The Jammu and Kashmir police has directed telecom companies to shut their 3G and 4G services in the Kashmir Valley as the state authorities feel there has been an attempt to spread fear and show security personnel in a bad light through online videos.The decision was taken after several videos surfaced in recent days, some showing local politicians being threatened by terrorists in various parts of the Valley and others which showed alleged atrocities by Army, police, CRPF or other para-military forces deputed for Parliamentary bye-elections.Officials said that it appears that such videos were being circulated with an aim to create fear among people or show the security personnel in poor light.Controversy peaked when a video showing a man tied to an army jeep in Budgam district of central Kashmir on April 9 surfaced when polling was underway for the Srinagar Parliamentary bypoll.A case has been registered against unknown army personnel for the alleged act which received wide criticism.There were videos showing traders and political leaders in Pulwama of South Kashmir being threatened by terrorists at gun point.“Such videos are only aimed at creating scare in general public,” a senior police official said.Internet services had been barred in the Valley keeping in view the sensitive Srinagar bypoll and were restored on April 13.
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. borna coricDaniil MedvedevSt Petersburg Opentennis First Published: September 21, 2019, 10:47 PM IST Saint Petersburg: Home favourite Daniil Medvedev reached his fifth consecutive final on Saturday by beating Belarusian Egor Gerasimov in the last four of the ATP event in Saint Petersburg.The 23-year-old top seed won 7-5, 7-5 against the world number 119 to continue his excellent form which also saw him lose an epic US Open final to Rafael Nadal earlier this month. Medvedev, the world number four, broke in the 11th games of each set and will face Croatia’s Borna Coric in Sunday’s final.The 15th-ranked Coric beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1.It was the third straight match that Coric had won from a set down.”I don’t like (losing the first set), either. I would love to be in two sets. Maybe one day, hopefully it’s going to come,” he said.The fourth seed was facing defeat late in the second set, but he saved three break points in the 11th game to secure a tie-break, which he won before racing through the deciding set.
0 SHARE branding and design bl22_bgakr_Nite+BL22_CORP_VIRAT.jpg.jpg April 29, 2016 accessories Published on footwear Hyderabad COMMENT bl22_bgakr_Nite+BL22_CORP_VIRAT.jpg.jpg × clothes and dressing Away from his prolific exploits on the cricketing field, Virat Kohli today landed himself at the first Wrogn store in Hyderabad.The menswear fashion brand co-founded by him and Anjana Reddy, Chief Executive Officer, Universal Sportsbiz made its debut in the Sujana Forum Mall with the first exclusive brand outlet (EBO) in the city.Like in the cricket stadium at the Mall too Virat was a big hit with fans mobbing him and vying for pictures and selfies. He also launched an exclusive range of footwear under the Wrogn brand which includes sneakers, flip-flops, skateboards, drivers etc.The company plans to open 20 EBOs this year and reach 100 mark in the next three years through the franchise model, they told newspersons.The EBOs reflect the brand personality which is personally curated by Virat and his signature is clearly visible in everything Wrogn does, said Anjana Reddy. The Wrogn store promises to provide customers a one-stop shop for swanky styles at affordable prices. Spread across 1,000 square feet, the store offers more than 250 designs and a glimpse into its latest and trendy Spring/Summer 2016 collection which comprises shorts, semi-formal shirts, t-shirts, trousers and denims along with footwear and is available at a price range of Rs 999 and upwards. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS
61: Outlay of Rs. 320 crore for police housing.61: Outlay of Rs. 320 crore for police housing. Provision of Rs 350 crore for CCTV surveillance.62: Renovation of 13 bus stations including Panvel, Mumbai etc.63: Reconstruction of 3500 ST stands. Rs. 30.51 crore for Ro-Ro services at Mandva and Rs 36 crore for anti-sea erosion wall.64: Outlay of Rs 491.10 crore for old buildings and residential quarters.65: Outlay of Rs 62.14 crore for decentralised food grain procurements scheme at MSP prices.66: Phase-wise rehabilitation of 65 villages alongside 6 Tiger Projects with Rs 60 crore outlay.67: Outlay of Rs. 47.25 crore for Nature Tourism. Expansion of Chandrapur Forest Administrative Management and Development Academy with an outlay of Rs 5 crore.68: Mangrove Conservation Institution for protection and conservation of mangrove.69: An outlay of Rs. 20 crore for “Namami Chandrabhaga” to make river Chandrabhaga pollution-free till 2022.70: Outlay of Rs. 285 crore for strengthening of tourist places with the special focus on tourism development at Mhaismal, Verul, Khultabad, Sulibhanjan in Aurangabad.71: Security upgraded at sea beaches.72: Outlay of Rs. 25 crore for “Mazi Kanya Bhagyashree Yojana” to be launched from April 1, 2016 and specially for girl child.73: Outlay of 100 crore to convert 10,000 anganwadis to Adarsh (ideal) Anganwadi.74: Outlay of Rs 300 crore for road and Rs 370 crore for Ashramshala under TSP.75: Outlay of Rs. 25 crore for Eklavya Sport Enterpreaunership academy.76: Allocation of Rs 60 crore for preservation and conservation of Varli Art.77: Hike in assistance provided under “Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana” which will cost government additional Rs 332 crore.78: Outlay of Rs. 405 crore for different schemes for minority upliftments. An outlay of Rs. 320 crore for houses to SC families.advertisement79: A new scheme named Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Krushi Swawlamban to make SC farmers economicallly self-sufficient by providing assistance for well and electricity connection for pump set and solar pumps where electricity connection cannot be sanctioned.80: Outlay of Rs 170 crore for various programms under Samata and Samajik Nyay Varsh on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar.81: Outlay of Rs. 220 crore for construction of government hostel for backward class.82: 156 online services under Maharashtra Public Services Ordinance 2015.83: Outlay of Rs 10 crore for improvement in the statewide area network.84: Increase in deposit from Rs 5 crore to Rs 10 crore of Shankarrao Chavan Suvarn Mahotsavi Patrakar Fund.85: Outlay of Rs 5 crore for monuments of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj outside state. PTI VT NSK
‘Humiliated’ Steve Smith says Australia lacking prideAustralia lost the three-match Test series 2-0 as they lost eight wickets for 40 runs before lunch to crumble to an innings and 80-run loss on Day 4 of the second Test at Hobart.Hobart Test: Faf Du Plessis lauds ‘relentless’ South Africa attackSouth Africa have now won their last three series in Australia, following victories under Graeme Smith in 2008 and 2012.7 reasons why the last year was great for SaniaSania Mirza who turns 30 today, is on top of the doubles ranking for a staggering 84 consecutive weeks.Andy Murray beats Marin Cilic in ATP World Tour Finals openerMurray was tested for much of his opening match at the ATP finals but still came out on top, playing in his home country and beating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-2.Formula One thankful for near-miss in BrazilOn a rainsoaked afternoon that saw the race twice stopped and re-started with the safety car deployed five times, there were also those who felt the sport had erred too far on the side of caution.
LISBON, Portugal — Cristiano Ronaldo says the rape allegation against him was an attack on his honor and led to one of the worst years of his life.Ronaldo was accused or raping a woman in Las Vegas more than 10 years ago but won’t face criminal charges after it was determined the investigation failed to show the claim could be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.Ronaldo has told Portuguese television TVI that “2018 was probably my worst year ever, personally speaking.”He said that “when people question your honor, it hurts, it hurts a lot.”The Juventus player did not directly talk about the 2009 accusation brought on by Kathryn Mayorga, an American who in a separate lawsuit says she was pressured to sign an agreement to keep quiet in exchange for $375,000.The 34-year-old Ronaldo said he was not “comfortable speaking” about the case, “but when people attack your honor, it is difficult.”He said he was thankful and proud that “once again” his innocence was proven.The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they are victims of sexual assault. Mayorga gave consent through her lawyers to be named.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Xiaomi is set to launch the Redmi 6 series phones in India today. The series consists of three phones, including the Redmi 6, the Redmi 6A and the Redmi 6 Pro. All the three phones have already been launched in China previously, so we more or less know the specs of the handsets. However, going by the teasers looks like the Indian models of the phones will be slightly different from the China variants. In India, all the three Redmi 6, Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 Pro will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A in China packs a MediaTek processor, while the Redmi 6 Pro is powered by Snapdragon processor. Today’s launch event will be livestreamed at 12:30 on the company’s official website.There’s no official word about the price of the phones. But, we expect the Redmi 6A to be the cheapest of the lot and cost under Rs 7,000, followed the Redmi 6, which is expected to be priced below Rs 10,000. And lastly, the Redmi 6 Pro will be the most expensive of the lot and will cost somewhere around Rs 12,000. Take the prices with a pinch of salt because Xiaomi is yet to reveal the official prices of the phones.Ahead of the launch, Xiaomi has confirmed that two of the three phones will be sold exclusively on Amazon. One will be the Redmi 6 Pro and the second one could be either of the Redmi 6/ Redmi 6A. We assume the third model will be exclusive to Flipkart. Of course, all the three Redmi phones will also be available on Xiaomi’s official website — mi.com and also on company’s own offline store Mi Home.advertisementXiaomi has been teasing all the three Redmi phones for quite a while now. The company has confirmed that all the three Redmi 6 series of phones will come with dual VoLTE support. This means that you will be able to use two 4G networks at the same time on the phones. The company has also announced that all the three Redmi 6, Redmi 6A and the Redmi 6 Pro will be fast enough to multi-task, run smoothly throughout the entire day, capture good and detailed pictures and has face unlock support.Redmi 6The Redmi 6 sports a 5.45-inch display with HD+ with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and aspect ratio of 18:9. It has horizontally aligned AI-powered dual camera setup on the back where the primary sensor is of 12-megapixel and secondary sensor of 5-megapixel. On the front, the phone carries a 5-megapixel sensor. Under the hood, the Redmi 6 is powered by a 12nm-based MediaTek Helio P22 processor clocked at 2GHz. In China, the Redmi 6 was launched in two variants — one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and the second one with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. On the software front, the smartphone runs the latest MIUI 10-based on Android Oreo. Redmi 6 comes with support for Xiao Ai assistant. The Redmi 6 comes with other features like — Face unlock support, smart object recognition, among others.Redmi 6AThe Redmi 6A — which is the successor to the Redmi 5A — sports a 5.45-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone also packs a12-megapixel camera on the rear panel, while on the front the phone includes a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. The smartphone runs the latest MIUI 10-based on Android Oreo. Under the hood, the Redmi 6A comes with a 12nm-based MediaTek Helio A22 processor and has a 3000mAh battery. In China, the Redmi 6A was launched in only one variant with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage.Redmi 6 ProThis is the phone with iPhone X like notch. The phone is all-metal and comes with rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The smartphone comes with dual cameras on the rear panel consisting of a primary sensor of 12-megapixel and secondary sensor of 5-megapixel. On the front, the Redmi 6 Pro carries a 5-megapixel sensor for selfies. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage. It comes with a 4,000mAh battery and runs Android Oreo-based MIUI 9 software.
Look, I laughed at Texas giving up 51 points to Maryland too. I laughed at Baylor losing to Liberty. We all had our fun with that. I’m not going to start cheering for Baylor, but I’m not stupid enough to cheer for them to lose.The Oklahoma States and Oklahomas of the world don’t need Baylor to win 10 games, but they also don’t need them losing to Liberty, an FCS team now coached by Turner Gill, who won one Big 12 game during his two years in charge of Kansas. They don’t need Texas to be “back,” but they don’t need them getting embarrassed at home by a mid-tier Big 10 team that hadn’t beat a ranked opponent in at least seven years.I’m not going to beat up on West Virginia. They played a solid game against a ranked and well-coached Virginia Tech team and came up short. They can still win 10 games this year. However, a win would have been good for the league.We already know the bottom of the Big 12 is bad. Kansas isn’t going to a bowl game. Don’t tell me you believe in Texas Tech just because they held Eastern Washington to 10 points. They’re still at the bottom of the conference this year. Now, Texas and Baylor could be joining them. Not just in the bottom five, but the cellar of stink.If half the league is no good, what do you think that does to OSU’s strength of schedule? The non-conference schedule is okay, but not great. Tulsa, South Alabama, and Pitt are all replacing a lot of important pieces, and aren’t/weren’t projected to beat OSU.Go look at OSU’s schedule. When is the first game people will applaud them for winning? TCU? Maybe if they beat Arkansas. Texas? Not unless they turn things around quick and beat USC. West Virginia? Not if they lose another one before the teams meet on October 28th.Or worse, what happens now if OSU loses to one of those teams? We all circled Texas as a potential loss. What if OSU goes into Austin and loses. Now it’s not a respectable loss, it’s a devastating one.We still don’t know how good TCU, Kansas State, and even Iowa State are. (We’ll find out more this week when the Horned Frogs take on Arkansas and Iowa State faces Iowa). We need the Big 12 to win those games or perception will continue to decline.(I don’t mean to go off topic, but this is the reason I wanted the Big 12 to expand back to at least 12 teams. When you face everyone, bad teams are going to look worse. When there are more teams, there are more opportunities for wins for everyone, and then it looks like the middle of the league is better than it really is. Don’t believe me? Go look at the SEC.)If you think the struggles of Texas and Baylor don’t hurt OSU, then you haven’t been paying attention. OSU is not OU. OSU is not Alabama. OSU is not Ohio State, and OSU is not Clemson. The program’s history and name don’t carry the weight theirs do. OSU needs to beat more good teams. Yes, if they go undefeated, they’re in just like Washington last year. But, well, that’s also never happened before.If you don’t want to root for Baylor moving forward, fine. If you hope Texas gets creamed by USC, go ahead. But you’d better be cheering on Kansas State, Iowa State, and TCU to win their big non-conference games, because if the bottom of the league is going to be garbage, then the top has to be that much better.If you can’t do that, then don’t get mad when a 12-1 Big 12 Champ Oklahoma State team gets left out in the cold come College Football Playoff selection day.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Welp. This weekend was not a great start for the Big 12.The conference went 7-3 in Week 1, including 0-2 against the Power 5 competition. When the latest AP Poll comes out this week, the Big 12 will likely go from having five ranked teams to three.Not only were there bad loses, but there was a lack of a “good” win for the league. OSU over Tulsa? OU over UTEP? Iowa State over Northern Iowa? I think Tulsa might be the “best” win of the lot.It’s only the first week of the season but it was a bad one for the Big 12, which already has an image issue. Losing those nationally televised games doesn’t do a ton to help Oklahoma State or any other league champion in the perception department, especially games you were favored by 18.5 or 33 points in.It all comes down to one thing: It doesn’t matter how well you do in your conference, if no one thinks your conference is worth a damn.The league’s perception is not good. We should all know that by now. Don’t believe me? We’ve got Joey Galloway over at ESPN picking Baylor to win the league. We can lament the demise of ESPN and the fact that they have few real journalists or experts left, but their opinions still affect public opinion. pic.twitter.com/4ALFIr9reN— Avery Lane (@av3rylane) August 31, 2017
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)John Emery, one of the top recruits in the 2019 class, announced some major news on social media this evening.The five-star running back out of Louisiana has decided to open up his recruitment. He’s ranked the No. 2 running back in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Emery announced his decision on Twitter, calling it one of the toughest decisions he’s ever had to make.The five-star recruit has scholarship offers from nearly every program in the country.Here’s his full announcement:Respect my decision ?? pic.twitter.com/PcxeyLXFvB— John Emery (@Emery4____) October 25, 2018Emery, a 5-foot-11 running back, is ranked the No. 22 overall recruit in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Georgia’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 3 class in the country.
Kolkata: Former Chief Minister Budhhadeb Bhattacharjee has shown signs of fast improvement, with his blood pressure remaining normal on Tuesday.On Tuesday morning, Bhattacharjee had biscuit and tea without sugar. Later in the day, he also listened to Rabindra Sangeet. He has already overcome the respiratory distress with which he had been admitted to a private hospital in the city on September 6. It may be mentioned that the ailing Bhattacharjee was released from the hospital on Monday, after he insisted on going back home. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt was also learnt that he had stopped talking to the doctors as they were unwilling to discharge him from the hospital so early. Bhattacharjee has since been under medication at home and intravenous antibiotics and supportive care like BIPAP, nebulisation and chest physiotherapy are being applied on him. BIPAP was conducted on the patient on Tuesday so that the oxygen level in his body gets increased. He had low oxygen saturation and high carbon-dioxide level in his blood initially when taken to the hospital, but the situation has improved gradually. He also had an acute respiratory problem and low blood pressure. Bhattacharjee has been a patient of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and often complained of multiple cardiac ailments. The doctors are visiting him at his residence and his health condition is being monitored from time to time.
The Canadian PressNELSON HOUSE, Man. — A northern Manitoba community is grieving after three young boys were struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver who fled the scene Saturday night.A 13-year-old and two 11-year-olds were on Provincial Road 620, two kilometres north of Nelson House when they were hit by a vehicle with five people in it around 10:30 p.m., RCMP said.Investigators said two of the children were walking and one was riding a bike on the road at the time.The children died at the scene and when officers arrived, they found the vehicle empty.“There was no driver or occupants at the time, as they had fled the scene. Within a short period of time, the four occupants returned back to the scene and provided information back to police about who the driver was, as he had fled on foot,” said RCMP spokesman Sgt. Paul Menaigre. “I guess they went after him, but he took off.”Information spread quickly through the community and by midnight, the driver walked into the Nelson House RCMP detachment and turned himself over to two officers, who were on their way to continue looking for him.The alleged driver, who is a 27-year-old member of the Nelson House community, was arrested without incident and remains in police custody.“He’ll be facing numerous charges, including fleeing the scene of an accident and numerous impaired driving-related charges,” Menaigre said.“We’ve conducted tests and determined he was impaired by alcohol.”Menaigre expected charges would be laid by Monday.He said in situations like this, the community is likely to feel shock, anger and grief.“Alcohol is involved, it could have easily been prevented. So there could be anger in the community, because we’re at the stage of not understanding ‘why’ _ that’s the anger part _ and then eventually there’s the grieving process. We want to get as much information as we can figured out quickly, so they can begin that process,” he said.Grand Chief Sheila North of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, a political advocacy organization, said several staff members from Nelson House are grieving.“Everyone knows each other and it’s a growing, prospering community,” North said of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, which is based in Nelson House.“They’re very heartbroken and shocked. I talked to the [Nisichawayasihk] Chief Marcel Moody as well. He says the whole community is deeply saddened and in complete shock that the boys have succumbed to this kind of tragedy. His own grandsons are friends with those kids so it’s very close to home for the chief,” she said.North said the leadership is very progressive and in tune with the community’s needs, but it can only do the best it can without more funding for infrastructure projects like street lighting.Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, sent condolences to members of the community on Sunday.“My heart goes out to the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the families of three young boys tragically killed last night while out for a bike ride. Extending love and support to all who knew them,” Bellegarde wrote on Twitter.Others also tweeted their support for the community.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister posted his thoughts: “Our hearts go out to the families of three young boys who left us far too soon. To the entire community of Nelson House and NCN, we mourn this heartbreaking loss with you.”The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs tweeted condolences on behalf of Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and assembly members.Nelson House is about 800 kilometres north of Winnipeg and 80 kilometres west of Thompson, Man. It is made up of four reserves, according to the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation’s website.The Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation has around 4,600 members.
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,494.23, up 10.02 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Down eight cents, or 3.64 per cent, to $2.12 on 9.5 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Up 63 cents, or 2.89 per cent, to $22.46 on 8.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 14 cents, or 2.4 per cent, to $5.70 on 6.2 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 63 cents, or 6.51 per cent, to $9.05 on 5.9 million shares.New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD). Materials. Down 11 cents, or 5.64 per cent, to $1.84 on 5.6 million shares.CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX:TRST). Health care. Up 10 cents, or 2.67 per cent, to $3.84 on 5.5 million shares.Companies in the news:Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Up seven cents to $3.84. Grupo Aeromexico is reviewing its partnership with Aimia Inc., the latest problem for the loyalty analytics company which is facing a fight with a group of its shareholders. The Mexican airline says it is “re-evaluating all aspects of its customer loyalty strategy.” Aeromexico holds a 51.9 per cent stake in PLM Premier which runs Club Premier, the airline’s frequent flyer program. Aimia holds the remaining stake.Canadian Natural Resources. (TSX:CNQ). Down 87 cents, or 2.5 per cent to $33.88. The Alberta Liabilities Disclosure Project says the province’s largest oil and gas companies are underestimating how much it will cost to clean up thousands of oil and gas wells drilled over past decades. The coalition of landowners, environmentalists and others is unveiling a list of companies and its estimate of how much it would cost each to remediate its properties if it had to be done today. It says those costs are much higher than the companies estimate because they are assuming they will have decades of cleanup time. The coalition says Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. is facing the largest bill at $11.9 billion to clean up 73,000 oil, gas and bitumen wells in Alberta.The Canadian Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2012 9:59 am MDT OTTAWA – The International Monetary Fund is telling the Bank of Canada to hold off on monetary tightening until the economy performs better.The IMF says in a new report on Canada that the economy slowed in 2012 and will underperform again in 2013 with sub-two-per-cent growth.The Washington-based international financial institution says the best case scenario suggests growth should perk up in late 2013, at which time higher interest rates might be warranted.But it cautions that as modest as its appraisal is of Canadian economic prospects, all the risks are still tilted toward a worse — not better — result.It says if the worst does happen, there is still some space for monetary easing to occur — that is for the Bank of Canada to lower interest rates even further.Similarly, while the IMF says Canadian governments are taking the correct actions in seeking to rein in deficits, they should also be prepared to reverse course to new spending stimulus if an adverse shock were to occur.Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the IMF says Canada’s economy should advance by just under two per cent in 2013 and at about 2.25 per cent in 2014. With economy weak, low rates needed until at least late 2013, IMF tells Canada
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 20, 2013 7:59 pm MDT ExxonMobil’s $3.1B bid for Celtic Exploration approved by industry minister CALGARY – Celtic Exploration Ltd. (TSX:CLT) said Wednesday it has Ottawa’s approval to be taken over by Houston-based energy heavyweight ExxonMobil Corp. for $3.1 billion.The approval under the Investment Canada Act means that no further regulatory approvals are required. The deal is expected to be completed Feb. 26.The Investment Canada Act is the same legislation under which the Conservative government approved Chinese state-owned CNOOC Ltd.’s $15.1-billion takeover of Nexen Inc. in December.When Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that decision, along with an approval of a $6-billion takeover of Progress Energy Resources by Malaysia’s Petronas, he signalled a change in Ottawa’s foreign investment rules.From now on, control of oilsands companies by foreign state-owned enterprises will only be allowed under “exceptional circumstances.”Critics charge that the rules are still too vague.Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO), a Calgary-based company about 70 per cent owned by ExxonMobil, has said it will exercise its option to invest $1.55 billion for a 50 per cent stake in Celtic.Imperial’s involvement takes effect right after the transaction closes.The deal, announced last October, will see Exxon add lucrative natural gas liquids to its portfolio through the control of about 221,000 hectares in the Montney formation in B.C. and Alberta and 42,000 hectares in the emerging Duvernay shale in Alberta.Current production on that land is 72 million cubic feet per day of natural gas and 4,000 barrels per day of condensate and natural gas liquids.The assets were estimated by Celtic as of Dec. 31, 2011, to include 128 million oil equivalent barrels of proved plus probable reserves, of which 24 per cent are condensate and natural gas liquids and 76 per cent natural gas.Separately, Imperial and ExxonMobil have discussed building a liquefied natural gas export facility on Canada’s West Coast to enable the fuel to reach more lucrative Asian markets.ExxonMobil made a big move into natural gas in late 2009 when it announced an eye-popping US$41-billion acquisition of U.S. natural gas giant XTO.
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← Previous Story Spain and Norway are EURO Beach handball champions! Next Story → Paraguay gets bronze and a ticket for Germany 2017 From 1 to 17 December 2017, Germany will host the 23rd edition of the IHF Women’s World Championship. Overall 24 teams from Africa, Asia, Europe and Pan America will take part in the event which is set to take place in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Trier, Oldenburg, Leipzig, Magdeburg and Hamburg.With Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, the last three teams joined the field of participants on 25 June, when the 2017 Women’s Pan American Championship came to an end. The pots for the draw on 27 June are thus completed.The pots for the event are as follows:Pot 1: Norway, Netherlands, France, DenmarkPot 2: Romania, Germany, Russia, SwedenPot 3: Serbia, Czech Republic, Spain, BrazilPot 4: Hungary, Montenegro, Slovenia, South KoreaPot 5: Angola, Japan, Argentina, ChinaPot 6: Paraguay, Tunisia, Cameroon, PolandIn accordance with the IHF regulations, the German Handball Federation has decided to assign the teams of FRA (Group A/Trier), NOR (Group B/Bietigheim-Bissingen), DEN (Group C/Oldenburg) and GER (Group D/Leipzig).Therefore the draw procedure will be as follows: Teams in pot 6 are drawn to groups A – D in row 6. Teams in pot 5 are drawn to groups A – D in row 5. Teams in pot 4 are drawn to groups A – D in row 4. Teams in pot 3 are drawn to groups A – D in row 3. Team of Germany is seeded to Group D.Remaining Teams in pot 2 are drawn to groups A/B/C in row 2. Team of France is seeded to group A. Team of Norway is seeded to group B. Team of Denmark is seeded to group C. Team of Netherland is consequently allocated to group D.The draw will take place in Hamburg, Germany on 27 June 2017 at 14:00 CEST and will be streamed live on the IHF website.
NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 Mars is known for its hazy clouds, however, astronomers have had trouble determining what causes them to rise miles above the planet’s surface. Now, a new study suggests that a phenomenon called “meteoric smoke” might be to blame for the dreamy accumulations.According to the study, which was published in the journal Nature Geoscience on June 17, the clouds in the Red Planets’ middle atmosphere could be caused by “meteoric smoke,” which is the icy dust generated by space debris crashing into Mars’ atmosphere, said a University of Colorado Boulder press release. The study’s findings show that planets, such as Mars, and their weather patterns, aren’t too isolated from the solar system that surrounds them.#CUBoulder researchers find clouds on Mars may be the product of meteoric smoke—the icy dust created by space debris slamming into the planet’s atmosphere. @CUArtsSciences @LASPatCU https://t.co/JMfnqkCGSF— CU Boulder News (@CUBoulderNews) June 17, 2019“We’re used to thinking of Earth, Mars, and other bodies as these really self-contained planets that determine their own climates,” Victoria Hartwick, a graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences (ATOC) and lead author of the new study, said in the press release. “But, climate isn’t independent of the surrounding solar system.”Hartwick and her team wanted to demonstrate that clouds don’t come out of nowhere. According to Hartwick, clouds need something they can condense onto. But, unlike Earth’s low-lying clouds, Mars’ middle atmosphere is a different case, which was why Hartwick was drawn to another potential cloud-creator: meteors.Every day on average, roughly two or three tons of space debris slam into Mars and as meteors break apart in the Red Planet’s atmosphere, they add a large volume of dust into the air. To explore if this kind of smoke would be a potential cause for Mars’ strange clouds, Hartwick’s team used giant computer simulations that tried to replicate the flows and turbulence of Mars’ atmosphere. When they included these meteors in their calculations, some clouds started to appear.“Our model couldn’t form clouds at these altitudes before,” Hartwick added. “But now, they’re all there, and they seem to be in all the right places.”NASA’s InSight Mars Lander captured clouds hovering above the Red Planet. (Photo Credit: NASA)Hartwick said we won’t expect to see any giant thunder clouds forming above Mars’ surface, since the clouds she and her team studied resembled cotton candy more than puffy marshmallows. Even though they’re not thunderheads, the computer simulations show that these “cotton candy” clouds, also known as middle atmosphere clouds, could affect Mars’ climate. These weird clouds caused temperatures at high altitudes to increase or decrease as much as 18 degrees Fahrenheit during the team’s computer simulations.“More and more climate models are finding that the ancient climate of Mars, when rivers were flowing across its surface and life might have originated, was warmed by high altitude clouds,” Brian Toon, a professor in ATOC, said in the press release. “It is likely that this discovery will become a major part of that idea for warming Mars.”More on Geek.com:NASA’s MRO Discovers ‘Black-And-Blue’ Impact Crater on Mars Watch: NASA Is Building and Testing Its Mars 2020 Rover at JPLNASA Spots ‘Star Trek’ Starfleet Logo ‘Dune Footprints’ on Mars Stay on target
Updated: 11:46 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Some community members asked the San Diego Police Department to take a closer look at the use of a tactic called a “carotid restraint.” While critics say the practice isn’t safe, the department says the neck hold can be an effective policing tool, as an intermediate force tactic and a non-lethal use of force.A recent review by the police department found that the carotid restraint was used more than 400 times over a five year period between 2013 and 2017.Lieutenant Jim Jordon from the San Diego Police Department says a choke hold that pushes against the windpipe isn’t legal, but the vascular neck hold which obstructs blood flow, not air flow can be effectively used in cases involving assaultive or combative subjects. The technique applies pressure to the blood vessels on the side of the neck, until the person loses consciousness.The police department’s review last September revealed that the carotid restraint was used 58 percent of the time on subjects who were actively resisting and 28 percent in situations that also involved alcohol or narcotics. The carotid restraint was applied on African America subjects in 25 percent of the incidents. African Americans are 6 and a half percent of the city’s population.Community members have expressed reservations about the safety of the hold and whether the restraint could lead to death. The department said it did not know of any incidents that resulted in death or significant injury.The police department said based on its review, it will continue to use the carotid restraint, although it will make some policy changes to sure the practice is safe. Those revisions include an annual review of the use of force, more frequent police training on the neck hold, taking subjects to whom the restraint was applied to a hospital for a medical evaluation and banning the use of the tactic on high risk individuals such as the elderly, those who are st obviously juveniles and pregnant women.The carotid restraint puts pressure on each side of the suspect’s neck, as shown in the photo below. FacebookTwitter May 20, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News Sasha Foo Posted: May 20, 2019 San Diego Police leaders defend use of controversial neck restraint Sasha Foo,
Global clothing retail organisation SuperGroup, which owns the Superdry brand, has launched a long-term incentive scheme for its 4,500 global employees, which will be funded by the organisation’s founders.The three-year scheme, which will run between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2020, will see SuperGroup founders Julian Dunkerton and James Holder transfer 20% of their profits from the organisation’s share price increases, that are over a threshold of £18, into a fund. At the conclusion of the scheme, the proceeds from the fund will then be shared across eligible Superdry staff globally.The scheme forms part of SuperGroup’s wider strategy to attract, retain and reward the best people.Each £5 increase in the share price over the £18 threshold would see Dunkerton and Holder contribute £30 million into the fund. This would mean that approximately 2,600 full-time store employees and those in junior head office roles would be awarded up to £2,000 each at the end of the three-year period, while store managers would receive around £28,000. Senior leaders could be awarded up to £75,000 at the conclusion of the scheme, and executive team members would receive awards starting at £300,000.All awards distributed from the fund will be in addition to existing pay and bonus arrangements.Senior staff will be awarded with share options under the plan, which will be exercisable in January 2021 and January 2022. Other employees will receive either cash or share option awards in January 2021 and July 2021.Eligible employees must work for SuperGroup or its subsidiaries on either a full or part-time basis, and they must have at least 18 months of service when the plan matures. No members of the organisation’s board are taking part in the scheme in order to ensure that the fund will be able to cover all employees across SuperGroup’s stores and head office.Julian Dunkerton (pictured), founder and product and brand director at SuperGroup, said: “James and I passionately believe that the success of the Superdry brand is down to the combined work of all our people. As the founders of the business, we remain significant investors and it is important to us that we share our on-going success with all [employees]. This is the right way to ensure that our great team is properly rewarded for all the work they are doing to grow our global lifestyle brand.”
A dispirited farmer at a rice market in Tentulia, Naogaon. Photo: Prothom AloThe district’s bumper boro crop has dubbed Naogaon as the ‘rice capital’ of the country. As these correspondents proceeded towards Naogaon from the Bogura railway station, the air was filled with the smell of the freshly harvested crops.Rice mills lines both sides of the road. But the young driver of the local vehicle in which we were travelled was least impressed.“There’s no use it staring at all this,” he said. “Normally the entire Naogaon is jubilant during the harvest, but this time it’s in a slumber. When will the price of paddy increase?”With paddy prices at a low, how are the farmers faring? How are the rice mill owners and the traders? Speaking on Wednesday to the relevant government agency, the farmers, and the traders in Naogaon, it was evident that 90 per cent of the farmers were not benefiting from the government drive to procure paddy and rice.Within around 15 minutes of reach Naogaon town, it was evident that it was the import of rice that had hit the farmers’ bumper crop hard.Around 5km down the road from the circuit house, a closed down rice mill caught the eye. In front it, a family was threshing the harvested paddy. The farmer Abdul Jabbar was toiling away with his wife Jamila, son-in-law Delwar, and the grandchildren.They would have to pay a worker a daily wage of 700 taka for job, something Jabbar could hardly afford as he only receives 500 taka for a maund of rice which it took him 700 taka to grow.Jabbar’s wife pulled her husband’s shirt off his back, “Look at the blisters. At this age he is having to cut and carry the crops himself.”Jabbar lamented, “Normally with the new harvest, we invite our son-in-law over and make all sorts of delicious dishes. But this time we have brought them over to thresh the paddy. Eid is almost here but we can’t even imagine buying them new clothes. Managing meagre meals is a struggle.”Further down the road, the hundreds of rice mills were mostly all closed. The boro crop has been harvested and the farmers are going from market to market in a desperate bid to sell their crop, but in vain.The prices are not going above 600 taka a maund. Last year a maund so for 800 to 1000 taka, but this time the rice mill owners and the traders are not buying the paddy.A lone mill among hundreds was open at Hapania in Naogaon sadar. The owner has leased it out to a local rice trader Motahar Hossain. About benefitting from the low prices, Motahar Hossain said, “The prices may be low, but what is the use if it is not sold? I took a 5 million taka loan from the bank and brought paddy during the aman crop, but I still have 70 per cent of that grain unsold. How will I buy the boro crop? In the mean time I have to pay interest on the loan.”Why is the paddy not being sold? At the Tetulia marketplace, around 15 km further, rice trader Hasan Ali was buying paddy from the farmers at 600 to 620 taka per maund for the medium grade jirashail rice and 500 taka per maund of coarse grained rice. He said last year this paddy sold at 800 to 900 taka.He was confronted with the question of profit. He will sell the rice to the government godowns at a high price, so he must be have a good profit margin.This statement agitated him and the other trader standing by his side. “The government won’t buy more than one tonne from one person,” he said, “and do you know how much we have to pay just to get on the government procurement list?”It was clear that corruption and irregularities was involved in the food department’s food grain procurement drive.In the meantime, it had been week since GM Faruk Hossain Patwary had been transferred from Tangail to Naogaon as food controller. He was sitting in his office with the upazila food controllers. Also there was an officer of a state intelligence agency. Food department persons were briefing the district food controller about the rice procurement drive.The district food controller said that this year there was an allocation to procure 72,096 tonnes of rice from the district. So far 5,632 tonnes has been procured and they had signed agreements with 1029 rice mills. They would also procure 5,586 tonnes of paddy. As per government rules, they were to procure 3 tonnes from each farmer, but in order to procure from more farmers, they would be buying one tonne per farmer this time.In order to verify the food controller’s statement, a visit to the government food grain warehouses was made. Paddy was being brought in small vans and other local vehicles by the farmers to be stocked in one of the warehouses.One of the farmers was drying out his paddy under the sun in front of the warehouse. The warehouse people explained that the paddy was still damp and would rot if stored in that condition yet the farmer couldn’t afford to transport the grain back. That was why he was drying it out, in order to sell as much as he could salvage.Another farmer there, Ainul Huq, said he had grown 230 tonnes of rice in his fields yet the government was only buying one tonne from him at the rate of 1,040 taka. He was having to sell the remaining grain for just 400 to 500 taka per maund. He said the government procurement made no difference to them at all.Food minister Sadhan Chandra Das told Prothom Alo, “We want to buy more paddy directly from the farmers, but in accordance to the decision of the national committee for food procurement, 150,000 tonnes will be purchased. I cannot overturn the decision on my own. But we will cancel our agreements with the rice mills which cannot provide the specific volume of rice. We will ask them buy that amount of paddy directly from the farmers. We are constructing warehouses around the country to store 1 million tonnes of rice.”General secretary of the rice mill owners group in Naogaon, Farhad Hossain Chakdar, blamed rice import on the falling paddy prices.He was annoyed that they couldn’t avail bank loans to procure paddy, yet the importers were being given loans easily.He said, “We will have to leave the rice trade and turn to selling fruit instead. How will the government feed the people three square meals a day if they put the famers and the rice mill owners into this predicament?”*The report, appeared in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir