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Citizenship Act: Centre convenes meeting Chief Ministers of northeastern States

first_imgThe Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has invited the Chief Ministers of northeastern States and leaders of socio-cultural bodies, students’ organisations and political parties for discussions on the plan to amend the Citizenship Act, officials said on November 28.Those who have been invited for discussions, scheduled for November 29 and November 30 , include the North East Students’ Organisation, All Bodo Students’ Union and student bodies of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. The meetings with the Chief Ministers will be held on November 30, an official said.Leaders of several parties , both regional and state chiefs of national political parties — and heads of socio-cultural organisations have also been invited for the discussions, the official said.The Ministry has convened the meetings following a strong protest by many organisations in the region against the Bill to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. Union Home Minister Amit Shah is expected to be present at the meetings, another official said. The Bill seeks to amend the Act to grant Indian nationality to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who come to India after religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan even if they don’t possess proper documents. This was a promise of the BJP in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections. A large section of the people and organisations in the region have opposed the Bill, saying it will nullify the provisions of the Assam Accord, 1985, which fixed March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for deportation of all illegal immigrants irrespective of religion.last_img read more

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Dempsey sets U.S. WCQ appearances record

first_imgUnited States Dempsey sets USMNT record for most World Cup qualifying appearances 05:38 9/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Clint Dempsey USA Bob Levey United States Honduras v United States WC Qualification CONCACAF The Seattle Sounders star made his 41st appearance for the U.S. in qualifiers, breaking Landon Donovan’s record. With his start against Honduras on Tuesday, Clint Dempsey broke Landon Donovan’s mark for the most all-time World Cup qualifying appearances for the U.S. men’s national team.Dempsey made his 41st World Cup qualifying appearance for the USA, as he looks to take part in his fourth World Cup next summer in Russia. Dempsey WCQ gfx Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Seattle Sounders man may not hold the record for long, however, with Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley right behind him. With the start, @clint_dempsey claims another #USMNT record.Details: https://t.co/nAQo1s7aT6 pic.twitter.com/ZPy9zXde5T — U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) September 5, 2017 Dempsey can break another of Donovan’s records if he scores against the Catrachos, as the two players are tied for the most all-time USMNT goals with 57 apiece.last_img read more

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St. Petersburg Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Miami (OH) Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

first_imgThe St. Petersburg Bowl logo.Twitter/St. Pete BowlLooking for a Mississippi State vs. Miami (OH) preview ahead of their matchup in the St. Petersburg Bowl? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the big matchup.Monday, Dec. 26, the Mississippi State Bulldogs take on the Miami (OH) RedHawks in the St. Petersburg Bowl. The game, to be played at Tropicana Field, is slated for a 11:00 a.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our Mississippi State vs. Miami (OH) preview.According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Mississippi State wins the matchup between the two teams 81.9% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Bulldogs favored.Spread: Mississippi State -11.5Game Time: 11:00 a.m. ETChannel: ESPNMississippi State vs. Miami (OH) preview:Mississippi State (5-7) closed out the regular season with a 55-20 win at Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl which snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bulldogs. Miami (OH) (6-6) won its last six games of the year to become bowl eligible with its latest win coming on Nov. 22 against Ball State.The RedHawks found themselves down 17-7 against Ball State but were able to put together a comeback to punch their ticket to a bowl game. Miami (OH) gave up 247 rushing yards on the ground to Ball State, but quarterback Gus Ragland helped lead the comeback with 380 yards passing and three touchdowns. The RedHawks’ offense enters the game ranked 108th in the nation averaging 361 yards per game.Mississippi State beat up on Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl much to the thanks of quarterback Nick Fitzgerald throwing three touchdowns and rushing for 258 yards and two more scores against the poor Rebel defense. Fitzgerald averaged seven-yards per rushing attempt during the regular season and the Bulldogs go as he goes.The Bulldogs beat NC State 51-28 in the Belk Bowl a year ago while the RedHawks last played in a bowl game in 2011 when they beat Middle Tennessee 35-21 in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.Mississippi State vs. Miami (OH) Prediction:Mississippi State is built on the run as it averages 233.2 yards per game which is 24th in the nation. The RedHawks have been successful in stopping the run this season as their run defense ranks 33rd in the country allowing less than 140 rushing yards per contest.Miami (OH) on the other hand virtually has no rushing attack as it ranks 109th in the land with 133.5 yards on the ground per game.The Bulldogs have the firepower, and the dual-threat Fitzgerald, that will give the RedHawks major problems all afternoon.Mississippi State 45, Miami (OH) 23,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Mississippi State wins the matchup between the two teams 81.9% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Bulldogs favored.Spread: Mississippi State -11.5Game Time: 11:00 a.m. ETChannel: ESPNMississippi State vs. Miami (OH) preview:Mississippi State (5-7) closed out the regular season with a 55-20 win at Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl which snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bulldogs. Miami (OH) (6-6) won its last six games of the year to become bowl eligible with its latest win coming on Nov. 22 against Ball State.The RedHawks found themselves down 17-7 against Ball State but were able to put together a comeback to punch their ticket to a bowl game. Miami (OH) gave up 247 rushing yards on the ground to Ball State, but quarterback Gus Ragland helped lead the comeback with 380 yards passing and three touchdowns. The RedHawks’ offense enters the game ranked 108th in the nation averaging 361 yards per game.Mississippi State beat up on Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl much to the thanks of quarterback Nick Fitzgerald throwing three touchdowns and rushing for 258 yards and two more scores against the poor Rebel defense. Fitzgerald averaged seven-yards per rushing attempt during the regular season and the Bulldogs go as he goes.The Bulldogs beat NC State 51-28 in the Belk Bowl a year ago while the RedHawks last played in a bowl game in 2011 when they beat Middle Tennessee 35-21 in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.Mississippi State vs. Miami (OH) Prediction:,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Mississippi State wins the matchup between the two teams 81.9% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Bulldogs favored.Spread: Mississippi State -11.5Game Time: 11:00 a.m. ETChannel: ESPNMississippi State vs. Miami (OH) preview:Mississippi State (5-7) closed out the regular season with a 55-20 win at Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl which snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bulldogs. Miami (OH) (6-6) won its last six games of the year to become bowl eligible with its latest win coming on Nov. 22 against Ball State.The RedHawks found themselves down 17-7 against Ball State but were able to put together a comeback to punch their ticket to a bowl game. Miami (OH) gave up 247 rushing yards on the ground to Ball State, but quarterback Gus Ragland helped lead the comeback with 380 yards passing and three touchdowns. The RedHawks’ offense enters the game ranked 108th in the nation averaging 361 yards per game.Mississippi State beat up on Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl much to the thanks of quarterback Nick Fitzgerald throwing three touchdowns and rushing for 258 yards and two more scores against the poor Rebel defense. Fitzgerald averaged seven-yards per rushing attempt during the regular season and the Bulldogs go as he goes.The Bulldogs beat NC State 51-28 in the Belk Bowl a year ago while the RedHawks last played in a bowl game in 2011 when they beat Middle Tennessee 35-21 in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.Mississippi State vs. Miami (OH) Prediction:last_img read more

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Get out there and start taking land back By sacred fire artist

first_img(Isaac Murdoch sitting by a fire at Queen’s Park in Toronto issuing his call for people to “get out there and start reclaiming those traditional places that you have that you call home”)Justin BrakeAPTN NewsCanada could be on the verge of another Indigenous uprising, according to a well-known Ojibway artist whose art has become a powerful force among grassroots people and movements across the country.Isaac Murdoch, a traditional knowledge holder from Serpent River First Nation and a member of the Onaman artist collective, took to Facebook Wednesday night from the newly formed Justice For Our Stolen Children solidarity camp in Toronto’s Queen’s Park and issued a call to action.“I encourage our Indigenous people to get out there and start reclaiming those traditional places that you have that you call home,” he said.“I don’t believe in cede and surrender, I don’t believe that all this land should belong to Canada. So get out there and start making your own camps. Get out there and start taking land back.“And if you’re in remote areas, start utilizing your land, because we know that when there are Indigenous people out there it makes a difference,” Murdoch continued. “And we need a bigger presence in our forests and on our land so we can do our due diligence in being stewards of our land, and doing water protection and land protection duties.”Watch Isaac Murdoch’s Facebook call to action here:  In the 11-minute address, he linked the Indigenous child welfare crisis, violence against Indigenous women, girls, two-spirited, and youth suicide to the dispossession of Indigenous people from their lands.“Right now there are thousands and thousands of children that are in care, and a lot of them were taken illegally,” Murdoch said.“When Canada first became a country they inherited something called ‘The Indian Problem,’ which was free-roaming Indigenous people. So to contain the ‘Indian Problem’ they had to force everybody on to reserves or into the cities so that they could be colonized,” said Murdoch, whose traditional name is Bombgiizhik.“And of course that meant taking children away from their parents…all because they wanted to have a free-for-all on resource extraction.”Murdoch said the same government policies and tactics employed during the residential schools and Sixties Scoop eras continue today as the “Millennium Scoop”.“This is still happening,” he said.Last year Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott called the number of Indigenous children in care in Canada a “humanitarian crisis.”In Manitoba alone, around 10,000 children are in state care, most of them away from their communities and culture.“The future climate leaders are in care, and they’re going through mass assimilation”In an interview with APTN News, Thursday Murdoch said the climate crisis has created a heightened urgency on Indigenous Peoples’ fight for liberation.“Because we’re in abrupt climate change there’s a move to get our children back so that we can teach them the language,” he said. “There’s moves to get back on the land so that we can protect the land and waters. There’s moves to start investing into our young people and the education that they want, which is land-based education.”The United Nations has warned for years how climate change disproportionately impacts Indigenous peoples.“Indigenous peoples are among the first to face the direct consequences of climate change, due to their dependence upon, and close relationship, with the environment and its resources,” according to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) website.In the north, Inuit are already feeling the impacts with melting ice that is making hunting and fishing unpredictable, which has caused danger and uncertainty for those who live off the land.UNDESA also says climate change “poses threats and dangers to the survival of indigenous communities worldwide, even though indigenous peoples contribute the least to greenhouse emissions,” and that Indigenous peoples are often “interpret and react to the impacts of climate change in creative ways, drawing on traditional knowledge and other technologies to find solutions which may help society at large to cope with impending changes.”But Murdoch is concerned that under present circumstances many Indigenous children and youth won’t be equipped to lead the fight against climate change rooted in their own cultures.“The future climate leaders are in care, and they’re going through mass assimilation right now. It’s a genocide that’s happening to Indigenous people still.”In his call to action Murdoch told viewers “the only thing that’s going to stop fossil fuel extraction is probably the Indigenous resistance. So be strong, stand up, stand your ground and get out there and do what you can.”Governments and authorities working to shut down camps, resistances Murdoch’s call came hours after the City of Burnaby issued an eviction notice to land defenders and water protectors at Camp Cloud who are fighting to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which, if built will triple the capacity of diluted bitumen flowing from Alberta’s tar sands, through unceded Indigenous territories to the coast.“I encourage people to get out there and stand with Camp Cloud because we can’t afford to have oil reach international markets because that’s billions of barrels of oil that’s going to go into the atmosphere, so we need to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline.”The Burnaby eviction notice expires Saturday.Murdoch’s appeal also came days after RCMP arrested Secwememc Ktunaxa warrior Kanahus Manuel and kicked the Tiny House Warriors out of a B.C. provincial park in unceded Secwepemc territory, and one day before the Government of Saskatchewan applied for a court order to shut down the Justice For Our Stolen Children camp in Regina.“There’s a tension in the air,” Murdoch told APTN. “Everything is all related: stolen children, the environment, the rekindling of our languages and culture. It’s all tied in together.”The Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion stands at more than 150 First Nations.Speaking with Nation to Nation in May, Serge Simon, Grand Chief of the Kanesatake Mohawk Council and a Treaty Alliance member, said if government prioritizes industry over First Nations’ concerns on their own territories, “you are going to see a flashpoint somewhere.“I’m really hoping for my friends in B.C. that it doesn’t go that way for them.”In May Nation to Nation host Todd Lamirande asked RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki how she thinks the Trans Mountain protests will unfold throughout the summer.“I’m going to hope that it continues the way it has up to this point,” she said, “because up to this point the protestors have had the right to protest and the right to have their voices heard in a safe and secure manner, and I’m hoping that this will continue through the summer despite any decisions made.”Lucki also said that rebuilding trust with First Nations “is a process, and it’s bigger than words.“In building trust with our Indigenous people, and in our reconciliation efforts, we have to translate words into actions and create better understanding with our members,” she continued. “Because when we deal with racism, racism to me is a lack of understanding, so the members and employees need a better understanding of Indigenous people.”Murdoch said he wants people to “be safe, but to get out there and to use your voices and use any means necessary to help reduce climate change that is happening — and also to make sure that the land and waters are pure and clean again.“We only have one planet and this is going to take everybody to come together and make a difference.”jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

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Kamal Haasan to campaign for TMCs Andaman candidate

first_imgKolkata: Actor-turned-politician and founder of Makkal Needhi Maiam Kamal Haasan will campaign for the Trinamool Congress candidate of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Haasan announced the same after holding a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna on Monday.”The meeting was excellent. Makkal Needhi Maiam is in alliance with Trinamool Congress for Andaman and we hope this special relationship will evolve in future. I am going to campaign for their candidate in Andaman and for this I am going there on April 6,” Haasan told reporters after his meeting with Banerjee that lasted more than an hour. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Chief Minister said that Trinamool Congress has forged an alliance with the party which Hassan had floated on February 21 last year, from his hometown of Rameswaram. “He came to wish me well. There will be a public meeting at Andaman in support of Trinamool’s candidate, which Haasan will address. On behalf of our party, Sujit Bose will be present,” Banerjee said. Trinamool Congress has nominated Ayaan Mondal to contest for the Lok Sabha seat in the islands. Mondal is the grandson of eight-time MP from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Manoranjan Bhakta, who had won on a Congress ticket. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBishnu Pada Ray of BJP is the sitting MP of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In 2014, he had won by a margin of 7,812 votes. When questioned whether Haasan will campaign for Trinamool in Bengal, he said: “I will consider this. But right now my hands are full. There are 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and my first concentration will be on that state. But my love for Bengal and Kerala will continue.” He also maintained that MNM is a small regional party and the alliance will be taken forward step-by-step, following discussions with the Chief Minister. It may be mentioned that Andaman and Nicobar Islands has only one Lok Sabha constituency, which represents the entire Union Territory. Haasan has recently proved himself to be a sharp critic of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling him a “rich man’s guard.”last_img read more

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Ban top envoy deplore backtoback bomb blasts in Iraq

According to media reports, two suicide bombers detonated their explosive vests near a Shi”a shrine this morning, killing over 60 people, while more than 80 people reportedly died in similar attacks yesterday, which has been characterized as Iraq”s deadliest day of the year.The Secretary-General was particularly dismayed by reports that one of the bombers in yesterday”s attacks was a woman accompanied by a five-year-old child.“No cause or grievance can justify such reprehensible acts,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.He also expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and joined “the people of Iraq in rejecting these attempts to incite further violence in the country.” Extending the UN”s condolences to the victims” families, the Secretary-General”s Special Representative for Iraq, Staffan de Mistura, described the attacks as “terrible crimes, targeting innocent civilians, mainly pilgrims, and many as they waited for food parcels being handed out by the Iraqi Red Crescent.” Mr. de Mistura also voiced concern over the spike in deadly attacks in recent weeks, while also expressing confidence in Iraqi people to remain united in their resolve in combating violence. 24 April 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his top envoy to Iraq have strongly condemned the horrific back-to-back bombings that struck Baghdad today and yesterday. read more

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Move towards information society can help development goals – UN officials

As the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) moved into its second day, Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said UNESCO was convinced that four key principles underpinned the endeavour to build societies in which both digital and knowledge opportunities could flourish: freedom of expression; equal access to education; universal access to information, including a strong public domain of information; and the preservation and promotion of cultural diversity, including multilingualism.Fostering and respecting cultural diversity, including linguistic diversity, was one of the fundamental principles of the information society, Mr. Matsuura added. Debates about content and language on the Internet were just one expression of the growing global concern on this issue. Universal access to information and knowledge was central to inclusive knowledge societies. It made no sense to speak about an information society, not to mention knowledge societies, without free and unhindered access to information and knowledge in all forms and media.The Summit, which opened Wednesday and runs through tomorrow, brings together representatives from government, science, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), industry and media to forge a global commitment on ways to harness the power of ICTs towards achieving the MDGs, a set of measurable and time-bound actions adopted by world leaders in 2000 to combat such global ills as poverty and hunger, inequality in education and diseases such as HIV/AIDS, all by 2015.Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said information and communication technologies were not just a goal in themselves for a poor country. Such an approach would consign it to a vanity investment. The purpose was to play its role within development. Its role was as a powerful soldier to halve the number of people living below the poverty line and fight HIV/AIDS. With the right policies and practices, ICTs could do far more to address the development challenges the international community faced.Mr. Malloch Brown stressed that incorporating ICTs into development must be based on three main pillars – practice, policy and partnership. Nothing was automatic in the diffusion of information. It was, therefore, promising that more than 70 countries had elaborated their own national ICT policies. Ultimately, the work could not be carried out by governments alone. The best use of ICTs would be that which involved governments, the private sector, as well as civil society. It was incumbent on the international community to build an inclusive information society that helped lift developing countries out of poverty.The Deputy Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Robert Blois, said the results of the Summit would have far-reaching implications on how the citizens of the world lived in the twenty-first century. The Summit was an historic occasion. The pace at which communications had changed over the last decade was remarkable. New communication technologies, particularly the mobile phone and the Internet, had radically transformed today’s world.ITU had played a vital role in this transformation through promotion of global inter-operability of network management of the spectrum and by assisting countries to make informed policy decisions, he said. The Summit, as well as being an historical event, was also an opportunity for ITU to identify new challenges and opportunities and concentrate on tangible measures of progress.For his part, Marcel A. Boisard, Executive Director of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), said the Institute believed that the Internet and the ICTs had been, above all, an opportunity for the South. Over the past 10 years, UNITAR had worked to assist developing countries in this information revolution. The international community had now also placed ICTs at the heart of building an information society.The Internet was above all a vector for knowledge, Mr. Boisard said. Of course, he was not denying the existence of the digital divide and the priority must be on training and knowledge capacity. Local capacity must also be reinforced. It was also essential to facilitate access to knowledge, he said, suggesting the establishment of cyber-libraries. Such cyber-libraries would be an important weapon against illiteracy. Political measures were also needed to help Governments, the private sector and the civil society to fully commit to the building of a new information society, including work on e-governments, e-training, e-business and e-democracy.Addressing the WSIS’s opening session yesterday, ITU Secretary-General Yoshio Utsumi said the transformation to the information society would be every bit as profound as the movement from agrarian to industrial societies.“In the past, such changes have led to winners and losers. Some countries have prospered, while others have fallen behind. It could happen once again and, if we do not take any action now, existing gaps may be widened. We must not make the same mistakes,” he warned.By taking the right decisions, the international community must shape the direction of the information society and create a more just, prosperous and peaceful world, Mr. Utsumi said, calling on political leaders “to exert their will, the captains of industry to show their business acumen, the NGOs and civil society to provide the zeal, in order to forge a unity of purpose, a unison in the vision of universal access.”Jose Maria Figueres-Olsen, Chairman of the UN ICT Task Force, said that many people enjoyed the introduction of fast access to the Internet and other use of new technologies, while this was hard for people living in the developing countries. The economic principles of demand and supply should be applied to information and communications technologies.Working in cooperation was essential in order to realize ICTs. At the national level, efforts should be made to deploy ICTs. The developing and regional agencies should also be involved in the process of information and communication to improve national competitiveness. Further, efforts should be made to improve the capacity of nations in the field of ICTs. There was a collective responsibility of the international community in implementing the Millennium Development Goals. The Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), Brigita Schmognerova, noted that the development of the information society was profoundly affecting economic and social life, and dramatically changing ways of doing business. It was also one of the main driving forces behind the globalization process.While ICT development was a key component of the growth of the information society, significant gaps remained between countries’ levels of progress in this area, she stressed. The challenge of bridging the digital divide had an important regional dimension. As recognized in the draft Declaration of Principles, regional cooperation and action were, and would be, a fundamental factor in the use of ICTs for development and in the implementation of decisions made at the Summit. K.Y. Amoako, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), told the Summit that Africa’s economic performance since the mid-1990s had raised hopes for a turnaround. The new trend was largely attributed to reforms and better governance in many countries, with increased confidence translated into increased growth. However, this was still fragile.New information and communication technologies were now pervasive, affecting virtually all sectors of society, although some people remained unacceptably distant from the possibilities, mainly the women, children, the poor and those in rural communities, Mr. Amoako said. African countries should take advantage of ICTs to fulfil their potential, and more and more countries were integrating ICTs into their plans. However, Africa needed massive investments in order to become part of the information society.The acting Executive Coordinator of the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme, Ad de Raad, said that human intervention remains critical, even with the advanced technologies now available and that information technologies have immense potential for strengthening volunteerism, expanding participation in volunteer efforts, and intensifying their impact.Mr. de Raad said the human dimension remains vital to the programme’s efforts, as ICT helps to reinforce – but does not replace – the web of connections that have always existed in the offline world. At the same time, online volunteerism creates new opportunities for people who have too often been excluded from participation – such as older volunteers, people with disabilities, individuals living in remote areas, and those with pressing domestic responsibilities or very limited means. read more

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Energy Dept offers 2B loan to carbonstorage project

FILE – In this April 1, 2016 file photo, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz speaks at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. The Energy Department said Wednesday it is offering a conditional, $2 billion loan guarantee to capture and store carbon dioxide at a planned Louisiana methanol plant, a new element of the Obama’s administration’s strategy to slow global warming. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Energy Dept. offers $2B loan to carbon-storage project by The Associated Press Posted Dec 21, 2016 10:11 am MDT Last Updated Dec 21, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. Energy Department said Wednesday it is offering a conditional, US$2-billion loan guarantee for a carbon capture project at a planned Louisiana methanol plant.The Lake Charles Methanol plant will use petroleum coke, a byproduct of oil refining, to make methanol, a chemical used in products such as paint, glue, plastics and formaldehyde.The captured carbon dioxide will be piped to oil fields in Texas, where it will be used to speed up oil production.The loan guarantee is the first to be offered by the U.S. Energy Department under an advanced energy program to help promising technologies that are unable to secure private investors.Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz called the loan commitment a milestone in federal efforts to capture and store carbon pollution, a key driver of global warming.Moniz called the Lake Charles project “a big step forward” for economic development and carbon capture, an emerging technology that has also been pioneered in Canada.The Boundary Dam coal power station near Estevan, Sask., has been using carbon capture and storage technology for about two years — possibly the world’s first commercial-scale use of CCS..Carbon capture entails catching the carbon emissions from a coal plant or other source and injecting the gas underground for permanent storage or use in speeding oil production.Carbon storage is a key component of so-called clean coal, a concept that has been embraced by President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump.In Canada, by contrast, the Trudeau federal government wants to phase out the country’s 35 remaining coal-fired power plants by 2030. Saskatchewan’s government under Premier Brad Wall has argued for carbon capture and storage and against the imposition of a national carbon-pricing strategy that accepted by eight other premiers early this month.Lake Charles Methanol expects to break ground next year on a $3.8 billion plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, 140 miles east of Houston.Don Maley, the company’s president and CEO, said in a statement that the Energy Department’s expected loan guarantee “represents the commitment of the federal government to promote innovative, clean fossil-energy technologies” and allow the project to be completed.The project is expected to create about 1,000 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs. The plant will produce methanol, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and other chemicals from petcoke, a waste product from the refining of heavy crude oil.Moniz said on a conference call Wednesday that he has had “cordial” conversations with former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Trump’s nominee for energy secretary, but did not discuss the Lake Charles plant or other projects under consideration for Energy Department loans.— with files from The Canadian Press. read more

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Early cannabis sales unbelievably high after legalization feds US consultant

by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 30, 2017 11:30 am MDT Last Updated Apr 30, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A Canadian flag with a marijuana leaf on it flies during a 4/20 rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 20, 2017. A U.S. consultant hired by Ottawa to assess Canada’s eventual recreational pot market says jurisdictions that regulate cannabis should expect “unbelievably high” sales growth in the first few years as criminals are driven out of business.Adam Orens, a founding partner of the Marijuana Policy Group, said he is not yet authorized to discuss his findings on the future Canadian pot market because his organization is under contract with Health Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Early cannabis sales ‘unbelievably high’ after legalization: feds’ US consultant OTTAWA – A U.S. consultant hired by Ottawa to assess Canada’s eventual recreational pot market says jurisdictions that regulate cannabis should expect “unbelievably high” sales growth in the first few years as criminals are driven out of business.Adam Orens, a founding partner of the Marijuana Policy Group, said he is not yet authorized to discuss his findings on the future Canadian pot market because his organization is under contract with Health Canada.However, a look at the group’s estimates for Colorado’s regulated cannabis industry suggests Canada can expect its own sector to generate billions of dollars per year in direct and indirect economic activity.Colorado’s marijuana industry churned out nearly US$2.4 billion in economic activity in 2015, created 18,000 full-time jobs and pumped US$121 million in tax revenues into state coffers, Orens’ group reported in a study released last fall.A key takeaway from the Colorado research is that newly legalized pot industries should be ready for a sales jolt over the first few years as black-market transactions shift to the regulated market, Orens said.His Denver-based firm found that Colorado’s regulated marijuana sales skyrocketed 42.4 per cent between 2014 — the first year recreational pot sales were permitted in the state — and 2015, when they totalled US$996 million.“We’ve had unbelievably high year-over-year growth rates in sales,” Orens said in an interview, adding the group expects similar sales booms in other pot-regulating places such as Washington state, California and Oregon.“This is a conversion of an existing, informal market into a formal, regulated market and you’re going to see several years of very fast growth.”After the initial surge, however, he noted the Colorado study predicted considerably slower sales growth under the expectation that the black market will gradually be swallowed up. The report projected sales growth of 13.1 per cent in the state in 2020.While every jurisdiction is different, Canada’s population is seven times larger than Colorado’s.The Trudeau government, which recently introduced legislation to legalize recreational pot, has begun assessing the economic impacts of a regulated pot industry in Canada as well as taxation options.To date, the feds have provided few details in public on how the new industry could benefit the economy and the government’s bottom line.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the feds’ first concerns are taking weed out of the hands of kids and yanking the profits away from criminals. He has indicated any revenues from marijuana taxation should fund addiction treatment, mental health services and public health education.To elbow out illegal vendors, Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently hinted Ottawa would keep pot taxes low enough to stay competitive with street prices. Morneau has also stressed that maximizing federal revenues on marijuana will not be a priority.A spokesman for Health Canada said the Marijuana Policy Group has been contracted to analyze the expected future demand for non-medical cannabis in Canada.Eric Morrissette wrote in an email that the findings will help Ottawa develop policy related to the implementation of cannabis legislation and complement some publicly available studies.In November, the parliamentary budget office projected 2018 sales tax revenue — for Ottawa and the provinces combined — to be as low as $356 million and as high as $959 million. That’s assuming regulated retail pot sells for $9 per gram, in line with current black-market prices.Earlier this month, the C.D. Howe Institute think tank estimated legalized cannabis would generate about $675 million next year in combined federal and provincial revenue from existing sales taxes.Deloitte estimated last fall that Canada’s soon-to-be-legalized pot industry could generate as much as $22.6 billion in economic activity.In Colorado, Orens’ group estimates that every US$1 spent on retail pot creates US$2.40 worth of economic activity. By comparison, the research found that retail trade in Colorado generates US$1.88 per dollar.Of the 18,000 full-time jobs created in 2015, the Colorado study said about 12,500 were directly involved in the pot business.He said the direct positions ranged from “bud-tender” retail associates to growers, while indirect employment included jobs in services such as law firms, security and transportation.The report said the state collected about US$121 million from sales and excise tax revenues combined in 2015. Orens said that number grew to around US$200 million last year.In one example, he noted the City of Denver’s revenue figures have shown it had enough leftover cash to fund projects such as housing assistance, even after it spent money on marijuana regulation and enforcement.“For public revenues, there’s a lot good going on,” Orens said.“Now, I think what needs to be said, though, is that cannabis is not balancing budgets. We’re not funding government with this money, but it helps.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said state tax revenues were about $135 million in 2015. read more

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Acclaimed comedy star Alexander Armstrong confirmed as guest speaker at SMMTs Annual

Renowned British actor, comedian and television presenter, Alexander Armstrong, has been announced as the celebrity guest speaker at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ Annual Dinner, taking place on 27 November at Grosvenor House on Park Lane, London.Armstrong, who is famous for his dry sense of humour, will provide the after-dinner address at this year’s event, which brings together friends and colleagues from across industry, government and the media for an evening of networking and discussion.“This year’s Annual Dinner promises to be another must-attend event and I am particularly excited to be joined by Alexander Armstrong, whose unique wit and comic insight will make for an entertaining evening,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.“Over the last 18 months, UK automotive has attracted more than £5.6 billion of international investment, securing its position at the forefront of a manufacturing-led recovery and reaffirming its importance in a low carbon future as well as the delivery of high-value jobs and skills training. With so much going on, these are exciting and challenging times for industry and SMMT’s Annual Dinner will provide a grand setting for the industry to come together to reflect on the achievements of the past year and discuss the issues going forward.”With an established career going back to the 1990s, Armstrong has appeared in a number of popular television programmes and sitcoms including ‘The Armstrong and Miller Show’, ‘Have I got news for you?’ and ‘Doctor Who’. Most recently he has been enjoying the success of the BBC One tea-time gameshow, ‘Pointless’, which he presents with the help of his co-host, Richard Osman.SMMT’s President, Nigel Stein, Chief Executive of GKN plc, will make the keynote address at the Dinner, reflecting on some of the recent successes enjoyed by UK automotive as well as looking ahead to what will be another important year for the sector.The winners of SMMT’s Award for Automotive Innovation 2012, sponsored by GKN Driveline and supported by The Times, and the Autocar Courland Next Generation Award will be announced during the evening’s proceedings.Tickets are currently on sale for the SMMT Annual Dinner and can be purchased by e-mailing annualdinner@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Scerbinskis scores 20 Winthrop beats Warren Wilson 11676

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Raivis Scerbinskis scored 20 points, Nych Smith had 19 points and seven assists, and Winthrop beat Warren Wilson 116-76 on Saturday.Smith led all scorers with 14 first-half points and Scerbinskis’ 3-pointer with nine minutes left put Winthrop at the century mark for a 45-point lead. The Eagles led by as many as 49, made 16 3-pointers and outrebounded Warren Wilson 63-35.Josh Ferguson had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Winthrop (4-3). Kyle Zunic, Keondre Schumacher and Micheal Anumba each scored in double figures and the Eagles had 26 assists on 41 field goals.Nicholas McDonald scored 23 points for Warren Wilson, a member of the United States Collegiate Athletics Association (USCAA). Jakorian Martin added 15 points on five 3-pointers. Twelve of the Owls’ 28 made shots were from 3-point range.The Associated Press read more

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Mens basketball Ohio State drops final regularseason game to Indiana in defensive

Ohio State sophomore guard C.J. Jackson attempts a shot over Indiana’s Thomas Bryant on March 4 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta said the Buckeyes defense would have to be at an “all-time high” on Saturday against Indiana to close out the regular season with a win.It was quite the opposite.The Indiana Hoosiers (17-14, 7-11 Big Ten) made their first six shots and 13 of their first 15 en route to a 96-92 win over Ohio State on Senior Day at the Schottenstein Center. The Hoosiers shot 59 percent from the field and 65 percent in the first half.Indiana junior guard Robert Johnson led all scorers with 26 points and snapped his shooting slump by making 10-of-17 shots from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3.Sophomore center Thomas Bryant, redshirt junior guard Josh Newkirk and junior guard James Blackmon were also in double figures with 16, 18 and 22, respectively.Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate led the Buckeyes with 20 points. Sophomore guard C.J. Jackson, and sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle each had 18 points, while redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson added 19.“We scored 92 but they scored 96 so obviously we weren’t playing the defense that we play,” Tate said. “I’m more focused on the defense and giving up 96 points — unacceptable, especially 50-plus at half.”Johnson had been shooting 7 for 42 combined from 3 in his last eight games, but came out firing from the get-go. Johnson’s early offensive output severely dictated how the game was going to play out for the OSU defense.“We’re a get-well card for guys,” Matta said. “You’re struggling? Play Ohio State and you get out of your slump just like that. It’s been like that all year long.”From the tip, OSU was outpaced by the Indiana offense. Blackmon drilled a 3 to cap an 11-0 run in the first two minutes and 18 seconds. Indiana had scored 19 points by the first media timeout and led 32-15 at the under-12 timeout. The Hoosiers led 54-40 at the half.“It seemed like every shot they were taking was going in,” Tate said. “We knew they were a transition team and that killed us. We didn’t get back, build walls, stop the ball fast enough for them to run their half-court offense, and that was the game plan.”Matta called for a double team in the post when Bryant caught the ball, and even implemented a zone press on occasion to slow down the Indiana attack. Tate said that at halftime, OSU knew Indiana couldn’t continue to shoot the way it did in the first half.Sure enough, the Buckeye defense stepped up in the second half, allowing just four points from the 18:05 mark to 9:14 remaining. Starting with a layup from junior forward Jae’Sean Tate and a 3 by sophomore guard C.J. Jackson, the Buckeyes went on a 10-0 run before the first media timeout, cutting the deficit to four.Then, less than three minutes later, back-to-back 3s from senior guard Marc Loving and Jackson grabbed OSU its first lead of the game, 62-61.However, Blackmon ended that short-lived lead on the next possession with a 3 of his own. After a Tate layup tied the game at 64, Indiana’s shooting came to life with a 10-0 run. At the final media timeout, the Hoosiers led 84-74.“They were hitting tough shots, they were making 3s and that kind of killed us from there,” Jackson said.OSU continued to answer Indiana free throws with buckets of its own. Jackson made a shot from deep with 3.3 seconds remaining to cut the Hoosier lead to 94-92. But Blackmon was iced the game with two free throws with 2.7 seconds left.With the loss, OSU is now guaranteed to play on Wednesday at the Big Ten Tournament. If Nebraska beats Michigan at home on Sunday night, OSU will be the 12th seed and plays Penn State at 4:30 p.m. If Michigan wins, OSU will be the 11th seed against Rutgers at 7 p.m.“Every loss is going to not feel too good,” Tate said. “What’s done is done and we just got to prepare to make a run in the tournament.” read more

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One of Englands biggest private colleges goes bust after losing 2000 students

One of England’s biggest private colleges has gone bust after losing 2,000 students in a year.GSM London, previously known as Greenwich School of Management, announced that it has gone into administration and will stop teaching at the end of this academic year with, leaving all of its 274 staff at risk of redundancy. The higher education watchdog, the Office for Students (OfS), said that in 2017-18 the college had 5,440 students, with the latest figures showing 3,500.It is the latest higher education institution to get into difficulty, with three colleges stripped of their access to student loans amid concerns over low quality degrees.The Bloomsbury Institute, which is run by a for-profit company and offers degrees in business, accountancy and law, had its registration application refused by the OfS last month, along with ABI College Limited and Waltham Forest College. Every higher education provider has to register with the OfS in order to receive public funds, recruit international students, award degrees and call itself a university.  The OfS has not announced whether GSM London has been granted registration or not. GSM London said that a “student protection plan” is in place which is aimed at minimising disruption to studies.It said that “highly challenging market conditions” were to blame, adding that the college “has not been able to recruit and retain sufficient numbers of students to generate enough revenue to be sustainable”. GSM London is owned by Clipper Group Ltd, which is owned by a fund of Sovereign Capital, a private equity firm with a series of holdings in education. An OfS spokesperson said: “We understand that this news will be worrying for the students and staff at GSM. Our overarching priority is to ensure that students are able to complete their studies. We understand that some students who are nearing the end of their studies will be able to stay at GSM but it is likely that most will need to transfer to another higher education provider.” Plymouth University, which validates degrees of GSM London students, said they have had “enthusiastic responses” from a number of London-based institutions who are willing to absorb the students. 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. read more

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President Opposition Leader to meet soon over Top Cops appointment

File: Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger during a previous engagement President David Granger and Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo are expected to meet as soon as Thursday coming for talks and to possibly make a decision regarding the appointment of the next Police Commissioner. The meeting is expected to take place at State House, a source told INews earlier today (Tuesday).It will be the first time since July that the two will meet to discuss a constitutional appointment.Mr Granger has said that he wants an “unbribeable” person to be appointed in that capacity.Following the retirement of Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, there has been much speculation over who will succeed him.While current acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine has held the fort for some time and is perceived as a possible successor, the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into an alleged plot to assassinate the President did put a damper on those chances.Over the course of the CoI, a number of officers were summoned and even upbraided for their work during the investigation.Besides the senior officers, junior officers were also criticised by Assistant Commissioner Paul Slowe, who was appointed by the President to carry out the probe.Ramnarine was one of those who made an appearance before the CoI.When the dust was settled, and the report handed over, it included recommendations for sanctions against Ramnarine for the handling of the investigation by the officers involved.  Ramnarine was later interviewed for the position of Police Commissioner.Also interviewed were Assistant Police Commissioner Clifton Hicken, Leslie James, Lyndon Alves, Marlon Chapman, Nigel Hoppie, Maxine Graham and Crime Chief Paul Williams. (Samuel Sukhnandan) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTop Cop appointment: President, Opposition Leader likely to meet soonJuly 7, 2018In “latest news”President, Opposition Leader to meet soon; filling of key vacancies among agenda itemsMay 16, 2018In “latest news”‘I intend to appoint a Guyanese’ as Top Cop, says PresidentAugust 9, 2018In “Crime” read more

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Campbellville man remanded for cocaine found in fridge

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCampbellville man accused of possessing cocaine for trafficking remandedFebruary 1, 2018In “Court”Cocaine in gas cylinder: 4 years jail each for duo found guiltyJuly 24, 2018In “Court”Probe launched into Guyanese busted in Barbados with 16kg of cocaineFebruary 6, 2018In “Crime” A 53-year-old Campbellville man who was arrested by the Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) on Saturday last with a large stash of cocaine hidden in his refrigerator found himself before the Chief Magistrate for the offence.Andrew Jordan of Lot 15 Craig Street, Campbellville stood before the Magistrate, Ann McLennan and denied that on September 15, 2018, he had in his possession some 100 grams of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.According to facts presented to the court by State Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford, on the day in question ranks of CANU, acting on intelligence, went to the contractor’s home and conducted a search which led to them unearthing the drugs hidden in his refrigerator.However, his representing Attorney Stanley Moore made a application for his pre-trial liberty to be granted explaining that his client is not the sole occupant of the house where the drugs were found.The accused was refused bail by the Chief Magistrate due to the serious nature of the offence.The matter was set down to next be heard on October 8, 2018. read more

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Željko Babić Meshkov Brest before SEHA derby Veszprem are the best in

← Previous Story The End of RK Metalurg? Players boycott match against Zagreb and criticize Cervar! Next Story → Uros Mitrovic signs new Bern-Muri contract The derby match of the SEHA Gazprom South Stream Wednesday will be played in Veszprem, where are coming Belarussian champions, Meshkov Brest. Croatian coach on the bench of the Belarus team, Željko Babić highly praised the quality of the next rival, calling them “the best team in Europe”:– Veszprem are the best European team in my opinion. They have two strong players on every position. They run a lot, play strong defense. They didn’t lose a single match this season. The team virtually has no weaknesses. I expect that they will play on EHF CL’s F4 this season. We will have to change concept of our game. We will be without injured Karačić, Kamshyk and Vukić, but also without Nikulenkau. He feels the pain, so he will stay in Brest to make some examinations. We’ve lost three players from the back line, but we will fight, no doubt about that – concluded Babić.Match will start at 18hrs.The second match of the Day between PPD Zagreb and RK Metalurg is canceled. gazprom handballMeshkov BrestSEHA GAZPROMveszpremzeljko babic read more

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Windows Phone 7 abandonne le copiercoller

first_imgWindows Phone 7 abandonne le “copier-coller”États-Unis – Microsoft a décidé de ne pas installer la fonction “copier-coller” sur Windows Phone 7. L’éditeur estime que ses clients n’utilisent pas assez cet outil.Microsoft a décidé d’innover pour la sortie du système Windows Phone 7. Adieu donc la fameuse fonction “copier-coller”, pas assez utilisée par les consommateurs selon les dirigeants de la firme américaine. En lieu et place, l’éditeur a décidé d’intégrer un système de reconnaissance capable de détecter un mot ou un numéro. Cependant, ce genre de fonction intuitive est délicat, car il ne saisit pas forcément le contexte du mot et l’information que l’on veut délivrer, alors que le “copier-coller” est simple d’utilisation. Néanmoins, bien que le presse-papier reste disponible à l’intérieur d’une application, il ne pourra plus être utilisé entre fonctions différentes.Le 18 mars 2010 à 12:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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50 new US citizens sworn in at Everglades park ceremony

first_imgIn Trump’s first week as President, he has already signed executive orders dealing with immigration and building a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. “The unprecedented surge of illegal migrants from Central America is harming both Mexico and the United States,” said Trump during a conference, “and I believe the steps we will take, starting right now, will improve the safety in both of our countries.”“I’m glad I was able to do it now,” said Daniella Cadenas from Peru, who is now a U.S. citizen, “and I was able to pass and able to get to where I am right now.”“It’s been hard,” said the now-U.S. citizen Joanna Pimienta, who hails from Cuba. “I mean, for many years we’ve been waiting for this moment, and now it’s like a dream come true.”While the day arrived for Pimienta, she still is unsure if her friends and relatives back home will be given the same opportunity.“I have friends who are in the middle of this process, and they’re trying to get here, and right now, I don’t know what’s going to happen to them.”While the naturalization ceremony is symbolic on its own, as it has come just one week after Trump was sworn in as President, the ceremony’s location is just as symbolic. The ceremony serves as a reminder that National Parks belong to all Americans.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. EVERGLADES NATL. PARK, Fla. (WSVN) — Fifty Kendall-area residents became U.S. citizens at a ceremony in Everglades National Park, Thursday, but the joyous occasion came with concern for some due to President Trump’s newly proposed immigration plans and policies.It was a very special day for the residents who are now citizens of the United States of America. The group, who hail from 11 different countries, have waited years — in some cases even decades — for this day to finally come.However, the ceremony comes during a very polarizing week in Washington, where President Trump has already signed executive orders dealing specifically with immigration, making some at the ceremony very worried for their families.Now citizens of the United States of America, the group took their oath of allegiance in the Royal Palm Visitor Center at the National Park.“I’m very happy,” said Patricia Robles who earned her citizenship at the ceremony. “I love this country, and I’ve always wanted to be a part of this.”While she said the day she finally became an citizen of the U.S. is one of the best days of her life, she is worried for her son, who is still living in Mexico and working toward becoming a U.S. citizen, as well.“Sometimes with the words that they say about this country, and about the women, and about the immigrants is why sometimes I worry,” she explained. last_img read more

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Vodafone says it has started preparations for IPO of Indian unit

first_imgBritain’s Vodafone said on Tuesday it had started preparations to float its Indian unit as it reported a return-to-earnings growth for the group as a whole in the first half.”We have recently begun preparations for a potential IPO of Vodafone India, subject to market conditions,” said the mobile operator.Vodafone added 4.4 million customers in India in the first half of the year, taking its total in the country to 188.2 million.Investors have been expecting Vodafone to float its Indian business, but the plan has been delayed by a long-running tax dispute with the government and fierce competition in the market.last_img read more