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ISL 2019-20 HIGHLIGHTS, Hyderabad FC vs Kerala Blasters FC: Marcelinho, Stankovic Give Hyderabad 2-1 Win

first_imgKerala Blasters return to action after a week and they will hope to take advantage of their long break. After their loss against Mumbai City FC, Kerala will be hoping for a win against Hyderabad. Kerala Blasters’ captain Bartholomew Ogbeche will be key to his side, as he has found the back of the net twice this season.Kerala Blasters head coach Eelco Schattorie will also be hoping for a much-improved defensive display from his team, especially from set-pieces. Their weakness from set-pieces was repeatedly exposed in their game against ATK in the season opener. The creativity of Marcelo Pereira will also need to be contained by the likes of Jairo Rodrigues and Gianni Zuiverloon, who have mostly looked solid at the back for Kerala so far. Hyderabad FC’s head coach Phil Brown, plagued with injuries, will face a task when choosing his starting XI. Hyderabad will have to make some drastic changes in defense, after conceding eight goals in two matches. Moreover, with Bobo, Giles Barnes, Nestor Benitez and Rafael Lopez, all injured or unavailable, Hyderabad are left with just three foreigners. Sahil Panwar is also set to miss out with injury.As for their attack, Hyderabad need Marcelo Pereira and Robin Singh to click soon if they want to make more of an impact. Hyderabad have scored only one goal so far (Marcelo Pereira).last_img read more

BMW launches 320d Edition Sport in India at Rs 38.60 lakh

first_imgGerman carmaker BMW has launched the 320d Edition Sport sedan in India. The new addition to the 3-series portfolio is expected to offer potential BMW customers a well balanced line-up to choose from. It has been priced at RS 38.60 lakh (Ex-showroom, India).Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, “With the launch of the new BMW 320d Edition Sport, we go a step further in presenting a well-balanced portfolio of the BMW 3 Series. The latest generation BMW TwinPower Turbo diesel engine of the BMW 320d Edition Sport gives a thrilling power delivery and excellent responsiveness which guarantees sheer driving pleasure on the road. Agility and driving dynamics remain the outstanding disciplines of the new BMW 3 Series. The new BMW 320d Edition Sport will build an emotionally rich connection between a sporting driving experience and unbeatable everyday practicality.”Underneath the bonnet, the BMW 320d Edition Sport features a 4-cylnder, 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that puts out 190hp and 400Nm of torque. it can sprint from 0-100kmph in just 7.2 seconds before going on to hit a top speed of 250kmph. It is also capable of returning an impressive fuel efficiency f 22.69kmpl.The safety features on offer in the new 320d Edition Sport are six air bags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Side-impact Protection, ISOFIX child seat mounting, Runflat tyres (RFT) with reinforced sidewalls, emergency spare wheel, electronic vehicle immobiliser and crash sensor.The BMW 320d Edition Sport will be manufactured at BMW’s plant in Chennai and is available for sale at all BMW dealerships in India.advertisementAlso Read:BMW reveals the limited edition 7-Series Edition 40 Jahrelast_img read more

U-17 WC: Squad list of Group C

first_img4) COSTA RICA Costa Rica U-17GOALKEEPERS: Ricardo Montenegro, Brandon Calvo, Kevin ChammoroDEFENDERS:  Fernan Faerron, Karin Arce, Felipe FloresMIDFIELDERS: Andres Hernandez, Amferny Arias, Walter Cortes, Christian Munoz, Greiven Fonseca, Ronnier Bustamante, Josue Abarca, Yecxy Jarquin, Sebastian Castro, Alexander Roman, Daniel ChaconFORWARDS:  Mario Mora, Julein Cordero, Jose Alfaro, Andres Gomez 3) GERMANY Germany U-17 football teamGOALKEEPERS:  Luca Plogmann, Luis Klatte, Marian PrinzDEFENDERS:  Alexander Nitzl, Pawcal Hackethal, Dominik Becker, Jan Boller, Kilian Ludewig, Lars Mai, Yann BisseckMIDFIELDERS: Shaverdi Cetin, Eric Majetschak, Elias Abouchabaka, Yannik Keitel, John YeboahFORWARDS: Noah Awuku, Jann-Fiete ARP, Nicolas Kuehn, Maurice Malone, Dennis Jastrzembski, Jessic Ngankam 2) GUINEA Ghana U17 v Guinea U17GOALKEEPERS: Ibhrahima Sylla, Abdoulaye Doumbouya, Mohamed CamaraDEFENDERS: Samuel Conte, Ibrahima Soumah, Cherif Camara, Issiaga Camara, Mbemba Camara, Ismael TraoreMIDFIELDERS: Sekou Camara, Aguibou Camara, Salia Bangoura, Blaise Camara, Elhadj BahFORWARDS: Fandje Toure, Lape Bangoura, Doss Soumah, Djibril Sylla, Seydouba Cisse, Naby Bangoura, Aly Soumahcenter_img U17 World Cup U-17 World Cup 2017 Group C: Squads of Iran, Guinea, Germany and Costa Rica Manasi Pathak Last updated 2 years ago 19:59 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 Arup Soans U17 World Cup Mali U17 Paraguay U17 Turkey U17 New Zealand U17 As the FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks off on October 6th in India, we take a look at the squad list of the countries drawn in Group C. India is all set to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, scheduled to kick off from 6th October. 24 countries from six confederations will be competing for one of the biggest honours in youth football, with the matches being hosted in six cities across the country. In this segment, we take a look at the 21 member squad list announced by each country drawn in Group C.1) IRAN Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Iran U-17GOALKEEPERS : Ali Goham Zadeh, Mobin Ashayer, Amir JanipourDEFENDERS : Ali Satavi, Ahmad Jalali, Asmir Esmaeil Zadeh, Majid Nasiri, Taha Shariati, Ali DavaranMIDFIELDERS : Amirhossein Hosseinzadeh, Mohammad Sharifi, Mohammad Ghobeishavi, Ali Kooshki, Vahid Namdari, Mohammad Ghaderi, Sohbhan Khaghani, Amir Khoda MoradiFORWARDS : Allahyar Sayyad, Younes Delfi, Saeid Karimi, Mohammad Sardarilast_img read more

World Cup draw: France likely to dominate Socceroos’ group

first_imgReuse this content Share on Twitter The biggest barrier to success in the whole tournament for France is Deschamps himself, a manager unsuited to corralling that sort of individual quality into a serviceable team, but if they don’t win this group then it will surely rank as a bigger shock than their goalless first-round departure in 2002.There’s less certainty about Peru and Denmark. The Peruvians are something of an unknown quantity on the international stage, having not qualified for a World Cup since 1982, but with a pretty solid record at the Copa America. Denmark are a reasonably stodgy outfit, reliant on Christian Eriksen for inspiration with plenty of perspiration surrounding him. All three non-French teams needed playoffs to reach Russia, so at least we know they all have some sort of heart under pressure.But more than anyone they might actually face in this tournament, Australia are surely the real wildcards. Ange Postecoglou’s resignation might not logically have been much of a surprise, given the noises he was making in the weeks before and after the playoff win over Honduras, but the coach stepping down was still the sort of thing you don’t expect to actually happen, like your tyre blowing out on the motorway, or a large surprise tax bill arriving. Socceroos and Matildas face nervy wait for Fifa decision on FFA crisis Australia There’s still time to calm things down, though. Australia don’t play again until March so in theory there’s no massive panic, and international football is so chaotic at the best of times that a small spell with no manager is no definitive barrier to success. With players such as Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic and what will surely be the last hurrah of Tim Cahill, there’s enough to build upon. And having one outstanding side in the group might actually be a positive: whoever they drew, Australia were never going to finish in first place, so facing a couple of capable but beatable sides is about the best they could hope for.That’s the optimistic view, at least. A more pessimistic forecast might surmise that the state of flux left by Postecoglou’s departure and the general uncertainty elsewhere has already torpedoed Australia’s hopes. Playing France first up might deal a significant blow to morale, if the result goes to form, and from there they will be chasing hope. Peru and Denmark might not be the greatest sides in the world, but they’re more stable than Australia.This draw has given Australia an outside chance of making it through to the knockout stage of the World Cup for just the second time. But an outside chance it is: there’s no need to completely clear the diary after 26 June. The question is of course how the players will take to a new manager who will have minimal time actually working with them before the squad is named. And perhaps more pertinently, when that new manager will be in place, with the recruitment process hampered rather by the power-struggle currently engulfing the FFA. The idea of Fifa taking over the running of an association a few months before the World Cup, as is threatened if they don’t sort themselves out, is truly surreal but also very real. Australia can perhaps take some comfort in the knowledge that they’re not the only country to enter this draw in a state of flux. Saudi Arabia sacked Edgardo Bauza last week despite only being in charge for five friendlies, capping a pretty average 2017 for the Argentinean as he was dismissed from his own national team’s job in April. This was also after assorted disagreements led to the Saudis deciding they could do without Bert van Marwijk, despite him guiding them to their first World Cup since 2006. Juan Antonio Pizzi, himself binned by Chile after failing to get the Copa America holders to Russia, is the latest in the firing line. In some ways it was a shame the two teams were in the same pot so couldn’t draw each other, because who doesn’t enjoy a spot of chaos? Who has what it takes to continue Ange Postecoglou’s work as Socceroos coach? Read more Share via Email Australia sport World Cup 2018: team-by-team guide to all 32 countries Read morecenter_img World Cup 2018 Share on LinkedIn World Cup Share on Facebook Read more Topics It could have been better for Australia, but it sure could have been a lot worse. As the Socceroos distract themselves from the potentially ruinous chaos that is the current state of things in Australian football, they at least have something to look forward to. Plans can be made, predictions reached, optimism pumped up.Australia have avoided a group of death, and have been awarded a group that features one colossus with the remainder summarised with a big fat ‘Who knows?’ So not entirely dissimilar to the cricket team, then.The Steve Smith of Group C is France, a country with a cartoonish pool of talent to choose from. Didier Deschamps has a buffet of brilliance at his disposal, from Paul Pogba to Antoine Griezmann to Kylian Mbappe, and assorted others in between. features Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

10 months agoBerg insists Solskjaer can handle Man Utd job

first_imgBerg insists Solskjaer can handle Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHenning Berg insists former Manchester United teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can handle the job.Jose Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday morning after meeting with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.And Solskjaer, who flopped at Cardiff City, is set to leave Molde to take charge of United to the end of the season.“It was a completely different type of job. This will be one similar to training Molde. It’s a team to win,” Berg said.“It’s great for Norwegian football, but first and foremost it’s great for Ole himself.”United’s next game is away to Cardiff this Saturday.“He has a very big status in the club and trained the reserve team with great success,” Berg added.“He has good contacts in the club so it seems logical as a transition solution, and maybe it’ll go so well he’ll carry on.“It’s rare that there’s smoke without fire. He has the profile, the experience and status that makes him fit to lead the team until the end of the season.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Sumit Nagal jumps 6 spots to be at 129 in latest ATP singles rankings

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiOctober 7, 2019UPDATED: October 7, 2019 11:47 IST India’s tennis player Sumit Nagal in action (FIle Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSSumit Nagal failed to reach the final of ATP Challenger Campinas in Brazil as he lost to Juan FicovichNagal had made a jump of 26 places after he clinched his second Challenger title in ArgentinaNagal had grabbed headlines after he made his Grand Slam debut in AugustIndia’s rising tennis sensation Sumit Nagal, who reached the semifinals of the ATP Challenger Campinas, has moved up by six places to the 129 spot in the latest men’s singles rankings.Last week, Nagal failed to reach the final of ATP Challenger Campinas in Brazil as he lost in straight sets to Argentina’s 325-ranked Juan Ficovich. He did not look in his elements right from the start as he lost the match 4-6, 1-6 which eventually turned out to be a one-sided contest on Saturday.Before that, the 22-year-old had achieved his career-best ranking of 135 after clinching the men’s singles title at the Buenos Aires ATP Challenger clay event. Nagal had made a jump of 26 places after he clinched his second Challenger title in Argentina.The Haryana lad had grabbed headlines after he made his Grand Slam debut in August and produced a spirited fight against Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the first-round of the US Open.Also Read | China Open 2019: Dominic Thiem defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas to claim 15th career singles titleAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Sumit NagalFollow Atp Singles Rankings Sumit Nagal jumps 6 spots to be at 129 in latest ATP singles rankingsIndia’s tennis star Sumit Nagal rose up the ATP rankings after a good run at the ATP Challenger Campinas event.advertisementlast_img read more

Vitaly – Contemporary Men’s Brand Opens Flagship in Toronto

first_img Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Reyka Vodka May Have the Coolest Distiller on the Planet Editors’ Recommendations 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional A lot sure has changed in the past year at 505 Queen St. West in the Gallery District of downtown Toronto.Just eight months ago it was a crumbling shell of a building with no windows, no plumbing, no electrical, and no flooring. The space was nothing more than a storage unit for the past 25 years of its existence. But, while most people saw it as a dumpy, dilapidated hole in the wall, Vitaly founder Shane Foran and his partners envisioned it as a golden opportunity for the brand and its future.This was 505 Queen Street West eight months ago.This is 505 Queen Street West today.They enlisted the help of Paragon Construction and Montgomery Custom to help them transform the space into a bright, contemporary Vitaly flagship on the first floor, a warm, rustic second floor to house some of their favorite brands, and a third floor which is now the official Vitaly headquarters.This type of unique space was well-deserved for a brand that can be found in 400 retailers across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. From its inception in 2011 to what it has become, Shane and his partners couldn’t be more proud to say that after a long eight months of demo and construction, they are now open for business at a place they can finally call home.Inside the flagship locationIf you’re unfamiliar with Vitaly, we’ll give you a rundown of why they’re one of the top street-inspired brands in men’s fashion. Their offerings include clothing, sneakers, men’s accessories – like chains, rings, pendants, and bracelets, and sleek watches.Scooped Long Sleeve X Off White – $60Vitaly’s clothing collection features sweaters, sweatshirts, hoodies, and tees made with different style variations like scooped necks, longline cuts, rough hems, and asymmetrical designs. The color palate sticks with fashionable urban/street theme colors like black, white, mixed grays, tan, and a dark green khaki.Vitaly X Sully Wong 2.0 – $155If you enjoy minimalist sneakers, Vitaly has a pair for you. Their version of the minimalist sneaker comes in either white or black and features perforations on top that allow your feet to breathe. These were devised in collaboration with Toronto fashion designer Sully Wong and are made with a durable, lightweight microfiber which is the highest grade of synthetic leather. These sleek low-tops are designed to step up your everyday shoe game.Cuban X Gold – $33The accessories are really Vitaly’s bread and butter. Their product list includes rings, chains, pendants, and bracelets and you can order them in just about every style or metal you desire. Whether you like gold accents or typically accessorize with stainless steel, Vitaly has a large swath of choices that are affordable and really inexpensive. They’re made with high-quality grade material and built to last. Nearly every review on their product list is a 5-star rating with nothing but praise about the fit, style, and quality of the jewelry pieces.Soho X Gold (Mesh) – $250Vitaly’s new line of Soho watches are minimal in design, but sleek and beautiful in appearance. The Soho watch takes its influence from the famously fashion-forward districts in New York City and London. It’s 40 mm in size, made with 316 stainless steel, features sapphire crystal on the face of the watch, and comes with a two-year warranty. It’s an effortlessly cool accessory just like the neighborhoods that inspired its fashionable design.If you’re a Black Friday shopper, here’s a memo for you. Vitaly is having huge sale, and they’re cutting prices 25% on everything. Some selected items will be up to 80% off! The sale starts on November 25th, and you’ll need to use promo code –BFCM16– to get your Black Friday savings. The Best Best Big and Tall Men’s Clothing and Brands How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club last_img read more

Safe Lancia Gets Contract Extension

first_imgzoom Cotemar group has confirmed that Safe Lancia has been awarded a contract extension through to 15 December 2013 with unchanged day rates in Mexico.Prosafe is the world’s leading owner and operator of semi-submersible accommodation vessels. Operating profit reached USD 222.4 million in 2012 and net profit was USD 177.5 million. The company operates globally, employs 570 people and is headquartered in Larnaca, Cyprus.Cotemar, October 15, 2013last_img

Motorist charged with biting pedestrian in Kingston Ont road rage incident

first_imgKINGSTON, Ont. – Police are calling it a case of road rage.A 58-year-old Kingston, Ont., motorist is accused of biting a pedestrian who yelled at him.Investigators say the pedestrian was trying to cross a street on the afternoon of July 1, when the accused allegedly ran a red light.They say the pedestrian yelled at the driver, who allegedly got out of his car, lunged at the pedestrian and bit him on the nose.They say the suspect surrendered to police in Monday evening and was charged with assault.last_img read more

Gildan reports Q3 profit edges lower sales up despite hurricane Florence

first_imgTORONTO – Gildan Activewear Inc. said Hurricane Florence and retailers shifting towards carrying their own private label hosiery and underwear hampered the company’s performance, but it still managed to post a profit.The Montreal-based clothing manufacturer that keeps its books in U.S. dollars saw its third-quarter profit edge lower compared with a year ago as its sales grew 5.3 per cent.The company said it earned $114.3 million or 55 cents per diluted share for the quarter, down from $116.1 million or 52 cents per share a year ago and that its sales totalled $754.4 million, up from $716.4 million in the same quarter last year.However, the brand said about $30 million of its sales were impacted by U.S. weather that disrupted its distribution operations in the Carolinas.“We estimate that we could have shipped another $30 million in the quarter had it not been for the disruption we faced with Hurricane Florence,” said Rhodri Harries, Gildan’s executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer.“We lost shipping days in our larger distribution facilities in Eden, N.C. and Charleston, S.C. as both in-bound and out-bound shipments were effected due to port and rail closures and the need to temporarily shut down to evacuate employees.”He estimated that half of the sales lost because of the incident would be recuperated next quarter.The company, he said, also continues to face struggle in its hosiery and underwear categories because mass retailers are shifting towards private labels, resulting in Gildan’s lower unit sales of products including socks.Harries expressed optimism about the forthcoming quarter, saying Gildan has secured a private label underwear manufacturing deal for 2019 with its “largest mass retail customer,” which he did not name.He said the deal will mean more shelf space will be allocated to the company’s men’s underwear offerings.“We are well-positioned because the size of the program is quite large,” he said. “There are not a lot of businesses out there that can pull that off…Activewear, T-shirts, sweatshirts and underwear really is our sweet spot.”Harries also revealed that on an adjusted basis, Gildan earned 57 cents per share for the quarter, up from 53 cents per share in the third quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 58 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.“With three quarters now behind us, we feel good about delivering on our financial targets for 2018, despite the various headwinds we have faced this year,” said the company’s president and chief executive officer Glenn Chamandy. “We continue to feel good about our long-term growth prospects and the way our strategy is unfolding.”Companies in this story: (TSX:GIL)last_img read more

At the whim of a powerful nation

first_imgWhen US President Donald Trump tweeted their full recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights, “a current of surprise and expectation sizzled through the state department press corps”, as a BBC correspondent on a Jerusalem tour following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put it. It is said that the welcome surprise to Netanyahu was more in the timing than in substance. The intention that came to highlight through the tweet had been under consideration for quite some time, only the Israelis now pushed it with greater vigour. Of critical security and strategic importance, the Golan Heights is pivotal to stability in the region. For decades, most of the world (and previous US establishments) have rejected Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights which was seized from Syria in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. According to the UN charter, essentially, you can’t keep land that you capture, you have to negotiate its fate. Trump’s tweeted announcement has overturned this convention. This very grave move has implications that go beyond the bilateral dynamics of USA and Israel. Endorsing capture of a territory is potentially setting a dangerous trend to exercise military arbitration by a more powerful state. The regions that promptly come to mind at this are: on the global stage, Russia’s annexation of Crimea; in the Asian context, Tibet; and regarding India, PoK, given that Pakistan was USA’s baby not too long ago. Trump’s special mention of strategic and security reasons point out only too clearly to Iran, coming in the wake of the understanding that Iran is using Syria as a base to target Israel and the Golan Heights being the front line. Also, given that Israel already has a tight grip on the region militarily, the articulation of the status and a formal declaration of it make little difference on the ground. Hence, the next most obvious reason for this move has to be the election in Israel due on April 9, and something to count for Netanyahu, who will be making a visit to White House in the coming week. The situation is such that Israel strikes routinely at Iranian targets in Syria, carefully negotiating the situation with Russia, which provides crucial military backing to the Syrian state, a delicate balance indeed. With a civil war-wrecked Syria and a US sanctions-crippled Iran, Israel is in a position to assert claims over the region additionally with the support from White House. This is clearly a mechanism to violate territorial integrity and institutionalise regional instability. European leaders have not taken very kindly to this bilateral bonhomie at the cost of a suffering region. And rightly so. If recognition was so easy to give away, such arbitration raises very pertinent questions about Tibet, Kashmir, and Crimea. All it takes is the whim of a powerful nation.last_img read more

China mulls to buy Russias Su57 stealth fighter jet

first_imgBeijing: China is weighing options to buy Russia’s new Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter jet as Moscow has identified China and India as potential customers to acquire its advanced warplane, according to a media report. Described by Russian President Vladimir Putin as “the world’s best military plane”, the Su-57 is a fifth-generation multi-role fighter jet capable of both aerial combat and hitting ground and naval targets. Viktor Kladov, director of international cooperation and regional policy at Russia’s Rostec defence industrial holding company at a briefing at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia identified India and China as potential buyers, state-run Global Times reported on Monday. The Chinese air force, which currently has a range of home grown new aircraft including the stealth fighter J-20, besides Russia’s Su 35s, is keeping a close eye on India’s acquisition of France’s Rafale plane adding a new strategic dimension to its air assets. While China has been developing its own new generation military aircraft, it is still heavily reliant on Russian engines for the planes as it is yet to produce a reliant engine of its own. Both China and Pakistan rely on Russian engines for their jointly produced JF-17 Thunder. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USChinese defence analyst Wang Ya’nan, the chief editor of Aerospace Knowledge, said the Russia’s offer to sell SU-57 is more attractive to India as China has its stealth fighter. Unlike China, India does not have a fifth-generation fighter, so the Su-57 is an attractive warplane to India, he told Global Times. Wang said although he is convinced of the Su-57’s capabilities, he is less keen to see China buy it because China has already developed its own fifth-generation fighter jet J-20. Kladov said Su-57E, an export version of the Su-57, is expected to receive export approval from Putin in a few weeks. Naming China as a potential customer, he said, “China has recently taken delivery of 24 Su-35 aircraft, and in the next two years will make a decision to either procure additional Su-35s, build the Su-35 in China, or buy a fifth-generation fighter aircraft, which could be another opportunity for the Su-57E.”last_img read more

DMK moves EC against AIADMK on cash distribution

first_imgChennai: The DMK on Saturday complained to the Election Commission that Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK was allegedly distributing money to voters in one of the four Assembly constituency where bypolls will be held on Sunday. In a complaint to the Chief Electoral Officer, the DMK said: “AIADMK party-men are illegally distributing money to the voters of Ottapidaram Assembly constituency, in a full-fledged manner, from AIADMK’s Thoothukudi district Office, situated outside the territorial limit of Ottapidaram constituency. According to the DMK, as the flying squad and surveillance teams deputed by the EC are not searching outside the constituency, AIADMK party office bearers are freely distributing money to the voters from their own office situated at Thoothukudi. The DMK urged the poll body to immediately search the AIADMK office at Thoothukudi to prevent further distribution of cash for votes and ensure that the bypoll in Ottapidaram constituency is held in a free and fair manner.last_img read more

Oil drops below 30 dragging TSX Wall Street down with it

TORONTO — Oil prices fell below US$30 a barrel for the first time in nearly two weeks as North American markets posted steep losses today.The March contract for benchmark U.S. oil fell US$1.74 to US$29.88 a barrel, falling beneath the US$30-mark for the first time since Jan. 21 when it settled at US$29.53 a barrel.Crude has lost nearly US$4 over two days, roiling markets worldwide.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX index fell 232.11 points to 12,442.26, adding to a weak start to the month’s trading.It has lost 379.87 points over the first two days of February.The loonie was off exactly half a cent at 71.29 cents US.New York indexes were also in full retreat, with the Dow Jones industrial average plummeting 295.64 points at 16,153.54, while the S&P 500 fell 36.35 points to 1,903.03 and the Nasdaq lost 103.42 points to 4,516.95.Elsewhere in commodities, March natural gas fell 12.7 cents to US$2.025 per mmBtu, while April gold dropped 80 cents to US$1,127.20 a troy ounce. read more

Trudeau looks to perform delicate G20 balancing act between Trump Merkel

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau is embarking today on a week-long European sojourn that will culminate in a meeting of 20 of the world’s largest economies — one where he’ll test-drive a brand new foreign affairs policy aimed at charting Canada’s own course in the world.Friday’s G20 meetings are shaping up as a showdown between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump.In a speech last week to the German parliament that laid out her priorities for the meeting, Merkel — host of the two-day gathering in Hamburg — delivered a pointed critique of Trump’s now-infamous “America First” doctrine without ever once mentioning his name.“Whoever believes that the world’s problems can be solved by isolationism and protectionism is mistaken,” Merkel said.Her G20 agenda — stronger global co-operation to fight climate change and terrorism, and more robust international trade — cuts directly to the heart of her well-documented differences with Trump, a strategy some see as an effort to further isolate the U.S. president on the world stage.Trump, for his part, has escalated the war of words with Merkel, using familiar rhetoric about a “massive trade deficit” the U.S. has with Germany and threats to slap import taxes on German-made cars.Trump stood alone at the G7 meeting in Italy last month when the other six leaders, including Merkel and Trudeau, pushed him to stick with the Paris climate change accord, an international treaty aimed at keeping global warming to less than two degrees C above pre-industrial levels.Trump demurred, refused to sign the Paris part of the G7 communique, and later made it official: the U.S. was out.Since then, Merkel has been working hard to shore up support for the accord among other G20 nations. She met recently with leaders from China and India, travelled to Mexico and Argentina last month and sat down with European leaders just last week to develop a united front.Into this mix steps Trudeau — more philosophically aligned with Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, France’s young and stylish new president, but lashed irrevokably to the U.S. through economic and geographic ties.Trudeau’s approach to Trump has put him in a unique position at this gathering, said Colin Robertson, a former Canadian diplomat and senior adviser at the law firm Dentons.“The rest of the world has been impressed with how Justin Trudeau has managed Trump,” Robertson said.Trudeau pushed Trump on Paris at the G7, but was less critical and showed more patience than his European counterparts. He has since expressed his disappointment and sided with the other signatories, all the while insisting he’s not going to tell the president how to run his country.At the same time, however, Canada has served notice that in an era of American protectionism, it will forge its own path. That declaration came in last month’s keynote foreign policy speech by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.That path includes pushing to strengthen the “postwar multilateral order” that includes such institutions as the United Nations, NATO and the World Trade Organization, Freeland made clear.David Perry, a senior analyst at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, said he’ll be watching to see how Canada turns that speech into action. “It will be curious to see if that has just been rhetoric, or if there has actually been some substance behind it,” he said.While Merkel may want to isolate the current U.S. administration, America remains — Trump notwithstanding — too influential and too interconnected with the world for anyone to simply try to work without it entirely, he added.“America matters no matter what anybody thinks,” Perry said. “You can’t work around them no matter what.”It appears Trudeau isn’t the only leader who feels the same way.Macron has been striking a more conciliatory posture, despite having been highly critical of the U.S. president in the wake of the G7 and the Paris withdrawal, Robertson noted. Just days ago he invited Trump to Paris for Bastille Day; Trump accepted.Before landing in Germany, Trudeau will stop in Dublin to meet with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and talk up another international trade priority — the Canada-EU trade deal known as CETA.Trade between Canada and Ireland was only about $2.4 billion in trade in 2016, but both countries desperately want the agreement to work — Canada as a hedge against U.S. protectionism, and Ireland as a hedge against an uncertain post-Brexit future.The deal, finalized last year, has struggled to get ratification from all 28 European Union member states, particularly over provisions and protections for foreign investors. said Robertson: “We need them to help.”From there, Trudeau will travel to Scotland for an audience with the Queen to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. The Queen, who is 91, was unable to travel to Canada to celebrate the occasion in Ottawa.— Follow @mrabson on Twitter read more

Hamilton man charged with threatening landlord with a gun

A 23-year-old Hamilton man was arrested for threatening his landlord with a firearm yesterday.Police responded to a call at a house in the area of Hamilton Avenue and Concession Street in east Hamilton shortly after midnight yesterday.Hamilton Police report that a tenant pointed a gun at his landlord and threatened his life. The landlord was not hurt.Daniel Mackenzie is facing twelve charges including threatening death, several firearm related offences, and 5 counts of failure to comply with probation. The weapon was taken by police.Mackenzie appeared in court later in the day yesterday. read more

Santa Fe launching new tourism campaign aimed at emotions

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico’s capital is launching a new tourism campaign aimed at convincing potential visitors that the city will give them an “emotional experience.”The Santa Fe New Mexican reports “Uncover Your Different” is the tagline for the new Tourism Santa Fe advertising campaign undertaken by an advertising agency in out of Colorado Springs, Colorado.Vladimir Jones CEO Meredith Vaughan says the campaign seeks to tap into people’s emotions by explaining what one can experience while in one of the oldest cities in North America.The $1.5 million advertising campaign was launched Sept. 16 and will continue into 2020.The campaign will touch on digital, social and print advertisements. The ad campaign will appear on social media outlets like Instagram and Facebook and on online TV services such as Hulu.___Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.comThe Associated Press read more

Report pans Albertas attempt at protecting Aboriginal communities in the oilsands

(Stock photo: Report pans Alberta’s attempt at protecting Aboriginal communities in the oilsands by crystalladeras Posted Feb 2, 2016 5:00 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2016 at 5:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email n unreleased report says the Alberta government’s attempt to balance competing interests in the oilsands region has failed to protect aboriginal rights, lands and health from industrial development.The document, obtained by The Canadian Press, also says the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan has been used by both industry and government to erode traditional land use in favour of economicinterests.The government-appointed panel was struck in 2014 under a provision in provincial law after six area First Nations complained that the land use plan violated their treaty rights. The inquiry report has been complete since July, but has not been released.The panel agrees with the Athabasca Chipewyan that the plan doesn’t protect aboriginal culture. It also agreed with the Mikisew Cree that business was given priority over constitutional rights.The report also says Cold Lake First Nation is right that the plan creates new conservation areas without reference to traditional use.The panel made several recommendations, including that a health study on contaminants in the Athabasca River be conducted as soon as possible.“You know those are some of the things we are examining,” says Environment Minister Shannon Phillips. “Of course we know we need to respond to those recommendations. And once we have tabled the report in cabinet then we can have those conversations with the health minister, with the regulator and others. This is a file that has an impact on a number of different ministers.”As well, it says Alberta should stop examining development on a project-by-project basis.Phillips acknowledges the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan needs work, but said her government won’t start over. read more

Exelon to close 2 nuclear plants still seeking subsidies

Exelon to close 2 nuclear plants; still seeking subsidies by John O’Connor, The Associated Press Posted Jun 2, 2016 7:53 am MDT Last Updated Jun 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Oct. 7, 2011 file photo, shows the north entrance to the Exelon nuclear power plant, in Cordova Ill. Exelon Corp. says it will shut two Illinois nuclear plants after the Illinois Legislature declined to act on its request for financial support. The Chicago-based power provider said Thursday June 2, 2016, that it will close the Clinton Power Station in Clinton on June 1, 2017, and the Quad Cities Generating Station in Cordova on June 1, 2018. (Paul Colletti /The Dispatch via AP) QUAD CITY TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Exelon Corp. said Thursday that it will shut two Illinois nuclear power plants after the Legislature failed to approve a financial-support plan, but an email obtained by The Associated Press indicates the company is enlisting employees in an ongoing, full-steam lobbying effort.The Chicago-based power-provider announced it will shutter the Clinton Power Station in central Illinois on June 1, 2017, and the Quad Cities Generating Station in Cordova will close June 1, 2018.Exelon said it began the lengthy shutdown process because it can’t count on legislation that would extend state subsidies to nuclear generators producing reliable, carbon-free electricity that will help Illinois meet federal requirements. Lawmakers adjourned their spring session Tuesday without taking any action on the financial-support plan.“Unfortunately, legislation was not passed, and now we are forced to retire the plants,” Exelon CEO and President Chris Crane said in a statement. Together, the Quad Cities site, which began operation in 1973, and Clinton, which reached full power in fall 1987, employ 1,500.The two plants have lost a combined $800 million since 2009, according to Exelon, countering consumer groups’ complaints of “bailout” with a theme of fairness in a state where wind, solar and other energy sources that don’t produce harmful greenhouse gases are rewarded with subsidies.Earlier Thursday, Crane’s email to employees with the news, obtained by the AP, included a plea that workers call a listed telephone line and record a message for Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers in favour of the legislation.The recorded greeting urges callers to tell lawmakers that “if they take action immediately, they may be able to stop the closures at the Clinton and Quad Cities plants and save your job.”Exelon spokesman Paul Adams confirmed the closure decision is not irreversible, but released a statement saying that it would be possible “only in narrow circumstances, and as weeks pass, a reversal becomes more and more difficult.”Experts disagree on whether shutting the plants would raise the price of electricity. Exelon points to a 2015 state report that found that closing them would pump regional wholesale energy prices up 47 per cent. Dave Lundy, director of the BEST Coalition opposing the plan, said price spikes are unlikely because of the amount of electricity produced in Illinois and the high cost to send it through jammed transmission lines in the Quad Cities.The coalition claims the so-called Next Generation Energy plan would amount to an average $3 per-month rate hike for ratepayers and a $7.7 billion windfall for Exelon over 10 years. Exelon puts the increase to ratepayers at 25 cents a month in exchange for future power stability.Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan was unconvinced Thursday.“Unfortunately, a highly profitable company is choosing to close plants because it hasn’t received a blank check to impose unfair and unnecessary rate hikes on Illinois consumers,” Madigan said in a statement.But Sen. Donne Trotter, the Chicago Democrat sponsoring the bill, said it’s an essential step to ensuring clean, reliable energy long into the future. While the curtain fell on the legislative session before the players could reach agreement, Trotter said progress had been made in recent weeks and he’ll continue negotiating.“Unfortunately there are too many people running around with ‘The Simpsons’ idea of how nuclear plants run, and that they have no major role in our future,” Trotter said. “Experts around the world agree nuclear is a big part. Our greenhouse gases didn’t become a problem until they started ratcheting down the nuclear energy.”Exelon’s process began with notification to the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The closures must be approved by organizations that operate the Midwestern electric grid to ensure reliability is not jeopardized.___Contact Political Writer John O’Connor at . His work can be found at . read more

In Tanzania UN refugee chief praises regional peacemaker role and efforts to

However, Mr. Grandi also impressed upon government officials the importance of not forcing refugees to go back to their countries of origin. Over 57,000 refugees from Burundi have been assisted to voluntarily leave Tanzania and return home in the last two years, but some refugees report their decision was partly based on perceived pressure from the authorities, restrictions on freedom of movement and a lack of access to jobs, so they can support themselves.“It is important that nobody is forced back, that repatriation remains a voluntary exercise,” Mr. Grandi told reporters, after visiting the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in Kasulu, home to around 15,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees. He noted that some refugees are volunteering to go back to their countries of origin, despite uncertain conditions in both the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi, and said that sustainable refugee return happens when refugees feel confident that it is safe to go back, and receive the necessary support to do so. Nearly three-quarters of Tanzania’s refugees are from Burundi, and the other 26 per cent are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or DRC.Mr. Grandi praised Tanzania for supporting the UN’s Global Compact on Refugees, which calls for greater international support to host countries and more refugee self-reliance which, he said, stimulates local economies and provides opportunities for host communities. © UNHCR/Georgina GoodwinThe common market where Burundi and DRC refugees can interact with Tanzanian host community at Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in Kasulu District, western Tanzania, February 7, 2019. Speaking at the end of a four-day visit to the east African nation, Filippo Grandi called for greater investment in the north-west region of Tanzania, where some 300,000 refugees are being hosted, and pledged to mobilize more support for humanitarian efforts, local community development, improved camp security, and environmental projects.In a meeting with Tanzanian President John Joseph Magafuli, Mr. Grandi commended the country’s tradition of welcoming refugees fleeing conflict and persecution in neighbouring countries, and said Tanzania deserved greater international recognition for its role as “one of the most important refugee asylum countries in Africa.” read more