Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today directed the revenue and disaster management department to release funds for providing relief to people affected by the recent storm that hit several districts in the state.He also directed the water resource department to repair all broken and damaged embankments by March 31, 2017, an official release said here.The chief minister chairing a review meeting of water resource department urged people to cooperate for timely completion of all schemes of the department.He also directed deputy commissioners to keep funds ready for providing timely relief during this year’s floods and instructed the water resource department to take all precautionary measures besides swift action during floods.Sonowal also directed the revenue and disaster management department to release funds for quick relief action during floods.The department officials apprised him that five out of 98 schemes have been completed and work is on for completing the rest.Rs 203.56 crore has been allotted for the schemes, they said.The department informed that during the current year the target is to repair 14.772 km of embankments, restore 165.009 km affected by erosion and strengthen 47.758 km of aging embankments.They said 70 schemes will cover breach closing works of embankments at Muwamari (Morigaon), Angarjur (Cachar), Gagalmari (Barpeta) and Pakakhata (Bongaingaon), the release added.
With the new generation coming to the fore, there has been a change in priorities.While playing for the country was supposed to be the biggest achievement for a cricketer till 2008, the arrival of the Indian Premier League ( IPL) changed it all.With quite a few youngsters looking to bag an IPL contract rather than going through the grind and representing the country in the international level, the cash- rich league has come in for heavy criticism from different quarters.But Paras Mhambrey, coach of the Mumbai Indians, begs to differ.In the Capital to watch the Ranji Trophy encounter between Delhi and Assam at the Roshanara ground and scout promising talent for his franchise, Mhambrey believes the decision whether one wants to represent his country or just play in the IPL varies from person to person and it has more to do with talent than just the lucrative contracts of the IPL. ” I agree that money has a big role to play as everybody has a family to run and nobody would mind earning a quick buck, but I also believe that a cricketer who knows he can be successful at the international level would never compromise on that because playing for the country in itself guarantees a place in one of the IPL sides. “Only fringe players – who lack confidence about their longevity at the top level – choose IPL over the country. If we look at the likes of a Michael Clarke, he has made it very clear that his priorities lie with Australia. Also, things like financial background should be looked into before we jump the gun,” Mhambrey told Mail Today.”I feel it provides an ideal stage for youngsters to perform and come into the limelight. The likes of Ashoke Dinda and Saurabh Tiwary are in the reckoning only because of their consistent performance in the IPL.”With Mumbai Indians having a team filled with stars, Mhambrey feels catering to the diverse personalities is a real challenge.”Every player has a different way of approaching situations. This is where the coach’s role comes in. The coach has to understand the psyche of the different players coming from different cultures and ensure that everybody feels at home and gels as a team. Only then can results be obtained on the field,” he said.”With Mumbai Indians, the advantage is that the players themselves were more than keen to mingle. Although they didn’t attend the late night parties, still they had their share of fun. The stars kept their stardom aside and focused on making friends.”Commenting on his own role, he said: “At this level, you don’t have to interact with the players 24X7, but it is important to make yourself available, so that they can approach you whenever they need help. I told them that I was available whenever they needed me.”Although Mhambrey has coached both at the Ranji level and the IPL, he doesn’t want to compare the two.”The two formats are very different so comparing the two would be foolish. While a team has the chance to make a comeback in a Ranji match even after playing poorly in a session, the room for error is nil in an IPL match.” It is three- and- a- half hours of high- voltage action and once the initiative is lost, it is very hard to make a comeback. The challenge is much more as strategies have to be devised every other minute. But I also had a great time coaching Ranji teams,” he said.Commenting on Shikhar Dhawan and Pawan Suyal, the two Delhi players in the Mumbai Indians squad, Mhambrey said: ” While Dhawan is a player with a never- say- die attitude, Suyal is a raw talent. Although Suyal can still be moulded into a better performer, his ability to bowl long spells stands him in good stead.” Although quite a few people feel that Suyal’s decision to sign for Mumbai Indians could backfire as he doesn’t get to play much in such a star- filled line- up, Mhambrey feels it is a step in the right direction.” There is nothing wrong in Suyal signing up for Mumbai Indians. Where else would he have got to rub shoulders with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Kieron Pollard, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh etc? He will only learn from the experience,” he said.advertisement
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s unbeaten 79-ball 78 and a brilliant stumping helped India beat West Indies by 93 runs in the third ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.He was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match for his brilliant batting and fantastic stumping. Talking about his performance in the post-match conference, he said that he gets better with age.”It’s like wine,” said the 35-year-old. (SCORECARD)His record-shattering run continues as he became the second highest run-scorer by a wicketkeeper in One-Day Internationals. Not only that, he is now fifth on the list of the most number of sixes hit by a player in ODIs. Talking about his battibng, he said that it felt good to get an opportunity and score runs.”Top order has been doing the bulk of the scoring in the last one-one and a half years, so it felt good to get an opportunity and score runs,” he said.India lost quick wickets before Ajinkya Rahane and Yuvraj Singh built a partnership. But Yuvraj fell with the scores on 100/3 when Dhoni came out to bat. He started off steadily before going all-out towards the end. Talking about his approach, he said that he had a target in his mind and it was important to build partnerships.”I think it was the nature of the wicket. Variable bounce, and at times the pace. It was important to have a partnership at that stage. In my mind I had 250, and we got there, with Kedar batting with me at the end,” said the former captain.advertisement”It was something the bowlers could defend, but they had to bowl well,” he added.The Jharkhand keeper was heard giving all kinds of instructions to the spinners from behind the stumps. He was very vocal especially when young Kuldeep Yadav was bowling and he said that it’s important to guide the young spinner.”It’s important [to instruct and mentor spinners]. Kuldeep has played a lot of games, IPL, T20 format. When it comes to international cricket, it’s important to know where to use your variety. Once he plays 5-10 games, he will realise it himself. The good thing is, compared to the last game, he bowled very well today,” Dhoni said before signing off.The next ODI is on July 2 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
After winning the Asian Cup hockey title and qualifying for next year’s World Cup, India skipper Rani on Sunday praised the young players and said they have shown great spirit on such a big stage.India created history as they edged past China via shootouts. It was the skipper who scored the winning goal for India while Savita made a great save in sudden death to ensure India the 5-4 score in the penalty shootout.”We had a lot of young players in the team who showed great spirit in playing on such a big platform,” Rani said.”Happy to qualify for next year’s World Cup on merit. We are all extremely happy that we won the Asia Cup and have earned the qualification for next year’s World Cup on merit, ” she added.Rani also said that the team was not happy with their performance in Johannesburg at the World League Semi Final. So, in order to gain confidence, they worked very hard.”We were not happy with our performance in Johannesburg at the World League Semi Final and right then the team had decided that we need to start winning in order to gain that confidence to perform well in top tournaments,” she said.”We worked a lot on creating PCs and Gurjit worked hard on converting PCs during our camps. We were also well prepared for a shootout situation as we were anticipating the knockouts to end in shootout. All the preparation helped us today,” she added.
Middle order will be India’s underbelly at the World Cup: Sanjay ManjrekarTeam India selectors would be the most concerned about the No.4 position in the batting lineup ahead of the ICC World Cup in May.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 21:44 IST India is yet to finalise its middle order going into the ICC World Cup in May (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia’s middle order, especially the No.4 position, remains a concern in ODI cricketSanjay Manjrekar feels Vijay Shankar should bat at No.4 for India at the World CupIndia have been forced to play 21 players in the last 13 ODI games before the World CupThe Indian selectors will be keenly watching the upcoming Indian Premier League with there being at least a couple of missing blanks before India’s squad of fifteen for the World Cup is finalised.The selectors, as well as the team management, would be the most concerned about the No.4 position in the batting lineup as that has been one spot in the playing eleven that is far from being settled.”The Indian team management would be a little worried because the World Cup is in England. And although the ball does not swing as much and the English summer is a lot like Indian summer, it won’t be as flat either. If the World Cup was in India maybe Ambati Rayudu would have cemented his spot.”But if you lose two early wickets in England you need someone who has a decent technique and can help the situation. I actually think Dhoni is more suited in that sort of situation amongst the options we have,” thinks cricketer-turned-pundit Sanjay Manjrekar.In an ideal scenario, the Indian selectors would have liked to have identified and played with the earmarked fifteen for the World Cup in the recent home series against Australia. Instead, they have been forced to play 21 players in the final 13 ODI games before the World Cup with the squad jigsaw puzzle still remaining unresolved.”I won’t fault selectors or team management for trying so many players. In a batting country like India and in one of the easiest batting formats, no player has grabbed those opportunities. I am talking of consistency and being able to play different roles at no.4. Sometimes it could be defensive role and staging a long partnership and winning the game at the end. It’s a little disappointing they haven’t grabbed those opportunities,” Manjrekar told India Today on the eve of ESPN crininfo’s Superstats launch.advertisementMany experts have voiced opinions on who that No.4 could be. While former chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar wants Ajinkya Rahane to bring in stability to the middle order at No.4, Saurav Ganguly has suggested Cheteshwar Pujara could be drafted in. Weighing in on the selection debate, Manjrekar went for Vijay Shankar on the strength of some of his recent showings.”I know Rahane has played a lot of ODI cricket. Ambati Rayudu played one good knock and could not capitalize. India has great bowling and good batting class at the top but the middle order is not the same league and that will be the underbelly as we go to the World Cup. But amongst the options, I think Shankar looks the most exciting. He would be my No.4,” Manjrekar said.The other crucial call MSK Prasad-led selection committee has to make is to pick one of Rishab Pant and Dinesh Karthik as MS Dhoni’s back up wicketkeeper-batsman. While there are some who feel Pant didn’t make the most of available opportunities and Karthik may have more to offer, Manjrekar is clear Karthik is not the man for the job in 50 overs cricket.”Dinesh Karthik has played a lot of cricket and we know what he can and cannot do. If you give him last five or six overs and he has to hit the ball out of the park, that’s his role. That situation comes in a lot in T20 cricket but not so much in ODI cricket. And you can’t pick a player on just that ability. I don’t think he has it in him to take the team ahead to 300 after you have lost two early wickets. So he was never in my ODI team,” Manjrekar argues.Manjrekar did choose Pant in his fifteen but is unsure if he can be the backbone of India’s middle order yet. “Pant might have that thing. But even with him I am not as excited. Not like I was when Yuvraj and Raina once were in the middle order. There is no one in the same class in terms of consistency.”But Pant is in my squad because there is something about him. I generally get a little disappointed because of the way he gets out. But there is something about him that he is able to get the kind of numbers he has. In Test cricket, he already has two hundreds although they did not come in very competitive situations. We can’t rule him out playing a blinder of an innings at No.5 and No.6. So I think he will be there,” he predicts.But despite the brittle middle order, Manjrekar is convinced India remains the team to beat at the World Cup, series loss to Australia notwithstanding. “India is the best team in the format in the world. A game changing bowling attack with quality spin, one of the all-time great ODI batsman (Virat Kohli) also Rohit Sharma. Just the middle order is not the same. All the other teams are not great. Only now is Australia emerging as a possible strong team. So I maintain India is the strongest team. But whether they can win the World Cup is another thing. It depends on how they will fare on the night of the semis or the finals,” Manjrekar concluded.advertisementAlso Read | India losing ODI series to Australia was a good thing: Rahul DravidAlso Read | Team India may use Vijay Shankar as surprise element at No.4 in ICC World CupAlso Read | India should have backed Ambati Rayudu at No.4: Gautam GambhirFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Team IndiaFollow Virat KohliFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Ambati RayuduFollow Vijay ShankarFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow Rishabh Pant
zoom The loss making freight rate levels witnessed in the tanker market during October are expected to be somewhat reversed as oil tankers enter the peak season, which runs from November to January, according to BIMCO.Crude oil tankers rates are expected to go up, but not to reach the highs of the previous peak season in 2016/17, as the market fundamentals “are too weak for that to happen.” The segment is experiencing the highest oil demand ever, but also a fleet growth of almost 5%.Oil product tankers are also set to see a bigger tailwind which is expected to lift rates. However, the market remains fragile as global oil stocks, built up in 2014-2016 must be drawn upon for tanker demand to normalize again, BIMCO informed.The immediate future of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) sour crude oil exports – to several European refiners via the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline into the Mediterranean Sea – is uncertain. In response to the Kurdish referendum on possible independence from Iraq, the governments of Iran, Turkey and Iraq have issued statements of potential actions that may affect KRG exports, if implemented.Before the conflict, KRG exported 600,000 barrels per day (bpd), going to Italy, Greece, Israel, Croatia, Spain and Sweden. At the end of October, exports amounted to just 200,000 bpd. The likely alternative to KRG crude oil, would be Russian exports out of the Black Sea. But Iraqi Arabian Gulf exports could also step in, as the oil grade is similar, BIMCO said.In Asia, the ‘busy part’ of the Pacific typhoon season is still here, with most landfalls happening in China, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines. So far, the typhoon season has passed without devastating key infrastructures or potentially affecting shipping. Nevertheless, extensive weather routing to ensure a safe voyage is being widely applied.In total, US crude oil exports were up 59% year-on-year, for the first seven months of 2017. This equated to more than 900,000 bpd being exported, up by 340,000 bpd. While the main receiver of it, Canada, dropped its imports by 69,000 bpd, seaborne transports increased.Exports during the first seven months to China were up by 168,000 bdp, exports to Japan up by 19,000 bpd, Korea up by 30,000 bpd and Singapore up by 31,000 bpd.In addition, the shorter trans-Atlantic destinations like the United Kingdom, saw an increase of 52,000 bpd, Netherlands increased by 34,000 bpd and Italy increased by 18,000 bpd.“This is the highest global oil demand ever but it’s also a large and growing fleet. This makes the oil tanker market a constantly changing environment. Longer sailing distances are always welcome, but what the tanker market needs most right now, is more tankers engaged in floating storage operations,” BIMCO said.With Brent and Dubai crude futures pricing being in backwardation and the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude in a slim contango for the next 12 months, “a comeback for floating storage seems farfetched for the time being.”
South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, part of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), has received an order for the construction of two LNG-fueled bulk carriers. The deal for the vessel duo has been inked with Hyundai Samho’s compatriot shipping company, H-Line Shipping, Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries informed.Under the contract, Hyundai Samho would construct two 180,000 dwt bulkers. Expected to be delivered to their owner in 2022, the newbuilds will be deployed on a route between South Korea and Australia.The value of the contract has not been disclosed.In October last year, H-Line ordered another two bulkers powered by LNG at Hyundai Samho. The vessels will also feature a deadweight of 180,000 tons and will operate on the abovementioned route.Ahead of the global sulphur cap, the South Korean government is promoting the introduction of LNG-powered ships into its fleet. By providing subsidies for the construction of green vessels, the country is aiming at supporting both the domestic shipping and shipbuilding industries.World Maritime News StaffRelated: South Korea Unveils Support for Struggling Shipping Firms
On Saturday, April 26, 2014, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry honored Gloria and Emilio Estefan at the 18th Annual “Power of Love” Gala at at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.The star-studded event raised funds for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against degenerative brain diseases including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy.Highlights from the night included a special performance from Gloria Estefan, along with heartfelt tributes from Ricky Martin, Queen Latifah and Jordin Sparks. Guests were treated to a memorable duet by Gloria and Carole King and a debut performance from Emilio Estefan’s newest artist, Fantine.Jon Secada joined Gloria and the Las Vegas Mass Choir on stage and closed the evening by singing a special rendition of “Coming out of the Dark.” Celebrity supporters who also attended the event included film and TV luminaries Quincy Jones, Andy Garcia, Sharon Stone, Christopher Meloni and Steve Schirripa.Continuing its 18-year history, the “Power of Love” Gala showcased a celebrity-chef-packed dinner prepared by superstar chefs Wolfgang Puck and Masaharu Morimoto. Guests were treated to a Dom Pérignon reception and bid on one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, including a Cabo San Lucas weekend dinner experience with George Clooney, Cindy Crawford and Randy Gerber, and custom-designed diamond earrings valued at $52,000.The “Power of Love” Gala was produced by headlining sponsor Bill Edwards Presents Inc. in partnership with Las Vegas and Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.For more information about Cleveland Clinic’s fight against brain disease, visit clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.
Advertisement Based on the play Juste la fin du monde by French playwright Jean-Luc Lagarce, the film tells the story of a young writer who, after a 12-year absence, returns to his hometown to announce his impending death. The film deals with the universal subject of family that, as the director himself has stated, is a place “where we speak of our love for each other through our never-ending quarrels, and where, in spite of ourselves, we shout about our resentments, the expression of doubt and solitude.”It’s Only the End of the World, which opened in theatres in Canada and France on September 21, has already drawn large audiences, breaking records in France for its box-office performance on opening day.After I Killed My Mother (J’ai tué ma mère) in 2009 and Mommy in 2014, this film is Xavier Dolan’s third to represent Canada for consideration as a possible nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars—an achievement in itself.It’s Only the End of the World was funded through Telefilm’s Canada Feature Film Fund and produced by Nancy Grant and Xavier Dolan (Sons of Manual, Canada), Sylvain Corbeil (Canada), and Nathanaël Karmitz (MK2, France). The film is distributed in Quebec by Les Films Séville, a subsidiary of Entertainment One. Seville International, Les Films Séville’s international sales division, handles international sales, with the exception of France, where the film is represented by MK2 and distributed by Diaphana.The film stars Gaspard Ulliel (Saint Laurent, Hannibal Rising), Nathalie Baye (Laurence Anyways, Catch Me if You Can), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone, La Vie en Rose), Léa Seydoux (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Blue Is the Warmest Colour), and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, My King).Selection process for the Best Foreign Language Film category Telefilm coordinates and chairs the pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee, which comprises 23 representatives from the main governmental organizations and associations active in the audiovisual industry. This jury is responsible for submitting one film to represent Canada to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which accepts only one film per country in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The selected film must have been produced outside the United States, be primarily in a language other than English, and have been shown in a movie theatre for at least seven consecutive days in its country of origin between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016. A shortlist of nine films from among those submitted will be announced in December 2016. Of these nine, five will officially be nominated in January 2017.In 2015, 81 countries submitted a feature film to the Academy for consideration.Further information about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rules and regulationsCanada and the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars In the history of the Oscars, eight Canadian films have been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category: Kim Nguyen’s War Witch (Rebelle), in 2013; Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar and Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness (a minority coproduction with Poland and Germany), in 2012; Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies, in 2011; and Deepa Mehta’s Water, in 2007. Three films by Denys Arcand were also nominated: The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l’empire américain), in 1987, Jesus of Montreal (Jésus de Montréal), in 1990, and The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares), which won the coveted award in 2004.Members of the pan-Canadian selection committee that chooses the Canadian film to be submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT) Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) Alliance québécoise des techniciens de l’image et du son (AQTIS) Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma (AQCC) Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ) Canada Council for the Arts Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA)Creative BC Creative Saskatchewan Directors Guild of Canada Global Affairs Canada Manitoba Film and Music National Film Board of Canada New Brunswick — Tourism, Heritage and Culture Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation Nova Scotia Business Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma du Québec (SARTEC) Union des artistes Yukon Film & Sound Commission Facebook Advertisement Montreal, September 23, 2016 – Director Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde), a Canada majority coproduction with France, will represent Canada for consideration as a possible nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards, to be held on February 26, 2017. The pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee, chaired and coordinated by Telefilm Canada, announced its decision today.“This will be a wonderful journey into U.S. territory for It’s Only the End of the World and its director,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. “This selection by Canada will kick off an exciting promotional campaign in the United States. We are confident that It’s Only the End of the World, which won the Grand Prix and the Ecumenical Jury Prize in Cannes, will continue along its successful path. There’s no doubt it will move members of the Academy as it has engaged thousands of movie-lovers to date.”It’s Only the End of the World About Telefilm Canada—Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.Created in 1967, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent here at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund and the Talent Fund, a private donation initiative. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/telefilmcanada. Login/Register With: Xavier Dolan Canadian actor and filmmaker, Paris, FRANCE – 30/09/2014/JDD_132501/Credit:Eric DESSONS/JDD/SIPA/1410061331 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
Dennis Ward APTN National NewsA family is searching for answers after learning their loved one was killed.The man from a Northern Manitoba Cree community was found dead in Winnipeg’s downtown.On Wednesday night, a vigil was held where his body was discovered.
Darjeeling: A Division Bench of the Jalpaiguri Circuit Bench of Calcutta High Court ruled on Wednesday that both the Binay Tamang and Bimal Gurung factions of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha can field candidates for the Darjeeling Assembly by-elections. However, they will have to be fielded as Independent candidates.Incidentally, the Gorkha Janukti Morcha had undergone a split in 2017, with both Bimal Gurung and Binay Tamang claiming stake. Later Anit Thapa, the general secretary of GJM, had filed a writ petition at the single bench of Justice Debangshu Basak in Calcutta High Court. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaJustice Basak had ordered the Election Commission of India to decide whose claim was right. “The EC has filed an appeal in the Division Bench of Justice Sanjib banerjee and Justice Shuvra Ghosh, stating that the EC does not have the infrastructure to adjudicate on the matter of registered non-recognised parties that number around 2,500 in India,” stated Saikat Chatterjee, Special Public Prosecutor. Joy Saha, the counsel appearing for Anit Thapa, argued that as per Section 29(A) of the Representation of People’s Act, all registered parties have to hand in names of office bearers and constitution to the EC hence. As the EC has access to such information, it is but apt that they should adjudicate. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The appeal was admitted. Though the bench did not give the final order , it ruled that both the Binay Tamang and Bimal Gurung factions can use the name of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha during campaign trail, however the names of the factions have to be specified,” stated Chatterjee. The bench further ruled that candidates fielded by the factions will have to be fielded as Independent candidates. “Symbols used by the GJM in previous elections cannot be used by both the sides and they will have to use the symbols accorded by the EC. As nominations for the by-election will have to filed by April 29 and polling is on May 19, the bench did not give the final order but has given a solution to the impasse for the time being. After the election, the matter will be heard again,” added the Special PP.
Sign up for the Executive Summary email briefing to get the news delivered straight to your inbox first thing in the morning.[np_storybar title=”Markets: By the numbers” link=””]Japan’s Nikkei 14,562.93 -168.35 -1.14%China’s Shanghai 2,021.17 -12.16 -0.60%Hong Kong’s Hang Seng21,900.96 -67.97 -0.31%Australia’s S&P/ASX2005,035.60 +0,50 +0.01%[/np_storybar]A new calculation shows Canadians are getting richer even though they may be among the most indebted in the world. The report by Environics Analytics says Canadian average household net worth topped $400,000 at the end of 2012 for the first time in history at $400,151, thanks to a 5.8% pickup during the year. The report attributes the improvement to a 5.4% increase in liquid assets and a 5.1 gain in real estate values, in conjunction with a more modest 3.3% rise in debt. The new data shows the Canadian households are still richer than their American counterparts, which had a US$381,086 average wealth at the end of 2012. But the gap is closing. That’s because while Canadian household debt rose modestly by 3.3%, in the U.S. debt actually declined by 2.4% last year. But debt accumulation has slowed markedly since last July, when Ottawa imposed stricter mortgage rules to slow down the housing market. The Bank of Canada has long warned that Canadian households owe too much, at more than 160% of annual disposable income. The household wealth calculation does not take into account government debt, which is far higher in the U.S. than Canada. The data shows households in Regina had the biggest jump in net worth last year, rising 11.2% to $391,826. That was fuelled by the strongest growth in real estate holdings among cities and the second fastest rise in liquid assets, behind Saskatoon, Environics Analytics said. Hamilton experienced the second fastest growth in net worth among major cities, up 9.5% to $420,515. Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto remain Canada’s wealthiest cities.Related: Savvy millennials get an early start on investing — Financial PostMassive writedown for Goldcorp Goldcorp Inc. reported an enormous net loss of US$1.93-billion in the second quarter after taking a big writedown on the Penasquito mine in Mexico, reports the Financial Post‘s Peter Koven. The news overshadowed disappointing adjusted earnings, though the company maintained its full-year guidance. The US$1.96-billion writedown reflects the exploration potential of Penasquito, Vancouver-based Goldcorp said. It is the company’s first major impairment charge this year, as it previously avoided the writedowns that have plagued competitors like Barrick Gold Corp. and Kinross Gold Corp.Related: Get ready for a turbulent gold earnings season — Financial PostMore BlackBerry layoffsBlackBerry Ltd has laid off about 250 of its employees at its headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, as part of its latest move to trim costs, the smartphone maker said on Thursday. “This is part of the next stage of our turnaround plan to increase efficiencies and scale our company,” a BlackBerry spokeswoman said. The company, which last year cut thousands of jobs, recently hinted that more reductions were in the offing. Last month, BlackBerry reported dismal quarterly results, which triggered a 28 percent plunge in its share price.Related: BlackBerry layoffs could hit thousands — ReutersEarnings, earnings, earningsAnother busy day on the earnings front. Some of the more notable headlines: Second quarter earnings came in below expectations at Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. as the company faced lower nutrient prices and potash sales volumes. It also slashed its full-year outlook. General Motors Co.’s second-quarter profit beat analysts’ estimates, helped by a surge in U.S. pickup sales, as the company begins to refresh its lineup with new trucks to go with the heralded Impala sedan. Husky Energy produced a 40% increase in second-quarter profits, beating analyst estimates, as it benefited from lower capital spending as well as higher prices for its products and higher refinery margins.Hedge fund SAC Capital indictedSAC Capital Advisors LP, the US$14-billion hedge fund founded by Steven A. Cohen, was indicted by a U.S. grand jury as part of the government’s six-year crackdown on insider trading on Wall Street. Federal prosecutors on Thursday unveiled criminal fraud charges against billionaire Steven A. Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors LP, capping the probe into one of Wall Street’s most renowned firms. The indictment accused SAC and various affiliates of four counts of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud. Cohen was charged last week in a civil case by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the hedge fund said it would fight the charges.Related: Lawyer for SAC’s Cohen: Don’t call him ‘Stevey’ — Financial Post SEC sues billionaire hedge fund founder Steven Cohen for failing to prevent insider trading — Associated PressBell Canada to Ottawa: Close ‘unfair’ foreign ownership loopholesBell Canada has joined Rogers Communications in calling for Ottawa to change its policy on foreign ownership of Canadian wireless communications networks. The two rivals say they have been put at an unfair disadvantage by a federal policy that allows foreign carriers to buy small Canadian wireless carriers while denying the big domestic carriers the same opportunities. The CEO of Toronto-based Rogers called on Wednesday for a level playing field. Bell Canada — the main operation of BCE Inc. — says today that it’s calling on the federal government to immediately close loopholes in its policy.Related: Telus CEO Entwistle warns of ‘bloodbath’ if Verizon has advantage in wireless spectrum auction — Financial PostIs $300-million in synergies too high for Loblaw-Shoppers deal?Loblaw Cos. Ltd. is being overly optimistic in projecting $300-million of synergies in three years after the purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart Ltd., according to a leading industry analyst. “There are numerous complexities that make ‘health and wellness and urbanization’ [the two prevalent industry trends that Loblaw sees itself handily leveraging in the proposed $12.4-billion deal] easier to say than to do,” Perry Caicco, a retail analyst at CIBC Capital Markets, said in a research report on Thursday. The analyst, who maintained a price target of $53 and sector performer recommendation on the shares, sees the $300-million synergy figure as “difficult to attain,” and cited a number of concerns about potential sales synergies from merging the two largest retailers of food and drug.Judge certifies class action against Manulife FinancialAn Ontario judge has certified an investors class action lawsuit against Manulife Financial Corp. The plaintiffs claim that Manulife misrepresented and failed to disclose the size of the company’s exposure to equity markets during the financial crisis of 2008. The class period starts on April 1, 2004 and runs until Feb. 12, 2009, which was the day that Manulife ultimately disclosed the extent of its losses during the 2008 fiscal year. Manulife shares plummeted in the days following the Feb. 12 announcement. The class is open to investors outside Quebec who purchased Manulife common shares during the class period.Related: Investors take first steps to possible Manulife class action over annuities — Financial Post
According to a Coast Guard statement, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection airplane crew spotted a suspicious vessel last week near the Bahamas. The statement says that the vessel would not stop when U.S. authorities intercepted it about 12 miles southeast of Miami. One migrant came from Ecuador, one came from Jamaica, six were Chinese and six came from Sri Lanka.The Coast Guard says the Cuban national, a legal permanent resident of the U.S., is being investigated on suspicion of human smuggling. (Colombo Gazette) Officials said Customs and Border Protection crews fired “warning shots and disabling fire” before a Coast Guard cutter arrived on scene and took 15 people to shore. Six Sri Lankan migrants who were being smuggled to Florida have been detained by the US authorities.Coast Guard officials say a Cuban national is suspected of attempting to smuggle 14 people into Florida by boat, military.com reported.
McMaster University had its welcome day Friday. It allowed new students and their families to attend information sessions about life both inside and outside the classroom.“Oh, it’s so important. It’s a chance for students to get acquainted with our campus, support they can access throughout the year, meet new people, meet new students on campus, meet upper-years. Yeah, it’s really just a way to get acquainted with all the greats things Mac has to offer.”“We have over 2,000 students registered and each student is bringing about a person and a half, so we’re seeing somewhere between 4,000 and 4,500 students and parents today.”Students were able to attend workshops about taking effective study notes, the transition from high school, time management and even on personal finances.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09
College and university students across Ontario walked out of their classrooms Wednesday afternoon to protest the government’s changes to post-secondary funding.The protests were organized by the Canadian Federation of Students’ Ontario chapters and happened around noon at school’s throughout the province. The recent changes to funding include the elimination of free tuition for low-income students in January and made several once-mandatory student fees, such as those that fund campus organizations and clubs, optional.The previous Liberal government had increased the number of grants and made it possible for low-income students to qualify for grants large enough to cover the full cost of tuition. Under the Progressive Conservative’s plan, a portion of the funding they receive will be a loan.Hundreds of students filled the streets around Ryerson University in Toronto to protest the changes. #studentwalkout #wethestudents #nomoredougford pic.twitter.com/oyHloEGPgm— 🌙✨☁️ (@cardosooraquell) March 20, 2019
IS YOUR TOWN the tidiest town in Ireland? The 2013 TidyTowns competition has just been launched, so now is the chance to show off your beautiful town.The competition was officially launched by Phil Hogan, TD, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, together with Martin Kelleher, managing director of SuperValu, main sponsors of the competition.Minister Hogan said that the competition encourages people to get out there and “help your community shine”.The efforts of local people can bring huge benefits to their communities. Last year over 850 cities, towns and villages entered the competition and I hope that it will be even bigger and better this year.The Minister mentioned the importance of presenting Ireland in the best possible light, as a clean and green destination in which to live , do business and visit, especially in this the year of The Gathering.He said that his department has been working in partnership with Volunteer Ireland to grow voluntary effort, and is asking TidyTowns groups to take advantage of this initiative.Martin Kelleher, managing director of SuperValu, said that 2013 marks the 22nd year of its involvement with TidyTowns and the second year of SuperValu’s title sponsorship.As a company, we feel that there is no better way to demonstrate our commitment to building vibrant local communities across Ireland, but to be actively involved in SuperValu TidyTowns.The Minister expressed his gratitude to SuperValu for their continued support.As well as the main competition there are also 10 special competitions that people can enter. The closing date for receipt of entries for all of this year’s competitions is 23 May 2013.Entry forms can be obtained from the TidyTowns Unit in the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government – phone 071 9186744 or visit www.tidytowns.ie or www.supervalu.ie.Read: Kilkenny named Ireland’s cleanest town for 2012>
Just when you thought Kickstarter was never going to produce a worthwhile product, the Spider Tank Mark 6 shows up. This is the culmination of several years of work for toy inventor Jaimie Mantzel, who first demoed the Spider Tank last year. This remote controlled walking robot kit comes with everything you need to build your own — assuming it can raise $350,000 before August 14th.The Spider Tank Mark 6 not only walks around intimidating pets and small children, but it has a full assortment of weapons including a dart launcher, ball blaster, and disc launcher. Each of these accessories attaches in a few seconds, and can be angled up and down for better aim. This is a fully articulated robot — the central stalk can rotate as the body walks around. It’s actually a little eerie and organic-looking.It’s called the Spider Tank, but it should be pointed out there are only six legs. That’s probably okay, because you have to put it together yourself. Yes, this is a kit, not a finished robot. However, a lot of the electronics are pre-assembled. You’ll have to solder the accessories in a few places, but Mantzel promises video walkthroughs of the whole process.This isn’t the only walking robot toy out there, in fact the Spider Tank has the blessing of Wowstuff, which sells a very similar finished robot created by Mantzel. The hope is that building a custom robot will get people interested in robotics and science.If you want in, the basic kit with one weapon costs $77. For $99 you get the deluxe kit with all three weapon attachments and an extra set of “explodo armor” (it pops off when hit). For $107 you get the deluxe set with all the tools you need to build the bot.The campaign still has almost $300,000 to raise, but this is surprisingly one of the least outlandish things I’ve seen on Kickstarter recently.
There are inconveniences in life that are unavoidable (losing socks in the laundry, for instance) and then there are those that can easily be prevented. Running out of batteries, for example, is now one of your late fears.Enter the 2600mAH High Capacity Battery Charger. It comes with 8 batteries and a recharging station that will charge up to 4 batteries at once, compatible for both AA and AAA. What this means is: when your TV remote dies, you don’t have to toggle the batteries between the rest of your remotes until your next trip to the store. You can now have a fully-functioning night of binge-watching at ease.The 2600mAH High Capacity Battery Charger features a HyperAir technology to charge batteries fast with a built-in short-circuit and over-charge protection. The batteries you charge using it will deliver up to 1000 recharging cycles and retain 70% of charge after one year of non-use.For just $21.99 (which is 12% off the original price for a limited time), you can get the charging port plus 8 AA batteries and a 1-year third-party warranty, which is not only better for your peace of mind but extremely friendly on your wallet and the environment. Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today 2600mAh High Capacity Battery Charger + 8 Batteries – $21.99See Deal Stay on target
All three services are embarking on ambitious efforts to increase the environmental sustainability of their installations, with the ultimate goal of reducing the consumption of energy, water and waste resources to an effective rate of zero.These efforts — first launched by the Army in 2011 under its Net Zero Initiative — are helping the military conserve energy while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources and enhancing its energy security; reduce consumption of freshwater resources so as not to deplete groundwater; and limit the use of landfills. The efforts also are aimed at saving money.To better understand the benefits experienced by the services pursuing net zero goals, as well as the challenges, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee directs the Government Accountability Office to report on the successes achieved to date along with areas for improvement. According to report language attached to the panel’s portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, the report should address:to what extent has DOD developed an integrated net zero strategy for energy, water and waste management at its installations?what impact do net zero initiatives have on maintaining mission capability?what challenges have installations encountered implementing net zero initiatives?what lessons have been learned from the initiative, and how are those lessons being shared and optimized?what have been the costs and benefits of net zero initiatives?how successful have the military departments and installations been in implementing the net zero initiative?The report would be due May 15, 2016. The subcommittee’s portion of the authorization bill is available on the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Fans have already dubbed it as the El Classico – and for all their aura, Chennai Super Kings seem to bottle things up against the Mumbai Indians. This season has been no different, Mumbai have already handed CSK defeat in the first round match in Mumbai. However, Dhoni’s side which is only one win away from securing the playoffs berth would want to complicate things for Mumbai Indians by giving one back.Predicted XI of both sides: MS DhoniINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesChennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jason Behrendorff, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit BumrahFantasy tips and suggestions:Wicket-keeper: A lot of discussions has been about the nature of the surface in Chennai, but the pitch against Sunrisers was an absolute belter. If the strip remains the same, expect Quinton de Kock to be a big threat in the powerplay overs.Batsmen: Rohit Sharma walks into the side, and has generally the CSK bowling. His biggest nemesis has been Dwayne Bravo, but Dhoni has used Bravo in the backend which could allow the MI skipper to settle down and play innings of note. Also, Suryakumar Yadav, who has not been as prolific season, should be the other batsman in the side.Faf de Plessis, who has shown great temperament, will open the innings for CSK and should be one of the picks. Suresh Raina could enjoy the Mumbai bowling attack but has to be wary of the Jasprit Bumrah threat. File photo of Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya.IANSAll-rounders: Dwayne Bravo, who has not picked up as many wickets as he would have wanted this season, remains an integral member of Dhoni’s plans. He will bowl in the death and will have the opportunity to pick up wickets especially when the batsmen are looking to go after the bowling.Also, Hardik Pandya has been a revelation this season for Mumbai Indians, especially with the bat and if the surface is sluggish, he can be a threat against the CSK spinners. Also, with his cutters, Hardik the bowler can be quite the handful.Spinners: Imran Tahir gets the nod. The leg spinner just knows how to pick up wickets and control proceedings in the middle overs. He gets the ball from Dhoni when the pressure is amped and more often than not, delivers wickets.And then there is the other seasonal pro in Harbhajan Singh, who knows all about the Mumbai Indians camp. The offie has been brilliant at home and picks up wickets early in the powerplay overs to break the back of the opposition.Seamers: Jasprit Bumrah, after an iffy start, has hit his stride and is perhaps the most feared fast bowler in the IPL. Teams do not go after him which presents Rohit with an opportunity to use him as an attacking option.Also, Deepak Chahar, who has been the ace up MS Dhoni’s sleeve this season, more so because he gets the ball to seam around and picks up wickets with the new ball which sets the tone perfectly.