47 boys moved to new Metcalfe Street Remand Centre

first_img47 boys moved to new Metcalfe Street Remand Centre National SecurityJune 4, 2011 Related47 boys moved to new Metcalfe Street Remand Centre Related47 boys moved to new Metcalfe Street Remand Centre Related47 boys moved to new Metcalfe Street Remand Centre FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KNGSTON — Some 47 boys from the Stony Hill Remand Centre in St. Andrew have been moved to the new Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Centre located downtown Kingston. The facility, which was officially opened on Wednesday, will provide a safe environment for wards, in keeping with international standards. Minister of National Security, Senator Dwight Nelson, said the opening of the centre marks a major milestone in juvenile justice and more specifically, how the Government deals with children in state custody. “This is a part of the Ministry’s goal to ensure public safety and the rights and well-being of youths, who find themselves in conflict with the law,” he stated. He said that the centre has been built with adequate space requirements, ensuring that the boys are held in conditions of security and safety, while caring for their individual needs. The dormitories are designed with significant safety features including fire escapes and fixtures to reduce risk of harm.  “Provision has also been made to separate high-risk boys from those presenting very little risk,” Senator Nelson said. “We want to ensure that bullying and similar infractions are minimised, as well as facilitate the delivery of tailor-made rehabilitation and reintegration programmes,” he informed. As part of the rehabilitation process, the facility will cater to the educational and developmental needs of the youngsters, providing them with critical life skills, and interventions in behaviour modification, drug treatment, drug prevention, anger management, among other things. In his remarks, Acting Commissioner of Corrections, Lieutenant Colonel Sean Prendergast, said that the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is pleased to operationalise the new facility and is committed to implementing the new standards being introduced for the care of juveniles on remand and in correctional centres. Retrofitted over the last 12 months by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), the $190 million facility was exclusively funded by the Government of Jamaica through the Ministry of National Security and will house a maximum of 208 male juveniles from age 13 to 17 years. Among the main features of the facility are three, 4-storey dormitory buildings, with two dorms on each floor; and four classrooms, which can accommodate 20 students each. There is also a medical complex with doctor’s office, examination room, sick bay and nurse’s station; canteen area; laundry facility; computer room; library and resource centre; multi-purpose recreational court; and a designated farming area. The Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Centre is equipped with-state-of-the-art fire escape system which can be operated either by an electric switch, backup battery or manual release. A custom designed water pump system is attached to a 60,000-gallon water tank, and the facility also has a standby generator. Wards will receive psychological support, training in social and interpersonal relations in addition to basic literacy, and an educational curriculum up to Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) level.  By LATONYA LINTON, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

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Rox Look for First Win Tonight

first_img 720p HD About Connatix V56892 The Rox lost 2-1 at Willmar Wednesday night to drop to 0-2 on the season.  The lone Rox run was a solo home run hit by Ryan Lillard.  St. Cloud managed just 3 hits on the night.  Zach Louzan threw 6 innings with 2 earned runs allowed to take the loss for the Rox.The Rox will try again for their first win again tonight at Mankato at 7:05 tonight, pregame on AM 1390-Granite City Sports at 6:35.  Evan Hughes calls the action. 1080p HD About Connatix V56892 The Rox home opener is tomorrow night against Mankato at Joe Faber Field.  Former Twin, Juan Berenguer will throw out the first pitch.center_img 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Auto (360p) 360plast_img read more

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FSU Women’s Basketball Team schedule VI tournament games

first_imgFlorida State Women’s Basketball adds a Caribbean tournament to their schedule as they set out to play in the 2016 Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. The three-day tournament takes place Nov. 24-26 at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center.The Seminoles begin the tournament with a matchup against Winthrop on Thanksgiving at 6:45 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 25, FSU faces Gonzaga at 6:45 p.m. and ends the tournament against Michigan on Saturday at 9 p.m. All games times are in Atlantic Standard Time.This year’s trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands will mark the fifth tournament over the last nine seasons where FSU has played multiple games in the Caribbean. The Seminoles have played in Cancun, Mexico, in 2008 and 2014, the Bahamas in 2010 and Puerto Rico in 2012. FSU also played in Puerto Rico in 2004.“We’re always looking to give our student-athletes and staff the best experience possible. This trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands marks another stop for us in the Caribbean,” said FSU head coach Sue Semrau .Since the 2010-11 season, FSU is 6-1 in tournament games played in the Caribbean. The school last played at the Cancun Challenge in Riviera Maya, Mexico, on Nov. 27-29, 2014.In Florida State’s most recent season in 2015-16, it managed to stay in the Top 15 of the USA Today Coaches Poll for the entire year. FSU finished 12th in the final poll, its third-highest ranking ever. One of only eight programs in the nation to make back-to-back appearances in the regional semifinals, the Seminoles went to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year.FSU, which is ranked 15th in ESPNW’s preseason Top 25 rankings, with three All Atlantic Coast Conference, performers return in senior point guard Leticia Romero, senior guard Brittany Brown and junior forward Shakayla Thomas. In addition to the three games at the Paradise Jam, another game has already been revealed in its road matchup at Minnesota on Nov. 30 as part of the ACC/B1G Challenge.Paradise Jam Reef Division Women’s TournamentGame 1: FSU vs. Winthrop (Nov. 24 at 6:45 p.m.)Game 2: FSU vs. Gonzaga (Nov. 25 at 6:45 p.m.)Game 3: FSU vs. Michigan (Nov. 26 at 9 p.m.)last_img read more

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of November 25

first_imgDisney Cruise Line: In The NewsDress in costume, you will. Star Wars Day at Sea sailings return on the Disney Fantasy beginning in January, and it’s not too early to begin thinking about your packing list if you are on one of these epic sailings! Disney Parks Blog shared a video that may help you find the perfect costume. Will you be representing the light side or the dark side??Photo Courtesy of DisneyThe holiday season has gone full steam ahead on the entire fleet, and we are well on our way into the Very Merrytime Cruise season for 2017. There is so much fun to be had during these sailings, and Disney Parks Blog brought us a list of six special experiences not to miss. Of course this includes a visit from the big man himself — where else would Santa rest up besides on a Disney Cruise?Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:MoanaBeauty and the BeastBorn in ChinaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesCars 3Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryThor: RagnarokCocoFor future reference, films debut on the Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and Information Last week, we told you about the exciting addition of Rapunzel’s Royal Table coming to the Disney Magic this spring. Can’t wait until then to get your fill of Tangled fun? If you will be sailing on the Disney Magic, be sure to go see Tangled: The Musical. On the night of the show, do NOT MISS the transformation of O’Gills into the Snuggly Duckling — quite simply the best family pub there ever was! You’ll be treated to snacks, sing-alongs with Thugs, and enjoy a rousing game of THUGO. Best night ever!! Share This!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.Ahoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Glad to have you aboard, and away we go with this week’s preview.Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)Disney Magic25 November – At Sea26 November – New York (46/30, 40%)27 November – At Sea28 November – At Sea29 November – At Sea30 November – Antigua (83/76, 20%)   1 December – San Juan (86/74, 60%)Disney Wonder25 November – At Sea26 November – Key West (78/68, 42%)27 November – Castaway Cay (76/68, 20%)28 November – Nassau (83/70, 25%)29 November – At Sea30 November – At Sea   1 December – Galveston (67/54, 30%)Disney Dream25 November – Nassau (85/72, 54%)26 November – Castaway Cay (77/70, 2%)27 November – Port Canaveral (72/63, 25%)28 November – Nassau (83/70, 25%)29 November – Castaway Cay (79/63, 6%)30 November – At Sea   1 December – Port Canaveral (74/57, 25%)Disney Fantasy25 November – Port Canaveral (74/58, 9%)26 November – At Sea27 November – Cozumel (79/71, 42%)28 November – Grand Cayman (81/78, 20%)29 November – Falmouth (85/75, 60%)30 November – At Sea   1 December – Castaway Cay (80/62, 55%)center_img If you’ve been on the Disney Fantasy and noticed a stateroom door on Deck 5 that’s not quite like the others, you have discovered the room of Pepe the King Prawn! Pepe’s door plays a role in the Muppet version of the Midship Detective Agency game on board. Did you know you can also call Pepe’s stateroom and be treated to much hilarity on his answering machine? Just dial 41-5148 and enjoy! If you simply can’t wait and don’t mind spoilers, check out the audio recording from The Disney Cruise Line Blog.Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time deciding which ship fits all of your desires? Well, our own Laurel Stewart has put together a chart that makes it easy to compare all of the options in one place. Also available as a valuable planning and companion guide from authors Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. The companion guide contains a complete overview of each Disney ship as well as Castaway Cay and includes valuable tips on how to save time and money during your cruise!Special thanks to Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week! Until next time, may you have sweet dreams of the sea!last_img read more

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Sensors, Smart Content, and the Future of News

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#conferences#ETech 2009#Real World#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Nick Bilton from The New York Times R&D Labs was at ETech today, talking about how NYT is preparing for the future of news delivery. His presentation explored how “sensors in every part of our lives [are] helping us aggregate smart content that is relevant to the device we are using”. Bilton said that New York Times is building out more real-time analytics, device detection and granular user interaction, in order to deliver this “smart content” to each user and device. They are focused on the “3 screen” experience: web, mobile, and living room. Bilton said that NYT is also exploring “Newspaper 2.0” and next generation e-ink devices (such as flexible displays). Changes for mobile that NYT is looking at include optimizing for the increasing popularity of touch-screen devices (fueled by the iPhone) and adjusting content on mobile devices based on what the reader clicks on – e.g. if they click for sports news then they know the user is interested in that type of content. Regarding sensors, these devices can be editors according to Bilton. For example if your phone has GPS, then your location can influence what content you see. Or if you’re in your car, your phone could sense that and so NYT could deliver the news to you in audio. It can also change the way NYT does reporting – for example sensors that pick up noise activity could alert reporters to noise problems in NYC (a common problem in that city). Bilton said that NYT has also been experimenting with semacodes, bar codes in the newspaper – although he noted that it has issues, such as it not being understandable for many mainstream people. There are also e-ink and other interactive concepts being tested (example below).CustomTimes interactive newspaper box, photo from NickBilton.comBilton then showed how if NYT was being ‘consumed’ in the living room, they can introduce much more video and use sensor metadata to add to the experience (for example showing content based on location). He also asked the question: why doesn’t my couch have an API? If NYT knew more about the people in the room, how close they are to the TV, etc, then NYT could customize the user interface and content even further.He wrapped up by addressing the so-called death of the newspaper. Bilton argued that “paper is just a device”. He noted that the next generation will be used to accessing content immediately – there will be flexible displays, full immersive video and graphical experiences, more user-generated content. All of these things are just ways of storytelling, he said.Based on this fascinating presentation, we can be sure that newspapers – at least ones with enough money to do this type of research – are far from dead if they evolve with and adapt quickly to technology. NYT is certainly one of the leaders in using technology in news reporting, so it appears to be well positioned.Disclosure: RWW has a syndication relationship with NYT. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Leicester must not lose at ‘fantastic’ Sevilla, says Ron-Robert Zieler

first_imgLeicester City goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler has warned his team that they must avoid defeat in Sevilla in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Wednesday to have any hope of avoiding a premature exit from the Champions League.Leicester finished top of their European group and conceded just one goal in their first five games, but are struggling in the Premier League, where they sit a point and a place above the relegation zone.Sevilla on the other hand are third in La Liga, behind Real Madrid and Barcelona, and also boast a better European pedigree than Leicester, having won the Europa League for the past three years in a row.”It’s a big game,” Zieler told Leicester’s website (www.lcfc.com).”We did really well in the group stages. It’s a very tough game ahead of us. We’re one of only 16 teams left in Europe and Sevilla have done fantastic over the last couple of years.”The first leg is very important. Let’s put it this way — you shouldn’t lose. If we can get a draw, even a win, it would be fantastic for the second leg.”In addition to their Premier League woes, Leicester were knocked out of the FA Cup by third-tier Millwall on Saturday, and Zieler said he hoped playing in the Champions League would help his teammates get their minds off their domestic struggles.”It feels a long time ago since the last Champions League game because we’ve had the FA Cup and a lot of Premier League games,” added the 28-year-old, who was signed from Germany’s Hannover 96 in July last year.advertisement”Maybe also for our minds at this stage of the season, it’s a bit of a change, playing in the Champions League.”If we get a good result, hopefully we can take that into the Premier League. We all know that we need to do better in the Premier League, so maybe at this time of the season, it’s a good change to play in the Champions League.”last_img read more

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A SET OF SIX VOLUME TWENTY-TWO

first_img“Craig Pierce Memorial Golf Day”. A great hit out for Sydney teams prior to NSWTA State Cup All TFA affiliated players/teams welcome Enquiries to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or [email protected] ACT Touch Association Website: www.acttouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play: # 4After an absence of more than 10 years, Cottesloe Touch has returned to the affiliated fold and will be running a summer competition on Thursday nights. It would be tough to find a more picturesque affiliate in all of Australia. Harvey Field overlooks the Indian Ocean and is less than a Matt Giteau torpedo from the famous Cottesloe Beach.TouchWest is excited about the prospect of the revamped Cottesloe Touch affiliate. It is fantastic to witness growth in the organisation. Cottesloe has been a successful club in the past, being the Women’s Open State Champions in both 1992 and 1993. Who knows if they will return to dominance in the not-to-distant future?Team and Individual Nominations are currently being sought. Forms are due by Thursday the 18th October 2007. Juniors, Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions are available.Some information including registration forms can be located from the Cottesloe website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=4295&pID=14Other events:With a busy summer of Touch Football coming up, TouchWest is inviting administrators and volunteers from clubs around the metro area to ‘Chew the Fat’ over pre-season drinks and nibbles. TouchWest will be trialling the Touch Football Australia concept as part of the recognition program that sits within the TFA Strategic Plan. It will be an opportunity for key personnel to meet, greet, and share ideas in order to improve the sport. Drinks and light refreshments will be available this Friday, 5th October 2007, at Kings Park.For further information or to RSVP, please contact TouchWest.The Western Australia website: www.touchwest.comSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 5City Touch 2007 Winter Season Grand Final ResultsMonday NightMen’s A Grade – The Drought (3) def AUTC Crème Brulee (1) Men’s B/C Grade – Phantoms (9) def No Idea B (6) Men’s D Grade – Total Touch (3) def Steak (0)Men’s E Grade – WDTA (7) def Nupolar (3)Women’s A Grade – CSTA Touch n Stuff (3) def Dodgers (2)Wednesday Night MixedMixed A/B Grade – UNISA 1 (5) def Where’s the Kentish (4)Mixed C Grade – Raw Talent (7) def Pop n Ma Cherry (5) Mixed D Grade – Dragons (6) def The Charlatans (4)Mixed E Grade – Get Duffed (7) def Drug Runners (3)Mixed F Grade – Alleygators (4) def Touch Me (1)Mixed G Grade – Spank (3) def The Misfits (2)Thursday Night MixedMixed A Grade – AUTC Hot Chocolates (6) def Henry’s Driver’s (3) Mixed B Grade –  Off The Leash (8) def Red Hot Chillies (3) Mixed C Grade – Henry’s Drivers (7) def Tagara Kaos (5)Mixed D Grade – WDTA Warrigal (4) def Touching Rampant (2)Mixed E Grade – Kelly & Co (9) def Team Pelican (4)Mixed F Grade – Yoda (4) def Sister Morphine (2) Mixed G Grade – Roy Basch All-Stars (5) def Wallaby Wannabies (3)Mixed H Grade – Leila’s Lab Rat’s (4) def Who (3)  Mixed I Grade – Touch The Meat (5) def Giver (0)  Other events:South Australia’s Under-15s players had a nutritional lecture on Tuesday 2nd October ahead of the 2007 School Sports Australia Touch Tournament in Melbourne, 22nd – 26th of October 2007. The presenter was a dietician from the Wakefield Sports Clinic. Ruphert Satwell organised the talk. Satwell has previously worked with the Adelaide 36er’s and Wakefield Sports Clinic.The Australasian Masters Games draw is also now available.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)Play # 6X-Blades 21st Queensland Touch State Regional Championships this weekendThe X Blades Queensland Touch Association 21st State Regional Championships will be contested at the Toowoomba Touch Association’s Kearney Springs Complex from Friday 5 – Sunday 7 October 2007.Over 1500 players, coaches, referees, officials, and spectators are expected to attend the showcase event on the Queensland calendar.The Six Queensland Regions of North Queensland, Central Queensland, South West Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane City, and South Queensland & Border District will compete across 13 age divisions for bragging rights as the top region in the State.Hosts South West Queensland and South Queensland & Border District are the only competing regions fielding sides in every division in the first State Championships since 2004.24 strong State of Origin Squads will be named in the days after the tournament across all divisions, and with many of the sport’s superstars on show, the action is sure to be of a very high standard.The Player of the Series Trophies in the Premier Men’s and Women’s Open Divisions are named in honour of two of Queensland’s best ever players.The Player of the Series in the Men’s Open Division is awarded the Craig Pierce Memorial Medal, in honour of the late great Hall of Famer Craig Pierce, and the Player of the Series in the Women’s Open Division will receive the Donna Jacks Medal in honour of former Queensland and Australian Women’s Open Captain, Donna Jacks.You can keep up with all the latest news, views, and results over the weekend by visiting the x Blades Queensland State Championships website at: State Championships website. Other news: Touch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks and TFA’s Media Intern Henry Holland bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s a Set of Six – Volume Twenty Two.NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: # 1New Game Development Officer Commences in the NTMark Tibbits, the new Touch Football Northern Territory Game Development Officer, has commenced duties at the NT Office.  Mark is not new to the Northern Territory, having started his Touch career in Darwin in the junior competition 12 years ago. Mark progressed through the ranks to become one of the most regular representatives in the NT and Barbarians Men’s Open teams over the past nine years.  He moved away from the Territory for four years firstly to Albury in New South Wales, then to Canberra for a few years, but has returned home to commence his new position.  Other events:Gove Touch will be conducting a Level 1 referees course on Sunday 9th October 2007. The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auVICTORIA (VIC)Play: # 2October packed with exciting competitions for juniors in Victoria Junior Touch Football is booming in Victoria. The 2007-2008 Senior Association of Co-Educational Schools (ACS) Touch Football Competition will begin with the start of the new school term next week. The schools involved are Loyola, Overnewton, Westborne, Thomas Carr, St Michael’s, Eltham, and St Leonard’s.The first round of ACS matches is scheduled for Wednesday 10th October 2007. The competition will run until Term 2, 2008. Meanwhile youngsters around the country are gearing up for the 2007 School Sports Australia Touch Tournament, to be held in Melbourne from 22nd – 26th of October 2007.Touch Football Victoria would like to invite everyone to come and check out the next generation of talent on offer at one of junior Touch Football’s showcase events. Other events:Over 80 team representatives attended the delegates meeting for Albert Park Touch Association last week at Middle Park Bowls Club. Two weeks of grading games have now commenced to sort teams for the competition proper. Fields have been allocated and are ready to use for TFA Victoria’s two new metro competitions in Melton and Hume City. Michael Rawlings has been named the administrator of Melton Touch while David Diack will be looking after Hume City. For more information call Touch Football Victoria on (03) 9206 6755. It’s great to see the sport of Touch Football expanding into new areas and getting new and enthusiastic people on board who want to contribute to the growth of the game.The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 3Competition Growth ContinuesThe ACT Touch summer season commenced on Tuesday 2nd October with a staggering 270 teams registered. “We are really pleased with the continued growth in nominations in the domestic competitions,” ACT State Manager Matt McKerrow said. “It goes to show that Canberrans love their Touch Football, especially in summer when it’s a bit warmer!”ACT Touch new recruit Tim Arnold has been kept on his toes administering the nominations and preparing for the new season. A series of Team Delegate Meetings last week were very well attended by domestic team managers. ACT Touch Referees Association President Michael Camplin was on hand to address the teams and provided information about the referees, as well as encouraging any interested players to pick up a whistle.For more info visit www.acttouch.com.au or phone (02) 6212 2880Other events:Why not bring your team to the CANBERRA CUP?November 2-4 2007 Deakin Fields – Canberra ACT Divisions: Men’s, Women’s and Mixed (Both Social and Competitive) Nomination Fee: $350/team including GST Prize money in the competitive divisions A two person Ambrose Golf event over 9 holes is being held at the Borneo Barracks, Cabarlah at 2.00pm on Saturday 20th October in memory of the late great Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame member, Craig Pierce.  “Piercey’s” family and friends are gathering to remember the little “Zip Zip Man” and celebrate the irrepressible spirit of the cheeky number 7 who was loved and revered by so many.The cost of the day is $ 20 and includes the golf, a beer, and a steak burger. Places are limited this year, so please RSVP to Brian Pierce by 13th October 2007 on 0408783867.The Queensland Touch web site is: www.qldtouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “A Set of Six.”Please be sure to visit each State’s website to keep up to date on all the news and views in Touch Football from around the nation..last_img read more

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Ensign Energy Services makes takeover offer for Trinidad Drilling

first_imgTrinidad completed a strategic review on Aug. 1 during which it reviewed a number of alternatives, but did not strike a deal. Its shares closed at $1.51 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday.Ensign, which owns about a 9.8 per cent stake in the company, says it approached Trinidad about a possible deal after the review ended, but the company’s board wanted the talks subject to a confidentiality agreement which included a lengthy standstill provision.Ensign says it did not believe that such a provision was in the best interests of shareholders.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Ensign Energy Services Inc. has announced a takeover offer for Trinidad Drilling Ltd. in a transaction it valued at about $947 million, including debt.The oilfield services company is offering $1.68 per share in cash for each Trinidad share.It estimated Trinidad’s outstanding net debt at $477 million as of June 30.last_img read more

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BJP fields Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP on Wednesday fielded Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, facing trial in Malegaon blast case, in Lok Sabha elections from Bhopal seat, where she is set to have a direct contest with Congress heavyweight and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh.Thakur, who is out on bail, had joined the BJP only hours before her name was announced as its candidate, underscoring the saffron party’s attempt to bring the Hindutva plank at the centre stage of polls in the high profile constituency, which has been its bastion for many elections. An NIA court had dropped charges against her under the stringent MCOCA but she and other co-accused are still facing other charges in the Malegaon case. Among other candidates, K P Yadav will be the BJP nominee from Guna, which is held by senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia who is contesting again from here.last_img read more

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Going to Mars is Forbidden in Islam Emirati Fatwa

first_imgCasablanca- According to a Fatwa (a legal pronouncement in Islam) recently issued by the Emirati Commission for Fatwa and Islamic Affairs, going to Mars with the intention to spend the rest of one’s life there is forbidden in Islam.The Emirati Commission for Fatwa and Islamic Affairs recently issued a Fatwa that has stirred a controversy in the Islamic World. According to this Fatwa, going to Mars is analogous to suicide, which is an act strictly forbidden in Islam. “Going to Mars without return seriously puts one’s life at risk,” news website Kahleejitimes.com quoted the Emirati Commission as saying. “There, you are more vulnerable and are more likely to die at any given moment,” the Commission added. According to the Commission, those who have opted for such a “dangerous” experience are willing to die for a religiously “immoral” reason, and “will thus endure the same punishment in the afterlife as those who commit suicide.”However, this Fatwa was not the first of its kind in the Islamic World. In November 2013, the Saudi Cheikh Ali El Hekmi told Al Hayat newspaper that “an expedition to the red planet transgresses the limits of human beings, whose life must not be wasted.”The expedition El Hekmi was referring to was Mars One, a revolutionary space project that aims to establish a human settlement in Mars by 2023.Mars One had invited volunteers to take on the challenge of an interplanetary trip and set out to live on the red planet. Many volunteers from all corners of the world have answered the call and the shortlist has already been made. Karim El Tahiri, one of two Moroccans who applied to Mars One was selected among 202.586 candidates who had also applied via application videos on the project’s official website.last_img read more

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