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MLC polls: BJP, Sena win two seats each; NCP retains one

first_imgThe Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party won two seats each while the Nationalist Congress Party won just one in the results of five out of six Maharashtra Council seats which were declared on Thursday.The six seats had gone to the polls on Monday, but counting for the Osmanabad-Beed-Latur seat has been kept pending owing to a court order. In Nashik, Sena’s Narendra Darade defeated NCP’s Shivaji Sahane. Mr. Darade thanked NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal for helping him secure victory. He said, “All parties have helped me to get to 400 votes. Naturally, everyone has helped me.” Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had inquired about Mr. Bhujbal’s medical condition following his release on bail earlier this month. Mr. Bhujbal’s son, Pankaj, had met the Sena president at his residence, Matoshree, in Mumbai. Mr. Bhujbal, a former Shiv Sainik, had thanked the Sena for the party’s support during his ‘trial by fire’. In Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, all parties including the BJP, Narayan Rane’s Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha, and the Peasants and Workers Party extended support to NCP candidate Aniket Tatkare, the son of former minister Sunil Tatkare, against the Sena’s Rajiv Sable. Mr. Thackeray alluded to allegations of Sunil Tatkare’s involvement in the irrigation scam. He said, “Now all those who united to defeat us should unitedly start probing the irrigation scam.”Congress suffered embarrassment in Amaravati and Parbhani-Hingoli, thanks to infighting and backstabbing by the NCP. In Amaravati, its candidate Anil Madhogaria won 17 votes while the BJP’s Pravin Pote won 458 votes. Narrow defeats In Parbhani-Hingoli, the NCP seems to have voted in favour of the Sena. Congress candidate Suresh Deshmukh lost to Viplov Bajoria of the Sena by 35 votes. NCP State chief Jayant Patil said, “I and Congress chief Ashok Chavan were in touch on this seat. We tried our best.” In Wardha-Chandrapur-Gadchiroli, Congress’s Indrakumar Saraf lost to BJP’s Ramdas Ambatkar by 37 votes.last_img read more

FEU sets record for most 3s with 18, but 42 attempts ‘way too much’

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Read Next Blue Eagles fend off Maroons, close in on UAAP elims sweep Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “We relied too much on our offense,” Racela told reporters after FEU’s 87-84 loss. “In the fourth quarter, we didn’t really have to score, we just had to make stops.”READ: NU keeps Final 4 bid alive, pulls rug from under FEUFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Tamaraws eclipsed the previous record set by the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons earlier in the season when they hit 16 triples in a stunning win over the De La Salle Green Archers two months ago.But what stood out for Racela was FEU attempting 42 threes. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “We fell in love with the 3-point shot, 42 attempts is way too much, way too many,” he said. “I told them at the half, the defense will win it for us but it didn’t happen that way in the second half.”FEU wasted a golden opportunity to close in on a Final Four berth and instead will have to take the longer trip to the big dance.READ: FEU ‘lost discipline’ in 4th in loss to Ateneo, says Racela “We were up and we let it slip away and now we made it harder for ourselves we have to win our game against Adamson on Saturday,” Racela said.“It’s getting slimmer but we still have a chance. We just have to win on Saturday with a little help from Ateneo. But there’s nothing we could do but to focus on Saturday. I know this is a devastating loss, but we cannot be too low.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOvershadowed in Far Eastern University’s loss to National University on Wednesday was that the Tamaraws set the UAAP record for most 3-pointers made in a game with 18.Ironically, FEU head coach Olsen Racela thought his team’s record-setting performance also caused its downfall.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Shah Rukh Khan to celebrate New Year in Dubai

first_imgBollywood superstar and a host of other A-listers are planning to ring in the new year in Dubai.The actor will be joined by his wife Gauri Khan and a group of other Bollywood friends are likely to check into a luxury hotel on the Palm Jumeirah from December 30 to January 1.Actor Hrithik Roshan and his wife Susanne Khan, director Karan Johar and lawyer Kaajal Anand will also join the King Khan.Khan, who has a home on the man-made island, however, plans to throw an extravagant party there, Emirates 24/4 reported.According to the report, actor Chunky Pandey is also on the guest list while Arjun Rampal is reportedly yet to firm up his plans.last_img

Russian Hooligans in World Cup Crackdown after 2016 Rampage

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — At their peak, Russian hooligans felt like gods.“We’re on Mount Olympus right now and it had to be done,” is how one veteran hooligan from Moscow recounts his part in brawls with English fans at the 2016 European Championship. “We went for the English, who were kings, to knock them off their throne.”But ahead of the World Cup, Russian authorities are cracking down on the hooligan culture in football. Groups which wreaked havoc two years ago report surveillance and threats from law enforcement.Leading hooligans from each club face lengthy prison sentences on old or trumped-up charges if there’s trouble at the World Cup, even if they aren’t personally involved, the Moscow hooligan — a large, muscular man with scars on his knuckles — told The Associated Press. He likened their situation to that of “hostages” and said the hooligan scene in Russia “is finished.”“All the leaders get called in for chats,” he said, imitating an officer: “‘On behalf of our state security service, I’ll explain that if there are problems, then those guys are in prison and you’ll be joining them. We need everything to go quietly.’ It’s been done precisely so that everyone understands that even if there’s no case against you, your guys will get it in your place.”Speaking on condition of anonymity to describe numerous illegal acts, he said he traveled to Marseille in 2016 specifically to take part in fights with the English at the European Championships. England’s hooligans of the 1980s and 1990s inspired many Russian groups — most still bear English names — but in Marseille the Russians wanted to snuff out that reputation.FILE – In this photo taken on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, а Russian soccer fan of Spartak team shouts slogans during a Russian Premier League Championship soccer match between Arsenal Tula and Spartak Moscow in Tula, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Moscow, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. The sing on a shirt reads “Death to the enemies.” (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin, file).“For a long time the English were considered the strongest,” he said, but they were no match for Russians with martial-arts training. “There were guys sitting there with a Birmingham banner and we went up to them. ‘Either we’re taking your banner or you stand up and fight for it.’ The Birmingham guys decided they didn’t need the banner that much.”The violence on Marseille’s streets and in the stadium was greeted with jokes and even praise from some Russian lawmakers and officials. President Vladimir Putin called the fighting “sad,” then questioned “how 200 Russian fans could beat up several thousand English,” to laughter from his audience.Other sources with knowledge of the fan scene described the Russian crackdown since Marseille.Alexander Shprygin ran a fan group which worked with the government on World Cup planning, and had been photographed with Putin. He has rapidly fallen from grace.Shprygin was twice deported from France during the 2016 tournament and two of his organization’s board members were imprisoned in Marseille over the disorder. He denies any role. Three months later, Russian police arrested him in a toilet at the national football federation’s conference, seeking to question him over an earlier brawl in Russia, and dragged him out past waiting media. His organization has been dormant since then.Shprygin told the AP his friends in the hardcore fan scene have been summoned by Russia’s Federal Security Service, the heir to the Soviet-era KGB, for “preventative conversations” and many want to go abroad during the World Cup.“Many of them think like that because, God forbid, if anything happens, they won’t face questions,” he said. “They can just show their passport, that they weren’t in Russia.”Russia has an official blacklist of fans banned from games by court orders for violent and non-violent offenses, but at 451 names it’s much smaller than equivalents in other large European countries.Many more fans are barred from games using processes which aren’t publicly recorded and have little oversight.In this photo taken on Monday, May 21, 2018, Oleg Semyonov, a former senior member of the Spartak Moscow fan scene who now manages a legal advice helpline for fans, speaks to the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)World Cup tickets are worthless without a Russian government-issue “Fan ID”. Applicants are vetted by the Russian security services, who have denied several thousand Russian fans ID to see games at the World Cup and last year’s Confederations Cup, according to Oleg Semyonov, formerly a leader of the Spartak Moscow fan scene, who now runs a legal advice hotline for supporters.Semyonov says authorities are using “a big database” to exclude people accused of taking part in football-related disorder — including Shprygin, whose ID was canceled two hours before a Confederations Cup game — but also some with convictions dating back 20 years for minor offenses like jaywalking or public drunkenness.Most top Russian clubs have so-called “curators” from the security services “who work with the fan organizations” and have warned them off disorder, Semyonov added.Russian police and the Federal Security Service did not respond to requests for comment.Semyonov also suspects that Russian authorities tipped off German police about two Spartak fans who were arrested in February when traveling to a Europa League game. They are being detained in Marseille, reportedly in connection with the 2016 violence.If there’s trouble at the World Cup, people with knowledge of the Russian fan scene said, it could involve visiting hooligans from Poland, Sweden or Croatia, or locals angered by what they see as foreigners’ obnoxious behavior.“My prognosis is that if there are brawls, because football is all about emotions, they will be local and quickly defused. They won’t be on the same scale as Marseille,” Shprygin said, adding the Russian police can deal with violent resistance. “Football fans obviously aren’t opposition protests. Football fans are a bit more active. But the police have been training very hard for this for two years.”Amid the crackdown, the Russian fan scene is increasingly split.FILE – In this file photo taken on Saturday, June 11, 2016, Clashes break out in the stands during the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between England and Russia, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)So-called “ultras” focus on coordinated chants, lighting flares and staging elaborate displays at games, but can defend themselves if needed. The hardcore fighters mostly stick to pre-arranged brawls in forests because of tight stadium surveillance. Some fighters are drifting away from football to mixed martial arts events to make money from their hobby.“The respected guy in the movement” is now an athlete, not a street-fighter, Semyonov said. “Most of (the forest fighters) can’t even name five players from the club they’ve been fighting for,” Shprygin said.The Moscow hooligan lamented the end of hooliganism’s golden era, when battles between rival clubs in Moscow came down to tactics as much as strength.“You have to place young girls around by the entrances to buildings so they sit and wait for your enemies to leave the house and follow them to where they’re meeting,” he said. “You have to put people at different subway stations to find where they’re going to be, where the enemy is gathering, get there first and beat them up. It’s not just a matter of numbers. It’s always a game and back then it was the best.”Hooliganism offers a brotherhood, even for those like the Moscow hooligan, who has a university education and a traditionally middle-class job. A world dominated by football’s brawlers would have a simple, honorable way to solve disputes, he argued.“It always goes by the rule of the fist. If you’re stronger, you’re right,” he said. “If there were more people like that, maybe people wouldn’t be building missiles.”___By JAMES ELLINGWORTH , AP Sports WriterNaira Davlashyan in Moscow and Samuel Petrequin in Paris contributed to this report.FILE – In this file photo taken on Thursday, June 9, 2016, clashes break out in the stands after the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between England and Russia, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)FILE – In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, CSKA Moscow’s fans, most of them without their shirts on, cheer for their team in freezing temperatures, during the Champions League Group B soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at the Arena Khimki stadium in Moscow, Russia. Most top Russian clubs now have so-called “curators” from the security services “who work with the fan organizations” and have warned them off disorder, Oleg Semyonov, formerly a leader of the Spartak Moscow fan scene, said. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, file).FILE – In this Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, a Russian soccer fan of Spartak team burns a flare during a Russian Premier League Championship soccer match between Arsenal Tula and Spartak Moscow in Tula, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Moscow, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. So-called “ultras” focus on coordinated chants, lighting flares and staging elaborate displays at games, but can defend themselves if needed. The hardcore fighters mostly stick to pre-arranged brawls in forests because of tight stadium surveillance. Some fighters are drifting away from football and turning to organized mixed martial arts events which offer a chance to make money from their hobby. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin, file).FILE – In this photo taken on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, Russian soccer fans of Spartak team burn flares during a Russian Premier League Championship soccer match between Arsenal Tula and Spartak Moscow in Tula, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Moscow, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. So-called “ultras” focus on coordinated chants, lighting flares and staging elaborate displays at games, but can defend themselves if needed. The hardcore fighters mostly stick to pre-arranged brawls in forests because of tight stadium surveillance. Some fighters are drifting away from football and turning to organized mixed martial arts events which offer a chance to make money from their hobby. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin, file).In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Moscow, CSKA Moscow’s supporters watch the Champions League Group A soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Basel in Moscow, Russia. Most top Russian clubs now have so-called “curators” from the security services “who work with the fan organizations” and have warned them off disorder, Oleg Semyonov, formerly a leader of the Spartak Moscow fan scene, said. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)In this photo taken on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, police officers check Spartak Moscow’s supporters before the a Russian Premier League Championship soccer match between Spartak Moscow and Tosno in Moscow, Russia. Ahead of the World Cup, Russian authorities are cracking down on the hooligan culture in football. Groups which wreaked havoc two years ago report surveillance and threats from law enforcement. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ex-Louisville’s Coach Rick Pitino is Coming for Panathinaikos

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino is in talks with the basketball club Panathinaikos about its coaching vacancy, a Greek team official said Thursday.The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter.The official said “contacts have been made” and it is “probable” the Hall of Fame coach and Panathinaikos, the reigning Greek champion, will reach an agreement.The 66-year-old Pitino was fired by Louisville a year ago after the school was implicated in a U.S. federal corruption investigation of college basketball.Panathinaikos fired coach Xavi Pascual on Thursday following a fifth loss in seven games in the Euroleague, Europe’s main club competition.Panathinaikos’ players include former Florida standout and Memphis Grizzlies player Nick Calathes, former NBA lottery pick Georgios Papagiannis and former Knicks player Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the older brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.The hiring would mark a stunning turn for Pitino, who was fired by Louisville in October 2017 following the school’s acknowledgment it was involved in the federal inquiry.Pitino was not mentioned in the complaint and has maintained he was not aware of a scheme to pay the family of former Cardinals recruit Brian Bowen to play for Louisville. The immediate fallout from that scandal — soon after a sex scandal that resulted in the program vacating its 2013 NCAA title— ultimately cost him his job after 16 seasons.While Pitino expressed a desire to remain involved in basketball, he said in September he was likely done with coaching despite feeling “physically very young and mentally very young.”“I think my time has passed, I really do,” Pitino told the AP during a tour for his book “Pitino: My Story,” which told his side of the events leading to his ouster.___AP Sports Writer Gary B. Graves in Louisville, Kentucky, contributed to this report.By DEMETRIS NELLAS, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

How to prevent FPGA-based projects from going astray

first_img 2 thoughts on “How to prevent FPGA-based projects from going astray” charlessorensen3 says: aspenlogic says: February 24, 2017 at 6:09 pm During the course of my career, I have been involved with developing a number of FPGA designs for some really interesting projects. Sadly, I have also been involved in rescuing several FPGA designs that have gone badly astray. As I worked on these problem designs, it became apparent that — although the target applications and the members of the development teams were different — the designs shared some common points that doomed them to failure before the first engineer even sat down to write the first line of HDL code.(Source: pixabay.com) With this in mind, I thought I would run through five common issues that I’ve observed as part of rescuing these projects. These issues are as follows:#1: The first concern doesn’t relate only to FPGA-based development, but to engineering in general. The problem is not having a stable requirements baseline when starting. There is always a desire to commence the project while the requirements are still maturing on the basis that progress needs to be demonstrated. However, if we jump in and start developing without fully understanding the requirements, then — all too often — any initial progress turns out to be false, and performing downstream corrections introduces additional delays and costs. What starting too early actually does is to introduce risk into the development, and this risk needs to be mitigated. I appreciate that, depending upon the application at hand, the depth and detail of the requirements can scale. I would expect many more, and more detailed, requirements for a SIL4 system than for a commercial system. However, the long and short of it is that, if the requirements are not agreed and baselined right from the beginning, there will be scope creep. Although the design may have started out with a sensible architecture for the requirements as understood, it will become increasingly complicated when the developers attempt to shoe-horn in new functionality as the baseline matures. Before long, something will break.#2: Having understood the requirements situation, every member of the team needs to understand the plan to develop the FPGA. Therefore, it is a good idea to have a plan defining the approach that will followed from kick-off to delivery, identifying the major steps involved and the engineering review gates that will be applied during the development process. Along with the plan, we also need to document the architecture and the design, identifying each of the major functions, deciding which functions are to be newly developed and which re to leverage third-party IP or re-use existing IP (more on this later). This combined plan, architecture, and design description documentation will allow the engineering team to clearly understand the task at hand. We can also trace all the functions back to the requirement set to ensure that the proposed approach addresses all the high-level requirements.#3: Designing the modules and the overall FPGA will take time; what will take longer, however, is verifying the design, and ensuring that it meets its requirements. This verification needs to encompass not only logical functionally, but also needs to be performed across all possible operating conditions of the device. In turn, this means that it’s necessary to develop a clear verification strategy for the design; it is no longer a case of just writing the code, performing a few simulations, and then throwing the design onto the hardware.#4: At times, we all get so close to things and set in our thinking that it becomes hard to see when we have missed something. This is what engineering design reviews were invented for. By holding these reviews, we can ensure that we are following good engineering practices and complying with internal development standards. Significantly, they also provide the ability for independent engineers to look at the design — its architecture and implementation — to ensure it will provide the required functionality. If we do not review the design as it progresses, we will fail to build in quality and we will increase any downstream integration issues.#5: Thus far, you may have noticed that most of the points I’ve raised are related to process and wider engineering aspects, as opposed to the coding of the design itself. Of course, developing the code is important, but it’s also important to ensure we are leveraging third-party IP and re-using internal IP. Ideally, we should re-use as many existing IP blocks from our library as possible. Where this is not possible, we will — of course — need to develop new modules. In this case, creating these new modules in such a way that they can be re-used in future projects should be foremost in our minds. To help us create these new blocks, we should consider the use of High Level Synthesis (HLS) tools. By allowing us to work at a higher level of abstraction, these tools provide the ability to more easily explore the solution space and reduce risk, development time, and costs.The points presented above are just a few of the things I have noticed while rescuing FPGA designs. I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on projects that went astray. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA “I too have rescued numerous projects in the FPGA logic space. My conclusions are a little different then yours however. I see three problem themes: 1) Reset design is a topic given little up front thought but tends to accumulate insidious, hard to find bu July 28, 2017 at 12:06 pm Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous 2017 Embedded Markets Study results at ESC Boston, but first…Next 8-bit microcontrollers are alive and kicking “I have additionally been included in safeguarding a few FPGA outlines that have gone seriously off track. As I chipped away at these issue plans, it ended up noticeably evident that – in spite of the fact that the objective applications and the individual Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 revealed once again in live images ahead of August 9 launch

first_imgWith just a couple weeks to go before Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note 9, leaks and reports are understandably coming in swiftly. The upcoming flagship has already been rendered in the past giving us a pretty good idea of what it will look like. Now, some new alleged Galaxy Note 9 hands on images have surfaced, which seems to confirm the design yet again. The next flagship from Samsung is expected to look similar to the Galaxy Note 8 with some subtle changes on the back with regards to the placement of the fingerprint sensor.The leaked images spotted on SlashLeaks reveals the Galaxy Note 9 from the front and back. The design keeps in line with recent renders, especially the one posted by tipster Evan Blass last week. The Galaxy Note 9 will sport a tall Infinity Display on the front with narrow bezels and dual curved edges. On the back, the flagship will see a dual camera setup and a fingerprint sensor that will be now be seen below the camera system rather than next to it as on the Galaxy Note 8. This will make it easier for one to reach the sensor on a phone that is going to be pretty tall.The latest set of live images do not give away any other detail. Based on what we know so far, the Galaxy Note 9 will sport a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display and will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset depending on the market. This will be paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The flagship is also tipped to house either a 3,850mAh or 4,000mAh battery to support a big display.advertisementAs for the cameras, the Galaxy Note 9 is rumoured to bring a dual camera configuration similar to the Galaxy S9+. Samsung will also likely bring its Dual Aperture feature that will allow the camera to switch between apertures depending on the lighting condition. There are also chances that Samsung will bring the newly announced ISOCELL Plus technology inside the Galaxy Note 9 cameras.Samsung will host its Unpacked event in Brooklyn, New York on August 9 where the company is not only expected to announce the Galaxy Note 9 but the Galaxy Tab S4, a redesigned S Pen and the Galaxy Watch.last_img read more

Throwback Thursday GIF: Tracy Moore’s best game ever

first_imgMany Tracy Moore GIFs today to commemorate his seminal college game in 2011 against Kansas State at home.He had nine for 146 and the TD you see below. He also had one of his six career tackles.Of course he was upstaged by 81’s 13 for 205 and two.Then they were both upstaged by the earthquake that nearly killed Herbie.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

FC Pune City to get a new coach for ISL?

first_imgIndian Super League ISL 2017: Antonio Habas’ FC Pune City stint set to end prematurely? Last updated 2 years ago 06:45 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Habas Kerala Blasters FC FC Pune City ISL season 3 2016 ISL Indian Super League Pune City The Rajesh Wadhawan co-owned franchise are expected to end their association with coach Antonio Habas ahead of the new season.. In a surprising turn of events, FC Pune City are expected to part ways with their head coach Antonio Habas ahead of the Indian Super League (ISL) season which begins in November, Goal can confirm.The team management were allegedly forced to consider such a move after differences arose between the Spanish coach and the officials regarding a variety of issues. When Goal contacted the Spanish coach, he opted not to divulge the details behind the development while FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel refused to comment on the matter at all.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina FC Pune City have invested heavily in their squad this season, bringing in the likes of 2016 ISL Golden Boot winner Marcelinho, Uruguayan striker Emiliano Alfaro and former Delhi Dynamos midfielder Marcos Tebar. Antonio Habas Mumbai City FC FC Pune City ISL season 3 2016But following the disagreements over Antonio Habas’ demands, the team have opted to change their plans at short notice and are expected to find another coach in a very short time. The 60-year-old coach, who led ATK to the title in the inaugural Indian Super League season in 2014, took charge FC Pune City in 2016 when he couldn’t lead the team to the semifinals. However, it seemed as if the Stallions were gunning for at least a top-four finish, going by their recruitments this season but have seen a spanner thrown in the works with this development. Pointedly, FC Pune City’s last few press releases on new player recruitments have not included any comments from Antonio Habas while their earlier press releases did have quotes from the Spanish coach. In fact, the last few statements from the club have no mention of the coach at all.last_img read more

TGIF Shopping: Hiro Clark Teams With Verve Coffee Roasters For T-Shirt Line

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain With Victor Cruz’s recent collection with 3×1 launching last week, collaboration season is in full swing. Now, feast your eyes on the latest, a new t-shirt collabo, courtesy of Hiro Clark and California’s Verve Coffee Roasters.Related: K-Swiss taps designer Billy Reid for natural sneakers “My morning trip to the beach always requires a shot of caffeine. It’s my daily ritual… and my daily addiction,” explains Hiro Clark founder, Andy Salzer / Founder, Hiro Clark. “Verve is so right for this collab – we both share a surf obsession and a love of small batch – our t-shirts, their coffee.”The first shirt is a long exposure shot of a Santa Cruz beach at first light shot by Colby while the second shirt is a nod to So-Cal listing three of LA’s finest surf beaches.“Santa Cruz meets LA all the way – we’re all about these bohemian beach communities, says Verve co-founder Colby Barr. “Plus, our small batch coffee story totally fits with Hiro Clark’s limited edition tees.”Sweetening the deal, each limited edition Hiro Clark t-shirt is packaged in an engraved Stanley thermos & includes a 12 oz bag of Verve’s classic Streetlevel coffee.The limited-edition t-shirts ($128) are available at HiroClark.com and at Verve’s 3rd Street location in LA. Bundle Up Right Now With the Best Sweaters for Men What to Wear for Labor Day and the Unofficial End of Summer 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall last_img read more

Gregory Park Primary School Rehabilitated

first_imgRehabilitation works have been completed at the Gregory Park Primary School in Portmore, St. Catherine,  by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), at a cost of just under $40 million. This was done under  Phase Two of the European Union (EU)-funded Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP II). Works undertaken included the construction of a 100-metre block wall, and drainage system; replacement of damaged windows and doors; painting of the buildings; replacement of ply door partitions; replacement and installation of new lighting fixtures; installation of aluminum windows and new solid core doors; and paving of the driveway. The project lasted for  four months, and the symbolical  handing over took place  today (November 21), at a ceremony  held at the school. General Manager for Human Resources, Administration and Communications at the JSIF, Rhonda Lumsden Lue, said the cost to the Fund was approximately $29 million with a contribution of some $10 million made by the residents of Gregory Park and its environs. Their input, she informed, primarily entailed provisions for aspects of the civil works – electricity, discounted labour, among others. “We are pleased to witness the conclusion of this project in Gregory Park. One recent study by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CapRI) suggests that more resources need to be poured into primary education, and that an educated population is one of the few areas of comparative advantage which this island can develop,” she  said. “At the JSIF, one-third of all investments, since our inception, has been made in education, incorporating infrastructure, upgrades, expansion of schools,  ranging from basic to high schools, and the provisions of skills training,” the General Manager added. Meanwhile, Head of Operation for the EU Delegation in Jamaica, Jesus Orus Baguena,  underscored the importance of investing  in Jamaica’s education sector.   “The EU support to education (in Jamaica) is complementary to the work going on at the Government level and elsewhere to improve school facilities and to improve the standards of education in the country. Education unlocks the door that leads to opportunities for children to improve their lives and to have a better Jamaica. So, supporting the schools is an investment in Jamaica’s future,” Mr. Baguena said. Senior Advisor to the Education Minister, Radley Reid, conveyed gratitude on the Ministry’s behalf for the work undertaken and the support which  the EU and JSIF have been extending to schools islandwide. In welcoming their inputs to the rehabilitation of Gregory Park Primary School, Mr. Reid said that  without their intervention, that undertaking “would be a challenge.” “The partnership approach is very important in the realisation of projects, such as this one  at Gregory Park. Communities which contribute to the provision of physical structures, such as schools, will appreciate the facilities and protect them from vandalism,” he argued. For his part, State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and Member of Parliament for the area (East Central St. Catherine),  Hon. Arnaldo Brown,  noted that the rehabilitation project was the first such undertaken by JSIF in the newly created constituency. “We are very grateful for this investment in the school. The investment is not in the walls or the classrooms, but it is in the children and the future of Jamaica,”  Mr. Brown said. In his remarks, Portmore’s Mayor, George Lee, said the intervention will greatly assist in creating a safe and conducive environment for teaching and learning. Principal of Gregory Park Primary, Ivy Jarrett, said the institution’s rehabilitation will “significantly impact” the school community. “It also marks the cementing of a very special friendship between ourselves and the JSIF team,” she added. The undertaking was a sub-project of the PRP II, which is funded jointly by the EU, under its Ninth European Development Fund Programme, and the Government of Jamaica. JSIF is the implementing agency for the PRP II. Gregory Park Primary School is the 19th such institution to benefit under the programme since this phase started in 2009. This timely intervention  is expected to make the environment more conducive for teaching and learning for the approximately 854 enrolled students and 36 members of staff.last_img read more

Support for Youth Conservation Corps Means Green Jobs Career Development for Summer

first_imgInspiring positive environmental change and making a difference in her community motivated Candace Nickerson to join the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps. The 22-year-old from Guysborough County is attending the conservation corps Aboriginal Leadership Program training camp at Mount Saint Vincent University, from May 18 to 20. “The program allows me to gain invaluable experience and knowledge in environmental work and to form important connections, all of which can help me reach my long-term career goals,” Ms. Nickerson said. In Budget 2016-2017 the province is providing $100,000 to the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps, run by the Clean Foundation. As many as 66 summer students will take part in 40 projects, such as stream restoration, land and wildlife protection, ecology education and solid waste and clean tech projects. The training and work helps prepare students through career exposure, skills building, and mentorships. “I am proud to support the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps,” said Environment Minister Margaret Miller. “We want to encourage students to take advantage of the green economy and to help lead it. “I thank Clean Foundation and the many partners across the province who are part of this game-changing program.” There are 32 community partners involved in the program, including the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, the Mi’kmaq Environmental Learning Centre, the Cheticamp River Salmon Association, the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaq Nation, Potlotek First Nation, Town of Bridgewater, Clean Foundation, Hope for Wildlife, Waycobah First Nation, and Glooscap First Nation. “The Aboriginal Leadership Program is great for preparing students through industry exposure, skill development, and mentorships,” said program coordinator Morgan Book. “These are essential tools that will help them succeed in the green economy and become ecological leaders in the future.” Workshops focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, occupational health and safety, environmental stewardship and learning about industries and networking. Christian Francis, from Pictou Landing First Nation, 29, is working with the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group. “I really enjoy doing good work for the environment and being involved with youth from around the province,” Mr. Francis said. “I hope to inspire others to get involved as it seems like one of the best ways to make positive change.” “Support from the province allows us to continue to provide hands-on experiences and skills development to students so that they get an understanding of what is needed to innovate for a sustainable future,” says Scott Skinner, executive director at Clean Foundation.last_img read more

MPs to debate Liberal Indian Act motion calling for 2 year engagement

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Federal MPs are set to debate a Liberal party motion Monday calling on the House of Commons to initiate a two year process to explore replacement of the Indian Act with new, nation-to-nation agreements between Canada and First Nations based on the inherent and treaty rights of First Nations.The debate on the motion, introduced by interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, comes on the heels of Thursday’s debate on a Conservative MP’s private members bill to repeal and replace sections of the Indian Act which has the full backing of the Harper government.Rae’s motion, however, proposes a different process for dealing with the Indian Act. The motion calls on the government to initiate direct engagement with First Nations within three months of the motions passing. The engagement would be “on a nation-to-nation basis,” says the motion.“The Indian Act is the embodiment of failed colonial and paternalistic policies which have denied First Nations their rights, fair share in resources; fostered mistrust and created systemic barriers to the self determination and success of First Nations,” says the motion.The motion calls for a new agreement to replace the Indian Act based on “the constitutional, treaty and inherent rights of all First Nations” and “the historical and fiduciary responsibilities of the Crown to First Nations.” The motion says the new agreement would also follow the standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, “including the principle of free, prior and informed consent.”The motion sets a two year process that would produce “a series of concrete deliverables for the government to act upon.”The Conservative government, however, unveiled its plan Thursday to unravel and eventually replace the Indian Act beginning with Saskatchewan MP Rob Clarke’s private members bill.The proposed Bill C-428, the Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act, tabled by Clarke, a former RCMP officer and Muskeg Lake First Nation member, would strike down several sections of the Indian Act including those dealing with residential schools, wills and estates and band bylaws.The Conservative’s “path” to eventually replace the Indian Act was revealed in Clarke’s speech delivered during first debate on the bill Thursday evening. The path was dubbed by the acronym “ARRC,” which stands for amend, repeal, replace and consult.last_img read more

Decision day in Alberta Voters head to polls in provincial election

first_imgEDMONTON A.B. – Voters are heading to the polls in the Alberta election today and advance turnouts suggest it could be busy at the ballot boxes.Almost 700,000 people voted early in malls, airports, recreation centres, public buildings and even an Ikea store. That was well ahead of the 235,000 who came out early in the 2015 election that saw Rachel Notley’s NDP deliver a surprise knockout blow to the 44-year run of the Progressive Conservatives.This time around, the Progressive Conservatives are no more. On the political fringes are the Alberta Party and the Liberals, each of which elected one candidate to the legislature in 2015.The Alberta Party, led by former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel, is running a full slate of candidates. It’s promising to be the safe centrist middle ground by combining the economic conservatism of the UCP with the social progressivism of the NDP.The Liberals, led by lawyer David Khan, are running on a similar platform with one significant exception, a provincial sales tax.History will be made no matter what.Notley will either be the first Alberta NDP premier to win re-election or the first leader in the province to fail to win a renewed mandate on the first try.Since its creation in 1905, Alberta has elected multi-term dynasties: the Liberals (1905-1921), the United Farmers of Alberta (1921-1935), the Social Credit (1935-1971) and the Progressive Conservatives from 1971 to 2015. The PCs merged with another right-centre party, the Wildrose, to create the new United Conservatives under former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney.The four-week campaign focused on personal attacks and on Alberta’s fragile economy, which has been struggling for several years with sluggish oil prices and unemployment levels above seven per cent in Calgary and Edmonton.Kenney has argued that Notley’s government has made a bad situation worse with higher taxes, more regulations and increases in minimum wage.Notley, in turn, has said Kenney’s plan to freeze spending and pursue more private-care options in health care will have a profound impact on students in the classroom and on patients waiting for care.The campaign also featured Alberta’s relationship with Ottawa, specifically Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Notley said her success working with Trudeau or picking her fights with him as necessary is what led to progress on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the B.C. coast. She expects construction to begin this year.center_img She said Kenney’s promise to challenge Trudeau in court on everything from the federal carbon tax to proposed energy industry rule changes is cynical, self-defeating shadow-boxing given the collaborative realities of political decision-making.Kenney has campaigned on the “Trudeau-Notley alliance” that he says has turned Alberta into a doormat for Trudeau and other oil industry foes with no more than a faint and as yet unrealized promise of one pipeline expansion to the coast.Notley has also tried to make Kenney’s character an issue. A number of his candidates have either quit or apologized for past comments that were anti-LGBTQ, anti-Islamic or sympathetic to white nationalism.Kenney has called the attacks a “fear-and-smear” red herring to distract from the NDP’s economic track record of multibillion-dollar budget deficits and soaring debt.last_img read more

Have come to Kerala to send a message that India is one

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid the opposition of the Left parties, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is fighting the Lok Sabha elections from his traditional bastion Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday filed nomination from Wayanad — a Congress stronghold in South India.Gandhi, accompanied by his sister Priyanka Gandhi and senior Congress leaders KC Venugopal and Mukul Wasnik, submitted the papers before district collector AR Ajayakumar at Wayanad district headquarters. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Justifying his move to contest from a southern state, the Congress president said that he was fighting the polls from down south to send a message that India was one. “I have come to Kerala to send a message that India is one. South, north, east, west, centre… all are one… There is an assault taking place across the country by the RSS and BJP. I just want to send a message and I will stand from south India and north India. My aim was to give a message,” Gandhi said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”There is a feeling in south India that the way the Narendra Modi government is functioning, their (south) culture, language, history all are being attacked. So I wanted to give a message that I will fight from north and south,” the Congress chief said in response to Union Minister Smriti Irani’s allegations that his decision to fight from Wayanad was an insult to the people of Amethi. In reply to the ongoing tussle between CPM and Congress over him contesting from Wayanad, Rahul said, “I wouldn’t say any word against CPI(M). If they are saying, let them say.” “The CPI(M) and Congress have been locked in a fight in Kerala. This will go on. I understand that the CPI(M) has to fight me. But I am not going to say a word against them,” he said. Priyanka Gandhi took to Tweeter to appeal to the people of Wayanad to take care of her brother and assured that he would not let him down. “My brother, my truest friend, and by far the most courageous man I know. Take care of him Wayanad, he won’t let you down,” she tweeted after the roadshow. Party workers shouted that they would ensure a thumping victory for Gandhi. “We all are excited. All sections of people gathered here to greet our prime ministerial candidate. We will ensure a thumping victory for Rahul ji from the soil of Pazhassi Raja,” said Ashraf, a UDF worker, who came from Vandoor assembly constituency. Hundreds of workers of the Congress-led UDF assembled outside the district collectorate in Wayanad, a scenic hill area in the Western Ghats of Kerala, as Gandhi filed the nomination. Braving the scorching heat, thousands of party workers, including men, women and youth gathered in Kalpetta town and its suburbs to see the Congress’ prime ministerial candidate, who landed here to file his nomination from the constituency which has the presence of various ethnic tribal groups. After completing the nomination procedures at the collectorate, Rahul Gandhi along with Priyanka Gandhi and senior leaders of the Congress-led UDF in Kerala undertook a roadshow to greet the voters of this constituency. Attacking Modi on the issue of corruption, the Congress leader said, “The country had faith in the prime minister when he said he would be the Chowkidar. But the Chowkidar himself has given Anil Ambani Rs 30,000 crore of Air Force money.” “He (Modi) has stolen money and given it to Anil Ambani who has no experience. Anil Ambani is in Rs 45,000 crore debt,” Gandhi alleged, once again attacking the NDA government over the Rafale deal.last_img read more

StartUp Africa Summit The Largest Gathering of African startups

New York – “StartUp Maroc” will present the first “StartUp Africa Summit” on January 21-23, 2016, in Casablanca.The event will bring together entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, coaches, and other key players from a diverse array of primarily African startups over three days at Technopark and the Performing Arts Studio in Casablanca.During the first two days of the Summit on January 21 and 22, selected African startups will benefit from one on one, intensive mentoring and coaching sessions and workshops taught by national and international mentors, as well as have the opportunity to network with African and international investors and other entrepreneurs. The main event will occur on January 23 and will feature conferences and round tables led by entrepreneurs and well-known African and international investors, and a full day program led by national and international speakers. The day will highlight success stories from Moroccan and African Diaspora startups operating in America, Europe, and Asia.The summit will close with a finale featuring the pan-African international competition “GET IN THE RING.”“GET IN THE RING” is new contest for startups. Entrepreneurs compete in a boxing ring, through verbal debate only and no other supporting resources, to convince the jury of the merit of their business models and financial offers.Around 20 entrepreneurs from ten African countries will participate in the competition. The two African startup winners of the pan-African finale will represent Africa at the world competition of “GET IN THE RING” scheduled for March 2016, during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Colombia.The “StartUp Africa Summit” was created by “StartUp Maroc,” with the sponsorship of Morocco’s Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy in partnership with the Ministry in Charge of Moroccans Living Abroad, Migration Affairs, and the new OCP Entrepreneurship Network.The summit’s goal is to become an annual international event for the African startup scene, to encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas, development of issues, while providing a forum that is ideal for networking among entrepreneurs, investors, and potential partners.The “StartUp Africa Summit” aims to bring together the African startup ecosystem, accelerate the creation of new startups, as well as showcase new startups to investors and partners worldwide.“StartUp Maroc” is a non-profit organization whose objective is to contribute to the creation of a favorable entrepreneurial ecosystem for innovative startups supported by new generations.Its main mission is to support and connect entrepreneurs with the resources required to develop and showcase them at a national and international level through competitions and accelerated programs in partnership with renowned international and Moroccan organizations.Registration and entrance to “StartUp Africa Summit” on January 23 is free. For access and a list of speakers and full event schedule visit its official website at: www.startupafricasummit.orgFor more information, visit:www.startupmaroc.orgwww.startupmarocchampionship.com read more

UN chief and President discuss reconciliation process

The President briefed the visiting UN Secretary General about the steps taken by the Government with regard to constitutional reforms, devolution and structural reforms. He explained the steps taken by the Government for resettlement and rehabilitation, release of land to the original owners and livelihood development. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks with President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House in Colombo today.The two leaders discussed about the ongoing development programmes, the progress of the programmes being implemented to strengthen reconciliation and the process of constitutional reforms. President Sirisena said that he is looking forward to attend the UN General assembly later this month to use the international forum for furthering Sri Lanka’s global interaction. Ban Ki-moon expressed appreciation over the progress made by Sri Lanka in different spheres over the last one and half years and assured continuous assistance and support from the United Nations Organization for the efforts of the government.He said that during his visit to Galle today he could witness the progress achieved in various fields. He added that he held a dialogue with the people, especially the youth and expressed his satisfaction of the free and friendly atmosphere. Meanwhile Ban Ki-moon urged Sri Lankan youth to appreciate diversity in unity. Ban Ki-moon together with his wife, Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek, visited Galle to attend an event titled ‘Reconciliation and Coexistence: Role of Youth’, organized by the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) – Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR), and the United Nations in Sri Lanka.Speaking here the UN Secretary General urged the youth to work together with young people from different neighbourhoods, ethnic groups or religions. He also urged then to share their vision for a sustainable and peaceful future for this country and for our planet. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN fund gives 53 million to assist displaced persons in Myanmar

The funds will enable five UN agencies and their humanitarian partners to carry out activities in health, nutrition, shelter, water and sanitation, and food. “Thanks to CERF’s immediate funding, humanitarian agencies are able to respond in a decisive manner to provide urgent life-saving aid such as emergency shelter, clean drinking water, food and healthcare,” said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Ashok Nigam. The north of Rakhine state has been the site of inter-communal violence over recent months. The violence first began in June, with clashes between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, which eventually led the Government to declare a state of emergency there. That bout of violence reportedly left at least a dozen civilians dead and hundreds of homes destroyed, while internally displacing some 75,000 people. Since then, at least 89 people have been killed and 36,000 displaced in the wake of a renewed upsurge in violence, beginning in late September, which also left more than 5,300 houses and religious buildings destroyed, according to UN estimates. The World Food Programme (WFP) said $2 million in CERF funds enabled the agency to rapidly step up its operations with emergency food assistance to all 36,000 newly displaced people. “We were already distributing food at the time of the October needs assessments in Rakhine. Our food stocks were heavily depleted from distributing since the June communal violence,” said WFP spokesperson Marcus Prior. “The CERF was used immediately to address the new growing needs.” CERF has now allocated more than $10 million to the humanitarian situation in Rakhine this year, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a news release. An initial OCHA response plan had originally sought $32.5 million to provide assistance in Rakhine during the period of July-December 2012. However, the plan was revised by OCHA last week to $67.6 million to assist 115,000 displaced people over the period of July 2012-June 2013. So far, it has received only $27 million. CERF was created in 2005 to pre-position funding to respond in a timely fashion to humanitarian crises. Globally, the fund has enabled life-saving and immediate help for millions of people in some 87 countries with $2.7 billion in aid. It is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, non-governmental organizations, regional governments, the private sector and individual donors. read more

Time for Queensland communities to stand up for their resources industry

first_imgThe head of the peak industry body for Queensland’s minerals and energy sector has called for help combat the activist campaign that is determined to destroy the coal and gas industries.” Addressing a Townsville Enterprise business breakfast this week, QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said the activists’ successes in disrupting and delaying projects are coming hard and fast and it is time for everyone to step forward and lend a hand or Australia may as well close its doors to new business.“The activists’ campaign to disrupt and delay new projects is real, and so we need help from everyone with skin in the game to combat the campaign against the coal and gas industries,” Roche said. “It’s not just resource companies that have much to lose – everyone from the local communities, local businesses to the government coffers, have something to lose if the activists are allowed to continue to hold projects to ransom.“Communities like Townsville with unemployment of 8.7% (and nearly 20% youth unemployment) have to stand up and say to governments, state and federal, that enough is enough.”Roche welcomed Federal Attorney-General George Brandis’ warning that legal loopholes were providing a ‘red carpet for vigilante litigation’ and should be at the top of the list for parliament.“Industry congratulates Mr Brandis for speaking out, especially for his Queensland constituents, but we need to remember it’s not just about fixing a loophole in federal legislation, it’s about both state and federal governments showing they genuinely support the resources industry and the jobs the sector can deliver,” Roche said.“The laws are there to protect the environment and project approvals in Australia operate under ecological sustainable development rules, so it’s up to governments to properly balance the best environmental, social and economic outcomes. The legal loopholes that currently exist are being used to neuter the economic and social considerations.”Roche said many ordinary citizens were genuinely shocked last week when they learned that activists had capitalised on a simple legal loophole to halt the A$16 billion Carmichael coal project.“In response to the announcement last week, QRC began a petition (available on www.qrc.org.au) to call on the support of all of those who support our industry,” Roche explained. “Many hundreds of comments have flooded in from across Australia in support of the resources industry, calling for decisive action from our governments.”Roche said it was no longer good enough for those relying on the industry to ignore the growing threat and “it was time for all to stand shoulder to shoulder to defend an industry that supports and provides the modern fabric of our everyday lives.”Roche has also said the QRC welcomes the federal government’s willingness to expose and stand-up to the wrecking tactics of the anti-resources activists in parliament. “It is important that a spotlight is shone onto the current flaws in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act and consideration is given to correcting those flaws.“The current flaws enable activists to repeatedly launch vexatious litigation against industry projects, thus carrying out their strategy as identified in the activist handbook, Stopping the Australian Coal Export Boom.“We applaud the government’s move to close legal loopholes that are being abused to hold up multibillion dollar projects and call on bipartisan support for closing those loopholes.”last_img read more