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first_imgAn MoU to facilitate return of illegal Indian immigrants from Britain was left unsigned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi since the European country didn’t ease visa policies.UK Prime Minister Theresa May told Modi in 2017 that “UK would consider improvements to its visa offer” for Indians.Read it at News Bytes App Related Itemslast_img


first_imgAnthony Davis drops 40-20, hits 26 FTs as Lakers rally past Grizzlies Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical The Philadelphia watering hole Misconduct Tavern collaborated with brewer Yards Brewing Co. to launch the “Practice-Style IPA,” a 5.5% Iverson-inspired cold one that offers notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pear and tropical fruit.We’re talking about fermentation!And the AI-PA pub crawl can be made in style: Reebok, the sneaker company Iverson has endorsed since his 1996 rookie season, just dropped the $150 “Question Mid Double Cross” with a design that pays homage to his first signature sneaker.If the sneaks aren’t enough of a fashion accessory (or collectible) for fans, Iverson can still cup his hand to his ear and get a standing ovation from a packed house at his regular visits to the Wells Fargo Center.“I’m happy in the sense that the people around me make me happy,” Iverson said. “It’s easy to be happy.”ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! FILE – In this May 2, 2019 file photo, former Philadelphia 76ers’ Allen Iverson reacts to the crowd during the first half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Toronto Raptors in Philadelphia. Iverson is a more frequent presence at 76ers games. He had a beer named after him and was a recent answer on “Jeopardy.” The 2001 NBA MVP still pops up as a pop culture fixture almost as much as the days when he was the cool and controversial All-Star over a Hall of Fame career in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson is The Answer that finally became the question.Take it away, Alex Trebek!ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Iverson knows how to spread the love to a generation of players that looked at him as a basketball idol. Iverson took his courtside seat for the season opener wearing not a Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons jersey, but the No. 23 of seldom-used guard Trey Burke. Burke, a 6-3 guard who starred at Michigan, grew up rooting for Iverson when he wanted to “run right outside” to the court and try and pattern part of his game after the four-time scoring champ.“He was my favorite player growing up,” Burke said. “He was a little guard doing giant things. I think a little guard like myself can relate to that. You always want to be great at anything you do. Just to see how great he was throughout his entire career, some of the performances he put on, it was just motivation at its finest.”Iverson jerseys were the most popular at games until Embiid and Simmons burst on the scene, but his No. 3 that was once a global bestseller still dots the crowd with fans of all age ranges. Iverson makes appearances on behalf of the Sixers, usually for season-ticket holders, corporate partners and other fan events, and his sneaker store stops to promote his shoe have been greeted by hundreds of fans .Iverson says life is good and settled with his high school sweetheart, Tawanna, and their five kids, and even if it took a bit longer than expected, he’s matured into the elder statesman in retirement that he never found comfort with as a player.“Even still at 44, I’m learning from having the people that’s not good to be around you but you have the knowledge to know they’re not the right people,” he said. “I’m able to see all the stuff that life has taught me as far as how people are, and their intentions, and the ups and downs, and how many times I fall, I’m able to get back up to create just a better man, a better person.”With the 76ers off to 3-0 start headed into Wednesday’s game against Minnesota, they’re set to prove to any remaining doubters it’s more than hollow hype they’re the team to beat in the East. The 76ers haven’t reached the NBA Final since Iverson’s MVP season in 2001 and haven’t won it all since 1983. Iverson led the Sixers in 2000-01 to 56 wins, and they captured the conference title for the first time in 18 years.Led by Embiid and Simmons, this season’s Sixers are expected to be the best one since Iverson was in his heyday. But are they good enough in a dream world to beat Iverson, Dikembe Mutumbo, Aaron McKie and the rest of the ’01 champs?“That team that we have right now, is better than our te.. ahh, I don’t know,” Iverson says, laughing as he catches himself mid-compliment, “because they would have had to deal with a lot of me.” Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect “In 2001, this 76ers guard became the shortest NBA MVP in history & was the All-Star Game MVP in an Eastern Conference victory.”Perhaps an original Charlotte Hornets fan, Kris incorrectly guessed 5-foot-3 Mugsey Bogues on the $200 board in the Eastern Conference category. The two other “Jeopardy” contestants stood in silence as they, much like hapless defenders back in the day, were unable to solve the 6-foot Allen Iverson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceIverson still pops as a pop culture fixture almost as much as the days when he was the cool and controversial All-Star over a Hall of Fame career in Philadelphia.Ten years after he played his final NBA game , Iverson’s crossover appeal still has some mad hops.last_img read more


first_imgIndia managed to scrape through their encounter against lower-ranked Afghanistan on June 22 in the ongoing World Cup 2019. Considered the favourites to win the tie, India were in a spot of bother after Afghan spinners restricted them to 224/8 in their 50 overs. But an impressive showing by the bowlers, including a hat-trick by Mohammed Shami helped India to win by a narrow margin of 11 runs. However, former Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar is not too impressed.After the match, Shoaib Akhtar on his YouTube channel came down heavily on the Indian batting while saying that if Afghanistan had managed to upset the Men in Blue, it would have led to ‘a lot of speculations and false news’. The legendary pacer said that a loss to India would have given ‘headlines’ to a number of people who are waiting for such incidents.”I was thinking that if India were to lose that match a lot of speculations and false news would have started to flow which neither you (viewers) want nor me. There would have been a number of question marks over their performance because people are waiting out there to make headlines with different stories. I don’t want to go into the details but you know what I mean,” said Shoaib.Akhtar also said that veteran MS Dhoni’s slow 52-ball-28 was disappointing to see as it could have cost India more than what it did in the end.”India played very well but not too much as they brought Afghanistan back into the game. Indian batting except Virat Kohli was really bad. They miserably failed in spite of having such a famed batting lineup. MS Dhoni played really-really slow. I can understand that there was a bit of awkward bounce in the wicket but still the amount of dots he played cost India. Indian batting was a bit exposed. But India dodged the bullet and it was a good wake-up call for them,” added Shoaib.advertisementIndia will now play West Indies on June 27 to extend their unbeaten record in the World Cup 2019.Also Read | We have a plan for Andre Russell: Yuzvendra Chahal warns West IndiesAlso Read | Play fearless cricket in remaining games: Shoaib Akhtar’s advice to Pakistanlast_img read more


first_imgAnother London 2012 gold-medal winner returning to Stratford this weekend is Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce following the birth of her son, Zyon. The 31-year-old is yet to compete in a Diamond League event this year but is one of the favourites on Saturday , with the British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith in awe of her rival.“As a woman, having a child is one of the most admirable things you can do. We’ve seen it with Jess [Ennis-Hill] who came back to win a world title, we’ve seen it with Serena [Williams] and obviously now with Shelly-Ann. It’s really inspiring what she’s doing.”The London-born 22-year-old is herself adjusting to a new life, having graduated from King’s College with a 2:1 in history last year, recovering from an ankle injury and moving out of her parents’ house in January.“I’ve been just trying to grow up and be an adult, get my head around council tax and bills – food shopping is really expensive,” Asher-Smith said. “I’ve got confidence that I am in good shape. After last year I’ve learned to just have confidence in my ability. Have faith and patience in the process.” Share on Twitter Share on Messenger “I trained Monday but haven’t been able to train since because of the pain in my foot,” Rutherford said. “I’m training at 20% of what I used to. I have to be realistic with it. It’s not easy because I know what it took to become the best in the world. I’m so far from that and I’m not going sit here and lie and say I’m going to beat people. If I can beat a few on the way that would be great.“I’m in a very different place to where I was a couple of years ago coming into Diamond League events. I know my body is in a bit of a rough place, which is frustrating. Just going out and jumping half-decent would be nice. It’s a bit of a make-or-break weekend because if I jump just over eight metres I probably go to the Europeans. If not, I’ll leave it there and get ready for the last couple of meets that I have.”After long jumping, a career in broadcasting is appealing, but Rutherford also revealed he has had encouraging results preparing for a lab test with British Cycling to see if he can make the transition to bike racing.“As much as I struggle to run in a straight line and jump into a sandpit, I can still produce a lot of power. I was producing a similar level to what an elite international was doing but in trainers, that’s without cleats. Apparently that is quite good.”The long jump field this weekend will feature the reigning world champion Luvo Manyonga, although the world indoor champion Juan Miguel Echevarría – who jumped a wind-assisted 8.83m in Stockholm last month, the biggest long jump in 23 years – has withdrawn injured. This weekend victory may be beyond Rutherford, but should he be selected on Monday for the Europeans next month he could still end his career on a high. “I will only go to Berlin if I feel I still have the chance of winning a medal,” he said. “European long jumping is pretty rubbish at the moment, that’s not me being horrible, it’s pretty awful, hence why there’s still a chance. But I have to do well on Sunday.” news Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Topics Greg Rutherford Greg Rutherford retires: ‘I just don’t want to be in pain every day of my life’ … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Athleticscenter_img Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Facebook Read more Share on Pinterest Greg Rutherford has said he is emotionally preparing for one final return to the London Stadium – the scene of his long-jump Olympic gold in 2012 – but admitted that constant pain in his left foot has left his training schedule in tatters.Rutherford was part of the British trio including Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill who won Olympic gold on Super Saturday six years ago, but after a rough couple of years he exclusively revealed to the Guardian last month that he will retire later this summer. His performances at the Anniversary Games this weekend will dictate whether he makes the Great Britain squad for a final swansong at the European Championships next month but, no matter the result, Rutherford is hoping to soak up the atmosphere in London one final time.“It’s going to be a very emotional weekend for me,” he said. “The six years since London 2012 have absolutely shot past, and I’ve always had the most amazing reception here. It definitely brings a tear to the eye. I’ll probably be crying more than jumping, to be honest.”Rutherford’s list of injuries also makes eye-watering reading. Four operations on his right ankle, a painful groin reconstruction, hamstring problems and having his stomach wall knitted up have blighted his career in recent years. But it is the pain in his left foot and ankle because of ligament damage that is forcing his early retirement. 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first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: BW LPG Provider of maritime gas transportation services BW LPG delivered a wider loss in the fourth quarter and full year 2018.Loss after tax was USD 34.1 million in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to a loss of USD 19 million reported in the same period a year earlier. Yearly loss also widened to reach USD 72.4 million for 2018, compared to a loss of USD 44.7 million reported in 2017.Operating revenue for the quarter increased to USD 154.3 million from USD 122 million in the same three-month period in 2017.The company’s Time Charter Equivalent income increased to USD 84.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to USD 79.3 million reported in the same period a year earlier, mainly attributable to higher LPG spot rates.TCE income for the full year was lower in 2018 at USD 300.9 million, against USD 335.4 million seen in 2017.“With strengthening fundamentals, we expect the freight market to continue to improve going forward. We remain cautiously optimistic for the full year due to sustained U.S. LPG production growth and incremental export volumes being added from other key loading areas such as Australia and Canada,” according to BW LPG.“However, increased demand for VLGC’s from growing U.S. exports will in part be offset by a high level of newbuild deliveries. We maintain our neutral view on Middle Eastern VLGC exports as incremental regional growth is expected to compensate the effects from the re-imposed sanctions on Iran.”last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The NHRC Saturday sent a notice to the Gujarat government over the fire tragedy in Surat in which 22 students died in a massive blaze at a commercial complex in Sarthana area of the city, officials said. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) also observed that mere announcement of compensation to the aggrieved families cannot be a solution to such kind of hazards.Three of the 22 students who died in the fire in the ill-fated Takshila Complex on Friday had appeared for the Class 12 Board examinations and had cleared them comfortably, as per results that were declared Saturday. Among the dead, 18 are girls, the youngest being 15 years of age and the eldest just 22, police said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistThe NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of the incident, it said in a statement. “Considering the incident as a grave violation of the human rights of the young students, the Commission has issued a notice to the chief secretary, government of Gujarat calling for a detailed report in the matter, including status of the criminal cases registered against the building owner and others found guilty, along with action taken against the public servants concerned,” the rights panel said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceIn the response, the chief secretary has been asked to include the legal status of the building, its construction, fire fighting measures, fire safety clearance and relief granted to the grief stricken families, it said. “The Commission also expects that the best and free of cost treatment is provided by the state to the injured persons. Response from the state government is expected within four weeks,” the NHRC statement said. Issuing the notice, the NHRC has also observed that it has been constantly insisting the authorities to be more vigilant to avoid such tragic incidents. “Going by the media reports, it appears that there was no safe passage for the victims, which could have been used as a fire exit in case of the emergency. Mere announcement of compensation to the aggrieved families cannot be a solution to such kind of hazards,” the Commission observed. Several such incidents have occurred across the country where precious human lives have been lost due to negligence by the authorities and lack of fire department’s clearance, it added. While some of the students died of suffocation, many due to injuries sustained after jumping off windows to escape the fire. In a video clip of the incident, some young students at the Complex could be seen jumping off the third and fourth floors amid plumes of thick smoke.last_img read more


first_imgSrinagar: A non-local militant was killed on Saturday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district. An encounter started in morning between militants and the Rashtriya Rifles and special operations group of state police in Boniyar area of Uri sector, police sources said. “An unidentified non-local militant has so far being killed in this encounter. The operation against the militants is still on,” sources said.last_img


first_imgWHITEHORSE – Fresh firefighters have arrived from Yukon to help bring British Columbia’s wildfires under control.The territory’s wildfire service says 16 firefighters and an air-tanker group headed to Prince George late last week and over the weekend.That is on top of the 34 firefighters and four administrative staff from Yukon who arrived in the province earlier in the week.Yukon’s fire season is coming to a close, with the fire danger rating dipping throughout the territory.The threat of record-breaking temperatures and the possibility of lightning this week could spark a surge in fire activity across B.C.About 3,700 people remained displaced by the nearly 150 fires still burning as of Sunday evening.(CKRW, The Canadian Press)last_img


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Rabat – Lahcen Haddad, Morocco’s Minister of Tourism, explained the challenges and difficulties facing the tourism sector in the Kingdom.In an interview published in the weekly magazine Tel Quel in its July 10-16 edition, the Tourism Minister explained the slowdown in tourist activity and analyzed the causes leading to a remarkable decline in tourists visiting the Kingdom.When asked about his plans to address the 5.6% decline in tourism revenue, Lahcen Haddad refused to employ terms like “crisis” in the sector. Rather he referred to it as being a temporary slowdown, or “period of turbulence.” The Minister reassured the citizens that the difficulties observed in the first months of 2015 were anticipated in the projections.“The situation is complicated,” said the minister.“We hope to finish the year with a 1 or 2 percent increase against the 10 percent increase previously expected,” he added.On the other hand, the decline of Europe’s purchasing power “affects negatively on traditional tourism in Morocco,” the Minister said.According to the Minister, the number of French and Italian tourists, who constitute the largest number of tourists that visit the Kingdom, dropped significantly.However, despite the general decrease in the number of tourists, Haddad said that the sector “recorded a strong increase of German tourists (+ 18 percent), English (+ 6 percent) and Spain (+ 2 percent) tourists.”Haddad had previously said that the number of tourists traveling to Morocco had fallen in the wake of the terror attacks that targeted Tunisia. He called on tourists all over the world to make a difference between Morocco, the most stable country in North Africa, and other Arab countries. read more


22 September 2010Paul Tergat had so little to eat while growing up in rural Kenya that staying in class was a daily challenge. But when he was eight, the United Nations changed his life – and set him on the path to a glittering career in track and field that has brought him Olympic medals, global titles and a world record. The World Food Programme (WFP) began distributing free school meals in Mr. Tergat’s home district in 1977, giving him an incentive to go to school and the energy to make the daily three-mile trek from his home in Kenya’s Rift Valley.Now an Ambassador against Hunger for WFP, Mr. Tergat says he might have dropped out of school, like many of his classmates, and missed out on an education and the opportunity to nurture his athletic talent, but for the school feeding programme.“I would say that it is true by the time I was ready to go to school, many of the kids from my region were unable to go to school. They instead went out to look for something to eat because where I come from it is very dry and rocky,” Mr. Tergat, now 41, told the UN News Centre yesterday.Mr. Tergat, who won two Olympic silver medals and a record five consecutive World Cross Country Championships and set a world marathon record, has used his stature as one of the world’s best long distance runners to raise awareness and encourage support for the WFP’s school-feeding programmes.“It is important that we give opportunities to young people just as I was given the opportunity by WFP. I am now giving back to the community and I want to see more children reach their full potential in terms of developing their careers and contributing to the world in general,” said Mr. Tergat, who is in New York for the UN summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The MDGs range from halving extreme poverty and reducing the proportion of hungry people by half, to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015.“It is important that we achieve the MDGs – we can achieve healthy and educated nations,” Mr. Tergat said, adding that his presence at the summit led him to believe that there was a general consensus that the world must achieve the Goals. “But everybody needs to play their part,” he said.According to WFP, $3.2 billion is required every year to feed 66 million schoolchildren worldwide. About $1.2 billion would enable the agency to feed 23 million children in Africa.“The most important thing is to create awareness as a living example of what support for WFP can achieve,” said Mr. Tergat, who now mostly participates in motivational races to encourage young people to take up sport. read more


Canadian stocks were lower Friday as rising tensions in Ukraine made for nervous investors going into the weekend.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 30.85 points to 14,523.4 amid another slate of corporate earnings. The Canadian dollar was up 0.01 of a cent to 90.69 cents US.U.S. indexes also retreated with the Dow Jones industrials down 99.34 points to 16,402.31, the Nasdaq dropped 40.33 points to 4,108.01 and the S&P 500 index slid 8.42 points to 1,870.19.There were scattered reports of violence Friday as Ukrainian forces try to end an occupation of government buildings by pro-Russian militia in more than 10 cities in eastern parts of the country. In turn, Russia’s foreign minister has accused the West of plotting to control Ukraine and also announced military exercises near Ukraine’s border.At the same time, the economic cost to Russia for its stance toward Ukraine increased as Standard & Poor’s cut Russia’s credit rating to BBB-minus — one step above speculative or non-investment grade. The previous rating was BBB.S&P said it took the step because the tense situation “could see additional significant outflows of both domestic and foreign capital from the Russian economy.”The latest round of tensions came at the end of a generally positive week thanks to a series of better than expected corporate earnings in Canada and the U.S.On Friday, automaker Ford said first-quarter net income fell 39 per cent to US$989 million, or 24 cents per share, down from $1.64 billion, or 41 cents per share, a year ago and seven cents below estimates. Revenue rose slightly to $35.9 billion, beating analysts’ expectations for $34.2 billion and its shares fell 3.25 per cent to $15.79.After the close Thursday, Microsoft reported quarterly earnings per share of 68 cents, five cents better than estimates. Revenue of $20.4 billion narrowly beat expectations of $20.39 billion and its shares rose 1.15 per cent to $40.32.In Canada, business software provider Open Text Corp. (TSX:OTC) posted quarterly net earnings of $45.8 million or 33 cents per share, up from $25.8 million or 22 cents in the comparable year-earlier period as revenue rose to $442.8 million from $337.7 million. The company also upped its quarterly dividend by 15 per cent to 17.25 cents a share. Its shares climbed $2.69 to $53.50.In other corporate developments, Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. (TSX:COS) lowered its production guidance for the Syncrude Canada oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., as a result of a breakdown at one of its cokers, which help convert heavy oilsands bitumen into a lighter type of crude. COS cut its production estimate for 2014 to between 95 million and 105 million barrels, compared with an previous estimate of 95 million to 110 million barrels. Its shares fell $1.11 to $23.02.The energy sector led decliners, down 0.66 per cent while June crude in New York gave back $1.27 to US$100.67.The gold sector was the leading advancer, up 1.2 per cent as geopolitical worries drove June bullion up $10.80 to US$1,301.40 an ounce.May copper was unchanged at US$3.12 a pound and the base metals group was ahead 0.55 per cent. read more


GTF says the Tamil people have given the TNA, and its leader R. Sampanthan, a strong mandate to negotiate a political solution. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) says it will seek the full support of the international community, including India, to help implement the legitimate demands of the Tamil people through a negotiated political solution.The London based leading diaspora group said  the Tamil people are anxious to see a political solution on the basis of the Tamil National Alliance’s manifesto commitments to the long standing Tamil national question “The Tamil people have also sent a clear message to the new Sri Lankan government and to the international community that they are firmly behind the TNA and its leadership.  It is clear that the Tamil people are anxious to see political solution on the basis of TNA’s manifesto commitments to the long standing Tamil national question, to ascertain truth and accountability through the full and honest implementation of the relevant UN resolutions and processes, and to address the matters of immediate concerns for the Tamil people without any further delay,” GTF said. The GTF noted that as an organization that has worked with the TNA for several years, it will seek the full support of the international community, including India, to help implement the legitimate demands of the Tamil people through a negotiated political solution.“The ‎citizens of Sri Lanka have once again voted for positive change in Sri Lanka, and to consolidate the progressive change that began with the January 8th 2015 presidential election.‎ GTF also congratulates Ranil Wickramasinghe, the leader of the United National Party, and President Sirisena on this remarkable election outcome and is hopeful that they will continue the progressive work of the last eight months with more vigour and purpose,” the GTF added. GTF reiterated its commitment to recognize and respect the wishes of the Tamil people, and to work with TNA and all other relevant stakeholders to achieve equality, justice, peace, respect and prosperity for Tamil people. (Colombo Gazette) read more


JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is expected to announce his plans Monday for paying this year’s check to residents from the state’s oil-wealth fund.Dunleavy’s office says he will not hold a news conference, but instead will release a video.Dunleavy campaigned on a Permanent Fund dividend paid in line with a longstanding calculation that has not been followed since 2016 as the state has grappled with a budget deficit. Such a dividend would equate to checks of about $3,000 this year.Lawmakers instead asked Dunleavy to consider a roughly $1,600 dividend this year. Many say the calculation is at odds with a law passed last year seeking to limit what can be taken from permanent fund earnings for dividends and government expenses.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press


TORONTO – Strong sales of American Girl dolls and gift products like candles and blankets helped pushed up profits at Indigo Books and Music Inc. (TSX:IDG) to $33 million in the third quarter.The net earnings amounted to $1.28 per diluted common share for the three-month period ended Dec. 27, versus profits of $8.5 million or 33 cents per share in the same period a year ago.The country’s largest book, gift and specialty toy retailer says the profits were also helped by improved margins, lower operating costs and lower tax expenses.Revenue for the period was up two per cent to $339.4 million versus $332.4 million a year ago. The gain came despite the company operating five fewer superstores and one less small format store that in the year-earlier quarter.Indigo says sales from its Indigo and Chapter locations grew 5.5 per cent year over year, while sales its smaller Coles and Indigospirit stores were flat. Online sales grew 10.6 per cent.“We are pleased with these results which show both top line growth and improvements in profitability,” chief executive Heather Reisman said in a statement.“We’re confident these results demonstrate customer affection for our brand. Our entire team is focused on continuing to position this vibrant Canadian business for long-term growth and success.”Indigo is nearing the end of its five-year transformation from mainly a bookseller to a retailer that offers a variety of gift and toy products.Indigo first began making changes to its business model in 2010 as the popularity of ebooks and e-readers, like Kodbo and Amazon’s Kindle, grew. Since then, the bookseller has been dealing with intense competition for book sales from the likes of Walmart and online giant Amazon.Indigo operates 91 large format super stores and 130 small format locations under various banners such as Chapters and Indigo, Coles, Indigospirit, SmithBooks and The Book Company. American Girl dolls, lifestyle products boost Indigo’s Q3 results AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 3, 2015 2:54 pm MDT read more


“Where we stand is […] precarious. We cannot afford to lessen our focus or investment – despite the many competing claims for our attention in the rest of the world,” said Nicholas Kay, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, as he briefed the Council on the Secretary-General’s latest report on the situation in the country. Before going into some detail on political and security issues he began by answering the question he said that all the Secretary-general’s Special Representatives probably hear most: “Are you optimistic?”“The answer in my case is a resounding “yes,” he said, adding that behind the “twists and turns, the crises and the standoffs”, Somalia has the foundations for progress: the international community is united behind a credible, legitimate federal Government.“There are resources available to meet the most immediate needs; there is the political will to compromise and manage disputes without resorting to violence. And the Somali people I have met are tired of war and deprivation, fed up with brinkmanship and predatory politics,” said Mr. Kay. He said that the core of Somalia’s political challenge is simple to describe, “even if rather difficult to solve.” After 22 years of conflict, power and control of resources and revenue have fragmented. The strong centralist state has ceased to exist. Different regions and different people now hold different bits of power, he said, adding: “That’s why Somalis have decided a federal model is the only system that will work in this new reality.”Mr. Kay said that the task now is for Somalis to reconcile and agree among themselves exactly how federalism will work in practice. “How will they share power, revenue, resources and responsibilities in a way that benefits all Somalia? These are difficult issues: but ones which need political solutions,” he said.That is why in his first three months, he prioritized the need for progress on the Constitutional review and constructive engagement with the regions; travelling to Puntland, Somaliland and engaging closely on the Jubba question.He went on to tell the Council that the situation in the Jubba regions was one of the most serious issues to face the Federal Government. In early June, the risks were very high of a collapse in security and political stalemate in Kismayo, as well as between the Jubba parties and Mogadishu. “However, an agreement was finally reached on 28 August in Addis Ababa, under the active mediation of Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr Tedros Andhanom on behalf of IGAD, which set out interim governance, security and economic arrangements,” he said.To the north, the relationship between Somaliland and Somalia remains sensitive and fragile. Nevertheless, he said, there is progress to report. With the mediation of Turkey, the two parties have had two sessions of talks this year. The agreement on shared management of airspace could be a model for other areas of mutually beneficial cooperation. “We urge both sides to focus on solutions, however modest, not problems,” said Mr. Kay.As for other progress he said that in less than a week, another key building block of Somalia’s stabilization will be put in place as some 200 delegates will gather in Brussels on September 16, hosted jointly by the European Union and the Federal Government. “The New Deal Compact is a Somali-led and Somali-owned set of priorities, milestones to achieve them, making an architecture for international support to Somalia, coordination and funding,” he said, but stressed that the true test of the Compact will be in how it makes a difference in peoples’ daily lives. “The UN in Somalia will play its part to the full, especially in assisting the Government to coordinate international assistance,” he said.Finally, he said that in terms of rebuilding a shattered state and rescuing millions of people from conflict and poverty, “we are standing on the very edge of great success.” But, Mr. Kay urged the Council to remain vigilant, stressing that the “crisis” was far from over. “If we fail and Somalia slips back and Al Shabaab prevail, we shall feel the security impact from Bamako to Bangui, and beyond Africa. Their ideology respects no borders.”To get over the threshold and achieve great things, “we need more,” he continued, stressing that while much had been done, there are three areas in which the international community must boost its efforts: support for the Somali National Security Forces; enhanced capabilities for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM); and thirdly, an well-resourced and coherent UN role in the exit strategy for AMISOM. “Working in Somalia is expensive; keeping our staff safe costs real money. Ensuring success will cost more, but not very much compared to what the international community has spent in Iraq, Afghanistan and more recently Mali,” Mr. Kay said. read more


Vanderbilt University announced Thursday that it was canceling its football program’s 2013 trip to Columbus to play Ohio State because of scheduling reasons. OSU athletic director Gene Smith didn’t approve of the way Vanderbilt canceled the game – by letter – but he was promised an apology. Dave Williams, Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, said he takes full responsibility for informing Smith of the cancellation in a letter and plans to apologize. “I apologize to (Smith) for that. I’m sorry that he’s disappointed. Gene’s a good friend and a good (athletic director) and I’m sorry it was handled that way,” Williams told The Lantern. “I take all of the blame for that.” With less than a year until the teams’ originally scheduled Aug. 31, 2013, meeting at the Horseshoe, Smith and the OSU athletic department must seek a new opponent for the opening game of its 2013 season. Vanderbilt was to receive $1.2 million for its visit to Ohio Stadium, but coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus without a bowl ban will have to begin against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. In a statement provided to The Lantern earlier on Thursday, Smith said the communication between the two schools could have been better. “I am disappointed that we find ourselves in this position. I would have preferred a phone call from the administration at Vanderbilt,” Smith said in the statement. “Nevertheless, we will work diligently to find a replacement opponent for the 2013 season.” Williams explained that the decision to inform OSU through a letter was a matter of record keeping. “I do understand (Smith’s) disappointment and I apologize for that, but if you cancel something by phone, then you don’t have record for it,” Williams said. “It may just be my legal training that we cancel by paper. We make deals by letters and we cancel by letters. I understand his disappointment and it would have been nice if I talked more about it. “That’s on me. That’s my bad and I apologize for that.” Rod Williamson, Vanderbilt’s director for athletic communications, said the cancellation of the OSU-Vanderbilt fixture came about as a result of the need to accommodate the Southeastern Conference’s addition of Texas A&M and Missouri. Vanderbilt also canceled its 2013 home game against Northwestern. The cancellation of the OSU and Northwestern games were “casualties” of that process, Williamson said. OSU’s current home schedule for the 2013 season includes Florida A&M (9/7), Buffalo (9/21), Wisconsin (9/28), Iowa (10/19), Penn State (10/26) and Indiana (11/23). The Buckeyes are scheduled to continue play in the 2012 season Saturday against Purdue at the Horseshoe. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more


first_imgThe events, set in the future, are fictionalised but are based on real members of the Royal family, with actors cast for their resemblance to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.King Charles is played by Tim Pigott-Smith, who died suddenly last month before the television version could be broadcast.Although well-received by critics on the stage, Goold conceded the BBC version would be more controversial.“The TV audience is much bigger and broader,” he said. “But I hope that people who think it’s going to be anti-monarchist will watch the whole thing because I think it’s nuanced.” Camilla, King Charles III, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Harry Credit:Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic The one-off drama, which is likely to appall staunch royalists, tells the story of King Charles III and his scheming family, as they embark on a constitutional crisis so extreme that a ruthless Duchess of Cambridge plots to depose him.Scenes include an opening shot of the Queen’s coffin, two appearances from the ghost of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall slapping Prince William in the face.Goold said the show contained issues of the “greatest sensitivity”, with some scenes altered for the BBC from the original stage version so as not to compromise the national broadcaster. Charlotte RIley plays Kate MiddletonCredit: Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic Camilla (MARGOT LEICESTER), King Charles III (TIM PIGOTT-SMITH), Kate Middleton (CHARLOTTE RILEY), Prince William (OLIVER CHRIS), Prince Harry (RICHARD GOULDING) Credit: Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic Prince Harry (RICHARD GOULDING), King Charles III (TIM PIGOTT-SMITH), Prince William (OLIVER CHRIS)  Charlotte RIley plays Kate Middleton Jessica (TAMARA LAWRANCE), Prince Harry (RICHARD GOULDING)  He added: “You have to remember that, even with the stage version, we’d been through long conversations with lawyers and certain actors refusing to be involved because of how it might affect their future relationship with the honours system.”Goold said the television film crew also made concessions to filming Diana’s premonition-delivering ghost at a distance, admitting: “The director of photography was resistant to even going as close as we did.”King Charles III, a 90-minute drama, has been adapted from a play of the same name, written by Mike Bartlett and staged at the Almeida Theatre in 2014.It went on to win an Olivier for best new play, as well as being nominated for numerous Tony Awards upon its transfer to Broadway. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Getting the play into the public domain in the first place, he said, had require “long conversations” with lawyers, with one scene involving Diana, Princess of Wales considered “too mocking” to air on the BBC.He added “certain actors”, whom he chose not to name, had refused to be involved in the production over fears it might jeopardise a future knight or damehood.Asked by Radio Times magazine whether there had been any “difficult editorial conversations” about King Charles III with the BBC, Goold said: “There was one.“The issue of greatest sensitivity was always how the funeral of the Queen would be presented and what that would mean for a BBC that covers such events for real.“But we also changed one line in Diana’s prophecy about Charles as King because it somehow felt too mocking.” The late Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles III Credit:Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic  Jessica and Prince Harry Credit:Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic  But John Whittingdale, a Tory MP and former Culture Secretary, said there was no need for anyone to be offended on behalf of the Queen.”It’s a drama, it’s not presented as fact,” he said. “It was extremely well reviewed and well received as a play.”Some of my colleagues get hysterical about this kind of thing. I don’t think the Queen is the least bit offended.”If the BBC has commissioned a production of a decent play how can one possibly object to that? High-quality drama is at the heart of public service broadcasting.”King Charles III will air on BBC Two on Wednesday, May 10 at 9pm. Prince Harry (RICHARD GOULDING), King Charles III (TIM PIGOTT-SMITH), Kate Middleton (CHARLOTTE RILEY), Camilla (MARGOT LEICESTER), Prince William (OLIVER CHRIS)  The BBC, which employs a Royal Liaison Officer, said only that Buckingham Palace was “aware” of the production, but refused to comment on whether they discussed the drama with advisors.Buckingham Palace declined to comment.King Charles III’s first review from the Telegraph, which awarded the play five stars, noted it would have caused heads to roll in a different era, with critic Charles Spencer concluding: “I would deferentially suggest that the Prince of Wales gives it a miss.”Sir Gerald Howarth, a former defence minister and outgoing Tory MP, said: “We have a sovereign who commands universal respect across the nation and the rest of the World. It is extraordinarily insensitive for an organisation which is so consumed with political correctness.”It is pure indulgence by the BBC to run a play featuring the demise of the sovereign and ascribing to a popular member of the Royal member [the Duchess of Cambridge] base motives.” The late Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles IIICredit:Robert Viglasky/ Drama Republic British actors refused to take roles in controversial drama King Charles III for fear it might jeopardise their knighthoods, its director has claimed. Rupert Goold, who directed the play and its new television adaption, said parts had been turned down by those who worried how it “might affect their future relationship with the honours system”.The role of King Charles III was taken by the late Tim Pigott-Smith, who has received an OBE, with Charlotte Riley joining the television version to play the Duchess of Cambridge.last_img read more


first_imgTHE CAUSE OF last weekend’s blaze at a west Dublin recycling plant is due to be investigated by the fire service, An Garda Síochána, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan confirmed to the Dáil last night that these probes will be launched as soon as the fire is completely extinguished.A review of the “criteria associated with storing toxic materials near residential areas” is also planned, once the investigations are complete.Smoke is still rising at the Oxigen plant at Ballymount, days after it was brought under control by fire services.“Once the situation on the site has been brought under full control, the EPA will take steps to commence a full investigation in the normal way,” the Minister said.It is too early at this stage to say what was the exact cause of the fire. The Garda Síochána and the fire service will be moving to commence their own separate investigations into the circumstances of the incident. 75 fire fighters were required at one point to battle the blaze, with TDs involved in last night’s debate commending their efforts.Fianna Fáil’s Enviroment Spokesperson Barry Cowen said local residents had been “terrified”.“The smoke that darkened the skies and shrouded Dublin in a toxic haze on Saturday terrified many local residents caught in the middle of it,” he said, with Sinn Féin’s Sean Crowe questioning the health effects it could have on these people.“Are they seriously suggesting that people stay indoors for a week or more? Do they believe that the noxious and dangerous fumes will not get into residents homes and lodge there?”This fire should be a wake-up call for the Government and the local authority.Labour TD Michael Conaghan called for a “rigorous review” to be carried out of all waste plants.The EPA are continuing to monitor air quality in the area.Read: Ballymount blaze rated a ‘Category 1′ incident by EPA >Effects: Some parcel delivery disruption as An Post depot remains closed >last_img read more


first_imgRate Change: To the extent that any major label agrees to any rates for the Google Services that are lower than the rates set forth in Exhibits C or D [percentage rate and per subscriber minimum], including with respect to bundling, Google will have the right to reduce Provider’s analogous rates accordingly, following thirty (30) days written notice (via email will be sufficient) to Provider.This would mean that the major record labels could negotiate an advance payment in return for lower rates. Indie labels are worried that they will be forced to accept the lower per-stream rates without receiving the advances the major record labels get.The other concern is the section entitled ‘Catalogue Commitment and Monetisation.’ which states that all artists provide Google with the same content on the same day it provides it to any other music streaming company. Catalogue Commitment and Monetisation: it is understood that as of the Effective Date and throughout the Term, Provider’s entire catalogue of Provider Sound Recordings and Provider Music Videos (including Provider Music Videos delivered via a third party) will be available for the Premium and Free services for use in connection with each type of Relevant Content… Further, Provider will provide Google with the same Provider Sound Recordings and Provider Music Videos on the same day as it provides such content to any other similarly situated partners.This causes problems for those artists who would want to withhold their music from YouTube, or has agreed an exclusive release on another platform.Last week, YouTube claimed that record labels representing 90% of the music industry had signed up to the service, which is expected to see a public launch later this year.Read: Stuck trying to find a parking space? This robot will park your car for you >Read: With Google’s developer conference coming up, here’s what you should look out for > THE PROPOSED CONTRACT that YouTube is offering indie artists before they join its upcoming music service has been published in full online.Digital Music News published the entire contract that YouTube is offering indie artists (with a less than complementary heading), containing the terms and payment structure it’s offering.One major areas that’s causing problems among artists is the power major labels have in payment rates. If a major label agrees to a lower rate than the ones described in the YouTube contract, Google will have the right to reduce the indie label’s rate accordingly.last_img read more