Vote to repeal 8th Amendment putting pressure on NI to follow

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Vote to repeal 8th Amendment putting pressure on NI to follow Twitter Facebook Google+ Ireland’s vote to relax abortion laws is putting pressure on Theresa May to make similar moves in the North.Some MPs in her own Cabinet have welcomed the result.Terminations are only allowed in Northern Ireland when there’s a risk to the life or mental health of the mother.However, Arlene Foster says the result of the referendum on appeal has no impact on law in Northern Ireland.The DUP leader says her party is pro-life and while they obviously note the result – legislation governing abortion in the north is for the Northern Ireland Assembly to decide.In a statement this afternoon, she says abortion is an extremely sensitive issue and not one that should have people taking to the streets in celebration.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty thinks political parties need to act:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, Orla O’Connor, co-director of ‘Together for Yes’ says women across the border also need support:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 By News Highland – May 27, 2018 Previous articleCricket: North West Senior Cup Round 2 DrawNext articleDominant performance by Donegal U20s in Ulster Championship win over Cavan News Highland Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Harps come back to win in Waterford Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterestlast_img read more

Steinberg Now Shipping the UR24C Audio Interface

first_imgSteinberg today announced its shipping the UR24C. As with each UR-C interface, the UR24C provides USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1 SuperSpeed) connectivity to ensure universal compatibility with both PCs and Mac computers, as well as iOS devices. It features 32-bit/192 kHz audio resolution, MIDI and delivers DSP power for using effects when monitoring audio without latency. Alongside the dspMixFx mixer that accesses the DSP effects — REV-X reverb, Channel Strip and Guitar Amp Classics — the UR24C comes with a comprehensive software bundle: the Cubase AI music production software, the Basic FX Suite consisting of effects and sound processing tools, native versions of the DSP effects (both VST 3 and AU compatible) and the Cubasis LE music production app for the iPad.The UR24C features two balanced Neutrik combo inputs, high-grade D-PRE microphone preamps, two TRS main outputs, four RCA line outputs, and MIDI in and out. Its specialty lies in the switchable monitor modes for headphones: DAW mode is used for producing music with a DAW, such as Cubase or Nuendo, where the signal from output 1 or output 2 is chosen as the headphone source while allowing the user to adjust the balance of the signals from the DAW and from the UR24C’s inputs; DJ mode is expected to be used for performances with DJ software and backing tracks where the signal is split so the mono master sound is output to the right side of the headphones and the mono cue sound to the left, also letting the user adjust the balance of both signals.The UR24C audio interface is $319 and here are all the specs.last_img read more

The Bahamas Elected to United Nations Human Rights Council

first_imgThe Bahamas was elected by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on 12 October, 2018, to serve on the Human Rights Council (HRC), The Bahamas Information Service (BIS) has reported. The Bahamas will serve a three-year term on the HRC, commencing 1 January, 2019, along with the other countries that were elected. The BIS has reported that this is the first time a CARICOM Member State has attained a seat on the Council. Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture The HRC was created by the UNGA in 2006, replacing the former UN Human Rights Commission, and is the UN organ responsible for promoting and protecting human rights worldwide. Also elected from the Latin American and Caribbean Group were Argentina and Uruguay. Fiji, a fellow member with The Bahamas in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), was also successful. The other countries elected on 12 October were Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eritrea, India, Italy, Philippines, Somalia, and Togo. The Bahamas, Bahrain, and Fiji are the only Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the 2019-2021 cohort and, of these, The Bahamas and Fiji will be first-time members. During its term on the Council, The Bahamas has pledged to ensure that the interests of CARICOM States, SIDS, and the other Small States are well served, as well as to draw greater attention to the nexus between human rights and issues such as climate change and sustainable development. The Bahamas will continue to underscore the importance of technical assistance and support for capacity building in the promotion and protection of human rights. The HRC membership comprises 47 elected Member States, on the basis of equitable geographical distribution as follows: the African States, 13 seats; the Asia-Pacific States, 13 seats; Eastern European States, 6 seats; Latin American and Caribbean States, 8 seats; and Western European and other States, 7 seats. (Adapted from The Bahamas Information Service Press Release) Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 1, 2020 UWI Vice Chancellor Says Caribbean in Need of Special,… UNGA – Statement by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis of The BahamasMadam President, Excellences, I congratulate you Madam President on your election to the Presidency of this 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. 1 wish to assure you and members of the Bureau of the support of my Delegation. I commend Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who continues to guide…September 28, 2018In “Indepth”Grenada PM appointed President of SIDS DOCK AssemblySmall islands elect a ‘dynamic duo’ from Grenada Dr. The Right Hon. Keith C. Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, was appointed President of the fourth SIDS DOCK Assembly. The appointment was made on 29 September, 2018, during the organisation’s fourth session held at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, on the margins…October 19, 2018In “General”UN Summit on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)By Elizabeth Morgan “SIDS are a special case for sustainable development. They require concerted long-term attention and investment of the entire international community.” UN SG The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ended its week of summits at the start of its 74th Session with one dedicated to the specific sustainable…October 4, 2019In “Jamaica”Share this on WhatsApp CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… center_img Oct 15, 2020 You may be interested in… Oct 7, 2020 Sep 11, 2020 On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… last_img read more

Everton and Newcastle United interested in Real Valladolid ‘revelation’ – €12m…

first_imgSaturday’s edition of ABC Sevilla reported interest from Sevilla in Mohammed Salisu. The 20 year old central defender has been impressing with Real Valladolid, breaking through this season having joined the club in 2017.Sevilla being linked has led to further reports in the Spanish media, and Pucela Fichajes, who specialise in Valladolid transfers, claim there’s also interest from Everton, Newcastle United and Schalke.Those three clubs have joined Sevilla in watching the young defender this season, and he’s described as a ‘revelation’ due to his performances.Salisu has a €12m buyout clause in his contract, with Pucela insisting Valladolid have no intention of negotiating that figure down. Should Everton and Newcastle interest be genuine, the figure probably isn’t one which would cause too many problems for them.Embed from Getty ImagesIt’s the Sevilla interest which would be the most worrying for the Premier League clubs, with moving upwards in La Liga likely a big temptation.Real Valladolid haven’t ruled out an extension, which would almost certainly see an increase in the Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndolast_img read more

Chaps season comes to an end

first_imgBy Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Chaparrals have ended their amateur baseball season. The Chaps lost their second-round playoff game Aug.11 in Altoona, losing to the Osseo Merchants 6-0, in the regional championship round of the Wisconsin Baseball Association postseason held at Cinder City Park.The Chaparrals advanced to the regional final by defeating Spring Valley 5-4 on Aug. 10, also in Altoona.Bobby Pilz was the winning pitcher in that contest. He picked up the win in three-and-one-third innings of relief, after starter Connor Jasurda let the lead slip away in the sixth inning.After three scoreless innings to start the game, Marshfield scored in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Luke Wirtz. The Hawks grabbed a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning before the Chaps scored four runs in the seventh. Marshfield allowed two runs in the eighth inning, but held on for the win.Nate McDonald was the offensive star of the game for Marshfield, with three singles, a home run, and two runs batted in.The Chaparrals end their season with an overall record of 11-10. The playoff games were the last for player/manager Justin Rayburn, who is leaving the Marshfield program to start a Dairyland League team in his native Pittsville next summer. Current Chaparral Sam Schwanebeck, also a Pittsville native, is joining Rayburn in starting the Pittsville club.last_img read more

British American Tobacco heads for JSE

first_img12 August 2008Swiss-based luxury goods firm Compagnie Financiere Richemont and local investment firm Remgro have announced plans to dispose of the majority of their holdings in British American Tobacco (BAT), which will see the multinational tobacco company gain a secondary listing on the JSE.According to a statement by BAT issued last week, Richemont and Remgro presently hold 19.4% and 10.7% of issued shares in BAT respectively, in both cases through Luxembourg-based company called R&R Holdings.As per the restructuring announced by the two groups, both controlled by South African billionaire industrialist Johan Rupert, 90% of their combined shareholding – or around 27% of the issued share capital of BAT – will be distributed directly to Richemont’s and Remgro’s shareholders.The remaining 10% of the combined shareholding, or around three percent of BAT, will be retained by the two companies and then transferred to Reinet Investments, an investment company that will soon be listed in both Luxembourg and South Africa.“The board welcomes these proposals, which should result in the group having a more widely distributed shareholding and a broader range of both institutional and private shareholders,” BAT chairman Jan du Plessis said in the statement.The distributions will be followed by a rights issue by Reinet, which can be subscribed to by using British American Tobacco shares, which is expected to take place in early November and with the Reinet rights issue likely to be complete by the middle of December.“Based on information provided by Richemont and Remgro in their announcements, British American Tobacco believes that, following completion of the distributions and the rights issue, the residual Reinet shareholding in British American Tobacco is likely to be less than 10%,” the statement said.Secondary JSE listingAccording to the statement, BAT had earlier agreed to a request from the two shareholders to obtain a secondary listing on the JSE, and was now taking the necessary steps to facilitate the listing, including seeking the approval of the JSE.BAT expects the listing to take place around the end of October this year, subject to Richemont and Remgro receiving the necessary approvals for their proposed restructuring.Once listed, BAT, which has a market capitalisation of around R560-billion, will be among the three largest companies on the JSE, vying for the top spot with global miners like BHP Billiton and Anglo American.“R&R have been highly committed and supportive shareholders since the merger of British American Tobacco and Rothmans International in 1999 and these proposals resolve the potential uncertainty over the long-term ownership of their shares,” Du Plessis said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Business booming for India and South Africa

first_imgThe Kiepersol colliery is one of the manysuccessful South Africa-India businessventures.(Image: Jindal Africa) The vast scale of the Richards Bay coalterminal is still not big enough to holdthe coal supplies needed by India.(Image: Richards Bay Coal Terminal) Trade and Industry minister Rob Davies,left, Indian president Pratibha Patil, andSouth African president Jacob Zuma, right,address the India-South Africa BusinessForum.(Image: The Presidency)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sidwell MedupeChief director, media and communicationsDepartment of Trade and Industry+27 12 394 1650 or +27 79 492 1774Janine ErasmusSouth Africa and India have much to offer each other – this is the view of industry professionals and government representatives, who came together at the India-South Africa Business Forum, held in Pretoria as part of the visit to South Africa in May by Indian President Pratibha Patil.President Jacob Zuma addressed the media after his first meeting with Patil, saying that South Africa has “once again extended an invitation to Indian business to invest in our infrastructure development programme, in which we are to invest more than R800-billion (US$103-billion) until 2014”.Of this amount, R300-billion ($39-billion) will go towards energy and R260-billion ($34-billion) towards transport.At a workshop held during the forum to discuss possibilities in mining and energy, Mbuso Dlamini, executive chairman of infrastructure development company Palace Group, said that with the country’s shift towards green energy, opportunities have opened up.South Africa currently has an energy generation capacity of about 43GW, he said, of which more than 80% comes from coal. Under the Integrated Energy Plan, which will balance the country’s needs with its greenhouse gas emissions, that capacity will expand to 80GW by 2020, with 14GW drawn from renewable sources.“This is a big task,” said Dlamini, “and we’ll need partners to help us. India’s production is a massive 180GW, and more is planned, so that country has the experience and expertise we need.”He mentioned that South Africa will be focusing on solar, wind and biogas energy sources, but will have to rely mainly on its coal resources for the foreseeable future. The country has a low potential for hydroelectric power generation.“We will have to refurbish existing infrastructure, which will create yet more opportunities,” said Dlamini. “The president has indicated that billions are to be pumped into infrastructure, and that includes substations and similar structures.”He said that independent power producers will also have an important role to play, especially once the Independent Systems and Market Operator (ISMO) comes into operation.This proposed state-owned entity will buy electricity from generators and sell it to customers on a wholesale level, independently of national power utility Eskom. The body will also operate the integrated power transmission system.The establishment of the ISMO will help to relieve some of the financial and logistical pressure on Eskom, and will open up the energy generation market to independent producers.One of the envisaged ISMO’s key functions will be to maintain a balance between supply and demand of electricity, and it will also be involved in concluding electricity import and export agreements.The ISMO Bill, which provides for the establishment of the body, was tabled in Parliament in March 2012.Dlamini said that although the Western Cape currently relies heavily on the Koeberg nuclear power station, plans are in place to install infrastructure that will allow the region to receive power from the rest of the country, should the Koeberg facility go offline.“We want to take the power to every user,” said Dlamini, “all the way from the Waterberg (in Limpopo, and site of much of South Africa’s coal reserves) down to Cape Town. We need to connect people to the national grid, and we all know that if more people pay for electricity, the price will come down.”For this, he estimated, a spend of R300- to R500-billion ($39- to $64-billion) is needed.Distribution is managed by municipalities but, said Dlamini, despite a number of starts and stops the arrival of regional electricity distributors, or Reds, is not far off. Six Reds are in the planning, and they will combine Eskom’s distribution function with that of South Africa’s 187 municipalities. Certain functions, such as the ability to disconnect non-paying customers, will remain with the municipalities.This move is expected to address and resolve issues such as the highly fragmented structure of the industry, the wide disparities in electricity tariffs, and the uneven spread of electrification across the country.Opportunities for coal exportJitin Bhatia, the director of business development at INSA Coal Holdings, described his company’s operations in South Africa.INSA, a South Africa-India partnership, was formed out of an equal partnership with India’s Action Group – one of the country’s most diversified business conglomerates – and the South African Sephaku Holdings. The latter company was subsequently unbundled with its subsidiary Incubex Minerals taking over as the other 50% shareholder of INSA.The company was set up with a view to identifying, obtaining and developing coal projects in South Africa. Its active prospecting operations, based mainly in Mpumalanga province, started in February 2010.Although it considered other options including Indonesia and Australia, the Action Group chose South Africa as its business destination, said Bhatia, for a number of reasons.“The financial institutions here are very strong,” he said, “and several of them have operations elsewhere on the African continent, which opens up other opportunities. The stock exchange in Johannesburg is also outstanding.”He named political stability; a strong human resource pool, especially in technical and production capabilities; the country’s strong mining reputation and expertise; its relatively low population density; and its wealth of mineral resources as other contributing factors.“We now have 22 coal blocks,” he said, “and these are not connected to Eskom in any way, so we’re not taking their coal.” A coal block is an area for which a company has received a mining license to extract the resource.Bhatia said that the ease with which the Action Group was able to set up shop in South Africa has led to requests for partnerships from Indian public sector companies.“There are immense opportunities for exporting,” he said. “In 2011 South Africa’s coal exports out of the Richards Bay coal terminal were 65-million tons, and India’s shortfall for coal was 140-million tons. So we can take all your exports, and more, of any grade.”Bhatia stressed that there were also opportunities for South African companies in India, especially in highly specialised operations such as shaft sinking.Great opportunitiesChemical engineer Tony Zebert, a South African working for Jindal Africa, said his wife thought he was crazy when he resigned from his secure job at fuel producer Sasol to join the local branch of one of India’s biggest companies.But, said Zebert, the Jindal Africa country head in South Africa, he was convinced that there were great opportunities ahead, and he hasn’t been disappointed.“My goal is to help make the two economies into one of the world’s powerful groupings,” he said, “as I believe they can be.”Jindal Africa is a part of Indian multinational giant Jindal Steel and Power Limited, a leading force globally in the steel, power, mining, coal to liquid, oil and gas, and infrastructure sectors.Jindal owns the Kiepersol thermal coal mine in Mpumalanga, from which it obtains metallurgical grade anthracite coal. The deal, concluded in 2009, marked the first completed purchase of a coal mine in South Africa by an Indian entity.Since then, Jindal has announced that it plans to invest $300-million ($39-million) to develop new and existing mines in Africa.“We’re here to stay,” said Zebert, “and we’re even building our own office block on William Nicol Drive.” This road runs through the business district of Sandton, north of Johannesburg, and is popular as a location for corporate headquarters because of its accessibility to Sandton and nearby freeways.Jindal mines the coal and sends it to India for further processing.“There are more opportunities like this,” said Zebert. “In Mpumalanga there are huge dumps of discarded, low grade coal. We just need a way to get it out of there, because India will use it.”Steel and power are the foundations of any economy, said Zebert, and Jindal is planning to play a role in both those industries.“We aim to build our first power plant in Botswana, and I would dearly like to build a steel mill in South Africa.”He added that the company is looking at mining coal in Mozambique.“This has the potential to supersede South Africa in coal exports,” he said, “and in Mozambique there are fewer restrictions – we can build and own our own railway. We’re also interested in limestone in Madagascar, and copper in Zambia.”last_img read more


first_imgA snapshot of the touch footy happenings from around Australia… * Just 8 days until the 2004 18 Years Championships kick off! With selection for the Youth World Cup on offer and the official launch of the AusTouch program, the tournament will no doubt be better than ever. Links have been added to the ATA homepage for instant access to news and results and we’ll be working hard to keep everyone constantly updated. * Speaking of the AusTouch launch, make sure you’re at Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium on September 15. The Opening ceremony for the National 18’s begins at 11:00am and the official launch of the AusTouch program is a major part of that. Come along for some demonstrations from junior players, as well as visits from NRL stars Benji Marshall and Joe Williams, the Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhodes and the Hon Luke Hartsuyker, Member for Cowper and representative of the Federal Minister for Arts and Sport, Senator The Hon Rod Kemp. * Congratulations to the Queensland referees appointed to officiate at the Queensland ‘A’ vs New Zealand Games in Toowoomba on the 1st and 2nd of October. A full list of those selected is available on the Queensland homepage. * ACT Touch is hotting up with more finals being played this week and the summer competition beginning in October! Check out their homepage for all the info on their summer competition, * Victoria retained it’s tag as Border Challenge champions on the weekend, with a 2-1 series win over South Australia at Mt Gambier. For the full story on the series check out * Goldfields Touch (WA) have taken another positive step with 78 new players registering for the AusTouch Junior Development Program, starting in Kalgoorlie on September 5. * `Local Association of the Week’: Rosalie Touch Association (WA). They have the honour of being my local association of the week for several reasons. Firstly, their logo is cool. Secondly, they have regular match reports written by someone known as `Baldy’ and thirdly it’s a great site full on info and news. Check it out for ideas on your own website or for generally a good read. Rosalie Touch Association Link * If you’ve missed some news in recent times, check out ATA’s news archive. Old news items are archived regularly but can be viewed using the news archive link. * Club Membership and growth numbers from the Australian Sports Commission have shown 417 new members have joined the Club Development Network during the month of August. The full story can be found at * What do referees do on the fifth touch? One arm is raised high in air with the palm facing and the front and the fingers and thumb outstretched and “Fifth Touch or Five” is called. This information was found on the MyClubTouch website, it’s a great resource for all touch related information. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

a month agoArsenal manager Emery takes responsibility for Watford draw

first_imgArsenal manager Emery takes responsibility for Watford drawby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has taken responsibility for Sunday’s draw with Watford. The Gunners blew a two-goal lead at Vicarage Road, with Tom Cleverley taking advantage of a comical error by Sokratis.”We have some young players and they need to have experiences like today,” he told a media conference. “Matteo [Guendouzi] is young and very emotional; sometimes he needs to make some mistakes to improve. In the first half he made a mistake and they didn’t score.”When we are analysing the mistakes, we prefer to speak about them collectively. I have responsibility.”I don’t want to say it’s the fault of one player or another. It’s my responsibility to give them the confidence to execute our game plan.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more