J&K govt. moves to Jammu from Srinagar

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first_img| Photo Credit: PTI  “Darbar move offices have been opened here and we hope to ensure that we bring best possible governance to the people of the state,” Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh said. He said the government will reach out to all sections of people and all areas of the three regions for best possible development on all fronts. The Civil Secretariat and other ‘darbar move’ offices function in Srinagar for six months of summer and in Jammu for the remaining six months of the year. The practice of ‘darbar move’ was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872 to escape the summer heat of Jammu and the biting winters of Srinagar. In view of the protests and strike by Jammu traders, security has been bolstered and roads leading to the Civil Secretariat have been barricaded. J&K Congress chief Gulam Ahmed Mir led an anti-government rally and staged a sit-in over the alleged failure of the government on all fronts. The deputy chief minister said, “Everybody in a democracy has the right to protest. There is no ban on protests.” The bandh call was given by Chamber of Traders Federation (CTF) to protest toll tax on goods imported from outside the state and to press for public holiday on the birth anniversary of last Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh. While many organisations including Jammu High Court Bar Association, Congress, National Panthers Party and Team Jammu extended support to the strike call, Bari Brahmana Industries Association (BBIA) opposed it. It said “the toll post is working as a tool to stop the import of unaccounted goods by “vested interests“.Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at important installations and thoroughfares have been made operational to maintain a close vigil. The winter capital has been given a face-lift ahead of the re-opening of the ‘move offices’The roads around and leading to the Civil Secretariat, the seat of Jammu and Kashmir government, are being renovated with labourers busy cleaning the pathways and painting the roadsides. Government offices and quarters have been renovated and the damaged street lights repaired, officials said. The state government spends crores of rupees every year to shift voluminous records between the two capital cities twice a year, besides paying a huge amount as allowance to several thousand employees who shift base with the government. There have been demands from various quarters to abolish the practice and set up permanent civil secretariats in Jammu and Srinagar. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti inspects guard of honour on the first day of the re-opening of the Civil Secretariat following the annual ‘Darbar Move’ in Jammu on Monday.center_img The Jammu and Kashmir government today began functioning here after shifting from Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, as part of the pre-Independence practice of “darbar move.”The Civil Secretariat, Raj Bhavan, police headquarters and other offices opened with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti inspecting a guard of honour at the seat of government here. The reopening of government offices was marked by protests by the Congress and a partial strike by a traders federation to highlight the alleged failure of the PDP-BJP dispensation to address their issues. Accompanied by Minister of State for Education Priya Sethi, the Chief Minister met employees on the first day of darbar move.last_img read more

England and India seek improvement in Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table

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first_imgTeam India captain M S Dhoni. Reuters The five-Test series between England and India gets underway in Nottingham on Wednesday 9 July, with both sides aiming to improve their rankings in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table.As things stand at present, India occupies fourth position with 102 ratings points, while England is one spot behind with 100 ratings points. Depending upon the outcome of the Test series, both teams can go as high as number three or drop to as low as number seven.For India, the equation is straightforward: a series win will be sufficient to help it leapfrog Pakistan into third position.However, a vault up the rankings is a bit trickier for England, which needs to win the series by a difference of no less than two Tests to take on third place. Victory by just one Test will help it swap places with India.Meanwhile, both teams can potentially drop to number seven. If India wins all five Tests, then Alastair Cook’s side will plummet to seventh position, while a 4-1 series result will see England slip to sixth. Conversely, if England wins the series by 4-0 or better, then India will drop to seventh spot.To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Rankings Table, please click here. The ODI and T20I Rankings tables, unlike the Test Rankings Table, are updated after every match.Movement is also expected on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.India’s Cheteshwar Pujara, static in seventh place, will have the opportunity to break into the top five, while Virat Kohli, who currently occupies tenth position, will have the chance to consolidate his place in the top 10.advertisementReliance ICC Test Team Rankings tableRank      Team                Rating     1          Australia             123            2          South Africa       123           3          Pakistan              103  4          India                   102   5          England              100             6          Sri Lanka            96              7          New Zealand         938          West Indies           749          Zimbabwe             4010        Bangladesh           21Pujara trails fifth-ranked Shivnarine Chanderpaul by 35 ratings points, while Kohli needs 16 ratings points to both move ahead of Ross Taylor of New Zealand and also break the 800-point barrier.Ian Bell, in 18th place, is the only batsman from England to find a place amongst the top 20.Outside the top 20, batsmen likely to be seen in action from both the sides are Alistair Cook (21st), Joe Root (26th), MS Dhoni (29th), Matt Prior (32nd), Rohit Sharma (33rd), Murali Vijay (42nd), Ajinikya Rahane (45th) and Shikhar Dhawan (50th).Gary Ballance and Sam Robson, who did well for England against Sri Lanka, are in 83rd and 94th places, respectively.India’s Ravichandran Ashwin in seventh position is the highest-ranked bowler from either side in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers. James Anderson (12th) and Stuart Broad (14th) are the other bowlers to feature inside the top 20.Other bowlers to watch out for are Ishant Sharma (23rd), Ravindra Jadeja (26th), Mohammed Shami (33rd), Ben Stokes (46th), Liam Plunkett (50th), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (73rd) and Chris Woakes (118th).In the All-rounders’ table, Ashwin (second) and Stuart Broad (fifth) feature in the top five.Series schedule:9-13 July –    1st Test, Nottingham17-21 July –  2nd Test, Lord’s27-31 July –  3rd Test, Southampton7-11 August – 4th Test, Manchester15-19 August – 5th Test, The OvalReliance ICC Test Team Rankings tableRank       Team                Rating     1          Australia             123            2          South Africa       123           3          Pakistan             103  4          India                   102   5          England              100             6          Sri Lanka            96              7          New Zealand      938          West Indies         749          Zimbabwe           4010        Bangladesh        21(Developed by David Kendix)Reliance ICC Test Player RankingsBatsmen (top 10) Rank        Player                   Team     Points       Ave         HS Rating   1           AB de Villiers         SA           922        51.94       935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014   2           K Sangakkara       SL           896        58.63        938 v Eng at Kandy 2007   3           Hashim Amla        SA           873        51.35        907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013   4           David Warner       Aus         871!       46.54         871 v SA at Cape Town 2014   5           S.Chanderpaul     WI          854        51.88          901 v NZ at Napier 2008   6           Misbah-ul-Haq     Pak         824!       48.75          824 v SL at Sharjah 2014   7           C Pujara              Ind          819*      58.92            851 v SA at Durban 2013   8           Michael Clarke     Aus         818        51.50          900 v SL at Melbourne 2012   9           Ross Taylor          NZ          795        46.43           871 v WI at Hamilton 2013  10         Virat Kohli             Ind          784!       46.51          784 v NZ at Wellington 2014 In this August 22, 2011 file photo, England’s captain Andrew Strauss (right) holds the Reliance ICC Test Mace and celebrates with his team after they won the test series against India 4-0 at the Oval cricket ground in London. Reuters  Selected Rankings Rank      Player                   Team     Points       Ave         HS  Rating  18         Ian Bell                  Eng         657        45.12       822 v Ind at The Oval 2011  21         Alastair Cook       Eng         633          45.90       874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012  26         Joe Root              Eng      610*           41.86       630 v SL at Lord’s 2014  29         MS Dhoni             Ind          604        38.77         662 v SA at Kolkata 2010  32         Matt Prior                Eng         583        41.00      745 v NZ at Auckland 2013  33         Rohit Sharma         Ind          578*!       56.87      578 v NZ at Wellington 2014  42         Murali Vijay             Ind          530*      35.24       569 v SA at Durban 2013  45         Ajinkya Rahane      Ind          513*!    47.37        513 v NZ at Wellington 2014  50         S Dhawan               Ind          475*!    48.54       475 v NZ at Wellington 2014advertisement  83         Gary Ballance          Eng         334*!    45.20      334 v SL at Headingley 2014  94         Sam Robson            Eng         305*!    42.75      305 v SL at Headingley 2014Bowlers (top 10) Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Ave         HS Rating   1           Dale Steyn            SA           898        23.01      908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013   2           Ryan Harris          Aus         870!       22.56     870 v SA at Cape Town 2014   3           V Philander           SA           865        20.11      912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013   4           M Johnson            Aus         844!       27.42     844 v SA at Cape Town 2014   5           Saeed Ajmal         Pak         787        27.46      855 v Zim at Harare 2013   6           Tim Southee         NZ          783        29.83      799 v WI at Kingston 2014   7           R Ashwin               Ind          744        28.50      808 v WI at Mumbai 2013   8           Rangana Herath  SL           739        30.51      838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012   9           Trent Boult           NZ          737*      27.45        767 v Ind at Wellington 2014  10=       Kemar Roach       WI          733!       27.04       733 v NZ at Bridgetown 2014                Peter Siddle           Aus         733        29.37      816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013Selected RankingsRank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Ave         HS Rating  12         (-2)        J Anderson            Eng         731     30.36      813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011  14         (-1)          Stuart Broad         Eng         719     30.43      783 v WI at Lord’s 201223           Ishant Sharma     Ind          548        37.56      671 v WI at Dominica 2011   26        Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          507*      26.30      570 v SA at Durban 2013   33        M Shami               Ind          422*!    29.48      422 v NZ at Wellington 2014   46        Ben Stokes            Eng         305*      32.80      311 v Aus at Sydney 2014   50        Liam Plunkett      Eng         286*!    36.67      286 v SL at Headingley 2014   73        B Kumar               Ind          203*      37.88      211 v WI at Mumbai 2013  118=     Chris Woakes       Eng         7*          96.00     8 v Aus at The Oval 2013 All-roundersRank      Player                    Team     Points         HS Rating   1           Vernon Philander   SA        376*/ !       376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014   2           R Ashwin               Ind      373*/           419 v WI at Mumbai 2013   3           Shakib Al Hasan   Ban        364           404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011   4           Mitchell Johnson    Aus         280        384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009   5           Stuart Broad          Eng         274          382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012 ! Indicates career-highest rating* Indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets. – Courtesy: International Cricket Councillast_img read more

Boxing: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai to headline ONE championship card in Thailand

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first_imgAdvertisementFresh off of a first-round destruction of Young Gil Bae, WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is eager to return October 6. Srisaket will defend his title against an opponent yet to be determined. The huge event ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES will take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.This card will feature some of Thailand’s most skillful mixed martial artists as well.This is what Rungvisai had to say about this upcoming huge event:“I am happy and honored to take part in this historical ONE Championship’s event. I was at ONE Championship’s event in Bangkok earlier this year, and it blew my mind with its world class production, entertainment, and fights. I would also like to thank everyone who made this possible.”“With ONE Championship opening its doors for athletes like me to showcase our talent on the global stage, it means a lot. This is a new challenge, and I love challenges. I am looking forward to defending my WBC World Title belt in ONE Championship.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Mo Tautuaa ready for any role that San Miguel needs

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first_imgMANILA, Philippines–Mo Tautuaa, San Miguel Beer’s latest acquisition for its bid for a Triple Crown season, wouldn’t want people to get their hopes up on him just yet.“So far, so good,” he said shortly after the Beermen’s practice at Acropolis Clubhouse on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Not giving up his shot: Ben Simmons’ jumper could lift 76ers Becoming his own man “That’s not what I’m worried about,” he said. “What I’m worried about is making sure I fit in and bring what I can to the table.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan 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 Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “We’ll find out tomorrow and see how I do—how I fit in and what coach wants me to do,” said Tautuaa.San Miguel is set to unleash him this Sunday against 3-3 Columbian, a team that has been so unpredictable this year, defeating the Beermen twice in the elimination phase this year.So far, Austria wants the 6-foot-8 forward “to complement” the league’s five-time Most Valuable Player, June Mar Fajardo, but Tautuaa is also aware that such a task is a process.“He wants … to make sure June Mar and I can space the floor a little differently for him,” said Tautuaa. “I think [I’m going] off the bench right now as I can tell from practice.”A primary cog in NorthPort’s machine, with averages of 11.3 in points and 8.8 in rebounds, Tautuaa said he’s already expecting a diminished role—and he is remotely bothered by it.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img MOST READ “I’m trying to fit in where they need me so far, but you can’t really tell until you have a game.”Tautuaa, the first overall draft pick in 2015, joined the vaunted club Monday last week in a shocker of a deal that shipped another top draft choice in Christian Standhardinger to NorthPort.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceTautuaa, who is having a sort of a career resurgence with regards to production, knows that people are giddy about the Beermen’s looming matchup with his former team, which is slated this Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.But the Filipino-Tongan stressed that he is not even looking that far out. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Roger Federer withdraws from Rogers Cup to lighten schedule

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first_imgRoger Federer has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup in Toronto next month to lighten his schedule ahead of the U.S. Open, which starts from August 27 in New York City.Federer has taken this decision in order to be in peak condition for the U.S. Open.Federer is two-time Rogers Cup champion. He won the event twice in Toronto and finished as the runner-up in Montreal last year. The even alternates between the two cities.”I had a fantastic time in Montreal last year and always enjoy playing in front of the Canadian fans, but unfortunately with scheduling being the key to my longevity moving forward, I have regrettably decided to withdraw from Toronto this year,” Federer said in a statement issued by organisers.”I wish the tournament every success and am sorry to miss it.”World No. 2 Federer is next scheduled to play the following week in Cincinnati, where he has won a tournament-record seven times. He missed it last year because of a back injury.Federer, due to turn 37 during the Rogers Cup, has played seven tournaments this year and won three. He last appeared at Wimbledon, and lost in the quarterfinals.The August 4-12 tournament will include nine of the top 10 players on the ATP World Tour, including world number one and three-time champion Rafael Nadal and Wimbledon champion and four-time winner Novak Djokovic.Our #RogersCup2018 entry list is out… and it features every single one of the @ATPWorldTour’s Top 44 players PLUS wild card and three-time champ Andy Murray.Who are you most looking forward to seeing in Toronto this summer?Read more: https://t.co/mKN0SZwtBB pic.twitter.com/6s1JVtc8KbadvertisementRogers Cup (@rogerscup) June 27, 2018last_img read more

We’ve Got A Fight In The Iowa State vs. Baylor Game

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first_imgIowa State and Baylor players fight during a game.Iowa State and Baylor are doing battle on Saturday, and it looks like tension between the two squads boiled over a bit in the second half. Two players were ejected after a fight on the field.Tempers were already flaring after Iowa State running back David Montgomery was pushed out of bounds late by Baylor safety Chris Miller. Two plays later, it got worse.After a one-yard run by Montgomery, Baylor defensive end Greg Roberts jumped over a referee to try to punch the running back in the face. Obviously, that led to a scrum involving players on both sides.Both players wound up being ejected, which means both won’t be allowed to play in the first half of their respective games next week.Here’s footage of the insanity:Baylor’s Greg Roberts reaching over a ref to throw a punch at Iowa State’s David Montgomery. Wow. Ejected, obviously. pic.twitter.com/Excycl0PgX— Max Olson (@max_olson) November 10, 2018Terrible video of the fight between Iowa State and Baylor pic.twitter.com/AcjhjezPpu— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) November 10, 2018Iowa State, at the moment, leads Baylor 20-0. Hopefully, both teams calm down moving forward.last_img read more

Meizu teases its OnePlus 6T killer for India, rumoured to sport Snapdragon 855 chipset

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first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 12:21 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Meizu 16s is also rumoured to be running on Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 855 chipset.The device is also expected to sport a 6.2-inch AMOLED display.The smartphone will is also rumoured to sport a 48-megapixel camera.Meizu made an entry into the Indian market late last year with three smartphones. While two of them were priced under Rs 15,000, the Meizu 16th came at around Rs 30,000. The smartphone offered a Snapdragon 845 chipset and a distinct narrow-bezel design. While the phone couldn’t create hype around itself, Meizu is coming back with another phone to create an impact in the premium smartphone segment. The company has started teasing a new device and from what it seems, it appears to be the Meizu 16s.The social media teasers are focusing on the number 16, indirectly hinting at the Meizu 16s. The teasers also show a device with a display looking familiar to the Meizu 16th. The device is teased to sport very narrow bezels all around. Like the Meizu 16th, the top and the bottom bezels are proportionate and lack any kind of notch or slider mechanism. The top bezel could feature the front facing camera and all the other sensors. Meizu is also teasing the presence of an in-display fingerprint sensor on the upcoming device.Others just have a big screen. But this is SUPER. Expect a 16 times better experience, coming your way. #PowerOf16 pic.twitter.com/8pWLD8i8LgMEIZU India (@Meizu_India) March 1, 2019While Meizu is teasing the device in India, the device has already been leaked in China. Slashleaks latest collection of all the information with regards to the Meizu 16s seems legitimate, along with all the photos. The photos show a device looking familiar to the Meizu 16th with very slim forehead and chin. There are almost negligible bezels to the sides and Mezu is one of the few companies that highlight the bezels in a white shade. The smartphone seems to be running on Meizu’s proprietary custom OS.advertisement The Meizu 16s is also rumoured to be running on Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 855 chipset – the same SoC that underpowers the Galaxy S10 and Xiaomi’s Mi 9. The device is also expected to sport a 6.2-inch AMOLED display. The smartphone will also sport a 48-megapixel camera, although it isn’t known whether it will use a Sony sensor or a Samsung sensor.The Meizu 16s is expected to go up against the OnePlus 6T in India. With a Snapdragon 855 and a 48-megapixel camera, the Meizu 16s could be one of the first smartphones in India to bring the Snapdragon 855 chip. Meizu could bring it a price of Rs 40,000 for the Indian market.ALSO READ | Meizu 16th Quick Review: An Android flagship that puts style upfrontALSO READ | Meizu Zero is the world’s first holeless smartphone ALSO READ | Meizu 16th, M6T and C9 launched: Key specifications, Features, India price and all you need to knowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow MeizuFollow androidFollow Snapdragon 855Follow Qualcomm Meizu teases its OnePlus 6T killer for India, rumoured to sport Snapdragon 855 chipsetMeizu is teasing a new premium smartphone for the Indian market. Expected to be called the Meizu 16s, the phone could come with a Snapdragon 855 chipset and a 48-megapixel camera.advertisementlast_img read more

Aurora Cannabis to buy rival MedReleaf in 32B recordbreaking deal

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first_imgTORONTO – Aurora Cannabis Inc.’s $3.2 billion all-stock offer to take over rival licensed marijuana producer MedReleaf will create what the target company’s CEO described as the “undisputed world leader in cannabis” and the largest-ever deal in Canada’s burgeoning cannabis industry.If approved, the deal announced Monday will create a cannabis behemoth capable of producing more than 570,000 kilograms of marijuana per year, a significant portion of projected demand as the country moves to legalize recreational pot in the coming months.The companies’ combined production capacity totals more than two-thirds of the roughly 800,000 kilogram annual domestic cannabis demand in 2019, as estimated by CIBC analysts in a report earlier this month.However, the acquisition of MedReleaf is about more than just the Canadian market —it is a global play to scale up and capitalize on the larger international medical marijuana opportunity, said Aurora’s chief executive Terry Booth.“This deal checks every box,” he said at a press conference in Toronto. “We’re leaders in every box now, and we’re not looking back and we’re not going to stop here.”Neil Closner, the chief executive of Markham, Ont.-based MedReleaf, said the takeover gives its shareholders an immediate premium and an opportunity for upside.The offer implies a price of $29.44 per MedReleaf common share, 18 per cent above its Friday closing price of $24.90.“This combination makes the two of us now the undisputed world leader of cannabis,” he said at the joint press conference.Edmonton-based Aurora and MedReleaf had confirmed on May 3 they were in discussions after media reports speculating that a deal was in the works, but said they had no agreement at the time.After the announcement Monday, shares of MedReleaf were up as much as seven per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange in morning trading but, by mid-afternoon, were up roughly one per cent at $25.18. Shares of Aurora rose by nearly three per cent on Monday morning, but by mid-afternoon its stock was down by roughly two per cent to $7.89 in Toronto.Vahan Ajamian, an analyst with Beacon Securities, said this was the biggest deal in the Canadian cannabis sector yet and could push other rivals to beef up their presence.“MedReleaf’s shareholders will be getting a healthy premium,” he said in a note. “We believe this development will spark (merger and acquisition) enthusiasm across the sector.”The deal is the latest sign of consolidation in Canada’s cannabis sector.Aurora has been particularly active.It recently completed its $1.1-billion acquisition of Saskatoon-based licensed producer CanniMed, previously the biggest deal in the sector. Aurora and CanniMed struck a stock-and-cash deal in January after an at-times terse takeover battle.Aurora’s rivals have been acquisition hungry too. In February, licensed producer Aphria Inc. completed its acquisition of B.C.-based Broken Coast Cannabis Inc., a transaction valued at more than $200-million in stock and cash.GMP Securities analyst Martin Landry said Aurora’s pace of acquisitions is “extremely fast” and could have negative consequences.“The integration of another major acquisition in such a short time frame could be challenging, putting a strain on management and a distraction on the daily operations,” he said in a note to clients.Booth said Monday the nascent cannabis industry is scaling up at a rapid pace and Aurora needed to act fast.“If we don’t do this now, we’d be doing this later at a higher price,” he said at the press conference.If the friendly deal is completed, current shareholders of Aurora would own 61 per cent of the combined company and MedReleaf shareholders would own about 39 per cent.The combined company would have a market capitalization of roughly $7.44 billion, surpassing that of Canopy Growth Corp., which has long been the largest Canadian licensed producer by market value.Meanwhile, Canopy announced separately on Monday that it has a non-binding agreement to buy the remaining 33 per cent stake of BC Tweed Joint Venture Inc. in return for up to $374 million worth of its shares. Canopy also announced it has applied to list its common shares on the New York Stock Exchange.Booth told reporters on Monday that Aurora too would consider listing in New York, in order to access the larger U.S. investor base, and that there were still more opportunities for acquisitions ahead.The combined entity will have nine production facilities in Canada and two in Denmark as well as distribution agreements with Alcanna liquor stores in Alberta, SAQ provincial liquor stores in Quebec, Pharmasave and Shoppers Drug Mart.The boards of both companies have approved the transaction but the deal requires approval by at least two-thirds of MedReleaf shareholders and a simple majority of Aurora shareholders.Aurora is aiming for completion of the deal by August.The agreement includes a break fee of $80 million if the transaction is terminated under certain circumstances. As well, the deal’s provisions allow for MedReleaf or Aurora to accept a superior proposal in certain circumstances, and both will have five business days to match it.Landry said the likelihood of a superior bid emerging is low, given the deal’s size and the strong support of MedReleaf’s shareholders.“We do not believe that Canopy Growth Corporation will make an offer for MedReleaf as Canopy appears to have enough domestic capacity to capture a leading share of the recreational market.”Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB, TSX:LEAF, TSX:WEED)last_img read more

Sharad Pawar wont contest LS poll

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first_imgPune: NCP chief Sharad Pawar Monday said he will not contest next month’s Lok Sabha election. The 78-year-old veteran politician said as two members of his family are going to contest the polls, “somebody had to step back.””Since I have already won elections 14 times, I decided not to contest the poll (this time),” the Rajya Sabha member told reporters after holding a meeting with party leaders. “Somebody from our family had to step back and I decided to give an opportunity to the young leadership. I thought this was the right time to take this decision,” he said. Pawar announced that his nephew and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar’s son Parth Pawar will be NCP’s candidate from Maval Lok Sabha constituency. “Jayant Patil (of Peasant and Workers Party of India), whose party has good presence in three of the six Assembly segments in Maval Lok Sabha constituency, urged me to give ticket to Parth as his party is ready to work for him. “We also have strong presence in the other three constituencies and we thought of giving an opportunity to the young leadership by giving ticket to Parth from Maval,” he said.last_img read more

Stock markets and loonie soar to levels not seen in months as

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TORONTO — North American stock markets continued their climb and the Canadian dollar traded at a nine-month high after a reported deal between Russia and Saudi Arabia to cut oil production sent energy prices higher.The Canadian dollar gained for a third consecutive day, adding 0.85 of a U.S. cent to 78.38 cents US. The last time it was near this level was July 14, when it closed at 78.49 cents US.Looking for signs that Canada is in recovery mode? Check out our big bank stocksJohn Ivison: Trudeau convinced that pipeline strategy must be top priorityOil bust leaves energy industry, real-estate sector locked in battle over empty oilfield worker campsThe oil-fuelled currency was pushed up by energy prices, as the May contract for North American benchmark crude rose $1.81 to US$42.17 a barrel. Earlier in the day, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that the deal with Saudi Arabia to freeze oil output would not require compliance by Iran. OPEC ministers meet this Sunday in Doha, Qatar.Energy stocks also helped provide support for Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index, which rocketed 158.66 points to 13,581.42.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average also enjoyed a strong triple-digit gain, up 164.84 points at 17,721.25, while the broader S&P 500 also rose 19.73 points to 2,061.72. The Nasdaq composite added 38.69 points to 4,872.09.Elsewhere in commodities, May natural gas rose nine cents to US$2 per mmBtu, May copper advanced six cents to US$2.15 a pound and June gold rose $2.90 to US$1,260.90 a troy ounce. read more

Torontos MintChip launches digital cash app as it prepares for shift to

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TORONTO — MintChip, the digital cash platform started by the Royal Canadian Mint and acquired earlier this year by Toronto financial technology startup nanoPay, will be available to consumers starting today.All Canadians are now able to download and use the MintChip app to send and receive digital cash between family and friends for free.The digital cash is also being accepted by select merchants in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood until Labour Day.No cryptocurrency anytime soon, Bank of Canada says: ‘We’re very far off’Bank of Canada experimenting with digital currency system to better understand the technologyBitcoin and blockchain could be the start of a bigger revolution than the Internet itselfMintChip was founded in 2012 by the Royal Canadian Mint as a secure way to send and spend money.Like cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, it is an encrypted system that processes payments instantaneously, therefore removing the need for a third party to process or settle the transaction.This results in lower fees for merchants.Unlike Bitcoin, however — whose value tends to fluctuate wildly because it is not tied to any underlying economy — MintChip uses digital cash that is linked to a country’s currency.Consumers can use a credit card to load money into the app just like if they were making a regular purchase, and they can withdraw money from the app by having it deposited into a bank account.Laurence Cooke, founder and chief executive of nanoPay, says MintChip provides Canadians with a glimpse at of what a cashless society could look like.“With the launch of MintChip in Canada, we demonstrate that it is feasible to replace physical cash with digital cash, while showing the viability of the platform to banks, merchants and developers worldwide,” Cooke said in a statement. read more

Lankan refugee challenges detention

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Many are also Sri Lankan Tamils who have been found to be refugees but have also had adverse security assessments.Manne says central to her case is the denial of natural justice.“She’s never broken any law and she’s never had the chance to defend herself in court against this security assessment,” he said. But a subsequent adverse security assessment saw her flown to Sydney with her nine and seven-year-old sons and new born baby and detained at Villawood Detention Centre, where she has now been for 14 months. Ranjini is the widow of a former senior LTTE member. She admits to membership of the group in her youth but she has not been able to find out the reasons for ASIO’s decision.The woman’s lawyer David Manne, from the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre, says her challenge will be used as a test case for more than 50 other people in indefinite detention. “Ranjini is a refugee and mother of two young boys and a five-month-old baby and she’s asking court to decide whether its lawful for the Government to detain her indefinitely on and possibly forever the basis of a secret security assessment,” he said.“There are more than 50 people in a similar situation that is refugees with adverse security assessments and this case will have significant implications for their liberty too.” A High Court challenge has been launched in Australia against the indefinite detention of a Sri Lankan woman who received an adverse security assessment from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), ABC news in Australia reported.The woman, Ranjini, was pregnant and living in Melbourne when she was originally granted refugee status. Manne says the court will be asked to rule whether her continued detention is lawful. Ranjini’s children are also living in detention with their mother and remain indefinitely detained in Australia unless a third country will take them. read more

World Cup viewership increases over 2010 opener in US

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email World Cup viewership increases over 2010 opener in US by The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2014 4:52 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Television viewership of the World Cup’s opening game was up 8 per cent over 2010, due to increased interest in ESPN’s English-language telecast.The Nielsen company said Friday that 9.5 million people in the U.S. watched Brazil’s tournament-opening victory over Croatia, compared to the 8.8 million who saw Mexico take on South Africa in 2010’s first game.Univision’s Spanish-language audience of 5.1 million was down from the 5.9 million who watched in 2010. That’s not a surprise, given the game four years ago involved Mexico, and a large percentage of Univision’s audience is of Mexican descent.ESPN’s opening day audience Thursday was 4.4 million, up 55 per cent from the 2.9 million who watched in 2010.Facebook said that some 58 million people worldwide posted messages about the first game, 16 million of them in the host country of Brazil, which won the game.Twitter said that more than 12.2 million tweets were sent about the first day’s match during the live telecast. Neymar was the most tweeted-about player for Brazil, and he gained 165,000 followers. read more

EU opens case against 6 US movie studios Sky UK for limits

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EU opens case against 6 US movie studios, Sky UK for limits on cross-border distribution BRUSSELS – The European Union on Thursday launched an antitrust case against six major U.S. movie studios and British satellite broadcaster Sky UK, in a move that could profoundly shake up the highly lucrative pay-television market in Europe.The EU’s executive Commission has sent a so-called statement of objections to the companies regarding what it says are “contractual restrictions” preventing EU consumers outside Britain and Ireland from accessing the services of Sky UK.“European consumers want to watch the pay-TV channels of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU,” EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said. “Our investigation shows that they cannot do this today.”The companies involved are all household names and produce some of the most popular — and profitable — movies around.In addition to Sky, which has cornered a large chunk of the British pay-TV market through its acquisition of sports and movie rights, the Commission sent its objections to NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney and Warner Bros.In a statement, the Commission said it found clauses requiring Sky to block access to films through its online or satellite pay-TV services to consumers outside Britain and Ireland — so-called “geo-blocking.”As well as preventing consumers around Europe from accessing Sky’s services, the Commission says contract clauses that grant “absolute territorial exclusivity” also run counter to the ideals of a free market.It also said it found some contracts requiring studios to prevent their services from being made available in the two countries to companies other than Sky, another potential restrictive practice.“We believe that this may be in breach of EU competition rules,” Vestager said.In a reaction, the Walt Disney Company said that “the impact of the Commission’s analysis is destructive of consumer value and we will oppose the proposed action vigorously.”“Our approach is one that supports local creative industries, local digital and broadcast partners and most importantly consumers in every country across the EU,” the Disney statement said. Other U.S. studios either declined to comment or did not immediately answer requests for comment.The charges, if upheld, run counter to one of the EU’s cornerstones — that of removing barriers to trade within its borders. They also raise questions for other European broadcasters.The Commission, which wields vast powers when it comes to antitrust and anticompetitive practices in the EU, confirmed it is also looking into similar cases including Canal Plus of France, Sky Italia of Italy, Germany’s Sky Deutschland and DTS of Spain. Together, the five nations represent over 300 million consumers in the wealthiest trade bloc on earth.The probes all started at the same time in January 2014, but the U.K. investigation was the first to reach the stage of an official, legal statement of objection.“We continue to examine cross-border access to pay-TV services in these member states,” said Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso.If upheld, the charges could change the way subscription television services are paid for and watched throughout the 28-country EU. With pay-TV stations largely operating within national boundaries, there are potential big repercussions for a market of more than 500 million consumers.The firms named Thursday now have the right to respond. There is no legal deadline for the Commission to complete antitrust inquiries.If the Commission decides that antitrust rules have been infringed, companies can be forced to pay a fine which can theoretically go as high 10 per cent of gross revenue.In a statement, Sky acknowledged receipt of the Commission’s objections and said it will “respond in due course.”___Jill Lawless contributed from London, Jake Coyle from New York FILE – This Dec. 18, 2014, file photi, shows a Sony Pictures Entertainment studio lot entrance from Culver Blvd. in Culver City, Calif. The European Union announced Thursday, July 23, 2015, that it has opened an antitrust case against six major U.S. movie studios, including Sony, for what it sees as a restriction of trade within the 28-nation bloc because consumers outside Britain and Ireland are prevented from tapping into their products through Sky UK. The other studios include Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) by Raf Casert, The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2015 4:19 am MDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Five things to know about the new national floor price for carbon

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Five things to know about the new national floor price for carbon emissions MONTREAL – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a bombshell in the House of Commons on Monday as federal, provincial and territorial environment ministers were meeting in Montreal to negotiate a pan-Canadian climate plan. Here are five things to know:1. Trudeau’s announcement appeared to stun just about everyone in the Montreal hotel room where environment ministers were cloistered. Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna raised her hand to speak at the meeting at exactly the same time Trudeau was addressing Parliament, in what one observer in the room said was a carefully orchestrated intervention. McKenna told her fellow ministers what Trudeau was announcing and briefing notes were handed around. “Well, the air was sucked out of the room,” Yukon minister Currie Dixon later said. “It was a very surprising way to do a collaborative process.”2. The plan announced Monday leaves Quebec and Ontario completely untouched. The federal government said provinces can choose one of two tracks: broad-based carbon taxes starting at $10 per tonne, or cap-and-trade markets that cap emissions at or below the federal target, which is a 30 per cent cut below 2005 level by 2030. Both Quebec and Ontario are already on track to meet their targets, which exceed the federal ambition by a significant measure.3. Saskatchewan’s environment minister Scott Moe said his government has calculated that the carbon tax would cost the “average family” about $1,250 a year. At $50 per tonne, he said, the federal carbon tax would “remove $2.5 billion from Saskatchewan’s economy.” But the federal government has repeatedly said that all revenues raised will remain in the province where they are collected, and could be fully rebated as income tax cuts or other tax breaks if the province chooses. When Moe was reminded of this by a reporter, he responded, “Those are the things we’re going to have to discuss right now.”4. All carbon taxes are not created equal, according to a study by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, a cross-partisan think tank that advocates pricing carbon. Stringency, or how much of the economy is covered by the tax, is a key metric. A federal official said the Liberal floor of $10 per tonne is based on using the British Columbia model, which currently covers about 70 per cent of B.C.’s provincial economy.5. Despite the hot political rhetoric that greeted Monday’s carbon pricing announcement, some provinces expect that matters may cool down once the political calculations are fully explored. As one provincial official said, it may prove beneficial to let Ottawa impose the “Trudeau Tax” and take all the flak, and then have the province take the revenues and offer politically popular income tax cuts.— Follow @BCheadle on Twitter by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 3, 2016 4:38 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 3, 2016 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

BBC defends decision to air how to decorate your breasts with glitter

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first_imgThe BBC has defended its decision to create a video tutorial on how women can decorate their breasts with glitter.A clip showing a woman spray-painting her body and applying jewelled stickers over her nipples was uploaded by BBC Scotland’s The Social, showing women how to get the look that has been spotted at festivals including Glastonbury this summer. Festivalgoer Will Hagerty with a glitter-decorated beard at Glastonbury Festival “In this case the content was all produced by young women and aimed at their peers.”The overwhelming response from the 160,000 who viewed it was very positive.”One Facebook user commented on the video: “Complained about this last week, got told to expect more of the same so unfollowed after seeing this again today. What a shame as your other content is good but I think you need to have a think about what messages your sending out with this content.”  But critics of the content labelled it inappropriate in the comments section of the video.A BBC spokesman responded: “The Social has a specific remit to create content aimed at 18 to 34 year olds and the topics covered are led by our audience. A woman at Glastonbury who decorated her breasts with glitter and paint 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 A woman at Glastonbury who decorated her breasts with glitter and paintCredit: Julie Edwards/Avalon Someone else added: “Licence fee refund please!”But not everyone was offended by the tutorial.One person wrote: “Great for festivals. Love it well done you girl… can’t see what all the fuss is about no nipples showing.. guess some don’t understand it’s just art.”Another added: “I honestly can’t believe the negativity towards this woman. Glitter boobs? How could you be offended by that. I love it. In a world gone PC mad it’s refreshing. Irrelevant if she’s had a boob job or not. She’s beautiful and fun.” Festivalgoer Will Hagerty with a glitter-decorated beard at Glastonbury FestivalCredit: Yui Mok/PA Wire Another wrote: “Just because her nipples are covered, doesn’t make it burlesque. This really strikes me as inappropriate content.”last_img read more

Daily Mail settles Ryanair defamation action

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first_imgTHE DAILY MAIL has settled a defamation action taken by Ryanair over an article which repeated claims made in a television programme last month.Following the High Court hearing, Ryanair said that it “acknowledges and appreciates the prompt and comprehensive manner in which the Mail have acted to set the record straight” in relation to what the company describes as “false and misleading statements” taken from a Dispatches investigation aired on Channel 4.The airline still intends to pursue libel actions against the broadcaster in Dublin’s High Court “as soon as possible”.‘Ryanair: Secrets from the Cockpit’, which aired in August, featured claims by a group called The Ryanair Pilot Group – which is not recognised by Ryanair but which says it represents more than half of all its pilots – about the airline’s safety procedures.In a statement read in open court, Associated Newspapers Ltd and Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Ltd, which published the Irish Daily Mail and Mail Online, accepted the recent confirmation by the Irish Aviation Authority that “Ryanair’s safety is on a par with the safest airlines in Europe”.(Paul Tweed, Michael O’Leary and Ray Conway speaking outside Belfast High Court today. Video: RyanairNews/YouTube) Chief pilot at Ryanair, Captain Ray Conway, said after the hearing, “While I am unable to make specific comments concerning our ongoing legal proceedings regarding Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, I wish to emphasise that Ryanair cannot and will not tolerate what were totally unjustified and inappropriate allegations in relation to our industry leading safety.”Read: Ryanair issues profit warning, sees €1 billion wiped off share valueMore: Ryanair drops legal action after newspaper apologiseslast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Monday

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first_img 12,403 Views By Órla Ryan EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.1. #MEATH: An 11-year-old boy has died a week after being struck by a truck on a road in Navan, Co Meath.2. #MALTA: A small plane has crashed near the runway at Malta International Airport. A number of EU officials are said to be on board and it is not clear if there are any survivors.3. #TIPPERARY: 11 units of the fire brigade have been working through the night to tackle a blaze which engulfed a furniture plant in Nenagh yesterday evening.4. #CALIFORNIA: 13 people have died after a tour bus collided with a truck in California yesterday.5. #CALAIS: Authorities in France have begun to clear the Jungle migrant camp in Calais, where between 6,000 to 8,000 people live.6. #CARE ORDERS: Some 14,124 child care orders were put through the court system in 2015, up from 9,864 the previous year, a new study has found.7. #CYBER SECURITY: Irish banks have serious gaps in their security systems which need to be addressed to properly protect against cyber attacks, according to one of the country’s leading cyber experts.8. #TRAINS: A number of rail routes face closure due to funding issues at Iarnród Éireann, the Irish Times reports.9. #GSOC: The Garda Ombudsman’s investigation into the treatment of whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe has been delayed as it tries to access relevant documents, the Irish Examiner reports. Oct 24th 2016, 8:50 AM Image: Shutterstock/Ekaterina Bratova The 9 at 9: Monday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. http://jrnl.ie/3042817 Image: Shutterstock/Ekaterina Bratova Short URL No Comments Monday 24 Oct 2016, 8:50 AM Share1 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

File sent to unauthorised third party in one of four alleged data

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first_imgFile sent to unauthorised third party in one of four alleged data breaches at Gsoc Gsoc has apologised to one of the men affected by the breach. 14,125 Views Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 6:10 AM By Garreth MacNamee Share10 Tweet Email1 THE DATA PROTECTION Commissioner has been informed of an alleged data breach after Gsoc accidentally sent a complainant’s file including their full name and case file reference to an unauthorised third-party, TheJournal.ie has learned. A man had made a complaint about alleged racist abuse he received from gardaí while he lived in Galway. The complaint is still being processed. However, late last year, the man was sent correspondence which informed him that Gsoc had accidentally sent his file, including his case number and other personal details to an incorrect recipient. The senior case officers wrote to him and explained that “correspondence relating to your complaint was inadvertently sent to a third party”.Gsoc explained that the “correspondence contained your contact details (name and address) and the reference number above”.“The correspondence was returned to Gsoc and no other information in relation to you was released,” the garda watchdog continued. Gsoc admitted it had made an administrative error and apologised to the man for any distress it may have caused him. His case officer said that staff at Gsoc have been reminded of the “care required when issuing correspondence” and that the body is taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again. There are a number of current investigations ongoing within Gsoc with regards to the unauthorised sharing of sensitive information so far this year. TheJournal.ie has learned that Gsoc has reported a number of data breaches to the DPC since the start of last year.A spokeswoman confirmed: “Gsoc has reported four data breaches to the Data Protection Commissioner since January 2018.“We will not comment on individual cases.”The future of GsocThe Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) came into force in May 2007 and took over responsibility for receiving and dealing with all complaints made by the public about the conduct of gardai. The report from the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland published late last year recommended that Gsoc should be superseded by a new independent complaints body, to be called the Independent Office of the Police Ombudsman (IOPO).In 2016, more than half of investigations by Gsoc did not disclose a criminal offence and were referred back to An Garda Síochána for investigation.The report found Gsoc does not have the resources to investigate independently the volume of complaints it is receiving. It also noted that many fall into the category of “performance management complaints”, where members are alleged to have been impolite, incorrect or negligent in their dealings with individuals or organisations.“Investigations have focused on the individuals against whom a complaint has been made rather than on the incident concerned to determine where the fault lies, for instance with an individual, or with a policy or wider organisational issues, such as inadequate training.”The report recommended the work of the IOPO should be that it investigates incidents rather than individuals “so as to find fault where appropriate, identify what needs to be learned, and make recommendations for change as required”. Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland https://jrnl.ie/4549643 Mar 21st 2019, 6:11 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 4 Comments Short URL Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Irelandlast_img read more