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French Navy Takes Command of Combined Maritime Forces

first_img April 13, 2015 Share this article Authorities View post tag: combined maritime forces The French Navy has taken command of Combined Maritime Forces counter-terrorism operations in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions after conducting a handover ceremony with Canadian Navy personnel.Capitain René-Jean Crignola of the French Navy assumed command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 from Commodore Brian Santarpia of the Royal Canadian Navy on April 6 at a ceremony on-board the French Ship Var in Bahrain.For the last 4 months CTF-150 the Canadian Navy, supported by Australian Naval forces, have been working together to deter terrorists and smugglers from using the seas as an avenue to finance crime and terrorist activity.CTF 150 is committed to building maritime counter-terrorism capability in regional navies and to promoting regional security and stability. Its vessels also assist mariners in distress and other humanitarian work as required.[mappress mapid=”15644″]Image: CMF Back to overview,Home naval-today French Navy Takes Command of Combined Maritime Forces View post tag: CMF View post tag: Canadian Navy View post tag: French Navy French Navy Takes Command of Combined Maritime Forces View post tag: middle eastlast_img read more

When should you consider buying organic?

first_img Read Full Story When buying vegetables and fruits, it can be challenging to know when it’s worth spending more for organic products over conventionally produced options that generally have more chemicals. Scientists have linked pesticides in foods to fertility issues and other adverse health effects.A helpful tool for identifying products likely to have more pesticide residues is the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) annual list of produce ranked by the number of pesticides in them, called the Dirty Dozen. The group also provides a list called the Clean Fifteen. The lists are based on thousands of produce samples collected by the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Strawberries ranked among the worst on the Dirty Dozen list. More than 98 percent of strawberry samples had pesticide residue and a single sample had 20 pesticides. Spinach ranked second, having double as much pesticide residue by weight on average than other crops.A Jan. 25, 2018 Men’s Health article discussed these issues, giving advice on how to navigate the supermarket to avoid some of these exposures in the produce aisle.  In the article, Gary Adamkiewicz, assistant professor of environmental health and exposure disparities at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, provided some framing on these issues, but brought the discussion back to the bigger picture.  “Organic agriculture makes a lot of sense for the environment and for health. This extends to livestock-derived foods, even though we don’t have a lot of studies that show differences in chemical residues between organic and conventional milk specifically,” he said, adding that he personally buys organic milk.Read the Men’s Health article: 17 Foods You Should Always Buy OrganicLearn moreTalking sustainability with Dr. Gary Adamkiewicz (Part 2) (Harvard Chan School’s The Nutrition Source)Health benefits of organic food, farming outlined in new report (Harvard Chan School feature)Pesticides in produce linked with reduced fertility in women (Harvard Chan School news)The Future of Food: Feeding the Planet During Climate Change (Harvard Chan School Forum)last_img read more

Bale had hand in Davies’ Spurs move

first_img After impressing with Swansea, the 21-year-old left-back was lured to north London by Mauricio Pochettino in a deal worth a reported £10million. Davies had been attracting interest from Liverpool but plumped for a move to Spurs – a decision swayed in part by Wales team-mate Bale, who enjoyed six years at the club before his world-record move. “I spoke to him briefly about it, nothing too in-depth, but it was nice just to have that insight from him,” Davies said. “He told me what the club was like and how it worked, and what he said really appealed to me. “The transition’s been relatively easy for me. I’ve enjoyed being up here and it’s a great opportunity for me to get away from home and to experience a new lifestyle. “I don’t think there’s any better time to do that than when you’re young, and it’s a learning curve really.” Davies is clearly enjoying life in north London, although first-team opportunities have been harder to come by than many expected. It was widely-assumed his arrival would see Danny Rose drop down the pecking order, although it is in fact the Welshman that has so far played understudy at left-back. Davies has been reduced to cup appearances and is set to come back into the starting line-up when Spurs look for a first Europa League Group C win against Asteras Tripolis on Thursday. “I think it’s a good competition for the club to be in,” he said of the Europa League – a competition he played in with Swansea last term. Gareth Bale may have swapped Tottenham for Real Madrid but he is still having an impact on his former club, having helped countryman Ben Davies’ move to White Hart Lane. “It gives the entire squad an opportunity for games, and games at the top level at that. “The winner of this year’s competition is guaranteed a spot in next year’s Champions League too, so we’ve got to go into this competition looking to win it really, and if that means getting a Champions League spot at the end of it then that’s great for us. “We’re expecting a tough game tomorrow. They are top of the league in our group and we’ve got to go out there as if it’s a game against one of the best clubs in Europe. “We’ve got to put our performance right on the field first, and if that’s right then hopefully we’ll be able to get the three points.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Pedro reminding Barca what they let slip

first_imgChelsea More end product than Hazard: Pedro’s Chelsea form reminds Barcelona what they let slip Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 17:23 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pedro Chelsea Getty Chelsea Premier League The World Cup-winning forward took time to settle in Premier League surroundings, but his undoubted ability has shone through at Stamford Bridge As Neymar packed his bags for Paris over the summer, one man could have been forgiven for cracking a wry smile as he monitored events in Barcelona from afar.The Brazilian’s arrival at Camp Nou in 2013, coupled with the £65 million signing of Luis Suarez a year later, meant that a certain World Cup winner was nudged towards the exits.Chelsea 14/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Having been a key component of Pep Guardiola’s mesmerising tiki-taka brand of football, Pedro was an unfortunate victim of a Catalan revolution.Despite helping Spain to conquer Europe and the world, and Barca to countless major honours at home and abroad, the hard-working frontman’s face no longer fit – there was no place for a ‘P’ in the era of ‘MSN’.After five successive seasons of making 20-plus starts in La Liga, in 2014-15 Pedro was handed only 15.He remained an important squad player, and a firm fan favourite as part of a star-studded class of La Masia academy graduates, but a career crossroads had been reached and some tough decisions lay ahead.Pedro Barcelona to Chelsea feeIn August 2015, amid interest from Manchester United – against whom he had famously netted in the 2011 Champions League final – Pedro took the decision to bid farewell to his roots and try his luck in London.Chelsea stumped up around £19m and a new chapter in a distinguished career was opened.Now, in a Neymar-inflated world of €222m transfer fees, a deal which was considered to be quite a coup at the time looks even better. Championship clubs can pay close to £19m for a player in the rather warped marketplace of 2017, but two years ago you could land a man who has won just about everything there is to win for the same price!Barca had no need to sell either having tied Pedro to a new deal a matter of weeks before his departure – with those terms reported to have included a €150m release clause.Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said amid the exit rumours: “Pedro has just renewed his contract. I’m reading that he doesn’t play much, but he forms part of the club’s history. He was part of the first treble-winning side and now the second.”How they must be cursing a relaxing of that stance now.Pedro Chelsea goals assists 15 17With Neymar gone and questions being asked of Suarez following an uncharacteristic dip in form, Barca have found themselves in a position where a proven forward would be worth his weight in gold.They have invested €150m worth of faith in Ousmane Dembele – a 20-year-old with just two full seasons of senior football under his belt and only seven international caps to his name – and could yet splash out a similar amount in luring Philippe Coutinho away from Liverpool.Chelsea, meanwhile, are reaping the rewards of catching Clasico rivals cold.The £70m purchase of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid already looks to be sound business, as he has slotted seamlessly in the boots vacated by Diego Costa, while Pedro remains a vital, if somewhat unheralded, cog in a Stamford Bridge machine ticking along nicely under the guidance of Antonio Conte.The 30-year-old initially took time to settle in England, despite starting with a bang as he scored one and assisted another in a memorable debut against West Brom.Quality such as his will always shine through, however, and few at Chelsea have got close to matching his end product as a creative influence over the course of the last year or so.Antonio Conte Pedro Barca levelOnly the now departed Costa (29) has been involved in more efforts (goals and assists) for the Blues since the start of 2016-17 across all competitions than Pedro (27) – with even the much-heralded Eden Hazard coming up short.That situation remains the same when taking things back to the Spain international’s arrival in England, with 18 goals and 12 assists contributed across Premier League and Champions League competition –with another five efforts netted in domestic cup outings.Hazard has 20 goals at elite level, 10 assists and three strikes in the cups.He may have seen others steal the headlines – Costa’s goals, Cesc Fabregas’ assists, Hazard’s spark and N’Golo Kante’s destructiveness – but Pedro has shown himself to be a key man, one who delivers with a smile on his face and a strut in his step.Conte said of his Spanish schemer in January: “He’s always in the right position to press to win the ball and also to score goals. We are seeing the best moments of Pedro. This is the Pedro who played this type of football when he was at Barcelona.”Barca, of course, had no way of knowing that Neymar’s ego would inflate to a point that he no longer found it possible to operate alongside fellow star turns, but their sanctioning of a £19m sale in 2015 of a man who prides himself on being a team player has been very much their loss and Chelsea’s gain.last_img read more

10 months agoPSG goalkeeper Buffon: Man Utd stronger without Mourinho

first_imgPSG goalkeeper Buffon: Man Utd stronger without Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon admits Champions League opponents Manchester United are a tougher opponent without Jose Mourinho.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won his first three matches as caretaker manager — with Buffon’s former Juventus team-mate Paul Pogba scoring four goals in the last two.Buffon said: “Will it be more difficult against Manchester United without Jose Mourinho? That is maybe the case.“But that is not down to the value of the coach.“Someone like Pogba has got something to prove. I think it will be a more complicated challenge.”Asked about finally winning the Champions League with PSG, the 40-year-old said: “They’re certainly among the big contenders, but the strongest team doesn’t always win. Especially in a shorter tournament.“It’s sometimes the bravest who win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Gabbiadini must decide

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: Gabbiadini must decideby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says Manolo Gabbiadini must decide his next move.AC Milan, Fiorentina and Sampdoria are all in contact.”Sure [they have had bids], we have to decide and he has to decide where he wants to go,” Hasenhuttl told Sky Sports.“There are a few teams interested in Manolo, we will have a look and if there’s a result, we’ll tell you.”Samp are regarded as favourites to land the Italian. last_img read more

DryShips CEO Entangled in Conflict of Interest Lawsuit

first_imgzoom Athens-based owner of drybulk carriers DryShips informed that the company and its chief executive officer George Economou have been named as defendants in a lawsuit alleging breaches of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, and conflict of interest.Through the lawsuit, filed in High Court of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the plaintiff seeks, among other things, a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to suspend any further issuances of new common shares by the company at a price per share below the price specified by the plaintiff in the complaint.Additionally, the plaintiff seeks certain other compensatory and punitive damages specified in the complaint.DryShips however said that the derivate lawsuit and motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to suspend further issuances of common shares below a certain price “are without merit.”Following a review of the complaint and the motion, the company said that it “will contest them vigorously.”last_img read more

Scheer opposes Canada signing UN compact on migrants Liberals cry foul

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — As Canada prepares to sign on to a United Nations agreement on migration, Conservative politicians are pushing back, saying signing it would be tantamount to erasing Canada’s borders.But the Liberals say Conservatives are simply trying to court voters being fed conspiracy theories about the UN agreement fuelled by the online news outlet Rebel Media. The Global Compact on Migration is set to become the first, inter-governmentally negotiated agreement under the UN to cover all dimensions of international migration; it is aimed at improving co-operation between countries and will be signed by multiple countries next week in Morocco. Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen is to sign on Canada’s behalf.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he strongly opposes this agreement, as he believes it would give foreign entities influence over Canada’s immigration system and would influence media coverage of immigration issues.But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accuses Scheer of using “Rebel Media talking points” — a reference to the controversial news website, which has been linked to the alt-right and has called the compact a means to normalize mass migration and silence media critics.last_img read more

Businesses must pay up to Rs 20 for Aadhaar services use UIDAI

first_imgNew Delhi: Business organisations using Aadhaar services will now have to pay Rs 20 for each customer verification and 50 paise for authentication of each transaction carried out by the entities, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said Thursday.”Aadhaar authentication services shall be charged at the rate of Rs 20 (including taxes) for each e-KYC transaction and Rs 0.50 (including taxes) for each Yes and No authentication transaction from requesting entities,” a notification by the UIDAI said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe gazette notification, the Aadhaar (Pricing of Aadhaar Authentication Services) Regulations 2019, however, exempts government entities and the Department of Posts from authentication transaction charges. “The entities have been incurring a cost of Rs 150-200 per KYC sans Aadhaar. They have been demanding to use Aadhaar-based authentication and KYC services on account of these being convenient to them and their customers and also the fact that they will save huge amount which they currently incur in doing KYC through traditional means such as paper, physical verification, etc,” an official source told PTI. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe UIDAI source said with a nominal cost for each eKYC transaction entities would still be saving on Know Your Customer (KYC) cost while serving people with ease. According to the notification, the entities shall be required to deposit the authentication transaction charges within 15 days of issuance of the concerned invoice based on the usage. The delay in payment beyond 15 days shall attract interest compounded at 1.5 per cent per month and discontinuation of authentication and e-KYC services. Sources said that if an existing requesting entity (except those exempt), continues to use Aadhaar authentication services beyond the date of publication of these Regulations, it shall be deemed to have agreed to the specified authentication charges. The source said that now as per the amendments made through the Aadhaar Ordinance, several entities may now become eligible to use Aadhaar authentication subject to their meeting security and other conditions as per the Aadhaar Act and related regulations. “Therefore, it is just, fair and reasonable that such entities should contribute to meet expenses nominally which are incurred by UIDAI in providing these services,” the source said. The notification says that the scheduled commercial banks engaged in providing Aadhaar enrolment and update facilities in accordance with its gazette notification issued in July 2017 shall be exempt from authentication transaction charges. However, such banks, which fall short of the Aadhaar enrolment and update targets, as communicated from time to time, will be charged in proportion to the shortfall in achieving the target. UIDAI sources said that the above charges shall be in addition to the licence fees and financial disincentives, as applicable. The details of the transaction error codes and its charges shall be issued separately. The official said that in case a requesting entity does not wish to pay authentication transaction charges, it shall discontinue the use of Aadhaar authentication services and intimate its decision to the UIDAI immediately and surrender its access to the authentication facilities “However, the transaction charges as applicable till the date of de-activation of access to authentication services shall have to be paid,” the source said. On Wednesday, the Telangana government set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the alleged data theft case involving an IT firm here even as a Look out Circular (LOC) has been issued against the owner of the company. The nine-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted as it was necessary for the probe which required expertise in cyber crime and extended to several places other than Cyberabad Commissionerate limits, official sources said. The team would undertake a thorough investigation in all aspects of the case in an expeditious, effective, professional and fair manner for bringing out all facts and circumstances leading to commission of crime, they said. The SIT shall immediately take over the investigation of the case registered at Madhapur police station and all other related cases registered in Telangana, they added. Police said an LOC was issued against Ashok, CEO of ‘IT Grids India Pvt Ltd,’ by the Ministry of Home Affairs on a request from Cyberabad Police, to prevent him from fleeing the country. The IT firm has been accused of ‘theft of data’ of voters through “Seva Mitra” mobile app, used by the TDP in Andhra Pradesh. Four teams have been formed to nab Ashok, after he “failed” to appear before the police despite being summoned as part of the investigation in the case. The Cyberabad police had on March 2 registered a case against the company and conducted searches at its office here based on a complaint by a data analyst. The complainant, a data analyst, had alleged that the company misused personal information and sensitive data of voters in Andhra Pradesh through ‘Seva Mitra’ mobile app used by the ruling Telugu Desam Party. Preliminary investigation revealed that the company got illegal access to various personal and sensitive data of individuals such as Aadhaar, electoral roll, government schemes and voters information related to various political parties, which can be misused for illegal purposes. “LOC has been issued (against Ashok) and all airports have been alerted,” Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar said. A look out notice is sent to immigration authorities to ensure that any accused person is detained and handed over to the prosecuting agency. The senior police official said they were awaiting a response from Amazon Web Services and Google Play Store with whom the database is said to have been stored, to its notice seeking information. He further said they were in the process of writing to the Andhra Pradesh governemnt, Unique Identification Authority of India, Election Commission and Registrar of Companies for more details in this regard. Meanwhile, a probe by the Hyderabad police into the case registered by it against the company revealed that the names of four people,originally from Andhra Pradesh but staying here, were missing from the voters list. The complainant in this case had alleged that the firm had through a survey collected the information and deleted names of individuals after obtaining their political preferences.last_img read more

Sumitra Mahajan not to contest LS polls says has freed party to

first_imgNew Delhi: With the BJP appearing to be in a dilemma over fielding her, outgoing Lok Sabha speaker and eight-time MP from Indore, Sumitra Mahajan Friday opted out of contesting the general elections saying she has freed the party to make its choice. Mahajan, who turns 76 next Friday, said there had been speculations whether the party would field someone who has crossed the 75-year age bar. “There were speculations and so I decided to end them and free the party to make its choice. I will not contest the Lok Sabha elections,” she told PTI from Indore. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Mahajan, however, maintained that she would continue to work for the party and campaign for it. “The party (BJP) had not been able to name a candidate (from Indore Lok Sabha seat) for so many days and there were speculations if someone over 75 years of age will be fielded. So I decided to end all this,” she said. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah had in an interview to The Week magazine on Thursday stated that it was his party’s decision not to give Lok Sabha poll tickets to those above 75 years of age, leading to veteran leaders like L K Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi missing out. Though he had not named Mahajan, the outgoing Lok Sabha speaker too falls in the same age bracket. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Mahajan was first elected to the Lok Sabha from Indore in 1989 and has won all the seven consecutive elections. She was a minister of state in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, holding portfolios of human resources development, telecom and petroleum between 1999 and 2004. When the BJP swept to power again in 2014, she was named the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Mahajan also issued a short press statement questioning why the party has not been able to name a candidate till now. “Possibly the party is hesitating to take a decision. I had discussed this issue with senior party leaders and left it to them to take an appropriate decision,” she said, adding, “It seems they still have some doubts in their mind. So I declare that I do not wish to contest the Lok Sabha elections.” The party, she said, can now make its decision without any hesitation. Stating that she had received immense love and support from people of Indore, she hoped the BJP would quickly make up its mind for its candidate from Indore and end this uncertainty.last_img read more