Seminar on Aboriginal Consultation Environmental Assessment Held

first_imgThe importance of integrating aboriginal consultation into the environmental assessment process is the focus of an all-day seminar today, Oct. 29, in Halifax. The seminar provides a unique learning opportunity by bringing together industry, government, Mi’kmaq organizations, consultants, academics and legal professionals. It is sponsored by the Office of Aboriginal Affairs, the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia and the Department of Environment. “I am very pleased to see that the Mi’kmaq and Government of Nova Scotia have organized today’s seminar together, as it reflects our strengthening relationship,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Nova Scotia benefits from an efficient consultation process that allows us to work together, but we are always striving to improve our processes and relationship.” Environmental assessments are a key planning tool to determine likely impacts of projects on the environment. These assessments also consider impacts on aboriginal communities and their unique rights. “We have had an intrinsic connection to the lands and waters since time immemorial,” said Chief Sidney Peters, co-chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. “Co-hosting a seminar focusing on Mi’kmaq consultation and environmental assessments is a welcome opportunity for our nation-to-nation relationship here in Nova Scotia.” Seminar highlights include the Crown’s legal duty to consult, an update on the province’s consultation policy, the links between consultation and environmental assessments, and the role of proponents in consultations with the Mi’kmaq.last_img read more

Britney Spears Helps Save Music Education

first_imgThe VH1 Save The Music Foundation is proud to announce that pop superstar Britney Spears will headline the 2014 Ambassador class, a collection of celebrities dedicated to showcasing the importance of music education and raising awareness about the work the Foundation is doing to keep music in our schools.Joining Spears are a group of engaged and committed stars including Taye Diggs, Jason Derulo, Hunter Hayes, Gloria Reuben, Diane Birch and platinum selling singer Cher Lloyd, who kicked off the classes’ initiatives last Wednesday by performing at the opening of the new Bloomingdale’s in Glendale, CA, which served as a fundraising benefit for the Foundation.“I am so proud to be a VH1 Save The Music Foundation Ambassador,” said Britney Spears. “Music is such a big part of my life and as a mother I can’t imagine my children growing up without it,” added Spears.The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit organization that restores instrumental music education programs in public elementary and middle schools across the country. Music is an integral part of a child’s development and a key component of each student’s complete education, helping increase performance in all core subjects, while encouraging collaboration and creative thinking. To date, the Foundation has provided nearly $51 Million in new musical instruments to almost 1,900 public schools in more than 192 districts around the country, impacting the lives of over 2.3 million children.“We are thrilled to have such an incredible collection of celebrities join our 2014 Ambassador class,” said Paul Cothran, Vice President and Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “It is extremely important that we make people aware of how vital music education is to a child’s development and with the support of these generous superstars we can help to inform the national conversation.”The VH1 Save The Music Foundation began its Ambassador Class program in 2009 with Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Chris Webber, Gavin DeGraw, Ne-Yo, John Rzeznik, Natasha Bedingfield, The Fray, 3 Doors Down and Venus Williams. The program continued with the 2010 class, which included Jason Mraz, Nick Lachey, Kelly Clarkson, OneRepublic, Fall Out Boy, Mandy Moore, Chrisette Michele and Colbie Caillat and the 2011 Ambassador Class consisted of superstars Amber Riley, Ciara, Jewel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lifehouse and Sara Bareilles. The 2012 class included Gavin Rossdale, Jordin Sparks, AJ Mclean, Katy Perry, Daughtry, Lupe Fiasco, Vanessa Carlton and Matthew Morrison with 2013 bringing Mariah Carey, Matchbox Twenty, B.o.B., Ingrid Michaelson, Robin Thicke, LeAnn Rimes, Andy Grammer and Henrik Lundqvist into the fold. This year’s Ambassadors will be added to the incredibly talented list of supporters and bring the Foundation one step closer to restoring instrumental music education in the U.S.For more information or to see how you can get involved please visit www.vh1savethemusic.org, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @vh1savethemusic. For more information on the Ambassador program please visit www.vh1savethemusic.org/ambassadors.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Good times ahead for two northern economies conference board

first_imgThe Conference Board of Canada says rising commodity prices are good news for the three mining-dependent northern territories.But it says not all will benefit to the same extent.Nunavut is predicted to lead the way: new gold mines and expansions at existing ones are expected to generate growth of well over 10 per cent by the end of next year.Yukon is anticipating three new gold mines to open over the coming decade, with average growth of more than six per cent until 2025.But the Northwest Territories economy will falter even though two new mines are expected over the next couple of years.The N.W.T.’s diamond production is gradually scaling down, which the board says will lead to a shrinking economy this year and a flat line for 2019.The board’s general optimism is dampened by warnings from mining companies about access to land and consequent problems finding investment.But, overall, the board says growth in the territories will exceed the national average.last_img read more

New IDs Generation to be Launched in 2019

Rabat – The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) will launch a new generation of National Electronic Identity Card (CNIE) with reinforced security criteria for identification documents in 2019. On Monday, a statement from the DGSN, reported by Maghreb Arab Press, said that new applications in the identity cards will allow access to a digital system adopted by the various public and private stakeholders, while modernizing the design format in a way that takes into account the historical and cultural specificities of Morocco.With the new CNIE, citizens will be able to use identity and biometric data contained in the IDs to authenticate new operations, facilitating access to public administration and private sector services, including public programs and health benefits. The new ID cards are lower in cost than previous cards and are guaranteed to all citizens, including minors. In contrast, the current cards are only offered to citizens 18 and up. In the case of minors, the ID cards will be available immediately after birth or at the age of schooling, the DGSN stated.Technology adopted in these cards will be utilized to make other identity papers, such as residence cards for foreigners and the professional cards of police officials. The same source added that this technology could be used later in the issuance of identity papers to citizens of neighboring countries.The updated IDs will offer citizens the opportunity to opt in to internet notifications in the case of loss, theft, or the death of the cardholder, in order to prevent fraudulent use.This update comes in line with DGSN’s strategic vision, which sets its sights on enabling easier access to public services for all citizens in the kingdom. read more

2 found dead at prominent Minnesota businessman’s home

ORONO, Minn. — Authorities are investigating the deaths of two people found at the Lake Minnetonka mansion of Irwin Jacobs, a prominent Minnesota businessman who once owned a minority share in the Minnesota Vikings NFL team.Orono, Minnesota, police say the bodies of a man and woman were discovered in a bed along with a gun after authorities received a call at 8:31 a.m. Wednesday. Police have not released their names, but said no suspects are being sought.Dennis Mathisen, a longtime friend of the family, told the Star Tribune that Alexandra Jacobs, who had been Irwin’s wife for 57 years and mother to their five children, “had been in a wheelchair for the last year or so and had signs of dementia. Irwin was just distraught over her condition.”He said he spoke with Irwin Jacobs about three days ago, and “he was upbeat. I talked with his son Mark yesterday, and he talked to both of them. He said Irwin seemed up.”The Hennepin County Crime Lab was called to the scene, as was a hearse, while the ambulance service from North Memorial Health was told it was not needed. Police also informed dispatch that an attorney for Jacobs arrived at the home.Irwin Jacobs, 77, had a stake in the Vikings in the 1980s before selling his share. He gained notoriety nationally in the 1980s as a corporate raider who bought out underperforming companies at a profit. He was known to some as “Irv the Liquidator.”One of his most notable local transactions was his purchase of the Grain Belt beer company and brewery in the mid-1970s. He later sold the beer brand to G. Heileman Brewing Company and the brewery and real estate assets to the city of Minneapolis.He has owned J.R. Watkins Co., which makes soaps and other household products, for more than 40 years. He also owns Jacobs Trading Co., a retailer specializing in liquidation of merchandise.Jacobs also owned local boat maker Genmar Holdings Co., which went through bankruptcy restructuring beginning in 2009.The Associated Press read more

UN force in Chad and Central Africa lacks troops helicopters Ban says

“I urge Member States to provide the missing force personnel and enablers, particularly night-capable military helicopters, to ensure the Mission can implement its mandate without constraint,” he wrote in a report to the Security Council made public today.The report says deployment now stands at 2,000 troops, less than 50 per cent of the 5,200 authorized by the Security Council for the mission known as MINURCAT, even though it took over security responsibilities in the area from European forces on 15 March. Even given the deficit, however, Mr. Ban expects that the force will reach full strength by the end of this year, but says there remain serious difficulties in generating equipment, with only 6 military helicopters pledged out of the requested 18.In the report, the Secretary-General also renews his appeal to Chad and Sudan to improve their relations. Such progress, he says, will go along way to ease the security and humanitarian situation in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region and eastern Chad, which are closely interlinked.Eastern Chad faces an acute humanitarian challenge with over 290,000 Sudanese refugees from the Darfur conflict, more than 180,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and a further 700,000 individuals among host communities in need of food, water and health care. Northern CAR has also been affected by a spill-over from the Darfur conflict as well as by other armed groups. In January, the Security Council approved the deployment of 5,500 blue helmets – 300 police officers, 25 military liaison officers in addition to the 5,200 military personnel. MINURCAT took over the military and security responsibilities of European forces (EUFOR), which had been in place since March 2008, last month.In its resolution, the Security Council stressed that MINURCAT is intended to help create the security conditions conducive to a voluntary, secure and sustainable return of refugees and IDPs by boosting civilian protection, facilitating the provision of humanitarian aid, and promoting reconstruction, human rights and development. A key component of its security efforts is supporting the development of the Chadian community police, or Détachement Intégré de Sécurité (DIS) deployed in eastern Chad. The recently completed training of the 850 authorized DIS personnel and their deployment to eastern Chad “is a tangible achievement which will contribute to the creation of a more secure environment for the refugees, internally displaced persons and vulnerable populations in the area,” Mr. Ban says.He appealed to donors to continue to provide the necessary financial support to the Trust Fund for DIS and also to extend support to rule of law programmes that complement DIS activities, adding that the viability of transferring such responsibilities to the Government of Chad would be studied in the near future.The report also provides an overview of recent political developments in Chad and CAR, including the mobilization of armed opposition groups in Chad against the country’s president, Idriss Déby Itno.In CAR, from 8 to 20 December 2008, a political dialogue took place between the Government and major political and military groups, followed by the January 2009 signing of a decree, by President François Bozizé, establishing a new government. “However, the political, security and socio-economic situation remains fragile,” Mr. Ban cautioned.In a related development, 18 relief projects – which range from providing life-saving drugs and supporting rape victims – in the CAR have received a boost from the UN, as part of its multi-million dollar Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), set up last year.According to Jean-Sébastien Munié, who heads the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the country, one of the world’s poorest, said that the CHF allows the highest-priority underfunded sectors to receive support.“This has helped compensate for unequal funding between sectors in our humanitarian appeal,” he added.A new allocation announced today will give the CHF an additional reserve so that aid agencies can respond to emergencies at short notice, OCHA said. 21 April 2009The United Nations peacekeeping force protecting refugees and other civilians in Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) has reached less than half its authorized troop strength, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Wednesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 1.0017Brazil real 0.4013China renminbi 0.1897Euro 1.4884Hong Kong dollar 0.162342India rupee 0.01979Indonesia rupiah 0.0000950Japan yen 0.01148Malaysia ringgit 0.2954Mexico peso 0.07167N.Z. dollar 0.9238Norway krone 0.1597Peruvian new sol 0.3916Russia rouble 0.02136Saudi riyal 0.3386Singapore dollar 0.9294South Africa rand 0.09609South Korean won 0.001116Sweden krona 0.1567Switzerland franc 1.3060Taiwanese dollar 0.04189Thailand baht 0.03816Turkey lira 0.3602U.K. pound 1.6337U.S. dollar 1.2699Vietnam dong 0.000056 read more

UN Rapporteur tells Lanka to focus more on current situation

Izsák-Ndiaye, who is in Sri Lanka to assess the current situation of the national, ethnic and religious minorities,  stated that more focus should be placed on the current situation with regard to human rights and minority issues, rather than dwelling on the past. The UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues Rita Izsák-Ndiaye has urged Sri Lanka to focus on the current situation with regard to human rights and minority issues, rather than dwelling on the past.Rita Izsák-Ndiaye said this when she met with the Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M Swaminathan, the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs said. The Minister stated that the present Government has taken many steps to improve the human rights situation in the country. He informed Ms. Izsák-Ndiaye that the government will be abolishing the Prevention of Terrorism Act and that it will be replaced with a new Act.Speaking further with Ms. Izsák-Ndiaye, the Minister said that the Government has established and strengthened independent commissions to ensure the rights of minorities as well as the other citizens of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Police investigate armed robbery at Burlington pharmacy

Halton police are investigating after a Burlington pharmacy was robbed by two armed men early Thursday morning.Officers were called to the Shoppers Drug Mart at Guelph Line and New Street for reports of a robbery.Police were told two men wearing ski masks entered the pharmacy around 3:30 a.m. and stole an undisclosed amount of narcotics.One of the suspects appeared to have a gun and the other was carrying a baton.Members of the K9 unit were brought in to search the area but the suspects were not found.Police describe the suspect armed with the handgun as male, Hispanic, 5’8″ to 5’10” tall, heavy build, 200 to 250 lbs, wearing a black hoodie with a black & white bandana, dark pants, black gloves and white shoes.They say the suspect armed with the expandable baton is described as male, white, 6′ tall, thin build, 150 lbs and was wearing a dark toque with a beige bandana covering his face and black golves.Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Halton police. read more

Afghanistan UN studies longterm needs of earthquakeravaged areas

Spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva reported that the UN had largely completed its delivery of food and supplies to the areas affected by the powerful earthquake which struck Nahrin last week. Over 15,000 families have received tents, blankets and food packages, and more relief aid was on its way, he said. In a bid to restore normalcy for the region’s young students, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has sent enough tents, supplies and latrines to the area for all 12 schools to re-open. “The emergency phase is being taken care of,” said Mr. de Almeida e Silva. “Now we have to start looking at the longer-term reconstruction needs, bearing in mind it is a poor region, it is a region that has suffered from a lot of fighting, it is a region that has been the epicentre of the drought.” The spokesman emphasized the importance of construction, agriculture and employment prospects in allowing Afghans to lead the rehabilitation effort. “We are looking into projects that bring cash into the region and will allow different activities to be initiated by the population,” he said. read more

Reintegrating excombatants crucial for peace in Africa UNbacked conference

“DDR has been at the heart” of the transition from war to peace, President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone said as he opened the three-day conference. “Without a comprehensive DDR programme, the prospects for long-term stability will remain dim. All post-conflict programmes – be they political, social or economic – depend on DDR and how people judge its success.”The Conference on Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration and Stability in Africa, held 21-23 June, concluded that more attention, energies and resources should be devoted to the reintegration aspects of DDR, in which the combatants are returned to their communities, for peace to endure.Reintegration activities are not only more complex in nature, but also confront difficulties in attracting sufficient voluntary financing, compared with disarmament and demobilization, which are funded from assessed peacekeeping resources, participants said. Participants also agreed that DDR efforts must be better tailored to specific national circumstances, be nationally managed, take into account the regional dimensions of conflicts and be linked to wider reconstruction, recovery and development efforts. The Conference was co-organized by the Government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa. The more than 100 participants came from 15 African countries, as well as from a number of donor countries and international and regional organizations. They included international DDR experts, Government officials, current and former members of national DDR commissions and peacekeeping missions, beneficiaries of DDR programmes, members of armed forces and representatives of women’s associations, civil society groups and communities hosting ex-combatants.A series of eight detailed case studies were presented from Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. Participants from Côte d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Somalia and Uganda also shared their experiences. read more

Shocking number of food businesses served with closure orders in May

first_imgTHE FOOD SAFETY Authority (FSAI) has expressed concern at the number of food businesses in the country that are not compliant with law.Last month, 15 closure orders were served to food businesses that were in breach of food safety regulations.Two improvement orders and two prohibition orders were also served, mainly in businesses in Dublin and a successful prosecution was brought against Seamus Murphy who had a foodstall at The Gaelic Grounds, Ennis Road, Limerick.Commenting on the figures, Bernard Hegarty, Director of Service Contracts at the FSAI said that it was one of the highest months on record for enforcement orders and that the food sector needs to “refocus efforts” for higher standards.“It is shocking that such a high number of food businesses are not compliant with food law, most especially when there is a wealth of information and resources on best approaches for food safety management freely available from the FSAI,” he said.As we enter into the summer months, the risks for foodborne illness increases as bacteria can multiply rapidly in the warmer temperatures.  In the interest of their customers’ health and their businesses’ reputations nothing but the strictest adherence to high standards of cleanliness at all times should be tolerated.The 15 businesses served with closure orders in May were:Griffin on the Green Limited, 12 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2Duesbury Ltd, Trading as Old Ground Hotel (Closed area: kitchens, Poets Corner Bar & ancillary food areas), O’Connell Street, Ennis, ClareChopsticks (restaurant), Unit 68 Parnell Mall, Ilac Centre, Dublin 1Attached service area and food preparation room of Lydon House Catering Ltd, Roscommon Race Course, Castlerea Road, RoscommonPoc ar Buile (public house), Ballinrostig, Whitegate, CorkCurry King (restaurant), Main Street, Clogheen, TipperaryCafé Presse Ltd, Trading as Pacinos (restaurant), 18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2Morning Star Food Hill (grocery), 63 Flower Hill, Navan, MeathJade Garden (take-away), Main Street, Headford, GalwayTrading as Rose Palace Chinese Restaurant, Well Road, Portlaoise, LaoisSichuan House (restaurant), 100a Parnell Street, Dublin 1Foodstall operated by Ali Ammar at Geashill, OffalyHong Kong Seafood Restaurant, 138 Parnell Street, Dublin 1The Head Chef, Food Stall, Main Street, Skibbereen, CorkDynasty (restaurant), Unit 9, College View, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 11Video: How does the food safety inspection process work in Ireland?>Read: 9 enforcement orders served up to Irish food premises in April>last_img read more

Steve Ballmer puts in his 12 month notice at Microsoft

first_imgMicrosoft has announced that CEO Steve Ballmer will be retiring from the company within the next 12 months, with a special committee formed to help determine the best successor to the crumbling throne. After a failed Windows RT program, an unsuccessful Surface launch, a crawling Windows Phone program, and a dismal response to Microsoft’s next-gen gaming console, it’s not hard to imagine why Steve Ballmer would want to exist Microsoft now. If his general personality isn’t being mocked while he’s on stage, the products he is announcing are suffering the same fate shortly after. With the company shoveling money into products like Bing in order to look competitive on top of a failing hardware line, it’s clear to everyone that new leadership is needed. Ballmer taking the initiative to leave and allow the Board of Directors to locate a suitable replacement is a merciful end to this chapter in Microsoft’s history. The special committee tasked to replace Ballmer includes lead independent director John Thompson, Audit Committee Chairman Chuck Noski, and Compensation Committee Chairman Steve Luczo, and of course Bill Gates. In a brief message on the Microsoft news site, Gates assures everyone that he’ll be working closely with everyone involved to identify a great new CEO. It’s possible that Ballmer will leave his position at Microsoft before this 12 month period expires, if a new CEO can be found and the transition happens smoothly.last_img read more

Le Nikon D4 sera dévoilé au prochain CES

first_imgLe Nikon D4 sera dévoilé au prochain CES Quelques informations fleurissent actuellement sur le web au sujet des spécifications techniques du prochain appareil de Nikon, le D4. Il serait prochainement dévoilé au CES, le 10 janvier prochain.L’appareil photo numérique reflex NikonD4 devrait succéder au D3 prochainement et promet quelques possibles améliorations, annoncées par le fabricant. Ainsi cet appareil pourra certainement prendre des photos en résolution 16,2Mégapixels.À lire aussiOlympus annonce l’arrivée prochaine du SZ-31MR iHSAutre surprise, le Nikon D4 pourrait être le premier appareil photo a utiliser pour le stockage des images une carte au format XQD.Allié à une carte CompactFlash, l’utilisateur de l’appareil disposera d’une capacité de stockage en haute résolution significative. D’autres améliorations sont à prévoir du type : détection des visage automatique dans le viseur, gestion de la vidéo 1080p comme sur le Nikon D800 DSLR, et de la vidéo sans compression via un support du HDMI. Enfin, la qualité d’image ne sera évidemment pas en reste puisque la plage de sensibilité peut être étendue. Les sensibilités sont comprises entre 100 et 102.400 ISO, accessibles en mode “normal”, et peut atteindre 204.800 ISO en mode “débrayé”. Quant à la mise au point, elle aussi côtoie les hauteurs puisqu’elle s’effectue sur 51 points.Le Nikon D4 serait, selon certaines rumeurs, présenté le 10 janvier prochain au CES.Le 13 décembre 2011 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un volcan sous haute surveillance en Grèce

first_imgUn volcan sous haute surveillance en GrèceLe volcan de l’île de Santorin, en Grèce, subit actuellement d’importantes déformations. Ce supervolcan devient progressivement de plus en plus intense depuis un an.L’île de Santorin, en Grèce, abrite un volcan dont l’activité est actuellement en recrudescence. Depuis un peu plus d’un an, une série de séismes a été enregistrée sur ce site. En réalité, l’île de Santorin est faite des bords de la caldeira d’un supervolcan qui s’est effondré il y a 3.600 ans suite à une éruption majeure. D’après le géophysicien américain Andrew Newman, la chambre magmatique du volcan serait peu à peu en train de se remplir. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce réservoir de lave, situé à 4 kilomètres de profondeur, aurait ainsi enflé de 14 millions de mètres cubes depuis janvier 2011, selon Newman et ses collègues grecs, qui publient un article dans les Geophysical Research Letters. La dernière éruption du Santorin remonte à 1950. Il était alors resté calme jusqu’à l’an passé. A l’heure actuelle, il se déforme à des taux jamais observés auparavant, souligne Andrew Newman cité par Sciences et avenir. Cela a pu être objectivé grâce aux 20 stations GPS qui sont installées depuis 2006. Les instruments situés au nord de l’île ont ainsi bougé de 5 à 9 centimètres, rapporte le chercheur. Mais les scientifiques sont pour l’heure incapables de prédire si une éruption aussi violente que celle de l’époque Minoenne peut se produire et à quelle échelle de temps…Le 14 mars 2012 à 17:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jonquel Jones returns to WNBA Connecticut Sun

first_img#MagneticMediaNews#JonquelJonesWNBA#ConnecticutSun Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppConnecticut, May 9th 2017: Jonquel Jones is back in the WNBA with the Connecticut Sun, following a successful off-season in Korea.    She returned to the US, ending eight points on a 4-6 shooting night from the field and adding seven rebounds in the Sun’s 81-72 win over the Chicago Sky last Tuesday.In Korea, Jones took the Foreign Most Valuable Player award, Defensive Player of the Year award and was named “Best Five” in the league.     She received one vote in the 2016 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year tally to finish in a 5-way tie for fifth behind winner Jantel Lavender.    The Sun will open the season on May 13, hosting the Atlanta Dream.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

Moyes Toni Kroos agreed to join Man Utd with me

first_imgFormer Manchester United boss David Moyes revealed he had secured Toni Kroos’ services before he was fired from the clubMoyes was brought into Old Trafford in 2013 to replace the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, who had retired after winning another Premier League title.However, Moyes’ reign in charge at United only lasted 10 months with the club board replacing him with Ryan Giggs in April 2014 on an interim basis.Now Moyes has revealed that he had actually beaten Real Madrid to signing Kroos from Bayern Munich with a verbal agreement.But the Scotsman’s demise at United led to Real signing Kroos instead on a six-year contract.“Toni Kroos had agreed to come Manchester United with me,” Moyes told talkSPORT.“I met him and his wife and we agreed on it all when he was at Bayern Munich. But it was only going to get done at the end of the season before he joined Real Madrid.”Moyes won 27 of his 51 matches in charge at United and was sacked with the club only seventh in the Premier League table.But the 55-year-old is adamant he deserved more time to turn things around at United.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Do I feel I should have been given more time? Of course, I do,” added Moyes.“To go to a club like Manchester United and follow someone like Sir Alex after the time he had been there, to stay for ten months…“It couldn’t be a revolution at Manchester United, it had to be evolution. It had to take time.“I wasn’t going to come in and change all the things Alex had done, but there were lots of things that had to be changed at the club.“You look at the way Chelsea and Man City had been doing things and changing things along the way – Manchester United had been winning because they had a special manager and a special group of players.“But when that all changed, it was going to take time to find its way.“I still think they’re having difficult times at the moment.”Moyes has since coached Real Sociedad, Sunderland and West Ham United.last_img read more

YCP MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy visits Krishna Karakatta

first_imgAmaravati: The YSRCP Malgalagiri MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy has visited Krishna river Karakatta area as the floodwater inflow into the Prakasam Barrage is continuously increasing. As part of his tour, MLA has inspected the Lingamaneni guest house where opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu stay as a tenant and inquired officials over the flood situation. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us Speaking to media on Wednesday, MLA Alla RK said that it’s the government’s responsibility to give protection to the opposition leader and will take the appropriate measures to it. He said heavy floodwater is coming from the Pulichinthala Project. With this, the water levels are entering into Chandrababu’s residence. On the occasion, RK has made satirical comments, that Chandrababu Naidu has fled to Hyderabad out of fear of sinking and to protect the illegal construction, the sandbags are brought in the trucks. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us Over the threat of flood, the caretakers have place sandbags to stop the entry of water into the house. MLA also commented that Chandrababu who had predicted the Krishna flood has already shifted the vehicles belonging to the family members to Happy resorts. RK added that Naidu did not understand the situation earlier as there were no rains and floods during the TDP regime. MLA RK has warned that if not now, but in the near future Chandrababu Naidu has to vacate from this illegal construction. Advertise With Us With the heavy inflow from Pulichinthala Project, the water levels at Prakasam Barrage has reached 12.3 feet. The barrage capacity of 3.07 TMC has completely filled. The inflow is 4.12 lakh cusecs, and outflow is 4.12 lakh cusecs. The officials said if the floods continue like this, then the Karakatta will completely submerge in the water. In the context, the officials have issued an alert in the low laying areas along the Krishna river downstream.last_img read more

Indian smartphone market to see 37 growth in 2016

first_imgIndian smartphone shipments are projected to grow at 37% in 2016ReutersThe Indian smartphone industry is pegged to expand steadily in 2016. According to Cybermedia Research (CMR), a market research consulting company, smartphones will continue to be the engine for the market’s growth and it predicted a 37% growth in the current year over a 32% average growth for past three years.This growth in smartphones is likely to be fuelled by 4G expansion and its reach to smaller cities and other rural areas that constitute a huge market.The market research firm noted in its report that though featurephones have not yet died out, the future trend is towards “smartphones-only market.” Featurephone shipments to India have reportedly witnessed a decline of 17% on an annual average basis.Key takeaways from the CMR report for 2016 are as follows:The focus will be on 4G mobile handsets, with predicted shipments of 50 million 4G-enabled units in 2016The acquisition and enhancement of design capabilities for OEMs and brands in IndiaImproving the software capabilitiesCamera has taken a central place in content creation and hence OEMs will be seen investing in this endeavour. Moreover, thanks to 4G, we are likely to see exponential growth of content creation and consumption via pictures and videosOEMs will continue concentrating on specifications like battery backup, RAM, number of cores, mega pixels, etc.There will be no “broad structural” changes in the Rs.10,000 segment mobile handsets, even as there could be widening of the portfolio for this segment and also for other price market segmentsConcern over rupee depreciation even as companies contribute to ‘Make in India’There is a likelihood of the decline in “element of exclusivity”. Though “Brands and models will use online sales as a channel to rapidly amplify the pitch,” it will also concentrate on “strengthening the physical channels of distribution.” The latter will be important specifically in Tier 2 and Tier3 towns, besides rural markets.last_img read more