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first_imgSenior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will gather in the city on Sunday to discuss poll preparations for the Assembly elections. The BJP’s national working president J.P. Nadda arrived in the city on Saturday afternoon and was received at the airport by Cabinet ministers Ashish Shelar and Girish Mahajan. This is Mr. Nadda’s first visit to Mumbai after taking over as the interim president of the party. He will chair a party meeting and address the joint meeting of BJP State core group, State unit office-bearers, morcha presidents, district and city presidents, and general secretaries on Sunday, according to party sources.Earlier, a welcome ceremony was organised for Mr. Nadda, in which he paid a tributes at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis outside the international airport in Vile Parle. “Organised a Swagat Samarambh of our Working President @JPNadda ji at Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, #Mumbai wherein he was welcomed by senior BJP leaders including Hon CM,’’ Vile Parle MLA Parag Alavani tweeted. In the evening, Mr. Nadda held preliminary talks with senior State leaders including Prakash Javadekar, Chandrakant Patil and Devendra Fadnavis, among others.last_img read more

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first_imgAbout LeEco: LeEco, formerly known as Letv, is a About LeEco: LeEco, formerly known as Letv, is a global pioneering internet and technology company with multiple internet ecosystems across content, devices, applications and platforms. Founded in November 2004 by Jia Yueting and Liu Hong, LeEco employs more than 10,000 people and is the worlds first video company to go public with a market capitalization of more than $12 billion USD. Headquartered in Beijing, China, it has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. With disruptive innovation as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in myriad businesses, spanning Internet TV, video production and distribution, smart gadgets and large-screen applications to e-commerce, eco-agriculture and connected super-electric cars. The company also has one of the worlds largest content libraries which includes movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be viewed on LeEco devices like Superphones and Super TVs. Breaking the barriers of industries, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices. Media Contact: Shruti singh shruti.singh@bm.com +91-9654497747 Senior Associate, Genesis Burson-Marsteller Source: LeEco PRNewswire GSVlast_img read more

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first_imgArmed with the Speakers decision that it was a money Armed with the Speakers decision that it was a money bill, the government had pushed it in Rajya Sabha which cannot amend it but only make recommendations for amendment to Lok Sabha.Once Lok Sabha passes a money bill with or without amendments recommended by Rajya Sabha, it is deemed to have been passed by both the Houses.Showing urgency in getting the law through, the Centre, which enjoys a comfortable majority in Lok Sabha, had brought the measure to the Lower House within an hour of being returned by Rajya Sabha.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who had moved the bill and piloted it in both the Houses, had also turned down the opposition argument that Parliament cannot legislate since the matter is before the Supreme Court.Jairam Ramesh, while proposing amendments in the bill in Rajya Sabha, had expressed “anguish” that the bill was brought as a money bill, an act he likened to “knocking a nail in the coffin of the Upper House”.Calling the passage of the bill in this manner “a very dangerous trend”, Ramesh had said that the government tried to “bypass” Rajya Sabha by doing this.Insisting that a series of conditions are specified in Article 110 of the Constitution and that the Article uses the word “only” if those conditions are prevalent can a bill be declared a money bill, he had said that the Aadhaar bill, which was passed as a money bill “ignored five recommendations made by the Rajya Sabha.advertisement”It had many other provisions and most constitutional experts have given the view that the Aadhaar bill is not a money bill. While the prerogative of declaring a bill as a money bill or not is that of the Speaker and the Speakers decision is final, the recommendation to the Speaker to consider making it a money bill is that of the government.”It is the government that decides whether it is a money bill or not and the Speaker only certifies it as money bill,” Ramesh had said. (more) PTI RKS MNL PKS RKS PALlast_img read more

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first_imgMumbai, Jul 7 (PTI) Actress Taapsee Pannu has wrapped up shooting major portions of her upcoming film “Judwaa 2″ and is now looking forward to shoot with superstar Salman Khan.”Judwaa 2” is a sequel to the 1997 hit film “Judwaa” which starred Salman in a double role. In the second installment, Varun Dhawan reprises the role of the superstar.When asked how is the film shaping up, Pannu told reporters, “The shooting is going good, its about to get over. Two songs and a scene with Salman are left. We will shoot that soon… I am very excited to meet him, it will be my first time, and to share screen space with him.”The actress recently shot two songs for the movie which were retained from the original, “Oonchi Hai Building” and “Tan Tana Tan”.”It was so much fun shooting Oonchi Hai Building and Tan Tana Tan, I didnt want the shoot to end. These are the songs I grew up listening so I can dance on them for days,” she said at Sportsperson of the Year award event here last night.Pannu said if not a movie star, she wouldve loved to be a sports personality as she admires them a lot.”I feel if I had gotten a chance or had some sports skills, I wouldve definitely tried to be a sports star instead of an actor. I am a sports lover and admire it very much, because the way they play under pressure, with no retakes, representing the country, all of them are big heroes for me.” PTI JUR GK SSNadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgIn-form India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar says not losing the ability to swing the ball despite adding extra pace to his armoury has made him a much better bowler than what he was two years ago.Kumar, along with Jasprit Bumrah, has formed a potent new ball combination in the limited-overs cricket for India.They are also an asset for the team in the death overs with their perfectly placed yorkers and other variations. And their coming of age has not gone unnoticed with skipper Virat Kohli praising them highly after the series levelling win against New Zealand in Pune on Wednesday.However, maintaining the balance between swing and pace was not easy for Kumar, who suddenly lost his natural ability to move the ball after adding extra pace. Now he has got his mojo back, courtesy India bowling coach Bharat Arun.”He is somebody who manages bowlers really well. At this level you don’t want to get too much into the technique. He sometimes pinpoints certain things which can really improve your bowling. For example, I increased my pace but I lost my swing. I did not know how to go about it.”So he shared some fine points that helped me get my swing back. His role in the team is invaluable,” said Kumar ahead of the series decider against New Zealand in Kanpur on Sunday.Bhuvneshwar has not just worked on his bowling over the past two seasons but also on batting, which has made him a handy player in the lower-order.advertisement”As a player I feel I have grown in the past couple of years. I have improved my pace without losing on the swing. That is something I am really happy about. In batting also I have improved a bit,” he said.Talking about the three-ODI series, which is currently tied 1-1, Kumar said it will be another pressure game tomorrow after the second ODI in Pune, considering the team has not been pushed to the limit like this in a long time.If India win, it will be their seventh series victory in a row.”We have not been challenged like this in a while and it is a short series. So there was pressure in the last game that we could lose the series (having lost the first match). But the way we came back shows the character of the team. Tomorrow’s match is also about handling pressure. We will try to play like we played the last game,” said the pacer.Asked about the approach in a three-match series compared to a longer one, Kumar said: “It is a short series but mental approach is the same as any other series. But as I said, we have not been challenged in a while at home, so everyone is looking forward to the challenge.”Kumar further said that playing against familiar foes like New Zealand can work both ways. Most of the top Kiwi players feature in the IPL including captain Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, who have been Kumar’s teammates at Sunrisers Hyderabad.”Last series I played against New Zealand the planning was easy, it is the same for them also. Knowing them well and vice versa makes planning tougher. So it is a positive as well as a negative,” he insisted.Asked about his views on WADA threat on derecognising NADA if BCCI refuses to come under its purview, Kumar refused to get into the controversy, saying, “We have no say in the matter. It is up to the ICC and BCCI to decide. We will follow their instructions.last_img read more

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first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Just a week after naming Oklahoma State the leader in his recruitment, 2017 wide receiver Braydon Johnson announced on Monday that he has committed to Oklahoma State.Excited and blessed to say that I will further my Foootball carreer/Education and commit to Oklahoma St. #GoPokes⚫️? pic.twitter.com/hpyOa607Tz— B ⚡️ (@GLOing_817) July 25, 2016The 6-1 Arlington prospect holds offers from 8 schools including Colorado State, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Louisiana-Monroe, Tulsa and Utah State — but opted for Stillwater, instead.Johnson is a state champion relay runner with and known for his track speed. He is probably a bit undervalued at the receiver position, ranked as a three-star prospect on most recruiting sites.He has really good length to go up and get the jump ball as you can see in the video below, and he has above average athleticism. Couple that with his track speed, and you get a typical Mike Gundy recruit who has all the tools to grow into a big time receiver with a very high ceiling.Braydon Johnson (@GLOing_817) names leader, shines at @Texas7on7 champs. #GoPokes | @OKStateRivals | pic.twitter.com/NIX7VVRNpO— Nick Krueger (@RivalsKroogCity) July 14, 2016last_img read more

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first_img generates about $179 million in revenue employs more than 3,000 people (full-time positions) strengthens communities, with eight in 10 social enterprises advancing their missions at the neighborhood/local level Government’s Advancing Social Enterprise plan, launched in April, can be found at https://novascotia.ca/business/about/ . The Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia’s strategy is available at http://senns.ca/ . Social enterprises are strengthening communities, employing more than 3,000 Nova Scotians and generating $179 million in revenue, according to a recent survey of this emerging sector. Hugh MacKay, MLA for Chester-St. Margaret’s, on behalf of Business Minister Geoff MacLellan, provided an update on social enterprise during a visit to the Dartmouth Adult Services Centre today, Feb. 26. “Social enterprise is an exciting business model for socially minded entrepreneurs, especially youth, who want to earn profit, while making a difference in the world,” said Mr. MacKay, also the ministerial assistant for the Department of Business. “It is wonderful to see Nova Scotians, across the province, using social enterprise to start new organizations, create jobs and strengthen our communities.” Dartmouth entrepreneur Sheena Russell is one of the many young people embracing social enterprise. Sheena is the co-founder of Made with Local, a local food company with products in Sobeys grocery stores across Nova Scotia. She is using three social enterprises to get her products to market, with most of the food packaging at the Dartmouth Adult Services Centre, a non-profit which runs four social enterprises that employ and enhance inclusion for Nova Scotians with intellectual disabilities. “Using social enterprise to build a company feels good and it pays off,” said Ms. Russell. “By doing business this way, we are creating unique products that are nourishing and have social impact every day.” “Social enterprise has the power to effect real change,” said Cathy Deagle Gammon, executive director of the Dartmouth Adult Services Centre and president of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia. “It enriches lives, strengthens communities, creates jobs and grows our economy.” Government and the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia are continuing to implement their joint strategies for advancing the social enterprise sector. More than 250 social enterprises completed the 2017 survey. It demonstrates that the sector:last_img read more

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first_imgThe steamy scenes from ALT Balaji’s Gandi Baat 2 made Anveshi Jain an internet sensation overnight. Her bold and sensuous performance in the web series won her the tag of ‘Most Googled Woman’, which in turn gave a major lift to her career.But all good things come with a price. Though Anveshi looks happy with the popularity and love coming her way, the insensitive trolling and harsh criticism can become a stumbling block for her. In an exclusive interview, the actress talks about her reaction to such trolls and to what extent it affects her: Also Read – An income drop can harm brainYour performance In Gandi Baat 2 was appreciated as much as it was criticised by a section of people, who in fact created controversies. Does that bother you? No, it doesn’t bother me at all. I have always believed that ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ and I am only getting better at it. I am appreciating all the positive things happening in my life…there is so much to be grateful for. Such things are way too small to sweat about as I know what I did and where I am headed. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award Do you believe that Indian society has become more accepting of sexual fluidity? Absolutely they have. With the constant exposure to international content, with easy accessibility to the net, and technology making the sharing of information and content easy, it was something that was bound to happen. Plus, the millennials as a generation are also maturing a lot faster and early. Social media connectivity helps in the collective consciousness, which questions social mores a lot more vociferously. We don’t seem to have a myopic moribund approach to sex and it’s expression on celluloid anymore. It doesn’t shock us or make us curious, we are fairly casual about it. Having said that, portrayal of sex to shock and awe won’t work anymore either, it has to be a part of a coherent narrative for it to work. Was Gandi Baat 2 the turning point in your career? How did things change after the success of that web show? Yes, No matter how much I would want to deflect the reality but it surely became a turning point in my life. Before ‘Gandi Baat’, I was video blogging about human behaviours and dating advice but none of that gave such boost to my career. After the success of ‘Gandi Baat’, life has become easier in terms of work projects. I am getting the kind of work that I always wanted to do. I am busy doing travelling and hospitality shows, movies and web projects. You have signed a Gujarati and Kannada movie. Do you think it would be a good decision to step into films when you are doing extremely good on web platform? Why not? As an actor I feel so privileged and lucky to have the opportunity to express myself through all mediums. For me, what eventually matters is the content and storytelling, and the fact that I am straddling two totally different cinematic diaspora just excites me further. In fact, I wait for the day when I can do multi lingual projects so that I reach out to newer audiences every time. I want to do good work, whatever be the medium. What are the other projects in the line? You are going to see me next in ALT Balaji’s ‘Boss- Baap of Special Services’. Post that I will be doing four more projects including a Gujarati movie, a Zee 5 show, and a web series with Rajpal Yadav and Vijay Raj, but I can’t reveal much details about it.last_img read more

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4 March 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the leadership of his predecessor, Kofi Annan, in the mediation efforts to bring an end to two months of post-election violence in Kenya. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the leadership of his predecessor, Kofi Annan, in the mediation efforts to bring an end to two months of post-election violence in Kenya.“His role has brought not only peace and stability in Kenya but also the whole region,” said Mr. Ban, adding that the United Nations will continue its engagement in the process.The two men held talks in Geneva, and during a photo opportunity afterwards, Mr. Ban appealed to President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga, the rivals in last December’s disputed elections, to faithfully implement the agreement reached last week.That ‘Acting together for Kenya’ deal contains principles for a coalition Government and was announced in Nairobi on 28 February.The Secretary-General is on his way back to New York from Geneva, where he met this morning with High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and her deputy Kyung-Wha Kang; Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO); and Sahana Pradham, Nepal’s Foreign Minister.Yesterday, Mr. Ban addressed the seventh session of the UN Human Rights Council, calling on its members to ensure that all nations are held equally accountable for the protection of rights as the new body begins its first-ever universal review of their performance.“No country, however powerful, should escape scrutiny of its record, commitments and actions on human rights,” Mr. Ban said, hailing the start of the Universal Periodic Review, under which all UN Member States – at the rate of 48 a year – will be reviewed to assess whether they have fulfilled their human rights obligations. read more

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OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is encouraged by a broadening of economic strength, which includes gains across 70 per cent of industries, a top official said Monday, in what was widely seen as a “hawkish” speech from the country’s central bank.Senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said the gains are something Canada hasn’t seen since before the oil-price collapse nearly three years ago. Analysts said these and other comments suggest the central bank is beginning to assess when, not if, the bank might introduce its first rate increase in nearly seven years.Wilkins: More than 70% of Canadian industries are expanding. Diversity helps support strong and sustained growth pic.twitter.com/LGlWunDKJd— Bank of Canada (@bankofcanada) June 12, 2017For nearly two years, the rate has been locked at the very low level of 0.5 per cent as a way to help lift the economy.“As growth continues and, ideally, broadens further, (the bank’s) governing council will be assessing whether all the considerable monetary policy stimulus presently in place is still required,” Wilkins said in a speech delivered at the Asper School of Business in Winnipeg.“Just think about it, if you saw a stop light ahead, you would start letting up on the gas so that you could slow down smoothly. You don’t want to have to slam on the brakes at the last second. Monetary policy must also anticipate the road ahead.” But despite the bank’s brightening outlook, Wilkins underscored several lingering uncertainties that suggest it won’t be ready to raise its benchmark as early as its next scheduled announcement July 12.Top takeaways from what Canada’s blockbuster job numbers tell usCanada becoming more vulnerable as rising debt and hot housing get worse, bank warnsTop takeaways from what the Bank of Canada said about risks to our financial securityShe pointed to unknowns surrounding U.S. economic policy and Canada’s recent below-target inflation readings, as well as employment weaknesses in wage growth and the number of hours worked.Experts noted Monday how the speech was filled with optimism about the economy’s trajectory.“The hawkish nature of the speech is the first acknowledgment from the bank that the next move is likely to be a hike,” CIBC’s Royce Mendes wrote in a research note to clients.TD senior economist Brian DePratto wrote: “Rather than signalling imminent action, today’s remarks are more likely to be aimed at preparing markets for eventual monetary tightening.”He added that TD is predicting the next rate hike in early 2018.Looking at the positives, Wilkins credited strength in consumer spending, the services sector and the housing markets for helping carry Canada over the last few years.She said Canada is now seeing an expansion of business investment, particularly in the energy sector, and “broadening” economic activity across the provinces as reasons for optimism.The economy’s sources of strength also come from a number of sources, she added. “What’s encouraging is that this growth is not being driven by just a few key industries,” Wilkins said.“More than 70 per cent of industries have been expanding – and that’s a rate we haven’t seen since the oil-price shock. It’s the kind of diversity that helps support strong and sustained overall growth.”Following months of improving economic indicators, a growing number of analysts have been saying it’s increasingly difficult for the bank to find reasons to hold back from raising its trend-setting rate. read more

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Mano Tittawella, the Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms told the BBC, Sri Lanka is confident it will get the two years it is seeking from the UNHRC. The new Resolution is expected to be cosponsored by Sri Lanka, the UK and the US. “We must give Sri Lanka time to fully implement the October 2015 resolution and post-conflict measures required to embed stability, reconciliation and justice,” he said.Sharma later had talks with Samaraweera on the sidelines of the 34th session of the UNHRC underway in Geneva. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka has confirmed it will seek two more years from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to fully implement Resolution 30/1.A new Resolution is to be submitted to the UNHRC during the ongoing 34th session in Geneva. The British Government told the UNHRC yesterday to give Sri Lanka time to fully implement the October 2015 resolution.British Minister for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alok Sharma, told the Council during the high-level segment he welcomes Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s constructive engagement at the UNHRC. read more

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Mi’kmaq chief in Nova Scotia sign royalties deal with proposed coal mine by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 8, 2016 1:07 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 8, 2016 at 3:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MEMBERTOU, N.S. – A potentially “groundbreaking” royalty deal between 11 Mi’kmaq chiefs in Nova Scotia and a coal mining giant for a proposed undersea coal mine may signal companies are more willing to share resource wealth with First Nations, says an expert on aboriginal economic development.Harold Calla, executive chair of the First Nations Financial Management Board, says the accord between the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs and Kameron Coal Management Ltd. is rare because it applies to bands in Nova Scotia located hundreds of kilometres from the mine site itself.The Squamish band member and aboriginal accountant says the expanding law around the duty of companies to consult has encouraged companies to cut these kinds of deals — and First Nations are likely to continue pursuing them vigorously.“This could very well be a groundbreaking kind of event that could be drawn upon by others,” he said in a telephone interview from Vancouver.“What’s important in this is developing own source revenues … and creating revenue streams that you can leverage for economic development in your communities.”Few details were available about the deal, but Chief Terrance Paul of Membertou First Nation said it will provide a significant flow of money from the subsidiary of the U.S.-based Cline Group to bands around the province who were party to the deal.“It’s a lot of money per tonne and we have a reserve of over a billion tonnes here,” said the Cape Breton chief. “It’s significant for all the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia.”He said a separate financial entity would be set up to receive the monies and distribute it to the bands who are part of the assembly.Paul calls the deal historic, and adds he’s expecting the assembly will cut more such agreements with resource firms in the years to come.The proposed Donkin mine has two shafts about eight metres wide that extends about three kilometres under the Atlantic Ocean, starting from a location about 30 kilometres east of Sydney.While local politicians have welcomed the addition of jobs to the struggling Cape Breton economy, the proposal has been criticized by environmental groups as potentially adding to Canada’s contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.Stephen Thomas, the energy issues co-ordinator at the Ecology Action Centre, said Canada is in an era of coal being phased out and being replaced by renewable sources that don’t add carbon to the atmosphere.He said the environmental group supports First Nations receiving a fair share of resource developments but firmly opposes the project.“We applaud Mi’kmaq being recognized and their unceded territoriy being recognized, but … the Donkin coal mine is not the right choice for Nova Scotians. We’ll have to disagree on this point today,” he said, adding that several large Mi’kmaq communities are not party to the deal.Paul says the coal produced would meet regulatory standards and could replace coal that is being imported and burned in the province.“The coal they’ll be burning will meet the standards … Close to half our energy comes from coal. Here we are standing on it and we’re buying it from overseas,” he said.— By Michael Tutton in HalifaxFollow @mtuttoncporg on Twitter. read more

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Markets Right Now: Broad rally takes stocks to new record by The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2017 7:44 am MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:05 p.m.Stock indexes closed at record highs for a second day running, in a broad-based rally led by miners and other raw materials companies.Gold and copper miner Freeport McMoRan rose 2.7 per cent, lifted by soaring copper prices.Oil companies also rose with crude prices. Newfield Exploration rose 2.1 per cent and Exxon Mobil gained nearly 1 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 8 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,316.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 97 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 20,269. The Nasdaq composite rose 19 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 5,734.Small-company stocks did better than larger ones. The Russell 200 index jumped 10 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,388, also a record high.____11:45 a.m.Stock indexes are trading at record highs as investors weighed earnings news and the sale of infant formula maker Mead Johnson.Oil companies led the gainers as the price of crude oil headed higher. Newfield Exploration rose 2.8 per cent and Exxon Mobil gained 1 per cent.Enfamil maker Mead Johnson rose 5.1 per cent after it agreed to be acquired by Britain’s Reckitt Benckiser for $16.6 billion, or $90 a share.Skechers jumped 20 per cent after the shoe company’s sales beat analysts’ forecasts.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 6 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,314.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 68 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 20,240. The Nasdaq composite rose 15 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 5,730.____9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as investors found bright spots in the latest company earnings. Major indexes hit record highs a day ago.Energy companies rose with the price of oil Friday morning.Infant formula maker Mead Johnson rose 4.7 per cent after it agreed to be acquired by Britain’s Reckitt Benckiser for $16.6 billion, or $90 a share.Skechers jumped 18 per cent and Activision Blizzard climbed 14 per cent after they reported results that beat analysts’ forecasts.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,312.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 51 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 20,223. The Nasdaq composite rose 14 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,728. read more

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Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl GreenidgeVice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, has given the assurance that Guyana will continue to assist the people of Venezuela.  He was responding to a statement made by that country’s Ambassador to Guyana, H. E. Reina Diaz, during a recent press conference in Georgetown.Minister Greenidge pointed out that, “Guyana, as a matter of routine, stands ready to assist or support all CARICOM [Caribbean Community] States and immediate neighbours, where appropriate, when asked.”The Foreign Minister noted that, so far, the Venezuelan Government had not approached Guyana for help with its current internal crisis. Further, in spite of the difficulties that the two countries had experienced with regards to the border controversy due to Venezuela’s continuous claim to two-thirds of Guyana’s territory, the two Governments routinely utilize direct diplomatic channels to communicate through Ambassadorial exchanges or the use of Notes Verbale to send messages and requests. In 2016, Guyana convened a meeting of non-governmental organizations and the private sector in the country to consider the deteriorating conditions in Venezuela. However, at the time, the Venezuelan Government was not open to receiving any material assistance that was being offered at the time. In this regard, in a bid to determine the seriousness of the Venezuelan request for assistance, on Thursday 25 May, Ambassador Diaz was invited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where she stated that her country could benefit from Guyana’s support at international fora. Foreign Minister Greenidge said he would communicate Venezuela’s request and that he was certain it would be given the level of attention it deserved by the Guyana Government.  He observed that Guyana’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Dr. Riyad Insanally, was the current Chair of the CARICOM group. Guyana was of the view that it was both desirable and appropriate to discuss the crisis at the OAS. Moreover, Minister Greenidge urged dialogue among all stakeholders in Venezuela, including the Government and Opposition.Also, the Foreign Minister revealed that, already, Guyana was one of the Members of the Community of Caribbean and Latin American States (CELAC) that met to try to resolve Venezuela’s deteriorating situation as well as the one between its Government and Opposition. Guyana had done the same with another regional body, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). The Guyanese Foreign Minister further stressed that any support from his Government for the people of Venezuela did not indicate automatic agreement with the Venezuelan Government’s policies and its mode of implementing those.  Rather, Guyana could provide more effective assistance if it dealt fairly with all sides. “The Government of Guyana has no desire to compound the problems of Venezuela by joining one or other of the protagonists,” he stated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’One hand can’t clap’ to resolve border controversy – GreenidgeDecember 20, 2016In “latest news”Judicial settlement on border controversy is best recourse for Guyana – GreenidgeOctober 27, 2015In “Politics”Commonwealth set to ratify declaration in support of Guyana in controversy with VenezuelaNovember 17, 2015In “Politics” read more

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first_imgThere are a lot of people doing really exciting things with Microsoft Kinect – there was a video a few weeks back where some enterprising researchers used Kinect to give you full-body control of your character in World of Warcraft. Nathan Viniconis, however, decided to see if he could use Kinect to play his favorite game: Minecraft. It’s not immediately a game you would think could take to motion control: after all, Minecraft is all about mining for blocks and diamonds, punching trees to get wood, and building massive structures to keep yourself safe from the zombies that come out when the sun goes down. Viniconis took the idea a step further though, and used Kinect to control objects in the game, and to make massive animated statues like the ones in the video above. Viniconis says on the project’s Web site that he’s still working on it, but he’s not talking about what the next phase of development entails. He’s managed to import data from Kinect and make that data useful to Minecraft, he’s managed to animate the data Kinect sends in the game, and he’s managed to mercilessly tease his cat with a laser pointer. Where could he possibly go from here?last_img read more

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first_img http://jrnl.ie/3287178 Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 6:53 PM 81,827 Views Mar 14th 2017, 6:53 PM Crane lifts part of the wreckage in Blacksod, Mayo. Image: TheJournal.ie/Paul Hosford Searches continue for missing Coast Guard crew Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was recovered earlier but she died shortly afterwards. 72 Comments By Rónán Duffycenter_img Short URL Share Tweet Email Image: TheJournal.ie/Paul Hosford Updated 6.45pmSEARCHES ARE CONTINUING for the three missing Coast Guard crew men who were aboard a rescue helicopter that crashed off the coast of Mayo last night.The three are chief pilot Mark Duffy and winchmen Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith.Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was recovered earlier this morning in a critical condition but she died shortly afterwards.Four crew members were on board the downed Rescue 116 helicopter.Search teams are continuing to search for the three other crew members.Two more buses carrying family members of the missing men arrived at Blacksod, Mayo this evening.Parts of the wreckage from the downed Coast Guard helicopter have also been brought to shore.Coast Guard helicopters were assisting in their search by the Air Corps Casa, RNLI boats, the Naval Services’s LE Róisín, garda divers and local fishing vessels.The helicopters involved in the search and ended their operations for the night at about 7.30pm. They will resume at first light at approximately 7am tomorrow morning.It is hoped that surfaced based searching will continue throughout the night and a second naval vessel the LÉ Eithne is expected to join the search.Garda and naval divers are on board and will continue to assess whether they can enter the waters tonight.At least six trawlers that are also involved in the search have been transporting debris to the harbour in Blacksod.The helicopter’s door is among the debris that’s been recovered.Locals have also been coming with support, including soup and sandwiches for the search team and people on site.Speaking on RTÉ’s Six One News this evening, the Coast Guard’s search and rescue operations director Gerard O’Flynn said that the helicopter’s flight recorder has not yet been found.“That will be a key piece of evidence for the air investigation unit and hopefully that piece of equipment will be found sooner rather than later,” he said.The Rescue 116 helicopter was on its way from Dublin to Blacksod, Co Mayo to refuel before it joined an operation to assist in the medical evacuation of a UK registered fishing vessel.Contact was lost just before 1am this morning and Michael Hurst of Ballyglass Coast Guard said he got the call soon afterwards:At about 1.30am our pagers went off to contact our local coordination centre and the message was that a chopper had come down and to attend the scene in Blacksod.It’s the call nobody wants to get. It’s something you have nightmares about really, four of your colleagues going down like that it’s just very tough.Debris  Coast Guard Director Eugene Clonan said earlier that there is a “wide debris field” at the scene and that search and rescue workers are continuing to search the area.The field was at one point estimated to have a radius of two miles but this has expanded due to wind and currents.A Coast Guard spokesperson said that the cause of the crash is a matter for air accident investigators.- With reporting by Paul Hosford in Blacksod.  Read: First casualty of Coast Guard helicopter crash named as Captain Dara Fitzpatrick >Read: Search continues for three members of Coast Guard helicopter crew > Crane lifts part of the wreckage in Blacksod, Mayo. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgSéisme au Chili : une grande panique mais aucune victimeUn séisme de magnitude 6,9 s’est produit hier dans le centre du Chili, ont annoncé les autorités de ce pays. Il n’a pas fait de victimes, malgré d’importantes scènes de panique.Un tremblement de terre d’une intensité  de 6,9 a secoué dimanche soir à 20H20 GMT le centre du Chili, à 900 kilomètres au sud de Santiago, suivi d’une réplique à 22H10 GMT, sans toutefois faire de victimes ou de blessés, ni d’autres dégâts matériels que des coupures de téléphone et d’électricité. Cependant, une vague de panique a parcouru la population de cette région, où un séisme d’une magnitude de 8,8, suivi d’un tsunami, avait fait plus de 500 morts et 56 disparus en février 2010.Le Service hydrographique et océanographique de la marine chilienne n’a émis aucun avis de tsunami après le séisme de dimanche, dont l’épicentre se situait à environ 100 kilomètres de la mer. “Le tremblement de terre de dimanche est dû à l’environnement tectonique du Chili et n’a rien à voir avec celui du mois de février dernier”, a assuré le directeur du Bureau national des urgences (Onemi). Selon lui, le récent phénomène était “d’une intensité moyenne”.Le 3 janvier 2011 à 12:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Supreme Court building in New Delhi. The top court’s order quashing the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) note on one-day default in stressed sectors removes a framework for banks to act against loan defaulters in some key sectors.ReutersThe Supreme Court order annulling Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) February 12 circular on stressed segment loans gives banks wider discretionary powers to treat each loan individually on merit. However, it removes a safety valve that RBI saw as necessary after several high profile overseas flight of economic offence fugitives like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya, pushing banks to the brink of collapse.The circular had mandated banks to take into account all stressed companies with loan exposure above Rs 2,000 crore even if the period of default was for one day. The circular gave banks six months after the one-day default to devise a time-bound restructuring plan and launch of insolvency proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The worst-hit sectors of power, shipping and sugar companies challenged the circular in the Court.The apex court’s action of quashing the RBI circular can drive banks to two extremes in dealing with stressed sectors. Most banks will invariably become overcautious in dealing with stressed sectors. The result of an overcautious approach, in most cases, will be the drying up of funds and eventual stagnation of the sectors. In the absence of a regulator-mandated framework for dealing with stressed sectors, the natural reaction of lenders would be to turn off the fund taps. The change in the situation would hardly affect companies that are already well funded and nor in need of further capital investments. For others, this could be disastrous as banks tend to approach stressed segments with extra caution. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) building in Mumbai. The top court took umbrage at the RBI’s February 12 circular which was described as an umbrella order to banks.ReutersAt the other end of the spectrum, some individual banks could err on the side of liberal treatment of some entities resulting in a repeat of scams that have tainted the banking system in recent years. Apart from wilful scamming of the system, there could also be individual officials who tend to err on the side of caution thinking of the fallout on the institution’s reputation that adverse press could precipitate.Banks that predominantly lend to stressed segments could turn to higher provisions for stressed accounts. Higher provisioning for non-performing assets (NPA) could affect the bank’s bottom line. The drastic divergence between the NPA data that banks have reported and what RBI has estimated shows the pitfalls of depending solely on banks for reaching a proper assessment.In the aftermath of the court order, banks may turn more to the ‘Project Sashakt’ to deal with stressed assets above Rs 500 crore. Some experts suggest banks may have to work more in association with AMCs (asset management companies) and AIFs (alternate investment funds). On the flip side, this could result in a vibrant AMC-AIF model for the other sectors to follow.last_img read more

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first_imgA woman speaks on her mobile phone in front of the logo of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) painted on a wall outside its office in Kolkata, India, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriIt is bad news for the employees at state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) as the telecom firm is planning to sack nearly 54,000 of its workforce post the Lok Sabha elections. The measure comes as a result of various cost-cutting measures recommended by a three-member panel appointed by the central government to trim down the losses of the telecom operator.The board of the BSNL has accepted the various recommendations of the panel which also include bringing down the age of retirement from the current 60 years to 58 years, the adoption of the voluntary retirement scheme for employees aged above 50 years as well as expediting the allocation of 4G spectrum to BSNL, Deccan Herald reported.These measures alone would reduce the headcount of the BSNL workforce by 31 per cent from 1,74,312 to 54,450 and save nearly Rs 15,000 crore. However, the state-owned telecom operator would still have to pay nearly Rs 13,000 crore to its employees who opt for VRS. At present, the average age of a BSNL employee is estimated to be 55 years.The telecom firm is adopting a wait and watch policy till the Lok Sabha elections are out since the sudden announcement of laying off a huge workforce can have implications on the poll results. After the elections, the new government in place would most likely take a call.However, the worries of BSNL are far from over as its losses continue to pile up since 2015, when the country’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani launched the cheapest telecommunication service provider, Jio which has demolished its competitors in the arena. The company’s revenue slumped by 20 per cent during 2017-18 at Rs 25,071 crore as against the earnings of Rs 31, 533 crore in 2016-17.Furthermore, Jio’s foray into fibre to the home network has diminished the BSNL’s share in the wireline market as the company has seen a continuous decrease in its subscriber base over the last two years. BSNL has struggled to pay the wages of more than 1.5 lakh employees in February. The executive staff strength of the PSU is just 28 per cent while its non-executive employees account for 72 per cent of the total workforce.The wages and other benefits to its employees accounted for nearly 53 per cent of the BSNL’s total revenue in 2018. Over the last decade, the company revenues have fallen by a starking 38 per cent rendering it a sick PSU, according to Business Today.There is also no official confirmation on the allocation of 4G spectrum to BSNL as the final comments are being awaited from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.last_img read more

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