New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) today requested the Central Government to reconsider the GST tax structure of sports goods and shooting equipment. NRAI Senior Vice President and Member of Parliament, Kalikesh Narain Singh Deo, raised the issue of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on shooting and sports equipment, in the Zero Hour of Lok Sabha today. Speaking at the Parliament, Singh Deo said, “Shooting has been one of the highest medal winners for India in international sports events, including Asian and Olympic level championship. In fact, India stands to gain most in terms of medals tally, if shooting is promoted.” “Earlier renowned shooters were exempt from payment of custom duty for importing guns and ammunition. This was instrumental in building an array of potential Olympic medal winners. However, the new GST regime levies higher tax on importing of such goods. This will adversely affect the spirit of sports in our country. “It will especially reduce the potential of shooting to earn medals on behalf of India. I therefore request the Government to reconsider the GST tax structure of sports goods and shooting equipment in order to encourage participation of youngsters in the area of sports,” he added. PTI SSC SSC
New Florida basketball coach Mike White inherits a Florida program that has been very strong over the last few decades, but he has some work to do to lock down the 2015 recruiting class built by Billy Donovan. Four star Noah Dickerson of Monteverde Academy had been one of the cornerstones of the Gators’ class, but according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, he is looking to reevaluate his college options with Donovan out of the picture.Florida signee Noah Dickerson told ESPN he has asked for his release.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 13, 2015Dickerson committed to Florida back in August, and has offers from Connecticut, Georgetown, LSU, N.C. State, Ohio State, Virginia, and numerous other programs, including much of the SEC. It should be noted that last night, he retweeted a message in support of White getting verified on Twitter.Maybe Florida still has a chance to finish with Dickerson’s commitment. Either way, he is well within his right to want to reevaluate things after the departure of the coach that he had committed to. We should find out where he will end up fairly soon.
UCF’s 25-game winning streak ended in the Fiesta Bowl against LSU, but the Knights earned some praise from Kirk Herbstreit in the process.Herbstreit was asked about LSU’s performance on Twitter tonight, and in the process of assessing the Tigers, he paid a compliment to UCF.Despite the 40-32 loss Herbstreit believes UCF “helped their brand” by battling LSU toe-to-toe without star quarterback McKenzie Milton.“Played great considering they had some players that didn’t play and got down early. Beat a very good team. Great win. At same time think UCF helped their brand by taking on LSU without their alpha and playmaker M.Milton. UCF helped themselves with how they battled,” Herbstreit wrote.Played great considering they had some players that didn’t play and got down early. Beat a very good team. Great win. At same time think UCF helped their brand by taking on LSU without their alpha and playmaker M.Milton. UCF helped themselves with how they battled. https://t.co/Jg66vCceT8— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 4, 2019Certainly, at the very least, UCF established against LSU (and during this season in general) that they aren’t a fluke. The Knights have now enjoyed back-to-back undefeated regular seasons.“This team is a team full of fighters, from the seniors to redshirts,” said freshman quarterback Darriel Mack Jr., who filled in for Milton. “We had a chance, and we couldn’t pull it out.“But I can guarantee that we’re going to remember this feeling. We’re going to be back stronger.”
Other Galleries 15 images Fri, 18 Oct, 2019 Karwa Chauth 2019: Debina Bonnerjee to Divyanka Tripathi, how TV stars celebrated the day 11 images Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Housefull 4 team has a blast on The Kapil Sharma Show. See pics 10 images Tue, 15 Oct, 2019 Mohena Singh looks regal as she ties the knot with Suyesh Rawat 7 images Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 New bride Mohena Singh glows on mehendi day. See picsOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.Set As Featured: Set As Featured647x363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoTelevisionTelevisionGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Palak is immensely popular on social media, with over 241k followers on Instagram.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Palak has surely come a long way since the days when she used to sport short hair and would cling to her mother at public events. Today, she poses with poise and great confidence in front of cameras.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Last year, Palak landed in a controversy, when her mother Shweta Tiwari said she was the first choice to play Prerna in Kasautii reboot, but she did not want her to play the role. Ekta was surprised by her comment and said the show was never offered to Palak.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Palak was born to Shweta and her first husband Raja Chaudhary on October 8, 2000. The ex-couple had married in 1998 and got divorced in 2007.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: After her troubled marriage, Shweta moved on in life and is happily married to husband Abhinav Kohli for three years now, and has a baby boy Reyansh with him.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Television actress Shweta Tiwari’s daughter Palak is making heads turn these days with her oh-so-hot appearances. She has been posting stunning pictures of herself on social media, where she is flaunting her sexy curves in trendy outfits. Take a look.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Credit/Source: Credit to AllCredit Name: InstagramTags: Palak TiwariShweta TiwariSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: Television actress Shweta Tiwari’s daughter Palak is making heads turn these days with her oh-so-hot appearances. She has been posting stunning pictures of herself on social media, where she is flaunting her sexy curves in trendy outfits. Take a look.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5d1db3bdaa95a1562227645_1561832_editCommentContent Publish date: Thursday, July 4, 2019 – 13:15Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDg1MjEiLCIxMjA2Nzk2Il0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg3MTMiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY3OTYifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Shweta Tiwari’s daughter Palak is too hot to handle in latest pics. See hot picsApp headline: Shweta Tiwari’s daughter Palak is too hot to handle in latest pics. See hot pics1200x675:
Tokyo: A suspected arson attack on an animation production company in Japan killed 33 people and injured dozens more on Thursday, with flames gutting the building in the city of Kyoto. Police said the fierce blaze appeared to have been started deliberately but there was no immediate information on a possible motive. The toll continued to climb hours after the fire began, with fire department officials saying bodies were being recovered as they searched the ravaged building. A fire department official said that at least 11 more people had been found “in cardio-respiratory arrest,” a term used in Japan to signify a victim’s death before it is officially certified. The discoveries, on the building’s second floor and a stairwell leading to the roof, raised the toll to at least 33 dead.
EDMONTON – Police say they have seized nearly $4 million worth of fentanyl pills in Edmonton as part of a massive bust they believe to be Canada’s largest of the powerful opioid.An investigation into a group believed to be trafficking a large amount of drugs began in March.Officers seized $2 million in fentanyl pills at an Edmonton home more than three weeks ago and then searched three more homes in the city, plus another in nearby Sturgeon County. It was there that police and RCMP officers found a house that had been made into a fentanyl pill-processing lab.“We know that this drug bust is very significant and we believe that we have saved a number of lives by taking all this fentanyl off the streets,” Staff Sgt. Karen Ockerman with the Edmonton Police Service’s drug and gang unit said Friday.Ockerman said police aren’t naive enough to think there aren’t any other labs out there.“But we think this had made a difference.”The investigation led to a total of 130,000 fentanyl pills being seized with an estimated street value of $3.9 million.The bust also turned up four ounces of carfentanil — an opioid 100 times more powerful than fentanyl — along with cocaine, methamphetamine, cannabis extract, $1 million in cash and a pickup truck with a hidden compartment.Other items seized included four cement mixers small enough for a person to carry and two pill presses that together can make 10,000 pills an hour, said Const. Jason Wells, who works on an RCMP unit focused on clandestine laboratories.It’s believed the cement mixers were used to mix the fentanyl with other agents and chemicals before making them into pills.“We had never seen it before. Our colleagues around the country with other clandestine lab teams had never seen it before,” said Wells.“It was very interesting to us, they way they were doing it, being able to adapt and manipulate things, to mix and press out the pills the way they did.”Charges are pending, and police are not releasing the names of the suspects involved.Wells said random swabs taken around the Sturgeon County house found traces of fentanyl. Alberta Health Services has deemed it unfit for human habitation.— By Lauren Krugel in Calgary
Myleene Klass, Mark Wright, Erin O’Connor, Lisa Snowdon, Alison Steadman, Ashley Jensen, Lauren Laverne, Jon Snow, Ben Forster, Vicky McClure and VV Brown have all posed for photographs in the festive woollies they will be wearing on Christmas Jumper Day on December 14, to mark their support for the Save the Children campaign.Christmas Jumper DayPeople across the UK are being invited to take part in the age-old tradition of wearing a kitsch Christmas jumper on the day in exchange for a £1 donation, helping to ‘make the world better with a sweater.’All money raised will help save the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. In the world’s poorest countries, more than 7 million children die every year from easily preventable causes like diarrhoea and malnutrition. Simple solutions, like vaccines and mosquito nets save lives – so by getting friends and colleagues to take part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper day on 14 December, you can help make a real difference.TV personality Myleene Klass said: “Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day is the perfect excuse to wear your festive woolly with pride, whilst helping to save children’s lives. I’ve visited Save the Children’s work in Bangladesh so know just how far your donated £1 can go. I’ll be buying crazy knits for my friends and family to ensure they are all taking part on December 14th.”Model Erin O’Connor: “Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day is a fantastic idea. Who doesn’t have a classic Christmas woolly lurking at the back of their wardrobe, desperate to be loved again? Find it, wear it, and help save children’s lives. It’s wonderfully simple.”Journalist Jon Snow: “It’s not always easy to demonstrate commitment to the festive spirit, but who can argue with a reindeer sweater? The money from Christmas Jumper Day goes towards a great cause – saving children’s lives – there’s no excuse not to dig out your funniest winter knit and wear it with pride.”Radio Presenter Lisa Snowdon: “Christmas jumpers are bang on trend this year – and Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on 14th December gives you the perfect opportunity to wear yours with pride, all for a really important cause: saving children’s lives.”Actress Alison Steadman: “Christmas Jumper Day on 14th December is the perfect opportunity to have a giggle whilst helping raise money and awareness for Save the Children. Taking part is so easy, you can get the whole family involved in baking gingerbread in jumpers, donning jazzy Christmas sweaters or even knitting!”TV presenter Mark Wright: “On December 14th I’ll be wearing my favourite Christmas sweater in aid of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day.”Actor Ben Forster: “I love kitsch Christmas traditions, and wearing a crazy knit covered in reindeer has got to be one of the best. I’ll be wearing mine on Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day – you can do so too all in the name of a great cause!”For more information, click here.
The stuntwoman who tragically passed away while filming on the set of Deadpool 2 has been identified as Joi “SJ” Harris, a professional road racer.Harris was participating in her first film as a stunt performer when the accident occurred. She is the first African American female professional road racer.Though Harris wasn’t registered with the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists, the union confirmed her identity to Deadline. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Witnesses reported they had practiced the stunt many times before filming, and on the last take Harris lost control of her motorcycle and crashed through a plate glass window. She was not wearing a helmet because the character she was portraying, Zazie Beetz’ Domino, wasn’t wearing a helmet in the sequence.The production of Deadpool 2 was immediately suspended without word of when it will resume.Joi “SJ” HarrisDeadpool 2 director David Leitch said in a statement, “I’m deeply saddened by the loss of one of our stunt performers today. No words can express how I and the rest of the Deadpool 2 crew feel about this tragedy. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and loved ones in this difficult time.”Ryan Reynolds took to social media where he wrote, “Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool. We’re heartbroken, shocked, and devastated… but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment. My heart pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in this world.”Fox issued a statement as well: “We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends, and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time.”Deadpool 2 is scheduled to hit theaters June 1, 2018. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
Tina HouseAPTN NewsA rockslide has trapped millions of salmon in the Fraser River.Officials are trying to find a way to free or move the fish around the bottleneck in B.C.So the salmon can continue onto their spawning grounds.The blockage affects several species of salmon, which First Nations depend on in the province for food, fishing and ceremonial email@example.com@inthehouse7
Gurugram: Five days after a mob attack in Bhoop Singh area near Bhondsi in Gurugram, the district police have begun to take stringent action against the culprits. As of now, five arrests have been made in the case. Interestingly, the profile of the accused who have been arrested in the case highlighted how the accused did not dither in indulging in the brazen act. Two people who have been arrested as of now have criminal past and have got various cases registered against them. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAmong them, Sunil who belongs to Bhondsi village has even been to jail two times prior to the recent case in which he has been arrested. Sections under Indian Penal Code for which he has been tried are 188 (preventing civil servant from discharging the duty), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 174-A, 420 (theft) and fraud under 61-1-14 of the excise. He was arrested along with Dharmender who has been involved in the cases of violence like this before as cases under sections of 323 (causing voluntary hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC are already registered against him. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn March 24, the district police arrested two people namely and Amit. Dhirender runs his own dairy around the area where Mohammad Sajid and his family were beaten. The first arrest made in the case two days after the incident was that of Mahesh who has been claimed to be the mastermind behind the vicious assault on the day of Holi. Even though he does not have any criminal background, it has come to the fore that Mahesh (20) dropped out of school in the eighth standard and was unemployed. A brother of four sisters, Mahesh had lost his father recently due to cardiac arrest and is living with his 55-year-old mother. Majority of the arrests have been made from the Naya Gaon. Being a Gujjar dominated area, the progress of the region can be gauged from the fact that for senior secondary the residents of the area have to rely on schools in Badshapur that is eight kilometres from the village. Meanwhile, after making sharp attacks on the government on the handling of the situation, various leaders of the political parties have now started visiting the victims.
London: Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was on Thursday arrested after staying in Ecuador’s embassy in London for seven years as the South American country withdrew the asylum granted to him. Scotland Yard confirmed the arrest and said its officers had executed a warrant against Assange dating back to June 2012 for breach of bail conditions in the UK. The 47-year-old Australian-born has been holed up in a back room of the Ecuador embassy in central London for nearly seven years since his arrest on sexual assault charges in Sweden. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHe claimed asylum on the grounds that he feared ultimate extradition to the US, where he faces a possible death sentence or torture for Wikileaks’ alleged leak of American secrets. “He (Assange) has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is possible,” a Metropolitan Police statement said, adding that Assange had been arrested on a warrant issued by the same court on 29 June 2012, for “failing to surrender to the court”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”The MPS (Met Police Service) had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum,” the statement said. Assange sought refuge at the Ecuador Embassy in Knightsbridge in June 2012, having lost an appeal against extradition to Sweden for questioning on allegations of rape and sexual assault that went up to the UK Supreme Court. While the Swedish case has since been dropped, Assange was wanted by Scotland Yard for breach of bail and faced arrest the moment he stepped out of the diplomatically immune territory. But once that immunity was lifted, he was taken into custody. The UK government welcomed the arrest, which it said was the result of “extensive dialogue” between the UK and Ecuador.
CHICAGO — Seniors in major metropolitan areas, especially in the Northeast and around Washington, D.C., are more likely to continue working past age 65 than those in other areas around the country, according to an analysis of Census data by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.“Those are the areas where all of the jobs are, really,” says Anqi Chen, assistant director for savings research at Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research. “The coastal areas recovered well from the recession, while other areas have not.”But it’s also the types of jobs in those areas — government, finance, law and academia — that keep seniors working longer, analysts say.Among counties with at least 6,000 residents, about 12% have at least 21% of their seniors working or actively looking for jobs, according to an analysis of the Census’ 2017 American Community Survey report. Of that group, nearly 25% are located within the Northeast or in Maryland or Virginia. And nearly 15% are within 70 miles (113 kilometres) of New York, Boston, Philadelphia or Washington, D.C.“I consider myself to be a very fortunate person to still do what I loved at 27 at 74,” says Steve Burghardt, a professor of social work at the City University of New York. “I feel advantaged being in New York, where you’re exposed to sights and sounds and differences that are always exposing me to new ways to understand myself and to learn from other people.”Two Washington suburbs, Falls Church, Virginia, and Alexandria, Virginia, are among the nation’s leaders in terms of senior labour force participation, with rates of nearly 37% and nearly 30%, respectively. This area is also home to one of the fastest growing senior labour forces in the country — three of the 11 counties that saw senior participation rates climb the fastest between 2009 and 2017 are located within 70 miles (113 kilometres) of Washington.But large, populous counties don’t have a monopoly on senior participation in the labour force.Vermont, one of the least populous states, holds two counties that rank among the top 100 (Windham and Washington counties) and eight among the top 329 in terms of senior participation.“Despite whatever misnomers might exist, there is a great demand out there for mature workers,” says Mary Branagan, director of program and partner affairs at Associates for Training and Development, a workforce training and development outfit headquartered in Vermont.Branagan helps oversee the state’s Senior Community Service Employment program, which matches qualifying unemployed state residents at least 55 years of age with paid internships that can help them update their skills and remain in the workplace longer. She says her company’s offices in Washington and Windham counties are among its largest statewide.In other areas of the country, Colorado has six of the top 50 counties both in terms of senior labour force participation in 2017 and participation growth between 2009 and 2017.And rural counties heavy in agricultural employment, especially in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, boast a considerable senior labour participation rate. Though the jobs are often labour intensive, agricultural professions maintain some of the highest median ages in the country, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.That’s due in part to much of U.S. agriculture being concentrated in family farms, the Department of Agriculture says. People can continue living and working on these operations well into their “retirement” years by scaling things down and renting land to other farmers.Paul Irving, chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, sees the older workers as a boon to regional economies, providing additional talent and expertise to tight labour markets in which unemployment tends to be low and where job openings are aplenty. The additional payroll taxes these workers provide and the economic stimulus that comes with working also are considered positives for these graying labour markets.“It’s good for tax revenues, it’s good for GDP growth overall and it’s generally just good for the health of the overall economy,” says Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at employment hub Glassdoor.At the other end of the spectrum, senior labour force participation in 2017 was less than 12% in nearly 14% of counties with at least 6,000 residents. Kentucky, Michigan, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and West Virginia collectively accounted for more than 50% of those bottom-ranking counties in terms of senior labour participation.Senior participation contracted in more than 24% of counties between 2009 and 2017. Nearly 33% of those counties are located in Georgia, Texas, Missouri, Kentucky or North Carolina.Chen notes manufacturing-heavy areas within the Rust Belt and in states including Alabama and Georgia are among those with the lowest senior labour participation. Manufacturing payrolls have plummeted over recent decades amid automation and globalization challenges. Labour-intensive jobs that are prominent in those areas often preclude folks from working later into life, and the types of white collar jobs that are more prevalent in larger cities are in shorter supply.“It’s partly just how grim the job prospects are in a lot of micropolitan, or small city and rural, areas,” says Gary Burtless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “A lot of them are one-industry towns. And if that industry has been hit hard, that’s going to be a problem for younger workers and older workers.”Burtless notes elderly labour force participation tends to be higher in urban areas where older workers are better educated, better compensated and less reliant on labour-intensive blue collar industries.“The thinking as to why highly educated people tend to work longer is that they may enjoy better health. They may enjoy better working conditions,” says Jen Schramm, a strategic policy adviser for the AARP Public Policy Institute. “They are likely to be paid more, so that’s more of an incentive to keep working.”___EDITOR’S NOTE — Andrew Soergel is studying aging and workforce issues as part of a 10-month fellowship at The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which joins NORC’s independent research and AP journalism. The fellowship is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.Andrew Soergel, The Associated Press
The Toronto Stock Exchange was steeped in red Wednesday morning as commodity prices lost ground as amid investor jitters as protests in debt-ravaged Greece and Spain turned ugly.The S&P/TSX commodity index fell 64.65 to 12,192.53.The Canadian dollar fell 0.27 of a cent to 101.71 cents US as commodity prices failed to get a lasting boost from an improvement Tuesday in U.S. consumer confidence to its highest level since February.Wall Street markets were also lower, with the Dow industrial average down 16.31 points to 13,441.24, the Nasdaq fell 22.83 points at 3,094.9 and the broader S&P 500 index down 6.48 points to 1,435.11.A day after U.S. stocks suffered their biggest retreat in three months on comments from a leading official at the Federal Reserve, investors were spooked Wednesday by scenes of violent protests on the streets of Athens and Madrid, which reignited concerns over Europe’s ability to implement the measures needed to deal with its big debts.The developments in Europe overshadowed moderately positive data on the state of the U.S. housing market. The Commerce Department said sales of new homes in the United States dipped slightly in August from July but the median price of homes sold during the month rose by a record amount.New-home sales edged down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 373,000 in August, a dip of 0.3 per cent from July’s revised rate of 374,000. That had been the fastest pace since April 2010 when government tax credits were boosting sales.Meanwhile, a general strike in Greece turned violent after demonstrators protesting against planned government spending cuts threw molotov cocktails. A day earlier, clashes broke out at a similar demonstration in Madrid, which is also preparing new austerity measures.The Bank of Spain warned that the country is in a deep recession, saying the country’s economy continues to shrink “significantly.”“Europe has come back to the forefront this week in the absence of any other major news,” said Colin Cieszynski, senior market analyst, CMC Markets Canada. “The economic calendar remains very quiet and it appears that the bulls which had appeared so strong earlier in the month, have appeared to step back and await new developments.”Meanwhile, the benchmark New York oil contract was $1.44 lower at $89.93 a barrel, the December gold contract slipped $16 to $1,750.40 and the December copper contract fell five cents to $3.70.In Canadian economic news, the Conference Board of Canada said consumer confidence showed improvement this month, following a weak showing in August. The Ottawa-based economic forecaster says its Index of Consumer Confidence increased 6.7 points to 82.2.And in Canadian deals, Onex Corp. (TSX:OCX) is leading a $718-million deal to acquire a 4,000-employee German manufacturing company, the first European investment for the Toronto-based company’s flagship private equity fund. Onex shares fell 28 cents to $37.79.The main U.S. subsidiary of CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) has received a five-year contract worth up to US$871 million from the Defense Information Systems Agency. CGI Federal Inc. will deliver a range of technology and business services, including engineering, scientific, testing, and logistics. Shares dropped 27 cents to $26.56.Investment manager AGF Management Ltd. (TSX:AGF.B) said Wednesday it lost $13.3 million or 14 cents per share in the quarter ended Aug. 31 compared with a profit of $15.4 million or 16 cents per share a year ago. Revenue totalled $119.8 million, down from $151.4 million. Shares fell nine per cent or $1.13 cents to $11.30.And shares of Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) gained one per cent or seven cents to $6.57 on positive momentum from Tuesday when the company gave an update on the new BlackBerry 10 prototype and ahead of its quarterly earnings to be released Thursday.In Europe, Germany’s DAX was 1.9 per cent lower while the CAC-40 in France fell 2.4 per cent at 3,447. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 1.6 per cent.Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock average closed down 2 per cent at 8,906.70 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 0.8 per cent to end at 20,527.73. South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.6 per cent to 1,980.44. China’s Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.6 per cent to 2,004.17.
CALGARY — Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. says it has selected a subsidiary of France’s Total SA to be its 50-50 partner for a South African offshore exploration program.Calgary-based CNQ will receive an undisclosed amount of upfront cash, recover costs it has incurred so far and share the cost of the first exploration well, which is to be drilled next year.In return, Canadian Natural will transfer a 50 per cent interest in Block 11B/12B to Total E&P South Africa.The block is 175 kilometres off the southern coast of South Africa. It covers about 19,000 square kilometres, with water depths ranging from 200 to 1,800 metres.
The Ambassador also referred to the strengthening of bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Ethiopia and also with the other countries in the African Continent after the establishment of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Ethiopia, in February 2017. He also requested Ethiopian, African and other investors to make use of the opportunities available in Sri Lanka for Foreign Investment. Ambassador Dassanayake also recognized the contribution of the Sri Lankan community in Ethiopia towards Sri Lanka’s economic development. (Colombo Gazette) Addressing the invitees, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Sumith Dassanayake highlighted the progress made by Sri Lanka over the years in diverse fields, in particular during the last year. The Ethiopian Government says it looks forward to greater cooperation with Sri Lanka.Tsegab Kebebew, Director General of Asia and Oceania Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia said that Ethiopia looks forward to have greater cooperation with Sri Lanka in the political, economic, tourism and cultural fields in the near future. Kebebew was speaking at an event held at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Ethiopia to celebrate the 70th anniversary of independence of Sri Lanka.
Hamilton police have released images of a suspect who is wanted in connection with an armed robbery at a convenience store in the city.Last Monday, officers were called to the Busy Bee Food Mart on Barton St. East shortly after 4 p.m. for reports of a robbery.Police say a man had entered the store and flashed what is believed to be a gun at a store employee. The man made demands for cash but ended up running away from the store empty-handed. Officers and members of the K-9 Unit searched the area but couldn’t locate the suspect. No one was injured during the robbery.Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Constable Darryl Oosterhoff at 905-546-8936 or Staff Sgt. Emidio Evangelista at 905-546-2991.News Release: Detectives continue to investigate robbery in the area of Barton St E. Can you help ID suspect https://t.co/oQBj1dccNh #HamOnt pic.twitter.com/UWPF8tvppt— Hamilton Police (@HamiltonPolice) June 20, 2017
According to the World Food Programme (WFP), while Syrian food prices have fallen due to easier transportation links, erratic weather patterns have severely damaged cereal production, resulting in the lowest wheat crop in almost three decades.“It is likely that everyone in Syria will, in some way, be affected by the abysmal wheat crop – people would either have less wheat or pay more for it,” WFP spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel told journalists at a news briefing in Geneva on Tuesday.“Continued food assistance at scale is vital,” he continued, noting also that Syrians returning home “need active markets, jobs and support.”It is likely that everyone in Syria will, in some way, be affected by the abysmal wheat crop – WFP spokespersonIn response, WFP is supporting food production and income generation projects in areas that are secure and have functioning markets, as well as prioritizing longer-term recovery. However, its efforts are constrained by a severe lack of resources.Between now and March next year, the UN agency needs about $136 million for Syria operations, explained Mr. Verhoosel, necessitating “reliable and predictable funding, to plan and maintain the vital lifeline of food assistance on which millions of vulnerable Syrians depend.”Across Syria, over 13 million people continue to depend on humanitarian assistance, of which more than 6 million are food-insecure IDPs.WFP chief in Syria ‘to gain better understanding of situation on the ground’Meanwhile, the UN agency’s Executive Director, David Beasley is in Syria, visiting the previously besieged enclaves of eastern Ghouta and Rural Damascus.There, he visited a school meals site where WFP is delivering date bars for schoolchildren, a food distribution point, and residents of Zamalka who benefit from WFPs food assistance.“The purpose of the visit,” said Mr. Verhoosel, “is to gain a better understanding of the situation on the ground, especially given the wheat crop,” he added.On Wednesday, Mr. Beasely will travel to Lebanon, which is hosting nearly a million Syrian refugees, 700,000 of whom are dependent on WFP food assistance.
2016681.91 201730–6–1.70 SeasonNat’l RankRush EPA/Game 201633–6–1.36 201528–5–1.39 Before Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa became a household name in last season’s national title game, the Georgia Bulldogs had a 13-0 lead and were 30 minutes away from the program’s first championship in nearly 40 years. To start the second half, Nick Saban plugged in the freshman quarterback from Hawaii, and Tagovailoa rallied the Crimson Tide to an overtime victory, adding to the team’s already overflowing trophy case.Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs retreated with their tails tucked between their legs.This weekend’s SEC title game, then, represents the rematch. And once again, Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide stand in Georgia’s way.It’s ridiculous to think there’s a blueprint for beating Alabama when they’ve looked so dominant, outscoring opponents 588 to 165 this season. But there are a few areas where Georgia may have an advantage.Of course, Georgia doesn’t want to get baited into a shootout with arguably the nation’s best offense. Of course, limiting possessions and muddying up the game are a more optimal approach. Of course, Tagovailoa should be kept off the field as much as possible.All of this starts with running the ball. Georgia’s expected points added per game on running plays during seasons under Kirby Smart 201121–5–1.39 Alabama is vulnerable on the groundBig runs given up by the Crimson Tide defense and yards given up after first contact on a running plays each year (through 12 games) since 2011 Opponents are running through Alabama tacklers like never before, too. This season, the Tide has allowed 2.46 yards after contact per carry, which is the worst performance for Alabama through the first 12 games of a season since 2011, the earliest year for which data is available. Of note: Only Memphis has gained more yards after first contact this year than Georgia.Of course, Tagovailoa is the closest thing to a cheat code in college football this season and could render these potential advantages for Georgia moot. The sophomore has racked up more passing touchdowns in the first half of games (27) than all but 21 schools1Excluding Alabama. have scored over the entire season. But this is an elite Georgia defense that could be Tagovailoa’s biggest test this season.The ultimate irony would be if a quarterback change by Smart decided the outcome of Saturday’s game. Jake Fromm has capably commanded the Georgia offense this season and has been sensational since his tepid showing during the team’s lone loss, which came against LSU. But Justin Fields, one of the most sought-after recruits from the 2018 class, has an uncanny athleticism that adds another potential threat to an already devastating offense. At receiver — again, the irony — Riley Ridley (brother of former Alabama star Calvin Ridley, who scored a touchdown in last season’s title game) has elevated his game this season. Fromm and Fields will look to Ridley, the team leader in receiving touchdowns, to take the top off the Alabama defense.If the game comes down to the wire, Georgia should be the more confident team. Long the Achilles’ heel of Saban-led teams, special teams could be what holds Alabama back. Kicker Joseph Bulovas has missed four of 16 field-goal attempts and has botched five extra points. And while the Crimson Tide ranks in the top two in offensive and defensive efficiency, it ranks a dismal 87th in special teams efficiency. “It’s not really acceptable,” Saban said earlier this month.Conversely, Rodrigo Blankenship, the bespectacled Georgia sensation, has been among college football’s most accurate kickers, nailing 19 of his 22 attempts and all 58 of his extra points. Georgia’s special teams rank far better than Alabama’s, landing at No. 38 in efficiency.It speaks to the sheer dominance of Alabama that Las Vegas sportsbooks installed the Crimson Tide as double-digit favorites against Georgia. But this is a dangerous underdog with all the trappings of a dominant squad. Some metrics consider the Bulldogs among the two best teams nationally. They won’t be short on motivation, if nothing else, as they seek to avenge last season’s loss when the lights were brightest.Check out our latest college football predictions. Season10+ yards gained20+ yards gainedYDS. After 1st Contact/Rush Perhaps the most underappreciated storyline in the SEC can be found in Athens. Running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb were selected in the first two rounds of this year’s NFL draft, and Georgia’s run game improved.This season, the two-headed monster of Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift has run buckshot through the SEC. Each will likely eclipse the 1,000-yard mark. Largely behind the two, the Bulldogs have over their last four games rushed for 1,345 yards, more than nine teams have accumulated all season. Georgia has the conference’s top rushing attack, gashing opposing defenses for 259.8 yards per contest on 6.3 yards per attempt, and leads the conference in total rushes of 10-plus yards (102) and 20-plus yards (35).Now, it seems silly to nitpick an Alabama defense that has allowed only six rushing touchdowns all season and ranks in the top 15 in both rushing yards allowed per contest (114.0) and rushing yards allowed per carry (3.3) … but we’re going to do it anyway. If Alabama’s ultra-young defense has had difficulty with anything, it’s mitigating explosive plays. Over 12 games this season, the Crimson Tide has allowed 13 carries of 20-plus yards, tied with five teams for 35th-fewest in the nation. On top of that, the Tide defense has also allowed 38 carries of 10 or more yards. Both numbers are the most Alabama has allowed through 12 games since 2011: 201433–7–2.13 2018107.85 Yards after contact data is unavailable before 2011.Source: Espn Stats & Information Group Source: Espn Stats & Information Group 201223–6–1.47 201330–5–1.64 201838–13–2.46 2017127.22 Number of Opponent Rushing Plays with …
(AFP) — The last three years were the hottest on record, the United Nations weather agency said Thursday, citing fresh global data underscoring the dramatic warming of the planet.Consolidated data from five leading international weather agencies shows that “2015, 2016 and 2017 have been confirmed as the three warmest years on record”, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said.It added that 2016 remains the hottest year ever measured due to the warming effect of El Nino, while 2017 was the warmest non-El Nino year, beating out 2015 by less than one hundredth of a degree.“The long-term temperature trend is far more important than the ranking of individual years, and that trend is an upward one,” WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas said in a statement.The 21st century has so far been a period of the hottest weather, accounting for 17 of the 18 warmest years on record.“And the degree of warming during the past three years has been exceptional,” Tasslas added. The WMO also highlighted the intensification of weather and climate related disasters, which hit record levels in the United States last year, while multiple countries were devastated by cyclones, floods and drought.The WMO findings were based on data provided by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US space agency NASA, Britain’s Met office, the European Centre for medium range weather forecasts and the Japan Meteorological Agency.Using those inputs, the UN said that the average global surface temperature last year was 1.1 degrees Celsius (1.98 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.Reacting to the results, experts warned that the planet was moving closer to a set of red lines laid out in the historic 2015 Paris climate agreement.That treaty calls for capping global warming at “well under” two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).“When even ‘colder’ (non-El Nino) years are rewriting the warmest year record books we know we have a problem,” said Dave Reay, the Carbon Management chair at the University of Edinburgh. “Global temperatures will continue to bob up and down from year to year, but the climate tide beneath them is rising fast.”There is mounting global consensus on the need to slash CO2 and methane emissions, improve energy efficiency, and develop technologies to remove CO2 from the air.But US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord has rattled the international community and complicated efforts at forging joint action — even though many US state governments insist they remain committed to cut emissions.Since industrialisation took off in the early 19th century, CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere have increased by nearly half, from 280 parts per million to 407 parts per million.Trump will head to the World Economic Forum in Davos next week, an annual gathering of global elite, where he will confront some of the political and civil society leaders who fought hard for the Paris deal.“Collaborative efforts” to combat unprecedented shared challenges will be a major theme of meeting, WEF boss Klaus Schwab said this week.“The record temperature should focus the minds of world leaders, including President Trump, on the scale and urgency of the risks that people, rich and poor, face around the world from climate change,” said Bob Ward, policy director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the London School of Economics. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2017 set to be hottest non-El Nino year — UNNovember 6, 2017In “World”2018 temperatures set to be among hottest on record: UNNovember 29, 2018In “World”Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016October 30, 2017In “Environment”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Chios’ famous mastic cultivation has been noticed by UNESCO.The know-how in cultivating and harvesting mastic has been inducted in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (ICH by the world organisation.UNESCO felt that the ancient artform, passed down from generation to generation should be preserved, and given the opportunity to flourish as a tourist attraction on the small island. “The knowledge associated with the cultivation and collection of mastic is passed down from generation to generation; it constitutes an important component of rural life for the inhabitants of Chios facilitating social cohesion and solidarity among them,” UNESCO said on the decision.It hopes to safeguard the cultural tradition and make it sustainable. The harvesting of mastic is a year long process, that includes all members of the family. Men take care of the natural fertilisation and pruning of the shrubs in winter, while from mid-June, women sweep, level and clean the ground around the trunk, so that the mastic can easily be recovered. From July, an incision is made to the tree’s skin and main branches with an iron tool. Once the mastic has solidified, women select the larger “tears” first, wash them and store them in wooden boxes in a cool place.The community’s older members are responsible for passing the mastiha incision and harvesting techniques to younger generations.According to a statement by the Culture Ministry in Athens, the cultural arm of the United Nations endorsed a Greek request for the special status during its annual conference in Paris, which took place late November.The decision, the ministry said in its statement, “is an acknowledgement of the value of this element of our cultural heritage and, at the same time, it incorporates it in a global system aimed at the promotion and protection of living traditions”.Chios has nearly 2,000 mastiha growers who live in the 24 Mastihohoria (mastic-growing villages)Efforts to produce mastiha in the north of Chios, as well as elsewhere in Greece or abroad, have failed, due to the geological, soil and micro-climatic conditions, as well as due to the local producers’ know-how.Source: Kathimerini, Greek Reporter Greece, UNESCO