Goa Congress president Shantaram Naik said on Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should stop making empty boasts about his efficacy and take over the Railways portfolio if he wanted to prove his capability as an administrator.In a statement issued soon after 23 people were killed in a stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road station, the former Goa Rajya Sabha MP questioned the need to spend crores of rupees on the bullet train project when existing rail infrastructure in India was poor. Mr. Naik said, “If Modi takes over the Railways, he will have to judge himself on merit and resign as Prime Minister if a tragedy takes place.” Mr. Naik added, “The Prime Minister who thinks of taking loans worth crores of rupees to start a bullet train has no right to be in office when railway infrastructure is crying for improvement and thousands of citizens sleep on railway platforms and footpaths.”
Returning to the big stage after a gap of eight years, erstwhile champions India put up a brave fight before going down 2-3 against the formidable Netherlands in their opening Group B match of the men’s hockey competition at the Olympics in London on Monday.Ranked 10th in the world, the Indians meant business as third ranked Netherlands had to sweat it out to start their campaign on a winning note.The first half, however, did not go according to the script for the Indians as they conceded two goals to go into the breather trailing 0-2.Robert van der Horst (20th minute) opened the scoring for the Dutch with a fierce hit from top of the circle and then Roderick Weusthof doubled the margin nine minutes later, converting a penalty corner.The Indians, however, came out with vengeance after the change of ends and scored two goals within a span of three minutes to level the scoreline.Dharanvir Singh (45th minute) scored India’s first goal after capitalising on a rebound and then striker Shivendra Singh tapped home from close quarters three minutes later after receiving a ball from Gurvinder Singh Chandi.But it was not to be India’s day as Mink van der Weerden converted another penalty corner in the 51st minute to restore Netherlands’ lead.Thereafter, the Indians pressed hard in search of the equaliser which eluded them inspite of getting numerous chances.India will next play New Zealand in their second group match on Wednesday, while the Netherlands will be up against Belgium the same day.advertisement
PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Marinerong Pilipino rolled past Chadao-Far Eastern University, 97-63, for its second win in the 2019 PBA D-League Tuesday at Paco Arena in Manila.Santi Santillan scored a game-high 19 points while Jed Mendoza added 16, including six as part of a key 16-3 run in the third quarter that put the game away.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Alec Stockton paced the Tamaraws, who slipped to 1-2, with 16 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “All the extra work my players do to work on their skills are paying off. I really expected the team to have games like this,” said Marinerong Pilipinas coach Yong Garcia.The pivotal tear in the third quarter allowed the Skippers to regain control of the game for good as they took a commanding 60-43 lead with three minutes left in the period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAnton Asistio shot 12 points, all on 3-pointers, while Laurenz Victoria also scored 12 for Marinero, which improved to 2-1.Matthew Aquino had 10 points and five rebounds in his Skippers’ debut. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Player of the Week: Calvin Abueva fuels Phoenix’s drive MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Holloway had Poirier in trouble in the third round but couldn’t overcome Poirier’s relentless barrage of punches.Holloway was bleeding heavily by the fourth round. There was so much blood on his face in the fifth and final round that it appeared he had difficulty seeing at times as he wiped his eyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEach judge scored the fight 49-46 for Poirier (17-4).“This feels great,” Poirier said. “I feel like I’m in a dream right now.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES View comments Gastelum was obviously groggy after being floored for the second time, and he quickly went down again. Just when it appeared the fight might be stopped, Gastelum was saved by the final bell.Adesanya landed 135 strikes, almost twice Gastelum’s total of 68.“I was ready for a five-round war, but it is not what I expected,” Adesanya said. “… I will say Kelvin did well to land the jab. That was unexpected and I was surprised to let him get that jab.”Poirier’s possible reward for his win is a chance to face undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov.The retirement of Conor McGregor, who was the sport’s most popular fighter, leaves a void in UFC. McGregor held featherweight and lightweight titles but hasn’t won a fight since November 2016.Nurmagomedov said this month he would like to fight again in September, two months after the end of his Nevada State Athletic Commission ban for his team’s brawl with McGregor’s team following their fight in October.“Right now I’m the champ,” Poirier said, adding he hoped Nurmagomedov could return for a unifying fight that would remove the interim tag on his title.“We’ve got a belt to fight for,” Poirier said.Poirier’s hope was shared by UFC President Dana White. When asked about a possible unification bout following Poirier’s win, White said “Yes, that’s the fight.”For now, the interim title is worth celebrating for Poirier. Fans chanted for Holloway at times, but Poirier also had his share of fans. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NU Lady Bulldogs eliminate UP Lady Maroons from Final Four race Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Holloway (20-4) had his streak of 17 consecutive wins end. He hasn’t ruled out a return to the featherweight class.“I’m not going to take nothing from Dustin,” Holloway said in the octagon, looking at Poirier. “You beat a world champ and you’re a world champ.”In the other headline fight of UFC 236, Israel Adesanya earned the interim middleweight title with his domination of Kelvin Gastelum in the fifth round.Adesanya (17-0) wore the gold championship belt immediately after the unanimous decision was announced.Gastelum (15-4) appeared to have Adesanya in trouble at times. Adesanya’s corner treated a cut under his right eye after the fourth round, but the rising star from New Zealand had a decisive finish in the fifth, when Gastelum was bloodied for the first time and knocked down three times.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “It’s cool to prove it in front of all these people, but I had to prove it to myself,” Poirier said. “This means everything to me.”The near-capacity crowd at State Farm Arena included Shaquille O’Neal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Max Holloway, right, punches Dustin Poirier during an interim lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 236 in Atlanta, early Sunday, April 14, 2019. (Michael Zarrilli/Associated Press)ATLANTA—Dustin Poirier bloodied Max Holloway and won a unanimous decision for the UFC interim lightweight title on Saturday night, denying Holloway his chance to become only the fourth fighter to hold two belts at the same time.Holloway, the UFC featherweight champion, moved up to the 155-pound class for the first time, attempting to gain the second belt. He also was trying to avenge his loss to Poirier in his first UFC fight in 2012.ADVERTISEMENT
Ceres-Negros pulls off stunning comeback at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. Photo from AFC Cup WebsiteJAKARTA—The Gelora Bung Karno Stadium right in the middle of the business district here has not been kind to Filipino football teams over the past two decades.Although they’ve improved in recent years, the Azkals have not won in the 80,000-capacity stadium against their Indonesian counterparts in three meetings. A 13-1 beatdown in the 2002 Southeast Asian football championships remains one of the worst results of the Philippines in the international stage.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:38Duterte orders probe on radio broadcaster slay in Dumaguete01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Guiao hoping for best from PBA board Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew It took a comeback for the ages from the country’s top club, Ceres-Negros, to finally exorcise some old ghosts at Bung Karno on Tuesday night.Facing the mighty Persija Jakarta and an intimidating crowd of almost 35,000, the Busmen pulled off a 3-2 victory over in the AFC Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDown 0-2 after conceding twice early in the second half, the Busmen battled back and took maximum points, thanks to goals from substitute Miguel Tanton, Bienvenido Marañon and Mike Ott, who fired home the match-winner in the 92nd minute that kept Ceres’ record perfect in the group stage.“These type of matches is why you play football,” said Ceres midfielder Stephan Schrock, who provided the assist to Marañon and Ott’s goals. “Right in front of a big crowd, really passionate fans when you are supposed to be underdogs. You just wish you had that type of crowd in the Philippines.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Advertisement Advertisement(Photo Credits: Carpediem.cd)Argentina will look to seal their spot in the knockout stages with a win over Croatia today at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.This will be the fifth meeting between South American Giants Argentina and European underdogs Croatia. Argentina have a better record against Croatia as they have won on two occasions, drawing once. They have met only once at the World Cup, with Argentina winning it 1-0 in 1998 as a courtesy of Mauricio Pineda’s strike.Argentina finds itself needing a win after conceding a draw to Iceland in its first match. Croatia looked solid as it took care of Africa Giants Nigeria, 2-0. Both teams feel very comfortable playing with possession of the ball, which means counterattacks and set pieces will matter in this battle.Here are squads for the game:TEAM NEWS // #ARGCRO This promises to be a good one in Nizhny Novgorod… #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/4MuxZz1NEW— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018
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N.S. FILM DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Film Board Reflects Experience andRegional Diversity The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation has added two newpeople to its board of directors. Bonnie Kirby of Halifax and James Gogan of Sydney joined theboard on March 29, Ms. Kirby as chair and Mr. Gogan as a boardmember. “These individuals bring a broad array of skills to thecorporation and further round-out the knowledge and perspectivethat are helping the corporation develop Nova Scotia’s filmindustry,” said the Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia FilmDevelopment Corporation, Ernest Fage. Ms. Kirby has an extensive business background and is currentlythe manager of the executive masters program in businessadministration at Saint Mary’s University. Ms. Kirby held thepost once before, between 1997 and 2001. Mr. Gogan, a native ofSydney, is a partner with the law firm of Sampson McDougall. “We are pleased to have such accomplished individuals overseeingthe governance of the corporation, and the film and televisionindustry appreciate the generous contribution of personal time byall board members,” said Ann MacKenzie, chief executive officerof the film corporation. Ms. Kirby and Mr. Gogan join current board members Paul MacKinnonof Halifax, Ernest Dick of Granville Ferry, Ken Eisner of Truro,Richard Hebb of Dayspring, and Rita Lamontagne MacDonald ofMartin’s Point. The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation provides a widerange of programs and services to build the capacity andcompetitiveness of the province’s film, television and new mediaindustries.
Nova Scotians are invited to participate in the 150th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Museum (NSM) which officially starts today, May 18, to coincide with International Museum Day. To mark the occasion, the museum will host 150 days of celebrations, events and exhibitions at its 28 sites across the province. The celebrations conclude in October with a museum conference in Halifax. A highlight includes Museum Making: An Invitation, an exhibit examining the past, present and future of the NSM. It will explore themes that are reflective of 21st century concerns through NSM’s collection, site stories and current research. This exhibit will feature interactive stations for visitors to make suggestions on artifacts and ideas that should become part of the NSM of the future. This ties into a social media project focused on selecting objects from 2018 to become part of the collection. Once the exhibit closes the items will be placed in a time capsule for NSM 200. As one of Canada’s oldest provincial museums, the Nova Scotia Museum has been preserving, sharing and celebrating Nova Scotia’s rich natural and human history for a century and a half. The museum’s collections include nearly a million objects and everyone is invited to visit the sites across the province and share their experiences on social media with the hashtag #NSM150.For more information, visit http://museum.novascotia.ca/nsm150 .
Melbourne: Composer-singer Amaal Mallik will be performing a medley of his popular compositions and renditions at the iconic Palais Theatre here. He will be joined by the famous Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, who had earlier collaborated with the likes of Elton John and A.R. Rahman. Amaal has been roped in as the official performer at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) Awards night scheduled to take place on August 8. “It’s nothing short of an honour for me to be collaborating with them. It’s a big moment and I want to deliver my best for the evening. I have been shortlisting songs for the medley,” said Amaal. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “There will be a few expected and some unexpected choices from my end. I will spend a few days to prepare for them before meeting the team in Melbourne,” he added. The young music artiste is known for giving hit numbers like “Sooraj dooba hai”, “Main hoon hero tera” and “Bol do na zara”. “Given Amaal’s popularity with every section of the audience, he was pretty much an obvious choice for us. It will be a gala evening filled with music that truly celebrates cinema from India. Given that it’s Melbourne, an Aussie twist had to be in order,” Festival director Mitu Bhowmick said.
CALGARY, AB – ATCO was awarded the Modular Supply Contract, with joint efforts to design, engineer and construct a 4,500-person workforce accommodation centre, known as the Cedar Valley Lodge.ATCO through its wholly owned subsidiary ATCO Structures LNG Limited Partnership has entered into a joint venture with a subsidiary of Bird Construction Inc. to build a facility to house workers working in the construction of LNG Canada’s natural gas liquefaction and export facility.The supply contract for 4,500 modular accommodation rooms for the Cedar Valley Lodge Project through a joint venture between ATCO and the Haisla Nation. The design and engineering for the project are currently in works, with construction planned to start for spring 2019. The project is included as one of the largest accommodation facilities built in Canada, providing amenities for the LNG Canada workforce. ATCO has been present in building workforce housing for major energy infrastructures such as the completed construction of a 1,600 person workforce housing for BC Hydro’s site C in 2016.ATCO has carried out contracts and modular site accommodation projects within the Kitimat region. Since 2011, the company has operated a successful joint-venture partnership with the Haisla Nation, which will also benefit from the Cedar Valley Lodge project.“We are proud to support this crucially important energy infrastructure project in Canada, which is vital to the prosperity of our nation, and to build upon our proven track record of providing premier modular workforce housing solutions to LNG projects around the world,” said Nancy Southern, Chair & Chief Executive Officer with ATCO. “Our long history of delivering major workforce housing projects throughout the world continues to position us well to support landmark infrastructure development in the years ahead.”
It is often said that works of art have a story behind, and artists have the ability to present these narratives using a series of images that represent moments in a story, or by selecting a central moment that stands for the whole story.One such artist Sukanta Das has weaved a love story about a beloved Abhisarika (one who moves) to convey her secret meetings with her lover, setting aside her modesty. She is depicted at the door of his house and on his way to the tryst, defying all kinds of difficulties like storms, snakes and dangers of the forest. In art, Abhisarika is portrayed often in hurry towards his destination. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe story will be told through an exhibition ‘Abhisarika’ in the fourth hall of the Lalit Kala Akademi from April 20–26. The inauguration on April 20 will see the presence of eminent artists Sudip Roy, Asit Patnaik, Dharmendra Rathore, and Shampa Sirkar Das, besides eminent sculptor Tapas Sarkar. Renowned photographer Aninda Adhikary, who has conceived and presented the exhibition, says Sukanta has brought realism back to art at a time when many artists are moving to distortions of figures and abstraction. Sukanta achieves an enigmatic quality by using mixed colours to achieve the exact quality of drapery to depict the tone of a woman’s skin, besides painting the emotions of humanity. Sukanta Das’ works have adorned the walls of numerous corporate and private collectors.
By Ismail ElouafiFez – Yunus & Youth Morocco has organized its second social entrepreneurship event in Fez, on August 22, 2014. This event is part of a national tour being held in the largest cities in the Kingdom of Morocco, including Casablanca and Tangier. The purpose of these events is to make young people aware of the importance of social entrepreneurship as a key to success for the social development of their community. Yunus & Youth is a global movement inspiring young people to join, explore and pursue the unconventional paths of social businesses by understanding the business environment in Morocco. Through its program, including the national tour, trainings and online classes, the Yunus & Youth Morocco has shown its potential to reach young social entrepreneurs, leading their own social enterprises and to help them improve their capacity, ability and situations.Sara Chellaoui, the Hub coordinator of Morocco, in an interview with Morocco World News, has insisted on the importance of social entrepreneurship as the main pillar to assist in the development of our country.She said: “Social entrepreneurship is very important and needed in Morocco, we have many social challenges that we can tackle effectively using this new concept of business.” Her statement has made it clear that Yunus & Youth is envisioning a global network of young people implementing sustainable, social business solutions to fight the world’s most pressing social issues.Internationally, Mrs. Chellaoui’s organization offers fellowship programs of six months to encourage and monitor young entrepreneurs to build their own projects effectively. From 90 applications, only 17 young entrepreneurs have been offered this fellowship. These projects will receive instruction and assistance from experts and specially trained mentors from Yunus & Youth.During the workshop in Fez, Mrs. Chellaoui and the participants have agreed on the key points that are to change the mindset of Moroccans about the concept of social entrepreneurship and help to build a strong network. “For [the] Moroccan chapter, the challenge so far is to build a solid network of supporters around Yunus and Youth,” said Mrs. Chellaoui.Judging by the grand efforts made by the participants of this program, the future social entrepreneurship looks extremely promising. However, more and more encouragement and support are required to transform Moroccan society from a passive consumption mode to an active one. Morocco of 2014, needs this kind of enterprise to bolster and lead itself toward the ultimate phase of development.
Despite attempts to administer first-aid, the man died on the spot. No one else was injured, police said.An investigation has been opened into the shooting, they added. (Colombo Gazette) In a bid to protect those present, an officer had fired at the assailant. Officers had been called in to break up a fight in Brissago, on the shores of Lake Maggiore, and were on the ground floor of a building when the Sri Lankan attacked the other people, police said in a statement. Swiss police said that an officer had shot and killed a Sri Lankan man after the man lunged at other asylum seekers wielding two knives.The 38-year-old asylum seeker was mortally wounded at around 2am (0000 GMT) Saturday after he tried to stab two other asylum seekers who were in the company of police officers in the southern Italian-speaking region of Ticino, Police said, according to the AFP news agency.
A large Indian Army contingent arrived in Sri Lanka to take part in a joint training exercise.The Sri Lanka Army – Indian Army Joint training exercise MITRASHAKTI – VI will be held at Diyatalawa from 26 March – 08 April 2019. The exercise is an annual event held in India and Sri Lanka alternatively. MITRASHAKTI – V was conducted at Pune, India where 120 personnel of Sri Lanka Army had participated in the exercise. This year the scope of the exercise has been significantly increased wherein in addition to infantry based events, participation of personnel from Artillery, Engineers, Signals, Army Medical Corps and Special Forces will also take place. This year an Indian contingent of 120 Army personnel, including 11 officers arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport today (25th) onboard an Indian Air Force IL-76 transport aircraft to take part in the two-week long Exercise along with Sri Lanka Army. MITRASHAKTI is one of the largest bilateral Army to Army exercises that is being conducted in the region.Based on the success of previous exercises MITRASHAKTI was recently upgraded from a platoon level engagement to a full Company level engagement. The exercise is designed to enhance interoperability and mutual understanding between both the armies and provides an opportunity to build on an already warm relationship that is based on professional respect, personal bonding and extensive training interaction. The exercise will help in building proficiency in tackling transnational terrorism, conduct of joint tactical operations and building combat skills.The Indian High Commission in Colombo said that the exercise will also provide an ideal platform for sharing of each other’s experiences and learning from best practices being followed by both the Armies.The exercise signifies the desire of both countries to enhance co-operation to fight the menace of terrorism and other common threats effectively. The exercise is being conducted at Diyatalawa wherein Gemunu Watch Regiment of Sri Lanka Army is participating along with other members of Sri Lanka Army Artillery, Engineers, Signals Corps etc.The exercise will involve conduct of lectures, demonstrations, small team tactical operations, communication coordination, firing practices and Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief Operations.The exercise would also involve sports fixtures and cultural events which would provide an opportunity for personnel from both Armies to learn from each other, re-enforce shared values and to build individual bonds of friendship and camaraderie. (Colombo Gazette)
Working to develop a new programme of action on worldwide migration, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today released an up-to-date report on related trends in 93 of its member states. ILO Migration Survey 2003: Country Summaries says the number of migrants seeking work and security in foreign countries is expected to increase rapidly in the coming decades. Collectively, these people would comprise the world’s fifth most populous country if they were grouped in a single political entity. “In practically every region, the rising mobility of people in search of decent work and human security has been commanding the attention of policy makers,” says Manolo Abella, Chief of the ILO’s International Migration Programme. “Migration is driven by differences and imbalances among countries and these differences have grown and not shrunk with globalization.” The report will be the basis for a general discussion on migration during the 92nd International Labour Conference which runs through 17 June in Geneva. It includes the latest information on migration trends, conditions, law and practice, its impact on recipient and donor countries while describing national experiences with regulating both migration and migrant employment. The annual ILO conference debates global social and labour issues, oversees compliance with international labour standards and establishes the agency’s budget.
According to the World Drug Report 2004, launched today by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), some 185 million people – less than one out of 30 adults or 3 per cent of the world population aged 15 to 64 – have used illegal drugs in the past year. The study also found that the process of extracting cocaine from coca leaves has declined by 30 per cent over the past four years.Despite these encouraging results, “current levels of illicit drug use, together with the health consequences and criminal activities associated with it, are clearly unacceptable,” UNODC chief Antonio Maria Costa said at a press conference in Moscow. He called for stronger prevention and treatment policies in response.By far the most widely abused substance is cannabis, used at least once year by more than 150 million people. The report calls the cannabis market “buoyant” and points to increasing consumption in South America as well as expanding markets in Eastern Europe and Africa.Cannabis use is followed by amphetamine-type stimulants, with 38 million users, 8 million of which use ecstasy. Smaller numbers of people abuse cocaine (13 million) or opiates such as heroin, morphine and opium (15 million).In terms of health, opiates rank as the most serious problem, accounting for the majority of people seeking drug treatment in Asia and Europe. In South-East Asia, methamphetamines have become the main problem drug, UNODC said. Cocaine still comes first on the American continent as a whole, but in the United States, cocaine abuse among students has been declining.The report was launched in conjunction with the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which is observed each year on 26 June to commemorate the signature of the declaration adopted at the International Conference against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in 1987.As another part of the Day’s observance, UNODC also announced a yearlong campaign to promote the importance and effectiveness of drug treatment to drug-dependent individuals, as well as to the general public.With the theme “Drugs: treatment works,” the campaign aims to diminish the stigma attached to drug users by illustrating the possibilities for a positive future, using the stories of individuals who have successfully undergone treatment and are engaged in productive lives.
TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday amid positive economic news from Europe and China and rising commodity prices.The loonie gained 0.08 of a cent to 89.02 cents US.Financial information company Markit said its composite purchasing managers’ index for the eurozone — a gauge of business activity across the manufacturing and services sectors — rose to 52.2 points in October from 52.0 in September. Anything above 50 indicates expansion.Also, HSBC’s preliminary version of an index based on a survey of Chinese factory purchasing managers rose to 50.4 from 50.2 in September. HSBC’s chief China economist, Hongbin Qu, said manufacturing likely stabilized in October but the world’s No. 2 economy continues to show signs of “insufficient” demand.Financial markets have been volatile over the last month amid worries that the eurozone could slip back into recession and that China’s economy was weakening.The loonie had slipped 0.12 of a cent Wednesday as the Bank of Canada left its key rate unchanged at one per cent.Prices were mixed on commodity markets with December crude ahead $1.57 to US$82.09 a barrel after data showing U.S. inventories much higher than expected last week and a higher U.S. currency had pushed oil prices to a two-year low.December copper gained two cents to US$3.04 a pound while December gold bullion fell $16.40 to US$1,229.10 an ounce. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar higher amid positive Chinese, eurozone economic data by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 23, 2014 6:33 am MDT
Middle aged adults who drink too many sugary drinks are twice as likely to die from heart disease, new research has shown.Over a period of six years, participants in the study over the age of 45 who drank at least 24 ounces of sugary beverage daily were twice as likely to die from heart disease as those consuming less than one ounce.Scientists also found an increased risk of death from all causes among top consumers of sugary drinks.But there was no link between eating sugary foods and premature death. This may be related to the different ways sugary drinks and foods are processed by the body, said the researchers.Previous studies have shown a link between added sugar and both obesity and chronic disease, but its impact on death rates has not been clear.Lead researcher Dr Jean Welsh, from Emory University in Atlanta, US, said: “There were two parts of this question we wanted to understand. Do added sugars increase risk of death from heart disease or other causes, and, if so, is there a difference in risk between sugar-sweetened beverages and sugary foods? “We believe this study adds strong data to what already exists highlighting the importance of minimising sugary beverages in our diet.”The team drew on data from almost 18,000 participants in the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (Regards) study, a long-running US health and lifestyle investigation.A questionnaire was used to estimate sugary food and beverage consumption. Sugary beverages included sodas and fruit drinks while desserts and breakfast cereals were among the sugar-sweetened foods.Information from death records was compared with people’s sugar consumption habits while they were alive.The findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions meeting in New Orleans. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Tina Arena and many other local personalities turned out for a lavish gala event at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) to show their support for the launch of award-winning Five Star airline Qatar Airways into Melbourne. Qatar Airways will be flying directly to Athens three days per week and in March will commence daily flights to Athens. The event, which attracted sports personalities, television stars and actors and actresses, was another high point for Qatar Airways, which had seen its inaugural flight arrive into Melbourne from Doha on Sunday night (6 December), establishing the airline’s first destination in Australia. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker greeted the guests and expressed his enthusiasm for Melbourne as the airline’s first Australian gateway. Al Baker announced to a delighted audience that Qatar Airways will fly one hour less to London than their competitors and that with one seat less per row they will do it in greater comfort and style. Qatar Airways flies three times a week from Melbourne to Doha, connecting to airline’s extensive global network, which the airline has established over the last 12 years since its inception. Melbourne flights will operate daily from 1 January 2010. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram