AGP rules out rethink on alliance with BJP

first_imgThe Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Saturday ruled out a return to the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party unless the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is scrapped.The regional party also criticised the Congress for shedding “crocodile tears” for the indigenous people of Assam feeling threatened by the Bill. The Congress had offered the AGP a common platform for fighting the BJP’s “communal agenda”.“There is no question of rethinking about the alliance that we walked out of unless the Bill is killed,” AGP legislator Ramendra Narayan Kalita said, while reminding the Congress of its move in 2011 to pave the way for citizenship to Hindu migrants from Bangladesh.The AGP, which launched an anti-Bill protest on Friday, vowed to intensify the agitation. The party’s general secretary Satyabrata Kalita said 70% of the BJP legislators in Assam were against the Bill but have been gagged by the party leadership.last_img read more

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UAAP Season 80 Preview: Sablan vows different UST Tigers will show up

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Coach: Boy SablanLast Season: 3-11 (8th Place)Holdovers: Marvin Lee, Jeepy FaundoAdditions: Steve Akomo, Christian Garcia, Jordan Sta. AnaKey Losses: Louie Vigil, Jon Sheriff, Renzo Subido, Mario BonleonCoach Boy Sablan acknowledges that after last year’s disastrous run, the UAAP Season 80 campaign will be make or break for him in University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa But Sablan is willing to take on all comers in his second season at the helm for the Growling Tigers with a squad that he can proudly say is his own.“I built this team unlike last year’s. When I arrived, I had no choice but to run with whatever I had. This time, I’m in control of everything. We had a longer preparation this time and I believe we’re in a better groove,” said Sablan in Filipino.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 shutoutParading a mix of veterans and new recruits, Sablan is confident with the group that is slowly showing signs of maturity after the numerous pocket tournaments it participated in in the run up for this season.We had a longer time to prepare, not like before that we only had two months of preparation. So now, we’re running a bit better. The system I was trying to instill last year is finally happening. The bottomline is we had a longer preparation,” said Sablan. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img LATEST STORIES With key figures from last season’s campaign gone, the Growling Tigers will lean on veterans Marvin Lee and Jeepy Faundo to carry the fight.But Sablan believes that UST’s unpredictability makes it dangerous, as he expects several players to step up unlike others who depend largely on only one go-to guy.“You won’t rely on just one person. Everybody can be depended on. There are no main guys. I’m not particular on one, two, or three players. Now, I have more confidence on my players. I trust what they can do on the court.”While he’s not willing to make any promises, he guarantees that UST will be better prepared for the challenges that this season brings.“No promises,” he said. “That the team prepared well and we’ll try do everything we practiced the last eight months during the games. You’ll see the changes in our players. That’s one thing you have to watch out for. You’ll see the difference.”ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: UST Growling Tigers428 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Gilas Pilipinas joins Fiba Asia Champions Cup in China UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Makeshift Germany Held at Home by Lionel Messi-less Argentina

first_imgDortmund: An experimental Germany team leaked two second-half goals as a weakened Argentina side, minus superstar Lionel Messi, earned a 2-2 draw in a friendly in Dortmund.Germany flew into a 2-0 lead thanks to first-half goals by Serge Gnabry and Kai Havertz, but Lucas Alario turned the game in the second-half when he came on for Argentina on Wednesday. The Leverkusen striker pulled a goal back, then set up Lucas Ocampos for the late equaliser against a German team which included four debutants.Freiburg pair, defender Robin Koch, a late call-up on Monday who was thrust into a makeshift back three at the last-minute, and striker Luca Waldschmidt started.Leverkusen forward Nadiem Amiri and Schalke midfielder Suat Serdar came on to make their second-half debuts.The Germans had already been forced into a hastily re-arranged defence as Koch replaced centre-back Niklas Stark, who pulled out before kick-off with a stomach bug.Despite 13 withdrawals due to either illness or injury, Germany impressed early against an Argentina team missing Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria.With Messi suspended for comments made at the Copa America, Juventus’ Paulo Dybala partnered Lautaro Martinez up front for Argentina.This match was a repeat of the 2014 World Cup final, yet Argentina’s Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo was the only survivor when the Germans won in Rio de Janeiro.He partnered Manchester City veteran Nicolas Otamendi in an Argentina defence which crumbled early on.A week after scoring four goals for Bayern Munich at Tottenham, Gnabry put Germany ahead on 15 minutes.The winger used his pace when Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa lost possession to get in behind the defence to stab the ball past Argentina goalkeeper Augustin Marchesin.When Rojo then lost the ball to Waldschmidt, Gnabry turned provider, using his pace to present Havertz with a simple tap-in on 22 minutes.Argentina let their frustrations show as Otamendi and Rodrigo de Paul were booked for clattering Julian Brandt and Gnabry respectively.It should have been 3-0 when Brandt just failed to connect with a Niklas Suele header with the goal at his mercy as it stayed 2-0 at the break.However, the South Americans had the best of the second-half, starting when Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni put Alario on for Dybala on 62 minutes.The Leverkusen striker showed his strength in the air to head past Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen four minutes later.The visitors equalised when Alario set up Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos, a second-half replacement for Correa, to blast past ter Stegen five minutes from time.The match was preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of the two people shot dead in the German city of Halle earlier Wednesday in an anti-Semitic attack. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. argentinafootballgermanylionel messi First Published: October 10, 2019, 5:20 PM ISTlast_img read more

Sunil Chhetri is in FIFA 20 And Here is How Much He is Rated

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Here are some others:As for other ISL players in the game, the likes of Bobo (Hyderabad City FC), Roy Krishna (ATK), Asamoah Gyan (NorthEast United FC) were already present in the game.Fans will now hope that Indian players can officially join the main game as well in the near future. Chhetri is joined by FC Goa’s Spanish forward Ferran Corominas ‘Coro’ in the game. The Indian football legend has an overall of 78, while Coro received 81 (it also has to be noted that the rating can be ungraded in-game). From ISL: Sunil Chhetri [LW] – 78 OVR Coro [ST] – 81 OVR From Liga I: Omrani Billel [ST] – 79 OVR Florinel Coman [LW] – 83 OVR — FIFA Mobile (@EAFIFAMOBILE) November 19, 2019Chhetri’s highest stat is his sprint speed in the game with 96, while his acceleration is 92, finishing being 94, positioning a decent 81 and agility and dribbling both at 85.Chetri is, in fact, the highest-rated Indian in the game. coroFA GamesFIFAfifa 20 First Published: November 21, 2019, 8:30 AM ISTcenter_img A lot of people have been asking about ISL and we are excited to announce that starting today, you can now add ISL and Liga I players to your Ultimate Team. Play the new campaign in World Tour called “New Arrivals” to earn 4 new players:— FIFA Mobile (@EAFIFAMOBILE) November 19, 2019 Fans in India have been desperately asking for the introduction of Indian footballers in FIFA games for a very long time now. EA Sports, who make the FIFA games, relented on Tuesday, announcing that Indian Super League players have been added to the FIFA 20 Mobile game.Two players have been added from the ISL and one of them is Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri. “A lot of people have been asking about ISL and we are excited to announce that starting today, you can now add ISL and Liga I players to your Ultimate Team. Play the new campaign in World Tour called “New Arrivals” to earn 4 new players,” EA posted on Twitter.last_img read more

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first_img2200 hours today:DEL60 JK-CABLE-CAR-2NDLDALL SNAPSrinagar: Four members of a Delhi family and three tourist guides have been killed when a cable car came crashing down after a ropeway snaps midair in the ski-resort of Gulmarg, prompting the J-K government to order a high-level inquiry.DEL58 PREZ-EIDNew Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee greets the country on the eve of Eid as he expressed hope that the festival will strengthen the peoples “unflinching” faith in unity and common destiny.DEL57 BIZ-JAITLEY-EMERGENCYNew Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hits out at detractors for casually using undeclared emergency to describe the present BJP government, saying they should introspect where they were during the Emergency under Indira Gandhi.DEL55 UP-PREZ-KOVIND-2NDLD-NDALucknow, Jun 25 (PTI) NDAs presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind seeks the “blessings” of the lawmakers of the BJP and its allies in Uttar Pradesh as he embarked on a nationwide tour from his home state to garner the backing of various political parties.DEL53 WB-GJM-LDALL SITUATIONDarjeeling (WB): Darjeeling remained tense but incident- free on Day Eleven of the indefinite shutdown, while, in a change of stand, agitation-spearhead the GJM decides to give a 12-hour bandh relaxation only for Muslims to celebrate Eid tomorrow. By Pradipta TapadarDEL38 JK-3RDLD ENCOUNTERSrinagar: Security forces gun down two militants holed up inside a school on the outskirts of Srinagar, ending an encounter of over 14 hours in which two Army men were also injured.BOM10 CG-NAXAL-LD IEDRaipur: A Naxalite has been killed and four security personnel, including three CoBRA commandos, were injured in separate incidents in Chhattisgarhs Bijapur district, police said.advertisementDEL50 LD RATHYATRAPuri(Odisha): With overnight rains stopping, an estimated nine lakh devotees witness the world famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath here today with religious fervour, enthusiasm and a spirit of camaraderie amid tight security.FGN36 PAK-TANKER-LDALL FIRELahore: An oil tanker overturns and burst into flames as crowds rushed to collect fuel that spilled over on a highway in Pakistans Punjab Province, killing over 150 people and injuring more than 140 others, in one of the deadliest accidents in the country. By M ZulqernainFGN30 ISRAEL-NETANYAHU-MODIJerusalem: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hails his Indian counterpart Narendra Modis upcoming visit to Israel, the first by an Indian premier, as a “very significant step” in strengthening bilateral relations that are on a “constant upswing”. By Harinder MishraFGN26 UK-CAR-LD CRASHLondon: Six people, including three children, have been injured when a car mounted a kerb and ploughed into a crowd of people participating in an event to celebrate Eid outside a sports centre in northeast England. By Aditi KhannaFGN23 CHINA-2NDLD PAKIslamabad: China has asked Pakistan and Afghanistan to improve their bilateral ties and “meet each other halfway”, as it agrees to set up a trilateral mechanism to help reconstruct ties between Islamabad and Kabul. By Sajjad Hussain. PTI AQSlast_img read more

Ronaldo bust revealed to rival Madeira effort

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo bust revealed at Real Madrid museum – but does it better Madeira airport effort? Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:36 11/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Airport 2017 Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División The Portuguese superstar has seen his achievements recognised by his current club, having previously been honoured by the land of his birth Cristiano Ronaldo has been immortalised in another statue, with Real Madrid topping Madeira Airport’s effort in the club museum.The Portuguese superstar was honoured by his homeland back in March, with a rather questionable likeness of the 32-year-old unveiled.Ronaldo 10/11 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Madeira recognised their favourite son on the back of some remarkable achievements for club and country – including victory at Euro 2016.Ronaldo is showing no sign of slowing down – having landed another FIFA Best Award and the Goal 50 – and Real have now decided to immortalise him in the Spanish capital.The latest sculpture will take pride of place in the Blancos’ museum, with Ronaldo having contributed considerably to the club’s cause since his arrival in 2009.The bronze statue weighs 60 kilogrammes and stands at almost one metre high.It has been well received by Madrid supporters – certainly more so than Madeira’s previous effort.Antonio Navarro Arteaga is the artist responsible for the work, with Real having charged him with the task of following Emanuel Santos’ bust in Portugal.Ronaldo has certainly earned a place among the Madrid legends, having re-written the history books during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.He has netted at a remarkable rate, with his current record standing at 417 goals in 410 appearances.His efforts down the years have helped to land two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey successes, three Champions League crowns, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups – while he has taken his haul of Ballon d’Or awards to four on an individual level.Ronaldo is tied to a contract through to 2021 and appears to be settled again following a summer in which his ongoing presence at Real was regularly called into question.last_img read more

Neymar’s party boosted PSG’s spirits – Emery

first_imgNeymar Neymar birthday party boosts PSG spirit, says Emery Dom Farrell 00:00 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar - cropped AFP Neymar WTF Sochaux v PSG PSG Sochaux Coupe de France The coach may have left early, but he was delighted that the squad could make time to enjoy the Brazilian striker’s celebrations on Monday Paris Saint-Germain’s players getting involved in Neymar’s glitzy birthday bash was good for team morale, according to head coach Unai Emery.The PSG squad toasted the Brazilian superstar’s 26th birthday at the Pavillon Cambon in the heart of the French capital on Sunday.Emery’s mind was firmly back on playing matters the following day when he faced the media ahead of Tuesday’s Coupe de France trip to Ligue 2 outfit Sochaux. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I was one of the first to leave around midnight. Neymar cut the cake and I left,” the former Sevilla boss explained. “It’s good for the collective spirit. Today, they are all ready with the idea and the mentality to prepare the match tomorrow. “When you play three games a week, players do not have much time to enjoy moments outside of football. “I trust my players, they are great professionals. This squad thinks 70 per cent of football and 30 per cent of spare time.”Images of Neymar’s celebrations soon swept across social media and Emery regrets the passing of a simpler time.”Fifteen or 20 years ago, there were no social networks and when a player had a birthday, it was more private,” he said.”It was important that the whole team be together. The president [Nasser Al-Khelaifi], [sporting director] Antero Henrique, the squad and all the staff were there with Neymar, who was having an important moment. “It was a good time. But today the most important thing is training and the game tomorrow.”It’s been magic so far with @NeymarJr  #Ney26— PSG English (@PSG_English) February 5, 2018Presnel Kimpembe and Adrien Rabiot are nursing knocks and will be assessed ahead of the last-16 tie.Thiago Motta is back training with Emery’s squad following a calf injury, although Lassana Diarra provides a more likely option at the base of midfield having made his PSG debut as a second-half substitute during Saturday’s 3-0 Ligue 1 win at Lille.”We’ll see how Thiago Motta feels, even if it’s a bit early for him to start,” Emery said.”Hopefully, Diarra has a good chance to start the game – we will see the training. “We recruited Diarra to help us. Physically, he is not yet 100 per cent but he has to look for rhythm by playing matches. “On Saturday, he played a good 30 minutes and he is an option.”last_img read more

22 days agoBarcelona keeper Ter Stegen: Everything in order between players and board

first_imgBarcelona keeper Ter Stegen: Everything in order between players and boardby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen insists there’s no problem between the players and the board.Gerard Pique has accused board members of planting stories in the local press blaming the players for their poor start to the season.But after victory in the Champions League against Inter Milan, Ter Stegen said: “Between the team and the board of directors, everything is in order and the rest… “I am happy to be here and play football… And nothing more. “This is a club and what you have to do is be united.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 days agoSolskjaer keen for Man Utd to use Spanish scouting service

first_imgSolskjaer keen for Man Utd to use Spanish scouting serviceby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to use a Spanish consultancy service to help with transfer plans.Solskjaer has recommended to United they join the client list of Madrid-based company Driblab which has a detailed database on more than 100,000 players and potential signings, says the Daily Mail.A dozen clubs in La Liga are already subscribers as are Nottingham Forest who used the available information before making a number of signings in the summer to aid their promotion push to the Premier League.Driblab evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of players from the age of 16 in more than a hundred different competitions – down to the detail of how injuries affect their ability or run and kick the ball. They also use an advanced algorithm to draw up an expected goals formula to see if attackers and goalkeepers are performing above or below standard. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Gaurav Gupta unveils his first flagship store in Kolkata

first_imgCouturier Gaurav Gupta unveiled his brand’s debut couture store in Kolkata along with Aditya Poddar, Chairman, Wellside Group, and Monika Poddar, at the 109 year old restored heritage destination, Galleria 1910.The store will house designer’s progressive bridal couture, women’s haute couture along with GG Man for weddings and occasion wear. Marking 15 years of merging the indigenous Indian construction and embellishing techniques with his idea of the future, Gaurav has continuously delivered and sustained a world that is Indian at its core and boundless in its form. The new store is the experiential retail space in the city unraveling the couturier’s dreamscape, with an added focus on haute couture and customisation. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Our flagship stores aim with a mix of couture, glamour, aspiration, warmth and welcome,” the deigner said. “A lot of my work finds its foundation in surrealism and magic realism. Through my design, its about creating a new culture, a new thinking whether its through our couture forms, techniques and shape.” Gaurav also feels modern Indian consumer in Kolkata will embrace his surrealism and magic. “I am excited to finally be here extending my brand to this rich milieu of culturally rooted yet futuristic audience,” he added. “The whole idea of heritage destination was to conserve and restore it, where we can showcase the wonderful legacy of Lady Ranu Mukherjee,” said Aditya Poddar, Chairman, Wellside Group. “I am elated that Gaurav presented his latest couture collection ‘Undercurrent’, which adds a renewed, avant-garde lens to define sculpting as a science of new couture,” he added.last_img read more

Residential school victims lose document fight Appeal Court sides with Ottawa

first_imgTORONTO – Survivors of the notorious St. Anne’s residential school have no right to documents they argued were crucial to compensating them for the horrific abuses they suffered, Ontario’s top court has ruled.In rejecting a trio of interrelated appeals, the Court of Appeal found no reason to interfere with a lower court decision that sided with the Canadian government’s view the documents should be kept secret.The materials in question were generated during 62 lawsuits filed between 2000 and 2003 by 154 Indigenous children over the physical and sexual abuse they suffered at St. Anne’s in Fort Albany, Ont.The appellants argued the documents should have been available to bolster compensation claims under a process set up as part of the settlement of a class action over the Indian residential school system.Two of the appellants — a man known as H-15019 and a woman known as K-10106 — were both initially denied compensation but both succeeded after a legal fight and reviews.H-15019, who was ultimately awarded $183,556, argued the difficulties he had in advancing his claim arose because of the government’s failure to disclose all relevant documents it had, and that other claimants might have run into the same issue.However, in its decision this week, the Appeal Court agreed the claimant had no direct tie to the civil litigation materials and the government, therefore, was not obliged to turn them over.“The discovery evidence at issue was obtained in 62 distinct civil actions,” the Appeal Court said. “H-15019 was not a plaintiff in any of (them).”In various lower court rulings over the past several years, Superior Court of Justice Paul Perell found the Canadian government had not acted in bad faith by failing to meet its obligations to turn over documents related to criminal proceedings that flowed from the St. Anne’s abuse.“Nor did he make any finding of reprehensible, scandalous or outrageous conduct on the part of Canada,” the Appeal Court noted.While Canada did eventually hand over the criminal-related documents, it argued it had no obligation to disclose transcripts and other civil-litigation materials on the basis the information was subject to confidentiality rules. Both Perell and the Appeal Court agreed.The second appellant, K-10106, alleged her former lawyers had represented the Roman Catholic Church, which ran St. Anne’s during the civil actions, but failed to reveal the connection or that they knew relevant documents existed. She and the third appellant, Edmund Metatawabin, wanted Perell to issue an order the government argued would have essentially reopened the entire compensation process.Metatawabin, a former chief of the Fort Albany First Nation and St. Anne’s survivor, never applied for compensation but has been active in the various legal proceedings.Perell, however, found he didn’t have the right to do what was being asked of him. The Appeal Court again agreed with him.While Perell’s ruling might not have been perfect, the Appeal Court agreed that he simply didn’t have the authority to grant the requested relief.“In particular, he found that there is no basis to believe that the absence of the documents affected the outcome of her claim,” the Appeal Court ruled. “K-10106 was successful and received a substantial award.”St. Anne’s, which the plaintiffs described as a “veritable house of horrors” where generations of Indigenous children suffered “unspeakable physical and sexual abuses,” has long been the subject of criminal and civil proceedings. Courts in Ontario and British Columbia have issued about 20 separate decisions and endorsements related to the compensation process involving the now-defunct school.last_img read more

Drone search team rallies outside Port Coquitlam courthouse

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsAdvocates calling themselves the MMIWG Drone Search Team travelled to Port Coquitlam, B.C. Monday to rally outside the courthouse.They arrived for the first day of the trial of Okanagan man Curtis Wayne Sagmoen.Sagmoen is charged with assaulting a woman with a hammer.Vancouver reporter Tina House has more.last_img

Closing Bell Toronto stock market closes slightly higher amid Syrian jitters falling

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Wednesday as the Syrian civil war continued to cast a shadow over trading and investors wondered if the U.S. will end up leading a military strike against the country, which is accused of using poison gas against its own civilian population.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,757.81 +17.31 0.14%S&P 500 — 1,653.08 +13.31 0.81%Dow — 14,930.87 +96.91 0.56%Nasdaq — 3,649.04 +36.43 1.01%The S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.31 points to 12,757.81 led by gains in utilities and industrials.The Canadian dollar rose 0.34 of a cent to 95.31 cents US as the Bank of Canada said it was keeping its key rate unchanged at one%, where it’s been since September 2010 amid a tough recovery from the 2008 crash.Strong vehicle sales data helped U.S. indexes gain momentum throughout the day while investors weighed President Barack Obama’s effort to win support in Congress for a military strike on Syria.Obama said Tuesday that he’s confident Congress will authorize a military strike. Congress could vote as early as next week, after it returns from summer break. The Dow Jones industrials jumped 96.91 points to 14,930.87.General Motors said its sales rose 15% last month, while Chrysler and Ford each reported 12% gains. Toyota posted the biggest increase as sales rose nearly 23% since August of last year. GM stock jumped 4.9% while Ford gained 3.37%.The Nasdaq gained 36.43 points to 3,649.04 and the S&P 500 index added 13.31 points to 1,653.08.“I think that goes to show you that this market is resilient, which it’s been for awhile — the U.S. market especially,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities.“I think people are looking to put money to work all the time, where a few years ago, it might have been the opposite case — any little thing would result in traders taking their money and running.”Traders also took in some positive data on the health of the U.S. economy during August.The Federal Reserve said in its latest regional survey that the economy expanded at a modest to moderate pace in August.The Fed said in its so-called Beige Book that manufacturing expanded modestly, lending activity weakened somewhat while hiring held steady or increased modestly.Traders are anxious to see if the Fed decides later this month to start winding up its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases.The beaten-down utilities sector led advancers, up 1.43% with Capital Power (TSX:CPX) ahead 45 cents to $20.90.The component, along with other interest rate sensitive sectors, has been hit hard ever since Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned the possibility of Fed tapering back in May, which has had the effect of pushing bond yields higher.Industrials also boosted the TSX and Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) rose $2.19 to $125.97.The tech sector advanced with smartphone maker BlackBerry (TSX:BB) ahead 53 cents or 4.93% to $11.28.Commodity prices headed lower but the metals and mining sector was slightly higher as December copper fell six cents to US$3.24 a pound, erasing most of Tuesday’s gain that followed strong manufacturing data from China and the U.S.The telecom sector was the leading decliner, down 0.57%, giving back some of the 4% surge registered Tuesday after U.S. telecom giant Verizon agreed to buy out the remaining stake in its mobile phone business from Vodafone in a massive, US$130-billion deal. At the same time, Verizon made it clear it wasn’t interested in entering the Canadian wireless market. Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) slipped 71 cents or 1.59% to $43.88 after running up 7% on Tuesday.October crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $1.31 to US$107.23 and the energy sector was off 0.2%.The gold sector was off 0.16% as the December bullion contract lost $22 to US$1,390 an ounce.TOP STORIESMobilicity plans to transfer wireless users to Wind MobileBank of Canada holds rate, warning recovery is losing momentumSamsung unveils Galaxy Gear smartwatch, available Sept. 25Why real estate doomsayers continue to be wrongWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAY ECONOMIC NEWSG20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia begins UNITED STATES8:15 a.m.ADP National Employment Report (August): Economists expect 180,000 jobs, down from last month 8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 330,000 new claims Productivity (Q2): Economists expect 1.5% gain 10 a.m.Factory orders (July): Economists expect a decline of 3.4% Non-manufacturing ISM index (August): Economists expect a reading of 55, down from last month CORPORATE NEWSCANADANordion Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 17¢ a share North West Company Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 36¢ a share Patheon Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 8¢ a share read more

SLMC says sorry to Buddhists

“Voters must make their decisions regarding policies and development decisions made by the government. As the ruling party we are completely against politicians spreading religious tension around the country,” he said at a media conference.In 2009, Sri Lanka ended a three decade war that was caused by ethnic tension between the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils. (Xinhua) Sri Lanka’s main Muslim party on Friday apologized for an anti-religious statement made in the run up to elections in September, a statement released by its leader said.Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader and Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem apologized for a statement made regarding Buddhist monks engaging in politics and insisted that his words were maliciously taken out of context. Hakeem went onto stress that he has always stood for pluralism and religious tolerance in Sri Lanka’s diverse ethnic composition and that he would continue to do so. “With no further attempts at procrastination, I wish to tender an unreserved apology to all Buddhists of Sri Lanka. I specifically request the Buddhist prelates of Sri Lanka to accept this apology for which I, as the Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress take personal responsibility,” he was quoted as saying in the statement. The Muslim Congress is independently contesting upcoming Provincial Council elections in the eastern part of the country where a large Muslim population resides.Hakeem’s statements drew much criticism with Cabinet spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella who called on politicians to stop campaigning on religious and ethnic lines. read more

Man killed at Flamborough quarry

A 28 year old man has died in a workplace accident at the Lafarge quarry in West Flamborough. Hamilton Fire crews were called to the area to perform a rope rescue, but have confirmed the rescue is no longer necessary. An Ornge air ambulance has also been cancelled.The man was stuck on a platform 50 feet above the ground, and was injured by a steel beam. Ontario’s labour ministry has been called in to investigate. Image: Google Street View

Yahoo faces pressure from investor urging AOL takeover better management of Alibaba

Yahoo faces pressure from investor urging AOL takeover, better management of Alibaba stake by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Sep 26, 2014 10:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is getting some unsolicited advice on how to turn around the long-struggling Internet company, just like some of her predecessors who tangled with investors dissatisfied with management’s performance.In a letter Friday, activist investor Jeffrey Smith urged Yahoo Inc. to buy another fallen Internet star, AOL Inc. and take steps to reduce the future taxes on the company’s lucrative stake in China’s Alibaba Group. He also chastised Mayer for spending $1.3 billion to acquire an Internet blogging service and more than two dozen other startups during the past two years with little to show in return so far.To bolster his arguments, Smith says he has built a “significant” stake in Yahoo through Starboard Value LP. The size of the stake wasn’t quantified in the letter and hasn’t yet been divulged in regulatory filings.The idea of Yahoo and AOL getting together isn’t a new one. Various analysts and other Internet observers have argued a marriage between the two companies would allow them to cut costs, attract more Web surfers and, most importantly, strengthen their online advertising arsenal to improve their chances of competing against Internet stalwarts Google Inc. and Facebook Inc.“It makes a lot of sense,” said BGC Financial Partners Colin Gillis.In a statement, Mayer said she looked forward to discussing Smith’s ideas. “Going forward, we have great confidence in the strength of our business,” Mayer said.AOL didn’t respond to requests for comment Friday.The prospect of a change in Yahoo’s recent direction seemed to excite investors. Yahoo’s stock rose $1.71, or 4.4 per cent, to close at $40.66. AOL’s stock added $1.58, or 3.7 per cent, to finish at $44.55 as investors reacted to a potential buyout bid.Smith agitated for change at AOL in 2012 after he acquired a 5.3 per cent stake in that company and mounted an unsuccessful campaign to win three board seats. He didn’t express any interest in trying to replace anyone on Yahoo’s nine-member board, which includes Mayer.This is the third time in the past six years that an activist investor has targeted Yahoo for a shake-up. Billionaire Carl Icahn seized three spots on Yahoo’s board in 2008 after attacking the company for spurning a $47.5 billion takeover offer from Microsoft Corp. Hedge-fund manager Daniel Loeb also wound up with three board seats in 2012 after orchestrating the ouster of one of Yahoo’s previous CEOs, Scott Thompson.Since becoming Yahoo’s CEO in July 2012, Mayer has been buying startups and trendy services such as Tumblr in an effort to appeal to a younger demographic and expand Yahoo’s audience on smartphones and tablets as more people rely on those mobile devices to connect with digital services.Given that AOL is still closely associated to the days when people relied on dial-up modems to surf the Web, Mayer might view a buyout to be “too backward-looking for Yahoo,” Gillis said.Yahoo could easily afford to take over AOL, whose market value is currently hovering around $3.5 billion. After paying taxes, Yahoo is expected to pocket about $6 billion from selling 140 million of its shares in Alibaba, a rapidly growing e-commerce company that went public last week.Yahoo still holds a 15 per cent stake in Alibaba worth about $34 billion, an asset that Smith contends has been mismanaged. He believes that Yahoo could boost its stock price by about $16 per share by coming up with a strategy that would minimize the company’s taxes when it sells the rest of its holdings in Alibaba Group and another investment in Yahoo Japan.One way this might be done would be to engineer a tax-free spin-off of Yahoo’s Asian investments, though Smith didn’t explicitly float that idea in his letter. He said Starboard has discussed several “alternative structures” for Yahoo’s Asian investments with tax specialists.As it is, Yahoo’s stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan are valued at a combined $42 billion. Before the letter was released, Yahoo’s total market value stood at $39 billion — an assessment indicating that investors put little or no value on the company’s ongoing U.S. business while discounting for the taxes that currently would have to be paid in eventual sales of the Alibaba and Yahoo Japan stakes. read more

Positive drilling forecast for Canada after year of hell in services sector

by News Staff Posted Apr 27, 2017 4:09 pm MDT (Pixabay) Positive drilling forecast for Canada after year of ‘hell’ in services sector AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is calling its latest oil and gas drilling forecast a pleasant outcome after a year of ‘hell’ for oilfield services in 2016.In its latest forecast for 2017 Thursday in Calgary, PSAC announced it is now projecting 6,680 wells to be drilled in Canada, a 60 per cent increase from its original forecast back in November.It’s certainly an improvement from the totals of 5,400 in 2015 and just under 4,100 last year.However, it’s a far cry from 2012-2014, each year with over 11,000 wells.President and CEO Mark Salkeld said it was certainly more than expected.“It was just a good indication of how quickly this area can bounce back when required,” he said.Unlike the November forecast, Alberta will take back the lead in drilling at almost half of the projected wells, followed by Saskatchewan which was in front in the original projection.Along with Salkeld’s presentation to companies and other stakeholders, he was joined by Jon Morrison, CIBC Executive Director of Institutional Equity Research – Oilfield Services at CIBC World Markets.Morrison labelled 2016 as “The Year of Oilfield Services Hell” and is calling 2017 the year of “Oilfield Services Purgatory”.“While we expect a recovery in conventional spending, we struggle with the outlook for oil sands growth and believe a recovery in spending will be 12-24 months behind the broader North American market at the earliest,” Morrison’s report said.Salkeld when it comes to services, he agreed.“It’s just been absolute hell on the pricing and we’re coming out of it,” he said. “You’re seeing some of the more required services like cementing, fracking, pressure-pumping, those are in demand, drilling side, the rates are starting to increase, but they’re not giving it back easily.”Another big concern of both Salkeld and Morrison is attracting labour for the long-term in the seasonal reality of the oil and gas industry, especially during a downturn.“That rides whether we like it or not, we have to shut down,” he said. “That we can deal with, it’s these long downturns and this one, as you guys know, this is like three times worse than 2009. It’s equivalent to the early 80s one and that just shakes a lot of people’s confidence.”Despite mergers and acquisitions and the job losses of 2016, Salkeld said he is expecting more gains, as companies are holding job fairs, mostly searching for Canadian workers.“Bringing talent back that has experience in the sector, but it’s also we’ve got member companies starting up their own training programs and bringing new people into the industry,” he said.“It’s positive, we need people again,” he added. “We talked about this in ’09-’10 ramping back up again to meet the needs through 2010-2014; we’re faced with that again right now and the signs are positive.” read more

Grammar school says students told to leave due to poor grades can

first_imgSt. Olave’s Church of England Grammar School in Orpington, Kent,Credit:PA “This means that those students who were advised, following receipts of AS results, that it would not be in their best interests to progress into Year 13 at this school may now return, should they wish to.” St. Olave's Church of England Grammar School in Orpington, Kent, The embarrassing U-turn comes days after one of the country’s leading grammars, St Olave’s, was forced to review its “progression policy” pending legal action from parents.Meanwhile, Aylesbury Grammar and the Royal Grammar School High Wycombe, based in Buckinghamshire, are also believed to have similar policies in place.Documents available on all the schools’ websites state that students must achieve “three D grades” in order to progress to Year 13. A number of grammars in Kent are also believed to have operated the policy in recent years.The policies are in direct contravention of guidance from the Department for Education, which warns schools that they are prohibited from excluding students on their “academic ability” once they have entered sixth form.The disclosures have prompted concern among Government ministers, who are now taking urgent action to stamp out the practice.Last night the chair of the Commons education select committee, Robert Halfon, called on the Government to launch an investigation as he warned warned schools that they “cannot play the system” in order to improve their league table results. Bourne Grammar refused to comment. Royal Grammar School High Wycombe and Aylesbury Grammar were unavailable when approached last night. Leading grammar schools who forced out sixth form pupils because of their poor AS level results have told them they can return after ministers warned headteachers that the practice is unlawful.Bourne Grammar school has written to pupils it barred from entering Year 13 inviting them to re-enlist at the school amid fears that its conduct could lead to parents taking legal action.In a letter seen by the Daily Telegraph, headmaster Jonathan Maddox admitted that the school’s policy had been revoked amid fears of a judicial review, adding that all pupils affected may now return to complete their studies.“In recent days there have been press reports regarding a forthcoming legal challenge to the policy at another school on progression from Year 12 to Year 13,” Mr Maddox wrote.“Whilst the published policy of that school, and its circumstances, are different from our own, it is possible that the outcome of any judicial review…may possibly have a bearing on our policy.“In the light of this and with the best interests of our students foremost, the Chair of Governors has agreed that I may suspend our published policy on progression from Year 12 to Year 13 for progression this year. The Royal Grammar School in High WycombeCredit: Caters News “It is deeply concerning that other schools are denying young people the opportunity to climb up the education ladder in order to skew exam results. It is absolutely unacceptable,” he added.“Action needs to be taken on this issue, and clearly there needs to be inquiries made by Government into what exactly has gone on. It is certainly something I would want to look at more closely.“There are many schools getting excellent results without resorting to either cheating or playing the system. What worries me is that we’ve got a situation here where schools are behaving like the Lance Armstrong of the education sector.“This needs addressing swiftly, and I would advise any school doing this to reconsider their policies with the utmost urgency.”Speaking to The Telegraph, a student denied entry to Year 13 at Bourne Grammar said: “When I found out I hadn’t got my grades, my mum was contacted by the school asking us to come in for a meeting the head of sixth form about my future at Bourne Grammar.“We attended the meeting in which we were told I could not say on as I didn’t get the grades required to do so.“It’s been a really stressful time for me, my parents and my family as we didn’t want to be in this situation and where we had to look for a new school.” The Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A DfE spokesman said: “All schools have a responsibility to provide a high quality education to every pupil and ensure there is no limit to their potential. Students enrolled in a sixth form cannot be removed because of academic ability.”The law is clear on this and we expect all schools to follow it. We will be taking action to remind headteachers of their responsibility on this point.”last_img read more

ABB completes challenging GMD installation at Andina

first_imgABB has successfully installed and commissioned the first gearless mill drive (GMD) system for Codelco at the Andina mine in Chile. Bechtel in Santiago, Chile, acted as EPCM contractor for the project and Metso Corp was the mill supplier.The scope of supply consisted of a 13,050kW gearless drive motor including preassembled, containerised electrical house containing cycloconverter, exciter rectifier, low voltage MCC, as well as all the auxiliary equipment to operate the gearless drive motor system and the mill auxiliary equipment.Andina is located 3,700 to 4,200m above sea level with the crushing, grinding and flotation lines located in an underground concentrator. The main challenges related to the underground location, in that the 7.62m x 11.23m stator had to fit a tunnel of 6m x 6m and the bridge crane capacity was 60t only.ABB’s solution consisted of the first stator being split into five sections to deal with the logistical challenges of the location, while maintaining the usual stability of the system. The design typically consists of four segments, but the demands of this project challenged ABB to divide it into five parts.last_img read more