HCL founder-chairman Shiv Nadar on Tuesday said government alone cannot take the country to the next level, and asked all stakeholders to pitch-in for solving the problems and challenges being faced by the nation. Addressing the Vijayadasami function of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at Reshimbagh ground in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, he urged the private sector, citizens and NGOs to come forward to resolve the challenges. “Government alone cannot take the country to the next level, we need equal involvement from all stakeholders,” said Mr. Nadar, who was the chief guest at the Sangh’s annual Dussehra event this year. “The country faces many challenges, but the government alone cannot solve the problems. Private sector, citizens, NGOs must also contribute to overcome these challenges,” he said. Delving on the significance of Dussehra festival, which symbolises the victory of good over evil, he said it is a constant struggle to defeat the “evil within and outside”. “Dussehra celebrates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana, dharma over adharma…good over evil. The mythic win of good over evil is never absolute, never complete. It’s a continuous struggle to defeat the evil within and outside,” Mr. Nadar said. Wishing everybody on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadasami, he said, “I am honoured and privileged to be invited to speak to you today and join in the celebrations. The Reshimbagh ground has truly come alive today with the energy of all the RSS workers.” In the morning, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat performed ’shastra puja’ at the Sangh’s annual Vijayadasami event in Nagpur. Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Gen V K Singh (retd) and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were among those present at the event. Besides Mr. Nadar, Ratan Tata, Rahul Bajaj and Azim Premji are among India Inc. bigwigs to have earlier visited the RSS headquarters.
Rams’ male cheerleaders make Super Bowl history Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, center, shoots between Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, right, and Luol Deng, left, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley put together quite a performance in possibly his final game with the Memphis Grizzlies.Conley had 25 points and nine assists, and the Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-106 on Tuesday night on Justin Holiday’s two free throws with .1 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT “We had opportunities to win the game early,” Minnesota interim coach Ryan Saunders said. “When you dig yourself a 19-point hole, it’s tough to come back from.”Before the Grizzlies could celebrate, they had to survive a late push by the Timberwolves. Towns tied it at 106 when he converted a pair of free throws with 15.7 second left.The game appeared headed to overtime until Holiday was fouled by Josh Okogie in the final second. Holiday converted both free throws for the final margin.Asked what he was thinking at the line, Holiday replied: “These are money. They were going in. Once they fouled me, I knew the game was over. There was no way I was going to get two chances at it.”As Conley left the floor, he looked around FedExForum before heading to the locker room and slapping hands with fans in the hallway.ADVERTISEMENT “It was a little surreal,” Conley said, adding he wondered throughout if it possibly was his last game with his only NBA team.“It would cross my mind almost every timeout,” he said. “Look into the crowd. Be looking back at the bench. Looking at coaches and players and seeing my wife and kids in the stands in the same spot they’ve been in for 12 seasons. It was all just trying to take it all in and enjoy it.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: Saric reached double figures for the first time since scoring 11 against Philadelphia on Jan. 15. … Minnesota made each of its 15 free throws in the first half and finished the game 19 of 20. … Jerryd Bayless finished with five points, stopping his string of six straight games in double figures. .Towns recorded his 35th double-double of the season.Grizzlies: Rabb’s previous career high was 16 on April 4, 2018, against New Orleans. … Memphis had not won consecutive games since Dec. 23 and 26. .Conley has scored at least 20 points in 31 games this season.GASOL SIGHTINGDespite not playing, Gasol came out of the locker room near the midway point of the first quarter and sat on the Memphis bench as fans responded with a standing ovation.“I think it’s obvious (that is) a guy who means a ton to this organization, this fan base, the people in this city and the respect that they have for him,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said of the crowd reaction.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Play the Magic in Orlando on Thursday. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grizzlies: Play at Oklahoma City on Thursday. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Conley and longtime teammate Marc Gasol are being shopped around ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. Gasol was a late scratch amid reports about the Grizzlies being in trade talks.“They knew what it meant to me and Marc,” Conley said of the team opening with a 23-4 run and emerging with its second straight win. “It’s just a tough situation all the way around.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMemphis also got 23 points from rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. Ivan Rabb had a career-high 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds, while Holiday finished with 17 points.Karl-Anthony Town had 26 points and 18 rebounds for Minnesota, and Dario Saric finished with 22 points. Luol Deng scored 18. Read Next View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ
The crowd has spoken…🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣@CocoGauff | #USOpen pic.twitter.com/jP9iiZvEDk— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2019″I had to dig really deep today. I’m just proud of the way I fought and I’m glad it was all worth it in the end.” Asked about her impending clash with world number one Osaka, Gauff said her primary focus was on Friday’s doubles match with 17-year-old partner Caty McNally. “Saturday, I’m going to think about the match, but tomorrow (Friday) I’m worried about my doubles match,” she said. Coco. That’s it. That’s the tweet.#USOpen pic.twitter.com/jZaRKbW3GV — US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2019Top seed Osaka proved too strong for 53rd-ranked Magda Linette of Poland, sweeping to a 6-2, 6-4 victory.”I feel like I had my moments where I played really well,” Osaka said. “I think the main thing for me was that I was able to adjust whenever I figured out something was going wrong, so I think I’m heading in the right direction.”Among the celebrities watching her match at Louis Armstrong Stadium were basketball legend Kobe Bryant and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose kneeling protest became a national symbol for champions of social justice and racial equality. Coco GauffCori GauffNaomi Osakatennis First Published: August 30, 2019, 8:54 AM IST New York: Fifteen-year-old American sensation Coco Gauff set up an eye-catching US Open showdown with defending champion Naomi Osaka while Rafael Nadal’s path to the title eased further Thursday as he received a walkover into the third round.Reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, meanwhile, crashed out early in New York for a third year running, blowing a match point in a tense three-set loss to 116th-ranked Taylor Townsend. Gauff, who made a remarkable run to the fourth round at Wimbledon before falling to Halep, defeated Hungarian qualifier Timea Babos 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to become the youngest player in the last 32 at a US Open since Anna Kournikova in 1996.”It has been amazing. I’m just so happy to get through,” Gauff said as chants of her name rang out around Louis Armstrong Stadium. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Euro 2020 QualifiersfootballJoshua Kingnorway First Published: October 13, 2019, 11:08 AM IST Oslo: Joshua King’s 94th-minute penalty snatched Norway a 1-1 draw with Spain in Oslo on Saturday as the three-time champions were made to wait to qualify for Euro 2020.Victory would have booked Robert Moreno’s Spain a spot at next year’s finals, to be played at 12 venues across Europe, if Romania had failed to beat the Faroe Islands or Malta had beaten Sweden. But Romania saw off the Faroes 3-0 and Sweden thrashed Malta 4-0, while King’s dramatic equaliser mean Spain will need to beat the Swedes in Solna on Tuesday to be sure of qualification with two games to spare.They lead Sweden by five points in Group F with three matches remaining, while Romania are only one point further back.Norway are still right in contention to finish in the top two and qualify after extending their unbeaten run to six qualifiers, sitting four points behind Sweden ahead of matches against Romania, the Faroes and Malta.”It’s a real pain to lose points in the final seconds. It’s complicated to play against a team who knew that if they lost they were pretty much out,” said Spain captain Sergio Ramos, who broke Iker Casillas’ national appearance record with his 168th cap.”We viewed this as an important match to win so as to qualify tonight but we approach the remaining games with calm and confidence.”🎤 Zona mixta | 🗣 @SergioRamos: “Tengo un sabor agridulce. Me habría gustado batir el récord con una victoria. No ha sido de los mejores partidos, pero sumamos un punto. Por eso el récord me sabe a poco”#UnidosPorUnRETO pic.twitter.com/JDKSdEm1RT— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) October 12, 2019 It was Spain’s first draw in a European Championship qualifier since a 1-1 stalemate at Iceland in September 2007, and ended their 100 percent record in the group.Spain started strongly and almost took the lead inside the first minute as home goalkeeper Rune Jarstein kept out Mikel Oyarzabal’s effort.But Norway, without injured teenage striker Erling Braut Haaland, grew into the contest and saw a penalty appeal turned down when Ramos tangled with King, before the Bournemouth forward headed Omar Elabdellaoui’s ‘rabona’ cross too close to Kepa Arrizabalaga.The hosts were the better side for much of the first half, but Elabdellaoui wasted another opportunity when he dallied on the ball inside the Spain box before shooting straight at Kepa.Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer also went close on the stroke of half-time, but headed wide when unmarked from a corner.But Spain snatched a 47th-minute lead as Norway failed to clear their lines, and Saul Niguez latched onto Sergio Busquet’s knockdown to unleash a dipping strike from just outside the area which bounced through the hands of Jarstein.The Scandinavians came close to a leveller within seconds, but King’s looping header dropped agonisingly wide.Spain almost doubled their advantage midway through the second period, as Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz’s curling long-range strike clipped the crossbar.Lars Lagerback’s Norway, hoping to qualify for a first major tournament since Euro 2000, continued to pile forwards and Ole Selnaes was denied an equaliser by Saul’s brilliant block, before King blazed over.Ruiz struck the woodwork for a second time with a low effort which bounced off the base of the post, and Norway made him pay.Elabdellaoui was flattened by the onrushing Kepa, and King, just as he did in Norway’s 2-1 opening-game loss in Spain, slotted home the penalty.RAMOS RECORDSergio Ramos broke the Spanish international appearances record on Saturday as he won his 168th cap in a 1-1 draw against Norway to overtake Iker Casillas.#RamosLeyenda | ¡¡iMPRESIONANTE!! Hemos recibido mensajes para @SergioRamos de parte de varias leyendas del fútbol: ➡ @IkerCasillas➡ Del Bosque➡ Xavi➡ @marta_torre5➡ Zidane➡ Beckham➡ Maldini➡ @Kaka¡¡DENTRO VÍDEO!!📺👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/EC7sFgFydc— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) October 12, 2019 The Spain captain was named in the starting line-up in Oslo for the Euro 2020 qualifier by coach Robert Moreno, 14 years since making his debut in a 3-0 friendly win over China.The 33-year-old was part of the Spain sides which lifted the 2010 World Cup, Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 titles.He took over the Spain captaincy in 2016 after goalkeeper Casillas’ final match.The centre-back equalled Casillas’ mark of 167 games last month against the Faroe Islands.”All that is personal is a little secondary,” said Ramos after the game.”I would have happily traded this 168th cap for a victory. It was not the case. But this record is a great reward after so many years and it’s a great source of huge pride.”I am emotional every time I put on this shirt. That will not change and I hope to continue doing so for many years.”Ramos is now only eight caps short of the European record held by Italian stopper Gianluigi Buffon (176) and 16 adrift of Egyptian Ahmed Hassan’s world record of 184.
Tura(Meghalaya), June 1 (PTI) The Congress party today held a “beef protest” in the Garo Hills area of the state against the Centres ban on sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.The “beef protest” was led by Sports and Youth Affairs minister Zenith Sangma, parliamentary secretaries Noverfield Marak, Cherak Momin and Winnerson D. Sangma, amongst others.The Congress leaders alleged that the Centres ban on sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter was an attempt to target minorities especially the Muslims and Christians and feared the same would fuel communal tensions amongst the majority and the minority communities residing peacefully in Garo Hills.A crowd of over 3000 people attended the rally at Congress Bhavan and chanted anti-Modi slogans saying that at no cost the Centre will be able to impose ban and restriction on cattle trade in Garo hills.After the protest meeting, a rally was taken out in the town, which passed through the Deputy Commissioner?s office.”The action of the BJP led government will impact the farming community. The restriction on cattle trade will hamper our farmers, who have to depend on cattle to plough their cultivable land. It is our bountiful duty as public representative to send a message to the Centre that such restriction is not acceptable to the people of Garo Hills,” said Youth Affairs minister, Zenith Sangma.Congress legislator Cherak Momin said that they would hold similar beef protest across Meghalaya to express their resentment.Noverfield Marak said that as part of their ongoing protest they would be hold a beef party at Tura on Saturday. PTI COR RGadvertisement
Sharjah, Oct 3 (PTI) Former India seamer and bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad will be the chief coach of Nangarhar franchise in the Afghanistan Premier League starting October 5. The inaugural edition will comprise five franchise — Nangarhar Leopards, Kabul Zwanan, Paktia Panthers, Balkh Legends, Kandahar Knights. The tournament will be aired on ”DSPORT”, sports channel for Discovery Communications India. The Nangarhar team will be lead by West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell while Afghanistan”s biggest star Rashid Khan will be captaining Kabul Zwanan. Veteran Shahid Afridi will lead Paktia Panthers while star Afghan all-rounder Mohammed Nabi will be in charge of Balkh Legends. Brendon McCUllum will be leading Kandahar Knights but the biggest attraction will certainly be Chris Gayle turning up for the Balkh Legends. The likes of Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohammed Nawaz (Nangarhar), Mohammed Nawaz (Balkh) are other notable names. PTI KHS ATKATK
Related Files2007_vawdon_cup_grand_final_wrap-pdf Canterbury Bulldogs (Men’s) and Western Suburbs Magpies (Women’s) created history when they broke long premiership winning droughts in the respective New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Vawdon Cup Premier League Division Grand Finals at Tempe on Friday 19 October 2007.The long suffering supporters from both clubs were dancing in the streets following epic Vawdon Cup Grand Final victories that capped a sensational night of Finals action that showcased 10 divisional deciders of the highest quality in the 32nd Annual event.To read the full 2007 Vawdon Cup Grand Final Wrap please click onto the attached document below.
From 247Sports:“It was amazing,” Moss said. “My expectations were high going into it, and it exceeded every prior expectation I had. I had never really been to the south before, and just to see the culture was cool. People talk about it being a different breed, and that’s one hundred percent true. Everything was first class, and coach (Nick) Saban was absolutely wonderful to talk to.”The Crimson Tide will be hard to ignore throughout Moss’ recruitment process, but it sounds like he is also very fond of the Longhorns, after meeting with their coaches at a camp.“That relationship is just getting started,” Moss said. “What I’m super optimistic about is Texas is a school I’d consider even if football wasn’t involved. That’s a huge thing for me when I’m looking at different schools. Just from an academic standpoint it’s a super important thing for me and my family. Any school that can provide top one percent in football and academics is super huge for me.”Moss plans on scheduling a Texas recruiting tour, which includes visits to UT, TCU and Texas A&M.Several top programs have shown interest in Moss, as he already holds offers from Michigan, LSU and Auburn.[247Sports] MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with his wife after the win over the Oklahoma Sooners during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Although Alabama and Texas aren’t set to battle each other this season, the two prestigious programs could clash for four-star recruit Miller Moss.Recruiting premier talent is always a priority for football programs, but it becomes magnified even more when the prospect plays quarterback. Well, it appears a recruiting war could brew in the coming months for Moss.Moss is the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in his class, per 247Sports. The six-foot-two gunslinger has all the potential to lead a collegiate offense in the future.Last week, Alabama extended a scholarship to Moss after watching him perform well at his official visit.
Story Highlights The Government is continuing work to improve more of Jamaica’s public beaches, in order to enable greater access to these facilities. “The Ministry of Tourism, through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), has been improving our beaches and I know that there is a programme which is underway. For example, last month…the TEF spent $38.3 million to improve the Marking Stone Beach in St. Mary,” he said. This assurance comes from Prime Minister, the Most Hon Andrew Holness, who said the Government is committed to doing everything possible to ensure “that the average Jamaican can have access to our beaches.” The Government is continuing work to improve more of Jamaica’s public beaches, in order to enable greater access to these facilities.This assurance comes from Prime Minister, the Most Hon Andrew Holness, who said the Government is committed to doing everything possible to ensure “that the average Jamaican can have access to our beaches.”“The Ministry of Tourism, through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), has been improving our beaches and I know that there is a programme which is underway. For example, last month…the TEF spent $38.3 million to improve the Marking Stone Beach in St. Mary,” he said.The Prime Minister was addressing his quarterly press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston, on Wednesday (Aug. 15).Mr. Holness said he is aware that some of the island’s public beaches are in such deplorable conditions that they limit access, hence the ongoing programme to upgrade these facilities.“I want the public to know that the Government is hearing the concerns and that we have a programme in place (to improve the beaches). We are taking note and I am certain next year we will have a significant number of our beaches improved, so that the public can have access to what was given to us by God and cannot be taken away by any man,” he said.In the meantime, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, informed that a draft Beach Access and Management Policy is now with Cabinet.“As soon as it is deliberated, we will make it public and if there is requirement for further consultations, based on Cabinet directives, we will do so, because what we want is a holistic policy that works for everybody – works for the investor and works for the public,” he said.The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) manages a number of the island’s public beaches, including the Dunn’s River Beach and the Ocho Rios Bay Beach in St. Ann; the Fort Clarence Beach Park in St. Catherine; and the Bluefields Beach Park, and Long Bay Beach Park 1 in Westmoreland.The agency has explained that public access does not mean free access or unrestricted access, but refers to accessing the recreational facility free from discrimination and preserving the right to book once the facility is available.The Corporation undertakes operational activities, such as the provision of lifeguards, cleaning of the beach and other exigencies, for which nominal fees are in place. In some instances, these fees are subsidised up to 80 per cent of market rates when compared with other privately operated facilities.
Highlights from the news file for Tuesday, Dec. 12———OTTAWA TO BUY AUSSIE JETS, TWEAK PROCESS: The Trudeau government is kicking off its latest bid to replace its aging fleet of fighter jets — and adding a new requirement to the procurement process by assessing a company’s overall impact on the Canadian economy. The government is launching a full competition to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s with 88 new fighters by as early as 2025, a move that comes in the midst of an ongoing trade dispute with Boeing. The U.S. aerospace giant has been eager to submit its Super Hornet to compete for the contract, which is valued at up to $19 billion and expected to start delivering jets in 2025. But the new stipulation could well have an impact on Boeing if its trade dispute with Canadian rival Bombardier is still alive and ends up being deemed harmful to Canada’s economic interests. The Liberals are also officially abandoning a plan to buy 18 Super Hornets to temporarily boost Canada’s CF-18 fleet, saying they plan instead to buy 18 second-hand fighter jets from Australia.———RICHARD WAGNER NAMED HIGH COURT CHIEF JUSTICE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Montreal-born Richard Wagner, a self-proclaimed advocate of judicial independence, as the next chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Wagner, 60, was called to the Quebec bar in 1980 and practised law until being appointed to the Quebec Superior Court in 2004. He sat in the civil, commercial and criminal divisions of the court until 2011 when he was appointed to the Quebec Court of Appeal. Former prime minister Stephen Harper named him to the Supreme Court only five years ago, and Wagner has another 15 years before mandatory retirement to define his legacy as chief. Trudeau had been under pressure to name a Quebecer as chief, in keeping with the tradition of alternating between a civil code jurist from Quebec and a common-law one. The current chief justice, Beverley McLachlin, is stepping down Friday after 28 years on the court, including almost 18 years as chief. McLachlin, 74, is the first woman to hold the top job on the high court and also Canada’s longest-serving chief justice.———CANADIAN ASTRONAUT HEADING TO SPACE IN 2018: The coming year is promising to be a busier one than usual for the Canadian Space Agency. After a five-year lull, a Canadian astronaut will finally head back into space, with David Saint-Jacques scheduled to blast off for a long-term visit to the International Space Station in November 2018. The last time a Canadian visited the orbiting space laboratory was in 2013 when Chris Hadfield completed a stay that lasted almost five months. Saint-Jacques, an engineer and doctor, will begin his first space voyage when he launches aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The 47-year-old astronaut, who will become the ninth Canadian to travel to space, will be joined on the trip by an American and a Russian. Saint-Jacques, who will also be the Russian space capsule’s co-pilot, says it takes a lot of time just to prepare for the blast-off. “You’ve got to be ready on the launch pad, flying that rocket and knowing everything you have to know, so that’s why the training is several years,” he said recently. Saint-Jacques will also have to deal with the psychological challenge of being away from the planet, his wife and three young children, aged six, four and one.———GST ON CARBON TAXES TO NET FEDS MILLION, PBO SAYS: A new report from Parliament’s budget watchdog says carbon pricing in four provinces could net the federal government more than $500 million over two years in GST revenues. The report by the parliamentary budget officer, out today, says GST revenues from Alberta, B.C., Ontario and Quebec could total between $236 million and $267 million by the end of the current fiscal year next April, and between $265 million and $313 million in the next fiscal year. Jean-Denis Frechette’s report says the calculations will help Canadians understand the impact of a national carbon pricing policy on revenue from the goods and services tax. The Liberals are expected to introduce legislation next year to allow the federal government to impose a carbon price on provinces that don’t meet the federal standard on their own. The federal plan calls for a price on carbon pollution of $10 per tonne in 2018, increasing by $10 every year to $50 per tonne in 2022.———ALBERTA MLA SAYS HE REGRETS FIRING WOMAN IN SEX CASE: Alberta’s Opposition house leader says he regrets once firing a female employee because she complained about sexual harassment. But Jason Nixon says he and his United Conservative Party caucus are committed to ending harassment and abuse in the workplace. Nixon is the leader of the United Conservatives in the house until leader Jason Kenney wins a seat. Last week, Nixon spoke out in the legislature against a bill that will toughen sanctions on workplace harassment, saying the industry has shown it can police itself. But new reports show that Nixon, while in private business a decade ago, was fined by a B.C. human rights panel after he fired a female employee at the behest of a contractor when she complained of sexual harassment. Premier Rachel Notley says it was dishonest of Nixon to criticize proposed new workplace harassment rules without mentioning that he had been fined for firing a woman who had spoken out.———INTELLIGENCE REFORM NEEDED, MUSLIM GROUP SAYS: A national Muslim group says reform of national security agencies — not more oversight and review — is needed to rebuild confidence and trust. The National Council of Canadian Muslims tells MPs studying the Liberal government’s wide-ranging national security bill that new watchdog powers won’t fix the “culture of impunity” and systemic ills within Canadian security agencies. The council’s Ihsaan Gardee says the bill strengthens the security establishment, even as the available evidence suggests disarray — bias and top-down bullying — within the institutions that carry out intelligence-gathering and enforcement. The Liberal government’s security legislation revises elements of a contentious omnibus bill brought in by the Harper Conservatives after a gunman killed a sentry at the National War Memorial in 2014. The bill would limit — but not eliminate — powers that allow the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to actively disrupt terror plots, not just gather information about them. It also opens the door to new paths for security services in data-sifting and cyberwarfare, and bolsters accountability and review through a new super-watchdog and an intelligence commissioner.———INDIGENOUS LEADERS SOUND ALARM OVER LEGAL POT: A number of Indigenous leaders say they don’t see the prospect of a recreational cannabis regime as a “cash cow,” and fear the black market will set its sights on targeting their vulnerable communities. Isadore Day, the Ontario regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations, says he and Quebec Regional Chief Ghislain Picard are leading discussions on how First Nations communities will address the impacts of pot legalization. He says he fears for Indigenous community safety because the federal government is moving so quickly with its plan to legalize pot by July 2018. Day also calls it embarrassing that Indigenous leaders weren’t invited to take part in Monday’s talks between finance ministers in Ottawa. Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced a two-year agreement that will see Ottawa give 75 per cent of tax revenues to the provinces and territories while Ottawa retains the remaining 25 per cent, to a maximum of $100 million a year.———ACCUSED IN LAC-MEGANTIC DISASTER WON’T TESTIFY: Lawyers representing the three men charged with criminal negligence in the Lac-Megantic rail disaster that killed 47 people announced in court Tuesday they won’t call any witnesses. As a consequence, the 14 jurors were released and are scheduled to return to court Jan. 3 for closing statements from the Crown followed by the final arguments from lawyers for the accused. Tom Harding and former colleagues Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre are each facing one count of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people. They have all pleaded not guilty. Thomas Walsh, a lawyer for train conductor Harding, said in an interview the defence teams decided to not call witnesses because they don’t believe the Crown met the burden of proof. On July 6, 2013, a runaway train carrying crude oil from the United States derailed in Lac-Megantic and exploded, destroying part of the downtown core. The Crown argued the locomotive weighing more than 10,000 tonnes was not properly secured, leaving it resting precariously on a slope, 10 kilometres away from downtown Lac-Megantic.———ONTARIO OPPOSITION LEADER DISMISSES PREMIER’S LAWSUIT AS A STUNT: Ontario’s Opposition leader is brushing off a defamation lawsuit the premier has launched against him as a political stunt — increasing the likelihood the dispute will drag on through the June election. Premier Kathleen Wynne sued Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown this week for comments he made in September that her lawyers say wrongly characterized the premier as being on trial. Wynne said Tuesday that she would drop the lawsuit if he simply said he was sorry. That outcome seemed unlikely Tuesday, as Brown declined to apologize. “The only person who should be apologizing is Kathleen Wynne for these stunts, these theatrics,” Brown said. “I’ve made it very clear and abundantly clear that it was her closest adviser who was on trial in Sudbury.” The legal action stems from comments Brown made a day before Wynne testified as a witness at a trial in Sudbury, Ont., involving two provincial Liberals — including Wynne’s deputy chief of staff — facing Election Act bribery charges. The pair was ultimately acquitted.———‘MAN FLU’ MAY NOT BE MERE MYTHOLOGY, STUDY SAYS: A researcher who blended scientific review with humour is suggesting those who believe “man flu” is more intense than the female version have some evidence to back their views. The piece was published by a Canadian physician in the December edition of the British Medical Journal. Dr. Kyle Sue, a family physician based in Arviat, Nunavut, found studies on mice and humans going back to the 1990s suggesting flu symptoms in men are often more acute. His study also noted that a seasonal influenza study from 2004 to 2010 in Hong Kong found men had higher rates of hospital admission, and a decade-long American observational study that ended in 2007 suggested men had higher rates of flu-related deaths in comparison to women. “Perhaps now is the time for male friendly spaces, equipped with enormous televisions and reclining chairs, to be set up where men can recover from the debilitating effects of man flu in safety and comfort,” Sue wrote. The British Medical Journal’s December issue is meant to be a special issue that has peer-reviewed articles, but allows authors to use some humour, said Navjoyt Ladher, the editor who put the issue together.
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,416.98, up 101.90 points)Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down three cents, or 0.63 per cent, to $4.73 on 8.05 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up seven cents, or 1.13 per cent, to $6.25 on 6.16 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 72 cents, or 3.08 per cent, to $24.12 on 4.95 million shares. The company released results that showed profits up slightly. Adjusted net earnings of 70 cents per share were higher than the 65 cents per share expected by analysts according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.TAG Oil Ltd. (TSX:TAO). Oil and gas. Down three cents, or 7.5 per cent, to 37 cents on 3.97 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up $1.44, or 4.02 per cent, on $37.25 on 3.44 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Down 10 cents, or 2.32 per cent, to $4.21 on 3.36 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. (TSX:CTC.A). Retailer. Down $14.32, or 7.85 per cent, to $168.08 on 635,000 shares. The company that operates Canadian Tire, Mark’s, Sport Chek and other retailers released second-quarter results that fell below analyst expectations. The company said it had adjusted net income of $170.6 million or $2.61 per share, while analysts had expected adjusted earnings of $3.04 per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.
Goulmima – Parkinson’s disease is a widespread condition whose symptoms start to show between the ages of 40 and 60. The chances of developing the disease increase with age. It is caused by the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, which is a region in the midbrain that maintains balance of human body.Most people suffering from the Parkinson Disease start to experience symptoms such as uncontrollable body shaking, slow movements, loss of balance, the disappearance of facial traits, speech difficulties, anxiety, depression, swallowing difficulties, constipation, and sleeping disorders. April 11 is the International Day of Parkinson’s. Each year research reveals new shocking statistics on the number of people affected by the disease. In Morocco, statistics revealed that about 50,000 Moroccans suffer from Parkinson’s; internationally, one person out of every 1000 has it.Most of the cases are discovered at a late stage, which makes it more difficult to treat, especially because medicine for this disease is very expensive. Nevertheless, the neurologist Dr. Ahmed Ashouri explained, “medicine alone is not enough and family’s psychological support is prerequisite at the different stages of the disease.”He added that “people suffering from Parkinson tend to feel ashamed of their disease which makes it hard for them to cohabitate with their families.”Edited by Melissa Smyth© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
6 October 2008Top United Nations officials have marked World Habitat Day with a call to ensure that the rapid urbanization of towns and cities – which the majority of people today call home – is accompanied by decent living conditions and efforts to preserve the environment. Top United Nations officials have marked World Habitat Day with a call to ensure that the rapid urbanization of towns and cities – which the majority of people today call home – is accompanied by decent living conditions and efforts to preserve the environment. The theme of this year’s Day is “harmonious cities,” in an effort to raise awareness of the problems of rapid urbanization, its impact on the environment and the challenges of rising urban poverty.“Our rapidly urbanizing world cannot claim to be harmonious if slum dwellers do not enjoy opportunities to find jobs and improve their living conditions,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, which is observed on the first Monday in October each year. “Nor will it be harmonious if the growth and expansion of urban areas comes at the expense of the natural environment,” he added. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the set of anti-poverty targets world leaders committed to in 2000, call for a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020.“Cities have tremendous potential to be places where balanced development prevails, where diverse people live in harmony, and where healthy living conditions coexist with low levels of energy consumption, resource-use and waste,” said Mr. Ban.“I call on all partners and stakeholders to do our utmost to realize this potential, and to build decent living conditions for all women, men and children in a way that also preserves our natural heritage and promotes greener and smarter growth.”Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of the agency which promotes socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities and adequate shelter for all (known as UN-HABITAT), said that with the number of urban slum dwellers worldwide moving above the 1 billion mark, rising urban poverty is one of today’s biggest development challenges.“We have both a moral and ethical responsibility to make our cities more harmonious by making them more inclusive. It is a societal imperative that we fight urban poverty and squalor if we are to secure urban safety and security,” she said in her message for the Day.Ms. Tibaijuka added that it is no coincidence that climate change is emerging at the forefront of international debate at the same time as the world becomes more urbanized. “Cities consume upwards of 75 per cent of all energy and contribute to an equally substantial amount of green house gas emissions. Cities must therefore be an integral part of any mitigation efforts,” she stated. “Reducing the contribution of cities to climate change and the vulnerability of cities to the effects of climate change must be viewed as a historical opportunity to improve the living conditions of all women and men, including the most vulnerable segments of our urban populations,” she added. “I can think of no better initiative than to combine these efforts to make our cities and towns greener and safer and more equitable.” The UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing noted that the growth of slums in the last 15 years has been “unprecedented” with one out of every three city dwellers today – approximately 998 million people – living in a slum. “Living in slums means being deprived of access to adequate sanitation, education and health care or to other services and opportunities. It also means being excluded from full participation in civic life and the exercise of citizen’s rights, as slums are considered illegal, informal or transitory and in any case a non-permanent part of a city’s political and economic fabric,” Raquel Rolnik said in a statement. Numerous events are taking place around the globe to mark this year’s World Habitat Day, including the launch in Bangkok of a free online “Quick Guides” to help policymakers deal with the key issues of housing urban poor in the Asia-Pacific region. The Quick Guides, developed jointly by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN-HABITAT, are in response to the unprecedented growth of slums and squatter settlements that over 500 million people in the region call home. This year’s Day comes ahead of the fourth session of the World Urban Forum, set to take place in Nanjing, China, from 3 to 6 November. The Forum, the premier global event on managing urbanization, will also witness the launch of the State of the World’s Cities, UN-HABITAT’s flagship biennial publication.Nanjing is also the recipient of this year’s Habitat Scroll of Honour Special Citation, which is conferred upon cities, governmental and non-governmental organizations, local authorities, public, private and research bodies, or individuals for outstanding achievements in the cause of sustainable human settlements. In addition, the Chinese cities of Shaoxing and Zhangjiagang were given the Habitat Scroll of Honour Award, along with the Rwandan capital, Kigali, the Russian city of Bugulma, and Ciudad Juarez, a major Mexican city on the United States border.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canada will miss its deficit targets in each of the next four years, because global economic weakness has carved into commodity prices and tax revenues, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said today.His fall economic update showed a bottom line worse than many expected, with the deficit at $26 billion, up $5 billion from the March budget forecast.Flaherty also said it will take a year longer than predicted to balance the budget.“Canada has clearly been affected by volatile and falling world commodity prices since the budget in late March,” he said in notes for a speech to a Fredericton business audience.“And the forecast of private sector economists is consistent with the view that world commodity prices will remain below the level anticipated at the time of the budget.”Because of the weakness, the government expects revenues to be on average $7.2 billion below what it had counted on in the budget during the five-year horizon period.Flaherty made clear that he remains on track in keeping government costs down. Program expenses edge down as a percentage of the country’s gross domestic product during the period.But the numbers show the government can’t overcome the lower revenues, which were first noticed in the final accounts of last year’s budget period. They carry on this year and into future years.Ottawa now projects its deficit will rise to $26 billion this fiscal year, which ends in March, as opposed to the predicted $21.1 billion. Going forward, the deficit is now projected at $16.5 billion next year, compared with the budget estimate of $10.2 billion, and $8.6 billion in 2014-15, as opposed to $1.3 billion.The March budget anticipated a $3.4 billion surplus in 2015-16, but now Flaherty expects a $1.8 billion deficit that year. The new calculation is that Ottawa will finally show a surplus of $1.7 billion in 2016-17.The projections do include a $3 billion margin of error, or so called “risk adjustment,” so it is possible that Ottawa could still come in on target if those risks do not materialize, or if the economy performs better than expected.In his speech, Flaherty cautioned that the world is full of risks and again expresses concern about a U.S. fiscal crisis if Congress and re-elected President Barack Obama cannot come to an agreement before Jan. 1.But he also said there is also some cause for optimism, in which case both the Canadian economy and government finances will improve.“Growth in Canada could be significantly stronger than expected if the United States policy-makers are able to reach an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff in 2013, while implementing a medium-term plan to reduce their debt and deficit,” he said. Falling revenues to push deficit up $5B to $26 billion, Flaherty says by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 13, 2012 12:48 pm MDT
António Guterres was in Tokyo on Wednesday where he held talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before traveling west to to meet with the Mayor of Nagasaki and participate in the 73rd Nagasaki Peace Ceremony.The number of survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – or hibakusha as they are known in Japanese, is decreasing each year.Japan’s health ministry says that as of last March, only 155,000 survivors remain, with 90,000 having died over the past decade. Moreover, the number of survivors directly exposed to radiation in the cities and their surrounding areas, has dipped below 100,000 for the first time, with the average age being 82 years old.Before the commemoration, Akitoshi Nakamura, Director of Atomic Bomb Museum spoke to UN News.Having started working at the Museum 60 years after the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, just three days after Hiroshima, Mr. Nakamura enthusiastically shared the citizens “high hopes” as they “eagerly” await Mr. Guterres’ arrival.“We are, from the bottom of our hearts, welcoming the SG’s visit here,” he asserted.Laying out plans for the Secretary-General’s visit, Mr. Nakamura shared his hopes that the UN chief would join local children in making origami cranes, a symbol of peace, before touring the museum where highlights include a clock that stopped at 11:02 am, when the bomb was dropped; documents charting the catastrophe after the bombing; and the broken belfry dome of the Urakami Cathedral.“We would like him to see those,” said the curator. “But more than anything, we would like him to see the photos of hibakusha.”“What is most horrific is the effect of nuclear radiation, so we would like him to see the documents and panels that show the effects of nuclear radiation on health,” Mr. Nakamura elaborated.UN chief @antonioguterres is in Japan and will be taking part in the 73rd #Nagasaki Peace Ceremony on Thursday honouring the #hibakusha. We’re welcoming him “from the bottom of our hearts” says the head of the Atomic Bomb Museum. @UNIC_Tokyo pic.twitter.com/SmgfMvWY7B— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) August 8, 2018 The museum traces the catastrophe that unfolded after the bomb.“We want people to see what a horrific weapon an atomic bomb is, and the kind of devastation over 14,000 nuclear weapons around the world can bring,” Mr. Nakamura stressed, explaining the museum’s aim to eliminate stockpiles of nuclear weapons, by illustrating the horrors they inflict.“The two atomic bomb museums, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, are about something that happened in the past, but they also are important in the sense that they trigger an awareness of the danger that nuclear weapons may cause in the future,” he said.After 73 years, Mr. Nakamura does not want the experiences of the dwindling number of survivors to be forgotten along with them.Calling it “the most important thing,” he said that “the museums continue telling the story of what happened at the time, in order for it to not be forgotten.”Hiroshima was the first city to be devastated by an atomic bomb, on 6 August, 1945, and for the time being at least, Nagasaki is the last. With that distinction, Mr. Nakamura spells out “it’s very important to prevent another exposure to an atomic bomb.”“We, the citizens of Nagasaki, have been appealing to the world to make Nagasaki the last city devastated by an atomic bomb,” he said.As hibakusha numbers decline, education that carries on their voices becomes ever more important.
In 2015 a planning inspector backed officials at Forest of Dean District Council who said he had to demolish the building. The building from the outsideCredit:SWNS.com Speaking in 2015 he said: “I’m doing this for my family, I’m not hurting anybody.”This is my family home, all my children and my grandchildren come to visit, it’s the place they all go.”Nobody really knows it’s there, if all this fuss hadn’t been kicked up nobody would know it was there.”I have spoken to all my neighbours and none are bothered, they have all written letters of support to the council.”But neighbours now say they are concerned that bulldozers will be unable to get to the complex because there were other buildings in the way. A spokesman for Forest of Dean District Council said: “There is an enforcement notice requiring the removal of unauthorised development at 24 Meendhurst Road, Cinderford.”Mr Wildin has until the 7th of July 2017 to comply with the notice which has been endorsed by a planning inspector.”Once the period for compliance with the notice has expired, Mr Wildin will be liable to further action, including prosecution in the courts for a breach of the notice.”Due to the possibility of legal action it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.” The complex was built in 2013 and Mr Wildin said he believed it was a “permitted development”Credit:SWNS.com 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. Andrew Buckmaster, who lives nearby, said that the development should have been stopped earlier.”I don’t think he will take it down. He is going to build a house in front of it, which he has planning permission for, so how will they be able to get back there and take it down?” he said. It’s a good idea to consider planning permission before building anything in your back garden – especially if it is a 10,000 sq ft leisure complex with a casino, cinema and bowling alley. A Gloucestershire accountant now has just weeks to demolish his project or face legal action after building his own private leisure centre without planning permission. The development built by Graham Wildin, 65, includes a a two-lane bowling alley, a 16 seat cinema, squash courts, private casino and bar.The development, which he says he built for his children and grandchildren, also has a 25ft tall three-storey doll’s house, a soft play area and indoor tennis and badminton courts.He refused to disclose how much it had cost. Mr Wildin faces having to demolish the leisure centreCredit: SWNS.com He was given two years to comply with the enforcement notice after the planning inspectorate ruled that the building is a “bulky structure”.They added it was “totally out of scale and proportion with the surrounding development”.But less than three months before time runs out there is no sign of any demolition work taking place and Mr Wildin is adamant that the leisure centre will remain standing.He said: “It’s not coming down. That is definite. The council have given notice at the end of which they will have to decide whether they are going to do anything or not, but there are a lot of legal issues involved.” Mr Wildin claims that when it was built in 2013, he made sure it “couldn’t be seen by anybody”. He spent more than a year building the luxury centre behind his house in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, which he said he believed was a “permitted development” under planning rules. The accountant said that he dug out 9,000 tons of soil and constructed the building 18ft below ground level. He said: “If you look at the building from the street you can’t see it at all, you can maybe just see a fence. You’d have to be in a helicopter to see it.”I looked at the rules permitting development before I started, they are very generous rules.”But the grandfather-of-five has just weeks left to comply with a council enforcement notice instructing him to tear the building down – or face prosecution. Graham Wildin inside the leisure centre he has built for himself and his familyCredit:SWNS.com
Are people still complaining about economic downturn-this and stagnant recovery-that? BORING! So 2009. Thankfully one Dubai-based company is bucking all that recession talk by giving the world what it so desperately wants: temporary tattoos made from 24 karat gold.Precious Skin currently operates two outlets throughout the desert playground (or prudish outpost, whatever). The company can apply temporary tattoos, which last up to a week and are made out of 99.9% gold or platinum. The process originated in Japan but was brought to Dubai by managing director Arnaud Flambeau who thought this could be sold as a premium version of the henna tattoos that are customary among Gulf women for weddings and other special occasions.Pricing for the tattoos starts at a quite-reasonable $50, and can go as high as $5,500 for more elaborate designs.pic via
Yesterday, less than 24 hours after Apple had officially announced iOS 5, the developer beta had been jailbroken. The jailbreak was achieved by MuscleNerd, a member of the iPhone Dev Team,using Geohot’s Limera1n exploit. But the speed of the jailbreak didn’t bring a perfect solution to the problem as it was a tethered method.The issue with tethered jailbreaks is that every time you reboot your iDevice you have to be connected to a computer to retain the jailbreak. What users really want is an untethered solution removing the need for a computer even to perform the jailbreak in the first place.AdChoices广告Unfortunately, Apple has just closed the door on the exploit used to achieve an untethered jailbreak in previous versions of iOS. This tweet by Stefan Esser, known as Twitter user @i0n1c, explains:What this means is someone will have to find a new exploit to allow for a new untether solution. If one can’t be found, then it’s doubtful iOS 5 will ever get an untethered jailbreak.The hacking community like a challenge though, and if you tell them something isn’t possible they try all the harder to prove you wrong. I am sure another method will be found, it just may take a while. It helps that the official release of iOS 5 for consumer iDevices isn’t happening until the Fall giving them a few months lead time to come up with a solution.Read more at the iPhone Download Blog
Share259 Tweet Email By Sean Murray Friday 3 Mar 2017, 3:19 PM Mar 3rd 2017, 3:19 PM 65 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Bus Éireann strike planned for Monday has been called off Both the NBRU and Siptu will enter talks at the Workplace Relations Commission from Monday. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3269112 DisputeThe dispute centres on the cost cutting measures planned by the national bus operator, which says that it go insolvent by the middle of this year if it doesn’t reduce its spending.Workers had prepared for a “protracted strike” from Monday, as unions refused to accept what they referred to as “far-reaching and financially impactful measures”.The financial situation at the embattled company is such that it claims it is looking at an estimated operating loss of €9.4 million for last year. It states that losses for last month are already in excess of €1.5 million.Minister for Transport Shane Ross has repeatedly refused all calls to intervene in the dispute, reiterating his position before an Oireachtas Transport Committee hearing on Wednesday.On numerous occasions under questioning from Committee members, Ross rejected calls to personally intervene in the dispute, saying that he “wouldn’t get involved” and wouldn’t “take sides”.He did, however, repeatedly call on the company and the unions to enter into talks together.Route closuresPart of Bus Éireann’s cost cutting measures involves the scaling back of some routes, and the scrapping of others.Earlier this week, the National Transport Authority (NTA) issued a statement saying that it had assessed the affected routes and determined that only the planned closure of the Westport-Athlone route would so adversely affect its users as to warrant additional provisions put in place to replace the service.Independent TD for Roscommon – Galway, Michael Fitzmaurice welcomed the NTA’s announcement, saying that the routes are a “lifeline for people in rural areas.”However, the unions were less than impressed with the NTA’s plans.Siptu’s Noone said: “On four of the five routes on which the management of Bus Éireann has selected to cut or severely curtail services the NTA states that it has already issued enough licences to cover their continuation by private operators.This reveals a long-term plan to undermine public services for the benefit of private operators.Read: Opinion: ‘Taxpayers who earn significantly less than Bus Éireann drivers are being asked to foot the bill’Read: Shane Ross: ‘People want me to come to the Bus Éireann dispute with money. I have none to offer’ Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie 50,047 Views I am sure the travelling public will be relieved that Bus Éireann services will be available to them on Monday. Updated 6.05pmTHE STRIKE BY Bus Éireann drivers planned to take place from Monday has been called off.Both the NBRU and Siptu have issued statements saying that they have accepted an invitation from the Workplace Relations Commission for talks on the current situation with Bus Éireann on Monday 6 March.Siptu Sector Organiser Willie Noone said: “It has always been apparent that the expertise of the WRC will be required to deal with the serious and complex issues in this dispute.In deference to a request by the WRC the scheduled strike action by SIPTU members in Bus Éireann, which was due to commence on Monday, has been suspended.“SIPTU representatives will continue to play their part in trying to avert a national public transport dispute but we rely on the management of Bus Éireann making genuine efforts to reach a resolution.”NBRU General Secretary Dermot O’Leary warned that, although the current strike action has been averted, its members should remain ready to engage in an immediate all-out strike if an agreement cannot be reached with Bus Éireann.He said: “We will of course endeavour, on behalf of commuters and our members, to work towards resolving this crisis.However, the attitude displayed by Bus Éireann management to-date has left us with no option but to advise our members that they should remain on a war-footing and be prepared to engage in an immediate all-out strike.In a statement, Bus Éireann said that, while the financial situation remains critical, they have decided to defer the implementation of its planned changes while talks continue.Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, said:I welcome the news that Monday’s proposed bus strike has been called off. I would like to thank both employer and employees involved in this dispute for accepting an invitation from the Workplace Relations Commission to return to talks.