Supreme Court seeks Gujarat reply over re-induction of encounter-accused police officers

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgThe Supreme Court on July 21, 2017 sought response from the Gujarat government on a plea alleging that two police officers, accused in separate encounter cases, have been re-inducted in the force after superannuation. “Issue notice returnable in two weeks,” a bench of Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said.The bench was hearing a petition filed by former IPS officer Rahul Sharma alleging that the two police officers — N.K. Amin and Tarun Barot — have been re-inducted as Superintendent of Police at Tapi district in Gujarat and Deputy Superintendent of Police in Railways, respectively.The petition further alleged that Mr. Amin has faced trial in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Ishrat Jahan fake encounter killing cases and Mr. Barot was accused in the Sadiq Jaman and Ishrat Jahan encounter cases. Mr. Amin, however, has been acquitted in the Sohrabuddin encounter case. Both the men have been re-employed on contractual basis with the police force.last_img read more

‘Female’ Hurricanes Are Deadlier

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgKatrina. Irene. Sandy. Hurricane names help to make public safety messages memorable, but new research shows that the choice of name may influence how people react to evacuation orders. Although the World Meteorological Organization assigns the storms alternating male and female names (recent Pacific hurricane Amanda is pictured), historical records show that those with more feminine names had higher death tolls. Could people be avoiding evacuation because they assume that female-named storms will be gentler? Researchers tested this idea with written scenarios that described an upcoming storm and asked respondents how dangerous they expected the storm to be and whether they would follow a voluntary evacuation order. No matter which names they used—Victor/Victoria, Christopher/Christine, or selections from the upcoming hurricane name lists—respondents who read about male-named hurricanes judged them as riskier and said they would be more likely to evacuate than people who read about hurricanes with female names, the investigators report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For example, fictional Hurricane Danny rated an average 2.1 on a 1 to 7 scale where 1 represents “certainly will follow” evacuation orders. Its counterpart Hurricane Kate only rated 2.9. The researchers say that this may reflect an “implicit sexism” that gets in the way of understanding and responding to public safety messages. A new naming system perhaps based on animals or objects may be in order, they suggest—and perhaps we should stop referring to hurricanes as “he” or “she.”last_img read more

Infinix aims to be among top 5 smartphone brands in India

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgBy Mithilesh Kumar JhaDubai, Nov 17 (PTI) Betting big on the success of the newly-launched flagship device Zero5, Shanghai-based Infinix Mobility is now aiming to break into the league of top five smartphone brands in India by 2018-end, its India Chief Executive Anish Kapoor has said.The company also has plans to come up with multiple launches in India at key price points to achieve its goal while keeping focus on device customisation suiting local requirements.Infinix Zero5, the latest offering from technology major Transsion Holdings, was launched in Dubai on Tuesday, as part of its global launch.A day after the device launch, Kapoor told PTI here, “Plans are much bigger for India. We are looking at 2018 from here and the main objective is to achieve our space and be among the top five smartphone brands in the country. We will have multiple launches at key price points for Indian consumers.”On being asked about his expectations in terms of revenue from the Indian market, he said, “Its a dynamic market and the numbers are open to everyone. We do have a target which is kept internally for ourselves and once we achieve that goal, then only we might be able to project a logical figure for short- and long-term.”Asked about the challenges a new player faces in a highly competitive market like India, the Infinix Mobility CEO said that all existing players in India in the online space have been operating for at least three or more years and many of them moved to the offline space as they felt online cannot can grow any further.advertisement”We believe in the philosophy of think global and act local and so, our products are made keeping in mind the local requirements. For instance, we did some tweaking when we launched note series in India, so products launched in India are different from the launches we made somewhere else.”About the response Infinix has received since its debut in India in August, Kapoor said, “So far, we have got a terrific response and received more than 40,000 reviews on Flipkart and a rating of 4.2. So, we have started well and with new launches like Zero 5, we would be able to achieve decent numbers, going forward.”Infinix Zero 5 device with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage capacity is priced at Rs 17,999 and the 6GB RAM and 128 GB storage version will cost Rs 19,999. Both the models will be exclusively available on online marketplace Flipkart from November 22.Talking about India plans, Infinix global head Benjamin Jiang said, “India continues to be a significant market for us and now… the launch of Zero5 and also our foray into noise cancellation headphones segment would be a vital step in our growth story in India.”The Chinese mobile brand is looking to target a new generation of customers with the latest in specifications on the processing, display, battery, and other fronts.The device has 5.98-inch full HD display and is powered by octa-core Helio P25 processors and sports two dual cameras (12MP wide-angle lens and 13MP telephoto lens) with 2-time optical zoom and 10-time digital zoom while the front camera has 16MP for selfie lovers.It has a unibody metal design, dedicated dual SIM slots along with a micro SD Card slot and a 4,350-mAH battery with support for a fast-charging feature. PTI MKJ ARDlast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma finishes 2017 with most international sixes in a calendar year

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgIndia skipper Rohit Sharma continued with his six-hitting spree in the third and final Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.Chasing 136 for a 3-0 sweep, Rohit clobbered Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya for a massive six for his 65th in international cricket in 2017 before falling for a 20-ball 27 to Dasun Shanaka.In the third over, the Lankan offie Dananjaya bowled a delivery outside off and Rohit stepped down the track to send the ball sailing over long off boundary for a maximum.Rohit finished with 65 international sixes in a calendar year bettering South African AB de Villiers’ tally of 63 which he had achieved the feat in 2015. Chris Gayle had hit 59 in 2012.In the second match of the series at Indore, Rohit scored his second T20I century off just 35 balls for the joint-fastest hundred in T20Is. He equaled the record of David Miller, who achieved the feat against Bangladesh at Potchefstroom in October 2017.The Mumbai dasher brought up his second T20 ton on the 12th over of the bowling off Angelo Mathews with a boundary.His whirlwind of an innings ended when he fell for 118 off just 43 balls to Dushmantha Chameera in the 12th over. This was the fastest hundred by an Indian batsman in the format. The previous one was held by KL Rahul off 46 balls against West Indies in 2016 at Lauderhill.Earlier during the ODI series against the same opponents, he scored a historic third double hundred as India continued to be ruthless against Sri Lanka in the second of the three-match series vs Sri Lanka in Mohali.advertisementRohit was the only man to score more than one double hundred in ODIs. Four other batsmen – Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill – have only one each.On November 13, 2014, Rohit had set a world record for the highest individual score in ODIs with a scintillating 264 at the Eden Gardens against Sri Lanka. He had scored his maiden ODI double hundred against Australia the previous year.HITMAN’S STATS IN 2017:- Rohit’s 35-ball hundred is the second fastest hundred in T20 internationals. South Africa’s David Miller scored a 35-ball ton against Bangladesh in 2017.- Rohit smashed 10 sixes during his 43-ball knock which is the most by any Indian batsman in a T20 innings. Yuvraj Singh had slammed 7 sixes against England in the World T20 in 2007.- The Hitman took his tally of sixes to 65 across formats, which is the most by any batsman in a calendar year. AB de Villiers had hit 63 sixes in 2015 while Chris Gayle had 59 in 2012.- Rohit is the only Indian batsman to score more than one hundred in T20 Internationals. KL Rahul and Suresh Raina have one each.- The Mumbaikar’s 35-ball hundred was also the fastest by an Indian batsman in any format of the game.- Rohit scored his third double hundred in ODIs in the second match against Sri Lanka earlier this month. He is the only batsman in world cricket to smash 3 double hundreds. Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle have one double ton each.- Rohit blasted 13 fours and 12 sixes in his unbeaten 153-ball knock at the PCA stadium, celebrating his second wedding anniversary with Ritika Sajdeh. He went past Surrey’s Alastair Brown in English county cricket and now tops the list of most double hundreds in List A cricket.- Rohit’s unbeaten 208 was his fifth 150-plus knock, which is the joint highest with Tendulkar and David Warner.  He had scored an unbeaten 171 against Australia in 2016 and 150 against South Africa in 2015.- Rohit’s unbeaten 208 is the second highest individual score by a captain, behind Virender Sehwag’s 219 against West Indies in Indore way back in 2011.- Rohit has 16 ODI hundreds now, the fourth most by an Indian batsman after Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Sourav Ganguly.- Rohit has 14 ODI hundreds since he started to open the innings for India from January 2013. He is only behind South African Hashim Amla in the same time span coming out to bat at the same spot.- Rohit now has the highest individual score by an Indian in ODIs and T20Is. His 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in 2014 is the highest score by a batsman overall in ODI cricket.- With 1293 runs in 21 ODIs, Rohit is second on the list of batsmen with the most runs in 2017. Virat Kohli leads the pack with 1460 runs in 26 matches.last_img read more

Greece Makes European Basketball Championship Quarterfinals

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LILLE, France – Greece secured a place in the quarterfinals of the European basketball championship by beating Belgium 75-54 on Saturday for its sixth win in as many games.Latvia also reached the quarters by beating Slovenia 73-66.Center Yannnis Bourousis led Greece with 14 points, and Kostas Koufos added 13 as the team looks for its first title at the competition since 2005.Belgium, trailing by three at halftime, resisted well until midway through the third quarter, when Vassilis Spanoulis gave Greece a 10-point lead.Georgios Printezis followed with two free throws and Bourousis made a jumper as Greecetook a decisive 57-42 lead at the end of the third, and used a 21-3 run into the fourth quarter to take a 23-point advantage, while Belgium could not score for nine minutes.“In the first half we would have had a better score if we were not so static against the zone,” Greece coach Fotis Katsikaris said. “In the second half, the team was very determined and played unbelievable defense.”Greece is seeking its third title, having also won in 1987. Greece went 5-0 in the group stage and looked at ease as the tournament moved into the knockout stage at Lille’s football stadium, which has been converted into an indoor arena.Pierre-Antoine Gillet led Belgium with 14 points, Sam van Rossom added 13, and Matt Lojeski, who plays his club basketball in Greece, had 10.Janis Strelnieks scored 17 points and had six rebounds and eight assists to pace Latvia, which won the first title 80 years ago but whose best recent placing was eighth in 2001.Slovenia, which finished fifth at home two years ago, got 17 points from Zoran Dragic, who was the only player to score in double digits.Slovenia pulled within four points with 1:15 to play but Strelnieks then sank a jumper that sealed the victory. Mitja Nikolic made one of two free throws and Janis Timma made two for Latvia as Slovenia, which shot poorly from the field, ran out of time.Saturday’s losers will not have a chance to qualify for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.last_img read more

Morata scores hat-trick to equal Costa’s record

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgChelsea Morata scores hat-trick to equal Costa’s record start at Chelsea Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 22:39 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Alvaro Morata Chelsea Stoke 230917 Getty Chelsea Morata Stoke City v Chelsea Stoke City Premier League The former Real Madrid forward has helped to smooth the transition from his Spain international colleague, with the goals continuing to flow Alvaro Morata is showing that Chelsea were right to trust him with succeeding Diego Costa, with the striker continuing his impressive start in the Premier League.The Blues spent big to lure the Spain international away from Real Madrid once the decision was taken to move in a different direction.Chelsea 5/2 to beat Atletico Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 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 Antonio Conte opted to freeze Costa out, despite being a two-time Premier League title winner, and turn to a man with no prior experience in the English top flight.Morata has, however, justified that show of faith, with his hat-trick against Stoke further highlighting that he is capable of filling some big boots at Stamford Bridge.After his early opener, Morata netted an impressive solo goal, charging through Stoke’s half before beating the keeper. He then managed to nudge Cesar Azpilicueta’s chested pass in to put his side 4-0 up.With six goals and two assists, he has now been involved in as many goals in the Premier League as Costa had in his first six games.17 – Alvaro Morata is the 17th player to score a @premierleague hat-trick for Chelsea – only Arsenal have had more (19). Collection.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 23, 2017Morata marked his Premier League debut with a goal in a 3-2 defeat to Burnley.He then netted against Everton and Leicester, while laying on two efforts for grateful team-mates.The 24-year-old was also able to shake a scoring monkey off his back against Stoke, as he found the target for the first time with his feet.That’s the perfect way to start and Morata has that goal with his feet he’s been wanting! #STKCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 23, 2017While Morata is quickly cementing a standing as the new darling of Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have sanctioned the sale of Costa to Atletico Madrid and he will embark on a second spell with the La Liga giants from January.last_img read more

Lavelle returns on SheBelieves Cup roster

Posted On Nov 14 2019 by

first_imgUnited States Lavelle returns to USWNT in preliminary SheBelieves Cup roster Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 01:09 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rose Lavelle USWNT Matthew Emmons United States The U.S. will take on three of the top six teams in the FIFA rankings in the tournament, which kicks off on March 1 Rose Lavelle has returned from a hamstring injury to make the U.S. women’s national team preliminary 2018 SheBelieves Cup roster.The 22-year-old made her USWNT debut in 2017, cementing herself as a rising star, but missed a significant amount of her rookie season in the NWSL and last month’s friendly against Denmark due to a hamstring ailment.But Lavelle returns on the 26-player roster, which will be narrowed down to 23 ahead of the team’s tournament opener against Germany on March 1.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The U.S. will also take on France on March 4 before closing out the three-game tournament against England on March 7.”We had a productive training camp in January and a quality performance against Denmark to open the year, so the goal in the training portion of this camp is to refine our roles and relationships within our style of play,” head coach Jill Ellis said in a news release. Defender Becky Sauerbrunn (foot), midfielder Samantha Mewis (knee) and forward Tobin Heath (ankle) all miss out on the roster due to injuries. USWNT roster by position; caps/goalsGOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 24/0)DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 14/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 1/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Hailie Mace (UCLA; 0/0), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 105/2), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 19/0), Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit; 8/0), Emily Sonnett (Sydney FC, AUS/Portland Thorns FC; 13/0)MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 69/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 58/15), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 44/4), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 7/2), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 247/98), Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 33/6), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 8/0)FORWARDS (8): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC, ENG/NC Courage; 58/23), Ashley Hatch (Melbourne City FC, AUS/Washington Spirit; 1/0), Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC; 1/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 135/81), Christen Press (Houston Dash; 97/44), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 30/8), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 130/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 16/4)last_img read more

ICIS: East Asian LNG Prices Sink

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgzoom Dipping demand seems to have pushed East Asian front-month spot LNG prices to their lowest levels since March 2011. However, traders anticipate a strong rebound in early negotiations for deliveries over the coming winter, according to ICIS, a petrochemical market information provider. “The August ‘14 EAX contract was assessed for the last time on Tuesday, at $10.794/MMBtu, having shed $1.394/MMBtu since it rolled to become the front month on 16 June. The September EAX contract fell by $1.675/MMBtu over the same period to $10.863/MMBtu”, ICIS analyst said, adding that these levels were last seen this low in the immediate aftermath of the Japanese earthquake which caused the Fukushima nuclear disaster.Accordingly,  August demand appeared poor with only Japanese electricity utilities and Taiwan’s natural gas monopolist CPC interested in purchasing LNG cargo.Any demand for the month appeared met by suppliers from within the Pacific Basin. Namely, as ICIS analysis said, Russia’s Sakhalin, Australia’s Northwest Shelf and Indonesian state oil company Pertamina all awarded tender cargoes into the region in the second half of June.However, forecasts for the winter are more optimistic as prices are said to rise with the potential ramp-up from September of Sinopec’s Qingdao terminal, which is expected to absorb incremental cargoes from the PNG LNG plant in addition to its 2mtpa contract, as explained by ICIS.ICIS; July 18th, 2014last_img read more

Nova Scotia Students Celebrate National Youth Science Month

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgHarvesting space tomatoes and cultivating wind energy are two examples of what Nova Scotia students are doing for Youth Science Month. “Science is helping to mold the minds of Nova Scotia’s future inventors and researchers,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “When learning opportunities are presented in a fun and interesting way, there is no limit to the exciting discoveries students can make.” Youth Science Month was created by Youth Science Canada to acknowledge the interesting and innovative discoveries students are making in science. In Nova Scotia, science curriculum promotes hands-on, minds-on learning. Through problem-solving, inquiry and decision-making, science embraces discovery and fun. “Students are naturally curious, and science gives them an opportunity to explore their interests, and make decisions about some really exciting and complex things,” said Joyce Morrison, principal of Greenfield Elementary in New Waterford. “If you give students the right tools and learning environment, they will explore.” Projects like the Tomatosphere work to promote exploration and fun learning. Tomatoshpere is an educational outreach project that teaches thousands of students from across the country about space, food and nutrition. Using tomato seeds that have travelled from Earth to the International Space Station and back, students are meant to discover ways to provide nutritious foods for space living that will support space crews for long periods of time. Hundreds of Nova Scotia students have participated in Tomatoshpere with great success. “Science is no longer predominately about reading and researching, it is about doing and thinking,” said Marilyn Webster, science consultant for the Department of Education. “Exploring using skills and critical inquiry engages the students in their learning and this produces questioners and thinkers.” The Energy Around Us program teaches discovery through experimentation. A joint initiative of the departments of Education and Energy, the program gets Grade 9 students thinking about alternate energy sources and comparing them to wind. A series of resources will be provided to selected classrooms across the province to help students develop a deeper understanding of sustainable development issues, including the connection between energy and climate change. Students will also be challenged to come up with ideas around what they can do to make a difference in their communities through renewable energy. Students will present their findings during a celebration event in June. During this month and April, students will also showcase their talents, abilities and creativity at a series of regional science fairs. The fairs inspire the entrepreneurs and scientists of tomorrow by encouraging science program and innovative learning. For more information about regional science fairs, visit .last_img read more

Eight arrested for flesh trade

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgKolkata: Eight persons, including two customers, were apprehended on Tuesday night from a brothel which used to operate in disguise of a luxurious spa.Out of the three girls who were engaged in the business two are from Thailand. According to sources, on Tuesday evening the anti-human trafficking squad of Kolkata Police got a source information about a sex racket being operated under the banner of a spa identified as The Thai Retreat. Based on the information, police raided the spa located at 56 Sarat Bose Road in Ballygunge area and found two customers in compromising position with two girls. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring the raid, police found two girls from Thailand who were brought as sex workers. It is alleged that a businessman who went to Thailand sometimes before proposed the Thai girls who used to work in a spa to come to Kolkata and work here. As per the contract two Thai girls came to the city in tourist visa and were allegedly engaged as sex workers. Apart from the two customers, the manager, assistant manager and a pimp was were also arrested on Tuesday night. However, police came to know that there are several spa and beauty parlours are running across the city which run sex rackets. Thai girls working as sex workers is a new trend which was completely unknown to the police. After finding out the details, police are checking with the spas in the city in order to put an end to flesh trade.last_img read more


Posted On Oct 15 2019 by

first_imgGHOSTBUSTERS 3 IS MOST LIKELY BRINGING BACK ANNIE POTTS AS JANINE MELNITZAnnie Potts coyly admits to having a role in Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters 3 in a new interview. The actress played Janine Melnitz in the original Ghostbusters and the sequel, voiced the character in a video game, and made a cameo in the 2016 reboot with the rest of the surviving cast. Fans of the franchise have been wondering which members of the original cast will be coming back for the highly anticipated sequel after Reitman teased fans by letting them know the entire original cast has read his script last weekend at Ghostbusters Fan Fest. READ MOREBILL MURRAY AND SIGOURNEY WEAVER HAVE READ THE GHOSTBUSTERS 3 SCRIPTLast weekend’s Ghostbusters Fan Fest provided us with a number of useful little tidbits about the much-anticipated Ghostbusters 3. Most exciting for a franchise fan like me was the revelation that director Jason Reitman had secured the original dailies of the 1984 shoot, clips of which were played to a clearly delighted audience. But there was one bit of extremely positive news that’s certain to raise the spirits of longtime followers: the return of much of the original cast. READ MORE‘GHOSTBUSTERS’ 2020 SEQUEL IS BRINGING BACK AT LEAST 3 ORIGINAL BUSTERS1984 called. They want all original Ghostbusters actors back for the new movie.Whoa-ho-somebody’s coming! After having a series of cameos as new characters in the 2016 Ghostbusters remake, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, and Dan Aykroyd are apparently all returning to their original roles for the 2020 Ghostbusters movie that is just a straight-up sequel to the two buster films from 1984 and 1989.“It’s going to be crazy working with the guys again!” Sigourney Weaver told Parade Magazine last week and confirmed that she will, once again, be playing Dana Barret in the new Ghostbusters written and directed by Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters director, Ivan Reitman. Back in January, a new teaser trailer dropped for the new Ghostbusters, featuring classic Ecto-1 car being spookily discovered in a barn, somewhere. READ MORE Advertisement BIG MOVIE: DAN AYKROYD, BILL MURRAY & SIGOURNEY WEAVER JOIN GHOSTBUSTERS 3 FILMING IN CALGARY THIS SUMMERGhostbusters 3 is not a reboot. It’s a followup of the original films with Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver reprising their roles.Ghostbusters 3 films in Calgary this summer.Filming dates: July 15th to October 10th. Advertisement Login/Register With: Thirty years after the events of Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters 2, a family moves back home to a small town where they learn more about who they are. READ MORESIGOURNEY WEAVER CONFIRMS SHE’LL APPEAR IN ‘GHOSTBUSTERS 3’ ALONG WITH OTHER ORIGINAL STARSWhen Ghostbusters 3 arrives in theaters next summer, Sigourney Weaver will be along for the ride. The actress confirmed she’ll join co-stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in the sequel, as she reprises her role as cellist Dana Barrett.“It’s going to be crazy working with the guys again!” Weaver told Parade magazine in a lengthy feature about her life and career. READ MOREcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Top federal officials aiming to woo First Nation leaders on pipeline projects

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Several top federal officials are planning to meet with senior First Nations leaders in British Columbia later this month in an attempt to break an impasse over planned major pipeline projects facing resistance from Indigenous communities in the province, according to a letter obtained by APTN National News.Deputy ministers from seven departments are requesting a meeting Sept. 23 with Grand Chief Edward John, who heads the First Nations Summit, B.C. Assembly of First Nations regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould and Union BC Indian Chiefs president Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.The officials looking to meet with the First Nations leaders include the deputy ministers of aboriginal affairs, natural resources, fisheries and oceans, transport, environment, western economic diversification and employment and social development.Two major pipeline projects, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain pipeline, face major resistance from First Nations people and communities. Both pipelines are slated to pump tar sands bitumen from Alberta to the B.C. coast.Impetus for the meeting appears to stem from discussions initiated by Douglas Eyford, who was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper this past march as a Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure with a mandate to smooth the way for First Nations buy-in on pipeline projects.“Mr. Eyford’s discussions to date with British Columbia First Nations have highlighted the importance of engagement between senior government officials and First Nations,” wrote Serge Dupont, deputy minister for natural resources, in a letter to one of the three First Nations leaders invited to the meeting. “Including initiatives to strengthen environmental protection improve marine and pipeline safety and enhance Aboriginal participation in resource development.”According to Dupont’s letter, federal officials hope the meeting will lead to build “common ground” and “pursue shared opportunities and interests.”Dupont’s letter, however, makes clear the meetings are not meant as consultation on any planned energy project.The meeting is tentatively set to run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will be held on the sixth floor of Aboriginal Affairs’ Vancouver office building.“The purpose of the meeting would be to engage in dialogue with you and your key council members to better understand the issues and priorities of our communities in respect of proposed or future resource and infrastructure development opportunities,” wrote Dupont, in the Sept. 9 dated read more

Aimia suddenly suspends dividends following Air Canadas decision to severe ties

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

MONTREAL — Aimia Inc. is immediately suspending all dividends on common and preferred shares, including previously declared payments that were to be made at the end of this month.Shares in Aimia were down 10 per cent at $1.70 in morning trading Wednesday.The Montreal-based company runs Aeroplan and other customer reward programs for various businesses including Air Canada, its original customer.Aimia says the dividend suspension is required following Air Canada’s decision to stop using Aeroplan and launch its own customer reward program in 2020.Why investors should be wary of doubling down on these five losing stocksAimia shares soar 20% after CEO says Aeroplan operator can make it without Air CanadaFive things you should know about Aeroplan points and Air Canada’s new loyalty programThat announcement sparked a major decline for Aimia shares, which closed at $1.89 on Tuesday, worth less than one-quarter what they were worth prior to May 10.Aimia says a capital impairment test required by the Canada Business Corporations Act prevents it from paying the dividends, even though it has the liquidity to do so.“Our business continues to perform well and generate strong free cash flow,” executive chairman Robert Brown said in a statement.Shareholders who are entitled to previously declared dividends may be paid at a future date.Aimia says it’s actively working on forming new long-term relationships for the period after Air Canada departs and is making progress on cutting $70 million of costs from its business.The company also announced Wednesday that it will reduce the size of its board of directors to nine members, from 12.It says Joanne Ferstman, Alan Rossy and Beth Horowitz have resigned as directors. read more

Bolivian president visits Russia to discuss expanding ties

Posted On Oct 7 2019 by

MOSCOW — Bolivian leader Evo Morales has visited Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on expanding economic ties.Speaking after talks in the Kremlin Thursday, Putin hailed the “strategic co-operation” between the two countries, including Russia’s investment in Bolivia’s natural gas fields and a project to build a Russian research nuclear reactor in the country.He said Russian companies are considering investments in lithium mining in Bolivia and plan to participate in the planned reconstruction of Santa Cruz airport.Both leaders noted that they have similar views on international issues and underlined their shared emphasis on respect for sovereignty and opposition to unilateral sanctions.Morales praised Putin for leading global efforts to “protect international order, oppose use of force in international affairs and prevent interference into other nations’ internal affairs.”The Associated Press read more

Central African Republic Security Council reiterates call for national talks

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

In a Presidential statement read out by French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte, the Council called on the Central African authorities to follow internationally accepted standards for due process in the course of investigations and court trials of individuals involved in the coup attempt last May. “These procedures should be transparent and should not be allowed to aggravate inter-ethnic relations” in the country, he said. “The refugees who left the country after the failed coup should be able to return in safety without fear of persecution on ethnic basis.” The Council also underlined the need to continue restructuring the country’s armed forces “to enable them to fulfil their role effectively, loyally and impartially in the service of the Central African people,” Ambassador Levitte said, recalling the importance of implementing an effective arms collection programme.The Council also encouraged the international community to make substantial and urgent contributions to the country’s recovery while stressing that the efficiency of such a contribution would greatly depend on the efforts of the Government itself. “The Council emphasizes that the issues of external debt and payment of arrears of salary for civil servants need to be urgently addressed,” Ambassador Levitte said.The statement also took note of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s intention, in coordination with the country’s Government, to extend and strengthen the mandate of the United Nations Bureau for the Peace-building Support Office in the Central African Republic (BONUCA).In addition, the Council encouraged the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the international financial institutions to consider ways of strengthening the capacities of the Government in the management of its economic and financial affairs, including by lending high-level experts. It also urged the Bretton Woods institutions to show “exceptional solicitude” towards the Central African Republic. read more

UNESCO Director General joins others deploring murder of Congolese journalist

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today joined others who have condemned the murder earlier this month of Congolese journalist Bapuwa Mwamba.Koichiro Matsuura has asked the Congolese authorities to do everything they can to make sure this crime does not go unpunished, UNESCO said in a news release from its Paris headquarters. “I condemn the murder of Bapuwa Mwamba,” said the UNESCO chief. “At a time when the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is preparing for historic elections, it is essential to ensure the safety of media professionals because they represent one of the pillars of democracy.” Elections scheduled for 30 July will be the first the country has conducted in over four decades.The 64-year old Mr. Mwamba had worked for several Kinshasa newspapers, including the opposition daily Le Phare. He was killed in his home by three armed men during the night of 8 July. Shortly after, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MONUC) condemned the murder.Today, Mr. Matsuura voiced hope “that the Congolese authorities will do everything they can to find and punish those responsible for this crime.” According to Reporters without Borders, this is the second murder of a journalist in the DRC in the last eight months. Franck Kangundu, also known as “Ngyke,” a journalist from the independent daily La Référence Plus and his wife were killed outside their home in Kinshasa on 3 November 2005. read more

Apple sells over 2 million of new iPhone in China in first

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Apple sells over 2 million of new iPhone in China in first 3 days by The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2012 9:34 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Apple said Monday that it sold more than 2 million iPhone 5s in China in their first three days of availability, setting a record for that market.The iPhone 5, which launched in China on Friday, will be available in more than 100 countries by the end of December.The phone first went on sale on Sept. 21 in the U.S., Germany, France, Japan and five other countries, with more than 5 million sold in the first three days.That also set a record, but it only beat last year’s iPhone 4S launch by a small margin, falling short of some analysts’ expectations. Apple shares hit an all-time high of $705.07 that day, but in the months since the stock has plunged about 28 per cent.On Sunday, Citi analyst Glen Yeung cut his rating for the company to “Neutral” from “Buy,” questioning the strength of iPhone 5 demand and saying that it’s unlikely Apple shares will rally any time soon.Apple Inc. shares fell $6.85 to $502.94 in premarket trading Monday. read more

Judge approves Rhode Island settlement over 38 Studios

Posted On Oct 3 2019 by

Judge approves Rhode Island settlement over 38 Studios by The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2017 8:58 am MDT Last Updated Apr 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A federal judge has approved a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over Rhode Island’s failed $75 million deal with the videogame company owned by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.Under the settlement approved Monday by U.S. District Judge Jack McConnell, the state’s economic development agency will pay a $50,000 penalty. It did not admit wrongdoing.Schilling’s 38 Studios moved from Massachusetts to Rhode Island for a $75 million state loan guarantee, then went bankrupt.The SEC lawsuit alleged the state agency and Wells Fargo Securities made misleading statements about bonds used to fund the deal.The lawsuit is still pending against Wells Fargo and one of its employees. They have disputed the allegations and said no investors were harmed. read more

Everything Went Right For The 2018 Red Sox Are The Champs Destined

Posted On Sep 29 2019 by

It’s hard to imagine things going more right for the Boston Red Sox than they did last season. Boston jumped out to a scorching 17-2 start, was 38 games over .500 by the All-Star break, posted the most regular-season wins (108) by an MLB team in 17 years, and then steamrolled through the playoffs with an 11-3 postseason record en route to a World Series title. Statistically, it was probably the most impressive performance any major team had in 2018.1Among teams for which we had have game-by-game Elo ratings and predictions — in men’s pro and college football and basketball and Major League Baseball.But now the calendar has flipped to 2019, and as spring training warms up for the Sox in Fort Myers, Florida, Boston must focus on defending its crown — and staving off the inevitable regression that comes in the wake of a season as charmed as the one the Red Sox just enjoyed.As a rule, clubs that win a crazy number of ballgames in one season tend to come back down to earth quickly in the next. Of the 32 teams that cracked the century mark in wins (per 162 games)2We’re including teams in strike-shortened seasons — like the 1994 Montreal Expos — whose wins would prorate out to at least 100. since 1990, 28 had an inferior record the next year,3One team — the 101-win 2003 Yankees — compiled the same number of wins the next season. and 24 failed to return to the 100-win club. (Thirteen failed to break even 95 wins.) On average, these 32 triple-digit winners declined by 9.6 wins the following season. And the Red Sox could be running out of time to make the most of their current core. By 2021, Betts, Bradley, Chris Sale, Xander Bogaerts and Rick Porcello (plus potentially Martinez, who has an opt-out clause) will have all hit free agency. And team president Dave Dombrowski built 2018’s champion in part by bucking MLB’s prospect-hoarding trend and emptying out the farm system’s next generation in favor of short-term wins, so reinforcements aren’t exactly on the way.The result of Dombrowski’s moves was a championship, and one of baseball’s all-time great single season performances, so I’m pretty sure it was worth it. The question now is how steep the drop-off will be in 2019 — and beyond. In many ways, Boston caught lightning in a bottle last season, enjoying the kind of magical year that comes along only once every decade or so. But if history is any guide, the follow-up will have trouble coming close to matching the original. Red Sox15649567+136744110 Rays15278676+5042153 TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Yankees15669567+13774%41%10% Blue Jays14837587-521331 Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Teams that won substantially more than 100 games have tended to regress even harder. The 2002 Mariners, for example, won “only” 93 games after the 2001 squad tied a major league record with 116 wins; the 1999 Yankees won 98 a year after the team took home 114. The inescapable truth is that few major league teams actually have 100 wins of “true talent” on their rosters, much less 108. Most of these huge winners were aided by some not-insignificant amount of luck along the way.And it’s hard to argue that the Red Sox weren’t one of the luckier teams in baseball last season. According to the Pythagorean expectation, a team with Boston’s runs scored and allowed should have won four games fewer than it actually did. Furthermore, a team with Boston’s particular statistical profile (its singles, doubles, walks, etc. — both for and against) should have had a Pythagorean record five games worse than it actually did. Add up those two categories, and the Red Sox benefited from an MLB-high 10 extra wins of luck, whether through prevailing in the relative toss-ups of close games or through stringing hits together (or stranding opposing runners) in an unusually favorable manner.On top of all that, there’s another way a team can have everything go right for it, and that’s at the player level: Did everyone outperform their expected levels of performance at once? Injuries can often play a role here — though the Red Sox were in the middle of the pack in terms of man-games lost to the injured list. More pertinently, Boston also saw a number of players post career-best seasons last year, from American League MVP Mookie Betts (10.6 wins above replacement)4Averaging together the versions of WAR from and FanGraphs. to blockbuster free-agent signing J.D. Martinez (6.1), plus young up-and-comers such as Andrew Benintendi (4.1) and even longtime puzzles such as Eduardo Rodriguez (2.7).Altogether, 12 of Boston’s 21 regulars (those who played at least 2 percent of the team’s available playing time)5As measured by plate appearances and (leverage-adjusted) innings pitched, scaled to maintain WAR’s implicit 58/42 split between position players and pitchers. exceeded their established level of WAR, with only Jackie Bradley Jr., Eduardo Nunez and the catching tandem of Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez significantly undershooting their previous production levels during the 2018 regular season.6You could also argue that more should have been expected of Rafael Devers, who had 1.1 WAR in a partial season at age 20 in 2017 but produced only 0.5 WAR with more than double the playing time in 2018. But Devers was also only 21, playing his first season as an MLB regular.And this is to say nothing of the unexpected performances the team received in the postseason from the likes of Steve Pearce — a fizzled-out former prospect who arrived in Boston via a midseason trade and ultimately won World Series MVP — or Nathan Eovaldi, another castoff who had a 1.61 ERA in 22 1/3 postseason innings. (Or, in general, the amazingly fortuitous splits the team had in crucial playoff situations.)All of those different ingredients explain how a team that won 93 games in 2017 suddenly exploded for 108 and won the championship a year later. But again, the pull of baseball’s gravity is strong. Based on data since 1990, we’d expect a team that improved by 15 games between seasons to give back about 5.2 wins the next season. It’s just another data point to toss onto the heap of statistical indicators that foretell a decline for the Red Sox heading into 2019.The good news for Boston is that if your starting point is a 108-win team, you have a ton of room to regress and still be one of the best teams in baseball. Even if the Sox didn’t truly have 108 wins of talent on the roster last year, they still played like a 98-win team according to their underlying statistics, and almost all of that team will be back this season (with the notable exception of closer Craig Kimbrel). According to an early preseason version of our 2019 MLB projections,7Not including Tuesday’s news of Manny Machado signing with the San Diego Padres, although that move has minimal implications for the Red Sox. we rate Boston as the third-best team in baseball, with a 95-67 projected record and a 10 percent chance of repeating as champs, which is also tied for third-best in MLB.Trouble is, that might make the Red Sox only the second-best team in their own division. Our simulations consider the archrival New York Yankees just as likely as Boston to win the World Series and actually think that New York is ever-so-slightly better talent-wise. Although the Sox got the better of the Yankees last season, winning 13 of 23 games (including an August sweep and a four-game division series victory), for all intents and purposes, our projections have the two teams in an absolute dead heat as we look ahead to 2019: The Red Sox still have a Yankees problem on their handsHow our preliminary Elo ratings are forecasting the 2019 AL East race Based on 100,000 simulations of the 2019 MLB seasonSources: Baseball prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport, Caesar’s Palace Orioles142160102-1981<1<1 read more

Services at scandalhit Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals inadequate

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

A hospital trust at the centre of a maternity care scandal has been criticised by health inspectors in a new report.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) as “inadequate” in findings published on Thursday. It also found there is a “culture of bullying and harassment”, the BBC reported.The trust runs Shropshire’s two main hospitals, Telford’s Princess Royal and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.It was placed into special measures earlier in November amid a review of more than 100 cases of alleged poor maternity care.The CQC’s report says inspectors are “particularly concerned” about the trust’s emergency department and maternity services.An inspection carried out between August 21 and September 21 rated the trust as inadequate overall, having previously been rated in the “requires improvement” category. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Trust chief executive Simon Wright apologised for its lack of progress but urged people “not to lose sight” of things it does well.Overall, the trust’s performance was rated inadequate for whether its services are safe and well-led, “requires improvement” for the efficacy and responsiveness of services, and “good” for whether its services are caring.Professor Ted Baker, chief inspector of hospitals at the CQC, said: “While we found staff to be caring and dedicated, there is clearly much work needed at the trust to ensure care is delivered in a way that ensures people are safe.”The CQC has told the trust it must now make changes in 81 areas to boost its standard of care.This includes improving midwifery staffing levels and taking into account the findings of a review of maternity services by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.The trust should also improve how it escalates cases of women at high risk at the midwifery-led unit or day assessment unit and review its policy on reduced foetal movements for midwives and sonographers.Other required improvements cover the maintenance of safe environments, speeding up complaints handling, the secure storage of medicines and records and the administering of antibiotics for patients with suspected sepsis.The CQC said inspectors had also found some examples of “outstanding practice” in the trust’s end-of-life, maternity and critical care services.In a statement, the trust said some of the CQC concerns had been addressed through recruitment and improved reporting by its maternity services.Mr Wright said: “You cannot be unaffected by a report like this. I’m sorry and disappointed that we have not made as much progress to tackle the issues and challenges that the trust faces as we all want.”But people should not lose sight of many things that SaTH does not just well but significantly better than many other trusts around the country.”I know how hard staff are working, how passionate they are about what they do and the care they provide.”We will take to heart the CQC’s findings just as we welcome the extra support that is coming with special measures, to double down on the need to get things right and improve for the people we serve.”Senior midwife Donna Ockenden was appointed last year to review 23 cases of alleged poor maternity care at SaTH.The trust has since said it is in contact with more than 200 families – not all in relation to allegations of poor care – with some cases going back 20 to 30 years.The CQC previously said unannounced inspections of some services at the trust’s hospitals led to concerns about its reduced foetal movements guidelines at its maternity units.Inspectors also raised concerns about the trust’s urgent and emergency care, particularly with regard to the treatment and recognition of sepsis.In October, the CQC said it was taking action at the trust following inspections of its maternity and emergency departments.And in November, the trust entered special measures after Prof Baker wrote of his concerns to the chief executive of NHS Improvement. read more