spotted hitting big sixes during his first training session ahead of IPL 2019MS Dhoni batted at the nets along with his CSK teammates Suresh Raina and Ambati RayuduChennai Super Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the season opener of IPL 2019 on March 23If early signs are anything to go by, MS Dhoni is looking set for another productive season in the Indian Premier League. The Chennai Super Kings captain was seen striking the ball cleanly during his first practice session for CSK on Saturday in the lead up to IPL 2019 starting March 23.MS Dhoni arrived in Chennai on Friday and got down to business along with his teammates at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Dhoni padded up and blasted a few into the empty stands, which are expected to be filled by a sea of yellow during the IPL 2019 opener against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.In a video clip uploaded by CSK’s social media handles, Dhoni can be spotted stepping down the track and hitting a few big ones during the practice session. The India wicketkeeper-batsman was timing the ball well, much to delight of CSK fans.Dhoni had trained alongside senior CSK teammates, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu. The CSK captain was also spotted having discussions with head coach Stephen Fleming, who had arrived in Chennai on Friday. Dhoni also found time to give some bowling tips to pacer Mohit Sharma on Saturday. Notably, Fleming and batting coach Michael Hussey were overseeing the training session.140 seconds of Classic #Thala Dhoni! #WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/079ZXqdUaSChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 16, 2019A Dencoming feeling that cannot be expressed in words! True #Yellove! #WhistlePodu ???? pic.twitter.com/ZBrgx4UE8KChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 16, 2019Dhoni had led CSK to their third IPL title on their return from a two-year suspension last season. Dhoni led from the front with the bat, smashing 455 runs, including three half-centuries at an average of 75.83 from 16 matches in IPL 2018.advertisementDhoni will be keen on replicating his form from last year in IPL 2019 as match-practice will be key to the India wicketkeeper ahead of 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales. Dhoni has made a rousing start to the World Cup year as he has been one of the most consistent batsmen for Team India in 2019, scoring 327 runs at an average of 81.75 in ODIs.CSK began their preparations for IPL 2019 in full swing on Saturday after the team’s big stars joined the preparatory camp in Chennai. Notably, local players, including Karn Sharma, KM Asif and N Jagadeesan, had joined the camp as early as March 6 while the foreign players are expected to arrive in Chennai over the next few days.CSK are expected to receive a warm welcome from their passionate fans as they return to Chennai for the first time since April 10, 2018. CSK had played only one home game last season as the matches were shifted out of Chennai due to Cauvery River dispute.Michael Hussey, meanwhile, said the players are looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd in the upcoming season of IPL.”With a team like Chennai Super Kings there is always expectations but I think we can take a lot of confidence from the last season going into the new one. Hopefully, we get plenty more games in Chennai as well, in front of our home fans who we often feel are an extra fielder for us,” Hussey said.Also Read | Wrong decisions have kept RCB away from IPL title, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Steve Smith, David Warner meet with Australia team ahead of ODI series vs PakistanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow IPL 2019Follow Suresh RainaFollow MA Chidambaram StadiumFollow Ambati RayuduFollow Stephen Fleming IPL 2019: Watch MS Dhoni in destructive mood in first CSK training sessionMS Dhoni batted at the nets in his first training session for Chennai Super Kings ahead of IPL 2019 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. He was joined by his India teammates Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu.advertisement
Learning opportunities designed to meet the needs of travel advisors in all niches and geographic areas IRVING, TX (March 4, 2019) –Nexion Travel Group, the travel industry’s premier host agency, has announced its slate of educational offerings for 2019. The classes and events are carefully designed to ensure that all members can find opportunities tailored to them. For example, within Nexion Travel Group’s Fundamentals Series, Essentialsis designed for those new to the travel industry while experienced travel advisors who have recently started working with Nexion Travel Group can take part in Boot Camp. The highly popular Regionalswill return in 2019, taking place in several locations around the country, with select Regionals featuring a client travel show for the first time this year. Additionally, Nexion Travel Group will offer a broad range of specialty events, along with the organization’s annual international conference, CoNexion, taking place in September. “Nexion has an outstanding reputation for providing valuable and proven educational opportunities for our travel advisor members,” said Jackie Friedman, CTC, CTIE, President of Nexion Travel Group. “Our members represent a wide variety of business models and need an equally wide variety of continuing education. Our commitment is to meet our members where they are in their career to help them become more successful. From those new to the industry to the experienced advisor, to the member who wants to dive deeper into a niche, Nexion Travel Group can help with our specialized classes and seminars,” Friedman added. During Nexion Travel Group’sRegionals, company leadership educates members on how to get the most out of Nexion Travel Group programs, network and take part in presentations and trade shows from supplier partners. All Regionals are complimentary for attendees. In 2019, Regionals in West Palm Beach, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Baltimore will, for the first time, offer a consumer night. Nexion Travel Group members attending these Regionals will have the opportunity to invite clients to the consumer night which will feature select travel suppliers as well as a presentation from a destination expert. For those members who want to pursue a specific travel niche or specialty, Nexion Travel Group’s 2019 Specialty events include:Groups (April 25-28, 2019 in Puerto Vallarta)Corporate CoNexions (May 17-19 in Miami Beach)Marketing(July 16-18, 2019 in Minneapolis)Luxury (November 1-4, 2019, location pending)LuxTravel(November 8-10, 2019 in San Diego) For 2019, Corporate CoNexions will transition from an invitation-only event to open application. Robbi Jumaa Hamida, Senior Vice President of Nexion Travel Group and leader of the Corporate CoNexions specialty event explained, “We started this event as an intimate group for travel advisors who have a majority of their business in corporate travel. Over the years, we have seen an uptick in members who see corporate travel as a lucrative specialty. As a result, Corporate CoNexions has grown and we are thrilled to open it to a larger group so members can increase their corporate travel business.” Registration is also open for the Marketing specialty event, to be held in Minneapolis in July. This multi-day event offers Nexion Travel Group members the chance to develop marketing plans for their own business, as well as work with fellow travel advisors to develop an actionable travel agency business plan. Subject matter experts from Travel Leaders Group and Nexion Travel Group’s supplier partners will be on hand to provide guidance and share skills. Early bird registration is open until April 30 for CoNexion, Nexion Travel Group’s annual international conference being held this year from September 12-15 at Universal Orlando Resort. 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Work will continue on the rehabilitation of the Broadgate to Agualta Vale roadway in St. Mary this year, through a $500 million allocation in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.This additional work should bring the project to 85 per cent completion.The undertaking falls under the Rural Road Rehabilitation Project II, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.Meanwhile, the Government will be spending $204.5 million this year to complete renovation of office space at Port Royal Street in Kingston in order to accommodate a United Nations (UN) office.A sum of $37.5 million has also been provided in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure to conduct pre-assessment studies (surveys and evaluation) for the establishment of a third city in keeping with the country’s development agenda.The money will also go towards the production of a report with recommendations for three possible sites for a third city.
Farmers and other groundwater users in the Annapolis Valley are being asked to take part in a study that will help to improve water use planning. The departments of Natural Resources, Environment, and Agriculture, as well as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture are working together to ensure groundwater is used in a sustainable manner. “We are pleased to be helping our farmers, businesses, and communities to better manage their use of one of Nova Scotia’s most precious natural resources,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “The province has a significant amount of groundwater expertise and we are looking forward to contributing to this important project.” The project received $46,200 in funding from the Canada-Nova Scotia Water Supply Expansion Program. The provincial government matched the funding support. “Access to good-quality water is a key factor in agricultural production,” said Agriculture Minister Brooke Taylor. “I am encouraged that this project will provide information that will enable sustainable irrigation planning.” This project will expand on a 2006 study that estimated how much groundwater is available in Valley underground water sources called aquifers. The current project will estimate groundwater demand for all users in the Annapolis Valley. The survey is aimed at 900 well users, including 600 farmers. It is one of a series of steps to establish a plan for sustainable groundwater use. “With farm income in the Annapolis Valley totalling more than $230 million per year, the ability to meet water needs to maintain and grow these revenues will be extremely important,” said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “The 2006 study showed an estimated half million cubic metres of groundwater per day is available to farmers and other water users. This new survey will help farmers and other water users better manage this precious resource.” The aquifers underlying the Annapolis Valley represent some of Nova Scotia’s most important water resources. They supply water to the agriculture industry, private wells, municipal water, and commercial and industrial operations. “To ensure sustainable prosperity as we move toward a greener future in Nova Scotia we must manage our environment wisely,” said Environment Minister Mark Parent. “This study is an example of the forward-looking science we need, especially in light of the climate change challenges we face.” Survey questionnaires have recently gone out to Annapolis Valley farmers and other non-residential groundwater well owners. The completed surveys will provide the province with a better understanding of how much groundwater is being used. Participants can also complete the survey online at, www.cbcl.ca/annapolis/well_water_questionnaire.html . “People who deal with, and depend on, the water supply every day have the information we are looking for,” said Richard Melvin, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “We are working with the province to provide our farmers with important information on water resources that can help them better plan the future of their operations.” Survey entries are due by Jan. 30. The survey is being conducted by a private, independent environmental consulting firm and is expected to be completed by March.
New Delhi: Former Congress chief and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi on Friday spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking help for people affected by flood following incessant rain in Kerala over the past two days. Modi assured him of all necessary assistance. “Wayanad MP Rahul GandhiA spoke to the Prime Minister seeking all possible assistance for the people severely affected by the floods and landslides in the state, especially in Wayanad. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The Prime Minister has assured to provide any assistance required to mitigate the effects of the disaster,” Gandhi’s Wayanad MP office tweeted. On Thursday, the Wayanad MP spoke to Kerala Chief Minister P. Vijayan to seek assistance for the flood affected people in his parliamentary constituency and other parts of the state. Gandhi had decided to postpone his trip to Wayanad as he felt it would affect the rescue operations. Incessant rain in Kerala have claimed 23 lives in the past two days. Over 22,000 people have been shifted to some 315 relief camps across the state, officials said. Till late on Thursday the toll was eight, but Friday’s count put the number at 23. Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad, Kasargode and Idukki were the worst affected. There has been 260 mm of rain in Wayanad — the parliamentary constituency of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi. A huge landslide has marooned around 2,000 people in Meppadi in the district.
HALIFAX – A non-Aboriginal history professor has been given the green light to teach a residential schools course at Mount Saint Vincent University, despite objections from some who say the course should be the purview of Indigenous academics.The Halifax school says a meeting was held Tuesday at the request of Dr. Martha Walls, who developed the course. The discussion included history department leaders, faculty, school administration and the senior adviser to the president on Aboriginal affairs.“Dr. Walls has the support of Indigenous and non-Indigenous faculty and administration at the Mount, to teach the course regarding residential schools,” the university said in a statement after the meeting.“Indigenous faculty and staff at the Mount believe that true allies committed to honest reconciliation — like Dr. Walls — must be engaged in sharing knowledge of First Nations/Canadian history in order to reach all those in education who should be reached with this important information.”The Mount said there was a thoughtful discussion Tuesday over concerns raised on social media.Last week, critics said the decision to assign a “settler scholar” to teach the course was a kind of historical appropriation and reinforcement of the systemic oppression of First Nations.“Consistent with her usual practice, and as was originally planned, Dr. Walls’ curriculum will prioritize first voices, Indigenous narratives, firsthand accounts and primary sources,” said the statement.“This is an approach that is consistent with academic inquiry that often reaches beyond one’s own community or identity.”The statement called truth and reconciliation a partnership and said it requires “complex and sometimes challenging discussions.”“Critique, discussion, and reflection are at the heart of academic inquiry and are foundational to research and teaching. In keeping with our commitment to academic freedom, today’s meeting represents our responsibility as an academic institution to take up difficult questions.”The university said it recognizes the consequences of colonization and is committed to continued work with partners inside and outside the school and will continue to “strongly support” Indigenous students and communities, including increasing the number of Indigenous faculty in the university.The meeting came a day after a group of Canadian professors spoke out against the university’s handling of the controversy.The Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship said a professor’s race or ethnicity should not be a consideration when assigning a course and it chided Mount Saint Vincent for holding the meeting, saying it would undercut university collegiality and academic integrity.Society president Mark Mercer said it was also up to the Mount’s history department to consider a professor’s expertise and perspectives — matters he said should be judged on academic grounds alone.But critics maintain only Indigenous Peoples have the lived experience to understand the complex and cumulative ways they’ve been discriminated against, and that they should teach their own history.In the midst of the criticism, Walls received support from Sherry Pictou, a women’s studies professor at the university who is Mi’kmaq.Pictou said she had “full confidence” in Walls as both as a historian and an ally to the Indigenous community.According to findings by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, more than 150,000 First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children were often taken from their families by force to attend government residential schools, where at least 6,000 died from malnutrition, disease and widespread abuse.About 7,000 survivors testified before the commission and related graphic details of rampant sexual and physical abuse at the schools.
On February 27th at La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts in La Mirada, CA, songwriters and long-time friends Jackson Browne, Steve Noonan and Greg Copeland will return to their hometown for an evening benefitting the Steve Noonan Medical Fund and the Fox Fullerton Restoration Project.The show begins at 8PM. General Tickets ($40/$60/$80) and Golden Circle seats go on sale at 12 Noon PT on Saturday, February 1st and are available here or by calling the theater box office at 562-944-9801 or 714-994-6310.For over eighty years, The Fox Theatre has been a dominant feature in the heart of downtown Fullerton. In 2001 the Fullerton Historic Theater Foundation- a 501c3 nonprofit- formed to meet the challenge of saving the Fox Theater, restoring it and helping to create programming that will allow the Theater to be a self-sustaining cultural center. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be put towards helping the Fox Fullerton achieve this goal. The other portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Steve Noonan Medical Fund. Noonan, like so many musicians, was uninsured when he was faced with the astronomical costs of surgery and treatment for prostate cancer.Browne, Noonan and Copeland went to high school in Fullerton, CA and began writing songs and working together at that time. Noonan landed a recording contract with Elektra Records, and together he and Copeland wrote the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s first hit, “Buy For Me The Rain.” His 2008 album, “Bringin’ It Back Home,”—his first CD after returning to music full time—garnered rave reviews in the foreign press. Noonan is currently finishing work on a solo release.Copeland and Browne wrote “The Fairest Of The Seasons,” recorded by Nico on her Chelsea Girl album, which was featured in the Wes Anderson film The Royal Tenenbaums. Copeland continued writing songs, some of which were recorded by Joan Baez, Jackson Browne and David Lindley. In 1982 Copeland recorded his first solo album, produced by Browne for Geffen Records. His second solo album, Diana and James, was produced by Greg Leisz, another Sunny Hills High School graduate. It was released in 2008 on Browne’s Inside Recordings.Greg Leisz, one of the most acclaimed and sought after musicians and producers to emerge from the Los Angeles music scene in the last twenty years, has worked and recorded with Bill Frisell, K.D. Lang, Eric Clapton, Emmy Lou Harris, Dave Alvin, Joe Cocker, Joe Henry, Jackson Browne and many others. He joins Steve Noonan, Greg Copeland and Jackson Browne for this return to Orange County by four of its native sons.Don’t miss an incredible evening of songs and stories with Jackson Browne, Steve Noonan, Greg Copeland and Greg Leisz at La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts in La Mirada, CA.For more information visit: www.jacksonbrowne.com.
TORONTO – Shareholders of Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP) voted overwhelmingly in favour of an acquisition by licensed cannabis producer CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:CMED) at a special meeting today.Approximately 99.4 per cent of the votes, representing more than 271.8 million outstanding common shares, were cast in support of a plan that would see Newstrike shareholders receive 33 CanniMed shares for each 1,000 shares of Newstrike.The Tragically Hip, a major shareholder in Newstrike, last week threw its support behind the company’s friendly takeover by Saskatoon-based CanniMed.However, the deal, which CanniMed says better positions the company for entry into the recreational cannabis market, is subject to approval from CanniMed shareholders at a special meeting scheduled for Jan. 23.The final outcome of that deal remains uncertain, as CanniMed is also the target of an all-stock hostile takeover by Edmonton-based Aurora Cannabis (TSX:ACB) that is conditional on abandoning the Newstrike deal.CanniMed has urged its shareholders to vote in favour of Newstrike, but three of the Saskatoon-based company’s biggest shareholders representing 38 per cent of outstanding shares have signed lock-up agreements backing Aurora’s bid.
Rabat – Speaking at a press conference in Casablanca, the Hassania Association of Magistrates and the Magistrates Club of Morocco unanimously condemned the position of Mustapha Ramid, Morocco’s human rights minister.Commenting on Abdelali Hamieddine’s prosecution, Ramid recalled that “no one can be prosecuted or punished because of an offense for which he has already been acquitted or condemned by a final judgment in accordance with the law and the criminal procedure of each country.”Ramid was referring to the decision of the investigating judge at the Fez Court of Appeals to re-prosecute Hamieddine for “voluntary homicide.” The murder took place on February 25, 1993, at Dhar El Mehraz University in Fez, during clashes between leftist students and Islamist militants, which resulted in the killing of Mohammed Ait Ljid Benaissa. In response to Ramid’s remarks, the president of the Hassania Association, Abdelhak El Aiassi, said that the case came in the wake of the Justice and Development Party’s (PJD) pressure and confusion it sustained after hearing the news. He argued that the PJD has led them to “cross the red lines” by looking at the judiciary as not independent and saying that “it would lose people’s faith.”He also said that the case was reopened after new information was submitted to the investigating judge.Read Also: Judge Re-Prosecutes PJD’s Hamieddine as Accomplice in a 1993 MurderDefending his client, Hamieddine’s lawyer, Abdessamad El Idrissi, who is also a member of the PJD, echoed Ramid’s statement.He immediately condemned the case on his Facebook page, calling it “political” and contrary to “the internally recognized principles of justice.” “There are some people who seek to destroy confidence in any possibility to have an independent judiciary based on law and conscience,” Idrissi wrote.During the press conference, a question from a journalist created great confusion in the conference room.The questioner wondered such press conferences have not been held to ensure fair trials in many national cases, such as the Hirak Rif and Hirak Jerada case, as well as the recent prosecution of two journalists, Hamid El Mahdaoui and Taoufik Bouachrine.The panelists preferred not to answer the question, arguing that it was not the subject of the conference.
Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,728.32, down 47.98 points):Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down eight cents, 2.57 per cent, to $3.03 on 9.5 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down 19 cents, 1.50 per cent, to $12.48 on 6.3 million shares.Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN). Financial Services. Up 94 cents, or 10.40 per cent, to $9.98 on 4.3 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Pharmaceutical. Down 23 cents, or 2.99 per cent, to $7.45 on 4.1 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 20 cents, 5.35 per cent, to $3.54 on 3.5 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down four cents, or 1.12 per cent, to $3.54 on 3.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up two cents, 0.91 per cent, to $2.21 on 3.4 million shares. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Commerce tacked on another 79.82 per cent of preliminary anti-dumping duties, now totalling almost 300 per cent, for Bombardier to export its CSeries commercial jet into the American market once deliveries to Delta Air Lines begin next year.Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Up $1.21, 1.50 per cent, to $82.11 on 315,991 shares. The legal battle between a group of Tim Hortons franchisees and their parent company escalated Friday as the corporate-unsanctioned franchisee association filed a lawsuit alleging RBI, its subsidiary and several executives of subverting their right to associate.
At today’s commemorative meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan called the Convention on the Law of the Sea a milestone for the rule of law. “In a world of uncertainty and insecurity, it is indeed a great achievement to have established this Convention, and to ensure the rule of law in an element where human beings from different nations have interacted through the centuries,” he said.The Convention was opened for signature on 10 December 1982 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, after nine years of negotiations, with a record 119 countries signing on. The treaty came into force on 16 November 1994, and is fast approaching universal participation, with 138 States Parties, including the European Union, and 157 signatories.Among its provisions, the “constitution for the oceans” established that the seabed and ocean floor beyond the limits of national jurisdiction are the “common heritage of mankind,” whose use and protection are the right and responsibility of all. The treaty also called for the compulsory settlement of disputes, set out the overall legal framework for all activities in or on the oceans and seas, and provided detailed rules governing all uses of the oceans and defined the rights and responsibilities of States.In his statement today, the Secretary-General noted that over the last two decades the implementation of certain aspects of the accord have been “inadequate,” pointing out that the world’s fisheries are becoming increasingly depleted, and the environment is becoming dangerously and seriously degraded.”These are threats not only to food security and to the livelihoods of many coastal communities, but also to human health and to life itself,” he said. “The oceans and the seas are vitally important for the earth’s ecosystem. They provide vital resources for food security, and without them, economic prosperity and the well-being of present and future generations could not be sustained.”He urged countries to improve their cooperation on the issue, and appealed also to those not party to the treaty to ratify the Convention. “There could be no bigger tribute to its success and importance than to see it become truly universal,” he said. “Peace and security, development and trade, cooperation and the rule of law would be strengthened by that achievement.”General Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic said the elaboration of the Convention represented an attempt to establish “true universality” in the effort to achieve a just and equitable international order governing ocean space. “For the first time the Convention offers a universal and complex legal framework for sharing the oceans as a common heritage of mankind,” he stressed.The text of the Convention is not only the result of the codification of customary law, Mr. Kavan added, but embodies the progressive development of international law as well by setting up the International Seabed Authority and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. “The high number of States Parties to the Convention is the best proof of the magnificent success of all those who participated in this work,” he said.
Canadian Tire to launch trial run of home delivery this year, CEO says TORONTO – Canadian Tire will launch a trial run with home delivery at the end of this year, its CEO said Thursday in what is likely a response to the rising threat posed from competitors such as Walmart and Amazon.The move marks a reversal for the national retailer, which for years had expressed no interest in home delivery, saying there was no need to offer it when 90 per cent of the country’s population lives within 15 minutes of one of its stores.“It’s a big move,” Canadian Tire CEO Stephen Wetmore said in an interview Thursday following the company’s annual general meeting and latest earnings release.Details are scant. Wetmore said the company needs to pick a market, decide on how many of its nearly 500 stores will participate and which products will be eligible for home delivery.The trial run will be assessed to determine whether home delivery should be rolled out across the country.“It’s really complex with CTR (Canadian Tire retail),” he said.About 100 Canadian Tire stores across the country already offer limited delivery on a small number of products. Delivery is also already available at nearly all of Canadian Tire’s other retail banners, including Mark’s, Pro Hockey Life and Sport Chek.Canadian Tire has also offered a pay-and-pickup option since it rolled out its e-commerce website in 2014.The retailer is likely feeling the squeeze from the likes of Walmart Canada and Amazon, which offer same-day and sometimes free delivery.Wetmore recently returned as the head of the company in July, replacing Michael Medline, who had been in the top job for less than two years. Since his return, Wetmore’s focus has been on improving Canadian Tire’s e-commerce and data analytics strategy.He said Canadian Tire has been in recent talks with retailers, primarily in Europe, to sell its private brands including home decor lines such as Noma and Canvas.The company isn’t eyeing any international expansion with its store banners at this point, Wetmore said, but it is open to more mergers and acquisitions abroad.On Wednesday, Canadian Tire announced it purchased Padinox, the company that owns the Canadian rights to the Paderno kitchenware brand, for an undisclosed amount.Earlier Thursday, Canadian Tire reported that its profit jumped 26 per cent in its latest quarter to $107.9 million, or $1.24 per share, for the 13-week period ended April 1. That compares with $85.6 million, or 90 cents per share, for the same period a year earlier.Its revenue climbed 7.6 per cent to $2.75 billion.The improvement came despite warmer weather in January and February that hurt sales in outerwear, accessories and boots and a cold start to spring that took a bite out of sales in bicycles, running shoes and casual clothing, the company said.Its shares were down 5.4 per cent in late afternoon trading on the S&P/TSX composite index, trading at $157.32.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted May 11, 2017 8:10 am MDT Last Updated May 11, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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LAS VEGAS — Derrik Smits scored 20 points with 12 rebounds and Valparaiso beat UNLV 72-64 on Wednesday night.Smits was 8 of 16 from the field for the Crusaders (4-3). Bakari Evelyn added 13 points, five assists and four steals before fouling out and Markus Golder had 10 points.Valparaiso had 13 steals contributing to 25 UNLV turnovers.The Crusaders trailed 31-20 with five minutes to play in the first half then surged 11-4 on a 3-pointer by Evelyn and dunks by Golder and Javon Freeman to tighten it to 35-31 at halftime.Smits scored on a layup to start the second half then followed with a 3-point play to give the Crusaders a 36-35 edge. An Evelyn 3-pointer and another Golder dunk helped stretch it to 48-39 with 12:48 to play and the Crusaders cruised from there.Shakur Juiston scored 14 points and matched his career-best with 19 rebounds for the Rebels (4-2).The Associated Press
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SGS Minerals Services (SGS) has expanded its hyperspectral analysis capability in North America with the addition of a mobile unit based in Canada. The expansion follows a significant show of support for the service offered by SGS and its hyperspectral partner Corescan in the North American market. It also enhances SGS’s mineralogy services offering with a footprint that includes Corescan in Santiago, Chile and Perth, Australia.SGS and Corescan (based in Australia) entered into an agreement in 2014 to incorporate Corescan’s mineralogical imaging technology into SGS´s global laboratory network to provide service to its clients in both the minerals and oil and gas industries.Hyperspectral scanning offers clients objective mineralogical and geotechnical data from drill core or chips and increases confidence in resource estimation, domain creation and mine optimisation modelling. The new unit will be moved to various sites in Canada for trial and demonstration purposes, and will support exploration and production campaigns where it can deliver high volume mineralogical data for direct application to resource models or production monitoring programs.Recent hyperspectral users have realised direct value from Corescan through improved geological understanding in both exploration and mine programs globally. SGS is pleased to now be able to offer this service directly to its Canadian clients.The mobile unit incorporates state-of-the-art hyperspectral imaging sensors integrated with ultra-high resolution core photography and 3D core profiling technologies. Data can be independently processed and interpreted in real time by Corescan´s proprietary mineralogical software; results are available for remote viewing via a web-based virtual core library called Coreshed. Results can also be provided in report and data formats that are compatible with all standard geological modelling packages.
By Órla Ryan Dec 2nd 2016, 6:39 PM File photo Share17 Tweet Email1 Researchers in Cork develop technology that will identify child sexual abuse images online Current systems mean specialists have to view “traumatic and distressing” material. 7 Comments 7,346 Views NEW TECHNOLOGY WILL use artificial intelligence to help police and find offenders who present the highest risk to the public, according to a UCC researcher who helped develop it.The iCOP (Identifying and Catching Originators in P2P Networks) toolkit will automatically identify new and previously unseen images of child sexual abuse for police and help to reduce the volumes of materials specialists have to view in order to find children.Maggie Brennan, a researcher and lecturer in the Schools of Applied Psychology and Criminology at UCC, worked on the research team with Sean Hammond of UCC’s School of Applied Psychology to develop the technology.‘Traumatic’“It’s common to seize computers and collections of child sexual abuse materials containing enormous volumes of illegal materials, terabytes of individual files. Having to view this material to find victims can be traumatic and distressing for the specialists working to find these children,” Brennan said.In a statement released today, UCC said current systems rely on identifying known media. As a result, these tools are unable to assess the thousands of results they retrieve, whereas the iCOP toolkit uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to flag new and previously unknown child sexual abuse media.The new approach combines automatic filename and media analysis techniques in an intelligent filtering module. The software can identify new criminal media and distinguish it from other media being shared, such as adult pornography.Brennan said law enforcement “urgently need these kinds of supports to help them manage the volumes of cases they are being faced with – to find the children who are victimised in these images and videos, as well as those offenders who present the highest risk to the public”.The research behind the technology was conducted in an international project founded by the European Commission by researchers at UCC, Lancaster University and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).At UCC, the team worked closely with international law enforcement specialists in online child sexual abuse investigation to understand their needs and develop a tool that allows them to find the most urgent cases for intervention.Our role also involved developing a psychological profiling system to identify viewers of child sexual abuse images who may be at risk of committing hands-on abuse.“We have been researching this topic with international law enforcement agencies like Interpol for many years, since the early 2000s. The volumes of child sexual abuse images and videos now in circulation is a real concern, and it can be overwhelming for law enforcement.“Trying to find recent or ongoing cases of child sexual abuse is an absolute priority, but the sheer volume of illegal materials in circulation online makes this task incredibly difficult for the police,” Brennan said.Hundreds of searches There are hundreds of searches for child abuse images every second worldwide, resulting in hundreds of thousands of child sexual abuse images and videos being shared every year.The people who produce child sexual abuse media are often abusers themselves – the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that 16% of people who possess such media had directly and physically abused children.“Identifying new child sexual abuse media is critical because it can indicate recent or ongoing child abuse,” Claudia Peersman, lead author of the study from Lancaster University said. “And because originators of such media can be hands-on abusers, their early detection and apprehension can safeguard their victims from further abuse.”The researchers tested iCOP on real-life cases and police trialled the toolkit. It was highly accurate, with an error rate of only 7.9% for images and 4.3% for videos.Read: Elderly woman spends 15 hours on hospital trolleyRead: Concern for man missing from Cork since last Friday Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo Image: Shutterstock/Antonov Roman Image: Shutterstock/Antonov Roman Friday 2 Dec 2016, 6:39 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3116461