Samota ensures a medal in boxing

first_imgParamjeet Samota showed exemplary courage and excellent footwork as he became the first Indian boxer to enter the medal round by defeating South Korean rival Park Sungkeum in the +91kg quarterfinal bout on Thursday. The referee stopped the contest after the second round, at which stage the Indian was leading by nine points to four.On a good day for the Indian boxers at the Foshan gymnasium, Suranjoy Singh (52kg) and Amandeep Singh (49kg) also advanced in their respective weight categories.Amidst the backdrop of Indians failing to win gold medals in other sports, it was left to the boxers to lift the gloom on Thursday. It was refreshing and reassuring for a handful of fans as Suranjoy and later Samota outsmarted their opponents in a ruthless way.Samota is likely to meet China’s Zhang Zhilei and the Indian pugilist said he was prepared for him. “I know the crowd support for the home boxer will be enormous, but I am mentally prepared for it,” he said.Samota led 5-2 in the first round after sending a flurry of right hooks. There was no let up in the second round as he collected four points. Earlier, Suranjoy was again slow to start with as he picked up just two points against Korean Jeu song. He was, however, steady in the second round before the Korean managed to land a left to log his first point. But the dramatic last round saw the Korean outscore him five points to four.When the buzzer sounded with the Indian leading 8-6, he received a thunderous applause from the crowd. “It became too close for comfort even though I was sure of winning today,” said Suranjoy. As for Amandeep Singh, he was all aggression, taking a nine point lead against Fahad Ahmed Alfaifi of Saudi Arabia. The referee stopped contest after two minutes and 52 seconds.advertisementIn the 56kg category, India’s Chhote Lal Yadav lost his round of 16 bout to Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu 7-4 to bow out of the competition.last_img read more

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Golfing gods’ kindness forced Scottish Open into a play-off, says Jeev Milkha Singh

first_imgMore than an hour after he finished his regulation fourth round with a bogey-free 67, Jeev Milkha Singh was still at the course. He finished as the clubhouse leader, but with nine more groups yet to come in and Marc Warren in great form, all that he could do was to eat chocolate cake and sip tea because his flight back to London was scheduled only at 8.30 pm.But in the next half an hour, the drama began to unfold. Warren dropped shots and overnight leader Francesco Molinari was unable to find birdies to move clear. Suddenly Jeev was in with a chance of a play-off or maybe even a win.Warren fell back with a series of bogeys on the back nine and Molinari needing a birdie on 18th for a win, managed only a par. Jeev was into a play-off with last week’s runner-up Francesco Molinari, whose brother Edoardo won the Scottish Open two years ago.Just as he had made no mistake through the day, Jeev held steady and slotted a 12-foot birdie putt, while Molinari missed his 25-footer on the first play-off hole.It was Jeev’s first win on the European Tour for almost 50 months – he last won the Austrian Open in June 2008. And it was his first international win since Golf Nippon Series JT Cup in Japan in December 2008.Did he have a premonition or a feeling that something good might happen?Jeev said: “Frankly, I think I never expected myself to be in a play-off. The golfing gods have been very kind to me. I was just enjoying a cup of tea and some chocolate cake. I thought it’s an hour I’ve got, my flight is at 8.30 pm out of Aberdeen. I thought I would see the finish and then leave for the airport.advertisement”As the chocolate cake and tea were going down, I think it got very exciting on the golf course and I was fortunate to get into a play-off. (In the play-off) I left myself a good birdie chance. And in the last hole (18th in regulation) I had a similar putt which I left it short. I said (to myself): ‘You left it short, but this one, don’t. Give yourself a chance.’ I hit a good putt, and it went in.”Speaking of his final round, Jeev added, “I’ll tell you how different the golf course played today. I’ve been hitting a driver or a 3 wood and a sand wedge on the first hole. (On Sunday), I hit a driver and a 3 iron on the first hole. So I hit it to about two feet. And I birdied it. I said: “Man that was a fantastic birdie, so that gave me a jump start. Then I birdied the third. I was four under after six holes, so I had a great start. If you shoot four under on the front nine and try to shoot four under on the back nine you have a good chance at it.”Jeev finish at 17-under, as he had just one birdie on the back nine, but importantly no bogeys. Yet it all did not happen that way.”I was three short of my goal. I wanted to get to about 20 under, but the golfing gods were kind to me,” he went on.The win comes with huge benefits. Not just in terms of extra starts in big events, but also a spot at the British Open this week. It also gets him into the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions and 2013 Volvo Golf Champions. “It’s (all the starts) the icing on the cake. I think the chocolate cake was fantastic. I think I have to have it every single time I finish my round, and a cup of tea (laughing),” he added.Jeev continued: “Initially, after the round I thought I will just go home. I’ve got a place in London. After that I was going to take a flight back to India and spend time with the family. But like I said, things changed after I got into a play-off and knew that I was going to be in The Open Championship. So I had to call up my management company and told them that I think I’m in The Open Championship and I think I need accommodation for next week,” said Jeev.About playing links golf, he said, “Growing up in India, I never played on link courses. But playing on the European Tour, I’m used to it and I changed my game to be a wind player. I’m looking forward to The Open Championship (Royal Lytham & St Annes).”advertisementlast_img read more

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All-party meet on Insurance Bill inconclusive

first_imgAn all-party meeting on Monday failed to hammer out a consensus over the controversial Insurance Bill which was scheduled to be taken up in Rajya Sabha.Leaders agreed to hold a fresh round of consultations in the next two days as the brief meeting in Parliament House remained inconclusive.”The meeting remained inconclusive. We have agreed to meet again in the next two days to arrive at a consensus on the possible formulation of the legislation,” NCP leader Praful Patel, who attended the meeting, told reporters here.NCP and BJD have decided to support the bill in the form it was cleared by the Union Cabinet recently.Today’s meeting was part of the govenment initiative to take opposition leaders in Rajya Sabha on board on the key bill.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu attended the meeting which took place against the backdrop of nine opposition parties giving a notice to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari for referring the bill to a Select Committee.NDA does not have a majority in the Upper House and will have to seek the support of other parties to move its first major economic reforms legislation for consideration.With the opposition demanding that the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill be referred to a Select Committee, the government on Sunday night had deferred its plan to move the bill for consideration in Rajya Sabha today.Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had on Sunday said he and the Finance Minister will talk to leaders of Congress and opposition parties on various aspects of the bill that seeks to raise the FDI cap in the insurance sector from 26 per cent to 49 per cent.advertisementNaidu had appealed to the opposition to cooperate in passing the bill, saying the government is ready to consider any “meaningful suggestions” of the opposition.”I fervently appeal to Congress and other opposition parties to enable passing the proposed legislation for enabling 49 per cent foreign investment in insurance sector, in this Budget Session of Parliament in the larger national interest.”Spirit of constructive cooperation on issues of economic development need to be the basis of parliamentary democracy,” he had told reporters in Hyderabad.Naidu had said the bill seeks to provide for the much desired capital inflows into the insurance sector since the penetration of insurance coverage in the country is being adversely impacted on account of inadequate investments.Congress, CPI-M, CPI, SP, BSP, DMK, JD (U), Trinamool Congress and RJD have given a notice to the Rajya Sabha Chairman for referring the bill to a Select Committee.last_img read more

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Ravichandran Ashwin exceptional, Jayant Yadav has shown maturity, says Anil Kumble

first_imgIt is a delight for a coach when a blend of youth and experience works in tandem to create magic for the team and Anil Kumble isn’t complaining either.He couldn’t have asked for more in the manner seasoned Ravichandran Ashwin and rookie Jayant Yadav combined to outwit the dogged defiance of a stodgy England line-up during the comprehensive victory in the second Test in Visakhapatnam.While Ashwin is donning the role of an all-rounder batting at No. 6, where he is making useful contributions on a regular basis, there are talks about his enormous workload as his phenomenal success in sub-continental conditions.But Kumble insisted that Ashwin was not complaining. (India’s new spin twin Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav in awe of each other)”He (Ashwin) has done an exceptional job starting from West Indies. When Rohit (Sharma) played and we played only four bowlers and six batters, Ashwin batted at No 7. We need that fifth bowler to pick up 20 wickets. That’s why he is consistently batting at No 6.””Workload is something that you keep talking about but if you ask Ashwin, he is certainly enjoying batting at No 6 and doing what he is good at — both with bat and ball,” the coach waxed eloquent about one of his two premier match-winners.Young Jayant, who is slowly spreading his wings after being an understudy for nearly six months, has impressed the coach “with his maturity” and has shown that he can belong to this level.Asked to comment on Jayant, Kumble gave his assessment of the youngster. (Why Ravichandran Ashwin is India’s best all-rounder since Kapil Dev)advertisement”Interactions that I have had, he (Jayant) comes across as a balanced individual. He had a dream (Test) debut. He contributed with bat and ball and a brilliant fielding effort in the first innings. Overall, you can’t ask for more. As a youngster coming into this team, he showed a lot of character, lot of maturity, although he was playing his first match.”Jayant handled batting with the lower order, especially with (Mohammad) Shami (in the 2nd innings) getting those 30-40 runs. The way he bowled was quite impressive. It augurs well for Indian cricket that someone who is just coming into the team has shown that kind of approach,” said Kumble.On the Mohali track, which has been aiding spinners of late, Kumble said he was not worried about the conditions.”Certainly gone a lot slower than what it used to be in the 90s. Having said that, I am certainly not someone who gives too much importance to the conditions.”We need to play good cricket. I certainly believe we= played good cricket in Rajkot and Vizag. That’s why we are 1-0 ahead in series and we have to repeat that in Mohali, no matter what the conditions are. Like I said over the years, it has certainly gone slower, not necessarily what it used to be in the 90s.”Like skipper Virat Kohli stated after the second Test, Kumble also felt that the defensive mindset of the English batsmen only helped the Indian team. (Vizag Test: Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin help India annihilate England)”Their approach when we realised that they were not going for runs and looking to survive, it becomes lot easier as a bowling unit, the time to take 10 wickets may be slightly longer. There was no frustration. There was always belief, definitely in the ability of our bowling attack.”Obviously, in the first 50 overs, we didn’t get wickets and in the next 50 overs, we got all 10. So it was just a matter of time when you play like that. Our attack was pretty relentless from everyone without an exception,” he concluded.#TeamIndia head coach @anilkumble1074 on @Wriddhipops’ injury and @parthiv9’s selection #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/KgqpXRT9Hj BCCI (@BCCI) November 24, 2016last_img read more

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Deepika Padukone to play PV Sindhu in Sonu Sood’s film?

first_imgDeepika Padukone might have missed out the opportunity to play Saina Nehwal on screen to Shraddha Kapoor, but it seems she might essay the role of Olympic medalist PV Sindhu in a film.As soon as Sonu Sood announced a film on Sindhu, rumours started to do the rounds that Deepika has been approached for the biopic. The Bajirao Mastani actor is a national level badminton player, and the makers have all the reasons to cast her in the film.According to a report in Mid-Day, Deepika is yet to give a nod as she is currently busy working on Padmavati.A source was quoted as telling the tabloid, “It is natural to assume that she will be approached to play the part because she is familiar with the sport. Having said that, Deepika is fully invested in Padmavati now. If the part is offered to her and she likes the script and director, and has the time for it, she will surely give her nod. Sonu and she know each other from the time they worked in Happy New Year (2014), so it won’t be a surprise.”Sonu, who recently announced the project, revealed that he has only bought the right and nothing else in confirmed.”I am proud to have got the opportunity to present Sindhu’s remarkable journey. We will lock the director and cast soon. It is too early to talk about who will play the titular role,” he added. ALSO READ: Not Deepika Padukone but Shraddha Kapoor to play Saina Nehwal in biopic advertisementALSO READ: Yes, that is really Deepika Padukone in these 10 unseen photos ALSO WATCH: Why Deepika Padukone is at the top of her gamelast_img read more

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DDC’s SBC successfully deployed on JAXA’s GOSAT-2 mission

first_imgData Device Corporation announces another successful flight of its SCS750 Single Board Computer on the Second Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT-2). Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and JAXA successfully launched H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 40 (H-IIA F40,) which encapsulates the GOSAT-2 satellite, on October 29, 2018 from the JAXA Tanegashima Space Center. The launch and flight of H-IIA F40 proceeded as planned. As of late October, the satellite had completed the Critical Operations phase, and moved into its Operational Phase and has been operating successfully since then.DDC provided a subcontractor to JAXA, Harris Corporation of Fort Wayne IN, with two flight SBCs for one of the key environmental sensor instruments on the satellite. Harris-built the TANSO-FTS-2 (Thermal and Near Infrared Sensor for Carbon Observation-Fourier Transform Spectrometer-2) that will measure greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The instrument will collect high-spectral resolution data of the Earth in five bands, which enables measurement during daylight and darkness. The instrument’s unique intelligent pointing system identifies, in real time, cloud-free areas of the atmosphere, greatly increasing the amount of useable data.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Red Pitaya: STEMlab platform tailored for faster data, larger bandwidth applicationsNext Advantech, AMD, and Mentor: accelerating AI in Embeddedlast_img read more

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Asian Games 2018: Manika Batra, Sharath Kamal get bronze in mixed doubles table tennis

first_imgIndia’s first medal on Day 11 of the Asian Games 2018 came from table tennis as Manika Batra and Achanta Sharath Kamal bagged the bronze medal on Wednesday.The Indian duo lost in the mixed doubles semi-finals 9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11 against the Chinese pair of Yingsha Sun and Chuqin Wangin in a one-sided contest which lasted just 39 minutes to settle for the bronze medal.The final match will see an all-Chinese lineup as Yingsha Sun and Chuqin Wangin will battled it out against Lin Gaoyuan and Wang Manyu for the gold medal.This is India’s second medal in table tennis at the Asian Games after the men’s team, which also saw Sharath Kamal in action, bagged the bronze medal after going down 0-3 in the men’s team semi-finals against South Korea.Kamal and Batra played four matches in a day and only the opener against Malaysia was comfortable.In the lead-up to the event, Kamal had slammed the scheduling of the competition.In the semifinals, Kamal and Batra made life tough for China’s Yingsha Sun and Wang Sun before going down 9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11. The semifinal was a best of seven games contest while the earlier rounds were played in the usual best of five format.Their pre-quarterfinal was against the strong a South Korean pairing of Lee Sangsu and Jeon Jihee but the Indians battled past them 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4.Next up for Kamal and Batra was the North Korean challenge posed by Cha Hyo Sim and An Ji Song. This was for a place in the semifinals and a guaranteed medal at the Games.advertisementLike the round of 16 match, the quarterfinal too went down to the wire with the Indians pulling off a 11-4, 10-12, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8 victory.The combination of Kamal’s power and Batra’s deceptive play from the pimpled rubber proved too hot to handle for the Koreans.”In mixed doubles, the role of the female player is very important. More often than not, it actually decides who is going to win the match,” Kamal told PTI.”It has been an unbelievable campaign so far. Not even in my wildest dreams I thought of winning a medal at the Asian Games. Now I have got too. I am still pinching myself,” added Kamal, who will also compete in the men’s doubles and singles competiton.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Event Celebrates Smallscale Farming

first_imgNew, aspiring and experienced farmers from across the province will benefit from farmer-led workshops and demonstrations at the fourth annual Celebration of Small-scale Farming. The event, Monday, July 22, in Bear River Digby Co., allows participants to explore how today’s small-scale farmers are building on the strong foundation of traditional farming knowledge and practices with modern technology, farm business management and marketing. Agriculture Minister John MacDonell will attend the event and speak at the opening ceremony. “This event is important because it gives new and aspiring farmers the chance to learn directly from experienced farmers and to engage with technical experts,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Agriculture is the backbone of Nova Scotia’s rural economy and opportunities like this one help to strengthen and grow the sector. As a small-scale farmer, I’m looking forward to attending.” Workshops include Grass Farming 101, Pastured Pork, Pastured Poultry, Sheep Shearing, Commercial Cheese-making, Agri-tourism, Selling Vegetables at Farmers’ Markets, Jams and Jellies, Cut Flower Production, Seed Saving as a Business, Pushing the Climate Boundary for Vegetables, and Hops Production. During the lunch break, local food and interactive sessions on plant teas, natural beekeeping, creating the ideal potting mix, basket weaving, and fibre arts will be available. There will also be trade show booths and forage and soil clinics, with agricultural experts available to answer questions. “Access to information and expertise is critically important for small-scale farming profitability,” said Martin McGurk, co-owner of Sledding Hill and co-presenter of the Jams and Jellies workshop. “We’re excited to be part of the Celebration of Small-scale Farming and we look forward to sharing lessons we have learned, hearing about what others are doing, and networking with other small-scale farmers.” “It’s exciting to be going into our fourth year,” said Becky Sooksom, THINKFARM program co-ordinator and event organizer. “We have a growing beginner farmer population in this province and it is important for the industry that we find ways to build connections between these new farmers and our more experienced and knowledgeable farmers.” For more information, contact Becky Sooksom at 902-893-5649 or sooksord@gov.ns.ca, or visit www.gov.ns.ca/agri/cssf/ .last_img read more

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Closing Bell TSX up oil and gold rise after sharp losses

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Thursday, led by advances in mining stocks that have sold off this week amid signs of slowing economic growth around the world.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11,996.34 +49.05 0.41%S&P 500 — 1,541.61 -10.40 -0.67%Dow — 14,537.14 -81.45 -0.56%Nasdaq —  3,166.36 -38.31 -1.20%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 49.06 points to 11,996.34 after sinking to a five-month low Wednesday while the Canadian dollar gained 0.06 of a cent to 97.47 cents US.U.S. indexes were lower following sharp losses Wednesday as traders balanced a disappointing earnings report from investment bank Morgan Stanley, a positive read on the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits last week and a key manufacturing index that didn’t meet forecasts.The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits increased just 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 352,000. The slight gain kept applications at a level consistent with solid hiring and suggested that March’s sluggish hiring may have been temporary.But the Federal Reserve’s Philadelphia Fed index dropped to 1.3 in April from two in March. Economists had expected the manufacturing gauge to rise to four.The Dow Jones industrial average was 81.45 points lower at 14,537.14.The Nasdaq composite index fell 38.31 points to 3,166.36 and the S&P 500 index was down 10.4 points to 1,541.61, falling below its 50-day moving average of 1,543.Earnings at Morgan Stanley totalled $1.2 billion or 61 cents, down about 12% from a year earlier while revenue totalled $8.5 billion, down five% from a year earlier. Its shares were off 5.4% to US$20.31.It has been a very choppy week on the TSX, which sustained triple-digit slides Monday and Wednesday. Losses were led by steep drops in mining stocks as commodity prices retreated after the International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for global growth to 3.3% this year from its forecast in January of 3.5%.The IMF data deepened pessimism about the strength of the global recovery as data released earlier in the week had shown growth in China slowing earlier this year and left the TSX down about 3.5% year to date.“I think the real challenge is that you see this ongoing rotation between sectors as people try to find some area that is going to do spectacularly well — but you’re in a two% global growth world,” said Norman Raschkowan, North American strategist at Mackenzie Investments.“So commodity prices aren’t going to go anywhere. It doesn’t mean that they’re going to collapse, it just means that you’re not going to get your earnings growth from commodity price increases and in the meantime, the problem many of the producers have is that their costs keep going up.”New York indexes have also had a volatile week and are off the highs of the year reached at the end of last week, when the Dow was up 13.43% year to date.Commodity prices were higher Thursday.The gold sector was the biggest advancer, up about 2.8% as the June contract gained $9.80 to US$1,392.50 an ounce. A rising U.S. dollar and the prospect of troubled eurozone countries selling off part of their gold reserves to tackle debt problems have sent gold to their lowest levels in over two years, with prices falling $140 on Monday alone.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gained 63 cents to C$28.58.Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) shares added 27 cents to $18.44 even after Moody’s Investors Service placed the miner under review for a potential ratings downgrade. The move came after a Chilean court last week ordered a halt to construction at Barrick’s $8 billion Pascua-Lama project due to environmental concerns. Barrick shares are down about 30% since April 5.Copper, viewed as an economic bellwether, continued to plumb 18-month lows because of falling demand prospects. On Thursday, the May copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange shed early losses to rise two cents to US$3.20 a pound. Copper has fallen about 12% year to date.The base metals sector was up 1.94% after steep losses on Monday and Wednesday. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gave back 27 cents to C$25.15 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gained 68 cents to $16.11.Oil prices have also lost ground this week following the Chinese and IMF data. But on Thursday, the May crude contract on the Nymex gained $1.05 to US$87.73 a barrel after touching a four-month low earlier in the morning, and the energy sector was up 1.18%. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) advanced 35 cents to C$28.33.EnCana Corp. (TSX:ECA) ran up 59 cents to $19.48 as natural gas futures rose 19 cents, or 4.5%, to US$4.40 per 1,000 cubic feet as inventories grew less than expected last week. The last time natural gas hit that level was July 2011.Techs led TSX decliners Thursday with Celestica (TSX:CLS) down 13 cents to $7.90 while BlackBerry (TSX:BB) dropped 49 cents to $13.80.A technical problem that left some BlackBerry users unable to download content from its apps store has been fixed. BlackBerry says customers who were affected will gradually be able to regain access to the virtual storefront throughout the day. The company did not say how many BlackBerry users were affected by the short outage, which began Thursday morning.The TSX Venture Exchange added 9.34 points to 932.94.Here’s the news investors were watching today: Meltdown? 15% of world’s gold miners face collapse after plunge strips $169B off market valueCanada’s mortgage market headed for another 1990s downturn with growth to halve in 2 years: RBCWhy it’s a really good time to buy mining stocksCanadian deposits safe under bail-in, but no guarantee: CarneyON DECK FRIDAY ECONOMIC NEWSCANADAConsumer Price Index (March): Economists expect 0.3% rise from the month before, 1.1% year over year Wholesale Trade (Feb): Economists expect 0.3% rise CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESGeneral Electric Co Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 35¢ a share Honeywell Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.14 Kimberly-Clark Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.34 McDonald’s Corp Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.27 Schlumberger Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1 read more

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Mexico UN envoy assesses plight of internally displaced persons

Francis M. Deng, Mr. Annan’s Representative on Internally Displaced Persons, yesterday began a 10-day visit to Mexico, where he is expected to meet with government officials and representatives of human rights groups.During his stay, Mr. Deng is also expected to visit several communities of internally displaced people in the State of Chiapas, where he will also meet with state authorities, the President of the State Human Rights Commission and groups directly assisting the population affected by displacement.His findings and recommendations will be presented to the 59th session of the Commission on Human Rights and to the Secretary-General. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,603.09 up 0.91 point):Uranium One Inc. (TSX:UUU). Miner. Up 35 cents, or 14.52 per cent, at $2.76 on 59,288,101 shares. ARMZ, the Russian majority shareholder of Uranium One, made a friendly offer of $1.3 billion to buy out minority shareholders and take the company private.Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ). Miner. Up $1.14, or 33.43 per cent, at $4.55 on 15,883,540 shares. Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI) made a stock and cash takeover bid with Vancouver-based Aurizon that values the junior mining company at $780 million. Alamos stocks dropped $2.02, or 11.94 per cent, to $14.90 on 2,503,215 shares.Research In Motion (TSX:RIM). Wireless technology. Up $1.39, or 10.44 per cent, at $14.70 on 14,979,261 shares. The stock closed at its highest level since February 2012 as reports emerged that Apple, its major competitor, reduced orders for parts for the iPhone 5 as sales fell short of expectations.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up 11 cents, or 2.76 per cent, at $4.10 on 10,026,609 shares.Paladin Energy Ltd. (TSX:PDN). Miner. Up 12 cents, or 11.11 per cent, at $1.20 on 5,513,378 shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down a penny, or 0.26 per cent, at $3.88 on 5,163,415 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,229.53 down 10.72 points):Zodiac Exploration Inc. (TSXV:ZEX). Miner. Unchanged at 13 cents at 4,384,583 shares.Pelangio Exploration Inc. (TSXV:PX). Miner. Up two cents, or 10 per cent, at 22 cents on 4,323,530 shares.Companies reporting major news:Harry Winston Diamond Corp. (TSX:HW). Miner. Up 63 cents, or 4.41 per cent, at $14.90 on 1,178,160 shares. The company signed a deal to sell its namesake retail jewelry and watch division in a deal pegged at US$1 billion in cash and assumed debt to Switzerland’s Swatch Group. The Toronto-based diamond miner will be renamed Dominion Diamond Corp.Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX:XSR). Audio entertainment. Up 19 cents, or 3.17 per cent, at $6.19 on 5628,522 shares. The Toronto-based company reached an agreement with Chrysler Canada under which the auto company will install SiriusXM commercial-free satellite radios in an unspecified number of vehicles over the next five years. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2013 5:18 pm MDT read more

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No breaks from BCs new tax for foreign property buyers with deals

by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2016 3:02 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email No breaks from B.C.’s new tax for foreign property buyers with deals: minister VICTORIA – There will be no reprieve from a new tax on foreign buyers who have signed contracts to purchase homes in Metro Vancouver, where they snapped up almost 10 per cent of recent property sales, B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong says.The tax takes effect next Tuesday and long-term contracts, such as pre-sale agreements for condos under construction, and pending property purchases involving foreign buyers will pay the new 15-per-cent tax.“If the transaction is registered Aug. 2 or afterwards, the tax applies,” de Jong said Tuesday.The Liberal government introduced legislation Monday that includes an additional property transfer tax on Metro Vancouver residential properties that are purchased by foreign buyers.Dan Morrison, president of the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board, has called on the government to exempt real estate deals that are in the process of closing to minimize short-term volatility in the market.The province also released updated figures Tuesday from a snapshot of five weeks between June 10 and July 14 indicating that 935 of the 9,636 homes sold in Metro Vancouver went to foreign nationals.Foreigners also paid more on average for homes, spending $946,945 compared with an average purchase price by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of $911,425, the figures show.Premier Christy Clark said the new tax is aimed at making housing more affordable for B.C.’s middle-class buyers.Last month, the real estate board said its benchmark price for detached properties in Vancouver had risen above $1.5 million.The government recalled the legislature for a special summer sitting to introduce and adopt the housing amendments.The Opposition New Democrats said Tuesday they intend to vote in favour of the tax changes, but will propose amendments during debate.“It’s better than nothing, which is where we were two days ago,” said NDP housing critic David Eby.The tax is only for foreign buyers who purchase in Metro Vancouver. De Jong said the government will track real estate purchases after the tax comes into effect to determine if foreign buyers have taken their business to southern Vancouver Island and the Okanagan.The legislation includes provisions to expand the property transfer tax beyond the Vancouver area if necessary, he said.“One of the things we are going to be watching post Aug. 2 is the degree to which a significant shift in taxation policy, which just applies to Metro Vancouver, alters behaviour of the market and begins to shift activity outside of Metro Vancouver,” said de Jong.De Jong said similar taxes introduced overseas in Hong Kong and Australia to curb foreign real estate investment have levelled the market.“In the reports I get, the analysis is they tend to have levelled out the market, or reduced relatively significantly the rate at which values have gone up opposed to dramatically reduced the value of real estate,” he said.The new tax means a foreign buyer would pay an additional $300,000 in tax on a $2-million purchase. All purchasers already have to pay a one-per-cent tax on the first $200,000 of their purchase, two per cent on the remaining value up to $2 million, and three per cent on the portion above that. read more

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Countries highlight importance of regional organizations in UN Debate

Citing his own country’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian today highlighted the importance of cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations in securing a more just world. He called the Council “a key partner of the United Nations in our shared global quest united behind the principles of fundamental freedoms, defence and promotion of human rights and continuous efforts for peace and security.“The cooperation between these two organizations is also well established in the fields of the fight against racism, xenophobia, hate-speech and intolerance,” he told the UN General Assembly as it wrapped up the first week of its annual General Debate. “These issues are also among Armenia’s chairmanship priorities that were defined in response to the challenges that member states of both the United Nations and the Council of Europe are facing today.”Mr. Nalbandian stressed that the difficulties in that have arisen in implementing the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash extreme poverty and hunger and a host of other social ills by the end of 2015, show that that no country can achieve in isolation the MDGs in the world of growing interdependence and interconnectedness.Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, Crown Prince of Brunei Darussalam. UN Photo/Ryan BrownAlso stressing the importance of regional cooperation, Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, Crown Prince of Brunei told the Assembly that, as current chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), his country has chosen the theme “Our People, Our Future,” to highlight the role of the region’s people in ASEAN community-building efforts.“We hope this people-to-people approach will promote cultural exchange and understanding,” he said, noting that ASEAN’s work has also been strongly influenced by the current MDGs. Brunei has encouraged ASEAN member States to begin working on a regional strategy beyond 2015 to further strengthen the collective mission in promoting peace, stability and prosperity. read more

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The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_imgEvery morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #MH17 Separatists have handed over the MH17 black boxes. Meanwhile, a train carrying the remains of 280 people who perished in the incident has finally been allowed to leave a rebel-held region – and militants have declared a truce around the crash site.2. #ISRAEL The Gaza conflict will dominate an EU Foreign Affairs meeting today, which will be attended by Minister Charlie Flanagan. World leaders are in Cairo pushing for a peace deal, as the conflict enters its 15th day with 570 Palestinians and 27 Israelis dead.3. #TRAGIC Post-mortems have been carried out on the bodies of two brothers, aged 20 and nine, who were found dead at their Sligo home. A number of this morning’s papers report that the parents of the boys were out when the incident occurred, returning to the family home to discover the tragic scene.4. #TIGER KIDNAPPING Three people were taken hostage in Co Cavan at around 1.45am yesterday. They were taken to a quarry before the culprits demanded the alarm code for a local shop. The owner, one of the three hostages, was ordered at gunpoint to open the safe. Gardaí are investigating, says the Herald.5. #HEALTHCARE Industrial action is due to be undertaken by IMPACT members working in the Limerick group of hospitals. This is in protest at the €250k salary paid to its chief operations manager, says RTÉ. The work-to-rule won’t affect service delivery, the union says.6. #MURDER TRIAL Six months of CCTV footage is available to be viewed during the murder trial of Graham Dwyer, who is accused of murdering Elaine O’Hara in 2012, reports the Irish Independent. The trial is scheduled for 19 January 2015.7. #CHRISTIANITY Tipperary South County Council must pay €70k to a worker who was sacked for talking about Christianity at work. The Equality Tribunal found that the council discriminated against Born Again Christian John McAteer on the grounds of his religion.8. #YOUTUBE ROW The student who went to court to remove a video that falsely accused him of taxi fare evasion is facing a legal bill believed to be over €1m, the Irish Independent reports. A judge had previously found Eoin McKeogh had been defamed in the video.9. #SURFER The search for missing Irish surfer Stuart Butler is continuing at Byron Bay in Australia. The 19-year-old was pulled underwater while surfing with two friends – who were both rescued – on Saturday. Police divers are due to work at the scene today.last_img read more

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Bientôt un service de partage de musique sur les Blackberry

first_imgBientôt un service de partage de musique sur les Blackberry ?Le fabriquant canadien RIM négocie avec les principales maisons de disque afin de lancer un service de partage de musique destiné à son smartphone à succès et qui sera disponible sur abonnement.RIM veut se lancer dans la bataille de la musique sur les terminaux mobiles. Le fabricant des Blackberry serait en effet en pleine négociation avec des majors du disque, Vivendi Universal, Sony Music, Warner Music et EMI, selon le Wall street journal. Le but est de créer un service qui permettra aux utilisateurs du Blackberry et pour moins de 10 dollars par mois, d’accéder et de s’échanger de la musique.À lire aussiLe baladeur : du walkman au MP3… 30 ans d’évolutionPlus précisément, ce nouveau service serait “destinée à fonctionner avec le système de messagerie instantanée” Bkackberry Messenger, précise le quotidien économique relayé par l’AFP et qui cite des personnes ayant discuté avec des dirigeants de RIM. Alors que le service pourrait être lancé “dès la semaine prochaine”, celui-ci viserait entre autres à attirer de plus jeunes consommateurs.Une initiative qui intervient alors que les Blackberry perdent des parts de marché dans le domaine ultra-concurrentiel des smartphones. Avec 11,7% de parts de marché, RIM est devancé par Android, de Google (43,4 %), Symbian, de Nokia (22,1 %) et iOS, d’Apple (18,2 %) alors qu’il représentait près de 19% du marché l’an dernier à la même époque.Le 22 août 2011 à 14:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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David Smith back in court continues to fight US Extradition

first_img Missick & Co Defendants and David Smith all in Court this Week Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Jun 2015 – David Smith, convicted in relation to a Ponzi Scheme returns to court today to fight a US extradition order. Last week, Magistrate Clifton Warner upheld an extradition of Smith on money laundering and on Friday the Director of Public Prosecutions, John Masters says the US now has the authority to extradite Smith and to deal with him according to their home laws. Masters also said David Smith has to satisfy a $20 million dollar unpaid confiscation order in the TCI. David Smith continues to challenge that extradition. Related Items:David smith, ponzi scheme, US extradition Recommended for you David Smith returns to court in January; heads back to HMP in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Smith owes TCI $20 Million; US Dept of Justice given green light to extraditelast_img read more

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Willis completes PMI Health Group acquisition

first_imgWillis Group Holdings, the global risk advisory, re-insurance broking and human capital and benefits organisation, has completed its acquisition of healthcare adviser and broker PMI Health Group.The acquisition, which was initially announced in July 2015, aims to expand the organisations’ range of services and global coverage.PMI Health Group will operate as Willis PMI Group while it is integrated with Willis Employee Benefits over the next six months.Tony Powis (pictured), chief executive officer of Willis Employee Benefits, will also serve as chairman and CEO of Willis PMI Group.Powis said: “The market is crying out for a new way of thinking, thanks to a combination of challenges facing [organisations] today in terms of an ageing society, healthcare inflation and social fiscal pressures, not to mention changing workforce attitudes and demands.“Even though the employee benefits industry tends to be fragmented and siloed in nature, most organisations are keen to understand what their unique employee risks are, and how to manage and mitigate them in a joined-up manner.”Richard Munro, managing director of Willis PMI Group, added: “The health insurance sector is changing, presenting new opportunities for both insurers and intermediaries.”With Willis, PMI Health Group can now provide a wider range of benefits to clients, wherever they are located in the world, while delivering the high levels of service expected by our clients and of which we are extremely proud.”last_img read more

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Woman encounters ball of mating snakes while hiking

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (WSVN) — Would you be scared if you saw a huge ball of snakes while taking a hike through the forest?Well Christine Proffitt came across that very sight while walking across the Little Sugar Creek Greenway in Charlotte, North Carolina, Fox 26 reports.Proffitt tweeted an image of the scene with the caption, “Watch out on the greenway today guys.”“It scared me, but you know how this generation is, the first thing I did was take a picture … and then I ran,” Proffitt told Fox 26.Fox 26 said, according to reptile experts, the ball of snakes indicates mating.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Home invader scams ties up 2 elderly people pretending to search for

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A man who conned his way into an elderly woman’s house tied the victim and her brother up before robbing them.Hollywood Police said a man, who they believe to be 49-year-old Robert Nolan Young, went to the victim’s home near West Park Boulevard and North 45th Avenue saying he lost his cat, Sunday.He told them he wanted to check the elderly woman’s backyard for his pet.The family welcomed Young in and even gave him some cat food to lure the animal, and that’s when the trouble started.“The suspect, robber Nolan Young, knocked on the door asking for help to find his cat,” said Hollywood Police spokesperson Miranda Grossman, “and the woman offered to find some cat food or tuna fish to help him find his cat, and that’s when he followed her inside. He tied up her and another elderly victim, which is despicable to happen to two elderly people in their own home.”Officials said the elderly woman managed to flee and call police at a neighbor’s, but the intruder badly beat the male victim, who remained tied up for hours before police could get to him.“She said, ‘Come! Come with me. Somebody’s breaking in my house,’” said neighbor John Guerrero. “‘The guy has a knife.’” Police said the subject left behind enough physical evidence to lead them to believe the subject is Young. They have since released a photo of him.“This was a very frightening incident for the victims, for, I’m sure, the neighbors, knowing what happened,” Grossman said. “The good part is that detectives were able to identify him.”Neighbors are staying vigilant after hearing this story. “I already sleep with a baseball bat underneath my bed,” said one woman. “I don’t want to invite any kind of crime into my home.”Residents in the area told 7News that the victims may have hired Young to do some previous work.According to police, Young is also wanted for theft in Miramar.If you have any information on this home invasion, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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