File photo of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.Asserting that the disputed land in Ayodhya was the birthplace of Ram and could not be divided, saffron leaders including Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday said no power on earth could stop the construction of a grand temple at the site.”The land of Ram Janam Bhumi cannot be divided and the Mandir movement will reach its conclusion only with the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya,” the RSS chief said at a function here to mark the 75th birth anniversary of Yug Purush Swami Paramanand Maharaj.”It has now been established that a Ram Temple existed in Ayodhya. Majority of Hindus have been longing to see a majestic Ram temple at the site ever since the temple was demolished,” Bhagwat said.Maintaining that the temple in Ayodhya was demolished in order to demoralise the countrymen, he expressed the resolve to build a temple at the site and said it was time to begin efforts in that direction.Blaming politicians and fundamentalists for putting up hurdles in the path of the temple movement, he said, “The temple could not be constructed since spoil sport was played by fundamentalists and politicians,” he said.Speaking on the occasion, VHP General Secretary Parveen Togadia rejected the idea of a mosque at the site and said a temple will be built there with the blessings of saints.”With the blessings of saints, Ram Temple will be constructed in Ayodhya and Mosque is not acceptable,” he said.advertisementHe also demanded a total ban on cow slaughter.Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) International President Ashok Singhal, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, were among others who complimented Swami Paramanand on the occasion.”Guru-Shishya Parampara established by Swami Ram Krishna Paramhans and Swami Vivekananda is being kept up by Yug Purus Swami Paramananad Maharaj and Sadhwi Ritambhara,” said Modi.Swami Paramanand is playing a vital role in inspiring the youth towards spirituality, he said.- With PTI inputs
MOST READ Donovan Mitchell, Jazz send Cavs to 8th straight loss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Chicago’s Zach LaVine hit a 3-pointer from the corner, but after time ran out in the extra period.LaVine led Chicago with 31 points. He made two 3-pointers in the closing moments of regulation to tie it at 105 and send it overtime. He hit the first 3 with 17.3 seconds left from outside the left side of the arc, then knotted it with 3.9 seconds remaining from almost the same spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionIndiana’s Thaddeus Young had 16 points, including several key baskets down the stretch in the fourth quarter, to help the Pacers overcame an early 12-point deficit.Lauri Markkanen had 27 points, and Kris Dunn had 16 points and 17 assists for Chicago. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Chicago led 78-75 heading into the fourth quarter, but Indiana grabbed a six-point lead with 1:12 left when Sabonis hit a pair of free throws. LaVine then tied itTRADE FALLOUT: Guards MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden Jr., acquired by the Bulls in a trade Thursday that sent guard Justin Holiday to Memphis, has not yet joined Chicago. The Grizzlies also sent second-round picks in 2019 and 2020 to the rebuilding Bulls. Chicago waived guard Cameron Payne in another move.“What we did last night was consistent with our direction,” Executive Vice President-Basketball Operations John Paxson said before Friday. “Getting the two second-round picks was important to us. We’re going to keep Wayne Selden. He’s a young player and we’ll see what he develops into. It’s a deal we felt we had to make.”Coach Jim Boylen wasn’t yet sure where the 24-year-old Selden, whom he called a “big thick dude,“will fit in.YOUTH TO THE FRONT: Chandler Hutchison, a 22-year-old rookie forward, moved into Chicago’s young lineup and made his fourth start this season. Hutchison and the Bulls’ four other starters — Markkanen, Wendel Carter Jr., LaVine and Dunn — were all first-round picks. Dunn, who’s 24, is the oldest in the group. Carter is the youngest at 19.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, right, celebrates with guard Tyreke Evans after he made a three-point basket against the Chicago Bulls during overtime of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO — Victor Oladipo made a 3-pointer from just above the top of the arc with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to give the Indiana Pacers their sixth straight victory, 119-116 over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.Oladipo had 36 points and seven rebounds, and Domantas Sabonis added 23 points and 12 rebounds in the first game of a five-game trip.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ″(The trade) gives Chandler Hutchison an opportunity to play,” Paxson said. “He’ll have to meet the standards Jim (Boylen) and we want, but he’ll get the opportunity.”TIP-INSPacers: C Myles Turner was back in the starting lineup, wearing a face mask, after breaking his nose in a collision with Atlanta forward-center John Collins midway through the third quarter of a 116-108 win Monday in Indianapolis. Turner had 20 points, eight rebounds and blocked four shots in less than 24 minutes in that game, then needed only a brief medical procedure to fix his nose. “I’m feeling great,” Turner said before Friday’s game. “Excited to get out there.”Bulls: F Bobby Portis (sprained right ankle) missed his seventh straight game but might return Sunday when the Bulls host Brooklyn. Portis will have another contact day on Saturday. “It does look good,” coach Jim Boylen said, “but I’m not going to bank on it.” … F Jabari Parker entered the game in the first quarter after not playing since Dec. 13 at Orlando (nine games) due to illness and coaching decisions.UP NEXTPacers: At Toronto on Sunday nightBulls: Host Brooklyn on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. brazilian gpBrazilian Grand Prixcarlos sainzCharles Leclerc First Published: November 18, 2019, 8:07 AM IST Sao Paulo: Carlos Sainz’s patience and determination was repaid in more ways than one on Sunday when his first podium finish was confirmed by the race stewards, more than two hours after the Brazilian Grand Prix.The highly-rated young Spaniard came home fourth on the road for McLaren in Sunday’s tumultuous race, but was promoted to third when six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was penalised — and then made to wait while his own race was investigated. Finally, the stewards said he and McLaren had not contravened any regulations in the use of Drag Reduction System (DRS) under yellow flags during the race — to the delight of the team’s long-suffering fans and Sainz’s many admirers and supporters.The result secured McLaren their first podium since both Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen were classified in the top three at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix, ironically the first race in the current V6 turbo hybrid era.”Good things come to those who wait… 2,072 days, 118 races, one group of loyal fans,” McLaren said on Twitter.Good things come to those who wait… ⏳2072 days 118 races 1 group of loyal fans We might have missed out on the podium but… WE’RE BACK IN THE TOP 3! #FansLikeNoOther #FearlesslyForward pic.twitter.com/zXrrMVK2mF— McLaren (@McLarenF1) November 17, 2019 The result secured fourth place in the constructors’ championship for McLaren, their best finish since 2012.It was an extraordinary effort by Sainz who had failed to set a time in qualifying and started from last place on the grid, the team choosing to take a new engine. @Carlossainz55 has a message for you all… pic.twitter.com/5E5WoZ3ONw— McLaren (@McLarenF1) November 17, 2019 He went for a one-stop strategy which worked out in a race of two safety car interventions and many accidents.”A podium!” said Sainz on Twitter. “A bit weird not being there after the race, but still extremely happy.”Today’s race was just unbelievable — the one-stop strategy was difficult, but it paid off.” From P20 to P3!!I have never expected my first @F1 podium to be like this. I am extremely happy! Thank you to the whole @McLarenF1 team & everyone involved!!@EG00 #carlossainz #Smoothoperator pic.twitter.com/WOvF82VLHM— Carlos Sainz (@Carlossainz55) November 17, 2019Rivals Renault commented on Twitter: “Huge, huge congratulations to McLaren and Carlos Sainz. Both extremely dear to our hearts and both hugely deserving.”His compatriot and former McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso said: “Fantastic! Well done team.”
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 23 (PTI) A Tiranga Yatra rally was today flagged-off at the Sainik School at Kazhakootam here as part of the countrys 70th independence day celebrations. The rally, being held under the aegis of Sports Authority of India, was flagged-off by Governor P Sathasivam, at a function held at the school. State Power and Devaswom Minister Kadakampalli Surendran, presided. Air Vice Marshal G Amar Prakash, Senior Officer-in-Charge Administration, HQ Southern Air Command were among those present. The function was organised to instill a spirit of nationalism and to create awareness among the youth about the contribution of freedom fighters who fought for freedom from the British rule. The yatra commenced from Sainik School and ended at Lakshmibai National College for Physical Education (LNCPE), Kariyavattam. Hundreds of participants representing various Schools, NCC, Kerala Police, Army, Navy, CRPF and trainees from LNCPE participated in the rally. The Governor inaugurated the rally by handing over the tricolour to former world amateur boxing champion KC Lekha and D Biju, Arjuna awardee and an ace badminton player who in turn led the rally. PTI JRK BN KUN
DENVER (AP) — After a sputtering start to their postseason, the Denver Nuggets are starting to look like the team that ended a six-year playoff drought in such dramatic fashion.Nikola Jokic has a lot to do with it.Jokic had 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and fed Jamal Murray (23 points) repeatedly in Denver’s 108-90 romp of the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.“Their chemistry is almost romantic,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “They care about each other, they love each other. They play for each other. That’s when we’re at our best.”“I mean, we’re growing,” Jokic said. “We’re both really passionate about basketball. So when we have some good plays or whatever, we just want to express our feelings.”surprising second seed in the West, the Nuggets are up 3-2 and can advance to the second round for the first time in a decade with a win in Game 6 Thursday night in San Antonio, where they won last weekend for the first time since 2012.Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots over San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) in the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first round playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Two weeks ago, Jokic overcame suffocating double teams to become the fourth player in NBA history to record a triple-double in his playoff debut and the first since LeBron James in 2006. But he scored just 10 points to go with 14 assists and 14 rebounds that night.Since then, he’s averaged 22 points, 11 boards and eight assists. Three times he’s come up a pair of assists shy of a triple double.“I mean, every great player is a challenge. And he can do a little bit of everything, and he does all of those things well,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He’s the consummate team player who has great skills, but he’s also competitive, does a great job, has got a very high basketball IQ.”He’s having quite the coming out party on the national stage, too.“You hear everybody talk about these other players, rightfully so,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “The league is filled with great players. What Nikola Jokic is doing in his playoff debut has not happened very often in the history of this game. Once again tonight 16, 11 and eight. I damn near ran him into the ground. Those 3s at the end of the quarter were huge.“He can impact the game in so many ways. I hope this playoff crowd, this national TV audience that people are tuning in and watching us and saying, ‘Man, this kid Nikola Jokic is real.’ We know it and it’s about time everyone else realizes it.”Murray’s 23 points led the Nuggets, who finally looked like the team that rolled through the regular season led by Jokic and backed up by the best bench in the league. The Nuggets led by as many as 30 points at 99-69, after which all of their starters took a seat.DeMar DeRozen and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 17 for San Antonio, but Denver dominated this one almost from the tip.“They just outplayed us in every facet of the game,” Popovich said.They’ll need a similar effort in a closeout game at San Antonio. Asked what he could expect Thursday night, Jokic said, “the toughest game of our lives.”San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich prepares for Game 5 of an NBA basketball first round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)FAST STARTThe Nuggets led 26-19 after one quarter. Denver had been outscored in the first quarter in all four games and by a total of 31 points, which didn’t sit well with Malone, who said before tipoff, “I think it’s important for us to win the first quarter, but not only to match the intensity and their aggressiveness, to exceed it. We have to come out with a hit-first mentality.”WITHER WHITESpurs point guard Derrick White was held in check again — he had 12 points after scoring eight Saturday night. He averaged 23 points in the first three games, including a career-best 36 in Game 3, before Malone inserted Torrey Craig into the starting lineup in place of Will Barton, which allowed Gary Harris to guard White.“I think our guys realized after the first three games Derrick White was the early MVP of this series,” Malone said. “And we’ve done a really good job in the last couple of games of trying to negate his impact. And that’s been a big part of our success in the last two.”Popovich said what he’s seen in White these last two games is “he’s basically a young kid who’s feeling his way. Playoffs are different than the regular season. And he’s growing and every night is an education, whether he plays poorly or whether he’s great. So, he’s a willing young man, going to have a great future. But he’s got to have this kind of experience. So, hopefully he’ll bounce back on Thursday.”TIP-INSDenver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) is pressured by San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (25) in the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)San Antonio: The Spurs struggled on the road during the regular season, going 16-25. They’re now 1-2 away from home in this series. If they win Thursday night, they’ll return to the Pepsi Center for Game 7 on Saturday night.Denver: Broncos star linebacker Von Miller was in attendance as were Nathan MacKinnon and Erik Johnson of the Colorado Avalanche, who have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Should the Nuggets also advance, it would mark the first time since the Quebec Nordiques moved to Denver in 1995 and became the Avalanche that the city’s NBA and NHL franchises both advanced to the second round in the same season.UP NEXTGame 6 is Thursday night in San Antonio.___By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Sania Mirza shut fans on Twitter on Tuesday, who tried to troll her regarding Pakistan’s Independence Day.Sania has often faced trolls regarding the Independence Day after her marriage with Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik back in April 2010. With Pakistan’s Independence Day on August 14 and India’s a day later on August 15, fans have often taken sly digs at her and tried to ask her about celebrating Independence Day.Independence Day 2018 LiveBut, this time, Sania was having none of it. The Indian tennis stat made it clear that her Independence Day is on August 15 and not August 14.One of Sania’s followers called Romeo Gold 2.0 on Tuesday tweeted to the ace tennis player, “Happy Independence Day @MirzaSania..aapka independence day aaj hi hai na (Your Independence Day must be today).”To which, Saina quickly replied: “Jee nahi…mera aur mere country ka Independence Day kal hai, aur mere husband aur unnki country ka aaj!! (No. My country and my Independence Day is tomorrow while my husband and his country’s is today.) Hope your confusion is cleared!! Waise aapka kab hai?? (When is yours?) Since you seem very confused..”Sania’s reply forced the Romeo Gold 2.0 to delete his tweet. But, that was not the end of it. Other people also tweeted the same to her and she responded again to silence the people, who tried to make fun of her.Jee nahi.. mera aur mere country ka Independence Day kal hai, aur mere husband aur unnki country ka aaj!! Hope your confusion is cleared !!Waise aapka kab hai?? Since you seem very confused .. https://t.co/JAmyorH0dVadvertisementSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) August 14, 2018Despite the trolls, Sania also took to Twitter to wish her Pakistani fans on the eve of the country’s Independence Day, writing: “Happy Independence Day to my Pakistani fans and friends !! best wishes and love from your Indian Bhabi,”Her post was soon flooded with hate messages and they tried to humiliate her for marrying a Pakistani.”We dont need your well wishes, you got married to a pakistani guy, you should be living in pakistan, what kind of marriage is this? Stay there for rest of your life, look at waseem akram wife who is a gori but she lives in pak with her hubby, thats y she got more respect from us,” a Twitter user replied to the post put up by Sania.And, she again responded to that by saying that she didn’t ask for anybody’s opinion on her life and they should just calm down.”Awee.. calm down!! Don’t take the wishes ‘if you don’t need them’ also remember when I asked for your opinion on my life??? Yuppp- me neither !!!! peace out,” she replied.Awee.. calm down!! Dont take the wishes if you dont need them also remember when I asked for your opinion on my life ??? Yuppp- me neither !!!! peace out https://t.co/K34trJBihxSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) August 14, 2018However, someone was nice enough and asked her not to take these seriously and she replied back by saying that this much troll is not enough to disrupt her piece of mind.I am smiling 🙂 its gonna take muchhhhhh more than a troll on social media to take over my brain … thank you for your wishes https://t.co/NPBDz3h0UFSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) August 14, 2018Sania, who celebrated her eighth marriage anniversary with Shoaib on April 12, 2018, is also expecting her first child and has pulled out of the Asian Games 2018 due to pregnancy. However, her support for India remains stronger than ever and it will continue to do so.
Iowa Senator Jackie Smith of Sioux City will join other elected officials in Hornick on Saturday to survey damaged homes and attend a pancake breakfast fundraiser.Smith will be joined by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Marty Pottebaum of the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors.They will be at the Hornick Fire Station to attend the Firefighters Pancake Breakfast event at 8am.Smith and fellow State Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids toured flood damage in Hamburg, Glenwood and Malvern in southwest Iowa on Friday.
Pep Guardiola described Jurgen Klopp as “an incredible manager” on the eve of Liverpool’s trip to Premier League title rivals Manchester City.The reigning champions face a seven-point deficit to Klopp’s Reds, who are yet to taste a top-flight defeat this season ahead of Thursday’s crunch clash at the Etihad Stadium.Last October’s showdown between the two sides at Anfield ended in a goalless draw, but Liverpool prevailed in three of last season’s four meetings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? If that recent record suggests Klopp may have got the measure of Guardiola’s City, the former Barcelona coach did not appear too concerned and freely offered up warm praise for his German counterpart.”First of all, he’s an incredible manager,” said Guardiola, who saw his side beat Southampton last time out to put back-to-back losses behind them.”I have a good relationship with him and his team always plays good.”I don’t count the number of times I beat managers and think I am special.”Our teams play, I beat him, he beat me, I win cups and he won some. I congratulate him when he beats me and I move forward.”32 – Jurgen Klopp has now defeated all 32 of the British clubs he’s faced as Liverpool boss in all competitions – before tonight, Wolves were the only side he’d failed to beat, losing in the FA Cup in January 2017 in their only previous meeting. Rule. pic.twitter.com/96gjJaIaXs— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 21 December 2018Having won major domestic and European honours with Barca, Bayern Munich and now City, Guardiola has lost none of his enthusiasm for the big matches and he is relishing this one.Asked what it meant to him to be involved in such games, he replied: “[It is an] incredible pleasure. I’m a manager and to play these games, to see what we can do on the big stage with people in these stadiums, it’s a dream to play these games.”It’s when I’m most calm. The players will try to do the performance they can do.”City will have to wait on the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne, who trained on Wednesday following a persistent knee problem. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Director General of STATIN, Carol Coy, said the entity has converted to an electronic data collection system, which has made the process of gathering information speedier and easier. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) has been utilising technology to improve data collection and dissemination of information.Director General of STATIN, Carol Coy, said the entity has converted to an electronic data collection system, which has made the process of gathering information speedier and easier.“So, for household surveys and the Consumer Price Index (CPI), we now collect the information on tablets…and the information is uploaded to our servers here in office. We are no longer using paper, which results in the data being collected and transmitted in a much speedier manner,” she told JIS News.Miss Coy noted that one advantage of the electronic system is that other agencies with similar technologies in place are able to transmit information to STATIN in a timely manner.She noted too, that last year, STATIN relaunched its website: www.statinja.gov.jm, aimed at enhancing the provision of data to its stakeholders and the Jamaican populace.“So, we upload a significant portion of our information on the website and you are able to download this information whether as a flat file or excel…you can also call us at STATIN if you need more information than what is on the website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will facilitate your requests,” Miss Coy informed.The Director General said that all publications produced by STATIN are available on the website free of cost.“We have stopped publishing books as persons are not really buying the publications anymore…they need the information and they need it at hand and so this is why STATIN has been focusing on its website,” she pointed out.“So, if you have your phone, then you can access STATIN’s website, or visit our social media platforms. We are also looking to use YouTube and develop apps because we know we have to move with the technology and also with what the young people are demanding,” she added.Meanwhile, Miss Coy noted that over the decades, STATIN has expanded the range of statistics that it provides. Among them is the CPI, produced on the 15th of every month, which measures the movement in consumer prices.There is also the System of National Accounts, which provides information on the country’s gross domestic product (GDP); the labour force statistics, which track employment and unemployment; and the population and housing census done every 10 years, which gives details on the size of the population in areas such as age, sex, religion and education.“We have also expanded in providing environment statistics on Jamaica; information on the ICT (information and communications technology) sector…we partner with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) every year to produce the Survey of Living Conditions and at intervals, we do ad hoc surveys to look at the economic and social conditions of the people of Jamaica,” the Director General outlined.Currently, STATIN is conducting a year-long household expenditure survey (HES) to collect information on the amount households spend on consumer goods and services such as food, education, health, transportation, recreation and communication.“We want to encourage persons to continue to support our surveys as this is what allows us to provide the information necessary for the growth and development of our country,” Miss Coy expressed. Story Highlights The Director General said that all publications produced by STATIN are available on the website free of cost. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) has been utilising technology to improve data collection and dissemination of information.
zoom Maritime companies BW LPG Limited and BW Pacific have found work for seven new vessels as the companies signed time charter deals with Japanese shipping firm Mitsui & Co. Ltd.Under the contracts, signed on April 22, three very large gas carriers (VLGCs) and four medium range (MR) product tankers will be deployed on time charters with marine transportation services firm Nissen Kaiun KK.The vessels are currently being built at Japan United Marine Corporation (JMU) shipyard.According to BW Group, these long-term time charter-in (TC) deals would enable BW LPG and BW Pacific to grow their fleets with no up-front capital while maintaining the flexibility to acquire these vessels in the future at an agreed price.“We are pleased to have concluded these TC-in deals with our Japanese partners and when delivered these vessels will be a welcome addition to our fleet,” says Peter Schulz, BW Pacific’s Chief Financial Officer.Just last week, BW LPG said that it signed a debt facility agreement for the amount of USD 221 million in order to finance four of its very large gas carrier (VLGC) newbuildings.The financing has been raised from ING Bank, KFW IPEX-Bank GmbH, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC) and Standard Chartered Bank, as mandated lead arrangers, where ING Bank also acted as coordinator and facility agent.
Nearly $7 million in new federal and provincial capital investments will help create a world-class tourism and heritage site at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs in Cumberland County. The investments will help build an interpretive centre to showcase one of the world’s richest and most significant coal age fossil sites that dates back 310 million years. The federal government, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is investing more than $4.8 million in the new centre. The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage will invest up to $1.8 million. “Canada’s government is getting things done for the people of Nova Scotia. Our investment of over $4.8 million will boost Atlantic Canada’s eco-tourism potential,” said MP Bill Casey, on behalf of Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of ACOA. “This government understands that strong tourism is key to strengthening the economy and to job creation for Atlantic Canadians.” The provincial investment is in addition to $1.1 million provided in December 2005 to help leverage other funding, bringing the total provincial contribution to up to $2.9 million. “The Joggins Fossil Cliffs are a tremendous resource for Nova Scotia in terms of preserving our heritage and sharing it with the world,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Our investment will help develop a unique tourism experience and contribute to the efforts to get UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.” The Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association is leading the project and, with the support of the municipality of Cumberland, has contributed $921,600. “A key element of success for this project is our community involvement, support and stewardship of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs site,” said the association’s executive director, Rhonda Kelly. “This project will serve as a significant stimulus for the local and regional economy.” The association has chosen an environmentally friendly building design for the 13,000-sq.-ft. centre. It will house interpretive displays about the fossil cliffs and lab space for research. It will also include a cafe, retail space and a multipurpose room. Four full-time, staff will run the centre, including a director, a geologist, a manager of visitor services and marketing, and a site and maintenance manager. There will also be one part-time, year-round position, and nine full-time, seasonal staff. The centre is a key component of the association’s application to have the Joggins Fossil Cliffs designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The centre will be built on nearly 28 acres of provincial Crown land being transferred by the Department of Natural Resources to the municipality. The centre will cost about $9 million and is expected to be complete in the summer of 2007. The federal investment is from ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, a five-year, $175-million program to support economic development throughout Atlantic Canada in critical areas such as innovation, community development, training and improving the climate for business growth.
The Small Steps Project may have been the smallest charity at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, but they still managed to get shoes from Rita Ora, Professor Green, Kate Nash, Kenny Rogers, B. Traits and Seasick Steve for their annual celebrity shoe auction.There are still more shoes to come from Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Example, Iggy Azalea and Jake Bugg! They also have shoes in from Wimbledon players such as Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer and Laura Robson. Superstar celebrities Elton John and Madonna are also donating their famous footwear!The Small Steps Project’s mission is to deliver shoes, aid and medical care to children surviving on rubbish dumps all over the world. Glastonbury are donating over 2000 pairs of shoes recycled from the festival and driving them in convey for their next distribution in Romania this summer, along with the children’s wellies that were collected in The Kidz Field.To find out more about the Small Steps Project Celebrity Shoe Auction, click here.
Lahore: Pakistan and India on Tuesday held a technical meeting to discuss the modalities for the corridor linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district in Punjab. The technical experts and foreign office officials from both sides participated in the talks held at Zero Point (Kartarpur), according to Geo News. They reportedly discussed installation of a border fence and road design. An official of the Pakistan Rangers told PTI that the meeting of both sides took place at the Kartarpur Zero Point to the PTI but said any statement will be issued either by Pakistan’s Foreign Office or the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan military. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In a major initiative last November, both India and Pakistan agreed to set up the Kartarpur Corridor to link the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib — the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev — to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur. Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. Earlier, India postponed the Kartarpur Corridor meeting between the two countries at the Wagah border scheduled for April 2. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday India and Pakistan on March 19 held a meeting of technical experts on the Kartarpur corridor during which its alignment, coordinates, and other engineering aspects of the proposed crossing points were discussed. The technical meeting at the level of experts, including engineers and surveyors, was held at “proposed zero points” in the follow up to the decision reached on the March 14 meeting. Later, the Pakistani Cabinet constituted a 10-member Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) to facilitate Sikh pilgrims after opening of the Kartarpur corridor. India voiced concerns over the presence of several Khalistani separatists in the committee on the Kartarpur corridor and said it will wait for a response from Islamabad on the issue and will not go ahead with a previously agreed meeting on the corridor on April 2 in Wagah on the Pakistani side. During the previous meeting, both sides jointly surveyed the coordinates of the Zero Point and discussed the technical details, including finished road level, high flood level etc. Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab’s Gurdaspur district up to the border will be constructed by India. In Pakistan, the groundbreaking ceremony of the corridor was performed on November 28 last year by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Fifty per cent of the four-kilometre stretch being built by Pakistan has been completed while the stretch between the Zero Line to Baba Nanak’s shrine is being built by India. The corridor will be opened in November this year in connection with the 550 birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.
MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. warns its 2019 results could be significantly lower than anticipated, largely due to cost overruns at some construction projects and says it will undergo a reorganization to exit or section off its poorer performing segments.The Montreal-based engineering giant is withdrawing all previous financial guidance for 2019 and will book an additional $1.9 billion in impairment charges.More coming. The Canadian Press
by The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2013 1:08 pm MDT Time Warner Cable adds Food Network, HGTV to channels available for watching outside the home LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Time Warner Cable is adding programming including Food Network and HGTV to the channels available on its on-the-go viewing app to help it keep pay TV subscribers.The cable operator says it will add those channels, as well as DIY, Travel Channel and Cooking Channel to its TWC TV app. That brings the channels available to watch on the mobile app to 12 nationwide.The deal could help Time Warner Cable Inc. hold on to its pay TV customers as it adds more features without adding to their monthly bill. And content provider Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. may benefit in the future if more viewers helps boost its ad revenue.The New York-based cable operator has said its customers used the app nearly 5 million times in June, double the number a year ago.Most app usage still occurs in the home, but the cable operator is adding to its on-the-go viewing lineup to bolster its “TV Everywhere” offerings, said Mike Angus, Time Warner Cable’s senior vice-president and general manager of video.“TV Everywhere” is an industry initiative to tie viewing on mobile devices and computers to a traditional pay TV subscription. It is a way to compete with online video services like Netflix while not harming the traditional pay TV business.Knoxville, Tenn.-based Scripps cut a similar deal to allow viewing of its channels on Verizon’s FiOS Mobile app last month.Scripps spokesman Mark Kroeger said the company plans to ink similar deals with other TV distributors going forward. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
A note to correspondents issued by the UN Spokesperson’s Office confirmed that the Organization had facilitated the handover of journalist Peter Theo Curtis. “He was handed over to UN peacekeepers in Al Rafid village, Quneitra, the Golan Heights, at 6:40 p.m. (local time) on 24 August 2014. After receiving a medical check-up, Mr. Curtis was handed over to representatives of his Government,” the brief note concluded. According to media reports, Mr. Curtis, a 45-year-old freelance journalist from Boston, was abducted near the Syria-Turkey border in October 2012. He was reportedly being held by the Al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaida affiliate, which, along with Islamic State (IS) militants, were recently targeted by the UN Security Council, which adopted a wide-ranging resolution naming six individuals from the groups to its sanctions list. In addition, just two days ago, the Council strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly” murder of James Foley, also an American journalist, by IS militants and demanded the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all other hostages. “This incident is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists face every day in Syria. It also once again demonstrates the brutality of [IS], which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people,” the Council said in a statement to the press.
The 1980s Lakers win eight championships in a row and 10 championships in 12 years, pretty much matching the 1960s Celtics.Tim Duncan’s Spurs win 10 titles (and counting), instead of five.Larry Bird wins eight rings — including five in a row — instead of three.LeBron James wins six consecutive championships — two with the Cavaliers of the Central League and four with the Heat of the Eastern League — and is in contention for a seventh this year.The New York Knicks have a mini-dynasty, winning the Eastern League five times in eight seasons from 1993 to 2000.The Oklahoma City Thunder, rather than missing their window, win four straight Western League championships from 2011 to 2014.Karl Malone and John Stockton are three-time champions instead of perennial bridesmaids.The New Jersey Nets three-peat in the Eastern League from 2002 to 2004.Russell’s 11 rings are still impressive, but they’re no longer such an outlier when looked at in this way. Or here’s another method: Instead of assigning hypothetical championships, take away some credit for championships that were won in a smaller league. For instance, if a team won a championship in a 10-team NBA, it would get credit for one-third of a championship in a 30-team league.By that calculation, the Celtics’ 11 championships are equivalent to three or four championships in a 30-team league.3Specifically, they’re worth 3.4 championships. The other dynasties aren’t affected as much. Duncan’s Spurs still pretty much get full credit for all five championships. Jordan’s Bulls get credit for five or six, and the 1980s Lakers about four.You can argue, of course, that the Celtics were so far ahead of the pack that they’d have held on to most of their championships even in a 30-team league. But they weren’t that dominant in the regular season. In Russell’s tenure with the team, they averaged the equivalent of a 58-24 regular-season record. That’s very good — but not much better than, say, Dirk Nowitzki’s Mavericks over the past 15 seasons. They weren’t even especially dominant in the playoffs! In their 11 championship seasons, Russell’s Celtics won 67 percent of their playoff games. Other NBA champions throughout history have won 73 percent of theirs.The Celtics came through in the clutch, obviously, just about every time it mattered — Russell was 10-0 for his career in Game 7s! But if you’re accused of benefiting from playing middling competition,4The Celtics’ average playoff opponent during Russell’s tenure had an Elo rating of 1570 entering the game. The Duncan-era Spurs have faced playoff opponents with an average Elo of 1639, by contrast. the more persuasive rebuttal comes from blowing your opponents out.One final objection we anticipate hearing from Celtics fans: Isn’t it harder, in some sense, to win a championship in a 10-team league since the player talent pool is more concentrated? In a literal sense, the answer is “no”; it’s easier to win a championship when there are more championships to go around per team.5Consider that if you reduced the entire NBA to just two All-Star teams, East and West, each of them would win the championship about half the time.But it could be argued that the average quality of competition was higher during the 1960s, with just 10 teams or so, instead of 30. Elo doesn’t make too many assumptions about this.6Elo’s implicit assumption is that the quality of NBA competition is fairly constant over the long run but that it can be disturbed in the short run by rapid expansion. I’m not sure it’s a winning argument, however. Consider:In the 1960s NBA, there were still remnants of a racist quota system that limited teams to three or four African-Americans.There were almost no international players in the 1960s, whereas now they make up about a quarter of league rosters.The U.S. population has increased by about 75 percent since 1960.Basketball has become a far more prominent and lucrative sport; in the mid-1960s, the NBA averaged only about 5,000 fans per game. A talented amateur athlete might have opted for another sport before basketball, and it was not uncommon for high NBA draft picks to bypass the league for another option.In other words, it seems likely that the NBA talent pool has grown at least as fast as the number of franchises since the 1960s. The 1960s didn’t even feature particularly great “fundamental” basketball. League-wide free-throw percentages were typically about 72 percent or 73 percent, compared with more like 75 percent or 76 percent now. The Celtics were the best team of their era, but also a product of it, and that era isn’t as rich for NBA competition as the one we have now. WTF, nerds? You’re telling us that this season’s Golden State Warriors, who haven’t won anything yet, are better than Bill Russell’s Celtics, who won eight titles in a row and 11 in 13 seasons?Actually, no. It would be ridiculous to say that. Last week, we released an interactive graphic, “The Complete History of the NBA,” which uses a relatively simple formula called Elo to rate NBA teams. Indeed, it currently ranks this year’s Warriors as the fourth-best team in NBA history, although they may rise or fall depending on how the rest of their playoff run goes. Meanwhile, no single season from the 1960s Celtics dynasty ranks higher than 47th on the all-time list.But Elo’s claim is that the 2014-15 Warriors season has been better than any single season in the Celtics’ run. In terms of long-term accomplishments, of course, it’s not even close. The 1960s Celtics’ competition comes, instead, from about who you’d expect: the 1990s Bulls, the current Spurs dynasty and the 1980s Lakers and Celtics.I’ve thought a lot about how to use Elo to rate sports dynasties. It’s a tricky problem, in part because you have to define when a dynasty begins and ends. Almost all of us would agree, I assume, that Michael Jordan’s Bulls were one continuous dynasty even though Jordan temporarily retired in the middle of it. But what about Kobe Bryant’s Lakers? Should the three titles they won from 2000 to 2002 be considered part of the same dynasty as the two they won in 2009 and 2010?Here’s one fairly simple approach (let us know down in the comments if you have a better method): We’ll define a dynasty as ending when a team’s Elo rating falls below 1500, which is the long-term league average. This is a reasonably forgiving standard, since teams carry over part of their rating from one season to the next. For instance, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Elo rating never fell below 1500 this season even though they started out 3-12.By this definition, Jordan’s six titles do get grouped together. The Bulls’ rating never fell below 1527 even when Jordan was playing outfield for the Birmingham Barons. But Kobe’s five titles are not considered part of the same dynasty since the Lakers’ Elo rating was below 1500 for part of the 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.The longest streak of above-average play belongs to the San Antonio Spurs. Their Elo rating rose above 1500 on Jan. 3, 1998, and hasn’t fallen below it since, a period that covers more than 17 years, or 1,644 games1Regular-season and playoff. and counting. That’s impressive even compared to the Celtics, who had an above-average Elo rating from March 14, 1956 to Nov. 12, 1969. Insanely great — 13.5 years and 1,198 games — but not as great as the Spurs.The 1980s Lakers also had a longer streak (1,363 games) than the Celtics. But maybe, even if the Celtics’ streak was slightly shorter, they were playing at a slightly higher level than those other teams?Not according to Elo. The Spurs had an average Elo rating of 1664 during their streak, as compared with 1634 for the 1960s Celtics. The Lakers’ Elo rating, 1641, was also slightly higher than the Celtics’.We can also assign an overall score to each dynasty by taking a team’s average Elo rating during the streak, subtracting the league-average rating of 1500, and multiplying it by the number of games the streak lasted.2For math geeks: This is equivalent to calculating the area under the curve between a team’s Elo rating and the league-average rating. Overall, this method has the Spurs way out in front — 40 percent better than any other dynasty. The 1980s Lakers are in second, while the 1990s Bulls jump ahead of the 1960s Celtics to place third. (What about the the Warriors? Their current “dynasty” ranks as only the 47th-best all-time. Check back in 2023.)But: the rings! How can you ignore 11 championships?You could certainly develop a dynasty-rating method that puts more emphasis on winning titles. The simple method we’re using in this article gives no special credit for them, which is why — once you get past the canonical dynasties in the top five — it likes teams like the Dallas Mavericks from 2000 to 2012, who won just one title, and the 1990s Utah Jazz, who won none.But there’s something to keep in mind when you consider the 1960s Celtics and their rings. It’s much easier to win a championship in a 10-team league, like the NBA was, on average, when they were playing, than in the 30-team league we have now.Here’s an illustration of that. I divided the 30 current NBA franchises into three “leagues” of 10 teams each:The Eastern League consists of franchises currently in the NBA’s Atlantic and Southeast divisions.The Central League consists of franchises currently in the Central and Southwest divisions.The Western League includes franchises from the Pacific and Northwest divisions.Then, for each season since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77, I assigned a champion to each “league” based on which of its 10 teams advanced furthest in the actual NBA playoffs. When there were ties — for instance, if the last two teams from a “league” were both eliminated in the NBA conference finals — I broke them based on which team had the higher year-end Elo rating. Check out what happens:
Most companies that want to dispose of their hard drives in-house buy a degausser. Most people who want to dispose of a hard drive hit it with a hammer or take it to a recycling center, if they dispose of it at all. With the IDEAL 0101 HDP from Duplo, you don’t have to put the effort into wrecking your hard drive yourself: you can just pop it into a machine and watch as a hole is punched clean through your hard drive. The IDEAL 0101 is designed to be a fast and efficient drive destruction device, and that it is: you just feed the drive into the slot at the top and stand back, making sure your hands are clear when the stake – ejected with up to 3 tons of force – comes out of the side and goes through the drive. The device then opens the bottom panel and spits the drive out into a collector at the bottom, ready to go to your local recycling center. You’ll have to spend $3300 retail to get one of these, so it’s doubtful they’ll pop up in homes anytime soon. However, considering that well-built degaussers can be dozens of thousands of dollars, this might be a good alternative for small to medium sized businesses with a pile of old drives they want to destroy.