Rafale controversy nothing but propaganda before 2019 polls: Subhash Bhamre

first_imgThe Rafale fighter jet deal controversy is nothing but propaganda spread by the Opposition before the 2019 polls, said Union Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre on Thursday.“The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) could never finalize the Rafale deal nor were the prices of the planes fixed. Yet, how is it that the Congress and other opposition parties are so confidently positing prices during their regime and claiming that our government purchased the jets at allegedly inflated costs?” said Mr. Bhamre, who was speaking in Lonavla along the sidelines of an Engineers Conclave jointly organized by Larsen and Toubro (L & T) and the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE).In fact, the price fixed by our government (BJP-led NDA govt.) on the jets is 9 % less than the price that the Congress leaders claim to have been fixed during the UPA regime, he claimed.Responding to the Congress’ allegation that Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani was favoured in the deal bypassing the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), he said: “There is no question of favouring Mr. Ambani over HAL – the country’s premier aerospace company. The HAL currently has works amounting to Rs. one lakh crore, including the manufacturing of Sukhoi aircraft and Tejas, the indigenous light combat aircraft.”Addressing the conclave, Mr. Bhamre said that the 2018 Draft Defence Policy envisions India to be among the top five producers of defence products by 2025 and lays down an export target of 35,000 crore.“In the last month alone, the Defence Acquisition Council has approved procurement of equipment and systems totaling almost Rs, 60,000 crore with most of these procurements being planned within the country,” he said, stating that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) had taken some important policy initiatives in recent years to position the country as an emerging defence manufacturing hub.Furthermore, to facilitate the industry, amendments to the Defence Procurement Policy of 2016 has been carried out recently while the Technology Perspective Capability Roadmap (TPCR) charted this year was already in public domain, Mr. Bhamre observed.last_img read more

Maurya right person in the wrong party, says UP CM

first_imgLucknow, Jun 23 (PTI) Dropping enough hints that Samajwadi Partys doors were open for former BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today described him as “the right person in the wrong party”.”The fact that Swami Prasad Maurya was the right person in the wrong party has been amply proved,” Yadav said, a day after the Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly quit BSP accusing its leader Mayawati of auctioning party tickets for the 2017 Assembly election.The Chief Minister was talking to mediapersons after a meeting of the state cabinet.”Maurya is a strong leader. We have good relations. It is good that he left BSP,” Yadav said. Though the chief minister said that it was for Maurya to decide which party he would join, speculation is rife that he could be inducted into SP and might even get a berth in the council of ministers when it is expanded on Monday.”Where he will go, it is up to him to take a decision,” Yadav said to repeated questions on whether Maurya would join the ruling party and get a ministerial berth.Attacking the BSP chief, Maurya had yesterday said, “Tickets are being openly auctioned by Mayawati on a large scale. She is not making the right choice of candidates. Tickets are not only on sale in the party, they are being auctioned.”The 62-year-old leader said he felt “suffocated” in the BSP and could not continue in the party any longer. Hours after his announcement, Mayawati said he was a “habitual party-hopper” and she would have expelled him within a few days for insisting on tickets not only for him but also to his son and daughter as BSP does not promote dynastic politics.advertisementMayawati had said SP would be the right party for him as it encourages dynasty, giving tickets to sons and grandsons and looking at others only after no one in the family is left out. PTI SAB SMI RTlast_img read more

IBASE: AMD Ryzen and AMD EPYC embedded processor-based solutions

first_img Continue Reading Previous IAR Systems streamlines security development with new product offeringNext u-blox: F9 high precision positioning technology for industrial and automotive IBASE Technology launched a series of new AMD Ryzen Embedded and EPYC Embedded processor-based products, including the MI988 Mini-ITX motherboard, SI-324 4x HDMI 2.0 digital signage player and FWA8800 1U rackmount network appliance.The MI988 Mini-ITX board and the SI-324 signage player come with the Ryzen Embedded V1000 to empower businesses with a stunning new level of true 4K@60p video performance, multi-display support and flexible power consumption to support rich multimedia capabilities. They also feature a configurable thermal design power option that supports a programmable TDP range from 12W to 54W, giving system designers the flexibility to tune power consumption and thermal profiles to meet their unique requirements. Additionally, the SI-324 signage player comes with 4x HDMI 2.0 (4K@60p) with independent audio and IBASE sole iSMART auto-scheduling & Observer hardware monitoring technologies.Developed for network security, firewall and UTM, the FWA8800 network appliance is leveraging the EPYC Embedded 3000 to enable a new generation of networking solutions that bring the efficiencies of EPYC datacenter technology to mainstream server networking systems. The system is designed with a variety of IBN modules, supporting 25G/10G/1G fiber or copper ports, and is offered with a long product life-cycle of up to 10 years.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Dhaka rolls out the mat on yoga day

first_imgLike in many parts of the world Bangladesh too celebrated International Day of Yoga on Thursday (June 21). Over 10,000 people attended the main ceremony held at the capital Dhaka’s Bangabandhu National Stadium.Yoga day’s fourth edition was organised in Dhaka by the Indian High Commission. Besides yoga demonstration, a lucky draw was also organised to attract participants.A massive turnout of around 10,000 people at #Bangabandhu National Stadium, #Dhaka for the International Day of #Yoga 2018 (IDY).Thank you all!!!#IDY2018 #ZindagiRaheKhush #@MEAIndia @moayush @IndianDiplomacy @PMOIndia @HarshShringla @narendramodi @obaidulquader pic.twitter.com/jVUrS0ekPDIndia in Bangladesh (@ihcdhaka) June 21, 2018The chief guest at the event was Obaidul Quader, Bangladesh’s minister for road transport and bridges. Also present were Biren Sikder, state minister for youth and sports and Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the Indian high commissioner.Also present were sportspersons, actors, singers and diplomats from different missions in Dhaka. The yoga session was conducted by instructor Mampi Dey.Speaking on the occasion, Quader said: “Yoga is good for both the body and mind. Tension and mental anguish are also eased.”He also went to say that yoga could also fight the drug menace as well as keep the youth away from militancy. The ancient discipline also helps add vim to workers and young people.Biren Sikder, the special guest at the event, said that yoga has no side effects and its popularity is growing globally.Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla said he was delighted to see such a huge turnout. He added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was celebrating yoga day in Dehradun, where, in 1971 Bangladesh’s freedom fighters were trained.advertisementA video message of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was broadcast on the occasion of International Yoga Day.On December 11, 2014, UN declared observing yoga on an annual basis. The proposal was supported by a record 175 countries.READ| Yoga strikes a chord in China as thousands mark yoga dayREAD| International Yoga Day 2018: Nearly 1.5 lakh students celebrate yoga day in BMC schoolslast_img read more

Star, Zee, Sony come out with channel pricing under TRAI’s new tariff regime

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) Major broadcasters such as Zee Entertainment, Sony Picture Networks and Star India have come out with their a-la-carte and bouquet prices of their channels as mandated under the new framework for broadcasting and cable services by the sectoral regulator TRAI, applicable from December 29, 2018.The new framework allows consumers to select and pay only for the channels they wish to view and requires TV broadcasters to disclose maximum retail price (MRP) of channels individually and that of bouquets.Zee Entertainment Enterprise has welcomed it saying that it would provide customers a wide range of choices.”The new regime, which is now applicable, would now give choice to consumers, deciding over the channel, which he wants to watch. He can now choose the channels and bouquet which he wants to watch,” Zee Entertainment Enterprise President, Distribution and Affiliate Atul Das told PTI.He added: “This would give the consumers power of choice to choose their favourite channels and packs and pay only for what they want to watch.”ZEEL has brought 68 consumer-centric packs, offering genres from entertainment, movies, news, music and lifestyle. It has priced Hindi packs starting at Rs 45.Star India has also announced its value pack in seven languages, with price range starting from Rs 25 (exclusive of taxes) for Tamil to Rs 49 for Hindi.Star Value Pack includes entertainment, movies, knowledge and the best of Sports -compelling content for everyone in the family.”We believe Entertainment and Sports play a critical role in shaping the nation. By including Sports in the Star Value Pack, we aim to make it accessible to every Indian and thus change the way Sports has been consumed in the country,” said Star India Managing Director Sanjay Gupta.advertisementWhile Sony Picture Network, which has distribution rights for 32 channels, has also dealared its channel MRP for its a-la-carte and bouquets on its website.Its has put a MRP of Rs 90 for the bouquet of HD channels, which includes HD channels such as Set, ET, Sab, Max, SONY BBC Earth, Ten 1, Ten 2, Ten 3, Six, SONY ESPN, Pix, AXN and AXN HD.Trai’s new framework is also supported by Multi System Operators (MSOs).A leading MSO, which did not want to be identified, said that it would improve the “quality of content” among the channels besides providing choices to consumers and bring “transparency in pricing”.Yesterday, Trai chairman R S Sharma had asserted that the implementation of the new framework for broadcasting and cable services would lead to lower prices for TV viewers, even as it slammed the “misinformation campaign” being carried out by some to fuel “hyperbolic fear” among consumers. PTI KRH MKJlast_img read more

RUNDQUIST ENDS ATTEMPT TO SEEK CITY COUNCIL SEAT

first_imgJust days after announcing she would seek a special election for a Sioux City council seat, Maria Rundquist has announced she is stopping her attempt to gather signatures.In an e-mail to KSCJ News, Rundquist says she is stopping her petition campaign because of threats and angry comments made against her on Facebook.Rundquist added that she will not personally put her name on the ballot again.The council appointed Alex Watters to the seat vacated by Keith Radig when Radig was elected to the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors.Rundquist was one of 14 people interviewed by the council for the vacancy, and says Watters appointment was political.She stated the seat should instead be filled by the voice of the people in an election.Watters will be sworn into office for the remainder of the one year term at Monday afternoon’s council meeting.He says he will run for a full council term when the seat comes up for re-election this November.last_img read more

ACL 2017: QF 2nd leg preview

first_imgAFC Champions League AFC Champions League 2017: Quarterfinals second leg preview Ashwin Muralidharan Last updated 2 years ago 20:55 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AFC Champions League trophy Getty Images AFC Champions League Al Hilal v Al Ain Guangzhou Evergrande v Shanghai SIPG Al Ahli v Persepolis Urawa Reds v Kawasaki Frontale Al Ahli Al Hilal Urawa Reds Kawasaki Frontale Persepolis Shanghai SIPG Al Ain Guangzhou Evergrande The second legs of the Round of Eight clashes in Asia’s premier club competition are about to commence. Who will reach the final four? The best eight teams left in the AFC Champions League 2017 will be plotting strategies to book a spot in the final four this week as the second legs of the two-legged ties get underway. While those who were dealt setbacks in the first legs will be readying themselves to hit back, the teams with advantages will be eager to finish the job and advance in the competition. What does this week have in store for us? AL HILAL (KSA) v AL AIN (UAE)Al Ain vs Al HilalAfter a goalless tie in the first leg in UAE, the AFC Champions League quarterfinal between Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal and UAE’s Al Ain is finely poised ahead of the second leg on Monday. The two heavyweights played out a strangely goalless draw in the first leg and will know there can be no mistakes in the second leg.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 While Al Hilal have the advantage of playing at home, they know that if Al Ain manages to get a goal the away goal factor might make things extremely difficult for themselves. But Al Hilal have not been defeated in the tournament yet and they will be confident of keeping things like that. But they need to tighten up their defence which will be tested by the likes of Al Ain’s Omar Abdulrahman. They will need their striker Carlos Eduardo and Nawaf Al Abed to be in good form as well. Al Ain, on the other hand, know that they have a tough task on their hands to come out victors in Saudi Arabia. Coach Zoran Mamic will be hoping his forward line fires and gets them a vital away goal. Venue: King Fahd International Stadium, RiyadhKick-off: September 11, 20:00 UTC+3:00GUANGZHOU EVERGRANDE FC (CHN) v SHANGHAI SIPG FC (CHN)Andre-Villas Boas; Shanghai SIPG managerLuiz Felipe Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande side have an unenviable task on their hands when the second leg of their AFC Champions League quarterfinal gets underway in Guangzhou on Tuesday. Shanghai SIPG thrashed Guangzhou Evergrande 4-0 in the first leg – a result which almost renders this tie irrelevant unless Scolari’s side can pull off the unthinkable. Against a strong Shanghai side, such a thought seems a bit far-fetched and it seems like Andre Villas-Boas’ team already have a spot nailed down in the semifinal. Guangzhou Evergrande, however, should try to get a positive result in this tie and hope Shanghai get nervous and hands them a way back into the tie. Shanghai SIPG, with the likes of Hulk, Wu Lei and Oscar in their ranks, will be supremely confident of putting the tie to bed and book passage to the last four. Venue: Tianhe Stadium , GuangzhouKick-off: September 12, 17:30 UTC+5:30AL AHLI FC (KSA) v PERSEPOLIS FC (IRN)Persepolis vs LekhwiyaThe stage is set for an entertaining AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg between Iran’s Persepolis FC and Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli FC on Tuesday after the first leg result left the tie on tenterhooks. The 2-2 draw in Muscat meant that Al Ahli have the luxury of two away goals scored which means they will qualify with a draw (either 0-0 or 1-1) or an outright win. Persepolis, on the other hand, need a high scoring draw (3-3 or higher) or a win to keep their Asian dream alive. The Saudi Arabian team are the favourites from this tie to progress to the final four but as we have seen, Persepolis is a persistent team. The Iranians will take heart from the fact that they battled back from 2 goals down to earn a draw in the first leg and will try to take that confidence forward to the second leg and hope their star player Mehdi Taremi strikes a vital blow for them.Venue: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu DhabiKick-off: September 12, 20:45 UTC+5:30URAWA RED DIAMONDS (JPN) v KAWASAKI FRONTALE (JPN)Yu Kobayashi; Kawasaki Frontale vs Muangthong UnitedIn the battle of the Japanese heavyweights in the AFC Champions League quarterfinals, it is Kawasaki Frontale who hold the advantage going into the second leg at Saitama. After a 3-1 win at home, thanks to a splendid performance from Yu Kobayashi, Kawasaki Frontale are red hot favourites to hold off Urawa Red Diamonds and progress to the semifinals. Kawasaki Frontale are unbeaten in the tournament so far and are peaking at the right moment. Their forward line is firing and the defence looks good. They would be supremely confident of maintaining their two-goal cushion and winning the tie. Urawa Red Diamonds, on the other hand, have it in them to overhaul the scoreline. In fact, a 2-0 win should be enough for them to go through. But they have been inconsistent at times and will need an almighty effort to thwart a strong Kawasaki Frontale. Venue: Saitama Stadium 2002, SaitamaKick-off: September 13, 16:00 UTC+5:30last_img read more

Hazard: Chipped penalty down to instinct

first_imgEden Hazard Panenka penalty down to instinct, says Hazard Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 23:41 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea Newcastle United 02122017 Getty Eden Hazard Chelsea Chelsea v Newcastle United Newcastle United Premier League The Belgian irritated Newcastle’s goalkeeper with his chipped effort from the spot, but he said he was just acting on impulse Eden Hazard says it was sheer instinct that told him to chip his penalty in Chelsea’s 3-1 Premier League win over Newcastle United on Saturday.The Belgium star netted his side’s third goal with an impudent ‘Panenka’ finish from the spot to make the three points safe at Stamford Bridge.The finish capped a fine performance from Hazard, who had earlier drawn the champions level after Dwight Gayle’s surprise opener, with Alvaro Morata’s header making it 2-1 before half-time. 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 Hazard says he did not give much thought to how he would take the penalty but admits it requires a level of luck to the goalkeeper in such a manner.”When I take the ball in my hands, it’s instinct,” he told Sky Sports. “I just want to do this. I want the goalkeeper to move because, if he doesn’t, I’m in trouble.”Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow said it was a frustrating way to concede for a third time, having performed well to keep his side in with a chance of a result.91% – Eden Hazard has scored 21 of the 23 penalties he attempted in league games in his career (with Lille & Chelsea). Panenka. pic.twitter.com/9Zs3hU3Snh — OptaJean (@OptaJean) December 2, 2017 “The chip annoyed me a little bit. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t, but it’s a great penalty,” he said.”There are positives. We’ve gone to Manchester United and Chelsea and done all right in spells but you get punished at this level. We have to keep improving.”Hazard was substituted before he had the chance to complete his hat-trick but he accepted Antonio Conte’s decision.”It’s not a problem for me,” he said. “I think all the players want to play. We play [Atletico Madrid] on Tuesday, so rest is sometimes good. When you score two, you want to score a hat-trick, but no problem.”Midfielder Cesc Fabregas felt Gayle’s goal in the 12th minute proved to be important as it shocked Chelsea into stepping up their performance.Eden Hazard Chelsea Newcastle United 02122017Eden Hazard Chelsea Newcastle United 02122017“We made a mistake. I thought we were good until that point but maybe it was a wake-up call. Maybe we needed it to put the accelerator on,” he said.The Spain international believes the tactical tweak from Conte has allowed him to link up better with Hazard further forward.”We’ve slightly changed the formation,” he said. “Playing with three midfielders lets me play a little higher up the pitch. I can be closer to Eden and we manage to find each other. When you have players like N’Golo [Kante], [Tiemoue] Bakayako, [Danny] Drinkwater, they do fantastic jobs.”last_img read more

World Athletics Championships: Dutee Chand fails to reach 100m semis, misses Olympic quota

first_img Next India Today Web Desk DohaSeptember 28, 2019UPDATED: September 28, 2019 20:34 IST Dutee Chand finished in 37th place overall in the women’s 100m heats (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDutee Chand clocked 11.48 seconds in her heat, well below her season best which stands at 11.26sDutee finished in 37th place overall and also failed to secure a berth for the Tokyo OlympicsThe qualification standard for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was set at 11.15 secondsStar Indian sprinter Dutee Chand failed to qualify for the women’s 100m semi-finals at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday after finishing 7th in the third heat of the event.Dutee clocked 11.48 seconds in her heat, well below her season best which stands at 11.26s. Dutee had failed to meet the qualifying standards for world championships in 2019 but she made it to Doha meet after getting an invite from the IAAF.Dutee finished in 37th place overall and also failed to secure a berth for the Tokyo Olympics as a result. The qualification standard for the 2020 Games was set at 11.15 seconds.The top three from the six heats and the next six best times overall make it to the semifinal that will be held on Sunday. Chand’s timing puts her out of contention on both counts. It is also 0.22 seconds lesser than her best time, which is also the national record in the category.In a heat that included Jamaican reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, Dutee had the fastest reaction time which led her to having a good start. She was ahead of the pack at the halfway stage but then fell behind in the final stretch.Breaking News:Dutee Chand finishes disappointing 7th in 100m Heat in World Athletics Championships clocking 11.48s.FAILS to qualify for Semis. #WorldAthleticsChamps pic.twitter.com/TzpAdxE3qLIndia_AllSports (@India_AllSports) September 28, 2019Dutee’s heat was won by reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson (11.14 seconds) of Jamaica.The timing of the last qualifier for the semifinals was 11.31 seconds and it was well within Dutee’s reach but she could not do it. The first three in each of the six heats and the next six fastest qualify for the semifinals.advertisementAll eyes now will be on India’s mixed relay team as the Asian Games gold medal-winning team will be in action in the heats later in the day.The Athletics Federation of India is pinning its hopes on the relay team to reach the final and clinch a Tokyo Olympics berth despite the absence of Hima Das and Arokia Rajiv who were part of the Asian Games medal-winning team.Muhammad Anas is not running in his pet event 400m but he will join the mixed relay team in a bid to boost their chances. Notably, India are not in the heat that USA and Jamaica and their chances of making the next round look good.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Dutee ChandFollow World Athletics Championships World Athletics Championships: Dutee Chand fails to reach 100m semis, misses Olympic quotaDutee Chand’s campaign at the World Athletics Championships came to a disappointing end on Saturday after she finished 7th in the women’s 100m heats.advertisementlast_img read more

Début des consultations sur le cannabis

first_img l’âge légal (19 ans) pour l’achat et la consommation; la vente du cannabis par une société d’État, par exemple la Société des alcools de la Nouvelle-Écosse; les endroits où le cannabis à usage récréatif peut être consommé; la conduite sous l’effet de la drogue. Le cannabis sera légalisé au Canada d’ici juillet 2018, et on demande aux Néo-Écossais de soumettre leurs opinions à ce sujet. Un sondage en ligne a été lancé aujourd’hui 6 octobre, et sera en ligne jusqu’au 27 octobre. Le gouvernement souhaite obtenir les commentaires des gens à des sujets clés tels que l’âge légal pour l’achat et la consommation de cannabis à des fins récréatives et les endroits où le cannabis peut être acheté et consommé. « Dans le cadre de la légalisation du cannabis par le gouvernement fédéral, notre principale priorité est la protection de la santé et de la sécurité des Néo-Écossais, affirme Mark Furey, ministre de la Justice. Nous voulons connaître les points de vue des Néo-Écossais pour l’établissement d’un marché légal réglementé qui encourage la consommation responsable et qui minimise les activités criminelles organisées. » Selon le cadre juridique fédéral, chaque province et chaque territoire est responsable de prendre les décisions et d’adopter des règles et des règlements pour la vente et la consommation du cannabis à des fins récréatives dans la province ou le territoire. La loi fédérale établira des limites, par exemple l’âge minimal ou les limites de possession maximales, mais les provinces et les territoires peuvent imposer des restrictions supplémentaires. Le sondage en ligne demande aux gens de soumettre leurs commentaires sur les points suivants : Pour plus d’information et pour répondre au sondage, consultez le novascotia.ca/cannabis/fr. Des exemplaires du sondage seront offerts dans les centres Accès Nouvelle-Écosse à compter du 12 octobre. Les sondages peuvent être envoyés par la poste ou remis en personne à ces endroits, une fois remplis.last_img read more

In prebudget letter Hajdu asks Ontario to reverse studentloan changes

first_imgOTTAWA — The feud between the federal Liberals and the Ontario Tories is taking another turn in the run-up to the Doug Ford government’s first provincial budget.Labour Minister Patty Hajdu, who oversees federal student-support programs, is asking her provincial counterpart to roll back changes the Progressive Conservatives made in January to the Ontario Student Assistance Plan.Among the changes was charging interest on loans during a six-month repayment “grace period” after graduation, a move the Tories said would reduce complexity for students and match rules for the federal Canada Student Loans Program.Except the Trudeau Liberals announced changes to the federal program in their March budget to waive interest charges during the grace period.In a letter sent Tuesday to Merrilee Fullerton, Ontario’s minister of training, colleges and universities, Hajdu asks the provincial government to abandon the change in the provincial budget and align again with federal standards.On Thursday, the Ontario government tables its first spending blueprint since being elected last year.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Donald Trump comes through for Alberta again with a presidential permit for

CALGARY — The U.S. State Department has issued a presidential permit allowing Enbridge Inc. to ship more oil on its Line 67 pipeline after a five-year review.Enbridge says it welcomes the news, which will allow it to ramp up the flow on the line — also know as Alberta Clipper — to as much as 890,000 barrels per day from the 450,000 capacity of the old permit issued when the pipeline was completed in 2009.Since finishing the line from Hardisty, Alta. to Superior, Wis., Enbridge has added enough pumping power along the 1,600-kilometre pipeline to increase the capacity to about 800,000 barrels, but needed a new permit to increase the shipping volume across the border.In the meantime, the company has been diverting oil to its under-used Line 3 to cross the five kilometre stretch across the border needing the permit before pumping it back into Line 67, meaning the new permit will simplify operations, but not immediately increase Enbridge’s shipping capacity.A coalition of environmental and Indigenous groups unsuccessfully tried to challenge the increase, as well as Enbridge’s work-around, looking to block any increase of oilsands production because of its higher environmental impact.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said in a statement that the permit means a good day for the industry, and the province’s ability to continue supplying oil to its biggest customer.This was the second pipeline approved by U.S. President Donald Trump. In March, Trump, flanked by TransCanada Corp. president and CEO Russ Girling in the Oval Office, issued a presidential permit for the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline, more than eight years after the 830,000 barrels-per-day oil pipeline between Alberta and the U.S. Gulf Coast was first proposed.The Canadian Press With files from Financial Post Staff read more

Brinks Canada Unifor sign tentative agreement

TORONTO — A tentative agreement has been reached between Brink’s Canada Ltd., and Unifor, to avert a strike that was due to begin Thursday.The agreements covers about 800 Brink’s workers in Ontario and another 260 in British Columbia.Unifor says details of the tentative deal will be released after ratification votes are cast in the coming days.Union spokeswoman Kathleen O’Keefe earlier said the key issue at the bargaining table was how many people are in the armoured vehicle.She said in most cases, there are only two people in the truck and the union wants that increased to three.Other issues included wages, overtime pay, pensions and benefits. The union says it is recommending that its members approve the deal.“Bargaining teams representing British Columbia, the Ottawa region, and the remainder of Ontario worked very hard together,” said Unifor president Jerry Dias in a statement.“I congratulate them on obtaining a fair deal that includes a break-through in reaching a common expiry date in three bargaining regions for the first time.” read more

Signet and Palo Alto Networks rise while Mallinckrodt slumps

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday:Palo Alto Networks Inc., up $11.56 to $212.05The cybersecurity company beat Wall Street’s fiscal fourth quarter forecasts and will buy Zingbox for $75 million.Signet Jewelers Ltd., up $2.96 to $13.97The jewelry company behind retailers Kay and Zales handily beat Wall Street’s fiscal second quarter forecasts.G-III Apparel Group Ltd., up $5 to $23.84The clothing and accessories maker behind DKNY and Wilson’s Leather beat Wall Street’s fiscal second quarter profit forecasts.Mallinckrodt PLC, down $1 to $1.59The drug developer hired restructuring firms and is considering bankruptcy, according to media reports, as it faces lawsuits over opioid addiction.Meredith Corp., down $10.14 to $33.68The media company that also publishes Better Homes & Gardens gave investors weak profit guidance for the year.AeroVironment Inc., up $2.57 to $55.33The maker of unmanned aircrafts blew away Wall Street’s fiscal first quarter profit forecasts.Cloudera Inc., up $1.07 to $8.28The cloud computing company handily beat Wall Street’s second quarter forecasts on a surge in subscription revenue.At Home Group Inc., down 39 cents to $6.52The home decor retailer trimmed its sales forecast for the year after revenue fell short of Wall Street expectations during the fiscal second quarter.The Associated Press read more

BC vacuumcleaner company penalized for pressuring seniors to buy

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 27, 2015 12:30 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. vacuum-cleaner company penalized for pressuring seniors to buy VICTORIA – The watchdog for British Columbia’s consumers has penalized a door-to-door vacuum-cleaner and air-filtration company for taking advantage of seniors.Consumer Protection B.C. has ordered Advanced Air Supply to refund customers more than $5,100, and pay $4,100 in penalties and partial inspection costs.The watchdog says the company and sole director Jacob Douglass represented used products as new, took advantage and failed to refund seniors, and used contracts that didn’t contain legally required information.It says the company also used questionable tactics, such as surveys and prize incentives, to access the homes of customers.Consumer protection spokeswoman Tatiana Chabeaux-Smith says the business subjected seniors to lengthy and high-pressure sales presentations.The watchdog is a non-profit corporation that operates under the mandate of the Ministry of Justice and regulates and licenses industries ranging from debt collection to telemarketing to funeral services. read more

Ohio State Michael Nodianos is no longer a student at The Ohio

Michael Nodianos is no longer an official Buckeye.The Steubenville High School graduate with a role in a video at the heart of an alleged rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, is “no longer a student at The Ohio State University,” according to the school’s Facebook and Twitter pages Monday.OSU spokeswoman Gayle Saunders confirmed to The Lantern Nodianos was no longer enrolled, but would not disclose the terms of his leave, citing Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations.OSU released a statement Friday that said “the student in question was in attendance only through Dec. 12,” the last day of the university’s final examinations. Saunders reiterated that statement to The Lantern Sunday, as well.“Find People,” the school’s faculty, staff and student directory, showed Thursday that Nodianos was a student in electrical and computer engineering.Nodianos, who has not been charged criminally, did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.Nodianos’ involvement in the Steubenville case, a town of about 18,000 along the Ohio River, has pulled OSU into a situation that’s increasingly garnered national attention in recent weeks.The video taken from an August night of back-to-school parties where, allegedly, 16-year-old Steubenville High School football players Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays raped a 16-year-old girl, shows him talking and laughing about the alleged rape for more than 12 minutes.Some found the video so offensive that it prompted a Facebook group titled, “OSU expel Michael Nodianos ‘Rape Crew’ member,” which amassed about 3,000 “likes” by Monday evening.The video itself, which can be found on YouTube under various names, shows Nodianos, wearing an OSU T-shirt, talking and laughing about the alleged incident.Nodianos makes several analogies that the alleged victim was “deader than” or was “raped harder than” as most voices off-camera laugh at his comments. Some rebuke him for his choice of words.Nodianos is reportedly being represented by Dennis McNamara. The attorney, according to multiple sources, held a press conference with members of the media in Steubenville Monday. He did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, McNamara said, “there was no excuse or justification” for Nodianos’ comments.The Plain Dealer wrote that Nodianos attended OSU on an academic scholarship.McNamara, according to the paper, said his client was interviewed by Steubenville police not long after the incident and that he was elsewhere at the time of the alleged assault.McNamara told reporters, according to the Plain Dealer, that Nodianos was “ashamed and embarrassed” at his actions in the video.It appears, though, some OSU students are confused as to whether or not Nodianos left on his own terms. While there is no confirmation that the university kicked Nodianos out, some students seemed to carry that impression.Samantha Arrowsmith, a second-year in psychology, applauded Nodianos’ departure from the university, but was also under the impression that the Steubenville High School graduate was forced out.“The kid that got kicked out of Ohio State, I’m happy about that … I wouldn’t want someone here that was like that,” she said.There is, however, no known evidence to suggest that Nodianos was expelled by OSU nor is there any formal indication that he will be charged with criminally.“I wasn’t aware that a student here had been involved at all … If he hasn’t officially been arrested or charged with anything, it might be a little premature for them to permanently expel because I guess, innocent until charged or proven guilty,” said Nathan Cotton, a first-year in public affairs.According to The New York Times, Richmond and Mays are under house arrest and awaiting a trial that has been set for Feb. 13.Dan Hope contributed to this story. read more

Nurse reveals she left the NHS after being charged £80 for parking

first_imgA judge has ruled that the employees, including nurses, doctors and admin staff, must pay the charges dating back to April 2016 after losing a legal fight with Indigo, the private operator that manages the car park at the University Hospital of Wales.One nurse reportedly owes £150,000 after the court ruled that £128 must be paid for each unpaid ticket, plus £26,000 in court fees. The nurse replied: “In my haste I did stop and buy a parking ticket, pinged in my registration number, accidentally missed a digit, contested it with no luck and [my fine] then went up to £80.”Q&A:  Do you have to pay car park fines?Mrs Plummer said she no longer works for the NHS because of how much money she was losing on parking tickets.This comes as NHS staff were left “broken” and face losing their homes after a court ordered them to pay thousands in parking fines racked up at a Cardiff hospital. “You also got a ticket as a patient – your mum was rushed into A&E in the ambulance and you got a fine for that?” My patient arrested, the usual thing, you’d  to stay there, it’s not a 9-5 job, you can’t leave, the nursing and midwifery council wouldn’t think fairly on you if you did up and go just to change your parking ticket or move your car.”In the end I had to pay £80 on top.”Susanna Reid said: “Unbelievable. So you stay over y our shift and over your parking time in order to save a patient’s life and you get a parking ticket which is outrageous.center_img A nurse has revealed she was charged £80 for parking, on top of parking fees already docked from her wages, because she stayed after her shift as her patient went into cardiac arrest.Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan described her tale as “extraordinary” and “outrageous” as the extent of parking fines which hit nurses across the UK is revealed.Sally Plummer told Good Morning Britain: “We would have a certain amount of money taken out of our wages which wasn’t a problem, we didn’t mind alongside other hospital staff paying for parking.”But you’re not guaranteed a parking space so therefore have to park in public parking spaces. 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

Man due in court after bag of drugs found in Carlow house

first_img By Cliodhna Russell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 11:43 AM Short URL No Comments 11,237 Views A MAN IS due to appear before a special sitting of Carlow District Court today in relation to a drugs seizure in Carlow.Seven kilos of cannabis herb and 100 cannabis plants were discovered at a house at Borlum Wood, Green Road on Friday.Two men in their 50s and a man in his 30s, all Lithuanian nationals, were arrested at the scene.The two other men who were arrested have been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.The man is due to appear in court at 4pm today.Read: Youth Defence to Citizens’ Assembly: ‘Sex traffickers and child molesters love abortion’> http://jrnl.ie/3271718 Mar 5th 2017, 11:43 AM Man due in court after bag of drugs found in Carlow house The two other men who were arrested have been released without charge. Share30 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

New markets for Greek tourism

first_imgThanks to its improved image, Greece seems to be attracting an increasing number of visitors from emerging economies. Furthermore, tourism industry officials say that Brazilians, Koreans, Filipinos, Indians and Mexicans, among others, often spend more money than those from the so-called ‘traditional’ origin countries.Santorini is a case in point. Mayor Anastasios-Nikolaos Zorzos says the island has for years been a magnet for visitors from Asia throughout the year. The island expects about 20,000 Asian tourists this winter. Apart from the Chinese, Koreans also represent a growing clientele, reflected in the fact that a Korean film was partly shot on Santorini between July 22 and 25. Another film, Beijing Love Story, also shot on Santorini, opened at movie theatres in China on February this year.Athens is also a growing pole of attraction for visitors from emerging markets. Brazilians and Mexicans stop in the Greek capital while on cruise trips and stay up to three nights. They spend considerable sums on food and drinks in the hotels as well as on souvenirs. Brazilians and Mexicans also show a particular preference for trips that include the ‘classic tour’ of Mycenae, Epidaurus and Olympia. Most Latin American tourists are aged 50-plus. Indians usually travel with family as part of groups. They are demanding customers and prefer their own cuisine.A group of 29 Filipino travel agents were in Athens last week to be briefed and possibly to design tours for the Greek destination.Attracting visitors from Asia is seen as the biggest challenge for destinations around the world, including Greece. According to a study titled ‘Winning the Next Billion Asian Travellers – Starting with China’, carried out by Tripadvisor and Boston Consulting, more than 50 per cent of the increase in global tourism traffic up to 2030 will come from the Asia-Pacific region. A billion people are projected to have annual earnings of US$15,000 or more by then and the vast majority will come from China, India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.The Chinese are projected to make 1.7 billion trips in the intervening period and their spending is seen shooting up to US$1.8 trillion. They are distinct in that they prefer to travel in February, May and October, which are low-season months for many Western destinations.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Trump ready to ease rules on coalfired power plants

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s efforts to slow global warming, the Clean Power Plan that restricts greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.A plan to be announced in coming days would give states broad authority to determine how to restrict carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, according to a summary of the plan and several people familiar with the full proposal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the plan publicly.The plan by the Environmental Protection Agency also would let states relax pollution rules for power plants that need upgrades. That would reverse an Obama-era push to shift away from coal and toward less-polluting energy sources such as natural gas, wind and solar power.Combined with a planned rollback of car-mileage standards, the plan represents a significant retreat from Obama-era efforts to fight climate change. President Donald Trump has already vowed to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement as he pushes to revive the coal industry.Trump also has directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take steps to bolster struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them open, warning that impending retirements of “fuel-secure” power plants that rely on coal and nuclear power are harming the nation’s power grid and reducing its resilience.last_img read more