UP and Bihar bypolls updates | We will win 80 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in U.P., says Maurya

first_imgThe bypoll for the Araria Lok Sabha seat will see a keen contest between the National Democratic Alliance and “Mahagathbandhan” (Grand Alliance) candidates.Read more UpdatesFIR filed against Bihar BJP PresidentAn FIR has been lodged again Bihar BJP President Nityanand Rai for making provocative speech against RJD candidate Sarfaraz Alam while campaigning at Narpatganj in Araria, Bihar.43% turnout in Gorakhpur; 37.39% in PhulpurThe Lok Sabha constituency of Gorakhpur witnessed 43% polling while Phulpur saw a turnout of 37.39% till 5 p.m. today, Election Commission sources said. This implies that the polling percentage dropped by 11.67% and 12.81% in the two aforementioned constituencies.The voting for the bye-elections to the two Lok Sabha seats began on a dull note but picked up momentum in the day amid tight security.The bypolls were necessitated after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively following their election to the state legislative council.BJP getting widespread support from the people: AdityanathUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said the BJP was getting widespread support from the people.Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in the Gorakpur bypolls, the priest-turned-politician noted that the public believes in the mantra of development and governance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Attacking the opposition BSP and SP, Adityanath said, “SP and BSP are indulging in negative politics, politics of bargaining and politics of opportunism. The state has suffered the negative consequences (of SP and BSP). And in order to ensure that in future such situations do not arise, efforts have to made to shun politics of casteism and dynastic politics, and focus on development and administration.”Voting slowly gathers pace in UPThe voter turnout in UP increased to 20% by noon, according to election office sources.After casting his vote in Gorakhpur, UP CM Yogi Adityanath was bullish about the BJP’s chances. “The people know that development was the only panacea,” he told reporters.Attacking the BSP and the SP, he said, “These parties are indulging in negative politics, politics of bargaining and politics of opportunism. The State has suffered the negative consequences (of SP and BSP).“And in order to ensure that in future such situations do not arise, efforts have to be made to shun politics of casteism and dynastic politics, and focus on development and administration,” he said.When asked to comment on the SP and BSP entering an electoral understanding, he said, “This will have no effect. I had wanted that in this bye-election if the SP, BSP and Congress had fought together, then results would have been much better (for us).”Maurya confidentU.P. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the 2014 Lok Sabha record would be repeated by the BJP.“I am confident that on March 14, the record which was made in Phulpur in 2014 (Lok Sabha general elections) will be repeated, and our candidate Kaushalendra Patel will emerge victorious,” he told reporters after casting his vote for Phulpur parliamentary constituency along with his family members.On being asked about the BJP’s expansion plans in the State in view of the electoral understanding between SP and BSP, Mr. Maurya said, “We have already expanded enough, and in future if any political party wants to join us, it will be definitely deliberated upon.“But, today from UP’s point of view, poll alliance of the BJP, Apna Dal (Sonelal) and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) exists. Apart from this, we do not have any other alliance. And, banking on this alliance, we will win 80 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the State,” he said.Taking a jibe at the SP-BSP tie-up, the Minister said, “Their (SP-BSP) votes will be transferred only when they have enough votes. The votes (of the people) are with us. But, they have only leaders who make statements. The voters of Mayawatiji have deserted the BSP and have reposed their faith in Modiji, Yogi and BJP. We are winning both the Lok Sabha seats, and with wider margin“.12% voting in BiharAt 10 a.m on Sunday, the voter turnout in Bihar for one Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats was around 12%.Adityanath casts voteThe UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has cast his vote. Mr. Adityanath had to vacate his Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat.In Araria, the poll percentage till 9 a.m was about 8 percent. No report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the constituency. In UP, around the same time, the percentage was 5.80%. PreviewOn Sunday, Lok Sabha bypolls will be held in the States of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The prestige of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is at stake as Gorakhpur and Phulpur go to vote.In Bihar, polling is on for bypolls to the Araria parliamentary seat and two assembly seats in Jehanabad and Bhabua.The bypolls were necessitated after UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively, following their election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council.While the BJP, which rules UP with an overwhelming majority, has all to lose, the stakes are also high for the Opposition after BSP chief Mayawati went out of character and announced support to the Samajwadi Party (SP). The compatibility of the SP and BSP working together will be assessed on March 14, when results are declared.Read more Inputs from Omar Rashid, Rajeev Bhatt, Amarnath Tewary, PTIlast_img read more

SpiceJet aircraft makes emergency landing in Ahmedabad

first_imgLow cabin pressure mid-air forced a Delhi-bound SpiceJet aircraft from Mumbai, carrying over 100 passengers, to land at the city airport this morning under emergency conditions. All the passengers on-board were safe, an airline spokesperson said.“SpiceJet Boeing 737 aircraft (VT-SZB) was operating flight SG 160 Mumbai-Delhi. Enroute, the aircraft had a (cabin) pressure problem,” the SpiceJet spokesperson said. Following the standard operating procedure, the crew diverted the aircraft to Ahmedabad, where it landed safely, he added. There were over 100 passengers on-board the plane, the spokesperson said.last_img

Durant unfazed by Thunder return

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “We’ll see how it feels in the morning but right now, it feels good,” said Durant, who sat out Golden State’s 118-111 victory at Brooklyn on Sunday.Warriors coach Steve Kerr meanwhile said Durant would be ready for anything in terms of crowd reception.“We’re a year removed from the first one so hopefully it will be a little less hostile,” Kerr said. “But we’ll be ready for whatever.”The Warriors coach compared Durant’s return to Oklahoma City to the reception given to LeBron James when he first played back in Cleveland after joining Miami in 2010.“It reminded me of LeBron’s return to Cleveland,” Kerr said. “It was very similar, just a different vibe. Sometimes you can have intensity and desire, and sometimes it can be ugly. And it was ugly.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In his return to Oklahoma City last season, Durant put up 40 points, and blocked out the hostile reception which greeted him.More of the same is expected on Wednesday, but Durant said he is unconcerned by the catcalls.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s just a regular game for me now,” the reigning NBA Finals MVP said Tuesday. “I learned how to tune out the crowd.”The 29-year-old said a decision on whether he will play on Wednesday will most likely be taken on the day of the game. ONE: Yamaguchi eyes quick revenge vs Filipino bet Iniong View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Read Nextcenter_img Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors looks on against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on November 18, 2017 in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant insists he is unfazed by the prospect of facing his former team as the NBA champions prepare to take on Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.Durant, who is battling to recover from a left ankle sprain, left Oklahoma City for Golden State after eight seasons in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

McShane holds Anand to a draw

first_imgWorld Champion Viswanathan Anand signed truce after failing to break Englishman Luke McShane’s solid defences while Norwegian Magnus Carlsen defeated local hope David Howell to join the leaders after the fifth round of the London Chess Classic on Monday.Anand and McShane remained the only two undefeated players in the tournament following a draw between them while Carlsen benefitted from an oversight by Howell in the second time control.Going by normal rules, Anand and McShane are the only two leaders but the soccer-like scoring system, which gives three points for a win and one for a draw, has put Magnus back on track for the title with three wins.Anand and McShane have won two and drawn three which means that under normal scoring system they would tally three and a half points each, half point more than Carlsen who has lost two games.With all leaders on nine points, Vladimir Kramnik, who drew with English Michael Adams, is sharing the fourth spot along with American Hikaru Nakamura on eight points each.Nakamura got the better of an out- of- sort Nigel Short who suffered his fourth defeat in the ?145000 tournament being played on round robin basis between eight players.Adams holds the sixth spot on six points while David Howell remained on two, a full point ahead of back- ranker Nigel Short.Anand pressed for advantage in the Berlin defense game but it seemed the Indian was much better in the middle game that ensued.McShane however remained on his guard right through and restored parity with some timely exchanges leading to a drawn queen and bishops endgame.advertisement”These are trends, a month from now we may see them all switch over to something else,” said Anand when asked about the Berlin defence that’s in vogue.”I was better after the opening but it was just slightly better, if it was serious, I did not see it,” the world champion said.Carlsen defeated Howell from the black side of a Najdorf Sicilian.The Norwegian was in his elements post the second time control after Howell erred on the 43rd move and wrapped the issue quickly.Kramnik faced the Kind pawn opening and it was another Berlin defense by the Russian. The alternative main line employed by Adams did not yield much as Kramnik equalised quickly and started looking for initiative.Adams had to find some resources to let the game drift towards a draw.Nakamura was pleasantly surprised to see Short employing a side variation in the Marshall Gambit. The American was on top in the middle game with an extra pawn and relished the endgame that arose after subsequent exchanges.Short, who is going through a forgettable event, could not pose much of a challenge.In the open event being organised simultaneously, 15- year old International Master Sahaj Grover came back into the reckoning with a fine win over Nicolai Getz of Norway.While Sahaj moved up to four points out of five games, Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta remained on 3.5 after losing to Gawain Jones of England.With four rounds still to go, Grandmaster Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury is also on 3.5 points and the lead is shared by Simon Williams of England and Gavin Wall of Ireland – both have five points each.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

World T20: Watson powers Aussies to win vs Ireland

first_imgFrom the very first ball, Shane Watson stamped his name all over the opening Group B match between Ireland and Australia.He opened the bowling, got Ireland skipper Will Porterfield hooking straight down fine legs throat, and went on to take two more wickets. He then scored a half-century in a comprehensive Australian win at the R Premadasa Stadium here on Wednesday.In response to Irelands belowaverage 123 for seven, Australia romped home by seven wickets with 4.5 overs remaining. On a pitch that offered good bounce-and-carry for bowlers who were ready to bend their backs, Ireland had hit rock bottom by the eighth over with the scoreboard reading 33 for four. That was when the OBrien brothers Niall and Kevin got together to stage a recovery with a 52- run stand.While Niall buckled down and rotated the strike, the big-hitting Kevin started finding the boundary with ease, leading Aussie skipper George Bailey to reintroduce Watson.And the burly all- rounder rocked Ireland again, getting through Nialls defences and then inducing an edge of Kevins blade that was pouched by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade within three balls.Barring one 10- run over from Pat Cummins, Ireland were pretty pedestrian at the death, and it was thanks to the only six of the innings from Nigel Jones that they crossed the six runs per over mark.Australias reply began in a stoic fashion with Watson and David Warner raising just nine runs in the first two overs, before a horror 10- ball over from pacer Boyd Rankin, costing 12 runs, handed them the momentum.The next over from veteran Trent Johnston was pure carnage as first Warner hit a boundary before Watson launched a stunning assault, taking 19 off the over.During the opening stand of 60, Warner (26) crossed the 1,000- run mark, but even after his departure to spinner George Dockrell, Watson kept going.A four and a six each off Paul Stirling and Dockrell brought him his 50 off just 28 balls and by the time he was runout by a direct hit from short third man, man- of- thematch Watson had put the match beyond Irelands reach.After Michael Husseys dismissal, Cameron White (22 not out) and captain Bailey 6 not out) ensured there were no more hiccups for the Kangaroos.We knew how important the game was to make a statement. Id been thinking about how to bowl the first over for about a day and it worked out nicely,?? Watson said.advertisementlast_img read more

Jay Gruden fired by Redskins after 0-5 start to 6th season

first_imgBrady carries unbeaten Patriots past winless Redskins 33-7 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue A person familiar with the team’s plans told The Associated Press that offensive line coach Bill Callahan would replace Gruden on an interim basis. Callahan has coached the Raiders in the NFL and Nebraska in college football.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Callahan’s new role wasn’t immediately announced.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manOwner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen informed Gruden he was out early Monday morning, a day after a 33-7 loss to the New England Patriots. Allen was scheduled to make a rare appearance at a news conference Monday afternoon.The statement announcing that Gruden would no longer be the head coach said: “Through the first five games of the 2019 season, the team has clearly not performed up to expectations, and we all share in that responsibility. Moving forward we are committed to doing all that we can collectively as an organization to turn things around and give our Redskins fans and alumni a team they can be proud of in 2019 and beyond.” After the home loss to New England, Gruden was asked if he knew where he stood with the Redskins.“Nobody’s told me anything, and I don’t have a concern. I’ll just wait and see,” said Gruden, whose contract ran through next season. ”(If) my key works on Monday, keep working.”This season alone has seen star left tackle Trent Williams hold out, a shuffle at quarterback after Dwayne Haskins was taken No. 15 overall in the draft, a series of injuries up and down the roster — and, perhaps most upsetting to team leadership, increasingly large contingents of visiting fans attending games at Washington’s home stadium.The Redskins rarely have even been competitive this season, ranking 30th out of 32 NFL clubs in both scoring, averaging 14.6 points, and defense, allowing 30.2 points per game. The only club that ranks worse than Washington in both categories — the Miami Dolphins, who are 0-4 and had a bye this week — will host the Redskins next Sunday.Cornerback Quinton Dunbar wrote on Instagram that he owes Gruden “for life” for helping him by switching him from wide receiver after college and added: “Sorry we couldn’t get the job done for you.”ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img Becoming his own man FILE – In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden watches the game against the New York Giants during the second half of an NFL football game, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants defeated the Redskins 24-3. Gruden was fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, after an 0-5 start to the sixth season of a tenure that featured only one playoff appearance. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)WASHINGTON — Jay Gruden was fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins on Monday after an 0-5 start to the sixth season of a tenure that featured only one playoff appearance.The Redskins have gone 35-49-1 overall under Gruden, whose brother, Jon, coaches the Oakland Raiders.ADVERTISEMENT Gruden initially was hired by Washington in the hopes that he could help Robert Griffin III develop into a star quarterback, but that forced partnership quickly soured.And while Gruden had some success drawing up and calling creative plays for Washington’s offense, his area of expertise, he never seemed to get a feel for other aspects of the job.Despite never before being a head coach in the NFL, and despite never winning more than nine games in a season, Gruden managed to stick around longer than anyone else who’s held that job for the Redskins during Snyder’s unsuccessful two-decade stint as team owner.Gruden’s teams finished with winning records just twice — 9-7 in 2015, then 8-7-1 in 2016 — and he took the Redskins to one playoff game, a loss. The team went 7-9 in each of the past two seasons, leading to speculation about whether he would be back.Those questions about his job status reached a crescendo with the terrible start to this season, which has been a mess on and off the field for a franchise that won three Super Bowls under previous owner Jack Kent Cooke but has been in disarray throughout Snyder’s stewardship, including the last 10 years with right-hand man Allen running things as general manager and now president.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View commentslast_img read more

Chris Gayle keen on owning ISL-type team

first_imgBengaluru, July 14 (PTI) Swashbuckling West Indian opener Chris Gayle today showed interest in owning an ISL-type team and said he is in discussions with few stakeholders for some commercial ventures. “I would definitely love to own an Indian Super League kind of team, but what best one can do is to get involved in it while you are active playing cricket,” Gayle told PTI at an event here. Gayle said cricket itself is business and all the stakeholders want to raise money as much as possible. “Business will always come in, once you produce scintillating on-field knocks. People and companies will chase you, but cricket itself is business. Everybody wants to generate as much revenues as possible,” he said. Gayle also said big names like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are owing teams post-retirement because they want to foray into the world of business. “If you feel you have enough time to venture into it, so do it even if you are an active and busy player, but if you feel you cant, you can always foray into this venture post- retirement,” he said. Tendulkar and Ganguly own Kerala Blasters and Atlético de Kolkata, respectively. Asked whether he is tying up with any other commercial ventures, Gayle said, “Definitely. There are a few projects under the table which are actually under discussion as we speak.” It would be a great gesture from marque players like him to pick up stakes for owning non-cricket teams, Gayle said. “As cricketers, you want to do good things for other sports as well, especially when you are associated with big brands. It is a great gesture, for sure,” he said. Yesterday, Gayle had announced an undisclosed investment in IONA Entertainment, a Bengaluru-based gaming company. IONA, at present, has one 70,000 square-feet gaming venue at Virginia Mall here. It had raised an initial round of funding from Singapore-based Vestasia. PTI BDN ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Malaysia U19 need time – Hai-O

first_imgAFF U19 Championship Time is what Malaysia U19 set up needs – Hairuddin Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 09:58 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hairuddin Omar - ATM Sinar Harian AFF U19 Championship Malaysia U18 Malaysia U19 The real target for Malaysia U19 is the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship qualification in October, said assistant head coach Hairuddin Omar. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter The assistant head coach of the Malaysia U19 national team; Hairuddin Omar has pleaded for time for the coaching team to work with their new charges.When met by Goal on Saturday just before the team departed for Yangon, Myanmar for the 2017 AFF U-18 Youth Championship, the former Malaysia international reiterated head coach Bojan Hodak’s earlier remark that no specific target has been set for the team in the tournament.According to him, this is because the coaching staff have had limited time to work with the boys. Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “I agree with Hodak, because we are not entirely sure of the other teams’ strengths. For this tournament, we are simply there to do our best.”We have had limited time; only two weeks for preparations, and we spent one whole week just to identify the 23 players to be taken to Yangon.”We had only 10 training sessions to form a team and to work on tactics, and it would be unfair for a lofty target to be set simply on the back of the 10-day preparations.”The real target is the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship qualification in South Korea in October,” said the former Terengganu and Negeri Sembilan player.When asked about the coaching staff’s plans to mitigate the lack of exposure received by the players revealed by Hodak one day earlier, Hairuddin asks that the coaching staff be given time by the Malaysian FA (FAM) to work with the boys.On Friday, Hodak told Berita Harian that he was shocked to find out about the lack of exposure given to youth footballers in the country.”We the coaching staff admit that more than half of the players have never been exposed to matches at a higher level, they have only played in the Youth Cup, and that is only for a limited number of matches. That is not enough exposure for them to play at the international level. FAM must give us time to work on the team, but Hodak too must be given opportunity to form the team.”What I mean is in terms of exposure, such as playing in friendlies overseas so that the boys are constantly exposed to competitive matches. From my observation, the boys lack match exposure. They have good speed and technique, but they don’t know, for example the right time to attack, when to slow down the tempo.”These aspects matter in football and the boys need to work on them so they are familiar,” explained Hairuddin.Malaysia have been drawn in Group A alongside 2016 runners up Thailand, Timor Leste, Laos, Cambodia and Singapore. Meanwhile Group B will be contested by Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, hosts Myanmar and invitational team New Zealand.The top two teams from each group will meet in the single-legged semi-final stage, and the winners in the semis will meet in the final match. In the previous edition, Malaysia’s campaign ended in the group stage, finishing third in Group A behind Vietnam and Timor Leste.Malaysia’s campaign will begin against Laos on 4.30pm Malaysian time September 4 at the Aung San Stadium. They will then face Singapore (September 6), Timor Leste (8), Cambodia (10), and Thailand (12).last_img read more

Video: Snow Didn’t Stop 5-Star Alabama DB Signee Minkah Fitzpatrick From Hitting The Field Today

first_imgMinkah Fitzpatrick in a game against Ole Miss.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 30: Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after he and Isaiah Buggs #49 sack Shea Patterson #20 of the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The weather in New Jersey has been decidedly less than ideal this winter, and more snow is on the way tonight into tomorrow. Residents all over the Garden State are anxious for spring to finally arrive.But some residual snow didn’t deter Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep 5-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, an Alabama signee, from getting in an off-season agility workout this afternoon. Fitzpatrick hit the (covered) turf at his high school’s practice field to do some footwork drills, and he posted video of the training on his Twitter account. Nice day at the beach GET RIGHT! pic.twitter.com/S7yxv06o3J— Minkah FitzMagic (@minkfitz_21) March 4, 2015Fitzpatrick is known for his smooth style of play, good footwork and strong technique. If he can maintain those assets in the snow, just think what he might be able to do in Tuscaloosa when the weather will be nicer.last_img read more

Guardiola: ‘We cannot compete’ with Liverpool

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Liverpool’s form at present makes them untouchable in the Premier League title race.The Reds are now nine points clear at the summit – and 10 ahead of City ahead of their game Sunday at Southampton – after thrashing Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield on Saturday.Jurgen Klopp’s men are now unbeaten in their first 20 matches of the campaign, and have scored 48 goals and conceded just eight so far this term.Though Guardiola has spent in the region of £539 million ($685m) on players since arriving at the Etihad Stadium, the ex-Barcelona boss says his City side are currently unable to compete with the Merseysiders. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We did well so far,” said Guardiola prior to Liverpool going nine points clear. “We got 44 points in the first round.”If you get the same number of points in the second round, that’s 88 points. With 88 points, you are champions. You have the numbers to be champions.”Most of the Premier League champions in the past 20 years won it with less points. We did quite well. We did really well.“But of course you have the past two games, against Crystal Palace and Leicester, and you have that sense, because there are two teams there now who are better than us in the last month.“What can we say when Liverpool keep nine clean sheets and score a lot of goals? We cannot compete with that in terms of comparing with them.“So we look at ourselves, and tomorrow against Southampton, we have to do what we do, and try to win, and when that happens, everything comes back to a normal position.”Successive defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City have seen City surrender their grip on the title race, after their stunning 2017-18 campaign during which they accumulated 100 points and over a century of goals.But City will have the chance to bridge the gap and change the momentum of the title race in the coming days when they face Saints before hosting Liverpool on January 3. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

We need to bat well at the top: MS Dhoni after 1-run loss

first_imgWe need to bat well at the top: MS Dhoni after 1-run lossCSK’s top-order — Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina — performed well below-par which resulted in the finishing pressure falling on MS Dhoni.advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 11:54 IST Dhoni’s superb 48-ball-84 went in vain as RCB beat CSK by one run(IANS photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni’s superb 48-ball-84 went in vain as RCB beat CSK by one runCSK’s top order performed well below par and the pressure fell on DhoniDhoni wants his top-order to be more discreet with shot selectionChennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni urged his top-order to get their acts together and finish more matches going into the business-end of the Indian Premier League.Dhoni’s superb 48-ball-84 went in vain as RCB beat CSK by one run to stay afloat in the league.CSK’s problem has been their top-order where Shane Watson (147 runs), World Cup reject Ambati Rayudu (192 runs) and Suresh Raina (207 runs) have performed well below-par. The pressure has been entirely on Dhoni, who leads the charts with 314 runs.”I think it was a good game. We did really well to restrict them to a below par total, but we needed some good batting at the top. Once you know the opposition attack, you have got to stick to your plans and if you lose too many wickets upfront that puts pressure and the middle order really can’t go after the bowlers from the start,” Dhoni said at the end of the match.Dhoni wants his top-order to be more discreet with shot selection.”It’s easy to go and play the big shot and even if I get out others will do the job. Problem arises when you don’t play big shots and that puts pressures on others. That’s something we need to calculate. That’s why I think the top three can be finishers. They may do it a few times.”The CSK skipper said that batting in the middle-order involves a lot of calculation.”When you bat at Nos 5, 6 or 7 whatever you are calculating you have to put a lot of thinking behind it because you lose one more wicket and the game is over at that point of time.”advertisementDhoni felt that the Chinnaswamy track was difficult one to bat on with its spongy bounce.”It was still difficult at the end. It was slightly spongy (the pitch) and the new batsmen found it difficult. Boundaries were needed and yes we have lost by one run but at the same time we have to see what if there were few dot balls and whether we could have got those extra boundaries or not.Also Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni career-best in vain, RCB beat CSK in thrillerAlso Read | RCB vs CSK Live Score, IPL 2019: Steyn, Umesh jolt Chennai in 162 chaseAlso Read | SRH vs KKR IPL 2019, T20 broadcast: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live StreamingAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat KohliFor 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow MS DhoniFollow IPL 2019Follow RCB vs CSKlast_img read more

A Perfect Summer Starts with Great Patio Furniture

first_imgThis durable table is made from sustainably sourced tropical hardwood and can seat up to ten people when expanded to its full size. The surface of the wood has a protective topcoat and is wire-brushed to add a rustic finish that will have dinner guests feeling like they’re dining beach-front. Sets are available with matching chairs or benches, so you can customize the feel and function of your space.See ItAbbot Chunky Leg Rectangular Dining Table & Torrey Chair Set – Pottery BarnAdd some real wow-factor to your patio with a dining set that can double as a statement piece. A truly unique contemporary, natural look that combines Ecoline synthetic rattan with a bold concrete and hardwood table, the Abbot dining set will add some real wow-factor to your patio. Each table in the line has hand-finished touches that make it one-of-a-kind, and the canvas seat cushions are comfortable, weather-resistant, and easy to clean.See ItRegatta Console-Bar-Work Station – Crate & BarrelIf you’ve got a large area to work with, you can turn your patio space into a full outdoor entertaining experience by adding some fun but functional furniture. This console/bar/workstation has a top that opens up to reveal a stainless steel ice tray, so you can keep drinks cool in the center and still have plenty of surface space for food on either side. It also includes steel hooks on the side for utensils or towels and is made from sustainably sourced teak that is incredibly durable against the elements.See ItFor Small SpacesÄpplarö – IkeaWhen you’re working with a smaller patio space, a low profile and easy storage can become just as important as style when it comes to your furniture. Ikea’s Äpplarö makes proper use of small spaces and adds a hit of high-end style at the same time. The table and chairs can be folded for super-fast, low-profile storage when not in use, and that can hold its own as a focal point, even when the rest of the set is tucked away.See ItMosaic Tiled Bistro Table – West ElmThis alluringly minimalist table has a surface of hand inlaid concrete tiles that creates a modern mosaic for a touch of pure artistic elegance in your outdoor space. The solid hardwood base is available in three finishes, so you can pair with the chairs of your choice for a contemporary space. Equally perfect for your morning coffee or evening whiskey — or hell, morning whiskey.See ItAbbot Ultimate Bar & X-Back Barstool Bistro Set – Pottery BarnYou may not have the space to turn your patio into a backyard version of Cheers, but if you’ve got a little wiggle room and well-designed furniture, you can maximize your area with a bar set that includes some simple seating. Made from solid wood, the Abbott Ultimate Bar has a built-in bottle opener, hooks, drawers, and foot rest, a removable shelf, and a hardy concrete top for a bold natural finish that can hold up to some serious mixology. The set comes with two matching steel bar stools that are sealed with a protective weather-resistant coating, so you can leave them out all winter without worry.See ItIbiza Double Lounge Chair – RHIf your space is big enough to warrant an outdoor sofa, but can’t accommodate a full sectional, may we suggest the Ibiza Double Lounge? The shape alone should be enough to convince you — this whimsical postmodern lounger looks just like a perfect dollop of whipped cream. The beanbag-style interior fill makes it as yielding as a marshmallow, but it’s surprisingly sturdy with a water-resistant performance fabric shell encasing a sound structural base of quick-dry foam. In other words, you can have that second daiquiri without fear of a slow slide onto the concrete.See ItFor Full Relaxation ModeArholma – IkeaIf you see a lot of summer lounging and backyard gatherings in your future, this outdoor sectional from Ikea will create a comfortable space that will make you forget about those boring old living room days. Made from durable plastic rattan, this set has a natural look that can stand up to the elements. And you can customize it with a variety of plush cushions and bold pillows.See ItDune Double Chaise Sofa Lounge – Crate & BarrelSome days, ya gotta lounge. And when you do, why bother with a patio full of one-trick-pony furniture that’s just going to harsh your mellow? This Chaise Sofa Lounge from Crate & Barrel can be easily moved into different positions to suit your mood. If you want to kick back with a book, put it into the chaise lounge position and start reading. Want to spend a summer night beneath the stars? Move it into its fully flattened position. If you’ve got company, it becomes a couch. With a classy modern design and mesh upholstery that prevents fading, staining, molding, or damage, this is an incredibly versatile addition to any patio.See ItDomed Wicker Daybeds – RHWhen you’re confronted by the ageless conundrum — to sunbathe or to take shelter — Restoration Hardware has your answer. Their domed wicker daybeds offer an overhead canopy that provides respite when the day gets oppressive, with sloping side panels that provide a little privacy for … you know, whatever. Meanwhile, the wicker’s open weave still lets in warmth, a breeze in the warmth you crave. Choose from the pyramidal Nevis, the egg-shaped Spartan, or the elliptical Cayman. Any one of these sexy loungers will accommodate you and a friend (or two) for a little retreat of your own.See ItThe Lap of LuxuryThe Grid Collection – GlosterThe time has finally come. You’ve toiled your way through starter furniture and basic patio sets, flexing your creative muscles every step of the way to keep your outdoor space light and inviting on a budget. Now you’re settled into your space and you’re ready to make that next leap: full Bond-on-a-veranda-style, cutting edge, sharply-designed patio furniture that will last you through a lifetime of admiring toasts from party guests.The Grid Collection from Gloster is built around materials like powder-coated aluminum and natural teak that make for an intensely sleek, modern look that still retains plenty of organic inspiration. All cushions are tightly woven for ultimate comfort and durability and have a water-resistant coating on both sides to keep the elements out. The pieces in the collection blend seamlessly, so you can hand-pick the furniture that best suits your needs and build your perfect outdoor entertaining space. All that’s left to do is kick back with a martini (shaken, not stirred of course).Article originally published by LeeAnn Whittemore on April 28, 2017. Last updated by Chelsea Batten on May 11, 2018. The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Editors’ Recommendations Cold beer. Hot nights. The sounds of summer and the company of friends. As you gear up for sunny days ahead, you may be re-thinking your outdoor living space. When that first summer sunrise sweeps over your patio, you don’t want to see those bright rays lighting up a beaten-up table or bleached-out lawn chairs.Whether you’ve got a large backyard or an apartment balcony, there are plenty of great options for updating your patio space to create a relaxing and inviting area worthy of dinner parties, morning coffees, and game nights alike.For Large Patio SpacesMarbella Modular Sectional – RH Crafted of sustainably harvested natural teak, the Marbella Sectional is one of those seating units that seems to stretch on into the sunset. We love the ultra-deep seats, low-slung design, and the stylish box base that makes it easy to mix and match sections. This is the ideal outdoor sofa for gathering all your favorite flaneurs to sip cocktails and catch rays in an attitude of vainglorious repose.See ItPortside Expandable Dining Table – West Elm The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now center_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventurelast_img read more

House Approves $1.8 Billion Withdrawal from Capital Development Fund

first_imgThe House of Representatives, on Tuesday (October 30), approved the withdrawal of $1.8 billion from the Capital Development Fund (CDF), to provide budgetary support for the 2012/13 financial year, as well as to fund community development programmes. Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, who moved the Withdrawal Order in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (Oct. 31) said of the total amount, $1.397 billion is to be paid into the Consolidated Fund. He also informed that $154 million is to be used for budgetary support for the Jamaica Bauxite Institute for the fiscal year 2012/13; and $130 million to the Jamaica Bauxite Institute for the implementation of special projects in the bauxite communities under the Bauxite Community Development Programme. The Ministry of Transport and Works is also receiving $145.7 million to meet commitments arising from the privatisation process of the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC). The amount, he said, include $23.7 million for payment of redundancies, gratuity and notice pay; $19 million for outstanding payments to local creditors; $19 million for expenditure for material and services provided to the JRC; and $11 million of rehabilitation work. He also informed that $43 million has been allocated for the payment of statutory deductions and contributions; some $33 million for the payment of retroactive salaries of workers; and $17.5 million has been allocated for a viability study and valuation works to be undertaken prior to the privatisation of JRC. The CDF was established under the Bauxite Production and Levy Act. It was promulgated in 1974 at the time when the bauxite production levy was imposed, and the proceeds of the levy directed to the CDF.last_img read more

Princess to Pay LargestEver Penalty for Dumping Oily Waste

first_imgzoom California-based cruise line Princess Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation, has agreed to pay USD 40 million penalty – the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution – and plead guilty to charges related to illegal dumping of oil-contaminated waste from the Caribbean Princess cruise ship.The company has agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges stemming from its deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up, the US Department of Justice said.The US investigation was initiated after information was provided to the US Coast Guard (USCG) by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) indicating that a newly hired engineer on the Caribbean Princess reported that a so-called “magic pipe” had been used on August 23, 2013, to illegally discharge oily waste off the coast of England.The engineer quit his position when the ship reached Southampton, England. The chief engineer and senior first engineer ordered a cover-up, including removal of the magic pipe and directing subordinates to lie. The MCA shared evidence with the USCG including before and after photos of the bypass used to make the discharge and showing its disappearance, the US Department of Justice said.A perceived motive for the crimes was financial – the chief engineer that ordered the dumping off the coast of England told subordinate engineers that it cost too much to properly offload the waste in port and that the shore-side superintendent who he reported to would not want to pay the expense, the US Department of Justice said.The USCG conducted an examination of the Caribbean Princess upon its arrival in New York City, New York, on September 14, 2013, during which certain crew members continued to lie in accordance with orders they had received from Princess employees, according to the country’s Department of Justice.According to papers filed in court, the Caribbean Princess had been making illegal discharges through bypass equipment since 2005, one year after the ship began operations. The discharge on August 26, 2013, involved approximately 4,227 gallons, 23 miles off the coast of England within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone. At the same time as the discharge, engineers simultaneously ran clean seawater through the ship’s overboard equipment in order to create a false digital record for a legitimate discharge.Caribbean Princess used multiple methods over the course of time to pollute the seas. Prior to the installation of the bypass pipe used to make the discharge off the coast of England, a different unauthorized valve was used. When the US Department of Justice investigative team conducted a consensual boarding of the ship in Houston, Texas, on March 8, 2014, they found the valve that crew members had described. When it was removed by Princess at the department’s request, it was found to contain black oil.In addition to the use of a magic pipe to circumvent the oily water separator and oil content monitor required pollution prevention equipment, the US investigation uncovered two other illegal practices which were found to have taken place on the Caribbean Princess as well as four other Princess ships.One practice was to open a salt water valve when bilge waste was being processed by the oily water separator and oil content monitor. The purpose was to prevent the oil content monitor from otherwise alarming and stopping the overboard discharge. This was done routinely on the Caribbean Princess in 2012 and 2013. The second practice involved discharges of oily bilge water originating from the overflow of graywater tanks into the machinery space bilges. This waste was pumped back into the graywater system rather than being processed as oily bilge waste. Neither of these practices were truthfully recorded in the oil record book as required. All of the bypassing took place through the graywater system which was discharged when the ship was more than four nautical miles from land. As a result, discharges within US waters were likely, according to the Southern District of Florida, US Department of Justice.“The conduct being addressed today is particularly troubling because the Carnival family of companies has a documented history of environmental violations, including in the Southern District of Florida,” Wifredo A. Ferrer, US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida in Miami said.As part of the plea agreement with Princess, cruise ships from eight Carnival cruise line companies (Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises) will be under a court-supervised Environmental Compliance Program (ECP) for five years. The ECP will require independent audits by an outside entity and a court-appointed monitor.If approved by the court, USD 10 million of the USD 40 million criminal penalty will be devoted to community service projects to benefit the maritime environment, USD 3 million of the community service payments will go to environmental projects in South Florida and USD 1 million will be earmarked for projects to benefit the marine environment in United Kingdom waters.The plea agreement was announced by the representatives of the Southern District of Florida in Miami, Florida and the US Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.last_img read more

For many Canada 150 celebrations pale in comparison to nostalgia of Expo

first_imgTORONTO – Dominic Ardonato doesn’t see much reason to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.The retired high school teacher complains about a disappointing economy, racial divides, and political squabbles that dominate his life in Montreal. He’d much rather reminisce about the magic of Montreal’s Expo 67, the spectacular world fair that marked Canada’s centennial and served as the country’s global coming-out party.“It was the best of times. And now it’s the worst of times,” the 69-year-old declares over the phone while reminiscing about Montreal’s extravagant birthday bash.“(There was a) new metro, a new world exposition site, a new downtown, all kinds of high-rise buildings. It was just growing. Growing and growing. And lots of money. And now there’s no money.”It’s hard for any celebration to compete with the memory of Expo 67, which drew more than 50 million people to the city and established a national pride among those Canadians eager to distinguish themselves from their colonial roots. It even had its own theme song, Bobby Gimby’s “Canada,” which gained widespread popularity.Contrast that to the lineup of events marking Canada’s 150th, which “just sounds like some government program,” says political analyst Nelson Wiseman.“There’s nothing special about 150 for the rest of the world,” says the director of the University of Toronto’s Canadian studies program.“I don’t hear any of my students talking about Canada 150, it’s largely a bureaucratic creation. I mean it’s there on the calendar and I think more Canadians are going to be visiting Ottawa this year, I think more Canadians are going to travel across the country — but it’s not in the league of 1967.”It’s not for lack of trying.Parks Canada is offering free admission to national parks and historic sites this year, a program that crashed its website when launched in December.And the federal government is spending $500 million across the country to fund parties and promote “12 days of celebrations” that kicked off June 21. That was National Aboriginal Day, the first of four key events including Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1.Canadian Heritage has set the bar high for their success: “In honour of Canada 150, this year’s edition will be the most spectacular in Canadian history,” promises one government press release.U2’s Bono and the Edge have been enlisted to help build buzz for Parliament Hill’s July 1 festivities, with the rock ‘n’ roll superstars booked to play one song at around noon. Other performers include Gordon Lightfoot, Dean Brody and Alessia Cara.But on the whole, Canada 150 events seem to have fallen “with a bit of a thud,” says Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian history and international relations at U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs.If there’s any hubbub, it’s more frequently centred on criticisms — that the celebrations ignore atrocities against Indigenous Peoples that went hand-in-hand with the country’s formation; that there’s little resonance for many Quebecers, especially amid 375th birthday plans in Montreal; that public funds should have been spent elsewhere.It doesn’t help that the party comes just two years after Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a damning report detailing the horrific sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect that indigenous children suffered in residential schools over more than a century, says Rima Wilkes, sociology professor at the University of British Columbia.“There’s a lot more awareness now that Canada is not a perfect country with a perfect history. So, given what we now know from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, how excited are we supposed to get?” says Wilkes.One could argue this is also just a sign of our skeptical times — we’ve entered an age filled with anxiety and distrust of authority and institutions.“People are a lot less keen to wave the flag for a nation state, especially in Canada, which has always been kind of an ambivalent nation anyway,” says Trent University Prof. Christopher Dummitt, citing the often fractious relationship between this country’s French, British and Indigenous Peoples.But many young people, too, have a hard time viewing their future with optimism, note Wiseman and Bothwell.So many of today’s millennials are struggling with a tough job market and soaring housing costs, and the path to building wealth is proving much steeper than the one travelled by their parents.“When I was looking for work in the 2000s it didn’t seem that great,” says Wilkes, born in 1971. “But even compared to that it seems worse now.”Contrast that to the promise of the late ’60s, an era ripe for reinvention and idealism.Bothwell points to steady economic growth, deeming it “absolutely the peak of Canadian prosperity.”Those were the years Canada passed Medicare, enhanced the Canada Pension Plan, and ditched the British Red Ensign in favour of a new Maple Leaf flag.“You could see that there was a future. It was exciting,” he says, noting evidence of centennial largesse — including marquee landmarks — remain strewn across the country.Centennial investments funded some 860 buildings, including the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s, N.L., and the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg.Wilkes wonders if the bigger problem with Canada 150 is an apparent lack of focus to various activities.“There’s no event. When we had the Olympics here everyone was super into it and excited but there’s no thing that this is being tied to,” says Wilkes.Nevertheless, Bothwell believes Canadian nationalism hasn’t wavered that much and will be made apparent on July 1.“I intend to raise a glass to Canada on July the first. And I think Canadians — in our quiet way — will do that.”last_img read more

Killer of Calgary Stampeder player to learn his sentence

first_imgAt times wiping away tears, she told court that her son, “with an almost jungle-like mentality, safely walked through the fire of Detroit,” yet didn’t last one year living in Calgary. CALGARY — The killer of a Calgary Stampeders football player is to find out today how long he must wait before he can seek parole.A judge found Nelson Lugela guilty earlier this year of second-degree murder in the death of Mylan Hicks.Hicks, a 23-year-old player on the practice roster of the Canadian Football League Stampeders, was shot outside Calgary’s Marquee Beer Market in 2016.READ MORE: Nelson Lugela guilty in shooting death of Calgary StampederLugela faces an automatic life sentence and the court must determine how long he should serve before he can apply for parole.The Crown has asked for an ineligibility period of between 17 and 19 years, while the defence said 14 years is appropriate.The trial heard that several Stampeders, including Hicks, had been celebrating a victory when a disagreement over a spilled drink in the bar intensified in a parking lot after closing time.Witnesses testified that after some pushing and shoving, a person who appeared to be holding a handgun opened fire at Hicks as he was running for cover.Hicks was hit twice, in the abdomen and chest, and died in hospital.Court heard Lugela and two other young men jumped into an SUV and sped away. Three people were arrested about 45 minutes later when they returned to the scene.Several witnesses identified Lugela as the man holding the gun.Hicks’s mother, Renee Hill, who travelled to Calgary from Detroit, told Lugela’s sentencing hearing last week that she’s angry her son survived the crime-filled streets of his hometown only to be gunned down in Canada. Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TSX US markets up as oil hits threeyear high Loonie down

first_imgRising oil prices boosted Toronto’s main stock index Monday while rebounding tech stocks lifted markets south of the border.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 79.23 points to 15,808.63, mainly on the back of climbing oil prices, which settled above US$70 per barrel for the first time in more than three years.The June crude contract soared US$1.01 to US$70.73 per barrel. It last closed above the US$70 mark on Nov. 26, 2014.The commodity prices rose due to concerns around global supply disruptions, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist with Edward Jones in St. Louis.Those concerns include possible new U.S. sanctions against Iran.“I think we’re seeing those supply concerns manifest in higher oil prices,” he said.That lifted the heavily-weighted energy sector on the TSX’s main index where shares gained an average of 0.21 per cent of their worth.U.S. indices also made gains, with the Dow Jones industrial average up 94.81 points to 24,357.32, the S&P 500 index up 9.21 points to 2,672.63 and the Nasdaq composite index up 55.59 points to 7,265.21.“The bigger impact on the U.S. markets is coming from the rebound in the technology sector,” Fehr said.A correction earlier in the year beat up the tech sector pretty badly, he said, and now some optimism has returned with recent earnings coming out. Apple Inc., specifically, served as a catalyst for the sector after reporting strong results earlier this month.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.74 cents US, down 0.01 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the June natural gas contract gained three cents to US$2.74 per mmBTU. The June gold contract fell 60 cents to US$1,314.10 an ounce and the July copper contract retreated about a penny to roughly US$3.08 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Japan Extends Ghosns Custody as Financial Misconduct Scandal Persists

Rabat – The Tokyo District Court approved a request from the prosecutors on Wednesday to hold Carlos Ghosn and Nissan Representative Director Greg Kelly  for an extra 10 days, Japanese Kyodo reported Wednesday.Japan arrested Ghosn for alleged on Monday for alleged financial misconduct by underreporting his salary by a total of $44 million over five years since 2011. An internal investigation, based on a whistleblower report, found that “over many years, both Ghosn and Kelly have been reporting compensation amounts in the Tokyo Stock Exchange securities report that were less than the actual amount, in order to reduce the disclosed amount of Carlos Ghosn‘s compensation.” Nissan also accused Ghosn of using company assets for his personal use.Read also: Renault, Nissan Chief Carlos Ghosn Faces Dismissal for MisconductMore allegations of financial misconductDuring the five-year period, Nissan’s chairman is suspected of not stating more than $886,000 worth of annual remuneration in the company’s annual securities reports from a Dutch-based subsidiary,” sources acquainted with the case told the Japanese Kyodo outlet Wednesday.Ghosn is allegedly suspected of underreporting the amount of his salary by billions of Japanese yen over the past three years, “although the company’s annual securities reports stated that the sum was about 2.9 billion yen.”Tokyo prosecutors claim the subsidiary has a serious role in the financial scandal.Ghosn is also suspected of using residences in Brazil, France, Lebanon, and the Netherlands. The Dutch subsidiary purchased the residence “without paying rent or reporting that benefit as part of his compensation.”The Japanese prosecutors consider Ghosn’s “alleged receipt of income from the subsidiary and bonus scheme, as well as the benefit, should have been reported as part of his remuneration,” according to Kyodo.Read also: Renault Names Interim CEO After Carlos Ghosn’s ArrestA legal affairs executive operating under Kelly is believed to be involved in the purchases of the overseas residences, according to  the sources.Kelly is believed to have given instructions to the executive and other officials “to make false statements” in Nissan’s securities reports.If guilty, Ghosn and kelly could face a punishment of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $88.5 thousand.Ghosn planned to merge Nissan and RenaultGhosn’s arrest caused a shock in the automotive industry, especially because Ghosn, who leads the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance, is considered a highly influential executive within the global automotive industry.The alliance sold over 10 millions vehicles worldwide in 2017.On Tuesday, Nissan’s shares fell by 5.45 percent, while Mitsubishi’s were down 6.85 percent. On Monday, Renault shares tanked more than 8 percent in European trade.Before his arrest, Ghosn had been planning a merger between Nissan and Renault. However, Nissan’s executives opposed the deal, the Financial Times reported. Ghosn’s objective behind the merger was to make “the partnership ‘irreversible.’”َ”A merger was likely to happen ‘within months,’” said a source close to Nissan board quoted in the British newspaper. read more

LacMegantic victims aim to sue Ottawa for allegedly failing to stop railway

MONTREAL — Victims of the Lac-Megantic train disaster are aiming to sue Ottawa for allegedly failing to prevent a railway from shipping highly explosive cargo through their town.A runaway train carrying crude oil derailed last summer and exploded in the centre of the Quebec community, killing 47 people and destroying part of the downtown core.The lead lawyer for an existing class-action suit has now expanded the long list of defendants to include the Attorney General of Canada.That office delegates regulatory powers to the Canadian Transportation Agency and Transport Canada.Lead lawyer Daniel Larochelle alleges Transport Canada did not sufficiently sanction the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, even though the department was aware of the company’s repeated violations, including train drivers allegedly failing to apply a sufficient number of brakes.The motion alleges Transport Canada was “grossly negligent” in its oversight role related to the MMA. read more

John says abortion LGBT rights will not be legalised

Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said recently that cabinet will discuss the proposal on making abortion legal once it is received.He said that making abortion legal is only a proposal discussed at a meeting recently. He said that even if the cabinet considers it, both he and the Prime Minister will strongly oppose it. The Government says abortion and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights will not be legalised.Tourism and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga said that he had received an assurance from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that abortion will not be legalised. The Minister also said that there will not be any move to include LGBT rights in the Constitution. Issuing a statement the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka said it was deeply concerned at the news that a cabinet decision has been made to legalize abortion on two counts and is to be presented to the Parliament.The Church condemned the Government decision to legalize abortion under two instances saying that the Catholic Church believes that life begins at conception and no one has the right to take a life. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda The Minister said the proposal has not been put forward to the Health Ministry or the Government.He however said that once the proposal is received it will be discussed by the cabinet.The proposal was based on the right a mother should have if pregnant as a result of rape or if a serious medical disorder is detected in the embryo. Recently the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka expressed concerns over moves to legalize abortion under special circumstances and urged the Government not to legalize abortion under any circumstances. read more