Aadhaar cloud over Nepali students in U.P.

first_imgNearly 1,000 Nepali students enrolled in madrasas in the State might not be able to take the Uttar Pradesh Madrasa Education Board exams due to lack of Aadhaar cards which are mandatory for the test, a madrasa teachers’ body said on Tuesday.The situation has prompted the Madarise Arbia Teachers’ Association to write to the Madrasa Shiksha Parishad in this regard.“Forms of madrasa exams are being filled. If the mandatory provision of providing the Aadhaar number is not withdrawn, then 1,000 students hailing from Nepal will not be able to take the exam for munshi, maulvi, aalim, kaamil and faazil,” said MATA general secretary Diwan Sahab Jaman Khan.Nepalese citizens get birth and citizenship certificates, and based on one of these documents, they are given admissions to madrasas in India, he said.“The last date to fill the exam form is February 10, and without Aadhaar details, the forms will not be accepted,” Mr. Khan said.Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma, however, said he isn’t aware of the issue. “We are yet to get any such case,” he said. On whether students from Nepal would be able to appear in the exams without Aadhaar, Mr. Sharma said, “If any such incident comes before the government, we will hold a department meeting and take a decision as per the provisions of our laws.”UPMEB Registrar Rahul Gupta said that the government has been apprised about the matter and he was awaiting directives.last_img read more

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Karnataka drama: Disqualified MLAs approach courts while Cong-JDS cong demand President’s rule

first_imgFile photo of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa.The nataka [drama] in Karnataka where state chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa won a trust vote today morning thanks to the Speaker disqualifying 16 BJP and Independent MLAs took a new turn with the latter knocking at the high court’s doors here which has posted the hearing to 3pm today.Rebel legislators barged their way into the assembly hall despite Bangalore police commissioner Shankar Bidari himself manning the assembly doors along with the marshals. Former sports minister Goolihatti Shekhar, an Independent MLA whose ouster from the Cabinet last month was one of the triggers for the ongoing internal rebellion, displayed his torn shirt in the assembly claiming that he was assaulted by the securitymen as he and his legislator colleagues elbowed their way in. Karnataka speaker KG Bopaiah had requested “civil police assistance to control the situation”.Congress and JDS leaders gave a memorandum to Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj, who had earlier written to the speaker to maintain status quo on House strength. The governor had also sent observers to the assembly and even as the drama continues outside the century old colonial edifice, the Raj Bhavan, former chief minister and JDS leader H.D. Kumaraswamy, who scripted much of the ongoing drama, is hoping the Governor will recommend a central rule.Leader of the Opposition and Congress leader Siddaramaiah claimed he was manhandled by the police as he fought his way into the assembly and added that the police chief Bidari there “was guarding the place with a weapon”; Siddaramaiah also claimed the speaker had flouted all rules. But the speaker said that he as acted as per the rules of the tenth schedule of the Constitution.advertisementKarnataka state BJP unit chief K.S. Eshwarappa, who presented Yeddyurappa with sweets after the voice vote win, has demanded the recall of the Governor accusing the 73-year-old former law minister of acting like a Congress agent…last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar joins Facebook, gets 4 lakh likes

first_imgAfter actor Amitabh Bachchan joined Facebook in August, it is the turn of star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to reach out to fans through the social networking site.Sachin’s 100 tons in picturesThe Master Blaster’s Facebook page has garnered more than four lakh likes within a few hours of going live. While Tendulkar already has a Twitter page, he has decided to reach out to friends and fans on Facebook too.The cricketer has started his Facebook innings with a video message welcoming everyone to his official Facebook page, “I’ll like to welcome you to my facebook family. As a child I always dreamt of playing cricket for India and I chased my dream of winning the World Cup for 22 years. It wouldn’t have been possible without your support. I wanna take this opportunity to thank all of you for having prayed for me and wish well for me. I look forward to sharing my experience with you, join me on my facebook so that we both can share this experience and go through this journey together.”The page gives a timeline of important events in the cricketer’s life right from when he was born on April 24, 1973 to the World Cup Win in 2011 to the oath as a Rajya Sabha Member.last_img read more

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Playing as a unit is key to our success: Rohit

first_imgMumbai, Oct 16 (PTI) Star batsman Rohit Sharma today said that playing as a cohesive unit has been the primary reason for Indian cricket teams stupendous success across formats in recent times.”The way we are playing, credit goes to everyone. Because irrespective of whether you play for a city or country, you have to win a match and it is not an easy task. We have won six back-to-back series because we have played together as a unit,” Rohit said during a promotional event.In the limited overs format, India defeated West Indies 3-1 in their backyard, they whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0 in the island nation and decimated Australia 4-1.The right-handed batsman was speaking to reporters after the launch of Adidas Uprising 3.0 here.Unless a team performs collectively, it is difficult to sustain performances.”If you (the team) want to win a tournament, it not that that one or two players will perform and you will win. It is essential that everybody contributes as this is a team sport. We are going towards a goal and that I think is good for team.”The way the team is thinking that is in one direction, which is helping the side and everyone is contributing, not just one or two players,” Rohit added.Asked whether the goal was 2019 World Cup, Rohit said, “See, there is one and half year for the World Cup. Now, it will be too early for me to comment on it. Yes, our aim is the 2019 World Cup and the preparations are on.”advertisement”Like our selectors, coach and captain have said the way our team is playing and the combination of the team has been made keeping the World Cup in mind. It is clear that what the team (management) wants from the players.”India play New Zealand in a three match ODI series and as many T20s.On the series, Rohit said,”We havent thought what we will do. When we will reach the hotel then the preparations will start. Two days before we have finished a series. Our goal will be to beat any team whom we play against”.Cricketer K L Rahul and boxer Nikhat Zareen were present on the occasion. PTI NRB KHS KHSlast_img read more

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De Grasse Says He has “Great Chance” to Beat Bolt in August

first_imgROME (AP) — Andre De Grasse isn’t interested in taking over from Usain Bolt as the world’s best sprinter when the eight-time Olympic champion retires later this year.He’s ready now.“I’m trying to win this year. I feel like I have a great chance and that’s what I want to do,” De Grasse told The Associated Press ahead of Thursday’s Golden Gala Pietro Mennea meet, where the Canadian will run the 200 meters.Bolt won’t be running in Rome, but De Grasse is looking forward to racing the Jamaican great at the world championships in London in August.“I feel like I have a great chance in both events — 100 or 200,” De Grasse said. “If I can execute my race and I’m in top shape I feel like I can do that.”The 22-year-old De Grasse took silver behind Bolt in the 200 at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and bronze behind Bolt and Justin Gatlin in the 100. Having also anchored Canada to a bronze medal in the 4×100 relay in Rio, De Grasse became the first Canadian sprinter to win three medals in a single Olympics.De Grasse pushed Bolt so hard in the semifinals of the 200 in Rio that Bolt acknowledged it was draining and prevented him from improving his world record a night later.So what would it take to beat Bolt in the 100 in August?“No idea. It’s anybody’s game. You can’t name a time,” De Grasse said. “It’s always about weather and conditions and those types of things. But it’s going to obviously take a well-executed race. I have to be at the top of my game and if I can do that I can do something special.”De Grasse is working on improving his starts, which also happens to be the only area that Bolt struggles in.“If I can have a great start and try to hold the lead that would be great,” De Grasse said. “My top-end speed is good. It’s all about finding the right factors to go out there and win.”As a teen, De Grasse ran one of his first races wearing basketball shorts and borrowed shoes. He stood up in the blocks while others crouched. It launched his career and led him to signing a big contract with Puma — the same company that sponsors Bolt.“I was a basketball guy growing up so most of my guys that I looked up to were in the NBA like Allen Iverson and Vince Carter,” said De Grasse, who was born in Ontario to Caribbean parents. “I never really had any track fanatics growing up that I idolized.”At the Stadio Olimpico, De Grasse’s top competition should come from Olympic bronze medalist Christophe Lemaitre of France. Also in the field is Filippo Tortu, an 18-year-old Italian making his Diamond League debut.“Since we have high expectations for the kid we’ve set up a big-time race,” meet director Luigi D’Onofrio said of Tortu, who took silver in the 100 at last year’s junior worlds. “If he wants to improve he’s got to race right away against the champions.”Another highlight of the meet should be the women’s 5,000.After coming up short in Eugene, Oregon, last month, Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia will make another attempt to break the world record held by her older sister, Tirunesh. Having Hellen Obiri of Kenya in the field could help matters. Obiri clocked a world-leading 14 minutes, 22.47 seconds in Shanghai, three seconds quicker than Dibaba managed in Eugene two weeks later.In the javelin, Thomas Rohler of Germany looks to improve on his 93.90 in Doha, Qatar, last month, which was the longest throw in 20 years.Also, Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia will hope to extend her year-long unbeaten streak in the triple jump. Competition could come from world indoor champion Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela, the world leader by more than half a meter.ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Dimitris Giannakopoulos Talks Votanikos, Panathinaikos’ Future in Press Conference (Video)

first_imgATHENS – Panathinaikos AO President Dimitris Giannakopoulos Friday morning called reporters into a press conference at the OAKA Olympic Sports Complex in Athens. A clearly heated Giannakopoulos began the press conference addressing the recent departure of Panathinaikos BC coach Rick Pitino and the appointment of Argyris Pedoulakis as his successor. Giannakopoulos cited serious family issues as the reason that Pitino announced that he would not be returning to the reigning Greek domestic double winners, having, according to Giannakopoulos agreed on everything else.Following the brief discussion about the management of the basketball club, Mr. Giannakopoulos addressed the financial future of Panathinaikos and all its sporting departments, sounding a “Panathinaikos Alarm” to highlight the fact that without immediate financial partners to help him shoulder the burden of managing all the clubs departments, Panathinaikos will cease to exist.Mr. Giannakopoulos shed light on recent meetings that he had with the mayor-elect of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis and New Democracy and Hellenic Parliament Opposition Leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who is widely tipped in polls to be Greece’s next Prime Minister regarding the decade-old plan to construct a Panathinaikos sports complex in the industrial neighborhood of Votanikos in Athens. Panathinaikos AO’s President said that at a later date, after the July 7th Greek general elections, he would hold a joint press conference with mayor-elect Bakoyannis and together they would tell the public exactly how the Votanikos project will be financed and what to expect from it.Giannakopoulos in the past has wanted all the sporting departments of Panathinaikos AO to be housed at the rapidly deteriorating Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, pointing to the fact that the stadiums and facilities were already and place and just needed to be modernized in a “facelifting” plan. However, as Mr. Giannakopoulos claims, due to hidden interests by government officials, rivals and the Greek clumsy bureaucratic system, the plan was unable to become a reality despite securing the support of foreign investors on top of Giannakopoulos’ funding.During the course of his press conference, Mr. Giannakopoulos called on the owner of the football department of Panathinaikos, Yannis Alafouzos, to accept a €20 million offer to give up his majority shares of the club to Panathinaikos A.O. so that Mr. Giannakopoulos can assume the mantle of all the sporting departments of Panathinaikos. To that point, Giannakopoulos lamented the fact that for years he has fought by himself to save the basketball department and the various other departments without the support of other wealthy fans of Panathinaikos. Additionally, he pointed to the fact that numerous times over the years, Alafouzos himself has said that he no longer desires to be involved with Panathinaikos and is actively looking for a way outGiannakopoulos stated that if by July 1, 2020 there is still no meaningful financial support from wealthy fans of the club and regular fans of the club alike so as to raise another € 20 million  to get “Panathinaikos’ engine going” not just temporarily, but permanently, he said he will leave the club the day after that deadline. He hopes that when he gets the necessary, legally binding guarantees from the Greek state following the July 7th Greek general elections that other major players such as Giannis Vardinogiannis will emerge as partners in a renewed Panathinikos revival.TweetPinShare3131 Shareslast_img read more

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Salaam Cricket 2018: India-Pakistan series can make or break players, says Younis

first_imgPakistan great Younis Khan said high-voltage India-Pakistan series can make or break a player.Political tensions between the two neighbouring countries means there is always a lot riding on the matches played between India and Pakistan. India and Pakistani cricketers are under constant pressure before and during cricket matches.And Younis said considering the pressure involved in India-Pakistan series, it can help a player to make a big career if he performs in the series. On the other hand, poor performance in a India-Pakistan clash could break the spirits of a player.Younis sighted the example of MS Dhoni, who scored his maiden ODI century against Pakistan in 2015 and then went on to experience a highly successful cricket career.Salaam Cricket 2018: LIVE”Never thought MS Dhoni would do what he did. The way he scored 148 in Vizag was amazing. Indian cricket changed again. Then Mahi became captain a few years later – A player like Dada’s career was also broken. Under him, India started learning to win overseas. Players’ careers are made and broken during India-Pakistan series,” Younis said.Younis added that matches between India and Pakistan means so much to the fans that even their family members sometimes tend to ignore the players after a loss.”The funny thing was we would win in India and India would win in Pakistan. Even our families would not talk to us – they would ask why did you lose to India?”Salaam Cricket 2018: Azharuddin praises Tamim Iqbal for bravery after broken wristadvertisementYonis also batted for regular cricket between India and Pakistan.”India-Pakistan series should be regular and organised, not like how it happens at the moment. These days players have more pressure because of the rarity of the occasion. We all want India to come to Pakistan to play. In 2004, India came to play and you guys were there and you all got a warm welcome. Everyone wants India-Paksitan cricket to be played in a better manner so that the pressure also reduces,” Younis said.READ – Akram, Gavaskar discuss Virat Kohli’s absence from Asia CupThe former Pakistan batsman also heaped praise on Virender Sehwag, who had an impressive record against Pakistan.In nine Test matches against Pakistan, Sehwag scored 1276 runs at an average of 91.14 including four centuries. His first Test triple century of 309 also came against Pakistan at Multan in 2004, which was also the first triple hundred for an Indian batsman.”Whenever Sehwag played against us, he would score runs. In the 2003 World Cup, he attacked us, pushed us on the backfoot and we could not come back. Every time he played against Pakistan, Sehwag would score,” Younis added.last_img read more

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Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis charged with match-fixing offences in Greece

first_imgThe review of the rules, which the league outlined in September, follows supporters’ protests against the actions of owners at clubs including Blackpool, Leyton Orient and Coventry City. The league’s clubs are being asked to consider whether the rules should be broadened to set out owners’ responsibilities and require good standards of conduct; the review does not appear to have suggested widening the scope of the rules to include barring people facing criminal proceedings.Marinakis issued a defiant statement on the Olympiakos website declaring his innocence and stating the judicial panel had cleared him of other serious charges. Made in a report by the Athens prosecutor, these allegations had included membership of a criminal organisation, fraud, extortion and arson, relating to an accusation that Marinakis was involved in blowing up a bakery owned by a referee. The Football League did closely scrutinise the proceedings against Marinakis before clearing him to take over Forest from the Kuwaiti businessman Fawaz al-Hasawi.Marinakis said he will be standing down as the Olympiakos chairman, while rejecting the charges as “absolutely unfounded”, motivated by “envy”, and promising that he would be cleared.“I am certain that my innocence with regard to these remaining charges will be demonstrated by the judicial process that will ensue, fully exonerating me,” he said.Forest had not responded to the news, or a request for a comment, at the time of writing. Olympiakos Read more Which rappers and tracks reference football clubs or players in their lyrics? Topics Share on Pinterest The Nottingham Forest owner, Evangelos Marinakis, has been charged with criminal match-fixing offences in Greece and ordered by a panel of judges to stand down as chairman of the Athens club Olympiakos. Marinakis, a shipowner, took over at Forest in May while the long-running investigation into alleged corruption and match-fixing in Greek football was still proceeding. He has been charged with match-fixing along with 27 other people, who include shareholders and officials in several Greek clubs as well as ex-referees and officials of the Greek football association.Marinakis was ordered to stand down as Olympiakos chairman by 23 November but the charges are unlikely to affect his freedom to continue his ownership and running of Forest. The Football League’s rules requiring owners and directors to be “fit and proper” people, which are under review, currently bar a person who has been convicted of a criminal offence involving dishonesty. Somebody under criminal investigation, or subject to criminal charges or prosecution, remains free to own a club and is considered fit and proper until conviction. news Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Nottingham Forest Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Championship Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Urban Meyer Updates His Injury Status After Saturday’s Sideline Incident

first_imgUrban Meyer appears hurt on Ohio State football sideline.FOXOhio State head coach Urban Meyer issued an update to his injury status following his sideline incident during Saturday’s win over Indiana.Meyer, who has dealt with headaches in the past, fell to the ground late in the Buckeyes’ blowout win over the Hoosiers.It was unclear at the time what happened to Meyer. Some had speculated that he had an accidental collision with an assistant coach.However, Meyer revealed after the game that he was dealing with a bad headache. He got some treatment from his medical staff and didn’t leave the game.Today, Meyer updated his status while speaking to reporters. He says he feels fine now.“I’ve been dealing with that cyst for many years. We had surgery several years ago. When it does take place, give me some medicine. I feel fine now,” he said.That’s good news.Ohio State, which is one of 11 remaining undefeated teams in college football, is set to play Minnesota on Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon on FOX.last_img read more

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Mining sector witnessing job losses can create 5 cr jobs FIMI to

first_imgNew Delhi: Stressing that the mining industry is witnessing job losses, apex mineral body FIMI has sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for much-needed reforms that would accelerate growth in the sector which has the potential to create employment opportunities for about five crore people. “Like any other industry today in India, mining sector is also passing through a phase of lost employment opportunities… (with) government support and much needed reforms, the mining sector has the potential to provide employment opportunities to about 50 lakh people directly and create overall employment opportunities for about 5 crore people in India,” the Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) said in a letter to the Prime Minister dated September 5. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAsserting that in the past mining industry has emerged as the third largest employment generating sector, it said growth in the sector has always benefitted job creation in relatively backward states that have lower per capita income than the national average like Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. In order to achieve India’s vision of a $5 trillion economy and 8 per cent GDP growth, significantly higher contribution by mining sector in gross domestic product would be required, it said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBut as of now, the contribution of mining sector in GDP is decreasing, FIMI said as it requested the Prime Minister’s intervention “for much needed fast-track reforms that could accelerate the growth in mining sector and create massive jobs in the country”. The Indian mining sector employed approximately 23 lakh people in 2011-12. Since the ratio of direct to indirect employment in the mining sector is 1:10, it is estimated that around 2.30 crore people gained employment through mining sector in the year 2011-12. This also included employment generated in secondary and ancillary sectors, it said.last_img read more

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Ottawa parkway becomes backdrop of movie scene

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: His Master’s Voice is about a man from Hungary who travels to the United States to meet his father who left the Eastern European country years ago and went to work at NASA.“Our main plot is their relationship, how they’ve tried to build a relationship and whether they can manage this or not,” said producer Ferenc Pusztai. “Our sub-plot is a kind of science fiction story. It’s about the research group and what did they look for, because their job was listening to the noise, or sound from space and whether there’s a message in it… Is there something that is understandable or transferable, or just a random noise. For a long time they believed it was a random noise, but his father figured out one day that there is a message.” The Sir Georges Etienne Cartier Parkway was transformed into a movie set Wednesday.The film His Master’s Voice, a co-production between a filming company in Ottawa and Hungary, is being shot in the nation’s capital.In the scene filmed Wednesday, characters are riding in a car, which for filming purposes was towed up the roadway. Stunt drivers were on hand to execute a near collision with a chicken delivery truck. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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European Union Pleased by Fisheries Agreement with Morocco

Rabat – The EU fisheries agreement with Morocco is bearing fruit. According to recent report by the European Executive, 75 percent of the socio-economic impacts of this agreement are mainly to the benefit of the Moroccan southern regions.The European Union (EU) is “pleased” with the socio-economic benefits of its fisheries agreement with Morocco, reads a report prepared by the Directorate of Maritime Affairs to the European executive.Recently submitted to the EU Council and the European Parliament, the evaluating report on the Protocol to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Morocco considers that the agreement has proved “effective in achieving its objective of sustainability of exploitation.” According to the report, the fisheries agreement has also achieved its objective of supporting the sustainable development of the sector, mainly due to the implementation of Halieutis strategy projects and the signing of nearly 1,000 boarding contracts with Moroccan sailors with European fishing vessels.The document also notes that the implementation of the sectoral support of the fisheries agreement is proceeding at “a very satisfactory pace,” recalling that the regions of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab and Laayoune-Boujour-Sakia El Hamra account for 66 percent of the total budget at approximately USD 37 million.According to the report, the first estimates of the socio-economic benefits of this agreement already show the creation of 180 direct jobs and the improvement of the working conditions of about 59,000 people working in the sector or its related activities, stating that 75 percent of the socio-economic impacts are for the benefit of the Moroccan southern provinces.As regards the economic benefits for the EU, the report mentions a good return on investment for the Union, which means that every euro invested is estimated to support the creation of EUR 2.78 of total added value for the European fisheries sector, compared to EUR 0.65 in 2010.The European Assessment Report further notes that the agreement is relevant to the needs of the EU in that it complements a network of agreements covering the range of small pelagic species in Africa as well as the existing tuna agreements, while meeting the fishing needs of the operators.The document also stresses the coherence of the agreement with other EU initiatives in that it ensures complementarity between sectoral support and the “Succeeding the Advanced Status” program.The EU’s reports also recommended the renewal of this agreement, which will expire in July 2018, as “an instrument of in-depth cooperation with Morocco, strongly involved in South-South partnership” and to enable “the achievement of its actions in favor of the sustainability of stocks within regional fisheries organizations.”During his last visit to the kingdom on the occasion of his participation in Halieutis, the European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs, and Fisheries had stressed the EU’s willingness to maintain its cooperation with Morocco in this area and give it new momentum.The current fisheries agreement between Morocco and the EU entered into force in 2014 for a period of four years. It gives European vessels access to the kingdom’s Atlantic fishing zone in exchange for a financial contribution of EUR 30 million per year, financed by the EU and a contribution by shipowners of EUR 10 million.The first fisheries agreement between Morocco and the EU dates back to 1988. read more

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TSX down as telecoms and golds fall

The Toronto stock market was lower Wednesday as telecom stocks dropped sharply amid a report of a potential new player in the Canadian wireless sector and pressure on gold miners as bullion prices retreated to three-year lows.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 32.92 points to 11,972.5.The telecom sector led decliners, down almost five per cent after reports said Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) has made an initial offer for Wind Mobile and is starting talks with Mobilicity, two of Canada’s smaller wireless network operators.The reports suggest Verizon’s initial offer for Wind is worth about $700 million.The potential for competition from a big American telecom punished the big Canadian telecoms, although most were off early lows. Telus Corp. (TSX:T) dropped $2.03 or 6.08 per cent to $31.34, Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) fell $3.63 or 7.9 per cent to $42.26, while BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) gave back $1.99 or 4.59 per cent to $41.33.The Canadian dollar was up 0.32 of a cent to 95.48 cents US as the U.S. dollar weakened following the release of data showing U.S. growth in the first quarter wasn’t as robust as previously thought.The loonie has been hit with a series of losses recently because of a U.S. dollar that has strengthened on indications that the U.S. Federal Reserve looks set to ease up on its bond purchase program.U.S. markets also advanced as the Dow Jones industrial futures gained 115.72 points to 14,876.03 as the U.S. Commerce Department said it now estimates U.S. gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of only 1.8 per cent. That is down sharply from the previous reading of 2.4 per cent but still stronger than in the fourth quarter.The steep revision was mostly because consumers spent less, suggesting higher taxes are having a deeper impact on economic growth. However, analysts thought that performance should improve later in the year.“Beyond mid-year, we expect the restraining effect from fiscal policy to wane, allowing growth to strengthen closer to three per cent over the final two quarters of this year,” said RBC assistant chief economist Paul Ferley. “Growth at this pace offers the prospect of putting sustained downward pressure on the unemployment rate. Such is consistent with the Fed starting to reduce its asset purchases in the final quarter of this year and ceasing these purchases altogether by mid-2014.”The Nasdaq was up 22.93 points to 3,370.82 while the S&P 500 index advanced 11.75 points to 1,599.78.Both Toronto and New York indexes registered triple-digit gains Tuesday on strong U.S. economic data and comments by China’s central bank that eased fears of a credit crunch in the world’s second-biggest economy.China’s central bank caused a global rout in markets on Monday after it moved to curb so-called shadow banking — unregulated lending to companies starved of credit by traditional banks. Investors worried that would cause an increase in borrowing rates for companies, hurting business.On Tuesday, the central bank issued a statement saying it would act to keep credit markets functioning, if needed.On the TSX, the gold sector was also down about five per cent as speculation over what the Fed will do in tapering its US$85 billion a month in bond purchases continued to pummel gold prices. The August contract fell $38.70 to US$1,236.40 an ounce after earlier falling to a three-year low of US$1,223.20. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) fell 88 cents to C$16.03.Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said last week that the pace of bond buying could slow later this year as long as economic data shows continued improvement. A string of solid economic data released Tuesday on manufacturing, housing and consumer sentiment has further reinforced the view that the central bank is ready to act and could wind up the program by next year.The TSX gold sector is by far the worst performer on the Toronto market, down 46 per cent so far this year. Share prices in gold miners were already feeling pressure as bottom lines were hit by rising costs. But gold prices have deteriorated steadily this year as the precious metal loses its appeal as a hedge against inflation and deteriorating currencies.Transport giant Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) also dragged the TSX lower after the company announced that the first flight of its new CSeries jet has been delayed by a month to the end of July. Its shares fell 19 cents to $4.48.Other commodities were lower with the energy sector little changed as the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange off two cents to US$95.30 a barrel.The base metals sector was up 0.22 per cent with July copper down one cent at US$3.06 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gained 28 cents to $22.22.The consumer staples sector was the strongest component, up one per cent as grocer Loblaw Cos. (TSX:L) rose 77 cents to $47.54.Bank stocks were also supportive with Royal Bank (TSX:RY) ahead 59 cents to $60.74.European bourses were also higher with London’s FTSE 100 index up one per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX gained 1.74 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 advanced 1.98 per cent. read more

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Kennecott Utah Copper top earning mine in Rio Tinto Group

first_imgFor the second year in a row, Kennecott Utah Copper (KUC), producer of about 13% of America’s copper needs, is once again the Rio Tinto mine with the highest net earnings. KUC demonstrated strong performance in 2007 with net earnings of $1.6 billion. KUC’s 2007 production of refined copper rose to 292,800 t, exceeding 2006 levels of 240,200, a 22% increase. Gold reached 523,000 oz in 2007, surpassing the previous record level of 488,000 oz set in 2002, a 7% increase. Silver reached 4,364,700 oz in 2007, surpassing the previous record of 4,151,700 oz set in 2006, a 5% increase.   “We have shown our ability to be a top contributor for Rio Tinto, and I believe we have the people and resources to maintain strong long-term production.” said Andrew Harding, President, Kennecott Utah Copper.  “I am proud of the KUC employees and our operation.”Because it is a long life, low-cost operation, KUC continues to be one of Rio Tinto’s most profitable and productive assets.  KUC has one of the lowest cost profiles in the copper industry due to the presence of molybdenum, gold and silver in the orebody. These metals create significant value as co-products to copper. Additionally, at 105 years old, the Bingham Canyon mine continues to present future growth options. Potential open pit expansions and underground operations could extend the life of the Bingham Canyon Mine to 2036.  KUC is currently conducting a prefeasibility study to evaluate future growth options.KUC has also identified a worldclass molybdenum deposit within the Bingham Canyon mine. Molybdenum has been a major contributor to KUC’s profitability in recent years and will continue to do so in the future. KUC invested $82 million on an improvement project in 2004 to expand and modernise the bulk flotation process at KUC’s Copperton Concentrator. During the bulk flotation process, copper, gold, silver and molybdenum are released from the ore and made into concentrate. By improving concentrate quality and enhancing the production process, KUC is able to bring forward refined copper production planned for 2010 into 2008 and 2009.  Additionally, KUC will improve copper, molybdenum, silver and gold recovery.  The bulk flotation modernisation will be completed during second quarter, 2008. KUC’s operations and personnel continue to be valuable resources for some of Rio Tinto’s future undeveloped copper resources. KUC’s extensive experience in employing best practice in workplace safety, environmental stewardship, community engagement and in its daily mining, concentrating, smelting and refining operations have been shared with Rio Tinto personnel involved in the future development of, Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia, Resolution in Arizona, and La Granja in Peru.last_img read more

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Unclasped Discovering contemporary Greek jewellery

first_imgTwenty-two emerging and established artists of Greek descent are showcasing their work at the Hellenic Museum in an exhibition entitled ‘Unclasped’. Curator and jewellery designer Nicole Polentas brought together the creations of talented contemporary artists currently working in Greece, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Cyprus and Australia.“This was an idea that has been floating in my head for quite some time now,” Dr Polentas says.“Finishing my PhD meant that I could realise this project, which aims to provide a platform to explore the connections between the manufacture and the act of wearing jewellery.”The works encompass a wide variety of contemporary jewellery-making techniques and mediums; expressing the diverse nature of modern jewellery practice within the Hellenic diaspora.Dr Polentas explained to Neos Kosmos that choosing the right artists has been a long, hard process which lasted four months, full-time. “We had to take into consideration each artist’s style in order for the exhibition to be cohesive and for the objects to ‘flow’ together.“In the future I would like to progress in bringing even more artists from around the world.”Nicole met most of the exhibiting artists and jewellers while studying and attending workshops in Athens. The rest she found through ongoing research and networking during her six years of research trips to Greece. “I think the main connector bringing ‘Unclasped’ together is our common connection and our radical approach. Being Greek and creating contemporary jewellery manifesting our identity, our place, our history.“Conceptually, however, I wanted to focus on the particular practices and different techniques each artist is engaging with, and the aspects they are exploring.”The aesthetic outcome tends to be rather diverse stylistically, yet reflects the overall idea of contemporary jewellery Dr Polentas herself is practicing. “I am grateful this collaboration with the Hellenic Museum came to fruition.”Exhibiting jewellers: Aggelika Diplari, Akis Goumas, Anastasia Kandaraki, Artemis Valsamaki, Christina Karakalpaki, Constantinos Kyriacou, Danae Natsis, Demitra Thomloudis, Dimitris Nikolaidis, Efharis Alepedis, Erato Kouloubi, George Giannoutsos, Ismini Pachi, Liana Pattihis, Mala Siamptani, Maria Tsimpiskaki, Nicole Polentas, Niki Stylianou, Poly Nikolopoulou, Vicky Kanellopoulos, Vivi Touloumidi and Zeta Tsermou.‘Unclasped’ is being presented as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program Project Series 2016. The exhibition opened to the public last Saturday and will continue until 3 April (from Tuesday to Friday, 10.00 am-4.00 pm). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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SixteenMember Senate Convenes for First Official Sitting

first_imgPhoto Caption: President of the Senate, the Hon. Katherine Forbes-Smith (left).  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 8, 2017 – Nassau – At the Official Opening of Parliament, May 24, 2017 the Senate convened its first sitting during which members took the Oath of Allegiance administered by Chief Clerk, Ms. Christine Brown.   The Senate comprises 16 members – 12 of them of the Free National Movement and four of the Opposition Progressive Liberal Party.  The Hon. Katherine Forbes-Smith serves as President of the Senate; and the Hon. Dr. Mildred Hall, as Vice-President.  Senators representing the Free National Movement are: Hon. Carl Bethel, QC, who also serves as Leader of Government Business in the Senate; Hon. James Kwasi Thompson; Hon. Dion Foulkes; Hon. Juanianne Dorsett; Hon. Dwight Sawyer; Hon. Dr. Jasmine Dareus; Hon. Ranard Henfield; Hon. Jamal Moss; Hon. Sharon Ferguson-Knowles; and Hon. Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson. Senators representing the Progressive Liberal Party are: Hon. Frederick Mitchell, Leader of Opposition Business; Hon. Clay Sweeting; Hon. Dr. Michael Darville; and Hon. Jobeth Coleby Davis. Subsequent to official business of its first sitting, the Senate adjourned to its next meeting.Release: BISlast_img read more

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HAITI First Ladies Mrs Moise and Mrs Minnis Have Meeting and Exchange

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Haiti, February 27, 2018 – Port-au-Prince – Wife of the President of the Republic of Haiti, Mrs. Martine Moise (right), and wife of the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Mrs. Patricia Minnis held a formal meeting on Monday at the Marriott in Port-au-Prince.  Following the meeting, the First Ladies exchanged gifts.Mrs. Minnis traveled to Haiti to accompany Prime Minister Hubert Minnis to the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which began at the Marriott on Monday morning, February 26, 2018.(Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Employee Benefits Connect 2019 to provide insight into the future of reward

first_imgEmployee Benefits Connect, which returns on 27 February 2019, is now open for registration.The event will provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss the future of reward and discover the latest innovations hitting the HR and benefits market.Taking place at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, Employee Benefits Connect 2019 will enable delegates to learn and gain insight from leading providers, network with industry peers and share best practice.Xexec is the headline sponsor for this one-day event, which will cover a wide range of topics, including health and wellbeing, employee engagement, recognition strategies, mental health and workplace culture, among others.Kavitha Sivasubramaniam, editor at Employee Benefits, said: “This year’s event is going to include far-reaching subjects, being discussed by compelling industry experts.“Employee Benefits Connect 2019 will be a fantastic opportunity for thought leaders, market shapers and HR professionals to come together and consider the many different factors influencing the future of work, benefits and reward.”Find out more and register your interest for Employee Benefits Connect 2019.last_img read more

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People on the Move 122209

first_imgFormer Best Life deputy editor Jack Otter was appointed executive editor of CBS MoneyWatch.com, reporting to editor-in-chief Eric Shurenberg. Rodale shuttered Best Life in March.Complex Media named Edgar Hernandez national sales director. Hernandez, who previously served as an account director at Complex, most recently served as associate publisher of Vibe.Hearst’s Food Network Magazine announced a number of personnel changes: ex-Glamour executive managing editor Maria Baugh was named managing editor; Amy Santoriello and Adam Roth were appointed integrated marketing managers; and Kelsey Stokes was named marketing coordinator.San Diego-based Competitor magazine said popular runner John “the Penguin” Bingham will join its editorial team. Bingham will write a monthly feature story called “The Penguin Chronicles,” beginning in March. About a month after acquiring Governing from Florida’s Times Publishing Company, Sacramento, California-based e.Republic has named Tod Newcombe editor of the monthly magazine and its accompanying Web site. Newcombe served as founding editor of e.Republic’s Public CIO magazine. Steve Towns, editor of Government Technology, will serve as interim editor of Public CIO.Las Vegas Magazine and Las Vegas Weekly publisher Greenspun Media Group named Bryan Allison COO, effectively replacing CEO Michael Carr, who left the company earlier this year. Previously, Allison served as vice president of Greenspun’s Vegas.com.Harvard Business Review named Justin Fox to the newly created position of editorial director. Previously, Fox served as an editor-at-large and business/economics columnist at Time. last_img read more

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Social forestry farmers statelevel meet on Aug 13 in Ongole

first_imgOngole: The Andhra Pradesh Social Forestry Farmers Association announced that they are organising a state-level meeting at Ranga Bhavan in Ongole on August 13 to discuss for the solution of problems being faced by the subabul, eucalyptus and casuarinas farmers from the nine districts in the state. The association general secretary V Hanuma Reddy asked the farmers from all over the state to participate in the meeting and make it a grand success. Speaking to the media, Hanuma Reddy said that the social forestry farmers are losing about Rs 1,700 per ton for jamail and Rs 1,000 per ton for subabul for the last four years due to failure in the implementation of government orders at the ground level. Also Read – TDP flays government for sand problems Advertise With Us On the other side, due to the scanty rainfall, the trees are not grown as per the expectation and burnt due to the heat wave in some places, he explained. The association demanded that the government should provide a compensation of Rs 25,000 per acre and impose a tax on the import of paper pulp from foreign countries. They demanded that the government should control the illegal transport of the wood and see the market committees purchase the wood from the farmers at the assured prices. The district social forestry farmers association president K Veerareddy, secretary TV Seshaiah, Raitu Sangham leader U Prakasa Rao also participated in the meeting.last_img read more

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