first_imgWith Communist Party of India-Marxist general secretary Sitaram Yechury making it clear that he is not keen to seek a third term to the Rajya Sabha, sections in the Congress are demanding that the seat in the Upper House be given to their party.Elections to six seats from Bengal will be held in August. For five seats, the Trinamool Congress [TMC] will nominate its members. The sixth seat is up for grabs between the Congress and the Left parties.In 2011, the Left parties nominated Mr. Yechury and the Congress sent Pradip Bhattacharya to the Upper House. Their terms will expire in August.A number of Congress leaders have made it clear that the Rajya Sabha nomination should be from their party as the party has more seats in the State Assembly.Congress sources said party chief Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi have told them that the party would “either back Yechury or no one from the Left.”“We had decided on supporting Mr. Yechury but in the circumstances if the party leadership seeks my opinion, I will try to come up with the best possible choice,” West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said.Mr Bhattacharya, 72, is not averse to another term. But former MP Deepa Dasmunshi and State Congress general secretary Omprakash Mishra are considered strong contenders.Soft cornerThe party has a soft corner for Ms. Dasmunshi because of her ailing husband, Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi. “The Gandhi family has a soft corner for Priya-da, but the question is how long will they back someone like Deepa Dasmunshi, who has steadily lost her base in Raiganj,” said a senior Congress leader.In the last Lok Sabha polls, she was defeated by the CPI-M’s Md Salim and has since kept a low profile.Mr. Mishra has not won a major election but is a popular face of the party on television. He can effortlessly articulate the party’s position on many issues, according a leader close to the Central leadership.He has a good understanding of Asian politics, especially China, which may help the Congress in the Rajya Sabha, a section of the leadership feels.More importantly, he is considered the architect of the Left-Congress alliance in the 2016 Assembly polls, an alliance that is still surviving and perhaps is the only hope for both the Left and the Congress.The Left parties, however, are keeping their cards close to their chest. “It is too early to comment on the matter. The Rajya Sabha nomination will be decided by the end of June,” CPI-M polit bureau member Md Salim said.last_img read more

first_imgTwo persons died while two others were injured after some youths opened fire at the staff of a garment shop in a mall in Varanasi on Wednesday, police said.The incident took place at the JHV Shopping Mall in the high-security Cantonment area of the city. The suspects, alleged to be students of the Kashi Vidyapeeth University, have been identified. Fight with salesmenThe three suspects entered the store and one of them, identified as Alok Upadhyay, inquired about a salesman named Prashant. The suspect then got involved in a brawl with the other staff but was soon overpowered. A country-made pistol he was carrying was also snatched away, said a witness. Vivek Tripathi, Uttar Pradesh police spokesperson, said after finding their friend overpowered, the other two youths tried to rescue him and fired shots at the salesmen and in the air.Two injuredTwo persons, Gopi Kanaujia and Sunil Kumar, died of bullet injuries, while two others — Vishal Singh and Chandan Sharma — were admitted to hospital and are said to be stable, police said.“They also fired shots indiscriminately in the mall, after exiting the store,” said one of the witnesses.While initially police was told that the firing was triggered by a dispute over discount, a police statement in the evening hinted at personal enmity.last_img read more

first_imgUnion Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal were detained by police on Saturday when they were participating in a protest march in Delhi to seek justice for the families of those killed in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The march, led by the Badals, began from Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib and the protesters were stopped near the Parliament Street police station in central Delhi.‘Suo-motu action’ “Our community has been seeking justice for 34 years. Thousands of Sikhs were massacred, several women were raped and several people lost their homes. Such atrocity is a blot on the history of India. No one received justice. Why is judiciary not taking suo-motu action?” Harsimrat Kaur Badal told reporters before she was detained by police. The Akali Dal has been seeking justice for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in which a large number of Sikhs were killed in the national capital and in other parts of the country in the aftermath of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination by her Sikh bodyguards.last_img read more

first_imgLenovo had a kitty full of surprises up its sleeve at IFA 2016 Berlin where the company took the wraps off a wide range of devices ranging from the Yoga Book, Yoga 910 and Miix 510 to the Moto Z Play alongside the Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod. At the same time, the company also announced a few K-range smartphones, the K6, K6 Power and K6 Note, all of which come with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box.The K6 comes with a 5-inch FullHD display with a 1080p resolution and 2GB of RAM. The phone will be available in 16GB and 32GB of internal memory options with support for expandable storage. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash along with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It is backed by a 3,000mAh battery.The K6 Power packs in much of the same specifics as the K6 but will be available in 2GB RAM and 16GB memory and 3GB RAM and 32GB memory option. The phone is also backed by a larger 4,000mAh battery.Lastly, the K6 Note comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD display and will be available in 3GB RAM and 32GB memory and 4GB RAM and 32GB memory options. The phone sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual- LED flash, and an 8-megapixel front camera. The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.Lenovo on Thursday also announced that it emerged as the 3rd largest smartphone brand by volume in India, with a market share of 7.7 per cent, as per an IDC report. Also, the company’s market share jumped to 9.1 per cent this quarter making it the 2nd largest smartphone brand in India by value.advertisement”This is a huge milestone achieved by us, which has motivated and encouraged us further to go against all odds by creating meaningful and innovative, technologically-advanced products that enhance the consumer mobile experience.” Sudhin Mathur, director-smartphones, Lenovo India said.Also Read: Moto Z Play, Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod announced at IFA 2016last_img read more

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Imran Khan expressed severe disappointment after his country went down to India in a one-sided match at their Champions Trophy 2017 opener at Edbgaston on Sunday.Pakistan put defending champions India in to bat and Mohammad Amir produced a superb first over, troubling Rohit Sharma with prodigious swing but it all went downhill for Sarfaraz Khan’s men from thereon.Rohit, returning to international cricket after seven months, top-scored with 91 while Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 81. Scintillating half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan (68) and Yuvraj Singh (53) took India to 319/3 in 48 overs in a rain-trucated match.Further rain breaks during Pakistan’s chase gave them a revised target of 289 in 41 overs but their batsmen, barring Azhar Ali, failed to put up a fight and were dismantled by India’s four-pronged pace attack.Imran, who had led Pakistan to World Cup glory in 1992 and had set up a feared side that dominated the best across the cricketing world throughtout the 90s was left disappointed with the team’s abject surrender to arch-rivals India.In a series of tweets, Imran stressed on the need to revamp the cricket structure in Pakistan and added that unless it happened, the gulf with India would continue to grow.”As a sportsman I know winning & losing are part of the game but it’s painful to watch Pak being thrashed by India without putting up a fight,” he said. “Unless Pak cricket structure is totally revamped/reformed, despite an abundance of talent the gap between Pak & India will keep increasing.”advertisementAs a sportsman I know winning & losing are part of the game but it’s painful to watch Pak being thrashed by India without putting up a fight- Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 4, 2017Unless Pak cricket structure is totally revamped/reformed, despite an abundance of talent the gap between Pak & India will keep increasing- Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 4, 2017And we will keep facing disappointment by defeats such as the one today. Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 4, 2017Pak cricket cannot be fixed if the Chairman of the PCB is not appointed on professional merit.- Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 4, 2017Election-fixers & others who are rewarded merely for loyalty to the Sharifs will never reform Pak cricket Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 4, 2017Earlier, speaking at Salaam Cricket 2017, Aamer Sohail, another former Pakistan captain, said Pakistan had relied far too long on undependable cricketers like Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazir, “who could win you 10 out of 100 games.”last_img read more

first_imgBournemouth have invested £19 million ($24m) in Dominic Solanke, but a big-money arrival from Liverpool will not be seen until February.The Cherries, who have also acquired Nathaniel Clyne on loan from the Reds, had moved to land a highly-rated forward after seeing him struggle for game time at Anfield.Eddie Howe was hoping to be the man to unlock the undoubted potential of a 21-year-old talent who already has a senior England cap to his name. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He will, however, have to be patient with his new recruit, who suffered an untimely knock which is set to delay Solanke’s debut and prevent him from making an immediate impact on the south coast.Howe told reporters after seeing Bournemouth suffer a 3-1 FA Cup third round defeat to Brighton: “Dominic will miss most of January.”He’s got a bit of a hamstring issue so it will be more February before we’re likely to see him in action.”But we knew about that because he’s been through all the medicals and checks.”Solanke had been ruled out of contention for Liverpool’s recent fixtures because of muscle problems.Bournemouth clearly do not consider those issues to be too serious, despite the youngster’s lack of minutes this season.He left Merseyside having failed to make a competitive first-team appearance in 2018-19.The Cherries would have been looking for him to hit the ground running in new surroundings, as they have meetings with Everton, West Ham and his former employers Chelsea to come in January.They will, however, look to carefully nurture him to full health before bringing him into their plans.Given that Solanke may miss all of Jauary, his first game for Bournemouth could actually come against Liverpool – with the Cherries set to visit Anfield on February 8.last_img read more

first_imgImagine holding a garage sale, and trotting out the goods you no longer had use for and had no plan on keeping, only for a deep-pocketed buyer to come along and offer you a bag of cash for the same stuff you were going to get rid of anyway.Now you know how Toronto FC probably felt when FC Cincinnati handed them a jaw-dropping trade package for defender Nick Hagglund, a player who was likely competing to be TFC’s fourth center back in 2019, assuming he was even going to stick around.Cincinnati traded $300,000 in allocation money and the top spot in the MLS allocation ranking, a valuable asset estimated to be worth another $250,000 in allocation on the trade market, for Hagglund, a Cincinnati native who will be expected to fill the team’s need for a central defender next to Costa Rican giant Kendall Waston. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Wanting Hagglund was understandable for Cincinnati, which sees a chance to add a local product with an MLS Cup on his resume, and one who, at 26 years old, could be a building block for the expansion team. Going after him made plenty of sense, but the exorbitant price paid left many around MLS baffled.An informal survey conducted by Goal of general managers/technical directors around MLS yielded a near unanimous reaction to the trade, with phrases ranging from “nonsensical” to “just plain dumb” being used to describe the price Cincinnati paid. As one general manager noted, expansion teams overspending isn’t a new phenomenon considering the amount of allocation money they start out with, but Cincinnati exceeded even that standard by a wide margin.Cincinnati isn’t likely to care, not when it now has a hometown player it can market, and it’s not like Hagglund isn’t talented. He showed his quality as part of TFC’s run to the 2017 MLS Cup title, but he had a bad year in 2018, failing to capitalize on the opportunity to shine when TFC’s defense was decimated by injuries. Instead, Hagglund struggled badly when he did play, and that helped doom TFC to the unexpected fate of missing the playoffs.TFC’s acquisition of Laurent Ciman made it clear the club was serious about upgrading its defense, and it also likely meant that Hagglund would be on the way out. The market for Hagglund after the 2018 he endured likely consisted of just Cincinnati, which wound up overpaying anyway.The move has already had repercussions around the league, because it has raised the bar for what teams are seeking in trades, specifically those involving central defenders. Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara has made it known he either wants a new contract or a trade. Several teams had already been looking to pry the former MLS Defender of the Year away from SKC, which has stocked up on central defenders and is well positioned to deal Opara. Only now, Sporting KC can point to the price paid for Hagglund and ask for considerably more.That probably won’t stop Opara from being traded, but the fee paid for Hagglund has put him in the unenviable position of having to live up to his hefty price tag. Perhaps Hagglund rebounds in 2019, and reaches his potential thanks to the motivation of playing in his hometown. Cincinnati has put together a solid defense for him to be a part of, though you can make the argument that a Waston-Hagglund center back pairing may not be ideal given the reality that neither is a true organizer.Consider just one element that Cincinnati traded away: the top spot in the MLS allocation order. Right now the list of players eligible to be acquired via the MLS allocation order list includes Geoff Cameron and Omar Gonzalez, two World Cup veterans who are both possibly returning to the league in the near future. Not only did Cincinnati give up the chance to acquire one of those two, but also the chance to benefit from a bidding war for the top spot if one of the high-profile players on the list decides to come to MLS this year.Instead, Cincinnati helped a strong TFC get even stronger, while the expansion team has been left looking overmatched on the trade market once again. To be fair, Cincinnati has also made several good moves this winter, including the signing of Waston and recent addition of Caleb Stanko, but when the dust settles on Cincinnati’s inaugural season, it is a safe bet that several of the deals the team has made will wind up looking like the stinkers they were originally thought to be.Of course, if Hagglund winds up breaking out as a standout central defender, nobody will care what he cost, and Cincinnati will be left looking like the geniuses who came away from a garage sale with a treasure.last_img read more

first_imgBenfica have vehemently denied reports claiming Atletico Madrid are on the brink of signing teenager Joao Felix.Reports in the Spanish press claimed Atletico were due to announce the signing of the 19-year-old imminently after agreeing to pay his €120 million (£107m/$135m) release clause.In doing so, Los Rojiblancos would be signing one of Europe’s most sought-after young talents, with the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid linked with Felix’s signature in recent months. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Goal reported last week that Atletico were hopeful of convincing the youngster to move to the Wanda Metropolitano with the promise of earning more first-team opportunities than he would at rival clubs.However, Benfica have moved swiftly to deny the rumours while reiterating that the release clause is still active for any club willing to meet its value.“In view of the set of news published in these last hours, Sport Lisboa e Benfica clarifies that it is false that any negotiation process is currently under way regarding a possible transfer of player Joao Felix,” read a statement on Benfica’s website.“The conditions for its negotiation are public and known, taking into account the termination clause defined in the amount of 120 million euros.”Benfica have also angrily denied reports emanating from the Portuguese media claiming that agent Jorge Mendes would profit from the deal.It was claimed that Mendes would take a 30 per cent commission on the transfer, earning him around €36 million (£32m/$40m).“More serious, and that deserves our most vehement repudiation and denial, is the false news that refers to negotiations that involve commissions of 30% and which, unfortunately, was echoed in Portugal by the newspaper A Bola, with intentions and goals that we do not know at all,” read the statement.“We repeat: this information is totally false, absurd and has clear intentions for the reputation and dignity of Benfica.”Felix enjoyed a fine breakthrough season for the Portuguese giants, who he joined as a 16-year-old in 2015 after being released by rivals Porto.The forward scored 20 goals and laid on 11 assists in 43 matches across all competitions as Benfica claimed the Primeira Liga title and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League.His performances earned him a call-up to the senior Portugal side and a first cap in the Nations League victory against Switzerland earlier this month.last_img read more

first_imgFans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Georgia football’s 2018 recruiting class is the best in the country. The Bulldogs’ 18 class had 26 commitments, including seven from five-star prospects.One UGA commit will reportedly not be a part of this year’s class, though. His enrollment is being delayed.247Sports is reporting that defensive lineman commit Tramel Walthour is going the JUCO route.They confirmed the news this morning:Defensive lineman Tramel Walthour has signed with Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.“We have signed him,” said Hutchinson head coach Rion Rhoades. “He will be here for summer school in July. I think he will do well here.”Dawgs247 has not confirmed whether Walthour will take the traditional junior college route or a similar path to Devonte Wyatt, who signed with Hutchinson last year and was ultimately deemed a full qualifier after attaining the proper test score before enrolling at the junior college. That allowed Wyatt to enroll at Georgia after one full semester of transferable credits with a 2.5 GPA in those classes.This isn’t a huge blow to Georgia’s class, but it’s disappointing nonetheless.The Bulldogs open their season on Sept. 1 against Austin Peay.last_img read more

first_img Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale Editors’ Recommendations 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Balitello is a brand new, premiere sock-of-the-month club.Started three months ago by childhood friends Mickey Abbatiello and Robert Baldino, Balitello was born out of both men feeling as though workplace fashion was both limiting and most of all, uncomfortable.“As former athletes, we were most bothered by the challenge of finding comfortable dress socks,” explains Abbatiello. “The thin inadequate construction of the socks on the market were not holding up to a 12-hour day wearing dress shoes.”Related: Mets Pitcher Matt Harvey Has Awesome Hair Thanks to AxeAbbatiello was in a senior meeting with the finance company he was with at the time when one of the older bosses sat back on his chair.“As he lifted his feet on the desk, we all saw these bright striped colored socks flashing their way through the room. After that, what once started off as a serious and important meeting, then digressed into all of us men talking about how sharp and trendy his dress socks were looking.”Wanting to someone fuse the sensibilities of a keen fashion sense and an affinity for gym socks, Abbatiello and Baldino created the performance dress sock.Creating the company as a club had both economic benefits (predicted income, better control of inventory) as well as customer experience benefits (saves time, element of continual surprise). Additionally, they were able to establish rewards for loyal customers. The Executive Package, for instance, allows customers to buy the socks at $12 rather than $17 as well as receive the designs before they are on the market.As for what’s next: “We plan to work our way up to a full fashion brand where we can have multiple clothing/accessory options for men and women. However, everything in business is a progression. You cannot boil the ocean.”  First on that list will be ties, suits, and dress shirts.Also in the works: We are also working on developing both a father-son package as well as a couple’s package.The packages are priced as follows:Starter=  $15/month. Professional = $13 /month, and Executive = $12/month. Sign up or purchase an individual pair ($17) by visiting their website.For a limited time, The Manual readers can receive a 20% discount by entering code “themanual” at purchase.last_img read more

first_img The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Fossil and Crosley Band Together for Stylish Collection Celebrating National Record Store Day How to Find the Right New or Vintage Record Player for You Editors’ Recommendations Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat Unveiled earlier this year, the Oppo UDP–203 Ultra HD Blu-ray player looked to be one of the most feature-packed of the UHD players released so far, especially on the audio front, but as we began to close in on the end of 2016, there was no release info. That has finally changed, as Oppo has announced that the player is officially ready to hit the streets.Oppo says the UDP–203 is a successor to its award-winning BDP–103 Blu-ray player, though obviously it’s much more advanced. The big additions include 4K Ultra HD resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), as well as support for HDR (high dynamic range) and Wide Color Gamut. The more common HDR10 format is supported out of the box for HDR, but a firmware update bringing support for Dolby Vision is planned for release in 2017.The player features two HDMI outputs — the HDMI 2.0a port supports UHD TVs, A/V receivers, and other devices, while an HDMI 1.4 audio port adds compatibility for older receivers. Two USB 3.0 ports on the back and another on the front allow users to source video, music, and photos from USB hard drives or other devices. And unlike most run-of-the-mill players, the UDP-203 offers 7.1-channel analog audio outputs, fed by a 32-bit “Velvet Sound” DAC by AKM.In addition to UHD Blu-ray, the UDP–203 also plays both standard and 3D Blu-ray discs, DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD, and audio CD formats. The player can decode AIFF, WAV, ALAC, APE, and FLAC audio formats, as well as DSD64 and DSD128. In addition to Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, the player also supports the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround sound formats.Oppo’s goal with the UDP–203 is providing a premium experience for disc playback with quick start-up times and fast response, so it eschews such “smart” features as the streaming apps found in many players. Instead, it features an HDMI 2.0 passthrough input that allows you to connect a streaming device of your choosing while keeping an HDMI input free on your TV or A/V receiver.The Oppo UDP–203 sells for $550 and while no exact release date is available so far, pre-orders are expected to become available shortly. For more information, see the product page on Oppo’s website. A step-up UDP–205 model is also in the works, and is expected to launch in early 2017.A version of this article originally appeared at our “brother site,” Digital Trends. The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo last_img read more

first_imgThe province launched a public safety campaign today, Feb. 25, that highlights the critical importance of having a clearly posted civic number in front of every home, service organization and business. Emergency Management Minister David Morse kicked off the Sign up for Safety campaign by providing blue and white civic number signs to six households in the Lawrencetown area of Halifax Regional Municipality. “This is an important public safety initiative — one that will assist first responders in being able to quickly locate those in need of help,” said Mr. Morse. “Posting your civic number can save your life or the life of a loved one.” Television advertisements for the campaign will air in March. Without clearly posted civic numbers to guide them, police, paramedics and firefighters can be challenged in quickly locating the address of a 911 call. “In times of emergency, seconds count,” said Chief Tom Bremner, president of the Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia. “One of the easiest and most effective ways people can ensure that emergency responders can find them quickly in an emergency is by making sure their civic number is easily visible from the road.” For a list of suppliers of blue-and-white civic number signs visit the Emergency Management Office’s website at . Nova Scotia’s four 911 call centres in Dartmouth, Sydney, Truro and Kentville, employ 165 call-takers, who handle about 170,000 calls per year. The Emergency Management Office is responsible for delivering the provincewide 911 emergency reporting service. FOR BROADCAST USE The province launched a public safety campaign today (February 25th), that highlights the importance of having a clearly posted civic number in front of every home, service organization and business. Emergency Management Minister David Morse kicked off the Sign up for Safety campaign by providing blue and white civic number signs to six households in the Lawrencetown area of Halifax Regional Municipality. Television advertisements for the campaign will air in March. Emergency Management Minister David Morse said this important public safety initiative will assist first responders in being able to quickly locate those in need of help. A list of blue-and-white civic number sign suppliers is available on the Emergency Management Office’s website at W-W-W dot gov dot N-S dot C-A slash E-M-O. -30-last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The promises made by the BJP to revive defunct paper mills in Assam, which are run by Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd (HPCL), stand exposed after the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises made it clear that there was no budgetary allocation of Rs 90 crore for the HPCL’s revival. As per a short affidavit submitted by the ministry’s under-secretary Rao Vineet Kumar before the national Company Law Tribunal on May 1, it has been stated that the issue was brought to the notice of Committee of Creditors (CoC) on March 18 this year that there was no approval for a revival plan for HPCL. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe Government document also stated that there was no allocation/ sanction for grant of interim relief of Rs 10 crore to HPCL and there was no approval to make payment of any liability of HPCL on the part of Government. Notably, the BJP’s Assam unit leaders had sought votes in the name of revival of paper mills in the Silchar parliamentary constituency. Employees of two HPCL paper mills in Assam have not been paid salaries for about two years after these were shut down without any formal notice. Recently, a senior engineer working at Nagaon paper mill committed suicide and blamed the Centre for his death as he had not received his salary for the past 28 months.last_img read more

Rabat – Ramadan in Morocco will begin on Tuesday, the Moroccan Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowment said in a statement on Sunday night.The Ministry said the committees in charge deciding the beginning of the month of Ramadan were able to sight the crescent of the holy month.Earlier on Sunday, several Muslims countries announced that Monday marks the beginning of Ramadan. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, Iraq, Yemen, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and Jordan announced that Monday would be the of the holy month.The announcement made by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowment confirms the statement by the same ministry on Friday. In the statement, the competent authorities said that the calculated results of the administrative Calendar show that the crescent of the month of Ramadan 1437 AH will not be sighted on the evening of Sunday, Sha’ban 29, 1437 AH corresponding to June 5 2016.The Ministry has unusually announced the beginning of Ramadan with two hours of delay.Morocco relies on special committees across the country to monitor the sighting of the moon, in line with the Prophet’s saying: “Fast when you see the crescent and break the fast when you see it; if it is not apparent, then make the month of Sha’ban thirty days.” read more

WINNIPEG — Prices were mostly higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Tuesday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $0.80 higher $494.80; Jan. ’18 $0.60 higher $500.50; March ’18 $0.70 higher $505.10; May ’18 $5.20 higher $512.60; July ’18 $0.80 higher $511.70; Nov. ’18 $1.40 lower $477.60; Jan. ’19 unchanged $479.80; March ’19 unchanged $482.50; May ’19 unchanged $482.50; July ’19 unchanged $482.50; Nov. ’19 unchanged $482.50.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $140.00.

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2016 8:05 am MDT Last Updated May 2, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. construction spending advanced in March to its highest level in more than eight years. Gains in home building and nonresidential construction offset a drop in government projects.Construction spending rose 0.3 per cent in March after a 1 per cent gain in February, the Commerce Department said Monday. The back-to-back increases raised total spending to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.14 trillion, the highest level since October 2007.The February increase represented an upward revision by the government from its initial estimate that spending had fallen 0.5 per cent that month. But the estimate for January was revised down by the government to show a drop of 0.3 per cent, from a previously reported increase of 2.1 per cent.The report showed that “the housing market remained robust” through the first quarter of the year, said Jesse Hurwitz, an economist at Barclays Research.Last year, home construction was a bright spot for the U.S. economy, and that support is expected to continue through 2016.Residential construction grew at a 14.8 per cent annual pace in the first three months of the year. It was one of the few sources of strength in a quarter in which the economy grew at an annual rate of just 0.5 per cent — the slowest pace in two years.Hurwitz said Barclays thinks the government will revise up its estimate of the economy’s growth last quarter to a 0.7 per cent annual rate, from its initial 0.5 per cent estimate, based on economic data released in recent days. The government will issue its revised estimate on May 27.In March, home construction increased at a 1.6 per cent annual rate, while nonresidential construction increased 0.7 per cent. Spending on government projects dropped 1.9 per cent, with both state and local and federal spending falling.Single-family construction was flat in March. But multi-family activity, a more volatile sector, jumped 5.6 per cent.The 0.7 per cent rise in nonresidential activity lifted this sector to its highest level since October 2008. In March, spending on hotel and motel construction rose 1.6 per cent, while the category that covers shopping centres posted a 0.8 per cent gain and spending on hospitals and other health care facilities rose 1.4 per cent. Construction of office buildings fell 0.8 per cent in March.In the government category, spending on state and local projects dropped 1.4 per cent. Spending in the smaller federal government category fell 7.4 per cent.The home construction boom peaked in 2006. But after the housing bubble burst, construction activity fell for the next five years. Construction spending has been rising since 2012. US construction spending up 0.3 pct., led by home building In this Monday, April 11, 2016, photo, construction workers work on a building in Miami Beach, Fla. On Monday, May 2, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. construction spending in March. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) read more

Alberta seeks public input into 2017-2018 budget; says no new major spending by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 9, 2017 11:57 am MDT Last Updated Jan 9, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – The Alberta government says it wants to hear from the public before it finishes the upcoming budget.Consultations are to include invitation-only meetings this month in nine communities as well as a phone-in meeting involving Premier Rachel Notley.Finance Minister Joe Ceci says there will be no new major spending in the financial plan that is expected to be tabled in March.The government, still faced with soft oil prices, is looking for ideas on how it can control and cut spending without affecting key programs.“We will continue to slow the rate of spending by finding efficiencies in government, but we need your help in doing so,” Ceci said Monday.“I’ll be asking them what choices should we make as a government to control spending.”Ceci said the government is still forecasting a $10.8-billion deficit for the current fiscal year that ends March 31.A Finance Department spokesman said members of the legislature have been tasked with inviting people to attend the meetings to be held in Edmonton, Stony Plain, Vegreville, Grande Prairie, Fairview, Red Deer, Redwater, Calgary and Medicine Hat.The meetings will not be open to the general public.Telephone phone-in meetings are to be held Jan. 30 and 31.Ceci said people are also being urged to submit their budget ideas to the government online until Feb. 3.In the government’s last budget update, Ceci said new jobs were being created and Alberta’s housing market was stabilizing. But real GDP for the current fiscal year is expected to fall by 2.8 per cent due mainly to the effects of the Fort McMurray wildfire last spring.Ceci said in November that the government expects the economy to rebound in the coming fiscal year and grow by 2.3 per cent. read more

first_imgSchadenfreude— Daniel Samuels (@danielsamuels) June 9, 2017— Sarah Mann (@SarahMannUK) June 9, 2017 The Germans have poked fun at Theresa May, with their media going in on her “strong and stable” message.Der Spiegel ran an article headlined “die Eiernde Lady”, playing on the term “Iron Lady”.Die Eiernde Lady translates as Lady Wobbly. confirmation that Germans do have a sense of humour 😂— Rachel Blewitt (@redevilrach) June 9, 2017 and also being unable to breathe in between bouts of hysterical laughter!— Frances Hilton (@Florenceofarabi) June 9, 2017— Darren J (@teessidedazza) June 9, 2017center_img— Paul (@PaulOnBooks) June 9, 2017 Meanwhile, back in Merkel’s office…— Shea Wong (@MrsSheaWong) June 9, 2017 Theresa May and her team of Brexiteers did much worse than expected in the General Election.Many have mused that the EU bigwigs must be delighted about the result, and the fact that the Corbyn surge is being attributed to Remainers.This has been further rammed home by the fact the German government has failed to comment on the result “out of politeness” – perhaps adhering to the rule “if you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say it at all”.A German government spokeswoman told Sky News it will not comment on the outcome of the General Election out of respect and politeness.People on social media enjoyed this, and imagined how Angela Merkel is reacting: 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.last_img read more

first_imgA recognised pioneer in the drilling industry, Boart Longyear has been serving customers for 129 years with the latest drilling innovations and services. At this year’s PDAC 2019 convention starting tomorrow in Toronto, the company says it will be focusing on how it provides valuable geological data that creates immediate results for customers. “Boart Longyear’s Drilling Services is already well known for safe, hassle-free metres drilled by well-trained and experienced crews with the right technical expertise. Customers are also quickly recognising that Boart Longyear can provide detailed geological data from quality core that is retrieved during exploration activities. Rig and crew availability are already filling up fast for 2019 and 2020 projects.”“It’s not just about drilling,” said Brendan Ryan, Chief Business Development Officer for Boart Longyear. “We deliver time-critical, high-quality information to geologists and mining companies to support educated decisions on where to target the next mineral-rich resource.”Boart Longyear has introduced a number of geological data services and instrumentation over the last few years to complement its drilling services and products divisions. TruShot™ digital downhole survey technology was introduced in mid-2018 and is used to capture high-quality, three-dimensional hole path data and to precisely determine the azimuth and dip measurement of boreholes.Part of the company’s robust instrumentation lineup is the TruCore™ core orientation tool. Oriented core is increasingly playing an important role in deposit definition and structural analysis. TruCore offers the best way to determine the true direction of the mineralisation of a geological feature, deposit and the associated structure.An innovation that has quickly caught the attention of the exploration industry is Boart Longyear’s TruScan™ onsite core and chip scanning technology. TruScan provides geologists with non-destructive, accurate, high-density elemental concentration data for same-day continuous analysis of drill core.“Mining companies and geologists are rapidly learning the advantages of having access to tools and services that provide quick and accurate geological data right onsite,” said Mike Ravella, Director of Boart Longyear’s Geological Data Services. “The time to collect the geological data is drastically reduced, significantly lowering the cost of mineral exploration.”“Boart Longyear invests in the best, compliant and reliable rigs and equipment, and with its global operations is able to offer a wide range of drilling methods including surface and underground exploration, reverse circulation, large rotary, directional, and sonic drilling capabilities. Customers will be able to learn more about the available equipment and services by speaking with a Boart Longyear representative during the four days of the PDAC convention.”Also on display in the booth at PDAC will be the complete new lineup of Longyear™ diamond coring bits for a wide range of drilling conditions and ground formations. These bits are engineered to cut faster and last longer. Recently at a US drill site, a single Longyear Yellow bit achieved 3,078 ft (938 m), which far exceeded customer expectations, reduced tripping times, increased productivity (more core per shift) and ultimately contributed to the bottom line.Launched in 2018, the XQ™ coring drill rods have already been reported to reach a successful drill depth of more than 3,000 m due to their design, strength, and innovative self-aligning thread start geometry. “Operating a well-designed Boart Longyear drill rig with hands-free rod handling, XQ coring rods and Longyear bits, while utilising TruScan, TruShot, and TruCore technologies for capturing geological data, makes for a complete drilling solution for increased productivity on any drilling exploration project.”The company’s engineers continue to work on innovative drilling technologies for the future of mining. As part of Impact Canada’s ‘Crush It!’ challenge, Boart Longyear has joined in a partnership with a group of innovative companies, led by iRing Inc. of North Bay, to develop new clean technology solutions that cut energy consumption for crushing mined rock. The ideas put forth by the group to date have already earned a spot in the semi-final presentations being showcased during Goldcorp Inc’s #DisruptMining event that coincides with PDAC on March 3.“Boart Longyear is positioned to make a huge impact on the exploration and mining community with these innovative products and services that help customers drill better. The company’s experts will be available at PDAC 2019 in booth 101 during the exhibition to discuss more about the company’s drilling services, drilling products, performance tooling, and geological data solutions.”last_img read more