Why the Indian-American Diaspora is a Vital Resource for India

first_imgOver 31 million people of Indian birth or descent are part of the Indian diaspora spread around the world. Of them, 3.1 million, or 10 per cent, are Indian-Americans living in the US. The Indian-American diaspora has proven to be a vital resource contributing to the economic, political and social development of India.Read it at Financial Express Related Itemslast_img

Indians to hunt Kiwis in historic 500th match

first_imgIndia played its first ever Test when it was a British colony in 1932 A formidable Indian cricket team is expected to dominate the visiting New Zealand by revelling in home conditions in its historic 500th Test match, which will herald the beginning of a long 13-match home season, here from tomorrow.There is an extra bit of statistics and history attached with the match for it being the team’s 500th Test match since it started playing the game 80 years back.The team played its first ever Test when it was a British colony in 1932 but over the years, has established itself as a force in world cricket.The Kiwis teamThe Indian team has always been an intimidating side on spin-friendly tracks under sultry conditions and the script is unlikely to change unless the Kiwis master the conditions.However, the threat of rains looms large on the opening Test of the three-match series with predictions of heavy downpour in the next six days.The Green Park track promises to be a true Indian Test wicket where spinners will have a major role to play and skipper Virat Kohli will have no hesitation in going in with Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra.Moreover, New Zealand have not had enough practice to get ready for the series. The only warm-up game they played against Mumbai was on a flat Feroz Shah Kotla track in Delhi, where their bowlers bled runs.Martin Guptill, one of the Kiwis’ best batsmen in recent times, lasted a mere 21 balls in his two innings even as Luke Ronchi staked claim for the opener’s slot with a century in the second innings of that game.It was actually Mumbai who dominated the practice match with three of their batsmen striking a century each in the first innings.StatisticsEven history is heavily stacked against the visitors, who have not won a Test on the Indian soil in their last 14 attempts. The last Test New Zealand won here was way back in 1998.In the 15-man squad, young captain Kane Williamson along with Ross Taylor is the most experienced player with five Tests here.In complete contrast, India have won nine of their last 10 Tests played at home and the only draw was against South Africa last year in Bangalore and that too because it was a weather-affected contest.Home teamThe headache for India would be to determine the opening the slots.Left-hander Shikhar Dhawan, who struggled to get a single fifty during the West Indies Tour, is still facing competition from the young KL Rahul, who had impressed in the Caribbean by scoring a century each in both Tests and T20s.Dhawan himself has said that competition is good for the Indian team and it will not be a surprise if Rahul gets to open with Murali Vijay. Although Vijay also did not have a great Caribbean Tour and it remains to be seen who gets the axe?Chetsehwar Pujara also had an ordinary West Indies tour but is a certainty in the middle order along with skipper Kohli after a strong showing in the Duleep Trophy, where he hit an unbeaten 256 for India Blue.The series will be a big test for Rohit Sharma, whose prodigious talent has always been a topic of discussion.Labelled as an underachiever in Tests, he has not done enough justice to his abilities as he has not been consistent enough.The Mumbaikar needs to bat long in the middle and he is fighting for one of the middle order positions with Ajinkya Rahane, who was impressive in the West Indies series and scored a century and a fifty.With spinners set to play a major role in this series, Jadeja with his left-arm spin and batting ability is an easy pick along with leg-spinner Amit Mishra and the seasoned Ashwin.Having Jadeja in the ranks gives Kohli that extra batsman in the side. As Ishant Sharma has been ruled out after being diagnosed with Chikungunya, it has become a three-way fight among Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshvar Kumar and Umesh Yadav for the two fast bowling places.New Zealand have their own problems with paceman Tim Southee being ruled out of the series due to an ankle injury, while all-rounder James Neesham will miss the opening Test due to a rib injury.For New Zealand, much would depend on how skipper Williamson, Guptill and Ross Taylor fare. On their own, they are class apart but the challenging conditions and spinning track will certainly make their life tough.Leg-break bowler Ish Sodhi and left-armer Mitchell Santner will lead the spin front for the visitors.The spin-friendly track will help them too but the way they were handled by the Mumbai batsmen in Kotla game, the visiting team spinners are unlikely to trouble the strong home batting line-up.Teams COMMENT × India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshvar Kumar, Amit Mishra, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav.Match to start at 09:30am IST. COMMENTS null New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner and BJ Watling. India retain Rohit, Dhawan for 3-test series against New Zealand An Indian fan with the tri-colour as India is all set to play its 500th Test match at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on September 22. Photo: V.V. Krishnan   –  The Hindu Ishant Sharma out of first Test against New Zealandcenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL PINK BALL DEBUTIndia to play its first Day/Night Test match against NZ An Indian fan with the tri-colour as India is all set to play its 500th Test match at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on September 22. Photo: V.V. Krishnan   –  The Hindu India wins historic 500th Test by 197 runs against NZ September 21, 2016 RELATED cricket Published on SHARElast_img read more

iPhone photography award winners announced and you won’t believe these pics were shot with Apple phone

first_imgHave mobile phone, will click a photo. And as it happens, there are times when people can click some really cool photos with a mobile phone. Every year the IPPAwards celebrate the best photos clicked with the iPhone and this year too there are photographers and photos that are winning some awards.Apparently thousands of people sent photos clicked with the iPhone for the IPPAwards 2018 and of them 10 were selected winners. “The Grand Prize Winner Photographer of the Year Award goes to Jashim Salam of Bangladesh for his entry Displaced. First, Second and Third Place Photographers of the Year Awards go to Alexandre Weber of Switzerland for his image Baiana in Yellow and Blue, Huapeng Zhao of China for his entry of Eye to Eye and Zarni Myo Win of Myanmar for his image I Want to Play,” highlighted a note issued IPPAwards.”iPhone users have become very fluent in visual storytelling. This year’s photos were technically impressive and many of them were very personal,” said Kenan Aktulun, who founded the IPPAwards.The grand prize winner the receives an iPad Pro whereas the “First, Second and Third Place Photographer of the Year Award winners will each receive an Apple Watch Sport”.As for the photos, here are the some of the winning photographs. Displaced: Clicked by Jashim Salam in Bagladesh using an iPhone 7, this photo shows Rohingya children watching an awareness film about health and sanitation near Tangkhali refugee camp in Ukhiya. Baiana in yellow and blue: The picture was taken by Alexandre Weber using iPhone 6S, in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, spontaneously, after a truck drove by. The woman with traditional clothes of a baiana, was looking after the truck, during her work break. Eye to eye: Photographer Huapeng Zhao, who used the iPhone 6 to click this, says, “I met this boy while walking at the seaside. When I was trying to take a picture of him, he put the fish he caught in front of his eye.” I want to play: This photo was clicked by Zarni Myo Win in Myanmar using an iPhone 7 Plus. A young boy who lost his leg was watching his friends play soccer, and he said he wanted to play soccer if he could, says the photgrapher. The Union of Colors clicked by Edwin Loyola using the iPhone X. “Taken in one of Philippines biggest malls. I was strolling around the mall, and was amazed with the colors and patterns, says photographer. Smiling Fox was clicked by Erica Wu in Japan using the iPhone X. Says the photographer, “This fox was sleeping inside the box and poked his head out to enjoy the sunshine during the snowing season.” Titled Air, this photo was snapped by Dina Alfasi in Israel using iPhone X. Nasra Al Sharji clicked this photo in Dubai. I took this picture around 6:48 am from my hotel window as I was getting ready to head to work, says the photographer. Dandelion sunset: Sara Ronkainen clicked this photo on, wait for it, the iPhone 5S. Diner was clicked by Fiona Bailey in England. And it was shot on the iPhone 7.advertisementlast_img read more

Bengaluru FC announce 30-man squad for AFC Cup knock-outs

first_imgBengaluru FC have announced their 30-man squad for the AFC Cup knock-out rounds which begins with them taking on Turkmenistan’s champions Altyn Asyr FK in the first leg of the inter-zone semi-final, at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on August 22.The squad, which returned from a two-week Spanish tour, regrouped at the Bengaluru Football Stadium on Friday ahead of their big game next week, a statement from the club said.”We have returned from a very satisfying pre-season tour of Spain and it all builds up to two important AFC Cup games we will be playing in the span of a week,” said Bengaluru head coach Carles Cuadrat who is set to take charge for the first time in a competitive fixture for the southern outfit.”The boys have done everything we asked of them over the last one month. Now it is about being competitive and giving our best shot in these games.”Bengaluru who clinched the South Zone title for the second successive season in a dramatic fashion are up against Group-D champions Altyn Asyr, who in a similar manner toppled last year’s runners-up FC Istiklol Dushanbe from Tajikistan to seal their berth in the knockouts.Miku, who netted a staggering twenty goals last season, was not named in the squads for the preliminary and play-off as well as the group stages of the competition, but is set to feature for Bengaluru FC on the continental stage for the first time.Joining him are Juanan Gonzalez and Erik Paartalu (Asian player) who have been the mainstay in the squad along with new signing Xisco Hernandez as the overseas players.advertisementWhile Dimas Delgado misses out due to an injury sustained in Spain, Cuadrat is hopeful Xisco will provide the flair in his absence. “A muscle injury meant we had to take the tough decision of leaving Dimas out. Xisco, who replaces him, has some good qualities and provides a good option for us. He has been working hard during the pre-season and has blended in quickly,” added Cuadrat.Keeping faith in youth, Cuadrat has also named thirteen boys from Bengaluru FC B — twelve of whom played in the 2nd Division League last season while six are graduates from the U18 side of the BFC Residential Academy.Four of those six featured for the club in the U18 Youth League last season as well, while the duo of Namgyal Bhutia and Naorem Roshan Singh plied their trade for Indian Arrows in the I-League on loan from the Blues before returning for the 2nd Division League campaign.The SquadGoalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Soram Poirei, Aditya PatraDefenders: Juanan Gonzalez, Rahul Bheke, Harmanjot Khabra, Sairuat Kima, Rino Anto, Nishu Kumar, Asheer Akhtar, Gursimrat Singh Gill, Biswa Darjee, Rakesh OramMidfielders: Xisco Hernandez, Erik Paartalu, Robinson Singh, Bidyananda Singh, Boithang Haokip, Kean Lewis, Altamash Sayed, Ajay Chhetri, Naorem Roshan Singh, Namgyal Bhutia, Lalengzama Vangchhia, Myron Mendes, Leon AugustineForwards: Sunil Chhetri, Thongkhosiem Haokip, Miku, Udanta Singhlast_img read more

Men’s boxing Nationals start Saturday; Vikas, Amit not there

first_imgPune, Oct 26 (PTI) World bronze-medallist Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) will be among the 360 boxers vying for top honours in the National Men’s Championship starting here Saturday which will be skipped by some top stars such as Amit Panghal and Vikas Krishan. More than 30 state teams and units will be in action at the event, where the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) will be the defending champions. Bidhuri will be competing for RSPB, which will also feature Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Naman Tanwar (91kg). The youngster is a former world youth bronze-medallist. “It is a big comeback for me after missing out on big events in the last one year. I am going to make it count,” Bidhuri, who was upset at being denied a trial for both the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, told PTI. Also there in the Railways team is Sachin Siwach (52g), a former world youth champion. The RSPB will be missing veteran Manoj Kumar (69kg), who got married earlier this month. Manoj was adjudged the best boxer of the tournament’s last edition. The Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) also features a fairly strong team which includes the likes of CWG silver-medallist Manish Kaushik (60kg), and CWG silver-medallist and this year’s Arjuna awardee Satish Kumar (+91kg) among others. Manish is the defending champion in his weight category and is expected to claim a second successive gold. The SSCB would be without Asiad gold-medallist Amit Panghal (49kg). Amit will get a direct entry into the national camp owing to his Asiad campaign.advertisement Former gold-medallist and last time’s silver-winner Shiva Thapa (60kg) too has decided to skip the tournament this time. He has been turning up for Assam in the past and won successive golds in 2015 and 2016. CWG gold-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) will not be in action for a third year running. He is busy pursuing his aspirations in the professional circuit and will be travelling to the USA for that. The semifinal and final bouts are scheduled for November 1 and 2 respectively. PTI PM ATKATKlast_img read more

China city curbs dog walking, bans them in parks, stadiums

first_imgBeijing, Nov 6 (AP) A city in southwestern China has banned dog walking during the daytime and banished the pets entirely from parks, shopping centers, sports facilities and other public spaces.The ordinance issued by the city of Wenshan in Yunnan province on Oct. 29 has been called the most restrictive in a nation where dog ownership has long been subject to tight regulations.Under communist China’s founder Mao Zedong, pet ownership was considered a bourgeois affection but it has revived over recent decades with Chinese being more affluent but having smaller families.Many cities, however, still maintain rules on what size dogs can live in what areas, with the capital Beijing banning large dogs from the city center.However, Wenshan’s ban appears to go well beyond that by saying dogs can only be outside before 7 a.m. and after 10 p.m.It also says dog leashes cannot be longer than 1 meter (3 feet) and dogs can only be walked by adults.(AP) AMSAMSlast_img read more

There really is hope for future of U.S. Soccer

first_imgUnited States U17 U.S. U-17s give American soccer fans ray of hope after nightmare week Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 02:05 10/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) USA U17 Maja Hitij – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images United States U17 U17 World Cup United States World Cup Paraguay U17 v United States U17 Paraguay U17 A week after the U.S. men’s national team broke hearts by missing out on the 2018 World Cup, the Under-17 squad restored some faith with a big win American soccer fans were in desperate need of something to cheer them up in the wake of last week’s World Cup qualifying disaster, and it came in the form of a big win by a promising group that just might help restore some of the faith lost in Trinidad & Tobago.The U.S. Under-17 national team demolished previously unbeaten Paraguay, 5-0, to advance to the quarterfinals of the U-17 World Cup. In a match Paraguay was considered the favorite it was the Americans who overwhelmed the South Americans, with several star performances leading the way.U-17 coach Jack Hackworth sent a message to his players, and they entered the match knowing they were playing for an entire nation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “We talked about it internally and I told these guys that the responsibility of doing something for U.S. Soccer fell on them,” Hackworth said. “Hopefully with this performance tonight we have shown the world we are a footballing nation developing many superstars of tomorrow.”This U.S. team was seen by some as a one-man band, with U-20 World Cup standout Josh Sargent considered the unquestioned star, but Monday showed the wealth of talent in Hackworth’s squad. Timothy Weah, son of former AC Milan star and newly minted Liberian president George Weah, scored a hat trick while Atlanta United midfielder Andrew Carleton impressed in a playmaking role, helping set up multiple goals as he shredded Paraguay’s defense with perfect passes.The rout came in the second half, but the seeds for the victory were planted in the first half, with the U.S. defense standing firm against a dangerous Paraguay attack that put pressure on early but never broke through.D.C. United’s Chris Durkin and New York City FC’s James Sands played excellently as a center back tandem, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact neither is a central defender by trade (both are better suited as defensive midfielders). It was their work in the middle that helped cut out several Paraguayan threats in the first 25 minutes of the match, when the U.S. turned the ball over too frequently and Paraguay looked primed for an early goal that might have set the stage for a completely different result.That Paraguay goal never came, though, and instead it was Weah’s opener in the 19th minute that set the tone. The quick-strike counter began with Sargent chesting the ball down to Carleton, who hit a perfectly weighted pass to Ayo Akinola down the right wing. Akinola then struck a pass to a streaking Weah to shock Paraguay.”Today, U.S. were the better team,” Paraguay coach Gustavo Morinigo said. “After the first goal, the boys became very nervous. It was going really well in the opening stages.”Weah’s second goal was a world-class stunner, an effortless blast from the top left corner of the penalty area that had to remind some people of his father’s goal-scoring heroics. That goal seemed to deflate Paraguay and it definitely inspired the U.S. attack, which proceeded to dismantle the South Americans, with Carleton, Sargent, Weah and Akinola finding an unstoppable rhythm against a beaten foe.It will be inevitable that American fans overreact to Monday’s blowout win. You can’t really blame them considering the desperately depressing aftermath of the World Cup qualifying failure, but the reality is this team finds itself facing an opportunity like no U-17 side before it. American fans are starving for something to give them hope, and as much as it probably isn’t all that fair to pin a nation’s soccer hopes on a U-17 team, the reality is a run to the semifinals or final would offer some much-needed therapy.There is also the hunger to see the players who just might be a part of the next U.S. World Cup team in 2022. There is a good chance at least a couple of the players on this U-17 team could be a part of a U.S. team in Qatar (assuming, of course, the U.S. qualifies). That said, five years is a long time, so it’s probably wiser to simply enjoy watching this U-17 team play rather than trying to project them as World Cup saviors.The U.S. U-17s return to action Saturday in the quarterfinals, against the winner of Tuesday’s England-Japan round of 16 clash. Expectations will be heightened considerably in the quarterfinals, and after being underdogs in the round of 16, the Americans might now be seen as favorites.At least they will be to U.S. fans who have suddenly found a ray of sunshine after last week’s nightmare proceedings in Trinidad & Tobago.last_img read more

Aliadiere: Wenger told me I’m welcome to train with Arsenal

first_imgUEFA Europa League Aliadiere: Wenger told me I’m welcome to train with Arsenal Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:08 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Aliadiere Getty Images UEFA Europa League Arsenal Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Östersunds FK Östersunds FK The former Arsenal striker recently returned to the Emirates to meet his old boss after years playing in France Former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere has revealed that Arsene Wenger has given him an open invitation to come back to train at the Gunners’ London Colney training ground anytime he wants.The 34-year-old current free agent recently attended the Premier League match against Everton after a French TV station requested to make a short documentary on his life away from France.Aliadiere met with Wenger after the game where the two spent hours watching football and reminiscing about old times in the manager’s stadium office.Aliadiere Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I was with SFR Sport because they just wanted to follow me for a couple of days to see my new life after football, going back to the Emirates to see Wenger and the old players I played with,” Aliadiere told Goal.“I’ve never really been in touch since I left Arsenal or talking to him on a regular basis. Every time I need him for anything or I see him at the game we always spend a lot of time together and have a good chat.“After the game I went to his office in the stadium and spoke for a few hours, watching football and chatting about the old days, my new life and family.Aliadiere, who had spells on loan at Celtic, West Ham and Wolves during his time at Arsenal, is currently living with his family in London following a stint at French side Lorient.He admits that he hasn’t been in regular contact with Wenger but praises for the Frenchman for his man management skills, dubbing him “the best coach and manager” he has ever had.“It’s a strange one because I don’t see him or talk to him often but when we do see eachother then we’re just happy to have a chat. He said to me ‘you’re welcome to come to London Colney anytime you want, to train or do whatever’. Now that I’m back in the UK and living here I’ll probably go there and keep touch with him.“He’s the best coach and manager [I’ve ever had]. Some people are really good coaches but not very good man managers but he’s an all rounder. He knows how to treat his players and get the best out of them.”last_img read more

UK Chamber of Shipping Comments Report on Shipping Strategy

first_imgzoom The UK Transport Select Committee has published its findings following an inquiry into the government’s shipping strategy, focusing on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and UK seafarer jobs.The committee undertook the review after Government and the shipping industry entered into a ‘strategic partnership’ in 2013.In welcoming the report, UK Chamber Chief Executive, Guy Platten, said:“Many shipping companies tell us that, despite the excellent work done recently by its Chief Executive, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency can be disjointed, enforcing regulation inconsistently across the country and, frankly, paying its skilled staff uncompetitive salaries.“The work that the MCA does is vital – and so the committee is right to say it should be properly resourced. But it must also become more commercially focused, acting not only as a regulator but as a facilitator for shipping business. It should do more to promote and support the UK flag and British maritime business around the world.“We do not agree with the report’s findings that an independent review of the MCA is necessary. The UK Chamber of Shipping has recently set up a committee, jointly with the MCA, to review existing issues and help promote the UK as a maritime centre. So an independent review would simply spend thousands of pounds of taxpayers money to deliver the ideas we are already developing.“The UK Chamber is committed to continuing its working relationship with the MCA and in the months ahead we will be putting forward specific proposals as to how the MCA can best serve its customer base.”Responding to the report’s concerns about the number of UK seafarers, Mr Platten said:“The industry shares the concerns of the Committee. Whilst there are certain international market forces at work, it is clear that having a strong seafarer skills base is vital to the UK economy.“The Government has already provided assistance to the recruitment of new seafarers, by increasing the Support for Maritime Training budget by 25% and developing the apprenticeship model.“But government funding for maritime training needs to become more flexible to cope with demand. In our view, the existing £15m budget needs to have an additional £3m contingency to be released during years of higher demand.“We know that the UK produces some of the best seafarers in the world. Many of whom eventually return to shore and use their skills in the vibrant services sectors in the City of London, and in port towns across the country.”The reports key findings included:• to make an explicit commitment to address fully a significant looming shortfall in UK trained seafarers predicted to emerge by 2021, partly through the Tonnage Tax, SMaRT funding and apprenticeships• to commission an independent review of the MCA to evaluate how far ongoing budget cuts may weaken the UK’s ability to enforce compliance with international shipping regulations, undermine its status as a high-quality flag nation and shrink its influence within the International Maritime Organisation• to review the support the UK provides through its oversight of the Red Ensign Group to a number of competing registries of crown dependencies and UK overseas territories, and to raise the standards of the vessels which fly under the this flag• to implement stronger seamanship qualifications by 2016 for the crew of all transfer vessels taking staff to and from offshore wind farm installations (and to call for voluntary compliance with these higher standards before that deadline)• support London International Shipping Week 2015 but showcase shipping around the country.UK Chamber of Shipping, March 27, 2014last_img read more

RCL Nets Financing for Two Edge-Class Cruise Ships

first_imgzoom Miami-based cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises has entered into credit agreements for the financing of the first and second Edge-class ships for Celebrity Cruises, a brand subsidiary of RCL, which are scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2018 and the first half of 2020, respectively. Each agreement makes available to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. a US dollar-denominated term loan guaranteed 100% by Compagnie Française D’Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur (COFACE), the official export credit agency of France, upon acceptance and delivery of the relevant ship.“The maximum amount of each facility is equal to the US dollar equivalent of 80% of the vessel purchase price plus 100% of the premium payable to COFACE,” the cruise company said.Once assigned to Royal Caribbean upon delivery of the ship, each loan is set to amortize semi-annually and mature twelve years thereafter.The company added that the interest on each loan is expected to accrue at a fixed rate of 3.225%, inclusive of margin.Celebrity Cruises signed a letter of intent for the two 117,000 gross ton cruise ships with French shipbuilder STX France in December 2014.Featuring a length of 300 meters and a width of 38 meters, the new vessels will be able to carry 2,900 guests in 1,450 staterooms.Construction is planned to start by summer 2016 for the 1st ship and one year later for the second one.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Urged to Stay Indoors During Storm

first_imgAs Hurricane Earl moves across Nova Scotia, Emergency Management Officials are urging Nova Scotians to stay indoors during the storm. Hurricane Earl is a large, powerful storm and will likely be felt across the province. Hurricane watches remain in effect for Halifax, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties. A hurricane watch for Guysborough County has been issued. A h urricane watch for Digby has ended. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the entire province. As of 9 a.m. today, Sept. 4, data from Environment Canada showed that maximum wind gusts could reach 130 kilometres an hour. To facilitate the movement of emergency first responders and utility crews, people are asked to avoid going out and to stay off the roads during and after the storm. If travel is completely necessary, slow down and be cautious of flooding and debris like downed power lines and tree branches. Before heading out, check for road closures by calling 511 or visiting http://gov.ns.ca/tran . EMO is working with a network of regional and municipal emergency managers across the province, co-ordinating closely with the private sector, utility and not-for-profit partners. Crews from the province’s utilities are standing by and preparing to address any service interruptions that may be caused by the storm. Extra crews have been moved into areas expected to be most affected. The Department of Health advises that the Good Neighbour Protocol has been activated. This will allow unionized health-care workers to work in other jurisdictions where additional staff may be needed. Remember that, as the eye of the hurricane passes over, there will be a lull in the wind for a short time. Stay in a safe place and make emergency repairs only. Once the eyes has passed, the winds will return from the opposite. As always, Nova Scotians are advised to call 911 in an emergency situation and to have some basic supplies prepared, including an emergency kit and amenities to help cope with a power outage. If you require non-urgent or non-emergency health information, please call HealthLink 811. For more information on preparing for and ensuring the safety of your family during a hurricane, visit the EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo . -30-last_img read more

Now that Corner Gas is back here are other Canadian shows that

first_imgHere’s a look at some other Canadian series that might be ripe for a reset:Slings and Arrows Fans of this star-studded comedy series have been calling for a reboot for years and its creators have done nothing but stoke the flames with assurances that a script is in the works. Given how many of its regulars went on to forge stellar film and TV careers, a true reunion would be a remarkable coup. Its regulars included Paul Gross, Sarah Polley, Rachel McAdams, Mark McKinney, Don McKellar and Colm Feore.King of KensingtonLate star Al Waxman would be tough to recast, so perhaps a sequel featuring a new generation of Kensington pals is in order. Cameos from past guest stars would be more than welcome; they include a young Mike Myers and Eugene Levy.Ready or NotThis Canadian teen series portrayed the coming-of-age angst of two very different girls: one a drummer who often clashed with her family’s traditional Italian Catholic background, the other an imaginative only child raised by hippie parents. The slyly subversive storylines were ahead of their time, but they may be just right for the debates about gender and identity politics of today.The Littlest HoboFew Canadian series engender as much drippy fondness as this ’80s series about a homeless German shepherd that roams the country, looking for people to save and criminals to catch. Any restart would have to include the indelible theme song “Maybe Tomorrow” and its evocative lyrics, “Maybe tomorrow, I’ll want to settle down, Until tomorrow, I’ll just keep moving on.”Being EricaIt’s only been seven years since the last episode of this quirky CBC series about a time-travelling woman aired, but it could have benefitted from more seasons to push the envelope further. Besides, not much on network television since has delved as deeply into a woman’s interior life, putting her struggle to conquer insecurities, grief and remorse front and centre.By CASSANDRA SZKLARSKI | The Canadian Press The Animated reboot of Corner Gas is among many successfull revivals coming to television. (THE CANADIAN PRESS) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Television’s reboot resurgence continues unabated with an animated take on the Canadian comedy Corner Gas joining the recent return of Roseanne while upcoming reboots of Murphy Brown, Magnum P.I., Cagney & Lacey and Charmed wait in the wings.And it’s no wonder there’s a plethora of returning faves: viewer appetite for refreshed hits has proven strong with successful returns including Will & Grace, Fuller House, Twin Peaks and The X-Files.Canadians can also look forward to a reboot of ReBoot, a computer-animated classic from the ’90s, which will be titled ReBoot: The Guardian Code in its new incarnation. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Marrakech Ranks the Worlds 6th Tourist Destination

first_imgFez – According to the American website TripAvisor, Marrakech ranks the world’s sixth tourist destination.According to the reviews posted by millions of travelers, Istanbul is the world’s top destination followed by Rome, London, Beijing, Prague.The French capital ranks in 7th place after the Morocco’s top tourist destination. The Moroccan city comes ahead of other prestigious destinations, such as New York (12th), Barcelona (15th), Dubai (17th), Chicago (18th), Sydney (22nd), San Francisco (25th).The American website bases its sixth annual Traveler’s Choice Destination on users’ rankings for hotels, attractions, and restaurants at the destinations over a 12 month-period.Marrakech and Dubai are the only Arab cities include in the ranking.More stories about Marrakech:Marrakesh Ranks Fifth Worldwide for Best Price/Quality in Room Service for the year 2014.Marrakech Biennale attracts world’s best graffiti artists.Moroccan Palais Namaskar, Best Luxury Hotels in Africa for the year 2014.The Palais Namaskar in Marrakech was awarded the world’s Best New Luxury Hotel for the year 2013.Marrakech’s Djemma El-Fna, third most beautiful square in the world for the year 2013.Selman Marrakech awarded best hotel in Africa in 2013.Marrakech: Soon a World Capital Of Cinema.Marrakech Was Rated World’s Ninth Best Christmas Shopping Destination  for the year 2012.Marrakech was selected Best African Destination  for the year 2012.Marrakech was Ranked Fourth in the Top Ten Best Street Food Cities in the world for the year 2012.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,404.53, up 139.31 points).Roxgold Inc. (TSX:ROXG). Materials. Up eight cents, or 6.9 per cent, to $1.24 on 10.4 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up 31 cents, or 0.69 per cent, to $44.93 on 8.7 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 40 cents, or 1.83 per cent, to $22.29 on 8.2 million shares.NuVista Energy Ltd. (TSX:NVA). Energy. Down 21 cents, or 9.38 per cent, to $2.03 on 7.4 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Materials. Down 13 cents, or 2.52 per cent, to $5.03 on 7.1 million shares.IAMGOLD Corp. (TSX:IMG). Materials. Down 78 cents, or 14.55 per cent, to $4.58 on 7.1 million shares.Companies in the news:Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B). Down 17 cents to $30.11. Quebecor Inc. reported significantly improved second-quarter earnings as its discount cellular carrier Fizz Mobile attracted more subscribers. The Montreal-based company’s net income attributable to shareholders was $140.2 million, up from $42 million in the same quarter of 2018 — figures that have been restated to reflect a change in accounting requirements for lease agreements. The company’s Videotron telecommunications segment — which operates wireless and cable services in Quebec — saw revenue growth of 11.9 per cent for mobile phones and 2.6 per cent for internet access.WSP Global Inc. (TSX:WSP). Up $1.62 or 2.25 per cent to $73.56. WSP Global Inc. says it notched another quarter of double-digit growth in profits and revenues, propelled by recent acquisitions and cost savings. The engineering firm says net earnings rose nearly 32 per cent to $89.2 million in the quarter ended June 29 compared to a similar period in 2018. The Montreal-based company’s revenues rose 14 per cent year over year to $2.31 billion in its second quarter. Revenue gains came largely due to WSP’s $400-million purchase of the New-Jersey-based Louis Berger engineering and design firm, completed in December.Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG). Up $1.83 or 2.8 per cent to $66.24. Shares in Magna International Inc. rose despite the auto parts maker cutting its sales forecast for the year and reporting lower second-quarter sales and earnings. On an organic basis, sales increased five per cent compared to a six per cent decline in global vehicle production. But the company said total sales including currency translation and divestitures decreased by one per cent to US$10.1 billion. The company, which reports its financial results in U.S. dollars, released a 2019 sales outlook range that’s $200 million lower than previous guidance at between $38.9 billion and $41.1 billion.Canadian Tire Corp. (TSX:CTC.A). Down $6.83 or 4.77 per cent to $136.30. Canadian Tire Corp. is getting into the party supply business, but so far investors aren’t so thrilled. The company announced it would pay $174.4 million for Party City’s 65 stores across Canada to grow and reach more younger Canadians and families. He said Canadians spend close to $2 billion a year on party supplies, in what remains a fragmented market. Party City, as the largest in the space, makes up under 10 per cent of the market while operators with only a few shops hold more than half the market, the company said.Cineplex Inc. (TSX:CGX). Up $1.54 or 6.7 per cent to $24.54. The owner of Canada’s largest chain of movie theatres, Cineplex Inc., says its strategic diversification into multiple forms of entertainment helped drive the company’s second- quarter revenue to a record high $439.2 million. Higher per-patron revenue from box office and concessions offset a slight decline in theatre attendance, which the company partly attributes to negative impact from the Toronto Raptors playoff run. Net income fell to $19.4 million from $24.4 million in the comparable period last year. read more

Libya UN mission encouraged by step in the right direction towards dialogue

“The move by the parties to identify their respective delegations to the talks is a step in the right direction,” UNSMIL said in a statement about the dialogue. “In agreeing to take part in this dialogue, all the parties have clearly signalled their determination to spare no effort towards safeguarding Libya’s political transition and forging ahead with building a modern democratic state based on the rule of law and respect for human rights.”The statement said that the move reflected the commitment of all parties to finding a peaceful solution to the country’s current political and military crisis through a process of dialogue, and added that the Mission would continue consulting with the parties in the coming days to finalise preparations, including details of the venue and timing.Despite being encouraged by developments related to the proposed dialogue, fighting continued, with both sides working to reinforce and consolidate their positions in the “Oil Crescent” area, roughly region in eastern Libya between Benghazi and Sirte. The Mission’s statement said it was “deeply alarmed” by the escalation, which undermined the efforts being made to convene the dialogue and which was sure to impact negatively on the economy. “All parties should desist from any action that obstructs the dialogue efforts and endangers the country’s economic lifeline,” the Mission said, calling for immediate disengagement by all forces in the Oil Crescent area. “Libyan oil is a strategic asset that belongs to all the Libyan people, who deserve an opportunity for stability and prosperity.”Warning that continued escalation risked worsening “an already disastrous situation” the statement stressed that those threatening Libya’s peace, stability or security could be subject to sanctions, sounding the warning on the same day as the Chair of the 1970 Libya Sanctions Committee briefed the Security Council on the Committee’s work since September.Next week, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Bernardino Leon, will brief the Security Council on his efforts to convene the dialogue and on the escalation of armed hostilities in the country. read more

Football Price following in Elfleins footsteps while fulfilling promise to late grandfather

OSU redshirt junior guard Billy Price arrives in Columbus for spring drills. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorAll season long, Ohio State redshirt junior guard Billy Price proved to be a man of brute strength and character. And now, nearly four years after he signed his name to don the scarlet and gray, Price will finish a full college career in Columbus in 2017.Coming from Austintown Fitch High School, Price was recruited heavily across the nation, receiving offers from OSU, Michigan, Arizona and even Southern Methodist University. In the end, Price decided to stay in his home state.“I was just really comfortable with Ohio State,” he said to The Columbus Dispatch after committing. “The academics are really strong, and my family is very comfortable with coach Meyer and his staff. I got all the questions I had about Ohio State answered, and it was finally time.”That comfort level has remained strong, as Price developed into one of the leaders on the OSU offensive front after switching from defensive tackle to the offensive side of the ball. Having mentors like Taylor Decker and Pat Elflein molded Price into the player he is today.And now, with his final season of eligibility on the way, Price has decided to remain a Buckeye, passing up on a chance to play on Sundays in the NL.“I’m coming back,” he said after the Fiesta Bowl. “I’m going to end up playing center. I’m going to lead the team, myself, Jamarco (Jones), we’re going to go in and we’re going to do some work next year.”The move to center and the return for his redshirt senior season mirrors the decision of Pat Elflein, who surprised many by returning for his final season to lead the Buckeyes’ offensive front. Elflein, who will now be entering the NFL draft, had a standout season after the move, and is arguably one of the best offensive lineman in the upcoming draft.According to Price, the decision was driven in part by the players who came before him.“Taylor Decker was a huge part of this, Jacoby Boren, those guys who kind of set the culture,” Price said. “It’s my job to lead that next year when I come back and play.”Family is a big part in the decisions of college players jumping to the next level, along with their education. However, for Price, promises to family intertwined with academics in his choice.After telling reporters in the locker room following OSU’s 31-0 loss to Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl he would return, Price explained the biggest reason he wished to return to Columbus.“I had a couple of goals when I first came here: Be a captain, be an All-American and to graduate,” he said. “And I told my grandfather before he passed and my mother, I promised her I’d graduate and so I take the student athlete stuff very seriously. To graduate from Fisher College of Business and the Ohio State University is definitely one of my goals when I came in here.”Price went on to admit he did not play well against the Tigers, and hoped to improve his game before next season kicks off for the Buckeyes. Although the promises to his family were the biggest deciding factors in returning, Price also said the memory of missed opportunities will keep him going next year.“In times of hardship, this is when you begin to grow,” Price said. “We’ll start offseason training and this is going to be a burning feeling in my stomach. I didn’t do enough to win tonight. I didn’t do enough to win tonight.”The 2017 season for OSU kicks off Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana against the Hoosiers. Until then, Price will be working to learn the center position, as well as improve his skill set. Judging by the success of Elflein in his return, things might go extremely well for Price.Elflein himself even said the only place to go for his fellow “Slob” is up.“I feel like he’ll do pretty much the same thing as I did,” he said.. “Come back, lead this team, be the center. I think he’ll be another All-American. I think he’ll win the Rimington. I think he’ll do all those things.” read more

Beside The Points For Monday Feb 5 2018

Things That Caught My EyePhilly had it comingPhiladelphia really needed that Super Bowl win. From 1984 to 2017, the sports teams of Boston won 7.7 more championships than expected, those of Chicago won 6.1 more than expected, LA 4.9, San Francisco 4.7, and New York 3.2 more than we’d otherwise project. Prior to winning the Super Bowl, Philadelphia sat on the bottom of the list of North American sporting towns, winning 3.7 fewer championships than otherwise expected. [FiveThirtyEight]Foles > BradyNick Foles finished the game with a quarterback rating of 88.6, completing 28 of 43 passes. Tom Brady came up short, with the purported GOAT racking up a QBR of merely 83.8 and completing 28 of 48 passes. Also, he did not catch a pass, whereas Nick Foles totally caught a pass and scored a touchdown doing so. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?We get this next year, tooEarly numbers are out, and according to the Westgate book the New England Patriots are yet again the favorites to win the Super Bowl next year, with 9-2 odds of bringing home the Lombardi. The Eagles are 6-1, Steelers 8-1, Vikings and Packers 12-2, and at the bottom of the league the Bears, Jets and Browns are 100-1 to win it next year. [ESPN]One punt, many records setThat game was ridiculous for a number of reasons. At 1,151 yards it was the highest combined total yards in any game in NFL history. Tom Brady set the record (505) for most passing yards in an NFL postseason game, and the Patriots scored the most points of any Super Bowl loser. There was one punt! One! [ESPN]It wasn’t just youYes, there was a weird 20 second black out of the broadcast there. Something like a hundred million people collectively stared at a black screen when they anticipated a commercial. NBC came out and declared that it wasn’t a botched ad, but rather “a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved.” [CNN]The NFL ratings questionOf the 10 players with the best selling jersey in the game, only one made the playoffs without an injury or suspension, and that was Tom Brady, a 40 year old man. This is one area where the NFL lags behind its rival leagues: 14 of the 15 players with bestselling NBA jerseys are healthy, and 13 will probably make the playoffs. [The Atlantic]Big Number8 percentSomething’s changing: The percentage of people who said they’d encourage a kid who wanted to play football to play a different sport that was less likely to cause brain injury has risen 8 percentage points in four years. All told 48 percent of Americans would dissuade a young person from playing the sport, while 49 percent of Americans disagree. [NBC News]Leaks from Slack, Super Bowl Live Blog: gfoster:FOR PUB: I honestly don’t remember a Super Bowl that ended on a Hail Mary attempt.neil:EAGLES WINOMGwalt:For Pub: F— thiskyle:FOR PUB: Now to destroy the city of Philadelphia in celebration!micah:not pubbing thatPredictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetWill we even have a Philadelphia anymore in the morning? We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe All newsletters See more NBA predictions read more

Stephen Hawking Humans will die out within 1000 years unless we leave

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The fact that we humans who are ourselves mere collections of fundamental particles of nature have been able to come so close to understanding the laws that are governing us and our universe is a great achievement.” Earlier this year Professor Hawking helped unveil the Virgin’s Galactic SpaceShipTwo, saying at the launch: “I have had ALS for over 50 years now and, while I have no fear of adventure, others do not always take the same view. If I am able to go – and if Richard will still take me, I would be very proud to fly on this spaceship.”In Oxford this week he described the current day to be a “glorious time to be alive and doing research in theoretical physics.”Our picture of the universe has changed a great deal in the last 50 years and I am happy if I have made a small contribution. Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that mankind will not survive another millenia unless it makes a home beyond Earth’s atmosphere.The celebrated physicist was addressing a lecture audience at the Oxford Union debating society on Monday evening when he gave the stark warning.”Most recent advances in cosmology have been achieved from space where there are uninterrupted views of our Universe,” he said “but we must also continue to go into space for the future of humanity.”I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet. “I therefore want to encourage public interest in space, and I have been getting my training in early.”center_img Show more Concluding, he told the audience: “Remember to look up to the stars and not down at your feet.”Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist.”Be curious and however life may seem there’s always something you can do and succeed at – it matters that you don’t just give up.”last_img read more

City Hall suspends several unregistered food businesses

The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown, on Monday took the decision to suspend the operations of five businesses in the City for various health and safety violations, with the common thread being the owners operating unregistered businesses. Four of the business folks have a three-month period to get themselves in order while another has six weeks.The decision was taken at Monday’s statutory meeting at City Hall when four of the five operators appeared before the full Council. This is the first time, since its election, that businesspersons appeared before this Council.Acting head of the Meat and Hygiene Food Department, Abiola Baker (standing) revealing the details of the charges against the business ownersActing head of the M&CC’s Meat and Hygiene Food Department, Abiola Baker, charged Orin Isaacs and Luanna Noel, Rajkumarie Singh, Brian and Deon Carter, Nadia Singh and Peggy Hoenkirk of violating the city’s food and health codes.Baker and Isaacs operate a soup snackette in Castello Housing Scheme, West La Penitence; Rajkumarie Singh has a food restaurant at Sheriff Street; the Carters operate a bakery and restaurant at Sophia; Nadia Singh a burger snackette at Sheriff Street; and Hoenkirk a liquor and food restaurant at Duncan Street.None of the five businesses has the necessary documentation that would permit operation of any sort, more so a business that deals with food. Some of the outlets that are being closed have been notified since 2015. In addition, the employers and employees failed to produce valid food handlers’ certificates and Baker reports that they would prepare ready to eat foods in the unsanitary conditions using unsanitary utensils.Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green allowed each of the business owners the chance to defend themselves and to tell the Council why they should not be permanently shut down. As a result of their explanations, they were given a six-week suspension pending their registration. These businesses have been operating their businesses for approximately 10 years.Chase Green told the Council that although these businesses fall within their constituencies, they should look at the bigger picture when voting on the resolution since the wider public’s health is involved. She added that she is in no way trying to permanently close down businesses hence the reason for her suspending the operations until they can comply with the health and operational codes as set out in the laws of the municipality.The issue of non-compliance of the regulations and bylaws governing food establishments is something that has been ongoing for years. The M&CC continues to play its role in ensuring that citizens who are purchasing fast food are consuming food that is prepared in sanitary conditions. Only recently, the M&CC held a workshop with persons who operate food business on safe food practices. They were also encouraged to get their food handlers’ certificate. (Lakhram Bhagirat) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedM&CC gets tough with food outlets …five facing impending closureOctober 4, 2017In “Health”Sale of meat on the streets will be prohibited- M&CCNovember 30, 2016In “Health”City businesses must to have sanitation certificates – town clerkJanuary 5, 2018In “City businesses must to have sanitation certificates – town clerk” read more

British PM survives no confidence vote

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrexit: Theresa May’s deal is voted down in historic Commons defeatJanuary 15, 2019In “latest news”Brexit protests outside Downing Street as UK ministers debate dealNovember 14, 2018In “World”UK parliament votes on snap election in Brexit’s shadowApril 19, 2017In “latest news” Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May returns to Downing Street in London, Britain, December 10, 2018. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleBritish Prime Minister Theresa May has seen off a bid to remove her government, winning a no-confidence vote by 325 to 306 today.According to a BBC report, Rebel Tory MPs and the DUP – who 24 hours ago voted down the PM’s Brexit plan by a record margin – voted to keep her in Downing Street.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn argued that Mrs May’s “zombie” administration had lost the right to govern during a six hour debate on his motion.His party has not ruled out tabling further no-confidence motions, BBC reported. read more