Maharashtra BJP MLA begs activist to drop complaint

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first_imgA Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Pune district booked in a ₹50 lakh extortion case, was allegedly seen pleading with a city-based builder and RTI activist to withdraw the complaint against him in a clip produced by the activist on Tuesday. The activist, Ravindra Barate, had recently lodged a complaint against Yogesh Tilekar, the legislator from Hadapsar constituency, for allegedly demanding ₹50 lakh extortion money from Rahul Gangote, director, Evisions Teleinfra Pvt. Ltd. to allow laying of fibre optic cable network. Mr. Barate, who is associated with Evisions Teleinfra, a company engaged in laying fibre optic cable for government and private establishments, alleged that the police are investigating instead of taking action against Mr. Tilekar.In the clip, apparently recorded by Mr. Barate which has since gone viral, Mr. Tilekar and his brother appear to be apologising to the activist and begging him to withdraw the complaint against him.The incident had occurred in August when Ganesh Kamthe, allegedly an accomplice of the MLA, stopped the company’s employees from laying a cable network in Katraj-Kondhwa.“I first got a call from Mr. Kamthe, who claimed he was an accomplice of Mr. Tilekar, and demanded ₹50 lakh for continuing the work. When I informed Mr. Tilekar about this, he disclaimed any knowledge of Mr. Kamthe. When I received the call for the second time, I lodged a complaint with the Kondhwa police on September 8,” Mr. Barate said.He further alleged that the MLA and his brother later met him at a city hotel to plead with him to withdraw the complaint. “He [Mr. Tilekar] even fell at my feet…but I refused to budge.” According to Mr. Barate’s complaint, Mr. Tilekar’s henchmen stole fibre optic cable amounting to ₹40,000 when the company ignored his threats. The Kondhwa police had registered an FIR against Mr. Tilekar under Sections 379 (theft), 384 (extortion), and 427 (damage to property) under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) earlier this month.Mr. Tilekar, however, refuted the allegation that he had visited Mr. Barate with the intention of requesting him to withdraw the complaint. “I had merely requested Mr. Barate not to lodge a false complaint against me. I told him that it was a misunderstanding. I had touched his feet as he was my elder and I have known him for several years,” Mr. Tilekar said.Mr. Barate, on his part, has accused the MLA of misusing his powers. The Opposition has condemned Mr. Tilekar and demanded he publicly apologise to his constituents and step down from his elected post.“It is shameful that the MLA is falling at Mr. Barate’s feet and demanding he withdraw his complaint. This is tantamount to a confession of his misdeeds,” Vasant More of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena said. Meanwhile, the case against the MLA has taken a twist with Milind Gaikwad, the senior police inspector, Kondhwa station, being suddenly transferred after he registered the FIR against Mr. Tilekar.Pune Police Commissioner K. Venkatesham had transferred Mr. Gaikwad to the special branch on October 17.last_img read more

Gilas begins buildup with closed-door practice

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first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: ’Emotional’ Hayward recalls how his family felt after horrific injury LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Chot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTwenty-one days before the start of the 2017 Fiba World Cup qualifiers, Smart Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes is going down to business as he is set to hold his first practice session behind closed doors.The outspoken mentor made the announcement on Friday afternoon as he begins his preparations for the pair of home-and-away games later this month.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Yes we will practice but behind closed doors. No Gilas player/coach will grant any interview in the meantime. I hope you understand,” he wrote on his Twitter account @coachot.Yes we will practice but behind closed doors. No Gilas player/coach will grant any interview in d meantime. I hope you understand #💪❤️FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Chot Reyes (@coachot) November 3, 2017 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Players who were earlier named in the national team pool are expected to show up, especially those were part of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup squad which finished seventh place in Lebanon.Reyes is expecting a high turnout, especially with all 12 PBA teams giving the players the green light despite the impasse that has divided the Board of Governors in relation to the status of PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa. View commentslast_img read more

Philippines settles for bronze anew, loses to Indonesia in Asean Grand Prix

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first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan 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 FEU blows lead, recovers to beat UP in OT MOST READ View comments Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect It was the second straight bronze medal finish by the Filipinos in the meet aimed at gauging their readiness for the coming Southeast Asian Games.Thailand expectedly bagged the championship, its second in a row, after routing Vietnam, 25-21, 25-12, 25-11, earlier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man Photo by Chris Quintana/ContributorMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines dropped a four-set heartbreaker to Indonesia, 25-21, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21, Sunday night to settle for the bronze medal in the Asean Volleyball Grand Prix second leg at Sta. Rosa multi-purpose gym in Laguna.The Nationals got off to a slow start and had to scramble to avert a shutout loss owing to Maddie Madayag and Jovelyn Gonzaga who came off the bench to deliver the much needed points.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Panathinaikos’ Nightmare…Xanthi

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first_imgLike last year, Xanthi has defeated Panathinaikos in Athens 1-2 (then 0-1) to earn their first victory of the season. Steele made tragic mistakes on both goals from the visitors as Pablo and Vasilakakis found the back of the net. Xanthi took the lead in the 34th minute and Leto equalized midway through the first half before a quick response from Xanthi gave them the 1-2 victory. Panathinaikos’ loss drops them two points behind the new league leaders Olympiacos.Xanthi, who defeated Panathinaikos last year 0-1 in Athens, came to the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium hoping for an unlikely first win of the season. The visitors surprisingly took the lead when Pablo da Lucas’ free kick was misjudged by Steele and the ball ended up into the back of Panathinaikos’ net. The goal clearly troubled the hosts as they could not string up a good attack and went into the break behind in the score.In the second half, Panathinaikos looked for a quick equalizer which came in the 62nd minute when Leto’s shot took a deflection, leaving Zivkovic with no chance to deny the effort. With plenty of time remaining and the momentum on their side, Panathinaikos hoped to complete the comeback against Xanthi, but three minutes later Vasilakakis stunned the hosts once again when his clever (and impressive) half-volley effort went over the head of Steel (who was clearly out of position), re-giving Xanthi the lead. Panathinaikos went on the offensive as they trailed in the score, but it was evident that Panathinaikos’ attack did not pose a threat to the visitors. M’boku’s shot was the only clear chance on goal for the Prasini as Xanthi held onto their surprising first win of the season.Xanthi’s first 3 points of the season comes in the unlikeliest of fashion, against the current SuperLeague leaders (before the beginning of Matchday 7). The win now puts Xanthi on 5 points while Panathinaikos now sits in second, two points behind the new league leaders Olympiacos. Both Xanthi and Panathinaikos play away in Matchday 8, facing Platanias and Veria, respectively. Source: AGONAsport.com (Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

40 of the most powerful photos of 2016: #9 will make you look twice

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first_imgWith not even 24 hours left for 2016 to come to an end, let’s take a look at those extraordinary photographs that made big headlines and touched our hearts.This article will showcase an extensive compilation of powerful yet unforgettable pictures that will remain in your hearts and minds for years together.Fortunately or unfortunately, 2016 brought us some of the heartrending photographs also.From Donald Trump being elected as America’s 45th president to becoming the TIME Person of the Year, ‘President of Divided States of America,’ we saw the changing times.In India too, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Demonetisation’ brought twist and turns across the nation.We also witnessed, how an Indian model and acid attack survivor Reshma Quereshi walked the ramp to present Indian designer Archana Kochhar’s Spring/Summer 2017.So, here’s a look at the most powerful, remarkable, and striking pictures from 2016 brought to you through the eyes of brilliant photographers around the world:Note: Some of the pictures might bring tears to your eyes.1Five-year-old Omran Daqneesh sits in an ambulance after being taken out of a building hit by an airstrike in Syria2Infant Udai Faisal suffering from acute malnutrition dies at Al-Sabeen Hospital in Sanaa, Yemen3Kenyan riot police officer stomps on a protester in Nairobi demanding the dismissal of the electoral authority over alleged bias and corruption4Nidhi Chaphekar, a 40-year-old Jet Airways flight attendant from Mumbai, right, after the Brussels airport bombing5Air Force One – carrying US President Barack Obama flies over a neighborhood in Havanadvertisement6Wildfires glowing beneath ‘The Northern Lights,’ also known as the Aurora Borealis, near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada7Pope Francis march through Auschwitz’s infamous gate with the sign8A protester looks into the eyes of a riot policeman during a protest marking the country’s 1973 military coup in Santiago, Chile9A woman pouring water on a child’s face after being affected by teargas in central Harare, Zimbabwe10 Saida Ahmad Baghili, an 18-year-old woman suffering from acute malnutrition, sits on a bed at the al-Thawra hospital in the Red Sea port city of Houdieda, Yemen11A woman removes a Niqab she was wearing in her village after Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) took control of it in Aleppo province, Syria12Barack Obama wiped tears from his eyes as he spoke about the steps his administration took to reduce gun violence in the US13Theresa May meeting Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace14Turkish student cries during a protest to show solidarity with trapped citizens of Aleppo, Syria, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina15Leonardo DiCaprio winning Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in ‘The Revenant’16Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius walking without his prosthetic legs during mid-trial17Usain Bolt competes the Men’s 100-meter semifinal race during the Rio Olympic Games18International Space Station shows a massive snowstorm blankets, the East Coast of the U.S19Dead sperm whales lying on a beach on Texel Island, the Netherlands20 After being saved from indulging in prostitution, schoolgirls in India play Kabaddi during recess(Image source: LA Times)21A monkey catches knives as it balances on a board during a daily training session at a monkey farm in China22Jackeline, 26, holds her 4-month old son who is born with microcephaly, in front of their house in Brazil23A Sadhu combs his beard after taking a dip during Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, India24A Guardsman faints at Horseguards Parade for the Annual Trooping the colour ceremony in central London, Britain25The full moon is captured behind the Christ the Redeemer statue ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil26A splash of lightning seen above the skyline of Shanghai, China27A girl holds a rifle in a parade to show support to the movement in Sanaa, Yemen28Richard Whitehead of Britain competes in the men’s 200m – T42 category29The supermoon rises behind the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft in Kazakhstan30#DemonetisationIndia: Ban of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes31A former fisherman standing in the dry bed that was once Bolivia’s second-largest lake(Image source: The New York Times)323Global warming affecting the ecology of polar bears’ Arctic habitat on a vast scale(Image source: The New York Times)33Sahara desert after getting its first snowfall in 37 years(Image source: Karim Bouchetata/Geoff Robinson Photography)34Prince George meets President Obama during a trip to London35Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sets fire to the world’s biggest ivory bonfire at Nairobi National Park(Image source: AFP)36A gunman nod after assassinating Andrey G. Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art exhibitadvertisement37Iranians lay beside Urmia Lake with their bodies covered in salt near Urmia, North-western Iran38Leshia Evans, a mother and protester, calmly facing down heavily armored riot police in the middle of a Baton Rouge street39Indian acid attack survivor Reshma Quereshi applied makeup before walking the ramp at New York Fashion Week40US President-elect Donald Trump stands behind Hillary Clinton during presidential town hall debate at Washington UniversityLet’s all hope the coming year brings more happiness to all of us!For more updates on Education, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

IPL 2019: 7 fans arrested from Eden Gardens for betting during KKR vs RCB match

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first_imgThe anti-rowdy section of the city police’s detective department nabbed the group of seven spectators during Friday night’s game from the stadium’s F1 block.Seven spectators have been arrested in connection with cricket betting from the Eden Gardens stadium during the Indian Premier League (IPL) game between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), police said on Saturday.Acting on a source information regarding cricket betting on the hallowed ground, the anti-rowdy section of the city police’s detective department nabbed the group of seven spectators during Friday night’s game from the stadium’s F1 block.Four of those arrested were from Nagpur in Maharashtra. Three others hailed from Sagar town in Motinagar police station area in Madhya Pradesh, police said.”Fourteen mobile phones including one betting accessory have been seized. A specific case is being recorded at Maidan Police Station,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP), crime, Praveen Tripathi.Meanwhile, Virat Kohli struck a masterly hundred to put Nitish Rana and Andre Russell’s magnificent fightback in a shade as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs in a thrilling match in Kolkata.In desperate need of a win to keep their slim playoff chances alive, Kohli took 58 balls to bring up his fifth ton of the IPL and first this season with the help of nine fours and four sixes after Moeen Ali gave the much needed oxygen to their innings with a whirlwind 28-ball 66 (4×5, 6×6).This was Kohli’s first hundred since 2016 when he had dragged the team out of a hole with four centuries in a record-shattering performance which yielded 973 runs from 16 matches as RCB finished as runners-up.advertisementKohli and Ali added 90 runs for the third wicket off just 43 balls as RCB posted 213/4 after being only 70/2 at the halfway stage.Chasing a stiff 214 for victory, Rana (79 off 45 not out; 9×4, 4×6) and Russell (65 off 25 balls; 2×4; 9×6) stitched together a 118-run partnership off 48 balls to take the match till the last over.Ali was handed the final over with 24 needed. Rana could manage just one run off the first two balls but brought back Russell to the strike. The West Indies allrounder then smashed a six but was run out in the penultimate ball to end KKR’s hopes. Rana hit a six in the last ball but it was too late.Also Read | Andre Russell open to batting at No.4 in crunch games for KKR after 10-run loss vs RCBAlso Read | RCB got 20 runs too many because of Virat Kohli: Dinesh Karthik after KKR defeatAlso Read | IPL 2019: RCB survive Russell-Rana scare to seal victory after Kohli 100last_img read more

Dream11 Prediction: Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for England vs Sri Lanka

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first_imgSri Lanka will take on hosts England in a must-win clash at Headingley in the ICC World Cup 2019. Both the teams have had a contrasting journey in this edition of the tournament.Sri Lanka have managed to garner only four points from their first five games and this means Dimuth Karunaratne’s side have to win all of the remaining games to make it to the semis of World Cup 2019.Sri Lanka registered their only win against Afghanistan in a rain-affected game in Cardiff. Two of their matches were washed out and were completely outclassed by New Zealand and Australia.On the other hand, England are sitting pretty at No.2 in the points table with only one loss in their five games.England registered a crushing win against Afghanistan after overcoming West Indies’ challenge quite comfortably, proving their ball-striking ability beyond doubt. Their only loss yet came while chasing against Pakistan and Sri Lanka will like to exploit that area.Dream XI Fantasy Tips: England vs Sri LankaBatsmenEngland have several in-form batsmen. Eoin Morgan, the English skipper, was terrific against Afghanistan as he amassed 148 runs with a record 17 sixes. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow have also been in sublime form in the World Cup. On the other hand, Kushal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne can be picked as teh batsman as both have amassed a couple of half-centuries for Sri Lanka.BowlersThe English pacers quicks Mark Wood and Jofra Archer will surely be the first names on the team sheets of many. They have been lethal with the new ball and should continue to do so against the Sri Lankans as well while Adil Rashid is more than a handy option to have in the side. Sri Lanka’s star bowler Lasith Malinga hasn’t been in the best forms off late but should be backed to provide a few breakthroughs against the mighty English.advertisementAll-roundersEngland boasts of having many quality all-rounders in their side. Chris Woakes should be your first pick, as he has picked up wickets and scored a solid half-century against West Indies. Thisara Perera, with his big-hitting skills, can be another all-rounder in your XI today.WicketkeeperJos Buttler and Kusal Perera both are must-haves in the side given their enormous ability and form at the top of the order.Dream XI Team for England vs Sri LankaJoe Root (Captain), Kushal Perera (vice-captain), Jonny Bairstow, Kusal Mendis, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Thisara Perera, Moeen Ali, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer and Lasith Malinga.SquadsEngland: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (Captain), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Liam DawsonSri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne(captain), Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Avishka Fernando, Jeffrey Vandersay, Suranga Lakmal, Jeevan MendisAlso Read | Pitches for white ball cricket in England are flattest in world: Jasprit BumrahAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India players to wear orange jerseys against England on June 30Also See:last_img read more

Spray Trial for Blackheaded Budworm Begins

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first_imgThe spray trial announced on May 25 to address the concentrations of blackheaded budworm in the Cape Breton Highlands may begin on Saturday, June 25. The trial will proceed if weather and wind conditions permit, and if the insect is at the optimum stage of development. Twenty areas located in the Cape Breton Highlands — to a maximum of 5,000 hectares — have been identified for a proposed spray trial to determine the effectiveness of a biological control product on the blackheaded budworm. A map of the proposed spray areas is available for review at Natural Resources offices in Cape Breton, Antigonish and Guysborough. Additional information, including the map, is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/protection/ipm/sheets/ipmbhbworm.htmlast_img read more

Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood get married

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first_imgLos Angeles: “Supergirl” co-stars Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood have tied the knot. The couple got married at an intimate wedding ceremony on Sunday in Ojai, California. “It was a beautiful setting for a wedding, very peaceful and quiet. The vows were brief and lasted about 15 minutes. There was lots of cheering and applause as it ended,” a source told E! News. The couple said ‘I do’ six months after they announced their engagement on Instagram. Benoist met Wood on the set of the CW series in which she plays the titular hero, and he joined the cast as her on-screen love interest Mon-El in 2016. She was previously married to “Glee” co-star Blake Jenner.last_img

US calls Chinas tariffs on American autos egregious

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first_imgWASHINGTON — Three days before a U.S.-China summit, the top U.S. trade official is blasting Beijing for imposing “egregious” taxes on American-made cars.In a statement Wednesday, U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer complained that China slaps 40 per cent tariffs on U.S. auto imports — more than the 15 per cent tariffs it imposes on other countries and the 27.5 per cent U.S. tax on Chinese auto imports.Lighthizer said the president had directed him to “examine all available tools to equalize the tariffs applied to automobiles.”The statement comes before a dinner meeting Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. The two leaders are expected to seek a resolution to a trade dispute between their countries that has shaken financial markets and threatened the global economy.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Presslast_img read more

COP22 16YearOld Moroccan Girl Delivers Speech in Front of World Leaders

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Casablanca — 16-year-old Meryem Mawhoub may be young, but she is certainly accomplished. As a “Representative of the Moroccan Youth,” Meryem Mawhoub was invited to deliver a speech at a COP22 event in Marrakech, which has been taking place from November 7 and set to end on Saturday, November 18.After a short introduction by COP22 President and Foreign Affairs Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, Meryem delivered the speech in flawless English in front of hundreds of COP22 attendees, including many heads of state as well as his majesty King Mohamed VI. In her speech, Meryem said the following: “Like two billion young people my age, I aspire, after finishing my studies, to work in service of my country and of my fellow human beings […] For me, my generation, and future generations. A number amongst the multitude of available data outlines a huge challenge.”“According to the Human Rights Committee on the Rights of the Child, composed by international and independent experts, air pollution has killed 600,000 children under the age of 5 since 2013. It’s up to you and to us to put a decisive end to such situations, and it is within our reach if the great wisdom which we showed last year in Paris is staying alive and if the watchfulness of the citizens of the world does not falter,” she continued.See a full clip of Meryem’s inspirational speech below: read more

Gap in softwood lumber dispute appears to be narrowing says Tembec CEO

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MONTREAL — Concluding a Canada-U.S. softwood lumber agreement in the coming weeks remains uncertain but there is headway on the thorny trade dispute, the head of lumber producer Tembec suggested Wednesday.“We understand that some progress is being made and that the differences of the gap between the two countries has narrowed,” CEO James Lopez said during a conference call to discuss its third-quarter results.The Montreal-based company (TSX:TMB) said its net income nearly doubled to $17 million in the period ended June 24.Lopez didn’t explain what his outlook is based on but said it’s difficult to predict the timing and structure of a new agreement.“Hopefully we can get that outcome in short order but we all know, those of us have been around this for a long time, it’s very unpredictable.”Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland remains in close contact with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, but a spokesman downplayed that a deal is in the offing.“I don’t have any real indication that there has been any meaningful narrowing, if you will,” Adam Austen said from Ottawa.The two sides are under pressure to strike an agreement before NAFTA negotiations begin Aug. 16.“We are obviously running up against quite a tight timeline with respect to NAFTA but we are still hopeful,” Austen said.Tembec paid $4 million in duties in the quarter and expects to incur about $10 million every three months based on preliminary countervailing and anti-dumping duties it faces of around 27 per cent.The company expects to remit up to $14 million next quarter for retroactive tariffs which it anticipates will be returned early next year once the final determination is made.It said it earned 17 cents per share in the quarter compared with a profit of nine cents per share in the same period last year.Consolidated sales for the three-month period totalled $419 million, up from $376 million.Shareholders are expected to vote Thursday on a friendly takeover offer for Tembec by Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc., which could close by year-end.The U.S. chemical company raised its offer on Sunday in order to win support of two of Tembec’s largest shareholders who threatened to vote against the agreement.Oaktree Capital Management LP and Restructuring Capital Associates LP had raised concerns the offer was too low but agreed to support the deal after the offer was raised. read more

UK weather Strong winds and flood warnings as temperatures plummet after heatwave

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Lightning flashes over Humber estuary A number of flights were affected, and travellers suffered long delays waiting for ferries and cross-Channel trains.But is heatwave set to return by the weekend?The heatwave, which last week contributed to a “high” air pollution alert being issued for London, is set to return towards the end of next week.”We will see more settled conditions across southern areas by the weekend, with temperatures creeping back towards 30C in places,” said Ms Kent.Weather map for Sunday and week ahead Flooding is possible and large waves are likely in coastal areas, the forecaster added, warning of potential damage to tents and other temporary structures.Saturday was the first day this month that nowhere in the UK reached at least 25C, the forecaster added, marking a 10-degree drop from Thursday which saw the hottest day of the year so far. Cavendish in Suffolk and Weybourne in Norfolk enjoyed Saturday’s UK high of 24C. Heavy, thundery showers will continue as changeable weather replaces the hot spell much of the UK has endured for weeks.”It’s a very unsettled weather picture across the whole of the UK,” said meteorologist Sarah Kent.She said campers especially should take heed of the windy weather, adding: “The warning is in place particularly for holidaymakers who are out camping or towing their caravans, they are going to see some very strong gusts.”Sunday’s highs are expected to remain much nearer normal for the time of year, with the south of England likely to see the mercury struggle to climb higher than the low 20s in southern England.While some will have welcomed the rain and the cooler temperatures, those keen to catch a glimpse of the blood moon, the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, on Friday were disappointed by cloud cover. More heavy rain and gusts of up to 50mph will see the weekend washout continue following weeks of hot, dry weather.A deluge of rainfall and a dramatic drop in temperatures brought an end to the summer heatwave for many on Saturday.More than a month’s worth of rain fell at Belfast International Airport, with the torrential downpours causing flooding and traffic disruption across the region.A yellow weather warning for rain was in place for western parts of Scotland on Saturday, while a warning for wind and rain covers Wales and the south of England on Sunday.Winds of up to 50mph are forecast for exposed coasts and hills with as much as 80mm of rain possible in the Brecon Beacons and Dartmoor, the Met Office said. Lightning flashes over the Humber Estuary on Friday night as the heatwave gave way to rainCredit:Danny Lawson /PA As thunderstorms brought the first significant rainfall for weeks to the UK, Belfast International Airport saw 88.2mm in just a few hours – above the July average for the entire region, which sits at 81.2mm.Meteorologist Sarah Kent said that, unlike thunderstorms in many other parts of the UK, those in Northern Ireland came as a result of low pressure, rather than directly relating to the recent heatwave.Short Ferry in Lincolnshire had 41.8mm of rainfall in one hour on Friday, nearing the county’s monthly July average of 55.8mm. Holidaymakers were beset by delays and cancellations due to the extreme weather on Saturday. Perhaps not the radar image 🌧️ you want to see if you’re on holiday or have outdoor plans, but at least the water butt will get topped up… pic.twitter.com/NOg0FZ4RfO— Met Office (@metoffice) July 29, 2018 Bodies found after people get into trouble in waterTwo bodies were recovered on Saturday in separate incidents following concerns people had got into difficulties in water.The body of a 15-year-old was recovered in Essex.Police said the teenager, provisionally named as Ben Quartermaine, was found near Clacton Pier after a search which began on Thursday.In Bedfordshire, the body of a man aged in his late 20s was recovered from the Great Ouse river after reports someone had got into difficulty there on Friday afternoon.A man’s body was recovered from the Jubilee River in Slough on Thursday, Thames Valley Police said, and on Friday a body was found by police in Warwickshire searching for a 17-year-old boy who disappeared after getting into difficulty in a quarry lake. 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. read more

Work on Hay Point Master Plan – expansion to ship more coal

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first_imgHay Point in Australia is to be expanded and preparation to begin on a Port Development Master Plan. Peter McIntyre, Aurecon’s Regional Leader, North Queensland and Project Leader today said: “Our joint venture with Hatch works on a range of specific coal based projects and has just been engaged to develop a Master Plan for the Port of Hay Point. North Queensland Bulk Ports commissioned the JV to prepare the master plan.”This plan is being developed in response to pressure from industry to at least double the export capacity of the coal terminal over the next five to ten years.McIntyre continued and said: “This plan also must take into account sustainability issues even though the port of Hay Point is already one of the largest coal export ports in the world,” he said.“Demand is significant for coal and we fully expect this to increase so ensuring that our infrastructure needs are met is the logical first step,” he said.Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and the Hay Point Services Coal Terminal currently have a combined design capacity of around 130 Mt/y and it is expected that future requirements will be approximately 250 to 300 Mt/y. The master plan is to consider integrating the Dudgeon Point site into the Port to provide additional coal terminals to meet this expansion.“Our JV expects to release this plan during the latter half of 2011 and this plan will detail the proposed location and size of coal stockpiles, wharves, roads, rail and other site infrastructure. The plan will also include buffer zones – areas to be allocated for conservation and to help buffer the nearby communities from port activities.“The government also expects this work to create many flow on jobs for the area and, at a time when many communities are still feeling the impact of the recent Queensland floods, this is good news all around.”last_img read more

Windows 8 la bêta devient une version dessai

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first_imgWindows 8 : la bêta devient une version d’essaiLa prochaine version préliminaire de Windows 8 est prévue pour fin février. Mais pas avec le nom sous lequel elle était attendue. À priori, Windows 8 Bêta deviendra Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Il est difficile de savoir si ce changement de nom aura un réel impact. Et impossible de déterminer si “Consumer Preview” désigne une version préliminaire destinée au grand public, ou bien si c’est seulement son nouveau nom. C’est Janelle Poole, directrice des relations publiques pour le grand public chez Microsoft, qui a vendu la mèche en première en précisant que “nous avançons étape par étape, donc nous parlons maintenant de la prochaine étape qui est la consumer preview prévue pour fin février”.Mais la newsletter de Windows du 24 janvier confirme “la sortie de la Consumer Preview de Windows 8 à la fin du mois de février”. Tout porte à croire que le comportement de Microsoft pour Windows 8 devrait différer de celui de Windows 7. En effet, apparemment, la Consumer Preview sera pratiquement identique à la version finale, sauf qu’elle ne sera pas commerciale. La firme de Redmond ne recueillera donc pas les retours utilisateurs comme pour Windows 7. Windows 8 inaugure l’interface Metro et le Windows Store. Elle reste prévue pour la fin du mois de février. Le 26 janvier 2012 à 11:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

James Pitt Rachel Harvey no longer at LIME

James Pitt Rachel Harvey no longer at LIME

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first_img Related Items:changes, Islandcom, james pitt, lime, rachel harvey Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Jun 2015 – LIME making sweeping changes in the past six months including their announcement of a buy-out of Islandcom’s assets which is set to take full effect by the end of June and two other stories which did not result in press releases or press conferences but which are a significant change for the company. James Pitt, General Manager at LIME Turks and Caicos for just about a year is said to be already left the company – shifted from the local LIME location to another according to our sources. The other change is more close to home as Rachel Harvey, whom many had come to know as the Marketing Manager with LIME, is gone now too. After 18 years with the company, Harvey on Thursday issued a farewell via email, informing that, in her own words, ‘My time with LIME is completed…” Harvey, explained that her position was made redundant and that she joined LIME on August 5, 1997. Almost half of her life at LIME she said, and yet there was a sense of optimism in her dispatch as she advised this leads her to a new chapter of life, not the end of the world but the beginning of a whole new world.” Rachel Harvey said she appreciates all she learned at the company, that she has been humbled and touched by the outpouring of good wishes and that she wished the company and team well moving forward. LIME has not issued any statement on the transfer of James Pitt or the redundancy of Rachel Harvey’s position and no official update on their July 1, 2015 full take-over of Islandcom clients and services. The Indian Premier League Has a New Home in the Caribbean Flow Sports now offers an unrivalled Cricket line-up Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Flow counting down to Rio Games, launches Gold Tour campaign Recommended for you Perdina wins Movado Watch set from LIME & Jai’slast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Discuss wellbeing strategies at Employee Benefits Connect in one week

EXCLUSIVE Discuss wellbeing strategies at Employee Benefits Connect in one week

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first_imgEXCLUSIVE: There is one week to go until Employee Benefits Connect 2019, at which delegates will hear from Mark Witte (pictured), head of health and risk consulting at Aon, and Sarah Robson, senior communications consultant at Aon, about how to review benefits investment and devise a forward-thinking, data-based strategy to support employee health and wellbeing.The session, titled ‘Prevention is better than cure: Challenging where you invest your benefits budget’, will form part of the health and wellbeing conference stream on Wednesday 27 February 2019.Witte will begin by encouraging attendees to consider their benefits spend in relation to their health and wellbeing strategy, asking whether historical habits are still fit for purpose today, and for the future. He aims to demonstrate that benefits investment in this space needs to adopt a prevention-focused approach.Witte explained: “If [employers] looked at all the employee benefits or wellbeing initiatives and stacked them up from prevention all the way through to detection, treatments and long-term support of the most seriously ill people, the majority of spend for UK employers is currently the back end of that spectrum.“What we want to try and leave [delegates] thinking about is: is there anything [they] can do to spend that money slightly differently?”Using insights from Aon’s Benefits and trends survey 2019, Witte will outline the potential use of data to help inform benefits strategy, give ideas on how employers can approach the development of their benefits package and discuss employee engagement and maximising investment.Robson will identify key results from the aforementioned research report, as well as provide case study examples around communicating wellbeing.Witte said: “What we’re talking about here is very much grounded in reality. What we’re trying to do is address two massive issues and hopefully provoke a bit of a debate among delegates to have a think about how they currently do things, and how they might do things going forward.”Employee Benefits Connect 2019 welcomes all senior in-house HR professionals and will take place on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.Click here for more information or to book your place.last_img read more

Man killed in Meherpur gunfight

Man killed in Meherpur gunfight

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first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and police on Hemayetpur-Amtoil road in Gangni upazila in Meherpur early Wednesday, reports UNB.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.Tipped off, that a gang of robbers were gathering at a banana orchard near Amtoil-Manikdia road, a team of police went there around 2:30 am, said Harendranath Sarker, officer-in-charge of Gangni police station.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the robbers allegedly opened fire to law enforcers, prompting them to fire back that triggered a gunfight.At one stage, a member of the robber gang caught in the line of fire and sustained bullet injuries while the others managed to flee the scene.Later, police took the injured to Gangni Upazila Health Complex where the physicians declared him dead.Two policemen were injured in the gunfight, said the OC.Police also recovered four bombs, two sharp weapons and a shutter gun from the spot.“The law enforcement’s version of the event was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.”last_img read more

Be the Paddle in LifeSized Interactive Pong Game

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first_imgStay on target Moment Factory Lab is taking social gaming to a new level with GRiD, a life-sized version of Pong—in which you are the paddle.The Quebec-based multimedia studio worked for a year to translate iconic ’70s gameplay into an “innovative form” using a LIDAR sensor.It turns out the same technology that controls and navigates autonomous cars can also follow people in public spaces.“After writing some custom software to detect point cloud clusters (moving humans), we tested it in our black box and were impressed with its accuracy,” according to a blog announcement.(via Moment Factory Lab)Turning Moment Factory employees into gaming guinea pigs, the firm slowly evolved GRiD, collecting reactions and feedback to help inform each new version of the oversized competition.“This allowed us to fine-tune the speed of the gameplay, and inspired us to spice it up by adding some unexpected effects,” the company said.The first project incubated by the Moment Factory Lab, GRiD was born from a desire to uncover how interactive affordances can enable play in public spaces.“To explore this question, it was obvious we needed to build something—something that would transform the city into a playground and engage passersby,” the team explained.But also something that is simple and intuitive enough for anyone to step in at any time, with game mechanics easily controlled by the body and increasingly difficult levels that can be completed quickly.Despite a meager 21st century revival of arcade video games, the golden age of coin-operated cabinets is long gone. Still, titles like Space Invaders, Pac-Man, and Pong live on as pop culture memories.One of the earliest video games (certainly the first commercial success), Atari’s Pong was created by Allan Alcorn and Nolan Bushnell as a training exercise. The two-dimensional sports game simulates table tennis: players control in-game paddles by moving them vertically across the left or right side of the screen.GRiD works the same way, except you are the paddle, jogging back and forth to return the digital volley.Since its debut at the MAPP_MTL Montreal International Mapping Festival, GRiD has proved a great success.(via Moment Factory Lab)“At first, [people] were caught off guard by the unexpected changes in gameplay,” Moment Factory said. “But quickly they began to figure them out, and wanted to play again to improve.”Like any sporting event, spectators gathered around and teams formed, “spurred on by cheers of encouragement.”“Witnessing these spontaneous social connections, it immediately became clear that we were rediscovering a social dimension of games that has been missing since the sudden death of arcades in the ’90s,” the company continued. “It was so refreshing to be playing with a person you could see, and to be moving your whole body.”The technology is still “a bit expensive,” but worth it for Moment Factory, which hopes this kind of public interaction “gets more and more people out of their living rooms and playing together.”GRiD is the first installment in a series of arcade-themed prototypes under construction by Moment Factory Lab.View as: One Page Slides1. Step up to the plate(via Moment Factory Lab)2. Two against two(via Moment Factory Lab)3. Teamwork makes the dream work(via Moment Factory Lab)4. Two-on-two(via Moment Factory Lab)5. A splash of color(via Moment Factory Lab)6. There are a few surprises(via Moment Factory Lab)7. Goooaaal!(via Moment Factory Lab) Laser Technology Uncovers Ancient Maya CivilizationFord is teaching autonomous cars to drive in the snow center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more