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Punjab AAP chief seeks funds from people for campaigning

first_imgPunjab AAP chief and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann has sought financial support from people for campaigning ahead of the general election.Mr. Mann, who is seeking re-election from the constituency, uploaded a video on his Facebook page asking for financial aid to encourage people with “clean image” in politics.“For campaigning (in Lok Sabha polls), money is needed and I am requesting you to give ‘Dasvandh’ (one-tenth of income) so we can encourage people with clean image. “If people with clean image get defeated in politics because of shortage of funds, they will be hurt and in future, such people will not come forward,” the comedian-turned-politician said. Mr. Mann asserted that the funds received would be accounted for.“You may send money in any denomination — 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500. The funds, we receive, will be accounted for. When I get the required amount of funds, I will tell you that I now do not require more funds,” he said. He said the AAP was committed to the welfare of people and it was not here to make money. On spending of MPLAD funds, Mr. Mann claimed that he spent the whole funds in his constituency on development work. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Mr. Mann had won the Sangrur seat with a record margin by defeating SAD candidate Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.last_img read more

Top-seeded John Isner wins 3rd Hall of Fame title

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Olympian Michael Phelps loses race against Great White Shark LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FILE PHOTO – John Isner of the US returns to Croatia’s Marin Cilic during their men’s singles first round tennis match at the ATP Aegon Championships tennis tournament at Queen’s Club in west London on June 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKNEWPORT, R.I. — Top-seeded John Isner beat Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Sunday for his third Hall of Fame Open title.The hard-serving American also won the grass-court event in 2011 and 2012. He has 11th career titles, all at the ATP World Tour 250 level.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “It’s hard to win a tournament,” Isner said. “It’s no small feat to come out here and be the last man standing. I’m very happy about that. It’s been two years since I won a tournament, so I had that weighing on my mind.”Isner became the second player to win an ATP title without facing a break point since records began in 1991. Tommy Haas also accomplished the feat in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2007.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m very happy with how I played all week,” Isner said. “It was a perfect week and I couldn’t ask for anything better.”Ebden was playing his first tour-level final. “It’s a lot of reward for a lot of hard work, a lot of years of sacrifice,” Ebden said. “It’s disappointing, but at the same time I have to be happy with my week.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Top 5 Android phones under Rs. 5000

first_img2014 has been an year of ultra affordable, feature rich smartphones for the Indian consumer. First, it was the Moto G which made a clean slate of user expectations from a sub 15k smartphone followed by Chinese wonder kid Xiaomi who obliterated Motorola’s steam with the Mi3 and Redmi 1S.  These companies have shown that bringing features rich devices in to lower price bracket segments is an investment worth taking. Many handset manufacturers have taken up suit following these success stories. We’re going to list some ultra affordable smartphones that’ll only add to your pockets!Intex Aqua 4XIntex’s newest entrant into the market is priced at an astonishingly low Rs. 2,999 for a 4 inch device running Android 4.2. The dual-SIM device runs a 1Ghz Mediatek processor underneath and comes with 256MB RAM, 3G support and 512MB user memory, expandable to 32GB via microSD card. The device sports a 2MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front facing camera for video calls. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS is accompanied by a 1,300mAh battery. Celkon Campus A35KRs. 2,999 here will get you possibly the cheapest ticket to Android Kitkat 4.4 with a 1GHz processor, 256MB RAM, 3.2MP rear camera, a VGA supplement up front and 512MB of local storage. the 3.5 inch screen comes with a 480 x 320 resolution, powered by a 1,400 mAh cell and dual-SIM support.  Spice Smart Flo Mi-359This 3.5 inch device packs in a 1.3 Ghz dual core processor paired with 256MB RAM. A 2MP primary camera is supported by a 1.3MP front facing secondary and a 1,400mAh battery. The 512MB internal storage can be bumped via microSD. Android 4.4 KitKat comes installed at 3,599.advertisementLAVA 356Indigenous manufacturer LAVA’s latest release is aimed at the those with a shoestring budget but still desirous of a feature packed product. This phone comes with a 512MB RAM, a 1GHZ Mediatek A-7 processor and a 3.5 inch HVGA (480×320 pixels) display running Android 4.2. The phone packs a 1.3MP rear and VGA front camera along with WI-FI, GPS and external storage. LAVA has priced the phone at 4,499.Karbonn A12+Another Indian smartphone, the A12+ comes loaded with a 1.3 Ghz dual core chip and 512MB RAM with a battery set at 1,400mAh. The 4 gigs of internal storage can be expanded via microSD. Added features include dual-SIM, a 5 MP rear camera and a secondary VGA camera. This device is priced at Rs. 4,999.last_img read more

BJP ticket aspirants up their ante against Prasanta Phukan

first_imgDibrugarh, Sept 9 (PTI) Complaints against BJP MLA of Dibrugarh in Assam were made today by party aspirants to Union Sports Minister Sabananda Sonowal, who threatened to resign if the sitting legislator was allowed to contest the upcoming Assembly polls. A closed door meeting was held at Dibrugarh Lok Sabha representative Sarbananda Sonowals residence here attended by all 12 ticket aspirants of the Assembly segments under Dibrugarh LS constituency, said BJP state co-convenor Dr Siddarth Sarma. All the 12 ticket seekers alleged Phukan was “tyrannical” and was “running the Dibrugarh Municipal Board as per his will,” Sarma said. DMB ward commissioner Sudama Pandey said the aspirants were united against Prasanta Phukans candidature unanimously fearing that if ticket was given to the two-time MLA, the BJP would loose the Dibrugarh Assembly seat, he said. They also threatened that if Prasanta Phukan was given the MLA ticket this time, then all BJP members would resign, Pandey said. The ticket aspirants attending the meeting included among others, party state spokesperson Sasanka Dev Phukan, state secretary Dr Hemoprabha Borthakur, Dibrugarh district party vice president Ranjit Sarma, Dibrugarh Town Mandal former president Anil Duwarah, ward commissioner Dr Saikat Patra, Dr Siddaharth Sarma, BJP youth leaders Ujjal Phukan and Ujjal Kashyap, he added. Urging all to work for the partys benefit, the Union Minister assured to take their views seriously and convey their message to BJPS national leadership, Ujjal Kashyap said. PTI COR ESB DKBlast_img read more

West Indies players party at dressing-room, team bus after World T20 triumph

first_imgWest Indies skipper Darren Sammy, one of the most feared all-rounders in the game, did not have much to do with either bat or ball as his team stunned England in the last over of the ICC World Twenty20 final at the Eden Gardens. (Also Read: Usain Bolt, Clive Lloyd dance to Dwayne Bravo’s tune)But Sammy was in the thick of action after Marlon Samuels’ unbeaten 85 and Carlos Brathwaite’s blaze of sixes ensured that West Indies became the first team to win the coveted T20 title twice. The captain first slammed the West Indies Cricket Board for disrespecting his team, then took a dig at Mark Nicholas for his “short of brains” comment and promised the world that he would celebrate the historic triumph with his players and the coaching staff. (Also Read: Explosive West Indies outgun England to lift historic second title)And when it comes to celebrations, few can match the West Indians. Sammy, expectedly led from the front again, setting the dressing-room alight with his dance moves. He was soon joined by Dwayne Bravo, whose hit single ‘Champions’ has been a rage throughout the World T20.Inside the #Champions Dressing Room! #WI #WI #WI#WT20https://t.co/XAjE4GutMf ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016The Caribbean party continued in the team bus as Sammy went from player to player, with his mobile phone on selfie mode. After getting coach and former fast bowler Cutrly Ambrose to sing along with him, Sammy took the stage (the aisle) solo. Bravo duly joined his captain and the two chanted ‘Champions’ as the bus left the Eden’s hallowed turf. (Also Read: Brathwaite blasted four straight sixes to seal the deal for West Indies)advertisementThe party doesn’t stop! @westindies carry on #champion dancing into the night! #WT20 #WIhttps://t.co/7At7RubSv1 ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016 This morning Sammy was at the Victoria Memorial with the trophy. Wearing the West Indies jacket, the captain looked dapper but tired from a night of wild celebrations. He revealed he did not shut his eyes once since West Indies won in dramatic circumstances last evening. The party, for all facts and purposes, has just started for the Kings of Cool!”We did celebrate all thought the night, I honestly have not shut my eyes!” @darrensammy88 at #WT20 photocall today pic.twitter.com/BYkwxNOWLX ICC (@ICC) April 4, 2016last_img read more

Hero Motorcorp extends title sponsorship of CPL until 2018

first_imgSt Lucia, May 31 (PTI) Worlds largest two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL) today extended its title sponsorship with the popular Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for another three years. With this extension, CPL will continue to be called the Hero Caribbean Premier League until the 2018 season. The New Delhi-headquartered Hero MotoCorp became the title Sponsor of the Twenty20 cricket league in the Caribbean for the first time in 2015. Hero has for long been a key partner of marquee events in various disciplines of sports – including cricket, soccer, field hockey and golf – in India and across the globe. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director and CEO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd, said: “Cricket continues to be one of the most popular sports in various parts of the world, and the Hero CPL has become an eagerly-awaited annual event for cricket fans not just in the Caribbean but across the globe. “The extension of our title sponsorship of the Hero CPL is also in keeping with the increasing global presence of brand Hero, which is now present in 30 countries across Asia, Africa and South and Central America. The Hero CPL is now set to become one of the important events in Heros annual global sporting calendar.” The Hero CPL 2016 will be played between June 29 to August 7 at venues across seven territories – Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago and Fort Lauderdale in the USA. Welcoming the contract extension, Richard Bevan, Chairman of the Hero CPL said: “On behalf of the management and board I am delighted to announce that Hero MotoCorp will continue its affiliation with CPL as title sponsor of the biggest party in sport for the next three years. Last years tournament attracted a global audience in excess of 90 million and this year is set to be even higher as fans across the world continue to be drawn to the high quality action on the pitch and the unique party atmosphere off it. PTI SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Apoel defy the odds to reach Europa League last-16 (video)

first_imgApoel are through to the last 16 of the Europa League after a heroic 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in Nicosia, overturning the 3-2 deficit from the first leg.A late goal at San Mames seven days prior gave the Cypriots genuine hope of reaching the next round, and two quickfire second-half strikes from Pieros Sotiriou and Giannis Gianniotas completed the job on another memorable European night for the club.Apoel needed to win the game at all costs but it was Athletic who started the brighter of the two, controlling possession in the midfield and looking the more dangerous threat early on.The hosts had the first good effort of the game as Efrem tested the gloves of Iraizoz with a rasping effort but Athletic sprang a quick counter-attack which almost saw Inaki Williams strike beyond Waterman.Athletic were in again when De Marcos’ through ball was latched onto by the lightning-quick Williams and his attempt was heading for the corner had it not been for Waterman’s outstretched heal.The Basques were dominating possession and managed to limit Apoel to very little in the first half, but as was the case in the first leg, Thomas Christiansen’s side knew they had to take their chances when they arrived.And that they did, to devastating effect. Within ten second-half minutes, Apoel raced to a 2-0 lead. The first came through a fantastic volleyed finish on the move from Sotiriou after some excellent wing-play from Efrem.The second followed minutes later as Gianniotas got in behind Balenziaga before being felled by the full-back in the box. The Greek international, who scored that precious goal in the last minute at San Mames, picked himself up to score the subsequent spot-kick.Despite those two quick goals giving them a great deal of comfort, Apoel’s resolve was put to the test from the 64th minute, as Sotiriou was shown his second yellow card for a high challenge, leaving the hosts with ten men for the last part of the game.Athletic piled on the pressure, raining crosses into the Apoel area but one after the other was stubbornly refused by the yellow wall in front of Waterman.Iturraspe’s cynical body check on Vander saw Athletic also finish with ten men but it was all trivial by that point as the Cypriots sealed their spot in the last 16 of the Europa League for the first time in their history.Source:TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

2 Chelsea Fans Attacked in Greece Before Europa League Game

first_imgTHESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say two Chelsea fans were injured in an attack by suspected local fans ahead of a Europe League match at PAOK Thessaloniki.Police say the two Englishmen were beaten by three assailants in central Thessaloniki shortly before dawn Thursday. An ambulance crew provided first aid but the men declined to be taken to the hospital.The three assailants escaped and police said the Chelsea fans did not wish to press charges.PAOK hosts Chelsea later Thursday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Chelsea’s Diego Costa to Everton?

first_imgFootball Share on Messenger Read more Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues And while Inter are refusing to pay one Manchester club’s price for a player they are at the same time refusing to accept another Manchester club’s offer for another, the hard-bargaining little mites. United are refusing to abandon their pursuit of Ivan Perisic despite the yawning gap between what they have so far offered – £39m – and what the Italian side will accept – £48m. Inter at least appear to be equal-opportunities negotiators, demanding precisely £9m more than United want to give while offering precisely £9m less than City want to accept. They are also pursuing alternative centre-backs, and have apparently enquired about Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi. Meanwhile, back to the subject of French flops, Stoke’s Giannelli Imbula – an £18.3m transfer record-smashing buy in January 2016 – is no longer wanted and may move to Monaco, who would like him on loan to start with, ideally.The true cost of Antonio Conte’s summer text-message dismissal of Diego Costa will become apparent in the coming days, with this morning’s Sun declaring that Chelsea are “Singin’ the Blues” as it becomes obvious that instead of receiving the £50m they might have demanded for the stroppy Spaniard, they will receive just £30m. On the plus side, they are saving £140,000 every week that Costa spends awol in Brazil. But though the player yesterday announced that “I must return to Atlético Madrid” he can’t actually play for them until January, allowing Everton to dream about getting him on loan for a bit. “Of course you like to sign players for the future, but if you can get the best one that way, then why not?” mused Ronald Koeman. Arsenal are mulling over a move for Paris Saint-Germain’s German winger Julian Draxler, who would cost about £32m. And talking about Germany and wingers, Crystal Palace want RB Leipzig’s Oliver Burke, partly in response to the knee injury that could keep Wilfried Zaha out of action for four weeks or more. The Scot joined Leipzig from Nottingham Forest for £13m just last year and has been scouted since by Bournemouth, Chelsea and Tottenham. Share on Pinterest Rumour mill “The football world has gone mad – OFFICIAL!” So states this morning’s Mirror on the back page, citing Manchester City’s willingness to spend £22m on Jonny Evans by way of evidence. “Pep Guardiola is determined to land the 29-year-old on a £120,000-a-week contract because he needs to add a home-grown player to comply with Premier League and Uefa rules on the composition of his squad,” they report. (If they think that’s mad they should read the Mail, who say City will bid £25m, or the Sun, whose “exclusive” is that they will have to pay £35m. The Baggies, sensing which way the wind is blowing here, are already in talks over a £15m bid for Tottenham’s £20m-rated Kevin Wimmer). “He must first offload £42m flop Eliaquim Mangala,” concludes the Mirror – Internazionale are keen on the French defender but though City want £30m for him, they are unlikely to get it. Indeed, the paper suggest City will end up with half of what they paid for the 26-year-old. features Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Transfer window Share via Email Topics Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Jalen Carter, Country’s No. 10 DT, Announces His Commitment

first_imgA general view of Georgia's football stadium during a game.ATHENS, GA – AUGUST 30: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Clemson Tigers on August 30, 2014 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)On Sunday night, Apopka (Fla.) four-star defensive tackle Jalen Carter announced his top three schools. Moments ago, he committed to one of them.Carter announced his commitment to Georgia on Twitter this afternoon. He chose the Bulldogs over Alabama and Clemson.When your final three schools are likely to be the top three programs in the polls entering the 2019 season, you’re doing pretty well for yourself.  Carter is the 10th-ranked defensive tackle in the 2020 class.He’s also the No. 95 overall player, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.I am 100% committed to University of Georgia 🐶🐶🐶 pic.twitter.com/Au3dDhNC9F— Jalen Carter (@Jalen2rawcarter) May 20, 2019Carter is the fifth-highest rated commitment for Georgia as of now, and the 10th-overall 2020 pledge for the Bulldogs. He is one of eight four-stars currently committed to Kirby Smart and company.Georgia also holds commitments from five-star linebacker Mekhail Sherman and five-star offensive lineman Broderick Jones. The Bulldogs currently have the fourth-best class in the SEC and the seventh-best in the nation.The 2020 team composite rankings can be found here.last_img read more

March Break Activities at Museums

first_imgNova Scotia Museum sites are offering unique activities for families and visitors during March Break, March 14-22. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax is hosting March Break at Sea!, featuring poems and stories from Raina the Mermaid, Puppet at Sea Theatre shows, and underwater creatures and exploration with Shipwreck Ahoy! For more information, go to http://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca . The Museum of Natural History in Halifax will have live animals from Little Rays’ Reptile Zoo, Dinosaurs Unearthed, the Nova Scotia Dinosaur Exhibit and a variety of hands-on activities. For more information, go to http://naturalhistory.novascotia.ca/ . The Museum of Industry in Stellarton is hosting Crash! Bang! Boom! Music at the Museum, where children can create their own sounds at the Music Table and explore how shape changes sound at the Perfect Pitch area. For more information, go to http://museumofindustry.novascotia.ca . Ross Farm Museum in New Ross is offering an outdoor winter experience, with a different theme for each day related to the farm. Weather permitting, there will be sleigh rides. For more information, go to http://rossfarm.novascotia.ca/ . The Firefighters’ Museum in Yarmouth is inviting visitors to try one of their heritage hunts. For more information, go to http://firefightersmuseum.novascotia.ca/. Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro is featuring three different March Break activities for young people from March 17-19, starting at 1 p.m. For more information, go to http://fundygeological.novascotia.ca/ . Hours of operation and schedules for March Break activities are available on each museum’s website. -30-last_img read more

Cancer survivor delivers baby via IVF

first_imgKolkata: A 30-year-old woman, who was detected with cancer in 2015 and had undergone a surgery that led to the removal of her right side ovary, recently delivered a girl at a city hospital.The woman, a resident of Chandannagore in Hooghly, was newly-married when she was detected with the disease. She had a harrowing time when she came to know about it. Her desire to be a mother was almost shattered till she consulted Dr Biswajyoti Guha, a city-based doctor, who instilled confidence in her and helped her to conceive the baby. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIn 2015, the patient had an oophorectomy on the right side ovary under the treatment of Dr AP Majumder, a renowned oncology surgeon, who is no more. At that time, the woman had undergone chemotherapy and Dr Majumder had requested Dr Guha to take necessary measures to ensure the woman conceived and became a mother. The woman has been under Dr Biswajyoti Guha’s treatment for a long time and conceived twice. However, both the times, she suffered miscarriages during initial weeks of pregnancy. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter she suffered miscarriages, Dr Guha referred her to Dr Kaushiki Roy, who gave her necessary advice and guidelines. After a prolonged effort, she became pregnant through IVF treatment. Her health condition was also not stable and this was the major concern of the doctors, who had been treating her. According to Dr Guha, the patient had developed gestational diabetes and obstetric cholestasis during pregnancy. The doctors had taken all kinds of preventive measures to ensure that the woman delivers the baby without any complications. A few days ago, the woman gave birth to a baby girl with the help of a team of doctors— surgeons Dr Biswajyoti Guha , Dr Satyen Das, Dr Aparupa Ghosh , neonatologist Dr Runa Majumdar , anaestesist Dr Shamik Nandi and Dr Avik.last_img read more

Pleasant Tuesday morning in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a pleasant Tuesday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, the Met said. “The sky will remain partly cloudy,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS. The humidity at 8.30 a.m., was recorded at 80 per cent. The city received 0.6 mm of rain in last 24 hours. The maximum temperature was expected to hover around 27 degrees Celsius. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 172, which is moderate. Monday’s maximum temperature settled at 8.4 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average while the minimum was 12.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the normal.last_img read more

BlackBerry shares pare losses as markets surge on upbeat US jobs data

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was higher Friday as U.S. job creation data for January and big revisions for the previous two months raised hopes that indexes can build on the gains netted during the first trading month of the year.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 74.69 points to 12,759.93 while the TSX Venture Exchange was ahead 7.26 points to 1,228.97.The U.S. Labour Department’s non-farm payrolls report said the American economy created 157,000 jobs last month. It also significantly revised upward the number of jobs created in November and December. The Labour Department said that a total of 127,000 more jobs were created than initially thought.The jobless rate rose 0.1 of a point to 7.9%.The Canadian dollar was down 0.16 of a cent to 100.11 cents US, after the loonie closed above parity on Thursday for the first time in a week.U.S. indexes were sharply higher as the Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 82.36 points to 13,942.94.The Nasdaq gained 18.56 points to 3,160.69 while the S&P 500 index rose 7.65 points to 1,505.76.Expectations had varied for job creation, ranging from 155,000 a week ago and rising as high as 170,000 in the last couple of days.The positive jobs reading helped reassure investors who were surprised at data released Wednesday showing the U.S. economy shrank in the fourth quarter at an annualized rate of 0.1%.The TSX is up a shade over 2% for the month while the Dow industrials has jumped about 5.75% as corporations delivered some better than expected earnings reports, U.S. politicians stopped the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff and agreed to an extension of the debt limit. And there were signs that China’s economy is reviving.BlackBerry, the company formerly known as Research In Motion Ltd. was up 23 cents or 1.78% to $13.15 after tumbling 17% over the past two sessions following the rollout of its new BlackBerry 10 lineup. Part of the reason for the slide is profit taking after the stock ran up 50% during January alone, and up 200% from its 52-week low of $6.10 in September. But availability has become an issue as U.S. customers won’t be able to get the BlackBerry Z10 until March, a month later than in Canada.In earnings news, Barbie maker Mattel Inc.’s fourth-quarter net income fell 17% to $306.5 million, weighed down by a litigation charge. Removing the litigation charge, earnings were $1.12 per share, three cents short of analyst expectations.Mattel’s revenue rose five% to $2.26 billion against expectations of $2.15 billion. Its stock was ahead 1.7% in pre-market trading.Exxon Mobil said fourth-quarter earnings rose six% to US$9.95 billion with help from higher profit margins in its refining business. Net income equalled $2.20 per share, compared with $1.97 per share a year earlier. Revenue was down five% to $115.17 billion,Analysts expected Exxon Mobil Corp. to earn $1.99 per share on revenue of $115.22 billion and its shares were off 50 cents to US$89.46.Its publicly traded subsidiary, Imperial Oil, reported higher net income in the fourth quarter as lower expenses more than offset a decrease in revenue. Imperial said its net income in the latest period was $1.07 billion or $1.26 per diluted share. That was just above last year’s $1.01 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share. Revenue fell to $7.8 billion from $8.1 billion and its shares dipped 15 cents to $43.65.Montreal-based paper maker Domtar Corp. said quarterly net income dropped to US$19 million or 54 cents per share in the three months ended Dec. 31, down from US$61 million, or $1.63 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. Domtar’s revenue fell about $70 million to $1.33 billion. Adjusted earnings dropped to $46 million or $1.31 per share, nine cents below expectations and Domtar shares fell $1.84 to $81.16.The gold sector led TSX advancers, up about 1.5% as April bullion on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up $20.10 to US$1,682.10 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. improved by 55 cents to $35.68.The base metals sector gained 1.3% while March copper was unchanged at US$3.73 a pound. Teck Resources was ahead 36 cents to $36.71.Rail stocks advanced alongside mining stocks with Canadian Pacific Railway up 63 cents to $115.78.The energy sector climbed 0.4% with the March crude contract down 79 cents to US$96.70 a barrel. Suncor Energy advanced 23 cents to $34.13.Financials also provided lift as National Bank moved up 65 cents to $79.97.European bourses advances as three pieces of economic news for the 17 European Union countries that use the euro were all slightly better than hoped.Unemployment was lower than feared in December, though still at uncomfortably high levels; a survey raised hopes of some growth in the manufacturing sector; and inflation unexpectedly fell, raising speculation of more help from the European Central Bank.London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.76%, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.52% while the Paris CAC 40 climbed 1.07%.Earlier in Asia, stocks were mixed after manufacturing data from China fell short of expectations. Industrial production is still growing, but at a slower pace, according to the government-sanctioned China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing. Its manufacturing index for January fell to 50.4 from 50.6 in December on a 100-point scale in which numbers above 50 indicate expansion.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell marginally, South Korea’s Kospi dropped 0.2%, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.9%.Japan’s Nikkei 225, meanwhile, was once again energized by the yen’s continued descent against the dollar. The index rose 0.5%. read more

Constitutional hearings draw 30000 East Timorese UN mission says

The results of more than 200 constitutional public hearings held in East Timor’s 65 sub-districts will be submitted to the future Constituent Assembly for consideration during the writing of the constitution.”By any standard this is an amazing public participation that shows just how committed the East Timorese are to being involved in their own future,” Peter Galbraith, Cabinet Member for Political Affairs and Timor Sea, said today.Officials from the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) involved in organizing the public hearings said that in many cases the turnout exceeded expectations and demonstrated that people were anxious to be heard by the future 88-seat Constituent Assembly, which will be elected on 30 August.The country’s future political system, currency and flag were among the issues discussed at the hearings. Other topics included the type of punishment that should be applied to those responsible for serious crimes; the educational system; laws for foreign investors; how the revenue from the Timor Sea should be distributed; and the official language.Women’s groups were well represented at the hearings, with many calling for constitutional safeguards against domestic violence and a robust family law.Meanwhile, UNTAET’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) today conducted three lotteries to determine the make-up of the national ballot for the 30 August elections.The first lottery determined that the names of political party candidates will appear before the names of independent candidates; the second lottery determined each party’s position on the ballot, and the third determined the position of each of the independent candidates.The IEC has confirmed that there are 97 political party and 11 independent candidates for 13 district seats. Five independent candidates will run for national seats. The IEC will announce tomorrow the final list of political party national candidates. read more

Concerned at rising Middle East violence Annan urges parties to pursue peace

Since last Saturday at least 27 Palestinians and four Israelis have been killed, with many more injured, even as representatives of the international community are meeting in London to discuss ways to resume peaceful negotiations, a spokesman for Mr. Annan noted in a statement issued late Wednesday in New York.”The Secretary-General remains convinced that there is no military solution to this conflict,” the spokesman said, stressing that violence – far from producing security or lasting peace – would only feed the “terrible cycle” which began in September 2000.In the statement, the Secretary-General urged the parties to immediately cease all forms of violence, abide by international humanitarian law and allow the international community to help them find a peaceful way out of the conflict. read more

Mens lacrosse Ohio States path to victory over Michigan starts with stout

Redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey attempts a save against Johns Hopkins on April 9 at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State defeated Johns Hopkins 13-8. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 9 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has faced several elite scorers this season — a trend will continue Saturday morning in Ann Arbor, Michigan.The Buckeyes will look to continue their hot streak on defense when they take on the Michigan Wolverines. While the Wolverines have struggled recently, they still possess an offensive unit capable of giving the Buckeye defense some concerns. The focal point of the concerns will be the prolific scorer, sophomore attacker Brent Noseworthy.Noseworthy has been terrorizing opposing defenses this season with a team-high 33 goals through 11 games. He is averaging three goals per game, ranking him sixth in the NCAA. Similar to the effect OSU freshman attacker Tre LeClaire has on the Buckeyes, Noseworthy brings that go-to goal scorer presence around the cage in the offensive zone.OSU has handled matchups with elite scorers successfully and contained them. Their strategy against No. 7 Penn State’s freshman attacker Mac O’Keefe limited him to just one goal. On the season, O’Keefe had been averaging 3.45 goals per game, good for second in the NCAA. While he tallied nine shots in the game, they limited his chances at getting high-quality shots.This success helps create a mantra players like junior defenseman Erik Evans love to embrace when facing challenges like this.“It’s why you come to a school like Ohio State, it’s to play the best competition possible,” he said. “When you see a guy who’s been having a great year it’s great for him, but it also gets you pumped up to shut him down.”The Buckeye’ defense has derived confidence in itself from its play on the field as it has allowed just 7.5 goals per game, the fourth lowest in the NCAA. The players credit the defensive approach to trusting their teammates and executing their roles.“We’re a good group and we have talent all around which helps take a lot of the pressure off of an individual,” Evans said. “I trust Matt Borges and Ben Randall to win their matchups. It allows me to focus more on my guy knowing I have guys behind me that I can trust to take care of their business.”While there will be considerable focus on Noseworthy, the Buckeyes will have to be cautious not to forget that he has a strong supporting cast. Senior attacker Ian King provides another weapon that OSU will not be able to overlook. With 21 goals and 19 assists on the season, King might have opportunities at the net if the Buckeyes put too much focus on Noseworthy.On the other hand, the Buckeyes are conscious to the fact that the entire Wolverine offense can strike at any time.“We just have to stay within ourselves,” said OSU sophomore defenseman Matt Borges. “It’s about playing our game and playing good off-ball defense. It’s really just focusing on our game and playing as a unit of seven.”Borges added that the defense must always stay aware of Noseworthy if Evans needs to leave his coverage to help another defender.OSU will battle the Wolverines at Michigan Stadium prior to the football team’s spring game at 10:30 a.m. It will be the first morning game of the season for the Buckeyes. read more

Meet the American trucker who broke the Real IRA then refused witness

For the past four years, Rupert, a truck driver from upstate New York, had been leading a double life, infiltrating the innermost circles of the IRA while working as an agent for the FBI and MI5. He had carried money and equipment to the… On 15 August 1998, David Rupert was dozing on a sofa in a rented flat in Bundoran, County Donegal, Ireland, when he was awoken by the six o’clock news. A bomb had exploded in the Northern Irish town of Omagh, killing, as it would turn out, 29 people – the worst terrorist atrocity in the history of the Troubles. Rupert called to his wife, Maureen, and they sat in silence watching the scenes of devastation on television. ‘Oh my God,’ said Maureen, ‘Oh my God.’ read more

MJ Engineering supplying eight Weba chutes to Lonmins EPL concentrator

first_imgLonmin has ordered eight Weba Chutes Systems to replace existing conventional chutes which have not been performing to the standard required. The eight coarse ore silo discharge chutes will feed onto a vibrating feeder at Lonmin’s Eastern Platinum (EPL) concentrator that conveys UG2 ore with 25% chrome content. The vibrating feeder operates at a peak of 180 t/h, conveying fines with a maximum lump size of 150 mm and a bulk density of 1.8 mm. “The concentrator had been experiencing an unacceptable amount of blockages and spillage with the existing chutes,” M&J Engineering’s Ted Cruikshank says. “Our brief was to design Weba chute systems that address these issues and that will consistently perform to the required specifications over the long term. Lonmin also requested access points at the back of the chutes to allow for blasting in the event of a blockage.”The Weba Chutes are being fabricated from 6 mm 350 WA mild steel plate lined with 25 mm Hardox liners with a spile bar arrangement.Cruikshank adds that M&J Engineering is also processing orders for an additional 12 Weba Chute Systems that will be deployed in various applications at other Lonmin sites.Under normal operations, Weba Chute Systems can last up to 10 years in the field and many have continued to perform effectively even longer than this.“We’re finally gaining recognition for the many unique features of the Weba Chute System concept,” says Cruikshank. “The unprecedented growth we’re experiencing has confirmed our position as international market leaders in this field. The high number of retrofits we’re currently involved in points to the fact that many conventional chutes are not living up to their suppliers’ claims.“We attribute this to a prevailing notion that chutes are little more than platework. We’ve effectively created technology that didn’t exist before and we’ve developed equipment and systems around it that address the multiple shortcomings of conventional transfer point design.”Weba Chute Systems have been primarily applied in the mining industry where materials such as copper, gold and iron ore, diamonds, coal, aggregates, cement and sand are transferred, but M&J Engineering is experiencing a steady increase in the number of enquiries from other sectors such as power generation, steelmaking, cement and food.South African manufactured Weba Chute Systems are designed according to the principle of conveyed material impacting on surfaces which already contain material. “One of the most important requirements in transfer point design is to guide and control the material from the moment it enters the system until it exits the system,” says Cruikshank. “This is addressed by the Weba Chute System concept that incorporates a ‘supertube’ or cascade effect that results in material running on material at all times.“Most dust is generated when material is transferred, but using this cascade system to create a ‘super-flow’ effect, we’re able to reduce volumes of unwanted fines and associated dust. The immediate effect of this decrease in unwanted dust and noise pollution is an enhancement of working conditions impacting positively on the health of workers, which is always a major concern in this industry. Another big benefit is a decrease in abrasion of wearing parts and consequently less maintenance is required.”Weba Chute Systems control the direction, flow and velocity of the calculated volume and type of material in each application, also taking into account belt width, belt speed, material sizes, shape and throughput.“A correct and appropriate chute design is critical and it is imperative that all these factors are taken into account,” says Cruikshank. “It’s not just about manufacturing a chute. We look at both current and historical data in order to fully understand exactly what each customer requires. We look at the most important factors that need to be addressed in a particular application and this, in some cases, could be as simple as reducing dust and spillage.”last_img read more