Jind byelection records a turnout of over 75%

first_imgThe high-stakes Jind Assembly byelection in Haryana recorded a turnout of more than 75% on Monday. The polling went off peacefully with no major incident of violence.Deputy Commissioner, Jind, Amit Khatri told The Hindu over phone that 75.5% polling were recorded by 7 p.m., while voting was still on at a few booths. The final count could increase marginally, he said. Of the 1.7 lakh electorate, around 1,30,000 had cast their votes when last reports came in, with rural areas witnessing over 80% polling.No violenceJind police spokesperson Pawan Kapoor said there were no reports of violence. Elaborate security arrangements were made for polling at all the 174 booths with the deployment of around 3,000 police personnel and 500 Home Guards, besides a company each of the Central Reserve Police Force and the Rapid Action Force.The bypoll was necessitated by the death of Indian National Lok Dal legislator Hari Chand Middha.Caught in a triangular contest with Krishan Middha of the BJP and Digvijay Singh Chautala of the Jannayak Janata Party, senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said he was confident that the people of Jind would vote for a “new model of development and growth”, adding that the local people now had a new slogan, “Jind Badlenge, Zindagi badlege” (Will change Jind, will change the lives). Mr. Chautala told presspersons that the electorate had seen through the designs of the rival political parties and he was confident of a landslide victory. Krishan Middha, a local candidate, said Jind had witnessed tremendous development over the past four years under the BJP.The counting of votes will be taken up on January 31.last_img read more

Jitan Ram Manjhi accuses Tejashwi of showing ‘soft corner’ for NDA

first_imgFormer Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday fired a fresh salvo at Lalu Prasad’s RJD, which heads the opposition Grand Alliance in the State of which his Hindustani Awam Morcha is also a part, charging its leader Tejashwi Yadav with displaying “a soft corner for the NDA”.The HAM president made the startling allegation while defending his decision to announce his party’s candidate from Nathnagar Assembly seat, where bypoll is due next month,ahead of the Grand Alliance’s proposed meeting later this week. He asserted, “we cannot go on back foot after having played on the front foot”.“We had taken the decision to field Ajay Rai from Nathnagar with concurrence of alliance partners, long before the RJD stabbed us in the back by unilaterally, giving tickets to its candidates for four out of five Assembly segments where bypolls are to be held,” Mr. Manjhi told reporters here.Ticket issueThe RJD is yet to go public with the seats it plans to contest and the respective candidates. However, there have been reports that on Tuesday tickets were surreptitiously given to aspirants for all assembly segments, barring Kishanganj which is the sitting seat of the Congress.“The RJD’s treachery had left us with no choice. I was not in a position to show my face to the party cadre. So I had to formally announce the candidature of Rai in Bhagalpur on Wednesday. He will file his nomination papers on September 30. And I hope better sense prevails when all constituents of Grand Alliance meet in Patna on September 28,” he said.Squarely blaming Mr. Tejashwi Yadav, the RJD heir apparent and Leader of the Opposition in the Atate Assembly, for the confusion prevailing in the five-party formation, Mr. Manjhi claimed: “Had we been in the wrong we would not have received support from our allies like the VIP headed by Mukesh Sahni.”“Even RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha, who has chosen to remain quiet so far, is sore over the manner in which Tejashwi has been functioning.” Mr. Manjhi said.last_img read more

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff loses crucial impeachment vote

first_imgBrazilian President Dilma Rousseff lost a crucial impeachment vote in the lower house of Congress on Sunday and appeared almost certain to be forced from office in a move that would end 13 years of leftist Workers’ Party rule.As thousands of pro- and anti-impeachment protesters demonstrated outside Congress, the opposition comfortably surpassed the two-thirds majority needed to send Rousseff for trial in the Senate on charges of manipulating budget accounts.The floor of the lower house was a sea of Brazilian flags and pumping fists as dozens of lawmakers carried the deputy who cast the decisive 342nd vote in their arms. In Brazil’s largest cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, fireworks lit up the night sky and cars honked their horns in celebration after the vote.If the Senate now votes by a simple majority to proceed with the impeachment as expected in early May, Rousseff would be suspended from her post and be replaced by Vice President Michel Temer as acting president pending her trial. Temer would serve out Rousseff’s term until 2018 if she is found guilty.The impeachment battle, waged during Brazil’s worst recession since the 1930s, has divided the country of 200 million people more deeply than at any time since the end of its military dictatorship in 1985.It has also sparked a bitter battle between the 68-year-old Rousseff and Temer, 75, that appears likely to destabilise any future government and plunge Brazil into months of uncertainty.Despite anger at rising unemployment, Rousseff’s Workers Party can rely on strong support among millions of working-class Brazilians, who credit its welfare programs with pulling their families out of poverty during the past decade.advertisement”The fight is going to continue now in the streets and in the federal Senate,” said Jose Guimaraes, the leader of the Workers’ Party in the lower house. “We lost because the coup-mongers were stronger.”Opinion polls suggest more than 60 percent of Brazilians support impeaching Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president.While she has not been accused of corruption, Rousseff’s government has been tainted by a vast graft scandal at state oil company Petrobras and by the economic recession.Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators from both sides took to the streets of towns and cities across the vast nation. Millions watched the congressional vote live on television in bars and restaurants, in their homes or on giant screens in the street, like they would for a big soccer match.On the grassy esplanade outside Congress, a 6.5-foot-high (2-metre) security barrier ran for more than 1 km separating rival demonstrations, a symbol of the political rift that has emerged in one of the world’s most unequal societies.As the vote came to an end, hundreds of Rousseff supporters sat downcast on red flags and banners on the grass. A young couple, on the verge of tears, hugged each other.On the pro-impeachment side of the wall, protesters sang and danced, drinking beer and munching popcorn. Some took selfies and performed handstands, celebrating a decision that many said was a victory against corruption.”Impeachment sends a clear message that the politics of this country needs to be cleaned up,” said Alesandra Dantas, a 28-year-old social worker.PARALYSED GOVERNMENTThe impeachment battle has paralysed the activity of government in Brasilia, just four months before the country is due to host the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and as it seeks to battle an epidemic of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in newborns.Critics of the impeachment process say it has become a referendum on Rousseff’s popularity – currently languishing in single digits – which sets a worrying precedent for ousting unpopular leaders in the future.They note that Rousseff is accused of a budgetary slight of hand commonly employed by many elected officials in Brazil.With Brazilians transfixed by the congressional vote, broadcast live on television, legislators denounced corruption and the economic downturn as they voted against Rousseff. But few of them mentioned the budgetary allegations.However, business lobbies have thrown their weight behind the ouster of Rousseff, as they look to Temer to restore business confidence and growth to the world’s ninth largest economy.Adriano Pires, head of the Rio de Janeiro-based Brazilian Infrastructure Institute, said the departure of Rousseff could lead to an opening of the country’s crucial oil sector. Union leaders, however, have voiced fears about privatisations and job cuts.Once regarded as an emerging markets powerhouse, Brazil has been hit by the end of a long commodities boom and lost its coveted investment grade credit rating in December.advertisementBrazil’s stocks and currency have been among the world’s best-performing assets in recent weeks on growing bets that Rousseff would be removed from office, allowing Temer to adopt more market-friendly policies.In a sign that rally could continue, an exchange-traded fund of Brazilian equities gained 3.8 percent shortly after the result was announced.While Rousseff herself has not been personally charged with corruption, many of the lawmakers who decided her fate on Sunday have been.Congresso em Foco, a prominent watchdog group in Brasilia, said more than 300 of the legislators who voted – well over half the chamber – are under investigation for corruption, fraud or electoral crimes.As they cast their vote, some lawmakers said the next politician to be impeached should be the man leading the proceedings, Speaker Eduardo Cunha. He is charged with corruption and money laundering in the kickback scandal involving Petrobras, and he also faces an ethics inquiry over undeclared Swiss bank accounts.”God have pity on this nation,” Cunha said as he cast his vote in favor of impeaching Rousseff.ALSO READBrazil’s former president, Lula, charged in money laundering probe Impeach President Dilma Rousseff, recommends Brazil congressional committeelast_img read more

congatec: new SMARC module with NXP i.MX 8M Mini processor

first_imgcongatec introduces a new SMARC 2.0 Computer-on-Module with NXP i.MX 8M Mini processor. The conga-SMX8-Mini offers higher performance at significantly fewer watts due to the new 14nm FinFET structure. The module also offers impressive visualization capabilities – including 3D graphics with full-HD resolution – despite low thermal and system cost. The new SMARC 2.0 platform is ideal for established markets – such as industrial and medical HMIs, kiosk, vending and infotainment systems – as well as new markets, including situational awareness, machine learning or voice controlled and video enabled residential gateway devices. For mobile and transportation applications, the new SMARC modules offer extended temperature support from -40 to 85°C and an extended longevity of up to 15 years. Smart vision-based applications benefit from the hardware-accelerated MIPI CSI-2 camera interface.The new SMARC modules with NXP i.MX 8M Mini processor are application-ready sub systems that come with a comprehensive ecosystem including ready-to-go boot loader implementation, pre-qualified Linux, Yocto and Android BSPs and fully featured evaluation carrier boards. congatec’s personal integration support and broad range of individually selectable technical services significantly simplify the integration of this new NXP processor for customers.Engineers have the opportunity to test the new NXP i.MX 8M Mini processor based SMARC module on evaluation carrier boards at one of the upcoming worldwide NXP Technology Days. Offering hands-on workshops and technical lectures for multiple markets, these one-day events enable attendees to customize a schedule that is most relevant to their training needs. To register for one of the events taking place in Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Milan, Paris, and Boston, please visit the NXP Technology Days Website.The new SMARC modules addressing ultra-low-power and price-sensitive applications feature three different quad, dual and single core ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-M4 based NXP i-MX 8M Mini processors, each available for the extended and industrial temperature range. The processor integrated GC NanoUltra 3D GPU convinces with comprehensive 1080p video decoding (H.265, H.264, VP8/9) and encoding (H.264, VP8) capabilities for one embedded display that can be connected via dual Channel LVDS, eDP or MIPI-DSI. Up to 4 GByte of low-power LPDDR4 and an eMMC 5.1 non-volatile memory with up to 128 GByte provide extensive memory capacity on the module. Embedded cameras are connected via the MIPI-CSI-2 interface, while 5x USB 2.0 and 3x UART are state-of-the-art for industrial use. For intersystem connect, the module offers 1x Gbit Ethernet as well as optional M2 WiFi/Bluetooth extension.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Optimizing software for your DSP applicationNext ST: secure, efficient SoC for affordable mobile payment terminalslast_img read more

Mailbag: How many bowl games would you give up for a title?

first_imgScreen Shot 2014-08-29 at 8.38.09 AMI think I’ll be doing mailbags on Thursdays this season in case you’re keeping track of such things. So it makes sense that this one is on a Friday (I didn’t get to it yesterday).But enough about programming, let’s get to the first one of the season (I’ll be keeping them short and likely Twitter questions only this year).@pistolsguy If you were told OSU could win a NC in bball but would have no bowl games for X years, how large does X get before you say no?— Jack Knorr (@jackknorr) August 28, 2014That might be the best mailbag question I’ve ever seen. I badly want a hoops title but you’re basically asking “do you want to be Kansas without the sustained success” which I do think I would take (but I’m in the minority).I think X would have to be seven or higher before I would say no to that. If you said you can trade a title in hoops for six straight seasons of futility in football, I’m in.https://twitter.com/gunters_crff/status/505096433117454337Nothing would surprise me at this point.He might score the game-winning TD and just run up the side of the stadium and deliver the ball to Jerry Jones in his suite before riding a flying Boone Pickens back down to field level to do his postgame interviews. That’s where we’re at with Tyreek.More realistically I think he goes for a buck ten on like 16 touches and maybe a TD. I feel like that’s a fair expectation for somebody who Gundy has called “the fastest player I’ve ever seen live.”[1. He’s seen Justin Gilbert, Daniel McLemore, Perrish Cox, and Tatum Bell live, by the way.]@pistolsguy you can add 12 games of experience to 5 people on the Okstate roster, who are the 5?— Jeremy Rooks (@jeremyrooks) August 28, 2014Another tremendous question.1. Mason Rudolph2. Seth Jacobs3. Deric Robertson4. Gyasi Akem5. Emmanuel OgbahThe offense is gonna offense (or Yurcich is going to be contacting Fisher Provence in early December) but this defense — specifically the linebackers (Jacobs and Akem) needs some playing time.@pistolsguy how would you feel about a orange-black-orange combo with these helmets? CC: @KOCOCarson pic.twitter.com/Pn1o95d672— Kevin Kerner (@KevK10) August 28, 2014That would feel amazing.It would feel like the uniform gods had a party and drank too much bourbon and said “let’s pit two of the best uniform combinations in the country in the first game and let’s make that game at a place with a retractable roof so we can watch. [and pass the bourbon].If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Ranking The Best College Football Programs By Conference

first_imgPower 5 conference logos.Predicting every team’s first loss. Last week the six of us here at College Spun ranked every Power 5 college football program, No. 66 to No. 1.  ConferencesPower 5.Each of us gave every team scores from 1-10 in five different categories: on-field performance, recruiting prowess, head coach, future hope, and stability. The max score a team could receive is 300 with 60 being the most points a team could received in each of the five categories. The rankings basically answer this question: which college football programs are best positioned for success now and into the future? Now, we’ll show you how the programs in each conference stack up against each other. Who’s best positioned for success in the ACC? Big 12? Big Ten? SEC? Pac-12? And finally, how do the conferences stack up against each other?So we’ll show you the rankings for each conference and then a ranking of the conferences against each other. Start With The ACC >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img read more

Twinned Section of Highway 101 Ready to Open

first_img Motorists on Highway 101 in Hants County will have 11 kilometresof new twinned concrete pavement to travel on today, Oct. 2. Two new lanes of concrete roadway between Stillwater andEllershouse will be open to traffic by 6 p.m. — at reducedspeed. “The end is in sight for this phase of twinning on Highway 101,”said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works.”Once completed, we’re going to have a first-class section ofroad, with better safety and improved travel for motorists andtheir families.” The province opened 10 kilometres of the twinned road fromStillwater to Mount Uniacke on Sept. 22. Construction on both newsections is ongoing and the speed limit will remain at 80 km/huntil construction is completed in about three weeks. Motoristsare asked to use caution. Mr. Russell thanked highway construction workers, support staff,and the public for their hard work and patience. “Twinning 21 kilomteres of the highway in just over twoconstruction seasons is a great success story for Nova Scotians,”said Mr. Russell. “A lot of hard work has gone into this twinningproject and it’s been worth it.” An official opening of the twinned highway will take place laterthis fall. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 3,800 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices located in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -Twinned Section of Highway 101 Readyto Openlast_img read more

Whistler Film Festival Announces Countdown Benefit Honourees

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Whistler, B.C. (August,10, 2017) – Let the countdown begin! With less than 16 weeks to go until the Whistler Film Festival rolls out its 17th edition (November 29 – December 3), ‘Canada’s coolest film fest’ is marking the moment with its Celebrate WFF: Countdown Benefit on August 24, 2017 from 7pm to 11pm at the Big Rock Urban Brewery in Vancouver. WFF’s annual summer celebration and fundraiser brings together Hollywood North’s business leaders, luminaries and philanthropists to honour BC industry talent and supporters, and unveil highlights including some of the films and talent you can expect to see at this year’s fest.Get ready to eat, drink and be merry. The event features hearty canapes, food stations and a host bar as well as a Big Rock Brewery tour and tasting, plus live music featuring Vancouver musician and actor, Alexandra Staseson, who will be performing with Gogan LaRosa. Plus there will be a special guest appearances by WFF Alumni actor Mackenzie Grey and Charlie Kerr, who was recently recognized as one of the Variety 10 Canadians to Watch and was a WFF 2016 Star to Watch, attending the fest with the premiere of LOST SOLACE and AN AMERICAN DREAM: THE EDUCATION OF WILLIAM BOWMAN and with his band JPNSGRLS as part of WFF’s Music Showcase.Celebrate WFF will be hosted by Jim Gordon, who hosts/produces the weekly TV show “The Travel Guys”. When not on the road, Jim can be seen reviewing movies and DVD’s every Friday, locally, on CTV Vancouver’s “Morning Live” and CTV News at 5pm, and nationally, on CTV News Channel. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Auction and raffle proceeds will support WFF’s 2017 programs for Canadian talent, including industry initiatives, talent programs and the annual festival.WFF will shine the spotlight on eight honourees:Ignitor Award: Aleks PaunovicAward-winning actor Aleks Paunovic is a beloved Vancouver-based actor who is recognized for his extensive work in film and television and most recently graced the silver screen in the summer blockbuster WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (20th Century Fox). Aleks has starred in a number of films that have premiered at WFF over the years such as NUMB, WHAT AN IDIOT and HOODS. WFF will honour Aleks Paunovic as a true ‘ignitor’  who has charted his own unique course to create an impressive body of work, and who continues to ignite inspiration and positivity in the industry in BC.Industry Impact Award: Directors Guild of Canada, British ColumbiaWFF’s Industry Impact Award recognizes an organization whose contributions have led to the success of their members, their partners and the British Columbia Film and TV industry as a whole, and whose support in the community continues to put the province on the map. DGC BC has been a partner of WFF since 2004 with its ongoing support of the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature. For 13 consecutive years, 107 entries in the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature have exuded the creative fire and artistry embodied by legendary Canadian filmmaker, Phillip Borsos. Jurors have included some of the most high profile talent in the Canadian industry and the Borsos Award has become one of the most coveted in the country. WFF will honour DGC BC for its ongoing support of industry, festival and the Borsos Competition, which collectively have been vital to their ongoing success.BC Women on Top Award: Trish Dolman and Christine Haebler, Screen Siren PicturesWith numerous awards and prestigious festival screenings under their belts, BC-based producer powerhouses Trish Dolman and Christine Haebler of Screen Siren Pictures have been carving their own path in the Canadian independent film and television landscape for over 20 years. Trish and Christine have long supported the WFF’s mentorship programs and industry initiatives with Trish also serving on its Board of Directors. WFF will honour this inspiring duo with its 2017 BC Women on Top Award which highlights women who have created their own niche in the independent film and TV landscape while supporting and encouraging industry in BC.BC Creates Award: Cynde & Alan HarmonVeteran filmmakers Cynde and Allan Harmon have produced and directed films and television for over 29 years, including feature IF I HAD WINGS which premiered at WFF in 2013 and have over 250 broadcast hours to their credit. The Harmon team launched Really Real Films in Vancouver in 1998, which develops, finances and produces independent film and television projects for the domestic and international marketplace, and have been associated with many high profile personalities such as Robert Altman, and Ridley Scott, Patrice Laconte, Jean Pierre Roux and Ken Davis. They both have invested endless hours in giving back to the community through mentorship and development opportunities provided for emerging content creators as well as  active participation in industry organizations. WFF will honour both Cynde and Allan Harmon with its 2017 BC Creates Award, which celebrates individuals in the BC Film and TV industry who continue to nurture, support and create in BC.WFF Talent to Watch: Michelle OuelletVancouver based producer and director Michelle Ouellet is building quite the filmography for herself with her third feature film PRODIGALS set to release this year. Michelle impressed programmers and audiences at the Whistler Film Festival in 2013 with her second feature AFTERPARTY, and has since gone on to direct and produce numerous television series including PARANORMAL SOLUTIONS INC. With a slate of films and television series on her horizon, Michelle is on a trajectory for success. WFF will salute Michelle as the 2017 Alumni to Watch recipient.Industry Toast: Tom RoweOn July 2, the local industry was deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Tom Rowe. A highly skilled, award winning film and television producer and mentor to many, Tom was a fixture in the community and a prolific contributor to the success of production in BC for almost 40 years. He began career as an assistant director on shows as diverse as THE GREY FOX and SCTV, and went on to co-found Pacific Motion Pictures in 1989 and produce 80 movies for television and seven theatrical motion pictures, and then co-found Reunion Pictures in 2004, best known for the massive worldwide hit show CONTINUUM. Tom was the Producer Mentor for the 2017 WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab and attended phase one in June. WFF will toast Tom as a great friend and supporter of BC’s industry.Celebrate WFF Info:Celebrate WFF tickets are $75 per person until August 23 and $95 on the day of the event. Guests are invited to join the Whistler Film Festival Society’s Patrons Circle to receive event tickets as part of an annual benefits package of benefits that includes exclusive access to the Whistler Film Festival. Tickets are available at whistlerfilmfestival.com or by calling 604-938-3203. This is a 19+ event.Celebrate WFF is sponsored by Big Rock Brewery and Re/max Sea to Sky Real Estate, and is supported by many generous donors who contributed to the silent auction and raffle.About WFF:From November 30th to December 4th, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 17th edition featuring fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs.The Whistler Film Festival is supported by Telefilm Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, Western Economic Diversification, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Cineplex, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. 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Dear Evan Hansen Waitress School of Rock among Mirvish 201819 season highlights

first_img“We are very fortunate to have Dear Evan Hansen as the anchor show of our main season subscription. This new musical has set Broadway ablaze by appealing to a younger audience with a story rooted in today’s social media culture. It heralds a new era in musicals and we are very proud to have its first international production,” he added.The subscription series includes: Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations, directed by former Stratford Festival artistic director Des McAnuff with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. The show, which makes its Canadian debut before heading to Broadway, plays at the Princess of Wales Theatre from Oct. 11 to Nov. 17. Facebook Advertisement Mirvish Productions has unveiled its upcoming 2018/19 season, featuring a slew of recent stage hits from Broadway and London’s West End, and one new musical in a pre-Broadway run. Among them is the first international production of hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, an adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Sara Bareilles-scored Waitress, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s take on School of Rock, and musicals featuring the songbooks of Bob Dylan and the Temptations.The season includes seven shows in the subscription series, three in the Off-Mirvish Season, and six bonus shows.“As always, we strive to bring Toronto audiences the best in theatre from around the world and this year, we are especially blessed with a wide range of productions,” said producer David Mirvish. Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Pogba says Man Utd can hurt Barcelona in the Camp Nou

first_imgManchester: Paul Pogba says Manchester United can hurt Barcelona at the Camp Nou as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side plot another unlikely Champions League comeback following their 1-0 home defeat. Luke Shaw’s own goal from a Luis Suarez header was the difference in Wednesday’s first leg of the quarter-final at Old Trafford, where United failed to muster a single shot on target but largely shackled Barca’s glut of attackers. Solskjaer’s men face an uphill battle but they will travel with memories still fresh of their remarkable recovery last month to beat Paris Saint-Germain on away goals after losing the home leg 2-0. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh French World Cup winner Pogba was encouraged by how United largely kept Barcelona quiet. “I think it was a good game,” the midfielder said. “Obviously we were playing against Barcelona, one of the best teams in the world, but we gave them some problems as well. “They gave us some problems but we know where we can hurt them. Now it is one leg gone, you have the other one and we are going to give everything on this one.” Asked if United could beat the Spanish league leaders, Pogba said: “Of course. If you don’t believe that you can beat them, you just let them go through. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Of course we believe that we can beat them. We are Manchester United. Even if they are Barcelona, we are Manchester United and we play in the Champions League like they do and we can go through, of course.” Winning at the Camp Nou will be a tough ask but Pogba said the PSG comeback breeds positivity. “Probably Paris will be in their minds for sure because they saw what we can do against PSG,” he said. “Obviously they will be comfortable on their own pitch but let us see. We’ll see what happens at the end. I think maybe the chances that we get we have to put them in and be careful. “They didn’t have really a lot of chances. Maybe one when David (de Gea) made a great save but then after that they were not that dangerous, not a lot of chances. “So, try to avoid this and be a killer in front. That’s it.”last_img read more

Ontario urges Ottawa to change tax rules in bid to curb house

TORONTO — Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa is urging Ottawa to address speculative investing in the country’s housing markets by changing how such profits are taxed.Currently, capital gains tax is charged on 50 per cent of the profits on the sale of a home, unless the property qualifies for the principle residence exemption.In a letter to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Friday, Sousa says that boosting the taxable amount above 50 per cent could reduce the incentive for people to purchase homes on speculation. Morneau is set to release his latest budget on Wednesday.The average price of a home in Canada is now more than $500,000, thanks to two hot marketsoreign buyer tax plus a surtax on expensive homes needed to rein in Toronto housing: reportOntario puts foreign buyers’ tax back on the table as hot housing market raises alarmsSpeculative investing in the real estate market — buying a home in the hope of turning a profit rather than to live in — is believed to be one of the culprits behind soaring house prices in certain markets including Toronto and Vancouver and their surrounding areas.Sousa says curbing speculative real estate purchases could help address dwindling housing affordability so that first-time buyers are able to get into the market.Such a measure could also generate tax revenue to put towards other housing affordability initiatives, he adds.“My primary focus is to address the concerns of middle class Canadians who are worried about buying their first home,” the letter reads.“Additionally, it is important that the housing market remains stable, meaning that borrowers and lenders are resilient and able to withstand economic shocks.” read more

Apple now says Q1 revenue drop will be up to 10 on

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple warns that disappointing iPhone sales will cause a significant drop in its revenue over the crucial holiday season compared to earlier projections.CEO Tim Cook made the announcement after the market closed Wednesday. It embodies some of the worst fears of investors, who have been dumping Apple shares amid signs that the latest iPhone models weren’t living up to expectations. China has banned sales of Apple iPhones 6 through X in Qualcomm patent dispute Apple is considering moving iPhone production out of China if tariffs hit 25% Apple to build new $1-billion campus in Austin, Texas Cook cited China as Apple’s biggest weak spot, but also said that consumers weren’t upgrading to the latest iPhones models as eagerly as anticipated.As a result, Apple now expects revenue of US$84 billion for the fiscal quarter running from October through December. Management had previously predicted revenue ranging from US$89 billion to US$93 billion. read more

Fatal collision in Fisherville

A driver was killed in a collision early Friday morning in Fisherville.A passerby noticed a vehicle in a field along Haldimand Road 20 on July 5 at around 6:20 a.m. and contacted police.Emergency crews located a male a short distance from the vehicle. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.Police say an orange coloured Jeep Wrangler was travelling west bound on Haldimand Road 20 when the vehicle left the roadway. The vehicle went into a ditch on the south side and into a field, ejecting the driver from the vehicle.OPP Traffic Collision Investigators are attending the scene to assist with the investigation. read more

Chinese government investment fund buys 10 per cent stake in Londons Heathrow

Chinese government investment fund buys 10 per cent stake in London’s Heathrow Airport BEIJING, China – The Chinese government’s main sovereign wealth fund said Thursday it has bought a 10 per cent stake in the operator of London’s Heathrow Airport, expanding its investments in British infrastructure.China Investment Corp. gave no financial details but Ferrovial, the Spanish company that owns 49.99 per cent of Heathrow Airport Holdings, said the fund paid other shareholders a total of $725.8 million to acquire its stake.CIC was created in 2007 to manage a portion of China’s multitrillion-dollar foreign reserves in hopes of earning a higher return. Its early investments were mostly small stakes in publicly traded companies to avoid stirring political opposition abroad but the fund has begun making bigger direct investments.Ferrovial said it sold a 5.72 per cent stake in Heathrow Airport Holdings to a CIC subsidiary, Stable Investment Corp., for 257.4 million pounds ($415.2 million). Ferrovial said Stable also acquired shares from other owners for 192.6 million pounds ($310.6 million) at the same time for a total 10 per cent stake in the company.The fund’s chairman said last November it wanted to start investing in the United States and Europe in energy, water, transportation and other infrastructure projects. In January, CIC bought 8.7 per cent of London’s water company, the Thames Water Utilities Ltd., for 276 million pounds ($445 million).CIC also has made direct investments in French oil and gas producer GDF Suez, Russian miner Polyus Gold, Australian toll road operator Horizon Roads and energy, shipping and other companies in South Africa, Canada, Vietnam and Brazil.___China Investment Corp.: www.china-inv.cn by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

AP EXPLAINS Who is Wanda buyer of US film studio behind hits

HONG KONG – Wanda Group’s takeover of Legendary Entertainment, the U.S. studio behind hit films such as “Batman” and “Inception,” is the latest in a slew of acquisitions. Its billionaire chairman Wang Jianlin has ambitious plans to turn the company into a global leisure and entertainment powerhouse. Here’s a brief look at some of the businesses Wanda has entered since 2012.___CHINA’S HOLLYWOODFilm is a big part of Wanda’s strategy. The company is creating China’s Tinseltown with an $8 billion movie studio complex in the country’s northeast that will be fully operational by June 2017. The Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis is a key part of Wang’s plan to dominate China’s fast growing film market. One of the complex’s 20 studios will be the world’s largest at 10,000 square-meters (108,000 square-feet). There’s also a permanent underwater studio, an Imax research and development centre and China’s biggest film and celebrity wax museums. Wang said at the project’s launch in 2013 that the company aims to shoot 100 domestic films and TV shows a year at the studios, where sets will simulate locations from Europe, the Middle East and China’s Ming and Qing dynasties.___CINEMA CHAINWanda bought AMC Entertainment Holdings, the second biggest U.S. movie theatre chain, in 2012 in a $2.6 billion deal that was the biggest Chinese takeover of an American company at that time. Leawood, Kansas-based AMC, which acquired small U.S. operator Starplex last year, operates 379 cinemas with 5,261 screens in the U.S. and Canada.___TRIATHLONSWanda bought the company that owns the Ironman triathlon brand and race series last year to tap rising demand for the sporting competitions from China’s growing middle classes. The company paid $650 million for Tampa, Florida-based World Triathlon Corp., which operates 250 events a year. It plans to introduce the swimming, biking and running races to China, where people are becoming more interested in fitness as their incomes rise.___SPORTS MARKETINGWanda made inroads into the lucrative sports broadcasting industry by buying Swiss sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media last year. The 1.05 billion euro (then $1.2 billion) acquisition gives it a business that produces World Cup television broadcasts for FIFA and clients that include governing bodies of skiing and ice hockey, Italy’s top-tier Serie A league and the Chinese basketball league.___SPANISH SOCCERWanda took a 20 per cent stake in Spanish champion team Atletico Madrid for 45 million euros (then $52 million) last year. The company plans to work with the team to open three football schools in China while also inviting Atletico to play there in order to provide Chinese players with advanced training and experience from Europe. The two are also investing in a Madrid centre that will provide special training for Chinese youth players.___LUXURY YACHTSWanda made a high profile expansion into the luxury motor yacht industry with the acquisition of Britain’s Sunseeker for 320 million pounds (then $500 million) in 2013. The company said the purchase was part of its strategy to expand into the global luxury, entertainment and tourism markets. It also came at a time when surging numbers of newly minted Chinese billionaires were fueling demand for luxury cars, boats and private jets. Sunseeker, based in Poole, Dorset, also has ties to the film world. Its boats have appeared in James Bond movies since 1999’s “The World Is Not Enough,” which featured them in a chase down London’s River Thames.___REAL ESTATE ROOTSThe company is building a 700 million pound ($1 billion) luxury hotel and apartment complex in London, in what it says will be the first Chinese-operated luxury hotel overseas. The project’s five-star, 160-room hotel and more than 400 apartments overlooking the Thames reflect the company’s roots, which are in real estate development. by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Posted Jan 12, 2016 1:45 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AP EXPLAINS: Who is Wanda, buyer of US film studio behind hits such as ‘Batman,’ ‘Inception’? read more

Dog who fell foul of the Russian Revolution wins Crufts seal of

first_imgCaroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club, said: “The diverse mix of breeds in this country has grown over time and we are now seeing many of the breeds that have originated from foreign countries becoming some of the most popular in the UK, which may well happen with the Russian Toy in years to come.  “The process of being recognised as a pedigree dog by the Kennel Club takes several generations, but once we recognise a breed it means that we know that it has a reliable lineage that will give people a dog with predictable characteristics in terms of temperament and exercise and grooming needs, which helps dogs to find loving homes with the right owners.”She added: “The recognition of the lovely Russian Toy breed will bring the number of breeds in the UK up to two hundred and eighteen, which provides even more choice for those researching which breed might be the best one for their lifestyle.“We are delighted to welcome the breed at Crufts for the very first time this year and the parade they will be taking part in will allow the public to meet them for the first time and speak to experts in the breed who can advise on what they are like to live with.” The Danish Princesses; Alexandra , Dagmar and Thyra, holding a Russian Toy dog But Russian Toys became unfashionable after the 1917 Revolution because of their association with the discredited Tsarist ruling class.Twice the breed was nearly wiped out twice. First during the early years of the Soviet Union and again in the 1990s, with the influx of foreign breeds which followed the fall of the Iron Curtain.Until the 1990s, the breed was almost unknown outside of Russia and the first Russian Toys only arrived in Britain in 2008, when two were imported from there.The Russian Toy – which comes with two different coat types, long haired and short haired – is only the seventh new breed to be recognised in the UK in nearly a decade.It follows recognition of the already well-known Jack Russell Terrier as an official breed in 2016, and before that the Hungarian Pumi, Griffon Fauve de Bretagne and Picardy Sheepdog in 2014.   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. Sophia Botkina holding a Russian Toy, painted in 1899 by Valentin Serov Credit:State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg  The breed – one of the smallest breeds in the world, measuring between 20 and 28cms – was originally developed from the Manchester Terrier as a companion dog for the Russian nobility in the mid-1800s.It became fashionable for members of the Russian aristocracy to be painted or photographed holding their beloved Russian Toy dogs, including the likes of Countess Samoilova and Sophia Botkina, the wife of a wealthy merchant whose 1899 portrait by Valentin Serov now hangs in the State Russian Museum, in St. Petersburg.One photograph of the period, titled The Danish Princesses, shows Alexandra (Queen of the United Kingdom and wife of King Edward VII); Dagmar (Empress of Russia); and Thyra (Duchess of Cumberland) holding a Russian Toy.center_img Sophia Botkina holding a Russian Toy, painted in 1899 by Valentin Serov  The Danish Princesses; Alexandra , Dagmar and Thyra, holding a Russian Toy dog Pampered and preened by their privileged owners, these were the dogs to be seen with on the streets of Moscow and Petrograd – the must have pet for the Russian nobility.But when the Bolsheviks took power during the October Revolution of 1917 the breed fell out of favour almost overnight, its association with the elite suddenly reducing its status to that of canis non grata.One hundred years on however and the Russian Toy is back in fashion. So much so that the UK Kennel Club has officially recognised it as a new pedigree breed for the first time. The breed will make its debut as a pedigree at this year’s Crufts, at the NEC in Birmingham next Friday, when ten of them will take part in a special parade.The Russian Toy is still rare in this country, with only 75 of the breed currently registered in Britain. But numbers are expected to grow as pet owners look for easily trained dogs who love being around both children and adults.Amanda Orchard, chairman of the Russian Toy Club UK, who has three of the dogs, said: “They are a very active and cheerful breed who thrive on human companionship. They were bred originally as ratting or watch dogs, but they are a great family dog.”last_img read more

Selfie babies Egg clinic to match wouldbe mothers with donors who look

Developers of the airport-style technology say it will link women with eggs bearing at least “90 per cent accuracy” within 48 hours of taking a “selfie” on their phone. However, senior fertility doctors have warned the technology may become so effective it will tempt parents not to inform children about the real circumstances of their conception…. The system, based on an algorithm that measures 100 facial characteristics, is designed to address one of the main concerns held by parents relying on donated eggs – the similarity between them and their eventual offspring. IVF clinics are rolling out facial recognition apps to match would-be mothers with eggs donated from women who look exactly like them. read more

Becker Mining America acquires Riter Engineering

first_imgBecker Mining America – a subsidiary of the German mining supplier Becker Mining Systems – a supplier of engineering, equipment, systems and services for mining has acquired Riter Engineering Co located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Riter Engineering provides engineered solutions to mining, industrial and utility customers throughout the western US.Riter was founded in 1916 with a primary focus of engineering, later evolving to include sales and technical support of electrical and mechanical equipment and components.Becker Mining America is part of Becker Mining Systems, one of the world’s largest mining suppliers with 1,600 employees and an annual turnover of over 200 million Euro. Becker Mining Systems focuses on productivity and safety in mining as well as developing and supplying solutions in the areas of energy distribution, automation, communication and transport.“With Riter we have teamed up with a group of well respected individuals who complement our other service, engineering and product offerings. We are delighted to have them join our family of companies” said Dave Whitt, President of Becker Mining America.“Becker Mining America is a strong partner with a global focus on innovation and service. For Riter, the integration into the BMA means a long term guarantee to our business team of sustained growth”, says Byron Howells, Chief Operating Officer of Riter Engineering Company.last_img read more

Johnson Matthey Mining CRT system to tackle underground emissions by removing particulates

first_imgJohnson Matthey has introduced an advanced system to control emissions from diesel underground mining equipment for healthier work environments. Mines can be challenging environment for operators looking to achieve high standards of health and safety. Emissions form part of the problem, with confined spaces meaning workers can be intimately exposed to high levels of ultrafine diesel particulate and elevated levels of NO2 emissions. At the same time, productivity demands mean there is a critical requirement for equipment availability.Johnson Matthey’s Mining CRT® systems are the first technologies proven to control both diesel particulate matter and harmful NO2 emissions from diesel underground mining equipment. These systems destroy 99% of the number of particulates, allowing mine operators to confidently maintain clean air in these confined space environments.Johnson Matthey was the first to develop and patent the Continuously Regenerating Trap (CRT) technology that uses a catalyst to regenerate the diesel particulate filter, which traps the particulate matter in diesel exhaust. The Mining CRT technologies build upon the highly effective, market-leading CRT technology, and incorporate a specially formulated catalyst for decomposing harmful NO2 into a safer emission.Jack Carroll, Sales Manager, said: “Mine operators no longer have to choose between miner health or productivity.  Clean air, miner safety, and mine sustainability can all be accomplished with this very effective technology.”“And as a world leader in diesel emission control products, for both on and off highway, we are well placed to ensure reliability for very challenging underground mining operations.”last_img read more

One fifth of consumers want to save for cosmetic procedures

first_img Image: Shutterstock/AXL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Shutterstock/AXL Mar 6th 2017, 12:43 PM Monday 6 Mar 2017, 12:43 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3273007 OVER ONE FIFTH of consumers admit wanting to save for a cosmetic procedure.The findings were the result of a survey conducted by Bank of Ireland/RED C Research, involving 1,000 respondents.The top types of the procedures consumers would ideally love to save for was teeth whitening (47%) followed by veneers (24%).When it comes to how good people think they are at saving, 57% stated that they are either very or fairly confident in saving the same amount every month for the next few years. This compares to just 13% of those they weren’t confident at all.One in four (28%) consumers surveyed said they save less than €100 every month, with one fifth (20%) saving between €100 and €200 on a monthly basis.Almost half of savers (48%) said they are saving for a rainy day, with holidays (38%), home improvements (22%) and cars (20%) also featuring prominently as saving goals.There’s also a bit of good news, with 80% of seasoned savers admitting that saving gets easier with practice, and 88% saying it is easier to save when you have a goal in mind.Read: Increase in number of women undergoing surgery on their genitalsRead: Faulty breast implants lead to €60 million payout to 20,000 women Share5 Tweet Email2 8,951 Views One fifth of consumers want to save for cosmetic procedures 28% of consumers surveyed said they save less than €100 every month. 10 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more