How Indian-Americans are becoming more vocal with their reporting of hate crimes

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first_imgLast November, Indian American politician Ravinder Bhalla made news by being the first Sikh mayor of the New Jersey city of Hoboken, as well as one of the first public officials in the US to wear a turban. Now less than a year later, Bhalla is again in the headlines but for another reason: he is speaking out about the death threats that he, and his family, have received since his victory because of his Indian identity. . Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img


Terminix Enters India

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Cricket: Rahul Dravid picks the batsman to bat for his life

Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: Cricket CountryFormer Indian skipper Rahul Dravid was recently a part of a candid chat with ESPN Cricinfo where he revealed the batsman who would bat for his life among other things.The Wall stated that Sachin Tendulkar would be the batsman to bat for his life, and proceeded to give the reason behind his choice. The current U-19 head coach said:“The best guy I’ve played with was Sachin Tendulkar. In terms of quality and class. So I’d pick Sachin, at his best,”Tendulkar and Dravid are renowned for their partnerships that have rescued India several times under peril.Dravid also went on to reveal the fast bowlers he would like to face from the current generation and heaping praise on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kagiso Rabada in the process. He said:“If you’re counting Indian bowlers, Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) would be quite a challenge. Facing Bhuvi with the new ball with his ability to get the ball to move away and come back in would be a great challenge,” One batsman you’d pick to bat for your life? Rahul Dravid reveals his choice.Watch him answer #25Questions here: https://t.co/Ths7QJCpDq pic.twitter.com/XudvYwFO4K— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 24, 2018Read Also:England vs. India: James Anderson’s take on Kohli’s return to EnglandCricket: Sachin Tendulkar feels Kuldeep Yadav is ready for Test cricketlast_img read more


Northern region highlights 9 pm

Posted On Nov 17 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 22 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the northern region at 9 pm LUCKNOW DES4 UP-POLICE APOLOGY Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh police has issued an apology after a photograph of the victim of Hapur lynching being dragged by a crowd in the presence of three policemen went viral on social media. BAREILLY DEL48 UP-MEAT SELLER Bareilly: A local meat seller who was allegedly beaten up by the police over allegations of cow slaughter has died in a Delhi hospital. SRINAGAR DEL39 JK-4THLD ENCOUNTER Srinagar: Police today killed four militants, including chief of the banned Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) Dawood Ahmed Sofi, in a remote mountain village in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, six days before the annual Amarnath Yatra begins, officials said. Bulandshahr DES8 UP-RAPE Bulandshahr: A minor girl was allegedly raped by 10 people in Chacheri village which comes under the jurisdiction of Jahangirabad police station here, police said today. NAINITAL DEL55 HC-LD-UKD RAFTING Nainital/Dehradun: The Uttarakhand High Court has banned white water rafting and paragliding until the state government frames a policy on adventure sports, a move which those in the business say will hit them hard. CHANDIGARH DEL31 PB-AAP-PROTEST Chandigarh: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today burnt effigies and raised slogans against the Congress government in statewide protests after its legislator Amarjit Singh Sandoa was allegedly attacked by members of a sand mining mafia in Punjab’s Rupnagar district. LUCKNOW DEL40 UP-CONG-REVAMP Lucknow: Congress in Uttar Pradesh has dissolved its key teams, including those looking after media and organisational matters, and set up an interim panel with the 2019 Lok Sabha election in mind.advertisementBADAUN (UP) DES16 UP-SHIVPAL Badaun (UP): Senior Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav today said if party president Akhilesh Yadav had listened to his seniors, he would have stayed the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh today. NEWDELHI DES25 PAK-SIKH-PILGRIMS New Delhi: Over 300 Sikh pilgrims from India have been granted visas and are visiting Pakistan to observe the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore, the Pakistan High Commission here said today. PTI ASHASHlast_img read more


Samsung Galaxy M40 launching in India today: Expected price, specs and how to watch event

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgSamsung is all to launch the Galaxy M40 in India today. This is the fourth smartphone in the Galaxy M series and follows the Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 smartphones. The Galaxy M series has been quite successful for Samsung this year and the company will look to continue its streak with the Galaxy M40.The Galaxy M40 will be the first in the series to come with an Infinity-O display. The company has said that the Galaxy M40 will cost around Rs 20,000, although the exact pricing will be revealed later today at 6pm IST. This means the Galaxy M40 will be the only phone in its segment to offer a punch-hole display.The Galaxy M line is an online-only series, which means the Galaxy M40 will be available on Amazon India and Samsung’s online store. Samsung will announce the availability of the Galaxy M40 later today along with the official specs and price. You can watch the live webcast of the Galaxy M40 launch right here.Samsung Galaxy M40 expected specificationsFrom what Samsung has revealed so far, the Galaxy M40 will come with an edge-to-edge screen and will be employing an Infinity-O display like the Galaxy S10. This means the Galaxy M40 will come with a small circular hole cutout on the top left corner to house the selfie camera while offering thin bezels and a large screen real estate.From what rumours tell us, the Galaxy M40 will come with a 6.3-inch display with a possible FHD+ resolution. We can als expect a Super AMOLED panel considering the Galaxy M30 got it too. The rear panel will include a fingerprint sensor and a triple camera setup.advertisementSamsung has revealed that the Galaxy M40 will be powered by a Snapdragon 675 chipset that will be paired with up to 6GB of RAM. This also means the Galaxy M40 will be the first Galaxy M-series phone to use a Qualcommm chipset.As for the cameras, the Galaxy M40 will sport a 32MP primary camera for detailed shots. We expect to see an ultra wide-angle lens and depth sensor in the mix as well. The front camera will see a 16MP sensor.Samsung will reveal the official specifications of the Galaxy M40 along with its price in India and release date today at 6pm.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M40 shown off by Disha Patani in promo, confirms Snapdragon 675 chipsetALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M40: Everything you need to know before its launch on June 11last_img read more


Have Real Madrid already thrown away the title?

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgReal Madrid Title dream over? Real Madrid have never won La Liga after being eight points behind Goal Last updated 2 years ago 03:45 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(34) Sergio Ramos Real Madrid 2017 Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Girona v Real Madrid Girona A 2-1 defeat at the hands of Girona leaves Zinedine Zidane with an historic task if he wishes to take the crown again, although he remains defiant Real Madrid’s latest La Liga defeat has left the reigning champions trailing Barcelona by a deficit they have never previously overcome to win the title. Goals from Cristhian Stuani and Portu led Girona to a famous 2-1 victory in their first-ever meeting with Madrid, who had taken the lead through Isco. Spurs 12/5 to beat Real Madrid 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 result leaves Zinedine Zidane’s men languishing in third, closer to falling out of European qualification altogether than to Barcelona at the summit. Barca did their part at the weekend with a 2-0 win over Athletic, extending the advantage over their Clasico rivals to eight points. Zidane for his part remains defiant, stating: “We know we can turn this around. We will have better days and the other teams will drop points too over the season.”We lost three points unexpectedly [but] we want to win La Liga, it is our day-to-day.”But while only 10 games have passed in the current campaign, the omens do not look good for Madrid’s chances of retaining La Liga. The club have never come back from eight points or more behind to take the title, a daunting statistic particularly given Barca’s near-impeccable record thus far. Records, of course, are made to be broken, and neither Zidane nor his Barca counterpart Ernesto Valverde would rule Madrid out of the title race at this early stage. But mathematically at least, the cold, hard fact is that Madrid are now dependent on their rivals slipping up if they are to have a hope of glory. Prior to this weekend Madrid’s fate still rested in their own hands, given that both Clasicos are still to be played. Now, however, even back-to-back victories over their rivals and a perfect record elsewhere would not be enough to wrestle La Liga from Catalunya unless Barca also drop points elsewhere.last_img read more


How sports stars around the world welcomed 2019

Posted On Oct 25 2019 by

first_imgHow sports stars around the world welcomed 2019From Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan to Roger Federer and Cristiano Ronaldo, sporting stars all over the world welcomed 2019 with much fervour.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 1, 2019UPDATED: January 1, 2019 12:45 IST Cristiano Ronaldo welcomed the new year with his family. (@Cristiano Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli and Anushka Sharma celebrated the new year in SydneyRoger Federer posted a short video wishing his fans a happy new yearSaina Nehwal posted a photo with husband Parupalli Kashyap from the new year celebrations2019 has arrived and a new year calls for a celebration. Sports stars around the world welcomed the new year in their own way, some with their families, some shared moments with their fans and some just thanked for a solid 2018. In the new year, the world of sports will have India and Australia face each other in the final Test of a four-match series, starting January 3, Australian Open, the continuation of Premier Badminton League (PBL) and the continuing football season.Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli led the new year celebrations for the cricketers by posting a couple of images with his actor-wife Anushka Sharma. Shikhar Dhawan on the other hand posted a short video of his best moments from the year gone by.Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova posted videos of welcoming the new year and wishing their fans on the happy occasion while Novak Djokovic had some videos of his own to wish everybody.Many of the world’s badminton stars welcomed the new year in India with their PBL teams and danced the night away. Newlyweds Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap had the company of each other to welcome 2019.Here is how the sporting stars of the world brought in a new year.Happy New Year to everyone back home and all over the world, all the way from Australia. Have a wonderful year ahead God bless everyone. pic.twitter.com/ETr48NWbS5Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 31, 2018Looking back at few of the best moments from 2018. Here’s hoping the next year is better and brighter for everyone. Have a great year ahead guys. Rab rakha#flashback #happynewyear2019 #newbegginnings pic.twitter.com/wx13iXG16padvertisementShikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 31, 2018Wooohoooooo!!!Goodbye 2018 Let’s go 2019!#happynewyear pic.twitter.com/dwTB3dCGq0Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) December 31, 2018You’ve got mail from @ShenzhenOpenWTAFROM: @MariaSharapovaRE: New Year’s 2019 pic.twitter.com/ZtpXqM0SQ4WTA (@WTA) December 31, 2018Thank you guys for all the love and support in 2018! Awesome to experience this life journey with every last one of you. Where are you celebrating New Years??!!! #2018bestnine pic.twitter.com/6jZbzcS7tGNovak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) December 31, 2018Chest bumping into 2019 like….. pic.twitter.com/uSTmNJyFVpNovak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) December 31, 2018 Photo: Saina Nehwal Instagram Carolina Marin welcomed 2019 in India with her badminton mates. (Carolina Marin Instagram)Two-time Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar posted an adorable video of himself with his kids celebrating the new year’s eve and captioned the same as, “Best way to celebrate the new year is with your kids.. Their innocence fills our heart with so much joy and happiness.. Hopefully this years brings a lot of happiness and success .. Need all tour blessings… HAPPY NEW YEAR.”He also posted a photograph of himself with his wife and wished everyone a happy new year all the way from Hong Kong.Happy new year to all and everyone back home all the way from Hongkong.. wish you hv a wonderful and prosperous 2019 pic.twitter.com/FUiARCNHPI Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) December 31, 2018Also Read | Watch: Indian cricket’s most viral videos of 2018 featuring Kohli, Jadeja and RainaAlso Read | We are Manchester United: Paul Pogba asserts everyone is enjoying themselvesAlso Read | Proud parents: Rohit Sharma and Ritika Sajdeh blessed with a baby girlFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Happy New YearFollow Virat KohliFollow Cristiano RonaldoFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Roger FedererFollow Maria SharapovaFollow Saina Nehwallast_img read more


Cosco Nets USD 230 Million in Shipbuilding Contracts

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgzoom Cosco Dalian ShipyardCosco Qidong Offshore and Cosco Dalian Shipyard have secured contracts valued at approximately USD 230 million to build a Floating Accommodation Unit (FAU) and a Module Carrier, respectively.COSCO Qidong Offshore Co. secured a contract from an unnamed Singapore entity to build the FAU, scheduled for delivery in 1Q 2017. The buyer has also secured options for five additional FAUs.COSCO Dalian Shipyard Co. was given the green light to build a 21,000 DWT Module Carrier for Holland-based BigRoll Shipping under the first option cited in the announcement dated September 12, 2013. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2Q 2016.The vessel’s sister ships BigRoll Barentsz and BigRoll Bering are scheduled for delivery in August and October 2015, respectively. Press Release; September 23, 2014last_img read more


Readers’ Picks of the Week

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgBourbon Ventures into Ethane Transportation SectorPrompted by the downturn in the offshore oil and gas industry French offshore vessel contractor Bourbon has decided to acquire the activities of the global ethane tran… Read More Drunken Captain Grounds Ship off Rostock, GermanyDutch cargo ship Abis Bergen ran aground on Saturday, March 26th at the entrance of the German port of Rostock blocking the access to the port while its captain was under … Read More Svitzer Orders Tug Quartet from DamenGlobal towage operator Svitzer has signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for four ATD 2412 tugs as part of Svitzer’s ongoing fleet renewal programme… Read More World Maritime News Staff Hanjin Shipping Moves Forward with Sale of London OfficeSouth Korean shipping company Hanjin Shipping has agreed the sale of its office building in London as it fights to resolve its tough financial situation, the company… Read More Damen: Answer to PSV Idleness Is ConversionThe solution to the increasing number of laid up Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) resulting from the current predicament facing the offshore oil and gas industry lies in conv… Read More last_img read more


Feds long way from restarting or scraping missing murdered women inquiry PM

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is a long way from “starting over or scrapping” the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.The federal government is monitoring the work of the federally funded commission and its staff to ensure they have the ability to do their jobs, Trudeau said in an interview this week.“We are a long way from … starting over or scrapping it,” Trudeau told The Canadian Press. “We are certainly alert to the challenges that are being faced with something that was always going to be very, very difficult.”Trudeau also said he’s spoken with a number of individuals and family members who told their stories to the commission and are pleased with the approach.“I think we know that the public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has to keep families at the centre of what it is doing.”Last week, the inquiry confirmed the departure of Debbie Reid as its second executive director, but would not comment further, citing personnel issues.The staffing change will not disrupt work of the commission as it eyes a formal extension application for money and time to do its work, officials said in a statement.Director of operations Calvin Wong has stepped in to take over as executive director on an interim basis.Crown-Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said she is concerned by the amount of turnover at the commission, fearing it could distract from the work at hand. But the independence of the commission is crucial, and the government won’t interfere, she said.Both opposition parties say it is high time for Ottawa to take additional steps to ensure the commission is on the right track, especially given the fact the commission is widely expected to ask for a deadline extension.Trudeau’s government has currently earmarked two years and $53.8 million for the study, aimed at examining root causes of violence toward Indigenous women and girls.A number of survivors, families and Indigenous leaders have urged the federal government to formally restart the process due to concerns over operational matters with the inquiry including the departures of a number of staff.In December, a special gathering of chiefs hosted by the Assembly of First Nations also approved a resolution calling for the federal government to reset the inquiry by replacing the chief commissioner, Marion Buller.It said a new head should be named through a process of full engagement with Indigenous survivors and families.Bennett did not comment on the specifics of the resolution when it passed.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more


Kanhaiya Kumars candidature from Begusarai became dealbreaker between CPI and RJD for

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first_imgNew Delhi: Candidature of former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai constituency in Bihar was the “deal-breaker” between CPI and RJD as the Lalu Prasad-led party doubted Kumar’s winnability quotient in view of several controversies surrounding him.According to Rajya Sabha MP and RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha, the CPI-RJD alliance could not be forged also because his party was not willing to compromise on its candidate Tanveer Hassan, considering his popularity and the work done by him in Begusarai. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”RJD has been a very strong force. Even in the so-called Modi wave in 2014 elections, our candidate got almost four lakh votes and since then he has never left Begusarai. It was impossible for us to set aside Tanveer Hassan’s candidature. We have a strong cadre and that wanted Tanveer Hassan and there is nothing we could have done. It is all about our cadre, our people, therefore, another candidature than his became a deal-breaker,” he told PTI. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Hasan had finished second by losing to BJP’s Bhola Singh by a small margin of over 55,000 votes. CPI’s Rajendra Singh was at a distant third with nearly 1.92 lakh votes. Sources in the RJD claimed that there were “several strong factors” –being an old face, non-controversial image and minority tag–which were in favour of Hassan and contributed to the party’s decision to let go of the alliance. Significantly, according to sources in the CPI’s Bihar unit, there was also discontentment among a section of leaders about the party nominating Kumar and compromising on the alliance. Jayant Jigyasu, who was a close aid of Kanhaiya during the sedition row but later parted way’s to establish RJD’s student wing in JNU, said it was “Kumar’s arrogance and ignorance that led to the alliance fallout”. “Kanhaiya was massively supported in JNU by different factions because he was seen as a leader and not an opportunist. As a leader he should have thought of forming the alliance and defeating the BJP collectively rather than being adamant for the sake of his political career. “There is nothing wrong in having political ambitions but there is much more he could have brought to the table rather than him just becoming a deal breaker for a crucial alliance,” Jigyasu said. Kanhaiya did not respond to repetitive calls made to seek his comment on the alliance fallout. Kanhaiya, who has emerged as a prominent face of Left politics, is pitted in a three-way contest with NDA’s Giriraj Singh and RJD’s potential leader from the constituency Tanveer Hassan. The former JNU leader shot to fame in 2016 and was later arrested on sedition charges following an event on hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. On January 14, Delhi Police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised in the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016.last_img read more


Oregon official Family shifted billions from opioid company

Posted On Oct 7 2019 by

SALEM, Ore. — The Sackler family siphoned $11 billion from Purdue Pharma L.P., the Oxycontin maker the family owns and which is facing numerous lawsuits, in an attempt to evade “catastrophic liability,” Oregon’s attorney general said Friday.That amount is higher than some of the numbers other states have suggested, or what has previously been reported, Kristina Edmunson, spokeswoman for Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, said in an email.Oregon filed a redacted lawsuit against Sackler family members in May. Then Rosenblum filed an unredacted version on Friday that specified the amount that officials in Oregon believe the Sackler family took from Purdue Pharma L.P., starving the company of cash and leaving it unable to satisfy its enormous legal liabilities.Purdue’s CEO has said the company could file for bankruptcy.The lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court says the Sackler family realized by 2007 that Purdue faced “catastrophic liability” from criminal and civil investigations and more than 100 lawsuits.“Over the following ten years, while Purdue continued to illegally market OxyContin, the Sacklers milked $11 billion from Purdue Pharma L.P. In doing so, they starved the company of cash, stifled its growth, and left it unable to satisfy its enormous legal liabilities resulting from its continuous unlawful conduct,” the lawsuit says.Representatives of the Sackler family declined to comment on Oregon’s lawsuit.It alleges that between 2008 and 2018, the Sacklers directed Purdue to make nearly $11 billion in total distributions, including tax distributions, to “partnered companies, foreign entities, and ultimately to trusts established for the benefit of the Sackler families.”Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family, accused of playing a key role in triggering the U.S. opioid epidemic, have offered to settle about 2,000 lawsuits, but some state and local officials say the proposed deal doesn’t include enough money or accountability.Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said she wants any settlement to include more money than the $10 billion to $12 billion offered by Purdue and the $3 billion offered from the Sacklers, an amount that represents just a portion of the family’s fortune.Rosenblum noted that Oregon in 2018 sued Purdue Pharma L.P. and Purdue Pharma Inc. on multiple claims for penalties and civil forfeiture that could exceed $1 billion.In the more recent lawsuit, she asked the court in Portland, Oregon, to declare that the companies and the other entities in the Sackler pharmaceutical enterprise are the “alter egos” of the Sacklers and that Oregon may “pierce the corporate and partnership veils” to recover any amounts owed to the state.Much of their money appears to be overseas. A review by The Associated Press found the Sacklers have shielded their wealth in a web of companies and trusts. Some are registered in offshore tax havens far from Purdue’s Connecticut headquarters.___Follow Andrew Selsky on Twitter at https://twitter.com/andrewselskyAndrew Selsky, The Associated Press read more


SMMT delivers Growth Paper at crossparliamentary motor briefing

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

SMMT today launched its Growth Paper at an All-Party Parliamentary Motor Group (APMG) meeting, where senior MPs delivered their perspectives on economic growth, manufacturing and trade and export activity in the UK.Chaired by Lorely Burt MP, this morning’s APMG meeting provided senior MPs with the opportunity to share views on manufacturing, trade and export activity in the latest government drive to deliver sustained growth and rebalance the UK’s economy.Keynote speakers, Justine Greening, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and Adrian Bailey, MP and Chair of the Business Select Committee, spoke of government’s priorities for growth, trade and UK manufacturing, as set out in its ‘Plan for Growth’, published in March this year.SMMT provided a briefing document, ‘UK Automotive – Driving Growth‘, outlining the importance of the UK’s automotive sector, which employs over 700,000 people, contributes an average annual economic value of £8.5bn and exports to over 100 markets worldwide.Click through to see the latest statistics about the UK’s automotive sector.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Rio Tinto sees great promise

Posted On Sep 24 2019 by

first_imgOn November 26, Rio Tinto today presented its annual investor seminar setting out in detail its strategy and growth plans. Chief executive Tom Albanese and some of his senior management team provided additional information to investors on the significant value within Rio Tinto and how the Group’s portfolio of assets and growth options are exceptionally well placed to benefit from the global rise in demand for metals and minerals. Five key value drivers were outlined:An exceptional growth strategy in iron ore and a strong pricing outlook, with a conceptual pathway to treble production to over 600 Mt/y   Positioned as the world’s leading aluminium and bauxite producer with an excellent portfolio of growth projects and a strong market outlook. Anticipated post tax synergies resulting from the Alcan integration have been increased by more than 50% from $600 million to $940 million per annum As one of the world’s leading copper businesses Rio Tinto has an impressive pipeline of exciting projects with interests in many of the world’s largest undeveloped mineralisation opportunities. Recent exploration at La Granja in Peru has highlighted the potential for doubling forecast production to in excess of 500,000 t/y An increase in the divestment target from at least $10 billion to at least $15 billion following a strategic review  A capital management strategy focused on enhancing shareholder returns from cash flow while providing flexibility for ongoing growth. The total 2007 dividend will be increased by 30% with a further annual total increase of no less than 20% in each of the following two years. This reflects the Board’s confidence in the business.Tom Albanese said: “The rise in global mineral demand is a trend that we expect to continue for decades because of fundamental demographic and economic shifts, especially in developing economies like China and India. We believe that the value in Rio Tinto is yet to be fully reflected by the market. We believe we have a better growth pipeline than our competitors, which puts Rio Tinto in a strong position to supply the metal-hungry world. We have the people, execution capability and resources to work smarter, faster and better than our competitors. We also believe our track record of delivery is unrivalled and we look forward with confidence to a hugely exciting future.” Looking in more detail at the key value drivers:1. Exceptional growth prospects in iron ore and strong pricing outlookConceptual pathway to production of over 600 Mt/y, including 420 Mt/y from the Pilbara in Western Australia $2.4 billion has been committed to develop the Mesa A and Brockman 4 iron ore deposits in the Pilbara Targeted additional mineralisation in the Pilbara region of 20,000 to 30,000 Mt and 8,000 to 11,000 Mt at Simandou in Guinea (non-JORC compliant Rio Tinto estimates) Pilbara rail and port infrastructure secures Rio Tinto’s position as the premier supplier, positioning Rio Tinto to reap maximum benefit from strong pricing outlook. Simandou is a major new discovery of high quality haematite (with a targeted grade of 65% iron) in proximity to the Atlantic Basin and the Middle East. Simandou has a potential production capacity of 70 Mt/y with options to expand to 120 Mt/y and 170 Mt/y in the future. Feasibility studies are likely to be completed by 2010 with first production in 2013. Demonstrated capability to deliver growth with a compound annual growth rate in iron ore production of 14.8% over the period from 1999 to 2007. 2. Number one position in global aluminium with excellent growth and market outlook following integration of AlcanStrong outlook for pricing and demand. Post tax synergy target from Alcan integration increased to $940 million per annum (up from $600 million), deliverable by the end of 2009. Enhanced growth options to achieve number one global position in alumina and retain number one position in bauxite and aluminium. Strong fit with strategic focus on the best assets in the aluminium industry – competitively positioned operations with improving cost position backed by hydro power. Cutting edge technology, global reach and operational expertise to capitalise on the demand outlook. Renewed focus on upstream assets with decision to explore divestment of the Engineered Products division. Attractive growth opportunities in alumina refining with expansions at Yarwun and Gove and primary aluminium smelting with expansion at Kitimat in British Columbia, a new smelter in Oman and other projects in Abu Dhabi, Malaysia and South Africa3. One of the world’s leading copper businesses with an impressive pipeline of projectsLow position on cash cost curve. Excellent long term growth prospects with interests in many of the world’s largest undeveloped copper targets. La Granja in Peru has targeted mineralisation of 4,000 to 8,000 Mt at a copper equivalent grade of 0.5% (a non-JORC compliant Rio Tinto estimate). The mine has the potential to produce in excess of 500,000 t/y, double what was previously anticipated. It was acquired in 2005 for $22 million plus a work commitment of $60 million. First production is expected in 2014 Development work on Oyu Tolgoi is progressing well with significant further exploration potential in Mongolia. Average production is projected at 440,000 t/y of copper and 320,000 oz/y of gold over the projected life of the mine Significant extension options in copper, gold, and molybdenum at Kennecott Utah Copper operations and upside on the Resolution project Nickel projects in Indonesia and the US offer a pathway to becoming a top tier global nickel producer.4. Raising divestment target from at least $10 billion to at least $15 billion following strategic reviewAsset divestment target following the Alcan acquisition raised from at least $10 billion to at least $15 billion following the completion of a strategic review, which has highlighted approximately $30 billion of potential divestments. Rio Tinto will explore options for the sale of a shortlist of assets. These are all good businesses and any sales will be value driven and dependent on price. The following businesses are included in the short list: o Rio Tinto Alcan Packaging (previously announced) o Rio Tinto Energy America (previously announced) o Rio Tinto Alcan Engineered Products (global) o Cortez/Pipeline (gold, 40% stake, US) o Greens Creek (zinc, lead, silver, 70% stake, US) o Rio Tinto Minerals Talc (Europe, Australia, North America) o Northparkes (copper/gold, 80%, Australia) o Sweetwater (uranium project, not operational, US) o Kintyre (uranium project, not operational, Australia)5. Capital management strategy focused on enhancing shareholder returns and providing flexibility for ongoing growth.  The total 2007 dividend will be increased by 30% with a further annual total increase of no less than 20% in each of the following two years, reflecting the Board’s belief in the business. Estimated post tax $1.7 billion per annum cash flow enhancement expected by 2010. Financial strength to pursue capital expenditure programme, forecast at $9 billion in 2008 and 2009, while maintaining the goal of a single A credit rating and a commitment not to raise equity as part of the refinancing of the debt incurred in the Alcan transaction.Rio Tinto chief economist Vivek Tulpulé notes the following with regard to the world scene:Commodity markets are entering a fifth straight year of growth with mineral and metal prices at levels well above their long term average and in many cases above levels at the start of this year Firm global economic activity led by China is expected to support strong increases in demand for most metals and minerals over 2008 and 2009 With low stocks and a likely continuation of supply side difficulties, most commodity prices are expected to remain well above their long run trend over the short and medium term It is too early to suggest that the current price cycle has peaked across the range of commodities While the central case is positive, we are mindful of the short term risks associated with the predicted slowdown in the US economy But, it is important to recognise that the USA is now significantly less important in world commodity demand than it was just five years ago Rio Tinto’s analysis suggests that even a sharp slowing in the US economy would have only a small impact on Chinese and Indian economic growth and consequent demand for commodities Viewed from a longer run perspective recent history and the IMF’s forecasts suggest that we are currently going through a period of global growth not seen since the period of fast growth and reconstruction in OECD economies following World War 2 Specifically, there has been a structural shift favouring rapid growth in developing countries with large populations such as China and India. Growth in these economies will be resource intensive as they industrialise and urbanise. The implications for commodity markets are nothing short of profound. Projections for iron ore, aluminium and copper suggest that demand could double and even triple over the next 25 years.last_img read more


Return from injury a new chapter – Koscielny insists

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgArsenal defender Laurent Koscielny insists his return to first-team action following a long spell out due to injury marked a new chapter in his life.The Gunners player suffered a ruptured Achilles during the club’s UEFA Europa League semifinal game against Atletico Madrid in May, but marked his return to action during the club’s 1-0 win over Qarabag on Thursday night.“During rehab, you have you and yourself,” he said, according to the Telegraph. “For me it was very important to stay in my bubble and to be focused with one target: to come back stronger and quicker. You have not just good moments, you have some bad ones, some days you can’t progress as you wish.”“This is difficult, but you have the people around you to help you and keep your head up. Football is just a part of my life. I have a life outside the pitch. Now with my physical state and my head, I am calmer and I just want to enjoy.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Asked about his first appearance of the season, in which he played 72 minutes, Koscielny added:“It was a special day for me after seven months. Just before you come onto the pitch, you think about what you did. I had some flashes in my head of the seven months of rehab I did. Now it’s the end.”“I have been running since the end of August and I was near the team during the training sessions. I watched all the training so I know all the tactics, all the runs, when we have the ball, when we need to defend, when we need to press.”Koscielny’s return for the Gunners is a welcomed relief for manager Unai Emery, who is without the suspended duo of Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi, while Rob Holding misses out due to injury.last_img read more


Hospitality for homeless overflows on holiday

Posted On Sep 16 2019 by

first_imgCheryl Harvey was chipper as can be during Christmas dinner. It didn’t seem to disappoint her that she’d hoped to bring cherry pie and whipped cream, but all she could afford in the end was a jar of kosher dill pickles.Those dills were snappy and delicious all day long, and Harvey loved watching her friends munch them, as appetizers, as they got ready to feast.Harvey is from Portland, but these days she and her husband are living on the floor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Orchards. St. Andrew is one of two local Lutheran churches that offer up their floors for homeless folks who can’t find a bed at any of the permanent homeless shelters in the area. The other one is St. Paul, in downtown Vancouver. St. Andrew has 50 bed spaces that are intended for women and families; St. Paul has 24 beds for single men.Normally, the Winter Hospitality Overflow program requires overnight guests to rise at 6:45 a.m. and hit the road by 8 a.m. But on Christmas Day, St. Andrew’s doors were open to the homeless all day long.Oddly enough, not a lot of folks hung around for the day. There were only about a dozen enjoying Christmas dinner when The Columbian stopped by at 4:30 p.m.last_img read more


Jones Plans To Run In Hopes of Rebuilding Morgan Football

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgBY MARK F. GRAY, Special to the AFROMorgan State’s interim head coach Ernest Jones plans to run into the challenge of rebuilding the football program.  In an era of run pass option (RPO) offense Jones prefers limiting the pass, focusing on the rush, and hard nose defense as they look to restore credibility to the program which is three years removed from sharing a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship.“This is a new day and are creating a new identity on offense,” Jones said to the AFRO.  “We don’t care who knows it. We are going to line up and give the ball to our bruising, physical running backs. You may know what’s coming but it will be hard to stop”.Morgan State University Interim Coach Ernest Jones (Courtesy Photo/Twitter.com @MorganStBears)Jones faces an uphill battle as he tries to re-energize their students, fan base, and keep the team motivated. The Bears are ineligible for postseason this year as the program failed to meet the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 930 for the second time in three years. The APR monitors eligibility and student-athletes’ progress toward graduation. Despite the improvement from 893 to 920 Morgan State can only be a spoiler to teams who are contending for the MEAC title and berth in the Celebration Bowl.The NCAA sanctions also limit the Bears to two less hours of team activities per week during the season and four fewer hours per week in the offseason. Morgan State also will not be allowed to have spring practice next year. That figures to complicate the rebuilding process that was stunted by the hasty departure of Lee Hull in 2015 who left to become receiver’s coach with the Indianapolis Colts.Morgan State has lost their stability on the sideline that marked Donald Hill-Eley’s 12-year tenure which ended in 2013. Since then Morgan’s program has returned to the days of the revolving door of head coaching that plagued them after the glory days of Hall of Fame coach Earl Banks era until Hill-Eley’s run. Jones is the Bears third head coach in four years and is ready to put his stamp on the team.He has been open about how the APR dilemma could work to their advantage by forcing players to compete in the classroom with the same voracity they bring to the stadium on gameday.  However, the culture he is trying to create is old school “three yards and a cloud of dust” offensively while playing physical defense in hopes of shrinking the opposition’s time of possession while controlling the ball on the ground.Morgan St. will feature a trio of backs who are physical and versatile but the constant for all the skill position players is blocking this year. Josh Chase, Jordan Riggins, and Jalen Jackson fit that mold. This backfield by committee personifies what Jones is looking for from his running back who average 200 pounds and figure to do most of their work between the tackles grounding out tough yards.Meanwhile, quarterback DeAndre Harris, a converted basketball player, figures to start the season opener vs. Towson after completing almost 60 percent of his passes last year for 781 yards with 10 TD and eight interceptions. He is being challenged by redshirt freshman D.J. Golatt. Josh Chase and Jordan Riggins give Morgan over 400 pounds at tailback which could wear down defenses. They also feature eight receivers including Notre Dame transfer Corey Holmes.We’re not going to be a trick team; we’re not going to try and beat you with a snap count. If you’re looking for 30 or 40 passes and 60 or 70 points, that probably won’t happen unless we can get it by running the football.”last_img read more


Sailfish OS 302 named Oulanka now comes with improved power management and

Posted On Aug 26 2019 by

first_imgLast week, Jolla announced the release of Sailfish OS 3.0.2. This release goes by the name Oulanka, which is a national park in Lapland and Northern Ostrobothnia regions of Finland. Along with 44 fixed issues, this release brings in a battery saving mode, better connectivity, new device management APIs, and more. Improved power management Sailfish OS Oulanka comes with a battery saving mode, which is enabled by default when the battery goes lower than 20%. Additionally, users can also specify the battery saving threshold themselves by going to the “Battery” section in the settings menu. Better connectivity Improvements are made in this release so that Sailfish OS better handles scenarios when a large number of Bluetooth and WLAN devices are connected to the network. Now, Bluetooth and WLAN network scan will not slow down your devices. Also, many updates have been made in the Firewall introduced in the previous release, Sipoonkorpi, for better robustness. Updates in Corporate API This release comes with several improvements in the Corporate API. New device management APIs are added including data counters, call statistics, location data sources, proxy settings, app auto start, roaming status, and cellular settings. Sailfish X Beta for Xperia XA2 Sailfish X, the downloadable version of Sailfish OS for select devices, continues to be in Beta for XA2 with the Oulanka update. With this release, the team has improved several aspects of Android 8.1 Support Beta for XA2 devices. Now, Android apps will be able to connect to the internet more reliably via mobile data. To know more in detail about Sailfish OS Oulanka, check out the official announcement. Read Next An early access to Sailfish 3 is here! Linux 5.1 will come with Intel graphics, virtual memory support, and more The Linux Foundation announces the CHIPS Alliance project for deeper open source hardware integrationlast_img read more


by The Associated Press Posted Oct 2 2018 65

Posted On Aug 10 2019 by

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Oct 2, 2018 6:57 am PDT Last Updated Oct 3, 2018 at 7:22 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 8, 2018, file photo, Taylor Swift performs during her “Reputation Stadium Tour” opener in Glendale, Ariz. Swift will open the “2018 American Music Awards.” The singer made the announcement Tuesday, Oct. 2, on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” (Photo by Rick Scuteri/Invision/AP, File) Taylor Swift will open the 2018 American Music Awardscenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Taylor Swift will open the 2018 American Music Awards.The 28-year-old singer made the announcement Tuesday. This is her first awards show performance in nearly three years.Dick Clark Productions says Swift will sing “I Did Something Bad” from her “Reputation” album.Swift is competing for Artist of the Year at the 2018 AMAs alongside Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone.Rap is dominating this year’s awards. Drake and Cardi B have eight nominations each.Sheeran and Malone each earned six nominations, while Camila Cabello is up for five awards.The fan-voted AMAs will air live Oct. 9 on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.last_img read more


July 18 2000 If you like good food drink music

Posted On Aug 10 2019 by

first_imgJuly 18, 2000If you like good food, drink, music, being able to spend time with friends, andbeautiful architecture the place to have been last Saturday night was Arcosanti.Arcosanti residents wave to the camera during the summer celebration. Photo by:Doctress Neutopialast_img