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