Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni likely to unfurl tri-colour in Leh on Independence Day

first_imgFormer Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to unfurl the tri-colour on the occasion of Independence Day in Leh in the newly-created union territory of Ladakh on August 15.Dhoni, an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army, is at present stationed in Khrew in the Pulwama district of Jammu & Kashmir, along with members of his Territorial Army battalion.The Territorial Army is deployed in the south Kashmir region where Dhoni joined it on July 30. Defence sources said on Thursday that Dhoni is scheduled to travel along with his regiment to Leh on August 10.”Dhoni is a brand ambassador of the Indian Army. He has engaged in motivating members of his unit and has often been playing football and volleyball with the soldiers. He is also undertaking battle training exercises with the corps. He will remain in the valley till August 15,” said a senior army official.The 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has taken a two-month break from active cricket, after India was edged out of the Cricket World Cup following a loss to New Zealand in the semi-final, to serve his regiment in the Kashmir Valley.However, officials did not disclose the exact location at which Dhoni is likely to hoist the national flag on August 15.The Union government has undertaken a programme to hoist the tri-colour in each and every village of Jammu & Kashmir as part of Independence Day celebrations in the state.The central government had launched a community mobilisation programme across all 4,900 gram panchayats of Jammu & Kashmir from June prior to the withdrawal of special category status to the state.advertisementIn his ‘Mann ki Baat’ address to the nation on July 28, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had elaborated how it had emerged during this community mobilisation programme that the average citizens of Jammu & Kashmir were eager to join the mainstream development in other parts of the country.Amid massive troop deployment across the Valley, the government on August 5 revoked Article 370 of the Constitution and withdrew special status to Jammu & Kashmir while the state was bifurcated into two union territories through a legislation passed by both Houses of Parliament later on.Dhoni has remained stationed in the Valley throughout the security build-up exercise when all communication networks across the state have also been snapped by the central government to prohibit any break down in law and order.Also Read | MS Dhoni to start guard duty in Kashmir as honorary lieutenant colonelAlso Read | WATCH: Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni plays volleyball with his Territorial Army battalion, video goes virallast_img read more

Juventus rule out January move for Can

first_imgTransfers January transfer boost for Liverpool as Juventus rule out Emre Can raid Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 21:40 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Emre Can Liverpool Getty Images Transfers Juventus Liverpool Serie A Premier League The German, who will be out of contract next summer, has been linked with the Italian champions but they have no intention of bolstering their ranks Juventus have no intention of making a move for Emre Can in January despite his contract running down at Liverpool.The Germany international is set to become a free agent next summer, with no fresh terms agreed at Anfield as yet.Top-4 PL finish: Liverpool 11/10 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 An inability to put an extension in place means that the Reds run the risk of losing Can for a limited fee over the winter or for nothing at the end of the season.That situation means that the 23-year-old is free to speak to any interested parties outside of England from January, regarding a permanent deal at that stage or a pre-contract agreement.Juventus have been heavily linked with a move for his services but the club’s CEO, Giuseppe Marotta, insists that they will not be bolstering their ranks when the transfer window re-opens.He told Rai 2: “We will not sign anybody in January.”We are currently achieving our objectives in the Champions League, where we have a hard group.”Juve sit second in their Champions League group at present, behind La Liga giants Barcelona.Emre CanThey are already guaranteed at least a third-place finish and a spot in the Europa League, but have two games left in which to book a place in the last-16 of Europe’s premier club competition.Those endeavours will be complimented by a domestic title bid which has seen the reigning champions get the defence of their crown back on track of late.Having suffered a slight wobble in early October which saw them drop five points across meetings with Atalanta and Lazio, Juve have collected three successive victories to move back to within a point of leaders Napoli.Can, meanwhile, has remained a regular for Liverpool throughout the uncertainty surrounding his future.He has made 15 appearances for the Reds this season, with the most recent of those coming in a 4-1 victory over West Ham.It remains to be seen how many more outings he will take in, with Jurgen Klopp having conceded that Can could be removed from his plans at some stage in the coming months.He told reporters on an expiring contract: “It’s part of football. If it happens, we can’t change it.”We have to accept even an ending contract. There are two sides who could have done different. One is the club, the other is the player. It is a normal situation.”last_img read more

Rishi Kapoor and Karan Johar congratulate PM Narendra Modi for launching Fit India Movement

first_img Asian News International New DelhiAugust 29, 2019UPDATED: August 29, 2019 17:03 IST Rishi Kapoor and Karan Johar congratulated PM Narendra Modi for Fit India MovementVeteran actor Rishi Kapoor and filmmaker Karan Johar on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju for launching Fit India Movement to make people aware of the importance of being fit and healthy.The Prime Minister today launched a nation-wide Fit India Movement at Indira Gandhi Stadium complex in the national capital.Rishi Kapoor, who is currently undergoing treatment in New York took to Twitter and wrote, “Congratulations to our PM Narendra Modi and sports minister Kiren Rijiju for launching the Fit India Movement on 29th August. I’m sure this will inspire all Indians in finding easy and fun ways to adapt a fit and healthy lifestyle #FitIndiaMovement.”Congratulations to our PM @narendramodi & sports minister @kirenrijiju for launching the Fit India Movement on 29th August. I’m sure this will inspire all Indians in finding easy and fun ways to adapt a fit and healthy lifestyle #FitIndiaMovementRishi Kapoor (@chintskap) August 28, 2019Echoing similar sentiments, Karan Johar tweeted, “Congratulations to our honourable PM Narendra Modi and sports minister Kiren Rijiju for launching the Fit India Movement on 29th August. I’m sure this will inspire all Indians in finding easy and fun ways to adapt a fit and healthy lifestyle #FitIndiaMovement.”Congratulations to our honourable PM @narendramodi & sports minister @kirenrijiju for launching the Fit India Movement on 29th August. I’m sure this will inspire all Indians in finding easy and fun ways to adapt a fit and healthy lifestyle #FitIndiaMovementKaran Johar (@karanjohar) August 29, 2019Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty who is an avid yoga practitioner and fitness enthusiast was also present during the launch of the Fit India Movement.advertisementFit India movement was launched on the occasion of the National Sports Day — the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, which aims to encourage people to inculcate physical activity and sports in their everyday lives.Today, on National Sports Day we pledge to strength Fit India Movement! Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2019Meanwhile, Rijiju, who was present at the event also expressed his gratitude over the launch of Fit India Movement and said, “I am happy that we are launching Fit India Movement on the birth anniversary of Major Dyan Chand. We will make efforts to take this programme to new heights. Every Indian should be mentally and physically fit in order to take the country forward.”Many Bollywood celebrities including Shilpa Shetty, Akshay Kumar, Sushmita Sen, Malaika Arora Khan, Sara Ali Khan, Jhanvi Kapoor generally try to inspire people by sharing their workout videos or pictures on social media platforms.This is not the first time that the Modi government has launched a fitness campaign.It was Prime Minister who, through the United Nations as a forum, urged the world to observe International Yoga Day on June 21 every year. The government last year had come up with #HumFitTohIndiaFit campaign in which people from all walks of life participated by sharing their exercise regimes.ALSO READ | PM Narendra Modi pens thank you note to Aamir Khan for supporting his initiative of single-use plasticALSO READ | Aamir Khan backs PM Narendra Modi, urges people to avoid single-use plasticALSO READ | Karan Johar, Ayushmann Khurrana support PM Narendra Modi’s initiative to eliminate single-use plasticALSO READ | Karan Johar on PM Narendra Modi’s second term: To those watching India, picture abhi baaki haiALSO READ | Rishi Kapoor on cancer treatment: It has been 9 months and 16 days. I really miss homeALSO WATCH | It’s unfortunate that mob lynchings take place, says Rishi KapoorGet 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 Posted bynisha Tags :Follow Rishi KapoorFollow Karan JoharFollow fit india movement Rishi Kapoor and Karan Johar congratulate PM Narendra Modi for launching Fit India MovementOn the occasion of PM Narendra Modi’s Fit India Movement launch today, Rishi Kapoor and Karan Johar took to Twitter to congratulate him.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

WWE Draft results: Seth Rollins drafted in Raw, Brock Lesnar in Smackdown

first_imgWWE Draft results: Seth Rollins drafted in Raw, Brock Lesnar in SmackdownNumber one Raw draft pick and Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch defeated SmackDown representative Charlotte Flair, who replaced SmackDown draftee Sasha Banks, to earn Raw the first draft pick of the night.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 15, 2019UPDATED: October 15, 2019 12:51 IST Becky Lynch defeated Charlotte Flair. (WWE Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWWE Draft was the fourteenth edition overall and the second draft of 2019, following April’s Superstar Shake-upThere were six rounds of draft picks during Night 2 of the 2019 draftThe draft began on the October 11 and concluded on the October 14WWE Draft was the fourteenth edition overall and the second draft of 2019, following April’s Superstar Shake-up. The draft began on the October 11 episode of Friday Night SmackDown and concluded on the October 14 episode of Monday Night Raw, with SmackDown airing on FOX and Raw on the USA Network.There were six rounds of draft picks during Night 2 of the 2019 draft. WWE’s CBO Stephanie McMahon again announced the draft picks for each round. Number one Raw draft pick and Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch defeated SmackDown representative Charlotte Flair, who replaced SmackDown draftee Sasha Banks, to earn Raw the first draft pick of the night.Raw has far more “workers” and a more robust women’s division than SmackDown, which includes a lot of big names that Vince McMahon likely wanted for the show’s first year on Fox.WWE rostersWWE will reveal “additional draft picks” like it did this past weekend following night one of the Draft, so we’ll have to wait to see who will join the official list of free agents. The only wrestler left from the first pool who wasn’t drafted so far is Cesaro.RAWMen (24): Seth Rollins (c), AJ Styles (c) [part of OC], Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton, Ricochet, Bobby Lashley, Kevin Owens, Andrade [w/ Zelina Vega], Rusev, Aleister Black, Samoa Joe, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth (c), EC3, Eric Young, Sin Cara, Cedric Alexander, Humberto Carillo, Erick Rowan, Buddy Murphy, Jinder Mahal, Akira Tozawa, Shelton Benjamin, Titus O’NeilWomen (9): Becky Lynch (c), Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Nikki Cross, Charlotte Flair, Zelina Vega, Kabuki Warriors (c), Liv MorganadvertisementSmackDownMen (16): Brock Lesnar (c), Shinsuke Nakamura (c) [w/ Sami Zayn], Roman Reigns, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, Kofi Kingston [part of New Day], Daniel Bryan, Ali, The Miz, King Corbin, Shorty Gable, Elias, Apollo Crews, Drew Gulak, Heath SlaterWomenWomen (5): Bayley (c), Sasha Banks, Lacey Evans, Tamina, CarmellaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Posted bySaurabh Kumar Nextlast_img read more

Costa Concordia Parbuckling Update

first_imgzoom Due to the many integrations produced in the last days by Costa Crociere, and the requests of additional documents put forward by public authorities, the Commissioner will ask the Council of Ministers for ten additional days – the deadline initially set for June 16 – for a more in-depth analysis of the project.The first meeting of the Conferenza dei servizi was held in Rome at Civil Protection headquarters, chaired by the Commissioner for the Concordia Emergency Franco Gabrielli to examine the project presented by Costa Crociere for the transportation of the Concordia from Giglio Island to the port of Genoa for dismantling developed by the consortium made of the two companies Saipem-San Giorgio del Porto.The administrative regions involved  have all expressed the need to have additional time to analyze the project in detail, especially with regards to risk assessments and proposed mitigation measures.If the Commissioner’s request is accepted by the Government, the next Conferenza dei Servizi meeting will be on June 16, for an additional exchange on the technical elements that are still open, to then reach the date of the decision-making Conference – that will be indicated by the Council of Ministers – with the whole picture of authorizations, permissions and prescriptions.In the meantime, the operations at Giglio island are progressing 24/7 with 360 technicians at work.Currently 11 sponsons have been installed on the starboard side of the wreck and therefore there are still 4 to be positioned on the starboard side and 4 on the left side, to reach the total of 30 needed to refloat the wreck.Environmental monitoring of sea water is still ongoing, and as confirmed by the regional tuscan environmental agency representative in the meeting today, no anomalies are registered.June 10, 2014last_img read more

Mamata questions PMs silence on Assam chit fund scam

first_imgDhubri (Assam): Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched the TMC’s poll campaign in Assam on Friday and attacked Himanta Biswa Sarma, the BJP’s “key person” in the northeast, claiming her government has proof that “he had received Rs 3 crore” from the owner of Sarada, a firm embroiled in ponzi scam.The Trinamool Congress chief also claimed that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill are “two lollipops” being doled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “fool” the people of Assam. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAddressing the election rally in Dhubri, Banerjee said the TMC has decided to contest in Assam after “40 lakh people were excluded” from the NRC. “We will contest in nine Lok Sabha seats in Assam. We have made a start. Do not consider us weak,” she said. Hitting out at Narendra Modi, the TMC chief said the prime minister talks about chit funds in West Bengal, but it is the state government which has exposed and arrested those involved in the ponzi scam. “Sarada’s owner has said he had given Rs 3 crore in cash to Assam Minister Sarma and I have documentary evidence which I have brought with me,” Banerjee said, waving a document at the rally. “Has Modi taken action against him? Have you arrested him?” she asked.last_img read more

UN nuclear watchdog agency offers assistance following Japanese earthquake

19 July 2007The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has offered assistance to Japan after a powerful earthquake rocked the Asian island nation on 16 July. The IAEA has been closely monitoring the situation at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant – on the northern coast of Japan’s largest island Honshu – since the earthquake.Early data shows the tremors may have exceeded the plant’s seismic design assumption, according to a press release issued by the Agency.Noting that a thorough and transparent investigation of the earthquake’s impact on the facility is essential, the IAEA has suggested sending a team of international experts to join the country’s efforts in assessing the consequences of the tremors. read more

UNESCO to choose sites to join global network of biosphere reserves

19 September 2007Experts from around the world are gathering this week at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to consider 33 new sites for inclusion into the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Experts from around the world are gathering this week at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to consider 33 new sites for inclusion into the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.The Bureau of the International Coordinating Council for UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme, comprising representatives from 34 Member States, is holding a three-day meeting, which started yesterday, to consider proposals from 21 countries.For the first time El Salvador, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are proposing sites to join the existing network of 507 reserves in 102 countries.The Programme was launched in 1970 to promote sustainable development on a scientific basis with the active involvement of local communities and to reduce the loss of biodiversity around the world. The reserves in the network are ecological sites where those communities are involved in governance and management, research, education, training and monitoring, promoting both development and biodiversity conservation. read more

Guinea UN advances plans for international probe into deadly crackdown

19 October 2009Plans moved ahead today for an international commission of inquiry into last month’s violent crackdown on unarmed demonstrators in Guinea, in which at least 150 people were killed and many others raped, as a senior United Nations political official continued his talks in the region. Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Haile Menkerios left the Guinean capital, Conakry, for Ouagadougou in nearby Burkina Faso for talks with President Blaise Compaoré in his capacity as the mediator mandated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to look into the issue.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced last week that he would set up the commission to investigate the crackdown by security forces on 28 September in Conakry “with a view to determining the accountability of those involved,” sending Mr. Menkerios to prepare the ground. Mr. Ban said he “remains deeply concerned by the tense situation in Guinea” and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has called the crackdown a “blood bath.”In Conakry yesterday, Mr. Menkerios met with Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, the head of the National Council for Democracy and Development (NCDD), and also with the Prime Minister and the entire Cabinet. He consulted with representatives of political parties, civil society organizations and trade unions as well.There was broad support for the commission among Guinean stakeholders, and Captain Camara, who seized power in a coup d’état in December after the death of then president Lansana Conté, invited it to begin work as soon as possible to help establish the truth about what took place on 28 September, a UN spokesperson said in New York.Before that, Mr. Menkerios was in Abuja, Nigeria, where he met with a range of regional leaders, including ECOWAS Commission President Mohamed ibn Chambas, African Union (AU) Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra, and AU Chairman Jean Ping. The AU and ECOWAS Summit have welcomed Mr. Ban’s decision to set up the commission and pledged their full support. read more

Canadas job market mismatch puts economy at risk CIBC

We have people without jobs and jobs without peopleTORONTO — A CIBC report released in early December suggests Canada’s economic prosperity is at risk due to a labour market split that sees high-demand positions go unfilled while lower-skilled workers languish in unemployment.“We have people without jobs and jobs without people,” said author and deputy economist Benjamin Tal.The mismatch of companies unable to hire and people unable to find work is “simply big enough to impact the economy as a whole, our productivity, our potential growth and therefore our standard of living in the future,” Tal said.[np_widget id=”24″ /]The CIBC report breaks down the labour market divide into 25 “have” and 20 “have-not” occupations.It says the health and science fields, natural resources extraction, plumbing, social work, psychology and even the clergy are among the sectors that have openings, but not the people to fill them.The report says “traditional” occupations such as clerical work, manufacturing labour, teaching and food services are seeing a glut of workers chasing a limited number of jobs.“(People) in these kind of professions are actually not in demand and unfortunately there are too many of them,” Tal said, noting many seeking work in those fields are over the age of 45.He said this group accounts for nearly one in five of Canada‘s unemployed, who are increasingly sidelined for more than six months.And their skills, he said, are getting rusty or being rendered obsolete by employers’ ever shifting requirements, adding that even economic growth is unlikely to help them find employment.“It’s not a cyclical story … those people — in a good economy — cannot find a job because they don’t have the skill set that the economy needs.”Meanwhile, Tal said that almost one in three businesses is facing a skilled labour shortage, a number that has doubled in two years. He said the problem is worst in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.His research suggests those working in the 25 high-demand job groups face an unemployment rate of only 1%, while their real wage growth is booming at 3.9% annually. Meanwhile, wages for those working in the lesser-skilled group had no wage growth last year, the report suggests.According to Statistics Canada, as of October, the national unemployment rate stood at 7.4%.Tal said the skilled labour shortage means the economy is “underused” and businesses can’t expand due to lack of people.Government and business need to step up efforts on training in order to bring the growing number of long-term unemployed Canadians back into the economy, he said.Tal said a recent push to increase the number of apprenticeships to solve the skilled trade shortage has not yet had much of an impact problem.According to Tal, Ottawa has focused too heavily on bringing in immigrants and foreign workers to fill job shortages and needs to do a better job of training out-of-work Canadians to get them into new occupations.“The government is trying to solve the problem not by retraining but by getting new immigrants into the labour market,” he said. “At the same time we have an army of people who don’t have the skill set they need.” read more

TSX closes little changed weak economic data raises hopes for more stimulus

TSX closes little changed, weak economic data raises hopes for more stimulus AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 16, 2012 4:41 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday with gains limited amid a big disappointment in U.S. retail sales and a revision to Chinese growth expectations, which elevated worries about the global economy.The S&P/TSX composite index was 6.65 points higher to 11,521.18 and the TSX Venture Exchange was down 3.6 points to 1,183.35.The Canadian dollar was down 0.01 of a cent to 98.55 cents US a day before the Bank of Canada makes its next scheduled announcement on interest rates. Economists expect the bank will leave its key rate unchanged at one per cent. But analysts will be looking at the tone of the bank’s accompanying statement for indications of when the bank might start to raise rates.U.S. markets were negative as American retail sales data for June came in much worse than expected. Sales slid 0.5 per cent versus the 0.2 per cent gain that had been forecast. The decline followed a 0.2 per cent dip in May.And the International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecast for China’s slowing economy Monday and said a “hard landing” was still possible.The IMF reduced its Chinese growth outlook for 2012 by 0.2 percentage point to eight per cent and for 2013 by 0.3 points to 8.5 per cent. Data released Friday showed that China’s second-quarter growth fell to a three-year low of 7.6 per cent as exports, consumer spending and factory output weakened.The IMF also said in a quarterly update that the world economy will likely expand 3.5 per cent this year, down slightly from its previous estimate of 3.6 per cent in April.However, as on Friday, investors were encouraged by the possibility that such weak data would persuade officials in China and other countries to embark on further stimulus to push the economy ahead.“If we get a meaningful amount of stimulus out of China and inflation remains relatively contained, that would be hugely beneficial for the Canadian market because the TSX has been under the heavy thumb of declining commodity prices for the last several months,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“And if we could start to see a hint of acceleration out of the Chinese economy, that will go a long way towards pushing external commodity demand up and the TSX will benefit greatly.”The Dow Jones industrials dropped 49.88 points to 12,727.21, the Nasdaq composite index dipped 11.53 points to 2,896.94 while the S&P 500 index declined 3.14 points to 1,353.64 .Traders also looked to a raft of U.S. corporate earnings statements that should shed more light on the state of the U.S. economic recovery.Citigroup reported earnings that beat expectations. The bank said earnings excluding extraordinary items came in at US$1 a share, versus expectations of 89 cents. Revenues came in at US$18.4 billion, less than the $18.76 billion that analysts expected and its shares rose 16 cents to US$26.81.Over the course of the week, around 90 companies listed on the S&P 500 are due to report earnings.Commodity prices were mixed after sharp runups in oil and copper at the end of last week.The energy sector was up 0.79 per cent as hopes for more central bank stimulus helped send the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $1.33 to US$88.43 a barrel. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) climbed 21 cents to C$33.49.The telecom sector was also supportive, up 0.39 per cent as Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) rose 36 cents to $38.07.The base metals group was the biggest decliner, down 1.88 per cent as copper prices slipped two cents to US$3.48 a pound. Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) shed 24 cents to C$8.25.The gold sector was off about 0.45 per cent as bullion moved down 40 cents to US$1,591.60 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) was down 20 cents to $34.33.Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) helped depress the tech sector. Its shares lost 26 cents to $7.09 after a California jury ordered the troubled BlackBerry maker to pay $147.2 million to Delaware-based Mformation Technologies in a patent lawsuit. RIM said it is “disappointed”‘ and is “evaluating all legal options.”The consumer discretionary segment was also weak with Tim Hortons (TSX:THI) stock down $1.15 to $52.53 after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock to sell. The move was based on concerns that more moderate recent same-store sales trends are underpinned by declining restaurant traffic. Analyst Michael Kelter told clients this may be an early sign of impending saturation of the Canadian market or a sustained increase in quick-service restaurant competition.In other corporate news, two Canadian real estate trusts are teaming up with a 50-50 partnership that will redevelop or intensify some of their properties in downtown areas of major cities. RioCan Real Estate (TSX:REI.UN) and Allied Properties (TSX:AP.UN) say they will work together to satisfy the growing demand for mixed-use properties in Canadian cities. RioCan units were up 23 cents to $28.33 while Allied units gained 66 cents to $29.64.Atco Group said Monday it is starting a new business that will provide pre-fabricated buildings to remote and aboriginal communities across Canada. The Calgary-based company (TSX:ACO.X) said the new subsidiary, Atco Sustainable Communities can design and build entire communities, including offices, schools, day care centres, housing, hockey arenas and retail outlets. Its shares added four cents to $73.93. read more

Lard Lad Donuts and Krusty Burgers at Universal Orlandos Simpsonsthemed Springfield USA

Lard Lad Donuts and Krusty Burgers at Universal Orlando’s Simpsons-themed ‘Springfield U.S.A.’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tamara Lush, The Associated Press Posted Sep 6, 2013 2:17 pm MDT ORLANDO, Fla. – Walking into Universal Orlando’s new themed area is a bit surreal. First, you hear familiar music. Then you spot the sign: “Greetings from SPRINGFIELD U.S.A.”And then you get a faint whiff of doughnuts.The hometown from the animated TV series “The Simpsons” has been brought to life in a theme park.The full Springfield experience opened to the public in the park in August. Universal has slowly been adding to the area for years, building it around “The Simpsons” ride that opened in 2008. With a new ride — the Kang and Kodos Twirl ‘n’ Hurl — and a food court that includes Moe’s Tavern, the show’s beloved watering hole, the area is now complete. Other attractions found in both the show and the park include the Krustyland carnival area and the Kwik-E-Mart, a convenience store on TV and a gift shop at Universal.Park designers worked with the show’s creators and writers to build a richly detailed environment where visitors can spend hours eating and snapping selfies in front of a statue of Chief Wiggum and his police car.The goal: to make people feel like they were stepping into the cartoon.“We call it ‘authentic fiction,’” said Ric Florell, Universal’s senior vice-president and general manager of resort revenue operations.While most of the details in Springfield mirror the TV show, there are a few tweaked concepts.Take the Twirl ‘n’ Hurl, for instance. It’s based on the two aliens on the show, and riders experience a spinning saucer movement while different Simpsons characters crack jokes. It’s a pretty calm ride, appropriate for all but the smallest of children.“There’s been no actual hurling, yet,” laughed Mike West, executive producer at Universal Creative.There’s also a new kiosk where visitors can have their photo taken on a replica of the Simpsons’ family sofa.And while the bold colours, funny signs in the queue of the Twirl ‘n’ Hurl, and brash Krusty the Clown character meet-and-greets are fun, the most impressive part is the food. Universal executives said that food is almost another character in the show, and it was a natural to showcase that while telling the Simpsons story in the park.“There’s a lot of food in the TV episodes,” said Florell. “We had to decide, what’s iconic?”Steven Jayson, executive chef at Universal Parks and Resorts, said that it took the better part of a year to create 28 new dishes for the area. All of the menu items can only be found in Springfield, and everything is made from scratch in Universal’s kitchens, he added.Not unexpectedly, given Homer Simpson’s diet on the show, health consciousness hasn’t exactly arrived in Springfield (although there is a nod to Lisa Simpson’s love of salads in “Lisa’s Teahouse of Horror,” a self-serve area where folks can grab hummus, greens and pretzels). The food is mostly concentrated in one building, called Fast Food Boulevard, and the mall-like storefronts are based on restaurants from the show.There’s the Krusty Burger, named after the cigar-smoking clown. It’s a basic burger, save for the “special sauce” and gooey cheese. For a larger burger, there’s the Clogger Burger, which involves two patties and bacon. Or a self-explanatory Chicken and Waffle Sandwich.Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck is new, and sells an unexpected option: Korean beef tacos.All of the food is either named after something on the show or something that Bart Simpson could conceivably say in a snarky tone: Chicken Thumbs. Heat Lamp Dog. Meat Liker’s Pizza.One of Homer Simpson’s favourite things — doughnuts — are available in two sizes: regular and huge. A kiosk called Lard Lad Donuts (and several other places within Springfield) sells the supersize, pink-frosted doughnuts in boxes. People sometimes use them as birthday cakes, Universal executives say.Visitors of all ages can quaff a non-alcoholic treat called a Flaming Moe, which is a citrus-vanilla tasting concoction that bubbles and smokes.But one of the most popular offerings is the beer.Duff Beer, the mainstay of Homer Simpson’s diet, can be found at two locations in the middle of Springfield. One is the Duff Gardens outdoor bar, which overlooks a lagoon and what will eventually be Diagon Alley, part of an upcoming Harry Potter expansion.The other is Moe’s Tavern, a popular spot for photos.There are three kinds of Duff Beer — Duff, Duff Light and Duff Dry (which is a dark beer) — all brewed locally.On a recent day, visitors were lined up at Moe’s Tavern and Duff Gardens at 11 a.m., waiting for both to open so they could taste the suds.As Homer once said on the show, “Ah, good ol’ trustworthy beer. My love for you will never die.”___Online: Tamara Lush on Twitter at read more

Fed survey finds severe weather held back economic activity in much of

Fed survey finds severe weather held back economic activity in much of nation this winter WASHINGTON – A Federal Reserve survey shows severe weather held back economic growth in much of the nation from January through early February. Even so, conditions improved in most U.S. regions, thanks to slight gains in areas such as employment and commercial real estate.Eight of the Fed’s 12 regions reported improved activity, according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday. The improvement was depicted as “modest to moderate.”New York and Philadelphia, two regions hard hit by winter storms and freezing cold, reported a dip in activity attributed to the weather. Retail sales, including auto purchases, were depressed. So was manufacturing. Factories reported power outages and delayed deliveries of supplies.The Beige Book is based on anecdotal reports from businesses and will be considered with other data when the Fed meets March 18-19.The summary and the individual reports from each of the 12 regions were sprinkled with numerous references to the harsh weather much of the country has endured this winter.The report said retail sales had weakened in many districts because of the winter storms. Nine districts — Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis and Dallas — reported that the severe weather had hurt factory production and manufacturing sales.The report said the weather had caused power outages, disrupted supply chains and curtailed factory production schedules.When the Fed meets later this month to consider the Beige Book, among other economic evidence, it will be the first meeting under the new Fed chair, Janet Yellen. Last month, Yellen succeeded Ben Bernanke, who stepped down after eight years as chairman.The widespread expectation is that the Fed will continue paring the monthly bond purchases it has been making to try to keep long-term loan rates low to support the economy.In an appearance last week to deliver the Fed’s twice-a-year economic report to Congress, Yellen said recent economic data has pointed to some weaker-than-expected gains in consumer spending and job growth.She said the Fed will be watching to see whether the slowdown proves only a temporary blip caused by severe weather or is a sign of a more fundamental problem with the economy.Yellen said she was open to adjusting the pace of the Fed’s reductions if the economy should weaken.A key piece of data likely to influence the March meeting will be the release Friday of the unemployment report for February.The Fed has stressed that it’s standing by a plan to keep a key short-term rate at a record low near zero for an extended period. At the past two meetings, it has said short-term rates will likely remain low “well past” the time unemployment drops below 6.5 per cent. The unemployment rate in January dropped to 6.6 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2014 12:21 pm MDT read more

One journalist killed every four days in 2016 UN agency finds

More than 100 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, according to the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said 101 journalists were killed in 2016, the equivalent of one journalist every four days. “The profession of a journalist is not a safe one, and a press accreditation card or display of media equipment has often served as an extra reason to be targeted,” said Frank La Rue, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information.The UN agency coordinates the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity , which aims to aid media workers and journalists working in conflict and non-conflict situations.According to the figures recently released, the most lives were lost in the Arab States – where the armed conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen have claimed the largest share – followed by Latin America and the Caribbean.Each killing has been condemned by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, who called on authorities to investigate the murders.In addition to physical violence, journalists were also threatened through online hate speech and gender-based harassment.“When crimes against journalists, of any kind, remain unpunished, it implies that media can continuously be harassed and attacked,” added Mr. La Rue. “Impunity slowly gags journalists and media, where fear of reprisal turns into self-censorship, depriving each and every one of us from vital information.” read more

Students recognized for making life in residence better

2ndBradley Armadillos 7thSheaffe Titans 4thMerritt Wizards Marriott Cup (Overall Residence Cup) 8thYeo Crusaders 5thYeo Crusaders 6thMacdonnell Dragons 3rdKeefer Camels 4thKeefer Camels 9th Secord Barracudas 3rdMerritt Wizards Students who make residence life better for their peers were honoured recently during the 34th annual residence award dinner.The event recognized students working or volunteering in various roles within residence, including Residence Life Staff, Residence Action Council, Living Learning Communities Peer Mentors, Service Desk staff and many individual students who simply made residence a great place to live this year.There were awards presented to more than 100 individuals. Also trophies and plaques were handed out to groups of students in the friendly competition for residence cup points – and bragging rights.The evening’s ceremonies were captured on video by Brock TV and can be viewed at following is a list of the individual award recipients:House/Hall/Court/Block AwardsKeefer House Award – Brayden DeseureFitzgibbon House Award – Bethan HopkinsCruickshank House Award – David StarkHunter House Award – Allison IvesHolmes House Award – Vanish HiraShickluna House Award – Thomas FennSimcoe House Award – Sabrina ZamfirMacdonnell House Award – Teresa EspostoSt. Julien’s House Award – John FosterBrant House Award – Breanna DurocherBradley Hall Award – Bradley YoungMack Hall Award – Rachel WadsworthEgerter Hall Award – Eric EasterYeo Hall Award – Vlad BacosDufferin Hall Award – Anna AnnibaleRenaud Hall Award – Jamie WattMacDougall Hall Award – Ryland Dembek-BlairDoherty Hall Award – Adam StierSheaffe Hall Award – Kira RobbSecord Hall Award – Paula OstranderMerritt Hall Award – Zach HugginsMuir Block Award – Jake HarbinsonMcFarland Block Award – Lucas PowerLocke Block Award – Cindy HongGzowski Block Award – Rachel AgombarButler Block Award – Warren Juteau-PeallRobb Block Award – Kathleen FolleyBeatty Hall Award – Dandre MorganRichardson Hall Award – Sarah HoptonNelles Hall Award – Adam BiltonBrown Hall Award – Candice RenaudPierpoint Hall Award – Rebecca BorsaDittrick Court Award – Colin HarleyTheal Court Award – Matt AgostinhoLampman Court Award – Quinton MurneyTubman Court Award – Luke WebsterKirby Court Award – Olivia Belmonte and Liam ColesCarnochan Court Award – Ian BonnerPetrie Court Award – Emma RodneyWetherald Court Award – Joel MavesHainer Court Award – Alessia Di NinoCurrie Court Award – Tyler LundeGreen Court Award – Cameron LarocqueBennett Court Award – Anton LeungMcBride AwardsDeCew – Allison IvesVallee – Riley CleverdonEarp – Kira RobbQuarry View – Warren Juteau-PeallLowenberger – Karly RuetzVillage – Nathalie JacksonSheaffe Award: Shauna WilsonCrew AwardsDeCew – Mitch WalkerVallee – Emily FisherEarp – Rebecca TrotmanQuarry View – Sherry MarshallLowenberger – Pranali ParikhVillage – Quinton MurneyDon-of-Academic AwardsDeCew – Allison IvesVallee – Raagave MaheswaranEarp – Vicky Lea ThompsonQuarry View – Matthew MeechamLowenberger – Alex CatherwoodVillage – Anton LeungPositive Contribution Award – Thomas FennResident’s Committed to Excellence awards: Maddie Bird, Sharmila Sreetharan, Aline Saffran, Colleen Munro, Shanice Stewart, Adrienne Eby, Alyssa Urbshott, Doreen Watson, Glen Huffman, Johnathan Clancy, Joshua Lindup, Kailey Meehan, Kyle Bezaire, Madlaina Gruber, Marina Pereira, Nina Safi, Steven Greenwood, Steven Voulgaris, Jon Sniderhan, Natalie MooreResidence Life Staff AwardsDeCew – Daniel GarnerVallee – Katie McKeeEarp – Madeline LeggettQuarry View – Max BrownLowenberger – Jonah GrahamVillage – Cameron LarocqueResidence Action Council AwardsHR-of-the-year – Michael DubeDon-of-the-year – Jon SniderhanStudent-of-the-year – Jonah GrahamBoard of Directors-of-the-year – Shaleen TurakhiaExecutive-of-the-year – Allison IvesBuilding Advocate-of-the-yearDeCew – Daniel GarrenVallee – Alex Van De KleutEarp – Meghan BrownQuarry View – Jacob StickelLowenberger – Kelly MabeeVillage – Kunal CrastaCommittee Advocate-of-the-yearOctober – Layan Al-YassinNovember – Harshita SanthaJanuary – Liam WithersR/R – Alissa ReidLEC – Jaineel PatelTecumseh (First-Term Cup) 2ndButler Musketeers 10thSt. Julien Moose 5thShickluna Lions 5thBradley Armadillos 1stShickluna Lions Tenskwatawa (Second-Term Cup) 1stPierpoint Wolves 3rdMacdonnell Dragons 2ndPierpoint Wolves 4thBradley Armadillos 1stPierpoint Wolves read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Get the 9 at 9 News audio Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 8:46 AM Share Tweet Email Short URL By Hayley Halpin The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s what you need to know as you start your day.center_img Sep 4th 2019, 7:45 AM No Comments Updated Sep 4th 2019, 8:46 AM Source: Shutterstock/Olga MiltsovaEVERY MORNING brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #BREXIT: UK MPs last night voted to debate a bill today that would extend the current Brexit deadline to 31 January 2020 at the earliest.2. #NO DEAL: The Government will give ‘top priority’ to plans for a no-deal Brexit following a meeting of the Cabinet last night.3. #THEFTS: Gardaí in Dublin probing a spate of car thefts are investigating claims that two men dressed in what appeared to be boiler suits were carrying out the crimes using a new type of technology which allows easy access to vehicles.4. #PENCE: US Vice President Mike Pence is due to fly out of Shannon today, as his two-day Irish visit comes to an end.5. #APPEAL: Gardaí are renewing their appeal for information about 17-year-old Raonaid Murray on the 20th anniversary of her death.6. #DORIAN: Hurricane Dorian has claimed the lives of at least seven people after devastating parts of the Bahamas.7. #SANDWICH BOARDS: Dublin City Council has received zero valid applications from businesses to place sandwich boards outside their premises since the deadline passed on August 31.8. #PADDY POWER: Bookmakers Paddy Power is selling off 14 of its shops across the country. 9. #MEAT PLANTS: A Chinese delegation to Ireland will visit a meat plant in Roscommon today after a meeting on Monday was cancelled due to protesting farmers blocking the factory gates. On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. 9,019 Views last_img read more

Migrant detention conditions slammed

first_imgThe prolonged and systematic detention of migrants and asylum seekers in Greece is having devastating consequences on their health and human dignity, a leading international medical humanitarian organisation has said.In a report, entitled Invisible Suffering, released by Médecins Sans Frontières, the organisation, which has been providing independent medical and psychosocial care in Greek detention centres since 2008, highlights the massive impact of detention on the physical and mental health of migrants. The report also points out the gaps in healthcare provision and the absence of medical assessments, which lead to detainees with serious medical conditions being neglected or even being forced to interrupt their treatment.Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) stated given that Greece currently holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), the European Union must stop turning a blind eye to these unacceptable practices in view of their serious medical and humanitarian consequences.“Over a period of six years, we have carried out more than 9,900 medical consultations inside detention centres and police stations where migrants and asylum seekers are held,” said Dr Apostolos Veizis, MSF’s head of mission in Greece to the Greek daily Eleftherotypia.“But despite our repeated calls for improvements to detention conditions and migrants’ access to healthcare, we have seen little change, while the overall situation continues to deteriorate.”Thousands of migrants detained in Greece for lacking the correct paperwork, including some asylum seekers and teenagers, are held in often appalling conditions without access to basic hygiene and regular medical care, according to the medical aid group, which accused the Greek state of causing “unnecessary suffering and harm”.In the report, Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders, expressed “grave concerns” and urged Greece to “put an end to the systematic and indiscriminate use of detention” for migrants found in the country without the correct documentation – many often picked up during random checks after living in Greece for years.Respiratory and skin diseases abound, exacerbated by unsanitary, crowded conditions, the group said, and detainees were displaying increased mental health problems including suicide attempts or extreme forms of protest such as sewing up their mouths.Throughout the system, migrant detainees lacked access to basic items such as clothing, clean bedding and personal hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste and detergent, MSF said.Greece is one of the main entry points for migrants trying to gain access into the European Union. Tens of thousands make the journey each year, either attempting to cross over land from Turkey, or heading to Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast, often in rickety boats that break down or sink. In mid-2012, the Greek government launched a crackdown on illegal migration, nicknamed Operation Xenios Zeus, in which tens of thousands of migrants were rounded up from city streets for identity checks. Those found without resident permits or refugee papers were sent to detention centres pending deportation.More than 6,000 people are held in migrant detention centres pending deportation, MSF said. Hundreds, possibly thousands, more are held in police holding cells where conditions are even worse.Source: ekathimerini, enetenglish Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Facebook une modification du règlement soumise au vote

first_imgFacebook : une modification du règlement soumise au voteFacebook souhaite avoir l’aval de ses membres au sujet d’une modification de sa déclaration des droits et responsabilités et sur la protection des données hébergées sur le site.Le réseau social Facebook a décidé de consulter ses membres au sujet d’une évolution de son règlement. Les titulaires d’un compte sur le site pourront donner leur avis avant le 8 juin 2012. Le scrutin est ouvert depuis vendredi 1er juin.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En effet, on peut lire sur la page Facebook Site Governance : “Facebook a récemment proposé des modifications de sa Déclaration des droits et responsabilités et de sa politique d’utilisation des données, en expliquant les changements apportés et en invitant les utilisateurs à commenter les nouvelles versions. C’est maintenant à vous de voter pour indiquer les versions des documents que vous préférez.”Les membres de Facebook sont invités à consulter quatre documents objets de modifications éventuelles concernant la déclaration des droits et responsabilités et la politique d’utilisation des données. Il est possible de confronter les anciens textes et les nouveaux puis de donner sa préférence.Enfin, il est à noter la position de l’association Facebook vs Europe, qui invite à s’opposer à la nouvelle politique de confidentialité du site. L’association indique en effet :”si sa nouvelle politique ne passe pas, Facebook devra la réécrire et améliorer des choses. En plus de cela, la nouvelle politique donne à Facebook plus de droits pour utiliser vos données et limiter votre vie privée, ce que nous ne pouvons approuver”.Le 6 juin 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Man faces judge convicted in fatal hitandrun case

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A man faced a judge Monday after he was arrested for the fatal hit-and-run of a father and son.Police said Earl Lewis was driving on Feb. 9 when he struck and killed Jose and Cesar Cepeda on the side of SR-836.The father and son were tending to a disabled vehicle at the time.Lewis is facing multiple charges, including leaving the scene of a fatal crash, driving without a license and grand theft auto.Lewis also held prior charges, which include attempted second-degree murder, battery and resisting arrest without violence.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Tata Zest Returns in New Batch of Spy Shots Company Ramping Up

first_imgTata’s upcoming sedan Zest has been spied testing once again in the country, suggesting the possible launch of the car in near future.Tata Zest, India’s first sedan with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) technologies is certainly one of the much anticipated vehicles in the country. The auto enthusiasts have been drooling over Tata’s new sedan offering since its first appearance at the Delhi Auto expo 2014. Now the latest is a set of new spy shots of Zest, which was caught testing near Pune by the folks at Carwale. The images which show the uncamoulflaged Zest on road hint that the testing of new sedan is almost done.Tata Zest which made numerous appearances on the web is speculated to come in July. An earlier report had suggests that Tata would begin the bookings for Zest in June and will announce the launch of the car for Indian market on 4 July.Tata which already launched the exclusive websites for its upcoming Zest and Bolt is now in the process of hiring over 3,000 sales staff across the dealerships in the country. It is clear that Tata is doing the groundwork well before the launch of Bolt and Zest.”In line with our vision and strategy to provide an enriched purchase experience, we have undertaken a revamp expedition of showrooms and expansion of our dealership workforce to prepare for the launch of our exciting global cars, Zest and Bolt. We are gearing up as we move closer to the launch. Besides our new range of products, our retail experience will also go through a sea change. Our customer-centered cars are being backed with customer-engaging purchase experience at our dealerships. This is a step forward for us in reinforcing our commitment to provide best-in-class purchase experience,” Overdrive quoted Ranjit Yadav, president – passenger vehicles business unit, Tata Motors.Tata Zest -What We Know So FarThe car Zest will be offered in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol version of the Zest will be powered by a 1.2 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged Revotron engine under the hood, which can churn out a power of 85 PS at 5000 RPM and a peak torque of 140 Nm 1750-3000 RPM.The diesel model will come with a 1.3 litre Quadrajet motor, which can generate 90 PS power at 4000 RPM and 200Nm torque at 1750-3000 RPM. The car is expected to come with features like new front grille, projector headlamps, steering wheel and dash board.Rumours are rife that Tata would price the Zest in the range of ₹6 lakh to ₹8 lakh.Image credit: read more