Tennis going to be hot at Australian Open

first_imgEven before the first tennis ball has been hit at the Australian Open, emotions are overflowing Down Under.The first Grand Slam of the year is always a fascinating one. Being played in the other hemisphere, where history, geography and conditions are quite the opposite, the Australian Open has its own charm.As has become a practice before the tournament starts on Monday, the top guns get to speak to the media. None other than gentleman Andy Murray has made players and fans weep with words he spoke at an emotional press conference where he has said he will bid the sport goodbye.In an age where brash players grab headlines and the well-mannered professionals stick to their job diligently, Murray is the quintessential nice guy. He has endeared himself to all with his impeccable manners and behaviour on and off the court.The winner of three Grand Slam titles is respected by women tennis champions, past and present, for asking that players be paid at par. Compared to the old days when Bobby Riggs made uncharitable comments about women’s tennis till Billie Jean King took him on in the “Battle Of The Sexes” match and won, women’s tennis has come a long way.Yes, it needed someone like Andy Murray to speak nicely about the ladies as he believes they play pro tennis as hard as the men, though not over best-of-five sets in the Grand Slams. As the torch-bearer of British tennis and a two-time Olympic champion, Murray knows tennis has been a maelstrom for him in recent years.advertisementHe has simply not been able to recover from the hip injury and even at the Australian Open, one is not sure how long he will last. For him, to think of prolonging his swansong till Wimbledon, a place which he loves and gives him love, maybe a long journey. Be sure, each time Murray is on the court in the melting heat of Melbourne, he will offer fans a glimpse of what a champion he has been.Talk of drama, emotion, and history, one cannot but think of the journeys which the two biggest champions of the sport, Serena Williams and Roger Federer, will undertake. It feels like yesterday Serena won the Australian Open title in January 2017 when she was pregnant and still went on to defeat sister Venus in the final.The last time Serena played in a Grand Slam, at the US Open final against Naomi Osaka, the American was in distress. Her fiery duel with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, with all the conversation going live on air, made Serena a villain.Serena knows she may have pushed it a bit too far in New York last September and this is the time for her to return to winning ways in Melbourne. It’s not often Serena loses two Grand Slam finals in a row, as she did at Wimbledon and the US Open. She has grown a year older, but age never has been a factor for the queen of women’s tennis.Move to action in men’s tennis, it promises to be riveting. Between the three great men in the Open era – Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic -so many Grand Slam titles have been won, their progress in the coming fortnight will be viewed with great interest.Djokovic is indeed the hot favourite, having rediscovered his winning touch after looking pedestrian for a few years in between. He suffered distractions, his losses had more to do with problems other than tennis and lack of concentration was a factor. The way he has been able to bounce back in 2018, coming from outside the Top 20 ranking to win Wimbledon and the US Open was huge. Before this, Federer and Nadal had won the Australian Open and the French Open in 2018.There are many out there backing Federer, who at past 37 years of age, is still pushing hard. These days, there are any numbers of youngsters who come and swing their tennis racquets freely. Heat has never been a problem for Federer and his romance with the fans is a delightful one. It’s certainly a question of how he keeps his motivation high and lasts the two weeks.There are projections he could run into Djokovic in the final but to discount the chances of Nadal would be foolish. Nadal’s tennis career has been up and down. His injuries, long breaks from the tennis tour and return have always been enchanting.Two years ago, he even spoke of possibly retiring before Federer. One should not be fooled by all that, as Rafa still has the shots to hurt and the energy to wear down rivals in the heat of Melbourne.advertisementSo, to talk of favourites Down Under would be a bit dicey. Indeed, the favourites will have to slog it out over the next fortnight.Also Read | Roger Federer credits luck for his longevity ahead of hat-trick bid at Australian OpenAlso Read | Australian Open: Alexander Zverev declares himself fit despite injury scareAlso Read | Australian Open: Coach-less Simona Halep admits behind curve at Melbourne Parklast_img read more

a month agoREVEALED: The Liverpool player at heart of potential Carabao Cup expulsion

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: The Liverpool player at heart of potential Carabao Cup expulsionby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella is the player at the centre of an EFL investigation that could see the Reds kicked out of the Carabao Cup, it has been claimed.The 22-year-old did not have the necessary international clearance to feature in Wednesday’s 2-0 win at MK Dons, in which he came on as a substitute for Naby Keita in the 63rd minute, says the Mirror.The 22-year-old signed for the Reds’ academy from Valencia in 2013, and made his debut for the club in a 1-1 Europa League draw with Bordeaux in September 2015, when Brendan Rodgers was still the Reds’ manager.But Wednesday’s appearance off the bench was his first outing for Liverpool’s first-team since a 3-1 defeat at Swansea in May 2016.Since then he’s been on loan spells to Dutch sides Go Ahead Eagles and Willem II, as well as Extremadura in Spain in January last year.However Chirivella ran into registration problems with the latter, and failed to make an appearance for the Segunda Division side before returning to Liverpool .It is thought that he then needed fresh international clearance to feature for his parent club upon his return, with Liverpool having made an application on his behalf in July.The Reds feel that the failure to register him is an administrative error from the FA, and are confident that they won’t face expulsion from the Carabao Cup. read more

Gov’t Looking to Improve Ganja Licence Approval Process

first_imgStory Highlights The Minister was responding to questions from Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting, regarding the $113 million set aside in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure for cannabis product development. The Government is seeking to improve the approval process for licences to be issued to stakeholders in the local cannabis industry. The Government is seeking to improve the approval process for licences to be issued to stakeholders in the local cannabis industry.This is according to Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, who says the industry has not progressed as anticipated.“We are not satisfied with the pace at which approvals are made (nor) the manner in which we anticipated that this industry would take off,” he said.The Minister was responding to questions from Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting, regarding the $113 million set aside in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure for cannabis product development.The queries were made during the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament meeting held on Thursday (March 1) at Gordon House.Mr. Samuda said many stakeholders are of the view that the approval process is too “cumbersome” and “lends itself to unnecessary bureaucracy and delay, and I certainly anticipate that we will see some significant changes”.He noted that while two licences have been approved and the licensees have started production, “I think there is a lot more that can be done if some of the bureaucracy is removed”.“It is an industry that can take off and earn massive amounts of foreign exchange, and that is why we are going to pay particular attention to loosening up all the knots that have plagued us over the last year,” the Minister said.Mr. Samuda pointed out that one of the challenges being experienced by the sector is the lack of funding, noting that local financial institutions are unwilling to “bank any of the (industry’s) activities” due to what is deemed the informal nature of the business.To this end, Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, informed that Bank of Jamaica Governor, Brian Wynter, recently met with several licensed members in the industry, “because he recognises the dysfunctionality (in) having an informal industry which is increasingly being formalised globally”.Meanwhile, Mr. Samuda advised that the Cannabis Licensing Authority’s (CLA) role in the industry’s overall development is to be strengthened.The CLA, which is an agency of the Ministry, is tasked with establishing and regulating Jamaica’s legal ganja and hemp industry.“We have had discussions within the Ministry, and we have decided that we would look seriously at the entire construct of the (CLA) Board,” Mr. Samuda indicated. This is according to Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, who says the industry has not progressed as anticipated.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Halifax Stanfield International Airport From Wednesday, March 21 to the end of May, road work at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport will result in detours for traffic leaving the airport to Highway 102 Halifax bound. Expect delays. CONTINUING WORK NEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Captain Gillis Bridge The Captain Gillis Bridge, on Trunk 19 near Port Hood, is open to one lane with a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Detours for truck traffic will remain in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 3 Weather depending, Trunk 3 at the junction of Trunk 3 and Lakelands Blvd will be reduced to one lane in both directions for the replacement of traffic signals. Work takes place on Tuesday, March 20 from 7 a.m. with an expected ending time of 3 p.m. Lane drop will begin after rush hour traffic, 9 a.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, Richmond County, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30-last_img read more

Une occasion daugmenter la population francophone en NouvelleÉcosse

first_imgUne équipe de la Nouvelle-Écosse participera à une activité de recrutement d’immigrants en France et en Belgique au cours des prochaines semaines afin de rencontrer des francophones qui songent à s’installer et à travailler dans la province. Lena Metlege Diab, ministre de l’Immigration et ministre des Affaires acadiennes et de la Francophonie, dirigera la mission, qui inclut également des membres du personnel de l’Office de l’immigration et de l’Office des affaires acadiennes et de la francophonie, un employeur ainsi que des partenaires en développement économique. Destination Canada, une activité de recrutement organisée par l’ambassade du Canada à Paris, cible les francophones bilingues qui aimeraient vivre et travailler au Canada. Les rencontres avec des immigrants potentiels auront lieu à Paris du 13 au 15 novembre, à Bruxelles le 17 novembre, à Liège et Namur (Belgique) le 19 novembre et à Lille (France) le 20 novembre. « À titre de ministre de l’Immigration et de ministre des Affaires acadiennes et de la Francophonie, je suis responsable de renforcer la langue française en Nouvelle-Écosse et je considère l’immigration francophone comme étant une priorité, affirme Mme Metlege Diab. Le recrutement d’immigrants francophones est l’une des façons dont nous travaillons ensemble. » « J’ai hâte de collaborer avec les employeurs francophones, notre communauté et nos partenaires en établissement pour bâtir et renforcer les communautés francophones. » Les employeurs et les partenaires en développement économique régional qui participent à l’événement incluent Le Petit Voilier, le Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Halifax Partnership, Cape Breton Partnership, le Réseau régional d’entreprises de l’ouest et le comté de Lunenburg. L’immigration exerce une influence positive à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse. L’Office de l’immigration a accueilli près de 10 000 nouveaux résidents dans le cadre du Programme des candidats de la Nouvelle-Écosse au cours des deux dernières années, et poursuit son travail pour combler le manque de main-d’oeuvre. Pour plus d’information, consultez le https://immigrationnouvelleecosse.com .last_img read more

The hard work begins for floodravaged Alberta First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe water is now receding in southern Alberta.But for several reserves heavily damaged by flooding, the hard work of recovery is just getting underway.Flooding on the Siksika and Morely First Nations washed away many raods.Homes were swamped.Food, water and cleaning supplies are desperately needed along with volunteers.And there has also been an urgent call for drivers and cash donations.The Morley First Nation is located around 60 kilometres west of Calgary and that is where APTN’s Keith Laboucan reports on this story.last_img read more

Morocco’s OCP, Spain’s Fertinagro to Set up Joint Fertilizer Venture

Rabat – Morocco’s OCP and Spain’s Fertinagro Biotech company recently announced they created a joint venture company to produce enhanced fertilizer.The new company will produce “granular high analysis [nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium] NPK as well as fertilizers enhanced with urease inhibitors, bio-stimulants and trace elements (micronutrients), to address the international market,” OCP said in a statement January 24.The new venture comes two months after one of OCP’s subsidiaries acquired 20 percent of the shares in Fertinagro Biotech in October last year. OCP Group, one of the leading exporters and producers of phosphate-based fertilizers in the world, announced on October 23 that it obtained all required regulatory approvals and Fertinagro’s shareholders approved the acquisition.Read Also: Morocco’s OCP to Build 2 Fertilizer Plants in NigeriaNamed “OCP-Fertinagro Advanced Solutions,” the 50-50 joint venture will be located in Jorf Lasfar, 120 kilometers south of Casablanca, and will have “an initial annual capacity of 250,000 tons of specialty NPK fertilizers by 2020.”The company will receive “up to 1 million tons of further ranges of enhanced plant nutrition solutions” with “advisory services to farmers, capitalizing on both companies deep experiences in the field.”Marouane Ameziane, an executive vice-president at OCP Group, said that the venture “anchors the ambition of both partners to sustainably address the growing demand in enhanced and ‘technology’ fertilizers, and to expand their offerings to farmers worldwide, in terms of customized products and services.”Read Also: OCP’s Africa Fertilizer Complex Seeks to Triple Fertilizer ProductionOCP and Fertinagro seek to “combine industrial flexibility and competitiveness with innovation and agronomic services for farmers,” said Jose Luis Moya, general manager at Fertinagro Biotech.Both companies will “develop new industries, products and solutions in agriculture with a global joint vision to achieve a more sustainable world,” Luis Moya added.Fertinagro is a major Spanish fertilizer company which produces and commercializes plant nutrition solutions. It is also known for its “product development capabilities” and “biotech application.” read more

Korean peninsula issues discussed by Ban Kimoon and DPR Korea ambassador

At the meeting held in Mr. Ban’s office in New York, the Secretary-General repeated his support for the Inter-Korea Summit scheduled to be held later this month in Pyongyang between DPRK leader Kim Jong-Il and Republic of Korea President Roh Moo-Hyun. Mr. Ban told Mr. Pak that he hopes it will yield a successful outcome, according to his spokesperson Michele Montas. “In this connection he emphasized the importance of the Six-Party Talks and expressed his hope for a smooth implementation of the February joint statement,” she said. Those talks – which took place in Beijing among the two Koreas, Japan, Russia and the United States – culminated in an agreement on dismantling the DPRK’s nuclear weapons facilities and the return to the country of UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors over four years after they were ordered out after the DPRK withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Last month, IAEA inspectors confirmed that five nuclear facilities in the DPRK have been shut down. In today’s meeting, Mr. Ban “reaffirmed the United Nations’ readiness to offer help or assistance towards a peaceful, nuclear-free, prosperous Korean peninsula,” said Ms. Montas. The two agreed to continue dialogue on cooperation in concert with Member States. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mr. Ban said he hopes the summit meeting “will provide much firmer and stronger groundwork for the promotion of national reconciliation between the South and North, as well as further expand the scope of exchanges and cooperation, which will eventually lead to common peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.” During the meeting with Mr. Pak, the spokesperson said the Secretary-General also voiced sympathy for the victims of heavy flooding in DPRK and pledged the UN’s continued help in coordinating the aid effort with the international community. In a related development, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that UN agencies were invited by the DPRK’s Government, in a preliminary request for assistance, to jointly survey the situation in the wake of the floods. The assessment mission, in which WFP, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) participated, today visited one of the four affected provinces. Assessments are expected to continue for two more days to identify the needs of those impacted. 14 August 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Ambassador Pak Gil Yon of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) met today to discuss peace and security issues affecting the Korean Peninsula. read more

UN emergency fund gives 7 million to aid eastern DR Congos displaced

“This allocation will help UN agencies and their partners to rush emergency aid to people who need it desperately,” Humanitarian Coordinator Ross Mountain said today in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa.Mr. Mountain said the surge in violence by the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and rogue elements of the Congolese army (FARDC) has uprooted thousands of families, many of which have already been displaced several times. There are currently an estimated 1.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the two Kivu provinces, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The grant from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is in response to the urgent appeal for $38 million launched last month by the world body and its partners to help those in need of assistance in eastern DRC. Some $4 million will be used by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to provide basic relief and non-food items, and another $2.5 million for potable water. In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) will receive $500,000 to make basic health care available for the displaced.In May CERF allocated over $12 million to help nearly 200,000 people in the region cope with the lingering consequences of a series of attacks by the Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).The Fund, administered by OCHA, was created in 2006 to allow the UN quick access to its accounts, potentially saving thousands of lives facing sudden crises. It has so far disbursed more than $1 billion to emergency programmes in 67 countries, with the DRC receiving more than any other nation – some $144.5 million over the last three years. 17 July 2009United Nations agencies and their partners will be able to provide urgent humanitarian relief to some 250,000 people in the strife-torn eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) thanks to $7 million in emergency funding. read more

UN envoy warns against too many initiatives for dealing with Somalia

David Stephen, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Representative and head of the UN Political Office for Somalia, told the Council that contrary to the cliché of “divide and rule,” in Somalia there was a situation of “divide upwards” – in other words, divide and no rule. Different leaders travelled outside the country seeking support and claiming to be the true representatives of the Somali people.In fact, Mr. Stephen said, the Secretary-General’s recent report contained ideas for how to deal with the situation in the country, including the establishment of a Committee of Friends of Somalia.The Committee, as described in the report, could bring together interested countries and organizations in the search for a lasting peace, and to help mobilize funds for rehabilitation and development.Mr. Stephen said it had been 10 years since the fall of the Barré regime, and still there were no national institutions of any description. The main focus of loyalty for many Somalis remained the clan.The talk now was not of a ceasefire, he added, but of helping the Somalis to devise institutions that would rise above those of the clan. The clan situation might seem complicated, but the crucial question was to find a role for all clans in the future structure of Somalia.Restoration of trust was the critical element, Mr. Stephen emphasized in his statement. The Transitional Government was what its name implied – a transition to a permanent government. It was a start on which the future could be based. However, suspicion between the clans and past bad experience with government had not left them with a negative notion of government. According to the Arta Charter, the future structure of Somalia should be a federation. Prior to Mr. Stephen’s presentation, the Prime Minister of the Transitional National Government of Somalia, Ali Khalif Galaydh, addressed the Council, with representatives of more than 20 countries taking part in the daylong debate. read more

Stressing war not inevitable UN outlines plans for humanitarian aid to Iraq

Speaking at a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, Kenzo Oshima, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, stressed that contingency planning by the UN should not be misconstrued as indication to the contrary.”The Secretary-General continues to believe that inspections can work and that all avenues should be explored to find a peaceful solution,” he said. “But it is also important to underline that it is the responsibility of the United Nations to be ready for any contingency in Iraq, as indeed, anywhere else.”Mr. Oshima’s briefing came after the Secretary-General gave an informal presentation earlier Thursday to Security Council members on the status of humanitarian contingency planning for Iraq by the UN Secretariat.Under a “medium-case scenario” used in its planning assumptions, Mr. Oshima said that up to 10 million people – which would include internally displaced persons, refugees and the general public – may require food assistance during and immediately after the start of the conflict, while up to half of the population may be without access to potable water. He added that 2 million people could become internally displaced, and that there was the potential for between 600,000 to 1.45 million refugees and asylum seekers.The Under-Secretary-General said the UN’s role will be to make sure that enough measures are in place that will allow the UN and the international humanitarian community to alleviate suffering and provide life-saving assistance. “Of course parties to the conflict will be expected to meet their obligations to protect and assist civilian populations under international humanitarian law,” he added. Video of press briefing read more

Chief of UN agency replies to concerns on food gene transfers

Executive Director Jacques Diouf was responding to an open letter from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) charging that FAO’s State of Food and Agriculture report for this year omitted to mention that “five companies make up virtually 100 per cent of the transgenic seed market,” a situation for which, they said, FAO should propose alternatives. Since expanding arable land was increasingly not feasible, Mr. Diouf said, “we will have to use the scientific tools of molecular biology, in particular the identification of molecular markers, genetic mapping and gene transfer for more effective plant enhancement, going beyond the phenotype-based methods.” “Decisions on the rules and utilization of these techniques must, however, be taken at the international level by competent bodies, such as the Codex Alimentarius.” The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop food standards, protect the health of consumers, ensure fair food trade practices and promote the coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international and governmental agencies and NGOs. Developing countries should take part in the decision-making, develop their scientific capacity and master the necessary expertise and techniques “so that they can understand the implications and make independent choices in order to reach an international consensus on issues that concern all of humanity,” Mr. Diouf said. In accordance with its mandate, FAO would promote an international dialogue based on sound scientific principles and allowing the analysis of socio-economic, sanitary and environmental issues, he said. read more

Fletcher believes Scotland will be ready for Israel

first_imgDarren Fletcher believes Scotland will be ready for their winner takes all clash against Israel.The Scottish national team host Israel at Hampden Park on Tuesday in their final group game of the UEFA Nations League knowing a victory could help secure a playoff place for Euro 2020.Alex McLeish’s side lost the reverse fixture 2-1 in Israel last month but Fletcher thinks the Scots will be ready to deliver a more confident performance after a comfortable 4-0 against Albania on Saturday.Speaking to Sky Sports about the Israel game, the former Scotland international:“It’s going to be difficult but I think the biggest thing is they’ve saved a lot of legs and conserved a lot of energy.”edwin van der sarReport: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…“I don’t think it was a difficult game for Scotland physically so there’ll have lots of energy about them come Tuesday.”“The turnaround will be quite short but they’ll be ready for it.”“It’s a must win game and it gives a great chance to qualify. We knew the performance level in Israel wasn’t good enough.”“We allowed them too much possession and we allowed them to control the game. We weren’t aggressive enough but I think that was partly down to the formation.“This time it will be 4-3-3, it will be pace, it will be aggressive, there will be pressing and it will be up and at them. I think you’ll see a totally different Scotland performance.”last_img read more

Sun sets on solar energy group

first_imgFourteen months after Walt Ratterman’s funeral, the solar energy organization he founded is shutting down.When the Washougal resident was reported as missing after the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti, his family and colleagues wanted to keep moving forward.Engineers at Sun Energy Power International completed projects in several countries, while Ratterman’s wife, Jeanne, and their daughter, Briana, worked to keep his dream alive.Following the anniversary of his death, his family acknowledged that nobody could replace Ratterman.“It was an organization that really was built around one man,” Briana Ratterman said. “We’re closing it down.“He worked so much on his own. The organization wasn’t built for longevity without him.”Without her husband, “It isn’t the same organization,” Jeanne Ratterman said. “We’d be at a start-up level, a whole new organization.”Sun Energy Power International developed renewable energy projects in remote, rural areas around the world.Walt Ratterman was in Haiti in January 2010 to check the solar system he helped set up for another development agency, Partners in Health.His body was recovered four weeks after the quake amid the ruins of the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince.Keeping the agency moving ahead was a good way for everybody to deal with the uncertainty during the weeks following the tragedy, Briana Ratterman, 30, said.“He was missing for that month, and there were projects on the table,” she said. “I kept thinking he’d be coming home. I wanted things to be in the right place when he came home.“It gave me something to focus on that made me feel close to him.”A major lossThe finality of the funeral was followed by questions about the organization’s future.The family’s response was, “There are projects to complete; we’ll get this done,” Briana Ratterman said.“‘We’ll do this and see where we’re at’ became our mantra,” she said. “We did get five projects done, and we feel good about that.”Two projects were in Haiti and two were in Myanmar, also known as Burma.The fifth, in Guatemala, was the final project for Harvey Toub, who died of prostate cancer in September. Toub wanted his ashes to be scattered in Malaysia, which says something about the type of people Walt Ratterman worked with.last_img read more

After BPCL and HPCL Indian Oil Corporation to consider bonus issue

first_imgIndian Oil Corporation (IOC) could well become the second state-run oil market company in two months to declare bonus issue of shares; previously, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL) had declared 2:1 bonus on July 20.In a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange on Wednesday, IOC said that its board will meet later this month to consider June quarter results and bonus issue. IOC shares closed at Rs. 564.55 apiece, up 3.96 percent from their previous close, after hitting an intraday high of Rs. 569.70.IOC had last declared bonus issue in October 2009 in the ratio of 1:1.”With reference to the earlier letter dated Aug. 10, 2016 notifying that a Board Meeting of the Company is scheduled on Aug. 29, 2016, inter alia, to consider and approve the Unaudited Financial Results of the Company for the first quarter ended June 30, 2016.Pursuant to regulation 29(1) & 29(2) of SEBI (Listing Obligations & Disclosure Requirements) Regulations 2015, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd has now informed BSE that Board of Directors of the Company is likely to consider issue of Bonus Shares in the said Board Meeting,” the public sector company said.HPCL shares gained 1.85 percent to end at Rs. 1,171.20 apiece, while shares of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL) closed at Rs. 581.80, up 0.81 percent. BPCL had issued bonus shares in the ratio of 1:1 in May this year.The BSE energy index gained 1.49 percent to close at 10,802.65. The Sensex ended 70 points higer at 28,059 while the NSE Nifty closed at 8,650, up 18 points.Aurobindo Pharma was the top gainer on NSE Nifty, up 6.91 percent at Rs. 787.50, followed by Tata Power, Maruti Suzuki and Cipla.The expiry of Futures and Options (F&O) on Thursday kept investor sentiment cautious, brokerage Dynamic Levels said in its post-market note.”Aurobindo Pharma share price rose over 7% towards the closing of trade today, on Wednesday 24th August 2016; a day after it reported a 23.81% increase in consolidated net profit at Rs 584.96 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, 2016. The profit was on the back of the robust sales. The company had declared a net profit after taxes, minority interest and share of profit of joint ventures at Rs 472.45 crore for the equivalent period of the preceding financial year. Consolidated total income from operations increased to Rs 3,725.90 crore for the June quarter under against Rs 3,298.93 crore reported for the same period a year ago,” Dynamic Levels said.last_img read more

The LG G8 Might Feature a ClipOn Second Screen

first_img Rugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits KickstarterA Smart Speaker Could Save You From Cardiac Arrest Stay on target Mobile World Congress 2019 kicks off next month, and LG will be in attendance to show off a bunch of new phones. None of them will be bendable, but there will be a model with an expandable display.That device is the LG G8. The phone itself will likely look fairly similar to the G7 ThinQ (pictured above) that preceded it, apart from a smaller teardrop-shaped notch or punchout for the front-facing camera.According to a CNET source LG will show off a second screen for the G8. They aren’t putting it on the back of the phone as some manufacturers have done. LG is building the display into a case instead.LG has dabbled with modular smartphones before. In 2016 they launched the G5 with its camera grip and hi-fi DAC. It wasn’t quite the groundbreaking transformable device that people were hoping it would be, but LG did score some points for taking a risk.LG Electronics USA Senior Vice President of Marketing David VanderWaal displays the LG V40 ThinQ at CES 2019. (Photo Credit: David Becker/Getty Images)The G8’s second screen accessory could be a slick way for the company to offer a foldable phone experience without rushing a display to market that might not be ready to handle the rigors of day-to-day use… or one that looks like the Royole FlexPai.The Royole FlexPai is the world’s first bendable smartphone. Being able to shout first only goes so far, however… especially when the unfolded device still has a noticeable bend when you’re using it.Consumers would expect a much more elegant design from LG. If LG feels like that’s just not possible yet, then an add-on makes much more sense for this generation of its flagship phones.LG may also be waiting for Android’s official support for foldable devices to land. It’s been in the works for some time now and there’s a good chance we’ll hear more about it during I/O later this year.More on Geek.com:Samsung’s Foldable Phone Can Transform Into a Tablet5 Upcoming Android Phones Worth Waiting ForApple Reportedly Planning Three New iPhones (With Better Rear Cameras)last_img read more

And the worlds most visited city in 2016 is…

first_img TORONTO — Every traveller wants to discover hidden gems that are ‘off the beaten path.’ But a lot can be said about tried and true destinations, the ones that are swarming with tourists throughout the year. They continue to be ranked among the world’s most popular places for one simple reason: they’re just awesome.Earlier this month, Mastercard released its Global Destination Cities Index, which ranks the 132 most visited cities around the world. Measured by the number of international overnight visitors, the study predicts which countries will be the most visited in 2016.So which city came in at #1? Drumroll please… Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, September 27, 2016 And the world’s most visited city in 2016 is… Tags: Thailand Posted by Travelweek Group No surprise here, Thailand’s bustling and beautiful capital city – Bangkok – beat out all other cities in 2016!Here is the complete list:Bangkok, Thailand (21.47 million international visitors)London, England (19.88 million international visitors)Paris, France (18.03 million international visitors)Dubai, United Arab Emirates (15.27 million international visitors)New York City, USA (12.75 million international visitors)Singapore (12.11 million international visitors)Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (12.02 million international visitors)Istanbul, Turkey (11.95 million international visitors)Tokyo, Japan (11.70 million international visitors)Seoul, South Korea (10.20 million international visitors)Hong Kong, China (8.37 million international visitors)Barcelona, Spain (8.20 million international visitors)Amsterdam, Netherlands (8 million international visitors)Milan, Italy (7.65 million international visitors)Taipei, Taiwan (7.5 million international visitors)Rome, Italy (7.12 million international visitors)Osaka, Japan (7.02 million international visitors)Vienna, Austria (6.69 million international visitors)Shanghai, China (6.12 million international visitors)Prague, Czech Republic (5.81 million international visitors)last_img read more

Chinese vice governor in corruption investigation

first_img Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   The party’s disciplinary body also said in a one-line statement that Ji is suspected of serious violations of regulations and the law. That’s almost always a reference to accepting bribes and kickbacks, providing unauthorized favors, and other forms of personal malfeasance.The statement gave no details.On Wednesday, the party announced that Zhu Zuoli, vice chairman of the top political advisory body of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in the northwestern province of Shaanxi also is under investigation for serious violations of party disciplines and laws. The party gave no details on Zhu’s suspected violations.As with several others who have fallen in the campaign, Ji has personal and professional connections to the powerful former Chinese security czar Zhou Yongkang, currently the subject of a rumored investigation.There is no reported connection between Zhou and Zhu, who oversaw economic affairs in Shaanxi.Xi has made fighting widespread graft a key campaign of his leadership so far, with promises to target both junior and high-level officials.Investigations have so far targeted businesspeople, senior executives in the state oil sector _ Zhou’s former power base _ and most recently, a vice minister of public security. Ji was a key aide to Zhou in a last three of his central government positions, before taking up a series of positions in Hainan’s local government. BEIJING (AP) – China’s ruling Communist Party says a vice governor of the southern island province of Hainan is under investigation for serious violations, an apparent reference to corruption.Ji Wenlin is one of the latest high-ranking officials to be investigated since party leader and President Xi Jinping launched an anti-corruption campaign after taking over as head of the ruling Communist Party last spring. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Although rumors are rife, no official word has been released about any investigation into Zhou, until 2012 a member of the party’s all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

London England – For more than a century The Con

first_imgLondon, England – For more than a century, The Connaught in London has stood as an emblem of discreet and authentic elegance and the beloved Mayfair landmark is delighted to announce the opening of the Aman Spa at The Connaught. AmanResorts are renowned as the unrivaled leaders in the luxury spa industry, and the spa at The Connaught represents their first stand-alone spa. The world-class spa further establishes the Mayfair gem as London’s premier hotel destination.The Aman Spa is located in the newly-built west wing of The Connaught and is a unique juxtaposition to the hotel’s interiors, boasting a contemporary design with an Asian-inspired twist. The intimate, 1,640-square-foot space welcomes guests with cool oakwood floors and lightly hued furniture contrasted with the bold textures of carved wood, ceiling trellises and bronze accents. The spa features five treatment rooms, four of which are designed for single treatments and one for double treatments, all with personal steam rooms. Operating with a holistic approach to the lifestyle spa experience, the spa also features a stunning indoor pool with a serene waterfall at one end as well as a state-of-the-art fitness facility with Technogym equipment, adding a further dimension to the guest experience.The spa menu offers a wide range of spa and beauty treatments, instilled with the beauty and allure of ancient traditions and the sophistication of modern spa techniques. Inspired by various Asian cultures and traditions, “Aman Experience” treatments reflect the locations of other Aman Spas to incorporate traditional healing methods from Thailand, China and India. The sense of ritual and devotion that is inherent to many of these cultures is maintained, even nurtured, so that the treatments reflect the beauty, grace and mystery of the ancient times from which they evolved. The Connaught is renowned for its exceptional service, which is further reflected in the spa, with each experience being tailored for the individual. Guests of the Aman Spa at The Connaught purchase blocks of time, rather than specific treatments and work with the Aman Spa’s holistic consultants to devise the spa experience which best suit their needs. This bespoke approach to spa therapy perfectly echoes The Connaught philosophy.For more information visit www.the-connaught.co.uk.last_img read more