Bus depot launch raises CM hope on pending projects

first_imgDelhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said most Commonwealth Games projects have been completed and the remaining ones will be completed before the mega event.She appeared confident about achieving what seems impossible – several Games projects have missed deadlines many times over – while opening a bus depot for the Games.The depot, built opposite the Millennium Park on the Ring Road and claimed to be the largest of its kind in the world, can accommodate 1,000 buses.It has five workshop-cum-bus scanning centres, seven dormitories to accommodate up to 500 DTC officials, eight washing pits, four underground tanks for water to wash buses, two CNG filling stations and baggage scanning centre to be maintained by Delhi Police, a transport official said.Dikshit said constructing the depot was difficult because of the soil conditions existing in the area.”We have done this despite the bad weather. Our officials and labourers have worked hard so that the works can be completed,” the chief minister said.She also thanked the media for keeping her government on its toes by criticising the preparations for the Games.Four low-floor hybrid buses, which can run on compressed natural gas as well as electricity, were also launched at the function. They will form part of the government’s efforts to hold a green Games.Lockdown:Security forces will place a lockdown on the Commonwealth Games Village on Sunday. Other venues, including the Jawahar Lal Nehru (JLN) stadium, will be similarly closed by September 23.A government source said rehearsals for the opening ceremony alone will be allowed at the JLN stadium on September 28 and October 1. The source also rubbished reports that the Indian Mujahideen planned to target the Games venues.advertisementUp to 1,000 buses can be parked at the bus depot, touted as the world’s largest.last_img read more

Shot Putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor Smashes Own National Record

first_imgRanchi: Shot putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor broke his own national record to lit up a rainy day in the 59th National Open Athletics Championships here on Saturday.Representing AFI, Toor came up with a best effort of 20.92m to improve upon his own earlier national record of 20.75m which he had set while winning the Asian Games gold medal in Jakarta last year. His farthest throw came in his third attempt. After a half-hour delay caused by heavy rain, the 25-year-old Toor warmed up with a put of 20.41m, just 2cm short of his season’s best that he managed during the World Championships in Doha on October 3.He followed that up with a 20.29m effort before uncorking the biggest throw yet by an Indian and raising his arms in triumph as soon as he knew he had got a new national mark.On his subsequent attempts, he egged himself on to try and get 21.10m — the Olympic Games qualifying standard — but without any success.”I was in good rhythm today. I was aiming 21.30 to 21.40 and I think it crossed that in the last throw but unfortunately it was a foul. I will try again to qualify for Olympics at the World Military Games in Wuhan, China later this month. It will be a good competition at Wuhan,” Toor said.Noah Nirmal Tom and VK Vismaya claimed the 400m titles for men and women respectively as evidence of their rising stature among India’s consistent quartermilers.The 25-year-old Tom clocked 45.88 seconds, only his second sub 46 second run.The 22-year-old Vismaya’s time of 52.71 seconds was her fifth fastest, having clocked 52.12 In the Josefa Seckare Memorial in Brno on August 28.With Jisna Mathew (Kerala) not finishing the race, Vismaya beat two challengers from Haryana — 19-year-old Kiran and Anjali Devi Kundu.The home state’s Priyanka Kerketta won a tough women’s long jump battle with a 6.16m effort. She endured stiff competition from Railways Rintu Mathew, whose final two jumps were over 6m gave her the silver medal ahead of team-mate Neena Varakil.Railways’ Bhawna Jat won the women’s 20km race walk with a new meet record to boot. The 23-year-old clocked 1:38:30.00 to lower the 1:39:30.40 mark set by Deepmala Devi in New Delhi way back in 2006.Ravina (Haryana) and Sonal Sukhwal (Rajasthan) finished second and third respectively. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. athleticsIndiaIndian Athleticsnational open athletics championships First Published: October 12, 2019, 10:09 PM ISTlast_img read more

Bengaluru FC rope in Xisco

first_imgBengaluru, Jul 6 (PTI) Bengaluru FC today said they have roped in Spanish winger Francisco ‘Xisco’ Hernández Marcos on a one-year-deal. Born in Palma in Mallorca, Xisco came through the youth ranks of local giants RCD Mallorca before making his senior debut with the reserves in the 200809 season. After a two-year spell with the reserves, he moved to CD Puertollano in Segunda División B the following season before returning to Mallorca B in 2011. The 28-year-old winger who can also operate as a second striker and a playmaker becomes the sixth foreigner in the current squad and ninth Spaniard to play for the Blues since 2013. “I am very grateful for this opportunity of playing for Bengaluru FC. They are a big team in the region and I am eager and excited to come to India,” Xisco said. After short spell with Gimnàstic de Tarragona (2016) in the Segunda División, he returned to Atlético Baleares midway through the season. His second spell with the Mallorca-based side saw him notch up 21 league goals in 66 league appearances. In fact, during the 2016-17 season, Xisco was an ever-present figure in the Baleares squad featuring 36 times and scoring 13 goals to help them finish fourth and seal qualification to the promotion play-offs and the Copa Del Rey. “I realise the responsibility of playing for one of the best teams in the country is huge. It is going to be a challenge for me, but I am very happy to belong to Blue family now and I will be giving my very best,” Xisco stated.advertisement Other Spaniards bought over by BFC this season are Kean Lewis, Rino Anto, Sairuat Kima, Gursimrat Gill and Chencho Gyeltshen. He also becomes the second new foreigner for the season behind the Bhutanese who joined ten days ago. His second spell with the Balearic Island giants saw him finally break into the first team playing in the Copa Del Rey against fellow La Liga giants Sporting Gijón. Xisco then played for Lleida Esportiu (2012-13), CD Atlético Baleares (2013-14) and CF Reus Deportiu (2014-15) in the following seasons netting a total of 17 goals in 82 league appearances in Segunda B. PTI BDN AHAHlast_img read more

Indian athletes get rousing send-off by Shah Rukh Khan ahead of para Asian Games

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 26 (PTI) The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) in presence of actor Shah Rukh Khan on Wednesday gave a rousing send-off to the athletes ahead of the third Asian Para Games, slated to be held from October 6 to 13.The Asian Para Games will see players participate in an array of events including athletics, swimming, badminton, chess and powerlifting. “A massive 300-member team including about 200 athletes, coaches, support staff, escorts, staff and officials will be flying to Jakarta as part of the Indian contingent,” President, PCI, Rao Inderjit Singh, told PTI. India’s medal hopes will be pinned on Paralympic medallists Deepa Malik, Devendra Jhajharia, Mariappan Thangavelu, Varun Bhati at the continental event. “In 2016 in the Rio Olympics, India was not able to win any gold medals. The entire country was sad. At that time our para athletes took it upon themselves to raise the Indian flag. We got four medals including two golds. Two of our athletes broke world records,” Singh said. Khan, who heads the Meer foundation that supports the para athletes, said: “My motivation of coming here is very selfish, I used to play sports when I was child. I got hurt one day and after that I was stuck at home for over a year. “I thought my life is over but when I see these players I get inspired. I have come to take inspiration and thank these para athletes for motivating me.”Deepa, who became the first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympic Games by clinching the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in shot put, expressed her gratitude to the actor for associating himself with the games.advertisement “When an athlete wins a medal its not just his/her medal its the entire country’s. I am thankful to Shah Rukh for coming today because whatever he associates with gets more traction. His association with us will increase awareness about the games,” she said. Deepa along with other athletes also expressed their desire to name Khan the official brand ambassador of the para athletes. In the Incheon edition of the Para Asian Games, India returned with a rich tally of 33 medals including three gold, 14 silver and 16 bronze medals. PTI APA BS ATKATKlast_img read more

Did poor English cost Pep Man Utd job?

first_imgGuardiola Did poor English cost Pep Man Utd job? Guardiola remembers Ferguson offer Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 16:08 12/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Pep Guardiola Sir Alex Ferguson Getty Guardiola Manchester United v Manchester City Manchester United Manchester City Premier League The Catalan coach spoke with the Red Devils’ iconic former boss prior to his retirement but ended up heading to England at Manchester City in 2016 Pep Guardiola has no regrets at having snubbed Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson to eventually link up with Manchester City.The Catalan coach met with the Red Devils’ iconic former manager back in 2012 as the Scot was preparing to head into retirement.Guardiola was taking a 12-month sabbatical at the time after leaving Barcelona and discussed all things football with Ferguson. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He insists that he never spotted an invitation to head to Old Trafford and has no complaints at having ended up across Manchester at the Etihad Stadium via three years at Bayern Munich.Guardiola told reporters on his meeting with Ferguson: “My English in that period was not as good as it is right now – and so maybe I just didn’t understand what Sir Alex told me.Pep Guardiola Alex Ferguson Manchester United snub“We met in a magnificent restaurant for dinner and I think he has said he suggested to me something about going to Old Trafford.“But I really don’t remember that. We spoke about life, about football, about the Premier League, I remember.“But there was no message sent to me under the table about United. I think I would remember that.“It was just two friends, two colleagues in football, talking about many, many things.“What I do remember was that Sir Alex spoke really fast and it was difficult to understand him.“But it was nice because he chose an amazing restaurant – and of course he paid!”Guardiola added: “In that period I had already talked to Bayern ­Munich and it was clear to me that I was going to experience Germany.Pep Guardiola Manchester City 29112017“Bayern Munich were the first club to call me, and then ­Manchester City, but I had already decided to try to prove myself in Germany and live that experience.“After that, from almost the day I arrived, Manchester City asked me again and I said that if I went to the Premier League I would go to them.“I spoke to [City chairman] ­Khaldoon [Al Mubarak] and [City director of football] Txiki ­[Begiristain] again during my last period in Bayern Munich and they showed more ­interest than any other club to pick me up.“That was so important to me – and believe me, I don’t have any regrets.”Guardiola will be at Old Trafford on Sunday with City, as he prepares to rekindle his rivalry with old adversary Jose Mourinho in another Premier League derby duel.last_img read more

The 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

first_img Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH BMW has its M division, which makes its most mental models like the M3 and forthcoming M4. It also has an intertwined but decidedly independent tuning partner called Alpina.What started in the 1960s in a German man’s garage as a BMW carburetor modification has grown to a world-renowned BMW tuner. Although it’s a far cry from its original incarnation, Alpina’s latest model the B6 xDrive Gran Coupe has some distinguishing, signature characteristics.At first glance, the B6 xDrive Gran Coupe might look unmodified. Look more closely, though, and a keen eye will notice the classic Alpina 20-inch, 21-spoke wheels and the functional front apron with integrated splitter.From there, Alpina’s modification become, let’s say less subtle. The 4.4-liter ALPINA Bi-turbo V8 makes a whopping 540 horsepower and 540 pound-feet of torque. And, as always with Alpina, the riotous twin-turbo V8 is backed by an automatic transmission, an eight-speed Sport Automatic Transmission with ALPINA Switch-Tronic, to be precise. The eight-speed routes power to all four wheels through BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. This power wallop and jumble of German engineering magic is good for a 0 to 60 time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph.While drivers are hammering the hell out of the B6, they’ll barely notice roadway imperfections. The B6 features Electronic Damping Control and Active Roll Stabilization that, as BMW puts it, “enables agile and neutral driving dynamics that meet the highest demands for sportiness, comfort and all-weather traction.”Stopping is almost as swift as the going, too. The B6 xDrive Gran Coupe includes 4.7-inch diameter front brake rotors and 13.6-inch diameter brake rotors in the rear.On the inside, drivers will find LAVALINA– now my new favorite word – leather throughout and a hand-stitch steering wheel. “Door sill trims are highlighted with an illuminated ALPINA logo and exclusive ALPINA Myrtle wood or Piano Black trim finishes are available.”If you’re looking for a German coupe saloon car that can both out accelerate supercars and roll like a Rolls-Royce, the B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is your best choice. I drove the last Alpina, the B7, on Laguna Seca a few years back, and let me tell you: even that big honker handled like a Lotus. So the more nimble B6 will be wunderbar.Delightfully, the 2015 Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe will be coming Stateside and is slated for unveil at the 2014 New York Auto Show next month. We’ll be on the floor in NYC so be sure to check back for some live floor coverage and photos of the latest, lovely Alpina in the flesh. This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback 1. 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe 2. 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe 3. 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe 4. 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe 5. 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe 6. 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe 7. 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe 8. 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe 9. 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe 10. 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe 11. 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe 12. 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe 13. 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupecenter_img The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoors Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Mojitolast_img read more

Town of Churchill says thank you to everyone who helped after rail

first_imgCHURCHILL, Man. – The town of Churchill in northern Manitoba is saying thank you to everyone who has helped the community since it lost its rail service.Mayor Michael Spence and his council say in a release on Twitter that many Manitobans, Canadians and people from across the world have reached out.The town of 900 people on Hudson Bay lost its only land connection to the south last spring when severe flooding damaged the rail line.Railway owner Omnitrax has said it will not repair the track because it would cost too much money on an already money-losing line.That means goods and people have had to rely on very costly air transportation, although a seasonal ice road recently opened.The town’s thank you says the outpouring of support has made this Christmas a special one for the community.“We are particularly touched by the many anonymous donors who have made a donation to our food bank, donated a toy for a Christmas hamper, sent a letter of encouragement, or simply supported us through this most difficult time,” says the release.“This has truly been the most challenging time our community has faced and we have all come together with the assistance and efforts of many people that care for our community and that recognize the special place that Churchill is.”The town is also reminding everyone that it is not the only northern community affected by the loss of the rail line.It mentions the Kivalliq region in Nunavut, many First Nations — including the Fox Lake Cree, Pikwitonei and York Factory bands — and the communities of Thompson and The Pas.The federal government has filed a lawsuit against Omnitrax and is trying to help transfer ownership of the rail line to a consortium of northern Manitoba communities.last_img read more

Toronto Fringe on the move

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Creation Lab opened in September 2011 at the Centre for Social Innovation and has been a place for independent artists of all disciplines to congregate, create and innovate 24 hours a day for highly subsidized rates. Since 2011, 26,706.5 hours of creation time have been rented in the lab.Over the years, key donors and funders have supported the Creation Lab: Neville Austin has been the naming donor for the larger studio since 2011, and the smaller studio was supported from 2011-2013 by Zal Press and from 2013-present by Blake Thorne.New administration office address as of September 1st:The Toronto Fringe688 Richmond Street West, Suite 204 Toronto, ONM6J 1C5For further details contact communications@fringetoronto.com or call 416-966-1062 Twitter It’s a year of big change for the Toronto Fringe! As of September 1st, 2016 our administration office will move to 688 Richmond Street West, Suite 204 from its current location at the Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst Street.This move also means that our Creation Lab, The Blake Thorne Studio and The Neville Austin Studio, will close temporarily until a more suitable location can be found.“Unfortunately rent increased to a point that made running the labs very difficult,” says Fringe’s Executive Director Kelly Straughan, “We know the closing of the Creation Lab is difficult for artists but at this time we are actively searching for a venue that will allow us to continue to offer creation spaces for as little as $6/hour. We thank the Centre for Social Innovation for five wonderful years- they have been supportive partners and we are sad to leave.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Taseko tries again showdown looms

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government turned them down once, but a Vancouver-based mining company is trying again to push through a controversial mining project.Taseko Mines says it wants to revive its prosperity mine project in British Columbia’s interior, near Williams Lake, B.C.The federal government initially turned down their proposal last year, saying any mining projects would damage the environment.In a recent news release, Taseko says its new proposal will not impact the environment and wildlife.Rising gold and copper prices will bring in more money to save the environment.First Nations group in the region are again opposing Taseko’s plans.Chief Marilyn Baptiste says no matter how the company spins it, the mine will damage their territory.last_img read more

Oilsands tech touted for pipeline capacity boost still years from deployment

first_imgCALGARY – Two years after a blue-ribbon panel called on the Alberta government to encourage partial upgrading of bitumen from the oilsands to enhance value and free up more pipeline room for exports, the idea remains years away from commercialization.In its royalty review report in January 2016, the panel led by ATB Financial CEO Dave Mowat pointed out that if heavy, sticky bitumen were partly upgraded, there would be less need to add light petroleum to dilute it so it will flow in a pipeline — meaning as much as 30 per cent more bitumen could be stuffed into existing pipelines.It would also boost profits because companies wouldn’t have to buy diluent, which is generally priced in line with New York-traded West Texas Intermediate oil, the report said.Diluted bitumen as represented by Western Canadian Select crude currently sells for considerably less per barrel than WTI, a discount that has doubled in recent months from typical levels due in part to pipeline capacity constraints. The wider differential means Alberta producers are missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.Last week, privately owned Fractal Systems Inc. announced that its Enhanced JetShear partial upgrading and acid reduction technology had proved — during a year of testing — its ability to improve bitumen quality, increase bitumen volumes shipped in pipelines and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.“We’re now ready for commercial deployment and we’re hoping we’re hitting the market at just the right time,” said Fractal chairman Joe Gasca.“An engineering study is now underway with our oilsands partner for a large-scale Enhanced JetShear facility. We should know more about the timing of an investment decision later this year.”The company is partnering with oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc., aided by a $3.7-million federal grant approved in 2015 from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.Cenovus is investigating several partial upgrading technologies for potential future investment, according to CEO Alex Pourbaix.“We’re seeing some positive indications but I think we’re still in what I would call the R and D stage,” he said. “It isn’t something we’re going to be rolling out on a commercial basis in the short term.”Fractal said it has processed more than 225,000 barrels of diluted bitumen trucked to a 1,000-barrel-per-day pilot plant from steam-driven oilsands operations in northern Alberta. The facility succeeded in reducing the need for diluent by up to 53 per cent while improving oil quality through the reduction of olefins and acidity, the company said.Fractal president Ed Veith said a 50,000-barrel-per-day Enhanced JetShear facility at an oilsands project is estimated to cost about $275 million to build. It would result in savings from lower transportation and diluent costs of about $7.50 per barrel, based on 2017 average prices.However, proving partial upgrading technology works is one thing, while putting it into practice is another, said Kent Fellows, research associate at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary.“We’re probably looking at measuring in years, definitely not in weeks or months,” he said. “There is a lot of risk still in this, which has the potential to kill it in the nest before it gets out.”Fellows said producers looking to invest must ensure positive results from small pilot plants will be duplicated on a larger scale. They also need to make sure their customers will be willing to pay to use the resulting crude in their refineries. And the projects have to be able to pass regulatory hurdles.Alberta’s carbon tax creates another potential problem, Fellows added.Raw bitumen shipped to the U.S. Gulf Coast is processed in Texas, which has no carbon tax, he said. If it’s partly upgraded in Alberta, the producer will have to pay Alberta’s carbon tax on any emissions from the process — even if, as technology developers promise, the overall greenhouse gas emissions wind up being slightly lower.Fractal has been in touch with the Alberta government about the carbon tax issue, Gasca said, but it’s unclear whether anything can be done to address it.A School of Public Policy report funded by Alberta Innovates, the province’s applied research arm, suggested a year ago that a 100,000-barrel-per-day partial upgrading facility could add $10 to $15 of value to each barrel of bitumen.It listed 10 pre-commercial technologies that have been tested or proposed for deployment in Alberta.Alberta Innovates has hired an engineering firm to produce a report to be delivered by the end of February that will evaluate pre-commercial partial upgrading technologies.About 60 per cent of Alberta’s oilsands production is shipped in its raw form. The rest is typically upgraded into synthetic crude oil, a light product that flows easily in a pipeline and usually fetches near-WTI prices.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this story: (TSX:CVE, TSX:SU)last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral moves to set up judges selection panel for Lebanon tribunal

12 September 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he has begun the process of establishing a selection panel to recommend to him the names of judges to serve on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which is being set up to prosecute those responsible for the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri. In his latest report on the progress of the Tribunal, Mr. Ban says the selection panel will be formed and take up its work by next month, and he expects to be able to appoint the judges – after receiving the panel’s recommendations – by the end of the year.The selection panel will comprise two judges, either sitting or retired from an international tribunal, and a representative of the Secretary-General.The Lebanese Government has already forwarded a list of the 12 judges proposed by the country’s Supreme Council of the Judiciary, and Mr. Ban says the list will remain sealed until the selection process of all judges starts.UN Legal Counsel Nicolas Michel sent a letter to all Member States last month asking them to submit candidates for Tribunal judges by no later than 24 September.According to the Tribunal’s statute, the chambers will consist of one international pre-trial judge; three judges to serve in the trial chamber (one Lebanese and two international); five judges to serve in the appeals chamber (two Lebanese and three international); and two alternate judges (one Lebanese and one international). The judges of the trial chamber and those of the appeals chamber will then each elect a presiding judge to conduct the proceedings in their chamber, with the presiding judge of the appeals chamber serving as president of the Tribunal.Mr. Ban notes in the report that 51 per cent of the costs of the Tribunal will be met by voluntary contributions from UN Member States, with the remaining 49 per cent to be funded by the Lebanese Government. The UN Secretariat has created a trust fund to receive contributions from the world’s countries.The Tribunal is forecast to cost $35 million to run in its first 12 months, followed by $45 million in its second year and $40 million in its third year. Between 415 and 430 posts are expected to be needed to staff the court.Mr. Michel led a delegation to the Netherlands last month to visit possible sites for the Tribunal and to hold talks with Dutch authorities on the measures necessary to establish the court’s seat, according to the report.The Tribunal is being set up to deal with the assassination of Mr. Hariri, who was killed along with 22 others in a massive car bombing in downtown Beirut in February 2005. Once it is formally established, it will be up to the court to determine whether other political killings in Lebanon since October 2004 were connected to Mr. Hariri’s assassination and could therefore be dealt with by the Tribunal. read more

SIU investigates after woman fatally shot by police in Hamilton

Photo: SIU investigates after woman fatally killed in police shooting in Hamilton (David Ritchie)Ontario’s police watchdog has been called to investigate the death of a woman following a police-involved shooting in Hamilton early Saturday morning.Witnesses who were at the scene said officers were called to 320 King Street East just before 1 a.m. for reports of a “disturbed person with a knife.”The two-storey building, located at King Street and Wellington Street North, is e-One Vapor; an e-cigarette and e-liquid shop.The woman was reportedly rushed to hospital without vital signs and later pronounced dead.Hamilton police would not comment on the incident because the SIU has invoked its mandate.The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. read more

Business report with Mike Eppel

Business report with Mike Eppel business report|central banks|markets|mike eppel by News Staff Posted Jul 18, 2013 6:22 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Markets focusing on central banks, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains.

Un photographe allemand rend hommage aux glaciers

first_imgUn photographe allemand rend hommage aux glaciersOlaf Otto Becker a réalisé de superbes photographies de paysages glacés au Groenland, en Islande et aux pôles. L’Allemand veut ainsi montrer au monde entier les dégâts dus au réchauffement climatique à travers la fonte des glaces.”Above Zero”.  C’est ainsi que s’intitule l’ouvrage dans lequel sont publiées les photographies à couper le souffle de Olaf Otto Becker. L’Allemand a voulu faire des portraits de l’Islande et du Groenland pour mieux se rendre compte des changements qui s’opèrent à cause du réchauffement climatique ainsi que l’impact de l’homme sur la nature. Ces clichés ont été pris pendant les étés 2007 et 2008.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Mais l’aventure avait commencé en 1999 pour l’Allemand. Cette année-là, il a pris une photographie d’un glacier en Islande pour son premier livre “Under the Nordic Light”. Trois ans plus tard, il a souhaité se rendre au même endroit et a remarqué que ce glacier avait disparu. Voilà comment Olaf Otto Becker s’est intéressé à la fonte des glaces et à l’environnement.Ce photographe de 51 ans, freelance depuis 1988, a déjà été exposé à de nombreuses occasions en Allemagne et à l’étranger. Ses précédentes images de la côte du Groenland (“Broken Line”) ont connu beaucoup de succès.En octobre dernier, ses photos des glaciers pour “Above Zero” ont été présentées au Breda Photo Festival aux Pays-Bas.Découvrez une série de photographies extraite de l’ouvrage “Above Zero”, sur Maxisciences. Le 7 février 2011 à 12:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

TVA SFR et Orange ne répercutent plus la hausse

first_imgTVA : SFR et Orange ne répercutent plus la hausseSFR et Orange devaient répercuter la hausse de la TVA sur le prix des abonnements mobiles au 1er février. Finalement, les opérateurs ont choisi de faire marche arrière.Les abonnements mobiles devaient être majorés de deux à neuf euros chez SFR et de deux euros chez Orange, lorsqu’ils permettaient d’accéder à la télévision sur le téléphone, rapporte LeMonde.fr. L’objectif, pour les opérateurs, était de répercuter la hausse de la TVA sur ces abonnements. Mais aujourd’hui, coup de théâtre. Ils annulent cette augmentation. Frank Cadoret, Directeur général grand public de SFR s’explique dans un communiqué : “Les informations et rumeurs contradictoires circulant depuis début janvier ont généré une grande confusion auprès de nos clients”.  Orange n’a pas tardé à suivre. Il a à son tour annoncé aujourd’hui qu’il ne répercuterait pas la hausse de la TVA sur les forfaits mobiles de ses 3,5 millions d’abonnés concernés, “afin de ne pas les pénaliser”. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Les deux opérateurs rejoignent la stratégie de Bouygues Telecom, qui avait annoncé il y a quelques semaines son intention de ne pas répercuter la hausse de la TVA sur la facture de ses clients mobiles, espérant récupérer la clientèle de ses concurrents.Face à ce revirement, il est impossible pour les clients de quitter Orange et SFR sans frais. Une modification du contrat, en augmentant le prix des forfaits, leur permettait de résilier gratuitement leur abonnement pendant quatre mois. Il semblerait que cela ne soit plus le cas à présent, sauf pour les demandes de résiliation déjà envoyées. Ces dernières seront prises en compte, indique 01net.Par ailleurs, les abonnements Internet, eux, doivent bel et bien coûter plus cher. Ils augmenteront en moyenne de 2 euros chez tous les fournisseurs d’accès (FAI).Le 7 février 2011 à 17:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mass growth leads the way for NagaWorld as revenue profit soar in

first_img Success Universe profit soars 230% in 1H19 on higher Ponte 16 share Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World Genting NagaCorp has continued its strong momentum in the six months to 30 June 2019, with gross gaming revenue rising 22% to US$872.4 million and net profit by 36% to US$245.1 million at its Cambodian integrated resort NagaWorld.Positive growth was the trend across all segments, most notably in the mass market where GGR grew 38% to US$222.5 million driven by increasing tourism to Cambodia, particularly from China which recorded a 40% growth in the first five months of 2019 according to official government figures. NagaCorp said that mass table drop grew 32% and EGM bill-ins 29% in 1H19. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts Load More VIP rolling grew by 38% to US$23.2 billion, although a lower win rate when compared with the same period in 2018 saw revenue increase by 18% to US$649.9 million.Segment growth was attributed to a range of factors, including customer demand for higher limit tables and two new junket operators commencing fixed base operations at Naga2. It also pointed to Suncity Group’s recent move to a larger space at Naga2 that accommodates more VIP tables and other supporting entertainment facilities.“Overall, both South East Asian and Macau-based junket operators have contributed to increased VIP rollings during the period,” NagaCorp said.EBITDA for 1H19 grew 41% to US$327.8 million with the company declaring a cash dividend of US3.39 cents, equivalent to HK26.27 cents, to be paid on 20 August 2019.As previously reported by Inside Asian Gaming, NagaCorp earlier this week released further details of its planned Naga3 expansion, which it says will see NagaWorld rival Macau’s best integrated resorts.last_img read more


Beck Wins Best Alternative Music Album For Colors 2019 GRAMMYs

first_img 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Beck Wins Best Alternative Music Album For ‘Colors’ | 2019 GRAMMYs Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Twitter Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 10, 2019 – 4:04 pm Watch: Beck Wins Best Alternative Music Album John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage News 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? 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Facebook Email Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Fellow nominees Category 16 Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino by Arctic MonkeysUtopia by BjörkAmerican Utopia by David ByrneMasseduction by St. VincentThe experimental pop performer won Best Rock Album and Album Of The Year at the 57th GRAMMY Awards for Morning Phase.He joins a prestigious roster of previous category winners, ranging from David Bowie, The National and Alabama Shakes. 2019 GRAMMYs: Full Nominees And Winners List Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Beck Wins Best Alternative Music Album beck-wins-best-alternative-music-album-colors-2019-grammys Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance?center_img 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Beck takes home Best Alternative Music Album at the 61st GRAMMY AwardsRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 1:00 pm Beck won Best Alternative Music Album for Colors at the 2019 GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony. Watch the acceptance speech below. Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Prev Next TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees 61st GRAMMY Awards Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Read morelast_img read more


STATE REP RACE Dave Robertson Does NOT Support DandiLyons Boycott

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Below is a press statement from the campaign of Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury), running for the 19th Middlesex State Rep seat.Recently, Erika Johnson, Chair of the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee, posted on the her personal Facebook page encouraging people to boycott Dandi-Lyons, an ice cream and flower shop in Tewksbury owned by State Representative Jim Lyons of Andover.“Erika Johnson is not associated with, and does not speak for, this campaign or this candidate. She has never supported this campaign outside of a blanket committee endorsement,” said Gary DePalma, Campaign Manager for Dave Robertson. “Furthermore, we do not support boycotts for political gain. Dave supports local business owners and firmly believes that politics should be kept out of business.”For more information on his REAL stances, visit www.RobertsonForRep.com.This statement comes a day after one of his competitors, Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury), criticized Robertson for not condemning the boycott.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Stands With Dandi-LyonsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Campaign Declares Debate Victory; Knocks Robertson On Dandi-Lyons & Sanctuary StateIn “Government”last_img read more

AFN Alaskans share intimate heroes stories online

first_imgAFN 2015 is officially underway. This year’s theme is ‘Heroes in our Homeland.’In a more literal take on the theme, Alaska Native veterans opened the convention by presenting the Color Guard. There were two World War II veterans on hand. Sen. Dan Sullivan also used his time on the podium to laud Alaska’s servicemen and women.But some of the more touching hero stories are quietly making their way through social media.In a Facebook post, one mom says her hero is her daughter, who — after being raised in a household with drugs, alcohol and abuse — is blossoming into a mature young woman connected to her culture. The mom and daughter duo have recently moved to Anchorage to turn a new page in their lives, together.Another mother thanks her two daughters, ages 8 and 5, for being pillars of strength after losing their father. Her older daughter is autistic, she says, and sometimes the younger one has to miss out on certain events because the eldest has a hard time with crowds and new places. Both little girls are heroes, she says.Other stories thank parents, grandparents and siblings for being everyday heroes to their families and communities.Toggle through the photo slider to see some ‘hero’ stories.New Gallery 2015/10/161 of 71234567Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting for Business solution.New Gallery 2015/10/16originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 680width 535orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elemoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 747width 536orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elemoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 605width 541orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elemoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 744width 488orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elemoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 780width 537orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elemoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 590width 486orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elemoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 593width 490orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elemlast_img read more

Oil production is up and DNR expects it to keep climbing

first_imgPipelines lead to one of BP’s facilities on the North Slope. (Photo courtesy BP)Lawmakers got some good news in Juneau on Tuesday, as the state’s Department of Natural Resources unveiled the fall production forecast.Oil production is up. And they expect it rise again next year.Listen nowIt was a difficult year for the North Slope in 2016. After the drop in oil prices, operators cut 44 percent of their spending. They let drilling rigs go idle and laid off hundreds of workers.At Alaska’s Division of Oil and Gas, Ed King said they were surprised when they started putting together this year’s production forecast.“When we read the news of rigs getting laid down and kind of this global contraction of the industry, we kind of expected that to manifest itself in reduced production,” King said. “So, yeah, it is a little bit surprising to see how much they’ve been able to do in this low price environment.”For the year, King said production was up about 3 million barrels, and the state is predicting that it’s going to be up next year too.King said a big part of that prediction is coming from the companies.“You know, last year they told us, the Prudhoe Bay operator (BP) at least, they told us that they were expecting to be able to hold production relatively flat and we were a little bit skeptical and this year they told us the same thing – now we have a tendency to want to believe them a little bit more,” King said.And, this isn’t new oil. At least, it’s not coming from new fields.ConocoPhillips brought another portion of its Colville River oil field online and that increased production. But the increases mostly came from places like Prudhoe Bay.King said the oil companies trimmed operations, cut costs and found ways to squeeze oil out of old fields.“A lot of it is just facility optimization and just management of the resources and that’s really something that they weren’t paying as much attention to, I think when they were out there trying to find new places to drill and new oil – now they’re focused more on the assets that they do have and getting the most out of them,” King said.In some places, like ConocoPhillips’ Kuparuk River Oil Field – operators drilled new wells. In others, like the Oooguruk offshore oil field in the Beaufort Sea, Caelus Energy has been fracking.And Hilcorp took over operation of three fields, Endicott, Milne Point and North Star. The company’s business model is to find ways to get new oil out of old fields.But, it’s not all good news. Alaska’s Department of Revenue also put out a forecast today. This one, an early look at oil prices. Analysts are saying that oil prices won’t increase as quickly as previously thought.They predict oil won’t climb to $75 per barrel until 2027, and they attribute most of that increase to inflation.last_img read more