Gay Math Genius Receives Royal Pardon

first_imgAlan Turing, the British mathematician whose code-breaking is believed to have shortened World War II, was granted a royal pardon today, more than 60 years after being convicted for homosexual behavior and undergoing chemical castration. “Dr Turing deserves to be remembered and recognised for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science,” U.K. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said in a statement issued today. “A pardon from the Queen is a fitting tribute to an exceptional man.”Turing, widely seen as the father of modern computing, was working at the United Kingdom’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) at Bletchley Park when he cracked the Enigma code, used by Germany to encrypt its military communications. Turing was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 after admitting to a homosexual relationship and was forced to take female hormones as an alternative to jail. He committed suicide in 1954 by ingesting cyanide.The U.K. government had apologized for the conviction in 2009, calling Turing’s treatment “appalling.” But it had previously resisted granting a pardon, despite an e-petition signed by more than 37,000 people, including high-profile scientists like Stephen Hawking. 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S. Barry Cooper, a professor of mathematical logic at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and chair of the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee, is quoted as calling the pardon “fantastic.” But Andrew Hodges, a mathematician at the University of Oxford’s Wadham College in the United Kingdom who wrote a biography of Turing, points out that many others convicted of similar crimes will never be pardoned.”Unfortunately, I cannot feel that such a ‘pardon’ embodies any good legal principle. If anything, it suggests that a sufficiently valuable individual should be above the law which applies to everyone else,” the paper quotes Hodges as saying. “A more substantial action would be the release of files on Turing’s secret work for GCHQ in the cold war. Loss of security clearance, state distrust and surveillance may have been crucial factors in the two years leading up to his death in 1954.”last_img read more

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Police use water cannons on BJP march

first_imgThe Kolkata police on Wednesday used water cannons, lobbed tear gas shells and baton-charged to disperse supporters of the youth wing of the BJP who tried to march to the headquarters of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. The BJP had organised a siege to the KMC headquarters protesting against a host of issues, including its failure to control the outbreak of dengue in the city.last_img

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Chemistry between Ross, Lassiter made SMB’s winning play happen

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I just tried to stay at the moment during the game-tying three and the last shot,” said Lassiter who finished with 22 points. “Just being in the moment and just being ready if the ball comes to me, just being ready to shoot and that’s what happened.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving San Miguel (8-2) and the Picanto (1-10) were tied at 106 with 1.8 seconds remaining and Ross was given the task to inbound the ball.Ross, listed at a generous 6-foot-2, had the 6-foot-6 Jon Gabriel in front of him in the sideline when he whizzed past a pinpoint bounce pass to Lassiter who banked the ball off the glass for San Miguel’s game-winner in the 108-106 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLassiter said the play was never practiced and it was his chemistry with Ross, his teammate for almost five years, that allowed for the play to be completed.“We don’t practice that, good thing we have chemistry,” said Lassiter Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I’m just glad that he was able to make the pass and I was able to convert it.” Dawn of a new era: Vargas unseats Cojuangco in POC elections reboot Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCount on San Miguel to draw up one final intoxicating play.With the Beermen pressed for time in finishing off bottom-dwelling Kia, the reigning Philippine Cup champions turned to the crafty partnership of Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next LATEST STORIES Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City MOST READ “Marcio and I talked about it before he went out, he said that he was going to push his man up some more,” said Ross. “Usually, when Marcio and I run some of our sets, he’ll put a guy on his back and I’ll just throw it to him.”Before Ross bounced the ball under Gabriel’s right arm, Lassiter first muscled his way against Jan Jamon in the lane to get a good position under the basket.And just like clockwork, Lassiter turned the play into an alley-oop that kissed the glass with the softest of touches.“I had the ball over my head, I couldn’t throw a chest pass, I had to put enough power on it to get it there and luckily it bounced right to him,” said Ross, who had nine points and 10 assists.Before Lassiter made the game-winner, though, he first made a three-pointer from the corner with 47.5 seconds left that tied the game.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View commentslast_img read more

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Medha Patkar joins anti-POSCO movement in Orissa

first_imgThe POSCO project in Orissa has hit a roadblock. Mounting protests forced the government to suspend land acquisition for the steel plant on Monday. The move came on a day activist and Ekta Parishad chief P. V. Rajgopal reached Dhinkia, the epicentre of the anti-Posco movement.Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar also arrived in Bhubaneswar on Monday on her way to the project area to interact with the protesters and chalk out the movement’s future strategy to force the South Korean firm out of the area. “Evicting people against their wishes to help a foreign firm is illegal and unjust. The state government is behaving worse than the British did during the Raj,” she said.Rajgopal said: “The law says land should be acquired for an urgent purpose. Helping a foreign firm set up a mega industry is certainly not an urgent purpose.” The land acquisition work, which was suspended for three days last week in view of the Raja festival and the rains, was scheduled to be resumed on Monday.But the government developed cold feet after people formed a human barricade to prevent the entry of officials to Dhinkia and Gobindpur and a string of highprofile social activists – including Swami Agnivesh – visited the belt to express their support for the protesters. Sources said the work would be resumed when the situation improves.Also, the Orissa government on Monday claimed that children were being misused in the anti-Posco agitation. It has directed the Jagatsinghpur administration for a report by Tuesday.advertisement- With inputs from agenciesFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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LEECO-MUSIC 4 LAST

first_imgAbout LeEco:About LeEco:LeEco, formerly known as Letv, is a global pioneering internet and technology company with multiple internet ecosystems across content, devices, applications and platforms. Founded in November 2004 by Jia Yueting and Liu Hong, LeEco employs more than 10,000 people and is the worlds first video company to go public with a market capitalization of more than $12 billion USD. Headquartered in Beijing, China, it has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.With Complete Ecosystem, Groundbreaking technologies, and Disruptive Pricingas the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in a myriad of businesses, spanning from Internet-based Super TV and Superphones, video production and distribution, smart devices or accessories and large-screen applications, to e-commerce and even connected super-electric cars. The company also features one of the worlds largest content libraries, comprising of movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be conveniently viewed on LeEco products, including the Superphones, Super TVs, and in the near future, Le Autos. Breaking the barriers of industries, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices.Registration pagesLeMall http://in.lemall.com/in/campaigns/Le20620.html?cps_id=SMFB_le2 _20160617_FB Flipkart http://www.flipkart.com/leeco-le-2/p/itmejeucxaxmnk8k?pid=MOBE JEUCS2Z4N2E2 Media Contact: Nitin Kinger nitinkinger@le.co +91-9769988304 LeEco India Source: Le Ecosystem Technology India Pvt. Ltd. PRNewswire PSlast_img read more

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Videos: Hear from Ramon Richards, James Washington and Mike Yurcich after Practice

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Hayden Barber was in Stillwater on Monday, and he talked to Mike Yurcich, Glenn Spencer, Ramon Richards, Kenneth Edison-McGruder and James Washington about the Tulsa game last Thursday and what they’re looking forward to about South Alabama this week.Hope you enjoy.last_img read more

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How well has José Mourinho spent money at Manchester United?

first_imgTopics Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Sportblog Romelu Lukaku – £75mSigned from Everton, 10 July 2017The centre-forward scored 27 in 51 appearances in his debut campaign for United, while also returning 10 in 11 for Belgium in a World Cup year. He may now be feeling the pace and Mourinho admitted concern over his form on Tuesday. 7/10Nemanja Matic – £40mSigned from Chelsea, 31 July 2017Now Ibrahimovic has left Matic is the sole Mourinho signing who can be rated an unqualified success. The Serb is a classic water-carrier-type midfielder who allows others to perform, and offers consistent 8-out-of-10 displays his manager must wish Pogba or Alexis Sánchez would return. 8/10Alexis Sánchez – swap deal for MkhitaryanSigned from Arsenal, 22 January 2018Mourinho believed a coup was achieved when the Chilean rejected neighbours City for United yet Sánchez has been a near-disaster, failing to contribute a strike-ratio comparable to the 18 league goals Raheem Sterling managed last term. He is also lacking touch, guile and any kind of presence.3/10Diogo Dalot – £19mSigned from Porto, 6 June 2018The full-back was impressive on debut against Young Boys in United’s opening Champions League match but is again unavailable, having arrived from Porto in recovery from a knee problem. Given Antonio Valencia’s advancing years – he is now 33 – Mourinho will hope Dalot does not prove as injury plagued as Phil Jones. 5/10Fred – £47mSigned from Shakhtar Donetsk, 21 June 2018The midfielder follows Lindelöf last year and Mkhitaryan the previous one: a Mourinho summer signing who the manager seems unsure of. United went behind in the 17th minute against Juventus yet when fresh energy was needed to try and turn the contest, Fred’s 25-year-old legs were not called upon. 5/10Lee Grant – £1.53mSigned from Stoke City, 3 July 2018The 35-year-old was bought as a No 3 yet had a surprise debut in September’s Carabao Cup tie with Derby County when Sergio Romero was sent off. Was accomplished before the penalty shootout, Grant being unable to prevent the Championship side prevailing 8-7. 5/10 Reuse this content The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Read more featurescenter_img Manchester United Manchester United’s shambolic investments lack a grand design Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Signed from PSG, 1 July 2016The Swede walked his (at times) outlandish talk where it matters: on the pitch, returning 28 goals in 52 appearances though a serious knee injury towards the end of his opening season effectively ended his United career. Just seven more outings followed before departing for LA Galaxy in March. 8/10Henrikh Mkhitaryan – £30mSigned from Borussia Dortmund, 6 July 2016The reigning Bundesliga player of the year when joining, Mkhitaryan was pulled off at half-time of his debut in the Manchester derby and subsequently dropped: an augury of what ensued throughout his 18 months at the club before being swapped for Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez. 5/10Paul Pogba – £89mSigned from Juventus, 9 August 2016The Frenchman, bought to be the superstar in Mourinho’s United, is proving a disappointment. At £89m the manager thought he was acquiring a week-in, week-out A-list performer yet instead Pogba turns it on around once every four or five matches, which is not good enough. 5/10Victor Lindelöf – £30mSigned from Benfica, 14 June 2017Like Bailly, the Swede has been in and out of the XI since Mourinho signed him and this caused Ed Woodward to question the manager’s wish to pursue one of Jérôme Boateng, Harry Maguire or Diego Godín last summer. Were they, the executive vice-chairman reasoned, actually any better than the players United had? 5/10 Following Manchester United’s defeat to Juventus in the Champions League, José Mourinho stated his side are below the Italian club and other continental heavyweights such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City, because of a difference in recruitment. The Portuguese, though, has had five windows to build his squad since taking over in the summer of 2016, signed 11 players at a cost of £360m at a net outlay of £285m.Is his complaint that United have not backed him enough valid? Or is the issue too many dud buys from the 55-year-old? Here we go through them one by one …Eric Bailly – £30mSigned from Villarreal, 8 June 2016Bailly was Mourinho’s best centre-back in his debut season yet has since lost his way. The manager claimed he did not feature at the end of last season as the Ivorian was not “fighting for a World Cup place”. An odd reason. Rating 5/10Zlatan Ibrahimovic – free Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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A Brief But Passionate Affair with the Ferrari 488 Spider

first_imgI’m still not a car guy. I’ll never know how to take apart a motor or even identify most of the things under a vehicle’s hood. (I can refill a wiper fluid reservoir in seconds flat, though. And hell yeah can I jump a car and change a tire. But so can anyone who can read a manual.) But now I am a guy who can respect a great car. Yes, it’s crazy to think about spending more than a quarter of a million dollars on an automobile — it’s impractical and unnecessary and extravagant — but it’s not insane, if you’ll accept the difference. And if you disagree, well… you have clearly never driven a Ferrari 488 Spider with the top down and the road ahead clear for as far as the eye can see.(And for the record, if anyone from Lamborghini, Maserati, and so forth is out there, I’d be grudgingly willing to do some comparison test driving…) The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Editors’ Recommendations Before becoming a father, I always thought I could imagine how parenthood would feel. In fact, I took umbrage when people with children said things like: “Until you have kids, you just don’t get it.” Then my wife and I had our first child and, as it turned out, those people were right. I didn’t get it.The Ferrari 488 Spider is a pleasure in terms of actual driving, but it’s also a lot of fun thanks to the design and layout of the cabin.I’m not a car guy. I’ve never understood how some people can spend hours talking about this make of engine or that year’s body changes or… well, whatever the hell car guys talk about. I’m almost entirely in the dark when it comes to that whole arena. And beyond a lack of interest in knowing all about all things car-related on a technical or cultural level, I’ve never really had much desire even to drive fancy, powerful, or otherwise unique automobiles. I just didn’t get the allure.That, of course, was before I had the opportunity to spend four days with an electric blue Ferrari 488 Spider as my own personal vehicle, courtesy of the good folks at Ferrari and their partners Brandware PR.This car was dropped off at the curb in front of my house so I could drive it up to Lime Rock, Connecticut to cover a major auto racing event. And at another time, I’ll tell you all about that experience. But for now, let me tell you this: having driven this gorgeous, potent, responsive vehicle for just fewer than 500 miles (the mileage limit imposed for the loan, or else I would likely have driven it twice that distance), I am now essentially spoiled for life.At about 8:30 on a Friday morning in mid July, I eased myself into the long, low cockpit of a Ferrari 488 Spider. For the next few seconds, I remained bemused with the idea that such a disinterested sort when it came to anything automotive should be gripping the wheel of such a car. Then I depressed the red starter button set into the left side of the steering wheel and the engine came to life, sucking in oxygen and fuel with a throaty roar. Over the next few days, there awoke within me a sensation I had never known lay dormant: As it turns out, I love a fine automobile as much as the next fellow.Let me tell you a few things about the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider it was my great privilege to drive. The car seats two, a driver and a passenger, it weighs around 3,350 pounds, give or take, it costs an average of around $300,000 (MSRP is just $272,700, but the extras, right?), and it has 660 horsepower. The Ferrari 488 goes from a stop to 60 MPH in three seconds and will be well past 80 and up to 100 in a breath more than that. It’s steering responds more quickly than a fly dodging a swat and the car leaves you feeling fully in control even as you verge on speeds over 125 miles per hour. Um… some other kids told me, is how I know that part. My first impression of the 488 Spider would be confirmed over and over again: it is very easy to drive this car and to feel very much safely in control as you do. I was worried that the vehicle would lurch away on me at a tap of the accelerator, but it’s quite the opposite: you have to squarely apply the gas for the car to get going, but you get what you give. Press that pedal down, and the car will go roaring along, turning the passing foliage (and other cars) into colorful blurs. Ease the gas pedal in and hold it there, and you can drive along at 60, 40, or 20 miles per hour with ease; the car doesn’t try to run away with you, but instead listens to everything you say, as it were. It turns as though pinned to the road with magnets and stops sharp when you need it to.I took most of the drive from New York City at mostly modest speeds up to an area where the western corners of Massachusetts and Connecticut meet. I was getting to know the car, and only opened things up for a few seconds here and there. This was partially out of respect for a car with which I was not yet well acquainted, and partly because I really didn’t want to get a ticket. Up among the forests, fields, and lonely roads of western New England, though, one finds it’s rather easy to drive a long stretch of road and find few officers of the law along the way. Thus my firsthand knowledge of higher speeds and higher turns; I’ll leave some of the details out.The Ferrari 488 Spider is a pleasure in turns of actual driving, but it’s also a lot of fun thanks to the design and layout of the cabin (AKA cockpit in a car like this). Most controls are on or adjacent to the steering wheel, like paddle shifts that send you up or down through seven gears. There are a few other knobs and buttons on the dash and center console, but for the most part you spend your time in this vehicle with your hands on the wheel and a (probably kind of dumb, but whatever) grin on your face. At first all the turned heads and shout-outs were a mix of amusing and a bit unnerving; by day two, I was smiling and waving and had stopped calling back things like: “Oh, it’s just a loaner for the weekend!”In other words, within a day I was a complete convert. And within another day, my son was a Ferrari lover too. In fact, he has already decided he’s going to get one when he’s older. And as he’s only three and a half, maybe if he starts saving now, he will. I know I’ll be glad to ride around in it with him, as he did (on a few quiet roads close to home) with me. That’s right, the Ferrari 488 Spider has the LATCH system to secure car seats. Damned thoughtful of them! A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racinglast_img read more

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Traffic Delays Expected along Mandela Highway as the NWA Undertakes Emergency Works

first_imgStory Highlights The works will last for approximately five (5) hours, between 10 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The Agency will reduce a section of both the Eastern and Western carriageways to single lane access This is necessary to facilitate emergency repairs to several spots along the corridor The National Works Agency (NWA) is advising motorists to expect traffic delays along the Mandela Highway on Thursday, August 29, 2013. This as the Agency reduces to single lane access, a section of both the Eastern and Western carriageways, between White Marl and the Caymanas Crossing.Manager of Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, says this reduced access along the Mandela Highway on Thursday, is necessary to facilitate emergency repairs to several spots along the corridor. Mr. Shaw says the works which will last for approximately five (5) hours, between 10 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., will entail removing badly deteriorated sections of the road and patching with asphaltic concrete.The NWA is advising motorists to proceed with caution while travelling along the Mandela Highway and to observe all posted warning signs and flag persons deployed to the area.last_img read more

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Ophir Opts for Alternative Financing for Fortuna FLNG

first_imgzoom Africa’s first deepwater FLNG project situated in Equatorial Guinea, Fortuna FLNG, has been faced with some financial hurdles.Based on the latest update from its developer Ophir Energy, the talks with a group of Chinese banks on financing the project have taken longer than expected prompting the company to turn to alternative sources of funding.“Concurrently, Ophir and its partners have therefore also been developing alternative funding sources for the project. These alternative options are now at an advanced stage. Ophir expects to be in a position to select one of these options and to finalize the financing arrangements for the project by mid-December 2017,” the company said.“Once the financing arrangements have been selected, Ophir will promptly seek approval for the project from its shareholders and the project stakeholders.”As informed, the final investment decision, based on this sequence of approvals, would be expected to take place during Q1 2018.“The discussions we have had in recent weeks make us more confident than ever that shareholders will realise significant value from Fortuna,” Nick Cooper, Chief Executive of Ophir, commented.Ophir has agreed on a twelve-month extension to the Block R licence, in which the project is situated, to the end of December 2018.The expected total capital expenditure for the integrated project is around USD 2 billion to reach first gas, which will have been achieved by 2020 based on initial projections. Some USD 1.2 billion is expected to be debt financed, with full drawdown by the start of commercial operations.last_img read more

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Vancouver Park Board urges pot event organizers to cancel 420 rap event

first_imgVANCOUVER — The Vancouver Park Board has passed a motion asking organizers of an annual marijuana festival to cancel a recently announced headline act, fearing the performance could draw even more people to the unsanctioned event.The 4-20 festival, held annually in Vancouver on April 20 as a celebration of cannabis culture, attracted about 40,000 people to Sunset Beach last year, defying Park Board regulations requiring permits for large events.Organizers have hired rap singer Cypress Hill to headline the 2019 festival, prompting Commissioner John Coupar to make a motion calling for cancellation of the concert.Park Board commissioners have also requested an urgent meeting with Vancouver Police, Fire and Rescue Services, as well as officials from Coastal Health, to discuss safety concerns.The 4-20 event has been held at Sunset Beach since 2017, after lack of space squeezed it out of its original location on the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Coupar worries the concert and added attendance will mean even more damage to the green space. He’s hopeful the motion will encourage the organizers to scale back but is skeptical because it’s the 25th anniversary of 4-20 in Vancouver, it falls on the Easter long weekend and it’s the first event since marijuana was legalized in Canada.The addition of Cypress Hill is an unacceptable escalation, Coupar says.“It’s almost like they’re saying, ‘Okay, you think it was big last year, we’re going to really make it bigger and there’s nothing you can do about it.’ ““If you compare it to, say, Celebration of Light, they pay all the fees, they pay all the policing. We don’t allow 250,000 people to come down to English Bay and drink openly on the beach,” he says.The request to cancel the rap concert is reasonable and Coupar says 4-20 organizers should consider the consequences of refusal.“We’re sending a message. If they want to work in the future with any of the agencies of the city, I think they should consider a reasonable request from the Vancouver Park Board. I’m hoping they step back and take a reasoned look at it.”Supporters of the event have defended the move to Sunset Beach in the past, calling allegations of damage to the fields “smear messaging” against the marijuana movement.Organizers covered grass fields with plywood last year to protect turf that was churned to mud during rainy celebrations in 2017, but they have refused to pay policing costs estimated at about $200,000, and also defy park board restrictions against smoking in city parks.  (News1130)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Martinrea to shut Ajax automotive plant when GM ends Oshawa production

first_imgTORONTO — Martinrea International Inc. says it will be forced to close an automotive factory when General Motors winds down production at its Oshawa assembly plant next year in one of the clearest indications of the knock-on effects of the closure on suppliers.Rob Wildeboer, executive chairman of manufacturer Martinrea, says the company will have no choice but to end operations at its Ajax, Ont. plant and offer relocation to the 77 people who work there because the site is entirely dependent on GM’s Oshawa assembly line.The closure of the Oshawa plant and the nearly 3,000 jobs that will be lost have raised concerns of ripple effects through the supply chain, with Unifor estimating every job represents seven spin off jobs in the local economy.Parts manufacturers and other suppliers have, however, downplayed the overall impact of the closure thanks to diversification efforts after the global economic downturn that helped lead GM into bankruptcy.Automotive manufacturer Linamar Corp. says it expects to see minimal to no impact from the closure since most of its GM parts are exported to assembly plants in the U.S.Smaller operations have also diversified, including packager Tec Business Solutions, which says it has reduced exposure to the automotive industry while still having faith in its long-term strength.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Players need support says Prince William

first_img– Footballers need support to help them handle the pressure that comes with their high-profile, Britain’s Prince William said Saturday.William, president of the Football Association, the game’s governing body in England, said players needed training in how to cope with being role models.The prince, second in line to the throne, was speaking at a gala dinner to mark the FA’s 150th anniversary. “Our national players are role models for millions of young people and I think we need to give those highly pressured and driven players the support and training they need to live up to their rightly exalted status,” he said.“We were as a nation so proud of our Team GB athletes at the Olympics and Paralympics, for their success on the field but also for the way they conducted themselves in interviews and with their competitors.“It is perfectly possible to say the same about our national teams — they are good people, ambitious for success and to a man and woman aware of their status as role models.”The 31-year-old also praised the global footballing family and was keen to thank the founders of the game and those who have helped develop the sport.“Tonight is not just an English celebration,” the Duke of Cambridge said.“Football is international in every possible way and I believe that the game’s constantly evolving spirit and appeal is a consolidation of all its global influences.“Every nation should be proud of their contribution to 150 years of football.”He praised efforts to boost England’s fortunes in international football — their only major trophy being the 1966 World Cup — but added: “I would also encourage us to make sure we retain sportsmanship at the heart of this energetic drive for success.”With racism remaining a thorny issue, including unsavoury scenes in matches during the week preceding the FA gala, William also praised the work of those attempting to rid football of discrimination.“There is sadly more work to do but it is heartening to see how seriously the FA takes stamping the blight of racism and discrimination out of football,” he said.last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo Flies to Morocco Defies Real Madrids Travel Ban

Rabat – Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly travelled to Morocco on Sunday defying orders from Real Madrid President Florentino Perez who had banned his travels to the North African country.Following Real Madrid’s match against Espanyol on Sunday night, Ronaldo jumped onboard his private jet to Marrakech, according to Moroccan and Spanish media.After Zinedine Zidane the Spanish football club’s head coach gave his players Monday and Tuesday off following their win against Espanyol, the striker allegedly took advantage of the opportunity to revisit Morocco. Earlier this month both Florentino Perez and Real’s new coach prohibited their players from making trips during football season, claiming that it would affect their performance on the pitch. During the last three months of 2015, it was reported that Ronaldo was flying to Morocco four days a week, leaving Madrid for Rabat and Marrakech on his jet after his training sessions at 3:00 p.m. and returning the same night.Following Real Madrid’s poor performance that led to the sacking of its former coach Rafael Benitez, the club’s directors decided to put a stop the team’s constant recreational travels in order to refocus their game.“Many voices inside Bernabeu suggest that Benitez and many of Real Madrid’s highest paid players, including Ronaldo, have begun a standoff without a happy ending, especially with the ongoing CR7 trips to Morocco in his brand new jet,” Spanish newspaper Extra Confidencial stated last November.Furthermore, according to the same source, the Spanish club’s leadership believes that the friendship between Ronaldo and Moroccan kickboxer Badr Hari could hurt the Portuguese man’s reputation and privacy.Last year, following back-to-back trips that the Ballon d’Or winner made to Morocco with the ‘Golden Boy’ Hadri, Spanish media criticized their outings and called their relationship “controversial.”It is not yet clear whether Perez allowed Ronaldo to fly to Morocco or if the footballer made the trip against presidential orders. read more

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Morocco Eight Other Arab countries Withdraw from ArabAfrican Summit

Rabat – “Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, Jordan, Yemen and Somalia withdrew from the 4th Pan Arab-African Summit held in Equatorial Guinea, because of the presence of the emblem of a puppet entity in the meeting rooms,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation said.Morocco and eight other Arab countries were forced to withdraw from the summit over the non-respect of the principles of Arab-African action, the source added in a statement, noting that participation in the activities organized by the two parties should be restricted to the United Nations member countries, which was not the case with the presence of the emblem of self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in the meeting rooms.Most countries have supported this position, “which is consistent with the principles of international law, including the respect of the sovereignty and the territorial unity of states,” the source went on. Morocco and the other Arab countries that announced their withdrawal from the summit have always “been fully aware of the importance of the Arab-African partnership and of the role of these two groups in maintaining international peace and stability,” the ministry pointed out, adding that the “commitment of these countries to these principles has always been and will remain strong.”The Kingdom of Morocco and other Arab and African countries have sought to provide all the support needed to ensure the success of this summit held in this friendly African country and hail the great efforts made by the president, the government and the people of the republic of Equatorial Guinea in this regard, the statement said. read more

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Rex Tillerson Declines to Host Traditional Ramadan Event

Toronto – Just days following his statement extending Muslims a message for “a peaceful and blessed Ramadan,” it has come to light that US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, declined to host a customary Ramadan event at the State Department.In an apparent break with a nearly 20-year-old tradition, Tillerson refused to host a Ramadan event at the State Department. The events have been hosted by both Republican and Democrat secretaries of state since 1999.The request of Tillerson came from the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs. According to two US state officials, who spoke under the guarantee of anonymity, the State Department sent Tillerson a memo on April 6th, recommending that he host either an iftar meal, to break a day’s Ramadan fast, or an event to mark Eid al-Fitr, a celebration which marks the end of the holy month.A State Department official told Reuters that “We are still exploring possible options for observance of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan. U.S. ambassadors are encouraged to celebrate Ramadan through a variety of activities, which are held annually at missions around the world.”The event is usually attended by members of Congress, Muslim leaders and diplomats and senior US officials. It has become a symbol of US efforts to build bridges with Muslim countries and people.In his Ramadan message on Friday, Tillerson asserted that “Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection. Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and friends to gather and give charity to those who are less fortunate,” he wrote. “This time reminds us all of the common values of harmony and empathy we hold dear.”While Muslim activists have been highly critical of the Trump administration’s track record regarding their attitude toward Muslims and Islam, White House officials are now being quick to point to his recent Saudi Arabian love-in as proof to the contrary. read more

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Mayor wants to ban new glass skyscrapers to cut emissions

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to introduce a bill banning new construction of glass skyscrapers as part of his efforts to reduce citywide greenhouse emissions by 30 per cent.In announcing his Green New Deal on Monday, the democratic mayor says all-glass facade skyscrapers are “incredibly inefficient” because so much energy escapes through the glass. He says buildings are the No. 1 cause of greenhouse emissions in New York.De Blasio says the bill would require existing glass buildings to be retrofitted to meet new stricter carbon-emissions guidelines.The mayor’s Green New Deal effort also includes plans to power all of the city’s operations with clean electricity sources like Canadian hydropower, mandatory organics recycling, and the phasing-out of city purchases of single-use plastic food ware and processed meat.The Associated Press read more

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Top UN human rights official to visit Pakistan on final trip

24 June 2008The United Nations human rights chief will be travelling to Pakistan on Wednesday in what will be her last official mission overseas before stepping down on 30 June. This will be the first visit to Pakistan for High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, who has visited nearly 55 countries during her four years in office.During her three-day visit, Ms. Arbour will be meeting with top Pakistani government officials, members of civil society and other actors to discuss a range of human rights issues. Ms. Arbour, a Canadian Supreme Court justice and ex-prosecutor of UN war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, assumed the post of High Commissioner in 2004 after her predecessor, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was killed in a terrorist attack in Baghdad the previous August.The selection process for her successor is still ongoing. read more

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Duke of Sussex cant wait to introduce Duchess and Archie to second

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. The Duke of Sussex says he is looking forward to introducing the Duchess and his son Archie to his “second home” Africa during an upcoming official tour.The young family will make a visit during their autumn tour of Africa while the Duke will carry out solo visits to Angola, Malawi and Botswana.Prince Harry revealed his “excitement” in a post on the couple’s Instagram account which also highlighted organisations “working towards positive change” on the continent.The post on Sunday said: “In just a few weeks, our family will be taking its first official tour to Africa, a region of the world that over the past two decades has been a second home to me.”Our team has helped create a meaningful programme that we’re so excited to share with you. On a personal note, I can’t wait to introduce my wife and son to South Africa! “We’ll see all of you very soon.” Botswana is a place Harry loves and knows well after whisking his wife to the southern African country in 2017 to mark her 36th birthday.Speaking during their engagement interview, Harry said: “I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana.”And we – we camped out with each other under the stars… she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.” Baby Archie will be around five months old when his parents take him on his first official overseas trip.Harry and Meghan, who both share a passion for Africa, are said to be looking forward to deepening their knowledge of the continent’s rich culture and history. The Duke of Sussex took part in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day in July.Credit:James Whatling The couple asked people to consider following more than 20 Instagram accounts, including Sentebale which was founded by Harry and Prince Seeiso of the Basotho Royal Family.Other organisations listed are the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, African Wildlife Foundation, The Halo Trust and National Geographic. The Duke of Sussex took part in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day in July. During the visit to Africa, the duke is likely to champion the work of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales who famously walked through a cleared landmine field in Angola to highlight the devastating injuries military munitions can cause.The duke’s charity Sentebale was founded in Lesotho, a landlocked country within South Africa, and has recently expanded its work into Malawi.Prince Harry also has a passion for African wildlife and is president of African Parks, patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana and spent part of his summer in 2016 working on conservation projects in Africa. read more

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