first_imgThe Goa government on Thursday decided to donate ₹5 crore to the Kerala Chief Minister’s relief fund, according to a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office. This apart, all employees of the state government, as well as autonomous bodies funded by the state exchequer, are expected to voluntarily contribute a day’s salary towards flood relief efforts, the CMO statement said. “Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has sanctioned Rs.5 crore as Goa government’s contribution towards Kerala CM’s relief fund for Kerala flood relief operations,” the official statement released here said. “In addition to the above, all employees of Goa government and autonomous bodies are expected to voluntarily contribute their one day salary towards flood relief work in Kerala. Goa stands in solidarity with the people of Kerala,” the statement further added. The announcement comes a day after the return of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was in the U.S. for more than a week for treatment.last_img read more

first_imgRafael Nadal extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 23 matches, continuing the chase for his “Rafa Slam” with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 win over American qualifier Ryan Sweeting in the second round of the Australian Open.Rafael Nadal keeps his eyes on the ball as he makes a backhand return to Ryan Sweeting during their second round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Thursday. APThe top-ranked Nadal is aiming to be the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.He’s conceded only four games en route to the third round, sealing his win over Sweeting on Thursday with the last in a blizzard of forehand winners.After his quarterfinal exit at the last Australian Open, Nadal rebounded to win the French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles.Nadal hit some shots that Sweeting could barely believe, including a forehand on set point in the second when the Spaniard’s curling shot caught the baseline. With nothing to lose, Sweeting challenged the call as he walked off. The call stood.The only hint of anything other than complete domination for Nadal came in the third set, when Sweeting broke serve in the fifth game and then got within a point of bring it back to 4-2 in a game that went to deuce five times. Again, Nadal held on to convert a break and served out in the next game.”A few mistakes with the backhand, that’s all. My serve improved a lot since the first day. I think I was serving very well today,” Nadal said, noting the one blot on his serve was when he looked into the sun. “Movement good; backhand good; having a few more mistakes than usual. I have to play longer with the backhand. Maybe have to play a little bit more aggressive, more inside the court.”advertisementThat’s not good news for Nadal’s next opponent – 18-year-old Australian wildcard entry Bernard Tomic.Sweeting said he was overwhelmed by Nadal’s relentless accuracy and the fact he had to play so many shots just to earn a point.Tomic, the last Australian male left in the draw, advanced with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over No. 31 Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Canada’s Milos Raonic also produced a second-round upset, beating No. 22 Michael Llodra of France 7-6 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4).Kim Clijsters showed why she’s fast becoming a hot favorite for the women’s title by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3.U.S. Open champion Clijsters opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over former No. 1-ranked Dinara Safina, but Suarez Navarro was a potentially dangerous second-round matchup. The 22-year-old Spaniard beat Venus Williams in a second-round upset in her first trip to Melbourne Park two years ago.”She is a tough player. She’s tricky. The balls bounce so much different than for my first round,” Clijsters said. “I was just happy with the way that I played. I tried to play both sides of the court, tried to be aggressive and dictate the points. And it worked.”With defending champion Serena Williams not playing in Australia due to a prolonged foot problem, third-seeded Clijsters is hopeful of going one better than her previous best performance at Melbourne Park – she lost the 2004 final.Her third-round 6-0, 6-1 loss here to Nadia Petrova last year was her worst in a major. It’s a defeat she claims she doesn’t dwell on and doesn’t think will influence her preparations for the same stage this weekend.”I don’t think I’ve ever played a match like that. So it was very easy in a way to also forget about it, as well,” Clijsters said.Joining her in the third round from the bottom half of the draw were No. 10 Shahar Peer, No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 13 Nadia Petrova and Iveta Benesova, who beat No. 18 Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-1.Seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic lost 7-6 (3), 6-3 to China’s Peng Shuai, continuing an unimpressive streak of seven losses in eight matches. It was former world No. 1 Jankovic’s worst result at a major since the 2009 U.S. Open.Meanwhile, Clijsters has spent just two hours on court so far, leaving plenty of time to joke with the crowd and take a little swipe at on-court interviewer Todd Woodbridge, a former Australian doubles great. She lightheartedly chided Woodbridge about a text message he’d sent to fellow Australian Rennae Stubbs, suggesting Clijsters was showing physical and emotional signs of being pregnant.”No, I’m not!” said Clijsters, who took time off the tour when she married and had a child – daughter Jada, born in February 2008 – before returning to win the U.S. Open in 2009.advertisementWhile Clijsters and Nadal have advanced with ease, Venus Williams and defending men’s champion Roger Federer have encountered challenges.Williams injured a muscle between her stomach and groin Wednesday as she twisted for a volley. She needed a medical timeout after losing the first set. She was on the verge of tears, and apparently elimination. But she refused to stop playing and eventually beat Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-4.Federer faced a more familiar problem – Gilles Simon. He’s one of only three men on tour with a winning record against the Swiss great.The 16-time Grand Slam champion admitted he was “happy I survived a scare” after winning in five sets.last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look to continue the momentum from their last outing when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) fixture at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.A Chris Gayle hurricane (38-ball 77) coupled with Kohli’s 50-ball 64 guided RCB to their second win of the campaign against Gujarat Lions in their previous outing.Despite the absence of South African star AB de Villiers, the sought-after franchise toyed with their rivals bowling posting 213 to which Brendon McCullum (72 off 44 balls) staged a good fightback but eventually fell short by 21 runs.RCB are still languishing at third from bottom in the eight-team points table losing four of their six matches. Short of star power initially with the likes of Kohli and de Villiers not playing the first three and two matches respectively, the three-time runners-up were also ruffled by the iffy form of Australian all-rounder Shane Watson.Since the arrival of Kohli (against Mumbai Indians) and de Villiers (against Kings XI Punjab), their batting has looked the part though both the superstars ended on the losing side in their respective opening ties.Coming back from a shoulder injury he picked while captaining India against Australia in the four-match Test series, Kohli smashed 67 in his first game, while AB announced his arrival with an unbeaten 89 off just 46 deliveries. But triumphs have been hard to come by for RCB.Besides Gujarat, RCB have won against Delhi Daredevils only. Samuel Badree’s hat-trick against Mumbai was the high point as far as their bowling is concerned but in that match too, they ended up second best due to an underwhelming batting show.advertisementBadree has been one of the most economical bowlers this season, leaking just 41 runs in his eight overs from two games so far. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has taken the most wickets for side with seven to his name.England fast bowler Tymal Mills, whom RCB roped in this term for a whopping Rs 12 crore, and de Villiers have been given the green signal to play. If the pair comeback, Travis Head and Shane Watson will in all likelihood have to sit out.Talking about the home team, Gautam Gambhir’s wards saw their juggernaut being halted by Gujarat at the same venue on Friday.Poor bowling cost the two-time champions the math which for larger parts was in their control.Against arguably the best batting lineup, head coach Jacques Kallis would want to plug the gaps as soon as possible.”We don’t become a bad bowling unit after just one game. We will have some good game plans in place. RCB are down in the table, and they are looking for some form,” Kallis had said at the post match media interaction on Friday.”We will have to use that to our advantage. We still have a lot of confidence. The boys are playing with freedom and playing well. We haven’t been able to put up a complete game so far, but when we start doing that we will be a tough side to beat,” the 41-year-old South African added.Sunil Narine’s pyrotechnics on Friday (17-ball 42) gave KKR a flying start on Friday and also vindicated the team management’s decision to make the most of the Powerplay. Robin Uthappa’s form (48-ball 72) also augurs well for the hosts along with Manish Pandey who has been in great form this season.Big-hitting Yusuf Pathan has also looked to bat for a longer period and against Delhi Daredevils played a gem of a knock under pressure. Suryakumar Yadav’s lean patch is a cause of concern with the KKR vice-captain just not getting runs under his belt.In the 18 engagements between the two teams since 2008, both outfits have won nine times each.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Jul 2 (PTI) Indian-origin British filmmaker Gurinder Chadha is likely to team up with actress Priyanka Chopra for a movie.”I am in talks with Priyankas mother, Madhu Chopra, for something (referring to a film). I met her mother in Cannes and I told her I have great ideas. She said yes, lets work it out,” Gurinder told PTI.Gurinder, however, states she has not discussed the idea of a film with Priyanka yet.”I will be going to America soon, so I will be meeting her (Priyanka) and will talk about the idea that I have.”On whether the film with the “Quantico” actress will be an international project, Gurinder says, “She has been producing films and I hope it is international (the one that we do together). I cant think of doing India-centric film alone as I am half British and Indian.”There have been reports of her making a sequel to “Bend It Like Beckham” but Gurinder says she is instead contemplating to get the stage version of the 2002 hit movie to India.She further says she is working on a film which is on the lines of “Bend It Like Beckham”.”There is a project that I am working on with Englands support. It is about a boy and girl. It has the same feel as Bend It Like Beckam but it is different. It does not have a background of football or sports. It is more about music. I will have the British-Asian perspective in the same way as Bend It Like Beckham,” she says.advertisementGurinder is currently in India to promote the Hindi version of her film “Viceroys House”, titled “Partition: 1947”. The film will release in India on August 18. PTI KKP JUR NRB JCHlast_img read more

first_imgMonaco face an almost impossible task to retain their Ligue 1 title with a squad shorn of players that lit up their championship charge as big-spending rivals Paris St Germain look to add Brazilian striker Neymar to their bloated ranks.The principality side have seen Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva all depart for the Premier League and sports daily L’Equipe reported on Thursday that coveted French forward Kylian Mbappe has also asked to leave the club.Meanwhile, last season’s runners-up PSG have recruited Brazil full back Dani Alves from Juventus and are close to completing the staggering acquisition of Neymar from Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros ($262.94 million).”We know that it will be very difficult to successfully defend our title and everybody knows who the favourites are,” Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said ahead of Friday’s opening day of the season.Monaco have also lost forward Valere Germain to Olympique de Marseille and midfielder Nabil Dirar to Fenerbahce but the side has constantly shown they can adapt and evolve in recent seasons under the shrewd guidance of coach Leonardo Jardim.The Portuguese has steered them to top-three finishes in every campaign since joining in 2013-14 and last year Monaco played some of the most attractive football in Europe as they netted 107 league goals on the way to a famous title triumph.Monaco have a reputation for nurturing young talent and they will be looking to get the most out of Belgian prospect Youri Tielemans, a gifted midfielder who scored 18 goals and had 15 assists for Anderlecht last season.advertisement”Like every year, we will try to rely on a blend of talent and experience and we’ve been implementing this in our recruitment,” Vasilyev added.Monaco kick off the season on Friday at home to Toulouse as they bid to move within one victory of the French record of 14 consecutive league wins, having prevailed in their last 12 games of the previous campaign.PSG take on Amiens at the Parc des Princes on Saturday but even if he has completed the transfer, Neymar and the club’s fans will need to wait a little longer until he makes his debut.Other title contenders include Marseille, who have strengthened with the arrival of Germain from Monaco, midfielder Luiz Gustavo from VfL Wolfsburg and defender Adil Rami from Sevilla.Nice, third last season, will again rely on volatile Italian striker Mario Balotelli to lead the line for a side buoyed by their progression to the Champions League playoffs with an away goals win over Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday.($1 = 0.8443 euros)last_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares The soccer game was just a friendly match with Greece and Turkey ending at 0-0 but the attention was on the two country’s leaders off the field.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were to hold talks on the refugee crisis as the Greek leader watched the game with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.Both teams wore armbands in memory of the victims in Paris in what turned out to be a defensive battle. Greece has already been knocked out of next year’s European tourney and is hoping to get into form to make it to the World Cup.last_img read more

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — Bas Dost scored a goal in each half to lead Sporting Lisbon to a 3-1 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday, leaving the Greek team without a victory after five games in Group D and unable to advance.The 1.96-meter (6-foot-5) Dutchman opened the scoring in the 40th minute after a tireless Gelson Martins found a gap in the Greek defense.Bruno Cesar added a second three minutes later before Dost netted his second in the 66th, heading in a corner from Bruno Fernandes and again punishing the visitor’s lethargic defense.“We had some problems at the beginning. But then I scored and Bruno Cesar got a great goal and after that we had a very good game. I’m very proud of the team,” said Dost, adding that Sporting would fight for second place in the final group game in Barcelona.“If it’s possible, it’s possible. I hope Olympiakos will do its job at home. They at least need to draw against Juventus, and we need to win in Camp Nou. It won’t be easy, but we have to believe in it.”Juventus and Barcelona drew 0-0 in the group’s other match. Barcelona advances to the knockout stage as group champion with 11 points, three more than Juventus. Sporting has seven points and Olympiakos is last with one point.Hosts Sporting looked comfortable for most of the second half at the Alvalade Stadium and rarely looked threatened.Portuguese league veteran Felipe Pardo was Olympiakos’s main threat and helped set up Vadis Odjidja to score a consolation from distance in the 86th.“Sporting is a better team than us and we tried to beat the odds,” Olympiakos coach Takis Lemonis said. “We did have some positives, but we made mistakes and we paid for them. Conceding twice in three minutes, after that we reacted badly.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIn the “well, I guess it could be worse” department, Kevin Peterson is out for two weeks after undergoing knee surgery. He’s supposed to be back for the opener on September 3 against Central Michigan.“They took him in and did a scope on him,” Mike Gundy told the Tulsa World. “(Team doctors) weren’t sure if they needed to or not, but they decided to go ahead and do it. He’ll be out for a couple of weeks. We’ll bring him back at kind of a slow pace.”No injury is good, but if you’re going to have one, a Kevin Peterson two-week knee scope on August 10 is about as nice as it gets. In fact, I don’t even care if he’s back for Central Michigan as long as he’s ready to roll on September 26 in Austin.OSU is deep at corner — maybe deeper there than any other position on the field. It’s an injury that will be easy to absorb and, as Gundy mentioned, actually kind of nice for some guys to get some extra work.Jordan Burton was also mildly injured for Monday’s practice.#okstate LB Jordan Burton sidelined today. Sore hip, Gundy explained.— Bill Haisten ?? (@billhaisten) August 10, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool Former Man Utd star Hargreaves says Liverpool are ‘close’ to being title winners Stephen Darwin Last updated 2 years ago 16:26 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sadio Mane Roberto Firmino Mohamed Salah Emre Can Liverpool 2017 Getty Images Liverpool Premier League The former Bayern midfielder believes Jurgen Klopp’s side are capable of challenging in the 2017-18 season but is still concerned about their defence Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes Liverpool are genuine Premier League title contenders and that they are “close” to being in a position to win it.After a 3-3 draw in their opening Premier League game at Watford, the Reds have picked up maximum points with victories over Crystal Palace and Arsenal respectively.10/1 for the Reds to win the Premier League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The 4-0 win over the Gunners was particularly impressive, with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in devastating form, and Hargreaves believes they are close to being capable of going all the way.He told SportBild: “Liverpool are close to it [being title winners]. The development since Klopp took over in October 2015 is similar to his time in Dortmund. There he won the Bundesliga title in his third year.”The Premier League is very hard to win. You have to be a bit lucky too. But you also make your own luck. And Klopp works very hard with his players.”Criticism has again been levelled at Liverpool for their inability to effectively defend set-piece situations and Hargreaves believes they are missing a John Terry or Rio Ferdinand-type presence at the back.He added: “You can’t practice that [defending set-pieces well]. To be honest at Bayern we actually never really practiced them. You simply must have players who are unbeatable in the air.”Maybe someone like, back then, John Terry at Chelsea or Rio Ferdinand at Manchester United is missing to solve these problems.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America Walk into just about any hipster joint and/or craft distillery/brewery in the country and you’re bound to see a bourbon barrel being used in some way—as a table, as the base of a sink, as a general piece of art.The problem with all these barrels? There’s no bourbon in them.It’s all well and good that bourbon barrels can be used as art after their time is done, but here’s the thing. That’s boring. Bourbon barrels, I think we can all agree, are better when there is actual bourbon in them (though, the bourbon is arguably better when it is taken out of the barrel).Well, Texas-based Garrison Brothers Bourbon is here to help. They recently unveiled their new Single Barrel Bourbon program, which will allow customers to buy an entire barrel of their bourbon, which was named the 2014 Micro Whiskey of the Year.Related: I.W. Harper: Bourbon So Delicious You’ll Forgive It For LeavingWhat this means is that, once you pick your barrel, you commit to buying all 48-81 bottles (depending on the angel’s share loss) yielded by said barrel. Not only do you get the bottles of bourbon, but you get to keep the barrel as well.Never had the bourbon? At three years old and 94-proof, it is the “big brother” to Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey. It’s made from organic Panhandle corn, soft red winter wheat, two-row malted barley and pure, clean Hill Country rainwater.The barrels range form $5,300 to $8,900 per barrel, which averages out to around $109 per bottle. There are only 300 barrels for sale, so if this is your thing, start looking at booking your flight to Hye, Texas to get your hands on a true bourbon collector’s item.(If you do buy a barrel, though, make sure to send us a bottle or four as a finder’s fee.)last_img read more

first_imgSrinagar: A team of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) resumed searches on Sunday at the corporate headquarters of the J&K Bank here, after completing a nearly 10-hour raid the previous day. The team are searching for a collection of evidence for alleged mismanagement in one of the state’s premier financial institutions. Earlier reports had said the ACB raids were specifically being carried out in connection in 1,200 appointments made by the bank in 2017. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Informed sources said the scope of the ACB investigation has been extended to the loans and non-performing assets (NPA) portfolios of the bank. In a sudden move, the Jammu and Kashmir government, which owns 59 per cent shares of the bank, sacked Chairman Parvez Ahmed on Saturday and appointed R.K. Chibber as the Interim Chairman. J&K bank is the only private sector bank designated as the Reserve Bank of India’s agency for banking business. It carries out the banking business of the Central government besides collecting central taxes for CBDT. The Bank was incorporated in 1938 and is listed on the NSE and BSE.last_img read more

first_imgGurugram: The dream to acquire a full-frame mirrorless camera is gaining momentum among both entry-level and professional photographers in India and Japanese camera and digital imaging company Canon is optimistic to see sales being picked up well with the wedding and festival season around the corner. According to Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India, since the company brought its first full-frame mirrorless camera EOS R to India last year and its lightest and smallest full-frame mirrorless camera EOS RP in February this year, the inquiries about both the cameras have grown multi-fold at its shops across the country. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “We could see that several professional photographers who used DSLRs with mirror have started to convert their thinking to acquire full-frame mirrorless devices. “There is a rush of active inquiries at our shops on full-frame mirrorless cameras. I expect a good business to start from September onwards with the herald of wedding and festival season,” Kobayashi told IANS here in a free-wheeling interview. The 30.3MP EOS R camera costs Rs 189,950 and with the EOS R kit (RF24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens), the price is Rs 278,945. The EOS RP camera starts at Rs 110,495 and with the EOS RP kit, the camera costs Rs 199,490. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “We are shifting focus from low to mid and high camera segment. Our camera business in India stays as it is at this point of time and I expect it to grow further in coming months,” said the Canon executive. Excluding the impact of GST, Canon registered net growth of double digit (over 10 per cent) in the country last year. At present, the Japanese major is leading the DSLR segment in India. According to Kobayashi, he is happy with the progress in the first half of the year across verticals – in both B2B and B2C – in the Indian market. “Though a bit short of my original aim of double-digit growth this year, the company is still making a good progress on both B2B and B2C fronts,” he noted. Canon India in June expanded its PIXMA G Series line-up with the new category launch of Monochrome Ink Tank Printer and two variants in the colour Ink Tank printers. The new line-up features the popular integrated Ink Tank design, automatic two-sided printing, large paper feeding capacity, and full network compatibility, making them ideal for customers with high-print volume demands. “Our foray into the ink tank category was a critical milestone to our printer business, which has led to a steady growth in our market share in the inkjet category. This has also led to the Consumer System Products division become one of the highest contributing businesses for us in India,” informed Kobayashi. With an ultra-low printing cost of approximately eight paisa per print, the latest G series printers are equipped to reduce the cost of printing by almost 90 per cent, as compared to mono laser printers which costs approximately Rs two per print with original toners. “I am optimistic that the launch will further enhance our presence in India, and increase our market share by 25 per cent in the ink tank category,” said Kobayashi, who has completed nearly eight years at Canon India. He is bullish on the Indian market amid political stability in the country. “Good news is that the Indian economy is greatly maintained owing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his initiatives like Digital India. It gives us all the reason to push the envelope in the country across verticals and develop user-friendly and cost-effective cameras and printers in years to come,” stressed Kobayashi.last_img read more

Søren Jessen-Petersen made his comments in Salzburg, where he attended, together with Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu, an informal meeting of the European Union foreign ministers with representatives from countries of the Western Balkans.“The political landscape of Kosovo has changed fundamentally in these last days,” said Mr. Jessen-Petersen of the province, which recently chose a new president and assembly. “And what is equally significant is that this qualitative transformation has been achieved in a democratic manner,” he added.The envoy underscored the need for building a multi-ethnic society with firm foundations in the rule of law. “This can be achieved through focus on minority issues and through the process of decentralization,” he said.Mr. Jessen-Petersen also briefed the ministers on efforts underway to strengthen the cooperation between Pristina and Belgrade. “Kosovo is committed. Now we need Belgrade to commit to work with the Kosovo authorities to improve the prospects for minorities, particularly the Kosovo Serbs,” he said.“Belgrade needs to encourage Kosovo Serbs to engage in the Kosovo institutions and all of us need to work together to reassure the Kosovo Serbs about their future in a post-status Kosovo.” read more

MTS head says it had no signs that Ottawa was going to nix Allstream deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – A surprise decision to reject the foreign purchase of a small Canadian telecom player left observers confused Tuesday, including the chief executive of Manitoba Telecom Services who said no one understands Ottawa’s rules on acquisitions.MTS chief executive Pierre Blouin said he has received no explanation on why the federal government quashed the sale of his firm’s Allstream division to the Egyptian investment group Accelero Capital for $520 million late Monday.In a statement, Industry Minister James Moore cited “national security” concerns, but Blouin said the government never mentioned any such issue during a five-month approval process.Nor has the government given him the ability to restructure the deal to satisfy their requirements, he said, adding that other companies could become discouraged with making future investments in the telecom sector if there is not more clarity.“Not only do foreign investors not know what the rules are, companies in Canada don’t know what the rules are either,” said Blouin.“It would be very good and needed for the telecom industry of Canada to have the rules of the game clarified as we move forward.”Foreign investment experts said the decision places a large question mark over the repeated refrain from Conservative government ministers that Canada is open for business.Walid Hejazi, a business professor with Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, notes that the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development already rates Canada above average in terms of its restrictions.Since the Conservatives came to power in 2006, the Harper government has repeatedly tweaked the Investment Canada Act, making it more restrictive each time, including a near ban on majority acquisitions in the oil patch by state-owned enterprises.The government also rejected two previous takeovers — that of Macdonald, Dettwiler and Associates by an American suitor, again for national security reasons, and of Potash Corp. by Australia’s BHP Billiton.Last fall, it kept international energy companies — China’s CNOOC and Malasiya’s Petronas — dangling for months before finally giving the go-ahead of their acquisitions, while also amending to rules so that such deals would be unlikely in the future.The puzzle with the latest rejection, said Hejazi, is that the government had made efforts to open up the domestic telecom sector to foster competition, all but begging U.S. giant Verizon into the space to challenge Canada’s Big Three — Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T).As well, the company it ruled out for national security reasons — Accelero Capital — had already been involved in Canada as the majority investor in Wind Mobile.In a television interview, Employment Minister Jason Kenney said national security trumps all other considerations, including job creation.“We have to listen to the advice that we get from intelligence and police security agencies (and) that’s what we’re doing,” he said.Allstream maintains Internet services for sensitive Canadian government installations and facilities, added Kenney, and the government has decided not “to allow a foreign company (for) which there are concerns” to tap into those services.Ian Lee of Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business said he believes Canada’s murky investment rules appear to be emerging with every decision.“If you are a private, for-profit company from an OECD country, you are going to get the green light. However, if you are from a country that is not an ally, such as Russia, China or the Middle East, or you are a state-owned enterprise, you are either going to get a red light or a yellow light,” he said.Lee added the Harper government also puts great store on security, saying it might have been concerned that the Allstream network could have facilitated spying activities in Canada.Last week, CIBC executive Jim Prentice, a former foreign industry minister himself, warned that the government was chasing away needed foreign investment with its new regulations against state-owned enterprises buying into the oil patch.He cited figures that showed investment inflows into the oil and gas sector had fallen off a cliff so far this year, to $2 billion from $27 billion during the same period last year. As well, mergers and acquisitions dropped to $8 billion from $66 billion, and Chinese investment had all but dried up.Shares in Manitoba Telecom (TSX:MBT) fell $2.74, or 8.47 per cent, to close at $29.62 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 8, 2013 6:04 pm MDT read more

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The felines are fighting back — on the bookshelf.Cats outnumber dogs in the U.S., but in bookstores, dog titles reign, the American Pet Products Association says.Fans insist felines are getting more popular as they ride the coattails of Internet sensations like Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub and Nora, the piano-playing cat.For the cat lovers on your holiday list, several books challenge the notion that pooches get more play. Here are four gift-worthy books where cats shine:“A LETTER TO MY CAT”Actress Rosanna Arquette, model Kathy Ireland and animal behaviourist Jackson Galaxy of “My Cat From Hell” are among the celebrities who pen love notes to their cats in this collection.Dr. Betsy Kennon of Pittsburgh also contributes the story of Scooter, who was almost killed by a car but now brings joy to people also dealing with disabilities.“The kitten was never going to walk,” Kennon said. “I can’t tell you why I didn’t put him to sleep.”As the cat struggled to pull himself along, one of Kennon’s workers stuck a plastic bowl under his rump to help smooth the way. The cat became known as Scooter, and the bowl gave way to a kitty wheelchair.In the six years since, Kennon and Scooter have visited thousands of patients at hospitals and nursing homes.“For him, it’s not a handicap,” Kennon said. “This is the way life is and people take inspiration from him.”“THE GRUMPY GUIDE TO LIFE”Leading the pack of popular cat books is one from down-in-the-dumps Grumpy Cat — “The Grumpy Guide to Life.”The kitty celebrity, whose permanent downturned expression is caused by a medical condition, has another book, wrapped a TV movie called “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever” and has her sad mug plastered on magnets, T-shirts, calendars and a host of other products.The latest book is full of Grumpy insight such as: “People are like balls of yarn. For the most part, they’re boring and useless, but I still get a lot of pleasure out of watching them unravel.”“67 REASONS WHY CATS ARE BETTER THAN DOGS”With a few good reasons and dozens of wacky ones, this book supposedly explains why cats are better than dogs. For example, did you know cats are better companions, surfers and chess players?Arguments are often deliberately outrageous or puzzling. Take surfing: Pictures show a dog on a longboard and a cat on a keyboard, showing both “surfing.”Author Jack Shepherd of BuzzFeed also claims cats are faster, smarter and take the best self-portraits.But Shepherd also keeps it real, telling readers to get a dog if they want slavish devotion. Cat love is genuine, he says, because it’s 10 per cent devotion and 90 per cent frustration and betrayal.“So what if they break your heart every now and then? That’s how love is supposed to feel,” Shepherd writes.A few assertions might ring true to a cat lover, but the book hardly solves the age-old pet debate.“CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: THE CAT DID WHAT?”The leader in heartwarming stories rounds up 101 anecdotes from cat owners.Contributor Jan Bono writes that a veterinarian told her it’s normal for cats to eat plastic but most will quickly grow out of it. After a year and a half, Bono is still waiting. Sandwich bags, plastic wrap, fake Easter grass, toothbrushes, combs — if any part of it is made of plastic, her cat Simon will munch on much of it.The book was published in tandem with “The Dog Did What?” and highlights Chicken Soup for the Soul’s work with animals, including donating its brand of dog food to shelters and rescues, publisher and author Amy Newmark said. Cat books show who’s top dog to some animal lovers, are purrfect holiday gifts for feline fans AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sue Manning, The Associated Press Posted Dec 10, 2014 7:24 am MDT read more

WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan noted that the agency’s governing board had passed several “landmark resolutions and decisions” including three new resolutions passed today: one on air pollution, one on epilepsy, one laying out the next steps in finalizing a framework of engagement with non-State actors.Over the weekend, delegates at the 68th World Health Assembly, which had been meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, since 18 May, gave the go-ahead for WHO to “establish an emergency programme, which will be guided by an all-hazards health emergency approach, that emphasizes adaptability, flexibility and accountability, humanitarian principles, predictability, timeliness and country ownership.”WHO will set up a $100-million contingency fund to provide financing for in-field operations for up to 3 months. The contingency fund will run initially as a two-year pilot and will then be evaluated.Delegates noted their appreciation for the key coordination role played by WHO in its ongoing work to develop vaccines, diagnostics and drugs for Ebola virus disease.Also over the weekend, the Assembly endorsed a global action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance – including antibiotic resistance, “the most urgent drug resistance trend.” In addition, the Assembly agreed on resolution to improve access to sustainable supplies of affordable vaccines – a key issue for low- and middle-income countries aiming to extend immunization to the entire population. And today, the delegates adopted a resolution to address the health impacts of air pollution – the world’s largest single environmental health risk.“Every year 4.3 million deaths occur from exposure to indoor air pollution and 3.7 million deaths are attributable to outdoor air pollution,” WHO said in a press release.“This was the first time the Health Assembly had debated the topic.”The Assembly also asked Member States to strengthen their efforts in providing care for people with epilepsy. “The resolution calls on the WHO Secretariat to continue to lead and coordinate support to Member States in addressing the global burden of epilepsy so that people with epilepsy can receive timely treatment and can benefit from educational and occupational opportunities, free from stigma and discrimination,” it said.And finally, the Assembly today welcomed the fact that delegates had reached consensus on many parts of the draft framework of engagement with non-State actors such as non-governmental organizations, private sector entities, philanthropic foundations and academic institutions, noting that it wishes to finalize the framework by the next Health Assembly. Member States agreed a set of indicators to monitor progress for global nutrition targets to be achieved by 2025 on stunting (low height-for-age), wasting (low weight-for-height), overweight, low birth weight, anaemia, and breastfeeding. The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and its main functions are to determine the policies of the Organization, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. read more

first_imgElisha Pellissier was driving along her regular newspaper delivery route for The Columbian early Thursday morning when she noticed a man sitting outside his home. He was wearing a T-shirt. It was 3:15 a.m.The elderly man was shaking, trying to get comfortable on some trash cans in his driveway off Northeast 65th Avenue near Vancouver Mall, Pellissier said. Torn garbage bags were also on the driveway.“He was as white as a bedsheet,” she said.Pellissier said her car thermometer read 2 degree Celsius (about 36 degrees Fahrenheit). “He was freezing and couldn’t speak. The only thing he managed to say was that he was 85 (years old),” Pellissier said.She gave the man a jacket and rubbed his back, warming him up until medics arrived at the home. She also picked up the spilled trash, she said.Medics loaded the man onto a stretcher, placed him in the back of an ambulance and drove off to the hospital.last_img read more

first_imgLongmere/Forest Lane area in Soldotna. 300+ without power. Cause still unknown at this time. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享7:45 Update from HEA: Original Post: Homer Electric Association is reporting an outage between Soldotna and Sterling.center_img According to the HEA outage map roughly 350 customers are currently without power out towards Sterling near St. Theresa Road. Crews have been notified of the outage- Updates will be posted as they are made available. The cause at this time is unknown.last_img read more

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img News | June 16, 2008 Lantheus Introduces New PET Tracer for Myocardial Perfusion Imaging June 17, 2008 – Findings indicate that when used with PET technology, BMS747158 demonstrates a favorable radiation dosimetry profile and is generally well tolerated, according to data presented by Lantheus Medical Imaging at SNM 2008.Principal Investigator, Dr. Jamshid Maddah presented the Phase I data relating to the safety and tolerability in human subjects of BMS747158, its novel fluorine 18-labeled positron emission tomography (PET) tracer for myocardial perfusion imaging.The preliminary clinical findings indicate that when used with PET technology, BMS747158 demonstrates a favorable radiation dosimetry profile and is generally well-tolerated. Exploratory analyses from this study showed high myocardial uptake that was stable over time with favorable myocardial to background ratios. These findings will be further expanded on in subsequent studies.The Phase I clinical trial was designed to estimate radiation dosimetry of a single dose of BMS747158 in healthy subjects at rest. Secondary objectives included assessing human safety, tolerability and biodistribution. Thirteen subjects were injected with 150-260 MBq of BMS747158 intravenously at UCLA. Whole body imaging using PET technology was conducted for five hours to collect data for radiation dosimetry calculation. Extensive safety monitoring was conducted with clinical labs, ECG, EEG, neurological, heart rate and blood pressure assessment at several time points during the study.Preliminary results of this first in human, Phase I study show that intravenous injection of BMS747158 was safe and well-tolerated. No adverse events attributed to the study drug were reported. Mean effective dose was 0.073 rem/mCi, with standard deviation (SD) of 12 percent. 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