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Trinamool MP gets bail in Rose Valley chit fund case

first_imgThe Orissa High Court on Friday granted conditional bail to Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandopadhyay, who was arrested by the CBI from Kolkata on January 3 this year for his alleged involvement in the Rose Valley Group chit fund scam.Justice J.P. Das allowed Mr. Bandopadhyay to go on bail after depositing ₹25 lakh in a nationalised bank. The HC also asked him to furnish bail bonds of two sureties of ₹50,000 each.Mr. Bandopadhyay had approached the High Court in February seeking regular bail on health grounds after his bail applications were rejected by two courts. The CBI had also arrested another Trinamool MP, Tapas Pal, for his alleged involvement in the scam. The agency had accused Rose Valley chairman Gautam Kundu and three others of defrauding investors from across the country of more than ₹17,000 crore. Mamata elatedKolkata Special Correspondent reports:Trinamool chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday welcomed the bail. She said four-and-a-half months in custody had taken a toll on Mr. Bandopadhyay’s health. “He was very ill and had lost 25-30 kg. I want him to take rest and take care of his health,” she told journalists.last_img read more

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Lindor’s 33rd homer leads Indians over Mariners

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indians: INF Yandy Diaz has missed three games since spraining the middle finger in his right hand against the Los Angeles Angels.UP NEXTKluber enters Sunday 5-0 with a 1.15 ERA in his last five games and has not allowed a run in 22 innings. He is 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA in three career starts against Seattle. RHP Mike Leake (3-0 for Seattle and 10-2 overall, is 2-1 with a 3.69 ERA in six starts against the Indians. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “I’m disappointed. … We just didn’t respond today,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “It was about catching the baseball and doing things right fundamentally. We haven’t done that. We’ve struggled with that. That’s one area we need to address here as we go forward.”Nelson Cruz hit his 37th home run for Seattle, his fourth in four games. Mariners shortstop Jean Segura was hit in the hand by a thrown ball in the ninth and was removed. X-rays were negative.Cleveland right fielder Jay Bruce also exited the game early because of a nagging heel injury. He is expected to be a designated hitter in Sunday’s series finale.PLAYOFF POSITIONINGCleveland manager Terry Francona is focused on both home-field advantage and preparing the AL Central champions for the Division Series.“We’re trying put a lineup out there to win every day, but we also need to keep our house in order.”Francona has moved starter Mike Clevinger to the bullpen.“We kind of think he could be a weapon out there,” the manager said.Jason Kipnis is making the transition from the infield to the outfield. Reliever Andrew Miller, coming back from a DL stint, is to pitch in consecutive games next week.TRAINER’S ROOM Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Marc Buoniconti: It’s time to ban youth football Cleveland Indians center fielder Greg Allen climbs the wall as fans cheer and look up for a home run ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano in the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE — Now that he’s set a Cleveland record for home runs by a middle infielder, Francisco Lindor would rather remember 2017 for a far bigger accomplishment.Lindor led off the game with his 33rd home run, and the Indians routed the Seattle Mariners, 11-4,  Saturday for their 28th victory in 30 games.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “It’s cool. Something that’ll be there for a long time,” Lindor said, “but I’m just focusing on trying to win. When you focus on winning, those things happen.”Carlos Carrasco (17-6) matched teammate Cory Kluber and Boston’s Chris Sale for the most wins in the AL, allowing one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Yan Gomes homered twice and had four RBIs, and Jose Ramirez homered and drove in four runs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCleveland, which set the AL record with a 22-game winning streak this month, matched the 1884 Providence Grays for the best big league record over a 30-game span at 28-2. The Indians (97-58) lead Houston (95-59) for AL home-field advantage in the playoffs.Lindor, a 23-year-old shortstop, homered on the eighth pitch from Andrew Moore (1-5) and surpassed the 32 home runs hit by second baseman Joe Gordon in 1948, the last year Cleveland won the World Series. Lindor began the year without power expectations.“I envisioned myself driving the ball,” he said. “Going 30 times, 33, 34 or 20 times, doesn’t matter to me, as long as I’m helping my team win.”He has 18 home runs in 55 games hitting leadoff and 15 in 93 times in the No. 2 hole.“I like leading off,” Lindor said. “I get to see what the pitcher is going to bring that day. I like getting things going.”Seattle, which won 3-1 Friday, committed five errors and lost for the seventh time in eight games. The Mariners fell six games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card with seven games left.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

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Child-like enthusiasm secret of Sachin’s longevity: Dravid

first_imgA child-like enthusiasm for the game is the reason why Sachin Tendulkar has completed over two decades in international cricket despite the pounding that his body has taken, feels his long-time team-mate Rahul Dravid.”Sachin’s longevity comes down to the joy that he still gets from playing. After 20 years of international cricket he still has a child-like enthusiasm. That’s not an easy thing to do when you have been travelling and playing so much and your body has taken a pounding,” Dravid said in the latest edition of Wisden Cricketer magazine.”He is great at preparing for games. Not only in terms of his skills but also getting his mind right. What he has achieved is mind-boggling. He is constantly setting the boundaries for the future generations. His batting has changed with time — with his body and age.”That’s the beauty of it. The game has changed, the bowlers have changed and he has changed along with that.Everytime he has changed he has been successful. He hasn’t seen too many bad patches in his career,” he added.Dravid was not the only one paying tribute to the 38-year-old batting icon, who is just one short of his 100th international ton.Five former England captains, including the Ashes-winning Michael Vaughan, revealed how the diminutive right-hander tormented and mesmerised them in equal measure in the same magazine.Nasser Hussain, who captained England in the 2001-02 series against India, said Tendulkar has made some adjustments to his strategy over the years. .advertisement”Technically and mentally Sachin has changed little over the years but he has changed his game plan. He began as flamboyant, extravagant stroke-maker who had all the shots and simply loved the game. Once the records and the hundreds started to be racked up, he turned into a run-machine,” Hussain said.”There are two types of cricketers; there are guys like myself and Mike Atherton who played the game because that’s what we did; there are players like Graham Gooch and Alec Stewart who have the game in their blood, who would be lost without the game.”Sachin is in the second group and i suspect the dip in form he had a few years ago was because he became fearful of life after cricket. He is not driven by money, he is driven by batting,” he added.Hussain recollected the incident when Tendulkar called him up to get advice on his tennis elbow problem.”It was bizarre; what was arguably the greatest batsman of all time ringing me about?”Another former England captain Michael Vaughan said Tendulkar has become more aggressive in his approach.”Sachin is a different player now from 2007. The best players in the world change little things about themselves to keep themselves in the game. In the last two years, he has become more aggressive, he’s gone back to his old way of trying to score when for a period he tried to survive.”(Chris) Tremlett bowled well against him in 2007 and he is a miles better bowler now. But Sachin doesn’t have any weaknesses although every batsman is vulnerable on and around the off stump early on. England might go aggressive at him, test him with a few short balls — I have seen people do that over the last few years and it hasn’t affected him,” he said.Andrew Flintoff, the talismanic all-rounder who was instrumental in guiding England to the Ashes title in 2005, said he craved for Tendulkar’s respect whenever he bowled at him.”…with Tendulkar, when I bowled to him, I actually wanted him to respect me. I hold him in such high esteem and he is such a good player, I want to make it hard for him. I want him to walk off that field thinking that Flintoff is a good player, he can bowl. I want to impress him,” he said.Graham Gooch, who captained England in the series against India in 1990 and 1992-93, said even at the start of his career, Tendulkar came across as a seasoned player.”No one had ever seen him in 1990. As a 17-year-old it was evident that the lad had great skill, great balance, great timing, an eye for the ball. You could see he had all the attributes to make a top player,” he said.”For one so young he had a poise and composure about his batting. You don’t often get that in young players; you get the talent and the stroke-making but poise, authority and composure normally come later. He has the ability, like all great players to adapt to the conditions. That’s the skill of a batsman. You don’t play the same way every time,” he added.advertisementAnother former England captain Mike Atherton said Tendulkar’s impeccable technique has remained the same over the years.”One of the most remarkable things is that he has hardly changed at all — exactly the same set-up. He has trusted in his technique and power all this time. He has stayed true to his game.”- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Bajaj Auto’s Pulsar 200NS gives a hard time to its rivals

first_imgBajaj Auto’s Pulsar 200NS has been dominating online biker communities since the Pune-based company first unveiled its product in early 2012.Packed with power and design, the motorcycle has given its rivals a hard time not just with regards to performance but with an incredibly alluring pricetag.The Pulsar 200NS, which has the world’s first triple-sparkplug technology, is powered by a liquid-cooled single cylinder 4-valve SOHC 199.5cc engine.According to reports, the motor pumps out 23.52PS of power at 9,500rpm and 18.3Nm of torque at 8000rpm. The new Pulsar, with a large 33mm carburetor and new 6-speed gearbox, is capable of reaching 100km/h from a standstill in less than 10 seconds and can reach speeds in excess of 140km/h.Weighing 145kg, this machine from the Bajaj Auto has most of its mass concentrated at the centre presenting the bike with superb handling and cornering abilites.While launching the new motorcycle model in the beginning of the year, Bajaj Auto in a statement had stated, “A little more than 10 years since the original Pulsar was launched, Bajaj Auto on Thursday unveiled the next gen Pulsar 200NS. This new Pulsar is all set to re-define motorcycling technology and design as much as the original Pulsar did way back in 2001.”The new Pulsar boasts of having a 200 cc gasoline engine while its chassis comprises a pressed steel perimeter frame and a rectangular tube section swing arm delivering over three times the lateral stiffness of a P220 frame.The Bajaj Pulsar 200 naked sport or NS was launched in Pune with an ex-showroom price of Rs 84,096. The 200 cc bike is available in various cities of Maharashtra from last month and will reach out to the consumers nationally from August onwards, a senior Bajaj Executive had confirmed.advertisement-With agency inputslast_img read more

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli shortlisted for ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award

first_imgIndian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his deputy Virat Kohli are in the running for the ‘ODI Cricketer of the Year’ trophy, while veteran Sachin Tendulkar has been nominated for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ in the short-list announced on Thursday for the ninth LG ICC Annual Awards in Colombo.No Indian features in the ‘Test Cricketer of the Year’ and ‘Cricketer of the Year’ short-list, which is a reflection of the slump that the team went through last year when it was whitewashed by England and Australia during away series.South African duo of Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, Australia captain Michael Clarke and Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara have been nominated for the top honour.”The votes have now been casted by the independent 32-person academy and these four men are the ones in the running to receive the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year at a glittering ceremony in Colombo on September 15,” the ICC said in a statement.In addition, all four cricketers are also short-listed for the ‘Test Cricketer of the Year’.Sangakkara is also in contention for the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award along with Dhoni, Kohli, as well as team-mate Lasith Malinga. The Lankan is also nominated in the People’s Choice category along with Tendulkar, South Africans Jacques Kallis and Vernon Philander and English pacer James Anderson.The Twenty20 International (T20I) Performance of the year sees Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan short-listed alongside West Indies’ Chris Gayle, South Africa’s Richard Levi and Dilshan’s compatriot, Ajantha Mendis.Meanwhile, in the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year short-list, ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, Stafanie Taylor, has been nominated alongside fellow West Indian Anisa Mohammed, as well as England pair of Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway.Both Taylors also feature in the short-list for ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year and are joined on that list by Australia pair Alyssa Healy and Lisa Sthalekar.advertisementlast_img read more

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NCP chief mourns death of BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya

first_imgMumbai, Sep 30 (PTI) NCP chief Sharad Pawar tonight condoled the demise of BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, saying he will always be remembered as the first person from a third world country to hold the office of ICC. “I am deeply saddened to know about the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya. He will always be remembered as the first person from a third world country to hold the office of the International Cricket Council (ICC), which is the highest governing body of world cricket,” Pawar said. “He made BCCI a powerful and influential cricket body in the field of sports. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” the NCP chief said. PTI VT BA HUlast_img

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Boxing: Mikey Garcia vs Robert Easter Jr Preview

first_imgAdvertisementMikey Garcia is a four-division champion and currently a pound for pound fighter. He possesses tremendous power, accuracy, and counter-punching ability. Mikey been in the ring with some of the best and most respected fighters of this era.When fighting Garcia, his opponent will have to be aware of his explosive power – especially at 135. He’s able to get guys out of there with one punch; just ask Dejan Zlaticanin.He’s also able to set traps and dictate the pace of a fight with an elite level ring IQ. Exploiting the aggressiveness of his opponents as well as making them pay for the slightest mental lapses is his forte.Robert Easter Jr. has exceptional skills and tremendous potential. At 5’11″ with a 76″ reach, he has a major advantage when boxing from the outside in the division.His reach is the envy of most fighters. In addition, he’s extremely athletic with good hand speed and solid power.The knock on him is his inability to use his physical advantages to make fights less challenging. Some also question his ring IQ because of his lack in using his physical advantages enough. Specifically, he tends to give up his height and reach which in return makes him a much easier target to hit for guys who are at an extreme height disadvantage.For him to be successful, he’s going to have to fight behind his jab; utilizing his reach to set up fast explosive combinations. He’ll need to make Garcia earn every punch he lands. Make him swing and miss, then jump in and punish him.For Garcia, he needs to force Easter to make the same mistakes he’s made in previous fights. Most notably, his fight against Javier Fortuna. Get Easter to square himself and get inside that long jab, then go to the body early and often.Both men will have their moments in this fight. With that being said, it may be difficult to pick against Garcia when analyzing the strengths and weakness of both fighters.If Garcia takes it, he will be closer to a huge showdown with WBA lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko. If Easter Jr wins, he will most likely find a spot on a pound for pound list.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Honor 8C with Snapdragon 632 chip in India

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) Chinese handset maker Huawei’s sub-brand Honor on Thursday launched Honor 8C in India at a starting price of Rs 11,999 for 4GB + 32GB storage variant.It would also be available in 4GB + 64GB storage configuration for Rs 12,999 on Amazon India starting December 10.”The Honor 8C will make its mark in India as the world’s first device to be powered by Snapdragon 632 platform. With this phone, we mark another effort towards giving consumers a high performance product,” Suhail Tariq, Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei Consumer Business Group, said in a statement. The device is backed by a 4000mAh battery, a dual rear camera set-up with 13MP + 2MP artificial intelligence (AI) sensors and a 6.5-inch HD+ display with notch.The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset and runs the company’s own EMUI 8.2 OS which is a first from Honor in an entry-level smartphone, the company said. There’s a “do not disturb” mode dedicated for gaming enthusiasts to stop notifications, alerts and calls while playing games.The Honor 8C also sports AI “Face Unlock” and has an 8MP front-facing camera with soft light.–IANSksc/mag/bglast_img read more

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Chinese GP: Bottas pips Hamilton to pole for 1000th F1 race, Vettel grabs 3rd spot

first_imgValtteri Bottas will start Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race from pole position after leading Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in a front row lockout at the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel qualified third, ahead of 21-year-old Monegasque team mate Charles Leclerc who was unable to repeat his Bahrain Grand Prix pole of two weeks ago.Bottas, who won the season opener in Australia and leads defending champion Hamilton by one point in the standings, was the third different driver to take pole this season in three races.”The lap was OK, not completely how I wanted. Luckily it was good enough for pole,” smiled the Finn, who pipped Hamilton by 0.023 seconds after setting a best time of one minute 31.547.”Lewis also managed to improve a lot during the qualifying and it was super-close.”The pole was a first for Bottas since Russia last September and the seventh of his career. It was also his first in China where Mercedes have won five of the last seven races.Hamilton sounded happy just to be on the front row, despite six previous poles in Shanghai, after looking out of sorts in practice.”I didn’t give up, I kept pushing right to the end. Big congratulations to Valtteri, he’s been stellar all weekend and I’ve been struggling and fighting the car,” said the Briton.”To be as close as we are at the end is fantastic. An incredible result for the team. There was a little bit more time left on the table there but that’s cool, I’ll try and get it tomorrow,” added Hamilton.advertisementUNHAPPY VERSTAPPENFerrari had arrived in China as favourites after showing their speed in Bahrain, particularly on the straights, with Leclerc on pole and leading until a loss of engine power in the closing laps.While unable to match the quick-cornering Mercedes cars for overall pace in Shanghai, Vettel hoped to be closer on Sunday thanks to the track’s main straight being more than a kilometre long.”I think there was maybe a little bit more but overall not enough to beat these guys today,” said the 31-year-old German, a four times world champion.”If we get close we could have an advantage in a straight line.”The top 10 positions went two-by-two in team order, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly fifth and sixth and ahead of the Renault pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg the Australian just 0.004 ahead of the German.With the field of cars bunching up, Verstappen was unable to cross the line to start his final run before the clock ran down, which prompted a frustrated outburst over the radio from the 21-year-old Dutchman.”I was trying to follow the Ferrari in front of me and trying to overtake him, this time it caught me out and I’m not happy about that,” he said. “It’s annoying because we could have fought for third today.”Everyone in front of me is starting with the same tyres so we’ll see what happens in the race. For sure we’ll try to get a podium.”Haas’s Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean completed the top 10 qualifiers.Kimi Raikkonen, the former Ferrari driver and 2007 world champion, failed to make the final phase of qualifying for the first time since 2016 and will start 13th for Alfa Romeo ahead of McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.Raikkonen’s Italian team mate Antonio Giovinazzi failed to set a time due to engine problems and starts 19th and last on the grid.Thailand’s Alexander Albon did not take part in qualifying after a crash in final practice left his Toro Rosso mechanics with plenty of work to do. The rookie will start from the pit lane on Sunday.”I am OK. More angry and disappointed than anything else. It was a big one and silly one,” said Albon. “We had a good chance of being in Q3 (the top 10 shootout). We had a good car.”last_img read more

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AUSTOUCH NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

first_imgThe November edition of the AusTouch Newsletter is now available to download. For more information on running an AusTouch program please contact TFA Game Development Coordinator Tara Steel tara.steel@austouch.com.au AusTouch Newsletter – Novemberlast_img

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20 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp hails matchwinner Milner: Incredibly important

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp hails matchwinner Milner: Incredibly importantby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed matchwinner James Milner after victory over Leicester City.Milner’s 94th-minute penalty settled Saturday’s match and ensures the Reds go into the international break having won all eight of their top-flight fixtures so far in 2019-20.Milner had earlier registered a fine assist as Sadio Mane’s 50th top-flight goal for the club put the home team ahead, but James Maddison’s 80th-minute leveller appeared to have claimed a point for Brendan Rodgers’ visitors.However, Marc Albrighton’s foul on Mane in the area gave Milner the chance to win the game from the spot in the 94th minute – and the No.7 did just that, sending Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way with an ice-cool penalty.Klopp said, “I’m really not sure if I’ve said all the positive things about James Milner, no problem to do it again. Not only today, in general, how incredibly important he is. Today it was a super game but not even Millie can play 12 games in a row or whatever, it’s just too demanding and all that stuff. But yeah, very good performance, the pass for the first [goal] is just smart. “Unfortunately you need to have a few games in your legs probably to know about the situation, but we had a lot of these situations. We played a few smart passes for the boys. We obviously changed formation a little bit, we brought Mo in the centre, Sadio and Bobby more in the position 10 [against] the opponent who could train a full week to prepare for us – [that’s] what we cannot do.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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DP World Handles 71 Mn TEU in 2018

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DP World Dubai-based container port operator DP World handled 71.4 million TEUs across its global portfolio of container terminals in the full year of 2018, with gross container volumes growing by 1.9% year-on-year on a reported basis and 2.9% on a like-for-like basis.The company’s Asia Pacific & Indian Subcontinent terminals saw a container throughput of 32.9 million TEUs last year, a rise of 3.2% YOY on a like-for-like basis.In addition, terminals in Europe, the Middle East and Africa handled 29.5 million TEUs, and terminals in America and Australia recorded 9 million TEU, up by 3.1% and 0.9%, respectively.The UAE handled 15 million TEU in 2018, down 2.7% year-on-year.At a consolidated level, DP World’s terminals handled 36.8 million TEU in 2018, a 0.8% improvement in performance on a reported basis and up 1.4% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis.“We are pleased to see that our global portfolio has delivered growth on top of our strong prior year performance and despite the uncertainty with global trade,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented.“Our Europe and Americas portfolio saw strong growth with continued ramp-up in London Gateway (UK), Yarimca (Turkey) and Prince Rupert (Canada), while performance in Africa remains robust driven by Dakar (Senegal) and Sokhna (Egypt). In the UAE, the softer volumes were due to the loss of low-margin throughput, where we remain focused on high margin cargo and maintaining profitability.”“In 2018, we have made good progress in strengthening our product offering which will enable us to participate in a wider part of the supply chain and offer smarter long-term solutions to cargo owners. Looking ahead to 2019, we expect our portfolio to continue to deliver growth and our focus remains on delivering operational excellence, managing costs and disciplined investment to remain the trade partner of choice. Given the steady volume performance of our portfolio, we are well placed to meet full year 2018 market expectations,” he concluded.Related:DP World Buys Additional Stake in DP World AustraliaDP World Inks Acquisition Deal for Chilean Port Operatorlast_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Victoria County

first_imgVICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry The Englishtown ferry will be out of service beginning at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 10, to replace a cable. It’s not known how long it will be out of service. Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 -30-last_img

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UK scraps Brexit ferry deal with firm that has no ships

LONDON — The British government has cancelled a contract to ship goods to the country after Brexit with a company that turned out to have no boats and no experience running a ferry service.Authorities had been criticized for the 13.8 million pound ($18 million) deal with Seaborne Freight, part of plans to keep trade flowing if Britain leaves the European Union without a divorce deal.The Department for Transport said Saturday that it had ended the contract because an Irish firm that was backing Seaborne Freight had withdrawn its support.Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29. U.K. businesses fear a “no-deal” Brexit will cause economic chaos by ripping up the trade rulebook and imposing tariffs, customs checks and other barriers between the U.K. and the EU.The Associated Press read more

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UNESCO mourns passing of acclaimed Spanish painter Antoni Tàpies

7 February 2012The head of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today paid tribute to the Spanish painter and sculptor Antoni Tàpies, who has died at the age of 88, calling him an “emblematic figure in contemporary art.” The head of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today paid tribute to the Spanish painter and sculptor Antoni Tàpies, who has died at the age of 88, calling him an “emblematic figure in contemporary art.”Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director-General, issued a statement in which she offered her condolences to Mr. Tàpies’ family and friends, to the city of Barcelona “that he loved and to which he gave so much,” and to the Spanish Government and people.“Antoni Tàpies revolutionized abstract art by inventing a formal language of rare intensity from simple materials with very few means,” she said. “His death is a tremendous loss for all art lovers.”Mr. Tàpies donated one of his works, Totes les Coses (“All Things”), to UNESCO House in 1995 to mark the agency’s 50th anniversary. He said at the time that the work was a symbol of his respect for all things in the universe and for variety in unity.The Catalan artist also designed medals struck by UNESCO to commemorate the centenary of the births of Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, in 1981 and 1993 respectively. read more

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Former CanniMed CEO launches new pot company but wont be growing weed

TORONTO — The former chief executive of licensed producer CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. has a budding new cannabis business largely made up of his former employees — but his newest venture won’t involve growing pot.Biopharmaceutical company Zyus Life Sciences Inc. will instead buy cannabis from licensed producers and focus on extraction and development of plant-based medicinal products for the global medical market, said former CanniMed CEO Brent Zettl.He said he started this venture just days after leaving CanniMed at the end of March, a resignation that came after the Saskatoon-based licensed producer agreed to be acquired by rival Aurora Cannabis Inc. following a hostile takeover battle. Canada’s booming weed industry plots next wave of cannabis-based medicines ‘Nobody got any sleep’: Aurora Cannabis lands CanniMed after marathon talks Aurora finally wins CanniMed in Canada’s biggest marijuana deal yet While CanniMed’s expertise was in cultivation — it was the first licensed producer to sell medical cannabis in Canada — Zettl is anticipating an oversupply of dried flower in the country as production capabilities get up to full speed. The shortages plaguing the recreational market since Canada legalized cannabis for adult use on Oct. 17 will be short-lived, he said.“We’re growing experts but when we looked it from a competitive landscape, we said it makes zero sense to start investing in growing and production… I think we’ll be swimming in it,” Zettl said.Instead, Zyus has acquired a former ethanol extraction facility in Saskatoon and will focus on research and development of medicinal oil products, which he anticipates will come with bigger margins as well.Last January, Edmonton-based licensed producer Aurora Cannabis struck a stock-and-cash deal valued at $1.1 billion to buy CanniMed. Zettl co-founded CanniMed’s parent company Prairie Plant Systems Inc. in 1988.Zettl sees this new company as a continuation of the work he and his team began at CanniMed. Zyus will focus on plant-based medicines, which includes those derived from cannabis but not limited to that plant, Zettl said. It will also focus on the global medical market, rather than the “crowded” recreational market in Canada.The company’s extraction facility in Saskatchewan will be upgraded in the first phase by early 2019 and is expected to have a production capacity of 500,000 50 ml bottles of cannabis oil per year. By 2020, after a second phase of expansion, Zyus is aiming to produce 35 million bottles of cannabis oil per year.The company has roughly $25 million in funding via private placement, of which Zettl says he contributed $9 million in cash.Zyus is aiming to have products on the market by mid-2019, however this hinges on whether it receives its processing license from Health Canada, Zettl said.“We know that the lineup is long,” he said.The Saskatoon-based company originally known as CB3 Life Sciences now has 43 employees, 35 who had previously worked at CanniMed, he said.Looking back at the “emotionally charged” takeover battle with Aurora, Zettl said he would have liked to have continued on the path with CanniMed and the broader reach the company would have offered.“We could have gotten a better price, a much better price… which is why my heart burns. If you’re going to sell it, might as well sell it for what it’s really worth,” he said.Still, he has “no hard feelings” towards Aurora, Zettl said, adding that he is fond of and stays in touch with the licensed producer’s chief executive, Terry Booth.“They were just swept up in the middle of it… They’ve been actually good to work with,” Zettl said.He does have hard feelings for some former board members, however. Before the $1.1 billion deal was reached, CanniMed had filed a lawsuit against Aurora and certain board members alleging a conspiracy to injure its interests.“The guys that started the process… suffice it to say that statute of limitations is not done yet,” he said.Aurora, however, was helpful during the transition and agreed to sell some of CanniMed’s intellectual property pertaining to a research and development program focused on a protein known as Interleukin 37, he added.In any case, the takeover and acquisition of CanniMed provided an opportunity to pause and clarify where the future opportunity is in the cannabis sector, Zettl said, which is not in cultivation.As more dried cannabis flower supply comes online, he anticipates there will be a drop in prices in the sector.“The fire sale is coming…. The flower wars haven’t started yet,” Zettl said. “The flower wars are coming.” read more

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UN agency concerned over detention of Syrian refugees in Egypt

This new climate began following allegations regarding participation of a few Syrians in protests and violent acts during July, Melissa Fleming, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at a news conference in Geneva.“There have also been numerous reports of xenophobic remarks and verbal attacks against Syrians, including disturbing statements made through certain media outlets,” she added.Egypt is among the countries that have taken in refugees fleeing the ongoing conflict in Syria. More than 100,000 people have been killed, and millions have either been displaced or become refugees in neighbouring countries since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad.Ms. Fleming noted that since the start of the conflict, Syrians enjoyed an “extremely hospitable” environment in Egypt, with the Government granting unrestricted visas and residence permits and providing full access to public services. “Syrians had not felt the urgency to renew expired residency permits as required. Now, a growing number of Syrians are expressing their fear of being arrested if they circulate in public,” she stated.This “hostile” environment has led to a notable increase in the number of Syrians approaching UNHCR to register, said the agency. The Government estimates that there are some 250,000 to 300,000 Syrians currently residing in Egypt – 80,000 are registered with UNHCR as of 25 July, while around 28,800 have secured appointments for registration in the coming weeks.Egypt has been grappling recently with its own political crisis, which escalated earlier this month with the military removing President Mohamed Morsy from power amid widespread protests in which dozens of people were killed and wounded. The Constitution has been suspended and an interim government has now been set up in the country, which has been undergoing a democratic transition following a revolution two years ago.“UNHCR appreciates the Egyptian Government’s affirmation that Syrians are welcome in Egypt,” said Ms. Fleming. “We call upon the Government to ensure that any precautionary measures in light of the current security situation in the country do not infringe upon fundamental human rights principles and the country’s international responsibilities to provide asylum and protection to refugees.”UNHCR has been requesting access to 85 detained Syrians and assurances that they are not returned to Syria, stressing that they should be afforded fair and due process of law in Egypt. read more

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Haiti UN welcomes election of provisional President

“This election stems from the agreement signed on 6 February between Haitian stakeholders to preserve institutional continuity and further the electoral process,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.Welcoming this crucial first step, the Secretary-General encouraged all parties to work together towards the implementation of the roadmap contained in the agreement to ensure the return to constitutional normality.“The Secretary-General expresses his confidence that the stabilization of Haiti and the democratic process will continue in a peaceful and collaborative manner,” the statement concluded.According to media reports, Mr. Privert will serve as interim President of function for 120 days. His predecessor, Mr. Martelly, left office on 7 February without a successor having been named. The second round of elections, scheduled for 24 January 2016, was subsequently postponed, following mass protests and the opposition’s reported refusal to participate in the process.“[The] election is a fundamental step in the implementation of the Political Agreement for institutional continuity, signed on February 5 between the branches of the executive and legislative branches of power, “said the UN Special Representative in Haiti, Sandra Honoré, in a joint statement with other members of the international community represented in the so called ‘Core Group’ (Brazil, Canada, Spain, France, United States, European Union and Organization of American States). The Group reiterated its invitation to all stakeholders to work together in achieving this political agreement, “to ensure the return to constitutional normality, stabilizing institutions of the Republic, the appointment of a consensus prime minister and the continuation of the electoral process on time.”The UN and its partners in Haiti also called on all stakeholders to uphold the best interests of the country, in a spirit of dialogue and compromise, and in a peaceful, violence-free climate. read more

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Football Ohio State to utilize rotation of receivers after disappointing 2016 season

OSU then-redshirt sophomore wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) waits for the play during the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOhio State’s wide receivers were disappointing last season. The unit compiled its fewest receiving yardage total in the Urban Meyer era, and the leading wideout on the team was an H-back — albeit it was Curtis Samuel, who was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Entering this season, however, Meyer has an added sense of confidence in his unit, and believes it is prepared for the task ahead. “This is as much depth as we’ve had,” Meyer said Monday.The team released its depth chart Monday morning, and six receivers appeared in bold as starters, two at H-back and four at wide receivers. Meyer said none of them will be counted on to be “the guy” but that all six are expected to contribute this season.“I can tell you six people that will play in a pure rotation basis,” Meyer said. “That’s how much confidence we have in them, and we have six. At the X, it’s going to be Bin Victor and Austin Mack. At the H, it’s Parris [Campbell] and K.J. Hill and at the Z, it’s Terry [McLaurin] and Johnnie Dixon.”Trusting the six receivers to make plays will be crucial for quarterback J.T. Barrett. The fifth-year senior completed and attempted more passes last season than he had in any other season of his career, yet he finished with his second-fewest passing yards and touchdown passes.Ohio State redshirt sophomore wideout K.J. Hill refreshes himself prior to practice at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.But Barrett said the receivers are entering this season with a far more advanced understanding of the plays this season, which he said will be important in finding more success in the passing game.“They’re top guys at receiver because they understand the concept of the play and where you at and how you fit into that concept,” Barrett said.The three-time captain added though each of the receivers is slotted in at exact positions between the H, X and Z receivers, all of them are capable of playing all over the field. With six receivers rotating through the offense, it is not only possible, but probable that no one will emerge as an elite threat among the wideouts. This was largely the case among the receiving corps a season ago. For those involved in the rotation, they don’t view the lack of a consistent starting trio as a hinderance. Rather, they see it as an opportunity for everyone to all receive semi-regular playing time and compete to be the most productive wide receiver in the group.“You just want to be part of the six,” McLaurin said. “Once you know that you’re part of that six, you want to vie for those touches. Only a certain amount of people can touch the ball on every game. You just want to be one of those guys that contributes.”This six-man rotation will enter the year with lofty expectations. The disappointment of last season’s group puts more pressure on this season’s group of wideouts to play a larger role in the team’s offense and help Barrett put up the Heisman Trophy-caliber numbers he put up in his first season as a starter.And the key to making Barrett the leader of a capable offense again is to channel the deep ball.OSU sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) pumps himself up before their game on Nov. 19, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorThe deep ball has been asked about seemingly more than any other topic this offseason, especially with Kevin Wilson — the architect of Indiana’s offense which had been consistently ranked in the top three in the conference during his tenure — joining the staff as co-offensive coordinator.McLaurin knows for the offense to be successful and for his unit to be able to live up to those expectations, the wide receivers will need to be able to step up and show they can catch deep passes, just as the championship team in 2014 was able to do.“Coach Meyer told us that when he recruited us, ‘we need the deep ball,’” McLaurin said. “I feel like from any of the six receivers are capable of doing that. We’ve just got to come down with that ball and J.T.’s going to give us some 50-50 opportunities too.”The team has yet to play its first game, and the same assurances came at the beginning of last season. But McLaurin is confident his fellow receivers will be ready to help improve that aspect of the team’s game.“I feel like we’ve really plugged some holes that we had and some of the things that we were missing last year,” McLaurin said. “The deep ball, I feel like that’s going to be back and just that confidence in J.T. needs to be there. I feel like it’s still there, but you really don’t know till the first game. But I’m really confident where we are right now and we’re just putting those finishing touches on it.” read more

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World Cup Crib Notes Day 21

The winners of these two matches will play each other on July 9 at 4 p.m. EDT. See our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.In DepthThe second- and third-lowest-scoring teams to make the quarterfinals of this World Cup square off against each other in Saturday’s early game (Belgium, with six goals, vs. Argentina, with seven), and then the lowest-scoring team (Costa Rica, with five goals) faces the highest-scoring side (the Netherlands, which has scored 12).Let’s look at Belgium vs. Argentina first.Since Argentina ignominiously exited the 2010 World Cup with a second consecutive quarterfinal loss to Germany, little Lionel Messi has been dominating the world of soccer like nothing we’ve seen in modern times.After scoring only one goal in both his previous World Cup tournaments combined, this year he’s taken the tournament by storm, scoring four goals (including a stoppage-time game-winner against Iran) in his first three matches, and recording the game-winning assist with just minutes remaining in the fourth.Stoking questions about whether it relies too much on Messi, however, the rest of his team has been awful on offense; Argentina’s other players have managed to put the same number of balls into their opponents’ nets (one) as those opponents have themselves (Bosnia’s own goal). Argentina’s shooting breaks down like so:Messi has scored on four of 16 shots (including converting three of 11 attempts from outside the penalty area).In the 18 shots set up by Messi (the highest number of chances created by any player going into the quarterfinals), Argentina has scored once (Angel di Maria’s game-winner against Switzerland).In the 46 shots Messi was not involved in, Argentina has scored only once, failing to score on all 42 attempts from outside the 6-yard box.Thus — despite having Messi, and despite Messi playing brilliantly — Argentina has only scored on 7.5 percent of its shot attempts, second-worst among quarterfinalists.Belgium, on the other hand, has seen six different players score. But that’s only six goals; even though Belgium has taken a tournament-leading 21 shots per game, the Red Devils have scored on only 7.2 percent of those shots, the worst of all quarterfinalists.Belgium has largely gotten by on excellent goalkeeping, with Thibaut Courtois allowing only two goals despite facing 13 shots on goal worth 4.84 expected goals (using ESPN/TruMedia’s Expected Goals model). His .22 “goals allowed below average” (GABA) per shot is the highest of remaining goalies (higher is better).Another team with good goalkeeping so far is Costa Rica, whose Keylor Navas has saved 14 of 16 shots on goal, with an average GABA of .21 per shot, good for second behind Courtois.Neither Costa Rica nor the Netherlands are what you’d call possession teams: Despite their impressive run, the Netherlands has held the ball just 44 percent of the time, and Costa Rica has held it 42 percent (the only other quarterfinalist with less than 50 percent possession was Colombia, with 46 percent). The flip side of playing this way is that these two teams also lead quarterfinalists in average pass distance (21.7 and 20.8 yards, respectively).But for the most part, Costa Rica seems badly overmatched. While they’ve shot a respectable 14.3 percent, that’s mostly because they’ve been unable to get shots at all — they’ve taken about nine shots per game, averaging only three on goal. Both those figures are by far the lowest of any remaining squad.The Netherlands, on the other hand, had one the most impressive runs into the quarterfinals. The Dutch faced the most difficult route (their opponents had an average Soccer Power Index rating of 80.0), but so far have the second-highest goal differential at +8.The Netherlands has been far superior on contested plays. When taking on defenders, the Flying Dutchmen have been successful a whopping 69 percent of the time. That compares to just 31 percent for Costa Rica. The Netherlands has won contested balls in the air at a 57 percent rate, compared to 36 percent for Costa Rica.In trying to find what, aside from good fortune and good goalkeeping, has driven Costa Rica’s gritty run (it’s scraped by against the second-hardest schedule), just about the only thing I could come up with was evidence of how well it’s run the offside trap. Costa Rica has drawn an enormous number of offsides calls: It’s pulled its opponents offsides 28 times (the next-most among quarterfinalists was 12, by Germany).Overall, our World Cup odds give Argentina a 14.9 percent chance of winning it all, the Netherlands an 11.8 percent chance, Belgium a 2.3 percent chance, and Costa Rica a 0.7 percent chance.YesterdayIn the first competitive match between France and Germany since the semifinals of the 1986 World Cup, Germany took the lead early with a headed goal by defender Mats Hummels. It was Hummels’s second goal of the World Cup, making him the first defender to score twice in this year’s tournament (he would get company later in the day). Both of Hummels’s goals have been headers, and both have been by assisted by Toni Kroos.For Germany, headers are nothing new: Over the past 50 years (as far back as ESPN Stats & Info’s data set goes), Germany has scored 37 headed goals in World Cup play, nearly twice as many as any other country (Italy has 19). Scoring first — by head or foot — has been Germany’s recipe for success in the World Cup, especially as of late. The Germans are 21-0-2 in their last 23 World Cup matches when scoring first, their last loss coming in the 1994 quarterfinals to Bulgaria.France, on the other hand, trailed for the first time at this year’s tournament, and still has never won in a World Cup match when trailing at halftime, losing all 11 times. Les Bleus made efforts to equalize, ending up with more shots (13) than Germany (8), and more chances created (10 to 7). But it was all for naught.In Friday’s second match, Brazil opened the scoring in the seventh minute, its fastest goal of the tournament. The goal came from a Neymar corner kick, his first assist of the tournament. It was Thiago Silva’s first career World Cup goal, and it was Brazil’s third goal from a corner, tied with France and Germany for the most in this World Cup.Brazil was in control for the remainder of the first half, completing seven of 15 passes into the attacking penalty area and creating seven total chances. Neymar created four chances, including the assist; Colombia, as a team, created two in the first half.Brazil extended its lead to 2-0 on defender David Luiz’s 34-yard free kick, the second-longest goal of the tournament. Luiz failed to score in his first 39 career international appearances, but he has found the back of the net in his last two. Brazil has now taken a two-goal lead in a World Cup match 49 times, and has won all 49.The breakout star in the tournament so far, Colombia’s James Rodriguez, converted a penalty to give his side hope; he scored in all five of his games in the tournament. It was his sixth goal, giving him a two-goal lead in the race for the Golden Boot. Colombia scored five goals combined in its last two World Cup appearances (1994 and 1998).Brazil and Germany’s semifinal meeting on Tuesday will, incredibly, mark only the second time these two countries have met at the World Cup. The other was the 2002 final, won by Brazil 2-0. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior statistics analyst, ESPNOff the PitchThe Netherlands and Costa Rica have been friends for a while. In fact, the Dutch were a big source of aid to the Costa Ricans until recently, when the latter ascended to middle-income status. The relationship has gradually shifted to focus more on trade and economic cooperation, but it’s still worth looking at the aid the Netherlands provided over the years.AidData reports that the Dutch sent about $362.5 million Costa Rica’s way between 1978 and 2010. The bulk allocation changed with time, and in the 1980s seemed to focus on industry growth, with $1 million going toward agriculture in 1981, $31 million toward imports to Costa Rica in 1984 and $7 million toward forestry in 1989. The ‘90s began a slow transition, with $17 million spent on multisector industry growth in 1994, $22 million on debt alleviation in 1996 and $21 million on general environmental protection in 1997. With this final pivot, it looks like Costa Rica found its stride — environmental protection continued to be the focus of Dutch aid through 2006, with a final peak of $17 million. Since then, Costa Rica’s tourism industry has boomed, and Dutch aid has all but completely ended.Further ReadingMohawks, Faux-hawks And Macklemores: The Top-Heavy Hairdos of the World CupThe World Cup USMNT Replacement Team Power RankingsStop Making Sense It’s Old Dutch Empire vs. Old Spanish Empire day, as Argentina (independent from Spain since 1816) takes on Belgium (independent from the Netherlands since 1830), and Costa Rica (independent from Spain since 1821) takes on the Netherlands itself.In BriefArgentina vs. Belgium: 12 p.m. EDTNetherlands vs. Costa Rica 4 p.m. EDT read more

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