first_imgOTTAWA — The United Nations is pushing back against restrictions Canada wants to put on the use of a military transport plane it promised to deploy in Africa.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first announced in November 2017 that Canada would send a C-130 Hercules to Uganda as part of a larger package of pledges to the UN.However, the plan has run into numerous snags as Canadian, Ugandan and UN officials have wrangled for more than a year over the details.One UN official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of diplomatic sensitivities, says Canada recently provided a list of conditions about where and when the plane can be used, including that the plane could only be used in daylight.The UN says the restrictions are too broad and won’t meet the organization’s needs.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s spokesman Todd Lane says Canada and the UN are continuing to talk about how to fulfil the government’s promise to provide the aircraft.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – When Sen. Patrick Toomey looks at the future of the ketchup market in his home state of Pennsylvania, he sees real blood on the floor.On Sunday, Canada’s $16.6-billion worth of retaliatory tariffs on dozens of U.S. products is set to kick in — the country’s answer to the crushing steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.Ketchup is on Canada’s hit list, and that has Toomey worried because Kraft Heinz is headquartered in Pennsylvania. Four years after the company shuttered its operation in Leamington, Ont., killing 750 Canadian jobs, Toomey — a Republican — fears the doors closing to workers in his state.“We’re seeing the threat to their jobs,” Toomey told U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross during his recent testimony before the Senate.“I’m really concerned about the retaliation, which hasn’t even really started to hit us yet. But it’s going to hit the people who make Kraft and Heinz products.”The impact of Canada’s reprisal will hit far and wide — beyond ketchup, beyond Pennsylvania, beyond its Rust Belt neighbours to other Trump-friendly Republican states in the Midwest and the south, according to an analysis of U.S. northbound exports by The Canadian Press.Canadian duties will leave dents on Democratic states, like New York, Washington and Illinois, say federal government numbers based on data obtained from Statistics Canada and the U.S. Census Bureau.Shortly after Trump announced the tariffs, the Trudeau government threatened to levy a 10-per-cent surtax on dozens and dozens of American consumer goods — unless the U.S. backed down.Washington has shown no signs of budging, so the Canadian retaliation is set to begin Sunday, which is also Canada Day. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will mark Canada’s birthday with visits to two locations on the front line of the trade dispute.One of Trudeau’s stops will be a big steel refiner in Regina. The other is the major canning and food processing operation in Leamington that was abandoned by Heinz.Ottawa released its finalized list of targeted products Friday — and the impact will not be negligible.In 2017, Canada imported nearly $4 billion worth of those goods from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois alone.Ohio, the bellwether state that almost always determines who wins the presidency, is likely to be the hardest hit. It exported about $1.3 billion worth of goods to Canada last year.The state is the leading exporter of a wide variety of goods to Canada that will likely face tariffs. Based on 2017 figures, the list includes: washing machines ($131 million); toilet paper ($91 million); organic face wash ($100 million); lawn mowers ($83 million); candles ($40 million); room deodorizers ($27.5 million); and glue ($23 million).“Ohio, as you know, is disproportionately hit. We’re hit harder than any other state by the Canadian retaliatory tariffs,” Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, recently told the Senate finance committee.But there is plenty of other pain to go around.Of the listed items, Canada imported almost $158 million in Florida orange juice in 2017; almost $200 million in coffee from Washington state; about $176 million worth of toilet paper from Wisconsin and Ohio combined; and $84 million worth of herbicides from Michigan.Compared to its original tariff list released May 31, Ottawa removed only a handful of items. Beer kegs, prepared mustard and thermostats were among those struck from Friday’s final list.Taking a closer look at ketchup, Pennsylvania leads all U.S. states in exports to Canada with $81 million in 2017. The state’s sales to Canada more than doubled from $45 million to more than $100 million in 2015 — the year after Kraft Heinz pulled out of Leamington.Since 1994 with the arrival of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Kraft Heinz says it has developed supply chains that allow the condiment to cross the continent, including into Mexico.Av Maharaj, vice president of corporate and legal affairs at Kraft Heinz Canada, told The Canadian Press that the company is “obviously disappointed” by the escalating trade fight. He insists the tariffs could deliver a big financial hit to the company because it earns $2 billion per year in Canada.“We have a very integrated supply chain at work that runs across North America and we don’t believe the tariffs imposed by Mr. Trump or the Canadian government are helpful for business,” Maharaj said in an interview.“We are just now getting a handle on it, but I can tell you that the implication of the tariffs will be millions, potentially millions of dollars, if we do nothing and so we are obviously reaching out on both sides of the border and trying to figure out what we can do from a supply chain perspective to minimize the effects.”Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin all went to Trump in 2016 by tight margins. Those states are among those that will feel the sting of Canada’s tariffs the most.The Trudeau government insists it has carefully assessed where to place its countermeasure bull’s-eyes.As she released the finalized list Friday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said that, where possible, the government has sought to put products on the list that can be easily sourced from either Canadian or non-U.S. suppliers.“Canada has no choice but to retaliate with a measured, perfectly reciprocal, dollar-for-dollar response — and that is what we are doing,” Freeland said in a statement accompanying her announcement at a steel factory in Hamilton.“The solution for this unprecedented dispute is for the United States to rescind its tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.”U.S. President Donald Trump used a trip to Wisconsin last year to attack Canada’s supply-managed dairy industry, accusing it of putting American farmers out of work.In Wisconsin, Ottawa’s countermeasures are set to target a broad range of other important exports shipped to Canada. They include handkerchiefs, paper towels, serviettes and tablecloths ($224 million), toilet paper ($84.5 million), mayonnaise, salad dressing and mixed condiments ($72 million) and upholstered wood-framed seats ($66 million).Ottawa’s preliminary list also included prepared and preserved cucumbers and gherkins, which will impose tariffs on imports from Wisconsin that totalled $38 million last year and nearly $23 million from Michigan.On the Michigan shores of Lake Huron, the president of family-run Gielow Pickles Inc. in Lexington says about 15 per cent of his business activity involves buying and selling cucumbers and pickles with partners in Canada.He’s ready to absorb the tariff increases himself, if necessary. But Gielow is hoping for a quick resolution to the dispute.“It won’t affect the bottom line for Gielow Pickles — it will come out of my pocket,” said Doug Gielow, whose company motto is “Fifth Generation Pickle People.”“When my pocket’s empty, I’m going to have to pass it on… If you looked through my pocket, you’ll see it isn’t that full.”— with a file from Tara Deschamps in Torontolast_img read more

first_imgGreater Noida: In a tragic road accident, three persons including a minor boy was killed after the speeding car they were travelling in collided into a tree near Dankaur area of Greater Noida on Thursday night. Cops said that the incident occurred when the deceased driver of the car tried to save a motorist and rammed vehicle into the tree. According to police, the deceased have been identified as Baljeet (35), Shahid (19), and Aahil (4), all natives of Dankaur area. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticCops said that the incident occurred around 7:30 PM on Thursday near Usmanpur village in Dankaur area. Police said that Baljeet and Shahid died on the spot while Aahil succumbed to injuries at the hospital. “A PCR call was received from a passerby who reported the incident to police. A police team rushed to the spot and found that a white coloured Maruti Swift Dzire car has rammed into a tree while the occupants of car were critically injured. The injured were immediately rushed to a nearby private hospital where doctors declared Baljeet and Shahid dead on arrival while Aahil died during treatment on Thursday night. The bodies were sent for the post mortem, reports of which are awaiting,” said Samresh Kumar Singh, Station House Officer of Dankaur Police Station. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe officer further said that the car was being driven by Shahid while the incident occurred when he was returning Back to his home after taking Baljeet who works as a motor mechanic in Dankaur area. Aahil was already present along with Shahid when he had come to pick Baljeet. “Eyewitnesses informed police that while driving the car, a biker suddenly came in front of his car and the driver of car turned the vehicle towards the side of the road where it crashed into the tree,” added Singh. Meanwhile, police are yet to receive any complaint into the matter to register a case.last_img read more

first_imgTRIPOLI- The Libyan government on Thursday appealed for foreign help to fight terrorism, in its first acknowledgement that “terrorist groups” were behind dozens of attacks against security services and Westerners.“There will be no place for terrorism in Libya… and Libyans must be prepared for such a battle in terms of caution, awareness and sacrifice,” the government said in a statement which called on the international community to help “eradicate terrorism in Libyan cities”.last_img

Earning millions of dollars and national recognition as professional football players might make some forget where they came from and how they got to where they are, but Malcolm Jenkins and James Laurinaitis don’t fall under that category. Jenkins and Laurinaitis were invited by RealLife, a Christian student organization at Ohio State, to speak Thursday night at its weekly meeting in Independence Hall. The two discussed some football but also their relationships with God and the lessons He has taught them during their journeys to become NFL stars. “I got to Ohio State as a 17-year-old freshman, so you can only imagine where that went from there,” said Jenkins, current defensive back for the New Orleans Saints. “I kind of forgot about God, really.” Jenkins said he wasn’t living a Christian lifestyle when he first arrived, but it all changed one night when former OSU teammate Antonio Smith read a Bible story to some of his teammates. “What really changed my life around was when one of my teammates did a chapel the night before one of our games,” Jenkins said. “I began really living for (God) and seeking Him.” Jenkins and Laurinaitis, who now plays for the St. Louis Rams, talked about how their religious beliefs helped lead them to the right places in their professional careers, though they admitted they weren’t excited when they were drafted by their current teams. Laurinaitis was considered a top prospect for the NFL after his junior season. He was all but a lock to be a top 10 pick in the annual NFL draft, which would have earned him a multimillion-dollar contract. Laurinaitis said he pondered the matter and left much of his decision on whether to go pro or stay at OSU to prayer. “I felt that God was telling me, ‘You have more to do at Ohio State,’” he said. And so Laurinaitis returned for another season of donning scarlet and gray on Saturday afternoons. But after another impressive season, Laurinaitis wasn’t quite as big of a prospect after his senior year, though he said he felt like it was just as good as his previous year. The draft came around, and he didn’t go in the top 10. He didn’t even go in the first round. He fell to the second round, where St. Louis took him with the 35th overall pick, a spot he wasn’t satisfied with. “I had a lot of prayers and conversations with God, where I was just like ‘Why? What did I do to deserve this?’” Laurinaitis said of how his draft stock fell. But as Laurinaitis arrived and began to settle in St. Louis, he said, he came to the realization that this was the way God meant for it to be. “Now that I look back, it was such a blessing that I went 35th,” he said. “Just have faith that God is going to take care of you. He used something that I looked at, at the time, as something terrible that was happening in my life and turned it into an unbelievable lesson.” Jenkins said he also had to remember that, regardless of his stature as an athlete, his purpose in life was to serve God. “When I was going to the league, people were saying: ‘You don’t want to be a Chad Johnson or a T.O. Are you going to change your last name to dos and … whatever else?’” Jenkins said, drawing laughter from the crowd. “You are no more important than me, and I am no more important than you. We all have our own responsibilities and purposes.” During their time at OSU, Jenkins and Laurinaitis were affiliated with Athletes in Action, a sector of RealLife. When RealLife reached out to the two NFL stars, they were happy to speak to at the organization’s weekly meeting. “They’re superstars in the world’s eyes, but at the same time, they’re still humble,” said Jacob Beach, vice president of RealLife. “You ask either of them, and the most important thing in their lives is their relationship with Jesus Christ.” And that was the message the former Buckeye football stars wanted to push across Thursday night. “If you leave here tonight knowing about Jesus Christ and want to go back and crack open your Bible and just kind of learn about him, then that’s great,” Laurinaitis said. “That’s why we do this.” read more

The Ohio State men’s soccer team (5-7-5, 1-3-2) earned the sixth seed in the Big Ten Tournament after falling, 2-0, to No. 16 Wisconsin in the team’s regular season finale Friday. The loss on the Badgers’ senior night snapped a five-game unbeaten streak for the Buckeyes, who finished the regular season winning three of their last four matches.Buckeye coach John Bluem said he hopes the team learned that it needs to match the physical intensity of its opponents if it wants to play and get a win.“They physically dominated us, they were more aggressive than we were and they played harder than we played,” he said. “In most of the games this year, especially when we started playing better, it’s when we started matching the other team’s physical aggressiveness.”Although the Buckeyes began the match aggressive, taking the first shot and forcing the first three corner kick opportunities, a first-half goal by the Badgers (13-3-2, 4-2-0) halted Buckeye redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov’s four-game, 445-minute spell of not allowing a goal. The goal came in the 23rd minute of play when Wisconsin redshirt-senior midfielder Tomislav Zadro scored off a diving header from the far post, after connecting with Badger sophomore midfielder Drew Connor. The goal was Zadro’s fourth of the season.The Buckeyes tried to fight back, firing two shots of their own in the following six minutes, but were unable to find the back of the net. At the half, the Badgers had outshot the Buckeyes, 6-5.The Badgers added to their lead with a second-half goal midway through the 71st minute. Badger senior forward Nick Janus finished off a knockdown from an OSU defender, squeaking it past Ivanov into the right side of the net. The goal gave the Badgers a 2-0 cushion, eventually leading to the victory.Despite leaving Madison, Wis., with a loss, Ivanov said the team was able to learn some last-minute things about itself before heading into the conference tournament.“I think we learned that obviously, when we’re sharper than that, we usually play a lot better than we did,” Ivanov said. “We didn’t have that extra fiery edge that we usually do, and we all know collectively that we’re better than the performance we had.”Buckeye senior defender Sage Gardner said the way the team prepared for Wisconsin proves to him that the team can play at the same level of play as any team in the conference.“I think Wisconsin was a little fluke for us — we definitely got out-hustled and out-muscled playing up at Wisconsin for their senior night,” he said. “I think it was kind of a tough situation for us and I don’t think we responded well, but I think the way we’ve been ending the season the way we’re moving upwards is a positive.”Wisconsin finished the match outshooting OSU, 14-7, but Ivanov was able to gather six saves, propelling him into seventh place for single-season saves in OSU history with 101 on the season.Up next, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on No. 18 Michigan State in the first round of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The teams met earlier in the season, playing to a 1-1 tie in double overtime. read more

Ohio State sophomore cornerback Shaun Wade (24) runs on the field during the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorShaun Wade is willing to do whatever it takes to help the Ohio State defense prosper. After sitting out his first season following an abdominal injury in 2017, the redshirt freshman has done anything he can to get on the field while teammates and fellow 2017 recruiting class members, such as cornerback Jeffrey Okudah and safety Isaiah Pryor, receive regular playing time. Wade did not want to get lost in the shuffle. To make sure of this, he became the ultimate utility man for the Ohio State secondary, extending his ability from his original position of cornerback to the nickel and safety spots, allowing him to find playing time at positions for which he was not recruited. For Wade, position did not matter. He just wanted to make a contribution. “I just wanted to be on the field to help the team,” Wade said. “That’s all.” Ohio State safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator Alex Grinch noticed Wade’s drive. In the Sunday practice after Ohio State’s season-opening win against Oregon State, Grinch asked Wade if he was willing to play some reps at safety. Wade agreed and, ever since, has been in Grinch’s position room.Even though safety is Wade’s newest position, Grinch said he has shown signs of progress. “He’s flashed for us a little bit,” Grinch said. “That’s a guy, when you do those things, you kind of make a determination as a staff is what’s the best position for him on the current roster to help us in 2018.”For Wade, the major difference between playing corner and playing safety is playing off the ball; he was used to playing man-on-man and on the ball as a corner his entire career. Even though nickel is closer to his normal position, Wade said it has been a transition, having to guard the slot against smaller, quicker receivers. “Nickel actually is a fun position to play,” Wade said. “It’s just like corner, but you can’t back up at all and you have to get hands-on definitely. If you don’t, it’s going to be a long day for you.”However, there have been moments when Wade has shown he is still learning. Playing nickel against Penn State’s redshirt freshman wide receiver KJ Hamler, Wade did what he was not supposed to do: back up. Instead of doing what he was supposed to — get up on Hamler at the line of scrimmage and put his hands on him to force a deflection or a catch and quick tackle — Wade backed up after the receiver did a quick stutter step. This allowed enough space, after getting the reception from Penn State redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley, for Hamler to outrun Wade for 93 yards, tying the longest touchdown reception allowed in Ohio State history. Grinch said a successful defense does not give up explosive plays such as the Hamler touchdown or the 93-yard run by TCU junior running back Darius Anderson on Sept. 15. He said it’s going to take the combination of improving scheme, execution and personnel to fix the issue. Even with the mistake during the Penn State game, the coaching staff views Wade as a significant part of the game plan moving forward. For defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, it can be hit or miss when a younger player enters the lineup. In Wade’s case, his recent playing time is because of consistent production on the practice field. “More reps, you either have more chances to make a mistake or more chances to make a play,” Schiano said. “And the guys that are ready, they had more chances to make a play. Shaun did that because he kept making more plays.”With Pryor suspended for the first half of the Indiana game on Saturday after recording a targeting call in the fourth quarter against Penn State, Wade could see increased playing time at safety, even if redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint gets the start. Grinch said there is nothing settled in the secondary, but he has been pleased with the progress Wade has made, especially at safety. However, Grinch said a decision regarding Wade will need to be made: What position does the redshirt sophomore focus on? “Ultimately, you have to zero in somewhere,” Grinch said. “Otherwise, you stunt the growth of the individual.”Wade doesn’t care where he plays. He said it’s up to the coaches. As long as he is on the field on Saturdays, he will be satisfied. “I just needed to go hard, that was the only thing,” Wade said. “I got the skill set and I know how to do it in my mind. I just have to go hard every time.” read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Jan 2015 – This morning, David Smith returns to court after a Friday night arrest at his home described as excruciatingly emotional. A provisional warrant was issued for his re-arrest on Friday as the United States tries to extradite Smith in connection to a sentence handed down in Orlando in 2009; a sentence of 30 years linked to a Ponzi scheme. Smith was since Friday night, held at the Chalk Sound Police Station after appearing in court that night and will this morning return to face Magistrate Clifton Warner as the former Olint owner plans to fight the extradition. Smith was on Thursday released from Grand Turk prison; the US warrant had a technicality, saying that David Smith was to be given into US custody upon completion of parole; since Smith served his entire sentence at Her Majesty’s Prison and never received parole, the United States was unable to touch him. Related Items:chalk sound police station, David smith, magistrate clifton warner, ponzi scheme Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Missick & Co Defendants and David Smith all in Court this Week David Smith returns to court in January; heads back to HMP in Grand Turk Police get two convictions for drug possession caseslast_img read more

first_imgEni and Shell will jointly explore the unit using the Doyon Rig 15, BSEE reported last month. Photo courtesy of: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-ENI-record-breaking-well.mp3VmJennifer-on-ENI-record-breaking-well.mp300:00RPd The spudding of the well follows the Bureau’s November 28, approval of Eni’s application for permit to drill, and a pre-drill inspection December 6-10. According to Eni, the well is expected to extend 6.5 miles into rocks beneath federal waters of the Beaufort Sea, the well will set a long-distance drilling record in Alaska. Throughout the drilling of the well, BSEE Alaska Region inspectors will make visits to the drill site, both on a regular schedule and at times of critical operations such as Blowout Preventer testing, said BSEE Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire in a statement on December 27. Eni plans to drill four exploration wells, over the next two years, including two mainbores and two sidetracks from its Nikaitchuq North project. Two Bureau personnel were on-hand Monday, December 25, ensuring compliance with approved permits, federal regulations and safety standards as Eni U.S. Operating Co Inc began new well operations from a man-made island, called Spy Island drillsite, in shallow state waters near Alaska’s North Slope shore. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享New oil exploration in Arctic federal waters is underway this week with the spudding of a new oil well in the Beaufort Sea, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).last_img read more

first_imgTony Uphoff, who resigned as UBM TechWeb’s CEO in May 2012 after a major restructuring at UBM, has just resurfaced as the CEO of Media, the company announced is a destination site providing content and directory services for a variety of business verticals. “I’m thrilled to be joining the leadership team,” said Uphoff in a statement. “The company’s unique connection with active buyers creates a powerful, natural environment for marketers to reach, engage with and sell to active business purchasers.”Uphoff replaces Ryan Peddycord, who became Media’s CEO when JMI Equity-backed Resource Nation—a b-to-b lead generation company—bought its assets from Dex One Corporation, formerly R.H. Donnelley pre-bankruptcy, in early 2011. Before going into bankruptcy, R.H. Donnelley had purchased in 2007 for $345 million.last_img read more

first_imgEnlarge ImageTesla’s new Beach Buggy game is playable in-car with the vehicle’s controls. Tesla Tesla seems to be spending a lot of time lately putting video games into its cars. The most recent of these is called Beach Buggy Racing 2, and it was developed by a company called Vector Unit. It’s being added as part of the launch of Tesla’s Arcade and ToyboxWhat’s cool about Beach Buggy Racing 2 is that if you’re charging your Tesla, you can play the game using the built-in controls for your car. The steering wheel steers in-game, and the brake and accelerator pedals do their jobs as well. That isn’t to say that there’s not a potential downside to this. Car Games and Apps Car Culture Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Your next charging session is going to be SO 👏 MUCH 👏 FUN 👏— Tesla (@Tesla) June 18, 2019 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow Tesla We ride along in Tesla Mobile Service’s customized Model… 21 Photos 4:04 Tags Incredibly cool Tesla Easter eggs 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 4 In the teaser video that Tesla posted to its Twitter account on Tuesday, you can see the cars front wheels moving while parked as the driver plays the game. In case this isn’t obvious, that’s a really good way to unevenly wear your front tires out and put extra stress on your steering components.We reached out to Tesla for comment on its plans to address any added wear, to which Tesla representatives replied: “The game has been tuned to give you full control of your dune buggy with minimal steering wheel movement. You can also use touchscreen controls which does not move the wheels, and USB controller support is coming soon.”As for the game itself, it looks like a super fun (if slightly derivative of Mario Kart) racing game with decent graphics that probably look awesome on a Model 3’s huge landscape-oriented screen. The game has several difficulty modes ranging from Chill to Ludicrous (we see what you did there, Tesla) and features 22 levels.The game update is rolling out to Tesla customers starting on Tuesday. Comments Teslalast_img read more

first_imgPunjab National Bank (PNB), India’s second largest state-owned bank, has reported a 93 percent decline in its profit for the December quarter as the bank had to allocate additional funds to cover bad loans.The lender’s net profit dropped to Rs.51 crore in the October-December quarter, against Rs.774 crore in the same period a year earlier.Following the announcement of disappointing quarterly results, PNB shares plunged 5.6 percent to trade at Rs 89, even as the benchmark equity indices pared some of their losses they witnessed earlier in the trading session.PNB’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) soared to 8.47 percent of total advances in the third quarter from 5.97 percent in the corresponding quarter a year ago. Its advances rose by 8.4 percent in the quarter.”PNB has come out with a very disappointing set of results for the quarter. Though results were expected to be bad, however, the quantum of rise in Gross NPAs has surprised us,” said Angel Broking in a note.The bank’s provisions for bad loans more than doubled to Rs.3,375 crore in the quarter from Rs.1,467 crore in the year-ago quarter. It also saw fresh slippages climb to Rs.13,842 crore from Rs.5,193 crore, as bulk loans to companies in sectors like steel, infra and power turned into NPAs.”Industry is going through a tough time and PNB is a large player. PNB being a large lender, the impact is seen on the bank’s NPA level,” Mint quoted PNB CMD Usha Ananthasubramanian, as saying.”The industry and PNB will go through tough times. The surgery is not over,” she added.Net interest margin, a measure of profitability, fell to 2.75 percent in the three months ended 31 December, 2015, from 3.27 percent in the corresponding period in 2014.last_img read more

first_imgMap of MymensinghAt least four people were killed and 30 others injured as a bus overturned on Mymensingh-Kishoreganj highway in Char Rasulpur area of Ishwarganj upazila in Mymensingh district on Friday morning.One of deceased is Ratan Miah, reports UNB.The accident took place around 10:30am when the bus driver lost control over the steering, leaving a man dead on the spot and 33 people injured, said Ishwarganj police station officer-in-charge Badrul Alam Khan.Among the injured, two died at Ishwarganj upazila health complex and one on the way to Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital.last_img

first_imgDel. Cory McCray attends a candlelight vigil in support of security workers negotiating for higher wages on Jan. 16 in front of City Hall. (AFRO Photo/Roberto Alejandro)Security workers are fighting for higher wages and increased benefits from two major security contractors operating in Baltimore City, after organizing under a property service workers union.Faith leaders as well as city and state politicians have expressed support for the workers, who have been collectively bargaining with Admiral Security and Crown Security since September.“I personally make $13.39, and the cost of living is, of course, more than that,” said Christopher Savoy, a security employee with Admiral and one of the bargainers organized under 32BJ SEIU, the largest property service workers union in the country. “Every day we’re living paycheck [to paycheck], waiting for the next paycheck and striving to pay our bills.”According to Savoy, his limited wage, combined with the part-time hours worked by most security employees, make it difficult to keep a roof over his head and afford things like food or healthcare.“I was sick in the past and really couldn’t afford to go to the doctor’s,” said Savoy, who also spoke of a fellow union bargainer who he said was forced to go to a local food pantry each month to meet her food needs, and others who rely on public assistance.“Taxpayers shouldn’t have to subsidize a company’s poverty wages,” said Julie Karant, a spokesperson for 32BJ SEIU.On Jan. 16, security workers and community leaders held a candlelight vigil in support of the workers’ attempt to gain better wages and benefits through the collective bargaining process. The vigil was attended by Elder C.D. Witherspoon, president of the Baltimore Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Coalition, as well as Maryland General Assembly Delegates Antonio Hayes and Cory McCray.“As we look through Baltimore City and we see that many communities within Baltimore are enduring poverty rates as high as 50 percent, as we see the wage stagnation or wages decreasing, but we see jobs coming, we have to make sure that those jobs coming pay a good living wage, [provide] affordable healthcare, and a dependable retirement,” McCray told the AFRO. “Those are key assets that are going to build our communities.”The security workers are seeking higher wages, health benefits, paid sick days, and bereavement leave, among other concessions, in their negotiations with Admiral Security and Crown Security.The Baltimore City Council has unanimously passed a resolution, introduced by council president Jack Young, supporting the workers in their efforts.“Private security officers should be permitted to exercise their right to organize with the labor union of their choice to negotiate for family-sustaining wages, access to quality health care, and a healthy working environment,” the resolution reads in part.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

first_imgAsia Durr is 7-17 (.412) from deep in her last two games after shooting 7-47 (.149) in the previous six games Story Links Louisville’s (16-1, 4-1) 48-point win (W, 91-43) over Virginia on Thursday marked its biggest margin of victory in ACC history. The previous record was a 42-point win (W, 71-33) vs. Clemson on Jan. 28, 2016. They also held Virginia to just one free throw (1-4) which marked the fewest amount of free throws allowed since Clemson had just one free throw in that same game (1-6). ABOUT THE DEMON DEACONSWake Forest enters Sunday’s matchup with a 9-8 record. They are 0-4 in the ACC and have lost their last four games. They are one of four teams winless in the ACC (Virginia Tech, Pitt, Duke). Three of their four ACC losses have been by 15 or more points. They lost 65-64 at home against Boston College for their lone ACC loss by less than 15. The Demon Deacons opened the season with wins in their first three games, then lost four straight before winning six straight prior to starting conference play. They are averaging 60.4 points per game, which ranks 13th, and giving up 61.7 points, which ranks fourth. They rank last in 3-point field goal pct. (.287) and turnover margin (-5.6). After holding UVA to 43 points, UofL’s scoring defense improved from 64.3 to 61.9 and moved from 182 to 112 nationally. The Cardinals utilized a 31-9 second quarter to turn a 15-14 lead into a 46-20 lead at halftime. Ultimately, after leading 15-14 with 9:46 to go in the second quarter, they went on a 50-10 run to lead 65-24 with 3:28 to go in the third. They then outscored the Cavs 25-10 in the third en route to a ACC record 48-point route. After being outrebounded in the last three games, including being outrebounded by 16 (48-32) at Notre Dame and by 14 (46-32) vs. Georgia Tech, Louisville outrebounded Virginia by 15 (42-27). They pulled down just four offensive rebounds and had just two second chance points vs. Georgia Tech, but improved that by pulling down 14 offensive boards and scoring 21 second chance points vs. Virginia. The 21 second chance points is the most since they had 29 vs. UT Martin on 12/4. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 4 University of Louisville women’s basketball plays at Wake Forest (9-8, 0-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET.center_img Listen UofL shot a season-high 57 percent vs. UVA after failing to reach 50 percent in the previous five games. Watch Following the loss at Notre Dame, UofL is looking to avoid its first two-game ACC road losing streak since they lost two straight at Notre Dame on Feb. 23, 2015 (L, 68-52) and at Virginia on March 1, 2015 (L, 75-59). Live Stats UofL ranks 12th in the country and second in the ACC in scoring offense with 82.0 points per game. They have scored 100-plus three times, 90-plus six times, 80-plus nine times and 70-plus in 14 of 17 games. They scored 70-plus in 13 of the first 14 games. After missing 70 points in the previous two games, UofL exploded for 91 points vs. UVA. Senior Elisa Penna leads the team with 15.3 points per game and 31 3-pointers, while shooting 30 percent from deep. She is also pulling down 5.6 rebounds per game. Alex Sharp (12.7), Ivana Raca (12.2) and Ona Udoh join Penn as double-digit scorers. Udoh ranks second in the ACC with 3.9 offensive rebounds per game, fourth with 1.8 blocks, and sixth with 8.8 rebounds per game and a 60.8 field goal percentage. Conti ranks second with 5.4 assists per game. Conti (35.5) and Penna (34.9) rank first and second in the ACC in minutes played.Series History – UofL is 4-0 all-time against and all four games have come in the last four years with the Cardinals joining the ACC. Louisville has won two games at the KFC Yum! Center and two in Winston-Salem. Last season, the Cards won 89-52 in Louisville. UofL won 75-46 at Wake Forest in 2016-17.Date: Sunday, Jan. 20Time: 2 p.m. ETSite: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, N.C. (14,665)Radio: WKRD-790, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analystVideo: ACCNE,Last Meeting: W, 89-52 (Feb. 28, 2018 at KFC Yum! Center)Series History: 4-0 (2-0 Home, 2-0 Away, 0-0 Neutral)UofL National Ranking: 4th Associated Press, 4th USA TodayFor the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Following a series of complaints from commuters, the state Transport department will soon put a cap on the surge fare in the app-based cab services provided by aggregators like Ola and Uber.The state Transport department has written a letter to these two aggregators urging them to submit a report of their policy regarding fixation of surge prices. They have been also instructed to have a basic minimum fare similar to that of yellow cabs and put them in the public domain. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”There has been a lot of complaints about high charging particularly during natural calamities when distressed commuters need maximum humanitarian support. We have sought a reply on what prompts them to charge in an arbitrary manner and have made it clear to them that such actions will not be entertained. They have been directed to submit a report in this regard in a fortnight,” a senior official of the Transport department said. The department has also instructed the aggregators to have a system in place so that a passenger does not need to dole out more than the agreed fare that is displayed to him/her at the time of boarding a cab. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that random checks by the Transport department in different areas at different times, particularly during rain and storms, have shown sky-high rates. “Surge price can’t be elastic beyond the limit. There are chances of manipulating the situation by going off the system collectively to create a massive demand-supply gap and engineer a surge pricing. This is not desirable,” the official maintained. “Surge pricing is not always transparent and difficult to explain. Having a maximum cap on surge pricing to the extent of 2.5-3 times may be logical as it will help protect the interest of both the operator and the consumer. It is not very difficult to implement as their technology is great,” the senior official pointed out. Earlier in a meeting with the department, the aggregators had claimed that the surge price is calculated by an algorithm when there is a demand-supply mismatch. If the demand is more than the supply, the fare rises. “However, we have found that there is a mismatch between their claims and the real situation,” the official said.last_img read more

first_imgBy Gregory Jaquet | Special to The Tico Times David is 32. He was a policeman. Then he went to jail because of domestic violence before being released. “I experienced true solitude. The prison had become my world. I stayed in my cell 23 hours a day for nine months. At the end, I was afraid to go out,” he recalls.In the sitting room of the WEM Institute in San Pedro, a neighborhood east of San José, 70 men listen to his confession. WEM provides counseling to violent men and helps them work through their personal issues to confront the causes of gender-based violence. Forced to attend by the courts after an episode of domestic violence, forced by their wives, or simply joining of their own free will, these men represent part of Costa Rica’s male society, and they are here to talk about what they’ve done and learned. David wears jeans and a dated training jacket. His hair is short, and he doesn’t know what to do with his arms in front of such a large audience. He seems uncomfortable. His lip trembles and his eyes are wet.“A year ago, I was violent with my wife,” he begins. “I was sentenced to nine months. After the sentencing, I came to WEM workshops to learn to manage my anger. I did 45 sessions, and I understood many things. And then I screwed up. I broke the restraining order against me. What I did, and I regret it, is write a message to my wife’s sister. A message. And they ordered my arrest.”Renouncing violenceDavid now stands like a policeman before the meeting – legs apart, hands on hips. He seems to reach for his belt, gun and handcuff holster to pose. But he’s no longer a cop. He’s exposed, alone. And he tells his story to the group of men who have chosen to become “better” and to renounce violence by participating in these workshops.“In my cell there was a man who got 35 years for killing his wife. A murderer. I lived with him 23 hours a day for nine months. With a murderer.”David touches his nose, looks down and pauses. He is moved. The assembly is silent. Álvaro Campos, the director of WEM who has initiated this session, approaches David and puts his hand on his shoulder, encouraging him to continue. “Tome su tiempo,” take your time, he says. David starts again, but his voice quavers. “It’s hard when you’re in the prison, you’re a police officer and the prisoners know it,” he says. Another pause, and David sobs. In this room with green walls and trembling neon light, he looks like a sad child.“I received no calls. All these sons of bitches who were my friends? Not a single call in nine months. The only contact was from my parents.” He finishes. Campos returns and applauds, thanking him for his contribution. Working with menThere are five or six pensioners, 20 people aged 40-60, 20 more between 30-40 and a few younger ones. They are dressed in sports clothes and work attire. They came to the WEM Institute to redefine masculinity, get educated and hopefully prevent more violent episodes, or as Campos describes it, “combating inequality by working with men.”Campos points out that domestic violence is problematic throughout Latin America. The region’s violent history – military regimes, revolutions and authoritarianism, for example – and a patriarchal tradition create dynasties of violent men, who act out against wives and children. Despite its more peaceful history, Costa Rica is also affected by this phenomenon. Also, the trivialization of violence due to drug trafficking and gang activity is another cause of almost automatic recourse to intimidation and the exercise of power.Powerful, virile, dominantWEM has 15 employees, psychologists and social workers and a network of men known as the “Red de Hombres” – 50 volunteers who work with the institute to organize activities. These professionals have created a method to work with men based on their values and histories. They ask the men to commit to becoming nonviolent. This helps address the “machismo” problem, a social construction that allows them to become powerful, virile and dominant. Many workshops are organized to deal with these issues: group sessions, anger management classes, management of marital separation, courses on how to be a good father, sessions to discuss masculinity, and others. In addition, the institute offers workshops for teenagers and young men who are invited during one-day sessions to consider their roles involving the issue of equality and preventing violence against women. Attendance is impressive – during my last visit to a group session, 120 men attended.‘Women Have Changed. Men Haven’t.’ Campos says that women have changed: “In Latin America as elsewhere, empowerment allows women to study, to claim the right to work, to live in society, share the chores. This emancipation was explained to Latin American women in schools, by mothers, aunts and sisters. The men, however, have received no update.”Often, he says, men’s source of knowledge for how to behave in a relationship comes from their fathers. Young men from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico, for example, imitate the actions they have seen – or experienced – during childhood, he adds. “Many men who come to WEM do so because they fail in their relationships or living as a couple. They lose their wives, their children, and they must pay support when they earn almost nothing,” Campos says. In Costa Rica, laws call for severe punishment in domestic violence cases, and home evictions, restraining orders and child support are ordered by the courts every day.Attitudes of some Latin American men have not changed much since the time of the conquistadores. The exaltation of virility, such as the exaggerated trappings of authority, can be common issues. Alex is a psychologist and conducts workshops on anger management at the institute. “Hopeless, many men understand that they need to learn something new. We suggest they come to WEM,” he says. During a group session last December, people are motivated to speak, telling their stories, their mishaps. And when a participant faces a challenge, it becomes a therapy session. The rules are repeated at the beginning of each session: “Hablar de mis sentimientos, escuchar a los otros.” Speak what we feel, listen to others.Alfonso is 28. He says he was sent by his wife because he is a machista and is authoritative. Alfonso says he was violent with his children, and his wife complained of being terrorized. “How did you come to be like this?” asks Alex, the facilitator. “At home. My grandfather raised me. He hit me with his belt and set his dogs on me when I didn’t do things the way he wanted,” Alfonso responds. He seems shy, his body closed tight. He holds his scooter helmet against himself and speaks with his eyes downcast. Assisted by facilitators, Alfonso uses powerful words: “pain in the heart,” “an open wound.” “I would tell my grandfather that I need love and not orders or punishments,” he says. His confessions bring others. Edgar is 50-something. He says little at first, and then lets go, revealing that he was tortured by his parents, who scalded his hands in boiling water when he was 6. ‘I Inherited the Throne of My Father’Edgar cries for a long time. There is an awkward silence. He says he understands why he became a violent man. It was because of his father. “I inherited the throne of my father,” he says to illustrate that he has behaved like a dictator in the family he created. “I advance and move on through these sessions. But my wife and children, who have grown up, still say that they are terrified. How long will it take me to regain their trust?”In this ugly room without heat, men speak of a father’s lack of love, a mother’s caress, a child’s games and missing tenderness. And slowly, the image of the Latin American machista is cracked.Gregory Jaquet is a 35-year-old Swiss expat in San José working as a volunteer for Eirenesuisse, a Swiss NGO ( See more stories and pictures on his blog,, and visit the WEM Institute’s Facebook page at: Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_imgRussian telecom operator Rostelecom has expanded its interactive TV service across the entire Altai region in south Siberia. Rostelecom first began to provide access to small villages in this region in 2011 and with the latest expansion now serves 120 localities in the area.Its interactive TV offering includes more than 100 channels and access to interactive services including social networks and entertainment portal for RUB230 (€5.60) per month. The firm also has direct licensing agreements with global content producers such as Universal Studios, Warner Bros, Disney, Sony Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox.last_img

first_imgUK-based pay TV operator Sky is to build a new dedicated innovation centre on its Osterley campus in West London.The new space will house technology engineers and software developers focusing on innovation across Sky’s broadcast and streaming platforms, consumer products and new areas such as virtual reality.The innovation centre will cover about 6,500 square metres in area. According to the pay TV outfit, it will further strengthen Sky’s tech expertise, adding to its existing sites in Leeds and Milan. With three dedicated technology hubs, the group says it will be in a stronger position to extend its leadership in delivering customers a high-quality viewing and user experience.As part of Sky’s commitment to attracting and developing more women in technology roles and to address the shortage of female talent in the industry, the new centre will become the home of new Get into Tech for Young Women scheme.Based on the success of Sky’s Get into Tech course, which the company claims has already helped over 100 women train to be coders, the new programme will provide girls of school leaving age the chance to train for free as a coder, with further opportunities at the Sky Software Academy when they have completed the course.The re-development of Sky’s campus has included the construction of five new buildings designed to promote the free flow of people and ideas, enabling talent to collaborate and deliver the best outcomes for customers.“Sky customers have always enjoyed cutting edge technology and the best products available – from satellite to streaming Sky has led the way. The launch of this dedicated innovation centre will enable us to push the boundaries even further,” said Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch.The development of the west London campus reflects Sky’s journey over the past 29 years. Just as we have moved from portacabins to a world-class working environment we have also grown from a satellite business to Europe’s leading direct to consumer media company with content, consumer technology and innovation at its core. We have achieved this by always putting customers at the heart of everything we do and in every decision we make.”last_img read more

first_img It was the same story in platinum, but the HFT boys gave palladium a pass.  Here are the charts. The gold stocks gapped down, and stayed down.  The HUI closed down 2.40%. It was more or less the same chart pattern in silver.  The smack down took a bit over 2% off the silver price in less than two minutes.  After that it gained back a percent in short order, and then traded almost ruler flat until 2:30 p.m. The highs and lows recorded by the CME in the December delivery month were $21.86 and $20.95, which was an intraday move of over 4%. Silver closed at $21.34 spot, down 34 cents on the day.  Volume, net of October and November, was pretty high at 53,000 contracts. Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.”  Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained.  Please visit our website for more information about the project. The dollar index closed at 80.43 late Thursday afternoon in New York.  It rallied up to 80.51 in early Far East trading before rolling over and hitting its 80.26 low at precisely 11 a.m. BST in London.  From that low, it rallied in fits and starts to its 80.52 high at half-past lunchtime in New York.  After that it sagged a bit into the close, finishing the Friday session at 80.38, which was down 5 whole basis points. Needless to say, the violent price move in gold, silver and platinum at 8:40 a.m. EDT had nothing to do with the currencies.  With the odd exception, this is almost always the case. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 28 gold and 36 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday within the Comex-approved depositories.  In gold, Jefferies and Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia were the short/issuers, with JPMorgan Chase stopping 22 of those contracts.  In silver, the biggest short/issuer was Jefferies with 34 contracts, and JPMorgan Chase stood for delivery on 31 of them.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There was a fairly decent withdrawal from GLD yesterday, as an authorized participant shipped out 173,749 troy ounces.  And as 9:10 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV.  But when I checked the Web site again at 5:13 a.m. EDT this morning, I see that there’s been an update.  An authorized participant withdrew 1,927,268 troy ounces of silver.  That amount is within 150 troy ounces of the size of the withdrawal reported on October 7.  It seems like too much of a coincidence, but maybe I’m imagining things. I was surprised to see another small sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They sold 4,000 ounces of gold eagles. There wasn’t a lot of activity in gold over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.  They reported receiving 4,201 troy ounces, and shipped out 13,839 troy ounces.  The link to that activity is here. For a change, it wasn’t overly busy in silver, either.  Nothing was reported received, and a smallish 81,576 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  The link to that action is here. With no Commitment of Traders Report to discuss, it’s going to be a short report for a Saturday. In my conversations with Ted yesterday, he said that even though though there is no COT Report, it’s a dead certainty that the Commercials were buying every long that the technical funds and small traders were puking up, and taking the long side of any short trade that these same two groups of traders were putting on. Along with no COT Report, I don’t have much in the way of stories for you today, either. There are no markets anymore, only interventions. – Chris Powell; April 2008 Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is an R&B/soul number by an American group from the early 1970s, and it still gets air time to this day, and rightly so.  It’s hard to believe that this hit is 40 years old this year.  For a trip far back down memory lane, click here.  They don’t make music like this anymore. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ was something I was listening to on CBC FM on the way to work at the bullion store yesterday.  It’s the symphonic tone poem Don Juan [Op. 20] by Richard Strauss, which he composed in 1888 at the tender age of 24 years.  This recording dates from 1984 and was performed in Osaka, Japan.  It requires a big orchestra to do justice to the monstrous orchestration prevalent in the classical music of the Romantic era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The extreme difficulty and virtuosity of nearly every part has made the piece a staple of orchestral audition lists for most instruments.  The world renown Herbert von Karajan does the honours from the podium, and the link is here. Everything that happened at 8:40 a.m. EDT in the Comex futures market in gold, silver and platinum has already been adequately described by others, so I won’t bother going through it again. But I would certainly give a day’s pay to know what the Commitment of Traders looking like at the close of trading yesterday. I took a quick look at the preliminary volume/open interest numbers for Friday’s trading that the CME posted on their Internet site in the wee hours of this morning, and it shows that open interest blew out by over 13,000 contracts in gold and 4,400 contracts in silver.  The bulk of it in gold was put on in the December delivery month, and in silver it was split up between December and March.  It’s possible that a technical fund put on a big short position yesterday, and if that’s the case, then JPMorgan et al definitely took the other side of that trade. There’s also the possibility that it was the usual HFT games, and they hid their tracks with big spread trades. Of course neither of these possible options will be known to us until the next COT Report, and that won’t be forthcoming until after the government employees responsible for producing it go back to work.  Maybe we’ll get some idea of when that might be as events unfold next week. In the meantime, there’s not a damn thing we can do about it.  We already know that the CFTC and the CME, along with the precious metal miners, aren’t going to do a thing about it either, so we just have to suffer in silence.  This is just another sign of how corrupted the entire process has become, and it should be obvious to all that the system is rotten to its very core. That’s all I have for the day and for the week, and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. It should be obvious to all that the system is rotten to its very core. Once again the gold price did nothing in Far East and early London trading.  But as you are already keenly aware, that all changed about 20 minutes after the Comex open, as the not-for-profit sellers  took out the bid stack, and the gold price cratered more than fifteen bucks in less than two minutes, tripping trading circuit breakers. After that, the price traded more or less flat in a tight range until minutes after 2:30 p.m. EDT, when it rallied slowly but steadily into the close. The CME recorded the high in the December contracts as $1,294.80, and the low was recorded as $1,259.60. Gold closed at $1,273.20 spot, which was down $13.20 from its Thursday close.  Gold volume, net of October and November, was pretty chunky at 196,000 contracts. It was somewhat different for the silver stocks, as they opened only down a bit, before heading lower, with the low tick coming at 10:30 a.m. in New York.  After that, they shows some strength, gaining back almost a percent of their losses.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down only 1.34%. Sponsor Advertisementlast_img read more