While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Despite the success kickoff specialist Ben Grogan experienced last season handling kickoffs and field goals, Mike Gundy told reports last week that he is essentially open for new ideas to improve the kicking game – specifically in kickoff.“We need to find a guy that can kick the ball out of the end zone,” Mike Gundy told The Oklahoman. “There’s got to be somebody on this campus that’s a soccer player or something that we can find, come over and kickoff for us. If anybody can do it and kick the ball in the end zone, then they can play for us.”According to footballdb.com, Ben Grogan’s 60.1 yard per kickoff average ranks fourth worst in the FBS last season (in front of Baylor!), but it’s clearly an area that could improve, despite 22 touchbacks last season.Via Kyle Fredrickson, OSU will host 40-to-60 potential walk-ons for tryouts this spring.
Jhajuan Seales had an underrated career at Oklahoma State. He finished with 1,785 receiving yards (No. 11 all-time at OSU) and 12 touchdowns and became a game changer for the Cowboys in 2016.Although his big-play potential may overshadow it, he was also the Cowboys’ best blocker from the wideout position. A fact which earned him plenty of on-field time as a senior while Marcell Ateman missed 2016 with injury.Enjoy some awesome highlights from Seales’ four-year career as a Cowboy. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. James Washington had 71 catches for 1,380 yards last season which puts him at nearly 3,000 for his career. That’s good for 4th on the all-time OSU receiving list. He trails Hart Lee Dykes and Justin Blackmon by about 600 yards and Rashaun Woods by 1,500.Today’s poll question: Will he catch Rashaun?It’s an interesting proposition. On one hand, it’s pretty easy to see Washington improving upon last season’s numbers. On the other, it’s easy to see his receptions and yards get swiped by a litany of OSU wideouts including Marcell Ateman and Tyron Johnson.Tuesday poll question: James Washington has 2,923 career receiving yards. Will he catch #okstate record holder Rashaun Woods at 4,414?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) May 23, 2017As always, your comments will be included in the poll result tomorrow.
Paul JohnsonGeorgia Tech David ShawStanford Dabo SwinneyClemson Ken NiumataloloNavy Paul ChrystWisconsin Clay HeltonUSC Mark RichtMiami James FranklinPenn State While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Jim McElwainFlorida Gus MalzahnAuburn Kyle WhittinghamUtah Urban MeyerOhio State Butch JonesTennessee Mike GundyOklahoma State Watch out. Or at least, be on the watch. For watch lists.In all seriousness, Mike Gundy is the next Cowboy to be included on a preseason watch list. The 13th-year head coach was included as a candidate for the Bobby Dodd Trophy, an award given to the nation’s top college football coach as chosen by a selection committee, with a focus on both on-the-field and off-the-field success.According to the foundation, the award “honors the coach of a team with a successful season on the field and equally as important, stresses the importance of academic excellence and desire to give back to the community.”Mike Gundy’s on-field success is well-documented. At 104-50, he’s the winningest coach in Oklahoma State history and that’s allowed him to be the tenured as a veteran head man in Stillwater.AdChoices广告“As I look back over the year, the season, not only on the field, but our team GPA was a 2.9 this last semester,” he said at Big 12 media days. “Our young people are volunteering time in the community. It’s just a culture that’s something that maybe I didn’t even expect we could create at Oklahoma State.”Former winners include Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney, Chris Peterson and fellow Big 12 coaches Bill Snyder (twice) and Gary Patterson.Here’s a look at this year’s candidates.2017 Dodd Trophy Preseason Watch List Nick SabanAlabama CoachTeam Bill SnyderKansas State Chris PetersenWashington Justin FuenteVirginia Tech Jim HarbaughMichigan
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Please find enclosed the 17th issue of the Play By The Rules Magazine. Flip book and embedded media – http://playbytherules.biz/t/augflip/PDF – http://playbytherules.biz/t/pdfaug16/Word text only – http://playbytherules.biz/t/wordaug16/The Apple Newsstand App version you can subscribe free to – http://pbtr.com.au/r/iosmagâ€‹Google Play Android App – http://pbtr.com.au/r/androidmagIn this issue thereâ€™s an important article from Simone Pearce from ANZSLA addressing an issue that has come across the desk of Play by the Rules in recent times. It reflects the recent focus on domestic violence, and family law disputes surrounding child abduction. These topics raise issues for sporting clubs and associations. What, if any, obligations do they have in light of family law orders or orders regarding domestic and family violence.We also welcome guest contributor Mark Slater whose article â€˜Just be there to cheerâ€™ Iâ€™m sure will resonate with many of our readers! There are other updates and news items and information on a couple of important conferences coming up soon.You can spread the message of safe, fair and inclusive sport by sharing this magazine with your friends and colleagues in sport and encouraging them to subscribe to Play by the Rules, joining our 25,000+ subscribers. Thanks, as always, for your support.Peter DownsManager â€” Play by the RulesRelated LinksPlay By The Rules
5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 3–4 medium whole bay leaves1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary¼ teaspoon celery seed¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste Creamy Country Grits made from Barkley’s Mill Stone Ground GritsLemon WedgesPrepare the ShrimpToss the shrimp with 3 teaspoons of Old Bay or Creole seasoning. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a heavy 12-inch skillet over high heat until the oil glistens and smokes. Add the shrimp and quickly stir-fry them for about 1 minute until they’re seared and turning pink in spots. You’re just searing, not cooking them. Transfer the shrimp to a platter and spread them out so they won’t continue cooking. Set aside.Make the SauceReduce the heat to medium and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Add the bay leaves, black pepper, rosemary, celery seed, red pepper flakes, and the remaining 2 teaspoons of Old Bay. Quickly mix with the oil. Add the celery, onion, bell pepper, and garlic and sauté until the vegetables have softened—2 to 3 minutes.Deglaze the pan with the beer and simmer for about 1 minute to cook off the alcohol. Stir in the broth, chili sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Squeeze the lemon wedges into the pan and drop them in. Simmer the mixture until the onions are tender and the sauce has reduced slightly—7 to 8 minutes.Give the cornstarch-water mixture a quick stir then add it the pan. Stir constantly as the sauce thickens and the cornstarch loses most of its cloudiness—2 to 3 minutes.Make ahead note. At this point the Creamy Country Grits should be ready, the table set, and everyone ready to sit down and eat. If that’s not the case, you can remove the pan from the heat and hold for up to 45 minutes (or refrigerate overnight) before adding with the shrimp and finishing the dish.Finish the DishRaise the heat to high. When the sauce is boiling, add the shrimp and half of the scallions. Let the shrimp cook, stirring them constantly, until they begin to turn pink and curl—3 to 7 minutes depending their size. Do not overcook the shrimp! They’ll continue cooking after they’re off the heat.Remove the pan from the heat. (If you prefer, remove the lemon pieces and the bay leaves.) Blend in the butter, 2 or 3 pieces at a time, incorporating each addition into the sauce until smooth and velvety. Taste for seasoning and add salt if necessary. Serve Louisiana BBQ Shrimp Creole immediately, spooned over Creamy Country Grits. Top with the remaining scallion slices, if you like, and serve with lemon wedges.Reheating note: If need be, you can rewarm the dish over low heat, but be careful because the butter will separate if the sauce gets hot enough to bubble. ¾ tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in ¼ cup cold water1 lemon, halved or quartered, seeds removed ½ cup sliced scallions, whites and greens Editors’ Recommendations ¼ cup finely diced celery¼ cup finely diced onion¼ cup finely diced green and/or red bell pepper1 tablespoon (2–3 cloves) finely minced garlic 4 ounces butter (1 stick) cut into tablespoon-size piecesSalt, to taste Even if you don’t like grits, you might be surprised at how your tastebuds embrace the grits produced by Barkley’s Mill, a small handcrafted operation in Barnardsville, North Carolina.It all starts each May when they plant Heirloom Hickory King Dent White corn. They harvest by hand in mid-November and sort it ear by ear. It then sits in a corn crib to dry for 60 days. Shelling takes place in mid-February and lasts three to four weeks. “We shell for two days and go to the mill and mill for a day and put the grits in two-pound bags,” said Micah Stowe, farm manager.The process of going ear by ear is one component of what sets these grits apart from others. They reject any bad kernel, something farm owner Jim Barkley refers to as “awfuls.” He continues, “Each load of corn is 50 bushels and it takes five people eight hours to sort. It’s very labor intensive.”Open a bag of freshly milled grits from Barkley’s Mill and there are flecks of color inside. “It seems like the public thinks black spots are bugs, but they’re not,” said Barkley. “If you eat grits that don’t have black spots, it’s been bleached. We don’t have anything in our grits that God doesn’t put in it.”Barkley’s Mill HarvestThey take pride in their Non-GMO certification and pending certification for being organically grown. The grits are also gluten-free and free of preservatives.Just in time for Fat Tuesday, here’s a great way to enjoy the grits, recipe courtesy of Barkley’s Mill:Louisiana BBQ Shrimp CreoleIngredients;1½ pounds jumbo (21/25 count) shrimp, peeled, tails on5 teaspoons (divided) Old Bay, or other Creole seasoning such as Emeril’s Essence or Zatarain’s 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided ½ cup amber beer, such as an IPA, or white vermouth1¼ cups chicken broth3 tablespoons chili sauce (substitute ketchup)3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce How to Cook Steak in the Oven 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know
zoom The Seoul District Prosecutor’s Office rejected the request for the arrest of the Chairman of Hanjin Group, Cho Yang-ho, Yonhap news agency reports.The arrest was being sought on the grounds of an alleged breach of trust and misappropriation of funds from Korea Air Lines, part of Hanjin Group.Specifically, Cho is suspected of using around USD 2.6 million for private purposes, including renovation of his home. Cho has denied the claims, according to local media.Furthermore, the prosecutor said that more evidence needs to be provided to support the charges.The group also included the defunct shipping company Hanjin Shipping, which was officially declared bankrupt by the Seoul Central District Court on February 17, ending its 40-year history.Cho has presided over Hanjin Shipping during its demise, which has had a ripple effect on the container shipping business.World Maritime News Staff
VANCOUVER – The British Columbia grocery store operator who once said he was doing “nothing but good” for the American chain store Trader Joe’s, has given up his fight to bring the U.S. retailer’s products to Canada.Michael Hallatt has permanently closed his Vancouver outlet of Pirate Joe’s, rather than face another trademark lawsuit from California-based Trader Joe’s later this year.Hallatt has been battling Trader Joe’s since 2013, when he was sued in a U.S. court but won the copyright infringement case.In the years following the lawsuit, Hallatt dropped the “P” from his store’s banner, becoming Irate Joe’s, as Trader Joe’s continued its legal efforts to shut him down.More than a year ago, a district court in Washington state ruled it could not hear a second suit against Hallatt because the alleged trademark violations happened in Canada and because Trader Joe’s failed to explain how its business was being harmed.But Hallatt confirmed in a Facebook post Wednesday that his store would likely close immediately, because he can’t afford further court battles after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the district court decision.The circuit court ruled Pirate Joe’s and Hallatt’s conduct could harm Trader Joe’s reputation.The U.S grocer does not have stores in Canada, but Hallatt would drive to Washington state and bring popular items back to Vancouver, where he says customers could expect to pay a 30 per cent mark up, after the currency exchange.When the second court case was allowed to proceed last summer, Hallatt said he was confident the law was on his side under old legislation called the first-sale doctrine.He also said Pirate Joe’s wasn’t trying to mimic Trader Joe’s.The name Pirate Joe’s is “shorthand for unauthorized and unaffiliated. It doesn’t get much clearer than that,” he said in an August 2016 interview.A sandwich board outside the Pirate Joe’s location on Thursday said simply, “Goliath wins.” (CKNW, The Associated Press)
Twitter Whistler, B.C. – Every great film needs great music. The 18th annual Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is pleased to announce the musicians from British Columbia selected for the 5th annual WFF Music Showcase. The musicians will participate in a multi-day live showcase that takes place on the evenings of November 30 and December 1 which includes access to international music supervisors and filmmakers seeking music for screen-based media.The six export-ready artists selected to play a 30-minute showcase set include:Adera (Vancouver) – Indie pop band comprised of Tomás Valenzuela (co-writer and synth), Tiffany Calderbank (co-writer, vocals and samples), Luke Vincent (saxophone), Sean Leask (bass and synth) and Cole J (drums).At Mission Dolores (Kamloops) – Psychedelic pop band composed of JP Lancaster (vocals, songwriter and guitarist), Jared Doherty (guitarist and vocalist), Jared Wilman (drums), Stuart McCallum (bass), and Maggie Ollek (keyboards)Marble Canyon (Whistler) – Six-piece, alt-country-folk-rock composed of Jason Greenway (singer, songwriter and guitarist), Pilar Peterson (vocals/percussion), Kris Branch (lead guitar and lap steel guitar), Rajan Das (bass), Mark Bannock (drums/vocals) and Radim Koppitz (violin)Old Soul Rebel (Squamish) – Lola Whyte, (vocals / electric banjo) Chelsea Johnson (vocals / electric guitar) Troy Gilmore (lead guitar) Braeden Royer (bass) Ashton Sweet (horns) Amelia Thomas (horns)Small Town Artillery (Kaslo) – Rock band composed of Tom van Deursen (guitar, vocals), Derek van Deursen (drums), Carson Webber (bass), Nathan Barrett (trumpet), Mike Kayser (trombone), and Ashley Robyn (vocals, Percussion)Snotty Nose Rez Kids (Vancouver) – Canadian First Nations hip hop duo Haisla rappers Darren “Young D” Metz and Quinton “Yung Trybez” Nyce Advertisement With musicians and songwriters seeking alternate ways to get their music heard, sold and distributed, the WFF Music Showcase focuses on the role of music in screen-based media by providing an intimate platform for filmmakers, music supervisors, and musicians including composers and DJ’s to connect and collaborate. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement To complement the Music Showcase, WFF presents two Music Summit sessions that will address sync licensing and the relationship between Director, Composer, and Editor as part of its Content Summit on December 1. These sessions will provide a forum for regional and international stakeholders to network and do business as well as share and discuss their experiences and issues vital to success in today’s industry as it relates to music entertainment media.Select music supervisors will discuss their roles and how they work to license music in the film, television and gaming industry in the Intro to Sync Licensing panel featuring Tony Scudellari, Senior Vice President, Television Music Sony Pictures Television, and Patrick Zulinov, Director of Sync and Artist Development, Hyvetown Music Inc. Other participating music supervisors will be confirmed shortly.The Director, Editor and Composer shape the story, tone and emotion of a film in post-production. Showcasing scenes from THE DANCING DOGS OF DOMBROVA, the team behind the film premiering at WFF will discuss the importance of working towards a common tone, how musical themes are constructed and worked into the narrative, and how all key creatives must be storytellers first and technicians second at the The Director, Editor, Composer Relationship panel. Moderated by Ari Wise, Agency Director and Owner of Core Music Agency, panellists include Zack Bernbaum, President, Ezeqial Productions Inc., Jane MacRae, Editor, Fast Hat Films, and Film Composer Erica Procunier.The WFF Music Showcase and Summit is supported by the Amplify BC, Creative BC, Gibbons Whistler, The Longhorn Saloon & Grill, Core Music Agency, Finale Post Production and the Screen Composers Guild of Canada.From November 28th to December 2nd, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition featuring fresh films from Canada and around the world, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination. The Whistler Film Festival combines an international film competition with a focused Content Summit dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking in the digital age.WFF’s full film lineup and schedule, and Content Summit schedule and guest lineup are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com, and will be updated regularly.The Festival’s online box office at whistlerfilmfestival.com/tickets is now open for Film, Industry and Patron Passes as well as Ticket Packages. Individual film tickets go on sale on November 15 and the WFF Box Office Kiosk opens for walk-up sales on November 23. Exclusive air travel and ground transportation deals, as well as best accommodation rates from WFF’s 20 accommodation partners, are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com/attend.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Resort Municipality Initiative, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, Cineplex, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate, Encore Vancouver, Gibbons Whistler and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.***The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP continue to investigate the disappearance of Eva Mitchell 15 years later.The 15-year anniversary for missing person, Eva Mitchell, will happen on August 20th, 2019.The Dawson Creek RCMP received a report of a missing elderly female on August 20th, 2004 from a family member in Kelly Lake, B.C. Eva Mitchell frequently went for walks in the woods to pick berries without ever telling anyone however the day after Mitchell was reported missing, her dog was located walking home without her.There was a report of an unknown male living in a trailer not too far from Mitchell’s residence however he has never been located or identified.Eva Mitchell is described as;Aboriginal83 years old at the time she went missingApproximately 130 lbsBetween 5’ and 5’5 tallGrey hairThis investigation remains active and ongoing with the Dawson Creek RCMP continuing to investigate leads and following up on information already provided.Multiple resources have been utilized including, the RCMP Police Dog Services, RCMP Air Support services, Search and Rescue, and multiple local community assistance. Anyone with information on Mitchell’s location or her disappearance is requested to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or if you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
New Delhi: It is common practice for politicians to rely on abuses during election time. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had recently said that the 56 abuses that opposition hurled at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Modi had turned them into something that would flourish the blooming of lotuses. Delhi will go to polls on May 12 and the fight this time around is three-way.AAP and Congress dragged out their alliance talk for months causing speculation and uncertainty for so many of their workers and supporters. And, it ultimately failed to yield any result because both parties have their own agendas. Further, the recent pamphlet controversy that has come to light because of AAP and Atishi, has shown how low Arvind Kejriwal’s team can go. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesWell known cricketers and long-time colleagues of Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and VVS Laxman came out in his support. They said that Gambhir would never do such a thing where a woman’s character is assassinated. With his clean background on his side, Gambhir is standing his ground on the pamphlet controversy and his party is extending all the support they can to him in this regard. This in contrast with AAP and Congress. Now, even Congress leaders do not seem to show support for Atishi and AAP’s crusade against Gambhir. And knowing the seriousness of the matter, Gambhir has duly escalated the matter to the judiciary, by filing a defamation case against Atishi, thus protecting his identity and the integrity of politics in the nation. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn fact, Gambhir’s disappointment at the incident is shown by his reaction to it. He categorically denied all allegations and said that he is ready to resign from politics if the accusations had any merit. But in exchange he also asked if Kejriwal was willing to resign if he is proven wrong. Gambhir said that he is ashamed of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whom he accused of orchestrating this attack on him. The state of politics in Delhi has reached new lows in recent years. It has now come down to a place where only blame-games are played between politicians with vested interests. And as a result, central issues in the country are taking a back seat. In fact, the nature of politics has taken a turn for the worse to such an extent that even when AAP claims to be friendly towards Congress, the latter continues to categorically deny such friendly advances from the former’s camp. The BJP has strategised its plan in such a way that they have fielded five sitting MPs again in Delhi, and only two new faces. With the experience that the sitting MPs have and the clean intentions that the new faces bring, the saffron party has set the path for making sure BJP forms government again. This is because Gambhir’s way of thinking clearly shows that bringing a BJP government is the only way of bringing standard and decorum in Indian politics.
Several employees of the Sri Lanka Mirror website including some journalists were arrested following a raid by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) this afternoon.The CID earlier raided the office of the Sri Lanka Mirror website and the house of journalist Ruwan Ferdinandez, UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera said. He said that plain clothed officers were involved in the raid on the Kotte office of the website and they checked the computers and documents in the office. Subsequently some computers were seized for further investigations. The purpose of the raid was not yet known.CID officers had also visited the Narahempita home of Ferdinand. The CID officers had said that they carried out the raid based on a court order, the UNP MP said.
Dr. Senaratne said that the staged by doctors urging for vehicle permits was unnecessary and that they should have talks with the Government on this matter instead of staging a strike. (Colombo Gazette) Several trade unions representing doctors, dental surgeons, Ayurveda doctors, administrators, surveyors, veterinary surgeons, veterinary research officers, teacher educators, accountants, architects, agriculturists, engineers staged a countrywide token strike today against the government’s budget proposal on vehicle permits. Health Minister and cabinet spokesman, Dr Rajitha Senaratne, today played down a strike by doctors which is scheduled to end tomorrow morning.Senaratna said that the strike organised by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) did not disrupt work at Government hospitals. Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that emergency and accident services, ICU, administration, and a part of OPD at the National Hospitals including island-wide government hospitals had not been affected by the strike.
The Government today defended the decision taken to go ahead with the Financial City (Port City) project at Galle Face despite protests by fishermen.Fishermen blocked the Colombo – Chilaw railway line in protest against the decision to extract sand from near Chilaw for the project. Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka said that talks were granted to the fishermen to discuss the concerns raised over the project work. However the Government said that environment impact assessments have been carried out on the project and the agreement on the project ensures there is no damage to the environment or marine life. However the Minister says the fishermen had demanded that the project work be suspended before talks can be held but the Government will not agree to such demands.CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd, the Project Company for the Colombo Port City (CPC), signed a tripartite agreement with two government institutions in August this year for the project. The agreement formally replaces the previous agreement signed on 16thSeptember 2014 between the then government of Sri Lanka and the Project Company.The new tripartite agreement was signed following an announcement in March this year by the Government to lift the temporary suspension of work on the project until the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development completed the Supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA). The SEIA was completed earlier this year, pursuant to a Development Permit issued by the Coast Conservation Department to recommence the project.Together the Project Company and the Government envisage creating approximately 83,000 new employment opportunities within different sectors, attracting over US$ 13 billion in Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) from investors and developers from countries including India, Singapore, Malaysia and China while also increasing the number of tourists visiting Sri Lanka within the next 20-30 years. (Colombo Gazette)
Representatives at the 146-member World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting should “take concrete steps in the common endeavour to overcome poverty and underdevelopment amongst the teeming millions of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable countries in the world,” Under-Secretary-General Anwarul Chowdhury said in a message.Mr. Chowdhury, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, mentioned cotton in Africa as being prominent among the subsidized products and welcomed a joint proposal by Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali to establish at Cancún a mechanism for phasing out support for cotton production in developed countries.“It is high time that something meaningful and worthwhile is done at Cancún and the on-going Doha Round of trade negotiations in that regard,” he said, referring to the many years of efforts by the least developed countries to win greater market access and special provisions to reverse their marginalization in the realm of world trade.Mr. Chowdhury added that a recent series of meetings on the least developed countries all emphasized the importance of “global partnership for enhancing the role of trade in development and transforming it into a powerful engine for growth and poverty eradication.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 25, 2013 1:52 pm MDT WASHINGTON – Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday that the Federal Reserve’s low-interest-rate policies are helping to boost growth around the world and have created markets for products made in developing nations.In a speech at the London School of Economics, Bernanke staunchly defended the Fed’s policies and similar stimulus efforts pursued by other central banks since the 2008 financial crisis.Last week, the Fed stood by its efforts to keep borrowing costs at record lows, saying the U.S. economy still required the support to help lower high unemployment.Critics have argued that the low-interest-rate policies could feed a global currency war, which is lowering currency values to make products more competitive on global markets.Some have blamed such policies for making the Great Depression worse during the 1930s. Countries devalued their currencies and raised tariffs, which made foreign-made goods more expensive and stunted trade. They became known as “beggar-thy-neighbour” policies.Bernanke argued that the situation is different today because the low-interest rate policies have the primary aim of boosting domestic growth, not trying to lower the value of a nation’s currency.“Because stronger growth in each economy confers beneficial spillovers to trading policies, these policies are not ‘beggar-thy-neighbour’ but rather ‘enrich-thy-neighbour’ actions,” Bernanke said.The current efforts should support stronger trade flows, Bernanke said. By boosting growth in major economies, consumers can buy more imported goods from developing countries.After its two-day meeting last week, the Fed said it would stick with its plan to keep short-term interest rates at record lows at least until unemployment falls to 6.5 per cent. Unemployment in February stood at 7.7 per cent.Bernanke told reporters that the Fed saw the 6.5 per cent unemployment level as a threshold and not a “trigger,” for a possible rate increase.The Fed also said it would keep buying $85 billion a month in bonds to keep long-term borrowing costs down. Bernanke told reporters at a news conference that the Fed might vary the size of its monthly purchases depending on whether the job market is improving and by how much.In its policy statement, the Fed noted that the U.S. job market has improved, consumer spending and business investment have increased and the housing market has strengthened. But in an updated economic forecast also released last week, the Fed said it still did not expect unemployment to reach 6.5 per cent until 2015.The Fed’s economic projections showed that 13 Fed officials still think the first Fed rate hike will not occur until 2015. That was the same number as in December. One Fed official thinks the first boost in the short-term lending rate won’t occur until 2016. Bernanke says the Fed’s low-interest-rate policies rates should support global economy
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Flinging birds at pigs, that’s the concept of Angry Birds and it’s amazing such a simple game has become so popular. You can’t pass any gaming shop without seeing Angry Birds mugs, toys, phone covers, and the list goes on. But Rovio is nowhere near finished yet, and soon a boxed version of the game for consoles is going to be appearing on store shelves.Angry Birds is indeed getting a retail release on PS3, Xbox 360 and 3DS this holiday season. It’s a trilogy including the original Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio. All three are being revamped with HD graphics to offer up a new experience of one of the most popular iOS and Android games.As well as appearing in crisp HD, the backgrounds have been animated, there’s different lighting modes, and the scenery is now reactive to gameplay. There will also be individual leaderboards on every level so you can compete with your friends for the top score.The Xbox 360 version will support Kinect, the PS3 version will have PlayStation Move and the 3DS version will support Streetpass.Activision and Rovio are really trying to convince fans that Angry Birds on consoles will be worth a purchase (again), but since Angry Birds on your iPhone or Android device is either free or costs a maximum of 99c – they need to do a lot to persuade gamers to re-buy the game.There’s also no word on a price yet, or if gamers will get access to the same free level packs available on iOS and Android. But motion control support and re-vamping the graphics might just be the thing that makes people actually want to experience Angry Birds again.via IGN