Indian Man, Woman Killed in Fall From Yosemite Park Overlook

first_imgYosemite National Park officials say two people who fell to their deaths from a popular overlook were a man and a woman from India who were living and working in the United States.Officials said Monday that they were 29-year-old Vishnu Viswanath and 30-year-old Meenakshi Moorthy. It’s not clear what their relationship was.Read it at Daily Freeman Related Itemslast_img

Delight as Serena Williams welcomes baby girl

first_img“Btw @serenawilliams I wish you a speedy recovery… we have a lot of work ahead of us,” Mouratoglou wrote in a Twitter post.Williams is one Grand Slam title short of matching Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slams and admits that she still dreams of joining the Australian legend.“Obviously, if I have a chance to go out there and catch up with Margaret, I am not going to pass that up,” Williams said. “If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power.”Williams also revealed she had long suspected she would give birth to a girl.“Two weeks after we found out (about the pregnancy), I played the Australian Open. I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way,” Williams told the magazine.A separate article in Vanity Fair in June said Williams, who unveiled her pregnant body in a nude cover photo for the magazine, planned to tie the knot with Ohanian later this year after the birth. The couple announced their engagement in December after meeting in 2015 in Rome. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES US tennis legend Chris Evert meanwhile chimed: “I’m so thrilled for her. And what a role model she’s going to be for her daughter.”Media reports said 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena — who revealed she was pregnant in April — was induced overnight Thursday.Other fans meanwhile wasted no time in anointing the tennis star’s daughter as a future champion.READ: It’s a girl! Venus Williams lets Serena baby secret slip“Hello to the future queen of tennis,” one post on Twitter read. “A future champion is born,” added another.‘Outrageous’ goal Williams has vowed to return to competitive tennis in January to defend her Australian Open title, which she won while newly pregnant.Williams last month told Vogue in a wide-ranging interview that she had set herself a goal of returning to play in Melbourne at next year’s Open.“It’s the most outrageous plan,” she said. “I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth. I’m not walking anything back, but I’m just saying it’s pretty intense.”Williams’ coach Mouratoglou meanwhile joked Friday that he expected to hold the tennis star to her word. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Blackwater junks KIA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Serena Williams. AFP FILE PHOTOMIAMI—Tennis superstar Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl on Friday, US media reported, prompting an outpouring of delight from fellow professionals, celebrities and fans of the sporting icon.Williams, who will turn 36 later this month, was admitted to the St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday before going into labor overnight.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games There was no immediate confirmation of the birth from Williams’ representatives.Elder sister Venus Williams described herself as “super-excited” after being informed of the reports concerning the baby as she walked on to the court for her third-round match at the US Open in New York.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 shutoutHowever she declined to take questions on the subject in her post-match press conference.“I’m definitely available to answer questions about tennis. That’s all right now,” Venus told reporters. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Earlier, a producer with the Florida-based WPBF television station cited hospital sources as saying Williams’ daughter weighed in at six pounds and 13 ounces (3.09 kilograms). Celebrity magazine US Weekly cited an unnamed source close to the tennis star confirming the birth.Williams, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was swiftly greeted with an avalanche of congratulations from well-wishers.“Congrats Serena!!! So much joy for you!!!” Spanish star Rafa Nadal wrote on Twitter.Pop diva Beyonce took to Instagram to send her message, posting a portrait of a pregnant Williams in a flowing white gown with the message: “Congratulations Serena!”Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou added on Twitter: “Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & enjoy without limitation.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

U.S. health official says Zika not a reason to cancel Olympics

first_imgThe widespread Zika virus outbreak in Brazil does not poseenough of a threat to warrant canceling or putting off the Olympic Games set tobe held in Rio de Janeiro in August, a leading U.S. health official said onThursday.”There is no public health reason to cancel or delaythe Olympics,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention, said during a luncheon at The National Press Club inWashington.A controversial paper by a Canadian professor publishedearlier this month in the Harvard Public Health Review called for the Games tobe canceled or moved because it said they would likely speed up the spread ofZika throughout the world. Several health experts have disputed the report aslacking evidence for such a move.ZIKA NOT A BIG THREAT FOR ATHLETES”The risk to delegations going and athletes is notzero, but the risk of any travel isn’t zero. The risk is not particularly highother than for pregnant women,” Frieden said.Zika infection in pregnant women has been shown to be acause of the birth defect microcephaly and other serious brain abnormalities inbabies.The World Health Organization has also said there is strongscientific consensus that Zika can also cause Guillain-Barre, a rareneurological syndrome that causes temporary paralysis in adults.The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came tolight last fall in Brazil, which has confirmed more than 1,400 cases ofmicrocephaly that it considers to be related to Zika infections in the mothers.advertisementOLYMPICS NOT AT RISKPutting the Olympics risk in perspective, Frieden saidtravel to the Summer Games would represent less than one quarter of one percentof all travel to Zika affected areas.The CDC director called on Congress to deliver fundingneeded to fight Zika globally and to protect pregnant women in the UnitedStates and its territories, such as Puerto Rico, where officials expecthundreds of thousands of Zika cases.Frieden thanked German drugmaker Bayer AG for promising a”substantial” donation to help fight Zika in Puerto Rico. The virusis spread by mosquitoes and through unprotected sex with an infected man.With local U.S. mosquito season about to begin, Frieden saidthere was a narrow window of opportunity to mount an effective Zika preventionbattle. “That window is closing,” he said.last_img read more

Google gets Personal search, here’s how it works

first_imgGoogle search will now be more personal and customised. The Mountain View-giant has added a new Personal tab in search result section that will show results from your Gmail and Google photos.The new Personal tab can be accessed only when you are logged into your Google account. While some users may find the tab placed right below the search tab, many can spot the new Personal feature under the More tab.With the new Personal tab, Google basically goes through your personal sources like Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Photos library. The feature is available across both mobile and desktop platforms. Here’s how you can use the Personal tab:1. First log into your Google account.2. Now say you enter Amazon orders in the search tab.3. Now go to Personal tab.4. You will see that Google results will show all your Amazon Orders and  delivery details in the past.5. For photo searches, users can either immediately open an image result or click through to do a deeper search in Google Photos.Google in the past has also introduced several similar features for enhancing the search experience. The company last year introduced the  In Apps feature which allows you to search for information in the Apps installed in your phone. This search mode allows you to find content from your installed apps in less amount of time. You can find this feature useful while searching for contact and particular messages.”Similar to the Images, News and Maps tabs, the Personal tab narrows down search query and shows results from your Google accounts instead,” Verge reported.  advertisementIn March, Google introduced shortcuts on the Google Search app for Android, iOS and Google.com on the mobile web that gives users the ability to explore deeper within topics they care about.Also Read: For India, Android Go is Google’s biggest announcement at I/O 2017With shortcuts right on the home screen, users now have access to in-depth experiences across sports, eat and drink, entertainment and weather sections.Android users will find other useful shortcuts too like translate, nearby attractions, flights, hotels, internet speed test, currency converter and more.With IANS inputslast_img read more

India will play against Pakistan in the World Cup if BCCI says so: Yuzvendra Chahal

first_imgIndia leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal stated that the team will comply with whatever decision the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) takes in its meeting on Friday.The International Cricket Council (ICC) will be keeping a close eye on the BCCI meet involving Committee of Administrators (COA) when they deliberate to finalize India’s position vis-a-vis ICC World Cup 2019.Chahal reiterated his statement which he had made earlier this week when he called for a strict and a befitting reply to Pakistan for the thousands of lives that have been lost due to cross border terrorism.”It’s not in our hands, if BCCI says, we will play if they say no then we won’t. I think it is high time, we need to take firm action. I am not saying all people there (Pakistan) are at fault but those who are responsible should be acted against,” Chahal said ahead of the T20I series against Australia.Yuzvendra Chahal to ANI: It’s not in our hands, if BCCI says, we will play if they say no then we won’t. I think it is high time, we need to take firm action. I am not saying all people there(Pakistan) are at fault but those who are responsible should be acted against. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/dJfFRtUPsGANI (@ANI) February 22, 2019Calls have been growing louder in India to boycott the June 16 World Cup match against Pakistan in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack which resulted in the death of 40 CRPF jawans.advertisementThe BCCI had even thought about writing a letter to the ICC asking the cricket governing body to ban Pakistan from the World Cup. But even if such a move is made, the ICC is bound to reject it.#WATCH Shashi Tharoor says, “In ‘1999 Kargil War, India played Pakistan in the cricket World Cup, & won. To forfeit the match this year would not just cost two points: it would be worse than a surrender, since it would be defeat without a fight.” pic.twitter.com/yRIExUVJ4cANI (@ANI) February 22, 2019″There is absolutely no constitutional or contractual way this could happen. The ICC constitution allows members the right to participate in ICC events as long as they’ve qualified,” a BCCI official told PTI.A top BCCI source said even if a note is sent and the ICC agrees to put it out in front of member boards for a vote, India is unlikely to find any support from other nations.”In case India writes to ICC for Pakistan’s removal, then we have to build consensus first to move a resolution at it’s Annual Board Meeting in April. We no longer enjoy majority in the ICC board right now. If this goes for floor test we are certain to lose,” he said.”Not only that, serious doubts will emerge on our chances to host 2021 Champions Trophy and 2023 World Cup,” he added.The call to boycott Pakistan has been made by some prominent voices such as senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and former captain and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly.Also Read | Should India play Pakistan at World Cup? Harbhajan Singh and Sunil Gavaskar differAlso Read | Beat them comprehensively: Sushil Kumar tells Team India on World Cup clash with PakistanAlso Read | Let India beat Pakistan and ensure they don’t advance in World Cup: Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

5 days agoInter Milan directer Marotta details Alexis plans

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan directer Marotta details Alexis plansby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan directer Beppe Marotta says they won’t seek to buy a replacement for the injured Alexis Sanchez.The Nerazzurri have lost Sanchez for two to three months following ankle surgery, as he damaged tendons while on international duty for Chile.“We designed the squad in a specific way and we would’ve been happier without Alexis Sanchez’s injury, of course, but we are also optimistic and trust he’ll be back within two months,” Marotta told DAZN.“After that, our forward line will remain unchanged. We have a competitive side in attack with different options.“The January transfer window is open to clubs, even if the top players are rarely available to move during that period. It’s our duty to be vigilant and see what opportunities the market offers.” last_img read more

BIMCO: Demolition Spree Hits Standstill Due to Rise in BDI

first_imgzoom Following a scrapping spree witnessed in the first quarter of the year, the Baltic Dry Index’s (BDI) positive effect on capacity being removed from the fleet did not continue into the second quarter of 2016, as capesize demolition came to a halt, according to BIMCO.The BDI went from “devastating” in February to “poor” in April with the highest total demolished DWT ever experienced in the dry bulk market, however, the demolition activity slowed down as the BDI improved.“With BDI hitting an all-time low in February 2016, the dry bulk market saw a quarterly record volume of demolished ships in the wake of it. Subsequently, demolition activity came to a halt as BDI increased from March to peak at 703 on 25 April 2016. Shipowners were reluctant in the last part of 2015 to scrap, despite clear indications from the BDI, but responded positively in 2016; up by 15 % as compared to the first four months of 2015,” Chief Shipping Analyst, Peter Sand, said.Panamax and handymax scrapping amounts to 40% in 2016With the BDI declining, demolition increased in all segments except handysize, which was down 40% for the first four months against the same period in 2015.Panamax and handymax segments are holding the “banner” for demolition, while capesize had a good start but could not keep momentum in the second quarter, BIMCO said.However, capesize’s reaction to a 58.5% increase in BDI from March to April 2016 lead to a 28.3% drop in demolition for the period.Handysize scrapping covered 18.1% of total scrapping in the first four months in 2015 but only 9.5% in 2016. Handymax and panamax, respectively, are up 81% and the 87% in 2016 compared tothe same four months in 2015. They now cover 40% of total scrapping in 2016.Demolition age continues to dropThe increase in scrapping has also seen the lowest average age in the past five years. Where capesize in 2015 was the main driver lowering the demolition age, it is now the panamax and handymax segments influencing the decline from a combined 25.8 years in 2015 to 23.8 years in 2016.“Despite the slowdown in demolition activity in April and May 2016 the decrease in ship demolition age continued from 2015. At an average of 23.3 years today, demolition age has decreased by 20.5 % over the past four years. Focusing on the two larger segments, we see capesize continue its trend towards the 20-year mark, together with panamax,” Sand said.“The industry needs to break the trend of halting demolition activity as soon as the BDI improves marginally. We can only improve the fundamental market conditions if shipowners are keeping demolition activity up consistently,” he added.Due to a Capesize market uptick, caused by an increase in iron ore trade, higher steel prices and a rise in scrapping, on April 26 the BDI marked its highest level so far in 2016 with 704 points, after it reached a new low of 298 points in February.The Capesize index was at 1135 points, while the Supramax index and the Panamax index were at 564 and 718 points, respectively.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Ardoise School Road, west to the St. Croix River Bridge, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control consists of cones. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 PICTOU COUNTY: Millers Ford Bridge Millers Ford Bridge over the West River on a connecting road between Saltsprings Loop and West River East Side Road will be closed for replacement until Wednesday, Nov. 28. A detour route is provided on Trunk 4 and West River East Side Road. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, West River No. 2 Bridge Highway 104 is reduced to one lane at West River No. 2 bridge for repairs until Friday, Dec. 14. Traffic control consists of control persons. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 4 The Trunk 4 (South River Road) intersection with Beech Hill Road will be reduced to one lane for intersection improvement and paving and repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control consist of control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7 metre height restriction and a 15 tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 Fax: 902-798-2927 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Detour Highway 104, east of exit 26 near New Glasgow will have a detour in place to allow for the installation of a recreational trail underpass until Friday, Nov. 30. A 200-metre detour parallel to the highway has been construction to carry traffic around the work zone. Drivers should reduce speed and use caution in the area. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge on Route 348 near Pictou Landing is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive from Commodore Drive to the ramp at Highway 111 and the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive, about one kilometre, will have lane closures at various locations and times for widening, gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving until Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. Traffic control consist of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Some weekend work may be involved. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HANTS COUNTY: Bishopville Road The Bishopville Road will be closed at Highway 101 for construction of the new Highway 101 structure over Bishopville Road until Friday, Nov. 30. Detour route via Rand Street, Bog Road and Old Post Road. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 PICTOU COUNTY: Black Brook Bridge Black Brook Bridge on Route 347 (East River, St. Mary’s) will be closed for replacement until Friday, Nov. 30. A temporary detour is available parallel to the existing structure. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling though the construction zone. KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Lockhart Mountain Road to Lovett Road will have one-lane closures for widening, traffic lights, sidewalk and repaving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30- CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from East Bay, west for about four kilometres to the Ski Ben Eoin area, will have one-lane closures until Friday, Nov. 30 for paving and construction of a left-turning lane into the golf and ski area. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 from the Highway 105 intersection (Exit 11), north for about five kilometres will have one-lane closures for repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 at the Bishopville Road overpass will be rerouted onto the new Bishopville overpass for bridge construction until Monday, Dec. 31. The speed limit will be reduced to 80 kilometres per hour. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: McEwan Bridge — Trunk 1 McEwan Bridge over McEwan Brook on Trunk 1, about four kilometres west of Middleton will be closed for replacement until Sunday, Nov. 25. A detour is provided on Mount Hanley Road, Clarence Road and Elliott Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive Northwest Arm Drive at the Walter Havill Drive and Albert Walker Connector intersection will be reduced to one lane for signal upgrades from Monday, Nov. 26 until Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. Work takes place from sunrise to Sunset. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288last_img read more

New Wind Farm Means Good Jobs Progress on Renewable Energy

first_imgThe first of 15 wind turbines left Halifax today, Sept. 27, for installation at a new $61-million wind farm in Amherst, a project that is creating good jobs in rural Nova Scotia and helping establish the province as a world leader in renewable energy. Premier Darrell Dexter joined representatives from Suzlon Wind Energy Corp. and Sprott Power Corp. for the send off at the Port of Halifax, where 36 of the 48.5-metre turbine blades arrived last week. Suzlon, the world’s fifth largest supplier of wind turbine parts, has hired DSTN in Trenton to manufacture the steel towers for the wind turbines, which means more good jobs and a boost to the local economy. “These are exciting times to be involved in the energy business in Nova Scotia,” said Premier Dexter. “This project is helping the province achieve its aggressive renewable energy targets, as well as the goals laid out in jobsHere, our strategic plan to grow the economy. “Our province is undertaking nothing short of a transformation in how it generates the electricity Nova Scotians rely on to power their homes, businesses and the economy. I want to thank Suzlon Wind Energy Corp. and Sprott Power Corp. for choosing to invest in our province and its people.” The Amherst wind farm marks the first time that the new Suzlon model S97 turbines will be installed anywhere in North America. The arrival of the parts shows further progress toward achieving Nova Scotia’s renewable energy targets. “Over the past six years, the price of coal has risen 75 per cent,” said Premier Dexter. “The government has established aggressive targets to help reduce the province’s dependence on fossil fuels, a move that will make life more affordable for families by ensuring lower, more stable power rates in the long term.” The Renewable Electricity Plan states that by 2015, 25 per cent of the province’s electricity must come from clean, renewable sources of energy. That target increases to 40 per cent by 2020. “It’s an honour to help bring clean energy to the people of Nova Scotia,” said Andris Cukurs, CEO of Suzlon Wind Energy Corp. “For Sprott, we’re confident the equipment will deliver on Suzlon’s proven technology platform, as every aspect of the turbine, the blades, the generator and sub-systems, features enhanced design to deliver a higher return on investment for our customers.” The new wind farm will have a generating capacity of 31.5 megawatts, enough electricity to power 10,000 homes. “The arrival of the Suzlon turbine equipment marks another key milestone towards completion of the Amherst Project,” said Jeff Jenner, chief executive officer of Sprott Power. “We look forward to receiving the equipment at the site, and expect that the project will continue making great progress towards its completion early next year.” To show the province’s support for the project, Premier Dexter joined representatives of Suzlon and Sprott in signing one of the massive wind turbine blades.last_img read more

Show of wisdom

first_imgIndia has taken steps to withstand the destructive force of cyclone Vayu upon its landfall today. 52 National Disaster Relief Force teams have been positioned in Gujarat and Diu for assistance to the local authorities as preparedness was strengthened. The cyclone’s trajectory has been analysed and intensity has been studied to predict its advancement once it makes landfall. Experts have stressed how Vayu has picked up moisture from the southwest monsoon and grown in intensity. Heavy rainfall is anticipated and strong winds have blown as far as Mumbai. The local administration has been on its toes ever since IMD issued an advisory of the forthcoming cyclone. Analyses have conveyed that Vayu may not be as strong as Fani with its wind attaining a maximum wind speed of anywhere between 110-150 kmph while Fani was well above 220 kmph. Fani exemplified disaster preparedness to prevent loss of human lives even as it racked up a bill of over 9,000 crores to the state exchequer. But since forecast and analyses aided us in a timely evacuation, the cost can never outweigh the achievement. Yet, a cyclone-prone state such as Odisha learned another important lesson that glorified the need to be cyclone-resilient. Man cannot do anything about the actions of nature. His only options are excessive preparedness and damage control. Odisha brilliantly carried out the former while suffered a blow in the latter. And, Odisha’s experience is of the essence to Gujarat as it prepares for Vayu’s aftermath. Gujarat chief secretary has sought his Odisha counter part’s advice in this crucial time and sharing of information will definitely be of help in guiding the relief programme. IMD, Ahemadabad Director affirmed that cyclones are a common sight in the Arabian Sea this time but Vayu’s intensity increased due to its coinciding with the onset of monsoon. The country’s experience with Fani will beneficial in tackling Vayu but more of use in the relief process and rebuilding process. Cyclone renders a devastating state where damage to infrastructure and livelihood is the byproduct of a painful reality of being displaced and decimated. Rehabilitation coupled with rebuilding the affected area assumes priority as the damage is assessed. An analysis of the damage can further enable the state to take measures in the interest of the area and people. Geo-tagging coastal areas as cyclone-prone with even a basic level of cyclone-resilient development and maintenance will yield tremendously for future instances. Given the predicted longevity of Vayu post-landfall, the damage inflicted would be very less to that of Fani. Expediting the rehabilitation programme for Vayu-affected areas will be a display of expertise of the kind desirable from the country’s experience with cyclones. Reports confirm evacuation of at least 1.60 lakh people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions which is only the start of rescue and relief operations that Gujarat and Diu will be in need of. Also Read – Securing nutritionTwo cyclones in a span of 40 days narrate the extent of preparedness as well as challenges that the country must be ready for. It is a relief that Vayu’s trajectory does not include any major urban centre but may also be a wake-up call to draft emergency plans in case future is not too kind. Cyclonic developments, irrespective of coinciding with the south-western monsoon, muster an important question: whether our coastlines, which are now laced with urban fauna, insulated from such consequences? And, if they are not, then what must be done. It is possible that Climate Change may facilitate such cyclonic activity. While we will have the likes of IMD to help us identify potential threats of this manner, our on-ground preparedness will ultimately determine the aftermath. With a less severe cyclone on cards and proactive preparedness positioned to combat consequences, Gujarat must display the country’s commitment to learning from such calamities for future events of similar adversity which remain beyond human control.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,049.02, down 45.23 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up two cents, or 0.22 per cent, to $9.11 on 40.7 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Down four cents, or 14.3 per cent, to 24 cents on 34.8 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 79 cents, or 3.66 per cent, to $20.82 on 16.2 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Healthcare. Down 20 cents, or 2.37 per cent, to $8.25 on 15.3 million shares.New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD). Gold. Up 23 cents, or 22.3 per cent, to $1.26 on 9.2 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Unchanged at $3.65 on 7.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Roots Corp. (TSX:ROOT). Down $1.46 or 15.6 per cent to $7.87 on 519,000 shares traded. The retailer’s shares fell after the heritage-clothing brand’s second-quarter results Wednesday fell short of analysts’ expectations. The Toronto-based company reported a $4.08-million net loss for the quarter ended Aug. 4 — up from a net loss of $3.2 million in the second quarter of the previous year. Roots said its adjusted net loss was $0.06 per share, while analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon were expecting a loss of $0.02 per share.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Consumer staples. Up 82 cents or 7.75 per cent to $11.40 on 486,000 shares traded. The retailer sees the planned divestiture of its European operations as an opportunity to focus on strengthening its North American base, anchored by the Saks Fifth Avenue and Hudson’s Bay retail banners. However, comparable-store sales at Hudson’s Bay — its main banner in Canada — were down slightly and its Saks OFF Fifth chain’s comparable sales in the United States and Canada were down 7.6 per cent.ATCO Ltd. (TSX:ACO.X). Utilities. Up 30 cents to $37.70 on 144,000 shares traded. The Calgary-based company says it will buy a 40-per-cent stake in South American port operator Neltume Ports for about $450 million. ATCO, which has interests in logistics, energy, and real estate, says the stake in the port operator and developer will further diversify its business. The deal adds to ATCO’s partnership with Parkland Fuel Corp. subsidiary Ultramar, which owns Neltume Ports.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly said Roots lost $8.34 million last year.last_img read more

Filmmaker Ridley Scott I Would Go Back To Morocco In A

New York – English film director and producer Sir Ridley Scott said on Monday out of all the places he has visited he would return to Morocco “in a flash.”According to an interview by international travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler, which asked some of Sunday night’s Golden Globe winners where they would like to travel in 2016, the English filmmaker did not hesitate to say Morocco.“Is there a place you’ve been, or filmed that we should visit next?” the same source asked Scott. “I would also go back to Morocco in a flash. I have been there four times, and I know Morocco probably as well as any Moroccan,” the awarded filmmaker responded.The 78-year-old director shot several scenes of four of his films in Morocco. Among them, he directed “Gladiator” in 2000, “Kingdom of Heaven” in 2005, “Body of Lies” in 2008, and “Exodus: Gods and Kings” in 2014.Sir Ridley Scott celebrated two wins at the 73rd Golden Globes annual award ceremony recognizing domestic and foreign excellence in film and television on Sunday night.The British filmmaker was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for “The Martian” and his leading actor, Matt Damon, won Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for the same film.Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” stirred controversy as it was banned from Moroccan movie theaters for embodying God. It was also reportedly banned in Egypt and the UAE for historical inaccuracies.However, the Moroccan Cinematographic Centre (CCM) met with the English director to allow the possibility of a screening. In January 2015, Scott agreed to remove the scene depicting God as a child.Following an agreement with the CCM, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” was screened in Moroccan cinemas.Another celebrity who loves Morocco is American actor Leonardo DiCaprio who expressed his desire to return to such “fabulous” and “beautiful” country.Last December during the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM), the “Titanic” star mentioned his work trips to Morocco.“I spent four wonderful months during a shoot in Morocco. I went back for a period of two weeks to shoot the movie Inception. People are extraordinary,” Leo said.“It was fabulous. …it is so alive, so beautiful. It’s full of energy. I hope to return there,” he added.Morocco is rapidly becoming a top destination for travelers worldwide. A number of celebrities and athletes have discovered the amazing attributes of the North African country. read more

UN readies for its biggestever gathering on corporate citizenship

More than 700 business leaders and hundreds of top representatives from government, labour and civil society are expected to attend the Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva in July, which will be the largest ever gathering convened by the United Nations on the issue of corporate citizenship.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a meeting yesterday in New York of the Global Compact Board, a panel of 20 leaders from business, civil society and labour which he chairs, that the two-day summit “will be instrumental in bringing our joint vision for the future cooperation between business, the UN, governments, civil society and labour to full scale.”Created by Mr. Ban’s predecessor, Kofi Annan, in 1999, the Global Compact is an initiative that tries to advance 10 principles of good corporate citizenship and responsible globalization in such areas as combating corruption, safeguarding the environment, ensuring social inclusion and building markets.Thousands of companies around the world, as well as labour and civil society groups, are now part of the Compact, which is an entirely voluntary initiative.In his opening remarks to yesterday’s meeting, the Board’s second, Mr. Ban stressed to members that they will play a key role in guiding the body’s efforts towards promoting peace, human rights and development.Mr. Ban appointed Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of the Foundation for the Global Compact, and Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization in Egypt, as co-chairs who can conduct the Board’s business and chair meetings during his absence.The meeting heard details of preparations for the Geneva leaders’ summit, which is open only to senior executives of Global Compact participants in good standing. The Board also decided that any Global Compact participants listed as “inactive” for one year or more should be removed entirely from its database. 5 April 2007More than 700 business leaders and hundreds of top representatives from government, labour and civil society are expected to attend the Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva in July, which will be the largest ever gathering convened by the United Nations on the issue of corporate citizenship. read more

Cineplex acquires EK3 in bid to grow its digital signage business

TORONTO — Cineplex Inc. says its digital signage unit will get a good platform for growth in Canada and south of the border through the theatre company’s proposed friendly takeover of EK3 Technologies Inc., announced Wednesday.EK3 of London, Ont., has operations in 32 U.S. states, as well as Canada and other countries, that provides in-store digital advertising signs. Its clients include Tim Hortons, McDonalds, Walmart, Target, and the RBC and BMO financial groups.Cineplex has been gradually expanding its role in the media business by showing advertising to theatre-goers before movies begin as well as getting into digital signage, a relatively new and growing part of the industry.“The media business, or the straight advertising sales business, does not necessarily translate well across the border,” said Gord Nelson, Cineplex’s chief financial officer.“But our Cineplex Digital Solutions business and the EK3 business, which is more of a service-based business, translates very well across the border.”Toronto-based Cineplex announced Wednesday that it has made a conditional offer to buy EK3 Technologies Inc., a private company based in London, Ont.Toronto-based Cineplex — best known as operator of Canada’s largest chain of movie theatres — says EK3 will complement its own digital signage business, which has Scotiabank, CIBC, Rogers and other companies among its client base.Cineplex says it will pay about $40-million up front plus the potential for performance-related payments that could push the total to $78-million.“This is a business that is really ramping up, and you know, both EK3 and CDS have been growing our own infrastructure in order to handle this growing market,” said Nelson.“I don’t think you should look at this from a cost synergies perspective. This is more about taking advantage of revenue opportunities.”The deal requires acceptance by holders of 97% of EK3’s shares and other conditions but Cineplex says it expects the transaction to close within four weeks.Cineplex says the company will be renamed and operate as Cineplex Digital Networks, under the leadership of EK3 president and CEO, Nick Prigioniero.Last month, Cineplex said it will acquire 26 movie theatres from Empire Company Ltd. for $200-million in cash — 24 in Atlantic Canada and two in Ontario — giving it true national coverage.The Empire deal will give Cineplex 78% of the Canadian movie theatre business, as well as a presence in Canada’s four most eastern provinces — one of the few areas of the country where it didn’t have a major presence..Shares of Cineplex were up 29 cents to $38 on the Toronto Stock Exchange at noon on Wednesday.The Canadian Press read more

High schoolers kick off model UN conference

The High School Model UN Conference, through simulations of the UN’s major committees and roles of delegates, is designed to give the students first hand experience of the world body’s proceedings.Ambassadors Richard Williamson and Patrick Kennedy from the United States Mission to the UN were scheduled to address the opening session this evening. The conference, comprising students across the United States and several other countries, will run until Saturday.

Credit Suisse to pay 53B over mortgagebacked securities

Credit Suisse to pay $5.3B over mortgage-backed securities by The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2017 12:35 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Credit Suisse is paying $5.3 billion to settle claims that it misled investors about the quality of mortgage-backed securities that it sold in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis.In the agreement with the Department of Justice, the Swiss bank acknowledged that it knew the mortgages it packaged and then sold as securities did not meet underwriting standards.Some Credit Suisse employees referred to the mortgages as “bad loans” and “complete garbage,” according to the Justice Department.“Today’s settlement underscores that the Department of Justice will hold accountable the institutions responsible for the financial crisis of 2008,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in a statement Wednesday.Credit Suisse will pay a $2.5 billion fine plus $2.8 billion for relief to struggling homeowners, borrowers or communities.In a statement, Credit Suisse said Wednesday that it is pleased to put the matter behind it.It’s the latest bank to settle with authorities for dealings in mortgage-backed securities, complex investments that were one of the causes of the global financial crisis in 2008.Banks bundled mortgages from people with shaky credit into bonds whose risks many investors did not understand. When the mortgages went into default as the U.S. real estate market collapsed, so did the bonds, spreading losses and panic through the financial system.Germany’s Deutsche Bank last month agreed to a $7.2 billion settlement with the Justice Department over its dealings in mortgage-backed securities. read more

VR Steel designs and manufactures the largest fabricated rope shovel bucket ever

first_imgVR Steel has completed the largest fabricated rope shovel bucket in the world. This first-of-its-kind VR Dipper, was designed for the P&H 4100 XPC electric shovel. It is a 59 m3 bucket weighing in at 89 t and took five months to complete. It was wholly designed and manufactured by engineers and designers at VR Steel’s headquarters in Alberton, South Africa. This particular VR Dipper was manufactured for a coal mine in China’s Shanxi province.VR Steel Managing Director, John van Reenen, says: “We are extremely proud to be the first company in the world to have designed and manufactured the biggest rope shovel bucket ever made, right here on South African soil. We are represented in Australia, USA, China, India and Canada, but in future, due to the strength of the exchange rate, all further manufacture of these VR Dippers for export will be done at our Shanghai base.”last_img read more

Big oil welcomes new sexy relationship with Iran in Swiss Alps

first_imgTHE CEO OF one of Europe’s largest oil company says that Iran expects embargoes against them to be lifted in the next 12 months, describing the country’s relationship with western oil majors as ‘more sexy than before’.Speaking to Bloomberg Television in Davos, Total CEO Christophe De Margerie says that he and other oil CEOs met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the World Economic Forum’s and the mood was one of expectation that the embargo would be lifted.Trade embargoes placed against Iran have stopped oil companies processing Iranian crude oil and dampened Iranian exports, hurting the country’s economy.But De Margerie says that Rouhani has told oil companies to ‘be ready’ for the lifting of embargoes: Rouhani’s presence at the Davos meeting was one of the talked about invitations ahead of the event. His direct message that Iran is open for business and his insistence that Iran is sincere in its desire for a new relationship based on mutual trust and a rebuilding of economic has caused much discussion.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also speaking at the prestigious gathering, warned the West not to take the media-friendly Iranian’s offer at face value, insisting there was no concrete evidence of any fundamental change in the nature of the Islamic regime.“Hassan Rouhani can say something but it doesn’t make it real,” Netanyahu said. “It’s false.”He said the Iranian president’s claim that Tehran wanted to promote stability and security in the Middle East had “no connection with what is going on on the ground,” notably in Syria, where he said Iranian Revolutionary Guards and its Hezbollah allies were fighting and killing alongside government forces.- AFP provided additional reporting Read: British exit from EU wouldn’t give Taoiseach a headache >Read: ‘Many leave to get experience’ – Taoiseach talks emigration in Davos > So the message was, as usual, we have plenty of oil, we have plenty of gas, we need your management skills, we need your technology, he said, we don’t’ really need your money, we will see.  What he said and what he said is that we would like you to come back in our country which is prepared to offer you new terms, new contractual terms, more…sexy then before.last_img read more

QA The man behind the amazing LEGO Lord of the Rings tower

first_imgWe’ve seen some pretty awesome LEGO creations in our time. The LEGO Star Wars Sandcrawler that took 9 months and over 10,000 pieces to make wowed us last month, but we recently came across an equally impressive and nerdy LEGO creation from one of our favorite movie and book series: Lord of the Rings. Kevin Walter recreated the Barad-Dûr tower that features the terrifying Eye of Sauron for Brickworld 2011.We didn’t know much about the LEGO tower other than what we could decipher from Walter’s Flikr photos. We knew it was about 6 feet tall, but so many other questions lingered with us and tugged at our thoughts, almost like the ring does to Frodo. Okay, it might not have been that intense, but we wondered how many pieces it took, how long it took to make, why he decided to build it, and so much more. Thankfully, Walter was nice enough to answer all of our questions, which you can read in the Q&A below.Can you tell us a little bit about the project?Kevin Walter: Well, Barad-dûr (BD) was a part for a collaboration of15 people from 5 different countries – all from a website called Mocpages.com. It’s a site where people can share their LEGO models with the community. We called the collaboration “The journey of the fellowship” for Brickworld 2011. Our goal was to set up Middle Earth, and everyone did an important part on Middle Earth. I chose BD.I liked the tower ever since I saw Lord of the Rings the first time and it was an instant point on my “to do list” for the future. Our collaboration gave me the chance to build it earlier, bigger (as I would have built it for my own), and set it into a greater context. It was an important part of the collaboration and hundreds of people had the chance to see it in real life. You can only appreciate it if you stand right in front of it. Nothing compares to the pictures.How long did it take to build?The construction time itself was about 2.5 months — from March2011 to mid-May — but there was a “pre-construction-time” that started in early November of 2010. The pre-construction was for making plans, concepts, and for early tries on the first elements of the tower, like the wall and the base-plate. So, in total, it took six months from the planning to the finished build.What kind of pieces did you use? Any special ones?That’s quite a difficult question to answer. The LEGO company produced a ton of new parts over the last few years and they are all special in their own way. If you mean the old classic parts (2×4 bricks, etc.), I used a lot of them for the construction underneath and as “filler” for the gaps in the rockwork because the rest of the tower is constructed with many details and greebles without “flat” walls. Most of the rest of the tower consists of “special-parts”: Curved slopes, door-rail-plates, round bricks and plates, arches (in every variation). A good example to show is the picture below. If you look closely you won’t see many of the “old” standard bricks, just the parts I counted.How many pieces did you use?I can’t exactly tell you how many parts are in the model (I didn’t count them). I ordered about 25,000 pieces and for sure the same amount of parts came from my own stock. My final guess is about 50,000+.How long have you been building LEGO models?I’ve been building LEGO models since the age of three. In my early childhood, my models were simple and built for playability. In 2007, I joined Mocpages.com, and from there I built my models as ‘models’, for showing them. Over the last few years my ‘skills’ improved quite a lot. If I compare Barad-dûr to my first model on Mocpages, I have to laugh about myself. It’s a difference between day and night.How many times have you been to Brickworld?Actually, this year was my first Brickworld, and I’m glad I could make it. Meeting all my friends from the community and meeting new people and friends was just awesome!What was the biggest challenge in building the Barad-dûr model?The first challenge was to figure out the scale of it. As you maybe can guess, there wasn’t a lot of reference material (neither in the movies, nor on the Internet), but I found a bunch of pictures from a Weta collectible of Barad-dûr (Weta is the company who designed the models, etc., for LoTR). I took those pictures and chose one aspect of the tower (the outer wall with its characteristic riffle-pattern, and started on those wall elements. Once I got the first element I set them in scale to the rest of the tower.I continued with taking one aspect, and one single element of the tower one after another. Because there aren’t existing blueprints or anything like that, the complete construction of the tower was done by eye. I tried to capture as many details of it as possible, under the conditions of parts, form, and size. I’m quite confident with the result. I think I captured nearly 80 percent of the necessary and characteristic details of Barad-dûr.The most challenging parts of the tower was, at first, building the baseplate out of wedge-plates to get the right angles for the circular base of BD and the right proportions. That was followed by the rockwork, which is about 33% of the tower and took me the most time in relation to the rest of the model. It was quite dificult to create a floating look.The whole upper tower was also a challenge. It consists of eight different panels (each unique) and the Eye of Sauron. Creating the lidless shape of it was also very difficult. But the ultimate challenge was just a small part of the tower: the two small towers on the corners of BD with their hexagonal shape. I needed over two weeks of continuous tries and fails before I got the final solution for it.Have you built any other LOTR models?No, Barad-dûr was my “debut” to LotR. Normally, my favorite subject is building space creations or building space-creations after concepts. For example, my digital Klingon Bird of Prey or the rendition of the Keldabe-class batlleship from a Star Wars PC-game, shown below. But, like I already said, BD was on my “to-do” list and I’m very happy with the result.What will you do with the model now?What to do with the model?! I don’t know what I’ll do with the model. I’ll probably dismantle it, sort out the parts, and build something new out of them. The problem is, the model eats up all my stock, I don’t have any parts anymore for building something new, or the money for buying new parts. On the other hand, it depends on its status when it arrives back in Germany. I had to ship it from the U.S., and last time, when I shipped it from Germany to the U.S. for Brickworld ’11 it was a disaster: The complete upper tower was crunched to parts, no one bigger than a few centimeters. It took me two days and two nights in a row, to reconstruct it. It was a real pain, but finally I was able to rebuild it and I got the reward for it. I won the judges award on BW ’11 for it (and my cuckoo clock: a “double-award”).Check out Walter’s Flickr page to see even more photos of the amazing Barad-Dûr LEGO tower.last_img read more