APTN National NewsThunder Bay is the largest city in northwestern Ontario.At first glance it looks like any other Canadian city.Except it isn’t.APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports that after a summer of bloody violence, Thunder Bay is anything but a typical northern community.
TOKYO – Global stocks rose modestly on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a press conference by President-elect Donald Trump for details on trade and clarifications about Russia’s role in the election.KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX was up 0.3 per cent at 11,618 while France’s CAC 40 gained 0.1 per cent to 4,894. Britain’s FTSE 100 added 0.1 per cent to 7,283. U.S. shares were also set to drift higher, with Dow and S&P futures both up 0.1 per cent.TRUMP FACTOR: Investors are awaiting Trump’s first news conference in nearly six months, as questions fly over Russia’s role in the election year hacking of Democratic groups. Investors are awaiting news on Trump’s plan to disengage from his businesses and on his policy positions on international trade.THE QUOTE: “Trading is likely to remain cautious ahead of press conferences with Fed members on Thursday, and Trump tonight. There is little in the way of data to drive sentiment prior to these events,” Alex Furber, a sales trader at CMC Markets, said in a commentary.SAMSUNG: Samsung’s strong earnings forecast helped drive gains on the South Korean stock market, where the Kospi added 1.5 per cent to 2,075.17, its highest close in over a year. Samsung Electronics, the country’s biggest company, finished at a fresh record high of 1,914,000 won, up 2.8 per cent, lifted by expectations of strong earnings by its computer chip business.VW SCANDAL: Shares in Volkswagen were up almost 4 per cent after the company said it is in advanced talks to settle a criminal case over its emissions scandal by pleading guilty to unspecified charges and paying $4.3 billion in criminal and civil fines. While the sum is far larger than any recent case involving the auto industry, a settlement would help end uncertainty and the company is strong enough financially to be able to handle it.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.3 per cent to close at 19,364.67. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.2 per cent to 5,771.50. South Korea’s Kospi was up 1.5 per cent at 2,075.17. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.8 per cent to 22,935.35, but the Shanghai Composite slipped 0.8 per cent to 3,136.75. Shares in Southeast Asia were mostly higher.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude rose 25 cents to $51.07 a barrel in electronic trading, having lost $1.14 the day before. Brent crude, which is used to price oil sold internationally, added 24 cents to $53.88.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 116.24 yen from 115.65 yen the day before. The euro fell to $1.0507 from $1.0607. The pound continued to weaken amid concern that Britain might break off completely from the European Union’s single market. The currency was at $1.2119, from $1.2177 the day before.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/yuri-kageyama A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing Nikkei stock index at a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday morning on the back of a strengthening dollar and quiet trading ahead of remarks by president-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama) by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Jan 10, 2017 8:26 am MDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2017 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Global stocks edge up as investors look to Trump remarks
Changes to the congestion charge will not significantly cut CO2, nor will they drive down traffic in central London. However, families who need larger cars could face bills of up to £6,000 a year. SMMT has re-stated these concerns today, following the mayor of London’s press briefing this morning. From 27 October, cars that emit more than 225 g/km CO2 will pay £25 to enter the central London charging zone. Band A and B cars, those that emit less than 120 g/km, will be eligible for a 100 per cent discount. The mayor did not make clear how long discounts would apply. Drivers of cars within bands C to F will pay the current £8 a day charge. The scheme has been billed as a gas-guzzler tax. However, families with some variants of popular cars like the Ford Mondeo, Renault Espace or Vauxhall Vectra will be forced to pay £25 a day just to drive within the zone. ‘This is totally disproportionate and does not present a consistent signal to consumers,’ said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt. ‘The mayor has made it clear that charges will be varied in future and has not clarified the period in which discounts will apply. ‘We can be confident that this means higher charges and the gradual erosion of discounts for band A and B cars. I shall therefore be writing to the mayor seeking a three-year application period before any further changes are made to the scheme.’ TfL figures suggest a CO2 saving of up to 8,100 tonnes under the changes. That compares to total ground-based transport emissions in London of 9.7 million tonnes. In other words, the maximum benefit for the capital would be a CO2 reduction of just 0.084 per cent. This compares to average new car CO2 emissions which have come down by 13 per cent in a decade, saving an estimated million tonnes of CO2 each year. The biggest improvements have come in the 4×4 and MPV segments, down 20 and 24 per cent respectively. SMMT supports the mayor’s stated aim to reduce congestion. However, independent reports suggest that changes could encourage between 4-10,000 additional cars onto central London roads. That could mean more congestion and delays for drivers within the zone. Notes: 1. At Ã¢â€š¬20 bn, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest investor in R&D, driving industry forward and helping deliver more sustainable motoring for the 21st century. Technological innovation has helped car and CV manufacturers slash CO2 and air quality emissions from vehicles. New diesel cars for example emit 95 per cent less soot from the tailpipe than those made 15 years ago and average new car CO2 has been cut by 13 per cent since 1997. Each vehicle made in Britain requires half the energy to produce than it did just five years ago, saving an estimated 700,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. Total combined waste to landfill down by more than half, from 80,399 tonnes in 2000 to 39,862 tonnes in 2006. For more details, download SMMT’s eighth annual Sustainability Report from the SMMT web site www.smmt.co.uk/category/reports/. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Researchers at Brock University and across Canada are in the process of complying with the federal government’s Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications.Effective May 1, the policy requires government-funded researchers to make their publications freely accessible within 12 months of publication, either through an Open Access journal or via an online archive such as the Brock Digital Repository.As part of International Open Access Week, The Office of Research Services has asked three Brock University researchers four questions about their thoughts and experiences with Open Access publishing. For more information on Open Access at Brock University: http://brocku.ca/library/about-us-lib/openaccessVeena Dwivedi, associate professor, Department of Applied Linguistics and creator of the Brain and Language Lab Q: How important is it for your research to be widely available to the public via Open Access?A: For me, it’s extremely important. From a moral standpoint, the Canadian public has paid for my research via their tax dollars. I don’t see why it shouldn’t be accessible. In addition, the whole point of scholarly research is to benefit humanity. If they can’t see the work, what’s the point?Q: How will Canada’s new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications affect your research and publishing?A: I hope that Brock follows through on creating an open access hub. Open access is expensive. This means that now in applying for grants, I’ll have to make that a staple in my budgetary planning.Q: What experiences have you had with publishing in an Open Access journal or archiving your work in an Open Access repository?A: I’ve published in PLoS One (via support from Brock) and have another paper under review at Frontiers. I love it because now, I can just send people the link of my paper if they want to know about it. It’s also available on ResearchGate, and I get tons of downloads there. So I’d say so far, so good. I’ll have a bit more to say once I get feedback from Frontiers.Q: What are some of the benefits and challenges you see regarding Open Access?A: As I’ve already mentioned, the benefits are accessibility and ease of dissemination. Also, as I mentioned, there is an ethical issue here. So those are the benefits. The challenges are that it costs the researcher, and research dollars are constantly on the squeeze. So I don’t know how this will play out long term.Sid Segalowitz, professor, Department of Psychology and director, Jack And Nora Walker Centre For Lifespan Development ResearchQ: How important is it for your research to be widely available to the public via Open Access?A: My work is specialized so other researchers normally always have access or write to me to get a copy. It is helpful but not essential.Q: How will Canada’s new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications affect your research and publishing?A: I have not had time to review it entirely, but the idea of making some penultimate form available is not a problem, but will involve some work because the final edits are sometimes done on the copyrighted proofs. But these can be transferred easily to the submission copy.Q: What experiences have you had with publishing in an Open Access journal or archiving your work in an Open Access repository?A: Not used a repository but really should. It’s just another step. I have published in Frontiers once, and was supported by CRISS for this. I am not sure how often I would publish in Open Access if it will cost me $1,600 or $3,000 each time. I’d rather the money go to supporting the students.Q: What are some of the benefits and challenges you see regarding Open Access?A: The biggest challenges are the costs and the fact that some of the OA journals are questionable. It has become a venue for rip-offs so in fact I only check out two OA journals (Frontiers, PLoS), and Frontiers I have found sometimes has questionable papers published (they are a profit company after all). Frontiers beats the bushes for submissions. Other journals that permit OA but are pay journals (the Oxford series, for example) charge $3,000 last time I checked and of course I download these occasionally. The benefits are obvious if the restriction to publish is not simply driven from the impoverished reader to the poor researcher. This is not a real solution. So the repository approach is probably best. Ana Sanchez, associate professor, Department of Health Sciences Q: How important is it for your research to be widely available to the public via Open Access?A: It’s extremely important. My work focuses on neglected tropical diseases that affect impoverished populations in developing countries. Researchers, practitioners, policy makers, working in those countries benefit greatly from the capacity to access my research free of charge to them and their institutions. Likewise, researchers in high-income countries can access my work right away. OA increases accessibility and democratizes knowledge.Q: How will Canada’s new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications affect your research and publishing?A: The new policy supports my standpoint that knowledge should be free; especially if such knowledge can help improve the life of others. It is vital that researchers share (ideas, data, methods, and even negative findings) so the scientific community can build upon that and scientific knowledge grows faster and more efficiently. Also, OA translates into transparency and accountability of the use of public funding.Q: What experiences have you had with publishing in an Open Access journal or archiving your work in an Open Access repository?A: All my papers in the last few years are in OA journals and my experience has been very satisfactory with the quality of the peer-review all the way to editorial aspects. I only had one bad experience when the lead author chose a journal of low reputation at the time and the review was merely editorial, not scientific.Q: What are some of the benefits and challenges you see regarding Open Access?A: Benefits: worldwide access through the internet; more exposure of my work; increase Brock’s visibility. I also like not giving copyright of my ideas and data to publishers, not having to ask permission to use my own graphs etc. Creative commons is a great way to license our work (there are many versions). Another benefit is that libraries don’t have to pay exaggerated amounts of money to subscribe to paid journals (regardless if they are online or paper).Challenges:Getting funds for AO processing fees. Fees can be expensive (from $2,500 to $6,000 per article) and as research funding is scarce. We need Brock to set funds aside for our OA publishing.Time. Once the paper is accepted in its final form, journals want a quick turnaround for proofreading or for enhancing an image. Sometimes I have so many other commitments that I rush into the revision and always feel anxious that I left a typo or something. I wish we had help from ORS in these cases.There are so many OA journals these days. Many are in for the money and have no ethics (aka “predatory journals”), and many are simply fake and scam honest researchers. Other journals are good but if they lose their funding and disappear, articles may disappear as well (sustainability is a huge issue). Identifying the right journal is a challenge but there exist various resources to identify them. Also as more journals exist, the demand for reviewers is great so sometimes it takes a few months to get a paper reviewed.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — While leading the Buffalo Bills to a second straight win, it sounds as if rookie quarterback Josh Allen might have made a positive impression on one of his harshest critics.After he was reminded this week of how Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey once referred to him as “trash,” Allen was making his way off the field following a 24-21 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday when he was tapped him on the back. Allen turned to see Ramsey with his hand outstretched.“He just shook my hand and said, ‘Good job,’” Allen said.“He’s an ultimate competitor just like myself, and maybe it’s a respect thing. I’m not really sure,” he added. “But I appreciate that, and it takes a big man to do that.”Showing few signs of the sprained right elbow that sidelined him the past five weeks, Allen completed a 75-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster. Then the 22-year-old Allen punctuated his return by posing in the end zone with his biceps flexed after breaking two tackles and scoring the go-ahead touchdown on a 14-yard run at the start of the fourth quarter.“I love the fire. He personifies Buffalo, right? He’s a hard worker, blue-collar kid, and loves to compete,” coach Sean McDermott said. “He’s still so young, so again, let’s manage expectations. It was a good start for him.”Ramsey credited Allen for leading the Bills to the victory, but didn’t exactly take back the comments he made about the quarterback in a story published in GQ magazine in August.“It doesn’t matter what I said. I’m sure that’s really what he was thinking,” Ramsey said. “You can have opinions, but it’s about what you go out there and do. And what he did was go out there for his team and get a win.”Allen was far from perfect while exhibiting some of the inconsistency he showed while going 2-3 before he got hurt in a 20-13 loss at Houston on Oct. 14. He finished 8 of 19 for 160 yards, and his touchdown to Foster was the longest completion by a Bills quarterback since Week 2 of the 2016 season.Allen also had a team-leading 99 yards rushing to set a franchise record for quarterbacks.The Bills finished with 327 yards of offence for their second-best total this season and their top total with Allen at quarterback. He also didn’t turn the ball over, after throwing five interceptions and losing a fumble in his previous six appearances.It was the type of development McDermott wanted to see from Allen. He started the rookie ahead of journeyman Matt Barkley, who led Buffalo to a 41-10 win over the New York Jets before the Bills’ bye week.The Bills invested plenty into Allen by trading up five spots to select him seventh overall — the highest position in the draft order Buffalo has ever chosen a quarterback.“It was a good start for him,” McDermott added. “That’s a heck of a defence out there.”Allen set up Buffalo’s first touchdown drive — a 6-yard run by Isaiah McKenzie — with a 32-yard pass to Kelvin Benjamin, who was being covered by Ramsey.The Bills then scored on their next possession on Allen’s pass to Foster. Standing in the pocket, with pass-rushers Yannick Ngakoue and Dawuane Smoot closing in on him, Allen found Foster wide open up the right sideline.Allen didn’t get to see the completion because he was hit just as he released the pass.“Whether I’m standing up or laying down on the ground, a touchdown is a touchdown and that feeling won’t change,” he said. “It was awesome.”Bills safety Jordan Poyer was impressed by what he saw from Allen.“Jalen can say whatever he wants to say about Josh, but Josh came in there and handled that defence today,” Poyer said.Allen played down any hint of bitterness he might hold against Ramsey.“There was a lot of trash-talking before and after, but ultimately my job is to go out there and help this team win football games,” he said.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJohn Wawrow, The Associated Press
Alexander Zverev, the 20-year-old tennis wunderkind now ranked fourth in the world, has everything a future champion could hope for. He’s tall — 6 foot 6 — yet coordinated. He has a strong serve and hits deadly forehands and backhands. Zverev already has six ATP titles, including two Masters titles he won by beating Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in finals. There’s just one problem: At Grand Slam tournaments, he’s a dud.There’s no obvious reason why: Zverev looks and trains like a Grand Slam contender. His serve and steady strokes should dominate in best-of-five-set matches, and by all accounts he’s in excellent physical shape. Yet at major tournaments, he struggles and, inevitably, stumbles. In his career as a pro, Zverev has never gone beyond the fourth round at a major, and he only got that far once. He never reached higher than the third round at the Australian Open and French Open, and he topped out at just the second round in the U.S. Open.When you compare Zverev to other current tennis stars, his Slam failures stand out. Active men’s pros who have won majors produced a range of results in their early years.1Through the year in which they turned 20. Rafael Nadal, the most astonishing youngster of the bunch, won 17 ATP tournaments through his age-20 season, including one French Open title. Nadal leads top pros with the highest overall winning percentage, followed by Djokovic, Andy Murray, and then Zverev. Through last year, Zverev even had a winning percentage of .407 against players ranked in the top 10, which was better than that of Federer and Djokovic at the same age, though still only good for fifth best on our list of standouts.2Behind Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, Stan Wawrinka and Murray.But at the Grand Slams, Zverev fades away. He has the second-worst winning percentage among this group, just barely ahead of Juan Martin del Potro. Djokovic, now the winner of 12 major titles, had reached one Grand Slam final before the end of his age-20 season. Andy Murray reached the fourth round at three of the Slams. Even Marin Cilic, who had a losing record in his early years, had a higher winning percentage than Zverev in Slams.Zverev’s early losses don’t seem to have anything to do with unlucky draws, either. Some matches, in fact, are the opposite: He blew wins that, by rankings, should have been his. In 2015, he lost the second round of Wimbledon to a wild card, the small, quick American Denis Kudla. In 2016, Zverev was seeded No. 27 at the U.S. Open when he lost to an unseeded Brit, Daniel Evans. Last year was the worst of all. At the French Open, he lost in the first round to Fernando Verdasco, a 33-year-old solid clay court player, but unseeded. And then at the U.S. Open, Zverev, ranked No. 4 in the world, couldn’t outhit the smaller and unseeded Borna Coric, who won in four sets. (Coric lost his next match.)So far at the Australian Open, Zverev has won two rounds fairly easily and will face another young opponent, 21-year-old Hyeon Chung, who is not seeded, in the third round. If Zverev gets through that round, he could next face Novak Djokovic, who is trying to make a comeback from his right elbow injury. In other words, this just might be an ideal Slam for a strong Zverev run.No matter what happens, though, Zverev has one thing working in his favor: time. Tennis champions are lasting longer these days, but Federer and Nadal won’t be around forever. And Zverev looks like he can still improve. If all goes well, maybe his Grand Slam story will change from struggles to dominance.
Afterwards, Ms Jenkins attempted to cover up her relationship with Pupil A by paying Individual C about £13,000 – wholly or partly so he would not report it.She later claimed this was motivated by buying him out of the house they shared, but the panel, sitting in Coventry, did not believe her.Ms Jenkins told the school the man “always threatened to tell the school. I paid him off in the end as he wouldn’t leave the house and asked for money to stop him telling.”Pupil A backed up this version of events.The relationship began in April 2007 and lasted for almost two years, the hearing was told.Decision maker Alan Meyrick, on behalf of education secretary Justine Greening, ruled that, in view of the seriousness of the case, she will not be entitled to apply for restoration of her eligibility to teach.In March, the former head of PE at the same school was struck off after sending photos of himself in his underwear to a schoolgirl.David Richardson was the head of PE at the school, now called Outwood Academy Danum, when he sent texts and WhatsApp messages to a student, including images of himself in his underwear.Alumni include Spurs and England footballer Danny Rose. 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. Teacher panellist Dr Robert Cawley said: “Pupil A describes how she had sex with Individual A but cried and had asked for it to stop as she did not want to have sex with a man.” Francoise Jenkins pictured in 2001Credit:Johnson Press / SWNS.com A female teacher who took part in an orgy with a sixth form girl during a two year affair has been banned from the classroom for life.Francoise Jenkins, 45, a mother who was in a heterosexual relationship with one of the men who took part in the sex sessions, later paid him £13,000 “silence money” after they split up.She had befriended the “vulnerable pupil” at Danum Academy, Doncaster, where she was a supply teacher, seducing her after obtaining her mobile phone number from the school’s database.Text messages included personal information about the “problems she was having with Individual C”, the man she was living with.They first had three in a bed sex on the night of the school prom. Ms Jenkins met the girl, Pupil A, for a drink after the school disco and took her home where she admitted having sex both with her and Individual C.Pupil A later told the school she engaged in sexual activity with both Ms Jenkins and Individual C.She said in a statement that as it progressed Individual C became more involved but they did not have full sex as she was “worried about becoming pregnant”.Another time Pupil A was invited to the house with a male friend, Individual A, and all four of them, including Ms Jenkins and Individual C, had sex.A professional conduct panel of the National College for Teaching and Leadership found Ms Jenkins guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.
We first started hearing about the HD update the original Halo Xbox game was undergoing back in February. Then Microsoft started hinting at it and showed a demo at E3, but we haven’t really got to see any extended segments of gameplay from Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary until now.The video above has just been released and includes gameplay from the E3 build. The main focus of the walkthrough is showing off the updated visuals and the fact this is the exact same gameplay and campaign we were all enjoying a decade ago.AdChoices广告343 Industries, who were tasked with updating the game for Microsoft, managed to update the look without effecting the gameplay by using a hardware trick. They figured out a way to run the original game engine at the same time as the new one supplying the HD visuals. So in effect this is a true run through of the original, just with a veil of HD painted over the top. To prove that is the case, 343 has included Classic Mode, which at the push of a button reverts the graphics back to the original 2001 version. This is a nice option to have, as once you’ve become accustomed to seeing all games in HD, it’s easy to forget what we used to class as cutting edge graphics. The fact it is accessible on a button press means you can easily check out how the more detailed areas used to look. The water especially has seen a major improvement, as have the effects such as water splashes and dust.The other feature of this game that’s going to get Halo fans excited is the ability to play co-op over Xbox Live. We can imagine Live is going to be buzzing for months when the game gets released on November 15.One final point to make is the visuals on display in the video are now several months out of date, meaning when the game does ship it will look even better than it already does here.
These days remembering the heights of the Xbox 360 era feels cruel given the current state of Microsoft’s hardware. But the console truly deserves an immense amount of credit of making the idea of playing indie games on console something gamers could accept. It’s helped countless game developers succeed as well as help countless gamers experience new and interesting experiences.So while the Xbox One may not currently be the talk of the town, and certainly not the exclusive home for indies, it does still have a strong indie lineup through the ID @ Xbox program. And here is just a sample of what we got to play GDC 2018, excluding games almost Nintendo-esque in terms of creative whimsy, something once unheard of on the console that Master Chief built.Flipping DeathFlipping Death maybe tries too hard to be funny but when your core premise is as strong as “you play as the accidental temp for the Grim Reaper” it’s okay if not all of your jokes land. Everything about the game is exaggerated, from its flippant take on death to its gonzo cartoon sense of humor to its macabre Tim Burton atmosphere to its cut-out theatrical puppet show of an art style to even the surprisingly split gameplay styles. The world of death is an intricate and interconnected platforming stage where you jump and warp with your scythe opening passages and finding collectibles. But the mundane mortal world plays like an adventure game where you find and use specific items to solve logic puzzles. Fortunately, each side keeps the other from getting too deathly boring.WargrooveAt this point it’s easier to list the the ways Wargroove differs from Nintendo’s classic Advance Wars turn-based combat series. You can capture cities instantly but occupied cities fight back first. And you can move a powerful commander unit with unique skills on the battlefield but if it dies it’s game over, like Fire Emblem. Aside from that though if you know and love Advance Wars you already know if you know and love Wargroove’s strategy tactics.Bomber CrewIt’s still crazy to me that airplanes that shoot guns was something we consistently managed to produce with only WWII-era technology. But Bomber Crew lets you feel how complex controlling a machine like that must be. You don’t pilot the plane you command the crew, manage them really. Have the pilot lock onto the waypoint to keep on path. Make sure gunners spot enemies to save yourself from damage. Strategically raise and lower altitude. And if you fail your task, there’s still glory in coming home safe and sound. It’s a lot of plates to spin, but you’ll no doubt learn them as you attempt run after run in the FTL-style roguelite progression system.Harold HalibutI unfortunately didn’t get to play Harold Halibut but even just looking at someone else play it was enrapturing enough. What Cuphead is to old-timey cartoons this surreal sci-fi adventure game is to claymation. The main character looks like if Javier Bardem stumbled into the Wallace and Gromit universe. The dev team explained their technical breakthroughs, figuring out how to scan 3D handmade objects and give them the perfect texture before applying motion capture, and the results are some of the most stunning visuals I’ve seen in a video game indie or otherwise. And to think they only did this because they couldn’t draw.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form
A rickshaw puller speaks on his mobile phone as he waits for customers in front of advertisement billboards belonging to telecom companies in Kolkata February 3, 2014.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriVodafone India and Idea Cellular have started talks on the closing adjustments of the merger deal between the two telecom companies. The merger deal is expected to be completed by March 2018.According to a source close to the matter, the discussion of the merger deal mainly revolves around how to work on Idea’s losses incurred since the announcement of the deal in March and how to fund them, Business Standard reported.”In any merger, it may not be in the interest of shareholders of one company if the other is merged with higher-than-projected losses after a year of delay. The closing adjustments in any merger deal will have provisions to make up for any higher-than-projected losses,” said a banker.Hurt by sturdy competition given by the new entrant Reliance Jio, Idea’s consolidated losses had surged to Rs 1,107 crore for the September quarter from Rs 328 crore for the three months ended on March 31, 2017.In March, Vodafone and Idea had agreed to merge in an attempt to create India’s largest telecom operator. However, a fierce price war triggered by Reliance Jio might also wipe out the intended benefits of the deal.According to a Bloomberg report, the revenue of the combined entity declined 12 percent in the year to September. Its earnings before interest, tax and depreciation and amortisation plunged 31 percent during the period that coincides with Reliance Jio’s first year of services. A customer selects his number of Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G mobile services in Mumbai on September 6, 2016.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndustry experts project that the numbers could worsen in the coming quarters after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) have also cut interconnect usage charges paid for cross-network calls by more than half to 6 paise a minute in October.However, the companies are expected to save Rs 14,000 crore annually from the fourth year of completing the merger deal.Further, both the firms have also recently announced the sale of their standalone towers to American Tower Corporation (ATC) for Rs 7,850 crore that will enable them to strengthen their balance sheet.
Related posts:Solís’ approval rating at record low President Solís to discuss migration, green energy with US Vice President Joe Biden President Luis Guillermo Solís to meet with U.S. Vice President Michael Pence State of the Nation: President Solís highlights economic growth, urges fiscal reforms President Luis Guillermo Solís askedPublic Works and Transport Minister Carlos Villalta Villegas his resignation after various media outlets informed that Villalta’s wife had filed a legal complaint against him for domestic violence.The alleged incident apparently occurred late on Sunday after Villalta arrived to his former home for dropping off his three children.Villalta confirmed at a press conference at around noon that he stepped down at the president’s request.Regarding the domestic abuse complaint, he said that he “never attacked his wife” and that he is currently amid a divorce process. He told reporters that he will not further comment on his situation “out of respect for his children.”He said he has been considering leaving his post. “I was already considering my resignation because it was difficult for me to work at the ministry while I’m facing this legal process,” Villalta said.President Solís told reporters at a public event later on Monday that he had requested Villalta his resignation. He said Villalta agreed that his resignation was necessary in order to have more peace of mind during the legal dispute and also to avoid damaging the government for a situation from his private life.Solís also reported that Transport Vice Minister Guiselle Alfaro had also handed him her resignation earlier on Monday.The president said she argued personal reasons and added that he will announce the names of the persons who will replace both MOPT officials “in the next hours.”Alleged aggressionTV news reports early on Monday informed about the alleged domestic abuse complaint against Villalta. The incident had occurred at around 11 p.m. on Sunday.Villalta at the press conference confirmed that he had an argument with his wife but he denied that he had hit or attempted to strangle her, as some news outlets reported throughout the day.“My family situation is not new, it’s been going on for quite some time. The situation, however, got worse starting in May,” he said.Villalta served as Public Works and Transport Minister since February 2, 2016, when he replaced Carlos Segnini, who resigned arguing personal reasons.He said he believes his time in office ends with a positive balance. He also offered his help and advise to the new minister “in order to make a harmonious transition of the post.”Villalta is the 13th minister to resign President Solís’ cabinet, whose term ends next May. Facebook Comments
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While some argue that E-readers pose no threat to books, the launch next month of the Kindle Fire full-colour tablet – and the subsequent reduction in price of the original Kindle to £89 – suggests the rise of the ebook shows no sign of slowing down.Skyscanner takes a closer look at the pros and cons of ebooks vs traditional paperbacks for the traveller and asks whether the days of packing a paperback for your holiday are over.Price: ebooks vs paperbacksAt the moment, pricing for ebooks is somewhat erratic. Most ebooks actually cost around the same as print versions but some are more expensive (go figure!) and some are cheaper, which is how it should be considering the cost of ebook production and delivery is a fraction of that for the traditional paperback. However there are also lots of free books available for Kindle including many classics, as well as many excellent offerings from independent authors. Generally, ebooks are released at the same time as print versions.The downside is of course shelling out on an E-Reader to start with – but with Kindle now starting at £89, many may be persuaded to give it a try. Another popular E-reader is Reader from Sony, which costs £199 for the full size version and £149 for the Pocket Edition which, as the name suggests, fits easily into a small pocket. Other popular E-Readers are Reader Pocket Edition (£149) and Reader Touch Edition (£249). If you already own an iPad, a Kindle reading app is available on this too. However, all this expense may not be to the taste of people who prefer simply renting books for free from their local library.Convenience: is Kindle easier for the traveller?Size and weight wise, E-Readers win hands down considering they can store hundreds of books: Kindle weighs 240 grams while Sony’s Pocket Edition is a featherweight 155 grams – so they are smaller, lighter and thinner than your average paperback. The battery power on these devices is also impressive – Kindle lasts an amazing one month on a single charge while the Sony gadgets have enough power to last a full two-week holiday, ideal for camping trips where mains power may not be easy to find.The downside is the very value of an E-reader. If someone pilfers your paperback, it’s no great loss. But if your Kindle gets kidnapped, covered in your cocktail or squashed by a sun lounger you’ve got to shell out a lot more for a replacement. Another thing you can’t do with an ebook is share or swap it with other travellers – often part of the fun side of reading on holiday.Extras: more than just a book?Whilst a paperback will only ever be a book, full colour tablets such as the Kindle Fire and, on a more expensive level, the iPad, offer far more functionality. While the classic Kindle features an e-ink screen suitable only for really for reading (though you can adapt it to have a basic web browser) the Kindle Fire will be suitable for watching movies and TV shows as well being a mobile gaming platform – something to keep the whole family happy on holiday.Here at Skyscanner, most of us are Kindle fans and are already enjoying the convenience of taking a whole load of ebooks with us on our trips away.And as the price of E-Readers and tablets continues to fall, these gadgets are likely to find their way into your suitcase sooner than you think.Just keep your Kindle away from the swimming pool.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBooks voted most essential travel item in Skyscanner PollBooks voted most essential travel item in Skyscanner PollForget Facebook, send a postcardGo retro with these six low-fi alternatives to hi-tech holidaying, from postcards to paperbacks.International survey reveals travellers’ dream airportCinema beats beds and books to top list of 10,000 plane passengers’ most wanted airport features. Earlier this year, Amazon announced that sales of Kindle ebooks outstripped traditional paperbacks for the first time, with 115 Kindle books sold for every 100 paperback versions.
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