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Salah Returns for Egypt against Russia

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Egypt’s lineup against Russia is unchanged except for one highly anticipated change: the return of Mohamed Salah in attack.The Premier League’s top scorer adds some much-needed bite to an Egyptian attack that struggled to threaten Uruguay in a 1-0 loss Friday.Salah damaged ligaments in his left shoulder when he tangled with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos during last month’s Champions League final playing for Liverpool.On the other side, Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has promoted to the starting lineup after scoring twice as a substitute in Thursday’s tournament-opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia.The lineups:Egypt: Mohamed Elshenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelshafy, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny, Abdalla Said, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Hassan, Marwan Mohsen.Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinsky, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Keown slams Arsenal over Ramsey: It’s astonishing!

first_imgArsenal’s inability to keep Aaron Ramsey at the club is “staggering” and “astonishing”, claims Martin Keown, but they only have themselves to blame.The Gunners have found themselves in an all too familiar situation this season when it comes to the future of one of their prized assets.Having previously faced similar struggles with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere, Wales international Ramsey is now heading towards becoming a free agent. 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? Those in north London have failed to put suitable terms in place, having taken an offer off the table, and are about to lose the 28-year-old to a leading European rival in Juventus.Keown considers that to be unacceptable, but believes recent transfer deals, and contract extensions, have contributed to an unfortunate saga in north London.The former Arsenal defender told the Daily Mail: “If Arsenal are admitting they are only able to sign loan players, then it is staggering that they are happy to let one of their prized assets leave for nothing.“Juventus looks the most likely destination for Aaron Ramsey when his contract runs out at the end of the season. The Italian champions must be rubbing their hands together.“Ramsey has conducted himself with great dignity this season but it is astonishing that Arsenal, a powerhouse in the English game, could not put together a package to keep him.“The team are still formidable going forward. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are good enough to grace any team in the Premier League’s top six.“But the £100 million spent to sign those players last season and hefty wages given to other star players has led to this situation.“Unai Emery must look at his back line – where they are short at centre half – and wish he could bring in reinforcements. After all, Arsenal are only three points off the top four.“Emery is finding that decisions made before he arrived have left him with his hands tied.”The Gunners boss has conceded that he has no transfer kitty to work with in the January window, with the club only able to bring in loans.He is, however, hoping to bring fresh faces on board, with Goal revealing that a loan agreement is close to being completed with Barcelona for midfielder Denis Suarez.last_img read more

COSCO Shipping Shuts Down Another Dormant Business

first_imgCOSCO Shipping International (Singapore) has decided to formally dismiss of Cos Lucky Shipping Maritime, one of the group’s dormant subsidiaries.Namely, the company said that a resolution for the dissolution of Cos Lucky Shipping, a subsidiary incorporated in the Republic of Panama, was presented to the business registry of Panama and that the subsidiary has been dissolved.The move was made following the scrapping of the vessel owned by Cos Lucky Shipping.COSCO Shipping informed that the dissolution is not expected to have any material impact on the net tangible assets and earnings per share for the financial year ending December 31, 2017.In mid May, the group opted to strike off and formally dismiss two of its dormant subsidiaries, Cos Fair Shipping and Cos Glory Shipping, both of which were shut down following the scrapping of their respective vessels.last_img read more

Des classes encore meilleures

first_imgC’est la rentrée scolaire cette semaine pour des milliers d’élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui se retrouveront dans des classes moins nombreuses, trouveront plus de soutien en santé mentale, et auront accès à de nouveaux moyens d’obtenir de l’aide en lecture et en mathématiques. « Nous avons travaillé avec les enseignants afin de planifier et d’intégrer plusieurs changements intéressants pour la nouvelle année scolaire, a indiqué le ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Zach Churchill. Nous allons continuer de travailler avec les enseignants pour bâtir des salles de classes encore meilleures. » Pour l’année scolaire 2017-2018, à l’échelle de la province, la taille des classes sera plafonnée à 28 élèves (avec possibilité d’aller jusqu’à 30 élèves) pour le premier cycle du secondaire et les écoles intermédiaires, et la taille des classes sera plafonnée à 30 élèves (avec possibilité d’aller jusqu’à 32 élèves) pour le deuxième cycle du secondaire. « Les parents, les enseignants et les élèves veulent des classes plus petites, ajoute M. Churchill. Ce changement important arrivera cet automne. » Le programme ÉcolePlus sera également élargi cette année avec l’ajout de huit nouveaux cliniciens en santé mentale. Lancé en 2008, le programme est maintenant offert dans 280 écoles dans la province. Il réunit toute une gamme de services de santé mentale et d’autres programmes de santé, ainsi que des services de mentorat, de travail social, de justice et d’aide avec les devoirs qui sont offerts dans les écoles, là où les enfants, les jeunes et les familles y ont facilement accès. ÉcolePlus sera offert dans toutes les écoles d’ici 2019-2020. « Nos élèves ont besoin de soutien pour réussir et s’épanouir, précise M. Churchill. Nous ajoutons d’autres soutiens de ce genre cette année jusqu’à ce que le programme soit offert dans toutes les écoles. » Durant la nouvelle année scolaire, le Ministère va continuer de concentrer ses efforts sur ce que les enseignants, le personnel et les parents lui ont dit. Le Ministère continue de travailler avec le Conseil pour l’amélioration des conditions en salle de classe et la Commission sur l’intégration dans l’éducation afin d’améliorer et de mettre en valeur le système éducatif de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et ce, dans l’intérêt des enseignants, du personnel et des élèves.last_img read more

Going ahead with S400 wont be good US

first_imgWashington: If India went ahead with its decision to buy the long-range S-400 missile defense system from Russia, it will have serious implications on Indo-US defence ties, the Trump administration has warned. The S-400 is known as Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system. China was the first foreign buyer to seal a government-to-government deal with Russia in 2014 to procure the lethal missile system. India and Russia signed a USD 5 billion S-400 air defence system deal in October last year. A senior State Department Official told a group of reporters on Thursday that New Delhi’s decision to buy S-400 air defence system from Moscow was significant, disagreeing with the view that it “isn’t a big deal”.last_img

Zomato introduces 26week paid parental leave for all employees

first_imgNew Delhi: Online restaurant guide and food ordering firm Zomato on Monday said as part of its new parental leave policy it will be offering at least 26 weeks paid leave to its employees. In addition to the flexibility and empowerment to care for their families as they deem fit, the new parents will also be given an endowment of $1,000 (Rs 69,262) per child, as they welcome their new baby to the world, Zomato Founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal said in a blog post. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”According to me, a lot of that imbalance at the top stems from an unequal leave policy for men and women when they welcome their children to this world,” he added. For women across the globe, the company will be offering 26 weeks paid leave, or will follow the government mandated policy, whichever is more, Goyal said, adding that Zomato has teams in 13 countries. “We will be offering exactly the same benefits to men as well. There won’t be even an iota of difference in parental leave policy for men and women at Zomato going forward,” he added. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefThis policy also applies to non-birthing parents, and in cases of surrogacy, adoption, and same-sex partners, the blog said. These policy changes are applicable to even those Zomans who have had a child within the last six months, it added. Wishing that the governments across the world institutionalised paid parental leave the way Nordics do, Goyal said “that will be the right thing to do for organisations as well as individuals.” In fact, it’s time all major organisations took a step towards this much needed way of life, he added.last_img read more

Pau Gasol Sees UNICEFs Work In Chad

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While in Chad, Pau Gasol spent three days in the capital, N’Djamena, and three days in Kanem, where he saw UNICEF projects in Mao and Miouh, a small village where a feeding center has been opened, a water well has been installed, schools are supported by training teachers and supplies are distributed. In addition, hygiene habits are being promoted while providing supplies and practical information to prevent diseases such as cholera.“It is very important to reach places like Miouh, where families have problems that could not be addressed without the support of organizations like UNICEF,” said Pau.As an example of the scope of support, he referred to one of the girls he has met on this trip, Fatime, who was treated for malnutrition at a treatment center in Mao. “She lives 60 kilometers away from the center, in a village in the middle of the sand, without roads, but thanks to a network supported by UNICEF and other organizations, is now recovering. Stories like this are repeated. “
 
In Mao, Pau also visited a UNICEF program aimed to promote hygiene habits among children. He refereed a football game and made sure that the children washed their hands after finishing, since this practice prevents deadly diseases. In the same school, he shared a few hours with children attending ‘resit’ courses for pupils who have failed to complete the course due to the nutritional crisis.Besides FAO and WFP, he also visited a wadi, an oasis-like area in which the implementation of a simple system of irrigation and seed distribution contributes to the survival of thousands of families.In N’Djamena, Pau Gasol met with ministers of the Government of Chad to share the idea that sport is “an exceptional tool for the promotion of values, for the development of children and to contribute to the development of their countries.”While attending an event organized by UNICEF, the Government of Chad and the basketball federation and league, Pau delivered this message and joined several youth teams matches.Source:UNICEF Pau Gasol, Silver Medalist at the 2012 Olympics, two-time NBA champion and a UNICEF Spain Ambassador since 2003, recently visited several areas in the Kanem region in Chad, where thousands of families are affected by the nutritional crisis in the Sahel.After seeing firsthand the work of UNICEF with 71 partners and affected communities, Pau ended his trip to Chad noting that “thanks to everyone’s help many lives are being saved, only in Chad half of the children affected have been treated for malnutrition, but we must not forget that in the whole Sahel region there’s still hundreds of thousands of children who need this treatment, we have to keep the work and momentum going.”UNICEF has reached more than 335,000 children with nutritional treatment in the Sahel region so far this year. The goal is to reach 700,000 in the coming months to address the consequences of this crisis affecting 18 million people in nine countries in this African region.The crisis has its causes in extreme poverty, drought, rising food prices and conflicts.last_img read more

How this Rising Star styled her TIFF redcarpet debut

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Toronto may be known for its muted red carpets, but Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama has brought some Lagotian flair to this year’s fest. “Lagotians, they’re special people,” the 29-year-old actress from Lagos, Nigeria says with a smile.“We don’t understand the concept of overdressing. We just dress. And it’s always a lot.”With a trio of films at TIFF, Iyamah-Idhalama’s statement personal style has been on display at premieres for comedy The Wedding Party and medical thriller 93 Days. Her legal drama The Arbitration premieres on Tuesday. “I always say, you come across exactly as you feel,” she says. “Especially with clothes. If I like it, you’ll see it.”Iyamah-Idhalama shared her thoughts on three looks by the Canadian label before choosing the perfect gown for her festival debut. Advertisementcenter_img Along with OC Ukeje, her co-star in The Arbitration, Somkele (pronounced Som-Kai-lai, which means “follow me to praise God”) was chosen by TIFF for its inaugural international Rising Star program, a crash-course in celebrity that includes meetings with casting directors and filmmakers, media training and a Hollywood glam-ification by Birks, The Bay and L’Oreal.Before that boot camp, we caught up with her at designer Stephan Caras’s Maison Caras storefront on Queen St. E. where she was dressing for her first-ever TIFF red carpet: the TIFF Soirée cocktail party with Michael Fassbender. She’s browsing the racks, where she hopes to find a gown that fits her self-described “crazy” style. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Blood Tribe gets into the energy game

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Blood Tribe in Alberta has formed a partnership with a Native American resource company.The new company is called Kai-Nih Energy.The Blood Tribe sits on Canada’s largest reserve which has 350,000 acres.The American company, called Native American Resource Partners, will lend the Blood technical and commercial expertise.They’ll also bring $100 million in capital.The hope is that the Blood will soon achieve full financial independence.last_img

Ontario sending mixed messages with Supreme Court fight over Indigenous representation on

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Supreme Court is currently reviewing the issue of First Nation representation on jury rolls.It all stems from a case where a man was convicted of manslaughter.But a separate court found he wasn’t tried by a jury of his peers.It led to a constitutional challenge.APTN’s Delaney Windigo explains how on one hand the Ontario government agrees but on the other is sending mixed messages with Supreme Court challenge.last_img

Two Trucks Carrying Drugs Caught in Marrakech

Marrakech – Marrakech police services arrested two refrigerator trucks carrying drug to be smuggled outside the country, a police source said on Saturday.The two vehicles, which belong to an international road transportation company, were loaded with 52 kg of cannabis resin hidden in the trucks’ cooling system, it added.As part of the operation, the police arrested ten people involved in this international drug trafficking and seized three cars. An investigation was opened to identify other implicated individuals while the arrested people will be brought before justice following the legal proceedings, it said.

Annans Special Representative calls for calm during vote count in DR Congo

At the same time, the UN mission there hailed what it called “the successful holding of elections” even as it condemned isolated incidents of voter intimidation and “irresponsible” actions by certain local media outlets.According to the UN mission, known as MONUC, ballot counting has been completed at the majority of 50,000 polling stations, and results continue to reach the 62 computation centres throughout the vast country. It may take up to three weeks to complete the final tabulation.The process is experiencing some delays, due to poor road conditions and lack of necessary equipment at computation centres in the capital Kinshasa and in the provinces of Bas-Congo, Ituri, and southern Katanga, MONUC said. The mission hailed Sunday’s largely peaceful elections, in which millions of voters chose from among 32 candidates for president and more than 9,000 candidates for the National Assembly. It said the Congolese people deserved the most credit for the successful outcome.At the same time, however, the mission condemned “the intimidations and threats exerted on certain voters by the boycotting of the elections, as well as all the attempts and other irregularities deliberately made by certain candidates or political party militants.” It also deplored “the attitude of certain media based in Kinshasa who, through the contempt of the rules and objectives of the profession, behaved in an irresponsible way.”MONUC encouraged all concerned to allow the electoral process to continue “in the best possible way,” particularly in relation to the verification and acceptance of the results. Meanwhile, the International Committee for Support to the Transition, known as CIAT, held a special session today to examine whether some media outlets and political actors were exploiting the incomplete election results for their own benefit.CIAT also joined in today’s declaration of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the Congolese Government authority on media, reiterating that publication of provisional election results was the exclusive responsibility of the IEC. It encouraged the IEC to keep the Congolese public informed regarding progress in consolidating the election results.The CIAT is composed of the five permanent members of the Security Council (China, USA, France, Great Britain and Russia), Belgium, Canada, South Africa, Angola, Gabon, Zambia, the European Union (Commission and Presidency), the African Union (Commission and Presidency) and MONUC. read more

Lebanese army deploys in more areas of the south UN helps clear

“The Lebanese Army has started the deployment in the general area of Bastra and the area south of the Kafr Shuba and Shaba villages in the Eastern part of South Lebanon where the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) withdrew on 30 August,” the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said in a press release.Carrying on the Force’s humanitarian work, in the past 24 hours UNIFIL’s Chinese Battalion disposed of over 250 pieces of unexploded ordnance, while teams from the Mine Action Coordination Centre (UNMACC) carried out controlled demolition of over 300 pieces, it said. The UN estimates that around 120,000 pieces of unexploded ordnance litter southern Lebanon, the vast majority cluster bomblets, and since the cessation of hostilities began on 14 August, this menace has already killed 13 people and wounded almost 50, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said.This ordnance remains the biggest threat to civilian life in Lebanon because as well as killing people it affects livelihoods by killing and wounding animals and preventing farmers from working their fields. UNIFIL said today that its contingents provided medical care to 145 people and veterinary services to over a thousand animals.“Cluster bombs are all over the place…All the places they have the bombs. [Animals] can’t graze. They can’t go,” said Major Bapu Parasanalli of the Indian Battalion of UNIFIL, a veterinarian who has been working with animals wounded by cluster bomb shrapnel.“They may have some blasts and they may lose their goods. Already they have lost a lot of animals,” he added, referring to the goat and sheep herders who cannot use their fields. Hundreds of sheep have already been killed by the deadly ordnance as thousands have been forced away from their normal grazing, he added.Teams from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are also working alongside the UNMACC to publicize the dangers of unexploded ordnance and have been in villages near the port city of Tyre spreading the message.”This training is crucial, especially for children who are innocent, want to play and are totally unaware that small little items can be so harmful,” said Dalia Farran, UNMACC’s media and clearance officer at a playground just outside Tyre.UNIFIL also continued its efforts today to help ease the chronic water shortage faced by many villagers in the south and supplied over 40,000 litres to those in need. read more

Negotiations drag in Brussels

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Ahead of a meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on the sidelines of an EU leaders’ summit in Riga, the Brussels Group continued its negotiations.Despite expressions of optimism from the Greek side, European officials indicated that little progress has been achieved in the talks.Apart from the key sticking points of pension and labour reform, officials were said to have different views on how to reform value-added tax rates. The Greek side wants three VAT rates – at 7 per cent, 14 percent and 22 or 23 per cent – while the creditors are said to want two rates – one at between 10 and 12 percent and one at between 20 and 23 per cent.In the event that the creditors’ “two-rate” scenario prevails, the cost of several products currently in the low 6.5 per cent VAT bracket, chiefly medicine and books, will increase significantly as will the cost of services on many Greek islands which enjoy a reduced VAT rate of 6.5 per cent. Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura said yesterday that Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis assured her there would be no changes to VAT this summer. She noted that rival destinations to Greece have a VAT rate up of to 10 per cent.Pensions remained a point of contention, with creditors pushing for the abolition of early retirements and for the so-called 13th pension not to be restored, as well as labour reforms with the government insisting on the gradual restoration of the minimum wage and collective bargaining.Talks also focused on primary surplus targets which are said to be close to 1 percent of gross domestic product this year and 1.5-2 per cent next year. There was also discussion about a 30 percent reduction to the solidarity tax on income being revoked for those with an annual income above 30,000 euros.Despite the slight momentum in the talks, European officials were rather downbeat. “We are still far from an agreement,” one told Kathimerini. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was also very skeptical, saying reports from representatives of creditors suggested talks were progressing “very hesitantly.”“What I know from discussions with the three institutions does not back up the optimism arising from announcements from Athens,” Schaeuble told Reuters.Meanwhile, Suddeutsche Zeitung, citing an unnamed European official, said Greece’s current loan program is likely to be extended again into the fall, with some 4 billion euros in loan money to be unlocked in exchange for the implementation of some reforms. The report was dismissed by Varoufakis as “science-fiction scenarios.”last_img read more

Surdité les recommandations de lHAS pour une meilleure prise en charge

first_imgSurdité : les recommandations de l’HAS pour une meilleure prise en charge France – La Haute autorité de santé (HAS) a rendu publiques ses recommandations en ce qui concerne la question du dépistage de la surdité, le suivi des jeunes sourds entre 0 et 6 ans et l’accompagnement des familles.Elle préconise avant tout une prise en charge précoce (avant l’âge de 1 an) de la surdité des enfants. En effet, moins de 50% des nouveau-nés auraient accès au dépistage néonatal. Pourtant, si le jeune sourd était dépisté juste après sa naissance, un programme d’intervention précoce pourrait être mis en place entre le troisième mois et la première année de vie. Pour le professeur René Dauman, ORL au CHU de Bordeaux et président du groupe de travail de la HAS, il existe encore trop de diagnostics tardifs. Certains enfants souffrant de surdité profonde sont diagnostiqués vers 2 ans et demi ou 3 ans. Ce retard peut s’expliquer par la complexité du diagnostic et par le dépistage néonatal, aléatoire en fonction des maternités. La mission de dépistage précoce a été confiée à trois députés par Jean-François Coppé, président du groupe UMP à l’Assemblée nationale.  La deuxième recommandation concerne l’information aux familles. Elle devrait être la plus complète possible afin de permettre aux parents de faire un choix parfaitement réfléchi sur le mode d’apprentissage du langage. Les familles ont le choix entre la stimulation auditive pour favoriser l’assimilation du français parlé, grâce au port d’audioprothèses, et la méthode dite “bilingue” qui permet à la fois au jeune sourd d’acquérir le français parlé et d’utiliser la langue des signes française (LSF). La première méthode est plus efficace si elle est pratiquée avant l’âge de 2 ans, la deuxième avant l’âge de 5 ans. Ces recommandations, si elles sont correctement appliquées, pourraient aider l’enfant sourd à être correctement inséré dans la société, et ce dès son plus jeune âge.Le 4 mars 2010 à 17:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

2 nouvelles formules dabonnement chez Numericable

first_img2 nouvelles formules d’abonnement chez NumericableNumericable a présenté deux nouvelles offres Internet attrayantes pour faire face à la concurrence. Numericable a décidé de lancer deux nouveaux forfaits. L’opérateur avait déjà renouvelé ses formules d’abonnement à Internet en janvier dernier et voici une nouvelle riposte de celui-ci ! Deux offres qui d’ailleurs ne remplacent pas celles déjà connues mais viennent compléter ces dernières et offrir d’avantage de choix aux clients.La première offre est la plus complète : elle offrira l’accès à Internet, avec télévision, téléphonie fixe et téléphonie mobile au montant de 44,90 euros mensuels. Le débit Internet est plafonné à 200 Mbit/s. L’accès des chaînes en HD est donc possible tout comme la téléphonie fixe illimitée vers 100 pays. enfin, l’offre intègre également un petit forfait mobile doté d’un 1 heure d’appels compris avec 60 SMS au maximum par mois.Puis, la deuxième offre comprend une connexion à Internet 100 Mbit/s, 19 chaînes de télévision et téléphonie fixe illimité dans l’Hexagone seulement et vers 100 autres destinations. Cette offre sera moins chère, et proposée à 24,90 euros mensuels. Le 22 mai 2012 à 09:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Quebecor Renews 60M Bauer Contract

first_imgAdding to its growing list of renewed printing contracts, Quebecor World has announced a $60 million agreement with Bauer Publishing. Under the multi-year agreement, Quebecor World will print Bauer’s Woman’s World, First for Women, In Touch Weekly, Life & Style, J-14 and Life Story magazines-representing 250 million copies per year.”The Bauer agreement is one of several major consumer publisher contracts that have been, or will shortly be, announced,” Quebecor World magazine division president Doron Grosman tells FOLIO:. “In addition to growing our business with major consumer publishers, we have also announced wins in the fast-growing targeted publication market.”Early last month, the commercial printer announced a multi-year extension with Wenner Media to print Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Men’s Journal, effectively increasing its printing volume with the publisher by 10 percent. Before that, Quebecor World renewed contracts with Meister Media Worldwide, Amos Publishing and Statmats Business Media.”The common theme among all the business Quebecor World is winning-and the conversations we have with our customers each day-is service,” says Grosman. “While pricing continues to be important in this market, most publishers recognize their need for the services and innovation that will move their business forward.” Quebecor’s renewed contract with Bauer comes two weeks after Quebecor World announced that it was cutting nearly 700 jobs and closing one printing facility as part of a three-year-old restructuring plan. Earlier this year Quebecor filed for bankruptcy protection, and announced that it had entered into a $1 billion financing deal with Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley.last_img read more

Ethiopia Army Chief of staff shot amid unrest

first_imgAddis Ababa: Ethiopia’s Army Chief of staff has been shot, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced on television Sunday as the government said it had thwarted an attempted coup in a regional state of this Horn of Africa nation. Abiy took to national television in the early hours of the morning dressed in military fatigues and announced that army chief Seare Mekonnen had been shot, an AFP correspondent said. His condition was unknown. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us The internet was cut in Ethiopia, and more details were not immediately available. The United States embassy issued alerts about reported gunfire in the capital Addis Ababa, and violence around Amhara’s main city Bahir Dar. “The embassy is aware of reports of gunfire in Addis Ababa. Chief of mission personnel are advised to shelter in place,” the embassy said in one of its two alerts. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Earlier, Abiy’s office announced that an attempted coup had taken place in Amhara, one of nine autonomous regions in the country. A statement from his office did not give details on who was believed responsible for the attack, the latest blow to his efforts to stabilise and reform the Horn of Africa nation. “The coup attempt in Amhara regional state is against the constitution and is intended to scupper the hard won peace of the region,” said the statement. “This illegal attempt should be condemned by all Ethiopians and the federal government has full capacity to overpower this armed group.” Advertise With Us No details were given of the targets of the attack in the second-most populous state in the country, headed by regional president Ambachew Mekonen. A journalist in the regional capital Bahir Dar told AFP shooting had begun shortly after sunset and continued for several hours before calming. Since coming to power in April 2018 after two years of anti-government unrest, Abiy has been hailed for his efforts to end the iron-fisted rule of his predecessors. He has embarked on economic reforms, allowed dissident groups back into the country, sought to crack down on rights abuses and arrested dozens of top military and intelligence officials. He also sealed a peace deal with neighbouring Eritrea, a longtime foe. But he has battled a surge in tensions between ethnic groups in the diverse country – usually over land and resources – leading to deadly violence in the nation of more than 100 million people. Over a million people have been displaced by the ethnic clashes, which analysts attribute to multiple causes, such as the weakening of the once all-powerful ruling EPRDF and different groups trying to take advantage of opportunities presented by the political transition. The coup attempt comes a year after a grenade explosion at a rally Abiy was addressing left two people dead.last_img read more

SBI changes IFSC codes and names of about 1300 branches

first_imgThe new logo of State Bank of India (SBI) is pictured at the podium of the venue of a news conference after the announcement of SBI’s fourth quarter results, in Kolkata, India May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File PhotoReutersThe State Bank of India (SBI) has changed the names and IFSC (Indian Financial System Code) of about 1,300 branches located in major cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Lucknow among others.This came after SBI merged its five associate banks – State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore – and Bhartiya Mahila Bank, the Press Trust of India reported.”Some of our old associate branches are getting merged with SBI branches. When that merger happens, the IFSC codes get changed,” said the bank’s managing director (retail and digital banking), Praveen Gupta.He also said that the customers holding SBI accounts have been informed about the change in IFSC codes. Internally the bank has also mapped then to the new codes.”Even if some payment comes based on the old IFSC codes, it will get mapped with the new codes. It will not cause any problem to any customer,” he added.The country’s largest lender has nearly 23,000 branches across the country and has put up the updates list of branches with old and new names and IFSC codes on its website. A security personnel stands guard in front of the gate of the State Bank of India (SBI) regional office in Kolkata May 23, 2014. SBI, the nation’s top lender, reported its fifth consecutive quarter of declining profit as slower loan growth and a rise in bad loans take a toll on Indian lenders. REUTERS/Rupak de ChowdhuriIFSC is an 11-digit alpha-numeric code which is used to uniquely identify each branch of every bank in India. This code is given on the chequebook of individuals and firms which is needed to transfer money from one account to another through National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) or Real Time Gross Settlement (RGTS).How to access the updated list of branches with new names and IFSC code? Individuals can easily access the new list through this link:http://www.sbi.co.in/webfiles/uploads/files/RATIONALISED_BRANCHES_WITH_IFSC.pdfCustomers can search their branch or city or district to check if IFSC codes have been changed. Account holders can also search by doing “Control+F.”last_img read more

Manuel Antonio expands capacity following improvements

first_imgWant stories like this delivered to your inbox? Subscribe to the Tico Times newsletter Facebook Comments Related posts:Health Ministry orders improvements at Manuel Antonio National Park Health Ministry extends deadline to perform improvements at Manuel Antonio Costa Rican court orders effective protection for Corcovado National Park Environment Ministry officials report increased damage of wildfires inside protected areascenter_img Costa Rica’s most popular national park is getting busier. Manuel Antonio National Park now welcomes up to 2,700 visitors each day following upgrades to its wastewater treatment facilities, the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) announced earlier this month.Prior to the announcement, Manuel Antonio had limited daily entrances to 1,700 people due to sanitation concerns. The improvements include the addition of 10 portable toilets near the beach known as Playa Tres, and the hiring of 10 additional park officials to assist tourists. “The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) managed to make improvements in the wastewater treatment system at beach 3, which was key to recovering the number of visitors,” said Pamela Castillo, the Deputy Environment Minister, in a statement. In March, MINAE announced plans to design and construct additional wastewater treatment systems at Manuel Antonio. The new resources will be built in August, according to ICT. MINAE also hopes to introduce an online reservation system for purchasing tickets later this year. Manuel Antonio could join Póas Volcano National Park and Chirripó National Park as protected areas that require tickets be purchased online in advance of a visit. More than 311,000 people visited Manuel Antonio National Park in 2017, according to data provided by ICT. The park is popular for its beaches, abundance of wildlife and its relative proximity to San José. The entrance fee to Manuel Antonio is 1,600 colones (about $2.70) for citizens and residents, and $16 for foreigners and non-residents.last_img read more